Milton Public Schools

January 5th E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Jan• 05•17

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Thursday, January 5th, 2017

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

It’s that time of year when we begin gearing up for our Preschool, Kindergarten and Grade One information nights and registration periods. Please spread the word to friends/neighbors who have children in these age groups. There is a detailed timeline below under “Curriculum News,” and more information can be found on the front of our website.

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We were pleased to hear that the Town of Milton and the Milton Public Schools will be featured on a segment of Chronicle television show on Channel 5 tonight, January 5th at 7:30pm. Click here to see more information about this program

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There has been one School Committee meeting since my last E-blast, which was held last night. School Committee members were given an FY18 budget update and voted to approve an FY18 fee schedule and two vendor warrants. The Committee also approved three sets of minutes before adjourning. The next meeting will be held Wednesday, January 18th at 7 pm in the Milton TV Access studio, Room 245, Milton High School.

CURRICULUM NEWS

Please note the following important upcoming dates for parents and guardians of students entering Preschool, Kindergarten and Grade 1 for the 2017-2018 school year.

Important Preschool Dates:

January 12th – Preschool Information Night at 6:30pm, MHS Auditorium, 25 Gile Road.

Join Milton Public School administrators and staff to learn about the similarities and differences of the five preschool programs offered by the district including curriculum, classroom design, lottery criteria, cost, payment scheduling, tuition assistance and registration process.

January 12th through January 26 – Preschool Pre-registration (online)

The pre-registration link will be posted during the information session. If a lottery is required, only those pre-registrations completed by January 26, 2017 will be entered.   Chromebooks will be available for any parent/guardian who wishes to complete the pre-registration at the conclusion of the program.  Families pre-registering after January 26, 2017 will be awarded a seat based on availability.

January 27th – Preschool lottery

A random, electronic lottery will be held should demand for any program exceed seats available. Should a lottery be required, it will be overseen by the Assistant Superintendent, the Family Outreach Liaison and a representative from the PTO.

February 6th – Preschool notification letters sent to families

Any family who has completed a pre-registration will be notified no later than February 6th, 2017 of their child’s placement status.

February 13th & February 17th – Preschool Registration, MHS Library, 25 Gile Rd.

Registrars will be on hand to assist families through the registration process. Parents/guardians should bring completed registration packets and all original supporting documentation and proof of residency to appointment.  Tuition assistance staff will be available to review financial aid packets and answer questions. This is a parent/guardian only event.

Important Kindergarten Dates

December 5th  – Pre-Registration for Kindergarten begins

Families with Kindergarten-age eligible students (children must be 5 on or before August 31, 2017) should pre-register at https://goo.gl/forms/nkZWAxwdwediKri42

January 25th – Kindergarten Information Night at 6:30pm, MHS Auditorium, 25 Gile Rd.

Join Milton Public School administrators and staff to learn about the day in the life of a kindergartener, how each classroom is set up, the kindergarten curriculum used across the district and the registration process. All families who have pre-registered by January 15, 2017 will receive a registration packet and appointment time at the conclusion of the program.

February 14th, 15th, 16th – Kindergarten Registration, MHS Library, 25 Gile Rd.

Registrars will be on hand to assist families through the registration process. Parents/guardians should bring completed registration packets and all original supporting documentation and proof of residency to appointment.  This is a parent/guardian only event.  Children will be screened in May.

Important 1st Grade Information:

February 15th – STEM Info Night, 6:30-7:30pm., Cunningham/Collicot Cafeteria, 44-80 Edgehill Rd

This event provides parents/guardians and their kindergarteners the opportunity to learn more about the STEM component to the English Innovative Pathway, which begins in Grade One. Participants will also have the chance to work together to solve a fun and interactive STEM problem!  Current kindergarteners and their parents/guardians from across the district are invited to attend.

March 2nd – First Grade Information Night – MHS Auditorium, 25 Gile Road.

Join Milton Public School administrators and staff to learn about Grade One Programs. Information will be presented regarding the English Innovation Pathway, the French Immersion program, common curriculum and assessments, assignment plans, time frames and lottery.

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The following item was submitted by MHS Humanities Director, Barbara Wright:

I am pleased to present the winners of the 2017 Dr. Martin Luther King Art and Essay contest, sponsored by the Milton Interfaith Clergy Association.  This art and essay contest is part of a larger MLK event to be held on Monday, January 16th from 6:30 – 8pm at Concord Baptist Church, 180 Blue Hill Ave.  Please see the item below under “News Around Town,” for more information on this event.

Congratulations to the following Milton High School juniors who won the following awards: Josie Cosineau: art work and written component; James Le: art work and written component; Dominik Hyppolite: art work and written component; Gigi Jiang: written essay.

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Only Love Can Do That. By Dominick Hyppolite. My artwork is a visual representation of Martin Luther King’s famous quotation “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” The man is the light and hope that protects the girl from the hatred and darkness of discrimination. The darkness is the culmination of all dark things but the light is stronger than it. It shows that light will always succeed no matter how bad the situation seems to be. The girl is the symbol of all those who were and are oppressed during the civil rights movement.

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Justice Between Two Extremes. By James Le — The picture depicts Lady Justice standing between a scale holding a white flag on one end and a dagger on the other, with each object symbolizing a faction of the black community mentioned in MLK’s Letter from Birmingham Jail. The white flag of surrender represents the people who have accepted white supremacy and are apathetic to the Civil Rights movement, and also symbolizes the white moderate that takes no action against the injustice that occurs in front of them. The dagger represents the black radicals that resort to violence to bring about change and channels their hatred through their movement. These two contradicting forces create an imbalance and will fail to bring about change. King identifies these two opposite forces, but offers a middle ground by writing, “I have tried to stand between these two forces, saying that we need emulate neither the “do-nothinghism” of the complacent nor the hatred and despair of the black nationalist. For there is the more excellent way of love and non-violent protest.” The ideology of King’s movement is depicted as the white banner Justice holds, that combines aspects of both the dagger and the flag. King’s ideas take this middle route by actively advocating for civil rights unlike the do-nothingists,” yet still does so via peaceful protest, unlike the radicals. The discussion of apathy vs. extremism is present in today’s social issues such as the Black Lives Matter movement. One faction of the community is apathetic to the goals of the movement or draws attention away from the issue at hand. Among the people in this category are the ones who use the phrase “All Lives Matter,” which not only draws attention away from the issue of police brutality and systematic oppression of black people, but also undermines the movement by erasing that fact that there is a need to highlight these injustices. The opposite of this faction are the radicals of the movement who instigate riots and acts of violence. Similar to Malcolm X’s movement, this group channels hatred and nationalism through their actions, but this only creates a negative stigma to the cause and the people involved. Similar to King’s idea of taking the middle ground, the Black Lives Matter movement will experience the most success by actively advocating the cause by means of peaceful protest, in between two extremes of apathy and extremism.

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By Josie Cousineau. My illustration of MLK’s mugshot has a background of a very famous portion of his letter and his jail number is replaced with the word “equality.” It captures King’s idea that you must stand up for your cause even if it means there are consequences, because if there is, that means you’ve made an impact. He was placed behind bars in a Birmingham jail because he was in a protest to better the treatment of African Americans. It was there where he wrote his letter to eight clergymen who asked him to refrain from taking action. Behind the drawing of MLK is the section of the letter where he states that the clergymen cannot just ask him to wait to take action and then goes on to describe all the hardships African Americans have gone through to show why it cannot wait any longer. Around his neck is a sign that says “Equality,” because that is the reason he ended up in jail, fighting for equality. I did this because his followers would not just see a number, they would see a cause. This is relevant to our world today because not only is his letter taught in high schools across the country, but you could also argue that the type of protests he led are still around today. In the recent election, in effect of its outcome, there have been protests because there are people who passionately feel it should have gone away. In Boston a few weeks ago, there was a peaceful protest where people held up signs that said, “Make America Kind Again,” and “I Love All Humans.” Even though MLK was assassinated, his legacy still lives on.

Following is the essay written by MHS junior Gigi Jiang:

“Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

The fabric of our time is a thick blurry mist. One miniscule post on social media can result in a thousand more reposts. A joke can be turned into a topic of a debate and then end up in the news. So when Martin Luther King wrote that “whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly,” it fits in with our situation perfectly. For example, examine the Black Lives Matter Movement. Starting in 2013, it was merely a hashtag; now in 2016 it is an international activist movement. When the shooting occurred in 2013 of Trayvon Martin, his family members became distressed. Then the emotions worked out beyond that and started changing the ideas about justice in our system. People grew upset and protested, causing an uproar and divided country. Hoodies, Skittles, and cans of Arizona Iced Tea became symbolic of Trayvon. Thousands of people rounded up to protest for George Zimmerman’s arrest. Some went out to seek for his death and these were people that did not even know Trayvon directly. The question of the right of Zimmerman to shoot down Martin led a chain reaction to many more cases about police rights and how much power they contain. So one shooting in Florida caused the country to burn with a fire ever so bright that has not been seen since Martin Luther King. As a result, the fabric of our time has been tossed and torn up. Issues arise and are altered to benefit certain sides, but perhaps if we take Martin Luther King’s words, that can assist us. If we start a movement of positivity, it should change others for the better, rid of prejudice, and eliminate the need for hashtags that drive this country apart. #Beneathitallweareallhumans.

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The following item was submitted by MHS Science Department Head, Amy Tom:

The high school science department is fortunate to be working with the high school Pre-K class this year through hands-on investigations.  The high school Pre-K program will be teaming up with high school science teachers once per term this school year to investigate various science-based questions, all taking place within the high school science lab classrooms.

Our first term experiment involved students investigating the five senses.  Pre-K students were asked to investigate their senses of smell, sight, and touch, along with investigating various states of matter.

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The following item was submitted by Dawn Sykes, Director of Fine Arts & Family/Consumer Studies:

I am pleased to announce that the MPS Music Department will be represented by 22 young singers in the All-State Treble Chorus this year!  The following 5th and 6th grade students were selected by audition for this prestigious state-level ensemble, and will perform at the Massachusetts Music Educators Conference in March:

Greta Cardoza, Owen Creamer, Neve d’Arcy, Logan Do, Isabella Fiske, Kiera Glazer, William Heffron, Mia Jilani, Kaze Karuretwa, Daschel Koh, Tucker Korman, Lily Lane. Sadie Leggett, Marc Leimkuehler, Fiona McCarthy, Brynne Mershon, Kyla Miller, Lily Muir, Mary Mullen, Fionnuala Queally, Luca Sandonato and Fiona Zimon.

Congratulations to these students, Elementary Music Specialists April Allegrezza, Colleen Martin and Pierce Middle School Choral Director Julia Hanna for this special accomplishment!

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We also have this wonderful video of our MHS chamber orchestra performing Vivaldi’s “Winter,” at a recent concert. Please click here to watch.

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The following item was sent to us by Bernadette Butler, our Elementary Science Coordinator:

What is Camp Invention?

The Milton Public Schools are proud to be offering Camp Invention at Tucker Elementary School for the second summer in a row. Camp is for any MPS student entering grades K-6 and will be held July 17 – 21 from 9am to 3:30pm.

Camp Invention is one week in the summer where your child’s creativity, innovation, and problem-solving are challenged in fun and exciting ways. And while our top priority is helping to inspire future waves of big, bright thinkers, we also know that fun matters. So be ready to have some serious fun. Camp Invention is the only nationally recognized, non-profit elementary enrichment program inspired by the brightest thinkers around, the National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductees. We know how to tap into your child’s natural need to discover and we do it with certified local instructors.

SECURE YOUR SPOT TODAY & SAVE $25! Use promo code DISCOVER25. Offer expires March 20th. The cost is $250 (before discount.) Register here or call 1-800-968-4332. Questions can be directed to Ms. Butler at: bbutler@miltonps.org

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I enjoyed seeing this picture of the Cunningham staff in their new red fleece jackets. The jackets were a gift from the Cunningham PTO and were delivered to staff members just before the winter break. What a thoughtful gesture!

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MPS EVENTS

The following item was sent in by Glover Principal Karen McDavitt:

Last month, we had a special visit from the classmates and family of Ms. Caitlin Clavette, Glover Art Teacher. Four classmates of Ms. Clavette’s read beautiful stories about art, nature, imagination, and creativity to all Glover students. On behalf of the Tufts Art Education MAT Class of 2007, they donated over 50 books, CDs, and DVDs to our Glover library in loving memory of Ms. Clavette. The students loved hearing the stories and are thrilled to be able to read them over and over as they are added to our collection. To express our gratitude, we made this video for them.

FOOD SERVICE NEWS

The following item was sent in by Jackie Morgan, MPS Food Service Director:

This month, we are featuring a new recipe for our menu: Spicy Rice. This recipe is stocked with nutritious brown rice, fibrous beans and tasty peppers, onions and tomatoes. Curry powder, Chili powder and Cumin give the rice a flavorful kick that kids and adults will love. Our spicy rice uses brown rice to add fiber, B vitamins and calcium. It takes a little longer to cook but the extra nutrition is worth it! Along with lots of fiber, black beans are a great protein source. Eating brown rice and beans together creates a complete protein, making this a great meal for vegans, vegetarians and anyone trying to increase their consumption of high fiber and high protein foods.

Spicy Rice

Yield: 6, 8oz servings               Prep Time: 15 minutes           Cook Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients:

1 cup Brown Rice, dry
1 can Black Beans (15 oz)*
4 Tomatoes, diced
½ Onion, diced
1 Tbsp. Garlic, minced
1 Red/Green Pepper, diced
1 tsp Chili Powder
1 tsp Cumin Powder
1 tsp Curry Powder
½ tsp Salt
1 tsp Pepper
1 Tbsp. Cooking Oil
1 ½ cup Vegetable Stock*

Directions:

  1. Heat oil in a medium-sized pot. Add spices along with diced onion and pepper until translucent.
  2. Add diced tomatoes and garlic. Cook for 4-5 minutes until tomatoes are soft.
  3. Add vegetable stock.
  4. Add rice and cook, follow package directions (using stock instead of water)
  5. Drain and rinse beans. Add to rice about halfway through cooking.

Serve as a side or a main dish!

Nutrient Analysis for 8-ounce portion:

230 calories – 3 g Total Fat – 0.50 g Saturated Fat – 400 mg Sodium – 43 g Carbohydrates – 7.3 g Fiber – 7.6 g Protein 742.4 IU Vitamin A – 29 mg Vitamin C – 66 mg Calcium

*Always look for low sodium canned products

GUIDANCE NEWS

The following item was sent to us by MHS Guidance Director Karen Cahill:

Please join us on  Thursday, January 26th at 6:30pm at the Milton High School Auditorium when Drew Heilpern, from Summit Educational Group, will discuss college entrance exams both the SAT and ACT.   Mr. Heilpern will be discussing everything you need to know about the changes to the SAT, how it compares to the ACT and will answer any questions you may have.  Parents/guardians and students of any grade are welcome to attend.

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

The Milton Boosters have an upcoming event on Saturday, January 7, from 9am to noon. They will be hosting a Cans for Cats drive at MHS to benefit the Ski Team. Please drop off all your holiday cans and bottles in the front driveway of Milton High School, 25 Gile Road, Milton.

MFE NEWS

The following item was sent to us by the Milton Foundation for Education:

Recently you received an important letter from the Milton Foundation for Education asking you to make a gift to our Annual Appeal.

The MFE is a non-profit, independent organization that works with the community to generate resources to make possible innovative opportunities that are beyond the reach of the school system’s budget. Many of the wonderful Teacher Grants you have read about in previous E-blasts have been made possible only through your continued, generous support of our Annual Appeal. These opportunities have included: Science from Scientists, wireless internet in all six schools, Biotech Lab, peaceful playgrounds, SMART boards, STARlab, Wildcat Wellness Center, artists-in-residence, anti-bullying initiatives, mentoring programs, enhanced libraries, and so much more. Together we have distributed over 3 million dollars to the Milton Public Schools, impacting 3,400 students every year. If you haven’t already, please consider a tax-deductible gift again this year. Every dollar changes lives.

Look for the letter we recently mailed, or log onto www.MiltonFoundationForEducation.com to make your gift today. Thank you for support. We feel beyond fortunate to work with such incredible schools, passionate teachers, and an amazing community.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

This year’s Milton Interfaith Clergy-sponsored MLK Celebration will take place on Monday, January 16th from 6:30-8pm at Concord Baptist Church, 180 Blue Hill Ave.  The theme is “Character & Leadership: Where Do We Go From Here?” This annual event will feature artwork, essays and poetry from Milton Public School students, as well as a performance by the MHS Gospel Singers and our elementary school choirs.

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

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

Winter is wonderful at the Milton Public Library! Fun family activities including books, programs, coloring, games, puppets and more are available every day for you to check out. 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 January 15 – 21:

Monday, January 16, 2017
LIBRARY CLOSED

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 from 7:15 – 7:45 pm
SPUB Club, Ages 7-11

Join the newest craze: the SPUB Club! Our Super Popular, Unbelievable Book Club is a brand-new, read-aloud book club for kids aged 7-11. Miss Sara will read a few chapters of a book each week; your job is to listen, while engaging in various hands-on activities like Lego building, play-dough sculpting, Rubik’s cubes, and more. We’re currently reading Odd, Weird and Little by Patrick Jennings. No registration is required. In partnership with Milton Reflecting.

Friday, January 20, 2017 from 10:00 – 11:00 am
Yoga with Jill, Ages 3-5

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

Saturday, January 21, 2017 from 2:30 – 4:00 pm
Pop-Up Art School, Ages 6-11

Join us for a diversity-themed class with The Pop-Up Art School! In a collaborative project each child will make a circular drawing representing their family’s country of origin, using colors and shapes from that country’s flag(s). Each drawing will be cut into 4 squares. Your child will receive one square of their artwork to take home. After the class, all of the remaining squares will be mixed and reassembled into a large paper quilt. The finished project will represent many countries of origin together in a unified whole, and will be on display on the Library’s lower level within a week of the program. For ages 6-11. Registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Library, and offered in partnership with Milton Reflecting.

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

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

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

VISUAL ARTS

The Milton Art Center submitted the following item:

On February 10th, from 6:30-8:30 pm the Milton Art Center will be hosting a Red Hot Valentine’s Dessert Contest.  Girls and boys grades 1-5 are invited to attend and compete in the RED HOT Dessert Competition. All supplies are included in the $22 admission fee. Prizes awarded! Raffle Baskets and refreshments available for $1.00 each. For more information, https://www.miltonartcenter.org/

ATHLETICS

Last month, we published a list that included Boston Globe All-Scholastics, All-Stars along with Bay State All-Stars. Unfortunately, Haley O’Brien was omitted from the list. She was named the Bay State All Star for her volleyball season. Congratulations to Haley!

The following item was submitted by Athletic Director Eric Karjel:

Our winter sports season is now in full gear. The ski team opens up next week and all the other teams are now competing on a regular basis. The Girls Hockey team is off to a great start as they are 5-1-1. The Boys Hockey team is also off to a strong start as they are 3-2-1 and won the Quincy Holiday tournament. The Boys basketball team has been very impressive on their home court with a 3-0 home record and an overall 3-1 record. The Girls basketball team continues to improve and with their 53-49 win at Walpole this week are now 2-3. Both the Boys and Girls Indoor track teams are 2-0. The Wrestling team pulled out a hard fought 39-29 win over Brookline this week to even their record at 3-3. The swim team has been very competitive and continues to improve as they look for their first win of the young season.

For complete game recaps please go to our new athletic department website here, where you can also find schedules, directions, and a staff directory.

Spring sports registration will begin on February 1st. Spring sports will start on March 20th.

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

http://schedules.schedulestar.com/Milton-High-School-Milton-MA/season/08-28-2015/

AMBASSADOR PAGE

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

Students: Although the holiday season is official over, I would be remiss if I did not mention a very special group of students from Milton High School who help to bring holiday cheer to our school and our community. The MHS Carolers are a group of singers who brighten each morning by singing holiday songs in the lobby of Milton High School. In addition, this group provides entertainment for our Retiree Luncheon and also travels to the Council on Aging, Fuller Village, the Boston Home and “Caroling on the Common,” to get everyone in the holiday mood. Many thanks to Dawn Sykes for her leadership of this group, and to the following singers:  Kendall Smith, Annie Wong, Penelope Holland, Paula Hogan, Vanessa Lorden, Colleen Conley, Katie Steele, Arielle Solomon, Annabel Botsford, Julia Butler, Sarah Mitchell, Hannah Solomon, Maeve Bentley, Kaleigh Pentland, Alisa Lorden, Stephen Tan, James DiSandro, Dominik Hyppolite, Lucas Kery and Aidan Guilderson.

Staff:   Although not technically a staff member, I would like to welcome Mr. Richard Fernandez to the Milton community. Mr. Fernandez has been named President and Chief Executive Officer of Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton (BID-Milton) effective January 30th. I expect that Mr. Fernandez will be an outstanding partner to the Milton Public Schools, in a similar way to his predecessor, Peter Healy. Mr. Healy left BID-Milton at the end of the year to assume the newly created position of President of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Mr. Fernandez is a health care executive with more than 20 years of experience across community hospitals, large physician groups, health care systems and academic medical centers. We wish him all the best in his new role. I would also like to say thank you and best wishes to Mr. Healy in his new position.

Volunteers: I would like to thank the Milton Interfaith Clergy for all their work in our community, but especially for organizing this month’s event. The Martin Luther King Jr. annual celebration is an amazing community event that everyone should consider attending. Please join us on Monday, January 16th from 6:30 – 8pm at Concord Baptist Church, 180 Blue Hill Ave.

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

 

January 2nd E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Jan• 02•17

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Monday, January 2nd, 2017

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

I hope all of our Milton Public School staff and families enjoyed a healthy and happy New Year and that all are enjoying the last evening of the holiday vacation. Please read the memo below from Dr. Karen Spaulding, Principal of Pierce Middle School:

 

Good afternoon Milton Public Schools families, faculty, and staff.  The Pierce Middle School would like to extend to you a special invitation to a parent/guardian presentation that will take place at the Pierce Middle School on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at 6:30 PM.  Please see below for more information:

Fostering Healthy Relationships in Our Children:  Preventing Teen Dating Violence

It’s never too early to start.

Please join us for a special presentation to parents/guardians.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017 6:30 PM in the Pierce Middle School Auditorium

As the Center for Disease Control points out, “Unhealthy relationships can start early and last a lifetime.”   Although one might think that the late elementary and middle school years are too early to think about the prevention of teen dating violence, a strong research base suggests that this is precisely when work in this area must begin.  Preventing teen dating violence while teens have already begun “dating” is far less effective than doing this critical work in the early years.

Last year, the Pierce Middle School was awarded a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to support work that would foster healthy relationships in our youth.  As part of these efforts, we are pleased to invite parents and guardians to attend a presentation by Casey CorcoranProgram Director for the Children and Youth Program at Futures Without Violence.  During this presentation, Mr. Corcoran will present data that define and describe teen dating violence, delineate the healthy behaviors we hope to see early on in our children, and define what role we as caregivers play in promoting the development of healthy relationships.  We hope that you will be able to join us for this important presentation!

Sincerely,
Dr. Karen L. Spaulding
Principal
Pierce Middle School

December 23rd E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Dec• 23•16

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date: December 23rd, 2016

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

The following letter was written by Pierce Middle School Principal Dr. Karen Spaulding and was sent to all Pierce families last night. I wanted to inform the Milton Public School community about this incident and assure each of you that we are fully cooperating with the Milton Police Department’s investigation. I would also like to reiterate that one of our district’s core values is “Respect for Human Differences.”  We strive each and every day to promote a culture that is both safe and supportive to all of our students and will continue to do so. – Mary C. Gormley

Dear Parents/Guardians: I write this afternoon to share with you that swastikas were recently discovered in one of our student bathrooms. This is extremely troubling and highly inconsistent with the inclusive culture that we are committed to creating at the Pierce Middle School.  In response to these incidents, we immediately and thoroughly investigated, identified who was responsible, and followed up as is dictated by the Code of Conduct in the Pierce Middle School Handbook.  I especially wish to reassure you that I and my entire staff are firmly committed to fostering a safe, supportive, and welcoming environment for every member of our community.  To that end, this type of behavior will not be tolerated at the Pierce Middle School.  In addition, I will be working closely with my leadership team and the entire faculty in the days to come to determine appropriate educational next steps.

If you or your child would like to discuss this further or need some additional support, I encourage you to reach out to your child’s guidance counselor or me directly. Please see below for your child’s guidance counselor’s information:

Grade 6: Mrs. Veldran          Grade 7:  Mrs. Benjamin        Grade 8:  Ms. MacCurtain
lveldran@miltonps.org     ebenjamin@miltonps.org            emaccurtain@miltonps.org
617-696-4568 ext. 3607        617-696-4568  ext. 3605           617-696-4568 ext. 3606

Again, you can always reach out directly to me as well at kspaulding@miltonps.org or 617-696-4568 ext. 3602.

I thank you in advance for partnering with us in our efforts and wish you and your family peace in the coming year.

December 20th E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Dec• 20•16

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

I am writing to follow up on my earlier blog about medical privacy in our schools. I have received some comments from parents/guardians who are concerned about changes in how the district will disseminate health information to families.  Please know that Milton takes public health concerns seriously and our protocols and practices are aligned with the Department of Public Health regulations and guidelines.

As recommended by the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics, Milton Public Schools has adopted a non-exclusionary protocol for pediculosis (head lice). Head lice can be a nuisance but they have not been shown to spread disease. Students diagnosed with live head lice generally do not need to be sent home early from school; they can go home at the end of the day, be treated, and return to class after appropriate treatment has begun. School nurses will screen any student who exhibits signs/symptoms of head lice. Children who are found to have live lice or nits will not be sent home from school. Parents of affected students will be notified before the end of the school day and advised to contact their healthcare provider for treatment options. An informational fact sheet on head lice will be provided to the parent. Classroom/grade-wide notification letters will generally not be sent home unless deemed appropriate. Children will be allowed to return to school after parents confirm with the school nurse that treatment has begun. For more information on this issue, please see http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/lice/head/schools.html.

With regard to other illnesses, diseases or conditions, the school nurse, in consultation with the school physician and district administration, will follow DPH guidelines and best practices to determine whether a letter should be sent home to families or if any action steps are required at the specific school site. Communications related to specific contagious disease or conditions will be provided as appropriate and with an emphasis on providing accurate information, and, at the same time, protecting the identity of the involved student and/or employee.  In most instances, specific information relating to age, gender and grade level will not be included in external and internal communications about specific cases.

In cases where there is a student with a documented specific illness or condition that makes the student vulnerable to harm from exposure to certain illnesses, the school nurse will continue to provide those families with all information necessary to protect the health/safety of those students.

Thank you as we work together to safeguard the privacy of students and protect the health of our school community.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There have been no School Committee meetings since my last E-blast. The next meeting will be held January 4th at 7 pm in the Milton TV Access studio, Room 245, Milton High School.

CURRICULUM NEWS

Please note: The last day of classes before winter break will be Friday, December 23rd and it will be a full day.

The following item is from Elementary Science Coordinator Bernadette Butler:

Come one come all to the elementary science fairs!  We invite our youngest scientist to come out and show what they know at each school’s science fair.  All science fair projects are optional and are done at home.  We welcome students to come present their science fair projects or simply come as spectators.  Please be on the lookout for specific information about your school’s science fair!

Glover:
Wednesday, February 1
Thursday, February 2

Tucker:
Thursday, March 16

Cunningham:
Tuesday, February 28

Collicot:
Thursday, February 2
Thursday, February 9

The following item is from MPS Elementary Librarian Lori Henry:

Libraries across the district launched Atriuum! Atriuum is a new web-based library management system and students town-wide are learning to navigate Atriuum to delve into the library catalog for their information and literary needs. Students can access each of the elementary school’s library collections from the Edline pages using any Internet connected computer or mobile device. Atriuum is proving to be a very user-friendly system for students, families, faculty and staff! Click here for the link.

The following item is from PMS Art Teachers Stephanie Sherman and Robyn Thompson:

Please join the Pierce Middle School Art Department for their Annual Winter Arts Festival!  All families are welcome to stop by the Pierce Art Rooms on Wednesday, December 21st from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. to celebrate the Winter Solstice.  You will be free to browse student artwork, shop for small gifts, play games to win prizes, and even complete your own art project.  This event is sponsored by Pierce Art Teachers , and the Pierce Middle School Art Club.

The following item was sent in by Dawn Sykes, Director of Fine Arts and Family/Consumer Studies:

Earlier this month, elementary schools welcomed visiting artist Wen-hao Tien into third grade classrooms to lead a workshop on the art of Chinese Brush Painting. This enriching cultural and creative experience was made possible by the Milton Partnership for Arts and Cultural Education (MPACE).

Wen-hao Tien is a visual artist, and Chinese culture consultant and educator who works at New Art Center in Newton, MA. Wen-hao grew-up in Taiwan and is an alumnae of Taipei First Girls High School and Tunghai University. She later moved to the United States to pursue graduate studies at Columbia University in New York, and has been leading workshops related to Chinese arts and calligraphy since 2002.

In the workshop, third grade students learned about the history and technique of Chinese Brush Painting, and participated in creating a collective artistic work. In doing so, students accessed Massachusetts Visual Arts Standard Seven, which allows students to investigate how artists create their work, and requires them to describe the roles of artist patrons, cultural organizations, and arts institutions of the past and present.

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Photos provided by Jessica Gillooly, Tucker Art Teacher.

The following item was submitted by Amy Tom, MHS Science Department Director:

MHS students recently participated in a lab project as part of the Anatomy & Physiology courses at the high school. The activity was used as an introduction to the skeletal system unit.

Please find the objective from the teachers below:

  • Students will be able to reconstruct a human skeleton from disarticulated bones.
  • Students will be able to identify and label 30 major bones in the body.
  • The A&P teachers at the high school are Mrs. Burns, Mrs. Plunkett, and Mrs. Yifru

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I am pleased to report that Milton High girls excelled at the Women in Science Competition last weekend at Bedford High School.  Seniors Liezel Werner, Aislinn O’Brien, and Maxim Alvarez competed against 38 other teams, covering 21 different districts.  This was Milton’s first appearance at the competition, and Linda Stefanick and Amy Tom spent Saturday brainstorming ways to get more girls involved for next year, along with ways to best prepare for the competition.

Below is a link with pictures from all events of the competition – the Milton girls are in there!

https://sites.google.com/a/bedford.k12.ma.us/women-of-science/2016-photos

 

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The following items were submitted by Noel R. Vigue, Director of Health and Physical Education:

Milton Public Schools has been working diligently to provide a variety of ways to incorporate social-emotional learning opportunities for all students.  Please enjoy the following example provided by Cunningham Elementary Adjustment Counselor Jaclyn Germano:

This is an introductory lesson regarding the practice of mindfulness.  The goal is for students to understand what it means to be mindful and then begin practicing the skill.  The book that has been used in many classrooms is titled “Mindful Monkey, Happy Panda” written by Lauren Alderfer.  This book has lovely, bright pictures and is written with simplified language for both children and adults to begin understanding the powerful practice of mindfulness.

After reading the story the students take time discussing what it means to be mindful and share their thoughts on the subject.  Then the mindfulness practice begins.

The students are instructed to position their bodies in a mindful manner.  This involves trying to be still, while seated on the floor with their legs crossed or positioned underneath themselves with knees bent.  If students are seated in chairs, they are told to have their feet on the floor,  while their torso should be straight up and their hands are resting gently on their thighs. The reason for this procedure is for students to become aware of where their bodies are in space and to keep them feeling grounded.  This is known as having a “mindful body”.

Practicing the skill of mindfulness not only involves body awareness, it also involves focused listening, using a chime bell.  You could also use a singing bowl, a bell, a set of chimes, or a chime phone app to recreate the exercise.  The students are asked to focus their attention on the sound of the bell.  The sound of the bell travels and lingers, when students do not hear the sound anymore they are asked to raise a silent hand.  We explain that the more focused a student is on the sound of the bell, the longer they are able to hear the sound.  This exercise is practiced several times, allowing students to adjust their bodies and minds to becoming more mindful, focused and quiet.  We’ve seen great success while using this lesson with our students.

A phrase which has been making its way through classrooms at the Cunningham School is “My MIND is FULL of right now.”  We hope that you find this example practical and useful.  For more strategies or if you have any questions regarding mindfulness, please don’t hesitate to contact Ms. Germano at jgermano@miltonps.org.

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Pisa Results: Bad News In MathAmerican 15-year-olds are getting worse at applying their math skills in the real world, when compared to their international peers. The 2015 Program for International Student Assessment results are out and they show a drop in “mathematics literacy” scores for U.S. students since 2012 and 2009. “Of particular concern is that we also have a higher percentage of students who score in the lowest performance levels … and a lower percentage of top math performers” compared to the international average, said Peggy Carr, acting commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics, which released the results. The disappointing numbers come after results on another international study – the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study – recently showed gains made by U.S. fourth and eighth graders in math since 1995.

– U.S. science and reading literacy scores weren’t much different from previous years. Boys outperformed girls in science and math, while girls outperformed boys in reading. Scores for Massachusetts, North Carolina and Puerto Rico were broken out for international benchmarking purposes, and revealed that Massachusetts students, on average, are outperforming students in the U.S. and worldwide in all three subjects. North Carolina students were comparable with U.S. average scores and Puerto Rican students fared worse. PISA measures the performance of 15-year-olds every three years in three subjects across dozens of education systems worldwide. Check out the results here .

– Education Secretary John B. King Jr. was in Massachusetts  to hail the state’s success with PISA – while noting that the nation as a whole is “losing ground.” According to prepared remarks, King will say that it’s “a troubling prospect when, in today’s knowledge-based economy, the best jobs can go anywhere in the world. Students in Massachusetts, Maryland, and Minnesota aren’t just vying for great jobs along with their neighbors or across state lines, they must be competitive with peers in Finland, Germany, and Japan.” King will say that Massachusetts embodies the importance of perseverance. “The PISA results announced today for Massachusetts didn’t happen instantly or by accident,” he’ll say. “It has taken years of people showing courage – principals, teachers, parents, students, and state and district leaders. It has taken years of overcoming challenges. It has taken years to make real and meaningful change happen. And it will take time to see the work we are continuing to do today truly pay off for students.” More on King’s visit.

GUIDANCE NEWS

The following items were sent to us by Karen Cahill, Guidance Director:

For parents and guardians of the Classes of 2018 & 2019, please note: Your child’s PSAT scores are now available online at collegeboard.org. The following link provides you a short 8 minute tutorial on how to access and understand your PSAT scores.

In order to access your scores, you MUST have a CollegeBoard account. It takes only a few minutes to create an account if you do not have one. Parents/guardians please do not create a second CollegeBoard account for your student. There can only be one account per student.  Once you access your PSAT scores follow the prompts on College Board to link your scores to Kahn Academy; a great FREE resource for students to help improve SAT scores. Paper reports will be arriving from College Board in January, we will mail those to you at that time. As always, if any student has any questions on how to access his/her CollegeBoard account, please stop by guidance.

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 Please join us on  Thursday, January 26th at 6:30pm at the Milton High School Auditorium when Drew Heilpern, from Summit Educational Group, will discuss college entrance exams both the SAT and ACT.   Mr. Heilpern will be discussing everything you need to know about the changes to the SAT, how it compares to the ACT and answer any questions you may have.  Parents/Guardians and students of any grade are welcome to attend.

FAMILY LIAISON NEWS

The following article was submitted by Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Milton Public Schools Family Outreach Liaison:

Important “Save the Dates” for parents and guardians of students entering Preschool, Kindergarten and Grade 1 for the 2017-2018 School Year!

Important Preschool Dates:

January 12th – Preschool Information Night at 6:30pm/ MHS Auditorium

Join Milton Public School administrators and staff to learn about the similarities and differences of the five preschool programs offered by the district including curriculum, classroom design, lottery criteria, cost, payment scheduling, tuition assistance and registration process.

January 12th through January 26 – Preschool Pre-registration

The pre-registration link will be posted during the information session. If a lottery is required only those pre-registrations completed by January 26, 2017 will be entered.   Chrome books will be available for any parent/guardian who wishes to complete the pre-registration at the conclusion of the program.  Families pre-registering after January 26, 2017 will be awarded a seat based on availability.

January 27th – Preschool lottery

A random, electronic lottery will be held should demand for any program exceed seats available. Should a lottery be required it will be overseen by the Assistant Superintendent, the Family Outreach Liaison and a representative from the Preschool PTO.

February 6th – Preschool notification letters sent to families

Any family who has completed a pre-registration will be notified no later than February 6, 2017 of their child’s placement status.

February 13th & February 17th – Pre- School Registration, MHS Library, 25 Gile Road

Registrars will be on hand to assist families through the registration process. Parents/guardians should bring completed registration packets and all original supporting documentation and proof of residency to appointment.  Tuition assistance staff will be available to review financial aid packets and answer questions. This is a parent/guardian only event.

Important Kindergarten Dates

December 5th  – Pre-Registration for Kindergarten begins

Families with Kindergarten age eligible students (children must be 5 on or before August 31, 2017) should pre-register at https://goo.gl/forms/nkZWAxwdwediKri42

January 25th – Kindergarten Information Night at 6:30pm, Milton High School Auditorium, 25 Gile Road

Join Milton Public School administrators and staff to learn about the day in the life of a kindergartener, how each classroom is set up, the kindergarten curriculum used across the district and the registration process. All families who have pre-registered by January 15, 2017 will receive a registration packet and appointment time at the conclusion of the program.

February 14th, 15th, 16th – Kindergarten Registration, Milton High School Library, 25 Gile Road

Registrars will be on hand to assist families through the registration process. Parents/guardians should bring completed registration packets and all original supporting documentation and proof of residency to appointment.  This is a parent/guardian only event.  Children will be screened in May.

Important 1st Grade Information:

February 15th – STEM Information Night, 6:30-7:30pm., Cunningham/Collicot Cafeteria, 44/80 Edgehill Rd

This event provides parents/guardians and their kindergarteners the opportunity to learn more about the STEM component to the English Innovative Pathway, which begins in grade one. Participants will also have the chance to work together to solve a fun and interactive STEM problem!  Current kindergarteners and their parents/guardians from across the district are invited to attend.

March 2nd – First Grade Information Night – MHS Auditorium

Join Milton Public School administrators and staff to learn about Grade One Programs; The English Innovation Pathway and French Immersion programs, common curriculum and assessments, assignment plan, time frames and lottery.

MFE NEWS

The following item was sent in by Amy Carleton with the MFE:

In late October, the MFE’s Grants Committee and teacher readers from each of the district’s six schools met to discuss grant applications and voted to award more than $18,000 by funding 18 grant proposals. The committee’s funding recommendations were approved by the complete board at our November meeting, and award letters have now gone out to teachers!

For those curious about how the committee arrives at its recommendations, the most important factor in determining a proposal’s eligibility for funding is the quality of the idea and its benefit to student learning. This is at the core of the MFE’s mission, and we love to see student-centered proposals. In addition, applications must demonstrate creativity and/or innovation in education, clearly state the objectives of the proposal, and discuss the method of assessing the impact of the grant.

Here is a sampling of this fall’s awards:

  • Materials to teach computer coding to kindergartners at Cunningham
  • A French ‘Rolling Bookmobile’ for Grade 1 teachers to share leveled readers between their classes
  • Flexible seating ‘wobble stools’ and tables to promote interaction and collaboration at Cunningham
  • Innovative design software (Boardmaker Studio) to aid strong visual learners in communication at Collicot
  • Classroom tools to assist with vocal articulation in Collicot/Cunningham
  • Non-fiction books to teach students about ecology and life science at Glover
  • Hands-on foam cutter tool to teach mechanical design at Pierce Middle School
  • Digital web-cams for in class science instruction at Pierce Middle School
  • A library of multicultural young adult literature in French and Spanish that reflects the cultures explored in Gr. 6-8 foreign language classrooms
  • ”Sam the Super Skeleton,” an anatomically-correct model for MHS’s athletic trainer to utilize while working high school students
  • DNA Model Kits to teach structure of DNA in a hands-on fashion to Biology and Biotech students at MHS

Thank you for your continued support of the MFE and Teacher Grant

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Also, please  Save the Date!  This spring’s Celebration for Education will be held on April 8th, 2017 at Lombardo’s in Randolph.

VISUAL ARTS

The Milton Art Center is offering a  drop-off event for parents/guardians of students in Grades 1-5.  To celebrate the New Year, the MAC will be hosting a “Birthday Bash,” because we all have a birthday in 2017!

Dessert Making Challenge
Friday January 27, 2017
6:30-8:30 PM
Girls and boys in grades 1 – 5 are invited to attend and design their own 2017 Birthday Cake!
All supplies are are included in the $22 admission fee.
Raffle Baskets and refreshments available for $1.00 each  Prizes awarded!

http://www.miltonartcenter.org/

ATHLETICS

Congratulations to Milton High School junior Bridget Mitchell, who was named Runner of the Year by the Boston Globe. Bridget was one of only two girls  to receive this honor.  She was recognized for her outstanding cross country season, which included a first-place finish at the All-State Division 2 race (19:15), which led Milton to a state title. She finished first at the Twilight Meet (18:06) and first at the Bay State Invitational Kevin Maloney race (18:54).

Senior Colette O’Leary was recognized as a Globe All-Scholastic for the fall cross country season. O’Leary finished eighth at the EMass Division 4 meet (19:09) and helped her team to the title. She finished 19th at the All-State Division 2 meet (20:08) as Milton won the state championship. Colette will attend UMass-Amherst in the fall.

The following athletes were also recognized by the Boston Globe:

Football: Eastern Mass All Stars: Owen Keaney, Koby Osazee. Bay State League All-Stars. David Brundage, William Crowley, Dan Flores, Omar Fraser, Owen Keaney, Koby Osazee.

Girls Soccer:  Bay State All Stars: Chae Diani and Alyssa Lum

Boys Soccer: Bay State All Stars: Liam Donelan and Josh Madden

Field Hockey: Bay State All Star: Devin Coulter

Golf:  Bay State All Stars: Jared Carney and Jared Carr

Girls Cross Country: Bay State All Stars: Ella Affanato, Bridget Mitchell, Naomi Negassi and Colette O’Leary

Volleyball:  Bay State All Stars: Joanna Needham and Haley O’Brien

For sports schedules for all MHS teams, please click here: http://schedules.schedulestar.com/Milton-High-School-Milton-MA/season/08-28-2015/

Or check out the new Athletic Department webpage at: http://miltonwildcats.com/

AMBASSADOR PAGE

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

Students: Congratulations to MHS seniors Liezel Werner, Aislinn O’Brien, and Maxim Alvarez, who participated in the 14th Annual Women’s in Science Competition at Bedford High School in Bedford, MA.  Twenty-one schools participated in the event, each bringing a team of three female students to compete.  Students were asked to complete four events, covering all content areas of science and engineering.  Students were also asked to build a prototype for a final competition prior to the event involving physics and engineering concepts.  Congratulations to our students for their excellent performance.

Staff:   Kara Yifru has been nominated for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).  Ms. Yifru is a high school science teacher, currently teaching AP Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, and Introduction to Biotechnology.  Ms. Yifru works diligently to develop effective curriculum practices for all of her classes, along with incorporating effective engagement strategies to help all her students reach their full potential in the coursework.  Outside of the classroom Ms. Yifru continues to increase her own content knowledge by attending various professional development opportunities throughout the school year, and collaborates with colleagues throughout the science department on best science practices.  We are excited for Ms. Yifru nomination and wish her luck throughout the application process!

Volunteer: I would like to thank the members of the Milton High School Key Club, who recently helped to organize a holiday toy drive. Under the supervision of the advisors, Leonice Bernard and Jane Barrett, the group created flyers, which they hung throughout the high school and decorated gift boxes which were placed in the main office and throughout the high school building. Students collected new, unwrapped toys for Milton Residents Fund Holiday Gift Program. Many thanks to all who donated. Your generosity is appreciated.

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

 

Important Health Update

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Dec• 09•16

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Friday, December 9th, 2016

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

We have been advised by our district physician, Dr. Brieanne Midura, that in order to maintain medical privacy, the MPS will no longer send home notices to individual classrooms regarding strep throat, flu, lice, etc.

In the past, our practice was to notify the parents/guardians in the specific classrooms where the illness or outbreak was identified. However, due to both HIPPA and FERPA concerns, this practice will not continue. Medical privacy covers all medical diagnoses and this includes the flu.

MPS Head Nurse Margaret Gibbons, Dr. Midura and I discussed this issue and have notified each school nurse regarding the changing guidelines. Please keep in mind that school nurses are great resources for guidance when a school-aged child is sick.

Please read below for pertinent information on how to prevent and treat head lice. I have also included information on the flu.

KEY FACTS ABOUT INFLUENZA

http://www.cdc.gov/flu/keyfacts.htm

HEADLICE TO DEADLICE

(Part 1)   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCoZP5Aso5U

(Part 2)   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGvGY72zAqi

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

December 5th E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Dec• 05•16

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Monday, December 5th, 2016

Please note, there will be an early release day for all students K-12 on Wednesday, December 7th. Elementary teachers will be attending Parent/Teacher conferences during the afternoon and evening; and middle and high school teachers will be attending Professional Development sessions.

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

 It’s that time of year again, when we get ready to register and welcome our youngest students. Parents/Guardians of children entering preschool, kindergarten or Grade One should be aware of the following dates:

2017/2018 – Dates for Pre Kindergarten, Kindergarten and 1st Grade Information

  • December 5th -Pre – Registration for Kindergarten flier out in Blasts/Milton Times/Website
  • January 12th – Pre-School Information Night at 6:30pm – MHS Auditorium
  • January 25th – Kindergarten Information Night at 6:30pm – MHS Auditorium
  • January 27th – Pre -School lottery closes
  • February 6th – Pre- School letters are sent to families
  • February 13th & February 17th – Pre- School Registration MHS Library
  • February 14th, 15th, 16th – Kindergarten Registration MHS Library
  • March 2nd – First Grade Information Night – MHS Auditorium

Those who have children entering any of our preschool programs and have questions should contact Family  Outreach Liaison Marti O’Keefe McKenna at preschool@miltonps.org

Those who have questions about our kindergarten or Grade One programs should contact Laurie Dunn at ldunn@miltonps.org

Also, for a step-by-step timeline and outline of the registration process, please click here to access the flyer under the heading “It’s Kindergarten Registration Time!”

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There have been no School Committee meetings since my last E-blast. The next meeting will be held Wednesday, December 7th at 7 pm in the Milton TV Access studio, Room 245, Milton High School.

CURRICULUM NEWS

The following item was sent in by Amy C. Gale, Cunningham and Collicot Curriculum Coordinator:

 A friendly reminder to all elementary families that our new Standards Based Report Card will be sent home via backpack on Tuesday, December 6th and conferences will be held on Wednesday, December 7th.  The implementation of the new report card has allowed for all teachers to analyze the strengths and challenges of each student with regards to the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. Teachers will no longer be providing families with numeric or letter grades, but rather with a mark that indicates “progress toward” individual standards. We have found this to be a more effective way of reporting to families what a child knows and is able to do. Please access this link to see each grade level’s report card, the letter to families that accompanies the report card and our current list of Frequently Asked Questions.

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On November 19th, the Debate team attended the Little Lexington Debate Tournament at Lexington High School and did extremely well. The team was led by Aislinn O’Brien and Tanvir Islam, who finished 8th overall and Domenic Jancaterino and Eva Hiller, who finished 12th overall.

Overall, five of the seven teams that competed earned enough victories to qualify for the State Tournament and the 2 teams that did not qualify were one victory shy. The students did an amazing job and we are looking forward to our next tournament, which is on December 10 at Lincoln-Sudbury.

 

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Members of the MHS Debate Team

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The following item was sent in by Dawn Sykes, Director of Fine Arts and Family/Consumer Studies.

 I am proud to announce that Nethania Marc and Katherine Steele have been selected for the 2017 All-Eastern Honors Ensemble! The ensemble will rehearse and perform in Atlantic City, NJ at the Biennial Eastern Division Conference this coming April. Nethania will be a member of the Orchestra, and Katie, a member of the Mixed Chorus.

Eastern Division is a component of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and includes the states of New England, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Delaware.  To be selected for a division-level ensemble is a tremendous acc0mplishment.   Congratulations to Nethania and Katie, and their families!

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The following item was sent in by Dr. Angela Burke, Technology Administrator:

With the holiday season among us many of you may be considering the purchase of a Chromebook for your scholar. Since this is one of the preferred devices of the district, we do support your decision to have your scholar utilize one at home as well; however we do not endorse any one name brand. The district currently purchases “HP”, but we believe that there are other options that work just as well. We do believe that the Chromebook is a valuable tool for all scholars and find it compatible in most disciplines. There are of course instances when an iPad may be more appropriate for a specific task, but overall a Chromebook can help our scholars accomplish most of their goals. In thinking about keeping your scholar safe on the internet Chromebooks offer a feature called “Supervised Users”. This allows parents to monitor web activity, block sites, and configure “SafeSearch”.

Here is a link to a quick YouTube video that outlines the process for activating “Supervised Users”.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Gd4GCd35ZA

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The following item was sent in by Pierce teachers and Model UN advisors Lauren Hoyt, Melissa Augustyn, and Nancy Warn:

This fall, Ms. Augustyn, Ms. Hoyt and Ms. Warn worked with some amazing students on the Pierce Model United Nations team. We meet weekly and engaged in topics of global importance.  We attended two conferences as a team, the Global Leadership Conference and the November Model United Nations Conference.  At these conferences, we engaged in various topics representing the countries of the United States, France, Egypt, North Korea, Myanmar, Israel and more.  We engaged in problem solving and consensus building on topics of hunger, the rights of women, nuclear proliferation, the rights of the disabled, as well as climate change and many other challenges facing the world community.  Pierce students wrote position papers and resolutions on topics that required great research and understanding.  Our students were incredibly dedicated and performed with excellence.  Throughout the fall, students read articles, researched topics and countries, and studied parliamentary procedure.  They represented Pierce Middle School and Milton Public Schools incredibly well and clearly enjoyed each and every experience.

At the November Conference, six Pierce students were recognized for their excellence. Abigail Files, Ralph Destin, Donovan Murray, Sophia Manning, Barron Clancy and Anderson Korman were given awards and invited to participate in a United Nations Crisis Simulation on December 3, 2016.  Ralph Destin, Sophia Manning, Anderson Korman, Barron Clancy and Donovan Murray attended the conference last Saturday.  Students were told the overall topic would be Ebola however, upon arrival; the topic was changed to nuclear proliferation.  Our students adjusted, read their briefings and got to work.

For the Crisis Simulation, our students represented Israel, North Korea, Myanmar, and Belgium at this conference and tried to prevent various escalations in crisis, throughout the day. Although all students performed well, seventh grader Sophia Manning was recognized for her creativity in her representation of North Korea on the topic of Nuclear Proliferation.

We are proud of all Model United Nations Team participants and grateful to have had these incredible opportunities. We are grateful for the support of the Pierce P.T.O., Pierce Principal Dr. Karen Spaulding, and Superintendent Mary Gormley for making this opportunity possible. We are also thankful for the support of the parents who helped make last Saturday possible.  John Clancy was the parent advisor on Saturday.  He stayed with the students throughout the day, sending us updates and pictures.  In addition, Bob Murray and Katie Manning both assisted with transportation.  These experiences would not have been possible without this support and we are grateful for all those who assisted.

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Members of the Pierce Middle School Model UN team

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Please note, there have been some changes to the Pierce concert schedule. Tomorrow night, Tuesday, December 6th, the 6th Grade Concert will be held at 6:30pm in the Milton High School auditorium. But this concert will also feature the 7th and 8th Grade Girls Chorus and 8th Grade Band, since they were unable to perform due to the fire alarm last week.

GUIDANCE NEWS

The following item was sent in by Guidance Director Karen Cahill:

Attention, high school seniors! The January 1st deadline is fast approaching…have you requested your transcripts yet? Below is a list of what needs to be done as soon as possible if you have a January 1st Deadline.

  1. Complete the 12th Grade Student Portfolio in Naviance under “About Me”.  We cannot write your letter of recommendation  until you fill out this form. 
  2. Add your list of colleges and request transcripts in Naviance under “Colleges I’m Applying to”.
  3. Ask 2 academic teachers for letters of recommendation.
  4. After talking to the teachers about the letters, request the letters in Naviance under “Colleges I’m Applying to”.
  5. Make sure YOU have requested through College Board that your SAT scores be set out to colleges.

If you have any questions about this please make an appointment to see your guidance counselor as soon as possible.  All letters and transcripts must be sent out by December 23rd if you have a January 1st deadline.  The guidance staff will not be in school over the holiday break to send out letters and transcripts.

FOOD SERVICE NEWS

The following item was sent in by Jackie Morgan, director of Food Service:

The school cafeteria is open every school day for breakfast and every full day of school for lunch, serving many choices of nutritious hot and cold lunches, with lots of fruit and vegetable options.  Our goal is to serve fun and healthy meals, with lots of choices, to as many students as possible.

We are asking all families to sign up for an online account. This not only allows you to pay on line but also set up a low balance email alert so that your child does not go into the negative.  Families can still pay by check but are being asked to set up the online account as a communication tool as Parents/Guardians can also see the last 90 days of transactions.  Having the low balance email has been very helpful to our families so their child does not go negative in their spending.

We are trying to help students be more aware of their account and let them know at the serving line when they need to reload funds or send in a new check payment. By setting up an online account at www.myschoolbucks.com and signing up for low balance alerts this will help keep you and your student more informed.

Breakfast/Lunch Prices:

  • Elementary $2.00 (Breakfast at all of our schools, $1.25)
  • Pierce Middle School $2.25
  • High School $2.25, $2.50 for Salad and Deli Bar

Milton Nutrition Services Department uses a computerized Point of Sale payment system called Nutrikids.

How to Prepay:

By check:

  • Send or bring a check (payable to Milton School Food Service Program) to your child’s school, in an envelope marked ‘Cafeteria’ for deposit into your child’s account. Your initial deposit can be any amount.       We have locked mail boxes in the main office and in the cafeteria at each school.
  • Record on the memo line of the check:  Student’s first and last name.

How the computerized payment system works:

    1. Every student will have their own personal lunch account, whether or not they ever use it.
    2. Parents/guardians can deposit money into the student’s account by check, cash, or on-line (see above).
    3. In the cafeteria there is a computer touch-screen cash register and PIN pad for entering the PIN # at middle and high school.
    4. If your student qualifies for free or reduced price lunches, this information is securely contained within the system, and the meal will be processed just as it is for all other students.  There is no need to be concerned for a potentially uncomfortable situation for the student.
    5. Students access their accounts at the cash register by entering their PIN # on the PIN pad (just like the number section on a computer keyboard) located at the register. However, if they do not remember it, we are able to access it through the computer register by entering their name. Elementary students come through the serving line with their homeroom and they just need to give their name to the cashier.
    6. Sales will be automatically deducted from the student’s account, and account use is tracked in the system.
    7. Money paid into a student’s account can be used to purchase meals or one of the snacks and beverages we have available (varies at each school level). You may contact food services if you do not want your child to purchase snacks. jmorgan@miltonps.org
    8. Student account balances are allowed to go negative (for breakfast and lunch only, no a la carte items) to a maximum limit of ($10.00). Students who owe more than that will be offered a healthy yet alternative meal until the debt is repaid.
    9. Cash sales are still an option, although discouraged, as it slows the line, leaving less time to eat.

HEALTH AND WELLNESS NEWS

The following item was submitted by MPS Health/PE Director Noel Vigue:

BOKS is a before-school exercise program that launched in October 2009. Founder Kathleen Tullie, after reading the book SPARK: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain by Dr. John Ratey, was inspired to get her own kids moving and boost their academic performance. She rallied a small-but-dedicated group of passionate moms armed with a mission, a simple idea and whistles.

These moms were the first volunteers of what would become a nationwide movement.  BOKS is a grassroots program, lead by parent volunteers that look to get kids moving, teach simple nutrition lessons and reinforce healthy behaviors taught in health and physical education classes.  It’s a wonderful example of school community working to help students be their best.

Studies show that students who exercise regularly, in moderate to vigorous intensities, see significant boosts in intelligence-test scores and core subjects at school, compared to their inactive peers (Ratey, 2009). There has been great interest in looking at the association between participation in physical activity programs like BOKS and academic-related skill building and executive functions. There is evidence that aerobic exercise is linked to a particular type of learning.  Researchers found that executive functions that are closely related to learning achievement can be improved by acute and recurring moderate to vigorous physical exercise (Kubesch, Walk, Spitzer, Kammer, Lainburg, Heim, and Hille, 2009). They examined the effects of a single 30-minute physical education program on working memory, cognitive flexibility, and inhibition of attention and behavioral tendencies of eighty-one students.  Results indicate that the maintenance of on-task attention in the face of distraction was improved by an aerobic endurance exercise-based physical education program. Interestingly, over the course of three years of study, the patterns towards more improved working memory for BOKS children as compared to their non-BOKS peers had been strong and suggest a robust relationship between participation in a before-school physical activity program, such as BOKS, and improved capacity to complete tasks, carry out instructions, and to multi-task.

School districts across the country are seeing the results and looking to provide more opportunities for students to be physically active and help prepare their brains to learn, Milton is no exception. Standardized test findings from BOKS builds the case that physical activity engagement can actually support learning and that increased physical activity involvement positions children to be more ready and alert for learning experiences.  Researchers Sattelmair and Ratey suggest the link between learning and physical activity may be strong, citing research that indicates students who receive a high level of strenuous physical activity exhibit higher test scores (2009).  Ratey points out that, exercise does not specifically make someone smarter, but what it does do is optimize the brain for learning for 90+ minutes post-exercise.  Consistent with Ratey’s findings, three years of research on BOKS points towards valuable associations of participation with, enhanced executive skill functioning, and improved performance on school-related learning measures.

BOKS is a great example of some of the ideas that we are exploring, as we look to find more possibilities for students to be physically active and improve academic performance.

We would like to recognize the following parent volunteers for their outstanding efforts and valuable time spent organizing the before-school exercise program BOKS (Build Our Kids Success).

  • Collicot: Thank you to Eric Kelley (BOKS leader), with tremendous support from Heather Bergin, Jon Heelen, Patty Gervasi, and Marie Morse.
  • Tucker:  Thank you to Tracy Troiano, Meena Tondravi, Keith Schleicher, and Theresita Cochran for spearheading the effort to bring BOKS to Tucker.
  • Glover: There is a rotating list of parents/guardians helping with BOKS at Glover. We would like to recognize Courtney MacNaught (BOKS leader), Deborah Milbauer, Melanie Manares and Andrea Synnott for all their help.

If you’re interested in learning more, please contact MPS Health/PE director – Noel Vigue at: nvigue@miltonps.org.

(Reference: Natick BOKS study prepared by: National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) at Wellesley College, 2011-2014)

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

The following item was sent to us by MPS parent and Philanthropy Officer for Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital – Milton, Anne Gatnik:

Is running the Boston Marathon on your bucket list? Well here’s your chance to make it happen! Team BIDMC is now accepting applications for runners who would like to run the Boston Marathon on April 27, 2017 for BID-Milton.  Runners selected to run for BID-Milton will raise funds for patient care at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton. The fundraising minimum is $7,500 for charity runners and $1,000 for qualified runners. Runners are fully supported in their fundraising and training efforts through Team BIDMC. Apply at www.2017treadstrong.org. Please submit your application by Thursday, December 1st.

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The following item was submitted by Mme. Brown, a first-grade teacher at Glover Elementary School:

Please drop off your used soccer uniforms (and equipment) in collection bins located in the lobbies of Collicot/Cunningham, Glover, Tucker and Pierce schools and at 34 Cliff Road. Any donations of CLEAN T-Shirts, shorts, socks, shin guards, cleats, and deflated balls and pumps will be gratefully accepted. Note that uniforms from other sports will also be gratefully accepted. (Collection dates are November 28th – December 16th)For more information, call Madame Brown @ 617-696-8125. This project is supported by the Milton Public schools and Milton Soccer

PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

The following item was submitted by Tracy Grandeau, Administrator of Pupil Personnel Services:

The Milton Public School District strives to promote an inclusive environment for all students through our instructional practices, curriculum, and support services. Moreover, the Inclusion Task Force continues to make recommendations to further expand opportunities for all students in our schools and the Milton community.

Inclusive Schools Week is celebrated this year during the week of December 5th. One way in which we embrace Inclusive Schools Week is to review and use resources in our classrooms. To further enhance inclusive opportunities for all students, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has published the Educator Effectiveness Guidebook for Inclusive Practice (2015).  This guidebook is a valuable resource for teachers and administrators to use in the classroom setting and the guidebook provides suggestions  regarding  strategies to foster inclusive practices. The guidebook can be found using this link:

Also, please note that starting today, Tracy Grandeau, Administrator of Pupil Personnel Services, will be emailing every teacher a daily reminder of best practices for inclusion next week.

MFE NEWS

The following item was sent to us by Amy Flanagan of the MFE:

The Milton Foundation for Education (MFE) is thrilled to announce the commencement of our 20th Anniversary Competitive Grant Program!

Last year, the MFE celebrated 20 years of funding initiatives that have altered the educational landscape of our school system, many through our Teacher Grant Program. To celebrate this momentous occasion, we have created a special commemorative grant. Like our previous grant programs, this is designed to provide innovative and inspiring educational opportunities that fall outside the district’s budget. These are ideas conceived by the people who are on the forefront of educational discoveries and know what our students need best – our incredible teachers! Such grants have provided musical instruments, hands-on STEM opportunities, anti-bullying initiatives, enhanced libraries, artist-in-residency programs, social thinking programs and so much more.

The 20th Anniversary Competitive Grant Program will be all of this and more. Thanks to the generosity of our wonderful sponsors and generous community through Celebration 2016, we are putting this year’s grant program into overdrive. We have invited teachers and department heads to apply for grants of larger scope than we were able to fulfill before: to tell us about those big ideas that will enrich classrooms and inspire minds and to change lives on a bigger scale than was previously possible through our grant program.

We can’t wait to see what evolves from this exciting opportunity.  Stay tuned for more!

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

In addition to our regular story times on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of December 4 – 10:

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 from 7:15-7:45 pm
SPUB Club, Ages 7-11

Join the newest craze: the SPUB Club! Our Super Popular, Unbelievable Book Club is a brand-new, read-aloud book club for kids aged 7-11. Miss Sara will read a few chapters of a book each week; your job is to listen, while engaging in various hands-on activities like Lego building, play-dough sculpting, Rubik’s cubes, and more. We’re currently reading Odd, Weird and Little by Patrick Jennings. No registration is required. In partnership with Milton Reflecting.

Friday, December 9, 2016 from 10:00 – 11:00 am
Signing with Maribeth for Parent/Baby, Ages 8-18 mos. with caregiver

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

Saturday, December 10, 2016 from 11:00 am – 12:00 noon
Reading Dogs, Grades 1-5

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

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

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

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

VISUAL ARTS

The Milton Art Center will host a Small Works Show and Holiday Party Friday December 9th from 6-9pm. The event will feature live music by vocalist Pat Neves and light refreshments and is open to all.

All works are for sale and priced very reasonably for holiday giving. The show will be up from December 10 – December 22, with open gallery hours on Fridays 4-6, and Saturdays 12-4. All work can be taken “off the wall” and brought home at the time of purchase! Don’t miss this opportunity to shop for beautiful locally-made fine art! Visit www.miltonartcenter.org for more information.

ATHLETICS

Congratulations to the MHS Girls Cross Country team, who, after finishing their undefeated season, headed to upstate New York last weekend to compete in the Nike Northeast Regional Cross Country Championship. The Milton girls placed fourth in the region, competing against teams from Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and all the New England states. Junior captain Bridget Mitchell finished the race in 10th place.

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Please note that Winter Athletic contests will begin on Sat. Dec. 10th

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Elliott Physical Therapy, with locations in Milton and Dorchester, has partnered with Ted Kackley, Milton High’s Strength and Conditioning Coach, to provide free injury screens to all Milton High School students and teams.  Student athletes are assessed both individually and as teams using the Functional Movement Screen (FMS) and additional injury prevention assessments. The screen looks at strength, balance and flexibility specific to the athlete’s age and gender. Trained physical therapists calculate the results and develop an individualized sport-specific training program to address their needs. Please email Patti Elliott at patti@elliottphysicaltherapy.com if you are interested in scheduling an assessment for your student or team.

For sports schedules for all MHS teams, please click here: http://schedules.schedulestar.com/Milton-High-School-Milton-MA/season/08-28-2015/

AMBASSADOR PAGE

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

Students: Congratulations to Pierce Middle School students Donovan Murray, Barron Clancy, Sophia Manning, Anderson Korman, and Ralph Destin, all of whom were invited to participate in the Model UN Invitational. This is a remarkable achievement and we are very proud of these students!

Staff: Congratulations Ms. Sherman! Please join me in congratulating Pierce Middle School art teacher, Ms. Sherman, whose artwork is being featured at the Main Street Arts Art Gallery in New York as part of a special juried exhibition, Small Works 2016. Artists from across the country were selected to feature a piece that was 12 inches or smaller. Ms. Sherman’s self-portrait was part of her “40 until 40” challenge where she painted 40 paintings, one a day, in the 40 days leading up to her 40th birthday. Well done!

Volunteers: There is a group of volunteers who I would like to recognize. Our Milton High School Boosters are made up of parents, community members and other interested parties who enrich the MHS Athletic community by providing financial support and assistance for our athletic programs. From car washes to bottle and can drives – from our annual Swing for Sports fundraiser, to the daily staffing of the concession stands — our Boosters are a huge source of support to our student athletes. I am grateful to all who volunteer with the Boosters, but especially to their leadership team: President Tom McCarthy, Vice Presidents John McDonnell and Jeanne Kibble, Treasurer Gary Kelly, and Secretary Carla McDonnell. My sincere thanks to all of you!

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

 

November 22nd E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Nov• 22•16

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  November 22nd, 2016

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

We are so pleased whenever we get feedback from the readers of the Superintendent’s E-blast. And from time to time, parents/guardians will let us know about omissions or ask for further information.

To that point, we would like to include the names of the Girls Cross Country Team who all had a hand in securing the All State Championship on November 19th in Gardner, Mass. The members of the varsity team who were on the roster for the All State Meet were: Bridget Mitchell, Elise O’Leary, Ella Affanato, Colette O’Leary, Naomi Negassi, Genevieve Connelly, Grace Dwyer, Emme Schewe and Ashley Thermidor-Payne.

Secondly, I would like to recognize the cast and crew of the recent musical performed here at Milton High School. On November 3rd and 5th, the students of Milton High presented Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Enchanted with tremendous success!  The show featured Jessica Ayer as Cinderella, Stephen Tan as Prince Christopher, along with nearly 50 other cast members, crew and orchestra pit musicians. Please join me in thanking Director Brittany Rolfs, along with the following cast, crew and musicians:

Cast

Cinderella-Jessica Ayer
Prince Christopher-Stephen Tan
Fairy Godmother-Julia Butler
Stepmother-Isabel Smith
Grace-Annabel Botsford
Joy-Grace Varela
Lionel-Shea Flanagan
King-Will Macmillan
Queen-Tiye Williamson
Cloth Merchant-Desi Crawford
Baker/Cat-James DiSandro
Cheese Merchant-Grace Finnegan
Butcher-Coleman Rose
Older Sister/Forest Spirit-Paula Hogan
Younger Sister/Forest Spirit-Penelope Holland
Young Girl/Forest Spirit-Aine Buchau
Four Village Women/Ensemble-Kelia McCullough, Grace Martin, Colleen Conley, Lade Gbolade
A Girl-Arielle Solomon
Another Girl-Audrey Pugh
Royal Staff/Ensemble-Gray Davis
Royal Staff/Ensemble-Connor Withington
Mouse/Forest Spirit/Ensemble-Lade Gbolade
Mouse/Forest Spirit/Ensemble-Maxim Alvarez
Dove/Ensemble- Jada Farrar
Ensemble- Caitlin Lydon, Claire Mandel, Sarah Hancock, Mariah Conway, Grace Finnegan

Crew

Stage Managers:
Liezel Werner and Annie Wong

Sound:

Maeve DiSandro
Lucas Kery

Lights:

Ben Scott
Annie Wong

Shifting Crew:

Kianna Barrett
Edward Enyedy
Aidan Guilderson
Dominik Hyppolite
Michael McCarthy
Sean Potter
Isaac Savona
Liezel Werner

Pit Orchestra

David Lien – Conductor
Eckbert Sierra – Percussion/Assistant Music Director
Taylor Rossi – Flute
David Norville – Oboe
Kyle Dempsey – Clarinet
Ryanne Flynn – Trumpet
Jamie Eder – Bass
Hue-Ninh Nguyen – Violin
Alice Truong – Violin
Abigail Jean-Baptiste
Evan Anderson – Keyboard/Sinfonia
Mark Hajjar- Trombone

Please enjoy this Thanksgiving holiday with your loved ones. School will resume on Monday, November 28th.

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

 

November 21st E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Nov• 21•16

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date: Monday, November 21, 2016

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

It will come as no surprise when I tell you what a wonderful and generous community in which we live. I am always struck by the kindness of our students and families, but during this time of year, it is on full display. Over the past few weeks, our elementary students and teachers have diligently been collecting food items for the Milton Food Pantry. Literally thousands of items were brought in from homes across Milton and placed in collection boxes in each classroom. High school students from the National Honor Society visited the pantry last week and not only delivered the food donations from Milton High, they also sorted and bagged donations, unloaded produce trucks and re-stocked the shelves.  Thanks to the hard work of our students and teachers, as well as the volunteers from the Milton Food Pantry, dozens of families will be provided with a holiday meal. Our Pierce families hold a food drive in February to help replenish the supplies after the holidays. And for all of this, I am very thankful. And while I’m at it, here are some other things for which I’m grateful

Students, Families, Parents/Guardians , Teachers and Administrators and Staff, School Committee , Community that supports public education , Community Schools , Milton Foundation for Education, PTOs, Site Councils, Diversity Committees , M-PACE, Citizens for Diverse Milton, Milton Boosters, FAME, FAVA, All of the committees of parents/guardians in each of our schools , the MHS Athletic Hall of Fame, Milton Woman’s Club, Town Hall, the MPD, especially our School Resource Officers, the Milton Public Library, our senior citizen volunteers, Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, Curry College, Beth Israel-Deaconess- Milton, and all of our houses of worship.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There has been one School Committee meetings since my last E-blast, held on November 16th. Below is a summary:

November 16th.  The meeting began with a presentation, as part of the Superintendent’s Report, by Tracy Grandeau, Director of Pupil Personnel.  She discussed the PCG report and outlined various findings from the report. A presentation on Web-Based Communication was given by Assistant Superintendent Janet Sheehan, who gave information about alternatives to Edline.  As part of the Chair’s Report, the committee voted to approve the School Committee Goals, and also approved the FY18 Contingent and Non Contingent Budget Categories and Priorities. The committee approved a vendor warrant before hearing a Transportation and Traffic Safety Subcommittee Report from Ms. Varela. The next meeting will be held December 7th 7 pm in the Milton TV Access studio, Room 245, Milton High School.

CURRICULUM NEWS

The following item was submitted by Dawn Sykes, Director of Fine Arts & Family/Consumer Studies:

This past weekend, more than 1,000 musicians passed through the halls of Milton High School to audition for the Eastern District Senior Festival.  As hosts, Milton High School students assisted judges to facilitate the audition process for selection to the festival’s Concert Band, Jazz Band, Mixed Chorus, and Orchestra.  In addition, the following students auditioned and were accepted to the festival: Ryan Au, Viola; Jada Farrar, Alto; Esme Link, French Horn; Lemuel Marc, Trumpet; Kaleigh Pentland, Soprano; Isaac Piliavin, Trumpet; Grace Varela, Alto; and Annie Wong, Soprano

The following students were accepted to the festival and earned qualifying scores to audition for the MA All State Festival in March: Julia Butler, Alto; Nick Daly, Snare Drum; Gray Davis, Bass; Jamie Eder, String Bass; Sawyer Flanagan, Snare Drum; Dominik Hyppolite, Bass; Nathania Marc, Violin; Benjamin Scott, Euphonium; Katherine Steele, Soprano; and Stephen Tan, Tenor

These are tremendous results!  Sponsored by the Massachusetts Music Educators Association, these festivals serve to extend school music programs by offering students additional opportunities to rehearse and perform challenging literature with guest conductors.  Congratulations to these outstanding musicians who qualify! Also, thank-you to the hard-working student volunteers who made the day run smoothly, to FAME who provided concession items and services.district2 district1

 

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The following item was submitted by Barbara Wright, Humanities Department Head:

The Difference between Advanced Placement Language and Advanced Placement Literature:   Each spring Milton High School sophomores and juniors enjoy building their next year’s course of study.  They will ask themselves (and their friends, family and teachers…) “Which English course is best for me next year?  Among their choices are the English Department’s Advanced Placement courses.  Rising juniors may select AP English Language and Composition and rising seniors may select AP Literature and Composition.  The two courses are very different, but the question is… what’s the difference?

Juniors can elect to take AP Language as their English requirement. Think of AP Language as a study of the art of persuasion.  In most high school English courses curriculum heavily relies on imaginative literature – novels, poetry, etc.  In AP Language Students read non-fiction speeches, essays, news articles and books to examine how an author builds his argument, which is called rhetorical analysis.  In addition to studying the history of American rhetoric, students also debate current events in an effort to build their own analytical skills.  As a result there is a strong “current events” component to the course.  Students write extensively in the course as they work to build their own ability to use rhetoric to formulate and defend an argument.

The senior AP Literature course, on the other hand, is a study of the Western tradition, from Ancient Greece through the 21st century   – novels, sonnets, poetry, short story, etc.  The College Board describes the course as a study of “literary elements such as a work’s structure, style and themes, as well as the use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism and tone.” Students who love to read and are intrigued by literature are ideal candidates for AP Literature, which is a course that requires significant reading.

An example of their differences might lie in the way the two different courses would analyze the same author. In AP Language students might look at a speech or interview made by Langston Hughes to determine subtexts, political undertones and the historical context.  They might analyze the diction employed by the speaker to achieve his purpose.  They might further be asked to write a “counterpoint” as an assignment.  In AP Literature the students might analyze the imagery of a Langston Hughes poem, and discuss use of symbolism and metaphor.  They might be asked to analyze the form and constructions employed by the poet, or find other works in literature that capture the same imagery that Hughes paints in his poem.

It’s important to understand that these two courses usually appeal to two very different students at Milton High, and there is no expectation that the courses are taken as a tandem offering. Both courses are demanding and ask students to read and write extensively, but the focus is quite different.  Often students will choose one AP and not enroll in the other because the focus and skills are so different.  Milton High offers AP Language during junior year and AP Literature senior year, and students should discuss their options with both their English teacher and Guidance Counselor.

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I would also like to recognize the following students, who recently contributed art work to help brighten up the Superintendent’s Conference Room at Milton High. The student’s artwork was framed and is now proudly displayed! Many thanks to: Yvon Dominique, Fabiola Goyau, Dillon Simmons, James Troiano, Kaoutar Bauhlal, Jack Schweitzer, Reade O’Hara, Brooke McHugh, Cari Gibbons, Camille Dunn, Daniel Bienick, Jaunique Coston and Philippe Bienick.

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The following item was sent to us by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education:

2016 School & District Report Cards Available for Distribution: Updated school and district report cards, including assessment data and other indicators, are now available on ESE’s School and District Profiles website. As a reminder, districts receiving Title I funds are required to distribute report cards annually to all parents or guardians of students enrolled in district schools. The Department asks that districts distribute report cards to families by the end of December. For more information, including details about electronic distribution, see our report cards website or contact ESE at esea@doe.mass.edu or (781) 338-3550.

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

The following item was sent to us by Glover Elementary School Principal Karen McDavitt:

I just wanted to share with you some exciting news! I was contacted by an editor of Scholastic News who was interested in learning more about Glover’s Ducks! On Thursday of last week, Bernadette Butler, Mary O’Leary, Wendy Roth, and I were interviewed and our story was selected to be the feature article of the First Grade April Issue of Scholastic News nation-wide. All first grade classrooms across the country who subscribe will be reading about Glover’s Ducks in April! We sent along many pictures for them to use with the article.

The editor provided our first graders with a free year-long subscription to Scholastic News so that they can get used to the publication and excited about their upcoming issue. She was unbelievably excited about the magic of the story and enthused about sharing it with the country. I just thought you might want to know! Looking forward to seeing our ducks on the front page!

MFE NEWS

Teacher Grants are the cornerstone of the MFE’s work. Thanks to your generosity, we are able to fund innovative programs that fall outside of the school system’s budget. Programs inspired by those who know what the students need best, our incredible teachers.

On October 20th, members of the MFE Grants Committee and teacher readers from each of the district’s six schools came together to discuss the grant applications for the fall grant cycle. The committee recommended funding for 18 grant applications, totaling over $18,000 that will go toward enriching the educational opportunities of Milton students from pre-school through high school. Grants will fund curriculum innovation in a multitude of areas, ranging from early literacy initiatives to computer coding to biological science instrumentations—and everything in between! We can’t reveal this year’s grants yet, as letters will go out to teachers tomorrow. Last spring’s grants have already been implemented into all six schools including:

  • Great Scientist books for Pierce Middle School which representing a diverse population of scientists
  • Five ELMO visual presenters that will help Milton High language teachers bring their lessons to life
  • Global literature books for Glover
  • Let’s Get Moving tools to be used by occupational therapists across schools
  • STEAM activities for Cunningham Kindergarteners that let students design, problem solve, and create structure collaboratively
  • A hands-on New England Aquarium experience at Pierce Middle School that reinforced concepts taught in a 7th grade ecology unit
  • Finding Kind video assemblies for Pierce and Milton High to raise girl-to-girl bullying awareness
  • Short complex fiction libraries across all four elementary schools
  • Standing desks and stability balls that provide alternate seating options at Tucker
  • A moving cart of non-fiction leveled readers at Collicot
  • A Bose sound dock for the shared gymnasium at Collicot and Cunningham
  • Authentic “Big Books” literature for ELE classrooms at Tucker and Glover

…. And so much more

Our sincerest gratitude to our generous community for making this all possible. We look forward to sharing this fall’s grants soon!

NEWS AROUND TOWN

Please note, the Boy Scouts Wreath Sale will take place over Thanksgiving weekend on the front lawn of Glover Elementary School and in the Cunningham/Collicot driveway. The annual wreath sale is sponsored by Troop 3 Milton and will take place Friday to Sunday, 10AM to 4PM at Glover, Collicot and Blue Hills Gas Station.  www.troop3milton.com

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The following item was sent to us by the Attorney General’s Office:

BOSTON – Following reports of harassment and intimidation of racial, ethnic and religious minorities, women, LGBTQ individuals and immigrants since Election Day, Attorney General Maura Healey today announced that her office has established a new hotline for Massachusetts residents to report such incidents.

“In Massachusetts, we will protect people’s rights, fight discrimination and keep people safe,” said AG Healey. “There are reports from around the country following the election that people have been targeted and subjected to conduct that imperils safety and civil rights. Today, I am establishing a hotline for residents to report bias-motivated threats, harassment, and violence. Such conduct has no place in Massachusetts.”

The hotline will be managed by attorneys and staff in the AG’s Office. While not every incident will be appropriate for legal action, the AG’s Office will be tracking reports and appropriate matters may be referred to local law enforcement or the Attorney General’s Criminal Bureau.

Any Massachusetts resident who has witnessed or experienced bias-motivated threats, harassment or violence may call the Attorney General’s Hotline at 1-800-994-3228 or fill out a civil rights complaint form at this link. Residents may also contact the AG’s Office through its social media platforms, including Facebook and Twitter.

Potential hate crimes – including bias-motivated assault, battery, and property damage – should also be reported to the local police in the first instance. Residents who fear for their immediate safety should call 911.

Most hate crimes are prosecuted by the local District Attorney’s Office. However, in some cases, the offender may also be prosecuted civilly, either in addition to criminal charges or instead of criminal charges, by the AG’s Office under the Massachusetts Civil Rights Act (MCRA).

The MCRA protects the rights of all residents and visitors to Massachusetts to be free from bias-motivated threats, intimidation, and coercion. The MCRA protects the right to use public parks and transportation, walk on public streets, attend school, live peacefully, and enjoy other basic rights. Under the MCRA, the Attorney General may bring legal action against a perpetrator who threatens, intimidates, or coerces another person on the basis of that person’s membership in a protected group (e.g., race, national origin, religion, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability) or protected activity (e.g., exercising the right to vote or the right to associate).

Whether it’s potential hate crimes, housing discrimination, or wage theft, the AG’s Office encourages immigrant communities to come forward with their concerns without fear of reprisal based on immigration status.

For more information, visit the Attorney General’s Office website.

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

Fall wouldn’t be complete without fun family activities at the Milton Public Library! Books, programs, coloring, games, puppets and more are available every day for you to check out. In addition to our regular storytimes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of November 27 – December 3:

Friday, December 2, 2016
Free Play Friday, Ages 0-5

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

Saturday, December 3, 2016 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Life-Size Candyland, All Ages

Join us for a sweet adventure: families are invited to visit the Keys Room and play a life-size version of the classic board game Candyland! Kids, see if you can beat your parents to the Candy Castle to rescue King Kandy, while at the same time practicing counting and color recognition. For all ages; children must be accompanied by an adult in order to play. Registration is required so we know how many players we’ll have, but you can drop in anytime between 2-4pm (play should take approximately a half hour). Registration will open two weeks in advance of the program. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library.

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

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

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ATHLETICS

First and foremost, congratulations to the Girls Cross Country Team on capturing their second straight D2 State Title yesterday, capping off an impressive undefeated season.  Bridget Mitchell was once again the star of the show – finishing first – while teammates Elise O’Leary (7th), Ella Affanato (9th), Colette O’Leary (19th), and Naomi Negassi (30th) demonstrated the ‘Cats incredible depth.  Congrats to all the girls and Coach Shaw on a fantastic season.  Also, thank you to all who made the trip out to Gardner to support them.

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The Wildcats Football team are on the road this year in their Annual Thanksgiving Day matchup with the Braintree Wamps.  Game starts at 10am (Thursday, 11/24) at Braintree High School.  Tickets will be $7 for students and $10 for adults. Good luck ‘Cats!

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The Milton High Cheer Team qualified for States, and competed in the MSSAA State Cheerleading Competition this past weekend. Congratulations to all the team and their coach for a very successful season.

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There are only a few hours left for Winter Registration.  Please remember to register on Family ID.  All those not registered on Family ID will not be issued a uniform until registration is complete.  For instructions please click here.  You must also fill out and turn in an Athletic Clearance Form, found here.  Please take a look at our new Athletic Website . We are slowly adding more information.  For any suggestions/comments, please email rmadden@miltonps.org.

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For sports schedules for all MHS teams, please click here: http://schedules.schedulestar.com/Milton-High-School-Milton-MA/season/08-28-2015/

ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME

Last month, our Milton High School Athletic Hall of Fame held its induction ceremony. I would like to recognize this year’s inductees, as well as all of the hard-working volunteers who help to organize this amazing event.

2016 Inductees: James Blake (Student-Athlete, Class of 1949) Thomas Brennan (Coach-Teacher-Administrator) Ryan Ciampa (Student-Athlete, Class of 1999) Patrick Dunn (Student-Athlete, Class of 1996) Jack Griffin (Student-Athlete, Class of 1979) William Maheras (Student-Athlete, Class of 2002) the 1986 Field Hockey Team and Derrick Snowden (Chairman’s Award Winner, Class of 1989)

The 2016 Athletic Hall of Fame Board of Directors: Dyanne Crowley, Billy Donovan, Sean LoPresti, Sean McDonagh, Ben Midura and Mark Sullivan.

2016 Athletic Hall of Fame Selection Committee: Brian Borde, Billy Donovan, Tom Herget, Sean LoPresti, Deirdre Enos Lovett, Sean McDonagh, Karen Duggan McLaughlin, Richard Ryan and Tracy Bubas Turgeon

The Athletic Hall of Fame is a volunteer organization made up of Milton High School staff members, coaches, and alumni who aim to honor the achievements and contributions of Student-Athletes, Coaches, and Contributors to Milton High School Athletics. In addition to our bi-annual induction ceremonies, the Hall of Fame also awards two scholarships to graduating Milton High School seniors and contributes to Milton High School’s Athletics Program.

Donations are welcome to help us continue to honor Milton High School’s best while also providing for the future of Milton High School Athletics. Contact bdonovan@miltonps.org for more info.

AMBASSADOR PAGE

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

Students: Congratulations to the following 12 students who have been selected for the Cunningham Student Council: Colin Cretan, Fiona Zimon, Frank Hawker, Jasmine Bethea , John Gillooly, Kyla Miller, Margaret Henry , Mary Maloney, NASA Boddie, Organ Pater, Rowan McCullough, Tucker Korean and Charlie Little. All students were selected by their peers after writing responses to two questions about being a leader. The council members have already met twice and are in the planning stages of writing the first edition of the student Newspaper and planning the school’s Anti-Bullying assembly.  Great job!

Staff:  I would like to recognize Collicot Grade 2 teacher Zeina Hamada, who wrote a grant to the MFE for the purchase of books for her classroom. The books are aligned with the Reader’s Workshop curriculum and can be used by all students in her classroom. Thanks to Ms. Hamada and to the MFE!

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Volunteers: I would like to thank and congratulate Peter Healy, the CEO of Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital Milton for his time, energy and commitment to the Milton Public Schools over the past several years. Mr. Healy will be assuming a new role, as President of BIDMC in Boston effective January 1st, 2017. Mr. Healy has been a fantastic resource for our district and has met with our leadership team on a monthly basis since he was first appointed to Milton in 2013.  We wish him the best of luck in his new position.

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

November 15th Eblast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Nov• 15•16

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date: Monday, November 14th, 2016

All parents and guardians, please note, there will be a half day on Thursday, November 17th for all grades. There will be Parent/Teacher Conferences at the middle and high school levels at this time. Please make every effort to attend these sessions.  Parent/Teacher Conferences for elementary schools will be held on Thursday, December 7th which is also a half day for all grades.  Also, please note there will be NO SCHOOL on Nov 23, 24 and 25th to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday.

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

Current events are continuously integrated into the lessons taught by every Milton Public School teacher and staff member. This fall has been no exception. The climate in our classrooms, hallways, cafeterias and playing fields in each of our six schools is welcoming, positive, diverse and safe.

In the words of a parent who emailed me over the weekend, there is “an openness and willingness to create a diverse educational community,” here in the Milton Public Schools. This sentiment is expressed in one of our District’s Five Core Values, which include:

– High Academic Achievement for all Students

– Excellence in the Classroom

– Collaborative Relationships and Communication

– Respect for Human Differences

– Risk-Taking and Innovation for Education

There are many “teachable moments” during the course of a school year, and our teachers and staff strive to capture these learning experiences. Please be assured that our culture of respect and inclusion applies to all Milton Public School students at all times. We remain committed to partnering with each and every family in supporting our students – your children – to become engaged, informed and caring citizens.

I have heard from several parents regarding this issue. I would like to recognize and thank Dr. T. Atilla Ceranoglu, Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Shriners Hospital for Children, Boston/ MGH Bressler Program for Autism Spectrum Disorders and Pediatric Psychopharmacology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston.  Dr. Ceranoglu provided this link from the American Academy of Pediatrics for those who would like more information.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There has been one School Committee meetings since my last E-blast, held on November 9th. This meeting will be summarized in my next E-blast. The next School Committee meeting will be held Wednesday, November 16th at 7 pm in the Milton TV Access studio, Room 245, Milton High School.

CURRICULUM NEWS

All parents and guardians, please note, there will be a half day on Thursday, November 17th for all grades. There will be Parent/Teacher Conferences at the middle and high school levels at this time. Please make every effort to attend these sessions.  Parent/Teacher Conferences for elementary schools will be held on Thursday, December 7th, which is also a half day for all grades.

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Also, please note there will be NO SCHOOL on Nov 23, 24 and 25th to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday.

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I would like to congratulate the latest inductees to the National Honor Society. This group was inducted at Milton High School last week and will join the 61 members of the senior class who were inducted last spring. The senior class officers were also inducted last week. Congratulations to all these students, along with last spring’s inductees, who should all be very proud of their accomplishments.

Fall 2016 NHS Inductees:  Andrew Arcieri, Thalia Bennett, David Brundage, Camrin Clayton, Courtney Dillon, Gregory Hebard, Elena Milwood, Sydney Nguyen, Morgan Smith and Andrew Steele.

NHS Officers: President Delphine Jrolf, Vice President Benjamin Corson, Secretary Morgan Chandler, Public Relations Officer Bailey Cook and Historian Rachael Tomaszewski.

Spring 2016 Inductees: Maia Adley, Ruby Baker-Poveromo, Julia Biagiotti, Taylor Burns, Julia Butler, Allison Carey, Kristy Chan, Morgan Chandler, Mariah Conway, Bailey Cook, Ben Corson, Devin Coulter, Camille Coutant, Daniel deBenedictis, Kyle Dempsey, Orlane Destin, Matthew Dicarlo, Liam Donelan, Mary Driscoll, Aidan Duggan, Michael Eberhardt, Max Fitzgerald, Omolade Gbolade, Allegra Giddings, Lauren Griswold,  Lucia Hainline, Anthony Hancock,  Alexis Higgins,  Erisha Joseph, Delphine Jrolf, Madison Jrolf,  Olivia Kelly, Zack Kenneally,  Molly Kibble, Sarah Lam, James Long, Alyssa Lum,  Nicholas Marinilli, Samuel McGrath, Olivia Medeiros,  Joanna Needham, Naomi Negassi, Felicia Nguyen, Aislinn O’Brien,  Claire O’Neill, Astry Peguero Santana, Emily Possi, Paige Purcell, Margaux Rose, Shane Savage, Elizabeth Sbarra,  Hannah Solomon,  Katherine Steele,  Stephen Tan, Clara Tennyson,  Lilly Tennyson, Rachael Tomaszewski, Christina Tougias, , Ethan Walko Maya Watanabe and Samson Yuan.

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We have exciting news from Collicot Elementary School! Students in Grades 5 just published the first edition of the Collicot Cardinals newspaper!  The students worked on the publication as part of a CASS class, with teachers Ellen Lohan and Jacqueline Tierney.  Click here to read this informative, student-written newspaper!

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The following item was sent in by Eileen Flanagan, our Spanish Club Advisor:

Students in the Spanish club attended a private Mexican cooking course with chef Estela Calzada. Students made tamales — a classic Mexican dish made with steamed dough, chicken, and salsa verde — and atole, a warm drink made with cinnamon and cocoa. The class was conducted entirely in Spanish and was offered through Nibble Somerville, an initiative of The Somerville Arts Council dedicated to supporting immigrant communities and promoting meaningful cultural exchange.

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Our Milton High School Debate Team has been having a successful season. Please read the summary from coaches Kacy Dotoli and Dana DePaul:

The next topic the Debate Team will be preparing is: Resolved: On balance, the benefits of the Internet outweigh the harms of decreased personal privacy. Students will be competing on this topic on November 19th and December 10th. If there are any Milton Public School parents who have expertise in this field, we would love to hear from them and invite them to join us for a prep session! This team is hoping to compete at a national tournament January 20th – 22nd at Columbia University. Please contact kdotoli@miltonps.org or ddepaul@miltonps.org

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The following item was submitted by Paul Arenberg, one of the coaches of our MHS “Quiz Show” team:

Mike Goodless and I brought six students, Liam Chase, Anson Yip, Michael Eberhardt, Khalil Darouichi, Julia Nerenberg and Aidan Braithwaite to WGBH’s Brighton studio to participate in the 8th annual Super Sunday- High School Quiz Show’s qualifying event. Our Milton team competed against 124 other Massachusetts high school teams. Each team answered 50 questions in a variety of categories including math, science, literature, history, sports, current events,  geography and fine arts. The top 16 scoring teams will be invited to compete in televised matches beginning in February.

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The Pierce Middle School is proud to announce that this year’s Project 351 Ambassador is 8th grade student, Dominique Thomas.  Project 351 began with Governor Patrick’s second inaugural and is now convened by Governor Baker.  It is a statewide non-profit organization that gathers 351 youth, one from each city/town in the Commonwealth, who are selected for their “ethic of service and the values of kindness, compassion, humility, and gratitude”.  Dominique has a long history of service both in school and in her community.  She is a model for her peers and an inspiration to her teachers.  We are extremely proud that she will represent the Pierce Middle School this year and look forward to hearing about her leadership and community service efforts as a member of Project 351.

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The following item was sent to us by Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Family Outreach Liaison:

The Milton Early Childhood Alliance and Milton Public Schools invite you to join them in celebrating National Literacy Month. Throughout the month of November, at the back playground of the Tucker School, located at 187 Blue Hills Parkway, the two partnerships will host a Story Walk featuring the book The Most Magnificent Thing, La Chose La Plus Magnifique, La Cosa Ma’s Magnifica as a tri-lingual English, French and Spanish story book.   “Experience literacy in a unique way while enjoying a wonderful children’s book with your family! Stop at each sign board and read the page with your child. Or, have your child read the page to you!

The Story Walk can easily be appreciated by children both young and old.”  Susan Dolan, the director of the Milton Early Childhood Alliance, organized this StoryWalk. She explains that “StoryWalks promote early literacy, encourage parents and children to do outdoor activities, and support the crucial idea that parents are their children’s first teachers”.  In addition, Dolan says, “StoryWalks introduce parents and children to new books.”

The Story Walk Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier Vermont and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle and Pedestrian Coalition and the Kellogg-Hubbard Library.

For more information please call the Milton Early Childhood Alliance at 617-696-2262 or email cpcmecasld@verizon.net.   To find out more about the many programs they offer visit their website at www.miltonearlychildhoodalliance.org  This is an outdoor, rain or shine, free event.  Hope to see you there!

Please feel free to reach out with any questions you might have or if you are in need of a resource. My contact information is: Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Family Outreach Liaison, 617-980-7343 or mmckenna@miltonps.org

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FROM THE HEALTH ROOM

The following item was submitted by Head Nurse Margaret Gibbons:

I would like to thank our school nurses, Mary Jane Walsh, Barbara Perry, Allison Joyce Jeanne Sgroi, Kerri Joyce and Maureen LeBlanc for their hard work and time at last week’s Flu Clinic, held at Pierce Middle School. The team gave over 150 flu shots to students, parents/guardians and staff! The Milton Community is so lucky to have such a wonderful team of nurses to care and support the students, families and our colleagues in our community!  Kudos!

GUIDANCE DEPARTMENT NEWS

The AFL/CIO exam will be given at MHS on Thursday, February 2nd to any senior who qualifies. Please fill it out and return the application form to Ms. Cahill in Guidance by Friday, November 18th.

Please see the FAQs from the AFLCIO website to see you qualify to take the exam: 

The Massachusetts AFL-CIO Scholarship Program

The Massachusetts AFL-CIO, along with affiliated local unions, and labor/non-labor organizations, offers a scholarship program providing hundreds of scholarships totaling over $900,000 to union members, their children/step children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and non-union Massachusetts’s high school seniors.

Who is Eligible?

Every year the Massachusetts AFL-CIO publishes a scholarship brochure describing the eligibility criteria for each award.  Students with a union affiliation are eligible for both the Massachusetts AFL-CIO awards and those awards listed under their specific local union/central labor council.  Students with no union affiliation are eligible only for the Massachusetts AFL-CIO scholarships.

What are the requirements?

The brochure is divided into 2 sections describing the two types of scholarship programs.  Section 1 lists those scholarships requiring the student to take the Massachusetts AFL-CIO Labor History Exam in February.  Section 2 lists those scholarships offered by local unions/central labor councils that select their own winners either through a lottery or exam of their own (to qualify for these scholarships students do not need to take the Labor History Exam in February).

How do I sign up for the Labor History Exam?

Interested applicants can access/download the application, the brochure, and the study guide through our website at www.massaflcio.org, or through their guidance department.  Participation in the Scholarship Program of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO is voluntary.  Students desiring to take the Labor History Exam apply directly to their Guidance Office, Social Studies Teacher, or Principal by December.  The school then forwards the number of seniors desiring to take the examination in February to the Massachusetts AFL-CIO and in turn receives exams and instructions for supervising teachers.  Each exam must be complete and bear the signature of the Principal, Department Head, or Examination Coordinator, and returned to the Massachusetts AFL-CIO the following day.

What is the scope of the Labor History Exam?

The labor history exam is divided into two parts.  Part 1 is a series of multiple-choice questions covering the history and structure of the labor movement in America, legislation affecting America workers, child labor laws, minimum wages, civil rights, safety in the workplace, old age and health insurance, unemployment compensation, worker’s compensation and past and current labor events.  Part 2 is an essay of 500 words or less based on a topic selected by the Scholarship Committee each year.

How are winners selected?

All Massachusetts AFL-CIO scholarships and local union/central labor council scholarships listed in Section 1 of the scholarship brochure are awarded solely on the basis of the multiple-choice exam and essay score.  Awardees are selected by the Scholarship Committee, which reviews and scores the essay question, and combines this score with the multiple-choice exam.  Students that comply with the guidelines and rate highest on the exam shall be judged the winner of local union/central labor council awards. Students sponsored by a local union are eligible to receive no more than 2 scholarships.

How do I apply for scholarships offered by my local union or central labor council?

After reviewing the scholarship brochure, students who believe they are eligible for local union/central labor council scholarships listed in Section 2 of the scholarship brochure should contact their local union/central labor council for application information and further eligibility requirements.

For more information, contact Carla Trulli, Massachusetts AFL-CIO Scholarship Coordinator at (781) 324-8230 Ext 10or ctrulli@massaflcio.org

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Come and support the Fall Music Cabaret on Tuesday, November 15th at 7 pm in the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium at Milton High School. There will be a wide variety of performers from solo pianists to jazz combos to solo singers to rock bands! Tickets are $5 and will be sold at the door before the show.

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

Please Help the Citizens of Haiti as they recover from the devastating impact of Hurricane Matthew. We will be collecting pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters and bills. November 7th through November 18th during all Milton High School lunches.  (Sponsored by the MHS Young Women’s Group). Donations will be distributed through H.U.A. Inc. and H.U.L.K.

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Please help to support Milton PTOs! There is an ongoing Textile Recycling Fundraiser. The donation boxes are located outside of each Milton School (Tucker’s bin is expected to be installed in the next two weeks!) This program generates a rebate of $100 per ton on textiles collected, and has already earned more than $2,500 this year alone. Please bag your donations. The bins accept the following: footwear, clothing, accessories (hats, pocketbooks, belts, gloves, backpacks, ties, scarves, and bathrobes); linens (sheets, blankets, curtains, towels, throw rugs, table linens) and stuffed animals. When cleaning out your closets, re decorating, or updating your household linens, support Milton PTOs!!!  For more information, visit this link.

FOOD SERVICE NEWS

The following item was submitted by Jacqueline Morgan, Food Service Director:

Elementary Lunch Menu — Breakfast Menu K-12. How to access the new interactive online menus:

  • Go to: http://www.schoolnutritionandfitness.com/index.php?sid=1466119320502
  • Or go to miltonps.org and click Food Services under the DEPARTMENTS tab.
  • Click on the MENU tab. You will then find menus organized by month, school, and meal.
  • Try hovering over menu items with you cursor and wait until an information box appears. This will provide you with product descriptions, nutritional and allergen information for that product.

Click on the allergens tab and select allergen(s) of interest.

The menus will then cross out any items on the menu that contains that allergen.

Clicking on the magnifying glass in the corner of each day’s menu will bring you to a screen where you can “build a meal” by selecting the foods your child would take from the ones being offered. This will automatically calculate the calories, carbohydrates, protein, and fat in that meal and display it at the bottom of the page.

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Over 1500 ghosts and goblins came together to run, walk, and creep across the finish line at the Milton Foundation for Education’s Annual Monster Dash on October 30. Together we raised $25,000 to support science in all four Milton Public Elementary Schools, in loving memory of Sam Cichello. Thank you! None of this would be possible without you, our amazing community and our generous sponsors for a spooktacular record-breaking event!

Congratulations to all who participated, especially these fast people!

Male

1 ADAM TENFORELE – 16:43 (5:23/mile)
2 BOBBY CAREW (14 years old!) – 17:28 (5:37/mile)
3 NICK RYAN 17:43 (5:42/ mile)

Female

1 BILIANA MIHAYLOVA – 20:14
2 LAURA ETRE – 21:15
3 STAR FISHE – 21:42

NEWS AROUND TOWN

For those of you who missed it, the Town of Milton was voted according to a new list by personal finance social network WalletHub. Please see the link below:

Milton, Melrose Ranked Among Best Small Cities in America

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We were pleased this week to welcome the host and crew from the television show, “Chronicle,” to our district this week. They are filming a segment on Milton Public School. Details to follow in a future E-blast.

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Best Buddies Massachusetts will be hosting its 9th annual 5k Gobbler on Saturday, November 19th at the Cunningham School, 44 Edge Hill Road, in Milton. Arrival time: 7:30/8:00am. Race gets underway at 9:00am. Please join us this year in honoring EJ Spellman, a participant at the Henderson Inclusion School in Dorchester. EJ has been involved with Best Buddies since 2009 and is an amazing representative of what is possible when people with disabilities are given a chance to be included. Fun fact: EJ served as the official Best Buddies Water Carrier for Tom Brady at the 2016 Tom Brady Challenge touch football game!

Register at: http://www.TEAMBESTBUDDIES.ORG/MILTON5K

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A free wrestling clinic will be offered for all students in grades K-8 this Sunday (Nov 20th) at 9am at a new gym which opened in Canton. The gym is named American Grit MMA and is located at 420 Turnpike St Canton.  Click here for more information.

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

The following item was sent to us by Sara Truog, Children’s Librarian at the MPL:

Fall wouldn’t be complete without fun family activities at the Milton Public Library! Books, programs, coloring, games, puppets and more are available every day for you to check out. In addition to our regular storytimes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of November 27 – December 3:

Friday, December 2, 2016
Free Play Friday, Ages 0-5

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

Saturday, December 3, 2016 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Life-Size Candyland, All Ages

Join us for a sweet adventure: families are invited to visit the Keys Room and play a life-size version of the classic board game Candyland! Kids, see if you can beat your parents to the Candy Castle to rescue King Kandy, while at the same time practicing counting and color recognition. For all ages; children must be accompanied by an adult in order to play. Registration is required so we know how many players we’ll have, but you can drop in anytime between 2-4pm (play should take approximately a half hour). Registration will open two weeks in advance of the program. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library.

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

ATHLETICS

We are very pleased to announce that three Milton High School seniors participated in National Signing Day last week. The Milton students joined thousands of high school athletes from around the country who signed letters of intent to receive college athletic scholarships to Division I colleges and universities.

Maia Adley signed with Boston University to row on the women’s crew team. Sam Jacobsak signed with Northeastern University for the men’s baseball team. Colette O’Leary will be running for the UMass/Amherst women’s track team.

The signing ceremony was recorded as part of Mike Vega’s “Steppin’ Up to the Plate” program, which can be viewed by clicking this link. Each student was joined by their coach and/or parents to sign their letter. Milton High School principal James Jette and Athletic Director Eric Karjel were on hand to witness the ceremony, as well as many of the student-athletes’ teammates, teachers and school administrators.

Mr. Jette said there are several more students at Milton High School who are still being recruited for athletic scholarships and may participate in the next scheduled National Signing Day in February.

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Congratulations to our MHS Girls Cross Country team, who won the Div. IV East State Championship on Saturday in Wrentham. Please read the meet summary provided by Coach Tom Shaw. This was an impressive victory and a gutsy way to defend last year’s title.

Saturday’s meet was an epic moment in MHS Athletics history. What the girls did yesterday left everyone who watched it in awe of how special this group is. Special because they picked each other up. Special because when unexpected and negative things happen they don’t get rattled, instead they do whatever it takes to overcome the unexpected challenge. Special because they are always the toughest team on the course. They demonstrated all of these qualities yesterday and it is the reason they won. When the chips were down and the race appeared to be all but lost they never not lost hope and willed themselves a path to victory.

Before the race even began, our top two runners did not have an ideal week leading into the race. Bridget Mitchell had been essentially bedridden for the 48 hours prior to the race and Colette O’Leary had been working through a minor injury the past two weeks. Also Emme Schewe was coming back from having her appendix removed. Needless to say, we had some question marks going into the biggest meet of the season thus far. Of course despite these obstacles, the girls showed up positive in spirit and ready to go.

During the first mile, it was obvious that things weren’t developing the way that we had hoped. Bridget was clinging to the lead and her teammates were not in the positions we had expected.

During mile two, things mostly got worse. Bridget lost the lead and faded fast, moving into about tenth place. Elise O’Leary had recognized what was happening and admirably took over the responsibilities as our top runner. Ella Affanato, did not back down from the unexpected responsibility of being our number two and ran with confidence and poise. But the back of the pack was coming to the rescue. Naomi Negassi made what was one of the biggest moves of the whole meet. She dropped Tewksbury’s 4th and 5th runners AND began passing girls further ahead of her from other teams. Not far behind her, Genevieve Connolly made her own move, catching Tewksbury’s 4th and 5th runners. What a bonus for us that was! This race was going to be won or lost by a few points and her performance was critical. We had help coming from the back of the pack to save the meet!

During the third mile, not much changed. Elise widened her lead for third place. Ella and Colette were still chasing Tewksbury’s 3rd runner. Naomi was still making ground moving further up to the front of the race, Bridget was fading further back. Genevieve was thick in the middle of battling Tewksbury’s 4th and 5th runners and Emme was doing everything she could to keep Genevieve in her sights. By the end of the third mile, we had made up a few points we lost in the second mile — but we were still losing.

Then that beautiful last tenth of a mile happened.

Elise kicked for the finish and almost secured second place, but hung on for a solid 3rd place finish. Genevieve passed Tewksbury’s 5th runner. Naomi had worked herself all the way up to 12th place after being in the low 20s during the first mile. Bridget was hanging on with all of the will and power she could muster and squeaked out 15th place overall. This was Bridget’s worst finish ever in a Massachusetts race, but I think she ran with more grit than I’ve ever seen her run with before — and that’s saying a lot. Emme was giving it her all in her first true race in over a month. But the final move that got us over the edge was Ella and Colette in the final 200meters of the race. They made the move that changed EVERYTHING. They caught and passed Tewksbury’s 3rd runner. Ella was 6th, Colette 8th and the Tewksbury girl was 9th. A small shift in places was exactly what was needed to give us a very slim 4 point win.

Heroic is the proper word to describe what they did yesterday. Elise, Ella, Naomi, Genevieve and Emme simply picked Colette and Bridget up and let them know they had their backs. Bridget and Colette did not prevent their worst races of the season from allowing themselves to hang tough and stay positive. They knew no matter how bad their race was, their role to help the team win was the most important thing. As a group, through much adversity, these young women carried each other to a true team win. What a special way to win a meet.

Congratulations to our two-time Div. IV East Championship TEAM!! You girls deserve every accolade sent your way. You girls are inspiring to all of us.

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We would also like to congratulate our Cheer team, who qualified at Regionals with a third place finish this past Sunday. The team will now be headed for States, which will be held on Sunday Nov. 20th at Tantasqua Regional HS in Sturbridge at 2pm.

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This year’s Thanksgiving Day football game will be held at Braintree High School on Thursday, November 24th.  Kickoff is at 10am.

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Don’t forget that it is registration time for winter sports. Please click this link for instructions.

AMBASSADOR PAGE

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

Students: I would like to recognize our Milton High School Marching Band, Color Guard and the Mixed Chorus for their performances during the Veterans Day ceremony at Town Hall on Friday. In addition, I would like to thank MHS students Michael Eberhardt, Ella Gavin and Alex Kelly, who also participated in these ceremonies. These students are so fortunate to have teachers like Dyanne Crowley, Barbara Wright, Dawn Sykes, Gary Goode and Rebecca Damiani who are so giving on their time and talents.  What a wonderful tribute to our town’s veterans. Thank you to all who helped with this ceremony.

Staff:  There are two staff members who I could honestly recognize in each and every E-blast I send out. Dr. Glenn Pavlicek, our Assistant Superintendent for Business; and Janet Sheehan, our Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Human Resources are two of the hardest working employees in our district. I rely on their experience, their judgment, their intelligence and their incredible knowledge on a wide variety of topics. We are very fortunate to have two administrators who are not only consummate professionals, but who sincerely care about the Town of Milton and its students.

Volunteers: If you have ever attended any Milton High School sporting event, you are familiar with the work of Roy Chambers. He is the sports photographer who has attended nearly every game, match, meet and regatta. I would like to thank and recognize him for his time, talent and generosity through the years. I know many of our student athletes check his professional website regularly to see his stunning action photos of their sporting events. Thank you, Roy, for all you do – and all you have done — for the Milton Public Schools.

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

 

 

November 7th E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Nov• 07•16

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Monday, November 7th, 2016

Congratulations and best wishes to our Varsity Girls Soccer team, who will compete tonight at Brooks Field vs. Canton High School tonight at 7pm in the MIAA Div. 2 South Quarter-Finals. The winner advances to a Thursday Semi-Final game. Fans are encouraged to wear RED! Roll Cats!!!

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

Tomorrow (Tuesday) is Election Day, which means there is no school for students. Our teachers and staff will be involved with professional development during the day and school will resume on Wednesday. Also, please note there will be no school on Friday in observance of Veterans Day.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There have been no School Committee meetings since my last E-blast. The next meeting will be held this Wednesday, November 9th at 7 pm in the Milton TV Access studio, Room 245, Milton High School.

CURRICULUM NEWS

The following item was sent to us by Catherine DesRoche, the Elementary Curriculum Coordinator for Tucker Elementary School:

Family Literacy Month is underway and there are many things you can do with your family to celebrate! While we all know reading with our children builds a great foundation for future learning, the National Center for Families Learning provides 30 activities for families to engage in literacy activities with their children: http://30days.familieslearning.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/NCFL30Days.pdf .

For the month of November, students, families and community members can enjoy a Story Walk at the Tucker Playground hosted in partnership with the Milton Early Childhood Alliance (MECA). The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires is displayed page by page (in English, Spanish & French) along the fence for visitors to walk through and enjoy.  The story highlights for readers the common experience of making mistakes and the importance of perseverance.

The Milton Public Library always has many family events that can be found on their website: http://www.eventkeeper.com/mars/xpages/M/MILTONPL/ekmonth.cfm.  In particular, Small Wonders (Wednesdays at 10 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.) is a program for babies, toddlers and their grown ups to listen to songs and nursery rhymes together.  For children ages 7-11, there is the SPUB Club (Super Popular, Unbelievable Book Club) hosted by Miss. Sara where she reads a few chapters of a book each week.  Children listen to the story while engaging in various hands-on activities like Lego building, play-dough sculpting, Rubik’s cubes, and more.  November’s book is Odd, Weird and Little by Patrick Jennings and takes place on Tuesdays from 7:15-7:45 p.m.

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The following article on early literacy was sent to us by Amy Gale, Curriculum Coordinator for Cunningham and Collicot Schools:

https://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2016/10/31/how-to-help-students-develop-a-love-of-reading/?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=202705

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Please note, this year’s Parent/Teacher Conferences for Grades 6-12 will be held on Thursday, November 17th. This will be a half-day. Please be sure to schedule an appointment with your child’s teacher(s.)

Parent/Teacher Conferences for Grades 1-5 will be held on December 7th, and that will be a half-day as well.

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Special congratulations to our Grade 3 students who are attending the Tucker Saturday Academy. Please see the photo below:

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UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

We have scheduled several Veterans Day observances in our schools:

Cunningham: Our Veterans Day Remembrance is a special day at Cunningham. Students and staff invite a Veteran or Service Member to our indoor program and then join the entire school community outside for a flag raising ceremony by a military honor guard. We hope you can join us for this meaningful ceremony. Click Veterans Day Invitation for an invitation to send to your guest. Please let us know if you are bringing a guest so your child can be dismissed to greet their guest. An email to cunninghampto@gmail.com with your guest’s name, child’s name and teacher is all we need. Thanks!

Tucker:  Students at the Tucker Elementary school have organized a Veterans Day tribute this week in the cafeteria that follows in line with the children’s book America’s White Table.  Below is a link that outlines the different items you can choose to place on the table and the significance of each. Students review the story in class and during our monthly community circle.

https://www.veteranscaucus.org/index.php/events/memorial-day/america-s-white-table

Collicot:  On Thursday afternoon at 1:45, there will be a Collicot assembly. During this time, there will be a patriotic sing aloud and the students will share some Veterans Day-themed work.  Any Collicot students who have a veteran in their family have been encouraged to RSVP to the PTO for VIP seats. In addition, Curry College students also are hosting a drive for toiletries for veterans. Collicot is a site for donations.

Glover: Teachers at Glover are selecting appropriate articles to read with their students. They are also working on Veterans-Day-themed individual classroom writing and drawing activities, with a few being selected for sharing on the daily announcements. Principal Karen McDavitt’s announcements each morning include an educational piece about Veterans Day as well as student-generated thoughts and ideas. The whole school has been invited to dress patriotically on Thursday in honor of Veterans Day. In addition, Ms. McDavitt will be circulating through classrooms and reading a mentor text called My America and talking about Veterans Day.

Pierce: The Pierce Middle School Student Council invited all local veterans to join them at the first Annual Pierce Middle School Veterans Day Coffee.  This event will be held in the Pierce library on Thursday, November 10th from 8 to 9am. Any local veteran and their families are invited to attend, but are asked to please RSVP to jdemaggio@miltonps.org Parents and guardians are welcome to attend. In addition, the Pierce Student Council asked all Pierce families to fill out paper “stars” with the names of a veteran who is important to their student. These starts have been hung in our cafeteria and along the hallway for all to see.

I would also like to recognize Ella Gavin, a Pierce seventh-grader. During the past week, many Pierce students participated in the Veterans Poster Contest sponsored by the Town of Milton Veterans Services Department. Several Pierce teachers along with Kevin Cook, Director of Veterans Services, chose this year’s poster contest winner. Mr. Cook and Principal Dr. Karen Spaulding surprised Ella with the news this past Friday. Mr. Cook was particularly impressed with how Ella captured what Veterans Day means to her from many different perspectives. Ella will be honored at the annual Milton Veterans Day Ceremony at 11am on November 11th.  Congratulations Ella!

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Milton High School:

Students from Milton High School will be performing as singers and musicians during the Veteran’s Day ceremony. Also, please read the essay below, written by Milton High School student Alexandra Kelly, a sophomore in Mr. Coady’s English class. Ms. Kelly’s essay was selected as the winning entry in an essay contest from dozens of entries. She will be reading this at the Veterans Day observance on November 11th.

What is a Veteran?

“Greater love has no one than this- that he would lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13

            No word other than “Veteran” comes to mind when reading this quotation. Veterans are a unique part of our society because of their call to duty in such a violent world like today’s. All soldiers are similar in the way that every day they give their lives, time from their loved ones, and the ultimate gift to our country: Freedom. 

            Although Veterans have not been a direct part of my life, I still hold them very close to my heart. They’re out there fighting for me and for my friends and family, protecting us for very little reward. I am honored to live in a place where people have this type of compassion and love for their country and its citizens. 

            We all should feel grateful and blessed to live in such a country where people sacrifice their own lives for ours. In other countries people aren’t as lucky. People aren’t as selfless or as nationalistic. The government must draft young men to join their military, whereas in the United States there are plenty of men and women excited and honored to do so. Veterans are more than just soldiers, they’re the unseen wall to our country. 

           Veterans should be recognized not only because of their sacrifice alone, but also because  of their motive behind it. They are neither obligated to enlist in the military, nor to risk their own life for ours. To me this is the most special part about Veterans. They weren’t required to protect us, they weren’t coaxed or bribed. They do this simply out of the kindness of their hearts. Bravery, selflessness, and pure compassion live on in our soldiers of today and our Veterans of yesterday. 

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Parents of Grades 1-8 boys and girls …. please save the date! On Sunday, November 13th the MHS Girls Cross Country Team is sponsoring a Kids Trail Run for boys and girls Grades 1-8 at Cunningham Park. The first race begins at noon. This event will support and raise awareness for the Girls Cross Country Team. Sign-ups begin at 10:30am at Cunningham Hall. Cost is $10 per person. The events are:

Grades 1 and 2: One mile at 12:00 p.m. Grades 3-5: One and a half miles at 12:15 p.m. Grades 6-8: Two miles at 12:35 p.m. For early registration and more information, email Coach Shaw at tshaw@miltonps.org

FROM THE HEALTH ROOM

Margaret Gibbons, Head Nurse for the Milton Public Schools, wanted to remind all MPS families that there is a flu clinic being held on Wednesday, November 9th at Pierce Middle School from 3:30-5:30pm. This flu clinic is a joint collaboration between the Milton School Nurses and the Milton Board of Health.

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

Just a reminder that Milton High School’s PTSFO Fundraiser starts today, Monday, November 7th and will run through Sunday, November 13th at the Fruit Center Marketplace. The Milton Fruit Center Market Place is located at 10 Bassett St, Milton, MA 02186

Please shop often and bring your vouchers with you!  See the attached flyer. These flyers will also be available in the main office at Milton High School! Please share with your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers; we want to make this our biggest fundraiser yet!

http://fruitcentermarketplace.com/documents/miltonhigh2016.pdf

Have wonderful week of shopping and make sure you remember to bring your voucher with you.

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The Milton High School Junior Class has two fundraising events in the coming weeks. First, on November 17th  the class is sponsoring an event at Buffalo Wild Wings. Bring this flier with you and a portion of the proceeds from your order will be donated back to the Class of 2018.

Second, the Class of 2018 is once again holding a Savers Drive. Every pound of soft or hard goods donated will result in a donation back to the class. You may drop off gently used clothing and housewares at Milton High School during school hours starting on November 21st through December 2nd. The Savers truck will be here between the hours of 10 AM and 2 PM on Saturday December 3rd for those who would like to drop off at that time. Last year, the Class of 2017 raised over $500 through this fundraiser. Please help the Class of 2018 with this fundraiser. Contact Ms. Damiani- rdamiani@miltonps.org- with any questions.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The following item was sent to us from Barbara Martin at Milton Town Hall:

This year’s Veterans Day Observance will be observed on Friday, November 11th at 11 a.m. at the Town Green.  A procession from the High School to the Town Green will begin at 10:30 a.m. weather permitting.

Kevin Cook, Director of Veterans Services, has initiated several new aspects to this year’s observance.  The first initiative is to honor Korean War veterans with the awarding of the ‘Challenge Coin’ which was commissioned earlier this year by the Board of Selectmen.  Keeping with this theme, a member of the Republic of Korean’s consulate will be the featured speaker this year.

Secondly, two contests were held – one at the middle school and one at the high school.  The theme of each contests was, ‘What Is A Veteran?’ Both contest winners will be recognized and awarded a plague at the observance. The winning poster will be displayed at the gazebo and the essay winner will recite her essay. Other components of the program will be in keeping with programs of years past.

In the case of inclement weather, the procession will be cancelled and the ceremony will be moved indoors to the Council on Aging.  The decision as to weather and the revised program will be made on Wednesday, November 9th.

Veterans Day is a reminder to all of us to honor the men and women who have served our country.  I hope all will make a special effort to attend this year’s observance.

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You are invited! Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition is sponsoring a strategic planning retreat to prevent and reduce youth substance misuse and addiction in Milton. Mark your calendars Tuesday, December 13th from 5:00pm-8:30pm. info@milton-coalition.org a light dinner will be served. We will create a Milton roadmap to identify our priorities and strategies for the coming 3 to 5 years. Youth, parents, community leaders, people in recovery, and concerned residents are encouraged to attend.

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

Fall wouldn’t be complete without fun family activities at the Milton Public Library! Books, programs, coloring, games, puppets and more are available every day for you to check out. In addition to our regular storytimes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of Noveber 13 – 19:

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 from 7:15 – 7:45 pm
SPUB Club, Ages 7-11

Join the newest craze: the SPUB Club! Our Super Popular, Unbelievable Book Club is a brand-new, read-aloud book club for kids aged 7-11. Miss Sara will read a few chapters of a book each week; your job is to listen, while engaging in various hands-on activities like Lego building, play-dough sculpting, Rubik’s cubes, and more. We’re soon starting our November title in conjunction with Milton Reflecting: Odd, Weird and Little by Patrick Jennings. No registration required.

Thursday, November 17, 2016
Half Day Family Movie, All Ages

It’s an Early Release Day for the Milton Public Schools… so come to the library and watch a movie in the Keys Room! In honor of tomorrow’s Fantastic Beasts premiere, we’ll be showing the 2001 fan favorite Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Rated PG; run time 2 hours 32 minutes. Bring a sleeping bag or a pillow and get cozy! Popcorn will be served. No registration required.

Friday, November 18, 2016
Free Play Friday, Ages 0-5

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

Saturday, November 19, 2016 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
International Games Day, Ages 4-Adult

International Games Day is an initiative run by volunteers from around the world, to reconnect communities through their libraries around the educational, recreational, and social value of all types of games. This year it falls on Saturday, November 19. We’re celebrating this exciting day at Milton Public Library in HUGE style: we’ll be playing life-size board games in different locations around the library! Drop in anytime between 10am and 3pm to check out the fun, play with friends, and make new ones. Games will include Jenga, Connect 4, Twister and more. Ages 4-adult are welcome to play; players under the age of 8 should be accompanied by an adult. No registration required.

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

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

ATHLETICS

We still have a few teams competing at the tail end of the fall season.

Girls Soccer: Our varsity girls will compete tonight at Brooks Field vs. Canton High School tonight in the MIAA Div. 2 South Quarter-Finals. The winner advances to a Thursday Semi-Final game, with the location and time TBD.

Girls Cross Country: The top-ranked Milton Girls will be headed to Wrentham on Saturday, November 12th to compete in the MIAA Eastern State Championships. Our girls are expected to perform very well individually and are hoping to come home with a  team trophy as well!

Boys Cross Country: The Boys team will also be headed to Wrentham this Saturday, November 12th for the MIAA Eastern State Championships. Best of luck to all competing!

Football: The Wildcats will be hosting Silver Lake this Thursday night at 7pm at Brooks in the final home game of the season.

Cheerleading: The Cheer Team will be competing in the Regionals on Sunday at Marshfield – time is TBA

Reminder: Winter Sports Registration is Ongoing!

Now is the time to sign up for Winter Sports. Please click this link for instructions.

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.