September 6, 2018

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

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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MPS Leadership with District Attorney Michael Morrissey

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

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

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

Laurie Stillman addresses those assembled.

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

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

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

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

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

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

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

PARENT SPEAKER SERIES

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

GRANT NEWS

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

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

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

Students receiving their backpacks from our generous sponsors.

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

ELEMENTARY UPDATES

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

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

 

 

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

 

UPCOMING DATES

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

ADULT EDUCATION

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

MILTON COMMUNITY SCHOOLS

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

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

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

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

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

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

There is a terrific opportunity for part time jobs in our food services department. We are hiring for substitute positions at all schools. You’ll be serving healthy food to kids and be home when your kids are home due to the school schedule – what’s better than that?! This can be a great opportunity for parents and retirees and food service experience is a plus, but not required. The starting pay for the food service substitute position pays $15.05 per hour. Please email Jackie Morgan  or call 617-696-5040 X 5514 for more information.

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

MILTON FOUNDATION FOR EDUCATION

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

NEWS AROUND TOWN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ART AND MUSIC NEWS  

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

ATHLETICS

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

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

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

 

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

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

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August 30, 2018

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

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

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

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

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

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

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

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

The 2018-19 calendar can be found here.

MILTON POLICE DEPARTMENT

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

PARENT SPEAKER SERIES

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

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

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

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

STAFF SPOTLIGHT

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

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

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

ADULT EDUCATION

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

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

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

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

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

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

There is a terrific opportunity for part time jobs in our food services department. We are hiring for substitute positions at all schools. You’ll be serving healthy food to kids and be home when your kids are home due to the school schedule – what’s better than that?! This can be a great opportunity for parents and retirees and food service experience is a plus, but not required. The starting pay for the food service substitute position pays $15.05 per hour. Please email Jackie Morgan or call (617-696-5040 X 5514) for more information.

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

NEWS AROUND TOWN

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

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

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

Circle-S is a unique and exciting, FREE support group serving children whose siblings have a disability or a significant special need. Children (age 6-18) come with their parent and enjoy a pizza supper, and join other “typical sibs” who face similar experiences of living with a brother or sister with special needs. Circle-S is facilitated by Lauren Bartolotti, Program Manager of the Autism Center at Boston Medical Center; curriculum developed by Maria Trozzi, former co-founder of the Good Grief Program. Circle-S will run on Wednesdays from 6pm-8pm, for 10 weeks starting October 17th.

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

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

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

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

ART AND MUSIC NEWS  

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

ATHLETICS

Please see the Milton Wildcats website for all athletic updates.

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

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

 

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August 23, 2018

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

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MPS SUMMER READING

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

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

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

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

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

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

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

The 2018-19 calendar can be found here.

MILTON POLICE DEPARTMENT

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

RESIDENCY REESTABLISHMENT – 6th and 9th grade

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

BACK TO SCHOOL DATES  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

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

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

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

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

PARENT SPEAKER SERIES

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

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING

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

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

FOOD AND NUTRITION

There is a terrific opportunity for part time jobs in our food services department. We are hiring for substitute positions at all schools. You’ll be serving healthy food to kids and be home when your kids are home due to the school schedule – what’s better than that?! This can be a great opportunity for parents and retirees and food service experience is a plus, but not required. The starting pay for the food service substitute position pays $15.05 per hour. Please email Jackie Morgan or call (617-696-5040 X 5514)  for more information. ​

BUS UPDATE

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

NEWS AROUND TOWN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Circle-S is a unique and exciting, FREE support group serving children whose siblings have a disability or a significant special need. Children (age 6-18) come with their parent and enjoy a pizza supper, and join other “typical sibs” who face similar experiences of living with a brother or sister with special needs. Circle-S is facilitated by Lauren Bartolotti, Program Manager of the Autism Center at Boston Medical Center; curriculum developed by Maria Trozzi, former co-founder of the Good Grief Program. Circle-S will run on Wednesdays from 6pm-8pm, for 10 weeks starting October 17th.

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

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

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

ART AND MUSIC NEWS  

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

ATHLETICS

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

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

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

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August 2018 Update

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: August Update
Date: August 9, 2018

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

I am very pleased to share the results of our Milton High School student’s AP exams. In the spring of 2018, MHS students took  AP exams across almost 20 disciplines. Advanced Placement courses expose students to introductory college level coursework and a score of 3 or above on an AP exam indicates that students would perform well at the college level.  Once again, our students have demonstrated excellence in their AP results with 147 MHS students recognized by the College Board as AP Scholars with various distinctions. These results are a testament to the hard work, dedication and preparation of both our students and faculty.

MHS Principal James Jette shared the following: Milton High School students are consistently challenging themselves with the most rigorous course-load they can successfully manage. This past school year, a total of 350 students took 724 Advanced Placement exams and excelled. We are pleased that our faculty, not only AP teachers but all teachers, are supporting our students through the prerequisite courses by bolstering up the students’ content knowledge, skills and confidence to be successful. Moreover, we have teachers that look for the potential in our students and encourage them to take that educational risk.

As you can see from some of the initial data, MHS students do exceptionally well on these exams and we fully expect this positive trend to continue. Currently, hundreds of students are engaged in independent summer coursework in preparation for the upcoming school year and their AP courses. This is great news for the students, teachers and the entire Milton High School community! Please join us in congratulating the following students on their achievement in AP exams and on their recognition from the College Board. 

There are just under 3 weeks until school resumes. Please see below for important information about returning to school and we hope you enjoy the rest of summer vacation!

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

In July, the Milton School Committee hosted a forum to discuss our increasing district enrollment and as a result, the likely need to build additional classroom space in the elementary schools and the possibility of a fifth elementary school.  Please consider watching the forum on Milton Access TV Video On Demand.  The forum begins approximately 5-10 minutes into the video. There will be additional forums throughout the year not only to discuss the progress made, but to help inform the decision making process. The next forum is scheduled for Monday, August 13th at 7pm in the Milton Access TV Studio, Rm 245 in Milton High School. You can contact the School Committee anytime via email.

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

The 2018-19 calendar can be found here.

RESIDENCY REESTABLISHMENT – 6th and 9th grade

In the Spring of 2015, the Milton School Committee passed a Residency Policy that states “students who are enrolled in the Milton Public Schools shall be required to re-establish residency prior to entering grades six and nine as well as Milton Public School students who attend school out-of-town*.”

Families who have students in these categories – 6th grade, 9th grade and out of district–  are required to complete the form that has been  mailed to their homes (form is also available here ) and provide all necessary documentation. Ms. Sarina Burke, MPS Residency Coordinator, has been working morning and evening hours all summer to better meet the needs of parents/guardians schedules. The summer hours for reestablishment  are Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 7 -10am and Tuesday evenings from 4-7pm or by appointment through Thursday, August 23rdMs. Burke can be reached via email or at 617-696-4470 ext 5516.

Students in 6th grade will not receive team assignments (week of August 20th) and students in 9th grade will not receive homeroom placement letters (mid-August) or schedules on August 27th unless residency has been reestablished. Students entering grade 6 and 9 can not start school until residency has been reestablished.

*This includes all students who attend Blue Hills Regional Technical School, Norfolk County Agricultural High School and Special Education out-of-district placements for students entering grades 6 and 9.”

MPS SUMMER READING

Be sure to join your PreK and K friends for the two remaining Summertime Stories!

Along with summer fun, we hope that all students in the Milton Public Schools have kept up with their summer reading and assignments. Resources and assignments for grades K-12 can be found here: All Pierce students must read a minimum of four books: three free choice books and one required text. Book choices and assignments can be found here;   MHS students can find all summer requirements here.  Elementary students should create a summer reading account if they haven’t already and all students can find math guidelines in the following  links. Summer Math Letter, 1-5, Summer Math Letter, 6-8   Summer Math, 9-12 (scroll down for Mathematics)

MPS SUMMER  

Our ESY (Extended School Year) students enjoyed a fun trip to Ward’s Berry Farm to close out their summer program. Blueberries and sunflowers in abundance made for a successful day with friends!  

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The MPS Calculus Project held its 5th summer mathematics enrichment program this summer.  The program was attended by over 65 MPS students from grades 8 through 12. The Calculus Project is an initiative designed to increase the number of low income, African American and Hispanic American students who enroll in and successfully complete Calculus Honors or Advanced Placement Calculus.  The summer enrichment courses are used by students to maintain their standing in honors level courses or to make the move to the honors or the advanced placement level. This year was particularly exciting because our first cohort has made it to senior year and will be enrolled in calculus classes at Milton High School.  We are proud of the hard work that our students have put in and look forward to seeing them continue to succeed in the future!

Thank you to Ms. Capasso, Ms. Shapiro, Mr. Moray, Ms. Conaty, Ms. Ritten, Ms. Pompilus, and Ms. Meunier for working with our students this summer. Our students  appreciate you and had plenty to say about what they liked most about the summer mathematics enrichment program: “I like how the math material we learn in the summer is the same exact material we learn during the school year.  It gives us an advantage for excelling on the material and it is easier since we’ve already learned it.” “The sense of community…” “Learning new things for the next year while being with my friends” “Improving my math skills”I was able to get a glimpse of the math content for the upcoming school year, which for me was very exciting.” “I like that we get to learn about math subjects for the next year while also doing fun activities and learning how to use our education to better our community.” “I liked how it was a safe environment to be able to learn in and it was a very diverse group.  I felt comfortable to make mistakes.” “Learning new material with trusted teachers…”

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Mrs. Gionfriddo shares that they have had a busy, fun and successful summer at Camp Cunningham! It was great to see returning campers welcoming the many new campers to the CC family. If you drive Edgehill Rd, you likely saw lines of campers in orange vests going to and from Cunningham Pond for a swim on many hot and humid days. Campers are making beautiful wind chimes, banners, journals, and sparkling sun mirrors in Arts and Crafts, adding minutes to their summer reading account encouraged along by friends and teachers,  and creating fantastic art projects – watermelon paintings, bug prints, and cityscapes among the impressive projects. Campers have enjoyed making apple fritters and other delicious dishes and enjoyed a rainy day field trip to Ward’s Berry Farm which included a soggy hayride, planting basil plants and fun with friends. They returned a bit wet but still smiling! 90 campers boarded two buses for Plaster Fun Time and returned with some very impressive treasures and everyone is looking forward to our annual trip to Edaville Railroad – always a favorite. Thanks to Mr. Leazott, Ms. Bernini, Ms. Bortolotti, Mrs. Nee, Mrs. Grimes, Ms. Allie and Mrs. Goodwin, we are having a fabulous time at Camp Cunningham!  

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MSE ended with homemade ice cream,  lots of fun and new friendships made! 

BACK TO SCHOOL DATES 

The first day of school is just 20 days away! While you enjoy the last few weeks of summer, please keep the following dates and information in mind:

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

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

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

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

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

GLOVER:
Principal Karen McDavitt and Assistant Principal Sara MacNeil
Administrative Assistant Ms. Moira Downes
Homeroom assignments mailed week of  August 20th
Tour for New Families (grades 1-5) Tuesday, August 21 at 5pm
Popsicle PlayDate /Building Tour (Kindergarten) Tuesday, August 21, 6pm (playground)
and Thursday, August 23 at 10am (playground)
Kindergarten Orientation Thursday, August 30 (families will receive orientation time with homeroom assignment letter)
BooHoo/Yahoo Gathering (Kindergarten families) Tuesday, September 4 after drop off (front entrance)
Glover Open House- Thursday, October 4
Glover Webpage
Glover Twitter account
Glover PTO FB Page
Glover PTO email contact

TUCKER: 
Principal Elaine McNeil – Girmai  and Assistant Principal Cat DesRoche
Administrative Assistant Mrs. Eileen Keaney
Homeroom assignments mailed week of August 20th
Popsicle Playdate for Pre-K and K students-August 16th 10:45-11:45 following the Summertime Stories at 10am at Tucker with Ms. Sara from the MPL
Popsicle Playdate for Pre-K, K and new to Grades 1-5 students- August 22nd-Tucker Playground 6-7pm
Picture Day-September 7th
Open House-September 17th
Tucker School Supply lists
Tucker Webpage
Tucker  PTO email contact
Tucker  PTO Facebook page

NEW MPS STAFF

We are pleased to announce that Ellen Lohan has been appointed as our new Elementary Science Coordinator. Ms. Lohan takes over where Mrs. Linda Stefanick (whose family has relocated to North Carolina) left off,  in continuing to grow and expand our Elementary Science program. Ms. Lohan, who has been a 5th grade teacher at Collicot for 5 years, shares that it has been a joy to watch Elementary Science grow and adopt the strong curriculum materials we are using today, for both general science, and STEM in the English Innovation Pathway. Under the leadership of previous coordinators Bernadette Butler and Linda Stefanick, teachers have fully embraced the FOSS curriculum and exciting science initiatives that have been introduced in Milton. Ms. Lohan brings her strong educational background, years of classroom teacher experience, familiarity with the staff and enthusiasm for science with her to her new position. We know Ms. Lohan will be an asset to MPS as the Elementary Science Coordinator and will continue the model of supporting teachers with innovative lesson planning, organizing materials and modeling lessons in a hands on and accessible manner.

Assistant Superintendent Janet Sheehan says: “Ms. Lohan is an exemplary educator who will bring her strong leadership skills and content knowledge in science, math and technology to the position of Elementary Science Coordinator. She is committed to the continuous success of our science and STEM programs and has already rolled up her sleeves in preparation for a successful start of the school year”!

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Please join me in welcoming Susan Maselli to the Milton Public Schools as our new Administrator of Pupil Personnel Services. Ms. Maselli comes to us from Sharon Public Schools and the interview committee (comprised of School Committee members, administrators, a SEPAC representative and a CDM representative) was unanimous in the feeling that Sharon’s loss is Milton’s gain. Ms. Maselli’s knowledge base is wide. General and special education, legal and compliance issues, 504, curriculum and instruction, budget planning, human resources, civil rights, nursing and student health care, transportation and technology are all areas of strength for Ms. Maselli. Her understanding of special education and school leadership is comprehensive, balanced, and student-centered. MPS has found a leader who is flexible, approachable and resourceful, good at problem solving and available to listen and provide guidance.  We were also searching for a candidate who would be a presence in classrooms, understand the challenges some of our students face at school, and appreciate the hard work they do each day. Ms. Maselli meets and exceeds these high standards and we are thrilled to have her as a part of the Milton Public Schools.

SEPAC President Melissa Feldman shares: “I was fortunate to represent the parent voice of the Special Education Advisory Council (SEPAC) during the selection of candidates and interviews for the new Administrator of Pupil Personnel Services. Susan Maselli has a variety of educational and administrative experiences that spans age groups and disability types. Her knowledge, energy and commitment to building positive, productive relationships with all stake holders is evident”!

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

As you know, we are starting Bring Your Own Device at MHS in the 2018-19 school year. If your student will be loaning a Chromebook, please make arrangements for your student to bring their signed Chromebook Loan Agreement to pick up their Chromebook in the MHS Auditorium during one of the following times: August 20 – 1-3pm,  August 21 – 7-9:30am, August 22 – 11am-1pm and August 27 – 3-5pm.

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

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The MHS Guidance Department will reopen on Monday, August 27th.  Please contact Maureen Kennedy or Brad Spindle in the MHS main office via email or phone (617- 696-4470 ext. 0) with any questions.

Updated GPAs will be available in the fall once all summer school grades are submitted and recorded. Schedules will be given out to students on the first day of school Wednesday, August 29th during homeroom. A “welcome letter” with homeroom assignments will be mailed home in late August. Please remember, changes in class schedules are discouraged.  A change request made due to poor attendance, tardiness, inadequate class participation, failure to do homework or lack of effort will not be approved. Understand that changing one course often results in the need to change a student’s entire schedule and even if a teacher approves a change, there may not be course offerings available. Please follow the MHS chain of command to initiate all schedule changes which states that the student/parent/guardian first contacts the teacher, who contacts the guidance counselor.

Freshman and all other students new to MHS will receive their schedules at The New Student Orientation, which will be Monday, August 27th  at MHS. All incoming freshman can start their community service this summer.

Enrollment in an AP course requires the student to complete prerequisite courses and mandatory summer work.  Summer work was assigned to all AP students at the mandatory AP information sessions held in June. Failure to complete summer work may result in a student being dropped from the AP class. Please remind your student to complete their work.

PARENT SPEAKER SERIES

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

MILTON COMMUNITY SCHOOLS

If your student will be attending After School Enrichment this year and you would like to start in September, you are in luck! Even though official registration has closed, there is a one day online registration day on August 15th.  Students must be registered online by the end of the day Wednesday, August 15th to begin ASE the first day of school. Students not registered by August 15th can register in September and begin ASE October 1st. All details on ASE and how to register can be found on the Community Schools webpage and please email Director of Community Schools Martha Sandoval with any questions. 

MILTON ADULT EDUCATION

MPS Community – Be on the lookout for some exciting new Adult Education classes this fall! Our Fall session will start on October 1st and our course catalog and class offerings will be sent out in early September and  featured on our Milton Adult Education website.

MPS Educators  – Have a great idea for a new course? Would you like to teach an old favorite? Now is the time to put in your proposal and start the new school year as a Milton Adult Education Instructor!  We welcome your new ideas to bring to our Course Catalog this fall. All proposals for new and returning MPS courses  for the fall session of Adult Ed are due on Wednesday, August 15th. Please email Director of Adult Education Karen Hughes with questions. 

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING

SEL Director Laurie Stillman shares the following, adapted from NIH News in Health. Modern life is full of things that can influence your ability to be sensitive and responsive to your child. These include competing priorities, extra work, lack of sleep, and things like mobile devices. Some experts are concerned about the effects that distracted parenting may have on emotional bonding and children’s language development, social interaction, and safety.

If parents are inconsistently available, kids can get distressed and feel hurt, rejected, or ignored. They may have more emotional outbursts and feel alone. They may even stop trying to compete for their parents’  attention and start to lose emotional connections to their parents. Parents need to communicate that their kids are valuable and important, and children need to know that parents care what they’re doing,

Kids start to regulate their own emotions and behavior around age 3.  As kids become better at managing their feelings and behavior, it’s important to help them develop coping skills, like active problem solving. Such skills can help them feel confident in handling what comes their way.

Experts advise that when parents engage positively with their children, teaching them the behaviors and skills that they need to cope with the world, children learn to follow rules and regulate their own feelings. As parents, we try really hard to protect our kids from the experience of bad things, but if you protect them all the time and they are not in situations where they deal with difficult or adverse circumstances, they aren’t able to develop healthy coping skills. It is best to help children learn how to solve the problems that inevitably emerge in life, then talk through the situation and their feelings and work with them to find solutions to put into practice.

FOOD AND NUTRITION

There is a terrific opportunity for part time jobs in our food services department. We are hiring for substitute positions at all schools. You’ll be serving healthy food to kids and be home when your kids are home due to the school schedule – what’s better than that?! This can be a great opportunity for parents and retirees and food service experience is a plus, but not required. The starting pay for the food service substitute position pays $15.05 per hour. Please email Jackie Morgan or call (617-696-5040 X 5514)  for more information. ​

BUS UPDATE

We are finalizing bus routes for the 2018-19 school year and new bus routes will be posted on our transportation page  the week of August 13th. Please review all routes as many routes have been updated, stops have been moved and times altered. It is important to review the new stops and times to ensure a smooth start to school. Bus passes will be mailed the week of August 20th. Almost all of the MHS/Pierce buses are now full but we are setting up waiting lists for those buses. Please email Dr Glenn Pavlicek with any questions. 

NEWS AROUND TOWN

Allan Bishop from the Milton DPW shares that online mappers now allow users to view Google Street View Images for all of Milton. You can find find instructions on how to use the new tool to start viewing the images here

There is a town wide hazardous waste day on September 15th. All details can be found here.

ART AND MUSIC NEWS  

Save the date for our Beginner Instrumental Registration Night on Tuesday, September 11th from 6-7pm. Please see the Applied Instrumental Lessons Program (ALP)  information here and a link to pre-register (highly recommended). Pre-registration ends on August 17th.

ATHLETICS

After all online registration is complete, student-athletes must be signed off by the Director of Athletics during the hours listed below.  Before being cleared, students must have a copy of their physical, payment verification, and their concussion certificate.  Students must hand in a COPY of their physical, not their original.  Copies will not be made in the Athletic Office. All students must also have completed the Family ID Registration online, which opened Wednesday, August 1st.  Students not on Family ID will not be signed out.  As a reminder, there are no longer “clearance cards”.  Students will be placed on a “cleared” list, to be viewed each practice by their head coach.

Registration hours are as follows: Wednesday 8/15 –  9am-12pm, 2-5pm; Thursday 8/16 – 9am-12pm, 2-5pm; Friday 8/17 – 9am-12pm; Monday 8/20 – 9am-12pm, 2-5pm; Wednesday 8/22 – 9am-12pm, 2-5pm

The Athletic Office is located in the rear of the high school, next to the field house.  Outside doors will be open during the hours listed.

Thank you to my blog contributors this week: Jon Redden, Holly Concannon, Karen Spaulding, Elaine McNeil- Girmai, Karen McDavitt, James Jette, Cat DesRoche, Bernadette Butler, Jaclyn Germano, Laurie Stilman, AJ Melanson, Noel Vigue, Ryan Madden, Karen Cahill, Marti McKenna, Sarina Burke, Jackie Morgan, Karen Hughes, Allan Bishop, Martha Sandoval and Laurie Stillman. 

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

 

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From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: July Update
Date: July 19, 2018

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

I hope you have enjoyed the first few weeks of summer, as many of us have at the Milton Public Schools. You might think our schools are quiet in the summer, but as you’ll see below, there is plenty of activity at MPS this summer!

I would like to highlight two items today that I hope won’t escape your attention during these summer weeks.

Paris and Sally getting their summer reading done!

Along with summer fun, we hope that all students in the Milton Public Schools keep up with their summer reading and assignments during July and August. The summer is a wonderful time for all of us to read for pleasure, find math in everyday life, and keep our skills sharp. Resources and assignments for grades K-12 can be found here: All Pierce students must read a minimum of four books: three free choice books and one required text. Book choices and assignments can be found here;   MHS students can find all summer requirements here.  Elementary students should create a summer reading account if they haven’t already and all students can find math guidelines in the following  links. Summer Math Letter, 1-5, Summer Math Letter, 6-8   Summer Math, 9-12 (scroll down for Mathematics)

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In the Spring of 2015, the Milton School Committee passed a Residency Policy that states “students who are enrolled in the Milton Public Schools shall be required to re-establish residency prior to entering grades six and nine as well as Milton Public School students who attend school out-of-town*.” If your student is in one of these categories please see the Residency Re-establishment section below my introduction. There are summer hours throughout July and August to make the re-establishment process as convenient as possible. 

There is plenty of summer left and I sincerely hope you are enjoying time with family and friends whenever possible.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

This past Wednesday on July 18, 2018 the Milton School Committee had the privilege of hosting a forum to discuss our increasing district enrollment and as a result, the likely need to build additional classroom space in the elementary schools and the possibility of a fifth elementary school. Over an hour long period the School Committee and approximately 40 community members engaged in a conversation, asked and answered questions, and discussed the future of the district and these potential construction projects. I encourage you all to watch the forum on Milton Access TV Video On Demand.  The forum begins approximately 5-10 minutes into the video. We plan to continue to have these forums throughout the year not only to discuss the progress made, but to help inform our decision making process. We would like to encourage anyone who can attend one to do so. If you are unable to attend a forum and would like to share your thoughts please contact us here.

Thank you and enjoy the summer!

Kevin Donahue
Chair Milton School Committee

The School Committee recently updated the calendar for the 2018-19 school year. The 2018-19 calendar can be found here.

RESIDENCY REESTABLISHMENT

In the Spring of 2015, the Milton School Committee passed a Residency Policy that states “students who are enrolled in the Milton Public Schools shall be required to re-establish residency prior to entering grades six and nine as well as Milton Public School students who attend school out-of-town*.”

Families who have students in these categories are required to complete the form that has been mailed to their homes (form is also available here ) and provide all necessary documentation. This process, now in its 4th year, is one of the safeguards used by MPS to ensure that all students enrolled in our schools are residents of the town of Milton. Although the re-registration process may be an inconvenience for some families, we hope that residents understand that this is a valuable tool to protect taxpayers in the town of Milton. We work year-round on residency issues and this is simply one more method to assist us with ensuring residency compliance.

Ms. Sarina Burke, MPS Residency Coordinator, will be working morning and evening hours all summer to better meet the needs of parents/guardians schedules. The summer hours for reestablishment started July 9th and  are Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 7 -10am and Tuesday evenings from 4-7pm or by appointment. Ms. Burke can be reached via email or at 617-696-4470 ext 5516.

*This includes all students who attend Blue Hills Regional Technical School, Norfolk County Agricultural High School and Special Education out-of-district placements for students entering grades 6 and 9.

MPS SUMMER

On Monday, June 25th, we welcomed over 500 students to MHS for the first day of Milton Summer Enrichment!  Thank you to all the MSE families for an outstanding start to the program.

We have a dedicated staff of more than fifty instructors engaging students in hands-on classes each hour from 8am-12pm.  Students are enjoying courses ranging from Wildcat Soccer to Chess and STEM Fun to Hip Hop! In addition to the course instructors, we have 70 High School student ‘Red Shirts’ assisting students to get from one course to another, accessing course material and ensuring safety and efficiency during arrival and dismissal. You can reach our program directors Cat DesRoche and Bernadette Butler with any questions or comments at mse@miltonps.org.

 

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ESY (Extended School Year) is already half way into our summer program!  Students have been involved in engaging and inclusive learning experiences including taking trips to Cunningham Pool each week, taking part in MSE classes and Camp Cunningham with friends and traveling to Boston Bowl.  The fun and learning continues at both Collicot and MHS until August 5!

REACH and ACHIEVE ESY students had a special interactive and engaging  presentation from Milton’s Billion Backyard Bee Project this past week . All special education students from these two classrooms participated in exploring a bee’s habitat, learned about honey production and the makeup of a honeycomb. Students helped strain and scrape honey and some students even got to taste the honey! Thank you to Milton’s Billion Backyard Bee project for the visit!

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MPS scientists at work

It was great fun at Camp Invention to start off the summer! Students built an Optibot and created courses that their robot  followed using a trajectory they designed and also used upcycle items to create their own inventions in “Stick To It”. Learning and fun go hand in hand at MPS in the summer.

 

 

MHS math teacher Kristina Craven, english teacher Ayeola Davis and science teacher Melissa Burns are leading a group of motivated incoming 9th graders in the MHS Bridge program this summer.  

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

I’m very happy to share that the 51 students who took the DELF exam this spring successfully passed the test!  Congratulations to our students, DELF teacher Madame Pons and World Language Director Martine Fisher.   

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Please see this important summer communication for all MHS families from Principal Jette.

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As you know, we are starting Bring Your Own Device at MHS in the 2018-19 school year. If your student will be borrowing a Chromebook, please make arrangements for your student to bring their signed Chromebook Loan Agreement to pick up their Chromebook in the MHS Auditorium during one of the following times: August 20 – 1-3pm,  August 21 – 7-9:30am, August 22 – 11am-1pm and August 27 – 3-5pm.

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

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The MHS Guidance Department will be closed for the summer and  will reopen on Monday, August 27th.  Please contact Maureen Kennedy or Brad Spindle in the MHS main office via email or phone (617- 696-4470 ext. 0).

Updated GPAs will be available in the fall once all summer school grades are submitted and recorded. Schedules will be given out to students on the first day of school Wednesday, August 29th during homeroom. A “welcome letter” with homeroom assignments will be mailed home in late August. Please remember, changes in class schedules are discouraged.  A change request made due to poor attendance, tardiness, inadequate class participation, failure to do homework or lack of effort will not be approved. Understand that changing one course often results in the need to change a student’s entire schedule and even if a teacher approves a change, there may not be course offerings available. Please follow the MHS chain of command to initiate all schedule changes which states that the student/parent/guardian first contacts the teacher, who contacts the guidance counselor.

Freshman and all other students new to MHS will receive their schedules at The New Student Orientation, which will be Monday, August 27th  at MHS. More details on this event to follow. All incoming freshman can start their community service this summer! Don’t wait until September!  

Enrollment in an AP course requires the student to complete prerequisite courses and mandatory summer work.  Summer work was assigned to all AP students at the mandatory AP information sessions held between May 29- June 8.   Failure to complete summer work may result in a student being dropped from the AP class. Please remind your student to complete their work.

Rising seniors –  Please consider writing your college essay, update your activities list, complete your community service hours, do some college research (size, cost, location, specific major, etc.) and possibly visit some of the colleges/universities that you are interested in.  Be safe and enjoy the summer!

PARENT SPEAKER SERIES

Save the date for our first date in the PARENT Speaker Series. Jane Hardin will be discussing Social Emotional Learning in the Home on Thursday, September 13th at Milton High School.

FACEBOOK AND TWITTER

Our Milton Public Schools Facebook page and Twitter account are great ways to keep up with events and activities throughout the Milton Public Schools. Be sure to follow both!  

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING

Milton residents have had access to the Interface Referral Service since May 1st  and Milton residents, of all ages, are being connected to the mental health services they need. What is Interface? Find out here in this short video introducing Interface. Make the Call! Monday-Friday, 9-5 Milton residents can call the William James College INTERFACE Helpline for free information and provider referrals to a mental health professional.

FOOD AND NUTRITION

Who wants to work with these great co-workers?

There is a terrific opportunity for part time jobs in our food services department. We are hiring for substitute positions at all schools. You’ll be serving healthy food to kids and be home when your kids are home due to the school schedule – what’s better than that?! This can be a great opportunity for parents and retirees and food service experience is a plus, but not required. The starting pay for the food service substitute position is $15.05 per hour. Please email Jackie Morgan or call (617-696-5040 X 5514)  for more information.  

TECHNOLOGY

The Milton Public Schools is pleased to support the Wait Until 8th initiative.  Did you know that the average age a child gets a smartphone is 10 years old and that children are spending between 6 and 9 hours a day on media? Childhood is changing, and the negative impact of too much screen time is hitting kids hard. We have good news for you though. There is a wonderful resource to help families delay the smartphone and give their children more time smartphone free. MPS Director of Technology AJ Melanson shared the details with the School Committee in this presentation.

The Wait Until 8th pledge empowers families to rally together to delay giving children a smartphone until at least 8th grade. By banding together, this will decrease the pressure felt by kids and families alike over the kids having a smartphone. Please note that this pledge is for smartphones only! If you would like your child to have a basic phone that just calls and texts, you still can sign the pledge. The basic phone avoids many of the distractions and dangers of the smartphone.  To learn more, please visit Wait Until 8th.  Also, you can check out these recent news stories about the pledge here – The Today Show Good Morning America NPR’s On Point news program.

SUMMERTIME STORIES

Please join us for the next 3 Summertime Stories for preschoolers and incoming kindergarteners. Our 1st storytime at Tucker was a great success!

UPCOMING DATES

Save the date for your school’s Open House!
MHS 9/12; Tucker 9/17; Pierce 9/20; Cunningham 9/25; Collicot 9/27; Glover 10/4

BUS REGISTRATION

We are currently in the process of assigning students to busses and confirming routes. If you have emailed to register for a bus as of 7/18 and paid (if necessary) your student has been placed on a bus. We apologize for the lack of confirmation emails due to the unexpected  absence of our transportation director. If you need to register a new student for the bus please do so as soon as possible. Details on registration are here. Please note that as it is after June 30th, we can not guarantee a seat on the bus but every effort will be made to place students. Please refer to this link for all details and email Assistant Superintendent Dr Glenn Pavlicek with questions.

CONSOLIDATED FACILITIES

I am pleased to share this Summer Project Update from William Ritchie, Director of Consolidated Facilities and Robert Mayhew, Operations Manager.

During the hot summer months there is an extensive list of facilities projects that are being undertaken at each school location.  The following represents a partial list of the major projects that will be accomplished over the summer of 2018:

  • Milton High School: CFD will oversee major asphalt resurfacing and curbing repairs at the main entrance and the side parking lot.  
  • Brooks Field: the synthetic turf be repaired this summer due to a material product imperfection. This work is at no cost to the School Department.  
  • Glover Elementary: New asphalt resurfacing and repairs as necessary will be made all around the school.  A new concrete walkway and granite curbing will be installed in the rear of the school building.
  • Tucker Elementary: A new rubber floor will be installed in the gym. New cedar fencing was recently completed in the front of the school building.  
  • Pierce Middle School: Locker room upgrades will be completed as well as window hardware repairs on the third and second floor.  
  • Collicot and Cunningham Elementary Schools will have all of the exterior trim painting completed and new window hardware will be installed at sixty-five windows at both schools.
  • Cunningham will be getting a new architectural shingled roof and, at the main entrance, the concrete stairs will be restored.
  • Collicot will have a new walkway installed in the rear of the building and phase two of the drainage upgrades, near the large playground, will be completed to help minimize the future drainage issues.

Throughout the summer months, most of the specialized facilities inspections are undertaken by Licensed Consolidated Facilities staff and our contracted vendors. Many of the HVAC systems are overhauled and life safety equipment is tested and repaired (fire alarms, fire sprinkler systems, fire pump, fire extinguishers and emergency lighting).  All emergency generators, elevators, egress hardware, and emergency eye inspections in the science classrooms are completed.

In addition, all of the school classrooms, offices, and common hallways are impeccably cleaned and waxed by the district school custodians. All of the carpets are cleaned; all necessary painting is completed; and all door hardware and lighting systems are tested and repaired. Our town facilities, custodial, and seasonal staff continues to work tirelessly, all summer long, to make sure the schools are in great shape for opening day.

MILTON FOUNDATION FOR EDUCATION 

Boo! See you at the Monster Dash on Sunday, October 28th at Cunningham Hall.

MPS GIVES BACK

Small things can make a difference! Thank you to Cunningham teacher Holly Mawn who spearheaded an end of year marker recycling program. She sent 477 markers, just over 9.6 pounds, back to Crayola to be recycled. That’s 9.6 pounds of plastic that won’t be going into a landfill! Thanks to Ms. Mawn and Cunningham teachers for making this small effort which they plan to continue next year (and will be adding crayons, too!)  

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The DPW has has shared the 2018/19 trash and recycle schedule as well as details on an upcoming household hazardous waste collection day.

Mike’s 5K to Crush Substance Abuse, a walk/run scheduled on October 20th at Cunningham School, is open for registration. Last year there were over 600 participants and this year we’re hoping for 800!  Proceeds help to support Milton activities to prevent substance abuse and addiction. Please consider sponsoring the race, or registering as an individual or as a group. It would be great to see MPS students participate

There are great things happening at the Milton Public Library in July

The Parks and Rec Department offers some great concerts at the Gazebo this summer

Join us for Family Activities and Crafts at the Eustis Estate on Friday, July 20 and Saturday July 21, 10am-2pm.  After exploring the special exhibition Head to Toe with your family, join Historic New England educators for a drop-in craft workshop to create your own unique paper hats. Get inspired by the hats and shoes on display as you design your own ways to express yourself. Free admission for Milton residents, recommended for families with children ages 5 to 12. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Please call 617-994-6600 for more information and be sure to like us on Facebook!

Be sure to check out the French Language Tours at the Forbes House on July 17 and 24 at 3pm and July 30 at 10am. Suitable for rising 3rd-6th graders, this is a great way to practice your French listening and speaking skills during the summer break. Tours are $8/student and adult chaperones are free. Please call 617.696.1815 or email the Forbes House to reserve your spot.

The Forbes House Museum has installed a Story Walk for the book Cabin Boy, by Phyllis Forbes Kerr. A Story Walk is a way for people of all ages to read a book together while being active and enjoying the outdoors. The pages of a picture book are attached singly to stakes, and then set out in order along a path.  At the Forbes House, you’re invited to explore the grounds and read about the adventures of Robert Bennet Forbes when he was a young boy of 13 making his first trip to China. The Cabin Boy Story Walk will be up throughout the summer and is available from dawn to dusk, when the grounds are always open to the public. On select days, go inside the museum for a staff “Show and Tell.” You’ll be able to ask questions and get up close to genuine artifacts from those long-ago trips to China. Cabin Boy “Show and Tell” is a free drop-in program that runs every Wednesday from 1-2 pm, and every Thursday from 12:30-1:30 pm through August 24th. For more information call 617.696.1815 or visit our website

 ART AND MUSIC NEWS  

Save the date for our Beginner Instrumental Registration Night on Tuesday, September 11th from 6-7pm. Please see the Applied Instrumental Lessons Program (ALP)  information here and a link to pre-register (highly recommended). Pre-registration ends on August 17th. 

ATHLETICS

State Champs!

Congratulations to the Rugby Team who are the State Champs after a 32-14 win over Hanover on June 23rd!  Thank you to the MPD for the police escort as the team headed back to Milton. Way to go, Wildcats! 

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Milton High School offers 10 sports during the fall season, with 25 levels of participation. Tryouts for Football start the 3rd Friday in August and all other sports start the following Friday.  Most teams end league competition in late October. Tournament qualifications for varsity teams could have teams participating into November. Football concludes its regular season on Thanksgiving Day. Cheerleading Coed (V, JV1, JV2), Cross Country Boys (V, JV/F), Cross Country Girls (V, JV/F), Field Hockey Coed (V, JV, F), Football Coed (V, JV, F), Golf Coed (V, JV), Soccer Boys (V, JV, F), Soccer Girls (V, JV, F), Swimming Coed (V), Volleyball Girls (V, JV1, JV2) You can find fall tryout and registration information on the Milton Wildcats website.

Thank you to my blog contributors this week: Cat DesRoche, Bernadette Butler,  Zeina Hamada, Jaclyn Germano, Laurie Stilman, AJ Melanson, Noel Vigue, Ryan Madden, Erin Power, James Jette, Karen Cahill, Marti McKenna, Sarina Burke, Bill Ritchie, Bob Mayhew, Rebecca Damiani, Martine Fisher, Jackie Morgan, Dr Glenn Pavlicek and Dr. Kevin Donahue..

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

Posted on by Superintendent Gormley | Comments Off on July 19, 2018

June 21, 2018

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Weekly Update
Date: June 21, 2018

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

As I send this, there is one day left in the 2017-18 school year. I hope that your family has had a successful school year and is looking forward to summer. Summer vacation is a time to recharge, relax and enjoy family and friends and I’m sure many are looking forward to a break from the school routine. 9 weeks out of school is a lot of vacation time and with just a bit of effort on the part of families, students can return to school refreshed and ready to learn.

Below you’ll find summer reading and math guidelines for each grade level as well as some MPS community favorite books to share with adult readers. Thank you to our librarians and curriculum coordinators for their work on summer requirements and guidelines.

Summer Reading Challenge 2018

Every year the Milton Public Schools create a summer program to challenge students and foster a love of reading. Research has shown that reading builds empathy and knowledge, reduces stress, improves memory, focus, vocabulary and critical thinking skills. Don’t wait until the end of summer to benefit from the wonders of reading!

MHS librarian JT Troy shares that MHS students have the opportunity to read a free choice book as part of the reading requirement and encourages students to ask for recommendations, branch out and read a new genre and make reading an enjoyable daily habit. Audiobooks, ebooks and print books are available at your local library. There are also many websites that offer book recommendations such as Good Reads and the YALSA Book Finder.  MHS students can find all summer requirements here. 

Pierce Middle School believes that the summer reading program not only ensures a smooth transition to the next academic year, but also fosters a love of reading that will continue on beyond middle school. PMS librarian Jess Royster writes that this year’s summer reading focuses on issues such as social conflict, diversity of experience and situation, and acceptance.   All Pierce students must read a minimum of four books: three free choice books and one required text. Book choices and assignments can be found here. 

Elementary librarian Josh Coben declares – Let the summer reading begin! Milton’s elementary schools are once again partnering with the Milton Public Library for our summer reading challenge. This year’s theme is “Libraries Rock!” K-5 library classes learned how they can have fun, become stronger readers, and beat the “summer slide” by reading all summer. Teachers sent home a registration form directing students to create a summer reading account. From June 22-August 29, students can log their reading minutes and the library events they attend, winning prizes along the way. We’re looking for 100% participation, so if your child has not yet done so, please be sure that they create an account and return the bottom section of the registration form to their teacher.  Email Marti O’Keefe McKenna  for help in registering. Join us today, Thursday, June 21, at 4:00 PM at the Milton Public Library for the Summer Reading Kickoff Event, featuring Toe Jam Puppet Band.  We hope that everyone— parents/guardians, students, teachers — will participate in making this a successful and rewarding program!

Math is everywhere! These math guidelines and resources will help you support your student this summer. Have fun and keep those math skills sharp! Add links. Summer Math Letter, 1-5, Summer Math Letter, 6-8   Summer Math, 9-12 (scroll down for Mathematics)

Pre-schoolers can get in on the fun, too! Reading to your child is always in style and join us for our preschool story hours this summer. 

Parents/guardians and staff – what are you reading this summer? The MPS community has shared some favorite books here. 

Let’s all avoid the Summer Slide and take advantage of these wonderful resources our educators have prepared for all students.  I wish all in the Milton Public Schools a wonderful and safe summer and happy reading!

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

It was a terrific evening at MHS last week as the School Committee and MPS administrators honored the many volunteers who contribute their time and talents to the Milton Public Schools. The success of our school system is directly related to the enthusiasm  of our volunteers!

 The School Committee recently updated the calendar for the 2018-19 school year. The 2018-19 calendar can be found here. 

BUS REGISTRATION

For the upcoming school year, we will be rolling over ridership from the previous year. If you currently have students registered for the bus, you will need only to send payment (for a paid bus ride) or an email indicating you want to renew your ride (for free rides). Payment and email must be received by June 30th. 

If you need to register a new student for the bus, details are here. Bus payment and registration (if needed) must be received by June 30thPlease refer to this link for all details and email Jane Barrett with questions.

Anyone who does not register by June 30 will not be guaranteed a seat.  Even if your child is entitled to free transportation because he or she is in grades K-6 and you live more than two miles from school, you must let us know by June 30 that you wish to use bus transportation.

RESIDENCY REESTABLISHMENT

In the Spring of 2015, the Milton School Committee passed a Residency Policy that states “students who are enrolled in the Milton Public Schools shall be required to re-establish residency prior to entering grades six and nine as well as Milton Public School students who attend school out-of-town*.”

Families who have students in these categories are required to complete the form that will be mailed to their homes (form is also available here ) and provide all necessary documentation. This process, now in its 4th year, is one of the safeguards used by MPS to ensure that all students enrolled in our schools are residents of the town of Milton. Although the re-registration process may be an inconvenience for some families, we hope that residents understand that this is a valuable tool to protect taxpayers in the town of Milton. We work year-round on residency issues and this is simply one more method to assist us with ensuring residency compliance.

Ms. Sarina Burke, MPS Residency Coordinator, will be working morning and evening hours all summer to better meet the needs of parents/guardians schedules. The summer hours for reestablishment starting July 9th  are Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 7 -10am and Tuesday evenings from 4-7pm or by appointment. Ms. Burke can be reached via email or at 617-696-4470 ext 5516.

*This includes all students who attend Blue Hills Regional Technical School, Norfolk County Agricultural High School and Special Education out-of-district placements for students entering grades 6 and 9.

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

Penelope Holland, Milan Smith, Kennedi Van Allen, Lucius Firmin, Suvan Shukla, Alex Caputo, Mr. Jette

Each year Milton High nominates three junior boys and three junior girls to attend the Boys and Girls State programs at Stonehill College in June.  As participants, the students stay on a college campus for a week with hundreds of other students from Massachusetts and learn how the democratic process works first hand.

The students who were chosen to participate will act as citizens and will participate at all levels of a mock-government that they must create from scratch through the process of campaigning, speeches, and elections.  Every day, the students will also take elective courses that particularly interest them about government, economics, or the law. The program is sponsored and organized by the American Legion and we are very happy to have these young people learn more about the democratic process through these hands on experiences. 

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For those who have not already responded, we ask all 8th -11th grade families to declare whether or not your student(s) will be able to bring their own device next year.  Please complete this short declaration survey as soon as possible, if you have not already.

If your student will be loaning a Chromebook, please make arrangements for your student to bring their signed Chromebook Loan Agreement to pick up their Chromebook in the MHS Auditorium during one of the following times: August 20 – 1-3 pm,  August 21 – 7-9:30 am, August 22 – 11-1 pm and August 27 – 3-5 pm.

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

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The Milton High Guidance Department and Karen Cahill share the following. Current juniors – this is your last chance to register for October 10th, SAT at Milton High School!  On Wednesday, October 10th you will have the opportunity to take the SATs at  Milton High School during the school day. This is a new opportunity offered by College Board for the upcoming school year. We are asking any rising seniors taking the SATs on October 10th to be at school at 7:30am for registration. Testing will begin promptly at 8am. Students will have the option of taking the SAT with or without Essay and testing will end by 12:30pm. Once testing is concluded students will follow their regular school day schedule until dismissal. This is the same day our sophomores and juniors will be taking the PSATs, which will begin at 8am. Taking SATs on this day is not mandatory but we are hoping seniors will take advantage of this new school day testing option.

You WILL NOT register for this School Day testing on the College Board website; you will register with UNIBANK through the MPS website – go to the UNIBANK icon. Registration is open now but will close TOMORROW, June 22nd as materials have to be ordered by June 25th. Once registration is closed there will be no opportunity to register, so please sign up ASAP if you want to take the test on Wednesday, October 10th, 2018. If you have any questions please email Karen Cahill.

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The MHS Guidance Department will be closed for the summer starting Wednesday, June 27th and will re-open on Monday, August 27th.  Please contact Maureen Kennedy or Brad Spindle in the MHS main office via email or phone (617- 696-4470 ext. 0).

Updated GPAs will be available in the fall once all summer school grades are submitted and recorded. Schedules will be given out to students on the first day of school Wednesday, August 29th during homeroom. A “welcome letter” with homeroom assignments will be mailed home in late August. Please remember, changes in class schedules are discouraged.  A change request made due to poor attendance, tardiness, inadequate class participation, failure to do homework or lack of effort will not be approved. Understand that changing one course often results in the need to change a student’s entire schedule and even if a teacher approves a change, there may not be course offerings available.  Please follow the MHS chain of command to initiate all schedule changes which states that the student/parent/guardian first contacts the teacher, who contacts the guidance counselor.

Freshman and all other students new to MHS will receive their schedules at The New Student Orientation, which will be Monday, August 27th  at MHS. More details on this event to follow.  All incoming freshman can start their community service this summer! Don’t wait until September!  

Enrollment in an AP course requires the student to complete prerequisite courses and mandatory summer work.  Summer work was assigned to all AP students at the mandatory AP information sessions held between May 29- June 8.   Failure to complete summer work may result in a student being dropped from the AP class. Please remind your student to complete their work.

Rising seniors –  Please consider writing your college essay, update your activities list, complete your community service hours, do some college research (size, cost, location, specific major, etc.) and possibly visit some of the colleges/universities that you are interested in.  Be safe and enjoy the summer!

MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS

I want  to send my congratulations to the 7th grade teachers and students for their recent outstanding performances in the team Model United Nations simulations which took place over three days at Pierce.  Pierce Humanities Curriculum Coordinator Nancy Warn shared that it was amazing to see so many 7th graders transition to global diplomats, as they attempted to tackle the problems of worldwide access to clean water.  Students engaged in research on the situation in their assigned countries, as well as topic analysis to potentially discover solutions to the issue of clean water access around the world.  Students gave opening speeches, negotiated with fellow delegates and wrote and/or sponsored resolutions to filter water, improve infrastructure as to improve access for remote regions and encourage countries with resources and little need to help those without resources and great need.  It was truly impressive.

Thank you to the 7th grade social studies teachers – for their engagement in this unit of study, their attention to preparation and their work with the students in preparing, as well as throughout the simulation and thank you to all the team teachers for lending support.  This great learning opportunity would not have been possible without a great team Pierce effort, and it is appreciated.  

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Pierce students in Mr. Romeo’s Rocket Club enjoyed launch day last week at Kelly Field. Plenty of rocket success for this group of budding engineers! Check out these videos of rocket success!  

 

 INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

You’ve all likely been inspired by TEDTalks and this spring our 3rd-5th grade students  had the chance to create their own! Students learned how to exercise their voices and choices by joining a network of TED-Ed Clubs being formed in schools all over the world.  Students created their own TED Talks while working on important skills including storytelling, best practices for camera, lighting, and sound, how to create great visuals, and presentation literacy skills. Cunningham held their end of year presentations this week to rave reviews. Students choose topics including optical illusion, woman’s rights, gender equality, rules around sports, global warming, self confidence/believing in yourself, the problem with gaming and “fads”, dream jobs, the benefits of recess and sports injuries. We look forward to Ted-Ed clubs continuing in the fall.  

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Our 5th graders at all of our schools have enjoyed some whirlwind days as they get ready to step up to 6th grade!  There have been Step Up days, 5th grade Field Days, trips to Pierce, the State House, tours of Milton and more!

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Glover JA in a Day was another huge success!

There were two more successful JA in a Day programs  at Glover and Tucker in the past few weeks. Glover would like to thank Jimmy Suppelsa and the countless classroom volunteers who make this day possible for our students! Please enjoy this video of Glover  JA in a Day.

Teachers Mary Beth Callahan and Kelly Griffin shared that the Blue Hills Campus full-day preschool class participated in the Tucker School JA for a Day. The Lesson was called A Penny Shared and the preschool students  planned their project  – Lemonade for Animals.

JA in action!

This lesson involved the importance of giving as well as how to organize a chronological sequence of events.Through class discussion and reflection the students created the idea to offer the proceeds from a super exciting lemonade sale to the animals that live at the Milton Animal Shelter. This week they held the  fundraiser  at the end of the school day and it was a huge success! The lemonade was delicious and the students raised $103.00!  Milton Animal Control Officer Nancy Bersani came to visit the next day  and the students offered her the donation. Thank you to all of the Tucker families that contributed to this project!

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Collicot and Cunningham recently had their 8th annual joint 1st grade French Language Celebration. Parents/guardians and students enjoyed the activities and it was a great success. Thank you to our 1st grade French teachers and parent volunteers who organize such a fun day for our students. 

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We are getting ready to welcome a new kindergarten and preschool class to MPS in the fall. Each of our schools welcomed our youngest students this week for  tours so students could gain familiarity with with their new schools. We look forward to seeing our K and preschool students on the 1st day of school for kindergarten and preschool – Tuesday, September 4th.

HEALTH AND WELLNESS

This week I received a letter about the rise of vaping and concerns for our students from the Attorney General which I share with you here. We at MPS share these concerns and are actively working to help manage this growing  health concern for young people. I refer you to the resources the Attorney General shared as well as these notes from the recent community forum held at MPS – The Truth about Vaping.

 

FOOD AND NUTRITION

There is a terrific opportunity for part time jobs in our food services department. We are hiring for substitute positions at all schools. You’ll be serving healthy food to kids and be home when your kids are home due to the school schedule –  what’s better than that?! This can be a great opportunity for parents and retirees and food service experience is a plus, but not required. The starting pay for the food service substitute position pays $15.05 per hour. Please email or call (617-696-5040 X 5514)  Jackie Morgan  for more information. ​

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Last week the Food Service Department at MHS hosted a taste test with General Mills to introduce three new flavors of Yogurt Coolers, a new breakfast drink that puts a healthy spin on traditional coffee shop drinks. The flavors sampled were Cocoa Coffee, Brown Sugar Cinnamon, and Orange Crème. All of the drinks contain their own natural ingredients such as cocoa powder, cinnamon, or orange juice, and are made with a milk and yogurt base.

The team at General Mills supplied the ingredients and came prepared with “Swag Bags” for the students. Any student who sampled a drink was asked to rate the flavor on the sticker chart, and three lucky students won a Swag Bag which contained fun gifts and samples. The sampling was done throughout all three lunches, and a lot of students stopped by the table to show their interest. A number of students asked the ingredients and were pleased to find out that the drinks were all natural yogurt drinks, containing no additional syrups or artificial sweeteners. The Cocoa Coffee was an overwhelming hit, and the Brown Sugar Cinnamon was a close second. MHS is excited to bring these products to the Breakfast Program and serve it as part of a complete, nutritious breakfast.

TECHNOLOGY

The Milton Public Schools is pleased to support the Wait Until 8th initiative.  Did you know that the average age a child gets a smartphone is 10 years old and that children are spending between 6 and 9 hours a day on media? Childhood is changing, and the negative impact of too much screen time is hitting kids hard. We have good news for you though. There is a wonderful resource to help families delay the smartphone and give their children more time smartphone free. MPS Director of Technology AJ Melanson shared the details with the School Committee in this presentation.

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

A pledge becomes “active” once 10 or more families from a grade at a school sign. The organizers designed the pledge this way so you don’t have to fear “what if I am the only family that signs this in my kid’s grade.” This takes the pressure off because the pledge only kicks in once at least 10 families sign from your grade.  When taking the pledge please use the following names for each school: Collicot Elementary School, Cunningham Elementary School, Glover Elementary School, Pierce Middle School, Tucker Elementary School. More than 8,000 families from all 50 states have said yes to waiting for the smartphone. Will you join us? Childhood is too short to waste on a smartphone. Let’s let kids be kids a little longer. Take the pledge now! To learn more, please visit  Wait Until 8th.  Also, you can check out these recent news stories about the pledge here – The Today Show Good Morning America NPR’s On Point news program.

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IT Director Bob Pattinson and Education Technology Director AJ Melanson asked me to share the following information about gaming addiction and the game Fortnite from the people at Screenagers.

MILTON FOUNDATION FOR EDUCATION

The MFE Spring Grants have been announced and a total of $19,600 dollars has been awarded across all 6 schools! This fall we’ll see Parachutes for Physics, Living Things terrariums, flexible seating, art supplies and more in our classrooms thanks to the MFE and their support of the Milton Public Schools!  

NEWS AROUND TOWN

This summer the Milton Art Center is offering nine weeks of summer classes with separate morning and afternoon summer art class sessions for children, ages 5-12, and Summer Studio for teens, 12-17, who enjoy bringing their ideas and stories to life.   Sign up now!

Come visit the Forbes House the weekend of Milton Music Fest, June 23rd and 24th! We’ll have a table with activities and information set up in Governor Hutchinson’s Field on  Saturday and on Sunday we’re holding an Open House from 12 noon – 3 pm with free tours of the museum. This summer, the Forbes House Museum will be offering themed tours with activities appropriate for elementary school children and above, and French language tours for students in the immersion program. If you are interested, please email The Forbes House with the ages of your children and your preferred days (M-F) and times. We will use that information to establish a schedule for the summer and let you know the options by early July.

Mike’s 5K to Crush Substance Abuse, a walk/run scheduled on October 20th at Cunningham School, is open for registration. Last year there were over 600 participants and this year we’re hoping for 800!  Proceeds help to support Milton activities to prevent substance abuse and addiction. Please consider sponsoring the race, or registering as an individual or as a group. It would be great to see many MPS students participate! 

MILTON MUSIC FEST AND FIREWORKS

The Milton Music Festival returns to Gov. Hutchinson’s Field a top of Milton Hill on Adams Street on June 23rd and 24th. On Saturday night, sit and enjoy the splendid view of Boston as our top-notch line up of musicians fill the airwaves with some of your favorite tunes. We will have nearly FIVE hours of nonstop music. This year we will have a “Little Bit of Country and a Little Bit of Rock and Roll”.  Be sure to wear your cowboy hats and boots! There will also be a large open air dance floor waiting for you.

When they say giant, they really do mean GIANT!

The kids will enjoy the  HUGE sand box and ride our GIANT slide. Try your hand at corn hole and volleyball, and enjoy the Wahlburgers Truck, Montilio’s Pizza Cart and The OK Saloon’s  cold draft beer and wine as well as ice cream, fried dough and more!

When the sky darkens and the lights twinkle in the distance, right around 10pm, the fireworks will light up the night with the Boston skyline as your backdrop.  This celebration is always an evening to treasure. Don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs, blankets and bug spray!

The fun continues on Sunday with Celtic Sunday from 1-9 PM. Celtic Sunday 2018 will highlight many of Boston’s best Irish bands, musicians and vocalists. Each of them brings so much talent to the Boston Irish Music scene.  Our friends from M.J. O’Connor’s Irish Pub will be serving Guinness, Magners and other ice cold beer and wine. Grab your chair and sunscreen, there will be something for everyone, young and old. There will also be handicap parking available at the field on Sunday only. For more information on free parking, complimentary shuttle service and entertainment please visit MiltonMusicFest.

ART AND MUSIC NEWS  

On June 13th, Milton High School hosted the annual Elementary ACE Art Show.  ACE is a grade 5 enrichment program that provides opportunities for students to explore visual arts using advanced media and techniques.  Over 100 families passed through the exhibit!

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This past Monday was our first Applied Instrumental Lessons Program Information Night and Instrumental Petting Zoo where families could learn about the lessons program housed at Milton High School, and students could explore the different instrument options the program offers.  High school students were on hand to help out.  During the week, they also also visited each elementary school to demonstrate their instruments to 3rd and 4th grade students.  Please enjoy this video  from the assembly at Glover.

Families can locate Applied Instrumental Lessons Program (ALP)  information and a link to pre-register (highly recommended) on the MPS website.

ATHLETICS

 The Fall pre-season schedule will be out soon. Make sure to bookmark our website for information regarding sign-ups, pre-season schedules, coaching staff contacts, and more athletics information. Registration opens on August 1st and will be open until tryouts start. Football tryouts start Friday, August 17th and all other sports start Thursday, August 23rd (B/G Soccer, Field Hockey, Volleyball, Swimming, B/G Cross Country, Golf, and Cheer). Students are expected to attend all tryout sessions to be eligible for season. Any exceptions, and/or questions regarding tryouts, please email Ryan Madden, Director of Athletics.

The Rugby Team takes on Hanover in the MIAA State Final in a rematch of last year. The Wildcats lost last year but beat Hanover in the regular season this year and will hope to play well enough to beat them again. The game is at Newton South High School at 12pm on Saturday, June 23rd. Come out and support the Ruggers!

Congratulations to Coach Shaw, Ava, Elise, Jada, Eliza and Smith!

 

Congratulations are in order for the Boys and Girls Track students that traveled to Nationals in North Carolina! The Girls Distance Medley Relay (Jayda Dillon, Eliza O’Donnell, Elise O’Leary, and Ava Duggan) earned All-American status finishing 6th! Smith Charles placed 9th in the country in the Long Jump. Elise is now a 5-time All-American, and she is returning next year! There have been 11 different All-Americans in the track program in the past two years. We wish Coach Tom Shaw the best of luck in his endeavors across the country. 

Lastly, on behalf of the Milton High School Coaching Staff, and entire Athletics Department, Ryan Madden congratulates all teams on a great year. Good luck to all student-athletes intending to play sports at the collegiate level and special congratulations to our athletes who have signed Division I letters of intent :Bridget Mitchell, XC, Track, Providence College; Jasper Malcolm, Rowing, Temple; Isabelle Neville, Rowing, Robert Morris;  Kat Buchanan, Lacrosse, James Madison University; Chae Diani, Soccer, Bryant University;  Haley O’Brien, Volleyball, Bryant University .

The final car wash of the school year is at Cunningham/Collicot driveway on Saturday June 23d from 9am-12pm to benefit the very busy track teams! Drive off into summer with a clean car!

AMBASSADOR PAGE

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

Students:

Nice job, Mary!

  Congratulations to Tucker 4th grader Mary Fundling who was the New England top scorer in Continental Math this year! Mary scored 29 points out of a possible 30 and was the highest point getter out of 10,000 New England 4th graders. Way to go, Mary! 

Congratulations, Reagan!

 

Collicot 4th grader Reagan Vaughan is the BoomWriter Bee Finals Champion! Reagan qualified for and participated in the first ever BoomWriter Bee Finals. Students from all over the globe participated, but it was Reagan who ultimately garnered the most votes! Wow, we have some accomplished 4th graders in the Milton Public Schools!

 

Staff:  Today, the Glover School gathered to let Miss Sandy (Sandy Zalios) know just how much she means to us and how appreciated she is. When she exited the kitchen, she was greeted by over 500 children who had gathered and on the count of three thanked her for her years of service. Chloe Doherty rapped a cafeteria rap and Patrick Kelly presented her with flowers. The staff gave her gifts and then she stood in the hallway as each and every child filed past and gave her a high five or a hug. Many brought cards and special gifts for her. Sandy has worked at the Milton Public Schools for almost 30 years and retiring this year. Wish wish her a wonderful retirement!  You can see some of the fun here.

This week we ​are saying good bye to two valued employees of the Milton Public Schools. Tracy Grandeau has served as the Director of Pupil Personnel for 3 years and prior to that as the Milton High School Team Chair. Tracy has been a dedicated and talented advocate and leader in the area of Special Education in the Milton Public Schools. I am sure that every parent/guardian and staff member who has worked with Tracy joins me thanking her and wishing her well in this next chapter of her life.

Linda Stefanick has been a high school science teacher in the Milton Public Schools for many years and last year became our Elementary Science/Stem Coordinator. She has moved our science curriculum forward, supported our teachers and successfully applied for grants. We wish Linda all the best as she and her family relocate out of state.

Ben Kelly, Walter Timilty, Dan Yifru, Kara Yifru, Amy Tom, James Jette

MHS Science educator Kara Yifru attended a State House ceremony today as one of three finalists for the PAEMST Award  which are the highest honors bestowed by the United States government specifically for K-12 mathematics and science (including computer science) teaching.  The award recognizes those teachers who develop and implement a high-quality instructional program that is informed by content knowledge and enhances student learning. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of STEM education.  We are proud of Kara’s status as a finalist as we await the national results and know you join us in congratulating her for this recognition.

Thank you to my blog contributors this week: Karen Spaulding, Charlene Roche, Karen McDavitt, Sara Warner, Holly Concannon, Jon Redden, Laurie Stillman, Noel Vigue, Amy Gale, Nancy Warn, Jackie Morgan, Jess Gillooly, Dawn Sykes, Ryan Madden, Elaine McNeil-Girmai, Cat DesRoche, James Jette,  Karen Cahill, Sarina Burke,  Josh Coben, JT Troy, Jess Royster, Bernadette Butler, Mary Beth Callahan, Taylor Pirog, Tom Shaw, Leslie Collins, Marti McKenna, AJ Melanson, Bob Pattinson,  Amy Tom and Kelly Griffin. 

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

 

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June 14, 2018

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Weekly Update
Date: June 14, 2018

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

The Milton Public Schools is pleased to support the Wait Until 8th initiative.  Did you know that the average age a child gets a smartphone is 10 years old and that children are spending between 6 and 9 hours a day on media? Childhood is changing, and the negative impact of too much screen time is hitting kids hard. We have good news for you though. There is a wonderful resource to help families delay the smartphone and give their children more time smartphone free. MPS Director of Technology AJ Melanson shared the details with the School Committee in this presentation.

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

A pledge becomes “active” once 10 or more families from a grade at a school sign. The organizers designed the pledge this way so you don’t have to fear “what if I am the only family that signs this in my kid’s grade.” This takes the pressure off because the pledge only kicks in once at least 10 families sign from your grade.  When taking the pledge please use the following names for each school: Collicot Elementary School, Cunningham Elementary School, Glover Elementary School, Pierce Middle School, Tucker Elementary School. More than 8,000 families from all 50 states have said yes to waiting for the smartphone. Will you join us? Childhood is too short to waste on a smartphone. Let’s let kids be kids a little longer. Take the pledge now! To learn more, please visit  Wait Until 8th.  Also, you can check out these recent news stories about the pledge here – The Today Show Good Morning America NPR’s On Point news program.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

Ada Rosmarin, Strategic Plan Subcommittee Co-Chair shares the following. After five years of development, the Milton School Committee approved a new Vision Statement and a Strategic Plan for 2018-23.  The Strategic Planning Advisory Committee led the development of the plan that addresses five strategic initiatives and goals, with a sixth that is under development: Curriculum and Instruction; Technology; Data Use; Cultural Competency; Social Emotional Learning and Facilities.

Five task forces developed action plans for each of the goals and liaisons between the Strategic Planning Committee and the Task Forces served to coordinate and communicate the efforts and feedback between each group. Input and feedback from the Milton community was key in the development of the plan and will continue to be critical to its success.  In fall 2016, three teams of MPS educators and community members were recruited to address three key agenda items: School System Description/Data Initiatives; Core Beliefs and Goals and Three Current Initiatives; Environment and Technology. The valuable information gathered by each of these teams as well as a survey and feedback process that involved the broader Milton Community led to the vision statement that was approved by the School Committee in November 2017. 

After the draft Strategic Plan was presented to the School Committee in May 2018, another survey and feedback process was done to gather feedback prior to the plan’s approval on June 6, 2018.  Through the survey, staff and parents/guardians volunteered to be involved in the Strategic Planning process as it moves forward. We encourage anyone else, who might still like to volunteer to be involved in this process, to be in touch with us via Charlene Roche.

Please review the full Strategic Plan here and a recent Milton Times article on this process can be read here.  Thank you to the Strategic Planning Advisory Committee for the 2017-18 school year: Parents Steve Paxhia( Subcommittee Co-Chair) and Spencer Blasdale, SC Members  Ada Rosmarin (Subcommittee Co-Chair) , Dr. Kevin Donahue and Margaret Eberhardt,  and MPS administrators Dr. Elaine McNeil-Girmai, Dr. Karen Spaulding, A.J. Melanson, Michelle Kreuzer, Mary Gormley, Janet Sheehan and Dr. Glenn Pavlicek.  

RESIDENCY REESTABLISHMENT

In the Spring of 2015, the Milton School Committee passed a Residency Policy that states “students who are enrolled in the Milton Public Schools shall be required to re-establish residency prior to entering grades six and nine as well as Milton Public School students who attend school out-of-town*.”

Families who have students in these categories are required to complete the form that will be mailed to their homes (form is also available here ) and provide all necessary documentation. This process, now in its 4th year, is one of the safeguards used by MPS to ensure that all students enrolled in our schools are residents of the town of Milton. Although the re-registration process may be an inconvenience for some families, we hope that residents understand that this is a valuable tool to protect taxpayers in the town of Milton. We work year-round on residency issues and this is simply one more method to assist us with ensuring residency compliance.

Ms. Sarina Burke, MPS Residency Coordinator, will be working morning and evening hours all summer to better meet the needs of parents/guardians schedules. The summer hours for reestablishment starting July 9th  are Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 7 -10am and Tuesday evenings from 4-7pm or by appointment. Ms. Burke can be reached via email or at 617-696-4470 ext 5516.

*This includes all students who attend Blue Hills Regional Technical School, Norfolk County Agricultural High School and Special Education out-of-district placements for students entering grades 6 and 9.

AVOID THE SUMMER SLIDE

Summer vacation is a time to recharge, relax and enjoy family and friends and I’m sure many are looking forward to the break from the school routine. 9 weeks out of school is a lot of vacation time and with just a bit of effort on the part of families, students can return to school refreshed and ready to learn. Let’s all avoid the Summer Slide and take advantage of these wonderful resources our educators have prepared for all students!

Summer reading resources for students K-6 can be found here. Please register for summer reading today or email Marti O’Keefe McKenna  for help in registering. Students in grades 6-8 can find reading requirements here.

Math is everywhere! These math guidelines and resources will help you support your student this summer. Have fun and keep those math skills sharp!  Summer Math Letter, 1-5, Summer Math Letter, 6-8   Summer Math, 9-12 (scroll down for Mathematics)

What is Mrs. Allegrezza reading this summer?

 

MHS students can find all summer requirements here. 

Parents/guardians and staff – what are you reading this summer? Will you share your picks in this one question survey so we can share with the MPS community?

 

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

MHS families, please take a moment to complete the Milton High School Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Declaration Survey. Next year, all MHS students will be asked to bring their own device, other than a smartphone, to school with them each day.  For students who will not be able to meet this request, a Chromebook will be loaned out to the student by Milton Public Schools for the school year. We ask that all families declare whether or not your student(s) will be able to meet this request to bring their own device next year.  If you currently have an 8th-11th grade student and have not completed the short BYOD declaration survey please do so as soon as possible.   

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

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For the first time, MHS seniors will have the opportunity to take the SATs at Milton High School on October 10th during the school day. This is a new opportunity offered by College Board for the upcoming school year.  Taking SATs on this day is not mandatory but we are hoping seniors will take advantage of this new school day testing option. You WILL NOT register for this School Day testing on the College Board website; you will register with UNIBANK through the MPS website. Go to the UNIBANK icon on the MPS homepage. Registration is open now but will close on June 22nd as materials have to be ordered by June 25th.  Once registration is closed there will be no opportunity to register, so please sign up ASAP if you are a current junior and want to take the SAT on Wednesday, October 10th, 2018. Please email Karen Cahill with any questions.

MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS

The Aviation Field Trip to Logan

Pierce students have been exploring STEM opportunities in college and beyond through a series of field trips over the last few weeks.  On May 22nd, 40 eighth grade girls attended the Girls STEM Meet up at Avon High School where students had the opportunity to meet with engineers  from a variety of different  fields to hear more about their path into their current role and about the types of projects they work on. On May 30th, 70 seventh grade students in Mr. DeMaggio’s STEM elective attended the Aviation Expo at Logan Airport. And students visited a variety of stations focused on different careers and technology at the airport.  They had the opportunity to talk with

Visiting Mass Maritime

people working at the airport and to see firsthand the different vehicles and technology currently being used in the industry. Finally, on June 5th, 110 students who attended our Clean Energy Day earlier in the spring visited Mass Maritime Academy to tour and see first hand the different Clean Energy Initiatives on campus.  Highlights included standing inside a wind turbine and experiencing the Bridge Simulator, a ship simulation where students at the Academy can practice driving large ships in any part of the world. Pierce Alumni and current Mass Maritime cadet, Kevin Trifone was kind enough to join one of the tour groups providing a local perspective on life at the Academy. Funding for these trips was provided through our partnership with Schools to Careers and through a grant from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Council.

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Pierce 8th grade students recently worked on their earthquake tower project, both building and testing designs that could potentially withstand an earthquake. These students researched, planned and designed scale models of their towers before construction started. This collaborative project was fun, creative and successful!

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It’s time to Step Up to Pierce! For weeks 5th grade students from across the district have written letters back and forth getting to know each other and last week they got to meet each other. Thank you Pierce for supporting our students and making them feel comfortable as they get ready to Step Up to Pierce!

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Last week, I was pleased to participate in 5th grade Tucker Career Day. I joined many other professionals charged with the task of sharing our career paths and inspiring  our Tucker 5th graders as they move on to middle school. Thank you to Boston Police Boston Police Officer Davis, Sargent Brook, and Officer Foote; Human Resource executive Alexandria Mauristhene; business owner and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Gabrielle Abelard; ICU Nurse Eduarda Fernandes; Video Game Industry employee Nathan Sitkoff; Channel 5 television reporter David Bienick and Milton Firefighters Matt Neundorf, Paul Gardiner and John Brennan who generously gave of their time and knowledge. 5th grade teacher Shannon Brooks, who organizes the event, shared that prior to Career Day students are guided on an interactive web quest to research careers that may interest them. On Career Day, each student is given the opportunity to rotate into three, 20 minutes sessions and they bring their note taking guide and as well as interesting questions. My own experience showcased their preparedness as the students I met were engaged and asked thoughtful questions. Thank you to Ms. Brooks for organizing a wonderful day for our students.

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Milton community members visited Cunningham last week for the annual Cunningham Community Read day. Members of the community gather at the school and visit classrooms to share a book and a bit about what they do in the Milton community. I was happy to read to a Kindergarten class and found them enthusiastic and ready for 1st grade!  

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Last Friday Collicot celebrated International Day. The teachers and staff planned lots of activities to celebrate the richness of different cultures, countries, and languages in the world. Each grade learned about different countries including Australia,  Italy, Turkey, Spain, France, Greece, Argentina, Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil, Japan, Israel, India, Korea, Canada, Haiti and Mexico. In the afternoon, the Collicot community came together for a school wide assembly featuring an Irish Step Dance performance and musicians and instruments from the Arab world.    

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Collicot kindergarten classes joined together this week to perform their 3rd annual “Rumble in the Jungle” celebration.  Families took a walk through the jungle while enjoying songs and poems performed by the class of 2030!

MPACE – MILTON PARTNERSHIP FOR ARTS AND CULTURAL ENRICHMENT

We have had 3 recent activities in our schools that were all funded by MPACE. MPACE is a taxpayer funded initiative that provides cultural experiences for our students that are beyond the scope of what the district can provide. Please read more about MPACE and how they support our students each year, and you can still contribute to MPACE here. So what have our students been enjoying this month thanks to MPACE?

Mr Nicky for our 6th graders. What do you get when you combine  history and music? You get Mr. Nicky’s contagious songs that had our middle schoolers on their feet! Listen to his music at your own risk – you’ll find yourself humming them later on.

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MathsAmazing for our 4th and 5th graders. The students loved this show and the quality of math covered was excellent!  

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Storyteller, historian, and hand-spinner Nancy Bell delighted our 3rd graders with her fun, hands-on, historical “Edu-tainment.”  Her “Spinning History” program is a visual arts and women’s history performance about the role the art of spinning played in the American Revolution.

HEALTH AND WELLNESS

Traci Wojciechowski from Caron Student Assistance Programs presented The Truth about Vaping to parents and guardians on Monday evening June 4that the MHS auditorium. This issue is becoming a health epidemic among our youth across the country, throughout the state and here in Milton.  We have seen a spike in the use of these products at MHS and it has become an issue in other local districts. You may find this video from the Westwood-Mansfield Pediatrics Associates (Lester Hartman, MD, MPH) useful. MPS Director of Health/Physical Education Noel Vigue and MHS Principal  James Jette share more below.

In our efforts to keep your children safe and to keep you informed, we want to bring to your attention the use of E-Cigarettes, Vape Pens or Juul Pods. As mentioned above, we have seen a rise in the popularity of these devices at MHS. We’d like to share some information (that was sent to MHS parents/guardians in November 2017) and enlist your help to make sure students are not bringing them into school or using them at any school sponsored events.  Continue reading here… 

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All adolescents are at risk of abusing prescribed pain killers, and the rate of deaths among adolescents abusing these opioids is increasing across the country. Youth who have had histories of mental health problems, which include depression and chronic anxiety or stress and sleep disorders, are found to be at even greater risk of becoming dependent on a prescribed pain killer (opioid) like Oxycontin or Vicodin—especially if their pain is related to their psychological condition. Kids who are on psychoactive drugs are at most risk of becoming addicted. MPS Social Emotional Learning Facilitator Laurie Stillman shares more here.

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Thanks to safety patrol coordinator and physical educator Ben Jones, students from Tucker and Glover got to experience public safety training at the Milton Police station on Tuesday.  These students were safety patrol leaders at there school throughout the year. They were able to view some historical items, experience a ‘trail’ 911 call in the communications command center, walk through intricacies of booking a suspect, see the holding cells, and sit in patrol vehicles.  It was a powerful learning experience and every student left with a smile on their face. A special thank you goes to the Milton Police department for devoting their time and resources to help support this wonderful experience. If you would like to learn more about the safety patrol program, please contact Ben Jones.

BUS REGISTRATION

For the upcoming school year, we will be rolling over ridership from the previous year. If you currently have students registered for the bus, you will need only to send payment (for a paid bus ride) or an email indicating you want to renew your ride (for free rides). If you need to register a new student for the bus, details are here. Bus payment and registration (if needed) must be received by June 30th. Please refer to this link for all details and email Jane Barrett with questions.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

This summer the Milton Art Center is offering nine weeks of summer classes with separate morning and afternoon summer art class sessions for children, ages 5-12, and Summer Studio for teens, 12-17, who enjoy bringing their ideas and stories to life.   Sign up now!

The Milton Music Festival returns to Gov. Hutchinson’s Field a top of Milton Hill on Adams Street on June 23rd and 24th with two days of music, games, food, drinks and fun! 

Come visit the Forbes House the weekend of Milton Music Fest, June 23rd and 24th! We’ll have a table with activities and information set up in Governor Hutchinson’s Field on  Saturday and on Sunday we’re holding an Open House from 12 noon – 3 pm with free tours of the museum.  

Town Rain Barrel program – SUSTAINABLE MILTON  is encouraging residents to save rainwater by offering The Great American Rain Barrel at 40% Off retail!  All details can be found here.  

The Eustis Estate has 2 interesting programs for families in the coming weeks. Drop-in craft workshops for families at the Eustis Estate—Friday June 15 and Saturday June 16, 10am-2pm and Make Music Boston Summer Concert–Thursday, June 21, 5:30-9pm.

ART AND MUSIC NEWS  

  Tucker students are enjoying a visit from visiting artist Cynthia Smith who has been a contributing member of the Milton community for 16 years. She is an artist and educator with over 37 years of experience in the visual arts. This year’s project will provide an art experience that embodies the very essence of what public art expresses: community values, civic beautification, heightening awareness of the surrounding space and community, and inspiration. Three dimensional figures will be created and then displayed in the green space surrounding Tucker. These figures will be painted, decoupaged and mosaicked with cultural and familial artifacts submitted by the community (e.g. photos, notes, words, maps, primary sources, etc.). Mosaic stepping stones will be created to lead and welcome viewers to take a closer look.   

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There will be an “Instrumental Petting Zoo” for 3rd- 5th grade students and their families on Monday, June 18th at 6:30pm in the MHS Auditorium. If your student is entering 4th grade or above and is interested in learning a musical instrument, come to this informational session at MHS. You will have the opportunity to ask questions regarding the instrumental lesson program and your student will have the opportunity to try instruments at our “Instrument Petting Zoo” and meet students who have taken lessons in the program. Contact Lesson Program Directors Rebecca Damiani or Gary Good with any questions.

ATHLETICS

The place for all things athletics – schedules, important dates and information and more – is the Milton Wildcats website. If you have a MHS athlete in your house, be sure to bookmark this site

Athletics Registration Information for the fall can be found on the Milton Wildcats website under “Inside Athletics”.  You will find key dates, registration steps, and links to sites.  Fall Registration will open on Wednesday, August 1st.  Tryout times for the fall will be on the website by next Friday, June 22nd.

The Rugby Team has advanced to the MIAA State Final after beating Malden Catholic 49-0! Seniors Patrick Taugher, Liam Kelly, Chris Caputo, and Daniel Balerna lead the team to the finals scoring 34 points in the second half to return to the state finals.  They will play the winner of the Catholic Memorial v Hanover game on Saturday, June 23rd at Newton South High School. (Time will be determined after the semi-final game tonight.) Good luck to the Rugby Team! Thank you to Roy Chambers for the photo of the team.

The final car wash of the school year is  at Cunningham/Collicot driveway on Saturday June 23d from 9am-12pm to benefit the very busy track teams! Drive off into summer with a clean car!

AMBASSADOR PAGE

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

Students:  We’ve all been there – the kids know more about technology than we do! Well some of our MHS students are taking that to heart and helping out their neighbors at Winter Valley this summer with TECH Mondays. Thank you to our MHS students who are giving their time this summer to help those in our community. I know the students will have those laptops and cell phones running smoothly in no time at all!  

 

Judy Whelan, Brad Spindle and Colleen Davoren

Staff: The MHS Student Government started a thoughtful new tradition this year as each class gave out a staff appreciation award. These awards were  presented by each class’s student government to acknowledge a staff member who has made an impact on them on a daily basis, whom they appreciate for the work they do for the school, and who brightens their day! Please join me in congratulating these three staff members who are being honored this year – MHS Administrative Assistant Brad Spindle, Colleen Davoren from Food Services, and Custodian Judy Whalen!  

The Glover duck family has been safely helped to Turners Pond!

Volunteers:  For many years, the Glover School has had a wonderful tradition of nurturing an expectant mother duck in their courtyard space and then, when it’s time, shepherding the family into the nearby waters of Turner’s Pond. The goal is to facilitate this natural event without interfering. The ducks need help exiting Glover as the courtyard is surrounded by the building which makes it a safe and ideal space for the mother duck to lay her eggs. The process takes time and gentle monitoring and this week I would like to recognize two Glover parents who have been our version of duck “mothers” for many years. Thank you to outgoing Glover parents Ida Geering and Wendy Roth for their many years of gently and safely facilitating this process and we know you’ll be back next year to witness this wonderful Glover tradition. Thank you also to Mary O’Leary who is not pictured but has helped infinitely and will continue to be a part of the new duck team along with Kate Middleton and Kate Sutphin. Thank you to Mary, Kate and Kate who will keep our ducks safe for years to come! 

Thank you to Anders Geering for this sweet video of the ducks journey.

Thank you to my blog contributors this week: Ada Rosmarin, Sarina Burke, AJ Melanson, Marti McKenna, Kristen Fraine, Christie Chiappetta, JT Troy, Jennie Beliveau, Kelly Losi, Karen Spaulding, Charlene Roche, Karen McDavitt, Sara Warner, Holly Concannon, Jon Redden, Laurie Stillman, Noel Vigue, Amy Gale, Nancy Warn, Jackie Morgan, Ryan Madden, Elaine McNeil-Girmai, Cat DesRoche, James Jette, Bernadette Butler, Amy Gale, Sara MacNeil, Jaclyn Germano, Jess Gillooly, Anders Geering and Kristen Giffune. 

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

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June 7th, 2018

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Weekly Update
Date: June 7, 2018

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

Valedictorian Domenic Jancaterino receives his diploma from Prinicpal Jette

It was a wonderful day in the Copeland Family Field House on Sunday as we celebrated the one hundred and forty-eighth Milton High School graduation and the accomplishments of our  261 Milton High School graduates. The field house was filled with MHS staff, family and friends and of course our graduates. It was a moving ceremony and our student speakers – Salutatorian Timothy Karoff,  Valedictorian Domenic Jancaterino and Class President MacKenzie Caputo – were outstanding. The MHS Band and Chorus Ensemble provided stirring music and the afternoon concluded with the Declaration of Graduation by Principal James Jette, a rousing cheer and an exuberant processional.

Thanks to Milton Wildcat News, you can watch the ceremony in its entirety here. The photos below can be enlarged to share our graduate’s future plans. Last week’s Milton Times contained a full color spread of our 2018 Senior Class and this week will feature many highlights from our graduation ceremony. I encourage you to pick up a copy to celebrate our graduates! 

 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

The School Committee invites all to please join them on Wednesday, June 13th at 7pm for a public forum to address increased student enrollment and space issues in the Milton Public Schools. The meeting will take place in the Milton Access TV Studio, Rm 245 in Milton High School. Please note that unlike “Citizens Speak,” this forum will allow the opportunity for an exchange between citizens and Milton School Committee members. If you wish to access background information regarding increasing enrollment, please view the presentation from The New England School Development Council (NESDEC). 

The School Committee has updated the 2018-19 school calendar which can be found here.

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

MHS families, please take a moment to complete the Milton High School Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Declaration Survey. Next year, all MHS students will be asked to bring their own device, other than a smartphone, to school with them each day.  For students who will not be able to meet this request, a Chromebook will be loaned out to the student by Milton Public Schools for the school year. We ask that all families declare whether or not your student(s) will be able to meet this request to bring their own device next year.  If you currently have an 8th-11th grade student and have not completed the short BYOD declaration survey please do so as soon as possible.   

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

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For the first time, MHS seniors will have the opportunity to take the SATs at Milton High School on October 10th during the school day. This is a new opportunity offered by College Board for the upcoming school year. We are asking any seniors (current junior class) taking the SATs on October 10th to be at school at 7:30am for registration. Testing will begin promptly at 8am. Students will have the option of taking the SAT with or without essay and testing will end by 12:30pm. Once testing is concluded students will follow their regular school day schedule until dismissal. This is the same day our sophomores and juniors will be taking the PSATs, which will begin at 8am. Taking SATs on this day is not mandatory but we are hoping seniors will take advantage of this new school day testing option. You WILL NOT register for this School Day testing on the College Board website; you will register with UNIBANK through the MPS website. Go to the UNIBANK icon on the MPS homepage.

Registration is open now but will close on June 22nd as materials have to be ordered by June 25th.  Once registration is closed there will be no opportunity to register, so please sign up ASAP if you are a current junior and want to take the SAT on Wednesday, October 10th, 2018. Please email Karen Cahill with any questions.

MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS

Congratulations to Anderson, Barron and Bridget!

The Middle School Science Fair took place at Worcester Technical High School this past Saturday and I am happy to report that Pierce sent two projects to the fair and both received First Place awards!  8th graders Barron Clancy and Anderson Korman went as a team with their project on Developing Better Ventilation Systems for Refugee Tents, and Bridget McCoy, a 7th grader, also went with a project on the Effects of Temperature on Yeast Activity.  This was Anderson and Barron’s second trip to State Science Fair and they received a 2nd place award last year while this was Bridget’s first time at the State Science Fair. All three students have been participants in the Pierce Science Fair since 6th grade and we could not be more proud of them. Our science fair participants learned a lot this year, and despite having a difficult Regionals experience, they persevered on to the State Fair and had the best year yet.  

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Yup, thats’s a tick!

In recent weeks, The Friends of the Blue Hills teamed up with Milton Town Nurse Caroline Kinsella and our 4th grade Future Problem Solvers to help increase awareness of Lyme disease and how to prevent it.  Over 300 hundred of our 4th graders in all four schools participated in an interactive program to understand how deer populations and ticks affect our community. Students learned how deer populations degrade forest health and how unhealthy forests affect human health using Lyme disease as an example in their community. Finally, Ms Kinsella shared how to check for ticks and the signs and symptoms of Lyme disease.  

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The Tour of Milton is an exciting opportunity for 5th grade students to learn more about their community. Gwen Labbe, the Education Director from Milton Historical Society, provides teachers with a binder of articles and pictures to share with students before the trip, so they can build schema before they explore the designated stops on the tour.  Students travel by bus to The Forbes House, The Wakefield Estate, Milton Cemetery and The Suffolks Resolves House learning about the history of their community throughout the day.

BUS REGISTRATION

For the upcoming school year, we will be rolling over ridership from the previous year. If you currently have students registered for the bus, you will need only to send payment (for a paid bus ride) or an email indicating you want to renew your ride (for free rides). If you need to register a new student for the bus, details are here. Bus payment and registration (if needed) must be received by June 30th. Please refer to this link for all details and email Jane Barrett with questions. 

RESIDENCY REESTABLISHMENT

In the Spring of 2015, the Milton School Committee passed a Residency Policy that states “students who are enrolled in the Milton Public Schools shall be required to re-establish residency prior to entering grades six and nine as well as Milton Public School students who attend school out-of-town*.”

Families who have students in these categories are required to complete the form that will be mailed to their homes (form is also available here ) and provide all necessary documentation. This process, now in its 4th year, is one of the safeguards used by MPS to ensure that all students enrolled in our schools are residents of the town of Milton. Although the re-registration process may be an inconvenience for some families, we hope that residents understand that this is a valuable tool to protect taxpayers in the town of Milton. We work year-round on residency issues and this is simply one more method to assist us with ensuring residency compliance.

Ms. Sarina Burke, MPS Residency Coordinator, will be working morning and evening hours all summer to better meet the needs of parents/guardians schedules. The summer hours for reestablishment starting July 9th  are Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 7 -10am and Tuesday evenings from 4-7pm or by appointment. Ms. Burke can be reached via email or at 617-696-4470 ext 5516. 

*This includes all students who attend Blue Hills Regional Technical School, Norfolk County Agricultural High School and Special Education out-of-district placements for students entering grades 6 and 9.

MPS GIVES BACK

Declan Shields Buzzed Off for Kids with Cancer!

Jackson (center) and Christopher (right) mid buzz!

As promised, 3 of our Collicot students look a little different this week as they Buzzed Off for Kids with Cancer over the weekend. Christopher Ennis, Declan Shields and Jackson Wagner all raised money by getting pledges to buzz their hair to support kids with cancer and last weekend at Gillette Stadium they delivered on their promise!  Gronk also got buzzed and you can see him (and Christopher at 33 seconds and Jackson at 55 seconds) in this news clip.  

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

June 7, 8, 9   Pierce Players Performances
June 11  Grade 6 Spring Concert
June 13  Volunteer Event/School Committee Meeting
June 14  Grade 7&8 Spring Concert
June 18  Instrumental Lesson Information Night
June 22 Last day of school, Early Release at all schools

The Pierce Players will perform its production of Singin’ in the Rain Jr. for the Milton community on Thursday, June 7th and Friday, June 8th at 7PM  and Saturday, June 9th at 2 PM in the Pierce auditorium. Tickets are $10 and there are limited tickets available at the door for all three performances, 45 minutes before the show starts.  Find out more about the show here.  

SEPAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

If your child has an Individualized Education Program (IEP), we need your input! Each year,  the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) surveys families of students with an IEP in selected school districts to determine how well your child’s school is communicating with you and promoting your engagement in  your child’s education. It’s your district’s turn this year. The web-based survey will be open from  October 1, 2017– June 30, 2018. You can complete the survey online or using a mobile device with this link: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3792854/Family-Engagement-Survey-2017-2018. Your participation in this survey will help your school district to improve family engagement for all students. Thank you for completing the survey.

MILTON SUMMER ENRICHMENT

It’s hard to believe but summer is fast approaching!  Thank you to all for your participation in registration for MSE 2018.  If you haven’t yet registered, visit our website for registration information. For those families who have registered, please join us on one of the following days to pick up your schedules, maps and Important Information Flier!
Monday, June 11th 5-7pm (MHS Main Entrance Lobby – front of school)
Saturday, June 16th 9-12pm (MHS Main Entrance Lobby – front of school)
If you have any questions, please email Bernadette Butler and Cat DesRoche.

FOOD SERVICE NEWS

There is a new “Sandwich King of MHS” and much to the chagrin of Mr. Kelly and Mr. Mack, it isn’t them! Congratulations to Mr. Jette on his win with his “Turkey Club Remix”.

MILTON MUSIC FEST AND FIREWORKS

The Milton Music Festival returns to Gov. Hutchinson’s Field a top of Milton Hill on Adams Street on June 23rd and 24th. On Saturday night, sit and enjoy the splendid view of Boston as our top-notch line up of musicians fill the airwaves with some of your favorite tunes. We will have nearly FIVE hours of nonstop music. This year we will have a “Little Bit of Country and a Little Bit of Rock and Roll”.  Be sure to wear your cowboy hats and boots! There will also be a large open air dance floor waiting for you.

The kids will enjoy the  HUGE sand box and ride our GIANT slide. Try your hand at corn hole and volleyball, and enjoy the Wahlburgers Truck, Montilio’s Pizza Cart and The OK Saloon’s  cold draft beer and wine as well as ice cream, fried dough and more!

When the sky darkens and the lights twinkle in the distance, right around 10pm, the fireworks will light up the night with the Boston skyline as your backdrop.  This celebration is always an evening to treasure. Don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs, blankets and bug spray!

The fun continues on Sunday with Celtic Sunday from 1-9 PM. Celtic Sunday 2018 will highlight many of Boston’s best Irish bands, musicians and vocalists. Each of them brings so much talent to the Boston Irish Music scene.  Our friends from M.J. O’Connor’s Irish Pub will be serving Guinness, Magners and other ice cold beer and wine. Grab your chair and sunscreen, there will be something for everyone, young and old. There will also be handicap parking available at the field on Sunday only. For more information on free parking, complimentary shuttle service and entertainment please visit MiltonMusicFest .

NEWS AROUND TOWN

Less than one week until race day! The 41st annual Milton Road Race, hosted and organized by the Milton Junior Woman’s Club,  is on Tuesday, June 12th. Online registration for the Milton Road Race will close on Monday the 11th at noon. For teams, a reminder that team registration can only be done online. If you have teammates who have not yet registered, encourage them to sign up soon!  Bag/number pickup and in-person registration will be available Monday night (4-7pm) and Tuesday after 3:30pm at Cunningham Hall. In-person registration is $35 for adults and $20 for youth. Please bring a check payable to MJWC. For those of you making a game day decision, look for the paper registration form on our FB page, which you can print, fill out and bring to registration. Also, if you have not yet done so —  “like” Milton Road Race on FaceBook for the most up to date race day info. Be sure to patronize our awesome sponsors and tell them The Milton Road Race sent you. Add picture

Head to the Eustis Estate for the Head to Toe Family Programs on Friday, June 15 and Saturday June 16, 10am – 2pm.  

This summer the Milton Art Center is offering nine weeks of summer classes with separate morning and afternoon summer art class sessions for children, ages 5-12, and Summer Studio for teens, 12-17, who enjoy bringing their ideas and stories to life.  New this summer are creative writing courses and figure drawing for adults. Each week something new to learn in drawing, painting, mixed media, sewing, clay, digital media, paper mache sculpture and more. Sign up now!

 

Town Rain Barrel program – SUSTAINABLE MILTON  is encouraging residents to save rainwater by offering The Great American Rain Barrel at 40% Off retail!  All details can be found here. 

ART AND MUSIC NEWS  

Our 7th and 8th grade students had a wonderful showing at this year’s Great East Festival! Congratulations to all, performances can be viewed below.

Great East Pierce MS Band 7 & 8 GOLD!
Great East Pierce MS Cambiata Chorus 7 & 8 GOLD!
Great East Pierce MS Treble Chorus 7 & 8 PLATINUM!
Great East Pierce MS Strings 7 & 8 PLATINUM!

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There will be an “Instrumental Petting Zoo” for 3rd- 5th grade students and their families on Monday, June 18th at 6:30pm in the MHS Auditorium. If your student is entering 4th grade or above and is interested in learning a musical instrument, come to this informational session at MHS. You will have the opportunity to ask questions regarding the instrumental lesson program and your student will have the opportunity to try instruments at our “Instrument Petting Zoo” and meet students who have taken lessons in the program. Contact Lesson Program Directors Rebecca Damiani or Gary Good with any questions.

ATHLETICS

Girls Lacrosse and Boys Tennis had their season cut short after 1st round losses to Old Rochester and Hanover, respectively.  They each had great seasons! Baseball and Softball both play tonight in the first round of the tournament. Baseball travels to Dartmouth for a 4:30pm game, while Softball travels to North Quincy for a 6:00pm game.  Rugby will host Marshfield on Friday, at 5:00pm in the state quarterfinals! Good luck to all!

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Milton High School is pleased to announce that on Tuesday, June 12th at 6:30pm, the Athletic Department will be hosting John Whitesides from the National Guard and the Boston Bruins Organization, as part of the BFIT Performance Series. Following the presentation, to which all grades/parents are invited,  all incoming freshmen students and parents should stay for a brief presentation on Milton High School Athletics. All details can be found here

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There will be a Cans for Cats and Car Wash combo on Saturday June 9th from 9-12pm at Cunningham (note the venue change for Cans for Cats just for this month). MHS Track teams will benefit. Cross two things off your list at once!

Athletic updates and schedules can be found on our website.

AMBASSADOR PAGE

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

Students:  I would like to recognize our 261 Milton High School 2018 graduates, every one of whom will bring their special talents with them as they embark on the next chapter of their lives. We know these young people are the future leaders of both our local and global communities and it has been a privilege to have them as a part of the Milton Public Schools community.  

Staff: Last night we honored our recent retirees from the Milton Public Schools at a reception at Milton High School. These long time educators have taught many of your children throughout the years and I hope you will join me in wishing them a well deserved happy retirement. Thank you and congratulations to Ellen Brusard, Elizabeth Carrigan, Pamela Dorsey, Susan Doyle, Mary Duggan, Annie Dutton, Debra Fidrocki, Lorraine Lawson-Henry, Diane Jackson, Judith Lemelman, Anna McReynolds, Ann Marie Noonan, Mary Foy Rooney and Nancy Trifone-Seales. You can read a bit about our retirees in the pictures below, which can be enlarged by clicking on them. To our retireees – your contributions to the Milton Public Schools will not soon be forgotten.

Volunteers: Phew! Graduation season has come and gone and it just would not be possible without the hard work and commitment of the dozens of volunteers who contribute to the end of the year festivities. A heartfelt thanks to the Boosters, FAME, the All Night Party Committee and the MHS PTSFO. The many end of year events that make May and June special for our seniors and high school students would not be possible without your creativity, “get it done” attitude and willingness to engage in these valuable end of year rituals.

Thank you to my blog contributors this week: Charlene Roche, Christie Chiappetta, Karyn Viveiros, Sean Lopresti, AJ Melanson, Karen Cahill, Jane Barrett, Sarina Burke, Justine Novak, Jen Grubler, Holly Concannon, Jon Redden, Sara MacNeil, Noel Vigue, Amy Gale, Nancy Warn, Jackie Morgan, Ryan Madden, Elaine McNeil-Girmai, Cat DesRoche, James Jette, Amy Gale, Rebecca Damiani, Dawn Sykes and Bernadette Butler. 

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

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May 31, 2018

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Weekly Update
Date: May 31, 2018

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

As we approach graduation this Sunday, June 3rd, we have had a week of celebrations at Milton High School as we have honored our outstanding students for their achievements in academics, athletics and music. These are special nights in the Milton Public Schools and I know you’ll join me in congratulating the recipients and thanking those who make these evenings and awards possible.

Congratulations to Milton High Schools seniors for the academic awards presented to them this week. A special thank you to the families, organizations and foundations who donated over $130,000 to this year’s MHS seniors. This night is amazing as we honor many of our students with scholarships and awards. All names below can be enlarged by clicking on the photo.

FAME held their annual banquet to honor our musicians and as it is every year, it was a moving evening. Students were honored for leadership, spirit, improvement and more. Our musicians grow exponentially during their time at Milton High School and it is wonderful to see them recognized.

The Boosters rounded out our awards season with a terrific banquet just last night to honor our athletes. Athletes were honored for their sportsmanship, achievements on the field and court, athleticism and more.  

These events would not be possible without the support of many people. Thank you to the parents/guardians of FAME and the Boosters, MHS Principal James Jette and Assistant Principals Ben Kelly and Brian Mackinaw, Administrative Assistants Maureen Kennedy, Brad Spindle and Patty Johnson and Athletics Assistant Kristen Lesser for their contributions to these special nights.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE   

The Milton School Committee would like to invite you to a public meeting on Monday, June 4th at 6:30pm in the Milton High School Library. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the FY19 budget as well as space/enrollment issues.  

PARENT SPEAKER SERIES

This Monday,  June 4, at 6:30pm, please join us in the MHS Auditorium as we are pleased to present “The Truth About Vaping” , A Community Presentation. This presentation is FREE and open to the public. The Caron Treatment Centers’ Student Assistance Program will provide an educational presentation on vaping and e-cigarettes for parents/community members in Milton. This program is intended for an adult audience.  

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

For the first time, MHS seniors will have the opportunity to take the SATs at Milton High School on October 10th during the school day. This is a new opportunity offered by College Board for the upcoming school year. We are asking any seniors (current junior class) taking the SATs on October 10th to be at school at 7:30am for registration. Testing will begin promptly at 8am. Students will have the option of taking the SAT with or without essay and testing will end by 12:30pm. Once testing is concluded students will follow their regular school day schedule until dismissal. This is the same day our sophomores and juniors will be taking the PSATs, which will begin at 8am. Taking SATs on this day is not mandatory but we are hoping seniors will take advantage of this new school day testing option. You WILL NOT register for this School Day testing on the College Board website; you will register with UNIBANK through the MPS website. Go to the UNIBANK icon on the MPS homepage

Registration is open now but will close on June 22nd as materials have to be ordered by June 25th.  Once registration is closed there will be no opportunity to register, so please sign up ASAP if you are a current junior and want to take the SAT on Wednesday, October 10th, 2018. Please email Karen Cahill with any questions.

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Look who was at MHS this week and last? Our incoming kindergarteners were here, meeting some K teachers and school nurses. Everyone leaves with a smile and a bright yellow t-shirt. Welcome to the Milton Public Schools, class of 2031!

MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS

The Health & PE Team at Pierce ( Bernadette MvEvoy, Brendan Bonn, Colleen Queally John O’Leary Pam Noonan, and Barbara Perry) would like to spread awareness about sun safety as summer  approaches. We all want to get outdoors and enjoy the sunshine, and we want you and your families to stay safe and protect your skin.  The Friday before Memorial Day is dubbed Don’t Fry Day and this is a good time for a reminder about sun safety. Protect your skin today and every day!  Enjoy the summer fun, but always remember to Slip, Slop, Slap … and Wrap! Slip on a shirt, Slop on some sunscreen, Slap on a wide-brimmed hat, Wrap on some sunglasses! 

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Our 3rd graders at MPS recently enjoyed Owl Talks Presentations by Trailside Museum naturalists, where they learned about owls and the importance of respecting and caring for wild animals. During the presentations the students explored owl wings, claws and skulls to explore how these structures are adapted to meet the needs of these birds. They also had the opportunity to meet some live owls (Great Horned, Barn, Screech, or Barred). All of these birds are native to the Milton area. This lesson will be followed up with an in class owl pellet dissection, when students will be able to explore the skeletal remains of the food supply of these local owls.  

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Mrs. Spitz’ 3rd graders looking sharp on their way to sing!

 

During any given week, there is usually a musical performance of some sort happening at one of our schools! Please enjoy our Collicot 3rd graders and Tucker 2nd graders performing at recent concerts.  

 

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They laughed, they cheered, they tied! This year’s Glover 5th grade vs staff Pongo game did not disappoint! The excitement was palpable and the kids had a blast. The fourth graders can’t wait for their turn next year and loved cheering everyone on.

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Thank you to current Selectman and former Police Chief Richard Wells who spent some time with Mrs. Walsh’s 2nd graders at Cunningham this week.

 

TECHNOLOGY

It’s official, Milton High School will be going to Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) for the 2018-19 school year.  Students will be asked to bring their own device, other than a smartphone, to school with them each day. For students who will not be able to meet this request, a Chromebook will be loaned out to the student by Milton Public Schools for the school year.  

At this time, we ask all 8th-11th grade families to declare whether or not your student(s) will be able to bring their own device next year.  Please complete this short declaration survey by Friday, June 1st. For more information regarding the BYOD Loan Agreement,  BYOD Student & Family Manual, BYOD FAQs, the MPS Acceptable Use Policy, and Chromebook Care & Use Policy, please visit the following flyer and click on the thumbnails to view the information.

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING

The end of the school year can be a stressful and busy time for parents/guardians and staff. MPS SEL Facilitator Laurie Stillman shares some Tips for Taking Care of Yourself here

MPS GIVES BACK

Some of our Collicot students will look a little different as they Buzz Off for Kids with Cancer in the coming weeks! Jackson Wagner,Declan Shields and Christopher Ennis (pictured at left), are all raising money by getting pledges to buzz their hair to support kids with cancer.

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Our Glover 5th graders recently collected items and then volunteered at Cradles to Crayons as part of their fifth grade community service project. Thank you to these students for spending their valuable free time giving back to our community.

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

June 3  MHS Graduation
June 5  Grade 4 Math Competition
June 6  Milton School Committee Retiree Reception/School Committee Meeting
June 7, 8, 9   Pierce Players Performances
June 11  Grade 6 Spring Concert
June 13  Volunteer Event/School Committee Meeting
June 14  Grade 7&8 Spring Concert

The Pierce Players will perform its production of Singin’ in the Rain Jr. for the Milton community on Thursday, June 7th and Friday, June 8th at 7PM  and Saturday, June 9th at 2 PM in the Pierce auditorium. Tickets are $10 and available in the Pierce office during school hours until Tuesday June 5th at 3 pm or until they sell out. Any remaining tickets will be available at the door 45 minutes before show time. These shows almost always sell out so be sure to get your tickets in advance.

 

SEPAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

If your child has an Individualized Education Program (IEP), we need your input! Each year,  the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) surveys families of students with an IEP in selected school districts to determine how well your child’s school is communicating with you and promoting your engagement in  your child’s education. It’s your district’s turn this year. The web-based survey will be open from  October 1, 2017– June 30, 2018. You can complete the survey online or using a mobile device with this link: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3792854/Family-Engagement-Survey-2017-2018Your participation in this survey will help your school district to improve family engagement for all students. Thank you for completing the survey.

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The Milton SEPAC held elections last week and are pleased to announce the board for the coming school year.  Co-Chairs: Jennifer Grubler (Cunningham, Integrated Preschool), Melissa Feldman (Pierce/Glover), Secretary: Jamie DeCaro (Integrated Preschool, Collicot), Treasurer: Clare Keating. Pierce Representative: Jessica Raider, Glover Representatives: Jenny Sheehan, Caitlin O’Neil Amaral, Collicot Representative: Amy Masferrer, Preschool Representative: Aldo Guerrero, Out-of-District Representative: Leslie Cheverie. The SEPAC is  still see seeking volunteers to represent Tucker,, Milton High School, and Cunningham. If you would like more information or think you may be interested in serving next year, please email the SEPAC.

MILTON SUMMER ENRICHMENT

It’s hard to believe but summer is fast approaching!  Thank you to all for your participation in registration for MSE 2018.  If you haven’t yet registered, visit our website for registration information. For those families who have registered, please join us on one of the following days to pick up your schedules, maps and Important Information Flier!

Wednesday, June 6th 3-7 pm (MHS Field House Entrance – in back of school)
Monday, June 11th 5-7pm (MHS Main Entrance Lobby – front of school)
Saturday, June 16th 9-12pm (MHS Main Entrance Lobby – front of school)
If you have any questions, please email Bernadette Butler and Cat DesRoche.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The town of Milton offers lots of great summer programs for kids!

The Milton Public Library has many interesting and fun programs planned for kids and teens over the next few weeks.

Local parent and author, Tara Cousineau, PHD, will be speaking about her new book, “The Kindness Cure: How the Science of Compassion Can Heal Your Heart and Your World”. Join her at The Milton Library Tues, June 5 at 7pm.  

Mark your calendars and gather your family, friends, dancing shoes and lawn chairs! Come celebrate our great community of Milton on June 23rd and 24th at the 6th Annual  Milton Music Fest and Fireworks at Hutchinson Field!  

The Milton Early Childhood Alliance has three Story Walks, posted conveniently around town for families to enjoy with their children. One of these Story Walks, located on the playground of Tucker Elementary School, is a TRI-LINGUAL story book. MECA is also having their  annual  Children’s Concert, held at the gazebo, on Thursday June 7th at 6pm.

The 41st annual Milton Road Race, hosted and organized by the Milton Junior Woman’s Club,  is on Tuesday, June 12th. The first 500 registered runners receive a swag bag with t-shirts and other goodies. The proceeds from the race are used to help fund programs in our community (e.g. grants to local non-profits and scholarships for MHS seniors). The MJWC looks forward to another successful race and encourages students to check in with your principal to see who the school captain is or start a team for your school!  

There are some fun events at the Eustis Estate in the coming weeks. Join them for  the Vintage Base Ball Double-Header at the Eustis Estate, Boston Beaneaters vs. Providence Grays, Sunday,  June 3 from 11am – 3:30pm and for the Head to Toe Family Programs on Friday, June 15 and Saturday June 16, 10am – 2pm. Details on both events can be found here.

Last year, over 600 Milton residents and supporters walked and ran in Mike’s 5K to Crush Substance Abuse to keep a light shining  on the substance abuse epidemic. We hope to have 800 people participate this year! Save the date for The 2018 5K Walk/Run on Saturday, October 20th

ART AND MUSIC NEWS  

There will be an “Instrumental Petting Zoo” for 3rd- 5th grade students and their families on Monday, June 18th at 6:30pm in the MHS Auditorium. If your student is entering 4th grade or above and is interested in learning a musical instrument, come to this informational session at MHS. You will have the opportunity to ask questions regarding the instrumental lesson program and your student will have the opportunity to try instruments at our “Instrument Petting Zoo” and meet students who have taken lessons in the program. Contact Lesson Program Directors Rebecca Damiani or Gary Good with any questions.  

ATHLETICS

We have a few teams in the MIAA Tournament starting next week!

Girls Lacrosse will finish their season against Ursuline on Thursday 5/31 at 4pm, before entering the tournament for the second year in a row.

Boys Tennis will also be back in the tournament after beating Marshfield last Friday.

Baseball will enter the tournament as the dark horse.  They await the seeding next week to see where they will be traveling to.

Softball will look to secure a tournament berth on Thursday 5/31 when they take on Weymouth. If they win, they will make the post-season for the first time in 9 years.

Rugby enters the tournament undefeated in Division II, and they will hope to host a home game.

Boys and Girls Track will be attending All-States at Fitchburg State on Saturday, 6/2.  Good luck to all runners!

Crew did well over the weekend – results can be found here.

 

There is a Learn to Row session on Saturday June 2nd from 11am-2pm at Milton Landing. All are welcome!   

 

Athletic updates and schedules can be found on our website.

AMBASSADOR PAGE

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

Nice job, Ida!

Students:   On Saturday, April 7th over 100 students met at Clark University to participate in the Future Problem Solving State Bowl. Among those students was our very own Collicot 5th grader, Ida Zoll. Ida competed in the Junior Division of the Individual Competition against other 4-6 graders. We recently found out that Ida’s problem solving abilities and precise action plan scored high enough to place her third in the entire state! We are so proud of Ida and all of Milton’s Future Problem Solvers.  

 

Ms. Eberhardt and Ms. Morgan at the conference.

Staff and Volunteers:  A huge thank you to School Committee member Margaret  Eberhardt and MPS Director of Nutrition Services Jackie Morgan who this week presented at the Department of Secondary Education (DESE) conference on School Wellness and the Power of School Wide Collaboration. Ms. Eberhardt and Ms. Morgan spoke of how invested  the Milton Public Schools is to working on our Health and Wellness initiatives, of the innovative work of Director of Health and PE Noel Vigue and the absolute success of our collaborative programs. We are lucky to live in a town that is committed to the whole child and supports all of the Milton Public Schools health and wellness initiatives including the social and emotional health of our students and staff.  

Thank you to my blog contributors this week: Karen Spaulding, Karen McDavitt, Holly Concannon, Jon Redden, Laurie Stillman, Noel Vigue, Jackie Morgan, Ryan Madden, Elaine McNeil-Girmai, Cat DesRoche, James Jette, Maureen Kennedy, Brad Spindle, Karen Cahill, Marti McKenna, Bernadette MvEvoy, Brendan Bonn, Colleen Queally John O’Leary Pam Noonan, Barbara Perry, Linda Stefanick, Dawn Sykes, AJ Melanson, Tracy Grandeau, Jen, Grubler, Dawn Sykes, Bernadette Butler and Rebecca Damiani. 

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

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May 24, 2018

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Weekly Update
Date: May 24, 2018

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

After nine months of study and preparation, it’s official,  Milton High School will be going to Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) for the 2018-19 school year.  For the past nine months the Technology Task Force and sub-committees have been working tirelessly to prepare for this exciting initiative.  The Technology Task Force members include Educational Technology Director AJ Melanson; Information Technology Director Bob Pattison;, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction Janet Sheehan; MHS Assistant Principal Ben Kelly;  Elementary Instructional Technology Directors Sara Doherty and Kirsten Driscoll; Elementary Science Coordinator Linda Stefanick; Pierce Technology Teacher Deanna Magill; and parents Abigail Callahan, Abe Cardoza, Matt King and Steve Paxhia. 

In preparation for this initiative the Technology Task Force and sub-committees researched other school districts across the commonwealth, and developed detailed researched action plans.  The sub-committee members include additional teachers, administrators and family members and the task force and committees focused on: professional development for staff; current infrastructure and needed improvements; web based applications that run seamlessly on all device; minimum device specifications; single sign-on; Acceptable Use Policy; a new tech plan; researching other district’s successes and challenges implementing 1:1 initiatives; extra IT support needed; insurance and a system for signing devices in and out. 

Students will be asked to bring their own device, other than a smartphone, to school with them each day.  For students who will not be able to meet this request, a Chromebook will be loaned out to the student by Milton Public Schools for the school year.  

The Technology Department submitted and received approval to purchase three hundred Chromebooks through capital funds for next year.  The additional Chromebooks will be available to students who cannot meet the request of bringing a device, other than their smartphone, and to students who have computer issues with their own device during the school day.  Students in grades 9-12 will be asked to bring their fully-charged device from home to use throughout the school day, each and every day.

At this time, we ask all 8th-11th grade families to declare whether or not your student(s) will be able to bring their own device next year.  Please complete this short declaration survey by Friday, June 1st.

Mr. Melanson shares, “I cannot be more excited about the BYOD initiative.  This could not have become a reality without the hard work of the teachers, administrators, and parents who serve on various technology committees. BYOD will help prepare MHS students to become college and career ready and allow the teachers to revolutionize their teaching practice. I want to thank Superintendent Gormley and Assistant Superintendents Sheehan and Pavlicek for their unwavering support of our vision on this initiative. This could not have come to fruition without their support and guidance.” Principal Jette states,  “I am very excited to see our Milton High School students move into the 21st century as they implement more technology to enhance their overall learning experience.”

Personally, I can not thank this dedicated group of staff and community members enough for the time, effort and thoughtfulness they have given to this idea and look forward to the implementation of our BYOD program for the 2018-19 school year.

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

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

Taylor Snellen and Mary Kate Murtagh

Ramsey Julmice and Taylor Snellen from Ms. Jarboe’s AP Computer Science Principles class asked me to share the following. The 2018 Computer Science Principles Gala was a smash hit! On May 21st during C period block, Ms. Jarboe’s AP class hosted an event in the field house to show the school what they’ve accomplished over the school year. Dozens upon dozens of students attended to take part in the exhibition. Utilizing the projects they created for the AP exam, Ms. Jarboe’s students made presentations out of the “Explore” and “Create” segments of the exam. The “Explore” is when students take a closer look at a piece of new technology to discuss the data and effects on society, good or bad. The “Create” involves making a program that utilizes algorithms and logical concepts like an actual coder.

Additionally, there was a sticker currency that the participants collected from each station that could be redeemed for prizes. Prizes included Google silly bandz, fidget spinners, and other items. This was a nice way to get the students to really listen to the content and hopefully learn something. Above all, these presentations should inspire other teens to take computer science courses. By spreading the importance STEM has on our lives, it may motivate more kids to take part of the coding and computing revolution!

MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS

Pierce Humanities Curriculum Coordinator Nancy Warn and Janet Applefield

Last week at Pierce Middle School, Janet Applefield addressed the entire 7th grade class, sharing her experiences from a very dark time in the history of the world. Ms. Applefield, with funding from the Milton Cultural Council, speaks annually to Pierce students about her experiences during the Holocaust and discusses the importance of combating prejudice and hate.  

Ms. Applefield speaks to Pierce students.

At age 7, Ms. Applefield was separated from her family and spent her childhood in hiding, escaping the persecution of the concentration camps, as she was able to pass for non-jewish.  She speaks to students with a heavy heart, understanding that over 1 million children lost their lives and over 6 million jews overall lost their lives (including some of her family members).  Although she survived, her childhood was tormented by her separation from her family, the fear of exposure she experienced while in hiding and the constant fear over her own fate and the fate of her family members.  Ms. Applefield shares her story so a new generation can learn, ask questions and engage in a time period that most people only read about. She focuses on the need to remember and is working to publish her story, so the world never forgets.  

In addition to sharing her story, Ms. Applefield also focuses on the need for each generation to take up the charge of combating prejudice and hate.  She warns students that it needs to be combatted at all times, so as to never again allow genocide to happen on such a large scale (or at all). We appreciate Ms. Applefield taking the time to speak and for sharing her story.  We also appreciate the support of the Milton Cultural Council, for sponsoring this important lesson for our students. In an ever changing world it is imperative to preserve our collective history and take time to increase student understanding of prejudice, hate and the need to reject both.  

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L-R Senator Walter F. Timilty; Ofelia Pedraza, Executive Assistant East Boston Savings Bank;  Isabella Doten; Ava Lundbohm; Ed Merritt, Executive Officer East Boston Savings Bank

On Friday, May 18th, the 8th grade students at Pierce were highly impressed with a student run Career Day. The event was organized by Ava Lundbohm and Isabella (Izzy) Doten, two Milton Girl Scouts who are seeking to achieve the Girls Scout Silver Award, the highest award a Cadette Girl Scout can attain.  To earn the Silver Award one must demonstrate leadership and determination while improving the community. Ava shared that “ the goal of Career Day is to allow students to learn about many different careers and see the importance and usefulness of the classes they take now and will be taking in high school” while Izzy said “we hope to raise awareness about the importance of college and/or trades and connect students with many different professions.”

There were 15 speakers, including attorneys, federal agents, a construction foreman, an architect, a pediatric occupational therapist, a clinical nutritionist, a hotel general manager, and an IT Specialist who fascinated  students by “hacking” their cell-phones.

Middle school is a great place to begin introducing careers to students as this is when much of a student’s self-exploration begins. The Career Day  organized by Ava and Izzy provided hands on experience to help students start making smart, realistic choices about their future. Students and faculty agreed it was a wildly successful day!  

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I’m happy to relay the news that three of the Pierce teams from the Model UN conference last week won awards for their position papers. This is a big accomplishment in and of itself, however this time it is an especially impressive feat. Our middle school students bested high schoolers from different high schools throughout Massachusetts with their writing on their position papers!

The Rising Leaders Model UN Conference is a challenging single-day Model UN conference that gives students an opportunity to debate a current international issues in each committee. This conference is open to any and all high school (and advanced middle students) throughout New England and beyond.  Thank you to faculty advisors Melissa Augustyn and Lauren Hoyt and congratulations to our winning teams: Sophia Manning and Ian Lundeen; Michael Howard and Johnathan Waldmann; and Anderson Korman and Barron Clancy.

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

The Cunningham School had the pleasure of welcoming  Venerable Lama Tenzin Yignyen who is serving as an artist in residence at Cunningham while he creates a Sand Mandala.  Students in every grade have had the opportunity to visit the mandala, speak with Tenzin and learn about his process and teachings.  This program was sponsored by the Cunningham PTO and the Milton Cultural Council.  

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This month the 5th grade students in Milton Public Schools had the opportunity to take part in a lesson on frog dissection as part of their Science from Scientists program. Through this lesson students were able to explore how internal and external structures work together. As well as explore the shapes and connectivity of internal structures and apply this knowledge to deepen their understanding of how these structures function together.

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We have exciting news! The first Mama Mallard of the 2018 nesting season has finally arrived in the Glover Outdoor Classroom! To watch live video footage of the nest, log in to the Glover Duck Cam:

  • Go to the ARLO site on your computer -OR- download the free ARLO app on your phone. The ARLO app icon is a green hummingbird.
  • Log into the PUBLIC account – Email address/username -gloverelementary@gmail.com Password: Ducks2018 (note the Capital D)
  • You will see still images of two cameras. Click the LIVE play button for “Duck Cam One Camoflague” to see the live video feed.
  • Enjoy!

PARENT SPEAKER SERIES

On Monday June 4, at 6:30pm in the Milton High School Auditorium we are pleased to present “The Truth About Vaping” , A Community Presentation. This presentation is FREE and open to the public. The Caron Treatment Centers’ Student Assistance Program will provide an educational presentation on vaping and e-cigarettes for parents/community members in Milton. This program is intended for an adult audience.

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING

Have you heard  about Interface Referral Service? Interface is a free and confidential telephone helpline that residents can call when they are in need of professional help for a mental health, substance use or other behavioral health disorder. Thanks to generous donations from a variety of public and private organizations, you and your families can now contact a trained counselor at Interface  who can help you find a therapist to meet your needs and inform you of your insurance options. Interface has created a database of licensed professionals who can address a variety of mental health concerns for both children and adults. Anxiety, depression, substance use, marital problems and eating disorders are just some of the issues they address.

To contact the Interface Referral Service, call 888-244-6843 Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm, and speak with a trained counselor who can help you navigate a complicated mental health system. All conversations are highly confidential.

We at the Milton Public Schools know how difficult it is to find mental health care. We believe that Interface Referral Service at William James College will be of great benefit to our families and to our faculty who frequently help families when they are in need. If you know of someone who speaks another language, Interface counselors can access translators as well. This 4 minute community video explains the program even further.  Please do not hesitate to call Interface or visit their website, which contains lots of free information on a variety of mental health topics.

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Have someone headed to Pierce 6th grade this fall? Don’t miss Welcome to Middle School – a 3 or 4 day introduction/orientation to all things Pierce! Get the lay of the land, learn the Pierce routine, make new friends, meet some of the Pierce teachers. Not to be missed! There are two camps offered – end of June (just after school gets out) and end of August (the week before school starts) – choose the one that works for your new middle schooler. Deadline to register is tomorrow – May 25th – so don’t delay!   

The Pierce Players will perform its production of Singin’ in the Rain Jr. for the Milton community on Thursday, June 7th and Friday, June 8th at 7PM  and Saturday, June 9th at 2 PM in the Pierce auditorium. Tickets are $10 and available in the Pierce office during school hours until Tuesday June 5th at 3 pm or until they sell out. Any remaining tickets will be available at the door 45 minutes before show time. These shows almost always sell out so be sure to get your tickets in advance.   

MILTON SUMMER ENRICHMENT

It’s hard to believe but summer is fast approaching!  Thank you to all for your participation in registration for MSE 2018.  If you haven’t yet registered, visit our website for registration information. For those families who have registered, please join us on one of the following days to pick up your schedules, maps and Important Information Flier!

Wednesday, June 6th 3-7 pm (MHS Field House Entrance – in back of school)
Monday, June 11th 5-7pm (MHS Main Entrance Lobby – front of school)
Saturday, June 16th 9-12pm (MHS Main Entrance Lobby – front of school)
If you have any questions, please email Bernadette Butler and Cat DesRoche.

FOOD SERVICE NEWS

It’s Game On at MHS next  week as we “Vote for Your Favorite MHS Principal – oops we mean  Sandwich”! Starting May 29th, we will serve 3 new sandwiches created by Mr. James Jette, Mr. Ben Kelly and Mr. Brian Mackinaw. These sandwiches can be found in the Deli Fridge and results will be determined by the end of the week.             Your PURCHASE = Your VOTE so vote early and often in the MHS cafe next week.  

Which Principal – oops, we mean Sandwich – is the MHS Favorite?