Milton Public Schools

December 21st E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Dec• 21•15

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Monday, December 21, 2015

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

With the holiday season upon us, I cannot help thinking that the greatest gift we could give our children is the gift of education. This is one present that will not break, will not become outdated, does not require batteries and will last a lifetime. Whether your child is in Pre-K or is graduating this May, our greatest gift to them will always be the solid foundation they get each and every day in our classrooms. Please enjoy the holiday season and I wish a healthy and happy new year to every one of our Milton Public School families.

Per the request of parents/guardians, please see the item below under “Curriculum” for further clarification on what state assessments our students have taken so far this year.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There has been one School Committee meeting since my last E-blast, held on December 16th. That meeting is summarized below. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 6th at 7 pm in the Milton Access cable studio at Milton High School.

December 16th:

This meeting began with the introduction of the MHS Football Team, along with Athletic Director Alex Campea and Coach Steve Dembowski. The team was congratulated for their successful season and shared some memories of game highlights. Next, Collicot Principal Holly Concannon, along with her site council, presented the Collicot School Improvement Plan. School Committee members voted to withdraw from the CHARMS collaborative and use the South Shore Collaborative.  The committee also received a PARCC Results Update, an update on the formation of a long-range planning committee and voted to put out an RFP for a facilities management plan. As part of a finance subcommittee report, the committee voted on two FY17 budget figures and also voted to approve two vendor warrants before adjourning to executive session.

CURRICULUM NEWS

Reminder to Milton families

If your child was in grades 3-8 in school year 2014-15, these are the state test score reports you should have received via mail from the Milton Public Schools:

  • PARCC ELA – sent home as of 12/11/15
  • PARCC Math – sent home as of 12/11/15
  • Students in grades 5 and 8 last year should have already received their MCAS Science score report in October.

If your child was a high school student last year, these are test score reports you should have received in October:

  • Last year’s grade 9: MCAS Science score report
  • Last year’s grade 10: MCAS ELA and Math score reports

In addition, if your child was in grades 9 or 11 last year, you may also have received the reports below depending on your child’s enrollment in particular classes. Please note that high school PARCC tests were part of the state pilot and do not count toward any high school graduation requirements.

  • Last year’s grade 9: PARCC Integrated Math
  • Last year’s grade 11: PARCC ELA

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The following elementary students received perfect stores on Continental Math League during the first meet in November. Congratulations!

Grade Four:

  • Collicot : Michael Sullivan, Christopher Cherry, Luke Naughton, Mason Pelligri, Daniel Steinberg, Van Tran
  • Cunningham: Samuel Boucher, Frank Hawker, Mary Maloney
  • Glover: Karim Camara, Kyle Denny, Alexander Files, William Hartford, David Mitchell, Casey Olsen, Camden Carr, Jack Nolan.
  • Tucker: Aidan Doherty, Samantha Chiu, Lucy Hollingsworth-Hays

Grade Five:

  • Collicot: Conor Mannion, Lane Carte, Kwon Lok Young, Grace Henry
  • Cunningham: Owen Rogers, Samuel Callahan, Maggie Mannion
  • Glover: Ardic Ceranoglu, Claire Graham
  • Tucker: Timothy Fay, Logan Do

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The following item was turned in by Pierce and MHS teacher, Nancy Warn, who also serves at the Model UN coach:

Our Pierce Model UN team had a great experience at a recent conference. Pierce sent nine students to compete in the conference as members of the European Union, Organization of American States, organization of African States, and Organization of Asian Pacific States. Although Wyatt Troy is the only student recognized with an award, (outstanding delegation with his fellow delegates from Nigeria) all our students were impressive in their level of involvement. They gave thoughtful solutions to the crisis situations presented to them, worked well on their coalition building and had level-headed reactions to some pretty extreme twists presented to them, including solutions to problems facing outer space !

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The following items were sent to us by Amy Tom, Science Department Head at Milton High School:

For Parents:

Engage in Math Parent Game Night Series: Educational Games for Kids

Dates: Vary by grade
Time: 4 – 5:30pm
Program Fee: $25 includes a game which parents can take home to play with their child

Have you ever thought family game time and math homework could actually be the same thing?  Join us for a night of playing and learning!  Please note, this is an event for the parents so no children under 12.  For additional information please visit: http://microsites.bridgew.edu/case/community

For Students: (Please feel free to share with parents)

The Center for the Advancement of STEM Education at Bridgewater State University is excited to offer the CASE Science Academy, a 4-day program for students in grades 6-8 during the February and April vacation weeks.

Winter Science Academy-Forensic Institute of Bridgewater

Dates: February 16 – 19, 2016 (Tuesday—Friday),
Times:  8:30am – 2:30pm
Location:  Dana Mohler-Faria Science and Mathematics Center, Bridgewater State University
Program Fee: $325.00, covers all course expenses for Winter Science Academy, including lab supplies and materials. The fee does not include lunch or transportation.  Students must bring their own lunches. For additional information please visit: http://microsites.bridgew.edu/case/prek-12-students

Spring Science Academy – Enduring Everest: Engineering Challenge

Date: Tuesday, April 19 – Friday, April 22, 2016
Time: 8:30 AM–2:30 PM daily
Location: Dana Mohler-Faria Science and Mathematics Center at Bridgewater State University
Program Fee: $325.00, covers all course expenses for Winter Science Academy, including lab supplies and materials. The fee does not include lunch or transportation.  Students must bring their own lunches

 For additional information please visit: http://microsites.bridgew.edu/case/prek-12-students

Math Kangaroo Olympiad

Date: March 11, 2016
Time: Varies depending on age group
Program Fee: $20, includes a toy, t-shirt and certificate of completion

The Mathematics Department and the Center for the Advancement of STEM Education (CASE) at Bridgewater State University are excited to announce our fourth year of hosting the International Math Kangaroo Olympiad, a low stress mathematics competition for students in grades 1-12. All students are welcome to compete. For additional information please visit: http://www.mathkangaroo.org/mk/registration.html

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

It’s Kindergarten Pre-Registration Time! Please note, your child must be five years old on or before August 31, 2016. The following are three easy steps in the pre-registration & registration process for the 2016-2017 school year:

  • Go to the Milton Public School’s webpage (www.miltonps.org) and the link for Kindergarten registration will be on the main page.
  • Attend the Kindergarten Information Night. Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the Milton High School Charles C. Winchester Auditorium, 25 Gile Rd.
  • Registration will take place by appointment only on February 23rd, 24th & 25th.

Those who pre-register by January 15th will receive their registration appointment and packet at the Kindergarten Information Night.

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Preschool Information and Pre-Registration Night. Mark your calendars and join us for Preschool Information Session on Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 6:30pm at Milton High School  in the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium, 25 Gile Road.  This is guaranteed to be an informative evening as preschool staff and administrators outline the various Milton Public Schools preschool programs and answer any questions families may have. Please note, your child must be three years old on or before August 31, 2016.

Please refer to the Preschool Overview document as well: www.miltonps.org/documents/Preschooloverview.pdf

FOOD SERVICE NEWS

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

Breakfast is available in each of the six Milton Schools. Studies show that students who eat breakfast do better in school, are less tardy, concentrate for longer periods of time and have less behavior problems. Breakfast is available 25 minutes before school day begins. There is never a need to sign up just come and show up.  The cost of breakfast is $1.25 per meal and can be deducted out of your child’s Nutrikids account.  The Middle and High School also have breakfast carts set up throughout the building to make breakfast more accessible.  The High School has a cart set up at the Field House door and students can select a fast grab-and-go breakfast, they can sit at our new Wildcat Café or join their friends in the cafeteria.  They use the same PIN that they use for lunch.  The Pierce Middle School has a breakfast cart set up on the seventh grade wing with a new breakfast café with high top tables and stools for students to gather before school begins.  They use the same PIN that they use for lunch.  Supervision is available at each school for breakfast. This year, the Milton School Food Service Program is piloting breakfast in the classroom with four of our homerooms.  Students are loving it!  Whether or not eating breakfast will slow your metabolism or stop a dieter from shedding extra pounds may always be up for debate. However, recent findings published in Nutrition Journal show that eating this morning meal can increase a brain chemical related to regulating food intake and cravings. Researchers at the University of Missouri-Columbia found that teens, in particular, who skipped breakfast, were more likely to gain weight throughout the day.

“Our research showed that people experience a dramatic decline in cravings for sweet foods when they eat breakfast,” said Heather Leidy, an assistant professor of nutrition and exercise physiology, in a news release. “However, breakfasts that are high in protein also reduced cravings for savory – or high-fat – foods. On the other hand, if breakfast is skipped, these cravings continue to rise throughout the day.”

When eating initiates the release of dopamine, which stimulates feelings of food reward, a reward response that’s important to eating better helps to properly regulate food intake, and was conducted on young women with an average age of 19.

“Dopamine levels are blunted in individuals who are overweight or obese, which means that it takes much more stimulation – or food – to elicit feelings of reward; we saw similar responses within breakfast-skippers,” Leidy said. “To counteract the tendencies to overeat and to prevent weight gain that occurs as a result of overeating, we tried to identify dietary behaviors that provide these feelings of reward while reducing cravings for high-fat foods. Eating breakfast, particularly a breakfast high in protein, seems to do that.”

“In the U.S., people are skipping breakfast more frequently, which is associated with food cravings, overeating and obesity,” Leidy concluded. “It used to be that nearly 100 percent of American adults, kids and teens were eating breakfast, but over the last 50 years, we have seen a decrease in eating frequency and an increase in obesity.”

FAMILY OUTREACH LIAISON NEWS

This article was submitted by Marti O’Keefe McKenna, MPS Family Outreach Liaison.

Fun and Free Things to Do with Kids in Boston: Vacation Week Programs

MUSEUMS

  • The ICA, BostonVacation week family activities – Examine the work of artist Amy Sillman and other artists currently on view in our galleries. Design a color experiment by creating a lively wearable work of art or a multi-colored zine with their own musings. 12/26-12/28
  • The MFA, BostonVacation week activities: Make artwork in the galleries inspired by the theme of celebration! You can also explore different areas of the collection with our Art Connections Cards, and check out a tote bag from the Sharf Visitor Center. 12/26-12/31
  • Boston Children’s Museum, BostonVacation week activities include viewing a special exhibit, a pop-up recycle shop. 12/26-12/31
  • USS Constitution Museum, Charlestown: Kids can take part in An Officer’s Life for Me: December School Vacation program. Learn the skills these men had to master at the USS Constitution Museum during December School Vacation Week. Sail a nautical mile in their shoes and write with a quill pen, keep a medical logbook, navigate with a homemade compass, and more. Through 12/31
  • The Discovery Museums, Acton: Vacation week activities include The Wishing Woods, in which children help create an indoor forest built upon wishes for the New Year. This space changes and evolves through the week as it is designed and built by staff and visitors (through 12/30).
  • EcoTarium, Worcester: A vacation week program has a wildlife mystery theme, during which kids use real scientific methods and clues. Drop in; 12/26-12/28
  • Higgins Armory, WorcesterVacation week fun offers kids the chance to see, live and in-person, the toys that knights played with and see a knight in full armor as he guards the Higgins Castle. Through 12/31

MOVIES

Regent Theatre, Arlington: For sing-along movie fun, visit the Regent Theatre in Arlington for an annual favorite, Sing-Along Sound of Music. The event begins with a live show in which the host leads the audience through a vocal warm-up, the fancy dress competition and awarding of prizes. (Costumes not required but highly recommended.) The host then demonstrates how to use the free goody bag throughout the film. Finally, the audience sits back to watch the original 1965 movie. Lyrics for all the songs on the screen, so you won’t miss a chance to sing your hearts out. (12/26-12/29)

SPECIAL EVENTS

  • Crabgrass Puppet Theater – Mr. Punch’s Christmas Carol – John F Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston Fri 12/27 FREE; reservations required
  • Beautifully crafted puppets tell the tale of the man who hated Christmas and put profits before people. Outrageous holiday hilarity with ghosts, giggles, geese and Tiny Tim too! Reservations required; call or register via the website. [Details]
  • Squirrel Stole My Underpants – Puppet Showplace Theatre, Brookline Thu 12/26-Sun 12/29 Tickets $15 each
  • Sylvie is sent to the backyard to hang up the laundry. The moment her back is turned, a mischievous squirrel steals her favorite piece of clothing and runs off. When Sylvie gives chase, an entire world emerges from her laundry basket, and curious characters show her the way through mysterious lands. Will our lonely heroine rescue her underpants and discover the magic within herself? Join puppeteer Bonnie Duncan to find out. [Details]
  • Disney on Ice: Passport to Adventure – Agganis Arena, Boston Through Dec 29 Tickets: $32-$102
  • Join Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy and Daisy on a journey to the magical worlds of Disney’s The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Peter Pan and Lilo & Stitch. Before you go, be sure to check out Kristin’s review. [Details]
  • Jenny the Juggler – Barefoot Books, Concord Sat 12/28 Tickets $8
  • Jenny the Juggler brings her interactive juggling, magic, music, singing, and physical comedy show to the Barefoot Books Studio, including co-star Blueberry the Bunny! World-class face painting and balloon-animals, too! Advance ticket purchase recommended; drop-ins encouraged to call before coming. [Details]

 

  • Three days of vacation fun for families with children ages 4 and up during the December school vacation week. Cost: $7 and up. Please call to pre-register.
  • Survivor (12/27, 1pm-2:30pm): Through teamwork and problem solving explore the woodlands of the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary and imagine that we are explorers stranded in the wilderness. In order to survive, we will need to build shelters, collect firewood, and find food and a water source. Fee: $9/adults, $7/children (discount for Mass Audubon members).
  • Parent/Child Build a Bird Feeder (12/28, 1pm-2:30pm): Brighten up your yard this winter with a bird feeder handmade by you and your child. All materials and instruction provided; just bring a hammer. Afterwards, observe the sanctuary feeders to see what birds are coming to them. Fee: $20 per family ($18/Mass Audubon member families). The fee includes one kit; extra kits can be purchased for $12 each ( limited quantities – please inquire when you register.)
  • Predator Party (12/29, 1pm-2:30pm): Take a walk to look for fishers, river otters, foxes, hawks, and owls on the sanctuary. Tracks, chews, scat, pellets, and bones will show us where predators have partied. Fee: $9/adults, $7/children (discount for Mass Audubon members).
  • Vacation Week Flyby – Joppa Flats, Newburyport 12/30 & 12/31
  • The vacation program offers indoor and outdoor activities, with art activities, experiments, group games, and scheduled family presentations for everyone. Drop in for an hour or stay all day for a vacation activity that suits your family schedule. Cost: children $7; accompanying adults free. Registration not required.

* The information was adapted from the http://boston.mommypoppins.com/kids/fun-and-free-things-to-do-with-kids-in-boston-vacation-week-programs-new-years-eve-and-more-dec website .  For any additional info, please contact Marti O’Keefe McKenna: mmckenna@miltonps.org, telephone # 617 980 7343

MFE NEWS

What fits perfectly into every teacher’s stocking and classroom? This holiday season,we can’t help thinking of the gifts we are given all yar long, including our wonderful teaches and the role they play in our children’s lives. Here is a simple way to give back: the Red Apple Program. When you make a $25 donation, your child’s teacher receives a special Red Apple certificate and a sincere thank you for sharing the gift of learning. Your donation will directly support our Annual Appeal Fund, which provides grants that enale teachers to foster creative classroom atmospheres and capture the interest and imagination of their students. Send your teacher a Red Apple! Click here or mail your teacher’s name and school, together with your name and donation to MFE, PO Box 223, Milton, MA 02186.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The following item was sent to us by Allan Bishop of the Milton DPW:

Holiday Solid Waste Collection Schedule: This year, the Christmas Day and New Year’s Day holidays both fall on a Friday. Since Milton does not have solid waste collections for that day, there will be NO DELAYS due to the holidays. Milton will have REGULAR solid waste collections for trash and recycling on Wednesday and Thursday 12/23 and 12/24; and 12/30 and 12/31.

The Recycling Center will be open on Saturday January 2nd from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon. Our annual Christmas tree and wreath collections will occur on Wednesday or Thursday, January 13/14 2016, depending on which day is your regular collection day. For additional information regarding tree and wreath collections please visit the Milton DPW online.

Milton DPW Facebook page or Milton DPW Home Page. Please remember that if your trash/recycling has not been picked up, you will need to contact the Sunrise Scavenger Company at 617-361-8000 to report it.

ATHLETICS

The following item was sent to us by the Milton Boosters:

Girls Indoor Track Team will run a Can & Bottle Drive on January 2nd. Save your cans and bottles over the holidays, because the next MHS Boosters can & bottle drive is on Saturday, January 2nd.  The girls’ indoor track team will run the ‘Cans for Cats’ drive at Milton High School. Student athletes will be at the front entrance of Milton High School, 25 Gile Road, from 9:00 am to noontime to collect cans and bottles to redeem them for cash. Please stop by and support your Wildcats!

The following update was sent to us by Athletic Director Alex Campea:

BOYS HOCKEY

The Boys’ Hockey Team is off to a .500 start. We beat Norwood at the home opener, 4-1. Captain Elliott Chauvet scored twice, Assistant Captain Tommy Noonan and Jr. Kellen Hurley, each scored once. Jr. Bobby Lesenechal was stellar in goal. Unfortunately, Braintree defeated Milton in Game Two, 9-0.

GIRLS HOCKEY

Saturday game vs Norwood was a 5-3 win. Elena Kapolis had 3 Goals and 1 Assist to lead the scoring attack. Other goal scorers were Laura Hill and Julia Scannell. All four D played very well, with Meaghan McDougall, Kate Driscoll, Bella Calcagno and Bella Simeone stepping up, blocking shot and clearing the puck for our new Freshman Goalie Mary O’Connell. Mary got her first win of her career as the starting goalie. The game vs. Braintree was a little bit of a letdown after the big win Saturday. The team lost to Braintree 4-2. Goal scorers were Elena Kapolis and Katie Abbott. Once again, all four D played very well in front of Mary. So far I have been very impressed with the play of Freshman D Bella Calcagno and Sophomore D Bella Simeone who have stepped up to fill the void on D with Senior D Hannah O’Leary graduating and Senior Caroline Johnson out with a concussion.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

The Girls Basketball team looks to come back from a tough opening night loss to Braintree with a home game against Newton North on Friday, December 18 and a trip to Natick on Tuesday, December 22 before traveling to North Quincy for a non-league game on Tuesday, December 29.

BOYS BASKETBALL

The Milton Boys Basketball team currently are 0-2. The Wildcats lost to Norwood 67-53 and Braintree 69-47. Eddie Hassell ’18 led the wildcats in scoring vs Norwood with 10points and Jamaurie Coakley scored 15points vs Braintree. The Wildcats have three games before holiday break. Friday December 18th at Newton North, Tuesday December 22nd vs Natick, and Wednesday December 23rd at Randolph HS. Game times are 345pm, 500pm, and 630pm.

WRESTLING

The season began last Saturday at CM.  Milton lost to CM 45-27 and Sandwich 46-29 before taking down Chicopee 46-20.  Last night Milton had its home opener and didn’t disappoint the fans beating Norwood 45-21.  Milton is led by senior captains Dane Matejka 3-1 and Zack Fischer 4-0.  Milton has also had solid performance so far this year by sophomores Liam Kelly 4-0 and Miles Easterling 4-0.

SKI

Dry land training has been going as well as expected. Ted Kackley has been overseeing PE training every Tues & Thurs afternoon and the team has been training on the Blue Hills hiking trails. The team is looking forward to their 1st ski meet at Ski Ward on Jan. 7th. Think Snow!

BOYS TRACK

The Milton boys track team is off to a fast start, with wins over Walpole and Dedham. The team has been led by strong performances by the distance guys as well as the top sprinters in the league. The sprint relay team has the fastest time in the league and one of the top times in the state

GIRLS TRACK

The girls track team won their first meet of the season against Walpole by a score of 74-26. Of the 12 individual events on the roster, the girls won 11 of them. Alexis Daly won 4 events as a freshman in her first high school meet. Other individual first place finishers were Jessy Iwuala, Colette O’Leary, Alexis Belash, Elise O’Leary, Bridget Mitchell and Sophie Cousineau.

SWIM TEAM

The Swim Team did well and were very happy with the way they performed in their first-ever varsity competition vs. Malden High School. Our girls relay (Grace Curran, Maia Adley, Emma Heller & Emme Schewe) scored 3rd in the 200 Medley Relay, Grace Curran scored 3rd in the 200 IM, Emma Heller scored 3rd in the 50 Free and Grace Dwyer took 3rd in the 500 Free.  Maia Adley took 3rd for 100 Back and Emma Heller placed 3rd for the 100 Breast.  Please note that these places were against boys and girls in the same heat.

WINTER CHEER

Erica Dunton, has stepped down as the head coach of the varsity cheer team. We appreciate all her time and effort working with the team this past fall and wish her well as she continues her work within the Milton Public School District. We are happy to report that Renee Van Gestel will now serve as the varsity/junior varsity cheer coach for this winter season. We thank Ms. Van Gestel for her dedication to the Milton Cheer Team.

WINTER CONDITIONING – CREW

There will be no practice over the winter recess (24th December-3rd January). We will resume with the regular training on Monday, January 4th @ 3:30pm. Your coaches will let you know which practices to do on your own over the break. It is very important to stay in shape when we don’t practice at the High School. If you want to be a winner in the spring you have to put in a lot of hard work over the winter. Keep up the good work!

AMBASSADOR PAGE

Students: I would like to recognize the following Glover students, all of whom are members of the First Lego League team at Glover. These students work hard each week to design and code Lego “robots” to perform a variety of tasks. They also have to complete a research project and answer questions from the judges. The team recently competed at a Lego tournament in Revere. Hats off to: Michael Duffy, Charlotte Eversole, Mia Gilmore, Ayanna Gori, Craig Pentland, Omar Ramadan, Thomas Sullivan, Cole Sutter.

Staff:  Each year, the Milton Public Schools welcome back all our retirees to our Milton High School library to celebrate a holiday luncheon. This is a longstanding tradition here in the Milton Public Schools and is one of my favorite events of the year. Today’s luncheon was no exception and I would like to thank Laurie Dunn and Charlene Roche for organizing a lovely afternoon with the retirees; and Jackie Morgan for putting out such a wonderful array of foods for our guests. Many thanks also to our principals, administrators and staff members who took time out of their days to help serve and entertain our retired teachers. Thank you!

Volunteers: I would also like to recognize the two Glover volunteers who helped the First Lego League during the past few months. Please help me in thanking the phenomenal coaches Adrienne Sullivan and Terence Mulhall, who gave many hours to this program.

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

 

December 11th E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Dec• 11•15

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Friday, December 11th, 2015

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

What should families know about PARCC, state testing, and Accountability Levels?

There has been much media coverage about the state’s participation in PARCC, and understandably, some confusion about what the state is planning to do in terms of the statewide assessment. Below are some key points about state testing and how it impacts Milton Public Schools:

  • PARCC is a next-generation assessment designed to measure progress toward meeting grade-level expectations and mastering important skills like critical thinking, problem solving, and analytical writing. In 2010, Massachusetts adopted new learning standards (Common Core), and since then, schools across the state, including Milton, have been introducing them into classrooms. The standards are more rigorous than previous standards and are tied to the skills and knowledge that colleges and employers expect of our high school graduates. PARCC assessments are tied to those new standards.
  • PARCC is a different measuring stick with a different scale than the MCAS. Results from PARCC are different from prior years’ MCAS results, so a direct comparison is not warranted.       Instead of falling in four proficiency levels as on the MCAS – Warning/Failing, Needs Improvement, Proficient, and Advanced, PARCC results fall into five levels – Level 1 (did not yet meet expectations), Level 2 (partially met expectations), Level 3 (approached expectations), Level 4 (met expectations), and Level 5 (exceeded expectations). A “Proficient” score on the MCAS, for example, does not translate directly to a “Level 4” on the PARCC.
  • On November 17, 2015, the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education approved the transition to a next-generation MCAS for ELA and Math that would be given for the first time statewide in spring 2017. This updated MCAS test would use both PARCC and MCAS items, along with items developed specifically for the Massachusetts tests.
  • Milton Public Schools administered the computer-based PARCC assessments in ELA and Math in grades 3 – 8 in school year 2014-15, and we will continue to do so again this school year 2015-16.
  • Students will continue taking MCAS science and technology/engineering tests, and the 10th grade ELA and Math MCAS will continue to be a graduation requirement through at least the class of 2019. The Commissioner is putting together a committee to evaluate the 10th grade graduation requirement beyond 2019.
  • The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) plans to transition the whole state to computer-based testing in 2019. The Milton Public Schools are equipped with the proper technology infrastructure to accommodate computer-based learning and assessment needs, so technology is not a barrier to our students’ progress.
  • Parents can help their children prepare for PARCC by familiarizing themselves with the state’s academic learning standards. The standards are posted online at Common Core State Standards Initiative webpage. Additionally, PARCC practice tests and sample questions are available at http://parcc.pearson.com/practice-tests/.

On December 9, 2015, DESE released the 2015 Accountability Levels for all schools and districts based on state testing on MCAS and PARCC. Massachusetts’ system places schools and districts on a five-level scale relative to other schools in their grade span, ranking the highest performing in Level 1 and lowest performing in Level 5. This accountability system takes into consideration performance on the state ELA, Math and science tests, student growth, the achievement gaps in high needs subgroups, and graduation rates and drop-out rates as appropriate. Milton Public Schools received the following Accountability Levels for school year 2014-2015. (In general, a district is classified into the level of its lowest performing school.)

Accountability Level 2013-14 2014-15
Collicot Level 1 Level 1
Cunningham Level 2 Level 2
Glover Level 2 Level 2
Tucker Level 2 Level 2
Pierce Level 2 Level 2
Milton High Level 2 Level 1
District Level 2 Level 2

We will continue to monitor and respond to any changes in the state testing system in the next couple of years. In the meantime, please reach out to your child’s teachers and school leaders to understand how you can help support your child in meeting core learning standards.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

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

December 2nd: This meeting began with the School Committee recognizing the MHS Girls Cross Country Team, along with Coach Tom Shaw, for an outstanding season. As part of the Superintendent’s Report, the School Committee gave preliminary approval to the Debate Team field trip in January. Ms. Padera encouraged any interested volunteers to attend the upcoming MFE meeting. Ms. Gormley reviewed the upcoming events in the Milton Public Schools. As part of the Health and Wellness Subcommittee Report, Ms. Bagley Jones reported that the subcommittee is working on the Youth Risk Behavior Survey results and has come up with an action plan. She noted that they are working with the high school administration and community groups on some of the areas of concern. As part of the Finance Subcommittee Report, Mr. Walker and Dr. Pavlicek discussed the FY16-17 budget numbers. The committee voted to approve the first budget number of $42,436,500, which reflects the contractual and legal obligations of the district. Mr. Zullas recused himself from the second vote, and Mr. Walker went through the second needs-based budget number of $42,978,200 and the committee approved that figure before adjourning to executive session.

CURRICULUM NEWS

The following item was submitted by MHS Fine Arts & Family/Consumer Studies director Dr. Noreen Diamond Burdett:

We have some wonderful results from our Music Department! The Milton High School Music Department hosted the auditions for the Eastern District Senior Festival on Saturday. Over 1100 students from schools in the Eastern District of Massachusetts competed. Sixteen MHS students were selected to participate in the Eastern Senior Festival (which is in January) based on their high scores at the audition.  They are: Band - Kyle Dempsey, Ben Scott, Maddy Scott, Simon Eder, Sawyer Flanagan Chorus – Samanatha Antoniewicz, Julia Butler, Hope Huban, Dominik Hyppolite, Harry Kong, Will Macmillan, Katie Steele, Stephen Tan, Grace Varela Strings – Ryan Au,  Nethania Marc

Nine of these 16 students had such high scores that they have received a recommendation to audition for the Massachusetts All State Festival. They are: Band - Ben Scott, Simon Eder, Sawyer Flanagan Chorus – Samanatha Antoniewicz, Hope Huban, Harry Kong, Katie Steele,  Stephen Tan Strings – Nethania Marc

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The following item was submitted by MPS K-12 Science Coordinator Bernadette Moonan:

We live in a world surrounded by technology.  We know that whatever field our students choose to pursue as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly hinge on understanding how technology works.  That is why all four of our elementary schools are joining in on the largest learning event in history:  The Hour of Code!  Last year, over 100 million students worldwide tried computer science through computer programming!  This year, we’re joining students worldwide to reach 200 million students!  Students will work on self-guided tutorials on computers, Chromebooks, and iPads to engage in the world of computer programming!  During the month of December, be sure to ask your child about the coding experience he/she has participated in.  Feel free to continue the learning at home by visiting code.org to explore free self-guided coding tutorials. This might be a fun activity over the Winter Break!  Here is a link to an inspiring short video that gives you a glimpse into the Hour of Code:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7L97YMYqLHc

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The following item was submitted by MHS History Teacher and Debate Coach Kacy Dotoli:

The Milton High Debate Team began in 2009 with then-English teacher Dr. Nick Fitzgerald co-coaching with Attorney Phil Tedesco. They had four students at the time and collaborated with the Milton Academy Speech Team. Nancy Warn joined as co-coach in 2010 and the team grew over the next few years, with many students making it to quarter and semi-finals. Kacy Dotoli took over as the debate coach in the fall of 2014. The team meets after school, scrimmages at night, and competes on Saturdays. The students’ hard work paid off as the team did very well throughout the year, placing at multiple tournaments and winning speaker awards. The team traveled to Fairfax, Virginia in January 2015 to compete in the George Mason University National tournament, where two students made it to the octo-finals. At the state tournament in the spring, the team placed 6th overall. This year, the team has new and returning debate members for a total of 26 students. So far this year, the team has competed in three tournaments and students are continuing to place as well as winning speaker awards. During the November debate in Lexington, the following students attended: Seniors: Lydia Horan, Matt Murphy; Juniors: Aislinn O’Brien, Jessy Iwuala, Emily Possi, Declan Foley; Sophomores: Domenic Jancaterino, Gigi Jiang, Alyssa Foster, Ornella Ebongue, Jack Cullen, John Daly, Al Lenz, Tanvir Islam, Hue Ninh Ngyuen, Shoilee Banerjee, Arielle Solomon, Hope Bell; Freshmen: Amanda Kwong, Carl Williams and Ayla Alsebai.  Each team competed in five Rounds of competition and there was a novice circuit as well as a Varsity circuit. Teams who win five or more rounds qualify for the state tournament in April. The teams from Milton who won three or more rounds and qualified for the state tournament were: Domenic Jancaterino and Lydia Horan; Tanvir Islam and Matt Murphy; Jessy Iwuala and Emily Possi; Declan Foley and Amanda Kwong; Ornella Ebongue and Jack Cullen; and Shoilee Banerjee and Ayla Alsebai. All of the above students received medals for winning the majority of their rounds. The big win of the night went to Jack Cullen and Ornella Ebongue. Jack and Ornella are a novice team who are students in my debate class and have previously competed in one other tournament before tonight. This team won four out of their five rounds and came in 5th place out of 66 teams! Varsity: Out of a pool of 100 students Domenic Jancaterino received 8th place and Lydia Horan received 4th place. Novice: Out of a pool of 122 Ornella Ebongue received 7th place and Jack Cullen received 2nd place.

At the Lincoln-Sudbury debate on December 5th, the team also performed well.

In recent years, we have only had one team make it on to the quarter finals, and that was last year in Washington DC. At the December tournament, Matthew Murphy grade 12, debated alone, doing the work of two people and made it to the quarter finals, placing in the top 8 out of 102 teams. Lydia Horan placed 14th.Other teams that did well were Lydia Horan & Jessy Iwuala coming in 21st and Tanvir Islam & Alyssa Foster coming in 25th out of 102 teams.

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Milton High School students were given a lesson in financial literacy on Wednesday, thanks to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Division of Banks and the State Treasurer’s Office. The program was funded by the Financial Education Innovation Fund, which provides an opportunity for high schools to develop or expand a financial education fair. The event was designed to be a fun and effective way for students to learn about making real world financial decisions when it comes to saving, spending, and budgeting based on career choices and lifestyle decisions. Many thanks to the following volunteers who came to assist students with this Financial Education event: Mark Gibbons of William Raveis Real Estate, Jim Potter of Hanscom Federal Credit Union, Rick Dumais, Akwasi Agyemang and Andrea Cipolla of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Division of Banks, Rich Rogers of Abbey Capital and Mark Sullivan of Sullivan Insurance.

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

The Pierce Middle School is proud to announce that this year’s Winter Arts Fest will be held Wednesday, December 16th from 5:30-7pm in Art Rooms 101 and 104. Please join the Pierce art teachers with prizes, crafts and art to view.

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Milton Youth Soccer Uniform Program. Pass us your soccer uniforms….and we’ll pass them on to children all over the world. Drop off your used soccer uniforms (and equipment) in collection bins located in the lobbies of Collicot/Cunningham, Glover, Tucker and Pierce schools and at 34 Cliff Road. Any donations of CLEAN T-Shirts, shorts, socks, shin guards, cleats, and deflated balls and pumps will be gratefully accepted. Note that uniforms from other sports will also be gratefully accepted. (Collection dates are now through December 18th) Thank you for your support!  For more information, call Madame Brown @ 617-696-8125. This project is supported by the Milton Public Schools and Milton Soccer.

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The Milton High School Key Club is collecting donations for Toys for Tots until December 15th. Please donate new, unwrapped toys to help families in need this holiday season. Toys can be dropped off in the Milton High Schoo Main Office and the Guidance Office. We appreciate your support.

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It’s Kindergarten Pre-Registration Time! Please note your child must be five years old on or before August 31, 2016. The following are three easy steps in the pre-registration & registration process for the 2016-2017 school year:

  1. Go to the link below to pre-register your child for Kindergarten before January 15, 2016. http://goo.gl/forms/MD0HlaFHtK
  2. Attend the Kindergarten Information Night on Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the Milton High School Charles C. Winchester Auditorium, 25 Gile Rd.
  3. Registration will take place by appointment only on February 23rd, 24th & 25th.

Those who pre-register by January 15th will receive their registration appointment and packet at the Kindergarten Information Night.

FAMILY OUTREACH LIAISON NEWS

This article was submitted by Marti O’Keefe McKenna, MPS Family Outreach Liaison:

Preschool Information Night for The 2016-2017 School Year: Are you or someone you know looking for a preschool program for your three or four year old? Milton Public Schools has a variety of programs for those children who will turn three or four on or before August 31, 2016.

Mark your calendars and join us for an information evening on January 14, 2016 at 6:30pm. The information session will take place in the Milton High School Charles C. Winchester Auditorium, 25 Gile Rd.  This is guaranteed to be an informative evening as preschool staff and administrators outline the similarities and differences in the programs offered as well as answer any questions families may have.

Please feel free to contact Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Family Outreach Liaison, at 617-980-7343 if you have additional questions. We look forward to seeing you there.

PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

The next SEPAC meeting will be held Monday, December 14th at the Glover Elementary School library from 7-9pm.

Also, I would like to share the following comments, which were made by SEPAC chair Michelle Connolly at the most recent School Committee meeting in honor of Special Education Day:

“Today marks a very special day – a day that is celebrated nationally and every year since 2005 in honor of legislation that celebrates its 40-year anniversary. Happy Special Education Day! This day was created to celebrate progress made since the Federal Government enacted its first special education law – known in 1975 as the Education of Handicapped Children Act … or as we know it now the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act or IDEA. For those not familiar with IDEA, it essentially ensures that students with disabilities have the right to a free and appropriate education just like all other children. Not only that, it requires that their education be provided in the least restrictive environment—meaning schools must teach students with disabilities in general education classrooms whenever possible.  In adopting this landmark civil rights measure, Congress opened public school doors for millions of children with disabilities and laid the foundation of the country’s commitment to ensuring that children with disabilities have opportunities to develop their talents, share their gifts, and contribute to their communities.

In the last 40 years, we have advanced our expectations for all students, including students with disabilities. Classrooms have become more inclusive and the future of children with disabilities brighter. Significant progress has been made toward protecting the rights of, meeting the individual needs of, and improving education results for infants, toddlers, children and youths with disabilities.  In 2015, we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the passage of Public Law 94-142. While tremendous progress has been made over the years, we must continue the hard work and address the challenges that still exist. Although we are able to help many individual students to achieve their goals, we must strive to ensure that all children have the support they need and to find ways to meet each student needs within the context of each school.  At a local school level, we celebrate that MPS is continuing to make progress, especially in the past couple of years and on the following issues: a social/emotional curriculum, transparency in the district, written guidelines that meet federal and state criteria, an inclusion task force, and collaboration with MPS in educating all-parents, teachers, community on disabilities and inclusive practices.

FOOD SERVICE

This past month, we said goodbye to our Tucker School manager, Patricia McIsaac. She has worked for the Milton School Food Service Program for over 21 years. She came to work when her youngest child, Lauren, entered elementary school.  She is retiring to spend more time with her husband Frank and her two children.  Pat, or “Ms. Pat” as the Tucker School students call her, was very emotional on her last day, as Principal Dr. Elaine McNeil-Girmai celebrated her retirement with quite a send off.  The day before the Thanksgiving holiday, after the food service staff went home, the students and teachers decorated the cafeteria, the kitchen and even Ms. Pat’s office with posters and cards of thanks. The walls in the cafeteria were covered with signatures of each Tucker student and their kind thoughts of thanks.  Tucker’s adjustment counselor, Mr. Cadet, made quite a speech to Mrs. McIsaac reflecting on how many students depend on the meals she prepares for them each day and how much that helps these students succeed in school.  The reflection of “Hungry Children Cannot Learn” became the theme of this special send off. We thank Patricia McIsaac for her many years of service.  Her dedication shows each and every day in the smile of all of her students.  They really made her know how special she is to each and every one of them.  HAPPY RETIREMENT!!!

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

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

Winter is on its way – and so are fun things for kids to do at the Milton Public Library! Come visit us anytime during the month of December and enter to win our Winter Solstice Contest, help us decorate for the holidays, and participate in fun and free youth programming. In addition to our regular storytimes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of December 13 – 19:

Friday, December 18, 2015 from 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Lego Club, Ages 6-12

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

Saturday, December 19, 2015 from 10:00 – 10:30 am
Tech Tots Storytime, All Ages

Join Miss Sara for a storytime that incorporates iPad apps along with books and songs to show families how to appreciate stories in new ways! For ages 0-5 with caregiver; no registration required.

Saturday, December 19, 2015 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Life-Size Candyland, All Ages

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

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

NEWS AROUND TOWN

Blue Hills Bank invites the community to their Milton branch to help ring in the New Year!  Join the staff for face painting, balloon animals, a photo booth, crafts, snacks and the official countdown to 2016 at 12 noon!  Come join us for this free, fun, family event.

VISUAL ARTS

Holiday Floral Arranging at the MAC: Master flower arranger Lucinda Larson will help attendees create a beautiful arrangement for their holiday table at the Milton Art Center on December 18th from 6:30-8 p.m.  Participants will use fresh seasonal flowers and simple design techniques to create a floral masterpiece to delight their family and friends.   The artist will supply all materials and no prior experience is required.  Cost of the workshop is $45.  Please see www.miltonartcenter.org for more information or to register.

ATHLETICS

Congratulations the Student Athletes listed below who have been selected for recognition:

Bay State Conference All Stars:

Courtney Scarborough – Cheer
Colette O’Leary – Girls Cross Country
Bridget Mitchell – Girls Cross Country
Elise O’Leary – Girls Cross Country
Kate Driscoll – Field Hockey
Derek Perkins – Football
David Perkins – Football
Jack Clifford – Football
Mack Feeney – Football
Devon Nzepuome – Football
Omar Fraser – Football
Akeem Smith – Football
Kendall Van Allen – Football
Mike Fallon – Football * Selected as BSC Herget League – Player of the Year.
Walker Stroud – Golf
Jared Carr – Golf
Alden Rosa – Boys Soccer
Stefan Richardson – Boys Soccer
Liam Donelan – Boys Soccer
Chae Diani – Girls Soccer
Sophie Cousineau – Girls Soccer *Selected as BSC Herget League Most Valuable Player.
Kate McAuliffe – Volleyball
Joanna Needham – Volleyball

Bay State Conference Honorable Mention

MacKenzie Caputo – Cheer
Tim Lynch – Boys Cross Country
Meaghan McDougall – Field Hockey
Maddy Brown- Volleyball

Boston Herald All Scholastics

Bridget Mitchell – Girls Cross Country
Colette O’Leary- Girls Cross Country
Walker Stroud – Golf
Mike Fallon – Football

Boston Globe All Scholastics

Bridget Mitchell – Girls Cross Country
Colette O’Leary – Girls Cross Country
Mike Fallon – Football
Tom Shaw – Cross Country Coach of the Year Division2
Steve Dembowski – Football Coach of the Year Division 3

Patriot Ledger All Scholastic

Walker Stroud – Golf
Alexis Belash – Girls Cross Country
Bridget Mitchell – Girls Cross Country
Naomi Negassi – Girls Cross Country
Colette O’Leary – Girls Cross Country
Elise O’Leary – Girls Cross Country
Joanna Needham – Volleyball
Alden Rosa – Boys Soccer
Sophie Cousineau – Girls soccer
Mike Fallon – Football
David Perkins – Football
Derek Perkins – Football
Akeem Smith – Football

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

AMBASSADOR PAGE

Students: I would like to congratulate the following Pierce students, who are attending an invitation-only Model UN conference at Northeastern University today. Please join me in recognizing Dominique Thomas, Zoe Malouf, Wyatt Troy, Ralph Destin, Amalia Halpin, Abigail Files, Eliot Hiss, Lila Slymon, and Sarah Palmer. Best of luck!

Staff:   I would like to recognize Renee Mendoza, a math teacher at Pierce Middle School, who also serves as an officer in the Air Defense Artillery branch of the Massachusetts U.S. Army National Guard. She was recently promoted to Lieutenant Colonel, and is assigned as the Massachusetts Army National Guard Safety Officer.  Lt. Col. Mendoza is a combat veteran, having served in Iraq. I would like to thank Lt. Col. Mendoza for her service.

Volunteers: Many thanks to the following volunteers came to assist students with our recent Financial Education event: Mark Gibbons of William Raveis Real Estate, Jim Potter of Hanscom Federal Credit Union, Rick Dumais, Akwasi Agyemang and Andrea Cipolla of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Division of Banks, Rich Rogers of Abbey Capital and Mark Sullivan of Sullivan Insurance. This event would not have been such a success without their generosity and expertise. Thank you.

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

 

November 20th E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Nov• 20•15

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Friday, November 20th, 2015

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

This fall has been a memorable for our Wildcats! Our Milton High School football team has remained undefeated, winning both the Herget Division and the South West Division 3 Championship. We are all looking forward to tomorrow’s State Semi-Finals game vs. Dartmouth, which takes place at 4:15pm at Marciano Stadium in Brockton.  And don’t forget, this year’s Thanksgiving Day game is being held in Milton, at Brooks Field. Kickoff on Thanksgiving Day is at 10am.

Another team having a historic year is the Girls Cross Country team. First, this team won the Herget Division, which has not been done since 2009.  Secondly, the girls earned the #2 spot in the very competitive Bay State Conference. Last Saturday, they won the MIAA Eastern Mass Divisional Championship in Wrentham – something the MHS team has not done since 1998. At this same meet, junior Colette O’Leary won first place, making her the first Milton girl ever to earn the Divisional Championship. Tomorrow the team will be heading to Westfield, Mass to compete in the All State Meet. Please note that sophomore Nick Villard of the MHS Boys Cross Country team will also be competing at this meet. Best of luck!

Please see the item below under “Athletics” for more info on winter signups, etc.

CURRICULUM NEWS

I’d like to congratulate our High School Quiz Show contestants who competed at the WGBH studios last weekend. Four MHS students – Liam Chase, Harry Kong, Nolan Carvalho and Sindhu Banerjee — took part in “Super Sunday,” along with their coach, MHS math teacher Nancy Mikels. High School Quiz Show is an award-winning single-elimination academic team competition for all high school students in Massachusetts. More than 140 towns competed as part of the qualifying round and we will learn next week whether or not Milton has qualified as one of the 16 teams who will take part in the televised finals.

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The Collicot School had a recent fundraiser which was a huge success. The fundraiser was the “One Book One School – The Jennifer Kelly Project.”

Jennifer Kelly, a mother of past and present Collicot students Liam (10th), Ava (9th) and Ronan (3rd) passed away unexpectedly in the summer of 2009.  She was a huge presence in the Milton School Community, who gave endlessly to the Collicot School.

Jenn was particularly passionate about the One Book One School program.  In this program, each family receives their own copy of the same book to read.  The books chosen contain topics that celebrate diversity, embrace our differences and cultivate understanding, acceptance, and inclusion. The school community then comes to participate in fun, shared events that celebrate our book’s theme.

The year that Jenn passed, she tried to start this program at our school as part of a diversity committee initiative.  Unfortunately, funding was not available at the time.

Due to overwhelming support from the school community, this project was launched in her memory.  We are so proud to have celebrated the 7th year in honor of Jenn and the love she gave to Collicot.

On Friday, November 13th, more than 200 people attended the One Night to Remember  at Granite Links Ballroom.  One Night To Remember benefits Collicot School’s One Book One School – The Jennifer Kelly Project.  There were past and present Collicot parents, staff, parents from other schools, and friends and family of The Kelly Family present.

The evening included raffle and silent auction items, food, music and dancing.  Donations were made by Milton families, local businesses and even larger, more distant businesses.  The Event was a great success.  Mrs. Elizabeth Caruso announced this year’s book choice – The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig.

Trudy Ludwig visited the school on October 2nd as part of this project, to kick off Anti-Bullying Month.  She read her books, The Secret Bully and Just Kidding and did exercises with the students, providing them with tools to use to prevent bullying.

The books will be used in lessons throughout the school year in all classes.  This year’s project will conclude with an Adventure Night in the spring, when all families will be invited to come to a night where the children move through stations to participate in activities related to the book.

Collicot would like to acknowledge the Collicot Staff and Community members, in particular, Michelle Cardosa, Jessica Cherry, Kerry Darcy, Kerry Kelly and Michelle Kennedy.

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This fall, Pierce Middle School was accepted to participate in the Greater Boston Model United Nations Conference taking place at Northeastern University.  Pierce students were assigned the countries of Libya, Czech Republic and Sri Lanka, at their upcoming conference.   Since early October, they have been meeting once or twice a week to understand the history of the assigned countries, the history of the work done by various UN committees, and the complexities of various topics facing our world today

Tomorrow, ELA teacher Lauren Hoyt, along with Nancy Warn, Humanities Curriculum Coordinator will travel with 17 students to Northeastern University to engage in committee work to solve problems of malnutrition, safe and fair labor conditions, access to clean water and sanitation, access to vaccines and immunizations as well as election assistance in post-conflict societies.  Pierce will have delegates on the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), the Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the Human Rights Council (UNHRC), the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and in the General Assembly (UNGA).  Very exciting!

The students attending are Evan Trafton, Jack Elliott, Sean Guilderson, Michael McCarthy, Charlie Pugh, Abigail Files, Amalia Halpin, Eliot Hiss, Lila Slymon, Wyatt Troy, Ralph Destin, Dominique Thomas, Zoe Malouf, Sarah Palmer, Michael Howard and Abigail Tran.  They have researched, written position papers and introductory speeches, learned and practiced parliamentary procedure and attempted writing resolutions to solve the problems facing their countries and the world.

These students are amazing.  Not a single student came in with experience with Model United Nation conferences, but students quickly adjusted and engaged in serious research, discussion of problems of grave importance, inquired further to differentiate between issues facing the countries they will represent versus the global community and worked together with others to better understand the focus of the various UN committees.

FAMILY OUTREACH LIAISON NEWS

The item below was submitted by Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Family Outreach Liaison for the Milton Public Schools.

Upcoming Playgroup: Have you been looking for an indoor place for you and your child to play during the cold winter months? The Milton Early Childhood Alliance and First Congregational Church are proud to offer “Skip and Hop Co-Op Play Group.” This is a free, parent cooperative, indoor play space for energetic children to play and make new friends!

The Skip and Hop Co-Op Indoor Play Group is open to all children from infancy through 5 years old with their parents/caregivers. As this is a cooperative play space organized by play group visitors, your help will be appreciated. While there are some communal toys to play with, please feel free to bring your own toys and PEANUT-FREE snacks.

Come and go anytime between 10:30 AM and 12:00 PM. This space will be overseen by those who visit. Parents/caregivers are expected to supervise their children at all times. Please enter the facility at the front of the Church; through the red door at the top of the handicap ramp. Please DO NOT park in front of the Church. This play space will be closed on holidays or during inclement weather should Milton Public Schools close or delay the opening of their school day.

  • Where: Huntington Hall, located inside the First Congregational Church, 495 Canton Avenue, Milton
  • When: Thursdays, December 3, 2015 through April 14, 2016 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
  • For more information, please call Milton Early Childhood Alliance at 617-696-2262, or email cpcmecasld@verizon.net.

MECA is administered by Discovery Schoolhouse, Inc. and is funded through a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.

FOOD SERVICE NEWS

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

The Milton School Food Service and the Department of Defense and are working together!! Yes, that’s right the Department of Defense (DOD).  For many years the DOD has had large contracts with fresh produce companies to help keep our troops well fed.  The USDA and the DOD have now joined forces and are allowing schools across this country to be part of their fresh produce bids.  Schools that are part of the National School Lunch Program can use their USDA entitlement dollars for beef, chicken, cheese, canned and frozen fruits and vegetables and now fresh produce.  The Milton School Food Service Program has committed $26,500 to this produce bid and our students are loving it.  We are ordering in weekly: Lettuce, tomatoes, squash, spinach, carrot and celery sticks, apples, oranges, pears, melons etc…  The best part of this DOD produce is it is all grown in the USA.

Our newest menu item is Roasted Carrot Fries.  We are using the recipe we found in the farm to school cook book.  Our first time menuing this item we used 15 pounds of product at the Milton High School but once the word was out we are now using 80 pounds of carrots.  Try these at home — they are delicious.

Recipe:

2 lbs. of carrot sticks
1 tsp. vegetable oil
1 tsp. butter
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. fresh minced garlic
Dash of salt and pepper

Toss the carrot sticks well in the above mixture.  Roast on parchment paper, stirring twice during cooking.  Cook at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.

MFE NEWS

Teachers, please note: The MFE grant application deadline has been extended to Monday, 11/23.

Milton Foundation for Education Competitive Grants

Purpose: Our competitive grants are designed to encourage and reward effective, innovative teaching. The proposed projects are expected to show direct benefit to student achievement and impact classroom teaching.
Deadline: Monday, November 23rd, 2015, by the end of the school day
Application: Please submit via email to mfegrants@gmail.com
Guidelines: Refer to our website www.miltonfoundationforeducation.org for guidelines, application as well as examples of past grants.
Awards: Requests for $1,000 or less per grant preferred. Requests for more may be considered.
Limitations: No present limits on the number of awards per school. The foundation attempts to award each school about the same amount of funding, but we will grant awards on the basis of the number and quality of proposals received.
Eligibility: Teachers and staff members in all grades may apply individually or in groups.
Approvals: Each grant needs to be approved by your principal and department head. Technology requests should also be cc’d to Dr. Angela Burke.
Information: Please contact mfegrants@gmail.com with further questions, or call MFE Grants Committee Chair Susan Sullivan at 781-244-9503.

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The MFE recently named this year’s Co-Chairs for Celebration. I would like to welcome and thank MFE board members Eileen Heller, Bill Resnick and Angie VanAllen and community member Darryl Elliott. Every school in Milton is represented in this wonderful group of Co-chairs with Eileen a proud Cunningham, Pierce and MHS parent, Bill-Glover, Angie-Tucker, PMS, MHS and Darryl-Collicot, PMS. They are enthusiastic and ready to hit the ground running to Celebrate MPS teachers, students, alum and Celebrate our 20th Anniversary!

SEPAC NEWS

An Evening with Carrie Cariello, December 1: The Milton Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) is hosting a parents night out on Tuesday December 1, 7-9pm at 88 Wharf Restaurant. Carrie Cariello, mother of five and author of What Color is Monday?, will read excerpts from her blog and book of the same name. Attendees will have an opportunity to mingle and share their own experiences raising a child with special needs. Carrie’s book will be available for purchase, and she will be signing a limited number of copies.

Guest speaker Carrie Cariello lives in New Hampshire with her husband, Joe, and their five children; her son Jack is on the autism spectrum. She writes regularly about the joy, challenges, and humor involved in raising Jack and her other four children. Her work has been featured on The Huffington Post, Today, and other national media outlets.

Reservations are required for this event. Please email your name, hometown, and number of attendees to norah.c.ferry@gmail.com. For more information about this event and others, visit the Milton SEPAC website at miltonsepac.org, or contact us at miltonsepac@gmail.com.

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

Fall is here – and so are fun things for kids to do at the Milton Public Library! In addition to our regular storytimes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of November 29 – December 5:

Wednesday, December 2, 2015 from 2:30 – 4:30 pm
Half Day Family Movie, All Ages

It’s an Early Release Day for the Milton Public Schools… so come to the library and watch a movie in the Keys Room! We’ll be showing popular 2015 release Shaun the Sheep Movie, just out on DVD: “When Shaun decides to take the day off and have some fun, he gets a little more action than he bargained for. A mix up with the Farmer, a caravan and a very steep hill lead them all to the Big City and it’s up to Shaun and the flock to return everyone safely to the green grass of home.” Rated PG; runtime 85 minutes. Bring a sleeping bag or a pillow and get cozy! Popcorn will be served. No registration required.

Saturday, December 5, 2015 from 10:00 – 10:30 am
Little Linguists Storytime, Ages 2-6

Bonjour and Hola! Come enjoy stories, songs and activities with Mary Doherty, local language instructor. Elements of the French and Spanish languages will be introduced each week. For ages 2-6 with parent. No registration required.

Saturday, December 5, 2015 from 11:00 – 12:00 noon
Reading Dogs, Grades 1-5

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

Saturday, December 5, 2015 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm
MCBA Book Club, Grades 4-6

The Massachusetts Children’s Book Award was established as a program to encourage children in grades 4-6 to read great books. This year the MCBA Book Club will read one book from the 2015 shortlist each month, and in February-March we will vote for the book we think deserves to be named the book of the year. Call the Children’s Room to find out what December’s pick is: copies will be available in advance of the program at the Children’s Room desk, or by placing a hold in our online catalog. Please read the book in advance of our meeting – you’ll have more fun that way! Registration is required.

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

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

ATHLETICS

Wildcats Update! Remaining Fall Games and Events

Friday, 11/20               MHS Frosh Football @ Home vs. Braintree at 5:30pm

Saturday, 11/21          MIAA – All-State Cross Country Tournament. Stanley Park, 400 Western Ave, Westfield, MA Girls Division 2 starts at 11:00am; Boys Division 2 starts  12:20pm.

Saturday, 11/21          MIAA Football  State Semi-Finals  MHS Varsity Football vs. Dartmouth HS at 4:15pm at Marciano Stadium Brockton.

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The upcoming MIAA Football game between Milton and Dartmouth will be available to watch LIVE on the NFHS Network. Fans that are unable to make it out to the game will be able to watch online from their phone, tablet, or computer. Please visit the MIAA site www.miaa.net for all the details.

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Please visit our school website to register for Winter Sports  www.miltonps.org. The winter athletic season begins on Monday, November 30th and You Must Have a Clearance Cards to Tryout. Please note the added DATES and TIMES to pick up Clearance Cards in the Field House. Friday, 11/20 – 3:00 – 6:00pm & Saturday, 11/21 – 10:00 – 12noon.

AMBASSADOR PAGE

Students:  Congratulations to Shannon Conley, Daniel Costello, Zackary Fischer and Daniela Silva, four Milton High School students who were inducted into the National Honor Society today. Great job!

Staff:   Many thanks to Pierce Middle School teachers Lauren Hoyt and Nancy Warn who will be accompanying 17 students from Pierce Middle School to Northeastern University tomorrow to participate in the Greater Boston Model UN Conference. This is a great opportunity for our students – and a wonderful experience for these talented teachers.

Volunteers: I would like to recognize Terry Driscoll, an MPS parent and board member of the Friends of Milton Crew, who has been working for many years to develop the crew team at Milton High. In addition, Mr. Driscoll, as part of the Neponset Rowing Club, has been instrumental in including the larger Milton community in the sport of crew. Thank you!

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

 

November 12th E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Nov• 13•15

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Friday, November 13th, 2015

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

  • Our football team will play at home tonight vs. Duxbury at 7pm at Brooks Field. This is the Southwest Divisional Final. Also, our Freshman football team plays today at Brookline at 3pm; and JV plays home vs. Brookline on Monday at 3:45pm. Go Wildcats!
  • Our Girls and Boys Cross Country Teams will be attending MIAA Div IV State Championships on Saturday in Wrentham. The girls’ team is in contention to win the divisional championships, which would be the first time since 1998. The boys’ team has not qualified for All States since 200, and they have a good chance of doing so tomorrow.  Expected start times: Boys’ races at 1:05; girls’ races at 2:25pm. Good luck to our Wildcats at this event!!

2015 PARCC Results – Executive Summary

In school year 2014-2015, Milton Public Schools’ students participated in the computer-based PARCC tests in ELA and Math in grades 3-8. Statewide, 54% of districts took the PARCC while 46% took the MCAS. A smaller sample size of grade 9 and grade 11 Milton High students also took one computer-based Math PARCC test and one computer-based ELA PARCC test respectively. Those results are not included here, because the high school PARCC tests were purely optional.

The district saw PARCC as an opportunity to gauge where students stood on an assessment specifically designed to test the curriculum standards we use. We also saw it as a chance to see how students interact with technology, and to hear feedback from our students, teachers and administrators on a next-generation assessment. Overall, our transition to PARCC went smoothly due to the extra preparation given to our staff and students in using technology in the classroom. By the time our students took the PARCC tests, they had already worked with curriculum content on computers, iPads, and Chromebooks. Our school leaders agreed that the PARCC is a rigorous assessment that will push our students to apply higher order thinking skills to achieve at high levels.

On November 10, 2015, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released official PARCC scores for schools and districts to the public. Below are highlights of the PARCC results for Milton. As can be seen across the board, Milton students continue to outperform the state at every grade level in both ELA and Math.

Results from PARCC are different from prior years’ MCAS results, so a direct comparison is not warranted. Instead of falling in four proficiency levels as on the MCAS – Warning/Failing, Needs Improvement, Proficient, and Advanced, PARCC results fall into five levels – Level 1 (did not yet meet expectations), Level 2 (partially met expectations), Level 3 (approached expectations), Level 4 (met expectations), and Level 5 (exceeded expectations). A “Proficient” score on the MCAS, for example, does not translate directly to a “Level 4” on the PARCC. However, the state does have a method of linking the PARCC results to MCAS results for the sake of accountability and examining data trends.

Families should keep in mind that PARCC is a different measuring stick, and the assessment includes challenging questions designed to measure critical-thinking, writing and multi-step problem solving. Essentially, this year’s results will serve as a baseline for PARCC testing going forward.

Individual student PARCC reports will be mailed home to families in December. Parents will receive a copy of their child’s detailed score report; an example of a parent report is available online at http://understandthescore.org.

On November 17, the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education will decide whether to replace MCAS with PARCC or look for other ways to upgrade the state assessment system. This decision will determine how student achievement will be measured in future years. Regardless of the Board’s decision, it is evident that Milton students are well prepared to achieve at high levels on any assessment.

Click here to view the executive summary of our PARCC test scores.

CURRICULUM NEWS

It has recently been brought to our attention that Milton High School has been named one of the best high schools in Massachusetts. MHS placed #22 in Massachusetts in the US News and World Report high school rankings. To view the entire rankings as well as the criteria and methodology, click here.

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To celebrate Family Literacy Month and Statewide Story Walk Day, the Milton Public Schools and the Milton Early Childhood Alliance have partnered to create a unique literacy event. A tri-lingual, English, French, and Spanish children’s book has been posted as a Story Walk on the grounds of Tucker Elementary School for the entire month of November. The story is posted on the fence near the Tucker Playground and can be read by walking along the pathway and reading one page at a time. Please sign the register when you are finished to let us know that you enjoyed this activity! We would like to thank Susan Lewis-Grant, a realtor with William Raveis, as well as Sen. Brian A. Joyce, for providing the materials to make this possible.

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The finalists for Milton Reads 2016 have been announced and the public is invited to vote for the one book they want to read.  Last spring, the pubic submitted book titles for consideration and the finalists were chosen by the committee. Anyone of any age can vote right at the library or online at www.miltonlibrary.org.  Voting ends December 5th and the winner will be announced at the New Year. This event, “Milton Reads,” is now in its fifth year. The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library.

Here are the titles:

  • Dead Wake by Erik Larson, the true story of the attack on the luxury ocean liner Lusitania during World War I
  • Deep Down Dark by Héctor Tobar, the true story of the survival of thirty-three Chilean miners in 2010
  • Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan, a fictional exploration of three young people encountering music and troubles during the World War II era
  • The Finest Hours by Michael Tougias, the true story of a Coast Guard rescue of two boats in 1952.

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Please help us to wish our High School Quiz Show contestants good luck this weekend. Four MHS students – Liam Chase, Harry Kong, Nolan Carvalho and Sindhu Banerjee — will be attending “Super Sunday,” at WGBH-TV studios this Sunday, November 15th, along with their coach, MHS math teacher Nancy Mikels. High School Quiz Show is an award-winning single-elimination academic team competition for all high school students in Massachusetts. Super Sunday is a one-day qualifying event to determine the 16 teams that compete in televised matches of High School Quiz Show.

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

The MHS Boosters are sponsoring a can & bottle drive tomorrow – Saturday, November 14th – to benefit athletic team fundraising. The girls basketball team will run the ‘Cans for Cats’ drive at Milton High School. Student athletes will be at the front entrance of the high school, 25 Gile Road, from 9:00 am to noontime to collect your 5 cent cans and bottles to redeem them for cash. Please stop by and support your Wildcats!

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On Wednesday, November 18th, Milton High School’s Diversity Committee will be presenting “Women Up” — The Power of Phenomenal Women. From the Diversity Committee: “In an effort to unite the Milton community around our rich and diverse culture, we have committed to focusing our efforts  on forums that foster engaging conversations. As our country evolves to offer women equal opportunities, the conversation about gender equality becomes increasingly imperative. The Diversity Committee of Milton High School is hosting a distinguished panel of female leaders in Massachusetts to discuss perceptions and expectations of women in leadership roles and other aspects of society. Panelists will share their personal journeys toward success as female leaders. They will also reflect on their own challenges and accomplishments through the lens of gender and power constructs.” The event will be held Wednesday, November 18th in the Charles Winchester Auditorium at Milton High School from 6:30 to 8:30pm. This free event is open to the public.

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Milton High School Financial Aid Night: on Wednesday, December 2nd at 6:30 pm Jacqui Carli, a Representative of the Massachusetts Education Finance Agency (MEFA) will be at Milton High School to give a financial aid presentation.  Ms. Carli will discuss the FAFSA/CSS Profile, share tips and dispel any myths regarding the college financial aid process.  The presentation will take place in the Charles Winchester Auditorium.  We look forward to seeing you there!

FAMILY OUTREACH LIAISON NEWS

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

Are you a grandparent raising grandchildren?  Are looking for a parenting support group? How about some activities for your young children or teens? The Quincy Family Resource Center works with parents, grandparents, caregivers, youth of all ages, their family members and any member of the community seeking support.  QFRC, serving communities including Milton, helps families to access and navigate resources in the local community.  They provide on-site programs, services and activities to benefit families.

Services they offer include Support for Grandparents raising Grandchildren Support for Parents, Youth Activities, Education Opportunities, Prevention Services, Community Services, Child Requiring Assistance Support and Groups for Youths, Adults and Families.  To learn more about what Quincy Family Resource Center has to offer and day and time of groups please contact them at 617-481-7227.  They will be happy answer any questions you might have as well as  add you to their monthly newsletter/calendar list.

Please feel free to contact me for additional resources or referrals.  My contact information is: Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Family Outreach Liaison, 617-980-7343 or mmckenna@miltonps.org

MFE NEWS

The following update was sent to us by our friends at the MFE:

The Milton Foundation for Education would like to thank our wonderful sponsors and this amazing community for another spooktacular Monster Dash. The weather was a little scary, but the day was nothing less than sensational. On October 25th, more than 1,100 Miltonians, an impressive number of superheroes (including a pint-sized Captain Underpants), and one owl came to run, walk, play, bounce, do science, and raise money in loving memory of Sam Cichello. Together we raised $15,000 for “Sam’s Fund” to support science enrichment in all four Milton Public Elementary Schools. Stay tuned for details on the exciting new science opportunities that will be made possible through your support. Thank you!

Here are the Race Winners: Steve Brady 17:44 (male winner) Erin Hardy 20:34 (female winner) Bobby Carew 18:55!!! 4th place overall at 13 years old. (fastest child)
Get all the results at: https://my.racewire.com/results/31918
Check out finish line photos: https://my.racewire.com/media/raceid/31918

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Milton Foundation for Education Competitive Grants

We are pleased to announce our Fall Grant Cycle

Purpose: Our competitive grants are designed to encourage and reward effective, innovative teaching. The proposed projects are expected to show direct benefit to student achievement and impact classroom teaching.

Deadline: Thursday, November 19, 2015, by the end of the school day

Application: Please submit via email to mfegrants@gmail.com

Guidelines: Refer to our website www.miltonfoundationforeducation.org for guidelines, application as well as examples of past grants.

Awards: Requests for $1,000 or less per grant preferred. Requests for more may be considered.

Limitations: No present limits on the number of awards per school. The foundation attempts to award each school about the same amount of funding, but we will grant awards on the basis of the number and quality of proposals received.

Eligibility: Teachers and staff members in all grades may apply individually or in groups.

Approvals: Each grant needs to be approved by your principal and department head. Technology requests should also be cc’d to Dr. Angela Burke.

Information: Please contact mfegrants@gmail.com with further questions, or call MFE Grants Committee Chair Susan Sullivan at 781-244-9503

NEWS AROUND TOWN

Please join Best Buddies Massachusetts for the 8th annual Milton 5k Gobbler run/walk on Saturday, Nov. 21st at Cunningham School, 44 Edge Hill Road.  Pre-race festivities and registration take place between 7:30am and 9:00. The race/walk portion gets underway at 9:00am. Race fees are $20 in advance/on line;  $25 day of registration. Sponsors present at the event include: Boston Brewin, Perfect Fuel and Today’s Special. Prizes and gift certificates will go to top fundraisers and finishers. Top individual, community team and school team fundraisers will receive the coveted Golden Gobbler trophy!

Our elementary schools have created a team. If anyone would like to register and run with our MPS elementary schools, here is the link: The team is titled Collicot/Cunningham/Glover/Tucker!

https://www.kintera.org/faf/r/default.asp?ievent=1148280&lis=1&kntae1148280=AC876CAC962A4CF5BFEEB73C2C7FFFFF

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The following item was sent to us by Allan Bishop of the Milton Department of Public Works:

Town of Milton to Conduct Inflow Investigations: In order to improve sewer service, on behalf of the Town of Milton, Weston & Sampson will be conducting inflow investigations in selected portions of the sanitary sewer system. The inspections are being conducted as part of Milton’s 2015 Inflow Investigation Program.

The purpose of inflow inspections is to locate sources of rainwater entering the sanitary sewer, such as roof leaders, yard and driveway drains, and sump pumps that are improperly connected to the sewer system. By redirecting these sources, the Town of Milton will reduce the amount of wastewater it sends to the MWRA’s Deer Island Treatment Facility.

Inflow inspections will be conducted by the town’s wastewater consultants, Weston & Sampson, in a “door-to-door” fashion from November 12th through December 18th, 2015, Monday through Friday,

between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.  Inspections at each home will last about  10-15 minutes and will be performed by a two-person team.  The team will evaluate the basement or equivalent lowest level of each

building to determine if any of the common sources of inflow may be connected to the sewer system.  The exterior of each building will also be checked for potential inflow sources.

For your convenience inflow inspections may be scheduled in advance by calling (857) 598-4372.

All persons performing inflow inspections will carry proper photo identification.

The Town of Milton is asking every homeowner to help by taking part in the Inflow Investigation Program.

If you have any questions or would like to set up an inspection appointment, please call our wastewater consultant, Weston & Sampson at (857) 598-4372.

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On Thursday, December 3, Congressman Stephen F. Lynch will host a public forum at Milton High School to address growing complaints about the frequency and increased levels of airplane noise in local towns and neighborhoods that are impacted by Logan Airport air traffic.

Much of the increase in noise coincides with the adoption of the NextGen, GPS-based navigation system. The GPS-based flight system guides hundreds of flights per day with laser-like precision over a narrow flight path.  While the RNAV procedures of the NextGen system can increase efficiency and save on jet fuel costs, the neighborhoods lying beneath those flight paths can experience extended periods of aircraft noise, raising health implications and negatively impacting the quality of life for local families.

Since 2014, Congressman Lynch has called on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to meet directly with concerned residents.  While the FAA has been open to meeting with elected officials, requests for constituent meetings have been denied in the past.  Following a meeting with FAA Administrator Michael P. Huerta and State Representative Walter F. Timilty (D-Milton) in Washington, D.C. in September, Congressman Lynch was able to secure an agreement that the FAA would participate in a community forum in Milton.

“The upcoming face-to-face meeting in Milton with FAA officials will allow people who are being impacted to have the opportunity to be heard.  Local communities deserve to have more say in the FAA decision-making process.  I am hopeful that through this forum we can increase community engagement and find a way to ease the disproportionate burden of airplane noise on residents of impacted communities,” said Congressman Lynch.

The December 3 forum will be open to residents of all communities affected by the increase in airplane noise.  In addition to a presentation from the FAA, the FAA representatives will hear directly from concerned residents during the question and answer portion of the program. The forum will be open to the press. The invited guests include:

  • Representatives from the FAA
  • Representatives from Massport
  • Representatives from Logan Airport Community Advisory Committee
  • Congressman Michael E. Capuano
  • Congresswoman Katherine Clark
  • State Senator Brian A. Joyce
  • State Representative Walter F. Timilty
  • Milton Town Administrator Annemarie Fagan

 GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

Dear Families of Milton High School: This is “Give Back to Schools Week,” at the Fruit Center Marketplace. The event ends today  (Friday 11/13) This is the biggest fundraiser for the PTSFO, with all funds go back into Milton High School events. Please download vouchers here and share with friends and family.

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Please help to support Milton PTOs! There is an ongoing Textile Recycling Fundraiser. The donation boxes are located outside of each Milton School. Program generates a rebate of $100 per ton on textiles collected. Please bag your donations. The bins accept the following: footwear, clothing, accessories (hats, pocketbooks, belts, gloves, backpacks, ties, scarves, and bathrobes); linens (sheets, blankets, curtains, towels, throw rugs, table linens) and stuffed animals. When cleaning out your closets, re decorating, or updating your household linens, support Milton PTOs!!!  For more information, visit this link.

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We would like to thank the MHS Class of 1961, who recently visited Milton High School to see the beautiful display case they donated to the school to be used for art and music. This case was a gift from both the Class of 1961 and the Class of 1963. The case is now filled with medals and trophies from our talented art and music students and is located in the second floor hallway near the Copeland Field House balcony doors.

FOOD SERVICE

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

“Snacking can be very healthy”

Many parents ask me what is the best snacks to offer my children.   I have gathered the following list from families, teachers, and staff members.  Next time your children or yourselves are hungry give one of these a try.  These are all 100 calories.  Pre-portioned snacks often help our children enjoy a treat while controlling how much we eat.  Snacking can be part of a healthy diet.

1 large stalk of celery with 2 Tbsp. of nut butter (Almond butter is delicious)
1 cup of raw vegetables with ¼ cup of light ranch dressing
28 grapes
½ cup of unsweetened applesauce with a slice of whole grain toast cut into sticks for dipping
10 cashews
1 mozzarella string cheese with two whole wheat crackers
6-8 oz. of low fat yogurt
2 Tbsp. Hummus with 12 grape tomatoes
½ cup plain oatmeal with ¼ cup fresh berries
1 medium banana
½ cup of 1% cottage cheese with 5 strawberries
1 cup of mango chunks
8 corn tortilla chips with ¼ cup of salsa
½ apple with 2 tsp. of nut butter
12 almonds
1 cup blueberries
6 whole wheat crackers with 2 tsp. almond butter
1 medium apple with ½ oz cheddar cheese
3 Tbsp. raisins
7 baby carrots with 2 tsp. of nut butter

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

Fall is here – and so are fun things for kids to do at the Milton Public Library! In addition to our regular storytimes on Monday and Tuesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of November 22 – 28:

Thursday, November 26, 2015
LIBRARY CLOSED

Friday, November 27, 2015 from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
Free Play Friday, Ages 0-5

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

Saturday, November 28, 2015 from 10:00 – 11:00 am
Family Craft, Ages 3-6

Come to the Story Hour Room for a crafty good time! Each month the Children’s Room will provide instructions and materials for a preschool age-appropriate, seasonal craft. Drop in anytime during the hour and make something lovely to take home! No registration required.

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

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

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

ATHLETICS

Wildcats Athletic Updates !Winter Sports Athletic Registration is now open and available to all athletes. Please click here for all the details.

Also, for tonight’s football game, please note that this is a MIAA Tournament Event and ticket prices are controlled by the MIAA and will be $ 7.00 for all Students and $ 10.00 for Adults. A very large crowd is expected for this championship game, so please plan on arriving early as parking will be a challenge and seating will also be hard to find if you are late to this event. All children under 12 years of age are asked to be accompanied by an adult and proper behavior is expected during the entire event. We ask all parents for cooperation in this regards to this request.

And again, please wish our Girls and Boys Cross Country Teams good luck at States this weekend.

AMBASSADOR PAGE

Students: Congratulations to Bella Brown, a 6th grader at Pierce who achieved a perfect score last spring when she was a 5th grader at Collicot. We are very proud of Bella for earning the only perfect science MCAS score in the district!!!

Staff:  I would also like to acknowledge the work Dyanne Crowley does each year to prepare Milton High School students to present at Milton’s annual Veterans Day event.  This is a wonderful event for the Milton community and her hard work behind the scenes is commendable!

Volunteers: I would like to thank Leigh Pukel, the parent who organizes the textile bins. These bins, located at five of our schools, have been a very successful fundraising tool. Thank you to Ms. Pukel and all the volunteers who help to maintain this great source of revenue for our PTOs.

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

 

 

November 5th E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Nov• 05•15

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Thursday, November 5th, 2015

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

  • It’s official, Stoughton vs. Milton is the Fox 25 High School Game of the week! Thanks to all who voted. Please come this Friday night 11/6 to Brooks Field at 7pm to cheer on our Milton Wildcats football team.
  • Tonight is Opening Night for our high school musical. Please come to see “42nd Street”at 7pm in the Charles Winchester Auditorium or come Saturday, November 7th at 2pm or 7pm. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance at the front lobby of MHS or PMS– or buy your ticket at the door.  

Please read the summary below regarding the Youth Risk Behavior Survey administered by the Milton Public Schools, which was presented at last night’s School Committee meeting:

The Milton Public Schools recognize that for students to be productive, caring and contributing members of society, as our Mission Statement says, they need more than an excellent academic experience. They also need to be healthy in mind, body and spirit.

We regularly assess the academic progress of our children through a variety of mechanisms such as report cards, MCAS, PSATs, portfolios, and the like. We believe it is also important to understand our students’ health and safety status and to ask ourselves: Do the Milton Public Schools create a safe environment where children can thrive, and are MPS students making the right choices to keep themselves physically and psychologically sound so that they can reach their fullest potential?

To ascertain these questions, we felt it was important to survey students to better understand their risks and address them if need be. We determined that the best instrument was to employ a validated survey developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and used by many districts across the Commonwealth entitled, the Youth Risk Behavior Factor Surveillance Survey (YRBSS).

In December 2014, we randomly selected nearly 500 students from grades 9-12. This was a large enough sample to make statistically valid conclusions, and the sample was quite representative of the ages, gender, racial backgrounds and academic standing of MHS students. We were able to also compare how we stand relative to the U.S. and the state. Here are some of the key findings:

Results of the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System at Milton High School:

In this report (see link below) prepared by Lynch Research Partners, MHS students were compared with students in: 1) the United States 2) Massachusetts and 3) the Metrowest region. Results reported below represent statistically significant differences between MHS students and students in other samples.

Results of the survey highlight several areas in which MHS students are doing well and also identify potentially problematic areas that may be targeted for additional remediation efforts. Positive findings suggest rates of bullying and cyberbullying within MHS are significantly lower than rates within the United States, Massachusetts, and Metrowest. Rates of sexual assault and dating violence are also lower among Milton students than other students in the United States. In addition, Milton students are less likely to drive drunk or to ride in a car with a driver who is drunk. In relation to substance use, MHS students are less likely to smoke cigarettes, use hallucinogenics, ecstasy, heroin, methamphetamines, or prescription drugs and less likely to be given, offered or sold drugs on school property then students across the United States and Massachusetts. The YBRSS also identified several risk behaviors in which MHS students engage at higher rates than students in the United States, Massachusetts, and Metrowest. Specifically, Milton High School students use alcohol and marijuana at higher rates than United States, Massachusetts, and Metrowest students and report depressive symptoms more frequently than Massachusetts and Metrowest students.

Violence and Bullying

  • MHS students are less likely to be bullied on school property or online than students in the United States, Massachusetts, and Metrowest
  • While 7.1% of students across the United States report not going to school because they felt unsafe, only 3.3% of MHS students reported feeling unsafe at school

Mental Health

  • 25.3% of MHS students reported experiencing symptoms of depression in the last year – this rate was lower than students in the United States (29.9%) but higher than students in Massachusetts (21.7) and Metrowest (20.0%)
  • MHS students were less likely to have attempted suicide in the last year than students in the United States and Massachusetts

Cigarette Use

  • 41% of students in the United States and 31.6% of students in Massachusetts report smoking cigarettes within the last 30 days compared with 24.1% of MHS students

Alcohol and Drug Use

  • MHS students reported higher levels of binge drinking (34.5%) than students in the United States (20.8%), Massachusetts (18.9%) and Metrowest (19%)
  • 73.9% of MHS students report they consumed alcohol compared with 66% of United States students, 63% of Massachusetts students and 56% of Metrowest students
  • MHS students were more likely to use marijuana than students in the United States, Massachusetts, and Metrowest
  • Rates of cocaine use among MHS female students were significantly lower than students in the United States and Massachusetts. However, 6.9% of MHS male students reported using cocaine compared with 6.6% of male students in the United States and 4.4% of male students in Massachusetts

Drug- and Alcohol-Related Risk Behaviors

  • 29.2% of MHS students reported using alcohol or drugs before sex compared with 22.4% of United States Students and 23.5% of Massachusetts students
  • Only 5.8% of MHS students reported driving drunk in the last 30 days compared with 10% of students in the United States, 7.1% of students in Massachusetts and 9% of Metrowest students

Call to Action

The Milton Public Schools is a highly regarded system because we believe in looking at data, naming our challenges, and devising plans for addressing them. When our school assessments showed an achievement gap, we named it, and then pursued evidence based strategies and resources to turn this problem around. Similarly, we cannot afford to ignore the problems that this survey has illuminated. If we want our children to be successful and productive citizens, we cannot pretend that social issues don’t exist, nor can we afford to ignore or hide them.

Underage alcohol use and youth mental health issues are particular challenges in Milton that were raised by this survey. We must be clear that these are community problems that the school system cannot possibly address alone. These conditions are influenced by children’s environments including at home, their peers, and in their communities. Our schools must join with our families, community leaders, faith organizations, social service and health care organizations, and public safety officials to have a coordinated response that is inclusive and that identifies interventions that are proven to make a difference. Our approach cannot be driven by personal anxiety or indignation. We must look at the research and determine how we can unite to address these issues in a coordinated and impactful way, emphasizing prevention instead of punishment.

What Can We Do?

  • The Milton Public Schools has developed a Resource Guide on our website where families can get help for a variety of substance abuse and mental health issues http://www.miltonps.org/partnerships-resourcepages.php
  • We will convene faculty, administrators and students to better understand the issues and prioritize our strategies
  • We are sending our faculty and students to a regional conference on underage drinking to get as much information as we can on best practices
  • We are teaming up with the newly-formed Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, sending faculty, resource officers, administrators and students to meetings, where representatives from all sectors of Milton are committed to working on addressing these issues. We will tap their public health professionals for technical assistance and resources.
  • We will sponsor educational programs for our faculty, parents and students, in coordination with the Coalition.
  • We will continue tracking these issues in the future, and monitor our progress.

Every town, every school—whether public or private—has social challenges. They can choose to ignore or conceal them, or they can confront and address them.  The Milton Public Schools’ administration chooses the latter.  We are fortunate to have a community that is poised to make a difference for all of our children.

Please click here to view the report in its entirety or here to read the executive summary.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There has been one School Committee meeting since my last E-blast, held last night. I will summarize this meeting in my next E-blast. The next School Committee meeting will be held on Monday, November 23rd at 7 pm in Room 245 at Milton High School.

CURRICULUM NEWS

Please note, Wednesday, November 11th is a NO SCHOOL day in honor of Veteran’s Day.

Also please note that Thursday, November 12th is a HALF DAY for all students PreK-12 due to Parent-Teacher Conferences held throughout the district.

Please be sure to register for one of the Parent-Teacher conferences. I cannot stress enough the importance of maintaining communication with your child’s teacher, and conferences are one of the best tools for doing this. If you have not scheduled a time for your conferences, please do so as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s grade-level guidance counselor.

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Save the Date! Milton High School’s Diversity Committee will be presenting “WOMAN UP – The Power of Phenomenal Women,” on November 18th from 6:30 to 9:30pm in the Charles Winchester Auditorium at Milton High School. This event is free and open to the public and will feature four panelists, including myself, Joanne Jaxtimer, Elsie Taveras and Tracey West. Panelists will discuss their journeys toward leadership, perceptions and expectations around leadership, and reflect on their own challenges and successes pertaining to gender and power.

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Please see the note below from Pierce Middle School teachers. Kerry Callender, Sarah Pullia, Jill Markarian, Owen McElhinney:

On behalf of the Orion Team teachers and students, we would like to extend a sincere thank you for the opportunity to go to the Hale Reservation for a second year.  It was a huge success!! The weather was beautiful (despite the puddles), the kids were all so positive and willing to take risks and push themselves, and the Hale staff was so complimentary of them all.  They really came together as a team, and the energy was palpable. We couldn’t have asked for a better day.

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Veteran’s Day Services:

Cunningham:  The Cunningham School invites any Cunningham student who has an active or retired service member in his or her life to bring that service member for a Coffee Social in the Cunningham School library at 9am on Tuesday, November 10th.  At 9:45am, the school community will assemble on the front yard of Cunningham School for a flag-raising ceremony, accompanied by a Military Honor Guard.

Collicot:  The staff and students of Collicot Elementary School will hold a flag-raising ceremony on Tuesday, November 10th at 2pm to honor the nation’s veterans.

Glover: The Glover School will be “planting” flags in honor of veterans.  The students have written tags with the name of a veteran and those tags will be tied around a flag and planted on the lawn in front of the school.

Tucker:  The entire school will be reading a book entitled “America’s White Table,” by Margot Theis Raven, which explains about honoring our veterans. On Tuesday, a table in the cafeteria will be set to symbolically honor veterans. Also, Tucker Parent and US Navy veteran Rebecca Harvey will hold an in-school assembly on Tuesday and will discuss her military career.

Pierce:  Pierce families and staff members were sent Veteran’s Day stars and were asked to write in the name of a veteran, decorate the star and return it to school. The Pierce Student Council Members filled a large bulletin board in the cafeteria with these stars to honor our veterans.

Milton High School: Members of the MHS Key Club are collecting Halloween candy to donate to our troops. Students are bringing extra candy, as well as toothpaste, toothbrushes and dental floss to package up and ship to our troops. (Candy can be dropped off in Guidance or at the main office.)  In addition, MHS Junior Michael Sullivan is collecting used/tattered flags for a retirement ceremony. Donation boxes are in the lobby of each school.

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Parents of college-bound students, please plan to attend the College Information Night on Wednesday, December 9th @ 6:30pm. This event will be held in the Milton High School Library. Do you want to learn more about the college process; how to use Naviance, understand the difference between SAT, ACT and SAT Subject Tests and which one to take? Do you have Financial Aid Questions? If so, please come this night to have your questions answered. Anyone is welcome to attend this event. It is never too early to start planning!

FAMILY OUTREACH LIAISON NEWS

The following item was submitted by Family Outreach Liaison Marti McKenna O’Keefe:

November Is Family Literacy Month! Celebrate and Support Family Literacy! National Family Literacy Day, celebrated across the U.S.A. on November 1st, focuses on special activities and events that showcase the importance of family literacy programs. First held in 1994, the annual event is officially celebrated on November 1st, but many events are held throughout the month of November. Schools, libraries, and other literacy organizations participate through read-a-thons, celebrity appearances, book drives, and more. To celebrate Family Literacy Month and National Story Walk Day, the Milton Early Childhood Alliance is teaming up with the Milton Public Schools to bring a tri-lingual, English, French, and Spanish Children’s book to the community. A Story Walk will be installed on the grounds of Tucker School for the month of November. Be sure to come out, take a walk and enjoy a great book all at the same time.

In addition to a story walk or sharing a story at home, try one of these activities with your family*:

Family Game Night: Set up a family board game night where a different game is played each week. Have each member of the family involved in reading instructions and game cards and keeping score.

Karaoke Night: Rent a Karaoke machine and invite the neighbors over for a party. Not only is this activity fun, but it also encourages, reading, singing and family involvement.

Sous Chef: Following recipes is a great way to improve both reading and math skills. Ask your children to read the instructions out loud and help measure the ingredients when making a treat for the family.

*Adapted from Global Literacy Project

NEWS AROUND TOWN  

Milton’s American Legion Post #114 and the administration of the Town of Milton invite the public to join them in the Veteran’s Day observance to be held Wednesday, November 11th. All participants who wish to march should gather at Milton High School, 25 Gile Road by 10:30am. The parade will proceed from MHS to Canton Ave. and on to the Town Hall for the services, which begin at 11am. All residents, friends and relatives are welcome to join the American Legion in honoring the men and women in our country’s armed services – those who have served and those who are presently serving.

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

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

Fall is here – and so are fun things for kids to do at the Milton Public Library! In addition to our regular storytimes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of November 15 – 21:

Saturday, November 21, 2015 from 10:00 – 10:30 am
Tech Tots Storytime, Ages 0-5

Join Miss Sara for a storytime that incorporates iPad apps along with books and songs to show families how to appreciate stories in new ways! For ages 0-5 with caregiver; no registration required.

Saturday, November 21, 2015 from 2:30-3:30 pm
MCBA Book Club, Grades 4-6

The Massachusetts Children’s Book Award was established as a program to encourage children in grades 4-6 to read great books. This year the MCBA Book Club will read one book from the 2015 shortlist each month, and in February-March we will vote for the book we think deserves to be named the book of the year. November’s book is The Nearly Calamitous Taming of PZ: A Laboratory Dog’s Search for Love by Martha Ritter. Copies will be available one month in advance of the program at the Children’s Room desk, or by placing a hold in our online catalog. Please read the book in advance of our meeting – you’ll have more fun that way! Registration is required.

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

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

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

ATHLETICS

Please note the following tournament games being played by our MHS teams during the next few days:

Tonight: (11/5) Milton Girls Soccer plays Apponequet  at Brooks at 6:00pm

Friday night: (11/6) Milton Football Home vs. Stoughton at Brooks at 7:00pm

Monday night (11/9) Milton Girls Volleyball at Canton at 7:00pm

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

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

AMBASSADOR PAGE

Students: I would like to recognize Tucker students Olivia & Isabela Corporan, who recently hosted a book swap. Family, friends & neighbors were invited to bring any school-age books and take home ‘new-to-them’ books in return.  Attendees received goodie bags filled with stickers, book marks, name plates and gummy “bookworms.” All of the books not taken from the swap were then donated to Tucker School to enhance our classroom libraries and take home book bins! Thank you to these two young bibliophiles!

Staff:   I would like to thank Cunningham teachers who opened their classrooms to their colleagues and MPS administrators as part of the Leadership Team Learning Walk held this week. Sarah Smith, Kerry O’Leary, Sue Hennessy, Tanya Walsh and Emily Hyde along with Carla Eigen, Pam Smith, Karen McGrath, Marlene Mason and Michelle Jensen allowed us a glimpse into their “typical” school day. This was an outstanding learning opportunity for all. Thank you!

Volunteers:   I would like to recognize Laurie Stillman, a former MPS parent, School Committee member and current member of the Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition. Ms. Stillman has volunteered countless hours assisting the Milton Public Schools with a variety of issues, the most recent of which has been her work on the Youth Risk Behavior Survey mentioned in my introduction. We are lucky to have a health professional who has given us such valuable advice. Thank you!

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

October 23rd E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Oct• 23•15

 

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Friday, October 23nd, 2015

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

I am pleased to announce that I have recently opened a Twitter account. My Twitter “handle” is @SuptMPS and I am looking forward to sending out brief updates via Twitter on a regular basis. I would encourage Milton Public Schools parents and guardians to open a free Twitter account in order to receive these updates. The beauty of this form of communication is that it is ideal for short (140 characters or less) updates called “tweets.” These updates can be received on desktop computers or mobile devices. As we develop this form of communication, I envision using Twitter to alert parents/guardians about transportation issues, upcoming events and late-breaking news or alerts from Central Office.  Visit www.twitter.com for more information about signing up.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There has been one School Committee meeting since my last E-blast. This meeting is summarized below.

October 21st:  As part of Citizen’s Speak, the School Committee was treated to a performance by members of the cast of the upcoming MHS musical, “42nd Street.” This was followed by a review of this year’s MASC Resolutions, in advance of their annual conference. The School Committee goals were reviewed, along with a point person/committee assigned to each goal and a brief summary of the budget process was given by Assistant Superintendent for Business, Dr. Glenn Pavlicek. The School Committee voted to approve the final FY16 budget reductions and the most recent vendor warrant. They also re-approved the district’s Diversity Policy and received an update from the Transportation and Traffic Safety Subcommittee before adjourning to executive session.  The next meeting will be held November 4th at 7 pm in the Milton High School library.

CURRICULUM NEWS

Wednesday, November 11th, is a NO SCHOOL day in honor of Veteran’s Day.

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Thursday, November 12th is a HALF DAY for all students PreK-12, due to Parent-Teacher Conferences held throughout the district. If you have a child in elementary school and would like to sign up for the Early Release Day program run by Milton Community Schools, click here: https://unipaygold.unibank.com/TransactionInfo.aspx?transid=17884

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The following was submitted by Pierce Middle School Guidance Counselor Erin MacCurtain:

On Tuesday, October 20th, a group of Pierce Middle School students attended “The Club, by George Foreman” for some exercise/team building activities and to hear a motivational talk from Mr. George Foreman III. One of the key messages that Mr. Foreman discussed with our Pierce students was “fighting it forward,” or paying it forward. Mr. Foreman encouraged the group to do small acts of kindness for others. His message was that being kind is not only the right thing to do, but it makes people feel better when they are kind to others. Pierce will be starting a “fight it forward” initiative with all students starting in a few weeks. Our goal is to have every Pierce Middle School student perform a random act of kindness. “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?” -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Please read the link below for an interesting article on the relationship between pre-school skills and the modern workplace:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/18/upshot/how-the-modern-workplace-has-become-more-like-preschool.html?emc=eta1&_r=0

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Parents of 5th through 8th graders, please note: On Thursday, October 29th at 6:30pm, Milton High School is holding a 5th-8th grade Parent Information Night in the Charles Winchester Auditorium.   This event will afford parents/guardians an opportunity to learn about course offerings, academic and extracurricular programs, athletics and activities that prepare students for college and life beyond high school. Parents/guardians will meet faculty and students and also have the option to take a tour of the building.

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The MHS Boosters are sponsoring a can & bottle drive on Saturday, November 7th to benefit athletic team fundraising. The girls’ basketball team will run the ‘Cans for Cats’ drive at Milton High School. Student athletes will be at the front entrance of the high school, 25 Gile Road, from 9:00 am to noontime to collect your 5 cent cans and bottles to redeem them for cash. Please stop by and support your Wildcats!

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 Save the Date! The Milton High School Diversity Committee presents “Woman Up – The Power of Phenomenal Women,” on Wednesday, November 18th at 6pm in the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium at Milton High School. Panelists will discuss their journeys toward leadership, perceptions and expectations around leadership and reflect on their own challenges and successes pertaining to gender and power. Milton High School student Lydia Horan will moderate and panelists include Mary Gormley, Joanne Jaxtimer, Elsi Taveral and Tracey West.   This event is free and open to the public.

PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

SEPAC will hold a Board Meeting on Wednesday, October 28th from 7-9pm. The next Parent Workshop.  The next Parent Workshop will be held on Tuesday, November 3rd from 7-9pm.  Both events will be held in the Glover Elementary School Library. Please read below for more information on the November 3rd event:

Understanding Sensory Processing: Its Role on our Behavior, Skill, and Learning, will be presented by Melanie Salort, Licensed and Certified Occupational Therapist on November 3 at Pierce Middle School.

Milton, MA- Sensory processing is a term that refers to the way the nervous system receives messages from the senses and turns them into appropriate motor and behavioral responses.  For many children, these messages aren’t received by the brain in an organized fashion which can affect behavior, skill development and learning.  On Tuesday, November 3rd, the Milton Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) invites parents and educators to join us at the Pierce Middle School Auditorium at 7pm for a presentation by Melanie Salort.  Melanie will define sensory processing and explain how our senses play an integral role in our self-regulation, emotional regulation, skill acquisition, and learning.  The topics discussed will better define when challenges in sensory processing exist and how to look for them.  Ideas and strategies for home and the classroom will be discussed.

Melanie Salort is a Licensed and Certified Occupational Therapist. Educationally, she received her Bachelors Degree from Quinnipiac University. Upon graduation, she worked for 3 years in early intervention in East Boston. In 2003 she completed the Comprehensive Program in Sensory Integration and is SIPT certified. Soon after this certification, she began working at OTA-The Koomar  Center. With over 10 years of experience in the area of sensory processing, Melanie has completed various training programs complimenting her work in sensory processing.  She is a certified provider in the following listening therapies: Integrated Listening Systems (iLs), The Listening Program, and Therapeutic Listening.  Melanie completed Level 1 and 2 of craniosacral therapy.  Additional training has included visual vestibular work along with reflex integration.  An area of interest has been picky eating and she has attended various courses and practiced using models such as the MORE approach and the SOS model.

In addition to her clinical experience in Sensory Processing, Melanie also has had experience with young infants and toddlers. She has worked on research with LADDERS (now known as TRANSCEND) on their infant sibling autism study.  While in early intervention, Melanie trained with the Brazelton Institute to use their Clinical Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale (CLNBAS).

Over the last few years, Melanie has focused on areas to support more specialized populations, such as individuals who have experienced trauma and attachment issues and various challenging behaviors. She has attended trainings with Dr. Dan Hughes, a psychologist who specializes in trauma and attachment.  In addition she has attended trainings at Think:Kids, a collaborative thinking approach.

FAMILY LIAISON NEWS

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

Do you dread that letter home from your child’s classroom teacher informing you someone in the class is presently being treated for head lice? The Collicot and Cunningham PTOs are hosting Berit Pratt RN from NitWits Lice prevention on MONDAY, NOVEMBER 9th at 6:30 in the Collicot/Cunningham library. Berit’s company focuses on all natural lice prevention and treatment. She will talk about common myths and the most effective way to prevent the spread of lice.  School nurses, Alison Joyce RN and Jeanie Sgroi RN will also be there to answer any other health questions parents may have. Parents and guardians from all schools are invited to attend. Please feel free to reach out with any questions you might have about the upcoming school year or if you are in need of a resource. My contact information is: Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Family Outreach Liaison, 617-980-7343 or mmckenna@miltonps.org .

FOOD SERVICE

The following essay, “A Day in the Life of Visiting the Milton Food Service Program,” was written by Yennie Mok, an intern in the Milton Food Service program:

This past spring, 14 other undergraduate students and I participated in a Justice Brandeis Semester program at Brandeis University entitled “Food, Lifestyle, and Health.” This eight-week program allows us to explore diabetes and obesity by examining the biological science and the social determinants of health through three academic courses that incorporate experiential learning and opportunities to visit and engage with the community. One of these opportunities was to meet Jacqueline Morgan, the Food Service Director of the Milton Public Schools. At the elementary school cafeteria, we were shown around the kitchen and led through the cafeteria line, showing us how the lunches are prepared and served to the students. Simply walking through the kitchen space and observing a few minutes of the preparations in the elementary school cafeteria gave us an idea of the complexities of providing lunch to 600-700 students a day.

Although Milton School Food Services and the cafeteria staff are responsible for serving an extremely large number of meals, Milton School Food Services goes to great lengths to ensure that the lunches they are serving are balanced and nutritious, while also tasting good to the students. Low-fat and fat free milk, all whole-wheat breads, and a complete lack of deep fryers were just some of the initial observations we made while walking through the kitchen. Milton School Food Services not only follows all of the nutritional standards (specific serving sizes for low-fat and fat-free milk, whole grains, and fresh fruit and vegetables offered daily) but also goes to great lengths to ensure that students are actually eating and enjoying their lunches.

On our visit, lunch that day included a side of sweet potato fries. Milton School Food Services pointed out how they saw that many students weren’t eating them, and would next time make sweet potato puffs, an option that they knew students had previously enjoyed. Later that day in the high school cafeteria, once both lunch periods were over, Milton School Food Services passed around one of the smoothies that they offer as part of one of their lunch options. Made with a full serving of strawberries and low-fat yogurt, these delicious yet nutritious smoothies are another option that Milton School Food Services provides to make sure that even those students who are “grazers” or who need something on-the go are able to get something nutritious to eat during the day.

From budgeting, ordering ingredients, addressing allergies, ensuring the nutritional value and quality of the food, to making sure that students are enjoying and eating the food, a lot goes into providing a nutritious, healthy meal at school. This opportunity to talk to the Milton School Food Services Team and visit the Milton Public School cafeterias was a valuable experience that allowed us to gain a deeper understanding of the relationship between our daily environment, food, nutrition and health.

Whether through policymaking, practicing medicine, or working in the community, we as students hope that in the future we will be able to use what we have learned from this visit and program to make a difference in the field of health. Even those who are not directly in the health field, such as parents and educations, can use knowledge about the process, intricacies, and possible impact of school lunch to make informed decisions regarding public school lunch and student health.

MFE NEWS

The17th Annual Milton Monster Dash will be held on Sunday, October 25th from 9 to noon at Cunningham Park. This wonderful community event, including the 5K walk and run and kids’ costumed fun run activities, science experiments and crafts, is held in loving memory of Sam Cichello, a Tucker school elementary student who died following a playground accident in 1999. Proceeds support enhanced science programming for grades K through 5.

  • EARLY BIB PICKUP IS ENCOURAGED: Pre-race bib pick-up will be on Saturday, October 24th from 2 – 4 pm at Cunningham Hall. We strongly encourage all – especially large teams – to take advantage of this to avoid the lines Sunday morning. Team captains can pick-up all bibs for their team.
  • VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED! The MFE would welcome your support before, during, or after the race. Please contact Will Korman at wkorman@rflawyers.com.

For more information, please visit www.miltonfoundationforeducation.org or email us at MiltonMonsterDash@gmail.com.  Get those costumes ready! See you on the 25th!

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

I want to be sure that everyone is aware of our district’s Textile Recycling Program. Our PTOs initiated this program, which places boxes at five of our schools to collect used clothing, shoes and textiles. This has been a huge success. Since the program started in June of 2014, the PTOs have collected about $3000 from the various school boxes.

Thank you to the all of those who have donated to these boxes, to make the ongoing textile recycling program successful.

Did you know……every year in Massachusetts, over 520 MILLION pounds of textiles are disposed of at incinerators or landfills, of which 95% can be reused or recycled? Turn your unwanted clothing, shoes and linens into revenue for the Milton Public Schools.   Donated items are accepted in any condition as long as they are clean and dry, Bay State Textiles takes “the good, the bad and the ugly.“ Visit baystatetextiles.com for a list of acceptable items including clothing, shoes, pocketbooks, household linens and stuffed animals.  When cleaning out your closets, redecorating or getting rid of the childhood stuffed animals, support the Milton Public Schools!  It feels good to clean out your closets, feels good to recycle/re use and it feels good to support your school community.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The following item was sent to us by Allan Bishop of the DPW:

The Town will begin roadway paving on Big Blue Drive. The DPW will have street paving on Monday October 26th starting at 7am until 5pm. All work should be completed on Monday by 5pm. Detours and police details will be on site to direct traffic and assist paving crew. Street parking will not be permitted during roadway paving, 7am to 5pm.  If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Department of Public Works – Engineering at (617) 898-4900.

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The October Town Meeting will begin on Monday, October 28th in the Charles C. Winchester auditorium at Milton High School.

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

Fall is here – and so are fun things for kids to do at the Milton Public Library! In addition to our regular storytimes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of November 1 – 7:

Friday, November 6, 2015 from 10:00 – 11:00 am
Signing with Maribeth for Parent and Child, Ages 0-4

Join us for a fun, interactive American Sign Language class with Maribeth. Learn how to sign the book, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin and Eric Carle to your child.  Reading and signing to your child is a fun and easy way to teach your child sign language. All materials will be provided so that you can sign the book at home. The hour program is geared toward children ages 0-4 and their parents and caregivers. Registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library.

Friday, November 6, 2015 from 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Lego Club, Ages 6-12

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

Saturday, November 7, 2015 from 10:00 – 10:30 am
Little Linguists Storytime, Ages 0-5

Bonjour and Hola! Come enjoy stories, songs and activities with Mary Doherty, local language instructor. Elements of the French and Spanish languages will be introduced each week. For ages 0-5 with parent. No registration required.

Saturday, November 7, 2015 from 11:00 am – 12:00 noon
Reading Dogs, Grades 1-5

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

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

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

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

ATHLETICS

Football: The Varsity Team is enjoying a terrific season with a record of 6 wins and 0 losses. They have a big game coming up this Saturday at Wellesley HS (3pm start time) that will determine the Champion of the Herget Division in the Bay State Conference. The team hopes to host a first round game next weekend. The Football Committee will meet this Sunday to determine the seeding for all teams.

Girls Soccer: The girls are having a good season and have already qualified for tournament play. They still have several more games to play and hope to have a home game for the tournament. Senior, Sophie Cousineau has scored a record 3 hat tricks (that’s scoring 3 goals in a game) and Senior, Isabel Belash has recorded 4 shutouts this season.

Golf : The Varsity Team won the Bay State Conference Championship match last Wednesday at Spring Valley Country Club in Sharon. The team was lead by Senior Captain, Walker Stroud, sophomore Jared Carr and freshman, Jared Carney. Walker Stroud and Jared Carr were both selected to the Bay State All-Star Golf Team. Also, Walker Stroud competed in the Division II South Section Golf Tournament yesterday and finished 3rd with a score of 74. He now has qualified and will move on to the Division II State Finals next Monday.

Cheerleading: All the girls are always hard at work getting better at their routines. Courtney Scarborough and MacKenzie Caputo were selected to the Bay State Conference All Star Team for their fine efforts.

Boys Soccer: The boys had a thrilling 1 -0 victory over Weymouth on Thursday night. It was the first victory over Weymouth in quite a long time. It came on a special night, as all the seniors and parents were honored on senior night. The boys hope to continue their winning ways and qualify for tournament play with several more games to play.

Field Hockey: The team continues to compete well and still has a chance of qualifying for tournament play. They had a terrific 1 -0 victory over Notre Dame Academy this week.

Volleyball: The girls are having a great season with a record of 11 wins and 5 losses at this point. They have qualified for state tournament play and hope to have a home match. The team has several more matches and with a few more victories, they hope to get a home match in the tournament.

Girls Cross Country: The team is having an outstanding season with an overall record of 10 wins and 1 loss and a record of 5 – 0 in the BSC Herget Division. This is the team’s first championship since 2009. They have many outstanding runners. The girls travel to Barnstable tomorrow for the Barnstable Invitational Twilight Meet.

Boys Cross Country: The team has made vast improvements since the start of the season. All the boys’ times have improved. The boys ended its regular season with a great victory Wednesday against Braintree. All the boys look forward to having a strong finish at the Bay State Conference Meet on Saturday, October 31st.

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

AMBASSADOR PAGE

Students: The Outdoor Classroom at Collicot School has been flourishing, thanks in part to the efforts of two of the school’s fifth-grade students. Ella Goonan and Luca Sandonato have spent a great deal of time during their recess periods taking care of the Collicot Outdoor Classroom. Not only do they know every inch of the space, but they have also agreed to train fourth-graders on how to care for the plants, so that next year there will also be students who can maintain this outdoor educational space. Thank you to Ella and Luca!

Staff:   I would like to recognize Erica Dunton and Brendan Bonn from Pierce Middle School who recently ran a very successful health curriculum night for Pierce families. “Making Healthy Decisions: A Night With Dr. Tara Cousineau and the Pierce Middle School Health Teachers,” was a very well attended event which relayed important information to our Pierce parents and guardians. Thank you to Ms. Dunton and Mr. Bonn for their work on this event, and thank you to Milton Public School parent Dr. Cousineau!

Volunteers: I would like to recognize a group of Milton citizens who have been working to keep artistic and cultural offerings available to Milton Public School students. The group, M-PACE (Milton Partnership for Arts & Cultural Enrichment), works through the excise tax billing program to request donations. With the cooperation of the Town of Milton treasurer’s office, M-PACE has enacted a “check-off” campaign each spring to raise funds for field trips to museums, interactive geography games and live Shakespeare performances. The board of M-PACE is composed of Treasurer Jim McAuliffe, Roxanne Musto, Meredith Hall and Charlotte Streat. Thank you to all these volunteers for their work on this worthwhile cause. If you would like to make a donation to M-PACE to enhance offerings in the arts for Milton Public School Students, please send a check to M-PACE, c/o James McAuliffe, Town Treasurer’s Office, 525 Canton Avenue, Milton, MA 02186.

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

October 16th E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Oct• 16•15

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

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

It has been a very eventful week here in the Milton Public Schools, with PSATs taking place at Milton High School and a plethora of events happening in the middle and elementary schools as well. There are two events in particular – from athletics to artistic – that I’d like to mention. First, our athletic news: The Milton High School football team was featured on television earlier this week. WCVB-TV Channel 5 did a “High Five” segment on our Wildcats.  For those who missed it, here is the link:
http://www.wcvb.com/sports/high-5-milton-high-school-football/35867090

               Secondly, I would like to recognize Beatrix Cohen-Raymond, a Collicot first-grader, whose design for the Monster Dash T-shirt was chosen from dozens of submissions from all over town. To view Beatrix’s beautiful spider-web-inspired design and to see a list of honorable mentions and runners-up for the T shirt contest, please visit the MFE homepage here: http://www.miltonfoundationforeducation.org/   Please see the item below under “MFE” for information on how to register for the Monster Dash.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There have been no School Committee meetings since my last E-blast. The next meeting will be held October 21st at 7pm in the Milton High School library.

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

There will be a Clothing & Electronics Collection held tomorrow Saturday, October 17th from 9am to 1pm to help raise money to support the Milton Public Schools’ Science From Scientists program. This fundraiser will accept gently used clothing (adults and kids – all sizes), small household items and electronics. Unfortunately, they cannot accept furniture, large items such as refrigerators or books. Also, recycling fees apply to the following:

Air Conditioners: $10 each Large Humidifiers: $10 each Dehumidifiers: $10 each TVs (27” and under) $15 each CPUS, Microwaves, Stereo Equipment: $5 each VCRs and DVDs: free Keyboards, mice & wires: free
For more information or to volunteer (see below), please email bmoonan@miltonps.org

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Please come out to support the Milton High School music programs! This Sunday, October 18th at 4pm, two local singers will raise their voices to help support music in our schools.  Pauline Wells and Brandon Grimes will be accompanied by Timothy Steele, pianist, as part of the “Right on Your Doorstep” concerts.  The event will be held at the First Parish of Milton, 535 Canton Ave.  For more information, visit: www.miltoncommunityconcerts.com

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Parents of Grades 1-8 runners …. please save the date! On Sunday, October 18th, there will be a Kids Trail Run, sponsored by the MHS Girls Cross Country Team, at Cunningham Park. This event will take place at 11am at Cunningham Park and is to support and raise awareness for the Girls Cross Country Team. Sign-ups begin at 10:30am. The events are:

  • Grades 1 and 2:            One mile race, begins at 12pm.
  • Grades 3-5                      1.5 mile race, begins at 1pm.
  • Grade 6-8                        2 mile race, begins at 1:45pm

The cost is $10 per runner. For early registration and/or more information, please email Coach Shaw at tshaw@miltonps.org or visit: http://www.coolrunning.com/eventcal/event/kids-trail-run/

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 The Pierce PTO will be holding its Fall Fling on Thursday, October 22nd at Ester Restaurant, 2261 Dorchester Ave in Lower Mills from 6:30pm – 10:30pm. Come for a night of fun and socializing with the Pierce community! Light appetizers, cash bar and raffle baskets will be available. Tickets are $35 per person and can be purchased online by going to www.miltonps.org and click on PMS PTO. (Deadline is October 20th)

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 Parents of all students in Grades 5-8, please note. Milton High School will hold its annual Parent Info Night on Thursday, October 29th at 6:30 pm in the Charles Winchester Auditorium at Milton High School.  This event will afford parents/guardians an opportunity to learn about course offerings, academic and extracurricular programs, athletics and activities that prepare students for college and life beyond high school. Parents/guardians will meet faculty and students and also have the option to take a tour of the building.

Also, please note, this event will be preceded by student-centered “showcase” on Wednesday, October 28th from 9:45 to 10:45am. This event is open to all Pierce Middle School students, as well as any private or parochial school students who might be considering Milton High School. Student-led building tour will be offered, as well as an extracurricular “fair” which will highlight sports, clubs and activities available at Milton High School.

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Please save the date! Milton High School proudly presents 42nd Street on Thursday, November 5th at 7pm and Saturday, November 7th at 2pm and 7pm. The performance will be held at the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium at Milton High School.  Pre-sale tickets are available at the high school main office and the Pierce Middle School main office between 9am and noon on weekdays.

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

The Annual MHS Boosters Swing for Sports fundraiser will be held on Tuesday, October 20th at Wollaston Golf Club. All proceeds benefit the athletes of Milton High School. Golf registration begins at 9:30am with a shotgun start at 11am. Tennis registration begins at 10am with Round Robin beginning at 10:30am. There will be a reception at 5pm with both silent and live auctions. This event is sponsored by Curry College and the Wollaston Golf Club. Entry fees are $175 for golf and $75 for tennis. Hole sponsorships and tennis sponsorships are available. For those who wish to attend the reception only, the fee is $25 per person. There will be a $10,000 cash prize of a hole in one, sponsored by Milton Soccer; and a new car prize for a hole in one sponsored by Toyota of Braintree. Online registration for individuals, teams and sponsors can be found at www.miltonboosters.com. Submit questions to swingforsports@boosters.com

MFE NEWS

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

 The17th Annual Milton Monster Dash will be held on Sunday, October 25th from 9 to noon at Cunningham Park. This wonderful community event, including the 5K walk and run and kids’ costumed fun run activities, science experiments and crafts, is held in loving memory of Sam Cichello, a Tucker school elementary student who died following a playground accident in 1999. Proceeds support enhanced science programming for grades K through 5.

A few spooktacular details on this year’s race:

  • TEAMS ARE BACK! Have a group you want to run with? Register your team at the link above!
  • FUNDRAISING IS APPRECIATED! All participants have the opportunity to create a unique fundraising page to support their Monster Dash run.
  • EARLY BIB PICKUP IS ENCOURAGED: Pre-race bib pick-up will be on Saturday, October 24th from 2 – 4 pm at Cunningham Hall. We strongly encourage all – especially large teams – to take advantage of this to avoid the lines Sunday morning. Team captains can pick-up all bibs for their team.
  • VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED! The MFE would welcome your support before, during, or after the race. Please contact Will Korman at wkorman@rflawyers.com.

For more information, please visit www.miltonfoundationforeducation.org or email us at MiltonMonsterDash@gmail.com.  Get those costumes ready! See you on the 25th!

NEWS AROUND TOWN

On Thursday, October 22nd at 7pm, there is a meeting of concerned Milton citizens who will come together to share information and explain what we can do as a community to advocate for our rights to clean air and quiet skies. For the sake of our health, and quality of our lives, please try to attend. The meeting takes place at Cunningham Hall, 75 Edgehill Road. Help spread the word. Tell your neighbors. Questions, Comments, Concerns? Contact: miltonplanes@gmail.com

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

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

Fall is here – and so are fun things for kids to do at the Milton Public Library! In addition to our regular storytimes on Tuesday and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of October 25 – 31:

Monday, October 26, 2015 from 10:00 – 10:45 am
Not a Fright in Sight with Jeannie Mack, Ages 1-5

Please join the Children’s Room for a holiday concert by local performer Jeannie Mack! Jeannie will perform a combination of songs, rhymes and handplays about pumpkins, trick-or-treating, jack-o-lanterns, tickly spiders, and silly witches to delight families. Costumes are encouraged! For ages 1-5 with parent/caregiver. No registration required.

Friday, October 30, 2015 from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
Free Play Friday, Ages 0-5

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

Saturday, October 31, 2015 from 10:00 – 11:00 am
Family Craft, Ages 0-5

Come to the Story Hour Room for a crafty good time! Each month the Children’s Room will provide instructions and materials for a preschool age-appropriate, seasonal craft. Drop in anytime during the hour and make something lovely to take home. No registration required. Also, feel free to wear your costume to the library today, and stop in at the Children’s Desk for a Halloween treat!

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

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

ATHLETICS

Girls Volleyball: We played Needham last Thursday and came away with a heart-pounding 3-2 win. Led by Senior Outside Hitter Sarah Dragon who finished the match with 9 kills and 5 service points. Then, on Friday, the battle of Milton took place in the Copeland Field House as we hosted cross town rival Fontbonne. The energy ran high throughout the match and although the girls dropped a hard fought first set, the team won the match, 3-1 behind Senior Outside Hitter, Maddy Brown, who finished the match with 12 service points and 5 kills. In a battle with Bay State Herget league leader Natick on Monday, the girls dropped a hard fought match at home, 3-1. Led by Sophomore Middle Hitter Haley O’Brien, the girls had Natick on the ropes, but, just couldn’t finish it off. With the loss, the Varsity team is now 8-5. We travel to Oliver Ames on Saturday for a non-league match.

Girls Cross Country: The girls won against Walpole earlier this week, 21-36 giving us a regular season record of 9-1 and 5-0 in the BSC Herget Division. This win clinches the Bay State Conference title for the team. We have not won the title since 2009. The way in which we won is especially inspiring. Both teams pushed each other to their best races of the season. Four of Walpole’s top 5 runners ran PRs on the course. In races like this, nobody loses. Even with Walpole giving us their best effort of the season, we still got the top three spots (Bridget Mitchell, Colette O’Leary and Elise O’Leary.) In addition, Mairead Dambruch put forth an amazing effort to clinch that final spot ahead of their 5th runner. The girls certainly deserve the title as they have done everything you would expect from a Championship team from working hard, training intelligently, being mentally tough and supporting their teammates. It’s been wonderful to watch and the season is still far from over!

Boys Cross Country: The boys cross country team lost a tough one to Walpole on Wednesday by a score of 27 to 28. The team has made tremendous progress this season since Walpole in the past few years has soundly defeated them in meets. The boys look forward to finishing their regular season with a victory next week at home against Braintree and then having a strong performance in the conference meet on Saturday, October 31. The team is pointing towards a top-five finish in the Conference meet.

Football: The Wildcats started fast and never look back Friday night at Norwood, winning 26-14.  The varsity is now 5-0 overall and 3-0 in the Bay State Herget with Dedham coming to town tonight. The defense played well, putting pressure and on Norwood all night never letting them get into any kind of rhythm.  Akeem Smith and Mack Feeney caused fumbles we recovered while David Perkins collected an interception.  Mike Fallon lead the offense and finished our second drive with a four-yard run.  In the second quarter, we built our lead to 26-0, behind two Mack Feeney touchdown runs (12 & 32 yards) and a David Perkins 28 reception from Fallon. Norwood did score on the final play of the first half to make it 26-7.  The defense continued its strong play in second half while the offense missed on several scoring chances.  Norwood did score with 2 minutes left to account for the 26-14 final.  We will honor our seniors tonight before the Dedham game at 6:40pm and will also be hosting a fundraising event, “Crucial Catch,” with the American Cancer Society. Donation buckets will be at Brooks Field.

Golf: The Milton High School golf team is entering its last week of play after the long weekend. The Wildcats lost a tough match to Wellesley at Wellesley Country Club on Wednesday afternoon. Senior captain continued his strong play during the season posting a team best even par 35 totaling 18 points for the team. The team will close out its season Thursday with an away match at Framingham Country Club. Walker Stroud will be representing the team at the South Sectional Championships on Monday in Easton. Thanks to everyone for a great season.

Boys Soccer: Boys soccer played Weymouth HS last night and held the team’s Senior Night. Milton won the game 1-0.  Josh Madden scored the lone goal on an assist from Stefan Richardson. Joe Morfin recorded the shutout. We play our final two home games next week on 10/20 and 10/22 We play Walpole on Tuesday night at 7pm and Wellesley on Thursday night at 7pm.

Girls Soccer: The Milton High School Varsity Soccer Team dropped to 6-5-1 and is now in fourth place in the Herget Division of the Bay State League. The team had its five-game winning streak snapped last week against undefeated Needham and lost to top-ranked Natick on Tuesday. Senior Sophie Cousineau leads the team in goals followed by sophomore Chae Diani. Also, Isabel Belash senior goalkeeper has four shutouts.

Cheer: The Milton High Cheerleaders are in the midst of preparing for competition! The Bay State League Competition is Wednesday, November 4th at Braintree High. Coach Dunton has pre-sale admission tickets for $7 for this event. Please see Coach Dunton or one of the MHS Cheerleaders if you are interested in attending. We would love the support!!

Field Hockey: On Tuesday, the Milton Field Hockey Team played Natick High School. Led by our two captains, Kate Driscoll & Meaghan McDougall and our goalie, Caitlin O’Sullivan, the girls played a strong game, but the Milton Wildcats lost 1-2 against a Natick. Thank you to all of the fans who came out to support us. On Thursday, we traveled to Weymouth, to play a brand new Field Hockey program. They played a great game and we won 3-0. We will have a home game on Monday against NDA at 3:45. Come out and cheer on this Tuesday, October 20th. This is our year!

Crew: I would like to congratulate our Milton High School students who will be rowing in the Head of the Charles Regatta this Sunday with the Neponset Rowing Club. I’m sure that many Milton parents will be cheering on the following students:

  • Milton High School Men’s Youth 8+: Isaac Savona, Greg Hebard, Ben Corson, Thomas Reilly, Rudy Chase, Liam Halloran, Jasper Malcolm, Whitman Davis, Matthew Nolan
  • NRC Men’s Youth 4+: Kip Melcher, Dane Matejka, Jackson Callahan, Liam Hines, Joshua Kery
  • NRC Women’s Youth 2+: Emma Heller, Morgan Smith
  • NRC Women’s Youth 4+: Brigitte Dugas, Maia Adley, Lucia Hainline, Grace Wamester, Maya Watanabe

AMBASSADOR PAGE

Students: Congratulations to MHS Senior Brandon Musto, who serves as Chapter President of the Milton High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA). Brandon wrote an article on the club’s successful fundraising venture and his article was chosen for the front page of the Massachusetts FBLA website. To view Brandon’s article, click here: http://www.mafbla.org/

Staff:   Who will you see running the Electronics and Clothing Drive to support Science from Scientists at Cunningham/Collicot tomorrow? Who will be manning the STEM tables at the Monster Dash next weekend? Who presented science curriculum news to the Milton School Committee earlier this month? And who is getting married in December? If you answered “Bernadette Moonan” to all the above, you would be correct! Ms. Moonan is the Elementary Science Coordinator for the Milton Public Schools and as you can surmise from the clues, she is also very active in the MPS community. I would like to thank Ms. Moonan for all she does, both on and off the job!

Volunteers: I would like to thank MPS parent Dr. Laura O’Dwyer, who along with  Avery Newton, has volunteered hundreds of hours assisting the Milton Public Schools with their time and expertise. Dr. O’Dwyer is an Associate Professor of Educational Research, Measurement and Evaluation at Boston College and Ms. Newton is a doctoral student at Boston College. I would like to personally and professionally thank these two professionals who have conducted in-depth analyses of the MPS French and English programs. I am indebted to both of them. Thank you.

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

 

October 9th E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Oct• 09•15

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date: Friday, October 9th, 2015

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

For those of you who missed this year’s Celebrate Milton event, I’d like to share the great news that two of our Milton Public School programs were recognized with the “Community Builders” award.

Last year, Milton High School’s Diversity Committee developed and hosted the community event 50 Years Later: Why the Struggle for Civil Rights is Still Relevant. The impact of this amazing work, vision and leadership are still being felt and appreciated! I am very proud of the Milton High School staff members who helped to create this riveting experience. This year, Milton High School’s Diversity Committee is sponsoring Woman Up! The Power of Phenomenal Women, on November 18th in the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium. The panelists will discuss their journey towards leadership, perceptions and expectations around leadership, and they will reflect on their own challenges and successes pertaining to gender and power

The other winner of the Community Builders Award was Cunningham Elementary School’s Diversity Committee. They were recognized for developing a “Read About Diversity” series of five books and curriculum for students in grades kindergarten through grade 5.  Other administrators in our elementary schools are applying for grants to replicate the program. Congratulations to all MPS staff who contributed to these successes.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There has been one School Committee meeting since my last E-blast, held on Wednesday, October 7th. That meeting is summarized below:

October 7th: The meeting began with a presentation of the most recent MCAS data. To view this presentation, click here. Next, School Committee members were given a copy of the annual Diversity Report to review. A list of annual field trips was presented by Assistant Superintendent Janet Sheehan and upcoming Milton Public Schools “Happenings” were presented. As part of the Chair’s Report, members voted to approve the charge for the Strategic Issues/Long Term Planning Subcommittee. Also, three of this year’s goals were assigned to School Committee members to oversee. Members voted to approve the minutes of August 26, 2015 and September 9, 2015 before adjourning to Executive Session. The next meeting will be held October 21st at 7pm in the Milton High School library.

CURRICULUM NEWS

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

Pathfinder, author and internet television host Monica Cost addressed students at Milton High on October 7th and presented them with a positive message about self image and finding strength in their own “core” values.  Students in the American Experience classes as well as Milton High’s Young Men’s Group and Young Women’s Group were the audience for Ms. Cost and listened to ways in which students can change their own personal image through positive actions.

Student Olivia Kelly said about Ms. Cost’s message, “I liked when she told us to remember what’s important to each of us.  We shouldn’t try to fix ourselves to please others.”   American Experience teacher Kathleen Kelley said, “Ms. Cost’s message about commitment to constant improvement and pursuit of knowledge was powerful one for my students.”

The presentation was coordinated by History Makers, a national organization that works to bring mentors from the community into our schools, and their biggest event is the “Back to School” campaign, where the organization pairs schools and local mentors.  This is the first year Milton High School has been a part of the Back to School initiative, but hopes to make it an annual event.  The presentation culminated with students pledging to a “commitment of excellence,” a pledge that students all over the United States made over the past few weeks as participants in the “Back to School” initiative.

Humanities Department Head Barbara Wright said, “It’s important for our students to see successful role models in their own community, and it was powerful to know that our students joined students around the country in pledging to commit to excellence.  These students will be the successful role models of the future.”

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I want to update the community on our MPS preschools. There are still a few openings for preschoolers: Blue Hills Campus Full Day has four available spots for economically disadvantaged families; Edge Hill Campus has eight afternoon spots; Gile Campus has three morning spots and five afternoon spots. For more information on our preschool programs, click here or contact 617-980-7343 or mmckenna@miltonps.org .

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Parents of Grades 1-8 runners …. please save the date! On Sunday, October 18th, there will be a Kids Trail Run, sponsored by the MHS Girls Cross Country Team, at Cunningham Park. This event will take place at 11am at Cunningham Park and is to support and raise awareness for the Girls Cross Country Team. Sign-ups begin at 10:30am. The events are:

  • Grades 1 and 2:            One mile race, begins at 12pm.
  • Grades 3-5                      1.5 mile race, begins at 1pm.
  • Grade 6-8                        2 mile race, begins at 1:45pm

The cost is $10 per runner. For early registration and/or more information, please email Coach Shaw at tshaw@miltonps.org or visit:: http://www.coolrunning.com/eventcal/event/kids-trail-run/

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FAME would like to encourage you to support, Right on Your Doorstep a Musical fundraiser featuring Pauline Wells, Brandon Grimes and Timothy Steele, to support music in our schools! The event will take place Sunday Oct 18th from 4-6 pm at the First Parish of Milton Church, 535 Canton Ave, Milton. For more information please visit:

http://www.miltoncommunityconcerts.com/

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The Annual MHS Boosters Swing for Sports fundraiser will be held on Tuesday, October 20th at Wollaston Golf Club. All proceeds benefit the athletes of Milton High School. Golf registration begins at 9:30am with a shotgun start at 11am. Tennis registration begins at 10am with Round Robin beginning at 10:30am. There will be a reception at 5pm with both silent and live auctions. This event is sponsored by Curry College and the Wollaston Golf Club. Entry fees are $175 for golf and $75 for tennis. Hole sponsorships and tennis sponsorships are available. For those who wish to attend the reception only, the fee is $25 pe person. There will be a $10,000 cash prize of a hole in one, sponsored by Milton Soccer; and a new car prize for a hone in one sponsored by Toyota of Braintree. Online registration for individuals, teams and sponsors can be found at www.miltonboosters.com. Submit questions to swingforsports@boosters.com

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 The Pierce PTO will be holding its Fall Fling on Thursday, October 22nd at Ester Restaurant, 2261 Dorchester Ave in Lower Mills from 6:30pm – 10:30pm. Come for a night of fun and socializing with the Pierce community! Light appetizers, cash bar and raffle baskets will be available. Tickets are $35 per person and can be purchased online by going to www.miltonps.org and click on PMS PTO. (Deadline is October 20th)

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 Please join us for a fun night out to support a beloved project at Collicot School! Save the Date for One Night to Remember on Friday November 13th at Granite Links! One Book One School – The Jennifer Kelly Project. Everyone is welcome to this event!  A great night out for a great cause! This event features hors d’oeuvres, Raffles, Cash Bar, Raffles, Silent Auction and a DJ. This event sold out quickly last year. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

About One Book One School – The Jennifer Kelly Project: Jennifer Kelly, a mother of past and present Collicot students Liam (10th), Ava (9th) and Ronan (3rd) passed away unexpectedly in the summer of 2009.  She was a huge presence in the Milton School Community, who gave endlessly to The Collicot School. Jenn was particularly passionate about the One Book One School program.  In this program, each family receives their own copy of the same book to read.  The books chosen at our school contain topics that celebrate diversity, embrace our differences and cultivate understanding, acceptance, and inclusion. The school community then comes to participate in fun, shared events that celebrate our book’s theme. The year that Jenn passed, she tried to start this program at our school as part of a diversity committee initiative. Unfortunately, funding was not available at the time. Due to overwhelming support from the school community, this project was launched in her memory.  We are proud to celebrate our 7th year in honor of Jenn and the love she gave to our school. For questions, or to donate a silent auction or raffle item Contact One Book One School – The Jennifer Kelly Project onebookoneschoolcollicot@gmail.com To purchase tickets visit our EventBrite page, click here

 FOOD SERVICE NEWS

 The following item was sent to us by MPS Food Service Director Jackie Morgan:

 Milton Schools is participating once again in the Farm to School Program and the Harvest of the Month campaign. This will be our eighth year having farm fresh produce on our menus.

Mass. Farm to School’s Harvest of the Month campaign promotes a different Massachusetts-grown food each month in K-12 cafeterias across the state. The program’s goal is to encourage healthy food choices by increasing students’ exposure to seasonal foods while also supporting local farmers and building excitement about school meals.

Featured local foods for 2015-2016: September – Tomatoes October – Pears November – Kale December – Carrots January – Apples February – Butternut Squash March – Dairy April – Potatoes May – Seeds and Seedlings June – Strawberries

Harvest of the Month is a great opportunity to celebrate local abundance, experiment with new foods and recipes, and get some positive recognition for your school. We want to help you to continue to lead the way in making farm-fresh foods available to students and staff whenever possible. Your school cafeteria now has posters hung on the walls to showcase our monthly selections.

Buying local also provides wonderful opportunities for school food and nutrition staff, educators, school administrators, family members, and students to collaborate and to celebrate our commitment to serving locally grown foods with the community.

Why Buy Local?

Purchasing locally grown food is a great way to encourage students to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables and it also supports local farms. Buying local products in season is often very affordable. Food service directors who have introduced local foods programs often report increased meal participation and decreased wastage.

At the end of last school year the food service staff was invited to Whole Foods in Dedham for a culinary training course in their educational center. We spent the day developing recipes using butternut squash. Our staff made apple and squash soup, Pasta with squash, cranberries, cheese and nuts and squash and sausage patties. One of our favorites is still cutting the squash in half the long way and baking in the oven with a little butter, cinnamon and maple syrup.

FAMILY LIAISON NEWS

The following item was submitted by MPS Family Liaison Marti O’Keefe McKenna:

“Children benefit tremendously when you help them bridge their two most important worlds”.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held throughout the district on Thursday, November 12, 2015. This is a wonderful opportunity to sit down with teachers and get feedback on how you child’s year is going so far. This will be a half day for all students. In addition there is NO SCHOOL on Wednesday, November 11th in honor of Veteran’s Day.

The following article, outlining the importance of home and school connection, was taken from “Parents, Raising Readers and Learners”.

As a parent, you are the major provider of your child’s education from birth through adolescence. You guide the development of her character and mental health and help form the foundation from which she’ll develop lifelong attitudes and interests. And because your home is the primary environment in which your child’s potential and personality will take shape, it’s important to make sure that you create a positive, open atmosphere that will not only support what goes on in the classroom, but will also instill the desire to learn. It is through your love and encouragement that your kids will become motivated — first to please you, and then to please themselves. This leads to self-confidence, curiosity, the enjoyment of mastering new tasks, and other healthy attitudes, all of which contribute to successful learning.

But unless you are home-schooling, you will not be the one teaching your child science or geography. And while it’s true that all of the facts, skills, and concepts your children learn at school are influenced by what you do at home, your child’s education is equally impacted by the relationships you form with her teachers. Building an effective relationship with the teacher is a critical task, and, like you, every teacher wants to achieve this goal. As with any relationship, mutual respect, the ability to listen, and lots of communication form the foundation.

When parents and teachers work well together, everyone benefits. Parents and teachers can provide each other with unique insight and different perspectives about the same child, culminating in a more complete understanding of that child, her abilities, strengths, and challenges. The teacher will know much more about the curriculum and the school culture, while you know more about your child’s personality, tendencies, and family life. A successful parent-teacher partnership also shows a child that an entire team of adults is on her side.

Why What You Do at Home Is So Important at School A positive relationship with your child is more important to her school career than your constant presence in the classroom. Because young children identify strongly with you, your attitudes, values, and innermost feelings are contagious. They become embedded in your child’s mind at the deepest levels. Even if you didn’t like school, the best way to help your child is to endorse her experience: Get involved, be positive, and trust her teachers. She will get the message: “School is important; I want you to engage fully.”

Make Quality Time for Your Child It might sound obvious, but today, parents’ schedules are full to overflowing. The good news is that there are easy ways to enjoy time with your child that also support learning. You can be available during play dates, snuggle on the sofa while watching a good video together, take a nature walk in the park, make appreciative comments from time to time as your child plays, cook something yummy together, or just hang out and chat. All these things support your child’s deep belief that you know her, care about her, and would never expect her to do something that isn’t possible — such as learn in school.

Become an Active Partner in Learning Most educators believe in parent participation in children’s education, but “participation” means different things to different teachers. To some, it might mean helping children with homework, returning notes and sending things in on time, and coming to a conference when notified to do so. But it should mean much more. Work with the teacher to find out some ways you can contribute to the classroom, but always be sure to do it within the guidelines she’ll provide for you. By the same token, you have valuable insight about your child — no one knows her better than you — so it’s important to take initiative and communicate that knowledge to the teacher throughout the school year. First, be sure to provide details about your child’s home life to your teacher. The most effective teachers have a fairly complete understanding of each child in their class. You can help by telling her about your child’s family life, including any recent changes (divorce, a death in the family, or illness, for example), important traditions or rituals, languages spoken at home, and other significant details unique to your child.

Ask about ways to share your culture — food, music, photos, and traditions — with the class. Not only will this help strengthen your child’s self-esteem, it will also enrich the learning experience for the entire class and foster an appreciation of diversity. Between the ages of 3 and 8, kids are beginning to deal with a world bigger than the family, and they become keenly aware of every difference between themselves and their peers.

Plan to have a family discussion each week. Try to pick a topic that emerges from your child’s experiences at school. The more you familiarize yourself with the daily routines and activities at preschool, the more you’ll be able to encourage this type of conversation. You can even extend the idea into an art project or create a family “book club” where everyone reads something relating to this theme.

Get the entire family involved. As often as possible, try to participate in field trips and classroom events such as potlucks, story parties, art shows, and class celebrations. Include grandparents, siblings, caregivers, and family friends. Your child will be delighted.

For parents and teachers towards forming a real bond alike, the goal is to play active roles in your child’s life and to work. The child’s best interest is always served when she has lots of people rooting for her and all the pieces of her life fit together. A strong home-school connection will set the stage for a child who will grow up with a love for learning.

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

MFE NEWS

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

Monster Dash Registration is open! Sign up today at miltonmonsterdash-2015.racewire.com.

The17th Annual Milton Monster Dash will be held on Sunday, October 25th from 9 to noon at Cunningham Park. This wonderful community event, including the 5K walk and run and kids’ costumed fun run activities, science experiments and crafts, is held in loving memory of Sam Cichello, a Tucker school elementary student who died following a playground accident in 1999. Proceeds support enhanced science programming for grades K through 5.

A few spooktacular details on this year’s race:

  • TEAMS ARE BACK! Have a group you want to run with? Register your team at the link above!
  • FUNDRAISING IS APPRECIATED! All participants have the opportunity to create a unique fundraising page to support their Monster Dash run.
  • EARLY BIB PICKUP IS ENCOURAGED: Pre-race bib pick-up will be on Saturday, October 24th from 2 – 4 pm at Cunningham Hall. We strongly encourage all – especially large teams – to take advantage of this to avoid the lines Sunday morning. Team captains can pick-up all bibs for their team.
  • VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED! The MFE would welcome your support before, during, or after the race. Please contact Will Korman at wkorman@rflawyers.com.

For more information, please visit www.miltonfoundationforeducation.org or email us at MiltonMonsterDash@gmail.com.  Get those costumes ready! See you on the 25th!

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The Town Health and Wellness Employee Flu Clinic will be on Thursday October 29th from 2:30-4:30pm in the Town Hall Basement. Please bring insurance cards.

BETH ISRAEL DEACONESS HOSPITAL – MILTON

Helping Children Develop Resilience: Join Maria Trozzi, M.Ed., for an interactive evening where she will explore the typical and not-so-typical speed bumps that children and adolescents encounter growing up in 2015. The ‘race to get ahead’, to compete, to do one’s best can create stress for both parents and their children. Learn more about developmentally informed strategies that are often counter-intuitive for parents, but help children master the coping skills that promote resilience.

  • DATE: Wednesday, October 21
  • TIME: 6:30 PM
  • PLACE: Nangeroni Education Center
  • COST: FREE, pre-registration required, call 617- 696-8810.

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

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

 Fall is here – and so are fun things for kids to do at the Milton Public Library! In addition to our regular storytimes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of October 18 – 24:

Saturday, October 24, 2015 from 10:00 – 10:30 am
Tech Tots Storytime, All Ages

Join Miss Sara for a storytime that incorporates iPad apps along with books and songs to show families how to appreciate stories in new ways! For ages 0-5 with caregiver; no registration required.

Saturday, October 24, 2015 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm
MCBA Book Club, Grades 4-6

The Massachusetts Children’s Book Award was established as a program to encourage children in grades 4-6 to read great books. This year the MCBA Book Club will read one book from the 2015 shortlist each month, and in February-March we will vote for the book we think deserves to be named the book of the year. October’s book is Charlie Bumpers vs. the Teacher of the Year by Bill Harley. Copies will be available one month in advance of the program at the Children’s Room desk, or by placing a hold in our online catalog. Please read the book in advance of our meeting – you’ll have more fun that way! Registration is required.

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

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

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

ATHLETICS

Girls Soccer: The Varsity Soccer Team improved to 6-3-1 and is second place in the Herget Division of the Bay State League. The team is riding a five game winning streak going into their Thursday interdivision match up against top ranked and unbeaten Needham. Senior Sophie Cousineau has scored a record 3 hat-tricks in the last 8 days and leads the Division with goals and points. Senior Isabel Belash has recorded her 4th shutout of the season.

Volleyball: The JV coach is Hardy Mondesir and the Freshmen coach is Stephanie Omobono. The Varsity volleyball team has won 2 out of the last 3 matches to move to 6-4 and is currently ranked #61 in the state. It beat Dedham, 3-1, last Thursday, with senior Kate McAuliffe registering her best match of the season. It had an intense match against Cardinal Spellman on Friday night, who is currently ranked #17 in the State. Even though the team lost, each set was highly contested and provided the team with a preview of what play will be like once we enter the state tournament. The team beat Norwood, 3-0 on Monday, led by seniors Sarah Dragon (9 kills) and Maddy Brown (7 kills), who both played extremely well. We host Fontbonne at home on Friday.

Girls Cross Country: The team performed extremely well at this week’s meet, where the girls faced off against two very strong teams — Newton North and Natick. In the varsity race, Milton swept the top three spots against Newton North (Bridget Mitchell, Colette O’Leary and Elise O’Leary.) In the JV race, the girls swept the top three spots against both teams. (Emme Schewe, Ella Affanato and Grace Dwyer) Highlights: Bridget Mitchell ran sub six-minute pace for the first time ever in a true 5k, running 42 seconds faster than anyone from Milton has ever run on the course. Milton had four girls (the top three, plus Naomi Negassi) finish in under 20 minutes – and seven of the top 12 times ever run on this course by a Milton athlete over the last 20 years were run at this race. That all-time list includes two Milton teams that went undefeated so it is a legitimate list to be atop.

Cheer: The Milton High Cheerleaders will finally be getting their choreography for competition tonight! Following this exciting practice we will head over to Norwood to cheer on our Football Wildcats!! Good luck MHS football team and Coach Dembowski!

Golf: The Milton High School Varsity Golf team won the Bay State title Wednesday at Spring Valley Country Club in Sharon by a narrow margin of 1 stroke. The team was led senior captain Walker Stroud, sophomore Jared Carr and freshman Jared Carney, who sealed the victory. Both Walker stroud and Jared Carr were named Bay State All-Stars shooting 77 and 79 respectively. The team will take their game on the road Thursday to Dedham looking to build on their momentum. Congratulations boys !

Boys Cross Country: The boys cross country team defeated Natick and lost a very close meet to Newton North on Wednesday in Newton. The top five finishers for the Wildcats were Tim Lynch, Nick Villard, John Lenane, Colin Keally and Kyle Dempsey. The boys look forward to continuing their winning ways against Walpole next Wednesday in Walpole.

Football: The Wildcats survived a scare from Natick Friday night in large part to tremendous defensive effort. The Cats completely stopped the Natick ground game and applied great pressure on the quarterback all night. The pressure caused two interceptions, both collected by senior Joe Quinn and kept Natick from scoring an offensive touchdown. The offense started quickly as Mike Fallon found Derek Perkins on a 44 yard post pattern on our first drive. The conversion pass failed and we led 6-0.  While the defense continued to force stops, our offense failed on several chances to add points in the first half and we went to halftime up 6-0. The third quarter started poorly when we were pin deep in our own end and failed to move the ball.  Our punt was blocked and Natick recovered in our end zone for a touchdown.  They hit the PAT and we trailed 7-6. Finally, early in the fourth quarter, the offense — setup at the 45 yard line – (thanks to Quinn’s second interception,) put together a nice drive. Koby Osazee rushed in from 12 yards out and Derek Perkins added the conversion to put us up 14-7. The defense continued to stuff Natick and the offense pounded the ball on the ground behind Osazee and Mack Feeney to shorten the game and collect the win.  The varsity is now 4-0.  JV is 2-1-1 and Freshmen are 1-3.

Boys Soccer: This week the boys played Archbishop Williams at home on Saturday night. The Wildcats grabbed a 3-0 win over the 14th ranked Archie’s team. Senior Stefan Richardson scored twice and Alden Rosa added a goal as Joe Morfin made 8 saves for the shutout.  On Tuesday, the boys traveled to Norwood for a Herget division game.  Milton jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead and never looked back winning the game 6-1 with a well balanced attack. 6 different players scored goals for the Wildcats. The boys soccer team will host senior night on Thursday, October 15 vs. Weymouth at 7pm.
Field Hockey: On Tuesday, the Milton Field Hockey Team played the Norwood Mustangs. Led by our two captains; Kate Driscoll, Meaghan McDougall, and our Goalie, Devin Coulter we played a strong game, but the Milton Wildcats lost 0-2 against a great rival, Norwood. Thank you to all of the fans who came out to support us and support our Breast Cancer Awareness Night. On Thursday, we traveled to Needham to play another great rival for the Wildcats. We played a great game and gave it our all, and our two new goalies tried their best and did an amazing job for their first ever Varsity Game. We lost to Needham but held our heads up high. I just wanted to say a great job to Caitlin O’Sullivan and Mary O’Connell, who traveled with us and played their first Varsity game as our Goalies. We will have a home game on Tuesday against Natick High School at 3:45. Come out and cheer on this Tuesday, October 13th! This is our year!

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

AMBASSADOR PAGE

Student: It’s not every day that an 11th grade student gets to fill in for a college professor! But recently, Ishan Shukla, a Milton High School junior, was invited to guest lecture at Wentworth Institute’s Department of Civil Engineering and Technology. Ishan had recently completed a project for the Neponset River Watershed Association as part of his community service. This project included a great deal of research on how using rain gardens can help clean up water pollution. His research caught the attention of Professor Francis Hopcroft at Wentworth, who asked Ishan to come and speak to his engineering students about his findings. This is one of the many reasons why our Community Service Program at Milton High School is such an outstanding program for both students and for those who they serve. Great job, Ishan!

Staff:  Earlier this month, we celebrated the retirement of Judy Ebbs, who worked for Community Schools for more than 20 years. Ms. Ebbs began her career working for the KEDS program (the original Full-Day Kindergarten!) In addition, Ms. Ebbs coordinated the vacation camp program for Community Schools, as well as Camp Cunningham. She was an incredible asset to the students and parents of the Milton Public Schools and she will be missed.

Volunteers: I would like to recognize Greg Gordon as an outstanding volunteer. Mr. Gordon, a Glover and Cunningham parent, is an MFE Board Member and one of the three co-chairs of this year’s Monster Dash (along with Margaret Eberhardt and Will Korman) Mr. Gordon also helped to implement two unique financial literacy program for Milton Public Schools, in cooperation with the Blue Hills Bank. This pilot program is offered at Milton High School and at all four elementary schools.

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

October 1st E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Oct• 01•15

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date: October 1st, 2015

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

This has been a very exciting week a Milton High School. We are engaging, once again, on the largest student exchange of its kind.  On those two days, 500 visitors will descend on Milton High School from Sakae Higashi High School of Saitama, Japan.  The students are the entire junior class of Sakae Higashi High School, located one hour north of Tokyo.

This exchange, in its 10th year, is a unique opportunity for students on both sides to make new friends and learn about each other’s respective culture.   The program includes performances by both sides, including the Milton High School Marching Band and a unique performance by some Sakae Higashi Students of the traditional Japanese dance, Yosokoi Soran.

Milton High School student ‘ambassadors’ are paired up with a Japanese student for the day and bring them to their class, have lunch together and engage in conversation.  “This is such a meaningful and important part of our student’s education” said Akira Honda, lead teacher from Sakae Higashi.  “Many of them have been studying English since 6th grade and this is the pinnacle of their experience, to actually use their language skills with native speakers.   We value the relationship with Milton HS so much and appreciate their hospitality to welcome us’.

Gift giving is an important part of Japanese culture and gifts were exchanged by all students as part of the exchange.  Additionally, James Jette, principal of MHS, exchanged gifts with the Japanese teachers on the trip and has accumulated an impressive collection of Japanese artwork over the years, prominently displayed around the school.  “This is such a tremendous opportunity for our students, and I am proud of how well they have represented MHS during the exchange, as true goodwill ambassadors.  Kudos to Kathleen Kelley, who organized the entire program from our end”

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There has been one School Committee meetings since my last E-blast. At this meeting, the school committee heard an update on the Full Day Kindergarten Legislation which took place at the State House. The committee voted to continue to participate in the CHARMS Collaborative Agreement. As part of the Chairman’s Report, members approved an FY16 School Committee Goal, a preliminary FY17 Budget Estimates. An MPEG update was given as part of the Vice Chair’s report. During the Finance Subcommittee Report, they voted to approve a 5-Year Capital Plan for Facilities and Technology; requested an extension of DESE’s FY15 End of Year Report; approved the MPEG Lease Renewal; approved the FY16 Budget Line Items; and approved two Vendor Warrants. The Policy Subcommittee voted to approve the following policies:

  1. Second Reading, Student Discipline, Policy JK
  2. Second Reading, Disciplining Students with Special Needs, Policy JKF
  3. Second Reading, Superintendent’s Evaluation, Policy CBI
  4. Second Reading, Hazing, Policy JICFA-R
  5. Second Reading, Sexual Harassment, Policy ACAA

The Transportation and Traffic Safety Subcommittee presented a report on bus routes and pedestrian issues in East Milton. The next School Committee meeting will be held October 7th at 7 pm in the Milton High School library.

CURRICULUM NEWS

The Milton Library Foundation, in coordination with Milton Public Schools, is proud to announce a visit from Alice Hoffman, an international best-selling author. Ms. Hoffman has written more than twenty novels and short fiction for both adults and young adults. Her work, which reaches audiences all over the world, has been translated into twenty different languages. Ms. Hoffman invites all middle and high school students to be part of the conversation on Thursday, October 22nd at 4:00 pm at the Charles Winchester Auditorium at Milton High School. Please join us at this free event!

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Milton High School is pleased to offer SAT Prep course to students who are looking to improve their SAT scores. Students can sign up for a Verbal Prep course, a Math Prep course or both courses. Both courses are held at Milton High School.

Courses: The courses are designed to prepare students for the Nov 7th SAT exam. Course dates: 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31.

  • SAT Math: ($75) Saturdays 10:30am – 1pm. This course provides students with a review of Number and Operations, Algebra and Functions, Geometry and Measurements, and Data Analysis, Statistics, Probability. The course also includes advice on exam-taking techniques.
  • SAT Math 550 ($75) Saturdays 8am to 10:30am. This is an advanced course designed for students who have previously scored a 550 or above on the SAT math exam or who have scored a 50 or above on the Math PSAT.
  • SAT Verbal ($75) Saturdays 8am-10:30am. This course provides students with a review of vocabulary, verbal understanding and reading comprehension. The course also includes advice on exam-taking technique.
  • SAT Verbal 550 ($75) Saturdays 10:30am – 1pm. This is an advanced course designed for students who have previously scored a 550 or above on the SAT Critical Reading and/or Writing exams or who have scored a 50 or above on the PSAT Critical Reading and/or Writing exams.

Registration deadline is Thursday, October 1st.

Register online at www.tinyurl.com/miltonadulted

Select “SAT Prep” – payable by check or credit card. Note: if you are unable to register online, please contact Michelle Kreuzer at 617-696-4470 x 5519 or email mkreuzer@miltonps.org for assistance. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis and may be cancelled due to low enrollment. Course confirmation and scheduling/cancellation updates will be sent to the contact information that you provide during registration.

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UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

The Milton High School Boosters are sponsoring a can & bottle drive and a car wash on Saturday, October 3rd to benefit athletic team fundraising. The field hockey team will run the ‘Cans for Cats’ drive at Milton High school. Student athletes will be at the front entrance of the high school, 25 Gile Road, from 9:00 a.m. to noontime to collect your 5 cent cans and bottles to redeem them for cash.

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In addition, a carwash will be held at the Cunningham school, 44 Edge Hill Road, from 9:00 a.m. to noontime. Please stop by and get your car washed by your Wildcat Cheerleaders. Go Wildcats!

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October 7th is National Walk/Bike to School Day. Here in Milton, we will be celebrating with prizes for walkers/bikers at all four elementary schools. Please check with your child’s school to see what special events are planned for the day and encourage your family to celebrate by ditching the car and walking and/or biking to school on Wednesday.

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The Annual MHS Boosters Swing for Sports fundraiser will be held on Tuesday, October 20th at Wollaston Golf Club. All proceeds benefit the athletes of Milton High School. Golf registration begins at 9:30am with a shotgun start at 11am. Tennis registration begins at 10am with Round Robin beginning at 10:30am. There will be a reception at 5pm with both silent and live auctions. This event is sponsored by Curry College and the Wollaston Golf Club. Entry fees are $175 for golf and $75 for tennis. Hole sponsorships and tennis sponsorships are available. For those who wish to attend the reception only, the fee is $25 pe person. There will be a $10,000 cash prize of a hole in one, sponsored by Milton Soccer; and a new car prize for a hone in one sponsored by Toyota of Braintree. Online registration for individuals, teams and sponsors can be found at www.miltonboosters.com. Submit questions to swingforsports@boosters.com

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There will be a Clothing & Electronics Collection held on Saturday, October 17th from 9am to 1pm to help raise money to support the Milton Public Schools’ Science From Scientists program. This fundraiser will accept gently used clothing (adults and kids – all sizes), small household items and electronics. Unfortunately, they cannot accept furniture, large items such as refrigerators or books. Also, recycling fees apply to the following:

Air Conditioners: $10 each
Large Humidifiers: $10 each
Dehumidifiers: $10 each
TVs (27” and under) $15 each
CPUS, Microwaves, Stereo Equipment: $5 each
VCRs and DVDs: free
Keyboards, mice & wires: free

For more information or to volunteer (see below), please email bmoonan@miltonps.org

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Volunteers are needed for the upcoming Clothing & Electronics Collection Event to be held on Saturday, October 17th from 9am to 1pm in the Cunningham/Collicot driveway. This fundraiser is to support the Science from Scientists program and is being held in partnership with the Big Brothers and Big Sisters agencies. Volunteers are needed to greet and direct, assist donors and answer questions. If you are interested in helping, please email Bernadette Moonan at bmoonan@miltonps.org

MFE NEWS

Monster Dash: Attention kids of ALL ages! Are you ready for some Spooktacular fun again this year?!!!

The MFE is hosting its 17th Annual Milton Monster Dash on Sunday, October 25th from 9 am to 12 noon at Cunningham Park. Proceeds from the Monster Dash are devoted to the support of enhanced science programming for students in grades K through 5.

This wonderful community event, including the 5K walk and run and kids’ costumed fun run activities, science experiments and crafts, is held in loving memory of Sam Cichello, a Tucker school elementary student who died following a playground accident in 1999.

The MFE will also be kicking off the very popular Monster Dash T-Shirt Design Contest soon so please look for emails and notices from the schools to learn more. The winner of the design contest will have his or her artwork featured on the race t-shirts and will be invited to officially start the 5K!

Start training now, keep your eyes peeled for a comfortable and creative costume and get ready to run on your own or with a running team!  If anyone is interested in volunteering for the Monster Dash, the MFE would welcome your support. Please contact Will Korman at wkorman@rflawyers.com. To learn more about the Monster Dash and the T-Shirt Design Contest, please visit www.miltonfoundationforeducation.org. We look forward to seeing you at Cunningham Park on Sunday, October 25th!

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The event date has been set!  Celebrate Milton will be held this Sunday, October 4th from noon – 4pm (rain or shine) at Pierce Middle School on Brook Road.  The CelebrateMilton event strives to provide a mix of local talent that reflects the diverse composition of our community.  In the past, the line-up has included gospel music, Japanese drummers, Irish step dancing, a steel drum band, and the Milton High School fall musical cast. For more information, click here:

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I would like to congratulate Pat Desmond, editor of the Milton Times, for celebrating the 20th anniversary of her newspaper. This is a remarkable achievement, especially in an era where many newspapers are struggling to survive. The Milton Times held a small gathering recently to celebrate, where Ms. Desmond recognized Eddie Baker, a Milton Times contributor and long-time supporter of the Milton Public Schools. Ms. Desmond’s success with the Milton Times is something of which she should be very proud and something the entire community should recognize. Great job, Pat!

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The Milton Board of Health will be holding a public flu clinic on Thursday October 8, from 4:30pm to 6:30pm at the Council on Aging. This clinic is open to all Milton residents ages 4 and up. We are able to accept Medicare and most other HMO’s so please bring your insurance cards with you. If you do not have health insurance, we will also have state supplied vaccine available to you free of charge. Due to changes in the distribution of flu vaccine, this will be our only public flu clinic this year. We will also be collecting canned goods and other non-perishable items for the Milton Food Pantry at the clinic so please consider bringing a donation with you.

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 CALLING ALL RUNNERS AND WALKERS! Join Our Team! The Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition is entering a team to run/walk in the Milton Monster Dash on Sunday October 25. Registration begins at 9AM, race begins at 11AM. Join us! No costume? No problem! Red and White running shirts provided free to raise awareness about substance abuse prevention and mental health, and promote the coalitions efforts. To sign up or for more information please contact Joan Murphy jkirbymurphy@gmail.com. If you are a middle school student please sign up in Ms. Dunton’s room (room 324) BY THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8th and she will be happy to email you more information!!

[The Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition is sponsored by the Milton Board of Health.]

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Save the date for the Boston Bruins Alumni vs Milton Youth Hockey. This fundraiser will benefit the children of Milton Youth Hockey. T he game will be held at Ulin Rink, on Saturday, October 24th at 4 pm. Tickets are $10. For additional information, contact:

Mike Vaughan: mike@isi-boston.com
Kevin Keating: kevin@keatingbrokerage.com
Bill Bennett: william.e.bennett@comcast.net
Peter Mullen: petrmullen@yahoo.com

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 Milton Community Concerts kicks off its second season of concerts in a big way with a free benefit concert, “Right On Your Doorstep”, on Sunday, October 18th at 4pm at First Parish Church of Milton (535 Canton Avenue). It will feature three outstanding musicians who have Milton connections: resident Pauline Wells, known for her numerous public appearances throughout New England, baritone Brandon Grimes, an MHS grad who has achieved success in both opera and musical theater, and Milton Public School parent and pianist Timothy Steele. These three performers, along with several other musicians, will present a wildly eclectic program of songs with something to please everyone. All of the proceeds for this concert will go to support the music program in the Milton Public Schools.

Ms. Wells has always been very active in charitable and community causes. Many fans have heard her spirited and inspirational rendition of the Star Spangled Banner at Fenway Park and Gillette Stadium, and she has made over 300 public appearances, including Justice Square at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, Faneuil Hall, the Massachusetts State House, and Harvard University. Her concerts have drawn audiences to the Wilbur Theatre, Blue Ocean Music Hall, and Old Town Hall in Manhattan. For 23 years she has served with the Cambridge Police Department, currently holding the rank of Lieutenant. She resides in Milton with her husband Richard and daughter Molly.

Mr. Grimes recently sang in a national tour of the musical JEKYLL AND HYDE. He has appeared in several off-Broadway productions, has sung at the Cape Playhouse, and soon will be performing at the Ordway Theatre in St. Paul, MN. He studied opera at the University of Houston and University of Michigan, and has appeared in productions with Opera in the Ozarks and College Light Opera. As a student composer at Milton High School he wrote “Mass for a Dawning Age” which was premiered by the Quincy Choral Society, orchestra and soloists.

Mr. Steele is an active vocal coach, pianist, and conductor, and is currently in his 21st year on the opera faculty at New England Conservatory. He has conducted for outreach tours with Boston Lyric Opera, and is a former music director for Opera Providence. He has served as assistant conductor/pianist for over 120 productions with 22 companies, including Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Wolf Trap Opera, Central City Opera, and Portland Opera Repertory Theatre. He assisted Opera Boston with the Pulitzer Prize winning opera Madame White Snake, and for three years collaborated with WaterFire-Providence on a unique and popular series of opera evenings. In Boston, he has performed with Emmanuel Music, the Handel and Haydn Society, and the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, among others.

Admission to this concert is free; a free-will offering will be taken. Ample free parking is available. For more information about this concert visit www.miltoncommunityconcerts.com

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

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

Fall is here – and so are fun things for kids to do at the Milton Public Library! In addition to our regular storytimes on Tuesday and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of October 11 – 17:

Monday, October 12, 2015
Library closed

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

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

Friday, October 16, 2015 from 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Lego Club, Ages 6-12

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

Saturday, October 17, 2015 from 10:00 – 10:30 am
Sensory Storytime, All Ages

If other storytimes have not been the right fit for your child, this may be just what you are looking for! Join presenter Miss Kerri for fine/gross motor activities, songs and wonderful stories.  A predictable, visual schedule will guide our sessions. This program is created for children with Sensory Integration Issues, Autism Spectrum Disorders or other Developmental Delays ALONG WITH their typically developing peers and siblings. All ages welcome, with parent or caregiver; no registration required.

Saturday, October 17, 2015 from 2:30 – 4:00 pm
Makey Makey Inventor’s Workshop, Grades 3-6

Join the Rhode Island Computer Museum and spark your imagination! In this workshop, students will learn how to use everyday items and the “Makey Makey” to complete an electronic circuit in order to control computer programs.  Use bananas to play a virtual piano or band instruments! Use a pencil and PlayDoh to make a controller for a computer game! Various conductive materials will be provided to get everyone started, but kids are encouraged to bring their own. Parents are encouraged to attend the workshop with their children. They’ll have lots of fun too! For kids in grades 3-6. Registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library.

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

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

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

ATHLETICS

Volleyball

The Varsity Volleyball team is 4-3. Next opponents are Dedham on Thursday and 7-1 Cardinal Spellman on Friday (@ home). The team beat Framingham on Tuesday, 3-0 behind performances by senior captain middle hitter, Liz Murphy, 8 kills, sophomore middle hitter, Haley O’Brien, 8 kills and senior captain setter, Kate McAuliffe, 19 assists.

Field Hockey

On Tuesday, the Milton Field Hockey team travelled to Framingham High School.Led by our two captains, Kate Driscoll and Meaghan McDougall, the Wildcats won 3-1! Two amazing goals were scored by Elena Kapolis and one from our midfielder, Morgan Begley. On Thursday, we will travel to Dedham, and Tuesday October 6th, we will have a night game against Norwood High at 7 pm! Come out and cheer on Tuesday night! We are currently 2-3-2. This is our year!

Boys Soccer

This week, the boys’ soccer team split their games and went 1-1 on the week. On Saturday, the boys played Malden Catholic in the Bay State League vs Catholic Conference Challenge. Milton won their game 3-2. The boys also took part in the Think Taylor concussion awareness event. They wore orange and took an oath to raise awareness about the dangers of concussions. On Tuesday night, the boys played well against the #2 ranked team in the state — Framingham — and lost 4-1. Goal scorers this week were Ethan Walko, Stefan Richardson and Alden Rosa had 2. Tonight (10/1) the boys will play at home vs. Dedham at 7pm and on Saturday, the boys will play Archbishop Williams at 7pm at Brooks Field. Come support the boys soccer team.

Girls Soccer

The Wildcats are riding a three-game winning streak into tonight’s divisional rivalry with Dedham High School. The team has scored 14 goals while only yielding 2 during the streak. Senior Tri-Captain Sophie Cousineau leas the squad with back to back hat-tricks for a total of 7 goals and 2 assists for the three matches. Sophomore Chae Diani scored twice and has two assists to complete the scoring. Senior goalkeeper Isabel Belash had her first shut-out of the season with the team’s dismantling of Fontbonne Academy 8-0. Milton is now 4-3-1 overall.

Cheer

The cheerleaders are continuing to practice hard! We are excited for our away game this Friday and looking forward to our choreography practice next Friday! Also, the MHS Cheerleaders will be holding a car wash (weather permitting) this Saturday, October 3rd at Collicot/Cunningham from 9a-12pm, $10 per car!! Please stop by and show your support to the MHS Cheerleaders!!

Girls Cross Country

Freshman Race: The Milton High School Freshman Girls earned first place at the Manchester Invitational last weekend. This was an impressive performance by the “Fab Five” Freshmen. All five of Milton’s runners finished in the top 37 freshman runners out of 141. Elise O’Leary finished second overall running 12:56. Clodagh Corcoran also ran amazing finishing in sixth place in just under 14 minutes. Ella Affanato, Grace Dwyer and Emme Schewe all gave strong performances to contribute to the win. Girls JV Race:

Sabrina Najarian and Ruby Baker-Poveromo ran very respectable, quality races for themselves finishing 99th and 105th respectively out of a whopping 254 runners.           Girls Varsity Race: Needless to say the competition was intense at this meet. The Varsity Girls finished a very respectable 7th out of 32 teams. Bridget Mitchell placed 4th, ran a very impressive and assertive race finishing under 19minutes. Colette O’Leary ran hard and earned a great time of 19:37, finishing 16th. The fact that she didn’t finish higher tells you just how great the competition was. Alexis Belash had her best race of the season, getting out quick in a very difficult start, finishing in 20:51. Naomi Negassi and Mairead Dambruch ran 21:20 and 21:37 finishing 83rd and 96th out of 228 runners. Two years ago on this course, Mairead was the only Milton runner to break 22:00 minutes. That team went to All States. This team looks like it should be expecting a lot more than that this season!

Golf

The Milton High Golf Team now stands at 3-6 on the season. The team picked up a great victory on the road on Monday at Norwood, the team won 103-95 with Walker Stroud and Jared Carr scoring a combined 34 points for the team. The team lost a close one on Tuesday at home against Wellesley 83-89 before having a rain out on Wednesday. The team gets back on the road on Thursday to travel to an undefeated Brookline.

Boys Cross Country

The boys do not have a meet until the 31st when it hosts Norwood and Framingham at Houghton’s Pond.

Football

The Wildcats had everything rolling Friday night when they beat defending league champion Walpole 28-7.  Senior Scott Cummings took a short reception 65 yards down the sideline on the opening drive.  A few plays later, Senior QB Mike Fallon broke the pocket and scampered 23 yards to the end zone.  David Perkins add the 2pt conversion and off we went. Wildcat defense, led by captain’s Devon Nzepuome and Akeem Smith stopped everything Walpole had in first half as we built onto our lead after Mack Feeney recovered a Walpole fumble to provide a short field.   Koby Osazee did most of the work and Feeney converted a 4th & 1.  Osazee’s 2 yard score made it 14-0 at the break.

Walpole kept fighting in the 2nd half and cut the score to 14-7 late in the 3rd period with a 53 drive that featured all runs.  We answered with a 10 play drive that featured big pass plays to Osazee and Kendall Van Allen’s first touchdown from 14 yards out to build the lead to 20-14.  The defense again held Walpole on a 4th & 4 from our 24 yard line and 3 plays later Fallon applied the final score when found a streaking Derek Perkins for a 69 yard TD pass on 3rd & 3.  David Perkin’s caught his 2nd 2pt conversion to account for the final score of 28-7.  Roll Cats!

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 For those of you who did not hear the news, Milton High School’s Steve Dembowski has been named this week’s New England Patriots High School Coach of the Week following the team’s 28-7 win over Walpole High School. To recognize this feat, the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation will donate $1,000 to Milton High School’s football program in Dembowski’s name in recognition of his Coach of the Week selection.

Patriots and Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Andre Tippett, the team’s executive director of community affairs, visited Coach Dembowski and his team on Tuesday, Sept. 29, at Milton High School. The visit and check presentation will be featured on the team’s weekly television show, “Patriots All Access,” which airs on Friday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. on WBZ-TV in Boston and will be available immediately after on Patriots.com. This is the 20th year in which the Patriots join the National Football League in conducting the High School Coach of the Week program, which recognizes outstanding high school coaches and promotes youth football throughout New England. Tippett oversees the program as part of the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation’s commitment to youth football initiatives. Congratulations to Coach Dembowski!

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

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

AMBASSADOR PAGE

Students: One of our Milton High School art student’s artwork was recently selected as the winner of a logo contest sponsored by the Milton Substance Abuse Coalition. Delphine Jrolf’s design was chosen from more than 30 other logos submitted to the contest. She will be the recipient of a $100 award from the Milton Substance Abuse Prevention, which will be presented her award during Celebrate Milton this Sunday. Congratulations to Delphine and her art teacher, Karen Hughes.

Staff:   I would like to take a moment to recognize the following administrators, who are the backbone of the Milton Public Schools. Everyone understands the job of our principals, but without the expertise and talent of these educational leaders, their jobs would be much more difficult. The following staff members are responsible for with curriculum development, supervision and evaluation (along with the principals), and work collaboratively to provide the vision for the district. Please join me in thanking: Alex Campea, Amy Gale, Amy Tom, Anna McReynolds, Barbara Wright, Ben Kelly, Bernadette Moonan, Brian Mackinaw, Christie Chiappetta, Dr. Angela Burke, Dr. Martine Fisher, Dr. Noreen Diamond Burdett, Karen Cahill, Margaret Gibbons, Meredith Kempf, Michelle Kreuzer, Nancy Warn, Stephanie Nephew, Tracy Grandeau, Nick Fitzgerald and Vy Vu. We appreciate your work.

Volunteers: We are very grateful to two local businesses who have volunteered time and supplies to keep our schools beautiful. Coulter Landscaping has been helping to keep the Tucker School property beautiful. The Coulter crew cut the grass and installed mulch around the entire school, which was a lot of work.  At the Pierce Middle School, Malloy Landscaping has been helping out by cutting the grass and mulching the beds.

In addition, A. Thomas gave the Milton Public Schools a discount when they graded and prepped the outdoor classroom earlier in the spring and summer.  Also, Jason Tsanotelis from Eagle Farms assists us with discounted flowers and a reduced price in the cost of mulch.

We still need help to assist with the High School, Glover and the Collicot-Cunningham campus, so if there any other landscapers who could volunteer time and/or supplies, we would be very grateful.

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

September 25th E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Sep• 25•15

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date: Friday, September 25th, 2015

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

** Please note that the Milton High School Football Team will be playing a home game tonight vs. Walpole. Kickoff is at 7pm. The team is welcoming all youth football players, who will get free admission if they wear their jerseys. Go Wildcats! **

In 2015, Milton Public Schools students participated in the Science MCAS in grades 5, 8, and 9. The MCAS was also given to grade 10 students in ELA and Math, which is a high school graduation requirement.  Additionally, in grades 3 to 8, students took the computer-based PARCC tests in ELA and Math. Grade 9 and grade 11 students also took one computer-based Math PARCC test and one computer-based ELA PARCC test respectively.

PARCC is the new standardized assessment that Massachusetts is piloting alongside other states transitioning to using Common Core standards. Although Milton participated in PARCC last year during the trial period to give our students more practice with this new computer-based test, this is the first year that PARCC scores will actually be released. The State Board of Education is expected to vote in November whether to adopt PARCC fully to replace MCAS going forward.

On September 24th 2015, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released official scores from the MCAS to the public. Parent reports for the MCAS are forthcoming from the state. The district expects to send reports home to parents on October 7th, when we will also be sharing a fuller analysis of district results with the School Committee. We are pleased to see that overall, science scores in the district have improved since last year; however, we still have a lot of work to do to close the achievement gap among subgroups (the economically disadvantaged, students with disabilities, and African American students).

2015 MCAS Results % Advanced % Proficient % Needs Improvement % Warning/Failing
District – G5 Science 22% 46% 26% 7%
District – G8 Science 3% 49% 40% 8%
MHS – G10 Science 43% 43% 12% 2%
MHS – G10 ELA 67% 29% 2% 1%
MHS – G10 Math 70% 19% 7% 4%

According to the state department of education, PARCC results will be available to the public in mid-December, and parent reports will follow afterward in December/January.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There have been no School Committee meetings since my last E-blast. The next meeting will be held Wednesday, September 30th at 7pm in the Milton High School library.

CURRICULUM NEWS

 Please note, there are still some openings in some of our preschool programs:

 The Milton Public Schools Edge Hill Campus Preschool (at Collicot School) presently has ten seats available for three or four year old students to attend an integrated setting from 12:00-2:30p.m.  The tuition for this program is $3,125.00.  Students must be at least 3 on or before Aug 31st 2015.

The Milton Public Schools Gile Road Campus Pre-K (at Milton High School) presently has two spots available in the morning session (7:50am-11:00am) and seven spots in the afternoon session (11:10am–2:10pm). The tuition is $1,200.00. Students must be 4 on or before August 31st, 2015.

The Milton Public Schools Blue Hills Campus Preschool (at Tucker School) has five spots available. Children attend five full-day sessions from 7am to 5:30pm. These spots have been designated for children of low income families and there is no tuition cost for qualifying families. Students must be 4 on or before August 31st, 2015.

If you have questions or would like more details regarding any of the preschool programs Milton Public Schools has to offer please contact Marti McKenna at 617-980-7343 or by email at mmckenna@miltonps.org.

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

There will be a Clothing & Electronics Collection held on Saturday, October 17th from 9am to 1pm to help raise money to support the Milton Public Schools’ Science From Scientists program. This fundraiser will accept gently used clothing (adults and kids – all sizes), small household items and electronics. Unfortunately, they cannot accept furniture, large items such as refrigerators or books. Also, recycling fees apply to the following:

Air Conditioners: $10 each
Large Humidifiers: $10 each
Dehumidifiers: $10 each
TVs (27” and under) $15 each
CPUS, Microwaves, Stereo Equipment: $5 each
VCRs and DVDs: free
Keyboards, mice & wires: free

For more information or to volunteer (see below), please email bmoonan@miltonps.org

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 Volunteers are needed for the upcoming Clothing & Electronics Collection Event to be held on Saturday, October 17th from 9am to 1pm in the Cunningham/Collicot driveway. This fundraiser is to support the Science from Scientists program and is being held in partnership with the Big Brothers and Big Sisters agencies. Volunteers are needed to greet and direct, assist donors and answer questions. If you are interested in helping, please email Bernadette Moonan at bmoonan@miltonps.org

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 As I mentioned in my last E-blast, MHS junior Michael Sullivan recently asked for permission to place collection bins in the lobby of each school from October 19th to November 9th in order to collect “retired” American flags. As a volunteer tour guide at Fort Independence at Castle Island in South Boston, he participated in the Flag Retirement Ceremony on Flag Day in June and plans to also participate in the next Retirement Ceremony, to be held on Veterans Day.

“My goal is to bring awareness to my generation on how to properly dispose of a flag, said Michael. “The American flag for me stands for more than just an object, it symbolizes over 200 years of history and it is what brings us together as a nation today. Men and women have sacrificed on our lands and overseas for the meaning of this flag.”

Michael plans to work with the members of the American Legion to place more bins around town.  Potential donors or anyone with questions can contact him at: miltonflagretirement@gmail.com

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 Save the Date!! — Milton High School Proudly Presents 42nd Street! On November 5th and 7th, Milton High School will present the fall musical 42nd Street. Tickets are $10 per person and will be available starting on October 13th in the MHS Main Office and Pierce Middle School Office during school hours. Show times are Thursday, November 5th at 7 pm and Saturday November 7th at 2 pm and 7 pm. Please contact Ms. Damiani with any questions- rdamiani@miltonps.org

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 The following item was sent to us by the Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition:

 Please be aware that this Saturday, September 26th is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Please take a moment to go through your medicine cabinet. Identify any unused or expired medications in your household. We ask that you bring them to the Milton Police Station, 40 Highland Street in Milton from 10am to 2pm. The National Prescription Drug Take-Back addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Many Americans are not aware that medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the US are at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that many abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away – both potential safety and health hazards.

FAMILY OUTREACH LIAISON NEWS

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

JUST A REMINDER: There is NO SCHOOL for MPS students on Friday, October 9th. Teachers will be attending a Professional Development Program.  There is also no school on Monday, October 12th in honor of the Columbus Day holiday.

The following information was provided by Susan Dolan, Milton Early Childhood Alliance Program Director.  If you are interested in more information about MECA please visit their website at miltonearlychildhoodalliance.org.

Upcoming Free Activities and Events:

STEM Free Play Fridays continue at Milton Public Library. Come spend some fun, one-on-one time with your child while enjoying many terrific Science, Technology, Engineering and Math activities! This program meets every other Friday. There will be different activities each time you visit. Upcoming program dates are: September 18, October 2, 16, 30, November 13, 27, December 8 and January 22.

Story Walk continues through the fall! A new book will be posted at the Trailside Museum on Friday, September 18th. Bring a picnic, take a walk, see the animals, and read a terrific children’s book along the way. The Trailside Museum is located at 1904 Canton Avenue. The Story Walk can be enjoyed daily from 9:00-5:00. This is an outdoor, rain or shine activity, so please dress appropriately.

Helping Children Be the Best They Can Be parent education workshop will be held Monday, October 5th, 7:00 PM, at Learning Circle Preschool, 3 Blue Hill River Road in Canton. Meet Charles Appelstein, a nationally prominent child care specialist and author. He will be discussing positive and inspiring ways to guide children as they grow up. For more information, or to ensure you will receive handouts, call 781-828-4800.

Food Day Festival returns! For families with young children—fun activities focusing on healthy food choices, where food comes from, investigating the science of familiar vegetables, and planting are planned as part of National Food Day. Stories, gardening, arts, and science activities will be included as well as scheduled walks to Brookwood Farm (walks will be weather permitting). The fun begins at 9:30 AM on Friday, October 23rd at Learning Circle Preschool, 3 Blue Hill River Road in Canton. For more information, call 781-828-4800.

A Peek Into Your Child’s Mind parent education 2-part series, for parents and caregivers with children birth to age five, will be held on November 3rd and 10th at Discovery Schoolhouse, 101 Blue Hills Parkway from 7:00-8:30 PM. This workshop series will help increase your understanding of your child’s physical and mental development as well as their personal temperament, help you create a home environment where your child can thrive, and provide you with techniques to support the healthy development of your child. Registration is required. For more information, please email cpcmecasld @verizon.net or call 617-696-2262.

Baby and Me infant playgroup will return this fall! This engaging playgroup is for parents and/or grandparents with children birth to six months old. Free Baby Baskets, filled with terrific items for babies and parents, will be distributed upon completion of the series. The playgroup will meet weekly for seven weeks beginning Wednesday, October 7th from 9:30 to 10:30 AM and continue through November 18th at the First Congregational Church, 495 Canton Avenue. Registration is required. For more information, or to register for this playgroup, please email cpc-mecasld @verizon.net or call 617-696-2262.

Please feel free to contact me, Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Family Outreach Liaison at 617-980-7343 or mmckenna@miltonps.org if I can be of any assistance.

FOOD SERVICE NEWS

The following item was submitted to us by Jocelin Hurley, Framingham State University Nutrition Intern:

Breakfast is available at each of the six Milton Public Schools each morning. There is no need to sign up. Just arrive to school 25 minutes before the first bell and come into the cafeteria to receive a warm breakfast. A full well balanced meal is only $1.25. Students who qualify for free or reduced meals receive breakfast for free. Supervision is available each morning at all of our schools.

Did you know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day? While you are sleeping, your body goes into fasting mode. When you wake up in the morning it is important to eat breakfast in order to break this fast and kick start not only your digestive system but also your brain function. In order to focus and learn in school children depend on the nourishment breakfast provides. A child (or anyone) that misses breakfast will feel sluggish, have impaired learning, and have impaired cognitive function. Breakfast is offered at school every day but a child may sleep too late and miss breakfast offered before class.

This is where the Breakfast in the Classroom initiative steps in. What is Breakfast in the Classroom? Breakfast in the Classroom is when school breakfast is delivered to the child’s classroom at the start of the school day. Breakfast is eaten while performing the routine morning activities, and therefore it counts as time in learning. Research shows that students who participate in school breakfast have better attendance, improved behavior, and show improvement in their ability to learn and concentrate. Hungry children have lower math scores. To nourish their brains and their stomachs, the children are provided with a well-balanced meal consisting of a whole grain (such as a ww muffin), fresh fruit, orange juice, and milk. Due to a grant received from the New England Dairy Council, Milton Public Schools has been given the opportunity to implement a pilot program to offer Breakfast in the Classroom. The Tucker Elementary School second grade classrooms and one Pre-K class have been receiving the benefits of the classroom breakfast since the start of the school year. At Milton Public Schools our goal is to allow every child to reach their full potential by providing every child with proper nourishment at breakfast to feed their body and mind.

PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

The Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) kicked off the school year with its first parent meeting this past week.Tracy Grandeau, the new Administrator of Special Education, introduced herself, shared her vision, and updated the group on a number of priority initiatives that are underway, including professional development and a district-wide special education review by Public Consulting Group. As part of the review process, the district is organizing parent focus groups on October 6th, 7th and 8th. Parents who wish to participate should email Mary Gormley at mgormley@miltonps.org.

The SEPAC will be holding parent meetings on a monthly basis. On Tuesday October 6th from 7-9pm, Alessandra Di Credico from the Federation for Children with Special Needs will present “An IEP for My Child” in the Glover Elementary library. For the first time, the SEPAC is also organizing a parents’ night-out event on Tuesday December 1st In addition to featuring a presentation by Carrie Cariello, blogger and author of What Color is Monday?, the event will be an opportunity for parents to connect, mingle, and share.

To find out more about SEPAC priorities and events, or to get involved, please visit www.miltonsepac.org.

MFE NEWS

Annual Appeal:

As we celebrate the MFE’s twentieth anniversary, we have much to be grateful for. Thanks to the generosity of our community including MPS parents, guardians and local businesses, the MFE has distributed over 3.25 million dollars for enhancing educational initiatives throughout our school system.  This impacts the lives of 3,400 students every year.

The cornerstone of the MFE is the Competitive Teacher Grant Program which is supported through our Annual Appeal. With your generous donations, the MFE has funded over 500 teachers grants, providing students with innovative and effective learning experiences that fall beyond the reach of the district’s budget.

Experiences that the MFE grant program have made possible include artists in residence programs * life-sized torsos for science classrooms * human 3D miniatures * math and literacy centers * SMART board interactive clickers * iPads * Kindles * Chromebooks * raised beds for outdoor classrooms * water distillers * cameras and video equipment * musical instruments * leveled reading collections * Museum of Science presentations * and so much more !!!

Today we are asking that you please consider making a gift to this year’s Annual Appeal to keep this invaluable grant program thriving. Simply visit www.miltonfoundationforeducation.org/or reply to the letter of appeal you already received in your mailbox. Thank you for your support. We wish you a happy, healthy and productive school year!

Monster Dash: Attention kids of ALL ages! Are you ready for some Spooktacular fun again this year?!!!

The MFE is hosting its 17th Annual Milton Monster Dash on Sunday, October 25, 2015 from 9 am to 12 noon at Cunningham Park. Proceeds from the Monster Dash are devoted to the support of enhanced science programming for students in grades K through 5.

This wonderful community event, including the 5K walk and run and kids’ costumed fun run activities, science experiments and crafts, is held in loving memory of Sam Cichello, a Tucker school elementary student who died following a playground accident in 1999.

The MFE will also be kicking off the very popular Monster Dash T-Shirt Design Contest soon so please look for emails and notices from the schools to learn more. The winner of the design contest will have his or her artwork featured on the race t-shirts and will be invited to officially start the 5K!

Start training now, keep your eyes peeled for a comfortable and creative costume and get ready to run on your own or with a running team!  If anyone is interested in volunteering for the Monster Dash, the MFE would welcome your support. Please contact Will Korman at wkorman@rflawyers.com.

To learn more about the Monster Dash and the T-Shirt Design Contest, please visit www.miltonfoundationforeducation.org. We look forward to seeing you at Cunningham Park on Sunday, October 25th!

NEWS AROUND TOWN

Movie in the Park at the Mary Lane Playground: Bring the family to watch a FREE movie, Big Hero 6, under the stars this Saturday, 9/26 at 7pm. This is not a drop off event, so bring your blankets and chairs (and maybe bug spray) and enjoy an evening sponsored by the Friends of Churchills Lane, Milton Junior Women’s Club and Boston Home Theater Design.  Thank you to Milton Parks and Rec for approving this community event!

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Celebrate Milton will be held Sunday, October 4th from noon – 4pm (rain or shine) at Pierce Middle School on Brook Road.  The CelebrateMilton event strives to provide a mix of local talent that reflects the diverse composition of our community.  In the past, the line-up has included gospel music, Japanese drummers, Irish step dancing, a steel drum band, and the Milton High School fall musical cast. For more information, click here:

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The following item was sent to us by Massachusetts Senator Brian A. Joyce:

 As you may know, the deer population in the Blue Hills State Reservation has grown exponentially due to the local extinction of natural predators such as wolves and mountain lions. Conservative estimates show 85 deer per square mile in the Blue Hills, approximately ten times the appropriate level for the region. Negative impacts to vegetation and forest regeneration occur when population density surpasses 18 deer per square mile.

In addition to damage done to the Blue Hills ecosystem, deer overabundance has led to a sharp increase in ticks and, as a result, tick-borne illnesses, including Lyme Disease, have become a significant public health issue in Norfolk County, with over 700 new confirmed cases in 2014 alone. Vehicle collisions with deer as well as property and landscaping damage also pose public safety issues.

In order to stabilize and maintain the deer population, preserve the natural beauty of the Blue Hills, and minimize public health and safety concerns, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), along with the Department of Fish and Game, have proposed a deer management plan for the Blue Hills, which includes a controlled hunt.

DCR officials have determined that this is the most effective way to preserve the natural beauty of the Blue Hills and improve the health and safety of local residents.

Here are some of the highlights of the plan, which is designed to ensure public safety and to minimize inconvenience to those who utilize the Blue Hills for non-hunting recreation:

  • The proposed plan allows for just four days of hunting each year – the Monday and Tuesday following Thanksgiving and the next Monday and Tuesday
  • A limited number of special hunting permits would be issued by lottery to those interested in hunting in the Blue Hills by DCR. A permit is required to hunt during the four day period
  • DCR will hold mandatory orientation for those invited to hunt
  • Hunters will be assigned to specific ‘zones’ in which they must remain. They must also check in & check out with DCR officials at a designated location prior to and following hunting
  • Hunting will be limited to 1 hunter/30 acres of land. The number of hunters in the Blue Hills at any given time will be limited
  • The public will be notified in advance of the hunts through advertisements, social media, and signs at all trail heads

A similar controlled hunt was implemented at the Quabbin Reservoir in the early-90s and was successful at limiting and maintaining the deer population while ensuring the safety of and without inconveniencing the public.

The Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR) will be holding three public meetings in the coming weeks regarding the proposed deer management plan. All are welcome to attend and share their views on the proposed plan:

  • Tuesday, September 29 – 6:30PM-8:00PM – Blue Hills Trailside Museum – 1904 Canton Avenue, Milton
  • Thursday, October 1 – 6:30PM-8:00PM – Lincoln-Hancock Elementary School Auditorium – 300 Granite Street, Quincy

If you are unable to attend, you may view the proposed plan here, and you may submit your comments to DCR here. The deadline for comments is Friday, October 2.

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 Milton Community Concerts kicks off its second season of concerts in a big way with a free benefit concert, “Right On Your Doorstep”, on Sunday, October 18th at 4pm at First Parish Church of Milton (535 Canton Avenue). It will feature three outstanding musicians who have Milton connections: resident Pauline Wells, known for her numerous public appearances throughout New England, baritone Brandon Grimes, an MHS grad who has achieved success in both opera and musical theater, and Milton Public School parent and pianist Timothy Steele. These three performers, along with several other musicians, will present a wildly eclectic program of songs with something to please everyone. All of the proceeds for this concert will go to support the music program in the Milton Public Schools.

Ms. Wells has always been very active in charitable and community causes. Many fans have heard her spirited and inspirational rendition of the Star Spangled Banner at Fenway Park and Gillette Stadium, and she has made over 300 public appearances, including Justice Square at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, Faneuil Hall, the Massachusetts State House, and Harvard University. Her concerts have drawn audiences to the Wilbur Theatre, Blue Ocean Music Hall, and Old Town Hall in Manhattan. For 23 years she has served with the Cambridge Police Department, currently holding the rank of Lieutenant. She resides in Milton with her husband Richard and daughter Molly.

Mr. Grimes recently sang in a national tour of the musical JEKYLL AND HYDE. He has appeared in several off-Broadway productions, has sung at the Cape Playhouse, and soon will be performing at the Ordway Theatre in St. Paul, MN. He studied opera at the University of Houston and University of Michigan, and has appeared in productions with Opera in the Ozarks and College Light Opera. As a student composer at Milton High School he wrote “Mass for a Dawning Age” which was premiered by the Quincy Choral Society, orchestra and soloists.

Mr. Steele is an active vocal coach, pianist, and conductor, and is currently in his 21st year on the opera faculty at New England Conservatory. He has conducted for outreach tours with Boston Lyric Opera, and is a former music director for Opera Providence. He has served as assistant conductor/pianist for over 120 productions with 22 companies, including Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Wolf Trap Opera, Central City Opera, and Portland Opera Repertory Theatre. He assisted Opera Boston with the Pulitzer Prize winning opera Madame White Snake, and for three years collaborated with WaterFire-Providence on a unique and popular series of opera evenings. In Boston, he has performed with Emmanuel Music, the Handel and Haydn Society, and the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, among others.

Admission to this concert is free; a free-will offering will be taken. Ample free parking is available. For more information about this concert visit www.miltoncommunityconcerts.com

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 On Thursday, October 22nd, the 11th annual Literary Gala, “Where Stories Begin,” will be held at Lombardo’s in Randolph, benefiting the Milton Public Library. The gala is hosted by the Milton Library Foundation and chaired by President-Elect Stacey Cornforth. The keynote speaker will be noted author Alice Hoffman. Information on sponsorship and ticket sales will be announced soon.

Hoffman, who has just released the young adult novel, Nightbird, has published a total of twenty-three novels, three books of short fiction, and eight books for children and young adults. This summer, Hoffman will release her latest novel, The Marriage of Opposites, set in the 19th Century on a paradisiacal island in the West Indies.

Her novel, Here on Earth, an Oprah Book Club choice, was a modern reworking of some of the themes of Emily Bronte’s masterpiece Wuthering HeightsPractical Magic was made into a Warner film starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman. Her novel, At Risk, centers on a family dealing with AIDS, can be found on the reading lists of many universities, colleges and secondary schools. Hoffman’s advance from Local Girls, a collection of inter-related fictions about love and loss on Long Island, was donated to help create the Hoffman Breast Center at Mt. Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, MA. Blackbird House is a book of stories centering on an old farm on Cape Cod. Hoffman’s recent books include  Aquamarine  and Indigo, novels for pre-teens, and The New York Times bestsellers The River King, Blue Diary, The Probable Future, and The Ice QueenGreen Angel, a post-apocalyptic fairy tale about loss and love, was published by Scholastic and The Foretelling, a book about an Amazon girl in the Bronze Age, was published by Little Brown. In 2007 Little Brown published the teen novel Incantation, a story about hidden Jews during the Spanish Inquisition, which Publishers Weekly has chosen as one of the best books of the year. Her most recent novels include The Third Angel, The Story Sisters, the teen novel, Green Witch, a sequel to her popular post-apocalyptic fairy tale, Green Angel. The Red Garden, published in 2011, is a collection of linked fictions about a small town in Massachusetts where a garden holds the secrets of many lives.

Your participation in this event will contribute to the Foundation’s financial support of the Milton Public Library.

“In the past, funds have been used to introduce new databases and online services for library users. These include research databases to support life-long learning as well as eResources, such as downloadable music and ebooks,” said William Adamczyk, the Milton Library Director. Funds have also been used to boost the Overdrive Advantage collection which provides eBooks specifically for Milton patrons. Twenty percent of eBook circulation comes from this collection currently.

“This is a great example of how a public/private partnership can bring improved and expanded services and resources to the residents of Milton,” he added. The elected Milton Library Trustees manage the library budget.

Funds raised by the Milton Library Foundation will also go toward a new and improved website for the Milton Public Library.

For more information and updates, follow the Milton Library Foundation on Twitter: @MLFoundationMA or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MiltonLibraryFoundation

GRANT/FUNDRAISING INFORMATION

The Brookline Symphony Orchestra’s 5th annual 5K Fun Run & Walk is taking place this Sunday, September 27, 2015 at 10:00am at the Chestnut Hill Reservoir.

What makes this 5K unique is that musicians from the orchestra will be stationed along the course playing live classical music for you to enjoy as you run, jog or stroll.  The course is 2 full loops around the flat Reservoir path – which means you’ll enjoy each musical grouping twice.

The event is Family Friendly – baby joggers & strollers are welcome.  Bring the little ones for their first “concert” while you exercise. Registration: http://brooklinesymphony5k.racewire.com/

VISUAL ARTS

October Art and Music Events at the MAC

The Milton Art Center has a number of events planned this October for children, teens and adults. The month kicks off with an ARToberfest on Fri. Oct. 2 from 7-10 pm featuring German-inspired food and beverage, traditional music and a “Postcard Art” exhibition and sale.

Local artist Sue Hoy, invites adults to paint their own wine glasses on Wed. Oct. 14 from 7-9 p.m. Perfect for beginners.

On Fri. Oct. 16 from 6–8 p.m. children ages 2-8, accompanied by an adult, are invited to put on their best pajamas and join Jimmy Moonan for games, kids’ karaoke and a marshmallow campfire sing-along featuring classic Beatles music.

In a nod to Halloween, school-aged children can create their own “Glow-o-Lanterns” on Sat. Oct. 17 from 10-11 a.m. at a workshop taught by Christine Jorge, an elementary school art teacher with the Milton Public Schools.

Adults and Teens wishing to reclaim the magic of spontaneous expression through paint on paper will enjoy Rose Gates’ Painting from the Heart Workshop on Sun. Oct. 18 from 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

Finally, award-winning artist Gregory Maichack will teach an adults only pastels workshop inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe’s “The Calla Lily” on Thurs. Oct. 29 from 7-9 p.m. No painting experience required.

Please visit www.miltonartcenter.org for more information or to register for any of these workshops.

ATHLETICS

Boys Cross Country

Milton Cross Country Team hosted the first quad meet on Wednesday, September 16th at Houghton’s Pond. The boy’s team defeated Dedham, but lost to Needham and Brookline. The team was led by its top three runners of senior Tim Lynch, sophomore Nick Villard and senior John Lenane. The younger guys are improving every day and senior Nathan Liberty continues to be the team’s hardest worker. The boys do not have a meet until the 31st when it hosts Norwood and Framingham at Houghton’s Pond.

Girls Cross Country:   The first quad meet was held last week on the home course at Houghton’s Pond vs. Brookline, Dedham and Needham. The Milton varsity girls set their sights on the state’s top-ranked team (Needham) and came close to defeating them. The final score was 25-30 vs. Needham, and Milton handily beat the Dedham and Brookline teams. The JV team beat Needham and Dedham, losing only to Brookline. Varsity highlights included: Bridget Mitchell did her best to stay with the Mass Two-Mile State Champion Margie Cullen and it pulled her to a 24s PR on the course, running 18:00 flat. Only two Milton athletes have run faster than her on the course and they both went to the Olympics! Colette O’Leary ran a very gutsy 4th place finish overall and ended with a 38s PR and broke 19:00 for the first time on the course. Elise O’Leary had one of the best freshman races ever with her 5th place finish in the race today. Her time of 18:59 is the 2nd fastest Milton freshman time ever at Houghton’s Pond. (Bridget owns the record at 18:24) Naomi Negassi had a 54s pr, which allowed her to break 20:00 on the course for the first time ever. As a Freshman in her first race at home, Clodagh Corcoran quickly put her name in the all-time lists. Her time of 20:02 is good enough to be the 20th fastest Milton athlete to ever run at Houghton’s in the past 20 years. The team looked incredibly strong and is in great shape to take on the rest of the season.

Cheer

The cheerleaders are working on rescheduling their choreography date to continue to prepare for competition! We are excited for our game against Walpole on September 25th and the fun youth night that will be happening that night!! The Milton High Cheerleaders will also be having a car wash on October 3rd from 9-12 at Collicot/Cunnigham, $10 per car.

Boys Soccer

The boys soccer team dropped two games this week to Herget division rivals Walpole and Wellesley. Both games were away and we lost both games 3-1. Ethan Walko and Stefan Richardson scored goals with assists from Josh Madden and Alden Rosa. This Saturday 9/26 the boys soccer team will travel to Defazio Field in Needham to play in the Bay State League vs. Catholic Conference Challenge. The challenge has the best teams in each conference playoff each other and Milton will play Malden Catholic at 3pm.

Girls Soccer

Wildcat girls went 1-1 this week, losing a heart-breaker to Walpole 1-0, but bounced back with a big victory over Wellesley 2-1. The Wilcats are 2-3-1. Chae Diani, Sophie Cousineau, and Kerri Driscoll led the team with goals this week. Next up, we are looking forward to the cross town rivalry game with Fontbonne Academy on Monday.

Football

The Wildcats hit the road for the first time in 2015 to face the (1-0) Quincy Presidents.  The defense was able to turn the Presidents over on downs and create a turnover in the first period to provide a scoring chance that Koby Osazee wouldn’t miss.  The junior running back collected a short pass out of the backfield and slipped two defenders en route to a 16-yard TD reception.  While we moved the ball well in the 2nd quarter, we didn’t find the end zone again until Derek Perkins (7 for 153, TD) collected a short pass, broke a tackle and raced in.  Derek added the conversion and we led 14-6 with 2:45 left before the break.  Our defense forced a quick punt from Quincy on the next drive and Ludwig Frederique returned their punt to our 46 with 1:50 left.  Mike Fallon (15-30, 283, 2TD) led us on a 5 play drive that finished with Osazee rushing in for a score with 50 seconds left before the break.  It was 20-6 at the half. The second half featured some sloppy play and Quincy made some nice adjustments to close the gap to 20-14 in the third period.  We responded with a 3 play drive that was highlighted by Derek Perkins 63 yard catch and run.  Fallon ran in untouched on the next play to stretch the lead to 26-14. Late in the 4th period, Quincy converted a 4th down with a 31 yard scoring run to cut the lead to 26-20.  Unable to collect the first down needed to run out the clock, we punted it back.  Starting at their own 35, the Presidents slowly moved the ball to our 35.  With no timeouts left they, they took a shot on a deep pass that Derek Perkins intercepted to ice the game.  The Varsity is now 2-0, the JV is 1-0-1, after tying 8-8, and the freshman collected a win 14-8 to even their record at 1-1.

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 Save the Date to Support Milton High Hockey Programs! This Columbus Day Weekend, Monday October 12th at the Kelly Field Tennis Courts, check out the Street Hockey Tournament.

Get the Ball Rolling as part of the Second Annual MHS Street Hockey Jamboree. Create your own team! Seven to nine players per team (including goalie.) $25 per player ($30 per player after October 1st). Teams are responsible for their own equipment. Helmets and gloves required. This events starts at 9am and will go until we finish. Grades 1-9. Team roster , payment and signed medical waivers required for registration

Bring your flow and join us for a day of food, face-offs and fun! Prizes, games, music and more! Kids under 10 years old must be supervised by a parent. To register your team, contact pam noonan at: noon4@comcast.netor danielle chauvet at: willchauvet@gmail.com or sign up at Ulin Rink Sept 21-Oct1 during skills and practice sessions .

AMBASSADOR PAGE

Students: Milton High School junior Ishan Shukla, has been volunteering community service hours with the Neponset River Watershed Association. As part of his service, Ishan investigated whether rain gardens decrease E. coli counts and presented his findings to the organization. In addition, Ishan researched “The Miracle of the Moringa Tree,” which he presented at an EPA conference in Virginia. Most recently, Ishan has been invited to give a guest lecture at Wentworth Institute during an engineering class. He will conduct E. coli experiments with Moringa seeds. Ishan Shukla is an outstanding representative of Milton High School and a wonderful example of how community service projects can contribute to academic success.

Staff:   I would like to take a moment to thank two Milton Public Schools employees who have a huge impact on our district: Residency Coordinator Patty Lesenechal and Registrar Jane Barrett. Ms. Lesenechal recently completed the daunting task of making sure that families of all incoming K, Grade 6 and Grade 9 students completed the paperwork to re-establish residency this summer, in addition to her regular duties of ensuring that all MPS families are residents of Milton. Ms. Barrett is in charge of registration and enters each new student into the district’s database. She also works closely with Ms. Lesenechal as a gatekeeper to be sure all registered students are Milton residents. August and September are the busiest months for these two dedicated employees, who collectively screened nearly 600 applications, including 87 preschool, 349 kindergarten and 160 students in Grades 1-12. On behalf of the town of Milton and the Milton Public Schools, I am sure that you will join me in thanking Ms. Lesenechal and Ms. Barrett.

Volunteers: Timothy Steele, a parent of two Milton High School students, has been quietly volunteering and helping to raise both money and awareness for the Milton Public Schools’ music programs. Mr. Steele is a vocal coach, pianist, and conductor, and is currently in his 21st year on the opera faculty at New England Conservatory. Through various benefit concerts, Mr. Steele has been both an enthusiastic supporter and an invaluable asset to the Milton Public Schools.

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