April 12th, 2018

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Weekly Update
Date: April 12, 2018

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

We are less than 3 weeks away from the Milton Foundation for Education Celebration 2018  on April 28th and I strongly encourage you to attend this event and show your support for the Milton Public Schools. With your generous support, the MFE has enhanced our student’s experiences in the Milton Public Schools for more than  two decades. Through hundreds of thousands of dollars donated, the MFE has supported large initiatives like the Wildcat Wellness Center, recently awarded a $20,000 grant to our school libraries, and helped to finance our connectivity infrastructure to move our schools forward with best practices around technology. The MFE has also given out hundreds of teacher grants, money that goes directly into your child’s classroom in the form of new books, technology, learning aides, tools to foster inclusivity, music and art enhancements and more.

This year’s Celebration will benefit our Fine Arts programs within all 6 Milton Public Schools. Think ukuleles, convection ovens, darkroom equipment, cellos, hi-tech sewing machines and so much more. Will you please join me on April 28th at 6:30pm at Granite Links as we come together as a town in support of our schools?  

As Holocaust Remembrance Day began at sunset yesterday, I would like to share this short video that I received from Rabbi Alfred H. Benjamin, a personal friend as well as a friend of the Milton Public Schools. Rabbi Benjamin shares that The Talmud teaches “anyone who destroys a life is considered by Scripture to have destroyed an entire world; and anyone who saves a life is as if he saved an entire world.”  In other words, when a person is killed, the possibility of an entire world – any future generations – is also destroyed. At the time of the Holocaust, 6 million represented 1/3 of all Jewish People.  1.5 million of the 6 million were children. In this 4 minute video, 600 Holocaust survivors, their children, grand children and great grandchildren sing together a Hebrew song, “I am Still Alive”. 

PARENT SPEAKER SERIES

Dr. Michael Thompson, who spoke at MHS on April 4th, was very well received by attendees. I am happy to be able to share a link to his talk here and hope you’ll take the time to watch or listen.  I also want to thank the MHS students on the Wildcat tech team for videoing our speakers and preparing them for distribution.  

Our final speaker of the year is Katie Greer, a national expert in Internet/digital safety and technology, who will be speaking to parents/guardians on Wednesday  May 9th at 6:30pm at MHS. Ms Greer will be focusing on elementary and middle school children and their use of technology in our digital world with topics such as cell phones, apps, social media, group chats, interactive gaming, cyberbullying and sexting.  

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

As part of ongoing drug and alcohol education at MHS, Milton High SADD students collaborated with the Norfolk County  Sheriff’s Department to enable almost 800 of our students to participate in the Sheriff Office’s new initiative focused on dangers behind the wheel. The centerpiece of the program is the simulator “Drive Square,” which utilizes an actual automobile to show the effects of distracted driving such as texting while driving, as well as driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.  Using virtual reality goggles which simulated alcohol impairment varying in alcohol limits from .8% – .25% over the legal limit, students “drove” the simulator car and SADD students directed MHS students wearing goggles to walk through courses designed to test students ability to navigate “walking the line” and navigating real life obstacles – a pet, furniture, a curb – while impaired. The Sheriff’s program is a hands on approach to educating kids on the realities of driving while impaired. 

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Sophie’s fish with green fluorescent protein being expressed in the developing spinal cords. Some of the fish are still in eggs and one has already hatched.

Sophie Chase is a MHS Alumni who graduated in 2014 and is now a senior at Smith College and has been working in the Department of Developmental Biology since her sophomore year in Dr. Michael Barresi’s Lab.  Sophie came to MHS this week to share her lab’s work and her experiences with this year’s Biotechnology students. Her research presentation, entitled “Just a “wnt” of division: The role of Wnt5b in radial glial proliferation and differentiation during zebrafish spinal cord development” captivated our students and showed them what research at the collegiate level looks like. Sophie even brought some of her zebrafish for our students to look at and discussed how helpful taking Biotechnology in high school was to her landing a research position at the next level. Sophie is in the process of applying to dental school after she graduates Smith College in May and we are grateful for her visit.  

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Milton High School is 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.  We anticipate this request will be funded, so that the Chromebooks will be available to students who do not have a device (other than their phone), and to students who have computer issues with their own device during the school day.  Students in grades 9-12 will be asked to bring their fully-charged device from home to use throughout the school day, each and every day. Have questions? We have answers! Frequently Asked Questions

MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS

This past weekend 161 Pierce 8th graders enjoyed a whirlwind 3 days in our nation’s capital, Washington DC.  With a 4am bus departure (not easy with 161 teenagers!), they were off on their adventure. Students visited the Jefferson Memorial to spark conversation around limited government & Jeffersonian ideals, the FDR Memorial to explore The New Deal and expanded government responsibility and talked about what  actions are acceptable forms of protest after visiting the MLK Memorial. Early mornings allowed time for a workshop about the characteristics of a good law, a Capitol Hill visit for an inside look at how Congress works including a meeting with Senator Markey’s staff, lunch in the congressional cafeteria, and a visit to either the Library of Congress or Supreme Court.

Students also visited the Smithsonian Air & Space,  American History, or Natural History Museum, depending on which interested them most.  Another choice was the Holocaust Memorial Museum to examine issues of responsibility in the face of mass atrocities or the National Museum of African American History and Culture with the central question – how do we tell the American Story? So much to see, there were no easy choices for students. And of course, the group stopped for the requisite White House photo, enjoyed bunking up with classmates, using the hotel room phones (a novelty for our cell phone kids!) and sharing meals together all over DC. Before departure on Sunday, a visit to Arlington National Cemetery to witness the Changing of the Guard was a moving end to the trip.

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  Well over 100 Pierce students attended Clean Energy Day this week at Pierce. These students are invested in learning about clean energy as this was a 4 hour after school session. The first speaker was Bill White, Mass CEC Senior Director of Offshore Wind who shared the focus for the day’s events, followed by Michael Murphy, Director of Water Innovation at MassCEC who explained what clean energy is and Katie MacDonald, Director of Strategic Partnerships at Greentown Labs in Somerville who talked about her role in the industry and her educational path to achieve her success in the clean energy field. Students then attended  hands on sessions run by Pierce science teachers and supported by volunteers from the MassCEC. Students worked in small groups and used Snap Circuits to model alternative energy while other groups built a waterwheel. All students who attended received a reusable gift bag with information on local STEM activities, a water bottle and Green Science STEM kit. After wrapping up Clean Energy Day, students were told that all attendees will be taking a field trip to tour Mass Maritime and see clean energy initiatives on campus on June 5th.

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Thank you to the Milton Foundation for Education! Elementary Librarian Josh Coben shares that the 2016-17 $20,000 MFE library grant was transformative, providing an infusion of hundreds of English and French books that revitalized the collections of all four elementary schools. Many of our newest, brightest, most sought-after titles were purchased thanks to the grant. Day after day, as he checks out books to students or searches for the best materials for lessons, he finds an MFE grant bookplate on the inside front cover and is  grateful all over again for the generosity of the MFE.  At left are just a few of our fantastic new books.


TONIGHT! 5th grade parents/guardians – MPS is hosting the 5th grade Growth and Development program on Thursday, April 12th at 6:30pm at Glover. This program is for parents/guardians only and is in advance of the Growth and Development curriculum your children will have at school this spring. ​ You’ll have an opportunity to preview the video and ask questions to MPS staff. The video is different than what has been shown in the past.  Through extensive research, a review of best practices, consultation with site council parents/guardians, teachers, principals, Head Nurse Margaret Gibbons, school nurses and Dr. Guglietta, we’ve updated our curriculum to include a new video and a blended learning environment.
Contact Health and Wellness Director Noel Vigue with any questions. 

KINDERGARTEN 2018 NEWS

Please join us for our Parent Cafés – “Getting Ready for Kindergarten!” on Tuesday, May 1st and Wednesday, May 2nd. The Milton Public Schools, in partnership with the Milton Early Childhood Alliance (MECA) , will offer a free Parent Café to parents/guardians of children entering kindergarten in the fall 2018.  We are offering two sessions; Tuesday, May 1st, 9-10am at Cunningham Hall, 75 Edgehill Rd. or Wednesday, May 2nd from 5-6pm at Tucker Elementary School, 187 Blue Hills Parkway.

Kindergarten can be a big step for your child and we would like to share some tips to help you get them ready.  In addition to a roundtable discussion, participants will receive helpful hints, a list of children’s book titles about kindergarten, and activities to help with language, fine motor, gross motor, kindergarten readiness and self-help skills.  Panel members will include Beth Greenawalt, Parent Coach  Susan L. Dolan, Director of MECA  and Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Family Outreach Liaison for MPS.

These workshops are open to all Milton families; your child does not need to be attending MPS in the fall. Registration is recommended. To register,  please email MECA or call Susan Dolan at 617- 696- 2262 and leave your name, the session you plan to attend and a phone number.  We will confirm your registration with an email or phone call. The parent sessions are for parents/guardians and child care is not available for these sessions.   

MPS GIVES BACK  

Join Mr. Redden, Mrs. Butler and your Cunningham friends (all at MPS are welcome!)  on Saturday, April 21st at 6:30am (yes AM!) as they gather at Logan Airport (terminal A) to honor a group of older Veterans as they take an Honor Flight to Washington, DC.  More info on Honor Flights can be found here. Email Mr Redden if you would like to join the group. We hope to see you at Logan as we honor our country’s heroes.   

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The Neponset River Watershed Association has a clean up day planned on Saturday, April 28th 9-12pm to clean up areas around Milton as well as the waters and banks of the Neponset River, one of Milton’s most precious natural resources. The Pierce Student Council and the Cunningham staff both have groups assembled to help with this important work around Milton and we are hoping you will join them in this effort.  Gloves, tools and necessary cleaning items will be supplied. All we need is you! Please email Joe Dolan to join the Pierce group and Bernadette Butler to join the Cunningham crew. 

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Tonight – Don’t miss a free night of JAZZ courtesy of our incredibly talented Pierce and Milton High School students! All the cool cats will be at Milton High School at 7pm for the Jazz Concert.

Save the date for the first ever Faculty Student Cabaret on April 26th at 7pm at Milton High School. Tickets are just  $5 and you’ll see your favorite Pierce and MHS teachers perform alongside our talented students! Tickets will be available in advance at the Pierce and MHS offices beginning Monday, April 23rd, and at the door until sold out. All proceeds will go towards the MPS Music Department.

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

The MHS LifeSmarts team teaches a lesson to our elementary students

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.  

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Please consider registering for our upcoming golf tournament, in support of athletics at Pierce. Join us at Granite Links on April 30th and enjoy a great day with friends and family, while raising much needed funds to expand athletics at Pierce Middle School.  Register as an individual or with 3 of your friends or colleagues. We hope to see you there!   

MILTON SUMMER ENRICHMENT

Summer is coming! The MSE 2018 Brochure with At a Glance Course Offerings is available to view and it will automatically update with and edits or changes to the schedule. Pre-registration is April 13-24 and registration opens April 24th at noon.  

FOOD AND NUTRITION

There is a terrific opportunity for part time jobs in our food services department. We are hiring immediately for substitute positions at all schools. You’ll be serving healthy food to kids and be home when your kids are home due to the school schedule –  what’s better than that?! This can be a great opportunity for parents and retirees and food service experience is a plus, but not required. The food service substitute position pays $12.95 per hour. Please email or call (617-696-5040 X 5514)  Jackie Morgan  for more information. ​  

MFE NEWS

Along with  purchasing your tickets to Celebration 2018, The Milton Foundation for Education invites you to nominate that special teacher for our Outstanding Teacher Award Program,  also known as Teacher of the Year. Our teachers are second to none, which is what makes this event so special to us. We are currently seeking nominations for teachers who promote achievement in our children and garner the respect of colleagues, students and parents alike.  We look forward to hearing from you, and learning more about the amazing teachers who inspire Milton students every day. Nominate that special teacher today. Check out the Nomination guidelines and past winners. We look forward to seeing you at the big TOY celebration on May 23. 

NEWS AROUND TOWN

Looking for a fun and educational family activity during April break? Visit the Forbes House Museum on Friday, April 20th for a guided tour(available at 10am and 2pm) and craft activity specially suited for children in grades 2-6, but all ages are welcome. We’ll be focusing on animal imagery and symbolism in Asian and American art and artifacts. Bring a picnic blanket and lunch to enjoy the grounds before or after your tour at 10am or 2pm. Please call in advance to reserve your spot, 617-696-1815. Special pricing: $5 pp,  $15 family cap, and members are always free.

The Forbes House is also hosting an upcoming author talk on Wednesday, April 25th at 7pm at the Milton Public Library. Ellen Alden will be speaking about her book, “Yours Faithfully, Florence Burke.”  

The Eustis Estate has some fun upcoming programs. Join them for Future Retro Film Series: American Graffiti on Wednesday, April 18 at 7pm and Italian Job (1969) on Wednesday, May 2 at 7pm. They also have Future Retro Family Programs on April 20/21 and May 5 from 10am-2pm.

If it’s spring it’s time for Challenger Baseball. The Challenger Division of Little League is back for a sixth season and enables boys and girls with physical and mental challenges, ages 5-18, or up to age 22 (if still enrolled in high school) to enjoy the game of baseball along with the millions of other children who participate in this sport worldwide. Interested in signing up to play or help out? All the details are here. Play ball!  

The Milton Art Center has a new community art program for teens. Teen Clay Studio Night (on Friday April 20th and Friday May 11th) will offer a  safe, fun, supportive space and an opportunity to create a clay work of art. And – you get pizza! There is space for 20 teens, and thanks to these generous sponsors  costs only $10 – for BOTH sessions! Register now.     

The Milton Early Childhood Alliance has some wonderful programs for our youngest residents

The Milton Public library has many interesting and fun programs planned for kids.

ART AND MUSIC NEWS

Last weekend, students and faculty attended the annual Music Department Cultural Trip.  The itinerary took 78 Milton High School students to Philadelphia where they attended performances by the Philadelphia Orchestra and Philly Pops, as well toured Lancaster County aboard an authentic steam locomotive on the Strasburg Railroad.  Students also had an opportunity to see the workings of Riehl’s Dairy Farm, and stop at Eli’s Roadside Stand to browse handmade, Amish quilts, and sample homemade pretzels. Students concluded the trip with a performance of the musical, Show Boat, and a guided tour of the historic sites of Philadelphia. Student Paula Hogan put together a terrific video to share the fun of  the trip!   

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On Friday, April 6th, Pierce Middle School hosted Grooversity, a high-energy drumming and dancing ensemble that surveys the Afro-Brazilian musical genre. Students in 7th and 8th grades participated in the engaging performance and joined in the fun with call-and-response chants and funky dance moves.  This program is provided through Young Audiences of Massachusetts and was made possible through MPACE funding and the generosity of Milton excise tax payers.  

ATHLETICS

Isabelle signs her letter with her parents and Mr. Jette looking on.

It’s an exciting time for Milton High School student-athlete Isabelle Neville who this week signed a letter of intent to enroll at Robert Morris University in Illinois. Isabelle has been a standout rower as well as an excellent student at MHS and we wish her well in her college career. Fewer than 1% of high school students continue to play athletics at the D1 level and we are thrilled that Isabelle, along with 5 additional students this year, is joining this elite group of students. Congratulations to her Isabelle and her family!  

Sports schedules and updates for all MHS teams


The MHS Baseball Team will be hosting a car wash in the Collicot/Cunningham driveway this Saturday , April 14
th  from 9-12pm. 

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 always happy to receive notice of the Student of the Quarter ceremony at Milton High School. These students are making a contribution to our community, and are nominated by their teachers. 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 and it is a pleasure to recognize these students.  Our students are pictured at the top of this week’s blog. (Not pictured –  Meghan Farley, Dilruba Manavoglu, Nicole Dragon)

Staff: I am pleased to recognize the working group of Tucker staff (Principal Elaine McNeil-Girmai, Asst Principal Cat DesRoche, Tucker teachers Kelly Griffin, Robert Johnson and Harvard graduate student Laura Abernathy) . The group collaborated through the year in order to identify and implement additional activities to collaborate with non-English speaking and immigrant families as well as strengthen the participation and collaboration between parent/guardian groups (PTO, Site Council and Diversity Committee).  This group, accompanied by faculty members Nathania Onyeagoro and Jessica Donovan, attended a conference last weekend that brought together two year long graduate classes at Harvard under the umbrella of their RIDES program: Re-imagining Integration: Diverse and Equitable Schools. The Tucker team presented during the  two rounds of sessions from school teams which were followed by opportunities for great discussion by topic and affinity groupings. Dr. McNeil-Girmai shared that it was a energizing day and many connections were made with school partners for future collaborative site visits. Thank you to these innovative educators who continue to help move our district forward.

Volunteers: As we wrap up our science fair season, I would like to thank the volunteers who make such nights possible for our students. Thank you to Maggie and Mike Hale (Glover), Emily Lanza and Abigail Callahan (Cunningham), Sara Ahearn and MaryClaire Cantor (Collicot), and the team from  Tucker – Erin Hardy, Emily Speck, Chris Doyle, Libby Fundling & Joanna Weiss. These nights are special for our young scientists and their families and we appreciate the volunteers who make them possible.

Thank you to my blog contributors this week: James Jette, Ben Kelly, AJ Melanson,Bob Pattison, Elaine McNeil-Girmai, Bernadette Butler, Karen Spaulding, Karen McDavitt, Holly Concannon, Jon Redden, Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Dawn Sykes, Will Korman, Jackie Morgan, Christie Chiappetta, Karen Hughes, Robin Lee, Josh Coben, Noel Vigue, Amy Tom, Joe Dolan, Mike Goodless, Nora Vernazza 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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April 5th, 2018

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Weekly Update
Date: April 5, 2018

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

I hope you can join me tonight at 7pm for the next speaker in the PARENT Speaker Series.  Best selling author Dr. Michael Thompson will be presenting :“Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Lives of Boys” . Educators and parents in the United States are engaged in an important debate about the way we raise and educate boys. In early adolescence most boys begin to attach their sense of status to mastery and achievement. They are subjected to a powerful “culture of cruelty” which may require boys to adhere to a narrow ideology of masculinity: avoidance of feeling, avoidance of anything feminine, fear of personal weakness. Dr. Thompson will speak to parents/guardians and give suggestions to teachers and parents about how to support a boy in the early years of school and how to help a boy remain emotionally open in adolescence. This presentation is for parents/guardians only and all in the Milton community are invited to attend. 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

The next School Committee meeting will be held on April 11th 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.

At the recent School Committee meeting on April 4th, information was presented on 1st grade and Kindergarten enrollment numbers.

First Grade Placement / Program Choice: For the 2018-2019 school year, we had planned on having 16 first grade classes – 10 English Innovation Pathway classes and 6 French Immersion classes.   Due to both the increased enrollment in this year’s Kindergarten and parental program choice preferences, we need to increase the number of classes to 11 English Innovation and 6 French Immersion.  The classes are distributed as follows:  Collicot and Glover, 3 English and 2 French each; Cunningham, 3 English and 1 French; Tucker, 2 English and 1 French.  One of the English classes at Cunningham and one at Glover will be co-taught classes.

With this distribution, we have small waiting lists for French at Cunningham, Glover and Tucker, but we have available seats in French at the Collicot.  Following our usual placement procedure, we have held a district wide lottery for those on the waiting lists and will offer parents and guardians the option of moving to Collicot in order to enroll in French Immersion.  Those who opt to move will maintain their positions on waiting lists in their home schools in case seats open between now and the beginning of the school year.

Initial placement letters will go out this week.  Offers to those on waiting lists will begin shortly and will continue until either all available seats are filled or until the waiting list is exhausted.   This process typically lasts for a few weeks as parents and guardians make their decisions.

Kindergarten Enrollment / Placement: For the 2018-2019 school year, we again have a large incoming Kindergarten population that will require us to have 16 Kindergarten classes:  5 at Glover (one of which is co-taught), 4 each at Collicot and Cunningham, and 3 at Tucker.  Students will be placed in the schools in their home districts with the “split districts” being used to equalize class size.   Additionally, those families who have requested placement outside of their home districts will have their requests considered, if class sizes permit.   School assignment letters will be sent out  at the beginning of May.

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

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

Team members teach a lesson

The MHS LifeSmarts team has been hard at work preparing for the LifeSmarts National Championship in San Diego. The team has undertaken academic preparation as well as the task of raising funds to attend. The National Consumers League, the corporate sponsor of the  LifeSmarts program, will provide the team with some funds for travel expenses if they share some knowledge with our younger students. To that end, LifeSmarts team members taught a kindergarten class at Cunningham a lesson about being Healthy and Fit” using the characters Timon and Pumbaa from the Disney’s The Lion King. The team has also presented lessons on “Going Green” to our elementary students. The team has further funds to raise and they are asking for your support – in any amount  – to help them reach their goal of competing in San Diego, CA on April 20. Support from the Milton Community is greatly appreciated! Please make your checks payable to MHS Student Activities/LifeSmarts. Checks can be dropped at the MHS anytime during school hours or email Mike Goodless to make other arrangements.

MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS

Pierce Junior Team- Tucker Korman, Frank Hawker, Taylor Xu, and Jasmine Bethea

Good luck to our MPS Future Problem Solvers who head to the state competition at Clark University this weekend.  Students will be using a six step problem solving strategy to address the topic of Cloud Storage.  In the afternoon, they will be preparing and performing skits of their action plans. The Pierce middle division team invited to to the State Bowl (Anderson Korman, Ian Lundeen, and Henry Synnott) will miss the competition for a good reason – they’ll be on their way  to Washington DC with much of the Pierce 8th grade! Good luck as well to our 5th grade competitors – Victoria Lundeen from Glover, Ida Zoll and Maggie Mullen from Collicot, Dillon Simmons and Zoe Guthrie from Tucker and Alyssa Ruiz and Niamh N. Guilderson from Cunningham. We know these young problem solvers will represent MPS well!

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

We ARE all Wonders!

March was Kindness Month at Cunningham  with a variety of focuses each week. The month began with the 5th grade  Student Council reading “We’re All Wonders” to each class. The weeks that followed focused on kindness to self, kindness to peers, kindness to family and neighbors and kindness to the community. 

Thank you notes

Students took part in activities like thinking and writing about positive qualities they have within themselves, pairing up with a peer from a different class or grade for partner activities, writing postcards to people that keep them safe outside of school and collecting goods to be donated to the Milton Community Food Pantry.  Throughout the entire month, the lobby turned into Cunningham’s very own Kindness Galaxy with over 550 stars recognizing students for their acts of kindness. We wrapped up Kindness Month with an assembly featuring pictures, videos and a presentation depicting all of the acts of kindness that were captured throughout the month as well as the big reveal that Cunningham students collected a total of 655 items to be donated to the Milton Food Pantry!

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During Tucker Unity Night this week, the MHS auditorium was filled with both students and families celebrating the unity and diversity of Tucker School. The evening opened with musical guests Brother Dennis Slaughter and Tucker ASE Supervisor Ms. George Marie Jasmin singing We are the World  (the theme for the evening) with the crowd joining in. The theme was then represented in choreographed dances by grades PreK-5, and in songs that represented cultures around the world. We also heard from 5th grade student speakers Odia Iyamu and Kevin Gomes on what their culture and being part of the Tucker Community means to them.  It was a great opportunity to celebrate the gifts and talents within the Tucker community. A special thanks goes to our amazing choreographer Miriam Lundgren, the Tucker PTO & Diversity Committee and the Tucker faculty for their support.

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How do you know if your lizard is right-brained or left-brained? Did you know Coca Cola can clean pennies? Do you know how to make rainbow milk? Glover Kids do! Glover hosted two very successful STEAM Nights last week as students and their families were invited to school to view beautiful artwork displays during Passport to the Arts and spend time engaging in exploration and inquiry during our Science Fair. Check out this  video that captures our amazing artists and scientists in action! 

PARENT SPEAKER SERIES

I’m pleased to share the link to Dr. Celine Coggin’s talk “What’s the Deal with Testing? Separating the Myths from What Matters”. Thank you to Dr. Coggins for sharing her expertise with the MPS community.

For any who missed it, we also have video of Dr Ruth Potee’s talk “Under Construction: What Every Parent Should Know about the Tween/Teen Brain and Substance Use”.

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Apr 5  Michael Thompson presents: Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Lives of Boys
Apr 11  Pierce MS Clean Energy Event for Students
Apr 11  Milton School Committee
Apr 12  5th Grade Growth and Development Parent Information Night
Apr 12  MHS and PMS Jazz Concert
Apr 16-20  April Recess

On Monday, April 9, MPS Diversity Committees from across the district will be gathering at MHS at 6pm for a powerful discussion about increasing participation and diversity in the arts, music, athletics, extracurriculars, and community opportunities. All are welcome to attend this event.

The Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition needs parents to provide their insight and input to help shape an upcoming Parent Campaign. The Parent Campaign will feature a multi-pronged approach that targets parents as partners in keeping our youth healthy by reducing underage drinking and the misuse of other drugs. The Milton Public Schools are key partners who are very invested in this project, and we need parents to help develop an effective and successful campaign. If you want to learn more or help out, join a discussion  on Wednesday April 11 at 7pm at Milton Town Hall. This planning committee will meet just 4 times, ending in June. We hope to get at least 1 or 2 parent representatives from each of the schools. Please email us to RSVP or with any questions using the subject line Parent Campaign.

5th grade parents/guardians – MPS is hosting the 5th grade Growth and Development program on Thursday, April 12th at 6:30pm at Glover. This program is for parents/guardians only and is in advance of the Growth and Development curriculum your children will have at school this spring. ​ You’ll have an opportunity to preview the video and ask questions to MPS staff. The video is different than what has been shown in the past.  Through extensive research, a review of best practices, consultation with site council parents/guardians, teachers, principals, nurses and Dr. Guglietta, we’ve updated our curriculum to include a new video and a blended learning environment. Contact Health and Wellness Director Noel Vigue with any questions.   

Spring is here which means April break is not far behind. Milton Community Schools is once again offering April Vacation Camps EAST (held at Collicot/Cunningham) and WEST (held at Tucker). Get all the details on EAST and WEST!

MILTON SUMMER ENRICHMENT

Summer is coming! The MSE 2018 Brochure with At a Glance Course Offerings is available to view and it will automatically update with and edits or changes to the schedule. Pre-registration is April 13-24 and registration opens April 24th at noon. 

 

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

Calling all golfers! Please consider registering for our upcoming golf tournament, in support of athletics at Pierce. Join us at Granite Links on April 30th and enjoy a great day with friends and family, while raising much needed funds to expand athletics at Pierce Middle School.  Register as an individual or with 3 of your friends or colleagues. We hope to see you there!  

PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

The Milton SEPAC and the Federation for Children with Special Needs presents, “An IEP for My Child”. Join us Tuesday, April 10th from 7-9pm in the Glover Library to learn about the Individualized Education Program (IEP). This presentation will explain the document, its development, how to articulate a vision, write measurable annual goals, monitor a child’s progress and understand how the document will support a student. Attendees will also have the opportunity ask questions about any aspect of IEPs.

FOOD AND NUTRITION 

Mary and Kim say – Come work with us!

Join our team! There is a terrific opportunity for part time jobs in our food services department. We are hiring immediately for substitute positions at all schools. You’ll be serving healthy food to kids and be home when your kids are home due to the school schedule –  what’s better than that?! This can be a great opportunity for parents and retirees and food service experience is a plus, but not required. The food service substitute position pays $12.95 per hour.  Please email or call (617-696-5040 X 5514)  Jackie Morgan  for more information. ​

MFE NEWS

Come celebrate with the MFE  as we raise money to support fine arts programs in all 6 Milton Public Schools.  Join your Milton friends on Saturday, April 28th at Granite Links starting at 6:30pm for a night of friends, music, food and fun all to benefit fine arts programs from K-12th grade. Tickets are $95 and can be purchased HERE and can sell out quickly so be sure to get in on the fun now!  

NEWS AROUND TOWN

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

 The Kiwanis Club of Milton is collecting new or gently used shoes in support of micro-enterprise vendors. There are pick up locations all over Milton.

 The Forbes House is hosting an upcoming author talk on Wednesday, April 25th at 7pm at the Milton Public Library. Ellen Alden will be speaking about her book, “Yours Faithfully, Florence Burke.”  

The Eustis Estate has some fun upcoming programs. Join them for Future Retro Film Series: American Graffiti on Wednesday, April 18 at 7pm and Italian Job (1969) on Wednesday, May 2 at 7pm. They also have Future Retro Family Programs on April 20/21 and May 5 from 10am-2pm. 

The Girl Power Running Program is starting again soon! Girl Power is a FREE parent run program and provides a “come when you can” , low pressure, confidence and self esteem building activity that encourages girls to work towards a goal at their own pace and comfort level while supporting one another. Please email Heather Bergin with any questions. All details for Girl Power can be found here.

The Milton Playground Planners are holding an Indoor Yard Sale on April 7th from 9am-3pm at Cunningham Hall. Only  $5 admission and you can shop for gently used baby and kids clothing, toys, baby gear, kids shoes and more. 100% of proceeds go towards playground renovations.  

ART AND MUSIC NEWS

In celebration of Music in our Schools Month and Youth Art Month, all six schools enjoyed very successful Passport to the Arts shows over the last 4 weeks. Students proudly shared their own curated work and the work of their friends and classmates. Thank you to MPS art teachers Jess Gillooly, Laurel Bernini, Sue Hoy, Star Baylon, Stephanie Sherman,Robyn Thompson,  Karen Hughes, Kassandra Aloe, Kelly Griffin, Maggie Randall and Joyce White for sharing their love of the visual arts with our students and families. Glover Principal Karen McDavitt has assembled a video wrap up of the month for all to enjoy!

Our rescheduled Pierce/MHS concert took place at Pierce as planned during the recent early release day. If you missed it, check it out here.

ATHLETICS

Check out sports schedules and scores for all MHS teams

Boys and Girls Lacrosse are both off to 1-0 starts after beating Stoughton and Hanover respectively.  Boys Lacrosse have worked tirelessly over pre-season and their hard work was on display in a confident opening game performance, winning 9-4.  The Girls won 13-8 but the score line flattered the guests as the Wildcats dominated for most parts of the game.  

Weather has been a factor early in the season as Softball, Baseball, Track and Tennis matches have all been postponed thus far. Rugby will open with Needham on Monday.

Have some cans taking up space? The golf team is hosting a Cans for Cats on Saturday, 4/7 at MHS from 9am- 12pm.

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 Pierce 8th graders Caroline McHugh and Tiffany Tran who are receiving recognition for their service to others with the John F. Kennedy Make a Difference Award. Tiffany is being recognized for her Global Community Project. Tiffany and her mother traveled to Vietnam (the birthplace of Tiffany’s parents) and assisted those less fortunate, including blind residents, children and at-risk animals. Caroline’s service is locally based as she volunteers regularly at the Quincy Food Pantry and Room to Grow by rallying her friends to help and by assisting with food basket assembly and delivery and various tasks at Room to Grow. Thank you to these two MPS students for giving back locally and globally.

Staff:  Cunningham 4th grade teacher Amy McKay has been selected to become one of only 20 Massachusetts DESE Math Ambassadors.  Math Ambassadors will collaborate with neighboring districts to share their work and resources, will play a key role in leading the development of 4th-8th grade standard-aligned tasks and will work on improving the mathematics experience for all MA students.  Ambassadors will be supported by the STEM Education Center at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.  Thank you to Mrs. McKay for lending her experience and expertise to this effort to benefit our students. 

Volunteers: If it’s spring it’s time for Challenger Baseball which prompts me to give a big thank you to Jerry Vitti, Becky Padera and JP Plunkett who run this hugely successful program.  The Challenger Division of Little League is back for a sixth season and enables boys and girls with physical and mental challenges, ages 5-18, or up to age 22 (if still enrolled in high school) to enjoy the game of baseball along with the millions of other children who participate in this sport worldwide. Interested in signing up to play or help out? All the details are here. Play ball!  

Thank you to my blog contributors this week: Michelle Kruezer, Jon Redden, Bernadette Butler, Karen Spaulding, Bernadette McEvoy, Dawn Sykes, Karen McDavitt, Noel Vigue, Cat DesRoche, Elaine McNeil-Girmai, Jaclyn Germano, Mike Goodless, Justine Novak, Nicole Laurie 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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March 29, 2018

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Weekly Update
Date: March 29, 2018

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

Thank you to Dr Celine Coggins who presented “What’s the Deal with Testing? Separating the Myths from What Matters” at Milton High School last night and to the MPS leadership team who participated in a round table discussion on the topic. The information was valuable and I am pleased to share that a video of the presentation will be available shortly. Thank you to Dr Coggins for sharing her expertise with the MPS community.

Our next speaker comes up quickly as we present Michael Thompson, Ph.D.:“Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Lives of Boys” on Thursday, April 5th at 7pm. Author Rachel Simmons spoke directly to parents/guardians of girls in January and now Dr. Thompson will speak to parents/guardians of  boys.  

Parents may ask about their own children or boys in general – “What’s the matter with my son?” “Why is he an underachiever in school?” “Why won’t he talk to me?” “Why are boys so violent?” Educators and parents in the United States are engaged in an important debate about the way we raise and educate boys. In early adolescence most boys begin to attach their sense of status to mastery and achievement. They are subjected to a powerful “culture of cruelty” which may require boys to adhere to a narrow ideology of masculinity: avoidance of feeling, avoidance of anything feminine, fear of personal weakness. The result may be a boy who is or appears closed and often angry. Dr. Thompson gives suggestions to teachers and parents about how to support a boy in the early years of school and how to help a boy remain emotionally open in adolescence. This presentation is for parents/guardians only.

 HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

Ornella, Halle, Kennedi, Milan, Jadin and Smith

Ornella, Kennedi and Smith compete in the quiz bowl

MHS seniors Ornella Ebongue and Jadin Jones, juniors Milan Smith, Kennedi Van Allen and Smith Charles and sophomore Halle Armstrong recently  competed in the 7th Annual Tenacity Challenge hosted by Bedford High School.  This was Milton’s first time competing, and our students did well, placing in the top half of the 32 teams for 3 of the 4 events. This year’s theme was Hate Speech vs. Free Speech, and the four judged categories were literary analysis of a novel, historical debate presentation, creation of a mural and a science and math quiz bowl.  Our students had a great time and look forward to competing again next year. A special thanks to Ms. Hughes, Mr. LoPresti and Ms. Davis for supporting our team throughout the process.  

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS

Pierce 7th grade students Fiona Kelley, Meghan Riordan, and Fiona McCarthy wrote a poem in response to the Parkland school shooting. I share their 17 lines here:

Though we have them in mind, they fall to the ground,

Their bodies still and quiet, without a sound
Seventeen lives that slipped from our grasp.

The breaths that they breathed no longer fill our air,
Striking the hearts of many with mind- numbing despair.
Our desolate tears stain the Earth.  
A mournful community rises from the melancholy and sorrow,

Filled with hope to build a better tomorrow
We earnestly vow to put an end to these tragedies.

Though so many chapters have been mercilessly torn out,

We open the book once more, our minds clear of doubt.
A dense layer of anguish surrounds our nation,

But despite the panic and despite the fear,
We strengthen and we advance, wiping away our burning tears.

An undercurrent of peace and longing for a new beginning hangs in the atmosphere,
Sweeping away the unsettling stench of distress.

Our peaceful battle will come to an end, finishing with a relieving success.

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Our Pierce students were all in for World Down Syndrome Day this week with crazy socks found all over the school. Even Wonder Woman (aka Dr Karen Spaulding) got in on the action! 

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

At the Glover School, they are incorporating proactive strategies for defining, teaching, and supporting appropriate student behaviors to create a positive school environment. The goal is to establish the behavioral supports and social culture needed for all students at Glover to achieve social, emotional, and academic success. The staff works hard to recognize “Glover Kids” who are responsible, respectful, safe, and kind. When Glover Kids are caught doing something fantastic, they are publicly recognized for their act on the Kindness Tree. Each Friday, names are “picked” off of the tree and read aloud on the loudspeaker. The entire Glover community has embraced this PBIS initiative: the nurse gives recognition to students who are patient and brave, the custodial staff acknowledges classrooms left neat and tidy at the end of the day, the cafeteria staff commends students who go out of their way to help others and say thank you, teachers celebrate students for positive behavior, strong work ethic, kindness and more. Adorning the tree is a recognition given to individual students, individual teachers and staff, and classes as a whole. This focus on positive behavior has fostered recognition of all Glover students who work so hard every day to make good choices. This video captures many Glover Kids and the positive impact each has had on our school community.

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Lilly from Cunningham gets a letter from Andrea!

Andrea from Los Robles gets a letter from Lilly!

Last spring Cunningham/ Collicot Spanish teacher Senora Jauregui was approached by Ronan Kelly, one of her students, asking if she could find him a pen pal in Spain. That got her thinking – could we launch a project for all interested 4th and 5th graders? In September of this year, Senora Jauregui contacted the head of the languages department at Los Robles school in Pozuelo (a town just outside of Madrid, Spain) where her nieces go to school.  The Spanish school was very excited about the project and apparently so were Sonora Jaurequi’s students – almost 120 4th and 5th graders from both Collicot and Cunningham  were interested in participating in the pen pal project! Just before the February break, our students received the first letters from their friends at Los Robles and this week our students are mailing their letters to Spain. Students were excited to receive the letters and to read about what children their age do in a different country. Our students have written some amazing letters in Spanish sharing a little bit about themselves with their new friends from Pozuelo. We hope this is the beginning of some wonderful new friendships!  

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During a visit from Science from Scientists last week, Mrs. Chen’s  5th grade class learned about the six fundamental simple machines: (1) the inclined plane, (2) the wedge, (3) the screw, (4) the lever, (5) the wheel and axle, and (6) the pulley. Students learned that any mechanical device is made up of one or more of these simple machines. Students took what they learned about simple machines and used a combination of simple machines to design and build Rube Goldberg devices designed to ring a bell. Teams used supplies provided by the Scientists along with their own desks to create some fun, complex, bell-ringing machines! 

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Tucker was abuzz this week with an amazing Passport to the Arts show. Students shared their thoughts on how art makes them feel and what value it brings to their lives. 

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Mar 29  SEPAC-Understanding School Refusal in Children/Teens, Dr. Ryan Ruth Conway
Mar 30  No School-Good Friday
Apr 4  Early Release Day Gr. K-12, PD Day
Apr 4  Milton School Committee
Apr 5  Michael Cain presents: Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Lives of Boys
Apr 11  Pierce MS Clean Energy Event for Students
Apr 11  Milton School Committee

On Monday, April 9, MPS Diversity Committees from across the district will be gathering at MHS at 6pm for a powerful discussion about increasing participation and diversity in the arts, music, athletics, extracurriculars, and community opportunities. All are welcome to attend this event.

The Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition needs  parents to provide their insight and input to help shape an upcoming Parent Responsibility Campaign. The Milton Public Schools are key partners who are very invested in this project, and we need parents to help come up with an effective and successful campaign. If you want to learn more or help out, join a discussion  on Wednesday April 11 at 7pm at Milton Town Hall. This planning committee will meet for a short period of time, ending in June. Please let us know if you can attend. Please visit our website full of resources and information, and to sign up for our newsletter. 

5th grade parents/guardians – MPS is hosting the 5th grade Growth and Development program on Thursday, April 12th at 6:30pm at Glover. This program is for parents/guardians only and is in advance of the Growth and Development curriculum your children will have at school this spring. ​ You’ll have an opportunity to preview the video and ask questions to MPS staff. The video is different than what has been shown in the past.  Through extensive research, a review of best practices, consultation with site council parents/guardians, teachers, principals, nurses and Dr. Guglietta, we’ve updated our curriculum to include a new video and a blended learning environment. Contact Health and Wellness Director Noel Vigue with any questions.   

Spring is here which means April break is not far behind. Milton Community Schools is once again offering April Vacation Camps EAST (held at Collicot/Cunningham) and WEST (held at Tucker). Get all the details on EAST and WEST

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 and new dates can be found here.

2018 MSE 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 (until 12pm on April 24th)
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: 9-12pm Student Schedule Pick-up in MHS main lobby
June 18th : Medication Drop Off – Milton High School main lobby
June 25 – July 26: MSE 2018!

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

Calling all golfers! Please consider registering for our upcoming golf tournament, in support of athletics at Pierce. Join us at Granite Links on April 30th and enjoy a great day with friends and family, while raising much needed funds to expand athletics at Pierce Middle School.  Register as an individual or with 3 of your closest friends and/or colleagues. We hope to see you there!

PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

Please join the Milton SEPAC TONIGHT for our next event: Understanding School Refusal in Children and Teens. On March 29th at 6:30 in the Keys Community Room at the Milton Public Library, Dr. Ryan Ruth Conway will share information about warning signs and strategies for managing this increasingly common issue.

Our FCSN presentation, “An IEP for My Child”, (originally scheduled for March 13th) has been rescheduled for Tuesday, April 10th from 7-9pm in the Glover Library. Join us  to learn about the Individual Education Program (IEP). This presentation will explain the document, its development, how to articulate a vision, write measurable annual goals, monitor a child’s progress and understand how the document will support a student. Attendees will also have the opportunity ask questions about any aspect of IEPs.

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING

MPS SEL Facilitator Laurie Stillman shares that while many people mistakenly think that the smoke that is emitted from marijuana is not dangerous, a new study shows second hand smoke from marijuana is harmful.  While second hand smoke from cigarettes has been proven to be very harmful, there have not been studies regarding marijuana smoke. But a recent study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association , showed that the second hand smoke from “pot” is three times worse than tobacco smoke. The main problem is that it constricts the arteries and blood flow longer than cigarettes do and this can lead to a stroke or heart attack. These changes can happen in as little as one minute of exposure, whether or not the marijuana is smoked in paper or pipes.  As marijuana becomes legalized, it is important to be aware of emerging studies so that you and your children are sure to fully understand their health impacts.  

FROM THE READERS

The Cunningham staff shared this short article they are reading entitled  “Breaking the Attention-Seeking Habit: The Power of Random Positive Teacher Attention”.  It’s a short, interesting read and a look into what our teachers are reading.

MFE NEWS

The Milton Foundation for Education enhances the Milton Public Schools in a myriad of ways. They just distributed over $17,000 in grants to teachers in all 6 schools! It will be exciting to see the impact in our fine arts programs with money raised from Celebration 2018! 

Come celebrate with the MFE  as we raise money to support fine arts programs in all 6 Milton Public Schools.  Join your Milton friends on Saturday, August 28th at Granite Links starting at 6:30pm for a night of friends, music, food and fun all to benefit fine arts programs from K-12th grade. Tickets are $95 and can be purchased HERE and can sell out quickly so be sure to get in on the fun now!  

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The Girl Power Running Program is starting again soon! Girl Power is a FREE parent run program made possible by the generosity of Cunningham Park, parent volunteers  and a grant from BID – Milton. Girl Power provides a “come when you can” , low pressure, confidence and self esteem building activity that encourages girls to work towards a goal at their own pace and comfort level while supporting one another. Each week a woman that embodies “girl power” will visit to share how she set a goal, worked hard and did her best. We will start with a walk/jog, at your own pace, over a one mile loop and we’ll slowly increase our mileage with the end goal, for those who wish, of participating  in the Milton Road Race on Tuesday, June 12. Please email Heather Bergin with any questions. All details for Girl Power can be found here

Is trash pickup delayed a day? Parks and Rec have a new program? Any MPD updates? Want to be in the know? Subscribe to receive town emails, you can customize what news you want and manage preferences easily.  

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.

Got a little gal or guy who wants to play t-ball? Milton American Baseball T-Ball registration is still open for players who are between 4 and 5 years old. The T-Ball program is held at Cunningham Park, and gets young players introduced to the game with skills stations. The season starts with a parade on April 21st and there are 6 sessions – April 22, 29, May 6,  20, June 3, 10. No baseball on Mothers Day or Memorial Day Weekend. If you are interested, you can register here.  For questions about T-Ball and other baseball programs please email Milton American.

What is Circle-S? Circle-S is a unique and exciting, FREE support group serving children whose siblings have a disability. Children (age 6-18) come with their parent and enjoy a pizza supper, and join other “typical sibs” who face similar experiences of living with a brother or sister with special needs. Parents have the opportunity to meet and make connections with other parents in a safe, confidential environment. They can speak honestly about the joys and challenges of raising a child with special needs, while also raising a “typical” child. Starts April 23rd (note date change from flyer) in the Collicot/Cunningham Library.

The Milton Playground Planners are holding an Indoor Yard Sale on April 7th from 9am-3pm at Cunningham Hall. Only  $5 admission and you can shop for gently used baby and kids clothing, toys, baby gear, kids shoes and more. 100% of proceeds go towards playground renovations.  

Hitting the library this week? You can find what’s happening for kids right here.

On Saturday, April 7th, 1-4pm, the Forbes House Museum will be participating in Park Day, the Civil War Trust’s annual hands-on preservation event. Thousands of volunteers across the country will participate as Park Day celebrates its largest year ever with over 155 historic sites in 32 states. Here at the Forbes House, we’re looking for volunteers to help with grounds maintenance, picking up branches, sticks and trash and planting late-spring bulbs. There will also be outdoor family-friendly activities that afternoon centered around the theme of preservation, including a tour of the grounds and a time capsule craft. All Park Day activities are free. Regular Saturday tours will be running as usual at 11am and 2pm. Museum admission is $10/adults, $8/seniors and students. 

ART AND MUSIC NEWS

In celebration of Music and Art in our Schools Month, our Band and Strings concerts have taken place over the past week. Both were impressive showcases of the musical talent found at MPS. Please take a few minutes to enjoy some beautiful music!

There is amazing art being created everyday in our elementary schools. Cunningham/Collicot art teacher Laurel Bernini shares a sneak peek in this quick slideshow

Glover had a wonderful K-2 Music Showcase last Friday. Mr. Ragusa and Ms. Martin did an incredible job showcasing all that our youngest musicians have learned over the course of the year, 

In lieu of the two evening MIOSM chorus concerts cancelled due to the most recent snow days, Pierce will host a Sing Along Concert on Wednesday, April 4th at 10:30am. The featured ensembles include the Pierce choruses and Milton High School’s Gospel Choir, Do ReMigos Boys Chorus, Pretty Sharp Girls Chorus and Mixed After School Singers.  This year’s sing along theme is The Songs of Legends with musical accompaniment by Milton High School’s instrumental ensemble, TONAL UNIVERSE.  Families are encouraged to attend!  

ATHLETICS

The MHS Rugby team will  be “Working at the Car Wash” this Saturday! The team will be hosting a double event on Saturday March 31st, just in time for Easter.  CAR WASH & TULIP SALE, Cunningham/Collicot driveway, 3/31, 9am-12pm 

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Drop your cans at MHS  on the way to the car wash and support the MHS Golf Team. There is a CAN FOR CATS fundraiser on Saturday, April 7th, 2018 9am-12pm for the benefit of the MHS Golf 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: Over the past two weeks our Collicot 5th Graders enthusiastically collaborated to reach out to the seniors in two of Milton’s senior residences – Winter Valley and Unquity House. In the first of a two-part project, the 5th graders created 300 personalized puzzle books and decorative cookies to bring on their visits to give to all of their new senior friends. On their first visit at Winter Valley, students met in small groups and interviewed a senior. They learned about how they grew up, what school was like for them, what their most memorable historical events were in their lives, as well as about what their families are like and what they most value in life. Not only did they learn about another generation, they competed with some serious Bingo players in the later portion of the visit! Next up is visit will take place at Unquity House on Monday, April 9th. Students are looking forward to another fantastic visit with the residents of Unquity House. 

Staff:  I  would like to recognize Glover staff members Melissa Craven, Bridget Renehan and Morgan Hodlin for bringing Light It Up Blue Day to Glover on April 2nd. Under their direction, student leaders in 4th and 5th grade created posters to increase Autism Awareness, made announcements over the loudspeaker to promote understanding of individual differences, and will greet every Glover student with an Autism Awareness badge to wear proudly on Monday. Every April, Autism Speaks kicks off World Autism Month beginning with World Autism Awareness day on April 2. Don’t forget to wear blue on Monday!  

Volunteers:  Please join me in thanking retired teacher Margo Tansey for her volunteer work at the Collicot School. Mrs Tansey is the community representative for the Collicot Site Council and meets monthly with the Site Council to develop and implement school goals. In addition, Mrs Tansey has helped coordinate Collicot’s  Junior Achievement program and currently volunteers in Collicot kindergarten classes to support literacy centers. Mrs Tansey is a valued member of the Collicot Community and we are grateful for all that she does to enhance Collicot.

Thank you to my blog contributors this week:  Laurie Stillman, Noel Vigue, Will Korman, Martine Fisher, Karen McDavitt, Jean Scarborough, Dawn Sykes, Kaurel Bernini, Bernadette Butler, Jon Redden, Cat DesRoche, Noel Vigue, Jen Grubler, Cristina Jauregui, Rina Chen, Pam Dorsey, Susan DiSandro, Sam Bullard, Heather Bergin, Karen Spaulding, Holly Concannon, Meaghan Ohrenberger, Sean Lopresti and Barbara Wright. 

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 22, 2018

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Weekly Update
Date: March 22, 2018

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

I want to share a letter to the town of Milton written by Police Chief John King, Health Dept. Director Caroline Kinsella, and Director of the MSPAC and SEL  Facilitator for MPS, Laurie Stillman, and me, in my role as Superintendent of MPS. The letter is excerpted below and the links will bring you to more detail.

There has been a growing spotlight and concern about mental illness in the aftermath of recent mass shootings. While it is true that many mass shooters have a history of behavioral health disorders, it is also true that most people with mental illness or emotional problems are not violent.  

Mental illness is very common. One in five children will experience a behavioral health illness in their lifetimes and late life depression affects about 6 million Americans age 65 and over. (NAMI).  Between 2010 and 2015, the number of U.S. teens who felt depressed surged 33 percent in large national surveys, and the number of 13- to 18-year-olds who committed suicide jumped 31 percent. (Washington Post) A recent study released by Mass. General Hospital showed that 1 in 10 Americans have reported a drug or alcohol problem in their lifetimes, yet only a fraction of people with emotional health or substance use problems seek out and receive the treatment they need.  This is a public health crisis.

The Milton Public Schools, the Milton Police Department, the Milton Public Health Department, and the Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (MSAPC) have been deliberating about addressing mental health issues in our community for a few years now.  We are all proactively united in seeking out ways to better identify and help our residents and students. We call this effort “Milton Cares!”, because we are striving to eliminate the shame and embarrassment that people of all ages feel about having emotional or substance abuse problems.  We want to make it easier for people to get the help they need and deserve. We want to share with you just a few of the important initiatives that our organizations have embarked on recently. We are collectively proud of our efforts.

Please continue reading about our efforts within The Milton Police Department, The Milton Public Schools, The Milton Public Health Department and future plans for the MSPAC and Interface.  

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

The  School Committee met last night, March 21st, for an Open Budget Hearing. The meeting was  held 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.

PARENT SPEAKER SERIES

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 MPS parent, author and former teacher 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.  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.  

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Save the date for our next speaker, Michael Thompson, Ph.D. presenting:“Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Lives of Boys” on Thursday April 5th at 7pm. Dr. Thompson gives suggestions to teachers and parents about how to support a boy in the early years of school and how to help a boy remain emotionally open in adolescence.

 

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

The debate team attended a tournament at Needham High School this past weekend, and Senior Captain Jack Cullen came in first place out of 110 teams as well as top speaker out of about 200 students. Additionally, Jack competed by himself while most other students competed as a team of 2. Congratulations to  Jack (pictured at left)  on this impressive showing.

 

 

Seniors Gigi Jiang, Josie Cousineau, James Le, Dominik R. Hyppolite, and Ty Wilhelmsen from Milton High School’s INIT hosted a  panel discussion Tuesday night  to discuss the impact and effects of classism in our society.  The presenters and panel discussed important – and sometimes difficult – topics such as racism and prejudice, and were able to do so with the support of members of the Milton Community. INIT is a year-long program offered through the YWCA that supports area high school students in becoming strong leaders in their community, and each school’s INIT team needs to complete a capstone community action program.  Last night’s presentation was the capstone project for the MHS students. The MHS members of INIT are recipients of the Milton Interfaith Clergy Association (MICA) Dr. Martin Luther King scholarship, so the students who attended the INIT program were sponsored by the generous donations of MICA. Thank you to panelists Dr. Yndia Lorick-Wilmot, Professor of Sociology at Northeastern University, AP US History teacher Nancy Warn, teacher and advisor to the Young Men’s and Young Women’s Group Larry Jordan, and seniors Aliyah Farnum and Nuasheen Chowdhury who cultivated a rich discussion for all who attended.

MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS

8th grade team

Congratulations to the Pierce Junior Division Future Problem Solving Team, 6th grade students Jasmine Bethea, Frank Hawker, Tucker Korman, and Taylor Xu and the Pierce Middle Division FPS Team, 8th grade students Anderson Korman, Henry Synott, and Ian Lundeen.  Both teams competed successfully and were invited to move onto the Future Problem Solving State Bowl! In FPS, students learn 

Pierce Junior Team

 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. Our students were excited to approach a new future scene related to the topic of philanthrocapitalism at the Canton Bowl. These two FPS teams have begun  research on Cloud Storage to prepare to move forward to the State Bowl in April where they will compete for the opportunity to represent Massachusetts at the FPSP International Conference in June. If anyone in the MPS community has expertise around Cloud Storage and would be willing to speak with our teams, please email Pierce principal Dr Spaulding. Good luck to the teams from Pierce as they compete in the State Bowl!  

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Checking out solar panels

It’s been a big week at Collicot! One Book, One School was in full swing with both Adventure Night and a hands on, interactive day – “Go Green with Collicot!” –  with Boston Solar and Science from Scientists. This year’s book choice is “Chandra’s Magic Light, A Story in Nepal” by Theresa Heine and Judith Gueufier. The plot of the book is a little girl’s mission to obtain a solar powered lantern in order to ease her brother’s asthma symptoms that are exacerbated by their kerosene lamps. Students participated in a school day Boston Solar assembly that related to solar and alternative energy, BID-Milton Hospital came  to Collicot for Adventure Night to educate students and families about asthma, students “traveled to” Nepal, learned about bees and the vital part they play on our planet, played trivia games, worked on art projects and more. What’s One Book, One School? Learn more about this amazing year long project that takes place at Collicot every year.  

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Some talented Cunningham and Collicot Irish Step Dancers treated their classmates to dancing and music during last Friday’s lunch.  The audience loved seeing their peers perform! Check out their moves in these videos – Talented dancers  Dancing across the stage   Looking good!  Nice job, girls!  Kindergarten dancers and their fans

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Mrs. Chen’s Cunningham 5th graders celebrated World Down Syndrome Day this week with crazy socks and a  terrific lesson about down syndrome from their classmate’s mom, Mrs Soloman. Mrs Soloman shared information about Down Syndrome and created her own DNA model to show students the extra 21st chromosome.

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Tucker Saturday Academy has been a wonderful experience for our students. Recently third grade journalists interviewed Principal McNeil-Girmai, 3rd grade scientists worked on the best way to separate oil from water and the following week tackled a STEM challenge to create a catapult to launch a marshmallow. 

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Mar 22  Milton High Passport to the Arts
Mar 22  Strings MIOSM Concert
Mar 26  Tucker Passport to the Arts
Mar 26  Glover Passport to the Arts and Science Fair
Mar 27  Band MIOSM Concert
Mar 28  Celine Coggins 6:30 at MPS
Mar 30  No School Good Friday
Apr  4 Early Release, Professional Development
Apr  4 Milton School Committee 7pm
Apr  5 Michael Thompson 6:30 at MPS

The MHS Rugby Players will be hosting a  Wildcat Fun Night fundraiser Friday March 23rd, 6- 8:15 pm at the Glover School for children in grades K – 5 who attend Milton Public Schools. What is a Wildcat fun night? The Milton High Rugby players and some of their cheerleader friends will play games with your children while YOU have a night out!

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5th grade parents/guardians – MPS is hosting the 5th grade Growth and Development program on Thursday, April 12th at 6:30pm at Glover. This program is for parents/guardians only and is in advance of the Growth and Development curriculum your children will have at school this spring. ​ You’ll have an opportunity to preview the video and ask questions to MPS staff. The video is different than what has been shown in the past.  Through extensive research, a review of best practices, consultation with site council parents/guardians, teachers, principals, nurses and Dr. Guglietta, we’ve updated our curriculum to include a new video and a blended learning environment.  Contact Health and Wellness Director Noel Vigue with any questions.   

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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 and new dates can be found here.

PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

Please join the Milton SEPAC for our upcoming event: Understanding School Refusal in Children and Teens. On March 29th at 6:30 in the Keys Community Room at the Milton Public Library, Dr. Ryan Ruth Conway will share information about warning signs and strategies for managing this increasingly common issue.

Our FCSN presentation, “An IEP for My Child”, (originally scheduled for March 13th) has been rescheduled for Tuesday, April 10th from 7-9pm in the Glover Library. Join us  to learn about the Individual Education Program (IEP). This presentation will explain the document, its development, how to articulate a vision, write measurable annual goals, monitor a child’s progress and understand how the document will support a student. Attendees will also have the opportunity ask questions about any aspect of IEPs.

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

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.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

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Hitting the library this week? You can find what’s happening for kids right here

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.

Got a little gal or guy who wants to play t-ball? Milton American Baseball T-Ball registration is still open for players who are between 4 and 5 years old. The T-Ball program is held at Cunningham Park, and gets young players introduced to the game with skills stations. The season starts with a parade on April 21st and there are 6 sessions – April 22, 29, May 6,  20,  June 3, 10. No baseball on Mothers Day or Memorial Day Weekend. If you are interested,  you can register here.  For questions about T-Ball and other baseball programs please email Milton American.

What is Circle-S? Circle-S is a unique and exciting, FREE support group serving children whose siblings have a disability. Children (age 6-18) come with their parent and enjoy a pizza supper, and join other “typical sibs” who face similar experiences of living with a brother or sister with special needs. Parents have the opportunity to meet and make connections with other parents in a safe, confidential environment. They can speak honestly about the joys and challenges of raising a child with special needs, while also raising a “typical” child. Starts April 23rd (note date change from flyer) in the Collicot/Cunningham Library.

ART AND MUSIC NEWS

For Music in Our Schools Month, small ensembles are performing in the MHS lobby to greet students and teachers as they arrive to school.  Here is a glimpse of the performance by MHS Pretty Sharp Girls Chorus, a student-run group that rehearses after school.  

Also,  TONIGHT is the MIOSM Strings Concert at MHS, 7pm.  Here is a preview of one of the performance selections by the MHS Full Orchestra from today’s rehearsal. It’s Phantom of the Opera Medley. Prepare to be impressed!

The MIOSM Chorus concerts cancelled due to the storm are being rescheduled as a daytime assembly on Wednesday, April 4th at Pierce Middle School.  It will feature the Pierce choruses and the MHS small ensembles including the sing-along performers. It is scheduled for 10:30-11:20 AM and families are welcome to attend. 

ATHLETICS

Sports schedules for all MHS teams 

Two (three!) birds, one stone! Support the MHS Rugby team, pick up flowers for your aunt or cousin who is hosting and arrive at Easter or Sunday dinner with a clean car! The MHS Rugby team will be hosting a double event on Saturday March 31st, just in time for Easter.  CAR WASH & TULIP SALE, Cunningham/Collicot driveway, 3/31, 9am-12pm

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 proud of our Glover 5th grade leaders who volunteered at Unquity House last week.  As part of the fifth grade community service project this year, students played games and visited with residents. It’s wonderful to see our young people giving back to the community.  

Staff:  I would like to recognize the High School World Language Teachers for their professional development work on a recent Saturday. MHS Principal James  Jette and World Language Director Martine Fisher shared that the presentations given by MHS teachers Houda Robert and Marie Penner-Hahn  enabled the group to further reflect on diversity, multiculturalism and biases and on the necessary attributes of culturally competent classrooms. Thanks to the collaborative spirit and open mindedness of all present, teachers reflected on and exchanged views on a wide range of sensitive issues in a safe and productive learning environment. Kudos to the teachers who facilitated and attended,  as your active and productive participation in professional development is a testament to your strength as educators.

Volunteers: Thank you to the volunteers who coordinated the One Book, One School effort at Collicot this year. Parents Kerry Kelly, Michelle Kennedy and Jessica Cherry took the lead on fundraising, planning events, choosing a theme and book, communicating with parents and staff, organizing in school and evening activities and more. One Book, One School is a vibrant program at Collicot and we appreciate the investment of time and effort of these parents who coordinated this year’s efforts.  

Thank you to my blog contributors this week:  Noel Vigue, Kathleen Kelley, Kacy Kalell, Dana DePaul, Martine Fisher, James Jette, Suzanne Fitzsimmons, Christine Morrow, Karen McDavitt, Jean Scarborough, Dawn Sykes, Bernadette Butler, Jon Redden, Cat DesRoche, Elaine McNeil-Girmai, Noel Vigue, Laurie Stillman, Jen Grubler, Kerry Kelly, Karen Spaulding, Holly Concannon and Amy Gale.

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 15, 2018

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

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

Over the past two months, The Milton Public Schools has held a series of information nights to inform and engage parents and guardians about programs offered within the Milton Public Schools.  In January we held Preschool and Kindergarten Information Nights to welcome families to MPS and share the processes around registering for one of our preschool programs, the preschool lottery and the kindergarten registration process. Our preschool process is complete, as is the majority of kindergarten registration and we look forward to welcoming our new students in September.

In February and early March we held 5th Grade Information Night as well at 1st Grade Information Night and STEM Information Night. Dr Spaulding welcomed 5th grade families to Pierce with practical information and reassuring advice as these students prepare to transition to middle school. 1st Grade Information Night served to apprise kindergarten parents and guardians about the two programs offered in 1st grade – French Immersion and English Innovation Pathway – and give time frames, school assignment and lottery details. STEM Information Night was an opportunity for kindergarten  families to experience the STEM curriculum in action.

Our final information night, MHS Program of Studies/Advanced Placement Information Night, takes place tonight, Thursday March 15th, at 6:30 pm at MHS.  During this evening presentation we will review graduation requirements, course offerings and answer any questions you may have about our program of studies.  

If you have questions about any of the programs offered above, please email Marti McKenna for preschool, Laurie Dunn for kindergarten, your current principal for 1st grade, Karen Spaulding for 5th grade and James Jette or Karen Cahill for MHS. 

With the two snow days this week, the final day of school is now Friday, June 22nd. The MPS calendar can be found here

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

On March 9th, MHS students Sarah Mitchell, Isabelle Richer, Vanessa Lorden and Alisa Lorden travelled  to Northeastern University for their Marine Science Symposium. High school students and teachers from the Boston area came together to learn about research and practice around marine science topics and issues. The event featured both keynote speakers in a plenary format as well as hands-on break-out workshops led by scientists, policymakers, graduate students, and others engaged in marine-related careers.  

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Art in action at MHS!

MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS

The art room at Pierce has been busy with 8th grade students completing their ceramic vessels as they are glazed and  fired. Students created pinch pots with fitted lids using slab, scoring and slipping, and adding texture techniques. They explored the different stages of clay from plastic to leatherhard,  bone dry, bisque, and glazeware thoughout the process of creating their vessels.

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The Pierce Middle School Science Fair is Tuesday, March 20th from 6:30-8pm.  In addition to many interesting science projects, the New England Aquarium will be on-site with a hands-on exhibit and the MHS Robotics Team will be doing demonstrations. We hope to see you there – as a participant or spectator. 

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

STEM Night for our kindergarteners was very well attended this week.  Families gathered around using spoons, popsicle sticks, pipe cleaners, and more to create catapults that  successfully launched marshmallows over hedges. Families talked with World Language Director Martine Fischer to learn about Spanish in the English Innovation Pathway curriculum, children used Osmo Technology and coded Dash the Robot. The level of engagement and excitement was palpable. Our rising first graders are fortunate  to have the choice between two incredible programs – French Immersion and English Innovation Pathway.  

If you missed the 1st Grade Information Night on March 6th, you can view the presentation here

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Mrs Stefanick and Cunningham 5th graders headed into the Starlab

The Starlab is a 5th grade highlight of the Sun, Moon and Planets Unit of study.  For 3 months our fifth graders study the phases of the moon, the Earth’s place in the solar system and motion of the objects in the sky. This unit culminates in a session in the Starlab with students observing and learning about the constellations visible from the Northern hemisphere, the daily motion of the objects present in the sky and how this is used as evidence of the rotation of the Earth on its axis. The Starlab is also used at the middle school as part of the astronomy unit in the fall and as part of a mini lesson on the chemistry of stars as a connection to the unit Chemical Interactions. The high school uses the Starlab in the physics, astronomy and biology classes. Starlab was recently used with great success by Pierce science teachers Allison Meleedy and Rachel Clancy during the February Vacation Camp sessions they ran at Tucker and Collicot. They planned and implemented activities for kids across all grades who attended camp. The Starlab was a grant purchase from the MFE, written for MPS by Moira Downes. As always, we are grateful to the MFE for their ongoing support!  

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Each spring, thanks to the generosity of M-PACE, our 4th graders are treated to a trip to Boston Symphony Hall to attend the Boston Symphony Orchestra Youth Concert. This annual trip acts as an introduction to the full orchestra experience, encouraging long-term interest in orchestral music and the BSO, and delivering positive character development messages through each performance. This year’s program was titled, “Learning By Heart”-A Journey of Exploration and Engagement (Lesson: Following Your Heart Requires the Brain, as Well) and included the music of BERLIOZ (Roman Carnival Overture),  BIZET (Intermezzo, from Carmen), DVOŘÁK (4th movement from Symphony No. 8) and others.

ON THE MPS CALENDAR

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
Mar 21   Glover Passport to the Arts
Mar 21   Milton School Committee and Open Budget Hearing
Mar 22   MHS Passport to the Arts
Mar 22   MISOM String Ensemble Concert at MHS

The full MPS calendar can be found here.  

Members of the MHS 2018 social justice group YW InITA invite the MPS community to join them for a discussion on racism and classicism on March 20th, 6-8pm at MHS.

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Please join us for our Music In Our Schools Month Concerts. Our next concert is March 22- Grades 5-12 string ensembles. The performance begins at 7pm at MHS and admission is free.

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The MHS Rugby Players will be hosting a  Wildcat Fun Night fundraiser Friday March 23rd, 6- 8:15 pm at the Glover School for children in grades K – 5 who attend Milton Public Schools. What is a Wildcat fun night? The Milton High Rugby players and some of their cheerleader friends will play games with your children while YOU have a night out!

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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 and new dates can be found here.

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING

Another recent study confirms the health harms of e-cigarettes, shares Laurie Stillman. MPS SEL Facilitator.  A report in the Journal of Pediatrics (Jan 2018) found that adolescents who used e-cigarettes (but did not smoke regular cigarettes), had higher levels of multiple cancer-causing chemicals in their urine.  They concluded that, “while e-cigarette vapor may be less hazardous than tobacco smoke, our findings challenge the idea that e-cigarette vapor is safe, because many of the compounds in them are carcinogenic. Messaging to teenagers should include warnings about the potential risk from toxic exposure to carcinogenic compounds generated by these products.” The same Journal reported last year that there is an explosion of use of e-cigarettes among youth in recent years.  Nearly one-third of high school students have used e-cigarettes, and at least half of them are regular users. E-cigarettes, which are hard to detect because they release an odorless vapor, have become the new delivery system for tobacco, marijuana and other drugs among our youth. We must be vigilant about speaking with our children to stem this growing public health threat.

PARENT SPEAKER SERIES

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.  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.  

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Save the date for our April 8th speaker,  Michael Thompson, Ph.D. presenting:“Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Lives of Boys”. Dr. Thompson gives suggestions to teachers and parents about how to support a boy in the early years of school and how to help a boy remain emotionally open in adolescence.  

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

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.  

PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

Please join the Milton SEPAC for our upcoming event: Understanding School Refusal in Children and Teens. On March 29th at 6:30 in the Keys Community Room at the Milton Public Library, Dr. Ryan Ruth Conway will share information about warning signs and strategies for managing this increasingly common issue.

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What is Circle-S? Circle-S is a unique and exciting, FREE support group serving children whose siblings have a disability. Children (age 6-18) come with their parent and enjoy a pizza supper, and join other “typical sibs” who face similar experiences of living with a brother or sister with special needs. Parents have the opportunity to meet and make connections with other parents in a safe, confidential environment. They can speak honestly about the joys and challenges of raising a child with special needs, while also raising a “typical” child. Starts April 9th in the Collicot/Cunningham Library.

MFE NEWS

This is what the MFE looks like in action. Pictured is  Elementary Science Coordinator Linda Stefanick in her glory surrounded by new Dashes that were funded by the Monster Dash. Our elementary students will be thrilled to get these in classrooms in the coming days. Thank you to the MFE!

The next big MFE event is around the corner. 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

See what the library has to offer this week!  

Tonight’s the night 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.

ART AND MUSIC NEWS

Music in Our Schools Month continued with festival performances last week.  MMEA-Eastern District and SEMSBA hosted their junior and senior music festivals, and 41 Pierce and MHS students participated.  You can see our MHS participants in the senior festival at the top of today’s blog. 

Join your school community for Passport to the Arts in the coming weeks! We encourage you to visit your own school for Passport to the Arts as well as any of the other schools in the district. Below is a sneak peek of a few of our Passport displays! 

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:

Butch Stearns, Olivia DiSandro and Erin McDonough Photo Credit: Steve Babineau

Students:  Please join me in congratulating  7th grade writer Olivia DiSandro. Olivia won first place in the 7th grade division of the 2018 Will McDonough Sports Writing Contest.  Olivia wrote about an incredible show of sportsmanship during the 5,000 meter race in the summer Olympics. After a fall on the track, New Zealand’s Nikki Hamblin and U.S. runner, Abbey D’Agostino, crossed the finish line together.  Olivia was honored for her thoughtful piece of writing by the New England Sports Museum at Sunday night’s Celtics game.

Who’s excited for Flipgrid?

Staff:  Thank you to Collicot 3rd grade teacher Liz Spitz whose class entered and won a contest allowing access for her students to Flipgrid for 1 year. This exciting technology program is amazing and is a great example of how teachers are using innovative technology everyday to enhance curriculum and engage students.  In order to celebrate March 2 Read Across America Day, Fligrid wanted to celebrate diverse global readers across the entire world. Students in Mrs Spitz’ class shared favorite books from home and school, had the most videos and views and were one of only 10 classes world wide who won the contest and a free membership to Flipgrid! Mrs Spitz’ creativity and excitement in the classroom has clearly translated to her students. 

Volunteers: I would like to thank Tucker dad Keith Wick (who just happens to be the MHS boys lacrosse coach) who kicked off the first of two lacrosse camps at Tucker this week. 30 kids, grades K-5, learned stick handling, throwing and catching and how to move with the stick. Thanks to Coach Wick and members of the boys lacrosse team who joined in to teach and mentor the next generation of MHS Lax superstars!

Thank you to my blog contributors this week:  Holly Concannon, Amy Gale, Laurie Stillman, Stephanie Sherman, Linda Stefanick, Dr Karen Spaulding, Susan DiSandro, Dawn Sykes, Laurel Bernini, Maureen Butler, Karen Cahill, Noel Vigue, Tim Te, Jennifer Struzziero, Cat DesRoche, Gigi Jiang and Trish Heleen.

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 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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