Milton Public Schools

November 7th E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Nov• 07•16

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Monday, November 7th, 2016

Congratulations and best wishes to our Varsity Girls Soccer team, who will compete tonight at Brooks Field vs. Canton High School tonight at 7pm in the MIAA Div. 2 South Quarter-Finals. The winner advances to a Thursday Semi-Final game. Fans are encouraged to wear RED! Roll Cats!!!

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

Tomorrow (Tuesday) is Election Day, which means there is no school for students. Our teachers and staff will be involved with professional development during the day and school will resume on Wednesday. Also, please note there will be no school on Friday in observance of Veterans Day.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There have been no School Committee meetings since my last E-blast. The next meeting will be held this Wednesday, November 9th at 7 pm in the Milton TV Access studio, Room 245, Milton High School.

CURRICULUM NEWS

The following item was sent to us by Catherine DesRoche, the Elementary Curriculum Coordinator for Tucker Elementary School:

Family Literacy Month is underway and there are many things you can do with your family to celebrate! While we all know reading with our children builds a great foundation for future learning, the National Center for Families Learning provides 30 activities for families to engage in literacy activities with their children: http://30days.familieslearning.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/NCFL30Days.pdf .

For the month of November, students, families and community members can enjoy a Story Walk at the Tucker Playground hosted in partnership with the Milton Early Childhood Alliance (MECA). The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires is displayed page by page (in English, Spanish & French) along the fence for visitors to walk through and enjoy.  The story highlights for readers the common experience of making mistakes and the importance of perseverance.

The Milton Public Library always has many family events that can be found on their website: http://www.eventkeeper.com/mars/xpages/M/MILTONPL/ekmonth.cfm.  In particular, Small Wonders (Wednesdays at 10 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.) is a program for babies, toddlers and their grown ups to listen to songs and nursery rhymes together.  For children ages 7-11, there is the SPUB Club (Super Popular, Unbelievable Book Club) hosted by Miss. Sara where she reads a few chapters of a book each week.  Children listen to the story while engaging in various hands-on activities like Lego building, play-dough sculpting, Rubik’s cubes, and more.  November’s book is Odd, Weird and Little by Patrick Jennings and takes place on Tuesdays from 7:15-7:45 p.m.

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The following article on early literacy was sent to us by Amy Gale, Curriculum Coordinator for Cunningham and Collicot Schools:

https://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2016/10/31/how-to-help-students-develop-a-love-of-reading/?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=202705

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Please note, this year’s Parent/Teacher Conferences for Grades 6-12 will be held on Thursday, November 17th. This will be a half-day. Please be sure to schedule an appointment with your child’s teacher(s.)

Parent/Teacher Conferences for Grades 1-5 will be held on December 7th, and that will be a half-day as well.

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Special congratulations to our Grade 3 students who are attending the Tucker Saturday Academy. Please see the photo below:

tucker-kids

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

We have scheduled several Veterans Day observances in our schools:

Cunningham: Our Veterans Day Remembrance is a special day at Cunningham. Students and staff invite a Veteran or Service Member to our indoor program and then join the entire school community outside for a flag raising ceremony by a military honor guard. We hope you can join us for this meaningful ceremony. Click Veterans Day Invitation for an invitation to send to your guest. Please let us know if you are bringing a guest so your child can be dismissed to greet their guest. An email to cunninghampto@gmail.com with your guest’s name, child’s name and teacher is all we need. Thanks!

Tucker:  Students at the Tucker Elementary school have organized a Veterans Day tribute this week in the cafeteria that follows in line with the children’s book America’s White Table.  Below is a link that outlines the different items you can choose to place on the table and the significance of each. Students review the story in class and during our monthly community circle.

https://www.veteranscaucus.org/index.php/events/memorial-day/america-s-white-table

Collicot:  On Thursday afternoon at 1:45, there will be a Collicot assembly. During this time, there will be a patriotic sing aloud and the students will share some Veterans Day-themed work.  Any Collicot students who have a veteran in their family have been encouraged to RSVP to the PTO for VIP seats. In addition, Curry College students also are hosting a drive for toiletries for veterans. Collicot is a site for donations.

Glover: Teachers at Glover are selecting appropriate articles to read with their students. They are also working on Veterans-Day-themed individual classroom writing and drawing activities, with a few being selected for sharing on the daily announcements. Principal Karen McDavitt’s announcements each morning include an educational piece about Veterans Day as well as student-generated thoughts and ideas. The whole school has been invited to dress patriotically on Thursday in honor of Veterans Day. In addition, Ms. McDavitt will be circulating through classrooms and reading a mentor text called My America and talking about Veterans Day.

Pierce: The Pierce Middle School Student Council invited all local veterans to join them at the first Annual Pierce Middle School Veterans Day Coffee.  This event will be held in the Pierce library on Thursday, November 10th from 8 to 9am. Any local veteran and their families are invited to attend, but are asked to please RSVP to jdemaggio@miltonps.org Parents and guardians are welcome to attend. In addition, the Pierce Student Council asked all Pierce families to fill out paper “stars” with the names of a veteran who is important to their student. These starts have been hung in our cafeteria and along the hallway for all to see.

I would also like to recognize Ella Gavin, a Pierce seventh-grader. During the past week, many Pierce students participated in the Veterans Poster Contest sponsored by the Town of Milton Veterans Services Department. Several Pierce teachers along with Kevin Cook, Director of Veterans Services, chose this year’s poster contest winner. Mr. Cook and Principal Dr. Karen Spaulding surprised Ella with the news this past Friday. Mr. Cook was particularly impressed with how Ella captured what Veterans Day means to her from many different perspectives. Ella will be honored at the annual Milton Veterans Day Ceremony at 11am on November 11th.  Congratulations Ella!

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Milton High School:

Students from Milton High School will be performing as singers and musicians during the Veteran’s Day ceremony. Also, please read the essay below, written by Milton High School student Alexandra Kelly, a sophomore in Mr. Coady’s English class. Ms. Kelly’s essay was selected as the winning entry in an essay contest from dozens of entries. She will be reading this at the Veterans Day observance on November 11th.

What is a Veteran?

“Greater love has no one than this- that he would lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13

            No word other than “Veteran” comes to mind when reading this quotation. Veterans are a unique part of our society because of their call to duty in such a violent world like today’s. All soldiers are similar in the way that every day they give their lives, time from their loved ones, and the ultimate gift to our country: Freedom. 

            Although Veterans have not been a direct part of my life, I still hold them very close to my heart. They’re out there fighting for me and for my friends and family, protecting us for very little reward. I am honored to live in a place where people have this type of compassion and love for their country and its citizens. 

            We all should feel grateful and blessed to live in such a country where people sacrifice their own lives for ours. In other countries people aren’t as lucky. People aren’t as selfless or as nationalistic. The government must draft young men to join their military, whereas in the United States there are plenty of men and women excited and honored to do so. Veterans are more than just soldiers, they’re the unseen wall to our country. 

           Veterans should be recognized not only because of their sacrifice alone, but also because  of their motive behind it. They are neither obligated to enlist in the military, nor to risk their own life for ours. To me this is the most special part about Veterans. They weren’t required to protect us, they weren’t coaxed or bribed. They do this simply out of the kindness of their hearts. Bravery, selflessness, and pure compassion live on in our soldiers of today and our Veterans of yesterday. 

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Parents of Grades 1-8 boys and girls …. please save the date! On Sunday, November 13th the MHS Girls Cross Country Team is sponsoring a Kids Trail Run for boys and girls Grades 1-8 at Cunningham Park. The first race begins at noon. This event will support and raise awareness for the Girls Cross Country Team. Sign-ups begin at 10:30am at Cunningham Hall. Cost is $10 per person. The events are:

Grades 1 and 2: One mile at 12:00 p.m. Grades 3-5: One and a half miles at 12:15 p.m. Grades 6-8: Two miles at 12:35 p.m. For early registration and more information, email Coach Shaw at tshaw@miltonps.org

FROM THE HEALTH ROOM

Margaret Gibbons, Head Nurse for the Milton Public Schools, wanted to remind all MPS families that there is a flu clinic being held on Wednesday, November 9th at Pierce Middle School from 3:30-5:30pm. This flu clinic is a joint collaboration between the Milton School Nurses and the Milton Board of Health.

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

Just a reminder that Milton High School’s PTSFO Fundraiser starts today, Monday, November 7th and will run through Sunday, November 13th at the Fruit Center Marketplace. The Milton Fruit Center Market Place is located at 10 Bassett St, Milton, MA 02186

Please shop often and bring your vouchers with you!  See the attached flyer. These flyers will also be available in the main office at Milton High School! Please share with your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers; we want to make this our biggest fundraiser yet!

http://fruitcentermarketplace.com/documents/miltonhigh2016.pdf

Have wonderful week of shopping and make sure you remember to bring your voucher with you.

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The Milton High School Junior Class has two fundraising events in the coming weeks. First, on November 17th  the class is sponsoring an event at Buffalo Wild Wings. Bring this flier with you and a portion of the proceeds from your order will be donated back to the Class of 2018.

Second, the Class of 2018 is once again holding a Savers Drive. Every pound of soft or hard goods donated will result in a donation back to the class. You may drop off gently used clothing and housewares at Milton High School during school hours starting on November 21st through December 2nd. The Savers truck will be here between the hours of 10 AM and 2 PM on Saturday December 3rd for those who would like to drop off at that time. Last year, the Class of 2017 raised over $500 through this fundraiser. Please help the Class of 2018 with this fundraiser. Contact Ms. Damiani- rdamiani@miltonps.org- with any questions.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The following item was sent to us from Barbara Martin at Milton Town Hall:

This year’s Veterans Day Observance will be observed on Friday, November 11th at 11 a.m. at the Town Green.  A procession from the High School to the Town Green will begin at 10:30 a.m. weather permitting.

Kevin Cook, Director of Veterans Services, has initiated several new aspects to this year’s observance.  The first initiative is to honor Korean War veterans with the awarding of the ‘Challenge Coin’ which was commissioned earlier this year by the Board of Selectmen.  Keeping with this theme, a member of the Republic of Korean’s consulate will be the featured speaker this year.

Secondly, two contests were held – one at the middle school and one at the high school.  The theme of each contests was, ‘What Is A Veteran?’ Both contest winners will be recognized and awarded a plague at the observance. The winning poster will be displayed at the gazebo and the essay winner will recite her essay. Other components of the program will be in keeping with programs of years past.

In the case of inclement weather, the procession will be cancelled and the ceremony will be moved indoors to the Council on Aging.  The decision as to weather and the revised program will be made on Wednesday, November 9th.

Veterans Day is a reminder to all of us to honor the men and women who have served our country.  I hope all will make a special effort to attend this year’s observance.

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You are invited! Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition is sponsoring a strategic planning retreat to prevent and reduce youth substance misuse and addiction in Milton. Mark your calendars Tuesday, December 13th from 5:00pm-8:30pm. info@milton-coalition.org a light dinner will be served. We will create a Milton roadmap to identify our priorities and strategies for the coming 3 to 5 years. Youth, parents, community leaders, people in recovery, and concerned residents are encouraged to attend.

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

Fall wouldn’t be complete without fun family activities at the Milton Public Library! 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 Noveber 13 – 19:

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 from 7:15 – 7:45 pm
SPUB Club, Ages 7-11

Join the newest craze: the SPUB Club! Our Super Popular, Unbelievable Book Club is a brand-new, read-aloud book club for kids aged 7-11. Miss Sara will read a few chapters of a book each week; your job is to listen, while engaging in various hands-on activities like Lego building, play-dough sculpting, Rubik’s cubes, and more. We’re soon starting our November title in conjunction with Milton Reflecting: Odd, Weird and Little by Patrick Jennings. No registration required.

Thursday, November 17, 2016
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! In honor of tomorrow’s Fantastic Beasts premiere, we’ll be showing the 2001 fan favorite Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Rated PG; run time 2 hours 32 minutes. Bring a sleeping bag or a pillow and get cozy! Popcorn will be served. No registration required.

Friday, November 18, 2016
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, November 19, 2016 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
International Games Day, Ages 4-Adult

International Games Day is an initiative run by volunteers from around the world, to reconnect communities through their libraries around the educational, recreational, and social value of all types of games. This year it falls on Saturday, November 19. We’re celebrating this exciting day at Milton Public Library in HUGE style: we’ll be playing life-size board games in different locations around the library! Drop in anytime between 10am and 3pm to check out the fun, play with friends, and make new ones. Games will include Jenga, Connect 4, Twister and more. Ages 4-adult are welcome to play; players under the age of 8 should be accompanied by an adult. 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 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

We still have a few teams competing at the tail end of the fall season.

Girls Soccer: Our varsity girls will compete tonight at Brooks Field vs. Canton High School tonight in the MIAA Div. 2 South Quarter-Finals. The winner advances to a Thursday Semi-Final game, with the location and time TBD.

Girls Cross Country: The top-ranked Milton Girls will be headed to Wrentham on Saturday, November 12th to compete in the MIAA Eastern State Championships. Our girls are expected to perform very well individually and are hoping to come home with a  team trophy as well!

Boys Cross Country: The Boys team will also be headed to Wrentham this Saturday, November 12th for the MIAA Eastern State Championships. Best of luck to all competing!

Football: The Wildcats will be hosting Silver Lake this Thursday night at 7pm at Brooks in the final home game of the season.

Cheerleading: The Cheer Team will be competing in the Regionals on Sunday at Marshfield – time is TBA

Reminder: Winter Sports Registration is Ongoing!

Now is the time to sign up for Winter Sports. Please click this link for instructions.

The Milton Public School system is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to the provision of quality educational programs for all students.  The Milton Public School system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, genetic information, age or sexual orientation.

 

November 1st E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Nov• 01•16

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

 

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

Prepare to be amazed! Our talented students at Milton High School will be presenting “Cinderella” in the Charles C. Winchester auditorium on Thursday, November 3rd at 7:00 pm and two shows on Saturday, November 5th – at 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm. Please scroll down to “Upcoming MPS Events” below for more details. To view a brief glimpse of the show, click the links below:

The Stepsisters’ Lament
The Prince is Giving a Ball

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SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

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

Wednesday, October 26th:  The meeting began with a visit from members of the MFE to promote the upcoming Monster Dash. Next, the School Committee heard budget presentations from the Cunningham and Glover Site Councils.  This was followed by a visit from Citizens for a Diverse Milton and a review of the district’s Diversity Report. Next, there was a follow-up data presentation by the MPS principals James Jette, Dr, Karen Spaulding, Karen McDavitt, Dr. Elaine McNeil-Girmai, Holly Concannon and Jonathan Redden, along with Curriculum Coordinators Amy Gale, Meredith Kempf, Kat Buchanan and Data Specialist Vy Vu.  Members voted to approve the Annual Report and deferred the remaining agenda items to the next meeting, which will be held on November 9th at 7 pm in the Milton TV Access studio, Room 245, Milton High School.

CURRICULUM NEWS

For this E-blast, I would like to focus on one of our most important resources in the Milton Public Schools – our libraries. I have asked each of our librarians to summarize recent happenings in their schools. Please read below for an update on our libraries:

From Lori Henry, Elementary Librarian: Have you ever wondered how a pumpkin grows? Was Johnny Appleseed a real person? What is an electoral college? In the elementary school libraries we’re discovering the answers to these questions and more, developing and deepening an understanding of the library’s organizational scheme, discussing our favorite reading selections, exploring the online public access catalog to find materials to meet our needs and fuel our passions. We’re analyzing texts that address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge and compare the approaches authors take.  We’re reading widely and fluently to make connections with ourselves, the world and previous reading. We’re challenging ourselves to read new titles, different genres, exciting series and engaging authors.  All this and more is happening in the libraries at Tucker, Glover, Collicot and Cunningham schools!

From Jess Royster, PMS Librarian: The Pierce Middle School Library recently hosted the Scholastic Book Fair. Every year, the Scholastic Book Fair highlights the importance of family literacy and reading for fun, while also raising money for the Pierce Library. We recently purchased new “comfy chairs” for the library, using our Scholastic Dollars raised by past book fairs. Our new comfy chairs are a huge success and a new favorite spot for reading at Pierce!

From Jen Troy, MHS Librarian: The Milton High School library has been busy this Fall. In September new students participated in library orientations to learn about all of the resources available at the high school. October brought many classes to the library to activate their NoodleTools accounts (a research management website subscription) to organize research projects and learn to use information ethically.  This November in collaboration with the English department students will be participating in our annual family literacy activity that encourages the continuation of academic conversations at home. Happy Reading!

Also, please read this item, submitted by our Technology Administrator, Dr. Angela Burke:

What is “Standards-Based Reporting”?

A scholar’s individual achievement on standards is measured on attainment of the learning goals as outlined by state standards. The purpose of this system is to provide accurate information about scholar performance on the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. The goal is to communicate scholar progress. Standards based reporting will help parents better understand their scholar’s strengths and weaknesses. Before making a determination regarding scholar proficiency, teachers analyze a scholar’s progress over the course of the reporting term. Teachers collect key samples of scholar work as evidence combined with observed demonstration of the skill through various modalities.

Why don’t we use grades?

Scholars and their learning are too complex to be reduced to a simple letter grade. Letter grades do not tell parents which skills their scholars have mastered. The achievement marks indicate a scholar’s progress towards achieving specific grade level standards as identified by the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. Standards based report cards benefit scholars, teachers, and parents/guardians by providing a detailed outline of the expectations.

The report card is just one component of our reporting system. We encourage a strong home-school connection to keep you informed of your scholar’s progress. The comment box is provided for the teacher to include any additional information, however; to receive the full depth of understanding of your scholar’s progress please continue to attend parent conferences each reporting term.

In addition, our curriculum coordinators have prepared a PowerPoint presentation on the Standards-Based Report Card, designed for parents and guardians. Please click on the link below to view.

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

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The following item was sent in by MHS teacher and Debate Coach Dana DePaul:

As a co-coach for the debate team, along with Kacy Dotoli, we have worked for the past month with the club and class members to prepare for the first debate tournament. Earlier this month, I accompanied eight MHS teams to Walpole High School to compete in the Novice Tournament. The teams that competed consist of students from all grade levels and several varsity members attended to either participate as judges or help the novice debaters.  All eight teams competed in three rounds of debate on the following topic: Resolved: In United States public K-12 schools, the probable cause standard ought to apply to searches of students. Liam Donelan and Julia Butler performed incredibly well and finished the day with a 3-0 record.  In addition, Christopher Little and Nick Villard finished with a 2-1 record.  All in all the students enjoyed their day and expressed that they felt they improved in speaking, confidence, and constructing their arguments as the day progressed.

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UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Join the Guidance Department for our second annual College Information night that will take place in the Milton High School library at 6:30pm TONIGHT, Tuesday, November 1st   We will be discussing all of the topics that your child will need to know about to survive the college process. Mini sessions will be held for the following topics:

  • Standardized Testing – Discussion will center on differences between the “new” and “old” SAT, what your child should expect from the new exam, and whether your child should consider the ACT as an option.
  • NAVIANCE – Counselors will demonstrate the tools available to families that will aid you in making thoughtful decisions in choosing colleges and possible majors.
  • Financial Aid – Counselors will discuss important deadlines and changes to the process.
  • Naviance accounts for parents – Interested in seeing how your child is progressing with their college research? A counselor will be available to activate a Naviance account for you! If you would like to activate your Naviance account before November 1st please email Mr. Guarino at rguarino@Miltonps.org and let him know what email account you would like to use for your Naviance account.

Attendees will be broken down into groups and will rotate between the different sessions. Each session will last approximately 20 minutes. We look forward to seeing you TONIGHT!

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And for those with college-bound seniors, please check out this interesting article in the Washington Post: http://wapo.st/2drkyfr?tid=ss_mail

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Please join us as Milton High School proudly presents Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Enchanted Edition).  A cast of 35 Milton High School students will transport you to the kingdom of dreams-come-true in this timeless enchantment of a magical fairy tale reborn. Originally a 1957 television broadcast starring Julie Andrews, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA was the most widely viewed fairy tale program in history, and its later recreations were no less successful. As adapted for the stage, with warmth and a touch of hilarity, the hearts of children and adults alike will soar when the slipper fits in this Enchanted Edition based on the 1997 teleplay.

Show times:

  • Thursday, November 3rd, 7:00 pm
  • Saturday, November 5th, 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm

This show will be performed at the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium, Milton High School. Tickets are $10.00 and may be purchased in the main office at Milton High School, Pierce Middle School and Tucker Elementary School on weekdays from 9:00 am -1:00 pm. Directed & Choreographed by Ms. Brittany Rolfs; Musical Direction by Mr. David Lien; and Technical Direction by Mr. Joseph Strong

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Don’t forget, the Milton Boosters is sponsoring the Cans for Cats in the front driveway of MHS on Saturday, November 5th to benefit the Golf Team.

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Parents of Grades 1-8 boys and girls …. please save the date! On Sunday, November 13th the MHS Girls Cross Country Team is sponsoring a Kids Trail Run for boys and girls Grades 1-8 at Cunningham Park. The first race begins at noon. This event will support and raise awareness for the Girls Cross Country Team. Sign-ups begin at 10:30am at Cunningham Hall. Cost is $10 per person. The events are:

Grades 1 and 2: 1 mile at 12:00 p.m. Grades 3-5: 1.5 miles at 12:15 p.m. Grades 6-8: 2 miles at 12:35 p.m. For early registration and more information, email Coach Shaw at tshaw@miltonps.org

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SPECIAL EDUCATION NEWS

A Conversation about Inclusion — The Milton Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) is proud to host Dr. Anne Howard TONIGHT, Tuesday November 1st from 5:30pm to 7:30pm in the Pierce Middle School library.

Dr. Howard, a Professor in the Education Department at Fitchburg State University and the president of the Board of Directors for the Federation for Children with Special Needs, will lead a conversation about inclusion. Dr. Howard will explain the history and the legislative backdrop of including students with disabilities in general education. She will discuss approaches to educating all students and fostering a culture of inclusion.

Anne M. Howard, Ph.D., coordinates the undergraduate and graduate programs in severe disabilities, as well as the Special Education Guided Studies graduate programs at Fitchburg State University.  Anne began her career as a physical therapist, became licensed as a general and special educator, and received her Ph.D. in disability policy from the Heller School at Brandeis University.  She has provided extensive training for paraprofessionals, teachers, related service providers, and administrators throughout New England. Anne serves on the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress (MDSC) Education Task Force and contributed to the MDSC Educator’s Manual.

We hope you will join the conversation. Parents, teachers, and staff are welcome to attend.  For more information about this event and others, visit the Milton SEPAC website at miltonsepac.org, or contact us at miltonsepac@gmail.com.

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

Save the date for the PTFSO one and only fundraiser of the year! The Milton Fruit Center Market Place will be helping Milton High School with their fundraising efforts. During the week of Monday November 7th – November 16th, a portion of sales from the Fruit Center will be donated back to the Milton High PTFSO.  Please shop often and bring your vouchers with you!  (See the attached flyer.) These flyers will also be available in the main office at Milton High School! Please share with your family, friends and neighbors; we want to make this our biggest fundraiser yet! http://fruitcentermarketplace.com/documents/miltonhigh2016.pdf

The Milton Fruit Center Market Place is located at 10 Bassett St, Milton, MA 02186

FAMILY LIAISON NEWS

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

Are you looking for a preschool program for your three or four year old? The Milton Public Schools offers a variety of programs and presently openings in two of our preschool programs:

The Milton Public Schools Edge Hill Campus Preschool (at Collicot School) presently has two seats available for three or four year old students to attend an integrated setting from 12:00-2:30pm.  The tuition for this program is $3,125.00 and will be pro-rated depending on time of enrollment.  Students must be at least 3 on or before Aug 31, 2016.

The Milton Public Schools Gile Road Campus Pre-K (at Milton High School) presently has one spot available in the full-day session (7:30am-2:10am). The tuition is $3,750.00 and will be pro-rated depending on the time of enrollment.  Students must be 4 on or before August 31, 2016.

If you have questions or would like more details regarding any of the preschool programs Milton Public Schools has to offer please visit our website at http://www.miltonps.org/FactSheetforPreschoolInformationNight or feel free to contact Marti McKenna at 617-980-7343 or by email at mmckenna@miltonps.org.

FROM THE HEALTH ROOM

The Milton Public Schools will be hosting a flu shot clinic on November 9th from 3:30 to 5:30 at the Pierce Middle School. This clinic, which will be held in the cafeteria, is for those in Grades 3 and older and parents/guardians are also welcome. Please bring your insurance card.

FOOD SERVICE NEWS

The following information was sent to us by Jackie Morgan, Food Service Director:

Nutrition Information – Understanding Food Labels

In order to plan a healthy diet, we must know how to read a food label. Food labels show us if a food has a little or a lot of certain nutrients. Look on the side of a product to find the Nutrition Facts title.

You will find the serving size of the food below the nutrition facts title. Similar food products have similar serving sizes. The servings per container are also included to let you compare what you actually eat with the serving size on that product. So remember, if the serving size is 1 cup and you eat 2 cups, then you will need to double the numbers on the label. % Daily values are listed to give you an idea of how one serving of a product contributes nutritionally to a 2000 calorie diet. Use the % daily values to see if a food has a little or a lot of a nutrient. The amount of calories in one serving of the product is listed. Only a few nutrients are listed on the Nutrition Facts label-those that relate to today’s most important health issues. The label lists total fat, saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium because people eat too much of these.  Fiber, vitamins A and C, calcium and iron are listed because people do not eat enough of these every day. You should try to eat at least 100% of the daily value of each of these every day. Fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, total carbohydrate, fiber, sugars, protein, vitamins A and C, calcium and iron are required on the label. Other nutrients may be listed if the company would like to list them.

What Are Nutrients? Nutrients are substances found in food that are needed for good health. Your body can’t make nutrients, so they must be supplied by food. During digestion, food is broken down into nutrients, which are absorbed into your bloodstream and carried to every cell in your body. More than 40 nutrients in food are classified into six groups: carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, minerals and water. Each nutrient has a specific function and they all work together for your good health.

Carbohydrates – are the body’s main source of energy or calories. Carbohydrates are classified in two groups: complex carbohydrates (starches) and sugars. Fiber, which is another carbohydrate, aids digestion and helps fight some diseases but is not a nutrient because it is not digested and absorbed by the body.

Protein – supplies energy and amino acids. Amino acids are building blocks that build, repair, and maintain every cell in your body.

Fats – also supply energy but they have many other functions. Fats transport nutrients and they are a part of many body cells. Fats provide storage and insulation for your body. Carbohydrates and proteins that are not needed for energy are stored as fat.

Vitamins – trigger many different body processes. These compounds are needed in very small amounts in the diet to regulate chemical reactions in the body. Each vitamin has a specific job in your body, so one vitamin can’t replace another. Vitamins do not provide energy but they help our bodies use the energy from foods.

Minerals – are like vitamins and are used in the body to promote chemical reactions and form body structures.

Water – is a part of every cell and tissue in the body. Water carries nutrients to cells and removes wastes products. Water is also needed to help regulate body temperature. Water makes up 55-75% of your body weight.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition published their October newsletter recently. You can use this link to read it: http://eepurl.com/cl6FKb

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The following item was sent to us by Milton Community Concerts:

On Sunday, November 6th at 6:00pm Milton Community Concerts at First Parish presents a concert of opera arias and duets with an international focus, featuring Russian soprano Maria Lyudko and Korean tenor David Won.  “Connections: An Operatic Celebration” is designed to highlight the way that music connects individuals and cultures throughout the world.  Also performing will be Georges Devdariani, host and clarinetist, and Timothy Steele, pianist.

Ms. Lyudko has sung opera roles in many of the world’s greatest venues, including the Hermitage Theatre in St. Petersburg, the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, and the Komisches Oper in Berlin. She has won top prize in several international competitions, has sung in numerous music festivals, and appeared with some of the finest orchestras in Russia and elsewhere.  In 2008 she received the title of “Honored Artist of Russia”, and for the past twenty years has taught on the faculty at the prestigious St. Petersburg Conservatory.

Mr. Won has performed in recital extensively around New England. He was a featured soloist at the Massachusetts State House for the 9/11 memorial ceremony in 2015.  He has sung with the Chorus Pro Musica and the New England Philharmonic.  Recently he sang two world premieres, an aria from the opera “Alma” by Greek composer Lina Tonia, and Pascal Szymczak’s “Ode to a Nightingale”, a setting of Keats written especially for him  Originally from South Korea, David is currently a resident of Hull, MA.

This concert will take place at historic First Parish Church of Milton, 535 Canton Avenue. Tickets are $20 general, $10 seniors, and free for 18 and under (no advance sales).  For more information visit www.miltoncommunityconcerts.com

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Please read about this event below from our friends at Best Buddies Massachusetts:

Join us for the annual Milton 5K Gobbler Run/Walk to benefit Best Buddies Massachusetts on Saturday, November 19th at 8am.  The race starts and ends at Cunningham School. This is a USATF certified course with official chip timing and there are prizes for the top finishes, as well as the coveted “Golden Gobbler Trophy” for the top team and individual fundraisers. For more information or to register, visit http://www.teambestbuddies.org/milton5K

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The Milton Art Center is hosting a “Kids Night Out,” on November 18th. Activities include a “Gobble Till You Wobble” dessert-making challenge. For more details, click here.

FROM OUR READERS

I recently received an interesting article, sent to us by an MPS parent, which discusses the use of cell phones in schools. Click here to read.

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

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

Fall wouldn’t be complete without fun family activities at the Milton Public Library! 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 October 30 – November 5:

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 from 7:15 – 7:45 pm
SPUB Club, Ages 7-11

Join the newest craze: the SPUB Club! Our Super Popular, Unbelievable Book Club is a brand-new, read-aloud book club for kids aged 7-11. Miss Sara will read a few chapters of a book each week; your job is to listen, while engaging in various hands-on activities like Lego building, play-dough sculpting, Rubik’s cubes, and more. We’re on the verge of finishing October’s book, The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett. No registration required

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 from 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Backyard Astronomy: Using the New Library Telescope, All Ages

The Milton Public Library has recently acquired a 4.5″ Orion StarBlast Telescope, and soon we will be making it available to Milton residents for checkout! Please attend this family-friendly PowerPoint presentation to learn how to use the new Library Telescope to observe objects from your own backyard using a technique called star-hopping and see how easy it is to use. After the presentation, we’ll be heading outside for some outdoor observing, weather permitting. This telescope was funded by the Milton Public Library and will be maintained by the Aldrich Astronomical Society, Inc. as part of their Adopt a Library Program. All ages welcome; children must be accompanied by an adult.

Friday, November 4, 2016 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.

Friday, November 4, 2016 from 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Lego Club, Ages 6-12

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

Saturday, November 5, 2016 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. In conjunction with Milton Reflecting, students will be learning about civic responsibility and voting, and they’ll make a patriotic snack! Registration is required and will open two weeks in advance of the program. 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 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

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

The Girls Cross Country team continued their historic undefeated season this past weekend. The varsity girls won the Bay State Conference by more than 46 points, with Milton girls taking home four of the top ten spots. Bridget Mitchell won second place; Elise O’Leary took third; Colette O’Leary won fourth; and Ella Affanato won eighth place. The JV squad placed fifth at this meet, with junior Ashley Thermidor-Payne earning fourth place overall. The Milton girls are now preparing to defend their 2015 State Championship on November 12th in Wrentham and will compete in the All State Meet on November 19th in Gardner, Mass.

The Boys Cross Country team finished up their season this past weekend at the Bay State Conference meet with a very competitive showing.

The football team dominated the first half as they rolled to a 28-7 quarter-final win over Medfield and now advance to the Division 2A South Semi-Final at Falmouth Friday, November 4th at 6pm. Senior tailback Koby Osazee was unstoppable as he rushed for 3 first half touchdowns. Smith Charles also added a touchdown for the Cats.

The Golf team placed 2 Cats on the Bay State 1st Team All-Star team as both Jared Carr and Jared Dudley were honored for their great seasons!

The Girls Soccer team will be heading into State Tournament play later this week as they look to continue their strong season. Senior Alyssa Lum’s incredible season earned her BSL 1st Team All-Star, BSL Top 10 and she was named MVP of the Herget Division! Junior Chae Diani received Bay State League 1st Team All-Star honors and Bay State Top 10! Congrats Girls on an amazing season!   On Senior Night the Cat’s defeated Dedham 3-0 to close out the regular season 9-5-2.

The Boys Soccer team wrapped up their season this past Saturday with a convincing 6-2 win over North Quincy to retain the Town Line Cup! Liam Donelan and Aidan Duggan led the way with 2 goals each, and Hurens Villette added his first varsity goal!   Senior Liam Donelan and Junior Josh Madden both received Bay State League 1st Team All-Star honors. Congrats Cats!

The Field Hockey team beat Brookline on Senior Night 5-0 as Elena Kapolis notched a hat trick. They concluded their season with a 0-0 tie versus Dedham.

The Volleyball team has qualified for the State Tournament with a 12-10 record, as they won their last 2 matches 3-0 over Dedham and 3-0 over Archies. The Cat’s will open tourney play later this week, good luck Cats!

The Cheerleading team will be competing in the Bay State Conference Cheer Competition on Thursday, November 3rd at Braintree High School at 6pm. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults. Good Luck WildCats!

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This past weekend several of our Milton rowers competed in the youth division of the 52nd Head of the Charles Regatta, rowing against teams from around the world. Three girls’ boats and one boys’ boat braved some challenging winds and represented Milton Crew with the strength and determination that is the hallmark of this sport. One girls’ varsity four (Brigitte Dugas, Lucia Hainline, Maya Watanabe, Maia Adley, Morgan Smith) placed  30 out of 85 boats, guaranteeing Milton Crew a spot in next year’s Regatta. Congrats to all athletes who competed at the Head of the Charles Regatta!

 

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Once again, Milton High School Football is nominated as a candidate for FOX25 High School’s GameDay Game of the Week.  One of the five games that are nominated will be featured as our spotlight game this Friday, November 4. They will report live from the Game of the Week on FOX25 News at 6 and highlights from the matchup will be featured on FOX25 News at 11, the FOX25 Facebook page and FOX25Boston.com. How can we make certain that Milton High School’s Football game vs. Falmouth is the Fox25 High School Game of the week? VOTE! It’s time to vote!  Please spread the word and encourage students, fans, friends and family to vote for our game.  The polls will stay open until 11pm on Wednesday, November 2nd and the winner will be announced on FOX25 News at 11 that night.  You can vote at this site

When: Friday, November 4th at 6:00pm.
Where: Fuller Field (located behind the Falmouth Police Station and Gus Canty Rec Center – 790 Main Street Falmouth, MA)
Cost: Tickets will be $5 for Students & Seniors and $6 for Adults

Please wear Milton’s colors: Red and White

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

Student:  I would like to thank all the MPS students who volunteered and ran the Monster Dash this past weekend. This is a wonderful community event to benefit Sam’s Fund, which provides enrichment for the elementary science program. “Thanks to the generosity of the MFE and this community, our K-5 science curriculum has been enhanced by the Science from Scientists program, annual presentations from Mass Audubon and many hands-on science materials for use in the classroom. These are things that might not have been provided without Sam’s Fund,” said Bernadette Butler, MPS Elementary Science Coordinator.

Staff: I would like to recognize Genevieve Martland, who has been appointed as the school designee to the board of the Milton Library Foundation. This organization is run by hardworking volunteers, who seek to ensure that the Library continues to provide the programs and resources it needs to serve as a cultural center of the community for current and future generations of the Milton community

I would also like to give a special thank you to our six Milton Public Schools principals and two Assistant Superintendents. This past weekend, I was privileged to be invited to speak at The Parkway United Methodist Church’s Appreciation Banquet.  At this event, the leadership team of the Milton Public Schools was recognized, including Collicot Principal Holly Concannon, Cunningham Principal Jon Redden, Glover Principal Karen McDavitt, Tucker Principal Elaine McNeil Girmai, Pierce Principal Dr. Karen Spaulding and Milton High School Principal James Jette; along with Assistant Superintendents Dr. Glenn Pavlicek and Janet Sheehan. During my remarks to the 200-plus people who had gathered for this event, I called these principals “the heroes of the Milton Public Schools.”  Teachers teach, but amazing things happen in a school when there is an extraordinary principal and EXTRAORDINARY describes our current team of principals and Assistant  Superintendents.

Volunteer: Rabbi Benjamin Congregation Beth Shalom of the Blue Hills recently invited our administrative team to the new temple for a tour of the magnificent facility. We also discussed an exciting pilot the congregation is  launching. Volunteers  will be visiting our elementary schools to provide tutoring to our students. This is a unique partnership that I am excited to be part of. I would also like to add my congratulations to Andrea and Marvin Gordon and the Shoolman Family, who are are being honored by Congregation Beth Shalom of the Blue Hills this Saturday night, November 5th, for their leadership in making the temple’s vision of a new home possible.

The Milton Public School system is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to the provision of quality educational programs for all students.  The Milton Public School system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, genetic information, age or sexual orientation.

October 18th E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Oct• 18•16

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

I had a meeting the other day with Dr. Brieanne Midura, our district’s school physician, and Margaret Gibbons, Head Nurse for MPS, and we would like to reiterate our illness policy, which is included in every Student Handbook. Please read below:

“Occasionally a student is kept home from school for illness. A student with vomiting or diarrhea should be kept home from school until symptoms have subsided for 24 hours, the student is able to take nourishment, and is sleeping through the night. If diarrhea or vomiting persists consult your primary care provider. If cold or cough symptoms are associated with a fever the child should NOT come to school. If symptoms do not readily improve contact your primary care provider. Your student may attend school if there is no fever. Your primary care provider should evaluate a sore throat in conjunction with a fever. Students treated for strep throat may return to school after 24 hours on an antibiotic.

Please notify the main office if you student is absent from school due to illness. This provides the school nurse with significant information to identify tracks of illnesses and to help prevent the spread of illness by communicating with staff and with parents/guardians.”

The Milton Public Schools will be hosting a flu shot clinic on November 9th from 3:30 to 5:30 at the Pierce Middle School. This clinic, which will be held in the cafeteria, is for those in Grades 3 and older and parents/guardians are also welcome. Please bring your insurance card.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There have been no School Committee meetings since my last E-blast. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 26th at7 pm in the Milton TV Access studio, Room 245, Milton High School.

CURRICULUM NEWS

The following item was submitted by MHS Humanities Department Head Barbara Wright:

Internationally recognized artist Dr. Napoleon Jones-Henderson spoke to MHS students about the importance of art and the commitment each student needs to make to their own education.  Earlier this month, Dr. Jones-Henderson visited the high school as part of the History Makers organization, a Chicago-based organization that works to bring oral history makers to schools across the country.  Each year they sponsor a “Back to School” event that joins local entrepreneurs and schools, and at the end of the presentation students take a commitment oath that challenges each student to make education a priority in their lives.  More than a thousand schools across the country participate each year, and this marks the second time Milton High has participated.

After speaking to a larger crowd in the Charles Winchester Auditorium, Dr. Jones-Henderson spent time with Milton High Advanced Placement art students, where he talked about the importance of education and perseverance.  He encouraged students, advising them “don’t be afraid of being a starving artist,” letting them know that following their passion was important to their own happiness.

Dr. Jones-Henderson studied at Art Institute of Chicago, Northern Illinois University and the Maryland Institute, as well as the Sorbonne Student Continuum Arts Center in Paris France.  He has been a professor at Massachusetts College of Arts and Emerson College in Boston as well as Malcolm X College in Chicago.  Most recently Dr. Jones-Henderson was commissioned to feature his art at both the Bolling Building in Boston and Roxbury Community College.

GUIDANCE NEWS

Parents and guardians, please note that Milton High School will be hosting Information Night for parents and guardians of students in Grades 5-8 on Thursday, October 20th at 6:30pm.

This event will afford parents/guardians an opportunity to learn about course offerings, academic and extracurricular programs, athletics and activities that prepare students for college and life beyond high school. Parents/guardians will meet faculty and students and also have the option to take a tour of the building.

MILTON HIGH SCHOOL FACTS & OPPORTUNITIES:

21 Advanced Placement course offerings in 2016 -2017 90% of Milton High Students took the SAT in 2015-2016
The PSAT is administered to all sophomores & juniors before graduating 88% of students admitted to 4-year & 2-year university/college.
Students have access to Music Lab, Language Lab, Biotech Lab, Computer Labs In 2015-16, 49% of Juniors and 61% of Seniors took an AP exam (76 % of students who took an AP exam obtained qualifying scores (3 or better).
More than 75 clubs and activities Robotics Team
Community Service Opportunities Music Program: Band, Chorus & Strings
Excellent Athletic Program and Facilities Debate Team

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Also, please note that our Guidance Department will also be hosting the following events:

  • MEFA Financial Aid Night; Wednesday October 26th at 6:30pm in the Charles Winchester Auditorium-come and hear all about the new changes to FAFSA and how they will affect you!
  • College Planning Night-Tuesday, November 1st 6:30 pm. Come and participate in mini interactive sessions on all aspects of the college process.

MUSIC DEPARTMENT NEWS

The following item was submitted by MHS music teacher and Marching Band co-director Rebecca Damiani:

Last weekend, the Milton Wildcat Marching Band traveled to Wakefield Memorial High School to compete in the Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductor Association’s Marching Band festival. After spending four years in Division 1, the Wildcat Marching Band has grown to compete in Division 2 for the first time. Their performance on Saturday earned them a three-star rating in all categories including music, percussion, visual performance, color guard and general effect for an overall rating of Three-stars. The Wildcat Marching Band is led by senior drum majors Maya Watanabe and Mariah Conway, Senior Color Guard Captain Lilly Tennyson and Junior Percussion Captain Sawyer Flanagan. You can catch their show “The Music of Coldplay” at all remaining home varsity football games.

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

Parents of Grades 1-8 boys and girls …. please save the date! On Sunday, November 13th the MHS Girls Cross Country Team is sponsoring a Kids Trail Run for boys and girls Grades 1-8 at Cunningham Park. The first race begins at noon. This event will support and raise awareness for the Girls Cross Country Team. Sign-ups begin at 10:30am at Cunningham Hall. Cost is $10 per person. The events are:

Grades 1 and 2: 1 mile at 12:00 p.m. Grades 3-5: 1.5 miles at 12:15 p.m. Grades 6-8: 2 miles at 12:35 p.m. For early registration and more information, email Coach Shaw at tshaw@miltonps.org

HEALTH NEWS

As a friendly reminder, please review our district’s lice policy.

In an effort to contain the spread of lice, we would like all parents to be informed on how to respond if their child has lice. The goal is that parents examine your child and if lice or nits are found follow the instructions in this memo. It is only through your cooperation that we can respond to each periodic outbreak.

Head lice are tiny insects that live on people’s scalps and hair. Head lice hatch from small eggs, called nits that become firmly attached to hair shafts and cannot easily be removed (different from simple dandruff).  Nits may be found throughout the hair so it is important to check the entire scalp.  Nits hatch in about 8-10 days, with new lice reaching adulthood in another 8-10 days.  Thee female louse, about the size of a sesame seed, typically lives for about thirty days and lays about six eggs per day.  Lice can live off the host in the environment, although generally not for more than forty-eight hours.

Anyone who has close contact with an infested individual or shares personal items can become infested. Lice are spread only when they crawl from person to person directly or crawl onto shared personal items, such as combs, brushes, head coverings, clothing, bedding, or towels.  An infested individual can transmit head lice to others continuously until undergoing treatment to kill the insects and nits.

Diagnosis is usually made by detecting nits. Nits are tiny, pearl-gray to light brown, oval-shaped eggs attached to the hair usually near the scalp.  Use a magnifying glass and natural light when checking for them and pay extra attention to the back of the neck, behind the ears and at the top of the head.

Students may return to school after being treated and after being examined by a school nurse to assist with parent/guardian treatment. For parent/guardian convenience, a nurse is available at other schools: Milton High School from 7:00 a.m. and Pierce Middle School from 7:30 a.m.  Please make sure that the nurses are aware that you are coming for a head check. 

Links for the video used:

HEADLICE TO DEADLICE

(Part 1)   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCoZP5Aso5U

(Part 2)   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGvGY72zAqi

MFE NEWS

It’s that time of year! The MFE’s 18th Annual Monster Dash is scheduled for Sunday, October 30th. The race starts and ends at Cunningham Park, 75 Edge Hill Road, Milton. This race is held in loving memory of Sam Cichello and supports science enrichment in Milton’s elementary schools. Registration begins at 9am, with kids activities beginning at 10am and a costumed Fun Run starting at 10:30am.  The 5K start is 11am and awards begin at noontime. To register online, click here.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

Join the top local restaurants to support community rowing on the Neponset. Get your tickets for the delicious Head of the Carbs fundraiser, which will be held on Friday, October 21st.  This event will be held at First Parish Milton, Parish Hall. Join the Friends of Milton Crew for a casually elegant evening with tasting stations generously donated by great local restaurants, including Abby Park, Novara, The Plate, La Scala, 88 Wharf and Steel & Rye. This year’s fundraiser theme, “Head of the Carbs,” celebrates our youth rowers competing in this year’s Head of the Charles, the world’s preeminent rowing regatta. And it will help us raise funds to maintain and grow our fleet of boats, oars, launches, and motors.  Tickets are limited – get your today! http://neponsetrowing.org/

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Milton Public Schools is supporting efforts for “Create the Change Day 2016” by hosting a toy drive for The Jared Box Project!!

Project Giving Kids is excited to announce an amazing opportunity to get kids involved in giving back to our community – our first Create the Change Day will take place on October 30th, 2016 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the Reggie Lewis Athletic Center in Roxbury.

This Halloween themed event will provide numerous hands-on opportunities for kids and families to volunteer and will feature numerous Boston area nonprofit organization from The Jared Box Project, Doc Wayne Youth Services, Hospitality Homes and many others.

You can help by bringing in the suggested small toys, games, and crafts listed on the attached and below to school from October 4th through October 26th. Boxes have been placed for donation drop off in the school lobby. You can also join in the fun on October 30th as your donations are used to make Jared Boxes for children served by Boston Children’s Hospital and Good Shepherd Community Care as a part of “Create The Change Day 2016.”

Collection for children ages 4-8 years old: K – Bubbles, stickers, dress up toys 1 – Travel sized board games 2 – Silly putty, Play-Doh 3 – Card games, puzzles 4 – Plastic animal figurines, cars 5 – Nerf balls, art supplies

The Jared boxes will be assembled at the 10/30 Create the Change Day event and will be delivered to hospitals, providing a special diversion for young patients in emergency rooms, patient rooms, surgical centers, and clinics as they receive chemotherapy and other medical treatments. Jared Boxes bring smiles and laughter and lift the spirits of children in the hospital.

Here are the links to the Create the Change Day Event, Project Giving Kids, and The Jared Box Project. Please check out the link to the event and join us on Oct. 30th from 1-4 for a Halloween themed day of fun-filled events and on-site service opportunities! You can also click here to watch a video.

Any questions, please send email to stover.rebecca@gmail.com and sunni.fleming@outlook.com

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The following item was sent to us by Alan Bishop with the Milton Department of Public Works:

MWRA Water Main Maintenance Likely to Cause Discolored Water and Slightly Lower Water Pressure in Areas of Hyde Park and Milton. The Massachusetts Water Resources Authority will be conducting water main maintenance in Hyde Park.  The project will start on Monday, October 17th and will be completed by Friday, October 21, 2016.

Though the work is being done in Hyde Park, it will likely result in a slight change in water pressure and discolored water in parts of Milton during this five day period. If discolored water does occur, it will result from a small amount of iron in local pipes.

Please note that iron will stain light-colored items in your laundry, especially when bleach is used. Residents may want to wait for the water to clear before using it. If you have any questions, please contact Milton’s MWRA Community Relations Manager, Leonard Cawley, (617) 305-5757, Leonard.Cawley@mwra.com or MWRA’s 24-hour water line: (617) 305-5950.

ATHLETICS

Girls Cross Country: The Girls Cross Country team has dominated the Bay State Conference as they stand unbeaten at 10-0 and continue to work hard to prepare to defend their State Title in November. This past weekend, the team won first place at the Twilight Invitational in Barnstable, with four Milton girls scoring in the top nine out of 251 runners. Bridget Mitchell won the race in a time of 18:06 and Colette O’Leary finished second overall with a time of 18:29. Congrats to these girls on an amazing performance!

 Boys Cross Country: The Boys Cross Country remains competitive despite a 2-8 record.

Football: Our Wildcats remain in contention for a Herget Division title with a 5-1 record and they are looking to earn a high seed in the upcoming MIAA playoffs after a convincing 47-12 win over Dedham. This week, the Cats host Wellesley on Friday night at 7pm in a Herget showdown.

Golf: The Golf team is currently 6-6 and needs one more win to qualify for the MIAA State Tournament with 2 matches left to play this week.

Girls Soccer: The Girls Soccer team is currently 7-4-2 and qualified for the State Tournament with a 6-0 win over Quincy on Saturday.

Boys Soccer: The Boys team is currently 2-11 and is looking to close out the season on a strong note with two weeks remaining.

Field Hockey: The Field Hockey team has four wins, eight losses and one tie as they continue to play great defense and play very competitive games.

Volleyball: The Volleyball team has been on a roll at they have improved to 10-6 and need one more win to qualify for the State Tournament.

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 three MHS students who earned spots to row in the Head of the Charles Regatta on Sunday, October 23rd.  Although the Neponset Rowing Club is sending three other boats to compete at the regatta, the foursome of Maya Watanabe, Lucy Hainline, Maia Adley, and Brigitte Dugas earned their spots from their hard work last year.  Congrats to these three girls!

Staff: I would like to thank and recognize MHS Vice Principal Brian Mackinaw, Athletic Trainer Patty Pauris and MHS English Teacher Steve Collyer, all of whom worked very hard to help get our new Wildcat Wellness Center up and running. This new, state-of-the-art cardio and weight training facility could not have happened without the knowledge, expertise and enthusiasm of these three staff members. We are also grateful to the Milton Foundation for Education, who funded this important Health & Wellness initiative. The weight training room has been in use since mid-September, but the cardio room just opened today. This will be an invaluable resource for all our students!

Volunteers: I would like to thank one of our Milton families who recently went above and beyond for the Collicot School. The Madden family spent the weekend painting lines in the outdoor spaces for playground games. There are now designated spots to play Pickle, Soccer, Baseball, Football, and a new Four Square. It is temporary paint and should last about three weeks. The Madden family has very close ties to Milton, with Mike Madden serving as our boys’ varsity soccer coach and his wife Heidi Madden serving as a Collicot lunch/recess aide. In addition, their son Ryan is a job coach/aide at Milton High School and also helps out our Athletic Director. The Madden’s four other children are students in the Milton Public Schools. What a thoughtful and generous way to support our schools and community.

The Milton Public School system is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to the provision of quality educational programs for all students.  The Milton Public School system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, genetic information, age or sexual orientation.

 

October 14th E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Oct• 14•16

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Friday, October 14, 2016

For those of you who have children in Grades 5-8, please join us on Thursday, October 20th for Milton High School Info Night. This event is designed to introduce parents/guardians and students to all that Milton High School has to offer. The evening begins at 6:30pm in the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium and will conclude with a building tour with visits to our various department heads.

“This night allows us to showcase all the wonderful academic strengths that Milton High School offers,” said Guidance Director Karen Cahill. “We pack a lot of information into a short amount of time and we hope that anyone considering Milton High School as an option for their child comes to this event to learn more.”

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

I am proud and humbled to announce that the Milton Public Schools leadership team has been chosen for an extraordinary honor. On Saturday, October 29th from 7pm until midnight, the Parkway United Methodist Church will be honoring our leadership team at their 2016 Annual Appreciation Banquet. This honor is to recognize that the team “has been engaged in thoughtful work that has advanced the dialogue concerning diversity, inclusion and belonging in the schools,” according to Dr. Dennis L. Slaughter, Director of Music at Parkway United Methodist Church.

This banquet is Parkway United Methodist Church’s way of extending and expressing their gratitude to those who make our Milton community strong. The 2016 Awardees are members of the Milton Public Schools’ Leadership Team:

Ms. Mary Gormley, Superintendent of Schools
Ms. Janet Sheehan, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Human Resources
Dr. Glenn Pavlicek, Assistant Superintendent for Business Affairs
Mr. James Jette, Principal, Milton High School
Dr. Karen Spaulding, Principal, Pierce Middle School
Dr. Elaine McNeil-Girmai, Principal, Tucker Elementary School
Ms. Karen McDavitt, Principal, Glover Elementary School
Ms. Holly Concannon, Principal, Collicot Elementary School
Mr. Jonathan Redden, Principal, Cunningham Elementary School

The banquet will be held at Lantana, 43 Scanlon Drive, Randolph.  Tickets are $75 or $50 for Milton Public School staff and faculty and may be purchased by clicking this link: http://bit.ly/2016_Parkway_Banquet

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There have been no School Committee meetings since my last E-blast. The next meeting will be held Wednesday, October 26th at 7 pm in the Milton TV Access studio, Room 245, Milton High School.

CURRICULUM NEWS

Milton Public School staff participated in a comprehensive professional development program on Wednesday, October 12th.  The day began with a presentation by Synergy Solutions, a company that partners with schools to provide emergency response training. Teachers also heard from a representative from COPsync, a communication network and threat alert system that enhances school safety.

Another presentation, “Making the Grade: Effective Strategies to Promote Healthy Relationships and Prevent Relationship Violence,” was led by one of our own Milton parents, Casey Corcoran. Mr. Corcoran is the Program Director for the Children and Youth Program at Futures Without Violence. We wish to thank Mr. Corcoran for sharing his expertise in violence intervention and prevention and for engaging Milton educators in very important topics for discussion.

The professional development day also provided an opportunity for us to continue our work in the area of Cultural Competency. Milton resident and educational consultant Dr. Dennis Slaughter provided a dynamic presentation that focused discussion on classroom practices. Teachers examined case studies on diversity and social justice education and collaborated in breakout groups. We look forward to continuing our partnership with Dr. Slaughter as we pursue our goals for developing culturally proficient practices.  Our professional development days provide meaningful learning experiences for Milton educators, and we truly appreciate these opportunities for professional growth.

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We are pleased to report that every Milton Public School classroom in grades PreK-5 will be implementing the Second Step curriculum to support Social Emotional Learning (SEL). The research is very clear about the relationship between Social Emotional Learning and student achievement and the impact on school climate. Key findings on effective SEL work in schools cite improved academic achievement, improved school attitudes and behaviors, fewer negative behaviors, and reduced emotional distress (Durlak, Weissberg, Dymnicki, Taylor, & Schellinger 2010).

A Social Emotional Learning Curriculum Committee collaborated over the past two years to review programs and recommended practices. It was determined that Second Step would provide a comprehensive research-based approach to social and academic success for students through lessons that include the following concepts: Skills for Learning, Empathy, Emotion Management, and Problem Solving.  Short-term outcomes include increased social-emotional competence, increased self-regulation, improved classroom behavior, and increased on-task behavior. Long-term outcomes of Second Step include increased school success, increased school connectedness, improved peer relations, and reduced aggression. While Second Step will support our work to decrease bullying behavior, we will continue to implement the Bully-Proofing Your School program, which provides an additional five lessons that are aligned with our new program.

Second Step also has a parent communication component with home connections that reinforce skills. Both teachers and students are very excited about Second Step and are adopting this new curriculum with great interest and enthusiasm!

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On Wednesday, October 19th, all Milton High School juniors will have the opportunity to take the PSAT/NMSQT, (Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test), an important test that provides many benefits that can help him or her along the path to college. This test will be given at Milton High School, starting at 7:50am and ending by 11:15am. There is no fee for your child to take this exam, as the Milton Public Schools covers the cost of each student’s exam through the generosity of the Copeland Foundation.

If your child is a junior, the PSAT/NMSQT offers not only a chance to practice for the SAT, but also for him or her the opportunity to enter competitions for college scholarships.

For both sophomores and juniors, the PSAT/NMSQT is a great practice for the SAT. They will get personalized feedback on their performance to help improve their skills before taking the SAT or ACT, which is required for collegiate admissions for the majority of colleges and universities in the United States.

In addition, students receive free college planning tools to help them start their college search and feedback on the types of AP courses for which they may be particularly well prepared. Taking these college-level classes can help students earn college credit while still in high school and provide them with a competitive advantage in the college admission process.

If your child is interested in hearing from colleges and universities across the country that are looking for students like him or her, remind your child to opt into the Student Search Service when he or she takes the test.

If you have any further questions about the PSAT, you may also contact your child’s guidance counselor.

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The following item was submitted by Dr. Martine Fisher, Director of World Languages:

World Languages at the High School: On target!

World language instruction and curricula are in constant evolution at all levels and in all our schools.

Advances in technology, communication, research-based studies on the learning process, learners’ styles and instruction, new standards for language instruction combined with the contributions of neuroscience and cognitive psychology contribute to the on-going and necessary evaluation and evolution of our educational practices, priorities, and objectives, notably in World language instruction.

At the High School, French, Spanish and Latin teachers have been examining and revising content, instructional practices, sequencing, assessments and materials for the last four years taking into consideration these various contributions. This effort is bearing fruit. At the High School, World Language studies are one of the highest areas of achievement at the Advanced Placement exam. In French and in Spanish, the comparison between the four last years of AP results with the four previous years speaks for itself:

2009-2012 2013-2016
French 94% 100%
Spanish 36% 88%

 

The progress in Spanish is particularly striking. For the first time last year, the number of AP Spanish students exceeded the number of French immersion students.

Latin students are growing in numbers every year at the High School. This trend is a tribute to Ms. Huebner’s work but also directly linked to her productive collaboration with her High School colleagues (Ms. Menard and Ms. Murphy) to ensure vertical articulation and curricular coordination. The adoption of the well-establish Cambridge Latin Course from grade 6 to grade 12 provided the necessary framework to guarantee consistency in instruction. Our Latin AP results are also encouraging with an average of 26% qualifying scores in 2011 and 2012 compared with an average of 58% in the last two years. We are confident that these scores will continue to steadily rise following our recent curricular and instructional work.

Advanced Placement scores are useful indicators as they allow administrators, educators, parents and guardians to analyze and contextualize the performance of our students on a national scale. These results are however neither ultimate goals nor final measures of achievement. Learning a world language is about successfully living in our global society. It is about communicating, discovering and understanding other people and cultures as well as considering new perspectives. As Federico Fellini used to say: “A different language is a different vision of life.”

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Please note, the Milton High School Girls Indoor Track team will be holding a car wash at the Cunningham Collicot driveway tomorrow — Saturday, October 15th from 9am to noon. All proceeds will benefit the team.

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I’d like to let you all know about a wonderful public service project being run by a Milton High School senior. Michael Sullivan will be conducting the Flag Collection Project in our schools for the second year in a row. In honor of Veterans Day, Michael will be collecting old, worn or tattered American flags in order to properly retire them according to flag protocols. Flag collection bins will be in each of our school buildings. All flags will be part of the 2016 Veterans Day Flag Retirement Ceremony to be held at 10am on Friday, November 11th inside Fort Independence, Castle Island, South Boston.

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The Milton High School Athletic Hall of Fame is proud to announce the 2016 Induction Class. Joining the Hall of Fame are James Blake (’49), Thomas Brennan, Jack Griffin (’79), Patrick Dunn (’96), Ryan Ciampa (’99), William Maheras (’02), and the 1986 Field Hockey team as well as the recipient of the Chairman’s Award, Derrick Snowden (’89).

The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held on Saturday, October 22nd.  There will be a brief ceremony to unveil the plaques at Milton High School followed by dinner and awards ceremony at the Common Market in Quincy. Tickets for the dinner may be purchased by contacting Billy Donovan (bdonovan@miltonps.org). Tickets are $65 per person and can be paid for by check. Tickets are limited so make sure to reserve your seat as soon as possible for this wonderful celebration of some of Milton’s finest athletes.

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Save the date for Milton High School’s musical production of CINDERELLA! You don’t want to miss this enchanting production proudly prepared by Director Brittany Rolfs and her talented troupe:

  • Thursday, November 3rd at 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, November 5th at 3:00PM and 7:00PM.

Admission is $10 and Tickets will be available for purchase in the Milton High School office beginning October 17th.

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Parents of Grades 1-8 boys and girls …. please save the date! On Sunday, November 13th the MHS Girls Cross Country Team is sponsoring a Kids Trail Run for boys and girls Grades 1-8 at Cunningham Park. The first race begins at noon. This event will support and raise awareness for the Girls Cross Country Team. Sign-ups begin at 10:30am at Cunningham Hall. Cost is $10 per person. The events are:

Grades 1 and 2: 1 mile at 12:00 p.m. Grades 3-5: 1.5 miles at 12:15 p.m. Grades 6-8: 2 miles at 12:35 p.m. For early registration and more information, email Coach Shaw at tshaw@miltonps.org

GUIDANCE NEWS

Milton High School Guidance Department is hosting three great upcoming events!

  • Grade 5-8 Info Night (see item in red at top of E-blast) on Thursday, October 20th.
  • MEFA Financial Aid Night; Wednesday October 26th at 6:30pm in the Charles Winchester Auditorium-come and hear all about the new changes to FAFSA and how they will affect you!
  • College Planning Night-Tuesday, November 1st 6:30 pm. Come and participate in mini interactive sessions on all aspects of the college process.

All parents/guardians of students in all grades are welcome!

FROM THE HEALTH ROOM

The Milton Public Schools will be hosting a flu shot clinic on November 9th from 3:30 to 5:30 at the Pierce Middle School. This clinic, which will be held in the cafeteria, is for those in Grades 3 and older and parents/guardians are also welcome. Please bring your insurance card.

FAMILY LIAISON NEWS

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

For many families, having a “No School Day” means having to find childcare. In an effort to assist families in planning ahead below is a list of remaining holidays as well as school vacations and early release days. Extended school day and vacation camps are available through the Milton Community Schools.  For detailed information please visit www.miltoncommunityschools.org.

The Milton Public Schools will be closed all day for students attending Pre-school through Grade 12 on the following dates:

November:

  • Tuesday, 11/ 8 – Teacher Professional Development Day   ELECTION DAY
  • Friday, 11/11 – Veterans’ Day
  • Wednesday, 11/ 23, Thursday, 11/24 and Friday, 11/25 – Thanksgiving Recess

December:

  • Monday – Friday, 12/26, 12/27, 12/28, 12/29, 12/30 – Winter Recess

January:

  • Monday, 1/2 – New Year’s Day Observed
  • Monday, 1/16 – Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

February:

  • Monday – Friday, 2/20, 2/21, 2/22, 2/23, 2/24 – February Recess

April:

  • Friday, 4/14 – Good Friday
  • Monday – Friday, 4/17, 4/18, 4/19, 4/20, 4/21 – April Recess

May:

  • Monday, 5/29 Memorial Day

In addition, students in Preschool – grade 12 will have Early Release Days on the following dates:

November:
Thursday, 11/17 – Early Release

December:
Wednesday, 12/7 – Early Release

January:
Wednesday, 1/11- Early Release

March:
Wednesday, 3/1 – Early Release

April:
Wednesday, 4/5 – Early Release

June:
Monday, 6/19 – Last Day of School unless make up snow days are required

Parent/Guardian – Teacher Conferences:

For students in Grades Pre-K -5 conferences will be held on Wednesday, 12/7 and Thursday, 3/9. Conferences for students in grades 6-12 will be held Thursday, 11/17 and 3/9.  Unlike Open Houses, held in early fall, these conferences provide an opportunity for teachers to provide feedback specific to how your child’s year is going thus far.

Please feel free to reach out with any questions you might have about the upcoming school year 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 .

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

The Milton High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) is pleased to announce its newest fundraiser, Miltonopoly! We have taken the classic Monopoly game and Miltonized it!  Most of the spaces around the board feature businesses in Milton. The games are now available for purchase for $25. The proceeds from this fundraiser will help offset the costs of competing this summer at the National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California and the 2017 State Leadership Conference held annually at Bentley University. The game can be purchased on Saturday, October 15th from 10 am -12 pm at the MHS front entrance and also during regular business hours at Bent’s Cookie Factory, Body Benefits, Copeland Field House Concession Stand (2:30-3 pm on school days). For more information regarding this fundraiser please e-mail AJ Melanson at amelanson@miltonps.org

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For those of you who are not familiar with Donors Choose, this is a fantastic website which matches classroom teachers who have an unmet need with potential donors. Any public school can participate and our teachers and students have benefited from Donors Choose for the past several years. Currently, there are a few requests from teachers from Pierce Middle School, as well as Glover, Collicot and Cunningham elementary schools on Donors Choose. To view these or to make a donation, click here.

There is also a Donors Choose option which only requires an online vote – no monetary obligation is needed. Cunningham kindergarten teacher Sara Slater recently posted a Donors Choose project for STEM materials for her Kindergarten classroom. Her project can receive funding if it’s one of the top-voted projects at the website, Limeades for Learning. Here’s how voting works:

  • Donors vote for their favorite project once per day, per e-mail address, at www.limeadesforlearning.com
  • Vote online ten times and get two extra vote codes via email –Each week (September 26 through October 23) SONIC will fund up to$250,000 towards the projects that received the most votes.
  • You can vote for her project by clicking on the following link: http://limead.es/2253143

Please vote for Ms. Slater’s project! Remember to keep voting. You can vote every day-it only takes a second.

PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

Child Find: In accordance with Public Law 94-142, Milton Public Schools provides special education programs designed to meet the needs of children who are attending not only our public schools, but also those who attend private schools at private expense and whose parent(s)/guardian(s) reside in Milton.

Milton provides all children with an opportunity to participate in the public school programs and thrives to identify all children in need of special education services. Milton Public Schools will arrange for the screening and evaluation of children aged 3 through 21 who are unable to progress effectively in general education because of a disability. These disabilities may include: Developmental Delay; Autism; Intellectual Impairment; Sensory Impairment; Neurological Impairment; Emotional Impairment; Communication Impairment; Physical Impairment; Health Impairment; and/or Specific Learning Disability.

For further information regarding eligibility for evaluations, programs, and/or services, please call the Pupil Personnel Office at 617-696-5040 x 5574. You may also contact via email the Administrator of Pupil Personnel Services, Tracy Grandeau, at tgrandeau@miltonps.org

FOOD SERVICE NEWS

The following item was sent to us by Brandon Rabbitt, Dietetic Intern with our Food Service Department:

On October 3rd, 2016 the dietetic interns from Framingham State University held a sports nutrition class for any athlete interested in attending. The class had an incredible turnout, with both the entire high school boys soccer and JV girls volleyball teams in attendance. The class focused on the importance of the different macronutrients, good sources of each, as well as proper nutrition before, during, and after participating in sports.

The macronutrients that give the body energy are carbohydrates, protein, and fat. Carbohydrates are the most important nutrient for athletes because they are the source of “quick energy” desired by the muscles when exercising. Good sources that athletes should be consuming are fruits, vegetables, whole wheat bread, pasta, and beans.

Fat slows digestion and should not be eaten in high amounts before exercising because they can cause cramping and slow down absorption of nutrients from food. During breakfast or after sports, athletes should focus on consuming healthy fats from foods such as eggs, sun butter, fish, nuts, avocado, and oils as opposed to unhealthy fats from fried foods, high fat meats, and high fat dairy.

Protein is needed for muscle growth and repair; good sources for athletes include low-fat dairy, eggs, poultry, fish, meat, nuts, and beans. Athletes tend to have a skewed idea that the more protein you consume, the more muscle you can gain. However, this is not true. Protein needs for athletes are higher than a sedentary person, but these needs can easily be met through their diet with no need for protein powders or supplements. When protein is consumed in excess of a well balanced diet with adequate calories, the protein will not be used to build muscle, but will be stored as fat.

How to eat before, during, and after sports:

  • 3-4 hours before sports: Students should eat a meal high in carbohydrates, with moderate amounts of protein, and low in fat. School lunch is a great well-balanced meal that will give students the proper energy they need during this time. Drink at least 2-3 cups of fluid at this time.
  • 1 hour before sports: A high carbohydrate snack should be eaten 1 hour before activity. Talking a fruit such as a banana or apple during lunch and saving it for this time is a great snack idea. Drink a cup of water before starting sports.
  • During sports: It is important to drink 1 cup of water for every 15 minutes of exercise. This will ensure students do not get dehydrated since the body uses a lot of water to stay cool while exercising. After exercising for 90-120 minutes it is important to eat a high carbohydrate snack such as fruit or pretzels or drink a sports drink to ensure there is enough energy to power the rest of the workout and repair muscles after the workout is complete.
  • 0-1 hours after sports: Students should eat a meal high in carbohydrates, moderate to high in protein, with moderate amounts of fat. An example meal could be a turkey wrap with avocado, mixed veggies, and milk. If students do not have access to a meal right after a game they should bring a snack with them to have in the meantime. It is just as important to drink water after working out as it is before and during exercise.

Following a diet that is rich in fruit, vegetables, lean protein, and low fat dairy while using the guidelines set above will give high school athletes the energy they need to perform at their greatest potential during a game and will allow their bodies to build and repair itself for the following days activities.

MFE NEWS

It’s that time of year! The MFE’s 18th Annual Monster Dash is scheduled for Sunday, October 30th. The race starts and ends at Cunningham Park, 75 Edge Hill Road, Milton. This race is held in loving memory of Sam Cichello and supports science enrichment in Milton’s elementary schools. Registration begins at 9am, with kids activities beginning at 10am and a costumed Fun Run starting at 10:30am.  The 5K start is 11am and awards begin at noontime. To register online, click here.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The following item was sent to us by Alan Bishop with the Milton DPW:

The Town of Milton’s DPW will be hosting a Household Hazardous Waste Collection on Saturday, October 15th from 9am – noon. Proof of residency is required and no cash will be accepted. Please pay by personal check or Trash Sticker (Sticker preferred.) The collection takes place at the DPW Yard (629 Randolph Avenue), rain or shine. Except for the items listed below, the collection is free for Milton residents:

  • Car Batteries: Up to 3 for $3.00
  • Waste Oil, Antifreeze: Up to 3 gallons for $3.00
  • Propane Tanks: $3.00 each (both large and small tanks)
  • Fire Extinguishers $3.00 each
  • Tires: $3 each

These items will NOT be accepted:

  • Latex paint (Read label – If clean-up calls for soap and water, it is not hazardous and do not bring it to the event) (for information on how to dispose of latex paint, please call the DPW)
  • Mercury-containing items and fluorescent bulbs, appliances, electronics, rechargeable batteries. (These items are accepted at the Recycling Center on the first Saturday of every month)
  • Prescription medicine or syringes
  • Commercial or industrial waste
  • Asbestos
  • Alkaline batteries such as AA, D, etc. (These can be placed in your trash)

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

The following items CAN be brought to the collection:

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

For more information or question for materials not listed above, please call the DPW at (617) 898-4900.

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For those who may have missed the Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition’s recent event held at Milton High School, you may view the presentation by clicking the link below. This was a fantastic event, titled, “Safeguarding Our Kids in Risky Times K-12 – Substance Use Awareness and Prevention in Milton.” The event was a first-of-its-kind collaboration between the Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, the Milton Public Schools Health and Wellness Subcommittee, the Milton Board of Health, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital –Milton and the Marc A. Susi Scholarship Fund. Those who view the video can hear the latest results of the recent Milton youth assessment and learn techniques of talking to your kids about substance use prevention. Viewers can also hear from prevention experts on the impact of drugs and alcohol on the developing teen brain and learn to recognize signs of teen use. Click this link to view.

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The Milton Public Schools and the Milton Police Department recently issued a Parking Enforcement Advisory for the Milton High School campus. Please read below:

Due to safety concerns, Milton High School is restricting all parking along the access road between the high school parking lot and Blue Hills Parkway. All parking on both sides is now prohibited. This is the area alongside the edge of the roadway and the grass where visitors often park during sporting events. DO NOT park here for ANY events. This warning is being sent to encourage compliance. The Police Department always wants to encourage voluntary compliance before enforcement action takes place. wants to encourage voluntary compliance before enforcement action takes place.

VISUAL ARTS

The following item was sent to us by ArtSpace Milton:

Calling all Fairies, Gnomes, and Elves! — Artspace Milton and Wakefield Estate Host Fairy Fest, Saturday, Oct. 22nd at the Wakefield Estate. The woods are full of fairies! Come out to the Wakefield Estate to build a home for a fairy or elf on the grounds of our beautiful estate. On October 22nd from 1:00-3:00 pm, Artspace Milton and the Wakefield Estate will be hosting a Fairy Festival at the Wakefield Estate, 1465 Brush Hill Road in Milton. ArtSpace Milton will be on hand to help out with lots of fun nature art activities and face-painting. Refreshments will be served. Space is limited, so RSVPs requested! Suggested donation of $15 per family. To RSVP, email artspace02186@gmail.com`. This event is subject to cancellation due to weather and there is no rain date.

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The following item was sent to us by the Milton Art Center:

Gallery 334 at the Milton Art Center invites the public to the Second Annual “Open Up!” event. The event will be held October 14th through November 19th. The reception for Open Up! 2016 will be held on Friday October 14 from 6-9pm and will feature a wine bar and light refreshments.  There will be live music from Claudia Wellington and Ellen Watters Sullivan. Enjoy an eclectic selection of work in a variety of media—from watercolor to pastel, oil, encaustic and acrylic. The show includes more than 45 works by emerging and established artists. This is a great chance to pick up a piece of original art at very reasonable prices. “People’s Choice” awards will be given out at the end of the evening. This event will run on Fridays, 4-6pm and Saturdays 12-4pm, except holiday weekends. Gallery 334 is free and open to the public. For more info, visit http://www.miltonartcenter.org/

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

Fall wouldn’t be complete without fun family activities at the Milton Public Library! Books, programs, coloring, games, puppets and more are available every day for you to check out. In addition to our regular story times on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of October 23 – 29:

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 from 7:15 – 7:45 pm
SPUB Club, Ages 7-11

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

Friday, October 28, 2016 from 10:00 – 11:00 am
Yoga with Jill, Ages 3-5

Children ages 3-5 are invited to come to this fun time learning yoga with Jill Pokaski Azar, certified yoga instructor. Registration is required (separate sign up for each session). Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library

Saturday, October 29, 2016 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Star Wars Jedi Knight Training, Ages 4-9

The Children’s Room is pleased to welcome Jungle Jim, Jedi Master back to Milton for his Star Wars Jedi Knight Training Program! Star Wars fans will have a chance to interact with a real Jedi Knight. Ideal for ages 4 – 9, this interactive performance is great for both boys and girls! We lead the children through a series of challenges including Jedi Force Magic, the Laser Balloon Barrage and Jedi Teamwork culminating in an epic lightsaber duel with the Jedi Master himself. 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 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

We have some great news from the MIAA. Milton High School has earned a place on the 2015-16 MIAA Sportsmanship Honor Roll. We are among several schools in the state who did not have any student-athletes or coaches disqualified/suspended from an athletic contest during the 2015-16 school year! click here for honor roll

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Please note, the Milton High School Girls Indoor Track team will be holding a car wash at the Cunningham Collicot driveway this Saturday, October 15th from 9am to noon. All proceeds will benefit the team.

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: Congratulations to Collicot kindergartener Phinneas Buchanan, whose artwork was chosen from hundreds of entries to be the design for this year’s Monster Dash T-Shirts. The annual contest, run by the Milton Foundation for Education, recognized Phineas’ talent. Members of the MFE board visited Phineas in class yesterday to surprise him with the news!

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Staff:   We have great news from the World Language department. A $5,000 grant written by Dr. Martine Fisher, World Language Department Head, was recently approved by the Selection Committee of the FACE Foundation’s Fund for French Dual Language Programs in the U.S. This grant will be used toward expanding and updating French libraries in elementary French immersion classes (grades 1-5). I would like to recognize Dr. Fisher for her work on this grant, which will be an enormous benefit to our libraries!

Volunteers:  I would like to recognize Bea Filipski, a Tucker grandmother who began helping out about five years ago when two of her grandchildren (Cece and Cooper Madigan) were at Tucker. Her grandchildren have graduated, but Bea continues to volunteer two to three times a week, shelving and straightening out the books in the Tucker library. She is well loved and respected by the students and staff alike and known affectionately by all as Nana Bea. She rarely misses a week and when she does, because of illness or snow, she always calls to let the staff know she won’t be in because it’s her “job”. She is 85 years old and lives in Dorchester but loves being in Milton to help both us and her family and now has quite a following of fans (Tucker friends) when she goes to Cece and Cooper’s games and shows at Pierce. Her Tucker family is very grateful for her dedication, service and kindness over the years.

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The Milton Public School system is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to the provision of quality educational programs for all students.  The Milton Public School system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, genetic information, age or sexual orientation.

 

October 4th E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Oct• 04•16

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date: Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

Try leaving the car behind tomorrow to help celebrate Walk to School Day with us. As a special treat, Wally the Green Monster, the Red Sox mascot, will be greeting our students from Glover, Cunningham and Collicot in the morning; and students from Tucker in the afternoon. We hope to see as many students as possible walking or biking to school tomorrow!

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

This past weekend, I attended one of my favorite annual events – Celebrate Milton – which was held at the Pierce Middle School on Sunday, October 2nd.  This is a tradition which makes me very proud to be a Milton resident. This year, I was even more proud to attend, since one of our own MPS teachers was honored with the Community Builder Award.

Please join me in congratulating Barbara Wright, who was recognized for her role in planning and leading system-wide diversity meetings, which bring together parents and staff from all six schools. Ms. Wright is the Humanities Department Head at Milton High School.

The Community Builders Award recognizes efforts to make Milton a more open and inclusive community to diverse populations.  The award is given to organizations, employees or residents of Milton who have been instrumental in bringing together people of diverse backgrounds to interact, develop an understanding of one another, and to engage in civic activities to make the town a more open and inclusive place to live. The award also encourages the development of new initiatives fostering diversity, social justice and community interaction.

I would also like to congratulate Lori Bilewicz, who led the planning of this event. Despite the rain, this year’s event went off without a hitch and was extremely well-attended. ¡CelebrateMilton! is a volunteer effort of Milton residents who actively encourage Milton’s diverse populations to appreciate and enjoy one another. This annual event has drawn thousands of residents since its beginning in 1994.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There have been no School Committee meetings since my last E-blast. The next meeting will be held Wednesday, October 5th at 7 pm in the Milton Access TV studio, Room 245 at Milton High School.

CURRICULUM NEWS

Please note, there will be NO SCHOOL on Monday, October 10th for Columbus Day, NO SCHOOL on Tuesday, October 11th for a Professional Development Day for our staff and NO SCHOOL on Wednesday, October 12th for Yom Kippur.

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We had another amazing cultural experience at Milton High School last week. Our high school hosted nearly 500 students from Sakae Higashi school in Japan. These students travel in the United States for several weeks, and include a stop at Milton High School every year, as the only school they visit. From the moment they arrive (in 15 coach buses!) to the moment they leave, these students are fully immersed in the typical day of an American high school student. After a morning assembly in the auditorium where our marching band performs, and the audience is treated to a Japanese student performance, students  attend classes, play games in gym class and eat lunch side-by-side with their American student “ambassadors.”  This is a very enriching cultural event that the Milton Public Schools are proud to be part of.  Many thanks to MHS History teacher Kathleen Kelly for her work with this wonderful program.

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The following item was sent in by MHS and PMS teacher Nancy Warn:

I’m happy to report another great experience for the Pierce Model United Nations team, who attended a “no preparation” tournament that was aimed at teaching students how to participate effectively in Model United Nations conferences.  Prior to the conference, students were told the general topic for the conference would be Refugees and Displaced Persons, which we engaged in learning about together in our weekly meetings.  In addition, we grouped students in pairs prior to arrival – which helped our students feel more comfortable going into their tournaments.  Once they arrived, they were given country assignments and put to task.

Pierce MUN advisors, Lauren Hoyt and Melissa Augustyn took 19 students to Suffolk Law School to participate in this introductory MUN – the Global Leadership Conference.  Our students represented Egypt, Syria, Yemen, Italy, Qatar, Albania, Romania, and Ireland.

By all accounts, it was an awesome day.  Lauren Hoyt and Melissa Augustyn were great advisors and oversaw an amazing experience for Pierce students.  All students were active participants in the Conference.  The participated in moderated and unmoderated debate, resolution writing, public speaking and diplomacy to pass resolutions and solve the problems facing refugees and displaced persons as well as address the complexities for countries accepting refugees.

At the end of the day, we were proud of all participants.   Four students won awards for being the “best negotiators” in their various committees.  Ralph Destin and Adrianna Halpin-Quiroga won in their committee. In addition, Barron Clancy and Anderson Korman won best negotiators in their committee.

Our next conference is on November 19th. We will be representing the United States, France and Egypt at that conference, held at Northeastern University.

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The following notice was sent to MHS parents and guardians by MHS Principal James Jette:

Please note: On Wednesday, October 19th, Milton High School will be administering the PSAT to all 10th and 11th graders. Please make a note of the following:

Students in grades 10 and 11 will start school at the regular time of 7:50 a.m. and report to their grade level homeroom. When the testing is over, students will resume their normal schedule for the rest of the day. Students must be on time for the test.  Once the test starts no one can be admitted to the testing.

Students in grades 9 and 12 will start school at 11:15 a.m. by going to their 5th period class. If a student has first lunch then he/she will go to lunch and then go to his/her 5th period class. There will be no block day on Wednesday, Oct. 19th.

Please remember student athletes must be in attendance for the designated amount of time to be eligible to participate in a practice or game.

Buses on this day will run on the regular schedule. We realize that this may create a timing issue for freshmen and seniors who may take the bus. If it is not possible to arrange alternative transportation on this day, students may spend time in the morning in the cafeteria. Thank you very much for your cooperation and understanding.

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Please note this very important event happening tonight at Milton High School:

Safeguarding Our Kids in Risky Times K-12 – Substance Use Awareness and Prevention in Milton: How many times have you thought, “No, not my kid,”? For those who have thought this, as well as any other parent or community member who would like more information on safeguarding our kids, please note this special event tonight —  Tuesday, October 4thin the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium at Milton High School. Exhibit halls open at 5:30pm and the Speaker Panel begins at 6:30pm.

Attendees may participate in a Skill Building Forum for Parents and Guardians of K-12. This is a first-of-its-kind collaboration between the Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, the Milton Public Schools Health and Wellness Subcommittee, the Milton Board of Health, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital –Milton and the Marc A. Susi Scholarship Fund. The evening will feature a resource fair in the lobby, a panel of expert speakers, video clips and opportunities for a parent Q&A. Hear the latest results of the recent Milton youth assessment. Learn techniques of talking to your kids about substance use prevention. Hear from prevention experts on the impact of drugs and alcohol on the developing teen brain. Learn to recognize signs of teen use. There will be vendor tables, instructional video clips and MORE! For more info, visit  www.milton-coalition.com

Expert Speaker Panel:

  • Laurie Stillman, MMHS, Public Health Consultant, MSAPC Lead Consultant “A Milton Snapshot; Youth Substance Use And Mental Health Trends”
  • Dr. Marisa Silveri, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, McLean Hospital “How Underage Drinking, Smoking And Drugs Effects The Teenage Brain”
  • Barbara Green, PhD, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Founder and Medical Director of Youth Health Connection. Walden Behavioral Care and South Shore Hospital. “Now What? Parenting Tips and Skill Building to Raise Healthy and Safe Kids”

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The Milton Transportation Sub-Committee has recently met and set some goals for the 2016-2017 school year.  Issues that the committee is currently dealing with are implementing the Walk/Bike to School program.  The Kick Off Wednesday is tomorrow, October 5th.  We will have a special visit that day from Red Sox Nation’s Wally The Green Monster to congratulate all the walkers and bikers.  He will visit Cunningham, Collicot and Glover as they arrive in morning and Tucker Students as they are dismissed in the afternoon!

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Please help support our Boosters and our MHS sports teams! There will be a car wash in the driveway of the Cunningham School on Saturday, October 15th from 9am to noon. The cost is $10 per vehicle and proceeds will benefit the MHS Girls Indoor Track Team.

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Swing for Sports, our annual benefit for Milton High School athletics, will be held Tuesday, October 11th at Wollaston Golf Course starting at 9:30am. The Boosters invite individuals, teams, sponsors and spectators to participate in a golf tournament, tennis round robin, silent and live auctions, as well as an evening reception. Big prizes include a a $10,000 cash hole-in-one prize and a new car hole-in-one prize, the latter sponsored by Toyota of Braintree.

Entry fees include a box lunch, green fees, a golf cart, hors d’oeuvres and the dinner reception. A number of sponsorships are also available. Visit www.miltonboosters.com to register or provide sponsorship, or email swingforsports@miltonboosters.com for more information.

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The following item was sent to us by Sunni Fleming and Rebecca Stover, MPS parents and The Jared Box Supply Drive organizers:

Create the Change Day 2016: Project Giving Kids is excited to announce our latest approach to getting kids involved in giving back – our first Create the Change Day will take place on October 30th from 1-4pm at the Reggie Lewis Athletic Center in Roxbury.

This event will provide numerous hands-on opportunities for kids and families to volunteer and will feature numerous Boston area nonprofit organization from The Jared Box Project, Doc Wayne Youth Services, Hospitality Homes and many others.

Starting this week, Milton elementary schools will be doing a supply drive for one of the on-site partner projects, The Jared Box Project. A Jared Box is a plastic storage box filled with small gifts, toys, games, and fun activities. Each box contains items selected for a specific age and gender. The boxes are delivered to hospitals. Jared Boxes provide a special diversion for young patients in emergency rooms, patient rooms, surgical centers, and clinics as they receive chemotherapy and other medical treatments. Jared Boxes bring smiles and laughter and lift the spirits of children in the hospital. Please be on the lookout for a flyer with details of the supply drive. Below are the links to Project Giving Kids, The Jared Box Project and the Create the Change Day Event.

Any questions, please send emai to stover.rebecca@gmail.com  and sunni.fleming@outlook.com

PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

I received the following notice from one of my colleagues from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and I would encourage any Milton parent/guardian who is interested to attend:

We hope you will join us on campus for our Thursday, October 6th forum featuring Ron Suskind talking about Life, Animated, the story of the remarkable journey of his autistic son. Please share this information with members of your community. These programs are free and open to the public.  The event will be held from 5:30 to 7pm, and the topic is Life, Animated: Autism, Ableism, and Educators.

Ron Suskind will speak about Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism, the book and award-winning documentary about reaching his autistic son through Disney characters. He will engage in conversation with Michael Stein of the Harvard Law School Project on Disability and HGSE Professor Tom Hehir. This forum is being held in conjunction with the Disability and Equity @ Work: The Power of Policy, Myth and Practice from Higher Education to Employment conference. The conference is sponsored by HGSE Access and Disability Services, the HGSE Office of Student Affairs, the Harvard Law School Project on Disability, and the New England Higher Education Recruitment Consortium. This forum is part of Teaching and Learning Week. For more information, click here.

MFE NEWS

It’s that time of year! The annual MFE’s 18th annual Monster Dash is scheduled for Sunday, October 30th. The race starts and ends at Cunningham Park, 75 Edge Hill Road, Milton. This race is held in loving memory of Sam Cichello and supports science enrichment in Milton’s elementary schools. Registration begins at 9am, with kids activities beginning at 10am and a costumed Fun Run starting at 10:30am.  The 5K start is 11am and awards begin at noontime. To register online, click here.

AMBASSADOR PAGE

Students: I would like to thank the dozens of students from the Milton Public Schools who volunteered their time on Sunday to help make the Celebrate Milton event such a huge success. Our tradition of community service in the Milton Public Schools was fully on display at this event, with our students representing their schools and their towns with pride.

Staff:  I would like to recognize Glover Elementary School teacher Shauna O’Leary, who recently learned that her project proposal has been accepted by the Massachusetts Reading Association. Ms. O’Leary’s has also been invited to speak about her proposal, “Thinking Through Your Pencil” at the Massachusetts Reading Association’s annual conference on April 6th and 7th, 2017 in Quincy.

Volunteers: I would like to  thank the following volunteers from our School Committee’s Transportation & Traffic Safety Subcommittee: Chair Sheila Varela; MPS parents Karrie Forgues, Michelle Schweitzer, Tracey Troiano, Jane Greene, Brian Canavan, Rachel Shanor, Trisha Sullivan; DOT Liaison Jana Linhart;  Assistant Superintendent for Business Dr. Glenn Pavlicek; and Transportation Director Jake Smith.

The Milton Public School system is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to the provision of quality educational programs for all students.  The Milton Public School system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, genetic information, age or sexual orientation.

September 28th E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Sep• 28•16

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Wednesday September 28th, 2016

Congratulations to the Milton High School chapter of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD.) This group was recognized yesterday by the South Shore Families, Adolescents and Communities Together against Substances. The award was the “Community Heroes” award and we think our SADD team is very well-deserving! Great job!

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

Please read the report below, which I prepared with the district’s Data Specialist, Vy Vu:

In school year 2015-16, Milton Public Schools students participated in the Science MCAS in grades 5, 8, and 9. Grade 9 science MCAS is reported out by the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) a year later when students are in grade 10. The MCAS was also given to grade 10 students in ELA and Math, a high school graduation requirement. Additionally, in grades 3 to 8, students took the computer-based PARCC tests in ELA and Math.

Below are the results of MCAS testing for Milton Public Schools:

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In the second year of official PARCC testing, the assessment changed slightly from the previous year in that it was shortened to one sitting at the end of the year as opposed to two sittings (Performance-Based Assessment and End of Year). Also, about 72% of students in grades 3-8 took PARCC in 2015-16 versus 54% in the prior year. Because of this shift in a majority of students taking the PARCC, the state could not calculate “state results” as it did last year using large representative sampling. Therefore, only district and school results are provided.

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Individual student MCAS and PARCC reports will be mailed home to families early next week, as we expect to receive these reports from the state department of education later this week. Please contact your child’s current teacher/principal if you have any question regarding performance.

Looking at the current 2016-17 school year and going forward, ESE will be changing our state assessment to a Next-Generation MCAS (or MCAS 2.0) in lieu of PARCC for grades 3-8 in ELA and Math. Like PARCC, MCAS 2.0 will be computer-based and will test our Massachusetts learning standards. MCAS 2.0 will build on existing MCAS items, PARCC items, and items developed specifically for this assessment.

In Milton, we are committed to preparing our students for any assessment, so we will be monitoring the implementation of this Next-Gen MCAS very closely. A standardized state assessment is a useful measure of what our students have learned during the year, and in this transitional period for the state, we ask for your continued assistance in motivating your students to achieve their best. Please be reminded that the state assessment is one of multiple measures – including homework, quizzes, internal assessments, class participation, projects, etc. – that we use in the district to evaluate your child’s performance. We firmly believe that the tremendous value of an education greatly exceeds any one singular measure.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There have been no School Committee meetings since my last E-blast. The next meeting will be held Wednesday, October 5th at 7 pm in the Milton Access TV studio, Room 245, Milton High School.

CURRICULUM NEWS

The following item was submitted by MHS teacher Kathleen Kelly:

We are happy to welcome our Japanese exchange students to Milton High School on Friday, September 30th! This is our 12th annual celebration in which Sakae Higashi High Schools’ junior class will come to experience the culture of Milton High and the United States. This year, we have the largest group in 12 years; 450 Japanese students will shadow the schedules of MHS students. Our students will mimic Japanese culture with exchanging of gifts with their Japanese partners. Sakae Higashi picks up the cost for lunch for our MHS students in thanks for allowing our visit.

The following was submitted by MHS art teacher, Karen Hughes:

For the second year, Milton High School is participating in the History Makers Back to School program. On Wednesday, October 5th, Mr. Napoleon Jones-Henderson, a nationally recognized artist from Boston, will speak to students in the auditorium as a part of the History Makers Back to School program. The History Makers is an organization that sponsors a Back to School program each year, bringing local artists, entrepreneurs and leaders into schools around the country to stress the importance of education. Students listen to their story, and then pledge to make education an important part of their lives.

The following was sent by MPS Health/PE Director Noel Vigue:

Health and Physical Education Update: Our elementary students are off to an incredible start in their Physical Education classes. Kindergarten students are getting familiar with their new environment and are very excited to get moving and grooving with their classmates.  Their enthusiasm is infectious!  Students in grades 1 through 5 are learning elements of basic fitness with their “Fitness Olympics” unit.  We have a wide variety of fitness activities planned for the month of October.  We’re working on developing endurance for sustained effort, sportsmanship and team work with an emphasis on cooperation and sharing.  Students will also be involved in elementary social-emotional health education through the Second Step program with their classroom teachers.  This is a wonderful program with weekly concepts and objectives that look to foster and develop social and emotional learning. For example, in Unit 1, second grade students explore being respectful and learning how to be attentive listeners.

Wednesday, October 5th marks the date for our Walk/Bike to School Day. Milton Public Schools is a proud supporter of this nationwide event.  Elementary students, along with their friends, families, neighbors, and classmates will look to demonstrate healthy and active lifestyles by walking or biking to school.  Please consider joining us in modeling healthy behaviors.  Secondly, we hope you can also join us in a wonderful active family event; the 18th Annual Monster Dash, which is set for Sunday, October 30th, at Cunningham Park.  For more information please go to: http://www.miltonfoundationforeducation.org/events.php

Pierce Middle School students enrolled in health education this fall have been through four classes thus far. Students in 6th grade health are discussing aspects of bullying, while 7th graders are evaluating their personal wellness regarding controllable and uncontrollable risk factors.  8th graders are studying bullying as it relates to sexual harassment.   Students in physical education are traveling to Rio for the Pierce Olympics. Students participate in personal fitness assessments, establishing their baseline data and set personal goals to work on throughout the year. Other fall units include flag football and soccer.

At Milton High School, Health and Physical Education are combined into one course. Students have four units during their PE/Health class – three units of Physical Education and one unit of Health Education, which rotate approximately every ten days with the same teacher.  During the fall, students are learning how to be physically literate with several activities, including football, soccer, and softball.  These units offer ample opportunities for students to develop responsibility, take ownership, display appropriate sportsmanship, leadership and citizenship.  From kindergarten to grade 12, students are assessed on several fitness components.  These assessments are useful for student self-reflection and both short-term and long-term goal setting.  Our expectations are: students gain knowledge to be life-long movers, demonstrate applied concepts, consistent productivity (i.e. putting forth their best efforts), and demonstrating higher levels of learning.   During health class, students in grades 9 and 10 are developing refusal skills, learning the impact of underage alcohol use on their overall well-being and the negative health effects of tobacco use.  Juniors and seniors are preparing to save lives, as they study elements of the American Red Cross CPR & First Aid course.  Please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher with any questions, or feel free to reach out to me, Noel Vigue, Director of Health and Physical Education for Milton Public Schools at nvigue@miltonps.org.

TRANSPORTATION NEWS

 The following item was submitted by Milton School Committee Member Sheila Varela:

The Milton Transportation and Traffic Safety Subcommittee recently met and set goals for the 2016-2017 school year. One of the issues that the committee is currently working on is the implementation of the Walk/Bike to School program.  The Kick Off Wednesday is on October 5th.  Parents/guardians who are interested in assisting with your schools walk/bike to school program should reach out to their child’s school Transportation Representative.

Transportation Director Jake Smith is in progress of starting up our Safety Patrol Program for fifth-graders at each of the four elementary schools. Any fifth-grade student who would like to serve on the Safety Patrol should contact their school’s administrative assistant.

Traffic issues at the Glover School are also a priority for the committee to resolve this fall. The committee is working with traffic officials in town to come up with resolutions to the current Glover concerns. I would like to thank this year’s representatives: Glover: Karrie Forgues; Tucker: Michelle Schweitzer and Tracey Troiano; Collicot: Jane Greene; Cunningham: Brian Canavan; Pierce: Rachel Shanor; Milton High School: Trisha Sullivan.

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

Recently the Cultural Competency Committee applied for and received the Learning & Leadership Grant from The National Education Foundation. This is a $5000 grant that will support the work of building cultural competency within our organization. The money will be used specifically to provide a variety of professional development opportunities for staff. Thank you to the following members who serve with me on the Cultural Competency Committee. Vy Vu, Larry Jordan, Dr. Karen Spaulding, Dr. Elaine McNeil-Girmai, Dr. Dennis Slaughter, Dr. Angela Burke, Janet Sheehan and James Jette.

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More good news from Pierce Middle School! PMS Science teacher Allison Meleedy’s application to host a Girls Who Code Club at the Pierce has been submitted and approved. Girls Who Code is a nonprofit organization which aims to support and increase the number of women in computer science. The organization runs both school-year and summer programs which teach computing and programming skills to middle and high school girls. This approval means that Pierce could have a Girls Who Code club up and running in the next few months. Great news!

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The Milton High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) is pleased to announce its newest fundraiser, Miltonopoly! We have taken the classic Monopoly game and Miltonized it!  Most of the spaces around the board feature businesses in Milton. The games are now available for purchase for $25. The proceeds from this fundraiser will help offset the costs of competing this summer at the National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, CA and the 2017 State Leadership Conference held annually at Bentley University. Miltonopoly will be available this Sunday, October 2nd at Celebrate Milton at Pierce Middle School.  For more information regarding this fundraiser please e-mail AJ Melanson at amelanson@miltonps.org

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Safeguarding Our Kids in Risky Times K-12 – Substance Use Awareness and Prevention in Milton

How many times have you thought, “No, not my kid,”? For those who have thought this, as well as any other parent or community member who would like more information on safeguarding our kids, please note this special event on Tuesday, October 4th in the Milton High School Auditorium. Exhibit halls open at 5:30pm and the Speaker Panel begins at 6:30pm.

Attendees may participate in a Skill Building Forum for Parents and Guardians of K-12. This is a first-of-its-kind collaboration between the Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, the Milton Public Schools Health and Wellness Sub-Committee, the Milton Board of Health, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital –Milton and the Marc A. Susi Scholarship Fund. The evening will feature a resource fair in the lobby, a panel of expert speakers, video clips and opportunities for a parent Q&A. Hear the latest results of the recent Milton youth assessment. Learn techniques of talking to your kids about substance use prevention. Hear from prevention experts on the impact of drugs and alcohol on the developing teen brain. Learn to recognize signs of teen use. There will be vendor tables, instructional video clips and MORE! For more info, visit  www.milton-coalition.com

Expert Speaker Panel:

  • Laurie Stillman, MMHS, Public Health Consultant, MSAPC Lead Consultant “A Milton Snapshot; Youth Substance Use And Mental Health Trends”
  • Dr. Marisa Silveri, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, McLean Hospital “How Underage Drinking, Smoking And Drugs Effects The Teenage Brain”
  • Barbara Green, PhD, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Founder and Medical Director of Youth Health Connection. Walden Behavioral Care and South Shore Hospital. “Now What? Parenting Tips and Skill Building to Raise Healthy and Safe Kids”

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The following item was submitted Tucker Principal Elaine McNeil-Girmai:

The Tucker School community has completed its new playground, which includes a soccer mini-pitch, activity stencils, and an initial round of benches. We hope that the Tucker community will be able to join us to see the space, enjoy light refreshments and for a brief ceremony tonight, Wednesday, September 28th at 5:30 p.m. You are also welcome to stay for our annual potluck which will begin at 6:00 p.m. and there will be an opportunity to see the new space in action! For additional information you can visit the evite (http://evite.me/a8Px33fesc) or call 617-696-4291. Thank you again for being a part of the Tucker School Community!

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The following item was sent to us by the Milton Boosters:

The “Swing for Sports” benefit for Milton High School athletics will be held on Tuesday, October 11th at the Wollaston Golf Course starting at 9:30 am. This annual event, which welcomes individuals, teams, and sponsors as well as spectators, features a golf tournament, a tennis round robin, silent and live auctions, and an evening reception. Two particular golf prizes are highlighted: a $10,000 cash hole-in-one prize and a new car hole-in-one prize, the latter sponsored by Toyota of Braintree. Entry fees include a box lunch, green fees, a golf cart, hors d’oeuvres and the dinner reception. A number of sponsorships are also available.

“This is an extremely popular event that sold out last year, so we encourage everyone to register early,” says John McDonnell from the Milton High School Boosters. “It’s a great way to get out there and swing a gold club or a tennis racket, and know when you do that you’re supporting our kids’ health and wellbeing through sports.”

Teams, individuals, and sponsors can register online at www.miltonboosters.com, and questions can be directed to swingforsports@miltonboosters.com.

About us: The Milton High School Booster Club is a group of parents, volunteers and other interested parties whose mission is to enrich the MHS athletic community and the community at large by providing financial support and assistance for Milton High School athletics. The Boosters raises funds through the annual Swing For Sports event, concession-stands sales indoors and at Brooks field, and through memberships. More at www.miltonboosters.com

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The Milton High School Athletic Hall of Fame is proud to announce the 2016 Induction Class. Joining the Hall of Fame are James Blake (’49), Thomas Brennan, Jack Griffin (’79), Patrick Dunn (’96), Ryan Ciampa (’99), William Maheras (’02), and the 1986 Field Hockey team as well as the recipient of the Chairman’s Award, Derrick Snowden (’89).

The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held on Saturday, October 22nd.  There will be a brief ceremony to unveil the plaques at Milton High School followed by dinner and awards ceremony at the Common Market in Quincy. Tickets for the dinner may be purchased by contacting Billy Donovan (bdonovan@miltonps.org). Tickets are $65 per person and can be paid for by check.

Tickets are limited so make sure to reserve your seat as soon as possible for this wonderful celebration of some of Milton’s finest athletes.

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Save the date for Milton High School’s musical production of CINDERELLA! You don’t want to miss this enchanting production proudly prepared by Director Brittany Rolfs and her talented troupe:

  • Thursday, November 3rd at 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, November 5th at 3:00PM and 7:00PM.

Admission: $10.00

Tickets will be available for purchase in the Milton High School office beginning October 17th. Can’t wait that long? You can catch a preview at Celebrate Milton on Sunday, October 2nd!

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Parents of Grades 1-8 runners …. please save the date! On Sunday, November 13th the MHS Girls Cross Country Team is sponsoring a Kids Trail Run for boys and girls Grades 1-8 at Cunningham Park. The first race begins at noon. This event will support and raise awareness for the Girls Cross Country Team. Sign-ups begin at 10:30am at Cunningham Hall. Cost is $10 per person. The events are:

Grades 1 and 2: 1 mile at 12:00 p.m.
Grades 3-5: 1.5 miles at 12:15 p.m.
Grades 6-8: 2 miles at 12:35 p.m.

For early registration and more information, email Coach Shaw at tshaw@miltonps.org

FAMILY LIAISON NEWS

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

Are you looking for ways to become involved at your child’s school? Whether you have time to join a committee that meets regularly or are only able to help out occasionally there are many opportunities for you.   Studies have shown that increased parental involvement can boost achievement levels in students.

Site Council: Each school in the district is required by state law to support the programs and policies of the schools through a shared vision. School site councils are made up of a group of teachers, parents, community members and students (at the high school level). Council members meet monthly with building principals. The responsibilities of the council is to adopt educational goals for the school that are consistent with local educational policies and statewide student performance standards, identify the educational needs of students attending the school, review the annual school building budget and formulate a school improvement plan.

Diversity Committee: The Diversity Committee was created to promote high academic achievement by all students, respect for all people and an affirming atmosphere for students and families in the Milton Public Schools. Committee members meet monthly and are made up of teachers, parents, community members and principals.

PTO – Parent Teacher Organization: The purpose of the PTO is to promote the welfare of students through a united effort between parents/guardians and teachers in order to assure the greatest educational advantage. Through fundraising efforts, the PTO’s goal is to provide additional programs and activities, which enhance the education of the students. The PTO sponsors cultural and social events for students.  All monies raised by the PTO are used exclusively for school activities. PTO membership is non-commercial, non-sectarian and non-partisan.  Any parent or guardian of pupils in a particular school may join the PTO.  The PTO relies on members’ support, both financial and at times volunteer, to achieve its goal: the enhancement of the student’s education.

Please contact your building principal or administrative assistant to learn more about how to join or to learn about other opportunities that may be available. Please feel free to reach out with any questions you might have about the upcoming school year 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

Milton Public Schools is committed to creating a strong partnership between family and school. When families and schools work in partnership, studies show an increase in student achievement. One opportunity families and schools have to connect is through a visit to your child’s classroom.  Each school in the district will be holding an open house over the next couple of weeks to provide parents an opportunity to meet their child’s teacher, see their classrooms and learn about the curriculum.  Parent attendance helps to foster a strong connection with your child’s teacher and sends a great message to your child.

PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

In February of 2016, an amazing Inclusion Task Force was formed. This group is comprised of representatives from the School Committee, community, parents, and staff. Members of the 2016-2017 Inclusion Task Force include: Leroy Walker, Angela Burke, Michelle Connolly, Kathy Fagan, Norah Ferry, Tracy Grandeau, Kelly Herbert, Kelli Horton Prodanas, Larry Jordan, Kevin Lenane, Kelly Losi, Tina Mahon, Lindsay McMahon, Caroline Mannion, Jennie Mulqueen, Jonathan Redden, Bob Reetz, and Sara Truog.  The Inclusion Task Force has met monthly and will continue to work hard in the coming school year. The task force strives to promote the inclusion and a set of structured and consistent inclusive practices across the district and community. This year the Inclusion Task Force will be focused on obtaining feedback from educators as well as reviewing the needs of the district and the community to promote inclusive opportunities for all students.

FOOD SERVICE NEWS

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

At Milton Public School Food Service, it is Cool to Eat at School, we are committed to helping your student form the healthy habits today that will last a lifetime! We are building a new website! Along with information about meal components, menus, meal applications, and online payments…you will find interactive nutrition lesson plans, nutrition videos, nutrition games, fitness calculators, fun activities, and healthy recipes…

Check out our district’s interactive and user friendly website www.miltonps.org and learn how you can eat right and stay fit! Our webpage can be found under the “Department” tab of the district’s main website and then click the button to find the new website and menus. We now have our elementary breakfast menu posted as well as our Tucker School breakfast in the classroom menu.  Coming in November we will have all of our new lunch menus posted. You can also find a Scan QR Code for School Nutrition Website. Soon you will be able to check out nutritional information using the Mobile App on the go!

Download our NEW Mobile App for Interactive Nutritional Menus at your fingertips, make online payments and more! Use the QR code or at Web Menus by School Nutrition and Fitness at your app store.  Our unique QR code is on our new website.

The School Nutrition Department is made up of a team of food and nutrition professionals that are dedicated to students’ health, well-being and their ability to learn. They are taking the lead to promote Nutrition and Fitness for our students. Good nutrition leads to great academic performance. When your nutritional needs are met it is easier to focus and learn. When you are physically fit you are more alert, more positive and enjoy a better quality of life. Combine good nutrition with physical activity and you will have a winning combination to succeed in school.

Eating healthy is a serious concern. The incidence of overweight children, Type II Diabetes and other health concerns are on the rise in America. It is directly related to poor eating habits and lack of exercise. Learn what you should be doing about it on our website or check out parent newsletters, nutritional information, and more on our Mobile App! Check out us out at…www.miltonps.org. Feel free to contact us with any questions: Jacqueline Morgan at jmorgan@miltonps.org

MFE NEWS

It’s that time of year! The annual MFE’s 18th annual Monster Dash is scheduled for Sunday, October 30th. The race starts and ends at Cunningham Park, 75 Edge Hill Road, Milton. This race is held in loving memory of Sam Cichello and supports science enrichment in Milton’s elementary schools. Registration begins at 9am, with kids activities beginning at 10am and a costumed Fun Run starting at 10:30am.  The 5K start is 11am and awards begin at noontime. To register online, click here.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

Got weekend plans? Plan to join the fun at Celebrate Milton 2016 on Sunday October 2nd, from 12pm – 4pm at Pierce Middle School. The event takes place rain or shine. There’s no admission fee, and something for everyone:  food tent, free children’s amusements, musical entertainment, silent auction, gift basket and gift certificate raffle, and exhibitors representing many of the businesses and organizations in Milton. ¡CelebrateMilton! is committed to bringing diverse people together from across the community; we are determined to help make the community more interactive by promoting a deeper understanding of one another; and we are further committed to the development of new initiatives fostering social justice, peace and harmony within our town.

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The Milton community is invited to a Masquerade Ball & Silent Auction on Saturday, October 22nd from 7-11pm. This event is sponsored by the Milton Playground Planners and will be held at the Milton Hoosic Club. Costumes are strongly encouraged, but not required and prizes will be given for Best Costume. Judging will be done by the evening’s MCs, Lisa Donovan, of KISS 108’s Matty in the Morning show. Tickets must be purchased in advance at www.miltonplaygroundplanners.com/events and 100% of the proceeds will go towards playground renovations in the Town of Milton’s parks.

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The Village School Celebrates 50 Years! The Village School will be hosting a Parent Celebration on Saturday, October 15th at 7pm as part of its 50th anniversary celebration. Current and past parents are invited to come together for a night out at the Wollaston Club to celebrate 50 years of Village School excellence and reunite with new and old friends. Appetizers, music and a cash bar will make for a memorable night. Tickets are $75 per person and a portion of the ticket price will help to support the Village School. To purchase a ticket or for more information, contact Tess Doyle: tessdoyle@gmail.com

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The Milton Times unveiled a new app this week, called The Milton Insider. This app offers information about the community, a staff-moderated forum called “Free for All,” a Milton residential phone book and Milton High School sports information, along with Boosters events. To download the app, click one of the links below.

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/app/id1139878561

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.milton.insider

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An exciting new project in town, Milton Reflecting, will be holding their launch at Sunday’s Celebrate Milton event. Milton Reflecting is the collaborative brain-child of a group of community organizations and individuals led by a partnership between the Milton Public Library and visiting national theater artists PearlDamour.  The community cohort includes Citizens for a Diverse Milton, Milton Interfaith Clergy Association, Milton Art Center, Milton Dialogues, ¡Celebrate Milton!, Milton Public Schools, and the Elder Residences of Fuller Village, Winter Valley, and Unquity House, as well as individuals including Jenn Manak, Tanya Frank, Nancy Selig, and Jeff Stone.  Ron Bell has recently joined Milton Reflecting as Lead Community Organizer, focusing on outreach, recruitment for special events, audience development and community relations. Please stop by the Milton Reflecting table to learn more about this project, which will be producing a play about five towns named Milton around the United States. On Sunday, you can meet the team, try out a Story Circle (2pm), get interviewed or help build a giant Milton Reflecting mobile.

 FROM OUR READERS

From time to time, parents, guardians, colleagues and teachers will send me an article they find interesting. I plan to share some of these in this and future blogs. Please enjoy the poem below, which is very fitting for this time of year:

The High School Band in September

Reed Whittemore

On warm days in September the high school band
Is up with the birds and marches along our street,
Boom boom,
To a field where it goes boom boom until eight forty-five
When it marches, as in the old rhyme, back, boom boom,
To its study halls, leaving our street
Empty except for the leaves that descend to no drum
And lie still.
In September
A great many high school bands beat a great many drums,
And the silences after their partings are very deep.

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

The following information was sent by Magda Cupidon, Young Adult Librarian:

The Milton Public Library will be offering yoga classes for teens with Ms. Joanne Lloyd on select Tuesdays from 4-5pm in October, November, and December in the Keys Community Room. Remember how as a kid you wanted to shake those sillies out? Well now you can stretch those sillies out… through YOGA! Join Ms. Joanne for a free yoga class from 4-5pm on October 4, October 18, November 1, November 15, December 6, and December 20. You can come to one, you can come to all! Sign up through our online calendar. Don’t forget your mat. We look forward to seeing you there!

Joanne Lloyd is a clinical social worker and currently works as a psychotherapist in Brookline. She has taught yoga classes at Boston Children’s Museum, Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center, Brookline Center, Yogafest, Faneuil Hall, and in local daycare centers in the Boston area. Joanne’s yoga training includes the Radiant Child Yoga Program, Circus Yoga, YogaKids and through Karma Kids Yoga in NYC.  She has trained in Therapeutic Yoga with local and international leaders in the field. For more information, please contact Magda Cupidon, Young Adult Librarian, at (617) 698-5757 or mcupidon@ocln.org.

The following listings were sent in by MPL Children’s Librarian, Sara Truog:

Fall wouldn’t be complete without fun family activities at the Milton Public Library! 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 October 2 – 8:

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 from 7:15 – 7:45 pm
SPUB Club, Ages 7-11

Join the newest craze: the SPUB Club! Our Super Popular, Unbelievable Book Club is a brand-new, read-aloud book club for kids aged 7-11. Miss Sara will read a few chapters of a book each week; your job is to listen, while engaging in various hands-on activities like Lego building, play-dough sculpting, Rubik’s cubes, and more. October’s book will be The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett. Registration is required.

Thursday, October 6, 2016 from 4:00 – 4:30 pm
Storytime at the Farmer’s Market, All Ages

Come find us for storytime at the Milton Farmers’ Market! Miss Sara and Miss Elaine, Children’s Librarians at the Milton Public Library will read stories, sing songs, and engage children at six farmers’ market sessions this fall. Rain or shine! Parents/caregivers must remain with and look after their child – these are not drop-off events. No registration is required.

Friday, October 7, 2016 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.

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 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

Please note, the MHS Field Hockey team will be hosting a carwash at Cunningham Elementary School this Saturday from 8am to noontime.

The following update was sent by Athletic Director Eric Karjel:

Girls Soccer: The team continued its strong play as they ran their record to 5-2 in Bay State play. Katherine Buchanan shut out Framingham 1-0 with Chae Diani netting the game winning goal. The Cats fell to Dedham 4-3 as Diani scored 2 goals

Boys Soccer: The team broke in the win column with back-to-back wins over Dedham 4-0 and Xaverian 3-2. The team is now 2-6. In the Dedham game, the Cats were led by a hat trick from Anthony Goncalves and a goal from Liam Donelan. In the Xaverian game, Goncalves netted 2 and Donelan 1 goal.

Football: The team ran their record to 3-0 overall and 1-0 in league action with 38-7 win over Walpole. Koby Osazee led the way for the Cats once again, with 222 yards and 2 touchdowns. QB Owen Keaney ran for a score and threw 2 touchdown passes, one of 14 yards to William Crowley and another of 68 yards to Smith Charles. Kicker Aiden Walsh nailed a 28 yard field goal as well as all 5 of his extra points. The Cats will host Natick this Friday at 7pm at Brooks Field.

Golf: The Golf team stands 3-3 overall and 3-1 in league matches as they begin their toughest week of the season with 4 matches in 4 days vs. Wellesley, Framingham and Norwood on back-to-back days.

Girls Cross Country: The Girls XC team raced past both Newton North 19-36 and Natick 23-32 in a tri-match at Houghton’s Pond to improve their record to 7-0. Milton was led by first-place finisher Bridget Mitchell and second-place finisher Colette O’Leary. The Cats continued to shine this past weekend as they took first place in a regional, invitation-only meet, the Bowdoin Park Classic, in Wappinger Falls, New York.

Boys Cross Country: The team lost to Newton North 47-16 and to Natick 31-24. The Cat’s top 3 finishers were Nick Villard, Bobby Carew, and Kyle Dempsey.

Volleyball: The team went 2 and 2 last week and is now 4-5 on the season as they defeated Archbishop Williams 3-0 and Dedham 3-0 while losing to Framingham 3-2 and Marblehead 3-1. In the match versus Archies Lauren Griswold led the way with 9 service points, Marie Fallon added 8 kills and Francesca Coyne had 6 kills. In the tough five-set heartbreaker to Framingham the Cats were led by Eva Hiller’s 17 service points, Gillian Handy with 15 service points and Joanna Needham with 19 digs.

Field Hockey: The team sits at 3 wins, 4 losses and 1 tie after beating Dedham in a league game 3-0, behind the strong play of net minder Devin Coulter who racked up her 4th shut-out of the season.  Katie Abbott tallied first and then Caroline Bligh lit the lamp post with an incredible assist from Maggie Ware. The next day the Cat’s lost 3-0 in a non-league tilt versus a very strong Notre Dame of Hingham team.

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

AMBASSADOR PAGE

Students: I would like to recognize Sam Higgins, a Pierce student, who recently performed at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for The Peace Clock in the Trygve Lie Plaza at the United Nations Complex in New York City.  Sam was asked by M.I.T. Professor of Music, Peter Child, to perform his composition Peace Poem After a Ugaritic Inscription for the event.  Sam Higgins is a member of the Boston City Singers Training Choir and is currently in their Cantare Chorus. The plaza honoring Norwegian statesman Trygve Lie (1896-1968), the first Secretary-General of the United Nations, has been reconstructed and refurbished with new concrete, bluestone, benches and landscaping. The Peace Clock by Norwegian artist Lina Viste Grønli is a kinetic sculpture whose hands form the peace sign twice a day at 4:30.

Staff:   I would like to recognize our district’s Data Specialist, Vy Vu. Ms. Vu works on a daily basis with our administrators and teachers, leading and instructing them on how to use assessment and data – from SATs, APs, PARRC and MCAS to internal tests and quizzes, and even athletic and club participation. Ms. Vu works at all levels of our district and is involved with every aspect of the Milton Public Schools. She serves on our Cultural Competency Committee, prepares our district’s Diversity Report and compiles data requests from multiple sources. On behalf of the Milton Public Schools, in this data-driven environment, I am very grateful to have a professional who can help our district use data to drive instruction and improve student achievement. I am also pleased to share the news that Ms. Vu recently moved into the town of Milton with her husband and two young children. Welcome, and thank you!

Volunteers: The Milton Public Schools have plenty of unsung heroes who quietly volunteer their time with little or no recognition. I would like to publicly thank one of those people – Ms. Candace Brown. Ms. Brown (“Candy”) has probably logged hundreds of hours in her capacity as the Car Wash/Bottle & Can Drive organizer for the Milton Boosters. Thanks to Ms. Brown’s efforts over the years, our sports teams have raised thousands of dollars for equipment, uniforms and all the little extras they would otherwise have to go without. We have heard that Ms. Brown will be relinquishing her role as the scheduler for the Boosters, although we suspect she may still be a very visible presence. Please join me in thanking Candy Brown for all her hard work through the years.

The Milton Public School system is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to the provision of quality educational programs for all students.  The Milton Public School system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, genetic information, age or sexual orientation.

September 15th E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Sep• 15•16

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Thursday, September 15th, 2016

Tomorrow night, we will host our first home football game of the season! The Wildcats will take on Quincy High School, with kickoff at 7pm. The Milton Boosters’ “Friday Night Under the Lights” event will feature food, drinks, face painting and sign making. Come join the fun!

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

I have spoken and written a great deal about Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in recent months. I would like to share a recent communication I received from Dr. Thomas Scott, Executive Director, Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents on this topic:

After months of planning, we’re getting ready for a public launch of our statewide campaign, exSEL: Excellence through Social-Emotional Learning! We invite you to participate in this important initiative.

As stated in previous email updates, MASS is proud to be one of the founding organizations in a new coalition – representing more than 5,000 Massachusetts superintendents, School Committee members, elementary and secondary principals, and educational collaboratives – to promote social-emotional learning in schools throughout the Commonwealth. MASS, MASC, MSSAA, MESPA and MOEC along with Teachers21 and Rennie Center have been working to develop a coalition which can promote an agenda which alerts key stakeholders and policymakers of the social emotional needs of our school communities.

Here are two important updates: Our website is now LIVE! Visit www.exselmass.org.

The site contains the coalition’s key messaging about the need for SEL, the benefits of SEL, and the coalition’s recommendations for expanding SEL statewide.  We invite you to join the conversation. The site features a Discussion Forum, in which educators and others can post questions, ideas, resources, and more. To participate, simply register and login to the site. Also check out the advocacy toolkit, with practical tips for school and district leaders for building support for SEL in your community.

  • Follow us on Twitter @exSELmass, and consider Tweeting about the initiative, for example: “Follow @exSELmass to support social-emotional learning for Massachusetts students! Learn more at exSELmass.org. #SEL”
  • Sign up for e-news updates from exSEL here for the latest news and announcements.

Together, we will make this work a top priority in Massachusetts, and make a powerful difference in the lives of our students. We hope to support and complement the great work so many districts are doing on behalf of our students and school communities.

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We are very fortunate to have an amazing event which focuses on Social Emotional Learning right here in Milton. Please note the upcoming event, Safeguarding our Kids in Risky Times for Parents and Guardians of Students K-12, which takes place on October 4th and is co-sponsored by the Milton Public Schools and the School Committee’s Health and Wellness subcommittee, along with BID-Milton and Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition. Scroll down to “Upcoming MPS Events” for more info on this important event.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There has been one School Committee meetings since my last E-blast. As part of the Superintendent’s Report, five MPS employees were introduced to the School Committee. Glover Principal Karen McDavitt, Athletic Director Eric Karjel, K-12 PE/Health Director Noel Vigue, Tucker Elementary Curriculum Coordinator Catherine DesRoche and K-12 Fine Arts and Family/Consumer Studies Director Dawn Sykes. The Committee voted to approve the creation of the position of PE/Health Director, approved the FY18 Budget Calendar and approved the fourth-quarter report. Ms. Varela gave an update from the Transportation and Traffic Safety Subcommittee Report and Dr. Donahue gave a report from the newly-named Strategic Planning Committee.  The committee then adjourned to Executive Session.

CURRICULUM NEWS

The following item was sent to us by Guidance Director Karen Cahill:

The National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC) is pleased to announce its 2016 Boston Performing and Visual Arts College Fair on Thursday, October 27th, 2016 from 7 p.m to 9 p.m. at Boston University – Fuller Building. This program is an important resource for the fine arts students interested in pursuing undergraduate and graduate programs of study in the areas of music, theatre, dance, visual arts, graphic design, film production, and other related disciplines.

Students will have the opportunity to speak with representatives from colleges, universities, conservatories, festivals, and other educational institutions with specialized programs in the visual and performing arts. Attendees of these free events will learn about educational opportunities, admission and financial aid, portfolio days, auditions and entrance requirements, and much more. A workshop on Navigating the Audition/Portfolio Process will be offered from 6:10 p.m to 6:50 p.m at the College of Fine Arts – Theatre Lab.

All participants are encouraged to register prior to attending this event. This will make navigating the fair and collecting information from multiple colleges and universities much easier. By registering, students can print a bar coded confirmation to be used on-site at the fair as an electronic ID. Register prior to attending these events at www.gotomypvafair.com

For more information, please visit the web site at www.nacacnet.org/pva or call us at (800)822-6285.

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Parents and guardians, please take note of a very important MPS event on an issue impacting young children and teens across our nation. This forum, Safeguarding our Kids in Risky Times for Parents and Guardians of Students K-12, is co-sponsored by the Milton Public Schools and the School Committee’s Health and Wellness subcommittee, along with BID-Milton and Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition.

When: Tuesday, October 4th, 2016
Where: Milton High School Auditorium

Please join us for an evening filled with information on substance use awareness, prevention and skill building for the entire Milton community, but especially for parents of children in K -12.

It’s never too early or too late to start talking to your children about these difficult topics

5:30-6:30 Exhibit Hall Open

  • Learn to recognize signs of use in your teen’s bedroom with the interactive exhibit ‘Hidden in Plain Sight’
  • Pick up information materials at the vendor materials and more
  • Purchase a $5 medication lock box compliments of BID – Milton
  • Refreshments served

6:30-8:30 Expert Speaker Panel

  • Hear about the results of the Milton Youth Assessment
  • Learn how drugs and alcohol impact the development of the teenage brain
  • Pick up tips and guidance on talking to your kids from experts

We hope to see you there!

SEPAC/SPED NEWS

The following item was sent to us by Tracy Grandeau, Administrator of Pupil Personnel Services:

Mary Gormley, Superintendent, of the Milton Public Schools was informed by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education of an upcoming Coordinated Program Review that will be taking place this school year. As part of this Coordinated Program Review, Department staff will visit the Milton Public Schools during the week of November 17, 2016 and December 5, 2016. Such visits are routinely conducted by the Department to satisfy federal and state requirements for the periodic review of specific education programs and services in schools throughout the Commonwealth.  The Department is reviewing several programs during a single visit in order to use Department and school staff’s time most efficiently and to encourage strong connections among the programs.

The Department’s Coordinated Program Review will address the following programs: Civil Rights, Special Education, and English Learner Education. After reviewing school district procedures for these programs, a Department team will make its onsite visit, during which it will review individual student records, interview administrators, teachers and paraprofessional staff, survey parents and observe instructional spaces. After the onsite visit it will prepare a report for the superintendent and school committee, with detailed findings for each program.

Using a scale of ratings ranging from “Commendable” to “Not Implemented,” the report will rate the implementation of each requirement reviewed by the Department. Where requirements are found not implemented or only partially implemented, the district must propose to the Department corrective action to bring those areas into compliance with statutes and regulations. Districts and schools are encouraged to incorporate the corrective action into their district and school improvement plans and professional development plan. The school district will be provided with technical assistance from the Department in developing a corrective action plan.  Both the Department’s report and the corrective action plan are public information and will be available to the public upon request. Program Review Final Reports are also available on the Department’s Internet website at <http://www.doe.mass.edu/pqa/review/cpr/reports/>.

Any member of the public may request to be interviewed by telephone by a member of the Department’s visiting team. Those wishing to be interviewed should call the superintendent’s office  at (617) 696-5040 no later than September 30th  to leave their name and phone number, or they may call the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education at (781) 338- 3739.   A member of the visiting team will contact each person desiring an interview within two weeks after the completion of the onsite visit.  If an individual is not comfortable communicating in English or requires some other accommodation, the Department will make arrangements to communicate appropriately with the individual.

FAMILY LIAISON NEWS

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

Milton Public Schools is committed to creating a strong partnership between family and school. When families and schools work in partnership, studies show an increase in student achievement. One opportunity families and schools have to connect is through a visit to your child’s classroom.  Each school in the district will be holding an open house over the next couple of weeks to provide parents an opportunity to meet their child’s teacher, see their classrooms and learn about the curriculum.  Parent attendance helps to foster a strong connection with your child’s teacher and sends a great message to your child.

BE SURE TO MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

  • Milton High School – Thursday, September 15th beginning at 6:30
  • Collicot Elementary School – Thursday, September 29th from 6:30-8:00pm
  • Cunningham Elementary School – Tuesday, September 27th from 6:30-8:00pm
  • Glover Elementary School – Wednesday, September 28th from 6:30-8:00pm
  • Tucker Elementary School – Thursday, September 22nd from 6:30-8:00pm

Just a reminder that open houses are not intended for individual conferences. You will have an opportunity to discuss your specific child’s progress during Parent-Teacher conferences later in the fall.  Stay tuned for specific dates and times.

Please feel free to reach out with any questions you might have about the upcoming school year 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 .

FOOD SERVICE NEWS

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

Our school cafeterias are meeting new federal nutrition standards for school meals, ensuring that meals are healthy and well-balanced and provide students all the nutrition they need to succeed at school. Now is a great time to encourage your kids to choose school lunch!  Our lunch price will be $2.00 in Elementary Schools and $2.25 for middle and high school.  This price is for a complete meal including milk.

School meals offer students milk, fruits and vegetables, proteins and grains, and they must meet strict limits on saturated fat and portion size. School lunches will meet additional standards requiring:

  • Age-appropriate calorie limits
  • Larger servings of vegetables and fruits (students must take at least one serving of produce)
  • A wider variety of vegetables, including dark green and red/orange vegetables and legumes
  • Fat-free or 1% milk (flavored milk must be fat-free)
  • More whole grains
  • And less sodium

We’re always working to offer our students healthier and tastier choices. School meals are a great value and a huge convenience for busy families too!

All of our Elementary Schools have adopted a computerized Point of Sale payment system for all school meals/snacks and water purchased in the cafeteria. We are encouraging every student to use their own personal lunchroom account.

Elementary student’s line up for lunch by homeroom and each child will be asked to tell the cashier their name. At the middle and high school students will use a pin number.   It is strongly recommended that all students use their prepaid lunch accounts, as this will make the lunch lines move faster and ensure the security initiative implemented by the Elementary School Administration.  Even occasional lunch buyers are being encouraged to open an account.

We encourage parents to deposit money into the student’s account. Monies paid into a student account can be used for the purchase of breakfast and lunch meals, alternative meals, milk and snack. (We will be limiting one snack per day for each child in elementary ) We will be accepting cash at the end of the line or you can place it in an envelope with your child’s first and last name on the envelope and place it in the prepaid box first thing in the morning .  Please include the student’s full name and grade on the check in the memo section or envelope so it is deposited into the correct account.  This system allows students to charge only if there is money in their account.

If your student has qualified for free or reduced price lunches or breakfast, this information is securely contained within the system and the meal will be processed just as it is for all other students.  There is no need to be concerned for a potentially uncomfortable situation for the student.  Also, if your child qualifies for free or reduced meals they can always add additional money to their account for snacks or second entrees.

We will have locked mailboxes in each schools main office for parents and or students to drop off their checks. We will also have a locked mail box in the cafeteria.  We are encouraging all students to deposit their checks in these boxes before the start of lunch so all money will be on account before the start of lunch.  This helps keep the lunch line moving smoothly.

We offer breakfast each day at all of our Schools. It is $1.25 for paid children and free for students who qualify for the free or reduced meal program.

We are also accepting payments on line at www.myschoolbucks.com.  You will need your child’s eight digit unique ID number to set up an account.  You can email jmorgan@miltonps.org for this number.  When setting up your on line accounts remember to sign up for the low balance email alert as well.  This will help you manage your child’s account and you will be able to see the last thirty days of transactions.

MFE NEWS

The following item was sent to us by Amy Flanagan with the Milton Foundation for Education:

The Milton Foundation for Education invites you to get those sneakers and costumes ready for Monster Dash 2016! This annual community event is held in loving memory of Sam Cichello to support science enrichment in our elementary schools. It brings more fun, surprises and people together every year, and this one promises to be a doozy.

The spooktacular 5K Run/Walk and Kids Fun Run will take place on Sunday, October 30 at Cunningham Park. There will be prizes for the best costumes, loads of fun science activities, t-shirts for the first 500 runners, and more. All of the action starts at 9am. There is also a kid’s artwork competition. See your design on the Monster Dash shirts! Entries are due September 28th. Find out more and register now at miltonfoundationforeducation.com.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The following item was sent to us by Heather Bergin, organizer of the Girl Power running program:

Girl Power is an amazing running program for girls. This is a FREE program thanks to a grant from Beth Israel Deaconess/Milton Hospital. The program will meet at the Cunningham Park tennis courts on Mondays and began on Sept 12th. The group meets at 3:45 for warm ups and group meeting and our run begins at 4:00. This is NOT A DROP OFF program. Each girl should be accompanied by an adult, oftentimes one adult will be responsible for more than one girl but again it is NOT drop off. The purpose of this program is to provide a low pressure, confidence and self esteem building activity that encourages girls to work towards a goal at their own pace and comfort level while supporting one another. Each week a woman with “girl power” will visit to share how she set a goal, worked hard and did her best. We will start with a walk/jog, everyone go at their own pace, one mile loop. I will be asking for parent and caregiver volunteers to stand at designated spots along our route for safety purposes. Some adults run with their girl but you do not need to be a runner! Again I will need volunteer help along the course.

  • WHAT: GIRL POWER running program- each week we will meet to stretch, chat about our goals, how to support one another and how to be one’s best self then walk/jog increasing distances with an end goal of participating in the Monster Dash 5K, October 30th.
  • WHO: school aged girls
  • WHEN: Mondays, beginning September 12 at 3:45
  • WHERE: Cunningham Park tennis courts
  • GOAL: to train for and participate in the Monster Dash 5K on Sunday, October 30
  • REMINDER: this is NOT a drop off program. Adult supervision and help makes this program possible.

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The following item was sent to us by our friends at Brookwood Community Farm:

Milton Early Childhood Alliance and the Mass. Dept. of Conservation and Recreation invite the public to a free Story Tour at Brookwood Farm!

  • Watch Lois Elhert’s book, Growing Vegetable Soup, come alive as you and your child experience the book first hand on a working farm!
  • See how Brookwood Farm grows and harvests fresh foods and utilize the same tools used in the children’s book.
  • Learn about the critters that live on the farm and how they eat off the land.
  • Work with your child to plant their own seeds to take home and watch grow.

Please Note: For families with children 3-8 years old. Parents/caregivers are expected to stay and supervise their child at all times. And Registration is required by emailing cpcmecasld@verizon.net or calling 617-696-2262.

Where: Brookwood Community Farm, 11 Blue Hill River Rd., Canton
When: Saturday, September 17th from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Registration is required – please see above. – For information due to inclement weather, call the Blue Hills Event line at 617-698-1802, ext. 3

For more information, please call Milton Early Childhood Alliance at 617-696-2262, or email cpcmecasld@verizon.net

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

Please note the following item about one of our MPS parents, Elizabeth Thomas!

During the month of September, Milton resident Elizabeth Thomas will show photos of her homeland – Dominica – in the Wotiz Gallery at the Milton Public Library. Mrs. Thomas is a budding photographer and she made a trip back home to Dominica in the Caribbean after a 20-year hiatus. Ms. Thomas has taken a few photography classes at the Menino Art Center, and has also studied the subject online.

Filled with excitement, nervous and with anxious anticipation, she once again walked the streets she did as a child, reconnected with long lost relatives and explored the island she loves so much.  During her two-week visit with her family – seeing the island with renewed eyes with her children on their first visit – she was able to capture about 2,000 photos. She will be sharing a small portion of these images with the public so that they can also see how special the “Nature Isle” is.

The Milton Public Library is located at 476 Canton Avenue and for more information about displaying your art at the library, contact Jean Hlady, Adult Services Librarian, at (617) 698-5757, x. 3.   Please come and enjoy these beautiful photos during the month of September.

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

Fall wouldn’t be complete without fun family activities at the Milton Public Library! 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 September 25 – October 1:

Friday, September 30, 2016 from 10:00 – 11:00 am
Yoga with Jill, Ages 3-5

Children ages 3-5 are invited to come to this fun time learning yoga with Jill Pokaski Azar, certified yoga instructor. Registration is required (separate sign up for each session). Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library.

Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 11:00 am – 12:00 noon
Reading Dogs, Grades 1-5

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

Don’t forget to check the library web calendar for a listing of the many programs we offer year-round. Information about and registration for all of our programs can always be found on our online calendar at www.miltonlibrary.org, or by calling the Children’s Room at 617-898-4957 during business hours. Also, like the Milton Public Library 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:

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ATHLETICS

The following update was sent in by our Athletic Director, Eric Karjel:

Girls Soccer: The Girl’s Soccer team is off to a great start as they are 3-1 in Bay State play. The team had an impressive 6-1 win over Newton North this week. Leading the way was Junior Chae Diani with 1 goal and 5 assists. Senior Alyssa Lum and Sophomore Eliza O’Donnell added 2 goals apiece. The team followed that game up with a come-from-behind 4-3 win over Walpole.

Boys Soccer: The Boys Soccer team has become battled tested versus the best of the Bay State. This week they rallied from down 3-0 to tie it up at 3-3 only to lose late 4-3 vs visiting Newton North to fall to 0-3 on the year. The team then dropped a hard fought game to Walpole 4-2 to fall to 0-4. Josh Madden and Dermerzier Beauplan scored for the Cats. The team is making strides and hopes to get in the win column this Friday vs. Wellesley.

Football: The football team had a late rally last Friday night in Needham to pull out a 28-24 thriller vs. a strong Needham squad. Sr. Captain Koby Osazee took the opening kickoff 88 yards for a touchdown to put the Cats up early. Osazee added a TD run in the 3rd quarter and Smith Charles also found the end zone to tie the game at 21. Trailing 24-21 QB Owen Keaney hit Osazee for a 31 yard TD score to pull out the season opening win for the Cats! The Cat’s host their home opener this Friday versus Quincy High School.

Golf: The Golf team dropped 2 competitive matches last week to Brookline and Wellesley. This week they entered conference play and came away with 2 wins over Braintree and Weymouth to run their record to 2-0 in league play and 2-2 overall. Low scorers for the Cats have been Dylan McDougall, Jared Carr, Jared Carney, and Jack Boylan.

Girls Cross Country: The Girls XC team sprinted past both Norwood and Framingham in a tri-match 15-50. Milton took the top 8 spots in the race led by Bridget Mitchell 1st, Colette O’Leary -2nd, and Elise O’Leary 3rd. This week the Cats continued their domination with 3 wins in a quad meet as they beat Dedham, Needham, and Brookline. The Cats took 1st through 5th place versus all three teams with Mitchell 1st, C. O’Leary 2nd, E. O’Leary 3rd, N. Negassi 4th, and Genevieve Connelly 5th.

Boys Cross Country: Last week the Boys XC team split their tri-match defeating Norwood 20-43 and losing to Framingham 25-30. Milton’s top 3 finishers were Kyle Dempsey, Bobby Carrew, and Nick Villard. This week in a quad meet, they beat Dedham, while dropping races to Needham and Brookline, to run their record to 2-3. The Cat’s top 3 finishers were Villard, Carrew, and Dempsey.

Volleyball: The Volleyball team started their season with a 3-0 win over Braintree and then lost to Natick 3-1 on Friday and to Newton North 3-0 this week. The team evened their record this week at 2-2 with a hard fought win over Walpole 3-1 in their home opener in Copeland Field House.

Field Hockey: The Field Hockey team got off to a great start last week on the home turf of Brooks Field. The team had back to back shut-outs by their goalie Sr. Captain Devin Coulter 2-0 over Braintree and 1-0 over Natick.  In the Braintree game Soph. Bella Calcagno and Jr. Caroline Bligh scored goals. In the Natick game Sr. Captain Elena Kapolis scored the game winner. The team’s record fell to 2-2 this week as they lost 2-1 to Newton North as well as to Walpole.

For sports schedules for all MHS teams, please click here: http://schedules.schedulestar.com/Milton-High-School-Milton-MA/month/09-28-2016/

AMBASSADOR PAGE

Student –I would like to recognize Pierce seventh-grader Sebastian Wright, for his work on educating the community on the importance of bees. Sebastian has been a very vocal advocate for protecting bees, and recently invited Pierce Principal Dr. Karen Spaulding and Assistant Principal Ms. Anna McReynolds to visit his backyard hives. Congratulations to Sebastian for working hard for something he believes in!

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Staff – Many of you may have already heard the news by now, but our long-serving Pre-K teacher, Eileen Mullen, will be retiring next week. Ms. Mullen has been a teacher with the Pre-K program since 1996 and has been a teacher for nearly 29 years. Our Pre-K program is an innovative on-site preschool located at Milton High School which pairs 4 and 5 year olds with high school students who have enrolled in Child Study courses. Ms. Mullen instructs both the preschoolers and the high school juniors and seniors as part of this program. We wish her all the best in her retirement!

Volunteers – I would like to publicly thank and recognize this year’s PTO presidents:

Glover Elementary: Christine Sullivan: cac2083@gmail.com and Sarah-Kate Sullivan: aspensk@yahoo.com

Collicot Elementary: Alyson Zukowski: alysongrout@hotmail.com and Rebecca Stover: stover.rebecca@gmail.com

Pierce Middle School: Karyn Vivieros: karyn.viveiros@comcast.net and Trish Heelen, Treasurer: heelen@aol.com; Christine Paxhia: cpaxhia@hotmail.com and Kristen LaCasse: kristen.lacasse@comcast.net

Milton High School: Tricia Sullivan: trishsull@hotmail.com

Tucker Elementary: Michelle Schweitzer: mich_dev76@hotmail.com and Tracy Troiano: tracytroiano@gmail.com

Cunningham Elementary: Stephanie O’Keefe: sastruck1@aol.com and Robyn Quinn: robynleequinn@gmail.com and Erin Burke, Treasurer: erinbenedict@hotmail.com

The Milton Public School system is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to the provision of quality educational programs for all students.  The Milton Public School system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, genetic information, age or sexual orientation.

August 29th E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Aug• 29•16

Attention Milton High School families! There have been changes to traffic patterns and parking this year on the MHS campus. Please click here to view a map of the changes.

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date: Monday, August 29th, 2016

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

I would like to be sure, now that the start of school is upon us, that everyone is aware of one of our most valuable resources here in the Milton Public Schools. Several years ago, as part of our Advancement Budget, we created the position of Family Outreach Liaison. This job is aptly filled by Marti O’Keefe McKenna, whose responsibilities span a broad variety of duties. Ms. McKenna can help our Milton Public School families with many issues, among which are:

  • Ms. McKenna works to ensure that residents of Milton with preschool age children have access to information pertaining to all of our preschools, including programs offered, cost of each program, lottery procedure, registration process and family expectations.
  • In order to establish a strong school-home connection, Ms. McKenna works closely with the school registrar, residency and registration coordinators, principals, teachers and staff to identify families new to the district. She communicates with families via telephone, email, school or home visits offering assistance with orientation to our district and provides information and materials covering a wide range of services: Edline, free and reduced lunch, mentoring program, transportation, after school activities and clubs, youth sports, school athletic programs and community resources.
  • Ms. McKenna works collaboratively with school administrators, PTO leadership teams and ESL coordinator to provide programming that is inclusive of all families, promoting intercultural understanding and respect in the school community.
  • By working closely with community resources to develop working relationships, Ms. McKenna is in contact with churches, temples, community groups and ancillary service providers.  She attends community events and collaborates with other school community liaisons to share information and resources.
  • Because family involvement in a child’s education is paramount to a student’s success, Ms. McKenna works with School Administrators, teachers and staff to identify students, at risk and/or not meeting academic or attendance expectations. She will reach out to families via telephone calls, school and/or home visits to increase involvement in their child’s education and to develop a strong partnership between school and home in order to improve student outcomes.

If the need arises, please be sure to contact Marti O’Keefe McKenna, our Family Outreach Liaison at mmckenna@miltonps.org or call her at 617-980-7343.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

The most recent School Committee meeting was held on August 24th. That meeting is summarized below. The next meeting will be held at  pm in Milton High School’s television studio, Room 245.

August 24th: This meeting began with several back-to-school updates as part of the Superintendent’s Report, as well as approval of the school handbooks for each school. School Committee members approved the vendor warrants and four policies before adjourning. To watch the recording of this meeting, please click here.

CURRICULUM NEWS

Science Curriculum

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

     The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education approved a new Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum Framework in April, 2016.  For the two school years prior to the final approval, the middle school science teachers were working with both the previous and draft standards in mind.  Now that the new standards have been adopted, we will be making some adjustments to better align our curriculum units.

The eighth grade science team at the Pierce Middle School spent time this summer working on two different projects. They spent time developing an engaging climate change project that will be a new addition to our Weather Unit. The goal of this project is to connect the different activities throughout the unit with new standards related to the relationship between the Earth and Human Activity. Research and our own experience tells us that students learn more when they understand the relevance and connection between content and their lives and we believe this project will create that opportunity for students. Our eighth grade team is hoping to deepen understanding of weather and climate by providing students with rich experiences that will allow them to work collaboratively to analyze data and present their findings using a variety of resources related to climate change.

All eighth grade students take the Science, Technology and Engineering MCAS in the spring. Unlike other content areas, the Science MCAS covers three years of content.  During the 2015-2016 school year, the entire science department looked at student data and identified key concepts and sample questions that would be helpful for students to review prior to taking the assessment.  The second project the Grade 8 science team focused on this summer was a continuation of this work as they are currently developing resources to help eighth grade students review key science and technology/engineering concepts covered in the 6th and 7th grade.  As we start the 2016-2017 school year, the Pierce Science Department has another exciting year of science planned for our students.

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

The science department at Milton High School has spent the past year focusing on rewriting curriculum to align with the newly adopted Massachusetts Science, Technology and Engineering Frameworks.  In the process of curriculum revision the department has focused on increasing the use of both inquiry and technology in all science classes. During the fall of 2015, all high school science teachers attended a PD session at PTC in Needham to increase use of inquiry and STEM across all science disciplines. This PD allowed teachers to further explore student centered lessons allowing students to model, design, and build assessments focused on science and STEM content. In February 2016, the high school science department received PD from Vernier to further allow teachers to explore the use of their technology in the science classrooms. Funded through STEM Advancement and grant approvals by the MFE, all classes will be working with Vernier technology in science classes for the upcoming 2016-2017 school year. This summer, the department continues to modify lab investigations and assessments to reflect the increased modeling and designing seen across the new standards, as well as preparing for the increased use in technology.  The department will also be offering a full Engineering elective during the 2016-2017 school year, currently being designed by both teachers and administrators.

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The following item was sent to us by Pierce Middle School Dean of Students, Dr. Nick Fitzgerald:

Punctuality matters. Students make their first commitment to learning when they arrive to school on time. Similarly, teachers and administrators make their first commitment to establish a disciplined and efficient learning environment when they hold students accountable for being on time. At the Pierce Middle School, students are considered late for school if they are not seated in their first period class by 7:57 a.m. We mark students who arrive to their first period classes after 7:57 a.m. “Tardy.” We only consider students “excused” if they are late due to one of the reasons listed for “acceptable absences” in the Pierce Middle School Student Handbook (i.e. medical appointment that could not be scheduled outside of school hours, death in the family, observance of religious holiday, or court appearance for the student). Parents/guardians should inform us when their children are late or are going to be late, and provide a note that explains the tardiness. The attendance will reflect that a student is “Tardy Unexcused” if he or she arrives late without a note or for a reason other than those listed in the handbook. Please note that reasons such as heavy traffic, weather, and over-sleeping (as well as other unacceptable reasons) will be marked as “Tardy Unexcused”.

The teachers and administrators at Pierce recognize that mornings can be a chaotic time for many families, including our own, and that getting out of the house on time can be challenging. We also know that weather and unpredictable traffic can hinder even the most concerted efforts to be on time. Regardless, the expectation at Pierce is that students are seated in class by 7:57 a.m. The Pierce Middle School Student Handbook and Massachusetts General Law support this expectation. Students who arrive late to school compromise not only their learning, but also their classmates’ learning and their teachers’ preparation. Additionally, education research suggests that students who arrive to school on time confront fewer academic and behavioral issues in school, and ultimately find more success after graduation.

Punctuality matters, and therefore it is a priority for us to support you in getting your student to school on time. The parents/guardians of children who are frequently tardy will be invited to meet with school administrators to create a plan to help their child arrive to school earlier. However, we encourage you to reach out to us before your child’s tardiness becomes a problem. If you would like our assistance in getting your child to school on time, please reach out to your child’s guidance counselor or Dr. Fitzgerald, the Dean of Students, to arrange a time to come into school. It is also important to note that students who are frequently tardy to school – or class – will receive disciplinary consequences and may forfeit their participation in extra-curricular activities. Again, if at any time during the upcoming school year you worry that your son or daughter is arriving late too many times, please contact us to arrange a time to meet. Your child’s safety and success are our primary concerns and we welcome the chance to help you ensure that tardiness does not compromise either.

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The following item was submitted by Elementary Librarian Lori Henry:

The Milton Public School’s elementary readers have been very busy this summer! We have partnered once again with the Milton Public Library and, as of today, 554,748 minutes have been logged on the MPL’s Summer Reading website! We’ve topped our goal of 500,000 minutes and are still going strong. Keep up the extraordinary reading and keep logging until August 30!

Readers, in order to share your summer reading log, please log into the MPL’s Summer Reading web page and view your log. At the top of the page there’s a button that says “Print the Log.” Please print it and bring it to school on the first day. Your teachers, principals and Mrs. Henry can’t wait to see what you’ve been reading!

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

Nationally Recognized STEM Summer Program in the Milton Public Schools! Camp Invention Encourages Creativity, Problem Solving Through STEM Learning

Camp Invention, the nation’s premier summer enrichment day camp program, supported by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and a product of the National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF), took place at the Tucker Elementary School this summer for students district-wide and beyond entering grades 1-6.  Camp Invention is the only nationally recognized summer program focused on creativity, innovation, real-world problem solving and the spirit of invention. Through hands-on programming, Camp Invention is encouraging children in grades 1-6 to explore Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics curriculum inspired by some the world’s great inventors. Camp Invention, the National Inventors Hall of Fame and the Collegiate Inventors Competition serve as the authority on inspiring invention and compose Invent Now. This nationwide organization is committed to the curious minds and innovative spirits of the past, present and future. Since 1990, they have served over 1 MILLION children and 125,000 teachers and Leadership Interns.  Camp Invention provides an opportunity for inventive young minds to exercise their creativity and use their imagination in ways they don’t normally get to in the classroom. Program participants do not realize they are learning and developing new skills as they build prototypes, take things apart, explore different types of technology and so much more.

The camp that was held in Milton is called Epic™, inspired by some of our nation’s most brilliant minds including experienced educators, Inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame and developed in partnership with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Epic™ features hands-on modules like CrickoBot™, where Campers construct and personalize a DIY solar-powered cricket and a unique habitat; Epic Park ™, where Campers work in teams to design an eco-adventure park; I Can Invent: Maker Studio™, where Campers brainstorm product ideas and build original prototypes using real tools and components found in everyday devices; and The Lab: Where Pigs Fly™, where children can discover the science of slime, demolition, electronic sound, giant squid and coding. Learn more about this year’s curriculum here.

Local programs are facilitated and taught by educators who reside and teach in the community. Here in Milton, we have seven Milton Public Schools staff members involved, and ten Milton High Schools students volunteering at the camp.  There are 110 enthusiastic students who participated in the camp!

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The following message was sent to all Milton High School freshmen via Naviance and shared with us by the MHS Guidance Department:

On behalf of the Guidance Department at Milton High School I would like to welcome you and your child to Milton High School. This email is being sent to you through Naviance, a web-based program that the guidance department uses to email students with community service opportunities, information on college open houses, and to work with students on the college process including college research, career interests and resume writing.

When you see these emails, please take some time to read them and pass along to your child. The freshman class will activate their Naviance accounts at the end of September in Group Guidance and then they will receive these emails as well. As we begin the school year, please understand the guidance office is a very busy place with new students arriving and last minute schedule changes being made.  Please know if you call or email us we will get back to you as soon as possible.

We hope your child will join us at New Student Orientation on Monday, August 29th at 12pm. As part of orientation, students will receive their schedules, homeroom assignments and learn their way around the building. If you have any questions or concerns throughout the year please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Guidance assignments for the Class of 2020 are listed below by counselor:

Mrs. Spinelli     lspinelli@miltonps.org<mailto:lspinelli@miltonps.org>, 617-696-4470 ext. 5529<tel:617-696-4470%20ext.%205529> for students with last names A- El Sayed

Ms. Bernard     lbernard@miltonps.org<mailto:lbernard@miltonps.org>, 617-696-4470 ext. 5528<tel:617-696-4470%20ext.%205528> for students with last names Elfer-Liu

Mr. Devlin         sdevlin@miltonps.org<mailto:sdevlin@miltonps.org>,   617-696-4470 ext. 5527<tel:617-696-4470%20ext.%205527> for students with last names Lorden-Possi

Mr. Guarino     rguarino@miltonps.org<mailto:rguarino@miltonps.org> 617-696-4470 ext, 5526<tel:617-696-4470%20ext%2C%205526> for students with last names Quijano-Tucker

Mrs. Cahill       kcahill@miltonps.org<mailto:kcahill@miltonps.org>,   617-696-4470 ext. 5530<tel:617-696-4470%20ext.%205530> for students with last names V-Z

Mrs. MacDougall is the Guidance Admin Assistant and can be reached at cmacdougall@miltonps.org<mailto:cmacdougall@miltonps.org> or at 617-696-4470 ext. 5533

For our SENIORS:

We will hit the ground running with the college application process for many of our seniors. Please pay close attention to emails that are sent out to our seniors about deadlines and application expectations. You can always find out more information by logging onto your Naviance account (both students and parents/guardians have accounts) and looking into the Document Library for upcoming College Open Houses in the area, Financial Aid information and what steps are involved in college application process.As always, please contact your child’s guidance counselor with any questions.

Upcoming dates:

MEFA (Mass Educational Financing Authority) Information Night: October 26th College Info Night, Tuesday, November 1st.

More details to come about these two informative nights!

SUMMER READING

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

Are you still looking for that perfect book for your free choice summer reading option? In addition to asking friends, family members, teachers and librarians for recommendations there are many great online resources available. The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) recently opened the polls for the 2016 Teen’s Top Ten awards. Check out the list for new book ideas or vote for one of your favorites. YALSA also publishes “Outstanding Books for the College Bound” lists every four years. They are broken down into areas of interest: Arts and Humanities; History and Cultures; Literature and Language Arts; Science and Technology and Social Sciences.

If you are looking for audio or eBook versions of a specific title don’t forget that MHS subscribes to Axis 360. This website and app provide access to hundreds of titles. Instructions for creating an account can be found on the Library edline page. Enjoy the last few days of summer. Happy Reading!

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We had our fourth and final story time last week at Cunningham Park, with 78 participants. This is the third year of the MPL, MPS, MECA partnership and it just keeps getting bigger and better.  Each family went home with a new book, which you can see displayed on the fence.  During our first story time in July, each child went home with a book but it was so popular we needed to limit it to one per family so we wouldn’t run out.  This program was huge success this summer, thanks to the cooperative work between community resources.

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books1MUSIC DEPARTMENT NEWS

The following items were sent to us by MHS Music Teachers Rebecca Damiani and Gary Good:

The Wildcat Marching Band held their annual band camp from August 15-19 at Milton High School. We were joined by Percussion Instructor and new Pierce Band Director Morgan Schneider and Colorguard Instructor Grace Marinilli to lead the band in learning their halftime show “The Music of Coldplay”. Members of the Marching Band practiced from 8 am- 3 pm for five days in order to learn the entire halftime show, culminating in a preview performance for a large crowd of parents, friends and alumni of the band on the last day of camp.  Drum Majors Maya Watanabe and Mariah Conway, Percussion Captain Sawyer Flanagan, Colorguard Captain Lilly Tennyson and Junior Drum Major Isaac Savona served as outstanding student leaders throughout the camp.

Last year, the band received generous donations from the Milton Community and the the Copeland Family allowing them to purchase uniforms. In addition, the band also received a donation from the Seattle Foundation that aided in purchasing “tough terrain frames” for all of their percussion equipment, allowing them to expand the percussion section. Enrollment in the marching band is up to 58 students from last year?s 42, which moves the Wildcats into division 2 when they take the competition field in October! You can catch the Wildcat Marching Band perform at all home varsity football games this fall!

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Come be a part of the Applied Lesson Program (ALP)! Parents/Guardians who have a child in Grades 4 and above, please note that the Applied Lesson Program Beginner Registration Night will be held on Tuesday, September 13, from 7:00-8:30 at Milton High School. See additional info below:

What’s Beginner Registration Night? You can register for beginner lessons with the ALP teacher and rent an instrument. Bring 2 checks?one for the ALP lesson teacher and one for the rental company. No lessons will be scheduled without payment.

Payment for SESSION I (15 lessons) must be made at registration night. Private lessons (1 student) are $390 and Semi-private lessons (2 students) are $262.50. Payment is made directly to the lesson teacher.  Semi-private lessons are offered ONLY if there are two students who take the same instrument at the same time. It is easiest to schedule semi-private lessons if you pre-arrange the partners because you need to register together. No semi-private lessons will be scheduled if there is only one student registering.

Rental fees vary depending on the instrument and the payment plan you choose. You can buy/rent your instrument from any company you choose and you should go online to research prices:

Johnson String (www.johnsonstring.com)
Spencer Brook Strings (www.spencerbrookstrings.com)
Needham Music (http://needhammusicanddance.com)
Leonard’s Music (www.LeonardsMusic.com) will be present at the registration, but other companies may also come.

No rental fee: The Milton Music Department owns some instruments and these will be given out on a first come first served basis. Parents have to sign a yearly contract ensuring that they are financially responsible for repairs; there is no rental fee.

Availability: There are only a limited number of available slots for lessons, so it is very important to attend this registration night. If you cannot attend, contact Rebecca Damiani, rdamiani@miltonps.org and Gary Good, ggood@miltonps.org on Wednesday, September 14 to find out if there are any spots left.

Nota bene!

* ALP does not offer lessons in recorder or piano.
* Students must be in 4th grade or above to register.
* No students in grades lower than 4th will be registered on September 13.
* If there are available slots AFTER September 16, younger students can register.
* This registration night is for BEGINNERS only.

Continuing students should contact their lesson teachers directly to register.

TRANSPORTATION NEWS

Bus routes for the 2016-17 school year are posted here. If you have questions, please email Transportation Director Jake Smith at bus@miltonps.org

FAMILY OUTREACH LIAISON NEWS

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

To all our new families, welcome to the Milton Public Schools! Transitioning to a new school can be difficult for some students no matter what grade they will be entering. Below, please find an article offering tips to help your child transition, written by Dr. Meryl Ain and featured in Parenting Magazine. Whether your child is moving up from nursery school to kindergarten, or changing schools for any number of reasons, there are steps you can take now to ease the transition for your child.

Whatever the age of your child, it’s a good idea to arrange a visit to the new school. A visit will demystify the new school environment by enabling your child to see the physical building, including classrooms, playground, and cafeteria. Meeting school personnel will also familiarize your child with the new cast of characters in his or her life.

There are also many excellent children’s books that deal with school, such as Curious George Goes to School by Margret Rey, and The Berenstain Bears Go to School by Jan and Stan Berenstain. My all-time favorite book for children and adults of all ages is Oh, the Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss. It inspires kids of all ages to be bold and courageous in new situations.

Here are some tips to help you and your child become comfortable in the new school.

  1. It’s normal for both you and your child to be anxious about entering a new school, but if you have concerns, please don’t express them to your child. Express confidence and optimism about his/her ability to meet the new challenges.
  2. Look for opportunities for your child to meet his/her classmates over the summer. Check with the school principal, PTO, social organizations and other groups to find connections.
  3. If your child has special needs, such as a learning disability or food allergy, work with the new school as far in advance as possible to determine placement and to line up services and support.
  4. Keep the spark of learning alive during the summer. Students can lose from one to three months of learning during the summer, so plan to keep your child engaged by encouraging reading, word games, math and nature activities. Simply cooking and baking with kids can help develop math, reading, and science skills.
  5. Call the PTO president and introduce yourself.       Parent organization leaders are in a good position to share information and issues about the new school with you. Ask how you can contribute your skills and interests. Getting actively involved in your child’s new school benefits you and your child! Research indicates that the more involved parents are, the more successful their own children will be.
  6. Know the names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of your children’s teachers, principal, and school nurse. By all means, contact them if you have questions or concerns.
  7. Become familiar with your school and school district websites, and check them for calendar changes, meeting announcements and minutes, news, policies and procedures, and other information.
  8. Check your mail for the publication of the annual calendar/directory. Keep it in an accessible place.
  9. Find out how your school communicates important information to parents and then be alert to those messages. Is it by automated phone message, e-mail blasts, electronically through systems such as Parent Portal, newsletters, snail-mail, or in your kids’ backpacks?

Staying on top of information and issues will enable you to be a proactive and informed parent. Your ongoing engagement, support, and encouragement will expedite your child’s transition into the new school.

If you are new to the district and have any questions or need additional information to help make your child’s transition to school a smooth one please do not hesitate to contact Marti O’Keefe McKenna in the Family Outreach Liaison office at 617-980-7343 or via email mmckenna@miltonps.org

FACILITIES UPDATE

Below is a report by William Ritchie, Director of Consolidated Facilities and Robert Mayhew, Operations Manager:

During the summer months, there is a long list of facilities and cleaning projects that are accomplished at each school location. A few of the major projects completed this summer involved a redesign of the roadway and parking area at the entrance to the Copeland Field House.  Improvements include new asphalt paving, granite curbing, drainage basins, lane markings and a new traffic pattern.  New LED lighting was installed in the courtyard and new gym flooring was installed in new Wildcat Wellness Center at Milton High School. At Glover Elementary, the solar array system on the gym roof was structurally upgraded and completed, a new concrete walkway was installed, the fire alarm was upgraded and a new security system was installed. At Tucker Elementary, a new soccer play area and fencing was installed. At the Pierce Middle School, new vinyl flooring was installed in a few locations.  At the Collicot and Cunningham Elementary Schools, the front playground wall was repaired and new drainage line installed to minimize the future drainage issues.

Throughout the summer months, most of the specialized facilities inspections and major cleaning at each of our school building is completed. Many of the HVAC systems are overhauled, all of the life safety equipment is tested and certified, (fire alarms, fire sprinkler systems, fire pump, fire extinguishers and emergency lighting).  All of the emergency generators, elevators, drinking fountains and Integrated Pest Management and air quality inspections are completed.

In addition, all of the school classrooms, offices and common hallways are impeccably cleaned and waxed by the district custodians. All of the carpets are cleaned and disinfected and painting projects are completed. The entire facilities, custodial and seasonal staff works tirelessly all summer long to make sure the schools are in great shape for opening day.

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New mini-soccer pitch at Tucker Elementary School playground!

PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

The following item was sent to us by the Administrator of Pupil Personnel Tracy Grandeau:

We are looking forward to an amazing 2016-17 school year! Three highlights of the year will be the continuation of the Inclusion Task Force, ongoing implementation of the PCG report recommendations, and the Coordinated Program Review (CPR).

The Inclusion Task Force was formed in February of 2016 and its members include representatives from school committee, parents, community leaders, and staff. The Inclusion Task Force has met monthly and will continue to work hard in the coming school year. The task force strives to promote the inclusion and a set of structured and consistent inclusive practices across the district and community.

During the 2015-2016 academic year, the district contracted Public Consulting Group (PCG) to evaluation the efficiency and efficacy of the special education programs and services. After visiting classrooms, reviewing data, and meeting with representatives of the school community, PCG published a report. This report is available online under the School Committee section on the district’s website. Over the next few years, staff and community members will continue to work on reviewing the report and developing action plans to implement many of the recommendations made by PCG. This process will help to improve the instruction and services for our students.

The district will be participating in a Coordinated Program Review this coming semester. Representatives from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will be visiting the district in December to review compliance and procedures regarding Civil Rights, ELL, and special education services. Parents may be asked to participate in interviews and a report will be made public several months after the onsite visit.

FOOD SERVICE NEWS

The following item was sent to us by Food Service Director Jackie Morgan:

The Milton School Lunch and Breakfast Programs is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools. They provide nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free breakfasts and lunches to children each school day. School lunch must meet meal pattern and nutrition standards based on the latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The current meal pattern increases the availability of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains in the school menu.

Any child at a participating school may purchase a meal through the National School Lunch Program. Children from families with incomes at or below 130 percent of the poverty level are eligible for free meals. Those with incomes between 130 percent and 185 percent of the poverty level are eligible for reduced‐price meals, for which students can be charged no more than 40 cents.

We offer breakfast every school day in all of our schools. Breakfast is free for all REDUCED and FREE students and it is a great way to start the day. Breakfast is $1.25 for all paid students. These funds can come right out of your students Nutrikids account. Student’s who qualify for the reduced program pay $.40 for a complete lunch.  Paid lunch is $2.00 elementary, $2.25 for middle school and $2.25/$2.50 for the high school.

All children come through a computerized Point of Sale system which keeps student information private. All students state their name in elementary school or use a four /five digit PIN number in both middle and high school. Below is the federal income chart to help you understand if your family may qualify for meals assistance.

 

FEDERAL ELIGIBILITY INCOME CHART For School Year 2016-2017
Household size Yearly Monthly Weekly
1 $21,978 $1,832 $   423
2 $29,637 $2,470 $ 570
3 $37,296 $3,108 $   718
4 $44,955 $3,747 $   865
5 $52,614 $4,385 $1,012
6 $60,273 $5,023 $1,160
7 $67,951 $5,663 $1,307
8 $75,647 $6,304 $1,455
Each additional person: $+7,696 $ +642 $   +148

Households will be notified of their children’s eligibility for free meals if they are members of households receiving assistance from: SNAP, FDPIR, TANF.  No application is required for free meal benefits as these programs now communicate with schools directly. If any child was not listed on the eligibility notice or you do not receive a letter from the food service director in the mail the household should contact the School Food Service Program and have benefits extended to that child.

Applications are available on the Milton Schools website at www.miltonps.org, in your child’s school’s main office and at the Food Service Departments office located at Milton High School, 25 Gile Road, Milton, MA 0286. Contact Jackie Morgan with any questions or concerns at jmorgan@miltonps.org

“This institution is an equal opportunity employer”

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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 each of our six schools every day.  This is available every day twenty minutes before the bell rings. 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 are being 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 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.  Request a menu so you can view what your child may be eating at school.

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.

We are now piloting breakfast in the classroom at Tucker Elementary School with our Grade Pre-K, Grade 2 and Grade 3. Breakfast begins for this small group at the bell and children can eat at their desks as their day is beginning.

Contact Jackie Morgan, Director of Food Services, with any questions at jmorgan@miltonps.org or at 617-898-1051.

FROM OUR READERS

From time to time, parents, guardians, colleagues and teachers will send me an article they find interesting. I plan to share some of these in this and future blogs.

The Importance of Being Little:

https://www.amazon.com/Importance-Being-Little-Preschoolers-Grownups/dp/0525429077

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

Summer is almost over – but fun family activities continue at the Milton Public Library! Books, programs, coloring, games, puppets and more are available every day for you to check out. In addition to our regular storytime on Tuesday evening, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of September 4 – 10:

Monday, September 5, 2016
LIBRARY CLOSED

Thursday, September 8, 2016 from 4:00 – 4:30 pm
Storytime at the Farmers’ Market, All Ages

Come find us for story time at the Milton Farmers’ Market! Miss Sara and Miss Elaine, Children’s Librarians at the Milton Public Library will read stories, sing songs, and engage children at this, the third of four farmers’ market sessions this fall. Rain or shine! Parents/caregivers must remain with and look after their child – these are not drop-off events. No registration is required.

Friday, September 9, 2016 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, September 10, 2016 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Mel O’Drama, Ages 5-9

Kids aged 5-9 are invited to join local drama teacher Melanie Grace Gillespie for a theatrical and creative hour of Mel O’Drama!  Students will enjoy such fun activities as warmups, improv games, voice projection, scene work, and movement.  Registration is required. 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 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

NEWS AROUND TOWN

Save the Date! The Forbes House Museum’s Annual Keechong Dinner will be held Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 6 pm at The Granite Links Golf Club, The Hannon Ballroom, 100 Quarry Hill Drive, Quincy, MA

This year’s Guest Speaker will be Mark Wilson, Statewide Curator & Cultural Resources Manager, Trustees of the Reservation. Mr. Wilson will speak on the topic, “Restoration of the Chinese Temple Garden at Naumkaeg.” The Keechong Dinner tradition began in 1879, established by the partners of Perkins & Co. and Russell & Co. to renew the ties of friendship formed during their trading years in China and exchange the latest news of events in China. The Annual Keechong Dinner is a continuation of the tradition. “Keechong” means literally “flag of American prosperity” – a reference to the blue and white flag flown by both Perkins and Russell companies which symbolized American maritime and commercial supremacy.

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The following item was sent to us by the Milton Police Department:

Applications are now being accepted for position of school crossing guards. Job Posting – School Crossing Guards… fb.me/6r4ZXZT6y

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Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (MSAPC) Has Two Important Announcements

1) The Coalition’s yearlong Community Assessment has been completed, including the results of the Parent Survey and Community Focus Groups. It will be presented at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton on Monday September 19th at 7pm. Limited seating.   2) The Coalition seeks self-nominations for its Core Stakeholder Group. Application deadline is August 30th.

Please click here for details.

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The following item was sent to us by Milton Public School parent Greg Gordon:

Many of our Milton runners take part in the Brookline Symphony Orchestra 5K Fun Run.  As always, the event takes place on the last Sunday in September at the Chestnut Hill Reservoir.   We’ll have musicians from the orchestra playing live classical music for you to enjoy as you run, jog or stroll around the flat, two-loop dirt path.  Who wouldn’t like to hear five tubas playing The Beatles on a beautiful crisp, early autumn morning?  The race is family-friendly and t-shirts are guaranteed to all who register by September 2nd.   On another note, I’m very excited to announce that the Brookline Symphony Orchestra has been selected as an official charity partner of Team Brookline and will field a team of runners in the 2017 Boston Marathon! We are eagerly looking for individuals who are interested in supporting the Brookline Symphony Orchestra by running the Boston Marathon as one of our official charity runners.  Please contact me if you think you might be interested in applying for one of our bibs.  Visit the Team Brookline page for details and official application. I hope to see you at the 5K Fun Run on Sunday, September 25th!

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Please be advised that the Milton DPW Recycling Center will be OPEN on Saturday September 3rd. There will be no changes due the Labor Day holiday weekend. The Recycling Center will be open from 9:00 am till 12:00 pm (noon). The Recycling Center is open the first Saturday of each month and its hours of operation are 9 am – noon. The Recycling Center no longer accepts cash or personal checks. Drop-off costs are as follows:

  • TVs and computer monitors — $9 each. Just put 3 (three) $3 stickers on each item.
  • Refrigerators, air conditoners, de-humidifiers –$9 each. Just place 3 $3 stickers on each item.  (Please remove refrigerator doors before bringing to Recycling Center.)

All other drop-off items are free. These include:

  • Metal items (including hot water heaters, stoves, washers and dryers, file cabinets, bikes, grills (remove fuel), etc.
  • Propane Tanks: remove from grill, requires $3.00 sticker.
  • Books (hardcover and softcover in good condition);
  • Fluorescent bulbs; compact fluorescent bulbs
  • Items containing mercury (thermometers, thermostats, also elemental mercury); and
  • Non-alkaline batteries (rechargeable batteries, etc.).

Please note that household ‘alkaline’ batteries (AAA, C, D, etc.) are not considered hazardous and should be thrown out in your regular trash.

ATHLETICS

Below are some of our fall coaches, along with our new Athletic Director, Eric Karjel (front row, far right) — good luck to all our student athletes and their coaches this season!

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MHS Fall Coaches 2016

For sports schedules for all MHS teams, please click here http://schedules.schedulestar.com/Milton-High-School-Milton-MA/day/08-26-2016/

AMBASSADOR PAGE

Student: As many of you know, our building and grounds for all six Milton Public Schools get a deep cleaning and sprucing up every summer. Part of the crew responsible for this work is made up of students from Milton High School.  These hardworking custodians and landscapers work alongside our staff members to get everything ready for back-to-school. I am told that this year’s crew was the best ever, and I would like to thank all of our high school students who helped with the hard work of getting our buildings looking beautiful.

Staff/Volunteer: One of our Pierce Middle School’s Guidance Counselors, Erin MacCurtain, spent a few weeks in Fiji this summer as a volunteer with the home building team from Habitat for Humanity. Ms. MacCurtain was inspired to take this trip after visiting the Foreman Gym with Pierce Academy students last year.George Foreman IV told students to “fight it forward” during their visit, and Ms. MacCurtain took those words to heart!

fiji

 

The Milton Public School system is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to the provision of quality educational programs for all students.  The Milton Public School system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, genetic information, age or sexual orientation.

 

August 12th E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Aug• 12•16

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date: Friday, August 12, 2016

Please note: School begins for Grades 1-12 on Wednesday, August 31st. Also, here are the most frequently dialed numbers this  time of year:

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

Every year, during the summer months, we make improvements to our buildings and grounds. This summer, among other projects, we added parking spots outside the Copeland Field House, saw the creation of an incredible outdoor classroom at Pierce and improved the playgrounds at Cunningham and Collicot.

But the project I’m most excited about was the installation of our Little Free Libraries. Thanks to a generous grant from the Milton Woman’s Club, we have purchased these libraries for our schools. The first one is up and running at Glover Elementary School and the remainder will be installed during the next week or so.

For those of you who are not familiar with Little Free Library concept, they are a “take a book, return a book” free book exchange. They come in many shapes and sizes, but our MPS libraries are large wooden “houses” with shelving and a door. Anyone may take a book or bring a book to share. These book exchanges have a unique, personal touch. There is an understanding that real people are sharing their favorite books with their community. We are stocking the libraries with a few books to get things rolling, but once school is in session, we are hoping that the “take a book, leave a book,” concept catches on and the books come and go naturally.

As an educator, of course I am an advocate of this idea since it encourages early literacy, family reading, community involvement and better access to reading materials. But as a book lover, I am also excited to see how these libraries work in the real world! Please feel free to check out our libraries and possibly find (or leave!) a great book. In addition to thanking the Milton Woman’s Club, I would like to thank MPS Communications Specialist Moira Downes and  Consolidated Facilities Operations Manager Bob Mayhew for the special attention they gave to turning this concept into a reality.

library

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There has been one School Committee meetings since my last E-blast, which I will summarize in my next newsletter. The next School Committee meeting will be held August 24th at 7 pm in the Milton Access TV studio, Room 245 at Milton High School.

CURRICULUM NEWS

As I mentioned in my introduction, there has been a transformation at Pierce Middle School this summer. Milton resident Beth Neville, an accomplished artist who has been responsible for initiating and sponsoring many art programs and projects for Milton’s residents and youth over the years, has poured her energy into creating an outdoor classroom at Pierce this summer.  Ms. Neville worked closely with Pierce Middle School’s principal, teachers and students – as well as our Consolidated Facilities Department — to create the Pierce Gardens.  She wrote successful grants to several organizations here in Milton to fund the cost of building the flats, shed, etc.  I am pleased to report they are gorgeous! Great job and thank you!

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UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

The following update was sent to us by Tucker Principal Elaine McNeil-Girmai:

The Tucker School community was excited to recently begin the first phase of their playground initiative. The Tucker Site Council began the planning of the project in 2014, which will include a 40 x 70 soccer mini-pitch, new landscaping, game tables, surfaces games, and many places to sit, eat and come together — creating an outdoor experience that all of our students and neighbors will be able to enjoy.

With funds raised from the Copeland Foundation, private donors and our recent t-shirt sales, Tucker is close to their final goal having raised more than $25,000! As they move forward they applaud the efforts of students and families that have creatively funded the project like Zahria Daley, a rising third grade student, recently raised $63 selling lemonade at Shields Park over the weekend! If you are interested in supporting the initiative you can make a financial or time commitment today to a member of the Site Council, directly to the Tucker School principal (emcneilgirmai@miltonps.org) or using http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0844aca92da6fc1-tucker3 .

lemonade stand

FAMILY LIAISON NEWS

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

Summer Reading Challenge: We are almost there!  Last year, readers participating in the summer reading challenge read over 484,000 minutes.  This year’s goal is to beat that record and read over 500,000 minutes, that’s over HALF A MILLION minutes.  As of August 8th, children around Milton had logged in 451,218 minutes!  SO…On Your Mark, Get Set…..Keep READING!!!!

If you haven’t registered your child yet, it’s not too late. The last day to register is August 15th and the deadline to log in minutes is August 31st.  As students log in their minutes, they become eligible for prizes including a free book, a complimentary ticket to the Paw Sox Minor League baseball game in Pawtucket, Rhode Island on August 25th and a chance to win other random prizes.  Students will be expected to turn in reading logs to their new teacher the first week of school. The link to register/log in is: https://miltonlibrary.beanstack.org/reader365

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SUMMERTIME STORIES: The last session of the season is Thursday,  August 18th at 10am.  Children age birth to 6 years old, along with a parent or caregiver, are invited to join Miss Sara, Milton Public Library Children’s Librarian as she reads stories and sings songs at the Cunningham Hall.  (Please park across the street at Collicot School).  If the weather is nice be sure to bring a blanket as we will be outside.  Why not bring your soon-to-be Kindergartener and have them wear their yellow “I’m going to Kindergarten” t-shirt?  It’s a great way to meet new friends who might be in your class! This event is sponsored in partnership with the Milton Public Library,  Milton Public Schools and Milton Early Childhood Alliance.

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NEW FAMILIES: WELCOME TO MILTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS!!  If you have recently registered your child(ren) in the Milton Public Schools and have questions or concerns regarding the upcoming school year, please do not hesitate to contact Marti O’Keefe McKenna in the Family Outreach Liaison office at 617-980-7343 or via email mmckenna@miltonps.org

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The following item was sent to us by Michael Maholchic, Secretary of the Milton Rotary Club:

Today we had a thoroughly enjoyable morning in front of East Milton Starbucks listening to the jazz music of Zip, Zap and the Zops! The Baron Hugo Music series will continue with music by a string quartet lead by Isa Nevil on these dates:

Thursday            8/18/2016      3 to 5PM                      Farmer’s Market
Saturday            8/20/2016      9:30 to 11:30 AM          Central Ave (by The Plate)

Milton Rotary is a sponsor of the Milton Public Library’s Summer Reading Program, which will hold its Summer Reading Celebration for registered participants in the library’s Summer Reading Challenge and their immediate families on August 15 from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM.  Milton Rotary will join the Children’s Room staff and the Friends of the Library for games, prizes and ice cream! If you would like to help out, you can contact Sara Truog at 617.898.4957 or struog@ocln.org Those of you who are members of the Milton Rotary Club will be receiving bills for the second quarter of 2016 by e-mail.  As a reminder to those on our guest list, the cost of membership in Milton Rotary is $300 per year plus $15 per meeting to cover the cost of lunch at Abby Park. Our next regular meeting will be Wednesday, September 7th at Abby Park.

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Calling all Summer Readers!  It’s time to celebrate your summer reading achievements.  Please join the Children’s Room staff, the Milton Rotary, the Milton Junior Woman’s Club, and the Friends of the Milton Public Library, for games, prizes and ice cream!

This event is open only to registered participants in the Library’s Summer Reading Challenge and their immediate families. No registration required.

To view the rest of the schedule, visit Milton Library Calendar

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The Neponset Rowing Club offers students grades 8 through 12 the opportunity to learn how to row and compete. Fall crew is a club sport and no previous rowing experience is necessary. At Information Night, we’ll cover information about the sport of rowing, how our program works, costs, practice days and times, etc. It’s a great opportunity to ask questions and learn more about rowing. Monday, August 15th from 6:30 – 7:30pm at the Milton Yacht Club, 25 Wharf Street. For more information contact: Program Director: Milos Nikolic, email: mnikolic@neponsetrowing.org

FROM OUR READERS

From time to time, parents, guardians, colleagues and teachers will send me an article they find interesting. I plan to share some of these in this and future blogs.

http://www.wbur.org/npr/481582529/how-to-raise-brilliant-children-according-to-science

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

Summer is almost over – but fun family activities continue at the Milton Public Library! Books, programs, coloring, games, puppets and more are available every day for you to check out. Have you signed up for the Library’s Summer Reading Challenge yet? This year’s Challenge, entitled On Your Mark, Get, Set… Read! runs now through August 30. Children ages 3-11 are eligible to participate. Keep up your skills over the summer, win prizes, and have fun! Visit our website at www.miltonlibrary.org to log your minutes.

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 August 21 – 27:

Tuesday, August 23, 2016 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Mad Science: Machines, Ages 6-11

Join us for a workshop with Mad Science of Greater Boston!  Try out different types of simple machines, learn about the role that simple machines play in everyday life, and build your own mini-machine. For ages 6-11; registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library.

Thursday, August 25, 2016 from 4:00 – 4:30 pm
Storytime at the Farmers’ Market, All Ages

Come find us for storytime at the Milton Farmers’ Market! Miss Sara and Miss Elaine, Children’s Librarians at the Milton Public Library will read stories, sing songs, and engage children at this, the first of four farmers’ market sessions this fall. Rain or shine! Parents/caregivers must remain with and look after their child – these are not drop-off events. 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 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

Congratulation to Milton High School Coach Tom Shaw! Coach Shaw has been named the US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association’s Girls’ Coach of the Year for the State of Massachusetts for the 2016 season. This honor is based upon the performance of the Milton High School team throughout the 2016 season and is a reflection of the hard work and dedication of the student athletes, the coaching staff and the administration of the school. This is great news! Congratulations to all for their contributions: coaches, athletes, parents and guardians and any volunteer that helped the team achieve to such a high level.

July 1 – August 31 – FamilyID Fall Sports Registration

Fall Sports Sign-ups at FAMILY ID.COM – if you are a returning MHS student-athlete from 2016-2017, you can sign into Family ID with your username and password. If you are new to Milton HS or did not play a sport at Milton HS in 2015-16, you must create a new FAMILY ID account.

  1. Milton HS Athletics https://www.familyid.com
  2. You must complete the online NFHS Concussion Course and print the certificate (both student-athlete and parent/guardian) www.nfhslearn.com
  3. You must have an updated physical exam (DATED WITHIN THE LAST 13 MONTHS)
  4. You must complete the online registration before you can come into MHS Athletic Department for your Fall Sports CLEARANCE CARD
  5. Call FAMILY ID directly at (888) 800-5583 with any Family ID registration questions
  6. Payment:
  • Milton Public Schools UniBank LINK:
  • Be sure to choose the correct sport under ATHLETIC FEE – FALL 2016

August 15,16,17,18 – Obtain Your MHS Clearance Card

Times:

  • Monday, August 15 – 9:00AM to 12:00PM
  • Tuesday, August 16 – 5:00PM to 8:00PM
  • Wednesday, August 17 – 12:00PM to 3:00PM
  • Thursday, August 18 – 9:00AM to 12:00PM

Bring in your UPDATED PHYSICAL EXAM and COPY of the NFHS Concussion Course Certificate (of both student-athlete and parent/guardian) and Receipt of Athletic Payment Fee.

August 19

  • Milton HS Football Practice Tryouts
  • Time – TBD

August 25

  • All other Milton HS Fall Sports Team practice tryouts: boys & girls soccer, field hockey, boys & girls cross country, volleyball, and golf

Athletic Director – Eric Karjel – ekarjel@miltonps.org

Milton High School 2016 Fall Sports Varsity Coaches

Football Head Coach – Steve Dembowski – coachdembo@yahoo.com
Boys Cross Country Head Coach – Chuck Ajemian – cajemian@comcast.net
Girls Cross Country Head Coach – Tom Shaw – tshaw@miltonps.org
Field Hockey Head Coach – Sarah Smith – ssmith@miltonps.org
Golf Head Coach – Ben Kelly – bkelly@miltonps.org
Boys Soccer Head Coach – Mike Madden – Mrmadden1@verizon.net
Girls Soccer Head Coach – Brian Borde – bborde@miltonps.org
Volleyball Head Coach – Al Mirabile – aemirabile@yahoo.com
Cheerleading Head Coach – Natalie Scuzzarella – n.scuzzarella@gmail.com

2016 FALL SPORT PRACTICE/TRYOUT DATES

  • August 19 – Football
  • August 25 – Boys & Girls Soccer, Field Hockey, Volleyball, Cross Country, and Golf
  • Email the coaches above with ‘sport specific’ questions regarding practice/tryouts
  • FamilyID Registration – July 1 – August 31, 2016 at www.familyid.com

The Milton Public School system is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to the provision of quality educational programs for all students.  The Milton Public School system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, genetic information, age or sexual orientation.

 

July 29th E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Jul• 29•16

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Friday, July 29th, 2016

Attention Milton High School athletes — it’s time to sign up for fall sports! Our new Athletic Director, Eric Karjel, has posted guidelines for fall sports registration on our website. Please click here or scroll down to the “Athletics” section for more info.

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

I am always encouraging parents and guardians to support summer reading for their children. As part of this effort, I asked some of our teachers, principals and administrators to share their favorite summer read.

Student recommendations:

  • From Data Specialist Vy Vu: “There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Shell” by Lucille Colandro
  • From Curriculum Coordinator Amy Gale: “The Secret Destiny of Pixie Piper” by Annabelle Fisher
  • From Pierce Dean of Students Dr. Nick Fitzgerald: “The Pearl” by John Steinbeck
  • From Technology Director Dr. Angela Burke: “A Series of Unfortunate Events” by Lemony Snicket
  • From Pierce teacher Nancy Warn: “The Other Wes Moore” by Wes Moore
  • From Curriculum Coordinator Cat DesRoche: “Echo” by Pam Munoz Ryan
  • From Elementary Science Coordinator Bernadette Butler: “Rosie Revere, Engineer” by Andrea Beaty
  • From Humanities Director Barbara Wright: the “I Survived” series by Lauren Tarshis
  • From Pierce Science Coordinator Christie Chiappetta: “Brown Girl Dreaming” by Jacqueline Woodson

Parent/guardian recommendations:

  • From Pierce Principal Dr. Karen Spaulding: “Blindspot” by Mahzarin Banaji and Anthony Greenwald
  • From School Committee Member Dr. Elaine Craghead: “Fates and Furies” by Lauren Groff
  • From PE/Health Director Noel Vigue: “SPARK: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain” by John Ratey From School Committee Member Kristan Bagley Jones: “The Memory Keeper’s Daughter” by Kim Edwards
  • From Curriculum Coordinator Meredith Kempf: “Defending Jacob” by William Landay
  • From MHS Math Department Head: “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr
  • From Director of Fine & Applied Arts Dawn Sykes: “44 Scotland Street” by Alexander McCall Smith
  • From Superintendent Mary Gormley: “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Also, I’d like to share the following article from Scholastic Magazine, which discusses the importance of “modeling” good reading habits for your children:

Your child walks like you, talks like you, absorbs everything you do. So set the right example when it comes to reading.

  1. Surround yourself with reading material. Books don’t belong only in libraries and classrooms. Make the written word a part of your living space, with books, magazines, and newspapers readily available throughout your home.
  2. Draw attention to all the things you read. Provide a bibliography for the things you talk about: When you explain why the sky is blue or who the first president of the United States was, tell your child which book helps you know these facts. you’ll show him how knowledge is largely shaped by the things we read and how reading connects us to the world.
  3. Buy or borrow books together. Whenever you’re going to the library or bookstore, let your child come along. Even if you aren’t looking for anything in particular, practice the art of book browsing and admiring. Make an event out of it and she’ll learn to be exhilarated by the sight of books.
  4. Don’t be a solo reader. Open up conversations through reading by pausing to read an interesting fact aloud or wonder what an unfamiliar word means. Knowing that the reading experience is not a solitary activity will motivate reluctant readers.
  5. Read for leisure. Show that reading isn’t work. Cuddle up with a good book and you’ll model how reading can be just the thing to make your day.
  6. Bring something to read everywhere you go. From the office to home, or even the living room to the bedroom, make sure you’re equipped with reading material — for yourself and your child. You never know when you’ll have some downtime. Show him that reading is a constructive (and fun!) way to pass the time.
  7. Emphasize the universal importance of reading. Librarians, teachers, students, mechanics, lawyers, doctors, architects, athletes . . . everyone reads. Show your child that reading is part of everyone’s life by reading diverse works that serve different purposes. Consider cookbooks, television manuals, online magazines, and cereal boxes. Make a habit out of living through reading.

PERSONNEL NEWS

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Catherine DesRoche as our new Tucker Elementary Curriculum Coordinator. Ms. DesRoche has been employed at Tucker since 2011. She currently serves as both the Title One Reading Specialist and the Title One Coordinator and previously served as a third-grade teacher. She received her Master’s Degree from Suffolk University; and her Bachelor’s Degree from Emmanuel College. We are very excited to welcome Ms. DesRoche to her new position!

CURRICULUM NEWS

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

Nationally Recognized STEM Summer Program Coming to Milton Public Schools! — Camp Invention Encourages Creativity, Problem Solving Through STEM Learning

Camp Invention, the nation’s premier summer enrichment day camp program, supported by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and a product of the National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF), is coming to the town of Milton the week of August 22-26.  Camp Invention is the only nationally recognized summer program focused on creativity, innovation, real-world problem solving and the spirit of invention. Through hands-on programming, Camp Invention encourages children in grades 1-6 to explore Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics curriculum inspired by some the world’s great inventors. Camp Invention, the National Inventors Hall of Fame and the Collegiate Inventors Competition serve as the authority on inspiring invention and compose Invent Now. This nationwide organization is committed to the curious minds and innovative spirits of the past, present and future. Since 1990, they have served over 1 MILLION children and 125,000 teachers and Leadership Interns.  Camp Invention provides an opportunity for inventive young minds to exercise their creativity and use their imagination in ways they don’t normally get to in the classroom. Program participants do not realize they are learning and developing new skills as they build prototypes, take things apart, explore different types of technology and so much more.

This year’s Camp Invention curriculum is called Epic™, inspired by some of our nation’s most brilliant minds including experienced educators, Inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame and developed in partnership with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Epic™ features hands-on modules like CrickoBot™, where Campers construct and personalize a DIY solar-powered cricket and a unique habitat; Epic Park ™, where Campers work in teams to design an eco-adventure park; I Can Invent: Maker Studio™, where Campers brainstorm product ideas and build original prototypes using real tools and components found in everyday devices; and The Lab: Where Pigs Fly™, where children can discover the science of slime, demolition, electronic sound, giant squid and coding. Learn more about this year’s curriculum here.

Local programs are facilitated and taught by educators who reside and teach in the community. Here in Milton, we will have seven Milton Public Schools staff members involved, and 7 Milton High Schools students volunteering at the camp.  There will be 110 students participating in the camp.

We would love to welcome additional high school volunteers!  If you know of any students who may be interested in being a Leadership Intern Volunteer at Camp Invention, please email Bernadette Butler (bbutler@miltonps.org).  Leadership Interns will:

  • Earn 40 Community Service hours that will strengthen college, scholarship and job applications
  • Gain valuable knowledge from the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO
  • Mentor and inspiring elementary school children to be creative and never give up
  • Receive a letter of recognition from the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
  • Learn entrepreneurial concepts through the stories of the greatest inventors in The National Inventors Hall of Fame

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We are very proud to announce the recipients of AP (Advanced Placement) Scholar awards. This was an outstanding year for our AP students and their teachers. Milton High School had 40 AP Scholars; 19 AP Scholars with Honors; 40 AP Scholars with Distinction; and five National AP Scholars. Please see both the recipients and the criteria required for each level of recognition.  This is an amazing achievement!

AP SCHOLARS: Granted to students who receive scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams

Seniors (graduated June 2016): Mackenzie Abbott, Madison Brown, Sophie Cousineau, Miranda Czwakiel, Sarah Dragon, Katherine Driscoll, Danielle Dumais, Mikalia Jackson, Colin Keally, Calvin Luong, Anna Mahoney, Kathleen McAuliffe, Noel McCampbell, Meaghan McDougall, John McGrath, Kristen Mills, Sarah Monderer, Vincent Nguyen, Tatiana Perez, Colin Rooney, Amanda Thorne and Imani Walker.

Rising Seniors: Julia Biagiotti, Sara Cavanaugh, Morgan Chandler, Liam Chase, Bailey Cook, Nailah Dore-Tyrell, Lauren Griswold, Lucia Hainline, Delphine Jrolf, Nolan Mandel, Felicia  Nguyen, Morgan Smith, Clara Tennyson, Christina Tougias, Maya Watanabe, Liezel Werner and Samson Yuan.

Rising Junior: Domenic Jancaterino.

AP SCHOLAR WITH HONOR: Granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams.

Seniors (graduated June 2016): Samantha Antoniewicz, Isabel Belash, Leah Bohmbach, Catherine Casaz, Daniel Costello, Robert Fleurissaint, Dane Matejka, Ashley  Vaughn, Tyler Volpe-Knock and Antonina  Welz.

Rising Seniors: Mariah Conway, Camille Coutant, Anthony Hancock, Gregory Hebard, Madison Jrolf, Olivia Medeiros, Sydney Nguyen, Margaux Rose and Elizabeth Sbarra.

AP SCHOLAR WITH DISTINCTION: Granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams.

Seniors (graduated June 2016): Shareen Alsebai, Sindhu Banerjee, Dylan Banh,  Alexis  Belash, Megan Caljouw,  Nolan Carvalho, Emily Chow, Shannon Conley, Mary Cronin, Mairead Dambruch, Allegra  Denooyer, Maeve Doyle, Emily Dsida, Simon Eder, Audrey Erickson, Shannon Fitzgerald, Anne  Grudem, Liam Halloran, Emma Heller,  Liam Hines, Lydia Horan, Hope Huban, Joshua Kery, Julian Killingback, Fanhao Kong, Cole Kroninger, John Lenane, Maryanne MacIsaac, Elizabeth  Murphy, Brandon Musto, Sabrina Najarian, Madeline Scott, Kalyani  Twyman, John Walker, Owen Walsh and Michael Wyatt.

Rising Seniors: Andrew Arcieri, Michael Eberhardt, Aislinn O’Brien and Claire O’Neill.

NATIONAL AP SCHOLAR: Granted to students in the United States who receive an average score of at least 4 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams.

Seniors (graduated June 2016): Sindhu Banerjee, Nolan Carvalho, Simon Eder, Joshua Kery and Fanhao Kong.

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The following item was submitted by Elementary Coordinators Amy Gale and Meredith Kempf:

School year 2016-17 is fast approaching and among all of our many exciting initiatives, the elementary teachers are most excited about the roll out of a new “standards based” report card. This new report card has been developed by a district-wide committee over the last two years and piloted by the kindergarten team this past school year. The purpose of this report card is to communicate to parents, guardians, and students, ongoing achievement towards grade level state standards. This is an objective tool that is used to measure progress towards proficiency in the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks and will provide clear information on what students are expected to know and be able to do by the end of each of three terms.  Each of the four elementary schools in the district will provide ample opportunities for parents to learn more about the new report card. Please monitor your school’s calendar for parent information sessions regarding this exciting roll out.

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

What is “Standards-Based Reporting”?

A scholar’s individual achievement on standards is measured on attainment of the learning goals as outlined by state standards. The purpose of this system is to provide accurate information about scholar performance on the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. The goal is to communicate scholar progress. Standards based reporting will help parents better understand their scholar’s strengths and weaknesses. Before making a determination regarding scholar proficiency, teachers analyze a scholar’s progress over the course of the reporting term. Teachers collect key samples of scholar work as evidence combined with observed demonstration of the skill through various modalities.

Why don’t we use grades?

Scholars and their learning are too complex to be reduced to a simple letter grade. Letter grades do not tell parents which skills their scholars have mastered. The achievement marks indicate a scholar’s progress towards achieving specific grade level standards as identified by the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. Standards based report cards benefit scholars, teachers, and parents/guardians by providing a detailed outline of the expectations.

The report card is just one component of our reporting system. We encourage a strong home-school connection to keep you informed of your scholar’s progress. The comment box is provided for the teacher to include any additional information, however; to receive the full depth of understanding of your scholar’s progress please continue to attend parent conferences each reporting term.

SUMMER ASSIGNMENTS

The following item was sent to us by Curriculum Coordinator Amy Gale, as part of a recurring “reminder” about the importance of summer reading:

Now that the month of July is nearly over, you’ve likely developed some habits around your reading. Maybe you read right when you get back from the pool each day, or perhaps for a half hour after lunch or at bedtime. Whatever your routine is, see if you can add to it or shake it up a little. This might mean reading for 5-10 more minutes each day, it might mean reading with a friend as opposed to by yourself, or starting weekly dinner table conversations about the books people in your family are reading. Setting goals to push yourself as a reader is always a good idea!

A book is a device to ignite the imagination –Alan Bennett

RESIDENCY ISSUES

As we reported in several previous E-blasts, Milton families are required to re-establish residency with the school district prior to entering grades six and nine as well as Milton Public School students who attend school out-of-town.*

Families who have students in these categories are required to go to the following link  and provide all necessary documentation.

Ms. Patty Lesenechal, Milton Public Schools Residency Coordinator, said the process has been running very smoothly so far this summer. She has been working morning and evening hours all summer to facilitate parents/guardians’ work schedules. Ms. Lesenechal will be in the Milton High School main office (25 Gile Road) on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 7am to noon; and Tuesday evenings from 4-8pm.  Parents/guardians must submit Re-Establish Residency packets by Friday, August 26th to ensure their child’s uninterrupted placement in Grades 6 and 9. Ms. Lesenechal can be reached at 617-696-4470 ext 5516 or at plesenechal@miltonps.org

*This includes all students who attend Blue Hills Regional Technical School, Norfolk County Agricultural High School and Special Education out-of-district placements for students entering Grades 6 and 9.

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

There are still two Summertime Stories session left for children age birth to 6 years old along with a parent or caregiver. Miss Sara, Milton Public Library Children’s Librarian will read stories, sing songs and delight children at these sessions. On August 4th the story time will be held at the Tucker Elementary School Playground (rain location will be indoors at Tucker).  On August 18­­­­­­­­­­­th, story time will take place at the Cunningham Hall.  (Please park across the street at Collicot School).  If the weather is nice be sure to bring a blanket as we will­­­­­­­ be outside.  Both sessions begin at 10:00am. Why not bring your soon-to-be Kindergartener and have them wear their yellow “I’m going to Kindergarten” t-shirt?  It’s a great way for them to meet new friends who might be in their class in September! This program is a wonderful, collaborative effort by the Milton Public Schools, the Milton Public Library and the Milton Early Childhood Alliance.

FOOD SERVICE NEWS

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

The greatest advice for how to choose foods for your family is also the most simple. Award-winning writer Michael Pollan has often been quoted for advising this—If your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize it as food, then neither should you.

As parents, we strive to feed our children well to support growth, development and good health. With the spotlight shining on issues concerning the environment, energy and resource conservation, food safety etc. you’re probably wondering what you can do to make sure your children grow up into a healthy world. You might consider taking the following steps to guide your food choices, the results could be healthier children and a healthier planet:

  • Shop the perimeter

The fringes of a grocery store contain the healthiest, most natural foods, with little or no packaging – fruits and vegetables, herbs, meat, fish and poultry, dairy, fresh baked bread and bulk foods like nuts, seeds and dried fruit. Nutrition experts say that at least 90% of the food you buy should come from the fringes. The foods on the outside walls of a supermarket usually have less packaging as well.

  • If you can’t read it, don’t eat it

Avoid products with many ingredients or any ingredients you cannot easily read and pronounce. Recognize that there is a difference between what is food and what is just edible. In fact, naturally healthy foods often come free of a Nutrition Fact Label or ingredient list at all! Why bother labeling an apple, “apple.”

  • Buy local

Shop at farms, farmers markets, food cooperatives and participate in Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). The best food is the food less-traveled. Less traveled food uses less fuel as well.  To learn more about these services and where you can locate them where you live, go to www.localharvest.org

HEALTH ROOM NEWS

The following item was submitted by Margaret Gibbons, Director of Nurses:

With summer upon us, it is important to have a few safety reminders. We heard and read a lot lately about mosquitoes and the transmission of disease from their bites. It is important around our yards and gardens to make sure there is no standing water. No buckets filled by rain, no child’s swimming pool left full and do not let children play in places where there is water making an attractive play area. Apply appropriate insect repellent and use proper clothing to prevent getting potentially harmful bites.

This is also the time to check on sunscreen. Sunscreen from last year should be discarded and new sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 30 should be purchased and used every day and applied routinely through the day. Empower even young children to “remind us” to reapply. We do not want our children to get sunburns which can be prevented.

Although summer gives us all a chance to get “unscheduled,” mealtimes should still be maintained and a bedtime that meets parent and child needs. It is so easy to let all routines be broken, but August 29th is not the moment to enforce “bedtime” rules when they have been ignored for more than 8 weeks.

Summer provides many opportunities for families to exercise together outside. New rituals like a Sunday hike up Blue Hill can begin a tradition that lasts for years. No one says you must make it all the way to the top! Nature walks along the way are awesome for learning in a fun environment. We teach our children best by example. A bike ride (helmet, of course!) with the neighborhood parents and kids can be so exciting and gives another chance to teach safety.

Children learn through multiple encounters and the more we share these moments with them, the greater skills will be acquired, plus the bonds of trust and respect will grow. Have a wonderful, safe and happy remainder of the summer!

FROM OUR READERS

From time to time, parents, guardians, colleagues and teachers will send me an article they find interesting. I plan to share some of these in this and future blogs.

Today’s Students May Be Emotionally Unprepared – NYTimes.com

NEWS AROUND TOWN

With only a few weeks of summer remaining, there is still a chance to get out and have an adventure. Parents and guardians of students who just completed fourth grade and are now heading into fifth grade can take advantage of a fun federal program. Read below for more details:

Did you know that you own millions of acres of national parks, historic structures, cultural artifacts, ancient forests, snow-capped mountains, and clear blue lakes? Our federal public lands and waters belong to all Americans and are waiting for you to explore them! You can get your Every Kid in a Park pass at www.everykidinapark.gov, the official website where parents, educators, and kids can learn more.

To help engage and create our next generation of park visitors, supporters and advocates, the White House, in partnership with the Federal Land Management agencies, launched the Every Kid in a Park initiative. The immediate goal is to provide an opportunity for each and every 4th grade student across the country to experience their federal public lands and waters in person throughout the 2015-2016 school year.

All kids in the fourth grade have access to their own Every Kid in a Park pass at www.everykidinapark.gov. This pass provides free access to national parks, national forests, national wildlife refuges, and more!

The Every Kid in a Park pass is good for the 2015-2016 school year, until August 31, 2016. Information on obtaining the pass is available by visiting www.everykidinapark.gov.

In support of Every Kid in a Park, the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, is raising funds to help connect fourth graders to America’s public lands and waters through transportation grants. As part of the Foundation’s Open OutDoors for Kids program, the Every Kid in a Park transportation grants seek to remove barriers to accessing our nation’s public lands and waters, with a special focus on underserved and urban communities. With cutbacks in school funding for field trips, this strategic funding will help provide comprehensive access to all federal sites, including national parks, forests, wildlife refuges and public lands and waters. Transportation grants were recently awarded to the federal agencies participating in the program which include the National Park Service, Forest Service, Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Land Management, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Reclamation, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

https://www.everykidinapark.gov/how-it-works/

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

Summer is here – and so are fun family activities at the Milton Public Library! Books, programs, coloring, games, puppets and more are available every day for you to check out. Have you signed up for the Library’s Summer Reading Challenge yet? This year’s Challenge, entitled On Your Mark, Get, Set… Read! runs now through August 30. Children ages 3-11 are eligible to participate. Keep up your skills over the summer, win prizes, and have fun! Visit our website at www.miltonlibrary.org to register now.

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 August 7 – 13:

Tuesday, August 9, 2016 from 2:30 – 4:00 pm
Pop-Up Art School, Ages 6-10

Pop-Up Art School combines art history and hands-on learning to teach a variety of art techniques to kids. These creative, informative and fun workshops focus on famous artists. In this workshop, artists will be learning about American artist Keith Haring, best known for his graffiti-inspired drawings. His iconic figures will be the inspiration for two projects: first, a figure-in-motion drawing exercise and second, an animation of a figure in a flip book. For ages 6-10. Registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Library.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Makernoon, Ages 10-13

Kids aged 10-13 are invited to join Miss Sara for crafting/making/building fun. Each week we’ll be making something different, using such supplies as traditional craft materials, recycled materials, hardware and more! Registration is required.

Thursday, August 11, 2016 from 2:30 – 4:00 pm
Readers’ Theatre, Grades 2-4

Readers’ Theatre is a type of drama performed by “readers” who read from a script and do not have to memorize lines.  It can be not only a great introduction to theatre for kids, but it’s also a great way to practice one’s oral reading skills, build confidence, and have fun with friends! This summer, Miss Sara is leading a Readers’ Theatre Club for students entering grades 2-4.  Each week participants will play theatre games, tackle scripts based on well-known children’s books, and make crafts to supplement the stories we’re telling together.  Each meeting will culminate with a performance for family and friends.  While this is a drop-off program, parents/caregivers are asked to return 15 minutes before the end of each class (at 3:45) so they can see the show! Students must be fluent readers who have completed first grade.  Registration is required.

Friday, August 12, 2016 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.

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 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
July 1 – August 31 – FamilyID Fall Sports Registration

Fall Sports Sign-ups at FAMILY ID.COM – if you are a returning MHS student-athlete from 2016-2017, you can sign into Family ID with your username and password. If you are new to Milton HS or did not play a sport at Milton HS in 2015-16, you must create a new FAMILY ID account.

  1. Milton HS Athletics https://www.familyid.com
  2. You must complete the online NFHS Concussion Course and print the certificate (both student-athlete and parent/guardian) www.nfhslearn.com
  3. You must have an updated physical exam (DATED WITHIN THE LAST 13 MONTHS)
  4. You must complete the online registration before you can come into MHS Athletic Department for your Fall Sports CLEARANCE CARD
  5. Call FAMILY ID directly at (888) 800-5583 with any Family ID registration questions
  6. Payment:
  • Milton Public Schools UniBank LINK:
  • Be sure to choose the correct sport under ATHLETIC FEE – FALL 2016

August 15,16,17,18 – Obtain Your MHS Clearance Card

Times:

  • Monday, August 15 – 9:00AM to 12:00PM
  • Tuesday, August 16 – 5:00PM to 8:00PM
  • Wednesday, August 17 – 12:00PM to 3:00PM
  • Thursday, August 18 – 9:00AM to 12:00PM

Bring in your UPDATED PHYSICAL EXAM and COPY of the NFHS Concussion Course Certificate (of both student-athlete and parent/guardian) and Receipt of Athletic Payment Fee.

August 19

  • Milton HS Football Practice Tryouts
  • Time – TBD

August 25

  • All other Milton HS Fall Sports Team practice tryouts: boys & girls soccer, field hockey, boys & girls cross country, volleyball, and golf

Athletic Director – Eric Karjel – ekarjel@miltonps.org

Milton High School 2016 Fall Sports Varsity Coaches

Football Head Coach – Steve Dembowski – coachdembo@yahoo.com
Boys Cross Country Head Coach – Chuck Ajemian – cajemian@comcast.net
Girls Cross Country Head Coach – Tom Shaw – tshaw@miltonps.org
Field Hockey Head Coach – Sarah Smith – ssmith@miltonps.org
Golf Head Coach – Ben Kelly – bkelly@miltonps.org
Boys Soccer Head Coach – Mike Madden – Mrmadden1@verizon.net
Girls Soccer Head Coach – Brian Borde – bborde@miltonps.org
Volleyball Head Coach – Al Mirabile – aemirabile@yahoo.com
Cheerleading Head Coach – Natalie Scuzzarella – n.scuzzarella@gmail.com

2016 FALL SPORT PRACTICE/TRYOUT DATES

  • August 19 – Football
  • August 25 – Boys & Girls Soccer, Field Hockey, Volleyball, Cross Country, and Golf
  • Email the coaches above with ‘sport specific’ questions regarding practice/tryouts
  • FamilyID Registration – July 1 – August 31, 2016 at www.familyid.com

The Milton Public School system is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to the provision of quality educational programs for all students.  The Milton Public School system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, genetic information, age or sexual orientation.