Milton Public Schools

February 7th E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Feb• 07•15

To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
From: Mary C. Gormley, Superintendent of Schools
Re: E-blast Update
Date: Saturday, February 7th, 2015

For various reasons, including cancellations due to inclement weather, there have been several changes made recently to the School Committee FY16 PTO budget presentations, hosted by each of our individual PTOs. Unfortunately, we have one more change.  The Tucker/Glover PTO Budget Presentation which had been scheduled for February 11th  is being cancelled.

We will now hold two meetings in the upcoming weeks and all parents/guardians/PTO members from each school should feel free to attend either meeting.  Milton School Committee representatives, Administrators and Principals will be at each meeting.  The Budget Presentations will be held at the following times and locations:

  •    Monday, February 9th at Cunningham/Collicot Library at 7:00pm
  •   Tuesday, February 24th at Pierce Middle School Auditorium at 6:30pm
Also, I would like to remind you that the Milton School Committee will be holding an Open Public Budget Hearing to discuss the FY16 budget on Tuesday, February 10th at 7:00pm in the Milton High School Library prior to the regular School Committee meeting.  All are welcome to attend.

Thank you,

Mary C. Gormley
Superintendent of Schools

February 4th E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Feb• 04•15

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

I would like to thank all of our Milton Public School parents, guardians and staff for their patience and understanding during the past two weeks of what has been record-setting snowfall for our region. As I have said in previous emails, it is never an easy decision whether or not to cancel school due to inclement weather. I understand both sides of the argument and always try to err on the side of safety.

I am hopeful that the worst of the winter weather is behind us, but if not, I ask for your continued support and patience. As a reminder, our last day of school is currently June 23rd, which will be a half day.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There have not been any School Committee meetings since my last E-blast. The next meeting will be held tonight at 7 pm and a second meeting will be held tomorrow night at 7 pm, both in the Milton High School library. There will be a regular school committee meeting on February 10th at 7pm in the Milton High School library.

Also, please note, due to the snow cancellations, the Milton School Committee and the administration’s FY16 Budget Presentations have been rescheduled. Please see the new dates and times below:

  • Monday, February 9th – Cunningham and Collicot Elementary Schools. FY16 Budget Presentation at 7pm in the Cu/Co library.
  • Wednesday, February 11thtentative Glover and Tucker Elementary Schools FY16 Budget Presentation at 6:30 in Tucker library.
  • Tuesday, February 24th Pierce Middle School and Milton High School FY16 Budget Presentation at 6:30 in the Pierce auditorium.

CURRICULUM NEWS

Parents and guardians of Milton Public School students who have an interest in the French Immersion and English Innovation Pathway programs may be interested in viewing tomorrow night’s School Committee meeting.

Dr. Laura O’Dwyer will be making a presentation with an analysis of MCAS data for all students in Grades 3-6.  Dr. O’Dwyer is an associate professor in the educational research, measurement, and evaluation department at Boston College and has volunteered to analyze the data surrounding this issue for the Milton Public Schools, together with her assistant.

Dr. O’Dwyer has previously presented to the School Committee on this subject in July of 2012. The School Committee meeting will be held in the Milton High School Library on Thursday, February 5th at 7pm.

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Are you the parent/guardian of a current Kindergarten student? Are you looking for more information regarding Grade One programs? Please be aware, we have made some changes to the format and timing of the Grade One Information Night.  We are returning to the format of having one evening presentation for parents/guardians from all four elementary schools. This presentation will be held on Monday, February 23rd at 7pm and will be given by the four elementary principals, our curriculum coordinators and Central Office personnel.  The event will be held in the Milton High School auditorium. Parents and guardians whose children plan to attend Grade One in the Milton Public Schools should make an effort to attend this presentation. An outline of the district’s Grade One programs – French Immersion and English Innovation Pathway – will be presented and administrators will make presentations about each of the programs.

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Also, the time and date for the Grade One STEM Information Night will be confirmed tomorrow. All parents/guardians of rising first-graders will be notified within the next two weeks with this information.

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

The Milton High School Outdoors Club is hosting a Wildcat Fun Night on Friday, February 6th at the Pierce Middle School gymnasium. Parents/Guardians can drop off their children for an evening of fun and activities and help the Outdoors Club at the same time. The cost is $20 for the first child and $10 for each additional sibling. The event runs from 6pm to 9pm. Please drop children off at the back entrance near the gym. There will be snacks and treats sold for $1 each.

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Milton High School’s Robotics Team, “Milton Static” will be hosting 17 teams from around New England this Sunday, February 8th for a robotics tournament.  Team members are asking for members of the community with an interest in robotics or engineering to come and lend a hand, as well as anyone who can help out by selling tickets, concessions, etc. Matches start around 11am and run until 5pm.  Contact jdiamond@miltonps.org if you are interested in helping. There is no cost to attend.

Meanwhile, Milton Static attended a tournament in Arlington this past weekend, where they placed 4th out of 13 teams. Last year, the team placed 4th at the Battle of Lexington held at Lexington High School and won the Rockwell-Collins Innovation award for design of the robot.

The team is sponsored by PTC (a software company based in Needham) and the Milton House of Pizza. Members of the team volunteer by working with the robotics teams at the elementary and middle schools. They’ve presented at elementary science fairs and were featured as an exhibition last year for First Night in Boston. Please come to support this team.

The following MHS students are members of Milton Static: Albert Enyedy, Connor Byrne, Liam Chase, Tanvir Islam, Will MacMillan, Alex Dustin, Robbie Silva, Jillian Eckard, Alden Hebard, Kristen Mills, Yusuf Solomon, Nick Daly, Will Breslin and Tristan Darby.

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50 Years Later: Why the Struggle for Civil Rights is Still Relevant: In response to racial injustices over the last year, Milton High School is hosting a distinguished panel of African American leaders in Massachusetts to discuss civil rights in the United States and the Greater Boston area. Fletcher “Flash” Wiley, Attorney, will moderate this discussion panel. Panelists will include Kenneth Guscott, former President of the Boston Chapter of NAACP; William “Mo” Cowan, former U.S. Senator; and J. Keith Motley, Chancellor of the University of Massachusetts-Boston. The panelists will share their personal journeys toward success, justice, and equality, as well as contributions that they and other prominent African American men have made to the state of Massachusetts. The conversation will take into account the complex history of race relations in Massachusetts, beginning with its role in the slave trade, and its subsequent experience with the abolitionist movement, Jim Crow, and desegregation. Ultimately, the panel will discuss local responses to racial injustice. The event will conclude with a discussion of the future of race relations.

               50 Years Later will be held on Wednesday, February 11th from 6:30-8:30 pm in the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium at Milton High School in Milton, Massachusetts. The event is free and open to all. Doors will open at 6 pm with a performance by Milton High School’s Jazz Ensemble shortly after.

The Milton High School Diversity Committee created 50 Years Later due to the enthusiasm of gentlemen like Mr. Wiley and a strong cohort of activist students from Milton High School to share their experiences. Our hope is to bridge generations and raise awareness among our students and community about the continued relevance of these issues.

               About our Speakers: Fletcher “Flash” Wiley, Attorney, Chairman and CEO of The Centaurus Group LLC, Counsel to the International law firm, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, Investor, and Philanthropist, with involvement in a host of business, civic, and charitable organizations.

Mr. Kenneth Guscott is the founder of the Long Bay Management Company, former head of the Boston NAACP, leading minority business entrepreneur and community activists in Boston, Milton Resident.  Mr. Maurice “Mo” Cowan, Counsel to Mintz Levin and Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of ML Strategies, Former U.S. Senator.                Dr. J. Keith Motley, Chancellor of UMASS Boston, founder of the Roxbury Preparatory Charter School, founder and education chair of Concerned Black Men of Massachusetts, Inc., and the Paul Robeson Institute for Positive Self-Development.

               About the Milton High School Diversity Committee: Milton High School’s Diversity Committee is comprised of teachers, students, and community members. The Diversity Committee’s primary goal is to improve the learning environment for students of all racial and cultural backgrounds within Milton High School so that all students are able to achieve their potential.

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The following item was sent to us by Dr. Karen Spaulding, Pierce Middle School Principal:

How can we protect our children in today’s technology-driven world? On Thursday, February 12th, the Milton Public Schools has an important event taking place. We are pleased to announce Katie Greer will be presenting to the Milton community.

Ms. Greer is a highly respected internet safety speaker with tremendous experience in the computer field.  She is a former Intelligence Analyst for the Massachusetts State Police and a former Internet Safety Coordinator for the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office.  Katie has presented to hundreds of schools, organizations, and conferences (law enforcement and otherwise) during the last 7 years.  Through these presentations, Ms. Greer shares her expertise, providing educational content on issues surrounding digital/internet safety and social networking.  She has been featured in Time, Vanity Fair, CNN, and USA Today. You can learn more about Ms. Greer on her website at:  http://www.klgreer.com .

During the school day on February 12, Ms. Greer will present to 4th and 5th grade students and then to our 6th grade students.  That evening at 7:00 p.m., she will do a parent/community presentation at Milton High School in the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium for adults only (18 and older- strictly enforced).

Last year, staff, parents and students found Katie Greer’s unique presentation style to be powerful and very well tailored to fit the needs of the audience.  For that reason, we decided to have her return this year so that others could hear her important internet safety message.

In March of 2014, all students in grades 5-12 completed an anonymous survey regarding their internet usage. The results of this survey will be shared with parents and guardians prior to Ms. Greer’s presentation.  We believe this survey will help both Milton Public Schools and families to better understand the internet usage of our students.

It is essential that we all work together in order to make this technology driven world a safe place for our children. Please attend Ms. Greer’s presentation for parents/guardians at 7:00 p.m. on February 12th.  Finally, I would like to thank the Milton Public Schools’  PTOs who generously helped to support Ms. Greer’s presentations.  If you have any questions, as always, please contact me via email at kspaulding@miltonps.org or 617-696-4568 ext. 1102.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The following information is from the Milton Police Department:

There is no on-street overnight parking allowed at this time. Public Safety and the ability of emergency vehicles to be able to respond and operate is vital. This directive includes any resident who has a “Hardship Permit.” The guidelines of the permit clearly define that the permit is “suspended” during emergency snow situations. We know this is tough, but we have to exercise due caution.

Since the first blizzard, each day has bought a number of medical emergencies, as well as an increase in other family related emergencies. If we were to have a house fire, the cold and snow already creates an additional burden for MFD. Not being able to access a fire location could be deadly!

The Milton Police Department will be tagging each night and in serious cases, your vehicle could be towed. Please take note of this important information.

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

The following item was submitted by Milton Public Library Teen Librarian Amy Rosa:

Friday February 6, 2015, 3pm After School Movie
Join the Teen Services department for Friday Flicks! Vote for your Teen Choice movie on Facebook or in the teen room. Friday Flicks are after school for students in grades 6-12. Admission is free and snacks will be provided. Please contact Amy Rosa, Teen Librarian, at (617) 698-5757 or aboivin@ocln.org with questions or comments. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Monday February 9th at 6pm Writing Workshop with YA Author Julie Berry
Aspiring writers in grades 6-12 are invited to a creative writing workshop. This is a monthly workshops offered at the library with each focusing on a different aspect of writing! Special treat this month: YA Author Julie Berry will be hosting this month’s writing workshop. She will also be doing an author talk, Q&A, and book signing. Here is the description of her most recent book: The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place, a middle grade murder mystery from Roaring Brook. “Stunning. Hilarious. And wholly original. If David Sedaris and Agatha Christie had a child, it would be Julie Berry.” Holly Goldberg Sloan, bestselling author of Counting by 7s. “An immensely entertaining, smart, and frothy diversion.” The Horn Book. “Romance blooms in unexpected places, and danger lurks around every corner in this delightfully farcical tale, full of twists and turns.” Publisher’s Weekly, starred review. So join us and get great writing tips from this fabulous author! Admission is free and sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Wednesday February 11th at 3pm New After School Library Club TeenM.A.G
Join the NEW after school library club TeenM.A.G. (Music, Art, and Gaming). Once a month, the teen librarian, Amy Rosa, invites any teens in grades 6 to 12 to join her downstairs in the Keys Community Room for open gaming, music, and arts and crafts. Choose from a wide variety of games to play on the library’s Wii, try your hand at the library’s various board games and puzzles, pick your favorite Pandora station to play for background music, create a masterpiece at the arts table, or just hang out with your friends and work on your homework. Please contact Amy Rosa at aboivin@ocln.org to join this new library club or sign up in the teen room after school. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Thursday February 26th at 6pm Fashion Design Class
From the Fashion Runway to the Fashion Rack: How does a fabulous dress make it from a simple pencil sketch to hitting the floors of Nordstrom??? Learn what the steps are and how to create a fashion illustration. The teen department of the Milton Library welcomes fashion designer Amanda Bartlett to teach teens the basics of fashion design. Open to any teens entering grades 6 to 12 in the fall. All materials will be supplied. Join us to have fun learning and sketching! Please register for this program at www.miltonlibrary.org/teen.asp. Admission is free. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Saturday February 28th at 10am Teens & Parents Study Skills Workshop
The teen department welcomes English teacher and tutor, Eliza Wagner Srestha to host a study skills workshop for any teens in grades 6 to 12 and their parents. The session will be experiential and hands-on focusing on Technology. Ms. Srestha will have different activities to help students and their parents with information on how to use your digital devices effectively and when to put them away; a review of specific apps and how to use them as a tool for learning and organization; and an introduction to Google Drive. Students, don’t be overwhelmed with school, learn the skills to survive it! Parents, learn the skills to help your child thrive in school. Also there will be coffee and refreshments available. Please register for this program at www.miltonlibrary.org/teen.asp. Space is limited. Admission is free and this program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Any questions? Contact Amy Rosa at aboivin@ocln.org

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

There’s always something cool for kids to do at the Milton Public Library!  We are currently running a Winter Reading Program for kids aged 0-12 with fun activities and prizes! For more information and to pick up your BINGO card, please stop by the Children’s Room and see us.  We are also pleased to announce that the Children’s Room is participating in the 8th Annual PJ Drive! We will be partnering with Cradles to Crayons and the Boston Bruins to provide new pajamas (sizes 4/5T – 18/20) for local children in need across the Commonwealth. You can make a difference by bringing in new pajama donations to the Children’s Room from February 1 – March 16, 2015.

February Vacation Week is going to be AWESOME in the Children’s Room! In addition to our regular storytimes on Tuesday and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of February 15-21:

Monday, February 16th
Library Closed

Tuesday, February 17th from 2:30 – 3:15 pm
STEM Stories, Ages 4-7

Join us for an exploration into the world of “STEM.” (Science-Technology-Engineering-Math) Each of our “STEM Stories” programs will focus on one or two topics. Stories, songs and related activities will be featured in this program for children ages 4-7. Registration is required.

Wednesday, February 18th from 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Marble Run Mania, Ages 6-12

“Speed. I am speed.” – Lightning McQueen

Come learn about the powers of gravity, force and SPEED and build your own marble run, using recyclable materials, tape, and more! All materials will be provided. For ages 6-12. Registration is required.
Thursday, February 19th from 2:30 – 4:00 pm
Cooks ‘n Books, Grades K-5

Enjoy a story and make a tasty treat with Debbie Alsebai of Kidz Cooking. Today’s topic: Chinese New Year! Registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Friday, February 20th  from 10:00 – 11:00 am
Yoga Woga, Ages 3-5

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

Friday, February 20th from 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Lego Club, Ages 6-12

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

Saturday, February 21st from 10:00 – 10:45 am
The Purple Cow Reads, Ages 4-6

Come meet the Purple Cow! Wilson-certified reading instructor Nicole DiBassio and her very purple friend will lead kids aged 4-6 in activities designed to lay a foundation of letters and sounds that will help them become fluent readers. Registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Saturday, February 21st from 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Pig Out on Reading, Ages 3+

Time to Pig Out on Reading! Farmer Minor has a pet pig, Daisy, who loves to listen to stories. This farmer and his unusual pig have travelled all over the United States telling kids about their love of reading, and we are so lucky that they’re coming to Milton to share their story with us. Join us for stories, learn Daisy noises and the Daisy pledge, and even get a chance to pet Daisy, “the most famous pig in the whole world!” For ages 3 and up; registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Don’t forget to check the library web calendar for a listing of the many programs we offer year-round. Information about and registration for all of our programs can always be found on our online calendar at www.miltonlibrary.org, or by calling the Children’s Room at 617-898-4957 during business hours. Also, like the Milton Public Library on Facebook and get updates right in your news feed! Please contact the Children’s Room if you have questions about any of our programs or services.

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

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

VISUAL ARTS

The Milton Art Center will be holding Open Mic Night the first Thursday of every month. Please stop by the MAC at 334 Edge Hill Road on Thursday, February 5th between 7 and 10pm to enjoy an evening of music.  For more info, click here: http://www.miltonartcenter.org/

ATHLETICS

For sports schedules for all MHS teams, please click here:  http://www.usatodayhss.com/school/milton-high-school-milton-ma/scores-and-schedule

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

 

January 30th E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Jan• 30•15

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  January 30th, 2015

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

By now, many of you may have heard of PARCC testing. PARCC is an acronym for Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers. This is an assessment tool that aims to measure whether students are on-track for college and careers. These computer-based tests are aligned with Common Core Standards and are given in Mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy.  Our teachers have undergone extensive professional development to prepare for the transition to PARCC testing. Please see the Q&A on PARCC below or click on this link for more info: http://parcconline.org/

What is PARCC?

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is a group of 12 states working together to develop a common set of computer-based K–12 assessments in English language arts/Literacy and math linked to the new, more rigorous Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The purpose of PARRC assessments is different from the purpose of MCAS in that MCAS gauges student proficiency within K-12 and PARCC will assess whether students are on track for college and careers

Why PARCC over MCAS?

In 2010 a memorandum of agreement was signed by Governor Patrick, Secretary Reville, and Commissioner Chester, committing to adopt PARCC assessments, “…provided they are at least as comprehensive and rigorous as our current MCAS assessments, if not more so.”  During the 2014-2015 school year, districts were given the choice to administer either PARCC or MCAS in grades 3-8. Those districts, including Milton, who chose PARCC are being “held-harmless” for their accountability levels.  The Massachusetts Board of Education will use data from this operational test to determine in Fall of 2015 whether or not to adopt PARCC.

Districts were also afforded the opportunity to run PARCC field tests in grades 9 and 11 during this school year.  At Milton High School, students in 9th grade will be testing in Math while 11th grade students will be testing in ELA.  Please note that during this field test year, students in AP Language will not be taking PARCC in order to afford those students the opportunity to focus solely on their College Board exam.

This year all students in grades 3-8 will take operational PARCC ELA and Mathematics assessments.  Students will take the PARCC Performance-Based Assessment (PBA) in March/April and the End-of-Year Assessment (EOY) in May.  Specifically, each school has defined testing days during the following windows:

PBA: March 16th – April 10th
EOY: May 4th – May 29th

How will the test be administered?
All exams will be computer-based, with students using either a Chromebook or desktop computer to take the exam.

Can my child be exempt from taking PARCC?
No, students cannot be exempt from taking PARCC.  State law (G.L. c.69, s.1I) requires that all students who are educated with Massachusetts public funds participate in a statewide student assessment program under the direction of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. This requirement was first enacted as part of the landmark 1993 Massachusetts education reform law. The statute does not contain an “opt-out” provision for parents to remove their children from participating. In short, participation in the statewide student assessment program is mandatory.

PARCC Dates:

Glover: http://www.edline.net/pages/Glover_Elementary_School
Tucker:http://www.edline.net/files/_AaKzM_/843e35a176e78b9c3745a49013852ec4/PARCC-MCAS_2015_TESTING_DATES.pdf
Cu/Co:  http://www.edline.net/pages/Cunningham_Elementary_School
Pierce:  http://www.edline.net/pages/Charles_S__Pierce_MS
Milton High School: http://www.edline.net/pages/Milton_High_School/Calendar

SNOW DAY INFORMATION

I would like to reiterate the Milton Public Schools’ policy around cancelling school due to snow or inclement weather and clarify any questions regarding our school year calendar.

Public school students must attend school for 180 days a year according to Massachusetts Student Learning Time Regulations. I present a school year calendar to the Milton School Committee each January for their approval. The school year calendar details the 180 days of school.  After each snow storm, the last day of school is extended by another day in June. Again, we can — by contract — go to school until the last day of June. We publish a new and updated school year calendar which is posted on our website the day after each school cancellation. Because Milton Public School students begin school before Labor Day, we have never had an issue with having to open school during February or April vacations in order to meet the required 180 days of school for students.

I personally make the decision if school has to be canceled due to snow and/or inclement weather.  I speak with Milton’s Department of Public Works Director Joe Lynch several times during the day and night before each storm and again beginning at 4:30am on the morning of each storm. I speak with at least five area superintendents and others via e-mail regarding weather predications and conditions and their plans on cancelling school in their districts.

My goal is to have our students in school and Milton’s Public Schools open every day.  The safety of our 4,000 students is the primary factor that influences my decision regarding cancelling school.  I do not consider how many days we have closed school or how long into June our students will be attending school when making this decision.

My goal is to always notify parents/guardians the night before a school cancellation if possible and if not by 5am the morning of the school cancellation.

 In the past few days, my office has fielded dozens of calls from parents and guardians with questions about when and why we cancel school.  Following are some of those questions, along with my answers:

Q:  Why do snow days get “tacked on” to the end of the school year? Why can’t we eliminate days of February vacation?
A:  There are several reasons. Some families already have travel plans for these vacations, so eliminating vacation days is not a viable option.  Also, our teachers’ contract anticipates these days off as part of the contract.

Q: Currently, what is the last day of school?
A: Friday, June 19th is the last day of school. This will be a half-day.

Q: Why doesn’t Milton ever have a delayed start or early release?
A:  We have found that for Milton Public School parents/guardians, delayed openings and early release days present scheduling problems similar to those presented by a school cancellation.  With the number of parents who work outside the home, any decision to send students home early could be a potentially dangerous situation for some households. A delayed start could be considered in certain circumstances, with schools opening up to two hours after the normally scheduled time

Q: Why were all the schools closed on Thursday, when only one roadway in Milton was affected?
A: We were told on Wednesday afternoon by the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), the agency which oversees the maintenance of several roads in Milton, that Blue Hill Parkway was unsafe for pedestrians and buses. Students who live in this neighborhood attend all six of our Milton Public Schools, and many of those students walk to Glover, Tucker, Pierce and Milton High School.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There have been no School Committee meetings since my last E-blast. The next meeting will be held on February 4th at 7 pm in the Milton High School library. Please note, there will be a School Committee meeting and an Open Budget Hearing held on February 10th at 7pm in the Milton High School library.

CURRICULUM NEWS

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

             The High School World Language Department has three more good reasons to be proud of its students since last summer: 100% success in both French and Spanish Advanced Placement exams[1] and 100% success in the DELF, a newly introduced International French proficiency exam.

The success of our AP students is particularly noteworthy as the College Board recently updated both French and Spanish curricula. These changes reflect the general evolution of the field of world language instruction towards a holistic and functional approach to language proficiency. Our High School language team, well-aware of this growing emphasis on active communication, re-evaluated and progressively revised curriculum, instruction, and expectations for all classes and levels.

In current French and Spanish classes, students learn and use the target language in meaningful and real-life contexts through a wide range of reading, writing, speaking and listening activities. In AP Language and Culture classes, instruction is organized around six interrelated contemporary themes defined by the College Board: Global Challenges, Personal and Public Identities, Science and Technology, Beauty and Aesthetics, Contemporary life, Families and Communities. The objectives of these standard and performance-based courses are to develop student communicative, critical thinking and problem-solving skills in authentic contexts.

The exploration of the various cultures of the Francophone and Hispanic worlds is conducted through historical, socio-economical and multidisciplinary perspectives.  Technology plays, of course, a major role in 21st century language classes. Smartboards, a newly equipped language lab, i-pads and authentic audio-visual resources connect our classrooms and our students to the world.

The addition of performance-based international exams to our current French and Spanish programs was a logical next step. The DELF (Diplôme d’Études en Langue Française) was successfully introduced two years ago through a collaboration with the French Cultural Center in Boston (Alliance Française). The DELE (Diploma Español como Lengua Extranjera) organized by the Institute Cervantes on behalf of the Spanish Government will be piloted this school year. Both exams are divided into six levels of proficiency (A1, A2. B1, B2, C1 and C2). Our French students take their exams at the B1 or B2 level[2]. All candidates succeeded two years in a row. We expect our Spanish students to perform at the same level. Both certifications are officially recognized by the European Consortium for Foreign Languages, and constitutes the equivalent of the American TOEFL. Such certifications are official international acknowledgement of language mastery, a noteworthy advantage for college application and a gateway to international careers around the world. Scores are valid for life.

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We have some wonderful projects coming out of the Tucker Elementary School. Please read below for information about the “Great Kindness Challenge,” submitted by Tucker kindergarten teacher Liz Spitz.

Tucker School is participating in the Great Kindness Challenge. The Great Kindness Challenge is one school week devoted to performing as many acts of kindness as possible, choosing from a checklist of 50 suggestions. Tucker School students will be joining over 3,000 other schools and over 2,000,000 students who will be taking this challenge! Tucker School students will be participating in the challenge in three unique ways.

1) Complete a poster to celebrate Kindness. (see below) The top three posters makers have earned a special lunch with Dr. McNeil-Girmai, Ms. Spitz and friends of their choice. The deadline for this has passed, but congratulations to all those students who submitted posters. (see winners below)

2) Recognize acts of kindness that they see. Students can submit these acts of Kindness to the main office. Two students’ names will be drawn each week for a small prize. All acts of Kindness submitted will be displayed on our Giving Tree on the main floor.

3) Complete the Kindness Challenge using 50 suggested acts. The checklists will be going home at the end of the week. The challenge officially runs through Wednesday, February 4th. Please note that the challenge is not required but we encourage families to take a few minutes to review the challenges and complete as many acts as possible. Discussing these acts and their daily actions will make for a great reflection for students.

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We have great news from our music department! I am very proud to announce that NINE Milton High School students were accepted to the Massachusetts All State Music Festival and will be performing at Symphony Hall in March!  They auditioned last Sunday, competing with students from all across the Commonwealth and their high scores won them places in this prestigious festival. Congratulations to Simon Eder, Will Hess, Walker Stroud, Samantha Antoniewicz, Monika Cormack, Jackie Ruscito, Harry Kong, Kevin Mehdizadeh, and Stephen Tan.

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

The following item was sent to us by Dr. Karen Spaulding, Pierce Middle School Principal:

How can we protect our children in today’s technology-driven world? On Thursday, February 12th, the Milton Public Schools has an important event taking place. We are pleased to announce Katie Greer will be presenting to the Milton community.

Ms. Greer is a highly respected internet safety speaker with tremendous experience in the computer field.  She is a former Intelligence Analyst for the Massachusetts State Police and a former Internet Safety Coordinator for the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office.  Katie has presented to hundreds of schools, organizations, and conferences (law enforcement and otherwise) during the last 7 years.  Through these presentations, Ms. Greer shares her expertise, providing educational content on issues surrounding digital/internet safety and social networking.  She has been featured in Time, Vanity Fair, CNN, and USA Today. You can learn more about Ms. Greer on her website at:  http://www.klgreer.com .

During the school day on February 12, Ms. Greer will present to 4th and 5th grade students and then to our 6th grade students.  That evening at 7:00 p.m., she will do a parent/community presentation at Milton High School in the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium for adults only (18 and older- strictly enforced).

Last year, staff, parents and students found Katie Greer’s unique presentation style to be powerful and very well tailored to fit the needs of the audience.  For that reason, we decided to have her return this year so that others could hear her important internet safety message.

In March of 2014, all students in grades 5-12 completed an anonymous survey regarding their internet usage. The results of this survey will be shared with parents and guardians prior to Ms. Greer’s presentation.  We believe this survey will help both Milton Public Schools and families to better understand the internet usage of our students.

It is essential that we all work together in order to make this technology driven world a safe place for our children. Please attend Ms. Greer’s presentation for parents/guardians at 7:00 p.m. on February 12th.  Finally, I would like to thank the Milton Public Schools’  PTOs who generously helped to support Ms. Greer’s presentations.  If you have any questions, as always, please contact me via email at kspaulding@miltonps.org or 617-696-4568 ext. 1102.

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Milton High School’s Robotics Team, “Milton Static” will be hosting 17 teams from around New England on Sunday, February 8th for a robotics tournament.  Team members are asking for members of the community with an interest in robotics or engineering to come and lend a hand, as well as anyone who can help out by selling tickets, concessions, etc. Matches start around 11am and run until 5pm.  Contact jdiamond@miltonps.org if you are interested in helping. There is no cost to attend.

Meanwhile, Milton Static attended a tournament in Arlington this past weekend, where they placed 4th out of 13 teams. Last year, the team placed 4th at the Battle of Lexington held at Lexington High School and won the Rockwell-Collins Innovation award for design of the robot.

The team is sponsored by PTC (a software company based in Needham) and the Milton House of Pizza. Members of the team volunteer by working with the robotics teams at the elementary and middle schools. They’ve presented at elementary science fairs and were featured as an exhibition last year for First Night in Boston. Please come to support this team.

The following MHS students are members of Milton Static: Albert Enyedy, Connor Byrne, Liam Chase, Tanvir Islam, Will MacMillan, Alex Dustin, Robbie Silva, Jillian Eckard, Alden Hebard, Kristen Mills, Yusuf Solomon, Nick Daly, Will Breslin and Tristan Darby.

FAMILY LIAISON

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

Preschool Literacy and Language Playgroup

Do you have a child age 3-5?  Milton Early Childhood Alliance is pleased to offer a free, six week preschool literacy and language play group series for children 3 to 5 years old at Discovery Schoolhouse. The “Learning Through Play” playgroup will meet Thursdays from 9-10am.   Sessions will take place on February 5, 12, 19, 26 and March 5, 2015. Space is limited and registration is required.  To register, please email cpcmecasld@verizon.net or call 617-696-2262.

STEM Conference for Girls in Grades 5-8

“While she explores the scientific world, your daughter is engaging her rational, creative, and problem-solving capabilities, giving her invaluable experience to navigate everything the world has to offer her.”*

Save the Date!  Weymouth Public Schools in partnership with AAUW is offering an Interactive Workshop for girls in grades 5-8 who are interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.  The conference will be held on Saturday, April 11, 2015 from 8:00-1:00pm at Weymouth High School Gold Cafeteria, 1 Wildcat Way, Weymouth, MA  02190.  For more information, contact Lynn Howard at 781-901-9120 or lynnphoward82@comcast.net

*from the education.com website, article on Girls and Science: The Wave of the Future?

MFE NEWS

The following information was submitted Meg Kaster of the Milton Foundation for Education. This organization recently awarded $30,000 to the Milton Public Schools as part of the Fall Grants Cycle.

The Milton Foundation for Education had one of its most expansive and prolific grant cycles since the inception of its Competitive Teacher Grant Program, awarding $30,000 to multiple teachers and staff of the Milton Public Schools. Funding for these awards came from the generosity of Blue Hills Bank and the many parents and citizens who support the MFE’s Annual Appeal and Red Apple Program.

Blue Hills Bank commemorated the opening of its Milton Branch, with a one-time, signature grant of $10,000 in support of the MFE’s Digital Learning Initiative. Technology awards include Chromebooks to aid in collaborative learning, iPads for occupational therapy sessions and SMARTBoard interaction, carts for charging devices, headphones to augment individualized instruction, and a classroom clicker response system. Blue Hills Bank has also partnered with the MFE as an Event Sponsor of Monster Dash and one of three Event Sponsors of the upcoming Celebration 2015 on March 14th. Blue Hills Bank level of support is unprecedented.

Additionally, the wonderful parents, community members and supporters of Milton Public Schools gave to the MFE Annual Appeal with great generosity this year. $20,000 of this funding impacted multiple curriculum and health/wellness areas. Some highlights include “A Virtual Museum” of large print Renaissance paintings; a “Special Kids in School Series” which helps a school community understand common medical and emotional childhood conditions; a variety of leveled readers in French, Spanish, and English nonfiction; and three Life Size Human Torso models for Life Science classrooms. This is just the beginning of what we have been able to provide for Milton students this year.

The Milton Foundation for Education is beyond grateful to Blue Hills Bank for its signature grant, and to the many parents and citizens for their support of the Annual Appeal and Red Apple Program. These gifts of innovation and enrichment have a significant impact on the students and teachers of the Milton Public Schools that will be felt immediately and for many years to come.

The MFE looks forward to seeing the Milton community at Celebration 2015 on March 14, 2015 at the Boston Marriott Quincy. For more event information on Celebration 2015 or grants please refer to www.miltonfoundationforeducation.org.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The following item was submitted by Milton Public School parent Cathy Smith and Milton Police Lt. Kevin Foley.

The Milton Police Department is offering a RAD self-defense class for females in the Milton High School senior class of 2015.  This is free of charge to each girl but does require a commitment to all four sessions.   Although the content is detailed and serious, the officers say this educational class is also fun and engaging.  This is a first come, first served situation with a maximum class size of 30.  The deadline is February 20th. The sessions will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays for the first two weeks of March (3rd, 5th, 10th, 12th). The first classroom session will take place at Milton High School, while the following three sessions will be at Cunningham Hall.  Please have your daughter arrive by 3:50 pm each day and expect them to be done around 6 pm.  If there are any concerns with transportation, please add that note to the parent consent form.  Also if someone has an injury that would prevent them from performing certain maneuvers, they are still welcome to take the class.  Sign up forms are available in the Milton High Guidance Office.

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Wendy Allen will present “Searching for the Exact Location of America’s Soul” on Lincoln Day, Sunday, February 8th at 2pm at Forbes House Museum. The program will include an artist talk, demonstration and audience participation, as visitors will be invited to assist Allen in painting a Lincoln portrait. After the presentation, the FHM will have special tours of the Lincoln Cabin, and cider, hot chocolate and donuts will be served, a tradition begun by Mary Bowditch Forbes in 1924.To RSVP for this special event, call the museum at 617.696.1815 or e-mail us at  info@forbeshousemuseum.org. The event is free and open to the public. Donations to support the museum are gladly accepted. RSVP today as space is limited!

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Milton Parks and Recreation is announcing its 15th Annual 2015 Spring Basketball League. This league is for Milton residents only! Please be advised that we are now only taking on-line registrations for all our programs. They are on a first come first serve basis, so please register early. Registration begins on January 26th. To access the online registrations click this link: http://tinyurl.com/ldu6agz.  If you have any questions, please call the Parks and Recreation office @ 617-898-4940

boys and girls – grades 3-8

  • 2 games per week – Sundays and weeknights
  • Games will be played at the Milton High School Copeland Field House, Collicot and Cunningham.
  • March 1st thru mid-April
  • Cost: $125.00

Also, Park & Rec is taking registration for the February Vacation Baseball Clinic. This program is open to children ages 5 – 11. The director is Dave Perdios of the Curry College Baseball Team. Daily baseball instructions will focus on hitting – throwing – fielding – base running and games. The clinic will be held from February 16th – 20th at the Milton High School Field House. Please be advised that we are now only taking on-line registrations for all our programs. They are on a first come first serve basis. Please register early.

Both sessions sold out last year! To access the Online Registrations click link below:

http://tinyurl.com/ldu6agz

Any questions please call the Parks and Recreation Office @ 617-898-4940 or visit our web site @ www.townofmilton.org  for more info.

FOOD SERVICE

The following item was submitted by Melissa Silva, an intern in the Food Service Department.

Begin the day the right way with School Breakfast! Mornings can be really crazy…the alarm doesn’t go off…the kids don’t want to get up…there’s no time to eat breakfast before the bus comes…or they’re just not ready to eat.

Sometimes children aren’t hungry right after waking up, and it’s hard to find food they like to eat that is also healthy. Also, some kids refuse breakfast at home but are hungry when they arrive at school.  For parents with busy schedules, it can be hard to make sure that kids are eating a healthy breakfast before they go to school in the morning.

If morning meals are difficult for your family, let the School Breakfast Program help you out!   A great breakfast program is offered at school every day.  School breakfast will give your child a healthy start to the day and it is affordable, $1.25!  If you qualify for free and reduced price lunch, you also qualify for a free breakfast, with no additional paperwork. You can’t find a healthy breakfast at such a low cost anywhere else.

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

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

Schools now have more variety to choose from when deciding what to offer your children for breakfast.  As part of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act to improve child nutrition, new standards are being implemented into your child’s school breakfast.  These standards emphasize whole grains, fruits, low-fat and fat-free milk options.  According to the USDA meal pattern requirements for school breakfast program, your child will be offered 8 ounces of milk, 1 cup of fruit, and a minimum of 1 ounce whole grain rich products.  There is no government requirement for protein foods to be served, but your school may choose to offer eggs, yogurt, cheese, and breakfast meats as an additional food option.  Request a menu so you can view what your child may be eating at school.

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

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

The following items were submitted by Amy Rosa, Teen Librarian at the MPL:

Monday February 2nd at 7pm — Teen Book Club

Teen Book Club monthly meeting, open to ages 12 to 18 years old. Our February pick is The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry. “Seven very proper Victorian young ladies conspire to hide a murder from the authorities at their boarding school.”

Author Julie Berry will be visiting the library on Monday February 9 for a special author talk, book signing, and hosting the monthly Teen Writing Workshop! Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to get writing tips from a fabulous YA writer! Snacks will be provided and anyone new is welcome to join us! To get a copy of the book, please visit www.miltonlibrary.org or contact Amy at aboivin@ocln.org or 617-698-5757. Teen Book Club is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Friday February 6th at 3pm — After School Movie

Join the Teen Services department for Friday Flicks! Vote for your Teen Choice movie on Facebook or in the teen room. Friday Flicks are after school for students in grades 6-12. Admission is free and snacks will be provided. Please contact Amy Rosa, Teen Librarian, at (617) 698-5757 or aboivin@ocln.org with questions or comments. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Monday February 9th at 6pm — Writing Workshop with YA Author Julie Berry

Aspiring writers in grades 6-12 are invited to a creative writing workshop. This is a monthly workshops offered at the library with each focusing on a different aspect of writing! Special treat this month: YA Author Julie Berry will be hosting this month’s writing workshop. She will also be doing an author talk, Q&A, and book signing. Here is the description of her most recent book: The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place, a middle grade murder mystery from Roaring Brook. “Stunning. Hilarious. And wholly original. If David Sedaris and Agatha Christie had a child, it would be Julie Berry.” Holly Goldberg Sloan, bestselling author of Counting by 7s. “An immensely entertaining, smart, and frothy diversion.” The Horn Book. “Romance blooms in unexpected places, and danger lurks around every corner in this delightfully farcical tale, full of twists and turns.” Publisher’s Weekly, starred review. So join us and get great writing tips from this fabulous author! Admission is free and sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Wednesday February 11th at 3pm —  New After School Library Club TeenM.A.G

Join the NEW after school library club TeenM.A.G. (Music, Art, and Gaming). Once a month, the teen librarian, Amy Rosa, invites any teens in grades 6 to 12 to join her downstairs in the Keys Community Room for open gaming, music, and arts and crafts. Choose from a wide variety of games to play on the library’s Wii, try your hand at the library’s various board games and puzzles, pick your favorite Pandora station to play for background music, create a masterpiece at the arts table, or just hang out with your friends and work on your homework. Please contact Amy Rosa at aboivin@ocln.org to join this new library club or sign up in the teen room after school. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Thursday February 26th at 6pm — Fashion Design Class

From the Fashion Runway to the Fashion Rack: How does a fabulous dress make it from a simple pencil sketch to hitting the floors of Nordstrom??? Learn what the steps are and how to create a fashion illustration. The teen department of the Milton Library welcomes fashion designer Amanda Bartlett to teach teens the basics of fashion design. Open to any teens entering grades 6 to 12 in the fall. All materials will be supplied. Join us to have fun learning and sketching! Please register for this program at www.miltonlibrary.org/teen.asp. Admission is free. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Saturday February 28th at 10 am — Teens & Parents Study Skills Workshop

The teen department welcomes English teacher and tutor, Eliza Wagner Srestha to host a study skills workshop for any teens in grades 6 to 12 and their parents. The session will be experiential and hands-on focusing on Technology. Ms. Srestha will have different activities to help students and their parents with information on how to use your digital devices effectively and when to put them away; a review of specific apps and how to use them as a tool for learning and organization; and an introduction to Google Drive. Students, don’t be overwhelmed with school, learn the skills to survive it! Parents, learn the skills to help your child thrive in school. Also there will be coffee and refreshments available. Please register for this program at www.miltonlibrary.org/teen.asp. Space is limited. Admission is free and this program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Any questions? Contact Amy Rosa at aboivin@ocln.org

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

ATHLETICS

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Record is 6-7 overall, 4-6 Bay State League. Win on Friday night over Weymouth – Sara McMenamin had 18 points and Meg Corcoran had 16 points. Team defense has been excellent, allowing less than 30 points the last two games and just 40 points per game for the season. We play Norwood on Friday night and Brookline on Sunday at 2pm at Brookline HS.

BOYS BASKETBALL

The Wildcats are 4-7 at the half way point of the season.  The senior class (Jonathan Pierre, Myles McDermott, George Filsaime, Kevin Conway, Brad Russian, Denis McAuliffe, David Mullen, Malik Malcolm, Cam White, Eric Hale) feels as if the second half of the season will see positive results. Upcoming games are Friday home vs Norwood 6:30pm and Sunday vs Brookline HS at 2pm, both at home.

BOYS HOCKEY

After a nine game unbeaten streak, we fell short @ Weymouth, 5-2. Lloyd Hill scored both goals, the first one got him his 100th point of his varsity career. A strong 4-1 win over Brookline on Wed, Jan 28th.  We’re still battling hard with an 9-3-2 overall record.  Sr. Captain Shane Kelley has been leading the way the last couple of games, both offensively and defensively. He scored two goals last game and has carried a defensive load playing with two freshmen: Tommy Noonan 0-3-3 and Dylan McDougall 1-2-3, who have also been contributing offensively. Next games are vs Norwood on Saturday at home at 7pm and Next Wednesday vs Natick at home.   Two wins will give us a better than .500 record against the Carey side. Always a big accomplishment!!!

GIRLS HOCKEY

Team Record: Overall 11-2, BSC League 8-1. The Milton HS girls hockey team beat the number 1 Team twice Falmouth and Wellesley. the next game is vs Norwood on Saturday at 8pm at Canton Ponkapoag Rink.
WRESTLING

The record for Wrestling is 7-9. The team lost to Dedham HS 39-33 on Thursday at Dedham HS.  Lost 3 close one on Sunday in the Bay State Quad (Newton North 41, Milton 39, Walpole 45, Milton 38, Needham 46, Milton 36).  Dane Matejka, Zack Fischer and Kaleb Herd all went 3-0 on the day.  Senior Alex Toyias 13-5 Senior Kaleb Herd 12-7 and Junior Dane Matejka 15-7 lead the way for the wildcats.  Up next is the Silver Lake Regional HS Tournament on Saturday, January 31, 2014 at 10am.

BOYS INDOOR TRACK

The boys track team finished with a record of three wins and three losses after losing last night to Brookline.  The team has one of the strongest sprint crews in the state led by David and Dereck Perkins, Koby Asazee, Ludwig Frederique and Mariano Davis. The 4 by 200 relay team has a solid chance of getting a state championship. Tim Lynch has had a great season as one of the top ten two milers in the league as well as John Lenane in the mile. Many of the boys have qualified for the state divisional meet which will be held February 15th.

GIRLS INDOOR TRACK

The team had a huge win over Needham last night with a score of 51.5-48.5. The teams record is now 4-2. The next meet is the BSC Championships on Wednesday 2/4 Both the 4x200m and 4x400m relays were put in must-win situations and win they did! Oceane Marescal won the High Jump with a big personal best of 4′ 10″. Chae Diani, Antonnnea Umeh and Asley Thermidor-Payne all had personal bests on the day.

SKI TEAM

The Milton Ski Team completed two slalom races on Thursday 1/29 at Blue Hills Ski Area. Four girls finished in the top 40 as 12th grader Alanna Loria, 11th grader Georgia Bell, and 8th graders Shayla Kelley and Kate Rulon all had strong races.

The boys top performer was Owen Walsh (11th grade) who finished just ahead of his bother Aidan (9th grade).  The racers’ next race will be a slalom race on 2/5 in Shrewsbury.  The Milton High Ski Team participated in its first ever JV race Thursday 1/22 at Blue Hills. For the girls, Alex Lipson and Julia DeFillipo both completed top ten finishes. The boys were led by sophomore Kip Melcher.

CHEERLEADING TEAM

The Milton High School Cheer & Dance team will be competing in the Bay State Conference cheer & dance competition on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at Natick HS.

SWIM

The team swam against Randolph last Saturday and our results are as follows:

Our 1st place finishes for the girls team was Isabelle Neville for the 50 freestyle, Emma Heller for 100 Freestyle and 100 Breaststroke, Tyler Volpe Knock for 200 Freestyle, and Maia Adley for 50 Butterfly and 100 Backstroke. Emma Heller, Leah Corcoran, Isabelle Neville and Maia Adler took 1st in the girls 200 yard Medley relay. All three relay teams were able to take 1st, 2nd & third respectively in the 200 yard Freestyle relay. The team for 1st place was Emma Heller, Leah Corcoran, Maia Adley, and Tyler Volpe Knock. 2nd place: Isabelle Neville, Rachel Joyce, Julia Pelltier, and Olivia Sidoto. Third place was Hannah Solomon, Ruby Baker, Bridgette Dugas and Megan McMahon.  The girls team was able to clinch a win against Randolph 94-25.  For the boys team, the only swimmer was was Brendan McManus, who took 1st in 200 freestyle, 50 Butterfly and 100 Freestyle securing another 22 points for the team.  As a team, we ultimately captured a win 116-106 against Randolph.

For sports schedules for all MHS teams, please click here: http://www.usatodayhss.com/school/milton-high-school-milton-ma/scores-and-schedule

AMBASSADOR PAGE

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

Students:  Please help me to congratulate the following Tucker students who recently won the “Kindness” poster challenge. As part of the Kindness initiative mentioned above under “Curriculum,”  there was an overwhelming response of posters which are now hung all around Tucker School as a reminder that Kindness Matters.

Kindergarten Winner Madelyn Allen; Honorable Mention Annie Palmer
Grade 1 Winner Austin Kelley; Honorable Mention Dominic Schettino
Grade 2 Winner Danayla Reddick; Honorable Mention Jaunqiue Coston
Grade 3 Winner Daniel Thomas Honorable Mention Julia Levereault
Grade 4 Winner Priya Shaw Honorable Mention Cotney Descopins
Grade 5 Winner Yasin Kha;  Honorable mention Evan Johnson
Siblings Winners Michael & Brooke McHugh; Honorable Mention Sade & Sienna Griffith Le Maitre

Staff:   I would like to congratulate all the employees of the Food Service department. According to a recent report on Channel 5 (WCVB-TV) our school lunch program was ranked #14 in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  Niche School District Rankings released the results of its survey, also published by WCVB,  that rated schools’ food by a variety of methodology. We are all so lucky to have such hard working and amazing staff.

Volunteers:  I would like to thank Pierce Middle School administrative assistant Susan  Higgins and her husband Paul, both of whom are Milton High School alumni. The Higgins family was able to procure surplus furniture for a donation to the Milton Public Schools. Dozens of cabinets, chairs, desks and bookshelves were delivered to our schools, at no charge to us.  If any other families know of potential donations that could be used by the Milton Public Schools, please email Dr. Pavlicek at gpavlicek@miltonps.org

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

[1] The AP Latin exam was not offered last year but will be this year. The format of this exam has also been recently revised by the College Board.

[2] At the B1 level, the user becomes independent, can understand and maintain a discussion and give an opinion. The student is capable of dealing with situations likely to arise in daily life. A B2 user has a degree of independence such that arguments can be defended, opinions explained and viewpoints negotiated. At this level, the candidate has a degree of fluency and spontaneity in regular interactions and is capable of correcting mistakes.

Snow Emergency Info from MPS

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Jan• 26•15

Monday, January 26th, 2015

Dear Milton Public School Families,

As you know, we have cancelled school for tomorrow (Tuesday, January 27th). As of midnight tonight, highways across Massachusetts will be closed to all excluding emergency personnel and providers of other indispensable services, due to a travel ban announced by Governor Charlie Baker this afternoon. The ban will continue throughout Tuesday. Governor Baker has declared a State of Emergency for the entire state.

After speaking with Milton’s Council on Aging Director Mary Ann Sullivan, she has requested all Milton Public School parents and guardians to look in on any elderly neighbors.

I met today at Town Hall today with many of the town’s department heads. Please be aware that there are several emergency shelters designated within the town of Milton to be used if the Milton Police Department deems it necessary.  Milton Police line: 617-698-3800.  Also, please read the following information from Milton’s DPW Director Joe Lynch:

Town of Milton has entered into a state of emergency effective noon time today.

This emergency will remain in effect until further notice.

Parking Ban - will be in effect as of 10:00 PM Monday night, and will remain in place until further notice. Parking of any type of vehicle on any roadway or municipal parking lot during the ban is subject to ticketing and towing at owners expense.

Solid Waste Collection for Wednesday and Thursday is currently planned without interruption. However this may be subject to change as the storm develops.

In the event of a power outage please contact

NStar directly at 800-592-2000

Also, please note the following emergency numbers:

Life Threatening Emergencies                                                           911

Board of Health                                                                                  617-898-4886

Emergency Management/LEPC                                                      617-698-3800

Fire Department Business Line                                                        617-696-5178

Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital Milton                                           617-696-4600

www.miltonhospital.org

Police Department Business Line                                                      617-698-3800

617-698-1212

School Closings Do NOT call Police or Fire. Do Check:

Milton Cable Access, channels 8 & 22

TV Channels 4, 5, 7 & 56

Radio WBZ (1030 AM), WRKO (680AM),WATD (95.9 FM), WJDA (1300 AM)

or Milton Public Schools  website: www.miltonps.org

 

Town Hall Closings                                                                            617-698-3800

DPW: Fallen Tree Limbs, Pot holes, Street Lights                      617-898-4900

Traffic Lights                                                                                       617-898-4972

Milton Community Cable TV                                                           617-698-0814

All Water Issues – DPW – Main Breaks/Dirty Water                617-898-4900

Private Utilities:

Cable (Comcast)                                                                                   (800) 266-2278

Cable (RCN)                                                                                          (800) 746-4726

Electrical Power (Nstar)                                                                      (800) 592-2000

Gas Company (National Grid)                                                            (800) 233-5325

Phone Company (Verizon)                                                                  (800) 837-4966

 

Thank you, and please stay safe!

Sincerely,

Mary C. Gormley

Superintendent of Schools

January 16th E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Jan• 16•15

From: Mary C. Gormley
To:  Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  January 16, 2015

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

               The Milton Public Schools are proud to partner with Milton Interfaith Clergy by participating in The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – 2015 Milton Community’s Annual Memorial Celebration.  This year’s theme is “getting past initial impressions.”

The event will be held on Monday evening, January 19th from 6:30 – 8 pm at the Concord Baptist Church, located at 180 Blue Hill Ave. The event will feature Milton High School Gospel Chorus, St. Mary of the Hills Liturgical Dancers, Milton Public School Elementary School Singers, a presentation by Milton High students, a display of student poems & artwork, this year’s MICA Scholarship Winners, the St. Agatha Church Puppeteers and a reaffirmation of the Milton “No Place for Hate” Resolution of Respect. Coffee, tea & dessert will be served after the program.

In addition, please see the item below under “Curriculum,” which describes a program to give free tickets to the movie Selma to students in Grades 7, 8 and 9.

Finally, I would like to recognize the following Milton High School students who are the winners of the 2015 MLK contest.  Congratulations to Anne Marie Grudem, Sarah Monderer, Sindhu Banerjee and John Lenane, each of whom submitted this year’s winning entries.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There have been two School Committee meeting since my last E-blast, held on January 7th. Those meetings are summarized below.

January 7th: This meeting began with Citizen Speak. Eric Ask talked about a grant available from Safe Routes to Schools which could improve the intersection at Brook Road and Canton Avenue. Next, there was a report from the Milton High School Site Council. To view this report, click here: http://www.miltonps.org/documents/MHSSiteCouncilPowerPoint1.7.15.pdf

School Committee members then reviewed the 2015-16 Program of Studies and the Technology Plan. Members also voted to approve the draft 2015-16 School Year Calendar, the School Committee calendar and a vendor warrant. There was a report from the Health & Wellness Committee. The Policy Subcommittee presented a cash management policy, which was approved.

January 14th:  This meeting began with a presentation by the Collicot Elementary School Site Council.  To view this presentation, click here: http://www.miltonps.org/documents/CollicotSIPPPTFINAL.pdf

Next, Bill Ritchie, Director of Consolidated Facilities along with Bob Mayhew, Operations Manager of Consolidated Facilities, made a presentation to the school committee. This can be viewed by clicking here: http://www.miltonps.org/documents/MiltonConsolidatedFacilitiesPPT.pdf

The next meeting will be held Wednesday, February 4th at 7 pm in the Milton High School library.

Also, please note that the Milton School Committee will be making Budget Presentations at PTO meetings during the next several weeks. Please refer to the schedule below if you would like to attend one of these presentations.

  • January 28th at Glover Elementary library at 6:30
  • February 2nd at Collicot and Cunningham library at 7pm
  • February 3rd at Tucker library at 6:30
  • TBA — Pierce and Milton High School.

CURRICULUM NEWS

Please note there will be NO SCHOOL on Monday, January 19th in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Parents of pre-school-aged children should note that we are now undergoing Milton Public Schools Kindergarten Pre-Registration . Please note, to enter MPS kindergarten, your child must be five years old on or before August 31, 2015. Kindergarten Information Night will be Tuesday, January 20th.

For Kindergarten parents/guardians (beginning Fall of 2015), we have scheduled Kindergarten Information Night for Tuesday, January 20th at 7:00pm in the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium at Milton High School, 25 Gile Rd., Milton. Kindergarten Registration will take place by appointment only on either February 10th, 11th & 12th in the Milton High School Library.  Click here for more information.

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The following information  on the Milton Public School’s math curriculum was submitted by Courtney Walsh, Milton High School’s Math, Business & Technology Department Head; Dr. Life Legeros, Pierce Middle School’s Math Curriculum Coordinator; and Amy Gale, Elementary Language Arts & Mathematics Curriculum Coordinator.

               High School: The MHS Mathematics Department is in its second year of implementing revised integrated math courses.  The new Course 1, Course 2, Course 3 sequence in grades nine through eleven will fully prepare students to enter into any level Calculus or Statistics course in grade twelve.  We are proud to say that the Math Team is actively running for the second year in a row.   The team has already competed in one WPI Competition and three South Shore Math League Competitions.  Their record has steadily improved from last year and with each passing meet.

Students at MHS are currently preparing for their Midyear Exams which will take place beginning on January 21st.  Ninth grade students are also working hard to prepare for the math PARCC exam.  Students will take the Performance Based assessment on April 6th and 7th, and the End of Year examination on May 6th and 7th.  Students are well-prepared for the computer aspect of the exam as the math department is transitioning to digital resources.  The department is currently sharing 75 Chromebooks which allow students to experience interactive material and allow teachers to gather real time data pertaining to student achievement.

               Middle:  The Pierce Middle School’s improvement work this year is focused in three areas: increasing use of multiple representations, implementation of performance assessments, and deployment of curriculum materials drawn from online resources.

Multiple representations — our focus this year is increasing and improving our use of multiple representations. Multiple representations in math are helpful for building conceptual understanding by showing students connections between mathematical  idea, differentiating instruction by providing students with multiple entry points to problems,

challenging high-achieving students by asking them to go outside of their comfort zone and see other points of view, providing a basis for rich discussions and sense making.  The math department is developing and cataloging multiple representation math tasks

Performance assessments  — We are using performance tasks to measure student growth for the first time this year. Performance tasks are unique, open-ended problems that require students to apply the math they know in novel and creative ways. Teachers met for three days last school year and one day during the summer to pilot, analyze, select, and refine these performance assessments. This work was supported by a grant from the MA DESE. The assessments are being used for educator evaluation as District Determined Measures.

Curriculum materials — Each grade level has committed to using a curriculum program that is freely available online, for example, the Utah Middle School Math Project (grades 7-8) and EngageNY (grade 6). The benefits compared to the last two years include that the curriculum is more uniform, comprehensive, and coherent. This system is much more efficient,  since teachers can spend time modifying and augmenting rather than fully developing units/lessons. Students can be given bound/stapled workbooks at beginning of each unit and teachers can access background materials explicitly connected to lessons

               Elementary: Teachers and students are working hard in the Everyday Math curriculum and are readying themselves for our Mid-Year Assessment (grades 1-5) which will take place the week of January 26. We encourage families to use the games on Everyday Math Online as a way to help reinforce and practice the skills being taught at school. Students in grades 3-5 also have access to Study Island for this purpose. All students in grades 2-5 are now participating in the Continental Math League as well. This is an excellent opportunity for students to put the Standards for Mathematical Practice to work with challenging problem solving situations.

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I would like to share some good news, recently published in Education Week, a national magazine. Every state received a score on their early childhood services and programs and I am happy to report that Massachusetts was ranked first in the nation.

The 2015 edition of Education Week’s “Quality Counts “ report—Preparing to Launch: Early Childhood’s Academic Countdown— ranks each state according  to their quality of early-childhood services and programs.

To view the entire report, with info on six areas of educational policy and performance, click here:  http://www.edweek.org/ew/qc/2015/2015-state-report-cards-map.html?intc=EW-QC15-LFTNAV

Please note the following information, provided to us by School Committee member Lynda-Lee Sheridan:

In an effort led by a team of African-American business leaders in New York, organizations across the U.S. coordinated a massive national campaign to find African-American business leaders to underwrite free admission to the Golden Globe-nominated film Selma for students around the country.

The film is based on a true story and chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement. This film tells the story of how Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his brothers and sisters in the movement prompted change that forever altered history.

The new cities added, including Boston, are the efforts inspired by the overwhelming success of the program in New York City, in which 27 African-American business leaders created a fund for 27,000 of the city’s 7th, 8th and 9th grade students to see the film for free. That effort sold out in the very first weekend.

The program runs now through January 19th (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day) or while tickets last. Students can share their images and response to the film using #SelmaForStudents.

               The following theaters will allow students in Grades 7, 8 and 9 to see the movie Selma for free by showing their school ID or report card from now through January 19th:

AMC Assembly Row 12
AMC Braintree 10
Apple Cinemas
Capitol Theatre
Regal Fenway Stadium 13
Showcase Cinema De Lux Legacy Place (Dedham)
AMC Loews Boston Common 19

For more info, click here: http://selmastudenttickets.com/

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In front of a packed gymnasium, Milton High School teacher Dan Jarboe was surprised with an incredible award for teaching – a Patriots hat, T-shirt and a pair of tickets to Sunday’s AFL Championship Patriots/Colts game at Gillette Stadium.

Milton High School Principal James Jette made the announcement to the nearly 1,000 students who were assembled in the Copeland Field House on Thursday morning that Mr. Jarboe had been selected for this award. Kaitlin Barnett, a member of the New England Patriots staff, arrived with the gear and the tickets.

“As part of the ‘Do Your Job,” playoff campaign, we are making it a point to reward hardworking employees,” Ms. Barnett told the crowd. She explained to the students that The Kraft family, through its family foundation and the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation, is committed to giving back and has a long tradition of supporting educational missions.

“Bill Belichik’s new mantra is ‘Do your job,’ and we are finding people throughout New England who are very good at doing their jobs,” Ms. Barnett said. “Mr. Jarboe was recommended to us by a Milton High School parent and we were happy to come and reward him for his hard work.”

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Please see the information below on the upcoming PARCC testing, provided by Math/Business & Technology Department Head Courtney Miller.

What is PARCC?

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is a group of 18 states working together to develop a common set of computer-based K–12 assessments in English language arts/Literacy and math linked to the new, more rigorous Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

The purpose of PARRC assessments is different from the purpose of MCAS in that MCAS gauges student proficiency within K-12 and PARCC will assess whether students are on track for college and careers.

Why PARCC over MCAS?

In 2010 a memorandum of agreement was signed by Governor Patrick, Secretary Reville, and Commissioner Chester, committing to adopt PARCC assessments, “…provided they are at least as comprehensive and rigorous as our current MCAS assessments, if not more so.”  During the 2014-2015 school year, districts were given the choice to administer either PARCC or MCAS in grades 3-8, with districts choosing PARCC being “held-harmless” for their accountability levels.  The Massachusetts Board of Education will use data from this operational test to determine in Fall of 2015 whether or not to adopt PARCC.

Districts were also afforded the opportunity to run PARCC field tests in grades 9 and 11 during this school year.  At Milton High School, students in ninth grade will be testing in Math while 11th grade students will be testing in ELA.  Please note that during this field test year, students in AP Language will not be taking PARCC in order to afford those students the opportunity to focus solely on their Collegeboard exam.

This year all students in grades 3-8 will take PARCC ELA and mathematics assessments.  Students will take the PARCC Performance-Based Assessment (PBA) in March/April and the End-of-Year Assessment (EOY) in May.  Specifically, each school has defined testing days during the following windows:

PBA: March 16th – April 10th

EOY: May 4th – May 29th

How will the test be administered?

All exams will be computer-based, with students using either a Chromebook or Desktop computer to take the exam.

Can my child be exempt from taking PARCC?

No, students cannot be exempt from taking PARCC.  State law (G.L. c.69, s.1I) requires that all students who are educated with Massachusetts public funds participate in a statewide student assessment program under the direction of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. This requirement was first enacted as part of the landmark 1993 Massachusetts education reform law. The statute does not contain an “opt-out” provision for parents to remove their children from participating. In short, participation in the statewide student assessment program is mandatory.

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

50 Years Later: Why the Struggle for Civil Rights is Still Relevant

In response to racial injustices over the last year, Milton High School is hosting a distinguished panel of African American leaders in Massachusetts to discuss civil rights in the United States and the Greater Boston area. Fletcher “Flash” Wiley, Attorney, will moderate this discussion panel. Panelists will include Kenneth Guscott, former President of the Boston Chapter of NAACP; William “Mo” Cowan, former U.S. Senator; and J. Keith Motley, Chancellor of the University of Massachusetts-Boston. The panelists will share their personal journeys toward success, justice, and equality, as well as contributions that they and other prominent African American men have made to the state of Massachusetts. The conversation will take into account the complex history of race relations in Massachusetts, beginning with its role in the slave trade, and its subsequent experience with the abolitionist movement, Jim Crow, and desegregation. Ultimately, the panel will discuss local responses to racial injustice. The event will conclude with a discussion of the future of race relations.

50 Years Later will be held on Tuesday, February 11th from 6:30-8:30 pm in the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium at Milton High School in Milton, Massachusetts. The event is free and open to all. Doors will open at 6 pm with a performance by Milton High School’s Jazz Ensemble shortly after.

The Milton High School Diversity Committee created 50 Years Later due to the enthusiasm of gentlemen like Mr. Wiley and a strong cohort of activist students from Milton High School to share their experiences. Our hope is to bridge generations and raise awareness among our students and community about the continued relevance of these issues.

About our Speakers: Fletcher “Flash” Wiley, Attorney, Chairman and CEO of The Centaurus Group LLC, Counsel to the International law firm, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, Investor, and Philanthropist, with involvement in a host of business, civic, and charitable organizations.

Mr. Kenneth Guscott is the founder of the Long Bay Management Company, former head of the Boston NAACP, leading minority business entrepreneur and community activists in Boston, Milton Resident.                Mr. Maurice “Mo” Cowan, Counsel to Mintz Levin and Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of ML Strategies, Former U.S. Senator.                Dr. J. Keith Motley, Chancellor of UMASS Boston, founder of the Roxbury Preparatory Charter School, founder and education chair of Concerned Black Men of Massachusetts, Inc., and the Paul Robeson Institute for Positive Self-Development.

               About the Milton High School Diversity Committee: Milton High School’s Diversity Committee is comprised of teachers, students, and community members. The Diversity Committee’s primary goal is to improve the learning environment for students of all racial and cultural backgrounds within Milton High School so that all students are able to achieve their potential.

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Fans of musicals should mark their calendar. The Pierce Players will be presenting Oklahoma will be at the Pierce Middle School on Thursday, January 22nd and Friday, January 23rd at 7pm; and Saturday, January 24th at 2pm.  Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children and can be purchased at the door or by calling 696-4570.

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Kindergarten Information Night will be held on Tuesday, January 20th. Click here for more information.  This event will be held at 7:00pm in the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium at Milton High School, 25 Gile Rd., Milton. Kindergarten Registration will take place by appointment only on either February 10th, 11th & 12th in the Milton High School Library.

ADULT EDUCATION

Milton Public Schools Adult Education Program is now holding Spring 2015 Registration Information. Online Registration opens January 14th: Go to www.tinyurl.com/miltonadulted.  (Payable by checking account or credit card)

Please note, there will be NO walk in registration nights for this term. Please register online here:  http://www.miltonps.org/documents/AdultEdBrochure-Spring2015-1.pdf

MFE NEWS

The following item was submitted by Meg Kaster of the Milton Foundation for Education:

SAVE THE DATE! Celebration 2015 will be held on Saturday, March 14th at the Boston Marriott, Quincy. The event is Co-Chaired by Karyn Viveiros and MaryAnne Rull. It will be a fun filled evening to benefit STEAM ( Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math).

Anyone interested in donating items for our Live Auction, please consider that we are looking for great getaway experiences, tickets to sporting events and concerts!  If you have a condo or cottage to donate for a week or weekend or airline tickets, we would love to have them donated so we can put together exciting items for our Live Auction. Please email mfecelebration2015@gmail.com to donate or volunteer.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The Forbes House Museum cordially invites you to a Winter Wonderland, celebrating our Golden Anniversary.

This event will be held at the home of Richard and Georgia Lee. On Saturday, January 24th.  Champagne, cocktails, parlor games and live music will be featured. Dress is “creative black tie with a touch of gold.”

Tickets to Winter Wonderland are $100 per person & can be purchased by calling the Forbes House Museum with a credit card at 617.696.1815 sending a check to FHM, 215 Adams Street, Milton, MA 02186. http://forbeshousemuseum.org/calendar.html

Space is limited! Tickets must be purchased in advance by 10 January

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Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton (BID-Milton) was recently awarded a $2 million grant from the Health Policy Commission to develop an integrated behavioral health program in partnership with South Shore Mental Health and other community-based providers.

A major focus of the grant will be the development and addition of patient-centered enhancements to the hospital’s Emergency Department to efficiently manage patients with mental health and/or substance abuse issues. Enhanced capabilities will include conducting tele-health psychiatric assessments and improved services for boarding patients awaiting placement in an inpatient behavioral health facility.

Grant monies will also support a team of South Shore Mental Health clinicians, including crisis assessment clinicians, a behavioral health navigator and certified peer specialists, which will provide specialized clinical, supportive and follow-up services to behavioral health patients within BID-Milton’s Emergency Department.

The grant to BID-Milton was awarded through the Health Policy Commission, which awarded $60 million in Community Hospital Acceleration, Rehabilitation and Transformation (CHART) grants to 28 community hospitals, including BID-Milton.  CHART grants are designated to help community hospitals enhance access to behavioral health services and ready hospitals to participate in an accountable care rather than a fee-for-service payment model.

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

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

There’s always something cool for kids to do at the Milton Public Library!  In addition to our regular storytimes on Monday and Tuesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of January 11-17:

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 from 10:00-10:30 am and 10:45-11:15 am
Music Makers with Miss Bethany, Ages 6-36 months

Offered by our new friend Miss Bethany from Norwell, this 30-minute class offers something for all little music lovers age 6-36 months! Enhance your little one’s love of music during this special bonding time. Each class will have songs, dances, and movement games that will excite your budding musician.  Music is proven to aid in a child’s development and language skills as they practice new vocabulary, the rhythm and structure of speech, and tonality.  Along the way, you’ll be building a repertoire of cheerful songs that will instill a lifelong love of music. We’ll be offering two sessions this morning. Registration is required, and is limited to 20 children (with caregiver) per session.

Friday, January 16, 2015 from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
Free Play Friday, Ages 0-5

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

Saturday, January 17, 2015 from 2:30-3:30 pm

Waiting for Spring: Stories, Ages 5+

Everyone loves a good story! Come warm up on a winter afternoon and rediscover the power of the spoken word with stories from around the world. Storyteller and librarian Miss Elaine will share some of the tales she’s collected over more than forty years of telling. For ages 5 and up; no registration required.

Monday, January 19, 2015
LIBRARY CLOSED

Friday, January 23, 2015 from 10:00 – 11:00 am
Signing with Maribeth for Parent and Baby

Learn how to communicate with your baby before he/she can speak!  Join Maribeth MacDonald, sign language interpreter, for an introductory course in baby sign language.  Infants from eight months of age can learn concepts such as “thirsty,” “milk,” “water,” “hungry,” “sleepy,” “pacifier,” “more,” and other basic signs; participants will learn how to use these signs, and more! For babies 8-18 mos, with parent.  Registration is required.

Friday, January 23, 2015 from 3:30 – 5:00 pm AND Saturday, January 24, 2015 from 2:30 – 3:15 pm
Stuffed Animal Sleepover, Ages 4 and up

Stuffed animals are invited to the library on January 23 for a special sleepover party JUST FOR THEM! Each child may bring a stuffed animal to the library on Friday afternoon between 3:30 and 5pm.  After your pal checks in with Miss Sara, they will spend a fun-filled night in the library!  We promise to feed your stuffed animal a nutritious dinner, read him or her lots of stories, and tuck them in for bed before midnight!  You can come back and pick them up on Saturday afternoon at 2:30 pm, when you can learn about all of the adventures that Miss Sara and the stuffed animals had together. Note to parents: please send an animal that can spend the whole night – perhaps not the favorite lovey that cannot be parted with… For ages 4 and up.  Registration is required.

Don’t forget to check the library web calendar for a listing of the many programs we offer year-round. Information about and registration for all of our programs can always be found on our online calendar at www.miltonlibrary.org, or by calling the Children’s Room at 617-898-4957 during business hours. Also, like the Milton Public Library on Facebook and get updates right in your news feed! Please contact the Children’s Room if you have questions about any of our programs or services.

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

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

VISUAL ARTS

Come join Artspace Milton at ester for a Valentine Making Workshop! Sunday, February 8th from 2-4p. Light refreshments provided, bar menu available. This event is open to kids and adults. There is a $10 fee to cover materials.  Ester is located at 2261 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester. To register contact: artspace02186@gmail.com

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 The Milton Art Center is hosting an art show, entitled “I Heart Art.” This Gallery Art Show will be held from Friday, February 6th to Saturday, February 28th, with an Opening Reception on Friday, February 13th from 6-8pm with champagne and chocolate.

From their poster: “Milton Art Center celebrates that most iconic of images, the heart. Artists and graphic designers have long incorporated heart imagery into their work. From Andy Warhol to Jim Dine, Robert Indiana to Keith Haring, the art of the heart has a rich and longstanding tradition. At the MAC, we explore this tradition, asking painters, graphic designers, sculptors, photographers and artists in all media to produce work incorporating the heart as a point of departure, a focal point, a mission statement and/or a call to action.”

High School students are encouraged to enter. Click here for more information:

http://s167086.gridserver.com/i-heart-art-exhibit

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 Also, beginning in February, the MAC will be moving Milton Open Mic Night to the first Thursday of every month from 7-10pm.    The next event will be held on February 5th at the Milton Art Center, 334 Edge Hill Road.

ATHLETICS

BOYS HOCKEY

The Boys’ Varsity Hockey stands at 6-2-2. We’ve rebounded well from a shaky start. Our defensemen (Sr. Christian Kackley, Sr. Kevin Murphy, Jr. Elliott Chauvet, Jr. Colin Rooney, So. Liam Fitzgerald, So. Cormac Howley and Fr. Nolan McManus) have rapidly developed and are main reason for our success. We play undefeated Wellesley , tonight, and a much improved Dedham on Saturday.

GIRLS HOCKEY

The team’s overall record is 8-2. The record in the BSC League is  6-1 and for non-league play, it is  2-1. The girls will play against #2 ranked Dedham on Saturday night.

BOYS BASKETBALL

The team’s overall record is 2-6. While playing against Wellesley HS on Tuesday night, there was some fine work at the foul line – plus a strong game from returning Ledger All-Scholastic Myles McDermott, which carried the Milton boys basketball team to a 53-43 win over Wellesley on Tuesday night.  McDermott, a senior guard, scored 20 points for the Wildcats (2-6, 2-5 Bay State Conference). Denis McAuliffe had 12 points, and Malik Malcolm added 9 for Milton, which hit 18 of 23 free-throw attempts.  Next game is tonight vs Dedham HS at Dedham HS at 6:30pm

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Girls Basketball is 4-6 overall and 2-5 in the Bay State League.  We are on track to qualify for the state tournament.  Seniors Meg Corcoran (tri-captain, leading scorer and rebounder), Sydney Turner (tri-captain), Olivia Fitzgerald (tri-captain), Kendall Stanley, and Sarah Possi are leading a hard-working group in the right direction.

BOYS TRACK

On Thursday, at the Reggie Lewis Center, the boys team defeated Norwood 65 to  35 The boys track team has a record of two wins and two losses, having lost the last meet in the final event last week. The team has the 5th fastest 4×200 meter relay team in the state and two of the three top sprinters in the Bay State League. The relay team consists of Koby Asazee, David and Dereck Perkins and Mariano Davis. The team will be competing in the Division 4 State Relay meet this Sunday at which they should win at least two events.

GIRLS TRACK

The girls’ team has had great success in the past few meets. On January 3rd, the underclassmen competed in the Freshman Sophomore Meet at the Reggie Lewis Center.Bridget Mitchell ran an aggressive race and finished 2nd overall in the mile. There were strong performances in the 600m by Heidi Freking , in the hurdles, by Savannah Madden and Martine Augusma. Sophomore Abigail Jean-Baptiste just missed the finals in 55 dash by a hair, and Atheana Pierre had a big PR in the dash running a 8.10. The 4x400m team medaled with an 8th place finish! (Josie Cousineau, Heidi Freking, Colette O’Leary and Bridget Mitchell) The Athletes of the Meet were Helene Juzyca and Antonnea Umeh. On January 7th at the JV Meet, we had strong performances by Martine Augusma, Francesca Coyne, and Abigail Deane.  The Athlete of the Meet was Helene Juzyca, who threw a 4′ PR in the Shot Put breaking the school’s freshman record by almost a foot!! On January 8th, the team won in a dual meet – Milton Vs. Natick.  Milton girls won 8 of the 12 events and 15 different girls scored points for the team!! More great performances were turned in by Andrea Juzyca, Colette O’Leary, Helene Juzyca and Kendall. Bridget Mitchell won the mile and broke the Mairead Kiernan’s 4 year old school record in the mile by .59seconds. Athletes of the Meet: Josie Cousineau Abigail Jean-Baptiste.

SWIM TEAM

The team swam against Randolph last Saturday and our results are as follows:

Our 1st place finishes for the girls team was Isabelle Neville for the 50 freestyle, Emma Heller for 100 Freestyle and 100 Breaststroke, Tyler Volpe Knock for 200 freestyle, and Maia Adley for 50 Butterfly and 100 Backstroke. Emma Heller, Leah Corcoran, Isabelle Neville and Maia Adley took 1st in the girls 200 yard Medley relay. All 3 relay teams were able to take 1st, 2nd & third respectively in the 200 yard Freestyle relay. The team for 1st place was Emma Heller, Leah Corcoran, Maia Adley, and Tyler Volpe Knock. 2nd place: Isabelle Neville, Rachel Joyce, Julia Pelltier, and Olivia Sidoti. Third place was Hannah Solomon, Ruby Baker, Bridgette Dugas and Megan McMahon.  The girls team was able to clinch a win against Randolph 94-25. For the boys team, all we had swimming was Brendan McManus who took 1st in 200 freestyle, 50 Butterfly and 100 Freestyle securing another 22 points for the team. As a team, we ultimately captured a win 116-106 against Randolph. Our next meet is against Quincy and North Quincy which will be held at the Egan Center in Milton, Friday, January 23 at 3pm.

WRESTLING

The team wrestling record is 4-3.  Last Tuesday, the score was Milton 53 v. Brookline 20. In the Cohasset Tournament on  January 10th, Milton earned: 2nd place Liam Queally, 3rd place Dane Matejka, 3rd place Alex Toyias, 3rd place Kaleb Herd, 4th place Will Mozak. At the Natick JV Tournament on January 3rd, Milton earned: 1st place Miles Easterling, 1st place Pat Fitzgerald, 2nd place Donnacha Kennedy, 3rd place Robert Doherty, 3rd place Xavier Fischer, 3rd place Miller Michaud. The team competes in a Quad Meet tomorrow at the Copeland Field House at 10:00am vs Canton, Malden Catholic, Malden and Northbridge.

CHEER TEAM

The MHS Cheer team is practicing hard and cheering on boys & girls basketball each home game.  The Bay State Conference Cheerleading Competition is on Saturday, February 7th at Natick HS.

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

http://www.usatodayhss.com/school/milton-high-school-milton-ma/scores-and-schedule

AMBASSADOR PAGE

Students:   More than two dozen Milton Public School students have been selected to perform at the All State Conference of the Massachusetts Music Educators Association this spring. Congratulations to the students below, who were chosen by audition and will perform as part of the 2015 All-State Treble Chorus.  Collicot: Sofia Harris, Ava Lundbohm, Roisin Queally, Anna Radley. Cunningham: Shaina Lasoff, Ella Lantigua, Elizabeth McGill, Cal Robinson, Elizabeth Michael, Somachi  Amadi and Sophie Kosiba. Glover: Victoria Williams, Henry Synnott, James Krzywda, Brendan Reardon, Ian Gravallese and Rohan Meier. Tucker: Maxwell Mitchell, Delia Gaff, Ava Deleo. Pierce: Anna Hoey, Saoirse Killion, Alessandra Masso, Daniel Wells, Kevin Harvell, Gwen LaLacheur, Brian Thai, Adriana Halpin-Quiroga, Emelda Szymczak.

Staff:   Although she is not a member of the Milton Public Schools staff, I would like to recognize Diane Gore, the Assistant Treasurer for the Town of Milton. Ms. Gore has been an enormous help through the years to the Milton Public Schools staff, coordinating insurance coverage for our employees, attending our New Teachers’ meetings each year and explaining benefits. We would like to thank Ms. Gore for her hard work and wish her all the best in her retirement.

Volunteers:  I would like to send warm wishes to Milton Public Schools friend and our closest neighbor, Phil Zona. Mr. Zona is a MPS parent and a long-time supporter of our schools and athletic programs. I taught Mr. Zona’s daughter when she was a second-grader at Glover Elementary School, and have admired the Zona family’s dedication to our town and schools for many years. How many people can live across the street from a 1,000-student school and have only positive things to say? We wish Mr. Zona all the best and hope for a speedy recovery.

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

 

December 23rd E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Dec• 23•14

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

I would like to take this opportunity to wish the entire staff and every one of our Milton Public School families a safe and happy holiday season. Whether you are staying locally or travelling out of town, I hope that you enjoy time with your families. I would also like to wish everyone a happy and healthy New Year. School will resume on Monday, January 5th, 2015.

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While many of us are in the midst of the holiday season, here in the Milton Public Schools, this is also our “budget season.”  Together with the School Committee, we have been working on the FY 15-16 budget, which was recently approved by School Committee members. Members of the administration and the School Committee will be visiting schools in the district to share the information with our families during the next several weeks. PTO Budget Presentations will be made at the following times/locations:

Glover Elementary School:  Wednesday, January 28th at 6:30pm in the Glover Library.
Collicot/Cunningham Elementary Schools: Monday, February 2nd at 6:30 in the Cu/Co Library
Tucker Elementary School:  Tuesday, February 10th at 6:30 in the Tucker Library
Pierce Middle School & Milton High School: Wednesday, February 11th at 6:30 in the Pierce Middle School Library.

* The School Committee Meeting’s Open Budget Hearing will be held on Wednesday, January 21st at 7:00pm in the MHS Library. 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There has been one School Committee meeting since my last E-blast, held on December 10th.  Following is a summary of that meeting:

School Committee members began by approving three sets of minutes from prior meetings. Next, they voted to approve the Milton High School Debate Team Field Trip. There was a Kindergarten and First Grade update; and members voted to approve a vendor warrant. Finally, School Committee members voted to approve the FY16 Budget.

The next meeting will be held January 7th at 7 pm in the Milton High School library.

CURRICULUM NEWS

Three students from Milton High School will be joining a group of the most musically talented high school students in the region this spring as part of the All-Eastern Honors Ensemble.

William Hess, Garrett Sager and Kevin Mehdizadeh, all Milton High School seniors, were chosen for the All-Eastern Honors Ensemble from a field of musicians from 12 states, plus parts of Europe.  The students were chosen based on their performance scores during the All-State Festival last spring.

“This is an extremely noteworthy accomplishment,” said Dr. Noreen Diamond Burdett, Fine & Applied Arts department head. “Milton High School has never had a student chosen for the All-Eastern jazz ensemble before, and we have never had more than one student accepted for All-Eastern on any given year.”

The students will attend the three-day festival, to be held in Providence, Rhode Island in April, where they will prepare and rehearse challenging musical pieces under the leadership of prominent conductors.

William Hess will perform in the jazz ensemble and Garrett Sager and Kevin Mehdizadeh will perform in the mixed chorus. The performances will be part of the Eastern Division Conference of the National Association for Music Education and will be held at the Rhode Island Convention Center and the Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Providence.

William Hess is a student of Rebecca Damiani; Garrett Sager and Kevin Mehdizadeh are students of Dr. Noreen Diamond Burdett.

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Last week, a team of guest speakers from the Milton Police Department and the Boston Police Department came to Milton High School to speak to the Young Men’s Group, organized by MHS teacher Larry Jordan.

Our guest speakers discussed a variety of topics, including careers within the criminal justice field, bridging the gap between the police and young men of color, and our constant theme of overcoming challenges in order to achieve success.

In addition to the three police officers, they were also joined by Milton graduates and former YMG student Joel Jean-Michel and Marius Johnson.  Both are graduates of the class of 2013 and currently at UMass Boston and UMass Dartmouth, respectively.   Also present was MHS graduate and recent graduate of the Police Academy, Travis Meeks.

Detective Louis Bullard of the Milton Police Department has 19 years of experience as a police officer.  He is a graduate of Lexington High School. In high school, Detective Bullard was co-captain of the varsity football & basketball teams.  Detective Bullard followed the criminal justice path by attending Massasoit Community College & Northeastern University.   Detective Bullard became the first School Resource Officer within the Milton Public Schools.  He also coached basketball.  Detective Bullard was the first black male detective for the Town of Milton, the first black male motorcycle operator for the police department and is the Coach/Captain for traveling police basketball team Detective Bullard was born and raised in Roxbury, MA.

Eddy Chrispin is a police officer, academy instructor for the Boston Police Academy, and spokesperson for the Office of Media Relations for the BPD.  Officer Chrispin also holds a Juris Doctorate from Hofstra School of Law.  Officer Chrispin is an Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice at Newbury College and a former instructor at Lincoln Technical Institute.  Officer Chrispin has worked as a probation officer, a law clerk and as a social worker at the Massachusetts Department of Social Services. Officer Chrispin is fluent in Haitian Creole and conversant in French.  He is a graduate of Boston Latin School.

Art Curriculum News:

Elementary:  The elementary art teachers have recently revised the scope and sequence for K-5 art.  The curriculum instills solid foundations of learning in various visual art media—from drawing to sculpture—that are appropriate to age and development.  This revised curriculum allows for strong, holistic, overall learning.

This year Kindergarten art has increased its time from every other week to once every week.  This allows for further development of the foundation of fine motor skills and imaginative representation, which supports reading comprehension.  The elementary art teachers are designing new assessment measures across all grades, which include measuring individual progress through portfolio drawings.  The goal is for students and teachers to see an improvement of drawing and composition skills.  The teachers are also developing rubrics that support evidence of student achievement in the elements and principles of design in alignment with the Massachusetts Visual Arts Curriculum Frameworks.

Thanks to MPACE funding, the Mexican woodcarvers from Oaxaca came to each elementary school earlier this year.  Students were able to see the artists up close, in action, and to learn of their cultural backgrounds.  Students created art in the style of the woodcarvers and made interdisciplinary connections to their Spanish classes.

Middle: The Pierce Middle School art teachers have focused on the global aspect of the 6th grade curriculum by including lessons inspired by the cultures of Peru, China, Ghana, and the Pueblo People of the Southwest.  These lessons link traditional art-making techniques with world cultures.  This is now part of the 6th grade “Art Detectives” curriculum, in which students are encouraged to look at art through a critical lens.

The 6th graders have already “visited” Ghana, where students learned about Adinkra symbols and Kente cloth of West Africa.  Using printmaking techniques and drawing, 6th graders designed a Kente pattern with Adinkra symbol.  Currently, the 6th graders are visiting Peru and are creating ceramic pinch pots.  The next “trip” will be to Asia, where the students will write haikus, create sumi-e paintings, and mini model magic foo dogs.

High School: The Milton High School art teachers have completed revisions for three courses—AP Studio Art, Foundations of Art and Visual Literacy.   The updated lessons are directly linked to the Massachusetts State standards and to the National standards.  The AP Studio Art revisions were submitted to AP Central.  This revision work has been done through collaboration and by using both the MA State standards and the lesson plan format implemented by MHS for all courses.  The MHS art teachers are currently working on revisions for Drawing 1 and 2 and Painting and Sculpture.

Lego Robotics at Glover:

A group of students from Glover Elementary School are now part of the school’s first-ever robotics team.

Every Wednesday afternoon since September, as well as before school three to four times a week and occasionally during recess or on Saturdays, the team can be found programming, researching and building their skills as part of the First Lego League.

The team is comprised of fifth-graders William Kelly, Ian Lundeen, Ian Gravallese, Henry Synott, Rohan Meier, Timothy and Billy Petrik, Jake Lippert, Max Lenz and Ben McCormick, guided by coaches Terrence Mulhall and Michele McCormick.

All their work culminated in a qualifying tournament on December 5th at North Quincy High School. Almost 50 teams from around Massachusetts took part in this qualifying tournament.

“Although we did not move on to the states, this first year team performed well at the tournament,” said Glover Principal Dr. Sheila Kukstis. “We are very proud of the work these students and their coaches have done.”

First Lego League (FLL) introduces students in Grades 4-8 to “real-world engineering challenges” by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface.  Team members design, build, test and program a robot to complete tasks on a specially-built board and FLL mat.

When the team first got started, they did not have a proper table on which to build and move their robots. But thanks to a generous offer by the Milton High School Robotics Team teacher Jon Diamond, students at the high school were able to custom-build the table for the elementary school.

“I definitely learned a lot about coding,” said Team member Henry Synott. “But I also learned a lot about being part of a team.”

Glover parents echoed this positive experience.

“I was impressed with the robotics meet and how the team was tested not just on technical skills but also project development and communication skills,” said Henry’s mother, Andrea Synott. “Kudos to Dr. Kukstis and to the parent coaches. Job well done!”

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               Please join me in congratulating the following students, all of whom earned perfect scores during the second Continental Math League that was held for Grades 4 and 5 students on December 4th. Great job!

Grade 4: Wes Morisette (Collicot) and Kiera Glazer (Cunningham). Grade 5:  Maxwell Mitchell, Brian Fay, Max Hollingsworth and Elle Anthony (all of Tucker); Jake Lippert, James Tobin and Ian Gravellase (all of Glover); Jonathan Waldman of Collicot; Lucia Dwyer, Anna Hamblet and John Clancy (all of Cunningham.)

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Please save the date!  Milton High School, in conjunction with Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital – Milton, will be hosting a presentation by former Boston Celtics player Chris Herren on Thursday, January 15th at 6:30pm as part of the Impact Speaker Series.

Chris Herren’s story and his redemptive rise from drug addiction were featured in the book, Basketball Junkie and the release of the ESPN Films documentary, Unguarded.

The Herren Project was formed in 2011 to increase education and public awareness on the dangers of substance abuse through a combination of treatment navigation, educational initiatives, mentoring, and public awareness.

The Impact Speaker Series is designed to educate youth and at-risk populations on the importance of a healthy lifestyle, good decision making and providing “real-world” techniques on how to handle pressure within a teen’s life, community or family situation.

The event will be held in the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium at Milton High School.

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               If you or any of your friends and neighbors have a child who will be old enough for Kindergarten in September of 2015 (students must be five years old on or before August 31, 2015), please let them know that pre-registration has started.  Please see the lists below to get an idea of the time line for registration.

For Kindergarten parents/guardians (beginning Fall of 2015)

  • If you have a child who will be 5 years of age on or before August 31, 2015 please pre-register for Kindergarten by clicking the link below: http://www.miltonps.org/documents/WELCOMEKflier2015.pdf
  • Those who pre-register by January 12th will receive their registration appointment at the Kindergarten Information Night.
  • We have scheduled Kindergarten Information Night for Tuesday, January 20th at 7:00pm in the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium at Milton High School, 25 Gile Rd., Milton.
  • Kindergarten Registration will take place by appointment only on either February 10th, 11th & 12th in the Milton High School Library.

SPED/SEPAC NEWS

The Milton SEPAC will be hosting a Parent Workshop on Assistive Technology on Tuesday, January 13th at 7pm at the Pierce Middle School library. Any parent or guardian who is interested in this presentation may attend.

MFE NEWS

The following item was submitted by Meg Kaster of the Milton Foundation for Education:

SAVE THE DATE! Celebration 2015 will be held on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at the Boston Marriott, Quincy. The event is Co-Chaired by Karyn Viveiros and MaryAnne Rull. It will be a

fun filled evening to benefit STEAM ( Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math).  Anyone interested in donating items for our Live Auction, please consider that we are looking for great getaway experiences, tickets to sporting events and concerts!  If you have a condo or cottage to donate for a week or weekend or airline tickets, we would love to have them donated so we can put together exciting items for our Live Auction. Please email

mfecelebration2015@gmail.com to donate or volunteer.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The following information was provided by the Milton Department of Public Works:

               Please be advised that the Trash and Recycling pickup scheduled for Christmas Day, Thursday December 25th will occur one day before on Wednesday, December 24th. There will be no change for REGULAR Wednesday collections.

Also, regarding Christmas tree disposal, please note that tree collection will be on your regular trash collection day. Tree collection will take place on Wednesday January 14th and Thursday January 15th. Please place bare trees to be collected out on your regular collection day. Remove stand and all decorations. Do not put in a plastic bag. Place bare trees at the curb by 7am on collection day. We will be collecting trees during this week only, so please remember to have them out on time.

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

The following item was submitted by Amy Rosa, teen librarian:

               The Milton Public Library’s teen book club has selected The Fault in Our Stars  by John Green as its January pick.  “Sixteen-year-old Hazel, a stage IV thyroid cancer patient, has accepted her terminal diagnosis until a chance meeting with a boy at cancer support group forces her to reexamine her perspective on loss, love, and life.” Join the book club at 7 p.m. on Monday January 5 for discussion and snacks! Book club participants will also be eligible to enter a raffle drawing for a special John Green-related prize!  Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

The teen book club is open to ages 12-18. To obtain a copy of the book or for more information, please contact Amy Rosa, Young Adult Librarian, at (617) 698-5757

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

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

ATHLETICS

The Wilkie Bowl, MHS Alumni Hockey event, will be held this weekend. Two games will be played on Saturday, December 27th at 6pm at Ulin Rink. Both girls’ and boys’ teams play vs. MHS hockey alumni.  All benefits from the game will go to the MHS Wilkie Scholarship.

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The Patriot Ledger recently named its All-Scholastic Team for the fall season and we are pleased to report that several of our Milton High School student-athletes were chosen. Please help me to congratulate the following students:  Lloyd Hill (golf), Bridget Mitchell and Collette O’Leary (girls cross country), Olivia Taber (volleyball), Kendall Staley (girls soccer), Jonathan Cardoso (boys soccer) and Jonathan Pierre (football)

Following is an athletic update submitted by MHS Athletic Director Larry Rooney:

Boys Basketball

The Wildcats have started the season 0-4 with loses to Braintree, Newton North, Framingham and Norwood.  Milton has been led by Senior Myles McDermott 11.0ppg and Sophomore Christian Reddick 11.0ppg. Milton will play Tuesday, December 30th at King Philip High School at 6:30pm.

Girls Basketball

Girls’ Basketball is 3-2.  Wins over West Roxbury and Framingham.  Senior captain Meg Corcoran had 26 points in the win over Framingham, and the team also won last night’s game vs. Norwood (42-38).  The Scituate Holiday Tournament will be held on December 29 and 30.

Boys Hockey

The boys’ hockey team is off to a 0-2-1 start with tough losses to Newton North High School and Framingham High School.  The 2-2 match vs Braintree High School has been the best performance of the year thus far.  The next game is on Friday, December 26th in the Quincy Tournament.

Girls Hockey

The team record so far is 3-0, The Team is off to a great start beating three Division 1 teams and outscoring our opponents 18-3.  The scoring leaders are: Siobhan Murtagh with 8 points, Kat Buchanan with 7 points and Laura Hill with 7 points.  Defensively, they are shutting down the other teams’ offense with Meaghan McDougall, Kate Driscoll, Hannah O’Leary and Caroline Johnson.  The backbone of the team is Goalie Sarah Park 1.00 GAA and a .945 save percentage and a 3-0 record.  The next game is  this afternoon — Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014 at 3pm vs Ursuline Academy.

Swim

The high school swim team had their first meet December 12th at Babson College and our swimmers had some great performances. The girls (against all boys) won third place in the medley and freestyle relay and sophomore Maia Adley just got touched out in the 100 backstroke, receiving a third place finish. The team is training for our next meet January 10th.

Girls Indoor Track

The girls’ indoor track team is 1-1. Bridget Mitchell has the best mile time in the conference as a freshman. Sophomore Jesse Iwuala is the team’s top scorer, averaging 10 points a meet. The team competed in a non-scoring invitational this past Sunday at the Reggie Lewis Center, where a number of girls had their best performances of the season. The teams have the Freshman-Sophomore meet on Saturday, January 3rd.

Boys Indoor Track

The boys track team has a record of one and one. It is led by a strong group of sprinters. The 4×200 relay team consisting of Koby Asazee, David & Dereck Perkins and Mariano Davis has the second-fastest time in the state.

Wrestling

Record is 3-2. The team wrestled in the Wayland Tournament on Saturday, and Senior Alex Toyias placed 4th, Junior Dane Matejka placed 5th and Senior Kaleb Herd placed 5th. The team won 51-30 over Norwood last night.

Cheerleading

The cheerleaders have been cheering on the boys JV and varsity basketball teams and the varsity boys hockey team. They will begin competing next month.

Ski Team

The ski team is working hard in the weight room and with dry-land training.  The first MBSLE ski race is in three weeks.  Coach Ajemian has these student-athletes working hard and preparing for their first big race on January 15th, 2015.

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

http://www.usatodayhss.com/school/milton-high-school-milton-ma/scores-and-schedule

AMBASSADOR PAGE

Students:  Congratulations to 9th graders Nick Daly and Josie Cousineau, an artwork/poster contest at Meals 4 Kids website!  This was a School Breakfast/Poster contest, sponsored by Massachusetts DESE Child Nutrition Outreach Program. These two artists, both of whom are students in Kassandra Derby’s classrooms, will receive free breakfast for a week.

Staff:  I would like to recognize one of the hardest-working employees in the district, especially at this time of year. Jason Scherer, the senior custodian at Milton High School, is a dedicated and diligent worker. Mr. Scherer’s father also worked as a custodian for the Milton Public Schools and we are proud to have him as part of the team. I would like to thank Jason Scherer for his work with his fellow custodians, the high school staff, faculty and the administration. We appreciate his efforts.

Volunteers:  I would like to thank Milton Public School parent Margaret Carels, who was able to help secure a large donation of furniture for the district through her employer, The Furniture Trust, a non-profit organization which repurposes office furniture (www.thefurnituretrust.org). The arrival of dozens of chairs and bookshelves made it feel like a birthday party full of gifts for each of our schools.  As a former Glover PTO president, youth soccer coach and longtime Milton Soccer Board Member and Town Meeting member, Ms. Carels makes a difference in our school and town from her involvement, leadership and advocacy throughout the town.

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

December 5th E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Dec• 05•14

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Friday, December 5th, 2014

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

 Although September seems like such a long way off, for parents of four- and five-year olds it’s time to begin planning for Kindergarten and Grade One. We are always eager to meet those students who will become members of the Milton Public Schools family and this process begins in January.  If you or any of your friends and neighbors have a child who will be old enough for Kindergarten in September of 2015 (students must be five years old

on or before August 31, 2015), please let them know that pre-registration will be starting soon.  Please see the lists below to get an idea of the time line for registration.

For Kindergarten parents/guardians (beginning Fall of 2015)

  • If you have a child who will be 5 years of age on or before August 31, 2015 please pre-register for Kindergarten using the link on the Milton Public School website starting Monday, December 8th.
  • Those who pre-register by January 12th will receive their registration appointment at the Kindergarten Information Night.
  • We have scheduled Kindergarten Information Night for Tuesday, January 20th at 7:00pm in the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium at Milton High School, 25 Gile Rd., Milton.
  • Kindergarten Registration will take place by appointment only on either February 10th, 11th & 12th in the Milton High School Library.

For Grade One parents/guardians (beginning Fall of 2015)

  • Week of February 2nd –Kindergarten parents will receive an email each day with a 1st grade video link.
  • February 9th – Kindergarten parents will receive the 1st Grade presentation in an email.
  • February 11th – Kindergarten parents will attend their Building Based 1st Grade Presentation.
  • February 13th – Kindergarten parents will receive the 1st Grade Choice forms.
  • February 27th – Choice forms due back to the schools.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There has been one School Committee meetings since my last E-blast, held on December 3rd. That meeting is summarized below. The next meeting will be held on Dec 10th at 7 pm in the Milton High School library.

December 3rd:    At this meeting, School Committee members voted to approve the FY16 Advancement Budget and also reviewed the FY16 overall budget. They voted to approve a vendor warrant, reviewed the charge of the Facilities Subcommittee and approved the school district’s Annual Report to the town. Members received an update from the MASC conference from Ms. Padera and reviewed the Five Year Financial Plan before adjourning to executive session.

CURRICULUM NEWS

The following item was submitted by Milton High School librarian, Jen Troy:

During the month of November, we celebrated Family Literacy Month at the high school. English teachers sent home a short reading with a discussion question for parents and students to talk about.  Parents were encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to celebrate family literacy and strengthen the home-school connection.

The feedback from both students and parents were positive. Many students enjoyed the opportunity to share what they are learning in class and gained insight from discussions at home. Family members enjoyed learning more about what is taught in school and realized how hard the students are working. The experience allowed students and family members to delve further into the text and explore its various meanings. Many discussed the importance of creating a shared experience through books and fostering a home culture where everyone is recommending books to each other.

The goal of Family Literacy Month is to highlight the importance of creating a literacy rich environment. The hope is that families will continue this practice throughout the school year. Thank you to the English teachers for starting the conversation and to all of the families that participated. Happy reading!

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The following item was submitted by Robin M. Tagliaferri, Executive Director of the Forbes House Museum:

We are happy to release the 2015 Lincoln Essay & Drawing Contest topic and guidelines to you, and hope that students and teachers will participate once again in this important tradition begun by Mary Bowditch Forbes in 1924!

Please see the attached PDF, which can also be found on the Forbes House Museum website. Here’s the link: http://forbeshousemuseum.org/educational.html

Please contact Deanna Griffiths, Assistant to the Director, or myself with questions or inquiries. Please see out telephone number and email addresses below.

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

The Boosters “Cans for Cats” can & bottle recycling drive will be held on Saturday, December 6th, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at Milton High School. The girls indoor and outdoor track teams will be at the front entrance of the high school, 25 Gile Road, to collect your 5 cent cans and bottles to redeem them for cash. All funds earned will directly support their teams. Please stop by and support your Wildcats.

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If you are looking for a fun night out next Tuesday, December 9th, look no further!  The MHS Music Dept. has a 20-act talent show that will put a smile on your face.

Come and enjoy songs (and comedy!) from Gabrielle Festa, Michaela Fonseca, Hope Huban, Colette Nourie, Brigitte Dugas, Shoilee Banerjee, Stephen Tan, Dominik Hyppolite, Josh Elias, Ros Smith, Garrett Sager, Tansy Massey-Green, Bekah Mondelus, Mariah Conway, Maddy Hoy, Julia Butler, Crystal Goodrich, Harry Kong, Kevin Mehdizadeh, Zion Martin, Kiara Martinez, Steph Finnegan, Johance Liverpool, Kris Fort, Monika Cormack, Liz O’Connor and Jackie Ruscito.

This show is a fundraiser for the Music Dept. trip to Philadelphia! Tickets are only $5 at the door.

RESIDENCY OFFICE

The following item was submitted by our Residency Coordinator, Patricia Lesenechal:

Did you know?
If you move within town you are required to re-establish residency.

Why?
To ensure we have the most updated records for your child(ren).
It’s the Milton Public School Student Residency Policy.

What’s needed?
Click here. http://www.miltonps.org/documents/2015ReestablishmentDocs_11515.pdf

Have questions or need help?
Contact:
The Residency Office at:
617 696 4470 x 5516

residency@miltonps.org

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Also, we would like to inform all parents/guardians of 5th and 8th grade students that beginning in school year 2015-2016, and every year going forward, Milton Public Schools will require re-establishment of residency when students move from elementary to middle school and from middle school to high school.  We will hold open sessions in the summer of 2015 to facilitate the filing of the proper paperwork.  Further details will follow in the spring of 2015.

FAMILY OUTREACH LIAISON

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

Hopefully by now most of you have heard about the newly created position here in the Milton Public Schools.  As the new Family Outreach Liaison, I encourage you to contact me if you are new to Milton or need assistance in locating resources for student activities, sports, town events, free/reduced lunch or other school issues. I can be reached at 617-696-5040 ext. 5588 or mmckenna@miltonps.org.

  • Starting to think about what to do with your children during the upcoming winter break? Consider taking them on an adventure right next door in Boston. Visit one of the many museums including Children’s Museum of Boston, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Institute of Contemporary Art, Museum of Science, Museum of Fine Arts. Please visit their websites for hours and costs or visit the Milton Public Library’s website and use your library card to get passes for reduced admission fees. For Milton families receiving transitional assistance, just show your EBT card to receive free or reduced admission.
  • Speaking of school vacation; be sure to mark your calendars. Tuesday, December 23rd , students will be in school a full-day. Milton Public Schools will be closed Wednesday, December 24th through January 4th 2015. Classes will resume Monday, January 5th, 2015.       For those of you needing vacation camp, it’s not too late to register for the Milton Community Schools December Vacation Camp held at the Cunningham/Collicot Schools.       Registration information can be found on their website at miltoncommunityschools.org. Deadline to register is next Friday, December 12, 2014.
  • Don’t put that calendar away yet.       Wednesday, January 7, 2015 is an early release day. For those of you needing Early Release Day Programs be sure to sign up online at miltoncommunityschools.org. Deadline for registration is noontime, Friday, January 2, 2015.

MFE NEWS

The following item was submitted by Meg Kaster of the Milton Foundation for Education:

SAVE THE DATE! Celebration 2015 will be held on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at the Boston Marriott, Quincy. The event is Co-Chaired by Karyn Viveiros and MaryAnne Rull. It will be a

fun filled evening to benefit STEAM ( Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math).  Anyone interested in donating items for our Live Auction, please consider that we are looking for great getaway experiences, tickets to sporting events and concerts!  If you have a condo or cottage to donate for a week or weekend or airline tickets, we would love to have them donated so we can put together exciting items for our Live Auction. Please email

mfecelebration2015@gmail.com to donate or volunteer.

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MFE is participating in The Amazon Smile Program. When doing your shopping this year through Amazon, utilize the Amazon Smile program, pick the MFE as your designated charity, and a portion of the sale will be directed to the MFE and enrichment opportunities in the schools. As we come to the end of 2014, we would like to express our sincere thanks to all our generous  supporters.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The following item was submitted by Robert McCrystal of the Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital – Milton:

The Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton Center for Specialty Care continues to grow with the addition of two new surgeons.

Morgan A. Bresnick, MD, a general and bariatric surgeon, joined the Center in October. Dr. Bresnick’s clinical interests include minimally invasive surgery, weight loss (bariatric) surgery, hernia repair, and gallbladder removal. Patient appointments are available at 617-313-1450.

Matthew L. Iorio, MD, a Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center hand and wrist surgeon, joined the Center this month. Dr. Iorio’s clinical interests include wrist fractures, hand trauma, arthritis and peripheral nerve surgery. He joins hand and wrist surgeon Jennifer Green, MD, in providing subspecialty hand and wrist evaluations and treatments in the BID-Milton Center for Specialty Care. Patient appointments with Dr. Iorio are available by calling 617-667-7673.

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

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

There’s always something cool for kids to do at the Milton Public Library! Come in and enter our Winter Solstice contest for kids aged 4-12, running until December 21. The winner is guaranteed a terrifically chilly prize…

In addition to our regular storytimes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of December 14 – 20:

Sunday, December 14, 2014 from 2:00-3:00 pm
Unplugged Hour of Code, Ages 8-12

Please join the Children’s and Teen Rooms in celebrating Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 8-14) with an Unplugged Hour of Code. Kids and tweens age 8-12 are invited to learn programming and coding basics in a group activity using playing cards! Registration is required.

Friday, December 19, 2014 from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
Free Play Friday, Ages 0-5

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

Saturday, December 20, 2014 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Art with Ginny, Grades K-3

Children in grades K-3 can join Ginny Brearley and create an artistic masterpiece to take home. Today’s project: make your own mixed-media Snow People, using paints, paper and collage materials! Registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Library.

Don’t forget to check the library web calendar for a listing of the many programs we offer year-round. Information about and registration for all of our programs can always be found on our online calendar at www.miltonlibrary.org, or by calling the Children’s Room at 617-898-4957 during business hours. Also, like the Milton Public Library on Facebook and get updates right in your news feed! Please contact the Children’s Room if you have questions about any of our programs or services.

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

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

STUDENT WORK

The following examples of student work come to us this week from Collicot Grade 4 teacher Chris Hodgkins:

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VISUAL ARTS

The Milton Art Center has two big events this weekend, the Holiday Artisan Fair on Saturday, December 6th from 10am to 4pm; and the Jennifer Kimball/Brittany Haas concert on Saturday night at 7:30pm. For more information, visit their website at:http://www.miltonartcenter.org/

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Come join Artspace Milton for some Seasonal Ornament making and Good Cheer!
Enjoy hot cocoa and candy canes, on Sunday, December 14th, from 2 – 4p @ ester, 2261 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester. Material charge $10.

ATHLETICS

Congratulations to our Girls Cross Country team, who finished their season last weekend by competing in the Nike Cross Nationals Northeast Regionals.  Colette O’Leary and Bridget Mitchell placed in the top ten runners from nearly 300 runners in the Girls Open Race 5,000 meters. Thanks to strong performances by Mairead Dambruch, Naomi Negassi, Hannah Shepard and Caitlin Smith, the team as a whole finished sixth out of more than 30 teams from around New England and New York. Great work!

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It’s not too late to buy a prize calendar to help support Milton High Athletics. We are grateful to those who have purchased these calendars so far, and to those students who have sold calendars in this fundraising effort. Anyone who wishes to donate toward an upgraded weight room to be used by all MHS athletes should contact lrooney@miltonps.org

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

http://www.usatodayhss.com/school/milton-high-school-milton-ma/scores-and-schedule

AMBASSADOR PAGE

Students:  We have fantastic news from our elementary schools. Many students received perfect scores for the first Continental Math League Meet that was held on November 6th.  Congratulations to each of these students – along with their teachers and their parents/guardians.

Grade 4 Perfect Scores: Tucker: Nicholas Reason. Cunningham: Abigail Taugher, Kiera Glazer, Maggie Mannion and Sofia Porras-Avalos. Collicot: Molly Shea, Connor Mannion, Alexander Tran, Emily King and Iris Trafton. Glover: Henry Newly and Harrison Dolgoff

Grade 5 Perfect Scores: Tucker: Declan O’Connor and Max Hollingsworth. Cunningham:

Grace DeBenedictis and Kiley Fitzgerald. Glover: Henry Synnott, Finnan Suppelsa and John Theobald.

Staff:   I would like to thank all the Milton Public School teachers who spend additional time with our students as advisors and coaches. I am well aware that these commitments require a great deal of time and energy. From Saturday mornings spent at debate tournaments, weekends travelling to out-of-town tournaments with sports teams, day-long robotics tournaments, and countless hours dedicated to plays and musicals, our staff members are constantly providing enriching experiences to our students and I am grateful to each and every one of them.

Volunteers:   This week, I would like to recognize Ms. Deborah Felton, Executive Director of Fuller Village and past president of the Congregation Beth Shalom of the Blue Hills for her collaboration with the Milton Public Schools. Ms. Felton’s daughters were MPS students, and in addition to the hours she spent volunteering during their school years, she has also helped our district by offering swim classes at the Fuller Village pool to some of our special needs classes, giving us access to meeting spaces, sending us dozens of Fuller Village residents as classroom volunteers, and hosting several art shows and holiday fairs for our schools at Fuller Village.  Next week, Ms. Felton will be receiving a distinguished Woman of Achievement Award from the Sisterhood of Congregation Beth Shalom of the Blue Hills. Congratulations!

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

November 25th E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Nov• 25•14

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date: Tuesday, November 25, 2014

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

Good afternoon. I would like to inform all our Milton Public School parents and guardians that we hosted a very successful event last night here at Milton High School. The event was Chemical Awareness Night, and we were honored to host Milton Police Chief Richard Wells along with Norfolk County District Attorney Michael Morrissey, ADA Jennifer Rowe and Pharmacist David Morgan.

This was a very informative event and the 100+ parents/guardians who attended gave very positive reviews. While we are aware that this is the week before a holiday and many families are busy preparing for the holiday and/or travelling, we would like to emphasize what an important resource these parent information sessions can be. The speakers at this particular event were extremely knowledgeable and they were not only able to impart a great deal of information to our parents and guardians, but they were also able to take time to answer questions specific to our community.

If you were unable to attend this event, but would like some more information on drug and alcohol use and abuse, please see the links below:

• Norfolk County DA’s office – substance abuse page: http://www.mass.gov/norfolkda/substanceabuse.html

• Current Trends in Youth Substance Abuse: http://www.mass.gov/norfolkda/PDF%20DOWNLOADS/Current%20Trends%20in%20Youth%20Substance%20Abuse.pdf 

• Safe Storage and Disposal of Medicine: http://www.mass.gov/norfolkda/PDF%20DOWNLOADS/2014%20PHARMACY%20INFO%20POSTER.pdf

• A parent sent in a link to this YouTube video from a Plymouth North High School presentation which is also very informative on drug/alcohol issues: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4y-tyA_l20&list=UUxEhRNXjc6j0t_52KDS9Wxg

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There have not been any School Committee meetings since my last E-blast. The next meeting will be held Wednesday, December 3rd at 7 pm in the Milton High School library.

CURRICULUM NEWS

As part of an effort to manage snow days and other weather-related school closures, we have developed a survey for parents and guardians. Please take a moment to complete this two-question survey by clicking here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/KSP78JM

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Our debate team has some great news to report from this past weekend’s tournament at Lexington High School. Two of our teams received medals for winning four out of five rounds, and nine students qualified for the state tournament this spring. Please help me to congratulate our top debater of the day, Lydia Horan, who placed 7th out of 219 students for top speaker. In addition, I would like to congratulate the following Milton teams, who placed well among the 110 teams who competed: #11 Lydia Horan & Sindhu Banerjee; #22 Will Jrolf & Xavier Fisher; #34 Olivia Erickson & GiGi Jiang; #52 Matthew Murphy; #54 Tanvir Islam & John Daly; #62 Anna Lamb & Alyssa Foster; and #92 Hannah O’Toole & Christian Jamal. I would also like to thank our new Debate Team Coach Kacy Dotoli. Great job!

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Our music department had a busy weekend this past weekend as part of the auditions for Eastern District Festival and the Massachusetts All State Festival. More than 1,000 students from across the region came to Milton High School on Saturday to audition for these festivals. Thank you to the Milton music helpers – Dr. Noreen Diamond Burdett, Gary Good, Rebecca Damiani, David Adams–and FAME workers and student helpers (tons of student worker bees) and the 42 Milton students who actually auditioned……. and we had glorious results!!!! We would also like to thank Julius Ramirez for his technical expertise and the custodians who worked this event.

By the end of the day, 23 Milton High School students were accepted to participate in the Eastern District Festival; and 14 of our students received high enough scores to make it to the next level and have received recommendations to audition for the Massachusetts All State Festival.
Congratulations to the following students for being accepted to participate in the Eastern District Festival: Chorus: Jackie Ruscito, Samantha Antoniewicz, Monika Cormack, Stephen Tan, Cameron Delerme, Katie Steele, Hope Huban, Domenic Jancaterino, Harry Kong, Kevin Mehdizadeh, Colette Hourie, Kevin Pham and Garret Sager. Band: Simon Eder, Kristen Ingraham, Tansy Massey-Green, Shane McLaughlin, Matt Holan, Maddy Scott. Jazz Band: Will Hess, Liam Hines. Strings: Nethania Marc, Walker Stroud.

Also, please help me in congratulating the following students who qualified for the All State Festival: Chorus: Jackie Ruscito, Samantha Antoniewicz, Monika Cormack, Stephen Tan Harry Kong, Kevin Mehdizadeh, Garrett Sager. Band: Simon Eder, Kristen Ingraham, Tansy Massy-Green, Matt Nolan. Jazz: Will Hess, Liam Hines. Strings: Walker Stroud.

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In our continued efforts to promote a bully-free community in the Milton Public Schools, a group of students from both Milton High School and Pierce Middle School recently attended the Stand Up to Bullying Training and Action Summit 2014 at the State Street Pavilion at Fenway Park.

Staff from the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center from Bridgewater State University facilitated activities during this training session to help our students learn how to take a stand against all forms of bullying. Our student leaders were trained as peer leaders in bullying prevention. Specifically, the students identified challenges within our schools, exchanged ideas and approaches for dealing with bullying and created and shared student lead programming & strategies with their peers. This event educated, trained and engaged our student leaders to spearhead bullying prevention efforts at our schools. This is the third year in a row that both Milton High School and Pierce Middle School students have attended this event.

The following Milton High School students attended this event with Ben Kelly and Kelly Losi, Student Council advisors. Milton High School Students: Madelyn Driscoll, Rebekah Mondelus, Margaret Corcoran, Tansy Massey-Green, Lydia Horan, Kate Driscoll, Colette Nourie, Tyler Volpe-Knock. Pierce Middle School Students attended this event with Lisa Veldran, Guidance Counselor, Kelly Dearing, Adjustment Counselor and Erica Dunton, Health Teacher. Pierce Middle School Students: Grade 6: Henry Schwarz, Eyvelisha Green, Ava Hilaire, Ben Carroll. Grade 7: Sarah McDonnell, Viv Nguyen, Sam Phelan, John Barros. Grade 8: Sebastian Petion, Kaelen Pean, Madeline Riordan and Chinelo Ogamba.

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Parents/guardians of young children may be interested in the article below, which was forwarded to us by Ada Rosmarin, the districts’ Full Day Kindergarten consultant. The article is about early literacy programs from around the nation.
http://pdk.sagepub.com/content/96/3/63.full.pdf

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Milton High School Financial Aid Night: On Wednesday, December 3rd at 7:00 pm Jacqui Carli, a Representative of the Massachusetts Education Finance Agency (MEFA) will be at Milton High School to give a college financial aid presentation. Join us in the Charles Winchester Auditorium to learn available financial resources. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Please save the Date! This year’s Celebration for Education will be held on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at the Boston Marriott in Quincy. There will be auctions, raffles and entertainment with emcee comedian Tony V. For volunteer opportunities, sponsorship information or additional questions, please email: mfecelebration2015@gmail.com

NEWS AROUND TOWN

I am happy to share the news that Ms. Deborah Felton, Executive Director of Fuller Village and past president of the Congregation Beth Shalom of the Blue Hills (formerly Temple Shalom) synagogue will be honored by the Sisterhood of Congregation Beth Shalom of the Blue Hills on Saturday morning, December 13th.

Ms. Felton will be receiving its distinguished Woman of Achievement Award at a Shabbat service to be held at the Congregational Church on Canton Ave. Milton. Ms. Felton, an attorney has been involved in community and synagogue life in Milton for the past 28 years.

Ms. Felton is a long-serving Town Meeting member. She was an active volunteer with the Milton Public Schools and served as co-chair of the No Place for Hate Committee in Milton. Ms. Felton also served was vice-president of Religion and Education at the synagogue before becoming President in 2002. She is now on the Building Steering Committee for Congregation Beth Shalom of the Blue Hills and is actively involved in building the future home of the synagogue. Ms. Felton is married to Judge Robert Baylor and has three daughters.

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

Celebrate Computer Science Education Week December 8 to 14!
CSEd Week is an annual program dedicated to showing K-12 students the importance of computer science edu-cation. The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer programming, designed to demystify code and show that anyone can learn.
Unplugged Hour of Code
Where: Keys Community Room,
Milton Public Library
Children and tweens (8-12) are welcome to join us to learn coding basics in a group activity using playing cards! Please REGISTER at www.miltonlibrary.org

ATHLETICS

Congratulations of the Milton High School Volleyball team for earning another banner for the field house, a Service Ace award for philanthropic achievement. This came from the team’s participation and fundraising efforts on behalf of the Side Out Foundation and their Dig Pink Rally to help find a cure for breast cancer. Thank you to Coach Robin Lee and her volleyball team.

AMBASSADOR PAGE

In lieu of an Ambassador Page this week, I think it would be a more appropriate message at Thanksgiving to say thank you to every one of our 4,031 students along with their parents or guardians, as well as the nearly 500 members of our Milton Public Schools faculty and staff. Thanksgiving is a wonderful opportunity to take a moment to reflect upon the things we are thankful for in our lives. As the Superintendent of the Milton Public Schools, I have countless reasons to be thankful each and every day of the year. I hope all of our families enjoy this holiday. School will be closed on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of this week. We will reopen on Monday, December 1st.

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

November 21st E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Nov• 21•14

 

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  November 20th, 2014

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

As many of you know, the Milton School Committee meets twice a month, usually in the Milton High School library on Wednesday nights. Those of you who have attended these meetings or watched the broadcast know that they can cover a wide range of issues. These meetings always include a Citizens Speak portion, where any Milton resident can voice their opinion on school-related topics. School Committee members have seen demonstrations of Lego robots, congratulated winning high school teams, met with spelling bee and LifeSmarts champions, heard from each school’s Site Council and marveled at award-winning artwork brought in by our talented students. These meetings also typically include a presentation from one of our many departments. Recent presentations have included an update from our Special Education department, the District’s Diversity Report, the district’s MCAS Presentation and a Common Core Standards Overview Presentation.  All of these reports are posted online after the meetings and can be accessed on the Milton Public Schools homepage by clicking here: http://www.miltonps.org/committee-presentations.php

We also hear from the various subcommittees of the School Committee, including Finance, Facilities, Health & Wellness and Policy subcommittees. We encourage all Milton Public School parents to attend at least one School Committee meeting at some point during the year. Another option would be to watch the meetings on Milton Access Television “live” on the scheduled night, or via the website on http://miltonaccesstv.org/school-committee/  We think you will like what you see.

Our School Committee members are:

Mr. Leroy Walker, Chairman
Mr. Michael Zullas, Vice Chairman
Ms. Lynda-Lee Sheridan
Ms. Mary Kelly
Ms. Kristan Bagley Jones
Ms. Becky  Padera

 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There have been two School Committee meetings since my last E-blast, held on Nov. 5th and Nov. 10th. The next meeting will be held December 3rd at 7 pm in the Milton High School library.

November 5th: This meeting began with the introduction of the district’s new Parent Liaison, Marti O’Keefe McKenna. She detailed her position’s responsibilities and encouraged parents who have questions to contact her. Next, the Pierce Site Council presented their School Improvement Plan, followed by the K-12 Science and STEM presentation by Elementary Science Coordinator Bernadette Moonan, Middle School Science Curriculum Coordinator Christine Chiappetta, Milton High School Science Department Head Amy Tom and Milton High School teacher John Diamond. School Committee members discussed the fee schedule for FY16. They decided to vote on this issue at the next meeting. As part of the Chairman’s Report, committee members discussed the Superintendent’s Evaluation and voted to approve it.  As part of the finance subcommittee, members approved the vendor warrant, reviewed the FY14 Final Budget, approved the FY15 budget line items and reviewed the FY16 Advancement Budget Update. They also voted to approve several grants awarded to the Milton Public Schools.

November 10th:  The meeting began with two elementary students reading “thank you” notes to veterans, and a moment of silence for former Tucker principal Diane Gosselin.

As part of Citizen Speak, a group of parents came to speak about the East Milton bus fees. Next, the Tucker site council presented their School Improvement Plan. This was followed by an Athletic Presentation by Athletic Director Larry Rooney. School Committee members then began discussions about next year’s bus fee. After discussion, the committee voted to charge a per-pupil rate of $375 town-wide and reduce the family cap to $750.

Next, there was a presentation on the FY16 Advancement Budget and the Annual Report was handed out for edits and will be voted at the next meeting.  The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 3rd at 7pm in the Milton High School library.

CURRICULUM NEWS

Please be on the lookout for a Survey Monkey from the Milton Public Schools.  We are gathering data to see how parents feel about winter weather-related school closings and/or delays.

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Please see the summary of the Milton Public Schools’ music curriculum below, provided by Dr. Noreen Diamond Burdett, April Allegrezza, Colleen Martin and Dawn Sykes.

Elementary General Music K-5

The elementary music curriculum has experienced a number of revisions that address three important areas of education: collaboration with various grade level curricula; common assessment amongst grade levels across the district; and strategies to accentuate student individualization and performance.

The music curriculum has been updated to align and collaborate with the National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies with the hope of accentuating enduring understandings of the world and its people.  For example, while students in grade two are studying immigration in the classroom, they are singing songs from the United States and around the world, and exploration connections. Students in grade four are singing and playing songs from the various regions of the United States.  Students in grade five are experiencing American history through the music and songs that were instrumental in the fight for bringing change to American society to promote human rights for all.

The elementary music curriculum has also been redesigned to include formal assessment of student knowledge. This year, all grade three students will be pre-and post-tested on treble clef note reading and rhythm reading skills. More formal testing is in the works for the future as we, as music educators, strive to determine how to know what our students truly know. Increased individual assessment for student performance has become prevalent with the auditions for the Massachusetts All-State Treble Chorus for students in grade five and solos in concerts and performances which are open to all students.

Pierce Middle School Music 6-8

The Pierce Middle School music curriculum has added common written assessments for measuring student learning across all grade levels.  Students are assessed for their understanding of various music skills and concepts at each grade level.  The middle school music faculty is refining the assessment tool used for measuring student musical performance.  Aspects of pitch, rhythm, intonation, and tone will be assessed using a common rubric that will align across all performance ensembles.  The new tool will be implemented in December during the next round of performance assessments.

In addition, the Pierce Music department has established a team goal of incorporating activities and teaching strategies to improve music literacy.  Students are reading, creating, and performing rhythms to reinforce understanding of rhythm values and increase fluency when reading rhythmic passages.  Along with the emphasis on rhythmic reading, the students continue to study elements of pitch, expression and form in sight reading activities to overall improve their ability to read musical notation.

Milton High School Music 9-12

The MHS music curriculum for the performance ensembles has added common assessments to measure student growth in both understanding and applying musical terms, symbols, and notation and in performance skills.   The performance assessments also include self-evaluation using the same evaluation tools as the teacher.   The assessments are administered three points during the year (September, January and May), in addition to the regularly scheduling tests throughout the year.  The results of the assessments will be used to inform instruction and revise the curriculum as needed.  The curriculum added weekly written homework assignments for all performance groups which focus on music literacy and understanding of terms, symbols and notation.  The ultimate goal is to help students develop musical and performance skills, as well as the evaluative skills to help them to become independent musicians.

All non-performance based music classes at MHS have added pre-and post tests to the curriculum.  The pre-tests are given at the beginning of the semester to see where the students need review and/or added instruction.    The results of the pre-tests are used to inform instruction for the course as well as looking at the previous curriculum (if there was a pre-requisite course to take this course) to see if revision is necessary.  The post-tests are given near the end of the semester and also are used to inform instruction for the next semester.

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Milton High School’s Pre-K Program “Reading Rocks”/Early Literacy Initiative

The following item was submitted by Milton High School Pre-K teacher Eileen Mullen.

Milton High Schools’s Pre-K program hosts an annual “Reading Rocks” initiative. This year’s event got off to a great start with a visit from MHS librarian, Jen Troy. Jen collaborated with the Child Study II classes and presented a unit on Children’s Literature and the importance of reading to children as well as inviting the Pre-K children on another day to the library for a special reading of Bats in the Library. Ms.Troy is a fabulous resource!

Teachers, administration and staff also shared their love for reading by visiting the Pre-K classroom. So far, we have had visits from A.J. Melanson, Paul Damiani, Michelle Kreuzer, Steve Tart, Kelly Losi, Dyanne Crowley, John Radosta and Bill Donovan. Members of our Pre-K families have also been invited in the months to come.

Sara Truog, head librarian for the Milton Public Library paid us a visit and read some favorites to the children. The kids were excited to hear that they can get their own library card after turning five years old.

There will be a “Reading Rocks” photo display of our special visitors and we hope it will continue to grow!

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With the help of the elementary principals and PTO presidents, Marti McKenna, Sara Troug and Lori Henry held successful Family Literacy Events for parents and guardians in all four elementary schools. This group held a coffee hour at Cunningham and Collicot on Tuesday, November 4th and contributed to the evening PTO meetings at Glover on Wednesday, November 12th and at Tucker on Thursday, November 13th. Ms. McKenna outlined her new role as Family Outreach Liaison. Ms. Truog and Ms. Henry spoke about the importance of family literacy and presented the “Cool Tools That Kids Can Use” with their MPL cards. The group also distributed handouts on the Cool Tools, MPL bookmarks and an apropos favor, an apple with the quote “An apple for the teacher is really nothing new except when you remember that parents are teachers too.”

The following item was submitted by Elementary Language Arts & Math Curriculum Coordinator Amy Gale:

PARCC

This spring, nearly all of the Milton Public Schools will be participating in a field test of the new PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) exam. This exam was created to address the need to prepare students for college and career and to answer the call for an exam aligned with the new Common Core State Standards. The PARCC is slated to replace the current MCAS exam in the Spring of 2015 and this field test will be an excellent opportunity for the district to gain familiarity with the test, its components and how well our students are prepared. The following, taken from www.parcconline.org outlines the priorities and technology based design of the exam.

State leaders in the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness of College and Careers share one fundamental goal: building their collective capacity to dramatically increase the rates at which students graduate from high school prepared for success in college and the workplace.

PARCC’s next-generation assessment system will provide students, educators, policymakers and the public with the tools needed to identify whether students — from grade 3 through high school — are on track for postsecondary success and, critically, where gaps may exist and how they can be addressed well before students enter college or the workforce.

The PARCC assessment has six priority purposes, which are driving the design of the system  The priority purposes of PARCC Assessments are:

  1. Determine whether students are college- and career-ready or on track
  2. Assess the full range of the Common Core Standards, including standards that are difficult to measure
  3. Measure the full range of student performance, including the performance high- and low-performing students
  4. Provide data during the academic year to inform instruction, interventions and professional development
  5. Provide data for accountability, including measures of growth
  6. Incorporate innovative approaches throughout the assessment system

PARCC will also use technology throughout the design and implementation of the assessment system. The overall assessment system design will include a mix of constructed response items, performance-based tasks, and computer-enhanced, computer-scored items. The PARCC assessments will be administered via computer, and a combination of automated scoring and human scoring will be employed.

FOOD SERVICE NEWS

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

Have you checked recently to see if your family qualifies for free or reduced lunch for your child?

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.

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

We offer breakfast every school day in all of our schools.  Breakfast is free for all REDUCED and FREE students and it is a great way to start the day. Breakfast is $1.25 for all paid students. These funds can come right out of your students Nutrikids account. Student’s who qualify for the reduced program pay $.40 for a complete lunch.  Breakfast is now offered on the grab and go carts located at Pierce and at the Milton High School.

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

FEDERAL ELIGIBILITY INCOME CHART   School Year 2014-2015
Household size Yearly Monthly Weekly
1 $21,590 $1,800 $416
2 $29,101 $2,426 $560
3 $36,612 $3,051 $705
4 $44,123 $3,677 $849
5 $51,634 $4,303 $993
6 $59,145 $4,929 $1,138
7 $66,656 $5,555 $1,282
8 $74,167 $6,181 $1,427
Each additional person: +7,511 +626 +145

 

STUDENT WORK

The following essay is the first chapter of book, “Ivy” being written by fourth-grade Cunningham student Erika Wong and was part of a class assignment from her teacher, Julie Marotta.

“Ivy looked out of the window of her small brick house in California. She had been inside her house for hours and she was bored. Ivy went up to her dark red room where the wallpaper was fading and her toys and clothes were everywhere. She flopped on her bed and stared at the ceiling. She heard her baby brother George screaming. ERRRRRR! So annoying!!!

Ivy tried to calm down by thinking about good things. But only bad things came to her. Ivy thought about her old brick house. She thought about her way dull boring brown hair. She thought about her annoying two-year-old brother George. But mostly she thought about her fear of spiders. Ivy was a small six-year-old kindergartner. Just then, she heard a loud knock on the door. She looked out the window. It was her best friend, Tracy. Ivy ran down the stairs and opened the door. “Hi, Tracy!” “Hey, Ivy, want to come over?” “Sure, let me ask first …. MOM, CAN I GO TO TRACY’S HOUSE?”   Ivy’s mom, who wanted Ivy to stop whining about her things said, “Sure!”  So Ivy and Tracy walked to her house.

When they got to Tracy’s house, they went up to her room. Ivy was looking forward to playing water polo in Tracy’s pool. But instead, they went inside Tracy’s secret hideout. By the time Tracy started pretending to type in the secret numbers to the hideout, Ivy knew they were off to an adventure……….”

The following student art was submitted by Tucker Art Teacher Jess Gillooly.

 

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Tucker students complete a lesson on the artist Wassily Kandinsky, where students practiced using a variety of line and color to express emotion.

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Tucker 5th grader Matilda Baldwin painted her clay animal inspired by the Mexican woodcarvers visit.

 

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Painting by Tucker third grader David Paez Monge

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Please make note of this very special event being held at Milton High School on Monday. According to Milton High School Principal James Jette, this is a “do not miss event” for all parents/guardians of high school students. Our goal is to keep the students in the Town of Milton safe and clean!

A  Chemical Health & Awareness Night will be held for students, parents/guardians and coaches on Monday, November 24th at 6:30pm in the Charles Winchester auditorium.         This is an event for all parents/guardians who have a student at Milton High School. Our goal is to share with you preventative measures, signs to watch for and resources to access if needed.  Some of the topics will include:

  1. Underage Drinking
  2. Marijuana Use
  3. E-Cigarettes (Vaping)
  4. Chewing Tobacco
  5. Steroid Use
  6. Dangers of opiates and so much more

Having a open and honest discussion and bringing awareness to these issues, is a priority of the Milton High School’s administration.

Milton Police Chief Richard Wells will be in attendance, along with Norfolk County District Attorney Michael Morrissey, ADA Jennifer Rowe and David Morgan. Please see the bios below on our guests:

Michael Morrissey was recently re-elected to his second term as Norfolk District Attorney.  After serving in the Massachusetts legislature for 34 years, he is now the Chief Law Enforcement Officer in Norfolk County. DA Morrissey provided the training and resources needed to form Milton’s Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition which met for the first time earlier this month.

Jennifer Rowe became a prosecutor for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts 20 years ago. She has served as Assistant District Attorney in Suffolk County, and for the past 10 years has served as a Norfolk County prosecutor. Her caseload has involved complex narcotics cases, motor vehicle homicides, sexual assaults, civil rights violations, domestic violence and firearms violations. She was the Deputy Chief of District Courts prior to her selection by DA Morrissey to serve as the Director of the Crime Prevention Unit.

David Morgan is a pharmacist with 30 years of experience. He served as Director, Outpatient Pharmacies for Boston Medical Center, Adjunct Faculty at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, served on DPH’s Medical Review Group, served as the Chairman of the American Pharmaceutical Association and Chairman of the Board of the Massachusetts Pharmacist Association. He was selected by DA Morrissey to serve as the Safe prescribing Consultant for Norfolk County.

Please make every effort to attend this important and potentially life-saving presentation.

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Milton Teens in Need is sponsoring a “Winter Clothing Drive”.  Donations will be accepted at Piece Middle School during the week of December 1-5th.  We are collecting coats, sweatshirts, hats, gloves, and boots.  In addition, we are also collecting any and all “Milton” clothing and spirit wear.  Help us recycle our “Milton” attire for the next generation of Wildcats!! All donations will be given away FREE on Saturday, December 6th from9:00 am – 12:00pm in the Pierce Middle School Cafeteria.

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The Key Club along with the French, Spanish and Latin Clubs will be collecting donations for Toys for Tots.  We will collect donations from December 2nd through December 12.

PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

Please join the SEPAC at Pierce Middle School Library on Tuesday, December 2nd from 7-9pm for a meeting “An IEP With My Child.”

Every child with a disability who receives special education services must have an Individualized Education Program (IEP). This workshop takes parents step-by-step through IEP development, including how to articulate a vision, using evaluations to write measurable goals, and measuring their child’s progress.

Guest speaker Jennie Dunkley will place additional emphasis on what many consider the “meat” of the IEP: measurable goals and objectives.

Jennie Dunkley is a Special Education Family Consultant and Child Advocate providing services to families throughout the special education process. She is a senior trainer for the Federation for Children with Special Needs on Basic Rights, IEP Development, Transition and Multiple Learning Styles and she provides her own workshops on positive parenting and other topics. Jennie is a Board Member of the Special Needs Advocacy Network (SPAN).

Come learn the necessary ingredients to developing skill-driven goals that are challenging, yet achievable, and how to identify if progress has been made.

Questions? Email Michelle Connolly, Chairperson, Milton SEPAC at writeidea@yahoo.com.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

Please join Best Buddies Massachusetts for their annual 5k Gobbler run/walk tomorrow — Saturday, November 22nd at Cunningham School, 44 Edge Hill Road. Milton High School students will be defending the “Golden Gobbler” title they earned last year. Prizes and gift certificates will go to top fundraisers and finishers. Top individual, community team and school team fundraisers will receive the coveted Golden Gobbler trophy!  Pre-race festivities and registration take place between 7:30am and 9. The race/walk portion gets underway at 9:15am.

New this year; a shortened 30-minute walk which will include treats along the route and a ‘make your own runner bib’ craft. Race fees: $20 in advance/on line;  $25 day of registration. Sponsors present at the event include: Brueggers Bagels, Boston Brewing, Perfect Fuel and Today’s Special.  Register in advance by going to the Best Buddies website: http://www.bestbuddiesma.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1119566

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The following item was sent in by the Milton Department of Public Works:

Trash and Recycling Collections for Thanksgiving Day, Thursday November 27thwill occur one day before — on Wednesday November 26.  There will be no change for Wednesday collections.

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Milton Youth soccer Uniform program: Pass us your soccer uniforms …. and we’ll pass them on to children all over the world. Drop off your used soccer uniforms (and equipment) in collection bins located in the lobbies of Collicot/Cunningham, Glover, Tucker and Pierce schools and at 34 Cliff Road.

Any donations of clean T-Shirts, shorts, socks, shin guards, cleats, and deflated balls and pumps will be gratefully accepted. Note that uniforms from other sports will also be gratefully accepted. (Collection dates are November 17- December 12 ) For more information, call Madame Brown at: 617-696-8125. This project is supported by the Milton Public schools and Milton Soccer.

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

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

There’s always something cool for kids to do at the Milton Public Library! In addition to our regular storytimes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of November 30 – December 6:

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 from 2:30-4:30 pm
Half Day Family Movie: The Lego Movie, All Ages

It’s an Early Release Day for the Milton Public Schools… so why not join us for a matinee? We’ll be showing popular family favorite The Lego Movie: “An ordinary Lego construction worker, thought to be the prophesied ‘Special’, is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil tyrant from gluing the Lego universe into eternal stasis.” Rated PG; run time 100 minutes. All ages welcome; no registration required.

Friday, December 5, 2014 from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
Free Play Friday, Ages 0-5

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

Saturday, December 6, 2014 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Sparky’s Puppets Presents: Stories from Snowy Lands, All Ages

Celebrate the winter season as Sparky’s Puppets perform “Stories from Snowy Lands.” Watch Jack Frost’s magic bring a snowman to life; laugh at the antics of a boastful bear that goes ice fishing; and visit a shoemaker’s shop on a wintry day! Sparky’s Puppets dramatize favorite children’s stories with colorful puppets, lively humor and plenty of audience participation. They have performed in schools, libraries and festivals throughout New England for over 30 years. All ages welcome.  Registration is required and is open now.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library.

Don’t forget to check the library web calendar for a listing of the many programs we offer year-round. Information about and registration for all of our programs can always be found on our online calendar at www.miltonlibrary.org, or by calling the Children’s Room at 617-898-4957 during business hours. Also, like the Milton Public Library on Facebook and get updates right in your news feed! Please contact the Children’s Room if you have questions about any of our programs or services.

The following item was sent to us by Amy Rosa, Teen Librarian:

On Saturday, December 6th from 9am to 1pm, join Kaplan and the teen department for a FREE college prep event and take full length practice test of the SAT/ACT combo practice test. All of their practice tests are proctored like an actual test, except your scores won’t go on record. You will receive test scores back 1-2 weeks after the exam. Results will be sent back via email or phone and a Kaplan representative will be able to answer any questions you may have. Sign up online at kaptest.com/college to reserve your spot! Event code is SKKA140114. For more information on this and other teen events at the Milton Public Library, please contact Amy Rosa, Young Adult Librarian, at (617)-698-5757 or aboivin@ocln.org.

Celebrate Computer Science Education Week Dec. 8 to 14!
CSEdWeek is an annual program dedi-cated to showing K-12 students the im-portance of computer science education. The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduc-tion to computer programming, designed to demystify code and show that anyone can learn.

Unplugged Hour of Code
Sunday Dec. 14, 2pm
Children and tweens are welcome to join us for two hours of unplugged coding
activities. Please register at www.miltonlibrary.org.

Teen Writing Workshop
Monday Dec 8, 7pm

Aspiring writers in grades 6-12 are invited to participate in our fallwriting workshop series. Each workshop focuses on a different aspect of writing.

Free Play
After School Games

When: Every day Where: Teen Room
Choose from a various number of games, puzzles, brainteasers, and more. Ask the teen librarian or the reference desk for the games. Please be courtesy of Miss Amy’s games and make sure to keep all pieces together. Most importantly, have fun and enjoy!

Teen Book Club
Ages 12-18
Monday Dec 1, 7pm

Our December pick is Naruto Vol. 1 The Tests of the Ninja by Masashi Kishimoto. “In another world, ninja are the ultimate power–and in the village of Konoha-gakure live the stealthiest ninja in the world. Today, peace has returned, and a troublemaking orphan named Uzumaki Naruto is struggling to graduate from the ninja Academy. His goal: to become the next Hokage. But unknown to Naruto and his classmates, within him is a terrifying force.” Contact Amy to get a copy of the book. We encourage anyone new to join us!

After School Movie
Fri. Dec. 12, 3pm
Vote for your pick this month! Cast your vote with Amy in the teen room.

Questions?
Comments?
Contact Amy Rosa
617-698-5757
aboivin@ocln.org
Facebook.com/MiltonLibraryTeenSpace
Miltonlibraryteens.tumblr.com

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

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

ATHLETICS

Powder Puff is back!  Senior Girls vs. Sophomore Girls and Junior Girls vs. Freshman Girls – both games will be played on Monday, November 24th on Brooks Field from 5:30-7:30pm.

Please come and cheer on the Wildcats! This year’s traditional Milton/Braintree Thanksgiving Day game will be held at Braintree High School. Kickoff will be 10am.

Best of luck to our runners on the Girls Cross Country team, who are headed to New York on November 29th to compete in the Nike Cross Nationals – Northeast Regional meet. Along with Coaches Tom Shaw and Kerri Devin, we will be expecting great performances from our top runners at this meet.

Parents/guardians of MHS athletes – please be aware that we have asked each of our student/athletes to sell a minimum of 10 of our prize calendars. These calendars cost $10 each and each person who buys a calendar has a chance to win dozens of prizes – there will be a winner each day!   Stop by the Milton HS Athletic office (near the Copeland Field House entrance) to get your Prize calendar Raffles.

Winter Sports Signups are underway. Please click here for step-by-step instructions on how to register for winter sports. Click “Winter Sports Registration.”

http://www.edline.net/pages/Milton_High_School/Athletics

Pierce basketball signups – pay attention for details on Pierce Basketball sign-ups or speak with Coach John O’Leary at Pierce Middle School: joleary@miltonps.org

AMBASSADOR PAGE

Students:  I would like to congratulate Cunningham students Aiden Skillin and Brianna DiMaggio, both of whom attended a recent School Committee meeting to read essays they had written about Veteran’s Day. The students did a wonderful job conveying their pride in the United States military and pride in their family members who serve.

Staff:   Although he is not a Milton Public School employee, I would like to thank Milton Police Sgt. Jack Richman, who is certainly a part of our team here in the Milton Public Schools. I am grateful to Sgt. Richman for his leadership in safety and security training with Milton Public School staff.  His assistance on lockdown drills and security protocols has been invaluable. Please see the quotes below from some of our principals with whom Sgt. Richman has worked:

James Jette: “Jack Richman’s support, expertise and guidance has been invaluable. It has been a pleasure working with Mr. Richman. His calm, yet no nonsense demeanor has helped MPS with significant enhancements in our security thus increasing the safety of our students, staff and facilities. If we have any questions or concerns, he responds in a very timely manner with the answer. He is truly an asset to the Milton Public School, Milton PD and of course, the entire Milton Community.”

Dr. Karen Spaulding: Schools have historically been places where children feel safe and thus can learn and grow.  Unfortunately, the acts of some have shaken that foundation.  That said, the commitment to and compassion for the children, staff, and faculty of the Milton Public Schools that has been shown by Sgt. Richman and the entire Milton Police Department has brought all of us at Pierce Middle School much comfort.  Sgt. Richman’s knowledge of school safety, respect for the important work that schools do, and genuine care for children is treasured by all of us.

Dr. Sheila Kukstis: “Glover School students and staff are so grateful to the Milton Police Department for their care and support in working with us to keep everyone at Glover School safe and secure. We want to send a special shout out thank you to Sergeant Richman and members of the MPD who came to Glover last week for our lockdown drill. Sergeant Richman is always available to talk to staff and students about school safety. His guidance and expertise is truly appreciated by all.”

Volunteers:  I would like to thank Jeanne Kibble, our Boosters president, along with Suzanne Johnson, both of whom spend great deal of time after school, nights and weekends on behalf of our student athletes. Many of you have seen these two at football games, craft fairs, Open House and Parent Teacher Conferences selling Milton Wildcats merchandise. In addition, both women are fixtures at our Brooks Field and Copeland Field House concession stands at many athletic events, selling concession for the Boosters.  The proceeds from all of these efforts benefit the 27 athletic teams at Milton High School. I am very grateful to these two Milton High School parents for the time, effort and dedication to our student athletes. Thank you.

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

 

October 31st E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Oct• 31•14

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Friday, October 31st, 2014

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

Did you know that National Family Literacy Day is tomorrow? Saturday has been designated National Family Literacy Day, a time to showcase the importance of family literacy programs. First held in 1994, the annual event’s kickoff is officially celebrated on November 1st, but events occur throughout the month of November.  Please see the following links for more information about this celebration:

  • National Center for Families Learning: NCFL provides support and strategies to a network of entities involved in advancing education and families learning together, including educators, schools, community based organizations, and libraries. Our efforts support learners of all ages in these environments in concert with our advocates and partners.
  • Wonderopolis: Brought to life by the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL), our Wonders of the Day will help you find learning moments in everyday life—ones that fit in with dinner preparations, carpool responsibilities, a stolen moment between breakfast and the bus, or within school curriculum and education programs.
  • Reading Adventure Packs for Families: Reading Rockets offers resources for family literacy bags that students can take home to share with their families.
  • Parent Resources: The International Reading Association offers a series of brochures with literacy tips intended for parents. Some of the topics covered include reading with young children, watching television together, surfing the Web, the importance of nutrition, and more. Brochures are available for download in both English and Spanish.

Also, as part of National Family Literacy Month, I would like to be sure that parents/guardians know about our collaboration with the Milton Public Library.

The Children’s Librarian from the Milton Public Library, Sara Truog, and the Elementary School Librarian from the Milton Public Schools, Lori Henry, have capitalized on the success of their successful, collaborative efforts in several ways.

On Thursday, October 23rd, they spoke at the Milton Library Foundation’s Literary Gala on the impact of their grants — The Milton Public Library and The Milton Public Schools: Community Partners for Students’ Success, Take One and Take Two. These grants have positively impacted our students and the emphasized the importance of early literacy in our children’s lives.

Since November is Family Literacy Month, they are planning to reach out to parents and guardians through the elementary PTOs and present ideas to support family literacy at home and highlight the Milton Public Library’s Cool Tools That Kids Can Use. In the future, to support the Milton Public Schools’ elementary teachers, they will be presenting helpful ideas and resources for classroom use. In the spirit of Family Literacy Month, Sara and Lori’s collaboration continues to support learning at home, at school and in the community.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

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

October 15th:  This meeting began with a discussion of the FY15-16 bus fees.  The Finance Sub-committee has proposed equalizing the fee on all the buses and making the family cap $900.  Members agreed they would like to have more discussion with families about the fees and the equity across town. They plan to vote on this issue at the next meeting on November 5th.

Dr. Angela Burke, Technology Administrator, was introduced to the committee. Dr. Burke outlined her professional experience and how she has begun interacting with administrators, teachers and students. Next, Pierce Middle School Principal Dr. Karen Spaulding and Collicot Principal Holly Concannon presented a follow-up report on Student Achievement.  This report focused on two issues – the district’s growth across the levels and achievement across the levels. There was discussion about the success of Pierce Academy, which offers an after-school program to students who have been identified as needing intervention. To view this report, click here: http://www.miltonps.org/documents/ResponsetoSCQuestionsPresentation101514FINAL.pdf

Director of Pupil Personnel Services Karen Clasby presented a follow-up to her report on Special Education Strategies and National Best Practices for Closing the Achievement Gap. To view this report, click here: http://www.miltonps.org/documents/AddressingtheAchievementGap-FOLLOWUP.pdf

The Diversity Report was presented to the School Committee. To view this report, click here: http://www.miltonps.org/documents/editeddiversity2013-14.pdf

Members voted to approve the annual Field Trip list and also approved the FY16 Budget Calendar. To view the budget calendar, click here:  http://www.miltonps.org/documents/FY16BudgetTimelineProposal.pdf

As part of the Chairman’s Report, the committee discussed the upcoming Superintendent’s Evaluation and agreed to vote on this at the November 5th meeting.  Members also voted on seven resolutions which will be presented at the MASC meeting, and approved a vendor warrant.  The next meeting will be held Wednesday, November 5th  at 7 pm in the Milton High School library.

CURRICULUM NEWS

The following item was submitted by Barbara Wright, Humanities Department Head for Milton High School:

In May of this academic year, approximately 40 Milton High School students will take the Advanced Placement United States History (better known by MHS students as APUSH) exam along with hundreds of thousands of students around the world.  What’s different this year is that the exam will be newly designed to assess students not so much on content, but rather critical thinking skills.   This change was introduced by the exam’s creator, College Board, to allow teachers to delve into topics in history and teach students to be historical thinkers – which is defined by the College Board as the ability to study history using “chronological reasoning, comparing and contextualizing, crafting historical arguments using historical evidence, and interpreting and synthesizing historical narrative.”

Milton High School history teacher Nancy Warn has taught the Milton APUSH course for five years, and she is excited about the changes.   Warn stated that she is now more likely to “use a lot more stimulus-based multiple choice and short answer questions, and focus less on memorization of facts and more on historical thinking skills.”  Before, the test focused on content, and students were required to remember content rather than critically think about the content.

This past summer, Ms. Warn attended a one-week summer institute in St. Johnsbury, Vermont, and she believes the program helped her in preparing our students to successfully apply the new learning expectations.  Mrs. Warn joined other veteran AP teachers from the area to examine and discuss the new template, and they worked together to “dig into the new exam, format and requirements.”  As a result, Mrs. Warn said, “I was able to seek out helpful resources to assist students as they try to achieve success in the new AP US History course.”

As for her students, Mrs. Warn believes they are “doing well and transitioning their thinking about history, facts and analysis.”  It is a skill that takes time to master, and the 9th and 10th grade curriculum at the high school has been transitioning to a more “critical thinking” model of teaching over the past several years, focusing on analysis of primary sources and application of historical information. Next year, the AP European History course will undergo similar changes.

The following item was submitted by Nancy Warn, Humanities Curriculum Coordinator for Pierce Middle School:

Great learning opportunities are taking place in all Humanities classrooms this year at Pierce! Students are digging into primary sources, making connections to a variety of texts, reading independently, writing and participating in mock elections!  Here are two exciting examples of the fun and learning here at Pierce.

History’s Mysteries: One exciting project 6th grade students are working on during the month of October is the History’s Mysteries Project (in their Writing classes)!  Students are researching some of history’s greatest mysteries to report back on to their peers and teachers.  Our sixth grader teachers are working with the Milton Public Library staff to provide a wealth of information and a variety of theories about what happens to those travelling through the Bermuda Triangle, or the mysterious fate of the colony at Roanoke, or on what actually happened to Amelia Earhart?  The questions are endless and our 6th graders are seeking out information on the wealth of theories that exist while also determining a few theories of their own.  Students are learning how to research, analyze the quality of web sources, compare and contrast theories of merit and think as historians themselves.  Jessica Royster (Pierce Librarian) has been a great help as she provided lessons and assistance about online research and Sara Truog (librarian at Milton Public Library) set aside books for students to use at the town library!  We will check in with Ms. Power, Ms. Freedman and Mr. Dolan to see if they find any definitive answers about the unsolved mysteries of the past…

Yoga and Meditation: Our 8th grade World cultures students learn about religion as part of their studies.  They read from a variety of primary and secondary sources to better understand the basic tenets of religions from around the world.  Soon they will not only be learning about Hinduism and Buddhism, but they will be meditating and participating in yoga instruction.  Again this year, Mr. McElhinney is continuing his tradition of engaging students in a more hands-on way as they study Hinduism and Buddhism.  Students are reading about the history of yoga and meditation with Mr. McElhinney, then engaging in both guided meditation and yoga instruction.  Students love making a connection between healthy bodies and minds as well as discovering new ways to bring a little calm into their lives!  Our 8th graders are reading great sources and thinking critically about religion, but also getting the opportunity for movement and contemplation during their studies. Lots of fun for our 8th graders!

The following item was sent by Stephanie Nephew, Elementary Curriculum Coordinator.

To ensure our students at the elementary level have robust writing opportunities and experiences, we tackle writing instruction in a variety of different ways. First, to compliment the focused work on implementing Readers’ Workshop, this year we have purchased the Lucy Calkins Writers’ Workshop Units of Study as a framework of targeted lessons for students in grades K-5. The units outline skills necessary for students to successfully explore information, opinion, and narrative writing. With the curriculum purchase, we have also been targeting professional development opportunities for teachers as they implement the materials. The first round of PD was offered over the summer and additional workshops will take place in the next couple of weeks.

In addition to focusing on the genres of writing through the writers’ workshop model, we are also examining and implementing best practices in supporting students writing across content areas. With the help of Full Option Science System (FOSS) science units purchased this year, we have implemented science notebooks in grades 3-5. We continue the work of writing in response to literature in our Readers’ Workshop classes, and we are beginning to develop common assessments to help facilitate the analysis of students’ strengths and areas of need of additional targeted instruction and feedback.

Parents and guardians can help their students become more skillful writers. The link from the National Council of Teachers of English provides some helpful tips of how parents/guardians can get involved.  http://www.ncte.org/positions/statements/howtohelpenglish

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A group of four Milton High School students recently attended the Twenty-Seventh Annual Invitational Math Meet at Worcester Polytechnic Institution.

The four students, Harry Kong, Sindhu Banerjee, Raymond Chen, and Liam Chase competed in a math exam against their peers from more than 85 schools throughout the New England Region, and were accompanied by Milton High School math teacher Dan Jarboe. Harry Kong earned the high score from Milton.

The contest consisted of two rounds of competition. The first round was an individual competition and the second round was a team effort. The high school students also attended a short program to introduce them to WPI, as well as a talk about pursuing degrees and careers in the mathematical sciences.

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 Milton High School will be sending four students and two alternates to compete in this year’s High School Quiz Show.  Harry Kong, Sindhn Banerjee, Albert Enyedy and Nolan Carvalho will be competing in the program, sponsored by WGBH-TV. Liam Chase and Peyton Carvalho will be the alternates. More than 120 schools are competing in the “Super Sunday,” on November 16th to qualify for the televised competition in January of 2015.

PARCC NEWS

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

               The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is a high quality, computer-based assessment for Mathematics and Language Arts/Literacy. This test will measure whether students are on track to be successful in college and their careers and will give teachers, schools, students, parents and guardians better information about whether students are on track in their learning. This test was piloted by a random sampling of classes in all six Milton Public Schools in 2013-14 and will be implemented district wide in the 2014-15 school year; as detailed in the chart below.

All PARCC tested grades will participate in a Performance Based Assessment in mathematics and ELA approximately 75% of the way through the school year. The PBA component will require five sessions – three sessions for ELA/Literacy and two sessions for mathematics. Each of these sessions is designed to take between 50 min. and 80 min. and will allow students to return to their day after the test session.  In addition, students will take a PARCC End of Year Assessment in mathematics and ELA approximately 90% of the way through the school year. The EOY component at each grade level will require four sessions – two sessions for ELA/Literacy and two sessions for mathematics. Each of the two sessions is designed to take 55 min. to 70 min., once again allowing for students to return to their regular schedule.

 

Grades 3-8 PARCC Language Arts/Literacy (PBA & EOY) PARCC Mathematics(PBA & EOY) MCAS Science and Technology/Engineering in grades 5 and 8 only.
Grade 9 PARCC Mathematics(PBA & EOY)  MCAS Biology
Grade 10 MCAS English Language Arts MCAS Mathematics
Grade 11 PARCC Language Arts/Literacy(PBA & EOY) 

 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

The following item was submitted by Owen McElhinney, an 8th grade history teacher at Pierce Middle School:

Professional Development is essential to help keep teachers inspired and help them keep pace with the latest methodologies for teaching students. Primary Source in Watertown, our partner for Professional Development for Humanities, continues to provide the teachers in Milton with valuable educational resources.

I have attended classes on Africa, the Middle East, The Americas and many courses centered around the history of China. In 2007, I had the opportunity to travel to China with Primary Source. Twenty-two teachers from Massachusetts and Maine traveled to six destinations in China and attended numerous worthwhile workshops.

Currently, Primary Source is offering a three day course of study on the Ottoman Empire, Islam and the creation of the country of Turkey. Although rich in historical content, the program provides various teaching strategies to help teachers present content in new and exciting ways. Lately, we are focused on helping students evaluate primary sources via the compare and contrast method

The program includes lectures from leading professors from Simmons College, Endicott College and Boston University as well. It is an outstanding way for Milton teachers to remain students of history and keep up with new ways of teaching the students of Milton.

FAMILY OUTREACH NEWS

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

As the new Family Outreach Liaison, I have enjoyed visiting each of our six schools. I have met with parents, guardians and teachers and would like to share some exciting events and opportunities:

  • Have you heard about KRP? This is a new Kindergarten Readiness Program being offered to preschool-aged children who are not currently attending preschool. The program began on Monday, October 27th at the Tucker School, but there are still a few spots available. Four-year-olds from across the district are welcome! For more information on this program, click here: http://www.edline.net/files/_5HCdq_/2d31b1ba1b273a6a3745a49013852ec4/kindergarten_readiness_program1.pdf
  • Are you new to Milton? Do you need resources for student activities, sports, town events, free/reduced lunch or anything else? I will be making every effort to contact all families who are new to the Milton Public Schools during the next few weeks. If you would like to speak or meet with me in the meantime, however, please feel free to contact me at mmckenna@miltonps.org or 617-696-5040 ext. 5588.

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Iron Chef Junior: The Milton Public Schools will be hosting its own version of the popular cooking show. Six teams of three elementary school students will be joined by local chefs to prepare a meal from a “secret basket” of ingredients. This event will be open to the public and will be held Monday, November 3rd from 4-7pm at the Milton High School cafeteria.

We are very grateful to the following chefs who are donating their time for this event: Lola Sotomayor Ellis from Ester, Lauren Barone from The Seasoned Palette, Tony Terienzo from Abby Park, Tim Doherty from Blue Hills Grille and Gabe Quinones from Whole Foods Dedham.

There is no fee for admission, but we ask that guests bring a non-perishable donation for the Milton Food Pantry.

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Tickets for the MHS musical “Legally Blonde,” are now on sale. Tickets are $7 for students and seniors and $10 for adults. There will be one show on Thursday, November 6th at 7pm and two shows on Saturday, November 8th — at 2pm and 7pm.

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The Milton High School Cross Country team is hosting at Youth Trail Run on Sunday, November 16th. The race, to be held at Turner’s Pond, will be open to any student in Grades 1 to 8.  There will be a one-mile race for 1st & 2nd graders; a 1.5 mile race for 3rd – 5th graders, and a 2.5 mile race for 6th-8th graders. Registration is being held on the day of the race and will begin at noontime. The shorter races begin at 1pm, followed by the longer races.  The cost is $10 and all participants receive a prize. Registration tables will be set up in the parking lot area near Glover Elementary School.  The race is being held as a fundraiser for the Milton High Cross Country program and to raise awareness about the sport of cross country.

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Conferences will be held on November 19th in all six of our schools. This will be an early release day for students.  Please be on the lookout for further communication from your child’s principal.

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One Night Out:  Please save the date and come support a wonderful project for Collicot School! This event will be held on Friday, November 21st from 7-11pm at the Boston Winery.  There will be music, appetizers, raffles and a cash bar. Tickets are now on sale at: https://onebookoneschool.eventbrite.com. Everyone is welcome to this event., which is held in honor of Jennifer Kelly.

Jennifer Kelly, a mother of past and present Collicot students Liam (9th), Ava (8th) and Ronan (2nd) passed away unexpectedly in the summer of 2009.  She was a huge presence in the Milton School Community, who gave endlessly to The Collicot School.

Jenn was particularly passionate about the One Book One School program.

In this program, each student receives their own copy of the same book to read.  The books chosen contain topics that celebrate our differences.  The school community then comes together to participate in fun, shared events that build community, understanding and acceptance.

The year that Jenn passed, she tried to start this program at Collicot as part of a Diversity Committee initiative.  Unfortunately, funding was not available at the time.

Due to overwhelming support from the school community, this project was launched in her memory.  We are so proud to celebrate our 6th year in honor of Jenn and the love she gave to our school.

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

The Milton High School Boosters “Cans for Cats” can & bottle recycling drive will be held tomorrow, Saturday, November 1st, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at Milton High School. The boys lacrosse team will be at the front entrance of the high school, 25 Gile Road, to collect your 5 cent cans and bottles to redeem them for cash. Please stop by and support your Wildcats.

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The Milton Foundation for Education is once again offering its Competitive Grants for teachers. The deadline for applications is November 5th. The MFE Grants committee, along with one teacher from each of the schools, will thoughtfully consider all applications. Teachers should be informed of our decisions by mid-December.   Once awarded, teachers are asked to spend the money within 6 months.   Please click here for more info: http://www.miltonfoundationforeducation.org/grants.php

PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

Not only does the Milton PAC have a new name and website, but they also have a new Board of Directors. The group formerly known as Milton Parent Advisory Council (PAC) will now be known as Milton Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC). Their website will be listed as  www.miltonsepac.org.

Please help me in welcoming the 2014-2015 Milton PAC Board:

Chairperson Michelle Connolly; Vice Chairperson Ann Finnegan; Secretary Kevin Lenane; Treasurer Doug Connolly. Members-at-Large: Norah Ferry, Shannon Gallagher, Clare Keating, Linda Mancini, Amanda Serio and Jerry Vitti.

The group’s first general meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 4th from 7-9pm at the Pierce Middle School Library. See below:

Planning & Parent Speak Session

Join us for our kick-off meeting!

  • Learn how we are restructuring to better support families of children with special needs
  • Tell us what issues are important to you
  • Connect with parents who share similar concerns, frustrations, and joys

Educate, Advocate, Support: Together, we can find solutions for students receiving special education services Questions? Please email Michelle Connolly, SEPAC Chairperson at writeidea@yahoo.com

FOOD SERVICE

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

“Eat a healthy breakfast every day.” Did you know that every school in Milton offers breakfast at school?  It is served 20 minutes before the school day begins.  Students can use their MY SCHOOLBUCKS account for breakfast as well as lunch.  Breakfast includes whole grains, fruit, juice and milk.  A complete breakfast is only $1.25.

Selections include WW Muffins, WW Egg/Ham/Cheese Sandwiches, WG cereal and Assorted WG French toast, Pancakes and Waffle Sticks. Breakfast is always supervised and offers a variety of choices each day. If you child qualifies for free or reduced lunch, breakfast will be free as well.

Did you know? – Breakfast got its name from the statement “Break the Fast”.  Our bodies fast when we are sleeping and a healthy balanced breakfast is the best way to break the fast. Breakfast is no longer the morning meal that many of us knew as children. Leisurely sit-down meals composed of hearty items are now the exception, not the norm, as many of us have shifted their morning eating behaviors.

Today, many people opt for items that are convenient and portable. But that morning meal also needs to be nutritious and help fuel their activities.

We all know that eating a healthy breakfast may help with weight control and academic performance but it may also prevent type 2 diabetes.

Previous studies have shown an association between skipping breakfast and obesity in young people. Some research has found that children who do not eat the first meal of the day may increase their risk of metabolic syndrome — a cluster of conditions including high blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels.

A new investigation found that young people who ate a healthy breakfast every day were less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those who skipped breakfast.

Angela Donin, PhD, with the Population Health Research Institute at St. George’s University of London, conducted the study with colleagues.

She and fellow researchers followed 4,116 children, ages 9 to 10, in the UK. The young participants answered questions about how often they ate breakfast. The choices were every day, most days, some days or not usually. Just over 1 in 4 reported that they did not have breakfast every day. Six percent said they rarely ate breakfast.

To see whether the children had signs of type 2 diabetes, scientists collected blood samples. These were tested for diabetes risk markers. The markers included fasting insulin, glucose and glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c).

The children in this study who usually skipped breakfast had 24.4 percent higher fasting insulin than those who always at breakfast. This indicated that their bodies needed higher levels of insulin to help glucose enter cells.

Breakfast skippers also had 26.7 percent higher insulin resistance. This meant their cells were not responding properly to insulin and easily absorbing glucose from the bloodstream.

A total of 2,004 children also completed a survey detailing specifics about what they had eaten. Those who ate a high-fiber, cereal-based breakfast had lower insulin resistance than participants who ate other types of breakfast, such as low-fiber or toast-based breakfasts.

Deborah Gordon, MD, nutrition expert and operator of an integrative medical practice based in Ashland, OR, told daily Rx News, “The study aligns with what we generally know about the various diseases of the metabolic syndrome [obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease], namely that refined carbohydrates (white flour) are the most powerful food group for aggravating risk and undermining health.”

Investigators from the study noted that, even after taking into account socioeconomic status, exercise levels and amount of body fat, children who ate breakfast regularly had a better type 2 diabetes risk profile.

“Though we don’t know precisely which component of breakfast was important, our analyses particularly suggested that children who ate a breakfast which had high fiber content had lower insulin resistance than children who ate a breakfast with low fiber content,” Dr. Donin told dailyRx News. “On this basis, I would recommend eating a breakfast cereal with a high fiber content, which will also help to meet daily recommended requirements for fiber.”

The study was published Sept. 2 in PLOS Medicine.

MFE NEWS

The Milton Foundation for Education (MFE) held its 16th Annual Monster Dash this past Sunday at Cunningham Park. This community event, including a costumed 5K, children’s fun run and many other activities, is organized in loving memory of Sam Cichello, a Tucker elementary student who died tragically following playground accident in 1999.  Funds raised from the Monster Dash are earmarked for Sam’s Fund to support science enrichment in our elementary schools.

This year’s Monster Dash was a memorable day in the history of the MFE, thanks in large part to MFE Trustees and Co-Chairs, Greg Gordon (aka Mario), Beth Plunkett and Nora Vernazza.  The MFE believes this year’s Monster Dash set a record in terms of attendance as it estimates over 1,000 runners, running teams, parents, children, principals, teachers, staff and volunteers flooded Cunningham Park and the streets of Milton!  Many participants were dressed in costumes and all had smiles on their faces!  Simply amazing!

The MFE would like to thank the Cichello Family for their continued support of the Milton Public Schools, and for making a difference in the lives of countless children over the years.

Thank you also to our fantastic volunteers, including friends and neighbors, principals, teachers and staff, Selectmen, School Committee Members, Milton High School and Curry students, Milton Police Department…too many to mention!

This community event is near and dear to many of us, for many different reasons.  It leaves such a lasting impression on people, enough so that they have made it a tradition of sorts…really looking forward to it every year and inviting family, friends and neighbors as we certainly saw this year.

It was very nice to see the “veteran” Monster Dashers and welcome many new faces as well…what a great day for the MFE and the MPS, and for our town as a whole! Thank you to ALL who participated! For more information on the MFE and Sam’s Fund, please visit http://www.miltonfoundationforeducation.org/SamsFundActivities.php

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The following item was submitted by the Department of Public Works:

Yard Waste Collection Schedule for the month of November: Please be advised that the Yard Waste collection for November will take place the weeks of

  • Wednesday and Thursday – November 5 and November 6
  • Wednesday and Thursday – November 12 and November 13 (added to the November Schedule)
  • Wednesday and Thursday – November 19 and November 20

Please note that an additional Yard Waste Collection Week has been added for November.

Wednesday and Thursday – November 12 and November 13 (added)

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

The following item was submitted by Amy Rosa, Young Adult Librarian, Milton Public Library:

Milton Library Teen Book Club Announces November Selection: The Milton Public Library’s teen book club has selected The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefavter as its November pick.  “Nineteen-year-old returning champion Sean Kendrick competes against Puck Connolly, the first girl ever to ride in the annual Scorpio Races, both trying to keep hold of their dangerous water horses long enough to make it to the finish line.” Join the book club at 7 p.m. on Thursday November 6 for discussion and snacks! Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

The teen book club is open to ages 12-18. To obtain a copy of the book or for more information, please contact Amy Rosa, Young Adult Librarian, at (617) 698-5757 or aboivin@ocln.org.

The following item was submitted by Sara Truog, Children’s Librarian at the Milton Public Library:

Tuesday, November 11th

LIBRARY CLOSED

Friday, November 14th  from 4:00 – 5:00 PM

Lego Club, Ages 6-12

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

Saturday, November 15th : Dog Day at Milton Public Library

11:00 am – 12:00 noon: Reading Dogs, Grades 1-5

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

2:00 – 3:00 pm: Norbert: What Can Little Me Do? All Ages

You don’t need to be big to make a BIG difference in the world!

Norbert is a therapy dog. He only weighs three pounds, which is pretty small – but he’s such a big deal that a whole book has been written about him! Norbert: What Can Little Me Do? is an award-winning picture book all about this doggie superhero, and we in Milton are so lucky that he, his handler/author, Julie Freyermuth, and the book’s illustrator, Virginia Freyermuth, are going to come and visit us to tell us all about him. Join us for a slideshow, interactive book reading followed by question and answers with the author, a brief talk & live drawing from the illustrator about artist’s journaling, an introduction to Norbert as a registered therapy dog and what he does, and even a few cool tricks by Norbert. Books will be available for purchase and signing at the program.

All ages welcome. Registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library.

Don’t forget to check the library web calendar for a listing of the many programs we offer year-round. Information about and registration for all of our programs can always be found on our online calendar at www.miltonlibrary.org, or by calling the Children’s Room at 617-898-4957 during business hours. Also, like the Milton Public Library on Facebook and get updates right in your news feed! Please contact the Children’s Room if you have questions about any of our programs or services.

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

VISUAL ARTS

The Milton Art Center is selling tickets for the upcoming concert by Sara Hickman. Visit the Boston area’s newest concert venue! The Milton Art Center presents world class performances in the intimate art gallery space in East Milton Square, with generous support from the Milton Chamber of Commerce.                The 2010 State Musician of Texas, Sara Hickman has built a national following from her home in Austin, one of our country’s music capitals. Her songs have been performed by artists such as Willie Nelson and Shawn Colvin. Shine, her newest CD, showcases her highly expressive vocal style and energetic delivery.                Brian King is a singer, songwriter, and performer originally from Gloucester.  He fronts the neo-cabaret band What Time Is It, Mr. Fox? often selling out venues like Club Passim and Oberon in Cambridge, MA, and numerous venues in NYC. Adam Feldman of Time Out New York advises, “catch him as his star rises.” For music and info visit www.whattimeisitmrfox.com

Click here for tickets:  http://sarahickmanmac.bpt.me/

STUDENT WORK

The following student work was submitted by Collicot and Cunningham art teacher Angela Lathwell:

Collicot and Cunningham students have begun the year in art discussing and creating artwork based on the fundamental element of art: Line. Students of all ages learn to recognize lines in artwork and in their environment. Using lines, students create shapes, patterns, and contours (outlines) as the basis for their work, as demonstrated through various work by completed each grade.

Grade 3: Line Collection

Contemporary artist Sol Lewitt was the inspiration for third grade line paintings. Using pattern and repetition, students painted bright line patterns.

 

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Top drawing: Abby Stefanick

Bottom drawing: Itabella Munnelly

Grade 4: Lichtenstein Line

Students distinguish the difference between organic and geometric shapes in this collage lesson. Using lines and geometric shapes, students create an interesting, abstract composition inspired by American artist Roy Lichtenstein.

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By Marilyn Roche

ATHLETICS

GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY

Despite the  4-7 league record, the Girls Cross Country team just finished third out of 22 teams at a state-wide invitational and are currently ranked 7th in the State. Milton High Girls Cross Country finished 6th out of 9 schools at the Bay State Cross Country Championships in Norwood this past weekend.  Bridgett Mitchell finished 3rd and Colette O’Leary finished 4th in the varsity race.

BOYS CROSS COUNTRY

The boys cross country team finished with a record of 3 & 8.  Fifteen boys competed in the Bay State League Championship on Saturday in Norwood. Freshman Nick Villard finished third and Shane Berry finished eleventh in the freshman race. Tim Lynch, John Lenane and Kevin Conway were the top finishers in the varsity race. Seven of the boys will be competing in the State Divisional Championship on November eighth.
FIELD HOCKEY

The Field Hockey Season record is 1-15-2. The team played four great games within the past two weeks. The team tied Brookline 1-1, and tied Natick 0-0. They played very well and cohesively as a team. Defense has had a tremendous impact on and off the field, leading with Captains and incredible goalie, with Meghan McDougall, Hope McDonald, Shannon Fitzgerald and Emme Cronin. At the game against Brookline, Milton scored a beautiful corner shot from Morgan Begley and scoring from Monica Woods. At the game against Norwood Ani Gaden scored two outstanding goals for Milton. During the Night game against Natick, Milton came out ready to play and had a great game offensive and defensive game. The midfield carried the game with ease and intensity with Monica Woods, Morgan Begley, and Kate Driscoll. Milton ended the game with a tie and without a score, but they played great!  End-of-the-season losses to Wellesley and Dedham were difficult losses, but the team has truly come together at the end of the season. The girls have continued to gain skills and to go into each game with confidence and endurance.  Senior Jaquelin Losi was a BSC 2nd team Honorable Mention selection.

VOLLEYBALL

The team celebrated Dig Pink night and Senior Night on Thursday October 23rd in high fashion with a big win over Wellesley.  CEO and founder of the Sideout Foundation, Rick Dunetz made the trip up from Virginia to address the crowd along with James Jette and State Representative Walter Timility.  With the efforts of the school community and the parents, the team was able to raise close to $4,000.00

The team won the first round of the MIAA Central Div 2 Volleyball Tournament last night, beating St. Peter Marian of Worcester 3-0. They will take on #2 Dedham this Monday in Canton.

FOOTBALL

The Milton High School Football team wrapped up its regular season with a record of 2-5.   Four of the five losses for Milton have come against teams that are ranked in the top 25 in the state. The loss to Wellesley on Friday, October 24, 2014 nullified the opportunity to play in the DIII MIAA Football Playoffs. Milton will play 3 additional non-qualifying games starting this Saturday, November 1st vs Hingham HS at 1pm at Brooks Field.  Milton will play its Thanksgiving game vs Braintree at Braintree High School on Thursday, November 27th.

Milton has been consistently playing tough defense holding Wellesley, Walpole and Natick to their lowest totals of the season powered by the efforts of Seniors Liam Queally and Ugo Nwanekezi; Juniors Akeem Smith and Devon Nzepuome; and Sophomore Omar Frazier. The offense has shown flashes of power and skill by Senior backs Jonathan Pierre, Mariano Davis and Alex Toyias; Junior receivers Ludwig Frederique and Scott Cummings; and Junior Quarterback Mike Fallon. The Offensive Line has been anchored by Junior standout Jack Clifford; along with Seniors Kaleb Herd, Matt McCarthy and Jake Fransesconi.

GOLF

The golf team finished the season with a league record of 9-6-1 overall, with 8-2-1 League record.  Milton High competed in the Bay State Conference Championship and MIAA DII South Sectional.  Lloyd Hill finished 2nd with a round of 71, qualifying him for DII State Championships at The Glen Ellen Country Club, where he shot an 84 and placed 21st in the State of Massachusetts of DII High School Golf.

BOYS & GIRLS CREW

The Milton High Crew Team recently competed in the MPSRA Regatta at Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester. Please see results below:

  • Race 6: Boys 2x Final. 1st place: 15 (W.Hess, R.McCullough) GOLD
  • Race 22: Girls 2nd Novice 4+ Final 1st place: 96 (A.Welz, K.Buchanan, C.Cullinane, R.D’Amato, [C.O’Neill]) GOLD
  • Race 23: Girls 1st Varsity 4+ Final 2nd place: 101 (K.Weidmann, O.Jensen, M.Donelan, G.Wamester, [M.Boyce]) SILVER
  • Race 24: Girls 2nd Varsity 4+ Final 2nd Place: 116 (L.Hainline, A.Statham, H.Carroll, E.Heller, [M.Clarke]) SILVER
  • Race 25: Girls 3rd/4th Varsity 4+ Final 3rd Place: 120 (R.Joyce, E.Minias, E.Millwood, B.Dugas, [J.Pelletier]) BRONZE
  • Race 27: Boys 2nd Varsity 4+ Final 1st Place: 143 (J.Kery, S.McLaughlin, J.Callahan, D.Matejka, [K.Melcher]) GOLD
  • Race 28: Boys 3rd/4th Varsity 4+ Final 3rd Place 148(R.Chase, L.Halloran, W.Davis, S.Matin, [C.Dillon]) BRONZE

CHEERLEADING TEAM

The Fall cheerleaders cheered on the Varsity and JV football teams.  They are preparing for their competition season that begins at the end of October. They are lead by Captains Daysia Fox and Madelyn Driscoll.  The Bay State Cheer competition will be held on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at Braintree High School.

GIRLS SOCCER

The MHS Girls Soccer team finished the season with a record of 8 wins and 9 losses. This qualifies the girls varsity team for the DII MIAA tournament. Tournament games have yet to be determined. The first tournament game is expected to be played on Sunday, November 2, 2014. Junior Sophie Cousineau finished the regular season with 11 goals, 9 assists and 20 points to lead the Herget Division of the BSC. Chae Diani had 9 goals, 6 assists, and 15 pints, followed by Kendall Stanley with 6 goals, 5 assists, and 11 points.

AMBASSADOR PAGE

Students: Congratulations to the following students from Pierce Middle School, who achieved a “perfect score” of 280 on at least one of their MCAS tests. Each of these students were honored with a special “280 Luncheon” during school hours last week.

Sixth-Graders: Amanda Arcieri (Math), Luke Baltay (Math), Olivia Ketler (ELA), Saoirse Killion (ELA & Math), Jack Lally (Math), Aidan Long (Math), Zoe Malouf (Math), Emmet Martin (Math), Kate McDonald (ELA), Luca Mostofi (Math), Oskar Peloquin (Math), Arlo Stoodt (Math), Dominique Thomas (ELA & Math), Abigail Tran (Math) and  Daniel Truog (Math). Seventh-Graders: Katherine Biagiotti (Math), Aine Buchau (ELA & Math), Emily Dobrindt (ELA), Edward Enyedy (Math), Stella Finocchio (ELA), Amalia Halpin (ELA), Wallace Heller (Math), Matthew Laine (ELA), Catherine Le (Math), Alisa Lorden (ELA), Vanessa Lorden (Math), Ryan Mazzotta (Math), Sarah McDonnell (ELA), Viviann Nguyen (Math), Cameron Pentland (ELA), Grace Quijano (ELA & Math), Coleman Rose (Math), Hannah Scanlan (ELA), Clarissa Waldmann (ELA & Math), Shannon Young (ELA), Ella Zimmermann (ELA). Eighth-Graders: Katharine Barrett (ELA), Julia Defilippo (ELA), Shayla Kelley (Math), Karisa Lasoff (Math), Kyle Loria (Math), Isabel Smith (ELA), Samantha Vangestel (Math), Madelyn Wiesenhahn (Math).

Staff:   Congratulations to Courtney Miller, the Mathematics, Business, and Technology Department Chair at Milton High School, who was recently named to the Massachusetts PARCC Educator Leader Fellow Team. This is a group of 42 K–16 educators from Massachusetts public school districts, two- and four-year colleges, and universities. Teams from Massachusetts and other PARCC states make up a network of educators who provide leadership on state implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), the PARCC assessments and related instructional materials. Hats off to Ms. Miller!

Volunteers: I would like to thank all of those who helped to organize the recent Milton Boosters Swing for Sports fundraiser. The Swing for Sports Committee Chairs John & Carla McDonnell did an amazing job, with the help of committee members Candy Brown, Kara Russo, Ellen McAuliffe, Pete & Jeanne Kibble, Tom Mullen, Mary Turner, Kathy McSweeney, Tom McCarthy, Rob Shepard, Kevin & Mary Jane Walsh and Gary Kelly. Also, thank you to volunteers Kerri McCarthy, Laurie Jensen Janet Kelly, Mike McDonnell, Denis McAuliffe and Suzanne Johnson.  Thank you to all of the participants – whether you played golf, tennis, or contributed to this event. Finally, I would like to extend a special thank you to Wollaston Golf Club and Curry College.  The Boosters tell us it was their third year in a row of setting new attendance and fundraising records, and they appreciated the support of Athletic Director Larry Rooney, along with Milton High School Principal James Jette.

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