October 25th 2018

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: October 25, 2018

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

Earlier this summer, Governor Charlie Baker declared that October 22-26 would be STEM Week in Massachusetts schools. Our science coordinators, principals and teachers ran with the idea and as you’ll see below, our schools were awash in STEM activities this week. Our K-12 curriculum has a strong STEM component on a daily and weekly basis and it was interesting to see a concentrated week of STEM cooperative activities, challenges, speakers, field trips and more. Please enjoy these highlights!

Our administrative team participated in their own STEM challenge to kick off the week. Students enjoyed seeing their principals and teachers working in small groups, just like they do!

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Pierce 8th graders heard from Pierce parent Mr. Thomas Angus, who works for MassDEP, and presented on the topic of human health and ecological risks from toxic chemicals at old industrial sites and contaminated rivers. This was a valuable and interesting presentation for our 8th graders, as evidenced by the rapt audience and well thought out questions.

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Students in MHS Engineering 1 utilized the Engineering Design Process to lead the Gile Rd preschool class through designing, building, testing, and redesigning a sail for a zipline sailboat.  Sailboats ran on two drinking straw “pontoons” which were carried on fishing line. The sailboats were propelled by a hair dryer. Results were determined by measuring how far the sailboat traveled.  

Students in Child Development drew two ideas for their sails, then decided on which one to build.  Students in Engineering helped the preschoolers capture their ideas and the results of their test. The preschoolers then used what they learned to redesign and improve the sails.  The students tested their new sails and saw the boats went farther than they did the first time!

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Sedna Darkey is a MHS alumna who graduated in 2007.  She has since graduated from the University of Hartford with a BS in Chemistry and gone on to work in varying roles at Batelle Worldwide, the MWRA, Smithers Viscient, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, and Immunogen.  Ms. Darkey shared her journey from communications major to chemist with Mr. Damiani’s biotechnology classes. We were extremely fortunate to have such a wonderful alumna come back to share her story with our students.

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At Pierce, Ms. Magill’s  STEM students kicked off their participation in the Cyber Robotics Coding Competition this week by beginning work on the pre-competition boot camp.  Look for updates as the competition continues.  

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ASE  joined in the first statewide STEM week. ASE supervisors, teachers and students planned special activities that emphasize the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math in our lives.  ASE 2nd-5th grade learned about chemistry with M&M’s (and got a little treat as well) and recreated an oil spill and learned how environmental disasters affect natureASE Kindergarten students were intrigued and waited patiently to observe the raisins dance. This simple and fun experiment can be done at home! ASE Pre-K learned about life cycles with apples.  Students were fully engaged in this great, simple and fun activity.

 

As part of our Schools to Careers program, a group of interested MHS students took a field trip to Boston Children’s Hospital today to learn about a career in nursing. 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE

There has not been a School Committee meeting since my last blog post. The next School Committee meeting and site visit will be at Glover on November 7th. All are welcome to attend. School Committee meetings can be watched On Demand on Milton Access Television at any time.

MILTON FOUNDATION FOR EDUCATION

The 20th Annual Monster Dash is this Sunday! Online registration closes FRIDAY at 10:00 pm. Early bib pick-up on SATURDAY, 1:00 – 4:00 pm at Cunningham Hall and if you miss online registration, you can register in person on SATURDAY, 1:00 – 4:00 pm at Cunningham Hall.  Join the fun on Sunday, October 28th at 10am at Cunningham Hall. Each of the elementary schools has a Monster Dash team – Join your school when you sign up!

Ghosts & Goblins who benefit from smaller crowds to reduce sensory input are invited to join the SEPAC in partnership with the MFE for a sensory friendly hour at the Milton Monster Dash. Families are strongly encouraged to register in advance either online, with the form that came home from school, or on Saturday 10/28 from 1-4 at Cunningham Hall.

PARENT SPEAKER SERIES

On November 6th, Casey Corcoran will present Healthy Relationships: Talking to Your Kids about the Birds, the Bees, AND the Butterflies with Casey Corcoran.  This presentation will focus on concrete strategies, conversation starters, and resources that parents and caregivers can use with their kids to promote healthy relationships. As the Center for Disease Control points out, “unhealthy relationships can start early and last a lifetime.” Casey previously worked at the Boston Public Health Commission as the director of the Start Strong: Building Healthy Teen Relationships Initiative. He received his M.A.T. from Trinity College and is a certified batterer/dating violence intervention counselor.

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

What a night! While many folks were celebrating another Red Sox win last night at Fenway Park, Milton High School students were watching a “championship performance” over at the Boston Opera House in downtown Boston. Last night, 60 Milton High School students and 6 chaperones traveled to the Boston Opera House to see a performance of Hamilton sponsored by the Marilyn Rodman Theatre for Kids Foundation. Mr, Jette shares the following: “Marilyn Rodman knew theatre could have a profound effect on kids, so she encouraged her husband Don to send kids to a show instead of yet another sporting event. In 2001, Don sent 2,000 kids to see South Pacific, and they never looked back”. You can read more about the Rodman Foundation here.

Well, thanks to Mr. Rodman and the foundation, 60 MHS students were blessed with a riveting performance of Hamilton. Albeit 3 hours long, the performance itself had our students on the edge of their seat and focused on every word and innuendo of the cast. This show was informative yet very entertaining and had our students salivating for more. I have been to many shows myself and several performance with our students over the years but Hamilton by far is one of my favorites. The music, dancing, and acting and the message inspired our students to learn more about history. One student even commented, “It gave me a new interest in history” and another student stated, “The creator was so innovative that he made our founder fathers oblivious to race”.

As expected, our students were well behaved and so appreciative of the opportunity. What a great night!

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Among the over 600 participants, there was a strong showing of SADD students who came to support the Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition walking team on October 20th for the Mikes 5k to Crush Substance Abuse.  Pictured L-R  – Jean Peterson (Milton Health Dept), Caitlin Heelan (MHS Senior)), Laurie Stillman (MSAPC Director), Elizabeth Thomas (MSAPC member), Caroline Kinsella (Health Dept Director), Molly Baker (Senior). Laura Sauter (SADD President), Michael Johnson (Senior), Bruce Talanian (MSAPC member)

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Last weekend the students in the MHS Debate class and Debate team beginners, competed in their first Massachusetts Public Forum Debate at Walpole High.  Shout outs to freshman Bradan O’Loughlin, who competed maverick (by himself) and won two out of three debates and freshman team Ciara Fitzgerald and Nina O’Loughlin who won all three of their debates!  Out of the eight Milton teams competing they had nine wins. All of these students were first time debaters and a bit nervous walking in; walking out they were elated and proud. Our teacher advisors Kathleen Kelley, Dana DePaul and Kacy Kalell  share that “watching the transition of confidence was awe-inspiring”.  The future is bright for MHS Debate!

PIERCE UPDATES

Pierce recognized LGBTQ Spirit Day on Friday, October 19th.  The Pierce GSA organized Spirit Day by encouraging staff and students to wear purple – a color from the Pride Flag that represents the “human spirit”- to show their support for the LGBTQ community. Pierce is proud to have taken part in this national movement, which is described by GLAAD as “the largest, most visible anti-bullying campaign in the world.” The students of the GSA, along with co-advisors Mrs. Kelli Prodanas and Ms. Liz Hallisey, would like to thank the Pierce community for their support and participation.

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The Pierce Middle School Student Council will be leading its 2nd annual “March For Peace” on Friday afternoon, November 2nd, starting in the school’s back parking lot at 2:45.  We are asking for your support by showing up and marching with us as we celebrate the theme of the day: Peace and Love. This is not a protest, nor a political statement, but rather a gentle reminder that we live in a world where all humans can coexist peacefully.

Please help us by spreading the word, showing up, and walking from Pierce Middle School, up to the Town Hall Gazebo (with a police escort) and listening to our Town’s youth share their words of wisdom through song and brief messages. Light refreshments will be served after the event. 

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The Pierce 8th grade is busy planning for the 8th grade Washington DC trip! This year we have more students than ever before signed up to go.  We are thrilled about that as it is important to us that everyone who wants to go-does go. That said, we now have a lot of fundraising to do for the DC Scholarship Fund. This fund provides critical support to families in need so that their children can participate in this amazing opportunity and have lifelong memories too.  

Our first Pierce Movie Night in support of the DC Scholarship Fund will take place on Friday, November 2, at 6:30 PM. We will be showing the movie, “Black Panther”. The suggested donation to attend is $10.00. This night is open to Pierce Middle School students only. This is a drop off event and there will be  a small concession stand. If this night is successful, we will plan another Pierce Movie Night the following month. Finally, if you would like to donate directly to the Pierce Middle School DC Scholarship Fund, you can just send in a check made out to the Pierce PTO with “DC Scholarship” in the notes section.

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Hispanic Heritage Month was celebrated in Pierce  Spanish classrooms with parent presentations by Mr. Aaron Navas, Mrs. Pilar Alcaide, Mr. Carlos Quiñones and Ms. Mannie Fernandez. These parents represent four different Spanish speaking countries, Nicaragua, Spain, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, respectively.  Parents discussed aspects of their culture including food, phrases, songs, dances, athletes, academics, geography and history. It was an interesting and engaging event for all involved! Muchisimas gracias to everyone who made these presentations possible.

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Maybe Squash is your next sport? You’ll never know unless you try! Milton Academy is offering another introduction-to-squash clinic exclusively for MPS high school and middle school students. No experience necessary. Morgan Poor, Boy’s Coach at Milton Academy, will provide instruction. Throughout the sessions, the kids will learn the rules of the game, do various drills that teach different elements of the game and eventually play games and matches. Racquets, eyeguards and balls will be provided. All participants need their own non-marking court shoes.

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Did your elementary school child come home this week talking about broccoli and edamame? You can thank Director of Nutrition Services Jackie Morgan and Health Barn USA and their healthy lifestyle “Try it, You’ll Like it” school assembly. Students at Cunningham, Collicot, Tucker and Glover enjoyed fun, engaging and  hands on assemblies all week. Students learned about the importance of trying new foods from the five food groups presented in the USDA MyPlate. After discussing eating breakfast, exercise, types of food and healthy eating, they enjoyed student volunteer tasters, making smoothies on the “smoothie bikes” and sharing their new “name” (be sure to ask your child their name). Every student sampled a variety of healthy food – the aforementioned broccoli and edamame, as well as melon, cheerios, peppers, tomatoes and the “smoothie bike blended”  smoothies!

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Elementary school students rocked the summer reading challenge, “Libraries Rock”.  The Milton Public Schools, in partnership with the Milton Public Library, challenged students to log in the minutes they spent reading over the summer. Almost 2000 K-5 students across the town registered for the challenge. The goal was set at 500,000 minutes.  Students not only met, but surpassed the goal with flying colors, logging in 1,134,142 minutes!

During library class all students who logged in minutes received an ” I rocked my summer reading challenge” bookmark.  Top readers from each elementary school had their names entered into a grade-wide raffle with the raffle winner receiving  a $25 gift card to Barnes and Nobles thanks to the generosity of the PTOs from each elementary school.

The Summer Reading Challenge is a partnership initiative between the Milton Public Schools and the Milton Public Library.  A special thank you to Sara Truog, Assistant Director, and her dedicated team of librarians, for their hard work and commitment to this program.  We would also like to thank Cunningham, Collicot, Tucker and Glover PTOs for their generous support of the Summer Reading Challenge.

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The Tucker School has a fun raffle calendar happening his fall. Enter for a chance to WIN over $2,300 worth of local prizes plus a Bonus Raffle of tickets to see HAMILTON if you purchase your calendar by 10/25! Raffle tickets can be purchased online.

UPCOMING MPS DATES

Oct 28  MFE Monster Dash
Nov 1, 3, 4   MHS Les Miserables
Nov 6  Parent Speaker Series-Casey Corcoran
Nov 7  Milton School Committee Meeting
Nov 8  Early Release (Grades K-12), PT Conferences Gr 6-12 Only
Nov 12  No School Veterans Day

ART AND MUSIC

Les Miserables has thrilled audiences around the world since its 1985 London premiere, proving to be one of the most enduring theatrical productions in history. Next week, the Milton High School drama department will present Les Miserables, School Edition, in the Charles Winchester Auditorium in four performances over three nights. Les Miserables is directed by Kevin Black and tickets are available at the high school during school hours or online at anytime.  Thursday, November 1 at 7pm; Saturday, November 3 at 2pm and 7pm; and Sunday, November 4 at 2pm. Tickets are $10.00 and are now available online at and at Milton High School. Above is a link of the recent sitzprobe. In opera and musical theatre, a sitzprobe (from the German for seated rehearsal) is a rehearsal where the singers sing with the orchestra, focusing attention on integrating the two groups. It is often the first rehearsal where the orchestra and singers rehearse together.

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The Milton High School Marching Band competed at the Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors Association Division festival in Wakefield this past Saturday. The festival brought in high school marching bands from Massachusetts as well as New Hampshire and the students were treated to a performance by the UMASS Lowell Marching Band. The Wildcats, led by student drum majors and captains Colleen Conley, Sarah Hancock, Claire Mandel, JJ Hainline and Paula Hogan performed their show “Memories of Ireland” and received 3 star ratings across all categories for an overall rating of 3 stars. The Marching Wildcats will continue to perform selections from their halftime show at the remaining home football games as well as at the Town Veteran’s Day Ceremonies. Check out some clips from the festival here

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We are over halfway through our Marching Wildcats Fair Trade Fundraiser  to benefit our Band. Please consider purchasing some fair trade holiday gifts or everyday items and we will receive 25% of product sales!

Please go to FairTradeCaravans.com; Log in to our fundraising event with “Participant Code” MarchingWildcats to participate in the fundraiser; Fill your shopping cart ; Check out and include your Fundraising Representative – the name of your student or staff member that will help us get your order to you (use Rebecca Damiani if you don’t know a member of the band or email Ms Damiani if you  have questions). All orders will be delivered to MHS the week of November 26th. Thank you for your support!

Order Delivery – All orders will be delivered to Milton High School the week of November 26th. From production to purchase, fair trade is model of ethical, sustainable trade that puts people and planet first, so please share this fundraising opportunity with your friends and family!

COMMUNITY SCHOOLS

Mrs. Van Allen and the Collicot ASE students are working on creating beautiful and easy to make lanterns to join the 1st annual Collicot lantern walk. Join them and the PTO to make a lantern after school this Thursday October 25th 3:05-4:00 beside Collicot. They will be there rain or shine. Be sure to bring a 1 or 2 liter plastic bottle with the top ½ cut off. Other supplies will be available and children must be accompanied by an adult. The walk will take place this Friday October 26 at Cunningham Hall. Activities start at 5:30 with a bake sale, music, fall fun and light distribution inside the hall. The stroll begins at 6:45.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

This weekend:

Get your Dash on at the 20th Annual Monster Dash on Sunday October 28th! 

Milton Rx Drug Take Back Day is on Saturday October 27,  10am – 2pm at the Milton Police Station, 40 Highland Avenue. Unused medications thrown in the trash can be retrieved and abused, or illegally sold. If medications are flushed, they can contaminate the water supply. Do your part to curb the opiate crisis and dispose of unused medications at the Rx Drug Take Back Day.

 

There is a terrific opportunity for students to be introduced to tournament chess run by International Master David Vigorito , as well as for experienced players to participate in a competitive event for established players at the Milton Scholastic Chess Tournament on Saturday, October 27th 9am- 2pm at the Milton Public Library.

Forbes House Museum will host  a Halloween Pirate Party on Sunday, October 28th from 3-5pm. When the Forbes brothers set sail to China in the 1800’s, they kept a wary eye on the sea to avoid pirates. But now the pirates have taken over and they’re throwing a Halloween Party at the Forbes House! Join us for pirate-themed games, activities and treats! Costumes are encouraged. Tickets are  $5 per person ( child; adults, members) and pirates are free!

Next weekend:

The Bradley, Eustis, and Wakefield Estates will show off their fall colors during the  2nd Annual Blue Hills Great Estates Fall Foliage Weekend.

Milton Historical Society’s  is offering “Till We Meet Again – Songs of World War I” on Thursday,  November 1st.

Later in November:

Comfort Zone Camp is having a Holiday Family Day program in Weymouth on Saturday, November 10th from 12-4pm. Comfort Zone supports families who have experienced the death of a loved one.   

Waking Up White: And Finding Myself In The Story of Race , written by educator Debby Irving, is a book widely considered to be an essential text on how to unpack racial privilege in the American context. Hosted by Courageous Conversations Towards Racial Justice, join us for a conversation with Debby Irving, Monday, November 19th 6-9pm at Milton High School.

Brookwood Community Farm  will hold a Thanksgiving Sale on Sunday, November 18 from 11-2pm. Pick up locally grown veggies for your Thanksgiving Feast! Brookwood’s annual sale includes pre-ordered Harvest Boxes, Turkeys & Pies! This year enjoy kids activities, free warm drinks, self-guided scavenger hunt and more!

Also at Brookwood Farm there will be an Apple Pie Class with Chef Clare Garland on Sunday, November 18 2:30-4:30. Make your own perfect pastry crust and take home a delectable unbaked apple pie! Learn from pastry chef Clare Garland from the Ashmont Grill. Ages 14+.

Ongoing:

The Milton Public Library has great programs for children on an ongoing basis.

ATHLETICS

On behalf of the MIAA Golf Committee, the Milton High School Golf Team has been chosen as the recipient of this year’s Division 2 Sportsmanship Award for Fall Golf. This award will be presented at the State Championship Match on Tuesday, October 30th at Marshfield Country Club.  It has been a great week for the Golf Team, with Jack Boylan knocking down a hole-in-one, and Jared Carney earning a trip to the State Finals. Congratulations to Coach Ben Kelly for another tremendous year!

Pictured L-R Stephen Affanato, Hudson Smith, Dieter Werner, Patrick Kennedy, Hayden Kelley, Fritz Lalley, and Bobby Carew.

In the Boys Cross Country invitational this past weekend, Milton won the freshman team division at Saturday’s Brown Invitational.  Christopher Sullivan placed 1st (13:22). Ross Tejeda was 2nd (13:23). John Carew was 3rd (14:16). In the Varsity race, Bobby Carew led the team as usual. He placed 2nd overall running a new personal best of 15:48.

The Girls Cross Country Team also did well. Elise O’Leary, Ella Affanato, Anna Cakouros, Grace Sullivan, Grace Dwyer, and Clodagh Corcoran came in 4th overall. Grace Dwyer and Anna Cakouros both broke 20:00 in the 5K for the first time.   In the sophomore race, Maggie Mitchell, Bronwen Mandel, and Ilisa Risal all came in the top 30.

The Swim Team won yet again, beating Newton North to improve to 5-2 on the season! They host Weymouth at the Egan Center on Friday for their Senior Day Meet!

Volleyball beat Weymouth 3 sets to 1 on Tuesday to improve to 9-8 and secure a spot in the tournament.

Football lost a tough game over the weekend to Newton North.  However, they earned the #2 seed and will host Westwood on Friday, October 26th at 7pm here at Brooks Field, Milton High School.  Tickets are $3/students and $5/adults and senior citizens. There is no re-entry, no bags, and no pets allowed in the stadium.

Girls Soccer will host Walpole on Thursday, October 25th at 7pm for their Senior Night.

Boys Soccer dropped their game against Weymouth on Senior Night but will look to punch their ticket to the tournament with a win over Falmouth or Catholic Memorial in the next coming days.

Field Hockey beat Brookline on their Senior Night and they will wrap up their season this week against Walpole and Weymouth.

Please see the Milton Wildcats website for schedules, rosters, and updates!

AMBASSADOR PAGE

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

Students and Staff:  Congratulations to MHS Golf Team and their Coach, MHS Assistant Principal Ben Kelly who have been chosen as the recipient of this year’s Division 2 Sportsmanship Award  for Fall Golf. These awards are presented at the state championship final of every MIAA sponsored sport to a worthy team in each division of competition. The awards are presented to those teams who have demonstrated a sincere commitment to the highest ideals and objectives of sportsmanship during their season of play. Not only did our MHS Golf Team have a terrific season, they clearly did so while displaying excellent sportsmanship. Congratulations to the team and Coach Kelly!

Volunteers: A huge shout out and thank you to Diane Ferrari, who is retiring from her position as Program Coordinator of the Milton Residents Fund.  Ms. Ferrari has been a true friend to the Milton Public Schools over her 15 years overseeing the Fund. The Milton Residents Fund and its programs provide critical support and assistance to MPS students and their families, throughout the academic year, over the summer and at the holiday season.  Ms. Ferrari has been a valuable resource to our students and their families needing support from the Milton Residents, which is a relationship that grows in importance for our students each year. On behalf of the entire Milton Public Schools community we want to sincerely thank Ms. Ferrari for her dedication to our families and wish her the best in her future endeavors.

Thank you to my blog contributors this week:  Jon Redden, Holly Concannon, Karen Spaulding, Elaine McNeil- Girmai, Karen McDavitt, James Jette, Liz Hallisey, Kelli Prodanas AJ Melanson, Noel Vigue, Ryan Madden, Rebecca Damiani, Marti McKenna, Martha Sandoval, Kathleen Kelley, Karen Cahill, Joe Dolan, Jake Smith, Laurie Stillman, Tina Greene, Christie Chiappetta, Ellen Lohan, Amy Tom, Paul Damiani, Dawn Sykes, Jackie Morgan, Christine Blagrove and Kevin Black.

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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October 18, 2018

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: October 18, 2018

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

Students rehearse for Les Miserable.

Les Miserables, Claude-Michele Schonberg and Alain Boublil’s powerful musical, has thrilled audiences around the world since its 1985 London premiere, proving to be one of the most enduring theatrical productions in history. This November, the Milton High School drama department will present Les Miserables, School Edition, in the Charles Winchester Auditorium in four performances over three nights.  Middle school students will be previewing the show at Pierce on October 31st. Les Miserables is directed by Kevin Black and tickets are available at the high school during school hours or online at anytime. Choose your show! Thursday, November 1 at 7pm; Saturday, November 3 at 2pm and 7pm; and Sunday, November 4 at 2pm. Tickets are $10.00 and are now available online at and at Milton High School.

Anna Hoey and the cast rehearse.

The musical, based on Victor Hugo’s classic 1862 novel, is the epic story of one man’s quest for justice and another man’s unyielding commitment to the law.  Building upon the foundation of Les Miserables’ beautiful music and evocative lyrics, the Milton High School production will bring life to Victor Hugo’s colorful characters who never fail to captivate audiences:  The heroic Jean Valjean (junior Rowan Leggett); Inspector Javert (senior Caridad Smith); the tragic Fantine (senior Jada Farrar and Junior Maeve Bentley sharing the role); the waif and later beautiful woman Cosette (7th grader Greta Cardoza and Senior Penelope Holland respectively); the lovestruck Marius (sophomore Luke Palmer); the revolutionary firebrand Enjolras (freshman Gabe Winkler); the street urchin Eponine (sophomore Anna Hoey and senior Paula Hogan sharing the role); and the treacherous Madam and Monsieur Thenardier (seniors Audrey Pugh and Annabel Botsford sharing the role); along with a dynamic ensemble of student actors supported by an orchestra of student and professional musicians and a talented crew.

Les Miserables, School Edition, is the exclusively licensed production of Les Miserables for high school students by Music Theater International.  While slightly abridged and edited for school productions, the play retains the powerful story of the original production and includes material that may not be appropriate for younger audience members. I hope you will join me at MHS in November as we celebrate our young performers and enjoy a classic musical production. 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE

The School Committee will be holding upcoming meetings in each of our schools, with the goal of involving more parents, touring each school and hearing the school’s Site Council Presentation. Please consider attending your own school’s date or another school that may interest you. The first school visit for the School Committee was last night when they visited Milton High School and heard from staff, students  and parents. It was a successful evening for all involved. The next site visit will be at Glover on November 7th. All are welcome to attend. School Committee meetings can be watched On Demand on Milton Access Television at any time.

MILTON FOUNDATION FOR EDUCATION

Mrs. Cardiasmenos’ Glover 2nd graders are getting ready for the Monster Dash! Look for them in their bright orange t-shirts, which will be decorated in class tomorrow. Kids will decorate as they choose – spooky, fall, science or with whatever strikes them. Thank you to our parent volunteers for purchasing the shirts and helping to decorate tomorrow. We can’t wait to see the finished product!

The 20th Annual Monster Dash is only 10 days away! The Milton Monster Dash is organized by the MFE, a non-profit group that funds innovative programs and opportunities that are beyond the reach of the Milton Public School’s budget.  All proceeds of the Monster Dash benefit the Sam Cichello Memorial Fund which was created in 1999 in loving memory of Sam Cichello, a Tucker Elementary School student who died following a playground accident. To honor Sam’s love of science, proceeds of the Monster Dash-Sam’s Fund support science enrichment in all six of Milton’s public schools. Join the fun on Sunday, October 28th at 10am at Cunningham Hall. Each of the elementary schools has a Monster Dash team – Join Team Cunningham, The Tucker Running Club, the Glover or Collicot Teams and run with your school friends.  Join your school’s team when you sign up! 

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The MFE is thrilled to announce that we have allocated $60,000 from Celebration 2018 to the Fine Arts Departments of all six schools. The schools will be able to purchase new instruments for the elementary schools, ipads for the middle school arts curriculum, and a host of items for the high school including digital sewing machines, photography equipment, and an entire new kitchen for the culinary arts department. With these items, students in all grades across multiple disciplines will have increased opportunities to develop artistic literacy, and build 21st century skills. The Department Fine and Applied Arts is extremely grateful!

Joyce White,  Culinary , Arts/Fashion Design Teacher, shares the following:  The Culinary Arts program has certainly gotten good use out of the existing, well loved equipment that the MFE grant is replacing.  The new induction ovens will provide direct heat and allow students to create better and more consistent products. The new refrigeration units are energy efficient and will support safe storage, and the demonstration table will enhance student learning and optimal performance.  I am a longtime fan and supporter of MFE and am very happy to be have the Culinary Arts Department as one of the grant recipients. Students, for many years to come, will benefit from the professional and updated kitchen equipment. Additionally, the grant covered the cost of digital sewing machines, which will help beginners master the art of sewing, and advanced students get as crafty as they can imagine. Thank you to all who  are involved in organizing the MFE Celebration, year after year. Save the date for this year’s celebration on Saturday, April 6th. 

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

MHS enjoys a thriving partnership with  Schools to Careers. Schools to Careers offers real world/job field trip opportunities for students, with the hope to spark their interest and get them thinking, “Looks interesting, I might like to do that”.

During October, MHS will be sending 30 students to Boston Children’s Hospital and 40 students to MIT.  In November, Canton HS will host a Business, Marketing and Finance Program that some of our students will attend.  In early December MHS will host the Health and Medical Seminar for the second year; and finally later in December we will end 2018 with a visit to AccuRounds. In February we will visit  Norwood Hospital, March brings a visit to Meditech and in May students will go to Siemens.

Enthusiastic participation by our students reflects well on Milton High School and our teacher chaperones insure that students behave responsibly.  The STC events are great opportunities for our students and it is much appreciated that teachers volunteer as chaperones. We look forward to a successful year of Schools to Careers for the MHS student body.

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It was a successful night last night at MHS for College Funding 101. Special thanks for Todd Weaver, Strategies for College, Inc for presenting what can be stress inducing but valuable information. Todd will be presenting a condensed version of this information during our College Planning night on Thursday, December 6th. More details to come on this upcoming event. Thank you to Todd for sharing his presentation here. 

PIERCE UPDATES

The Pierce Cross Country Team competed in their final home meet this week with an impressive showing. These young runners work hard most days after school with Coach O’Leary and their commitment to the sport is paying off! Over 70 girls competed in the meet against Scituate. Some of our team highlights: Congratulations to Emily Rowley Grade 6 – First place overall and Marilyn Roche Grade 8 – Sixth place overall. Other runners who did well: Sarah Grace Chave 10th, Elana Pukel 11th, Bella Fiske 12th and Samantha McGilvray placed 13th.
There were also over 50 boys competing in the race against Scituate. Congratulations to Alec Carew Grade 7 – Third place overall, Ari Lloyd-Faber Grade 8- Fourth place overall and Colin Troung Grade 7 – Eighth place overall. Other runners who did well: Marc Leimkuehler placed 12th, William Hartford 14th, Harlan Lundrigan 15th and Cal Chisam 16th. Overall a terrific day for our Pierce runners! 

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Our STEM students recently  visited the Cape Cod Canal. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Park Rangers engaged Pierce STEM students in a number of activities to help them understand the importance and impact of this engineered waterway.   

 

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The spring clinic filled up fast!

Maybe Squash is your next sport? You’ll never know unless you try! Milton Academy is offering another introduction-to-squash clinic exclusively for MPS high school and middle school students. No experience necessary. Morgan Poor, Boy’s Coach at Milton Academy, will provide instruction. Throughout the sessions, the kids will learn the rules of the game, do various drills that teach different elements of the game and eventually play games and matches. Racquets, eyeguards and balls will be provided. All participants need their own non-marking court shoes.

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

New Spanish and Hispanic American Literature hit the shelves in our elementary schools! Just in time for National Hispanic Heritage Month, elementary students are diving into new Spanish language and Hispanic heritage books, thanks to a grant from the Milton Foundation for Education. Spanish teachers Christina Brown, Cristina Jauregui, Laura Serna, and Jen Taber researched and selected high-interest Spanish language books, as well as Hispanic heritage books in English. These diverse books represent the many Hispanic cultures of the world and include titles that will be used in both Spanish and library lessons to teach about the great contributions of famous Hispanics.  Students are able to select the new Spanish books during library classes, and Spanish teachers can enhance their lessons with vibrant new read-alouds, engaging more students, and making connections to other disciplines. The books allow students to engage in meaningful reading in the target language and to access cultural learning through literature. These exciting new collections are housed in the elementary libraries, where they are available for the enjoyment and enrichment of all staff and students.

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Collicot 1st grade  students from Madame Bourass-Elzein’s class with new folktales and fairy tales from the Magic of Reading in French grant: Eleanor Baker, Francesca Decourcey, Fiona Fahy, Maeve Hegarty, Belle Kelley, Claire McDonnell, Emily Morrow, Colin Mulcahy, Sloane Spaulding, Benjamin Wollacott, and Gillian Young

Through a grant written by elementary librarian Josh Coben, The Consulate General of France in Boston has awarded grants to the four elementary schools in the Milton Public Schools. The library for each school received up to $1,000 worth of French books to support a pedagogical project as part of the Consulate’s “Magic of Reading in French” initiative across New England. Collicot Library has brand-new volumes of folktales, fairy tales, and fables, powerful traditional stories that serve as cultural touchstones and appeal to students of all ages. Glover’s project focuses on poetry, the genre where the joy of words takes center stage. Through poetry, students delight in the interplay of sound and meaning as they increase reading fluency and expression. Cunningham and Tucker have acquired new collections of high-interest graphic novels, books that draw in readers at all levels through their vibrant images and manageable blocks of text. The visual storytelling supports comprehension, encouraging young readers to tackle more challenging material and sustain their reading for longer periods. With all four grants, we look forward to expanding French literacy skills and building enthusiasm for French language and culture. Vive la lecture et merci Monsieur Coben!

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October 9th was National Fire Prevention Day and we are so fortunate to have the MFD visit each school for fire safety education for our youngest students. Below Glover and Tucker students are joined by some of MFD’s finest! Thank you firefighters!

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It was another round of Walk to School Wednesdays at Cunningham, Glover and Tucker. Students Walked and Wheeled on a beautiful day!

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Glover kindergarten teachers visited every student’s home during the early release day  as part of our 1647 Home Visit Family/Community engagement initiative. Teachers stopped by houses to drop off Glover bracelets, pencils, and a personal invitation to the Lantern Walk next Friday. It meant the world to both teachers and families to make this powerful connection.  

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The Tucker School has a fun raffle calendar happening his fall. Enter for a chance to WIN over $2,300 worth of local prizes plus a Bonus Raffle of tickets to see HAMILTON! Raffle tickets can be purchased online.

UPCOMING MPS DATES

Oct 18  SEPAC Board Meeting
Oct 22  Special Fall Town Meeting
Oct 24  5th Grade Information Night
Oct 25  District Wide Diversity Event
Oct 28  MFE Monster Dash
Nov 1, 3, 4   MHS Les Miserables

STEM WEEK

Governor Baker has announced the first STEM Week in Massachusetts will take place the week of October 22-26th. The MFE Monster Dash,  which supports science in our schools, will be a great finale to STEM Week on Sunday October 28th. As a district, we have STEM activities planned all week to highlight the rich ongoing K-12 STEM curriculum.

There is an opportunity for families to visit the labs at Bridgewater State University On Wednesday, October 24th,  during STEM Week. The Center for the Advancement of STEM Education (CASE) invites you to Open Lab Night 2018, an event for the entire community, especially K-12 students.

Open Lab Night features hands on activities and demonstrations in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, geography and astronomy. The new BSU maker space will also be open for tours and demonstrations. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Parking is available in the Bridgewater State University Parking Garage.

PBIS

As I shared last week , we are implementing a systematic approach to student behavior in our elementary and middle schools called Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS).  PBIS requires the buy in of the entire school community. Each school has a hardworking group of educators who form the PBIS Lead Team. This team organizes assemblies, prepares classroom lessons and supports teachers in the day to day coordination of PBIS in our schools. Please join me in recognizing these teams of PBIS leaders who attended a 3 day PBIS Professional Development this summer and are ensuring the success of PBIS in our schools.  

Tucker: Nora Sweeney, Kelly Griffin, Bonnie Johnson, Maura Middleton, Kirsten Driscoll, Elaine McNeil- Girmai and Nathania Onyeagoro. Glover: Nicole Grant-Heal, Sarah Whitten, Bridget Renehan, Heather Morris, Amanda LeFort, Kristin Collins, Lea Franklin, Melissa Craven, Moira Donohue, Deb Muse, Elizabeth Bowen, Sara MacNeil, Karen McDavitt. Cunningham: Kerry O’Leary, Emma Segall, Jon Redden, Maureen Butler, Robyn Greene, Simona Gizdarska. Collicot: Elizabeth Caruso & Laura McDermott,  Simona Gzardska, Caroline Mannion, Alison McGrath, Amy Gale, Holly Concannon, Zeina Hamada. Pierce: Dr. Karen Spaulding, Michelle Boissonneault, Kelly Dearing, Janis Gordon, Erica Benjamin, John Zitz, Melissa Augustyn, Jon Perez, Dr. Nick Fitzgerald, Kara Sheridan, Meaghan Ohrenberger, Kyle Alves, Christine Blagrove, Sarah Murphy, Danielle Huebner,Lisa Veldran, Myriam Franciser, Kristen Fraine, Zakia Jarrett, Allison Meleedy and Erin MacCurtain.

PARENT SPEAKER SERIES

Save the date for the next speaker in the PARENT Speaker Series.

On November 6th, Casey Corcoran will present Healthy Relationships: Talking to Your Kids about the Birds, the Bees, AND the Butterflies with Casey Corcoran.  This presentation will focus on concrete strategies, conversation starters, and resources that parents and caregivers can use with their kids to promote healthy relationships. As the Center for Disease Control points out, “unhealthy relationships can start early and last a lifetime.” Casey previously worked at the Boston Public Health Commission as the director of the Start Strong: Building Healthy Teen Relationships Initiative. He received his M.A.T. from Trinity College and is a certified batterer/dating violence intervention counselor.   

TECHNOLOGY

Referring to children in our tech-driven culture, Catherine Steiner-Adair, EdD, shares in her book The Big Disconnect that they are, “Still on the learning curve in their interface with the adult world and in so many ways in relationships, their capacity to connect through tech often outstrips their capacity to manage the emotional voltage it can deliver.  Or to recognize the potential danger of exposing themselves to others who would use social networking to do them harm.” 

What can we do as a district to support families around technology and social media? The Wait Until 8th campaign hopes to answer that question. Over the next few weeks, we will hold informational coffees with Educational Technology Director AJ Melanson at each of the elementary schools. You are welcome to attend any of the coffees and we look forward to seeing many parents/guardians for these casual, roundtable discussions.  

Collicot/Cunningham Coffee  – Friday, October 26th, 8:30am  in the cafe
Glover Coffee – Monday, October 29th, 9am
Tucker Coffee – Friday, November 2nd, 9am

SEPAC/SPECIAL EDUCATION

The SEPAC’s (Special Education Parent Advisory Committee)  next meeting will be on October 18th from 7- 9 pm in the Pierce Middle School library.  This meeting is open to all.

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Ghosts & Goblins who benefit from smaller crowds to reduce sensory input are invited to join the SEPAC in partnership with the MFE for a sensory friendly hour at the Milton Monster Dash. Families are strongly encouraged to register in advance either online, with the form that came home from school, or on Saturday 10/28 from 1-4 at Cunningham Hall. 

ART AND MUSIC

The Glover art room was abuzz with excitement this week as Glover Special Educator Bridget Renehan hosted a “Paint Night” as a special treat for Gym Buddies participants. There were plenty of happy artists who went home with their creations! 

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The MHS Marching Band is raising money to support the band. Through Sunday, November 4th, you will have the opportunity to purchase a variety of fair trade holiday gifts and other fair trade products and the Marching Band will receive 25% of product sales!  Please go to FairTradeCaravans.com; Log in to our fundraising event with “Participant Code” MarchingWildcats to participate in the fundraiser; Fill your shopping cart ; Check out and include your Fundraising Representative – the name of your student or staff member that will help us get your order to you (use Rebecca Damiani if you don’t know a member of the band or email Ms Damiani if you  have questions). All orders will be delivered to MHS the week of November 26th. Thank you for your support!

NEWS AROUND TOWN

This weekend:
Run or walk Mike’s 5K to Crush Substance Abuse On October 20th! This is our second annual 5K to raise money for substance abuse prevention and treatment programs. We are running in memory of Mike Mulcahy, a proud Miltonian and lover of the outdoors, who passed away in December 2016 after a heroic battle against addiction. Mike wants us to CRUSH substance abuse! Free t-shirts to the first 200 registrants, please register in advance here.  Race day registration starts at 9am at the Cunningham School Cafeteria and the 5k begins at 10am. We will follow the route of the Milton Road Race through the beautiful town of Milton.

Next weekend:                           
There is a terrific opportunity for students to be introduced to tournament chess run by International Master David Vigorito , as well as for experienced players to participate in a competitive event for established players at the Milton Scholastic Chess Tournament on Saturday, October 27th 9am- 2pm at the Milton Public Library.

Forbes House Museum will host  a Halloween Pirate Party on Sunday, October 28th from 3-5pm. When the Forbes brothers set sail to China in the 1800’s, they kept a wary eye on the sea to avoid pirates. But now the pirates have taken over and they’re throwing a Halloween Party at the Forbes House!Join us for pirate-themed games, activities and treats! Costumes are encouraged. Tickets are $5 per person ( child; adults, members) and pirates are free! 

November:
Milton Historical Society’s  is offering “Till We Meet Again – Songs of World War I” on Thursday,  November 1st.

Waking Up White: And Finding Myself In The Story of Race , written by educator Debby Irving, is a book widely considered to be an essential text on how to unpack racial privilege in the American context. Hosted by Courageous Conversations Towards Racial Justice, join us for a conversation with Debby Irving, Monday, November 19th 6-9pm at Milton High School.

Ongoing:
The Town of Milton is offering a new online form for Block Parties.  These forms are designed to allow residents to apply for applications online saving time and effort. If a resident is planning an event they may simply go on to the Town Website, find the form they wish to use, open it, and fill in the information about their event. Town Hall will receive your application instantly and the resident will receive an email notification that their application was received and is being processed. Once approved, the resident will be notified via email. Residents will no longer need to print out an application, write in their information, and bring it to Town Hall. Everything needed to review and approve an application will now be done electronically. Our first online form that we have launched this month is the Block Party Request Application form. 

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The Milton Public Library has great programs for children all month long.  

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Care Dimensions is a local non-profit Hospice organization which supports children, adolescents, and families with anticipatory grief and bereavement. They offer bereavement support groups, family nights, school and organization support, 1:1 counseling, special events and child, teen, and family programming. 

ATHLETICS

The MHS Volleyball Coaches and the 8 Senior players from senior night on Tuesday

We already have 4 teams qualified for the MIAA State Tournament. Football will await seeding on Sunday after their final regular season game. Volleyball and

MHS Varsity Golf at The Country Club

Girls Soccer have clinched while Golf punched their ticket last night with a win over Walpole. Boys Soccer has their work cut out for them entering the final stretch of the season, needing a few more victories. Swim has already had many students make the cut for sectionals. Boys and Girls Cross Country will look to their final few races for chances to qualify for the regional and national competitions.

When Milton met Needham Friday night in a football game with huge conference and playoff implications, everyone expected a shootout between two of the best offenses in the state. But it was the defenses that shined as the Wildcats beat the previously undefeated Rockets 22-14 to take over sole possession of first place in the Bay State Herget and the #1 seed in Division 4 South with just one game to play before the playoffs. It was a great night, with the Seniors honored from the Football Team, Cheer Squad, and Band. Thank you to Roy Chambers for many our football game pictures.

We thank Fox 25 Boston for their phenomenal coverage and make sure to check out the highlights on MPS Facebook or the @Milton_Athletics_ Twitter account!

We are excited to announce that we already have 2 students committing to                       Division 1 schools in the fall, with at least two more students with options. Wait until November 9th for signing day to see what schools they will be attending!

Registration for Winter Sports will open on November 1st with tryouts beginning the Monday after Thanksgiving.

Please see the Milton Wildcats website for schedules, rosters, and updates!

AMBASSADOR PAGE

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

Congratulations, Jack!

Students:  Congratulations to MHS junior Jack Boylan on his “hole in one”  during last week’s match at The Country Club in Brookline. Jack and 5 other members of the team have since gone on to qualify for post season play. Good luck to Jared Carney, Jack Boylan, Ben Ryan, Jack Curley, Luke Calcagno, and Michael O’Toole. Exciting time for the MHS Golf Team! 

Thank you to my blog contributors this week:  Jon Redden, Holly Concannon, Karen Spaulding, Elaine McNeil- Girmai, Karen McDavitt, James Jette, AJ Melanson, Noel Vigue, Ryan Madden, Rebecca Damiani, Joyce White, Dawn Sykes,  Martine Fisher, Amy Tom and Kevin Black.

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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October 11, 2018

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: October 11, 2018

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

As a district, we are implementing a systematic approach to student behavior in our elementary and middle schools called Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS). I have asked Social Emotional Learning Facilitator Laurie Stillman, with input from our principals, to share an overview here.

 When school faculty and administrators proactively change their everyday student disciplinary practices from an emphasis on correcting or punishing “bad” or unwanted behaviors to strategically explaining and praising good behaviors, amazing things can happen!

This approach is called Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and the Milton Public School System has prioritized adopting this framework in its Strategic Plan.  With a grant that was secured by Pierce Middle School Principal Dr. Karen Spaulding, 45 elementary and middle school faculty and administrators attended an intensive three-day PBIS professional development session this past summer.  The session, conducted by the May Institute, a nationally renowned behavioral health consulting firm, demonstrated new techniques for managing school and classroom environments, and ways to tailor strategies to benefit children with a wide range of behavioral challenges.

The key to PBIS is prevention, not punishment. It seeks to proactively and consistently set out rules, routines and expectations for positive student behaviors in every school zone, and praise students when positive behaviors are exhibited. The approach uses the basic psychology tenet that humans learn best when they are rewarded for desirable behaviors.  

While PBIS may take on different forms in each school, the underlying approach is similar: schools develop and reinforce a clear set of expectations based upon the behavioral goals identified by the school’s administration and faculty.  The framework is used in the classroom as well as the schools’ common areas, such as in hallways, the cafeteria and on the playground. There is now a PBIS planning and implementation team in each elementary school and at the Pierce Middle School as well.  Staff are embracing these techniques, and some are already noting a difference in their school climate and student behaviors. Collicot teachers recently demonstrated their safe and unsafe walking behavior for students. 

Pierce Principal Dr. Karen Spaulding shares that it was particularly powerful  this past summer to see a gathering of approximately 45 MPS educators from the four elementary schools and the middle school with their principals for three full days.  Why were we there? To learn more about the power of coordinating school-wide efforts to ensure that all students not only know expected behaviors, but are given the support to learn and practice them. To be clear, PBIS is not a curriculum. It is a focused effort to work as a community to foster and recognize positive behaviors.  Data are used systematically to reflect on the degree to which those positive behaviors are being displayed and to drive future planning. Teachers, administrators, lunch staff, custodians, students, and every member of the school community commits themselves and supports each other in displaying positive behaviors.

When educators develop positive, predictable and safe school environments that promote a strong sense of belonging, students thrive.  When PBIS is implemented with fidelity, studies show that schools experience greater student and teacher satisfaction, fewer disciplinary problems, improved academic performance and less aggressive behaviors.  

Below you can see PBIS in action at Glover. 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE

The School Committee will be holding upcoming meetings in each of our schools, with the goal of involving more parents, touring each school and hearing the school’s Site Council Presentation. Please consider attending your own school’s date or another school that may interest you. The first school visit for the School Committee is on Wednesday, October 17th at 7pm, when they will visit Milton High School and hear from staff and parents. All are welcome to attend. 

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

The Calculus Project juniors and seniors took a trip to Worcester on Wednesday, October 3rd, to participate in the Ten80 STEM Innovators-in-Training Experience.  The event, hosted by Ten80 Education and sponsored by the United States Army, consisted of team-oriented challenges designed to help students cultivate 21st century skills. Students selected a career path for the day and options were race car design, computer science, leadership and enterprise, or unmanned aerial vehicles. Students worked collaboratively with over 600 other students from all over Massachusetts. Twelve of the 600 students were selected as dedicated leaders, and two of the twelve were our own Smith Charles and Nate Dickens!  This field trip was a great opportunity for Calculus Project students to see themselves in STEM related fields. 

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On Wednesday, October 10th, all MHS 9th graders took part in a Digital Citizenship Day.  Principal Jette and Director of Educational Technology AJ Melanson shared that the mini-lessons with all freshmen were another way of educating our students about proper use of technology and supporting our BYOD initiatives. Students were exposed to sessions such as Digital Footprints, Cyberbullying, Sexting, Organization with Google and organizing their drive; Fake News – how to determine factual sources in the media (online and written); copyright laws and team building activities. It was a great day overall and the students walked away with a better sense of the pros and cons of using technology.  Assistant Principal Ben Kelly felt that the day was a huge success thanks to coordinator AJ Melanson and the session facilitators: Kathleen Kelley, Barbara Wright, JT Troy, Brendan Tobin, Dave Mazzuli, Brian Mackinaw, Pat Menard, Brian Mackinaw and Yvonne NeQuist.

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On Friday October 5, our freshman and sophomore students gathered for an assembly regarding drug use prevention and responsible decision-making.  They experienced Drug Story Theater (DST), which is an innovative, evidence-based, peer-to-peer treatment and prevention program involving a performance troupe of teens in the early stages of recovery from drugs and alcohol.  The recovering teens learn about improvisational theater and they craft their story into a theatrical play about the seduction of, addiction to and recovery from drugs and alcohol. Thus the treatment of one becomes the prevention of many.  Incorporating neuroscience infographics between scenes, DST teaches the how and why young people get addicted and they go into detail regarding how the adolescent brain is wired for addiction. Dr. Joseph Shrand is the creator of DST and a leading expert in adolescent addiction, he is an instructor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and triple board certified.  Dr. Shrand introduced the program and then facilitated a question and answer session with the audience and the teens in recovery. Our MHS students completed a pre/post survey to determine if they have learned about the science of addiction. Preliminary data suggests a shift in student perceptions of the addictive power of drugs and alcohol including marijuana. We’d like to thank BID-Milton for the grant funding to help support bringing Drug Story Theater to Milton High School.  If you’d like to learn more please visit the Drug Story Theater website  or contact Director of Health and Physical Education Noel Vigue.

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Milton High School SADD chapter held an awareness night last Friday at the MHS Football game vs. Weymouth. Athletes, cheerleaders, marching band members, and SADD members displayed banners announcing that: “Life is your journey, Travel drug free!”

The Red Ribbon campaign sponsored by SADD at MHS highlights National Family Partnerships, organized as a Nationwide Red Ribbon Campaign, providing and supporting drug awareness through the campaign. SADD students promote the Red Ribbon Campaign by spreading awareness to their peers throughout the week and a school sponsored events. The idea to bring awareness at an MHS football game was student-driven and inspired by competing in a photo contest sponsored by the Red Ribbon Campaign.

PIERCE UPDATES

Thank you to the MFE for the Starlab!

Pierce 6th graders visited the  Starlab last week as a connection to a novel they are reading.  Upon entering the Starlab, students were able to view the zodiac constellations. They were told some of the Greek Myths associated with each constellation and were given information about which constellations we can see in the night sky right now. The lesson was connected to the novel students are studying in English class, Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly.  The Starlab was purchased several years ago through a grant from the Milton Foundation for Education. 

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Join your Pierce pals at the Cornhole and Celebrations! parent night at the Milton Club (formerly the Hoosic Club) on Saturday, October 13th at 7pm.  Only 5 Cornhole spots left! Let’s have fun and raise money to support some great Pierce initiatives! Our community will come together this fall to create and install a mosaic celebrating Pierce. The newly announced prize for the Cornhole winners will be two Patriots tickets for Sunday, October 14th , courtesy of Elliot Physical Therapy!  The money raised at this night out will support this amazing and important community art project. Join us for fun, music, cash bar, some light bites, raffles, friends and Cornhole!

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Last week,  Glover and Tucker 3rd-5th graders had the privilege of meeting well known author, Varian Johnson. Mr. Johnson is the author of nine novels, including The Parker Inheritance, which received four starred reviews and was named a 2018 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book, a Junior Library Guild selection and a Spring 2018 Kids’ Indie Next List pick. His middle grade caper novel, The Great Greene Heist, has been named to over twenty-five state reading and best-of lists. In addition, Varian has written for the Spirit Animals: Fall of the Beasts middle-grade fantasy series as well as novels and short stories for YA audiences​.

Mr. Johnson spoke with our young writers about the process of writing, editing, revising and inspired us all to follow our dreams, overcome our challenges, and be all that we can be.  We were able to bring him to Glover and Tucker  to inspire our students thanks to Glover parent Sara Crowe and a collaboration between the Tucker and Glover PTOs.

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The 2nd grade architects of Walshville!

Mrs Walsh’s Cunningham 2nd graders were recently introduced to the word community through Reach for Reading Unit 1.  They learned that a community is a place where people live and work. Next, students explored the concept of what makes a town a desirable place to live, work, or even visit.  Students generated a list of buildings that are needed to make a town run, as well as a wish list of buildings that are wanted, ie. luxury buildings. All 25 buildings were put in a hat, and students selected the project that they were going to construct.  Students wrote an essay that explained the purpose of their building and became creative with deals and slogans to invite people inside to shop or browse. In addition, students wrote letters to people in the community requesting a visit to talk about their job in the ‘real world’. 

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The Tucker School has a fun raffle calendar happening his fall. Enter for a chance to WIN over $2,300 worth of local prizes plus a Bonus Raffle of tickets to see HAMILTON! Raffle tickets can be purchased online.

UPCOMING MPS DATES

Oct 17  Early Release Day (Grades K-12), PD Day
Oct 17  MHS Financial Aid Night
Oct 17  Milton School Committee Meeting
Oct 18  SEPAC Board Meeting
Oct 22  Special Fall Town Meeting
Oct 24  5th Grade Information Night – Pierce 
Oct 25  District Wide Diversity Event
Oct 28  MFE Monster Dash
Nov 1  MHS Les Miserables
Nov 3  Les Miserables

Please join us Wednesday,  October 17th at 6:30pm at MHS  for a presentation on College Funding 101. Todd Weaver, from Strategies for College, Inc. , will be discussing what types of funding is available, what forms need to be completed,  how to complete them, who should fill the forms out and the timeline for doing this. Every parent/guardian of a high school student should attend this event to learn how to get the most out of their student’s financial aid package. Yes, EVERYONE should file the forms, regardless of income. Do NOT assume you are not eligible! Learn the answers to these questions and more. Students are more than welcome to attend and we hope to see you there.

STEM WEEK

Governor Baker has announced the first STEM Week in Massachusetts will take place the week of October 22-26th. The MFE Monster Dash,  which supports science in our schools, will be a great finale to STEM Week on Sunday October 28th. As a district, we have STEM activities planned all week to highlight the rich ongoing K-12 STEM curriculum.

Kick off STEM Week and come celebrate International Observe the Moon Night at Framingham State University on Friday, October 19th. There will be planetarium shows and outdoor moon observations.

There is also an opportunity for families to visit the labs at Bridgewater State University On Wednesday, October 24th,  during STEM Week. The Center for the Advancement of STEM Education (CASE) invites you to Open Lab Night 2018, an event for the entire community, especially K-12 students.

Open Lab Night features hands on activities and demonstrations in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, geography and astronomy. The new BSU maker space will also be open for tours and demonstrations. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Parking is available in the Bridgewater State University Parking Garage. 

PARENT SPEAKER SERIES

To kick off our PARENT Speaker Series in September, Jane Hardin presented Social Emotional Learning (SEL) at Home: Preparing Your Student for a Successful School Year.  Through her many years of working in education, and conducting research as a university professor, Jane’s expertise and wealth of knowledge provided plenty of poignant takeaways and practical strategies for parents/guardians. She discussed many of the SEL practices that Milton Public School educators are working on in our schools everyday. Jane provided MPS with six copies of her book, “SEL in the Home: A Practical Guide for Integrating the Development of Social-Emotional Skills into Your Parenting that will be available to lend out to  parents/guardians interested. Contact your school principal regarding availability.  Jane graciously allowed her presentation and slides to be recorded. Special thanks to Milton Public Access for providing this service.  Here is a link to her presentation: SEL at Home video.

We’d like to see if anyone would be interested in an “SEL at Home” book club for parents/guardians or educators.  Jane offered to lead the first session/workshop and to get things started. If you would be interested in participating, please contact Director for Health and Physical Education Noel Vigue .  

Save the date for the next speaker in the PARENT Speaker Series: November 6th: Healthy Relationships: Talking to Your Kids about the Birds, the Bees, AND the Butterflies with Casey Corcoran add fliers

TECHNOLOGY

The Wait Until 8th campaign is off to a great start!  Over the next few weeks, we will hold informational coffees with Educational Technology Director AJ Melanson at each of the elementary schools. You are welcome to attend any of the coffees and we look forward to seeing many parents/guardians for these casual, roundtable discussions.  Will you join us as we Wait Until 8th?

Collicot/Cunningham Coffee  – Friday, October 26th, 8:30am  in the cafe
Glover Coffee – Monday, October 29th, 9am
Tucker Coffee – Friday, November 2nd, 9am

MILTON FOUNDATION FOR EDUCATION

It is time to get your Monster Dash costume ready to go! The Milton Monster Dash is organized by the MFE, a non-profit group that funds innovative programs and opportunities that are beyond the reach of the Milton Public School’s budget.  All proceeds of the Monster Dash benefit the Sam Cichello Memorial Fund which was created in 1999 in loving memory of Sam Cichello, a Tucker Elementary School student who died following a playground accident. To honor Sam’s love of science, proceeds of the Monster Dash-Sam’s Fund support science enrichment in all six of Milton’s public schools.Join the fun on Sunday, October 28th at 10am at Cunningham Hall.

MPS GIVES BACK

32 backpacks full of socks,  long underwear, winter gloves, rain poncho, fleece blanket , gifts cards for food/coffee, various personal care products and a water bottle.

Our Pierce educators may be embarrassed that I am sharing this but I wanted to let you know about a spontaneous act of kindness that spread among the staff. Prompted by a simple email, “ Hi colleagues, Inspired by a recent documentary, I am planning to hand out backpacks with supplies to some of Boston’s most vulnerable , our homeless men and women” , a quick and generous response ensured that 32 men and women will be gifted a backpack full of supplies in the coming weeks. This reminds me of the famous Starfish parable and I am honored to work among such caring individuals.

ART AND MUSIC

Coming soon to MHS – Les Miserables, School Edition!  Four shows in three days, tickets are on sale now in the MHS office during the school day and online.

Pick your show  – Thursday, November 1st at 7pm; Saturday November 3rd at 2pm and 7pm; Sunday November 4th at 2pm – and join us at MHS for an unforgettable performance!

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The MHS Marching Band is raising money to support the band. Through Sunday, November 4th, you will have the opportunity to purchase a variety of fair trade holiday gifts and other fair trade products and the Marching Band will receive 25% of product sales!  Please go to FairTradeCaravans.com; Log in to our fundraising event with “Participant Code” MarchingWildcats to participate in the fundraiser; Fill your shopping cart ; Check out and include your Fundraising Representative – the name of your student or staff member that will help us get your order to you (use Rebecca Damiani if you don’t know a member of the band or email Ms Damiani if you  have questions). All orders will be delivered to MHS the week of November 26th. Thank you for your support! 

NEWS AROUND TOWN

This weekend:

Milton Junior Woman’s Club is holding an open house for new members on October 12th.

The first Teen Film Night at the Milton Art Center will take place Friday, October 12, 6:30-8:30pm.  Teens will create short films using a smartphone guided by instructor Marianne Murphy. This informal learning experience with friends and pizza has a drop in fee of $5 or register online here.

Next week:

Food, fun, and football will be on the menu on Wednesday, October 17th, at Granite Links Golf Club as the Milton Library Foundation presents its annual gala to benefit the Milton Public Library.   After music , hors d’oeuvres and dinner, legendary sports personality Upton Bell will regale the audience with some of the colorful stories contained in his book, “Present at the Creation: My Life in the NFL and the Rise of America’s Game”.  The Gala will also honor the citizen volunteers who served on the Library Study and Building Committees leading up to the 2009 reopening of the Library. Tickets, along with sponsorship and advertising opportunities, can be found here.

Tickets are available for Milton raised Evan Murphy of Mile Twelve,  opening the show will be Anthony Ratti. The show is on  October 19th at 7:30pm at the Milton Art Center, doors open at 7pm.

Run or walk Mike’s 5K to Crush Substance Abuse On October 20th! This is our second annual 5K to raise money for substance abuse prevention and treatment programs. We are running in memory of Mike Mulcahy, a proud Miltonian and lover of the outdoors, who passed away in December 2016 after a heroic battle against addiction. Mike wants us to CRUSH substance abuse! Free t-shirts to the first 200 registrants, please register in advance here.  Race day registration starts at 9am at the Cunningham School Cafeteria and the 5k begins at 10am. We will follow the route of the Milton Road Race through the beautiful town of Milton.

There is a terrific opportunity for students to be introduced to tournament chess run by International Master David Vigorito , as well as for experienced players to participate in a competitive event for established players at the Milton Scholastic Chess Tournament on Saturday, October 27th 9am- 2pm at the Milton Public Library.

 

November:

Milton Historical Society’s  is offering “Till We Meet Again – Songs of World War I” on Thursday,  November 1st.

Waking Up White: And Finding Myself In The Story of Race , written by educator Debby Irving, is a book widely considered to be an essential text on how to unpack racial privilege in the American context. Hosted by Courageous Conversations Towards Racial Justice, join us for a conversation with Debby Irving, Monday, November 19th 6-9pm at Milton High School. 

Ongoing:

The Milton Public Library has great programs for children all month long.

ATHLETICS

After two weeks on the road, the Football Team returned to “The Cage” and continued their winning ways, dominating the Weymouth Wildcats 48-14 Friday.  The win was Milton’s fourth in row to bring their record to 4-1 and 2-0 in league play. Senior captains Luke McMenamin with 3 passing touchdowns and Smith Charles with 3 touchdowns lead the Wildcats. They will play 5-0 Needham High School on Friday at 7pm at home.  Come support the ‘Cats!

The Volleyball Team came back from 2-1 down to beat Wellesley 3-2. This improves their record to 7-4.

Both Jared Carney and Jack Boylan earned Bay State Conference 1st Team All-Star Honors.  They finished in the top 10 at the Bay State Conference Championships at Presidents Golf Course last Wednesday.

We are happy to announce our Milton High School Players-of-the-Month for September!

Grace Dwyer, Senior, Girls Cross Country

The Boys & Girls Cross Country teams are hosting their annual Kids Trail Run this year on Sunday, October 14th at Cunningham Park.

After suffering stress fractures in her shins her junior year, Grace is back to running this year and has started off her senior season strong. She keeps herself healthy by staying committed to her physical therapy and strength exercises. During practice, Grace is optimistic, motivated, and hardworking. Her hard work and commitment to training have paid off as she has raced in all of our varsity meets, coming in the top 5 for our team at each race. This has helped us to secure wins at all meets so far this season. Grace ran a personal best of 20:11 on our home course last week, which put her at #30 on the list of the top 50 Milton performers ever to run the Houghton’s Pond course!

Miguel Varela , Sophomore, Boys Soccer

As a sophomore, Miguel Varela is leading both by example and by his phenomenal play.  In September, Miguel had 8 goals which was tied for first in the Bay State Conference. With an additional 3 assists, totaling 9 points thru 8 games, he is second in the Conference.  He has scored in 8 out of the 11 games the Boys Team have played. His form has not dipped either, as he has netted 2 more goals in October!

Honorable Mentions; Mary O’Connell, Alex Caputo.

Please see the Milton Wildcats website for schedules, rosters, and updates!

AMBASSADOR PAGE

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

Alessandra celebrates with her mom, aunt and grandmother as well as cousins, Tucker students Brayden and Dylan.

Students: Congratulations to Tucker student Alessandra Tuozzola who is the winner of this year’s Monster Dash t-shirt contest! Alessandra’s drawing will be on all 700 Monster Dash t-shirts. Register now to be sure one is saved for you! Alessandra and her class are pictured at the top of today’s blog. 

Volunteers:  Thank you to the Milton Academy students who volunteer in our elementary schools. A small group of students volunteer on an ongoing basis in all 4 schools, and a larger group comes for larger volunteer days periodically. This week, our schools  hosted volunteers from Milton Academy for community engagement projects. The group had both advisors and students who assisted with hands on and interactive “people to people” activities. Volunteers assisted in the garden, library and classrooms at Collicot and Glover volunteers participated in walk to school day, helped teachers organize materials, and supported students at recess, while Tucker volunteers worked in the library and Cunningham volunteers supported students in the classroom. 

Thank you to my blog contributors this week:  Jon Redden, Holly Concannon, Karen Spaulding, Elaine McNeil- Girmai, Karen McDavitt, James Jette, AJ Melanson, Noel Vigue, Ryan Madden, Laurie Stillman, Karen Cahill, Kelly Losi, Rebecca Damiani, Michelle Kreuzer, Sara MacNeil, Zeina Hamada, Jaclyn Germano, Tanya Walsh, Karen Hughes, Jen Meunier, Amy Tom, Christie Chiappetta, Genevieve Martland and Ben Kelly.

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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October 4, 2018

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: October 4, 2018

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

As the nation awaits the outcome of the Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings, there are many conversations going on in our homes, in the media, and in public places about the topic of teen sexual assault.  It is hard to imagine that our children are not aware of the controversy and trying to make sense about what they’re hearing. This is a teachable moment-a good opportunity to initiate honest conversations with our youth about this sometimes difficult topic.  I have asked MPS Social Emotional Learning Facilitator Laurie Stillman, in consultation with MPS parent Casey Corcoran, a national expert on dating violence, to share some facts and resources with you here.

According to Futures Without Violence, a national organization dedicated to preventing dating violence, teen dating abuse involves actual or threatened acts of physical, sexual, psychological and verbal harm by a partner, boyfriend, girlfriend or someone wanting a romantic relationship. Unfortunately, dating violence is commonplace amongst teens.  The statistics are telling:

  • One in three adolescent girls in the U.S. is a victim of physical, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner.  Teens in same sex relationships experience similar rates of abuse.
  • About 16% of high school females, and 5% of high school males, report they were victims of sexual violence from a dating partner in the past year on a federal survey. At Milton High School, 5% of both males and females reported experiencing sexual violence in 2014.
  • Of teens in abusive relationships, fewer than one in three confide in their parents.

It is so important that parents talk with their children about what it means to have healthy relationships, not only as a measure of prevention, but to protect them if they are feeling unsafe. Most youth, on a national survey, report that their parents have NOT spoken with them about this topic.  But the bottom line is that it is the job of parents to communicate and demonstrate how to be respectful in relationships. These conversations should include discussing the concept of giving consent and the importance taking cues from others about unwanted behaviors. These are concepts that can be taught and modeled.

Reinforce to your children that they deserve to be in relationships where their decisions are honored and respected.  These conversations can start taking place with young children, and even though raising the issues may feel uncomfortable, you are communicating to them (both sons and daughters) that they can feel safe about having these conversations with you…especially if the need arises.

It is also important to communicate with your children that they can come to you at any time when they feel in danger or have experienced a violent event.  Tell them that they won’t be judged; that you are there only to support them, even if the news will be upsetting. Be aware that many children are still uncomfortable about telling their parents about dating abuse. They don’t want to hurt or disappoint their parents.  You can also encourage your child to think of another adult (such as a teacher or relative) they might go to for help if they are not ready to share their experience with their parents.

In Milton, the school district has engaged MPS parent Casey Corcoran, a national expert on dating violence, to develop professional trainings for staff on recognizing and addressing student trauma.  He will also be sharing resources for parents on how to talk to their teens about healthy relationships and violence prevention. Casey Corcoran will be presenting as an important part of the PARENT Speaker Series on November 6th, which we encourage parents and guardians to attend.  It is entitled, “Healthy Relationships: Talking to Your Kids about the Birds, the Bees, AND the Butterflies.” Not to be missed!

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There has been one School Committee meeting since my last update. You can watch School Committee meetings  at your convenience on Milton Access TV .  

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Last week, the spring 2018 Next-Generation MCAS data was released by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Our Data Specialist, Vy Vu, has prepared a detailed and concise summary of the district’s Next-Generation MCAS results and we share it  here. These results will be presented at a School Committee meeting in the coming weeks. The full MCAS report can be found on the DESE website.  

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In the Spring of 2015, the Milton School Committee passed a Residency Policy that states “students who are enrolled in the Milton Public Schools shall be required to re-establish residency prior to entering grades six and nine as well as Milton Public School students who attend school out-of-town.” Each spring and summer we work with MPS parents/guardians to assure that our residency policy is being properly enforced. This process, now in its 4th year, is one of the safeguards used by MPS to ensure that all students enrolled in our schools are residents of the town of Milton.

In addition to periodic re-establishment for certain grades, we work year-round on residency issues. Ms. Sarina Burke, the MPS Residency Coordinator, works throughout the year ensuring residency compliance. Ms. Burke can be reached via email or at 617-696-4470 ext 5516. More information can be found on the MPS registration and residency webpage.  All calls or e-mails regarding residency are followed up on and staff and residents can use these options:  call anonymously at 617-698-1213, contact any school administrator, or contact Superintendent Mary Gormley via email or by phone at 617-696-4808. Residency is an important issue for the Milton Public Schools and Milton’s taxpayers and residents.

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

Last week, MHS students enjoyed their 14th annual visit from students Sakae Higashi High School in Japan.  MHS teacher and visit coordinator Kathleen Kelley shares the details of a great day at MHS!

There were five hundred Japanese visitors and 450 Milton student volunteers who hosted the visiting students for the day, bringing  them to all of their classes. Students attended classes over a variety of disciplines from science and phys ed to math and culinary arts.  For the 1st time this year, the assembly was in the field house so we could invite the entire school to see the exchange of cultural performances.  Part of the Japanese culture is to bring a small gift to their MHS volunteer. The MHS students reciprocated this gesture and weeks before their arrival students purchased gifts representative of the Boston/Milton area to present to their visitor.  This week students have shared that they spoke to their new Japanese friends via social media all weekend long and some of the seniors say they are still in touch with their Japanese student from their freshman year.  

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Please join us Wednesday,  October 17th at 6:30pm at MHS  for a presentation on College Funding 101. Todd Weaver, from Strategies for College, Inc. , will be discussing what types of funding is available, what forms need to be completed,  how to complete them, who should fill the forms out and the timeline for doing this. Every parent/guardian of a high school student should attend this event to learn how to get the most out of their student’s financial aid package. Yes, EVERYONE should file the forms, regardless of income. Do NOT assume you are not eligible! Learn the answers to these questions and more. Students are more than welcome to attend and we hope to see you there.

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Milton High School will hold a Parent Information Night for grades 5-8 –  TONIGHT- Thursday, October 4th at 6:30pm. This event will afford parents/guardians an opportunity to learn about course offerings, academic and extracurricular programs, athletics and activities that prepare students for college and life beyond high school. Parents/guardians will meet faculty and students and also have the option to take a tour of the building. 

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Rehearsals are ongoing!

Coming soon to MHS – Les Miserables, School Edition!  Four shows in three days, tickets are on sale now in the MHS office during the school day and online.

Pick your show  – Thursday, November 1st at 7pm; Saturday November 3rd at 2pm and 7pm; Sunday November 4th at 2pm – and join us at MHS for an unforgettable performance! 

PIERCE UPDATES

Our 8th graders visited MHS earlier today as part of Step Up day.  8th graders were given a tour by our student leaders, attended an assembly in the auditorium, and visited the activities fair in field house.  Time moves fast and these smart, creative and energetic 8th graders will be MHS freshman before we know it!  

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The Green Team is back in action at Pierce! Community volunteer Beth Neville and Pierce teacher Oliva Hupp met with students after school this week. Students discussed pumpkin planting, the uses for pumpkin seeds, and using pumpkin to make pie. They took home basil and are  planning their own slices of pizza with their favorite spice on it. They have plans to sprout acorns to try to grow oak trees and will try their hands at dogwood seeds as well. They finished their afternoon of gardening with a warm slice of pumpkin bread. 

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Join your Pierce pals at the Cornhole and Celebrations! parent night at the Milton Club (formerly the Hoosic Club) on Saturday, October 13th at 7pm.  Let’s have fun and raise money to support some great Pierce initiatives! Our community will come together this fall to create and install a mosaic celebrating Pierce. The newly announced prize for the Cornhole winners will be two Patriots tickets for Sunday, October 14th , courtesy of Elliot Physical Therapy!  The money raised at this night out will support this amazing and important community art project. Join us for fun, music, cash bar, some light bites, raffles, friends and Cornhole!

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Tucker’s youngest artists are having fun with Ms. Caroline on Monday afternoons. Students are exploring all kinds of ways to create beautiful art in the after school club, Preschool Picassos.

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A bit of rain did not dampen the spirits of Collicot’s Walk to School Wednesday! Thank you to Firefighter Nee for coordinating the walk to school from Brueggers with the help of a 50 foot fire hose, and to the MPD and parent volunteers for a successful morning!  

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As part of the elementary science curriculum at Cunningham, Mme. Muhsin’s 4th grade scientists were hard at work observing rocks and testing how they react with liquid substances.  Students added vinegar to 4 different types of rocks to study the effects of chemical erosion, modeling acid rain and its effects on the environment. All results were recorded in their science journals.  

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Glover 4th graders in Ms. Morris’ and Ms Donohue’s class were introduced to the concept of abstraction and data representation in a computer system. They learned that all electronic information must be translated to bits of data to be understood by the computer.   Learners spent time writing and translating binary code messages.

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The Tucker School has a fun raffle calendar happening his fall. Enter for a chance to WIN over $2,300 worth of local prizes plus a Bonus Raffle of tickets to see HAMILTON! Raffle tickets can be purchased online.

UPCOMING MPS DATES

Oct 4  Grade 5-8 Information Night
Oct 4  Glover Open House
Oct 8  No School Columbus Day
Oct 17  Early Release Day (Grades K-12), PD Day
Oct 17  MHS Financial Aid Night
Oct 17  Milton School Committee Meeting
Oct 18  SEPAC Board Meeting
Oct 22  Special Fall Town Meeting
Oct 24  5th Grade Information Night
Oct 25  District Wide Diversity Event

STAFF SPOTLIGHT

Ms. Doherty – I look forward to when my son attends the Milton Public Schools, so that he can benefit from the amazing technology we have in our town.   We are also very fortunate to have so many devices available for student use every day. In addition, teachers are doing amazing things integrating technology and the curriculum into their classroom on a daily basis.

The MPS Elementary School Instructional Technology Specialists play a vital role in shaping the technical skills for all students in the school system.  Not only are MPS students entering Pierce ready to use all types of technical devices, but they are better digital citizens. You may ask yourself, why? The Instructional Technology Specialists, Ms. Sara Doherty and Ms. Jen Van Hill,  collaborate with teachers to support their use of technology in the delivery of curricula through a variety of instructional methods, including planning, modeling, co-teaching, and reflecting, and also deliver a hands-on digital citizenship curriculum.

Ms. Doherty and Ms. Van Hill are also crucial partners in a variety of other endeavors: 

  • Integrate the use of hardware, software, and Internet resources to support student learning.
  • Create learning resources for students and support teachers in producing their own resources – including websites, tutorials, and databases to support technology integration.
  • Provide technical support and report technical

    Ms. Van Hill – Our goal is not to teach technology; our goal is to use technology as a learning tool.  As a former classroom teacher, I loved integrating technology into my lessons and creating student projects using technology.  I found that when I had my students used technology for learning they were more engaged in the learning process.  I want to share my passion for technology and empower teachers to use technology to create more efficient and enjoyable learning experiences for students.

    problems to district technicians.

  • Provide training for teachers for technology integration by coaching, mentoring and teaching workshops.
  • Assess student technology skills
  • Assist teachers in self-assessment of technology skills.
  • Recommend and structure technology education of teachers and students.
  • Work closely with the school librarian to develop and implement a comprehensive research and digital citizenship curriculum.
  • Create and update user and group profiles and accounts on the school network.
  • Maintain inventory of devices in school.
  • Embed typing into the everyday curriculum.
  • Create tutorial videos to support teacher needs.
  • Collaborate with other technology team members in advancing the curricula.
  • Contribute expertise to a variety of technology committees.

Technology is constantly changing and it is important to keep up with the latest trends, especially when it comes to teaching students how to be safe online.  Ms. Van Hill and Ms. Doherty are passionate about teaching students about how they can be good digital citizens while they are at school and at home. Needless to say, our  Instructional Technology Specialists play a critical role in helping prepare our elementary students with the foundation of technical skills they will use for the rest of their lives while educating them to be ethical digital citizens. 

PARENT SPEAKER SERIES

Save the date for the next three PARENT Speaker Series events!

November 6th: Healthy Relationships: Talking to Your Kids about the Birds, the Bees, AND the Butterflies with Casey Corcoran

November 26th: Stressed Out – How to Reduce Anxiety in Children with Jessica Minahan

January 7: Race to Nowhere film screening 

TECHNOLOGY

The Wait Until 8th campaign is off to a great start!  Over the next few weeks, we will hold informational coffees with Educational Technology Director AJ Melanson at each of the elementary schools. You are welcome to attend any of the coffees and we look forward to seeing many parents/guardians for these casual, roundtable discussions.  Will you join us as we Wait Until 8th?

Collicot/Cunningham Coffee  – Friday, October 26th, 8:30am  in the cafe
Glover Coffee – Monday, October 29th, 9am
Tucker Coffee – Friday, November 2nd, 9am

MILTON FOUNDATION FOR EDUCATION

It is time to get your Monster Dash costume ready to go! The Milton Monster Dash is organized by the MFE, a non-profit group that funds innovative programs and opportunities that are beyond the reach of the Milton Public School’s budget.  All proceeds of the Monster Dash benefit the Sam Cichello Memorial Fund which was created in 1999 in loving memory of Sam Cichello, a Tucker Elementary School student who died following a playground accident. To honor Sam’s love of science, proceeds of the Monster Dash-Sam’s Fund support science enrichment in all six of Milton’s public schools. Join the fun on Sunday, October 28th at 10am at Cunningham Hall.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

This weekend:

Save the Munbax!! Join the fun in an Immersive Wizarding Salon at the Eustis Estate.  Head to our Magical Creatures Preserve on October 6, 7, 8 and join a world of fantastic beasts in an 1898 historic mansion.  Discuss the issues of the day with your fellow magicians, examine and identify magical creatures, cast spells, mix potions, learn more about divination or just explore the lovely mansion! Speak with characters throughout the event to learn more about the story and help them solve puzzles and complete tasks. And most importantly, you can help us figure out why our dear Munbax has fallen ill. Together we can SAVE THE MUNBAX! Please visit our website for more information and tickets.

Next week:

Milton Junior Woman’s Club is holding an open house for new members on October 12th.

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Milton Parks and Recreation Dept. Presents New England Championship Wrestling On October 13th  to benefit the Parks and Rec Special Needs Programs. Get your tickets here.

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The Forbes House Museum is hosting its biggest annual fundraiser, the Keechong Dinner, at the newly renovated Milton Club on Wednesday, October 10th starting at 6pm. Hear award-winning historian and author Stephen R. Platt speak about his latest book, “Imperial Twilight: The Opium War and the End of China’s Last Golden Age.” According to The Wall Street Journal, the “book is important reading not only for those interested in China’s history but also for anyone seeking to understand the explosive intersection between trade and politics today.” For more information and to purchase tickets, visit our website. 

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The first Teen Film Night at the Milton Art Center will take place Friday, October 12, 6:30-8:30pm.  Teens will create short films using a smartphone guided by instructor Marianne Murphy. This informal learning experience with friends and pizza has a drop in fee of $5 or register online here.

Later in October:

Food, fun, and football will be on the menu on Wednesday, October 17th, at Granite Links Golf Club as the Milton Library Foundation presents its annual gala to benefit the Milton Public Library.   After music , hors d’oeuvres and dinner, legendary sports personality Upton Bell will regale the audience with some of the colorful stories contained in his book, “Present at the Creation: My Life in the NFL and the Rise of America’s Game”.  The Gala will also honor the citizen volunteers who served on the Library Study and Building Committees leading up to the 2009 reopening of the Library. Tickets, along with sponsorship and advertising opportunities, can be found here.

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Tickets are available for Milton raised Evan Murphy of Mile Twelve,  opening the show will be Anthony Ratti. The show is on  October 19th at 7:30pm at the Milton Art Center, doors open at 7pm.

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Run or walk Mike’s 5K to Crush Substance Abuse On October 20th! This is our second annual 5K to raise money for substance abuse prevention and treatment programs. We are running in memory of Mike Mulcahy, a proud Miltonian and lover of the outdoors, who passed away in December 2016 after a heroic battle against addiction. Mike wants us to CRUSH substance abuse! Free t-shirts to the first 200 registrants, please register in advance here.  Race day registration starts at 9am at the Cunningham School Cafeteria and the 5k begins at 10am. We will follow the route of the Milton Road Race through the beautiful town of Milton.

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There is a terrific opportunity for students to be introduced to tournament chess run by International Master David Vigorito , as well as for experienced players to participate in a competitive event for established players at the Milton Scholastic Chess Tournament on Saturday, October 27th 9am- 2pm at the Milton Public Library. 

 

November:

Milton Historical Society’s  is offering “Till We Meet Again – Songs of World War I” on Thursday,  November 1st.

Ongoing:

The Milton Public Library has great programs for children all month long.

The Milton Rotary invites you to remember a loved one this holiday season and donate a light for the Memorial Tree, which will be placed inside the Baron Hugo Gazebo on the Town Green. The lights will be turned on and the names of all remembered will be read at the gazebo in front of the Town Hall at 7pm on Friday, December 7th.

The Milton Art Center has issued a Call for Textile Artists for a show in November, Standing On Stories.  This show will highlight textile arts as an art form that historically has been created by underrepresented voices. If you create rugs, quilts, wovens, tapestries, embroideries, functional or non functional and would like to be considered, please email info@miltonartcenter.org or visit our website for info on this upcoming gallery show.  The deadline for consideration is October 15.

ATHLETICS

Girls XC Team

As we have grown to expect, the Girls Cross Country Team won again, beating Framingham on their home course on Wednesday afternoon. The Boys Team also beat Framingham.

The Football Team opened up Bay State Herget league play travelling to face the Walpole Rebels Friday night. The Wildcats dominated early building a 27-0 halftime lead and cruised to a 34-16 victory to raise their record to 3-1 overall and 1-0 in conference. Full recap can be found here.

The Swim Team beat Brookline by 10 points to improve to 3-0.

Jared Carney and Jack Boylan both finished as Bay State League 1st Team All-Stars after placing in the top 10 at Presidents Golf Course on Wednesday morning.

The Boys and Girls Soccer Teams will host Braintree tonight, Thursday, October 4th. They will honor the Milton Youth Soccer Program at half-times.

Student-Athletes of the month will be honored in next weeks blog.

Please see the Milton Wildcats website for schedules, rosters, and updates!

AMBASSADOR PAGE

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

Volunteers:  Congratulations to all of the Celebrate Milton Community Builders! They make a huge difference in our community every day. We commend Winston Daley, Cat DesRoche, Laurie Stillman, Jerry Vitti, Becky Padera, JP Plunkett, Rev. Rachael Pettengill-Rasure and Karen Groce-Horan for their ongoing work in Milton. 

Thank you to my blog contributors this week:  Jon Redden, Holly Concannon, Karen Spaulding, Elaine McNeil- Girmai, Karen McDavitt, James Jette, AJ Melanson, Lori Bilewicz, Noel Vigue, Ryan Madden, Laurie Stillman, Cat DesRoche, Karen Cahill, Kathleen Kelley, Sara Doherty, Jen Van Hill, Nawar Muhsin,  Casey Corcoran, Vy Vu, Sarina Burke, Olivia Hupp, Karen Cahill, Beth Neville, Heather Norris and Moira Donahue.

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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September 27, 2018

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: September 27, 2018

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

Earlier today, the spring 2018 Next-Generation MCAS data was released by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Next-Generation MCAS is an updated version of the nearly 20-year-old MCAS assessment and focuses on students’ critical thinking abilities, ability to apply their knowledge, and ability to make connections between reading and writing. It gives a clearer signal of readiness for the next grade level and is much more rigorous than the legacy MCAS. School year 2017-18 was the second year of the Next-Generation MCAS state assessment for all students in Grades 3-8 in both English language arts and mathematics. The majority of students in grades 3-8 statewide, including Milton’s students, took the Next-Generation MCAS on a computer. Grade 10 will transition to the Next-Generation MCAS in spring 2019 in ELA and Math; and Grades 5 and 8 will also take the Next-Generation MCAS in science this spring. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) plans to transition all high school legacy MCAS testing in science to the Next-Generation version in the next few years, as well as develop a new test for history/social studies.  A letter from DESE with more detail can be found here

As in previous years Milton’s students outperformed the state average in every grade and testing subject. Standardized testing is one of many measures we use to assess learning and progress in our students. We rely on classroom and grade level assessments, as well as the ever important teacher feedback and expertise which drives the excellent, creative and differentiated instruction in our classrooms everyday.

Individual student results will be sent to families in the coming weeks. The summary of the district’s Next-Generation MCAS results can be found here and the full report can be found on the DESE website. I encourage you to contact your principal with any questions. 

CELEBRATE MILTON

¡CelebrateMilton! is this Sunday, September 30th from 12-4pm at Pierce Middle School. The  Community Builders Award is a moving part of the day. This award is given in recognition and appreciation to Milton residents or organizations that have been instrumental in bringing people of diverse culture and backgrounds together to interact, develop an understanding of one another, or to engage in civic activities that make the town a more welcoming and inclusive place to live.  I am pleased to be able to share this year’s Community Builders and recognize them for their valuable contributions to Milton.

Tucker parent Winston Daley and Tucker Assistant Principal Cat DesRoche are being recognized for increasing participation of Tucker students in town-wide sports.

MPS Social Emotional Learning Facilitator and MSAPC Director Laurie Stillman is being recognized for helping to launch The Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition.

MPS parents Jerry Vitti, Becky Padera and  JP Plunkett are being recognized for coordinating the Challenger baseball league.

Rev. Rachael Pettengill-Rasure and Karen Groce-Horan are being recognized as co-founders of Courageous Conversations toward Racial Justice.

¡CelebrateMilton! is committed to bringing diverse people together from across the community; we are determined to help make the community more interactive by promoting a deeper understanding of one another; and we are further committed to the development of new initiatives fostering social justice, peace and harmony within our town. This special community event is held rain or shine from 12-4pm at Pierce Middle School. Admission is free and includes children’s amusements, the CHIP program, and over 70 local exhibitors. The MHS Ski Team will have food for sale. 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There has been one School Committee meeting since my last update. You can watch School Committee meetings at your convenience on Milton Access TV .  

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

Newly pre-registered to vote!

It was National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday, September 27th and we are happy to report that Milton has 75 newly registered voters! It was a great day at Milton High School as the  goal of registering 35 new voters was more than doubled. MHS administrators and teachers shared with students how important the right to vote is and encouraged anyone over the age of 16 to pre-register. All of these newly pre-registered students will be able to vote in the 2020 Presidential Election.

Thank you to our volunteers who made this pre-registration day possible.  Elizabeth Johnson volunteered on behalf of her business, EMJ Financial Services, and Cicily Shaw is a guidance counselor at Boston Trinity and volunteered on behalf of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, of which she is an alumnae.

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Relax at the Library

The MHS Library has been busy this month with freshman orientations. Each 9th grader, accompanied by their English class, made their way to the library to learn more about the resources that are available to them through the school, town and state. Students were offered the opportunity to sign up for Milton Public Library cards. These cards will be processed in the next few weeks courtesy of our friends at the MPL. All residents of the state have access to resources at the Boston Public Library with an eCard – this includes databases, streaming of audiobooks, eBooks, etc.  After learning about opportunities for library cards (September is National Library Card signup month) students participated in a brief library challenge that encouraged them to move throughout the library to learn how it is organized and become familiar with the physical space and digital resources. Classes were very excited to experience our new “Relax @ the library” area, funded by the MFE, that provides tools for individuals to de-stress. At the end of the session we gathered as a group and debriefed. The goal of the orientation is to ensure that every student feels welcome and understands that libraries are community spaces designed for them where everyone has the opportunity to learn and grow. If you or your student are interested in any particular library resources, feel free to email MHS librarian  JT Troy

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Milton High School will hold a Parent Information Night for grades 5-8 on Thursday, October 4th at 6:30pm.  This event will afford parents/guardians an opportunity to learn about course offerings, academic and extracurricular programs, athletics and activities that prepare students for college and life beyond high school. Parents/guardians will meet faculty and students and also have the option to take a tour of the building.  

PIERCE UPDATES

After the success of our Play Fore Pierce Golf Tournament in the spring, we are thrilled to share pictures of the inaugural year of the Pierce Volleyball team! Under the direction of coach Jen Rhodes, the team has played 2 games so far and will face Wellesley later today. The team has looked strong so far but lost both in close matches –  2-1. Hoping for a win today!  Next up for new Pierce sports? Wrestling this winter!  

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Join your Pierce pals at the Cornhole and Celebrations! parent night at the Milton Club (formerly the Hoosic Club) on Saturday, October 13th at 7pm.  Let’s have fun and raise money to support some great Pierce initiatives! Our community will come together this fall to create and install a mosaic celebrating Pierce. The newly announced prize for the Cornhole winners will be two Patriots tickets for Sunday, October 14th , courtesy of Elliot Physical Therapy!  The money raised at this night out will support this amazing and important community art project. Join us for fun, music, cash bar, some light bites, raffles, friends and Cornhole!  

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It was great to have 2 students from the  MHS chapter of  SADD at the Pierce Open House last week. Thanks to Gwyneth Sauter and Michael Johnson for staffing the MSAPC table and keeping our parents informed! 

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Dr. McNeil-Girmai addresses the visiting educators

It was an amazing day at Tucker this past Tuesday as they hosted a delegation from China through the ATM English program. In partnership with Dr. Dennis Slaughter  and Paul O’Sullivan, Tucker welcomed 30 members of the group to learn more about American education.  The group was comprised of principals and after school program owners, a school leader with a district of over 30,000 students and best selling author Christina Lee, the founder of the educational app, JiLiGuaLa.

Our particular focus at Tucker was on observing the importance of teacher/student relationships and introducing our guests  to the PBIS model the district has recently adopted. Two impressive teacher leadership teams led professional development sessions for the group and countless teachers welcomed educators into their classrooms for observations.  It is rich cultural exchanges such as this that serve to enhance our schools.

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Ms. McGill’s Cunningham 2nd graders took part in their 1st  STEM challenge of the year last week. Students worked collaboratively to create a tin foil boat that would sustain the weight of pennies.  They tested the boats as a group and found that some boats were able to hold upwards of 25 pennies!

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United Nations International Day of Peace (”Peace Day”) takes place globally on September 21st. This year art teacher Jess Gillooly and preschool teacher Marybeth Callahan teamed up to offer Tucker students the opportunity to engage in this worldwide event. Students were offered Peace, Art, Mindful Awareness, Kindness, Collaboration and Social Engagement activities.  

Children also designed their own piece for a Peace Quilt, around the reflective question – What does Peace mean to you? The Peace Quilt will be displayed on the boards near the art room.

UPCOMING DATES

Sep 27  Collicot Elementary Open House
Sep 30  Celebrate Milton
Oct 3     Milton School Committee Meeting
Oct 4     Glover Open House
Oct 4     Grade 5-8 MHS Information Night
Oct 8     No School Columbus Day
Oct 17    Early Release Day (Grades K-12), PD Day
Oct 17    Milton School Committee Meeting
Oct 22   Special Fall Town Meeting
Oct 25   District Wide Diversity Event

PARENT SPEAKER SERIES

Save the date for the next three PARENT Speaker Series events!

November 6th: Healthy Relationships: Talking to Your Kids about the Birds, the Bees, AND the Butterflies with Casey Corcoran

November 26th: Stressed Out – How to Reduce Anxiety in Children with Jessica Minahan

January 7: Race to Nowhere film screening 

MILTON COMMUNITY SCHOOLS

Registration for After School Enrichment is open on a rolling basis. At any time, you can register by the last Wednesday of the month and start the first Monday of the following month. For more information, please visit the Community Schools website.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

The safety of our students and staff  is the highest priority of the Milton Public Schools and we regularly schedule lockdown, shelter-in-place and fire drills as well as review additional safety precautions throughout the year. In the month of September, each of our schools has a lockdown drill and receives feedback from the Milton Police Department. We have a security team that meets regularly, comprised of Milton Police Officers, MPS Administrators, Principals, MPS Athletic Director, After School Coordinators and more. Our safety protocol is in coordination with the Milton Police and Fire Departments under the direction of Sgt. Jack Richman.

Sgt. Richman and his friend Jimmy from Glover after the successful Glover lockdown drill.

During our district wide PD on August 26th, all MPS staff participated in a 3 hour safety professional development session. Staff were trained in various aspects of school safety and participated in a Lockdown Drill at MHS. I have shared this document outlining the difference between a “Lockdown Drill” and a “Shelter-in- Place Drill”(sometimes referred to as a Stay-in-Place) in previous communications.  I share it again with you now, in the hope that you will read it to better understand the terms we use and how you, as parents and guardians, can help us keep your children safe in the event of an emergency. 

Please feel free to contact my office at 617-696-4809 if you have any further questions about safety precautions in our schools. 

TECHNOLOGY

The Wait Until 8th campaign is off to a great start!  One of the leading digital safety experts in North America, Katie Greer, provided Milton Public Schools with the following quote, “This is such a fantastic, organic campaign that is creating pressure of a different kind that communities can get behind. It’s taking the pressure off of parents to conform to getting their kids smartphones at a super young age, and allowing parents to come together to make an informed choice about when their kids can have their own. Oftentimes parents admit that this choice isn’t theirs, but it’s forced upon them, so if enough in the community vow to hold off until 8th grade, then the decision is put back in the hands of the parents, who know their kids best. The research backing the Wait Until 8th Campaign (around addiction and the complexity of these devices) is broad, and I wish more communities would adopt this fantastic campaign.”

The Pew Research Center released the following alarming statistics: The average age a student gets a smartphone is 10 years old; children are spending between 6 and 9 hours a day on media; 95% of teens have smartphones ; 45% of teens say they are online “almost constantly”;24% report social media has had a negative effect on their life.

Will you join us as we Wait Until 8th?

MILTON FOUNDATION FOR EDUCATION

It is time to get your Monster Dash costume ready to go! The Milton Monster Dash is organized by the MFE, a non-profit group that funds innovative programs and opportunities that are beyond the reach of the Milton Public School’s budget.  All proceeds of the Monster Dash benefit the Sam Cichello Memorial Fund which was created in 1999 in loving memory of Sam Cichello, a Tucker Elementary School student who died following a playground accident. To honor Sam’s love of science, proceeds of the Monster Dash-Sam’s Fund support science enrichment in all six of Milton’s public schools. Join the fun on Sunday, October 28th at 10am at Cunningham Hall.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

In October:

Please join the Milton Board of Selectmen and the Milton Police Department in extending our heartfelt welcome and congratulations to Milton’s own, Boston Police Commissioner William Gross! The public is welcome and encouraged to join us for “Coffee With A Cop” on October 1st at 9am at Milton Council on Aging, 10 Walnut Street, Milton.

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Save the Munbax! Join the fun in an Immersive Wizarding Salon at the Eustis Estate.  Head to our Magical Creatures Preserve on October 6, 7, 8 and join a world of fantastic beasts in an 1898 historic mansion.  Discuss the issues of the day with your fellow magicians, examine and identify magical creatures, cast spells, mix potions, learn more about divination or just explore the lovely mansion! Speak with characters throughout the event to learn more about the story and help them solve puzzles and complete tasks. And most importantly, you can help us figure out why our dear Munbax has fallen ill. Together we can SAVE THE MUNBAX! Please visit our website for more information and tickets.

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Milton Junior Woman’s Club is holding an open house on October 12th

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Milton Parks and Recreation Dept. Presents New England Championship Wrestling On October 13th  to benefit the Parks and Rec Special Needs Programs. Get your tickets here.

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Food, fun, and football will be on the menu on Wednesday, October 17th, at Granite Links Golf Club as the Milton Library Foundation presents its annual gala to benefit the Milton Public Library.  After music , hors d’oeuvres and dinner, legendary sports personality Upton Bell will regale the audience with some of the colorful stories contained in his book, “Present at the Creation: My Life in the NFL and the Rise of America’s Game”.  The Gala will also honor the citizen volunteers who served on the Library Study and Building Committees leading up to the 2009 reopening of the Library. Tickets, along with sponsorship and advertising opportunities, can be found here.

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Run or walk Mike’s 5K to Crush Substance Abuse On October 20th! This is our second annual 5K to raise money for substance abuse prevention and treatment programs. We are running in memory of Mike Mulcahy, a proud Miltonian and lover of the outdoors, who passed away in December 2016 after a heroic battle against addiction. Mike wants us to CRUSH substance abuse! Free t-shirts to the first 200 registrants, please register in advance here.  Race day registration starts at 9am at the Cunningham School Cafeteria and the 5k begins at 10am. We will follow the route of the Milton Road Race through the beautiful town of Milton.

Ongoing:

The Milton Public Library has great programs for children all month long.

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The Milton Rotary invites you to remember a loved one this holiday season and donate a light for the Memorial Tree, which will be placed inside the Baron Hugo Gazebo on the Town Green. The lights will be turned on and the names of all remembered will be read at the gazebo in front of the Town Hall at 7pm on Friday, December 7th.

ATHLETICS

The Volleyball Team is having a great season!

Our MHS Girls Volleyball Team is now 6-1 after beating new Herget Division opponent, Weymouth High School.

The Swim Team is 2-0 after defeating Natick and Braintree in their first two meets.  There were 9 personal bests set on Friday and a full recap can be found on the athletics website.

The Field Hockey Team earned their first point last night against Weymouth, tying 2-2.

Girls Cross Country stayed undefeated last night as they host Brookline and Needham.  They are now 4-0.

Stay tuned as Milton High School will be introducing our first ever Student-Athletes of the Month for September.

Please see the Milton Wildcats website for schedules, rosters, and updates!

AMBASSADOR PAGE

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

Sam Higgins, Julia Nerenberg, Barron Clancy, Veronica Harris and Nicola Cross at Milton Cemetery

Students:  Our talented MPS musicians perform at many community events each year, from events at Milton High School to entertaining Milton residents at the Council of Aging and Fuller Villages, at holiday open houses and at the annual MFE Celebration for Education. Last week, Sam Higgins, Julia Nerenberg, Barron Clancy, Veronica Harris and Nicola Cross performed at Milton Cemetery during the rededication of Myriam’s Memorial.  District Orchestra Director Debra Miller shared that the students performed a musically sophisticated piece with those assembled. Thank you to these students for adding music to this beautiful rededication ceremony. 

Volunteers:   Last week, physical therapists Robyn Stone and Samantha Fisk from Bay State Physical Therapy in Quincy came to the Girls and Boys Cross Country practice to help teach athletes about strength drills and exercises that help to prevent injuries in runners. Students practiced the drills and exercises while Robyn and Samantha explained proper form and why each move was important. Both teams plan to implement these strength routines into their weekly practices so that they have successful and healthy seasons! Thank you to Bay State PT for your investment in our athletes. 

Thank you to my blog contributors this week:  Jon Redden, Holly Concannon, Karen Spaulding, Elaine McNeil- Girmai, Karen McDavitt, James Jette, AJ Melanson, Lori Bilewicz, Noel Vigue, Ryan Madden, Debra Miller, Vy Vu, Barbara Wright, JT Troy, Laurie Stillman, Kelsey McGill, Jess Gilooly, Marybeth Callahan and Jen Meunier.

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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September 20, 2018

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: September 20, 2018

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

Some of you may not be aware of the history and purpose of the Milton Foundation for Education so I have asked Will Korman, the president of the MFE to share some information here.

The MFE was established over 20 years ago to make possible innovative programs and opportunities that are beyond the reach of the Milton Public School system’s budget.  The MFE raises funds to implement enriching opportunities within our schools and to support more than 4000  students and 500 employees throughout our district.

The for “The Love of Libraries” grant provided more than eleven hundred newly published quality titles for circulation, which allows more than 2200 students access to wider reading materials to help motivate learners, and support students as they develop literacy skills.

In order to raise funds for this purpose we organize several events throughout the year, including The Monster Dash,  held each year in loving memory of Sam Cichello. The Monster Dash will be held this year on October 28th and all the money raised from the Monster Dash supports science initiatives in all six schools. In the spring we host the MFE’s largest fundraiser, Celebration for Education. Over the past few years we have given large  grants to fund $20,000 worth of new non-fiction books in the elementary school libraries, funded the Wildcat Wellness Center at the high school, and spearheaded the wireless initiative which brought wireless capabilities to all classrooms throughout the district. In addition, our spring and fall grant program ensures that in nearly every classroom in every school, there are items that were requested by teachers for the benefit of their students and funded by the MFE. 

The MFE is a wonderful volunteer opportunity for all parents and guardians. If you would like to be involved on a district level with the MFE Board, please email Will Korman for more information. 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There has not been a School Committee meeting since my last update. You can watch School Committee meetings (and other town meetings) at your convenience on Milton Access TV .  

The Milton School Committee has a Facilities Subcommittee chaired by School Committee Member Ada Rosmarin. One of Milton Public Schools Strategic Goals is to address our Facilities needs – in particular, how we may best address the increasing enrollment and space issues in our elementary schools.  The School Committee would like to have one interested/available parent from each of our elementary schools on our Facilities Committee. The next meeting of our Facilities Committee is on Wednesday, September 26th at 5:30 pm at the Superintendent’s Conference Room at Milton High School. We will continue to meet throughout the school year. If you would consider joining this committee, please email Ada Rosmarin.

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

The school year is off to a great start at MHS. Please see our Club & Activity offerings this year and encourage your student to get involved! You can register here.

At left, the MHS Varsity Soccer team enjoys the 1st pasta party of the season!

WHAT’S NEW AT PIERCE?

As part of the September 11th remembrance,  Pierce students wrote and created art to honor the fallen of 9/11. There are many pieces that could be shared, here are a few to represent our student work.

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Join your Pierce pals at the Cornhole and Celebrations! parent night at the Milton Club (formerly the Hoosic Club) on Saturday, October 13th at 7pm.  Let’s have fun and raise money to support some great Pierce initiatives! Our community will come together this fall to create and install a mosaic celebrating Pierce. The money raised at this night out will support this amazing  and important community art project. Join us for fun, music, cash bar, some light bites, raffles, friends and Cornhole!  

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Pierce Clubs and PASS Classes have been announced and there are some terrific ones to check out. We hope to see many Pierce students trying something new this year! 

ELEMENTARY UPDATES

It was back to school fun at Collicot last week at the evening back to school family picnic! The Boosterthon team served as DJ for the hundreds of Collicot students and families who attended. It was a great way to start off the school year!  

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Science was in full swing at Cunningham this past week! Mrs. Caswell’s  4th grade class is working on their first Foss Science investigation, “What is Soil?” Students observed four vials of soil and recorded their observations. Observations were made describing  color, size, texture, etc. These observations were recorded in their Science notebooks. Students then added 25 mL of water to the vials and observed the water absorbing into soil. It was a great hands on lesson for our 4th graders.

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Great news for 4th grade students everywhere! The federal Every Kid in a Park program has been authorized for another year, granting fourth-graders a pass for free access to all federal lands and waters. The pass is valid for the 2018-19 school year and covers one student and up to three accompanying adults — or an entire car for drive-in parks.

UPCOMING DATES

Sep 20  Pierce Middle School Open House
Sep 25  Cunningham Open House
Sep 26  Milton School Committee Meeting
Sep 27  Collicot Elementary Open House
Sep 30  Celebrate Milton
Oct 4   Glover Open House
Oct 4   Grade 5-8 Information Night
Oct 8   No School Columbus Day
Oct 17  Early Release Day (Grades K-12), PD Day

ADULT EDUCATION

The MPS Adult Education Program is pleased to announce our exciting fall line up of classes.  To register for all fall 2018 MPS Adult Education courses go to our website  and pay online by Monday September 24th. All Course Descriptions may be found on our website.

FOOD SERVICE

The National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools. They provide nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free breakfasts and lunches to children each school day. The program was established under the National School Lunch Act, signed by President Harry Truman in 1946. School lunch must meet nutrition standards based on the latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The current menu increases the availability of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains in the school menu.

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

We offer breakfast every school day in all of our schools.  Breakfast is free for all students who receive free and reduced lunch and it is a great way to start the day. Breakfast is $1.25 for all other students.

All children come through a computerized Point of Sale system which keeps student information private.  Students state their name in elementary school and use a PIN number in both middle and high school. More information can be found in this link.  

MILTON COMMUNITY SCHOOLS

Registration for After School Enrichment has reopened. At any time, you can register by the last Wednesday of the month and start the first Monday of the following month. For more information, please visit the Community Schools website.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

This summer, a group of educators from Pierce, Tucker, Collicot, Cunningham, and Glover gathered to participate in rich professional development to support the roll-out of PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) across all four elementary schools and Pierce Middle School. Facilitators from the May Institute worked with staff to develop PBIS systems at each school that support the overall behavioral health and social emotional learning of all students. Effective behavioral interventions are catalysts for positive change in the classroom and throughout the school community. PBIS is a proven, systems-focused approach designed to provide opportunities for all students to achieve academic and social success. PBIS is currently being rolled out in all four elementary schools and at Pierce. PBIS teams at each school have been training and supporting staff to enhance their capacity to adopt and sustain effective behavior and academic support practices. Your children have been learning about what it means to be a positive member of their school community. Be sure to ask them all about it!

TECHNOLOGY

We are supporting the Wait Until 8th initiative in the Milton Public Schools. 

Did you know that the average age a child gets a smartphone is 10 years old and that children are spending between 6 and 9 hours a day on media? Childhood is changing, and the negative impact of too much screen time is hitting kids hard.

We have good news for you though. There is a wonderful resource to help families delay the smartphone and give their children more time free from a smartphone. The Wait Until 8th pledge empowers families to rally together to delay giving children a smartphone until at least 8th grade.  By banding together, this will decrease the pressure felt by kids and families alike over the kids having a smartphone.  Please note that this pledge is for smartphones only! If you would like your child to have a basic phone that just calls and texts, you still can sign the pledge! The basic phone avoids many of the distractions and dangers of the smartphone.

A pledge becomes “active” once 10 or more families from a grade at a school sign. The organizers designed the pledge this way so you don’t have to fear “what if I am the only family that signs this in my kid’s grade.” This takes the pressure off because the pledge only kicks in once at least 10 families sign from your grade.

More than 8,000 families from all 50 states have said yes to waiting for the smartphone. Will you join us? Childhood is too short to waste on a smartphone. Let’s let kids be kids a little longer. Take the pledge! When taking the pledge please use the following names for each school: Collicot Elementary School; Cunningham Elementary School; Glover Elementary School; Pierce Middle School; Tucker Elementary School

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Also a reminder that parents are able to update email addresses, phone numbers and emergency contact information at any time through Plus Portals. Log on to PlusPortals. Click on your student; click on school; click demographics; click edit; and click save.

BUS INFORMATION

The late bus will begin running from Pierce the week of September 24th. This bus runs Wednesdays and Thursdays only, and departs Pierce at approximately 3:30pm. There are two buses, one serving the east and the other the west of Milton. These buses are only open to MPS students with current 2018-19 bus passes.  Please see this link with the routes. 

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING

MPS SEL Facilitator Laurie Stillman shares the following. Underage drinking in Milton needs to be taken seriously and a great new resource is now available to Milton parents.   Rethink The Drinks! is a collaborative campaign developed by the Substance Abuse Prevention Collaborative – a group of local communities, Braintree, Milton, Quincy and Weymouth—that aims to educate our communities about the legal and health risks of underage drinking.  I highly encourage you to take a few minutes to skim it. I think you will be impressed and will want to spend some more time with it!

The website is simple, practical and full of good advice and helpful information for parents on how to speak with their teens about the potential ramifications of drinking alcohol-especially regularly or in large amounts. 

MILTON FOUNDATION FOR EDUCATION

Halloween is around the corner, and once again the Milton Foundation for Education is looking for artwork to print on the front of race t-shirts for the Milton Monster Dash. Create your best design and submit one entry by Wednesday, September 26th. The winner will see their drawing on race t-shirts, and help start the runners on race day, October 28th.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

Tonight:

Head to the The Forbes House Museum tonight, September 20th at  6:30pm for The Boston-China Connection: A Personal Journey of Discovery. Guest speaker Thomas Paine will share stories of his family’s connection to John Murray Forbes and the start of America’s trade with China. Tom will also offer his perspective on today’s relationship between the U. S. and China, based on professional experience and personal travels. It promises to be an enlightening evening! Afterwards, stay for the Q&A session and a brief tour. $5 suggested donation, free for members, and calling 617-696-1815 for reservations is suggested.  

This Weekend:

On Sunday, September 23, Caitlin Clavette’s family, friends, colleagues, students, and art enthusiasts will be running in a 5k road race in Milton to raise funds to support the Arts programs in the Milton Public Schools and to also sustain Caitlin’s passion for celebrating children’s creativity and individuality, the arts, and physical fitness. Caitlin was a Milton Public Schools art teacher who lost her life in a tragic car accident in February of 2016.  Our goal is to continue Caitlin’s vision of supporting a community where all people support and appreciate the arts, respect and protect all living things, lead healthy lives through exercise and diet, and live with passion.   The first 500 pre-registered runners receive t-shirts and the cost is $30 per runner with a family cap of  $75.

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Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton will hold its ninth annual Walk for Wellness, Health Fair and Family Fun Day on Saturday, September 22, from 9:30 am – 1:30 pm at the hospital, located at 199 Reedsdale Road, Milton. The family-oriented, health and wellness event starts at 9:30 am with registration for a 5K  or one mile walk which will start at 10 am from the hospital’s Highland Street Parking Lot. Visit the hospital’s website  to download registration forms. Registration is $10 per walker, children under the age of 12 are free.

Next Weekend:

¡CelebrateMilton! is committed to bringing diverse people together from across the community; we are determined to help make the community more interactive by promoting a deeper understanding of one another; and we are further committed to the development of new initiatives fostering social justice, peace and harmony within our town. Join the fun on Sunday September 30th at Pierce Middle School from 12-4pm.

 

In October:

Please join the Milton Board of Selectmen and the Milton Police Department in extending our heartfelt welcome and congratulations to Milton’s own, Boston Police Commissioner William Gross! The public is welcome and encouraged to join us for “Coffee With A Cop” on October 1st at 9am at Milton Council on Aging, 10 Walnut Street, Milton.

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Save the Munbax!! Join the fun in an Immersive Wizarding Salon at the Eustis Estate.  Head to our Magical Creatures Preserve on October 6, 7, 8 and join a world of fantastic beasts in an 1898 historic mansion.  Discuss the issues of the day with your fellow magicians, examine and identify magical creatures, cast spells, mix potions, learn more about divination or just explore the lovely mansion! Speak with characters throughout the event to learn more about the story and help them solve puzzles and complete tasks. And most importantly, you can help us figure out why our dear Munbax has fallen ill. Together we can SAVE THE MUNBAX! Please visit our website for more information and tickets

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Milton Parks and Recreation Dept. Presents New England Championship Wrestling On October 13th  to benefit the Parks and Rec Special Needs Programs. Get your tickets here.

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Food, fun, and football will be on the menu on Wednesday, October 17th, at Granite Links Golf Club as the Milton Library Foundation presents its annual gala to benefit the Milton Public Library.   After music , hors d’oeuvres and dinner, legendary sports personality Upton Bell will regale the audience with some of the colorful stories contained in his book, “Present at the Creation: My Life in the NFL and the Rise of America’s Game”.  The Gala will also honor the citizen volunteers who served on the Library Study and Building Committees leading up to the 2009 reopening of the Library. Tickets, along with sponsorship and advertising opportunities, can be found here.

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Run or walk Mike’s 5K to Crush Substance Abuse On October 20th! This is our second annual 5K to raise money for substance abuse prevention and treatment programs. We are running in memory of Mike Mulcahy, a proud Miltonian and lover of the outdoors, who passed away in December 2016 after a heroic battle against addiction. Mike wants us to CRUSH substance abuse! Free t-shirts to the first 200 registrants, please register in advance here.  Race day registration starts at 9am at the Cunningham School Cafeteria and the 5k begins at 10am. We will follow the route of the Milton Road Race through the beautiful town of Milton. 

Ongoing:

Brookwood Community Farm is a working farm located in Milton and Canton. Brookwood grows food sustainably for members through a community supported agriculture (CSA) model, provides on-farm educational and community-building opportunities, and actively supports food access projects.  Fall CSA Shares are on sale now. The Fall CSA runs from September 25 to November 17 and Full Fall Share is $230 (pick up every week)while a Half shares for $128 (pick up every other week). The Fall Fruit Share is also available. The Full Share is $92 (pick up every week) and the Half Share $52 (pick up every other week).

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The Milton Art Center has sewing, quilting, drawing, figure studies, pastels, clay, comics, animation, puppetry,  screen printing, digital photography and more classes available for children and adults starting late September. Register now at our website.

ATHLETICS

It has been a light week with only a handful of games being played.

Last Friday, the Milton Wildcats Football Team came home and righted the ship, dominating the Quincy Presidents in all three phases for a win of  49-0 under the lights in the “Cage”.  The offense for the Wildcats was clicking on all cylinders, but it was the special teams and defense who set the tone, shutting down the Presidents with relentless pressure and providing excellent field position. The game opened with a bang as captain Ryan Hoey took the opening kickoff and rumbled 80 yards for a touchdown.  See the full recap here. The Wildcats travel to the South Coast to take on the Dartmouth Indians next Friday night at 7pm. Thank you to Roy Chambers for these terrific photos! 

Girls Cross Country beat Weymouth and Wellesley in their first track meet, while the boys split, beating Wellesley and dropping their match against Weymouth.

Boys Soccer dismantled Catholic Memorial on Monday night, beating the knights 3-0 with a brace from Miguel Varela.  Tim Cummings and the defensive line kept their first clean sheet and will look to continue rolling against Weymouth.

The Golf Team and the Boys and Girls Cross Country Teams travel to Braintree for their league matches tonight.  Field Hockey plays non-league opponent Notre Dame and Hingham over the next two days.

 

The Boys & Girls Cross Country teams are hosting their annual Kids Trail Run this year on Sunday, October 14th at Cunningham Park.  

The MHS Girls Ice Hockey team will be hosting a CAR WASH fundraising event on Saturday, September 29,  from 9am-12pm at the Cunningham School.

Please see the Milton Wildcats website for schedules, rosters, and updates!

 

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 accomplishments below:

Staff:  MPS Math Coordinator Michelle Kreuzer shares that Pierce science teacher Allison Meleedy has been selected for the Curate Curriculum Fellowship, a curriculum review panel that Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is running.  Ms. Meleedy took the initiative to apply and was selected to participate. As many of you know, she is an outstanding teacher who goes above and beyond in her classroom. This Fellowship is a great opportunity not only for Ms. Meleedy, but also for the Pierce Science Department as she will bring back some valuable information on both the new science standards and the current curriculum options available. Thank you and congratulations to Ms. Meleedy! 

Volunteers:  The MHS Boosters is a group of parents and guardians who work throughout the year to support our athletic teams. These dedicated volunteers support our students by helping them organize regular fundraising efforts like Cans for Cats and Car Washes , keep the snack shack up and running all year and sell tons of Milton gear throughout out the year to keep our MHS school spirit high. They also organize the end of year sports banquet. Their signature fundraising event is coming soon – Swing for Sports! Please consider joining them for a day of golf at Wollaston Golf Club on Tuesday, October 16th. You’ll have a great day of golf with friends, while supporting our student athletes. Thank you to the Boosters for their enormous support of our teams.

Thank you to my blog contributors this week: Michelle Kreuzer, Ben Kelly, Jon Redden, Holly Concannon, Karen McDavitt, Laurie Stilman, AJ Melanson, Lori Bilewicz, Noel Vigue, Ryan Madden, Jackie Morgan, Karen Spaulding, Karen Hughes, Martha Sandoval, Will Korman, Ada Rosmarin, Suzanne Caswell, Rachel Schewe and Roy Chambers.

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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September 13, 2018

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: September 13, 2018

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

Our 1st PARENT Speaker Series is TONIGHT! We are excited to kick off the 2nd season of this successful program.  Jane Hardin will be discussing Social Emotional Learning in the Home tonight, Thursday, September 13th at Milton High School. Ms. Harden will discuss ways to help parents and guardians navigate some of the social and emotional challenges that their children and adolescents face on a daily basis. She will offer strategies and provide concrete examples of how parents/guardians can develop constructive dialogues with their children in ways that foster essential social-emotional skills.   

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The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has revamped their aMAzing Educators webpage,  which features educators and now invites the public to share about their favorite teachers. This month, you can see teacher appreciation messages on 150 digital billboards statewide.  I hope you’ll join me in recognizing the crucial role that teachers play in improving children’s lives and consider submitting an accolade about a special teacher in your students life. 

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Chances are that you or your student have met some of the new additions to the Milton Public Schools staff. We have introduced them to their individual school communities and shared some photos here over the past two weeks. Please join us in welcoming the new staff at all 6 of our schools!

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There has not been a  School Committee meeting since my last update. You can watch School Committee meetings (and other town meetings) at your convenience on Milton Access TV .  

The Milton School Committee has a Facilities Subcommittee chaired by School Committee Member Ada Rosmarin. One of Milton Public Schools Strategic Goals is to address our Facilities needs – in particular, how we may best address the increasing enrollment and space issues in our elementary schools.  The School Committee would like to have one interested/available parent from each of our elementary schools on our Facilities Committee. The next meeting of our Facilities Committee is on Wednesday, September 26th at 5:30 pm at the Superintendent’s Conference Room at Milton High School. We will continue to meet throughout the school year. If you would consider joining this committee, please email Ada Rosmarin.

The School Committee will be holding upcoming meetings in each of our schools, with the goal of involving more parents, touring each school and hearing the school’s Site Council Presentation. Please consider attending your own school’s date or another school that may interest you. The dates are as follows: MHS October 17th, Glover November 7th, Cunningham January 23rd, Tucker February 27th, Pierce March 27th and Collicot May 15th.

The School Committee is in need of a Secretary to the Milton School Committee. This is a stipend position and all details can be found here. Please email Charlene Roche with any questions.

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

The school year is off to a great start at MHS. Please see our Club & Activity offerings this year and encourage your student to get involved! You can register here

NEW AT PIERCE 

Pierce Clubs and PASS Classes have been announced and there are some terrific ones to check out. We hope to see many Pierce students trying something new this year! 

ELEMENTARY UPDATES

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 global 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.​ Our FPS teachers are Justine Novak and Anne Isabelle Jungels.  We look forward to welcoming our new MPS 4th graders into the world of FPS and watching them blossom within this exciting curriculum.

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Great news for 4th grade students everywhere! The federal Every Kid in a Park program has been authorized for another year, granting fourth-graders a pass for free access to all federal lands and waters. The pass is valid for the 2018-19 school year and covers one student and up to three accompanying adults — or an entire car for drive-in parks. 

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Nicholas is loving kindergarten at Tucker and as you can see was very happy to have his teacher, Mrs. Kostek, visit at home! Our Welcome to Kindergarten at MPS includes home visits, playdates, school visits, storytimes, Kindergarten Days, school orientations, welcome letters from teachers and more.

 

UPCOMING DATES

Sep 13  SEL at Home, Jane Hardin – TONIGHT
Sep 17  Tucker Open House
Sep 19  Yom Kippur No School
Sep 20  Pierce Middle School Open House
Sep 25  Cunningham Open House
Sep 26  Milton School Committee Meeting
Sep 27  Collicot Elementary Open House
Sep 30  Celebrate Milton
Oct 4     Glover Open House

PHYS ED/HEALTH

Noel Vigue shares that Rachel Simmons (a popular speaker in last year’s PARENT Speaker Series) is offering an online course to moms, ‘Enough As We Are’ , in conjunction with her new book ‘Enough As She Is’. Registration is now open and the course starts September 24th.  We think this is a valuable and relatable resource for parents/guardians and since we had over 550 participants come to see her in January, we wanted to share with the MPS Community.  

 

ADULT EDUCATION

The MPS Adult Education Program is pleased to announce our exciting fall line up of classes.  To register for all fall 2018 MPS Adult Education courses go to our website  and pay online by Monday September 24th. All Course Descriptions may be found on our website.

FOOD SERVICE

Last week we launched the new “Tiger Trolley” which is featured every morning on the third floor of the Tucker School.  This new trolley is open to 3rd, 4th and 5th graders and students can choose from four selections each day for breakfast. We are  serving about 150 breakfasts to the Tucker students each day from the Tiger Trolley, in classrooms and in the cafe.

A huge thank you to our Tucker Food Service manager Kim DeMarino, our new breakfast cashier Zenaida Harvell and Sarah Evans our intern from Framingham State University for helping with this initiative.  Our full day pre-k and 2nd grade students will continue with breakfast in the classroom and our kindergarten and 1st graders continue to enjoy breakfast in the cafeteria. 

MILTON COMMUNITY SCHOOLS

Registration for After School Enrichment has reopened. At any time, you can register by the last Wednesday of the month and start the first Monday of the following month. For more information, please visit the Community Schools website.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

It is an exciting time for some of our youngest scientists in the Milton Public Schools! Both kindergarten and 1st grade will implement three new units using the FOSS Next Generation Science kits this year. This week teachers at both grade levels received professional development on the units they will be teaching this fall. Teachers had the opportunity to learn about the curriculum and the many resources offered in the kits as well as online.  The professional development also highlighted the eight scientific practices and the importance of science notebooking.

The most exciting part of the training was the opportunity for teachers to experience FOSS as their students will! Teachers were able to go outside and observe trees in the outdoor classroom, draw conclusions about the different properties of wood, and make scientific sketches in notebooks. Throughout the “teacher as learner” experience, an emphasis was placed on scientific vocabulary and discussions. Grade level teams will reconvene in December to learn about their final unit.

TECHNOLOGY

Would you like to have the Portal on your handheld device?  Please follow the links below to add the ParentPlus or StudentPlus app to your device.

For Apple Devices: ParentPlus; StudentPlus

For Android Devices: ParentPlus; StudentPlus

Once you download the app you will need to click the green and white “+” .  Enter your PlusPortal username (your email address used to log into the web version of PlusPortals).  Select the first school you would like to add. Click “Register” in the bottom right corner.

You will now be able to log into the ParentPortal app.  If you have students at multiple schools, you will follow the same procedure to add another school.  This starts by clicking the green and white “+”.

Once on the app you will see Announcements, Alerts, Notifications and Calendar.  If you would like to view homework, the directory, progress, emails, click the “hamburger” in the upper left corner of the screen.  If you would like to view classes and schedule, click the graph in the upper right corner and the options will be displayed at the bottom of your screen.  Pierce and MHS families can view progress and recent scores on this screen.

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Also a reminder that parents are able to update email addresses, phone numbers and emergency contact information at any time through Plus Portals. Log on to PlusPortals. Click on your student; click on school; click demographics; click edit; and click save.

STAFF SPOTLIGHT

Mary Shapiro and Maura Middleton are the district’s Math Coaches.

Elementary math coaches Maura Middleton and Mary Shapiro are excited for another year of working on mathematics education with K-5 teachers from across the district.  Maura and Mary are looking forward to supporting teachers’ implementation of instructional routines that promote the Standards of Mathematical Practice, with a focus on encouraging students to look for and make use of structure.  For example, two instructional routines that promote structural noticings are “Contemplate then Calculate” and “Number Talks.” The coaches initially introduced both routines to elementary teachers during a professional development day last school year.  Mary and Maura will continue to coach teachers as they implement these instructional routines in their classrooms along with our Everyday Mathematics 4 curriculum. The coaches’ goals are to promote a growth mindset in mathematics, to increase students’ mathematical fluency and flexibility, to encourage student conversations around math, and to show students that mathematics is creative, open and visual.  They look forward to another successful year of supporting the professional development of our teachers both inside and outside the classroom. 

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING

MPS SEL Facilitator Laurie Stillman encourages you to take the time to attend our 1st PARENT speaker tonight, as it is Jane Hardin, a well respected professional in the education field. Ms. Hardin will be discussing how we, as parents and guardians, can support our children’s social emotional wellbeing which in turn bolsters almost every aspect of their lives. A healthy social emotional framework supports children across the board – with their school work, athletics, social interactions, organizational skills, etc. A new school year brings new routines and sometimes new challenges. This speaker may be just the boost your family needs to help facilitate a healthy and successful school year!

MILTON FOUNDATION FOR EDUCATION

Halloween is around the corner, and once again the Milton Foundation for Education is looking for artwork to print on the front of race t-shirts for the Milton Monster Dash. Create your best design and submit one entry by Wednesday, September 26th. The winner will see their drawing on race t-shirts, and help start the runners on race day, October 28th.

 

NEWS AROUND TOWN

On Sunday, September 23, Caitlin Clavette’s family, friends, colleagues, students, and art enthusiasts will be running in a 5k road race in Milton to raise funds to support the Arts programs in the Milton Public Schools and to also sustain Caitlin’s passion for celebrating children’s creativity and individuality, the arts, and physical fitness. Caitlin was a Milton Public Schools art teacher who lost her life in a tragic car accident in February of 2016. The Caitlin Clavette Memorial Foundation, a licensed 501c3 corporation, was established in 2016 after this sudden and tragic event. Our goal is to continue Caitlin’s vision of supporting a community where all people support and appreciate the arts, respect and protect all living things, lead healthy lives through exercise and diet, and live with passion.   The first 500 pre-registered runners receive t-shirts and the cost is $30 per runner with a family cap of  $75.

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Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton will hold its ninth annual Walk for Wellness, Health Fair and Family Fun Day on Saturday, September 22, from 9:30 am – 1:30 pm at the hospital, located at 199 Reedsdale Road, Milton. The family-oriented, health and wellness event starts at 9:30 am with registration for a 5K  or one mile walk which will start at 10 am from the hospital’s Highland Street Parking Lot. Visit the hospital’s website  to download registration forms. Registration is $10 per walker, children under the age of 12 are free.

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The Milton Art Center has sewing, quilting, drawing, figure studies, pastels, clay, comics, animation, puppetry,  screen printing, digital photography and more classes available for children and adults starting late September. Register now at our website.

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Food, fun, and football will be on the menu on Wednesday, October 17th, at Granite Links Golf Club as the Milton Library Foundation presents its annual gala to benefit the Milton Public Library.   After music , hors d’oeuvres and dinner, legendary sports personality Upton Bell will regale the audience with some of the colorful stories contained in his book, “Present at the Creation: My Life in the NFL and the Rise of America’s Game”.  The Gala will also honor the citizen volunteers who served on the Library Study and Building Committees leading up to the 2009 reopening of the Library. Tickets, along with sponsorship and advertising opportunities, can be found here.

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Brookwood Community Farm is a working farm located in Milton and Canton. Brookwood grows food sustainably for members through a community supported agriculture (CSA) model, provides on-farm educational and community-building opportunities, and actively supports food access projects.  Fall CSA Shares are on sale now. The Fall CSA runs from September 25 to November 17 and Full Fall Share is $230 (pick up every week)while a Half shares for $128 (pick up every other week). The Fall Fruit Share is also available. The Full Share is $92 (pick up every week) and the Half Share $52 (pick up every other week). 

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Milton Parks and Recreation Dept. Presents New England Championship Wrestling On October 13th  to benefit the Parks and Rec Special Needs Programs. Get your tickets here

ATHLETICS

Volleyball is 5-0 after beating Needham 3-2 in a tiebreaker set last night! It was a fantastic match and they travel to Natick on Friday.
Boys Soccer beat Braintree last week 2-1 to get their league play started! Sophomore Miguel Varela scored the game winner.
Swim gets their season started tonight when they travel to Natick at Keefe Pool for a 5:30pm start!

Milton High School is excited for the first home Football Game of the season. On Friday, September 14th at 7:00pm, our Milton Wildcats will be taking on the Presidents of Quincy High School. We welcome you to join us at Brooks Field at Milton High School and show your support for our ‘Cats! It’s a black-out! We ask all fans to try and wear black to the game. Our Wildcats are wearing red and Quincy will be in white. Our Cheerleading Team will be selling red glow sticks for $1 before and during the game. It is Youth Football Night, so Junior Wildcats will receive free admission if they wear their jersey to the game!

Tickets are $5 for adults, and $3 for students & seniors. Children grades 5 and under are free as long as they are accompanied by an adult. We will not admit children grades 5 and under if they are not accompanied by an adult! Please no dropping off students at the gate. There will be no stopping at the crosswalk in front of the field. There will be no re-entry. Once you leave the stadium, you will need to buy another ticket to re-enter. Students are also encouraged to leave all bags in cars or their lockers. No bags will be allowed in the stadium. We also ask that you refrain from parking along the grass hill near the gate. There is plenty of parking in the back lots and the front lot of the high school.

Our Booster’s Program will be selling food and drinks out of the snack shack. Everything from hot dogs and hamburgers to cotton candy and popcorn! It looks to be a terrific evening under the Friday Night Lights! One last thing…ROLL ‘CATS! #LeaveAMark

Please see the Milton Wildcats website for schedules, rosters, and updates!

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 accomplishments below:

SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) members at the MHS Open House on September 12th.

Students: Milton High School had a perfect season last year – not just on the courts or athletic field, but in a county-wide competition organized by Norfolk DA Michael W. Morrissey to support peer leadership and discourage youth substance abuse.

The competition, dubbed “Team Rival,” pits local high schools against their traditional athletic rivals to encourage participation in a series of constructive events and functions that are designed to build a school culture around healthy choices. DA Morrissey’s objective is to identify, support and help the students in each school who lead by example.

Team Rival was split into four different challenges in 2017-2018 : the Peer Leadership Conference, Distractology, Coalition Meetings, and the Adventures in Respect Battle. Each school is granted 25 points for completion of a challenge, and the school that finishes with the most points wins Team Rival in its respective bracket. Our SADD students had to rally their peers to participate in activities and online surveys.   Milton comfortably beat rivals Braintree and Weymouth and was awarded a $1500.00 scholarship! The SADD group has been talking about bringing in more speakers and student programs for MHS students as well as developing social alternatives for MHS students  – Friday night movies, pizza nights, etc, giving MHS students positive and healthy alternatives to help in making best choices as they go through school. As always, the focus for SADD is to promote and build upon our peer to peer support and leadership with positive peer choices to help spread the word.

Among those who participated in these challenges are current SADD president Gwyneth Sauter; VP Caitlin Heelen; Treasurer Adriana Ramondi; Conor McAuliffe; Michael Johnson; Milan Smith; Grace Baker; Paula Hogan;  Annabel Botsford and Penelope Holland. SADD welcomes newcomers Secretary Sammy Shakeel, Stella Yuan, John McCampbell, Zane Baker-Pozeramo and Sofia Harris. SADD welcomes all new members, and encourages students to come to the next meeting which will be held on Tuesday September 25th.  Congratulations to SADD’s students and co-advisors Karen Hughes and Robin Lee on their success with the challenge.

Ms. MacCurtain pictured 3rd from right with the Habitats team.

Staff: Erin MacCurtain, Pierce 7th grade guidance counselor, did a build this past summer for Habitats for Humanity in Wailuku and Lahaina Hawaii.  The team of 11 built subsidized housing for families in need. This was her second build with Habitats for Humanity and her first one was in Fiji two years ago with a team of 22 volunteers.  They built two homes in a small village close to Suva (the capital). She is preparing for another build with Habitats in Thailand this summer. Ms. MacCurtain regularly shares these powerful stories of service with her students at Pierce and we thank her for her commitment both to Habitats and her students.

Volunteers: Thank you to MPS parent Julie Ryan who is the Babson Field Hockey Head Coach and runs the youth field hockey program in town. Ms. Ryan donated four field hockey nets to the MHS field hockey program. We are very grateful!

Thank you to my blog contributors this week: Michelle Kreuzer, Ellen Lohan, Ben Kelly Jon Redden, Holly Concannon, Karen Spaulding, Elaine McNeil- Girmai, Karen McDavitt, James Jette, Cat DesRoche, Laurie Stilman, AJ Melanson, Noel Vigue, Ryan Madden, Jackie Morgan, Karen Hughes and Robin Lee. 

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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September 6, 2018

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: September 6, 2018

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

I hope our students, teachers and staff are settling in to the school routine and keeping cool. Our heat wave looks like it is breaking today – cooler days ahead!

Next week, many of our families will celebrate Rosh HaShanah and the following Wednesday, September 19th our schools will be closed in honor of Yom Kippur. I have asked Rabbi Alfred Benjamin from Congregation Beth Shalom of the Blue Hills to share some information about these two important holidays in the Jewish faith.

“At the invitation of Superintendent Gormley, here is a little information about Rosh HaShanah, and Yom Kippur.  These two holidays encompass a 10 day period of deep, personal reflection that is often referred to as The Days of Awe.

Rosh HaShanah is a two day family and community oriented holiday that celebrates creation and the start of a New Year which by our counting is 5779.  Rosh HaShanah begins on the first of the Hebrew month of Tishri and so this year starts at sundown on Sept 9th and continues on the 10th and 11th.

Traditions include eating apples dipped in honey, in the hope of having a year filled with sweetness, and also special round challah bread to represent that we have been blessed to come around to another New Year.  Attending religious services is when we, both as individuals and as a community, are to reflect on how we could have been better human beings and how we have gone astray. The goal is to admit our misdeeds and then do all that is necessary to scrub them away thus metaphorically tipping the scales of judgement in our favor.  Our hope is to be inscribed in the “Book of Good Life”.

This holiday gives us the opportunity to reset the course of our lives so we can begin the New Year with a clean slate.  The process for making that happen involves three steps:

  • Acknowledging where we have done harm
  • Offering a sincere, direct apology to anyone we have hurt and
  • Committing ourselves not to make the same mistakes.

No surprise then that this holiday is also called: The Day of Judgement, The Day of Remembrance and finally, The Day for Sounding the Shofar (ram’s horn) which is blown 100 times during services.  The Shofar’s ancient call is meant to shake us out of any spiritual lethargy that might be keeping us from confronting ourselves with honesty and integrity, humility and contrition.

Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is the holiest day in the Jewish calendar.  This year it begins before sundown on September 18th and ends 25 hours or so later after sundown on the 19th.  This holy day marks the crescendo and final opportunity for us to take off our protective, self-deceptive masks, “come clean” and ask for forgiveness.  The spiritual seriousness and focus of this day involves putting all physical appetites aside. Thus, for those over Bar/Bat Mitzvah age, it is a day of fasting – no food or water (unless you are ill) – and a day when we refrain from other physical pleasures.

I am often asked what are appropriate holiday greetings for these holidays. For Rosh HaShanah: “Wishing you a good and sweet year!”  and after Rosh HaShanah through Yom Kippur: “May you be written in the Book of Life” are both welcome and appropriate.”       All the best and Shalom, Rabbi Alfred Benjamin

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MPS Leadership with District Attorney Michael Morrissey

I also want to share an inspiring press conference and announcement I was honored to attend this week. I have asked our Director of Social Emotional Learning, Laurie Stillman (who is also the Director of the Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition) to share some information about these exciting developments.

Coinciding with National Recovery Month, the Milton Police Department and the MSAPC are pleased to announce the official launch of “Milton Cares”.  Milton Cares partners include the Manet Community Health Center, the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (PAARI), Fallon Ambulance, Milton Health Department and the Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital. 

Milton Cares has been a vision of Police Chief John King, as the opioid crisis had been gaining momentum in our community.  Over the past six months, Laurie Stillman conducted research on similar programs across the state and investigated who might serve as partners in the delivery of the program.

Laurie Stillman addresses those assembled.

The program’s goal is to support families who are experiencing drug and/or alcohol dependency.  A team, comprised of a Substance Prevention Counselor certified to train and provide Narcan, and a Recovery Coach who has lived experience with addiction and is trained to help others struggling with drug and alcohol dependency, will visit a household where there was a recent overdose or request for assistance.  The team will be accompanied by a plain-clothed police officer to support the team. The individual who overdosed, or their loved ones, will be provided information on how they can receive support and access to treatment.

The program team will be activated following an overdose call to 9-1-1. However, referrals to the program can be made by anyone, so long as the need is for a Milton household.  Confidential help from Milton Cares is available at Miltoncares@mpdmilton.org. You can read the full press release here.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There has been one School Committee meeting since my last update. You can watch School Committee meetings (and other town meetings) at your convenience on Milton Access TV .  

The Milton School Committee has a Facilities Subcommittee chaired by School Committee Member Ada Rosmarin. One of Milton Public Schools Strategic Goals is to address our Facilities needs – in particular, how we may best address the increasing enrollment and space issues in our elementary schools.  The School Committee would like to have one interested/available parent from each of our elementary schools on our Facilities Committee. The next meeting of our Facilities Committee is on Wednesday, September 26th at 5:30 pm at the Superintendent’s Conference Room at Milton High School. We will continue to meet throughout the school year. If you would consider joining this committee, please email Ada Rosmarin.

The School Committee will be holding upcoming meetings in each of our schools, with the goal of involving more parents, touring each school and hearing the school’s Site Council Presentation. Please consider attending your own school’s date or another school that may interest you. The dates are as follows: MHS October 17th, Glover November 7th, Cunningham January 23rd, Tucker February 27th, Pierce March 27th and Collicot May 15th.

The School Committee is in need of a Secretary to the Milton School Committee. This is a stipend position and all details can be found here. Please email Charlene Roche with any questions.

PARENT SPEAKER SERIES

Our 1st PARENT Speaker Series is one week from today! We are excited to kick off the 2nd season of this successful program.  Jane Hardin will be discussing Social Emotional Learning in the Home on Thursday, September 13th at Milton High School. Ms. Harden will discuss ways to help parents and guardians navigate some of the social and emotional challenges that their children and adolescents face on a daily basis. She will offer strategies and provide concrete examples of how parents/guardians can develop constructive dialogues with their children in ways that foster essential social-emotional skills. 

GRANT NEWS

The Milton Public Health Department was notified this week, by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration that the Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (MSAPC) will be awarded $125,000 per year for the next five years to focus on youth substance abuse prevention in the town.  The Drug Free Communities (DFC) grant application was submitted by the coalition in March, and the funding will officially begin on September 30th. This is fantastic news for our town as well as great news for MPS as the Milton Public Schools will be a significant beneficiary of the grant. We will be able to hire a part time Schools Prevention Coordinator,  significant funding has been allocated to the PARENT Speaker Series, to fund a data analyst for our next round of administering the Youth Risk Surveys and to promote Social Emotional Learning in the district.

The overall grant funding will focus on reducing underage drinking and marijuana use amongst youth, as well as promoting teen mental health and prosocial out of school opportunities. Milton would never have gotten this grant without the strong partnership of the MPS leadership, Law Enforcement, Town Government, business and faith leaders, health professionals, as well as parents, students and people in recovery. The Milton Health Department will be managing the program.

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

Students receiving their backpacks from our generous sponsors.

On Wednesday, August 29th, Milton High School officially began Bring Your Own Device (BYOD).  All MHS students bring a device to use in class and at home. To ensure the student devices are stored in a safe spot MPS Educational Technology Director, AJ Melanson, reached out to local businesses to see if they would help with this initiative.   Steve Sullivan, Sullivan Insurance, and Bill Resnick, Proforma, jumped at the opportunity to support the high school. Steve and Bill recruited the Milton Fruit Center, Coffee Break Cafe, and Senator Walter Timilty to fund this initiative. Together the team designed and purchased the backpacks for all MHS students.  The Milton Public Schools would like to thank all of the sponsors, Sullivan Insurance, Proforma, Milton Fruit Center, Coffee Break Cafe, and Senator Walter Timilty, for their support. A special thanks to Steve Sullivan and Bill Resnick for leading this initiative.  

ELEMENTARY UPDATES

We were happy to have our youngest students start school this week. Welcome to our kindergarten and pre-kindergarten students!

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I know you will love this beautiful mural as much as I do.  The mural was completed before school started  as a gift from the Tucker Class of 2018. Local artist Kendra Stanton Lee (pictured at left) completed the work to provide positive messages to children each day as they head to recess. It is a wonderful addition to the Tucker School.  

 

 

Ms. Hyde’s Cunningham 4th graders start off the year working as a team!

 

UPCOMING DATES

Sep 6  Beginner Instrumental Registration Night
Sep 12  Milton High School Back to School Night
Sep 13  SEL at Home, Jane Hardin
Sep 17  Tucker Open House
Sep 19  Yom Kippur No School
Sep 20  Pierce Middle School Open House
Sep 25  Cunningham Open House
Sep 26  Milton School Committee Meeting
Sep 27  Collicot Elementary Open House
Sep 30  Celebrate Milton
Oct 4    Glover Open House
Oct 4.   Grade 5-8 Information Night at MHS

ADULT EDUCATION

The MPS Adult Education Program is pleased to announce our exciting fall line up of classes. We have many new and returning instructors offering an amazing selection of Adult Education courses to serve our community and know you will find what you are looking for. Both our online registration and our mailing registration are due on September 24th. Look for our mailing coming soon to your mailbox!

MILTON COMMUNITY SCHOOLS

Registration for After School Enrichment has reopened. Register between September 4th and 12th and your child will be able to start on Monday September 17th. After this date, new registrations will be taken on a monthly basis. Register by the last Wednesday of the month and start the first Monday of the following month. For more information, please visit the Community Schools website

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

25 MPS elementary teachers attended a day long writing PD on August 22nd. During this 7 hour workshop, K-5 teachers were invited to come and share their experience with the writing portion of the Reach Curriculum in order to inform our implementation for year 2.   After our first year of working with the Reach for Reading Curriculum, teachers had excellent feedback to share with each other as they worked in grade level teams to develop common writing assessments and guides, exemplars for writing projects and responses, and a universal rubric using the reach rubric as a guideline.

Additionally, teachers discussed the differences between writing to text and the writing projects, along with how best to balance all the components of the program to meet the standards and the writing needs of the students. The day of professional development was welcomed by many as they were  preparing plans for the school year. 

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Now that the kids are back in school, perhaps a part time job is in your future?

There is a terrific opportunity for part time jobs in our food services department. We are hiring 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 starting pay for the food service substitute position pays $15.05 per hour. Please email Jackie Morgan  or call 617-696-5040 X 5514 for more information.

We are also hiring for a Unit C Lunch/Recess Aide position in the elementary schools. This job is 3 hours per day, 5 days per week when school is in session. The position pays $14.97 per hour and can be perfect for someone looking to work just a few hours a day. Please refer to our website  if you are interested in applying. 

MILTON FOUNDATION FOR EDUCATION

Halloween is around the corner, and once again the Milton Foundation for Education is looking for artwork to print on the front of race t-shirts for the Milton Monster Dash. Create your best design and submit one entry by Wednesday, September 26th. The winner will see their drawing on race t-shirts, and help start the runners on race day, October 28th.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

On Sunday, September 23, Caitlin Clavette’s family, friends, colleagues, students, and art enthusiasts will be running in a 5k road race in Milton to raise funds to support the Arts programs in the Milton Public Schools and to also sustain Caitlin’s passion for celebrating children’s creativity and individuality, the arts, and physical fitness. Caitlin was a Milton Public Schools art teacher who lost her life in a tragic car accident in February of 2016. The Caitlin Clavette Memorial Foundation, a licensed 501c3 corporation, was established in 2016 after this sudden and tragic event. Our goal is to continue Caitlin’s vision of supporting a community where all people support and appreciate the arts, respect and protect all living things, lead healthy lives through exercise and diet, and live with passion.   The first 500 pre-registered runners receive t-shirts and the cost is $30 per runner with a family cap of  $75.

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The Fifth Annual Dan Breen Memorial 5K Red Shoe Run presented by Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton is a run and walk in memory of our team member who passed away in 2013.  All funds raised support education and equipment for the Emergency Department staff for disaster preparedness and haz-mat training initiatives. The event starts at Cunningham Elementary school at 10am on Saturday, September 8th.  Registration is $30 in advance online  or $35 day of. Registration and bib pick up opens at 9am in the Cunningham cafeteria on the day of the event.

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On Saturday, September 8, from 9-10 am, come explore the grounds of the Eustis Estate and look for birds with staff from Mass Audubon’s Museum of American Bird Art. The property is filled with features that birds like, including a pond, meadows, an orchard, tall trees, and chimneys. Learn about the interesting species that thrive in these unique habitats.  Advance tickets are required and Mass Audubon members must call to register. Admission to the house not included. Please call 617-994-6600 for more information or buy tickets online.

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The Collicot School library will be the site this fall of two free support programs offered by Joanna’s Place. Circle-S is a unique and exciting, FREE support group serving children whose siblings have a disability or a significant special need. Circle-G (for grief) offers comprehensive family support where children (ages 6-18) are surrounded by others facing the death of a parent or a sibling. Registration for either Circle is easy. Call or email Mary Boyle at 781-413-5141 to reserve your spot today.

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Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton will hold its ninth annual Walk for Wellness, Health Fair and Family Fun Day on Saturday, September 22, from 9:30 am – 1:30 pm at the hospital, located at 199 Reedsdale Road, Milton. The family-oriented, health and wellness event starts at 9:30 am with registration for a 5K  or one mile walk which will start at 10 am from the hospital’s Highland Street Parking Lot. Visit the hospital’s website  to download registration forms. Registration is $10 per walker, children under the age of 12 are free.

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The Milton Art Center has sewing, quilting, drawing, figure studies, pastels, clay, comics, animation, puppetry,  screen printing, digital photography and more classes available for children and adults starting late September. Register now at our website

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Food, fun, and football will be on the menu on Wednesday, October 17th, at Granite Links Golf Club as the Milton Library Foundation presents its annual gala to benefit the Milton Public Library.   After music , hors d’oeuvres and dinner, legendary sports personality Upton Bell will regale the audience with some of the colorful stories contained in his book, “Present at the Creation: My Life in the NFL and the Rise of America’s Game”.  The Gala will also honor the citizen volunteers who served on the Library Study and Building Committees leading up to the 2009 reopening of the Library. Tickets, along with sponsorship and advertising opportunities, can be found here.

The Milton Public Library has activities and events for children all month long!

There are many great programs for young children offered by the Milton Early Childhood Alliance. You can check them out here.

ART AND MUSIC NEWS  

Please note the following DATE CHANGE: Instrumental Beginner Registration Night has been CHANGED to TONIGHT Thursday, September 6th, at 7:30 pm at Milton High School.  Any students wishing to start instrumental lessons, including those who pre-registered, should attend. Please contact program directors Rebecca Damiani  and Gary Good  with any questions. Please see the Applied Instrumental Lessons Program (ALP)  information here.

ATHLETICS

Milton High School Athletics is off to a great start, with Volleyball earning back-to-back wins and Girls Soccer winning their first game under new coach Gary Burke.

Football travels to Belmont in their season opener on Friday. The game is at 6pm at Belmont High School and tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.

The girls Volleyball team with be hosting a Cans for Cats event at MHS this
Saturday 9/8 from 9am to 12pm. They will also simultaneously hold a car wash at Town Hall.

 

Please see the Milton Wildcats website for schedules, rosters, and updates!

Thank you to my blog contributors this week: Jon Redden, Jean Scarborough, Emily Hyde, Liz Spitz, Holly Concannon, Elaine McNeil- Girmai, Karen McDavitt, Cat DesRoche, Jaclyn Germano, Laurie Stilman, AJ Melanson, Noel Vigue, Ryan Madden,    Jackie Morgan, Martha Sandoval, Karen Hughes, Rebecca Damiani and Rabbi Alfred Benjamin.

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August 30, 2018

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: August 30, 2018

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

We have had a wonderful start to the school year. Yes, it was HOT but our students, teachers and staff rallied and worked together for a successful two days. Our food services staff and PTOs provided water and ice all day, teachers adjusted plans with classes taking place in air conditioned spaces when possible and indoor recess provided an opportunity to connect with new classmates in a quiet space. These two days of school provide students and teachers an opportunity to work together to learn new routines and schedules, establish classroom and school expectations and form bonds that will last throughout the school year and beyond. 

As you will see in the video below, our staff was excited to welcome back our over 4000 students and our students arrived with a smile, ready to learn!

Please enjoy the long weekend and we look forward to seeing all students, including our kindergarten and preschool students, on Tuesday, September 4th.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

This summer,  the Milton School Committee hosted two forums to discuss our increasing district enrollment and as a result, the likely need to build additional classroom space in the elementary schools and the possibility of a fifth elementary school.  Please consider watching the July and August forums on Milton Access TV Video On Demand.  The forum begins approximately 5-10 minutes into the videos. There will be additional forums throughout the year not only to discuss the progress made, but to help inform the decision making process.  You can contact the School Committee anytime here.

The School Committee is in need of a Secretary to the Milton School Committee. This is a stipend position and all details can be found here. Please email Charlene Roche with any questions.

The 2018-19 calendar can be found here.

MILTON POLICE DEPARTMENT

Chief John King has asked me to share this important document with all parents/guardians. The Milton Public Schools shares the concerns of the MPD and Milton families on the issue of underage drinking.  To read more about Milton’s efforts to curb underage drinking, the law and tips for speaking with your children, please visit this website which is co-sponsored by the Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition.

PARENT SPEAKER SERIES

Save the date for our first date in the PARENT Speaker Series. Jane Hardin will be discussing Social Emotional Learning in the Home on Thursday, September 13th at Milton High School. Ms. Harden will discuss ways to help parents and guardians navigate some of the social and emotional challenges that their children and adolescents face on a daily basis. She will offer strategies and provide concrete examples of how parents/guardians can develop constructive dialogues with their children in ways that foster essential social-emotional skills.

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

The MHS library received a grant from the MFE in the spring to purchase materials to support the social-emotional well being of our students. With these funds, we were able to purchase some tools similar to those found in the Take 5 room. They can be accessed by students before school, after school and during lunches at a bookshelf near the fiction section. Thank you to the MFE for always supporting our students! 

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The Milton High School 2018 musical production is Les Miserables!  On Thursday, August 30th at 4pm there will be an optional Audition Information Session & Workshop for any student thinking about auditioning .  On Tuesday, September 4th at 4:30 we will hold auditions (sign up at the door). We are also looking for a small group of students in grades 3, 4, or 5 who might be interested in playing children’s roles in the musical. Any student who might be interested in auditioning for the musical can contact Kevin Black, director with questions or to request an audition info packet.

STAFF SPOTLIGHT

Marti O’Keefe McKenna has been the MPS Family Outreach Liaison for 4 years. Ms. McKenna comes to MPS with a degree in Social Work and over thirty years experience in the field, and serves as a major point of connection for our families.  In order to establish a strong home-school connection, Ms. McKenna works closely with the school registrar, principals, teachers and staff to identify families new to the district and communicates with families offering assistance with orientation to Milton Public Schools and providing information and materials covering a  wide range of services.

Because some families are in need of resources that reach beyond the scope of the schools,  Ms. McKenna has developed contacts and maintains working relationships with churches and temples, community groups and ancillary service providers. Ms. McKenna connects with families in crisis and helps coordinate many of our district wide charitable efforts.  She works to ensure that residents of Milton with preschool age children have access to information pertaining to all MPS preschools, including programs offered, cost of each program, lottery procedure, registration process and family expectations. She also assists with kindergarten registration.

Our  Family Outreach Liaison is a visible presence at the Milton Public Schools – beginning with reaching out to our newest members of the MPS community,  greeting families  at MSE, giving school tours throughout the year, helping to facilitate logistics at the PARENT Speaker Series as well as at individual school events. Her presence weekly at each of our schools serves to strengthen her connections with families. Many of you have shared with me a positive interaction you have had with Marti and I know many of you value her commitment to the Milton Public Schools. Please do not hesitate to contact Marti O’Keefe McKenna via email  or phone at 617 – 980 -7343 if you feel the Family Outreach Liaison can assist your family.

ADULT EDUCATION

The MPS Adult Education Program is pleased to announce our exciting fall line up of classes. We have many new and returning instructors offering an amazing selection of Adult Education courses to serve our community and know you will find what you are looking for. Both our online registration and our mailing registration are due on September 24th. Look for our mailing coming soon to your mailbox!

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

On August 23rd ninety-two teachers representing all of the Milton Public Schools convened at Milton High School to take part in a voluntary technology professional development day.  The day was lead by Educational Technology Director, AJ Melanson, and the Summer Technology PD Team of Sara Doherty, Kirsten Driscoll, Jessica Jarboe, Kathleen Kelley, Michelle Kreuzer and JT Troy.  The event had a Hollywood Theme. All sixteen sessions had creative movie theme titles, teachers entered MHS on a red carpet, a Technology Star Walk of Fame led the teachers down the hall to their break-out session rooms, and popcorn and candy were available throughout the day.

The teachers took part in an opening session, four break-out sessions, and a closing session.  Teachers were provided four choices they could attend during each break-out session. Topics for sessions ranged from Google Drive and Classroom, Coding, Assistive Technology, to Personalized Learning and how technology can support Social Emotional Learning.  The event would not have been successful without the outstanding session facilitators: Amanda Brink, Maureen Butler, Chris Callahan, Sara Doherty, Kirsten Driscoll, Jessica Jarboe, Kathleen Kelley, Michelle Kreuzer, Deanna Magill, Kristin Masciarelli, AJ Melanson,  Maura Middleton, Amy McKay, Maureen McClain, Rob Moray, Marie Penner-Hahn, Claire Ritten, and Laurie Stillman. Congratulations and thank you to the committee and facilitators for a very successful day! 

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Now that the kids are back in school, perhaps a part time job is in your future?

There is a terrific opportunity for part time jobs in our food services department. We are hiring 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 starting pay for the food service substitute position pays $15.05 per hour. Please email Jackie Morgan or call (617-696-5040 X 5514) for more information.

We are also hiring for 2 Unit C Lunch/Recess Aide positions in the elementary schools. This job is 3 hours per day, 5 days per week when school is in session. The position pays $14.97 per hour and can be perfect for someone looking to work just a few hours a day. Please refer to our website  if you are interested in applying. 

NEWS AROUND TOWN

On Sunday, September 23, Caitlin Clavette’s family, friends, colleagues, students, and art enthusiasts will be running in a 5k road race in Milton to raise funds to support the Arts programs in the Milton Public Schools and to also sustain Caitlin’s passion for celebrating children’s creativity and individuality, the arts, and physical fitness. Caitlin was a Milton Public Schools art teacher who lost her life in a tragic car accident in February of 2016. This unforeseen accident left Caitlin’s family and community in shock and despair- and her art students with a multitude of unfinished art lessons, missing their art teacher. The Caitlin Clavette Memorial Foundation, a licensed 501c3 corporation, was established in 2016 after this sudden and tragic event. Our goal is to continue Caitlin’s vision of supporting a community where all people support and appreciate the arts, respect and protect all living things, lead healthy lives through exercise and diet, and live with passion.   The first 500 pre-registered runners receive t-shirts and the cost is $30 per runner with a family cap of  $75. 

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The Fifth Annual Dan Breen Memorial 5K Red Shoe Run presented by Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton is a run and walk in memory of our team member who passed away in 2013.  All funds raised support education and equipment for the Emergency Department staff for disaster preparedness and haz-mat training initiatives. The event starts at Cunningham Elementary school at 10am on Saturday, September 8th.  Registration is $30 in advance online  or $35 day of. Registration and bib pick up opens at 9am in the Cunningham cafeteria on the day of the event.

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The Collicot School library will be the site of two free support programs for families offered by Joanna’s Place. As co-founder of the Good Grief Program, Program Director of Joanna’s Place Maria Trozzi brings decades of expertise as a trusted clinician, national expert and respected author, helping families and school communities face stressful life events. Trozzi’s Circle programs have promoted resilience in vulnerable families for more than two decades. All programs are at no cost to families.

Circle-S is a unique and exciting, FREE support group serving children whose siblings have a disability or a significant special need. 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. Circle-S is facilitated by Lauren Bartolotti, Program Manager of the Autism Center at Boston Medical Center; curriculum developed by Maria Trozzi, former co-founder of the Good Grief Program. Circle-S will run on Wednesdays from 6pm-8pm, for 10 weeks starting October 17th.

Circle-G (for grief) offers comprehensive family support where children (ages 6-18) are surrounded by others facing the death of a parent or a sibling. It’s about mastering coping skills when facing stressful life events. The Circle is fun, powerful & assures children they are not alone. They come with their parent, enjoy a pizza supper, and maybe, for the first time, join other children who have experienced the death of a parent or sibling. Circle- G was created and developed by Maria Trozzi and is faciitated by Lauren Bartolotti who has helped families cope with stressful life events. Circle-G will run on Mondays from 6-8pm, for 10 weeks starting on October 15th. Registration for either Circle is easy. Call or email Mary Boyle at 781-413-5141 to reserve your spot today.

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Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton will hold its ninth annual Walk for Wellness, Health Fair and Family Fun Day on Saturday, September 22, from 9:30 am – 1:30 pm at the hospital, located at 199 Reedsdale Road, Milton. The family-oriented, health and wellness event starts at 9:30 am with registration for a 5K  or one mile walk which will start at 10 am from the hospital’s Highland Street Parking Lot. Visit the hospital’s website  to download registration forms. Registration is $10 per walker, except children under the age of 12 who are free.

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Food, fun, and football will be on the menu on Wednesday, October 17th, at Granite Links Golf Club as the Milton Library Foundation presents its annual gala to benefit the Milton Public Library.   After music , hors d’oeuvres and dinner, legendary sports personality Upton Bell will regale the audience with some of the colorful stories contained in his book, “Present at the Creation: My Life in the NFL and the Rise of America’s Game”.  The Gala will also honor the citizen volunteers who served on the Library Study and Building Committees leading up to the 2009 reopening of the Library. Tickets, along with sponsorship and advertising opportunities, can be found here.

The Milton Public Library has activities and events for children all month long!

ART AND MUSIC NEWS  

Please note the following DATE CHANGE: Instrumental Beginner Registration Night has been CHANGED to Thursday, September 6th, at 7:30 pm at Milton High School.  Any students wishing to start instrumental lessons, including those who pre-registered, should attend. Please contact program directors Rebecca Damiani rdamiani@miltonps.org and Gary Good ggood@miltonps.org with any questions. Please see the Applied Instrumental Lessons Program (ALP)  information here.

ATHLETICS

Please see the Milton Wildcats website for all athletic updates.

Thank you to my blog contributors this week: Jon Redden, Holly Concannon, Karen Spaulding, Elaine McNeil- Girmai, Karen McDavitt, James Jette, Cat DesRoche, Bernadette Butler, Jaclyn Germano, Laurie Stilman, AJ Melanson, Noel Vigue, Ryan Madden, Karen Cahill, Marti McKenna, Sarina Burke, Jackie Morgan, Mike Zullas, Bob McCrystal, Cecelia Pukt, Karen Hughes, Sarah Smith and JT Troy. 

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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August 23, 2018

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: August 23, 2018

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

I want to extend a warm welcome to our parents/guardians and staff who are returning to the Milton Public Schools and a special welcome to those of you who are new to the Milton Public Schools. In my Welcome Back Letter to all staff, I analogized this year’s Red Sox “record-breaking season” to the Milton Public Schools’ upcoming school year. Each of you is a member of our amazing Milton Public School “team.”

Over the summer, our Administrators and Central Office staff worked hard interviewing and hiring highly qualified and talented administrators, teachers and staff who will complement the work of our already “All Star” teaching and support staff to provide an enriching education to Milton Public Schools Pre-K through grade 12 students. I want to recognize Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Human Resources Janet Sheehan for her leadership in working with principals and administrators in the hiring of staff and planning and scheduling of summer professional development.

Mr. Mack (MHS Assistant Principal Brian Mackinaw) mans the grill for our new teachers

Our new staff members joined the Milton Public Schools on Monday, August 20th and attended a full day of orientation, meetings with their respective principals and coordinators and a cookout luncheon prepared by Milton’s Food Service Director Jackie Morgan and served by our administrators. On Tuesday, our new teachers spent the day with their mentors at Curry College. I would like to thank Curry College President Kenneth Quigley for sponsoring the day. On Wednesday, our new teachers participated in professional development on the evaluation tool, parent portal, and other important technology programs. Today, new teachers and over 100 of our current staff members are involved in an exciting day of professional development planned by MPS’s Educational Technology Director AJ Melanson.

Custodians and Consolidated Facilities staff worked on projects detailed in a previous blast. They have thoroughly cleaned and prepared each and every classroom, office and educational area in our six schools.

The talented individuals in MPS’s Business and Central Offices worked almost every day this summer on everything from ordering textbooks, materials and supplies to closing out the fiscal 2018 school year to registering and welcoming new families.

I want to recognize Assistant Superintendent Dr. Glenn Pavlicek for his thorough work on our transportation program. Dr. Pavlicek has reviewed and made adjustments to each and every bus route. Bus passes have been mailed to the homes of students registered for transportation. Rachel Schewe will assume the responsibilities of MPS’s Transportation Director today and all questions should be directed to Ms. Schewe at bus@miltonps.org.

Milton’s School Committee and staff have worked over the past few years to create a new Strategic Plan for the district. If you are interested in serving on any one of the committees which will be addressing the goals of the Plan, please e-mail School Committee member Ada Rosmarin.

Please be sure to read all communications from your school. Important information is posted on the MPS website, and events are constantly being added to the district calendar.

As I stated in the close of my Welcome Back Letter to staff, “Let’s make the 2018-2019 season (our school year!) one for the history books for the Milton Public Schools”.

Please enjoy your last days of summer with family and friends.

MPS SUMMER READING

Who read 1,000,000 minutes this summer? Our students, that’s who! Breezing by the goal of 500,000 minutes, our students recently reached the impressive 1 million mark! I could not be more proud of their effort and am so grateful for the partnership of the Milton Public Library, the Friends of the Library, the Rotary Club and the Milton Public Schools which make a robust summer reading program for the town of Milton possible. Our students are returning to school ready to learn, thanks in part to our wonderful summer reading program. 

Our Summertime Stories program , in collaboration with MECA and the Milton Public Library was a big success this summer! At our final session earlier today, we welcomed 75 eager readers – K and PreK students and parents/guardians – to Cunningham Park.

Our kindergarten and Pre K students are ready for their 1st day of school on Tuesday, September 4th. Tucker and Glover students have been enjoying some popsicle playdates with friends and Cunningham and Collicot students will have their popsicle days next week. Lots of new friendships for these young students!

Calling all kindergartners. Kindergarten Days! are August 26th through September 1st.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

In July and August , the Milton School Committee hosted two forums to discuss our increasing district enrollment and as a result, the likely need to build additional classroom space in the elementary schools and the possibility of a fifth elementary school.  Please consider watching the July and August forums on Milton Access TV Video On Demand.  The forum begins approximately 5-10 minutes into the videos. There will be additional forums throughout the year not only to discuss the progress made, but to help inform the decision making process.  You can contact the School Committee anytime here.

The School Committee is in need of a Secretary to the Milton School Committee. This is a stipend position and all details can be found here. Please email Charlene Roche with any questions.

The 2018-19 calendar can be found here.

MILTON POLICE DEPARTMENT

Chief John King has asked me to share this important document with all parents/guardians. The Milton Public Schools shares the concerns of the MPD and Milton families on the issue of underage drinking.  To read more about Milton’s efforts to curb underage drinking, the law and tips for speaking with your children, please visit this website which is co-sponsored by the Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition.

RESIDENCY REESTABLISHMENT – 6th and 9th grade

Students entering grade 6 and 9 can not start school until residency has been reestablished.  Families who have students in these categories – 6th grade, 9th grade and out of district–  are required to complete the form that has been  mailed to their homes (form is also available here ) and provide all necessary documentation. Ms. Sarina Burke, MPS Residency Coordinator, has been working morning and evening hours all summer to better meet the needs of parents/guardians schedules. There are two final opportunities to reestablish residency – Tuesday August 28th from 7-10am and from 4-7pm. Ms. Burke can be reached via email or at 617-696-4470 ext 5516.

BACK TO SCHOOL DATES  

The first day of school is just 6 days away! While you enjoy the last few days of summer, please keep the following dates and information in mind:

ALL STUDENTS:
Wednesday August 29th 1st day of school 1st-12th
Friday August 31st – No School
Monday September 3rd  – No School, Labor Day
Tuesday September 4th- 1st Day of school Kindergarten/PreK
Tuesday September 11th- Beginner Instrumental Registration Night
Thursday September 13th – SEL At Home, Jane Hardin
Wednesday September 19th  – No School, Yom Kippur
MPS Facebook page
MPS Twitter account 

MHS:
Principal Mr. James Jette and Assistant Principals Mr. Ben Kelly and Mr. Brian Mackinaw
Administrative Assistants Mrs. Maureen Kennedy and Mr. Brad Spindle
Homeroom assignments mailed out in August, schedules 1st day of school
New student orientation for all freshman and new students August 27th 4-6 pm
Please see Mr Jette’s latest summer letter for all MHS information 
MHS Open House – September 12th
MHS Athletic Website
MHS Website

PIERCE:
Principal Dr. Karen Spaulding and Asst Principals Dr. Nick Fitzgerald and Mr. Kyle Alves
Administrative Assistants Mrs. Sandy Wyse and Mrs. Susan Higgins
Team Assignment Letters mailed on August 22nd
Schedules to be distributed on the first day of school
Back to school information night for rising 6th grade families  – August 28 at 6:30 PM [Parents/guardians are welcome, but not required, to attend.]
Pierce School Supply lists 
Pierce Webpage
Pierce Open House – September 20th 6:30 PM
Pierce PTO Parent Social – October 13th
Pierce PTO email contact
Pierce PTO Facebook page

COLLICOT:
Principal Mrs. Holly Concannon and Assistant Principal Mrs. Zeina Hamada
Administrative Assistant Mrs. Joanne Barker
Homeroom assignments mailed week of August 20th
Tour for New Families (grades 1-5) Tuesday, August 28th, 2pm
Popsicles with the Principal- rear playground – Tuesday, August 28th 3-4pm
Kindergarten Orientation  – Thursday, August 30th
Boohoo/Yahoo Coffee, K parents – cafeteria – Tuesday September 4th, after drop off
Back to School Picnic at Cunningham Park – Friday night, September 14th
Collicot Open House – Thursday September 27th
Collicot Webpage
Collicot PTO email
Collicot PTO Facebook page

CUNNINGHAM:
Principal Mr. Jon Redden and Assistant Principal Mrs. Bernadette Butler
Assistant Principal Mrs. Maureen Butler covering for Mrs. B. Butler’s maternity leave
Administrative Assistant Mrs. Patti Johnson
Homeroom assignments mailed week of  August 20th
Tour for new families (grades 1-5) Tuesday August 28th  – 5:15-6pm
Freeze Pops  with the Principal – rear playground – Tuesday, August 28th  – 6-7pm
PreK/K Orientation and Picnic – Thursday August 30th, 11- 2pm
Boohoo/Yahoo Coffee, K and PreK parents (library)Tuesday September 4th, after drop off
Cunningham Open House – September 25th
2nd Annual Fall Bash – Saturday October 20th
Cunningham Webpage
Cunningham PTO email
Cunningham PTO Facebook page
Cunningham School Twitter
Cunningham School Instagram

GLOVER:
Principal Karen McDavitt and Assistant Principal Sara MacNeil
Administrative Assistant Ms. Moira Downes
Homeroom assignments mailed week of  August 20th
Kindergarten Orientation Thursday, August 30 (families will receive orientation time with homeroom assignment letter)
BooHoo/Yahoo Gathering (Kindergarten families) Tuesday, September 4 after drop off (front entrance)
Glover Open House- Thursday, October 4
Glover Webpage
Glover Twitter account
Glover PTO FB Page
Glover PTO email contact

TUCKER:
Principal Dr. Elaine McNeil – Girmai  and Assistant Principal Cat DesRoche
Administrative Assistant Mrs. Eileen Keaney
Homeroom assignments mailed week of August 20th
Picture Day-September 7th
Open House-September 17th
Tucker School Supply lists
Tucker Webpage
Tucker  PTO email contact
Tucker  PTO Facebook page

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

Next Wednesday, August 29th, Milton High School will officially begin Bring Your Own Device (BYOD).  All MHS students will have a device to use in class and at home. To ensure the student devices were stored in a safe spot MPS Educational Technology Director, AJ Melanson, reached out to local businesses to see if they would help with this initiative.   Steve Sullivan, Sullivan Insurance, and Bill Resnick, Proforma, jumped at the opportunity to support the high school. Steve and Bill recruited the Milton Fruit Center, Coffee Break Cafe, and Walter Timilty to fund this initiative. Together the team designed and purchased the backpacks  for all MHS students. A big thank you to  all of the sponsors, Sullivan Insurance, Proforma, Milton Fruit Center, Coffee Break Cafe, and Walter Timilty, for their support and a special thanks to Steve Sullivan and Bill Resnick for leading this initiative. 

If your student will be loaning a Chromebook and has not yet picked it up, please make arrangements for your student to bring their signed Chromebook Loan Agreement to pick up their Chromebook in the MHS Auditorium on our final pick up day, August 27  from 3-5pm.

For more information regarding the BYOD Loan Agreement,  BYOD Student & Family Manual, BYOD FAQs, the MPS Acceptable Use Policy, and Chromebook Care & Use Policy, please visit the following flyer and click on the thumbnails to view the information.

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The Milton High School 2018 musical production is Les Miserables!  On Thursday, August 30th at 4pm there will be an optional Audition Information Session & Workshop for any student thinking about auditioning .  On Tuesday, September 4th at 4:30 we will hold auditions (sign up at the door!). We are also looking for a small group of students in grades 3, 4, or 5 who might be interested in playing children’s roles in the musical. Any student who might be interested in auditioning for the musical can contact Kevin Black, director with questions or to request an audition info packet! 

PARENT SPEAKER SERIES

Save the date for our first date in the PARENT Speaker Series. Jane Hardin will be discussing Social Emotional Learning in the Home on Thursday, September 13th at Milton High School. Ms. Harden will discuss ways to help parents and guardians navigate some of the social and emotional challenges that their children and adolescents face on a daily basis. She will offer strategies and provide concrete examples of how parents/guardians can develop constructive dialogues with their children in ways that foster essential social-emotional skills.   

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING

SEL Director Laurie Stillman shares the following. Teens are under a lot of stress these days from a host of social, technological, family and academic pressures.  Unfortunately, unremitting stress can lead to unwanted behaviors such as substance use, risk-taking, poor academic performance and mental illness. While stress affects everyone, not everyone has the necessary coping skills to effectively handle their anxiety when it arises.  To help teens better cope with stressful situations, the first step is to help them recognize and label their feelings, understand their triggers, and brainstorm about how to relieve or prevent stressful situations the next time.

Two ways to help them identify and address stressful situations in healthier ways are to: Encourage teens to keep a Stress Journal (above is a sample chart they can keep to help them recognize their triggers so that they can avert them or better cope with them) and encourage them to engage in anxiety-reducing activities on a regular basis, such as meditation or yoga.  There are a few free “apps” that are available on both ioS and Android devices that teens can take advantage of. Make sure you review and approve them before recommending them to your child. Calm is a well-regarded meditation app; Headspace: Guided Meditation and Mindfulness; Yoga.com studio app and Super Stretch Yoga- for younger kids. 

FOOD AND NUTRITION

There is a terrific opportunity for part time jobs in our food services department. We are hiring 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 starting pay for the food service substitute position pays $15.05 per hour. Please email Jackie Morgan or call (617-696-5040 X 5514)  for more information. ​

BUS UPDATE

We have finalized bus routes for the 2018-19 school year (MHS/Pierce routes , Cunningham/Collicot routes, Tucker/Glover routes). Please review all routes as many routes have been updated, stops have been moved and times altered. It is important to review the new stops and times to ensure a smooth start to school. Bus passes were mailed the week of August 20th. If you have not received your bus pass by Friday,  August 24th, please email new MPS Transportation Director Rachel Schewe

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The Fifth Annual Dan Breen Memorial 5K Red Shoe Run presented by Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton is a run and walk in memory of our team member who passed away in 2013.  All funds raised support education and equipment for the Emergency Department staff for disaster preparedness and haz-mat training initiatives. The event starts at Cunningham Elementary school at 10am on Saturday, September 8th.  Registration is $30 in advance online  or $35 day of. Registration and bib pick up opens at 9am in the Cunningham cafeteria on the day of the event.

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The Activities committee of the MSAPC is preparing for a busy fall! We plan to have Coalition tables at the following events and would welcome help staffing them for 1 to 2 hours (depending on your interest). It’s an easy gig and simply requires a smiling face as you sign-up folks for our newsletter mailing list! (If you are interested, training will be provided.) In addition to helping staff a table, we also have some easy volunteer tasks to help promote Mike’s 5K to Crush Substance Abuse between now and the walk/run on Saturday, October 20.

There are 4 volunteer opportunities… will you pitch in and help out?
Milton High School Open House, Wednesday, Sept 12, 6:30pm (1 to 2 hour shift)
Pierce Middle School Open House, Thursday, Sept 20, 6:30pm (1 to 2 hour shift)
Celebrate Milton Sunday, Sept 30 Noon to 4:00pm (1 to 2 hour shift)
Mike’s 5K to Crush Substance Abuse Sat., Oct 20, 10am (1 to 2 hour shift)
If interested or for more information, please email us.

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Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton  will hold its ninth annual Walk for Wellness, Health Fair and Family Fun Day on Saturday, September 22, from 9:30 am – 1:30 pm at the hospital, located at 199 Reedsdale Road, Milton. The family-oriented, health and wellness event starts at 9:30 am with registration for a 5K  or one mile walk which will start at 10 am from the hospital’s Highland Street parking lot.

Participants from last year’s Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton’s Walk for Wellness at the finish line. Photo by Faith Ninivaggi.

A community health fair in the hospital’s main lobby will begin at 11 am. Health screenings, including hearing and vision tests, blood pressure checks and blood glucose tests will be available as will displays and information from area health and wellness providers. Attendees will also have the opportunity to get behind the controls of a surgical robot, like the one BID-Milton’s surgeons use. The walks will be followed by family-oriented events including face painting, children’s obstacle course, tours of several emergency response vehicles and DJ entertainment  and a free lunch will be available starting at 12 noon.

Boston Red Sox mascot Wally the Green Monster will once again stop by and be available to meet and be photographed with kids of all ages from 11:15 am – 12:15 pm.

Returning this year will be the Teddy Bear Clinic, a hit at the event last year. Children can bring their sick or injured bears to be evaluated and treated by BID-Milton Emergency Department staff. The Walk for Wellness is being sponsored by BID-Milton’s and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center’s Weight Loss Surgery Programs. Funds raised at the event will go towards the programs. Visit the hospital’s website to download registration forms. Registration is $10 per walker, except children under the age of 12 who are free.

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The Collicot School library will be the site of two free support programs for families offered by Joanna’s Place. As co-founder of the Good Grief Program, Program Director of Joanna’s Place Maria Trozzi brings decades of expertise as a trusted clinician, national expert and respected author, helping families and school communities face stressful life events. Trozzi’s Circle programs have promoted resilience in vulnerable families for more than two decades. All programs are at no cost to families.

Circle-S is a unique and exciting, FREE support group serving children whose siblings have a disability or a significant special need. 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. Circle-S is facilitated by Lauren Bartolotti, Program Manager of the Autism Center at Boston Medical Center; curriculum developed by Maria Trozzi, former co-founder of the Good Grief Program. Circle-S will run on Wednesdays from 6pm-8pm, for 10 weeks starting October 17th.

Circle-G (for grief) offers comprehensive family support where children (ages 6-18) are surrounded by others facing the death of a parent or a sibling. It’s about mastering coping skills when facing stressful life events. The Circle is fun, powerful & assures children they are not alone. They come with their parent, enjoy a pizza supper, and maybe, for the first time, join other children who have experienced the death of a parent or sibling. Circle- G was created and developed by Maria Trozzi and is faciitated by Lauren Bartolotti who has helped families cope with stressful life events. Circle-G will run on Mondays from 6-8pm, for 10 weeks starting on October 15th. Registration for either Circle is easy. Call or email Mary Boyle at 781-413-5141 to reserve your spot today.

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Food, fun, and football will be on the menu on Wednesday, October 17th, at Granite Links Golf Club as the Milton Library Foundation presents its annual gala to benefit the Milton Public Library.   After music , hors d’oeuvres and dinner, legendary sports personality Upton Bell will regale the audience with some of the colorful stories contained in his book, “Present at the Creation: My Life in the NFL and the Rise of America’s Game”.  The Gala will also honor the citizen volunteers who served on the Library Study and Building Committees leading up to the 2009 reopening of the Library. Tickets, along with sponsorship and advertising opportunities, can be found here

The Milton Public Library has activities and events for children all month long!

ART AND MUSIC NEWS  

Save the date for our Beginner Instrumental Registration Night on Tuesday, September 11th from 6-7pm. Please see the Applied Instrumental Lessons Program (ALP)  information here.

ATHLETICS

The fall season is upon us and tryouts have begun. Please see the Milton Wildcats website for all athletic updates.

Thank you to my blog contributors this week: Jon Redden, Holly Concannon, Karen Spaulding, Elaine McNeil-Girmai, Karen McDavitt, James Jette, Cat DesRoche,  Jaclyn Germano, Laurie Stilman, AJ Melanson, Noel Vigue, Ryan Madden, Karen Cahill, Marti McKenna, Sarina Burke, Jackie Morgan, Mike Zullas, Bob McCrystal, Cecelia Pukt and  Sara Truog.

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