Milton Public Schools

Mosquito Information & More

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Aug• 28•13

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

From the Desk of the Superintendent:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



August 23rd E-blast

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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


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

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

Please note the following information about SAT Prep Courses:

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

Register online at and select “SAT Prep”.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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


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


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


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

July 31, 2013 Eblast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Jul• 31•13


 From the Desk of the Superintendent:

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Please note, the first day of school for Grades 1 – 12 is on August 28th. To see the complete 2013-2014 school calendar, click here:

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

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

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

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

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

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


Milton High School’s website lists all the different assignments by grade level and course. Please click here to view:

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

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


Cunningham: (look under “News” for math; and under “Elementary Language Arts Coordinator” for reading)




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

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

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

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


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

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 Pierce Middle School is hosting the following events:

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

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

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

Milton Foundation for Education 

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

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

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

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

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

Milton Public Library

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


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

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

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

PMS/MHS:  1A, 6A, 7A, 8A

Collicot/Cunningham/St.A:  6B

Seats remain available on all other routes until August 15; the Transportation Office is closed from August 15 – September 15. For a complete list of routes, please click here:


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

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

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

This page will list all the forms for student-athletes to sign up for the fall, along with parental obligations. Payments for sports fees can be made to:

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

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

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

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

CONCUSSION COURSE CERTIFICATE: Parents must complete this on-line course. It  can be found at:

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

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

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


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June 20th Eblast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Jun• 20•13

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

If Milton High School students have any questions about their Summer Assignments, check this link:

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

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

Grade 6 
Hoot, Hiaasen

Grade 7 (choose 1)

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

Grade 8 (choose 1)

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

Important forms, suggested reading and MPL flyer can be viewed and/or downloaded by clicking here:  Click this link and you will find a book reflection sheet for the required text and a reading log to record total number of books read:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Book and a Hug:
Hennepin County Library (Very current book database grouped by genre.)
Bookwink The latest video booktalks for ages 8-14.

To print a fun reading log, click here:

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


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

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

Milton Summer Enrichment
Director: Jonathan Redden
Location: Milton High School

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


Title I Summer Scholars
Director: Deb Fidrocki
Location: Tucker Elementary School


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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

 Cunningham School:

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

Tucker School: 

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

Glover School: 

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

Collicot School:

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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


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

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Please visit the Parks and Rec link to see what programs are being offered this summer:


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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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

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

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

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

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

June 14th Eblast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Jun• 14•13

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

“Shining Stars”

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

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

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

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

Thank you.


Photo Credit: Carter Fahy


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

For more information, please visit


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

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

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


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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information on the Boosters — how to join, or how to contribute, please check our their link:

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




May 22 Eblast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - May• 22•13

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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


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









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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, visit this blog   or Email if you would like to volunteer.

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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




May 7th – Quick Update

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - May• 07•13

May 8, 2013 is School Nurse Recognition Day. This day has been set aside nationally to honor school nurses for their critical and unique contributions to the educational achievement of children and adolescents.

This special day for school nurses provides us with an opportunity to acknowledge these hardworking professionals. I hope you will join me in honoring our school nurses who dedicate themselves to the health of the children in the Milton Public Schools.  Please take a moment to thank Margaret Gibbons (Milton High School), Barbara Perry (Pierce Middle School), Joan Traverse & Jeanne Sgroi (Collicot), Allison Joyce (Cunningham), Maureen LeBlanc (Glover) and Mary Lou Bradley (Tucker).

Below are some thoughts our students shared with me about their school nurse:

The nurses at Collicot (Joan Traverse & Jeanne Sgroi) are great because they always try to help everyone,” said Ryan McArdle, a second-grader at Collicot. His brother, Luke, said, “Whenever I’m at the nurse, they always help. Whatever happens, they always find a way to fix it. They’re both great nurses.”  Marguerite Renaud, Collicot first-grader added, “They help you feel better. They heel your cuts. They are really nice.”

“All the kids like Nurse (Mary Lou) Bradley,” said Alex Paxhia, a Tucker student.  “She makes us feel better when we feel sick and helps us if we fall on the playground.  She’s real nice.”

 “Mrs. (Maureen) LeBlanc is so nice,” said Cate Howley, a Glover student. “Once I broke my nail & she fixed it. She takes care of my dry skin & lips,” and her sister Audrey said, “Mrs. LeBlanc is so good to me. She always helps with my bloody noses. ” Another student, Michael Sullivan advised his younger brothers that “You can’t fake being sick with Mrs. LeBlanc. She knows!”

“Mrs. (Allison) Joyce is a really good nurse,” said Reid Dexter, a first-grade at Cunningham. “She is super nice and is good at helping people.” Another student, John Gillooly, said; “Mrs. Joyce always has a very nice smile and helps all the children at the Cunningham School.” His sister, Rose, in Grade 3 says, “Mrs. Joyce helps us a lot. She is always nice and has a big supply of band-aids and ice packs.”

“Mrs. (Barbara) Perry is so nice at Pierce. She always call us honey.” said Courtney and Matthew Dunn, 7th-graders at Pierce. Another student said, “Nurse Perry is so great. She always lets us call home.”

“I have struggled with headaches for years and Mrs. (Margaret) Gibbons has always gone out of her way to help me,” said Milton High Senior Alex Barber. “She is one of the sweetest people I’ve met. She’s always ready to help, and I appreciate everything she does.” Another student, Matt Kibble, a junior, said: “Nurse Gibbons helped me through a difficult concussion. Nurse Gibbons made sure that all my teachers and my guidance counselor knew I was incapable of completing most school work. She was very caring and understanding about everything I was going through. Without Nurse Gibbons my grades would have plummeted; negatively affecting the rest of my schooling and possibly my life. Without Nurse Gibbons my concussion would have been unbearable.”


We are pleased to announce that Mitchell D. Chester, Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, will visit the Milton Public Schools on Friday, May 10th.  He plans to observe the Full-Day Kindergarten program at Glover Elementary School and visit Milton High School. Thank you to Dr. Vanessa Calderon-Rosado, a Milton Public School parent and a member of the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, who helped to arrange this visit.

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The DPW Open House will be held on Saturday, May 11th from 10 am to 1 pm. This is a free and fun-filled event to help celebrate National Public Works Week. This week recognizes the thousands of men and women who provide and maintain the infrastructure and services collectively known as Public Works.  At this free family event Milton residents can enjoy hot dogs 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 10.30 am and noon.

In addition, the tenth 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 recycling, BikeMilton ( will be at the yard, running a used bike sale from 10am-4pm.  Bikes may be donated Friday May 10th from 5 to 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 and Cradles to Crayons ( will also be at the event, helping give a new lease on life to unwanted items.  As residents spring clean their home, they should keep an eye out for the following, which will be collected from 10am-1pm at the Open House:

* kids’ toys and clothing to help children in need through Cradles to Crayons
* inkjet cartridges and cell phones to raise funds for Milton Public Schools
*button cell batteries, thermometers and thermostats containing mercury (recycling these keeps hazardous substances out of our waste stream)
*worn out sneakers to be turned into sports surface by Nike Reuse-a-Shoe

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 be available for $42 (checks payable to Town of Milton please).

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 3rd Eblast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - May• 03•13

Teacher Appreciation Week  begins Monday, May 6th and we plan to honor and praise the men and women who have devoted their lives and their careers to educating children. I can’t think of a better way to kick off this annual celebration of teachers than our own Milton tradition of the announcement of Outstanding Teacher of the Year, which took place this morning.

Seven Milton Public School teachers were chosen by the Milton Foundation for Education as this year’s winners. The ceremony will be held Wednesday, May 22nd at 6 pm in the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium at Milton High School. I am proud to announce the following Outstanding Teachers for 2013:

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

Students, parents/guardians, administrators, and the public have admiration, appreciation and respect for teachers and school staff. The impact a teacher can have on the life of a student is immeasurable. For a teacher, the knowledge and feeling of having taught a new concept to a student is equally amazing.

We in the Milton Public Schools have always prided ourselves on the incredible talent of our teachers and staff.  They are professionals who are experts in their content areas and skilled in their instructional skills. I could not be more proud of each and every Milton Public School faculty member.

I ask you to join me in letting our Milton Public School teachers know how much we appreciate them during this special recognition week. I asked a few students from our schools to tell me something about their favorite teacher and I would like to share their heartfelt responses.

Cunningham Elementary School:Mrs. (AnneMarie) Quinn is my favorite teacher. She is super nice and we are best friends,” said Will Kelley. “Ms. (Erin) Power is my favorite teacher because she does not yell, and she treats everyone the same. I love that our class has a Community Board with every student’s picture on it. With her, our class is a community where everyone helps everyone.” said Arjun Sohur.

Tucker Elementary School:Mrs. (Alex) Sewall was my favorite teacher because she made learning fun while filling our brains with facts. I learned how rivers and oceans help to create landforms,” said William Reason.  “Mr. Lion (Mr. Alex Leite) is my favorite teacher because he is not one of those teachers who directs us, but is more like a helping buddy,” said Nicholas Reason. “Also, he lets us go outside if we’re good. He has these strips of paper and depending on our behavior he puts a stamp of a lion on it. Each month he checks our paper. Five stamps equals  a sticker. We put the sticker in a booklet. One hundred stickers equals a surprise at the end of the year. I also love how he makes contests. Now I don’t want my other teachers to feel bad, but of all them I would have to go with Mr. Lion.”

Glover Elementary School: “Mrs. (Kim) O’Leary is the best teacher because she always makes me laugh and she makes school fun!” said Lenny Wall. He also admired another teacher: “Ms. (Lea) Campbell is also the best teacher because she always helps me and she taught me and all my friends how to read!”

Collicot Elementary School:Mrs. (Anne) McIntyre is my favorite teacher because if I don’t think I can do something like adding fractions, she tells us, ‘I know you can.’ She makes learning easy and fun. She is funny, nice, and generous,” said Molly Murtagh. “Mrs. (Anne) Kelley was my favorite teacher,” said Mary Mitchell. “She helped us through our first year of English. She got me through reading and now I love to read. She makes learning fun for little kids.”

Pierce Middle School:Mrs. (Bernadette) McEvoy was the nicest teacher I ever had.  She thoroughly explained every science unit to our class and she always had a smile for everyone,” said Maddie Jrolf.

Milton High School:  “Mrs. (Nancy) Warn is my favorite teacher because she goes above and beyond what is required of her.  She has made herself available to me as more than just a teacher, but as a trusted adult whom I seek advice from about anything.  On top of that, she is very skilled at running a dynamic class, teaching in different ways and making history more exciting than I really think it is.”  Ailsa Jeffries


There have been two School Committee meetings since my last newsletter, on April 24th and May 1st. They are summarized below:

April 24th: The meeting began with a School Choice Open Public Hearing. Since no citizens came to speak at this hearing, they moved to the regular meeting. The following coaches and athletes were recognized for their successful seasons: Boys Hockey Coach Paul Noonan, MIAA Division 1 South Tournament; Girls Hockey Coach Bob Allen, MIAA Division 2 State Tournament; Wrestling Coach Ted Carroll; Ski Team Coach Paul Ajemian; Boys Indoor Track Coach Chuck Ajemian and Girls Indoor Track Coach Dale Snyder.

Next, Committee members heard from the Glover Site Council, which presented a School Improvement Plan. The most recent data was reviewed, along with many of the school’s accomplishments and programs. Students participated in the presentation by demonstrating Smartboard technology and the new “clickers” in use at Glover which work in tandem with the Smartboards. The presentation & plan are available at

Jerry Vitti of the Milton PAC spoke about Special Education issues. He said members of the PAC are interested in resuming the program of a joint presentation with the MPS administration, which he thought were very successful. He also said they would like to add to their membership and their board. Mr. Vitti also spoke about the new Challenger Division of Milton Little League and invited the community to the new league’s first game, which was held on April 28th. There are still openings in this league for students with disabilities as young as age 5 all the way up to seniors at Milton High School. For more info, please contact or

It was announced that Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Milton D. Chester, will visit MPS on May 10th. He plans to visit Glover Elementary school and Milton High School.

School Committee members voted unanimously to opt out of the School Choice program; voted to amend the existing contract with Wildcat Solar, a company which operates our off-site solar project; and voted to authorize the Chairman to sign a contract to replace the synthetic field surface at Brooks Field. Members also voted to approve the Policy Subcommittee Operation Procedures, which will govern how future policies are re-approved, deleted or updated.

May 1st:  This was a Re-Organizational meeting, which took place shortly after the swearing-in of newly-elected members Becky Padera and Mike Zullas. School Committee members voted to elect Lynda-Lee Sheridan as the Chair of the School Committee and Leroy Walker as Vice-Chair. No other agenda items were taken up.

The next Regular School Committee Meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 15th.


I am thrilled to share some great news from Milton High School. After winning the State title, members of our LifeSmarts team recently earned a spot to compete at the National Championships for LifeSmarts in Atlanta, Georgia. While in Atlanta, one of our students, Jack Caljouw, won First Place prize in the Environment category. This is a huge achievement and an incredible accomplishment for Milton High School, for the team and for Jack and his family. Team Captain Mona Yuan and  Nick Juzyca, each tied for Fifth Place in the Health, Safety and Consumer Rights category at the National Championship, and overall, the Milton team earned 13th place.  Great job!

LifeSmarts is a program that develops the consumer and marketplace knowledge and skills of teenagers in a fun way and rewards them for this knowledge. LifeSmarts, operated by the National Consumer’s League, is open to all 6th-12th grade students in the United States. Teams from more than 30 states met in the National Competition from April 20th to 23rd.


On Thursday, May 9th, the Pierce Middle School will hold its Juried Art Show from 5-7pm

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The Pierce Players will be presenting Hello, Dolly! on Thursday, May 30th & Friday, May 31st at 7 pm; and Saturday, June 1st at 2 pm.  Hello Dolly! is an ebullient and irresistible story of the joy of living, glittering with happy songs, shining with loving scenes, alive with the personality of one of the most fabulous characters on the musical stage…Dolly Gallagher Levi! Classic musical numbers include “Put On Your Sunday Clothes”, “Before the Parade Passes By”, “Elegance”, “It Only Takes A Moment” and of course, “Hello, Dolly!”

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Save the Date!  On Thursday, June 6th at 7 pm, there will be an Internet Safety Night in the Milton High School library. This event is for K-12 families and will cover internet, social media and cyber-bullying issues. Join Internet Safety Specialists Lynette Owens, Patricia A. Snell and other MPS families for a a night of information and discussion. This event is sponsored by Glover, Collicot, Cunningham, Tucker, Pierce and Milton High School PTOs.  View the flyer.

For those who may not be able to make the Milton event, Lynette Owens will be speaking at Natick High School as part of a “Digital Conversion to Digital Citizenship” evening on Tuesday, May 7th. The event will include national experts discussing digital citizenship. Ms. Owens has invited anyone who wishes to attend from the Milton Public Schools to this event.  More information about the Natick event, including a link to sign up, can be found here.


The next MHS Boosters ‘Cans for Cats’ monthly fundraiser at the high school will be held on Saturday, May 4th from 9 a.m. to noon. The golf team will be at the front entrance of the high school, 25 Gile Road, to collect your 5 cent cans and bottles to redeem for cash. All monies earned will directly support the golf program. Please stop by and drop off your cans and bottles. Go Wildcats!

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The Milton School Food Service Program was just awarded a $300 grant from the Massachusetts Action for Healthy Kids organization.  This grant will be used to plan an “Iron Chef” competition in the elementary schools next fall. School committee member Becky Padera suggested this fun-filled event to the Health and Wellness committee a few months ago as her niece recently won a similar contest in her school district.  The Milton schools are going to work together with local chefs who live or work in Milton or surrounding towns. The Whole Foods chef and the marketing department of the Whole Foods store have just signed on to help organize the event.  Plans are still in the early stages but we are hoping to have eight teams of students working together with a local chef to create healthy and delicious meals that we can feature on our monthly menu.


The Milton Junior Wildcats Football and Cheer Club still has room for all age groups for both football and cheerleading and will be having an additional open registration soon. The Jr. Wildcats compete in the Bay State Conference against the same towns that the Milton High School Wildcats play.  The teams are set up by grade, which means that your child will compete with his/her classmates against players of the same age and ability.  Games at every level are played on a full size football field with professional referees and the same rules as high school and college.

The Jr. Wildcats Cheer program is the only youth cheer program in Milton.  Cheerleaders provide entertainment during the Sunday games and compete in conference and regional tournaments.

Sponsorships are still available for area businesses and individuals that would like to support of the Milton Jr. Wildcats! For registration or sponsorship information please visit our website at  or contact Kristen Lacasse at

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 The Town of Milton Parks and Rec department is currently accepting on-line registration for a variety of programs, including the Lamar Reddicks basketball clinics, tennis lessons, Bay State Baseball Academy and Summer Sports Clinics.  To learn more, click here:


Spring fun continues in the Children’s Room at Milton Public Library.  Our Wednesday story times are taking a brief hiatus on May 15, but our Monday and Tuesday story times will be going strong!  We also have other upcoming programs for the young people in your life:

Saturday, May 18th from 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Bookbusters Book Club, Grades 3-5

The Bookbusters is a book club for boys and girls in grades 3-5.  Led by Miss Sara, group participants are asked to read a book in advance of the meeting, then come together to talk about it with their peers.  The book we are reading for May is One Day and One Amazing Morning on Orange Street by Joanne Rocklin.  Copies are available at the Children’s Room desk, or by placing a hold at  Come join us to discuss this intriguing mystery about the inhabitants of the Orange Street neighborhood, the really old tree in the lot on their street, and the mystery man who seems to be unusually interested in that tree.  Registration is required.

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

Also, the Children’s Room at Milton Public Schools  Library is looking for donations of your gently worn or unopened Legos, in anticipation of starting a Library Lego club/program.  Please feel feel to contact the Children’s Room at 898-4957.


 The following item was submitted by Athletic Director Steve Traister:

BASEBALL: First year coach Jim Moonan’s baseball team is off to a 2-9 start. They have had a couple of nice wins against Weymouth and Dedham. They have a night game at 7PM on Friday, and are home against Natick on Monday, May 6 at 3:45.

SOFTBALL: Milton Softball team, led by seniors Bailey McDonnell  Sydney Fitzgerald and Molly Farmer, has a current record of 0-9. Coach Kelly Losi’s girls are hosting Needham Friday and are hopeful to win!

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

GIRLS LACROSSE:  First year coach Ashley Parker’s team currently has a record of 0-5. The girls are being led by Senior Captain’s Erin Higgins, Grace Driscoll, Olivia Phelan and Julie Rush. Senior Capt Erin Higgins leads the team in points with 8 Goals and 4 assists. The girls will travel to Walpole on Friday.

BOYS TRACK:  Coach Chuck Ajemian’s boys outdoor track team is 2 and 1 at this point of the season. The team is led by co captains Nick Orlando, Nick Savage, Mile Holland as well as junior standout Chiviskee Milcent.  If the boys win the next 2 meets, they will be Herget Division champions.

GIRLS TRACK: Coach Dale Snyder’s girls track team has a 1-2 record. Their next meets are the Freshman/Sophomore Meet on May 4th and at Dedham on May 7th. Molly Dempsey is rank 5 in the state in the 100M hurdles and 7 in the 400M Hurdles. The next 4 meets will determine the season.

BOYS TENNIS:  Coach Paul Ajemian’s  boys’ tennis team got their 1st conference victory by defeating Dedham 3-2.The Wildcats had dominate victories by senior co-caption Dan Halloran and the 1st Doubles team of Gustavo Arnal and Peter DeLuca.  Sophomore Chriastian Jumal sealed the victory with a dramatic come-from-behind 7-5, 6-4 victory at 3rd. singles. Milton is now 1-5 on the season.

GIRLS TENNIS: Coaches Liz Mercer and Debbie Higgins are happy to report that the 2013 Girls’ Tennis Team has a 5–3 record, as of April 30.  Tri-captains, all seniors, are Ursula Beattie, Molly Devlin, and Melissa Trinh.  Freshman Grace Wamester, at #2 singles, has a 5–3 record, and senior Ursula Beattie, at #3 singles, has a 6-2 record.  The other positions are doing well also.

RUGBY: The rugby team is off to a great start with a 2-1 record so far.  Coach Joe Dolan has high expectations for his team this year. More than 50 student athletes signed up to play rugby this spring!  One highlight of the season will be the 1st Annual Bay Sate Seven- a -Side Tournament, to be held at Brooks Field on Friday, May 10th , starting at 6pm.  Come out and cheer on the Wildcat ruggers!

CREW: The crew team had the first race of the season last weekend. The boys and the girls varsity 4s raced the Thayer Academy at the Neponset River. We will be racing every weekend in May. The biggest weekend for Milton crew is the 25th and 26th of May. We will race at MPSRA (Massachusetts Public Schools Rowing Association) and NEIRA (New England Interscholastic Rowing Association) Championships. We hope to perform well at these regattas.

Milton High School’s athletic schedules can be found here:

PIERCE ATHLETICS: The Pierce Middle School’s inaugural track season is off to a great start. More than 130 students in grades 6-8 have signed up for the co-ed team, which practices after school several days a week. Students will compete in seven running events and three field events at track meets, which are scheduled for Monday, May 13th at Milton High; Thursday, May 16th in Medfield; and Monday, May 20th at Lincoln/Sudbury. Parents/guardians and fellow students are welcome to cheer on their classmates at the home meet on May 13th at 3:45 pm.


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

Student: It’s not every day we have a nationally recognized student in the Milton Public Schools and, for that reason, I would like to be sure that Jack Caljouw is recognized for his first-place win at the National LifeSmarts Competition in Atlanta. Jack earned first place in the Environmental category. Congratulations to Jack, his teachers, teammates and his family.

Teacher: I would like to recognize Dan Jarboe, John O’Leary & Colleen Queally, Mary Duggan, Zeina Hamada, Helene Olken, Sara Willis and Tom Shaw as the 2013 Outstanding Teachers as chosen by the Milton Foundation for Education. They join an exclusive and illustrious group of educators who have been chosen for this honor and they should be very proud.

Volunteer: After serving for nine years on the Milton School Committee, Glenn Pavlicek has decided to step down. He is a thoughtful, intelligent and valued member of the Committee, a champion of every student in the Milton Public Schools and a great believer in public education. He will be greatly missed and we wish him continued success and happiness in his teaching career.

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.


Milton Summer Enrichment

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Apr• 26•13

Families everywhere are busy making their plans for the upcoming summer.  I am pleased to announce that Cunningham Elementary School Principal Jonathan Redden will be the Director of the Milton Summer Enrichment (MSE) Program.

Although the MSE course brochure is still being finalized, we have included some program information in this blog post to help families as they begin to plan.

Where: MSE will take place this summer at Milton High School (25 Gile Rd) from July 1, 2013 to August 1, 2013.  When:  MSE will run from July 1st through August 1st.  There is a change to the schedule for MSE for the summer 2013 session: The program will be four (4) days  a week, Monday – Thursday, from 8am-12:00 pm.  This changed was made after reviewing the data (low attendance on Fridays) and surveying last year’s MSE parents for feedback. We have proportionally reduced the tuition based on this reduction in days and hope this fits your summer schedule needs.  Brochure/Registration: The brochure of class offerings is currently being finalized and will be posted online on Friday, May 3, 2013.

All program questions should be directed to MSE Director Jonathan Redden at

New Principal for Tucker Elementary School Named

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Apr• 22•13

I would like to welcome everyone back after a long —  and for many, a harrowing, —  vacation week. We are excited to be in the “final lap” of the school year and we are looking forward to a full schedule of academic and extracurricular events in the coming weeks.

I’m writing today because I have some good news to share. I have appointed Dr. Elaine McNeil-Girmai as the new Tucker Elementary School principal. I would like to thank the Tucker Principal Screening Committee,  which was comprised of Cunningham Principal Jon Redden, School Committee Member Becky Padera, K-12 Science Director Marilyn Decker,Tucker teachers  Elizabeth Spitz and Trish Leahy; and Tucker parents Steve Paxhia, Suzeanne Carty and Kymberly Terry; as well as myself and Assistant Superintendent John Phelan.

This committee worked tirelessly to review the resumes of 51 qualified applicants and conducted interviews with the top candidates. Their work helped to focus our attention on Dr. McNeil-Girmai’s qualifications and experience.

Dr. McNeil-Girmai currently serves as the Assistant Principal/Academic Director of the Empower Charter School in Brooklyn, New York. She has also served as an Educational Consultant and Dean of Students at two other educational institutes in New York. She was the Education Director at the Children Youth and Family Collaborative in Los Angeles, and also served as a program coordinator, second-grade teacher and learning disabilities teacher at other schools in Los Angeles.

Dr. McNeil-Girmai earned her doctoral degree from Loyola Marymount University; her master’s degree from University of Massachusetts/Boston; and her bachelor’s degree from Boston College.

Some of you may remember Dr. McNeil-Girmai from her four-year tenure as a second-grade teacher at the Collicot Elementary School from 2001 to 2005. She is a former Milton resident who attended the Tucker School and graduated from Milton High School.

“I was impressed by the way Dr. McNeil-Girmai demonstrated ‘outside the box’ thinking and by her ability to lead through creative ideas,” said Milton School Committee member Becky Padera, who served on the screening committee. “I saw in Elaine someone who will lead by example.”

Fellow screening member Steve Paxhia also commended the selection of Dr. McNeil-Girmai. “This was truly a nationwide search and among a pool of well-qualified candidates, one clearly stood out among the rest.” He said he was further impressed during a site visit to Dr. McNeil-Girmai’s current school and said, “I’m delighted we have been able to recruit an outstanding principal for our wonderful Tucker School.”

Elizabeth Spitz served as a teacher representative to the screening committee. She called Dr. McNeil-Girmai “a great asset to the Tucker School Community,” and described her as “a warm, friendly, affable person.” Ms. Spitz said Dr. McNeil-Girmai “has demonstrated a keen understanding of young people and their families and she appreciates their individual needs. “

Dr. McNeil-Girmai will begin her new position on July 1, 2013.

I would also like to be sure to thank current Tucker Principal Marcia Uretsky for her leadership of the Tucker School for the past three years and wish Ms. Uretsky and her family all the best in the future.

Further Administrative Personnel updates: The Glover Principal Screening Committee has been formed and has already begun the work of reviewing applicants.  In addition, the search for an Assistant Superintendent for Business is continuing. We will keep the Milton Public School Community updated as to the status of these positions.