Milton Public Schools

March 31st E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Mar• 31•14

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

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT 

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

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

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

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

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

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

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

CURRICULUM NEWS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Please note the following PARCC dates:

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

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

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

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

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

*contact your child’s school for makeup dates.

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

 UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

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

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

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

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

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

FOOD SERVICE NEWS

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

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

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

MFE NEWS

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

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

NEWS AROUND TOWN

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

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

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

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

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

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

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

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

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

Free Play Friday, Ages 0-5

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

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

Mad Science, Grades 3-5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library. For more information on this and other teen events at the Milton Public Library, please contact Amy Rosa, Young Adult Librarian, at (617)-698-5757 or aboivin@ocln.org.

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

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

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

VISUAL ARTS

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

 July 7-12th Big World Tiny World

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

 July 14-18th Treehuggers

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

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

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

 July 28-August 1st Back to the Sixties

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

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

 ATHLETICS

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

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

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

 AMBASSADOR PAGE

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

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

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

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

 

March 20th E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Mar• 20•14

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

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

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

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

CURRICULUM NEWS

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

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

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

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

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

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Please note the following MCAS and PARCC dates:

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

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

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

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

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

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

*contact your child’s school for makeup dates.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FUNDRAISING/GRANT NEWS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you very much for your consideration and anticipated support!

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

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

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

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

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

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

PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

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

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

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

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

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

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

MFE NEWS

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

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

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

NEWS AROUND TOWN

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

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

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

Saturday, March 22nd from 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Bookbusters Book Club, Grades 3-5
The Bookbusters is a book club for boys and girls in grades 3-5. Led by Miss Sara, group participants are asked to read a book in advance of the meeting, then come together to talk about it with their peers. The book we are reading for March is George’s Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl. Copies are available at the Children’s Room desk, or by placing a hold at www.miltonlibrary.org. Come join us to discuss this wild and exciting story about a boy who decides to cure his grandmother’s grouchiness with a medicine he makes himself! Registration is required.

Don’t forget to check the library web calendar for a listing of the many programs we offer year-round. Information about and registration for all of our programs can always be found on our online calendar at www.miltonlibrary.org, or by calling the Children’s Room at 617-898-4957 during business hours. Please contact the Children’s Room if you have questions about any of our programs or services. To see a complete listing of library events, please click here: http://www.eventkeeper.com/code/events.cfm?curOrg=MILTONPL

VISUAL ARTS

The Milton Art Center is now registering children, teens and tweens for spring art classes. Spring Blooms, Creating With Clay, Tin Whistle and Ukrainian Egg Decorating are among the offerings. Please click here for course descriptions and dates: http://www.miltonartcenter.org/

ATHLETICS

We are pleased to report that Milton High Schools’ Spring 2014 Sports sign ups are complete with over 400 student-athletes competing in baseball, softball, lacrosse, crew, rugby, tennis, and outdoor track. We wish the best of luck for a great season to all our student athletes and their coaches. For sports schedules for all MHS teams, please click here: http://www.usatodayhss.com/school/milton-high-school-milton-ma/scores-and-schedule

AMBASSADOR PAGE

Students: State Champions! A group of Milton High School students won the State Championship event for the LifeSmarts program and will be travelling to the Nationals representing both Milton High School and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in Orlando, Florida. (please see the item above under “Fundraising.” ) Congratulations and best of luck to these students and their coach, Nancy Mikels: Jack Caljouw, Albert Enyedy, Maryam El-Sayed, Cormac Conners and Chris Ricciuti.

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

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

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

February 28th E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Feb• 28•14

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

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

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

MILTON HIGH SCHOOL WILDCATS UPDATE

Friday, February 28, 2014

Boys Varsity Basketball vs Dorchester High School (Tech Boston)

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

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

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Boys Varsity Hockey vs Barnstable HS

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

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

Girls Varsity Hockey vs Cohasset/Hanover

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

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

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

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

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

TEENS IN NEED

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

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

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

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

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

 

ARTS/MUSIC

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

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

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

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

NATIONAL MERIT

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

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

INTERNET SAFETY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FUTURE PROBLEM SOLVERS

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

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

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

SYMPHONY/M-PACE

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

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DEADLINES

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

MSE

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

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

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

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

SCHOOL BREAKFAST

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

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

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

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

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

PRINCIPAL MEETINGS (STAFF)

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

CONFERENCES

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

EARLY RELEASE DAY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Early Release Info

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Feb• 25•14

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

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

February 16th E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Feb• 16•14

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

 From the Desk of the Superintendent:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In addition:

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

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

Sincerely,
Mary C. Gormley
Superintendent of Schools

February 14th E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Feb• 14•14

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

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

Dear Parents/Guardians,

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

Public school students must attend school for 180 days a year according to Massachusetts Student Learning Time Regulations.

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

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

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

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

My goal is to always notify parents/guardians the night before a school cancellation if possible and if not by 5am the morning of the school cancellation.  I want to apologize for the technical difficulties we had yesterday with our ALERT NOW telephone/e-mail communication system.   This was the first time this has happened, and our service provider has assured me that this was an isolated incident because of very high volume. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

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

CURRICULUM NEWS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Collicot: http://www.donorschoose.org/project/chrome-book-collaboration/1146497?utm_source=dc&utm_medium=proposal&utm_campaign=copyURL&rf=copyURL_dccontent_2014_02

Cunningham: http://www.donorschoose.org/project/sound-it-out/1108622/?utm_source=dc&utm_medium=search&utm_campaign=copyURL&rf=copyURL_dccontent_2014_02

Recently, Pierce teacher Jenn Rhodes posted a Donors Choose item, requesting a listening center and audio books, and it was fully funded!  Ms. Rhodes noticed a need among some her students in an organizational prep class, checked in with her English department colleagues, wrote the request, sought support, and it was funded. Many thanks to Holly Concannon for introducing teachers to this website and helping with the requests.

PARCC UPDATE/CHAPTER TWO

In my last E-blast, I informed parents and guardians that a new testing program known as PARCC is being developed by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. PARCC stands for Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers.) While we were aware that Milton had been chosen as a “field test” site, we only recently learned which schools and classes will be taking the PARCC.

Please note all MPS students are taking MCAS in addition to PARCC. Scores from PARCC will not count, as this is a pilot year.

School

Grade/Course

Subject Area

# of Classes

Mode of Admin.

Component

Number of sessions

Collicot 4 ELA 2 Paper PBA 3
Cunningham 4 Mathematics 2 Online PBA 2
Tucker 4 ELA 2 Online PBA 3
Glover 3 ELA 2 Online EOY 2
Pierce 6 Mathematics 2 Online PBA &EOY 4
Pierce 7 Mathematics 2 Online PBA & EOY 4
Pierce 8 Mathematics 2 Online EOY 2
Milton High Integrated Math 1 Mathematics 4 Online EOY 2
Milton High Integrated Math 3 Mathematics 6 Online PBA 2

Students in grades 3-11 will try out a new computer-based assessment system that has the potential to deliver clearer signals to schools, colleges, employers, and parents about what students know and can do and whether they are on the pathway to success after high school. State education leaders will use evidence from a two-year try out to determine whether the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, can better serve the Commonwealth’s goal of ensuring that all students have the academic preparation necessary to successfully pursue higher education, careers, and citizenship.

Massachusetts is one of 18 states that have worked collaboratively over the past several years to develop PARCC. This spring, more than 1.35 million students from 14 of those states, including Massachusetts, will take a PARCC field test in English language arts or mathematics. For more information on PARCC, go to http://www.mass.edu/parcc/.

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

As you know, we send many items home to families via “electronic backpacks.” This often includes flyers for various programs in the town that are not directly school related.  We are attempting to streamline this process so please note that going forward, we will no longer send these outside notices home, but instead, will post those flyers on our website.  If you go to the Calendar section, there is a section for Milton community flyers and a section for flyers outside the Milton community.  Please check this calendar section on a regular basis to see what is going on in Milton and in surrounding cities/towns. Click here: http://www.miltonps.org/calendar.php

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Theater fans, take note: on Wednesday, Feb. 26th at 7 pm, “Rabbit Hole,” is being performed by the MHS Dramatics Society. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. This is a student-led production and it will be co-directed by MHS seniors Garrett Sager and Amy Savino.  Many thanks to Dr. Sheila Walsh and Eileen Mullen, advisors for the Dramatics Society. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ms. Greer recently spoke to a group at Wellesley Middle School and their assistant principal, Kathy Gordon, said, “This speaker commanded the audience’s full attention. The kids could relate to her, since her background is relative, and very compelling.” Ms. Gordon said this was one of the presentations that she has seen.
This program has been strongly recommended to me by MPS parent and Wellesley Public School teacher JJ Kelleher, who called it one of the most compelling events of the year. Please make every effort to attend this important presentation on March 24th.

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Milton High School senior Brendan Hunt has been working since September on a fundraiser to benefit the high school’s sports, clubs and activities. The result of all his hard work is the upcoming event, “The Run for Red Nation. “The proceeds of this 5K race will go directly towards protecting Milton High School’s student organizations from possible cuts in the budget and will aid in keeping participation fees low. The race will be held on April 13th at 9am at Cunningham Elementary School. The entire community is encouraged to participate in this event by registering for the race or through donations. Further information about the event, registration and donation links, and sponsorship information can be found at www.runforrednation.webs.com.

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The 5th grade class at Collicot Elementary will be holding a talent show to raise funds for their class gift to the Collicot School. It will be held at the Collicot/Cunningham Cafetorium on March 6th from 7-9pm.  Tickets are $5 for adults, $1 kids and can be purchased at the door.  It is cash only and all of the Milton Community are welcome to come. Kids will be singing, dancing, playing instruments and even juggling! 

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 PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

There will be a PAC meeting on Thursday, February 27th from 7-9 at the Pierce Library.   The topic will be ESY (Extended Year Services.)  Administrator of Pupil Personnel Services Karen Clasby and Superintendent Mary Gormley will both attend this meeting.

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

A group of Milton citizens are 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 to raise funds for field trips to museums, live Shakespeare performances or trips to Boston’s Symphony Hall.

               Every year, M-PACE funds bring exciting programs into our schools and allows our students to attend outside performances. This year’s M-PACE offerings are as follows:

  • Boston Symphony Orchestra, Friday, February 28th for all fourth-grade students.
  • Historia Antiqua, a travelling exhibit which brings alive the history, culture, art, and architecture of antiquity via museum quality reproductions, role-playing, lectures, and multimedia presentations – March 4th-7th for all sixth-grade students.
  • Geography Game Show, an interactive educational event – June 5th for all seventh-grade students.
  • Romeo & Juliet, performed by Shakespeare Now theater group — Thursday April 10th for ninth-graders.
  • Macbeth, performed by Shakespeare Now – Wednesday, May 7th for tenth-graders.
  • House of Blues, a narrated musical journey that traces the history of blues from its roots in African musical tradition through its emergence as an original American musical form.  The performance draws parallels between the history of our country and the history of the blues – Tuesday, April 15 for eleventh-graders.

By checking the box on the excise tax form, Milton taxpayers can help to keep these types of culturally enriching programs in our public schools.  The excise bills are expected to be mailed out this week. The continued support of the community is essential in keeping these programs operating.

The board of M-PACE is composed of Treasurer Jim McAuliffe, Roxanne Musto, Meredith Hall and Charlotte Streat, along with Superintendent Mary Gormley and Assistant Superintendent John Phelan.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The following information was provided to us by Milton Police Chief Richard Wells:

The Milton Police Department recently received documentation from Neighborhood Scout (NeighborhoodScout.com that our town has been named one of the “Safest Cities in America” for 2014. This is the second year in a row that Milton has received this important distinction.  Milton actually moved from number 92 in 2013 to 52 for 2014. Neighborhood Scout is used by businesses, realtors and home buyers worldwide looking to develop projects and buy homes.  The website looks at all FBI crime stats, especially violent crime and the general feeling residents have regarding public safety in their community.

None of you needs me to tell you how important this is given our geographic proximity to a major metropolis like Boston.  I am very grateful to the hard work done each day by the men and women of this department as well as to all of you and every citizen of Milton who takes the time to partner with MPD daily to enhance their quality of life. This is a well-deserved “Gold Star” award for Milton.

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

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

They are hosting a fund-raising event Saturday, March 1, 2014 at the Hoosic Club on Central Avenue in Milton from 7 to 11 pm. Proceeds from the event will be distributed to teens at both the middle and high school for holiday and other upcoming expenses.

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

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

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The Milton Master Planning Committee is hosting a Public Forum on Saturday, March 1st from 9-12 at Fuller Village, 1372 Brush Hill Road. The theme is “Where is Milton Going?” Last year, members of the Milton community came together to discuss their visions for the future of Milton. On March 1st, we will begin to decide how, where, and when our community vision becomes reality. This is sponsored by the Milton Planning Board and the Master Plan Committee.  For more information about this event, please visit:http://www.townofmilton.org/Public_Documents/MiltonMA_BComm/MP/MP or http://miltonmasterplan.tumblr.com  To reach a member of this group, please email: miltontownmasterplan@gmail.com

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Milton Parks & Rec Department is holding several events and signups soon. Please visit their site below: http://www.townofmilton.org/Public_Documents/MiltonMA_Recreation/recreation

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 Milton Girls Softball program will be holding online registration over the next few weeks. Please visit the website at: http://miltonsoftball.com/Page.asp?n=49326&org=miltonsoftball.com>

The league is hoping to reach as many families with daughters as they can who would like to play girls softball and registration is open until February 28th.

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

Chess Tournament at the Library: On Saturday, March 8th, International Master David Vigorito will serve as tournament director for the 3rd annual “Chess-a-Palooza!” – a fun and friendly scholastic chess tournament open to all Milton school students. Players of all abilities are welcome. The tournament will be limited to the first 50 entrants. Trophies and prizes will be awarded in grades K-2, grades 3 – 5, and grades 6 – 9. Sections may be modified depending on the number of entrants. Cost is $10 and registration in advance is required. Please make checks payable to “The Friends of the Milton Public Library” and mail them to Christy Daniels, 17 Carlson Road, Milton, MA. Payment must be received by February 24th. This event is sponsored by The Friends of the Milton Public Library. It starts at 9:30am in the Keys Community Room at 476 Canton Avenue on the Library’s lower level. To register, please visit www.miltonlibrary.org and click on Event Calendar. For more information contact Christy Daniels at is2cd@gwmail.gwu.edu.

February Vacation Week promises to be a busy and fun-filled time in the Children’s Room at Milton Public Library!  In addition to our regular storytimes on Tuesday and Wednesday, we have many exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of February 16 – 22:

Sunday, February 16th – Sunday, February 23rd  - MECA StoryWalk: The Mitten, All Ages. StoryWalk comes to the Milton Public Library!  The Milton Early Childhood Alliance is sharing Jan Brett’s classic The Mitten with Milton families just in time for February Vacation Week.  This is an outdoor, rain or shine event.  Stop at each sign and read a page of the story to your child; or, have your child read the page to you!  This story walk can be appreciated by those both young and old.  Please let us know you visited by signing our Guest Register (inside the building, during library hours) after reading the last page of the story.

Monday, February 17th: LIBRARY CLOSED

Tuesday, February 18th from 2:30-3:30 pm – Lego Club, Ages 6-12.  Come build with the library’s Lego collection!  Each month we’ll build on a different theme.  At the end of the hour, your creations will go on display for all library visitors to enjoy.  Ages 6-12 welcome.  Registration is required.

Wednesday, February 19th from 2-3:30 pm – Animal World Experience, All Ages. Come join us for Animal World Experience’s live animal presentation Winter Wonders!  Ever wonder what animals do in the winter?  Join us as we explore the many ways that animals survive in, and thrive in the winter.  What you find out will shock and amaze you!  All ages welcome.  Registration for this program is required.

Thursday, February 20, 2014 from 2-3 pm – Mel O’Drama, Ages 5-9. Kids aged 5-9 are invited to join local drama teacher Melanie Grace Gillespie for a theatrical and creative hour of Mel O’Drama!  Students will enjoy such fun activities as warmups, improv games, voice projection, scene work, and movement.  Registration is required.

Saturday, February 22nd from 2-3 pm. The Great Molasses Flood: A Special Bookbusters Event, Grades 3-5. The Bookbusters is a book club for boys and girls in grades 3-5.  Led by Miss Sara, group participants are asked to read a book in advance of the meeting, then come together to talk about it with their peers.  The book we are reading for February is The Great Molasses Flood: Boston, 1919by Deborah Kops.  Copies are available at the Children’s Room desk, or by placing a hold at www.miltonlibrary.org.  Come join us to discuss this exciting true story about a sticky mess that attacked our beloved city early in the twentieth century.   This month we are particularly excited to be welcoming the book’s author, Deborah Kops, for this special edition of Bookbusters!  She will be here to show us real pictures of Boston in 1919 and talk to us about her book.  Don’t miss this chance to meet an actual author and learn about an exciting historical event at the same time!  Registration is required.

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

Teen Library News:

Friday February 14th 3pm – 5pm – Teen Friday Flicks – Once a month, an after school movie is shown in the library for teens. Four movie choices have been posted on Facebook, Tumblr, and at the library in the teen room. Cast your vote at any of these locations. Friday Flicks are after school for students in grades 6-12. Admission is free and snacks will be provided. Please contact Amy Rosa, Teen Librarian, at (617) 698-5757 or aboivin@ocln.org with questions or comments. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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

ATHLETICS

The following update was provided by our Athletic Director, Larry Rooney.

MHS Ski Team

The Milton HS Ski team performed well at the recent slalom races. The girl’s team welcomed back Sophie Chase from injury and Shea Rulon continued her dominance with top 10 finishes.  Georgia Bell, Sophie Chase, Alanna Loria and Kristen Ingraham added solid performances. Lucas Campbell excelled in his two runs with top 10 finishes.  Owen Walsh & Marc Plageman were rock-solid as they provided valuable points for the boy’s team. Following Monday evening’s race results, Shea Rulon & Lucas Campbell will be representing the MBSLE at this year’s MIAA State Ski Meet. Owen Walsh will be 1st Alternate and Alanna Loria will be 4th Alternate. The States will be held on Tues. Feb. 25th at Mt. Wachusetts. Shea Rulon placed 6th overall in the entire league and will be selected as a “MA Bay Ski League East All Star”. Other notable Divisional results: Alanna Loria-16th, Sophie Chase-17, Georgia Bell-19th. Both Boy & Girl Ski Teams finished in 4th place in the Small School Division. The team and coaches wish Captain Tori Zimmer a speedy recovery following her recent knee operation. Representing the Small School Division from Milton HS: Shea Rulon: 4th Seed, Alanna Loria: 4th Alternate, Lucas Campbell: 6th Seed, Owen Walsh: 1st Alternate. Shea also placed 4th overall in league standings and will likely be named to the MBSLE All Star Team.

Boys Varsity Hockey

Team Record 13-3-1. After a torrid start, the Boys’ Hockey Team cooled off this past week. With two straight losses at home, our record is now, 13-3-1. Getting great support from underclassmen Lloyd Hill (9 goals, 8 assists, 17 points), Jason turner (5-8-13), Owen Bligh (6-6-12), Shane Kelley (3-7-10), Jack Halloran (7-2-9) and Elliot Chauvet (1-7-8), the team should rebound in our last five games. Tomorrow night is “Senior Night” vs. Wellesley HS at Ulin Rink – 7pm game time. We hope the seniors can get a victory in their last home game.

Girls Varsity Hockey

Record 6-6-3, 15pts. The team Tied Natick 2-2 on Monday, Feb 10th at Ulin Rink

Goalie Sarah Park .911 Save%, 2.14 GAA, MacKenzie Stanley 12 Goals 4 Assists 16pts, Siobhan Murtagh 5 Goals 10 Assists 14pts, Julia Scannell 6 Goals 5 Assists 10pts, Elena Kapolis 5 Goals 4 Assists 9pts. The team needs 5 points in last 6 games to make Tournament

Girls Basketball

Girls Basketball currently stands at 7-10 and needs wins in their last three games (at Wellesley, Dedham, and Tech Boston) to qualify for the state tournament. Senior forward Leigha Okoye has been averaging over 11 rebounds a game the last five games.  The entire team has become one of the best defensive units in the league over the second half of the season.

Boys Basketball

The Boys Basketball team has rebounded with three straight wins against Bay State Conference rivals Norwood 68-62, Natick 55-29, and Walpole 92-86 in overtime. The team is working hard to gain a berth into the MIAA Division 2 South Sectional state tournament. The next games will be: Monday February 17th at Quincy HS vs Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical HS, and Tuesday February 18th at Quincy HS vs Quincy HS or Plymouth South time 5pm or 630pm.  Leading scorer for Milton Boys is Anthony Smith with 11.0 pts a game and Myles McDermott with 10.5 pts per game.

Wrestling 12-8

Jonathan Carrera 33-2, Keith Martin 31-4, Zack Mazzarella 21-8, Mark Chandler 20-8, Kevin Sampson 18-10…We had a great match against Braintree on 2/4, the crowd was loud and there was lots of energy in the Field House unfortunately we came  on the losing end 42-39.  On Saturday we were invited to the D2 Team State Tournament in North Andover.  We lost to Arlington 54-20 but then came back strong and beat Beverly 42-24.  I was a good experience for the kids just to be there. This week is a big week for the wrestling team, since we are hosting the D2 Metro Sectional Tournament on Saturday.  The team, coaches and parents are all very excited to be hosting this all day tournament.  If a wrestler finishes in the top 4 of their respected weight class they move on to the D2 State Tournament on 2/21 in North Andover.

Girls Indoor Track

Team Record 2-4

At the BSC Championships we had a number of stellar performances. Andriana Higgins was first in the 55m Hurdles and 3rd in the 55m dash. The 4x400m relay team came in 2nd place Colette O’Leary, Sophie Cousineau, Andrea Juzyca and Zion Theodoros were on the relay team. Sophie Cousineau was 3rd in 1000m. Colette O’Leary finished 4th in the 1mile and Mairead Dambruch finished 4th in the 2 mile. Up next is the Div IV state Chamionships! Not sure how well we will do but we expect at least a top 10 finish as a team.

Boys Indoor Track

The boys indoor track team finished with a 2 – 2- 1 record in the Herget Division of the BSL. Seven boys have qualified for the state division meet and two relays as well. The meet will be held on Sunday the 16th.  The 7 MHS Boys Indoor Track runners are:  Chavinskee Milcent, Mariano Davis, Edwin Dely, Mandel Guerin Robinson, Jonathon Korfin, Phillip Janvier and Larry Janvier.

MHS Cheer

Cheerleaders Tia Marathas and Madelyn Driscoll represented the Milton HS Cheerleaders at the NFL Pro Bowl in Hawaii. They performed at the televised half time show. The Varsity cheerleading team competed at the Bay State Competition at Framingham High School on February 12th at 6:30pm.

MHS Swim Club

The swimmers competed against Randolph High School Swim Team on Wednesday, Feb 12th.  Our girls won 91-35 and boys lost 92-33. Thanks to Coach Megan Adley and parent organizer Eileen Heller for all their hard work this season. Here are the results from the most recent meet:

Individual Girls: 50 yard free: 1st place Della Jrolf. 100 yard Free: 1st place Emma Heller. 100 Yard Medley: 1st place Maia Adley, 2nd place Leah Corcoran. 100 yard Butterfly: 1st place Jacqueline Sullivan. 100 yard Breaststroke: 1st place Emma Heller, 2nd place Della Jrolf. 50 yard Backstroke: 1st place Maia Adley. 100 yard Backstroke: 2nd place Leah Corcoran.  The relay team of Leah Corcoran, Maia Adley, Della Jrolf and Emma Heller took first place in 200 Yard Free Style and 200 Yard Medley Relays.

Individual Boys: 100 yard butterfly: 1st place Brendan McManus. 200 yard Freestyle: Brendan McManus. 50 yard Backstroke: 1st place Nolan Carvalho. The relay team of Brendan Mc Manus, Matt O’ Sullivan, Adam Potter, and Nolan Carvalho took 2nd place in the 200 Yard Freestyle and the 200 Yard Medley Relays.

Pierce Basketball:  The boys and girls teams played a very difficult schedule this year. Both teams currently have two wins. The boys swept Pembroke and the girls have victories against Newton and Gate of Heaven. Thank you to coaches John O’Leary and Chris Maine, and Nelson Taylor, who has been helping out with the boys team. Today is the last game of the season, vs. Easton.

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

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

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We have several staff members and parent/guardians who have signed up for the BOKS program. At Pierce Middle School, physical education teacher John O’Leary will be the lead coordinator. At Cunningham and Collicot schools, Beth Fahy will be the lead coordinator; at Tucker, Ben Jones & Bridget Ruggieri will share the job of lead coordinators, and they will be assisted by parent volunteers Cathy Madigan, Calece Johnson and Claire Yunger. At Glover, Katelyn Forde will be the lead coordinator, and will be assisted by parent volunteer Mimi Graham.  See below for more information about the BOKS program:

BOKS (Build Our Kids’ Success), an initiative of Reebok and the Reebok Foundation, is a free before-school physical activity program aimed to get elementary and middle school aged children moving in the morning and their brains ready for a day of learning.  In 2009 Kathleen Tullie, mom, co-founder and Executive Director of BOKS, read Spark, by Dr. John Ratey which states “exercise is the single most powerful tool that we have to optimize the function of our brains.” Spark, which clearly defines why kids should be active before school, inspired Kathleen to create a program at her children’s elementary school. With school approval and a group of passionate moms, BOKS was launched. Providing a completely free robust curriculum, BOKS seeks to empower the community to help the youth of this generation embrace healthy habits that will last a lifetime. Reebok has made it a priority to reverse our current culture of spectators to create a culture of participants, and there is no better way than to start with our youth.

BOKS GOALS:

  • Begin the morning with active play to jump start kids’ brains and prepare them for a day of productive learning.
  • Increase opportunities for children to be physically active and gain nutritional knowledge; in turn create healthy, life-long habits.
  • Empower communities to collaborate and make a positive difference in children’s lives.

QUICK FACTS:

  • BOKS is completely FREE and currently in more than 500 schools worldwide.
  • BOKS is designed for grades K-5, but can also be run in grades 6-8 with our modified curriculum.
  • BOKS isn’t sports related, but instead is focused on fun and getting kids moving around to boost their minds for a day of learning.
  • The BOKS 12-week curriculum includes warm-ups, a skill of the week, running, relay races, obstacle courses, group games and nutritional tips – all kid-friendly, non-competitive and for all skill-levels!
  • BOKS curriculum is easily downloaded in the Trainer Hub on our website.
  • BOKS can be implemented by parents, PE teachers, staff, or other community members.
  • The National Institute of Out-of-School Time (NIOST) has evaluated program inputs and outputs and is currently conducting both short and long-term studies of BOKS.
  • Free training is available each month at Reebok World Headquarters in Canton, MA.  Sign up at www.BOKSKIDS.org/trainings.

AMBASSADOR PAGE

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

Students:  Congratulations to Pierce 8th-grader William Liddell, who recently represented the Milton Public Schools as part of Project 351. This initiative celebrates the ethic of service, youth leadership and the power of community.  Each of the Commonwealth’s 351 communities selects an 8th grade Ambassador to serve and learn for a year’s term. Ambassadors are nominated and selected by local educators for their exemplary ethic of service and values of kindness, compassion and humility.  Following a town meeting at Faneuil Hall, the group helped out with several different non-profit organizations in the Boston area. The group made care packages for students and teenagers and painted signs to decorate the center’s Lift Program, a program aimed at helping to lift people of poverty. Thank you to Mr. Liddell for doing such a great job representing the Pierce Middle School.

Staff:  I would like to thank Lori Henry, our Elementary School librarian and Future Problem Solvers “guru.” Ms. Henry recently organized the regional Qualifying Bowl, held at Glover Elementary School, not only for our Milton students, but also for teams from Dedham and Canton. Ms. Henry went above and beyond to plan this event for 175 people, which went off flawlessly.

Volunteers:  I would like to thank Cathy Madigan, Calece Johnson, Claire Yunger and Mimi Graham, who are first (of many, we hope) volunteers to step for BOKS training. These women will be participating in a before-school exercise program designed to get children ready and excited for a day of learning. Please see the item above under Athletics for more information on this program. Other parents/guardians who might be interested in helping with this program should contact their child’s principal for more info on BOKS.

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.

 

Superintendent’s E-blast for January 31st

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Jan• 31•14

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

 

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT 

“The education of each new generation is our collective responsibility, as is the search for new knowledge that will redound to the betterment of humankind and the natural world.”

- Lee C. Bollinger

The President of the United States declared January National Mentoring Month. Here in the Milton Public Schools, we value the concept of mentors and mentoring programs. Several years ago, our teachers implemented a mentoring program which matches new teachers with veteran educators. Mentors meet with their charges a minimum of once a week, but often more than that. The response from both mentors and mentees has been overwhelmingly positive and has helped with staff morale and with teacher retention.

 We are currently working on developing student mentoring programs, to work in conjunction with our current peer mentoring offerings, not only to help those students who may be struggling in school, but also set higher goals for those who are already doing well. I would encourage parents and guardians who are willing to volunteer to be a mentor in any capacity to contact my office: mgormley@miltonps.org or 617-696-4808.

 Following is President Obama’s message on mentoring:

 “In every corner of our Nation, mentors push our next generation to shape their ambitions, set a positive course, and achieve their boundless potential. During National Mentoring Month, we celebrate everyone who teaches, inspires, and guides young Americans as they reach for their dreams.

 Mentors help children build confidence, gain knowledge, and develop the strength of character to succeed inside and outside of the classroom. They are relatives, teachers, coaches, ministers, and neighbors. Anyone can be a mentor, and every child should have the chance to be a mentee. Young people with mentors have better attendance in school, higher self-esteem, a greater chance of pursuing higher education, and a reduced risk of substance abuse. That is why my Administration is creating new opportunities to give back — from expanding national service, promoting responsible fatherhood, and challenging businesses to grow their mentoring activities, to First Lady Michelle Obama’s mentoring initiative, which pairs local high school girls with powerful role models. For more information on how to get involved in a mentoring program, visit www.Serve.gov/Mentor.

 America is at its best when we lift each other up, when we pursue our individual goals while never forgetting that we are bound as one Nation and as one people. If we carry this spirit forward, if we take responsibility for our future leaders and give them the tools to succeed, America’s best days will always lie ahead.

 Now, therefore, I, Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim January 2014 as National Mentoring Month. I call upon public officials, business and community leaders, educators, and Americans across the country to observe this month with appropriate ceremonies, activities, and programs. “

 SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

 There have been two School Committee meetings since my last E-blast. The next meeting will be held February 5th at 7 pm in the Milton High School library. The meetings are summarized below:

 January 8th This meeting began with a motion to approve the new teacher’s contract. Mr. Zullas presented a chart to show Milton teacher salaries compared to other communities.  School Committee members, along with the Town Administrator, voted to approve the new contract in a 5-1 vote.  Next, the Milton High School site council, led by James Jette, made their presentation. They showed a chart which outlined the supports available to each student in the school, showed how the school adheres to the core values of the Milton Public School, presented data on student achievement and talked about Student Handbook policies under review. Next, Mr. Jette discussed next year’s Program of Studies booklet. Any changes made were reviewed. A new Speech requirement was added, which required a vote. The measure passed in a 4-1 vote. Information about Kindergarten registration night was given. Changes to the current school year calendar were discussed, which included the addition of four PD days at Milton High and two at the middle and elementary schools. A Spring Parent/Teacher conference was also added to the calendar. The Finance Subcommittee reported on the FY14 half-year personnel restorations (approved); and the FY15 Budget/Reduction/Cut list (unanimously approved.) The committee also voted to accept five grants before adjourning.

 January 29th   This meeting began with a presentation from the Pierce Middle School Site Council. After a brief video, the group made a data presentation, discussed the recent Innovation Grant, then introduced the concept of Pierce Academy and the Calculus Project. Mr. Stoodt explained the impact of the new science kits, and Dr. Spaulding talked about the new BOKS program and the piloting of the Khan Academy software. Next, the district’s Diversity Report was reviewed by representatives from Citizens for a Diverse Milton, who discussed the hiring efforts of the MPS, as well as assessment data and the diversity of school athletics and clubs. After this, the FY14-15 academic calendar was voted on and approved (see below.) School Committee members also approved a multi-year technology plan and voted to keep the Full-Day Kindergarten fees the same for next year. Members voted to approve the FY15-19 Capital Request plan as written before adjourning the meeting.

 CURRICULUM NEWS

 Please note: There will be an Early Release/Professional Development Day on Wednesday, February 5th for Milton High School (grades 9-12) only.

As I mentioned in my last E-blast, our academic calendar has changed for the remainder of this school year. Please see the updated calendar here:http://www.miltonps.org/documents/2013-14SchoolCalendar-REVISEDJan242014.pdf

 Also, at the most recent meeting, the School Committee approved the Academic Calendar for the 2014-15 school year. Please visit this link to view the July 2014 to June 2015 calendar: http://www.miltonps.org/documents/2014-2015schoolyearcalendar.pdf

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 Earlier this month, the Milton High School Robotics Team competed in a 16 team qualifier tournament at Lexington High School in hopes to secure a spot in the State meet at Bridgewater State University on March 1st.  Our team, named Milton Static, placed 4th overall with a heartbreaking loss in the semi-finals. The kids showed great sportsmanship and professionalism throughout the day-long event and I’m very proud of their hard work and dedication to the team. During the ending ceremony, Milton Static received a very prestigious award for innovation and design of the robot. The team received a trophy for their efforts, which will be placed in our science office. The name and description of the award can be found here: www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/ftc/rockwellcollinsinnovate . Our students put in countless hours after school (and a few Saturday mornings) in preparation for this event and we couldn’t be happier with their performance.  They were consistent and competitive in all eight of their matches and represented Milton proudly.

 Also, please note that Milton is hosting its second annual FTC (First Tech Challenge) Robotics Qualifier Meet this Sunday Feb 2nd in the Cunningham/Collicot Cafeteria.  The event is running from 8am to 6pm but the matches typically start at 10:30am and go until about 5pm.  The awards ceremony runs from 5-6pm.  We have 20 surrounding high schools attending our tournament in hopes to secure a spot in the State meet on March 1st at Bridgewater State University.  Milton’s robotics team (Milton Static) and about a dozen generous volunteers will be coordinating and running the show.  They are very excited to be able to host this meet for a second time and are looking forward to a great tournament.

Here is a link to this year’s challenge game:  The link below is a video description of this year’s competition. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPAATO-NpcM&t=2m16s   Many thanks to Coach Jonathan Diamond for his leadership of our Robotics Team: Albert Enyedy (President), Connor Byrne, Quentin Brown, Tue-Quan Dang (PR/Treasurer), Luke Pastore, Will Breslin, Maddy Scott, Kristen Mills, Nolan Carvalho, Yusuf Solomon, Kevin Pham, Robbie Silva, Alex Dustin, Sara Cavanaugh, Edward Enyedy. I’d also like to thank our Parent Volunteers/Team Mentors – Edith Enyedy and Jose Ramos

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 Congratulations to the six Milton High School students who were selected by an incredibly competitive audition for places in the Massachusetts All State Music Festival!  These students will be rehearsing eight hours a day on March 20th and 21st  at the World Trade Center with students selected across Massachusetts and then will perform at Boston’s prestigious Symphony Hall on March 22nd.  Congratulations to Will Hess, who was selected for jazz band, along with Giuliana Giddings, Garrett Sager, Monika Cormack, Samantha Antoniewicz and Kevin Mehdizadeh, all of whom were selected for chorus.

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 I would like to congratulate 17 of our 5th and 6th graders who were selected by audition for the first ever Grade 5-6 Treble Chorus at Massachusetts All State Music Festival. The Treble Chorus will have 200 members and will be directed by a world famous conductor, Henry Leck.  Over 600 students auditioned for places in this chorus, so we are especially proud of the 17 Milton students who were selected: Pierce Grade 6 students:  Rony Exantus, Sarah Mitchell, John Febres, Grace Quijano, Andrew Viola, Shea Burns, Mary Kate Fox and Cameron Pentland. Tucker Grade 5 students: Chloe Askins and Norman Walker Harris. Glover Grade 5 students: Adriana Halpin-Quiroga, Hugh Cronin, Katharine Baker and Brian Thai. Collicot grade 5 students: Anna Hoey and Ben Mills. Cunningham Grade 5 student: Koli Zilla-Ba. Congratulations to the music teachers who prepared these students for the audition – Dawn Sykes, April Allegrezza and Colleen Martin.

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 Our Debate Team is enjoying continued success.  Students attended the Lexington tournament on January 17th and 18th and debated the resolution:  “Resolved, Development assistance should be prioritized over military aid in the Sahel region of Africa.”  The tournament is called the Lexington Winter Invitational, and it welcomes 130 teams from the entire east coast.  Milton High School Seniors Chris Dsida and Jack Caljouw ultimately placed in the top eight teams, and were eliminated in the quarter finals. This is the farthest into a national tournament that a Milton High team has ever advanced.  Chris Dsida also placed second in the individual speaker competition.  During debate rounds, judges assign points to individual debaters, based on their fluency, knowledge, and quick thinking.  At the end of the preliminary rounds, Chris Dsida had accumulated the second highest point total.  Additionally, this tournament is a qualifying tournament for the National Tournament of Champions, which is held annually at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky.  Chris and Jack are our first debaters to ever earn a bid to attend this tournament.  They need two bids to compete in Kentucky.  They plan to compete in February at Harvard to try to earn this second bid. Also, four seniors are competing this weekend to try to earn a “bid” to attend the National Forensic League Championship Tournament in June.  This weekend, they will compete again to earn a bid to the National “Catholic” Forensic League Tournament, and two weeks later, they will compete to earn a bid to the National Tournament of Champions. Best of luck to these seniors and congratulations to the entire Debate Team and their coaches, Nick Fitzgerald and Nancy Warn. The team includes: Cormac Conners, Chris Dsida, Jack Caljouw, Tess Deaibes, Chris Ricciuti, Olivia Erickson, Anna Lamb, Katrina Kourtilidis, Emily Hutchinson, Lydia Horan, Maeve Doyle, Katrina Ramkissoon, Coleman Lydon, Christian Jamal, Will Mozek and Peter DeLuca.

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 We will be holding Grade One Information Night on Wednesday, February 12th in each of our elementary schools beginning at 7pm.  This event will provide more information about the French Immersion and English/Innovation Pathway programs for our incoming first-graders.

  • Parents/guardians of current MPS Kindergarten students should attend the session at their child’s current school.
  • Parents of incoming first graders who are not currently enrolled in the Milton Public Schools can attend the session at any of our elementary schools.

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

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

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 I would also like to congratulate Abby Fay, a seventh-grade student at Pierce Middle School.  Abby won the Pierce Middle School Annual National Geographic Bee, held earlier this month.  Twelve students in grade 6 and 7 qualified to compete in this event by placing in the top two in their team level Bees. These students were sixth-graders Andrew Nilsen, Sean Guilderson, Thomas Hamblet, Giselle Neville, Zachary Danner and Kevin Swanton all in grade 6 and seventh-graders Sam LeLacheur,  Sarah Hancock, Aiden Braithwaite, Ben Musgrove and Kiley Check. Congratulations to Sam LeLacheur, who placed as the runner up.  Abby Fay will now take the qualifying exam for the regional bee to be held later this winter.  We’re wishing the best of luck to Abby, and congratulations to her parents and teachers.

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 Our Mock Trial team has been having a great year, improving their score in every round. At the most recent tournament held at the District Court of Newton, Milton students scored 8 and 9 (out of a possible 10 points) in the tournament. Opening statement by Cole Kroninger received a 9. Witness performances by Britney Herndon, Saron Kindle both received an 8 and Jessica Brink a 9. For Cross and Direct, Catherine Pamphil received an 8 and Metayer Mitterand received a 9. We have one last tournament date vs. Gann Academy at the Framingham District Court on February 4th. Congratulations to Joao Costa for doing such a great job coaching the following members of the Mock Trial Team: Allyson  Riboul, Andre Allen, Ava Urkevic, Bill Griffin,  Britney Herndon, Catherine Pamphil, Cole Kroninger, Dara Kennedy, Jessica Brink, Jessica Machowski, Joe Linhan, Metayer Mitterand, Mitch Bosquet, Saron Kindle and Thomas O’Brien. Many thanks also to parent volunteers Ray Czwakiel, Leigh Mills and Christine Tynan.

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Pierce Middle School will be holding its Science Fair on March 26th from 6-9 pm.  Collicot Kindergarten, Grade One and Grade Two classes will be holding their Science Fair on February 6th from 6:30 to 8 in the café.  Cunningham students will hold their Science Fair on Wednesday, February 26th from 6:30 to 8pm.

 Collicot 3rd to 5th graders held their Science Fair last night, January 30th; Tucker students had their Science Fair on January 23rd; and Glover students hosted theirs on January 16th. Parents, students and administrators all have reported these events were a huge success.

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 Last month, grade 4 and 5 students in the Milton Public Schools participated in the second Continental Mathematics Meet of the year.  These mathematics experiences offer students an opportunity to utilize critical reasoning and excellent problem solving skills while approaching math problems.  All meets have a maximum score of 6 points. It is with great pleasure that we publish the names of the students who scored 5, or higher, on the first meet of the year.

Grade 5 — Perfect Scores (6):  Eris McCubbin (Cunningham). Score of 5: Maeve Neret (Cunningham), Sophie Boucher (Cunningham), Andrew Shenoudah (Glover), Ella O’Hanlon (Glover), Garret Stefanick (Collicot)

Grade 4 – Perfect Scores (6):  Benjamin Malisheski (Collicot), Lucia Dwyer (Cunningham), Anna Hamblet (Cunningham). Score of 5:   David Decourcey (Tucker), Rori Middleton (Glover), Ian Lundeen (Glover), Jake Lippert (Glover), Declan Loughnane (Collicot), Rachel Steinberg (Collicot), Stella Yuan (Tucker), Jon Waldmann (Collicot), Charles Vaughan (Collicot), Peter Mobarak (Cunningham), Maxwell Mitchell ( Tucker), Olivia Duggan (Tucker), Michael Roberson (Tucker).

Test your skills with sample problems from the December meet:

Grade 4: A total of twenty pounds added to the weight of two boxes is equal to a total of ten pounds being removed from the weight of three boxes.  All the boxes weigh the same.  The weight of one box is ________________________

Grade 5: The Month of March has 31 days.  If the first day March is a Tuesday, then the 21st day of April is on a ______________.

** answers at bottom

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 Some of our first-grade Glover students were recently featured on the Channel Five Eye Opener Wake Up Call. The girls are part of an after-school and weekend STEM program. Click here to view the video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4_V8Vt0yDY&list=UU72UssJ1DNQcakZXm-B2-zw

Thank you to Maxine Loranger-Milt, Josalyn Scanlan, Nicole Peele, Molly O’Connor, Hadley Driscoll, Mia Maloney, Abigail Barr, Mairead Brien, Victoria Barrett, and Molly Murphy for representing the Milton Public Schools and to parent organizers, Jennifer Driscoll and Sarah Barr for their work with this group.

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We are very pleased to report that our first Family Literacy Book Drive was a whopping success. Thanks to the generosity of our community members and the dedication of our students and staff, we were able to collect thousands of books in only one day – on November 16th. Since then, these books (which included everything from pre-school board books to college textbooks, as well as dictionaries, French-language novels and even complete novel series) have been sorted and packed into boxes ready to deliver to Milton families in need of books. I could not be happier with the result of this initiative, which will help to boost student achievement, improve early literacy, enhance community spirit, promote recycling and celebrate literature. Thank you to all who donated books, along with the Family Literacy Committee of Jennifer Troy, Jessica Royster, Sara Doherty and Lori Henry.  I would also like to thank Cunningham parent Stephanie O’Keefe and Glover teacher Katelyn Forde, who donated dozens of boxes to help this cause; and Kate LaValle, Gina Kassler, Margaret Berges, Marianne LeBigot and Mary Ann Rull for helping with the hard task of sorting thousands of books. It was a great effort with a great result.

PARCC NEWS

 I wanted to be sure that our parents and guardians are aware of a new testing program being developed by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The testing program is called PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers.) PARCC is a new, high-quality 21st century student testing program, designed to measure progress in English language arts and mathematics.  This spring, more than 1.3 million students in grades 3-11 across 14 states, including Massachusetts, will take a PARCC “field test.”  This is simply a way to try out the questions and assess whether PARCC questions accurately measure the subject area content. As part of this field test, some of our students in the Milton Public Schools will be randomly selected to take a PARCC test this spring.  PARCC tests will be administered via computer or tablet device. The students who take a PARCC test will continue to participate in MCAS testing as well.  We will be sending a letter home to all parents and guardians whose children are chosen for PARCC testing once the names are provided to us. For more information about PARCC, please visit http://www.doe.mass.edu/candi/commoncore/

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Do you need to get your CPR and AED certifications or have them updated? Are you a health care provider who needs a CPR BLS Renewal? Are your children working as babysitters? If so, you should know about the Pierce Middle School PTO Fundraiser being held tomorrow. This event is sponsored by ProEMS/Center for Medics and Fallon Ambulance. Three courses are being held in the Pierce gym as part of Heart Health Awareness Month. The following classes still have space for walk-in registration:  HeartSaver CPR and AED for everyone at  11:30am and1pm ($25); CPR for Healthcare Providers/BLS renewal at 11:30am and 1pm ($35);  ALL fees collected are being donated to the Pierce Middle School PTO.

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 The Boys Tennis Team will be collecting ‘Cans for Cats’ this Saturday (tomorrow) February 1st at Milton High School from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Milton High School front doors. The boys tennis team will be at the front entrance of the high school, 25 Gile Road, to collect your 5 cent cans and bottles to redeem them for cash. All funds earned will support their program. Please stop by and support your Wildcats with your can donations. Go Wildcats!

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 FAME will be conducting its annual Bottle & Can Drive on Saturday, February 8th. This fundraiser will also take place at the front doors of Milton High School from 9am to 1pm.

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 Also on February 8th, the Milton High School Recycling Club is having an Electronics Recycling Drive on Saturday, February 8th. Wake up early because the drive is from 9am to 12pm at the front entrance of the school. Bring your cell phones, ink jet cartridges, iPads & tablets and iPods. Broken or not, bring them! 

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 Please be aware, Adult Education will be hosting a Walk-in Registration for the Spring 2014 Courses on Monday, February 24th and February 26th from 6-8pm.

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For information about community events and non-Milton Public School activities, please check this link on our homepage: http://www.miltonps.org/calendar.php

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 Families with children who have experienced the death by suicide of a parent, sibling or guardian are invited to register for a day of mentorship, support and group activities.

One day of healing can begin a lifetime of change. This one-day program is designed to:

  • Break the isolation families of suicide loss often feel
  • Introduce peers who can personally relate to your loss
  • Provide mentorship and professional therapeutic services
  • Identify healthy coping skills for managing grief

 In addition to traditional camp activities, campers and their mentors attend age-based support groups where they can talk about their experiences and receive support and validation from peers.

  • You are not alone. Parents are given the opportunity to share their experiences among peers who can relate to their loss, receive support, and learn how they can best support their children’s efforts to manage their grief in healthy ways.
  • One-day Family Program: Saturday, March 8, 2014 at Collicot/Cunningham Elementary School in Milton
  • Children ages 7-17 (18 if still in high school), for losses that occurred a minimum of 3 months prior to program, and their parents/guardians. Must be Massachusetts residents.
  • Separate parent/guardian program at same location.
  • Registration is required. Applications due January 31
  • Childcare provided for children under age 7 with advance notice.
  • Free follow up parent program will be offered on March 20, 2014. One-day program registrants will receive details.

 All services are 100% free of charge. Visit www.comfortzonecamp.org  to complete an application.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

 Our Milton Park & Rec department is offering several sports programs (February vacation baseball clinics and Spring Basketball league), as well as some upcoming Middle School events. Click here for more info: http://www.townofmilton.org/Public_Documents/MiltonMA_Recreation/News

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 American Little League is now holding registration for Spring baseball. For more information, click here: http://www.miltonamericanbaseball.com/News.asp?org=miltonamericanbaseball.com#461545

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 The Forbes House Museum is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2014 with new and expanded programs, events and exhibits. Please note this upcoming lecture on Saturday, 8 February 2014 at 2pm: Chinese Born Combatants in the Civil War: The Life of Corporal Joseph Pierce presented by Irving Moy. Reservations are required for this special lecture. Call the Museum office at 617.696.1815 or e-mail us at info@forbeshousemuseum.org to reserve your space. Suggested donation is $5 per family. After the lecture, the FHM will have special tours of the Lincoln Cabin and cider, hot chocolate and donuts will be served, a tradition begun by Mary Bowditch Forbes in 1924. For more information on programs, events and exhibits in commemoration of the Museum’s 50th anniversary celebration, call the office at 617.696.1815 or visit the website, www.forbeshousemuseum.org.

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 Join the Friends of the Blue Hills and the Blue Hills Ski Area on Tuesday, February 25th from 5 to 8 pm for an evening of free winter fun at Winter Fest! Come for a night hike with a naturalist or get your exercise on the slopes downhill skiing. Whether or not you choose the outdoor activities, there is plenty of inside fun too: you can tap your feet to the spirited Irish tunes of Songs for Ceilidh, taste chili from some of the best local restaurants, entertain the kids with crafts, and warm up to the company of old and new friends. You’ll be able to kick back with a beer from Blue Hills Brewery and purchase additional refreshments at the snack bar. Blue Hills Ski Area will be offering discounted ski tickets for the night. If planning to ski, print the front page of www.FriendsoftheBlueHills.org or the FBH Facebook page and bring it to the event. For more information, email info@FriendsoftheBlueHills.org.

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

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

February will be Fantastic, Fun and FREE in the Children’s Room at Milton Public Library!  In addition to our regular storytimes on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the first week of February.

 Wednesday, February 5th (4-5pm) French Reading Support with Mr. Leite, Grades 1-2

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

 Saturday, February 8th (1-4 pm) Valentine Craft and Storytime, Ages 3-12

Love is in the air!  Get ready for Valentine’s Day and join us for a session of make-your-own valentines.  The story hour room will be open from 1:00-4:00 for kids aged 3-12 to drop in and make whatever their hearts desire, using our materials.  In celebration of the holiday, Miss Sara will be conducting a storytime from 2:30-3:00 pm.  Why not take a break from crafting and listen to a few Valentine stories?  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. Please contact the Children’s Room if you have questions about any of our programs or services.

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

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

 ATHLETICS

 We are pleased to announce that five Milton High School student-athletes who participated in Fall Athletes have been named Patriot Ledger All-Scholastics. Please join me in congratulating the following:

 

  • Golf: Senior Colin McCabe
  • Field Hockey: Sophomore Sophie Chase
  • Girls Cross Country: Sophomore Mairead Dambruch
  • Girls Cross Country: Freshman Collette O’Leary
  • Senior Zack Mazzarella

In addition, the Bay State League recently named their top picks:

Bay State Conference All-League Selections

  • Girls Soccer: First Team: Sophie Cousineau and Claire Mahoney. Honorable Mention: Kendall Stanley
  • Boys Soccer: First Team: Jonathan Cardoso. Honorable Mention: Matt Sweeney
  • Golf: First Team: Colin McCabe. Honorable Mention: Walker Stroud
  • Football: First Team: Calvin Morris, Chula Loomis, Leroy Goodman, Jonathan Pierre and Zach Mazzarella. Honorable Mention: Alex Toyias
  • Field Hockey: First Team: Sophie Chase. Honorable Mention: Ally Jones
  • Cheeerleading: First Team: Brooke Brundage. Honorable Mention: Adrian Carroll
  • Volleyball: First Team: Allison Grassa. Honorable Mention: Meredith Kelly
  • Girls Cross Country: First Team Colette O’Leary and Mairead Dambruch. Honorable Mention: Hannah Sheppard
  • Boys Cross Country: Honorable Mention: John Lenane

Athletic Update:

Boys Hockey: The Milton High School Boys’ Hockey Team is playing very well. We’re off to an 12-1-1 record (the best start in nine years). We’re currently in first place in the BSL Herget Division. Spearheaded by thirteen (13) seniors, we also have a great supporting cast of underclassmen. Juniors, Owen Bligh (5 goals, 5assists, 10 points), Lloyd Hill (5-4-9), Shane Kelley (3-7-10) and Jason Turner (4-4-8), have given the team a solid boost. We have an extremely difficult week ahead, starting with BSL opponent Brookline tonight. Then we have 3 games in five nights; one at home with  a non-league stalwart, Barnstable, and two on the road with inter-divisional (and always tough) Norwood and Natick.   

Girls HockeyLeague Record 6-4-1, Overall Record 6-5-1. The team lost to Wellesley 4-0 and Dedham 2-1. They have tied Needham 2-2 and beat Weymouth 5-3.Highlights for Season: Sarah Park .920 save % and 2.0 GAA with one shutout, MacKenzie Stanley 10 goals and 2 assists= 12 points (4 goals vs Weymouth on 1/25), Siobhan Murtagh 2 goals and 9 assists=11 points, Meaghan McDougall playing great defense. The next games are Wednesday Jan 29th vs Brookline at home, Sat Feb 1st vs Norwood at home.

Boys Basketball The Milton Wildcats have had a tough two weeks in the Bay State Conference. They have lost their last four games to a much improved Dedham team, and perennial powerhouses Wellesley, Needham, and Weymouth.  The Wildcats are 5-8 overall and are 4-8 in the league.Up next for the Wildcats: 1/31 at Norwood; 2/4 at Natick; 2/7 vs Walpole at home.

Girls Basketball Girls Basketball is currently 3-8 in the Bay State Conference and 5-8 overall. Recent wins at Dedham and at Weymouth have kept us alive in our quest to qualify for the state tournament for the first time in 11 years. The return of junior captain Sydney Turner has made a major impact for the team.  Senior captain Emma Greenawalt, seniors Leigha Okoye, Ally Jones, and Grace Gardiner, junior captain Meg Corcoran, junior Olivia Fitzgerald, sophomores Sara McMenamin and Sarah Dragon, and freshmen Joanna Needham and Lucy Crawford have all been focused on improving as a team as we chase our goal of qualifying for the state tournament.  This week we hosted Brookline (lost by 1 point to Brookline HS) and play Norwood on Friday night at home.

Ski Team  Despite the absence of two of last year’s star racers, the MHS Girl’s team is currently in 3rd place in the Mass Bay Ski League East-Small School Division.  Leading the way for The Lady Wildcats was Shea Rulon who finished 3rd, followed by Sr. Captain Sophie Chase who finished 13th and Jr. Alanna Loria who finished 18th.

The Boys Team had outstanding performances from Senior Captain Lucas Campbell who finished 6th and Sophomore Owen Walsh who finished 17th.  Earlier  this week at Blue Hills, the ski team earned the following places: Shea Rulon: 11th, 17th, Alanna Loria: 21st, DSQ, Kriten Ingraham: 57th, 58th, Owen Walsh: 24th, 34th, Ben Corson: 51st, 54th, Ryan Kiley: 67th, 66th

Cheer: Cheerleaders Tia Marathas and Madelyn Driscoll represented the Milton High School Cheerleaders at the NFL Pro Bowl in Hawaii. They performed at the televised half time show. The Varsity cheerleading team will be competing at the Bay State Competition at Framingham High School on February 5th at 6:30pm.

WrestlingRecord 9-6 Jonathan Carrera won his 100th match on 1/14/14. It is believed he is the first Milton High wrestler ever to accomplish this.  On 1/18 Milton traveled to New Bedford for 4 matches, Milton went 2-2 on the day beating a tough Methuen team and Taunton before losing to New Bedford and lost a close one to BC High.  On 1/21 Milton came out on top in a home match vs Dedham.  On January 25th, Milton hosted its first Quad (4 teams) in quite some time.  Milton beat Needham but lost two very close matches to Walpole and Newton North.  Hosting this quad was a “dress rehearsal” of sorts for the D2 Metro Sectionals, which we are hosting on 2/15.  The all-day event will feature 12 schools battling for individual and team titles.  Milton Wrestling lost to Natick on Tuesday night at home. On Saturday (tomorrow), the team travels to Weymouth for a quad starting at 10am.

Girls Indoor Track: The team has a current record of 2 wins and 4 losses. On Thursday, the team lost to Braintree 49-51 in a close meet, its last regular season track meet. We had two relay teams earn medals at the State Relay Championships.

  • 4×400 (finished 3rd at the State Meet) – Andriana Higgins, Sophie Cousineau, Emma Pred-Sosa, Zion Theodoros,
  • 4×800 (finished 6th at the State Meet) – Sophie Cousineau, Colette O’Leary, Mairead Dambruch, Savanah MaddenWe currently have six athletes qualified for the State Championships: Andriana Higgins, Zion Theodoros, Sophie Cousineau, Colette O’Leary, Mairead Dambruch and Andrea Juzyca.

Boys Indoor Track

The boys indoor track team finished third in the Herget Division of the Bay State League with a record of 2-2-1. In the inter division it lost a close meet to Weymouth despite some key members injured and not able to compete. The team was led by Chavisnskee Milcent who is one of the leagues’ top athletes, and by Phillipe Janvier who is one of the best middle distance runners in the league. Mandel Guerin Robinson is the second fastest in the 55 meter dash. All these boys along with several others have qualified for the state division meet in February.

Both Boys & Girls Indoor Track, led by Coaches Tom Shaw & Chuck Ajemian, have hosted three JV Indoor Track meets (with 7 other schools) at MHS Copeland Field House.  This is a great foundation for both programs to train (and compete) the younger athletes within the Indoor Track programs.  These JV Indoor Track meets will benefit all these student-athletes in the future.

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

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

 AMBASSADOR PAGE

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

 Student:  Congratulations to Maya Watanabe, a Milton High School Latin student, who recently won 2nd place for Massachusetts in the CANE (Classical Association of New England) Essay Contest. The topic was: “What mighty contests rise from trivial things: Consequence in the Ancient World”. For the last 23 years, Milton High School students have placed nineteen times, earning first, second or third place. Maya is a student of our new Milton High School Latin teacher, Madeline Kolodziej.

 Staff:  In any school system, there are always discussions about teacher excellence and student achievement. But I have learned that there are many more components to maintaining a top-notch school district. These include before- and after-school programs and their workers; nurses, adjustment counselors, food service workers and custodians. I could go on about how many individuals contribute to our students’ success. But this week, I would like to recognize our new Athletic Director, Larry Rooney. Mr. Rooney was hired this summer to lead our athletic department, and since the day he arrived, he has been a tireless worker and advocate for those programs. Parents and students have reported seeing Mr. Rooney at the ice rink, at the Reggie Lewis Center, at both home and away games, and at community events outside of our school.  Mr. Rooney has worked closely with coaches, teachers and athletes on our health and wellness programs, as well as physical education at all our schools. He embodies the qualities that help the Milton Public Schools thrive and I am very thankful that he is part of our team.

 Volunteers: As I mentioned above, Pierce Middle School will be hosting a fundraiser tomorrow, with volunteers teaching CPR and Babysitting Safety courses to the community. This fantastic event (the first of its kind in our schools) would not have been possible without the generosity of Pro EMS Center for MEDICSand Fallon Ambulance, and the hard work of the Pierce PTO. Thank you to our PTO team of Tricia Heelen, Karyn Viveiros, Sheila Varela, and Marie Kelly; along with Danielle Thomas and Dr. Todd Thomsen, Pierce parents who are associated with PRO EMS/Center for Medics. Many thanks.

** Answers to CM questions:

Grade 4 answer:  30 pounds

Grade 5 answer:  Thursday

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

 

January 8th E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Jan• 08•14

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

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

Now that the new year is upon us, we are well on our way towards finalizing next year’s Milton Public Schools FY15 budget. The 2014-2015 budget allows us to continue to work on our Advancement Initiatives. Those initiatives are: Enhancing Early Literacy, Closing the Proficiency Gaps and Advancing Science and STEM. Along with members of Milton’s School Committee, Assistant Superintendents John Phelan and Glenn Pavlicek and I will be making four budget presentations for parents and guardians over the coming weeks. Please see the PTO sponsored  budget presentation schedule below.   If you are not able to attend,  I would encourage you to review the FY15 Budget Presentation and recommended Reduction/Cut List that will be posted on our website as of Thursday, January 9th.

Budget presentations:  

  • Jan 9th at Pierce Library (for both PMS and MHS) at 7 pm.
  • Jan 15th at Tucker Library at 7 pm.
  •  Jan 16th at Cu/Co Library at 7 pm.
  •  Jan 21st at Glover Library at 7 pm.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There have been two School Committee meetings since my last E-blast, held on December 4th and December 16th. These meetings are summarized below. The next meeting will be held tonight,  January 8th at 7 pm in the Milton High School library.

December 4th: This School Committee meeting began with a presentation by Margaret Eberhardt and Don Greene of the Milton Foundation for Education. They came to discuss the recent donation of $150,000 worth of technology devices to the Milton Public Schools. Students will now have access to 440 devices which will be used to launch a pilot program for technology usage. Next, the Superintendent’s Mid-Cycle Review was presented which focused on Instructional Leadership, Management and Operations, Family and Community Engagement and Professional Culture. There was discussion about the SMART goals outlined in the evaluation and an explanation of how Learning Walks have been integrated into each of the schools. Next, the Finance Subcommittee presented the FY15 Advancement Budget which detailed what expenditures will be necessary in the 2014-15 budget to continue the Advancement Initiatives of Early Literacy, Closing the Proficiency Gaps and Advancing Science and STEM. 

December 16th:  The district’s Annual Report was presented at this meeting and was approved by a vote. There was also an update from the Health and Wellness subcommittee. Ms. Padera talked about attending a “Mass Action for Healthy Kids,” conference at Gillette Stadium recently which explored ways to bring physical activity into the classroom. There was also discussion about an upcoming collaboration with Reebok to launch a before-school fitness program. The Finance Subcommittee presented this year’s Advancement Budget which listed the district needs to continue the Advancement Initiatives.  They also reviewed the rest of the district needs, including adding funds to the athletic budget, funding for utilities, texts, materials and supplies and some one-time expenditure requests. Members voted unanimously to approve the budget.

CURRICULUM NEWS

Please save the date! We will be holding Kindergarten Information Night on Thursday, January 23rd at 7pm at the Milton High School auditorium. Your child must be five years old on or before August 31, 2014 to begin kindergarten this fall. If you are registering an incoming kindergarten student, please click the following link and fill out the pre-registration before January 17th to begin the registration process: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dExsUC1ZUGtKNnp5Z25qaFhLNzVKZWc6MA

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Parents of current Kindergarten students should be aware that we are hosting our Grade One Information Night on Wednesday, February 12th at 7 pm at each of the elementary schools.  More information will be posted on the www.miltonps.org website in the next few weeks.

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We are pleased to announce that we will be introducing BOKS into our elementary schools and our middle school within the next several weeks. We are looking for parent/guardian volunteers who would like to help with this effort. BOKS is an initiative of Reebok and the Reebok Foundation, and is a free before-school physical activity program aimed to get elementary and middle-school age children moving in the morning and their brains ready for a day of learning.  BOKS was launched in 2009 and is now in over 600 schools. This program continues to empower parents and active community members to bring the turnkey program to their school. Starting with a fun warm-up game, BOKS classes then transition into running and group games, ending with a quick nutrition tip.  If you wish to become a champion and volunteer to bring BOKS to your child’s school, please click the link below. Trainings sessions will be held at the Reebok Headquarters in Canton on January 9th (from 4pm to 8pm); and again on February 11th and 12th.   Please contact your building principal and  Sign Up for Training Here: www.bokskids.org/trainings

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Please join the Milton Public Schools and the Milton community for The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – 2014 The Milton Community’s Annual Memorial Celebration. This event is sponsored by Milton Interfaith Clergy Association. The theme for this year’s celebration is “Courage of Character.”  The event will be held Monday, January 20th from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm at the Concord Baptist Church, 180 Blue Hill Avenue in Milton. The celebration features: Milton High School Gospel Chorus, St. Mary of the Hills Liturgical Dancers, Milton Public School Elementary School Singers, a Presentation by Milton High Students, a Display of Student Poems & Artwork, MICA Scholarship Winners, St. Agatha Church Puppeteers and a Reaffirmation of the Milton “No Place for Hate” Resolution of Respect. Coffee, tea & dessert will be served after the event.

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Save the Date!  Our world-famous Pierce Players will be performing “A Secret Garden” on January 23rd  & 24th at 7 pm and on January 25th at 2pm at the Pierce Middle School auditorium.

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The next Milton High School Boosters “Cans for Cats” can & bottle recycling drive will be held on Saturday, January 11th, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Milton High School. The girls and boys ski team will be at the front entrance of the high school, 25 Gile Road, to collect your 5 cent cans and bottles to redeem them for cash. All funds earned will support their program. Please stop by and support your Wildcats with your can donations. Go Wildcats

 MFE NEWS

The Milton Foundation for Education has announced plans to fund approximately 400 devices in the Milton Public Schools as a pilot program to support digital education initiatives in all six Milton Public Schools. Funding for the program comes directly from money raised at the 2013 Celebration for Education, which received an unprecedented level of support from the community and sponsors. Because of the generous support of parents, teachers, sponsors, volunteers and community members, over $150,000 will be put towards the digital education program.

Last Spring the Milton Foundation for Education partnered with the Copeland Foundation to fund wireless in all six schools, laying the groundwork for a whole new host of learning opportunities. Now, students and teachers will have access to iPads, Google Chromebooks, Kindle Fires and Apple TVs in order to research, collaborate, investigate and enhance the learning process. How the teachers and students use the devices will be evaluated before the next round of devices are purchased, as future purchases will be made based upon what is learned about how the technology is being used and which applications and devices are most beneficial to the school community.

 This methodical approach will allow the teachers, students and administration an opportunity to match the best approaches and technologies over time to support the specific academic objectives of different grade and learning levels. According to Don Greene, MFE board member, “Our commitment to ongoing evaluation will empower our teachers to identify and incorporate the most effective approaches and emerging technologies to support student learning and growth, free from the constraints of being locked in to a single technology platform, manufacturer or device.”  The menu of devices was developed and proposed to the Milton Foundation for Education by the Milton Public Schools leadership and technology team.

MPS Assistant Superintendent John Phelan praised the Milton Foundation for Education saying, “The Milton Public Schools (MPS) are so fortunate to have a partner in the Milton Foundation for Education and the Milton community is so fortunate to have such a forward looking foundation and group of volunteers working on behalf of our teachers and children. Special thanks to Don Greene and Margaret Eberhardt for their leadership and to Anne Gatnik and Anacristina Kenny for their countless hours as the Celebration for Education Chairs of the Live Wire event that raised the funds for this initiative.”

The 2014 Celebration for Education “Power Up” will pick up where the 2013 event left off, raising funds for technology in the Milton Public Schools and will take place Saturday, April 12 at the Boston Marriott/Quincy. For more information about the Milton Foundation for Education visit www.miltonfoundationforeducation.org

GRANTS/FUNDRAISING NEWS

We are pleased to announce that Pierce Middle School was recently notified that they are one of only six schools in Massachusetts to win a Professional Practice Innovation Grant from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Pierce Middle School received a $29,040 grant, which is provided by the federal program, Race to the Top.”  Funding was given to schools that have demonstrated efforts in supporting and advancing state goals, and these resources will be used to further implement the new educator evaluation system and curriculum framework.

 PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

The Milton PAC will be hosting ESY  (Extended School-Year Services)  Parent Speak on January 16th in the Pierce Middle School Library from 7-9 pm.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

Citizens For Diverse Milton are holding their District Wide Event on Tuesday, January 14th from  4:30-6:30 pm in the Milton High School library. All are welcome.

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The Milton Park & Recreation Department will be holding sign-ups for its Middle School ID program on January 8th from 6:30 to 8pm. In addition, registration for the February Vacation baseball clinics are underway. For more information about either event, visit the Park & Rec website here: http://www.townofmilton.org/Public_Documents/MiltonMA_Recreation/News

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

There will be a Teen Board Game Night at the Milton Public Library.
What: Games, Pizza & Prizes!
Who: Teens, Grades 6 to 12
When: Thursday Jan. 23rd from 6-8pm
Where: Keys Community Room at the Milton Public Library
Questions? Ask Amy at 617-698-5757 or aboivin@ocln.org

Happy New Year! Welcome to a new year of fun in the Children’s Room at Milton Public Library.  In addition to our regular storytimes on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of January 5 – 11:

Wednesday, January 8th from 4-5 pm. French Reading Support with Mr. Leite, Grades 1-2 In this program, beloved Tucker French teacher Mr. Leite will lead students in a French reading tutorial.  This class is for first and second grade students in the French program in the Milton Public Schools who need help with reading, and is limited to ten students.  While this is a series, registration for each individual class is required.

Saturday, January 11th from 2-3 pm. Historical Sword Demonstration, Ages 8-18 (Rescheduled from Dec. 14) Get your armor out of the attic: the Association for Renaissance and Medieval Swordmanship (ARMS) will visit Milton Public Library for an exciting presentation about the history of the sword and its use.  Don’t miss this thrilling live demonstration of swords through the ages, complete with audience participation!  For ages 8-18.  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. 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

The following athletic update was provided by our Athletic Director, Larry Rooney:

 MHS Boys Varsity Basketball

  • Overall Record is 4-2
  • Bay State Conference Record is 3-2

Milton has started the season with a 4-2 record with wins versus Natick, Norwood, Hingham and Framingham (all at home) and loses to Newton North and Braintree on the road. Highlights – Milton Boys & Girls Basketball programs played in a double header against Framingham HS on December 23rd. The event was held in memory of Evan Jones and donations were made to the Evan Jones Scholarship Fund.  The girls and boys games were both very exciting and came down to the end of the game to secure victories in both games. The event raised an estimated $2000.00 Plus. Thanks to all those involved making this day one of the most special days in our basketball programs history.  Next Game(s) –

  • Friday, Jan 10th – AWAY vs Walpole HS
    • Milton at Walpole:  3:45pm, 5pm, 6:30pm Varsity
  • Tuesday, Jan 14th – AWAY vs Wellesley HS
    • Milton at Wellesley HS: 3:45pm, 5pm, 6:30pm

MHS Girls Varsity Basketball

3-4 record … leading scorer is sophomore Sara McMenamin (10.6 ppg) … Senior Captain Emma Greenawalt and Junior Captain Meg Corcoran playing great on both ends of the floor … Junior Captain Sydney Turner getting close to returning from a torn ACL.  Next 2 games are:

  • HOME vs Walpole on Friday, Jan 10 at 6:30pm
  • HOME vs Wellesley hS on Tues, Jan 14 at 6:30pm

MHS Boys’ Varsity Hockey

RECORD 7-0  The hockey team is off to a great start. 7-0-0 (7 Wins, 0 Losses and 0 Ties).   On Monday, Jan 6th, Milton Wildcats beat Brockton HS 7-3 in a non-league game. The Wildcats beat undefeated rival Norwood HS Mustangs on Sat Jan 4th to remain undefeated themselves. We just won the Quincy Christmas Tournament (third time in 4 years). The team is being led by our first line of seniors: Connor Shea (6 goals, 6 assists, 12 points); Connor Richard (6g, 4a, 10pts.) and Colin McCabe (3g, 7a, 10 pts.). Senior defensemen: Captain Pat Coffey, Captain Dan Matisoff and Brian Nee have been stellar. Goaltender: Senior Captain Aidan Killeen has been spectacular. He made a game saving stop on a penalty shot in our first game, and has stopped a number of breakaways.  Next Games are:

  • Wed, Jan 8th vs Natick HS (HOME) – 7pm at Ulin Rink
  • Sat, Jan 11th vs Walpole HS (AWAY) – 6:10pm at Walpole Iorio Rink

MHS Girls’ Varsity Hockey

Overall Record:  2-3. The Girls Varsity Hockey team had a very big win on Sat, Jan 4th vs #1 Ranked Team, Norwood HS Mustangs.  Girls are getting better every day and working hard.  Goaltender Sarah Park has a 1.75 Goals Against Average and a .930 Save % – both great goaltending statistics!  Next games coming up are:

  • Wed, Jan 8th vs Natick HS (AWAY) – 7:40pm at West Suburban Chase Arena in Natick
  • Sat, Jan 10th vs Walpole HS (HOME) – 7pm at Ulin Rink

MHS Wrestling

BSC Team record 5-1

Senior Captain Jonathan Carrera, Junior Captain Keith Martin and Senior Captain Zack Mazzarella all won the Wayland Tournament on 12/21,  On 12/28-12/29 for the first time in Milton High history the wrestling team participated in the prestigious Lowell Holiday Tournament.  Over 75 teams from all over New England compete at the Tsongas Arena.  It was 2 tremendously long days but the boys had lots of fun, lots of laughs.  Jonathan Carrera placed 3rd and Keith Martin placed 8th.  Many other wrestlers including seniors Kevin Sampson and Tim O’Connor had strong tournaments.  Overall it was a great experience.  At the Natick JV tournament was this past Saturday 1/4..Dane Matekja 10 finished 1st, Kaleb Hurd 11 finished 2nd and Mark Attaya 11, Miller Michaud 11, Joe Linehan 10 and Zack Fischer all finished 3rd.  Next wrestling match is the 1/11 Cohasset Tournament.

MHS Boys Indoor Track

The boys track team lost its first meet to Wellesley by 12 points and came from behind to tie Walpole in its last meet. The team is led by Chavinskee Milcent who is one of the top athletes in the Bay State League and Phillipe Janvier who is one of the best middle distance runners in the league.  Next meet is on January 9th at 4pm, at The Reggie Lewis Center.

MHS Girls Indoor Track

The Girls Indoor Track team is 0-2 but senior Andriana Higgins is undefeated in the 55m hurdles and Sophomore Sophie Cousineau is undefeated in the 1000m. We face Dedham next on Thursday, Jan 9th at 4pm, at The Reggie Lewis Center.

MHS Ski Team

Ski Team doesn’t start competing until Jan. 9th. The team has been working hard in the weight room and training for the first race.  Best news is because of the early snow and excellent snowmaking weather, we have been able to get numerous ski practices in at Blue Hills.  The first ski race is on Thursday, January 9th at 6pm, at Ski Ward in Shrewsbury Mass.

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:  Collicot fifth grade students have recently participated in an audition process for the new Massachusetts All-State Treble Chorus. Ten students were selected by music teacher Ms. April Allegrezza to complete an audition recording. They were also required to complete a written application explaining why they want to be a member of the Treble All-State Chorus and what they most enjoy about being part of a chorus. Students’ audio recordings will be scored based on tone and intonation, note accuracy, rhythmic accuracy, tone quality, diction, and expression. This competition is sponsored by the Massachusetts Music Educators Association (MMEA) and provides Massachusetts intermediate students an opportunity to sing under the instruction of a prominent conductor, Henry Leck, at the MMEA Conference in March. The following contenders are awaiting news of this wonderful opportunity: Emma Bears, Asher Cardoza, Tim Cooper, Jack D’Arcy, Crystal Dai, Anna Hoey, Sairse Killion, Luke McArdle, Ben Mills, and Michael Swanton. Please join us in wishing these talented students well!

Staff:  One of our hardest-working staff members in the district, Lorraine Cimildoro, Special Services Secretary, will be retiring at the end of this month after 17 years with the Milton Public Schools. Ms. Cimildoro began with us as the Cunningham Elementary School secretary. She has also served as the town’s Warrant Committee secretary and has been the Administrative Assistant to the Director of Pupil Personnel for more than a decade, working closely to develop the department budget and assisting the Director of Pupil Personnel. We want to wish Lorraine a healthy and restful retirement and thank her for her years with the Milton Public Schools.

Volunteer: Last month, we held our annual Retired Teachers Holiday Luncheon at Milton High School. This annual event reunites dozens of former teachers from the Milton Public Schools for an afternoon of great food, games and socializing.  This year, we were very fortunate to be able to give out prizes to some of the teachers who won our holiday games. Eight pairs of tickets to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum were donated by Milton Public School parent, Tiffany York  who works at this world-renowned museum. We are very grateful to Ms. York and to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum for their generosity. 

In addition to the donations we received from outside museums and/or businesses, we received annual donations from our staff as well as local businesses.  Each year we look forward to the beautiful basket and/or gift card we receive from Greenhills Bakery in Dorchester (courtesy of owner and Milton Public School parent,  Mrs. Cindy Quinn); a delicious chocolate chip cookie wreath (baked by Milton High School teacher Elaine Lovett and her students); and,  the generous gift card we received from the Fruit Center at Milton Marketplace (courtesy of Store Manager and Milton Public School parent,  Mr. Michael Mignosa). 

Thank you all!

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.

From the Desk of the Superintendent

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Dec• 23•13

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Students, Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date: Tuesday, December 23, 2013

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

I would like to wish each and every member of the Milton Public School Community a Happy and Healthy Holiday. Best wishes to all for a Happy New Year!

With the winter holiday upon us, I thought this would be a good time to remind parents and guardians that this is the perfect time to think about reading. Please read the article below, forwarded to our teachers by reading specialist Martha Winokour and written by Franki Sibberson. I especially liked the last line of this piece, which says, “Children need to have control of their reading lives and to think about who they are as readers, so make time for this kind of thinking. We talk about ourselves as readers, so vacation reading is a natural extension of those conversations.”

The Luxury of Extra Reading Time Over the Holidays – by Franki Sibberson

I love thinking ahead to holiday reading. The books seem to pile up all fall with hopes that over vacation, I’ll find long periods of time to read and to catch up a bit. Sometimes I find the time and other times we are busy with traveling and family. When readers have extra time coming up, it is natural for us to think ahead to what we might read.

I find myself grabbing celebrity gossip magazines on vacation — a fun kind of reading I allow myself when I have some extra free time. It is during vacation days that I often have time to read the newspaper or to discover new children’s literature blogs while browsing the Internet. This year, I am hoping to catch up on a few longer books that friends have recommended to me.

I will share these plans with my students, and then help them think about their own reading before they check out materials and leave for break. I will tell them that some years, I have had company and could only fit in magazine reading, but that I make it a habit to stay up later reading at night to get in at least one book I’ve been hoping to read. I’ll let them know how much I love to read the paper or magazines at the kitchen table on the days that my mornings aren’t rushed.

I have always used upcoming vacations as an opportunity to invite my students to think ahead in their reading. I ask my students informally what they might read over the holidays. I want to build this habit of looking forward to vacation reading in my students.

Helping Students Plan for Vacation Reading

When I was a librarian, I saw this time of year as an opportunity for all students to begin to think about vacation reading. People use the library to stock up on books before a long trip or when they’ll have a bit of extra time. I wanted my students to begin thinking ahead to how they might spend that time, and what types of books they might check out to meet their goals. I created this organizer to help students think through what their vacation plans look like, and where reading might fit into those plans. I wanted students to check out books and other reading materials for a variety of reasons. They might have extra time in the car or on a plane. They may have relaxing afternoons while parents are at work and the newness of the vacation is over. They may be visiting with younger relatives who they want to read to or cousins who they could read with. There are many possibilities, and I wanted students to begin to think about some of them this year. I also wanted to be sure to value the same variety in my students’ reading that I have in my vacation reading. I don’t want to limit their reading to books. Magazine reading, visiting Internet sites such as National Geographic for Kids, and other short texts are valued when we talk about our vacation plans.

I told them that I have more time to talk to my children about the books that they’ve been reading and to spend more time at bookstores and libraries, just browsing. I created a bulletin board outside of the library where other adults in the building shared their plans for holiday vacation reading, letting the students know how other readers think ahead to their vacation reading.

I wanted to honor all family traditions during the winter break — some will be celebrating holidays, some will be going on vacations, others will stay home with family being too far away. Framing it as extra time in the day was critical. How will you spend your days and how will reading fit in? Some kids may not be planning on fitting reading into their vacation days, but planting the possibilities and thinking about what extra time means for a reader may get them thinking differently in the future.

Children need to have control of their reading lives and to think about who they are as readers, so make time for this kind of thinking. We talk about ourselves as readers, so vacation reading is a natural extension of those conversations.

CURRICULUM NEWS

Every year, elementary students in grades 3, 4 and 5 in the Milton Public Schools participate in the Word Masters Challenge. Word Masters is a nationwide vocabulary based competition in which students sharpen their critical thinking skills through solving analogies. The first Word Masters Challenge Meet took place in early December at all four elementary schools. Please see listed below the highest scoring students in the district. These students all received 19 out of a possible 20 points on a very challenging test. Well done!

Grade 5
Jami Miliken- Cunningham
Caroline Humphrey- Collicot
Kate McDonald- Collicot
Laura Braithwaite- Glover
Olivia Murray- Glover
Kate Pulgini- Glover

 Grade 4
Anna Hamblet- Cunningham
Mary Mylod- Cunningham
Rachel Steinberg- Collicot
Gustave Green- Collicot
Izzy Doten-Collicot
Nate Labbe-Collicoy
Rohan Meier- Glover
Jake Lippert- Glover

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Our Milton High School Debate Team is having a great season so far. Seniors Cormac Conners and Chris Dsida finished second in two debates in November, debating the benefits of the NSA domestic surveillance program. In early November, the pair placed second out of 53 teams at Dighton-Rehoboth High School. Later in the month, the team again placed second out of 54 teams at Lexington High. Senior Captain, Chris Ricciuti, also placed 7th out of 108 debaters, in the individual speaking competition. This was the second time in the last three years that a Milton team placed second at the Lexington tournament. The debate team will compete next at Newton-South High School on January 11, 2014.

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The Music Department also has some wonderful news. I’d like to offer congratulations to the Milton High School students who went through the audition process and were selected for the Eastern District festival and EXTRA special congrats to the students who not only were accepted to the festival but now have a recommendation to audition for Massachusetts All State.

The 20 students accepted to Eastern District were: Strings:  Camille Carpenter, Walker Stroud. Jazz:  Will Hess. Band:  Simon Eder, Kristen Ingraham, Tansy Maseey-Green, Matt Nolan, Maddie Scott, Chrissy Stafford. Chorus: Samantha Antoniewicz, Monika Cormack, Emily Dsida, Giuliana Giddings, Lismarie Gomez, Johance Liverpool, Kevin Medhizadeh, Joshueaa Ogbuike, Garrett Sager, Christian Urbina, Matt Wong.  And we’re offering extra special congrats to those 16 students recommended to “keep going” and to audition for Massachusetts All State: Strings: Walker Stroud. Jazz:  Will Hess. Band:  Simon Eder, Kristen Ingraham, Matt Nolan, Maddie Scott. Chorus: Samantha Antoniewicz, Monika Cormack, Emily Dsida, Giuliana Giddings, Lismarie Gomez, Johance Liverpool, Kevin Mehdizadeh, Garrett Sager, Cristian Urbina, Matthew Wong

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Karen Spaulding, the Principal of Pierce Middle School, was recently interviewed on WBUR on the topic of school safety in the light of the Sandy Hook anniversary. She was articulate and compassionate and represented the Milton Public Schools very well. Here is a link to the segment, which aired earlier this month. http://www.wbur.org/2013/12/13/mass-educators-security-newtown

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Our Science Department has great news. Several Milton Public Schools educators will be sharing their knowledge and expertise at the National Science Teachers Association’s 2014 Boston National Conference on Science Education, to be held April 3 to 6, 2014 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. One session, called “Diving into the Science Practices with Oceans”, will be presented by Bernadette Moonan (MPS Elementary Science Coordinator), Mary Bodkin (Glover Grade 5 Teacher) and Marilyn Decker (former MPS Science Coordinator).   The Oceans Session will provide attendees with student work and videos to view and hands-on activities that sample some of the investigations Milton Public Schools students participate in through the Fifth Grade Oceans Unit taught. The other session, called “First Grade Robotics”, will be presented by Bernadette Moonan (MPS Elementary Science Coordinator) and one of our first or second grade teachers who currently teaches the Lego Wedo Robotics Program in their classes.  This session will highlight the engineering and programming work that first graders in the English Innovation Strand are participating in through the Lego Wedo Robotics program.

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Members of our faculty have been hard at work as part of the Bullying Prevention Advisory Committee (BPAC). This group was established in September of2009 and is comprised of teachers, counselors and administrators representing all schools in the district. The BPAC is responsible for monitoring and identifying patterns of behavior and areas of concern in all six of the Milton Public Schools, providing a communication link between the Superintendent, Building Principals, and Faculty and Staff, and informing decision-making for prevention strategies including adult supervision, professional development, age-appropriate curricula, and in-school support services. The BPAC continues to meet on a regular basis to develop and implement anti-bullying initiatives across the district.

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Past BPAC initiatives include bringing “Ryan’s Story” and “Rachel’s Challenge” presentations to Milton. The BPAC has established working relationships with Bentley College, Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center (MARC) and the Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office. Through these relationships, staff members, students and parents have been given the opportunity to participate in a variety of workshops and presentations.

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For the second year in a row, 20 Pierce Middle School students and 20 Milton High School students along with staff from both schools attended the Stand Up to Bullying 2013 Conference in early December at the DCU Center in Worcester. Thousands of middle and high school students and their teachers from all across Massachusetts participated in this one-day program to take a stand against all forms of bullying. For more information please visit: www.StandUptoBullying.org. The BPAC was awarded a grant from the Norfolk County Sheriff’s Office to cover the cost of transportation for this event. This year, all schools are implementing our new anti-bullying curriculum titled “Bully Proofing Your Schools”. For more information on this curriculum please visit: http://www.soprislearning.com/school-climate/bully-proofing-series. The primary focus includes:

* creating a pro-social school climate where all members of the community feel safe and secure
* teaching specific skills and strategies for students to avoid victimization and to help others
* teaching specific skills to the caring majority to give them the power and responsibility to help create a positive school environment

The BPAC’s website is currently being updated to include a timeline of the new curriculum as well as additional information that will give both students and parents support in learning what they can do to help stop bullying in our school communities.

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Calculus Project Information Sessions for Parents will be held at the MHS Library on Tuesday, January 21st at 7pm.

PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

The next Parent Speak topic, Extended Year Services, will be presented by the Milton PAC at the Pierce Middle School Library on Thursday, January 16th at 7pm.

MFE NEWS

Save the date. This year’s Celebration for Education will be held on Saturday, April 12th, 2014 at the Boston Marriott Quincy. The Jeep raffle is back. Only 500 tickets will be sold. Tickets are available at your school’s office, or email Patti Elliott at pattielliott72@gmail.com Interested in sponsoring the event or have an auction item to donate? Contact Courtney Affanato at caffanato@comcast.net

 NEWS AROUND TOWN

I would like to congratulate Michael Blanchard, our newly appointed Milton Assistant Town Administrator, on his new position. Mr. Blanchard formerly served the town as the Board of Health Director and we wish him all the best in his new role.

Also, I would like to welcome and congratulate Peter Healy, who was recently appointed President of Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton. With over twenty years of leadership experience both at community and teaching hospitals, Mr. Healy succeeds Joseph Morrissey, whose ten years as CEO ended in December 2012.  BID-Milton Chief Operating Officer and Chief Nursing Officer Doris Sinkevich has served as Interim CEO during the executive search process. Mr. Healy earned a Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration at Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH, and completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Dayton, Dayton, OH.  An Ohio native, he currently resides with his family in Westwood, MA.

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

One year comes to an end, and another begins – but the fun never stops in the Children’s Room at Milton Public Library! We have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of December 29 – January 4:

Monday, December 30th from 2:15-4:15 pm — Afternoon at the Movies, All Ages

Come join us for a showing of The Secret World of Arrietty, the 2012 anime film based on Mary Norton’s 1953 novel The Borrowers.  All ages welcome; children under 8 must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

Saturday, January 4th from 10:00 – 10:30 am — Sensory Storytime, Ages 3-5

This storytime is created for children with Sensory Integration Issues, Autism Spectrum Disorders or other Developmental Delays ALONG WITH their typically developing peers and siblings.  Join us for fine/gross motor activities, songs and stories.  A predictable, visual schedule will guide our sessions.  We ask that an adult accompany each child to foster success for all participants.  This storytime is geared for children ages 3-5.  If other storytimes have not been the right fit for your child, this may be just what you were looking for. Space is limited. Registration is required.

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

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

ATHLETICS

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: The Milton Public Schools recently held a Book Drive to collect books for families in need. This initiative was coordinated by our school librarians, Jennifer Troy, Jessica Royster, Sara Doherty and Lori Henry. We were all overwhelmed by the generosity of this community, but I was also overwhelmed by the hard work of the volunteers who came to Milton High School to unload, sort and transport all these donated books. Many thanks to: Camille Carpenter, Allegera DeNooyer, Sarah Monderer, Matt O’Sullivan, Olivia Jensen, Gillian Veneto, Katrina Ramkissoon, Jillian Eckard, Phoebe Torres, Sharon Lui and Phillipe Janvier. We couldn’t have done it without them.

Staff: I would like to thank Bernadette Moonan and Mary Bodkin, both of whom will be presenting at the National Science Teachers Association’s 2014 Boston National Conference on Science Education being held in April 2014. They were chosen from a very competitive field of science educators to be part of this national event and we are very proud of them.

Volunteers: Many Milton Public School parents and guardians help us out this time of year, but one parent in particular, Lee Statham, deserves special recognition. She was able to help us procure a group of tickets to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum to give out as gifts to our retired teachers at a recent holiday luncheon. Not only were our retired teachers very grateful for the chance to see the latest exhibits at the museum, but I was also very touched by this very generous donation. We are very grateful to Ms. Statham and to the JFK Library and Museum.

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 22nd E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Nov• 22•13

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Students, Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update Date: November 22nd, 2013

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

Every year at this time, I like to take a moment to reflect on the things I am most grateful for in my life. High on my list, along with health and family, is the privilege of living and working in the town of Milton. My career in the Milton Public Schools has been filled with moments of gratitude. I am thankful for the incredibly talented teachers and staff who work tirelessly on behalf of each child. I am thankful for our families who volunteer countless hours to ensure that our staff and students feel supported and appreciated. I am thankful for our students who put a smile on my face each and every day as they sing, dance, draw, play, learn and grow right before my eyes.

Thank you to all the people who work to make the Milton Public Schools great. Without your commitment, creativity and high standards, we would not be where we are today. Our students thrive because of what this school system and what this town offers. I wish you all a Thanksgiving filled with abundance, warm memories and bright moments.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There has been one School Committee meeting since my last E-blast was published, and it was held Wednesday night (11/20.) Below is a summary of that meeting:

November 20th: The meeting began with a presentation from Jerry Vitti and Michelle Connolly of the Milton PAC. They came to update the committee on the history, goals and activities of the PAC so far this year. They requested volunteers to help with their website and possibly to provide babysitting during their meetings.

Next, Pierce Middle School math teacher James Moonan and Pierce Principal Dr. Karen Spaulding were brought before the committee to discuss the Milken Family Foundation Award.  Mr. Moonan was named the recipient of the National Educator’s Award and given a $25,000 prize. The committee congratulated Mr. Moonan and Dr. Spaulding.

The Diversity Report for the district was presented and approved. This report will be posted to www.miltonps.org early next week.

School Committee member Mike Zullas and Assistant Superintendent for Business Glenn Pavlicek were appointed to serve on the Town/School Consolidation Committee. School Committee member Becky Padera updated the committee on the recent votes taken at the MASC conference. Members voted to approve the first quarter report from the Finance Subcommittee and to allow for electronic transfers of funds among town departments. The Facilities Subcommittee reported they have negotiated a favorable rate for energy this year. The committee then voted to move into executive session. The next meeting will be held Wednesday, December 4th at 7 pm in the Milton High School library.

CURRICULUM NEWS

Please note there is NO SCHOOL on Wednesday, November 27th, Thursday, November 28th or Friday, November 29th. School will resume on Monday, December 2nd.

The following item was sent it to us by Milton Public School parent and Director of Marketing and Sales for the JFK Presidential Library and Museum, Lee Statham:

JFK Library Plans Tributes Marking50th Anniversary of November 22, 1963

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, the official memorial to President John F. Kennedy, will observe the 50th anniversary of November 22, 1963 with a number of events that celebrate the legacy of the nation’s 35th President. Observances will include a ceremony webcasted by satellite from the Kennedy Library’s IM Pei-designed glass pavilion; the presentation of a selection of artifacts from the President’s State Funeral that have never before been displayed; an interactive documentary and website celebrating the vibrant presence of JFK in the world today; and an award ceremony on November 25 during which Jack Schlossberg, President Kennedy’s grandson, will celebrate two young Americans who answered President Kennedy’s call for pioneers of the New Frontier.

“The Kennedy Library seeks to honor the memory of John F. Kennedy every day by serving as a dynamic center for discourse, storytelling, and debate that inspires younger generations to engage fully as citizens of this world,” said Tom Putnam, Director of the Kennedy Library. “Fifty years after his death, we pause to look back at symbolic artifacts from this defining moment in our nation’s history and, looking forward, we hope to draw inspiration from the arts that he championed and from JFK’s timeless words. By offering our observance and programming to a worldwide audience online, we pay tribute to our fallen president and to the millions who came together to mourn him.”

The Kennedy Library invites the public to join a special live webcast of a musical tribute in honor of the memory of President Kennedy. Award-winning singer-songwriter James Taylor; award-winning saxophonist Paul Winter and the Paul Winter Sextext, which was invited by Jacqueline Kennedy to be the first jazz ensemble ever to play at the White House; and the United States Naval Academy Women’s Glee Club will each perform musical selections including two from the President’s State Funeral. They will be joined by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick; Elaine Jones, director-counsel emeritus of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, and former Peace Corps volunteer to Turkey; US Naval Commander, Navy SEAL, and NASA Astronaut Chris Cassidy, who just returned from six months on the International Space Station; Richard Blanco, poet for the 2013 U.S. presidential inauguration;; and Sarah Groustra, an 8th grade student from the Edward Devotion School in Brookline, Massachusetts that John F. Kennedy attended as a child, who will all read excerpts from a selection of President Kennedy’s most historic speeches.

There will be no physical audience during these performances – simply the backdrop of the sea that the President loved so dearly as the ceremony is broadcast live at http://www.jfklibrary.org and via satellite by media outlets that wish to cover the event. The ceremony will include a moment of silence at 2 p.m., the time that the President’s death was announced to the nation.

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The Glover Elementary School was recently notified that they have been chosen as a member of the WeatherBug Schools Program. The school has installed a new WeatherBug weather station, which is able to provide weather data for meteorological teams at news stations across the country, to broadcast online and on-air. The weather station will also be used to enhance the science, technology and math school curriculum using the WeatherBug Achieve program. Bringing the WeatherBug Schools Program to the school district was part of a collaborative effort between Elementary Science Coordinator Bernadette Moonan  and Glover Principal Sheila Kukstis and was funded by a generous grant from Blue Hills Bank. The WeatherBug vendor, Earth Networks, gave the school a $1,500.00 grant and the Blue Hills Bank gave us the balance of $7,190.00 to install the station.

This program will enable students at Glover Elementary School to more effectively understand the science of meteorology. The WeatherBug Schools Program is committed to helping protect schools and provide an engaging teaching tool for students nationwide. The WeatherBug interactive software program, WeatherBug Achieve, enables teachers to apply real-world conditions to help teach skills and concepts in math, science and geography. Teachers and students in K-12 have access to weather local weather conditions from any of the 8,000 WeatherBug sites across the country. Using WeatherBug Achieve, teachers can also create customized learning activities based on current and historical weather conditions from the WeatherBug stations and cameras located at the schools. To learn more about WeatherBug, click here: http://www.weatherbugschools.com/webinar.asp

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Earlier this month, grade 4 and 5 students in the Milton Public Schools participated in the first Continental Mathematics Meet of the year. These mathematics experiences offer students an opportunity to utilize critical reasoning and excellent problem solving skills while approaching math problems. All meets have a maximum score of 6 points. It is with great pleasure that we publish the names of the students who scored 5, or higher, on the first meet of the year.

 Grade 5: Perfect Scores (6): Nathan O’Neill (Tucker) Score of 5: Ryan Fitzmaurice, Megan Farley, Sam Dunnington. Margaret Mitchell, all of Collicot, Eris McCubbin and Philip Phan, both of Cunningham, Maureen Lang, John Roche, Arlo Stoodt and Katie McDevit of Collicot, Chloe McCarthy and Ella Pelton of Glover; and Daniel Truog and Max Mangum of Tucker.

Grade 4: Perfect Scores (6): Ronan O’Flaherty of Collicot, Maxwell Mitchell, Luke Shields, Stella Yuan, Tait Peloquin, all of Tucker and Carolina de Oliveira Castro of Glover. Score of 5: Anabella de Oliveira Castro, Rohan Meier, Aoife Ruth, Nina Zimmerman, all of Glover, Ryan Dexter, Anna Hamblet, Michael Howard, John Clancy, Lucia Dwyer, Aidin Skillin, Joseph Warren, Joshua Olatunji, Chloe Zhong all of Cunningham. Sam Disandro, Andrew Tran, Will Riley, Rachel Steinberg and John Waldmann, all of Collicot. Reilly Foran, Ian Gravallese, Declan Kenney, Jake Lippert, Nathaniel McNulty, Ian Lundeen and Rori Middleton, all of Glover. Lucas Quijano, Declan O’Connor, Yasin Khan, Grace Kelly, Alex Paxhia, Robert Connolly, Marcus Ollivierre and Olivia Duggan, all of Tucker.

Congratulations to all these talented math students, along with their families and their teachers.

Test your skills with sample problems from the November Meet.

(*answers at bottom of page*)

Grade 4:  I am a two-digit number less than 30. If you put me in groups of 4, then there is 1 left over. The sum of my digits is 7. Who am I?

Grade 5:  Karen, Sue and Jen are sisters who share twelve cookies. Karen has twice as many cookies as her younger sister. Jen has the most cookies, but does not have more than ½ the cookies. How many cookies does each sister have?

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In my last E-blast, I welcomed the newly-inducted members into the National Honor Society. Now, I would like to recognize every Milton High School student who is a member of the National Honor Society:

Emily Brink, Jack Caljouw, Brianna Callahan, Devan Callahan, Camille Carpenter Jonathan Carrera, Sophie Chase, Noah Collier, Madeleine Collins, Cormac Conners, Chanel Connor, Juliann Cosetta, Tue Quan Dang,Tess Deaibes, Margaret Deane, Devin DiManno, Olivia Done, Chris Dsida, Maryam El-Sayed, Susan Fitzgerald, Kent Fong, Giuliana Giddings, Kenny Graham, Isabelle Gray, Emma Greenawalt, Victoria Grudem, Brendan Hunt, Phillipe Janvier, Paul Knight, Maddie Lachevre, Nikki Lam, Maja Machowski, Shana Mahmood, Claire Mahoney, Dan Matisof, Abraham Mccarthy, Julie Midy, Cailinn O’Carroll, Caitlin O’Connell, Jesse Okoro, Evy Oliverio, Cate Pappano, Martin Rebrovic, ChrisRicciuti, Michael Ricciuti, Siena Smith, Kate Smith, Dan Sweeney, Gloria Tan, Michael Tobin, Christian Urbina, Donna Yuan.

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I would also like to give an update on the recent Milton High School Debate Team. The team competed recently at Dighton-Rehoboth High School. There were 53 teams competing, and Seniors Chris Dsida and Cormac Conners came in second place. Senior Chris Ricciuti and Sophomore Lydia Horan placed 10th.   The Debate Team would like to thank Carol Bohmbach, mother of senior Katie Bohmbach, for helping with the judging on this event.

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Karen Cahill, Director of Guidance, shared the following information with parents and guardians recently. I thought this information was worth repeating:

We thought this story in the NY Times was worth sharing with you. Parents/guardians please encourage your child to read this article from the New York Times about some of the unintended consequences of social media: NY Times

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Please save the date for Milton High School Financial Aid Night. On Wednesday, December 4th at 7 pm Christina Coviello, a MEFA Representative will be at Milton High School to give a financial aid presentation. She will discuss the FAFSA as well as the CSS Profile. She will also share tips and dispel any myths regarding the financial aid process. The presentation will take place in the Charles Winchester Auditorium

MFE

Save the date! The MFE’s Celebration for Education with the theme: “Live Schools, Live Classrooms, Live Minds” will be held Saturday, April 12, 2014 at the Boston Marriott Quincy. The Jeep Raffle is back! Only 500 tickets will be sold. Tickets are available at your school’s office, or email pattielliott72@gmail.com. Interested in sponsoring the event or have an auction item to donate? Please email caffanato@comcast.net

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

The following item was submitted by Ally Jones, president of the Best Buddies chapter at Milton High School:

As many of you know, I have been very involved with the Best Buddies Milton Chapter at Milton High School. Being a part of Best Buddies has enriched my life, and opened my eyes in so many ways. I am writing to ask for your support of the upcoming 5k walk for Best Buddies on Saturday, November 23. Every year, the Massachusetts organization holds this walk in Milton. Our team — Milton High Turkey Trotters — is working hard to have lots of people join our team. Milton High School’s chapter has had a strong growth spurt among the students, and it would be great to increase the support from other Milton residents — especially since the walk is in Milton.

Our chapter receives 10% of the money we raise for this walk…and right now, we are neck-in-neck with another high school for the most funds raised. The team that raises the most gets to bring home the Golden Gobbler trophy. Here are some ways you can help us take home this year’s 5K Golden Gobbler Trophy…for the FIRST TIME EVER!!!

- Join the “Milton High Turkey Trotters” team and walk with us
- If you cannot attend the walk, donations are always appreciated
- Buy one of our Tshirts for $15 (but they are going fast!!!)

Most importantly, please spread the word about Best Buddies to friends and family to help us cultivate a stronger Best Buddies community in our town. Inclusion not Exclusion!!!

Pre-register or donate at: http://www.bestbuddies.org/5k

Details: Saturday, November 23rd, start time 9:00 am, Cunningham School, 44 Edge Hill Road.

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The following information was submitted to us by Kathy Fagan Bauer on behalf of Cradles to Crayons:

This weekend , many great residents of Milton are partnering with Cradles to Crayons to collect new and like-new essential children’s items, especially warm winter gear for their Gear Up for Winter neighborhood collection drive. YOU can help this effort by cleaning out our own closets and dropping off your items this weekend at Cunningham Hall AND by spreading the word. Winter will soon be here and there are thousands of local children – including kids right here in Milton- who are counting on Cradles to Crayons to provide the items they need to survive and thrive.

Drop off Information:
Where: Cunningham Hall, 75 Edgehill Road, Milton
When: Friday, November 22nd from 6-8 p.m. and Saturday, November 23rd from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Milton Youth Soccer Uniform Program is collecting soccer uniforms and equipment and will pass them on to children in need all over the world. Drop off your used soccer uniforms (and equipment) in collection bins located in the lobby of Cunningham. Any donations of CLEAN T-Shirts, shorts, socks, shin guards, cleats, and deflated balls and pumps will be gratefully accepted. Note that uniforms from other sports will also be gratefully accepted. Collection dates are November 18th – December 13th. For more information, call Marie-Laure Brown @ 617-696-8125. This project is supported by the Milton Public Schools and Milton Youth Soccer League

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We just received news from Mr. Voight of the Milton Library Foundation that our schools have been awarded a grant totaling just over $2,700. This grant will provide a unique opportunity for the Milton Public Schools to further our collaborative work with the Milton Public Library and bring exciting resources, demonstrations and tutorials to all of our elementary students. The grant will fund a program called “The MPL and MPS: Community Partners for Success, Take Two.” This project will pair staff in the Children’s Room of the Milton Public Library with the Elementary Librarian at Milton Public Schools to work on exposing students to more of the vast and varied resources available in the MPL and through their website to be used for research, enjoyment and learning. We expect this program to serve more than 2,000 students.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The Milton Police Department is seeking to hire crossing guards. This position would be for any of the four elementary schools and the shifts are one hour in the morning and one hour in the afternoon (exact hours depending on the opening and dismissal times of each school). The salary range for this position is $15.53-17.53/hr. If you are interested, please contact Lieutenant Mark Alba at 617-898-4814 or via email, malba@mpdmilton.org

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Three Pierce sixth-graders and one Glover first-grader have been selected to dance with the Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre’s production of The Nutcracker this November & December. Audrey Mak, Nina Paolucci and Anna Rull of Pierce and Lilly Oslin of Glover will be onstage in Duxbury, Cambridge and Dorchester as members of the Julie Moffat’s Atlantic School of Dance. For more information, visit this link: http://www.ballettheatre.org/

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All are welcome to attend Anne McIntyre’s reception, Sunday, December 1st from 2-4pm to celebrate her amazing teaching career, to be held at the Milton Art Center, 334 Edge Hill Road. http://miltonartcenter.org/ For more information, email: celebrateteaching2013@gmail.com

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The Milton Park& Rec Department is currently holding signups for Snowball League, Youth Instructional Basketball and Learn to Ski programs. For more information, visit their site:  http://miltonartcenter.org/

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

There is a new teen librarian on board at the Milton Public Library. Please stop by and say hello to Amy Rosa or send an email to: aboivin@ocln.org

The following information was sent to us by Sara Truog from the MPL:

Fall fun continues in the Children’s Room at Milton Public Library! In addition to our regular story times on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of December 1 – 7:

Wednesday, December 4th from 4-5 pm
French Reading Support with Mr. Leite, Grades 1-2

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

Saturday, December 7th from 10-10:30 am
Sensory Story time, Ages 3-5

This story time is created for children with Sensory Integration Issues, Autism Spectrum Disorders or other Developmental Delays along with their typically developing peers and siblings. Join us for fine/gross motor activities, songs and stories. A predictable, visual schedule will guide our sessions. We ask that an adult accompany each child to foster success for all participants. This story time is geared for children ages 3-5. If other story times have not been the right fit for your child, this may be just what you were looking for. Space is limited. Registration is required.

Saturday, December 7th from 11 am to 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. Please contact the Children’s Room if you have questions about any of our programs or services.

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

VISUAL ARTS

Don’t miss Milton’s Holiday Artisan Fair! On Saturday, December 7th from 10am to 4 pm, the Milton Art Center (MAC) at 334 Edge Hill Road will be hosting a great day for the family: shopping for unique and beautiful gifts, making presents and ornaments, and visiting Santa. Over a dozen local artists and artisans will be selling their paintings, handmade jewelry, bags, scarves, ceramics, loungewear, cards, homemade pies, gourmet goodies, and more! For a full list of vendors and links to websites, click here: http://miltonfava.tumblr.com/Artisan%20Fair

In addition, our annual Small Works Show will be offering a wonderful selection of artwork from local artists at great prices.

Santa is an artist, and so are his Elves! Kids love the Super-Secret Elf Gift Workshop, and parents and grandparents love to get the gifts they make. Four items will be available to make in our downstairs workshop during the Holiday Artisan Fair. Cost range is from $5-$20 per item, and kids leave with a finished gift-wrapped present ready to go under the tree. Hours: 11-2pm, one day only! While they wait, parents can enjoy the Fair and get some shopping done as well. And don’t miss Santa, who will be visiting and greeting children from 2-3pm! There will be a free ornament workshop, where kids can make ornaments for the town tree.

ATHLETICS

Girls Cross Country finished their post-season competition last weekend after travelling to the MIAA Massachusetts All State Tournament in Gardner, Mass. Colette O’Leary and Mairead Dambruch were the top two finishers from Milton. The team finished 11th out of 185 teams in the State of Massachusetts. This was a great season for the Girls XC Team – Congrats to the Girls XC Team and Coaches Tom Shaw and Kerry Devin.

Football: The Current Record: 4 wins and 6 losses. MHS Football played vs Medfield at home on Friday, November 15th and beat Medfield in the closing minutes 14-7, boosting their record to 4 wins and 6 losses. MHS Football will host Braintree HS on Thanksgiving Day at 10am. Also, JV & Freshman Football will be playing Braintree HS this Friday at home at 4pm and 6pm respectively.

Rich Hill Baseball Clinic: Milton High School graduate and current pitcher for the Cleveland Indians, Rich Hill, will be holding a baseball clinic on Saturday, November 23rd from 4:15 to 6:45 pm. The clinic will be held at the High School’s Copeland Field House at 25 Gile Road. Hill will be working with a Major League Scout and members of the Milton High School coaching staff. The cost is $10. It is open to all ages. Checks can be made to MHS baseball. All proceeds will go to the MHS baseball program. *Bring your gloves and bat!

Winter Sports Registration: MHS Athletics Registrations are now done online at https://www.familyid.com/milton-high-school/winter-2013-14-athletic-registration.

This will make the process of registering for sports teams more efficient and more practical for all student-athletes and families. Fees are as follows:

• $300 – Cheerleading, Basketball (boys & girls), Indoor Track, Ski Team, and Wrestling
• $600 – Ice Hockey (boys & girls)
• $450 = Milton Athletics Swim Club (Club Sport)*

*Milton Athletics Swim Club – We will be practicing at the Egan Center In Milton, 5 days a week, Monday through Friday from 4-5pm. We are hoping to have about 2-3 meets this season and those will most likely be on Saturday afternoons (dates to be determined). The cost will be $450 for the season.”

AMBASSADOR PAGE

Students: I would like to thank the following members of the MHS Marching Band, who traveled to Pierce Middle School on November 13th to help with our incredible ceremony to honor Pierce math teacher James Moonan. Despite the freezing temperatures, these students stood out in the bitter cold to greet the guests who arrived at Pierce that morning and they also helped to whip up some Pierce pride before the ceremony. Thank you to: Kevin Conway, Shane McLaughlin, Alanna Loria, Shannon MacLeod, Maya Watanabe, Mariah Conway, Hannah Fransechelli, Emily Possi, Lilly Tennyson, Nailah Dore-Tyrell, Catherine Stafford, Miranda Callahan, Aidan Duggan, Madison Peltier, Mitchell Hause, Lara Nasser, Chrissy Stafford, Greg Lynch, Kyle Dempsey, Emily Chow, Tony Hancock, Brigitte Dugas, Evan Kiley, Tim Eberhardt, Shane Savage, Dylan Banh, Michael Wyatt, Will Breslin, Kevin Mehdizadeh, Marc Dugas, Liam Hines, Tim Lynch, Dane Matejka, Emily Dsida, Daysia Fox, Shareen Alsebai, Simon Eder, Will Hess, Joseph Woods, Benjamin Val, Quentin Brown, Maddy Scott, Griffin Lloyd, Ben Clark, Ryan Kiley, Matt Nolan, Nico Gilmore, Nira Bullis, Kristen Ingraham, Jacob Savona, Jackson Callahan, Will Martin, Jacqueline Ruscito, Phil Janvier, Tansy Massy Green, Rebekah Mondelus, Shannon Conley and Ani Gaden

Staff: For those of you who may have missed all the media attention, one of our Pierce Middle School teachers was recently “surprised” with the news that he won the 2013 Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award and an unrestricted financial award of $25,000. James Moonan, who teaches sixth-grade math, is the state’s 41st Milken Award winner. He is the only Massachusetts recipient in 2013-14 and one of up to 40 recipients across the country this school year. The Milken Award provides public recognition to exemplary elementary and secondary school teachers, principals, and specialists who are furthering excellence in education. Congratulations to Mr. Moonan and the entire Pierce faculty and staff!

Volunteers: I would like to thank someone who has been a wonderful supporter of the Milton Public Schools. Don Lopez, owner of Lopez the Florist in Dorchester, has been a generous donor to the Milton Public Schools for many years. His floral shop is a fourth-generation, family-owned business who has made many occasions in the Milton Public Schools just a bit more beautiful. To view his website, click here: http://www.lopeztheflorist.com/

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.

Answers:

Grade 4: The answer is 25.
Grade 5: Karen has 4 cookies, Sue has 2 cookies and Jen has 6 cookies.