Milton Public Schools

April 22nd E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Apr• 22•17
To: Milton  Parents, Guardians and Staff
From: Mary C. Gormley, Superintendent of Schools
Date: Saturday, April 22nd, 2017
Re: E-Blast Update
Dear Milton Parents, Guardians and Staff,
Please take a moment to open the three important and time-sensitive documents below.  The first document is from the MFE.  This Friday is the deadline to nominate a teacher for the MFE’s Teacher of the Year. Please download a nomination form below.
The next item was sent to us by BID-Milton and is an invitation to a talk on “Helping Your Child Develop Healthy Eating Habits,” to be held at the hospital on April 27th.
And finally, our “Chip in Fore Science” golf fundraiser is right around the corner. It will be held on May 1st at Granite Links Golf Club, with all procees to benefit our Science from Scientists program. Please see click this link or see below for more info:
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Thank you, and please enjoy the rest of your weekend.

April 13th E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Apr• 13•17

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Thursday, April 13th, 2017

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FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

Last night, we hosted a very moving reception in the lobby of the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium at Milton High School. We gathered to honor outgoing School Committee member Kristan Bagley Jones and School Committee Chairman Leroy Walker. Both of these long-time School Committee members are stepping down from their positions, which made last night their last official meeting as members. Members of the School Committee, along with representatives from the Board of Selectmen, Milton Police Department, State Senator Walter Timilty, along with friends, family and Milton Public School faculty and staff, came to honor Ms. Bagley Jones and Mr. Walker.

Ms. Bagley Jones has been a strong advocate on behalf of social-emotional curriculum; created the Health & Wellness Subcommittee; supported the visual arts programs and chaired both the MHS Sports & Clubs Walkathon and the MFE Celebration for Education.

Mr. Walker was an early and vocal proponent of enhanced building security and chaired the Security Committee; worked to developed the district’s Advancement Initiatives; advocated for programs to close the Achievement Gap; chaired the Finance Subcommittee, helped to develop a Strategic Plan for the district; and supported inclusion programs for Special Education students.

Both Ms. Bagley Jones and Mr. Walker are exemplary School Committee members who have given of their personal time and unique talents to make the Milton Public Schools what they are today.

Please join me in thanking and recognizing these two outstanding individuals.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There has been one School Committee meetings since my last E-blast, held last night, summarized below:

April 12th: The meeting began with the recognition of the Future Problem Solving Program’s success at the recent State Bowl. Teams from Cunningham and Glover Schools competed and performed very well at this competition. Coach Lori Henry and members of both schools’ teams were commended.

Next, the BoomWriter Program was recognized. Elementary Math & Language Arts Curriculum Coordinator Amy Gale and the elementary students who had participated in the “BoomWriter Bee” were recognized for their hard work. The Milton High School Debate Team was given approval for an out-of-state Field Trip.

The School Committee received an Athletic Update from AD Eric Karjel, MHS Principal James Jette and Elementary Curriculum Coordinator Cat DesRoches. The chair reported out on recent Executive Sessions and the committee voted to approve a vendor warrant and Policy JLCCA-R regarding Administering Medicines to Students. Five sets of minutes were approved before the committee adjourned to Executive Session. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 26th at 7 pm in the Milton TV Access studio, Room 245, Milton High School.

CURRICULUM NEWS

The following item was sent to us by Christie Chiappetta, Middle School Science Coordinator and Rachel Clancy:

Students in 7th grade science wrapped up the Chemical Interactions unit with an exciting experiment called Elephant’s Toothpaste.  This lab was an extension of our curriculum and is given its name because of the shape the foam looks after the reaction is similar toothpaste coming out of a tube.  Throughout the unit students used atom molecules and chemical formulas to demonstrate how reactants rearrange during chemical reactions to form new substances, and in this case they were able to observe an exciting exothermic reaction (a reaction that feels hot!)  As we our focus to ecology, we are excited for the arrival of living things in our classrooms.  Students will be raising milkweed bugs and constructing aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems to deepen their understanding of the interconnectedness of life on Earth.

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The following item was sent to us by Robin Lee and Karen Hughes:

Two weekends ago, we spent two days at Curry College with a very unique group of students from MHS who devoted their entire weekend to making a difference in researching the role that social media play in teen lives when it comes time to substance abuse. They worked extremely hard all Saturday to come up with facts and ideas and then put it all together on Sunday in what we think is masterful… Below are links to their creations with the help of Jeff Lemberg, Associate Professor of Media/Communication the mastermind behind the Messa Project. Please read Professor Lemberg’s comments below:

The videos from the MESSA Project weekend workshop at Curry College are now up on the program’s website, www.messaproject.com. This was a wonderful community-based partnership that brought together Curry students and Milton High School students, professors and teachers, administrators and coordinators to foster civic engagement and youth empowerment through media.

It is my sincere hope that the MESSA Project continues to grow and evolve. Thanks to the work and contributions of so many of you, there is now a solid foundation from which it can. 

Lastly, I want to offer a special thank you to Todd Bard, who traveled to Curry this past Sunday to share the story of his amazing daughter Evan with our weekend workshop participants. Todd’s speech about the real-world costs of drinking and driving, negative social pressure, and social responsibility clearly resonated deeply with those in attendance, as a large number of Milton High and Curry students sought him out afterward to talk further. 

To my new friends at Milton High, please extend my thanks to your students, and please, please share their incredibly creative public service videos with the wider MHS community. Ultimately, they are the audience we seek to reach. 

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The following item was submitted by Technology Director Angela Burke:

Kindles at the Elementary Schools — Kindles have become very popular at the elementary level. They are a resourceful addition to the ELA block, providing a fun, alternative option during independent reading. Kindles allow access to a variety of literature at a fairly low cost. Our scholars enjoy cuddling up with a Kindle and exploring the plethora of grade level appropriate texts. Teachers across the district have been fortunate in receiving many of these devices through Donors Choose, and other generous donations. We continue to look for ways to put more devices in our scholars’ hands to provide them with a variety of tools and resources to enhance their learning.

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The following item was submitted by MHS Fine & Applied Arts Director Dawn Sykes:

This week, The Tri-M Music Honor Society inducted 28 new members into the Milton Chapter.  Tri-M is a national honor society for student musicians, which focuses on creating future leaders in music education and music advocacy. With the new inductees, membership at Milton High School has reached 41 students!  The current members are listed below:

Ryan Au, Annabel Botsford, Julia Butler, Eva Chow, Colleen Conley, Mariah Conway, Julia DeFilippo, Isabella DeFilippo, Kyle Dempsey, James DiSandro, Nailah Dore-Tyrell, Jamie Eder, Jada Farrar, Sawyer Flanagan, Lucy Hainline, Sarah Hancock, Tony Hancock, Penelope Holland, Dominik Hyppolite, Timothy Karoff, Lauren Kelly, James Le, Claire Mandel, Nethania Marc, Nick Marinilli, Henry McKay, Griffin McLaughlin, Julia Nerenberg, Hue-Ninh Nguyen, Laura O’Hanlon, Kaleigh Pentland, Emily Possi, Gwyneth Sauter, Arielle Solomon, Hannah Solomon, Stephen Tan, Alice Truong, Grace Varela, Maya Watanabe, Liezel Werner and Annie Wong.

MHS Tri-M Inductees 2017

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Also last weekend, the Milton Music Department traveled to New York City for the annual Music Department Cultural Trip.  A total of 130 participants visited several musical performances and venues, including Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and the Winter Garden Theatre for the Broadway performance of SCHOOL OF ROCK.  This trip is organized to cultivate interest and engagement in the performing arts through the attendance of high quality performances, and tours of world class, historic performance venues; to provide students with a clearer perspective about their own practice in the performing arts; and to impart greater appreciation and understanding for differing points of view as can be demonstrated through the performing arts.  Following are a few student accounts of the trip:

  • “It was an amazing experience to spend three days in such a wonderful city that has so much culture to offer.  Probably my favorite thing was School of Rock because I love musicals and, as sad as it was, the 9/11 Memorial was another special part of the trip and truly impactful. I won’t forget that experience.”  -Paula Hogan
  • “Jazz at Lincoln Center was a transformative experience for me.  Seeing such incredible musicians do their ‘thing’ at such proximity immersed me entirely in the music.  I don’t think I’ve ever listened so intently.” -Jamie Eder
  • “Seeing Jazz at Lincoln Center was a very inspiring experience.  It makes me want to continue playing and listening to jazz, because I had been doubting myself for a while.  I would love for opportunities like these to continue for young players so they can feel as motivate as I am now.”  -Liezel Werner

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Finally, the Visual Arts Department recently wrapped up an overwhelmingly successful PASSPORT to the ARTS!  In case you missed a stop on the tour, please enjoy this video highlighting a few of the thousands of pieces of art presented in this district-wide art show: Congratulations to all for this outstanding collaborative event:

Visual Art: Kassandra Aloe, Star Baylon, Laurel Bernini, Jess Gillooly, Karen Hughes, Stephanie Sherman, Angela Trumbower, and Robyn Thompson-Duong . MHS Pre-K & Child Studies: Kristin Donovan and Kelly Griffith. MHS Fashion Design teacher: Joyce White.

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The following item was sent to us by World Language Director Martine Fisher:

La Joie de Vivre: An International Language

Thanks to the generosity of the Pierce PTO, the World Language Department hosted international artist Brice Kapel on April 7th. Close to 500 students, all 6th graders and some 8th graders, attended the one-hour concert. The atmosphere of the Charles Winchester auditorium was electric from the start.

Brice Kapel is a charismatic and energetic performer who made immediate contact with all our students. As noted by Karen Girondel, the artist’s agent, “The energy and enthusiasm of the students at Pierce was indeed a beautiful sight to behold. From my vantage point at the back of the auditorium, every student was totally engaged, whether they understood the words or not”. The fact that Brice sang in French and his native Mina (one of the dialects of Togo) did not prevent the participation of all thanks to the highly engaging and interactive nature of the show. “I didn’t understand a word he said, but I got the vibe that he had the right message for Pierce at the right time. I don’t think I’ve seen so much uninhibited happiness in MPS students since Rene Castro hit the shot in 2009”, wrote Nick Fitzgerald, Dean of Students, right after the show.

Brice Kapel’s message is about love, joy, diversity, and his African roots. “The richness of our differences comes from the way in which we are alike”, are the introductory words of his show. Brice’s concert, carefully tailored to each new audience, blends the flavors of Africa and reflects the realities of today’s global society. His songs tackle themes dear to children as well as adults, such as education, childhood, love, friendship, family, and the beauty of nature.

Sixth graders had worked on Brice’s songs for months in Ms. Knobloch and Mr. Fender‘s immersion classes. Most students knew his French songs by heart and sang all along. The show had been also discussed and highly anticipated in Latin and Spanish sixth grade classes. The fact that the artist took the time to autograph dozens of posters (and improvised notebook pages) and to high-five hundreds of students as they were leaving the auditorium was the perfect manifestation of his message of joy and friendship.

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

The Future Problem Solving State Bowl was held this past Saturday at Clark University in Worcester, MA. Four teams, two from Cunningham Elementary School including Cormac Burke, Meghan Mylod, Lucy Asanza, Tucker Korman, Daschel Koh, Mary O’Keefe,

Rachel Booker-Jones, Kyla Miller and two teams from Glover Elementary School including Soraya Darvish, Ella Forgues-Gilbert, Amaad Tahir, Roman Padera, Camden Carr, Rory Martin, Ankien Nguyen, Gabriella Hernandez were invited to compete after receiving high scores at the Qualifying Bowl held at Canton High School on February 4, 2017.  In addition Collicot students Cora Redmond and Christopher Cherry and Tucker students Lucy Hays and Gabe Veal competed as individuals in the junior division and Anderson Korman, Pierce Middle School student, competed as an individual in the middle division.

Staff members, Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Jaclyn Germano, Kelly Murtagh and Nicole Lauria were on hand for the day. A giant thank you to parents Mrs. Burke for assisting with bus supervision, Mrs. Martin and Mrs. Carr for creating prop kits for each team, Ms. Forgues for providing props to keep the students travelling by bus entertained and calm while a new bus was sent to replace the stalled bus at MHS, Piel Hollingsworth who assisted the individual entries and all the parents who came to cheer on their children during the skit and awards ceremony. The students were delighted to see their principals Karen McDavitt and Jon Redden arrive to cheer them on as well.

This year’s topic was Identity Theft and students were given two hours to work diligently and complete the packet. This included reading the future scene, identifying 8-16 challenges, select one underlying problem.  After reviewing the underlying problem they were given the task to identify 8-16 solutions and as a team develop criteria to select the best solution and then design an action plan.

After lunch the students gathered to turn their action plans into skits. Their assignment was to create a skit based on their final action plan.  The skit could not exceed 5 minutes and only specific props could be used.  The students also needed to include the quote by Dr. Seuss, “Do what you want to do, say what you want to say, because those who matter don’t mind, and those who do mind don’t matter. The performances were amazing and the Cunningham team took home 2nd place and the Glover team placed 3rd.

Congrats to all who participated and thank you to all the parents who assisted.

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We recently invited a Milton resident and Holocaust survivor Judy Jablon to speak to students at the Pierce Middle School about her experiences. Please read the following reaction from Pierce Guidance Counselor Lisa Veldran:

I had the honor of listening to Judy Jablon, a Holocaust survivor speak to the 8th graders at Pierce today.  She is an amazing speaker and to watch our 8th grade students and the rest of the audience connect with her was truly inspiring.  After the presentation, the students were given an opportunity to ask Mrs. Jablon questions. They formed a long line, waited patiently and then spoke to her one by one. Many hugged her or shook her hand and asked her so many amazing questions.  Mrs. Jablon answered each one with grace, poise, and an amazing sense of humor.

This important presentation was so very powerful because Mrs. Jablon’s message is that everyone is welcome, everyone is important and that we need to be accepting and kind to everyone and make the most out of opportunities presented to us.

Nancy Warn and Karen Spaulding are truly amazing educators who worked hard to bring Mrs. Jablon and her important message to our school community. They listened to a few 8th graders who presented this wonderful idea and had the vision to make it happen. I feel so lucky to work with both of them.

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From left: PMS students Marvin Garvin, Nick Saraf, Aidan Welch, Milton resident Judy Jablon, Shane Queally, Pierce Principal Dr. Karen Spaulding and Sam Shwarz

 

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The following item was submitted by Linda Stefanick, MHS Chemistry teacher and Pre-Med Club advisor:

Thirty two Milton high school students travelled to Norwood Hospital as part of a Schools to Careers partnership, Health care field, career exploration field trip. The students broke into 8 groups and each group was led on a tour/exploration of different departments in the hospital. Afterward they were brought back together and each group shared with the entire group what they had seen, learned and discovered during their sessions. Then they had a moving presentation from the Norwood Hospital President. The students represented Milton High extremely well. I would personally like to thank Norwood Hospital as they allowed our students to take part in this amazing opportunity even though Milton is technically outside of their geographical population base of patients. Many students were intrigued by Norwood Hospital’s volunteer opportunities afforded to high school students. It seems like a great place for students to collect some community service hours and really explore possible future career fields. Please read the comments below from the group who helps to organize these experiences.

The following item was sent by Katherine Touafek, Director of the School to Careers Partnership:

I wanted to share some photos of the 32 Milton High School students taken during their visit to Steward-Norwood Hospital for the “Health & Medical Futures” seminar. Each set of students was given the opportunity to shadow in two of these key clinical areas:

  • Laboratory
  • Imaging (catscan/xray/MRI)
  • Emergency Department
  • Sterile Processing
  • PACU/Endoscopy
  • Nursing
  • Sleep Lab
  • Speech, Occupational & Physical Therapies

After the shadowing portion, students presented what they learned to the other students, and listened to a quick talk by the President of the Hospital.  Our employees relayed how polite, interested and prepared the MHS students were.  In fact, we will be highlighting them as the STUDENTS OF THE WEEK on our Facebook Page tomorrow. If you have not already, please find us on social media:

Like School to Careers on FB here

Follow School to Careers on Twitter here

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The following item was sent in by Bernadette Butler, Elementary Science Coordinator:

First and Second Grade English Innovation Pathway classrooms at Glover Elementary School recently were visited by iRobot for lessons about engineering and robotics!  The lessons began with a presentation about how robots work and how they can do things that we don’t want to do (ie. vacuum and mop)!  Students reviewed the Engineering Design Process with the iRobot presenters and discussed how the different types of engineers work together to invent and create robots.  Children then had the opportunity to divide into groups to explore and interact with the robot that iRobot produces.  This was a fun, educational and interactive experience for all involved that built upon the knowledge and skills students have developed through the STEM component of the English Innovation Pathway.  Visits to the other elementary schools are being planned for the upcoming months!

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

On Sunday, April 9, Glover 5th grade students, Imaad Tahir, Moses Mann, Alex Files, Jocelyn Vrettas, Aidan McNulty, Owen Quirion, Ani Phung, and Sundy Zimmermann, along with homeroom teacher, Maura Middleton, had a splendid afternoon at Unquity House. The students played Bingo, Uno, Sorry, and other card games with the residents. The students also served and shared home baked snacks. It was a wonderful afternoon: please enjoy these pictures!

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SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING NEWS

The following item was submitted by Laurie Stillman, SEL Facilitator:

Literature Can Instill Important Values We all know that reading books helps children and youth to build their intelligence, communicate effectively, and learn about the world around them. Literature is also an important way that parents can instill desirable character traits in their children. Books are an important way that kids absorb lessons and values that are important to embrace as members of their family, their communities, and as contributors to a civil society.  Being trustworthy, respectful, courageous, empathetic and involved in the greater good are themes that can be taught and reinforced through literature.   Children’s and Teen’s books are filled with important lessons that can inspire kids to take on values and behaviors that we cherish.  So the next time you go to the library or bookstore looking for kids’ books, don’t only take into account their literary value.  Also take into account the lessons they teach—both good and bad. Feel free to read them too and have a family discussion about their meaning. This will serve you well as a parent in supporting the social and emotional competencies of your children.     Here are links for books that develop healthy social and emotional competencies in children of various grade levels:

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

The following item was submitted by Pierce Science Coordinator Christie Chiapietta:

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) awarded Pierce Middle School an $8,000 grant to host a Clean Energy Day for selected students. The event, taking place on April 26th from 2:30-6:30 pm will feature hands-on science, technology, engineering and math activities for the students. Through the program, local clean energy businesses were invited to partner with six schools across Massachusetts to host the events.

MassCEC is a state economic development agency dedicated to accelerating the success of clean energy technologies, companies, and projects in the Commonwealth—while creating high-quality jobs and long-term economic growth for the people of Massachusetts. Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton chairs MassCEC’s board of directors. MassCEC helps clean energy companies grow, connects students with clean energy careers, supports municipal clean energy projects, and invests in residential and commercial renewable energy installations, creating an innovative and robust marketplace for the clean energy industry. This funding program builds upon the Baker-Polito Administration’s ongoing efforts to support the Commonwealth’s vibrant clean energy innovation sector with MassCEC’s ongoing investments in workforce training for high school students and internships for college age students. Clean Energy Day awards were also made in Auburn, Brockton, Fitchburg, and two schools in Boston.

For more information on this event, please contact Christie Chiappetta, Pierce Middle School Science Coordinator, at cchiappetta@miltonps.org.

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

The following letter was sent to us by Aprile Burnes, Nichole Gimbrone, Elizabeth Thomas Laura O’Melia and Jessica Gillooly:

Caitlin Clavette was a dedicated art teacher who inspired our children through her teaching and artwork. Sadly, a tragic accident took her life in February of 2016. As a community, we would like to honor her dedication and inspiration to her students.

Ms. Clavette was always so proud and excited to showcase her students’ artwork. However, our elementary schools do not have art display boards to feature students’ creativity.

We intend to honor Ms. Clavette by purchasing art display boards for each of the four Milton elementary schools. Our amazing PTOs at each elementary school are supporting this project. The art display boards cost approximately $1,000 each. Our goal is to purchase one per school for use in our schools’ lobbies, libraries and at future annual “Passport to the Arts” and other events.If you would like to join us in contributing, please send your donation by April 28, made payable to Glover PTO, who has agreed to coordinate collections for all schools.

Please note on your check: Honoring Caitlin Clavette and the name of your child’s elementary school. Each elementary school’s administrative assistant in the main office will accept contributions. While your contributions will go toward the purchase of art display boards, any remaining proceeds will be donated to the Caitlin Clavette Foundation (www.caitlinclavettefoundation.org)

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Attention golfers!! Our upcoming fundraiser for Science from Scientists is need of more golfers. Please come out to support a fantastic cause on Monday, May 1st at 11am. To register, click on this link: www.chipinforescience.org

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The following information was submitted by MHS Principal James Jette:

There are two important fundraisers underway. First, we have the MHS Debate Team – Domenic Jancaterino (Grade 11) and Aislinn O’Brien (Grade 12) are preparing to compete at the National Tournament held in Louisville, Kentucky this May (Memorial Day Weekend). They qualified for this tournament by coming in first place at a tournament in Shrewsbury this past February. Both Domenic and Aislinn will have access to their debate materials on April 15th followed by the instructions to begin researching as soon as the topic is released. With that said, they still have some fundraising to do to see this opportunity come to fruition. The hotel rooms for the two students and the Debate Coach have been funded by a Donors Choose project that was set up and overwhelmingly supported by friends. Special thanks to those who made a contribution. With that said, we still have to raise $2,000 to cover airfare and activity fees. We hope to raise this money through a Gillette Concert Raffle ticket sales. Click here for the link and scroll down to the bottom for more Concert Ticket Raffle info. If you would like to sponsor a portion of the trip by simply making a donation, that too will be greatly appreciated.

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Secondly, we are hoping to support the MHS Future Business Leaders of America – Earlier this month, 23  Milton High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) attended the FBLA State Leadership Conference at Bentley University.  The students gained valuable insight and tips from industry leading executives, participated in leadership activities, networked with future business leaders from across the state and competed in business events.  The day culminated with an awards ceremony honoring the top finishers in the state.  The following students earned top honors: State Champion in Hospitality Management: Nuasheen Chowdhury, Ornella Ebongue and Domenic Jancaterino, second place Economics: Domenic Jancaterino, third place Economics: Peyton Carvalho, fourth place Economics: Nuasheen Chowdhury; fourth place Advertising: Lilli Cormack,  second place Job Interview: Ornella Ebongue, fourth place Job Interview: Suvan Shukla;  fourth place Public Speaking: Karisa Lasoff, third place Publication Design: Linda Do and Vincent Luong; fourth place Sports & Entertainment Management: Chris Caputo, Peyton Carvalho and Will Jrolf.  These students, along with Massachusetts FBLA State Secretary, Tim Walsh have qualified to compete at the FBLA National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California June 29th – July 2nd. FBLA students have been working hard to raise money for this expensive trip to Anaheim, CA.  They still have 23 Miltonopoly games ($25), 25 Milton ties ($25), and color changing water bottles ($5).  If you would like to purchase any of these products please stop by the Booster Concession stand, or contact AJ Melanson at amelanson@miltonps.org.  Cash donations are also greatly appreciated!

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The MHS Junior Class Student Government is holding a Savers Drive on Saturday, April 29th, 2017 from 10 to noon at Milton High School.  Please drop off all donations at the front entrance of Milton High School. All proceeds from this Fundraiser will go to the Junior Class to defray costs of class activities.

Visit our Savers Fundrive website here:  https://fundrive.savers.com/e/miltonhsclassof2018

The Junior Class will earn 20 cents for every pound of soft goods donated and 5 cents for every pound of hard goods donated. This is a great way to declutter your house and help raise money for Milton High School’s Prom. Below is a list of all the items Savers will accept.

  • Accessories: Hats, mittens, scarves, ties, socks, purses, wallets, backpacks, bags
  • Clothing & shoes: Men’s, women’s, children’s
  • Electrical: Small electrical toasters, radios, power tools, irons, blenders, mixers, stereos, CD players, speakers, DVD and VCR players, table lamps, floor lamps, humidifiers
  • Exercise & outdoor:Bicycles, golf accessories, garden tools, sports equipment, exercise equipment, skis
  • Kids: Toys, games, puzzles, stuffed animals
  • Kitchen: Pots, pans, utensils, china cups, vases, dishes, cutlery, glassware, silverware
  • Knick-knacks: Jewelry, crafts, mugs, candles, pictures/frames, baskets, ornaments, hand tools
  • Media: Hardback and paperback books, magazines, records, tapes, CDs, videos, DVDs, computer software
  • Small furniture: All chairs, tables (dining, kitchen, coffee, end, computer, night stand, patio), dressers, hutch, armoire, bookcase, cabinets, entertainment centers
  • Other textiles: Bed/bath towels, sheets, blankets, pillows, curtains, tablecloths

PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

The following was sent in by Jerry Vitti, Becky Padera and JP Plunkett of the Challenger League:

Dear Challenger Community — Can you feel baseball in the air today?  We can. We are happy to report that registrations are going well and everyone is looking forward to the season.  Remember the opening parade is on April 22nd and our first game the following weekend.

A link to registration is below.  I’ve spoken to folks how have signed up and there is excitement in the air, so let’s build on our momentum. For those of you who haven’t signed up yet, (and you know who you are),   please sign up today.  Looks like we are going to have our veteran players reporting in as well as some new additions. So psyched. Also, please check out and like our FB page @ Milton Challenger Team. Please pass this information along to all the potential Challenger players out there.

http://miltonnationalll.com/Registration/

FROM THE READERS

Please read the two articles below on “what makes a great teacher.”

  1. http://www.ascd.org/publications/books/104138/chapters/The-Qualities-of-Great-Teachers.aspx
  2. http://www.greatschools.org/gk/articles/what-makes-a-great-teacher/

MFE NEWS

Fresh off the heels of the very successful Celebration for Education, the MFE is now preparing for its annual Teacher of the Year ceremony. Please nominate a deserving teacher or staff member for this honor. Forms can be found by clicking here.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

Dare Camp is a week-long camp run by the Milton Police Department. The camp is open to Milton residents entering grades 6 – 8. This camp is run by officers of the Milton Police Dept. The focus of the week is on enhancing relationships between youth and police and we will discuss substance abuse prevention. Sign ups will be on April 25th at 9am. The link below is how you would go about registering.

http://www.townofmilton.org/police-resources/dare-camp

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Please see the item below send in from Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition:

Meeting Rescheduled! Because of a scheduling change, the MSAPC is not meeting as planned on Thursday, April 13th. Instead, we will be meeting on Wednesday, May 10th at 7pm (location TBA). The topic remains the same: Opioid Crisis: Our Community We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. It was brought to our attention that the meeting was accidentally scheduled on Maundy Thursday, the Holy Thursday before Easter. We immediately cancelled it when we realized the mistake. We are deeply sorry for the mix-up and appreciate the folks who brought it to our attention. Rescheduling proved to be a bit tricky given school April vacation, the town elections and then Town Meeting so we chose the first available date following this busy time of year for Milton. As always, the meeting is open to the public and all are welcome and encouraged to attend. For further details on the agenda, see our original meeting announcement below. We hope you can join us! The topic will be Opioid Crisis: Our Community

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Bring your Family and Friends, Arbor Day 2017, Earth Celebration on Friday, April 21 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. (drop in). Mary M.B. Wakefield Estate, 1465 Brush Hill Road, Milton, MA  02186

Milton’s Shade Tree Advisory Committee, Department of Public Works, Public Library, and Mary M.B. Wakefield Charitable Trust and are teaming up to offer a family-friendly Arbor Day Earth Celebration on Friday, April 21 from 11am to 2pm at the Wakefield Estate in Milton. The event will highlight the importance of trees in our local environment and will include a fun array of Spring activities for all ages ranging from a display devoted to Tree books at Milton Public Library , a tree phenology table, a bare-root tree seedling give-away for home planting, BYO-picnic opportunities, to other hands-on learning adventures and demonstrations. There will be face-painting, “make your own worm compost mini-bin,” and a “mud and worm sundae” station. This event is rain-or-shine and FREE.  Parking will be available at Thacher Montessori School (Route 138) and onsite. Celebrate Trees and the last day of April School Vacation Week with us!  For more information contact: 617-333-0924; 617-698-5757. Read more: http://www.townofmilton.org/node/15873

ATHLETICS

The Girls Cross Country and Track teams traveled to Fenway on Tuesday and the State House on Thursday.  See below for a great picture!

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The Boys and Girls Track team both recorded wins over Framingham and Norwood.  They are both 2-0 to start the season.

The Softball Team fell to Walpole on Monday but bounced back with an 11-5 win over Wellesley on Wednesday behind a great outing from freshman pitcher Jillian Rundlett.

The Baseball Team also beat Wellesley after suffering a defeat to Walpole.  After a scoreless 7 innings behind Andrew Steele and another four from Driscoll, the Wildcats won 3-2 in 12 innings to improve to 1-1.

The Rugby team has also started 2-0 thanks to victories over Hanover and Malden Catholic.  Take a peak at the great recap from Coach Dolan here.

Boys and Girls Tennis are 3-0 and 0-2 respectively.  Boys Tennis has beaten Randolph, Norwood and Walpole to start the season strong.  See the writes up on our website.

Boys Lacrosse has had a difficult start but will look to build on some gutsy performances next week as they travel to Oliver Ames.

Girls Lacrosse started the season off with a win over Hanover, before falling to Walpole in a great game, where the Wildcats fell just short of a comeback.

Be sure to visit miltonwildcats.com for game recaps, rosters, schedules, all-stars, scores, and more!

AMBASSADOR PAGE

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

Students: Congratulations to the following MHS students, who were chosen for recognition in the final Student of the Quarter ceremony for this year. Art: Alexis Higgins and Joseph Pezzini. Business Education: Alex Dhima and Dilruba Manavoglu. English: Stephanie Che and Usama Shakeel. Family & Consumer Science: Julia Biagotti and Nicolas Marinilli. History: Isabelle Richer and Ashley Thermidor-Payne. Humanities: Sean Bentley. Math: Finn Doherty and Chrisma Jackson. Music: James Eder and Aidan Guilderson. PE & Health: Faith Agudosi and William Jrolf. Science: Aidan Braithwaite and Katherine Fahy. Technology Education: Patrick Davoren and Lashmi Dowds. World Languages: Ameilia Ferreria and Joshua Kackley.

Staff: I would like to thank and recognize our World Language Director, Dr. Martine Fisher for her hard work and dedication. This time of year is especially busy for Dr. Fisher, with World Languages Advanced Placement Exam around the corner, the recent administration of the DELF exam. The DELF (Diplôme d’Études en Langue Française) is an official qualification awarded by the French Ministry of Education certifying a level of fluency in French. In addition, our Latin students participate  in the National Latin Exam, the Medusa Mythology Exam and the National Classical Etymology Exam at the High School and Middle School levels; and our Spanish students take the National Spanish Exam. This is all in addition to all the end-of-the-year plays, concerts and events at the elementary, middle and high school level. We are very grateful for Dr. Fisher and all her hard work.

Volunteers/Donors: I would like to thank BID-Milton for their generous donation of an upright piano to our music department. The hospital reached out to us to see if we could use a piano, and of course, we said yes!  Just another example of the wonderful partnership with the BID-Milton.

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

 

 

 

April 7th E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Apr• 07•17

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Friday, April 7th, 2017

On Tuesday, April 11th the Milton High School Cross Country team will be honored at Fenway Park. The ceremony will take place at 6:45 pm prior to the Red Sox game. What a tremendous honor for our Wildcat’s State Championship team!

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

This is always an exciting time of year in the Milton Public Schools. Our high school seniors are getting their college acceptance letters; our incoming kindergartners are being registered and screened; our rising first-grade families are making the choice between French Immersion and English/Innovation Pathways; our middle-schoolers are in Washington, DC for a field trip; our Future Problem Solvers are headed off to the State Bowl; the mother ducks are getting ready to hatch their ducklings at Glover; spring sports are just beginning; the MFE’s annual Celebration event is tomorrow night; and the Science from Scientists golf tournament fundraiser is only weeks away. All of those things, coupled with warmer weather and (hopefully) sunnier skies make this a fabulous time of year to be part of the Milton Public Schools.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There have been no School Committee meetings since my last E-blast. The next meeting will be held Wednesday, April 12th at 7 pm in the Milton TV Access studio, Room 245, Milton High School. This meeting will be preceded by a brief reception in the MHS lobby to celebrate and thank Milton School Committee Chairman Leroy Walker and Milton School Committee member Kristan Bagley Jones for their service to the town of Milton, the Milton Public Schools and the Milton School Committee.

During the March 29th meeting, we presented K and Grade One numbers. As of today, we have 330 kindergarten students fully registered. In order to receive school assignments and screening appointments, you must be fully registered by April 28, 2017.

First Grade Placement: District-wide, we have 189 first graders who opted for the English Innovation Pathways program (55%) and 157 opted for French Immersion (45%). As a result, we will have 10 English Innovation Pathways classes and 6 French Immersion. At Collicot, we will have 3 English and 2 French classes. At Cunningham, we will have 3 English and 1 French class.  Glover will have 2 English and 2 French. Tucker will have 2 English and 1 French. There were lotteries for French at Tucker and Cunningham.  District-wide, there were 12 students who requested French and did not initially receive French placements.  We have 3 available seats at Collicot that we will offer through the district-wide lottery.  As enrollments change throughout the summer, we hope to be able to offer French seats to everyone on the list.

CURRICULUM NEWS

The following item was submitted by Amy Gale, Elementary Curriculum Coordinator:

2017 Milton BoomWriter BeeWe are happy to report that the 1st Annual Milton BoomWriter Bee was a grand success! The enthusiasm with which all students approached the contest and the skill that they demonstrated each week in their writing was unparalleled. Over 700 students participated; they wrote for a total of 78,973 minutes and generated 2,245,621 words!

The project began back on February 16 when all grade 4 and 5 students across the district received a copy of chapter 1 of The Legend of One-Eyed Willy’s Secret Second Treasure, a story start written by the Goonie’s own Chunk (aka Jeff Cohen).  The students returned from February vacation with great ideas, ready to write and beginning on February 27, each week, students wrote their own version of each chapter of the story. Each Friday the students participated in an anonymous voting round in which students voted for their favorite chapter.

Every week of competition, we saw a winner from each of the 4 elementary schools and 1 overall winner whose chapter will be printed in the book. By the final week of competition the field was narrowed to the top vote getter in each of the four schools. These students competed in final round to determine an overall winner. The chapter winners, finalists and the winner Fiona Zimon were all honored at an amazing event hosted by BoomWriter and Jeff Cohen at the Hoosic Club. Over 300 people turned out to congratulate our winners and meet Chunk!

The FINAL FOUR were as follows;

Elinor Johnson (Glover), Saanah Lefevre (Tucker), Mae McKenna (Collicot) and Fiona Zimon (Cunningham). Last Friday, March 24 all students voted for their favorite chapter 5 and Fiona Zimon of Cunningham won this last vote.

The overall weekly winners are as follows; these are the authors whose chapters will appear in the published version of The Legend of One-Eyed Willy’s Secret Second Treasure.

Nathan Ehui (Tucker)- Chapter 2, Fiona Zimon (Cunningham)- Chapter 3, Elinor Johnson (Glover)- Chapter 4, Fiona Zimon (Cunningham)- Chapter 5.

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Cat DesRoche, Jeff Cohen (“Chunk”) AND Elaine McNeil Girmai

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Elinor Johnson, Mae McKenna and Fiona Zimon

Nathan and Saanah

Saanah Lefevre and Nathan Ehui.

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The Boomwriter Bee Publishing Party!

The following item was sent to us by MHS teacher and Future Business Leaders of America coach AJ Melanson:

Yesterday I took 23 students to the FBLA State Leadership Conference at Bentley University.  We had a record 12 students qualify for Nationals (Anaheim, CA June 28 – July 3)!  We are so pleased to announce that we have three State Champions in Hospitality Management – Nuasheen Chowdhury, Ornella Obongue and Domenic Jancaterino! Also, please congratulate the following nine students who also qualified for Nationals:

2nd Place Economics – Domenic Jancaterino
3rd Place Economics – Peyton Carvalho
4th Place Economics – Nuasheen Chowdhury
4th Place Advertising – Lilli Cormack
2nd Place Job Interview – Ornella Ebongue
4th Place Job Interview – Suvan Shukla
4th Place Public Speaking – Karisa Lasoff
3rd Place Publication Design – Linda Do and Vincent Luong
4th Place Sports & Entertainment Management – Chris Caputo, Peyton Carvalho and Will Jrolf

Milton High School Future Business Leaders of America

Milton High School Future Business Leaders of America

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The following item was submitted by Technology Director Dr. Angela Burke:

Our eighth grade scholars, in preparation for their Washington, D.C. trip, create a virtual tour of their trip. Using Google Earth, scholars map out historical sites that can be seen while in D.C., providing helpful, fun facts about each site. Scholars are able to see 3D, street views of the sites, with close detail, before they even arrive in D.C. Scholars turn their tour into a short movie, narrating the virtual experience. Click here to see an example of a finished product on YouTube:

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The following item was sent to us by Michelle Kreuzer, MHS Math Department Head:

 On Wednesday, March 29th, 120 Pierce Middle School students attended the FutureSmart Challenge at the TD Garden with approximately 2000 students from area schools.  The event was hosted by MassMutual, the Boston Celtics, and Junior Achievement.   Attending the FutureSmart Challenge is part of an effort to increase the financial literacy of our middle school students.  Hill Harper, an actor and author who graduated from Harvard Law School, discussed the importance of savings, career choices, staying in school, going to college and how each has a profound impact on future financial success.   Former Celtic Leon Powe also spoke with the students and they had the chance to see the Boston Celtics team mascot, Lucky the Leprechaun, perform.

As part of our partnership with Junior Achievement, Pierce students will continue learning about personal finance either in their Grade 7 Math Investigations or ISSTEM Grade 8 classes during the remainder of the school year.   The Grade 7 Math Investigations students will complete JA Economics for Success, which presents practical information about personal finance and stresses the importance of identifying education and career goals based on skills, interests and values.  The ISSTEM Grade 8 classes will work on JA Finance Park Virtual, a program on personal finance management, which gives students the opportunity to explore personal, academic, and financial choices through hands-on, realistic simulation experiences.

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The following item was submitted by Glover Principal Karen McDavitt:

Glover Art Show Success! Thank you for joining us on Wednesday night for the Glover Art Show! It was absolutely spectacular! I couldn’t stop smiling as I watched families and students proudly viewing artwork and sharing accomplishments. The halls were buzzing, students were laughing, families were smiling, and to me, it was exactly what an elementary school should look like, sound like, and feel like. I am so proud to be the principal of such an amazing school. Nights like Wednesday night remind me of how fortunate we all are! Thank you, Mrs. Baylon and Mrs. Bernini, for inspiring our young artists and creating the happiest hallways I’ve ever seen! Please take a moment to look at some of Glover’s amazing artwork in this video: You can also take a peek at the students in action in this presentation put together by Mrs. Bernini and Mrs. Baylon.

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The following item was sent to us by Humanities Department Head Barbara Wright:

M-PACE Performances: Milton High School students have had the pleasure of seeing three different performances over the past two months, thanks to the funding of the Milton Partnership for Arts and Cultural Education (MPACE).   In March sophomores enjoyed a performance of Macbeth, presented by the Bay Colony Theatre Company and in April our juniors, who study American history and American literature, visited the House of Blues to see a live performance by a band that traced the history of the Blues through American music.  The third installment of the performances happened this week, as actors from the Shakespeare Now!  theater company performed Romeo and Juliet in the Charles Winchester Auditorium.  Ninth grade students from Fontbonne Academy joined the audience for Romeo and Juliet as well, as the play is part of their curriculum.

In all more than 700 students saw one of the three performances this Spring.  Without the generous donations made by MPACE these performances would not be possible.

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The following item was submitted by PMS Humanities Coordinator Nancy Warn:

Our 7th graders have almost completed the novel The Devil’s Arithmetic, by Jane Yolen.  They have explored the history of a troubled time period, studied the elements of literature and investigated the themes of intolerance and injustice in this text and in supplemental readings.  Students explored complex characters, discussed good vs. evil, the impact of hatred and intolerance on society. This novel was eye opening for many of our 7th graders and the lessons learned will stay with them for a long time to come.   This year, we are lucky enough to have a Milton resident and Holocaust survivor coming to speak to our 7th graders on April 12th.  She will share her story of survival and share how the human spirit can triumph, even in the most difficult of circumstances.

GUIDANCE NEWS

The Milton Junior Woman’s Club invites Milton residents graduating from high school this year to apply for scholarships for further education.  The scholarships will be awarded to qualified applicants who plan to enter schools or colleges in 2017, and are not limited to four year accredited programs.

The application consists of an online form, a transcript, letters of recommendation, and a brief personal essay. As a community organization, Milton Junior Woman’s Club will award scholarships on the basis of academic achievement, extracurricular activities, leadership skills, and community involvement.

Applications must be received no later than Wednesday, April 26, 2017, and can be submitted at www.miltonjuniorwomansclub.com in the “Student Scholarship” tab.

The Milton Junior Woman’s Club is a nonprofit organization whose objective is to broaden and strengthen the moral, social, and intellectual life of its members and to serve the community.  Money raised throughout the year by events such as the Milton Road Race held in June, enables the club to fund the scholarship program. We always welcome new members!

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING NEWS:

The following item was submitted by SEL Facilitator Laurie Stillman:

The Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition will have its next meeting on Thursday, April 13th The topic is Opiod Crisis: Our Community. We will have a parent who lost a child and is now an advocate and a rep from Manet Health Center to demonstrate the use and benefits of Narcan.  The meeting is from 7-9pm at Parkway United Methodist Church, 158 Blue Hill Parkway in Milton.

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The following item is from Noel Vigue, Director of Physical Education/Health:

CALLING ALL PARENTS/GUARDIANS of Milton Public School children — In our ever changing, fast-paced, and complex world, we’re bombarded with so much information on a daily basis, it can be difficult to find the best resources to help raise healthy, responsible and resilient children.  It’s often said that, “It takes a village to raise a child.” As partners in the education of Milton youth and our desire to support families with children of all ages, we’re interested in offering a Parent Workshop/Speaker Series.  We want to hear from you!  Below is a list of sample topics.  What would you like to learn more about?  What topics would be of interest?

Strategies for Raising Teenage Boys
Responding to Everyday Stress with Grit & Resiliency
Self-Esteem, Self-Confidence and Body Image
The Middle Years
Smartphones, Apps, Internet: Safety in the Digital Age
How to Connect with Your Child Through Play

Please email nvigue@miltonps.org Noel Vigue, Director of Health and Physical Education with your thoughts/ideas.  We look forward to hearing from you.

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

The following letter was sent to us by Aprile Burnes, Nichole Gimbrone, Elizabeth Thomas Laura O’Melia and Jessica Gillooly:

Caitlin Clavette was a dedicated art teacher who inspired our children through her teaching and artwork. Sadly, a tragic accident took her life in February of 2016. As a community, we would like to honor her dedication and inspiration to her students.

Ms. Clavette was always so proud and excited to showcase her students’ artwork. However, our elementary schools do not have art display boards to feature students’ creativity.

We intend to honor Ms. Clavette by purchasing art display boards for each of the four Milton elementary schools. Our amazing PTOs at each elementary school are supporting this project. The art display boards cost approximately $1,000 each. Our goal is to purchase one per school for use in our schools’ lobbies, libraries and at future annual “Passport to the Arts” and other events.If you would like to join us in contributing, please send your donation by April 28, made payable to Glover PTO, who has agreed to coordinate collections for all schools.

Please note on your check: Honoring Caitlin Clavette and the name of your child’s elementary school. Each elementary school’s administrative assistant in the main office will accept contributions. While your contributions will go toward the purchase of art display boards, any remaining proceeds will be donated to the Caitlin Clavette Foundation (www.caitlinclavettefoundation.org)

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Attention golfers!! Our upcoming fundraiser for Science from Scientists is need of more golfers. Please come out to support a fantastic cause on Monday, May 1st at 11am. To register, click on this link: www.chipinforescience.org

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I mentioned a Pierce student’s Cradles to Crayons fundraiser in a recent E-blast. Here is an exciting update: After nearly five hours with middle school and high school students — along with some help from our State Senator Walter Timilty — 50 bags of donated items were collected and shipped to Cradles to Crayons. This drive was organized by Pierce student and Student Ambassador to Project 351, Dominique Thomas. What an outpouring of Milton support! Thank you to all who contributed.

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The Milton High Girls Track Team is hosting a car wash fundraiser on Saturday April 15 at Cunningham School, 9:00-12:00, $10.00 per vehicle. Please come out to support this State-Championship-winning team as they try to raise money to attend Nationals this spring in North Carolina!

FAMILY LIAISON NEWS

This article was submitted by Marti O’Keefe McKenna, MPS Family Outreach Liaison in conjunction with Susan Dolan, Director of Milton Early Childhood Alliance. For more information please contact Ms. Dolan at 617 696 2262.

Parent Café -Getting ready for Kindergarten!

  • Tuesday, May 2nd from 9:00am-10am at the Collicot/Cunningham Elementary School Cafeteria, 80 Edgehill Road
  • Wednesday, May 3rd from 5:00pm-6:00pm at the Tucker Elementary School, 187 Blue Hills Parkway

Milton Public Schools and Milton Early Childhood Alliance are partnering up to offer parents/guardians of children entering kindergarten in the fall a free parent café – “Getting ready for kindergarten!”.

Join us for a round table discussion. Kindergarten is a big step in your child’s life and we would like to share some tips to help you prepare. In addition to a roundtable discussion, all participants will receive helpful hints, a list of children’s book titles about kindergarten, and activities to help with language, fine motor, gross motor, kindergarten readiness and self help skills.  Panel members will include Beth Greenawalt, Parent Coach and founder of www.Parent-Solutions.com, Susan L. Dolan, Director of Milton Early Childhood Alliance and Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Family Outreach Liaison for the Milton Public Schools.

Simply choose one of the dates, register and attend. These workshops are open to all Milton families; your child does not need to be attending a Milton Public School in the fall.

Please register by emailing cpcmecasld@verizon.net or by calling Susan Dolan, MECA at 617- 696- 2262. To complete the registration leave your name, the session you plan to attend and a contact phone number.  Your registration will be confirmed with a reply email or phone call.  Child care is NOT available for any sessions of this workshop.  Snacks and drinks will be provided.

MPS Kindergarten Registration

If you have not had an opportunity to register your child for Kindergarten for the school year 2017-2018 please contact Jane Barrett at 617-696-5040 ext. 5510. Children entering a MPS Kindergarten must be five years of age on or before August 31, 2017. Students who are fully registered by April 28, 2017 will receive notice in early May indicating their child’s school assignment along with their screening appointment time.  Kindergarten screening will take place May 22,23,24,25.

The Kindergarten Information Night presentation can be found at:

http://www.miltonps.org/documents/KInformationNight2017FINAL.pdf

HEALTH ROOM NEWS

The following item was sent to us by Margaret Gibbons, Director of Nurses:

After much consideration and feedback from parents / guardians I have worked with the district’s attorneys and Administration to inform you that the school nurses will be sending health information notices based on a new division of grades within each school. Going forward there will be two groups to share information from school to home. Grade Pre K – Grade 2 and Grade 3 – Grade 5.  

The division was based on the age and understanding of each group. The younger group of student has little knowledge or limited knowledge of the transmission of “germs.” They are just learning about hand washing, proper cough etiquette and not sharing personal items among other good healthy behaviors.  This makes this group similar when illnesses or lice are seen at school.

The grade 3 – grade 5 students also share similar behaviors but are more understanding and have been taught the importance of healthy behaviors and illness prevention.

As the nurses move forward with this model, I anticipate that “home” will actually be receiving more notices because we will be looking across grades to identify illnesses or health concern to inform parents and guardians what we are seeing in the school setting. This will give parents / guardians, I believe, the information that you want to help assess and care for your own child

MILTON SUMMER ENRICHMENT

MSE Dates:  MSE will be held at Milton High School and will run Monday – Thursday, 8:00-12:00 from June 26 – July 27, 2017.  Please note there will be no MSE on Monday, July 3 or Tuesday, July 4.  If we have any more snow days this year, we will need to adjust the dates of MSE and will keep you informed of any changes.

Registration:  Online registration will begin in late April and remain open for one month.  Please note that 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 you, regardless of if you register online or in person.  We have strict caps on our classes to ensure that each course is manageable and safe for our teachers and our children, and appreciate the community’s support to ensure the program is the best it can possibly be for all involved.  If you miss the online registration window, you must make arrangements to register in person.

We will have personnel available to help you register in person on the following dates from 3:30-5:00 at both the Tucker School and the Cunningham School:  May 3, May 10, May 17

This year, during the month of June, we will be adding mandatory “Schedule Pick-Up” times during which parents/guardians must come to collect their child’s MSE schedule lanyard and trouble-shoot any questions/concerns regarding schedules.  There will be “Schedule Pick-Up times” at each school and at a variety of times (before school, after school, evening) to ensure all families have the opportunity to collect their schedule(s) prior to the first day of MSE.  It is our hope that this will ensure a smooth start to the program on June 26 when the children arrive!  Dates/times/locations will be communicated after online registration closes.

Tentative Dates to note:

  • April 3: “At a Glance” document is sent out for course planning purposes
  • April  12: MSE Brochure document is sent out
  • April 26 – May 26: Online Registration
  • May 3, May 10 and May 17: In-person registration at both the Tucker and Cunningham Schools
  • Month of June: Schedule Pick-Up Sessions (Locations and times TBD)
  • June 26 – July 27: MSE 2017!

2017 Tuition:

1 Course = $175         3 Courses = $525 2 Courses = $350         4 Courses = $600 Family Max = $1,200       Pre–K = $650

  • Non-Resident MSE Tuition: $300 per course hour per student
  • Make-Up Courses for High School Credit $300 per 2-hour course
  • Non-Resident for High School Credit: $525

We are looking forward to a fantastic summer at MSE 2017!  Please be on the lookout for more communications in the upcoming months, but if you have questions in the meantime, contact Bernadette and Cat via email (mse@miltonps.org).

PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

It’s time for CHALLENGER BASEBALL!  A link to registration is below. The season starts on April 30th and promises to be another great year. Don’t forget that the parade is April 22nd!   Also, please check out and like our Facebook page @ Milton Challenger Team – We are hoping to get 100% returning players and then some new additions.

Coaches Plunkett, Padera and Vitti are excited for another great Challenger season and we want everyone to sign up who wants to play. Let’s all build excitement and do our best with recruiting.  Please pass this information along to all the potential Challenger players out there. Open to all Milton Residents!

To register a child, go to:

http://miltonnationalll.com/registration/  and scroll down for the Challenger Division registration. For questions or volunteer opportunities, please contact: challengerinfo@miltonnationalll.com Other direct contact information: Jerry Vitti: gvitti@hfihealthcare.com  617.281.4566 JP Plunkett: plunkettjp4@gmail.com 

FOOD SERVICE NEWS

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

Begin the day the right way with School Breakfast! Mornings can be really crazy…the alarm doesn’t go off…the kids don’t want to get up…there’s no time to eat breakfast before the bus comes…or they’re just not ready to eat. Sometimes children aren’t hungry right after waking up, and it’s hard to find food they like to eat that is also healthy. Also, some kids refuse breakfast at home but are hungry when they arrive at school.  For parents with busy schedules, it can be hard to make sure that kids are eating a healthy breakfast before they go to school in the morning.  If morning meals are difficult for your family, let the School Breakfast Program help you out!   A great breakfast program is offered at school every day.  School breakfast will give your child a healthy start to the day and it is affordable, $1.25!  If you qualify for free and reduced price lunch, you also qualify for a free breakfast, with no additional paperwork. You can’t find a healthy breakfast at such a low cost anywhere else.

What your children eat for breakfast can have an impact on learning. School breakfast has vitamins and nutrients for a strong and healthy body.  A nutritious breakfast helps students be more alert so they can learn more in class.  Eating a well balanced breakfast can help improve math, reading, and standardized test scores.  Breakfast helps children pay attention, perform problem-solving tasks, and improves memory.  We all know that when students eat breakfast, they perform better and are better able to concentrate.

Children who eat school breakfast are likely to have fewer absences and incidents of tardiness than those who do not. Studies have shown that children who eat breakfast on a regular basis are less likely to be overweight.  Eating breakfast as a child is important for establishing healthy habits later in life.

Schools now have more variety to choose from when deciding what to offer your children for breakfast. As part of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act to improve child nutrition, new standards have been implemented into your child’s school breakfast.  These standards emphasize whole grains, fruits, low-fat and fat-free milk options.  According to the USDA meal pattern requirements for school breakfast program, your child will be offered 8 ounces of white milk, 1 cup of fruit, and a minimum of 1 ounce whole grain rich products.  There is no government requirement for protein foods to be served, but your school may choose to offer eggs, yogurt, cheese, and breakfast meats as an additional food option.  Our breakfast menu can be viewed on our school website http://www.schoolnutritionandfitness.com/index.php?sid=1466119320502

Instead of running around in the morning trying to make sure your children eat a healthy meal, let us do the work. They can get a great breakfast at school, and there will be no dishes for you to wash!  Let’s help students to perform better every day, by making sure they eat a healthy breakfast.  Mornings can be rushed, but it is important to make time for breakfast.  Make sure your kids begin the day the right way with School Breakfast!  All of the schools in Milton offer breakfast 20 minutes before the start of school.  There is no need to sign up, just show up.  Each school also has supervision available.

MFE NEWS

It’s time for the annual Teacher of the Year nominations! Milton Celebration for Education is now accepting nominations for Outstanding Teacher of the Year. Please click here to download the forms.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The following item was sent to us by Robert McCrystal at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton:

Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton (BID-Milton) and South Shore Mental Health will present a free community education program “ Fostering Emotional Wellness During College-Age Years” on Wednesday, April 26 from 6 – 8:30pm in the Milton High School Auditorium, 25 Gile Road, Milton.

This program, part of the hospital’s Integrated Care Learning Consortium, will allow parents and students to hear from a panel of experts about the variety of programs and resources available to help students balance their academics and emotional and behavioral wellness. This program is specifically designed for parents of middle school, high school and college age students as well as the students themselves.

Scheduled speakers at the event include: Karen Cahill, director of guidance at Milton High School; Vic DiGravio, president and CEO of the Association of Behavioral Health; Kristen Woodbury, vice president of rehabilitation and recovery at South Shore Mental Health; Rod Skinner and Lisa Morin, from Milton Academy; Alison Markson, director and licensed psychologist at the Curry College Counseling Center; and Jennifer Morazes, Ph.D, Genesis Coaching and Consulting.

“As parents and caregivers, we want to foster emotional wellness in our teenagers and support them to make safe and healthy decisions. There is much pressure today to succeed academically, to attend the best colleges and universities and to generally make the “right” decisions after high school and in life,” said Lisa Braude, Ph.D, senior advisor-health policy and grant management at BID-Milton. “This is a unique opportunity to hear from a panel of leading experts on important health topics.”

The Integrated Care Learning Consortium partnership between BID-Milton and South Shore Mental Health works to raise awareness of behavioral health issues, provide education to community members and connect human services and health care professionals throughout the area. To register for this event, please call 617-313-1557.

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

Spring has sprung at the Milton Public Library! Fun family activities including books, programs, coloring, games, puppets and more are available every day for you to check out. In addition to our regular storytimes on Tuesday and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of April 16 – 22 (April Vacation Week):

Monday, April 17, 2017
LIBRARY CLOSED

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 from 2:30 – 4:00 pm
Family Board Game Time, Ages 4 and up

Did you know that the Children’s Room has a HUMONGOUS collection of board games? We’ll have them all out in the Story Hour Room this afternoon for you to play with. Come play an old favorite, or try out something new! This is a drop-in program; no registration is required. For ages 4 and up, with caregiver.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 from 2:30 – 4:00 pm
Cooks ‘n Books, Grades K-5

Enjoy a story and make a tasty treat with Debbie Alsebai of Kidz Cooking. Registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library.

Thursday, April 20, 2017 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Animal World Experience, Ages 5 and up

Please join the Children’s Room for an exciting live animal program with Animal World Experience! In their Global Safari program, they will take us on a journey around the world to get a glimpse of cultures very different that our own.  Meet animals along the way, and learn of their importance to the human culture in the places they come from. Stick around after the show for a chance to pet some of our new animal friends! For ages 5 and up. No registration required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library.

Friday, April 21, 2017 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.

Saturday, April 15, 2017 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Mad Science, Ages 6-11

Join us for a special Earth Day workshop with Mad Science of South Boston!  We’ll find out what happens when we throw something out, where it goes, how it affects us, and what we can do about it. For ages 6-11; registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library.

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

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

ATHLETICS

Though it may not feel like spring yet, our Spring Athletics season is now underway. Boys Tennis opened up our season with a great 3-2 victory over division foe Walpole, while Girls Tennis dropped a tough one to Millis. Girls Lacrosse then kicked off their campaign with a nice 13-10 win over Hanover, with Devin Coulter leading the way with 5 goals. Boys Lacrosse battled a very tough Scituate Team but was on the losing end. Our Rugby team prevailed, with a 50-21 win over Hanover. What a great start to the season Cats!

Track, Baseball and Softball were all postponed this week due to weather.  Crew will start their season soon. Please click here to view all schedules.

Next Week at a Glance (home varsity events)

Monday 4/10
Softball vs Walpole, 3:45, Gile Field
Boys & Girls Track vs Framingham, 3:45, Track
Boys Tennis vs Norwood, 3:45, Kelly Courts

Tuesday 4/11
Boys Lacrosse vs Newton North, 4:00, Brooks Turf

Wednesday 4/12
Baseball vs Wellesley, 3:45, Cunn Park
Boys Tennis vs Braintree, 3:45, Kelly Courts

Thursday 4/13
Boys Tennis vs Weymouth, 3:45, Kelly Courts
Girls Lacrosse vs Wellesley, 5:30, Brooks Turf

Saturday 4/15
Baseball vs Boston Latin, 12:00, Cunn Park

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

AMBASSADOR PAGE

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

Student: I have been attending School Committee meetings for many years. But recently, even I was surprised by someone who came and spoke at Citizen’s Speak. During the March 29th meeting, Pierce Middle School 7th-grader Barron Clancy asked to speak on behalf of the music program in the Milton Public Schools. His words were so eloquent and his enthusiasm was so infectious that he was commended by each of the School Committee members in attendance. Barron Clancy is an outstanding ambassador for the music program, and for the Milton Public Schools!

Staff:   I would like to recognize the following chaperones who are accompanying our Pierce Middle School students on their trip to Washington, D.C.: Kristin Fleury, Jake Smith, Melissa Augustyn, Alison Meleedy, Lauren Hoyt, Rachel Clancy, Kerri Devin, John O’Leary, Brendan Bonn, Bill Deschenes, Erin MacCurtain, Anna McReynolds, Karen Spaulding and Barbara Perry. Thank you for your time, your effort, and for all you do!

Volunteers: We had a volunteer Food Service worker at Milton High School today, when Vice Principal Brian Mackinaw jumped in to help slice avocadoes during one of the lunch shifts. Thank you, Brian!

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

 

 

April 3rd E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Apr• 03•17

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  March 31st, 2017

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

Dear Milton Schools Parents and Guardians,

Last week was the kick-off to our Passport to the Arts event. This annual event is the culmination of a year’s worth of hard work and creativity from our art students and teachers. All six of our schools are participating, and to make things even more fun, visitors will be given a passport and can collect a different stamp at each event. Scroll down to see some lovely photos under “Visual Arts,” and please make every effort to attend one of these art shows.

Last week, Tucker Elementary School kicked off Passport to the Arts. This year, Tucker School featured a special, traveling art exhibit on the artist Claude Monet.  This exhibit is in residence for two weeks to coincide with Passport to the Arts.  In addition to the work completed in art class, the students’ sketches from the exhibit are on display for viewing in the temporary museum gallery.

Passport to the Arts continues TONIGHT at Milton High School —  Monday, April 3rd from 6:00-7:30pm — and will feature a combined exhibit of work from Visual Art, Fashion Design, and the MHS Pre-K Program.  The Visual Art Department will display a range of works including symbolic family portraits, landscapes, altered books, photography, and an array of ceramic pinch pots, sculptures and wheel-thrown pieces.  Fashion Design students will present their “Elements of Design in Fashion” book projects, and the MHS Pre-K students will have their self-portraits on display.  Be sure to visit the MHS lobby to see this great range of work from the students of Milton High School.

The K-5 students of Collicot and Cunningham Elementary Schools have selected a favorite piece of original art to display in Passport to the Arts on Tuesday, April 4th.  Cunningham families are invited to tour the gallery between 6:00 and 6:45PM, and Collicot families from 6:45 until 7:30PM.   All artwork will be on the first floor of the building, and families will see a wide range of media including paintings, collage, drawings, paper weavings, and ceramics.  Attendees will receive a stamp in their passport as well as participate in a craft activity.

On Wednesday, April 5th, the Pierce Middle School Art Department will host Passport to the Arts from 5:30-7:00pm. Families can look forward to Adinkra prints on hand-patterned Kente Cloth, linocut landscapes inspired by the Japanese printmaker Hokusai, colorful Pop Art prints in the style of Andy Warhol, and a collection of ceramic.  This impressive collection of student works will be displayed in the hallway outside of the art rooms of the lower level.  Students who attend will receive a stamp in their passport, be entered into a raffle for art supplies and an Amazon origami module made by Ms. Sherman.

Also on Wednesday, April 5th, Glover Elementary School will present Passport to the Arts from 6:00-7:30PM.  In addition to perusing the gallery of student artwork displayed throughout the building, attendees are invited to participate in a number of art activities, including a drawing table, a photo booth and scavenger hunt stations.  Participation in each activity will earn one raffle ticket in a drawing for art supplies, gift certificates and other exciting prizes. Please check out this link to view a slideshow preview of the Passport to the Arts put together by Glover art teacher Laurel Bernini.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There has been one School Committee meetings since my last E-blast, summarized below:

March 29th: At this meeting, as part of the Superintendent’s Report, the Boys and Girls Indoor Track team members and their coaches were recognized for their success at the New Balance Nationals Indoor Championship held earlier this month in New York City. Next, Pierce Middle Principal Dr. Karen Spaulding and Science Coordinator Christie Chiappetta came to discuss three recent grants awarded to Pierce Middle School.  School Committee members approved a field trip request from the Pierce Middle School, and also approved the revised 2017-18 School Year Calendar. Click here to view the revised calendar. School Committee members also received an FY18 budget update and voted to approve the FY18 Non-Contingent Reductions. Two vendor warrants were approved, as were updates to four policies. Members approved three sets of minutes before adjourning to executive sessions.

The next School Committee meeting will be held April 12th at 7 pm in the Milton TV Access studio, Room 245, Milton High School.

CURRICULUM NEWS

Please click here to view the newly-revised 2017-18 school year calendar.

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The following item was sent to us by Katherine Touafek, Director of the School to Careers Partnership, who will be hosting 25 girls from Pierce Middle School in May:

We are excited to be planning our second annual Middle School Girls STEM Meet Up for your students! Here are the details: Middle School Girls STEM Meet Up 5/12/17

School to Careers is teaming up with SAME Boston Post to positively inform and inspire middle school girls to think about STEM in an exciting way. There will be over 20 STEM presenters from leading STEM companies around the world to talk to the students including a hands-on activity.

One very special guest is a former School to Careers student, a graduate of Norwood HS, who was inspired by School to Careers events to pursue a career in engineering.  Now, she is a NASA Engineer!

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I would like to recognize and thank the following MHS students, who will be attending and representing Milton High School at the annual Bio-Engineering Symposium sponsored by SAME Boston Post.  Justin Chan, Sarah Hancock, Claire Mandel, and Douglas Walko will join 20 other high school students from the Boston area at the symposium. The mission is to bring students together, during April school vacation, to be inspired and informed about STEM in a real, impactful and impressive way.

The mission of SAME Boston Post is to bring students together, during April school vacation, to be inspired and informed about STEM in a real, impactful and impressive way.  These students will continue in a STEM program during college.

Some students say today, they want to be an engineer.  But what does that mean?  Or work in bio-tech. Or they like math. Or physics. This is a way for them to understand the wide variety of opportunities in the STEM fields and where they might find a place during and after college.

The schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, 4/18/17
9:30 AM MWRA Deer Island
12:30 The MIT & Harvard Broad Institute

Wednesday, 4/19/17
8:00 AM
Army Corps of Engineers New Bedford Harbor Superfund Site(s)

Thursday, 4/20/17
9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Biogen Lab/Lunch with staff

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

The Social media has become a commonly used tool amongst all ages, including those as young as third and fourth grade. Therefore we must be more vigilant with equipping our children with the know-how to properly navigate these tools. It’s never too early or too late to educate your child on safe use of digital tools.

Because like many technology tools, the platforms utilized are constantly evolving and changing. What was once the popular platform gets replaced with a new platform within a matter of months. With this dynamic, it is not enough for us to solely become familiar with any one platform as a means of protecting and supporting our children. The best way to ensure safe use of social media is to teach our children responsible practices. Social media can be a breeding ground for unwanted behaviors such as cyberbullying and oversharing. Talk to your children about using social media safely, responsibly, and respectfully.

  • Make sure they can distinguish what is age-appropriate content.
  • Remind them not to publicly share their location utilizing tracking features.
  • Teach them to avoid marketing scams, by ignoring ads and in-app purchases.
  • Talk about their “digital footprint”, reminding them that nothing is truly temporary even though many sites advertise them as such.
  • Be diligent about “checking” their online activity.

No matter which form of social media your child is into, you should be sure to talk to them about responsible use. Some of the popular social media sites your children may be using:

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Messenger, Snapchat, Musical.ly, Tumblr, Vine, Ask.fm, Yik Yak, Kik, Line, Burn Note, Meerkat, Periscope, YouNow, BurnBook

This list is not exhaustive, as new apps/sites are developed periodically. For additional resources on being safe in the digital world please visit: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/lessons/family-tip-sheets/en

VISUAL ARTS

Please enjoy these beautiful pieces of artwork from our Passport to the Arts events:

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GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

The following item was sent by Lori Bilewicz, ¡CELEBRATEMILTON! Board President & Sponsorship Chair:

The iCelebrateMilton! Board of Directors met on March 15th to review and vote on grant applications.  We received quite a few requests this year, from across the community.  I’m thrilled to report that we voted to fund 4 of the grants requested by the Milton Public Schools. Those grants were:

  • $250 to Tucker Elementary School for the purchase of a set of books to be distributed across grades K – 5.  These books will focus on sometimes ignored aspects of black life, which will not only provide more relatable reading content for our students of color but will also broaden the perspective of all of Tucker’s students.  The request was submitted by Eileen Keaney.
  • $325 to the Milton High School Student Leaders to support their Diversity and Cultural Awareness Training.  The funds provided will be used to purchase materials for a Privilege Bead Activity, where students will explore privilege across different social identity groups.  Wristbands will be shared with the Freshman class where they can write “I believe…” or “I won’t stand for…” statements on the wristbands. The request was submitted by Jessica Jarboe.
  • $848 to Collicot Elementary School to expand their Reading about Diversity curriculum to improve students’ understanding of and respect for diversity in the school, our community, and larger world.  All 5 elementary grades will participate and the curriculum includes reading the books, having guided discussions, and group activities.  The request was submitted by Holly Concannon.
  • $1000 to Tucker Elementary School for the purchase of a Bullying Prevention kit to supplement the existing Social Emotional curriculum, which will be included for all students K-5.  According to Teaching Tolerance, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, “There’s a strong correlations between bias and bullying.  The targets of bullies are often from a group marginalized because of certain characteristics about which others hold prejudiced assumptions (such as race, immigration status, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, gender expression/identity or size).”  The request was submitted by Dr Elaine McNeil-Girmai.

Thank you to all the grant applicants for striving to make Milton a better to live by promoting a deeper understanding of one another.  iCelebrateMilton! values your contributions to our mission!

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The following item was sent in by Bernadette Butler, MPS Elementary Science Coordinator and Suzanne Murphy, Chip in Fore Science Parent Organizer:

On May 1, the Chip in Fore Science Golf Tournament (http://www.chipinforescience.org) will be held at Granite Links Golf Course in Quincy, MA to help support and sustain the Science from Scientists (SfS) Program in the Milton Public Schools.  The Milton Public Schools has partnered with Science from Scientists (www.sciencefromscientists.org) for four years now to help inspire our fifth graders in the areas of STEM, and the feedback from students, parents, teachers, and administrators about the program has been overwhelmingly positive.

Please consider gathering a foursome of golfers to come out to Granite Links on May 1 at 11:00 AM for a fun day of golfing to support a fantastic cause!  Please note that there will be a reception at Granite Links following the tournament, and entrance to the reception is included when you register to golf.  Tickets to the reception only are also available – so tell all your friends!  Register for the tournament by visiting http://www.chipinforescience.org and clicking the registration tab at the top right corner!

If you or your company would like to sponsor the event, contact Bernadette Butler at bbutler@miltonps.org, or sign up as a sponsor at chipinforescience.org. Many sponsorship levels include a foursome of golf!

FROM THE READERS

Please click on this link to read a very informative article about Why Arts Education is Crucial. It is especially interesting to read the research about the correlation between arts education and academic achievement.

MFE NEWS

Celebration 2017 is just around the corner! The MFE would like everyone to know that ticket sales are closing on April 5th. Click here to get tickets. The MFE and Honorary Co-Chairs Ken & Jennifer Casey of the Dropkick Murphys announce a chance-of-a-lifetime premiere silent auction prize – “Shipping Off to Dublin,” with the Dropkick Murphys and Delta Airlines. Win a trip for two to see the Dropkick Murphys in Dublin! This exciting package includes two VIP Concert Tickets/Backstage Passes; roundtrip airfare for two (Boston to Dublin on Delta Airlines); $500 in travel money; autographed Dropkick’s Hockey Jersey; and an Autographed copy of “11 Short Stories of Pain and Glory.” The concert is July 16, 2017 and the flight is roundtrip from Boston to Dublin.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The following item was sent to us by Heidi Vaughan, Executive Director of the Forbes House Museum:

We have two weeks to go until the deadline for the Lincoln essay and drawing contest, and myself and a cadre of dedicated trustees and volunteers are eagerly anticipating your students’ submissions. Starting today — Monday, April 3rd —  there will be a large red plastic treasure chest by the side door, and any submissions may be placed inside. I will be checking it on a daily basis until 5:00pm on Thursday, April 13th. As a reminder, students may also email their essays only to info@forbeshousemuseum.org as a Word document or PDF.

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

Spring has sprung at the Milton Public Library! Fun family activities including books, programs, coloring, games, puppets and more are available every day for you to check out. In addition to our regular storytimes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of April 2 – 8:

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 from 7:15 – 7:45 pm
SPUB Club, Ages 7-11

Join the SPUB Club! Our Super Popular, Unbelievable Book Club is a read-aloud book club for kids aged 7-11. Miss Sara will read a few chapters of a book each week; your job is to listen, while engaging in hands-on activities like Lego building, play-dough sculpting, Rubik’s cubes, and more. No registration is required.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 from 2:30 – 4:30 pm
Half Day Family Movie, All Ages

It’s an Early Release Day for the Milton Public Schools… so come to the library and watch a movie in the Keys Room! We’ll be showing popular 2016 release Sing, just out on DVD: In a city of humanoid animals, a hustling theater impresario’s attempt to save his theater with a singing competition becomes grander than he anticipates even as its finalists find that their lives will never be the same. Rated PG; runtime 1 hour, 48 minutes.

Friday, April 7, 2017 from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
Free Play Friday, Ages 0-5

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

Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Family Dance Party, Ages 3 and up

Come join Miss Sara for a rockin’ kids dance party! Dancing is a great form of physical activity for all ages, from little kids to grandparents! We’ll be doing some free dance, some guided dances, and also playing some musical games, but don’t worry – no dance experience necessary. For ages 3-adult. No registration is required.

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

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

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

http://www.miltonartcenter.org/

AMBASSADOR PAGE

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

Students: I would like to recognize and thank the two students who participated in the recent “Milton Speaks,” 2017 Candidate’s Forum and represented Milton High School in an outstanding manner. Both girls were fantastic job representatives of the Milton Public Schools! Hats off to Aislinn O’Brien and Shoilee Banerjee!

Staff:   I would like to recognize Pierce Middle School 8th grade science teacher Kristen Fleury, who was invited to attend the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) conference, which was held in Los Angeles this week. Ms. Fleury won the Maitland P. Simmons Memorial Award for New Teachers earlier this year, which earned her all-expense paid trip to the conference. Congratulations!

Volunteers: With Celebration right around the corner, I would like to thank all the MFE volunteers who are working on this event. I know what a huge time commitment is involved and the thousands of hours that are spent putting together this amazing event. Thank you to each and every one of you!

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

 

March 24th E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Mar• 24•17

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Friday, March 24th, 2017

  • Golfers needed! Come to Granite Links on Monday, May 1 at 11:00 AM for a fun day of golfing – and a reception — to support Science from Scientists. Register for the tournament by clicking here.
  • Tickets to MFE Celebration 2017 are now on sale. The cost is $95 per person. To purchase tickets, become a sponsor, donate, or find out more about the Milton Foundation for Education, please click here.

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

As many of you know, our community has been dealing with recent incidents involving the discovery of swastikas on school property. This topic was discussed at the most recent School Committee meeting. In response to these incidents, the Milton Interfaith Clergy Association (MICA) is organizing an initiative entitled, “It’s Time To Talk About Hate.” Please read the letter below, written by MICA and signed by many members of the Milton community. We will keep all of our MPS families apprised of this initiative and will pass along the time/date when it is announced.

The Milton Interfaith Clergy Association expresses again our deep sadness and dismay over anti-Semitic behavior in the town of Milton, expressed in more graffiti depicting swastikas at the Pierce Middle School. We commend Superintendent Gormley and Pierce Middle School principal Spaulding for their swift and decisive response, both in addressing the behavior and in informing the larger community. As faith leaders in a town that continues to grow in knowledge of diversity and interdependent life, we feel it is now necessary for this community to initiate a comprehensive response to the presence of hate and fear of difference.  No single authority – whether parents, or school officials, or clergy, or civil servants – can address systemic issues that confront us.  This is the second swastika graffiti incident since December, following the desecration of the Holocaust Memorial at Milton Cemetery in September.  Together, we must create an opportunity to go wider and deeper in our understanding of what it takes to establish a justice-centered civic life.

With this in mind, MICA has begun working with town leaders to put together an initiative entitled “It’s Time To Talk About Hate” that will invite the participation of every family in Milton with children in grades K-12. Drawing upon the knowledge of experts in the field, we will create age-appropriate “Talking Point Resource Sheets” for parents and guardians that will help guide them in how to have constructive conversations about hate, civility, respect, and interdependence with their children.  In addition we will also set up a response listing where Milton families can publicly and proudly affirm that they have participated in this initiative and “Talked About Hate.” Everyone in the town, of course, can benefit from having these kinds of conversations. We feel it is essential for everyone to internalize the understanding that embracing diversity is a reflection and expression of mutual respect, and the only way to thrive both as individuals and as a community is to welcome varied walks of life into our days.  By creating this “It’s Time To Talk About Hate” initiative, we seek intentionally to empower one another to find a common language toward deep and abiding welcome of each other’s humanity, and to instill that empowerment in our children. Our Jewish neighbors and friends were once again maligned in a way that hurts and diminishes us all.  May courage and wisdom flow in their lives in abundance, for fielding senseless disdain is hard to bear.

  • Katie Conlon, David Burnes & J. Thomas Hurley – Milton Board of Selectmen
  • Michael Dennehy – Town Administrator
  • John King – Chief, Milton Police Department
  • Mary Gormley – Milton Public School Superintendent
  • Dr. Glenn Pavlicek, MPS Assistant Superintendent for Business
  • Janet Sheehan, MPS Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Personnel
  • Dr. Karen Spaulding – Pierce Middle School Principal
  • James Jette – Milton High School Principal
  • Holly Concannon – Collicot Elementary School Principal
  • Jonathan Redden – Cunningham Elementary School Principal
  • Karen McDavitt – Glover Elementary School Principal
  • Dr. Elaine McNeil-Girmai – Tucker Elementary School Principal
  • Margaret Gibbons, President of Milton Educators Association
  • Julie Marotta – St. Mary of the Hills School Principal
  • Heather Flewelling – Director, Multiculturalism & Community Development at Milton Academy
  • Leroy Walker, Dr. Kevin Donahue, Dr. Elaine Craghead, Margaret Eberhardt, Sheila Varela & Kristen Bagley Jones – Milton School Committee
  • Corinne Perkins – Headmistress, Delphi Academy
  • Kevin Chrisom, Bob Kelly & Regina Malley – Milton Parks Commissioners Board
  • Jason Beckett – President, Milton National Little League Baseball
  • Michael McArdle – President, Milton American League Baseball
  • Board of Directors – Milton Youth Football and Cheer
  • Kevin Keating – President, Milton Youth Hockey
  • Cathy Smith and Robert Callahan – Co-Directors, Milton Youth Lacrosse

If you know of a Milton-based organization which would like to sign on as partners in this initiative, send an email to MICA chairperson The Rev. Hall Kirkham (hkirkham@stmichaelsmilton.org)

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There have been no School Committee meetings since my last E-blast. The next meeting will be held Wednesday, March 29th at 7 pm in the Milton TV Access studio, Room 245, Milton High School.

The Warrant Committee has finalized their recommendations for the FY18 budget. They will be proposing that Town Meeting vote and the Community vote for a Proposition 2 1/2 Override for next year. As a result, the School Committee has voted two budgets: one assuming an override passes and a second assuming it fails. Details for both budgets with their impacts are available on our website by clicking here.

CURRICULUM NEWS

Also, as I mentioned in a prior E-blast, we are in the midst of celebrating Music in Our Schools Month and Youth Art Month. Please note the upcoming art fairs, titled “Passport to the Arts.” Each of our six schools will host a “Passport to the Arts,” event, which will feature displays of student artwork.

  • March 30         Tucker Passport to the Arts, 6:00-7:30pm
  • April 3              Milton High Passport to the Arts 6:00-7:30pm
  • April 4          Cunningham Passport to the Arts, 6:00-6:45 p.m. & Collicot  Passport to the Arts, 6:45-7:30pm
  • April 5             Glover Passport to the Arts, 6:00-7:30 p.m. & Pierce  Passport to the Arts, 5:30-7:00pm

Please see the photos below for a sample of elementary artwork:

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

The Milton Public Schools are currently at 100% participation of having scholars in grades 2-12 utilizing their district-issued Google accounts. These accounts deliver personalized log-ins to Chromebooks, providing a safer, more controlled access to these devices. The Google accounts also provide access to the host of G-suite applications under the Google Apps for Education offering. Scholars are able to create work in Google: Docs, Sheets, Forms, etc. that allow for collaboration amongst peers and teachers. This also makes for an easy submission process when it is time to turn in work. Gone are the days of losing assignments or missing deadlines, since teachers can easily access anything shared on the drive. Teachers are able to see work in real time and provide valuable feedback on the spot. Opening up these platforms will ultimately help save a tree as we begin to reduce our use of paper and traditional worksheets. We are excited to continue the widespread use of these tools, as these are all tools that they will continue to use and need in their career choices.

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The following item was sent in by Kacy Dotoli, who coaches the MHS Debate team, along with Dana DePaul:

Six students are preparing for the state finals this Saturday. The topic is: Resolved: The United States should no longer pressure Israel to work toward a two-state solution. In order to compete in this weekends tournament, students had to qualify at another local tournament this year. Domenic Jancaterino and Aislinn O’Brien are preparing to compete at the National Tournament held in Louisville, Kentucky this May. They qualified for this tournament by coming in first at a tournament in Shrewsbury this past February. Our hotel rooms have been funded by a donors choose project we set up and was overwhelmingly supported by friends, family, teachers and the Milton Community very quickly. However we still have $1500 to raise to cover airfare which will hopefully be done through our other upcoming fundraisers: California Pizza Kitchen (3/31), Chipotle (4/25), Concert Ticket Raffle, and a potential car wash in May.

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The following item was submitted by Amy Gale, Elementary Curriculum Coordinator:

This was the final week of our BoomWriter Bee and excitement was in the air! Elinor Johnson (Glover), Saanah Lefevre (Tucker), Mae McKenna (Collicot) and Fiona Zimon (Cunningham) were the four finalists who competed for the coveted BoomWriter Bee title. The students all voted today and the winner will be announced on Monday, March 27.

The BoomWriter Bee Publishing Party will take place next Thursday, March 30 from 5-7 (awards at 6 pm) at the Hoosic Club- 193 Central Ave. Come honor the amazing writing of all of our students and meet Jeff Cohen, Chunk from the Goonies who inspired our story.  All are welcome!

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The following item was sent in by Pierce Teacher Nancy Warn:

The 2017 Pierce School wide spelling bee was a true sensation! It took place on Friday, March 10th and was an impressive competition that kept audience members on the edges of their seats, as they supported the contestants!  Last year, a 6th grader emerged victorious so all students were hopeful they would have a good showing in the 2017 Pierce Spelling Bee.  The following students triumphed over their Pierce teammates to participate in the school-wide spelling bee:  Michelle Tran, Michael Duffy, Oisin Allen, Ben Garrity, Ha-Yen Nguyen, Nick Reason, Barron Clancy, Dylan Beaulieu, Jonathan Waldmann, Henry Synnott, Jordan Elliot, Chloe Zhong, Anna Fahy, Saoirse Killion and Ella O’Hanlon.  All participants first won their class bees, then their team bees – to make it to the school-wide bee.  At the school-wide bee, the group was so impressive, that they completed all prepared rounds (14 rounds were prepared).  Each year, we prepare an emergency list of extra words, just in case the talent of our student body blows us away.  That happened this year and we were impressed.  Although all our participants were incredible spellers, Saorise Killion was the runner-up and Barron Clancy emerged as the winner, by correctly spelling the word Velocipede!  The entire Pierce community congratulates seventh grader and Yellowstone team super star Barron Clancy for winning the 2017 Pierce Spelling Bee.  In addition to congratulating all our contests, we also want to thank the Pierce P.T.O. for generously supplying Barnes and Nobles gift cards to all participants in the school bee.  We also want to thank all the teachers who gave up time to run team bees and to run the school-wide bee.  In particular, we’d like to thank Lauren Hoyt for helping organize and run the 2017 school-wide bee.

pierce bee pic

Also, I would like to offer congratulations to the 61 Milton Musicians in Grades 5-12 who participated in the MMEA All State Festival in Boston last week! Happy Music in Our Schools Month!

MHS All State Brass Quintet All State Chorus at Symphony Hall MHS Chamber Strings Orchestra All State Treble Singers2jpg MHS All State Rehearsal All State Treble Singers All State Treble Singers3

 

And finally, I would like to congratulate all the Glover K, 1 and 2 students who participated in the recent Musical Concerts at Glover Elementary School. For those of you who did not attend, please check out this video, made by Principal Karen McDavitt: https://animoto.com/play/lsjFZcBzal2npHXJhxVfDw. The cuteness factor is off the charts!!

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Please note, Grade Five Information Night will be held on Monday, March 27th in the Pierce Middle School auditorium.

GUIDANCE NEWS

The following items were submitted by Karen Cahill, Guidance Director:

Parents/guardians of high school students are invited to join the Guidance Department on Wednesday, March 29th for our annual Program of Studies/AP Information Night. This event offers a comprehensive overview of our course offerings, level choices, graduation requirements and overall course selection process. Following the presentation in the auditorium, AP Teachers and department heads will be available to answer specific questions you may have. The event begins at 6:30 in the MHS Auditorium. All parents/guardians and students are welcome and encouraged to attend.

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SOCK…Is your child the first in your family to go to college? Share Our College Knowledge (SOCK) is a volunteer group of parents who have children in college now and who have been through many of the challenges that MHS parents face when trying to help their children understand the often-confusing process of picking and paying for college.  These volunteers will meet with MHS parents in small groups, either in their homes or at the library, to provide additional support and advice.  These volunteers work closely with the MHS Guidance Department so that all parents will have the information and tools they need to help their children with the college selection and application process.

The topics we will review are included in three steps:

  • Choosing a College (Rising Seniors): College Board, Naviance, College visits and interviews
  • Applying to College (First Semester Seniors): Timeline of activities: deadlines for juniors and seniors, SAT and ACT tests, AP classes and tests, Common Application and waivers, College Essay
  • Paying for College (Second Semester Seniors): Financial Aid Overview, CSS Profile, FASFA, other Scholarships and Grants

For more information, please contact your child’s guidance counselor.  The counselor will refer you to the SOCK program and a SOCK volunteer will contact you and arrange to meet you in your home, at the library, or at another convenient location.

LETTER FROM THE COMMISSIONER

Please read the letter below, sent out by Mitchell D. Chester, Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education:

Dear Parents and Guardians: This spring marks the start of the next-generation MCAS assessments in English language arts and math in grades 3-8. The next-generation MCAS marks our transition to computer-based testing. For the next-generation MCAS tests this spring, most students will take the computer-based version in grades 4 and 8. Many schools have also chosen computer-based testing in grades 3, 5, 6, and 7; the remainder will be taking the paper version.

Why do we Conduct Statewide Testing?

Many parents ask us why we conduct statewide testing. These tests are required by both state and federal law, but more importantly:

  • Test results help you gauge whether your child is making academic progress.
  • Test results help your child’s teacher identify strengths and weaknesses in their curricula and instructional methods.
  • A student’s participation in statewide testing helps provide context to other students in the same school, students in other schools within the district, and students in other districts. Failure to participate denies this perspective not only to the student who refuses to participate, but to other students and parents in the school, district, and statewide.
  • Test results help the state target additional resources to underperforming schools.
  • Test results help document our progress to the Governor and the Legislature as we seek to ensure adequate funding for all our schools.

Connection between MCAS and our Status as Number One in the Nation

MCAS was first instituted as part of the 1993 Education Reform Law. The programs and funding in that law have led to nearly a quarter-century of steady improvement in our K-12 schools. Today Massachusetts is number one in the nation in elementary and secondary education.

Questions about Participation in State Tests

Every year, some families ask whether students are allowed to opt-out of taking a statewide test. In brief, the answer is no. Testing is a mandatory part of the curriculum, the same as a spelling test or math test, and statewide assessments are most useful when all students take them. Neither the Commonwealth nor Congress provides an opt-out provision. Tenth graders who refuse to take MCAS jeopardize their high school diploma. In addition, refusals to test can impact a school’s accountability rating. The accountability system is set up to encourage high participation rates (if it weren’t, results would not be reflective of school-wide achievement). The federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires a 95 percent participation rate. Schools with a lower participation rate run the risk of having their accountability rating lowered.

Under draft regulations that  the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education sent out for public  comment on February 28, 2017, schools and districts that fall below a 90 percent participation rate will have their accountability status set to Level 3 (out of 5). Further, the 2016-17 and 2017-18 participation rates will be combined to determine participation rates for the 2017-18 accountability levels. In other words, refusals to test in spring 2017 could impact a school’s accountability rating for two years.

If you are interested in learning more about the next-generation MCAS, information is available online at our MCAS page at http://www.doe.mass.edu/mcas/. Questions relating to testing requirements can be directed to Deputy Commissioner Jeff Wulfson at jwulfson@doe.mass.edu.

FAMILY LIAISON NEWS

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

Are you a grandparent raising your grandchildren?

The Commission on the Status of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren is offering workshops across the Commonwealth addressing a number of issues grandparents who are raising their grandchildren face. Workshops are being held statewide in South Boston, Brockton, Lawrence, Northampton, Worcester and Hyannis.

Local workshops are scheduled for 4/4/17 from 9:30-12:30 at So. Boston Neighborhood House, 136 H Street, South Boston, Ma. and  4/12/17 from 9:30-12:30 at The Brockton Public Library, 304 Main Street,  Brockton, Ma. The South Boston workshop will include a presentation on legal information for caregivers followed by a panel presentation of resources and services for grandparents including representatives from DCF, DTA, Mass Health, and more. The Brockton workshop will include a presentation by Karen MacDonald from AdCare to discuss the disease of addiction followed by an informational panel which will include representatives from DCF, DTA, Masshealth, and more.   Breakfast pastries, coffee, and tea will be provided.  Please register by contacting Colleen Pritoni  at 617-748-2454 or via email at colleen.pritoni@state.ma.us

In addition the Quincy Family Resource Center located at 1120 Hancock Street in Quincy offers a support group, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren –Attend a meeting, meet other grandparents and get support from each other in the challenges and joys of raising grandchildren at this drop-in support group. Childcare is provided. No registration is required. Please contact Debbie at 617-481-7227 ext. 196 or dbaker@baystatecs.org for more information.

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

SEL NEWS

The following item was sent to us by Laurie Stillman, MPS School District Facilitator:

From a school-based perspective, Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) can be put into three major buckets:

  • Facilitating Character Development in students. This includes developing the ability to have empathy for others and appreciation for human differences, work in groups, address peer pressure and make healthy decisions, and be socially aware and civically engaged.
  • Supporting students’ Emotional Grounding.  There are many things that can be done to support resilience in youth, such as their ability to cope successfully with adversity, seek out help when emotional problems arise, as well as be self-aware of feelings and manage those feelings in a healthy way
  • Cultivating a Safe and Supportive School Environment.  A school climate, where students feel welcomed, supported, respected and appreciated works hand in hand with social and emotional learning—just as the home environment does.

The Milton Public Schools will be working in more intentional ways to support the emotional intelligence and capabilities of our students over the coming years.  Fostering strong home and community engagement will be part of our key strategies.  We look forward to a continued partnership with you and with our other Milton colleagues.

FOOD SERVICE NEWS

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

There was a wonderful celebration held at Tucker Elementary School earlier this week, as staff and students celebrated a milestone for Food Service employee Alex Giokas. Ms. Giokas became a US Citizen this week. To mark the occasion, Kim DiBona, manager of the Tucker cafeteria, prepared a special “stars and stripes” dessert, with the help of fifth-graders Daniel Thomas and Anna Labbe. Please see the lovely photos below from this special day, and congratulations to Ms. Giokas.

CITIZEN SNIP1

 

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PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

There will be a SEPAC Roundtable Discussion on Tuesday, March 28th in the Milton High School library. Come meet the special education service providers, educators and administration.  Learn what to expect as your child enters a new grade or new school.  This will be a roundtable discussion designed for parents to ask questions and meet other parents in the special education program.

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

The following item was sent in by Bernadette Butler, MPS Elementary Science Coordinator and Suzanne Murphy, Chip in Fore Science Parent Organizer:

On May 1, the Chip in Fore Science Golf Tournament (http://www.chipinforescience.org) will be held at Granite Links Golf Course in Quincy, MA to help support and sustain the Science from Scientists (SfS) Program in the Milton Public Schools.  The Milton Public Schools has partnered with Science from Scientists (www.sciencefromscientists.org) for four years now to help inspire our fifth graders in the areas of STEM, and the feedback from students, parents, teachers, and administrators about the program has been overwhelmingly positive.

Please consider gathering a foursome of golfers to come out to Granite Links on May 1 at 11:00 AM for a fun day of golfing to support a fantastic cause!  Please note that there will be a reception at Granite Links following the tournament, and entrance to the reception is included when you register to golf.  Tickets to the reception only are also available – so tell all your friends!  Register for the tournament by visiting http://www.chipinforescience.org and clicking the registration tab at the top right corner!

If you or your company would like to sponsor the event, contact Bernadette Butler at bbutler@miltonps.org, or sign up as a sponsor at chipinforescience.org. Many sponsorship levels include a foursome of golf!

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The following letter was sent to us by Aprile Burnes, Nichole Gimbrone, Elizabeth Thomas Laura O’Melia and Jessica Gillooly:

Caitlin Clavette was a dedicated art teacher who inspired our children through her teaching and artwork. Sadly, a tragic accident took her life in February of 2016. As a community, we would like to honor her dedication and inspiration to her students.

Ms. Clavette was always so proud and excited to showcase her students’ artwork. However, our elementary schools do not have art display boards to feature students’ creativity. We intend to honor Ms. Clavette by purchasing art display boards for each of the four Milton elementary schools. Our amazing PTOs at each elementary school are supporting this project. The art display boards cost approximately $1,000 each. Our goal is to purchase one per school for use in our schools’ lobbies, libraries and at future annual “Passport to the Arts” and other events.

In addition to purchasing the art display boards, we will be hosting an Art Show on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 in the Keyes Room at the Milton Public Library. Organized by Milton elementary school art teachers and parent volunteers, the 5th grade ACE students’ artwork and other student artwork inspired by Ms. Clavette will be displayed.

If you would like to join us in contributing, please send your donation by April 28, made payable to Glover PTO, who has agreed to coordinate collections for all schools. Please note on your check: Honoring Caitlin Clavette and the name of your child’s elementary school. Each elementary school’s administrative assistant in the main office will accept contributions. While your contributions will go toward the purchase of art display boards, any remaining proceeds will be donated to the Caitlin Clavette Foundation (www.caitlinclavettefoundation.org).

Please feel free to reach out to your PTO or school’s parent ambassador below with any questions. We appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you on June 14.

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Please read the item below, sent to us by a Pierce student about a community service project:

My name is Dominique Thomas and I am an 8th Grader at Pierce Middle School. I am Milton’s Project 351 Ambassador for 2017-2018. This spring, Project 351 Ambassadors from all over the state are leading service in support of Cradles to Crayons, a nonprofit that provides everyday essentials for children in challenging economic and homeless circumstances.

Project 351 is a nonprofit service leadership organization started by former Governor Deval Patrick and continues with Governor Baker. Project 351 unites one 8th grade Ambassador from each town in Massachusetts for a year of service, leadership development, and unity.

Please support a Clothing and Shoe Drive. Collection bins have been placed in ALL Milton Public Schools and St. Mary of the Hills Church, March 27-April 3rd.  Please donate gently-used/like new clothing and shoes from Birth-12 years old. Please contact divinebeing57@hotmail.com with questions.

MFE NEWS

The following item was sent to us by Karyn Viveiros of the MFE:

The Milton Foundation for Education is Making History! Don’t Miss Out on Milton’s Biggest Dance Party on April 8th!

Get your dancing shoes ready as the Milton Foundation for Education will be celebrating like never before at Celebration 2017, the foundation’s annual fundraising fete which is taking place on April 8th at Lombardo’s in Randolph. Thanks to our four Celebration Event Sponsors, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital – Milton, Curry College, Milton Academy and The Sarah W. Rollins Charitable Trust, over 700 MPS parents, teachers and supporters are expected to have an incredible night out at the event, which will have a whole new “vibe” this year with a cocktail reception, plenty of scrumptious appetizers and food stations including a sushi bar, dance floor complete with a lounge-like atmosphere and featuring live music by “Boston’s best dance band”, The Marsels.  Our online silent auction will also be back so you have a chance to bid on our most popular auction items like MHS Graduation Reserved Seating and VIP Parking and the coveted Naming of Your School’s Driveway!  Be sure to charge those cell phones.  This year Celebration 2017 will fund academic programs that enhance student learning and achievement within the history, civics and humanities courses of study in all six of our schools.  The MFE looks forward to “Making History” and in doing so, encouraging our students to do the same.  We are thrilled to honor the work and contributions of Ken Casey of the Dropkick Murphys and his wife Jen (Larner) Casey, both MHS Class of ’88, who will serve as Honorary Co-Chairs.

Tickets to Celebration 2017 are $95 per person ($65 per person for Milton public school teachers and staff). To purchase tickets, become a sponsor, donate, or find out more about the Milton Foundation for Education, please visit http://www.miltonfoundationforeducation.org and like us on Facebook. Tickets are only available online and the MFE has sold out in the past so kindly purchase your tickets soon. Sales end on Wednesday, April 5th.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The Forbes House Museum would like you to “Save the Date,” for their annual Spring Fundraiser– Cocktails on the Orient Express. This event will be held Saturday, June 10th. More details to come!

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

The first yard waste collection for 2017 begins Wednesday or Thursday, April 5th or 6th, depending on your regular collection day. Some simple guidelines:

    • Please remember to place all yard waste into barrels or in a paper leaf bag.
    • Leaf bags may be purchased at your local hardware and lawn care centers.
    • Branches should be less than 4 inches in diameter.
    • Branches should be less than 3 feet in length.
    • Branches may be bundled and securely tied with natural fiber string.
    • Bundles should be under 40 lbs in weight.
    • Grass clippings should be in paper bags or barrels labeled as “YARD WASTE”
    • Yard Waste stickers from DPW are no longer used.
    • Please add your own “YARD WASTE” label on barrels.
  • And please, no plastic bags!!

If you have any questions please call our DPW line at 617-898-4900 and select the TRASH LINE.

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The following item was sent to us by Don Grace, Head of School, Thacher Montessori School in Milton:

I am writing to invite you and your school’s staff and parent/guaridans to attend presentations at Thacher Montessori School by two nationally-known experts:

Both events are free and open to the public. Reservations are requested. Please visit www.thacherschool.org for event details and registration.

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

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

Spring has sprung at the Milton Public Library! Fun family activities including books, programs, coloring, games, puppets and more are available every day for you to check out. In addition to our regular storytimes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of April 2 – 8:

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 from 7:15 – 7:45 pm
SPUB Club, Ages 7-11

Join the SPUB Club! Our Super Popular, Unbelievable Book Club is a read-aloud book club for kids aged 7-11. Miss Sara will read a few chapters of a book each week; your job is to listen, while engaging in hands-on activities like Lego building, play-dough sculpting, Rubik’s cubes, and more. No registration is required.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 from 2:30 – 4:30 pm
Half Day Family Movie, All Ages

It’s an Early Release Day for the Milton Public Schools… so come to the library and watch a movie in the Keys Room! We’ll be showing popular 2016 release Sing, just out on DVD: In a city of humanoid animals, a hustling theater impresario’s attempt to save his theater with a singing competition becomes grander than he anticipates even as its finalists find that their lives will never be the same. Rated PG; runtime 1 hour, 48 minutes.

Friday, April 7, 2017 from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
Free Play Friday, Ages 0-5

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

Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Family Dance Party, Ages 3 and up

Come join Miss Sara for a rockin’ kids dance party! Dancing is a great form of physical activity for all ages, from little kids to grandparents! We’ll be doing some free dance, some guided dances, and also playing some musical games, but don’t worry – no dance experience necessary. For ages 3-adult. No registration is required.

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

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

VISUAL ARTS

The Milton Art Center will be hosting its Second Annual Juried Show. The opening reception will be held tonight, 3/24 at 7pm and the show will run through Saturday, May 13th.  For more information, click here.

ATHLETICS

The Milton High Rugby Team will be hosting a Car Wash at Cunningham School from 9:00- 12:00 on Saturday, April 1st   $10.00 per car!

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The Milton High School Boys Tennis Team is hosting a Cans for Cats Collection on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at Milton High School from 9:00 – 12:00.

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

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: During a recent “Learning Walk” at Tucker School (scheduled onsite visits by our leadership team designed to 0bserve and give feedback to classroom teachers in each school) one of our administrators was moved by the actions of a Tucker student. James Jette, our high school principal, observed a STEM classroom and noticed fifth-grader Gabriel Veal offering support to a classmate who was struggling. This young boy’s gesture of kindness, in addition to his enthusiasm during class, led Mr. Jette to email Gabriel’s parents to let them know what a thoughtful child they had raised. Thank you to Mr. Jette for pointing this out to us, and thank you to Gabriel Veal for his kindness.

Staff:  Please read my item abovewhich details Tucker Food Service employee Alex Giokas, who recently became a US citizen. Congratulations to Ms. Giokas, and also to the staff of Tucker School, who helped her to celebrate this momentous occasion!

Volunteers: I would like to recognize and thank Mike Zullas, Cunningham Parent and former School Committee member, who will be moderating the upcoming Milton Speaks Candidate’s Forum on Monday, March 27 at 7pm in the Milton Access Television Studio, Room 245 at Milton High School. Mr. Zullas has given generously of his time and expertise for the town of Milton and we appreciate all that he does!

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

 

 

March 16th E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Mar• 16•17

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Thursday, March 16, 2017

Please note, there will be a final 2017-18 Budget Presentation (contingent/non-contingent) held on Wednesday, March 22nd at 6:30pm in the MHS Auditorium. This is a district-wide meeting to discuss the two budgets which were recently finalized by the Warrant Committee. We are urging all parent/guardians and community members to attend, ask questions and get information on next year’s budget. Please spread the word!

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

It’s the most wonderful time of the year at Glover Elementary School! For years now, ducks have made their nests in Glover’s Outdoor Classroom and many baby ducks have hatched. To get to Turner’s Pond, they must walk through the school. Students line the hallways and sidewalks to safely usher them to the pond. It is a real-life “Make Way for Ducklings”!  Last year, the duck walk became a YouTube sensation. This year, Scholastic News selected the story of Glover’s ducks to be the Grade One April Edition! Scholastic News is a weekly nonfiction print and digital magazine that focuses on building content knowledge, vocabulary, and nonfiction reading skills. The magazines get more challenging throughout the school year as children become better readers and they see themselves in the pages because the magazine reflects the rich diversity of today’s classrooms.

A group of volunteer parents affectionately nicknamed the “Duck Whisperers” (Mary O’Leary, Ida Geering, and Wendy Garpow Roth) and Glover Principal Karen McDavitt were interviewed by Laine Falk, Scholastic News writer. Glover staff sent along as many photographs as we could find and then held their collective breath, hoping their story would be chosen. They received word that Glover’s ducks would grace the cover of the April issue of Scholastic News and were overjoyed. This month, every first grader in the Milton Public Schools will receive a month of Scholastic News for free to read in school and take home. Included in the month of Scholastic News will be the publication dedicated solely to the Glover ducks! Teachers will receive teaching guides with standards correlations and lesson ideas. Glover’s duck walk video will be featured in Scholastic’s online resources, as well as other nonfiction videos. The Glover staff is now watching carefully for the first signs of our newest duck families in our Outdoor Classroom and will be sure to let the community know when the mama ducks arrive! Finally, here is a link to a video produced by Scholastic about the Glover ducks.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There has been one School Committee meeting since my last E-blast. This meeting had only one agenda item, to discuss the recent incident at Pierce Middle School. Rabbi Benjamin of Congregation Beth Shalom of the Blue Hills was in attendance, as was Milton Police Chief John King, Pierce Principal Dr. Karen Spaulding and other community members.

The next School Committee meeting will be held at 6:45 pm on Wednesday, March 29th in the Milton TV Access studio, Room 245, Milton High School. The regular meeting will be preceded by an Open Budget Hearing, to begin at 6:45pm. The regular meeting will begin at 7pm.

CURRICULUM NEWS

  • Kindergarten Registration confirmation emails will be going out the week of March 20th.
  • Incoming Kindergarten Student must be fully registered by April 28, 2017 in order to receive a school assignment and screening appointment early in May.
  • The Kindergarten Screening will be held in the MHS Library on May 22nd, 23rd, 24th and 25th.
  • If you have any questions please contact Laurie Dunn at Ldunn@miltonps.org

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Grade One Program Selection Forms are due back to the main offices of the elementary schools TOMORROW, March 17th. This is the form which asks the parent/guardian to choose the English Innovation Pathway or the French Immersion program. Please contact your child’s school if you have not received this form.

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We look forward to seeing all current and prospective high school parents/guardians on Wednesday, March 29th at our Program of Studies/AP Information Night and answering any questions you may have. The presentation will begin at 6:30pm in the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium at Milton High School.

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The following item was submitted by MHS Art Teacher, Karen Hughes:

Scholastic National Award Medal Recipients were announced for the US today. Only students with Gold Medals from the State Scholastic Awards were moved on to compete in the National Finals. Out of a total of 120 MA State National Award winners Milton High School has three National Awards. Both Rachael and Sarah have been my students for four years, taking every imaginable art course at MHS and have received a number of departmental awards. Sarah was accepted to MA College of Art and a number of other colleges, and Rachael was accepted to Parsons School of Design in NYC, her top choice. Both Sarah and Rachael were in the original ACE student group in elementary and middle school and attribute their love and passion for the arts to the art experience they both received in the Milton Public Schools from elementary to high school. They are both planning to continue in the arts after high school. This is a first for our district.

I am so proud to give you the results:

  • Rachael Tomaszewski won a Silver National Medal for her entire Art Portfolio titled: A Family Portrait
  • Sarah Lam won two individual National Medals: a Gold Medal for her Print titled: All Eyes on You, and a Silver Medal for her Photograph titled: Fog.

Milton High School has had three total National Award Winners total in the past years: Mairead Dambruch, Michael Wyatt, and James Gallagher.

They will be accepting their medals with their families in NYC at Carnegie Hall, joining all the national winners throughout the US in June.

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The following was sent to us by Collicot/Cunningham French teacher Marianne’s Lebigot.

“A la maison, on lit! – At home, we read!”  Second graders in French Immersion at Cunningham and Collicot go above and beyond to maintain their readings skills and engagement over the vacations! During each break, students are asked to complete a reading challenge: add a feather to their turkey each time they read during the Thanksgiving break, add a stamp to their passport when reading African animal reports during winter break, or add a snowball to their snowperson during the February break. The following students happily exceeded the expectations by reading as many as 55 times! Congratulations to Caoimhe Allen, Madison Garrett, Reece Cook, Maddy King, Claire King, Mia Rogers, and Maya Mitchell. Bravo and keep on reading! Be ready to “spring” into one more challenge over April vacation.

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The following item was sent to us by Michelle Kreuzer, Mathematics Director, K-12:

Below is a great opportunity for a free summer immersion coding program in Boston for girls in 10th and 11th gradeThe application deadline is March 17th.  We’ve had at least one Milton High School student participate in the past – and the feedback was great.  Please consider this fantastic program as you plan for the summer.

Girls Who Code will be hosting two Summer Immersion Programs in Boston at Akamai and TripAdvisor this summer!   Applications for their Summer Immersion Program are open now. Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Programs are FREE 7-week summer programs for 10th-11th grade girls to learn computer science, get exposure to tech jobs and join a supportive sisterhood of thousands of girls across the US. In the Summer Immersion Program, students will learn about:

  • Tech Companies — They’ll meet female engineers and get an inside look at technical roles in the world’s top companies.
  • Project-based learning — They’ll learn computer science through real-world projects in art and storytelling, robotics, video games, websites, apps and more!
  • Sisterhood — They’ll work in teams and make lifelong friendships with a supportive and diverse community of thousands of girls.

In addition to providing a free program, Girls Who Code provides summer stipends to cover transportation and living costs for Summer Immersion Program students! The summer stipend is available for all Summer Immersion Program applicants who qualify.  The Boston Summer Immersion Programs run from July 10 – August 25. Apply now! Please feel free to email isabel.baylor@girlswhocode.com with any additional questions.

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The BoomWriter Writing Bee continues to be a great success for all of our 4th and 5th grade students. Once again, we received hundreds of creative and compelling chapters to add to our story; The Legend of One Eyed Willy’s Secret Second Treasure. The winners for week 2 are as follows; Oona Bard-Glover School, Mae McKenna-Collicot School, Fiona Zimon- Cunningham School and Loren Johnson-Tucker School. The overall winner for the week was Fiona Zimon, a Cunningham 5th grader, whose chapter 3 will appear in the final published book. Congratulations Fiona!

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Please note that the BoomWriter Bee Publishing Party will take place on Thursday, March 30th from 5:00-7:00 pm at the Hoosic Club, 193 Central Ave. Jeff Cohen (Chunk from the Goonies) who inspired the story will be on hand to celebrate with us and sign autographs. This should be a great event and all are welcome!

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A group of students from our Elementary Select Chorus performed recently at the Seaport in Boston. This was quite a treat, not only for our students, but for the audience. Click to see the  Video

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Congratulations to our MHS Drama Club. Four of our students will perform in the State Semi-Finals at Norwell High School this Saturday March 18. Best wishes to Jada Farrar, Grace Varela, Lucas Kery, and Julia Butler. Break a leg!

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PRESCHOOL SCREENING is APRIL 5th: Screening for children who will be entering a Milton Public School preschool program in the Fall 2017 will take place in the Milton High School Library located at 25 Gile Road. Screening is by appointment only.  If you have questions please email Marti O’Keefe McKenna at preschool@miltonps.org.

SUMMER SCIENCE OPPORTUNITIES

The following opportunities were sent in by MHS Science Department Head Amy Tom:

Massachusetts Life Sciences Center’s High School Apprenticeship Challenge The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center’s High School Apprenticeship Challenge is an innovative program that facilitates and funds paid internship opportunities for high school students. Eligible students can also enroll in an after-school laboratory training program that will prepare them for the many exciting summer internships that will be offered by research institutions and life sciences companies throughout Massachusetts. For more information, please visit www.masslifesciences.com/programs/hsapprenticeship

NCSE Scientists in the Classroom NCSE is in the process of recruiting teachers for NCSEteach’s Scientists in the Classroom program. NCSE has over 30 years of experience supporting the teaching of science in public schools, with a particular focus on climate change and evolution. With this program, teachers and scientists collaborate as colleagues, peers, and partners in the scientific enterprise to further science education. So how exactly does it work? First off, teachers apply for the program here. Then, we’ll work to find a scientist in the area who matches the interests and needs of the class. Once a match is made, we’ll connect the teachers with a local scientist and provide guidance throughout the semester-long program to plan and carry out two in-class visits. For more information on Scientists in the Classroom, visit NCSE’s website.

Clean Tech Competition The Clean Tech Competition is an international research and design challenge for 15-18 year old pre-university students. This is a prestigious educational opportunity for students across the world that challenges students to be innovative while encouraging their passion for the sciences. Each year, the Clean Tech Competition encourages scientific understanding of real-world issues and the integration of environmentally responsible energy sources.

  • The 2017 Challenge: “Creating a Greener Future” asks students to develop a clean technology solution to the problems associate with buildings, homes, efficiency and building materials.
  • Teams consist of 1-3 students, are assisted by a Team Leader (i.e. parent, teacher, or mentor), to develop a written proposal.
  • There is no entry fee.
  • Online registration is open! Registration closes March 24, 2017
  • First Round Paper Submissions are due 14 April, 20176.
  • 10 Finalist Teams are selected, given a $200 (USD) stipend and matched with a Mentor to help them prepare a Prototype and presentation for the Finalist Event.
  • Finalists compete for the $10,000 (USD) grand prize and ‘Continued Mentorship’ at the 2017
  • Final event to happen at Stony Brook University, NY, USA!

Official Competition website: www.cleantechcompetition.org

AMP it up! Challenge – Register to Win! Your school could win $5,000! Register now for the Video Challenge. The AMP it up! Video Challenge invites Massachusetts middle school and high school students to research the inner workings of a manufacturing innovation and how it impacts the world around them. We’re challenging them to bring it all to life in a 3-minute video and submit it on the AMP it up! website. The video must capture three main ideas about a product, including:

  1. How it’s made
  2. Why it matters
  3. What it means to me

Individual students, classes, groups, or clubs can all participate. While the public votes online, submissions will also be reviewed by a panel of judges. The top three videos selected will each earn $5,000 donated to their school! They took the Challenge—and won! It’s real. Your school really can win big. Look who won last year.

  • B.M.C Durfee High School in Fall River (video: Blount Fine Foods and H&S Tool)
  • Melrose High School (video: Avedis Zildjan Company)
  • Seven Hills Charter Public School (video: Warner Babcock Institute For Green Chemistry)

Videos are due by March 30, 2017 To see these winning videos or learn more about this year’s AMP it up! Challenge, please visit: www.ampitupma.com/challenge

Science on Saturday at MIT All of our Science on Saturday events on the MIT campus are free and open to all elementary, middle, and high school students, as well as their parents and teachers. They are sponsored by the MIT Museum and the Akamai Foundation. Parking and seating are limited, so we recommend that you arrive early. Attendees can park in either the West Garage (very close to the event) or Albany Garage (a ~10-15-minute walk from the event) provided they can pay the $7 flat fee with a credit card at either parking garage. Alternatively, attendees can take MBTA buses to the MIT Massachusetts Avenue stop (very close to the event) or the subway to either the Central or Kendall Square T stops (a ~20-minute walk from the event). For maps of the event and parking garage locations, please see the attached advertising flyer or our web page: http://mitmuseum.mit.edu/program/science-saturday Please plan to join us 10:00 a.m.-noon on the following Saturdays in MIT’s Kresge Auditorium, 48 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139:

  • April 1, 2017 How the Internet Works
  • October 14, 2017 Biotechnology
  • December 2, 2017 (Stay tuned!)

2016/2017 Witnessing Change Video Competition This competition asks students to make 2-3 minute documentaries on the personal costs of climate change experienced by members of their own communities. The deadline is April 1st. For our high school competition, first and second prize winners will receive prizes of $US 500 and $US 250 respectively The Climate Cost Project and its partners, which include universities and environmental organizations will promote the winning videos as educational and communication tools on climate change. You can read the full for the competition and see the guidelines here: http://media.wix.com/ugd/7fc012_03e717b8cee94bdcb6c9934315f32da2.pdf.

The video competition was originally designed as a capstone project for students after they complete a brief module (1-5 days of class, depending on the teacher) on environmental economics as it pertains to climate change. The Climate Cost Project designed classroom lesson because we received feedback from educators that there was a shortage of materials to provide a social context for climate change in science education. You can find out more about the less module by following this link: http://media.wix.com/ugd/7fc012_bc5f2cb366ea44f39e14836e1cf3bb55.pdf. You can also see a short video on the overall project at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWaB3wbNuCQ.

It is not necessary to use the module in order to take part in the competition, but we wanted the teachers to know that the material is available if they feel that their students need it in order to master the concepts that are covered the competition guidelines. Our goal is to help students relate the theory that the learn about climate change in class to physical changes and personal impacts that are already occurring in their communities. Then, through the process of making the videos and sharing their work, the students get the opportunity to act as messengers to tell the general public about the impacts climate change in America. The teachers who participated in the pilot program told us the project helped the students connect climate change with the real world around them for the first time.

Girls STEM Summit – Statewide 2017 Expands Girls’ STEM Horizons & Closes the Gender Gap in STEM Workforce Registration is now open for Girls STEM Summit – Statewide 2017 hosted by Jr.Tech, Inc., taking place at Regis located in Weston, MA on Sunday, April 2, 2017.

Jr.Tech, Inc., is a Massachusetts-based non-profit educational organization celebrating 11 years of supporting science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. Over the past six years, Jr.Tech has delivered eight Summits across Massachusetts and is once again inviting 250 high school girls to experience the premier Massachusetts STEM event for high school girls.

Kicking off the day-long event will be an inspirational keynote speech from a female leader in a STEM field after which students will begin rotating through five different hands-on career path breakout sessions with leading female STEM professionals representing a range of STEM fields. Following lunch, students will visit the hands-on Exhibit Hall featuring many STEM-focused organizations and higher education institutions all demonstrating and discussing different areas of STEM careers and fields of study. Afternoon breakouts continue followed by a closing ceremony where attendees will be given a parting gift before heading home.

Phyllis Russell, Jr.Tech’s President and Executive Director, and the creator of the Girls STEM Summit shares, “At every Summit, the energy that radiates from our attendees, presenters and teachers is amazing! The feedback from the girls in attendance is positive and immediate and the adults involved love sharing their STEM experience and knowledge with such bright and enthusiastic attendees.

The key goals of Girls STEM Summit – Statewide are to educate young women in grades 8-12 on various STEM career paths through hands-on breakouts, to encourage students to continue studying these disciplines throughout high school in order to prepare for college degree programs, to inspire through interaction with female professional role models working in STEM fields, to demonstrate that a STEM career is attainable, to impact decision-making at a critical period, and to close the gender gap in the STEM workforce.

The Girls STEM Summit – Statewide 2017 serves girls in grade 8-12 and will be held on Sunday, April 2, 2017 at Regis, 235 Wellesley Street, Weston, MA. The event runs from 7:45 am – 4:15 pm and has a fee of $60 per student (fee includes lunch and parting gift). Individual and group enrollment available. For additional information and to register students for the Summit, please visit juniortech.org. Questions can be directed to either of the individuals noted below. Contacts: Phyllis Russell 774-994-2097 phyllis@juniortech.org Rachel Arno 617-659-1570 rachel@juniortech.org

Genes in Space 2017 – Design and Launch your DNA Experiment to Space! We invite students in grades 7 through 12 to design DNA experiments for space. Students will pioneer DNA research on the International Space Station to address real-life challenges of deep space exploration. Five finalist teams will receive mentoring from Harvard and MIT PhD scientists, present at the 2017 International Space Station R&D Conference, and receive miniPCR DNA Discovery System™ for their education institutions. Winners will also attend Space Biology Camp and send their DNA experiment to space! Submission deadline is April 21st 2017.

Genes in Space is a partnership between miniPCR, Boeing, Math for America, CASIS, and New England Biolabs. The contest is free, and does not require equipment. Proposals will be judged solely on their creative and scientific merit. miniPCR DNA Discovery System™ will also be awarded to the top 5 teams from grades 7 and 8 (Junior Scientist Awards) and to the school with the highest number of submissions from each of the 5 US regions (Constellation Awards).

Teachers – Here’s how you can turn contest submissions into a class assignment that’s aligned with national standards. Find us on the web at www.genesinspace.org

What A Year! Mass. Society for Medical Research Annual Student Competition The 2017 MSMR Student Competition – “Hot News!” In the 2017 competition, you may submit an Essay, a Poster or a Website. You may submit multiple entries, but they must be on different topics. The Challenge

  • For the 2017 MSMR Student Competition, you are a journalist working at a science news service for teenagers.
  • Your editor wants a report on a recent biomedical research break-through. You have to learn about this new research and present it in a way that shows you really understand what it is and what it means. Your presentation should also be appealing to your audience – teenage science students.
  • Your editor will accept your work as an Essay, a Poster or a Website, but she is stubborn and cranky and has firm requirements for each kind of submission. Make sure you don’t get fired: follow the boss’s rules, on the following pages.
  • As a journalist you know that there are many ways to get info about new discoveries, including science websites, TED Talks, science news blogs, research journals, newspapers, magazines, news releases from research organizations, interviews, and your teachers, parents and friends. To get you started, a few specific suggestions are included on pages 9 and 10, below.

To Be Successful

  • You must show that you understand the topic and can present it with originality, creativity, clarity and economy. Judging is based on (a) the quality of the information you provide, (b) how well your submission exemplifies the actual biomedical research, and (c) the power of your work. Create your entry so that your audience wants to read or view it.

Student Prizes (in each Level)

  • 1st Place $500
  • 2nd Place $250
  • 3rd Place $100
  • HM – Certificate of Merit

Classroom Grants to Teachers (in each Level)

  • 1st Place $100
  • 2nd Place $50
  • 3rd Place $25

For more information, go to: https://msmr.org/event/the-26th-annual-msmr-student-competition/ Deadline: All Posters, Essays, Websites and Entry Forms for the 2017 Competition must be submitted by May 8, 2017, inclusive. Eligible Participants: New England students in grades 7 – 8 (Level 1) or grades 9 – 12 (Level 2). Every student is eligible: public, parochial, private/independent, home-school.

BSU Summer Science Academy The Center for the Advancement of STEM Education at Bridgewater State University is excited to offer the Summer Science Academy. The Academy offers one-week science classes for students entering grades 6-12 in the fall of 2017. This unique program allows students to work as scientists and is designed to inspire students about science while providing them with the foundations necessary for further scientific exploration. Summer Science Academy students are immersed in science courses and conduct hands-on investigations in their selected class. All classes focus on the importance of science communication as students lead presentations on the last day of class. Limited need based scholarships are available. July 10-14

  • Enduring Everest: An Engineering Challenge (Entering grades 6-8)
  • So You Want to be a What? Exploring Careers in Medical Sciences (Entering grades 9-12)

July 17-21

  • Shipwrecked: Exploring the STEM of Maritime Archaeology (Entering grades 6-8)
  • Biotech Career Rotations I: Real-world Techniques to Answer Real-world Problems (Entering grades 9-12)

July 24-28

  • Forensics Institute of Bridgewater (Entering grades 6-8)
  • Biotech Career Rotations II: Real-world Techniques to Answer Real-world Problems (Entering grades 9-12)

Course Descriptions can be found on our website http://microsites.bridgew.edu/case/summer-science-programs Classes for students entering grades 6-8. The program fee of $400 per week covers all course expenses including lab supplies and materials. Classes for students entering grades 9-12. The program fee of $490 per week covers all course expenses including lab supplies and materials. The fee does not include lunch or transportation. A limited number of seats are reserved at a discounted rate for children of BSU faculty and staff. Registration is on a first come first serve basis.

UMass Amherst Summer Pre-College STEM Programs UMass Summer Programs offers residential pre-college summer intensives for rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors in the sciences, humanities and arts. With 1-week, 2-week and 6-week sessions running between June 25th and August 5th, 2017. STEM programs include:

  • Modern Astronomy
  • Engineering Institute
  • Hydrology & Climate Change
  • Genetic Engineering & GMOs
  • Genetics, Genomics & Evolution
  • Forensic Chemistry

Opportunities also exist for high school students to work in research labs alongside University faculty in the 6-week Research Intensives program. Co-curricular programming and S.A.T. prep are included. Accepting applications now through mid-June. For program descriptions, dates, pricing and to apply, visit www.umass.edu/summer/precollege.

MILTON SUMMER ENRICHMENT

MSE Dates:  MSE will be held at Milton High School and will run Monday – Thursday, 8:00-12:00 from June 26 – July 27, 2017.  Please note there will be no MSE on Monday, July 3 or Tuesday, July 4.  If we have any more snow days this year, we will need to adjust the dates of MSE and will keep you informed of any changes.

Registration:  Online registration will begin in late April and remain open for one month.  Please note that 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 you, regardless of if you register online or in person.  We have strict caps on our classes to ensure that each course is manageable and safe for our teachers and our children, and appreciate the community’s support to ensure the program is the best it can possibly be for all involved.  If you miss the online registration window, you must make arrangements to register in person.

We will have personnel available to help you register in person on the following dates from 3:30-5:00 at both the Tucker School and the Cunningham School:  May 3, May 10, May 17

This year, during the month of June, we will be adding mandatory “Schedule Pick-Up” times during which parents/guardians must come to collect their child’s MSE schedule lanyard and trouble-shoot any questions/concerns regarding schedules.  There will be “Schedule Pick-Up times” at each school and at a variety of times (before school, after school, evening) to ensure all families have the opportunity to collect their schedule(s) prior to the first day of MSE.  It is our hope that this will ensure a smooth start to the program on June 26 when the children arrive!  Dates/times/locations will be communicated after online registration closes.

Tentative Dates to note:

  • April 3: “At a Glance” document is sent out for course planning purposes
  • April  12: MSE Brochure document is sent out
  • April 26 – May 26: Online Registration
  • May 3, May 10 and May 17: In-person registration at both the Tucker and Cunningham Schools
  • Month of June: Schedule Pick-Up Sessions (Locations and times TBD)
  • June 26 – July 27: MSE 2017!

2017 Tuition: 

1 Course = $175         3 Courses = $525
2 Courses = $350         4 Courses = $600
Family Max = $1,200       Pre–K = $650

  • Non-Resident MSE Tuition: $300 per course hour per student
  • Make-Up Courses for High School Credit $300 per 2-hour course
  • Non-Resident for High School Credit: $525

We are looking forward to a fantastic summer at MSE 2017!  Please be on the lookout for more communications in the upcoming months, but if you have questions in the meantime, contact Bernadette and Cat via email (mse@miltonps.org).

NEWS FROM THE COMMISSIONER

The following newsletter was sent to us by Commissioner Mitchell Chester and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education:

Dear Superintendents, Charter School Leaders, and Principals,

This spring marks the start of the next-generation MCAS assessments in English language arts and math in grades 3-8. After considering for several years how to best update our already strong statewide assessment, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted in November 2015 to maintain a test unique to our Commonwealth that would draw some of its questions from the existing MCAS, some of its questions from the PARCC assessment developed by a consortium of states, and some questions created specifically for the next-generation MCAS. This spring is the debut of that new test.

The Board also voted to transition to computer-based testing. For the next-generation MCAS tests this spring, most students will take the computer-based version in grades 4 and 8. Many schools have also chosen computer-based testing in grades 3, 5, 6, and 7; the remainder will be taking the paper version.

Many people ask us why we conduct statewide testing. These tests are required by both state and federal law, but more importantly:

  • Test results help parents gauge whether their children are making academic progress.
  • Test results help educators identify strengths and weaknesses in their curricula and instructional methods.
  • A student’s participation in statewide testing helps provide context to other students in the same school, students in other schools within the district, and students in other districts. Failure to participate denies this perspective not only to the student who refuses to participate, but to other students and parents in the school, district, and statewide.
  • Test results help the state target additional resources to underperforming schools.
  • Test results help document our progress to the Governor and the Legislature as we seek to ensure adequate funding for all our schools.

MCAS was first instituted as part of the 1993 Education Reform Law. The programs and funding in that law have led to nearly a quarter-century of steady improvement in our K-12 schools. Today Massachusetts is number one in the nation in elementary and secondary education.

Refusal to Participate in State Tests

Every year, some families ask whether students are allowed to opt-out of taking a statewide test. In brief, the answer is no. Testing is a mandatory part of the curriculum, the same as a spelling test or math test, and statewide assessments are most useful when all students take them. Neither the Commonwealth nor Congress provides an opt-out provision. Tenth graders who refuse to take MCAS jeopardize their high school diploma. In addition, refusals to test can impact a school’s accountability rating. The accountability system is set up to encourage high participation rates (if it weren’t, results would not be reflective of school-wide achievement). The federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires a 95 percent participation rate. Schools with a lower participation rate run the risk of having their accountability rating lowered.

Under draft regulations that the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education sent out for public comment on February 28, 2017, schools and districts that fall below a 90 percent participation rate will have their accountability status set to Level 3 (out of 5). Further, the 2016-17 and 2017-18 participation rates will be combined to determine participation rates for the 2017-18 accountability levels. In other words, refusals to test in spring 2017 could impact a school’s accountability rating for two years.

Students who refuse to take the MCAS test may remain in the testing room as long as they are sitting quietly and are not interfering with other students. If a student becomes disruptive, they should be removed from the testing room and placed in a safe location until testing is completed and regular classroom instruction resumes. Given that statewide standardized tests are a legal requirement, it is my department’s expectation that all students will participate.

More information about the next-generation MCAS, including information for parents, is available online at our MCAS page at http://www.doe.mass.edu/mcas/. Questions relating to testing refusals can be directed to Deputy Commissioner Jeff Wulfson at jwulfson@doe.mass.edu.

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Please note, due to the recent snowstorm, Grade Five Information Night was moved to Monday, March 27th at 6:30 in the Pierce Auditorium.

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Also, as I mentioned in a prior E-blast, we are in the midst of celebrating Music in Our Schools Month and Youth Art Month. Please join us at any of these upcoming events:

  • March 16         String Orchestra Performance, Grades 5-12 (MHS), 7pm
  • March 21         Jazz & Concert Band Performance, Grades 5-12 (MHS), 7:00pm
  • March 23         Glover K-2 Music Showcase, 2pm
  • March 28         Tucker Gr 4 & 5 Music Showcase, incl Band & Strings, 9:15am
  • March 30         Tucker Passport to the Arts, 6:00-7:30pm
  • April 3              Milton High Passport to the Arts 6:00-7:30pm
  • April 4              Coll Gr 4 & 5 Music Showcase, incl Band & Strings, 9:15am
  • April 4                    Cunn. Passport, 6:00-6:45 p.m. & Coll Passport, 6:45-7:30pm
  • April 5              Cunn. Gr 4 & 5 Showcase, incl Band & Strings, 9:15am
  • April 6             Glover Passport, 6:00-7:30 p.m. & Pierce Passport, 5:30-7:00pm
  • May 4               Glover Gr 4 & 5 Music Showcase, incl Band & Strings, 9:15am.
  • May 16             Tucker K-3 Music Showcase, 2:00 p.m.
  • May 24             Cunningham Grade 3 Music Showcase, 9:15 a.m.
  • May 25             Collicot Grade 3 Music Showcase, 9:15 a.m.
  • May 25             Glover Grade 3 Music Showcase, 9:15 a.m.

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

The following item was sent to us by MHS Debate Coach, Kacy Dotoli:

Two MHS students recently won a regional tournament that qualified them for the national tournament in Kentucky.  The trip is costly, but it is a great opportunity for the students so I set up a Donors Choose page. The organization is matching every donation of up to $50 within the next 6 days. To donate to this trip, click here: https://www.donorschoose.org/project/debating-our-way-to-kentucky/2492464/ It is really important they use the code LIFTOFF when checking out so we get the matched gift!

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The following item was sent in by Elementary Science Coordinator Bernadette Butler:

On May 1, the Chip in Fore Science Golf Tournament will be held at Granite Links Golf Course in Quincy, MA to help support and sustain the Science from Scientists (SfS) Program in the Milton Public Schools. We all know that fostering a love of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in young students will help them prepare to be successful adults in the ever-changing world we live in.   The Milton Public Schools has partnered with Science from Scientists for four years now to help inspire our fifth graders in the areas of STEM, and the feedback from students, parents, teachers, and administrators about the program has been overwhelmingly positive.

The SfS program costs $60,000 annually, and funding to sustain the program has come primarily through contributions from the Milton Foundation for Education and Milton Public Schools, as well as fundraisers, donations and grants. We are hopeful that through the generous contributions of sponsors/donors and a high number of golfers and attendees to the reception, this upcoming golf tournament will be a key factor that helps continue the SfS program for years to come.

If you’d like to:

  • Register to play in the Chip in Fore Science Golf Tournament ($175/person – space is limited so register early! This price includes golfing, a boxed lunch, and the reception in the Granite Links Pavilion)
  • Purchase a ticket to the reception at Granite Links after the tournament ($40.00/reception ticket only)
  • Be a sponsor for the tournament, or to donate

Visit http://www.chipinforescience.org or contact Elementary Science Coordinator Bernadette Butler (Bbutler@miltonps.org) or Parent Representative Suzanne Murphy (chipinforescience.org).

We hope to see you on May 1 for a fun-filled day of golf to help support and sustain the Science from Scientists program in our elementary schools!

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One of our Pierce Students is hosting a clothing and shoe drive to benefit Cradles to Crayons. Bins will be placed at all six Milton Public School buildings and St. Mary of the Hills Church and will be in place from March 27-April 3. Please read below for a message from our Pierce 8th-grader:

Hello, My name is Dominique Thomas. I am an 8th Grader at Pierce Middle School. I am Milton’s Project 351 Ambassador for 2017-2018 I am participating in a charity benefiting Cradles to Crayons through Project 351. Project 351 is an organization started by Former Governor Deval Patrick, and continues with Governor Baker with one representative from each town in Massachusetts. Cradles to Crayons is an Organization that helps support families in need. I will be collecting clothing and shoes from birth  -12 years old. Please contact divinebeing57@hotmail.com with any questions.

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Also, please note this great event happening tomorrow in the Copeland Field House at Milton High:

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SEL (Social Emotional Learning) NEWS

The following item was submitted by Laurie Stillman, Social Emotional Learning District Facilitator:

Important to Know: Kids Misusing Prescription Drugs: An important finding in our student surveys was that abusing prescription medications was the most common form of illicit drug use, aside from marijuana. In addition, the Milton Substance Abuse Coalition’s Parent Survey indicated that parents were generally unaware of the problem and did not secure their dangerous medications.  Many parents don’t believe that their child would do such a thing. However, don’t be fooled.  Their brains’ decision-making capacity is not yet fully developed, and their risk-taking and experimentation are much higher before they become adults. So despite having a “good and successful child”, the temptations at home and with friends can challenge their decisions, putting their health and safety at risk.

Here are some tips to protect your child. Remember, this is not about trust; it’s about the biological reality of adolescence.

Why Youth Are at Risk for Prescription Drug Abuse

  • Young people take risks and experiment with alcohol and drugs
  • Four in ten teens believe getting high on prescription  medication is not dangerous because they are  prescribed by doctors

The most commonly abused prescription drugs are: 

  • Pain medications
  • Sleeping pills
  • Anti-anxiety medications
  • Stimulants (used to treat ADHD)

Prescription drugs are just as dangerous as illicit drugs, especially pain relievers such as Percocet and OxyContin.  They mimic heroin and are highly addictive.

  • 70% of teens who abuse prescription drugs say they get them from a friend or relative

What can parents do?

  • If you have prescription drugs in your home that can be abused, monitor and secure them. (Grandparents be aware too!)
  • Many addictions start after a child has experienced a sports injury or had their wisdom teeth pulled. If your child has been prescribed these drugs, speak to your provider about getting a limited quantity.
  • Discard your unused or expired medications at the confidential kiosk outside of the Milton Police Department offices on Highland Avenue.

(adapted from flyer produced by District Attorney Michael Morrissey)

GUIDANCE NEWS

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

Thursday, March 23rd: How to Make College Affordable for You

Nearly 70% of parents in a recent survey were unhappy with the way they funded college. Make sure you’re part of the happy 30%! Learn how to fix where you are unnecessarily and unknowingly losing money on college. Todd Weaver, Senior Vice President at Strategies For College, Inc. will be here to speak to parents and students on how to make college affordable to you! Please join us on Thursday, March 23rd at 6:30pm in the Milton High auditorium to learn more! Students and parents/guardians are all welcome from any grade! This is important information to hear! The sooner the better!

Wednesday, March 29th: Program of Studies/AP Information Night

A comprehensive overview of our course offerings, level choices, graduation requirements and overall course selection process. Following the presentation in the auditorium, AP Teachers and department heads will be available to answer specific questions you may have.

Both of these events will begin at 6:30 pm in the MHS Auditorium. All parents/guardians and students are welcome and encouraged to attend both events!

PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

The following items were sent to us by Tracy Grandeau, Administrator of Pupil Personnel Services:

SPECIAL EDUCATION ROUNDTABLE NIGHT: The Milton Public Schools along with SEPAC invite you to join us for the “Special Education Roundtable Night” on Tuesday March 28, 2017 from 6:30pm-8:30pm at the Milton High School Library.  This is an exciting opportunity for parents and community members to learn more information regarding the district’s programs and services. There will also be the chance to ask questions from staff at all school levels. We look forward to seeing you! For additional information, please contact Tracy Grandeau, Administrator of Pupil Personnel Services at tgrandeau@miltonps.org.

INCLUSION TASK FORCE

In  February 2016, the Milton Public School District formed an Inclusion Task Force. This task force is comprised of representatives from the school committee, parents, school staff, and community members. The purpose of the Inclusion Task Force is to make recommendations to promote  the further expansion of opportunities for all students in our schools and the Milton community.  The Milton Inclusion Task Force is currently looking for new members.   If you are interested in joining the Milton Public School District’s Inclusion Task Force, please contact Tracy Grandeau, Administrator of Pupil Personnel Services, email: tgrandeau@miltonps.org .

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It’s not too early to think about CHALLENGER BASEBALL!  A link to registration is below. The season starts the beginning of April and promises to be another great year.  Also, please check out and like our FB page @ Milton Challenger Team – We are hoping to get 100% returning players and then some new additions.

Coaches Plunkett, Padera and Vitti are excited for another great Challenger season and we want everyone to sign up early!  Let’s all build excitement and do our best with  recruiting.  Please pass this information along to all the potential Challenger players out there.

OPENING WEEK A MONTH AWAY! Open to all Milton Residents!

To register a child, go to:

http://miltonnationalll.com/registration/  and scroll down for the Challenger Division registration. For questions or volunteer opportunities, please contact: challengerinfo@miltonnationalll.com Other direct contact information: Jerry Vitti: gvitti@hfihealthcare.com  617.281.4566 JP Plunkett: plunkettjp4@gmail.com  617.999.4993

FOOD SERVICE NEWS

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

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

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

NEWS AROUND TOWN

Milton Community Concerts presents “Black and Green for Rosie’s”, a free benefit concert to support Rosie’s Place, the first women’s shelter in the US, based in Boston. Vocalists Pauline Wells and Robert Honeysucker will present a program of African-American songs, including spirituals, and Irish folk music. Saturday, April 1st at 7pm at First Parish in Milton, 535 Canton Avenue. For more information visit miltoncommunityconcerts.com

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

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

Spring has sprung at the Milton Public Library! Fun family activities including books, programs, coloring, games, puppets and more are available every day for you to check out. In addition to our regular storytimes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of March 26 – April 1:

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 from 7:15 – 7:45 pm
SPUB Club, Ages 7-11

Join the SPUB Club! Our Super Popular, Unbelievable Book Club is a read-aloud book club for kids aged 7-11. Miss Sara will read a few chapters of a book each week; your job is to listen, while engaging in hands-on activities like Lego building, play-dough sculpting, Rubik’s cubes, and more. No registration is required

Friday, March 31, 2017 from 10:00 – 11:00 am
Family Story and Craft Time, Ages 3 and up

Come get crafty! Miss Elaine will share a story at 10:00 am, and there will be related crafts available for children and caregivers to work on together. For ages 3+, with caregiver. No registration required.

Saturday, April 1, 2017 from 11:00 am – 12:00 noon
Reading Dogs, Grades K-5

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

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

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

ATHLETICS

On March 10th, 11th and 12th, members of the Milton High School Boys and Girls Indoor Track teams travelled to New York City to compete in the New Balance National Indoor Championships. We are thrilled to announce that two of the girls relay teams earned top four finishes, which makes them All Americans! Congratulations to the 4×1 mile relay team of Elise O’Leary, Ella Affanato, Colette O’Leary and Bridget Mitchell, who placed SECOND in the nation; and to the Distance Medley Relay (DMR) of Colette O’Leary, Josie Cousineau, Elise O’Leary and Bridget Mitchell, which placed FOURTH in the nation and set a school record. Here is a link to the DMR video. Milton Girls are wearing black tank tops and red shorts

We also have a video of the Girls race.  4×1 mile, which means each Milton girl had to run one mile, for a total of four miles. This was a hard-fought race with lots of lead changes and incredible hard work by the Milton girls to work their way into their eventual second place finish. Amazing! They now have the second-fastest time the US!! Milton Girls are wearing black tank tops and red shorts

At this same meet, Jessy Iwuala tied the school record and won Bronze in the Emerging Elite division of high jump. Congratulations, Jessy!

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Also, MHS sophomore Smith Charles competed in the finals of the 60 meter dash. Here is a link to the video of his race. He is wearing all white in the far lane. Smith got 8th place in the nation!  Smith also earned 10th place at Nationals in long jump.

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Finally, Milton Girls also sent a 4×800 relay team to Nationals. Here is the video of the race.. For all four girls on this relay, this was their first trip to Nationals. They are all underclassmen and represented Milton very well and had a personal best. Congratulations to Genevieve Connelly, Eliza O’Donnell, Josie Cousineau and Ella Affanato.  Also, a huge congratulations and thanks are in order for both Girls Coach Tom Shaw and Boys Coach Chuck Ajemien.

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

AMBASSADOR PAGE

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

Students: Although they were mentioned in the Athletic section above, I want to be sure that an amazing group of athletes gets the proper recognition. A group of Milton High School students travelled to New York City this past weekend to compete at a national track meet. Two of our relay teams earned All American status. If you haven’t already done so, please read the details above about these incredible accomplishments. Thank you to Josie Cousineau, Jessy Iwuala, Elise O’Leary, Ella Affanato, Colette O’Leary and Bridget Mitchell, Genevieve Connelly, Eliza O’Donnell and Smith Charles – and their coaches — for representing our town and our school so admirably.

Staff:   I would like to recognize Jackie Morgan, the district’s Food Service Director, for working tirelessly to educate parents/guardians, students and staff about the importance of breakfast and MPS’s breakfast program.

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Volunteers: I would like to thank the following volunteers, who graciously offered to serve as “celebrity judges” for tonight’s Tucker Science Fair. We are indebted to: Janet Lorden, Hydroponics Company Founder; Eno Ebong, Northeastern University Science professor; Beth Neville, Gardening/school support; Emily Speck, Tucker Parent/Science Instructional Coach at Cambridge Public Schools; Erin Hardy, Social Science Researcher; Recreational Science Lover; Brian Flaherty, Retired Science Educator; Libby Dunphy, Bunker Hill Community College-Science Professor; Ernst Simon, Tucker Parent and Camille Simpkins, Tucker Parent. Many thanks to all who volunteered for this wonderful event!

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

 

 

 

March 9th E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Mar• 09•17

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Thursday, March 9th, 2017

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

Just as parents aren’t supposed to have a favorite child, superintendents aren’t supposed to have a favorite program. But I will admit to being a giant fan of one particular program which I have followed fanatically through the years. The Future Problem Solvers started here in the Milton Public Schools nearly 25 years ago as an elementary school program. Since that time, it has expanded to our middle school and, as a result, our students have achieved amazing success at local, regional, national and even international competitions.

The fifth grade team uses the FPS six-step model which focuses on research, problem solving and communication skills to tackle complex issues facing society. This year’s topics included Educational Disparities, It’s All in the Genes, 3D Printing and Identity Theft.

The team meets weekly during the school year and competes with other teams in Milton and throughout the state at the Qualifying and State Bowls. The goal of the program is to develop the ability to design and promote positive futures using critical and creative thinking.

In Milton, the Future Problem Solving Program is also taught year-long to every fourth grade student. Students in fourth grade learn the six-step model: they explore challenges, focus on one problem area to solve, brainstorm solution ideas, generate criteria to evaluate their solutions, develop an action plan and work cooperatively in small groups. Students then apply the future solving process to solve social and scientific challenges.

The Future Problem Solving Program prepares our students to be leaders. They develop the skills to generate ideas and communicate those ideas to others. They also use creative thinking skills to analyze situations, identify challenges and develop and recommend a plan of action, through cooperative group work. At our elementary schools, teams are coached by Librarian Lori Henry and at our middle school, Nicole Louria is the coach of the FPS After School Club.

I am so pleased to report that this year’s FPS teams have done extremely well. Both of our Glover teams (Imaad Tahir, Soraya Darvish, Ella Forgues-Gilbert, Roman Padera, Gabriella Hernandez, Rory Martin, Ankien Nguyen and Camden Carr) and both of our Cunningham teams (Meghan Mylod, Lucy Asanza, Cormac Burke, Tucker Korman, Daschel Koh, Mary O’Keefe, Rachel Jones-Booker and Kyla Miller) have been invited to the FPS State Bowl on April 1st at Clark University in Worcester. Being a state finalist is quite an honor and an accomplishment! The topic of the State Bowl is Identity Theft and the teams are researching this topic and gathering as much knowledge as possible.

Additionally, both the Pierce and the Elementary Schools have been asked to bring one individual to compete at the State Bowl for every team that wasn’t invited. Based on the students’ enthusiasm for FPS I think we’ll have many interested individuals.

Since the State Bowl’s topic is Identity Theft, I am reaching out to any Milton Public School parent who works in this field or knows an expert in the field who could spend some time with our amazing Future Problem Solvers. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Lori Henry at lhenry@miltonps.org

Cunningham FPS Team: Lucy Asanza, Meghan Mylod, Rachel Jones-Booker, Kyla Miller, Mary O'Keefe, Tucker Korman, Cormac Burke and Daschel Koh.

Cunningham FPS Team: Lucy Asanza, Meghan Mylod, Rachel Jones-Booker, Kyla Miller, Mary O’Keefe, Tucker Korman, Cormac Burke and Daschel Koh.

Glover FPS Team: Front row- Soraya Darvish, Ella Forgues-Gilbert, Rory Martin, Ankien Nguyen. Back row- Gabriella Hernandez, Camden Carr, Imaad Tahir, Roman Padera

Glover FPS Team: Front row- Soraya Darvish, Ella Forgues-Gilbert, Rory Martin, Ankien Nguyen. Back row- Gabriella Hernandez, Camden Carr, Imaad Tahir, Roman Padera

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There have been no School Committee meetings since my last E-blast. The next meeting will be held Wednesday, March 15th at  7 pm in the Milton TV Access studio, Room 245, Milton High School.

CURRICULUM NEWS

The following item was sent to us by Elementary Curriculum Coordinator Amy Gale:

We are happy to report that the District-wide 4th and 5th grade BoomWriter Bee kicked off last week with much success! After grade level presentations to introduce all children to chapter one of our story; The Legend of One-Eyed Willy’s Secret Second Treasure, nearly 700 students wrote their own version of chapter two. The enthusiasm with which our students approached this assignment and the expertise that the teachers brought to the instructional side of the equation resulted in hundreds of well written and creative chapters. The week culminated with an anonymous voting process identifying a winner at each school and an overall winner.  The winners for week one are as follows;

Timmy Cross- Grade 4 Collicot School, Daniel Drozdick- grade 4 Cunningham School, Nicholas Heavy- grade 4 Glover School and Nathan Ehui- grade 5 Tucker School. The overall winner for the week was Nathan Ehui (pictured below)

Nathan Ehui- Grade 5 Tucker School.

Nathan Ehui- Grade 5 Tucker School.

The children are now off and running with chapter 3….best of luck to all of our writers! Also, please save the date for the Boomwriter Bee Celebration on Thursday, March 30th. More details to follow.

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The following item was sent to us by MHS Humanities Director Barbara Wright:

Recently, juniors enrolled in Milton High’s American Experience (AMEX) course traveled to the John F. Kennedy Library to participate in the museum’s annual Federal Budget Simulation Program. This field trip has become a tradition for our AMEX students, and a highlight of their course.  Our Milton students join students from throughout Massachusetts as they study the proposed federal budget and make recommendations for the allocation of federal funds.  Students negotiate and compromise on key budget components such as defense spending, education funding and health care.  The program is simulates the work of our US Congress, and students are able to role play an important function of our government.  Junior Nicholas Ruiz summed up the trip well in saying, “I learned that being part of Congress is harder than it looks.  A politician has a lot of responsibility and making the right decisions is hard.”

In preparation for the day’s activities AMEX teacher Kathleen Kelley teaches students about the budget process and explains the intricacies of each of the topics they will discuss, and on the day of the event she and the other AMEX teacher, Steve Tart, chaperone our students and also play a role in the program as facilitators in small group discussions. These smaller group discussions, where students from multiple school districts must negotiate their proposals, are an essential part of the learning process.  Student Tyler Tewsksbury stated, “Seeing so many different individuals and learning about their backgrounds made me think differently about how we should work the budget.”  Matt Dunn, another AMEX student, said, “I learned how students in different towns have ideas about what is important that are way different than my own.  This makes me think about how hard it must be for people in the government to create a budget that everyone can be happy with.”

Students walk away from the experience knowing more about the budget process, and also made connections with other students from other districts throughout the state. Junior Bridget Howley summed up the day, stating “It was really eye opening to realize how people from all places and cultures eventually agree on a budget.”

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The following item was submitted by Elementary Music Teacher April Allegrezza:

Congratulations to our elementary- and middle-school students selected for the 2017 Massachusetts All-State Treble Chorus. The students attend grades 5 and 6 in the Milton Public Schools and will perform on Saturday, March 11 at the Sheraton Boston Hotel at 2 PM for their parents and members of the Massachusetts Music Educators Association. They are students of music teachers April Allegrezza (music teacher at Collicot and Cunningham Elementary Schools), Julia Hanna (choral director at Pierce Middle School) and Colleen Martin (music teacher at Glover and Tucker Elementary Schools).

Row 4 (Left to right): Fiona Zimon, Daschel Koh, Owen Creamer, Fiona McCarthy, Brynne Mershon, Isabella Fiske Row 3 Kyla Miller, Lily Muir, Neve D'Arcy, Tucker Korman, Kiera Glazer, Lily Lane Row 2: Mia Jilani, Sadie Leggett, Logan Do, Luca Sandonato, Mary Mullen Row 1: Marc Leimkuehler, Kaze Karuretwa, Greta Cardoza, Fionnuala Queally, William Heffron

Row 4 (Left to right): Fiona Zimon, Daschel Koh, Owen Creamer, Fiona McCarthy, Brynne Mershon, Isabella Fiske
Row 3 Kyla Miller, Lily Muir, Neve D’Arcy, Tucker Korman, Kiera Glazer, Lily Lane
Row 2: Mia Jilani, Sadie Leggett, Logan Do, Luca Sandonato, Mary Mullen
Row 1: Marc Leimkuehler, Kaze Karuretwa, Greta Cardoza, Fionnuala Queally, William Heffron

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The following item was submitted by our MHS Drama Coach, Jaymes Sanchez:

I’m proud to announce that the Drama Club’s production of ALCHEMY OF DESIRE/DEAD MAN’S BLUES has advanced to the State Semi-Finals of the Massachusetts State Drama Festival after an outstanding performance by the entire company on Saturday.

Four of our students were named to the “All-Star Company”: The judges recognized Jada Farrar and Grace Varela for their acting, Lucas Kery for lighting design, and Julia Butler her direction of the production. We will perform in the State Semi-Finals at Norwell High School on Saturday March 18. Please give these artists a round of applause!

Kianna Barrett, Annabel Botsford, Julia Butler, Colleen Conley, Mariah Conway, Maeve Disandro, James DiSandro, Jada Farrar, Aidan Guilderson, Sarah Hancock, Dominik Hyppolite, Lucas Kery, Karisa Lasoff, Alisa Lorden, Claire Mandel, Michael McCarthy, Audrey Pugh, Coleman Rose, Isaac Savona, Kendall Smith, Isabel Smith, Grace Varela, Liezel Werner and Tiye Williamson.

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The following item was submitted by Tucker Principal Elaine McNeil Girmai and Glover Principal Karen McDavitt:

Since January, students at Tucker and Glover schools have been working hard to master the words identified by the Scripps National Spelling Bee for in-school bees in February. The students involved first participated and won their classroom bees before attending a four week Spelling Bee club and studying intently at home! On the day of the bee, the competition was very high going more than thirty rounds at both schools! At the end, the Glover school had six-way tie and Tucker school identified fourth grader Loatchwel Joseph as the school winner! The top six spellers from each school came together this week at the second annual Tucker/Glover Spelling Bee which held at Pierce Middle School. The competition was fierce and after over twenty rounds, of play we still had seven finalists remaining. A special thanks to Deb Fidrocki, Deb Muse, Merry McGrory and Morgan Nesbitt, the teachers for the bee. Congratulations to all the students for their hard work!

Glover Spelling Bee Team (from left to right): Imaad Tahir, Max Kelly, Roman Padera, Sebastien TranPham, Sundy Zimmerman, Lily Brockmyre.

Glover Spelling Bee Team (from left to right): Imaad Tahir, Max Kelly, Roman Padera, Sebastien TranPham, Sundy Zimmerman, Lily Brockmyre.

Tucker Spelling Bee Team: Loatchwel Joseph, Lucy Hollingsworth Hays, Julia Magnum, Catherine Best, Nina Truog & Hoa Tsong

Tucker Spelling Bee Team: Loatchwel Joseph, Lucy Hollingsworth Hays, Julia Magnum, Catherine Best, Nina Truog & Hoa Tsong

The following item was sent to us by Michelle Kreuzer, Mathematics Director, K-12:

Below is a great opportunity for a free summer immersion coding program in Boston for girls in 10th and 11th gradeThe application deadline is March 17th.  We’ve had at least one Milton High School student participate in the past – and the feedback was great.  Please consider this fantastic program as you plan for the summer.

Girls Who Code will be hosting two Summer Immersion Programs in Boston at Akamai and TripAdvisor this summer!   Applications for their Summer Immersion Program are open now.   Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Programs are FREE 7-week summer programs for 10th-11th grade girls to learn computer science, get exposure to tech jobs and join a supportive sisterhood of thousands of girls across the US. In the Summer Immersion Program, students will learn about:

  • Tech Companies — They’ll meet female engineers and get an inside look at technical roles in the world’s top companies.
  • Project-based learning — They’ll learn computer science through real-world projects in art and storytelling, robotics, video games, websites, apps and more!
  • Sisterhood — They’ll work in teams and make lifelong friendships with a supportive and diverse community of thousands of girls.

In addition to providing a free program, Girls Who Code provides summer stipends to cover transportation and living costs for Summer Immersion Program students! The summer stipend is available for all Summer Immersion Program applicants who qualify.  The Boston Summer Immersion Programs run from July 10 – August 25. Apply now! Please feel free to email isabel.baylor@girlswhocode.com with any additional questions.

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

The Milton High School Diversity Committee is preparing for the fourth annual International Fest, which is being renamed this year to the Heritage Fest to embrace and celebrate the diversity in our community. There are more than 25 different countries represented by our students and their families in the town of Milton. We hope that many students and families will contribute to make this celebration enjoyable for all. We invite students, friends, family, and staff to participate in this event by having a table display of your culture and/or cooking food from your culture. We also welcome any individual or group who can perform a cultural dance, play an instrument, or represent your culture in any way! If you are able to participate or contribute, please fill out the form below. With your help, this could be a great opportunity for our community to get together and celebrate its many cultures! Please RSVP as soon as possible. Mark your calendars:

Thursday, May 4th 2017
Time: 6:00 – 7:30  PM
Location: TBD (Local library or church)

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING

I am pleased to offer a new addition to my weekly email blast, which I believe will be of interest to our Milton school community. The topic is Social Emotional Learning (SEL), and it is receiving widespread attention for its importance to student success. Please read the following item, sent to us by our new Social Emotional Learning Facilitator, Laurie Stillman. Ms. Stillman has a maser’s degree from the Heller Graduate School of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University and has been working in the public health and behavioral health field for nearly 30 years. She is a Milton resident of 25 years and a parent of two MPS students. Some of you may remember Ms. Stillman from her years on the Milton School Committee. This  position is a grant-funded, part-time position:

School professionals understand that strong academic preparation is critical for college and for career readiness. But in our global dynamic society, plenty of research indicates that non-cognitive skills are of critical importance as well. While attention to academic content is expected, conveying student skills in managing emotions and social relationships, as well as fostering healthy decision making is a vital aspect of educational learning.  These are “life skills” that, in combination with providing safe and supportive school and home environments, can lead to better life outcomes for our children.

The Milton Public Schools is committed to building the social and emotional competencies of our students. To that end, we have recently engaged an SEL Facilitator to look into best practices and policies, and we will be sharing resources and information with you about practical ways in which we can support the social skills and emotional intelligence of our children.

FROM THE HEALTH ROOM:

Parents and Guardians: recently we have been hearing about the increase in documented flu cases in Massachusetts!  We all knew this would happen and there has been an increase of students in our health rooms with flu like symptoms supporting this fact.  In an effort to help parents and guardians make decisions on if their child should go to school or stay home I have included the Mass Department of Public Health Check List.  As always, the nurses in Milton want to have you informed in an effort to have our students healthy at school.
Flu season in Massachusetts usually starts in the fall and runs through the spring. The main symptoms of influenza (flu) include fever in combination with a cough and/or sore throat.  Some people may also have a runny nose, body aches, headache, chills, and feel tired.  Some people (especially young children) may also have diarrhea and vomiting.

To keep flu from spreading in the community it is important to keep your sick child at home when he or she has the flu. Use this form during flu season to determine whether your child should attend school or child care.

Flu-like illness: Should I keep my child home?
Yes No
1)     Has your child had a fever of 100.4 degrees F or higher in the past 24 hours?  Note:  100.4° F is the same as 38° C.
If you answered Yes to the question above, keep your child home for at least another day to observe for additional symptoms.
2)     Does your child have a cough OR sore throat?
If you answered YES to both questions above, keep your child home. Your child has an influenza-like illness (fever and cough or sore throat).  If your child has a cough or sore throat without fever, he or she may be well enough to go to school or child care.  Your child’s school or child care program may have additional guidance.
After the flu: Can my child return to school or child care?
Yes No
1)     Has your child had a fever of 100.4 degrees F or higher in the past 24 hours?
If you answered Yes to the question above, keep your child home for at least another day to observe for additional symptoms.
2)     Has your child had acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil) to reduce fever in the past 24 hours?
If you answered YES to either question above, keep your child home for at least another day to observe for additional symptoms. Then use the check list questions again to decide whether you should continue to keep your child home.

 

If you answered NO to both questions above, and your child appears well, your child can return to school or child care.

Where can I find more information about influenza?

PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

It’s not too early to think about CHALLENGER BASEBALL!  A link to registration is below. The season starts the beginning of April and promises to be another great year.  Also, please check out and like our FB page @ Milton Challenger Team – We are hoping to get 100% returning players and then some new additions.

Coaches Plunkett, Padera and Vitti are excited for another great Challenger season and we want everyone to sign up early!  Let’s all build excitement and do our best with  recruiting.  Please pass this information along to all the potential Challenger players out there.

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OPENING WEEK A MONTH AWAY! Open to all Milton Residents!

To register a child, go to:

http://miltonnationalll.com/registration/  and scroll down for the Challenger Division registration.

For questions or volunteer opportunities, please contact: challengerinfo@miltonnationalll.com

Other direct contact information: Jerry Vitti: gvitti@hfihealthcare.com  617.281.4566

JP Plunkett: plunkettjp4@gmail.com  617.999.4993

 NEWS AROUND TOWN

The Milton Playground Planners are hosting a fun event for kids this Sunday afternoon at Cunningham Hall. It is a “Sock Hop and Bowling Party” for kids age 7 and under. Please see flyer below.

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MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

Spring has sprung at the Milton Public Library! Fun family activities including books, programs, coloring, games, puppets and more are available every day for you to check out. In addition to our regular storytimes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of March 19 – 25:

Friday, March 24, 2017 from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
Free Play Friday, Ages 0-5

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

Friday, March 24, 2017 from 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Lego Club, Ages 6-12

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

Saturday, March 25, 2017 from 2:30 – 4:00 pm
Cooks ‘n Books, Grades K-5

Enjoy a story and make a tasty treat with Debbie Alsebai of Kidz Cooking. Registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library.

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

The following item was sent by Magda Cupidon, Young Adult Librarian:

5th Annual TeenCon South: Calling all teens/tweens! You are invited to attend the 5th Annual TeenCon South, being held at the Thayer Public Library at 798 Washington Street, Braintree, on Saturday March 11th from 1pm-3pm. This year’s line-up includes a Fashion Show (costumes optional), Seven Second Challenge, Henna Tattoos, Makerspace, Candy Sushi, Photo Booth, Tube Wars, snacks, and prizes. We are also excited to announce that there will be stormtroopers from the 501st Legion joining us for photo ops. Through the collaboration of South Shore libraries, this young adult event is completely free, so bring friends! TeenCon South is only for teens/tweens in grades 6-12.

For more information, please contact Magda Cupidon, Young Adult Librarian, at (617) 698-5757 or mcupidon@ocln.org.

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

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

ATHLETICS

The following item was sent in by Athletic Director Eric Karjel:

Boys & Girls Indoor Track

In the New England Regional Championships, Smith Charles won the long jump, finally eclipsing 23 feet, with a jump of 23’03”.  He also finished 3rd in the 55-meter dash, with a time of 6.4 seconds.  Both were PRs for Charles.  Elise O’Leary placed third in the 600 meter.  Abigail Jean-Baptiste finished 6th in the 55-meter while breaking the school record.  Bridget Mitchell placed 8th and Colette O’Leary placed 12th in the 1000-meter. The 4×400 meter relay team of Colette, Elise, Bridget, and Josie Cousineau, finished 4th and recorded their best time of the season!

Smith Charles from the Boy’s team, along with Jessy Iwala, Colette O’Leary, Elise O’Leary, Josie Cousineau, Eliza O’Donnell, Ella Affanato, Genevieve Connelly and Bridget Mitchell from the Girl’s team, will be traveling to New York to compete in Nationals this weekend!  Good luck to all those participating!

Girls Ice Hockey

Girls Hockey bowed of the State Tournament over the weekend, losing to a very good NDA team.  Notre Dame Academy, Hingham, entered the tournament undefeated (19-0-1) but were tested early on by the Wildcats.  Milton only trailed 1-0 entering the second period, when Elena Kapolis scored. Another goal from Adrienne Shea in the third saw Milton fall 6-2 on the night. Congratulations to the Girls on a great season!

Cheer

The Milton High School Cheer team competed in the South Sectional Championships at Whitman Hanson Regional High School over the weekend.  They did an amazing job and placed 4th on the day with a score of 161, just shy of the score needed to qualify for States.  Congratulations on their accomplishment!

Reminder from the Cheer Team:

The Milton High Cheer squad is hosting a Wildcat fun night fundraiser on Saturday March 11, 2017 from 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM at the Collicot gym.  The event will be for girls and boys in grades k-5.  The cost is $10.00 per child if you register by March 9th or $15.00 per child at the door.  This is a fun event for all children!!  The Milton High cheerleaders along with some of their football and basketball friends will play with and entertain your child/children while you get a well deserved night out!! *** No food will be served at this event, we will have water for the children.  You can download and print a registration form with more information here.

Spring Athletics

Registration is OPEN for Spring Athletics.  Deadline is now March 10th.  Tryouts begin March 20th . Please visit http://miltonwildcats.com/inside-athletics/registration/ for all information regarding the sign-up process.  You MUST complete the Family ID Registration (instructions found at link) in order to participate in Athletics.  Any questions can be emailed to rmadden@miltonps.org.  Clearance Forms can be found in the Athletic Office or on the website. www.miltonwildcats.com Twitter:   @MHS_Wildcats_ For sports schedules for all MHS teams, please click here.

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

AMBASSADOR PAGE

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

Students: I would like to recognize MHS junior, Gigi Jiang, who has been working to start a tutoring initiative. Ms. Jiang is a very motivated, passionate and committed student, who has been collaborating with her peers to get this tutoring program launched. The goal of the program is to provide additional support in a supervised environment at Milton High School. The first session will be held this Saturday, March 11th from 10am-12pm in the MHS Library. Thank you, Gigi, for all your efforts!

Staff:  I want to thank, congratulate and acknowledge Brenda Rogers for her unbelievable efforts in writing successful Donors Choose grants. Not only has she written grants that have brought thousands of dollars of instructional materials and Chrome books into Collicot Classrooms, classroom, but she has also unselfishly shared her monetary awards with her fellow MPS teachers and staff members. Great job, Ms. Rogers!

Volunteers: I would like to recognize Suzanne Murphy, the Cunningham parent of both a kindergartener and a second grader. She volunteered to co-chair the Chip in Fore Science golf tournament with Bernadette Butler, which will be held on May 1, 2017. Suzanne has a background in event planning, and has been invaluable through the planning process of this golf tournament, which is being held to help support the Science from Scientists program in our fifth grade classes district-wide. Suzanne has already spent countless hours planning and organizing, and we know the event will be a success! To sign up to be a sponsor or to register to golf in the tournament on May 1, please visit www.chipinforescience.org.

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

 

 

March 3rd E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Mar• 03•17

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Friday, March 3, 2017

Milton High School Girls Hockey scored four goals in the third period Wednesday night to beat Ursuline Academy 6-4 and have advanced to play undefeated Notre Dame Academy of Hingham on Saturday, at 7pm at the Pilgrim Arena in Hingham.

Members of the Milton High School Girls and Boys Indoor Track teams will be competing on Saturday at New England Indoor Track & Field Championship, being held at the Reggie Lewis Center in Roxbury. Field Events start at 10:30am and Running Events start at 11am.

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

The past few weeks have been unbelievably successful for our administrators at the Pierce Middle School. While we usually celebrate the receipt of any grants, our middle school has been awarded THREE different grants recently, which are outlined below:

The FUSE Grant:  The Pierce Middle School has been chosen to implement FUSE Studio in 2017-2018. FUSE was developed by researchers and educators at the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University. This program is based on extensive research that suggests that rich learning occurs when students are given the opportunity to pursue topics of genuine interest. The program, which will be implemented via selected computer classes, will engage students in science, technology, engineering, arts/design, and mathematics (STEAM) topics and foster the development of important 21st century skills. The FUSE program currently has challenges including: robotics, electronics, biotechnology, graphic design, Android app development, 3D, and jewelry design. As students gain skill, they can “level up” through the challenges. Pierce Middle School applied and was selected to be one of six schools in the Greater Boston Area to receive funding from the Nellie Mae Foundation to implement FUSE. The Pierce Middle School will receive over $26,000 in materials, professional development, and technical support. Read more about FUSE: https://www.fusestudio.net/

Safe & Supportive Schools Grant: The Pierce Middle School was awarded a grant for $19,000 from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. We sought this grant to support our goal of creating programming and targeted support for students’ social emotional well-being. The funds will be used to gather a school based team consisting of Pierce educators, student leaders, and parents to apply the Department’s Behavioral Health and Public Schools Framework and Self-Assessment Tool to identify areas of strength and areas of need related to supporting students’ positive behavior and social emotional health. Funds will also support site visits to other districts that have used the tool and created action plans to further their work. As we know students benefit greatly from a supportive, smooth transition from elementary school to middle school, we included the Glover Elementary School in our proposal. It is our hope that by working with a school based team at the Glover School that our work will be enhanced and result in a more robust, effective plan for supporting students.  It should be noted that Marvin & Andrea Gordon made a generous donation of $12,800 to implement the Behavioral Health and Public Schools Framework and Self-Assessment Tool at Milton High School, Tucker, Collicot and Cunningham Elementary Schools.

Clean Energy Grant: We are extremely excited to share with you that the Pierce Middle School was awarded a grant for $8,000 from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) to support a Clean Energy Activity Day Program. This MassCEC Workforce Capacity Building Program is “designed to develop replicable models that address systemic deficiencies and enhance working models in clean energy training and education programs [in] the Commonwealth”. Grant funds will be used to facilitate Pierce Middle School Clean Energy Activity Day on April 26, 2017. All students will be invited to apply to participate in this event, which will run from 2:30 PM- 6:30 PM. Students will hear from keynote speakers in the Clean Energy field, engage in hands-on clean energy design challenges, and be able to ask a panel of scientists questions about their education and career pathways. Look for more information in the weeks to come about this exciting opportunity

I would like to give special recognition to Dr. Karen Spaulding, who has been a tireless grant writer for the Pierce Middle School. In addition, I would like to thank and recognize former and current MPS parents Tony Cichello and Catherine Williams, both of whom have been diligent about bringing grants to our attention. Many local companies and foundations offer grants, so please take a moment to see if your employer offers any grants which could benefit the Milton Public Schools.  It would be greatly appreciated.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There has been one School Committee meeting since my last E-blast, held on Wednesday, March 1st.  The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 15th at 7 pm in the Milton TV Access studio, Room 245, Milton High School.

CURRICULUM NEWS

Last night, we held a very successful Grade One Info Night. Although this event was very well attended, for those of you who missed it, here is link to the presentation.

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Also, parents and guardians of next year’s first graders, please note, Grade One Program Choice Forms were distributed today to current K students. They are due back to the K teachers by March 17th.

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

Kindergarten STEM Experience using Dash and Dot

This year the Kindergarten classes at all four elementary schools are using Dash and Dot robots.  Dash and Dot provide a fun and interactive way for scholars to learn about coding and robotics.  Dash and Dot are an innovative learning tool that incorporates Science and STEM, as well as other subjects.  Elementary Science Coordinator, Bernadette Butler, decided to purchase the robots for the Kindergarten classes when awarded the funds from the 2015 MFE Celebration Full STEAM Ahead.

Last year, Maureen McClain, Kindergarten teacher at Cunningham, piloted the Dash and Dot robot experience with her scholars.  Maureen’s insight and ideas have been invaluable in helping to launch the use of Dash and Dot in the Kindergarten classes this year. So far, scholars have explored robotics using the Go App.  To use the Dash and Dot robots scholars connect the robot to an iPad, where they control the robot’s movement similar to using a remote control car.  Using the Go app, scholars first explored the different robot features of Dash and Dot.  They learned how to turn the lights on and off, change the color of the lights, play sounds, and record their own sounds using their voice.

Next, scholars learned how to move Dash.  They have learned how to code using Dash. The giggles and excitement were contagious when scholars first started to drive Dash around the floor. By using Dash and Dot, scholars are learning problem solving skills and working collaboratively to complete a task. All while having a fun and hands-on experience incorporating STEM in the classroom. Next up in the Dash and Dot adventures will be using the Path app, where scholars can measure their route or path while incorporating Math skills.

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For those of you who may have missed STEM Information Night for kindergarten students and their parents/guardians, check out this video from Milton Access Television:

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The following item was sent to us by Kacy Dotoli Kalell and Dana DePaul:

I have some exciting updates on the debate team regarding their competitions in February. In early February, our two captains Domenic Jancaterino (11) and Aislinn O’Brien (12) competed at the NCFL qualifier in Shrewsbury for a chance to qualify for the NCFL tournament in Kentucky in May. The top 6 teams at this tournament qualify for the National Tournament. Domenic and Aislinn came in 1st place going undefeated the whole day.  Over winter break, eight students competed at a three-day national tournament at Harvard University. All teams that attended did really well winning at least three rounds and gained some very valuable experience. We again have a very busy month ahead with two local tournaments and the state finals.

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The following item was submitted by Tucker Principal Elaine McNeil Girmai:

On Tuesday, February 28th, over 20 organizations and athletic teams gathered in the Tucker gymnasium to promote student involvement across town. Representatives ranged from High School Crew to STEAM activity groups to Applied Lesson Programs. Over 100 families visited the Activities and Athletics Fair at Tucker School and were able to get more information about teams and groups.  What made the evening even more enjoyable were the performances of the Milton High School Jazz Ensemble and the Milton High School String Quartet.  The elementary students and families were inspired to take lessons after hearing what hard work and practice produce at the high school level.  There were demonstrations of Taekwondo forms from the Modern Taekwondo Center and a hands-on instrument gallery with Milton Public Schools teacher, Gary Good.  If you were unable to attend the fair but would like information on how to contact Milton sports teams as well as local groups and involvement opportunities, please contact Cat DesRoche, Elementary Curriculum Coordinator (cdesroche@miltonps.org) to get more information. Ms. Desroche did an outstanding job organizing the event, which had an amazing turnout!

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The following item was submitted by Bernadette Butler, Elementary Science Coordinator:

Science Fairs — The elementary schools have had successful Science Fairs over the course of the last month at the Cunningham School, the Glover School, and the Collicot School. We are looking forward to the Tucker School’s Science Fair, which will be held on March 16! Between the Science Fairs at each school, approximately 500 total children have participated, and we can’t wait to see that number grow as the Tucker Science Fair Proposals start coming in!  The projects we have seen have been remarkable and student-driven, allowing children to explore topics they are interested in!   We have been most impressed by the students’ ability to explain their thinking and answer questions as they presented their projects.  At each Science Fair, efforts have been made to increase the number of volunteers circulating to ask questions – including MHS volunteers, MPS teachers, and parent volunteers.

We’d like to recognize the parent volunteers and each school’s PTO as they work very hard behind the scenes to make the Science Fairs come to life:

  • Cunningham School: Jane Gannon
  • Collicot School: Linda Stefanick, MaryClaire Cantor and Lisa Bohlin
  • Glover: Maggie Hale, Melissa Feldman, Danielle Fernandez and Colleen Muse
  • Tucker School: Joanna Weiss, Libby Dunphy, Erin Hardy, and Emily Speck

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Both Linda Stefanick (Collicot) and Jane Gannon (Cunningham) just completed their final year of Elementary Science Fair organization, and we would like to extend our sincerest thanks for their years of dedication and enthusiasm!

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 The following item was sent to us by Christie Chiappetta Middle School Science Coordinator:

The Pierce Science Fair last night was a big hit!  We had students from grades 6-8 participating with over 80 projects displaying in the cafeteria and library.  From the Impact of Temperature and Humidity on Bee Activity in a Langtroph Beehive to investigation into the impact of exercise and stress on the human body, students pursued a wide range of scientific questions they were interested in.  There were also many exciting design engineering projects, including a Storm Drain Oil Filter, a Hydraulic Arm, and a series of designs for a toothpaste-dispensing toothbrush.  As our science fair continues to grow, we are seeing students continue their research and further develop projects over multiple years.  Our next step is determining the projects that will advance to the Regional Science Fair at Regis College on April 22nd.I would also like to share how supportive the teachers in the science department were of the science fair.  We literally had 100% participation as every teacher in the department either spent time after school judging projects or spent their evening at the science fair.  It was a really great night for kids, who felt supported and encouraged by their teachers.

While the highlight was the amazing student work, you should also know that Jon Diamond’s Robotics Team was a big hit!  They were kind enough spend their evening demonstrating their robot for students and families.

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The following two items were sent to us by Collicot Principal Holly Concannon:

The atmosphere at the Collicot Elementary School is vibrant, as students wait to go for their CASS class on their scheduled dates and when CASS sessions are over, students are impatiently waiting for the next session to start.

What are CASS classes? This winter’s sessions included:

CASS classes are an opportunity for Collicot staff to identify an interest, a talent or a hobby and create a six week after school experience for students. Students stay after school for 45 minutes enjoying a hobby or activity they have registered for.

The atmosphere at the Collicot Elementary School is vibrant, as students wait to go for their CASS class on their scheduled dates and when CASS sessions are over, students are impatiently waiting for the next session to start.

Scientific Tuesdays, Cardinal Connection, Zumba, Lego Club, Pokemon Club, French Club

Math Olympics, Yoga, Fast and Furious Floor Hockey, Girls Group, Boom Writer, Google Slides, and Computer Coding Club.

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Another Highlight at the Collicot School is The Cardinal Connection. This teacher-run , student-driven 5th Grade newspaper includes a Teacher Feature, sports highlights, book reviews,activities happening in town and in other schools and more… Ms. Lohan, fifth grade teacher, and Ms. Tierney edit their students’ articles and then with student help and support, publish it to the whole school. The Cardinal Connection team members are hard at work on their next issue coming soon…

MUSIC IN OUR SCHOOLS MONTH

Happy MIOSM!  As you might know, March is a special month for music education, and in recognition of Music In Our Schools Month we have some very musical events on the calendar.

On March 9-11th, the Massachusetts Music Educators Association will host the All-State Conference & Festival in Boston.  We are very proud to have six MHS students selected to attend this three-day festival rehearsal and performance at Symphony Hall on Thursday, March 9th & Friday, March 10th: Jamie Eder, Dominik Hyppolite, Nethania Marc, Benjamin Scott, Katherine Steele and Stephen Tan.

On Thursday, March 9th, The MHS Saxophone Choir under the direction of Rebecca Damiani will be featured in a Casual Concert at All-State.  The following students are attending: Dylan MacLeod, Henry McKay, Coleman Rose, Isaac Savona, Caleb Smith.

On Friday, March 10th, the MHS String Chamber Ensemble will attend All-State to perform for Concert Hour.  This is a HUGE recognition for these students and their Director, Debra Thoresen.  This ensemble is one of only four in the state selected to perform for this event! Ryan Au, Eva Chow, Nicola Cross, Julia DiFilippo, Grace Dwyer, Adri Estevez, Abby Fay, Lucy Hainline, Amalia Halpin, Veronica Harris, Abigail Jean Baptiste, James Le, Jenny Ly, Nethania Marc, Elena Millwood, Julia Nerenberg, Isabelle Neville, Hue-Ninh Nguyen, Than Nguyen, Kate Possi, Milan Smith, Hannah Solomon, Christina Tougias, Alice Truong, Hanganh Vo, Liezel Werner and Billy Liddell.

Looking ahead, on March 24th, 30 MHS students will participate in the SEMSBA Senior Festival in Fall River. Ryan Au, Shoilee Banerjee, Annabel Botsford, Eva Chow, Gray Davis, Isabella DeFilippo, Julia DeFilippo, Kyle Dempsey,James DiSandro, Ava Duggan, Paul Goodman,Paula Hogan, Penelope Holland, Dominik Hyppolite, Miwa Joiner, Esme Link, Marc Lemuel , Henry McKay, Sarah Mitchell, Julia Nerenberg, Isabelle Neville, Hue-Ninh Nguyen, Laura O’Hanlon, Isaac Piliavin, Emily Possi, Coleman Rose, Gwyneth Sauter, Caleb Smith, Liezel Werner and Annie Wong,

Finally, the Tri-M Music Honor Society will play musical selections at Milton High School over the PA system each morning, prior to morning announcements during the month of March.

YOUTH ART MONTH

The following item was sent to us by Dawn Sykes, Director of Fine and Applied Arts:

The Value of Arts Education

Arts education offers a far-reaching and multifaceted effect on a child’s learning and development.  In fact, according to Arts Education Partnership*, “as the country becomes increasingly diverse, the world more interconnected, and the workplace more oriented on technology and creativity, arts education is key to such a system and to ensuring students’ success in school, work and life.”  Here a few ways the arts prepare students for success:

In School

  • The arts boost literacy skills by providing enriching opportunities for students to become better readers and writers.
  • Instruction in music facilitates advances in math achievement, and mastery of computation and estimation skills.
  • Students who study the arts develop critical thinking skills– skills for comparing, hypothesizing, and critiquing alternative viewpoints.
  • The arts provide a means for students to connect new knowledge to personal experiences, and express what they have learned.
  • Arts education can foster a positive school climate and culture, and facilitate meeting the needs of diverse learners.

In Work

  • Arts education develops creativity, and flexibility and adaptability in thinking.
  • The arts develop reasoning skills, and strengthens a child’s ability to analyze information and solve complex problems.
  • Collaboration and communication are central to the artistic process; students learn to articulate intentions, offer and receive constructive criticism, and improve listening skills.
  • The arts allow students to participate in a community as members who work collectively towards a common goal.
  • Arts education increases a capacity for leadership through developing decision-making skills, strategy-building, and reflection.
  • In artistic experiences, students develop a sense of identity and confidence.

In Life  

  • Arts education strengthens a student’s capacity to persist in challenging situations.
  • The arts offer opportunities to foster social tolerance and cross-cultural understandings in an increasingly diverse world.
  • Programming in the arts creates a sense of community that support personal, artistic, and civic development.
  • Arts education fosters a creative community in which students will continue to participate as educated consumers later in life.

In the Milton Public Schools, arts education is recognized for these contributing factors in educating the whole child, and students are offered a variety of rich, artistic experiences through fine arts programming.  This week, Cunningham Elementary School kicked-off a three-month calendar of fine arts presentations with a K-2 General Music Showcase.  Bravo!  Please join us in celebrating K-12 Arts Education in the Milton Public Schools at these future events:

March 7           Sing-Along Chorus Performance (MHS), Grades 6 & 9-12, 7:00 p.m.
March 8           Collicot K-2 Music Showcase, 9:15 a.m.
March 8           Sing-Along Chorus Performance (MHS), Grades 7-12, 7:00 p.m.
March 16         String Orchestra Performance, Grades 5-12 (MHS), 7:00 p.m.
March 21         Jazz & Concert Band Performance, Grades 5-12 (MHS), 7:00 p.m.
March 23         Glover K-2 Music Showcase, 2:00 p.m.
March 28         Tucker Gr 4 & 5 Music Showcase, inc Band & Strings, 9:15 a.m.
March 30              Tucker Passport to the Arts, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
April 3                      MHS Passport to the Arts (Art, MHS Pre-K, & Fashion Design) 6-7:30
April 4              Collicot Grades 4 & 5 Music Showcase, incl Band & Strings, 9:15 a.m.
April 4                     Cunningham Passport to the Arts, 6:00-6:45 p.m.
April 4               Collicot Passport to the Arts, 6:45-7:30 p.m.
April 5              Cunningham Grades 4 & 5 Showcase, including Band & Strings, 9:15 a.m.
April 6              Glover Passport to the Arts, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
April 6              Pierce Passport to the Arts, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
May 4              Glover Grades 4 & 5 Music Showcase, including Band & Strings, 9:15 a.m.
May 16             Tucker K-3 Music Showcase, 2:00 p.m.
May 24             Cunningham Grade 3 Music Showcase, 9:15 a.m.
May 25             Collicot Grade 3 Music Showcase, 9:15 a.m.
May 25             Glover Grade 3 Music Showcase, 9:15 a.m.

Milton Artists at Work!

Please enjoy this performance of Dixie Cat by Mr. Hoff’s 4th Grade Class (Glover Elementary School).   Video provided by Music Teacher, Colleen Martin.

Winner of the Door Decorating Contest, a Grades 3-5 collaboration for Collicot for Kindness Month.

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Photos provided by Art Teacher, Angela Trumbower.

*For more information, including citations, please visit the online publication by Arts Education Partnership,  Preparing Students for the Next America.

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Grade Five Info Night will be held at Pierce Middle School on  March 14th at 6:30pm.

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The Milton High School Drama Club will present its production of Alchemy of Desire/Dead-Man’s Blues, written by Caridad Svich and directed by Julia Butler, TONIGHT, Friday March 3rd  at 7 P.M. in the Milton High School Auditorium. Admission is free but donations are welcome and appreciated!

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Glover and Tucker Parents and Guardians, mark your calendars! Since January students at Tucker and Glover school have been working hard to master the words identified by the Scripps National Spelling Bee for in school bees that occurred on February 17th. The students involved first participated and won their classroom bees before attending a four week Spelling Bee club and studying intently at home! On the day of the bee, the competition was very high going more than thirty rounds at both schools!

At the end, the Glover school had six way tie and Tucker school identified fourth grader Loatchwel Joseph at the school winner! The top six spellers will be going head to head this coming week at the second annual Tucker/Glover Spelling Bee which will be held at Pierce Middle school on March 8th, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Please join us in congratulating the students from each school!

Tucker: Loatchwel Joseph, Nina Truog, Catherine Best, Lucy Hollingsworth Hays, Hoa Tsong & Julia Magnum

Glover: Imaad Tahir, Sundy Zimmerman, Sebastien TranPham, Roman Padera, Max Kelly, and Lily Brockmyre.

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The following item was sent to us by MSE Directors Bernadette Butler and Cat DesRoche:

Believe it or not, it is time to start thinking about Milton Summer Enrichment (MSE) 2017! We are looking forward to a fun-filled summer with the children. This letter will serve as the first of many communications in the upcoming months about MSE, and contains important information about our program.

Administration for MSE: Those of you who have had children participating in the MSE program in past years know that Jonathan Redden did a tremendous job of hiring high-quality teachers and high school staff, ensuring the children in attendance were safe and had fun, and keeping families aware of MSE updates and happenings. Mr. Redden will now be moving on from the position, and Bernadette Butler (MPS Elementary Science Coordinator) and Cat DesRoche (Tucker Curriculum Coordinator) will now be working together to ensure 2017 is the best summer yet! We can be contacted via email at mse@miltonps.org. We are fortunate to have Billy Donovan (bdonovan@miltonps.org) on our team as well, who will be continuing his role of coordinating middle and high school courses.

MSE Courses: Recruitment for teachers interested in implementing engaging and fun courses is underway! We look forward to offering wide range of courses that are appropriate for various grade levels and interests. In early April, families will be sent the “At a Glance” document, which contains a listing of courses available for each grade level during each hour. Families have found this helpful when planning potential course selections for children. Before official registration begins, you will receive the official MSE Brochure, which contains course descriptions and very important information pertaining to the program. In late April, online registration for MSE 2017 will begin. Please see below for important tentative dates (keep in mind these dates are subject to change slightly, but you will be updated if dates change).

Registration: Online registration will begin in late April and remain open for one month. We will also have personnel available to help you register in person if you cannot use the web-based registration tool (times/dates will for face-to-face registration sessions will be released in April). Please note that 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 you, regardless of if you register online or in person. We have strict caps on our classes to ensure that each course is manageable and safe for our teachers and our children, and appreciate the community’s support to ensure the program is the best it can possibly be for all involved. If you miss the online registration window, you must make arrangements to register in person.

This year, during the month of June, we will be adding mandatory “Schedule Pick-Up” times during which parents/guardians must come to collect their child’s MSE schedule lanyard and trouble-shoot any questions/concerns regarding schedules. There will be “Schedule Pick-Up times” at each school and at a variety of times (before school, after school, evening) to ensure all families have the opportunity to collect their schedule(s) prior to the first day of MSE. It is our hope that this will ensure a smooth start to the program on June 26 when the children arrive! Dates/times/locations will be communicated after online registration closes.

Tentative Dates to note:

April 3: “At a Glance” document is sent out for course planning purposes

April 12: MSE Brochure document is sent out April 26 – May 26: Online Registration May 1 and May 2: In-person registration (time and location TBD) Month of June: Schedule Pick-Up Sessions June 26 – July 27: MSE 2017!

MSE 2017 Logistics: MSE will be held at Milton High School and will run Monday-Thursday, 8:00-12:00 from June 26 – July 27, 2017. Please note there will be no MSE on Monday, July 3 or Tuesday, July 4. We will keep our fingers crossed for no snow days, but if needed, we will adjust the dates of MSE and will keep you informed of any changes.

2017 Tuition:

1 Course = $175 2 Courses = $350

Family Max = $1,200

3 Courses = $525 4 Courses = $600

Pre–K = $650

Non-Resident MSE Tuition: $300 per course hour per student Make-Up Courses for High School Credit $300 per 2-hour course Non-Resident for High School Credit: $525

We are looking forward to a fantastic summer at MSE 2017! Please be on the lookout for more communications in the upcoming months, but if you have questions in the meantime, contact Bernadette and Cat via email (mse@miltonps.org).

GUIDANCE NEWS

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

Nearly 70% of parents in a recent survey were unhappy with the way they funded college. Make sure you’re part of the happy 30%! Learn how to fix where you are unnecessarily and unknowingly losing money on college. Todd Weaver, Senior Vice President at Strategies For College, Inc. will be here to speak to parents and students on how to make  college affordable to you!

Please join us on Thursday, March 23rd at 6:30pm in the Milton High auditorium to learn more! Students and parents/guardians are all welcome from any grade! This is important information to hear! The sooner the better!

FOOD SERVICE NEWS

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

National School Breakfast Week (NSBW) is a weeklong celebration aimed at increasing awareness of the School Breakfast Program among students and parents. NSBW is an opportunity to celebrate the good work being done here in Milton and to draw attention to the fact that breakfast is available in our six of our Milton Schools. Breakfast is open twenty minutes before the start of school for all students and is only $1.25.  There is supervision for breakfast at all of our schools.

Children who eat breakfast at school start the day ready to learn—reflected in higher test scores and better classroom behavior. However, only half of the children who eat lunch at school also eat school breakfast, according to the Food Research and Action Council. To garner increased participation in the School Breakfast Program, the Milton Public Schools will recognize National School Breakfast Week. Slated for March 2-6, 2015, National School Breakfast Week is a weeklong celebration aimed at increasing awareness of the School Breakfast Program among students and parents.

The 2016 National School Breakfast Week theme, “Take the School Breakfast Challenge” reminds everyone in the school community – parents, students, administrators – that a healthy school breakfast sets students up for a day of learning and academic success.

The theme will appear in school cafeterias during National School Breakfast Week, March 6-10.

“Too many children are showing up at school hungry, and we know hungry children can’t learn,” said Jacqueline Morgan “A healthy breakfast helps students focus in the classroom and perform better. That’s why we offer a healthy breakfast every morning in our schools.”

Our High School and our Middle School now offer a hot breakfast in the cafeteria and also on their GRAB and GO carts. Every school day, Milton’s school breakfast program offers students a healthy breakfast that they need to get set for a busy school day. We offer a great variety of whole grain items, juice, fruit and milk.  Every school breakfast served meets federal nutrition standards limiting fat, calories, sodium.

Contact Jacqueline Morgan, Director of Food Services, with any questions at 617-898-1051 or you can email her at jmorgan@miltonps.org

FAMILY LIAISON NEWS

The following information regarding Preschool, Kindergarten and Grade One Program Selection Information was sent to us by Family Liaison Marti O’Keefe McKenna:

Preschool: Preschool information night was held on Thursday, January 12th. For those whose names were selected in the lottery held on January 27, 2017, registration took place on February 17, 2017 with a deadline to submit all required documents and deposits by January 24, 2017.  Due to inclement weather predicted on January 13, 2017 previously scheduled appointments have been rescheduled for Monday, March 6, 2017.  Families on the waitlist will be notified if and when spots become available. For those families that did not have an opportunity to pre-register their child and wish to have their names added to the waitlists please click here.  The Preschool Information Night presentation can be found here.

Kindergarten: Kindergarten information night was held on Wednesday, January 25, 2017. Registration took place on February 14, 15, 16, 2017 in the MHS library.  If you have not had an opportunity to register your child for Kindergarten for the school year 2017-2018 please contact Jane Barrett at 617-696-5040 ext. 5510.  Students who are fully registered by April 28, 2017 will receive notice in early May indicating their child’s school assignment along with their screening appointment time which will be held in late May. The Kindergarten Information Night presentation can be found here.

Grade One: Grade One Information Night was held Thursday, March 2, 2017. Program selection forms will be distributed to parents/guardians on Friday, March 3, 2017.  Forms are due back to the child’s kindergarten teacher no later than Friday, March 17, 2017.  School-based and District-wide lotteries for French Immersion (if necessary) will take place the week of March 27, 2017.  Program assignments will be communicated to families the week of April 3, 2017. The Grade One Information Night presentation can be found here. Please help us spread the word to your friends and neighbors about the important dates mentioned again.

SPECIAL EDUCATION

The Milton Public Schools along with SEPAC invite you to join us for the “Special Education Roundtable Night” on Tuesday March 28, 2017 from 6:30pm-8:30pm at Milton High School Library.  This is an exciting opportunity for parents and community members to learn more information regarding the district’s programs and services. There will also be the chance to ask questions from staff at all school levels. We look forward to seeing you! For additional information, please contact Tracy Grandeau, Administrator of Pupil Personnel Services at tgrandeau@miltonps.org.

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

On May 1, the Chip in Fore Science Golf Tournament will be held at Granite Links Golf Course in Quincy, MA to help support and sustain the Science from Scientists (SfS) Program in the Milton Public Schools. We all know that fostering a love of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in young students will help them prepare to be successful adults in the ever-changing world we live in.   The Milton Public Schools has partnered with Science from Scientists for four years now to help inspire our fifth graders in the areas of STEM, and the feedback from students, parents, teachers, and administrators about the program has been overwhelmingly positive.

The SfS program costs $60,000 annually, and funding to sustain the program has come primarily through contributions from the Milton Foundation for Education and Milton Public Schools, as well as fundraisers, donations and grants. We are hopeful that through the generous contributions of sponsors/donors and a high number of golfers and attendees to the reception, this upcoming golf tournament will be a key factor that helps continue the SfS program for years to come.

If you’d like to:

  • Register to play in the Chip in Fore Science Golf Tournament ($175/person – space is limited so register early! This price includes golfing, a boxed lunch, and the reception in the Granite Links Pavilion)
  • Purchase a ticket to the reception in the Granite Links Pavilion after the tournament ($40.00/reception ticket only)
  • Be a sponsor for the tournament, or to donate

Visit http://www.chipinforescience.org or contact Elementary Science Coordinator Bernadette Butler (Bbutler@miltonps.org) or Parent Representative Suzanne Murphy (chipinforescience.org).   We hope to see you on May 1 for a fun-filled day of golf to help support and sustain the Science from Scientists program in our elementary schools!

MFE NEWS

SAVE THE DATE: This year’s Celebration for Education will take place at Lombardo’s on Saturday, April 8th.

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To buy tickets, click here.  To become a sponsor or donate an item, please visit our event website

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Milton Foundation for Education 20th Anniversary Grant Winner, “For the Love of Libraries”:  Last year, the Milton Foundation for Education celebrated 20 years of funding initiatives that have altered the educational landscape of our school system. Many such initiatives were the product of the MFE’s Competitive Grant Program!  To celebrate its 20th Anniversary, the Milton Foundation for Education created a one-time larger monetary commemorative grant of $20,000 to complement our fall and spring grant cycles where the average grant size is $1,500.

The Milton Foundation for Education is thrilled to announce the winner of our 20th Anniversary Competitive Grant, “For the Love of Libraries”. This grant will provide much needed updates to the book collections at the four elementary school libraries with an emphasis on nonfiction materials. Presently the average publication date for material in Glover is 1990, Tucker collection is 1990 and the Collicot- Cunningham collection is 1992. For the Love of Libraries grant will provide 1,124 newly published quality titles for circulation to all elementary school students in all four schools which will allow 2,105 students access to wider reading, motivate learners, and support students as they develop independent information literacy skills.

Congratulations to School Librarian, Lori Henry, for writing and applying for the grant and she is looking forward to these new books stocked in the library very soon!

The Milton Foundation for Education would also like to thank all of our community sponsors and donors who help to make these grants possible and enhance all 6 Milton Public Schools.

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FROM OUR READERS

We were very pleased to read this week’s editorial in the Milton Times, written by Editor David Johnson:

MHS Girls Track Team Makes Magic

Congratulations to the Milton High School girls track team and their coach, Tom Shaw. The girls have just won their second state championship in a row. This is a pretty big deal.

Over the past two years, MHS girls cross country and track teams have won eight State and All-State championships. With a largely overlapping membership, the teams have the same coach. As Shaw pointed out, success often feeds on itself. Shaw credited the girls with “a lot of confidence going into these meets now. They don’t need so much from us now. In terms of coaching them up, because they have that mental toughness.”

Shaw has pointed out the team has matured and runs well as a group, with one girl picking up the slack if someone else has a weak performance during a meet.

There is an old saying, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.”

Shaw told the School Committee that during one of the cross country meets some of the stars of the team didn’t do as well as expected. To compensate, a number of the other girls stepped up their performances. They wound up winning. Afterwards, another coach told Shaw the Milton team was “a perfect example of what we’re trying to get at.”

The group of individuals, functioning as one team dedicated to a common goal is indeed the ultimate in sportsmanship. While these skills are obviously great for sports, they are also valuable for life. How many people work on the job totally alone? Not many. Cooperation and teamwork is part of just about every aspect of life, whether on the job or not. The Wildcats can be assured that what they are learning now, will be useful to count upon later in life. Probably frequently.

“It was pretty magical, pretty special,” Shaw said of the team’s performance recently.

And that’s the truth.

But then there’s the coach himself. Shaw has modestly said, “The students make me look good. I couldn’t be more pleased and proud coaching them.” He is being a little modest, which seems to be a common trait among good leaders. He was passing all the glory off onto the students. But, the girls couldn’t have done what they have without some direction. That came from Shaw, who clearly brought the team together and brought out the best in the individual members.

The U.S.Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association named Shaw Girls High School Track & Field Coach of the Year for 2016, and the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association has also named him Coach of the Year.

So, with everyone complaining about their water runoff bills, the traffic and so on, Miltonians can all take a little bit of pride in the girls track and field and cross country teams and the coach who leads them so well. Even those people who are not parents can take pride in the achievements of the students, after all we are all part of the same community.

And speaking of communities, and of schools, Cunningham Elementary School Principal Jonathan Redden, the staff at the school and their students also deserve congratulations.

The students also collected donations for the Milton Food Pantry, which is always a popular cause. It will do the students good to learn that others may not have all the things they enjoy and realize that the food, they make take for granted, makes all the difference to someone less fortunate.

The Milton Schools should be commended for encouraging students to build character and think in new directions.

– David Johnson Editor

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The MBTA will hold a public meeting on Thursday, April 13th 6:30 – 8:30 pm at Milton High School Auditorium, 25 Gile Rd., Milton to discuss investments to the Mattapan-Ashmont Trolley Line. Click here for the MBTA’s flyer.

Over the next two years the MBTA will invest approximately $8m to replace propulsion and breaking systems of the historic Presidential Conference Car (PCC) fleet. This significant investment will extend the service life of the PCC fleet in the near term and into the next decade. Three public meetings will be held to seek public comment, highlight the investments and discuss a study currently underway which will assess existing conditions of the corridor’s infrastructure and future needs beyond the useful service life of existing assets.

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

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

Winter is wonderful at the Milton Public Library! Fun family activities including books, programs, coloring, games, puppets and more are available every day for you to check out. In addition to our regular storytimes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of March 12 – 18:

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 from 7:15 – 7:45 pm
SPUB Club, Ages 7-11

Join the SPUB Club! Our Super Popular, Unbelievable Book Club is a read-aloud book club for kids aged 7-11. Miss Sara will read a few chapters of a book each week; your job is to listen, while engaging in hands-on activities like Lego building, play-dough sculpting, Rubik’s cubes, and more. No registration is required.

Friday, March 17, 2017 from 10:00 – 11:00 am
Signing with Maribeth, Ages 8-18 mos. with caregiver

Learn how to communicate with your baby before he/she can speak!  Join Maribeth MacDonald, sign language interpreter, for an introductory course in baby sign language.  At this class, Maribeth will teach participants how to sign the classic children’s book The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. For babies 8-18 mos, with parent. Registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library.

Friday, March 17, 2017 from 4:15 – 4:45 pm
Irish Step Demonstration, All Ages

Come celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the Kenny Academy Irish Dancers! Dancers ages 6-17 will put on a fun show of traditional Irish dancing, and will get the audience up dancing with them at the end of the performance. All ages welcome. No registration required.

Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 11:00 am – 12:00 noon
Reading Dogs, Grades K-5

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

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

ATHLETICS

Boys & Girls Indoor Track

The Milton High School Girls Indoor Track Team has won two additional championships in the past two weeks – first by claiming the D4 State Championship, and one week later, earning Milton’s first-ever Indoor All-State Championship at the Reggie Lewis Center in Roxbury on Feb. 26. Between Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track, all of which are coached by Tom Shaw, the teams have earned nine state and all-state championships in cross country and track and field over the last two school years. Also, on the boy’s side, Milton High School Boys Indoor Track earned third place at the All-State Meet, with all 25 points earned by sophomore Smith Charles, who won the 55-meter dash and the long jump to grab 10 points in each event, then scored 5 points with a fourth place finish in the high jump.

For the girls, valuable points were earned by Jessy Iwuala in the high jump, Abigail Jean-Baptiste in the 55-meter, and Alexis Daly in the long jump. In the 600-meter run, Elise O’Leary, who won the event last week at the Div. IV state meet, placed third. During the 1,000-meter, the Wildcats picked up the bulk of their points, with a 1-2 finish from Bridget Mitchell and Colette O’Leary. The final event is what pushed the Wildcats to their All-State victory, with a fourth-place finish and critical points earned by the 4×400 relay team of Josie Cousineau, Bridget Mitchell, Colette O’Leary and Elise O’Leary.

Smith Charles from the Boy’s team, along with Jessy Iwala, Colette O’Leary, Elise O’Leary, Josie Cousineau and Bridget Mitchell are now focused on the New England Championship meet at Reggie Lewis Center this Saturday — and then Nationals in New York City.

For full results, click here.  For video recaps, and interviews, click here.

Boys Basketball

Boys Basketball lost in the first round of the tournament against a very good Oliver Ames Team.  The Tigers played very aggressively and made Milton work for every basket.  Eddie Hassell worked extremely hard all night, finishing with 27 points.  Aidan Johnson ended with 13 point, and senior Christian Reddick had 12 points on the night.  Oliver Ames will move on to play Whitman Hanson in the next round, and the Wildcats will enter their offseason with high hopes for next year.  Congratulations to Coach Lopresti and the boys on a great season!

Girls Ice Hockey

Girls Hockey will play Notre Dame of Hingham on Saturday night at 7pm at the Pilgrim Arena in Hingham after beating Ursuline 6-4 on Wednesday.  Elena Kapolis had a hat-trick, while Scannell scored twice and Abbott had the other.  Notre Dame is currently undefeated and should be a great game.  Tickets will be $5 for students and $7 for adults at the gate.  Good luck ‘Cats!

Cheer

The Cheer Team will be competing in South Regional Championships on Sunday, March 5th at Whitman Hanson High School. Start times vary depending on the day’s schedule, but the events kick off at 12:15 pm. Good luck to the girls!

ALSO: Messages from the Cheer Team

Hello Milton parents!  Need a night out?  The Milton High Cheer squad is hosting a Wildcat fun night fundraiser on Saturday March 11, 2017 from 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM at the Collicot gym.  The event will be for girls and boys in grades k-5.  The cost is $10.00 per child if you register by March 9th or $15.00 per child at the door.  This is a fun event for all children!!  The Milton High cheerleaders along with some of their football and basketball friends will play with and entertain your child/children while you get a well deserved night out!! *** No food will be served at this event, we will have water for the children.  You can download and print a registration form with more information here.

Spring Athletics Information Registration is OPEN for Spring Athletics.  The deadline is March 9th.  Tryouts begin March 20th . Please visit http://miltonwildcats.com/inside-athletics/registration/ for all information regarding the sign-up process.  You MUST complete the Family ID Registration (instructions found at link) in order to participate in Athletics.  Any questions can be emailed to rmadden@miltonps.org.  Clearance Forms can be found in the Athletic Office.

MHS Athletics

www.miltonwildcats.com

Twitter:   @MHS_Wildcats_

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

AMBASSADOR PAGE

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

Students: I would like to recognize Pierce Middle Schooler Dominique Thomas, who is our Milton Ambassador for Project 351. Dominique is getting ready for the upcoming Spring Service Fundraiser, which will be to benefit Cradles to Crayons. She will be collecting gently used clothing and shoes to benefit all those who are served through Cradles to Crayons by placing bins in all the schools from March 26-April 3. We are very grateful to Dominique for serving as an ambassador.

Volunteers:  I’d like to recognize a Glover parent, Emily Duffy, for bringing math to life with our K-2 students. In addition to spearheading our Glow Run efforts and chairing the Glover Outdoor Space Committee, she has brought an amazing enrichment program to Glover. In response to the fact that we have before-school Continental Math leagues for Grades 3, 4, and 5 but similar opportunities don’t exist for K-2, Emily single-handedly researched and found an amazing program called Crazy 8s.

Crazy 8s is a recreational before school math club that helps kids enjoy the math behind their favorite activities!   From the creators of Bedtime Math, Crazy 8s is fun for kids of all math abilities.   Every Tuesday for 8 weeks, our Glover K-2 kids meet build things, run and jump, make music, and have fun while learning math.   From Glow in the Dark Geometry to Toilet Paper Olympics, the kids are using their math skills in new ways by creating, defining and understanding math in a tactile and physical way.   During one session, the students mummified their principal and measured the length of toilet paper used! Another involved using glow sticks to create shapes!

Emily meets with 16 K-2 students each Tuesday morning from 7:45-8:35 in the Glover library and they are having a ball! Her second session is already full and she has a waiting list! This is an amazing way to motivate and encourage our youngest MPS mathematicians!

Staff:   For the last item in this Eblast, I’d like to share with you a video taken during the staff vs. student basketball game at Cunningham Elementary School. Do yourself a favor and watch this video. Not only does it show what an unbelievable staff we have at Cunningham, it will also put a giant smile on your face. Have a great weekend! Click here to view or press play below.

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

 

 

February 23rd E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Feb• 23•17

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

LAST CHANCE! The last  Milton School Committee’s FY18 Budget Presentation, sponsored by the Administration and Milton School Committee, will be presented to parents/guardians and citizens of Milton at Tucker Elementary School on Monday, February 27th at 6:30pm in the Library.

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

With the month of March right around the corner, I am sure that you’ll join me in celebratring events which celebrate the arts. March is Youth Art Month, which means we can all look forward to a variety of visual treats. And to kick things off, we received some wonderful news from the Boston Globe Scholastic Art Awards. This year, our students received six Gold Key and two Silver Key awards from this very prestigious competition. Please see their artwork and read the rest of the exciting news from our art departments below under Art and Music News. Be sure to make an effort to attend one of our upcoming art fairs during the month of March. You won’t be sorry!

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There have been no School Committee meetings since my last E-blast. The next meeting will be held Wednesday, March 1st at 7 pm in the Milton TV Access studio, Room 245, Milton High School.

CURRICULUM NEWS

Please note, the deadline for Kindergarten registration is April 28th. If your child will be five years old by August 31st, 2017 and you have not yet registered them for kindergarten, please contact Laurie Dunn at ldunn@miltonps.org

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Our district recently held a STEM Information Night at the Cunningham/Collicot cafeteria to inform parents/guardians of prospective first-graders about the STEM/Innovation Pathway program in the Milton Public Schools. If you were unable to attend, but have questions about this program, please contact Elementary Science Coordinator Bernadette Butler at bbutler@miltonps.org

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 Please enjoy these photos from the recent Science Fair at Collicot School:

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ART AND MUSIC NEWS

Youth Art Month is a Celebration of the Visual Arts!

The Council for Art Education administers Youth Art Month to encourage support for quality school art programs, and promote art material safety.  The program provides a medium for recognizing skills developed through visual arts experiences unlike any other curriculum subjects, including problem solving, creativity, observation, and communication.

Across the nation, art shows, special exhibits, and school and community activities take place annually, traditionally during March, to celebrate visual art education for grades K – 12.  This year, Milton celebrates Youth Art Month by highlighting the many recipients of the Boston Globe Scholastic Art Awards.  Each year, Milton High School students apply in 29 categories of art and writing where upwards of 300,000 submissions are typically received.  These submissions are juried by luminaries in the visual and literary arts who look for works that best exemplify originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal voice or vision.

Submissions may be awarded Gold Keys, Silver Keys, Honorable Mention, or American Visions & Voices Nominations.  The work of Gold Key recipients goes on to be judged nationally by an impressive panel of creative-industry experts to receive national Medals, including Gold, Silver, American Visions & Voices, Portfolio Silver with Distinction or Portfolio Gold Medals and Sponsored Awards.  National Medalists are recognized in part of the National Ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Below are Milton High School’s 2017 Scholastic Art Award Recipients:

Honorable Mention:  

Nicholas Crowley- Photography
Amy Dai- Photography
Sarah Lam- Art Portfolio & Photography
Eleni Minias- Art Portfolio
Sydney Nguyen- Photography, two submissions
Hannah O’Toole- Photography
Rebecca Scott- Photography
Morgan Smith-  Photography
Rosalind Smith- Photography, two submissions

Silver Key:  Two Awards

Adriana Estevez- Photography
Sydney Nguyen- Photography

Gold Key: Six Awards

Sarah Lam- Photography & Printmaking
Morgan Smith- Photography, two submissions
Rachael Tomaszewski- Art Portfolio & Photography

These Gold Key recipients will be celebrated at an awards ceremony on March 11th held at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and their submissions will be forwarded to the national level for further medal consideration.  Congratulations to these artist, MHS Art Teacher Ms. Karen Hughes, and good luck to our Gold Key recipients. Please see their artwork below:

Sydney Nguyen

Sydney Nguyen (Silver Key)

Sarah Lam (Gold Key)

Sarah Lam (Gold Key)

 

Rachael Tomaskewski (Gold Key)

Rachael Tomaskewski (Gold Key)

Morgan Smith (Gold Key)

Morgan Smith (Gold Key)

Morgan Smith

Morgan Smith

 

Adriana Estevez

Adriana Estevez

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Youth Art Month will conclude with Passport to the Arts, a week-long art show featuring the work of all Milton young artists.  The schedule for Passport to the Arts is as follows:

Thursday, March 30th
Tucker Elementary from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Monday, April 3rd
Milton High School & MHS Pre-K from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 4th
Cunningham Elementary School from 6:00-6:45 p.m.
Collicot Elementary School from 6:45 to 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 5th
Glover Elementary School from 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Pierce Middle School from 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Passport to the Arts is free and open to the public, and all are encouraged to attend. Please join us in this artistic celebration!

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Elementary Music News:

March marks the beginning of our Elementary Music Showcases, a series of grade-level performances highlighting the elementary general music curriculum, and the elementary band and string ensembles.  Mark your calendars with the dates below:

March 1          Cunningham Kindergarten-Grade 2 Showcase, 9:15am
March 8          Collicot Kindergarten-Grade 2 Showcase, 9:15am
March 23         Glover Kindergarten-Grade 2 Showcase, 2:00pm
March 28         Tucker Gr 4-5 Showcase and Band & String Ensemble Concert,9:15am
April 4          Collicot Grade 4-5 Showcase, and Band & String Ensemble, 9:15am
April 5          Cunn. Gr 4-5 Showcase, and Band & String Ensemble Concert, 9:15am
May 4            Glover Gr 4-5 Showcase, and Band & String Ensemble Concert, 9:15am
May 16           Tucker Kindergarten-Grade 3 Showcase, 2:00pm
May 24           Cunningham Grade 3 Showcase, 9:15am
May 25           Collicot Grade 3 Showcase, 9:15am
May 25           Glover Grade 3 Showcase, 9:15am

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The following item was submitted by the following Cultural Competence Committee Members: Dr. Dennis Slaughter, Dr. Angela Burke, James Jette, Dr. Karen Spaulding, Dr. Elaine McNeil-Girmai, Larry Jordan, Vy Vu and Janet Sheehan:

Each year due to retirements and educator mobility, districts are faced with the need to recruit educators and leaders who meet expectations for excellence in teaching, learning, and leading.  As has been recently reported (see Mass. Teachers Far Less Diverse Than Students- bostonglobe.com), districts in the Commonwealth are finding it particularly challenging to recruit candidates of color.

In order to work toward the goal of a diverse faculty, for the first time South Shore districts are participating in a Regional Minority Recruitment Fair, which will take place on Saturday, March 4, from 10:00 AM- 1:00 PM in the Field House at Milton High School. Beginning in December, the Regional Minority Recruitment Fair Committee established commitments from South Shore school districts to attend. Additionally, local universities will be in attendance to publicize their graduate education programs.  This event is being widely publicized in an effort to attract diverse candidates who might be interested in starting, or continuing, their career as an educator on the South Shore.

We are hoping that if you are affiliated with an educator preparation program or related organization that you would consider posting or distributing the attached flyer.  Finally, although we recognize that the FY18 budget is still uncertain, we have still chosen to participate in this Regional Minority Recruitment Fair as we see it as an opportunity to network with diverse educators so that once our needs for next year become clear, we can look deeper into this pool of educators.

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March 2nd is First Grade Information Night for parents/guardians at the Milton High School Auditorium at 6:30pm. Join Milton Public School administrators and staff to learn about first grade programs. Information will be presented regarding the English Innovation Pathway, the French Immersion program, common curriculum and assessments, assignment plans, time frames and lottery.

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March 14th is Grade 5 Information Night at the PMS Auditorium from 6:30pm – 8:00pm. Parents/guardians of current fifth-graders who are interested in having their child attend Pierce Middle School next year should plan to attend this event. Pierce Principal Dr. Karen Spaulding, along with department heads, guidance counselors and faculty members, will provide information about the Pierce Middle School experience. The purpose of this information night is to share with families of current 5th grade students the many academic and enrichment programs that the Pierce Middle School has to offer. Students are welcome to attend with their parents and guardians.

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Science Fairs will be held in our schools over the next few weeks. Collicot and Glover have already had their science fairs. Please see the schedule below for the remaining fairs:

  • Cunningham: Tuesday, February 28th
  • Pierce Middle School: Thursday, March 2nd from 6:30-8pm.
  • Tucker: Thursday, March 16th at 6:30pm.

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The Milton High School Boys Track Team is hosting a Cans for Cats Collection on Saturday, March 4th at Milton High School from 9:00 – 12:00.

GUIDANCE NEWS

The following item was submitted by Guidance Director Karen Cahill:

Taking the Advanced Placement exams is an important part of all AP courses. Milton High School requires that all students take AP exams for the AP classes that they have taken. Scoring well on an AP exam can often earn students college credit for their high school class, saving a significant amount on tuition.

For the 2017 AP exams, students at Milton High School will be registering online. This registration will take a few minutes and can be completed from any computer with internet access.

This year each AP exam costs $89.00. Milton High School desires that every student be able to take their AP exams. Students requiring financial assistance should contact Karen Cahill, kcahill@Miltonps.org, at Milton High to learn more.

Online Exam registration will begin on Mon, Jan 30, 2017 at 11:59 PM and end on Sat, Mar 4, 2017 at 11:59 PM. In order to register, students should click on the link on the Naviance website or visit www.TotalRegistration.net/AP/221440 to register. To complete registration, students must answer all of the required questions. Registration is not complete until students have printed the PDF of the confirmation page that is provided at the end. We know that parents may desire to register their students for exams, we strongly recommend that parents and students are both present while registering to ensure that the correct exams are ordered.

Milton High School is excited to offer families the convenience of paying exam fees online at the time of registration. Please be sure to have a credit card or debit card available before beginning registration. Paying online is a great way to make sure that payment has been made while avoiding mailing payment.

Here are the important dates for the registration process:

  • Mon, Jan 30, 2017 at 11:59 PM – Registration Begins
  • Sat, Mar 4, 2017 at 11:59 PM – Registration Ends

Please contact Karen Cahill, kcahill@Miltonps.org , if you would like to register for an exam not listed or have any questions.

ADULT EDUCATION NEWS

The Spring brochure has just been released. Please click here to see course offerings.

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

The following item was sent to us by Magda Cupidon, Young Adult & Reference Librarian:

Teens, please join us for the Draw a Manga Face workshop facilitated by Pop Up Art School on Thursday, March 2 from 4-6pm in the Keys Community Room at the Milton Public Library. For more info, contact Magda Cupidon at mcupidon@ocln.org

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

Winter is wonderful at the Milton Public Library! Fun family activities including books, programs, coloring, games, puppets and more are available every day for you to check out. In addition to our regular storytimes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people happening during the week of March 5 – 11:

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

Join the newest craze: the SPUB Club! Our Super Popular, Unbelievable Book Club is a read-aloud book club for kids aged 7-11. Miss Sara will read a few chapters of a book each week; your job is to listen, while engaging in hands-on activities like Lego building, play-dough sculpting, Rubik’s cubes, and more. No registration is required.

Friday, March 10, 2017 from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
Free Play Friday, Ages 0-5

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

Saturday, March 11, 2017 from 2:30 – 3:30 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. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library, and offered in partnership with Milton Reflecting.

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

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

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

ATHLETICS

Please note, Crew Info Night will be held at the MHS Library on Tuesday, February 28th. MHS Crew offers high school students in grades 9-12 the opportunity to learn how to row and compete. Crew is a spring varsity sport and no previous rowing experience is necessary. At Information Night, there will be information about the sport of rowing, how the program works, costs, practice dates and times, etc. For more information, contact Program Director Milos Nikolic at mnikolic@neponsetrowing.org

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The following update was sent to us by Athletic Director Eric Karjel:

Boys Basketball

Boys Basketball won eight straight games until they were bested by Cathedral High School.  After beating Quincy in the semis on Monday night, 62-52, the Wildcats lost to Cathedral in the finals of the Moscardelli Tournament hosted by Quincy High School.  They finish the season 13-7, and will await seeding on Friday afternoon. Congratulations to Coach Lopresti and good luck to the boys in the tournament.

Girls Basketball

Girls Basketball ended their season with back-to-back wins over Randolph and Quincy over the weekend.  They finished 7-13 on the year.  Seniors Lucy Crawford and Joanna Needham were honored Thursday, as well as National Anthem Singer Julia Butler and Team Manager Amanda DelConte. Congratulations to Coach Donovan and the girls on a great season.

Boys Ice Hockey

Boys Ice Hockey put five past Norwood on their senior night over the weekend.  Three seniors capped off their career with goals in their final home game – Jared Carney, James Long, and Cole Doherty.  They will not qualify for the tournament, as they stand at 6-11-2, though they have their Woburn Tournament to look forward to.  They will play Billerica Memorial High School on Wednesday, and then in the finals or consolation game on Friday.  Good luck and congratulations to Coach Noonan and the boys on a great season.

Girls Ice Hockey

Girls Ice Hockey has had a tough time lately. They are 1-5-2 in their last eight games but still hold a record of 10-7-3.  They came just short of winning the Herget Division.  With one game remaining on Thursday at 9:30am vs Plymouth South, the Girls will look to right the ship before entering tournament play early next week.  Seedings will be done over the weekend so be sure to look at the Milton Athletics website and Twitter to find out who the girls will match up against.

Boys Indoor Track

Boys Indoor Track did very well at States last Thursday, finishing 4th, with Smith Charles stealing the headlines – Boston Globe and Patriot Ledger both featured Charles in their pictures.  He set the meet record in the 55 meter dash, as well as excelling in the Long Jump and High Jump.  The Patriot Ledger, and the Boston Globe both had great articles. Click the links to read the articles.

Girls Indoor Track

The Girls Indoor Track Team has taken Massachusetts track by storm.  They won the States on Saturday, scoring 95 points – Tewksbury finished second with 74 points.  They are back-to-back state champions, while Coach Shaw has won five straight state titles.  The Patriot Ledger, and the Boston Globe had great articles. The lead paragraph for the Ledger read, “Technically, it was the MIAA Division 4 Indoor Track & Field State Championship meet. . . But you could call it the Milton High Invitational.”  Click the links to read about the performances.

Wrestling

The Wrestling Team fared well in the sectional tournaments, but bowed out early in the state tournaments in Algonquin on Friday.  Matt LaBelle finished 0-1 on the day, Jack Stapleton ended 0-1, and Liam Kelly went 0-1.  They are still a very young group and Coach Carroll has done an excellent job with them this year.  Congratulations to him and the entire wrestling team on a great season.

Cheer

The Cheer Squad qualified for Regionals last Wedneday at Braintree High School with a 5th place finish, scoring above the 70 points needed for qualification. They will compete in Regionals on Sunday March 5th at Whitman Hanson High School, time TBA.  Good luck to the Girls and congratulations on a great season so far.

Swim

The Milton Swim Team competed in the Massachusetts Girls State Division 2 Swimming and Diving Championships at Boston University.  In only the second year with Swim as a varsity sport, the girls did very well, and there is a lot of potential in this group. The team placed 18th overall.  The results from the championships are below:

100 Yard Butterfly – 9th Amalia Halpin FR Milton 1:01.47 500 Yard Freestyle – 7th Emily Dobrindt FR Milton 5:25.83 200 Yard Freestyle Relay – 15th Milton (Adley, Dobrindt, Haley, and Halpin) 1:46.82 100 Yard Backstroke – 8th Amalia Halpin FR Milton 1:01.69, 14th Emily Dobrindt FR Milton 1:03.45 400 Yard Freestyle Relay – 11 Milton (Adley, Dobrindt, Haley, and Halpin) 3:53.75

Full Results can be found here.  No one progressed to all-states.  Congrats on a great season!

MHS Swim Team relay team with Coaches Zitz and Heller

MHS Swim Team relay team with Coaches Zitz and Heller

Ski

The Ski Team enjoyed some success this year, with Aidan Walsh and Kate Rulon missing out on the Top 30 by just a few places in the boys and girls divisions, respectively.  Kate Rulon earned a total of 107 points over her 8 races, while Walsh finished with 78.  No skiers qualified for the state races.  Congratulations to Coach Ajemian all skiers on a great season.  All race results can be found here.

In the coming weeks, Bay State League All-Stars will be announced.  Spring Sports signups is open and quickly approaching the deadline.  Be sure to check out the Athletics Website to find instructions on how to sign up on Family ID.

www.miltonwildcats.com

Twitter:   @MHS_Wildcats_

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

AMBASSADOR PAGE

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

Students: I would like to commend two of our Milton High School student-athletes, Naomi Negassi and Smith Charles. These talented athletes not only represented Milton High School, they represented the entire Bay State League at the MIAA Indoor Track Recognition Banquet. Congratulations to both of these students.

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Staff: Although they are not technically Milton Public School employees, I would like to recognize and congratulate two Milton Police Department employees who recently received promotions. Lieutenant Charles Caputo (and MPS parent) and Sergeant Michael Dillon are to be commended. Best of luck in your new positions!

Volunteers: I would like to thank the volunteers from the Milton Historical Society who have been incredibly helpful to our students through the years. Recently, Gwen Labbe, the educational director and Stephen O’Donnell, the President of the Historical Society, assisted a group of Pierce students at the Suffolk Resolves House. Students were excited by much of what they learned that day, including the mystery of the Baker Chocolate Factory desk and a trap door at the Suffolk Resolves House. We are very grateful to all the hardworking volunteers at the Milton Historical Society.

Volunteers: I would also like to give a belated “thank you” and special recognition to Peggy Rusnock. Ms. Rusnock has been responsible for creating the beautiful floral arrangements that adorned the front of the Glover School for years. Although her children no longer attend the Milton Public Schools, Peggy’s heart will always be at the Glover School. In fact, this winter, she returned to create beautiful winter holiday arrangements and most recently, a Valentine’s Day display that Glover families loved. Thank you, Ms. Rusnock, for all you do!

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

 

 

February 15th E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Feb• 15•17

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

As a former elementary school teacher and principal, I have many special memories of Valentine’s Day in the classroom. This was always a day of great excitement and a celebration of friendship. This year, I was so pleased to see that yesterday’s Valentine’s Day event coincided with the 100th Day of School celebration. Please enjoy these adorable pictures from our elementary school students, who managed to pull off a double celebration.

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I would also like to remind all of our parents and guardians about our upcoming Budget Presentations. The Milton School Committee’s FY18 Budget Presentation will be presented by the administration and Milton School Committee to parents/guardians and citizens of Milton on the following dates, times and locations.

  • The Glover PTO will be hosting the Milton School Committee and Administration as they present the FY18 Budget on Thursday, February 16th at 6:30pm in the Glover Library.
  • The Tucker PTO will be hosting the Milton School Committee and Administration as they present the FY18 Budget on Monday, February 27th at 6:30pm in the Tucker Library.  (Please note Tucker PTO’s presentation had to be rescheduled due to the snowstorm.)

We strongly urge you all to attend one of the sessions. The same presentation will be given at each site. No matter which school your child attends, you can attend either of these presentations to receive the same information. We would like as many Milton School parents/guardians and community members to attend and give feedback on the presentation as possible.

This is a great opportunity to get educated, ask questions and give your opinions on choices that will need to be made with regard to the budget for the 2017-2018 fiscal school year. Please spread the word to your friends and neighbors and be on the lookout for reminder announcements from your school principals and PTOs. We look forward to your attendance and feedback!

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There have been no School Committee meetings since my last E-blast. The next meeting will be held tonight, February 15th at 7 pm in the Milton TV Access studio, Room 245, Milton High School.

CURRICULUM NEWS

The following item was sent to us by our school librarians, Jen Troy and Jess Royster:

The importance of independent reading is multi-faceted. It will improves vocabulary and word knowledge, writing skills, and even brain function! You can learn about different cultures, the history of the world, and delve into the genres of science fiction and fantasy. Independent fiction reading also improves nonfiction reading skills, which will benefit students in the classroom while reading difficult texts in science, math and engineering. Students who take up the habit of independent reading  in the early years will thrive in school and likely will become readers for life. For more information about the importance of independent reading, check out these links:

https://www.learningsuccessblog.com/benefits-reading-pleasure-infographic

http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2014/01/22/18wilhelm.h33.html

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The following item was sent to us by Elementary Curriculum Coordinator Amy Gale:

The Milton Public Schools have enjoyed a long and successful relationship with Milton based ed-tech company BoomWriter. Over the last 5 years, our friends at BoomWriter have partnered with us to support the implementation of a highly engaging online writing experience.  Students have written stories that have been published; have explored non-fiction topics from a variety of perspectives; and through the BoomWriter platform, have engaged in the process of peer review.  This resource has become an invaluable opportunity for learning at the elementary level and one in which students are always eager to participate.

Chris Twyman, Co-Founder and CEO of BoomWriter , along with his colleague and Co-founder Ken Haynes, recently proposed a new and exciting way for students to participate in a BoomWriter project. All students in grades 4 and 5 across the district will participate in the First Annual Milton Boom Writer Bee. All children will read chapter 1 of a story and then each week, write the chapters that follow. A voting process will select a winning chapter each week. At the end of the project, we will have a published book written by the pens (actually keyboards) of many of our students. All students along the way will have the opportunity to provide feedback and determine the direction of the story, thus making it a truly collaborative writing process.

The Bee will kick off the week before February vacation with a school-based assembly for all grade 4 and 5 students and will culminate at the end of March with a celebration, honoring the writers and the completion of the book! Books will be offered for sale by BoomWriter, the proceeds of which will be donated back to the schools to support important school based initiatives.

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The following item was submitted by Dawn Sykes, Director of Fine and Applied Arts:

Looking Ahead:  Milton Celebrates MIOSM! — Music In Our Schools Month or “MIOSM” is the National Association for Music Education’s annual celebration during March, which engages music educators, students, and communities from around the country in promoting the benefits of high quality music education programs in schools.  In recognition of this exciting, month-long event, the Milton Music Department will present a series of performances that highlight Milton music makers.  These concerts will take place in the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium at Milton High School on the dates below.  They are open to the public and all are encouraged to attend!

March 7th          Sing-Along Chorus Concert, Grades 6 & 9-12, 7:00p.m.
March 8th           Sing-Along Chorus Concert, Grades 7-12, 7:00p.m.
March 16th         String Orchestra Concert, Grades 5-12, 7:00p.m.
March 21st         Band Concert, Grades 5-12, 7:00p.m.

In addition to these concerts, Milton students will participate in several regional festivals in March and in the months to come. Nearly 200 Milton musicians auditioned for select festivals this year, and here are the most recent results:

Eastern District will host a Junior Festival in Sudbury on March 3rd and 4th, and eight Pierce students have been selected to participate: Brian Fay, Sam Higgins, Max Hollingsworth-Hays, Michael Howard, Saoirse Killion, Cecile Madigan, Jahdiele Marc, and Claire Walko.

Southeastern Massachusetts School Bandmasters Association (SEMSBA) will host a Senior Festival on March 24th and 25th, and 30 Milton High students will travel to Fall River to participate: Ryan Au, Shoilee Banerjee, Annabel Botsford, Eva Chow, Gray Davis, Isabella DeFilippo, Julia DeFilippo, Kyle Dempsey, James DiSandro, Ava Duggan, Paul Goodman, Paula Hogan, Penelope Holland, Dominik Hyppolite, Miwa Joiner, Esme Link, Lemuel Marc, Henry McKay, Sarah Mitchell, Julia Nerenberg, Isabelle Neville, Hue-Ninh Nguyen, Laura O’Hanlon, Isaac Piliavin, Emily Possi, Coleman Rose, Gwyneth Sauter, Caleb Smith, Liezel Werner, and Annie Wong.

In the spring, SEMSBA will host a Junior Festival in Braintree, MA, and 23 Pierce and Milton High students will attend:  Katharine Baker, Alix Benoit, Adriana Halpin-Quiroga, Max Hollingsworth-Hays, Michael Howard, Grace Kelly, Saoirse Killion, Ava Lundbohm, Zoe Malouf, Sophia Manning, Jahiele Marc, Elana Naide, Ella O’Hanlon, Franklin Ollivierre III, June Padera, Roisin Queally, Anna Spinale, Dominique Thomas, Claire Walko, Victoria Williams, Catherine Le, Giselle Neville, and Kate Possi.

On March 9th – 11th, the Massachusetts Music Educators Association (MMEA) will host the annual conference in Boston. Alongside the professional in-service for music educators, selected high school students will gather to perform in the All-State Honors Ensembles, which after two days of rehearsal, will perform at Boston Symphony Hall. Six Milton High students were selected to participate:  Jamie Eder, Dominik Hyppolite, Nethania Marc, Benjamin Scott, Katherine Steele, and Stephen Tan.

In addition, upper elementary students will audition for the MMEA All-State Treble Chorus, and Milton will send 22 fifth and sixth grade students: Greta Cardoza, Owen Creamer, Neve d’Arcy, Logan Do, Isabella Fiske, Kiera Glazer, William Heffron, Mia Jilani, Kaze Karuretwa, Daschel Koh, Tucker Korman, Lily Lane, Sadie Leggett, Marc Leimkuehler, Fiona McCarthy, Brynne Mershon, Kyla Miller, Lily Muir, Mary Mullen, Fionnuala Queally, Luca Sandonato and Fiona Zimon.

Finally, Milton will be represented at the MMEA All-State Conference by two Milton High School ensembles, which were selected for their outstanding performance.  The Milton High School Saxophone Choir, under the direction of Rebecca Damiani and Gary Good, will be featured during one of the Casual Concerts.  Also, the Milton High School String Chamber Ensemble under the direction of Debra Thoresen will perform during Concert Hour.  This selection is a tremendous honor as only four ensembles in the state are chosen to be featured in Concert Hour! Congratulations to these students and their Directors for this outstanding work.  Happy MIOSM!  Music making abounds in the Milton Public Schools!

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The following item was submitted by Michelle Kreuzer, Mathematics Director:

Pierce Middle School is in its first year of participation in the Intermediate Math League of Eastern Massachusetts (IMLEM). Mathematicians in grades 6-8 prepare weekly with math team advisors Ms. Pullia and Ms. Shapiro in order to compete in five IMLEM meets over the school year. Pierce recently hosted its first home meet on Thursday, January 12. We were excited to have teams from Franklin, King Philip Regional, Mansfield, Milton Academy, Norwood and Sharon come to Pierce to compete in mathematics for over two hours after school. Participating in the Pierce math team is fun as well as challenging; it is a great way to expose children to mathematics that is outside of the standard middle school mathematics curriculum. Below is an example of a fun problem from the last meet. Enjoy!

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Tonight, the Milton Public Schools will hold a STEM Information Night! Kindergarten students and their parents are welcome to attend.  During STEM Information Night, attendees will be given an overview of the STEM Program in the English Innovation Pathway and participate in a hands-on engineering activity.

STEM Information Night will take place tonight in the Cunningham/Collicot cafeteria and will run from 6:30-7:30 PM. You may enter through the back doors of the building (cafeteria doors) beginning at 6:25 PM.   Due to limited space during this event, we ask that you make efforts to leave siblings of current kindergarteners at home.  We hope to see you there!  Please contact Elementary Science Coordinator Bernadette Butler (bbutler@miltonps.org) with any questions.

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March 2nd is First Grade Information Night for parents/guardians at the Milton High School Auditorium at 6:30pm. Join Milton Public School administrators and staff to learn about first grade programs. Information will be presented regarding the English Innovation Pathway, the French Immersion program, common curriculum and assessments, assignment plans, time frames and lottery.

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March 14th is Grade 5 Information Night at the PMS Auditorium from 6:30pm – 8:00pm. Parents/guardians of current fifth-graders who are interested in having their child attend Pierce Middle School next year should plan to attend this event. Pierce Principal Dr. Karen Spaulding, along with department heads, guidance counselors and faculty members, will provide information about the Pierce Middle School experience. The purpose of this information night is to share with families of current 5th grade students the many academic and enrichment programs that the Pierce Middle School has to offer. Students are welcome to attend with their parents and guardians.

FAMILY LIAISON NEWS

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

Preschool Update for the School Year 2017-2018. Milton Public Schools offers a variety of district-wide preschool programs. Tucker Elementary School is home to the Blue Hills full-day program, along  with both morning and afternoon half-day programs. Across town, the Edgehill Program, housed at the Collicot Elementary School, offers an integrated half-day program with both morning and afternoon sessions along with a substantially separate classroom available for students with intensive needs, as identified by an IEP Team. The Gile Pre-K program, offering a three full day program, is located at Milton High School as part of the MHS Child Study Course.

Children attending half-day programs must be at least three years of age on or before August 31, 2017. The full-day programs are available to children who will be four on or before August 31, 2017.   Children receiving special education services may be eligible to enter during the school year once they turn age 3 per the IEP Team process.  Tuition assistance is available for all preschool programs for families who meet the income eligible criteria. For an overview of each program including similarities and differences visit our website here.

An information night was held last month, at which time the pre-registration link was launched. Currently, 134 families have pre-registered their child for placement in a preschool program for the school year 2017-2018.   Any family who completed the pre-registration form by January 26, 2017 was eligible to have their child’s name entered into the lottery which was held on January 27, 2017.  Due to the high demand it was necessary to hold lotteries for four of the six preschool options offered.  Families were notified of the outcome and assignment including placement on waitlists on January 30, 2017.  The deadline to complete registrations and submit deposits is February 24, 2017 at which time families on waitlists as well as those who pre-registered their child after January 27, 2017 will be offered seats in any vacant spots.

If you are interested in pre-registering your child, but have not had an opportunity to do so, please go to the link below and complete the questionnaire. Pre-registration link: https://goo.gl/forms/jzivrBvU9m7UWczj2

If you have questions regarding MPS preschools or need more information, contact Marti O’Keefe McKenna at preschool@miltonps.org or by telephone at 617 980 7343.

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

Help Wanted! Science from Scientists (http://www.sciencefromscientists.org/) is an incredible program that all fifth graders participate in here in the Milton Public Schools. Science from Scientists’ mission is to improve the attitudes and aptitudes of our Glover fifth graders in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). They send real, charismatic scientists into our classrooms every other week during the school day and throughout the entire academic year to inspire students and improve STEM competency by teaching hands-on, frameworks-relevant lessons to ensure that our nation’s youth are competitive globally in STEM. We have worked tirelessly to obtain funding so that this program can continue.

This year, we are hosting a Golf Tournament Fundraiser at Granite Links on Monday, May 1. We are actively looking for sponsors to support the tournament. If you are interested in helping the committee secure sponsorships, please consider attending a meeting on Wednesday, March 1st from 6:30-7:30 in the MHS Library. During this meeting, we will talk about the list of potential sponsors we have generated and a plan going forward to reach out to those sponsors and hopefully secure them in the upcoming weeks. We would really appreciate and love your help with this step in the process! Thank you for helping us ensure that this amazing program continues to be offered to all MPS fifth graders.

If you are interested in helping in any way, please contact Bernadette Butler at bbutler@miltonps.org or 617-696-4285 x2024 or Suzanne Murphy at suz.mc.murphy@gmail.com.

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CelebrateMilton has released its Grant Application, with a deadline of Tuesday, February 21st, 2017. Applications must be received (not postmarked) by 2/21/17 to be considered. The ¡CelebrateMilton! Advisory Board is now accepting grant applications from Milton-based individuals and organizations for programs that reflect and promote our mission.

¡CelebrateMilton! Mission Statement:

  • We are committed to bringing diverse people together from across the community.
  • We are determined to help make the community more interactive by promoting a deeper understanding of one another.
  • We are further committed to the development of new initiatives fostering civic engagement, social justice, peace and harmony within our town.

Questions can be emailed to loribilewicz@hotmail.com

We ask that grant requests are kept within a range of $100 to $1,000. The application can be downloaded here. The application deadline is February 21, 2017. Grant decisions will be made by the end of February.  For additional information please contact Lori Bilewicz at loribilewicz@yahoo.com.

MFE NEWS

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

The Milton Foundation for Education is asking everyone to Save the Date for Celebration 2017 with Honorary Event Co-Chairs Jennifer and Ken Casey of the Dropkick Murphys and Milton High Class of 1988.

Get ready to Let the Good Times Roll on Saturday, April 8th at Lombardo’s in Randolph. There will be delicious food, exciting raffles, and fun games. And don’t forget to wear your dancing shoes as Boston’s best dance band, The Marsels, will have us jumping. Look for the invite in your email soon! Can’t wait to see you there!

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This photo will make your day!  Pierce Grade 8 students- Anna Fahy and Eliza Callahan look on in amazement at the 3D printer as it cranks out a Gingerbread House.  Mr. Forge had students use Google Sketch Up to design Gingerbread Houses.  Winners got the opportunity to have their Gingerbread House made into a 3D model!

PS: The Pierce 3D printer was made possible by the ever-generous Milton Foundation for Education!

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NEWS AROUND TOWN

The following item was sent to us by Dave Perdios, Director of Milton Park and Recreation:

The Milton Park & Rec department recently hosted a Sixth Grade Fun Night at Pierce Middle School. The response was tremendous, with more than 130 Milton sixth-graders attending. There was plenty of action and also time for friends to be friends.  The thing that really stands out to me is the smiles on all the faces.  Paul DiManno and I were there to oversee the night, along with other adult supervisors. Several Milton High school students and Curry baseball players were there to help monitor the games and activities. All the volunteers were great role models for these kids! We have great kids in Milton.  When we give them things to do they come together!

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The following item was sent in by Heidi Vaughan at the Forbes House Museum:

It’s time for the Lincoln Essay & Drawing Contest! The Lincoln Essay & Drawing Contest was established in 1924 by Mary Bowditch Forbes (1878-1962), granddaughter of China trade merchant, captain Robert Bennet Forbes (1802-1889). Miss Forbes greatly admired President Abraham Lincoln, and in 1909 began collecting Lincoln and Civil War artworks and memorabilia, which are now part of the Museum’s permanent collection. To promote appreciation for our 16th president, Miss Forbes requested original essays and drawings from students each year, inspired by the life and work of Abraham Lincoln.

Today, the Museum continues the tradition, and sends an annual request for essays and drawings from students throughout Milton and Greater Boston. Each year, the FHM Lincoln Committee, comprised of Museum Trustees, K-8 educators, Lincoln historians and Civil War enthusiasts, meets to debate and select a question and topic. The question and topic are then released to the public, and students must use the question or topic as the subject for their essay or drawing.

Individual student submissions are encouraged. The FHM Lincoln Essay & Drawing Contest was established as a civic exercise, challenging students to excellence outside the scope of their regular school work.

K-8 educators are also welcome to introduce the essay and drawing question or topic to their students as part of a classroom lesson or unit of instruction. A submission of individual essays and drawings, gathered into one package by an educator, is accepted and encouraged.

First, second and third place winners are chosen among the entries for each grade level. Essays are accepted from students in grades 6 through 8; drawings are accepted from students in kindergarten through grade 5.

Prizes will be awarded to the first place winner of each grade level and are being generously provided by B.R. Alexander & Co. and Citizens Bank. All winners will receive a free family membership to the Forbes House Museum, along with other surprises!

2017 Lincoln Essay Contest Topic:

Grades 6-8: Write an essay clearly describing women’s contributions during the Civil War Era and how these efforts supported President Lincoln in preserving the Union and extending the rights guaranteed by our Founding Fathers.

2017 Lincoln Drawing Contest Topic:

Grades K-5: As a lover of history and a collector of artifacts, Miss Mary Bowditch Forbes surrounded herself with many items that were representative of Lincoln and his efforts in the Civil War. What might Miss Forbes show you if you visited the Forbes House during her lifetime? Draw a picture of your visit to meet Miss Forbes.

For images of Lincoln and Civil War Era artifacts, Miss Forbes and the Forbes House, click here.

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The following item was sent to us by Sue Bertram of the Milton Times:

The Milton Times now offers a free app called the Milton Insider.  This app is available to download through either the iTunes Store or Google Play for smartphone, Android or iPad.  There are categories for Events, Food, Wellness, Finance, just to name a few.  The Events section offers everything from Milton Public School happenings, sports events though the Milton Boosters website, the ability to register for Milton Parks and Recreation sports teams,events at the Milton Public Library and so much more.  The Superintendents e-Mail Blast can also be found by tapping onto the website!   The advertisers on the app offer the best of Milton services, and we are looking for more to add.  The Milton Insider is THE community resource for the busy Miltonite.

 FOOD SERVICE NEWS

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

Milton High School is the first public high school to participate in a unique, fresh Catch of the Day program offered by Red’s Best, a Boston based seafood wholesaler, which sustains a network of small boat New England fishermen. This comes just two months after four Martha’s Vineyard Public Schools successfully launched the program feeding 220-300 pounds of fresh fish to students in just one week.

Red’s Best Catch of the Day is a series of sustainable seafood options designed to move large amounts of abundant and seasonal fish for small boat fishermen. This model, designed for academic, corporate and healthcare dining services, offers high volume of fresh catch at a low-fixed rate. The exact species, selected by Red’s Best, is simply determined by what the most flaky white fish is landed by the fleet that day. Institutions throughout New England, New York and the Mid-Atlantic serve Catch of the Day in dining facilities daily.

“Adding Red’s Best program is a perfect addition to our existing farm-to-school dining initiative,” explained Jackie Morgan, Director of Food Services for Milton Public Schools. “We do our best to source fresh, local products for our students and community. When we learned what Red’s Best was doing, we were on board immediately. Red’s made it easy to add a quality, cost-effective seafood option to our menu.”

Milton High is hosting two assemblies February 17th, at 8:30 am and 9:20 am 25 Gile Road, Milton MA 02186 inviting students, parents, faculty and staff to meet Red’s Best and better understand the local seafood supply chain. “Educating students and providing fresh local fish in public schools is creating and perpetuating a sustainable culture that values a local, community-based food supply,” commented Jamey Lionette, Red’s Best Director of Sustainable Seafood Program. Milton High Principal, James Jette, noted, “If we teach kids to see and value the resources around them, that becomes a sustainable way of life.” Red’s Best will set up an interactive whole fish display during four student lunch periods as well.

Jared Auerbach, Red’s Best CEO noted, “Milton is making a huge impact encouraging young people to see the value of coastal communities and connecting students with the hardworking people who caught their food. THIS is exactly what it means to put our fishermen first.”

The Benefits of purchasing Local and Sustainable Fish:

Creates a sea to plate experience for your guests
Easily integrates the freshest, highest quality seafood into any dining program
Showcases your commitment to year-round, sustainable sourcing
Fixed-rate model sustains the livelihoods of New England fishermen
100% traceable product
Offers a cost effective solution with locked in pricing
Coordinates smoothly with menu cycles
Access to marketing tools and social media shout outs

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

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

Winter is wonderful at the Milton Public Library! Fun family activities including books, programs, coloring, games, puppets and more are available every day for you to check out. In addition to our regular storytimes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of February 26 – March 4:

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 from 7:15 – 7:45 pm
SPUB Club, Ages 7-11

Join the newest craze: the SPUB Club! Our Super Popular, Unbelievable Book Club is a read-aloud book club for kids aged 7-11. Miss Sara will read a few chapters of a book each week; your job is to listen, while engaging in hands-on activities like Lego building, play-dough sculpting, Rubik’s cubes, and more. No registration is required.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 from 2:30 – 4:30 pm
Half Day Family Movie, All Ages

It’s an Early Release Day for the Milton Public Schools… so come to the library and watch a movie in the Keys Room! We’ll be showing popular 2016 release Trolls, just out on DVD: A troll princess and her companion, the one unhappy troll try to rescue her friends from being eaten by their nemeses. Rated PG; runtime 1 hour, 32 minutes. Bring a sleeping bag or a pillow and get cozy! Popcorn will be served. No registration required.

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

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

Saturday, March 4, 2017 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Spy Training, Ages 8-11

Calling all spies: come use your code-breaking, secret-keeping skills in the Children’s Room! We’ll be working in teams to solve a mystery together, using the Library’s new “escape room” kit. For ages 8-11. Registration is required. Offered in partnership with Milton Reads.

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

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

ATHLETICS

The following item was submitted by David Mills, a MHS History teacher who is also coaching the Mountain Bike Team:

The Milton Mountain Bike Team will begin its second year of competition this spring in the New England High School Cycling Association.  The team is open to boys and girls in grades 7-12, who will compete against 400 other high school students in six races.    Riders compete in their age group, with a focus on safety, fitness and fun.  The goal is to introduce students to a new and exciting sport, while competing on a team. If your child is interested in joining the team or would like more information, please contact David Mills at dmills@miltonps.org.  In addition, the club is always grateful for members of the Milton community to help out in any way, including equipment, sponsorship of a rider, or as a ride leader.

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The following athletic update was submitted by Athletic Director Eric Karjel:

Swim: Out of 40 teams competing at Sectionals last week at MIT, with well over 120 swimmers, four of our MHS swimmers — Maia Adley, Emily Dobrindt, Margaret Haley, and Amalia Halpin — finished in the top half, lead by great performances from Dobrindt and Halpin in the 100 yard butterfly.  Dobrindt grabbed 5 points in the 100 yard buterfly, finishing 12th, just .05 seconds in front of teammate Halpin. Halpin would grab 7th place for the fly as well. In the 200 yard freestyle relay, the girls took 14th.  The team is comprised of three freshmen and one senior (Adley) and is the youngest team to finish in the top 20. There were no other relay teams ahead of them in the 200 yard freestyle race with more than one freshman in the group. This young group of girls looks very promising. The girls qualified for States in the 200 and 400 relay! They will be competing this Saturday 2/18, at Boston University among the best swimmers in the state. Full results from this past weekend can be found here.  Congrats to the girls on a great weekend.

Ski: Though the ski team will enjoy the snow, they have not been able to race for over a week.  Their race from last week is rescheduled to Thursday, at Ski Ward at 6:00 pm.

Girls Hockey: Senior Night was capped off with a 3-3 tie with Herget Division opponent, Norwood.  Katie Abbott and Elena Kapolis are the only two seniors for the ‘Cats.  Kapolis fittingly scored in her last regular season home game to end her Milton High career.  Their current record is now 10-5-2.  They next play on Wednesday at Braintree at 6:00 pm.

Boys Hockey: It has been a tough few weeks for Boys Hockey, as they have fallen to 5-11-1, dropping Saturday nights game 5-1 to Norwood. The underclassmen have showed well recently though, and they will be a tough group to play against next year.  They will play Braintree on Wednesday, before hosting Dedham for Senior Night on Saturday Feb. 18th.

Girls Basketball: Girls Basketball has had a tough time as of late, playing a string of excellent teams. With an 5-10 record, they will visit another tough team in Braintree on Tuesday.  They will then play Dedham, Boston Latin (rescheduled from 2/13) and Quincy in three straight days to end their season. Their senior night is Friday, February 17th, 5:30pm vs. Boston Latin at Milton High School.

Boys Basketball: Boys Basketball has played well lately, fighting for a tournament berth.  They sit at 9-6 after three good wins vs Wellesley, Brookline and Norwood.  Their senior night is February 16th, 6:30 vs Dedham at Milton High School.

Wrestling: The Wrestling Team showed well at sectionals this past weekend.  After a bye in the first round, Jack Stapleton beat Gbedema of Catholic Memorial, where he eventually fell to Kourafalos of Winchester, placing 4th.  Xavier Fischer (126lb) battled hard, losing by a score of 7-2 to Avery of Woburn. Chris Caputo (138lb) also lost by decision, with a score fo 8-4 to Doherty of Winchester. Liam Kelly (145lb) earned himself a place in states after a good match with Appolon of Norwood, losing 16-7.  Captain Matthew LaBelle (160lb) finished 2nd, winning 3 matches and eventually losing in the finals to #1 Bastarache of Natick.  LaBelle won his first match 12-3, won by pin in his second, and won in sudden victory in the semi-finals.  Freshman Kevin Swanton (195lb) did not qualify for states but showed well this past weekend.  He earned a bye in to the quarterfinals where he beat Ganno of North Quincy, before losing in the semis.  Austin Wright (113lb) lost his first match but still qualifies as an alternate. This Friday, the following wrestlers will participate in States at Algonquin Regional High School.

120 Jack Stapleton vs Kaya Bogle (Hingham)
145 Liam Kelly vs Eli Tuttle (Andover)
160 Matt LaBelle vs Christian Hernandez (Greater Lawrence)
113 Austin Wright is an alternate.

Girls Indoor Track: Girls Indoor Track continues to impress.  Standing undefeated, they finished in 1st place with over 100 points, to win the Bay State Conference Championships for the second consecutive year.

Boys Indoor Track: After a hot start, Boys Indoor Track has slipped up following a few injuries to key runners. They still raced well and placed 5th in the Bay State Conference Championships.

Cheer: The Cheer Team will be participating in the Winter Bay State League Championships on Wednesday, at 6:30 at Braintree High School.

Spring Registration is OPEN.  Clearance Forms can be found online, as well as in the Athletic Office.  Instructions and directions for signing up can be found on the home page of the Athletics Website.

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

AMBASSADOR PAGE

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

Students: I would like to recognize Milton High School student Suvan Shukla, who has been working on a very ambitious community service project in conjunction with My Brother’s Keeper Center. Suvan has been helping to create a Haiti “Hospital on a Bus” project. He is involved in both the fundraising and business planning aspects of this venture. Congratulations to Suvan for his efforts.

Staff:   I would like to recognize Amy Gale for her outstanding work with BoomWriter. This is an online writing program that supports story writing, vocabulary, development in a fun and competitive way. Ms. Gale has been working with this group since the program began about five years ago. With her help, BoomWriter has been introduced at the elementary, middle and high school levels. Thank you to Amy Gale, and to Chris Twyman and Ken Haynes, who co-founded BoomWriter.

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

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