From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date: June 10, 2015
FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT
For those of you who were guests at this year’s Milton High School commencement ceremony on June 7th, you were treated to a wonderful event with some stellar speeches. I was unable to attend due to a family obligation, but I have taken excerpts from each of the day’s speeches and compiled them below. I hope you derive as much inspiration from them as our graduates did!
School Committee Chairman Michael Zullas: “Welcome to the beginning. Welcome to the beginning of a journey whose course is unchartered and whose end is unknown. And while the unknown often brings apprehension, try to remember that not knowing what happens next adds to the color, and the flavor, and the excitement of life. Welcome to the beginning of newly earned authority and responsibility.”
Milton High School Principal James Jette: “…Today I highlight a piece of your legacy as you close one chapter of your life and begin to embark upon new endeavors. Some of you will find immediate success, while others may encounter setbacks or hardship. However, it is my hope that each of you has the motivational fortitude to overcome those obstacles. Rely upon the knowledge and skills you have acquired over the course of the years. Seek the support of family and friends and never give up … never quit!”
Milton High School Class of 2015 President Madelyn Driscoll: “The feeling of excitement and anticipating that we have felt while growing up is something that we will feel many more times in our lives. No matter what you are going to be doing in the coming years, there will be many new things that provoke the feelings you have felt when doing new things in Milton. We have all shared a similar background which contributes to our warm relationship. As you move on, you will be part of new relationships and communities. Your success here foreshadows the success that you will have in your future communities.”
Milton High School Class of 2015 Salutatorian Albert Enyedy: “…Regardless of the amount of work assigned or the amount of sleep we lost, we made it through these four years. We overcame our struggles and persevered until the end of high school (or should I say the beginning of our independent lives?) Now that we’re here, we can look back at those achievements and enjoy this graduation. As we look forward to our new adventures, whether in college, the workforce or serving our country in the Armed Forces, we thank you, our teachers and parents, for your unwavering support. We couldn’t have done it without you.”
Milton High School Class of 2015 Valedictorian Oceane Marescal: “…I spent much of the first three years (of high school) alone in my room with a textbook on my lap – not exactly the fun that I was promised high school would be. I kept expecting that something would magically happen that would propel me out of social isolation. But nothing ever did. Instead, change came in the form of a choice I myself made: joining the Milton Track Team. Joining a new sport senior year may seem like a strange decision for most, but for me, this decision was the best and most liberating choice I have ever made. Track gave me the opportunity I had been searching for the past three years – to come of out of my shell, bond with other people and relieve the stress from school that we have all felt. Being part of the team gave me a sense of acceptance, community and friendship that I’m sure you have all felt at some point in these four years with our own teams, clubs and friend groups.”
The Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents asks me annually to recognize the valedictorian of each class for a special award. This year, I am proud to award the Superintendent’s Certificate of Academic Excellence to Oceane Marescal, the student with the highest GPA in the Class of 205. Oceane will be attending McGill University in Montreal, Canada.
SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE
There have been no School Committee meetings since my last E-blast. The next meeting will be held tonight, Wednesday, June 10th at 7 pm in the Milton High School library.
This past weekend was the Milton High School Class of 2015 graduation. Once again, I would like to congratulate each of our graduates and wish these students the best of luck in their future endeavors. Following is a list of the colleges, universities, trade schools, preparatory schools and military branches our students will be heading off to in the next few months. Some of these schools have more than one Milton High School graduate attending:
Anna Maria College, Paxton, MA, Babson College, Wellesley, MA, Barnard College, New York, NY, Bates College, Lewiston, ME, Boston Architectural College, Boston, MA, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA, Boston University, Boston, MA, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, Bridgton Academy, North Bridgton, ME, Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater MA, Bunker Hill Community College, Boston, MA, Choate Rosemary Hall, Wallingford, CT, Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY, Coastal Carolina University, Conway, SC, Connecticut College, New London, CT, Curry College, Milton, MA, Daniel Webster College, Nashua, NH, Dean College, Franklin, MA, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, Eastern Nazarene College, Quincy, MA, Emerson College, Boston, MA, Emmanuel College, Boston, MA, Endicott College, Beverly, MA, Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT, Fitchburg State University, Fitchburg, MA, Framingham State University, Framingham, MA, George Washington University, Washington, DC, Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY, Indiana University/Bloomington, Bloomington, IN, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY, Johnson & Wales, Providence, RI, Keene State College, Keene, NH, LA College of Music, Los Angeles, CA, Lafayette College, Easton, PA, Lasell College, Newton, MA, Loyola University/Maryland, Baltimore, MD, Manhattan College, Riverdale, NY, Manhattanville College, New York, NY, Massasoit Community College, Brockton MA, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, Boston, MA, Merrimack College, North Andover, MA, Mount Ida College, Newton, MA, New York University, New York, NY, Nichols College, Dudley, MA, Northeastern University, Boston, MA, Oakwood University, Huntsville, AL, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK, Pace University, New York, NY, Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, Providence College, Providence, RI, Quincy College, Quincy, MA, Quinnipiac University, Hamden, CT, Regis College, Weston, MA, Roxbury Community College, Boston, MA, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT, Saint Anselm College, Manchester, NH, Santa Barbara City College, Santa Barbara, CA, Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ, Simmons College, Boston, MA, St. Bonaventure University, Allegany, NY, St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA, Stonehill College, Easton, MA, Suffolk University, Boston, MA, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, Toni & Guy Hairdressing School, MA, Trinity College, Hartford, CT, Tufts University, Medford, MA, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, University of Maine/Orono, Orono, ME, University of Maryland/College Park, College Park, MD, University of Massachusetts/Amherst, Amherst, MA, University of Massachusetts/Boston, Boston, MA, University of Massachusetts/ Dartmouth, North Dartmouth, MA, University of Massachusetts/Lowell, Lowell, MA, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI, University of Scranton, Scranton, PA, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, University of Southern Maine, Gorham, ME, University of Tampa, Tampa, FL, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT, Villanova University, Villanova, PA, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston, MA, Western New England University, Springfield, MA, Westfield State University, Westfield, MA, Wheaton College, Norton, MA, Wofford College, Spartanburg, SC, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA, Yale University, New Haven, CT.
We are also proud to announce that one of our students will be attending the US Naval Academy in Bethesda, MD, two students have enlisted in the U. S. Marine Corps; and one student has enlisted in the U. S. Navy.
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Congratulations to the Pierce Players for their recent presentation of “Bye Bye Birdie.” I attended one of the performances and was very impressed with the quality of the performances by the singers, dancers, crew members and actors in this play. Congratulations also to Pierce Middle School drama teacher William Deschenes. Great job by all!
UPCOMING MPS EVENTS
Be sure to check out the upcoming Milton Public Schools’ Bike Rodeo this Friday afternoon!
- What: Bike Safety and skills Training by Massachusetts’ Safe Routes to School Program
- When: Friday June 12, 2015, from 3:30 to 5:30PM
- Where: Pierce Middle School Parking Lot
- Who: All Current MPS 3rd and 4th Graders
Parents or guardians must accompany their children. Students must bring their bike and helmet. (Some free helmets provided on first come basis). Juice boxes and cookies will be provided courtesy of Milton Bicycle Advisory Committee. Basic bike maintenance provided by MBAC volunteers. Questions? Email Ben Jones: email@example.com
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Our recent Kindergarten Screening was a huge success. More than 300 incoming kindergarteners visited the Milton High School library for their screening appointments. The next step will take place at each of the elementary schools.
Collicot Elementary: Parents and students entering kindergarten in September of 2015 are invited to the Collicot School Kindergarten Stroll & Popsicle Party on Tuesday, June 16th at 9am. Join Collicot staff for a tour of the school followed by a Popsicle party with classmates on the playground. Students will also invited to board a big yellow school bus. Please enter the building through the main entrance and check in at the school office.
Cunningham Elementary: Incoming Kindergarteners and who will be attending Cunningham School are invited with their families to an event on June 23rd at 9am. Students and their parents/guardians will be given a brief tour of the school, which will be followed by “Popsicles in the Park,” at Cunningham Park.
Glover Elementary: On June 18th from 5-6pm, incoming kindergarten students and their families will be given tours of Glover School by members of the incoming 5th grade class. Afterwards, they are invited to join the rest of the students at Glover for the end-of-the-year picnic in the front playground. In addition, there will be two “Popsicle Playdates” scheduled for this summer, held in the front playground of Glover on August 20th from 10am to 11am and August 27th from 6 to 7pm.
Tucker Elementary: Parents and guardians of incoming kindergarten students are invited to an adults-only information session & tour on June 17th from 12:30-1:30pm. There will be a Popsicle Party for incoming K students and their parent/guardians on August 16th at 10:45am in the back playground and on August 18th at 6pm. Finally, there will be a Kindergarten Orientation on September 3rd for parents/guardians and students.
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The Milton High School Library will be having a book fair at the Braintree Barnes & Noble bookstore tomorrow, Thursday, June 11th. A percentage of sales made at this store will go towards the MHS library if you mention the Book Fair ID#11597762.
The following item was sent to us by the folks at the Milton Foundation for Education:
Honor a Teacher with the Milton Foundation for Education Red Apple Program: As another school year comes to a close, we reflect on the role our teachers play in our childrens’ lives — igniting their curiosity, encouraging free thinking, providing challenge and motivation to achieve new heights, and championing their causes. Here is a simple way to say thank you, a Red Apple.
When you make a $25 individual donation or a $50 class donation to the Red Apple Program, your teacher will receive a special Red Apple certificate and a sincere thank you for sharing the gift of learning. Your donation will directly support our Annual Appeal Fund, which provides grants that enable teachers to foster creative classroom atmospheres and capture the interest and imagination of their students. To send your teacher a Red Apple, click here or mail your teacher’s name and school together with your name and donation to MFE, P.O. Box 223, Milton, MA 02186.
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Don’t forget about the MFE’s Jeep raffle. Your chances of winning this Jeep are so good, it’s scary. But you have to buy your ticket soon. Tickets are going fast. Get yours today. Available in every school’s office, through any MFE Trustee or by emailing JeepRaffle2015@gmail.com
NEWS AROUND TOWN
The Milton Rotary Club and the Milton Kiwanis Club proudly present the Baron Hugo Noremberga Park “Totem Pole” Dance tonight, Wednesday, June 10th at 6pm. This event will take place at the Baron Hugo Gazebo on the Town Hall Green. Music will be provided by the Black Velvet Band.
Hugo Englebert Lira, was one of the last leaders of the bands that played the hotel and ballroom circuit in and around Boston. Mr. Lira, known better by his stage name, Baron Hugo, worked for more than 60 years as a drummer and band leader. Between 1942 and 1952, Baron Hugo was regarded as “the king of the Totem”. Baron Hugo continued to perform at weddings and special occasions until his death at age 88.
Mr. Lira was a member of the Milton Rotary Club and a very active member of the Town of Milton. He supported many community activities and was a supporter of musical programs for the public schools. He sponsored a number of scholarship funds for Milton students, provided funds for building and maintaining of the Gazebo in front of the Milton Town Hall and established a fund with the Milton Rotary Club, to name a few of his financial contributions to the community.
The Milton Rotary Club will accept donations to the Baron Hugo Lira Fund in order to replenish and thus continue this series of music events for The Town of Milton. Contributions can be made to:
Milton Rotary Club,
Attn: Baron Hugo Lira Fund,
Milton, MA 02186
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Milton Soccer announces its new Champions League! The Milton Soccer Champions League offers exciting in-town competition, Signing Day, World Cup, and skills clinics by professional coaches. Built upon the success of the growing K2 and Travel programs, the Champions League brings to all Milton children grades 3-8 a new opportunity for a high quality soccer experience.
As you may have heard, the Travel and Town soccer programs merged in 2012 to become Milton Soccer. Milton Soccer is committed to providing creating a safe learning environment in which all children have fun and develop an appreciation for all aspects of the game of soccer. Milton Soccer is dedicated to offering a range of soccer program options to Milton families from just having fun to competitive teams at older age groups.
Milton Soccer is proud to introduce our newly designed Champions League. The Champions League is an in-town league for 3rd – 8th graders. Rules and team formats are consistent with travel leagues across the state, and games will be refereed by licensed referees from our very strong Milton referee program. Volunteer parent coaches will have support from our professional coaching partners at UK Elite and coaching license expectations. In addition to team practices, players will be able to take advantage of UK Elite’s coaching during weekly age group skills clinics.
The exciting season will kick off with a Signing Day event where kids find out what team they are on (named after Champions League teams in Europe), pick up their kit (uniform), and meet their coach. Teams will play a 9-week season, culminating with a World Cup on the 10th Saturday, a mini-tournament that promises to be the highlight of the season.
This league is open to anyone who lives or goes to school in Milton and who is entering grades 3-8 in September. All skill levels are welcome – even if your child has never played. We are committed to creating balanced teams to ensure competitive games.
Soccer is a great sport for all ages. It is inexpensive, requires minimal equipment and is a great introduction to team sports. After the fall season, Champions League players will have the choice to join a travel team in the spring, or take a break from soccer for the spring. We are excited to see the Champions League grow to become one of the premier in-town soccer programs in the Commonwealth.
Milton Soccer Programs: Pre-K for ages 3-5 (fall and spring); K2 for kindergarteners – 2nd graders (fall and spring); Champions League for grades 3-8 (fall only); Travel League for grades 4-8 in the fall and 3-8 in the spring. Registration for all fall Milton Soccer programs is now open. To register and for more information, go to www.miltonmasoccer.org
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Milton Parks and Recreation has announced its 2015 Summer Concert Series Schedule. All Concerts take place from 6-7:30pm at the Baron Hugo Gazebo on the Town Green at the Town Hall.
June 10 (Wednesday) ………….. Black Velvet
Sponsored by: Milton Rotary and Milton Kiwanis
June 17 (Wednesday) ………….. Four Guys In Tuxes
Sponsored by: Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital -Milton
June 24 (Wednesday) ………………..Memphis Nights
Sponsored by: Dolan Funeral Home and Cremation Svcs. and
Dolan & Chapman Funeral and Cremation Svcs.
July 1 (Wednesday) ……An Enchanted Evening w/Paul Agnew and the John Capevella Quartet
Sponsored by: Alfred Thomas Funeral Home
July 8 (Wednesday) …………………..Curragh’s Fancy
Sponsored by: Congressman Stephen F. Lynch and Michael Capuano
July 15 (Wednesday)….”Sweet Harmony” w/ “Mixed Emotions” Riverside Theatre Works
Sponsored by: Blue Hills Bank
July 22 (Wednesday)………………… “Erin’s Melody”
Sponsored by: Dan Tarpey Jr. and Celtic Monument
July 29 (Wednesday)…………………… Pauline Wells w/ “IRISH DEVRI”
Sponsored by: The Copeland Family Foundation
August 5 (Wednesday)……………….. Curragh’s Fancy
Sponsored by: Representative Walter F. Timilty
August 12 (Wednesday) ……………..Music Fun with Wayne Potash
Sponsored by: Senator Brian Joyce
August 19, 2015 (RAINDATE)
August 26, 2015 (RAINDATE)
***Schedule Subject to Change***
Concerts are offered by the Milton Parks and Recreation and the Board of Selectmen. Rain cancellation info after 5 pm: 617-898-4940
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Please join us for the first annual Kathryn’s Ride, in memory of Kathryn McCourt, at SoulCycle in Chestnut Hill on Friday, June 26, at 3:30 pm! Can’t make the ride?…meet us on the patio at Ester in Lower Mills that night, or donate! All proceeds will support Joanna’s Place, a non-profit organization offering complimentary counseling services and resources for children and families facing unexpected loss. Please feel free to participate in any or all of the ways below. Please click on the Eventbrite link to participate: http://bit.ly/KathrynsRide
Friday, June 26th from 3:30 to 4:15pm
SoulCycle – Chestnut Hill 200 Boylston Street Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY
The following item was submitted by Sara Truog, Children’s Librarian:
Summer is coming – and so are fun things for kids to do at the Milton Public Library! Registration for our annual Summer Reading Challenge is open NOW! Information about this program has gone home with every Milton Public elementary schooler; to learn more, check out the Children’s Page at www.miltonlibrary.org . In addition to our regular storytimes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of June 21 – 27:
Thursday, June 25, 2015 from 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Summer Reading Kickoff: Mystic Drumz, All Ages
To celebrate the kickoff of our Summer Reading Challenge, please join us for a world music safari adventure with Mystic Drumz! They will be presenting their show “The Legend of Marshmallow Island,” which features a magical island that rises from the middle of a mystical pond. Larry the Frog and friends go off in search of Marshmallow Island and the legendary dance party that takes place there. Come see and hear such featured instruments as the Nigerian Talking Drum, Brazilian Quica, Vibraslap, Flextone, Chinese Gongs and more. After the show, please join the Friends for a hot dog cookout! Registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library.
Friday, June 26, 2015 from 10:00 – 11:00 am
Yoga Woga, Ages 3-5
Yoga Woga is back! Children ages 3-5 are invited to come to this fun time learning yoga with Jill Pokaski Azar, certified yoga instructor. Registration is required (separate sign up for each session). Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library.
Don’t forget to check the library web calendar for a listing of the many programs we offer year-round. Information about and registration for all of our programs can always be found on our online calendar at www.miltonlibrary.org, or by calling the Children’s Room at 617-898-4957 during business hours. Also, like the Milton Public Library on Facebook and get updates right in your news feed! Please contact the Children’s Room if you have questions about any of our programs or services.
To see a complete listing of library events, please click here:
This Saturday, June 13th, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital – Milton will be hosting the 6th Annual Community Health Walk & Health Fair. Come at 9:30 am to meet the Red Sox mascot, Wally the Green Monster! Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton’s Community Health Walk will generate much-needed awareness for a variety of organizations that provide public health programs and support cardiovascular health at BID-Milton through the hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program. 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 go towards enhancements to the hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program. After the walk, walkers and other guests may visit BID-Milton’s health fair and enjoy some family-friendly entertainment.
Call 617-313-1557 or visit ww.bidmilton.org/walk to register
Free health screenings and information-blood pressure, vision, BMI and more
- Texting and driving simulator
- Emergency vehicle tours
- Moonwalk obstacle course and games
- Face painting
- Raffle prizes
- Free BBQ Lunch
Baseball: The Milton High Baseball Team made tournament this year, but lost 3-2 in the first round of the MIAA DII South Sectional Tournament. They ended their season with a final record of 11-10.
Girls Tennis: The team made it the first round of the MIAA DII South Sectional MIAA Tournament, but lost to Falmouth High School.
Boys Tennis: The team qualified for the DII South Sectional Tournament, but lost to Sharon High School in the first round.
All States: The boys relay team of Koby Osazee, David Perkins, Ludwig Frederique and Derek Perkins finished the season as the second-best 4×100 relay team in the state at the All State Track Meet at Fitchburg State University on Saturday, June 6th. The team came close to being the top team in the state, losing the state title by .03 of a second, but breaking the school record with a time of 42:80. The relay team qualified to compete in The New England Interscholastic Track Outdoor Championship this Saturday, June 13th in Saco Maine. Senior Kingston Iwuala earned 9th place in the boys’ high jump with a height of 6-02.00
States: This relay team won first place at the MIAA D3 State Track Meet on June 2nd. At this meet, David Perkins finished fourth in the 200m and Derek Perkins finished third in the 100m dash. Kingston Iwuala was also D3 state champion, placing first in the high jump and Myles McDermott took fifth place. The boys’ 4 x 800 m relay team consisting of Colin Keeley, Kyle Dempsey and John Lenane finished in fourth place.
All States: Members of the girls track team also competed at the All-State Meet in Fitchburg. Sophomore Colette O’Leary placed 8th in the state for the 800 meter with a time of 2:17. Freshman Bridget Mitchell placed 15th in the mile with a time of 5:17.14. The 4×400 relay placed 14th with a time of Milton 4:05.20. The relay was comprised of Seniors Emma Pred Sosa & Zion Theodros, Junior Alexis Belash and Sophomore Colette O’Leary. Sophomore Abigail Jean-Baptiste placed 19th in the long jump with a 16-01.25. Senior Andrea Juzyca also placed 19th in the javelin with a throw of 105-05.
States: Team members also scored extremely well at the MIAA D3 State Meet at Durfee High School on June 3nd. At this meet, Abigail Jean-Baptiste earned 5th place in the 100 meter dash, with a time of 12.95. Zion Theodros placed 9th in the 400 meter with a time of 61.40. Colette O’Leary won first place in the 800 meters with a time of 2:17. Bridget Mitchell earned second place in the mile with a time of 4:59.54 and also placed fourth in the two mile with a time of 11:21.52. The girls 4×800 relay earned third place; the 4×100 relay earned 6th place; the 4×400 got 5th place; Andrea Juzyca earned second place in the javelin with a throw of 125-10. In the Pentathalon event, Jesse Iwala got 4th place, Isabel Belash got 6th place, Oceane Marescal got 9th place and Savannah Madden got 11th place.
For sports schedules for all MHS teams, please click here:
Students: I would like to recognize one last time, the Class of 2015, who graduated from Milton High School this past weekend. We are very proud of our newest alumni and cannot wait to hear how they change the world! Please see the item above, under “Curriculum News” for a list of colleges, universities, trade schools and military branches where our graduates will be heading this fall.
Staff: I would like to congratulate Pierce Middle School teacher Nicole Hoyceanyls, who was named a finalist in the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Math & Science Teaching. This is one of the most prestigious contests for K-12 mathematics and science (including computer science) teaching. To have been considered a finalist for this award is an incredible achievement.
Volunteers: I would like to thank Deanna Terranova, along with all the parents and guardians who volunteered to make our annual All Night Graduation Party such a success. This event attracted hundreds of our graduates, keeping them all safe and happy on what can be a time of celebration, but can also be a dangerous time for teenagers. These volunteers deserve a round of applause!
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