March 9th, 2018

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Weekly Update
Date: March 9, 2018

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

I know we all hope yesterday was our last snow day in the Milton Public Schools, however we will see what Mother Nature has to say as she makes the final decisions in this matter.  Including yesterday’s snow day, the final day of school is a half day, on Wednesday, June 20th. I am meeting with the principals and staff this morning and we will communicate a new date for Parent/Teacher Conferences as soon as possible.

Our next speaker in the PARENT Speaker Series will take place on Wednesday, March 28 in the MHS Auditorium at 6:30pm. Please join us as Dr. Celine Coggins along with an MPS Leadership panel, presents “What’s the Deal with Testing? Separating the Myths from What Matters”.  Testing in schools has been a fixture in the news over the past few years and almost none of the press has been positive. Added to this uncertainty have been multiple changes to the state test (MCAS to PARCC to MCAS 2.0) leaving many parents with more questions than answers.  Why all the changes? What do the scores mean? How are they used to assess my child’s learning? What’s the purpose of it all?

This event will tackle the myths and realities of testing, and spark an open dialogue on the role of testing in the Milton Public Schools.  After Dr. Coggins presentation, there will be an MPS Leadership panel open to parent/guardian questions.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There was a School Committee meeting on March 7th. The next meeting will be held on March 21st at 7 pm in the Milton TV Access studio, Room 245, Milton High School. Meetings can be viewed in their entirety on demand on Milton Access Television and meeting notes and agendas can be found on the MPS website.

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

The MHS Drama Club  had a big win last weekend! The Drama Club entered “The Three of Us”  in the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild (METG) drama festival this past weekend and moved onto the semi-finals this upcoming Saturday! The play was written by MHS senior James DiSandro who also co-directed the play with MHS teacher Jaymes Sanchez, and played the role of ‘Dill’. The 40 plus students in the cast and crew worked tirelessly and are a testament to what teamwork and heart can accomplish. Two of the cast (Audrey Pugh as Suzy and Will Millikan as Parker) won special acting awards as did set tech (Isaac Savona) and light design (Lucas Kerry). Congratulations to these outstanding students! Stay tuned for more good news – they compete in the semi-final round on Saturday 3/10. Break a leg!  

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MHS junior Suvan Shukla has been invited to present at the 2018 UNICEF Student Summit Conference in Washington DC this weekend. He will fly to DC on Saturday, March 10th and present on Sunday, March 11th at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. Best of luck to Suvan as he presents, “Telling your UNICEF Story”! You can read Suvan’s recent piece about Unicef in the Milton Times

MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS

Help us expand the Pierce athletic program! The Pierce Middle School Golf Tournament to benefit Pierce athletics  is April 30th at Granite Links. Beyond the obvious health benefits, participation in school sports fosters problem solving skills, self-esteem, and social competence and decreases the likelihood students will participate in risky behavior.

The golf tournament team is working on gift baskets to be raffled off at the tournament.  Your contribution to the baskets will help to raise valuable funds to support this important effort. Visit our signup  to donate an item towards one of several baskets to be raffled off at the golf tournament.  Additionally, if you or an organization you know would be interested in sponsoring a hole at the tournament, please visit us our website or contact co-chairs Susan DiSandro or Debra MacNeil.  Please consider donating today – our Pierce student athletes thank you! 

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The Pierce Math Team with their advisors

On Thursday, March 1st, the Pierce Middle School Math Team hosted a meet for the Intermediate Math League of Eastern Massachusetts (IMLEM).  This was the fourth meet out of five that the math team will participate in this school year.  The meet consisted of five rounds (mystery, geometry – properties of circles, number theory, arithmetic, and algebra) and a team round.  Thank you to the members of the Pierce Math Team for meeting every week in order to prepare for the mathematics competitions.  Also, thank you to Ms. Pullia and Mr. Moonan for advising the team and for organizing Thursday’s competition.

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Students in Mme Hamada’s 2nd grade class​​ at Collicot celebrated Black History Month by researching and writing about accomplished African-Americans throughout the month of February. They completed their projects with large posters that they worked on in small groups and the posters are proudly displayed outside of their classroom.  

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Congratulations to the many MPS elementary students who participated in the Friends of Milton Public Library’s 7th Annual Chess-a-Palooza with tournament director International Master  David Vigorito. Fifty six kindergarten through 6th grade students from the town of Milton participated in the event and the students from the Milton Public Schools performed spectacularly.  A special congratulations to the MPS winners! 

Mr. Vigorito teaches chess at all 4 MPS elementary schools as well as during Milton Summer Enrichment. We are lucky to have a such a vibrant chess program in the Milton Public Schools! 

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Glover had an exciting end to the 2018 Winter Olympics!  Mrs McDavitt issued a Glover Winter Olympics challenge before break and over 400 students participated – some even completed the entire ski slope and did 25 challenges.  As a culminating celebration, Glover  hosted Olympian Tara Mounsey for an all school assembly. Tara is the proud mom of Teddy and Liam, two Glover students and winner of an Olympic Gold in Nagano and Olympic Silver in Salt Lake City as a member of the US Women’s Ice Hockey Team. Tara brought in her medals to share with students  and in her game winning jersey, regaled all 587 students with stories of the Olympics. Tara  shared what it means to be an Olympian. She reminded students that the most important things are to take care of yourself, focus and learn as much as you can, be good people, show good sportsmanship, and more than anything, be kind. She spoke directly to our fifth graders about their leadership potential and inspired  all in innumerable ways. She talked about the importance of movement and even did a few push-ups with the crowd! It was absolutely incredible assembly  and many teachers commented to Mrs McDavitt that it was one of the most valuable and inspirational presentations they’d ever listened to. It was a true honor to have someone as amazing as Tara share her story and more importantly, her message about being kind, with all of our  Glover students and staff. 

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Congratulations to Collicot 4th grader Reagan Vaughan, for being named the official author of chapter 2 on this year’s BoomWriter Bee. Reagan was able to submit a chapter that grabbed the attention of her peers with wit and great suspense. Grade 4 & 5 Students have been  working on chapter 3 submissions this week!  

ON THE MPS CALENDAR

Mar 12  STEM Information Night Cunningham/Collicot Cafe 6pm
Mar 13  Music in Our Schools Month Chorus Concert (6th, 9-12th)  MHS 7pm
Mar 14  Music in Our Schools Month  Chorus Concert (7-12th) MHS 7pm
Mar 15  Program of Studies AP Info Night MHS 6:30pm
Mar 19  Pierce Middle School Passport to the Arts 5:30-7pm
Mar 20  Cunningham Passport to the Arts
Mar 20  Pierce MS Science Fair
Mar 20  Collicot Passport to the Arts
Mar 20  SEPAC Board Meeting
The full MPS calendar can be found here.  

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Important 1st Grade Information:

March 12th – STEM Info Night, 6-7 pm, Cunningham/Collicot Cafeteria
This event provides parents/guardians and their kindergarteners the opportunity to learn more about the STEM component to the English Innovative Pathway, which begins in Grade One. Participants will also have the chance to work together to solve a fun and interactive STEM problem!  Current kindergarteners and their parents/guardians from across the district are invited to attend.

If you missed 1st Grade Information Night, you can find the presentation here

Please join us for the Music In Our Schools Month Concerts:
March 13- Pierce Grade 6 and MHS Choruses
March 14- Pierce Grades 7-8 and MHS  Choruses
The MIOSM Chorus concerts have a sing along portion for audience participation.  The theme this year is LEGENDS and members of the MHS jazz band will be performing with us. It is a first-time ever collaboration. The performances start at 7PM at Milton High School.  Admission is free.

SUMMER PROGRAMS

Welcome to Middle School is a 3 0r 4 day camp that takes place at Pierce in June or August to acclimate rising 6th graders to middle school. Details can be found here.  Due to the latest snow day, stay tuned for any date changes. 

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Milton Summer Enrichment  tentative dates to note:
April 3: “At a Glance” document is sent out for course planning purposes
April 13: MSE Brochure document is sent out
April 13-24: Pre-Registration – you will be able to enter student/family contact information, view courses offered but not register
April 24: 12pm Registration Opens
June 6th: 3-7 pm student schedule pick-up in MHS main lobby
June 11th: 5-7pm student schedule pick-up in MHS main lobby
June 16th: 9am-12pm student schedule pick-up in MHS main lobby
June 18th : medication drop off – MHS main lobby
June 25 – July 26: MSE 2018!

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Registration for Camp Cunningham is now open! Details and registration links can be found here. Don’t miss out on this great summer opportunity.

The very popular Camp Invention is returning to the Tucker School this summer! If you have any questions about Camp Invention, please email Camp Director Zeina Hamada.

Empow is holding two summer STEM camps at the Glover School. Tech & Design Camp (week of 8/13) and Minecraft Camp( week of 8/6) Learn more and register here!

GUIDANCE NEWS

We are pleased to present the 2018-2019 Milton High School Program of Studies.  Course selection for next year is an exciting time for students, parents and the MHS staff.  Please join us on Thursday, March 15th at 6:30 pm at MHS for our Program of Studies/Advanced Placement Information Night. We will review graduation requirements, course offerings and answer any questions you may have about our program of studies.  

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

Thanh Nguyen, Julia Nerenberg, Brendan Baker, Aidan Braithwaite and Anson Yip

The  2018 Massachusetts State Champion MHS LifeSmarts Team, is raising money to travel to San Diego on April 20th  to compete for the LifeSmarts National Championship.  LifeSmarts is a rigorous consumer literacy program that is open to high-school students nationwide. Sponsored by the National Consumers League the focus of LifeSmarts is on real-world topics relevant to all teens: personal finance, consumer rights, health and safety, technology and the environment.  At the Nationals, the winning teams have the opportunity to meet other students from across the country, win individual and team awards and scholarships, and demonstrate leadership, teamwork, and their consumer smarts. Details on how to  support these talented students can be found here.

The MHS Key Club is collecting items for the Milton Animal Shelter between March 6th-12th.

MHS student government is excited to be hosting the 3rd annual Putting for Patients to benefit the Jimmy Fund this Sunday, March 11th from 12-3pm. The event will take place in the field house at MHS where we will be transforming it into an 18 hole mini golf course. There will also be a long putt contest, raffle, face painting and caricaturist. It is a great event for all ages and we hope to have many families attend again this year. The cost is $10 per person with a max of $40 a family.  

PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

SEPAC has a number of events scheduled for the next few months.
Understanding School Refusal in Children and Teens, March 29, 7- 9pm at the MPL
Dr. Anne Howard, A Conversation about Inclusion, May 31, 7- 9pm at Glover.
We also have Board Meetings scheduled from 7 -9pm in the library at Glover on March 20, April 24, and May 22. All are welcome to attend.

TECHNOLOGY

Educational Technology Director AJ Melanson asks the following: What trail are you and your student leaving on the internet?  The imaginary trail you leave when you post to social networking sites, shop online, even search online….leaves a trail. Some trails are visible to the public, some to businesses, and others just “friends” or followers. When your student applies for college, the military, or a job, there is a very good chance the admissions officers, business or recruiter will be searching their digital footprint. What will their footprint reveal about them? While we know a negative footprint can be detrimental, not having one at all can also be a disadvantage.  It is a very competitive world, and if students competing with your student have positive digital footprints they could have an advantage. For more information visit the following links: Norton, Internet Society Tutorials , Digital Footprint TED Talk

FOOD AND NUTRITION

We all know that a healthy breakfast is a great way to start the day. MPS offers varied and healthy choices at all 6 schools starting 30 minutes before the bell for $1.25.  As we celebrate National School Breakfast Week we encourage more families to take advantage of the healthy choices available for school breakfast. The March elementary menu looks delicious as do the Pierce and MHS menus. Please give school breakfast a try next week!

MFE NEWS

Save the date for Celebration 2018 to benefit art in our schools. Celebration is April 28th at 6:30 pm at Granite Links. There will be food stations, auctions, raffles, MPS friends and FUN. Get ready to dance your ARTS out for our kids!  

FROM THE READERS

In April, author Michael Thompson will speak about his book Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys  Add link. He recently spoke on the subject of masculinity and you can listen to the discussion here. Thank you to School Committee member Margaret Eberhardt for sharing this information.  

NEWS AROUND TOWN

Save the date for a fun night out in support of the Milton Public Library. A live Beatles Tribute Band, along with craft beer, wine, and cheese will accompany Rolling Stone columnist Rob Sheffield as he discusses his critically acclaimed book, “Dreaming The Beatles,” at Milton Academy’s Kellner Performing Arts Center on Thursday, March 15, from 7-9pm. Tickets are $50.00 and may be purchased online at the Milton Library Foundation’s website.

Keep Calm and Get Your Irish On, a St. Patrick’s Day fundraiser for the Milton Art Center being held Friday, March 16th, 7:30-10: 30 pm at the MAC at 334 Edge Hill Road.  $30 per person for Shepard’s pie, Irish Bread, refreshments, step dancers, silent auction. Get your tickets here.

The Milton Insider is the go-to app that is part of the Milton Times.  It is free to download through the iTunes Store or Google Play, and has everything for the busy Milton parent and their families.  Events are listed on a daily basis, anything that is going on around Milton from sports registrations to what is taking place at the Milton Public Library.  Do you need to reserve passes to the Children’s Museum or any of the museums that the library has passes to.  Just tap the app under events and the link is right there! Restaurants, services, fitness are all part of the Milton Insider app.  The Milton Insider also has a Facebook page and a website.  

Meet the Forbes House Foo Dogs as they visit different sites around Milton each week.  Check out photos of their visits on Facebook and Instagram @forbeshousemuseum each Friday and use the photos and your knowledge of local history and the area to try and guess where they are. Each site they visit will have something to do with the Forbes family, the museum collection, or the time period in which the Forbes’s lived here (1833-1962). Be the first to post a correct guess. Or even better – post  your own photo taken at the same site. The correct answer will be revealed the following Friday, along with a photo taken from the Foo Dogs’ next stop. Make sure you include #ForbesFooDogFriday and tag our account in your posts!  

ART AND MUSIC NEWS

Director of Fine and Applied Arts Dawn Sykes shares the following: Each year, Music Department faculty members attend the All-State Conference sponsored by the Massachusetts Music Educators Association.  This year, the event was held at Boston’s World Trade Center and Seaport Hotel and was suitably scheduled at the beginning of a very busy month of music.  The conference theme, Reaching Every Learner was underscored with offerings that challenged music educators to reevaluate programming to broaden and deepen music education.  The conference awarded us quality professional development, valuable time to network with colleagues, and an opportunity to discuss innovative ideas for the department.

The All-State Music Festival runs in conjunction with the conference and this year, Milton sent four high school representatives to perform in the honor ensembles at the  The All-State Music Festival.  These students rehearsed alongside other selected participants for three days in preparation of a performance at Boston’s Symphony Hall.

In addition, six Pierce Middle School singers at left were selected for the MMEA All-State Treble Chorus. These students performed in the 200-member chorus at the Seaport Boston Hotel.

In one conference highlight,the MHS Cellar Dwellers performed in the Exhibitor’s Hall during the Friday morning coffee hour as a featured small ensemble.  This is the second year in a row that a Milton ensemble has performed at All-State in this setting.    In all, it was an excellent week for Milton Music!

ATHLETICS

Sports schedules for all MHS teams

Spring Athletics Registration is open.  Tryouts are Monday, March 19th.   Please be on the lookout for registration hours posted on Twitter and the website.

AMBASSADOR PAGE

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

Students: Congratulations to the 5th Annual Tucker Spelling Bee winner, 5th grader Loatchwel Joseph as well as runners up Bediako Jean Charles Asare and Zoe Guthrie! These top 3 spellers went head to head for multiple rounds in this exciting event.  We wish Loatchwel luck as he moves on to the state bee in Lynn on March 23rd! (At left are L-R Bediako Jean Charles Asare (Gr.4), Loatchwel Joseph (Gr.5) and Zoe Guthrie (Gr. 5))

Staff:  I would like to recognize the four elementary Assistant Principals/Curriculum Coordinators – Bernadette Butler (Cunningham), Cat DesRoche (Tucker), Amy Gale (Collicot) and Sara MacNeil (Glover). In addition to their countless contributions on a daily basis in their combined AP/CC roles, they meet weekly with instructional teams during common planning times and work closely with individual teachers to directly inform teaching and learning. The impact they have in every classroom is immeasurable. On Wednesday, they all ran very valuable school-based professional development for teachers. We are grateful to Milton voters who so valued this role that they voted in favor of the 2017 override which made the AP part of this position possible.  I know you will join me in recognizing these four educators as valued members of the MPS community.

Volunteers: I would like to thank the dozens of  parents/guardians who facilitate 2nd-5th grade Continental Math Leagues at our elementary schools. These volunteers work with students before school each week during a guided study time, as students work in small groups  on math word problems with a parent volunteer. Math League would not be possible without the volunteers who organize the leagues and show up each week to work with students.  

Thank you to my blog contributors this week:  Jackie Morgan, Jon Redden, Bernadette Moonan, Dawn Sykes, Cat DesRoche, Jennie Beliveau, Karen Cahill, James Jette, Barbara Wright, Nancy Warn, Jen Grubler, Laurie Stillman, Sean Lopresti, Amy Gale, Sara Warner, Amy Tom, Karen McDavitt, Zeina Hamada, Elaine McNeil-Girmai, Holly Concannon, Christine Morrow, Heidi Vaughan, Zeina Hamada, Margaret Eberhardt , Susan DiSandro, Debra MacNeil  and Noel Vigue.

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

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March 1, 2018

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Weekly Update
Date: March 1, 2018

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

I’m happy to share this video of a wonderful ceremony I attended this week. 13 of our talented high school musicians were inducted into the Tri-M Honor Society and you’ll find these students recognized at the end of this week’s post. I am continually impressed by the student talent, across many disciplines, within the Milton Public Schools.

M-PACE

Below in my post you’ll see photos of our 6th graders engaged in a visit by Historia Antiqua, a traveling museum that visited Pierce this week. Cultural enrichment such as this is only possible with the support of Milton Partnership for Arts & Cultural Enrichment (M-PACE).  I encourage you to consider a donation to M-PACE when you pay your excise tax bill this month so our MPS students can continue to experience a rich variety of cultural events. Included in your excise tax bill is this letter from M-PACE, which explains in detail how your donation impacts our students. Just this month, in addition to History Antiqua, our MPS 8th and 11th graders recently attended a performance of Thurgood and our sophomores attended a performance of Macbeth (pictured above). The students of the Milton Public Schools appreciate your support.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There was a  School Committee meeting on February 28th. The next meeting will be held on March 7th at 7 pm in the Milton TV Access studio, Room 245, Milton High School. Meetings can be viewed in their entirety on demand on Milton Access Television and meeting notes and agendas can be found on the MPS website.

There is an available School Committee seat on the Blue Hills Regional Vocational School Committee.  Responsibilities, requirements and duties are posted here.  If you  would like to fill this vacant seat , please send a letter of interest to Michael Dennehy, Town Administrator, Town of Milton, 525 Canton Avenue, Milton, MA  02186. Mr. Dennehy can be reached at 617-898-4800. Letters of interest are due by Wednesday, March 7th.

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

What did you do over February break?  MHS freshmen Dominique Thomas, Claire Walko, Anna Fahy, Philip Phan and Jack Elliot participated in a STEM Pathways mini-Jamboree at Boston University. The STEM Pathways mini-Jamboree is an interactive day of learning to encourage accessibility to synthetic biology and iGEM to high school and undergrad students.  Our students were able to conduct hands-on activities as they relate to biology, and also meet with college students to learn how their work  has lead them to focus on the sciences in their college studies.  

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We are pleased to present the 2018-2019 Milton High School Program of Studies.  Course selection for next year is an exciting time for students, parents and the MHS staff and we hope all involved engage in thoughtful conversations about different offerings, possible career paths and post-secondary plans.  It is a time for students to think about topics or areas that inspire them and spark a passion for learning.  Our goal is to develop life-long learners and fully prepare our students for the many opportunities that exist beyond Milton High School. Please read the full course selection communication here. 

Please join us on Thursday, March 15th at 6:30pm  in the MHS Auditorium for our Program of Studies/Advanced Placement Information Night. During this evening presentation we will review graduation requirements, course offerings and answer any questions you may have about our program of studies.   

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Our spring SAT prep courses at MHS begin in March. Details can be found here.

MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS

This week Pierce hosted Mr. Doug Ryan and Historia Antiqua at school for three days. Mr. Ryan has an incredible collection of ancient artifacts known as Historia Antiqua,  a traveling museum that has been exciting Pierce 6th graders for the past few years.  The Historia Antiqua museum consists of reproductions and replicas of artifacts from ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome.  Museum items include full size replicas of armor and weapons, scale models of siege machines, reproductions of statuary, pottery, glassware, coins, representations of wall paintings and mosaics, funerary items, and other pieces. ​

The museum is an impressive vision and all who enter the library are wowed by the various exhibits.  Students engage in Mr. Ryan’s presentation, as well as the scavenger hunt that allows them to focus their exploration and are given an opportunity to try on traditional clothing and armor.  Mr. Ryan, in collaboration with our sixth grade social studies teachers Ms. Connell, Ms. Dann and Ms. Devin, assist students as they engage in the presentation, explore the museum, complete their scavenger hunts and go back in time.   

We are so grateful that we continue to be granted the opportunity to invite Mr. Ryan and Historia Antiqua to Pierce Middle School.  Thanks to M-PACE, we are able to allow students the opportunity to interact with a variety of artifacts that bring ancient civilizations to life.

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Mrs Zoll’s 3rd graders partnered this month with Mrs O’Leary’s 1st graders on a biography assignment to research prominent figures in black history.  Students followed a template – why is this person famous, what did I learn from this person, when were they born, etc – as the 3rd graders helped the younger students  understand what a biography report entails. Together, the pairs discussed what to write and with their new knowledge (and with Elementary Instructional Technology Specialist​ Mrs Doherty’s help) , each pair made a powerpoint presentation. ​Students presented to the large group of both classes (and some visitors!)  and the audience took notes of at least  one fact they learned from each presentation. Teacher collaboration, student mentoring and technology all played a vital role in this exciting Black History Month project at Cunningham. 

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In honor of Black History Month, Tucker art teacher Jess Gillooly highlighted some important African American artists with her students this month, specifically the artists chosen to create Barack and Michelle Obama’s official presidential portraits that were recently unveiled to the public. Students in grades 3-5 looked at these two artists, Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald, for inspiration for their self portraits to be made into a mural based on the book The Other Side. Students in grades K-2  looked at the famous quilts by African American women from Gee’s Bend, Alabama and they created black and white paintings and collages inspired by these quilts. This small community in South Alabama was once a cotton plantation and is almost completely surrounded by a bend in the Alabama River.  There was no school there until the 1940’s, and the people who live there are descendents from emancipated slaves, who continued farming the land and eventually purchased it from the government.  Quilting is a skill handed down from generation to generation and is still enjoyed in the community to this day.  The beauty of these quilts became known through photographs taken for a government study, and ever since, these quilts have adorned the walls of many museums around the world. 

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Hard at work on Chapter 2!

 

The Annual BoomWriter Writing Bee kicked off this week with great success! There was a BUZZ in all classrooms as students in grades 4 and 5 busily began writing their own versions of the second chapter of Jeff Kinney’s, The New Kid. Students will vote on Friday, March 2nd for their favorite chapter 2 and the winning chapter will be announced on Monday, March 5th. We are so excited to see how the story turns out…stay tuned! 

 

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Tucker hosted a very successful evening Activities Fair this week. Representatives from Milton Lacrosse, Wrestling, Soccer, Football, Cheer, Field Hockey, Hockey, Baseball, and Softball were all present in addition to Brookwood Farm, the Milton Arts Center, Musical Instrument Lessons, Jiu Jitsu, Dance and Theater Opportunities, the Girl Power Running Club, Kidz Cooking with Miss Debbie and Milton Summer Enrichment! This was an invaluable opportunity to have all of these amazing options in one place and was an ideal stop for those new to Milton, just beginning the process or just unsure of opportunities and registration requirements.  If you have questions about activities offered at the fair, please email Assistant Principal Cat DesRoche. Thank you to all who presented!  

ON THE MPS CALENDAR

Mar 1    Grade 5 Information Night 6:30 PM Pierce Auditorium
Mar 3    Minority Educators Job Fair  9:30am -12:30 pm MHS Field House
Mar 6    First Grade Information Night 6:30 pm at MHS
Mar 7    Early Release Day Gr. K-12/PD Day
Mar 7    Milton School Committee 7pm
Mar 8    After School/Evening P/T Conferences
Mar 12  STEM Information Night 6pm

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

5th Grade Families – Pierce Middle School would like to invite you (students are welcome too!) to come to Pierce TONIGHT to learn all about the enriching learning opportunities your child will experience as a middle school student next year.  Please join us on Thursday, March 1st  at 6:30pm in the Pierce auditorium for 5th Grade Information Night so we can tell you all about it!  Please email Pierce Principal Dr. Karen  Spaulding  if you have any questions.

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For the 2nd consecutive year, Milton Public Schools is coordinating and hosting a Minority Educator Recruitment Fair  at The Copeland Field House at MHS on Saturday, March 3, from 9:30am – 12:30pm. There is a shortage of African American, Hispanic and Latino, Native American, and Asian educators, and the Minority Educator Recruitment Fair  helps to encourage those individuals to pursue a career in education. Representatives from South Shore public school districts will meet with potential employees in an effort to find the most qualified minority teacher and administrator candidates. Resumes will be accepted at the event, applications will be distributed, and interviews will be held.

Important 1st Grade Information:
March 6th – First Grade Information Night 6:30pm, MHS Auditorium
Join Milton Public School administrators and staff to learn about Grade One Programs. Information will be presented regarding the English Innovation Pathway, the French Immersion program, common curriculum and assessments, assignment plans, time frames and lottery.
March 12th – STEM Info Night, 6-7 pm, Cunningham/Collicot Cafeteria
This event provides parents/guardians and their kindergarteners the opportunity to learn more about the STEM component to the English Innovative Pathway, which begins in Grade One. Participants will also have the chance to work together to solve a fun and interactive STEM problem!  Current kindergarteners and their parents/guardians from across the district are invited to attend.

SUMMER PROGRAMS

Milton Summer Enrichment  tentative dates to note:
April 3: “At a Glance” document is sent out for course planning purposes
April 13: MSE Brochure document is sent out
April 13-24: Pre-Registration – you will be able to enter student/family contact information, view courses offered but not register
April 24: 12pm Registration Opens
June 6th: 3-7 pm student schedule pick-up in MHS main lobby
June 11th: 5-7pm student schedule pick-up in MHS main lobby
June 16th: 9am-12pm student schedule pick-up in MHS main lobby
June 18th : medication drop off – MHS main lobby
June 25 – July 26: MSE 2018! 

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Registration for Camp Cunningham is now open! Details and registration links can be found here. Don’t miss out on this great summer opportunity.

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The very popular Camp Invention is returning to the Tucker School this summer! If you have any questions about Camp Invention, please email Camp Director Zeina Hamada.

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Empow is holding two summer STEM camps at the Glover School. Tech & Design Camp (week of 8/13) and Minecraft Camp( week of 8/6) Learn more and register here!

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING

SEL Facilitator Laurie Stillman shares the following: In a February 2018 published study, it was found that youth who had “prosocial” friendships, or friends who tended to make good decisions and generally stay out of trouble, were significantly less likely to be caught driving under the influence. Conversely, youth who had “deviant” friendships, or hang out with kids who tend to take risks and make poor decisions that can get them into trouble, are much more likely to be involved in drunk driving.

Fifteen percent of Milton High Schoolers report that they were in a car with a driver under the influence in the past month.  As we all know, car crashes are one of the biggest causes of teen death and disability.

Another finding in this study was that parents who monitored their children’s friendships played a big role in preventing their children’s involvement in drunk driving.  Parents -don’t be afraid to help guide your children in who they choose as their friends, and who they hang out with after school hours.  Their lives may depend on it.

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

The MHS Key Club is collecting items for the Milton Animal Shelter between March 6th-12th. 

MHS student government is excited to be hosting the 3rd annual Putting for Patients event on Sunday, March 11th from 12-3pm. The event will take place in the field house at MHS where we will be transforming it into an 18 hole mini golf course. There will also be a long putt contest, raffle, face painting and caricaturist. It is a great event for all ages and we hope to have many families attend again this year. The cost is $10 per person with a max of $40 a family. If you are unable to attend but would like to make a donation directly to the Jimmy Fund in honor of this event, please visit our webpage.

SEPAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

SEPAC has a number of events scheduled for the next few months.

High School Parent Speak, March 6, 6:30 – 8:30pm at the Milton Public Library. 

Understanding School Refusal in Children and Teens, March 29, 7- 9pm at the Milton Public Library. 

Dr. Anne Howard, A Conversation about Inclusion, May 31, 7- 9pm at Glover.

We also have Board Meetings scheduled from 7 -9pm in the library at Glover on March 20, April 24, and May 22. All are welcome to attend.

FOOD AND NUTRITION

To encourage more families to take advantage of the healthy choices available for school breakfast, we will celebrate National School Breakfast Week from March 5th-9th.

Studies show that students who eat school breakfast are more likely to reach higher levels of achievement in math; score higher on standardized tests; have better concentration, memory and alertness; have improved attendance, behavior, and academic performance; maintain a healthy weight. Breakfast is available at all 6 schools starting 60 minutes before the bell and costs $1.25. The March elementary menu looks delicious as does Pierce and MHS – please give school breakfast a try next week!

PARENT SPEAKER SERIES

Our next speaker will take place on Wednesday, March 28 in the MHS Auditorium at 6:30PM.  Please join us as Dr. Celine Coggins presents “What’s the Deal with Testing? Separating the Myths from What Matters”.

MFE NEWS

Save the Date for Celebration 2018! to benefit art in our schools. Celebration is April 28th at 6:30 pm at Granite Links. There will be food stations, auctions, raffles, MPS friends and FUN. Get ready to dance your ARTS out for our kids!

NEWS AROUND TOWN

Memorial Concert To Honor Herbert Voigt – Herbert Voigt was a well-known and beloved resident of Milton. For those of you who were fortunate enough to have known him, his sudden death on January 25th came as a total shock and a realization of what a huge loss his passing is to this community. To honor Mr. Voigt, the BB&B Society Orchestra will present a concert dedicated to Herb’s memory this Sunday, March 4th at 3:00pm. More details can be found here.

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The deadline to apply for the Milton Elementary Musicians Festival is March 5th. This festival is open to any student in elementary school who is taking music lessons. The festival for older students will be held in May.

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The annual Town Election will be held on Tuesday, April 24, 2018. To be placed on the ballot, Town Wide candidates must obtain a minimum of 50 legible signatures from registered voters. Town Meeting Member candidates must obtain a minimum of 10 legible signatures from the precinct in which they reside by March 6, 2018.   Find all the details here.

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Keep Calm and Get Your Irish On, a St. Patrick’s Day fundraiser for the Milton Art Center being held Friday, March 16th, 7:30-10: 30 pm at the MAC at 334 Edge Hill Road.  $30 per person for Shepard’s pie, Irish Bread, refreshments, step dancers, silent auction. Get your tickets here.

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The Milton Public Library has plenty happening for teens and kids in March.  

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Girls K-5 – Grab your favorite (adult) dance partner and join the Girl Scouts for theirSweetheart Dance on Friday, March 9th.

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Save the date for a fun night out in support of the Milton Public Library. A live Beatles Tribute Band, along with craft beer, wine, and cheese will accompany Rolling Stone columnist Rob Sheffield as he discusses his critically acclaimed book, “Dreaming The Beatles,” at Milton Academy’s Kellner Performing Arts Center on Thursday, March 15, from 7-9pm. Tickets are $50.00 and may be purchased online at the Milton Library Foundation’s website.

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The Town of Milton, the Neponset River Watershed Association, Sustainable Milton, and local organizations are partnering to organize a town-wide cleanup on Saturday, April 28th, from 9am – 12pm. Please join us in celebrating Earth Day by helping clean up around town! Sign up for a neighborhood cleanup or a  Neponset River cleanup.

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Comfort Zone Camp is a bereavement organization that provides free-of-charge therapeutic grief programs for youth and young adults, ages 5-25, who have experienced the death of a sibling, parent, or guardian. They are holding a volunteer training in Weymouth on Thursday March 8th.

ART AND MUSIC NEWS

Cunningham and Collicot 5th grade ACE students are printing up a bundle of inspiration! Students have designed collagraphs using a precept of their choice.  The finished prints have begun to fill the art room sending thoughtful messages to the students and staff. Come check out what’s going on in the elementary art classrooms by following us on Instagram @ Milton.elementary.art.  

                

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In recognition of an exciting, month-long celebration of the arts in March, the Milton Music and Visual Art Departments will present a series of art shows and musical performances that highlight the accomplishments of young artists.  The month of March marks the beginning of Milton’s Elementary General Music Showcases, a series of grade-level performances highlighting the elementary general music program, and the elementary band and string ensembles. Also during the month, Milton’s band, chorus and string ensembles will be featured, each on a different night, in the Music in Our Schools Month Concerts held in the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium at Milton High School. As the month unfolds, families are also invited to Passport to the Arts, a week-long series of student art exhibits hosted by each Milton school. All are welcome to attend and learn about Milton’s visual arts programming, view student artwork, and participate in activities, raffles and drawings. We hope you will join us for these showcases of student achievements in the arts. Dates for each event can be found here

ATHLETICS

Sports schedules for all MHS teams

It was great season for sports here at MHS. All four team sports made the tournament!

Boys Basketball lost to Madison Park on Tuesday night.  Lead by senior Captain Eddie Hassell and under direction of first year boys head coach Billy Donovan they fought hard until the end.  They will be returning with 4 starters next year, and will look to make some noise.

Boys Hockey lost on Wednesday night to Needham High School.  They enjoyed a great season under first year coach Chris Watson.

Girls Basketball lost on Wednesday night to #1 seed Foxboro.  They will look to build on a strong end of the season next year under first year coach Roland Millien.

Girls Hockey play Saturday night against Algonquin at Ulin Rink at 5pm in the first round of the MIAA Tournament.

Cheer will compete in Regionals on Sunday at Whitman-Hanson.  

Girls Indoor Track won All-States, while Smith Charles won 2 events and placed 3rd in the high jump for the boys.  

We also hosted the wrestling tournament, where Liam Kelly and Xavier Fischer showed well.

Spring Athletics Registration opened today, Thursday, March 1st.  Tryouts are Monday, March 19th.   Please be on the lookout for registration hours posted on Twitter and the website.

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The boys soccer team raised $650 last month!

The MHS boys tennis team will be hosting a CANS for CATS Fundraiser, Saturday 3/3 from 9am-12pm at the MHS wood shed/garage area. Let’s help them raise MORE than the boys soccer team! 

 

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 Samantha Baum, Lilja Cormack, Nicola Cross, Grace Dwyer, Abigail Fay, Veronica Harris, Amalia Halpin, Catherine Le, Giselle Neville, Isaac Piliavin, Hannah Scanlan, Benjamin Scott and Brendan Scott  who were inducted  this week into the Tri-M Honor Society.  Tri-M, or “Modern Music Masters” is a national honor society for student musicians that focuses on creating future leaders in music education and music advocacy. With the new inductees, membership at Milton High School has reached 40 students!  

Staff: Please join me in congratulating MHS Science teacher Paul Damiani who received notification that he was accepted into a summer workshop  focusing on gene editing and human flourishing at The Hastings Center in Bear Mountain, NY.  Applications were received from teachers across the country and Paul is one of only 20 applicants accepted to this competitive program.  We thank Paul for his dedication to our students and we are excited to see what the workshop has to offer and the new materials that can be brought to our biotechnology program. Thank you to the MHS administration and the MFE for their support of this program from its inception. Our biotechnology program distinguishes MHS from neighboring high schools, and the continued increased enrollment showcases how excited our students are to participate in our biotechnology classes.

Volunteers:  A very special thank you to the Matejka Family for their generous donation of a hand-crafted podium that our Wrestling Teams and our Track Teams will use for their events. It was on display at the Division II State Wrestling Tournament before the break. It is donations of time and talent such as this that enhance all aspects of the Milton Public Schools. 

Thank you to my blog contributors this week:  Laurel Bernini, Jess Gillooly, Ryan Madden, Star Baylon, Amy Zoll, Kerry O’Leary, Sara Doherty, Jackie Morgan, Jon Redden, Bernadette Moonan, Dawn Sykes, Cat DesRoche, Jennie Beliveau, Karen Cahill, James Jette, Barbara Wright, Nancy Warn,  Jen Grubler, Laurie Stillman, Sean Lopresti, Amy Gale, Sara Warner, Amy Tom and Jean Scarborough.

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

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February 23, 2018

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Weekly Update
Date: February 23, 2018

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

L-R MHS Principal James Jette, MSAPC’s Laurie Stillman, Health Department Director Caroline Kinsella, Dr Ruth Potee, MPS Phys Ed &Health Director Noel Vigue and Asst. Supt. Janet Sheehan

We’re grateful to be able to share the link to Dr. Ruth Potee’s presentation “Under Construction: What Every Parent Needs to Know About Teen/Tween Brain and Substance Use”. If you get the opportunity, I can’t recommend this enough, and strongly urge you to watch this presentation soon.

A number of MPS faculty members found Dr Potee’s presentation compelling and we believe every parent/guardian and faculty member should make the time to watch. Dr Potee delves into adolescent brain development and understanding the major transformations that take place during the teen years, and how learning and decision making are significantly impacted when the right or wrong decisions are made during this time period.  Thank you to Milton Cable TV who videotaped the presentation.  It is clear, with excellent sound and  in “On Demand” format, which means you can watch it at any time , stop and start as needed and come back to it when it is convenient.  Please, do watch it!  We think you will be glad that you did.

Thank you also to the sponsors of our PARENT Speaker Series – BID Hospital – Milton, MSPAC, SEPAC, Milton PTOs, Milton Public Schools, The Isabel Joyce Piliavin Charitable Trust, and the MCC – without whom our PARENT Speaker Series would not be possible.

M-PACE

Milton residents received their excise tax bills last week and we hope you’ll take a moment to read this letter from Milton Partnership for Arts & Cultural Enrichment (M-PACE).  Please consider a donation to M-PACE when you pay your excise tax bill so our MPS students can continue to experience the cultural events made possible by M-PACE.  In the past month alone,  due to the generosity of Milton tax payers and M-PACE, our MPS 8th and 11th graders attended a performance of Thurgood and our sophomores attended a performance of Macbeth.  

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

Before February break began, Milton High School’s environmental science classes hosted a guest speaker, Meg Tabacsko, from the Massachusetts Water Resource Authority (MWRA). The presentation, “Down the Drain,” was an interactive presentation for students to determine what creates wastewater, and what happens to that waste.  Ms. Tabacsko overviewed the entire wastewater treatment process, and applied the work to the Boston Harbor Project and Deer Island, both topics in the curriculum.  Thank you to Ms. Plunkett and her environmental science students for hosting this presentation. 

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Our spring SAT prep courses at MHS begin in March. Details can be found here.

The MHS Key Club is collecting items for the Milton Animal Shelter between March 6th-12th. 

MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS

Calling all Pierce golfers!  Is golf your thing? Or maybe you’re looking for a fun project this spring?  If so, we need YOU!  We are looking for a group of parents to help out with the first ever Pierce Middle School Golf Tournament on April 30th at Granite Links.  We have a great cause to raise money for – expanding the athletic teams at Pierce!  We have two Pierce parents who have stepped up to chair the event, now we need YOU to make it happen.  If you are willing to help in some way, please contact co-chairs Susan DiSandro or Debra MacNeil to get involved.  Our Pierce student athletes thank you! 

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

The Cunningham School held a very successful Family Diversity Night right before February break. Families brought items representing their culture and learned a lot about their peers. The children in attendance read books from our Reading About Diversity program with Cunningham teachers and did activities with the Cunningham staff members in attendance. Adults met with a parent representative on the Diversity Committee, participated in a thought-provoking activity and engaged in some great discussion.

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The Glover art room has been bustling with 3rd graders working on mixed media portraits of Abraham Lincoln in honor of Presidents Day.  Students collaged text from the Gettysburg Address to represent the flag’s stripes. stamped on the stars and some students added even added a mini pocket speech. 

In honor of Black History Month, Glover kindergarteners have been working on still-life paintings inspired by African-American folk artist Clementine Hunter.  

 

 

 

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Also in celebration of Black History Month, our Cunningham and Collicot kindergarteners and 1st graders are drawing and painting shape patterns for Kente cloth along with reading The Spider Weaver and Anansi the Spider.  The 2nd grade is painting and collaging a mural of the class community together on a fence, inspired by the book The Other Side. 

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ON THE MPS CALENDAR

Feb 26  School Resumes
Feb 28  Milton School Committee 7pm
Mar 1    Grade 5 Information Night 6:30 PM Pierce Auditorium
Mar 3    Minority Educators Job Fair  9:30am -12:30 pm MHS Field House
Mar 6    First Grade Information Night 6:30 pm at MHS
Mar 7    Early Release Day Gr. K-12/PD Day
Mar 7    Milton School Committee 7pm
Mar 8    After School/Evening P/T Conferences
Mar 12  STEM Information Night 6pm

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

5th Grade Families – Pierce Middle School would like to invite you (students are welcome too!) to come to Pierce to learn all about the enriching learning opportunities your child will experience as a middle school student next year.  Please join us on Thursday, March 1st  at 6:30pm in the Pierce auditorium for 5th Grade Information Night so we can tell you all about it!  Please email Pierce Principal Dr. Karen  Spaulding  if you have any questions.

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On  Saturday, March 3, 2018, from 1-4pm, join us at MHS for a film  and discussion entitled: The Impact of Native Mascots in Massachusetts. There will be a film screening of “More Than A Word” and discussion will follow. Organized by the Massachusetts Native Peoples Working Group, the goal of this event is to educate communities about the use and impact of native mascots, foster relationships among those interested in addressing native mascots and build consensus on next steps. In addition to the film, a panel of speakers will frame the issue and lead a discussion among attendees. Native and non-native individuals are welcomed and encouraged to attend.

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For the 2nd consecutive year, Milton Public Schools is coordinating and hosting a Minority Educator Recruitment Fair  at The Copeland Field House at MHS on Saturday, March 3, from 9:30am – 12:30pm. There is a shortage of African American, Hispanic and Latino, Native American, and Asian educators, and the Minority Educator Recruitment Fair  helps to encourage those individuals to pursue a career in education. Representatives from South Shore public school districts will meet with potential employees in an effort to find the most qualified minority teacher and administrator candidates. Resumes will be accepted at the event, applications will be distributed, and interviews will be held.  

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

Last week we received a letter from ConPRmedtidos, the organization we donated the funds raised from the student run Hurricane Relief concert held at MHS in October.  They have confirmed receipt of our check of $7390.66 and the funds will be put to good use.  Thank you to all who helped to make the concert a big success!

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Ben Kelly (MHS vice-principal), Michelle Kreuzer (K-12 Mathematics Director), AJ Melanson (Educational Technology Director), Linda Stefanick (Elementary Science Coordinator) and Amy Tom (HS Science Department Head) recently attended the Learn Launch Institute  two day conference titled “Across Boundaries.”  Educators, investors, EdTech companies, and students collaborated together to focus on EdTech across education today.  Multiple sessions connected EdTech’s role in education through the lens of personalized learning for students and various levels of academic achievement that could be showcased from this pedagogy, coupled with the infusion of technology.  These sessions were beneficial as we are continuously looking for a variety of ways technology can be used across grade levels and disciplines, and insight for how districts are currently using a 1:1 technology device program. 

SEPAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

The Milton SEPAC will host their next Parent Speak event on March 6th for parents of high school students who receive special education services. Parents will have the opportunity to share their experiences, express concerns, and ask questions they may have about parents’ rights or the IEP process. We hope you’ll join us for this event which will be held in the conference room at the Milton Public Library from 6:30-8:30pm.

MILTON ADULT EDUCATION

Classes for the spring 2018 Adult Education session are filling up!  If you are interested in taking one, please visit our website for course details and information on how to register. Questions?  Please contact Sara Warner.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

Milton’s Board of Selectmen will be hosting an informational session on the subject of air traffic affecting the Milton community and the actions that are being taken to help mitigate the issue. This forum will be held by the Board of Selectmen at their meeting on Wednesday, February 28th at 7pm at the Milton Council on Aging, 10 Walnut Street.

A presentation by Milton’s Massport Community Advisory Committee representative, Cindy Christiansen, will be followed by a question and answer session.  The informational session is scheduled to be approximately 90 minutes in length.  If you have any questions, please contact the Selectmen’s office at 617-898-4843.

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The Milton Public Library has some fun events for kids the week of March 4th.  

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Girls K-5 – Grab your favorite (adult) dance partner and join the Girl Scouts for their Sweetheart Dance on Friday, March 9th.

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Save the date for a fun night out in support of the Milton Public Library. A live Beatles Tribute Band, along with craft beer, wine, and cheese will accompany Rolling Stone columnist Rob Sheffield as he discusses his critically acclaimed book, “Dreaming The Beatles,” at Milton Academy’s Kellner Performing Arts Center on Thursday, March 15, from 7-9pm. Tickets are $50.00 and may be purchased online at the Milton Library Foundation’s website

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The Town of Milton, the Neponset River Watershed Association, Sustainable Milton, and local organizations are partnering to organize a town-wide cleanup on Saturday, April 28th, from 9am – 12pm. Please join us in celebrating Earth Day by helping clean up around town! Sign up for a neighborhood cleanup or a  Neponset River cleanup.

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Save the Date for the fifth annual Milton Music Festival and Fireworks on June 23-24 at Hutchinson’s Field.  If you’d like to give some input to what you will see/hear/eat that weekend, please take this short survey.

ART AND MUSIC NEWS

The Milton High School Cellar Dwellers had an outstanding performance at the 50th Annual Berklee High School Jazz Festival on Saturday, February 10th. The band performed for a panel of judges comprised of Berklee Faculty and received 6th place for their performance in their class. Drummer Billy Liddell was awarded the Judges’ Choice Award in recognition of his excellent performance. After their performance, the students were able to attend workshops, concerts and competition performances by other ensembles from all over the country. The day concluded with an evening concert featuring jazz legend Ellis Marsalis, his son Jason Marsalis and a Berklee faculty member. During this concert, the audience witnessed Ellis Marsalis receive an honorary doctorate from the Berklee College of Music.  The Cellar Dwellers would like to thank all of those who came out to support them in this festival.  

ATHLETICS

Sports schedules for all MHS teams

Congratulations to Tom Shaw and his Girls’ Indoor Track Team! For the third year in a row, the Girls’ Track team won the Division III Indoor State Championship. They won this year by 1 point over both Sharon High School and Tewksbury High School. The Girls’ Indoor Team has an excellent “track record”. Kudos to the coaches and team members!

Congratulations are also in order for Smith Charles as he accomplished the equivalent to Hockey’s Hat Trick (three successes). Smith Charles had a very special day as he won the Division III State Title in the 55 Dash, Long Jump and High Jump. Pretty amazing!

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:

I would like to recognize Collicot students Rafeal and Ariella Corcoran, who along with their parents Casey Corcoran and Margie Skeer,  held a very successful, very quickly organized bake sale in an effort to raise funds for gun violence prevention and research. The Corcoran/Skeer family raised $1250 which will be donated to Sandy Hook Promise and the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research.  

In the wake of the recent school shooting in Florida, when many of us are struggling to respond in meaningful ways, I commend the Corcoran/Skeer family and all in the MPS community who supported the bake sale in an effort to move this conversation forward.

In an effort to ensure that all MPS families have this important information, please again see our recent security communication and information from Maria Trozzi about speaking with children about safety in our schools and world. 

I wish you all a safe, happy and productive end to February break and look forward to seeing students, faculty and staff on Monday, February 26th.

Thank you to my blog contributors this week:  Sue Hoy, Amy Tom, Mike Dennehy, Tracy Grandeau, James Jette, Bernadette Moonan, Jon Redden, Maria Trozzi, Dr. Karen Spaulding, Dr Glenn Pavilcek, Holly Concannon, Jon Redden, Star Baylon, Laurie Stillman, Noel Vigue, Sara Warner, Mike Zullas, Kathy Fagan, Hillary Waite, Dawn Sykes and Ryan Madden. 

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

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February 15th, 2018

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Weekly Update
Date: February 15, 2018

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

We are heartbroken over yesterday’s news of a school shooting at a Florida high school. Our thoughts and prayers are with students, families, teachers and staff of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

I would like to assure our parents and guardians that safety is a priority of the Milton Public Schools. We treat each and every student in the Milton Public Schools as if they were our own, and we regularly schedule lockdown, shelter-in-place and fire drills as well as additional safety precautions throughout the year. We have a security team comprised of Milton Police Officers, MPS Administrators, Principals, MPS Athletic Director, After School Coordinators and more. This committee had their most recent  meeting on Monday, February 12th. At that meeting the committee decided to share an updated communication plan with  parents/guardians that outlines the difference between a “Lockdown Drill” and a “Shelter-in- Place Drill”(sometimes referred to as a Stay-in-Place). Our safety protocol is in coordination with the Milton Police and Fire Departments under the direction of Sgt. Jack Richman.

Please feel free to contact my office at 617-696-4809 if you have any further questions about safety precautions in our schools. As we share in the shock and sorrow of the nation, I have asked Maria Trozzi, friend of the Milton Public Schools and nationally-recognized grief counseling expert, to provide our MPS Community with advice on how to answer questions and deal with the grief of students, teachers and staff in the days and weeks to follow.

WORDS, STRATEGIES AND ‘WHY’ TO TALK TO CHILDREN  – Maria Trozzi, M.Ed

The most pressing questions that we, as parents and adults, have as we face yesterday’s tragedy are:

  • How do we talk to our children?
  • How can we reassure our children and ourselves that we are doing everything we can to keep us safe?

The airline instruction to ‘put on our OWN oxygen masks before we put on our children’s’ comes to mind.

What can we do? We can create a conversation in our own community about:

  • Early identification of ‘troubled’ children and adolescents and access to effective psychiatric treatment  
  • A renewed look at the role of social media
  • Better access for ALL children and families to mental health services
  • Home, school, community focus on modeling tolerance and mitigating isolation for children who are ‘different’
  • Making informed decisions about our children’s exposure to media violence, both on television and films.
  • Rethinking our decisions about our children’s exposure to violent video games
  • Reconsidering our nation’s laws about purchasing and possessing automatic weapons

It is emotionally incongruous for us to move forward into the February vacation week while we as a nation grieve this tragedy. However, renewing and sustaining a conversation within our families, our schools, our houses of worship and our communities about what we CAN do going forward will ultimately protect our children and their future.

Please enjoy the following good news stories from all six of our schools, highlighting the creativity, ingenuity, intelligence and kindness of our students, staff and community.  

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

The Milton High School Robotics Team,  Milton State 5060, ended their season at the Robostorm Qualifier on January 27th, in Andover, MA.  The team, (Ryan Au, Edward Enyedy, Cooper Madigan and Austin Au) coached by MHS chemistry teacher Mr. Jon Diamond, made an amazing jump from 16th to 4th place, making it into the semi-finals, where they completed their 2017-2018 season. They will continue meeting this spring to prepare for next season and the 2018-2019 competition year. 

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This past week, MHS students from The Young Women’s Group, The Young Men’s Group, The Calculus Project, and others interested in careers in the financial sector, traveled to KPMG for the second annual Black History Month Celebration: Recruiting the Next Generation of Accountants. KPMG sponsored the trip, covering the cost for transportation, lunch, and provided the students with a parting gift.  Students interacted with senior associates, managing directors, associate directors, and the office-managing principal, attended small group sessions and had the opportunity to learn more about the financial services that KPMG provides to clients around the world.  MHS teacher Larry Jordan shared more details from the trip here

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More than 200 of our sophomores attended a live performance by the  Bay Colony Shakespeare Company of integral scenes in the play Macbeth,  a play all of our students read during sophomore year. The actors hosted a Q&A session after the play and talked about everything from historical context of the play within Shakespeare’s life to ways in which our students could pursue careers in acting.  Thank you to M-PACE and Milton Excise Tax payers who funded this performance for our students.

MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS

Ms. Jarrett and her father, James S. Dilday, Esq.

Our Pierce 6th graders were mesmerized by James S. Dilday, Esq. (father of 6th grade teacher Ms. Jarrett), who spoke to them in small groups this past week  about his involvement in the Civil Rights Movement as a member of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) from 1961-1966. Thank you to Mr Dilday for sharing his real life experiences with our students! 

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Calling all Pierce golfers!  Is golf your thing? Or maybe you’re looking for a fun project this spring?  If so, we need YOU!  We are looking for a group of parents to help out with the first ever Pierce Middle School Golf Tournament on April 30th at Granite Links.  We have a great cause to raise money for – expanding the athletic teams at Pierce!  We have two Pierce parents who have stepped up to chair the event, now we need YOU to make it happen.  If you are willing to help in some way, please contact co-chairs Susan DiSandro or Debra MacNeil to get involved.  Our Pierce student athletes thank you!

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

The “I Survived” series by Lauren Tarshis has quickly become a favorite series in Mrs. Fradette’s 4th grade classroom at Tucker. Each book in the series tells a terrifying and thrilling story from history, through the eyes of a boy or girl who lived to tell the tale. Last month, Mrs. Fradette’s class was presented with an amazing opportunity through Mrs. Gartaganis, mother of George Gartaganis.  The class was asked to submit questions to the author, Lauren Tarshis. What the students did not know at the time is that the author would be recorded answering their questions on camera. The students did an amazing job working together and coming up with thought provoking questions for Mrs. Tarshis. Not only were students surprised by the personalized video but Mrs. Tarshis also provided the class with a signed copy of her latest book, “I Survived the American Revolution, 1776“.  

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The Winter Olympics come to Milton!  To coincide with the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, our elementary Physical Education classes have been transformed into winter wonderlands!  Our PE teachers have collaborated with  classroom educators to provide a variety of cross-curricular opportunities.  Students experienced several aspects of winter Olympic sport, history, culture, training and fitness.  Whether they have been using scooters to recreate the bobsled, or using bean bags to mimic curling, students have been having fun being physically active while immersed in Olympic culture.

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Glover has launched a Winter Olympics Challenge.  In honor of the Olympic Games, each child was issued a challenge to complete at least 10 fun and engaging activities over break that keep our Glover Kids moving, creating, playing, and learning. We will hold a Winter Olympics Challenge Closing Ceremony on Friday March 2nd with special guest Tara Mounsey, member of the 1998 Gold Medal United States Women’s Olympic Hockey Team and proud mother of  Glover students Teddy and Liam. Tara will join us at Glover to speak to all students about perseverance, big dreams, and determination.  We are so excited to have Tara join us and hope that this challenge keeps all of our Glover Kids engaged and learning even when they’re not here at school! 

MPS LIBRARY NEWS

This week the American Library Association announced the 2018 book awards for young adults and children.  The young adult honors include the Edwards Award, awarded to  Angela Johnson, the Morris Award winner is ​The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, the Nonfiction Award went to Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman,  the Odyssey Award was awarded to  ​The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, narrated by Bahni Turpin and the Printz Award winner is We Are Okay by Nina LaCour.  

The awards for children’s books include the Newbery Medal,  awarded to Hello, Universe written by Erin Entrada Kelly, the  Caldecott Medal awarded  to Wolf in the Snow, illustrated and written by Matthew Cordell and the Coretta Scott King Book Awards.  The 2018 King Author Award winner is Piecing Me Together, written by Renée Watson and the 2018 King Illustrator Award winner is Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets, illustrated by Ekua Holmes, written by Kwame Alexander with Chris Colderly and Marjory Wentworth.

Our MPS librarians Jess Royster, Jen Troy and Josh Coben have compiled a full list of  this year’s winners for our MPS families to enjoy and they encourage you to stop by your school or Milton Public Library to check out one of these titles!  

BUS COMMUNICATION

Due to parent/guardian feedback, we have now updated our automated messaging system to read directly from our bus rider information.  As a result, principals can now send emails, phone calls or texts to the parents/guardians of riders of any particular bus to alert them of any problems or delays that get reported to us. We hope this new functionality, particularly the ability to send text messages, helps to improve communication.

ON THE MPS CALENDAR

Feb 15  MHS Cabaret
Feb 19  February Recess begins
Feb 26  School Resumes
Feb 28  Milton School Committee 7pm
Mar 1    Grade 5 Information Night 6:30 PM Pierce Auditorium
Mar 3    Minority Educators Job Fair  9:30am -12:30 pm MHS Field House
Mar 6    First Grade Information Night 6:30 pm at MHS   
Mar 7    Early Release Day Gr. K-12/PD Day
Mar 7    Milton School Committee 7pm
Mar 8    After School/Evening P/T Conferences
Mar 12  STEM Information Night 6pm

Full MPS Calendar

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Nothing soothes the soul like music, especially when performed by talented high school musicians! Please join our MHS musicians TONIGHT (2/15) at their  Cabaret at 7PM at MHS.  Cabaret is a student talent show and all proceeds go to supporting students attending the Music Department Cultural Trip to Philadelphia in April.

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The Collicot Preschool PTO is hosting a February Vacation Playdate for ALL Milton preschoolers on Wednesday, February 21st from 9-11am at Toddler Town at Marina Bay SportsPlex. $6.50 per child. RSVP to the PTO to reserve your spot. 

 

5th Grade Families – Pierce Middle School would like to invite you (students are welcome too!) to come to the Pierce to learn all about the enriching learning opportunities your child will experience as a middle school student next year.  Please join us on Thursday, March 1st  at 6:30 PM in the Pierce auditorium for 5th Grade Information Night so we can tell you all about it!  Please email Pierce Principal Dr. Karen  Spaulding  if you have any questions. 

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MPS is hosting the  South Shore Minority Educator Recruitment Fair   at The Copeland Field House at MHS on Saturday, March 3, from 9:30am – 12:30pm. There is a shortage of African American, Hispanic and Latino, Native American, and Asian educators, and the South Shore Minority Educator Recruitment Fair  helps to encourage those individuals to pursue a career in education. Representatives from South Shore public school districts will meet with potential employees in an effort to find the most qualified minority teacher and administrator candidates. Resumes will be accepted at the event, applications will be distributed, and interviews will be held.  

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT 

We recently provided information about staff PD planned for our early release and full days that are built into the school calendar. I would also like share with you information about our district PD Program for educational improvement, which provides additional professional growth opportunities to Milton educators beyond the school day.

1st and 2nd grade French Immersion teams at PD on Saturday, January 27th

We have a district-wide PD Committee of teachers and administrators who review educator submitted proposals for PD Strands.  These offerings assist in keeping Milton educators current in educational research, subject matter knowledge, pedagogy, and curriculum resources that impact teaching and learning.  A recent example of this type of PD is a workshop, led by World Language Director Dr. Fisher, which focused on Language Arts instruction and assessments in immersion setting. 1st and 2nd grade French Immersion teams (teachers and reading specialists) met for a district-wide professional development workshop on Saturday, January 27.  Teachers focused on formal reading assessments, the development of writing skills, diversity and multiculturalism in immersion classes and the addition of developmentally appropriate class activities, projects and resources on topics such as race, ethnicity, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities in grade 1 and 2 immersion curricula.

The active participation of our first and second grade immersion teams, their productive collaboration and readiness to further develop their instructional skills and repertoire contribute greatly to the rigor and quality of our French immersion program. The workshop’s next session will take place in the spring.  

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

Milton taxpayers are receiving their excise tax bills this week and we hope you’ll take a moment to read this letter from Milton Partnership for Arts & Cultural Enrichment (M-PACE).  Please consider a donation to M-PACE when you pay your excise tax bill so our MPS students can continue to experience the cultural events made possible by M-PACE.  

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L-R MPS Asst Supt Dr. Janet Sheehan, Health Department Director Caroline Kinsella, MSAPC consultant Deborah Milbauer, BID Milton Hospital President Rich Fernandez, and MSAPC Director Laurie Stillman.  Photo Credit: Steve Nelson

Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital Milton’s President and CEO Richard Fernandez  recently presented the Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition with a check for $4,000.00 to support town wide participation in a free mental health referral service to become available for students and adults residing in the town of Milton in April 2018.  The service is called Interface and it is sponsored by William James College school of professional psychology.  

SEPAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

The Milton SEPAC will host our next Parent Speak event on March 6th from 6:30-8:30 pm for parents of high school students who receive special education services. Parents will have the opportunity to share their experiences, express concerns, and ask questions they may have about parents’ rights or the IEP process. We hope you’ll join us for this event which will be held in the conference room at the Milton Public Library.

TECHNOLOGY

For some students social media isn’t simply a way of life….it’s life itself.  Director of Educational Tecnology AJ Melanson shared the information below as it  provides great information and resources on how to keep online interactions safe, productive, and positive, by offering the most up-to-date research and guidance on social media.

In addition , School Committee member Margaret Eberhardt shares the following information: The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) position statement on Technology and Interactive Media as Tools in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children from Birth through Age 8.

MFE NEWS

Save the date!  This year’s Celebration for Education will be held on Saturday, April 28th at Granite Links. All proceeds raised will fund fine arts initiatives in all six schools. Get ready to dance your arts out!

On behalf of the MFE, I am pleased to share that $18,000 in Monster Dash funds have been allocated to science in the Milton Public Schools. $6000 at each level (elementary, middle and high school) will be used to purchase exciting and innovative supplies and equipment to enhance science in our schools. Thank you to all who supported the Monster Dash, a 5K race held each year in loving memory of Sam Cichello.

HEALTH AND NUTRITION

This week we received official notification that all six of our schools were  awarded the Healthier US School Challenge Bronze award. The HUSSC: Smarter Lunchrooms  award recognizes schools who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in both nutrition and physical education, and actively work to promote a healthier school environment for children. As only 7% of schools in the U.S. are recognized as HUSSC schools this  is a wonderful accomplishment for each of these schools, Director of Nutrition Services Jackie Morgan and  our MPS Food Service Department.  

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Busy weekday mornings make it a challenge for many families to find time for a healthy breakfast.  Studies show that students who eat school breakfast are more likely to: reach higher levels of achievement in math; score higher on standardized tests; have better concentration, memory and alertness; have improved attendance, behavior, and academic performance and maintain a healthy weight.

To encourage more families to take advantage of the healthy choices available for school breakfast, MPS will celebrate National School Breakfast Week the week of March 5-9th.

“A healthy breakfast at the start of the day is one way to ensure students are getting the best education possible,” shares Jacqueline Morgan, Director of Food Services. The district serves over 550 breakfast meals daily and we want to increase that number! Breakfast costs $1.25 and is available in all of our schools twenty minutes before the start of the school day.  We have grab and go carts in our middle and high school so our students can grab a hot breakfast on their way to class. If your child hasn’t tried school breakfast, please consider it during National School Breakfast Week.

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING

MPS SEL Facilitator Laurie Stillman shares that social skills can be taught through conversation and practice with your children and modeling appropriate social skills. Knowing how to constructively deal with conflict is one important social skill to have. Few people enjoy having to deal with conflict, especially when it arises with family members, friends or coworkers. Many people who shy away from conflict do so because they want to be liked or loved, and fear that won’t happen if they confront a problem head-on.  But if interpersonal problems don’t get resolved quickly, bad feelings can linger, and relationships often suffer. There are empowering techniques to diffuse and resolve conflictual situations shared here

MILTON ADULT EDUCATION

Classes for the spring 2018 Adult Education session are beginning to fill up!  If you are interested in taking one, please visit our website for course details and information on how to register, Questions?  Please contact Sara Warner. 

NEWS AROUND TOWN

Brookwood Community Farm CSA Spring, Summer, Fall, Fruit and Half Shares are now available for purchase. Brookwood Community Farm’s mission is to build a farm-centered community that members call their own. Farm members are united by a shared passion for sustainable agriculture, fresh local food, and a commitment to increasing access to healthy food.  

Save the Date for the fifth annual Milton Music Festival and Fireworks on June 23-24 at Hutchinson’s Field.  If you’d like to give some input to what you will see/hear/eat that weekend, please take this short survey

Lots going on in the MPL vacation week and the week after

ART AND MUSIC NEWS

4th graders at Collicot and Cunningham  are learning about African American fiber artist, Aminah Robinson.  Aminah Robinson was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio and is known for her “RagGonNons” an often large and complex work of art that is on cloth and encrusted with buttons, beads, and other found objects.  Students started their version of a “RagGonNon” by drawing a self-portrait and then stiching it onto burlap.  They then chose yarn, fabric pieces, beads, pipe cleaners and wire to embellish their work. 

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3rd Graders meditatively grinding ink for Sumi-E bamboo painting

In celebration of Lunar New Year , Glover 3rd and 4th graders are learning Sumi-E painting, which includes meditatively grinding ink and using value and line to create bamboo (3rd gr.) or animals(4th gr.)

Lunar New Year Sumi-E paintings

ATHLETICS

Sports schedules for all MHS teams.

Milton High School is hosting the MIAA Division 2 state wrestling tournament on February 16th and 17th. All details can be found here. Go Wildcats!  

AMBASSADOR PAGE

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

Students: Congratulations to the MHS LifeSmarts Team who are the 2018 Massachusetts State Champions!  Captain Brendan Baker, and team members Thanh Nguyen, Aidan Braithwaite, Julia Nerenberg, and Anson Yip have been invited to travel to San Diego on April 20th  to compete for the LifeSmarts National Championship. In LifeSmarts, the ultimate consumer challenge, students learn about consumer issues that impact everyday life – everything from managing finances, making smart consumer choices, understanding technology, staying healthy, and helping the environment. This competition prepares students to enter the real world as smart, responsible, informed consumers. I am happy to acknowledge the students listed above as well as additional team members Wally Heller, Nessan O’Donnell, Brandon Seeto, Timothy Karoff, Khalil Darouichi, Will Jrolf, and Chris Caputo.

Staff:  I would like to recognize Director of Health and Physical Education Noel Vigue and SEL Facilitator Laurie Stillman for coordinating the MPS PARENT Speaker Series. They have worked to find speakers of interest to the MPS community as well as coordinating funding from multiple sources. We have had 4 well attended and valuable speakers and look forward to the next three – Celine Coggins on March 28th, Michael Cain on April 5th and Katie Greer on May 9th.

Volunteers: I am grateful to Maria Trozzi, M.Ed, who is a longtime friend of the Milton Public Schools and is always willing to support us in times of local or national crisis. The founding Director of the Good Grief Program at Boston Medical Center, Director of Joanna’s Place, and author of Talking to Children about Loss,  Ms. Trozzi’s information shared above and here is an invaluable resource for MPS families.  

Thank you to my blog contributors this week:  James Jette, Cat DesRoche, Dr Karen Spaulding, Karen McDavitt, Barbara Wright, Ryan Madden, AJ Melanson,  Noel Vigue, Laurie Stillman, Sara Warner,  Dr Karen Spaulding, Will Korman, Janet Sheehan, Maria Trozzi, Steve Nelson, Mike Goodless, Laurel Bernini, Star Baylon, Dr. Glenn Pavlicek, Jackie Morgan, Margaret Eberhardt, Tracy Grandeau, Dr. Martine Fischer, Amy Tom, Larry Jordan,  Zakia Jarrett, Jess Royster, Jen Troy and Josh Coben.

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

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February 8th, 2018

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Weekly Update
Date: February 8th, 2018

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

As some of you may know, Milton High School is exploring the option of implementing Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) for the 2018-19 academic school year. I have asked Educational Technology Director AJ Melanson to share the process behind this initiative.

The Milton Public Schools strives to ensure all students are college and career ready.  According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, “Employment of computer and information technology occupations is projected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations.”  In addition, more than seventy-eight percent of MHS alumni report they submit over seventy-five percent of college assignments electronically.  

With this information in mind, we have been exploring the option of implementing Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) for the 2018-19 academic school year. The Technology Department has submitted a request to purchase three hundred Chromebooks through capital funds for next year.  If this request is funded, MHS will implement BYOD next year.  The new devices will be available to students who do not have a device, other than their phone, and students who have computer issues with their own device during the school day.  

In preparation for this initiative several committees have been formed to research other school districts across the commonwealth, and develop detailed researched action plans.  The committee members include teachers, administrators and parents/guardians. The committee has been researching and assessing many facets of this idea including: professional development for staff; current infrastructure and needed improvements; web based applications that run seamlessly on all devices; minimum device specifications; single sign-on; acceptable Use Policy; a new Technology Plan; other district’s successes and challenges implementing 1:1 initiatives; extra IT support needed; insurance; family purchases of the same device MPS uses and a system for signing in and out devices.

In order to help us better prepare for the BYOD initiative, we ask all 8-11th grade families to complete this short survey.  Thank you for your help and support with this exciting advancement.

PARENT SPEAKER SERIES

I hope you can join me tonight (Thursday, February 8th), to hear Dr. Ruth Potee speak at 6:30pm at MHS. Don’t miss this fascinating presentation by Dr. Potee, a nationally recognized pediatrician and expert on youth risk-taking behavior, who provides parents with practical information on how to prevent their children from abusing alcohol and drugs.

Before Dr. Potee speaks, be sure to visit the exhibit “Hidden in Plain Sight”, which shows the clever hiding spots that kids use to hide their secret activities.  Every parent should be aware of them.  “Hidden in Plain Sight” will be in the MHS foyer from 6-6:30pm.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There has been one School Committee meeting, on February 7th,  since my last update. The next meeting will be held on February 28th at  7pm in the Milton TV Access studio, Room 245, Milton High School. School Committee meetings can be viewed in their entirety on Milton Access Television.  

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

550 of our 8th and 11th graders were able to attend Thurgood, a one-man show produced by the New Repertory Theatre, at MHS on Wednesday,February 7th.  Actor Johnny Lee Davenport plays Thurgood Marshall, the first African American member of the Supreme Court. The play takes place during the Obama administration and Justice Marshall reflects on the many challenges and successes of his lifetime, retelling his participation in landmark cases in American history, including Brown vs. Board of Education.

Our juniors focus on American history and literature and the message of the play and the time period which it spans are very fitting for our students. Our 8th graders are reading Lay that Trumpet in Our Hands by Susan Carol McCarthy, a novel with Thurgood Marshall as one of the major characters.   

The school day performance was sponsored by M-PACE and Courageous Conversations for Racial Justice sponsored an evening performance for the community. The Milton Public Schools is grateful to both M-PACE and Courageous Conversations for bringing this play to Milton High School during Black History Month.

MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS

In addition to the Thurgood play (above) and Future Problem Solving (below), I wanted to share some fun news from Pierce. Our 8th graders took on their teachers in a fiercely contested annual Staff vs. Student basketball game last week. After 40 minutes of intense play in front of a cheering crowd,  I am happy to report that our 8th graders pulled off the win in a very close game! Congratulations to all who played and continued this fun tradition at Pierce. 

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As the Pierce Ski & Board Club winds down for the season I want to thank the parent volunteers who made the club possible for the second year in a row. As you can see in these pictures, our Pierce students ( almost 90 of them!) enjoyed this opportunity.

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Our 5th, 6th and 8th grade FPS teams at the Canton Bowl this past weekend

All MPS 4th graders participate in Future Problem Solvers as part of the 4th grade curriculum. Students learn a six-step problem solving process which they then apply, along with their research on specific topics, to solve social and scientific problems. A “future scene” prompts students to explore challenges as they refine their critical and creative thinking skills, focus on one problem area to solve, produce solution ideas, generate criteria to evaluate their solutions, and develop an action plan. In 5th grade and middle school, students are selected for 4 person teams to compete in FPS bowls. 10 teams from the 5th, 6th and 8th grade competed in a regional bowl in Canton on February 3rd. Our students were excited to approach a new future scene related to the topic of philanthrocapitalism at the Canton Bowl. 5th grade parent Heather Bergin shares that “I love that FPS is a highly competitive activity that is focused on intellectual challenges and peer collaboration. My daughter absolutely loves it. Her first meet was just as exciting as any sports tournament!” Her daughter Reilly, a Collicot 5th grader shares that “This was my first bowl and I got nervous, but my teammates gave me courage and it was so, so, so fun!”

We await the results over the coming weeks as their work is judged and the FPS teams will begin  research on Cloud Storage to prepare the chosen teams to move forward to the State Bowl in April where they compete for the opportunity to represent Massachusetts at the FPSP International Conference in June. Congratulations to the teams from Pierce, Glover, Tucker, Cunningham and Collicot for what their coaches Justine S. Novak, Nicole Lauria and Thuy Nguyen tell me were impressive outings last weekend.  

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Collicot held two very successful Science Fairs in the past week. You can see many smiling faces and cool experiments in this photo link

In other science news, our Tucker students are preparing for their upcoming Science Fair and are being inspired by learning about accomplished African American scientists. This week they learned about Patricia Bath, the first person to invent and demonstrate Laserphaco Cataract Surgery.  

MPS CALENDAR

Feb 8    PARENT Speaker – Dr Ruth Potee 6:30 MHS Auditorium
Feb 13  K-8th Math Night for Parents/Guardians at Pierce 6:30-8pm
Feb 15  MHS Cabaret
Feb 19  February Recess begins
Feb 26  School Resumes
Feb 28  Milton School Committee 7pm
Mar 1    Grade 5 Information Night 6:30 PM Pierce Auditorium
Mar 3    Minority Educators Job Fair  9:30am -12:30 pm MHS Field House
Mar 6    First Grade Information Night 6:30 pm at MHS   

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

K-8 Math Night for Parents/Guardians – Do you ever wonder how can you support your child at home? Or how is learning math different from when you went to school? Then Math Night is for you! Join MPS educators on February 13th at 6:30pm at Pierce for an interactive evening where you attend sessions that interest YOU! We want to plan for attendees so please sign up here.  

Join your friends at Cunningham for the Cunningham Diversity Night on Feb 15th at 7pm.  It will be an exciting evening learning more about the cultures of Cunningham families and engaging in some fun activities! 

Please join our MHS musicians a their upcoming Cabaret on Thursday, February 15th at 7PM at MHS.  Cabaret is a student talent show and all proceeds go to supporting students attending the Music Department Cultural Trip to Philadelphia in April. 

MILTON SUMMER ENRICHMENT

Believe it or not, it is time to start thinking about Milton Summer Enrichment (MSE) 2018! We are looking forward to a fun-filled summer with your children. This letter will serve as the first of many communications in the upcoming months about MSE, and contains important information about our program. You can read the full MSE letter here.

MSE Volunteer and Paid Red Shirt Positions  are available and the deadline for these applications is February 16th.

 SUMMER CAMP INFORMATION

The very popular Camp Invention is returning to the Tucker School this summer! If you have any questions about Camp Invention, please email Camp Director Zeina Hamada.

Empow is also holding two summer camps at the Glover School.

GUIDANCE NEWS

Please join Principal James Jette and Guidance Director Karen Cahill on Tuesday, February 13th at 7:30 am (please note the morning time) in the MHS auditorium for a discussion on the elimination of class rank at Milton High School. This conversation is a follow up to our evening discussion with parents/guardians on December 6, 2017.

FUNDRAISING NEWS

The MHS freshman class is holding a Skate Night at Shea Ice Rink in Quincy this  Saturday, February 10th from 8-10pm for MHS and PMS students.  $5 a student with a $20 family cap. Please consider joining the freshman class on the ice!  

SEPAC NEWS

Milton SEPAC will host Linda Perry, MA of Avalanche Advocacy Agency, Inc. for a discussion about raising kids with behavioral challenges on February 13th  at  7pm at the Glover Library. This event is free and open to the public.

MILTON ADULT EDUCATION

Registration for the Spring 2018 session is now OPEN, so please take a look at our courses and sign up.  Many of the offerings have a maximum number of allowed students, so please register early to ensure your placement.  Questions?  Please email Sara Warner.   

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING

I wanted to share a free opportunity for those who want to learn more about the mental health of our young people. Youth Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. The course (on March 2nd in Randolph) introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations.  All participants will receive a certificate of completion and you can register here

FROM THE READERS

What is the MPS staff reading these days? The Diversity Committee is hosting a Cultural Competency Book Club as an opportunity to learn and share best practices in culturally competent education. Participants choose of one of three books to be discussed at meetings this spring. I share these titles because I know many families will find value in these books as well.  Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People by Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald, Square Peg: My Story and What It Means for Raising Innovators, Visionaries, and Out-of-the-Box Thinkers by Todd Rose and Schooltalk: Rethinking What We Say About and to Students Everyday by Mica Pollock are on many of our educators reading lists this spring.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

Fontbonne Academy will be hosting a conversation with the former President of NAACP Boston Chapter Michael Curry on Friday 2/9 at 5:30pm and has generously extended an invitation to the MPS community to attend.  The conversation is geared towards high school students and adults and details can be found here

Three former MPS students, Elena Curran, Ruby D’Amato  and Sarah Ford, are hosting a fundraiser to improve education for Ecuadorian children. I am always happy to see our former students engaged in the community and invite you to view details here

Milton’s Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Program (MECA) has asked me to share their  Family Survey flyer.  Every family who completes the survey will be entered into a raffle to win a large basket of children books. 

There are many great programs for teens at the Milton Public Library this month.

Be sure to check out the programs for kids happening at the Milton Public Library during vacation week.

Girls K-5 – Grab your favorite (adult) dance partner and join the Girl Scouts for their Sweetheart Dance on Friday, March 9th.

Town spring sports will be starting soon! Register for Softball, Field Hockey, Baseball (Nat League) , Baseball (Amer League)  and Lacrosse before it’s too late.

ART AND MUSIC NEWS

The Music Festival season is upon us. Last weekend, 65 MHS and Pierce musicians   travelled to Hanover High School to audition for the junior and senior music festivals hosted by the Southeastern School Bandmasters Association (SEMSBA).  Of the 65 Milton students who auditioned for a seat in one of the ensembles, 48 were selected.  Among the notable highlights, Julia Nerenberg, a MHS junior, will serve as Concert Mistress in the SEMSBA Senior Festival Orchestra, and six of the 17 students in the SEMSBA Jazz Band will be from Milton.  On the weekend prior, 29 Milton students attended the Eastern District Junior Festival Auditions at Needham High School, and  14 students were accepted. Please join me in congratulating our students and their directors for another outstanding representation of Milton Music!  Thank you  to our audition chaperones Rebecca Damiani, Julia Hanna, Kaitlyn Laprise, and Debra Miller.

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I hope many of our student musicians will consider performing in one of the upcoming Milton Youth Musicians Festivals held at the East Congregational Church in Milton. The mission of the Festivals is to encourage town wide support of young people with an interest in music, and to foster the development of performance skills. Students in grades 1-12 are invited to apply to perform. Please visit Milton Young Musicians Festival Overview for details. 

ATHLETICS

MHS sports schedules for all teams

Congratulations to Chae!

 

I am thrilled to share that MHS senior Chae Diani signed her DI National Letter of Intent to Play Soccer at Bryant University this fall.  Congratulations to Chae and her family! 

 

 

 

It is that time of year again! Milton High School students are participating in the Boosters’ Annual Calendar Sales. The sale started February 1st and will run through Tuesday, February 27th.  Be on the lookout for the sale of these calendars and reach out to any MHS Athlete to purchase.  All money raised goes right back into the MHS Athletic Program. 

 

AMBASSADOR PAGE

Each week we highlight students, teachers and members of the community whose hard work deserves recognition.  Please read about some of their outstanding accomplishments below:

Students: Please join me in congratulating the Milton High School Students of the Quarter who were recognized this morning in a ceremony at MHS.  In order to recognize those students who are making a contribution to our community, each department nominates two students who deserve commendation for the previous marking period.  These students may have shown marked improvement, may have done a significant project or may have shown outstanding effort.  Because of these individuals, Milton High School continues to be an outstanding school. It is a pleasure to recognize these students.  

Staff:  I would like to recognize Brian Powers, who followed the successful “teachers teaching teachers” professional development model and brought valuable and important information about SEL, behavioral health, and suicide prevention back to all teachers at Glover after a presentation by Jon Mattleman. Mr. Powers was joined by Sarah Whitten and Elizabeth Bowen, who presented strategies and classroom instructional opportunities for teachers to improve executive functioning skills in students, as inspired by Sara Ward presentations and their own ground-breaking work. Sara Ward and Jon Mattleman were both featured presenters in the MPS PARENT Speaker Series this year. This was a fantastic example of in-district professional development and we are so fortunate to have staff with such incredible knowledge and expertise. 

Volunteers: Thank you to Chris Twyman and Ken Haynes from BoomWriter who are once again bringing the Milton Annual BoomWriter Bee to all students in 4th and 5th grade. Our students will read chapter 1 of a story written by Jeff Kinney, author of the wildly popular series Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and each week that follows all students will write their own version of the subsequent chapter. A voting process will select a winning chapter each week and at the end of the project, we will have a published book written by the pens (actually keyboards) of many of our students. All students along the way will have the opportunity to provide feedback and determine the direction of the story, thus making it a truly collaborative writing process. The Bee will kick off next week with classroom based presentations for 4th and 5th graders and will culminate in the end of March when we will honor the writers and celebrate the completion of the book!

Thank you to my blog contributors this week: Bernadette Moonan, James Jette, Cat DesRoche, Dr Karen Spaulding, Karen McDavitt, Barbara Wright, Ryan Madden, Michelle Kruezer, AJ Melanson, Jen Grubler, Noel Vigue, Laurie Stillman, Heidi Schleicher, Sara Warner, Holly Conannon, Amy Gale, Susan Dolan, Liddie Sutter, Brian Sullivan,  Dawn Sykes, Zeina Hamada, Justine S. Novak, Nicole Lauria and Thuy Nguyen. 

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

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February 1st, 2018

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Weekly Update
Date: February 1st, 2018

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

As the district had a full day professional development day this week, I have asked Asst. Superintendent for Curriculum and Human Resources, Janet Sheehan, to share some information below about professional development within the Milton Public Schools.

Milton Public Schools educators greatly appreciate the professional development opportunities that are afforded through early release and full professional days during the school year. The link between high quality professional development and excellence in teaching and learning is well documented in educational research. While teachers and administrators continually participate in courses, conferences, and workshops to maintain currency in best practices, designated days for professional development provide collaborative professional growth experiences that are aligned with state and district goals for overall school improvement.  

Parents may ask themselves – What do MPS educators do on these days that require parents/guardians to make special arrangements for their children? Read more about Elementary PD this past week, specifics about PD at Pierce Middle School and details about the recent professional development at Milton High School.  

PARENT SPEAKER SERIES

Dr. Ruth Potee will be speaking at MHS on February 8th 6:30pm. Don’t miss this fascinating presentation by Dr. Potee, a nationally recognized pediatrician and expert on youth risk-taking behavior, who provides parents with practical information on how to prevent their children from abusing alcohol and drugs. Her dynamic presentations help adults to understand the maturing adolescent brain to help safeguard our children’s well-being and promote healthy decision-making. With teen substance use and depression being a growing community concern, this is a must-see informative presentation.  

Before Dr Potee speaks, be sure to visit the exhibit “Hidden in Plain Sight”, which shows the clever hiding spots that kids use to hide their secret activities.  Every parent should be aware of them.  “Hidden in Plain Sight” will be in the MHS foyer from 6-6:30pm.

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers whose mission is to identify students with exceptional artistic and literary talent and present their remarkable work to the world through the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Through the Awards, students receive opportunities for recognition, exhibition, publication, and scholarships. Teens in grades 7-12 from public, private, or home schools can apply in 29 categories of art and writing for their chance to earn scholarships and have their works exhibited and published. Congratulations to our MHS students who have been recognized for their excellence!

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The Take Five Room is a space at Milton High School that was created to provide students with a safe, supportive environment to relieve stress, take a proactive break, regulate emotions, and connect with an adjustment counselor for additional support. Within the space, students have the opportunity to utilize several different tools that are used for stress relief and are using the time to better prepare themselves to return to the classroom. This space was created 3 years ago and was made possible by the generous financial support of BID-Milton Hospital as well as the MFE. Each year, the two adjustment counselors whose offices are located within the Take Five Room continue to grow the space and the services offered based on the needs of the student population. Any student is able to access the space and it is very rare to see the room empty.

MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS 

Winner Gus Greene and Runner Up J.P. Haber

Last Friday Pierce held the 12th Annual School-wide Geography Bee. The action on the stage kept the audience on edge of their  seats, as they waited for the champion to emerge.  Ms. Connell questioned 15 students throughout two class periods before 8th grader, Gus Greene emerged as the 2018 Geography Bee winner and 7th grader  J.P. Haber as the Runner Up.

It was an impressive victory and a fun morning for all involved. The fifteen contestants ( Lucy Hollingsworth-Hays, Jack Best, Taylor Xu, Hoa Tong, Marc Leimkuehler, Moses Mann, Catie Lacasse, Cole Humphrey, Emily King, KJ Beckett, Dexter Gordon, J.P. Haber, Anderson Korman, Ryan Higgins, and Gus Greene) won in their classes, then for their team before entering the school-wide bee. Their knowledge was impressive and poise under pressure noticed by all. Gus will take a National Geographic Test to determine if he qualifies for the Massachusetts State Geography Bee later this Spring. Good Luck, Gus!

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Pierce Middle School was recently visited by representatives from the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education [DESE]. The Department is making visits to schools across the Commonwealth to learn how to make their resources more accessible and useful and to learn how DESE can better serve schools across the state. The day included visits to classrooms, meeting with the Pierce Leadership Team, a focus group with teachers, and a focus group with student leaders. Our visitors, Senior Associate Commissioner Heather Peske and Director of Strategy and Integration, Ron Noble were extremely impressed with all that is happening at Pierce Middle School. They were especially impressed with our peer leaders. Members of the Pierce Student Council, Anti-Defamation League peer leaders, and student leaders, who were trained by DOVE this past summer shared their insights about the Pierce Middle School. When asked what is the best thing about Pierce Middle School, they unanimously agreed- their teachers!  

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

What’s happening in the Tucker art room? Students at Tucker (at right) showed their visual story in the style of African American artist Faith Ringgold. Ringgold is famous for her story quilts using fabric and other mixed media. These Kindergarteners used mixed media to describe a favorite moment spent with their  family, adding a “quilted border” as a connection to Ringgold’s famous book Tar Beach.   

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At Glover our Kindergarteners are loving their new Osmos provided by a recent MFE teacher grant. The K team uses Osmo to create and practice word building during literacy centers and apply number sense knowledge during math centers using the numbers and Tangrams apps. Thank you to the MFE for these awesome new classroom tools!

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February school vacation camps – East and West – are currently open for registration.  

MPS CALENDAR

Feb 7    Milton School Committee 7pm
Feb 7    Thurgood 7pm, MHS Auditorium
Feb 8    PARENT Speaker – Dr Ruth Potee 6:30 MHS Auditorium
Feb 13  K-8th Math Night for Parents/Guardians at Pierce 6:30-8pm
Feb 15  MHS Caberet
Feb 19  February Recess begins
Feb 26  School Resumes
Feb 28  Milton School Committee 7pm
Mar 1    Grade 5 Information Night 6:30 PM Pierce Auditorium
Mar 3    Minority Educators Job Fair  9:30am -12:30 pm MHS Field House
Mar 6    First Grade Information Night 6:30 pm at MHS   

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Thurgood is coming to MHS on Wednesday, February 7th at 7pm. Featuring local actor Johnny Lee Davenport as Justice Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American to sit on the Supreme Court, Thurgood spans Marshall’s impressive career as a lawyer, arguing such landmark cases as Brown v. Board of Education.  Admission is free, Thurgood is a 90 minute, one-man show with no intermission. MHS Juniors will see the show during the day. Thank you to Courageous Conversations,  MPACE and Milton tax payers who donate through their excise taxes for making these productions available to our students and community. 

K-8 Math Night for Parents/Guardians – Do you ever wonder how can you support your child at home? Or how is learning math different from when you went to school? Then Math Night is for you! Join MPS educators on February 13th at 6:30pm at Pierce for an interactive evening where you attend sessions that interest YOU! We want to plan for attendees so please sign up here.  

Join your friends at Cunningham for the Cunningham Diversity Night on Feb 15th at 7pm.  It will be an exciting evening learning more about the cultures of Cunningham families and engaging in some fun activities! 

INCLEMENT WEATHER

Winters in New England can be difficult and weather events can be unpredictable. As I wrote in a recent post, cancelling or delaying school is a difficult decision to make. Please be mindful that bad weather during the morning commute can impact bus schedules and town wide traffic. In a response to parent/guardian feedback, we are developing a better system for more timely notification of late busses and will share details in the coming week. During inclement weather, please plan extra time and extra patience as we navigate New England winters together.

TECHNOLOGY

Internet Essentials from Comcast offers low-cost Internet service, discounted computer equipment and free digital literacy training to families with at least one child eligible to participate in the National School Lunch Program.  Continue reading about this valuable program here. 

SEPAC NEWS

Milton SEPAC will host Linda Perry, MA of Avalanche Advocacy Agency, Inc. for a discussion about raising kids with behavioral challenges on February 13th  at  7pm at the Glover Library. This event is free and open to the public. 

MILTON ADULT EDUCATION

Registration for the Spring 2018 session is now OPEN, so please take a look at our courses and sign up.  Many of the offerings have a maximum number of allowed students, so please register early to ensure your placement.  Questions?  Please email Sara Warner.

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING

Dr. Karen Spaulding, Principal, speaker Jon Mattleman, and District SEL Facilitator Laurie Stillman.

Our recent PARENT Speaker Series speaker Jon Mattelman proved valuable to both parents/guardians and educators who heard Mr Matteleman’s interactive presentation during our recent PD day.  

Our 7th and 8th grade students also attended a school day presentation by Minding your Mind and were engaged and interested to hear Jon Burgwin’s story. Jon is a college student who speaks to students about his struggle with drugs and alcohol.  

HEALTH AND WELLNESS

If you or your child (4 and up)has not yet received a flu shot, you can still make an appointment with Susan Poirier, Public Health Nurse at Milton Town Hall on Tue or Wed by appointment to receive your flu vaccine. Please call Susan at 1-617-898-4884 for an appt and please bring your insurance card. Town Hall is open until 5pm.

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The School Committee recently approved the 2018 MPS Health and Wellness Policy. All are invited to review it.

MILTON SUMMER ENRICHMENT

Believe it or not, it is time to start thinking about Milton Summer Enrichment (MSE) 2018! We are looking forward to a fun-filled summer with your children. This letter will serve as the first of many communications in the upcoming months about MSE, and contains important information about our program. You can read the full MSE letter here

MINORITY EDUCATOR  RECRUITMENT FAIR

For the first time in history, the number of Latino, African-American, and Asian students in K-12 public school classrooms is expected to exceed the number of non-Hispanic, white students, but the racial and ethnic makeup of our country’s teaching staff does not reflect this shift. There is a shortage of African American, Hispanic and Latino, Native American, and Asian educators, and the South Shore Minority Educator Recruitment Fair  helps to encourage those individuals to pursue a career in education.

During the event, hosted by MPS at The Copeland Field House at MHS on Saturday, March 3, from 9:30am – 12:30pm, representatives from South Shore public school districts will meet with potential employees in an effort to find the most qualified minority teacher and administrator candidates. Resumes will be accepted at the event, applications will be distributed, and interviews will be held. 

FROM THE READERS

MPS preschool teacher Marybeth Callahan shared this video by Renee Metty who is the director of The Cove School in Seattle. Ms Callahan is currently participating in the  Mindful Schools Year-Long Certification Program. The video is example of what mindful teaching and teaching mindfulness looks like in a preschool setting and the practices that Ms Callahan is bringing to MPS preschool.  

NEWS AROUND TOWN

There are many great programs for teens at the Milton Public Library this month.

Be sure to check out the programs for kids happening at the MPL next week.

Girls K-5 – Grab your favorite (adult) dance partner and join the Girl Scouts for their Sweetheart Dance on Friday, March 9th.

Town spring sports will be starting soon! Register for Softball, Field Hockey, Baseball (Nat League) , Baseball (Amer League)  and Lacrosse before it’s too late.

Looking for good deals on gear for your spring sports? Head to Cunningham Hall on Saturday, Feb 3rd from 9am-12pm and pick up some bargains at the MNLL Cooperstown Team’s Gently Used Sports Equipment sale.

ATHLETICS

Sports Schedules for MHS teams 

Back Row; Bridget Mitchell, Brian Scalabrine, Josh Madden, and Rich Fernandez.  Front Row; Chae Diani, Ella Affanato, Elise O’Leary, Clodagh Corcoran, Genevieve Connelly, and Bobby Carew.

Big news for many of our athletes this week! Milton High School Student-Athletes were honored at the Annual Patriot Ledger All-Scholastic Lunch at Lombardo’s in Randolph on Sunday, January 28th.  Former Celtics Forward, Brian Scalabrine was the keynote speaker.  Thank you to BID-Milton and President Rich Fernandez for sponsoring the event.  Not pictured: Haley O’Brien, Jeanmarie Fallon, Patrick Fitzgerald, Eddie Hassell, William Crowley,

In addition, Bridget Mitchell (2nd from right)was named Patriot Ledger Athlete-of-the-Year for her excellent Cross Country Season! She was honored along with the other Athletes of the Year, and former Celtic forward, Brian Scalabrine.

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It is that time of year again! Milton High School students are participating in the Boosters’ Annual Calendar Sales. The sale started today, Thursday, February 1st and will run through Tuesday, February 27th.  Be on the lookout for the sale of these calendars and reach out to any MHS Athlete to purchase.  All money raised goes right back into the MHS Athletic Program.

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Let’s help the boys Soccer Team raise some money!

 

MHS Boys Soccer will be hosting a Cans for Cats event on Saturday,February 3, 2018 from 9:00-12:00 at MHS. The event will benefit MHS Boys Soccer Team. Let’s help the team raise some money and recycle our cans  at the same time! 

 

 

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The Milton High School Athletic Hall of Fame Committee needs you!  As we look to induct our  2019 HOF class we need your nominations of outstanding athletes for our 2019 ceremony. If you have an athlete, coach, team or supporter to nominate, please complete this form and email it to Billy Donovan or print and mail this form to Billy Donovan, MHS, 25 Gile Rd Milton MA 02186.

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 former Project 351 Ambassador Dominique Thomas who  was selected to serve as an alumni leader to 8th graders on their service day last weekend. Dominque served as Milton’s Project 351 Ambassador last year and executed many public service projects during her year of service and she continues to be involved as an alumni.  I would also like to recognize Pierce 8th grader Mary Kate Mylod who will serve as Milton’s Project 351 Representative in the coming year. We look forward to supporting Mary Kate’s service projects on behalf of Project 351. 

Staff:  I want to recognize our Elementary Math Coaches Mary Shapiro and Maura Middleton whose positions are a result of the successful override vote. Tucker Asst. Principal Cat DesRoche shares that she observes in both Ms Shapiro and Ms Middleton  a commitment to supporting teachers in complex math instruction using manipulatives, centers and higher order thinking.  Through conversations among staff as well as those observed between students, it is clear we are elevating the understanding of the many applications of math. Our Math Coaches also assist teachers in data analysis and lesson preparation to support teachers in ensuring students are appropriately prepared for increasing demands and recently led a great math presentation for our Tucker families. We are lucky to have Ms Shapiro and Ms Middleton in all four of our elementary schools each week.

Volunteers: The Milton Foundation for Education is an integral partner to the Milton Public Schools and we appreciate the time and effort these individuals give on behalf of our students.  At the December MFE meeting five new board members were voted in, each of whom has shown a passion and dedication to our community and our children. The MFE Board now consists of the following members; Courtney Affanato, Hank Bell, Tami Carpenter, Bithiah Carter, Leslie Collins, Jeanne Conley, Julie Cosgrove, Caroline Dodero, Margaret Eberhardt, Greg Gordon, Will Korman, Pete McLoughlin, Angie Rue Van Allen, Karly Rizzo, Ray Sambrano, Rachel Schewe, Allen Schweitzer, Liddie Sutter, Nora Vernazza, Karyn Viveiros, Erika Vogel, MaryJane Walsh, and Ben Zoll. On behalf of the Milton Public Schools, please join me in thanking the board of the MFE.

Thank you to my blog contributors this week:  Bernadette Moonan, James Jette, Cat DesRoche, Dr Karen Spaulding, Karen Hughes, Barbara Wright, Karen McDavitt, Barbara Wright, Magda Cupidon, Ryan Madden, Michelle Kruezer, AJ Melanson, Jen Grubler, Jean Scarborough, Will Korman, Noel Vigue, Marybeth Callahan, Jess Gillooly, Laurie Stillman, Sara Warner, Billy Donovan and Janet Sheehan.

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

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January 25th, 2018

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Weekly Update
Date: January 25th, 2018

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

As we are currently registering our September 2018 Kindergarteners at Milton Public Schools, I’ve asked Asst. Superintendent for Business Affairs, Glenn Pavlicek to share some history of free full day Kindergarten below:

Prior to the School Building project, Milton only had sufficient space to offer Kindergarten on a half day basis.  Thanks to donations from the Copeland Family Foundation and the Cunningham Foundation to that project, our schools were renovated with enough classrooms specifically designed for Kindergarten students to accommodate Full Day Kindergarten.  Full Day Kindergarten began with a pilot program of three classrooms at the Tucker School in 2007-2008.  It then expanded to all four elementary schools the following year.  At the time, it was partially funded with a grant from the Commonwealth but was primarily tuition-based.  The intent of the grant was to fund the first year of the program with increased state aid helping to defray the cost in subsequent years.  Unfortunately, the grant was only $200,000 and the cost of the program was, at the time, over $700,000, so tuition was still necessary. It was not until the 2016-2017 school year that tuition was finally eliminated when the Town allocated funds from “Free Cash” to fully fund the program for one year.  The increased Chapter 70 state aid that resulted from eliminating tuition now permits us to continue offering the program on a tuition-free basis.  The program has grown as a result, from 249 students in 2007-2008 to over 350 today, contributing not only to student achievement but to the reputation of the School system as a whole.

If you have not registered your child (who will be 5 on or before 8/31/18) for kindergarten yet please email Laurie Dunn  as soon as possible. The recent Kindergarten Information Night presentation can be found here

PARENT SPEAKER SERIES

Please join us for the next Speaker Series event – Jon Mattleman – Just Talk About It – on January 30th at 6:30 PM in the Pierce Middle School Auditorium. This interactive presentation is an introduction to adolescents’ mental health, which is designed to train attendees on how to recognize the warning signs of stress, anxiety, depression and crisis.  In addition, self-harm, suicide, and the emotional impact of social media will be explicitly addressed.  Participants will discuss ways to assist others to cultivate positive coping skills and the ability to ask for help.  Crisis intervention is emphasized by learning the signs of suicidal ideation and risk, and how to encourage those at risk to seek help.For more information on the Just Talk About It presentation, please visit the Minding Your Mind website.  Mr Mattelman has shared two interesting reads in advance of his presentation – How Facebook Makes Us Unhappy and Selfie-Loathing.

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

MHS Seniors Domenic Jancaterino and Ornella Ebongue.

Earlier today, MHS Seniors Ornella Ebongue and Domenic Jancaterino shared their senior project presentation, “Topics in Mathematics”  with faculty and staff.  Ornella and Domenic have taken on the challenge of designing their own course in mathematics for their senior year.  For their project, they shared some of what they have experienced and explored over the past few months, including: differential equations, voting theory, and game theory.  The Mathematics Department and these two students are to be commended for this individualized approach to learning. 

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The Class of 2019 would like to thank everyone who donated to the Savers FunDrive which took place on January 20th. The Junior Class brought in just under 3,000 pounds of donated goods, keeping the good out of a landfill and raising $500. We had an incredibly successful day and filled the truck to capacity an hour before the scheduled end time. The Class Officers would like to thank those who drove their donations that did not fit on the truck to Savers to help the junior class.  We will be holding another drive in the Spring so be on the lookout for collection dates!

MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS

Josh Ricciardi reads his submission at a recent School Committee meeting

In honor of Inclusive Schools Week, students at Pierce were recently asked to develop a creative expression (essay, poster, song, etc) of what inclusion means to them.  8th grader Josh Ricciardi’s “Inclusion Man” stood out as a powerful story about inclusion. Josh wrote “Have you ever been asked if you could have any superpower?  If so, what was your answer?  Mostly, people say super speed, super strength, or even the ability to fly. But a lot less popular ability is the ability to include someone. So if you don’t have this ability, then Inclusion Man will come and help you gain such an ability”. Josh read his entire submission at a recent School Committee meeting. Congratulations to Josh on his winning submission and kudos to his family for raising a kind and empathetic young man.  

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In December I shared that Pierce 8th Grader Matthew Paquette beat out thousands of students to win the second place prize for his essay on combating racism.  8th graders from around the commonwealth were prompted to choose a political or community issue that impacts young people and determine how they would make a difference, if they were the Chief Municipal Officer for their community.  Last week, Town Administrator Mike Dennehy attended the Massachusetts Municipal Association Annual Conference at The Hynes Auditorium and sent along his congratulations to Matthew.  Thank you to Mike Dennehy who presented this Massachusetts Municipal Association’s composition and art competition to Milton Public School students.   

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Did you love Suessical Jr? There is a parent run fundraiser happening to support the theater program at Pierce. You can download some amazing pictures from the production for only $2.50 a picture and all of the profits go towards future Pierce productions.  

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Every classroom at the Cunningham School has Flexible Seating Options for students to use.  We have seen that students will seek out ways to move or fidget to stay engaged and focused in their work. By providing some options and opportunities in the classrooms, the students are able to gain movement while working, which is resulting in increased performance and engagement. As with anything, there are rules that are applied when using the Flexible Seating tools and these tools should support learning, not hinder it. When first introducing items to the class, we find it helpful to have all students explore the options for a bit. Students who need a bit more movement gravitate towards the Flexible Seating tools and items, while some students find they use the items less. The items that have been implemented this year include: standing desks, wobble stools, stability ball seats, cycle desks, scoop seats and stadium seats for the floor, as well as an air-filled cushion on the chairs and therabands for under their feet. Students are learning what works for them to be successful learners and finding the tools that help them work their best. Many of our classes are having great success with integrating these items into a productive school day.

The Cunningham School has been extremely fortunate to have received items through sources such as Donors Choose and the Cunningham PTO. We also will be able to purchase more items through the MFE grant that was recently awarded.

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This week the Clavette Family visited Collicot and Cunningham  to donate a collection of 45 art books for children to the  Collicot/Cunningham library.  Caitlin Clavette was a beloved MPS elementary art teacher who was killed in a tragic car accident in 2016. Caitlin’s parents, Louanne and Skip Clavette and aunt Maureen Costa read one of the books to Mrs Lamonica’s 2nd grade class. The books have special memorial plates inside them and will  be kept together in a permanent collection in the library. We are grateful for the ongoing partnership between the Milton Public Schools and Caitlin’s family.  

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The Glover Staff would like to thank our Glover PTO for generously providing ALL  staff members at Glover with fleece jackets and vests!  They were purchased with money raised through our GLEA (Glover Enrichment Activities- after school clubs) run by the teachers. It has already brought such a sense community among staff! 

 

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Jan 30 PARENT Speaker – Minding your Mind Program Pierce Middle School at 6:30 pm
Jan 31  No School K-12 Teacher PD Day
Feb 7    Milton School Committee 7pm
Feb 8    PARENT Speaker – Dr Ruth Potee 6:30 MHS Auditorium
Feb 13  K-8th Math Night for Parents/Guardians at Pierce 6:30-8pm
Feb 15  MHS Caberet
Feb 19  February Recess begins

TECHNOLOGY

How Much Screen Time is Appropriate? AJ Melanson, Educational Technology Director shares that 90% of U.S. households contain at least one smartphone, desktop/laptop computer, tablet or streaming media device.  The typical (median) American household contains five of them. And nearly one-in-five American households (18%) are “hyper-connected” – meaning they contain 10 or more of these devices! (PEW Research Center)  With that said, what is the appropriate amount of screen time for our students? Continue reading here.

FUNDRAISING NEWS

The MSAPC asks – Will you support an important opportunity for Milton families? We want to share with you an important resource that school leaders believe will benefit our students, and we are wondering if you would consider donating to this effort, personally or through your business or company.

As you may know, mental health disorders, such as depression and anxiety or ADD, are significant issues facing people of all ages.  In Milton, a significant number of our students and elderly have reported on surveys that they suffer from these issues.  Unfortunately, our mental health system is tedious to deal with, and because of the stigma and embarrassment associated with behavioral health issues, very few people who are experiencing these problems know where to turn for help.  

Many communities in Massachusetts are taking advantage of a highly-regarded mental health information and referral service called Interface, at William and James College in Newton.  Interface helps people of all ages find the appropriate mental health services they need.  This invaluable service comes with a cost, however, of $12,500 per year.  The Milton Public Schools, Milton Police Department and Milton Health Department understand the value of this service, and have each agreed to commit $2,000 to this effort.  We need to raise the balance of $6,500 from other sources by February 1st.

Would you be willing to contribute to this important resource that will surely benefit many Milton families?  The Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition is coordinating the fundraising.   If you are able to donate $100 or more to our $6,500.00 goal, please let us know with an email to info@milton-coalition.org  Let us know your name and the amount that you are willing to commit to. Thank you in advance for considering this request.  Please review this brief fact sheet for more information about Interface.  

SEPAC  NEWS

Milton SEPAC is excited to present “What Matters Most”, An Evening of Heartfelt Storytelling with Carrie Cariello, tonight, January 25th, 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm  at Abby Park, 550 Adams Street in Milton. Carrie will be joining us for the second time to share stories about her life raising five children, one of whom has autism. Admission is free, all are welcome, light apps will be served and there is a cash bar. We hope you will join us for this informative and enjoyable evening.

Up next for the SEPAC – Collaborative Problem Solving, February 13th from 7- 9 pm at Glover Library.  Milton SEPAC will host Linda Perry, MA of Avalanche Advocacy Agency, Inc. for a discussion about raising kids with behavioral challenges.

The SEPAC would like to thank all the parents who attended our recent Parent Speak for the Glover school. Your feedback is valuable and necessary. We will be announcing the dates and location of our next Parent Speak events soon.

MFE NEWS

The Milton Foundation for Education is thrilled to announce the funding of $16,810 in teacher grants from our Fall 2017 Grant Cycle. These grants, which enrich the educational experience of students in all six schools, are the core mission of the MFE. These grants include, among others;  materials to support STEM classes, hop balls for physical education classes, and a financials skills initiative for high school students.

The Milton Foundation for Education thanks our hard working grant committee and the chair of the grant committee Amy Carleton Mills. Amy, who has announced she is leaving the MFE, has been a stalwart on the grant committee for several years and has been the chair for the last few grant cycles.

FOOD SERVICE

Milton Public Schools Wellness Policy  acknowledges the district’s responsibility to protect children’s health, well-being, and ability to learn by supporting wellness, good nutrition and regular physical activity. The district promotes healthy eating and regular exercise, which is linked to reduced risk of the development of many chronic diseases. The MPS Food Service and Athletic departments teamed up with Framingham State University’s Food and Nutrition Coordinated Program to provide nutrition education to their students. FSU Dietetic Undergraduate Student Jane Minton educated the MHS Boys Soccer Team about how to fuel their sports performance. Student-athletes learned the importance of proper nutrition and hydration before, during, and after sports activity. Continue reading here

MILTON SUMMER ENRICHMENT

Do you have a MHS student interested in applying for volunteer or paid Red Shirt Positions this summer at MSE? The link to apply is now open.  The deadline for applications is February 16th.

MILTON ADULT EDUCATION

Milton Adult Education is currently seeking a yoga instructor for the spring session, beginning the week of March 5th. (Registration will open soon) If you currently teach yoga, have availability on Monday, Tuesday, and/or Wednesday evenings this spring, and would like to share your talents with the community, please contact Sara Warner by this Friday, January 26th.

ART AND MUSIC NEWS

Exciting News for Milton’s Student Musicians! Milton Public Schools will be strongly represented at this year’s Massachusetts Music Educators Association All State Conference and Festival. In the upcoming weeks, students from Pierce Middle School and Milton High School will be joining select students from across Massachusetts to rehearse and perform in the honors ensembles.

This year, six Pierce Middle School singers were selected for the All State Treble Chorus.  Kyla Miller, Julia Mangum, Owen Creamer, Zoie Lebron, Fiona Zimon and William Heffron will prepare a full program of concert repertoire to be rehearsed and performed at the festival. Also, four of the MHS musicians who advanced to All State auditions will perform in the Massachusetts Concert Band, Mixed Chorus or Orchestra. Annabel Botsford (Chorus, Alto), Nethania Marc (Orchestra, Violin), Kaleigh Pentland (Chorus, Alto), and Benjamin Scott (Concert Band, Euphonium) will spend three days in rehearsal preparing for a performance culminating at Boston’s Symphony Hall. Congratulations to the students and their directors for this notable accomplishment!

Did you know the Cellar Dwellers have an album on iTunes?

In addition to individual student participation in the All State Festival, ensembles are encouraged to audition to be featured as exemplary performing groups at the music educators conference that runs in conjunction with the festival.  This year, MHS’s Cellar Dwellers Jazz Combo have been invited to perform!  Congratulations to group members Coleman Rose, Lemuel Marc, Dylan MacLeod, Henry Link, Jamie Eder, Billy Liddell, and their Director, Rebecca Damiani in receiving such an immense honor.  You can hear the Cellar Dwellers on iTunes! 

NEWS AROUND TOWN

Discovering Justice is co-hosting an event on Wednesday, February 14th, 3:30 – 6:00 pm in commemoration of Frederick Douglass’ 200th birthday and the Museum of African American History’s acclaimed exhibit: Picturing Frederick Douglass: The Most Photographed American of the 19th Century.

See what’s happening for kids  at the Milton Public Library next week and the week after.

Please see the Milton Early Childhood Alliance Winter Newsletter, filled with many free activities for families to do together this season.

The Forbes House Museum presents their newest exhibit – Massachusetts Help to Ireland During the Great Famine. Come see artifacts and historic accounts at the opening reception on Saturday, January 27th, 4-6pm $10/person.

Milton Girls Softball is a recreational softball league open to girls K-8th grade who reside in or attend school in Milton. New softball players at all ages are welcome as this is an instructional program, yet competitive enough for everyone. The season runs from mid April until mid June. Register now to take advantage of FREE softball skills clinics to all registered girls in Grade 1 through Grade 8. Clinics will be held indoors at Dirt Dawgs in Stoughton on Sunday’s starting on January 28th until end of March. Clinics are free, but space is limited and we need your 2018 Spring registration paid in full prior to the first clinic.

MNLL 2018 Cooperstown Team will be having a “gently used” sports gear sale on February 3rd from 9am-12pm at Cunningham Hall.  Clean out your garage of your too small, last season sports equipment  for a good cause and they will pick up your donations!  Email Katy Koski  for pick up. Looking for good deals on used gear? Bring your kids to Cunningham Hall on Feb 3rd to pick up some bargains for next season!

ATHLETICS

Sports schedules for all MHS teams 

Boys Hockey has earned back-to-back ties against league foes Norwood and Braintree. Finn Doherty scored his first Varsity goal against the Mustangs over the weekend.

The Girls Hockey Team is 2-1 in their last 3 games, beating Weymouth and Norwood, while falling to Braintree last night. They sit at 7-3-3.

The Boys Basketball Team beat Norwood on Friday, with some excellent free throw shooting to kill the game off. They battled hard against O’Bryant and Braintree but could not take home the win. They will look to bounce back against Walpole this Friday.

Girls Basketball also took care of Norwood last Friday, with the Wildcats sharing the points. Jeanmarie Fallon finished with 9 points , while Meghan Kelly and Megan Lee both had 6 points each. After two tough games to Braintree and NDA, they’ll hope to right the ship against Walpole this Friday.

Wrestling enjoyed some success over the weekend in their Quad with Liam Kelly, Xavier Fischer and Chris Caputo all earning wins against Bridgewater Raynham. They took an undefeated Natick Team to the wire last night, eventually falling 40-30.

The Girls and Boys Track Teams fell to Natick last Thursday.  Smith Charles took 1st in the High Jump, while Andrew Flaherty won the shotput.  Tyrece Weekes set a personal record in his 2nd place finish in the 55 meter dash.  Genevieve Connelly took 1st in the 1000 meter, while Helen Juzyca won the shot-put for the girls. The Milton Girls also won the 4×400 meter relay.  They will look to get back to winning ways against Walpole tonight.

Mark your calendars! Make sure you come out and support our Cheer Team on Monday February 12th at Weymouth High School in their BSC Winter Competition.  Times are TBD, so be on the lookout for updates!

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The Milton High School Athletic Hall of Fame Committee needs you!  As we look to induct our  2019 HOF class we need your nominations of outstanding athletes for our 2019 ceremony. If you have an athlete, coach, team or supporter to nominate, please complete this form and email it to Billy Donovan or print and mail this form to Billy Donovan, MHS, 25 Gile Rd Milton MA 02186.

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MHS Boys Soccer will be hosting a Cans for Cats event on Saturday,February 3, 2018 from 9:00-12:00 at MHS. The event will benefit MHS Boys Soccer Team. Let’s help the team raise some money and recycle our cans  at the same time! A few weeks ago, the Ski Team (at left) made $203 on a very cold Saturday!

AMBASSADOR PAGE

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

Students: Congratulations to the cast and crew of Pierce’s Suessical Jr. who put on THREE sold out shows last weekend! The talent was amazing, the set was impressive and the production wowed the audience. Congratulations to the Pierce Players cast and crew!

Staff:  As we acknowledge the students who worked hard on Suessical Jr. at Pierce, we have to thank the educators who made it possible! The Pierce Players is a true team effort. Putting on such a show requires the talent and dedication of many people. Fortunately for MPS, we had a fantastic group of Pierce folks working on this production. Credit goes to Bill Deschenes, Meghan Ohrenberger, Susan McKay, Susan Higgins, Jessica Royster, Stephanie Sherman, Erin Baldwin, Sandy Wyse, Erin Baldwin and Mike Buzell for their dedication to our students.

Volunteers:   Productions like Suessical Jr.  also take parent and community volunteers and engagement. Thank you to Shane Fuller, John Iltis, Gingy Grimes, Heather Utsler-Smith, Lily Doucette, Michelle Cardoza, Lauren Delaney, Juan Navarro and Katie Manning for supporting our Pierce Players!

Thank you to my blog contributors this week:  Michelle Kruezer, Dr. Glenn Pavilcek, Noel Vigue, Dr. Karen Spaulding, AJ Melanson, Tracy Grandeau, Jen Grubler, Llyod MacNeil, Jackie Morgan, Ryan Madden, Jean Scarborough, Heidi Vaughan, Holly Concannon, Jon Redden, Amy Harkins, Bill Deschenes, Dawn Sykes, Will Korman, Rebecca Damiani, Jennifer Struzziero, Sara MacNeil, Juan Navarro, Dawn Sykes and Laurie Stillman.

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

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January 18th, 2018

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Weekly Update
Date: January 18th, 2018

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

I was pleased to see so many Milton Public Schools students and families attend and participate in the community wide Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Celebration this past Monday evening. Our elementary through high school students sang and shared their poems and artwork as the Milton community looked on. Thank you to the Milton Interfaith Clergy Association for their sponsorship of this wonderful event.
           

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There has been one School Committee meeting, on January 17th, since my last E-blast. The next meeting will be held on February 7th at 7 pm in the Milton TV Access studio, Room 245, Milton High School. All School Committee meetings can be viewed on demand on Milton Access Television.

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

More good news from our Debate Team as 10 members participated in a National Tournament in Lexington, MA this past weekend. All of our students did extremely well, with one of our teams (Senior captains Jack Cullen and Domenic Jancaterino) making it to the first round of finals. February and March will be busy months for the team with another national tournament being held at Harvard, 3 local tournaments, and the state tournament all coming up!

MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS

Suessical starts tonight! Come see our talented middle school students in one of their  performances on January 18th, 19th and 20th in the Pierce auditorium. Tickets can be purchased starting at 6:15 at the door. Learn more about the cast and crew and see some rehearsal sneak peeks on the Pierce Players website. Our MPS 5th graders were lucky to get a sneak preview today!

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On Monday, February 5th, Pierce Middle School will have live grades!  The goal of the live grades is to create an open line of communication between teachers, students, and families in order to best support your child’s learning and growth.  The ability to view grades through your PlusPortals account provides families more information about what occurs in the classroom, helping you become better equipped to support your child’s strengths and areas of growth.  Continue reading here.

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Last week at Cunningham, the 5th grade Student Council continued the ongoing anti-bullying curriculum with a student led assembly. With the help of Mr. Redden and Adjustment Counselor Jaclyn Germano, the 5th graders wrote a book, filmed videos depicting bullying situations and solutions and led the all school assembly. Cunningham has a school wide, consistent message of kindness and empathy as well as specific lessons aimed at teaching the differences between the terms “rude, mean and bullying” and “tattling and reporting”.  Staff has shared videos, vocabulary, book recommendations and discussion questions and this school wide consistent discussion and education is proving effective.   

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At Collicot, many students are “Reading with Malcolm” as they participate in the second quarter of the Readbowl competition to crown the National Reading Champions.  Read With Malcolm is a youth literacy initiative founded by New England Patriot, Malcolm Mitchell. During the month of January, students will log independent reading minutes as part of a national competition. Mrs Spitz’s 3rd graders were featured on Malcolm’s page today because of their great nonfiction reading lesson. Many of our classes are having fun while logging extra reading minutes each week!  Our teachers also enjoyed this clip of Malcolm as a college student sharing his love of reading.

Mrs Spitz’s class is going for 1st and goal with their reading!

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Jan 18-20  Pierce Players Performances of Suessical Jr.
Jan 23  Kindergarten Information Night 6:30pm MHS Auditorium
Jan 30  PARENT Speaker – Minding your Mind Program PMS 6:30  
Jan 31 No School K-12 Teacher PD Day
Feb 7 Milton School Committee
Feb 8 PARENT Speaker – Dr Ruth Potee 6:30 MHS Auditorium

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION

It is time to register your child (5 years old on or before 8/31/18) for kindergarten for September 2018. As we prepare to welcome our new kindergarteners next September, the first step for families is to pre-register your new student. After you pre-register, we hope to see many kindergarten parents and guardians at Kindergarten Information Night on Tuesday, January 23rd at Milton High School. The final step is to attend Kindergarten Registration (by appointment on February 13th,14th,15th)  with your completed registration packet that you will receive on January 23rd at information night.  Questions? Please email Laurie Dunn. We look forward to meeting the class of 2031!​    

PRESCHOOL INFORMATION

Online preschool registration is open until January 25th.  If needed, a lottery will be held on January 26th and parent notification letters with placement status will be sent no later than February 5th. We have several different preschool programs described in the Preschool Information Night presentation.  Please email Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Family Outreach Liaison, or call 617-980-7343 if you have additional questions.  

GRANT NEWS

The Glover Elementary School and Pierce Middle School were recently awarded a Safe and Supportive Schools grant for $20,000.  The purpose of this competitive grant program is to provide funding to develop and implement action plans that organize, integrate, and sustain school and district-wide efforts to create safe and supportive school environments and coordinate and align student support initiatives.  This work is intended to help schools create safe, positive, healthy and inclusive whole-school learning environments and make effective use of a system for integrating services and aligning initiatives that promote students’ behavioral health (e.g., social and emotional learning, bullying prevention, trauma sensitivity, dropout prevention, truancy reduction, children’s mental health, foster care and homeless youth education, inclusion of students with disabilities, substance use prevention, positive behavioral approaches that reduce suspensions and expulsions, and other similar initiatives).  This grant was open to all districts in the Commonwealth, and the Glover/Pierce proposal was one of only seven funded in Category B (the implementation phase)!  The two schools teamed up last year under a similar grant to assess their work in creating Safe and Supportive Schools and are teaming together once again to continue their efforts by implementing the action plans they authored last year.  Work associated with this grant will include family outreach, exploring positive behavioral interventions, and integrating support services for students.

MILTON SUMMER ENRICHMENT

Do you have a MHS student interested in applying for volunteer or paid Red Shirt Positions this summer at MSE? The link to apply is now open.  The deadline for applications is February 16th.

PARENT SPEAKER SERIES

Please join us for the next Speaker Series event – Jon Mattleman – Just Talk About It – on January 30th at 6:30 PM in the Pierce Middle School Auditorium.

This interactive presentation is an introduction to adolescents’ mental health, which is designed to train attendees on how to recognize the warning signs of stress, anxiety, depression and crisis.  In addition, self-harm, suicide, and the emotional impact of social media will be explicitly addressed.  Participants will discuss ways to assist others to cultivate positive coping skills and the ability to ask for help.  Crisis intervention is emphasized by learning the signs of suicidal ideation and risk, and how to encourage those at risk to seek help. For more information on the Just Talk About It presentation, please visit the Minding Your Mind website. 

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Last Saturday, there were 6 small breakout sessions held in homes around Milton as parents, daughters and facilitators used talking points from Rachel Simmons’ talk last week to spark further discussion. Thanks to all who hosted, facilitated and attended!

SEPAC  NEWS

Milton SEPAC is excited to present “What Matters Most”, An Evening of Heartfelt Storytelling with Carrie Cariello on January 25th, 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm  at Abby Park, 550 Adams Street in Milton. Carrie will be joining us for the second time to share stories about her life raising five children, one of whom has autism. She is a writer, blogger, and speaker who presents regularly around the country to teachers, parents, and students. Hearing her talk will feel like a good conversation with a friend and parents of children with or without autism will be able to relate to her funny and touching stories of the struggles of raising kids. Admission is free, all are welcome, light apps will be served and there is a cash bar. We hope you will join us for this informative and enjoyable evening.

FROM THE READERS

I thought you might be interested in this video on teaching that Pierce science teacher Jeff Stoodt sent me about America’s teacher shortage. We are lucky at MPS to have so many engaged and excellent educators.  

Physical Education and Health Director Noel Vigue, shared the following article entitled Measuring Screen Time is the Key to Reducing Screen Time.

FOOD SERVICE NEWS

At Milton Public Schools, we offer breakfast in every school for thirty minutes before the school day begins – students come into the cafeteria before the morning bell.  We have traditional cafeteria service  in all of our schools, we offer grab and go carts at our middle and high school and we are now piloting breakfast in the classroom at the Tucker Elementary School with three grades. We have also placed full breakfast meals with our middle and high school nurses if children come to their offices and are hungry after the bell. We hope you will consider trying out our school breakfast program!  

FUNDRAISING NEWS

The MHS Class of 2019 FUNDrive will be held this  Saturday, January 20th , from 9am-2pm at the high school’s front entrance. Clean out your closets and help the MHS Class of 2019 at the same time! If you would like to drop off in advance, we will be accepting donations (gently used clothing, shoes, textiles, household items, etc) that are boxed or bagged through January 19th at the MHS Main office during school hours. All details can be found here. The class of 2019 thanks you!

NEWS AROUND TOWN

Courageous Conversations is holding bystander intervention training to address implicit and explicit racism and bias in our everyday lives.  Please follow this link to register in advance.

It’s Chess-a-Palooza time at the Milton Public Library.

See what’s happening for kids  at the Milton Public Library next week and the week after.  

Dreaming of spring? Well then register now for Milton spring sports! Softball, baseball, Lacrosse.

Please see the Milton Early Childhood Alliance Winter Newsletter, filled with many free activities for families to do together this season. 

The Forbes House Museum presents their newest exhibit – Massachusetts Help to Ireland During the Great Famine. Come see artifacts and historic accounts at the opening reception on Saturday, January 27th, 4-6pm $10/person.

ART AND MUSIC NEWS

Please enjoy this video of the Tucker 4th and 5th grade chorus performing for friends and family.

ATHLETICS

Girls Basketball had their work cut out for them on the second night of a back-to-back against a very good Quincy team, after beating Weymouth by a point in the night before.  It took OT to settle this one, with Jeanmarie Fallon finishing with 14 points and some more clutch 3-point shooting from Meghan Kelly! Final score was 49-41 Milton!

Boys Basketball climbed back from 15 down late in the third quarter to beat Weymouth 49-48, with Eddie Hassell scoring a season high 26 points.  They will look to make it two wins out of two on Friday, as they take on Norwood.

Girls Hockey took a 1-0 lead over Weymouth into the 2nd period, and then the flood gates opened. Kat Buchanan earned yet another hat-trick, with the ‘Cats eventually winning 5-0 on the night.

Boys Hockey also took care of business against Weymouth, winning 4-2, with goals from O’Toole, Noonan, McDougall, and Allen, bouncing back nicely after falling to North Attleboro over the long weekend.

Boys and Girls Track had a bye week last Thursday, and they take on Wellesley tonight.

The Wrestling Team grabbed wins over Monument and AMSA in the Quad over the weekend, while falling to Newton North on Tuesday night. Micah Allen is 3-1 in his last three matches, while Alex Merrill and Alex Caputo have both picked up a few more wins.

The Ski Team participated in their 1st Giant Slalom competition of the season last week.  The Wildcats were led by rookies Nikolai Zychowicz  (32nd & 42nd) and CC Madigan (43rd & 43rd). Strong performances were turned in by Kyle Loria, Thomas Baltay, Geroge Laing , Conor Lynch, Isabella DeFilipo, Alex Boursican, Laura O’Hanlon, Molly Strout, Nora Kleiman, Giselle Nevile, Zerian Atic and Finuala Boursican.

Sports schedules for all MHS teams.

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 four Cunningham 5th graders who give up their recess time to teach small groups of students in Mrs O’Leary’s 1st grade class. Mrs O’Leary shares that these students are amazing with her young class – patient, thoughtful and loving towards all the children.  It’s students like Dory O’Toole, Sophie McFadden, Emily Rowley and Nicole Dowdall who make the Milton Public Schools so special.  In addition, Nicole has been coming to school early to help her own 5th grade teacher who is injured.  She wrote the agenda, got the book club books set up, organized materials for a science lesson and delivered the mail. Nice job, Nicole!  

Staff:  Please join me in acknowleding the staff members from Cunningham and Tucker who are working  together all year around early literacy standards and initiatives. This work is funded by a grant the  Cunningham and Tucker Schools applied for and received from the state. The teachers have already attended one regional and one state literacy conference and will continue to collaborate together and with other districts from around the state in order to bring new and innovative ideas in early literacy to our district. Thank you to Tara Kostek, Caitlin Deptula, Kim O’Leary, Alex Sewall, Sarah Slater, Kerry O’Leary, Kelsey McGill and Nicole Rooney for their commitment to our youngest students.

Volunteers: ​​Jean Graham has volunteered in the guidance department at Milton High School for the past several years.  Mrs. Graham has taken on the role of  College Applications Coordinator, ensuring  that all transcripts, letters of recommendation and other necessary forms are submitted to colleges on time for all of our students. To date, Mrs. Graham has submitted over 2000 transcripts for the graduating class of 2018!  Mrs. Graham’s attention to detail, follow through and coordination of deadlines with the guidance staff and the students guarantees that our materials are submitted on time to every college our students are applying to. Please join me in thanking Mrs Jean Graham for her time and dedication to our high school students.

Thank you to my blog contributors this week:  Dr Karen Spaulding, Jon Redden, Jaclyn Germano, Jeff Stoodt, Holly Concannon, Liz Spitz, Cat DesRoche, Bernadette Butler, Noel Vigue, Jackie Morgan , Kerry O’Leary, Tracy d’Entremont, Karen Cahill, Jennifer Struzziero, Ryan Madden, James Jette, Kathleen Haley, Kacy Kalell, Dana Depaul, Kathleen Kelley, Cynthia Guise and Jen Grubler.

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

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January 11th, 2018

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Weekly Update
Date: January 11, 2018

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

After our two recent snow days, I wanted to take this opportunity to share the process around cancelling school for inclement weather. As Superintendent, the final decision to cancel school rests with me, however I am in consultation with the DPW, MPS custodial staffs and administrators during the decision process. Prior to and during a snowstorm, we receive up-to-date reports on road conditions, transportation capability, and the status of our buildings. We will keep schools open if these reports indicate we can safely transport children, and open and operate our buildings.

The primary criteria we consider when making a decision include: the safety and well-being of students and staff, severity of the weather (extreme cold, amount of snow, etc.), timing of weather (during the school day, overnight, weekend, etc.), the ability for busses and cars to travel safely and the safety of all who walk to school and wait at bus stops. 

We continually monitor the forecast from local sources and the National Weather Service, and I consult with numerous stakeholders in order to make the best decision for students, staff and families. In spite of Doppler radar and other advances in weather prediction, it is difficult to be sure about how inclement weather will impact road conditions as each event is unique. In the event that school is canceled due to severe weather, MPS makes every attempt to notify families (via phone, email, social media, MPS website) as soon as possible. There is no set time for notifying families as the weather forecast and our ability to respond is specific to every event. To ease the burden on families, I ask that families have tentative childcare plans in place if a snow day seems possible but not definite. We want to give every opportunity to fully assess the storm before cancelling school.    

With our two recent snow days, here is the revised 2017-2018 school calendar.  

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR CELEBRATION

I greatly value Milton Public School’s partnership with MICA (the Milton Interfaith Clergy Association) especially as it relates to their annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration on Monday, January 15th.  The  theme this year is: A Single Garment of Destiny

“In a real sense all life is inter-related. All men are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be, and you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be… This is the inter-related structure of reality.”    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from a Birmingham Jail

Our students from Kindergarten through 12th grade participate with essays, poems, art projects, musical selections and more. Please join me in congratulating our four outstanding MHS students whose work was chosen to represent MHS in honor of MLK Jr.  We are very proud of Maggie Haley, June Padera, Catherine Le and Alisa Lorden for their excellent submissions. You can view their work by clicking on their name. 

New this year, MICA is offering Day of Service opportunities for all ages. If your family can help with an outdoor clean up behind Cunningham/Collicot or a storage area clean up at the Milton Food Pantry, I hope you will consider signing up. I know I will see many MPS families on January 15th at the Evening Community Celebration at the Concord Baptist Church, 180 Blue Hill Ave from 6:30-8pm.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE

There has not been a  School Committee meetings since my last E-blast. The next meeting will be held on January 17th at  7 pm in the Milton TV Access studio, Room 245, Milton High School. Previous School Committee meetings can be watched on demand on Milton Access Television

PRESCHOOL INFORMATION NIGHT

Join us TONIGHT (January 11th) for an information evening at 6:30pm and please review the important preschool dates.  The information session will take place at Milton High School, 25 Gile Rd.  Milton Public Schools has a variety of programs for those children who will turn three or four on or before August 31, 2018.  This is guaranteed to be an informative evening as preschool staff and administrators outline the similarities and differences in the programs offered as well as answer any questions families may have.  Please email Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Family Outreach Liaison, or call 617-980-7343 if you have additional questions. We look forward to seeing you as your child begins their time in the Milton Public Schools!  

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

L-R first row: Alex Dhima, Shoilee Banerjee, Nuasheen Chowdhurry, GiGi Jiang, Daniel Truog
L-R back row: Al Lez, Ralph Destin, Domenic Jancaterino, Philip Ng Pack, Jack Cullen

I am happy to report that the MHS debate team competed successfully at another  tournament this past weekend.  10 students traveled to Newton South High School to the   Speech and Debate Winter Festival. The students were a mix of 4 year veterans and brand new competitors. All students were able to win at least one of their rounds, with our Senior Captain Team of Domenic Jancaterino and Jack Cullen winning 3 out of their 4 rounds and Domenic receiving 2nd place speaker (out of 192 students).  This coming weekend the team will be attending a National Tournament at Lexington High School with the hopes of receiving a bid for the National Tournament in the spring. The students are  very busy preparing this week!  

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Kelsey McCarthy, PT, DPT at Elliott Physical Therapy and member of the US Powerlifting Team presented on Powerlifting safety and competition to 25 interested students this week  at the Wildcat Wellness Center. Our students were engaged and enthusiastic about this informative session.  

MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS

Pierce Players presents “Suessical the Musical” Come see our talented middle school students in their upcoming performance on January 18th, 19th and 20th in the Pierce auditorium. Tickets can be purchased in the Pierce office or by using this form.  Learn more about the cast and crew and see some rehearsal sneak peeks on the Pierce Players website.

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On Monday, February 5th, Pierce Middle School will have live grades!  The goal of the live grades is to create an open line of communication between teachers, students, and families in order to best support your child’s learning and growth.  The ability to view grades through your PlusPortals account provides families more information about what occurs in the classroom, helping you become better equipped to support your child’s strengths and areas of growth.  Continue reading here.

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Getting ready for your school’s Science Fair and feeling a bit overwhelmed by the idea of a science fair project?  Watch these Tucker 5th grade student produced videos  to see how easy it can be to just take it step by step and work your way through a scientific process. If looking to do a STEM style project the process is very similar, just add testing your idea or prototype and redesigning it based on the data collected while testing. For questions and help while working on a science fair project please contact elementary science curriculum coordinator  Linda Stefanick,  (no question is too small – please feel free to ask them!) Happy Exploring and Investigating!

PARENT SPEAKER SERIES

We are pleased to share that the Rachel Simmons event was a tremendous success.  Thank you to all of our sponsors (BID-Milton, MSAPC, Isabel Joyce Piliavin Charitable Trust, Milton PTOs, SEPAC, Milton Times and the MCC) for making this possible.  There were over 550 people in attendance for Rachel Simmons presentation of “Odd Girl Out”.   It was a powerful presentation, Rachel provided so many takeaways for parents/guardians and she was extremely relatable to the young girls in the audience.  In fact, many of them were admittedly reluctant to attend, but ended up on the edge of their seats completely engaged, laughing at Rachel’s goofy jokes and raising their hands with questions.  It was impressive to see so many girls in line to have Rachel sign their books after the show.  Rachel touched on authentic friendships and what that means and should look like.  She addressed aspects of social media and how to use this form of communication in a safe and healthy way.  She also discussed the pressures to be perfect and living up to the expectations of others.  It was an enlightening presentation that sparked so many conversations after the event, on the way home and on social media.  Thank you to all who attended! In an effort to keep the conversation going, we are offering “Odd Girl Out” breakout sessions around Milton this Saturday. You can sign up to attend a session here

Next up in PARENT Speaker Series: 

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Jan 11  Preschool Information Night 6:30pm MHS Auditorium
Jan 15  No School-MLK Jr. Holiday
Jan 17  Milton School Committee
Jan 18-20  Pierce Players Performance
Jan 23  Kindergarten Information Night 6:30pm MHS Auditorium
Jan 30  PARENT Speaker – Minding your Mind Program PMS 6:30  
Jan 31 No School K-12 Teacher PD Day
Feb 7 Milton School Committee
Feb 8 PARENT Speaker – Dr Ruth Potee 6:30 MHS Auditorium Add link

GRANT NEWS

Thank you to the Milton Cultural Council (MCC) who is a regular supporter of the Milton Public Schools. Just this week I was made aware of four recent grants – $500 in support of the Pierce Mosaic Project, $375 towards the PARENT Speaker Series, $675 for a Caribbean and Latin America Music Assembly at Pierce and $500 for Cunningham’s spring Mandala Art Project. On behalf of the Milton Public Schools, thank you to the MCC!   

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION

Kindergarten Registration for September 2018 is upon us. As we prepare to welcome our new kindergarteners next September, the first step for families is to pre-register your new student. After you pre-register, we hope to see many kindergarten parents and guardians at Kindergarten Information Night on Tuesday, January 23rd at Milton High School. The final step is to attend Kindergarten Registration (by appointment on February 13th,14th,15th)  with your completed registration packet that you will receive on January 23rd at information night.  Questions? Please email Laurie Dunn. We look forward to meeting the class of 2031!​    

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING

Suicide Risk among Teens:  A Hard Topic to Tackle. MPS SEL Facilitator Laurie Stillman shares that although we as parents are reticent to think and talk about it, teen depression and suicide are significant and growing problems in our country.  Prolonged feelings of stress, sadness, isolation and confusion—along with raging hormones—can leave youth feeling sad and hopeless for long periods of time. In Milton, about 25% of our high school students reported, in the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), having depressive symptoms, and 12% indicated that they had considered suicide in the past year. While these statistics are lower than the U.S., it is still a big concern that we should take seriously. Continue reading here.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

Courageous Conversations is holding bystander intervention training to address implicit and explicit racism and bias in our everyday lives.  Please follow this link to register in advance. 

It’s Chess-a-Palooza time at the Milton Public Library.

See what’s happening for kids  at the Milton Public Library next week and the week after.  

Dreaming of spring? Well then register now for Milton spring sports! Softball, baseball, Lacrosse.

Here are the top ten Most Borrowed Adult Books from the Milton Public Library in 2017.  How many did you read?  

Let’s get reading! A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW, the best seller by Amor Towles, has been
selected for Milton Reads 2018

The Town of Milton has just completed the FY2018 Storm Water Utility rates and fees and mailed the bills out to all residents beginning on Monday January 8, 2018.

ART AND MUSIC NEWS

This week, the Music Department wrapped-up the winter performance season on Thursday night with a final concert featuring the Pierce Middle School and Milton High School jazz ensembles.  The program showcased large bands and small combos, and included the MHS Jazz Ensembles 1 and 2, the MHS Jazz Quintet, the MHS “Cellar Dwellers” and the Pierce Jazz Band.  The night ended with a combined performance of the traditional jazz standard, Second Line. Congratulations to Directors Rebecca Damiani and Kaitlyn Laprise, and their students for a swinging night enjoyed by all! 

FUNDRAISING NEWS

Make a New Year’s Resolution to clean out your closets and  help the Milton High School Class of 2019 at the same time! The MHS  Class of 2019 FUNDrive  will be held on  Saturday, January 20th , from 9 am – 2 pm  at the high school’s front entrance. If you would like to drop off in advance, we will be accepting donations (gently used clothing, shoes, textiles, household items, etc) that are boxed or bagged from January 15th- 19th at the MHS Main office during school hours. All details can be found here. The class of 2019 thanks you!

FROM THE READERS

I enjoyed this informative video from PBS entitled “The Big Education Issues Ahead for 2018” and I hope you will too. 

ATHLETICS

The Wrestling Team won a thriller against Wellesley 39-33!  Micah Allen, Austin Wright, Mark LaBelle, Xavier Fischer, Liam Kelly, and Chris Little all won their matches, with Alex Caputo earning a match sealing pin!

The Track Team participated in the Dartmouth Relays on Sunday, with many great results.  Jayda Dillon finished 11th out of 76 athletes in the 300m dash with a time of 43.73.  Josie Cousineau had a personal best for the season in the 600m running 1:44.36 finishing 7th out of 63 competitors.  Genevieve Connelly had a season best in the mile running 5:24.52 finishing 10th out of 46 competitors.  Ornella Ebongue had a season best throwing the shot put 31′ 6″ for 14th place out of 38 competitors.  The 4x400m relay team of Jayda Dillon, Josie Cousineau, Genevieve Connelly and Elise O’Leary finished 3rd overall with a time of 4:11.  Elise O’Leary won the 400m in a time of 59.76. Also a personal best for her this season.  Smith Charles won the LJ with one jump of 22′ 3.25″ and ran a season best time in the 55m dash of 6.45seconds.  Congratulations to all of the athletes who competed!

The Ski Team have their first race today at Ski Ward. Good luck!

Sports schedules for all MHS teams 

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:  Please join me in recognizing our student leaders who make up the Safety Patrol at Collicot, Glover, Tucker and Cunningham. These 4th and 5th graders are chosen for their maturity and commitment to safety in our schools. The Safety Patrol serve as role models to other students and help with arrival and dismissal, special events, safety drills and more. We are proud of our students who serve on the Safety Patrol and thank them for their service.

      

Staff:  I want to  acknowledge the hard work of our custodial staff at all six schools who worked diligently over the past several weeks to maintain our buildings in difficult conditions. The extreme cold and large amount of snow we received in a short time made for challenging conditions. Our custodians made an extra effort to make sure all school grounds were prepared and ready for school each school day.                                        

Volunteers: Our 2017-18 PARENT Speaker Series has been a tremendous success this year and would not be possible without the generosity of our sponsors. Please join me in thanking BID-Milton, MSAPC, The Isabel Joyce Piliavin Charitable Trust, The Milton PTOs, SEPAC, The Milton Times and the MCC for their consistent support of the Milton Public Schools. 

Thank you to my blog contributors this week:  Kacy Kalell, Dana Depaul,  Kathleen Kelley, Noel Vigue, Marti McKenna, Holly Concannon, Jon Redden, Dr. Elaine McNeil-Girmai, Karen McDavitt, The Rev Shelly Davis, Patti Eliott, Karen Cahill, Laurie Stillman, Abigail Callahan, Ryan Madden, Dawn Sykes, James Jette, Linda Stefanick and Dr Karen Spaulding.

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

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January 4th, 2018

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date: January 4th, 2018

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

I would like to invite MPS parents/guardians, along with their daughters (3rd grade and older) and the entire Milton Community to join me for the next MPS PARENT Speaker Series event.  We are  pleased to welcome Rachel Simmons – Expert in Girls’ Bullying and Young Women’s Leadership.  Rachel will be presenting “Odd Girl Out: Coping with Best Friends, Worst Enemies, and Everything in Between” on Monday January 8th at 6:30 at MHS. This speaker will share valuable information and resources and this event is free and open to the public.

Then, on Saturday January 13th, join us for a unique opportunity, ‘Odd Girl Out’ family breakout sessions.  There will be several Milton homes hosting sessions with a facilitator leading discussions about some of Rachel’s main talking points.  If you are interested in hosting or attending a small group session, or if you would like to be a discussion facilitator, please contact MPS Director for Health and Physical Education, Noel Vigue.          

SNOW DAY

We hope you enjoyed your snow day at home. It was a quiet day in our schools…or was it?  

PRESCHOOL REGISTRATION

Are you or someone you know looking for a preschool program for your three or four year old?  Milton Public Schools has a variety of programs for those children who will turn three or four on or before August 31, 2018. Mark your calendars and join us for an information evening on January 11th at 6:30pm and please review the important preschool dates.  The information session will take place at Milton High School, 25 Gile Rd.  This is guaranteed to be an informative evening as preschool staff and administrators outline the similarities and differences in the programs offered as well as answer any questions families may have.  Please email Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Family Outreach Liaison, or call 617 980 7343 if you have additional questions. We look forward to seeing you  as your child begins their time in the Milton Public Schools! 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There has been one  School Committee meeting, on January 3rd,  since my last E-blast. I will share minutes and video replay as they become available. Previous School Committee meetings can be watched on demand on Milton Access Television. The next meeting will be held on January 17th at  7 pm in the Milton TV Access studio, Room 245, Milton High School.   

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

Milton High School will be the beneficiary of a recent grant won by the Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition.  MSAPC  is pleased to announce that its grant application to the Blue Hills Community Health Alliance has been funded to support MiltonCares! “MiltonCares! will work to support youth and adults impacted by substance abuse and mental health issues in both the school and community settings”, said Laurie Stillman, Director of MSAPC, who wrote the grant.  “It will fund the planning of two important, yet innovative new programs in town: a Milton Cares Response Team through the Milton Police Department and the Bridge for Resilient Youth in Transition  (BRYT) at Milton High School.   

The BRYT program has been a dream for high school principal James Jette and guidance director Karen Cahill for many years. BRYT is a nonprofit organization based in Brookline, Massachusetts. BRYT received the American Psychological Association’s Gold Achievement Award for its innovative approach for helping schools across Massachusetts to implement clinical, academic, social and family supports for teenagers for several critical weeks following their return to school, primarily after a behavioral health crisis. The program helps students get back on track and complete high school with their peers by addressing their academic, social and emotional needs. Principal Jette said, “We were impressed by the programs we researched at Hingham and Brookline. Bringing it to Milton has been on our wish list for a number of years now.  We are thrilled to now have the opportunity of working with BRYT staff to help make this happen.” Please continue reading for the full press release.

MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS

Join the Kindness Wave at Pierce!  A joint effort between the Diversity Committee and Student Council has led to an idea to help spread the notion of kindness in our school AND the wider community. The Student Council is selling T-shirts that say “Kind is the New Cool” with “Pierce Middle School, Milton, MA” on the back and we will wear them as a united community on designated Fridays throughout the year.

Why should you order a Kind is the New Cool T-shirt?

  • You will be helping create a positive atmosphere at Pierce.
  • Proceeds will benefit the Diversity Committee’s efforts to fund an artist in residence to create and install an inclusiveness-focused mosaic in the main lobby.

Who is invited to participate?

  • EVERYONE: Parents, family members, students, teachers, administrators, front office staff, guidance counselors, custodians, lunchroom staff, paraprofessionals

How can I purchase a Pierce Middle School “Kind is the New Cool” t-shirt?

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Pierce Players presents “Suessical the Musical” Come see our talented middle school students in their upcoming performance on January 18th, 19th and 20th in the Pierce auditorium. Tickets can be purchased in the Pierce office or by using this form.  Learn more about the cast and crew and see some rehearsal sneak peeks on the Pierce Players website.

 

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Jan 8    Rachel Simmons, PARENT Speaker Series  – Odd Girl Out                                         
Jan 10  MHS Jazz Concert 7pm, MHS Auditorium
Jan 11  Preschool Information Night 6:30pm MHS Auditorium
Jan 15  No School-MLK Jr. Holiday
Jan 17  Milton School Committee
Jan 23  Kindergarten Information Night 6:30pm MHS Auditorium

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION

Calling all future kindergarteners! Kindergarten Registration for September 2018 is upon us. As we prepare to welcome our new kindergarteners next September, the first step for families is to pre-register your new student. After you pre-register, we hope to see many kindergarten parents and guardians at Kindergarten Information Night on Tuesday, January 23rd at Milton High School. The final step is to attend Kindergarten Registration (by appointment on February 13th,14th,15th)  with your completed registration packet that you will receive on January 23rd at information night.  Questions? Please email Laurie Dunn. We look forward to meeting the class of 2031!​    

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR CELEBRATION

I greatly value Milton Public School’s partnership with MICA (the Milton Interfaith Clergy Association) especially as it relates to their annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration on Monday, January 15th.  The  theme this year is: A Single Garment of Destiny

“In a real sense all life is inter-related. All men are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be, and you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be… This is the inter-related structure of reality.”    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from a Birmingham Jail

Our students from Kindergarten through 12th grade participate with essays,  poems, art projects, musical selections and more. New this year, MICA is offering Day of Service opportunities for all ages and details will be available soon. I hope to see many MPS families on January 15th at the Evening Community Celebration at the Concord Baptist Church, 180 Blue Hill Ave from 6:30-8pm.  

FUNDRAISING NEWS

Make a New Year’s Resolution to  clean out your closets and  help the Milton High School Class of 2019 at the same time! The MHS  Class of 2019 FUNDrive  will be held on  Saturday, January 20th , from 9 am – 2 pm  at the high school’s front entrance. If you would like to drop off in advance, we will be accepting donations (gently used clothing, shoes, textiles, household items, etc) that are boxed or bagged from January 15th- 19th at the MHS Main office during school hours. All details can be found here. The class of 2019 thanks you!

PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

The Milton SEPAC is pleased to announce our first in a series of Parent Speak events. On January 17th from 6:30 -8:30 pm, the SEPAC will host Glover parents in the Keys Community Room at the Milton Public Library. Join us to share experiences, ask questions, and express any concerns. We are interested in knowing what has gone well for you during the current school year as well as where improvements are needed. Parents will also have the opportunity to ask questions about the IEP process, parent rights, and other aspects of special education services. We hope to see you there. Additional Parent Speak events will be held for each school community with dates to be announced soon.

The SEPAC will hold its next Board Meeting on January 23rd from 7 pm to 9 pm in the library at Glover Elementary School.

MFE NEWS

Save the date for CELEBRATION 2018,  April 28, 2018 at 6:30 pm at  Granite Links, Quincy, MA.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The DPW shares important information about snow, Christmas tree pick up and recycling.  
There are many great programs for kids at the Milton Public Library.

It’s Chess-a-Palooza time at the Milton Public Library.

ATHLETICS

Boys Hockey has only lost 1 game, with an overall record of 3-3-1.  They won the Sullivan
Cup at the Quincy Tournament over the Winter Break. They also beat Natick last night 4-3.  Bobby Carew and Ross Dexter both grabbed their first varsity goals over he break as sophomores!

Girls Hockey was handed their first loss to Braintree, with an overall record of 4-1-2.  Julia Scannell broke the scoring record.  She has over 200 points – the previous point record was 195. Stay tuned as Julia looks to extend her record.

Girls Basketball lost a tight game to Weymouth last night 50-49.  Their record is now 2-3, with Jeanmarie Fallon averaging nearly 20 points per game.

Boys Basketball is on a small slide, losing to a very good O’Bryant team last night and dropping both games over the break.  Eddie Hassell is averaging about 15 points per game and was on the All-Tournament Team over break. They’ll look to rebound against Needham tomorrow.

Girls and Boys Track had their first meet against Natick, with the girls taking home the victory.  Their match against Norwood tonight is postponed until 1/31.  All scores and results can be found on the Athletics Website

The Wrestling Team fared well at the Lowell Tournament, with Alex Caputo making it to the second day of the competition! Their match tonight is postponed and they will participate in the Canton Tournament on Saturday.

The Ski Team has their first race a week from tomorrow, on January 11th. They’ll appreciate all this snow!

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Save Your Holiday Cans! There will be a Cans for Cats event on Saturday January 6th from 9-12 pm to benefit the Milton High Ski Team.

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 am pleased to share that MHS junior Suvan Shukla submitted an article to the Milton Times last week and it was published on the front page. The article is called “The Best Kind of Magic Trick”.  Even though Suvan has completed his community service hours, he continues to pursue his malnutrition cause. All at MPS are proud of this young man and his commitment to community service. 

Staff:  I would like to recognize the efforts of Collicot teachers Cassi Kelble (1st grade) and Ellen Lohan (5th grade) who are in the midst of a technology certification program that has brought new and innovative technologies to Collicot. Amy Gale, Collicot Assistant Principal, shares that they have been piloting the use of Flip Grid in their classrooms with much success. Flip Grid is an active, social learning platform that engages learners through video-based discussion. Their knowledge of these new technologies will support not only instruction in their classrooms but across our school and district. We are most appreciative of their hard work.

Volunteers: I would like to thank the parents and community members who have volunteered to host and facilitate small group breakout sessions on Saturday, January 13th, based on the talk by our next speaker, Rachel Simmons on January 8th. These small group discussions will give our girls and young women even more valuable tools as they navigate friendships, bullying, peer pressure and more throughout their adolescence. We have 8 sessions planned. If you would like to participate or host a small group (10-12 people) please email Physical Education & Health Director, Noel Vigue

Thank you to my blog contributors this week:  Marti McKenna, Noel Vigue, Jen Grubler,  Jennifer Struzziero, Jean Scarborough,  Karen Spaulding,  Ryan Madden,  Laurie Stillman, The Rev. Shelly Davis, Rebecca Damiani, Christy Daniels and Karen Cahill.

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

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