Milton Public Schools

June 10th E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Jun• 10•15

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.

CURRICULUM NEWS

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: bjones@miltonps.org

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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.

 MFE NEWS

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,
Box 243
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:

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

BID-MILTON

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

ATHLETICS

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.

Boys Track:

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.

Girls Track: 

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:

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

AMBASSADOR PAGE

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!

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 28th E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - May• 28•15

From: Mary C. Gormley
To:  Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Thursday, May 28, 2015

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

I would like to share with you an important update regarding state funding for Full Day Kindergarten, which remains in jeopardy.

The State Senate, in its FY16 Budget, only provides $1 million for the Quality Full Day Kindergarten Line Item (7030-1002).  This represents a 95% reduction in funding and could have a dramatic and negative impact on Full Day Kindergarten across the Commonwealth.  Here in Milton, the impact could be a tuition increase of $600 per family.

The state budget now goes to the Conference Committee, a small group of both House and Senate members who will settle the differences between their respective budgets.

Here is what you can do: Contact our Milton legislative delegation and the conference committee members (listed below) and tell them to please restore funding for the quality full day kindergarten program, line item #7030-1002. Your calls and emails really do make a big difference.  So, please act now!

Milton Legislative Delegation

Senator Brian Joyce – brian.joyce@masenate.gov 617-722-1643
Representative Walter Timilty – walter.timilty@mahouse.gov 617-722-2230
Representative Daniel Cullinane – daniel.cullinane@mahouse.gov   617-722-2006

Conference Committee Members

Senator Karen Spilka – karen.spilka@masenate.gov   617-722-1640
Senator Sal DiDomenico – sal.didomenico@masenate.gov   617-722-1650
Senator Patricia Jehlen – patricia.jehlen@masenate.gov   617-722-1578
Senator Bruce Tarr – bruce.tarr@masenate.gov   617-722-1600
Representative Brian Dempsey – brian.dempsey@mahouse.gov   617-722-2990
Representative Stephen Kulik – stephen.kulik@mahouse.gov   617-722-2380
Representative Benjamin Swan – benjamin.swan@mahouse.gov   617-722-2380
Representative Bradley Jones – bradley.jones@mahouse.gov   617-722-2100

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There has been one School Committee meeting since my last E-blast, which was held on May 20th.  Below is a summary of that meeting:

May 20, 2015:  The meeting began with the introduction of the Elementary and Middle School Future Problem Solvers, along with the Program Advisors/Coaches Elementary School Librarian Lori Henry and Pierce Middle School Science Teacher Nicole Hoyceanyls, who described their recent success at the State Bowl. Next, three Pierce students were honored for their success at the Massachusetts Regional Science and Engineering Fair, along with Pierce Principal Dr. Karen Spaulding and Science Curriculum Coordinator Christie Chiappetta. Milton Public School Elementary Librarian Lori Henry and Milton Public Library Librarian Sara Truog came to talk about the Milton Public Schools/Milton Public Library Initiative/Partnership.

There was an FY16 Budget Update and a Full Day Kindergarten Update as well as a Strategic Plan Update/Discussion. Members voted to approve two vendor warrants and two sets of minutes before adjourning to executive session.

CURRICULUM

To all our Milton Public School families who are also US Military families, I would first like to say thank you. With the Memorial Day weekend only recently behind us, this is a good time to acknowledge the sacrifices made by those who serve our country. I would also like to encourage all MPS military families to fill out the questionnaire on our MPS website in order to help us provide any benefits or services for which you may be eligible. Please access this survey by visiting the Milton Public School website, then fill out the form and return to our registrar, Jane Barrett at

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Please read the following item regarding PARCC testing, submitted to us by the PARCC Governing Board:

Today we are announcing news about test design changes voted by the PARCC state chiefs yesterday that will reduce testing time, consolidate the testing windows, and greatly streamline the test administration process for schools and districts. Please share with others in your organizations, as appropriate.

The PARCC governing board, made up of state education commissioners and superintendents, asked states, districts and teachers for their feedback on how to improve the PARCC assessment.  The governing board listened and agreed to make important changes to the assessment that will be implemented in the 2015-16 school year. On May 20, 2015 the PARCC governing board voted to:

  • Reduce the testing time for students by about 90 minutes overall (60 minutes in mathematics; 30 minutes in English language arts) and create more uniformity of test unit times.
  • Consolidate the two windows in English language arts/literacy (including reading and writing) and mathematics into one.
    • The single testing window will simplify administration of the test for states and schools that experienced challenges with scheduling two testing windows.
    • The testing window will be up to 30 days and will extend from roughly the 75% mark to the 90% mark of the school year. Most schools will complete testing in one to two weeks during that window.
  • Reduce the number of test units by two for most students.

Importantly, these changes preserve the quality of the assessment, which will continue to test the full range of standards, and the reliability of the results.  The assessment will continue to allow all students enough time to show what they can do and produce the kind of information our districts and teachers need to support our students.   With this change, the plan is to return results to schools, teachers and parents as close to the end of the school year as possible.

The press release and a more detailed explainer are online at: http://parcconline.org/parcc-states-vote-shorten-test-time.

The development of PARCC is a collaborative process among participating states with significant input from local educators, school leaders and higher education faculty.  The decisions made by the governing board validate this thoughtful process and the leading role of states as they work to refine the assessment to best serve their students.

In the next few weeks, we will support our state education partners with their work to inform schools of the design changes and to share information about the score reports and the timing of score releases this fall.  We will also begin the performance level setting process over the summer and the state chiefs will set the performance levels as students begin to return to school in the fall.

We will need your help to celebrate the states’ decision, to underscore the message that educator voices are indeed valued in this program, and to share supplementary information with parents and policy makers in your states and nationally about the value of the new standards and the PARCC assessments.  We will also need your help to set expectations around the release of scores in the fall and the change in scores as we set a new baseline and support our students on their path to college and career readiness by graduation.

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The following item was submitted by Michael Young, the advisor for the Milton High School Newspaper:

We are proud to announce that the New England Scholastic Press Association recently awarded the Milton High School newspaper The Elephant in the Room, two journalism awards.

The paper received a “Meritorious Achievement” award in scholastic editing and publishing; and a personal achievement award given to Anne Marie Grudem for her illustration “Senioritis.” The newspaper staff has worked hard this year to legitimize and professionalize the school news source.  The two papers that the students submitted, along with the many individual pieces, resulted from hours of writing, investigating, and editing.  The editors involved in the laying-out and revising of the two submitted papers include the following: Katrina Kourtelidis, Amy Savino, and Joshua Kery. The other contributors (writers, artists, and photographers) include Colman Lydon, Taylor Avery, Anne Marie Grudem, Aman Negassi, Meredith McGroarty, Matt McAuliffe, Liam Connolly, Javana Samuels, Delens  Ducheine, Nathan Liberty, Margaux Rose, and Katrina Ramkissoon.

The students who attended the BU ceremony and symposium took classes to better their understanding of editing, leadership, publishing print and online news, advertising, and photo editing, just to name a few topics. They also heard a Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist from South Africa discuss his book The Bang Bang Club, about South Africa’s rise to democracy.

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The following item was submitted by Pierce Middle School Guidance Counselor Lisa Veldran:

Patti Snell, a presenter from Boston vs. Bullies came to give presentations to all 5th grade students on April 17th and May 1st.  Boston vs. Bullies is an anti-bullying initiative presented by the Sports Museum and Boston sports community.  The students participated in a facilitated discussion and were shown a video featuring current athletes from Boston’s professional sports teams sharing their stories and providing activities to get students involved in developing and practicing the skills they need to effectively prevent and stop bullying.

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Albert Enyedy, a Milton High School senior, was recently awarded a $500 scholarship from the Association of Teachers of Mathematics in Massachusetts. The award was determined on the basis of outstanding achievement or service in the field of mathematics. Mr. Enyedy was nominated by his math teacher, Jessica Parsons.

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A group of MHS art students will be heading to Rep. Walter Timilty’s office on Wednesday, June 10th for a tour of the State House.  An artist’s reception for the students has been arranged at Doric Hall on Wednesday, June 10 at 9:30AM.

Students attending the field trip: Maeve Doyle, Allegra Giddings, Amy Matondo, Destiny Moreta, Hope Huban, Mary Cronin, Mairead Dambruch, Mikalia Jackson, Hope McDonald, Kristen Mills, Kalyani Twyman, Imani Walker and Josh Kery.

Other students who are participating in the Milton Water Matters Project are: Ellese Crawford, Caroline Faherty, Alexa Onishuk, Molly Concannon, Darren Lopez, Julia MacDougall, Alex MacIsaac, Jessica Martin, Rafael Ramos, Elizabeth Stentson, Maddy Hoy, Meredith Clarke, Olivia Erickson, Nico Gilmore, Ben Johnson, Johance Lierpool, Mohoniqua Pierre-Louise, Julia Sullivan and Olivia Jensen.

Through our newly formed partnership with the Neponset Water Shed Association and Nancy Fyler coordinator of the education outreach program, Milton High School Art Students from Ms. Karen Hughes’ classrooms joined forces and created a dynamic Art Exhibit.

MHS Art students started their journey with a visit from Nancy and were given loads of information. Students learned how they are able to maintain and conserve the current water situation in their own community and how they have the ability to educate their peers, teachers and the surrounding Milton community. Students created illustrations educating Milton on the issues concerning: main drains, water pollution, pouring toxic chemicals down the drain, and the current crisis pertaining to the water bottle industry and the use of plastics in their environment.

The Milton DPW stepped in and funded the program providing the students with illustration Boards and with the support of their peers they created dynamic illustrations inspired by contemporary artists Shepard Fairey and Bansky. With their new found knowledge and experience, students are now planning to obtain any and all donations towards providing Milton High School with a Bottle filling Station and Drinking Fountain in the Copeland Field House.

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Please “save the date” for an upcoming Katie Greer presentation at Milton High School:

How do we keep our kids safe in this technology driven world? Want to learn more…? Please attend our PTO sponsored Parent/Guardian Workshop which will be held on Monday, June 8th at 7:00pm at Milton High School.  **Nobody under 18 years of age will be admitted**

We have invited Katie Greer to speak to us about internet safety. In the past 7 years, Katie has presented at hundreds of schools, organizations, and conferences (law enforcement and otherwise). Additionally, Katie has contracted with a variety of government and private organizations lending her expertise, providing educational content on issues surrounding digital/Internet safety and social networking. She has been featured in: Time, Vanity Fair, CNN, and USA Today. For more information: http://www.klgreer.com/

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The following item was sent to us by Deanna Terranova, a Milton High School Parent:

Volunteers are needed for the MHS All Night Graduation Party (22nd Year) to be held on Sunday June 7th. Don’t let your teenager become a graduation night statistic.

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 MHS 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 you 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. And 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.

Okay, Okay, I am signing up!

Email info to: MiltonANP@gmail.com

Volunteer Name:
Student:
Grade:
Your email:
Your phone:                                     Home/    work/   cell/

CHOOSE YOUR SHIFTS

June 7,  2015 (Sunday):

  • Shift ONE     5:30PM – 7:30PM       set up
  • Shift TWO    10:00PM – 2:00AM     doors open at 10:30
  • Shift THREE 2:00AM –   5:00AM    hypnotist show

June  8,  (Monday):

  • Shift  Four    5:00AM –  6:00AM    pack up

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Milton High School’s Future Business Leaders of America will be hosting a “Name Your Price” car wash Saturday, May 30th from 8 am to 12 pm at Cunningham Elementary School.  Please come help support Milton’s Future Business Leaders as we raise funds for our trip to Nationals in Chicago, Illinois!

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Pierce Players will be presenting “Bye Bye Birdie” — one of the most captivating musical shows of our time.  Performances will be held in the Pierce Auditorium on Thursday, June 4th and Friday, June 5th at 7pm and Saturday June 6th at 2pm. Tickets are available at the door, or in advance by calling 617-696-4568. Bye Bye Birdie is a satire crafted with the fondest affection telling the story of a rock and roll singer who is about to be inducted into the army. An English Teacher, What Did I Ever See in Him?, Put on a Happy Face, One Boy, A Lot of Livin’ to Do, Kids, and Rosie are musical theatre classics. This is the tops in imagination and good old-fashioned fun.

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In an effort to raise funds for their library, Milton High School is working together with Barnes & Noble Booksellers to host a book fair at the Barnes & Noble Braintree store. On Thursday, June 11th, Barnes & Noble will contribute a percentage of every sale, made with a special book fair voucher, to the Milton High School Library.  Vouchers will be available online at the Milton High School Library’s website and at Barnes and Noble the night of the event.  You can also support the MHS Library by shopping online at www.bn.com/bookfairs from Thursday, June 11th, through Tuesday, June 16th, by including the book fair voucher ID #11597762 on the payment page during checkout. Please help support the Milton High School Library by shopping at Barnes & Noble, 150 Granite Street, Braintree throughout the day on Thursday, June 11th, with a book fair voucher or shopping online at www.bn.com/bookfairs.  For more information, contact Milton High School librarian, Jen Troy via email at jtroy@miltonps.org.

MFE NEWS

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.

With only one month left to go, Jeep Raffle tickets are flying out the door.

ONLY 500 TICKETS WILL BE SOLD! With your chances of winning this Jeep so high, our lawyers advised us to offer a warning list of reasons you might NOT want to win this Jeep.

The Top 8 Reasons NOT to Win this Jeep

#1. You will actually start enjoying your morning commute and will have to find something else to complain about. Who’s got time for that?
#2. You will be inundated with loads of new, super cool friends. They will want to come over and drink all your Snapple. There goes your Snapple budget.
#3. You will start going on really cool, adventurous vacations and you don’t have a selfie stick yet. STRESS!
#4. You will be overcome with a desire to surf, but last year you downloaded the Ocearch shark tracker app. Cognitive dissonance abounds.
#5. You will start driving off, over, around, on top of and through things, and that will bring up unpleasant memories about failing that preposition test in 7th grade.
#6. Your high school reunion is coming up and you don’t want to look “too cool.”
#7. You promised yourself that as soon as it got nice out you would start binge watching old seasons of “Hello Larry.” And now you have to drive this Jeep.
#8. You are allergic to fun. And you can’t even opt for the $20,000 cash prize instead because you are also allergic to money.

Only if you can live with all of these conditions, email JeepRaffle2015@gmail.com. Your chances of winning are THAT GOOD. The drawing is ONE MONTH FROM TODAY. Send us an email! Or visit www.miltonfoundationforeducation.org

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The following item was sent to us by Patti Dobrindt, Co-Chair of the Milton Road Race

Save the Date!  The 38th Annual Milton Road Race will be held on Tuesday, June 9th at 6:30pm. This 5K/10K event is held rain or shine and is sponsored by Milton Junior Woman’s Club. As many of you know, the proceeds from this race go directly back into our community in the form of grants to local non-profits and scholarships to graduating Milton seniors. This year, we were able to give out a record amount of scholarship money based on the success of last year’s race. A great deal of that success was due to an amazing turnout of student runners. We are hoping to have even more student (and faculty!) participation this year. There is a team registration function if schools are interested in setting up teams for their student/faculty. Please register at: www.miltonroadrace.racewire.com

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

The following item was submitted by Milton Public Librarian Sara Truog:

Spring is here – and so are fun things for kids to do at the Milton Public Library!  In addition to our regular story times on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of June 7 – 13:

Friday, June 12, 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.

Friday, June 12, 2015 from 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Lego Club, Ages 6-12

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

Saturday, June 13, 2015 from 11:00 am – 12:00 noon
Reading Dogs, Grades K-5

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

Don’t forget to check the library web calendar for a listing of the many programs we offer year-round. Information about and registration for all of our programs can always be found on our online calendar at www.miltonlibrary.org, or by calling the Children’s Room at 617-898-4957 during business hours. Also, like the Milton Public Library 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.

ATHLETICS

The following item was submitted by Boosters President Jeanne Kibble:

The Milton High School Boosters Club is hosting the 37th Annual Varsity Letter Banquet held on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at 6:00 pm in the Milton High School Copeland Field House (doors open at 5:30 pm). This banquet celebrates the accomplishments of our varsity athletes by recognizing them with a banquet dinner, awarding letters and pins to all members of the varsity teams, and awarding 17 scholarships to senior athletes that contribute positively to the MHS athletics program and the Milton community.

Parents, siblings, friends and the Milton community can purchase tickets online at www.miltonboosters.com. If you choose to buy them in person, please go to the MHS concession stand after school where they are available 2-3PM. Tickets are $20 per adult and $5 per student/child (Letter Recipients already received a free ticket in the mail). Tickets will not be available at the doors.  If you have questions, please contact Jeanne Kibble  (JKibble@miltonboosters.com )

The following item was submitted by Athletic Director Larry Rooney:

Rugby:  Congratulations to our new State Champs! The Milton vs. Brookline game was played on Saturday May 23rd at Foley Stadium Worcester. Brookline came out of the gates hard and fast led by All American Jack Miller, scoring in the first five minutes with the wind at the their back.  7-0. Milton would settle down half way through the first half to go in front 12-7, with scores from Devon Nzeupome and Ugo Nwanekezi.  Two defensive goal line stands by Milton showed some serious determination to end the half. The second half was all Milton, using the wind at their back and a hard running offense accompanied by a high kicking game, pinning the Warriors in their own territory.  Every player played well, with Nzeupome and Nwanekezi scoring all the tries on the day and d Dara Kennedy adding 6 points kicking conversions.  Milton ended the year with a perfect 9-0 season, it’s second D2 State final in 3 years, and an overall record of 24 wins-1 loss the past three years since being awarded Varsity status.

Boys Outdoor Track:

  • Bay State League Meet: At this very competitive meet, the Milton boys’ team did very well. Derek Perkins won second place in the 100 meters. David Perkins won first place in the 200 meters.  The boys’ 4×100 relay team ( Koby Osazee, David Perkins, Liou Frederique and Derek Perkins) won first place.

Girls Outdoor Track:

  • South Shore Principals Association Twilight Meet: The team finished 5th out of 23 teams at this meet. The meet was highlighted by a 1-2 finish in the mile for Colette O’Leary and Bridget Mitchell and a first-place performance by Andrea Juzyca in the Javelin. The 4x400m team (Colette O’Leary, Zion Theodros, Emma Pred-Sosa and Alexis Belash) finished in second place and Zion Theodros finished second in the open 400m.
  • Bay State League Meet: Colette O’Leary won first place in the 800m; the girls 4×400 relay team (Colette O’Leary, Bridget Mitchell, Zion Theodros and Emma Pred-Sosa) also won first place, as did the 4×800 relay team (Josie Cousineau, Mairead Dambruch, Alexis Belash and Greta Freking.) Andrea Juzyca won first place in the Javelin; and Abigail Jean-Baptiste won second place in the Long Jump.

Crew:

It was a great day this past Saturday, May 23rd at the MPSRA Championships in Lowell, for Boys’ Varsity Crew as they won gold in the boys 1st varsity four (4+V1) in a photo finish that had Milton winning over Mystic and Cambridge Rindge and Latin by a margin that separated first from third place by a quarter of a second! The Wildcats also captured the Overall Points Trophy for all Boys fours events for the MPSRA State Title having earned, in addition to the V1 gold, a silver in each of the V2, V3 and V4 as well as the novice 4 event.  The girls put forth a strong performance as well with Bronze/third in the Girls V2, V3 and V4 plus a 4th in the girls V1 out of 16 teams!

AMBASSADOR PAGE

Students:   I would like to recognize and congratulate the members of the Class of 2015, who will be graduating from Milton High School on Sunday, June 7th. Some of you have been with us since Kindergarten, while others have only recently joined us, but each and every one of you is now a member of the Milton Public Schools family. I wish all of you a safe graduation week. We will be publishing the future plans of the Class of 2015 in the next E-blast.

Staff:   I would like to thank the following staff who are retiring from the Milton Public Schools:  Mary Ellen Burke, Collicot 1st Grade; Nathan Randall, MHS History; Ludmila Nivoroshkin, PMS, World Language; MaryLou Bradley, Tucker Nurse;  Karen Clasby, District  Special Ed Director; Jeanne Roulleau, PMS World Language; Pat Kurpeski, Collicot Kindergarten; Kathy Roche, PMS Special Education Teacher. We are very grateful to these individuals for their commitment to the Milton Public Schools. I wish them well in their retirement.

Volunteers: I would like to thank in advance all the parents and guardians who volunteer to make our annual All Night Graduation Party such a success. This event could not occur without the many hours donated by our very dedicated volunteers, not only on the night of the event, but for many weeks ahead of time. This party not only offers an enjoyable evening for our graduating seniors, it also helps to keep them safe on what can be a dangerous night for teenagers. I know this group is still looking for volunteers on the night/morning of June 7 and 8th, so please visit www.mhsanp.blogspot.com  to sign up.

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 13th E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - May• 13•15

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  May 13, 2015

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

The Milton Public School 2016 Budget was approved at Town Meeting’s May 7th Meeting (the presentation is posted on the School Committee’s Budget page on www.miltonps.org).

The Finance Subcommittee of the School Committee meets with Dr. Glenn Pavlicek, Assistant Superintendent for Business Affairs, Janet Sheehan, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Human Resources and me every Tuesday morning at 7 am in the Superintendent’s Conference Room.  Members of this year’s Finance Subcommittee were Mary Kelly (chair), Leroy Walker, and Mike Zullas.  Finance Subcommittee and Central Office personnel work collaboratively to prioritize the needs of the district in order to develop a budget that provides our teachers with the instructional texts, materials and supplies and professional development necessary to maximize the individual potential of every PreK-12 Milton Public School student.

The Finance Subcommittee and Central Office personnel monitor the budget all through the year by  examining quarterly reports and discussing presentations on financial issues such as Athletics and Clubs and Activity Fees,  Food Service, Transportation, Consolidated Facilities,  etc. through the year.

We begin in October to develop the budget  by analyzing our student achievement data, meeting with curriculum leaders and principals across the district to prioritize our goals and initiatives,  study  student enrollment, examine state and federal mandates and costs and, ultimately, to determine our needs for the upcoming year.

The Finance Subcommittee works with and communicates all through the school year with the Town’s Warrant Committee. The Warrant Committee is a volunteer group of citizens appointed by the Town Moderator.  (For details on the Warrant Committee, please scroll down to my Ambassador Page below or see their page at www.townofmilton.org).  The Finance Subcommittee and Central Office personnel listed above present our budget to the Warrant Committee at least twice during December and January to the Warrant Committee.  The Finance Subcommittee, Central Office Personnel and Warrant Committee monitor each stage of the development of the State budget as it directly impacts the funding available to the Town and helps to determine the level of funding that the Warrant Committee ultimately recommends to Town Meeting.

Summary of FY 16 Budget

Our FY 16 budget is $40,747,500, a 3.5% increase over our FY 15 budget, but $347,000 less than our requested amount.  This level of funding will allow us to continue our advancement initiatives of Early Literacy, Closing our Proficiency Gaps, and expanding Science and STEM education.  It will also allow us to add two needed Special Education positions in the district.  It will, however, result in the loss of two teaching positions (one at each of the Middle and High Schools), one administrative assistant position in the Central Office, a reduction in duties of a Middle School Vice Principal, and several non-personnel spending reductions.  As indicated in our Town Meeting presentation, these were difficult choices that had to be made and underscore the need for the kind of team approach to budgeting that we use in the School department.  For further details, see our posted budget presentation.

Update: On Wednesday, the Senate Ways and Means Committee released its recommendations for the Commonwealth’s FY 2016 Budget.  The Governor had originally proposed to eliminate the Full Day Kindergarten Grant program which helps to fund Milton’s Kindergarten.  The House had restored funding for the program, but the Senate has now recommended reducing the funding from $18.6 million dollars to $1 million, effectively eliminating the program.  If the grant program is eliminated, tuition for Full Day Kindergarten in Milton will need to rise from $3,700 to $4,300, effective next fall.

We encourage all Milton residents to contact the Senate, urging them to restore funding for this program.  If the Senate does not restore funding, we will need to contact members of the House and Senate Conference Committee to have them restore funding.  Please let your Senator and Representative know how important Full Day Kindergarten is and urge them to restore funding for these grants.

To contact Senator Brian Joyce: brian.joyce@masenate.gov or call 617-722-1643.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There have been no School Committee meetings since my last E-blast. The next meeting will be held Wednesday, May 20th at 7 pm in the Milton High School library.

CURRICULUM NEWS

The following was submitted by Pierce Middle School Spanish teacher Christine Shea:

This was our first year administering the National Spanish Exam. Seven students signed up to take the exam and the results are outstanding!!  More than 157,000 students took the exam across the country.  The following students received Honorable Mention, which is given for scoring at or above the national average: Daisy Johnson- 8th grade, Janelle Descopins- 8th grade and Elizabeth Francis- 7th grade. In addition, the following eighth-grade students received the Gold Medal, which is given for scoring in the 95th percentile or higher:  Sophia Li Raquel Gallagher Katharine Barrett

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The following item was sent to us by Milton High School English teacher Michael Young:

I am proud to announce that on Friday the New England Scholastic Press Association, headquartered at Boston University, issued the school newspaper, The Elephant in the Room, two journalism awards:  a “Meritorious Achievement” award in scholastic editing and publishing; and a personal achievement award given to Anne Marie Grudem for her illustration “Senioritis.” The newspaper staff has worked hard this year to legitimize and professionalize the school news source.  The two papers that we submitted along with the many individual pieces resulted from hours of writing, investigating, and editing.  The editors involved in the laying-out and revising of the two submitted papers include the following: Katrina Kourtelidis, Amy Savino, and Joshua Kery. The other contributors (writers, artists, and photographers) include Colman Lydon, Taylor Avery, Anne Marie Grudem, Aman Negassi, Meredith McGroarty, Matt McAuliffe, Liam Connolly, Javana Samuels, Delens Ducheine, Nathan Liberty, Margaux Rose, and Katrina Ramkissoon.

The students who attended the BU ceremony and symposium took classes to better their understanding of editing, leadership, publishing print and online news, advertising, and photoediting, just to name a few topics. They also heard a Pulitzer prize winning photojournalist from South Africa discuss his book “The Bang Bang Club,” about South Africa’s rise to democracy.

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We recently received news that Collicot student Tyler Kennedy placed second in the state as an individual competitor at the recent Massachusetts Future Problem Solvers bowl. Tyler placed 2nd  in the Junior Division of the Global Issues Problem Solving – Individual competition. Congratulations to FPS Coach Lori Henry and Tyler!

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The following item was sent to us by Pierce Middle School Latin Teacher Danielle Huebner:

Please join me in congratulating the following Pierce Middle School students, who performed very well in the most recent administration of the National Mythology Exam and the National Latin Exam.

National Mythology Exam

  • Athena Gold Award of Excellence and Gold Medal for perfect score: Sam Dunnington (6th), Connor Foley (6th), Ben Karol(6th) and Catherine Le (7th).
  • Silver Medal: Jennifer DoDai (6th), Abigail Files (6th), Veronika Lin (6th), Anna Crowley (7th), Michael Daly (7), Mary Howley (7th) and Shaylen Vangestel (7).
  • Bronze Medal, Brendan Cullen (6th), Jack Elliot (6th), Abigail Tran (6th), Shea Flanagan (7th), Molly Murtagh (7th), Jonathan Truong (7th), Eleanor Baldwin (8th) and Suvan Shukla (8th).

National Latin Exam

Intro Level (grades 6 and 7)

  • Achievement Award: Nicole Dragon (7th), Shea Flanagan (7th), Mary Howley (7th), Catherine Le (7), Molly Murtagh (7th), Wendell Pierre (7th)

Latin Level I (Grade 8)

  • Gold Medal and Summa Cum Laude Honorable Merit Award: Suvan Shukla (8th).
  • Magna Cum Laude Honorable Merit Award: Daniel Flaherty and Jack Long (both 8th)
  • Cum Laude Honorable Merit Award: Molly Baker, Jackson Hoy, Grace Jacobsak and Tina Nguyen (all 8th)

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The following item was submitted by World Language Director Martine Fisher:

Congratulations to the following students, who recently passed the DELF Exam (Diplôme d’Etudes en Langue Française.) This 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).  Please help me to congratulate the following students, all of whom were students of Anne Pons.

B1: (At this level, the user becomes independent. He/she can maintain interaction: he/she can understand and maintain a discussion and give his/her opinion. He/she is capable of dealing with situations likely to arise in daily life)

Christopher Chinman , Monika Cormack, Noura Darouichi, Olivia Erickson, Benjamin Johnson, Andrea Juzyca, Olivia Keohane, Maggie Kleiman, Alanna Loria, Julia McDougall, Alexander MacIsaac, Elizabeth O’Connor, Jaqueline Ruscito, Mackenzie Stanley, Julia Sullivan and Olivia Taber.

B2: (A B2 user has a degree of independence that allows him/her to construct arguments to defend his/her opinion, explain his/her viewpoint and negotiate. At this level, the candidate has a degree of fluency and spontaneity in regular interactions and is capable of correcting his/her own mistakes.)

Emma Pred-Sosa, Jillian Eckard and Shane McLaughlin.

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I am happy to report that the Massachusetts Foreign Language Association has awarded Caroline Morton, a Cunningham second-grade French Immersion teacher, the 2015 New Teacher Commendation. This is an award that recognizes new teachers who demonstrated excellence in teaching as well as involvement in school community and professional activities.  MaFLA, which received a great number of nominations this year, announced that Ms. Morton was selected by the MaFLA Awards Committee for the strength of her teaching and service. Great job!

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Milton placed first regionally in the Continental Math League Euclidean Division for both 4th and 5th grade. Below are the top-scoring students for each grade:

Grade 5: Collicot: Rachel Steinberg and Jonathon Waldmann. Cunningham: Anna Hamblet, Lucia Dwyer, Kiley Fitzgerald and John Clancy. Glover: Jake Lippert and Rohan Meier. Tucker: Max Hollingsworth, Stella Yuan, Alex Paxhia, Luke Shields and Elle Anthony.

Grade 4: Collicot: Wes Morisette, Connor Mannion, Ethan Putman, Mary Mullen and Lok Ye Young.  Cunningham: Raina Sohur, Hokulani Panerio-Langer, Abigail Tangher and Kiera Glazer.  Glover:  Harrison Dolgoff. Tucker: Logan Do and Nicholas Reason.

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Congratulations to the following members of the National Honor Society. The most recent inductees were honored during last month’s Scholastic Honors Night.

Inducted in 2015: Shareen Alsebai, Sindhu Banerjee, Dylan Banh, Alexis Belash, Ava Berg, Leah Bohmbach, Isabelle Bongiorno, Madison Brown, Megan Caljouw, Nolan Carvalho, Catherine Casaz, Olivia Chin, Emily Chow, Sophia Cousineau, John Cremmen III, Mary Cronin, Miranda Czwakiel, Mairead Dambruch, Allegra DeNooyer, Maeve Doyle, Sarah Dragon, Katherine Driscoll, Danielle Dumais, Simon Eder, Audrey Erickson, Ariana Ferrante, Shannon Fitzgerald, Greta Freking, Anne Grudem, Liam Halloran, Emma Heller, Liam Hines, Lydia Horan, Hope Huban, Mikalia Jackson, Charles Karoff, Joshua Kery, Fanhao Kong, Cole Kroninger, John Lenane, Maryanne MacIsaac, Anna Mahoney, John Mazzarella, Kathleen McAuliffe, Matthew McAuliffe, John McGrath, Kristen Mills, Sarah Monderer, Elizabeth Murphy, Brandon Musto, Sabrina Najarian, Lara Nasser, Colette Nourie, Tatiana Perez, David Perkins, Derek Perkins, Erica Poon, Madeline Scott, Hailee Sullivan, Amanda Thorne, Kalyani Twyman, Kendall Van Allen, Ashley Vaughn, Tyler Volpe-Knock, John Walker, Owen Walsh, Anthony Wong and Michael Wyatt.

Inducted in 2014: Vincent Chan, Gabrielle Che, Christopher Chinman, Renee Chiu, Kevin Conway, Monika Cormack, Elisa Coutant, Noura Darouichi, Madelyn Driscoll, Timothy Eberhardt, Jillian Eckard, Albert Enyedy, Olivia Erickson, Jake Fahey, Anna Gaden, Eric Hale, Mitchell Hause, Julie Henry, William Hess, Emily Hutchinson, Madeline Hoy, Kristen Ingraham, Vanessa Joyce, Andrea Juzyca, Christian Kackley, Micaela Keating, Meredith Kelly, Olivia Keohane, Maggie Kleiman, Katrina Kourtelidis, Anna Lamb, Julia MacDougall, Alexander MacIsaac, Shannon MacLeod, Oceane Marescal, Tansy Massey Green, Denis McAuliffe, Shane McLaughlin, Rebekah Mondelus, David Mullen, Caitlyn Murphy, Elizabeth O’Connor, Julia Pelletier, Emma Pred-Sosa, Liam Queally, Caitlin Rodensky, Edwin Rodriguez, Jacqueline Ruscito, Garrett Sager, Javana Samuels, Anne Schindler, Hannah Shepard, Christina Similien, Marmarah Similien, Caitlin Smith, Christine Stafford, Mackenzie Stanley, Julia Sullivan, Ciara Swan, Olivia Taber, Roger Tejeda, Alexis Umeh, Kathryn Weidmann, Matthew Wong and Lisa Yuan.

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Congratulations to the following Century Club Students, who were also recognized as part of Scholastic Honors Night. The Century Club honors 100 of the school’s top academic achievers.  Students are selected on the basis of their unweighted class rank at the end of term three.  The membership is as follows: 40 seniors,  30 juniors, 20 sophomores, and 10 freshmen.

Freshmen: Ryan Au, Shane Berry, Peyton Carvalho, Eva Chow, Ornella Ebongue, Chiara Ferrante, Heidi Freking, Domenic Jancaterino, Gigi Jiang, Timothy Karoff, Abigail Lang, Julie Le, Griffin McLaughlin, Hue-Ninh Nguyen.

Sophomores: Andrew Arcieri, Julia Butler, Allison Carey, Mariah Conway, Camille Coutant, Matthew Dicarlo, Mary Driscoll, Michael Eberhardt, Lucia Hainline, Anthony Hancock , Gregory Hebard, Alexis Higgins, Erisha Joseph, Sarah Lam, Nicholas Marinilli, Aislinn O’Brien, Emily Possi, Isabelle Ruesch, Hannah Solomon, Christina Tougias, Alice Truong  and Maya Watanabe.

Juniors: Shareen Alsebai, Sindhu Banerjee, Dylan Banh, Alexis Belash, Megan Caljouw, Benjamin Clark, Allegra DeNooyer, Katherine Driscoll, Danielle Dumais, Simon Eder, Audrey Erickson, Ariana Ferrante, Shannon Fitzgerald, Anne Grudem, Liam Halloran, Emma Heller, Lydia Horan, Hope Huban, Mikalia Jackson, Joshua Kery, Cole Kroninger, Maryanne MacIsaac, John Mazzarella, John McGrath, Sabrina Najarian, Colette Nourie, Madeline Scott, Amanda Thorne, Tyler Volpe-Knock and Michael Wyatt.

Seniors: (an asterisk indicates the student was a member of the Century Club for all 4 years)  Vincent Chan *, Christopher Chinman, Renee Chiu *, Molly Concannon, Kevin Conway *, Noura Darouichi, Shawn Dowds, Timothy Eberhardt, Jillian Eckard, Albert Enyedy *, Anna Gaden *, Delaney Glinner, Alden Hebard, William Hess, Madeline Hoy, Vanessa Joyce, Micaela Keating, Meredith Kelly, Maggie Kleiman, Katrina Kourtelidis, Julia MacDougall, Shannon MacLeod *, Oceane Marescal *, Tansy Massey Green *, Denis McAuliffe *, Shane McLaughlin *, Patrice Miller, Caitlyn Murphy, Elizabeth O’Connor, Julia Pelletier, Emma Pred-Sosa, Caitlin Rodensky, Garrett Sager, Javana Samuels, Christina Similien, Marmarah Similien, Christine Stafford, Sadia Suhail, Kathleen Sullivan, Alexis Umeh, Gillian Veneto and Matthew Wong.

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Congratulations to the following members of the Class of 2016, who were recognized with Junior Book Awards Students at the recent Scholastic Honors Night event:

Simon Eder, Sindhu Banerjee, Joshua Kery, Cole Kroninger, Shareen Alsebai, Allegra DeNooyer, Nolan Carvalho, John Lenane,Tyler Volpe-Knock, Kathleen McAuliffe, Liam Halloran, Megan Caljouw, Danielle Dumais, Emma Heller, Emily Chow, Audrey Erickson,

Kristyn Swift, Samantha Antoniewicz, Anne Grudem, Mikalia Jackson, Leah Bohmback,

Kristen Rundlett, Hope Huban, Brandon Musto, Harry Kong, Maryanne MacIsaac, Madeline Scott, Greta Freking, Kalyani Twyman, Sabrina Najarian, Sarah Monderer.

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 If you have a child who will be entering Kindergarten in the fall of 2015, please be sure to complete the registration process. Visit this link: http://www.miltonps.org/about-student-reg.php For additional info, please email MPS Registrar Jane Barrett at: jbarrett@miltonps.org

UPCOMING EVENTS

Please note the Town Of Milton Youth Sports Information Night will be held on Friday, May 15th at Tucker Elementary School from 5:30 to 7:30pm. Parents and guardians are invited to come and meet representatives from many of our local sports leagues and outdoor programs and learn about the many opportunities for Milton athletes and would-be-athletes!  This event will also feature guest speaker Jarrod Chin Northeastern University’s Center For The Study Sport in Society.

Representatives from the following groups are expected to be on hand: Milton Park & Recreation Department, Milton National Little League, Milton American, Cal Ripken Baseball, Milton Babe Ruth, Milton Youth Softball, Milton Youth Soccer, Milton Youth Lacrosse, Milton Jr Wildcats Football & Cheerleading, Milton Mustangs Football, Milton Rugby, Milton Field Hockey, Friends of Milton Crew, Egan Swim Center Shamrock Swim Club, Milton Wrestling, Milton Youth Hockey, Gaelic Football, AAU Baseball – The Milton Knights, Milton Metro Basketball and the ‘Girl Power’ Running Club. For more information, please contact Larry Rooney, Athletic Director Milton High School: lrooney@miltonps.org

STUDENT WORK:

I would like to share a letter that was received by Glover Elementary School Head Custodian Tom Malloy from one of the Glover students, Jalyssa Coley:

Dear Mr. Malloy,

The Glover Elementary School has read a book called One Hen and we learned that we should “pay it forward,” to our community and you! I have noticed that you have been having to clean up the messes in the cafeteria and in our classrooms. And I also noticed that  the 5th Grade classrooms having lunch in the cafeteria haven’t noticed that you are the one to come in the room and clean the mess from all the other grades.

I’m here to speak for all of the classrooms to say we are sorry. If you are having a bad day, you can read my “P.S.” that is below to show you we care and we are trying to “pay it forward.”  The students of Glover Elementary School are proud to present us “paying it forward” to you. Just know that we all know you are there for us. So you should know we are there for you.

P.S. I’m going to say “Thank You” every day. Just know it came from the heart.

FOOD SERVICE NEWS

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

The celebrations across the district were historic on Monday- May 4th to celebrate the hard working food service staff as Super Lunch Heroes.

Cunningham/Collicot food service staff arrived to a cafeteria decorated with cards, banners and posters celebrating the seven food service employees.  The students presented the staff with paper flowers with thank you notes on every pedal and a platter of treats.  During all of the lunches students thanked and smiled coming through the line and made each food service employee know how much they are appreciated.  Food Service manager Debbie Abdon stated “It was the best day ever”.

Tucker School food service staff was called to the Principal’s office in the morning at 9am with some concern but when they arrived the surprise of a life time greeted them in the conference room of a reception for them that they didn’t need to prepare.  They were handed cards from the students and a reception of treats and sweets was awaiting them.  They were so surprised.  Food Service manager Pat McIsaac said “It was an awesome way to start the day”.

Glover School Food service staff had beautiful fresh flowers arrive from the Principal and her staff.  They were so surprised and delighted.  The children all wished the staff thanks during the serving line.  Food Service Manager Sandy Zalios said “We had the beautiful flowers all week which made us all feel so special”.

Pierce Middle School staff was greeted in the morning by the top three administrators with boxes of beautiful chocolates and great praise of thanks from the entire school.  The students were so kind and nice coming through the line all day thanking all of the ladies for their hard work.  Food Service manager Connie Catinella said “It was such a wonderful surprise and all of the food service staff was so touched to be recognized”.

Milton High School food service staff was asked to come out in the cafeteria by Principal James Jette at the end of first lunch.  He asked for the student’s attention and they silenced immediately when the saw the nine food service staff being recognized.  Principal James Jette thanked each of the staff for their hard work, dedication and positive attitudes.  The entire first lunch of 300 students gave the food service staff a standing ovation.  Other students made posters of the staff in their uniforms with Superman logos on their shirts.  Food Service manager Elaine Rico Moore stated “The staff were very touched and really appreciated the students standing and clapping for them.  The poster was very touching and it made us all look so skinny.”

Between preparing healthy meals for our students, adhering to strict nutrition standards, navigating student food allergies and offering service with a smile, school nutrition professionals are true heroes! School Lunch Hero Day was the perfect opportunity to recognize the hardworking professionals in school cafeterias. The School Nutrition Association has partnered with Jarrett J. Krosoczka, author of the “Lunch Lady” book series, and Random House, to remind everyone—directors, managers, parents, students, and school staff —that school nutrition employees are superheroes that deserve recognition.

The day aims to showcase the ways in which school nutrition professionals make a difference for every child who comes through the cafeteria and the Milton Public Schools did an amazing job celebrating our Super Lunch Heroes.

PARENT LIAISON NEWS

The following item was submitted by Marti O’Keefe McKenna, MPS Family Outreach Liaison.

Are you looking for some fun activities to do with your pre-schooler during the summer months?  The Milton Public Schools has partnered with the Milton Public Library and Milton Early Childhood Alliance to bring some exciting programs.

Summertime Stories for children age birth to 6 years old along with a parent or caregiver.  Miss Sara, Milton Public Library Children’s Librarian will read stories, sing songs and engage children at four sessions held around town.  On July 2nd and August 6th the story time will be held at the Tucker Elementary School Playground (rain location will be in the gymnasium).  On July 16th and August 20th, story time will take place at the Cunningham Hall.  (Please park across the street at Collicot School).  If the weather is nice be sure to bring a blanket as we will be outside.  All sessions begin at 10:00am.

On Thursday, June 4th (rain date 6/11/15) Milton Early Childhood Alliance will be sponsoring a Children’s Concert at the Baron Hugo Gazebo at Milton Town Hall, from 6:00 – 7:30pm.  Incoming kindergarteners are encouraged to wear their “I’m Going to Kindergarten” t-shirts that they will have just received at their kindergarten screening May 26-29, 2015.  This is a great opportunity for incoming kindergarteners to meet new friends who are also going to be starting kindergarten in the Fall.

The office of the Family Outreach Liaison will be open during the summer months.  Please feel free to reach out with any questions you might have about the upcoming school year or if you are in need of a resource.  My contact information is: Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Family Outreach Liaison, 617-696-5040 ext. 5588 or mmckenna@miltonps.org .

HEALTH NEWS

Margaret Gibbons, Director of Nurses, has some reminders from the Health Room

As we begin summer (without much spring) I would like to remind parents/guardians about two very important health concerns for our children and youth – hydration and sun protection.  Our students spend a large amount of their out of school time playing sports, exercising with friends on bikes and skate boards, and just in the neighborhood having fun.  All this is exactly what we all want and have waited for since the first snowflake!  However, keeping our children adequately hydrated can be a challenge.  Water either from the tap or in packaged bottles is only part of the solution.  The loss of electrolytes from activity and sweat requires more that water.  A significant number of headaches that children complain about are caused by dehydration.  An inexpensive substitute to expensive sport drinks is a combination of half water and half juice in a water bottle.  This also cuts down on the sugar in drinks.

In the same vein, all of us, but especially the children need to use sun protection.  I encourage all parents / guardians to discuss this with your pediatrician, however, sun screen should be part of any outdoor activity no matter how little time the children are outside.  We have an opportunity to have this become second nature to this generation helping them into adulthood without having had a sunburn!  The basic rule is to apply about 20 minutes before going outside and then reapply again in a few hours or as needed if swimming or sweating.  Demonstrating good habits with your children from an early age promotes and encourages a healthy response to many health issues that can last a very long time.  Happy, healthy and safe summer!

SUMMER PROGRAMS

The brochure for the Milton Public Schools’ MSE (Milton Summer Enrichment) program has been posted. Please click here to view:

Brochure: http://www.miltonps.org/documents/MSE2015Brochure.pdf

At A Glance: http://www.miltonps.org/documents/MSE2015AtaGlance_000.pdf

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The  Twelfth Annual  DPW Open House will be held on Saturday,  May 16th from 10am to 1pm at the DPW Yard at 629 Randolph Ave. The DPW Open House celebrates National Public Works Week and the thousands of men and women who provide and maintain the infrastructure and services collectively known as Public Works.

At this fun-filled, free family event, Milton residents can enjoy hotdogs and cotton candy as they learn about what the Milton DPW does every day to maintain our roads, water, sewage, drainage, and solid waste systems.   Children can climb aboard DPW trucks to honk the big horns and marvel at the recycling magic of BJ Hickman, who will be performing at 11.30 am and 12:30 pm.

In addition, the 12th annual “Larry DeCelle Friend of the DPW Award” will be presented to an individual or organization whose actions exemplify outstanding community service in the public works arena. In the spirit of reuse and re-cycling, BikeMilton (www.bikemilton.org) will at the yard, be running a used bike sale from 10am-4pmBikes may be donated Friday May 15th 5-6:30pm and on the day from 8.30-10am. Proceeds from the sale will be used to promote safe cycling in Milton.

  • Sustainable Milton will also be at the event, helping to give insight to recycling, reuse, and conservation measures to give a new lease on life to unwanted items
  • button cell batteries, thermometers and thermostats containing mercury (recycling   these keeps hazardous substances out of our waste stream)
  • More… Residents wanting to save money on their water bills and conserve water can order rain barrels at our event. Special pricing for Milton residents – ($60/$65) is available. See www.greatamericanrainbarrel.com or call 800-251-2352 for more information There will be no barrels available for pick-up at the event. For those wanting to reduce trash sticker costs and turn yard waste and veggie peelings into soil for the garden, subsidized Earthmover compost bins will also be available for $42 (checks payable to Town of Milton please).

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The following item was sent to us by Patti Dobrindt, Co-Chair of the Milton Road Race:

Save the Date!  The 38th Annual Milton Road Race will be held on Tuesday, June 9th at 6:30pm. This 5K/10K event is held rain or shine and is sponsored by Milton Junior Woman’s Club. As many of you know, the proceeds from this race go directly back into our community in the form of grants to local non-profits and scholarships to graduating Milton seniors. This year, we were able to give out a record amount of scholarship money based on the success of last year’s race. A great deal of that success was due to an amazing turnout of student runners. We are hoping to have even more student (and faculty!) participation this year. There is a team registration function if schools are interested in setting up teams for their student/faculty. Please register at: www.miltonroadrace.racewire.com

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

Spring is here – and so are fun things for kids to do at the Milton Public Library!  In addition to our regular story times on Tuesday and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of May 24 – 30:

Monday, May 25th

LIBRARY CLOSED

Saturday, May 30th  from 2:30 – 3:30 pm

Walkalong Gliders for Youth, Ages 8-11

Learn how to build and fly your own walkalong glider… indoors! Kids ages 8-11 are invited to join presenter Philip Rossoni for hands-on glider building and piloting – a fun way to get people interested in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) topics involved in aviation. Registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library. * This program will be repeated at 3:30 for ages 12+.

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:

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

ATHLETICS

The Milton High School Boosters club is hosting the 37th Annual Varsity Letter Banquet held on Wednesday, June 3rd at 6pm in the Milton High School Copeland Field House (doors open at 5:30 pm). This banquet celebrates the accomplishments of our varsity athletes by recognizing them with a banquet dinner, awarding letters and pins to all members of the varsity teams, and awarding 17 scholarships to senior athletes that contribute positively to the MHS athletics program and the Milton community.  Please contact Kerri McCarthy at kbee312@msn.com  or Donna Conroy at donnac8363@aol.com if you would like to volunteer or have questions. Parents, siblings, friends and the Milton community can purchase tickets online at www.miltonboosters.com. Tickets are $20 per adult and $5 per student/child (varsity student athletes received a free ticket in the mail). Please plan to join us as we honor our varsity letter winners and teams.

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The Boosters are sponsoring a car wash on Saturday, May 16th to benefit the MHS Girls Softball team. This car wash will be held at the Cunningham Elementary School, 44 Edge Hill Road. Please stop by and get your car washed by the girls softball team between 9:00 am and 12:00 pm.

The following athletic update was submitted by Athletic Director Larry Rooney:

Baseball: Baseball is 9-5. The offense has been anchored by junior Colin Rooney and seniors Jason Turner and Denis McAuliffe. Pitching has been great.  Kevin Murphy, Lloyd Hill, Jared Macleod, Sam Jacobsak, and Brandon Musto have all contributed valuable innings. We have all league games left in the schedule vs Walpole, Braintree, NNHS, and Wellesley.

Softball: The MHS Softball team record stands at 3-9, and there has been much improvement in many areas of the team.  With eight games in the next two weeks, the team is looking to add several more wins and to keep on improving.  Freshman Jenna Conroy is not only the leading hitter on the team but one of the top hitters in the league at .518.  Junior Caroline Johnson is hitting .450 and also one of the top hitters in the league.  Senior pitcher Julie Henry has pitched most of the games and has been awesome.  Monday May 18th at 7PM is senior night vs.  Wellesley.

Rugby: Currently undefeated, 6-0, with wins over Newport, Algonquin, Wilbraham & Monson Academy, Hanover, Essex County and Marshfield. We are currently the Massachusetts Division 2 Sevens Champion, beating Brookline in Cup Final 32-10. Our leading scorer is Ugo Nwanekezi with 55 points. The JV teams is 4-1 with wins over Belmont, Marshfield, Essex, Xaverian and one loss to BC High. The last regular season game is Wednesday, May 13th at 5pm at Brooks Field vs Scituate. (Senior Night) The Div 2 State playoffs are at Brooks Field on Tuesday, May 19th and the State Finals are Saturday, May 23rd.

Crew: MHS Boys and Girls Crew will be heading to the Mayor’s Cup in Medford on Saturday where the Wildcats will compete against about a dozen teams and try to defend their title as the champs of the boys’ and girls’ varsity fours and eights cups (four cups in total)! The very next day just down river in Malden, the Cats will be taking on just over a dozen teams in the annual Moose on the Malden Regatta where the Wildcats hold several titles as well.

Boys Track: The boys track team defeated Dedham him last Wednesday to run its record 2 and 3. It looks forward to competing in the Division III state relays this weekend and equaling its performance from last year as a second place finisher.

Boys Tennis: Last week, Boys tennis recorded a big 4-1 victory over Weymouth. Both doubles teams: #1 Dubs: Gianni Rodriguez & Matt Wong and #2 Dubs: Buddy Chinman & Ray Chen led the way for Milton with quick, straight set victories. The victory was capped by the strong play of Sean NgPack at 3rd singles and freshman #1 singles play of Mike Gates.  Milton is 3-5 in league play and will host Norwood & Weymouth today and Friday.

Girls Tennis: The Girls’ Tennis Team has played nine matches so far.  Our record is three wins and six losses.  We have seven matches left to play, 5 away and 2 at home.  The #1 singles player, Olivia Johnson, has 4 wins and 5 losses.  Six of our Varsity players will be graduating next month.

Boys Lacrosse: Record:  0-12. Highlights: Senior Shane Kelley, Sophomore Dylan DiManno, and Freshman Tommy Noonan lead the offense, while Senior defenseman Sean Hickey and Junior goalie Ben Clark anchor the defense. What’s next:  Over the next two weeks, the Wildcats will play six home games, including three Bay State Conference opponents.  The team is looking to end the season on a high note and winning their first game of the season.

Girls Lacrosse: Milton Varsity Girls Lacrosse team won their last two games. 13-11 win against Weymouth and 15-13 win against Brookline. These were important league games and the girls worked hard to end the games successfully. Hannah O’Leary has been an outstanding midfield player with aggressive play in the transition leading to much of the team’s success! The speed of Julia Scannell and the composure of both our attack players and defense players has contributed to their success. Weymouth game goal scorers: Caitlin Smith 3 goals 1 assist, Emily Kosak 2, Devin Coulter 2, Julia Scannell 1 goal 1 assist, Kelly Shea 1 and Morgan Beglet contributed an assist. Brookline game goal scorers: Katie Abbott 4, Morgan Begley and Julia Scannell each had 3, Emily Kosak and Caitlin Smith both added 2, and Kelly Shea with 1.

Girls Track: The team is 2-1 and will compete against Norwood tomorrow. At the recent meet against Dedham, the girls won easily. As a whole, there were 29 personal best performances at the meet! Some of the big ones were: Ornella Ebongue reclaiming the Freshman record in the Discus with a throw of 91 feet, which is almost good enough for a top three at Milton. Abigail Jean Baptiste had PRs in winning the Long Jump and Triple Jump with marks of 16′ 5.5″ and 33′ 8.5″ respectively. Taylor Burns had a PR in the High Jump with a mark of 4″ 7″. Colette O’Leary nearly broke the school record in the 400m with a time of 59.8. The school record is 59.7! Ruby Baker had a PR in the 400m by over two seconds with a time 74.6s.  Five girls (Dayajna Roache, Abigail Jean Baptiste, Andrea Juzyca, Atheanna Pierre and Ashley Thermidor-Payne) went under 29 seconds in the 200m! Dayajna Roache had her best race of the season winning the 100m dash in 13.5. Oceane Marescal had a PR in long jump by over 1″ jumping 14′ 5″. Athletes of the Meet are Saron Kindle for her determination and PRs in both the 100m and 200m races running 15.1s and 30.9s respectively and Isabel Belash for her very successful multi event day, who also had 15′ PR in the Javelin Throwing 90′ 7″ and won the 100m hurdles. Coaches Invitational:  Abigail Jean-Baptiste had a strong performance in the 100m dash, running 13.11, her fastest time ever. Alexis Belash and Mairead Dambruch ran PRs in the 800m with times of 2:28 and 2:32 respectively. The 4x100m team of Andrea Juzyca, Abigail Jean-Baptiste, Dayajna Roache and Atheanna Pierre ran a season best 51.9 in the 4x100m relay.  Athletes of the Meet:  Josie Cousineau had an amazing race in the freshman mile, running for a 14s personal best with a time 5:40. The time is good enough to qualify her for states. Andrea Juzyca broke her school record in the javelin twice and left the meet as the 2015 Coaches Invitational Champion!  An amazing accomplishment considering the best athletes in the state were there.

AMBASSADOR PAGE

Students:   As many of you know, we recently concluded the annual Town Meeting,  held in the Charles C. Winchester auditorium at Milton High School. Part of the tradition of Town Meeting is the participation of some of our high school students. During the multi-night event, students in the jazz band entertained Town Meeting Members in the lobby before the start of the event, a pair of students played a violin duet, and several students performed the National Anthem on-stage before the call to order. I would like thank the following students for their participation, some of whom agreed to provide musical entertainment, despite their obligations with AP tests, sports, clubs and part-time jobs.  I am very grateful to the following students: Jazz Band: Michael Wyatt, Matt Nolan, Shane McLaughlin, Mairead Dambruch, Leizel Werner and Liam Hines. Violins:  Hannah Solomon, Alice Truong and Liezel Werner. National Anthem: Monika Cormack, Liz O’Connor, Jackie Ruscito, Harry Kong, Kris Fort and Garrett Sager.

Staff:   Please join me in Congratulating Nathan (Ted) Randall, Social Studies Teacher at Milton High School and Mary Lou Bradley, Nurse at Tucker Elementary in being named the Norfolk County Teachers Association Honor and Service Awards recipients respectively. Ted and Mary Lou have given over 35 years of service to the Milton Public Schools and will be honored at the NCTA Banquet to be held on June 2nd  at Lombardo’s in Braintree

Volunteers:  Now that Town Meeting is concluded, I would be remiss if I did not  thank some of the hardest-working volunteers in the town of Milton – the members of the town’s Warrant Committee. This is a volunteer group of citizens appointed by the Town Moderator.  Developing the budget for the entire town requires an exhaustive amount of meetings and preparation. I am very grateful to the following citizens for their time and patience during the course of the entire year, and especially during Town Meeting. Thanks to:  Ted Hays, Chair,  LeeMichael McLean, Secretary, Richard Boehler, Jean Eckner , Chuck Karimbakas , Michael Maholchic, Philip Mathews, Steven McCurdy , Jim Potter, Jonathan Schindler, Kevin Sorgi, Darnell Turner and Betty White.

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 5th E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - May• 05•15

To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
From: Mary C. Gormley
Re: E-blast Update
Date: Tuesday, May 5, 2015

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

Yesterday was the first day of Teacher Appreciation Week and I hope you will all join me in recognizing and thanking our gifted and talented teachers – not only in the Milton Public Schools, but also those teachers who have impacted us throughout our lives. I know that when I was teaching, my most cherished gifts were hand-written notes, telling me of a student’s or parent’s appreciation.  I would encourage you to consider writing to your child’s teacher and let them know how they have helped your child, or ask your child to write their own letter.  I would also like to personally thank each and every teacher in the Milton Public Schools for their hard work, dedication and commitment to the students of this town.

In addition, please let me remind the Milton Public School community that May 6th is National Nurse’s Day. Of course, I would encourage each of you to recognize our School Nurses, but also please take a moment to thank any other nurses who may be in your life.  Thank you.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There have been no School Committee meetings since my last E-blast. The next meeting will be held Wednesday night, May 6th at 7 pm in the Milton High School library.

CURRICULUM NEWS

Please note that tomorrow, May 6th, is Walk and Bike to School Day. As part of the Safe Routes to School initiative, the Milton Public Schools will be helping to celebrate Massachusetts Walk and Bike to School Day May 6th.  We hope that many parents/guardians will join in the celebration with thousands of other students and families statewide in walking and biking to school.  School Committee Chairman Mike Zullas has helped to coordinate some famous people and special “celebrity” guests to help walk students to our elementary and middle schools.

“Walking and biking to school helps to improve students’ health, along with reducing traffic congestion and improving air quality around our schools,” said Mr. Zullas. “We hope to promote a culture of having as many students as possible walk and bike safely to our schools.  Please join us on May 6.”

NEWS AROUND TOWN

Please be aware that tomorrow night, Wednesday, May 6th, there will be a community meeting on the proposed Boston 2024 Olympic bid at Milton High School from 7:00pm-8:30pm. Representatives from Boston 2024 will be on hand to discuss their proposal, and members of the community are encouraged to come with their comments, questions, and concerns.  If you have any questions about this event, please do not hesitate to contact Boston 2024 at 617-960-3122

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.

 

 

April 27th E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Apr• 27•15

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  April 27th, 2015

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

I am pleased to announce that the School Committee recently voted to approve the permanent appointment of two administrators.  Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Human Resources Janet Sheehan and Collicot Elementary School Principal Holly Concannon were both initially named as interim appointments for these positions. After the most recent vote, these two outstanding educators have now been permanently appointed to these positions. They have worked beyond expectations. Please join me on behalf of the Milton Public Schools students, staff, teachers, parents and guardians in congratulating these two gifted and talented individuals.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There has been one School Committee meetings since my last E-blast, held on April 15th. That meeting is summarized below. The next meeting will be held on April 29th at 7 pm in the Milton High School library. This will be a Re-Organizational meeting.

April 15th: This meeting began with Citizen Speak. Michelle Connolly of the Milton SEPAC came to speak about National Autism Awareness Month. Next, a group of citizens spoke about Ballot Question One and urged the community to vote in favor of it.  As part of the Superintendent’s Report, Jackie Morgan, Food Service Director, gave a presentation on recent happenings in her department, including the School Breakfast Program, her partnership with Brookwood Farm, and the Iron Chef Jr. Contest. During the Chairman’s Report, the committee voted to confirm the appointments of Ms. Sheehan and Ms. Concannon (see intro for more details.) Next, the School Committee approved a vendor warrant and heard a report from Mr. Zullas on Transportation and Traffic Safety. Ms. Sheridan gave an update on the Facilities Subcommittee and members voted to approve ten sets of minutes. Members of the School Committee thanked Ms. Kelly and Ms. Sheridan for their years of service to the town and the students of Milton.

CURRICULUM NEWS

Please note, there will be no school on Monday, May 25th (Memorial Day)

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Also, please note, the last day of school is scheduled to be Thursday, June 25th. This will be a half-day.

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The following item was submitted by Dr. Noreen Diamond Burdett, Director of Fine & Applied Arts:

We are proud to announce that 23 new members were inducted into MHS Chapter of the international music honor society, TRI-M. The ceremony was held on Thursday, April 16th  during 7th period, when chorus/band/strings are regularly scheduled so that all of the students in the performing groups could see the ceremony. Superintendent Mary Gormley was the guest speaker and led the students in the pledge. Ms. Gormley is an honorary member of TRI-M and takes part in the ceremony annually. The following students were inducted:  In String Ensemble: Allegra DeNooyer, Walker Stroud, Emma Pred-Sosa and Sindhu Banerjee. In Band: Dylan Banh, Simon Eder, Liam Hines, Michael Wyatt, Emily Chow, Lara Nasser, Madison Peltier, Mitchell Hause, Shane McLaughlin and Madeline Scott. In Chorus: Hope Huban, Colette Nourie, Tatiana Perez, Samanatha Antoniewicz, Audrey Erickson, Maryanne MacIsaac, Sarah Monderer, Noel McCampbell and Emily Dsida. Well done!

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If a parent or and you or your spouse are an active member of the uniformed service, National Guard and Reserve and on active duty; are a member of veteran who are medically discharged or retired for one year or a members who have died on active duty, please fill out the questionnaire attached to this email for each of your children who attends Milton Public Schools. Please address the questionnaire to jbarrett@miltonps.org

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Please join me in congratulating the following students who performed extremely well at the most recent Continental Math meet. Below are the names of the students who achieved perfect scores for the March 12th Continental Math Meet.

Grade 3 Perfect Scores (6 Points)

Glover
Casey Olsen and Camden Carr

Grade 4 Perfect Scores (6 Points)

Tucker
Logan Do, Na-Yu Nguyen and Ian Wick
Cunningham
Brenna Kelley, Liam McLoughlin, Benjamin Waterman, Sofia Porras-Avalos, Abbie Steuterman and Isabella Wood
Collicot
Connor Griffin, Lok Ye Young, Ethan Putman, Oisin Allen, Cole Humphrey, Brynne Mershon, Wes Morisette, Connor Naughton, Molly Shea, Ciara Walsh and Lauren Walsh
Glover
Craig Pentland, Abigail Coggins, Harrison Dolgoff, Jack McSorley andJonah Renz

Grade 5 Perfect Scores (6 Points)

Tucker
Max Hollingsworth, Maxwell Mitchell and Declan O’Connor
Cunningham
John Clancy and Anna Hamblet
Collicot
Charles Cantillon, Rachel Steinberg, Benjamin Malisheski
Glover
Jake Lippert, Ian Ludeen, Nina Zimmermann and Ian Gravellase

SUMMER PROGRAMS

Milton Summer Enrichment program is now accepting students! This is a summer program run by Milton Public Schools which takes place on-campus at Milton High School. Please read the PDF below with course descriptions. This registration link went “live” today (Monday, April 27th) at 5pm.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0oVWf3P_YihbVhZbVVjcDBwZF9qZW1WVGdxNzQ4UU9la3pn/view?pli=1

Also, the “At a Glance” document below gives more detailed information about this program:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1mUgIWSy1-MscMrHcH5rEbINCDzl92reAsSQLQwOh19M/edit?pli=1

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Students who are entering Grade 5 in 2015 are invited to participate in the Pierce Middle School Welcome to Middle School Orientation Camp. The program is designed to familiarize incoming sixth graders to middle school. The cost is $125 and sessions are offered in June and August. Registration forms may be downloaded from the MPS website www.miltonps.org or picked up at Pierce or any of the elementary schools. For additional questions, please email Erin Power: epower@miltonps.org

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Milton Foundation for Education’s Teacher of the Year ceremony will be held this Thursday, April 30th at 6:30 in the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium at Milton High School. Please join us in honoring:

Collicot: John Doyle
Cunningham: Emily Hyde
Glover: Susan Bonner
Tucker: Rina Chen
Pierce Middle School: Nicole Hoyceanyls
Milton High School: Larry Jordan
Mary Grassa O’Neill Leadership Award: Holly Concannon

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As part of the Safe Routes to School initiative, the Milton Public Schools will be helping to celebrate Massachusetts Walk and Bike to School Day May 6th.  We hope that many parents will join in the celebration with thousands of other students and families statewide in walking and biking to school. Please contact Mike Zullas at mzullas@miltonps.org if you have additional questions or suggestions on how to celebrate this event.

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Save the Date! Milton High School graduation will be held on Sunday, June 7th at 2pm in the Copeland Family Field House.

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

Many of you have noticed the textile recycling bins which are placed at several of our schools in Milton. These are large boxes which are designed to collect used clothing, linens, etc. for recycling with all funds to benefit the Milton Public Schools.  So far, these bins have been very successful, not only at keeping textiles out of the waste stream, but also at generating revenue. If you are doing a bit of spring cleaning, please feel free to deposit your textiles at one of our Milton Public School recycling bins and help with an easy fundraising effort. Here are the results of the fundraising as of April 5, 2015:

Glover Elementary School:         10,785 lbs $539.25
Collicot Elementary School:  5,055 lbs $252.75
Cunningham Elementary School: 7,160 lbs $358.00
Pierce Middle School: 4,485 lbs $224.25
Milton High School: 4,465 lbs $223.25

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A fundraiser for Milton Teens in Need’s Trunk Show will be held on Wednesday, May 6th from 4-7pm at Belle Visage Salon, 564 Adams Street in Milton. This event will be hosted by Collicot Principal Holly Concannon. Join fellow Milton Public School parents for a night of style & pampering to help Milton Needs in Need for Prom! All proceeds will be donated to provide accessories & manicures for the high school prom. We will be collecting old prom dresses as well. Mini facials, manicure, spray tans & massages will be during this event. Call to make you appointment by 4/28 (spaces are limited) I hope you can make it and feel free to bring a friend!

FOOD SERVICE NEWS

School Lunch Hero Day will be celebrated on Friday, May 1st and School Nutrition Employee Week is celebrated from May 4-8th.

Between preparing healthy meals for America’s students, adhering to strict nutrition standards, navigating student food allergies and offering service with a smile, school nutrition professionals are true heroes!

School Lunch Hero Day is the perfect opportunity to recognize the hardworking professionals in school cafeterias. The Milton Public Schools is taking the cue from the School Nutrition Association and is partnered with Jarrett J. Krosoczka, author of the “Lunch Lady” book series, and Random House, to remind everyone—directors, managers, parents, students, and school staff —that school nutrition employees are superheroes that deserve some recognition.

The day aims to showcase the ways in which school nutrition professionals make a difference for every child who comes through the cafeteria. Please see the list of our Milton Food Service professionals below who work with our students each and every day:

Many thanks to Debbie Abdon, Matthew Barrett, Somjit Bodda, Ellen Brusard, Connie Catinella, Maryellen Comer, Kimberly Demarino, Debbie Devoe, Barbara Doherty, Margaret Fajando, Sonja Fisher, Jayne Fitzgerald, William Fitzpatrick, Maureen Ford, Kimberly Golden, Mercedes Gonzalez, Rosemary Grey, Christine Griffin, Susan Homan, Carol Hunt, Janice Koenig, Corrine Lyons, Ruth Malone, Pat McIssac, Jane Molloy, Elaine Moore Rico, Stephanie Nelson, Patricia Newayno, Lessie Spann, Marika Varnerin, Marie Gladys Volmar, Patrick Whelen and Sandy Zalios.

For details about School Lunch Hero Day 2015, click here http://www.schoollunchsuperheroday.com/

PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

There will be a SEPAC meeting on Monday, May 11th at the PMS from 7-9pm.  Roundtable discussions for preschool, elementary, and middle/high school will take place.  Staff from the Milton Public School will be on-hand to present and answer questions.

MFE NEWS

Milton Foundation for Education Competitive Grants

Attention Teachers:
We are pleased to announce our Spring Grant Cycle

Purpose: Our competitive grants are designed to encourage and reward effective, innovative teaching. The proposed projects are expected to show direct benefit to student achievement and impact classroom teaching.

Deadline: Tuesday, April 28, 2015, by the end of the school day

Application: Please submit via email to mfegrants@gmail.com
Guidelines: Refer to our website www.miltonfoundationforeducation.org for guidelines, application as well as examples of past grants

Awards: Requests for $1,000 or less per grant preferred. Requests for more may be considered.

Limitations: No present limits on the number of awards per school. The foundation attempts to award each school about the same amount of funding, but we will grant awards on the basis of the number and quality of proposals received.

Eligibility: Teachers and staff members in all grades may apply individually or in groups.

Approvals: Each grant needs to be approved by your principal
and department head. Technology requests should also be cc’d to Dr. Angela Burke.

Information: Please contact mfegrants@gmail.com with further
questions, or call MFE Grants Committee Chair Susan Sullivan at 781-244-9503.

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The MFE Jeep raffle is back! Only 500 tickets will be sold. Tickets are $100 each for a chance to win a 2015 Jeep Wrangler Sport or $20,000 in cash. Tickets are available at each school or email jeepraffle2015@gmail.com. The winner will be drawn June 27th at the We Are Milton Event!

NEWS AROUND TOWN

Please note, Town-wide Elections will be held on Tuesday, April 28th.  Polling places are open from 7am to 8pm. Cunningham Elementary, Tucker Elementary and Milton High School gyms will be used as polling places on Tuesday.

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Join The Resolution Trio for a free piano trio concert on Wednesday, April 29th at 7pm in the Keys Community Room of the Milton Public Library. The trio is comprised of Jennifer Tu, David Roberts and Elizabeth Mahon (MHS Alumna.)  These Harvard College juniors are excited to share their love of music with Ms. Mahon’s hometown. Enjoy the beautiful music of The Resolution as they perform the Brahms trio in B major.

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The following item was sent to us by Dara Woods-Calkins, Co-Vice President of Sustainable Milton:

Sustainable Milton is partnering with Milton Department of Public Works to organize this year’s Milton Cleanup Day on Saturday, May 2nd.  We need your help to make this event a success and would like to invite you to organize a team and choose an area of town that could use some TLC after this epic winter.

As in the past, DPW will provide gloves as well as trash and recycling bags, and the following week they will pick up the bags at the location you designate.  In order to ensure they have enough supplies for all participants, please visit our website and fill out the form to sign up.

You can sign up on the event webpage at miltoncleanupday.squarespace.com and for more information about our group, visit our homepage at www.sustainablemilton.org

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Also, please note that Town Meeting begins on Monday, May 4th at 7:30 in the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium at Milton High School.

 BID-MILTON

Take the Family for a Walk and Meet Wally! Enjoy a full-filled and healthy Saturday morning with the family at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton’s annual Community HealthWalk and Health Fair on Saturday, June 13th The fun kicks off with either a 1 mile or 5k walk around Milton at 10 am. After the walk, there will be fun for the entire family including kid’s games and activities, health screenings, DJ and free BBQ lunch. Plus Wally from the Red Sox will be there to get things started. For more information, visit www.bidmilton.org/walk

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

Spring is here – and so are fun things for kids to do at the Milton Public Library!  In addition to our regular storytimes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, we have this exciting program for the young people in your life happening during the week of April 26 – May 2:

Saturday, May 2nd from 11:00 am – 12:00 noon
Reading Dogs, Grades K-5

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

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

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

ATHLETICS 

After a hugely successful second season, the Challenger Division is back and we anticipate that it will get better and better!  The Challenger Division of Little League enables boys and girls with physical and mental challenges, ages 5-18,or up to age 22 (if still enrolled in high school) to enjoy the game of baseball along with the millions of other children who participate in this sport worldwide. To register a child, go to: http://miltonnationalll.com/Registration/

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

JP Plunkett: plunkettjp4@gmail.com | 617.999.4993

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Spring sports season is in full swing! We will include an Athletic Update in next week’s E-blast. 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:  I would like to congratulate the three students from the Pierce Middle School who attended the Massachusetts Region V Science & Engineering Fair this past weekend at Regis College in Weston. This was a regional fair for all students in southeastern Massachusetts.  The students who attended were:

  • Luke Baltay with a project titled “The Effect of Extra CO2 on Mint Plants.”
  • Wallace Heller with a project titled “What is the Best Way to Disinfect a Toothbrush?”
  • Anna Fahy with a project titled “How is the Air Inside the Football Affected by the Temperature Outside the Football?”

These students qualified for this event after being named the winners of the Pierce Science Fair last month. They also went through additional steps after the Pierce event to prepare their projects to meet the requirements of the State Fair.  Congratulations to all three students!

Staff:   I would like to recognize Cunningham Principal Jonathan Redden, Pierce Middle School Nurse Barbara Perry and MHS Teacher Bill Donovan, all of whom have worked tirelessly on our Milton Summer Enrichment program. This summer program engages between 600-700 students each summer in exciting, enriching and fun courses. This program employs many members of our MPS teaching staff, dozens of young people and also helps to provide Community Service hours for dozens more. I am grateful to this trio for their organization, commitment and dedication to this program. Thank you.

Volunteers:  There are two very important Milton Public School volunteers who cannot be recognized enough for their contributions to this district. Lynda-Lee Sheridan and Mary Kelly both served on the Milton School Committee for many years and both stepped down earlier this month. We are very grateful for their service to the town, the schools, the staff and most importantly, the students of Milton.

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. 

April 14th E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Apr• 14•15

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

I would like to congratulate this year’s recipients of the Milton Foundation for Education’s 2015 Teacher of the Year awards. These annual awards honor our district’s finest educators. Today was “Surprise Day,” where a group of MFE members, school committee members and parents/guardians joined me in a visit to the winning teachers’ classrooms and let them know they have been named Teacher of the Year.  Please join me in congratulating the following teachers and administrators:

Collicot: John Doyle

Cunningham: Emily Hyde

Glover: Susan Bonner

Tucker: Rina Chen

Pierce Middle School: Nicole Hoyceanyls

Milton High School:  Larry Jordan

Collicot Elementary School Principal Holly Concannon was named the recipient of the Mary Grassa O’Neill Leadership Award.

I am very proud of these teachers, but I am also proud of the work that every teacher, aide, administrator and staff member does each and every day on behalf of our students. We have an outstanding faculty and staff in the Milton Public Schools and events such as the Teacher of the Year only serve to reinforce that fact. I am grateful to the Milton Foundation for Education for their dedication to our teachers, our administrators, our families, and most importantly, the students of Milton.

Students and their families, along with colleagues, friends and relatives of the winning teachers are invited to the Teacher of the Year 2015 Ceremony, which will be held on Thursday, April 30th at 6 pm in the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium at Milton High School.

April 6th E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Apr• 06•15

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  April 6th, 2015

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

The month of March, once again, came in like a lion and out like a lamb.  Now that the winter of 2014-15 is behind us, thoughts have turned to sports, with both March Madness playoffs and Red Sox Opening Day upon us. Our school and town spring sports seasons have begun, with all the anticipation that comes with them. Town election season is also in full swing, and political signs have popped up on lawns throughout town, alongside crocuses and daffodils. Happy Spring!

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There have been no School Committee meetings since my last E-blast. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 15th at 7 pm in the Milton High School library.

CURRICULUM NEWS

In my last E-blast, I provided a link from Safe Routes to School (SRTS), a group with whom the Milton Public Schools has had a long-standing partnership. This group advocates for safe walking and biking routes to schools.  The first step in developing Safe Routes is to collect data from parents/guardians about how they get their children to school each day. We are asking for the Milton Public Schools’ community for their help with a survey being conducted by SRTS.  The survey is now “live” for each of our elementary schools, as well as for Pierce Middle School. It will remain active through April 17thIf any of our schools gets 50% (or more) participation from the entire school population, that school will receive funding from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, to be used towards Safe Routes around the school. The five participating Milton Public Schools can be awarded these funds, so please take the time to fill out the survey by clicking on this link:  http://masaferoutessurvey.org/en/   Also, as part of the SRTS initiative, we will be helping to celebrate Massachusetts Walk and Bike to School Day May 6th.  We hope that many parents will join in the celebration with thousands of other students and families statewide in walking and biking to school. Please contact Mike Zullas at mzullas@miltonps.org if you have additional questions.

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In my last E-blast, I noted that the School Committee voted to approve a revised School Year Calendar for the 2015-16 year.  This new calendar reflects the removal of two religious holidays as “No School Days.” This change was in response to the recent survey sent to all MPS families, asking whether school should be in session on Yom Kippur (September 23rd, 2015) and Good Friday (March 25th, 2016.) The survey was sent to our entire E-blast distribution list (more than 6,000 addresses) and we received 72% yes votes and 29% no votes. Please click the link below to see the most recent 15-16 School Year Calendar.

http://www.miltonps.org/documents/20152016schoolyearcalendarRevisedandapproved040115.pdf

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The following item was sent to us by Cunningham Principal Jon Redden:

               The Reading about Diversity (R.A.D.) series is a 1st – 4th grade program that is run by parent volunteers. Two current educators and Cunningham parents, Tanya Frank and Dr. Jenn Manak, designed the curriculum. Their expertise in diversity, literacy and social emotional developments will help students to better understand and celebrate our diverse world. At each grade level, five children’s books have been selected with related questions already prepared. Each book also includes writing and drawing activities. Each lesson takes about forty-five minutes to an hour. RAD runs almost every week at Cunningham and the feedback from teachers, students and parent volunteers has been tremendous.

In these RAD photos, a parent volunteer reads a RAD book and with the help of the curriculum plan, guides a classroom discussion. Kids return to their desks to draw/write about a topic (in this case, different dwellings, modes of transportation, shopping etc  found around the world). They then return to the story rug and if they choose, share their drawing and words with the class. The parent then wraps up the lesson with a few closing thoughts/questions.

 

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The Forbes House Museum recently announced the winners of the 2015 Lincoln Essay & Drawing Contest. In total, the FHM received 1,332 submissions comprised of 460 essays and 872 drawings. Congratulations to the following Milton Public School students who were recognized:

Lincoln Drawing Contest:

Kindergarten:

  • First Place: Avery Rose Squiciarino, Glover School
  • Second Place: Beatrix Cohen-Raymond, Collicot School
  • Honorable Mention: David Bourque, Glover School
  • Honorable Mention: Jacob Carlin, Cunningham School

Grade One:

  • First Place: Gabrielle Beaudoin, Glover School
  • Second Place: Oliver Jilani, Collicot School
  • Honorable Mention: Caroline Keohane, Glover School

Grade Two:

  • First Place: Jennifer Lo, Collicot School
  • Second Place: Orlaith Killion, Collicot School
  • Honorable Mention: Eilie Boylan, Collicot School
  • Honorable Mention: Owen Crowley, Collicot School
  • Honorable Mention: Maggie Mullen, Collicot School

Grade Three:

  • First Place: Mia Jilani, Collicot School
  • Second Place: Andrew Miskell, Collicot School
  • Honorable Mention: Alex Files, Glover School
  • Honorable Mention: Aidan McNulty, Glover School
  • Honorable Mention: Keara Riley, Collicot School

Grade Four:

  • First Place: Adriana Ruiz, Cunningham School
  • Third Place: Liam McLoughlin, Cunningham School
  • Honorable Mention: Lydia Geering, Glover School
  • Honorable Mention: Kai Salony, Glover School

Grade Five:

  • First Place: Sienna Giovannucci, Glover School
  • Honorable Mention: Anna Hamblet, Cunningham School
  • Honorable Mention: Ciara Hensley, Cunningham School
  • Honorable Mention: Elizabeth McGill, Cunningham School

Lincoln Essay Contest:

Grade Six:

  • Second Place: Justin Wilmot, Pierce Middle School
  • Third Place: Abigail Files, Pierce Middle School
  • Honorable Mention: Oskar Peloquin, Pierce Middle School

These students will be recognized during an awards ceremony to take place on Sunday, April 12th at 2pm in the Gathering Room at St. Agatha Church. Students will receive an official certificate and a complimentary one-year family membership to the Forbes House Museum, along with other prizes.

The ceremony will include a fiddle performance by Dorchester musician, Kevin Doherty. All are welcome to attend, and refreshments will be served. Call the museum office at 617.696.1815 to RSVP by Thursday, April 9th.

The essays/drawings were reviewed and winning submissions were chosen by a 24 member committee comprised of FHM trustees, FHM Lincoln Committee members, and community leaders and Civil War experts from Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

For more information on group tours, events and programs, including the Lincoln Essay & Drawing Contest, call the Forbes House Museum at 617.696.1815 or visit our website, www.forbeshousemuseum.org.

STUDENT WORK

Below is a writing piece from Nicole Hoyceanyls’ 6th grade science class.  It is a song about waves that Jack Darling wrote as a culminating assignment for the sound unit.  The entire 6th grade just completed a mini-unit, the Nature of Sound, where students made instruments to deepen their understanding of sounds waves thanks to a grant they received from the MFE this fall.

Sound Rap
By Jack Darling

The crest is the highest point of a sound wave
But I’m not making jokes, I don’t misbehave
The pitch, I’ll admit, can have a lot of aggression
But it’s a work in progress, let me teach you a lesson.
The pitch is affected by wavelength and frequency
But it’s pretty obvious, it ain’t no mystery
When the frequency slows down, the pitch is low;
Like a tuba or bass, how low can you go?
Sound waves, listen to the sounds
Some notes go up and some notes go down.
A big amplitude makes things real loud
Like the noises you can hear from a really big crowd.
A small amplitude keeps the volume real soft
Like turning down the dial right before you turn it off.

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

The Program of Studies/Advanced Placement (AP) Information Night will be held tomorrow, Tuesday, April 7th at 6:30pm in the Milton High School Auditorium. This presentation will be a comprehensive overview of our course offerings, level choices, graduation requirements and the overall course selection process, followed by an overview of our Advanced Placement Program.

After these presentations in the Auditorium, Department Heads, AP teachers and students will be available to answer any specific questions you may have. All are welcome to attend! Following this evening’s event, course selection sheets will be due back to guidance by Thursday, April 9th.

If a course selection sheet has already been submitted to guidance any changes can be made by emailing your child’s current guidance counselor or just writing the change on the course verification sheet that will be emailed to ALL students in early May.

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Don’t forget that this week is our art department’s Passport to the Arts event.  This begins tonight, Monday April 6th at 5:30pm at Pierce Middle School; Tuesday April 7th at 6 pm at Glover Elementary School; Wednesday, April 8th at 6 pm at Cunningham Elementary School and at Milton High Schools (in conjunction with MHS Cabaret Night); Thursday, April 9th at 6pm at Tucker Elementary School and at 6:30 at Collicot Elementary School (in conjunction with the “One Book Adventure Night.”)

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 Also, please remember to mark your calendar for Thursday, April 16th, when Maria Trozzi will be presenting at the Pierce Middle School. The topic is “Finding Resilience…(After Looking in All the Wrong Places) and it will be held at 7pm in the Pierce Middle School auditorium.   Join Maria Trozzi for an interactive and enlightening conversation about the new stresses of parenting our children today and evidence-based strategies for building resilience. Some of the topics she will address:

  • Creating the mix to produce an outstanding person: the surprising research
  • Making informed decisions about screen time
  • Dealing with life’s disappointments: when our children are hurt, what to say and not to say
  • Too many choices: How affluence can complicate parent decision-making
  • How to “not hover and sleep at night”; moving towards scaffolding your children.

MFE NEWS

The following information was sent to us by the MFE:

Attention Teachers: We are pleased to announce our Spring Grant Cycle!

Purpose: Our competitive grants are designed to encourage and reward effective, innovative teaching. The proposed projects are expected to show direct benefit to student achievement and impact classroom teaching.

Deadline: Tuesday, April 28, 2015, by the end of the school day

Application: Please submit via email to mfegrants@gmail.com

Guidelines: Refer to our website www.miltonfoundationforeducation.org for guidelines, application as well as examples of past grants.

Awards: Requests for $1,000 or less per grant preferred. Requests for more may be considered.

Limitations: No present limits on the number of awards per school. The foundation attempts to award each school about the same amount of funding, but we will grant awards on the basis of the number and quality of proposals received.

Eligibility: Teachers and staff members in all grades may apply individually or in groups.

Approvals: Each grant needs to be approved by your principal
and department head. Technology requests should also be cc’d to Dr. Angela Burke.

Information: Please contact mfegrants@gmail.com with further questions, or call MFE Grants Committee Chair Susan Sullivan at 781-244-9503.

FOOD SERVICE NEWS

REV UP! REVIVE! REHYDRATE!  Do you want to play your best this season?

Come join Framingham State University Nutrition students Melissa Silvia, Mackenzie Sousa and Julianna Coughlin to learn how to optimize your performance and come out on top this spring season! There will be presentations on pre- and post-workout nutrition and hydration. Snacks and water will be provided.  This event will be held in the Copeland Field House on Monday April 13th at 2:30pm (right after school). Free snacks and water will be provided and all spring athletes must be there!

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The Town of Milton Park & Rec Department has opened its online registration for summer programs. Click here for more info:

http://www.townofmilton.org/Public_Documents/MiltonMA_Recreation/2015%20summer%20program%20brochure.pdf

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

Spring is here – and so are fun things for kids to do at the Milton Public Library!  In addition to our regular storytimes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of April 5 – 11:

Friday, April 10, 2015 from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
Free Play Friday, Ages 0-5 with caregiver

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

Saturday, April 11, 2015 from 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
Chessapalooza, Grades K-6

A fun and friendly scholastic chess tournament open to all Milton school students. Players of all abilities are welcome. The tournament will be limited to the first 50 entrants. Trophies and prizes will be awarded in grades K-2, grades 3-4, and grades 5-6.  Sections may be modified depending on the number of entrants. Cost is $10 and registration at www.miltonlibrary.org in advance is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library.

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

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

ATHLETICS

Parents/guardians of Milton High School football players (and all Wildcat football fans!)  — please note that tonight, Monday, April 6th, there will be a “Meet the Coach” event at 7pm in the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium. Steve Dembowski will be on hand to meet all parents/guardians, alumni, MPS staff & faculty, media, Milton residents, community members, and supporters of Milton HS Athletics.

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Two Milton High School student athletes were invited to attend The Massachusetts Celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day, held last Friday (April 4th) at Faneuil Hall, Boston. This year’s Girls and Women in Sports Day keynote speaker was Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey.

Milton High School students Sophie Cousineau and Grace Wamester were both invited to the MIAA-sponsored event, although only Grace Wamester was able to attend. The student athletes were chosen as positive, contributing members of both their teams and their school. Congratulations to both these students.

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The snow is melting and the Milton fields are starting to dry out.  Soon enough we will be playing games out on Milton’s fields. Please see this week’s sports schedule:

Tuesday, April 7th
Boys Lacrosse at Natick HS (Varsity & JV)

Wednesday, April 8th
Boys Lacrosse at Newton North HS (Varsity only)

Friday, April 10th
Rugby vs Algonquin Reg HS
7pm at Milton HS Brooks Field

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: I would like to congratulate our Milton High School LifeSmarts team, who recently learned that they qualified to attend the 2015 Lifesmarts National Championship in Seattle, Washington.  The team of Nolan Carvalho, Liam Chase, Brandon Musto, Albert Enyedy and Sindhu Banerjee competed at the State level earlier this month and learned that they would advance to the national competition April 17-20th.  LifeSmarts is a program of the National Consumers League and is an educational opportunity for students in 6th-12th grade. This competition prepares students to enter the real world as smart adult consumers. Participants focus on five key topic areas: consumer rights and responsibilities, the environment, health and safety, personal finance, and technology.   Congratulations and good luck to these students and their teacher, Nancy Mikels.

Staff:   On Saturday, March 21, several Pierce Middle School teachers-  Mr. Stoodt, Mr. Forge, Mr. DeMaggio, Mrs. McEvoy, and Mr. Clements and elementary teachers- Madame Brown, Mrs. Kelly, Mrs. Ryan, Mr. Fender, Ms. Atwood, and Madame Bourass-Elzein along with Christie Chiappetta, 6-8 Science Coordinator, Bernadette Moonan, preK-5 Science Coordinator, and Dr. Karen Spaulding, Pierce Middle School principal gathered at the Christa McAuliffe Center for Education and Teaching Excellence at Framingham State University to participate in a professional development workshop.  While there, these teachers and administrators used the Planetarium as a tool for learning about the apparent motion of objects in the night sky.  In addition, they participated in a simulation of space flight in the Center’s full-size mockups of both Houston’s Mission control and a space station interior.  This professional development experience was funded by the Pierce Middle School’s Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Creativity/Innovation Initiative grant, which was awarded this year.  In the coming months, Pierce teachers and administrators will continue to develop and revise space engineering experiences for 7th grade students in partnership with the Center’s staff.

Volunteer:  I would like to thank Frank Schroth and the Milton High School Debate Team for helping to organize the Fourth Annual MyTownMatters Candidates Forum, which will be held in the Function Room of Fuller Village at Brush Hill at 1:00pm on April 11th.  Candidates for Board of Selectmen, School Committee, and Library Trustee will be present and questioned by members of the MHS debate team.

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.

April 2nd E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Apr• 02•15

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  April 2, 2015

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

Now that the weather is finally starting to improve, many more of our students are walking and biking to school.  I have always been a strong proponent of “walkable” schools, and this issue has gotten a good deal of attention lately.

We have had a long-standing partnership with the Massachusetts Safe Routes to School (SRTS),  a group which advocates for safe walking and biking routes to schools. The Milton School Committee has created a new subcommittee for Transportation and Traffic Safety Subcommittee under the leadership of Mike Zullas to work with parents, families, the Milton Police, the DPW and other town departments to ensure a safe experience for our students on their way to and from our schools.  As part of the SRTS initiative, we will be helping to celebrate Massachusetts Walk and Bike to School Day May 6th.  We hope that many parents will join in the celebration with thousands of other students and families statewide in walking and biking to school. Please contact Mike Zullas at mzullas@miltonps.org if you have additional questions.

We are also encouraging parents and guardians of Glover students to take a quick survey to help Safe Routes to School with their research. Please click on the link below.

http://masaferoutessurvey.org/en/

We hope that these warm spring-like temperatures have returned for good and many more of our students can enjoy their walk to school.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There has been one School Committee meetings since my last E-blast, held last night. The next meeting was held at 7 pm in the Milton High School library.  Here is a summary of the April 1st meeting below:

The meeting began with a Citizens Speak, when Frank Schroth came to let the community know about the upcoming debate at Fuller Village for town wide positions Next, there was an Internal Assessment Data Presentation, given by Cunningham/Collicot Elementary Curriculum Coordinator Amy Gale; Milton High School Vice Principal Michelle Kreuzer; Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Human Resources Janet Sheehan; Pierce Middle School Principal Dr. Karen Spaulding; and Data Analyst Vy Vu. Next, members voted to approve the edited the FY15-16 School Year Calendar and reviewed the Stoneturn Audit Report. It was announced that Tracy Grandeau has been chosen as the new Administrator of Pupil Personnel Services.  Mr. Zullas gave an update on the Transportation and Traffic Safety Subcommittee before the meeting concluded.

CURRICULUM NEWS

As I stated above, the School Committee has approved a revised School Year Calendar for the 2015-16 year.   You may remember that we sent a survey to all MPS families on the question of whether or not to remove two religious holidays as “No School Days” from the 2015-16 calender.  Please click the link below to view this revised calendar:

http://www.miltonps.org/documents/20152016schoolyearcalendarRevisedandapproved040115.pdf

The Milton High School Debate team competed at the State Tournament this past Saturday at Boston Latin High School. Each pair did exceptionally well winning at least two out of the five rounds. Anna Lamb, Olivia Erickson, Lydia Horan and Sindhu Banerjee all came home with a remarkable 4-1 record. Freshman and Novice debater Xavier Fischer’s high speaker points placed him third in the Novice division. Overall, the teams combined wins brought Milton to 6th place. Other winners include Novice Division Speaker Awards: 3rd: Xavier Fischer, 10th: Domenic Jancaterino, 16th: Matthew Murphy, Varsity Division Team Placements: 9th: Anna Lamb and Olivia Erickson; 10th: Lydia Horan and Sindhu Banerjee

As a team – the high school debaters came in 6th place overall !

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Milton High School junior Mairead Dambruch has been awarded the Anthony Quinn Foundation Scholarship of $2,550 to attend the Rhode Island School of Design Pre-College Summer Program and Josh Kery also a Junior has been awarded a “substantial scholarship” from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston for their Pre-College Summer Program. These two talented juniors were nominated by their art teacher, Karen Hughes, for the Mass. Art-All State and were granted interviews and we are awaiting the results for the announcement of the winners.

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Milton High School students Kevin Mehdizadeh, Garrett Sager and Will Hess were chosen to be in the All Eastern Honors Ensembles Festival.  This Festival is highly competitive and students are chosen from Connecticut, Washington, D.C., Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Vermont and military schools in Europe.  According to Milton High School Fine Arts & Family/Consumer Studies Director Dr. Noreen Diamond Burdett, Milton High School has never had more than one student chosen in one year for this prestigious festival, so having three selected is truly remarkable.  These students will be rehearsing and performing with students from these other states/locations April 10-13 in Providence, Rhode Island.

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               At last night’s School Committee meeting, members voted to approve the selection of Tracy Ann Grandeau as for the position of Administrator of Pupil Personnel Services. I am sure that you join me in thanking and congratulating Karen Clasby, who will be retiring from this position at the end of the school year. Ms. Clasby has worked tirelessly in leading her department and working with the administration to expand and create programming to service students. I would like to thank the following members of the Search Committees for their time and effort reading and screening applications and interviewing candidates:

Initial Screening Committee:

School Committee Member Rebecca Padera
Assistant Superintendent Janet Sheehan
PMS Principal Dr. Karen Spaulding
MHS Principal James Jette
Unit A Representative Shannon Brooks
Unit A Representative Trish Leahy
Unit B Representative Karen Cahill
SEPAC Parent Representative Michelle Connolly
SEPAC Parent Representative Doug Connolly
SEPAC Parent Representative Shannon Gallagher

Finalist Screening Committee:

Assistant Superintendent Janet Sheehan
Assistant Superintendent Glenn Pavlicek
School Committee Member Rebecca Padera
Collicot Principal Holly Concannon
Cunningham Principal Jonathan Redden
Glover Principal Sheila Kukstis
Tucker Prinicipal Dr. Elaine McNeil-Girmai
PMS Principal Dr. Karen Spaulding
MHS Principal James Jette
MHS Science Department Head Amy Tom

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I would like to introduce Joyce White, Milton High School Foods and Clothing teacher, who joined the faculty at Milton High School in January of 2015 to replace Elaine Lovett, who retired after 26 years of teaching.  Ms. White is a graduate of UMass/Boston and trained with the Cambridge School for Culinary Arts before embarking on her career as a chef.

She has been employed by several Boston restaurants and has consulted with major companies, including BC/BS on nutrition biometrics. She was a private chef for 15 years and has cooked for Julia Child, Paul Newman, etc.  Some of you may remember Ms. White as the “Soup Chic,” who delivered homemade soup and meals to homes in Milton. Her soups were also featured in Whole Foods, Hannafords and Good Health stores.

Ms. White taught culinary arts at the Phoenix School in Norwood and the Compass School in Boston. Since her debut in Milton, she has been teaching Foods I, II and III, as well as Clothing Workshop I.

“My focus is to find the link between what we eat and how we feel,” said Ms. White. “In class, we look at the meals the students eat, and then we analyze them on a web-based program. When you eat correctly, it affects our physical and emotional well-being and promotes self-efficacy,” she said. “We also work on programs, such as Serve Safe and allergy awareness.”

The Foods and Clothing courses are two of the three components of Family & Consumer Sciences department at Milton High School. Clothing Workshop II, Advanced Clothing/Fashion and Child Studies I and II are also offered.

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 On Monday, March 30th, thirteen Milton High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) attended the FBLA State Leadership Conference at Bentley University.  The students gained valuable insight and tips from industry leading executives, participated in leadership activities, networked with future business leaders from across the state and competed in business events.  The day culminated with an awards ceremony honoring the top finishers in the state.  The following students earned top honors: Third place in Economics, Harry Kong, Third place in Marketing, Andrew Arcieri and Tim Walsh, third place in Desktop Publishing, Colin Keally and John Viveiros and the state champion in Desktop Publishing, Kevin Pham.  These students have qualified to compete at the National Leadership Conference in Chicago, Illinois June 29th- July 2nd. Congratulations to these students and to their teacher, AJ Melanson.

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The following item was submitted by Catherine DesRoche,   Tucker Title I Teacher:

Tucker Saturday Academy: This fall, 28 third grade students participated in the first Saturday Academy session.  Open to all third grade students, this six week program focused on engaging mathematics and English language arts learning as well as a third hour of enrichment.  Enrichment took on different forms each week; BOKS (Building Our Kids Success) physical activity class, STEM activities, and art activities each had two weeks of focus.

Three faculty members facilitated the classes each week and saw many positive results of the six weeks.  One faculty member noted, “It was powerful to watch students from all classes engage in hands-on learning together.  The students would literally run into the building excited to see their friends.”  Not only was it fun for the students, there were academic gains as well in both reading and mathematics.  At the end of the six weeks, students were asked to select words that describe their feelings about Saturday Academy.  From there, students wrote short paragraphs about why they chose that word and decorated ceramic tiles with their words.  One student wrote, “I feel smart because when I come to Saturday Academy I feel like my brain is ready to work and I felt like I am ready to be challenged.  I’m also thankful because the teachers are teaching us on the weekend.”  Another felt special because, “it is only for 3rd grade and we get an extra day to learn.  And after we learn we get to do a special activity.  They only open the doors for us.”

After the success of the first six weeks and feedback from families, a second session was scheduled and has just recently been completed.  Attendance increased to 30 third graders and included students from the first session as well as new students to the program.   One change made to the six weeks was how the third hour of Saturday was utilized.  Three of the six weeks was focused on an engineering project.  Students learned about the engineer, Rube Goldberg.  Rube Goldberg was a famous engineer who specialized in creating machines that were complicated in nature but performed simple tasks.  For example, one group of students created a machine that would, after a series of pre-planned moves, move a ball into a cup.  Students worked in groups of four to six students to plan, try, adjust, and execute Rube Goldberg Machines.  For the final Saturday Academy class, families were invited to come and see the Rube Goldberg Machines in action.  An amazing experience was had by all.

SUMMER PROGRAMS

This is a repeat of information we ran in a previous E-bast. Please review the various summer programs available through the Milton Public Schools:

Milton Summer Enrichment is a five-week program run at Milton High School for students in grades Pre-K through high school. Course offerings have included Animals Around the World, Street Hockey, Hip Hop Dance, Musical Theatre, Let’s Make Books in Spanish, Sewing and Computers, as well as several high school courses. Classes run from 8am to noontime and registration will be offered online in the next week or two.

Camp Cunningham is a program run by Community Schools on the Collicot/Cunningham campus. This is a licensed, traditional day camp offering swimming, sports, arts and crafts, special events and field trips. It is limited to 90 students per week, and is open to Milton residents entering grades 1-6 in fall 2015. Campers can enroll for any or all 6 weeks. For more information and registration links, please click here:

http://www.miltoncommunityschools.org/CampCunn15_Activities.pdf

Welcome to Middle School is a four day program offered to rising sixth-graders as an orientation to the Pierce Middle School.  Registration information will be sent home by the end of March.

  • Milton Summer Enrichment @ Milton High School July 6th – August 6th
  • Camp Cunningham@ Collicot/Cunningham Schools July 6th – August 14th
  • Welcome to Middle School @ Pierce Middle School
    • Welcome to MS (I)           June 29-July 2
    • Welcome to MS (II)          Aug 24-27

FOOD SERVICE NEWS

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

Milton High Boosters and Milton School Food Services partner together to offer healthy snacks at the concession stand!

USDA recently published practical, science-based nutrition standards for snack foods and beverages sold to children at school during the school day. The standards, required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, mandates schools to offer healthier snack foods to children, while limiting junk food.  The school day is now defined as the period from the midnight before, to 30 minutes after the end of the official school day.   The health of today’s school environment continues to improve. Students across the country are now offered healthier school lunches with more fruits, vegetables and whole grains. The Smart Snacks in School standards will build on those healthy advancements and ensure that kids are only offered tasty and nutritious foods during the school day.

Smart Snacks in School also supports efforts by school food service staff, school administrators, teachers, parents and the school community, all working hard to instill healthy habits in students. The Milton Schools are proud to announce that all foods sold before and after the school day will meet nutrition standards. The Smart Snacks in Schoolregulation applies to foods sold a la carte, in the school store, and vending machines. These standards came into effect this school year.

This school nutrition environment now ensures that the health of today’s school environment continues to improve. Students across the country are now offered healthier school meals with more fruits, vegetables and whole grains through the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program. The Smart Snacks in School standards published by USDA builds upon those healthy advancements by ensuring that all other snack foods and beverages available to students in school are tasty and nutritious.

The new items that will be available after school will consist of sliced bagged apples, bags of carrots, whole grain snacks and low sodium food selections.  Beverages will now consist of low fat milk, 100% juice and bottled water.

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Please note, the Maria Trozzi event originally scheduled for April 9th has been rescheduled to Thursday, April 16th at 7pm at the Pierce Middle School auditorium.  Maria Trozzi, an assistant professor of pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine, will speak on the issue of Creating Resiliency in Elementary School Children.  All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

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Please join Associate Director of Admissions for Boston University, Jonathan Korhonen and the MHS Guidance Staff on Thursday, April 16th starting at 6:30pm in the MHS Auditorium.

We will be reviewing the Post Secondary process for all students on what to do starting in the spring of your junior year and throughout your senior year. Mr. Korhonen will be here to discuss the college process through the eyes of a college admission counselor.

The night is open to all students and parents! We look forward to seeing you!

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Booster Can & Bottle Drive: The MHS Boosters are sponsoring a can & bottle drive on Saturday, April 4th to benefit athletic team fundraising. The boys’ tennis team will run the ‘Cans for Cats’ drive from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at Milton high school. The 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. Please stop by and support your Wildcats.

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Milton  High School College Info Night will be held on Thursday, April 16th at 6:30pm in the Milton High School Auditorium.

PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

The following item was submitted by Michelle Connolly, chairperson of the Milton SEPAC:

The Milton SEPAC is delighted with the positive feedback and turnout from last week’s presentation on student anxiety by Dr. Angela Currie.  Entitled “Stressed-out Students,” Dr. Currie offered her expertise to nearly 100 attendees on how to recognize, manage and reduce anxiety in children and teens, staying an additional hour to answer questions from the audience.

Dr. Currie is a pediatric neurologist from NESCA (Neurological Education Services for Children and Adolescents), with locations in Newton MA and Londonderry NH.  She oversees NESCA’s Anxiety and Attention Skills Coaching Program and cognitive-behavioral services.

The SEPAC typically hosts workshops and presentations to parents of children with special needs. “Anxiety does not discriminate due to gender, race, socio-economic status or disability, so it was great to see educators and parents gather together to learn more about how we can help ALL students in our community,” says Michelle Connolly, Chair of Milton’s SEPAC.

Connolly adds “…there is a saying out there, that ‘when we work together and intentionally plan for the success of all students, that is what true inclusion is all about,’ and this type of event is a small example of what we can do together to help student outcomes.”

The SEPAC Board would like to thank all of the MPS employees who contributed to the success of this presentation, along with help from community media outlets. Milton Access TV is currently putting the finishing touches on the presentation and will be airing it in the next week or two. It will also be available on SEPAC’s website www.miltonsepac.org.

Upcoming SEPAC Parent Meetings

Tuesday, April 14, 7-9pm Parent Speak @ MHS Library

Monday, May 11, 7-9pm Roundtable Discussions @ Pierce Library

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 After a hugely successful second season, the Challenger Division is back and we anticipate that it will get better and better! The Challenger Division of Little League enables boys and girls with physical and mental challenges, ages 5-18,or up to age 22 (if still enrolled in high school) to enjoy the game of baseball along with the millions of other children who participate in this sport worldwide.

DEADLINE TO REGISTER- APRIL 15, 2015 Open To All Milton Residents!

To register a child, go to: http://miltonnationalll.com/Registration/

and scroll down for the Challenger Division registration. For questions or volunteer opportunities, please contact: challengerinfo@miltonnationalll.com

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

JP Plunkett: plunkettjp4@gmail.com | 617.999.4993

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

Please read the letter below, submitted to us by Ada Rosmarin, the district’s long-time advocate for Full Day Kindergarten. Please note, this is extremely time-sensitive:

An Important Call to Action to Support Funding for Full Day Kindergarten

  • 98% of Milton families choose Full Day Kindergarten Program for their children.
  • Full Day Kindergarten provides a strong foundation for our children and research shows that FDK improves academic achievement and can lessen the achievement gap.
  • A critical component of Milton’s funding for FDK comes from state grant funding
  • Governor Baker’s FY16 Budget ELIMINATED STATE FUNDING FOR FULL DAY KINDERGARTEN!
  • Without the state grant, tuition for FDK will increase by $600 in the 2015-16 school year!
  • We need to let our legislators know the importance of FDK to children and families in Milton.  CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATORS NOW and urge them to support funding for Full Day Kindergarten in FY 16! A sample letter is attached and the names and contact information for our legislators is below.
  • For more information, check out this March 31, 2015 blog post from Eye on Early Education, a publication of Early Education for All.       http://eyeonearlyeducation.com/2015/03/31/full-day-kindergarten-helps-children-thrive/

Milton’s State Legislative Delegation

Senator Brian A. Joyce
State House
Room 320
Boston, MA  02133
617-722-1643
Brian.Joyce@masenate.gov

Walter F. Timilty
State House
Room 167
Boston, MA  02133
617-722-2230
Walter.Timilty@mahouse.gov

Daniel Cullinane
State House
Room 121
Boston, MA  02133
617-722-2006
Daniel.Cullinane@mahouse.gov

SAMPLE LETTER TO SUPPORT FULL DAY KINDERGARTEN

I am writing to urge you to support state funding for Full-Day Kindergarten in the FY16 Budget of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (Line Item 7030-1002). 

State funding for Full-Day Kindergarten (FDK) is essential to FDK available to Milton families.  Together with local school district resources, state funds help the Milton Public Schools provide an outstanding FDK program that helps our youngest students get the best start on their education and their lives. 

Research shows that Full Day Kindergarten provides long term benefits to all students – increased student achievement, improved school attendance, reduced retention and remediation, and more.  

State funding supports Quality Full Day Kindergarten in communities across the Commonwealth.  Our State has made great progress in the provision of FDK.  We don’t want to lose ground in our efforts to achieve FDK for ALL children in Massachusetts!

I urge you to support level funding for Full Day Kindergarten ($23.9 million) in the FY16 Budget.

Thank you for your support.  We invite you to come visit our FDK program at your earliest opportunity!

MFE NEWS

The tireless volunteers at Milton Foundation for Education are asking for the MPS community to take a moment this week to “like” the Milton Foundation for Education Facebook Page. It only takes a few minutes and will help grow their communication efforts.

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Also, please save the date. The annual Teacher of the Year Ceremony will be held on Thursday, April 30th at 6pm in the Charles C. Winchester auditorium.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The fourth annual MyTownMatters Candidates Forum will be held in partnership with the Milton High School Debate Team in the Function Room of Fuller Village at Brush Hill at 1:00pm on April 11th.  Candidates for Board of Selectmen, School Committee, and Library Trustee will be present and questioned by members of the MHS debate team.

Don’t miss this excellent opportunity to hear first hand from the candidates, their positions, and thoughts on why they believe they are best suited to serve Milton. Note this may be the only forum at which all three candidates for school committee will be present.

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

The following items were submitted by Sara Truog, Children’s Librarian:

Spring is here – and so are fun things for kids to do at the Milton Public Library!  In addition to our regular storytimes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of April 12 – 18:

Friday, April 17, 2015 from 10:00-10:30 am and 10:45-11:15 am
Music Makers with Miss Bethany, Ages 6-36 months

Offered by our new friend Miss Bethany from Norwell, this 30-minute class offers something for all little music lovers age 6-36 months! Enhance your little one’s love of music during this special bonding time. Each class will have songs, dances, and movement games that will excite your budding musician.  Music is proven to aid in a child’s development and language skills as they practice new vocabulary, the rhythm and structure of speech, and tonality.  Along the way, you’ll be building a repertoire of cheerful songs that will instill a lifelong love of music. We’ll be offering two sessions this morning. Registration is required, and is limited to 20 children (with caregiver) per session.

Friday, April 17, 2015 from 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Lego Club, Ages 6-12

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

Saturday, April 18, 2015 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Mel O’Drama, Ages 5-9

Kids aged 5-9 are invited to join local drama teacher Melanie Grace Gillespie for a theatrical and creative hour of Mel O’Drama!  Students will enjoy such fun activities as warmups, improv games, voice projection, scene work, and movement.  Registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library.

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:

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

BIDMC

Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton has named Milton resident Stephanie Truesdell vice president of philanthropy and communications.  In her new position, Ms. Truesdell will oversee the hospital’s Development and Public Relations Offices. She will be responsible for all fundraising activities and will assume a prominent position in developing a robust planned giving program for the hospital. She will also oversee marketing, internal and external communications and community benefits programs. Ms. Truesdell was previously director of development and campaign manager for Milton Academy.

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Save the Date!  Saturday, June 13th is the date of Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton’s annual Community 5k Health Walk and Health Fair. The fun kicks off with either a 1 mile or 5k walk around Milton at 10 am. After the walk, there will be fun for the entire family including kid’s games and activities, health screenings, DJ and free BBQ lunch. Plus Wally from the Red Sox will be there to get things started. For more information, visit bidmilton.org/walk.

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Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton will be holding its Annual Gala on Saturday, May 9, at 6 pm at Lombardo’s in Randolph. This year’s event, “Shining a Light on Outstanding Care,” will raise funds for the hospital’s growing women’s health program. The gala will feature a silent auction, dinner and cocktails, dancing to the Soul City Band and the presentation of the hospital’s Charles C. Winchester Award for Outstanding Community Service.

For more information on sponsorship and ad opportunities, donating an auction item or purchasing tickets, call 617-313-1311.

VISUAL ARTS

ArtSpace Milton Presents:  Needle Felting!

The Plan:
Needle felt flat animals
Create colorful felted ball banner
Felt over soap
Felt spring eggs
Felt an owl. Then…
Felt a creature of your own!
Open to ages 10-14
Instructor: Annie LaVigne
COST: $175
To register,email:  artspace02186@gmail.com
Milton Public  Library, basement level
Mondays 4-5:30
8 weeks: April 6-June 8
(no class April vacation and Memorial Day)

ATHLETICS

The following items were submitted by Athletic Director Larry Rooney:

Please join me in congratulating the following student-athletes, who were selected as Patriot Ledger All-Scholastic within their respective winter sport.

Bridget Mitchell (girls indoor track)
Colette O’Leary (girls indoor track)
Meg Corcoran (girls basketball)
Myles McDermott (boys basketball)
Elena Kapolis (girls hockey)
Hannah O’Leary (girls hockey)
Sarah Park (girls hockey)
Owen Bligh (boys hockey)
Lloyd Hill (boys hockey)

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SAVE THE DATE! WHAT: Meet the new Milton HS Football Coach Steve Dembowski. WHEN: Monday, April 6, 2015 at 7pm WHERE: Milton HS Charles C. Winchester Auditorium WHO SHOULD ATTEND: All Parents, Alumni, MHS Boosters, MPS Faculty/Staff, Milton Community Members, Media, and Supporters of Milton HS Athletics are welcome to listen to Coach Dembowski talk about high school and how he plans to grow the football program at Milton HS.

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:  We have more good news from our Future Problem Solving Clubs.  In addition to the three teams we are sending  to the State Bowl next week (one from Glover, one from Cunningham and one from Pierce), we recently learned that several individuals have qualified to compete. Please join me in congratulating the following students: June Padera and Alix Benoit from Pierce; Caroline Gannon from Cunningham; Lydia Gatnik from Glover; Grace Kelly and Lucas Quijano from Tucker; and Lila Glenn and Tyler Kennedy from Collicot. They are all hard at work preparing to compete at Mass Maritime on the topic of Enhancing Human Potential!

Staff:   The Administrator of Pupil Personnel is a demanding position within a school district. Ms. Karen Clasby, Milton’s Administrator of Pupil Personnel, has met the demands of this position throughout her stellar career. She is an advocate for all children. I would like to personally acknowledge and thank Ms. Clasby for working collaboratively with our administrators, teachers, support staff and families in order to build and create outstanding special education programming within the Milton Public Schools. I often refer to Ms. Clasby as our “seventh principal.”  Best wishes to her in her well-deserved retirement.

Volunteers:  I would like to thank Curry College for their generosity during this very difficult spring athletic season.  Curry administrators offered our Milton High student-athletes the use of some of their athletic facilities. Many thanks to Curry’s Athletic Director Vinnie Eruzione and Curry College President Kenneth Quigley, who helped find field and court space for our boys’ and girls’ lacrosse and tennis teams, as well as our rugby team, since many of our fields are still snow-covered. Thank you!

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

 

March 19th E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Mar• 19•15

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Thursday, March 20th, 2015

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

One of my favorite events of the school year is just around the corner. The Milton Foundation for Education’s annual Teacher of the Year ceremony is scheduled for April 30th at the Charles C. Winchester auditorium at Milton High School. This evening has been called the “Oscars for Teaching,” and is always a heartwarming celebration of our finest teachers.  Since 2001, the MFE has recognized one teacher from each school as part of this celebration, for a total of 101 teachers.

In order for the night to be a success each year, we depend on our Milton Public School parents and guardians to nominate their children’s favorite teachers. The nomination process is relatively easy and the rewards are incalculable. Nominations are due by tomorrow (Friday, March 20th).  Please click here to make your nominations.

And while we are on the topic of favorite teachers, we asked two of our long-serving School Committee members to share a few words about their favorite teacher. Both Lynda-Lee Sheridan and Mary Kelly will be stepping down from the Milton School Committee next month. We are very grateful for their years of service to the teachers, staff, parents, guardians and students of Milton.

Ms. Sheridan: “My favorite teacher? It has to be a tie:  Miss Ellis was my third grade teacher at Pierce Elementary School who made learning fun and challenged all kids to do their personal best. Ms. Langley was the Pierce librarian and I always looked forward to hearing which book she had chosen for our class and listened intently as she brought books to life! Both of these women contributed to my desire to become a teacher myself.”

Ms. Kelly: “I had many amazing teachers in my 12 years in the Milton Public schools.  I don’t know that I have one favorite. Miss Haines in 4th grade, Miss Pierce and Mr. Chic were some of my favorite science teachers.  They each brought contagious energy and passion to their science class.”

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There has been one School Committee meeting since my last E-blast, held on March 18th. That meeting is summarized below. The next meeting will be held April 1st at 7 pm in the Milton High School library.

March 18th: This meeting began with the approval of seven sets of minutes. As part of the Superintendent’s Report, English Language Education Coordinator and Teacher Alysa Buchanan gave a presentation on the ELL programs in the Milton Public Schools. Next, there was an update on the search for a new Administrator of Pupil Personnel Services and the recent hiring of Vy Vu, the district’s new Data Analyst.  The FY16 Cut/Reduction List Update & Recommendations was presented. Next, a memo from Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Family Outreach Liaison was presented to the school committee, with an update from Ms. O’Keefe McKenna. The committee also approved a vendor warrant and heard a Transportation and Traffic Safety Subcommittee report from Mr. Zullas. There was a first reading of the district’s Domestic Violence Policy.

CURRICULUM NEWS

We are currently in the process of editing the school calendar for the 2015-16 academic year.  Although we start school before Labor Day, we are hoping to avoid holding classes until late June.  One option would be to attend school on Yom Kippur and/or Good Friday. We are hoping to get parents, guardians and staff to provide feedback on what their preferences would be for next year. Based on the results of the survey (see link below), the final 2015-16 school year calendar will be presented to the School Committee on April 1st. Please help us by filling out this survey:  https://s.zoomerang.com/s/CZZBCYH

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One of our talented Milton High School artists has been named a National Medalist in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.  Michael Wyatt, a junior at Milton High School, was recognized for his talent in Drawing & Illustration. Michael and his family have been invited to an award ceremony in New York City in June. Only 33 students in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts were awarded the Gold Key in this contest, which received more than 300,000 submissions. This prestigious competition is sponsored by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers.  Congratulations to Michael and his art teachers.

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Michael Wyatt — Street Art Portrait

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Milton High School recently hosted a group of professors and graduate students from Harvard University who came to work with students taking physics classes. The professors and graduate students touched on topics involving gravitational force in celebration of Einstein’s birthday (March 14th) . This was a wonderful opportunity for our students. I would like to thank Science Department Head Amy Tom for helping to organize this event.

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Congratulations to five sixth-grade students from the Pierce Middle School, who were recognized for their art/science talent by the Cool Science group this year. The Winners were Jennifer Do-Dai and Luke Baltay. The Runner Up was Justin Wilmot and an Honorable Mention went to Eliza Callahan and Colin McMorrow .

Jennifer Do-Dai and Luke Baltay will have their work displayed throughout the Lowell Regional Transit Authority.  Cool Science is a collaborative effort between the University of Massachusetts Lowell’s Graduate School of Education and the University of Massachusetts Boston’s Department of Environmental, Earth, and Ocean Sciences. The Cool Science team brings an inter-disciplinary approach to the challenge of improving public understanding of climate change science. Cool Science aims to engage students, teachers, parents, and the general public with the science of climate change.

Cool Science holds an art competition each year where students are asked to choose a question about Climate Change, learn the science of Climate Change, and then express their understanding through art. Congratulations to all who entered and, most especially, those who were recognized by the Cool Science Team.

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 I would also like to congratulate the three Future Problem Solvers Teams who have been invited to compete in the State Bowl on April 11th at Massachusetts Maritime Academy. These teams – one from Glover, one from Cunningham and one from Pierce – qualified due to their high scores at the Qualifying Bowl held in Canton earlier this month. The State Bowl is an extremely competitive event. This year’s State Bowl topic will be “Enhancing Human Potential.” Please join me in congratulating the following students, as well as their FPS coaches, Lori Henry and Nicole Hoyceanyls.

Glover Team: Hadley Blasdale, Aurora Buchau, Ian Lundeen.
Cunningham Team: Barron Clancy, Anna Hamblet, Anderson Korman, Mary Mylod.
Pierce Team: Zoe Malouf, Dominique Thomas, Claire Walko.

SUMMER PROGRAMS

In my last E-blast, the dates for the Welcome to Middle School program were incorrect.  Please review the various summer programs available through the Milton Public Schools:

Milton Summer Enrichment is a five-week program run at Milton High School for students in grades Pre-K through high school. Course offerings have included Animals Around the World, Street Hockey, Hip Hop Dance, Musical Theatre, Let’s Make Books in Spanish, Sewing and Computers, as well as several high school courses. Classes run from 8am to noontime and registration will be offered online in the next week or two.

Camp Cunningham is a program run by Community Schools on the Collicot/Cunningham campus. This is a licensed, traditional day camp offering swimming, sports, arts and crafts, special events and field trips. It is limited to 90 students per week, and is open to Milton residents entering grades 1-6 in fall 2015. Campers can enroll for any or all 6 weeks. For more information and registration links, please click here: http://www.miltoncommunityschools.org/CampCunn15_Activities.pdf

Welcome to Middle School is a four day program offered to rising sixth-graders as an orientation to the Pierce Middle School.  Registration information will be sent home by the end of March.

  • Milton Summer Enrichment @ Milton High School July 6th – August 6th
  • Camp Cunningham@ Collicot/Cunningham Schools July 6th – August 14th
  • Welcome to Middle School @ Pierce Middle School
    • Welcome to MS (I)           June 29-July 2
    • Welcome to MS (II)          Aug 24-27

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Please note, the Pierce Middle School Science Fair will be held on Tuesday, March 24th at 6:30pm in the Pierce cafeteria. All are welcome.

Milton High School will hold its Program of Studies Night on Wednesday, March 25th at 6:30pm in the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium at Milton High School.

A Band Concert will be held for students in Grades 5-12 on Thursday, March 27th at 7pm in the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium at Milton High School.

Please note, the Dr. Trozzi event scheduled for April 9th has been cancelled Dr. Maria Trozzi, an assistant professor of pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine, was scheduled to speak on Resiliency.  This presentation will be rescheduled.

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The Milton Public Schools’ K-12 Art Department is presenting the 2nd Annual Passport to the Arts at all of the schools. Students and their families are encouraged to attend multiple exhibits and have their “passports” stamped by the art faculty at each school. The schedule:

  • April 6 — Pierce Middle School, rooms 101 and 104 — 5:30-7:00 p.m.
  • April 7 — Glover School, bulletin boards around the school — 6:00-7:30 p.m.
  • April 8 — Cunningham School, bulletin boards around the school — 6:00-7:30 p.m.
  • April 8 — Milton High School, main foyer — 5:30-7:00 p.m. (Followed by MHS Cabaret Talent Show at 7:00 p.m.)
  • April 9 — Collicot School, bulletin boards around the school — 6:30-7:30PM (In conjunction with Adventure Night)
  • April 9 — Tucker School, 1st floor bulletin boards and Art Room — 6:00-7:30 p.m.

STUDENT WORK

The following student works comes to us from Cunningham Elementary School:

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PARENT LIAISON

The following item was submitted by Marti O’Keefe McKenna, MPS Family Outreach Liaison.

REMINDER: 

STEM Conference for Girls in Grades 5-8

Weymouth Public Schools in partnership with AAUW is offering an Interactive Workshop for girls in grades 5-8 who are interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.  The conference will be held on Saturday, April 11, 2015 from 8:00-1:00pm at Weymouth High School Gold Cafeteria, 1 Wildcat Way, Weymouth, MA  02190.  For more information, contact Lynn Howard at 781-901-9120 or lynnphoward82@comcast.net

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Parenting Series

The Milton Early Childhood Alliance is offering a parenting series on March 24, 31 and April 7, 2015 from 7:00-8:30pm.  The series will be held at the First Congregational Church, 495 Canton Ave.  For more information and to register please call 617 696 2262 or email cpcmecasld@verizon.net

Summer Programs

CAMP CUNNINGHAM

Camp Cunningham is offering six weeks of summer camp.  Headquartered at the Cunningham School with daily swimming, sports, arts and crafts, special events and field trips.  Spaces are limited and are open to Milton residents entering grades 1-6 in the fall 2015.

MILTON SUMMER ENRICHMENT

Milton Summer Enrichment will begin on July 6, 2015 and run through August 6, 2015.  Students enrolled will have an opportunity to attend a variety of classes held Monday through Thursday from 8am-12pm.  Brochures will be sent to parents mid-April.

Please feel free to contact me, Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Family Outreach Liaison at 617-696-5040 ext. 5588 or mmckenna@miltonps.org if I can be of any assistance.

PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

The Milton Special Education Parents Advisory Council is proud to announce “Stressed Out Students,” – a presentation on anxiety in children and teens. The event will be held Tuesday, March 24th from 7 to 9pm in the Pierce auditorium and will be led by Dr. Angela Currie.

A growing number of students are experiencing anxiety in the classroom. The impact of anxiety can be detrimental to their learning, as well as their social and daily lives.

All parents and educators are invited to join the Milton SEPAC for a discussion of how to identify and manage anxiety in children of all ages and abilities.

Dr. Angela Currie will address what teachers and parents can do to help prevent or alleviate stress for all students. Her presentation will also cover what can be done when there is concern about the severity of a particular student’s anxiety and include an overview of school-based recommendations and therapeutic interventions.

Dr. Angela Currie is a pediatric neuropsychologist at Neuropsychology and Education Services for Children and Adolescents (NESCA) in Londonderry, NH and Newton, MA, where she oversees the Anxiety and Attention Skills Coaching (AASC) Program and cognitive-behavioral therapy services. Dr. Currie has extensive experience in the evaluation and treatment of anxiety-based disorders and has provided a wide range of school-based mental health services. She holds a B.A. and M.A. in psychology and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology.

FOOD SERVICE

The following item was submitted by Jackie Morgan, Food Service Director for the Milton Public Schools:

Food Service is now online.  Parents can view their student’s transactions, set up low balance email alerts and pay on line.  The Milton Schools has adopted a computerized Point of Sale payment system for all school meals purchased in the cafeteria.  The website is www.myschoolbucks.com

We are encouraging every student to use their own personal lunchroom account.  This account is for breakfast, lunch, milk and snacks.  The LOW BALANCE email alert is something families are really enjoying.  We all live such busy lives and this is a great way to know when and if your child needs additional funds.

We encourage parents to deposit money into the student’s account and set up an online account.  You will need your child’s eight digit ID number to set up the initial account.  Email Jackie Morgan at jmorgan@miltonps.org   . There is also an online payment option for families.  We still accept checks and prepayments of cash.   All checks should be dropped off in the beginning of school in the locked mail boxes at the main office or in the cafeteria.  We encourage all families to set up this account at www.myschoolbucks.com even if you continue to pay by check.  There is a new phone app for you to use to make payments and view transactions.

If your student has qualified for free or reduced price lunches or breakfasts, this information is securely contained within the system and the meal will be processed just as it is for all other students.  There is no need to be concerned for a potentially uncomfortable situation for the student.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

Attention pre-school and kindergarten families — Milton National Little League’s RookieBall program is open for any child born in 2010 who lives east of Randolph Avenue. Please spread the word to any friends who are new to Milton. Registration is open through March 31st at www.miltonnationalll.org

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The Milton Department of Public Works will be hosting a second public design meeting for the Glover School “Safe Routes to School” grant project on Thursday, March 26th at 6:30 pm at the Glover Elementary School, 225 Canton Avenue. Since the first design meeting held last October, the project has been modified and the limits of work have changed to incorporate many of the ideas and concerns raised at the last meeting.

TEC, the engineering design firm, and MassDOT will be present to give an update on the project design and meet with residents on an individual basis to further discuss any concerns residents may have. All are welcome to attend.  Please contact John Thompson, Town Engineer with any questions (jthompson@townofmilton.org)

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

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

Spring is here – and so are fun things for kids to do at the Milton Public Library!  In addition to our regular storytimes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of March 29 – April 4:

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 from 2:30 – 4:30 pm

Half Day Family Movie, All Ages

Another Early Release Day for the Milton Public Schools… so come to the library and watch a movie in the Keys Room! We’ll be showing popular 2014 release Annie, just out on DVD: “A foster kid, who lives with her mean foster mom, sees her life change when business tycoon and New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks makes a thinly-veiled campaign move and takes her in.” Rated PG; runtime 118 minutes. Bring a sleeping bag or a pillow and get cozy! Popcorn will be served. No registration required.

Friday, April 3, 2015 from 10:00 – 11:00 am
Signing with Maribeth for Parent and Child, Ages 0-4 with caregiver

Join us for a fun, interactive American Sign Language class with Maribeth MacDonald. Learn how to sign the book, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin and Eric Carle to your child.  Reading and signing to your child is a fun and easy way to teach your child sign language. All materials will be provided so that you can sign the book at home. The hour program is geared toward children ages 0-4 and their parents and caregivers. Registration is required and will open three weeks prior to the event. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library.

Saturday, April 4, 2015 from 11:00 am – 12:00 noon
Reading Dogs, Grades K-5

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

Saturday, April 4, 2015 from 2:30 – 4:30 pm
Peeps Dioramas, Ages 5-adult

If you like the Easter holiday, getting crafty, or you just really like candy, this is the program for you! Come join Miss Sara and build your own diorama starring… Peeps! Informal prizes will be awarded, and the dioramas will go on display in the library for one week following the program. In order to participate, please bring your own shoebox; candy and art supplies will be provided. Ages 5-adult welcome. No registration required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library.

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

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

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

ATHLETICS

The following update was submitted by MHS Athletic Director Larry Rooney:

Congratulations to Milton High School Freshman Bridget Mitchell, who recently competed in the New Balance Indoor Nationals and finished 7th in the Freshman Mile event. Bridget travelled to New York City to compete in this event, which included some of the best high school runners in the country. Great job!

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Bridget Mitchell Photo Courtesy of Roy Chambers

 

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Congratulations to Hannah O’Leary and Sarah Park, two members of the Milton High School girls’ hockey team, who were chosen to participate in the Massachusetts State Hockey Coaches Association High School All-Star Classic. The game is hosted by the Worcester Sharks of the American Hockey League and will be played at the DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts this Saturday, March 21st at 1:45 PM, as part of a hockey tripleheader. Hannah and Sarah are two of only 46 players in the state of Massachusetts chosen to participate in this prestigious event.

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Hannah O’Leary Photo Courtesy of Roy Chambers

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Sarah Park Photo Courtesy of Roy Chambers

 

Also, please note that 2015 Spring sports practice/tryouts have begun.  Milton High School has over 420 student-athletes practicing for the spring teams:  baseball, softball, boys & girls lacrosse, boys & girls outdoor track, rugby, crew and boys & girls tennis.  Due to the snow, the MIAA has extended the spring season by six days, from May 25th to May 31st.  The Bay State Conference Athletic Directors are meeting this week to determine how we will reschedule BSC games/events.

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

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

AMBASSADOR PAGE

As part of this week’s Ambassador Page, I would like to recognize Karyn Viveiros and MaryAnne Rull, the chairs of this year’s incredibly successful Celebration 2015 “Full STEAM Ahead.”  This one-night event sponsored by the Milton Foundation for Education takes nearly a year to plan and organize and this team did an outstanding job.  I would also like to thank everybody who worked the event, donated items, volunteered in the back room on the floor, as well as the Milton High School students who entertained the crowd and worked as greeters. Thank you one and all.

I would also like to recognize Todd Bland, Head of School for Milton Academy, for his generous offer to let Milton High School athletes use the Academy’s gymnasiums and track during his school’s two-week March break.  As many of you have seen first-hand, our fields are still snow-covered and scheduling the many team practices in the Copeland Field House has been difficult.   We are grateful to Mr. Bland and to Milton Academy.

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

March 11th E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Mar• 11•15

 

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

We recently held a very successful STEM Info Night for parents and guardians of rising first-graders at the Cunningham-Collicot cafeteria.

This night was designed to inform parents/guardians about the English Innovation Pathways program, which integrates a STEM experience at each grade level.

The evening began with a “free play” session at each of the cafeteria tables, where students and their families could explore the light and sound displays, magnets, and building materials. Teachers and fifth-grade volunteers assisted families and students during this portion of the evening.

Next, Elementary Science Coordinator Bernadette Moonan gave a presentation about what the STEM experience is like for first-graders and touched on the curricula for the upper elementary grades. There was also a video clip which provided a “sneak peek” into a first-grade STEM lesson. The entire crowd was then challenged to build a structure from newspaper and masking tape.

“The hands-on learning was a way to show participants how to have fun while learning,” said Ms. Moonan. “Of course, we had to modify a lesson plan to include such a large number of participants.”

STEM Night was organized in order to allow parents/guardians to make a more informed choice about the different first grade programs in the Milton Public Schools.  Nearly 250 people attended this event.

At the end of the evening, members of the Milton High School Robotics Team and their teacher Jon Diamond arrived to give a demonstration of one of their robots.

“We were very happy to show our youngest students some of the many opportunities beyond elementary years to participate in STEM activities,” said Ms. Moonan.

I am very grateful to Ms. Moonan and the rest of our incredible staff who helped to make this evening such a success. Please see the photos below from STEM Night:

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SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

            There has been one School Committee meeting since my last E-blast, held on March 4th, which is summarized below.

March 4thThis meeting began with the Cunningham School Site Council Presentation. Principal Jonathan Redden, along with parent and teacher representatives, gave an overview of assessment data, initiatives, goals and experiences at Cunningham Elementary School. To view the presentation, please click here: http://www.miltonps.org/documents/CunninghamSchoolCommittee2015.pdf  The council also presented a school improvement plan which can be viewed here: http://www.miltonps.org/documents/CunninghamSIP2015.pdf

Next, the School Committee reviewed the School Year Calendars for both 2014-2015 and 2015-2016. There was an update on pre-school offerings given by Assistant Superintendent Janet Sheehan. As part of the Chairman’s Report, the committee voted to approve the Superintendent’s Goals, which can be viewed here: http://www.miltonps.org/documents/SuperintendentsFY16Goals.pdf

The committee voted to approve Warrant #36 in the amount of $412,456.34 and discussed the cost of the school resource officer. As part of the Health and Wellness Subcommittee Report, Kristan Bagley Jones and Rich Guarino presented a district-wide tool, “Resources Pages,” which can be found here: http://www.miltonps.org/partnerships-resourcepages.php

The next School Committee meeting will be held on March 18th at 7 pm in the Milton High School library.

CURRICULUM NEWS

Please note, parents/guardians who have not yet made an appointment for the upcoming Parent/Teacher conferences, please be aware that it is still possible to make an appointment with your child’s teacher.  Please contact your child’s teacher via email to set up a time.  Conferences will be held tomorrow (Thursday, March 12th) during the after-school and evening hours.

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The Milton Public Schools’ K-12 Art Department is presenting the 2nd Annual Passport to the Arts at all of the schools.  Students and their families are encouraged to attend multiple exhibits and have their “passports” stamped by the art faculty at each school.   The schedule:

  • April 6 — Pierce Middle School, rooms 101 and 104 — 5:30-7:00 p.m.
  • April 7 — Glover School, bulletin boards around the school — 6:00-7:30 p.m.
  • April 8 — Cunningham School, bulletin boards around the school — 6:00-7:30 p.m.
  • April 8 — Milton High School, main foyer — 5:30-7:00 p.m.
  • (Followed by MHS Cabaret Talent Show at 7:00 p.m.)
  • April 9 — Collicot School, bulletin boards around the school — 6:30-7:30 p.m.
  •             (In conjunction with Adventure Night)
  • April 9 — Tucker School, 1st floor bulletin boards and Art Room — 6:00-7:30 p.m.

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            BoomWriter EDU has developed BoomWriter, the award-winning educational technology website that allows students to collaborate with classmates to develop and enhance their reading, writing, vocabulary, and peer assessment skills.  BoomWriter is free for teachers, providing an effective and personalized learning resource both in and out of the classroom.  By blending writing and technology use, BoomWriter’s engaging group-writing platform can be integrated into a variety of curricula and is ideally suited for fiction and nonfiction writing as well as vocabulary development.  Having originated in a middle school classroom, BoomWriter is now used in over 20,000 elementary, middle and high schools spread throughout more than 60 countries.

SUMMER PROGRAMS

As many of you know, the Milton Public Schools run several different types of summer programs in our buildings during July and August. Please read below for more information:

Milton Summer Enrichment is a five-week program run at Milton High School for students in grades Pre-K through high school. Course offerings have included Animals Around the World, Street Hockey, Hip Hop Dance, Musical Theatre, Let’s Make Books in Spanish, Sewing and Computers, as well as several high school courses. Classes run from 8am to noontime and registration will be offered online in the next week or two.

Camp Cunningham is a program run by Community Schools on the Collicot/Cunningham campus. This is a licensed, traditional day camp offering swimming, sports, arts and crafts, special events and field trips. It is limited to 90 students per week, and is open to Milton residents entering grades 1-6 in fall 2015. Campers can enroll for any or all 6 weeks. For more information and registration links, please click here: http://www.miltoncommunityschools.org/CampCunn15_Activities.pdf

Welcome to Middle School is a four day program offered to rising sixth-graders as an orientation to the Pierce Middle School.  Registration information will be sent home by the end of March.

  • Milton Summer Enrichment @ Milton High School July 6th – August 6th
  • Camp Cunningham@ Collicot/Cunningham Schools July 6th – August 14th
  • Welcome to Middle School @ Pierce Middle School
    • Welcome to MS (I)           June 29-July 2
    • Welcome to MS (II)          Aug 24-27

SNOW DAYS/CALENDAR UPDATE

As you are aware, there has been much discussion about the 2015 winter and how school districts will be handling the snow days with regard to the school year calendar.

To see a copy of the Commissioner’s Weekly Update dated February 13, 2015 regarding this issue, click here: http://www.doe.mass.edu/commissioner/?update=2/13/2015

Below are my recommendations in the event of additional school closings due to inclement weather:

  1. To date we have had seven snow days. The last day of school is currently a half-day on Thursday, June 25, 2015. That leaves us with three possible make up days.
  2. In the event of one more additional day of no school due to inclement weather, the last day of school would be a half-day on Friday, June 26, 2015.
  3. In the event of two more additional days of no school due to inclement weather, I propose 1/2 day of school on Good Friday, April 3, 2015 and the last day of school would be Friday, June 26, 2015.
  4. In the unlikely event of three or more additional days of no school due to inclement weather, I will bring  a further proposal to you.

Also, due to the late start of school for the 2015-2016 school year (September 2, 2015), I will bring a proposal to the March 18, 2015 School Committee meeting regarding possible revisions to the 2015-2016 school year calendar.

I am working closely with MEA President Margaret Gibbons on this issue and will keep you informed.

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Parents/guardians of current fifth-graders, please note: The Pierce Middle School 5th Grade Information Night will be held on Thursday, March 19th at 6:30 pm in the Pierce Auditorium.  Pierce Principal Dr. Karen Spaulding, along with department heads, guidance counselors and faculty members, will provide information about the Pierce Middle School experience.

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Parents/guardians of Milton High School students, please save the date. The MHS Program of Studies Night will be held on Wednesday, March 25th at 6:30 PM in the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium at Milton High School.

This presentation will be a comprehensive overview of Milton High School’s course offerings, level choices, graduation requirements and the overall course selection process. Following the presentation in the auditorium, AP teachers and students will be available to answer any specific questions you may have. Parents, guardians and students are welcome to attend.

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            Another Save the Date event!  The Pierce Science Fair will be held on Tuesday, March 24th , 6:30 pm in the Pierce Middle School.

FOOD SERVICE NEWS

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

Children who eat breakfast at school start the day ready to learn—reflected in higher test scores and better classroom behavior.  However, only half of the children who eat lunch at school also eat school breakfast, according to the Food Research and Action Council.  To garner increased participation in the school Breakfast Program, the Milton Public Schools will recognize National School Breakfast Week.

Slated for March 2-6, 2015, National School Breakfast Week is a weeklong celebration aimed at  increasing awareness of the School Breakfast Program among students and parents.

The 2015 National School Breakfast Week theme, “Make the Grade with School Breakfast” reminds everyone in the school community – parents, students, administrators – that a healthy school breakfast sets students up for a day of learning and academic success. The theme will appear in school cafeterias during National School Breakfast Week, March 2-6.

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

Every school day, Milton’s school breakfast program offers students a healthy breakfast that they need to get set for a busy school day.  We offer a great variety of whole grain items, juice, fruit and milk.  Every school breakfast served meets federal nutrition standards limiting fat, calories, sodium.

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

FAMILY LIAISON NEWS

The following item was submitted by Marti O’Keefe McKenna, MPS Family Outreach Liaison.

It’s a very busy time of year for families with children entering or already students in the Milton Public Schools.  For parents/guardians of preschoolers it is time to make a decision about which school you are interested in having your child attend, deadline to complete pre-registration form is March 10, 2015.   For those with children entering Kindergarten, registration packets must be completed by April 30, 2015.

Parents/Guardians with children presently in Kindergarten need to remember to  complete and return their 1st grade choice form by March 17, 2015.

Wondering what Pierce Middle School has to offer your rising 5th grader next year?  Be sure to attend the Pierce Middle School Grade 5 Information Night, Thursday, March 19 at 6:30pm at the Pierce Auditorium where you will have an opportunity to hear about all the amazing courses, activities and events offered at the Pierce Middle School.  You won’t be disappointed! Presentation is geared toward parents/guardians however students are welcome to attend.

For those of you with student s attending Milton High School be sure not to miss the upcoming Program of Studies/Advanced Placement (AP) Information Night being held on Wednesday, March 25th, at 6:30pm in the Charles Winchester Auditorium at Milton High School.  This presentation will be a comprehensive overview of courses offered, level choices, graduation requirements and the overall course selection process.  In addition there will be teachers and students available after the presentation to answer specific questions you might have.  Students are encouraged to attend.

If you have any questions regarding any of the above information I am happy to assist you.  Please feel free to contact me, Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Family Outreach Liaison at 617-696-5040 ext. 5588 or mmckenna@miltonps.org.

PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

The Milton Special Education Parents Advisory Council is proud to announce “Stressed Out Students,” – a presentation on anxiety in children and teens.

The event will be held Tuesday, March 24th from 7 to 9pm in the Pierce auditorium and will be led by Dr. Angela Currie.

A growing number of students are experiencing anxiety in the classroom. The impact of anxiety can be detrimental to their learning, as well as their social and daily lives.

All parents and educators are invited to join the Milton SEPAC for a discussion of how to identify and manage anxiety in children of all ages and abilities.

Dr. Angela Currie will address what teachers and parents can do to help prevent or alleviate stress for all students. Her presentation will also cover what can be done when there is concern about the severity of a particular student’s anxiety and include an overview of school-based recommendations and therapeutic interventions.

Dr. Angela Currie is a pediatric neuropsychologist at Neuropsychology and Education Services for Children and Adolescents (NESCA) in Londonderry, NH and Newton, MA, where she oversees the Anxiety and Attention Skills Coaching (AASC) Program and cognitive-behavioral therapy services. Dr. Currie has extensive experience in the evaluation and treatment of anxiety-based disorders and has provided a wide range of school-based mental health services. She holds a B.A. and M.A. in psychology  and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology.

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

I would like to thank Glover Elementary School teacher Marie-Laure Brown, who along with Glover parent Erick Ask, have collected dozens of “gently used” soccer uniforms from Milton players to send to residents of a small village in Zanzibar.

These uniforms, which are either outgrown or no longer needed by Milton soccer players, have a direct impact on the life of other students across the world.

In addition to the uniforms, Mme. Brown and Mr. Ask collect soccer equipment for players.  This uniform and equipment collection and donation has been in place for many years and is a wonderful way for our students to connect with students from other countries and cultures.

For all those Milton families who have donated equipment through the years, please accept our thanks. These photos say it all:

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A group of Milton citizens are working to keep artistic and cultural offerings available to Milton Public School students. The group, M-PACE (Milton Partnership for Arts & Cultural Enrichment), works through the excise tax billing program to request donations.

With the cooperation of the Town of Milton treasurer’s office, M-PACE has enacted a “check-off” campaign to raise funds for field trips to museums, interactive geography games and  live Shakespeare performances. Last month, the district’s fifth-graders were all treated to a concert at Boston’s Symphony Hall, thanks to M-PACE funds.

In addition, M-PACE funds bring exciting program into our schools. For example, they have funded “Historia Antiqua” — a traveling museum of Greek and Roman artifacts; and an interactive geography game show for seventh-graders; and live performances of Shakespeare’s Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet.

By checking the box on the excise tax form, Milton taxpayers can help to keep these types of culturally enriching programs in our public schools.  The excise bills were mailed out last month.

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

We hope that our Milton Public Schools families will help to support this worthwhile cause.

MFE NEWS     

For those of you unable to attend Saturday night’s Celebration, there is still an opportunity to participate in the festivities. The MFE will be hosting an After Party with DJ Mike Winik from 9:30 – midnight in the Junior Ballroom at the Boston Marriot – Quincy. There will be a cash bar, dancing and fun. Tickets are $35 for those who are arriving for the After Party, and free for those who have attended the Celebration event. Visit www.miltonfoundationforeducation.org for more information.

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The Board of the Milton Foundation for Education invites all members of the Milton Public Schools community to nominate a teacher for Our OUTSTANDING TEACHER AWARD PROGRAM, also known as Teacher of the Year.

Since 2001, the MFE has recognized the extraordinary contributions made by our teachers in the Milton Public Schools by celebrating a teacher from each school for their dedication and determination to bring quality educational experiences to our students. To date, 101 teachers have received this honor.

We are currently seeking nominations for teachers who show the ability to promote achievement in our children and garner the respect of colleagues, students and parents alike.  Please use the attached nomination form to submit your nomination.  We look forward to hearing from all members of our school community, both young and seasoned, and learning about all of amazing work of the teachers who inspire Milton students everyday.

Nominations are due March 20th.  Please see the attached for further information.  We are very excited to be offering an online option for submitting nominations this year. Please click: http://bit.ly/mfetoy to make your nominations!

STUDENT WORK

The following essay was written by Katie Sullivan, a Milton High School 12th grader, as part of John Radosta’s Creative Writing class:

I was walking through the woods with my two brothers, Michael and Danny, trying to get home before it got too dark. It felt as if we had been walking forever when all of a sudden, we saw a rusted bike going through a tree.
“Whoa,” said Danny. “Where do you think that came from?
Michael, the oldest of the three, saw this as the perfect moment to scare us.
“You mean you don’t know the story of Mrs. Kavey?”
“No, I’ve never heard of him,” I told him.
He looked at us with an evil look in his eyes. He slowly surveyed the area around us and crept in closer.
“Well, there used to be this lady, Mrs. Kavey. She was very normal at one point, and  then everything changed,” he whispered.
“How did it change?” Danny stuttered, looking rather scared.
“Well, it was said that she was struck by lightning and then went crazy. She started to torment everyone in the neighborhood and pick on all the kids. She was a nasty old woman,” Michael told us.
“That doesn’t explain how the bike got there,” I pointed out. Danny was getting more and more scared by the minute. Looking over at him, he had started to shake a little.
“I was getting to that. One day, she was chasing a group of kids through these very woods. The kids had found this special potion that froze people forever. Just as she was approaching them on her bike, the kids threw the potion on her. She froze right on the tree, still on her bike.  She was left there for so long that the tree grew around her. It’s said that she still haunts these woods.”
At this point, Danny was so scared, he started to cry.
“Stop trying to scare us, Michael! That obviously wasn’t true!”  Right as he said that, a bird crowed loudly, making both Danny and I jump. Michael walked ahead of us, laughing to himself.
“You sure look like you believed it,” he called back to us. Danny and I quickly caught up to Michael so he wouldn’t be alone.
Later that day, Danny and I were sitting at the kitchen counter doing our homework. Our mom was looking at us carefully.
“You two sure are jumpy today. Did something happen at school?”
Danny paused at his work and looked up at Mom.
“Mom, is there an old woman haunting the woods who used to torture kids?” Danny wondered. Mom just chuckled.
“Of course not, sweetie, that’s crazy,” she said and she went back to making dinner.
I examined the kitchen. There were things all over the kitchen that reminded me of Mrs. Kavey. The old kitchen chairs were as brown as the tree. The sink faucet was as rusty as the bike. Even the oil can on the counter had just been used to oil Danny’s old bike. Mrs. Kavey was taking over my mind. While I was lost in thought, a loud, witch-like cackle came from upstairs. Danny and I screamed at the top of our lungs and took cover under the counter. Michael walked into the kitchen, laughing. We stood up and glared at him.
“Very funny,” I mumbled. Michael stood there, laughing his head off.
“You guys are such babies,” Michael said, still laughing. I sat back down next to Danny, my heart racing a thousand miles an hour.
“Michael, leave them alone! Can’t you see how scared they are?”
Danny and I went back to working until we went to bed later that night. I was in my room when Danny crept through the door.
“You don’t think he’s serious, do you?” I smiled at Danny to reassure him.
“Of course not, buddy. You know Michael. He’s just trying to scare us.” Danny still looked unsure.
“I’ll tell you what. How about over the weekend, we go into the woods at night, and I’ll show you that Mr. Kavey isn’t real.”
Danny looked over at me.
“But that would be so scary,” he whined. “I looked at him and shrugged.
“Come on, I’ll be with you the whole time. I promise,” I said. Danny sighed.
“Fine, but only if you stay with me the entire time.”
Danny and I made our plans and went to bed, dreading the day we would go into the woods. As the week passed, I got more scared with every day. Finally, the day arrived. Danny and I packed what we needed in a bag and waited until night….”

BIDH-Milton NEWS

We would like to thank Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton for their donation of a home defibrillator unit, which was raffled off at the Pierce Middle School PTO’s “Push for Pierce” CPR and Better Baby Sitting training classes held at the school late last month. This gift was not only a generous donation; it is a potentially life-saving device. Thank you.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The Blue Hills Bank in East Milton is holding a special event on Saturday, March 14th from 10:30am to noontime. As part of “Shamrock Saturday,” the bank is calling all “lads and lassies” to visit their branch at 480 Adams Street to take part in some fun child-centric events.

Looking for a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow? Bring in $1 in pocket change to get your own $1 gold coin! There will also be crafts, face-painting, snacks and more!
This is the perfect way to spend some family time together before heading out to the big MFE Celebration for Education.      

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

The following item was sent to us by Connie Spiros, with the Friends of the Milton Library:

            Sale on Children’s Books at the Friends of the Library Book Shop- March 14-28th: A special sale of gently used books for children of all ages takes place at the Friends of the Milton Public Library Book Shop, 476 Canton Avenue, for two weeks starting Saturday, March 14.  Board books, picture books, chapter books in fiction and nonfiction, and young adult selections, are sale priced at 3 for $1.  All children’s books are included in this sale, except for a few higher valued books which are priced as marked.  Shop hours are Tuesdays, 10m-2pm; Wednesdays 6:30-8:30pm; Fridays, 10am-12pm; Saturdays 10am-2pm; Sundays 2-4pm.  For more information about the Friends Book Shop, or to volunteer, contact cdspiros@comcast.net.

The listings below were provided by Sara Truog, Children’s Librarian:

Spring is here – and so are fun things for kids to do at the Milton Public Library!  Get your preschooler out of the house and bring them to one of these exciting and FREE ongoing programs that the library offers weekly:

Puppets Plus:  Family storytime with stories, finger puppets, and songs for preschool children of all ages and their caregivers. Mondays at 10:00 and 10:45 am.

Baby Rhyme Time: Just for babies from birth to 12 months (with their caregiver, of course). Music, rhythm, and nursery rhymes will be featured. Tuesdays at 11:00 am.

Night Owls: Stories for ages 3 and up with an adult caregiver. PJ’s welcome! No younger siblings please. Tuesdays at 6:30 pm.

Small Wonders: A “lap-sit” program with simple stories, nursery rhymes, and songs for toddlers. Wednesdays at 10:00 and 10:45 am.

Free Play Friday: Drop by and enjoy age-appropriate puzzles, activities and games in the Story Hour room on alternate Fridays from 10:00 to noon. In partnership with the Milton Early Childhood Alliance (MECA).

The following item was submitted by Teen Librarian Amy Rosa. We learned this week that Ms. Rosa will be leaving this position shortly and we wish her all the best.

The Milton Public Library’s teen book club has selected The Maze Runner by James Dashner and A Dip in the Ocean: Rowing Solo Across the Indian by Sarah Outen (YA pick in honor of Milton Reads 2015) as its April pick.  Join the book club at 7 p.m. on Monday April 6 in the teen room for discussion, snacks, and to say your farewells to Miss Amy.

The teen book club is open to ages 12-18. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. To obtain a copy of the book or for more information, please contact Amy Rosa, Young Adult Librarian, at (617) 698-5757 or aboivin@ocln.org.

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

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ATHLETICS

We would like to extend congratulations and best wishes to Milton High School freshman Bridget Mitchell, who qualified to compete in the 2015 New Balance Nationals Indoor championships, being held in New York City this weekend.

Bridget will race against the nation’s best high school athletes in the Freshman Mile, after having qualified during the season with the MHS Girls Indoor Track team.

Bridget holds three Milton High School records — for the one-mile and the two-mile races, and as part of the record-breaking 4×800 relay team which earned second place at the State Meet last month.

We wish Bridget the best of luck as she represents Milton High School on the national stage this weekend.

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Attention – all parents of Milton High School Student Athletes. It is time to register for Spring Sports. Please see the information below:

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  • Unipay: Https://Unipaygold.Unibank.Com/Default.Aspx?Customerid=715
  • NFHS Concussion Course: Http://Nfhslearn.Com/Courses/38000
  • Updated Physical Exams – Must Be Updated Within The Last 13 Months, And Cannot Expire During The 2015 Spring Season. Bring In A Copy Of Updated Physical Exam
  • MHS Clearance Card Dates: After Registering On FamilyID, Get Your MHS Spring Sports Clearance Card On The Following Dates In The Milton HS Athletic Office:
    • March 10 – 13, 2015 (2:30-5pm)

In order to get your MHS clearance card for 2015 spring sports practice/tryouts, you must have registered on FamilyID, paid on Unipay, completed the NFHS concussion course (and input your concussion code into your FamilyID registration), and have an updated physical exam (dated within the last 13 months).  Please bring all this information on the dates mentioned above.

AMBASSADOR PAGE

As many of you know, Milton High School recently hosted a regional Robotics Tournament.  This was no easy task, due to several blizzards, conflicting schedules of participating high schools, setting up the Copeland Field House and making sure Milton had enough judges and support to ensure a smooth event. Our students, along with their coach, Jon Diamond, pulled it off beautifully. Everyone involved in this event deserves the title of “Ambassador” this week:

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Students:  Albert Enyedy, Edward Enyedy, Alden Hebard, Yusuf Solomon, Kris Fort, Connor Byrne

Volunteers:  Istvan Enyedy, Edith Enyedy, Adrian Hebard, Priscilla Hebard and Jonathan Brown, Becky Padera, Marie Brown, Meghan Byrne, Marilyn Decker, Jeff Avila, Yankang Jing, John Byrne

Staff:  Jon Diamond, Amy Tom, Jessica Parsons, MHS custodial staff, Julius Ramirez, Bob Pattison and IT staff

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.