From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date: Friday, October 9th, 2015
FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT
For those of you who missed this year’s Celebrate Milton event, I’d like to share the great news that two of our Milton Public School programs were recognized with the “Community Builders” award.
Last year, Milton High School’s Diversity Committee developed and hosted the community event 50 Years Later: Why the Struggle for Civil Rights is Still Relevant. The impact of this amazing work, vision and leadership are still being felt and appreciated! I am very proud of the Milton High School staff members who helped to create this riveting experience. This year, Milton High School’s Diversity Committee is sponsoring Woman Up! The Power of Phenomenal Women, on November 18th in the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium. The panelists will discuss their journey towards leadership, perceptions and expectations around leadership, and they will reflect on their own challenges and successes pertaining to gender and power
The other winner of the Community Builders Award was Cunningham Elementary School’s Diversity Committee. They were recognized for developing a “Read About Diversity” series of five books and curriculum for students in grades kindergarten through grade 5. Other administrators in our elementary schools are applying for grants to replicate the program. Congratulations to all MPS staff who contributed to these successes.
SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE
There has been one School Committee meeting since my last E-blast, held on Wednesday, October 7th. That meeting is summarized below:
October 7th: The meeting began with a presentation of the most recent MCAS data. To view this presentation, click here. Next, School Committee members were given a copy of the annual Diversity Report to review. A list of annual field trips was presented by Assistant Superintendent Janet Sheehan and upcoming Milton Public Schools “Happenings” were presented. As part of the Chair’s Report, members voted to approve the charge for the Strategic Issues/Long Term Planning Subcommittee. Also, three of this year’s goals were assigned to School Committee members to oversee. Members voted to approve the minutes of August 26, 2015 and September 9, 2015 before adjourning to Executive Session. The next meeting will be held October 21st at 7pm in the Milton High School library.
The following item was submitted by Humanities Department Head Barbara Wright:
Pathfinder, author and internet television host Monica Cost addressed students at Milton High on October 7th and presented them with a positive message about self image and finding strength in their own “core” values. Students in the American Experience classes as well as Milton High’s Young Men’s Group and Young Women’s Group were the audience for Ms. Cost and listened to ways in which students can change their own personal image through positive actions.
Student Olivia Kelly said about Ms. Cost’s message, “I liked when she told us to remember what’s important to each of us. We shouldn’t try to fix ourselves to please others.” American Experience teacher Kathleen Kelley said, “Ms. Cost’s message about commitment to constant improvement and pursuit of knowledge was powerful one for my students.”
The presentation was coordinated by History Makers, a national organization that works to bring mentors from the community into our schools, and their biggest event is the “Back to School” campaign, where the organization pairs schools and local mentors. This is the first year Milton High School has been a part of the Back to School initiative, but hopes to make it an annual event. The presentation culminated with students pledging to a “commitment of excellence,” a pledge that students all over the United States made over the past few weeks as participants in the “Back to School” initiative.
Humanities Department Head Barbara Wright said, “It’s important for our students to see successful role models in their own community, and it was powerful to know that our students joined students around the country in pledging to commit to excellence. These students will be the successful role models of the future.”
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I want to update the community on our MPS preschools. There are still a few openings for preschoolers: Blue Hills Campus Full Day has four available spots for economically disadvantaged families; Edge Hill Campus has eight afternoon spots; Gile Campus has three morning spots and five afternoon spots. For more information on our preschool programs, click here or contact 617-980-7343 or email@example.com .
UPCOMING MPS EVENTS
Parents of Grades 1-8 runners …. please save the date! On Sunday, October 18th, there will be a Kids Trail Run, sponsored by the MHS Girls Cross Country Team, at Cunningham Park. This event will take place at 11am at Cunningham Park and is to support and raise awareness for the Girls Cross Country Team. Sign-ups begin at 10:30am. The events are:
- Grades 1 and 2: One mile race, begins at 12pm.
- Grades 3-5 1.5 mile race, begins at 1pm.
- Grade 6-8 2 mile race, begins at 1:45pm
The cost is $10 per runner. For early registration and/or more information, please email Coach Shaw at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit:: http://www.coolrunning.com/eventcal/event/kids-trail-run/
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FAME would like to encourage you to support, Right on Your Doorstep a Musical fundraiser featuring Pauline Wells, Brandon Grimes and Timothy Steele, to support music in our schools! The event will take place Sunday Oct 18th from 4-6 pm at the First Parish of Milton Church, 535 Canton Ave, Milton. For more information please visit:
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The Annual MHS Boosters Swing for Sports fundraiser will be held on Tuesday, October 20th at Wollaston Golf Club. All proceeds benefit the athletes of Milton High School. Golf registration begins at 9:30am with a shotgun start at 11am. Tennis registration begins at 10am with Round Robin beginning at 10:30am. There will be a reception at 5pm with both silent and live auctions. This event is sponsored by Curry College and the Wollaston Golf Club. Entry fees are $175 for golf and $75 for tennis. Hole sponsorships and tennis sponsorships are available. For those who wish to attend the reception only, the fee is $25 pe person. There will be a $10,000 cash prize of a hole in one, sponsored by Milton Soccer; and a new car prize for a hone in one sponsored by Toyota of Braintree. Online registration for individuals, teams and sponsors can be found at www.miltonboosters.com. Submit questions to email@example.com
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The Pierce PTO will be holding its Fall Fling on Thursday, October 22nd at Ester Restaurant, 2261 Dorchester Ave in Lower Mills from 6:30pm – 10:30pm. Come for a night of fun and socializing with the Pierce community! Light appetizers, cash bar and raffle baskets will be available. Tickets are $35 per person and can be purchased online by going to www.miltonps.org and click on PMS PTO. (Deadline is October 20th)
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Please join us for a fun night out to support a beloved project at Collicot School! Save the Date for One Night to Remember on Friday November 13th at Granite Links! One Book One School – The Jennifer Kelly Project. Everyone is welcome to this event! A great night out for a great cause! This event features hors d’oeuvres, Raffles, Cash Bar, Raffles, Silent Auction and a DJ. This event sold out quickly last year. Tickets will not be sold at the door.
About One Book One School – The Jennifer Kelly Project: Jennifer Kelly, a mother of past and present Collicot students Liam (10th), Ava (9th) and Ronan (3rd) passed away unexpectedly in the summer of 2009. She was a huge presence in the Milton School Community, who gave endlessly to The Collicot School. Jenn was particularly passionate about the One Book One School program. In this program, each family receives their own copy of the same book to read. The books chosen at our school contain topics that celebrate diversity, embrace our differences and cultivate understanding, acceptance, and inclusion. The school community then comes to participate in fun, shared events that celebrate our book’s theme. The year that Jenn passed, she tried to start this program at our school as part of a diversity committee initiative. Unfortunately, funding was not available at the time. Due to overwhelming support from the school community, this project was launched in her memory. We are proud to celebrate our 7th year in honor of Jenn and the love she gave to our school. For questions, or to donate a silent auction or raffle item Contact One Book One School – The Jennifer Kelly Project firstname.lastname@example.org To purchase tickets visit our EventBrite page, click here
FOOD SERVICE NEWS
The following item was sent to us by MPS Food Service Director Jackie Morgan:
Milton Schools is participating once again in the Farm to School Program and the Harvest of the Month campaign. This will be our eighth year having farm fresh produce on our menus.
Mass. Farm to School’s Harvest of the Month campaign promotes a different Massachusetts-grown food each month in K-12 cafeterias across the state. The program’s goal is to encourage healthy food choices by increasing students’ exposure to seasonal foods while also supporting local farmers and building excitement about school meals.
Featured local foods for 2015-2016: September – Tomatoes October – Pears November – Kale December – Carrots January – Apples February – Butternut Squash March – Dairy April – Potatoes May – Seeds and Seedlings June – Strawberries
Harvest of the Month is a great opportunity to celebrate local abundance, experiment with new foods and recipes, and get some positive recognition for your school. We want to help you to continue to lead the way in making farm-fresh foods available to students and staff whenever possible. Your school cafeteria now has posters hung on the walls to showcase our monthly selections.
Buying local also provides wonderful opportunities for school food and nutrition staff, educators, school administrators, family members, and students to collaborate and to celebrate our commitment to serving locally grown foods with the community.
Why Buy Local?
Purchasing locally grown food is a great way to encourage students to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables and it also supports local farms. Buying local products in season is often very affordable. Food service directors who have introduced local foods programs often report increased meal participation and decreased wastage.
At the end of last school year the food service staff was invited to Whole Foods in Dedham for a culinary training course in their educational center. We spent the day developing recipes using butternut squash. Our staff made apple and squash soup, Pasta with squash, cranberries, cheese and nuts and squash and sausage patties. One of our favorites is still cutting the squash in half the long way and baking in the oven with a little butter, cinnamon and maple syrup.
FAMILY LIAISON NEWS
The following item was submitted by MPS Family Liaison Marti O’Keefe McKenna:
“Children benefit tremendously when you help them bridge their two most important worlds”.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS: Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held throughout the district on Thursday, November 12, 2015. This is a wonderful opportunity to sit down with teachers and get feedback on how you child’s year is going so far. This will be a half day for all students. In addition there is NO SCHOOL on Wednesday, November 11th in honor of Veteran’s Day.
The following article, outlining the importance of home and school connection, was taken from “Parents, Raising Readers and Learners”.
As a parent, you are the major provider of your child’s education from birth through adolescence. You guide the development of her character and mental health and help form the foundation from which she’ll develop lifelong attitudes and interests. And because your home is the primary environment in which your child’s potential and personality will take shape, it’s important to make sure that you create a positive, open atmosphere that will not only support what goes on in the classroom, but will also instill the desire to learn. It is through your love and encouragement that your kids will become motivated — first to please you, and then to please themselves. This leads to self-confidence, curiosity, the enjoyment of mastering new tasks, and other healthy attitudes, all of which contribute to successful learning.
But unless you are home-schooling, you will not be the one teaching your child science or geography. And while it’s true that all of the facts, skills, and concepts your children learn at school are influenced by what you do at home, your child’s education is equally impacted by the relationships you form with her teachers. Building an effective relationship with the teacher is a critical task, and, like you, every teacher wants to achieve this goal. As with any relationship, mutual respect, the ability to listen, and lots of communication form the foundation.
When parents and teachers work well together, everyone benefits. Parents and teachers can provide each other with unique insight and different perspectives about the same child, culminating in a more complete understanding of that child, her abilities, strengths, and challenges. The teacher will know much more about the curriculum and the school culture, while you know more about your child’s personality, tendencies, and family life. A successful parent-teacher partnership also shows a child that an entire team of adults is on her side.
Why What You Do at Home Is So Important at School A positive relationship with your child is more important to her school career than your constant presence in the classroom. Because young children identify strongly with you, your attitudes, values, and innermost feelings are contagious. They become embedded in your child’s mind at the deepest levels. Even if you didn’t like school, the best way to help your child is to endorse her experience: Get involved, be positive, and trust her teachers. She will get the message: “School is important; I want you to engage fully.”
Make Quality Time for Your Child It might sound obvious, but today, parents’ schedules are full to overflowing. The good news is that there are easy ways to enjoy time with your child that also support learning. You can be available during play dates, snuggle on the sofa while watching a good video together, take a nature walk in the park, make appreciative comments from time to time as your child plays, cook something yummy together, or just hang out and chat. All these things support your child’s deep belief that you know her, care about her, and would never expect her to do something that isn’t possible — such as learn in school.
Become an Active Partner in Learning Most educators believe in parent participation in children’s education, but “participation” means different things to different teachers. To some, it might mean helping children with homework, returning notes and sending things in on time, and coming to a conference when notified to do so. But it should mean much more. Work with the teacher to find out some ways you can contribute to the classroom, but always be sure to do it within the guidelines she’ll provide for you. By the same token, you have valuable insight about your child — no one knows her better than you — so it’s important to take initiative and communicate that knowledge to the teacher throughout the school year. First, be sure to provide details about your child’s home life to your teacher. The most effective teachers have a fairly complete understanding of each child in their class. You can help by telling her about your child’s family life, including any recent changes (divorce, a death in the family, or illness, for example), important traditions or rituals, languages spoken at home, and other significant details unique to your child.
Ask about ways to share your culture — food, music, photos, and traditions — with the class. Not only will this help strengthen your child’s self-esteem, it will also enrich the learning experience for the entire class and foster an appreciation of diversity. Between the ages of 3 and 8, kids are beginning to deal with a world bigger than the family, and they become keenly aware of every difference between themselves and their peers.
Plan to have a family discussion each week. Try to pick a topic that emerges from your child’s experiences at school. The more you familiarize yourself with the daily routines and activities at preschool, the more you’ll be able to encourage this type of conversation. You can even extend the idea into an art project or create a family “book club” where everyone reads something relating to this theme.
Get the entire family involved. As often as possible, try to participate in field trips and classroom events such as potlucks, story parties, art shows, and class celebrations. Include grandparents, siblings, caregivers, and family friends. Your child will be delighted.
For parents and teachers towards forming a real bond alike, the goal is to play active roles in your child’s life and to work. The child’s best interest is always served when she has lots of people rooting for her and all the pieces of her life fit together. A strong home-school connection will set the stage for a child who will grow up with a love for learning.
Please feel free to reach out with any questions you might have about the upcoming school year or if you are in need of a resource. My contact information is: Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Family Outreach Liaison, 617-980-7343 or email@example.com .
The following item was sent to us by Amy Flanagan of the Milton Foundation for Education:
Monster Dash Registration is open! Sign up today at miltonmonsterdash-2015.racewire.com.
The17th Annual Milton Monster Dash will be held on Sunday, October 25th from 9 to noon at Cunningham Park. This wonderful community event, including the 5K walk and run and kids’ costumed fun run activities, science experiments and crafts, is held in loving memory of Sam Cichello, a Tucker school elementary student who died following a playground accident in 1999. Proceeds support enhanced science programming for grades K through 5.
A few spooktacular details on this year’s race:
- TEAMS ARE BACK! Have a group you want to run with? Register your team at the link above!
- FUNDRAISING IS APPRECIATED! All participants have the opportunity to create a unique fundraising page to support their Monster Dash run.
- EARLY BIB PICKUP IS ENCOURAGED: Pre-race bib pick-up will be on Saturday, October 24th from 2 – 4 pm at Cunningham Hall. We strongly encourage all – especially large teams – to take advantage of this to avoid the lines Sunday morning. Team captains can pick-up all bibs for their team.
- VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED! The MFE would welcome your support before, during, or after the race. Please contact Will Korman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEWS AROUND TOWN
The Town Health and Wellness Employee Flu Clinic will be on Thursday October 29th from 2:30-4:30pm in the Town Hall Basement. Please bring insurance cards.
BETH ISRAEL DEACONESS HOSPITAL – MILTON
Helping Children Develop Resilience: Join Maria Trozzi, M.Ed., for an interactive evening where she will explore the typical and not-so-typical speed bumps that children and adolescents encounter growing up in 2015. The ‘race to get ahead’, to compete, to do one’s best can create stress for both parents and their children. Learn more about developmentally informed strategies that are often counter-intuitive for parents, but help children master the coping skills that promote resilience.
- DATE: Wednesday, October 21
- TIME: 6:30 PM
- PLACE: Nangeroni Education Center
- COST: FREE, pre-registration required, call 617- 696-8810.
MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY
The following information was submitted by Children’s Librarian Sara Truog:
Fall is here – and so are fun things for kids to do at the Milton Public Library! In addition to our regular storytimes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of October 18 – 24:
Saturday, October 24, 2015 from 10:00 – 10:30 am
Tech Tots Storytime, All Ages
Join Miss Sara for a storytime that incorporates iPad apps along with books and songs to show families how to appreciate stories in new ways! For ages 0-5 with caregiver; no registration required.
Saturday, October 24, 2015 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm
MCBA Book Club, Grades 4-6
The Massachusetts Children’s Book Award was established as a program to encourage children in grades 4-6 to read great books. This year the MCBA Book Club will read one book from the 2015 shortlist each month, and in February-March we will vote for the book we think deserves to be named the book of the year. October’s book is Charlie Bumpers vs. the Teacher of the Year by Bill Harley. Copies will be available one month in advance of the program at the Children’s Room desk, or by placing a hold in our online catalog. Please read the book in advance of our meeting – you’ll have more fun that way! Registration is required.
Don’t forget to check the library web calendar for a listing of the many programs we offer year-round. Information about and registration for all of our programs can always be found on our online calendar at www.miltonlibrary.org, or by calling the Children’s Room at 617-898-4957 during business hours. Also, like the Milton Public Library on Facebook and get updates right in your news feed! Please contact the Children’s Room if you have questions about any of our programs or services.
To see a complete listing of library events, please click here:
Girls Soccer: The Varsity Soccer Team improved to 6-3-1 and is second place in the Herget Division of the Bay State League. The team is riding a five game winning streak going into their Thursday interdivision match up against top ranked and unbeaten Needham. Senior Sophie Cousineau has scored a record 3 hat-tricks in the last 8 days and leads the Division with goals and points. Senior Isabel Belash has recorded her 4th shutout of the season.
Volleyball: The JV coach is Hardy Mondesir and the Freshmen coach is Stephanie Omobono. The Varsity volleyball team has won 2 out of the last 3 matches to move to 6-4 and is currently ranked #61 in the state. It beat Dedham, 3-1, last Thursday, with senior Kate McAuliffe registering her best match of the season. It had an intense match against Cardinal Spellman on Friday night, who is currently ranked #17 in the State. Even though the team lost, each set was highly contested and provided the team with a preview of what play will be like once we enter the state tournament. The team beat Norwood, 3-0 on Monday, led by seniors Sarah Dragon (9 kills) and Maddy Brown (7 kills), who both played extremely well. We host Fontbonne at home on Friday.
Girls Cross Country: The team performed extremely well at this week’s meet, where the girls faced off against two very strong teams — Newton North and Natick. In the varsity race, Milton swept the top three spots against Newton North (Bridget Mitchell, Colette O’Leary and Elise O’Leary.) In the JV race, the girls swept the top three spots against both teams. (Emme Schewe, Ella Affanato and Grace Dwyer) Highlights: Bridget Mitchell ran sub six-minute pace for the first time ever in a true 5k, running 42 seconds faster than anyone from Milton has ever run on the course. Milton had four girls (the top three, plus Naomi Negassi) finish in under 20 minutes – and seven of the top 12 times ever run on this course by a Milton athlete over the last 20 years were run at this race. That all-time list includes two Milton teams that went undefeated so it is a legitimate list to be atop.
Cheer: The Milton High Cheerleaders will finally be getting their choreography for competition tonight! Following this exciting practice we will head over to Norwood to cheer on our Football Wildcats!! Good luck MHS football team and Coach Dembowski!
Golf: The Milton High School Varsity Golf team won the Bay State title Wednesday at Spring Valley Country Club in Sharon by a narrow margin of 1 stroke. The team was led senior captain Walker Stroud, sophomore Jared Carr and freshman Jared Carney, who sealed the victory. Both Walker stroud and Jared Carr were named Bay State All-Stars shooting 77 and 79 respectively. The team will take their game on the road Thursday to Dedham looking to build on their momentum. Congratulations boys !
Boys Cross Country: The boys cross country team defeated Natick and lost a very close meet to Newton North on Wednesday in Newton. The top five finishers for the Wildcats were Tim Lynch, Nick Villard, John Lenane, Colin Keally and Kyle Dempsey. The boys look forward to continuing their winning ways against Walpole next Wednesday in Walpole.
Football: The Wildcats survived a scare from Natick Friday night in large part to tremendous defensive effort. The Cats completely stopped the Natick ground game and applied great pressure on the quarterback all night. The pressure caused two interceptions, both collected by senior Joe Quinn and kept Natick from scoring an offensive touchdown. The offense started quickly as Mike Fallon found Derek Perkins on a 44 yard post pattern on our first drive. The conversion pass failed and we led 6-0. While the defense continued to force stops, our offense failed on several chances to add points in the first half and we went to halftime up 6-0. The third quarter started poorly when we were pin deep in our own end and failed to move the ball. Our punt was blocked and Natick recovered in our end zone for a touchdown. They hit the PAT and we trailed 7-6. Finally, early in the fourth quarter, the offense — setup at the 45 yard line – (thanks to Quinn’s second interception,) put together a nice drive. Koby Osazee rushed in from 12 yards out and Derek Perkins added the conversion to put us up 14-7. The defense continued to stuff Natick and the offense pounded the ball on the ground behind Osazee and Mack Feeney to shorten the game and collect the win. The varsity is now 4-0. JV is 2-1-1 and Freshmen are 1-3.
Boys Soccer: This week the boys played Archbishop Williams at home on Saturday night. The Wildcats grabbed a 3-0 win over the 14th ranked Archie’s team. Senior Stefan Richardson scored twice and Alden Rosa added a goal as Joe Morfin made 8 saves for the shutout. On Tuesday, the boys traveled to Norwood for a Herget division game. Milton jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead and never looked back winning the game 6-1 with a well balanced attack. 6 different players scored goals for the Wildcats. The boys soccer team will host senior night on Thursday, October 15 vs. Weymouth at 7pm.
Field Hockey: On Tuesday, the Milton Field Hockey Team played the Norwood Mustangs. Led by our two captains; Kate Driscoll, Meaghan McDougall, and our Goalie, Devin Coulter we played a strong game, but the Milton Wildcats lost 0-2 against a great rival, Norwood. Thank you to all of the fans who came out to support us and support our Breast Cancer Awareness Night. On Thursday, we traveled to Needham to play another great rival for the Wildcats. We played a great game and gave it our all, and our two new goalies tried their best and did an amazing job for their first ever Varsity Game. We lost to Needham but held our heads up high. I just wanted to say a great job to Caitlin O’Sullivan and Mary O’Connell, who traveled with us and played their first Varsity game as our Goalies. We will have a home game on Tuesday against Natick High School at 3:45. Come out and cheer on this Tuesday, October 13th! This is our year!
For sports schedules for all MHS teams, please click here:
Student: It’s not every day that an 11th grade student gets to fill in for a college professor! But recently, Ishan Shukla, a Milton High School junior, was invited to guest lecture at Wentworth Institute’s Department of Civil Engineering and Technology. Ishan had recently completed a project for the Neponset River Watershed Association as part of his community service. This project included a great deal of research on how using rain gardens can help clean up water pollution. His research caught the attention of Professor Francis Hopcroft at Wentworth, who asked Ishan to come and speak to his engineering students about his findings. This is one of the many reasons why our Community Service Program at Milton High School is such an outstanding program for both students and for those who they serve. Great job, Ishan!
Staff: Earlier this month, we celebrated the retirement of Judy Ebbs, who worked for Community Schools for more than 20 years. Ms. Ebbs began her career working for the KEDS program (the original Full-Day Kindergarten!) In addition, Ms. Ebbs coordinated the vacation camp program for Community Schools, as well as Camp Cunningham. She was an incredible asset to the students and parents of the Milton Public Schools and she will be missed.
Volunteers: I would like to recognize Greg Gordon as an outstanding volunteer. Mr. Gordon, a Glover and Cunningham parent, is an MFE Board Member and one of the three co-chairs of this year’s Monster Dash (along with Margaret Eberhardt and Will Korman) Mr. Gordon also helped to implement two unique financial literacy program for Milton Public Schools, in cooperation with the Blue Hills Bank. This pilot program is offered at Milton High School and at all four elementary schools.
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