Milton Public Schools

Superintendent’s E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Oct• 10•13

 

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Students, Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date: October 10, 2013

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

Earlier this week, our schools celebrated International Walk to School Day. I was pleased to see students from all over Milton walking or biking to school on Wednesday. This annual event is presented by MassDOT’s Safe Routes to School Program, a program which works with more than 600 partner schools in 171 communities to promote walking and bicycling to school in order to improve students’ health, reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality in Massachusetts. I am grateful to the group of parent/guardian volunteers in Milton who helped to organize and advocate for the Walk to School day in our community.

According to the Massachusetts Department of Education website, in 1969, 48 percent of American students bicycled or walked to school.  Today, that number is less than 16 percent. In some communities, school-related traffic can contribute up to 25 percent of morning rush hour traffic volumes, as well as significant air pollution. School walking and biking programs provide a great opportunity to address these issues.

The Milton Public Schools fully supports the Walk-to-School initiative and encourages parents, guardians, staff and students to seek alternatives to using motorized transportation whenever possible.

Thank you to all who participated in this worthwhile event, and congratulations for another successful celebration of International Walk to School Day.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

The next School Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 16th.

CURRICULUM NEWS

Please note that Friday, October 11th will be a Professional Development Day for our faculty. There will be No School for students on Friday. Also, Monday, October 14th is Columbus Day and there will be No School.

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 Parents of Milton High School students should note that the daily schedule will be altered for 9th and 12th graders on Wednesday, October 16th. Because 10th and 11th graders will be taking the PSAT on that date, students in grades 9 and 12 should arrive at school at 11:15 for classes.

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

There will be a home football game this Friday night, (Friday, October 11th.) Our Milton Varsity Football team is 2-0 in the Bay State Conference (2-2 overall), facing a strong 2-0 opponent in Walpole High School, which is currently ranked 25th in the State.  “This is the biggest game of the year for the MHS Wildcats!” said Milton High School Football Coach, Jim Bowes.  “We hope to see strong community support of our football team on Friday night!”

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This weekend is the “Exercise for Evan” event here at Milton High School. On Saturday, October 12th, Evan Jones’ family will host a fundraising event at the high school entitled “Exercise for Evan,” and will feature a wide array of games and activities including a kid’s run, Zumba, boot camp, dodge ball, arm wrestling, a 50/50 raffle and more.  The event is from 1-4:30 p.m. at Brooks Field.  In the event of rain, the fundraiser will be moved to the Copeland Field House.  Admission is $20 per person, $5 for children 10 and under. Proceeds from this event will be used to fund a scholarship, to be awarded next spring to a graduating senior at Milton High School. Evan Jones was a 2012 graduate of Milton High School. As a multi-sport sport athlete, Evan loved nothing more than being out on the court or field with his friends.  After being diagnosed with epilepsy at the age of 15, Evan became zealous about health and fitness, amusing his friends and family with his workout routines and protein shakes. His family felt a day of fitness and fun would be the perfect way to honor Evan and raise money for a scholarship in his name.  According to his mother, Kristan Bagley Jones, the event is a celebration of all that Evan loved.  “Evan found such joy in sports of all kinds.  He also had such a great sense of humor and would have loved the games, especially the dunking booth and dodge ball.  We are so grateful to everyone for coming together to do this for Evan.”  For more information on Exercise for Evan, please email: Kathy Huntington at PatKathyH@aol.com or Mary Shapiro msdesign1@gmail.com

 

** Please print out the consent/release attached to this E-blast and bring to the event on Saturday.**

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Parents and guardians of Fifth-Grade students should take note: The Pierce Middle School’s Fifth Grade Parent Information Night will be held on Wednesday, October 16th at 6 pm in the Pierce Auditorium.  This is an opportunity to learn about the well-rounded, rigorous education your child will receive when he/she enters the Pierce Middle School. There are just so many exciting things happening at the Pierce Middle School (like Intensive Studies in STEM, Cross Country Team, and Pierce Players- to name a few.)  Please join Dr. Karen Spaulding, Principal of the Pierce Middle School, Ms. MacCurtain, guidance counselor, Ms. McReynolds, Assistant Principal for Grade 7, and Mr. Wilson, Assistant Principal for Grade 8 for this event. If you have any questions in the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Spaulding (kspaulding@miltonps.org)

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The Milton Public Schools will be hosting our own version of the popular cooking show with an upcoming “Iron Chef Jr.” competition.  This event, which will be held on Monday, October 21st, in the Milton High School cafeteria, aims to expose our students to new and exciting food choices.  Eight teams of three elementary school students will be joined by local chefs to prepare a meal from a “secret basket” of ingredients. The following chefs will be participating:

·       Tony Dirienzo from Abby Park
·       Suzanne Lombardi from The Plate
·        Meghan Thompson from Steele & Rye
·       Lauren Barone from Seasoned Palette Catering
·       Stephanie McFadden from Cooking In With Stephanie
·       Alex Tillotson from Whole Foods in Dedham 

Assistant coordinator Maureen Buckley from Whole Foods in Dedham will be on hand to help our students with the preparation. The show will be aired on Milton Access Television. For program listings, please click here: http://miltonaccesstv.org/

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Milton Public Schools’ Fourth Annual Flu Clinic will be held Thursday, October 24th at Pierce Middle School cafeteria from 3 pm to 5:30 pm for students in grades 3 and up. Parents and guardians, please remember to bring your child’s insurance card. Getting a flu shot is part of an overall plan to stay healthy this winter. The Milton Public School Nurses are committed to helping all students achieve this goal. If you have questions, please contact Margaret Gibbons, Director of Nurses at mgibbons@miltonps.org or call 617-696-4470 x 1

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 Milton High School proudly presents the musical, South Pacific, in the MHS auditorium on Friday, October 25th at 7pm; Saturday October 26th at 2 pm & 7pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students and seniors.  Presale tickets are available in the MHS Main Office and Pierce Main Office between the hours of 9 and noon on weekdays.

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The 15th Annual Monster Dash will be held on Sunday, October 27th at 9:30 am at Cunningham Park. This 5K Run/Walk & Kids’ Fun Run is held in memory of Sam Cichello. To honor Sam’s love of science, all proceeds of the Monster Dash will go to Sam’s Fund, to support science enrichment in the Milton Public Schools. Registration begins at 9:30 am, with the Kids’ Costume Fun Run starting   at 10 am, and the 5K beginning at 11 am. Costumes are encouraged! To register, click here:  www.active.com/donate/monsterdash2013

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The Best Buddies Chapter of Milton High School is sponsoring the upcoming 5K Gobbler Road Race on Saturday, November 23rd. This race, which starts and ends at Cunningham Park, is a fundraiser for many of the Best Buddies programs that occur throughout Massachusetts. “This is a great way to burn some pre-Thanksgiving calories and support a great cause at the same time,” said Patty Sanchez, who is helping to organize the race. She said members of the Milton High Best Buddies chapter will be volunteering both on and off the course on that day.  Nearly 600 people registered for last year’s race, which follows the Milton Road Race 5K course. This event starts at 9 am and registration begins at 7 am at the Cunningham Elementary School cafeteria. There will be prizes for top finishers and for top fundraisers.  To register, visit www.bestbuddiesma.org/5k

NEWS AROUND TOWN

Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital – Milton will be hosting a Holiday Bazaar and Bake Sale on Saturday, November 16th at Cunningham Hall. Hosted by the Friends of BID-Milton, the 3rd annual Holiday Bazaar and Bake Sale will bring together a diverse group of vendors in one great place. Come enjoy the festivities and get a head start on your holiday shopping. Items for sale include: jewelry, hand-knit crocheted items, children’s accessories, hand-painted ornaments, purses, cosmetics, stationary, floral arrangements, stained glass and more. For more info, or to inquire about vendor opportunities, visit www.bidmilton/bazaar

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

The following items were submitted by Sara Truog at the Milton Public Library:

Fall fun continues in the Children’s Room at Milton Public Library!  In addition to our regular storytimes on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of October 20 – 26:

Tuesday, October 22 from 7:00 – 8:00 pm  Lego Club, Ages 6-12

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

Wednesday, October 23 from 4:00 – 5:00 pm Remedial French Reading with Mr. Leite, Grades 1-2

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

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

ATHLETICS

As mentioned above, there will be a home football game this Friday night, (Friday, October 11th.) at 7 pm. Our Milton Varsity Football team is 2-0 in the Bay State Conference (2-2 overall), facing a strong 2-0 opponent in Walpole High School, which is currently ranked 25th in the State.  “This is the biggest game of the year for the MHS Wildcats!” said Milton High School Football Coach, Jim Bowes.  “We hope to see strong community support of our football team on Friday night!”  Other upcoming games:

Friday, October 11th

Girls Freshman Field Hockey Norwood High School (Away)
3:15 pm Girls Varsity Field Hockey Norwood High School (Home)
3:45 pm Boys Freshman Football Walpole High School (Away)
4:45 pm Girls Junior Varsity Field Hockey Norwood High School (Home)

Monday, October 14th

10:00 am Boys Junior Varsity Football Walpole High School (Home)

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:

Staff:  We recently learned that Kevin Fender, a second-grade teacher at Glover, was awarded a New Teacher Commendation by the Massachusetts Foreign Language Association (MaFLA). Although Mr. Fender is only a third-year French Immersion teacher, he has already been doing workshops for his colleagues a the Glover and is highly regarded by his students and his peers. Mr. Fender will be presented with this award on Saturday, October 19th in Sturbridge, Mass. Congratulations to Mr. Fender!

Student:  Two students at the Tucker Elementary School deserve special recognition. Alix Benoit and Oldsen Chey are both new to the school, but have demonstrated a tremendous amount of school pride. Both fifth-graders were recognized at the recent Community Circle event held at their school. Tucker Principal Elaine McNeil Girmai said “these two young men are both making a quick and smooth transition to a new school, new friends and a new language. Their love of learning and excitement about school is evident each and every day.”

Volunteer:  I would like to recognize an incredible group of volunteers in our town. The School Building Committee oversaw the building and restoration of all six of our Milton Public School buildings over the past decade-and-a-half.  This committee required thousands of hours of time, amazing commitment to the project and at times near-superhuman efforts. The last meeting of the School Building Committee was held earlier this month. On behalf of the students, teachers and staff of the Milton Public Schools, I would like to thank all who served on this committee. Current Committee: Anthony Cichello, John A. Virgona, Mary Cobb, Paul Hogan, Glenn Pavlicek, Thomas G. Hess, Richard A. Williams, Joseph F. Murphy, Francis X. Desmond and Lynda-Lee Sheridan. Past Members: Charles Winchester, Chair, Mary Fitzgerald, Robert E. Varnerin, Jeff Cruikshank, Elizabeth Major, Thomas McGrath, Susan Kiernan,  H. Lee Keller, Dave DeFilippo, Walter White and Laurie Stillman.

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

Superintendent’s E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Oct• 01•13

From the Desk of the Superintendent

Safety and Security:  Over the last school year, the Milton Public Schools have been examining the safety and security procedures in each of our schools. The safety of our students and staff is our priority.   A working group of school representatives has met at least twice a month with our partners in the Milton Police Department to discuss school safety and security. I want to recognize the following individuals: School Committee Vice Chair, Leroy Walker; Assistant Superintendents John Phelan and Glenn Pavlicek; Consolidated Facilities Director, Bill Ritchie; MPS Technology Director, Bob Pattison;   Milton High School Principal, James Jette;   Milton High School Vice Principal, Michelle Kreuzer;  Milton High School Fine Arts Director, Dr. Noreen Diamond Burdett; Community Schools Director, Pam Dorsey;  Milton High School Senior Custodian, Jason Scherer; Food Service Director, Jackie Morgan; Milton Police Chief, Richard Wells; and Milton Police Sergeant, Jack Richman.

We are working towards controlled access at the entrance of each of our schools.  Each and every person (other than individuals who have been issued swipe cards) have to ring the bell outside of each school, be buzzed in by our administrative assistants and produce a license or some form of photo identification in order to be issued a Visitor’s Badge. Once your picture is in our system, you will not need to produce identification at each visit. We have upgraded the entrance camera systems at each of the entrances to our schools as well.

All employees have been issued photo swipe cards.

Funding for these improvements was provided by School Building Committee funds (that can only be spent on facilities-related expenses) and Milton Capital funds approved by Town Meeting. These two sources accounted for approximately $187,000. To  date, the impact to the General Fund budget was at a cost of approximately $25,000.

We are working with the Milton Police Department to upgrade the security in the after-school and evening hours at Milton High School when the school becomes the center of the community — athletic events, music lessons, adult education, school and town-wide meetings.

I appreciate the support and cooperation our students, parents/guardians and employees have demonstrated over the past month during the early implementation of these safety and security improvements. I look for your continued cooperation as we work to ensure that the safety and security of our children and staff is a high priority.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There have been two School Committee meetings since my last E-blast – September 18th and September 25th. They are summarized below:

September 18th:  Mr. Phelan introduced the district’s newest administrators: Tucker Principal Dr. Elaine McNeil Girmai; Glover Principal Dr. Sheila Kukstis; Athletic Director & K-12 Physical Education/Health/Wellness Director Larry Rooney; Milton High School Vice Principal Brian Mackinaw; Pierce Middle School Assistant Principal Russ Wilson; Elementary Science Coordinator Bernadette Moonan; Milton High School Guidance Department Head Karen Cahill; Milton High School Secondary Science Coordinator Edward Mulvey; and Pierce Middle School Secondary Science Coordinator Christine Chiapetta.

A presentation on Enrollment showed the district’s total enrollment and also showed the most recent breakdown of the French Immersion and English/STEM programs. This fall, 52% of students entering Grade One chose the French program and 48% chose English/STEM. Furthermore, despite the implementation of the new cap on the French program, only 14 of 341 families did not get their program of choice in their building of choice. However, all families who chose French Immersion did get placed in a Grade One French Immersion classroom.

Next, Mr. Phelan gave a presentation on Residency, outlining the work of our Residency Coordinator, Doreen Walsh and Registrar, Janet Barrett.  Mr. Phelan explained how the Milton Public Schools work together with the Milton Police Department to investigate families with children enrolled in the Milton Public Schools who may not live in Milton. He reported from July 2012 to July 2013, 57 students have been excluded from the Milton Public Schools for violation of the residency policy. To view the entire presentation, please click here: 

School Committee members also approved an upcoming calendar of their meetings and congratulated former School Committee member and current Assistant Superintendent for Business, Dr. Pavlicek, who was recently honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Massachusetts Association of School Committees.

September 25th:   An MCAS presentation was given at the start of this meeting by Holly Concannon, Math & ELA Curriculum Coordinator for Cunningham/Collicot; Amy Gale, Math & ELA Curriculum Coordinator for Glover & Pierce Middle School Humanities Coordinator; Courtney Walsh, Math/Business/Technology Department Head at Milton High School; and John Phelan, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Personnel. This group reported the most recent MCAS data by school and by district. This presentation can be viewed by clicking here. 

Leroy Walker presented a Security Update to the Committee, much of which is summarized in the introduction above. Next, the School Committee voted on the Capital Requests submitted by Consolidated Facilities Director William Ritchie. Members voted to approve the requests for school technology and school facilities. Members also voted to approve the FY13 End-of-the-Year Report.

CURRICULUM NEWS

 ** Please note October 11th is a Professional Development Day and there will be NO SCHOOL for students. Also, October 14th is Columbus Day – NO SCHOOL. ** 

As you know from the press coverage, MCAS scores were released last month,  Milton Public School students’ results have been mailed home.   I encourage parents/guardians to go to this link to review our district-wide MCAS presentation given at last week’s Milton School Committee Meeting.  Parents/guardians should also use November’s Parent/Teacher Conferences as a time to further discuss their child’s MCAS scores with their child’s teacher.  Principals will be making presentations on MCAS at each of our schools.  Tucker, Glover, Collicot and Milton High School have been designated as Level 1 Schools. Cunningham and Pierce Middle School are designated as Level 2 Schools. Special recognition was given to the Collicot Elementary School, which was commended for High Achievement, High Progress and Narrowing Proficiency Gaps. Congratulations to the Collicot Elementary students and staff.

Please read this letter sent  from Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick:

Earlier this week, we learned that Massachusetts students improved their performance again on the MCAS, setting new cumulative records.  I wanted to thank you personally for delivering those gains.

No other state in America comes close to the bragging rights we have in public education.  On the front lines in classrooms across the Commonwealth, your hard work, creativity and dedication is inspiring young people and making a difference in their lives.

This year’s MCAS results show that 10th graders across the Commonwealth are performing at higher levels than ever before, students of color are closing the achievement gap in all subjects, and fourteen of the original thirty-four Level 4 or “turnaround” schools will exit that status this year after meeting their goals.

None of this is happening by accident.  It is because of our collective investment in our students and their future — teaching young people how to look up rather than down, and to say about themselves, their circumstances, and their future, “yes we can.”  For that, you make me incredibly proud.

One of my favorite things to do as Governor is visit schools.  During my seven years in office, I have been to every type and size of school – district schools, innovation schools, charter schools, vocational technical schools, urban schools, rural schools and everything in between.  Across the board, what I have recognized as the catalyst for success is devoted and loving teachers and school leadership.  The meaningful interactions I have witnessed between young people and caring adults in the classroom is where the real magic of learning happens.

There is more work ahead, of course.  There always is.  But on this important milestone, I wanted to pause and tell you directly that I appreciate you and what you do.

Sincerely,  Deval Patrick

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Officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) recently  announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 59th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. We are pleased to report that two of Milton High School’s students have been named Semifinalists: Jack Caljouw and Bocar Zilla-Ba.  Congratulations to both students!  These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,000 National Merit Scholarships worth about $35 million that will be offered next spring.

This scholarship is based on scores from the 2012 PSAT. Less than 1% of those who took the PSATs qualified as Semifinalists.

To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. About 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and more than half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title. Good luck to both Jack and Bocar in this next phase.

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Our Milton High Debate Team recently traveled to New Haven, Connecticut to take part in a national debate competition and two of our teams advanced to semi-final rounds. Milton High School Debate coaches Nancy Warn and Nick Fitzgerald brought four pairs of debaters to the Yale Invitational tournament:  Katrina Kourtelidis & Tess Deaibes; Olivia Erickson & Anna Lamb; Chris Ricciuti & Jack Caljouw; and Cormac Conners & Chris Dsida.

For the first time ever, Milton High had two teams advance to post rounds at this tournament. There were 480 students competing and four Milton High students — Chris Ricciuti & Jack Caljouw, Cormac Conners & Chris Dsida – all advanced. In addition to the two Milton High teams placing, debaters Chris Ricciuti and Jack Caljouw were ranked in the top 20 at the tournament for speaker points, from a field of 480 students.

The students competed Friday night and all day Saturday as part of the competition. Coaches Warn and Fitzgerald said that all of these students took time out of their summer schedules to begin research and preparations for this tournament, and also attended evening practices from the start of September. The topic for the debate was: Resolved: Unilateral military force by the United States is justified to prevent nuclear proliferation.

This was the largest group of debaters Milton High School has taken to the Yale Invitational and the first time Milton High students have advanced at a national collegiate tournament. More than 240 public forum debaters from across the nation participated in the annual event. Ms. Warn said she would also like to thank Mike Dsida and Mike Ricciuti for sharing the chaperone responsibilities, as well as for judging rounds on Friday night and Saturday.

The Yale Invitational is an annual debate tournament hosted by the Yale Debate Association, an undergraduate debating society at Yale University.

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I am very pleased to inform the Milton Public School community that one of our teachers, Mary Lou Markarian, was recently notified by the Classical Association of Massachusetts (CAM) that she has been chosen for the “Excellence in Teaching Award” for  2013.

The Executive Committee said, “All of us were impressed with your reputation as a teacher and especially with your success in getting students to apply for, and  win, writing contests. The growth of your program over the years  virtually speaks for itself.  Your wisdom and energy have been apparent for a long time and we are pleased to recognize it.” This award will be presented at the Fall CAM meeting to be held on October 19th in Sturbridge.

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The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) and the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) have declared October as “National Principals Month.”  I hope you will join me in celebrating our school principals. We are very fortunate to have six outstanding educators leading our schools at every level. Please consider writing a note to your child’s principal, or share stories of principals “doing great things” on www.principalsmonth.org

Collicot: Principal Janet Sheehan  jsheehan@miltonps.org
Cunningham: Principal Jonathan Redden     jredden@miltonps.org
Glover: Principal Dr. Sheila Kukstis  skukstis@miltonps.org
Tucker: Principal Dr. Elaine McNeil Girmai   emcneilgirmai@miltonps.org
Pierce Middle School: Principal Dr. Karen Spaulding  kspaulding@miltonps.org
Milton High School: Principal James Jette  jjette@miltonps.org

UPCOMING EVENTS

Please be sure to mark your calendars for Celebrate Milton, which will be held at Milton High School (in good weather) or at the Cunningham/Collicot campus (in case of rain.) The event will be on Sunday, October 6th from noon to 4 pm.

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 On Tuesday, October 8th, Milton High School will be hosting Information Night for parents and guardians of students currently in Grades 5-8.  The event will begin at 6:30 pm in the Charles C.  Winchester Auditorium.

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Family of Evan Jones to Host Fundraiser on October 12th  

 When Evan Jones passed away unexpectedly at the age of 19, the entire town mourned the untimely loss of this generous and kind athlete.  Now, his family and friends are turning their grief into something positive by establishing a memorial scholarship in Evan’s name.

On Saturday, October 12th, the family will host a fundraising event at the high school entitled “Exercise for Evan,” and will feature a wide array of games and activities including a kids run, Zumba, boot camp, dodge ball, arm wrestling, a 50/50 raffle and more.  The event is from 1-4:30 pm at Brooks Field.  In the event of rain, the fundraiser will be moved to the Copeland Field House.  Admission is $20 per person, $5 for children 10 and under.

The scholarship will be awarded next spring to a graduating senior at Milton High School.  It is not surprising that the family chose to honor Evan in this way, given their strong connection to the school.  Evan was a 2012 graduate of MHS, his sister, Ally, is a senior there, his mother, Kristan Bagley Jones, is a School Committee Member, and his father, Don Jones, is a former Trustee of the Milton Foundation for Education.

As a multi-sport sport athlete, Evan loved nothing more than being out on the court or field with his friends.  After being diagnosed with epilepsy at the age of 15, Evan became zealous about health and fitness, amusing his friends and family with his workout routines and protein shakes. The family felt a day of fitness and fun would be the perfect way to honor Evan and raise money for a scholarship in his name.  According to Bagley Jones, the event is a celebration of all that Evan loved.  “Evan found such joy in sports of all kinds.  He also had such a great sense of humor and would have loved the games, especially the dunking booth and dodge ball.  We are so grateful to everyone for coming together to do this for Evan.”  For more information on Exercise for Evan, please email: Kathy Huntington at PatKathyH@aol.com or Mary Shapiro msdesign1@gmail.com.

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Milton High School will present the musical “South Pacific” on Friday, October 25th at 7 pm and Saturday, October 26th at 2 pm and 7 pm at the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium at Milton High School. Ticket prices are $7 for students and seniors and $10 for adults. Tickets will be on sale in the high school main office  between the hours of 9am and noon on weekdays and at the door before all three shows.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The following item was submitted by the folks at Milton Early Childhood Alliance & the Trailside Museum:

We are excited to bring the StoryWalk® Project to Milton! Come enjoy this outdoor, rain or shine, free event. Visit the Trailside Museum and enjoy a story posted along the way as you walk around their grounds. This is a terrific opportunity to enjoy a wonderful children’s book while taking a healthy walk. Stop at each post and read the page with your child. If your child is able, have them read the page to you. This Story Walk can easily be appreciated by children both young and old. While you’re there, visit the Trailside Museum’s exhibits, have a picnic, or take a hike in the Blue Hills.  The Trailside Museum is located at 1904 Canton Ave., Milton. The Story Walks will take place from October 12th to October 31st from 9 am to 5 pm each day. Please dress appropriately for the weather as this is an outdoor event!

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Also, please note, The Trailside Museum’s Fall Festival will take place on October 12th, 13th and 14th – family fun for all!

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The Town of Milton’s Parks and Rec Department has plenty of events going on. Please click here to see the latest offerings:

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The Milton Library Foundation will be hosting its 9th Annual Literary Gala on Thursday, October 24th at Lombardo’s in Randolph. The VIP reception will begin at 6 pm, followed by general registration at 6:30 pm. This event will feature cocktails, a live auction and a discussion and Q&A with this year’s Guest Author,Tom Perrotta. Mr. Perrotta is the author of six previous works of fiction: Bad Haircut, The Wishbones, Election, and the New York Times bestselling Joe College, Little Children, and The Leftovers.  To get additional information about this event. please contact Tasha Bracken at tmbracken@simpledetailsevents.com or visit http://www.miltonlibrary.org/foundation/documents/MiltonGala_emailinvite.pdf  Tickets can be purchased online by visiting: www.mlfliterarygala.org

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 Milton Board of Health’s First Annual Employee Health & Wellness Clinic will be held on Wednesday, October 16th from 12:30 to 4:30 pm in the Town Hall Basement.  The following services will be provided:

  • Flu shots – Please bring all health insurance cards
  • BCBS – rapid blood cholesterol & blood sugar screenings
  • Milton Hospital – BMI & nutrition counseling
  • Altus Dental – dental health tips & free toothbrushes

Healthy snacks available and all screenings are private/confidential and for your information only.

Please accept an invitation to attend the FHM Annual Meeting, to take place on Thursday, October 17 at 7 pm.  Museum Director Robin M. Tagliaferri will give a presentation on a number of on-going FHM projects, including some exciting news about collaborating with University College Cork, Ireland. It is a celebratory evening, and there will be food and refreshments.

The guest of honor will be renowned Chinese filmmaker, Patrick Lui, producer of the 1985 BBC documentary, Heart of the Dragon. Patrick will speak briefly and discuss his plans for a new documentary, A Tale of Tea Cities, and give an overview of his environmental organization, the Green Great Wall Foundation (GGWF). He will be accompanied by Ms. Fiona Zheng, Tea Scholar, researcher & Associate Professor of Fuzhou University.  A tea ceremony will be performed by Ms. Zhao Xuan Ph.D., researcher at Brown University. For more information, visit the Forbes House Museum website.

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

Swing for Sports Golf & Tennis TournamentThe Milton High School Boosters annual golf and tennis tournament will take place at the Wollaston Golf Club on Monday, October 21st. This is the Boosters biggest fundraising event of the year that raised almost $30,000 last year. All proceeds go directly to the athletes of Milton High School. The golf outing will feature prizes for many holes, including a Hole in One prize. Entry fees include a box lunch, golf greens fees and cart or tennis fee, heavy hors d’oeuvres and the closing reception.  Sponsors are needed to support this event as well as live and silent auction items. MHS Boosters is a 501(C) charitable organization (Federal ID # 20-2635739) so donations are tax deductible. Donations can be sent by emailing the fundraising committee to swingforsports@miltonboosters.com.  Registration information can be found on the Booster’s website. This event is sponsored by the generosity of the Wollaston Golf Club and Curry College.

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Booster Fundraising News

  • The next Milton High School Boosters “Cans for Cats” can & bottle fundraising drive will be held on Saturday, October 5th, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Milton High School. The girls and boys basketball teams will be at the front entrance of the high school, 25 Gile Road, to collect your 5 cent cans and bottles to redeem them for cash. All funds earned will support their programs. Please stop by and support your Wildcats with your can donations. Go Wildcats!
  • A Boosters car wash will be held at the Cunningham school on Edgehill Road on Saturday, October 5th from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. This event will be run by the volleyball team. Come get your car washed by your super wildcat athletes. All funds earned go directly to the volleyball team.

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The Milton Foundation for Education will be holding its 15th Annual Monster Dash on Sunday, October 27th at Cunningham Park at 9:30 am. To register or for more information, click here.

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

The following item was submitted by Emily Calkins, Young Adult Librarian.

Monday, Oct. 7th at 7 pm Teen book club: Swim the Fly. Open to ages 13-18

Thursday, Oct. 10th , 3 pmThrowback Thursday movie: Ghostbusters:  Also, Creative Writing Workshop Series with Kathryn Burak.  Open to grades 6-12

Monday, Oct. 21st , 7 pm You’re Making a Scene!
But that’s not a bad thing.  In fact, if you can pull your reader into a specific place and time and have something happen there, you’re doing your job as a writer.  This workshop will help you understand the structure of a scene and what screenwriters call “beats.”

Monday, Nov. 18th , 7 pm  “There’s something about Henry I just don’t trust…”
Creating an unreliable narrator in storytelling.  Unreliable narrators help bring suspense to thrillers and draw the readers in, but how do you create one and not confuse your reader?  This workshop will help you create a first-person narrator who may or may not be trustworthy.

Tuesday, Dec. 17th , 7 pm
What did you just say?  Writing Dialogue for the page and screen. Readers get to know your characters by what they say as much as what they do. This workshop will help you craft authentic, convincing dialogue between characters.

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The following information was submitted by Sara Truog, Assistant Children’s Librarian.

Our Library Lego club is going to meet once a month on Tuesday evenings at 7pm.  Over the course of an hour, kids age 6-12 will build together on the theme of the month – and once the hour is over, your creations will go on display for all of Milton to enjoy!  Our first meeting will happen on Tuesday, September 24th  from 7-8pm.  If the initial program is a success, we’ll continue to meet in coming months. We’ve got such a cool collection to build with, including bricks from Harry Potter and Toy Story sets, TONS of minifigs, and more!  Register for this great new program by calling the Children’s Room or visiting our website here

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ATHLETICS

The following update was provided by Athletic Director Larry Rooney.

 CHEERLEADING

Coach Jessica Parson’s squad is busy preparing for their competition season. They will be competing at several invitational competitions and will be competing in the Bay State Conference league competition on November 6th at 6:30pm at Braintree High School, as well as at MHS football games.

GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY

The team is 2-3 overall on the season. We are currently 1-1 in the Herget Division. The team is lead by senior Co-Captains Maryam El-Sayed and Emma Greenawalt.  Wednesday will be a real test for the girls’ teams as they host their first home meet of the season against Wellesley and Brookline. This past weekend, the team travelled to Manchester, NH to compete in the Manchester Invitational.  Colette O’Leary won first place in the Freshman division, competing against 138 other runners from around New England and the rest of the team performed very well in both the JV and Varsity divisions.

BOYS CROSS COUNTRY

The Boys XC team is working very hard this season.  They are off to a 0-2 start, but very optimistic about a victory coming up vs Norwood High School.

FIELD HOCKEY

Varsity Field Hockey is off to a tough start with a league record of 1-3-1 and an overall record of 1-4-1. The girls are starting to gel and are improving. The team is coming off three road games and are back home this upcoming week. This will be our toughest week thus far with two of the leagues powerhouse teams making the trip to Milton this week. On a more positive note, this years’ freshman class is strong and is having a great season with an 8-2 record.

FOOTBALL

The Milton High School Wildcats have had a great preseason fed by 87 student athletes program-wide. Our 9th grade team is 1-1 after playing solid Mansfield team. In the home opener, the varsity was overpowered inside by a tough and patient Stoughton team, with 41-13 as the final tally to a frustrating and disheartening loss. On Saturday, September 28th, the Varsity Football team beat Norwood in the first Bay State League game, with score of 28-14 and is now 1-2 overall and 1-0 in the Bay State Conference. The JV Football team beat Stoughton on the road on Saturday morning, 22 -12 on some great efforts by Mack Feeney Mo Ashley, and Michael Fallon.

GIRLS SOCCER

So far the season is off to a good start. We are  3-3-1 with a 4-3 win over Wellesley HS (all 4 goals by Sophomore Sophie Cousineau) and a 1-1 tie vs. Walpole. The next games are on Tuesday, October 1st vs Dedham, and Thursday, Oct 3rd vs Needham. We expect to finish in the top 3 in our Conference of the Bay State League, and are looking forward to a Tournament Bid.  We have two games in Conference coming up. Our GAA is way down from last year, and we expect to continue to play tough defense .

BOYS SOCCER

Boys Soccer training sessions at all three levels have been great.  The kids are focused and come ready and willing to learn.  The Boys Freshman soccer team has only lost once and they’ve beaten Framingham, Newton North, Natick and Norwood. They have some very good athletes and talent and Coach Ethan Trusten is doing a great job. The JV squad is loaded with juniors.  Coach Jeff Camara runs quality training sessions that have been focused on the technical side of the game. The varsity team is 1-4 on the season with a very tough week coming up. One big goal for Boys Varsity soccer is to win the Town Line Cup vs. North Quincy and, as a positive sign, we beat them 7-1 in the first game. On Saturday, September 28th, the team posted a 4-3 win over Norwood.

VOLLEYBALL

The Volleyball team is in a re-building season after losing 8 seniors last spring. Allison Grassa is the sole senior, captain and leading the way alongside six juniors, five sophomores and a freshman.  There is a lot of skill and talent and the team has been in all of their matches played thus far. We are looking forward to a productive second half of the season. Last week, the team celebrated a victory over Wellesley for the first time in 9 years.

GIRLS SOCCER

So far, the season is off to a good start. We are 2-3-1 and very competitive. We expect to finish in the top three in our Conference of the Bay State League, and are looking forward to a Tournament Bid.  We have two games in Conference coming up. Our GAA is way down from last year, and we expect to continue to play tough defense.

CREW

The boys’ and girls’ crew teams have been on the water for three weeks, a crucial time where we’ve evaluated what kind of talent we have. We are now entering racing season (first race next Sunday, Oct 6 at Lowell). We are sharpening up our lineups and implementing race strategies. We will be stepping up our training and on-land conditioning through the race season. We are fortunate to be racing in the largest regatta in the world on October 20 at The Head of the Charles.  The Head of the Charles is a premier international rowing event that draws hundreds of thousands of rowers from around the world. Milton High will have 3 boats entered in the regatta: a  Men’s Youth 4, a Women’s Youth 4, and a Men’s Youth 8. The event takes place in our backyard and the Friends of Milton Crew encourage the MHS community and town at large to join in the excitement of the this world class event and cheer the team on.

GOLF

The MHS Golf team 6-2 right now.  We started the season going 0-2 and have rebounded with six straight victories.  We have the Bay State Tournament on October 10th at Dedham for the top three players.  We will likely qualify for the Division 2 South Sectional Tournament on October 21st for the top six players.  We are very happy with how the golfers are playing.  Our team depth 1-12, has lead to our success!

PIERCE CROSS-COUNTRY TEAM

The first-ever Pierce Cross Country team competed in its first meet last week and faced off against a very large Needham team. In the boys’ meet, eighth-grader Nick Villard came in second overall and sixth-grader Bobby Carew came in third place.  For the girls’ meet, eighth-grader Bridget Mitchell came in first place and seventh-grader Elise O’Leary came in second place.  In its inaugural year, the Pierce Cross Country team, coached by John O’Leary, Julie Boyle and Christopher Maine, is comprised of more than 60 runners.

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:   Again, I offer sincere congratulations to two Milton High School seniors —  Jack Caljouw and Bocar Zilla-Ba. These two have been named Semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program — an achievement attained by less than 1% of those who took the PSATs. Great work!

Teacher/Staff: Congratulations to Yolanda Beech, Milton High School’s former Assistant Principal and Elizabeth Thomas, Tucker Elementary School parent and advocate both of whom will be given the Community Builders Award at this year’s Celebrate Milton event. A ceremony to honor Ms. Beech and Ms. Thomas will be held from 1:30 to 1:45 on October 6 at Celebrate Milton held at Milton High School.

Volunteer: Special thanks to Milton Public School parent Anthony Musto and his company Mario Musto Construction for volunteering their work time, labor, equipment, supplies and talent to improve the baseball facilities here at Milton High School. Mr. Musto and his crew have re-done the pathway leading to the diamond, cleaned and seeded the slope, and are preparing the area to allow for the installation of bleachers. Mr. Musto’s contributions to enhancing the Milton High School campus also include his efforts to install Milton High School’s granite signage at both ends of Gile Road. We are very grateful to him for all his time and energy.

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

 

Message from the Milton Board of Health

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Sep• 18•13

Dear Milton Public School Parents/Guardians and Staff:

I received notice today from the Milton Board of Health that West Nile Virus has been detected in mosquitoes collected from Milton.  The link to the Milton Board of Health Press Release is listed below. The Board of Health encourages residents to take precautionary measures until the first hard frost.

http://www.townofmilton.org/Public_Documents/MiltonMA_Health/mosquito

Athletic Director Larry Rooney and Head Nurse Margaret Gibbons began reviewing the instructions on protection from West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) at the start of the school year.   This was also a topic addressed in my August 28, 2013 E-Blast.

In addition to providing this information to you via E-blast, Mr. Rooney has informed me that he will post additional reminders and information in locker rooms.

Further information regarding West Nile Virus and other mosquito-borne illnesses can be found on the Massachusetts Department of Health webpage, www.mass.gov/dph/mosquito

Thank you,

Mary C. Gormley
Superintendent
Milton Public Schools

 

 

 

 

 

September 12th E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Sep• 12•13

 

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

I want to be sure that everyone in the Milton Public School community is aware of our upcoming Open House dates. For those of you who are new to the Milton Public Schools, or whose child is enrolled in a new school this year, I cannot encourage you strongly enough to consider attending this event.

Open Houses are an excellent opportunity for parents/guardians to get a sense of what goes on in each of our buildings during the school day. It is also a chance to meet your child’s teachers, peruse the classrooms and meet other parents.

Open House is a very different event from our Conferences, during which teachers speak to parents/guardians about their child’s individual progress.  An Open House event gives a more general overview of the curriculum and allows parents/guardians an opportunity to ask questions about homework policies, makeup work, etc. This is a great opportunity for you to get acquainted with the content, instruction and expectations of each class in your child’s schedule.

Besides hearing about what your child will be learning and how that learning will take place, the Open House gives opportunities to connect with the school community. The school administration, nurse, physical education teacher and others will all be on-hand to answer questions.

The teachers are anticipating your questions, so don’t hesitate to ask.  As a reminder, Open House is for adults. We hope that you can make arrangements for child care so that parents/guardians are available to participate in Open House. I am confident it will not only help you to understand how our schools function, it will help your child, as well.  Please note the dates and times:

Milton High School: Monday, September 23rd at 6 pm.
Pierce Middle School: Tuesday, September 17th at 6:30 pm.
Collicot: Wednesday, September 25th at 6:30 pm.
Cunningham:  Monday, September 16th at 6:30 pm.
Glover:  Tuesday, September 24th at 6:30 pm.
Tucker:  Thursday, September 26th at 6:30 pm.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There have been no School Committee meetings since my last E-blast. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 18th at 7 pm in the Milton High School library.

CURRICULUM NEWS

We are pleased to announce the appointments of two new staff members.  Edward Mulvey and Christie Chiappetta have accepted the part-time positions of Secondary Science Coordinators – Mr. Mulvey will be serving at Milton High School and Ms. Chiappetta will be serving at Pierce Middle School.

Edward Mulvey was previously employed at Canton High School, where he served as principal from 2003 to 2007. He also was the Science & Engineering Technology Coordinator, Assistant Principal, as well as Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Physical Science teacher.  Mr. Mulvey received his bachelor’s degree in biology from Boston State College; his master’s in Natural Science from the UMass/Boston; and has completed advanced coursework in Education/Administration/Science at Northeastern University, Fitchburg State College, UMass and University of Texas.  “Mr. Mulvey brings to an already fabulous group of teachers a wealth of knowledge and experience that will benefit the team,” said Milton High School Principal James Jette. “Mr. Mulvey is passionate about science and will engage our teachers in meaningful professional development opportunities and discussions, while focusing on improving the content knowledge, instruction and student achievement,” he said.

 Christie Chiappetta has extensive experience in middle school science teaching, curriculum development, assessment design and data use, professional development, and teacher leadership.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a concentration in the Natural Sciences from College of the Holy Cross and a Master of Education in Teaching and Curriculum from Harvard University Graduate School of Education.  Most recently, Mrs. Chiappetta served as a Science Teacher Coach and Evaluator for the Rhode Island Teaching Fellows New Teacher Project and as a Science Teacher Group Leader for Teach for America.  Mrs. Chiappetta also served as a middle school science teacher and science instructional coach in the Cambridge Public School District.   Mrs. Chiappetta also taught in the Bronx as well as Devens, MA.  In addition to her teaching, Mrs. Chiappetta has participated in national science education programs and professional development opportunities and presented at national science education conferences.  “Her deep understanding of effective middle school science instruction and skill in supporting teachers will be valuable assets to the development of the Pierce Middle School science program,” said Pierce Middle School Principal Dr. Karen Spaulding.

In addition, we have named Courtney Walsh as our new Adult Education director and Moira Downes as our Facilities Rentals Coordinator.

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

A copy of the 2013-14 School Year Calendar is available online. Please click here to view it:
http://www.miltonps.org/documents/2013-14SchoolCalendar.pdf

PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

The Milton Special Education Parent Advisory Council (PAC) has elected a new board for the 2013-2014 school year. The PAC is currently engaged with the administration planning the PAC year. Congratulations to:

Jerry Vitti – Chairperson
Michelle Connolly- Vice Chairperson
Ann Finnegan – Treasurer
Kathy Fagan – Member at Large
Kevin Lenane – Member at Large
Terri James Solomon – Member at Large

The PAC board invites parents and guardians to check out their website for the latest news and meeting schedule:  http://www.miltonpac.org/

MFE NEWS

The following item was submitted by Meg Kaster of the Milton Foundation for Education:

 Every year the MFE awards up to $40,000 in teacher grants from its Annual Fund. These grants foster creative classroom atmospheres and capture the interest and imagination of our students. Thanks to the generous support of the parents, businesses and charitable organizations who give to the Milton Foundation for Education’s Annual Appeal. Please consider making your gift today online at www.miltonfoundationforeducation.org or by mail at MFE, PO Box 223, Milton, MA 02186. 

 If every Milton Public School family donated $25, we’d raise more than $75,000 to fund needs identified by teachers in all of our schools. 

Also, please save the date for the MFE’s 15th Annual Monster Dash which is set for Sunday, October 27thMore details will be included in a later E-blast.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The following item was submitted by Allan Bishop of the Milton Department of Public Works:

 Household Hazardous Waste Collection: On Saturday, September 21st, the Milton Department of Public Works will hold a Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Day for Milton residents. Collection hours are from 9 a.m. to noon. No early arrivals! The collection takes place at the DPW Yard (629 Randolph Avenue), rain or shine.

 Materials should be left, where possible, in their original containers. Containers should be put in sturdy boxes and placed in the trunk of a vehicle so that contents will be easy to remove by the attendants. Residents will remain in their vehicles during the entire collection process.

The following items can be brought to the collection:

Adhesives and glues
Aerosol cans
Engine degreaser, brake & transmission fluid
Hobby and art supplies
Household cleaners and spot removers
Non-alkaline batteries (these are found in camcorders, cordless power tools,
cordless phones and laptop computers).
Oil-based paints
Photo chemicals and chemistry sets
Poisons, insecticides, pesticides, and
weed killers Solvents and varnishes
Swimming pool chemicals.
Waste fuels (kerosene, gasoline)
Wood preservatives and fiberglass residue 

These items will NOT be accepted:

Latex paint (for information on how to dispose of latex paint, please call the DPW)
Alkaline batteries such as AA, D, etc. (These can be placed in your trash)
Mercury-containing items and fluorescent bulbs (collected at the Recycling Center the first Saturday of each month)
Prescription medicine or syringes
Commercial or industrial waste
Asbestos

Except for the items listed below, the collection is free for Milton residents: 
Tires: $3 each
Car Batteries: Up to 3 for $3.00
Waste Oil, Antifreeze: Up to 3 gallons for $3.00
Propane Tanks: $3.00 each
Fire Extinguishers $3.00 each 

No cash will be accepted. Please pay by personal check or Trash Sticker.  For more information, please call the DPW at (617) 898-4900

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The following item was submitted by Glover parent Jennifer Driscoll:

Astound Your Senses at Opening Our Doors 2013:
The 12th Annual Celebration of FREE Arts and Cultural Events in
The Fenway Cultural District, Monday October 14th.


The Fenway Alliance is pleased to present the 12th Annual Opening Our Doors—the largest single day of free cultural experiences in Greater Boston and the signature multi-event celebration of the Fenway Cultural District, featuring over 60 activities in 17 indoor and outdoor venues.  Join the 22 institutions of the Fenway Alliance and 20 additional community organizations to experience unique performances and exhibits of art, music, dance, poetry, theatre and green space in one of Boston’s most treasured and historic neighborhoods.  Create your own works of art, dance, play, and eat.  Opening Our Doors is a free day of fun interactive culture for family and children; but there is artistry and experiences for all ages.

Join us as we officially start the day at 10 am. on Mass Ave side of the Christian Science Plaza in Boston, located near the intersection of the Avenue of the Arts (Huntington Ave.) and the Avenue of Music (Mass. Ave.) Special guest speakers, performances by the Boston Children’s Chorus, and Mayor Menino will kick-off the festivities followed by a parade led by the Hot Tamale Brass Band, and free cupcakes!  [In the event of rain the Kick-Off celebration will move to the Reflection Hall (formerly Sunday School Building) on the Christian Science Plaza next to Horticultural Hall.]. To learn more, visit:   www.fenwayculture.org <http://www.fenwayculture.org>  Facebook: Fenway Culture Boston. Follow us on Twitter @FenwayCulture.

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The following item was sent in by Lori Bilewicz of ¡CELEBRATEMILTON!


This year’s ¡CelebrateMilton! event will be held Sunday, October 6th from noon to 4 pm at Milton High School if the weather is good and at Collicot/Cunningham if it’s not.

¡CelebrateMilton! is a volunteer effort of Milton residents who actively encourage Milton’s diverse populations to appreciate and enjoy one another. We sponsor an annual event that has drawn thousands of residents since its beginning in 1994. The organization also recognizes outstanding residents with its Community Builder Awards, and supports community efforts with financial grants to organizations and individuals who bring our mission to life in the community. To find out more about this exciting event, please visit this site: www.celebratemilton.org

We are still seeking Family/Individual sponsorship for those of you who are interested in supporting us.  All Family/Individual sponsors are listed in the Milton Times, as well as our program guide, as long as pledges are received by September 19th. And this year, we’ve added a new category to our Family/Individual sponsor levels.  The “Friend” level is a $25 sponsorship.

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Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital/Milton is hosting its 19th Annual “Tee Off Golf Tournament” on Monday, September 23rd at the Wollaston Golf Club.  Net proceeds from this year’s golf tournament will help offset the costs of healthcare technology used to enhance the safety and efficiency of surgical care.  Implementation of  electronic medical record systems are proven to reduce medical errors and eliminate waste, and are essential for meeting federal requirements under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  Your support today will help us to keep pace with new life-saving information technology in our operating rooms.    See the schedule below, and for more information, visit: http://www.miltonhospital.org/how-you-can-help/tee-off-2013/

Tournament Schedule

  • ·         10:00 a.m. Registration
  • ·         Putting Green and Driving Range Open
  • ·         11:00 a.m. Lunch
  • ·         12:00 p.m. Shotgun Start
  • ·         5:30 p.m. Evening Awards Reception: Enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and silent auction

 MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

Fall fun is happening in the Children’s Room at Milton Public Library!  In addition to our regular story times on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of September 15-21:

Wednesday, September 18th  from 4:00 – 5:00 pm  “Remedial French Reading with Mr. Leite,” Grades 2-5.  In this program, beloved Tucker French teacher Mr. Leite will lead students in a French reading tutorial.  This class is for students in the French program in the Milton Public Schools who need help with reading, and is limited to ten students.  While this is a series, registration for each individual class is required.

Saturday, September 21st  from 2:00 – 3:00 pm “Mel O’Drama,” Ages 5-9. Kids are invited to join local drama teacher Melanie Grace Gillespie for a theatrical and creative hour of Mel O’Drama!  Students will enjoy such fun activities as warmups, improv games, voice projection, scene work, and movement.  Registration is required.

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

In addition, he Milton Public Library has a packed schedule for teens and adults for September. To see a complete listing of library events, please click here:

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

VISUAL ARTS

The Milton Art Center is now registering children, teens and tweens for the Fall season of art classes.  Please click here for course descriptions and dates:  http://www.miltonartcenter.org/

ATHLETICS

We are pleased to report that Milton High School will have three boats entered in the Head of the Charles competition this year. They are : Men’s Youth Fours; Men’s Youth Eights; and Women’s Youth Fours. The Head of the Charles, held October 19th and 20th, is the world’s premier rowing competition and is in its 49th year. It is a tremendous opportunity for our student athletes and coaches and will be a great experience for all involved. Come cheer them on! Their schedule is:

Sunday, October 20th.
Event 34      9:23 am     Men’s Youth Fours
Event 35     10:24 am     Men’s Youth Eights
Event 42     12:32 pm     Women’s Youth Fours

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The following information was sent in by Candy Brown of the MHS Booster Club:

The Milton High School Booster Club is a volunteer group of high school parents, coaches, students, and community members. Our mission is to enrich the MHS Athletic community and the community at large by providing financial support and assistance for the Milton High School Athletics. The organization raises money through various ways (membership, fundraising, concessions) so we can recognize our athletes and support their programs in a variety of ways.

The Boosters are kicking off the 2013/14 school year with several events to support all athletic programs.

  • Look for your Boosters membership application in the mail – coming soon to all Milton residents. The Boosters sponsor different levels of membership so please join and support your teams. All funds collected go to the teams, scholarships and the annual awards banquet.
  • The first Boosters meeting took place earlier this week, but it’s not too late to join.  Meetings are held at the High School; enter thru the field house, take a right and we meet in the first classroom on the right. Meetings take place the second Tuesday of the month and are open to everyone. Please stop by and find out what the Boosters are all about.
  • This Saturday, September 14th from 9 am to noon is the first ‘Cans for Cats’ drive. Various Milton High sports team fundraise for their teams by collecting 5 cent cans and bottles from our Milton community and redeem them for cash. Please support your Wildcats by stopping by the front entrance of the High School on 25 Gile Road.
  • Friday, September 20th from 5 to 7 pm is “Friday Night Under Lights” where the Boosters host a      cookout and sponsor events to kick-off the first home football game. Come to the pre-game cookout and participate in the spirit events then watch our Wildcats for an exciting night of football.
  • Coming again this fall: 2013 Swing for Sports Golf and Tennis event at Wollaston Country Club. Registration information will be added to the Boosters website soon at www.miltonboosters.com.
  • Don’t forget to support your athletes by buying Wildcat athletic wear – merchandise is sold at all      football games and at our indoor concession stand in the High School’s Copeland Field House.

MHS varsity football has its first game TONIGHT Thursday night (September 12th) at Mansfield at 7 pm.  The first home game will be Friday, September 20th  at 7pm vs Stoughton.  For sports schedules for all MHS teams, please click here:

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

AMBASSADOR PAGE

Students:  Please join me in welcoming our new Kindergarteners along with their parents/guardians into the Milton Public Schools.   This year’s incoming Kindergarten class includes 316 students – our future class of 2026!

Staff:  I am very happy to recognize one of the most diligent employees in our district. Pam Dorsey has served as Director of Community Schools for more than 27 years. This demanding position requires the supervision of more than 600 students in our ESAP Program(before-school) and ASE Program (after-school). In addition, Community Schools, under the leadership of Ms. Dorsey, organizes school vacation camps, Camp Cunningham and a myriad of enrichment programs for our students. Community Schools employs many of our teachers and students during the school year and summer, provides community service for our teenagers and offers a plethora of options to our parents and guardians who need child care coverage. On top of all of this, Ms. Dorsey also serves as our Transportation Director and is responsible for the safe and efficient transport of more than 1,300 students in our town. I am constantly amazed by Ms. Dorsey’s organizational skills, the loyalty of her staff and the satisfaction of the parents and guardians who interact with her.  Many of you have heard me refer to Ms. Dorsey as “a legend in the Milton Public Schools”. I appreciate Ms. Dorsey and her staff’s dedication to the children of Milton.

Volunteers:  I would like to recognize our PTO presidents.  These volunteers are among the hardest-working people in the Milton Public Schools, and we are very grateful for all the hours they spend on behalf of our children.

Collicot: Mary Clare Cantor, Linda Stefanik, Kerry Kelly and Chuck Karimbakas
Cunningham: Kerry McLaughlin, Robyn  Quinn, Laura Woodward and Stephanie O’Keefe
Glover: Imge Ceragnolu, Christine Tobin.
Tucker: Kristen Lacasse, Cathy Madigan
Pierce: Sheila Varela, Karyn Viveiros, Marie Kelly, Terrie McManus, Trish Heelen
Milton High: Charlotte Hopkins, Kathy Peltier, Dawn Hayes,

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

Mosquito Information & More

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Aug• 28•13

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Students, Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date: August 28, 2013

From the Desk of the Superintendent:

I would like to congratulate all of our parents/guardians, along with our staff members, bus drivers, crossing guards, and most importantly, our students, who worked together to make Opening Day in the Milton Public Schools run as smoothly as possible. Nearly 4,000 students began school today and it is my hope that today was the start of their best year ever.

As a public service, I would like to share the following information on mosquito-borne illness:

The Milton Board of Health has released the following alert regarding the recent detection of the West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) activity in the Milton area.

As the summer comes to a close,  it is important to continue to take precautions to prevent mosquito-borne viruses as late summer and early fall (until the first hard frost) is usually a period with increased infection rates. The recent and continuing detection of West Nile Virus (WNV) and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) activity in the Milton area certainly highlights the need for continued personal protection measures.

The Milton Board of Health and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) remind residents to reduce their risk of mosquito-borne viruses by using appropriate personal protective measures.

  • Limit your time outdoors during peak periods of mosquito activity (dusk and dawn) or, if you must remain outdoors, wear a long-sleeved shirt and long pants.
  • Use a mosquito repellent that contains DEET or Picaridin. Oil of lemon eucalyptus may also be considered. Products with permethrin should only be used on clothing. Always follow the directions on the label. Repellents should not be used on children younger than two months of age. Oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under three years of age.
  • Cover up the arms and legs of children playing outdoors. When you bring a baby outdoors, cover the baby’s carriage or playpen with mosquito netting.
  • Fix any holes in screens and make sure they are tightly attached to all doors and windows.
  • Remove any standing water from backyards so mosquitoes can’t breed. Mosquitoes will begin to breed in any puddle or standing water that lasts for more than four days. Make sure water does not collect and stagnate in ceramic pots, trash cans, recycling containers, old tires, wading pools, birds baths, etc. Remove leaves and debris that may prevent drainage of roof gutters.
  • MHS athletes and spectators who are using fields and/or trails at dusk should be sure  to use mosquito repellent.

The Norfolk County Mosquito Control Project (NCMCP) continues to conduct weekly ground based spraying on Thursday late evening between sunset and midnight based on resident’s requests and mosquito activity monitoring, weather permitting. Residents who wish to have their property sprayed by NCMCP should fill out an online request form at www.norfolkcountymosquito.org each week by Thursday at 12:00 PM. If any resident wishes to know when the spray program may be conducted in their area, they should go to the Project’s website where map and/or street listings will be posted on or about 3:30 PM each Thursday.  More information on mosquito-borne diseases, their symptoms, on protecting yourself from bites by mosquitoes, and on safe application of mosquito repellents can be obtained by visiting the MDPH web site on arboviral (mosquito-transmitted) diseases http://www.mass.gov/dph/mosquito.

In addition, the Milton Board of Health reminds residents to also be aware of the increasing occurrence of Lyme disease in Milton. The highest risk period of infection runs through early fall. The single most important thing is to check yourself for ticks once a day (don’t forget to check children and pets too). For more information please visit the MDPH website on tickborne diseases http://www.mass.gov/dph/tick.

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There has been a change to the upcoming Open House schedule. Both Pierce and Milton High School have changed the dates. Please note the new dates below:

Pierce: The Pierce Open House will be held at 6:30 on September 17th.

Milton High School:  The Milton High School Open House will not be held on September 12th. The new date and time will be announced in our next E-blast.

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

 

 

August 23rd E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Aug• 23•13
From the Desk of the Superintendent:

I would like to extend a warm “welcome back,” to all of the parents/guardians of our students and staff  to the Milton Public Schools and an equally warm “welcome” to all of our new parents/guardians and staff.

Please allow me this opportunity to thank our custodial and maintenance staff; administrative assistants;  Central, Special Education and Business office personnel; principals and administrators who ran the summer marathon that involved the cleaning of each of our educational spaces, interviewing our new staff, processing of purchase orders, and communicating with our Milton Public Schools families every day through the summer months.  I told our administrators at our Leadership Retreat and our new teachers/staff at their luncheon this week, that this is an amazing school system with outstanding teachers and staff, supportive and involved parents/guardians and most importantly, wonderful students who come to school every day eager to learn and excel.

On behalf of the Milton Public Schools, we are committed to working with our students’ families to maximize the individual potential of our students. The beginning of each school year is always a fresh start for all of us — our students, our staff and our administrators. Let us all embrace this opportunity — this fresh start — to strive to reach the highest academic goals for each and every student.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

The most recent School Committee meeting was held on Wednesday, August 21st. Following is a summary of that meeting:The meeting began with a back-to-school update as part of the Superintendent’s Report. This included information on student and staff handbooks, as well as an enrollment chart and the 2013-14 School Calendar (http://www.miltonps.org/documents/2013-14SchoolCalendar.pdf) It was reported that the cap for kindergarten students has been raised from 22 per classroom to 23. It was also reported that all of those who chose the French Immersion option were placed in that program, although not every FI student was placed in their home school.

Next, School Committee Vice Chairman Leroy Walker discussed the Security Improvements that have taken place over the past few months. Please see the item below under “Security Improvements.As part of the Chairman’s Report, Ms. Sheridan discussed a new schedule for signing the warrant, which was unanimously approved. Members also voted to approve an RFP to create a Strategic Plan for the Milton Public Schools; to approve the FY14 Budget; and to accept two sizable donations from the Copeland Family Foundation. Members then voted to move into Executive Session to discuss negotiation strategy for collective bargaining with the AFSCME and MEA.

The next School Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 18th.

CURRICULUM UPDATE

Please make note of the important dates listed below:
  • Pierce Middle School will be hosting an Information Night for incoming sixth graders on August 27th at 6 pm.
  • School is back in session for grades 1-12 on Wednesday, August 28th and Thursday, August 29th
  • There is no school on Friday, August 30th and Monday, September 2nd
  • Kindergarten and Pre-School will begin on Tuesday, September 3rd
  • There is no school on Friday, September 6th for Rosh Hashanah

Elementary:  Teacher Assignments were mailed on Thursday, August 22nd. If you did not receive yours, please call your school’s main office.
Middle: Middle School Team assignments were mailed out on Thursday, August 22nd. If your child did not receive their assignment, please contact your child’s guidance counselor.
High School:  High School Student schedules were sent home the week of August 19th. Included in this mailing will also be the room number that your child should report to on the first day of school, Wednesday, August 28th. All students should be in their designated room prior to 7:50 a.m. Students reporting to class after 7:50 a.m. will be considered late.
Freshman and New Student Cookout/Orientation:  On Monday, August 26th, the Administration, MHS Student Leaders and Faculty & Staff will welcome all “new” students to MHS (incoming 9th graders and students new to Milton High School ONLY). The purpose of the New Student Orientation is to help students get acclimated to the building, the schedule, expectations and the exciting offerings that are available to them at Milton High School. This event will begin at 3:30 pm with a registration/welcome in the high school lobby and will be concluded by 6:10 pm.

 SECURITY UPDATE

School Committee Vice Chairman Leroy Walker discussed the Security Improvements that have taken place over the past few months. He reported that work began on this initiative about six months ago and targeted five key objectives. The first was to ensure adequate police department communication capability in all six schools. The second objective was to “harden” some of the physical facility access points in school buildings. Third, all six schools will now have access control systems that will keep doors locked and only allow authorized access as well as better monitoring of who enters each school. The fourth objective was to ensure that security levels at the high school were consistent during the school day and during the after-school hours when music lessons, adult education, clubs and sports activity are all occurring. The fifth objective is staff training that will take place for school personnel to ensure that all staff members are familiar with safety and security protocols and recognize their responsibility in creating a culture of safety and proper emergency response.

Mr. Walker reported that work on these objectives is approximately 90% complete. 

Mr. Walker also mentioned that he had been active on the Norfolk County School Security Task Force created by Norfolk District Attorney, Michael Morrissey. “Having participated on this task force and hearing what some other school committees are doing, I can say with confidence that once we’ve completed these initiatives, the Milton Public Schools will be in the forefront in terms of school security and school safety,” said Mr. Walker.

Finally, Mr. Walker commended Superintendent Gormley for her vision in this important matter and thanked the Milton Public Schools Security Task Force convened by Ms. Gormley that included Milton Police Chief Richard Wells, Director of Consolidated Facilities Bill Ritchie, Information Technology Director Bob Pattison, Milton Police Sgt. Jack Richman, Community Schools Director Pam Dorsey, Fine Arts and Family/Consumer Studies Director Noreen Diamond Burdett, Milton High School Principal James Jette, Assistant Superintendent John Phelan, Food Service Director Jackie Morgan, Milton High School Senior Custodian Jason Scherer and School Committee Vice Chairman, Leroy Walker.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT UPDATE

There are many teachers in the Milton Public Schools who spent at least part of their summer taking Professional Development courses or engaging in other types of career-enhancing activities or as we call it in education, professional development.  I have always been a strong proponent of encouraging our teaching staff to avail themselves of the many different offerings for Professional Development, both during the summer months and also in during the school year. Teacher and staff Professional Development directly impacts student achievement, and is also an important tool for the following reasons:
  • Enhancing curriculum content knowledge
  • Improving instructional practices
  • Reinforcing State Standards
  • Developing Common Assessments
  • Administering State and Federal Testing (MCAS and PARCC)
I have listed several of the Professional Development opportunities that our teachers took advantage of this summer below. Please take a moment to read these over — the depth and breadth of these courses is impressive.
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In the last few years the Advanced Placement exams in science have undergone a major revision.  In 2013, a new Biology AP exam was introduced and next year a new Chemistry AP exam will be put in place.  The new exams emphasize critical thinking, well written explanations and more chemistry laboratories.  To prepare for this new curriculum two Milton High chemistry teachers attended a weeklong institute at Bridgewater State.  Mr. Diamond and Mr. Malaxos will use what they learned in this institute to design a new AP course and to revise the introductory courses in chemistry leading to the AP course.
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Milton High teacher Jessica Parsons attended two Professional Development workshops this summer pertaining to STEM. They were: Tapestry Computer Science Workshop at the University of Virginia, which covered “Attracting and engaging diverse high school students to computing” and “Exploring Computer Science Teacher Training.” The workshops were sponsored by BATEC. For more info, visit:  http://batec.org/
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The following item was written by Massachusetts Teachers Association Representatives Brendan Sharkey and Jacqueline McDonough

The Milton Public Schools has joined with the districts of Brockton, Pembroke, Taunton, and Holbrook to form a partnership called the Massachusetts Aspiration and Achievement Partnership (MAAP).  The MAAP mission is to provide school communities with the tools to prepare students for college and career success by providing inter-district collaboration opportunities for teachers, and additional instructional time for students.  MAAP is committed to creating and reinforcing a regional school community that believes in collaboration, opportunity, engagement and programmatic efficacy. Specifically, the collaborative aims to strengthen the member districts’ Advanced Placement (AP) programs by harnessing the benefits of inter-district collaboration – among teachers and students.  The teachers and administrators who belong to the MAAP collaborative seek to increase student enrollment, ensure academic rigor, and raise students’ exam scores in their district’s AP classes.  By forming an inter-district collaborative, MAAP plans to accomplish these goals by providing teachers and students with opportunities and resources not currently available in individual districts.  The ultimate goal is to expand beyond the AP program to provide additional resources and instruction for teachers and students in all classes at all levels.

MAAP’s first venture was to bring together AP teachers for a teacher-designed and facilitated conference focusing on instructional strategies within content areas.  The conference took place last October at Stonehill College.   Milton Public School parent and former Stonehill College Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Katie Conboy, who now serves as Provost and Senior Vice President at Simmons College, facilitated the Partnership’s first conference and endeavor at Stonehill College.  87 AP teachers from 19 school districts attended. Milton High School AP teachers Nick Fitzgerald, Kara Yifru, Jessica Parsons, and Tom Shaw served on the Design Team that planned, organized and facilitated the conference.  UMASS Boston Chancellor Keith Motley served as the keynote speaker.  Teachers who attended described the conference as a unique, perhaps unprecedented, opportunity to collaborate with colleagues from other districts within their content area.  Additionally, members of the Design Team that planned the event respected the – also unprecedented –  opportunity to conceptualize and implement their own professional development. The  superintendents and assistant superintendents  from the member districts, as well as the five teacher association presidents, attended and fully supported the conference, but did not determine the agenda. In order to sustain the group, MAAP plans to incorporate itself into an official 501(c) organization. MAAP will establish a board and attempt to raise necessary funds to continue providing similar opportunities for our teachers and students.

This year, MAAP has already begun to organize a second professional development conference for AP teachers in October as well as a multi-district student study workshop in the spring.  Milton High teachers Nick Fitzgerald, Jessica Parsons, Kristin Masciarelli, Jeny Gonzalez, Claude Bird, Dan Jarboe and Karen Hughes volunteered to serve as members of the Design Team that will plan these events.  Districts will send students to the UMASS Boston campus on a Saturday morning in March where they will meet AP students from the four other districts and participate in three, one-hour review sessions to prepare for their subject area AP exams in May.  Milton Public School students will have the opportunity meet AP students from other districts and be taught by AP teachers from Milton and other districts.  We expect the event to enhance the culture of rigor and aspiration that we strive to instill in all of our students.  We expect that excitement of the multi-district event will inspire more and more of our students to embrace rigor and attain their full potential.

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The following item was written by Dr. Karen Spaulding, Pierce Middle School Principal.

On Sunday, July 28th, a team of five educators from the Milton Public Schools traveled to Alexandria, Virginia to attend the week-long 2013 International K-12 Science Education Institute for Leadership Development and Strategic Planning.  This team included:  Dr. Karen Spaulding, Principal of the Pierce Middle School, Mr. Jonathan Redden, Principal of the Cunningham Elementary School, Mrs. Marilyn Decker, K-12 Director of Science, Mr. David Romeo, 7th grade science teacher at Pierce Middle School, and Ms. Bernadette Moonan, 2nd grade teacher at Cunningham Elementary School.The Smithsonian Science Education Center has been facilitating the Strategic Planning Institute (SPI) for more than 25 years, and this summer the Milton Public Schools SPI leadership team joined schools and school districts from locations such as North Carolina, South Carolina, Ohio, and Mexico as well as experts in the field of science education reform.  Through their work and based on extensive research of systemic change in schools and school districts, the Smithsonian Science Education Center has identified five core areas that are critical for effective science education reform.  These areas- Curriculum, Professional Development, Assessment, Materials Support, and Administrative & Community Support- were examined in depth by participating districts through a number of hands on experiences, simulations, and presentations by researchers and theorists in education reform, inquiry based science instruction, and the Next Generation Science Standards.  In addition, participants engaged with leading researchers such as Dr. Jay Labov, Senior Advisor for Education and Communication, at the National Academies of Sciences National Research Council, Washington D.C. and others to gain expertise and skill in brain-based learning, strategic planning, and change theory.

The Milton Public Schools team reflected on the current status of K-8 science education in the district, gained expertise in the areas above, and developed a strategic plan for improving science education in the Milton Public Schools.  This work included authoring a mission and vision for K-8 science in the Milton Public Schools, articulating goals in each of the five core components of successful science education reform, and delineating specific action steps and time lines to move K-8 science education forward in the Milton Public Schools.  In addition to the this critical work, participating teams interacted with business leaders such as John Tully, President and Chief Operations Officer of Michelin Development Company and others to better understand the workforce needs of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) businesses and how schools can better prepare students to fill STEM related positions.  The Milton Public Schools SPI leadership team looks forward to recruiting additional members from the community to continue this critical work.  Finally, the Milton Public Schools would like to thank Raytheon’s Math Moves U STEM Education Initiative for the generous contribution of $5,000 to support our participation in this institute.

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Fine Arts & Family/Consumer Studies Director Noreen Diamond Burdett taught a course this summer at The Boston Conservatory to second year students in the Master’s of Music Education program.  The course was a secondary methods class – in  other words, “how to teach” music at the secondary level. The students learned how to write lesson plans and how to develop lesson units and course curriculum.  Students had the opportunity to test out  their lesson plans in class and received DVDs of their teaching as  well as written critiques.  Other topics covered in the course were differentiated instruction, 21st Century Learning Skills, assessment in music education, and teacher evaluation.  There were also guest speakers on World Drumming, Guitar Class, AP Music Theory, and Advocacy.  Dr.Diamond Burdett loved having the opportunity to teach future music educators.
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Mary Shapiro, 8th grade mathematics teacher at Pierce Middle School, attended the Massachusetts Intel Mathematics Initiative (MIMI) professional development course.  MIMI is an 80-hour (6 credit) graduate course that addresses the relationship between arithmetic, geometry, and algebra in the context of rigorous problem solving.  Teachers gain a deep understanding of how mathematical topics are connected and reflect upon instructional practices that provide access to the curriculum for a broad range of learners.  For the past five years, MIMI has been the cornerstone of mathematics professional developing offerings from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and is widely considered a national model.  Ms. Shapiro will work with her colleagues to share key insights and materials from the course.

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Two other Pierce teachers, Owen McElhenney and Saviz Safizadeh, took a Professional Development course this summer at Harvard University,  learning about the world’s limited water supply and its impact on the future.  This multi-regional/multi disciplinary 4-day workshop, intended for junior and senior high school educators. “Teach Water, a Resource in Crisis” helps teachers  examine and present a variety of the most critical historical and scientific issues facing international waterways and the communities who directly (and indirectly) rely on these bodies of water. For more information about this course, click here:  http://waterworkshop2013.com/syllabus/
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 The following item was written by Henry Bolter, Director of “Teachers as Scholars,” a program which has benefited many of our Milton Public School teachers.
     I started Teachers as Scholars with a few assumptions—teachers were always interested in learning, they would enjoy reflective time with their colleagues to discuss ideas, that the Boston area offered an incredibly indeed unique, resource for university faculty with expertise in the arts, humanities, math and sciences, and, that teachers, through engagement with ideas, will reconnect with the transforming power of ideas and remember the power, promise and immense reward of being a teacher.  And it seems to work.  
Teachers select their class from a wide range of multiple day courses and their instructors are not only top notch scholars but also been recognized by their university for their teaching expertise.  And then mostly I get out of the way—it is wonderful to see how Milton teachers thrive in this setting–they bring a serious, thoughtful approach to the class and their insights and experiences immeasurably enrich the topic under discussion.  I think one teacher best captured the heart of TAS, “It was like an enormous shot of oxygen in my professional life. I cannot wait to bring what I learned back to my students.”
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The following item was written by Ada Rosmarin, consultant to Milton’s  Full Day Kindergarten.

As part of the state’s new Massachusetts Kindergarten Entry Assessment system, Milton Public Schools is launching a pilot of the Work Sampling System – “an authentic performance assessment to assess students’ development in multiple domains”.   In 2013-14, Work Sampling will be piloted in the Cunningham School Kindergarten and Collicot Integrated Preschool classrooms.  New report cards will also be piloted and better aligned with our Full-Day Kindergarten curriculum and the Work Sampling system.In the Spring of 2013, our pilot team participated in professional development to learn about the new assessment system, to visit the Brookline Public Schools to see Work Sampling in action, to align the assessment with Milton kindergarten and preschool curriculum and assessments, to learn how to use their new iPads that will be useful tools in gathering evidence of children’s work, and to make plans for implementation.  This has been an excellent opportunity for our preschool and kindergarten teams to work together to align their programs and practices

In the Spring of 2014, the rest of the district’s kindergarten teachers will begin professional development to implement Work Sampling in the 2014-15 school year.  The experiences of our pilot classroom teachers will be very helpful in informing our district-wide roll-out.

UPCOMING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES

The following PD opportunity was sent to us by Teachers for Scholars.
Below are links to the Teachers As Scholars (TAS) curriculum and seminar offerings for the 2013-14 school year.  TAS is offering a wide range of courses in the humanities, arts, math and science. Registration takes place from September 13th to the 24th.

STAFF/FACULTY CHANGES

I would like to inform you that Marilyn Decker, Elementary Science Coordinator for the Milton Public Schools, has accepted a position with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Her new title will be Director of the Office of Science, Technology Engineering & Mathematics (STEM).  The Office of Science, Technology Engineering & Mathematics is responsible for writing and updating curriculum frameworks in mathematics, science, and technology/engineering. It manages related initiatives in curriculum and instruction, such as advanced placement programs, STEM professional development, content institutes, mathematics and science partnerships, mathematics and science liaison networks, financial literacy pilot program, and advisory councils. We are sorry to see Ms. Decker go, but we are so proud of her appointment to a statewide leadership position.
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The following item was written by Cunningham Elementary School Principal Jonathan Redden:

Bernadette Moonan has been appointed to the position of Elementary Science Coordinator.Strengthening the Science program in elementary is a priority for the district.  Ms. Decker did an excellent job organizing the work and supporting teachers across the district from K – 12.  In order to continue the momentum it is essential that we as a district build on the successes of having elementary ELA and Math coordinators.  The Elementary Science Coordinator will need to pilot and lead the implementation of a new curriculum across the four elementary schools.   It is vital they have the interpersonal, communicative, and leadership skills to effectively guide teachers and administrators. Throughout her career in Milton, Bernadette Moonan has exemplified these qualities and has recently accepted the position of Elementary Science Coordinator.

Ms. Moonan is a Milton native who began her education at Cunningham School and graduated from Milton High School.  She received her bachelor’s degree from Salve Regina with a minor in Special Education.  She received her master’s from Bridgewater State University in Elementary Education.  Her teaching began in East Providence but for the last three years she has worked as a first grade teacher in Cunningham/Collicot.  Many parents can speak to her engaging, motivating, and inclusive approaches to instruction that has helped numerous students make significant academic progress. Ms. Moonan also was an active member in the school community.  She was a member of the School Site Council, Science Team and Math Team.  Last year, she was part of the first grade team that rolled out the new STEM Robotics curriculum in the first grade English classes.

Recently, Superintendent Mary Gormley sent a Milton team to Alexandria, Virginia to the International K – 12 Science Education Institute.  The goal was to develop a strategic plan for moving Milton forward in Science.  On the last day of the institute, each team was asked to present their plan in front of all staff and participants.  Without hesitation, Ms. Moonan asked to present the plan the team developed and respond to the questions from the audience.  Dr. Spaulding immediately turned to me an explained, “I am now convinced Ms. Moonan is ready for a leadership position and would be a good fit for the Science Coordinator position.”

As a principal, you never want to lose a phenomenal classroom teacher but I am confident her impact on Elementary Science will benefit all students and position the district to increase achievement in the area of science.  Congratulations Ms. Moonan and welcome to the administrative team!

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The following item was written by Pierce Middle School Principal, Dr. Karen Spaulding:

Russ Wilson has been appointed to the position of Assistant Principal at Pierce Middle School.Russ Wilson is an experienced, knowledgeable, and compassionate educator.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Fordham University, a Master in the Art of Teaching degree from Emmanuel College, and a Master of Science in Administrative Leadership from Boston College.  Mr. Wilson was the Principal of the Blessed Sacrament School in Walpole, MA for 9 years and most recently oversaw four campus locations as the Regional Director of Schools for Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy in Dorchester.  Mr. Wilson accomplishments in school leadership include:  being recognized for high growth in student achievement;  instituting data teams; supporting and expanding music programs for children; leading a group of teachers as part of a student initiated service learning project on a journey to West Africa to rebuild a school and library;  and developing an innovative program to strengthen school/parent partnerships.  In honor of his efforts,  Mr. Wilson was given the 2013 Excellence in Education Legacy Award.  Mr. Wilson is deeply committed to helping students succeed, and we are thrilled to welcome him to the Pierce Middle School as the Assistant Principal for Student Affairs.

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The following item was written by Milton High School Principal James Jette:
Brian Mackinaw, who was recently appointed to be the Vice Principal of Milton High School, is a natural leader. He is revered by the faculty and staff, parents/guardians and students. He has the unique ability to meet each student at his/her level and work with them in a mature and professional manner. Mr. Mackinaw has been an employee here at Milton High School since 1995 and in addition to his role as a teacher, he has always served as a liaison in the area of discipline and supervision during the school day and during after-school activities and events. Mr. Mackinaw received his bachelor’s degree from UMass/Amherst and completed post-graduate work at Bridgewater State University. He has served as a MHS Football coach and defensive coordinator; a faculty manager; served as co-chair of the Risky Behavior Committee; member of the Student Support Committee; and has implemented on-line summer school courses.
In addition, the following appointments have been made during the past few months:
  • Dr. Elaine McNeil-Girmai was appointed to be the principal of Tucker Elementary School
  • Dr. Sheila Kukstis was appointed to be the principal of Glover Elementary School
  • Ms. Amy Gale was appointed to be the Math and ELA Curriculum Coordinator at Glover Elementary School in addition to her responsibilities as Coordinator of Humanities at Pierce Middle School
  • Mr. Larry Rooney was appointed to be the Athletic Director/K-12 Physical Education/Health/Wellness Director
  • Ms. Karen Cahill has been hired as the new Director of Guidance for Milton High School
  • Ms. Holly Concannon was appointed to be the Math and ELA Curriculum Coordinator at Collicot and Cunningham Elementary Schools
  • Ms. Stephanie Nephew was appointed to be the Math and ELA Curriculum Coordinator at Tucker Elementary School
  • Ms. Laurie Dunn was appointed to be the Human Resource Specialist at Central Office
  • Ms. Karen O’Connell was appointed to be the Guidance Department Administrative Assistant at Milton High School
  • We are still interviewing candidates for the position of Secondary Science Coordinators a result of Marilyn Decker’s late summer appointment.

 UPCOMING EVENTS

Tucker Kindergarten Home Visits: Kindergarten teachers stop by for a quick visit and a goodie bag to welcome our new incoming kindergarteners. Home visits will be done on Wednesday, August 28th from 4:30-7:00 p.m.
Tucker Kindergarten Orientation-Thursday, August 29th will be your child’s opportunity to meet with the teacher, get acclimated to the classroom , and receive pertinent information regarding school procedures and policies. (Last names A-K 9:00-10:00; Last names L-Z 11:00-12:00)
Open Houses:  Each of our schools will be holding an Open House during the month of September. Please make note of the following dates:
Collicot: The Collicot Open House is scheduled for Wednesday, September 25th from 6:30 to 8:00 pm.
Cunningham: The Cunningham Open House is scheduled for Monday, September 16th at 6:30 pm.
Glover: Glover Open House will be held from 6:30-8:00 pm on Tuesday, September 24th.
Tucker: The Tucker Open House will be held from 6:00-7:30 pm on Thursday, September 26th.
Pierce: The Pierce Open House will be held on Tuesday, September 17th at 6:30 pm.*THIS IS A NEW DATE
Milton High School: OPEN HOUSE WILL BE RESCHEDULED

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

Thanks to an incredible supporter of early literacy, Target, you can get money for your favorite school.  #GIVE WITH TARGET is the program. If you are a Facebook user, you can participate by voting once a week until September 21st. Go to Facebook and submit a zip code to find the school of your choice.  Then VOTE.  It take 25 votes to begin. After that, Target will give the school $25.  And, even better…each additional vote will get another $1m up to a maximum of $10,000! Here’s the link and the instructions:  https://apps.facebook.com/givewithtarget/?fb_source=search&ref=br_tf

Simply select a K–12 school from our list of eligible schools and vote for it weekly until September 21 or until $5 million has been awarded, whichever occurs first. It takes just 25 votes to start. After that, Target will donate $25 to your selected school. Upon receiving 25 votes, each additional vote equals $1 more for up to $10,000 per school. If your favorite school is not on our list, please choose another school. There is no purchase necessary and voting ends on 9/21/13 at 11:59:59 p.m. CT or when $5 million has been awarded, whichever comes first. Max of $10,000 awarded per school. Voting is limited to legal residents of the 50 US/DC, 13 years of age and older. Limit one vote per person per week.

ADULT ED

The following item was written by Courtney Walsh, director of Adult Education.

The Milton Public Schools Adult Education Program is excited to announce the release of its Fall 2013 Course Brochure.  The brochure can be viewed at  http://www.miltonps.org/documents/AdultEdFall2013.pdf    Courses will begin the week of September 30th, 2013 and will run until the week of December 16th, 2013.  Online registration is now open.  Walk-in registration will be held in the main office of Milton High School on Monday, September 23rd and Wednesday September 25th from 6:00 – 8:00p.m.

Please note the following information about SAT Prep Courses:

Milton High School is pleased to offer Fall 2013 SAT Prep courses to students who are looking to improve their SAT scores.  Students may register for either SAT Verbal and/or SAT Math courses. Courses are $75 each.  The Fall courses are designed to prepare students for the October 5th SAT exam.  All courses begin on Saturday, September 7th and will meet for 2.5 hours on four consecutive Saturdays; 9/7, 9/14, 9/21, 9/28.

Register online at www.tinyurl.com/miltonadulted and select “SAT Prep”.

SAT Math ($75) – Saturdays 10:30a.m.-1:00p.m.

This course provides students with a review of Number and Operations, Algebra and Functions, Geometry and Measurement, and Data Analysis, Statistics, and Probability. The course also includes advice on exam-taking techniques.

 SAT Math 550 ($75) – Saturdays 8:00a.m.-10:30a.m.

This is an advanced course designed for students who have previously scored a 550 or above on the SAT Math exam or who have scored a 50 or above on the Math PSAT.

SAT Verbal ($75) – Saturdays 8:00a.m.-10:30a.m.

This course provides students with a review of vocabulary, verbal understanding, and reading comprehension.  The course also includes advice on exam-taking techniques.

 SAT Verbal 550 ($75) – Saturdays 10:30a.m.-1:00p.m.

This is an advanced course designed for students who have previously scored a 550 or above on the SAT Critical Reading and/or Writing exams or who have scored a 50 or above on the PSAT Critical Reading and/or Writing exams.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The following item was submitted by Nancy Stuart, Outreach Coordinator for the Milton Council on Aging.
The Milton Senior Center is hosting a special event on Tuesday, September 10th at 5:30 pm. This program, “On the Move,” will provide helpful information for senior citizens who are considering a move.

Are you tired of trying to find someone to cut the grass or shovel the snow?  Is your home too big to maintain?  Are you thinking of downsizing?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, then it’s time to be “ON THE MOVE”!!This program will be sponsored by Thomas O’Neill, III, Esq., LLM of Success Real Estate here in Milton.  The program will start at 5:30 pm with a delicious catered supper followed by the program which will start at 6 pm sharp.  The program will last one hour so this gives you time to get home at a reasonable hour.  Tom O’Neill  will open the discussion by talking about the Milton real estate market and why you should “celebrate” the fact that you purchased a home in such a desirable community.  Next, Mr. O’Neill  will focus on the financial piece of selling your home and what you need to have in place to avoid those dreaded taxes!  Rounding out the program will be Deb Ellis, an interior design and home staging professional, who will speak on preparing your home for the next step. Deb Ellis will share a few decorator secrets that can really make a big difference in selling your home for top dollar.  Each speaker will talk for about 15 minutes and allow time for questions.  They will also be available after the program for one on one questions.  Reservations are a must and can be made by calling 617-898-4893 before Friday, September 6th.  The event is sponsored by Tom O’Neill of Success Real Estate. All home-owners are welcome to join us.

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The Suffolk Resolves House, located at 1370 Canton Avenue, Milton, will be holding its Annual Open House from 1:00 to 3:00 P.M. on Sunday, September 8th. The Open House is held in recognition of the historic meeting on September 9, 1774 at the home of Daniel and Rachel Smith Vose in Milton Village. Seventy delegates, representing 19 Suffolk County towns, adopted 19 resolutions known as the Suffolk Resolves.  Two days after the meeting Paul Revere left Milton on horseback with the Resolves transporting them to Philadelphia to the Continental Congress. These Resolves were endorsed by a vote of the Congress on September 17th and were used to form the text of the Declaration of Rights. Two years later, Thomas Jefferson used much of the Suffolk Resolves phraseology when he drafted the Declaration of Independence.  A copy of the Suffolk Resolves will be on display for all to read.Join the members of the Milton Historical Society on Sunday, September 8th.  Meet Rebecca and Amram Migdal, the new curators for the Suffolk Resolves House.  Tour the Suffolk Resolves House and beautiful gardens. Talk with Gordon Campbell and members of the 9th Massachusetts Regiment who will entertain you with stories about the Revolution. Socialize over punch and cookies in the lovely dining room.  Come join us!

MILTON COMMUNITY SCHOOLS

Online registration for our After School Enrichment programs ended on Thursday, August 15.  Registration is closed until Wednesday, August 28th.   To register go to the www.miltonps.org webpage and click on the UniBank; then follow directions to register and pay online.
Unless you have registered and received a UniBank Confirmation number, your child can not attend our After School Enrichment Program on the first two days of school.

TRANSPORTATION

No bus registrations will be processed between today and September 15, except for students new to Milton who register for school during that time.  If you have paid for but not received your bus pass yet, please contact: bus@miltonps.org  If you have registered but not yet paid, please bring payment to Milton High School room 207 and pick up your child’s pass.

FOOD SERVICES

Jackie Morgan, Director of Food Services, is strongly encouraging all parents/guardians to prepay your child’s breakfast/lunch. Prepayment will make the lines move much faster, thus giving your child more time to eat and socialize with his/her friends. To pay online, parents/guardians must already have their 8-digit unique ID #.  To make a payment to your child’s breakfast/lunch account:  go to www.myschoolbucks.com
click Milton –  follow the steps
If you are new to the district and do not have an 8-digit unique ID #, please email Jackie Morgan and she will provide you with your 8-digit unique ID # jmorgan@miltonps.org.
You may also pay in advance by check. Please make checks payable to Milton Food Service Program (please print your child’s first and last name in the “memo” section of the check). Checks may be deposited into the “Lunch Check Drop Box” located in the Main Office and in the cafeteria at MHS. Checks are posted daily to student accounts. We can no longer accept checks at the serving lines.
Milton High School students enjoyed the convenience of the  Smart Start Breakfast Cart  which was implemented in March 2013. We encourage students to stop by the Breakfast Café located in the entrance of the Copeland Field House. A  “grab n’ go” breakfast and the company of friends in our breakfast café will be a great way to start the day. We will continue to offer a quick, easy and nutritious breakfast which will include warm muffins, whole grain breakfast bars, fruit, yogurt and milk. The traditional hot breakfast will be served in the cafeteria each day. The traditional breakfast includes Milton Egg McMuffins, French Toast, Pancakes, Yogurt Parfaits and cold cereal.

ATHLETICS

The following item was submitted by our new Athletic Director, Larry Rooney:
Fall Sports sign ups took place this week in the MHS Copeland Field House, and more than 360 MHS student-athletes signed up to play on 20 Fall Sports Teams.  Football practice/tryouts began on Monday, August 19th with over 85 football players in attendance.  The rest of our MHS Fall Sports teams began practice/tryouts on Thursday, August 22nd, also with strong attendance.  I would like to welcome Ashley Parker (Girls varsity Lacrosse Coach) as the Girls JV Soccer Coach for this Fall. Brooks Field has been completely renovated with new turf, and our teams are already out there using the improved field.  We will be painting our Wildcat PAW on the center of Brooks Field, just before the first home varsity football game (Friday, September 20th at 7 pm vs Stoughton HS).  In addition, Gile Road field, lower football field, and Kelly Field are in top shape, and we are looking forward to a very successful MHS Fall Sports season.
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Athletic Signups have concluded at Milton High School. If your student would like to play a fall sport and did not sign up, please contact our Athletic Director, Larry Rooney at lrooney@miltonps.org.  Any sign-ups after Thursday, August 22nd will be subject to missing 20% of their team’s scheduled games or meets.  Opportunities to try out and play may be limited for students who sign up after a team has started practicing on Thursday, August 22nd. For more information about athletics, please visit this site:http://www.edline.net/pages/Milton_High_School/Athletics

July 31, 2013 Eblast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Jul• 31•13

 

 From the Desk of the Superintendent:

Greetings to all our Milton Public School families! I hope you are all enjoying your summer. I wanted to send out a brief “mid-summer” update to keep everyone informed on what has been happening in our district since the end of school.  I am also sharing some research on the importance of summer reading and the value of both independent reading and modeling reading by parents and guardians.  During my teaching career, I could easily identify the students who read at home independently.  These children usually showed the following characteristics:

Their vocabulary was superior
Their oral and independent comprehension skills were outstanding
Their “love of reading” was evident
They were familiar with the local library and visited often

The lifelong habit of reading for pleasure is developed at a young age. By providing children with time and opportunities to read for pleasure, and by allowing children to see their parents/guardians reading at home, a true love of reading can be instilled. The following research is from a Hanover Research study released in June of 2013. I find it to be an excellent synopsis of the benefits of summer learning:

Best Practices in Summer Literacy Programs: There is growing concern among K‐12 educators about the effects of “summer learning loss,” or “summer slide”— terms that refer to students’ decline in academic ability during summer months when they are away from school. Research shows that during summer vacation, students lose “too much of what they learned during the school year” and “typically score lower on standardized tests after the summer break than they did before it.”

All students are susceptible to summer learning loss, but low‐income students are at greater risk, especially in reading. Findings from a 1996 meta‐analysis of 13 studies on summer learning loss indicate that low‐income students lose two to three months of reading ability during the summer, while their middle‐class peers usually make slight gains. Research also suggests that achievement loss is greatest during elementary grades.  National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) reports that “more than half of the achievement gap between lower‐ and higher‐income youth can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities.”  Different rates of summer loss, when repeated annually, contribute to widening achievement gaps as students enter middle and high school.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has described summer learning loss as “devastating,” and advises that summer learning gaps be addressed through the development of new summer programs. Research suggests that “high quality academic enrichment programs can decrease and perhaps eliminate summer learning loss for low income children.”  Providing learning opportunities to children is typically viewed as the responsibility of school districts, but summer programs offered by traditionally non‐ academic organizations also appear poised to meet the challenge. The American Camp Association (ACA), for instance, explains that summer camps are “assuming a greater role in year‐round education and youth development, recognizing that the same ‘fun’ activities and programs they have traditionally offered can be packaged as highly effective alternative learning models.”

KEY FINDINGS

*Independent reading, often the centerpiece of effective summer literacy programs, has been shown to improve student achievement. Research indicates that increasing students’ reading time is crucial to improving literacy ability. In addition to allowing students ample time for independent reading, effective elementary literacy program educators:

  • Ensure students read appropriately complex materials
  • Read aloud to children
  • Model effective reading techniques
  • Tutor children one‐on‐one
  • Consider children’s reading preferences
  • Integrate reading into other camp activities

* Speaking and writing activities are vital to improving students’ literacy achievement. Though literacy programs typically emphasize reading, highly effective programs also facilitate meaningful discussion on relevant topics and ask students to write creatively.

* Research suggests that a typical, 12‐week summer program should provide students with at least four hours per week of literacy activities. Scientific evidence indicates that out‐of‐school time (OST) learning programs must devote a total of at least 44 hours to literacy activities in order to improve student achievement. Researchers note that programs lasting fewer than 44 hours may not be long enough to fully engage students and affect learning outcomes.

* Effective summer reading programs offer students a wide variety of high‐quality reading materials. Research suggests that offering varied reading materials to children increases their motivation to read. Furthermore, a range of materials is necessary to ensuring students read appropriately challenging texts. Many programs have addressed the need for reading materials by creating an on‐site library and/or visiting community libraries.

* Effective camp‐based summer learning programs often seek collaboration with local schools to facilitate staff development, align learning activities with school‐ year curricula, and attract more participants to the program. Experts encourage summer learning programs to access educational expertise by cooperating with local schools. Teachers can provide opportunities for staff development and help make learning activities engaging and relevant. Youth organizations should approach partnerships with schools strategically by evaluating prospective partners, anticipating school personnel concerns, and marketing their summer learning program.

* Program evaluation is an essential component of effective summer learning programs that strengthens program quality when conducted properly. The suggested guidelines for a comprehensive assessment of summer literacy programming include quantitative data analyses and qualitative surveys or focus groups.

* Summer literacy programs can obtain easy‐to‐use guides and other useful materials from web‐based resources. ReadWriteThink, Reading Rockets, and Reading is Fundamental (RIF) offer free, evidence‐based resources that can help program staff improve student achievement.

I hope that you have found this information helpful. We are looking forward to seeing everyone return, safe and healthy at the end of August. Please enjoy the remainder of the summer season.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There have been two School Committee meetings since my last E-blast. The first meeting was held on June 19th.  The meeting was called to order to move into executive session. No official business took place during the public portion of the meeting.  The second meeting was held on July 10th and this was the School Committee’s annual Retreat.

CURRICULUM NEWS

The following update was provided by Cunningham Principal Jonathan Redden, who served as the director of Milton Summer Enrichment this year:

With only one week left, I am pleased to write this letter celebrating the great summer we had at MSE.  MSE has been a great experience for 445 Pre – K through grade 5 students and over 50 middle school students.

At MSE, students were able to select from over 20 courses, many of which were taught by current Milton educators. Teachers brought the same enthusiasm and energy that is expected of them during the school year to the summer program. Since many of the teachers were returning, they were able to build off their past success and implement stronger more engaging activities for campers.

Many of these activities require students to work, learn, and compete with their peers. This has created a level of excitement that was evident and led to many additional campers signing up after the initial enrollment was closed.

This environment could not have been created without the hard work of our teachers and Blue Shirts.  Safety was a priority, and we worked hard to make sure we had adequate adults available in the classrooms and at the exits.  I would also like to recognize the administrative team and the custodial staff at the high school for checking in daily and being flexible to accommodate the program.

Whether it was strengthening teamwork, completing an art project, learning in French, creating a dance routine, experimenting with science concepts, or working with computers, every student will take something positive/enriching away from MSE 2013.  Thank you for all you support in ensuring a successful program.  Enjoy the rest of your summer!

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The update below was provided by Deborah Fidrocki, who ran the Title 1 Summer Scholars Program at Tucker Elementary School this summer:

This summer, 85 students participated in the Tucker Scholars Program. Students in entering Kindergarten through Grade Five worked with their teachers to solidify reading, math and writing skills.  Students also engaged in enrichment activities focused on scientific inquiry, art and literature, and poetry and puppetry.  In addition, the students participated in physical education, arts and crafts and Lego activities.  The students entering grade 5 produced a talent show and children entering grade 4 piloted the Liftoff:  Engineering Rockets and Rovers unit for the Museum of Science.  It has been a very productive summer for all of our Tucker Scholars!

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The following update was sent by Karen Clasby, Director of Pupil Personnel Services:

Milton’s  Extended School Year (ESY) program is winding down.  Moving most summer services to the Milton High site, facilitated students ability to participate in a variety of Milton Summer Enrichment activities.  Throughout the building, MHS has been buzzing with positive activity! At Cunningham, during this very hot July, after completing their work in the mornings, twice a week, students enjoyed a nice cool swim at the pool, which was much appreciated by all! ESY will finish up August 8-9 (depending on the students program) and parents will receive Progress Reports soon thereafter.

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Please note, the first day of school for Grades 1 – 12 is on August 28th. To see the complete 2013-2014 school calendar, click here: http://www.miltonps.org/documents/2013-14SchoolCalendar.pdf

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“Meet the Artists” is a parent-run volunteer art history program for grades K-3 in the Milton schools (Tucker, Cunningham, Collicot and Glover). The program will be expanding into 4th grade this fall. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Milton Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact your PTO or Jessica Gillooly at jesskgill@gmail.com.

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There is an exciting project taking place in Milton that some of our Pierce students have already been connected with. The project is called “Sky Over Milton.” A pair of performance artists by the name of “PearlDamour” are visiting five towns named “Milton” in the United States, interviewing lots of different kinds of people and making a theater performance that they will will bring back to each of the Miltons.

They just launched the first version of “skyovermilton.com,” a website where you can track the project, see photos of other Miltons and connect with other Miltons by answering shared questions and posting pictures of your own.

The project organizers have asked our Milton students to take a moment, answer one of the questions or send them a photo of the sky over our hometown. They have some exciting plans for the website over the next few months– so check back often to discover new ways to interact, share your stories, and more.

They are asking for Milton residents to send the link to friends and family in Milton who would enjoy participating — the more the merrier.  Some of our teachers and classrooms will also be participating.

Last year, our Pierce Drama teacher Bill Deschenes and his seventh-graders did amazing work with this group and they are featured on the website. If you click on Milton, MA, there is a photo gallery that includes some of these students.

http://www.skyovermilton.com/

SUMMER ASSIGNMENTS 

Milton High School’s website lists all the different assignments by grade level and course. Please click here to view: http://www.edline.net/files/_pQEYY_/18892ee564f367fd3745a49013852ec4/Summer_Assignments-1.pdf

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Parents and guardians of Pierce students are asked to remind their students about the summer reading and summer math for students entering grades 6-8. Specific requirements for each grade level can be found at the Pierce Middle School Edline Site: http://www.edline.net/pages/Charles_S__Pierce_MS

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Elementary School students also have summer/math requirements along with Study Island requirements. All these lists are available on each of the four elementary schools’ websites:

Collicot: http://www.edline.net/pages/Collicot_Elementary_School

Cunningham: http://www.edline.net/pages/Cunningham_Elementary_School (look under “News” for math; and under “Elementary Language Arts Coordinator” for reading)

Glover: http://www.edline.net/pages/Glover_Elementary_School

Tucker: http://www.edline.net/pages/Tucker_Elementary_School

STAFF/FACULTY CHANGES

We are pleased to announce that we have appointed a new Human Resource Specialist for the Milton Public Schools.  Laurie Dunn has joined Central Office after having worked in Community Schools for the past nine years and as the Facilities Rental Coordinator for the past two years.  Laurie and her husband Scott are the proud parents of three Milton Public School students, Matthew, Courtney and Lindsey.  We are thrilled to have Laurie join our Central Office team!  According to Assistant Superintendent John Phelan, “Laurie has hit the ground running!  I feel she will be a wonderful addition to the Central Office.”

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We also would like to announce that we have appointed a new Athletic Director and Physical Education/Health/Wellness Director. Lawrence Rooney will be taking over responsibilities for this job. Mr. Rooney has been a teacher, coach, advisor and Admissions Officer during his tenure at Thayer Academy.   He is also a  trainer/coach for Dale Carnegie Training at Bentley University.  He earned his bachelors degree from Providence College and is currently enrolled in a Masters of Professional Studies in Sports Leadership from Northeastern University.  “I am excited to have Mr. Rooney join the Milton High School family,” said Suzanne Johnson, a member of the screening committee. “I truly feel he will be a great addition.”

I would like to thank the members of the screening committee who helped to make this selection.  In addition to myself and Assistant Superintendent John Phelan, the screening committee included Milton High School Principal James Jette; Milton High School Vice Principal Michelle Kreuzer; Milton High School Teacher Representatives Dave Mazzuli and Sean LoPresti; and Parent Representatives Suzanne Johnson, Margaret Carels and Charles Sidoti.  The Milton School Committee was represented by Kristan Bagley Jones and Mike Zullas.  I would like to express my gratitude to all members of this committee for their time and dedication to this process.

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We also recently learned that Milton High School Vice Principal Yolanda Beech will be leaving the Milton Public Schools. Ms. Beech is resigning from her position at Milton High to launch her own business.  The focus of the company will to provide initiatives that empower teenagers and educators.  Ms. Beech has been an incredible asset to the students, families and staff of Milton High School and she will be genuinely missed. We will be forming a search committee to begin screening candidates for this position. Principal James Jette will be emailing Milton High School parents and guardians to see who may be interested in serving on this committee.

UPCOMING EVENTS

The Milton High School Pre-K Program is holding an Open House on September 5th.

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 Pierce Middle School is hosting the following events:

August 20th at 6 pm: Information Night for Families of Students in Grades 6-8 Who Are New to the Milton Public Schools

August 27th at 6 pm: Information Night for Families of Incoming 6th Grade Students

August 19-August 23rd:  Welcome to Middle School for students entering grade 6.  There are still slots available.  Interested families can download the application from the Pierce Middle School Edline Site and return it with payment to the Pierce Middle School main office, which is open 8 am to 2 pm Monday- Friday.

Milton Foundation for Education 

The following item on the Spring Grants was submitted by the Milton Foundation for Education: 

Garden beds and easels and pedometers, oh my! Teacher Grants in full bloom this spring. We are so lucky in Milton that each of our six schools is bursting with talented teachers. Their dedication and ingenuity goes above and beyond. That’s why, when they come to us with grant requests for equipment or materials that will help them reach and teach our children even more effectively, we’re honored that, with your support, we’re able to help out.

This spring’s proposals were as exciting as they were unique. With your help we were able to purchase raised garden beds for Pierce Middle School’s outdoor classroom. Glover students will now have new manipulatives to help learn complex math concepts and build electrical circuits. Tucker has received CDs, books and fun programs to help children become excellent social thinkers.

The 5th grade Growth & Development program across all four elementary schools now has updated, more contemporary DVDs, so they will no longer be getting the talk from a Vinnie Barbarino look-alike. And Glover Elementary received 36 pedometers with which they plan to take math to the streets (or the paths) and even start a mathematical walking club.

These are important elements that our teachers need to keep doing their job at such a high level. Again, we thank you for your generous support that keeps Teacher Grants, and so many other great initiatives, funded.

Milton Public Library

There are many programs and exciting events for students taking place at the Milton Public Library this summer. Please visit www.miltonlibrary.org for a complete listing of children’s and teens’ events.

TRANSPORTATION

The following item was written by Pam Dorsey, our Transportation Director.

Hello Parents:  We hope you are enjoying your summer. Due to some staff restructuring, I will continue as the Transportation Director through December 31, 2013.  I will be happy to help you with any issues surrounding the big yellow school buses at the new email address:  bus@miltonps.org   Please send all bus inquiries to that email.

Bus passes will be mailed out in early August.  If you registered for the bus but have not yet paid, please do so immediately; bus passes cannot be mailed out if there is a fee due. Please note that the following routes are now full:

PMS/MHS:  1A, 6A, 7A, 8A

Collicot/Cunningham/St.A:  6B

Seats remain available on all other routes until August 15; the Transportation Office is closed from August 15 – September 15. For a complete list of routes, please click here: http://www.miltonps.org/departments-transportation.php

ATHLETICS 

Update on Brooks Field: The final installation stages of replacing the synthetic turf on Brooks Field are nearly complete. This project started in June when the field was stripped of its original 10-year-old synthetic turf. William Ritchie, Consolidated Facilities Director believes that the entire project went very smoothly over the hot summer months. He hopes to turn over the field for use by our athletes by the second week of August.  The project was on time and within budget. The final field painting should be completed this week and final punch list items to be completed shortly thereafter. The synthetic turf replacement project was made possible due to the generosity of the Copeland Foundation, capital funding from the town budget and rental fees from the School Department to make up the estimated $450,000 project cost. This new turf should last another ten years with routine and preventative maintenance measures.

“As Consolidated Facilities Director, this project was one of my summer highlights,” said Mr. Ritchie. “I was involved from the very  beginning in assisting with preparing bid specifications, field design/selection and acting as project manager.  This is a such great gift that many students and visiting teams will enjoy for many, many years.”

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Milton High School students who are planning to participate in a fall sport should visit the following link:

http://www.edline.net/pages/Milton_High_School/Athletics/Sign_Up_Info

This page will list all the forms for student-athletes to sign up for the fall, along with parental obligations. Payments for sports fees can be made to:  https://unipaygold.unibank.com/Transactioninfo.aspx?transid=10735

PAYMENT: After making the user fee payment, parents/guardians will need to print out their receipt.  Athletic fees will be reimbursed if the student does not make the team.

PHYSICAL: Your child’s physical must be current and within thirteen (13) months in order to be eligible to participate.

PARENT PERMISSION FORM: The “Parental Permission” must be downloaded and completed.

PRE-PARTICIPATION CONCUSSION FORM: The “Pre-Participation Concussion” forms must be downloaded and completed.

CONCUSSION COURSE CERTIFICATE: Parents must complete this on-line course. It  can be found at: http://www.nfhslearn.com/electiveDetail.aspx?courseID=15000

Please complete one and print a hard copy of your certificate.

DATES TO SIGN UP FOR SPORTS: The dates and times to register will be announced via email and phone alert over the summer however, parents can pay NOW

SIGN UP @ MHS: Signups will take place at the Athletic Director’s Office located next to entrance to MHS Field House.

SIGN-UPS AFTER THURSDAY AUGUST 22nd  WILL BE SUBJECT TO MISSING 20% OF THEIR TEAMS SCHEDULED GAMES OR MEETS. OPPORTUNITIES TO TRYOUT AND PLAY MAY BE LIMITED FOR STUDENTS WHO SIGN UP AFTER A TEAM HAS STARTED PRACTICING ON THURSDAY AUGUST 22nd.

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June 20th Eblast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Jun• 20•13

As we close in on our final days of school, I would like to be sure that all of our students are aware of their Summer Learning requirements. While we all agree that summer vacation should be a time of rest and relaxation for both students and teachers, we also must stress that the benefits of Summer Learning are enormous. Many of our teachers undergo some type of professional development during the summer months, and there is an expectation that our students also continue to learn.

Tomorrow, Friday, June 21st is Summer Learning Day — a national advocacy day recognized to spread awareness about the importance of summer learning for all students. Sponsored by the National Summer Learning Association, the organizers have put together some excellent resources for parents and guardians. Please click this link to view the brochure: http://www.summerlearning.org/?page=SLDForParents

Also, we have listed the Milton Public Schools’ Summer Reading requirements for each grade level below, as well as links to more specific information from each school.

I wish you all a safe, fun and healthy summer and look forward to seeing everyone back at the end of vacation.   School will resume for grades 1-12 on August 28th and for our Kindergarten class on September 3rd.

 

SUMMER ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

 All students in the Milton Public Schools will engage in a reading program this summer as part of the school system’s ongoing effort to challenge our students.  Summer academic requirements for each school level are below:

Milton High School: Students entering grades 9-12 must do required reading and may also take part in voluntary summer reading. During the last week of school, English teachers will be discussing book titles that may interest students. We hope that everyone — parents, students, teachers — will participate in making this a successful and rewarding program that will “keep their minds alive” over the summer.

Required Summer Reading:  All Milton students entering grades 9-11 must read one book for English, one book for Social Studies, and one free choice book. Students who are in honors classes may be required to read more than three. Seniors who are not electing Social Studies will read two books, one for English and one free choice.  For the titles you will be required to read, please refer to the grade-appropriate information provided.  PLEASE NOTE:  Additional summer reading requirements for students taking AP courses will be given out at mandatory spring meetings for these classes.

Voluntary Summer Reading: In addition to the required reading, students may read additional books for extra credit.  Students who read more books than required will be given an opportunity to receive extra credit in their English class.

If Milton High School students have any questions about their Summer Assignments, check this link:  http://www.edline.net/files/_pQEYY_/18892ee564f367fd3745a49013852ec4/Summer_Assignments-1.pdf

Pierce Middle School: The philosophy of the Pierce Middle School in regards to Summer Reading is to guide students to read for pleasure and enjoyment. We feel continuous reading not only fosters an important life skill, but ensures and enhances the academic transition to the next school year. At Pierce we hope to create a learning community where all students develop the skills to work productively as a group of learners, supporting one another, recognizing and celebrating our unique differences. As part of our proactive stance to create productive citizens, we would like to utilize our summer reading program as a teaching opportunity to promote discussion and awareness around social conflicts that can occur during adolescence. The English Department has selected book titles that showcase issues around teasing, bullying, acceptance and the hard choices that students are faced with in the middle school years and beyond.  

Middle School Requirements: Students must read a total of four books; three free choice books and one required text.

Grade 6 
Hoot, Hiaasen

Grade 7 (choose 1)

  • When Zachary Beaver Came to Town, Holt
  • Misfits, Howe
  • The Revealers, Wilhelm
  • Anything But Typical, Raleigh Baskin

Grade 8 (choose 1)

  • Inventing Elliot, Gardner
  • Buddha Boy, Koja
  • Stargirl, Spinelli
  • Mockingbird, Erskine

Important forms, suggested reading and MPL flyer can be viewed and/or downloaded by clicking here: http://www.edline.net/pages/Charles_S__Pierce_MS/SUMMER_READING_-_ALL_GRADES  Click this link and you will find a book reflection sheet for the required text and a reading log to record total number of books read: http://www.edline.net/files/_pGIgJ_/a2a96021578ca7a33745a49013852ec4/summer_reading_log_20131.pdf

Also, Pierce students can win prizes! For every book read beyond our four book expectation, students will be entered into a raffle for some fantastic prizes. The more books read, the better the chances of winning!

Elementary: Summer reading is important for everyone! It helps foster a life long love of reading and helps students maintain the gains in reading comprehension they have made during the school year. We know from research that sometimes students do not spend a lot of time in the summer reading because they are busy with other activities. Lack of reading can contribute to “summer reading slide.” Children who have limited access to books experience a slide in their literacy skills over the summer. Numerous studies indicate that an achievement gap in reading develops and widens during summer vacation.  Access to books and voluntary reading each play a critical role in promoting reading achievement outside of school, especially during the summer months.

In the past we have provided an exhaustive list of books and required a book project of some kind. This year we are trying something new. Book lists will be available online at the Milton Public Schools website under Summer Reading Ideas. Hard copies of the list will also be available in the Children’s Room at the library. Once again the library will offer a Summer Reading club. Check it out and sign up online! http://www.miltonlibrary.org/childrens_summer.asp

This year across the district we have done a lot of work in classrooms to help students learn how to choose “just right” books. With this in mind, please encourage your child to make good book choices. Please take into consideration your child’s interests and level of maturity.

In addition, students this year do not need to complete any kind of written assignment about their books during the summer months. Instead, we are asking that students be prepared to discuss, illustrate, or write about one of the books they read during the first weeks of school. This represents a more authentic response to reading. We will ask that you fill a child/parent/guardian book log (on the back of this letter), which will be collected by your child’s teacher in September. We hope that each child will read every day. That means reading independently, reading with a grown-up or sibling, listening to books or any combination of these. What we know is that the more children read and keep their eyes on print over the summer the less apt they are to loose the ground they have gained over the course of the school year.

Here are some specific ways you can support summer reading habits with your child:

• ask your child to reread the texts they are reading to increase their fluency
• talk with your child about what they’re thinking when they are reading
• take time to read together- you read a page—-they read a page
• visit the library on a regular basis and participate in the activities they offer including the Summer Reading Club
• encourage your child to choose books they want and are motivated to read
• talk about what you are reading and engage in conversations about what characters are doing, saying and thinking
• consider the ways that a character changes throughout the book

In short, READ, READ, READ!!!!!

Here are a couple of websites to peruse if you are looking for book suggestions.

A Book and a Hug: http://www.abookandahug.com/
Hennepin County Library http://www.hclib.org/kids/books/ (Very current book database grouped by genre.)
Bookwink http://www.bookwink.com/ The latest video booktalks for ages 8-14.

To print a fun reading log, click here: http://www.miltonlibrary.org/documents/readinglog.pdf

Thank you in advance for your help and support in what we hope will be an exciting summer reading experience for your children. If you have any questions, pleas contact Martha Heller-Winokur, English Language Arts Coordinator at mwinokur@miltonps.org

SUMMER SCHOOL PROGRAMS UPDATE

I am proud to report than nearly 1,000 students will be participating in some type of Milton Public School-sponsored program this summer. Between our Milton Summer Enrichment program taking place at Milton High School, our Title I Summer Scholars program taking place at Tucker Elementary School, and the Extended Year Services program taking place at both Milton High School and Cunningham Elementary school, we will be reaching a large number of our students during the summer months.

For more information about these programs, please contact their directors:

Milton Summer Enrichment
Director: Jonathan Redden
Location: Milton High School
Jredden@miltonps.org
617-696-4286

Extended School Year – Special Education Services
Director: Karen Clasby
Location: Milton High School & Cunningham Elementary School
kclasby@miltonps.org
617-696-5040 x5572

 

Title I Summer Scholars
Director: Deb Fidrocki
Location: Tucker Elementary School
dfidrocki@miltonps.org
617-696-4291

CURRICULUM NEWS

We are pleased to present our Continental Math Scores for our Elementary School students.

GRADE FIVE:

Collicot Elementary School: First Place: Alex Dhima, Second Place: Clarissa Waldmann, Shea Flanagan, Viviann Nguyen, Philip Synnott, Third Place: Mary-Kate Fox, Molly Murtagh, Coleman Rose. Perfect Scores were earned by: Alex Dhima, Mary Mitchell, Katherine Delaney, Mary-Kate Fox, Jackson Humphreys, Molly Murtagh, Giselle Neville, Zachary Vaughan, Clarissa Waldmann, Simone Elfer, Maria Koudounas, Andrew Viola, Shea Flanagan, Viviann Nguyen, Anthony Golden, Keith Savage, Olivia Dimanno, Mayu Joiner, Philip Synnott and Katherine Biagiotti.

Cunningham Elementary School: First Place: Thomas Hamblet. Second Place: Ian Leissner. Third Place: Jason Flanagan and Alexander Foster. Perfect Scores were earned by: Emily Steelman, Maeve DiSandro, Joshua Riggs, Macie Capplis, Alexander Foster and Thomas Hamblet.

Glover Elementary School: First Place: Ryan Mazzotta. Second Place: Allison Deegan. Kelly Mackenzie, Christina Gioioso, Taylor Vrettas and Matthew Creamer. Perfect Scores were earned by: Aine Buchau, Mary Howley, Alex Malmstrom, Taylor Vrettas, Matthew Creamer, Catherine Le, Sarah Ward, Elizabeth Toomey, Christina Gioioso, Molly Theobald, Kelly Mackenzie, Edward Freking, Caroline Ducharme, Michale Daly, Ryan Mazzotta, Allison Deegan, Philip Ng Pack, Nessan O’Donnell Matthew Creamer, David Cichello and Caroline Robinson.

Tucker Elementary School: First Place: Alisa Lorden and Brendan Scott. Second Place: Emily Dobrindt. Third Place: Madigan Cooper and Grace Quijano. Perfect Scores were earned by: Emily Dobrindt, Alisa Lorden, Kami Nguyen, Emilia Wieczorek, Andre Leclerc, Madigan Cooper, Brendan Scott, Earl Tucker Jr. and Vanessa Lorden.

GRADE FOUR:

Collicot Elementary School. First Place: Jack Lally. Second Place: Michael Swanton. Third Place: Ryan Fitzmaurice, Megan Farley and Arlo Stoodt. Perfect Scores were earned by: Ryan Fitzmaurice, Jack Lally, Lillian Goodeand Saoirse Killion.

Cunningham Elementary School: First Place: Eris McCubbin. Second Place: Sophie Boucher. Third Place: Jami Milliken and Emma Scapicchio. Perfect Scores were earned by: George Laing, Jami Milliken, Gwyneth LeLacheur, Sophie Boucher, Emma Scappichio, Louis Timmins, Philip Phan and Eris McCubbin.

Glover Elementary School: First Place: Ella O’Hanlon. Second Place: Zoe Malouf. Third Place: Luca Mostofi and Andrew Shenoudah. Perfect Scores were earned by: Luke Baltay, Andrew Shenoudah, Oliver McKay, Ella O’Hanlon, Zoe Malouf and Robert Weisenhahn.

Tucker Elementary School: First Place: Daniel Truo. Second Place: Henry Schwarz. Third Place: Blake Strong. A Perfect Score was earned by Adam Young and Daniel Truo.

GRADE THREE:

Collicot Elementary School. First Place: Rachel Steinberg. Second Place: Samuel Disandro. Third Place: Benjamin Malisheski.

Cunningham Elementary School: First Place: Brianna DiMaggio and Dimitri Sophinos. Second Place: Simon Nguyen, Kiley Fitzgerald and Chloe Zhong. Third Place: Kaitlyn Paiva, Caroline Gannon and Anna Hamblet. A Perfect Score was earned by Simon Nguyen.

Glover Elementary School: First Place: Jake Lippert. Second Place: Rohan Meier. Third Place: Lauren Cox, Madison Ford, Nate McNulty, Richard Robinson, Johanne Lydon, Kevin McManus and Ian Lundeen. A Perfect Score was earned by Jake Lippert.

Tucker Elementary School: First Place: Maxwell Mitchell. Second Place: Declan O’Connor. Third Place: Maxwell Hollingsworth-Hays.  A Perfect Score was earned by Luke Shields.

GRADE TWO:

Collicot Elementary School: First Place: Connor Naughton. Second Place: Lok Ye Young. Third Place: Oisin Allen, Bridget Miskell and Connor Griffin. Perfect Scores were earned by Bridget Miskell and Connor Naughton.

Cunningham Elementary School: First Place: Hokulani Panerio-Langer (10) Rauna Sohur (10) Dexter Gordon and Kiera Glazer. Second Place: Benjamin Waterman and Sophie Kosiba. Third Place: Owen Rogers.

Glover Elementary School: First Place: Jonah Renz. Second Place: Harrison Dolgoff. Third Place: Michael Duffy and KJ Becket.

Tucker Elementary School: First Place: Nicholas Reason. Second Place: Claudia O’Neill. Third Place: Ellis Wallace.

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 The following is a list of the students who had the highest cumulative scores for the WordMasters Challenge  for the 2012-2013 Blue Division. 

 Cunningham School:

Grade Five: Paul Goodman, Thomas Hamblet, Macie Capplis, Joshua Riggs, Shaylen VanGestel, Nate Dickens, Emily Steelman, Ejiro Egodogbare, Giana Spring, Luke Botsford, Anne Rull and Ata Yalcindag. Grade Four: Eris McCubbin, Eliza Callahan, Jami Milliken, Elizabeth Viveriros, Sophie Boucher, Olga Kazarov, Mahina Panerio, Louis Timmins, Matthew Gill,  Veronika Lin, Gwenyth LeLacheur. Grade Three: Anne Hamblett, Dimitri Sophino, Brendan Butler, Brianna DiMaggio, Caroline Gannon, Madison Crummey, Tucker Moriarty, Somachi Amadi, Claire MacDonald Lucia Dwyer, Anderson Korman and Chloe Zhong.

Tucker School: 

Grade Five: William Reason,  Alisa Lorden, Brenda Scott, Grace Quijano, Emily Dobrindt, Max Winkler, Cooper Madigan, Andre Leclerc, Isabelle Richer and Taija Franklyn. Grade Four: Claire Walko, Daniel Truog, Walker Harris, Oskar Peloguin, Dominique Thomas, Sebastien Yunger, Julia Wright, Franklin Ollivierre III, Olivia Ketler and Gabriel Estevez. Grade Three: Max Hollingworth-Hays, Stella Yuan, Peter Rhee, Grace Kelly, Darioush Ghazian, Michael McHugh, Maxwell Mitchell, Declan O’Connor, Camden Levreault, Sofika Demas and Luke Shields.

Glover School: 

Grade Five: Wyatt Sullivan, Aine Buchau, Jackson MacMillan, Ella Zimmermann, Guinevere Ferreira, Michael Daly, Christina Gioioso, Hannah Pauly, Teddy Freking, James McNulty, Margaret Haley and Margaret Theobald. Grade Four: Yaeger Ferreira, Laura Braithwaite, Aidan Greene, Megan Kream, June Padera, Ella Schiffman, Zoe Malouf, Alessandra Masso, Kayla Mathiew, Oliver McKay, Abigail O’Donnell and Anna Fahey. Grade Three: Jake Lippert, Nate McNulty, Nina Zimmermann, Carolina deOliveira, Henry Synnott, Veronica deOliveira, Jack Kaster, Anabella deOliveira, Gabrielle Slate, Jack Theobald, Christopher Barrett and Michael Freking.

Collicot School:

Grade Five: Kate Delaney, Jonathan Truong, Jackson Humphreys, Clarissa Waldmann, Alex Dhima, Shea Flanagan, Mary Kate Fox, Mary Mitchell, Giselle Neville, Owen Cantillon, Ted Hanifin, Nora Kleiman and Alexander Malisheski. Grade Four: Kate McDonald, Benjamin Mills, Preston Luie, Aislinn Mershon, Crystal Dai, Sam Dunnington, Saoirse Killion, Kevin Radley, Arlo Stoodt, Megan Farley, Grace Muir, Michael Swanton, Amanda Arcieri and Katherine McDevitt. Grade Three: Rachel Steinberg, William Riley, Gustave Greene, Benjamin Malisheski, Josie Mastandrea, Ciara Fitzgerald, Ronan O’Flaherty, Gabriella Brown, Lila Glenn, Samuel Disandro and Maeve McDonough

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Congratulations to Pierce student Chiara Ferrante for winning a honorable mention in the  MWRA Writing Contest Entry.  This year’s theme was Tap vs. Bottle. Chiara is a student in Bernadette McEvoy’s science class. Great work!

STAFF/FACULTY CHANGES

I have some wonderful news to share. I have appointed Dr. Sheila Kukstis as the new Principal of the Glover Elementary School.  Dr. Kukstis has served since 2011 with the Archdiocese of Boston and is currently the Assistant Superintendent of Academics.  Her responsibilities included strengthening academic performance and implementing new programs for more than 41,000 students in 121 schools throughout the Archdiocese. Dr. Kukstis also served as Principal of the St. Jerome School in Weymouth (pre-K – 8); a Principal in the Taunton Public Schools (K-4); and the Principal of the St. Andrew the Apostle School in Jamaica Plain. She has also served as a classroom teacher at the St. Matthew School in Dorchester, the South Shore Educational Collaborative in Hingham and St. Andrew the Apostle in Jamaica Plain. Dr. Kukstis earned her Bachelor’s degree and her Master’s degree from Bridgewater State College and her Doctoral degree from UMass/Boston.

I would like to thank those who served with me on the Glover Principal Screening Committee. I am grateful to School Committee member Becky Padera, Assistant Superintendent John Phelan, Collicot Principal Janet Sheehan, Glover Principal Holly Concannon,  Parent Representatives Jerry Vitti, Rachel Schewe and Adrienne Sullivan; Teacher Representatives Maureen McClain, Carolyn Brandi and Pierce Middle School Assistant Principal/Humanities Curriculum Coordinator Amy Gale.

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 I am pleased to announce we have also hired a new Director of Guidance for Milton High School. Karen Cahill will begin this position effective July 1, 2013. Ms. Cahill has been with the Milton Public Schools since 1993. She began her career at the Pierce Middle School where she served as both a math teacher and later a guidance counselor. She then moved to Milton High School where she has served as a guidance counselor since 2009.  She earned a Bachelor’s degree from Boston College, a Master of Counseling degree from UMass/Boston; and a Master of School Administration from Framingham State College.

I would like to thank the following people who served on the Guidance Director Screening Committee: Milton High School Principal James Jette, Vice Principal Yolanda Beech, Mathematics Department Head Courtney Walsh; and counselor/teacher representatives Leonice Bernard, Karen Hughes, and Larry Jordan.

We are all confident in Ms. Cahill’s abilities and are looking forward to her leading and expanding Milton High School’s Guidance Department.

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The Screening Committee for the new Athletic Director is still being formed. Interested parents/guardians should email MHS Boosters President Gary Kelly at gkprofit@aol.com.

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Since my last Eblast, two additional people have announced their retirement.  Please join me in congratulating Mary Beaulieu, who is retiring from the Milton High School’s Food Services after 28 years in the Milton Public Schools and Anne Marie Laine, a French teacher at Milton High School.

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

I am very happy to announce that Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital – Milton just notified us that they have approved a grant written by School Committee member Kristan Bagley Jones. The hospital will fully fund the application for a “Good Decision Making and Healthy Choices” program in the Milton Public Schools. As part of this grant, Student Peers Leaders from Milton High School will facilitate workshops with the incoming freshmen class on making healthy decisions.  Issues related to substance use, depression and bullying will be the focus of these workshops.” The hospital will provide $1,500 in funding to support this program. Fantastic news!

MFE

The Milton Foundation for Education is pleased to announce that wireless internet access has been installed in all six Milton Public Schools. A special thank you to the Copeland Foundation for their support, and to Bob Pattison, MPS Information Technology Director and the Milton Public Schools; Dennis Thibeault, Bob O’Connell and Curry College; Jean Fernandez and Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital – Milton; Bryan Price, Mike McKenna and Milton Academy; Brian Maher and Boston College High School;  and John Lemansky and Apple for sharing their wisdom and experience as we took this important step.

As the school year ends, the Milton Foundation for Education would like to extend its thanks and appreciation to the entire Milton Community. The was an incredible year of opportunity for the MFE and the Milton Public Schools. As we continued to support teachers with our teacher grant program and enhanced elementary science with money raised from our annual Monster Dash, we ventured into new territory, partnering with the Copeland Family Foundation to provide the funding for wireless infrastructure in all six schools. Our 2013 Celebration for Education “Live Wire” raised $215,000 that will fund teacher grants and material and support for the wireless initiative. Plans are underway for our 14th annual Monster Dash on Sunday, October 27, 2013 and we are gearing up for another great Celebration for Education on Saturday, April 12, 2014 with our chairs Sheila Leddy, Rachel Schewe and Courtney Affanato.

Our work is only possible because of your continued generosity and support. We thank you and wish you a peaceful, joyful and healthy summer! We look forward to seeing you in the fall. Please visit our website at www.miltonfoundationforeducation.org to learn more about the MFE.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The 20th Annual Ed Baker Fishing Tournament has been rescheduled and will be held Saturday, June 22nd from 7 to 11 am at Turner’s Pond. Admission is $3 for youth and $5 for adults.

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Please visit the Parks and Rec link to see what programs are being offered this summer: http://www.townofmilton.org/Public_Documents/MiltonMA_Recreation/News

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

The following item was sent by Sara Truog, Assistant Children’s Librarian at the Milton Public Library. 

For summer fun, the place to be is the Children’s Room at Milton Public Library!  Kids aged 3 and up are already signing up for the Summer Reading Club by visiting our website at http://www.miltonlibrary.org/childrens_summer.asp  or by visiting us in the Children’s Room.  But that isn’t all that we have going on at the library during the week of July 4.  In addition to our regular storytimes on Tuesdays and Wednesdays (Monday is on hiatus this week), we also have these other exciting programs for the young people in your life:

Monday, July 1st from 7:00 – 8:00 pm. Magic You’ll Dig, Ages 9-13 Magician Steve Rudolph brings his ever-popular show back to Milton.  This time around you’ll see him grow carrots by magic, find a pirate’s buried treasure and much more.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Library.

Tuesday, July 2nd from 2:00 – 3:00 pm Crafternoon, Ages 9-13 Kids aged 9-13 are invited to join Miss Sara (Children’s Librarian) and Ms. Emily (Teen Librarian) for crafting fun.  Each week we’ll be making something different, using such materials as duct tape, recycled materials, hardware, and more!  Registration is required.

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

VISUAL ARTS

You’re invited to come and see what’s blooming at The Milton Art Center  – it’s our first annual “Garden Party” Fundraising Event on Friday, June 21st from 7 to 10 pm. Put down the clippers, grab a few friends, and stroll down to join us for a fun-filled Friday evening to enjoy wonderful artwork, relax to the music, and cool-off with some summertime refreshments.  Music, refreshments, a silent auction and artwork will on be on hand. This is a wonderful way to support the arts in your community and learn what the Milton Art Center has to offer as we celebrate our first year and our new non-profit status. Please join us for a wonderful night and the chance to kick-off the summer season with your friends at The Milton Art Center, 334 Edge Hill Road.

ATHLETICS

Madelyn Driscoll, a sophomore at Milton High School, passed the United States Figure Skating Senior Free Skating test at the end of May. This is the highest possible testing achievement in United States Figure Skating. Passing the Gold test means that Madelyn has achieved the most elite accomplishment in testing, and she has now earned the title “U.S. Figure Skating Gold Medalist.”  Approximately 300 members of U.S. Figure Skating pass the Senior Free Skating test each year, representing less than 1% of  full membership. Congratulations to Madelyn for her impressive accomplishment.

AMBASSADOR PAGE

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

Student: I would like to welcome our incoming class of 2026 Graduates from Milton High School! They haven’t quite begun their journey with the Milton Public Schools, but I know that every one of our incoming Kindergarteners will be enthusiastically received this September. Our registration, screening and “Kindergarten Strolls” at each of our elementary schools were a huge success. We can’t wait to have our newest students join us this fall.

Staff: While our students are away from our schools vacationing, our custodians will be busy this summer scrubbing, painting and making repairs to our buildings. Please join me in recognizing the hard work of the following custodians: Milton High School: Jason Scherer (senior custodian), Charlie Tacey, Judy Whalen, Bill Connors, William Parsloe, Robert Willett, John Studley and Kay Walsh. Pierce Middle School: Mike Buzzell (senior custodian), Steve Barry, Rick Walker, John Riley, Glenn Costa and Nelson Taylor. Collicot/Cunningham: Tom Malloy (senior custodian), Brian Mearn, Ann McGonagle and Mark Goonan. Glover Elementary School: Patrick Crow (senior custodian), Scott Williams and Janice Wilson. Tucker Elementary School: Steve Scherer (senior custodian) and Mark Bacon. I’d also like to thank our maintenance workers — Jim Egan and Filipe DePina.

Volunteer: As this school year comes to a close, I would be remiss if I did not take a moment to recognize  a group of volunteers whose time, effort and expertise is absolutely critical to the success of the Milton Public Schools. They have collectively served thousands of hours as a board (some have served thousands of hours as individuals), and I hope you will join me in thanking the Milton School Committee. I am grateful to Lynda-Lee Sheridan, Leroy Walker, Mary Kelly, Kristan Bagley Jones, Becky Padera and Mike Zullas. The commitment these individuals have to the students of Milton is unbelievable, and I am proud to work with each of them.

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

June 14th Eblast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Jun• 14•13

On Wednesday evening the Milton School Committee hosted one of my favorite events of the year. In the Milton High School courtyard, more than 100 volunteers from nearly every facet of the Milton Public School community were recognized for their efforts. This is an annual event where we get a chance to say thank you to those parents, guardians, grandparents and community members who generously give their time to improve the lives of our students.  From artists to gardeners to mathematicians, our volunteers have stepped up day after day and week after week to offer their talents to our schools. As a token of our appreciation, this year we gave each of the volunteers an original poem written by one of our students, Philippe Janvier, Class of 2014. I would like to share this with all of you:

“Shining Stars”

Look beyond the deep blue sky and the ubiquitous cotton white cloud
Beyond the moon made of lovely green cheese
And you’ll see the star that covers the earth with a bright shroud
A star that uses all its energy and time to support life without receiving a simple please

A star that supports nature by giving plants the energy to grow
And provides light to guide life throughout the day
That protects all living things with a warm comforting glow
Did you know you’re that star in every way?

Your selfless acts to use your energy and time
Allows the generations after you to live, laugh and love
And be assured as the children grow and climb
To reach their goals and dreams above

You’ll be that forever shining star
That has helped them and many to go so far

Thank you.

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Photo Credit: Carter Fahy

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There have been three School Committee meetings since my last E-blast, on May 30th, June 5th and June 12th. They are summarized below:

May 30th: School Committee members began the meeting by agreeing to keep the warrant at MHS during the week for signatures and move it to the Milton Police station on the weekends. They also had a discussion about the Assistant Superintendent for Business position. Superintendent Gormley notified the Committee that Glenn Pavlicek had interviewed for the position of Assistant Superintendent for Business. The Committee then moved into Executive Session for the purpose of negotiation strategy for Collective Bargaining.

June 5th: This School Committee meeting began with a reception for those staff members who will retiring at the end of this school year (see item below under Faculty Changes).  This event was held in the Milton High School library and was followed by the regular School Committee meeting.  As part of the Superintendent’s Report, members heard from Margaret Eberhardt, President of the Milton Foundation of Education.     She was joined by Anacristina Kenny and Anne Gatnik, Co-Chairs of this year’s Celebration for Education Livewire event. The group reported that this year’s event was a huge success, and they outlined some of the uses for the more than $215,000 raised. Next, Assistant Coach Debbie Higgins from the high school Girls Tennis team came with team members to discuss the successful spring season. Coaches Milos Nikolic and Michael McVeigh of the Boys and Girls Crew Team also came before the School Committee to talk about the incredible growth of their sport and their successful season. The boys team recently earned a bronze medal at the high school championships. Next, Rugby coaches Joe Dolan and Ned Corcoran spoke about their team’s win at the Division II Mass. State Rugby Championship. The Rugby team has grown from 18 players in the first season to 60 players this year.

Milton Public Schools’ Elementary Librarian Lori Henry appeared with her colleague, Sara Truog, of the Milton Public Library. These two talented librarians recently collaborated on a grant, “Community Partners for Student Success,” which aimed to encourage the use of the public library by Milton Public School students. So far, they have helped 400 elementary grade students get their library cards and have also taught them how to use the library’s resources.

The Finance Subcommittee reported that representatives from the Mass. Department of Revenue are in the process of conducting a financial review of the town. This is a voluntary process that town officials requested in order to help find improvements, efficiencies, etc. The review is on-going and should be concluded within three months.

June 12th: As part of the Superintendent’s Report, Assistant Superintendent Phelan gave members an update on the work of the Proficiency Gap Task Force; the Educational Technology Committee; and the Science/STEM Committee.  He also presented Kindergarten and First Grade Enrollment & Projections for 2013-14. He credited the early registration deadlines as being helpful towards the assignment process. As part of the Chairman’s Report, Committee members interviewed Dr. Glenn Pavlicek as the finalist for the Assistant Superintendent for Business position. After some deliberations, the School Committee voted to appoint Dr. Pavlicek to this position, contingent on a written response from the Ethics Commission and successful contract negotiations. There was a brief update from the Finance Subcommittee before the meeting was adjourned to Executive Session.

CURRICULUM NEWS

** Please note: Monday, June 24th is the last day of school.  It is a half day for students and no lunch is served. ** 

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Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) occupations are a high growth sector of the Massachusetts economy. In the fall of 2013, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts will have completed the review of the Next Generation Science Standards. These standards emphasize important science and engineering practices such as:

  • Asking questions and defining problems
  • Developing and using models
  • Planning and carrying out investigations
  • Analyzing and interpreting data
  • Using mathematics and computational thinking
  • Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering)
  • Engaging in argument from evidence
  • Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information

The Milton Public Schools will be reviewing and implementing these standards and adopting new instructional materials next school year. To better prepare all students to meet the challenges of increasingly demanding science and engineering curricula and the Grade Five Science MCAS exam, science instruction will be delivered in English in all Grade Five classes beginning in the fall of 2013. French Immersion students will receive Social Studies instruction in French which will also better prepare them for the Middle School Social Studies Massachusetts curriculum.

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Meet the Artist: “Meet the Artists” is a parent-run volunteer art history program at the Milton schools (Tucker, Cunningham, Collicot and Glover). If you are a parent with a child in any of these schools and you have just a little free time and would like to become involved next year, please contact Jessica Gillooly at jesskgill@gmail.com.

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On Thursday, June 13, the Milton Public Schools were extremely proud of one its finest teachers, Mrs. Tanya Walsh, Grade 3 teacher at the Cunningham Elementary School, who was honored by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for being the mathematics finalist for the 2012 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

Mrs. Walsh is one of a group of excellent educators, who are recipients of the Commonwealth’s top honors for educators.  Governor Deval Patrick, Secretary of Education Matthew Malone, Commissioner of Education Mitchell Chester, Chair of the Joint Committee on Education, Alice Peisch, and other state and local education officials attended the ceremony to honor these teachers.

“I thank these honorees for their deep commitment to preparing our students for success as responsible, productive citizens and as leaders within their communities,” said Governor Patrick. “Their dedication to teaching is an inspiration to us all. They understand the stake we have in the next generation and are the reason our students lead the nation.”

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are the highest honors bestowed by the United States government specifically for K-12 mathematics and science teaching.  Established by Congress in 1983, the PAEMST program recognizes those teachers who develop and implement a high-quality instructional program that is informed by content knowledge and enhances learning.  Mrs. Walsh is one of three finalists for the Commonwealth.  An announcement of the winner is expected soon from the National Science Foundation, who administers the PAEMST on behalf of The White House Office of Science Technology Policy.

“The best teaching in the country is happening in Massachusetts, and today’s ceremony allows us to extend our appreciation to all educators for their exceptional service,” said Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester. “The individual educators we are honoring today bring a passion and commitment to their craft and to improving results for all students that I see in classrooms across the Commonwealth.”

Also participating in the ceremony yesterday were Mrs. Holly Concannon, K-5 Math and K-8 Technology Coordinator and Glover Co-Principal, and Dr. Karen Spaulding, Pierce Middle School Principal.  Mrs. Concannon was on hand, as the 2004 Miliken Family Foundation Award Recipient, to present this year’s recipient with his award.  Dr. Spaulding attended as well, as the 2001 Presidential Awardee for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, to present awards to the 2012 PAEMST science teaching finalists.

FACULTY CHANGES

I am pleased to announce that the Milton School Committee voted at the June 12th School Committee meeting to offer the position of Assistant Superintendent of Business to Dr. Glenn Pavlicek (see item above under “School Committee Update”).  Dr. Pavlicek comes to this role with a great deal of experience. He has served the town in various capacities for more than 15 years — as Chair of the School Committee; Chair of the Warrant Committee; member of the School Building Committee and the Master Planning Committee. Dr. Glenn Pavlicek earned his bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Brown University and both his master’s and doctoral degrees in Mathematics from Northeastern University. He has been employed by Bridgewater State University as a professor in the Department of Mathematics & Computer Science since 1984. Dr. Pavlicek serves as Treasurer of the Massachusetts State College Association and as a trustee of the Department of Higher Education/MTA Health & Welfare Trust Fund. I am certain that Dr. Pavlicek will “hit the ground running” and will prove to be a exemplary Assistant Superintendent for Business.

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The Glover Principal Screening Committee is continuing its search for a new principal. We will inform the Milton Public School community as soon as an appointment is made.

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Our Director of Athletics & PE/Health K-12 , Steve Traister, has announced that he accepted a position with the Dedham Public School district. He will be stepping down at the end of this school year. We wish Mr. Traister all the best in his new position. A screening committee will be formed to find a candidate for the position of Athletic Director. Staff members should email Margaret Gibbons at mgibbons@miltonps.org if they are interested in serving on this committee.  Parents/guardians who are interested in serving on this committee  should contact Gary Kelly at gkprofit@aol.com.  Volunteers must be available for meetings on June 25th, 1-3pm; June 27th, 1-3pm’ July 1st, 9am-2pm; and July 2nd, 9am-2pm.

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The following staff members will have retired as of the end of the 2012-13 school year: Mary Colleary, Loretta Swanton, Sheila Gallagher, Marion Hernandez, Jane Alcarez, Paul Arenburg, Vernon Nelson, Simone Rogan, Anne McIntyre, Patricia Ostrem, Dale Snyder and Ken Aubert.    I am sure that you join me in thanking them for their years of service to the students of the Milton Public Schools and wish them health and happiness in their well-deserved retirements.

UPCOMING EVENTS

We are so pleased that Milton parent and BoomWriter founder, Chris Twyman suggested trying BoomWriter in our schools. With Mr. Tywman’s support, as well as that of his highly knowledgeable staff, we were able to provide training, on-going technical support, and published books for many teachers and students throughout the district. The result has been a heightened interest in creative writing and storytelling and improved performance in the classroom.

BoomWriter is an engaging creative writing website that encourages young people to read, write, and assess what their peers write. One chapter at a time the students write, read, and then vote on which of the submissions they like the most. The winning chapter is then added to the story and the process continues. The end result is a complete story that was written collaboratively. Teachers Sara Willis, Erin Power, Dave Querzoli, Jessica Royster, Liz Tahaney, John Radosta and Nick Fitzgerald all worked with their students to write, revise, edit and publish an original story. These stories will be unveiled at a Community Publishing Party on Monday, June 17th at 6pm at the Milton Public Library.  I want to especially recognize and thank Amy Gale for coordinating this outstanding writing experience for our students.

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Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Milton will be holding its annual Community Health Walk on  Saturday, June 15th at 10 a.m. for a picturesque 5k through Milton.  Lace up your sneakers to raise money for community health programs in your neighborhood! Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital- Milton’s Community Health Walk will generate much-needed funds for a variety of organizations that provide public health programs. Starting and ending at BID-Milton, enjoy a 3.1 mile (5k) walk through Milton’s most beautiful streets, or if you’re a beginner, just follow our half-mile course around the hospital campus! Every dollar raised will be given back to the community to help fund vital public health programs.

After the walk, walkers and other guests may visit BID-Milton’s Annual Health Fair. A variety of exhibitors including Milton Farmer’s Market, Rock Spot Climbing Gym, several hospital services and many others will take part in the fair. It costs just $5 to participate, and the event includes a free lunch and t-shirt… what a bargain! All proceeds from the walk are distributed in the form of mini-grants to local organizations.

For more information, please visit bidmilton.org/walk

PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

The Milton Parent Advisory Council recently held their elections for the PAC Board for the 2013-2014 school year. Congratulations to the following Board members: Jerry Vitti – Chairperson, Michelle Connolly- Vice Chairperson, Ann Finnegan – Treasurer, Kathy Fagan – Member at Large, Kevin Lenane – Member at Large, Terri James Solomon – Member at Large.

The Milton PAC would like to wish everyone a safe and fun filled summer break. We hope to see everyone at our PAC meetings next year.

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Reminder to parents/guardians of students receiving Extended Year Services to please return Acceptance & Medical Forms to Janet Potts at the the Special Education Office as soon as possible so that scheduling can be completed.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The Town of Milton’s Parks and Rec Department has plenty of events going on. Please click on this link to see the latest offerings:  http://www.townofmilton.org/Public_Documents/F0000FCED/News

VISUAL ARTS

Artspace Milton will offer their 4th annual Summer Art Camp @ Milton High School this July. Weeks will include Altered Books, Book It, (the Sequel,) Green Art, an experimental painting camp, “Drip, Drop, Splatter, Splash” and more. Take one week or all four!  Go to artspacemilton.com for more information.

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Milton Art Center is also offering summer classes for children. Registration is now open for weeks in July and early August. See the schedule at: http://www.miltonartcenter.org

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

The following item was submitted by Emily Calkins, Young Adult Librarian.

All Summer Long: Teen Summer Reading. Starting June 10, students entering grades 6-12  in the fall can sign up for teen summer reading at the library or online at http://miltonlibrary.org/teensummerreading.asp. Teens will keep track of the number of pages they read, earning prizes at four levels. Those who read 1000 pages or more will also be entered into a grand prize drawing for a $100 gift card to Barnes and Noble.

Saturday, June 15th, 10:30 am: Teen Book Club Meets to Discuss: A Love Story Starring My Dead Best Friend (RESCHEDULED from June 10)  Our pick for June’s book is A Love Story Starring My Dead Best Friend by Emily Horner. When Cass’s best friend Julia dies in a car accident, she leaves behind plans for a musical called “Totally Sweet Ninja Death Squad.” Julia’s friends in the drama club are determined to put on the show, but Cass, who’s much happier behind the scenes, is conflicted. She feels even worse when Heather, who bullied Cass during middle school, is chosen as the lead. Cass decides to mourn Julia in her own way, by biking across the country with Julia’s ashes. The story alternates between Cass’s ride and the production of “Totally Sweet Ninja Death Sqaud” as Cass learns about grief, love, and most importantly, herself.

Tuesday, June 18th, 6:30-8:30 pm: Summer Reading Kick-off Picnic. School’s winding down, and summer at the Milton Public Library is just getting started! Milton teens and pre-teens (grades 6-12) are invited to our kick-off picnic. Join us for pizza, ice cream, and games; pick up a registration form for summer reading and a summer reading packet; and meet fellow summer readers! We will meet on the front lawn of the library. Our rain location is the Keys Community Room. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library.

Tuesday, June 25th, 6:30-8:00 pm: Bleach t-shirts. Bring an old colored shirt and use bleach and freezer paper to transform it into something new! We’ll provide the supplies; you bring an old shirt (not white) and your creativity. Space is limited to 20 teens; please register at the library’s website. This program is open to students entering grades 6-12 (Fall 2013) and is sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library.

The following information was submitted by Sara Truog, Assistant Children’s Librarian.

School is almost out, which means that it is time to sign up for the Summer Reading Club at the Milton Public Library.  Kids aged 3 and up are welcome to join; you can register by visiting our website at http://www.miltonlibrary.org/childrens_summer.asp  or by visiting us in the Children’s Room.  But that isn’t all that we have going on at the library this week.  In addition to our regular story times on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, we  have these other exciting programs for the young people in your life:

Thursday, June 20th from 4:00 – 5:00 pm. Happy Birthday, Author!, Ages 3 and up

Each month, Miss Sara invites friends aged 3 and up to join her for a party where we celebrate the birthday of a children’s author with crafts, games and stories.  In June, we will be celebrating Cynthia Rylant, the author of such great easy reader series as Brownie and Pearl, Henry and Mudge, The High-Rise Private Eyes, and Mr. Putter and Tabby, among other titles.  Registration for this program is required.  Kids 6 and under should be accompanied by a parent/caregiver.  Note: a small snack is served at this program.

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

ATHLETICS

The Pierce Middle School Track Team wrapped up its inaugural season with a Pierce-only track meet at Brooks Field on Tuesday, June 4th.  Overall, the season was a great success. We are pleased to report that 21 Pierce athletes competed in the Massachusetts Middle School Track & Field Championships in Fitchburg last weekend against nearly 150 teams from around the state and did a fantastic job of representing Pierce Middle School and the town of Milton.

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The boys and girls Crew Teams did an outstanding job at Massachusetts State Championships. The teams raced hard in the grand finals culminating with the bronze medal  in the Boys varsity 4+ and the 4th place in the Girls varsity 4+. Our crews have shown a great improvement since last year. They all raced hard and with confidence this season. Our rowers demonstrated what Milton Crew is about: determination and dedication! Milton Crew  is more competitive than ever before. Registration is now open for Summer Rowing with the Neponset Rowing Club. There will be summer programs for juniors and adults. For more information, visit http://www.miltoncrew.org/summer_rowing or email Dave LeFebvre at rowdml@gmail.com

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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: The past few weeks have been a whirlwind for members of our Class of 2013. Awards Nights, the Booster Banquet, Prom and Graduation all took place recently and were all great successes. I would like to recognize and thank each member of the Class of 2013 for their accomplishments, and I would like to wish them all the best in the future. They are the true “Ambassadors” of the Milton Public Schools and we are very proud of their achievements.

Teacher/Staff: I would like to take this chance to thank all of our Lunch & Recess Aides who have done a wonderful job this year helping to keep our  elementary students safe in the cafeterias and on the playgrounds. Please join me in thanking the following:  Collicot: Betty Carrigan, Teresa Cunningham and Mary Laporte. Cunningham: Wendy Drysdale, Joan Analetto, Moira Downes, Felisha Francis and Debra Hayes. Glover: Shawna Steuterman, Jarad Gray, Eileen Sullivan, Geta Fletcher and John Cochran. Tucker: Rose Russell, Abner Jean-Baptiste and Zachariah Brown.

Volunteer: I have worked with thousands of very dedicated and talented parent volunteers during my career in public education, but there is one person who has risen to the top in dedication, energy, leadership, talent and selflessness. That person is Mr. Gary Kelly.   Mr. Kelly has been the President of the Milton High School Boosters for the past few years. He also served for many years as a Board Member of the Milton Foundation for Education and has been involved in many other organizations in the Town of Milton.

His leadership of the Milton High School Boosters has been exemplary. The Boosters are a unique group of parent/guardians who support Milton High School’s student/athletes. Because of budget constraints, Milton High School’s athletic program heavily relies on the Boosters to supplement our athletic budget. These volunteers fund raise to pay for and/or supplement the cost of uniforms, buses to and from games, equipment and more.

Over the past few years of difficult budgets, Milton High School’s athletic program has been able to survive because of the support of the Milton High School’s Boosters under the very talented and skilled leadership of Gary Kelly. On behalf of Milton High School’s athletic program and each and everyone of our coaches and student/athletes,  I want to thank Gary Kelly for taking on the very important role of Boosters President.

For more information on the Boosters — how to join, or how to contribute, please check our their link: http://www.miltonboosters.com/Page.asp?n=41948&org=miltonboosters.com

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

 

 

 

May 22 Eblast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - May• 22•13

Like many of you, I spent some time during the past few days watching the video footage from the tragedy in Oklahoma.  I have heard over and over about the heroism of the school teachers in the midst of what must have been a terrifying ordeal.  From playing musical games with students to drown out the noise of the tornado, to herding students into the bathrooms for protection, the stories of teachers’ heroics affected me deeply.

During this school year, we have seen news accounts of the Newtown, Connecticut tragedy, the Boston Marathon bombing and now these images from Oklahoma.  The common theme is heroism of ordinary people, and in two of those cases, heroism of teachers in particular.

We recently celebrated Teacher Appreciation Week in our schools, and news events such as the Oklahoma tornadoes reinforce to me — and I’m sure to many of you — what a very important role school teachers have in our lives and the lives of our children.  I would like to extend my heartfelt sympathy to those affected by the Oklahoma tornadoes and I would also like to thank each and every teacher in the Milton Public Schools for what they do every day.

SPECIAL RECOGNITION

Retirement celebrations are bittersweet. Each spring, we honor our staff members who are ending their careers with the Milton Public Schools. These employees are about to end a rich and fulfilling chapter of their lives and turn the page into the next chapter entitled Retirement.

When I meet with teachers and staff who are retiring, I tell them that for a teacher to retire healthy after having worked and taught in a career they have enjoyed and been successful at is the greatest gift of all. It is a reason to celebrate. On the other hand, to leave a career that has brought so much enjoyment and satisfaction can be heart wrenching.

I always tell my friends and relatives that for a student to have a teacher in their first or last year of their career is a unique and special experience and opportunity.  A first-year teacher brings a joy and contagious enthusiasm to their teaching and classroom.  A teacher in the final year of his or her career has developed an amazing repertoire of skills and expertise. There is a special chemistry in both of these classrooms.

On behalf of the Milton Public School family, I want to thank this year’s retirees from the bottom of my heart for their years of service and dedication to the students of Milton.  I want to congratulate and thank them and wish health and happiness to each of these individuals. I hope they know that their Superintendent and the Milton Public School system appreciates all they given to our students.  Please join me in congratulating this year’s retirees:

Jane Alcarez
Paul Arenburg
Ken Aubert
Mary Colleary
Sheila Gallagher
Marion Hernandez
Anne McIntyre
Vernon Nelson
Patricia Ostrem
Simone Rogan
Dale Snyder
Loretta Swanton

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There has been one School Committee meeting since my last Eblast, on May 15th. It is summarized below:

May 15th:  This was the first meeting of the School Committee with the newly-elected members Mike Zullas and Becky Padera, with the exception of a brief reorganizational meeting on May 1st. This meeting began with a presentation by the LifeSmarts team from Milton High. Coaches Paul Arenburg and Nancy Mikels, along with members of the LifeSmarts team described their recent trip to Atlanta to compete in the Nationals. School Committee members congratulated the team, especially the three students who were cited for having placed at the National Competition, Jack Caljouw,  Mona Yuan and  Nick Juzyca.

Next, the Debate Team was invited to the meeting along with coach Nick Fitzgerald. Coach Nancy Warn was unable to attend. The team reported on their successful season which culminated with the team hosting their first debate tournament at Milton High School.

Winners of the Boston Globe Scholastic Art Competition were also invited to School Committee. Art teachers Karen Hughes and Kassandra Derby, Principals Dr. Karen Spaulding and James Jette, accompanied Milton High School and Pierce Middle School winners.  Artwork was proudly displayed and student awards were announced.

Food Service Director Jacqueline Morgan reported to the School Committee about the past year. Her report included information on the new on-line payment system, the Free/Reduced Lunch program, the new breakfast cart at Milton High School and a summary of recent grants the Food Service Department has received.

School Committee members voted to approve the revised 2013-14 calendar, which can be viewed here:  The next School Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 5th at 7 pm.

CURRICULUM NEWS

Please note, Milton High School’s Class of 2013 Graduation will take place on Sunday, June 2nd in the Copeland Field House.

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The Milton Public Schools were recently honored with a visit from Mitchell D. Chester, Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, who came to visit the Milton Public Schools in order to observe the Full-Day Kindergarten program at Glover Elementary School and visit Milton High School. The day went very smoothly thanks to the efforts of faculty, staff and students. Thank you to Dr. Vanessa Calderon-Rosado, a Milton Public School parent and  member of the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, who helped to arrange this visit.

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DESE Commissioner Mitchell Chester, along with Board Member Vanessa Calderon-Rosado, visited Milton recently to observe classes at MHS and Glover school.

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Commissioner Chester enjoyed meeting students from the co-taught classroom at Glover Elementary School.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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During this school year we introduced a new exam/diploma at the end of our French immersion Program (after AP) for High School students wishing to claim an internationally recognized French proficiency certificate. Students registered in French Connection VII took this exam, and we are happy to report that the 23 students who took the DELF exam all earned passing grades.

The DELF Exam (Diplôme d’Etudes en Langue Française) is an official qualification awarded by the French Ministry of Education certifying a level of fluency in French. This certification is officially recognized by the European Consortium for Foreign Languages, and constitutes the equivalent of the American TOEFL. Such certification is useful for school records, as well as college and job applications in French-speaking countries. Scores are valid for life.

The DELF is designed to assess the communicative skills of a candidate in a real situation using authentic documents, and evaluate  her or his linguistic know-how (writing a letter, asking for information, exchanging opinions).  The exam assesses the four language skills (listening comprehension, reading comprehension, speaking skills and writing) and has two levels (B1/B2). The oral test has been administered by trained instructors from the French Cultural Center of Boston (Alliance Française)

Thank you to Anne-Marie Lainé, our DELF teacher, who attended a training session in Boston to help better prepare our students. Congratulations to the following students:

Milton High School students who passed the B2 exam (more advanced)

Camille Carpenter, Yvonne Corbett, Abigail Greenwood, Ines Kagubare, Morgan Kelly, Amanda Liberty, Anton Libsch, Isabelle Smith

Milton High School students who passed the B1 exam (advanced)

Emily Berman, Marissa delMonte, Molly Dempsey, Kay Green, Nicholas Juzuca, Lily Kasuba, Bethany Knight, Arielle Lasoff, Megan Mc Isaac, Deanna Maher, Christine Murphy, Sinead O’Conor, Madison Perlick, Devon Stanley,  Stephanie Ward

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I am pleased to report that one of our innovative programs that started this year, Boomwriter, is gearing up for their “publishing party,” on Monday, June 17th from 6 – 7 at the Milton Public Library.

When Milton High and Glover parent and BoomWriter founder, Chris Twyman approached us about using BoomWriter in our schools, we had no idea of how academically engaging this program would be. With Mr. Tywman’s support, as well as that of his highly knowledgeable staff, we were able to provide training, ongoing technical support, and published books for many teachers and students throughout the district. The result has been a heightened interest in creative writing and storytelling and improved performance in the classroom.  Sara Willis, Erin Power, Dave Querzoli, Jessica Royster, Liz Tahaney, John Radosta and Nick Fitzgerald all worked with students to write, revise, edit and publish an original story.

BoomWriter is an engaging creative writing website that encourages young people to read, write, and assess what their peers write. One chapter at a time, the students write, read, and then vote on which of the submissions they like the most. The winning chapter is then added to the story and the process continues. The end result is a complete story that was written collaboratively. For more information visit the Boomwriter website by clicking here. www.boomwriter.com

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 The 2013 Milton Summer Enrichment brochure is now available. The brochure can be viewed by clicking here:

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

The Pierce Players will perform Hello Dolly at the Pierce Auditorium on Thursday, May 30th & Friday, May 31st at 7 pm and Saturday, June 1st at 2 pm. Tickets are on sale for $10/adults and $8/children and can be purchased at the door or by calling 617-696-4570.

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 We are in need of volunteers for a very important event for our high school and our community. This is the 20th year for the Milton High School All Night Graduation Party.  This party will be held on Sunday June 2nd. Details are below, or visit this link: www.mhsanp.blospot.com

Why an All Night Party?  Graduation is a time of celebration. Energy and excitement runs high and students feel invincible. Drinking and drugs are often a part of the rite of passage and the results can be tragic. The All Night Party has become part of the Milton High School culture with close to 100% participation. It is a community supported way for all seniors, and only seniors, to get together one last time in a safe, alcohol free, drug free environment to party until dawn with rocking music, plenty of food and great entertainment.

Parents of Graduates: Please encourage your student to attend. This party is for every graduating senior.  Grads have been given brochures, information has been emailed home and information is always available at www.mhsanp.blogspot.com  Keep your child safe. This is event is run by parents and we want your help.

Why should I help?  If you don’t do it, who will? As parents of high school students, we have the most vested interests in making sure these students have a place to celebrate the smart and safe way this year and for years to come. Take this opportunity to show your son or daughter that you support their choice for a drug free, alcohol free, yet outrageously fun all night party.

 What will I do? There are jobs for everyone. Light lifting, lots of sitting, interacting with the kids, never seeing the kids, moving fast, never moving at all, staying out late, getting up early. Give us a reason why you can’t help and we’ll find a way that you can. We need you!

What will the kids do? The kids will arrive at 10:30PM. The doors are locked at 11:00PM and do not open again until 5:00AM. The night is jam packed with activities including music, dancing, games, plenty of food, a hypnotist show, airbrush tattoo artists, tarot card readers and enough memories to last a lifetime.

 I don’t have a graduating senior. Maybe not this year, but someday you will. And when they graduate, you will want them safely locked down at the all night party. Help now to ensure this party continues.

My senior does not want me there. Sign up for the PACK UP shift at 5:00AM (Monday), the SET UP shift at 5:30PM Sunday or a shift in the foyer (vs. the main party room). FYI, these same seniors that do not want you there are usually running around looking for Mom or Dad.

I can’t do it. It’s too late for me. It’s too late for all of us. Remind yourself that you would not be getting a good night’s sleep if your senior was out on graduation night going from party to party.  You certainly would not get a good night’s sleep if you were awakened by a phone call from the Milton Police, Milton Hospital or a crying neighbor.

I have to work the next day. Like many of us, you might consider taking Monday off. Let your student know that you support their commitment to a drug free, alcohol free graduation.

Still not convinced? When was the last time you partied until dawn? Enjoy the food, music and energy of 250 teenagers. This is a great night for the kids and a fun night for volunteer parents. We’ve raised good kids. You’ve known some of them since grade school. You will be proud of them. Come on out and help give them a good send off. We can’t do it without you.

For more information, visit this blog www.mhsanp.blospot.com   or Email MiltonANP@gmail.com if you would like to volunteer.

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Internet Safety Night will be held on Thursday, June 6th at the Milton High School Library.  Join the Milton Public Schools Administration & Internet Safety Specialists Lynette Owens and Patricia A. Snell for a night of information and discussion regarding Internet Safety and Cyber-bullying. This event is geared for parents and guardians of children in grades K-12. Internet Safety Night Provided to the Milton Community by the Milton Public Schools, the Norfolk County District Attorney, and Trend Micro. This event is sponsored by: Collicot, Cunningham, Glover, Tucker, Pierce, & Milton High School Parent & Teacher Organizations and the district Bullying Prevention Advisory Committee (BPAC).

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MHS Boosters Varsity Athletes Banquet: On Wednesday, May 29th at 6:00 pm, Milton varsity letter winners will be honored at the 35th annual Varsity Awards banquet sponsored by the Milton High School Boosters. Tickets for parents, siblings and friends can be purchased online at the Boosters website. Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for children. Bring your paid receipt to the banquet – no tickets will be sold at the door. Seating starts at 5:30 p.m.

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Boosters Seeking ‘Cans for Cats':  The next Milton High School Boosters Wildcats can & bottle fundraising drive will be held on Saturday, June 1st, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Milton High School. The ski team will be at the front entrance of the high school, 25 Gile Road, to collect your 5 cent cans and bottles to redeem them for cash. All funds earned will support their team. Please stop by and support your Wildcats with your can donations.

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The Milton Foundation for Education’s Outstanding Teacher of the Ceremony was held on Wednesday, May 22nd in the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium at Milton High School. Please join us in congratulating the following teachers:

Milton High School: Dan Jarboe, Math
Pierce Middle School: John O’Leary & Colleen Queally , PE/Health
Tucker Elementary School: Mary Duggan, ELL
Collicot Elementary School: Zeina Hamada, Grade 2 French Immersion
Cunningham Elementary School: Helene Olken, Grade 2 French Immersion
Glover Elementary School:  Sara Willis, Grade 5 Co-Taught
Mary Grassa O’Neill Leadership Award: Tom Shaw, Science

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Helene Olken, Cunningham teacher, was surprised to learn she was one of the 2013 “MFE Teacher of the Year” winners.

PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

The PAC will hold their elections this Thursday, May 23rd at the Pierce Middle School from 7:00 to 8:30 am.

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The MFE recently announced the spring recipients of its Competitive Grants Program. This program awarded a total of eight grants worth more than $4,000 to Milton Public Schools applicants, among them a set of DVDs for elementary school nurses to help teach Growth & Development; a set of pedometers for use in math, science and health class; and materials to build a garden in the Outdoor Classroom. Below is the full list of awards:

  • SmartBoard Math Tools & Software (Mr. LeGeros), Pierce Middle School. “We will purchase permanent licenses for SmartBoard Math Tools for all math classrooms at Pierce.” — $1,089
  • Gardening in the Outdoor Classroom (Mr. Stoodt), Pierce Middle School. “We will purchase planters and raised garden beds to be used with the Outdoor Classroom.” $1,041
  • Grade Five Growth & Development (Nurse LeBlanc), Elementary Schools. “We will purchase updated DVDs of the Growth & Development program that is presented to all 5th graders each year.
  • America’s National Parks (Mr. Eschauzier) Glover Elementary School. “We will purchase classroom resources to be used by the 5th graders for their research projects.” $490.
  • Common Core Math Kit & Easel (Ms. Craven & Ms. Willis), Glover Elementary School. “We will purchase manipulatives for complex math concepts and a white board easel for use in small groups.” $400.Math and Science Manipulatives. (J. Alcarez,  E. Coates, M. Flanagan,  A. LeFort,  A. O’Donnell & K. Sinton), Glover Elementary School. “We will purchase manipulatives for complex math concepts and building complex electrical circuits.” $267.
  • Becoming & Understanding Social Thinkers (Ms. Wagner) Tucker Elementary School. “We will purchase materials to assist students to improve their social skills or to understand those with differing social skills.” $183.
  • Walking with Math, (Ms. McClain) Glover Elementary School, “We will purchase 36 pedometers which can be used in math, science, and health.” $165.

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In other MFE news, the final fundraising amount from this year’s “Live Wire” event at the Boston Marriott in Quincy was announced. The 2013 Celebration for Education raised $215,000 — the largest amount ever! Thank you to all who participated in this fundraiser.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

Save the Date for the Milton Music Fest and Fireworks! Milton residents are encouraged to save the date of Friday, June 7th (rain date of June 8th) for a spectacular evening of musical entertainment on Hutchinson Field on Adams Street from 6 to 10 pm, organized by We Are Milton!

A large stage and sound system will be placed on the field and beginning at 6 PM you will be entertained by a variety of performers and groups including Pierce Middle School Treble Chorus, Milton High School Jazz Band with Alums, Milton High School Symphony Orchestra with Alums, Pauline Wells and Devri, Mixed Emotions from Riverside Theatre Works, Clifdon Academy of Irish Dance, and Didn’t Planet.

The grand finale of the evening will be Milton’s largest fireworks display, which will be synchronized to music and set off at the base of Hutchinson Field from a barge on the Neponset River!  This Milton Music Fest and Fireworks is being brought to you exclusively by the generous financial support of the Copeland Family Foundation. For more information please visit the We Are Milton website.

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 Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton will seek input from Milton, Randolph and Braintree residents about community health needs at two upcoming forums on May 23 and May 30th. Forums are part of a community health needs assessment that BID-Milton is conducting in order to help guide decisions about the hospital’s future community outreach programs.  The May 23rd forum will be held at the Turner Free Library, 2 North Main Street, Randolph, from 6:30-8:30pm.  For those who cannot attend on May 23rd, the hospital will host a second forum on May 30th in its Nangeroni Education Center, located at BID-Milton, 199 Reedsdale Road, Milton, from 6:30-8:30pm.

Participants will be encouraged to share their opinions about the most critical health needs of their community, and discuss possible ways to improve community health.  In addition, the hospital will present preliminary key findings of its recent review of public health data for Milton, Randolph and Braintree.

Each participant in the forum will receive a $20 grocery store gift card, and complimentary refreshments will be served.  Space is limited, and participants MUST register in advance to be eligible for the gift card. For more information or to register, please call 617-313-1557.

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Milton’s longest running youth football program, the Milton Mustangs, is accepting registrations for contact football, flag football and cheerleading.  Past players have gone on to Bates, Bowdoin, Colby, Hamilton, Harvard and Union College to play football.  For more information about any of the programs offered by the Milton Mustangs and for registering to participate in any of the lowest cost programs in Milton, go to the Milton Mustangs website.

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Registration for the Milton Parks and Rec spring and summer programs can be found online here. 

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

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

Spring fun continues in the Children’s Room at Milton Public Library.  In addition to our regular preschool story times on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, we have other upcoming programs for the young people in your life:

Saturday, May 25th from 2:00 – 3:00 pm: Reading Dogs!, Grades 1-5

Children in grades 1-5 are invited to come meet some lovable therapy dogs who just love being read to.   Each youngster will have the opportunity to read at least one book to one of our canine volunteers. Bring a favorite book with you, or choose from our shelf.  Registration is required.

Saturday, June 1st from 10:00 – 10:30 am: Sensory Storytime, Ages 3-5

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

Information about and registration for all of our programs can always be found on our online calendar or call the Children’s Room at 617-898-4957 during business hours. Please contact the Children’s Room if you have questions about any of our programs or services.

The following item was sent in by Emily Calkins, Young Adult Librarian:

Tuesday, May 28th, 6:30-8:00 pm: Nerf Battle. Join the Teen Services department for our first ever Nerf Battle, planned and put on by the library’s Teen Advisory Group. Three Nerf games, tons of snacks, and an hour and a half of non-stop fun. Admission is free. Some Nerf guns will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring their own. Advance registration is required; the event is limited to 25 participants. The program is open to students in grades 6-12 and is sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library.

Friday, June 7th, 3:00 p.m.: After-school movie. Kick off the weekend with an after-school movie at the library. See the trailers on our Facebook page and vote for your favorite here, and then join us for the winning movie and snacks! This program is open to grades 6-12 and is sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library

Monday, June 10th, 7:00 p.m: Teen Book Club: A Love Story Starring My Dead Best Friend.  Our pick for June’s book is A Love Story Starring My Dead Best Friend by Emily Horner. When Cass’s best friend Julia dies in a car accident, she leaves behind plans for a musical called “Totally Sweet Ninja Death Squad.” Julia’s friends in the drama club are determined to put on the show, but Cass, who’s much happier behind the scenes, is conflicted. She feels even worse when Heather, who bullied Cass during middle school, is chosen as the lead. Cass decides to mourn Julia in her own way, by biking across the country with Julia’s ashes. The story alternates between Cass’s ride and the production of “Totally Sweet Ninja Death Sqaud” as Cass learns about grief, love, and most importantly, herself.

Put the book on hold by clicking the title above, then join us for a discussion and snacks at 7 p.m. on June 10!
As always, please contact Emily Calkins, Young Adult Librarian, at 617-698-5757 or ecalkins@ocln.org for more information.

VISUAL ARTS

Summer Art camps at MAC just released! Registration is now open! Summer ART Camps 2013 courses and descriptions can be downloaded here.

ATHLETICS

It’s the first season for the new Challenger League (the Rockies and Brewers) for Milton Little League. There will be a night game on Friday, May 31st at 5:30pm at Shields Park Field (located at 392 Eliot St, Milton). Another game will be played on Sunday, June 9th at Gile Road at 1 pm. We expect another great turnout as we build on the fun and energy of our fan base, buddies and of course our superstar players.

Pierce Track Team: The first-ever Pierce Track Team has competed in two meets. More than 100 students have gone out for Track this spring, and both the Boys’ and Girls’ teams have done extremely well. Milton won its first home meet vs. Sharon and recently came out on top in a “quad meet” in Milford, competing against Sharon, Medway and Needham. Congratulations!

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Members of the Pierce Track team on their way to their first away meet

 The following update was provided by Steve Traister, Athletic Director: 

BASEBALL: The baseball team recently went on a 3-game winning streak with victories over Needham, Natick and Weymouth. Colin McCabe, Lloyd Hill and Conor Regan have led the team on offense, while Wes Kroninger, Mike Musto, and Bobby Freeman have been great pitching. Their record currently stands at 5-12.

SOFTBALL The girls’ softball team is honoring their 7 seniors this week at their last home game against Dedham; Cara Hogan, Liz Johnson, Nicole Bligh, Marissa DelConte, and Captains Bailey McDonnell, Sydney Fitzgerald, and Molly Farmer

BOYS LACROSSE The Boy’s Lacrosse team has just passed the halfway point in their season. Despite a record of 2-8, the team is working hard, with a couple of players emerging as quality team leaders. The offense is led by senior midfielder Brendan Kelley and senior attackman Conor Greaney; the defense is led junior Kenny Graham and Senior Andrew Hunt, and junior goalie Seadna Scanlon has had several games where he has made double-digit totals in saves. The team is in the middle of stretch of games that find them on the road nine of eleven games, but the team will end the regular-season with a four-game home stand. Coach Ben Midura’s team will be playing against Walpole at home on Friday night at 7:00 pm on Brooks Field.

GIRLS LACROSSE Coach Ashley Parker’s team currently has a record of 2-10-0. The girls are being led by Senior Captain’s Erin Higgins, Grace Driscoll, Olivia Phelan and Julie Rush. Senior Capt Erin Higgins leads the team in points with 15 Goals and 6 assists. The girls will travel to Weymouth today 5/20. Tuesday 5/21 is Milton’s senior game recognizing Erin Higgins, Grace Driscoll, Olivia Phelan, Julie Rush and Jennifer Berry.

BOYS TRACK The boys outdoor track team finished the season with a 4 and 1 record. The team was led by the veteran leadership of Nick Savage, Nick Orlando, Miles Holland and Kervens Jean Phillipe. The team also showed some promise for the future with great performances by John Lenane, Colin Kealey,and Anthony Wong. There are 12 boys qualified to participate in the Division 3 State Championships in Pembroke on May 27th.

GIRLS TRACK The girls’ team finished the season with a 1-6 record. The track team qualified 10 girls for the Class C, MIAA Meet, on May 26, 2012. They also qualified a relay team. The girl trackster of Molly Dempsey, Zion Theodros, Andrea Juzyca and Angie Higgins will participate in the Heptathlon on June 4 and 5. The heptathlon signals the end of spring track

BOYS TENNIS On Saturday May 4th, the Milton High School Boys and Girls tennis teams held a successful fundraiser at Kelly Field to benefit the American Cancer Society. The teams are participating in the Mini Relay for Life event taking place on May 18th at the Copeland Fieldhouse. The teams held tennis lessons for elementary school children with all proceeds going toward their $1,000 fundraising goal. The Boys & Girls Tennis Teams are currently more than half way there. The tennis lessons were organized by Captains: Dan Halloran and Ursula Beattie and supervised by the Boys Tennis Team Coach Paul Ajemian

GIRLS TENNIS Coaches Liz Mercer and Debbie Higgins are happy to report that the 2013 Girls’ Tennis Team has a 7–6 record, as of May 17th.  The team goes to Weymouth on Wednesday, May 22nd to play a double-header, as last Wednesday’s match was rained out.  Only one more win is needed to make the MIAA Team Tournament, and everyone is hopeful that the team will secure that one win, or more

RUGBY The varsity rugby team finished with a 6-2 record and our th3 number one seed in the Division 2 Rugby State Tournament.

CREW The crew team had a great weekend behind us. We raced at “The Moose on the Malden” regatta. The team is being much more competitive since the last year. The boys’ varsity four won the bronze medal in a very hard competition among 8 boats. We beat high schools from Massachusetts and Maine.

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: The Junior Book Awards have been a tradition at Milton High School for over 20 years. Books are given to members of the junior class who have demonstrated high academic achievement, strong leadership, and commitment to school community. Please join me in congratulating the following students who won these Junior Book Awards:  John Caljouw, Brianna Callahan, Devan Callahan, Camille Carpenter, Jonathan Carrera, Sophie Chase, Cormac Conners, Chanel Connor, Juliann Cosetta, Jillian Cummings, Devin DiManno, Olivia Done, Christopher Dsida, Julia Finnegan, Susan Fitzgerald, Allison Grassa, Emma Greenawalt, Victoria Grudem, Kali Guise, Phillipe Janvier, Nicole Lam, Magdalena Machowski, Shanaz Mahmood, Claire Mahoney, Abraham McCarthy, Julianinah Midy, Cailinn O’Carroll, Catherine Pappano, Chris Ricciuti, Michael Ricciuti, Michael Tobin, Christian Urbina.

Teacher: As I mentioned above in the “Curriculum” section, we piloted an innovative program this year called “Boomwriter.” I would like to recognize the following teachers who helped to get this program off the ground and into their classrooms: Sara Willis, Erin Power, Dave Querzoli, Jessica Royster, Liz Tahaney, John Radosta and Nick Fitzgerald.

Volunteer: Another person who was responsible for bringing the Booomwriter program to Milton is Chris Twyman, a MHS and Glover parent. Mr. Twyman is the co-founder and CEO of this program and we are very grateful helped to launch Boomwriter in the Milton Public Schools.

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