February 1st, 2018

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Weekly Update
Date: February 1st, 2018

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

As the district had a full day professional development day this week, I have asked Asst. Superintendent for Curriculum and Human Resources, Janet Sheehan, to share some information below about professional development within the Milton Public Schools.

Milton Public Schools educators greatly appreciate the professional development opportunities that are afforded through early release and full professional days during the school year. The link between high quality professional development and excellence in teaching and learning is well documented in educational research. While teachers and administrators continually participate in courses, conferences, and workshops to maintain currency in best practices, designated days for professional development provide collaborative professional growth experiences that are aligned with state and district goals for overall school improvement.  

Parents may ask themselves – What do MPS educators do on these days that require parents/guardians to make special arrangements for their children? Read more about Elementary PD this past week, specifics about PD at Pierce Middle School and details about the recent professional development at Milton High School.  

PARENT SPEAKER SERIES

Dr. Ruth Potee will be speaking at MHS on February 8th 6:30pm. Don’t miss this fascinating presentation by Dr. Potee, a nationally recognized pediatrician and expert on youth risk-taking behavior, who provides parents with practical information on how to prevent their children from abusing alcohol and drugs. Her dynamic presentations help adults to understand the maturing adolescent brain to help safeguard our children’s well-being and promote healthy decision-making. With teen substance use and depression being a growing community concern, this is a must-see informative presentation.  

Before Dr Potee speaks, be sure to visit the exhibit “Hidden in Plain Sight”, which shows the clever hiding spots that kids use to hide their secret activities.  Every parent should be aware of them.  “Hidden in Plain Sight” will be in the MHS foyer from 6-6:30pm.

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers whose mission is to identify students with exceptional artistic and literary talent and present their remarkable work to the world through the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Through the Awards, students receive opportunities for recognition, exhibition, publication, and scholarships. Teens in grades 7-12 from public, private, or home schools can apply in 29 categories of art and writing for their chance to earn scholarships and have their works exhibited and published. Congratulations to our MHS students who have been recognized for their excellence!

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The Take Five Room is a space at Milton High School that was created to provide students with a safe, supportive environment to relieve stress, take a proactive break, regulate emotions, and connect with an adjustment counselor for additional support. Within the space, students have the opportunity to utilize several different tools that are used for stress relief and are using the time to better prepare themselves to return to the classroom. This space was created 3 years ago and was made possible by the generous financial support of BID-Milton Hospital as well as the MFE. Each year, the two adjustment counselors whose offices are located within the Take Five Room continue to grow the space and the services offered based on the needs of the student population. Any student is able to access the space and it is very rare to see the room empty.

MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS 

Winner Gus Greene and Runner Up J.P. Haber

Last Friday Pierce held the 12th Annual School-wide Geography Bee. The action on the stage kept the audience on edge of their  seats, as they waited for the champion to emerge.  Ms. Connell questioned 15 students throughout two class periods before 8th grader, Gus Greene emerged as the 2018 Geography Bee winner and 7th grader  J.P. Haber as the Runner Up.

It was an impressive victory and a fun morning for all involved. The fifteen contestants ( Lucy Hollingsworth-Hays, Jack Best, Taylor Xu, Hoa Tong, Marc Leimkuehler, Moses Mann, Catie Lacasse, Cole Humphrey, Emily King, KJ Beckett, Dexter Gordon, J.P. Haber, Anderson Korman, Ryan Higgins, and Gus Greene) won in their classes, then for their team before entering the school-wide bee. Their knowledge was impressive and poise under pressure noticed by all. Gus will take a National Geographic Test to determine if he qualifies for the Massachusetts State Geography Bee later this Spring. Good Luck, Gus!

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Pierce Middle School was recently visited by representatives from the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education [DESE]. The Department is making visits to schools across the Commonwealth to learn how to make their resources more accessible and useful and to learn how DESE can better serve schools across the state. The day included visits to classrooms, meeting with the Pierce Leadership Team, a focus group with teachers, and a focus group with student leaders. Our visitors, Senior Associate Commissioner Heather Peske and Director of Strategy and Integration, Ron Noble were extremely impressed with all that is happening at Pierce Middle School. They were especially impressed with our peer leaders. Members of the Pierce Student Council, Anti-Defamation League peer leaders, and student leaders, who were trained by DOVE this past summer shared their insights about the Pierce Middle School. When asked what is the best thing about Pierce Middle School, they unanimously agreed- their teachers!  

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

What’s happening in the Tucker art room? Students at Tucker (at right) showed their visual story in the style of African American artist Faith Ringgold. Ringgold is famous for her story quilts using fabric and other mixed media. These Kindergarteners used mixed media to describe a favorite moment spent with their  family, adding a “quilted border” as a connection to Ringgold’s famous book Tar Beach.   

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At Glover our Kindergarteners are loving their new Osmos provided by a recent MFE teacher grant. The K team uses Osmo to create and practice word building during literacy centers and apply number sense knowledge during math centers using the numbers and Tangrams apps. Thank you to the MFE for these awesome new classroom tools!

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February school vacation camps – East and West – are currently open for registration.  

MPS CALENDAR

Feb 7    Milton School Committee 7pm
Feb 7    Thurgood 7pm, MHS Auditorium
Feb 8    PARENT Speaker – Dr Ruth Potee 6:30 MHS Auditorium
Feb 13  K-8th Math Night for Parents/Guardians at Pierce 6:30-8pm
Feb 15  MHS Caberet
Feb 19  February Recess begins
Feb 26  School Resumes
Feb 28  Milton School Committee 7pm
Mar 1    Grade 5 Information Night 6:30 PM Pierce Auditorium
Mar 3    Minority Educators Job Fair  9:30am -12:30 pm MHS Field House
Mar 6    First Grade Information Night 6:30 pm at MHS   

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Thurgood is coming to MHS on Wednesday, February 7th at 7pm. Featuring local actor Johnny Lee Davenport as Justice Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American to sit on the Supreme Court, Thurgood spans Marshall’s impressive career as a lawyer, arguing such landmark cases as Brown v. Board of Education.  Admission is free, Thurgood is a 90 minute, one-man show with no intermission. MHS Juniors will see the show during the day. Thank you to Courageous Conversations,  MPACE and Milton tax payers who donate through their excise taxes for making these productions available to our students and community. 

K-8 Math Night for Parents/Guardians – Do you ever wonder how can you support your child at home? Or how is learning math different from when you went to school? Then Math Night is for you! Join MPS educators on February 13th at 6:30pm at Pierce for an interactive evening where you attend sessions that interest YOU! We want to plan for attendees so please sign up here.  

Join your friends at Cunningham for the Cunningham Diversity Night on Feb 15th at 7pm.  It will be an exciting evening learning more about the cultures of Cunningham families and engaging in some fun activities! 

INCLEMENT WEATHER

Winters in New England can be difficult and weather events can be unpredictable. As I wrote in a recent post, cancelling or delaying school is a difficult decision to make. Please be mindful that bad weather during the morning commute can impact bus schedules and town wide traffic. In a response to parent/guardian feedback, we are developing a better system for more timely notification of late busses and will share details in the coming week. During inclement weather, please plan extra time and extra patience as we navigate New England winters together.

TECHNOLOGY

Internet Essentials from Comcast offers low-cost Internet service, discounted computer equipment and free digital literacy training to families with at least one child eligible to participate in the National School Lunch Program.  Continue reading about this valuable program here. 

SEPAC NEWS

Milton SEPAC will host Linda Perry, MA of Avalanche Advocacy Agency, Inc. for a discussion about raising kids with behavioral challenges on February 13th  at  7pm at the Glover Library. This event is free and open to the public. 

MILTON ADULT EDUCATION

Registration for the Spring 2018 session is now OPEN, so please take a look at our courses and sign up.  Many of the offerings have a maximum number of allowed students, so please register early to ensure your placement.  Questions?  Please email Sara Warner.

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING

Dr. Karen Spaulding, Principal, speaker Jon Mattleman, and District SEL Facilitator Laurie Stillman.

Our recent PARENT Speaker Series speaker Jon Mattelman proved valuable to both parents/guardians and educators who heard Mr Matteleman’s interactive presentation during our recent PD day.  

Our 7th and 8th grade students also attended a school day presentation by Minding your Mind and were engaged and interested to hear Jon Burgwin’s story. Jon is a college student who speaks to students about his struggle with drugs and alcohol.  

HEALTH AND WELLNESS

If you or your child (4 and up)has not yet received a flu shot, you can still make an appointment with Susan Poirier, Public Health Nurse at Milton Town Hall on Tue or Wed by appointment to receive your flu vaccine. Please call Susan at 1-617-898-4884 for an appt and please bring your insurance card. Town Hall is open until 5pm.

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The School Committee recently approved the 2018 MPS Health and Wellness Policy. All are invited to review it.

MILTON SUMMER ENRICHMENT

Believe it or not, it is time to start thinking about Milton Summer Enrichment (MSE) 2018! We are looking forward to a fun-filled summer with your children. This letter will serve as the first of many communications in the upcoming months about MSE, and contains important information about our program. You can read the full MSE letter here

MINORITY EDUCATOR  RECRUITMENT FAIR

For the first time in history, the number of Latino, African-American, and Asian students in K-12 public school classrooms is expected to exceed the number of non-Hispanic, white students, but the racial and ethnic makeup of our country’s teaching staff does not reflect this shift. There is a shortage of African American, Hispanic and Latino, Native American, and Asian educators, and the South Shore Minority Educator Recruitment Fair  helps to encourage those individuals to pursue a career in education.

During the event, hosted by MPS at The Copeland Field House at MHS on Saturday, March 3, from 9:30am – 12:30pm, representatives from South Shore public school districts will meet with potential employees in an effort to find the most qualified minority teacher and administrator candidates. Resumes will be accepted at the event, applications will be distributed, and interviews will be held. 

FROM THE READERS

MPS preschool teacher Marybeth Callahan shared this video by Renee Metty who is the director of The Cove School in Seattle. Ms Callahan is currently participating in the  Mindful Schools Year-Long Certification Program. The video is example of what mindful teaching and teaching mindfulness looks like in a preschool setting and the practices that Ms Callahan is bringing to MPS preschool.  

NEWS AROUND TOWN

There are many great programs for teens at the Milton Public Library this month.

Be sure to check out the programs for kids happening at the MPL next week.

Girls K-5 – Grab your favorite (adult) dance partner and join the Girl Scouts for their Sweetheart Dance on Friday, March 9th.

Town spring sports will be starting soon! Register for Softball, Field Hockey, Baseball (Nat League) , Baseball (Amer League)  and Lacrosse before it’s too late.

Looking for good deals on gear for your spring sports? Head to Cunningham Hall on Saturday, Feb 3rd from 9am-12pm and pick up some bargains at the MNLL Cooperstown Team’s Gently Used Sports Equipment sale.

ATHLETICS

Sports Schedules for MHS teams 

Back Row; Bridget Mitchell, Brian Scalabrine, Josh Madden, and Rich Fernandez.  Front Row; Chae Diani, Ella Affanato, Elise O’Leary, Clodagh Corcoran, Genevieve Connelly, and Bobby Carew.

Big news for many of our athletes this week! Milton High School Student-Athletes were honored at the Annual Patriot Ledger All-Scholastic Lunch at Lombardo’s in Randolph on Sunday, January 28th.  Former Celtics Forward, Brian Scalabrine was the keynote speaker.  Thank you to BID-Milton and President Rich Fernandez for sponsoring the event.  Not pictured: Haley O’Brien, Jeanmarie Fallon, Patrick Fitzgerald, Eddie Hassell, William Crowley,

In addition, Bridget Mitchell (2nd from right)was named Patriot Ledger Athlete-of-the-Year for her excellent Cross Country Season! She was honored along with the other Athletes of the Year, and former Celtic forward, Brian Scalabrine.

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It is that time of year again! Milton High School students are participating in the Boosters’ Annual Calendar Sales. The sale started today, Thursday, February 1st and will run through Tuesday, February 27th.  Be on the lookout for the sale of these calendars and reach out to any MHS Athlete to purchase.  All money raised goes right back into the MHS Athletic Program.

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Let’s help the boys Soccer Team raise some money!

 

MHS Boys Soccer will be hosting a Cans for Cats event on Saturday,February 3, 2018 from 9:00-12:00 at MHS. The event will benefit MHS Boys Soccer Team. Let’s help the team raise some money and recycle our cans  at the same time! 

 

 

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The Milton High School Athletic Hall of Fame Committee needs you!  As we look to induct our  2019 HOF class we need your nominations of outstanding athletes for our 2019 ceremony. If you have an athlete, coach, team or supporter to nominate, please complete this form and email it to Billy Donovan or print and mail this form to Billy Donovan, MHS, 25 Gile Rd Milton MA 02186.

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 former Project 351 Ambassador Dominique Thomas who  was selected to serve as an alumni leader to 8th graders on their service day last weekend. Dominque served as Milton’s Project 351 Ambassador last year and executed many public service projects during her year of service and she continues to be involved as an alumni.  I would also like to recognize Pierce 8th grader Mary Kate Mylod who will serve as Milton’s Project 351 Representative in the coming year. We look forward to supporting Mary Kate’s service projects on behalf of Project 351. 

Staff:  I want to recognize our Elementary Math Coaches Mary Shapiro and Maura Middleton whose positions are a result of the successful override vote. Tucker Asst. Principal Cat DesRoche shares that she observes in both Ms Shapiro and Ms Middleton  a commitment to supporting teachers in complex math instruction using manipulatives, centers and higher order thinking.  Through conversations among staff as well as those observed between students, it is clear we are elevating the understanding of the many applications of math. Our Math Coaches also assist teachers in data analysis and lesson preparation to support teachers in ensuring students are appropriately prepared for increasing demands and recently led a great math presentation for our Tucker families. We are lucky to have Ms Shapiro and Ms Middleton in all four of our elementary schools each week.

Volunteers: The Milton Foundation for Education is an integral partner to the Milton Public Schools and we appreciate the time and effort these individuals give on behalf of our students.  At the December MFE meeting five new board members were voted in, each of whom has shown a passion and dedication to our community and our children. The MFE Board now consists of the following members; Courtney Affanato, Hank Bell, Tami Carpenter, Bithiah Carter, Leslie Collins, Jeanne Conley, Julie Cosgrove, Caroline Dodero, Margaret Eberhardt, Greg Gordon, Will Korman, Pete McLoughlin, Angie Rue Van Allen, Karly Rizzo, Ray Sambrano, Rachel Schewe, Allen Schweitzer, Liddie Sutter, Nora Vernazza, Karyn Viveiros, Erika Vogel, MaryJane Walsh, and Ben Zoll. On behalf of the Milton Public Schools, please join me in thanking the board of the MFE.

Thank you to my blog contributors this week:  Bernadette Moonan, James Jette, Cat DesRoche, Dr Karen Spaulding, Karen Hughes, Barbara Wright, Karen McDavitt, Barbara Wright, Magda Cupidon, Ryan Madden, Michelle Kruezer, AJ Melanson, Jen Grubler, Jean Scarborough, Will Korman, Noel Vigue, Marybeth Callahan, Jess Gillooly, Laurie Stillman, Sara Warner, Billy Donovan and Janet Sheehan.

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

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January 25th, 2018

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Weekly Update
Date: January 25th, 2018

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

As we are currently registering our September 2018 Kindergarteners at Milton Public Schools, I’ve asked Asst. Superintendent for Business Affairs, Glenn Pavlicek to share some history of free full day Kindergarten below:

Prior to the School Building project, Milton only had sufficient space to offer Kindergarten on a half day basis.  Thanks to donations from the Copeland Family Foundation and the Cunningham Foundation to that project, our schools were renovated with enough classrooms specifically designed for Kindergarten students to accommodate Full Day Kindergarten.  Full Day Kindergarten began with a pilot program of three classrooms at the Tucker School in 2007-2008.  It then expanded to all four elementary schools the following year.  At the time, it was partially funded with a grant from the Commonwealth but was primarily tuition-based.  The intent of the grant was to fund the first year of the program with increased state aid helping to defray the cost in subsequent years.  Unfortunately, the grant was only $200,000 and the cost of the program was, at the time, over $700,000, so tuition was still necessary. It was not until the 2016-2017 school year that tuition was finally eliminated when the Town allocated funds from “Free Cash” to fully fund the program for one year.  The increased Chapter 70 state aid that resulted from eliminating tuition now permits us to continue offering the program on a tuition-free basis.  The program has grown as a result, from 249 students in 2007-2008 to over 350 today, contributing not only to student achievement but to the reputation of the School system as a whole.

If you have not registered your child (who will be 5 on or before 8/31/18) for kindergarten yet please email Laurie Dunn  as soon as possible. The recent Kindergarten Information Night presentation can be found here

PARENT SPEAKER SERIES

Please join us for the next Speaker Series event – Jon Mattleman – Just Talk About It – on January 30th at 6:30 PM in the Pierce Middle School Auditorium. This interactive presentation is an introduction to adolescents’ mental health, which is designed to train attendees on how to recognize the warning signs of stress, anxiety, depression and crisis.  In addition, self-harm, suicide, and the emotional impact of social media will be explicitly addressed.  Participants will discuss ways to assist others to cultivate positive coping skills and the ability to ask for help.  Crisis intervention is emphasized by learning the signs of suicidal ideation and risk, and how to encourage those at risk to seek help.For more information on the Just Talk About It presentation, please visit the Minding Your Mind website.  Mr Mattelman has shared two interesting reads in advance of his presentation – How Facebook Makes Us Unhappy and Selfie-Loathing.

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

MHS Seniors Domenic Jancaterino and Ornella Ebongue.

Earlier today, MHS Seniors Ornella Ebongue and Domenic Jancaterino shared their senior project presentation, “Topics in Mathematics”  with faculty and staff.  Ornella and Domenic have taken on the challenge of designing their own course in mathematics for their senior year.  For their project, they shared some of what they have experienced and explored over the past few months, including: differential equations, voting theory, and game theory.  The Mathematics Department and these two students are to be commended for this individualized approach to learning. 

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The Class of 2019 would like to thank everyone who donated to the Savers FunDrive which took place on January 20th. The Junior Class brought in just under 3,000 pounds of donated goods, keeping the good out of a landfill and raising $500. We had an incredibly successful day and filled the truck to capacity an hour before the scheduled end time. The Class Officers would like to thank those who drove their donations that did not fit on the truck to Savers to help the junior class.  We will be holding another drive in the Spring so be on the lookout for collection dates!

MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS

Josh Ricciardi reads his submission at a recent School Committee meeting

In honor of Inclusive Schools Week, students at Pierce were recently asked to develop a creative expression (essay, poster, song, etc) of what inclusion means to them.  8th grader Josh Ricciardi’s “Inclusion Man” stood out as a powerful story about inclusion. Josh wrote “Have you ever been asked if you could have any superpower?  If so, what was your answer?  Mostly, people say super speed, super strength, or even the ability to fly. But a lot less popular ability is the ability to include someone. So if you don’t have this ability, then Inclusion Man will come and help you gain such an ability”. Josh read his entire submission at a recent School Committee meeting. Congratulations to Josh on his winning submission and kudos to his family for raising a kind and empathetic young man.  

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In December I shared that Pierce 8th Grader Matthew Paquette beat out thousands of students to win the second place prize for his essay on combating racism.  8th graders from around the commonwealth were prompted to choose a political or community issue that impacts young people and determine how they would make a difference, if they were the Chief Municipal Officer for their community.  Last week, Town Administrator Mike Dennehy attended the Massachusetts Municipal Association Annual Conference at The Hynes Auditorium and sent along his congratulations to Matthew.  Thank you to Mike Dennehy who presented this Massachusetts Municipal Association’s composition and art competition to Milton Public School students.   

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Did you love Suessical Jr? There is a parent run fundraiser happening to support the theater program at Pierce. You can download some amazing pictures from the production for only $2.50 a picture and all of the profits go towards future Pierce productions.  

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Every classroom at the Cunningham School has Flexible Seating Options for students to use.  We have seen that students will seek out ways to move or fidget to stay engaged and focused in their work. By providing some options and opportunities in the classrooms, the students are able to gain movement while working, which is resulting in increased performance and engagement. As with anything, there are rules that are applied when using the Flexible Seating tools and these tools should support learning, not hinder it. When first introducing items to the class, we find it helpful to have all students explore the options for a bit. Students who need a bit more movement gravitate towards the Flexible Seating tools and items, while some students find they use the items less. The items that have been implemented this year include: standing desks, wobble stools, stability ball seats, cycle desks, scoop seats and stadium seats for the floor, as well as an air-filled cushion on the chairs and therabands for under their feet. Students are learning what works for them to be successful learners and finding the tools that help them work their best. Many of our classes are having great success with integrating these items into a productive school day.

The Cunningham School has been extremely fortunate to have received items through sources such as Donors Choose and the Cunningham PTO. We also will be able to purchase more items through the MFE grant that was recently awarded.

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This week the Clavette Family visited Collicot and Cunningham  to donate a collection of 45 art books for children to the  Collicot/Cunningham library.  Caitlin Clavette was a beloved MPS elementary art teacher who was killed in a tragic car accident in 2016. Caitlin’s parents, Louanne and Skip Clavette and aunt Maureen Costa read one of the books to Mrs Lamonica’s 2nd grade class. The books have special memorial plates inside them and will  be kept together in a permanent collection in the library. We are grateful for the ongoing partnership between the Milton Public Schools and Caitlin’s family.  

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The Glover Staff would like to thank our Glover PTO for generously providing ALL  staff members at Glover with fleece jackets and vests!  They were purchased with money raised through our GLEA (Glover Enrichment Activities- after school clubs) run by the teachers. It has already brought such a sense community among staff! 

 

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Jan 30 PARENT Speaker – Minding your Mind Program Pierce Middle School at 6:30 pm
Jan 31  No School K-12 Teacher PD Day
Feb 7    Milton School Committee 7pm
Feb 8    PARENT Speaker – Dr Ruth Potee 6:30 MHS Auditorium
Feb 13  K-8th Math Night for Parents/Guardians at Pierce 6:30-8pm
Feb 15  MHS Caberet
Feb 19  February Recess begins

TECHNOLOGY

How Much Screen Time is Appropriate? AJ Melanson, Educational Technology Director shares that 90% of U.S. households contain at least one smartphone, desktop/laptop computer, tablet or streaming media device.  The typical (median) American household contains five of them. And nearly one-in-five American households (18%) are “hyper-connected” – meaning they contain 10 or more of these devices! (PEW Research Center)  With that said, what is the appropriate amount of screen time for our students? Continue reading here.

FUNDRAISING NEWS

The MSAPC asks – Will you support an important opportunity for Milton families? We want to share with you an important resource that school leaders believe will benefit our students, and we are wondering if you would consider donating to this effort, personally or through your business or company.

As you may know, mental health disorders, such as depression and anxiety or ADD, are significant issues facing people of all ages.  In Milton, a significant number of our students and elderly have reported on surveys that they suffer from these issues.  Unfortunately, our mental health system is tedious to deal with, and because of the stigma and embarrassment associated with behavioral health issues, very few people who are experiencing these problems know where to turn for help.  

Many communities in Massachusetts are taking advantage of a highly-regarded mental health information and referral service called Interface, at William and James College in Newton.  Interface helps people of all ages find the appropriate mental health services they need.  This invaluable service comes with a cost, however, of $12,500 per year.  The Milton Public Schools, Milton Police Department and Milton Health Department understand the value of this service, and have each agreed to commit $2,000 to this effort.  We need to raise the balance of $6,500 from other sources by February 1st.

Would you be willing to contribute to this important resource that will surely benefit many Milton families?  The Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition is coordinating the fundraising.   If you are able to donate $100 or more to our $6,500.00 goal, please let us know with an email to info@milton-coalition.org  Let us know your name and the amount that you are willing to commit to. Thank you in advance for considering this request.  Please review this brief fact sheet for more information about Interface.  

SEPAC  NEWS

Milton SEPAC is excited to present “What Matters Most”, An Evening of Heartfelt Storytelling with Carrie Cariello, tonight, January 25th, 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm  at Abby Park, 550 Adams Street in Milton. Carrie will be joining us for the second time to share stories about her life raising five children, one of whom has autism. Admission is free, all are welcome, light apps will be served and there is a cash bar. We hope you will join us for this informative and enjoyable evening.

Up next for the SEPAC – Collaborative Problem Solving, February 13th from 7- 9 pm at Glover Library.  Milton SEPAC will host Linda Perry, MA of Avalanche Advocacy Agency, Inc. for a discussion about raising kids with behavioral challenges.

The SEPAC would like to thank all the parents who attended our recent Parent Speak for the Glover school. Your feedback is valuable and necessary. We will be announcing the dates and location of our next Parent Speak events soon.

MFE NEWS

The Milton Foundation for Education is thrilled to announce the funding of $16,810 in teacher grants from our Fall 2017 Grant Cycle. These grants, which enrich the educational experience of students in all six schools, are the core mission of the MFE. These grants include, among others;  materials to support STEM classes, hop balls for physical education classes, and a financials skills initiative for high school students.

The Milton Foundation for Education thanks our hard working grant committee and the chair of the grant committee Amy Carleton Mills. Amy, who has announced she is leaving the MFE, has been a stalwart on the grant committee for several years and has been the chair for the last few grant cycles.

FOOD SERVICE

Milton Public Schools Wellness Policy  acknowledges the district’s responsibility to protect children’s health, well-being, and ability to learn by supporting wellness, good nutrition and regular physical activity. The district promotes healthy eating and regular exercise, which is linked to reduced risk of the development of many chronic diseases. The MPS Food Service and Athletic departments teamed up with Framingham State University’s Food and Nutrition Coordinated Program to provide nutrition education to their students. FSU Dietetic Undergraduate Student Jane Minton educated the MHS Boys Soccer Team about how to fuel their sports performance. Student-athletes learned the importance of proper nutrition and hydration before, during, and after sports activity. Continue reading here

MILTON SUMMER ENRICHMENT

Do you have a MHS student interested in applying for volunteer or paid Red Shirt Positions this summer at MSE? The link to apply is now open.  The deadline for applications is February 16th.

MILTON ADULT EDUCATION

Milton Adult Education is currently seeking a yoga instructor for the spring session, beginning the week of March 5th. (Registration will open soon) If you currently teach yoga, have availability on Monday, Tuesday, and/or Wednesday evenings this spring, and would like to share your talents with the community, please contact Sara Warner by this Friday, January 26th.

ART AND MUSIC NEWS

Exciting News for Milton’s Student Musicians! Milton Public Schools will be strongly represented at this year’s Massachusetts Music Educators Association All State Conference and Festival. In the upcoming weeks, students from Pierce Middle School and Milton High School will be joining select students from across Massachusetts to rehearse and perform in the honors ensembles.

This year, six Pierce Middle School singers were selected for the All State Treble Chorus.  Kyla Miller, Julia Mangum, Owen Creamer, Zoie Lebron, Fiona Zimon and William Heffron will prepare a full program of concert repertoire to be rehearsed and performed at the festival. Also, four of the MHS musicians who advanced to All State auditions will perform in the Massachusetts Concert Band, Mixed Chorus or Orchestra. Annabel Botsford (Chorus, Alto), Nethania Marc (Orchestra, Violin), Kaleigh Pentland (Chorus, Alto), and Benjamin Scott (Concert Band, Euphonium) will spend three days in rehearsal preparing for a performance culminating at Boston’s Symphony Hall. Congratulations to the students and their directors for this notable accomplishment!

Did you know the Cellar Dwellers have an album on iTunes?

In addition to individual student participation in the All State Festival, ensembles are encouraged to audition to be featured as exemplary performing groups at the music educators conference that runs in conjunction with the festival.  This year, MHS’s Cellar Dwellers Jazz Combo have been invited to perform!  Congratulations to group members Coleman Rose, Lemuel Marc, Dylan MacLeod, Henry Link, Jamie Eder, Billy Liddell, and their Director, Rebecca Damiani in receiving such an immense honor.  You can hear the Cellar Dwellers on iTunes! 

NEWS AROUND TOWN

Discovering Justice is co-hosting an event on Wednesday, February 14th, 3:30 – 6:00 pm in commemoration of Frederick Douglass’ 200th birthday and the Museum of African American History’s acclaimed exhibit: Picturing Frederick Douglass: The Most Photographed American of the 19th Century.

See what’s happening for kids  at the Milton Public Library next week and the week after.

Please see the Milton Early Childhood Alliance Winter Newsletter, filled with many free activities for families to do together this season.

The Forbes House Museum presents their newest exhibit – Massachusetts Help to Ireland During the Great Famine. Come see artifacts and historic accounts at the opening reception on Saturday, January 27th, 4-6pm $10/person.

Milton Girls Softball is a recreational softball league open to girls K-8th grade who reside in or attend school in Milton. New softball players at all ages are welcome as this is an instructional program, yet competitive enough for everyone. The season runs from mid April until mid June. Register now to take advantage of FREE softball skills clinics to all registered girls in Grade 1 through Grade 8. Clinics will be held indoors at Dirt Dawgs in Stoughton on Sunday’s starting on January 28th until end of March. Clinics are free, but space is limited and we need your 2018 Spring registration paid in full prior to the first clinic.

MNLL 2018 Cooperstown Team will be having a “gently used” sports gear sale on February 3rd from 9am-12pm at Cunningham Hall.  Clean out your garage of your too small, last season sports equipment  for a good cause and they will pick up your donations!  Email Katy Koski  for pick up. Looking for good deals on used gear? Bring your kids to Cunningham Hall on Feb 3rd to pick up some bargains for next season!

ATHLETICS

Sports schedules for all MHS teams 

Boys Hockey has earned back-to-back ties against league foes Norwood and Braintree. Finn Doherty scored his first Varsity goal against the Mustangs over the weekend.

The Girls Hockey Team is 2-1 in their last 3 games, beating Weymouth and Norwood, while falling to Braintree last night. They sit at 7-3-3.

The Boys Basketball Team beat Norwood on Friday, with some excellent free throw shooting to kill the game off. They battled hard against O’Bryant and Braintree but could not take home the win. They will look to bounce back against Walpole this Friday.

Girls Basketball also took care of Norwood last Friday, with the Wildcats sharing the points. Jeanmarie Fallon finished with 9 points , while Meghan Kelly and Megan Lee both had 6 points each. After two tough games to Braintree and NDA, they’ll hope to right the ship against Walpole this Friday.

Wrestling enjoyed some success over the weekend in their Quad with Liam Kelly, Xavier Fischer and Chris Caputo all earning wins against Bridgewater Raynham. They took an undefeated Natick Team to the wire last night, eventually falling 40-30.

The Girls and Boys Track Teams fell to Natick last Thursday.  Smith Charles took 1st in the High Jump, while Andrew Flaherty won the shotput.  Tyrece Weekes set a personal record in his 2nd place finish in the 55 meter dash.  Genevieve Connelly took 1st in the 1000 meter, while Helen Juzyca won the shot-put for the girls. The Milton Girls also won the 4×400 meter relay.  They will look to get back to winning ways against Walpole tonight.

Mark your calendars! Make sure you come out and support our Cheer Team on Monday February 12th at Weymouth High School in their BSC Winter Competition.  Times are TBD, so be on the lookout for updates!

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The Milton High School Athletic Hall of Fame Committee needs you!  As we look to induct our  2019 HOF class we need your nominations of outstanding athletes for our 2019 ceremony. If you have an athlete, coach, team or supporter to nominate, please complete this form and email it to Billy Donovan or print and mail this form to Billy Donovan, MHS, 25 Gile Rd Milton MA 02186.

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MHS Boys Soccer will be hosting a Cans for Cats event on Saturday,February 3, 2018 from 9:00-12:00 at MHS. The event will benefit MHS Boys Soccer Team. Let’s help the team raise some money and recycle our cans  at the same time! A few weeks ago, the Ski Team (at left) made $203 on a very cold Saturday!

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 cast and crew of Pierce’s Suessical Jr. who put on THREE sold out shows last weekend! The talent was amazing, the set was impressive and the production wowed the audience. Congratulations to the Pierce Players cast and crew!

Staff:  As we acknowledge the students who worked hard on Suessical Jr. at Pierce, we have to thank the educators who made it possible! The Pierce Players is a true team effort. Putting on such a show requires the talent and dedication of many people. Fortunately for MPS, we had a fantastic group of Pierce folks working on this production. Credit goes to Bill Deschenes, Meghan Ohrenberger, Susan McKay, Susan Higgins, Jessica Royster, Stephanie Sherman, Erin Baldwin, Sandy Wyse, Erin Baldwin and Mike Buzell for their dedication to our students.

Volunteers:   Productions like Suessical Jr.  also take parent and community volunteers and engagement. Thank you to Shane Fuller, John Iltis, Gingy Grimes, Heather Utsler-Smith, Lily Doucette, Michelle Cardoza, Lauren Delaney, Juan Navarro and Katie Manning for supporting our Pierce Players!

Thank you to my blog contributors this week:  Michelle Kruezer, Dr. Glenn Pavilcek, Noel Vigue, Dr. Karen Spaulding, AJ Melanson, Tracy Grandeau, Jen Grubler, Llyod MacNeil, Jackie Morgan, Ryan Madden, Jean Scarborough, Heidi Vaughan, Holly Concannon, Jon Redden, Amy Harkins, Bill Deschenes, Dawn Sykes, Will Korman, Rebecca Damiani, Jennifer Struzziero, Sara MacNeil, Juan Navarro, Dawn Sykes and Laurie Stillman.

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

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January 18th, 2018

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Weekly Update
Date: January 18th, 2018

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

I was pleased to see so many Milton Public Schools students and families attend and participate in the community wide Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Celebration this past Monday evening. Our elementary through high school students sang and shared their poems and artwork as the Milton community looked on. Thank you to the Milton Interfaith Clergy Association for their sponsorship of this wonderful event.
           

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There has been one School Committee meeting, on January 17th, since my last E-blast. The next meeting will be held on February 7th at 7 pm in the Milton TV Access studio, Room 245, Milton High School. All School Committee meetings can be viewed on demand on Milton Access Television.

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

More good news from our Debate Team as 10 members participated in a National Tournament in Lexington, MA this past weekend. All of our students did extremely well, with one of our teams (Senior captains Jack Cullen and Domenic Jancaterino) making it to the first round of finals. February and March will be busy months for the team with another national tournament being held at Harvard, 3 local tournaments, and the state tournament all coming up!

MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS

Suessical starts tonight! Come see our talented middle school students in one of their  performances on January 18th, 19th and 20th in the Pierce auditorium. Tickets can be purchased starting at 6:15 at the door. Learn more about the cast and crew and see some rehearsal sneak peeks on the Pierce Players website. Our MPS 5th graders were lucky to get a sneak preview today!

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On Monday, February 5th, Pierce Middle School will have live grades!  The goal of the live grades is to create an open line of communication between teachers, students, and families in order to best support your child’s learning and growth.  The ability to view grades through your PlusPortals account provides families more information about what occurs in the classroom, helping you become better equipped to support your child’s strengths and areas of growth.  Continue reading here.

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Last week at Cunningham, the 5th grade Student Council continued the ongoing anti-bullying curriculum with a student led assembly. With the help of Mr. Redden and Adjustment Counselor Jaclyn Germano, the 5th graders wrote a book, filmed videos depicting bullying situations and solutions and led the all school assembly. Cunningham has a school wide, consistent message of kindness and empathy as well as specific lessons aimed at teaching the differences between the terms “rude, mean and bullying” and “tattling and reporting”.  Staff has shared videos, vocabulary, book recommendations and discussion questions and this school wide consistent discussion and education is proving effective.   

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At Collicot, many students are “Reading with Malcolm” as they participate in the second quarter of the Readbowl competition to crown the National Reading Champions.  Read With Malcolm is a youth literacy initiative founded by New England Patriot, Malcolm Mitchell. During the month of January, students will log independent reading minutes as part of a national competition. Mrs Spitz’s 3rd graders were featured on Malcolm’s page today because of their great nonfiction reading lesson. Many of our classes are having fun while logging extra reading minutes each week!  Our teachers also enjoyed this clip of Malcolm as a college student sharing his love of reading.

Mrs Spitz’s class is going for 1st and goal with their reading!

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Jan 18-20  Pierce Players Performances of Suessical Jr.
Jan 23  Kindergarten Information Night 6:30pm MHS Auditorium
Jan 30  PARENT Speaker – Minding your Mind Program PMS 6:30  
Jan 31 No School K-12 Teacher PD Day
Feb 7 Milton School Committee
Feb 8 PARENT Speaker – Dr Ruth Potee 6:30 MHS Auditorium

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION

It is time to register your child (5 years old on or before 8/31/18) for kindergarten for September 2018. As we prepare to welcome our new kindergarteners next September, the first step for families is to pre-register your new student. After you pre-register, we hope to see many kindergarten parents and guardians at Kindergarten Information Night on Tuesday, January 23rd at Milton High School. The final step is to attend Kindergarten Registration (by appointment on February 13th,14th,15th)  with your completed registration packet that you will receive on January 23rd at information night.  Questions? Please email Laurie Dunn. We look forward to meeting the class of 2031!​    

PRESCHOOL INFORMATION

Online preschool registration is open until January 25th.  If needed, a lottery will be held on January 26th and parent notification letters with placement status will be sent no later than February 5th. We have several different preschool programs described in the Preschool Information Night presentation.  Please email Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Family Outreach Liaison, or call 617-980-7343 if you have additional questions.  

GRANT NEWS

The Glover Elementary School and Pierce Middle School were recently awarded a Safe and Supportive Schools grant for $20,000.  The purpose of this competitive grant program is to provide funding to develop and implement action plans that organize, integrate, and sustain school and district-wide efforts to create safe and supportive school environments and coordinate and align student support initiatives.  This work is intended to help schools create safe, positive, healthy and inclusive whole-school learning environments and make effective use of a system for integrating services and aligning initiatives that promote students’ behavioral health (e.g., social and emotional learning, bullying prevention, trauma sensitivity, dropout prevention, truancy reduction, children’s mental health, foster care and homeless youth education, inclusion of students with disabilities, substance use prevention, positive behavioral approaches that reduce suspensions and expulsions, and other similar initiatives).  This grant was open to all districts in the Commonwealth, and the Glover/Pierce proposal was one of only seven funded in Category B (the implementation phase)!  The two schools teamed up last year under a similar grant to assess their work in creating Safe and Supportive Schools and are teaming together once again to continue their efforts by implementing the action plans they authored last year.  Work associated with this grant will include family outreach, exploring positive behavioral interventions, and integrating support services for students.

MILTON SUMMER ENRICHMENT

Do you have a MHS student interested in applying for volunteer or paid Red Shirt Positions this summer at MSE? The link to apply is now open.  The deadline for applications is February 16th.

PARENT SPEAKER SERIES

Please join us for the next Speaker Series event – Jon Mattleman – Just Talk About It – on January 30th at 6:30 PM in the Pierce Middle School Auditorium.

This interactive presentation is an introduction to adolescents’ mental health, which is designed to train attendees on how to recognize the warning signs of stress, anxiety, depression and crisis.  In addition, self-harm, suicide, and the emotional impact of social media will be explicitly addressed.  Participants will discuss ways to assist others to cultivate positive coping skills and the ability to ask for help.  Crisis intervention is emphasized by learning the signs of suicidal ideation and risk, and how to encourage those at risk to seek help. For more information on the Just Talk About It presentation, please visit the Minding Your Mind website. 

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Last Saturday, there were 6 small breakout sessions held in homes around Milton as parents, daughters and facilitators used talking points from Rachel Simmons’ talk last week to spark further discussion. Thanks to all who hosted, facilitated and attended!

SEPAC  NEWS

Milton SEPAC is excited to present “What Matters Most”, An Evening of Heartfelt Storytelling with Carrie Cariello on January 25th, 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm  at Abby Park, 550 Adams Street in Milton. Carrie will be joining us for the second time to share stories about her life raising five children, one of whom has autism. She is a writer, blogger, and speaker who presents regularly around the country to teachers, parents, and students. Hearing her talk will feel like a good conversation with a friend and parents of children with or without autism will be able to relate to her funny and touching stories of the struggles of raising kids. Admission is free, all are welcome, light apps will be served and there is a cash bar. We hope you will join us for this informative and enjoyable evening.

FROM THE READERS

I thought you might be interested in this video on teaching that Pierce science teacher Jeff Stoodt sent me about America’s teacher shortage. We are lucky at MPS to have so many engaged and excellent educators.  

Physical Education and Health Director Noel Vigue, shared the following article entitled Measuring Screen Time is the Key to Reducing Screen Time.

FOOD SERVICE NEWS

At Milton Public Schools, we offer breakfast in every school for thirty minutes before the school day begins – students come into the cafeteria before the morning bell.  We have traditional cafeteria service  in all of our schools, we offer grab and go carts at our middle and high school and we are now piloting breakfast in the classroom at the Tucker Elementary School with three grades. We have also placed full breakfast meals with our middle and high school nurses if children come to their offices and are hungry after the bell. We hope you will consider trying out our school breakfast program!  

FUNDRAISING NEWS

The MHS Class of 2019 FUNDrive will be held this  Saturday, January 20th , from 9am-2pm at the high school’s front entrance. Clean out your closets and help the MHS Class of 2019 at the same time! If you would like to drop off in advance, we will be accepting donations (gently used clothing, shoes, textiles, household items, etc) that are boxed or bagged through January 19th at the MHS Main office during school hours. All details can be found here. The class of 2019 thanks you!

NEWS AROUND TOWN

Courageous Conversations is holding bystander intervention training to address implicit and explicit racism and bias in our everyday lives.  Please follow this link to register in advance.

It’s Chess-a-Palooza time at the Milton Public Library.

See what’s happening for kids  at the Milton Public Library next week and the week after.  

Dreaming of spring? Well then register now for Milton spring sports! Softball, baseball, Lacrosse.

Please see the Milton Early Childhood Alliance Winter Newsletter, filled with many free activities for families to do together this season. 

The Forbes House Museum presents their newest exhibit – Massachusetts Help to Ireland During the Great Famine. Come see artifacts and historic accounts at the opening reception on Saturday, January 27th, 4-6pm $10/person.

ART AND MUSIC NEWS

Please enjoy this video of the Tucker 4th and 5th grade chorus performing for friends and family.

ATHLETICS

Girls Basketball had their work cut out for them on the second night of a back-to-back against a very good Quincy team, after beating Weymouth by a point in the night before.  It took OT to settle this one, with Jeanmarie Fallon finishing with 14 points and some more clutch 3-point shooting from Meghan Kelly! Final score was 49-41 Milton!

Boys Basketball climbed back from 15 down late in the third quarter to beat Weymouth 49-48, with Eddie Hassell scoring a season high 26 points.  They will look to make it two wins out of two on Friday, as they take on Norwood.

Girls Hockey took a 1-0 lead over Weymouth into the 2nd period, and then the flood gates opened. Kat Buchanan earned yet another hat-trick, with the ‘Cats eventually winning 5-0 on the night.

Boys Hockey also took care of business against Weymouth, winning 4-2, with goals from O’Toole, Noonan, McDougall, and Allen, bouncing back nicely after falling to North Attleboro over the long weekend.

Boys and Girls Track had a bye week last Thursday, and they take on Wellesley tonight.

The Wrestling Team grabbed wins over Monument and AMSA in the Quad over the weekend, while falling to Newton North on Tuesday night. Micah Allen is 3-1 in his last three matches, while Alex Merrill and Alex Caputo have both picked up a few more wins.

The Ski Team participated in their 1st Giant Slalom competition of the season last week.  The Wildcats were led by rookies Nikolai Zychowicz  (32nd & 42nd) and CC Madigan (43rd & 43rd). Strong performances were turned in by Kyle Loria, Thomas Baltay, Geroge Laing , Conor Lynch, Isabella DeFilipo, Alex Boursican, Laura O’Hanlon, Molly Strout, Nora Kleiman, Giselle Nevile, Zerian Atic and Finuala Boursican.

Sports schedules for all MHS teams.

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 four Cunningham 5th graders who give up their recess time to teach small groups of students in Mrs O’Leary’s 1st grade class. Mrs O’Leary shares that these students are amazing with her young class – patient, thoughtful and loving towards all the children.  It’s students like Dory O’Toole, Sophie McFadden, Emily Rowley and Nicole Dowdall who make the Milton Public Schools so special.  In addition, Nicole has been coming to school early to help her own 5th grade teacher who is injured.  She wrote the agenda, got the book club books set up, organized materials for a science lesson and delivered the mail. Nice job, Nicole!  

Staff:  Please join me in acknowleding the staff members from Cunningham and Tucker who are working  together all year around early literacy standards and initiatives. This work is funded by a grant the  Cunningham and Tucker Schools applied for and received from the state. The teachers have already attended one regional and one state literacy conference and will continue to collaborate together and with other districts from around the state in order to bring new and innovative ideas in early literacy to our district. Thank you to Tara Kostek, Caitlin Deptula, Kim O’Leary, Alex Sewall, Sarah Slater, Kerry O’Leary, Kelsey McGill and Nicole Rooney for their commitment to our youngest students.

Volunteers: ​​Jean Graham has volunteered in the guidance department at Milton High School for the past several years.  Mrs. Graham has taken on the role of  College Applications Coordinator, ensuring  that all transcripts, letters of recommendation and other necessary forms are submitted to colleges on time for all of our students. To date, Mrs. Graham has submitted over 2000 transcripts for the graduating class of 2018!  Mrs. Graham’s attention to detail, follow through and coordination of deadlines with the guidance staff and the students guarantees that our materials are submitted on time to every college our students are applying to. Please join me in thanking Mrs Jean Graham for her time and dedication to our high school students.

Thank you to my blog contributors this week:  Dr Karen Spaulding, Jon Redden, Jaclyn Germano, Jeff Stoodt, Holly Concannon, Liz Spitz, Cat DesRoche, Bernadette Butler, Noel Vigue, Jackie Morgan , Kerry O’Leary, Tracy d’Entremont, Karen Cahill, Jennifer Struzziero, Ryan Madden, James Jette, Kathleen Haley, Kacy Kalell, Dana Depaul, Kathleen Kelley, Cynthia Guise and Jen Grubler.

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

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January 11th, 2018

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Weekly Update
Date: January 11, 2018

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

After our two recent snow days, I wanted to take this opportunity to share the process around cancelling school for inclement weather. As Superintendent, the final decision to cancel school rests with me, however I am in consultation with the DPW, MPS custodial staffs and administrators during the decision process. Prior to and during a snowstorm, we receive up-to-date reports on road conditions, transportation capability, and the status of our buildings. We will keep schools open if these reports indicate we can safely transport children, and open and operate our buildings.

The primary criteria we consider when making a decision include: the safety and well-being of students and staff, severity of the weather (extreme cold, amount of snow, etc.), timing of weather (during the school day, overnight, weekend, etc.), the ability for busses and cars to travel safely and the safety of all who walk to school and wait at bus stops. 

We continually monitor the forecast from local sources and the National Weather Service, and I consult with numerous stakeholders in order to make the best decision for students, staff and families. In spite of Doppler radar and other advances in weather prediction, it is difficult to be sure about how inclement weather will impact road conditions as each event is unique. In the event that school is canceled due to severe weather, MPS makes every attempt to notify families (via phone, email, social media, MPS website) as soon as possible. There is no set time for notifying families as the weather forecast and our ability to respond is specific to every event. To ease the burden on families, I ask that families have tentative childcare plans in place if a snow day seems possible but not definite. We want to give every opportunity to fully assess the storm before cancelling school.    

With our two recent snow days, here is the revised 2017-2018 school calendar.  

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR CELEBRATION

I greatly value Milton Public School’s partnership with MICA (the Milton Interfaith Clergy Association) especially as it relates to their annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration on Monday, January 15th.  The  theme this year is: A Single Garment of Destiny

“In a real sense all life is inter-related. All men are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be, and you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be… This is the inter-related structure of reality.”    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from a Birmingham Jail

Our students from Kindergarten through 12th grade participate with essays, poems, art projects, musical selections and more. Please join me in congratulating our four outstanding MHS students whose work was chosen to represent MHS in honor of MLK Jr.  We are very proud of Maggie Haley, June Padera, Catherine Le and Alisa Lorden for their excellent submissions. You can view their work by clicking on their name. 

New this year, MICA is offering Day of Service opportunities for all ages. If your family can help with an outdoor clean up behind Cunningham/Collicot or a storage area clean up at the Milton Food Pantry, I hope you will consider signing up. I know I will see many MPS families on January 15th at the Evening Community Celebration at the Concord Baptist Church, 180 Blue Hill Ave from 6:30-8pm.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE

There has not been a  School Committee meetings since my last E-blast. The next meeting will be held on January 17th at  7 pm in the Milton TV Access studio, Room 245, Milton High School. Previous School Committee meetings can be watched on demand on Milton Access Television

PRESCHOOL INFORMATION NIGHT

Join us TONIGHT (January 11th) for an information evening at 6:30pm and please review the important preschool dates.  The information session will take place at Milton High School, 25 Gile Rd.  Milton Public Schools has a variety of programs for those children who will turn three or four on or before August 31, 2018.  This is guaranteed to be an informative evening as preschool staff and administrators outline the similarities and differences in the programs offered as well as answer any questions families may have.  Please email Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Family Outreach Liaison, or call 617-980-7343 if you have additional questions. We look forward to seeing you as your child begins their time in the Milton Public Schools!  

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

L-R first row: Alex Dhima, Shoilee Banerjee, Nuasheen Chowdhurry, GiGi Jiang, Daniel Truog
L-R back row: Al Lez, Ralph Destin, Domenic Jancaterino, Philip Ng Pack, Jack Cullen

I am happy to report that the MHS debate team competed successfully at another  tournament this past weekend.  10 students traveled to Newton South High School to the   Speech and Debate Winter Festival. The students were a mix of 4 year veterans and brand new competitors. All students were able to win at least one of their rounds, with our Senior Captain Team of Domenic Jancaterino and Jack Cullen winning 3 out of their 4 rounds and Domenic receiving 2nd place speaker (out of 192 students).  This coming weekend the team will be attending a National Tournament at Lexington High School with the hopes of receiving a bid for the National Tournament in the spring. The students are  very busy preparing this week!  

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Kelsey McCarthy, PT, DPT at Elliott Physical Therapy and member of the US Powerlifting Team presented on Powerlifting safety and competition to 25 interested students this week  at the Wildcat Wellness Center. Our students were engaged and enthusiastic about this informative session.  

MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS

Pierce Players presents “Suessical the Musical” Come see our talented middle school students in their upcoming performance on January 18th, 19th and 20th in the Pierce auditorium. Tickets can be purchased in the Pierce office or by using this form.  Learn more about the cast and crew and see some rehearsal sneak peeks on the Pierce Players website.

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On Monday, February 5th, Pierce Middle School will have live grades!  The goal of the live grades is to create an open line of communication between teachers, students, and families in order to best support your child’s learning and growth.  The ability to view grades through your PlusPortals account provides families more information about what occurs in the classroom, helping you become better equipped to support your child’s strengths and areas of growth.  Continue reading here.

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Getting ready for your school’s Science Fair and feeling a bit overwhelmed by the idea of a science fair project?  Watch these Tucker 5th grade student produced videos  to see how easy it can be to just take it step by step and work your way through a scientific process. If looking to do a STEM style project the process is very similar, just add testing your idea or prototype and redesigning it based on the data collected while testing. For questions and help while working on a science fair project please contact elementary science curriculum coordinator  Linda Stefanick,  (no question is too small – please feel free to ask them!) Happy Exploring and Investigating!

PARENT SPEAKER SERIES

We are pleased to share that the Rachel Simmons event was a tremendous success.  Thank you to all of our sponsors (BID-Milton, MSAPC, Isabel Joyce Piliavin Charitable Trust, Milton PTOs, SEPAC, Milton Times and the MCC) for making this possible.  There were over 550 people in attendance for Rachel Simmons presentation of “Odd Girl Out”.   It was a powerful presentation, Rachel provided so many takeaways for parents/guardians and she was extremely relatable to the young girls in the audience.  In fact, many of them were admittedly reluctant to attend, but ended up on the edge of their seats completely engaged, laughing at Rachel’s goofy jokes and raising their hands with questions.  It was impressive to see so many girls in line to have Rachel sign their books after the show.  Rachel touched on authentic friendships and what that means and should look like.  She addressed aspects of social media and how to use this form of communication in a safe and healthy way.  She also discussed the pressures to be perfect and living up to the expectations of others.  It was an enlightening presentation that sparked so many conversations after the event, on the way home and on social media.  Thank you to all who attended! In an effort to keep the conversation going, we are offering “Odd Girl Out” breakout sessions around Milton this Saturday. You can sign up to attend a session here

Next up in PARENT Speaker Series: 

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Jan 11  Preschool Information Night 6:30pm MHS Auditorium
Jan 15  No School-MLK Jr. Holiday
Jan 17  Milton School Committee
Jan 18-20  Pierce Players Performance
Jan 23  Kindergarten Information Night 6:30pm MHS Auditorium
Jan 30  PARENT Speaker – Minding your Mind Program PMS 6:30  
Jan 31 No School K-12 Teacher PD Day
Feb 7 Milton School Committee
Feb 8 PARENT Speaker – Dr Ruth Potee 6:30 MHS Auditorium Add link

GRANT NEWS

Thank you to the Milton Cultural Council (MCC) who is a regular supporter of the Milton Public Schools. Just this week I was made aware of four recent grants – $500 in support of the Pierce Mosaic Project, $375 towards the PARENT Speaker Series, $675 for a Caribbean and Latin America Music Assembly at Pierce and $500 for Cunningham’s spring Mandala Art Project. On behalf of the Milton Public Schools, thank you to the MCC!   

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION

Kindergarten Registration for September 2018 is upon us. As we prepare to welcome our new kindergarteners next September, the first step for families is to pre-register your new student. After you pre-register, we hope to see many kindergarten parents and guardians at Kindergarten Information Night on Tuesday, January 23rd at Milton High School. The final step is to attend Kindergarten Registration (by appointment on February 13th,14th,15th)  with your completed registration packet that you will receive on January 23rd at information night.  Questions? Please email Laurie Dunn. We look forward to meeting the class of 2031!​    

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING

Suicide Risk among Teens:  A Hard Topic to Tackle. MPS SEL Facilitator Laurie Stillman shares that although we as parents are reticent to think and talk about it, teen depression and suicide are significant and growing problems in our country.  Prolonged feelings of stress, sadness, isolation and confusion—along with raging hormones—can leave youth feeling sad and hopeless for long periods of time. In Milton, about 25% of our high school students reported, in the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), having depressive symptoms, and 12% indicated that they had considered suicide in the past year. While these statistics are lower than the U.S., it is still a big concern that we should take seriously. Continue reading here.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

Courageous Conversations is holding bystander intervention training to address implicit and explicit racism and bias in our everyday lives.  Please follow this link to register in advance. 

It’s Chess-a-Palooza time at the Milton Public Library.

See what’s happening for kids  at the Milton Public Library next week and the week after.  

Dreaming of spring? Well then register now for Milton spring sports! Softball, baseball, Lacrosse.

Here are the top ten Most Borrowed Adult Books from the Milton Public Library in 2017.  How many did you read?  

Let’s get reading! A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW, the best seller by Amor Towles, has been
selected for Milton Reads 2018

The Town of Milton has just completed the FY2018 Storm Water Utility rates and fees and mailed the bills out to all residents beginning on Monday January 8, 2018.

ART AND MUSIC NEWS

This week, the Music Department wrapped-up the winter performance season on Thursday night with a final concert featuring the Pierce Middle School and Milton High School jazz ensembles.  The program showcased large bands and small combos, and included the MHS Jazz Ensembles 1 and 2, the MHS Jazz Quintet, the MHS “Cellar Dwellers” and the Pierce Jazz Band.  The night ended with a combined performance of the traditional jazz standard, Second Line. Congratulations to Directors Rebecca Damiani and Kaitlyn Laprise, and their students for a swinging night enjoyed by all! 

FUNDRAISING NEWS

Make a New Year’s Resolution to clean out your closets and  help the Milton High School Class of 2019 at the same time! The MHS  Class of 2019 FUNDrive  will be held on  Saturday, January 20th , from 9 am – 2 pm  at the high school’s front entrance. If you would like to drop off in advance, we will be accepting donations (gently used clothing, shoes, textiles, household items, etc) that are boxed or bagged from January 15th- 19th at the MHS Main office during school hours. All details can be found here. The class of 2019 thanks you!

FROM THE READERS

I enjoyed this informative video from PBS entitled “The Big Education Issues Ahead for 2018” and I hope you will too. 

ATHLETICS

The Wrestling Team won a thriller against Wellesley 39-33!  Micah Allen, Austin Wright, Mark LaBelle, Xavier Fischer, Liam Kelly, and Chris Little all won their matches, with Alex Caputo earning a match sealing pin!

The Track Team participated in the Dartmouth Relays on Sunday, with many great results.  Jayda Dillon finished 11th out of 76 athletes in the 300m dash with a time of 43.73.  Josie Cousineau had a personal best for the season in the 600m running 1:44.36 finishing 7th out of 63 competitors.  Genevieve Connelly had a season best in the mile running 5:24.52 finishing 10th out of 46 competitors.  Ornella Ebongue had a season best throwing the shot put 31′ 6″ for 14th place out of 38 competitors.  The 4x400m relay team of Jayda Dillon, Josie Cousineau, Genevieve Connelly and Elise O’Leary finished 3rd overall with a time of 4:11.  Elise O’Leary won the 400m in a time of 59.76. Also a personal best for her this season.  Smith Charles won the LJ with one jump of 22′ 3.25″ and ran a season best time in the 55m dash of 6.45seconds.  Congratulations to all of the athletes who competed!

The Ski Team have their first race today at Ski Ward. Good luck!

Sports schedules for all MHS teams 

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:  Please join me in recognizing our student leaders who make up the Safety Patrol at Collicot, Glover, Tucker and Cunningham. These 4th and 5th graders are chosen for their maturity and commitment to safety in our schools. The Safety Patrol serve as role models to other students and help with arrival and dismissal, special events, safety drills and more. We are proud of our students who serve on the Safety Patrol and thank them for their service.

      

Staff:  I want to  acknowledge the hard work of our custodial staff at all six schools who worked diligently over the past several weeks to maintain our buildings in difficult conditions. The extreme cold and large amount of snow we received in a short time made for challenging conditions. Our custodians made an extra effort to make sure all school grounds were prepared and ready for school each school day.                                        

Volunteers: Our 2017-18 PARENT Speaker Series has been a tremendous success this year and would not be possible without the generosity of our sponsors. Please join me in thanking BID-Milton, MSAPC, The Isabel Joyce Piliavin Charitable Trust, The Milton PTOs, SEPAC, The Milton Times and the MCC for their consistent support of the Milton Public Schools. 

Thank you to my blog contributors this week:  Kacy Kalell, Dana Depaul,  Kathleen Kelley, Noel Vigue, Marti McKenna, Holly Concannon, Jon Redden, Dr. Elaine McNeil-Girmai, Karen McDavitt, The Rev Shelly Davis, Patti Eliott, Karen Cahill, Laurie Stillman, Abigail Callahan, Ryan Madden, Dawn Sykes, James Jette, Linda Stefanick and Dr Karen Spaulding.

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

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January 4th, 2018

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date: January 4th, 2018

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

I would like to invite MPS parents/guardians, along with their daughters (3rd grade and older) and the entire Milton Community to join me for the next MPS PARENT Speaker Series event.  We are  pleased to welcome Rachel Simmons – Expert in Girls’ Bullying and Young Women’s Leadership.  Rachel will be presenting “Odd Girl Out: Coping with Best Friends, Worst Enemies, and Everything in Between” on Monday January 8th at 6:30 at MHS. This speaker will share valuable information and resources and this event is free and open to the public.

Then, on Saturday January 13th, join us for a unique opportunity, ‘Odd Girl Out’ family breakout sessions.  There will be several Milton homes hosting sessions with a facilitator leading discussions about some of Rachel’s main talking points.  If you are interested in hosting or attending a small group session, or if you would like to be a discussion facilitator, please contact MPS Director for Health and Physical Education, Noel Vigue.          

SNOW DAY

We hope you enjoyed your snow day at home. It was a quiet day in our schools…or was it?  

PRESCHOOL REGISTRATION

Are you or someone you know looking for a preschool program for your three or four year old?  Milton Public Schools has a variety of programs for those children who will turn three or four on or before August 31, 2018. Mark your calendars and join us for an information evening on January 11th at 6:30pm and please review the important preschool dates.  The information session will take place at Milton High School, 25 Gile Rd.  This is guaranteed to be an informative evening as preschool staff and administrators outline the similarities and differences in the programs offered as well as answer any questions families may have.  Please email Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Family Outreach Liaison, or call 617 980 7343 if you have additional questions. We look forward to seeing you  as your child begins their time in the Milton Public Schools! 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There has been one  School Committee meeting, on January 3rd,  since my last E-blast. I will share minutes and video replay as they become available. Previous School Committee meetings can be watched on demand on Milton Access Television. The next meeting will be held on January 17th at  7 pm in the Milton TV Access studio, Room 245, Milton High School.   

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

Milton High School will be the beneficiary of a recent grant won by the Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition.  MSAPC  is pleased to announce that its grant application to the Blue Hills Community Health Alliance has been funded to support MiltonCares! “MiltonCares! will work to support youth and adults impacted by substance abuse and mental health issues in both the school and community settings”, said Laurie Stillman, Director of MSAPC, who wrote the grant.  “It will fund the planning of two important, yet innovative new programs in town: a Milton Cares Response Team through the Milton Police Department and the Bridge for Resilient Youth in Transition  (BRYT) at Milton High School.   

The BRYT program has been a dream for high school principal James Jette and guidance director Karen Cahill for many years. BRYT is a nonprofit organization based in Brookline, Massachusetts. BRYT received the American Psychological Association’s Gold Achievement Award for its innovative approach for helping schools across Massachusetts to implement clinical, academic, social and family supports for teenagers for several critical weeks following their return to school, primarily after a behavioral health crisis. The program helps students get back on track and complete high school with their peers by addressing their academic, social and emotional needs. Principal Jette said, “We were impressed by the programs we researched at Hingham and Brookline. Bringing it to Milton has been on our wish list for a number of years now.  We are thrilled to now have the opportunity of working with BRYT staff to help make this happen.” Please continue reading for the full press release.

MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS

Join the Kindness Wave at Pierce!  A joint effort between the Diversity Committee and Student Council has led to an idea to help spread the notion of kindness in our school AND the wider community. The Student Council is selling T-shirts that say “Kind is the New Cool” with “Pierce Middle School, Milton, MA” on the back and we will wear them as a united community on designated Fridays throughout the year.

Why should you order a Kind is the New Cool T-shirt?

  • You will be helping create a positive atmosphere at Pierce.
  • Proceeds will benefit the Diversity Committee’s efforts to fund an artist in residence to create and install an inclusiveness-focused mosaic in the main lobby.

Who is invited to participate?

  • EVERYONE: Parents, family members, students, teachers, administrators, front office staff, guidance counselors, custodians, lunchroom staff, paraprofessionals

How can I purchase a Pierce Middle School “Kind is the New Cool” t-shirt?

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Pierce Players presents “Suessical the Musical” Come see our talented middle school students in their upcoming performance on January 18th, 19th and 20th in the Pierce auditorium. Tickets can be purchased in the Pierce office or by using this form.  Learn more about the cast and crew and see some rehearsal sneak peeks on the Pierce Players website.

 

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Jan 8    Rachel Simmons, PARENT Speaker Series  – Odd Girl Out                                         
Jan 10  MHS Jazz Concert 7pm, MHS Auditorium
Jan 11  Preschool Information Night 6:30pm MHS Auditorium
Jan 15  No School-MLK Jr. Holiday
Jan 17  Milton School Committee
Jan 23  Kindergarten Information Night 6:30pm MHS Auditorium

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION

Calling all future kindergarteners! Kindergarten Registration for September 2018 is upon us. As we prepare to welcome our new kindergarteners next September, the first step for families is to pre-register your new student. After you pre-register, we hope to see many kindergarten parents and guardians at Kindergarten Information Night on Tuesday, January 23rd at Milton High School. The final step is to attend Kindergarten Registration (by appointment on February 13th,14th,15th)  with your completed registration packet that you will receive on January 23rd at information night.  Questions? Please email Laurie Dunn. We look forward to meeting the class of 2031!​    

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR CELEBRATION

I greatly value Milton Public School’s partnership with MICA (the Milton Interfaith Clergy Association) especially as it relates to their annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration on Monday, January 15th.  The  theme this year is: A Single Garment of Destiny

“In a real sense all life is inter-related. All men are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be, and you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be… This is the inter-related structure of reality.”    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from a Birmingham Jail

Our students from Kindergarten through 12th grade participate with essays,  poems, art projects, musical selections and more. New this year, MICA is offering Day of Service opportunities for all ages and details will be available soon. I hope to see many MPS families on January 15th at the Evening Community Celebration at the Concord Baptist Church, 180 Blue Hill Ave from 6:30-8pm.  

FUNDRAISING NEWS

Make a New Year’s Resolution to  clean out your closets and  help the Milton High School Class of 2019 at the same time! The MHS  Class of 2019 FUNDrive  will be held on  Saturday, January 20th , from 9 am – 2 pm  at the high school’s front entrance. If you would like to drop off in advance, we will be accepting donations (gently used clothing, shoes, textiles, household items, etc) that are boxed or bagged from January 15th- 19th at the MHS Main office during school hours. All details can be found here. The class of 2019 thanks you!

PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

The Milton SEPAC is pleased to announce our first in a series of Parent Speak events. On January 17th from 6:30 -8:30 pm, the SEPAC will host Glover parents in the Keys Community Room at the Milton Public Library. Join us to share experiences, ask questions, and express any concerns. We are interested in knowing what has gone well for you during the current school year as well as where improvements are needed. Parents will also have the opportunity to ask questions about the IEP process, parent rights, and other aspects of special education services. We hope to see you there. Additional Parent Speak events will be held for each school community with dates to be announced soon.

The SEPAC will hold its next Board Meeting on January 23rd from 7 pm to 9 pm in the library at Glover Elementary School.

MFE NEWS

Save the date for CELEBRATION 2018,  April 28, 2018 at 6:30 pm at  Granite Links, Quincy, MA.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The DPW shares important information about snow, Christmas tree pick up and recycling.  
There are many great programs for kids at the Milton Public Library.

It’s Chess-a-Palooza time at the Milton Public Library.

ATHLETICS

Boys Hockey has only lost 1 game, with an overall record of 3-3-1.  They won the Sullivan
Cup at the Quincy Tournament over the Winter Break. They also beat Natick last night 4-3.  Bobby Carew and Ross Dexter both grabbed their first varsity goals over he break as sophomores!

Girls Hockey was handed their first loss to Braintree, with an overall record of 4-1-2.  Julia Scannell broke the scoring record.  She has over 200 points – the previous point record was 195. Stay tuned as Julia looks to extend her record.

Girls Basketball lost a tight game to Weymouth last night 50-49.  Their record is now 2-3, with Jeanmarie Fallon averaging nearly 20 points per game.

Boys Basketball is on a small slide, losing to a very good O’Bryant team last night and dropping both games over the break.  Eddie Hassell is averaging about 15 points per game and was on the All-Tournament Team over break. They’ll look to rebound against Needham tomorrow.

Girls and Boys Track had their first meet against Natick, with the girls taking home the victory.  Their match against Norwood tonight is postponed until 1/31.  All scores and results can be found on the Athletics Website

The Wrestling Team fared well at the Lowell Tournament, with Alex Caputo making it to the second day of the competition! Their match tonight is postponed and they will participate in the Canton Tournament on Saturday.

The Ski Team has their first race a week from tomorrow, on January 11th. They’ll appreciate all this snow!

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Save Your Holiday Cans! There will be a Cans for Cats event on Saturday January 6th from 9-12 pm to benefit the Milton High Ski Team.

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 am pleased to share that MHS junior Suvan Shukla submitted an article to the Milton Times last week and it was published on the front page. The article is called “The Best Kind of Magic Trick”.  Even though Suvan has completed his community service hours, he continues to pursue his malnutrition cause. All at MPS are proud of this young man and his commitment to community service. 

Staff:  I would like to recognize the efforts of Collicot teachers Cassi Kelble (1st grade) and Ellen Lohan (5th grade) who are in the midst of a technology certification program that has brought new and innovative technologies to Collicot. Amy Gale, Collicot Assistant Principal, shares that they have been piloting the use of Flip Grid in their classrooms with much success. Flip Grid is an active, social learning platform that engages learners through video-based discussion. Their knowledge of these new technologies will support not only instruction in their classrooms but across our school and district. We are most appreciative of their hard work.

Volunteers: I would like to thank the parents and community members who have volunteered to host and facilitate small group breakout sessions on Saturday, January 13th, based on the talk by our next speaker, Rachel Simmons on January 8th. These small group discussions will give our girls and young women even more valuable tools as they navigate friendships, bullying, peer pressure and more throughout their adolescence. We have 8 sessions planned. If you would like to participate or host a small group (10-12 people) please email Physical Education & Health Director, Noel Vigue

Thank you to my blog contributors this week:  Marti McKenna, Noel Vigue, Jen Grubler,  Jennifer Struzziero, Jean Scarborough,  Karen Spaulding,  Ryan Madden,  Laurie Stillman, The Rev. Shelly Davis, Rebecca Damiani, Christy Daniels and Karen Cahill.

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

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December 21st 2017

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Weekly Update
Date: December 21st, 2017

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

As we prepare to begin our winter break, I would like to wish our entire Milton Public Schools family a happy and healthy holiday season, a relaxing winter break and a wonderful New Year! At the High School, we have been treated to some beautiful music each morning this week from our talented MHS musicians. Please enjoy the gift of their music!   

Please see the next item about our first 2018 PARENT Speaker Series event on January 8th. We hope to see you and your daughters (aged 3rd grade and up is recommended) at Milton High School for this engaging and interesting speaker.

PARENT SPEAKER SERIES

The MPS PARENT Speaker Series is pleased to welcome Rachel Simmons – Expert in Girls’ Bullying and Young Women’s Leadership.  Rachel will be presenting “Odd Girl Out: Coping with Best Friends, Worst Enemies, and Everything in Between” on Monday January 8th at 6:30 at MHS. This event is free and open to the public.  Parents/Guardians are encouraged to have their daughters (3rd grade and older) accompany them to the event.   

Then, on Saturday January 13, join us for a unique opportunity, ‘Odd Girl Out’ family breakout sessions.  There will be several Milton homes hosting sessions with a facilitator leading discussions about some of Rachel’s main talking points.  If you are interested in hosting or if you would like to be a discussion facilitator, please contact MPS Director for Health and Physical Education, Noel Vigue.              

Ms Simmons has shared  Ten Tips for Girls in advance of her talk:

  • The Myth of the BFF : What if we could accept that no one friend can be everything to us? The myth of the BFF, and the hope that she’s out there, somewhere, runs deep inside many of us. But some friends are better talkers than listeners; others are crisis managers you seek out in a jam who are unreliable day-to-day. As hard as it is, having close friends who disappoint us may be for the best. It opens the door to more friends to love, develops our resilience and self-reliance, and often makes us more flexible and forgiving ourselves.  Continue reading the Ten Tips for Girls from Rachel Simmons.   

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

On Saturday Dec 9, 2017, three of Milton High School’s best and brightest female students traveled to Bedford, MA to enter into “The Women in Science Competition”. Juniors Sarah Hancock, Karisa Lasoff, and Claire Mandel competed against 44 other teams from 23 different school districts. This was Milton’s second appearance at the competition, and our students had a strong showing in the competition.  The competition required a vast science knowledge in multiple fields like biology, genetics, physics, chemistry, astronomy, weather, coding and problem solving as there were two design build problems presented to the students.  MHS  hopes to send more teams in the years to come to this fantastic competition. 

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 Harvard Professor, Milton Times columnist and Clinical Psychologist Dr. Roberta Wegner spoke to MHS Psychology students about her profession and practice. Dr. Wegner spoke about career paths in clinical Psychology, took students through a case study of a patient, and answered student questions. Dr. Wegner specializes in the connection between psychological disorders and the biological reactions, such as stress levels and heart-rate. At left, Dr. Wegner demonstrates the connection between biology and emotions through Biofeedback, with MHS student Robert Ricciardi. Dr. Wegner showed how anxiety, meditation, and fatigue could be affect heart-rate, stress levels, and cognition.

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Last week, members of The Young Women’s Group, The Young Men’s Group, and  The Calculus Project were afforded the opportunity of an all expense paid engineering field trip to Raytheon in Andover.  These students (pictured at the top of the blog this week)  had the opportunity to see the facility and speak to some of the Raytheon engineers and employees to learn about the company and STEM.

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Congratulations to our 1st term MHS Honor Roll students!  High Honors, Honor Roll, Honorable Mention

MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS

Approximately 70 of our 8th grade students at Pierce participated in the Massachusetts Municipal Association’s essay contest. 8th graders from around the commonwealth were prompted to choose a political or community issue that impacts young people and determine how they would make a difference, if they were the Chief Municipal Officer for their community. We are proud to announce that Matthew Paquette, a student in Mr. McElhinney’s class, beat out thousands of students, to win the second place prize for his essay on combating racism.  Matthew will be awarded a cash prize of $250.00 and be honored for his excellence. Congratulations to Matthew and the 8th grade social studies teachers and students who finished their civics unit with this exciting essay contest. 

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Cunningham students in Mrs Zoll’s and Mrs Rooney’s 3rd grades mixed engineering, math and creative problem solving this week to create some winter beauty. After studying the science behind how snowflakes are formed, they worked in pairs to create their own unique snowflakes. The groups brainstormed on symmetry, design ideas and engineering practices to create their masterpieces and shared their process and finished design with the class ​. 

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Tucker Cares continued last week , with students making get well cards and flowers for patients at Milton Hospital.  Each month, the Tucker Community comes together to work on a good deed in the greater Milton Community. I received an email yesterday from Richard Fernandez, President/CEO of BID-Milton which read, “The hospital recently received cards and tissue paper flowers from the students at Tucker School to be shared with patients who are here over the holidays.  We are so grateful to the students, teachers and staff whose work will really brighten the season for our patients and their families.”Our Tucker students are leading the way with their kindness! 

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Dec 25–29  Winter Recess                                          
Jan 2    Classes Resume
Jan 3    Milton School Committee
Jan 8    Rachel Simmons, PARENT Speaker Series  – Odd Girl Out                                         
Jan 10  MHS Jazz Concert
Jan 11  Preschool Information Night
Jan 15  No School-MLK Jr. Holiday
Jan 17  Milton School Committee
Jan 23  Kindergarten Information Night

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION

Calling all future kindergarteners! Kindergarten Registration for September 2018 is upon us. As we prepare to welcome our new kindergarteners next September, the first step for families is to pre-register your new student. After you pre-register, we hope to see many kindergarten parents and guardians at Kindergarten Information Night on Tuesday, January 23rd at Milton High School. The final step is to attend Kindergarten Registration (by appointment on February 13th,14th,15th)  with your completed registration packet that you will receive on January 23rd at information night. Details and links are found here – Welcome to Kindergarten. Questions? Please email Laurie Dunn. We look forward to meeting the class of 2031!​   

PRESCHOOL REGISTRATION

Are you or someone you know looking for a preschool program for your three or four year old?  Milton Public Schools has a variety of programs for those children who will turn three or four on or before August 31, 2018. Mark your calendars and join us for an information evening on January 11th at 6:30pm and please review the important preschool dates.  The information session will take place at Milton High School, 25 Gile Rd.  This is guaranteed to be an informative evening as preschool staff and administrators outline the similarities and differences in the programs offered as well as answer any questions families may have.  Please email Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Family Outreach Liaison, or call 617 980 7343 if you have additional questions. We look forward to seeing you  as your child begins their time in the Milton Public Schools!

HEALTH AND WELLNESS

I am pleased to tell you that all six of our schools were  awarded the Healthier US School Challenge Bronze award. The HUSSC: Smarter Lunchrooms  award recognizes schools who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in both nutrition and physical education, and actively work to promote a healthier school environment for children. It is a wonderful accomplishment for each of these schools and our MPS Food Service Department. 

MILTON ADULT EDUCATION

Are you interested in teaching a Milton Adult Education course this spring?  We are currently looking for a new yoga instructor, as well as additional instructors for other courses that may be of interest to Milton residents (and neighboring communities).  To get ideas, take a look at the courses that were offered this fall. You could offer something similar to these, or try something entirely new!  Please contact Sara Warner, Director of Adult Education, with questions and/or ideas!

PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

The Milton Public School District’s Special Education Procedures Manual ​has recently been revised and this document is posted on the district’s website. The manual is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of procedures, as well as federal and state regulations, that govern special education services. This manual has been created to assist staff, parents, and community members in understanding the special education process. Please contact the Administrator of Pupil Personnel Services, Tracy Grandeau if you have any questions.

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The Milton SEPAC is pleased to announce our first in a series of Parent Speak events. On January 17th from 6:30 -8:30 pm, the SEPAC will host Glover parents in the Keys Community Room at the Milton Public Library. Join us to share experiences, ask questions, and express any concerns. We are interested in knowing what has gone well for you during the current school year as well as where improvements are needed. Parents will also have the opportunity to ask questions about the IEP process, parent rights, and other aspects of special education services. We hope to see you there. Additional Parent Speak events will be held for each school community with dates to be announced soon.

The SEPAC will hold its next Board Meeting on January 23rd from 7 pm to 9 pm in the library at Glover Elementary School.

MFE NEWS

The MFE is thrilled to announce that we have added five new Trustees. Please join us in welcoming and congratulating Bithiah Carter, Tami Carpenter, Julie Cosgrove, Erika Vogel, and Ben Zoll.

In addition, time is running out to make a tax-deductible 2017 contribution to the Milton Foundation for Education’s Annual Appeal. We are asking you to consider making a gift to this important fund. Together we have distributed over 3 million dollars to the Milton Public Schools, impacting 3,400 students every year. Please consider making a year-end tax-deductible gift today. For more information, please go to our website.  We feel beyond fortunate to work with such incredible schools, passionate teachers, and an amazing community. Thank you for your support.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

Check out the children’s events at the Milton Public Library this week.  

ART AND MUSIC NEWS

The Milton Music Department proudly wrapped up a busy winter concert season with nearly 20 performances this month. Check out the list of their performances this season, it’s impressive to see them in print – our students have been on the move!  

One of the MHS Christmas Carolers final performances was with the Boston Home Resident Choir.  Happy listening!

ATHLETICS

Girls Hockey has yet to lose after beating Walpole 2-0 last night.  Julia Scannell broke the Milton High School Girls Ice Hockey Point Record.  The previous record was 195 points, and Julia has now surpassed 200 points and she doesn’t look like slowing down anytime soon. Kat Buchanan has also recorded 2 hat-tricks while Jenna Conroy scored her first Varsity goal!

Boys Hockey tied Walpole last night 3-3.  Nolan McManus has now found the net in all three of Milton’s games.  Sophomore Bobby Carew, on the back of an amazing Cross Country Season, scored his first Varsity Goal against Framingham.

Girls Basketball grabbed their first win of the season against Framingham on Friday.  Jeanmarie Fallon scored 25 and 20 points against Framingham and Walpole, respectively.  She will look to lead her team against Notre Dame Academy Thursday 12/21 at 6:30pm.

Boys Basketball has now won their last two matches after a tough game against Natick.  They beat both Framingham and Walpole, showcasing excellent team defense, with Eddie Hassell leading the way.  He is averaging just over 16 points per game.  They will play in the Silver Lake Tournament over Winter Break.

Girls and Boys Track will look to beat Natick tonight in their first conference meet at the Reggie Lewis Center.

Wrestling plays Arlington tomorrow before going to the Lowell Tournament over Winter Break.

Please visit our website for updated rosters, schedules and articles about our star athletes!

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Last call for holiday shopping with the Boosters! Shop local for some great Milton gear – Thursday and Friday at the Field House from  2:15-3:15 and Saturday 12/22 at Thayer Nursery from 12-4 pm. Questions? Please contact Patty Andresino or Maggie Oldfield Laing.

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Save Your Holiday Cans! There will be a Cans for Cats event on Saturday January 6th from 9-12 pm to benefit the Milton High Ski Team.

AMBASSADOR PAGE

As part of our weekly update, 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 the students in the MHS Social Pragmatics peer mentor group who worked on handmade blankets this month and yesterday delivered them to Boston Children’s Hospital as part of their travel training and community service. It was an amazing experience for our students as they spread holiday cheer in the hospital.  

Staff:  As we close out 2017, I would like to recognize and congratulate members of our staff who are retiring this year. Anna McReynolds, Susan Doyle, Judy Lemelman, Betty Carrigan, Lori Henry, Mary Duggan and Annie Dutton have been essential and admired members of the MPS staff for many years, and I know you’ll join me in wishing them the very best in their well deserved retirement. We have appreciated their dedication to our students and their commitment to the Milton Public Schools.

Diane Ferrari and Maura Doherty

Volunteers: Milton Public Schools are extremely fortunate to have a wonderful friend in the Milton Residents Fund.  Through the hard work of Diane Ferrari, director of the fund and Maura Doherty, gift drive coordinator, many MPS children in need received gifts for the upcoming holiday.  Through a collaborative effort of kindness the holidays were made a little brighter for many Milton families.  Each elementary school gathered gifts through individual toy drives under the leadership of the PTOs, the middle school families donated generous gift cards and the Milton High School Key Club collected socks for children and teens.  The MHS culinary classes created gingerbread houses which the culinary club helped to decorate and funds collected from the sales of the gingerbread houses were donated to the Milton Residents Fund for the purchase of gift cards. We are very grateful for the generosity of the Milton Residents Fund and our MPS families. 

Thank you to my blog contributors this week:  James Jette, Jon Redden, Amy Zoll, Nicole Rooney, Marti McKenna, Larry Jordan, Tracy Grandeau, Robin Lee, Noel Vigue, Linda Stefanick, Elaine McNeil-Girmai, Sara Warner, Jen Grubler, Will Korman, Dawn Sykes, Jennifer Struzziero, Jean Scarborough, Patty Andresino, Karen Spaulding, Dawn Sykes, Ryan Madden, Nancy Warn, Jackie Morgan and Holly Concannon. 

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

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December 14th, 2018

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Weekly Update
Date: December 14th, 2017

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

On Wednesday of this week the Milton Public Schools celebrated our retired educators with a holiday luncheon in the MHS library. I am always happy to see so many people who have helped to shape  generations of MPS students and to have a chance to honor them. Thank you to Jackie Morgan and our food service department for a wonderful meal and to those in our greater Milton community who help me with this event. Thank you to Thayer Nursery, the Milton Boosters, Mackie’s Barber Shop, The Fruit Center, Bents Cafe, Newcomb Farms and Dunkin’ Donuts for their generous donations and a special thank you to The Tsanotelis Family and Eagle Farms for their very thoughtful donation of two dozen holiday arrangements. 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There has not been a School Committee meeting since my last E-blast. The next meeting will be held on January 3rd at 7pm in the Milton TV Access studio, Room 245, Milton High School. The December 6th School Committee meeting can be watched in its entirety.

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

The MHS Young Women’s Group was fortunate to host guest speaker Dr. Robyn Glover at their last meeting. A significant component of the Young Women’s Group is to introduce our students to successful women of color in the community who can share their stories of success, struggle, and perseverance with them.  Many of our youth think that they are alone in their journey and it is comforting to know that adults have faced similar challenges when they were in high school. Dr. Glover is a licensed psychologist specializing in neuropsychological and educational assessment of children. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Yale University, a master’s degree in education from Harvard University, and both master’s and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from Fordham University.  Dr Glover’s discussion with the young women present centered on college choices, her own educational and professional experiences as a woman of color and her current role as a small business owner and practicing psychologist.  

The Young Women’s Group began during the spring of 2014 as a support program for young women of color. Facilitated by MHS teacher Larry Jordan and Adjustment Counselor Mary-Bianca Mattocks, the aim is to provide our young women with a place to meet, share, and support each other as they navigate through the challenges they face.  During  weekly meetings they discuss a variety of topics including women’s health, defining professional business attire, relationship building, inequalities, goal setting and career readiness.  The girls support each other by openly discussing challenges they are facing.  Often times, the group supports one another by giving their own advice on how they can better address their circumstances.

Mr Jordan and Ms Mattocks (left), Dr Glover (center) with members of the Young Women’s Group

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Our 11th and 12th graders attended the “No First Time” presentation on Wednesday. No First Time is a 45 minute presentation which is designed to educate young people on the danger of experimenting with drugs and engaging in risky behavior. The EvanG Foundation was created  in 2014 after founders John & Stephanie Greene lost their son Evan to an opiate overdose. Like so many others, Evan’s journey began with one pill offered by a peer. That one pill led to a horrible addiction that ultimately ended his life. The Greenes bravely share Evan’s Story as part of a comprehensive program that includes an educational component presented by Massachusetts State Trooper & Drug Recognition Expert John Fanning, as well as an awareness component presented by a recovering addict. Rich Barnes gave a phenomenal motivational speech to close out the 45 minutes followed by a question and answer session which truly engaged our student body. SADD donated $100 to the EvanG Foundation in support of this tremendous work.

The feedback from students has been overwhelming and Trooper John Fanning, Stephanie and John Greene and Rich Barnes shared that they were incredibly impressed with the student body; their behavior, maturity and level of questions as well as the facility, technology and the school in general.  Thank you to the SADD membership, including  Alyssa Foster, Kelsey Foran, Caroline Cronin, Arielle Soloman and Ornella Ebongue,  SADD advisors Robin Lee and Karen Hughes and the MHS Administration for arranging a powerful and much needed presentation. 

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Our MHS Debate Team is in full swing. Lead by MHS teachers Kacy Kalell, Dana Depaul and Kathleen Kelley our students are continuing to have strong showings at Debate Tournaments.  On Saturday December 9th, 10 students (5 teams) from Milton High School competed at the tournament at Lincoln Sudbury High School.  Four of our teams  won three out of their four rounds and three of our students were in the top 15 (out of 222 students) in terms of speaker points. Congratulations to all who competed, especially seniors Shoilee Banerjee (6th place), Domenic Jancaterino (7th place) and Alyssa Foster (13th place). Their next tournament is January 6th.

MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS

On December 2nd, almost 600 middle school students from across the state participated in the Greater Boston Middle School Model United Nations conference at Northeastern University. Pierce Middle School’s Model UN club, with advisors Lauren Hoyt and Melissa Augustyn, attended the conference with 27 Pierce students who were outstanding participants.  At the end of the conference, 5 Pierce students were recognized for their outstanding position papers: Tucker Korman, Anderson Korman, Jonathan Waldmann, Michael Howard and Baron Clancy  took home the prize of Best Position Paper for their respective committees.

The next weekend, 7 Pierce students were invited to the December Invitational Model UN conference, (Tucker Korman, Iris Trafton and Hoku Panerio-Langer, Anderson Korman, Jonathan Waldmann, Michael Howard and Donovan Murray). This was a crisis simulation conference focusing on international space policy. Delegates negotiated and problem solved on complicated topics such as militarization, efforts to keep space clean and the future of the International Space Station. It was a great day of collaboration, on-your-feet thinking and public speaking. Hoku Panerio-Langer and Anderson Korman  were recognized as excellent delegates and each took home the prize for Best Negotiator! 

We want to congratulate all the delegates who represented Pierce and Milton with excellence as well as thank the faculty advisors for all their efforts in making this incredible learning opportunity possible.  This was a very valuable experience in which all of our student delegates gained a greater understanding of issues facing various communities while also enjoying themselves. 

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

MHS students MaryKate Murtagh, Griffin McLaughlin, Haley O’Brien, and Caitlin O’Sullivan conducted Hour of Code with Collicot’s fifth grade classes last week.  Hour of Code is a global event that encourages students of all ages to engage in computer science activities in a fun and challenging way. Students worked on different types of coding modules, including Minecraft, Moana, or Star Wars modules! Our high school students showed the fifth graders the many different applications of computer programming and described how the students interact with code on a daily basis, whether it is computers, projectors, or tablets. The fifth grade students were excited to hear of the many opportunities they will have to work with coding at Milton Public Schools in the future!

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I am pleased to share that our four Elementary students donated over 800 gifts this week to the Milton Residents Fund, a fund that supports Milton residents in a multitude of ways. Many Milton children will experience a happier holiday season this year due to the generosity of so many of our MPS families. If at anytime your family is struggling in some way this holiday season (or anytime), please reach out to your extended family at Milton Public Schools through your Principal or Guidance/Adjustment Counselor. We are always here for our families in need. 

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION

It may seem that the school year has just begun, but Kindergarten Registration for September 2018 is upon us! As we prepare to welcome our new kindergarteners next September, the first step for families is to pre-register your new student. After you pre-register, we hope to see many kindergarten parents and guardians at Kindergarten Information night on Tuesday, January 23rd at Milton High School. The final step is to attend Kindergarten Registration (by appointment on February 13th,14th,15th)  with your completed registration packet that you will receive on January 23rd at information night. Details and links are found here – Welcome to Kindergarten. Questions? Please email Laurie Dunn. We look forward to meeting the class of 2031!​  Add links

PRESCHOOL INFORMATION

Are you or someone you know looking for a preschool program for your three or four year old?  Milton Public Schools has a variety of programs for those children who will turn three or four on or before August 31, 2018. Mark your calendars and join us for an information evening on January 11th at 6:30pm and please review the important preschool dates.  The information session will take place at Milton High School, 25 Gile Rd.  This is guaranteed to be an informative evening as preschool staff and administrators outline the similarities and differences in the programs offered as well as answer any questions families may have.  Please email Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Family Outreach Liaison, or call 617 980 7343 if you have additional questions. We look forward to seeing you  as your child begins their time in the Milton Public Schools!

UPCOMING MPS DATES  

Dec 25–29  Winter Recess                                          
Jan 2    Classes Resume
Jan 3    Milton School Committee
Jan 8    Rachel Simmons, PARENT Speaker Series  – Odd Girl Out                                         Jan 10  MHS Jazz Concert
Jan 11  Preschool Information Night
Jan 15  No School-MLK Jr. Holiday
Jan 17  Milton School Committee
Jan 23  Kindergarten Information Night

FOOD SERVICE NEWS  

There is an terrific opportunity for part time jobs in our food services department. We are hiring immediately for substitute positions at all schools. You’ll be serving healthy food to kids and be home when your kids are home due to the school schedule –  what’s better than that?! This can be a great opportunity for parents and retirees and food service experience is a plus, but not required. The food service substitute position pays $12.95 per hour.  Please email or call (617-696-5040 X 5514)  Jackie Morgan  for more information. 

PARENT SPEAKER SERIES    

Mark your calendars for the next speaker in the MPS PARENT Speaker Series – Rachel Simmons, expert in Girls’ Bullying & Young Women’s Leadership.  Rachel will be presenting “Odd Girl Out: Coping with Best Friends, Worst Enemies, and Everything in Between” on Monday, January 8th at 6:30 pm at the Milton High School auditorium.  This event is free and open to the public. Daughters are welcome and encouraged to attend Rachel’s talk. 

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The Milton Public library has some terrific programs for kids!                                            What’s happening for Teens at the MPL this month?

MILTON ADULT EDUCATION

Are you interested in teaching a Milton Adult Education course this spring?  We are currently looking for a new yoga instructor, as well as additional instructors for other courses that may be of interest to Milton residents (and neighboring communities).  To get ideas, take a look at the courses that were offered this fall: www.miltonadulted.org.  You could offer something similar to these, or try something entirely new!  Please contact Sara Warner, Director of Adult Education, with questions and/or ideas!

ATHLETICS

We are fully underway with our Winter Athletics Season.

Boys and Girls Hockey both got off to exciting starts.  Girls Hockey battled back from 5-1 down to tie the game with 1 second remaining in the game. Kat Buchanan recorded a hat-trick in the comeback tie against Wellesley.  Boys Hockey also had to fight back from two deficits.  Nolan McManus scored the game tying goal with just over a minute to play in the game as they drew Norwood 2-2.  They will take on Framingham on Saturday at Ulin Rink, 7 pm.

Boys and Girls Basketball will both look to bounce back from losses against Natick.  The girls travel to Framingham while the boys will host the Flyers on Friday night.

Boys and Girls Track will begin their season tonight at the Reggie Lewis Center.

The Wrestling Team had their first quad on Saturday at Catholic Memorial.  They went 1-2 on the day, beating Sandwich.  They lost last night to Walpole, with Alex Caputo and Mark LaBelle earning wins by pin.

The Ski Team is hoping the cold weather lasts so they can get some snow, and they will soon be up on the Blue Hills.

MHS Athletics is very proud of our many Fall All-Stars

Fleece Navidad from MHS Boosters!
Stop by the indoor concessions stand by the back door Field House entrance to shop this weekend. The stand will be open Friday night, Dec 15 during the boys basketball home games.  The stand will also be open Sunday, Dec 17 12-4pm for merchandise sales, and the Boosters mobile unit will be selling a limited amount of merchandise at Ulin Rink Saturday night Dec 16 during JV and Varsity boys home hockey games. Cash, check or CC accepted.We are selling out of many items so please contact Patty Andresino or Maggie Oldfield Laing if you are looking for specific sizes and merchandise. Thank you for supporting MHS Boosters and good luck to all of the Wildcats!

AMBASSADOR PAGE

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

Students: Congratulations to MHS students Sam Lelacheur, Gwen LeLacheur and Anthony Martin who competed in the State Street Boston Junior Achiever (JA) Stock Market Challenge. The  Challenge is a technology based live simulation of the stock market in which every 60 seconds represents a day of trading. The students prepared for the challenge with five in class learning sessions.  Three sessions were conducted by the community and guest speaker Cristy O’Neil from Eaton Vance Investment Managers in Boston.  The students acquired knowledge about the market incuding: individual equities, the impact of the economy, geo-political events, and market sentiment.  The students started off with $500,000 and ended up accumulating more than $1,000,000. In addition to the market earnings, this magnificent trio took first place in the competition and each were given their very own laptop!

Staff: I am very pleased to recognize our new MHS special education teacher, Christine Martinelli who has been a tremendous asset to the department.  MHS Principal James Jette shares the following:  As the second teacher in the ACHIEVE program, Ms Martinelli has been able to adapt to the existing classroom culture and at the same time make subtle positive changes. Her students are always on task and engaged in meaningful learning opportunities.  At meetings, she is knowledgeable about her students, has pertinent data/information to share about their current progress, and has future goals in mind for each student.  Ms Martinelli’s  very pleasant demeanor and goal oriented mindset is an advantage for us and we are glad to have her in our Special Education Department.

Volunteers: The Tucker Tiger Basketball League is finishing up their inaugural season with a final game on Thursday, December 14th.  This program is made possible by parent volunteers, especially parent Winston Daley.  Coach Daley referees every game and provides instruction throughout the games to students.  One student shares, “I love Thursday night basketball, it’s so fun and I get to play with kids I’ve never played with before.”  Coach Daley shares his coaching talent as well as the gift of motivation and leadership and students have learned about sportsmanship and teamwork thanks to this basketball league.  Thank you, Coach Daley, for your time and energy during this season, it is truly appreciated!  Our Tucker Tigers can be seen at the top of this weeks post. 

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.

Thank you to my blog contributors this week: James Jette, Holly Concannon, Larry Jordan, Robin Lee, Yvonne Nequist, Kacy Kalell, Marti McKenna, Laurie Dunn, Nancy Warn, Kelly Murtagh, Jackie Morgan, Noel Vigue, Sara Warner, Ryan Madden and Cat DesRoche.

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December 7th, 2017

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

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

Last week I attended a District-wide Diversity Meeting, a joint effort of the Milton Public Schools and Citizens for a Diverse Milton.  Approximately 60 MPS educators, parents, guardians and Milton community members gathered for a ‘Courageous Conversation’ at Milton High School. Together with Citizens for Diverse Milton these meetings have been taking place for over 20 years.  Karen Horan from CDM shares some thoughts below.

This particular gathering brought in community members from Courageous Conversations (CC) towards Racial Justice, a Milton organization begun last year to hold monthly events to examine topics, history and manifestations of race in our society so that by becoming informed, our community can work to break down barriers that divide us and move to build meaningful relationships across differences so that we can reform our greater society and dismantle racism.  We began our time together with this Ted Talk

In addition to our monthly events, we are sponsoring Bystander training sessions, the first of which will be held on Saturday, January 27th.  This is an opportunity to learn strategies to utilize if you witness episodes of  prejudice or bigotry.  This session will be offered two additional times in 2018  at no charge.  

“In this society when people feel “courageous” for speaking toxic, divisive opinions, we need the courage to say NO to what keeps malice alive and find a community interdependence where all can thrive,”  says Lisa Ward one of the facilitators of these conversations.

If you are interested in learning more about the monthly events and the Bystander Training workshops please email Karen Horan. Thank you to CDM and Courageous Conversations for facilitating our time together and for their continued partnership with the Milton Public Schools.  

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There has been one School Committee meeting, on December 6th, since my last E-blast. The Milton Public Schools Fiscal Year 2019 Budget was presented. The next meeting will be held December 20th at 7 pm in the Milton TV Access studio, Room 245, Milton High School. All School Committee meetings can be watched on Milton Cable Access.

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

During the month of November Milton High School celebrated Family Literacy Month. History teachers sent home a short reading with a discussion question for parents and students to talk about.  Parents were encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to celebrate family literacy and strengthen the home-school connection.  The feedback from both students and parents was positive.   One parent wrote, “It was nice to read the article as it is relevant to what is going on today.  It is important to have these conversations at home.”  Another parent contributed, “We often talk at dinner, but to have a guided conversation allowed us to discuss a topic we would not commonly bring up on our own.  Thank you.” The goal of Family Literacy Month is to highlight the importance of creating a literacy rich environment. Thank you to the History teachers for starting the conversation and to all of the families who participated. Happy reading!

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Our MHS students from The Young Men’s Group, The Young Women’s Group and The Calculus Project had a valuable opportunity to attend Northeastern University’s Building Bridges Program last week. Students were able to explore Northeastern University’s College of Engineering and experienced a full day of interactive engineering activities led by Northeastern faculty and students from all of the engineering departments, which helped students understand the various engineering disciplines. They were introduced to research programs and initiatives at Northeastern, discussed an overview of potential career paths and higher education options and were able to network with current University students and faculty members. Below you can see our students and MHS teacher Mr Jordan standing on the earthquake table to experience what the Bakersfield Earthquake of 1995 felt like. 

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Thanks to the generosity of Milton excise tax payers and MPACE, MHS students learned about American history through a unique lens this week – through the history of the Blues.  230 American History students experienced a live show at the House of Blues in Boston.  The concert is sponsored by the Music Forward Foundation, which works with the House of Blues to educate students about the history of music. The Blues is rooted in African music traditions that traveled to America during the slave trade. Blues has influenced almost every form of American music since then, from gospel to jazz to rock, soul, funk and hip-hop. The show was created to help students see the connections between music and culture, and the students thoroughly enjoyed the experience.  One of the House of Blues performers said after the show, “Your students were so much fun!  They got up and danced and were singing throughout the show.  We haven’t seen that much enthusiasm all season!” The House of Blues field trip is generously sponsored by the MPACE and without the donations from Milton residents our students would not have been able to attend such an amazing show.

MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS

The Pierce Middle School Math Team competed in the “Team Round” of last weeks Intermediate Math League of Eastern Massachusetts Math Meet at Boston Green Academy.  There are six rounds of questions in each meet:  Geometry, Number Theory, Arithmetic, Algebra, Mystery, and a Team Round and our Pierce Team competed against 4 other schools – Milton Academy, British International Academy, Edwards Middle School and  Boston Green Academy.  I am proud to say that in their first meet, Pierce Middle School came in second place, finishing behind only British International Academy. Congratulations to our Pierce Math Team and a special congratulations to Logan Do, who scored the highest of any 7th grader at the Math Meet. 

The Pierce Math team at their first meet

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The 8th Grade Advanced Creative Writing class at Pierce enjoyed a visit this week from Globe columnist Joanna Weiss. Ms. Weiss shared how she began her career, as well as advice to young writers. The students asked questions and were captivated by Ms. Weiss’s journey as a writer and the local and national stories she has covered.

“For the students to hear from someone who has made their living as a writer, how important the revision process is, knowing what the take- away of your story is, and how important telling your story, or somebody else’s story is…it was just a great experience for them. They were so engaged.” said Ms. Power, the writing teacher.

Boston Globe columnist and Pierce parent Joanna Weiss spoke to the Pierce 8th grade Advanced Creative Writing  students on Friday, December 1st in the Pierce library

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

In our Physical Education classes, Collicot Students are acquiring and refining a variety of manipulative, locomotor, and non-locomotor movement skills in the gym with Mrs. Fahey. Students in grades three through five are currently learning how to use the Rock Wall! 

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Celebrating our Differences is a program for 4th grade students at Cunningham. Students have multiple opportunities to walk in the shoes of individuals who experience different learning styles, physical limitations, visual impairment, and hearing loss. Community volunteers work alongside parent coordinators, classroom and special education teachers to present hands on experiences for the 4th grade students.

PARENT SPEAKER SERIES

Mark your calendars as you don’t want to miss the next speaker in the MPS PARENT Speaker Series. We are pleased to welcome Rachel Simmons – Expert in Girls’ Bullying & Young Women’s Leadership.  Rachel will be presenting “Odd Girl Out: Coping with Best Friends, Worst Enemies, and Everything in Between” on Monday, January 8th at 6:30 pm at the Milton High School auditorium.  This event is free and open to the public.  

Exclusion. Abusive friendships. Cyberbullying. When a girl’s relationships are in trouble, her core sense of self is threatened. Parents feel anguished and helpless. For over ten years, Rachel has studied the politics of girls’ relationships. Every year, she empowers thousands of parents to help their daughters negotiate some of the most painful moments of their lives.

Rachel’s rigorous research and unparalleled experience with girls makes her a favorite of parent associations around the world. Weaving down-to-earth advice with analysis of girls’ development, Rachel provides parents with concrete strategies and scripts to help kids cope with best friends, worst enemies and everything in between. An intimate observer of girls’ social world, she offers parents a window into the hidden culture of girls’ aggression. Rachel also coaches parents to interface effectively with the adults in their children’s lives. Her presentation will last about one hour and will be followed by 30 minutes of Q & A.  

FOOD SERVICES

There is an terrific opportunity for part time jobs in our food services department. We are hiring immediately for substitute positions at all schools. You’ll be serving healthy food to kids and be home when your kids are home due to the school schedule –  what’s better than that?! This can be a great opportunity for parents and retirees and food service experience is a plus, but not required. The Food Service substitute position pays $12.95 per hour.  Please email Jackie Morgan for more information.

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Winter concerts continue on Tuesday, December 12th with the Milton High School large ensembles: Jazz Band, Concert Band, Girls Chorus, Mixed Chorus and String Orchestra. The performance will begin at 7:00 in the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium.  All are welcome to attend!

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Winter break will be here before you know it! School Vacation Camps are at two locations- Cunningham/Collicot and Tucker – and registration is open through December 15th.  

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Kindergarten Registration for September 2018 is upon us! As we prepare to welcome our new kindergarteners next September, the first step for families is to pre-register your new student. After you pre-register, we hope to see many kindergarten parents and guardians at Kindergarten Information night on Tuesday, January 23rd at Milton High School. The final step is to attend Kindergarten Registration (by appointment on February 13th, 14th, 15th) with your completed registration packet that you will receive on January 23rd at information night. Details and links are found here – Welcome to Kindergarten. Questions? Please email Laurie Dunn. We look forward to meeting the class of 2031!

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Pierce (drop off!)Movie Night for 4th and 5th Graders on December 15th. 

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Please join us for MPS Pre-School information night at Milton High School on January 11th at 6:30 pm.

TECHNOLOGY

December is Computer Science month in MPS.  Our schools will be joining in on the largest education events in history: The Hour of Code. In honor of Computer Science Education Week (December 4-8), during the month of December, our students will be amongst over 2 million worldwide spending one hour learning the basics. Our students also participated in many Computer Science activities this week as part of Computer Science Education Week.  

 

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING

The topic of sexual harassment has been in the news recently and while the subject can make us feel uncomfortable, and the thought of having to speak with your children about it can be embarrassing, the best thing we can do as parents is not to avoid the topic but instead talk about it directly with your children. MPS Facilitator of Social Emotional Learning Laurie Stillman shares talking points for parent and guardians here.

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

Pass us your soccer uniforms…and we’ll pass them onto children all over the world! Drop off your used soccer uniforms and equipment in collection bins located in the lobbies of The Collicot, Cunningham, Glover, Tucker and Pierce Schools and at 34 Cliff Rd. Any donations of clean t-shirts, shorts, socks, shin guards, cleats, and deflated balls and pumps will be gratefully accepted. We will also happily accept uniforms from other sports. Please contact Madame Brown at 617-696-8125 with any questions.   

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There are many holiday season giving opportunities within Milton Public Schools:

The Milton High School Key Club is collecting socks for children in kindergarten through middle school.  The socks will be donated to the Milton Residents Fund who will distribute them to families in need along with other gifts.  We will take new socks of any kind for this age group. The collection will run through December 8th at MHS.

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Pierce Middle School is holding a drive for Fr. Bill’s and MainSpring in December, in hopes of gathering much needed goods for families in need as they transition into new housing and hopeful futures.   

NEWS AROUND TOWN

What’s happening for teens at the Milton Public Library?

What’s happening for kids at the Milton Public Library?

Milton Art Center Holiday Artisan Fair  takes place on Saturday, December 9th from 10-4pm. We are featuring over 20 local artists including Pierce Middle School student Maggie Mannion who sews skirts and pillow cases.

The Forbes House Museum is hosting a Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 16th, from 11-3 pm.

ARTS

Milton’s Music Department Winter Concert Series continued this week with performances featuring the MHS student-directed, before and after school ensembles.  Performing groups included the Saxophone Choir, Brass Ensemble, Gospel Choir, Jazz Quintet, Cellar Dwellers Jazz Combo, Chamber String Ensemble, Christmas Carolers, and the Pretty Sharp and Do ReMigos choruses.

The evening also included the debut performance of Milton High School’s Full Orchestra, a new partnership between the string orchestra and concert band.   

In addition the MHS Christmas Carolers performed at the Caroling on the Commons community event. This event also featured Boston Conservatory at Berklee Cabaret students. On Sunday the caroling continued at Thayer Nursery’s Holiday Open House.

ATHLETICS

Members of the Milton Mountain Bike Team volunteered in clearing trees and shoring up trails in the Blue Hills Reservation on December 2nd. 16 riders, coaches and students teamed up with the Friends of the Blue Hills to maintain the Reservation. Local businesses are supporting the team this year, including Green Oaks Financial Services, the Fruit Center Marketplace, and Elliott Physical Therapy. If you would like to help out the team in any way with equipment or time, or have a student in grades 7-12 interested in riding this spring, contact coach David Mills.

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Student athletes work throughout the year to raise money to support their athletic endeavors. Two ways you can support them are Cans for Cats and Car Washes.  Cans for Cats is held once a month, usually on the first Saturday of each month during the school year. Teams choose a month to work and raise money which goes to the team’s administration account. Cans for Cats is a rain or shine event and teams usually raise between $300-600. 

Boys Hockey raised $455 on December 2nd

There are also  approximately 10 car washes (held at Cunningham/Collicot driveway) each school year. Car washes on a good sunny day can raise over $1000 so please consider stopping by for a wash!

MHS Athletic Schedules.

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 am honored to announce that Pierce Middle School 8th grader Nina Zimmermann was chosen as the winner from the Middle School entries for the JFK Centennial Celebration Poetry Contest sponsored by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and the Mass Poetry Society.  Over 410 submissions for the contest were received, celebrating the life and work of John F. Kennedy in celebration of the centennial of his birth. This was an incredible testament to his legacy, and we are very proud that Nina was able to play such an honorable role in the celebration.  The final winners were chosen by Former US Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky. Nina read her poem on December 2 at the JFK Library celebration. 

Staff: At the suggestion of our Elementary Principals, I am so pleased to recognize our new Elementary Inclusion Specialist, Dr. Maureen Butler, for her incredibly powerful work in all four elementary schools. Dr. Butler’s commitment and skilled manner allows her to work with teachers to ensure that all students engage with and access curriculum in the most supportive way possible. This position was funded by the 2017 override and Principals report that her work with students and staff has been meaningful and impactful. Thank you to the voters of Milton for funding this vitally important position.

Volunteers: I am so grateful to the dedicated parents and guardians from our Elementary Schools who coordinate our BOKS (Building Our Kids Success) before school fitness and activity program. Please join me in thanking Meena McWeeney from Tucker, Eric Kelly from Collicot, Megan Walsh from Cunningham and Courtney McNaught from Glover for their consistent effort and dedication on behalf of our youngest students.

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

 

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November 30th E-Blast

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date: November 30th, 2017

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

It may seem that the school year has just begun, but believe it or not, Kindergarten Registration for September 2018 is upon us! As we prepare to welcome our new kindergarteners next September, the first step for families is to pre-register your new student. After you pre-register, we hope to see many kindergarten parents and guardians at Kindergarten Information night on Tuesday, January 23rd at Milton High School. The final step is to attend Kindergarten Registration (by appointment on February 13th, 14th, 15th) with your completed registration packet that you will receive on January 23rd at information night. Details and links are found here – Welcome to Kindergarten. Questions? Please email Laurie Dunn. We look forward to meeting the class of 2031!

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There has not been a School Committee meeting since my last E-blast. The next meeting will be held on December 6th at 7 pm in the Milton TV Access studio, Room 245, Milton High School.  A full video of each meeting can be found on Milton Access TV and minutes from October 4th and October 25th are available for review.

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

On Thursday November 30th , the Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Schools to Careers program invited local entrepreneurs and legislative leaders to “Go Back to School” at MHS. Our guests attended two 30 minute classes and engaged students by answering thoughtful questions and sharing  information about their chosen careers and their personal career paths. Attendees shared that they saw creative, energetic  and innovative teaching and were hosted by well spoken, engaging and knowledgeable students. Thank you to BID Milton Hospital’s CEO Richard Fernandez, Milton Town Manager Michael Dennehy and Katie Howard from South Shore Hospital for sharing their time and talents with our students.

L-R Back Michael Dennehy, Richard Fernandez, Katie Howard, Sean Conway, Will McCurdy, Domenic Jancaterino, Sawyer Flanagan, MHS Principal James Jette
L-R Front Hue-Ninh Nguyen, Nethania Marc, Ryan Au

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Educational Technology Director AJ Melanson shares details about  MHS Grades live grades.    

MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS

The Pierce Middle School’s Green Team, led by community volunteer Beth Neville and Pierce science teacher Jeff Stoodt, had a robust fall in the garden. Student gardeners planted crocus, tulips and daffodils in the Pierce garden by the granite school sign and harvested carrots, parsley, beets, eggplants and green beans for students and staff. They enjoyed homemade carrot bread and veggie pizza made with vegetables they had grown. They learned why their pumpkins didn’t grow as much as expected (the borers got into the vines and made them weak) and why their watermelons and cantaloupe were yellow inside and not ripe (they were planted too late in the spring).​ They’ve begun planning for spring by picking out vegetables and flowers to plant from catalogues, in the winter they’ll start the seeds indoors  under grow lights in the science room and in the spring they’ll plant the outdoor garden, along with pansies and other flowers in the front garden. Gardening is always in season at Pierce!

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

As part of Reach for Reading Unit 2, the thematic approach to literacy posed a big underlying question to some Glover 5th graders: “What is the power of the sun?”

While discussing alternative energy sources, the topic of solar energy came up for Ms Cardiasmenos’ 5th graders. Students read several informational texts on solar power which sparked a conversation resulting in an interdisciplinary investigation around town.

The class decided to start noticing collection and use of solar energy in their neighborhoods and school. Students immediately recognized Glover’s gym roof covered in solar panels and wanted to investigate. As a homework assignment students surveyed their own neighborhoods and generated fractions (numerator = household with visible solar panels; denominator = number of properties surveyed). We are very grateful to both Bill Ritchie from Milton’s Consolidated Facilities for sharing data on Glover’s solar panels and Elementary Science Coordinator Linda Stefanick who shared some Vernier computer probes so the students could collect information about the solar cells and see how they work using both artificial light and sunlight.

Their research and conclusions helped fifth graders review place value for math and key vocabulary and concepts from Reach for Reading (solar, watt, kilowatt, megawatt, etc.). It also has them thinking and making direct connections from their reading to their school, town and planet.  Ms Cardiasmenos shares, “We are very excited about the connection between the Reach for Reading program and the student interest in solar energy that has come from this. My 5th grade class has been really energized by both the content and the community response they received.”

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The Tucker School holds monthly “Chants and Cheers” community circles to recognize hardworking  students and classes, award Tiger Stripes, and build community. Classes “adopt” a college or university  at the beginning of the school year and  learn (and then  share) about “their’ college or university throughout the year.  Check out the BC Eagles and Middlebury Panthers showing their college pride!

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A friendly reminder to all elementary families that report cards will be sent home via backpack on Tuesday, December 5th and conferences will be held on Thursday, December 7th. The implementation of our new Standards Based Report Card has allowed for all teachers to analyze the strengths and challenges of each student with regards to the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. Teachers no longer provide families with numeric or letter grades, but rather with a mark that indicates “progress toward” individual standards. We have found this to be a more effective way of reporting to families what a child knows and is able to do. Please review the letter to families that accompanies the report card and our current list of Frequently Asked Questions.

Our Elementary Assistant Principals/Curriculum Coordinators will be presenting standards-based report card information to the School Committee on December 6th at 7 pm. You can watch their presentation live on Channel 22 (Comcast) or 15 (RCN).

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

MHS Small Ensembles Concert December 5th at 7 pm  

Early Release K-12 December 7th 

Parent/Teacher Conferences K-5th grade  December 7th  – Some suggestions as to what to ask at P/T Conferences

MHS Winter Concert December 12th at 7 pm

PARENT Speaker Series
Upcoming Speaker Rachel Simmons is an expert in Girls’ Bullying & Young Women’s Leadership.  Rachel will be presenting “Odd Girl Out: Coping with Best Friends, Worst Enemies, and Everything in Between” on Monday January 8, 2018 at 6:30 pm.

Please join Milton Early Childhood Alliance and MPS for a Story Walk featuring Dr. Seuss’ Oh, The Places You’ll Go! children’s book in English, French, and Spanish.  Visit the back playground of Tucker Elementary School, 187 Blue Hills Parkway, daily now through early December, and enjoy this terrific story posted along their fence.

Winter break will be here before you know it! School Vacation Camps are at two locations  – Cunningham/Collicot and Tucker – and registration is open December 1st-15th.  

GUIDANCE NEWS

Please join the Guidance Department for our annual College Information/Post Secondary Planning night, taking place at Milton High on Wednesday, Dec 6th at 6pm.  The following topics will be presented in order to help you and your child successfully navigate the college application process: Financial Aid, Standardized Testing, Supporting your senior throughout the year, NCAA Requirements, Overview of the College Application Process, and Naviance . All sessions, with the exception of Elimination of Class Rank,  will start at 6pm and run in 30 minute intervals. Students & Parents/Guardians are invited to attend any sessions during that window. We look forward to seeing you Wednesday, Dec 6th at 6pm. This workshop is open to all parents, guardians and students in any grade level.   

ART/MUSIC NEWS

There are exciting results from the Senior District Auditions this past Saturday.  Of the 45 students who auditioned, the following MHS students were accepted to this year’s festival: Ryan Au, Viola; James DiSandro, Tenor; Esme Link, French Horn; Caleb Smith, Alto Saxophone.

Also, the following students were accepted to the festival as well as earning qualifying scores to audition for the All State Festival to take place in March: Annabel Botsford, Alto; Penelope Holland, Soprano; Dominik Hyppolite, Bass; Jada Farar, Alto; Sawyer Flanagan, Snare Drum; Nathania Marc, Violin; Kaleigh Pentland, Alto; Coleman Rose, Tenor Saxophone; Benjamin Scott, Euphonium; Grace Varela, Alto.

These festivals are sponsored by the Massachusetts Music Educators Association and serve to enrich school music programs by offering students additional opportunities to perform challenging literature with guest conductors.  Congratulations to these outstanding musicians!

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Our Milton High School singers and musicians are performing all over Milton this weekend. You can hear the Brass Choir and Saxophone Quintet on Sunday December 3rd at the Eustis Estate and the MHS Christmas Carolers will be at Caroling on the Common on Saturday December 2nd and at Thayer Nursery on Sunday December 3rd for their Holiday Boutique.

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

Thank you to the Fruit Center who has generously donated $6390 to the six Milton schools as part of 2017’s School Shopping Week! We are grateful to the many families who shopped at the Fruit Center and in turn thankful to the Fruit Center for their continued support.

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Pass us your soccer uniforms…and we’ll pass them onto children all over the world! Drop off your used soccer uniforms and equipment in collection bins located in the lobbies of The Collicot, Cunningham, Glover, Tucker and Pierce Schools and at 34 Cliff Rd. Any donations of clean t-shirts, shorts, socks, shin guards, cleats, and deflated balls and pumps will be gratefully accepted. We will also happily accept uniforms from other sports. Please contact Madame Brown at 617-696-8125 with any questions.   

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There are many holiday season giving opportunities within Milton Public Schools:

Got Socks?
The Milton High School Key Club is collecting socks for children in kindergarten through middle school.  The socks will be donated to the Milton Residents Fund who will distribute them to families in need along with other gifts.  We will take new socks of any kind for this age group. The collection will run through December 8th at MHS.

Project 351
Please consider supporting Pierce Middle School 8th Grader Dominique Thomas’ Project 351 Food Drive  this Saturday, December 2nd from 8-10am at 106 Blue Hills Parkway. Non perishable items preferred.  Thank you for your support!

Sophia’s Socks for the Homeless
Cunningham 2nd grader Sophia is on her third year of collecting socks for the homeless. If you are interested in donating NEW socks please click here for more information. Sophia will be collecting socks at the Cunningham School until  Friday 12/1. She would greatly appreciate your donation.

Fr Bill’s and MainSpring
Pierce Middle School will be holding a drive for Fr. Bill’s and MainSpring in December, in hopes of gathering much needed goods for families in need as they transition into new housing and hopeful futures.   

Milton High School Athletics in Partnership with Curry College
The Curry College Hockey Team’s Annual Teddy Bear Toss fundraising event will be held on Saturday, December 2nd when the Colonels take on the Johnson and Wales University at 4:50 pm. 

FOOD SERVICES

For those families who use My School Bucks to deposit funds into their child’s account, we wanted to alert you that My School Bucks is increasing their transaction fee from $1.95 to $2.49. You are able to add funds to multiple children for one transaction fee. You can read the entire My School Bucks communication here. We also accept checks made out to Milton School Food Service Program for prepayment.  Please include your child’s full name on the memo section of your check.  We have a locked mailbox in each school’s main office and also a locked mailbox in the cafeteria for checks.  Any checks left before school will credited to your child’s account that day. Please email Director of Nutrition Services Jackie Morgan with any questions.

PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

Each year, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE)surveys families of students with an IEP in selected school districts to determine how well your child’s school is communicating with you and promoting your engagement in your child’s education. It’s Milton Public School District’s turn this year. The web-based survey is now open ​ for all families of students with IEPS. You can complete the survey online or using a mobile device,

Your participation in this survey will help our school district to improve family engagement for all students. Please note that paper copies will also be mailed to parents/guardians without computer access or email addresses.  Translated versions are available and will be sent to parents as well.  If you would like a paper copy, please contact Tracy Grandeau at 617-696-5040, ext 5572/5574. Thank you for taking the time to complete this quick survey!

MFE NEWS

Recently you received an important letter from the Milton Foundation for Education asking you to make a gift to our Annual Appeal. We are asking you to consider making a year-end tax-deductible gift to this important fund. Together we have distributed over 3 million dollars to the Milton Public Schools, impacting 3,400 students every year. Please consider making a year-end tax-deductible gift today. For more information, please go to our website.  We feel beyond fortunate to work with such incredible schools, passionate teachers, and an amazing community. Thank you for your support.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

Milton Art Center Holiday Artisan Fair  takes place on Saturday, December 9th from 10-4pm. We are featuring over 20 local artists including Pierce Middle School student Maggie Mannion who sews skirts and pillow cases.

The Forbes House Museum is hosting a Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 16th, from 11-3 pm. 

What’s happening for kids at the Milton Public Library?

ATHLETICS

Save your cans! The MHS boys Hockey Team will be holding a Cans for Cats event on Saturday, December 2nd near the woodshed area behind the high school from 9 am – 12 pm. No early early drop off please and thank you for your support!

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: Please join me in congratulating MHS senior Ryan Au who is a candidate for the Eversource Energy Foundation Scholarship through the National Merit Scholarship Program. Ryan’s performance on the PSAT in his junior year has allowed him this great opportunity.  Good luck Ryan!

Staff:  I would like to recognize the over 40 veteran staff members in the district who are mentoring our new staff members. The mentors meet regularly with their mentees to help our new staff become acclimated and settled into their jobs. They continue to meet all year working to problem solve and plan for the school centered exercises they will encounter from September to June. The mentors are supported by the Mentoring Leadership Team, educators April Allegrezza, John Radosta, Deb Fidrocki and Genevieve Martland who choose mentors, organize orientation, offer mentoring classes and supports and facilitate meetings. The mentoring program is one of the tools that we use to welcome new staff and keep those staff members teaching in our district. I am grateful to the mentors from all six schools who  are so giving of their time to our new staff and couldn’t be happier with  the effort that they make on behalf of MPS

Volunteers: A big thank you to Pierce parent Heidi Schleicher who last year began the Pierce Ski & Board Club and this year has continued to grow the club to 90 students! For five Thursdays this winter, students will take buses to Nashoba Valley for skiing, snowboarding and lessons and arrive back to Pierce (tired and happy!) at about 9 pm. Opportunities like this would not be possible without the enthusiastic efforts of our volunteers and we appreciate all that Ms Schleicher has done to bring this exciting club to Pierce.

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

 

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11/16/2017 E-blast

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

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT
As we approach Thanksgiving week in the Milton Public Schools, I would like to take this opportunity to say how thankful I am for the staff, families and volunteers who comprise the Milton Public Schools.  A school district is only as strong as the people who work, learn and volunteer here every day and we are lucky in Milton to have a dynamic staff, engaged students and a generous school community.  I wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving with loved ones.                     

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE
For the past 18 months, members of the Strategic Planning Advisory Committee (School Committee Members Ada Rosmarin, Dr. Kevin Donahue, Margaret Eberhardt, parents Steve Paxhia and Spencer Blaisdale and MPS administrators James Jette, Janet Sheehan, Glenn Pavlicek, A.J. Melanson, Dr. Karen Spaulding and Dr. Elaine McNeil-Girmai) have met regularly to create a strategic roadmap, process and a set of actionable strategic initiatives stated here: Technology;  Social Emotional Learning; Cultural Competence;  Curriculum and Instruction; Data Dashboard.

To further define their work, a new MPS Vision Statement was crafted and approved by the Milton School Committee on November 9th , 2017:

We, the Milton Public Schools, envision a district with excellent instruction in every classroom, where learning experiences are aligned with students’ individual strengths and needs, and where attention to academic and social emotional growth are balanced so that every child achieves at high levels and develops a strong sense of self.  We see a district of intellectual discourse and professional learning at all levels- students, faculty, and administration- in which there are structures and processes for continual reflection, innovation, and data driven decision-making.  We know that such a district is achievable if: we facilitate instruction that instills a passion for learning, curiosity, and critical thinking skills; we are committed to cultural competency; we foster a positive approach to the behavioral health of children; and we build strong partnerships with families and the community. 

As this important work continues, I invite you to read more about the Strategic Planning Committee.

The next School Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday,  December 6th at 7 pm in the Milton TV Access studio, Room 245, Milton High School.

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS
Over the past year, Milton High School Staff has worked tremendously hard to revamp its online presence. At the beginning of the 2017-18 school year, we began using the PlusPortal system for class webpages, online grading, and teacher, student and parent communication. On November 27, 2017, MHS will begin using PlusPortal accounts to provide students and families with live grades. Continue reading details about MHS Live Grades….

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As part of our Junior and Senior Health curriculum, our Health and Physical Education staff encourage students to reflect on a health topic of their choice, to research their topic and create a presentation for the in school Health Fair. On Tuesday, our students presented their findings to peers and staff on dozens of health issues – from distracted driving and lung cancer to depression, bone strength and anxiety.  

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On Thursday, November 16th at 7pm, Milton High School will present the Music Department’s first annual Cabaret.  Come out to MHS to support our students in this showcase of original student talent. Tickets are $5.00 and can be purchased at the door.

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Join the Guidance Department for our annual College Information/Post Secondary Planning Night on Wednesday, Dec 6th at 6pm at Milton High School. We will be discussing all of the topics that your child will need to know to survive and thrive during the college admissions process. Informational sessions will be held for Financial Aid, Standardized Testing, supporting your senior throughout the year, NCAA requirements, overview of the college process, and Naviance. This workshop is open to all parents/guardians and students in any grade.

MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS
As part of their US Government and Civics curriculum, our 8th graders will be visiting several historic sites in downtown Boston this week, as they learn about how Boston was one of the foundations of democracy in our country. Exploring these historic locations  offers hands on insights into the reasons why our government became what it is today.  They will end their day at the New England Aquarium to view an IMAX film, Galapagos: Nature’s Wonderland 3D , a film about adaptations on the island which correlates with the second unit of the 8th grade science curriculum on Genetics, Natural Selection, and Evolution.  

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Pierce Middle school is gathering for their Global Celebration on Thursday, November 16, at 6:30 pm.  There will be student performances and a performance by the Benkadi Drum and Dance group. All are welcome at this celebration of student talent!

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS
As a part of November’s Family Literacy Month, Tucker celebrated its Fifth Annual Book Character Day on November 9th. Students were encouraged to dress as characters from a favorite book. During the school day students celebrated their love of literacy with Book Buddies from other grades as our older students were paired with younger grades in a Book Buddy reading exercise. Older students brought a book and shared favorite passages and pictures in a relaxed environment. Seeing the “big kids” enthusiastic about reading was impactful for our young students and our older students valued the opportunity to continue to be student leaders. Many of our classes plan to continue these partnerships as the school year progresses.  

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Are you looking for fun, interactive ways your elementary student can practice what they are learning at school from home?   Have your student login to their National Geographic REACH for Reading,  Study Island, or Everyday Math account (Collicot, Cunningham, Glover, or Tucker).  All three sites provide extra support for your student.  Students have been provided login cards for each site from their teacher with their username and passwords.

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS
Please note the short Thanksgiving week with Thanksgiving Recess 11/22-11/24

The next MPS K-12 Early Release Day is Thursday, December 7th (P/T conferences for grades K-5)

ART AND MUSIC NEWS
This week, 230 third grade students submitted artwork to the Massachusetts Municipal Association’s Poster Contest. This collaboration between art teachers, classroom teachers and Town Administrator Mr. Michael Dennehy endeavored to raise public awareness, promote the attributes of good local government, and encourage future leaders of Massachusetts to take an active interest in their community activities.  Local Government is Helpful, Local Government is Safe, and Local Government is Fun were among the themes that resonated with students.  Cash prizes will be awarded to the first ($250), second ($100), and third ($50) place winners.  Good luck to the Milton contest participants! 

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On Saturday, November 11th, the Wildcat Marching Band, Colorguard, and members of the Milton High School Chorus honored all veterans in musical performance during Milton’s 2017 Veterans Day Observance.  The program included a medley of Armed Forces songs, Amazing Grace, and a performance of The Star Spangled Banner during the raising of the flag.  You can check out their performance on the Milton FAME Facebook page.

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On Saturday, November 18th, over 1000 musicians will pass through the halls of Milton High School to audition for the Massachusetts Music Educators Association Eastern District Senior Festival.  Milton High student volunteers will work to assist judges and facilitate the audition process for selection to the festival’s Concert Band, Jazz Band, Mixed Chorus, and Orchestra.  Forty five Milton students will audition as well!  If you are interested in volunteering to help with this event, please contact Milton FAME at miltonfame@gmail.com.

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS
Pass us your soccer uniforms…and we’ll pass them on to children all over the world! Drop off your used soccer uniforms and equipment in collection bins located in the lobbies of The Collicot, Cunningham, Glover, Tucker and Pierce Schools and at 34 Cliff Rd. Any donations of clean t-shirts, shorts, socks, shin guards, cleats, and deflated balls and pumps will be gratefully accepted. We will also happily accept uniforms from other sports. Please contact Madame Brown at 617-696-8125 with any questions.  

FROM THE READERS
I wanted to share a recent conversation Mr. Jette had with a Milton Public Schools parent. Mrs. Gail Linehan shared news of her two sons, James, MHS Class of 2013 and Joseph, MHS Class of 2016. James and Joseph are both serving in the military as Navy Corpsman and both are using the French they learned as part of the French Immersion program at MPS.  James was stationed in Naples, Italy in the emergency room and he was able to translate for a patient to ensure proper care.  Joseph was recently on a two week training in Camp Lejeune where he served as the translator for the French Legion during their combined training. We are always pleased to see our Milton Public School graduates using the many skills learned at MPS as they successfully embark upon their chosen careers.   

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Cunningham Assistant Principal Bernadette Butler shares  What our staff is reading this week. 

MFE NEWS
The Milton Foundation for Education is thrilled to announce that $21,000 was raised at this year’s Monster Dash to enrich and enhance science in all six Milton schools. 1500 Miltonians ran, walked, dance, sang, and had a fantastic time at the event held in loving memory of Sam Cichello. The MFE thanks each and every sponsor and participant for making a difference in the lives of all our children.

NEWS AROUND TOWN
The Milton Library Trustees are developing a strategic vision for the Kidder Building on Blue Hills Parkway. They will be hosting a public forum on November 27th at 6:30pm in Keyes room to share our process and gain input from the town residents. All are welcome.

What’s happening at the library for kids?

DPW Thanksgiving trash pickup schedule

Head down to Cunningham on Saturday, November 18th at 9 am for The Best Buddies Milton 5k Gobbler run/walk!  

Skip Hop and Co-Op Playgroup

Milton Art Center Holiday Artisan Fair  takes place on Saturday, December 9th from 10-4pm. We are featuring over 20 local artists including Pierce Middle School student Maggie Mannion who sews skirts and pillow cases. 

ATHLETICS
Ryan Madden’s Fall Sports Update

Sports schedules for all MHS teams 

Winter Registration is open for Winter Athletics 

THANKSGIVING DAY FOOTBALL GAME – Skip the line!
The Thanksgiving Day Football Game is in Milton this year.  We play Braintree High School at 10 am and it can be very crowded, especially at the ticket gate. In an effort to reduce the wait time for our home fans, we will be pre-selling tickets in both the Main Office and the Athletic Director’s office. Pre-sale tickets are $10 general admission.  It is first come first served, cash or check accepted. Pre-buying your tickets will save you from waiting in line.

BOOSTERS FUNDRAISERS
The Milton Boosters is partnering with Mackies’ Barber Shop in Milton to raise money for Milton High School Athletics.  From 12-3pm on Sunday, November 19th Mackies’ Barber Shop will be offering “buzz cuts” or “Mohawk” cuts for $15.  All proceeds will go to the Milton Boosters.  Thank you to the Boosters and Mackies’ Barber Shop for their help!

Did you know you can support MHS Athletics and get all your Milton gear through the Boosters? They have lots of great Milton apparel for the cold weather – pompom hats, sweatshirts, t shirts, fleece and flannel, in both adult and youth sizes. Email Pandresino@comcast.net or maggieoldfield@comcast.net to purchase items or stop by our indoor concessions stand after school everyday from 2:15-3:15. The Boosters will also be selling gear at the Thanksgiving football game, St Agatha Holiday Boutique on 12/1, Thayer Nursery Holiday Celebration on 12/3 , Girls and boys basketball home openers and at the MHS concert on 12/12.

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’m very happy to congratulate the MHS Students of the Quarter who were recognized this morning at Milton High School. In order to recognize students who are making a contribution to our community, each MHS department nominates two students who deserve commendation for the previous marking period. These students may have displayed academic excellence, shown marked improvement, may have done a significant project or may have shown outstanding effort.  Students of the Quarter receive a certificate and their pictures are posted  near the main office.  Because of these individuals, Milton High School continues to be an outstanding school. It is a pleasure to recognize these accomplished students.

Back L-R Sam LeLacheur, Lindsey Dunn, Matthew Dunn, Samantha Dely, Josh Wright, Bronwen Mandel, Franklin Ollivierre, Nicola Cross, Grace Baker, Gillian Handy, Jack Elliot, Zachary Bouadjemi
Front L-R Melvin Rosario-Fernandez, Halle-Marie Armstrong, Dilruba Manavoglu, Karine Correia, Ronald Tejeda, Katherine Possi, Garrett Allen, Richard Wheeler, Courtney Dunn, Katherine Morrissey

Staff: Please join me in thanking Mrs. Annie Dutton as she retires from the Milton Public Schools. Mrs. Dutton has spent most of her time at MPS as the administrative assistant at the Cunningham School and was likely was the first person who welcomed you into the building or the friendly voice you heard when calling. She has been a valuable member of the Cunningham community and she will be missed dearly. The Milton Public Schools thanks Mrs. Dutton for all of her years in the Milton Public Schools and especially for her work at Cunningham School. I wish her nothing but the best during her retirement.

Volunteers: A big thank you to our elementary parents who helped Elementary Science Coordinator Linda Stefanick inventory and re-stock our Science Materials Kits to take this burden off our teachers. The parent support in this effort is priceless and appreciated. In addition, our volunteers were excited to have the opportunity to see the hands on materials their children are using every day in science. There will be more opportunities to help with this ongoing project, please look for emails from your Principal and PTO. ​

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

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