Milton Public Schools

E-blast for May 15th

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - May• 15•14

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date: May 15, 2014

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

Since October, the Milton School Committee and Leadership Team have been working together to develop our Milton Public Schools’ FY2015 budget. The Leadership Team of administrators and principals met to analyze our student achievement data, student enrollment trends, state mandates, contractual obligations, etc. and created a proposed budget.  Assistant Superintendents John Phelan and Glenn Pavlicek and I met with our School Committee’s Finance Subcommittee, made up of Chairperson Mary Kelly and members Leroy Walker and Mike Zullas. This subcommittee met every Tuesday morning from 7 to 8 am in a public meeting to monitor our current school budget while developing next year’s school budget. Our administrators made individual presentations related to the budget needs of their departments.We identified three Advancement Initiatives for the second year in a row:

• Emphasizing Early Literacy Achievement (Pre-K – 3)
• Advancing Science and STEM (Science , Technology, Engineering and Math) Initiatives (Pre-K-12)
• Closing the Proficiency Gaps (Pre-K—12)

The Leadership Team and Milton School Committee presented our FY2015 Budget to Milton’s Warrant Committee at four different meetings during this past school year. The Warrant Committee’s Subcommittee on the Schools, chaired by Cheryl Tougias along with members Carolyn Cahill and Paul Pasquerella, worked with our Finance Subcommittee and Leadership Team to identify priorities and analyze their costs.

The School Committee and Leadership Team presented our FY2015 school budget to each of our PTOs in widely publicized public meetings. Working collaboratively with the Milton Warrant Committee, we presented the attached FY15 Budget request to Milton’s Town Meeting last Thursday evening. I am very pleased to tell you that your Town Meeting members voted unanimously to support our FY2015 school budget.

This is wonderful news for our students and staff. The citizens of Milton understand the value their public school system and the support the work of our teachers and staff. On behalf of Milton Public School students and staff, I want to thank the Warrant Committee and Town Meeting Members for their support of the School Department’s budget. A special thank you goes to the Milton School Committee for their tireless work in developing next year’s school budget. The School Committee’s budget presentation can be found here: http://www.miltonps.org/documents/FY15BUDGETPRESENTATION.pdf

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

A School Committee meeting was held last night — May 14th at 7 pm in the Milton High School library. I would like to recognize and congratulate the new School Committee Chairman, Leroy Walker, and the new School Committee Vice Chairman, Michael Zullas. A summary of the meeting is below:

May 14th: This meeting started with a brief School Choice Open Public Hearing. School Committee members voted to remain a “non-School Choice” district. They then adjourned this portion of the meeting and moved to the regular School Committee meeting. As part of the Superintendent’s Report, there was an Elementary Grades Reading Assessment Presentation, given by Elementary Math & Language Arts Coordinators Holly Concannon, Amy Gale and Stephanie Nephew. To view the presentation, click here: http://www.miltonps.org/documents/EarlyLiteracyInitiative201314.pdf

Next was a Science Achievement Presentation, given by Middle School Science Curriculum Coordinator Christine Chiappetta, Elementary Science Coordinator Bernadette Moonan and Milton High School Science Department Head Edward Mulvey. To view this presentation, click here: http://www.miltonps.org/documents/SchoolCommitteePresentationMAY14.pdf

The School Committee also discussed the new DESE fingerprinting requirements for staff members and was given an update on the Health & Wellness Committee by Ms. Bagley Jones. Upcoming subcommittee assignments were reviewed, three recent vendor warrants were approved and a Town Meeting update was given by Mr. Zullas. School Committee members voted to approve a new transportation bid before adjourning the meeting.

The next School Committee meeting will be held May 21st at 7pm in the Milton High School library. There will also be meetings on June 4th at 6:30 (preceded by the Retiree Reception) and June 11th (preceded by the Volunteer Reception.)

CURRICULUM NEWS

Milton High School biology teacher Amy Tom has been appointed the new High School Science Department Head for the 2014-2015 school year. Ms. Tom will be replacing Edward Mulvey, who was serving as interim department head this year. Ms. Tom has been teaching at Milton High School for six years.

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Milton Summer Enrichment will be holding walk-in registration at Cunningham School on Tuesday, May 27th, Tuesday, June 10th and Tuesday, June 17th from 2-4:30. Registration will be held by Ms. Van Allen in the Cunningham main office. To view the brochure, please click here: http://www.miltonps.org/documents/finalbrochure2014.pdf

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Each of our elementary schools will be hosting an Open House on Monday, June 9th for parents/guardians of incoming First Graders. Parents/guardians of rising first-graders will be contacted directly by their school’s principal.

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Several of our fifth-graders did very well in the National Poster Contest, sponsored by Saris Cycling Group.

Saoise Killion of the Collicot School was chosen as the first-place winner for the state of Massachusetts. She was awarded a bicycle, a helmet and a bike light. Tucker student Maeve Corcoran’s poster won second place in the state and was awarded a new bike helmet and bike light for her efforts.

Congratulations to both these students and their art teachers, Jess Gillooly and Angela Lathwell for their success.

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Two local librarians – one from the public schools and one from the public library – have been collaborating on a special project which aims to educate students about the vast resources available to them at the Milton Public Library and its website.

Lori Henry and Sara Truog have been working together on the “MPL and MPS: Community Partners for Student Success Take Two” project. Funded by the Milton Library Foundation and now in its second year, the project sent both librarians into the public schools to teach classrooms of elementary students about how to access resources at the library. This year alone, more than 2,000 students were reached as a result of this program.

“The ‘Take Two’ program exposed all of Milton’s elementary school students to the importance of the Milton Public Library’s mission to enrich the community by connecting people to the world of ideas, information, and imagination to support their work, education, personal growth and enjoyment,” said Lori Henry. “The initial project demonstrated that through thoughtful, collaborative efforts within the community, students gained an appreciation for the Milton Public Library as a local and virtual resource in the pursuit of life-long learning and access to information. ‘Take Two’ advanced this cause.”

Ms. Henry said that the staff at the Milton Public Library continues to gather statistics in the Children’s Room and reported that students may continue to redeem their prize coupons through May. “We are confident that the word about the Milton Public Library’s physical and virtual resources for students is spreading all over town, reaching new audiences, and being reinforced for those who we worked with last year.”

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Tucker Elementary School French Immersion Teacher Shelagh Frossard was recently notified that she has been selected for the annual New Teacher Commendation for 2014. This award recognizes demonstrated excellence in foreign language teaching.

“This award is well-deserved. Shelagh has rapidly demonstrated her remarkable talent as a French and elementary teacher,” said Martine Fisher, World Language Department Head for Milton Public Schools. “Her young students benefit every day from her kindness, creativity and enthusiasm. She is an asset to the Tucker school and our district.”

Dr. Fisher also noted that Ms. Frossard is herself an alumnus of the Milton Public Schools’ French Immersion program and was at one time a student of Dr. Fisher.

Ms. Frossard will receive the award from the Massachusetts Foreign Language Association at their annual fall Conference at the Business and Awards Luncheon that will take place on Saturday, October 25th.

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Two employees of the Milton Public Schools are being honored by the Norfolk County Teachers Association. Congratulations to Christine Winchester of the Pierce Middle School, who will receive the Norfolk County Teachers Association Honor Award; and Susan Doyle of the Glover Elementary School, who will receive the Norfolk County Teachers Association Service Award.

Christine Winchester, who is retiring, has taught science for 26 years in the Milton Public Schools. Susan Doyle has served as the administrative assistant at Glover Elementary School for 14 years.

I would like to thank both of these hardworking employees of the Milton Public Schools for their service and congratulate them for this award.

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Michael McLeish has just been chosen for a summer internship at the Massachusetts State House. Michael will be working with State Representative Jeffrey Sanchez. Representative Sanchez represents the 15th Suffolk/Norfolk District, which includes the Boston communities of Mission Hill, Jamaica Plain, and Roslindale, along with Precinct Five of the Town of Brookline. Michael will be working two days a week, one day at Representatives Sanchez’s Mission Hill office and the other day at the State House.

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Dozens of students from Glover Elementary School were joined by parents, guardians, grandparents, dogs, strollers and local officials as part of the recent Walk/Bike to School Day on May 7th.

“This event, which has become a Glover tradition, is a day that everyone looks forward to,” said Glover Principal Dr. Sheila Kukstis. “We are grateful to State Representative Walter Timilty, Town of Milton engineer John Thompson and School Committee member Becky Padera for joining us on this wonderful morning.”

Dr. Kukstis also thanked Glover parent Erick Ask for the time he has devoted over the past years to make this day happen and Glover teacher Ben Jones for his help in organizing this event.

Massachusetts’ Walk/Bike to School Day is part of a nationwide effort to encourage walkers and bicyclists to join together to celebrate National Walk/Bike to School Day. The goal is to highlight the need for safer routes for bicycling and walking, and emphasize the importance of a range of issues such as increasing physical activity among children, cyclist and pedestrian safety, traffic congestion, concern for the environment, and building connections between families, schools, and the broader community. Walk/Bike to School Day is an effort of the Safe Routes to School program.

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The Boston Globe recently ran an article, written by Milton’s own Bella English, about a new app that allows users to create anonymous posts. The article discusses the Yik Yak app, and quotes Milton High School Principal James Jette in the body of the article. This app was also discussed in both our middle and high schools, as part of the Katie Greer presentation on Internet Safety held last month in our schools. To read the article, click here:
http://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/style/2014/05/13/yik-yak-and-mobile-anonymity/3nK20WY0V08EfKZYTZdJxK/story.html

To access the Katie Greer website, where there are several article on the use of Yik Yak, click here: http://klgreer.com/

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Parents/Guardians of Milton High School seniors should have received an email and/or letter outlining the next few weeks of exams and activities for their senior. This includes information on the prom, Senior Sign-Out, Graduation Day, the All-Night Graduation Party, as well as Senior Scavenger Hunt and Senior Drive-By. Please be sure you review expectations with your student regarding these events.

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Please join us for the Grades 5-8 ACE Exhibit. The Grand Opening will be held on Thursday, May 29th from 6-8pm at the Pierce Middle School in the two art rooms and the hallway right outside of the art rooms. Continued viewing will be June 2, 3, 4 from 2:30-5:00.

There are dozens of beautiful pieces to be viewed, so please take a moment to stop by and see this exhibit.

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The Milton High School Girls Lacrosse team is hosting a car wash this Saturday, May 17th from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm at the Cunningham School driveway. Please stop by and get your car washed by your super Wildcat athletes. All funds earned go directly to the girls lacrosse team.

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The Milton High School Boosters 36th Annual Varsity Letter Banquet will be held on Wednesday, May 28th at 6pm in the Copeland Field House at Milton High School. Please plan to join us as we honor our varsity letter winners and teams. The Banquet committee is currently seeking volunteers to plan this event. Please contact Robin Coyne at robincoyne@hotmail.com or Lorraine Kiley at 5kileys@comcast.net if you would like to volunteer or have questions. Tickets for parents, siblings and friends may be purchased online at www.miltonboosters.com or by emailing banquet@miltonboosters.com. Tickets are $20 per adult and $5 per student/child. Letter winners are FREE.

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Girls Tennis Team Collects ‘Cans for Cats': The Milton High School Boosters “Cans for Cats” can & bottle recycling drive will be held on Saturday, June 7th, from 9am to 12pm at Milton High School (back of the school). The girls’ tennis team will be at the back 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 support their program. Please stop by and support your Wildcats with your can donations. Go Wildcats!

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The Milton High School Class of 2016 is selling raffle tickets for a Martha’s Vineyard Island Package valued at more than $500. The package includes 3 days and 2 nights at Shearer Cottage, a historic inn in Oak Bluffs; roundtrip tickets for two adults on the Island Queen; and at $25 gift certificate for lunch or dinner. Tickets are $20 each with volume discounts. The drawing will be held May 31st. For more information about tickets, email MHSMA.class2016@yahoo.com For more information about the Shearer Cottage, visit www.shearercottage.com

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The DPW is hosting their annual open house on Saturday May 17th from 10am – 1pm. This event promises to be loads of fun for young and old. Please visit the DPW link here: http://www.townofmilton.org/Public_Documents/MiltonMA_BBoard/047F0F32-000F8513.0/Press%20release%20-%20DPW%20Open%20House%20Press%20Release.pdf

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It’s that time of year! The 37th Annual Milton Junior Woman’s Club 5 & 10K road race will be held on Tuesday, June 10th at 6:30 PM (rain or shine). The race starts and ends at Cunningham Hall. All proceeds for the event get reinvested into Milton in the form of grants to non-profits and scholarships to graduating high school seniors. There is discounted registration to youth runners (under 18). Visit miltonroadrace.racewire.com to register!

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The following item was submitted by the Milton Council on Aging:

“Game Plan for the Future,” — Tuesday, June 3rd at 5:30pm.. Often times here at the COA, we hear comments from people about their desire to make life easier. Many times their main concern is that big old house that costs too much in taxes and is becoming increasingly difficult to maintain. They know it is time to “Game Plan for the Future” but where do you start?

Thanks to our good friend Tom O’Neill, Owner of Success! Real Estate of Milton, we can help you sort through this daunting task. Last fall, Tom and his team presented a similar program and it was very well received and extremely helpful to many people. A few weeks ago, Tom called and said he would love to do another similar type program and we were all thrilled to work with him once again.

Plans for this presentation include a delicious light supper at 5:30PM and the presentation will start promptly at 6PM. Tom will start the presentation giving us an update on the current real estate market in Milton. In talking with him last week, it was interesting to note that there are many buyers out there but not much inventory of homes in Milton. Once you make the decision to sell or downsize, there is always legal ramifications. This portion of the presentation will be covered by Attorney Thomas O’Neill from the law firm of O’Neill and McGrath PC. Thomas will explain the different types of trusts you can use to protect your home, the time limit for a Medicaid look back and the dreaded capital gains taxes when you do finally sell your home. Both Tom and Thomas will be available to take your questions as well. They have even agreed to stay after the presentation to speak with you privately over coffee and dessert.

As if all this wasn’t enough……there will also be a door prize of a FREE CLEAN OUT ($500 Value) so that you can get rid of your large and small unwanted/unneeded items or furniture. If you live in Milton you know how great it would be to win this door prize!!!! Handouts will be available as well as a few restaurant gift certificates given away throughout the event.

Reservations are required so please give us a call at 617-898-4893 to sign up. Special thanks to Tom and his team for their continued generosity and willingness to help us with our GAME PLAN FOR THE FUTURE!!!!

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Every second Saturday in May, letter carriers in more than 10,000 cities and towns across America participate in the NALC Stamp Out Hunger National Food Drive — the largest one-day food drive in the nation.

This year, a group of Milton High School students helped with the food drive by volunteering at the Milton Food Pantry to help unload and sort the donations brought in by postal workers. I’d like to thank Jonathan Pierre, David Perkins, Ellese Crawford, Kymric Coon, Krystal Gradner, Jerhan Potteen and Kaleb Herd for spending their Saturday helping with this effort. I would also like to thank Milton High School Vice Principal Brian Mackinaw for helping to organize the students and also volunteering his time for this project. The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive has received a number of accolades over the years, including two Presidential Certificates of Achievement.

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Congratulations to Caroline Kinsella, BSN, RN, who was recently named Milton’s Public Health Director. Ms. Kinsella has served on our School Committee’s Health & Wellness subcommittee and has been a strong advocate for heath programs in the Milton Public Schools. Please join me in welcoming Ms. Kinsella to her new position.

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Please Save the Date! The Second Annual Milton Music Fest and Fireworks is coming up soon. On Saturday June 21st, “We are Milton,” will be hosting a music fest and fireworks display at Hutchinson Field. More information will be posted in the next E-blast.

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Congratulations to Chris Lenane of the Adams Street Early Learning Center, winner of the 2014 Professional Recognition Award. Milton is blessed with a dedicated workforce of early education and care professionals. Chris has worked daily to provide the very best opportunities for the children and families of our community. It’s time to take a moment to gather and celebrate the contributions made by her!

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The East Milton Square Parking and Access Design Project is holding a public information meeting on May 19th at 7:00PM at the Milton Council on Aging – 10 Walnut Street. The goal of the project is to take the locally-preferred alternative for East Milton Square identified by the Town’s Board of Selectmen and turn it into a buildable design. The implementation of the design will address issues currently experienced in East Milton Square such as parking concerns, the lack of connection between the pieces of the Square east and west of I-93 and the under-utilization of the deck area over the highway. The Town of Milton invites you to learn more about the project, review the materials developed to support the planning process and design phase, and contact the project’s public involvement specialist with your questions or comments. For more information, please visit: http://www.eastmiltonsquarestudy.com/

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

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

Springtime fun for families continues throughout the season in the Children’s Room at Milton Public Library! In addition to our regular story times on Tuesday and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of May 25 – 31:

Monday, May 26th – Library Closed

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 from 4:00 – 5:00 pm
French Reading Support with Mr. Leite, Grades 1-2

In this program, beloved Tucker French teacher Mr. Leite will lead students in a French reading tutorial. This class is for first and second grade students in the French program in the Milton Public Schools who need help with reading, and is limited to ten students. While this is a series, registration for each individual class is required.

Saturday, May 31st from 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Bookbusters Book Club, Grades 3-5

The Bookbusters is a book club for boys and girls in grades 3-5. Led by Miss Sara, group participants are asked to read a book in advance of the meeting, then come together to talk about it with their peers. The book we are reading for May is The Field Guide (Spiderwick Chronicles, #1) by Tony DiTerlizzi. Copies are available at the Children’s Room desk, or by placing a hold at www.miltonlibrary.org. Come join us to discuss this exciting story about the Grace children, who move to an old family home that is already inhabited by some surprising residents! 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. Please contact the Children’s Room if you have questions about any of our programs or services.

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The following information was sent by Amy Rosa, Teen Librarian:

Milton Library Teen Book Club Announces June Selection: The Milton Public Library’s teen book club has selected Winger by Andrew Smith as its June pick. “Two years younger than his classmates at a prestigious boarding school, fourteen-year-old Ryan Dean West grapples with living in the dorm for troublemakers, falling for his female best friend who thinks of him as just a kid, and playing wing on the Varsity rugby team with some of his frightening new dorm-mates.” Join the book club at 7 p.m. on Monday June 2 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.

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Join the Teen Services department for an after school movie! Pick between Frozen vs. Catching Fire! Vote for your Teen Choice movie on Facebook or in the teen room. Teen movies 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.

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

BETH ISRAEL DEACONESS HOSPITAL – MILTON

For the first time in several years, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton is now providing outpatient obstetrical and gynecological care through the office of Alice Shin, MD. Dr. Shin, who is on staff at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, provides full-service outpatient OB/GYN care at BID-Milton with inpatient obstetrical and labor and delivery care provided at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. She also performs gynecologic surgery at BID-Milton, including minimally invasive surgeries using laparoscopic and robotic-assisted techniques. She has extensive experience in treating women’s health issues, including fertility, uterine bleeding, pelvic pain, endometriosis and menopause.

Dr. Shin received her medical degree from Tulane University Medical School and completed her residency at Washington University, Barnes Jewish Hospital. She is also an instructor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Shin is currently accepting new patients at her office, located at 100 Highland Street, Suite 205. The office telephone number is 617-754-0500.

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Does your child play a contact sport? Then you won’t want to miss “Injuries and Youth Contact Sports: Treatment options and reducing risk,” a free community education program presented by Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton’s orthopedic sports medicine specialist Dr. Ben Thompson on Thursday, May 22 at 6:30 pm in the hospital’s Nangeroni Education Center. A must for young athletes, their parents, coaches and trainers, this program will cover concussions; shoulder, knee and ankle injuries as well as the treatment options, long-term recovery and reducing injury risk. Pre-registration is required by calling 617-696-8810

ATHLETICS

Great news! The Milton High School Rugby Team won the regular season title yesterday with a 22-12 win at Marshfield HS. The team finished the season at 7-0 and will now host the first round of the state tournament on Tuesday evening at Brooks Field. They will play Cambridge at 6:00 pm. It would be great if we could have a big “Red Nation” turnout for the game.

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 incredible students in the Milton Public Schools. I would like to recognize three of these students for their monumental fundraising achievements over the past several weeks. Milton High Senior Brendan Hunt planned, organized and successfully executed the Run for Red Nation, a local 5K which raised money for sports, clubs and activities at MHS. Last weekend, Matt McCarthy & Tansey Massey Green joined forces to organize the Mini- Relay for Life to benefit the American Cancer Society. All three of these students are to be commended for giving their time and energy to such worthwhile causes.

Staff: As I mentioned above, we have three staff members who were recently commended by statewide groups. Pierce teacher Christine Winchester and Glover administrative assistant Susan Doyle were recognized by the Norfolk County Teachers Association; and Tucker teacher Shelagh Frossard was singled out by the Massachusetts Foreign Language Association. Congratulations to all three!

Volunteers: I would like to thank Ivy Anthony, a Tucker kindergarten parent who is spearheading the outdoor classroom area at Tucker. Ms. Anthony has written several grants on behalf of Tucker and has translated them into the new garden boxes, resources for all K students and a partnership with Brookwood Farm. We are very grateful for the work Ms. Anthony has done so far and we look forward to seeing her ideas and energy translate into beautiful outdoor spaces for the Tucker school.

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.

E-blast for May 6th

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - May• 06•14

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  May 6, 2014

 

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

There is no profession that impacts the future more profoundly than that of a public school teacher. A teacher educates and “unwraps” the gifts and talents of each student in their classroom. Pictured below is Tucker art teacher Jess Gillooly, one of many talented teachers in our district.

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Teacher Appreciation:  May 5th to May 9th is Teacher Appreciation Week. Every year, I try to encourage parents, guardians and students to take a moment to thank a teacher. Whether it is a PTO-organized luncheon or a thoughtful note or e-mail, I know that our teachers are grateful for the gesture. I am constantly amazed by the dedication and talent of the hundreds of educators that teach our students every day.

School Nurse Day: May 6th to May 12th is National Nurses Week.  I hope that all of those in the Milton Public School community will take time to thank their school nurse. Please remember these professionals who do their best every day to keep our students healthy and safe.

Administrative Professionals Day: I would like to wish a belated Administrative Professionals Day to our support staff at each of our school buildings, as well as those at Central Office, the Business Office, Guidance, Community Schools and Special Services. If the date slipped by you, it’s not too late to express your gratitude.  Please join me in thanking these professionals for the work they do for our district and our schools.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There have been two School Committee meetings since my last E-blast. They are summarized below:

April 2nd: During the Citizen’s Speak portion of the meeting, Brian Kelly and Kathleen Ready came to talk about the Run Again Project and their collaboration with the Pierce Middle School. Matt McCarthy spoke about the upcoming Relay for Life on May 10th. Melanie Davis came to speak about the French Immersion wait list. Frank Schroth noted the upcoming Candidate’s Forum. As part of the Superintendent’s Report, the LifeSmarts Team, along with Coach Nancy Mikels, was congratulated on their season and wished the best of luck in their upcoming Orlando tournament. Brendan Hunt plugged the fundraiser, Run for Red Nation. A presentation was made by the Collicot Site Council, which outlined the most recent data and detailed the recommendations for school improvement. School Committee members asked questions about some of the data and congratulated the Site Council for its hard work. Ms. Gormley announced that Jackie Morgan received the 2014 School Nutrition Director Award; and Owen McElhinney of Pierce Middle School has been named a George Washington Scholar. Members also reviewed the upcoming School Committee calendar and approved the warrant.

April 30th: This was a reorganizational meeting. Congratulations to Leroy Walker, who was voted Chairman and Michael Zullas, who was voted Vice Chairman.

The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 14th at 7 pm in the Milton High School library.

CURRICULUM NEWS

Congratulations to the following students who scored in the top ten of their schools’ third and final WordMaster meet:

Tucker Top 10

Grade Three: Logan Do, Nicholas Reason, Emily Gallagher, Ha-Yen Nguyen, Myles Bedingfield, Claudia O’Neill, Emma Harris, Ian Wick, Timothy Fay, Lucas Cecere. Grade 4: Stella Yuan, Luke Shield, Elle Anthony, Marcus Ollivierre, Max Hollingworth-Hays, Griffin Ritchie, Michael McHugh, Darioush Ghazian, Henry Wien, Peter Rhee. Grade 5: Daniel Truog, Oskar Peloquin, Walker Harris, Gabriel Estevez, Claire Walko, Max Mangum, Franklin Olivierre III, Sebastien Yunger, Luke Palmer, Dominque Thomas.

Collicot Top 10

Grade 3: Caelan Leddy, Ava Robertson, Cole Humphrey, Bridget Miskell, Olivia DiSandro, Connor Griffen, Toby Kelleher, Lok Ye Young, William deGregorio, Molly Farley. Grade 4: Sam Disandro, Vinzenz Vingl, Lily Tynan, Izzy Doten, Andrew Tran, Tyler Kennedy, Emily Karimbakas, Nate Labbe, Keira Earner, Caroline Ghelli. Grade 5: Aislinn Mershon, Kate McDonald, Anthony Martin, Saoirse Killion, Katie McDevitt, Colin McMorrow, Ben Mills, Maureen Lang, Arlo Stoodt, Michael Swanton.

Cunningham Top 10

Grade 3: Erika Wong, Patrick Schultz, Paul McLaughlin, Anya Weinstein, Liam McLoughlin, Benjamin Waterman, Kiera Glazer, William Kelley, Sophie Kosiba, Raina Sohur. Grade 4: Anna Hamblet, Mary Mylod, Dimitri Sophinos, Chloe Zhong, Aidan Skillin, Lucia Dwyer, Elizabeth McGill, Barron Clancy, Somachi Amadi, Kiley Fitzgerald. Grade 5: Arjun Sohur, Eris McCubbin, Sophie Boucher, Olga Kasarov, John McCampbell, Kayley Moy, Gwen LeLacheur, Joseph Andresino, Mahina Panerio-Langer, Jami Milliken.

Glover Top 10

Grade 3: Ardic Ceranoglu, Lydia Geering, Alexander Shenouda, Michael Duffy, Sampreeti Fitton, Clare Graham, Craig Pentland, Meredith Tangney, Clara Johnson, Nicolas Sutter. Grade 4: Frances Corcoran, Donovan Murray, Carolina deOliveira Castro, Annabella deOliveira Castro, Veronica deOliveira Castro, Rohan Meier, Billy Petrik, Jake Lippert, Henry Synnott, Nathaniel McNulty. Grade 5: Solveig Ask, Laura Braithwaite, Anna Fahy, Aidan Greene, Andrew Shenouda, Aidan Quinn, Thomas Statham, Luke Baltay, Luca Mostofi, Emmett Martin, Austin Au, Abigail Files.

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High School students in Kassandra Derby’s Drawing II class began work on the annual Mural project at Collicot Elementary School. The project began three years ago, when Collicot principal, Janet Sheehan, asked if high school art students could brighten up the first floor corridors with some colorful murals. Since then, the Drawing II classes have responded enthusiastically, creating several literacy-themed designs. This year’s students have created not one but two designs. On Monday night, the murals were revealed at a small ceremony to celebrate their completion.  Many thanks to: Rachel Park, Darren Lopez, Alex Perez, Kurtis Cahill, Jannatul Ferdaus, Keanu Armstead, Tori Zimmer, Kali Guise, Kevin Roche, Zach Mazzarella, Josh Kery and Anne-Marie Grudem. Well done!

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The following item was submitted to us by Stephanie Nephew, Elementary Math & Language Arts Coordinator for Tucker Elementary School.  

            The Milton Public Schools Elementary faculty has participated in a variety of strategic efforts to support early literacy in the 2013-14 school year. In the fall of 2013, MPS launched Readers’ Workshop K-5 and implemented a district-wide reading assessment plan. The Lucy Calkins Readers’ Workshop Units of Study were also implemented across the district to guide our reading curriculum.

            Readers’ Workshop is a structure for teaching reading that combines explicit instruction by the teacher, with extended time for students to read independently in “just right” books. The structure is designed to provide opportunities for differentiated instruction; whole group, small group, and individual instruction; exposure to a variety of genres; and a classroom that invites all students to become a part of a community of readers, thinkers, and talkers.

            Teachers across the district have put in a tremendous amount of work refining their instruction in the readers’ workshop model and unpacking the Lucy Calkins curriculum units. Professional development opportunities to support the work were multifaceted. Teachers participated in full-day district-wide professional development workshops in late August and October. In addition, five-hour and ten-hour professional development strands after school and on weekends were offered throughout the year to gain curriculum and instructional support. Reading consultant, Martha Winikur, also worked closely with grades 1 and 2 teachers proving additional formal workshops and classroom instructional coaching.

            In addition to instructional support, systematic assessments have been implemented to monitor reading progress and gain insight on the specific instructional targets necessary for individuals to continue to grow as readers. The Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System has been implemented for all K-2 students and the Scholastic Reading Inventory was administered for upper elementary students. Regular school-based data analysis meetings have been held to thoughtfully analyze the data and to develop action plans for instruction.  With the increase of an additional reading specialist in the 2013-14 school year, we have been able to create a team approach to support all students.  We hope to continue to grow a collaborative environment where teachers and reading specialists team up to use the data to drive their work as they ensure all students meet with success.

            A full presentation of the early literacy initiatives including an overview of the district level elementary reading data will be presented to School Committee on Wednesday, May 14th at 7 pm.

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Two students from the Pierce Middle School attended a ceremony at the Seaport Hotel in Boston this past weekend for their success at this year’s NSTAR Challenge. The students, sixth-grader Peter Bongiorno and seventh-grader Justin Chan were required to creatively solve an energy challenge. Their entries were chosen from hundreds of student entries in towns which NSTAR serves.

            The NSTAR Challenge is a program for students in grades K-12 that promotes energy efficiency and sustainable living. As part of the program, students are tasked with grade-specific assignments to showcase their energy knowledge. A panel of judges reviewed their work and selected winners from each grade. Congratulations to Bernadette McEvoy and Jeff Stoodt for encouraging their students to enter this competition and for helping them to excel.

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 Ally_Jones_barn                                                           Painting by Ally Jones

            Milton High School senior Ally Jones recently learned that her painting has been selected for a state and national art competition. Each spring, a high school arts competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students in the 8th District and is sponsored by Congressman Stephen F. Lynch.

             Ally’s work, an acrylic painting of a rural scene, will be displayed in Congressman’s Lynch’s office. Ms. Jones and her family have been invited to the opening event featuring student artwork from around the 8th District. Winners will be announced on May 9th. The overall winner of the 8th District’s competition will have their work displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. The exhibit in Washington will also include artwork from other contest winners nation-wide. 

            The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents. Since then, over 650,000 high school students have been involved in this contest.

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Please note — all incoming kindergarten parents and guardians will receive an email notice mid-May containing their child’s kindergarten screening appointment, tuition amount and school assignment information.  Kindergarten Screenings will be held by appointment only on June 10th, 11th, 12th and 13th.

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We recently invited Internet Safety Expert Katie Greer to speak to our students at both Pierce Middle School and Milton High School. In addition, we scheduled a presentation for parents and guardians at the Milton High School auditorium. For all three venues, Ms. Greer received rave reviews from our staff, students and Milton Public School families. We are working to bring Ms. Greer back to Milton next year, but in the meantime, for more information on how to keep your children safer on the Internet and social media sites, visit her site at: http://klgreer.com/

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         Congratulations to Leonice Bernard, who was recently notified by the New England Association for College Admission Counseling’s Inclusion, Diversity, Education, & Access Committee that she has been named a 2014 Margaret Addis Memorial Scholar.

            As a Margaret Addis Scholar, Ms. Bernard will be provided with a one-year NEACAC membership and a scholarship to attend this year’s Annual Meeting and Conference (AMC) at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH from June 4th-6th.  Ms. Bernard will join hundreds of other admission counseling professionals who have been recognized with this honor over the past 27 years.

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Costume Contest

Milton High School Latin students at Classic Day.

Last month, Milton High School sent 24 Latin students to the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester to take part in Classics Day. This day has now been a tradition for Latin students around the state for 42 years. It includes a series of events dedicated to the study of Latin and Roman Culture. Students competed in a Certamen (trivia) contest as well as a costume competition and chariot race. Our Milton chariot team dedicated a great deal of their time building their chariot themselves and decorating it with Milton pride.  All participants were engaged and conducted themselves admirably throughout the day. I would also like to thank Milton High School’s Latin teacher, Madeline Kolodziej, who accompanied our students to this event.

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

            More than 200 students from Milton High School recently attended a field trip to the House of Blues in Cambridge. The history of the Blues is really a history of America itself, and our 11th grade students learned about those connections through an interactive field trip at the House of Blues in Boston.  Students from around Massachusetts joined our high school students to learn about how the Blues influenced not only other forms of music but also its influence on society.  In the process they were treated to a concert presented by talented musicians from around Boston who played a wide selection of Blues-infused songs by artists like Muddy Waters, Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson and Mary J. Blige.

            The program mixed narration and music, and using both told the story of the Blues, from the advent of slavery in America through today.  Our juniors who attended are studying both American history and American literature this year, so were able to make connections to both their English and History curriculum.   Students learned how the rhythmic tones of the early Blues helped slaves communicate as they worked, and later those same rhythms expressed the social unrest felt during the Jim Crow era and then the determination of the Civil Rights era.  They also were shown the influence the Blues has on many other types of music, including rock, jazz, hip-hop and rap.

            The students sang and danced throughout the performance, and one of our students – Javana Samuels – even got a chance to sing “This Little Light of Mine” with the band’s lead singer.  Needless to say, she brought down the house with her vocals!!  She will be able to tell her friends and family that she sang in one of the most notable Blues venues in the United States. All in all, it was a very successful field trip. Thank you to M-PACE for their generous sponsorship of this event.

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

  • Relay For Life will be held on Saturday, May 10th at 2pm in the Copeland Field House
  • The Milton High School Spring Concert will be held on Wednesday, May 14th at 7pm at the Milton High School Auditorium.

PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

The next Challenger Division game will be played on May 18th at 4:45pm at Shields Park on Eliot Street. The Challenger Division of Little League enables boys and girls with physical and mental challenges, ages 5-18, or up to age 22 (if still enrolled in high school), to enjoy the game of baseball along with the millions of other children who participate in this sport worldwide.  

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Also, PAC Parent Speak and Elections will be held on May 15th at 7pm at the Pierce Middle School library.  All members of the Milton Special Ed PAC are encouraged to vote.

BETH ISRAEL DEACONESS HOSPITAL – MILTON

BIDH-Milton is pleased to announce that one-time grants are available for $500 up to $1,500 to serve communities within the service area of Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton. Applications are being sought from residents, local service agencies, non-profit organizations, Boards of Health, coalitions, and community groups to help address the community health needs outlined in BID-Milton’s 2014 Community Benefits statement of goals. Other hospitals or hospital-affiliated organizations may not apply for funding. For more information, contact robert_mccrystal@MiltonHospital.org or call 617-313-1590. Applications must be received by Friday, June 27th at 1 pm EST, and funded projects must be completed no later than June 30, 2015.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The following item was submitted by Joseph Lynch, Director of the Department of Public Works.

The Milton DPW will be holding their 11th Annual Open House on Saturday, May 17th from 10am to 1pm at the DPW yard on Randolph Ave. The DPW Open House celebrates National Public Works Week and the thousands of men and women who provide and maintain the infrastructure and services collectively known as Public Works.

               This year, we will be offering food and refreshments to all in attendance. Both young and old can enjoy the many events that we will be hosting such as:

  • DPW Trucks and equipment will be on display for children to come aboard, honk the horns and have a great time.
  • Kids can also marvel at the recycling magic of BJ Hickman, who will be performing at 11:30 am and 12:30 pm.
  • In addition, the eleventh annual “Larry DeCelle Friend of the DPW Award” will be presented.
  • BikeMilton (www.bikemilton.org) will be at the yard, running a used bike sale from 10am-4pm.  Bikes may be donated Friday May 16th 5-6:30pm and on the day from 8.30-10am
  • Sustainable Milton and Cradles to Crayons (www.cradlestocrayons.org) will also be at the event, helping to give a new lease on life to unwanted items.
  • Collections for inkjet cartridges and cell phones to raise funds for Milton Schools
  • Collections of button cell batteries, thermometers and thermostats containing mercury (recycling   these keeps  hazardous substances out of our waste stream)
  • Collections of worn sneakers to be made into sports surface by Nike Reuse-a Shoe
  • Earthmover compost bins will also be available for $42 (checks payable to Town of Milton please). Order rain barrels via phone – 800-251-2352 or online at www.sustainablemilton.org by May 12, 2014.

For more information, visit the Milton DPW website at: http://www.townofmilton.org/Public_Documents/MiltonMA_DPW/DPW

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The item below was submitted by Janet Gilmore of ArtSpace Milton:

            Please join Artspace Milton, the Mary M. B. Wakefield Charitable Trust, and Sustainable Milton in a creative celebration of love for your Mother Earth.

            Mayfest 2014 will provide families with an afternoon of live music, including Milton’s own Franc Graham Band, and art activities to exercise imaginations and demonstrate our appreciation for the wonderful world we live in. The day will include a Maypole dance, create a Mother’s Day Crown for your Mother (or yourself!), enjoy environmental art installations,  and tips and ideas for how to live lightly and reduce our impact on the environment. There will also be a Recycle Art Challenge:  “Bag the plastic!” Make an art piece out of recycled materials and bring to be exhibited at the event. Prizes will be awarded!

            The event will take place Saturday, May 10 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm on the stunning grounds of the Wakefield Estate at 1465 Brush Hill Road, Milton, MA. Mary “Polly” Wakefield was a lover of the natural world who believed it vital to “organize to re-establish the contact between the land and the people.” All events are weather permitting. Please call for updates 617-333-0924

 MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

The following items were sent to us by Sara Truog, Assistant Children’s Librarian.

In addition to our regular story times on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, the Children’s Room at Milton Public Library is pleased to offer this exciting program for the young people in your life:

Wednesday, May 7th from 4 – 5pm

French Reading Support with Mr. Leite, Grades 1-2

In this program, beloved Tucker French teacher Mr. Leite will lead students in a French reading tutorial.  This class is for first and second grade students in the French program in the Milton Public Schools who need help with reading, and is limited to ten students.  While this is a series, registration for each individual class is required.

Friday, May 9th from 10am–12:00 noon

Free Play Friday, Ages 0-5

Drop by and enjoy puzzles and games in the Story Hour room. The room will be open for two hours in the morning for you to enjoy with your little ones.

Saturday, May 10th from 11am – 12:00 noon

Reading Dogs, Grades K-5

Kids currently in grades K-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.

Saturday, May 10th from 2 – 3:00 pm

Mel O’Drama, Ages 5-9

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

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. 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 registering for adult and teen summer art classes. In addition, they are holding sign-ups for MAC Paint Night on May 15th. Please click here for course descriptions and dates: http://www.miltonartcenter.org/

ATHLETICS

Boys Varsity Lacrosse

Team Record: BSC League: 0-6, Non-league Record: 3-1, Overall Record: 3-7. Team Highlights:  The team went 3-0 over spring break, defeating Whitman-Hanson, Canton, and Silver Lake. Individual Player Highlights:  Senior co-captains Connor Richard and Dan Matisoff are leading the team in scoring, while senior goalie Seadna Scanlon is anchoring the team defense. What’s next:  The team will be playing 8 games in the next two weeks, with five at home.  The Milton High School Boys Lacrosse program will be hosting the Milton Youth Lacrosse program at their home game against Hanover on Saturday, May 10th.  There will be free admission for all youth players wearing their jerseys.  The team will  be holding Senior Night on Wednesday, May 21 for the program’s 12 seniors.

Girls Varsity Lacrosse

League Record: 0-6, Overall Record: 0-9. Individual Player Highlights:  Claire Mahoney as midfield has been a solid contributor on attack and defense, with 17 goals & 8 Assists.  Mackenzie Stanley in goal has a 46% save percentage and has come up big in many games. Courtney Ware and Liz O’Connor have been backbones of the defense. Team Highlights: While continuing to compete in a very tough league, they had a great team effort against Walpole (#4 in the state) on Friday and played Wellesley to a close game in our second encounter.  Coming up next are games vs Newton North HS, Needham HS, Weymouth HS, and Ursuline Academy.

Boys Varsity Baseball

The team currently stands at 8-4, with a league record of 6-3. They are currently tied for first place in the Herget Division.  Leading the way offensively are Jason Turner and Colin McCabe.  Jason is currently hitting 0.442 and Colin McCabe is batting 0.375.  Sophomores Brandon Musto and Jake Walker both have two league wins on the mound, and senior Cam Brown has been outstanding out of the bullpen.  The team has a busy week this week, playing 4 games on the road vs Brookline HS, Norwood HS, Wayland HS, and Braintree HS. We are home again on 5/12 when they take on Walpole HS at 3:45. JV BASEBALL: 7-4 record with games at Brookline, Norwood, Wayland and Braintree this week (8 games left on the schedule).  Sophomore Cullen McMurray threw a no-hitter against Wayland on 4/17, leading Milton to a 2-0 win.  Freshman Andrew Steele threw a one-hit shutout against Weymouth on 5/2, leading Milton to a 1-0 win.  Sophomore Scott Cummings is leading the team in hitting with a .429 batting average, .618 on base percentage and 8 stolen bases.

Girls Varsity Softball

Milton High Softball – Currently 1 and 10 but a huge week coming up with 4 winnable games. Pitchers Julie Henry and Shannon Fitzgerald have been working hard, especially in our game Friday against Weymouth. Jacqui Losi is leading the team in hitting with a .437 batting average. Juliann Coestta is a close second with .428. Seniors Julia Moore and Emily Brink are helping the team succeed with their leadership skills. MHS is playing  home Wednesday vs Norwood HS and Friday vs Braintree HS!

Girls Track

The Girls track team is 0-3 overall and in the conference. They have had 3 losses to Needham, Wellesley and Natick.  The team had a meet vs. Walpole yesterday and will compete against Dedham on Wednesday.  Colette O’Leary took 2nd place in the one mile at the MSTCA Freshman Sophomore meet this past Saturday and Mairead Dambruch took 3rd place in the 2 mile at the same MSTCA meet.

Boys Track

The Boys Track team is currently 0-3, despite many fine performances. The team has an excellent chance of winning its last three meets vs Walpole HS, Dedham HS, and Norwood HS.

Boys Tennis

Boys Tennis is 2-3 in league play and 2-5 overall. Up next are matches vs Walpole HS, Needham HS, Dedham HS and Framingham HS

Girls Tennis

BSC League record 0-5, Overall Record of 1-5. The Girls Tennis team players are:  Gabrielle Che, Renee Chiu, Ellese Crawford, Miyabi Fraser , MadelineHoy, Mikalia Jackson, Olivia Johnson , Olivia Keohane , Oceane Marescal, Kate Ricciuti , and Natalie Tsang.  Up next for girls tennis are matches vs Walpole HS, Framingham HS, Needham HS, and Dedham HS

Boys Rugby

League record:  3-0…. victories over Algonquin Regional, Wilbraham & Monson Academy and Scituate HS.  Overall record 5-0……  two non- league wins over Cambridge R&L and Lincoln Sudbury. Rugby Highlights: Carrying two full sides, JV and Varsity, Undefeated. Defending Div 2 state Champions.  Only ten points allowed in 5 games during first half.  Leading scorer:  Mark Chandler.  Captains are Phil Janvier, Tim O’Connor.  Number one seed in Massachussetts in Division 2.   2 more league games against Quincy and Marshfield this week.  Playoffs Tues, May 20.  Finals Saturday May 24 at Fort Devens.

Girls Crew

Coach Mike McVeigh is very happy with the results so far. The Varsity 4, our top boat, has decisively beaten the three opponents they’ve faced so far; Cambridge Ringe & Latin, Vermont Academy and Thayer Academy.  The second boat, or junior varsity, has also performed well, also besting our opponents’ top boat in two out of the three races.  There is real competition for seats inside our first boat, a crucial element which pushes performances and makes each practice count. “I’m excited to see what kind of speed we can achieve in the next few weeks heading into both the regional (5/24) and state championships (5/25)”, says Coach McVeigh.

Boys Crew – The boys Crew team has had a rocky start.  Versus Cambridge Rindge and Latin our third boat was a good 20 second ahead in a 4 minute race, only to break an oar and never recover. Nevertheless our 2nd boat demonstrated equal dominance with a 20+ second victory sans equipment breakage.  Our 1st boat, still finding its rhythm lost by 8 seconds to a strong CRLS 1st boat.  Versus Vermont Academy our 1st boat won decisively and our second boat came in behind VA’s 1st boat as expected.  Finally against Thayer, equipment issues continued to plague the boys team.  First and second boat suffered a 40 degree collision bow to bow in the first 200 meters, crippling the second boat and taking the first boat out of the race.  Nevertheless, we seem faster than ever and the next few weeks should help to reveal whether looks are deceiving or on the mark!  We look forward to the regional and State championships on the weekend of the 24th and 25th of May!

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

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

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Students:  Congratulations to each of the sixth-grade students in Ms. Smialek’s class at Pierce Middle School. These students recently participated in the National Lemonade Day Entrepreneurial program sponsored by Babson College. This program is designed to teach students the skills needed to become small business owners.  The students selected a name for their business (Cheers 4 Charity), set up a budget, took out small loans, created advertising posters, built a stand, and made and sold lemonade at the Pierce Middle School’s Global Celebration of Diversity.  From the profit they made, the students repaid their loans and are donating their profit to the Milton’s Teens In Need charity. Great job!

Staff:  Please join me in thanking our School Nurses. These hardworking professionals do their best every day to keep our students healthy and safe. Many thanks to: Maureen LeBlanc of Glover, Marylou Bradley of Tucker, Barbara Perry of Pierce Middle School, Alison Joyce of Cunningham, Joan Traverse and Jeanne Sgroi of Collicot,MaryJane Walsh, district-wide and Margaret Gibbons of Milton High School.

Volunteers: Now that Town Meeting season is upon us, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the hundreds of Town Meeting Members who give their valuable time to the Town of Milton. Town Meeting is an excellent example of direct democracy which has existed since the 17th century. I am proud be a witness to this process and I think it serves as a valuable civics lesson to our students and to our community. I am grateful to each and every Town Meeting member for their time and effort.

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.

 

 

 

April 25th E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Apr• 25•14

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

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

As I have said many times, we are blessed to have an organization like Milton Foundation for Education in this town. Although they do incredible work year-round, including their Competitive Grants and Sam’s Fund, the past month has been their most intense period. Earlier this month, the MFE hosted hundreds of Milton Public School supporters at their annual Celebration for Education. This year’s theme was “Power Up,” and it was one of the most successful events ever.  We are very grateful for the countless hours the MFE volunteers spent to make this evening such an incredible experience. For those of you who were unable to attend, you will be amazed by this video, which was played at the Celebration event. Please click this video link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ElFjnOoBu4

 For those who would like to contribute to the “Fund A Need” campaign, please click here: https://miltonfoundation.ejoinme.org/MyEvents/PowerUp2014/FundANeedDonation/tabid/532888/Default.aspx 

I would like to give a huge thank you and congratulations to this year’s MFE’s Celebration Chairs: Sheila Leddy, Courtney Affanato and Rachel Schewe.

On the heels of Celebration, the MFE is now gearing up for the annual Teacher of the Year event. Winners were “surprised” in their classrooms last week and those teachers will be honored at a ceremony on Monday, April 28th. This will be the 14th Annual Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award Ceremony and it will be held in the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium. A reception will be held at 6pm in the lobby, followed by the Award Ceremony at 7pm. Don’t miss this wonderful evening celebrating seven of Milton Public School’s amazing teachers. Once again, the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium will be filled with family, friends, students and faculty. We’ll hear from our honored teachers and celebrate with their students, current and past. It’s one evening you won’t want to miss!

Congratulations to this year’s winners: 2014 Outstanding Teacher Winners: Julie Ostrowski – Collicot 3rd Grade, Marie Brown – Cunningham 1st Grade, Carol Kenney – Glover Special Education, Caitlin O’Brien – Tucker 1st Grade, Mary Shapiro – Pierce 8th Grade Math and Scott Devlin – Milton High School Guidance Counselor. The 2014 Dr. Mary Grassa O’Neill Leadership Award went to Assistant Superintendent John Phelan.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There has been one School Committee meeting since my last E-blast, held on April 2nd. There will be a brief reorganizational meeting on April 30th at the cable studio at Pierce Middle School at 7 pm on April 30th

CURRICULUM NEWS

I would like to congratulate the Tucker Elementary School’s Future Problem Solving Team for their success at the recent State Bowl at Babson College.  This Junior Division team, coached by Tucker teacher Thuy Nguyen, is made up of students Olivia Ketler, Claire Walko, Blake Strong and Oskar Peloquin.  Three additional students, Dominique Thomas, Philip Lee and William Milliken, competed as individuals and also helped the team with their skit. The team won 1st place in the Junior Division for the Action Plan Skit presentation.

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The following item was submitted by Ada Rosmarin, consultant for the Milton Public Schools’ Full Day Kindergarten program:

The Milton Public Schools is participating, along with other school districts across Massachusetts, in the new Massachusetts Kindergarten Entry Assessment (MKEA).  The goals of MKEA are:

  • To assess young children in developmentally appropriate ways and use the information to individualize the teaching process
  • To measure development and learning across all developmental domains

In the 2013-14 school year, we have been piloting an assessment called the Work Sampling System, by Pearson Assessment, in the Cunningham School Kindergarten and the Collicot School Integrated Preschool program.

This spring, the Kindergarten team is preparing for a 2014-15 district-wide roll-out of MKEA assessments in all four elementary schools.  The new assessment will be aligned with new Kindergarten report cards, as well.  Due to some changes in requirements from the state level, we will be using a different assessment tool called Teaching Strategies GOLD

Both Work Sampling System and Teaching Strategies GOLD are observational assessments that focus on areas of child development and curriculum such as: social-emotional, language, literacy, cognitive, mathematics, and more.   Teachers will observe and document children’s learning at school during day-to-day activities.  Lessons learned from this year’s pilot sites are informing our plans for what should be a great district-wide roll-out next year.  Stay tuned!

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Many of our students won recognition in this year’s Lincoln Essay & Drawing Contest, sponsored by the Forbes House Museum.

For the Lincoln Drawing contest, the following Milton Public School students were recognized: Kindergarten: First Place: Reagan Vaughan, Collicot School; Second Place: Madeline Stephen, Collicot School. Grade One: First Place: Orlaith Killion, Collicot School; Second Place: Lillian Heaton, Cunningham School; Honorable Mention: Nicole Dowdall, Cunningham School. Grade Two: First Place: Jack Haney, Glover School; Second Place: Olivia Williams, Glover School; Honorable Mentions: David Mitchell, Glover School and Kameela Blackmon, Cunningham School. Grade Three: First Place: Mia Gilmore, Glover School; Second Place: Benjamin Catudal, Glover School; Third Place: Adriana Ruiz, Cunningham School; Honorable Mention: Isabella Mostofi, Glover School. Grade Four: First Place: Christina Frederique, Cunningham School; Third Place: Lucia Dwyer, Cunningham School; Honorable Mentions: Michael Roberson, Tucker School and Ana Sophia Leissner, Cunningham School

For the Lincoln Essay Contest, the following Milton Public School students were recognized:  

 Grade Five: First Place: Abigail Files, Glover School. Grade Six: First Place: Emma Driscoll, Pierce Middle School. Grade Eight: Second Place: Sachin Meier, Pierce Middle School

Winning students were honored at a ceremony held at St. Agatha School last month. This year, the Forbes House Museum received more than 1,000 essays and more than 400 drawings, for a total of 1,425 contest submissions.

The essays and drawings were judged by a 25 member review committee comprised of members of the Forbes House Museum Board of Trustees and Lincoln Committee, along with educators and Civil War experts from Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island.

The topic for the 2014 Lincoln Essay & Drawing Contest focused on the Gettysburg Address. Students in Kindergarten through grade 4 were required to draw a picture of President Lincoln delivering the Gettysburg Address. Students in grades 5 through 8 were required to write an essay based on notable quotes in the Address.

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As I mentioned in a previous E-blast, we have formed a Search Committee to begin the process of hiring an Assistant Superintendent for Personnel and Curriculum. I would like to inform the community that we have conducted interviews and we will be re-opening the search and re-posting the position. We will be utilizing the same Search Committee for this second search.  I would like to thank the following people for their work on this committee: School Committee Representative Kristan Bagley Jones, School Committee Representative Leroy Walker, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Glenn Pavlicek, Principal James Jette, Unit B Representative Courtney Walsh, Unit A Representative Nancy Trifone, Unit A Representative Jason Coady, Parent Representative Christine Tobin, Parent Representative Lauren Barone, Citizens for a Diverse Milton Representative Steven Pascal, Milton Foundation for Education Representative Patti Elliott and Milton Special Education Parent Advisory Council Representative Christine Howley.  We will keep you updated on the search’s progress in the coming weeks.

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I am pleased to announce that Pierce Middle School teacher Owen McElhinney recently learned that he has been chosen to attend the George Washington Teachers’ Institute in Virginia this summer. Mr. McElhinney is one of only seven teachers in the state, chosen from public, private and parochial schools, to have been chosen for this honor. The George Washington Institute is a one-week study program at George Washington’s home, Mount Vernon.

Mr. McElhinney, an eighth-grade history teacher, will attend an intensive immersion study of George Washington and early American history. The curriculum includes discussions led by renowned Washington scholars and workshops which explore Washington’s life and interests at Mount Vernon.

Along with the other honorees, Mr. McElhinney will have full access to Mount Vernon’s extensive library collection. They will meet with Mount Vernon’s historians, curators, and educators during their time at the Institute. After his return, Mr. McElhinney will provide professional development to his peers at Pierce Middle School on topics relating to early American History and George Washington.

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  I would like to recognize Ivy Anthony, a Tucker parent who has been working to get more structure to an outdoor classroom at the Tucker Elementary School, beginning with Kindergarten. She recently organized a few parents to build new garden boxes at Tucker. A community member donated the beautiful cedar planks. They turned out beautifully and I am excited to see the students interacting with them in the weeks to come.  

PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

The first game for the Challenger Division will be played this Sunday, April 27th at 4:45pm at Shields Park on Eliot Street. The Challenger Division of Little League enables boys and girls with physical and mental challenges, ages 5-18, or up to age 22 (if still enrolled in high school), to enjoy the game of baseball along with the millions of other children who participate in this sport worldwide.  For more information about the Challenger League, click here:

https://leagueathletics.com/Registration/Restrictions.asp?RegID=71836&n=81797&org=miltonnationalll.com

NEWS AROUND TOWN

Save the date!  The 2014 Green Homes Fair will be held on Saturday, April 26th at Cunningham Hall, Milton MA from Noon to 4PM.  Sign up for our newsletter to keep informed on all our future events!  The Milton Green Home Fair is a bi-annual event (held in April) sponsored by Sustainable Milton. Milton Green Homes Fair is an enjoyable, educational and informative event for the whole family.   We have fun activities planned for the children and valuable information and presentations from a wide variety of local vendors.

Our aim is to provide residents and businesses with a range of products and services that reduce a consumer’s environmental impact, from proprietors who have a local presence or Web-based business to decrease travel emissions and support the local economy and include sustainability as part of their DNA. 

For more information about Sustainable Milton, click here: http://www.sustainablemilton.org/2014/04/sustainable-miltons-green-homes-fair/

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The following item was sent by the Milton Historical Society.

The Milton Historical Society’s Annual Gala Dinner will be held on Wednesday, May 21st  featuring Eleanor Roosevelt. Dr. Gary Hylander, Professor of History at Stonehill College, brings his enthusiastic, interactive approach to history with an engaging presentation of Eleanor Roosevelt.  Join us at the Neighborhood Club of Quincy, 27 Glendale Road, Quincy on May 21st. Social hour starts at 6 PM with dinner at 7 PM to be followed by Dr. Gary Hylander. Reservations Required.  $40.00 members / $45.00 non-members

Please make checks payable to Milton Historical Society and mail to The Milton Historical Society, Suffolk Resolves House, 1370 Canton Avenue, Milton MA 02186.

For more information or to make a reservation, contact Milton Historical Society at

askus@miltonhistoricalsociety.org  or call 617-696-4115.

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Forbes House Museum cordially invites you to celebrate historic preservation at The Downton Abbey Ball, to be held at the home of Francesca and Mat Sibble, 144 Randolph Avenue, Milton on S aturday Evening,  May 17th from 6-8pm. Featuring champagne, cocktails, canapés, music and amusements. Tickets are $75.00 per person. Please RSVP by May 9th. To purchase tickets, please send a check to the FHM, 215 Adams Street, Milton MA 02186,or call with a credit card to the Museum at 617.696.1815. Period Edwardian attire, creative black tie, wigs, tails and dancing shoes are encouraged!

BETH ISRAEL DEACONESS HOSPITAL – MILTON

We are pleased to announce a new partnership with Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital Milton. I would like to thank Peter J. Healy, President and Chief Executive Officer and Bob McCrystal, Director of Communications, for reaching out to the Milton Public Schools. We will be working closely with the administration of BID-Milton to provide opportunities for students and staff in the spirit of community partnership. Together with Milton High School Principal James Jette, we will be developing relationships with the hospital in the areas of Health & Wellness, Athletics, Community Service and Education. We will also be including pertinent information from the hospital in our newsletters.

BID-Milton will be offering a seminar entitled “Injuries & Contact Sports” next month. From hamstring pulls to hard tackles, contact sports often go hand-in-hand with many types of injuries. Orthopedic surgeon Ben Thompson, MD, will discuss the dangers of concussion; shoulder, knee, and ankle injuries; treatment options; long-term recovery and strategies for reducing risk. This event is a must for young athletes and their parents, coaches and trainers.

  • DATE: Thursday, May 22
  • TIME: 6:30 PM
  • PLACE: Nangeroni Education Center
  • COST: FREE, pre-registration required. Call 617-696-8810 to register.

BID-Milton is also announcing the opening of their Center for Specialty Care.  To meet the need for specialized healthcare services in the greater Milton community, the hospital recently opened the Center for Specialty Care. The Center, located on the ground floor of the hospital across from the Cafeteria, offers outpatient appointments with several specialist physicians, many of whom are members of Harvard Medical Faculty Practice at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.  These specialists are also now performing surgeries at BID-Milton, enabling patients to receive care from renowned physicians in their community without having to drive into Boston. Specialty services offered in the Center include spine and neurosurgery, thoracic surgery, colorectal surgery and podiatry. The Center is also home to BID-Milton’s Orthopaedic Center and nationally accredited Weight Loss Surgery Program. For more information about BID-Milton’s Center for Specialty Care, call 617-313-1445.

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

The following item was sent to us by the Friends of the Milton Public Library:

Dear Milton Teachers:  From Tuesday, May 13-Saturday, May 31, the Friends of the Milton Public Library invite you to visit the Friends Book Shop to select a free bag of children’s books for your classroom.  We hope this effort will encourage Milton’s children to enjoy a summer of fun reading. Our shop has a great supply of books for children of all ages, so please stop by from May 13-31, tell the volunteer you are a Milton teacher, and select your free bag of books.  The Book Shop is located on the lower level of the Library, and is open on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 10am-2pm, on Wednesdays from 6:30pm-8:30pm, and on Fridays from 10am-12pm.  For more information about this program or the book shop, please contact cdspiros@comcast.net.

The following item was send by the Children’s Room:

Springtime fun for families continues throughout the season in the Children’s Room at Milton Public Library!  In addition to our regular storytimes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, we have several exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of May 4 – 10:

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 from 4:00 – 5:00 pm

French Reading Support with Mr. Leite, Grades 1-2

In this program, beloved Tucker French teacher Mr. Leite will lead students in a French reading tutorial.  This class is for first and second grade students in the French program in the Milton Public Schools who need help with reading, and is limited to ten students.  While this is a series, registration for each individual class is required.

Friday, May 9, 2014 from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon

Free Play Friday, Ages 0-5

Drop by and enjoy puzzles and games in the Story Hour room. The room will be open for two hours in the morning for you to enjoy with your little ones.

Saturday, May 10, 2014 from 11:00 am – 12:00 noon

Reading Dogs, Grades K-5

Kids currently in grades K-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.

Saturday, May 10, 2014 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Mel O’Drama, Ages 5-9

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

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. Please contact the Children’s Room if you have questions about any of our programs or services.

The following items were sent by the Teen Librarian:

On Thursday, May 8 at 6 p.m., join the Teen Department at the Milton Public Library and Animal World Experience with The Hunger Games Basic Survival Course. Calling all tributes (any teens in grades 6 to 12). We welcome you to the 74th Annual Hunger Games!  The time has come to say goodbye to loved ones and journey to the capitol to begin your training. Learn some basic survival skills such as how to create life-saving shelter anywhere, discover how to locate and purify water, practice Katniss’s famous twitch-up snare, try your hand at Peeta’s camouflage techniques and much more. Happy Hunger Games!  And may the odds ever be in your favor!

Admission to the workshop is free. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library. 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.

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The Milton Public Library’s teen book club has selected Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi as its May pick.  “Aria and Perry, two teens from radically different societies–one highly advanced, the other primitive–hate being dependent on one another until they overcome their prejudices and fall in love, knowing they can’t stay together.” Join the book club at 7 p.m. on Monday May 5 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.

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

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

VISUAL ARTS

This weekend at MAC: Award winning writer Suzette Standring’s writing Workshop this Sunday 4/27 at 2:00 pm.  Watercolors by T. Nicholos Phakos Exhibit continues. Milton Open Mic Returns on Wednesday April 30th at 7:00PM. Hosted by, and featuring Milton’s own Franc Graham!

ATHLETICS

Congratulations to the following Milton High student athletes who were recently named to the Patriot Ledger All Scholastic Team. To view all the athletes from Ledger-Land who  were named to the All-Scholastics, click here: http://www.patriotledger.com/article/20140421/SPORTS/140429455/12348/sports
Jonathan Carrera (wrestling), Meg Corcoran (girls basketball), Juwan Gooding (boys basketball), Myles McDermott (boys basketball), Anthony Smith (boys basketball), Hannah O’Leary (girls hockey), Sarah Park (girls hockey), Brian Nee (boys hockey) and Connor Richard (boys hockey.)

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As many of you know, we have implemented a BOKS program in our elementary schools. This is a physical activity program run by parent/guardian volunteers, in partnership with Reebok, to get  students moving in before-school programs. To read the BOKS April newsletter and find out about upcoming training sessions for potential BOKS volunteers, click here: http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/1308467/e304a1171c/545429127/33cf4eb07c/

or visit the website at http://www.bokskids.org/

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

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

Congratulations to the MHS Crew team in their recent race against Cambridge Ridge Latin School crew team. Milton’s crew team won the race the Charles River, with  all rowers showing a tremendous effort

AMBASSADOR PAGE

Students:  Congratulations to the Milton High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) following their participation in their first State Leadership Conference that was held earlier this month at Bentley University.  Milton High School’s FBLA members came home with two state championship trophies and a third place medal:
In the Economics category,  Jack Calijouw took First Place and Chris Riccuitti took Third Place. For the Marketing category, the team of  Colin Keally and Brandon Musto took First Place. The state champions have qualified for nationals at the National FBLA conference held this summer in Nashville, Tennessee. I’d like to give a special thank you to Milton High teacher AJ Melanson for his leadership, guidance and for providing our students with this wonderful opportunity.

Staff:   Two Milton High teachers – one who is currently teaching and one who is retired – are to be commended for their dedication to the Milton High LifeSmarts team. Nancy Mikels gave up most of her April vacation to accompany this team to the National Tournament in Orlando this week, and Paul Arenberg, who is now retired, agreed to return and help coach the team in their quest to win a National title. Thank you to both of these dedicated professionals.

Volunteers: I would like to thank the following local landscapers for their continued and unbelievable commitment to the Milton Public Schools. They have provided landscaping, labor and supplies to our buildings, campuses and grounds to keep them looking beautiful year-round. Thank you to:

  • Malloy Landscaping of Milton at Pierce Middle School
  • Coulter Landscaping of Milton at Tucker Elementary School
  • Eagle Farms of Milton for the island at the intersection of Gile Road & Canton Ave.
  • Driscoll Landscaping of Milton for the entrance to Brooks Field.

We are very grateful for these services. We are still looking for someone to take over the Glover and Collicot/Cunningham sites. If you have a connection to a local landscaper who is willing to donate their services, please contact Facilities Director Bill Ritchie at britchie@townofmilton.org and again, please help me to thank these four Milton businesses for their help.

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.

 

Art-Blast for April 8th

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Apr• 08•14

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Students, Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  April 8, 2014

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

One can compare art education to the solid foundation for a house – once it’s built properly, it will hold any shape or form you will place on it. – Igor Babailov

I want to be sure that every parent and guardian in the Milton Public Schools is aware of the upcoming art fairs taking place in our schools starting tonight. At the same time, I want to emphasize the Milton Public Schools’ commitment to the arts and art education.  There is no doubt that having a robust art program in our schools is one of the keys to high academic achievement.  In addition, exposing students to art programs has been shown to have numerous benefits. Please read the article below which outlines those benefits, but first, please note our upcoming “Passport to the Arts,” events.

  • Tuesday, April 8th at 6pm at Glover
  • Wednesday, April 9th at 5pm at Pierce Middle School & at 6pm at Cunningham
  • Thursday, April 10th at 5:30pm at Milton High School & at 6pm at Tucker & Collicot

Passports will be handed out at each of these events and if students “travel” from art fair to art fair, they can collect the stamps from each fair. Students can return the stamped passports to their art teachers and prizes will be awarded to a few lucky students!

Photo: Students from Ms. Derby’s Drawing class get their exhibit ready for the “Passport to the Arts,” event on Thursday night. Junior Zion Theodros (left) and Sophomore Julia Blutt arranged some of their own and their classmates artwork in preparation for the show.

Developmental Benefits of Art

By Grace Hwang Lynch

Motor Skills: Many of the motions involved in making art, such as holding a paintbrush or scribbling with a crayon, are essential to the growth of fine motor skills in young children. According to the National Institutes of Health, developmental milestones around age three should include drawing a circle and beginning to use safety scissors. Around age four, children may be able to draw a square and begin cutting straight lines with scissors. Many preschool programs emphasize the use of scissors because it develops the dexterity children will need for writing.

Language Development: For very young children, making art—or just talking about it—provides opportunities to learn words for colors, shapes and actions. When toddlers are as young as a year old, parents can do simple activities such as crumpling up paper and calling it a “ball.” By elementary school, students can use descriptive words to discuss their own creations or to talk about what feelings are elicited when they see different styles of artwork.

Decision Making: According to a report by Americans for the Arts, art education strengthens problem-solving and critical-thinking skills. The experience of making decisions and choices in the course of creating art carries over into other parts of life. “If they are exploring and thinking and experimenting and trying new ideas, then creativity has a chance to blossom,” says MaryAnn Kohl, an arts educator and author of numerous books about children’s art education.

Visual Learning: Drawing, sculpting with clay and threading beads on a string all develop visual-spatial skills, which are more important than ever. Even toddlers know how to operate a smart phone or tablet, which means that even before they can read, kids are taking in visual information. This information consists of cues that we get from pictures or three-dimensional objects from digital media, books and television.

“Parents need to be aware that children learn a lot more from graphic sources now than in the past,” says Dr. Kerry Freedman, Head of Art and Design Education at Northern Illinois University. “Children need to know more about the world than just what they can learn through text and numbers. Art education teaches students how to interpret, criticize, and use visual information, and how to make choices based on it.” Knowledge about the visual arts, such as graphic symbolism, is especially important in helping kids become smart consumers and navigate a world filled with marketing logos.

Inventiveness: When kids are encouraged to express themselves and take risks in creating art, they develop a sense of innovation that will be important in their adult lives. “The kind of people society needs to make it move forward are thinking, inventive people who seek new ways and improvements, not people who can only follow directions,” says Kohl. “Art is a way to encourage the process and the experience of thinking and making things better!”

Cultural Awareness: As we live in an increasingly diverse society, the images of different groups in the media may also present mixed messages. “If a child is playing with a toy that suggests a racist or sexist meaning, part of that meaning develops because of the aesthetics of the toy—the color, shape, texture of the hair,” says Freedman. Teaching children to recognize the choices an artist or designer makes in portraying a subject helps kids understand the concept that what they see may be someone’s interpretation of reality.

Improved Academic Performance: Studies show that there is a correlation between art and other achievement. A report by Americans for the Arts states that young people who participate regularly in the arts (three hours a day on three days each week through one full year) are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, to participate in a math and science fair or to win an award for writing an essay or poem than children who do not participate.

AWARDS/COMMENDATIONS

We have some fantastic news to share. Dr. Noreen Diamond Burdett, our Fine Arts & Family/Consumer Studies Director, was recently notified that she was one of only twenty semi-finalists in the country who was considered for the National Teachers Hall of Fame Award. This prestigious award has been given out to deserving teachers since 1992 and Dr. Diamond Burdett was chosen as a semi-finalist among a highly qualified field of applicants nationwide.  Congratulations to Dr. Diamond Burdett whose career in education speaks for itself.

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

I wanted to remind everyone in the Milton Public Schools community that this Sunday, April 13th is the Run for Red Nation — a 5k fun run/walk that will raise money to maintain Milton High School’s sports, clubs, and activities and keep participation fees low. The race begins at 9am at Cunningham Elementary School. For more information, visit this link: http://runforrednation.webs.com/

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  I also wanted to be sure to thank M-PACE for their generous sponsorship of this week’s cultural event, the presentation of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet this Thursday in the Charles Winchester Auditorium at Milton High School. This play will be performed for our entire freshman class, as well as invited guests from Fontbonne Academy.  In addition, our junior class will be attending a trip to the House of Blues on April 15th and our sophomores will be attending a performance of Macbeth on Wednesday, May 7th.  All three performances have been generously funded by the Milton Partnership for Arts and Cultural Enrichment.  (MPACE).

MILTON FOUNDATION FOR EDUCATION

On Monday, April 28th the Milton Foundation for Education will be holding the 14th Annual Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award Ceremony at the Milton High School Charles Winchester Auditorium.  A reception will be held at 6pm in the Lobby, followed by the Award Ceremony at 7pm.Please “Save the Date.” 

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

The following information was provided by Amy Rosa, The Milton Public Library Teen Librarian:

Teen Space will be participating in World Book Night on Wednesday April 23, 2014. Join teen librarian, Amy Rosa in the teen room after school for a free book giveaway! Title will be revealed that day. Pick up your free book and enjoy reading your new book that night, the same time as others around the United States are also reading the same title. Free book giveaways are for any teens in grades 6 to 12. Books will be given away until the last book has found its new home. World Book Night’s mission is Spreading the Love of Reading Person to Person. Interested in getting involved in World Book Night? Visit www.us.worldbooknight.org and see how!

For more information about this event, please contact Amy Rosa at 617-698-5757 or aboivin@ocln.org.

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The following information was provided by Sara Truog, Assistant Children’s Librarian:

Children’s Room Events:

Tuesday, April 15th from 7:00 – 8:00 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.

Wednesday, April 16th from 4:00 – 5:00 pm

French Reading Support with Mr. Leite, Grades 1-2

In this program, beloved Tucker French teacher Mr. Leite will lead students in a French reading tutorial.  This class is for first and second grade students in the French program in the Milton Public Schools who need help with reading, and is limited to ten students.  While this is a series, registration for each individual class is required.

Saturday, April 19th from 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Happy Birthday, Author/MOVIE, Ages 4 and up

Each month, Miss Sara invites friends aged 4 and up to join her for a party where we celebrate the birthday of a children’s author with crafts, games and stories.  In April, we will be celebrating Ludwig Bemelmans by showing the 1998 film of his famous book Madeline, starring Hatty Jones and Frances McDormand.  Registration for this program is required.  Kids 6 and under should be accompanied by a parent/caregiver.  (Note: a small snack is served at this program)

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

VISUAL ARTS

Please join the Milton Art Center for the opening reception of Watercolors by T. Nicholas Phakos —  A Lifetime of Paintings – on Friday, April 11, 6:30-8:30pm. This exhibit will run from April 1st to May 3rd at Gallery 334, Milton Art Center, 334 Edge Hill Road or visit www.miltonartcenter.org. The MAC is honored to host an artist of Nicholas’ caliber and misses his warm and fun personality at the many gallery openings and fundraising events.  T. Nicholas Phakos, was a New England watercolorist, and a graduate of Vesper George Art School, Boston, Mass. He was born in Wyoming, lived most of his 92 years in Holyoke, Mass. and then moved to Milton where he lived his last 12 years. He and his wife Judith worked together at home designing greeting cards for over 50 years. He was also a popular teacher of watercolors and generously donated paintings to fundraising events for art organizations, including the MAC, and to his church.

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ArtSpace Milton is announcing a new event. Mark your calendars and start creating! Join the Wakefield, Artspace Milton and Sustainable Milton for our May Celebration, Saturday May 10th at the Mary MB Wakefield Estate, 1-4 pm. This year’s theme is “Bag the Plastic” The day will feature musical entertainment, art activities for kids, interactive installations and a scavenger hunt! Recycle Art Challenge! Make an art piece out of recyclable materials and bring to be exhibited at the event. Prizes will be awarded! Visit www.artspacemilton.com for more info.

AMBASSADOR PAGE

Students:  I would like to recognize every student who has a piece of artwork being displayed at the upcoming art fairs. We recognize and appreciate your artistic talent and abilities. Great work!

Staff:  Thank you to all of our Milton Public School art teachers, who motivate and inspire our students each and every day. Please help me in honoring these talented professionals. From our elementary schools: Caitlyn Clavette (Glover); Angela Lathwell (Cunningham and Collicot); Jessica Gillooly (Tucker); Robyn Thompson and Stephanie Sherman of Pierce Middle School; Karen Hughes and Kassandra Derby of Milton High School.

Volunteers: I would also like to thank a group of volunteers, the Milton Visual Arts Alliance. This group, led by Laura Cannata and Jess Gillooly, advocates for art education for all schools and all grade levels. They have been an instrumental voice for the visual arts and we are grateful for all their efforts.

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.

 

March 31st E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Mar• 31•14

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

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT 

As many of you know, we have been examining the safety and security procedures in each of our schools over the past year. The safety of our students and staff is a top priority, and as such, we have instituted a number of new safety protocols within our buildings, as well as making several physical changes to our school buildings. The latest addition to our safety initiatives has been the hiring of a second full-time School Resource Officer. We are pleased to welcome Milton Police Officer Chris Potts, who will be working alongside Milton Police Officer Maria Poles with Milton Public Schools’ security needs.  Both School Resource Officers will be responsible for all six Milton Public School buildings, but will primarily be assigned to Milton High School and the Pierce Middle School buildings. Officer Potts is a 2004 graduate of Milton High School and attended Curry College. He served as a Milton police cadet for 6 years and has been a Milton Police officer for nearly 4 years. Officer Potts will be present during afternoons and evenings for the benefit of the community use of Milton High School. In addition, he will be an additional presence in our middle and high school buildings, developing relationships with our students and staff.

I would like to recognize the following individuals who have served on the School Safety Committee and who have been instrumental in both improving our safety plans and in the hiring of Officer Potts. I am grateful to School Committee Vice Chair Leroy Walker; Assistant Superintendents John Phelan and Glenn Pavlicek; Consolidated Facilities Director Bill Ritchie; MPS Technology Director Bob Pattison;  Milton High School Principal James Jette;  Milton High School Vice Principal Michelle Kreuzer;  Milton High School Fine Arts Director  Dr. Noreen Diamond Burdett; Community Schools Director Pam Dorsey;  Milton High School Senior Custodian Jason Scherer; Food Service Director Jackie Morgan; Milton Police Chief Richard Wells; and Milton Police Sergeant Jack Richman.

I appreciate the support and cooperation our students, parents/guardians and employees have demonstrated since the start of the school year, as we have implemented these safety procedures and improvements. I look for your continued cooperation as we work to ensure that the safety and security of our children and staff is a high priority.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There has been one School Committee meetings since my last E-blast. Below is a summary of that meeting:

March 26th:  This meeting began with an introduction of MHS athletes. Coaches and student athletes from the Girls Hockey, Boys Basketball, Wrestling and Cheerleading teams were recognized.  Also, National Merit Finalist Jack Caljouw was commended for his accomplishment.  Dr. Sheila Kukstis  and the Glover School Site Council presented their School Improvement Plan. Next, Food Service Director Jackie Morgan presented a Food Service report. Assistant Superintendent John Phelan gave an update on the Grade One assignment process. During the Chairman’s Report, the committee approved vendor warrants and reviewed the School Committee goals. The Finance Subcommittee reviewed the compliance report and approved a statement regarding new housing impact on schools. In addition, this subcommittee voted to approve revolving funds for AP, Special Education tuitions and BOKS.  A power purchase agreement was also approved.

The next meeting will be held Wednesday, April 2nd at 7 pm in the Milton High School library.

CURRICULUM NEWS

Please note, on Thursday, April 3rd, all students in grades K-12 will have an Early Release Day. Students from Cunningham and Collicot will be released at noontime; students from Tucker and Glover will be released at 12:30pm. Pierce Middle School students will be released at 11:25pm; and Milton High School students will be released at 11:16am. Bus service will be as usual following dismissal.

For those parents/guardians who would like to enroll their children in optional programming, Milton Community Schools will be running Early Release Day Programs in all four elementary schools, which will run as follows:

• Collicot/Cunningham: 12:00 to 2:47pm
• Glover/Tucker 12:30 to 3:14pm

Parents/guardians who would like to enroll in Early Release Day Programs should register with Community Schools by contacting jmarr@miltonps.org or by clicking on the link below and returning the form to your child’s school office. The cost is $20 per student. For more info, please visit this link:
http://www.miltonps.org/documents/EARLYRELEASEDAYPrograms.pdf

This Early Release Day was part of the recently-negotiated teacher contract and will be used by our faculty for Professional Development and Collaborative Planning Time. The next Early Release Day is scheduled for Wednesday, June 4th for Grades 9-12 only.

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As part of a new DESE reporting requirement, we are obligated to indicate those Milton Public School families who are eligible for assistance as members of military families. Children of:

  • Active Duty members of the uniformed services, National Guard and Reserve on active duty orders.
  • Members or veterans who are medically discharged or retired for one year
  • Members who die on active duty

Please read the above criteria and visit this link if you think your child is eligible: 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1iO5yb5PQlQEWDVByIiaS5r60w_Vtx1l56jp0eauCQ4U/viewform

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I wanted to be sure I sent out an update on our Milton High LifeSmarts team fundraising efforts. As you may know, our students, who won the state championship, have been invited by the National Consumers League to represent their states at the National LifeSmarts Championship in Orlando the last week of April. Thanks to the incredible generosity of the Milton community, we are now able to send these talented students to compete on behalf of Milton High School. Many thanks to:

Liberty Mutual (MPS parents Patrick Powers and Joanmarie Berry); Milton Educators Association; Milton School Committee Member Mike Zullas; John Walker & Associates on behalf of  PNC Bank; Senator Brian A. and Mary Joyce; Sullivan’s Castle Island; Tom O’Neill of Success Real Estate, Milton; Anonymous; Dr. Frank Giuliano, Jr.; Sherri Richardson of Cruise Planners Blue Hills; MPEG (Milton Cable Access); Lenn & Jay Rossenburg; Blue Hills Bank; The Law Firm of Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane; and the LifeSmarts organization.

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Shawn Robertson, Animation Director at Irrational Games and lead Artist of the video game Bioshock Infinite spoke to the B period Art classes at Pierce Middle School recently. The students were thrilled as Shawn presented images and video samples of his final game and works in progress as well as work form his middle school years. Shawn discussed the importance of first drafts and practice, stressing drawing as a free way to improve your art and master ideas.  This visit was funded by M-PACE, which provides resources to the Milton Public Schools for arts and cultural enrichment.

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Please note the following PARCC dates:

Pierce: PARCC testing will be held for Grade 6 on April 7th and 8th; and for Grade 7 on April 9th and 10th.

Collicot: Grade 4 will have PARCC on April 8th, 9th and 10th.

Cunningham: Grade 4 will have PARCC testing on April 8th and 9th.

Glover: Selected classes in Grade 3 and 4 will have PARCC testing on May 21st and 22nd

Tucker: Grade 4 will have PARCC testing on March 31st, April 1st and April 2nd.

*contact your child’s school for makeup dates.

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 Congratulations to our 11 Pierce students who have been selected as 2014 winners of the Cambridge Science Festival’s Curiosity Challenge. These students will be published in a book put out by the Science Festival and will be presented with a copy of the book at an awards ceremony on Sunday, April 27th at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. This contest received over 2,600 entries this year, 600 more than the 2013 amount. Hats off to: Caroline Robinson, Jillian Rundlett, Aine Buchau, Kathryn McCarthy, Maeve DiSandro, Domenic Jancaterino, Tina Nguyen, Clarissa Waldmann, Hope Bell, Alisa Lorden and Pennie Sullivan. Many thanks also to our Pierce  Teachers, Christine Winchester, Jenifer Gilbert, Bernadette McEvoy, Nicole Hoyceanyls, Jeffrey Stoodt and Kathy Bertrand.

 UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

 In April, each of our schools will be hosting an Art Fair, with the theme of “Passport to the Arts.” Those who visit the art fair will be given a booklet designed to look like a passport. The art fairs at each of the schools will stamp these passports for all visitors. Please note the following dates/times for these events:

 April 8th at 6 pm      Glover Elementary School
April 9th  at 6 pm    Cunningham Elementary School
April 9th at 5 pm        Pierce Middle School
April 10th at 6 pm       Tucker Elementary School & Collicot Elementary School
April 10th at 5:30 pm  Milton High School followed by a Talent Show at 7:00

 Thank you to Pierce art teacher, Stephanie Sherman, who created the Passport stamps for each school.  We are hoping that many students will use their “passports” to travel from art fair to art fair and get them stamped at each school. 

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 For those of you who did not catch our Pierce students on the local news regarding their letter writing project and motivational song for this year’s marathon, please visit this link:  http://www.therunagainproject.org/

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Also, I have attached a document sent to me by Children’s Hospital of Boston for parents/guardians who would like more information about how to talk to their children about the anniversary of the Boston Marathon. (see attachment)  

FOOD SERVICE NEWS

 I would like to congratulate our Food Service Director, Jackie Morgan, on her success as a School Nutrition Director.  As a result of her outstanding professional achievements, she has been named the 2014 SNA of Massachusetts Director of the Year Award.

Quality nutrition services are central to every educational mission and her leadership is appreciated not only within your district by all her colleagues across our state as well.  Ms. Morgan will be recognized at the 2014 SNA Annual National Conference in Boston in July.  As the state winner, her nomination will also be carried forward to the Northeast Region, and if a winner at the regional level, she will be eligible for the National Director of the Year Award.

We appreciate Ms. Morgan’s active support of the school nutrition mission: To advance good nutrition for all children.  She has proven herself in an advocacy role to support positive growth in school nutrition programs within our district and for her many roles within the state and national association.  It is clear that she lives her passion and gives her very best every day in service to our Milton Public School children. We are very proud of her accomplishments in support of child nutrition and education.

MFE NEWS

Please save the date. Celebration for Education is right around the corner. The event will be held Saturday, April 12th at the Boston Marriott Quincy. Registration begins at 6:30 pm with cocktails and silent auction. A buffet dinner will be served at 8 pm, followed by the program and the live auction. Festive cocktail attire encouraged. There will be a special guest emcee — Lisa Donovan of Kiss 108’s Matty in the Morning show. For tickets, click the link below:
https://miltonfoundation.ejoinme.org/MyEvents/PowerUp2014/tabid/515502/Default.aspx

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Also, Jeep raffle tickets are now on sale. Only 500 tickets will be sold for this prize, which is a new Jeep Wrangler Sport (or $20,000 cash.) Tickets are $100 each and are available at each of the six schools or email Patti at pattielliott72@gmail.com or Eileen at eaheller@comcast.net

NEWS AROUND TOWN

 The Department of Parks & Recreation has several events running over the next few weeks, including signups for spring tennis lessons, Middle School ID program’s paintball and news on the Easter Egg Hunt at Cunningham Park. Please visit this link for more info:

http://www.townofmilton.org/Public_Documents/MiltonMA_Recreation/News

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

The following information was provided to us by Children’s Librarian Sara Truog:

Hey, families: come join us for springtime fun in the Children’s Room at Milton Public Library!  In addition to our regular storytimes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, we have several exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of April 6 – 12:

Wednesday, April 9th from 4:00 – 5:00 pm

French Reading Support with Mr. Leite, Grades 1-2

In this program, beloved Tucker French teacher Mr. Leite will lead students in a French reading tutorial.  This class is for first and second grade students in the French program in the Milton Public Schools who need help with reading, and is limited to ten students.  While this is a series, registration for each individual class is required.

 Friday, April 11th 10 am – 12:00 noon

Free Play Friday, Ages 0-5

Drop by and enjoy puzzles and games in the Story Hour room. The room will be open for two hours in the morning for you to enjoy with your little ones.

 Saturday, April 12th from 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Mad Science, Grades 3-5

Rockets!  Learn the dynamics of rocket flight with the launch of a model rocket as the grand finale.  Registration required and will open about three weeks before the event.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Library.

The information below was provided by MPL Teen Librarian Amy Rosa:

Teens Can Read Away Fines at Milton Public Library: Students in grades 6 – 12 can now reduce their overdue fines at the Milton Public Library simply by reading at the library. This program allows teens to read away fines accrued on their library cards from overdue library materials, including books, DVDs, and video games. (Lost or damaged materials are not eligible.) Teens can sign up in the teen room with Amy or at the reference desk with a book, magazine, or graphic novel of their choice. Each half-hour of in-library reading will reduce overdue fines by a dollar.  The program is meant to help teens reduce their fines so they can check out new materials and be able to access the library computers for school projects. For further information, contact Amy Rosa at aboivin@ocln.org

Wayne Soares Visit: Young adult author, actor and inspirational speaker, Wayne Soares will visit Milton Public Library on Thursday, April 17th  for an inspiring talk and a book signing. This will take place at 7p.m. in the Keys Community Room. Wayne Soares is a former ESPN Radio broadcaster who is an in-demand speaker and master of ceremonies and has brought his talents to the coveted podium for a variety of Fortune 500 companies and numerous charitable events.  Most recently, he has served as MC for former New England Patriot and NFL Hall of Famer Mike Haynes’ Prostate Cancer Gala at The Four Seasons in Boston and The Moondance International Film Festival at Mohegan Sun. 

Wayne continues to travel the globe bringing humor and inspiration to our brave men & women of the United States military and has entertained our troops in London, Iraq, Afghanistan and South Korea as well as bases throughout the country.  He is scheduled to visit several military hospitals in Germany this spring.

Wayne won a feature role recently in the true-life movie documentary, My Father My Don and will begin filming in New York City this month.  Last November, Wayne appeared in the movie, “Blind Pass” starring Armand Assante and will begin filming  the sequel, “If The Fates Allow’ in January of 2014 in Greece and Amsterdam.  Wayne recently won a role  in the film, “Big Charm” and this February will host his newest television show, “Someone’s In The Kitchen” — a colorful look at former Boston athletes whipping up their favorite recipes.

He has penned four books and, his newest one, “Stories That Make A Difference” will be released this spring.  Wayne is the extremely proud father of Wesley, Spencer and a girl, Jessie and devotes his charitable time to The Special Olympics, The Jimmy Fund/Dana Farber and The Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library. 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.

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 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. 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

 Artspace Milton is now registering for its Summer Art Lab. For kids entering kindergarten to entering sixth grade.

 July 7-12th Big World Tiny World

We will play around with scale, making unexpected tiny and HUGE painting, sculpture and drawing.

 July 14-18th Treehuggers

 Discover new ways to make beautiful art while being kind to the earth. Make nature art, fairy houses and environmental art.

July 20-25th Museum Week – all new activities!

Taking inspiration from the exciting contemporary art available to us in our area, this class will incorporate painting, drawing and sculpture.

 July 28-August 1st Back to the Sixties

 Join us for this week of Groovy Fun! We will learn about and make Pop art, spin art, tie dye, games and more!

 To register for any of these weeks, please email artspace02186@gmail.com

 ATHLETICS

 Congratulations to MHS wrestler Jonathan Carrera. Jonathan finished 6th the High School Nationals wrestling tournament in Virginia Beach and has been named an All-American!

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 Ally Jones, who was recently named a finalist for the 2014 MIAA Community Service Award.  This award recognizes Ally’s hard work as President of Milton High School’s Best Buddies Club.  One of the highlights of this year’s basketball season was the Saturday morning practice that Ally organized with the Girls and Boys Basketball teams along with the members of Best Buddies

 Staff:   As I mentioned above, we had 11 Pierce students whose work was selected to win this year’s Cambridge Science Festival’s Curiosity Challenge. I know the following teachers had a large part in motivating these students to submit entries, and I am sure they put in extra effort to assist these students. Great job to Pierce  Teachers Christine Winchester, Jenifer Gilbert, Bernadette McEvoy, Nicole Hoyceanyls, Jeffrey Stoodt and Kathy Bertrand.

 Volunteers:  I would like to recognize Jerry Vitti and JP Plunkett, two of our Milton Public School parents who have worked tirelessly to help form the new Challenger Division of Little League. Last year was the inaugural season and it was a huge success. This division enables boys and girls with physical and mental challenges to enjoy the game of baseball right here in Milton. For more info about this league, visit www.miltonnationalll.com/registration . Please join me in thanking Mr. Vitti and Mr. Plunkett.

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.

 

March 20th E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Mar• 20•14

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

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

If your child owns a mobile phone, laptop, tablet device or has access to a desktop computer, I cannot encourage you strongly enough to make plans to attend a very important event. On Monday, March 24th at 7pm, the Milton Public Schools will be hosting an Internet Safety Night presentation in the Milton High School auditorium.

The speaker will be Katie LeClerc Greer, an expert who has provided Internet/technology safety training to schools, law enforcement agencies, national conferences, and community organizations throughout the country.

To give an idea of what might be covered in this presentation, please see if you can answer the following questions:

True or False? Sexting is not a crime if you are under 18.
True or False? There is no correlation between sexting and other risky sex behaviors
True or False? It’s okay to give out private information as long as you’re in a private chat room.
True or False? The majority of parents keep a close watch on their teens’ online activities.*

*If you answered “true” to all of the questions above, you should make it a point to come and learn more at this presentation. If you answered “true” to any of these questions, there is still a great deal of valuable information to learn. None of the above statements are true.

This evening event is for parents and guardians only and we encourage every parent in our district to attend. We have heard that this could be one of the most informative 90 minute presentations you may attend this year.

Ms. Greer will be speaking to both middle and high school students during assemblies earlier in the day on March 24th, so her evening presentation will be tailored towards parents and guardians. Please do not bring anyone under age 18 to this event.
Ms. Greer’s unique educational and professional background has resulted in dynamic programs that appeal to all age groups:

• Former Intelligence Analyst, Massachusetts State Police
• Former Director of Internet Safety, Massachusetts Attorney Generals’ Office
• Advisory Board Member, Internet Keep Safe Coalition
• Recognized, national expert in Internet/digital safety and technology, advising various governmental and private agencies
• Featured on CNN, Huffington Post, Vanity Fair, and USA Today
• Presented to thousands of students, parents, educators and administrators across the country

Ms. Greer recently spoke to a group at Wellesley Middle School and their assistant principal, Kathy Gordon, said, “This speaker commanded the audience’s full attention….since her background is relative, and very compelling.” Ms. Gordon said this was one of the best presentations that she has ever seen.

This program has been strongly recommended to me by MPS parent and Wellesley Public School teacher JJ Kelleher, who called it one of the most informative events of the year.

Please make every effort to attend this important presentation on Monday, March 24th.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There has been one School Committee meeting since my last E-blast. Below is a summary of that meeting.

March 12th: This meeting began with recognition of some of the Milton High winter athletic teams that made it to post-season play. Coaches and athletes from Boys Hockey, Boys Indoor Track, Girls Indoor Track and Ski Team were invited to speak about their seasons. Other “tournament” teams will be invited to the next meeting. Also, the Future Problem Solving teams and their coaches were recognized for their success this season. Next, the Tucker School Site Council came to give their School Improvement Plan to the committee. The group presented MCAS data, reviewed the curriculum and talked about special programs taking place at Tucker School. Director of Pupil Personnel Services Karen Clasby spoke next and outlined the many different programs available to students in the district with special needs. The committee then voted to authorize the superintendent to pursue restitution for certain residency cases. Next, they voted to approve the vendor warrants for the school district at School Committee meetings. They also voted to approve the Second Quarter Report, which will be posted online. The next meeting will be held Wednesday, March 26th at 7 pm in the Milton High School library.

CURRICULUM NEWS

Please note, on Thursday, April 3rd, all students in grades K-12 will have an Early Release Day. Students from Cunningham and Collicot will be released at noontime; students from Tucker and Glover will be released at 12:30pm. Pierce Middle School will get out at 11:25pm; and Milton High School students will be released at 11:16am. Bus service will be as usual following dismissal.

For those parents/guardians who would like to enroll their children in optional programming, Milton Community Schools will be running Early Release Day Programs in all four elementary schools, which will run as follows:

• Collicot/Cunningham: 12:00 to 2:47pm
• Glover/Tucker 12:30 to 3:14pm

Parents/guardians who would like to enroll in Early Release Day Programs should register with Community Schools by contacting jmarr@miltonps.org or by clicking on the link below and returning the form to your child’s school office. The cost is $20 per student. For more info, please visit this link:
http://www.miltonps.org/documents/EARLYRELEASEDAYPrograms.pdf

This Early Release Day was part of the recently-negotiated teacher contract and will be used by our faculty for Professional Development and Collaborative Planning Time. The next Early Release Day is scheduled for Wednesday, June 4th for Grades 9-12 only.

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Please note the following MCAS and PARCC dates:

Milton High Grade 10 will have ELA on Friday, March 21st.
PARCC testing will be held for Grade 11 on March 26th and March 27th.

Pierce: PARCC testing will be held for Grade 6 on April 7th and 8th; and for Grade 7 on April 9th and 10th.

Collicot: Grade 4 will have ELA on March 24th and March 25th
Grade 5 will have ELA on March 26th and March 27th
Grade 4 will have PARCC on April 8th, 9th and 10th.

Cunningham: Grade 4 will have ELA on March 24th and 25th
Grade 5 will have ELA on March 26th and 27th
Grade 4 will have PARCC testing on April 8th and 9th.

Glover: Grade 4 will have ELA on March 24th and 25th
Grade 5 will have ELA on March 26th and 27th
Selected classes in Grade 3 and 4 will have PARCC testing on May 21st and 22nd

Tucker: Grade 4 will have ELA on March 25th and 26th
Grade 4 will have PARCC testing on March 31st, April 1st and April 2nd.

*contact your child’s school for makeup dates.

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I wanted to give a brief update to parents of current Kindergarten students regarding the Grade One program selection process. As many of you may already know, there were lotteries held at the Glover and Cunningham Elementary Schools for available seats in the French Immersion program. We have been in contact with every family whose child did not get placed in the program of their choice and the next update on this issue will be in June.

I want to reiterate that we have two outstanding programs in the Milton Public Schools: the Innovation Pathway, which is a combination of STEM-based curriculum (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) along with Spanish-language instruction and the French Immersion program, which emphasizes the acquisition of French within the grade-level curriculum. We have talented faculty and administrators in both of these programs and we are very proud of the work they do for each and every Milton Public School student. We ask that families going through the Grade One assignment process remain patient during the next few months. If parents have questions about this issue, please call Assistant Superintendent John Phelan at 617-696-4811.

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The MPS Kindergarten Registration was very successful but if you or someone you know missed the registration, please contact the MPS Registrar, Jane Barrett at jbarrett@miltonps.org or call 617-696-4470×5510

If you have registered for Kindergarten, in May 2014 you will receive a letter which includes: your child’s school assignment, your child’s screening appointment, your child’s tuition/deposit amount and a transportation form. Kindergarten Student Screening will be held on June 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th by appointment only in the Milton High School Library. Each appointment will last approximately 30-45 minutes.

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As I mentioned in a previous E-blast, we have formed a Search Committee to begin the search for an Assistant Superintendent for Personnel and Curriculum. I am pleased to announce the following people will comprise this committee:  School Committee Representative Kristan Bagley Jones, School Committee Representative Leroy Walker, Superintendent Mary Gormley, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Glenn Pavlicek, Principal James Jette, Unit B Representative Courtney Walsh, Unit A Representative Nancy Trifone, Unit A Representative Jason Coady, Parent Representative Christine Tobin, Parent Representative Lauren Barone, Citizens for a Diverse Milton Representative Steven Pascal, Milton Foundation for Education Representative Patti Elliott and Milton Special Education Parent Advisory Council Representative Christine Howley.

Thank you to all who volunteered for this very important committee. We will keep you updated on the progress in the coming weeks.

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The site for Milton Summer Enrichment registration will go live on Monday, April 14th and will close Monday, April 28. We will offer an “open house” for people to register online on Monday, April 28th at Milton High School. The MSE brochure will come out Monday, April 7th. All information needed for MSE will be available in the brochure.

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Milton Community Schools is pleased to announce that Camp Cunningham is back for another summer of FUN activities.
• Licensed full day summer camp for Milton students entering grades 1-6 in the Fall
• Limited to 90 campers
• Full-time nurse and certified lifeguards
• 6-to-1 camper-to-counselor ratio
• Swimming and lessons at Cunningham Pool
• Sports and games, arts and crafts, cooking, parties, optional field trips and “down-time” activities
• Special theme weeks – Water Wizz, Paw Sox, Science Roadshow, Carnival, and more!!!
• FUN…FUN…FUN…for everyone!
Questions? We have answers! Click here: http://www.miltoncommunityschools.org

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Also, Grand Master Mr. Mike McNamara and Master Instructor Kwan Jang Nim Ms. Camille of the Milton Ja Shin Do Karate program will be offering 2 week-long camps this summer for students entering grades 1 – 8 in fall 2014. All levels of experience, as well as students without karate experience, are welcome. Space is limited, so register early. Ja Shin Do/ Tae Kwon Do Martial Arts students will engage in stretching, conditioning and defensive tactics as well as learn and practice the martial art of Ja Shin Do. The camp will be housed at Cunningham School gym and surrounding spaces. Week One Camp is Monday-Friday, July 7-11 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Week Two Camp is Monday-Friday, August 4-8 from 10:00am – 2:00 pm. The cost is $185.00 or $160.00 for students also attending Camp Cunningham that week. (escort between programs is provided) To register and pay online, go to www.miltonps.org and click on UniBank icon; select Karate Camp, fill out online form and pay w/ checking account or credit card. For more info, click here: http://www.miltoncommunityschools.org/ and click “Camp Cunningham” and then “Karate Camp.”

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I have great news to share regarding the Future Problem Solving Program. Three Milton teams have been invited to compete at the FPS State Bowl at Babson College on Saturday, April 5th: A Pierce, Middle Division team, coached by Nicole Hoyceanyls made up of Isabelle Neville, Sachin Meier and Hue-Ninh Ngyuen, a Pierce Middle Division team also coached by Nicole Hoyceanyls made up of Timothy Karoff, Sawyer Flanagan and David Casaz and a Tucker, Junior Division team coached by Thuy Nguyen, made up Olivia Ketler, Claire Walko, Blake Strong and Oskar Peloquin. Congratulations to these coaches and team members on their extraordinary work. Each team that is not invited to attend the State Bowl may send one individual to compete. We will also be cheering for individual Glover students June Padera, Anna Fahy and Hugh Cronin; Tucker student Dominique Thomas; Collicot students Maggie Stockbridge and Maureen Lang; and Cunningham students Will Milliken, Paul Kates, Lila Slymon and Philip Phan. Good luck to our State Bowl participants as they prepare for a problem on the topic of Land Transportation!

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We are pleased to announce that five students from Tucker School will have their artwork displayed as part of Youth Art Month at the State Transportation Building in Boston. Congratulations to Joline Young, David Nguyen, Aidan Coombs, Loren Johnson, and Franklin Ollivierre.

Their work will be joined by artwork from students from across Massachusetts who have been selected to display their creative works in Boston at the State Transportation Building. This multi- media exhibit is sponsored by the Massachusetts Art Education Association (MAEA) as part of Youth Art Month, a national celebration to emphasize the value of art education for all children and to encourage support for the quality art programs in Massachusetts schools.

The exhibit will be on display weekdays, 9am to 5pm, from March 10th through April 25th. (It is closed weekends and Patriots Day, Monday, April 21st). Entrance to the Exhibit is free. Parking (for a fee) is available at the building.

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The Milton High School Dramatics Society performed their interpretation of David Lindsay-Abaire’s Rabbit Hole at the preliminaries of the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild’s annual High School Drama Festival earlier this month. Directed by MHS juniors Garrett Sager and Amy Savino, Rabbit Hole is a sympathetic, realistic, and deeply moving treatment of how family members pick up the pieces after the tragic accidental death of a young child. Milton performed at Tewksbury High School against seven other schools, only three of which advanced to the semi-finals. Emily Dsida and Evy Oliverio both won acting awards, Emily for her portrayal of the range of bereaved mother Becca’s emotions and Evy for skillful comic relief as Izzy in what can otherwise be a very dark play. These awards thus make these two talented actors members of METG’s 2014 “All-Star Acting Troupe.”

Other cast members included Liam Halloran as grieving father Howie, Devan Callahan as Becca’s mother Nat, and Matt McAuliffe as Jason, the teenaged driver who causes the tragedy. The ensemble included Julia Butler, Mariah Conway, Corina Delerme, Audrey Erickson, Omolade Gbolade, Colette Nourie, Stephen Tan, and Michael Wyatt. All gave inspired performances at both Festival and the MHS open dress rehearsal in Winchester Auditorium on February 26th. The technical crew was led by stage manager Sharon Lui and assistant stage manager Maddie Scott, and included Matt O’Sullivan on lighting, Olivia Sidoti on sound, and a construction/shift crew consisting of Gustavo Arnal, Anne Marie Grudem, Phil Janvier, Katrina Ramkissoon, Javana Samuels, Connor Roche, and Christian Urbino. Drama advisors Sheila Walsh and Eileen Mullen accompanied the troupe to Tewksbury, where all enjoyed a day of fine high school drama and connected with students and directors from competing schools. Milton last made it to semi-finals in 2012 and, with a young but seasoned acting troupe, has high hopes for next year’s Festival. A Spring show of one-acts is also in the works – please watch for upcoming details!

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Our fifth-grade students had a very exciting day at the State House this week. The 20 students who competed in the Iron Chef Jr. contest were invited to the State House to participate in the “School Nutrition Annual Breakfast at the State House” on Thursday. Our students were chosen to speak at the event, handed out quinoa salad and recipes, and explain how the Iron Chef Jr. competition was held here in Milton. Assistant Superintendent John Phelan, School Committee Member Becky Padera and Food Service Director Jackie Morgan attended this event with our students and said these fifth-graders did a terrific job.

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As I mentioned in a previous E-blast, this weekend is Massachusetts All State Music Festival and Conference. All of our music teachers will be at this conference and attend three days worth of workshops. In addition, seven Milton High School students were accepted to the festival. These students will perform at Symphony Hall on Saturday, March 22nd. Also, the first ever Treble Chorus, comprised of 17 students, will perform on Saturday, March 22nd at the Seaport Hotel in Boston.

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Last week, 84 MHS students participated in the second annual Math Olympiad. Ninth and tenth grade students participated in the Silver Protractor competition while 11th and 12th grade students participated in the Golden Calculator competition. Students competed in teams of four, completing four rounds of individual questions and a team round. The style of the in-house competition mimicked the South Shore Math League competitions, in which our Milton High Math Team competes. Congratulations to the following: Winners of Golden Calculator (11th and 12th grade students): Jonathan Carrera, Mike Ricciuti, Martin Rebrovic and Evan Ditullio. Winners of the Silver Protractor (9th and 10th graders):, Nolan Carvalho, Harry Kong, Sindhu Banerjee and Emily Chow.

FUNDRAISING/GRANT NEWS

I have some fantastic news to share – and we would like to ask for your help. A group of five Milton High School students competed in a statewide LifeSmarts competition earlier this week at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and WON the State title. This group of five students will now travel to Orlando, Florida during the last week of April to represent both Milton High School and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the National LifeSmarts Championship. Congratulations to Jack Caljouw, Albert Enyedy, Maryam El-Sayed, Cormac Conners and Chris Ricciuti, along with Coach and Milton High School Math teacher Nancy Mikels.

Our high school LifeSmarts team qualified for the Nationals last year, which was held in Atlanta, Georgia. However, there was sponsorship funding provided to winning teams by the organizing body, which is no longer available this year. As a result, we need to find a way to send these intelligent, talented and hard working students to represent the Milton Public Schools and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on a national stage. We are asking for members of the Milton community to help defray the cost of this trip.

Between airfare, hotel and meals for five days, we estimate the cost to compete at the Nationals to be approximately $9,000 for the group of five students plus two coaches. We must register and pay for this trip within 24 hours if our students intend to compete. My hope is that this could be done tomorrow, Friday, March 21st.

If you know or work for a non-profit group, business or individual who could commit $500 or $1,000 towards the cost of this competition, I am asking that you please forward that information to Milton High School Principal James Jette (jjette@miltonps.org) at your earliest convenience. He will then follow up with specific information about LifeSmarts, the trip and any other information they may need that will assist them in making a donation on behalf of Milton High School’s LifeSmart team. If donors would like to make a contribution of any amount, they can send in a check made payable to Milton High School Activity Fund and write “LifeSmarts” in the memo section of the check. The check can be dropped off at Milton High or sent to:

James Jette
Milton High School
25 Gile Road
Milton, MA 02186
C/O LifeSmarts Team

Our students will also be fundraising to help pay for this trip, but with such a short time frame to raise money, we need your help and the help of the community.

The National LifeSmarts Championship brings together top student teams from across the country to demonstrate knowledge in five core topics areas: personal finance, consumer rights and responsibilities, technology, health and safety, and the environment. LifeSmarts is a fun and educational event in which everyone learns, expands their experiences and opportunities, meets new friends, and explores a new area of the country.

Please contact Mr. Jette (jjette@miltonps.org) if you have a lead for us or a fundraising idea for this group. Again, we need to move quickly in order to get our students registered.

Thank you very much for your consideration and anticipated support!

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

The Milton School Committee is inviting the public to participate in the Public Forum Discussion on matters relating to the proposed FY 2015 budget on Wednesday, March 26th at 7pm in the Milton High School library. Public participation and input are encouraged. For those of you who are unable to attend, please email your comments to the Milton School Committee Members at
schoolcommittee@miltonps.org

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The “Back to Tucker” Tucker Reunion will be held on Friday, March 21st. This is a reunion of past, present and future families and will be held at the Milton Hoosic Club, 193 Central Ave. Tickets are $25 online or $30 at the door. Tickets can also be purchased at Tucker office this week. For more info, click here:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/back-to-tucker-reunion-of-past-present-and-future-families-tickets-10714987817

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Runners, walkers and supporters of Milton High Schools should take note. The Run for Red Nation 5K will be held on Sunday, April 13th. This is a race to benefit Milton High School sports and clubs. The race begins at 9am at Cunningham Elementary School. All are encouraged to register for the 5k or donate. Further information about how to help out can be found on:
www.RunForRedNation.webs.com

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Members of the Milton High School Boy’s Lacrosse Program will be holding a Spring Cleaning and Mulch Sale on Saturday, April 5th from 7:30 am to 6:30 pm. This annual event gives Milton residents a chance to clean up their yards at cut-rate prices. Not only will high school lacrosse players provide manual labor (mowing, raking, etc.) for only $10 per hour, they will also supply bags of mulch at $6.50 per bag (2 cubic feet) delivered to your home. Suggested yard work: spreading mulch, raking, trimming shrubs, general cleanup, gardening, weeding, gathering branches, painting, digging, small repairs, seeding, fertilizing or clearing brush. The players will not be authorized to climb ladders, use gas powered equipment or ride in residents’ cars. All funds raised will go to the Milton HS Boy’s Lacrosse Program. To “book” a lacrosse player for yard work, or simply to order mulch, please contact Coach Ben Midura: bmidura@miltonps.org

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Milton High School will be hosting a fundraiser to help fight cancer. The Relay for Life will be held on Saturday, May 10th from 2 to 9 pm. At Relay For Life events, communities across the globe come together to honor cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against a disease that has already taken too much. The funds you raise truly make a difference in the fight against cancer – just ask one of the nearly 14 million cancer survivors who will celebrate another birthday this year!
This year’s Relay for Life, a student-led event organized by Matt McCarthy and Tansy Massey-Green, will be held at the Copeland Field House. For more info, click here: http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR?pg=entry&fr_id=59344

PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

The next PAC meeting will be held on Thursday, March 27th from 7-9 at Pierce Middle School. The topic will be Transition Planning.

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After a hugely successful inaugural season, the Challenger League is back and we anticipate that it will get better and better!

The Challenger League of Little League is open to all kids w/ disabilities of any sort, town-wide, age six and up. Games will be played on six Sundays, from 5-6pm at Shields Park from late April/early May-mid June (no Mother’s Day, no Memorial Day weekend.) Just bring a glove and a smile – all other equipment provided by Milton Little League (including caps and tee-shirts for all kids)

For questions and for volunteer opportunities please contact: challengerinfo@miltonnationalll.com For more information, contact Jerry Vitti at gvitti@hfihealthcare.com (617) 281-4566 or JP Plunkett plunkettjp4@gmail.com (617) 999-4993. The deadline to register is April 12th.

This league also needs volunteers to help coach/manage things, high school age through adults. Interested parties should please email Mr. Plunkett at the email address above. This opportunity is open to all Milton residents. To register online, click below:
https://leagueathletics.com/Registration/Default.asp?n=81804&org=miltonnationalll.com

Finally, please note that all Challenger Players will be invited to participate in the April 12th Little League parade, whether by marching and/or being recognized during the ceremony at Piatelli field.

MFE NEWS

Please save the date. Celebration for Education is right around the corner. The event will be held Saturday, April 12th at the Boston Marriott Quincy. Registration begins at 6:30 pm with cocktails and silent auction. A buffet dinner will be served at 8 pm, followed by the program and the live auction. Festive cocktail attire encouraged. There will be a special guest emcee — Lisa Donovan of Kiss 108’s Matty in the Morning show. For tickets, click the link below:
https://miltonfoundation.ejoinme.org/MyEvents/PowerUp2014/tabid/515502/Default.aspx

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Also, Jeep raffle tickets are now on sale. Only 500 tickets will be sold for this prize, which is a new Jeep Wrangler Sport (or $20,000 cash.) Tickets are $100 each and are available at each of the six schools or email Patti at pattielliott72@gmail.com or Eileen at eaheller@comcast.net

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The Board of the Milton Foundation for Education invites all members of the Milton Public Schools community to nominate a teacher for our Outstanding Teacher Award Program, also known as Teacher of the Year. Since 2001, the MFE has recognized the extraordinary contributions made by our teachers in the Milton Public Schools by celebrating a teacher from each school for their dedication and determination to bring quality educational experiences to our students. To date, 95 teachers have received this honor. We are currently seeking nominations for teachers who show the ability to inspire our children and garner the respect of colleagues, students and parents alike. We look forward to hearing from all members of our school community, both young and seasoned, to enliven the process and craft a dynamic award year. Click Here for a nomination form. Nominations are due tomorrow — Friday, March 21st and the ceremony will be held on Monday, April 28th at Milton High School.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

Milton Parks and Recreation will be hosting the 15th Annual Easter Egg Festival on Saturday, April 12th. This is a great event for children ages 2 – 6. It will be held at Cunningham Hall, rain or shine. Admission for picture with Easter Bunny is $5 (per child) or $10 (per family). Activities such as face painting and egg decorating will begin at Cunningham Hall at 9 am, with the Easter Egg Hunt starting at 10:30 am.

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

Spring is almost here, but in the meantime we’re keeping kids busy with indoor fun in the Children’s Room at Milton Public Library! In addition to our regular story times on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, we have many exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of March 16 – 22:

Saturday, March 22nd from 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Bookbusters Book Club, Grades 3-5
The Bookbusters is a book club for boys and girls in grades 3-5. Led by Miss Sara, group participants are asked to read a book in advance of the meeting, then come together to talk about it with their peers. The book we are reading for March is George’s Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl. Copies are available at the Children’s Room desk, or by placing a hold at www.miltonlibrary.org. Come join us to discuss this wild and exciting story about a boy who decides to cure his grandmother’s grouchiness with a medicine he makes himself! 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. 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 now registering children, teens and tweens for spring art classes. Spring Blooms, Creating With Clay, Tin Whistle and Ukrainian Egg Decorating are among the offerings. Please click here for course descriptions and dates: http://www.miltonartcenter.org/

ATHLETICS

We are pleased to report that Milton High Schools’ Spring 2014 Sports sign ups are complete with over 400 student-athletes competing in baseball, softball, lacrosse, crew, rugby, tennis, and outdoor track. We wish the best of luck for a great season to all our student athletes and their coaches. 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: State Champions! A group of Milton High School students won the State Championship event for the LifeSmarts program and will be travelling to the Nationals representing both Milton High School and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in Orlando, Florida. (please see the item above under “Fundraising.” ) Congratulations and best of luck to these students and their coach, Nancy Mikels: Jack Caljouw, Albert Enyedy, Maryam El-Sayed, Cormac Conners and Chris Ricciuti.

Staff: I would like to thank a group of teachers at the Collicot who work with our youngest students. The Integrated Pre-school program, which is located on the first floor of the Collicot Elementary School, is a unique pre-school experience that mixes children who have special needs with peer role models in the same classroom. Students aged 3-5 attend this pre-school and are taught by the outstanding team of Mary Beth Callahan, Angela Ryan and Jessica Cleary-Moone. In addition, some students also see specialists Maureen Butler, Trish Leahy and Judy Fleming. I would like to thank these incredible teachers, along with Collicot Special Education Chairperson Karen Walorz, for the work they do each and every day.

Volunteers: Not many people outside of the Milton Public Schools athletic department know what an incredible resource we have from a local family. Tim Fallon, owner of Fallon Ambulance has been our “go-to” person for medial issues for many years. His company, Fallon Ambulance, has provided EMT and ambulance service for countless Milton Public School events at no charge, from football and hockey games to community celebrations on our high school campus. Whenever we ask Tim Fallon for help, we get it. In addition to staffing athletic events for us, they have also provided free CPR and First Aid training to our athletic department staff. They have trained our staff on the use of AEDs (automated external defibrillator) and have serviced the AEDs within our buildings, again, at no cost to the schools. We are very grateful to Tim Fallon and Fallon Ambulance for their generosity.

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.

February 28th E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Feb• 28•14

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Students, Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  February 28, 2014

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

Good afternoon. There is so much good news going on this weekend and during the next week or so, I wanted to be sure the entire Milton Public Schools community was up-to-date. Please read this quick E-blast – and enjoy your weekend.

MILTON HIGH SCHOOL WILDCATS UPDATE

Friday, February 28, 2014

Boys Varsity Basketball vs Dorchester High School (Tech Boston)

6:30PM at Madison Park High School (Tickets are $5 STUDENTS and $7 ADULTS)

  • 5:45PM FAN BUS for MHS STUDENTS ONLY ($1)
  • NO Public Parking near Madison Park HS – we recommend MHS Students take the FAN BUS.
  • FAN BUS Sign up today in the MHS Café and online at www.miltonboosters.com

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Boys Varsity Hockey vs Barnstable HS

4:45PM at Gallo Arena, Bourne MA (Tickets are $6 STUDENTS and $8 ADULTS)

  • 3:15PM FAN BUS for MHS STUDENTS ONLY ($1)
  • FAN BUS Sign up today in the MHS Café or online at www.miltonboosters.com

Girls Varsity Hockey vs Cohasset/Hanover

8:20PM at The Rockland Ice Rink (NOT Bavis Rink) (Tickets are $6 STUDENTS and $8 ADULTS)

  • 7:30Pm FAN BUS for MHS STUDENTS ONLY ($1)
  • FAN BUS Sign up today in the MHS Café or online at www.miltonboosters.com

FREE Red Nation T-shirts will be given out to students who take the HOCKEY FAN BUS, that are MHS Booster Members (MHS Boosters can help confirm your parent membership at the bus).

***These are all MIAA Tournament Games in which MHS WILDCAT CARDS are not acceptable.

  • Basketball Game Ticket Prices are :  $5 STUDENTS and $7 ADULT
  • Hockey Game Ticket Prices are: $6 STUDENTS and $8 ADULTS

TEENS IN NEED

Milton’s Teens in Need is a grass roots aid organization aimed at providing financial assistance to teenagers throughout our community. In partnering with guidance staff at Milton High School, this group identifies students and families in need and has provided financial help with college application fees, AP exam costs, senior portraits and All-Night Graduation Party tickets.

This group has also helped organize a prom dress exchange and assisted families with holiday gifts. Milton Teens in Need has already funded over $2,500 for holiday gift cards to family this year and has provided over $5,000 in support for students and families over the last three years.

They are hosting a fund-raising event this Saturday, March 1st at the Hoosic Club on Central Avenue in Milton from 7 to 11 pm. Proceeds from the event will be distributed to teens at both the middle and high school for holiday and other upcoming expenses.

The Milton Teens in Need is proud to announce the formation of the Peter J. Muse Scholarship which will be given to four Milton High School seniors in the name of Attorney Peter J. Muse, a Milton resident, father of five Milton High graduates, who worked tirelessly on behalf of Milton’s youth who were in need during his time with us.

Tickets are $25 and the event will feature Red Sox Tickets, appetizers and a cash bar. Monetary donations in advance of the event or after are also accepted; checks should be made out to “Milton Student Activities Fund” and sent to: Milton Teens in Need c/o Karen DeLuca, 84 Indian Spring Rd., Milton, 02186.

 

ARTS/MUSIC

March is both Music and Our Schools Month and Youth Art Month. Please note the listings below for upcoming events:

March 4          Grade 6 Chorus, Grade 8 Girls Chorus, and Gr. 9-12 Chorus Concert, 7:00 p.m. MHS
March 5          Grade 7 Chorus, Grade 8 Boys Chorus, and Gr. 9-12 Chorus Concert, 7:00 p.m. MHS
March 7          Collicot, K, 1, 2, Concert for parents at 9:15 a.m. in cafeteria
March 12        Cunningham, K, 1, 2, Concert for parents, 9:15 a.m. in cafeteria
March 13        Grades 5-12  String Concert, 7:00 p.m.  MHS
March 14        Glover, K, 1, 2, Concert for parents at 9:15 in gymnasium
March 20-22   All State Music Conference and Festival
March 28-29   Jr. Eastern District Music Festival

In April, each of our schools will be hosting an Art Fair, with the theme of “Passport to the Arts.” Those who visit the art fair will be given a booklet designed to look like a passport. The art fairs at each of the schools will stamp these passports for all visitors. Please note the following dates/times for these events.

April 8th at 6 pm      Glover Elementary School
April 9th  at 6 pm    Cunningham Elementary School
April 9th at 5 pm        Pierce Middle School
April 10th at 6 pm       Tucker Elementary School & Collicot Elementary School
April 10th at 5:30 pm  Milton High School.

NATIONAL MERIT

Congratulations to Milton High School senior Jack Caljouw, who has been named a Finalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program.  This honor is based on scores from the 2012 PSAT. Less than one percent of those who took the PSATs qualified as Finalists. Jack will now be considered for one of 8,000 National Merit Scholarships, collectively worth nearly $35 million, for academically talented students.

Jack is an outstanding student who takes AP courses and is an integral part of the Milton High Debate Team. He was presented his Certificate of Merit by Milton High School Principal James Jette during school earlier this week. We are very proud of Jack’s accomplishment.

INTERNET SAFETY

Save the Date!  On Monday, March 24th at 7pm, the Milton Public Schools will be hosting an Internet Safety Night presentation in the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium at Milton High School.

 The speaker will be Katie LeClerc Greer, an expert who has provided Internet/technology safety training to schools, law enforcement agencies, national conferences, and community organizations throughout the country.

This evening event is for parents and guardians only and we encourage every parent in our district to attend. We have heard that this could be one of the most informative 90 minute presentations you may attend this year.

Ms. Greer will be speaking to both middle and high school students during assemblies earlier in the day on March 24th, so her evening presentation will be tailored towards parents and guardians. Please do not bring anyone under 18 to this event.

Ms. Greer’s unique educational and professional background has resulted in dynamic programs that appeal to all age groups:

  • Former Intelligence Analyst, Massachusetts State Police
  • Former Director of Internet Safety, Massachusetts Attorney Generals’ Office
  • Advisory Board Member, Internet Keep Safe Coalition
  • Recognized, national expert in Internet/digital safety and technology, advising various governmental and private agencies
  • Featured on CNN, Huffington Post, Vanity Fair, and USA Today
  • Presented to thousands of students, parents, educators and administrators across the country

Ms. Greer recently spoke to a group at Wellesley Middle School and their assistant principal, Kathy Gordon, said, “This speaker commanded the audience’s full attention. The kids could relate to her, since her background is relative, and very compelling.” Ms. Gordon said this was one of the presentations that she has seen.

This program has been strongly recommended to me by MPS parent and Wellesley Public School teacher JJ Kelleher, who called it one of the most compelling events of the year. Please make every effort to attend this important presentation on March 24th.

FUTURE PROBLEM SOLVERS

I have great news to share regarding the Future Problem Solving Program. Three Milton teams have been invited to the FPS State Bowl at Babson College on Saturday, April 5th.

Pierce is sending two teams, both coached by Nicole Hoyceanyls: Isabelle Neville, Sachin Meier and Hue-Ninh Ngyuen. Antother team is comprised of Timothy Karoff, Sawyer Flanagan and David Casaz. The Tucker Junior Division team, coached by Thuy Nguyen, is made up Olivia Ketler, Claire Walko, Blake Strong and Oskar Peloquin.

 Congratulations to these coaches and team members, along with Lori Henry, on their extraordinary work. Also, congratulations to all who participated in the FPS Qualifying Bowl and their amazing coaches. Good luck to our State Bowl participants as they prepare for a problem on the topic of Land Transportation!

SYMPHONY/M-PACE

Thanks to a very generous donation from M-PACE, we are very pleased to report that fourth-graders (pictured below, holding their tickets!) from each of our elementary schools attended a performance today at the Boston Symphony. M-PACE is the group that collects donations via the excise-tax forms and uses those donations to fund art and cultural enrichment opportunities. Our town treasurer, Jim McAuliffe, tells us that excise tax bills went out this week, so I would like to thank all who have donated in the past and encourage our Milton Public School families to contribute to this worthwhile cause.

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DEADLINES

We held our Grade One Information Nights earlier this month in each of our elementary schools. This event provided more information about the French Immersion and English/Innovation Pathway programs for our incoming first-graders. Parents/guardians of current Kindergarten students who could not attend should contact their child’s principal to receive information and selections sheets about program choice.  These sheets are due to the school principal by March 6th.

MSE

The Milton Public Schools’ popular summer program, Milton Summer Enrichment, will be led once again by Cunningham Elementary School Principal Jonathan Redden. MSE will be located on the Milton High School campus from June 30th to July 31st and will run 8am to noon from Monday to Thursday.

Mr. Redden is currently recruiting staff for MSE and hopes to bring back all the staple offerings as well as new courses. He said he plans to have more courses around STEM and academics geared to make learning more fun and engaging. The course offerings, compiled in an “At a Glance” document, will be sent out to families in March.

All courses are filled on a first come, first serve basis. As courses fill, they will be removed from the drop down menus and will no longer be available to register. Unlike last year, the online registration will not remain available through the end of June. Once online registration closes, families will have to register in person during drop-in times, to be announced at a later date.

Tuition: The tuition for MSE is subject to change, pending a decision by the Milton School Committee. Currently, the fees are as follows: 1 Course = $150; 2 Courses = $300; 3 Courses = $450; 4 Courses = $560; Pre-K = $600; Family Max = $1,050. Pricing for academic credit courses will be determined at a later date.

SCHOOL BREAKFAST

Next week, school cafeterias across the country, including Milton Public Schools, will celebrate National School Breakfast Week (March 3-7) by hosting “Take Time for School Breakfast” celebrations designed to highlight how eating a balanced school breakfast contributes to academic achievement.

The majority of Americans feel breakfast is important, and research shows students who eat breakfast score better on standardized test, yet hectic mornings make it difficult to fit the meal in every day.

In the Milton Public Schools, a hot breakfast is served at all six schools each day at 20 minutes before the start of school. In addition, Milton High School recently began serving breakfast items off a “Grab and Go” cart in the new “Wildcat Café” adjacent to the Copeland Field House. Students can use their school lunch accounts to purchase breakfast and those students on the Free/Reduced Lunch program will receive a free breakfast.

“We’ve all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day,” said Jackie Morgan, Milton’s Food Service Director. “Participating in National School Breakfast Week is just another way to help our students make the connection between healthy eating and learning.”

The 2014 National School Breakfast Week theme, “Take Time for School Breakfast,” encourages parents to consider the school breakfast program as a time-saving option for busy mornings. School breakfast choices include protein, grains, fruit or 100% fruit juice and low-fat milk and new nutrition standards for school meals mean more whole grains and more fruit at breakfast, while fat, sodium and calories are limited.

PRINCIPAL MEETINGS (STAFF)

A special note to Milton Public School teachers:  As mentioned in a prior memo, March’s Principal Meetings with staff (K-12) will be held on the Early Release Day immediately after dismissal.

CONFERENCES

Please note that Parent/Teacher conferences will be held after school and in the evening of March 6th. Notices should have gone home via e-mail and electronic backpack for signups for these conferences. Please contact your child’s school if you have any questions about Spring Conferences.

EARLY RELEASE DAY

I wanted to be sure that everyone is aware that there will be an EARLY RELEASE DAY coming up soon. On March 12th, all students in grades K-12 will have an Early Release Day. Students from Cunningham and Collicot will be released at noontime; students from Tucker and Glover will be released at 12:30pm. Pierce Middle School will get out at 11:25pm; and Milton High School students will be released at 11:16am. Bus service will be as usual following dismissal.

For those parents/guardians who would like to enroll their children in optional programming, Milton Community Schools will be running Early Release Day Programs in all four elementary schools, which will run as follows:

• Collicot/Cunningham: 12:00 to 2:47pm
• Glover/Tucker 12:30 to 3:14pm

Parents/guardians who would like to enroll in Early Release Day Programs should register with Community Schools by contacting jmarr@miltonps.org or by clicking on the link below and returning the form to your child’s school office. The cost is $20 per student. For more info, please visit this link:

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

This Early Release Day was part of the recently-negotiated teacher contract and will be used by our faculty for Professional Development and Collaborative Planning Time. The next Early Release Day is scheduled for April 3rd for Grades K-12.

BEST OF LUCK TO MILTON HIGH SCHOOL’S DRAMATICS SOCIETY ON THEIR PERFORMANCE OF “RABBIT HOLE” AT THE MASSACHUSETTS EDUCATIONAL THEATER GUILD’S ANNUAL HIGH SCHOOL FESTIVAL ON SATURDAY.

 

 

Early Release Info

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Feb• 25•14

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians
Re: E-blast Update
Date: February 25, 2014

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

I wanted to be sure that everyone is aware that there will be an EARLY RELEASE DAY coming up soon. On March 12th, all students in grades K-12 will have an Early Release Day. Students from Cunningham and Collicot will be released at noontime; students from Tucker and Glover will be released at 12:30pm. Pierce Middle School will get out at 11:25pm; and Milton High School students will be released at 11:16am. Bus service will be as usual following dismissal.

For those parents/guardians who would like to enroll their children in optional programming, Milton Community Schools will be running Early Release Day Programs in all four elementary schools, which will run as follows:

• Collicot/Cunningham: 12:00 to 2:47pm
• Glover/Tucker 12:30 to 3:14pm

Parents/guardians who would like to enroll in Early Release Day Programs should register with Community Schools by contacting jmarr@miltonps.org or by clicking on the link below and returning the form to your child’s school office. The cost is $20 per student. For more info, please visit this link:

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

This Early Release Day was part of the recently-negotiated teacher contract and will be used by our faculty for Professional Development and Collaborative Planning Time. The next Early Release Day is scheduled for April 3rd for Grades K-12.

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 Also, please note the following MIAA Tournament Games being played this week by our Milton High School student/athletes. We are so proud of all our student/athletes and we wish them success in their upcoming games.

  • GIRLS HOCKEY: Tuesday 2/25 at 3:40 vs. Archbishop Williams at Zapusta Rink, Randolph.
  • BOYS HOCKEY: Wednesday 2/26 at 4 pm at vs. Brockton High at Ulin Rink in Milton.
  • BOYS BASKETBALL Wednesday 2/26 at 6:30pm at Scituate High.
  • WRESTLING: Jonathan Carrera and Zack Mazzarella will compete in the MIAA All States on 2/28 and 3/1 at Lowell Tsongas Arena
  • SKIING: Four of our skiers are competing today (Tuesday 2/25) in the MIAA Alpine Ski Championship in The Small School Division at Wachusett Mountain. Best of luck to Lucas Campbell, Owen Walsh, Shea Rulon and Alanna Loria.

** Milton High School will be scheduling a Fan Bus ($5 per person) to go to the Randolph and Scituate games. **

February 16th E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Feb• 16•14

To: Faculty, Staff, Parents and Guardians of Milton Public Schools
From: Mary Gormley, Superintendent
Re: E-Blast Newsletter
Date: Sunday, February 16, 2014

 From the Desk of the Superintendent:

I hope you have all weathered the storm and are enjoying the start of February vacation. I have three news items I wanted to pass along:

First, I wanted to share some good news with you. Students and teachers from Pierce Middle School’s eighth-grade class will be featured on WBZ-TV’s “Eye on Education” segment tomorrow (Monday) night during the 5 pm broadcast.

Grade 8 mathematics teachers at Pierce have been participating in a technology integration initiative that has proven to have great benefits.  Thanks to a generous technology donation from the Milton Foundation for Education, Mary Shapiro, John Zitz, and Sarah Pullia have been using Chromebooks in their classrooms to implement Khan Academy.

Khan Academy is a non-profit educational website created in 2006 by educator Salman Khan, a graduate of MIT and Harvard Business School. Pierce teachers have been using the website as part of the math curriculum for the past few months.

By using the Learning Dashboard at Kahn Academy, teachers can collect data about student learning and target support where needed.  Students who demonstrate they are ready to move onto higher level problems are allowed to do so, while students who require more practice with less challenging problems are provided that opportunity.  This blended learning experience (i.e. one that combines the usefulness and efficiency of technology with face to face teaching) has been met with high praise from students and teachers.

This program will be featured on WBZ’s Eye on Education with Paula Ebben on Channel 4 on Monday, February 17, during the 5:00 PM news broadcast. For more information about Khan Academy, click here: https://www.khanacademy.org/

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Secondly, I wanted to clarify the parameters of the Search Committee for the Assistant Superintendent’s position. The committee will include the following:

  • Two School Committee Members (Leroy Walker and Kristan Bagley-Jones)
  • Superintendent Mary Gormley
  • Assistant Superintendent for Business Glenn Pavlicek
  • One Principal
  • One Administrator (Unit B – Curriculum Leaders/Assistant Principals)
  • One member of Citizens for a Diverse Milton
  • One trustee from Milton Foundation for Education
  • One Elementary Parent/Guardian
  • One Middle/High Parent/Guardian
  • One Elementary Teacher
  • One Middle/High School Teacher
  • One member of Milton’s Special Education Parent Advisory Council

Parents/guardians from the elementary level who are interested in volunteering should contact Stephanie O’Keefe at sastruck1@aol.com. Parents/guardians from the secondary (middle- and high-school) level should contact Sheila Varela at sevar10@comcast.net. PAC members should contact Gerard Vitti at gvitti@hfhealthcare.com. Staff members should contact Margaret Gibbons at mgibbons@miltonps.org. All names must be submitted to these contacts by February 28th. Volunteers’ names will be drawn from a hat and those who will be serving will be notified during the first week of March. Potential volunteers should note the Search Committee meeting schedule below:

  • Tuesday, March 18th from 7-9pm
  • Tuesday, March 25th from 7-9pm
  • Monday, March 31st from 6-10pm
  • Tuesday, April 1st from 6-10pm

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Finally, I wanted to give a quick Athletic Update from our Athletic Director, Larry Rooney.

As many of you know, Milton High School hosted the Division II Wrestling Metro Sectional Tournament at the Copeland Field House on Saturday. The good news is that the tournament went off very well and was a huge success. The great news is that Milton High School wrestlers Jonathan Carrera and Zack Mazzarella are DII Metro Sectional Champions!

In addition:

  • Our Boys’ Hockey Team had a win over Wellesley High School on Wednesday and just minutes ago, secured the Herget Division title at Noble and Greenough.
  • Our Boys Basketball Team had a win over Dedham High School on Thursday and Hingham High School on Saturday. Their current record is 10-7.
  • Several runners from the Girls and Boys Indoor Track Teams competed at the Divisional Championship State Track Meet at the Reggie Lewis Center today.We will inform you of the results when they come in.

Thank you, and please enjoy this time with your families.

Sincerely,
Mary C. Gormley
Superintendent of Schools

February 14th E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Feb• 14•14

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Students, Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  February 14th, 2014

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

Dear Parents/Guardians,

 A few parents/guardians have called me regarding the school district’s policy around cancelling school due to snow or inclement weather and with 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 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. 

Some school districts announce that school will dismiss early or have a delayed opening rather than closing for a full day. For Milton Public School parents/guardians, delayed openings and early release days present scheduling problems similar to those presented by a school cancellation.       

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.  I want to apologize for the technical difficulties we had yesterday with our ALERT NOW telephone/e-mail communication system.   This was the first time this has happened, and our service provider has assured me that this was an isolated incident because of very high volume. 

I hope that the above answers your questions and concerns.  Please do not hesitate to e-mail or call me with any further questions.  Hopefully “the storm is over” and we can all look forward to spring. Enjoy your February vacations with your families.  

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This week’s introduction was written by Amy Flanagan, MFE Trustee:

There is some exciting news about science in our elementary schools. The Milton Foundation for Education (MFE) and the Milton Public Schools are partnering with Science from Scientists, an amazing non-profit which strives to inspire and motivate students to embrace Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) through hands-on experimentation and discussion. The Cunningham and Collicot fifth grade classes will be working with Science from Scientists as a pilot for the remainder of the 2013-2014 school year. The hope is to expand the program into all four elementary schools in fall of 2014.

Through this partnership, fifth grade teachers will work closely with a Science from Scientists instructor to co-teach enhanced lessons that align with our curriculum and the standards. The instructors are passionate about science, have undergraduate degrees in STEM, and have received or are working towards pursuing advanced degrees in STEM or education.

The benefits of this partnership are endless. Every other week, the Science from Scientists instructor will come into the classroom to teach a 45-minute science lesson, with the classroom teacher there to co-teach. In the days to follow, the classroom teacher will continue to teach the concept. Parents are given online access to the lessons, photos and even at-home versions of the experiments. The kids are engaged, energized and filled with questions for which they are encouraged to find answers. Through co-teaching with a science expert on an on-going basis in this way, our teachers further benefit from this partnership by earning valuable Professional Development Points (PDPs). Feel free to learn more about this innovative organization at www.sciencefromscientists.org.

For the past 18 years, the MFE has worked to advance its mission of enhancing the quality of education and expanding opportunities within the Milton Public Schools beyond the normal school budget. This work is possible because of the generous support of the Milton community. This initial pilot with Science from Scientists will be funded with money raised through Celebration for Education, Monster Dash and money donated in memory of Dr. Ann Coghlan. The Monster Dash is a road race held each year at the end of October in loving memory of Sam Cichello, a Tucker elementary student who passed away in 1999. Sam loved science and the funds raised each year go toward supporting elementary science programs. Dr. Ann Coghlan, President Emeritus of the MFE, and lifelong Milton resident, was a Professor of Biology, Chair of the Biology Department and Dean of Sciences at Simmons College for 35 years. When she passed away in 2012, donations were made to the MFE in her memory. With this new partnership, the MFE hopes to spread Sam’s passion for science and inspire future generations of scientists and educators like Dr. Coghlan.

Look for news very soon about even more exciting science opportunities for grades Kindergarten through 5 made possible through Monster Dash and Sam’s Fund.

If you would like to learn more about the Milton Foundation for Education, or would like to donate or volunteer, please visit http://www.miltonfoundationforeducation.org.

  • Save the date for this year’s Celebration for Education, to be held Saturday, April 12th at the Boston Marriott/Quincy.
  • Also, please note our Teacher of the Year ceremony will be held at the Charles Winchester Auditorium on Monday, April 28th.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There have been no School Committee meetings since my last E-blast. The meeting scheduled for February 5th was cancelled due to snow. The next meeting will be held Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 7 pm in the Milton High School library.

CURRICULUM NEWS

 As most of you already know, Assistant Superintendent John Phelan will be leaving the Milton Public Schools at the end of this school year. Mr. Phelan has accepted a job as Superintendent of the Belmont Public Schools and we wish him all the best in his new position. Mr. Phelan has served this district tirelessly since he first began here in 1998. He has been an outstanding administrator and highly visible presence in the Milton Public Schools since the day he arrived. It is hard to imagine this district without seeing John Phelan onstage at graduation ceremonies, advising new teachers at orientation or cheering on the Wildcats at Brooks Field or the Copeland Field House. I have no doubt that his leadership in the area of curriculum, professional development, assessment, staff recruitment and hiring, and special programs have left an indelible impression on our district. He will truly be missed.

 It is time now, however, to begin the process of recruiting and hiring a new Assistant Superintendent for Personnel and Curriculum. We are asking for one teacher from the elementary level, one from the middle- and high-school level and one Unit B administrator to volunteer for a Search Committee. Staff members who are interested should contact Margaret Gibbons at mgibbons@miltonps.org by Friday, February 28th. In addition, we are looking for parents/guardians from each level to participate on this committee. Elementary-level parents and guardians should contact Stephanie O’Keefe at sastruck1@aol.com. Middle- and high-school parents and guardians should contact Sheila Varela at sevar10@comcast.net. The deadline for this is February 28th. Following are the times/dates of the Search Committee meetings:

  • Tuesday, March 18th from 7-9pm
  • Tuesday, March 25th from 7-9pm
  • Monday, March 31st from 6-10pm
  • Tuesday, April 1st from 6-10pm

We have advertised this position through School Spring and through the local media.

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We are proud to announce that 19 students at Milton High School have been named winners of the 2014 Boston Globe Scholastic Art Awards. Thousands of student submissions from across the state were judged by a panel from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

This competition is one of the oldest and most prestigious art competitions in the region.  Milton High students won 19 Awards all together, including one Gold Key, six Silver Keys, and 12 Honorable Mentions.  Portfolio submissions consist of eight pieces of work submitted digitally and an artist statement from every senior who chose to submit a portfolio.

This year, Milton High School had the most portfolios submitted out of all the years competing with a total of 20 portfolios. Only seniors are allowed to submit portfolios and this is a huge undertaking on their part to have all their work ready to compete.  The Gold Key winners’ work will be displayed at Boston City Hall from March 7th to March 30th.

The following Milton High School students earned awards. Congratulations to their teachers, Karen Hughes and Kassandra Derby:

Gold Key: Mairead Dambruch (painting); Silver Key: Chloe Bustin (mixed media); Emme Cronin (drawing); Allison Grassa (photograph); Josh Kery (drawing); Sienna Smith (portfolio); Tori Zimmer (photograph); Honorable Mention:  Madeliene Collins (self portrait drawing & art portfolio); Mairead Dambruch (photograph); Maddie Hoy (painting),  Della Jrolf (drawing); Nancy Marcell (self portrait drawing & art portfolio) Kate Mulvey (photograph);  Cate Pappano (drawing); Edwin Rodriguez (photograph); Amanda Thorne (drawing); and Rose Zilla-ba (pen & ink).

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Ten Latin students from Milton High School were recently honored by the National Junior Classical League for their success on this year’s National Etymology Exam. The following students were the top scorers:

  • Gold medalists: Simon Eder, Micaela Keating and John Lenane
  • Silver medalist: Aislinn O’Brien
  • Bronze medalists: Joshuea Ogbuike, Cole Kroninger, Elizabeth Murphy, Nolan Carvalho, Matt McCarthy and Albert Enyedy

The National Classical Etymology Exam (NCEE) is an online exam designed to test a student’s ability to handle both Latin and Greek derivatives and their usage in the English language. The exam is administered by The National Junior Classical League (NJCL), an organization of middle and high school students sponsored by the American Classical League. It is composed of local and state chapters and is the largest Classical organization in the world today. The NJCL’s purpose is to encourage an interest in and an appreciation of the language, literature, and culture of ancient Greece. Milton students took the exam in early December. The test is based on English vocabulary words that are derived from Latin and Greek, with emphasis on academic and SAT vocabulary words.

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Milton High School’s Mock Trial team recently concluded their season with a strong showing at the Framingham Court House on February 4th. The team scored 100 points – a season high – during the mock trial. The civil trial was a wrongful death suit, in which the family of a man who was killed doing an airplane stunt sued the airplane’s manufacturer.

The team’s coach, Joao Costa, said the students performed remarkably and recognized the team for a successful year. The following students are members of the Mock Trial Team: Allyson Riboul, Andre Allen, Ava Urkevic, Bill Griffin, Britney Herndon, Catherine Pamphil, Cole Kroninger, Dara Kennedy, Jessica Brink, Jessica Machowski, Joe Linhan, Metayer Mitterand, Mitch Bosquet, Saron Kindle and Thomas O’Brien. Many thanks also to parent volunteers Ray Czwakiel, Leigh Mills and Christine Tynan. The team has competed in three Mock Trials this season, vs. Newton North, Wayland High and GANN Academy.

Coach Costa recognized several students for their outstanding performances. He said of Bill Griffin, who played the role of the attorney in all three trials. “Bill had the great ability to cross-examine witnesses and focus on the flaws of the different affidavits.”  He was also impressed by Joe Linehan, who “performed opening statements for the trials and improved each time. He was able to present the case in a five-minute opening without the use of notes.” Catherine Pamphil, who played the role of attorney, “did a great job laying the foundation for our expert witness and diligently followed the proper court proceedings,” according to Costa. Another standout, Costa said, was Tom O’Brien, “a start attorney who improved with each trial, bringing his score from a 6 to a 9 in the course of the season.” Finally, Coach Costa recognized Dara Kennedy, Allyson Riboul and Andre Allen, who “were outstanding in the role of witnesses, with all three receiving the highest rating possible from the judge.”

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The music department has some great news. We have learned that 26 students were accepted to Junior SEMSBA (Southeastern Massachusetts School Bandmasters Association.) Junior SEMSBA is for grades 7-9. Please help me to congratulate the students below:

Pierce Middle School Band: Annabel Botsford Gray Davis, Miwa Joiner, Sophia Li, Sachin Meier and Isaac Piliavin. Chorus:  Shoilee Banerjee, Kiley Check, James DiSandro, Paula Hogan, Penelope Holland, Dominik Hyppolite, Domenic Janacaterino Kara Milliken and Madelyn Wiesenhahn. Strings:  Eva Chow, Veronica Harris, Nathania Marc and Julia Nerenberg and Isabelle Neville.

Milton High School Band: Emily Possi, Benjamin Val and Maya Watanabe. Chorus: Julia Butler, Aisleen O’Brien and Katherine Steele.

In addition, 40 students were accepted to Senior SEMSBA (Southeastern Massachusetts School Bandmasters Association.)  Senior SEMSBA is for grades 9-12. Congratulations to these students below:

Milton High School Band: Shareen Alsebai, Dylan Banh, Emily Chow, Liam Hines, Kristen Ingraham, Shannon MacLeod, Tansey Massey-Green, Shane McLaughlin, Rebekah Mondelus, Christine Stafford and Michael Wyatt. Chorus: Samantha Antoniewicz, Bethany Bonilla, Monika Cormack, Ben Donahue, Edwin Duprevil, Giuliana Giddings, Hope Huban, Phillipe Janvier, Will Macmillan, Nicholas Marinilli, Colette Nourie, Elizabeth O’Connor, Joshuea Ogbuike, Tatiana Perez, Jacqueline Ruscito, Chrisian Urbina, Henry Wells, Matthew Wong and Rose Zilla-Ba. Strings: Graham Bly, Olivia Done, Anna Gaden, Kali Guise, Madeleine Lachevre, Nicole Lam, Amiel Marc, Oceane Marescal, Emma Pred-Sosa and Hannah Solomon.

There’s even more good news. Last month, students from our music department attended All State auditions with great results.  We also recently attended Junior District auditions with equally great results. Congratulations to the twelve grades 7-9 students for being chosen by audition for places in the Eastern District Junior Festival:

Milton High: Kyle Dempsey – band, Julia Butler- chorus, Clara Tennyson – chorus, Aislinn O’Brien – chorus, Kathryn Steele – chorus and Stephen Tan – chorus. Pierce: Nethania Marc – orchestra, Ben Scott – band, Paula Hogan – chorus, Penelope Holland – chorus, Dominik Hyppolite – chorus and Domenic Jancaterino – chorus.

Thank you to Colleen Martin for her work as Chorus Manager and to Rebecca Damiani for working as Chairperson-elect.  Thank you to Dawn Sykes for being the chaperone on the bus!  Thank you to the music faculty who prepared the students for the audition. It was a great day at Needham High!

Finally, I’m thrilled to report that we will have SEVEN Milton High School students performing at Symphony Hall on March 22nd as part of the Massachusetts All State Music Festival. These students will rehearse at the World Trade Center March 20-22nd and will perform at Symphony Hall in Boston at 1 pm on March 22nd.  These seven students were chosen from a huge field of highly qualified competitors. Congratulations to Will Hess (jazz band), Walker Stroud (orchestra) and Samantha Antoniewicz, Monika Cormack, Giuliana Giddings, Kevin Mehdizadeh and Garrett Sager (chorus.)  Great job!

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 The annual Future Problem Solvers Qualifying Bowl was held last weekend and we are proud to say that the Milton Public Schools hosted this event for the first time ever. Students from 13 teams met at the Glover Elementary School library to compete at this event.

Future Problem Solving Program is an international group, which aims to stimulate critical and creative thinking skills, encourage students to develop a vision for the future, and prepare students for leadership roles. Students in Future Problem Solving teams engage in creative problem solving within the curriculum and are exposed to competitive opportunities.

Milton Public Schools sent five teams from Pierce and eight teams from the elementary schools. Teams from Canton and Dedham also attended. Congratulations to all who competed:

Tucker School: Dominique Thomas, Daniel Truog, Nathan O’Neil, Blake Strong, Oskar Peloquin, Anna McGrath, Olivia Ketler, Claire Walko. Back up member: Luke Palmer.  Glover: The Glover fifth-graders: Aidan Quinn, Vivian Kwong, Anna Fahy, Hugh Cronin, Emmett Martin, June Padera, Abigail Files, Shea Johns. Collicot: Nellie Callahan, Jack Lally, Maureen Lang, Katherine McDevitt, Collin McMorrow, Benjamin Mills, Maggie Stockbridge and Michael Swanton. Cunningham: Team #1 Lila Slymon, Philip Phan, Louis Timmins, Jami Milliken. Team #2 Sophie Boucher, Eliza Callahan, Paul Kates, William Milliken. Pierce: Aidan Briathwaite, David Casaz, Sam Coover, Zachary Danner, Sawyer Flanagan, Timothy Karoff, Wallace Heller, Ryan Mazzotta, Sachin Meier, Isabelle Neville, Hue-Ninh Nguyen, Thana Nguyen, Madison Pellegri, Maggie Pelegri, Taylor Snellen and Emre Yalcindag.

Many thanks to our coaches, Nicole Hoyceanyls, Dave Romeo, Bernadette McEvoy, Marti McKenna, Thuy Nguyen, Anna Higgins and Christina Reynolds. Also, thanks to parent volunteers: Tucker: Ana Frega, Adina O’Neill, Elizabeth Thomas. Cunningham: Nhi Vo, Stacia Kates, Sara Slymon, Carol Timmins. Glover: Carter Fahy, Matthew Quinn, and Amory Files. Pierce: Sindhu Meier, Eileen Heller and Allen Neville

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 We held our Grade One Information Nights on Wednesday, February 12th in each of our elementary schools. This event provided more information about the French Immersion and English/Innovation Pathway programs for our incoming first-graders.

Parents/guardians of current Kindergarten students who could not attend should contact their child’s principal to receive information and selections sheets about program choice.  These sheets are due to the school principal by March 6th.

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  Kindergarten registration is currently underway. For parents and guardians of children who will be five years old on or before August 31st, 2014, registration packets can be obtained by contacting Laurie Dunn in the Superintendent’s Office at ldunn@miltonps.org or Student Registrar Jane Barrett: jbarrett@miltonps.org

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 Registration for Integrated Preschool, which is located at the Collicot Elementary School, will be beginning soon. Applications for Peer Role Model Student slots for the 2014-15 school year will be accepted between February 24th  – March 15th. Due to the large number of applicants, there will be a lottery to determine which students are selected for the Program. Parents will be notified about whether their child was selected by April 4th. Children who are found to be eligible for and require special education services will be offered services as determined by their Special Education Teams.  For more information, please visit this link:  http://www.miltonps.org/documents/UPDATED1-14IntPKWebInfo.pdf

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 Four local artists, including Pierce Middle School art teacher Robyn Thompson, have had their artwork selected for an exhibit at the Scollay Square Gallery at Boston City Hall. This exhibit, “African American Artists of the DAC” (Dorchester Arts Collaborative), will run from January 13th to February 28th at the gallery, located on the third floor of City Hall. Congratulations to Ms. Thompson!

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 On Wednesday, FOX News reported live from the Forbes House in Milton as part of the Lincoln Day Celebration. Robin Tagliaferri, the museum director, invited all of last year’s Lincoln Essay and Drawing Contest winners to be on hand for the live report. Click here to view the video: http://www.myfoxboston.com/video?clipId=9832247&autostart=true

This year’s winners have not yet been announced. For this year’s topics and deadlines, click here: http://forbeshousemuseum.org/educational.html

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 I would like to thank Attorney Leigh Mills, a strong supporter of Milton Public Schools, who came to Milton High School recently to speak to Mr. Borde’s United States History I classes about the Bill of Rights as part of their unit on the Constitution.  Her focus was on the historical precedence behind of the Bill of Rights, and its impact on us today. Using the fifth and sixth Amendments specifically, students were able to explore the intent and meaning of each, as well as its application to current events.  Recently Ms. Mills also helped students in our Law and Government class prepare for the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Mock Trial Competition.   Many thanks to Ms. Mills.

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 The Pierce Middle School has some exciting news from the Science Department. Pierce teacher Nicole Hoyceanyls has been credited as a trial teacher representing the Pierce Middle School in the newly published edition of the FOSS Earth History curriculum.

In addition, Pierce students had a great showing in the Cool Science Art Competition.  Two students earned first place honors and will have their artwork displayed on Lowell Transit in the months of March and April.

Two Grade 6 students in Jeff Stoodt’s class were recognized: Mayali Geyling and Anna Crowley. Five Grade 7 students in Bernadette McEvoy’s class were recognized: Milan Smith, John Keaney, Liam Michalski, William Heavey and Emme Schewe. To view the student artwork, click here:

http://www.uml.edu/Education/Scienceexpress/Coolscience/Competitions/2013-2014/WinningArtwork.aspx

Finally, we just learned last week that Bernadette McEvoy has also been selected to present at the NSTA conference in Boston.  She will be doing a half hour presentation on her work with students on environmental science, focusing mainly on her partnership with the MWRA.

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 By now, I’m hoping that many of you have heard of the Donors Choose, a website that allows parents, guardians and community members to donate money to education-related projects. (www.donorschoose.org) Some of our teachers and staff members have been very successful at funding projects in their classrooms and schools through this program. There are currently two “requests” from our teachers on this site – one of which is set to “exp