I recently received the current list of colleges and universities to which our Class of 2013 has been accepted. This is an annual ritual which — for parents and guardians, is fraught with emotion, anxiety, pride and humility. As Superintendent, I see the acceptance list as one of many indicators of our students’ academic success. The colleges to which a student is accepted defines neither the student nor our district. It is merely a “snapshot” of the moment and shaped by many factors beyond our control.
Still, we naturally feel pride when we see some of the nation’s top colleges and universities on this list. But the more important issue is that our students find the right fit for them. A large, prestigious college in an urban setting might not be the most comfortable place for some students. A small, rural campus may not be desirable to others. Prep schools, service academies, the military and vocational schools are also the best choice for some of this year’s graduates.
By the time Commencement ceremonies occur on June 2nd, most of our seniors will have their post-graduation plans in place. But it is important to remember that their education in the Milton Public Schools has not been a one- or two-year program.
My goal is for the Milton Public School system to provide a preschool through Grade 12 public school education that is second to none and maximizes the individual potential of each of our students. Every one of our staff members plays a role in creating an atmosphere that allows our students to fulfill their educational goals. This year’s “list” is yet another indicator that our students are achieving those goals.
I am sure that you join me in congratulating each and every one of Milton High School’s seniors on successfully completing their 13 year elementary-, middle- and high school careers. These students have studied hard and developed from wide-eyed five-year-olds into mature and responsible young adults well-educated and ready to enter the next stage of their lives.
I personally and professionally could not be more proud of each of our 2013 Milton High School graduates.
FY 14 BUDGET & PERSONNEL UPDATES
The FY 14 Budget season is coming to its final lap as Town Meeting approaches. The FY 14 Budget will be finalized during the course of sessions of Town Meeting held at Milton High School on May 6,7,9,13,14, & 16. Recently the Superintendent presented a Budget Update presentation at school committee. The presentation outlines some new initiatives as well as some budget reductions that are necessary.
There will be some new administrators in the Milton Public Schools next year. Currently there are job postings for a Glover Elementary School Principal, High School Guidance Department Head, and a new Science Curriculum Administrator. We would like to thank current Co-Principals Nephew and Concannon for their work this year. Ms. Nephew is stepping down to spend more time with her family and Ms. Concannon will be returning to her full-time position of Elementary Mathematics & K-8 Technology Coordinator. We send our sincere gratitude to Kenneth Aubert, MHS Guidance Department Head for his years of service and congratulate on his retirement. Lastly, the current FY 14 Budget is providing funding for a new Science curriculum administrator.
SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE
There have been three school committee meetings since my last E-blast.
March 20th: There was an Open Budget Hearing scheduled, but no speakers were present. This was followed by a regular School Committee meeting, which led directly to an Executive Session.
March 27th: After congratulating the Future Problem Solvers from our elementary and Pierce Middle School schools (See item below, under “Curriculum News,”) the School Committee heard from Ada Rosmarin and Carolyn Lyons. Ms. Rosmarin is an Early Childhood Consultant who has worked closely with the Milton Public Schools and Ms. Lyons is the CEO and President of Strategies for Children. Ms. Lyons and Ms. Rosmarin spoke about full-day kindergarten programs, local and national budget issues regarding early literacy, and other issues facing Milton.
Among the data presented was the finding that 39% of third grade children in the state who took the MCAS scored below-proficient in English Language Arts. They also noted that the proficiency levels for low-income students has not improved in the past decade.
School Committee members next moved on to several votes. First, they voted to approve a 2% raise for Community Schools employees. Next, members voted to pay a stipend to Assistant Superintendent John Phelan for the extra duties he has taken on since the departure of Mr. Gillis. They also voted to approve a 3% raise for the Superintendent as the final portion of the administrative contracts.
A vote was taken to approve the appropriation of $70,000 from the School Building Committee fund to be used for increased security measures in the school buildings. This amount will be used to install card-reader access doors. A Finance Subcommitte report followed, which included a PowerPoint presentation on the FY14 budget. The presentation began with the time line of the budget preparation and included the original “cut list” of $1.46 million. It also detailed the restorations made after the Warrant Committee vote and the final “cut list” of $984,000. Members unanimously approved the cuts, though they expressed hope that additional funds may become available. To view the presentation and the list of reductions, click here.
The Facilities Subcommittee reported that the Brooks Field improvement job has gone out to bid. The total cost is not expected to exceed $460,000. The Copeland Family Foundation has pledged $302,000 to offset the costs; the Capital Planning gave $100,000 and the revolving account will pay for the rest.
April 3rd: The School Committee invited representatives from the Milton High School Boys Basketball team, along with Coach LoPresti, to receive congratulations. Next, they were shown a presentation by the Milton High School Site Council, which can be viewed here. William Ritchie, Director of the Consolidated Facilities Department, made a presentation on his department’s work in the schools. Along with Operations Manager Robert Mayhew, he outlined the goals for the department. To view this presentation, click here.
Please note, the last day of school as of today is Monday, June 24th, which will be a half-day.
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The 2013-14 school calendar has been approved and can be found here.
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The Milton Public Schools’ K-12 Art Fair will be held on Wednesday, May 1st from 3:30 to 8 pm and Thursday, May 2nd from 8 am to 3 pm at the Copeland Field House at Milton High School. The Milton High School After School Ensemble Concert will be held on Wednesday, May 1st at 4 pm in the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium at Milton High School.
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Applications are still being accepted for the Milton High School Pre-K Program for the 2013-2014 school year.
Children must be four years old by September 1,2013 to be eligible for this on-site lab school. Pre-K Registration packets along with residency information are available in the Registrar’s office at Milton High School. Please contact Jane Barrett at 617-696-4478 ext.5510.
The sessions are half-day on Monday, Wednesday and Friday (school year). This program follows a Pre-K curriculum and fosters all aspects of development in order to ensure a smooth transition to the kindergarten level.
You may contact Eileen Mullen in the MHS Child Study office at 617-696-4478 ext 5513 or Emullen@miltonps.org with any questions.
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Hats off to the following Pierce students who had their work selected in the 2013 Cambridge Science Festival’s Curiosity Challenge. The competition received over 2000 entries this year! The group will be honored at MIT on Sunday, April 21st, and their work will be published in this year’s book. Congratulations to Anthony Umeh, Claire Casey, Hue-Ninh Nguyen, Jack Raftery, Julia Francesconi, Kate Fahy, Kristin Rose, Lilly Tennyson, Luthea Dowdall, Madeline Gray, Maya Watanabe and Thomas Fish, along with their teachers, Jenifer Gilbert, Bernadette McEvoy, Christine Winchester, Nicole Hoyceanyls, Jeffrey Stoodt and Kathy Bertrand. Great job!
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Congratulations to Eileen Mullen, our Milton High School Child Study teacher and head of our Pre-K program at Milton High School. Ms. Mullen recently learned that she has been named the winner of the 2013 Professional Recognition Award given by the Milton Early Childhood Alliance. Ms. Mullen has been invited to receive her award at the Eighth Annual Professional Recognition Awards Banquet to be held on Wednesday, April 24th at 6:30 pm at The Common Market, 97 Willard Street in Quincy. To purchase tickets or for more information, click here.
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The Milton High School Math Club recently hosted the first ever MHS Math Olympiad. The competition enabled all high school students the opportunity to experience a competitive math meet similar to the events the Math Club competes in every month.
The after-school contest was organized by teacher Dan Jarboe and it was a huge success. It featured 100 students participating in a math competition, consisting of five rounds of math quizzes. The competition mimicked the competition that Mr. Jarboe’s Math Team has competed in throughout this year against neighboring school districts. Questions in the competition ranged from algebra to trigonometry. Students competed in teams of five as they completed a series of quizzes that tested their math acumen as well as their problem solving skills. The junior and senior students competed in teams to earn the coveted “Golden Calculator” whereas the sophomore and freshman students were striving to win the “Silver Protractor.”
At the conclusion of the day, the event was decided by one point! The team champions in the 11th and 12th grade division were seniors Molly Devlin, Ellen Chow, Mona Yuan, Amanda Liberty, and Aria Perkins. The 9th and 10th grade champions were tenth graders Aman Negassi, Albert Enyeti, Alden Hebard, Harry Kong, and 9th grader Calvin Luong. The individuals with the highest scores (by grade) were 12th grader Anton Libsch, 11th grader Michael Riciutti, 10th grader Albert Enyeti, and 9th grader Liam Halloran.
The Milton High School Math Club is in its first year of existence. We look forward to a great second year of competition in the Southern Massachusetts Math League next school year. All students are welcome to join as long as they love math!
PHOTO CAPTION: The winning team from the Golden Calculator Division
From left to right: Aria Perkins, Amanda Liberty, Molly Devlin, Mona Yuan, and Ellen Chow
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I wanted to share some exciting news about a team of our fifth-graders who competed recently in both an instant and technical challenge as part of the Destination Imagination program. Out of a field of 17 elementary teams, Milton students placed third and advanced to the State Tournament at Worcester Poly-Technical Institute.
The winning team includes Wallace Heller from Cunningham School; along with David Cichello, Kyle Hipp, Alex Malmstrom and Ryan Mazzotta from the Glover School.
To qualify for the states, the team faced an instant challenge allowing them six minutes to plan and perform a vacation using miming as their only method of communication. Next, they presented their technical challenge after months of work. The challenge was to build vehicles six inches or less that met propulsion requirements, earning points for creativity and reaching certain areas. During their allocated eight minutes, the team released their vehicles and performed a skit about a danger from the viewpoint of a vehicle.
The competition included 90 teams (534 students) from 3rd to 12th grade presenting amazing solutions to seven different challenges. During the state competition in Worcester, the fifth-graders placed 7th out of 17 schools. We are very proud of this group’s creativity, energy and ability to meet challenges. Many thanks to Christine Cichello & Jean Mazzotta who worked with the Destination Imagination team.
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Teams from two Milton elementary schools and a Pierce Middle School student recently scored the top spots in a Future Problem Solving State Bowl in Bourne.
Timothy Karoff placed first in the Individual Competition for the Middle Division and has been invited to Internationals. In addition, in the written competition, the team from Glover earned second place and the Collicot team earned third place. In the Action Plan Presentation, Collicot earned first place and Glover earned third place.
Future Problem Solving (FPS) is an academic program used in the Milton Public Schools and thousands of other public, private, and parochial schools throughout the world. All four elementary schools and Pierce Middle School have FPS teams.
The Future Problem Solving program helps students to work on their critical and creative thinking skills, encourages students to develop a vision for the future, and prepares students for leadership roles. FPS engages students in creative problem solving within the curriculum and provides competitive opportunities. The State Bowl was held at Massachusetts Maritime Academy in Bourne on March 23rd.
The following students competed on the winning teams:
The Collicot Team (coached by Anna Higgins): Jackson Humphreys, Kate Delaney and Shea Flanagan. Also, individual competitors Nora Kleiman and Molly Murtaugh assisted with the first-place win. The Glover Team (coached by Christina Reynolds): Ella Zimmermann, Hudson Smith, Kate Possi and Kelly Mackenzie.
Four individuals also competed: Grace Quijano from Tucker, Nora Kleiman from Collicot, Molly Murtagh from Collicot and Timothy Karoff from Pierce.
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The Milton High School Debate Team not only hosted the Massachusetts State Debate Tournament recently at Milton High School, they also earned one of the top awards. Several hundred students from around the state packed the halls, classrooms, auditorium and library of the high school, competing in various debate events including Policy, Lincoln-Douglas and Public Forum.
One of the Milton High School Debate Teams advanced all the way to the final round, finishing second in the state, out of 43 competing teams. This team consisted of Senior Ailsa Jeffries and junior Chris Dsida. Senior Isabelle Smith and Junior Cormac Conners also advanced to the elimination rounds. Individually, Chris Dsida earned third place and Cormac Conners earned fifth place overall out of the 86 competitors in Public Forum Debate. Although it was Milton High School’s first time hosting this event, everything ran smoothly thanks to the many parent and student volunteers and the efforts of Debate Team coaches Nancy Warn and Nick Fitzgerald. Milton High School’s Debate Team, now in its fourth year, has grown tremendously since its inception in 2009. What started as a group of four students has evolved into a program of nearly 30 students who compete in approximately 12 local and national tournaments each year. In addition to local competitions, students this year competed at Yale and Harvard Universities, as well as at the National Forensic League and Catholic Forensic League Qualifying tournaments. As the team’s competition schedule has expanded, the students have simultaneously continued to achieve higher levels of success.
Three times in the last four years, a Milton High School team has advanced to a semi-final or final round in the tournament.
Photo Caption: Members of the MHS Debate Team, during the recent tournament hosted at Milton High School.
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Three of our Tucker third-grade teachers, Catherine DesRoche, Kirsten Finnell, and Valerie Kelly recently presented at the Mass Reading Association Conference in Boston.
This opportunity was built from participating in the Commendation Grant. The teachers presented “Learning from One Another: Developing a Collaborative Professional Learning Community.” This session shared the process of bringing two Title One schools together with the goal of developing a Professional Learning Community through the use of school visits, learning walks, and professional inquiry groups. Participants learned the protocols for conducting learning walks and inquiry groups in order to harness professional curiosity and the value of inquiry and reflection as essential to the culture of teaching in order to grow instructional practice.
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Milton Shake! Milton High School’s Class of 2013 recently produced a School Spirit/Pride Video and sent it into WCVB-TV (Channel 5). The video is scheduled to be shown on April 25th at 5:10 a.m. and 6:10 a.m. as part of the “Good Morning Eye-Opener”. Special thanks to Sean LoPresti, Amy Tom, Ben Kelly and our Senior class! The students were magnificent! Their enthusiasm for this initiative was unbelievable. To view the video, please click here.
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Recently, our Pierce drama teacher, Bill Deschenes, graciously hosted two playwrights in his Grade Seven drama classes. Katie Pearl and Lisa D’Amour are two award winning artists based in New York City. They are currently working on a project called “Milton” where they are collecting the thoughts, experiences and unique things that connect different Miltons around the country. To read more about this specific project, their website is pearldamour.com.
Mr. Deschenes, along with Katie and Lisa developed multiple sessions revolving around play writing, story-telling and acting. The theme or inspiration for each of these sessions was MILTON and we hope that the words and experiences of our own students will be evident in the final play produced by Katie and Lisa. It is unique and enriching experiences like these that students remember. Thanks again to Bill for all of his hard work!
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The Forbes House Museum recently announced the winners of the 2013 Lincoln Essay & Drawing Contest. In total, 994 entries were received, including 676 essays and 318 drawings. An awards ceremony will take place on Sunday, April 14th at 2pm at the Pierce Middle School Auditorium. All are welcome.
Contest winners are from the four public elementary schools in Milton (Collicot, Cunningham, Glover, and Tucker Schools) and Pierce Middle School. The winners are:
Drawing Contest- Grades K- 3
1st Place: Mae McKenna, Collicot School
3rd Place: Olivia Hart, Collicot School
1st Place: Greer Woodward, Cunningham School
2nd Place: Emma Buckley, Cunningham School
3rd Place: Molly Lovett, Collicot School
Honorable mention: Isaac Moy, Collicot School
Honorable mention: Malcolm Frank- McNight, Cunningham School
1st Place: Liam McLaughlin, Cunningham School
1st Place: Chris Barrett, Glover School
3rd Place: Jalyssa Lynette Reis, Glover School
Honorable mention: Nora Biagiotti, Collicot School
Essay Contest- Grades 4-8
1st Place: Alisa Lorden, Tucker School
2nd Place: Kelly MacKenzie, Glover School
3rd Place: Jeremy Val, Cunningham School
Honorable mention: John Walsh, Cunningham School
2nd Place: Christopher Kenney, Pierce Middle School
3rd Place: Taylor Condon, Pierce Middle School
1st Place: Genevieve Connelly, Pierce Middle School
2nd Place: Alyssa Foster, Pierce Middle School
For inquiries about the Lincoln Essay & Drawing Contest, call the Museum office at 617.696.1815. For more information on other programs, special events and group tours, visit the Forbes House Museum website here.
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The Foods classes at Milton High School sponsored a Food Drive for the month of March. The drive, which benefited the Milton Community Food Pantry, was done to mark National Nutrition Month. Students and staff brought in a wide variety of canned goods and non-perishables that will help to stock the Pantry. Students were entered into a raffle for a $50 iTunes gift card for each item brought in. Kelly Gemma’s name was drawn by Mr. Jette at the conclusion of the drive for the gift card. Another card was also awarded to Daniel Francis for the best participation. Congratulations to all who participated!
Photo Captions: Kelly Gemma (left) and Daniel Francis (right) are the winners of the Food Drive Contest at Milton High School.
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The following item was submitted by Lauren Brennan, who co- chairs the Booster Scholarship Committee with Donna Carrera.
Its that time of year, as The Milton High School Boosters Scholarship program is underway again. We are excited to be offering 17 scholarships this year. We expanded the program last year since our membership has grown and we want to touch as many seniors as possible who are involved in Athletics. More details are available on our website.
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The following announcement was submitted by Technology Director Bob Pattison.
I am excited to announce that the Milton Public Schools’ wireless network is now complete and operational. This feat would not have been possible without the support of the MPS administration and the generosity of the Milton Foundation for Education and the Copeland Foundation.
Wireless network access is available in every classroom, office, gym, auditorium, cafeteria, and hallway in all schools. This will give Internet access ONLY and users will still be filtered by our content filter and be expected to follow the Internet Acceptable Use Policy. Access to any school resources, such as files, software, printers, is still restricted.
This wireless network is a great addition to our infrastructure and should provide the backbone for new methods of accessing educational content on the Internet and increased collaboration among teachers and students alike. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns by calling (617)696-4470 x5509 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
The Pierce Players will present the classic musical comedy HELLO DOLLY! on the Pierce stage on Thursday May 30 and Friday May 31 at 7PM and Saturday June 1 at 2PM.
The cast is led by 8th grader Julia Butler in the title role and features Andrew Flaherty, Stephen Tan, Abigail Jean-Baptiste, Henry Dolgoff, and Grace Varela along with 110 other 6th, 7th, and 8th graders in the cast and crew. Tickets ($10 adults, $8 children) can be purchased at the door or by calling 617.696.4570. Don’t miss this spectacular production!
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The following event was submitted by Milton High School senior, Liana Massey-Green.
For my senior project, I am organizing a Relay For Life event at Milton High in the Copeland Field House on Saturday, May 18th from 2-9 pm.
Relay For Life is an event hosted by the American Cancer Society to raise money for cancer research and to assist cancer patients with the support they need. For the event, teams raise money from pledges and fundraisers. During the event, team members take turns walking around the track, with at least one team member on the track at all times. Teams can also participate in on-site fundraisers, in which they have a booth where they can have a bake sale, face painting, raffles, etc. There will also be various forms of entertainment and activities during the event.
This year, the theme for Milton’s Relay For Life is “Kick Cancer to the Curb,” promoting cancer awareness, a healthy lifestyle, and healthy eating habits. There will be different activities offered during the day, such as kickboxing, yoga, and Zumba classes. My goal is to get the whole Milton community involved in this event. I believe that cancer affects almost everyone in some way, and I would like the Milton community to join together to help end the fight against cancer. I am also looking for cancer survivors and caregivers to be honored and guest speakers. There is also an opportunity to remember those who have lost their fight with cancer. If anyone would like to be a part of the survivor and caregiver recognition, or would like to honor someone they have lost, they can also participate. To register, visit www.relayforlife.org/miltonMA
PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS
The new Challenger League for Little League players in Milton is still accepting registrations.
The Challenger Division is a division of Little League that enables boys and girls with physical and mental challenges, ages 5-18, or up to age 22 (if still enrolled in high school), to enjoy the game of baseball along with the millions of other children who participate in this sport worldwide. Today, more than 30,000 children participate in more than 900 Challenger Divisions worldwide. Challenger games will be played as a combination of tee ball and coach pitch.
The Challenger players wear the same uniforms, shoulder patches and safety equipment as other Little League players. In a Challenger game, each player gets a chance to bat. The side is retired when the offense has batted through the roster. Score will not be kept.
One of the benefits of having a Challenger Division is that it encourages the use of “buddies” for the Challenger players. The buddies assist the Challenger players on the field, but whenever possible, encourage the players to bat and make plays themselves. However, the buddy is always nearby to help when needed.
Parents and teenagers are strongly encouraged to become involved in this uniquely-rewarding division of Little League. After completing a Little League volunteer application and passing a required national background check, teenagers may become buddies, while parents may become involved in practices, and be eligible as coaches, managers, umpires, local league board members and other volunteer positions within the league. Registration will remain open through April 1st. Please direct questions to email@example.com. To register a child click the “Registrar Now” and go through the same steps as you would for your Little Leaguer. Other contacts: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or visit the Milton National Little League website here.
FOOD SERVICE NEWS
The New England Dairy & Food Council announced today that Milton High School has been chosen to receive $7,700 through two grants to support its new school breakfast initiative. Milton High School was selected for these competitive grants to help them jump start and sustain healthy nutrition and physical activity improvements at school. The grant program, Fuel Up to Play 60, offers schools funds to help them increase awareness of and access to nutrient-rich foods and physical activity opportunities for students.
In early 2013, Milton High School was awarded $3,700 from Smart Choice Whole Grain Products to support the school’s Fuel Up to Play 60 program and add more whole grains to breakfast.
The school has used the funds donated from J.S.B Industries to create and promote a new Grab n’ Go breakfast service model. Students can now enjoy a quick, convenient, nutrient-rich breakfast from the mobile “Smart Start Breakfast Cart” located at one of the school’s main entrances. Student leaders created posters to help promote the breakfast cart during National School Breakfast Week and the school’s Wellness Week. Since the launch of the new Grab n’ Go breakfast service last month, the school has seen an instant increase in school breakfast participation.
In December 2012, Milton High School received $4,000 from Fuel Up to Play 60 in support of the Massachusetts School Breakfast Challenge, a partnership between the New England Dairy & Food Council, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, School Nutrition Association of Massachusetts, and Child Nutrition Outreach Program at Project Bread. Funding for this competitive program is provided by New England Dairy & Food Council and the dairy farmers of Massachusetts.
“On average, only 8% of our high school students were participating in the breakfast program daily. With these two grants, we are confident that we can accomplish the goal set forth by the Massachusetts School Breakfast Challenge and increase school breakfast participation at Milton High School up to 43% (an increase of 35%) by 2014,” said Jackie Morgan, Food Service Director for the Milton Public Schools.
Schools, parents and students can learn more about Fuel Up to Play 60 here. There are several application windows each year, including the upcoming deadline on June 4th.
Did you graduate from Milton High School? Is any member of your household a Milton High Alum? If so, we are asking all Milton High School Alumni to visit our website to add their name, email, and current address to their class list.
Here’s how: Click here, click year or name and search. Check for your name and if it is not listed add to class list. To make changes to existing name, click Edit to add email and current address. That’s all!
Also, the Alumni Association is looking for a volunteer to write our Milton High School Alumni Newsletter. Contact Gary Kelly at Gkprofit@aol.com for more details.
Help make the 13th Annual MFE Outstanding Teacher Awards program a success! Recognize the extraordinary contributions made by our teachers in the Milton Public Schools by submitting nomination papers for a teacher who deserves this special recognition. Award recipients will be honored at a special ceremony on May 22nd. Deadline for submission is today, Friday, April 12th. To be eligible for nomination, a teacher must:
- Have completed three consecutive years teaching at MPS and currently teach at MPS
- Teach students on a regular basis (40% of the time)
- Be aware of and in agreement with this nomination
Nominees must be teachers who meet most of the following criteria:
- Instills in students the desire to learn/achieve
- Understands the individual needs of students, encourages their talents and fosters their self-esteem
- Demonstrates a thorough knowledge of the subject matter and the ability to share it effectively with students
- Fosters cooperative relationships with colleagues and the community
- Demonstrates outstanding leadership
- Participates in school, professional, civic and/or extracurricular activities
Nomination packets can be downloaded here or send completed nomination packages to:
Milton Foundation for Education
PO Box 223
Milton, MA 02186 … or drop them off at your school’s office.
NEWS AROUND TOWN
The Town of Milton has embarked on a new comprehensive community planning (Master Plan) project that will help guide Milton’s approach to managing change for the next ten years and beyond. So far, two sessions have been held, with incredible input from members of the Milton community.
The result of the Visioning effort will be a consensus of many voices within Milton that establishes the framework for the analysis and the subsequent recommendations of the Master Plan. The next session will be held on Thursday, April 25th at 7 pm at the Milton High School Auditorium.
Milton’s Master Plan Committee is overseeing this process and has engaged community planning firm Brown Walker Planners, Inc. to assist the Town in the Visioning effort. Please check back frequently to get updates on upcoming meetings, master plan reports, and how you can stay involved. The Master Plan Committee is asking for your final review and comments on the three elements of the Phase One Report: Community Vision, Goals and Key Issues.
- What is your vision for Milton?
- What issues are priorities for the town?
- Does this Plan represent your views?
The Milton Master Plan Committee is being advised by Director of Planning, William Clark and by the Town’s consultant Brown Walker Planners. For more information, please click here:
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Girl Scout Troop # 74134 is holding its Second Annual Kids Road Race on Sunday, May 19th at Cunningham Park.
Participants, ages 4-14, will run 2.2 miles, consisting of two loops through the park, beginning and ending at Cunningham Hall. The race kicks off at 9:30 a.m.
There will be food and water, along with raffles and other activities.
Participants can register for the race online here by May 15th (credit cards are accepted) or by mailing in an entry form and check to Milton Kids Road Race, 95 Hudson St., Milton, MA 02186, postmarked by May 16th.
Entrants can pick up their numbers at Cunningham Hall between 8:45 and 9:15 a.m. the morning of the race. The cost is $17 for preregistration. Registration will also be held the day of event between 8:45 – 9:15 a.m., but the cost then will be $23 and only cash and checks will be accepted. There will be a complimentary yoga warm up at 9:20 a.m., sponsored by Petit Papillion. A post race awards ceremony will begin at 10:45 a.m.
The race is designed to promote health and proceeds from the race will help refurbish the Scout house and help finance trips and other activities for troop #74134. More information can be found here.
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The following item was submitted by Mass Audubon.
Calling Volunteers to Work for Wildlife! Mass Audubon is hosting our annual Statewide Volunteer Day on Saturday, April 27th from 9 am to noon.
Join us for a day of family fun as we spruce up our trails, gardens, and nature centers and dive into other spring cleaning projects. See our list of participating wildlife sanctuaries for more details (below) and sign-up online today.
There are plenty of activities planned for all ages and abilities, whether you’re looking for kid-friendly work (preparing gardens for spring planting) or more strenuous activities (trail restoration). We can also provide a community service verification letter for your three hours of volunteering. Bring a picnic lunch and spend time exploring (and enjoying) the sanctuary when the morning’s work is done.
Blue Hills Trailside Museum, Milton: The Great Invasive Pull; Light Spring Landscaping; Spring Housekeeping and Maintenance
Boston Nature Center, Mattapan: Gardeners and Green Thumbs; Butterfly Garden, Nature Nook, and Surrounding Landscaped Areas; Trail Restoration
Drumlin Farm, Lincoln: Garlic Mustard Pull
Habitat, Belmont: Trail, Gardens, Ponds, and Meadows
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Sustainable Milton and Artspace Milton submitted the following two events:
Earth Day Movie Night and Bottle Cap Magnet Making at the Milton Public Library, Thursday, April 18th at 6:30pm. While the adults watch “One Beach” in the community room, the kids will have a chance to create bottle cap magnets in the conference room.
Recycle Art Challenge at Turners Pond, Sunday, April 21st at 1:00 pm. Did you know that your recycling bin is a treasure trove of art supplies? To help celebrate Earth Day 2013, dig into your recycling bin and create a unique piece of art. Let your imagination go wild! Students are encouraged to create works of art using recycled materials. bring your work to our Earth Day Celebration at Turner’s Pond on Sunday April 21, 1:00 Pm. Prizes will be awarded for creativity! Something wondrous and exciting is to be unveiled at the Pond that day….. don’t miss out! Open to all students in Milton. For more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org
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The following item was submitted by our friends at MECA:
We are excited to bring the Story Walk project to Milton during April School vacation. Come enjoy this week-long rain or shine, free event. Visit the Trailside Museum at 1904 Canton Ave in Milton during school vacation week (April 14th through April 21st) from 10 am to 5 pm and enjoy a story posted along the way as you walk around the grounds. This is a terrific opportunity to enjoy a wonderful children’s book while talking a healthy walk. Stop at each post and read the page with your child. For more information, contact Milton Early Childhood Alliance at email@example.com
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The Town of Milton’s Department of Public Works sent the following item:
The Annual DPW Open House is being held 10 am to 1 pm on Saturday, May 11th at the DPW Yard, 629 Randolph Avenue.
The DPW Open House celebrates National Public Works Week and the thousands of men and women who provide and maintain the infrastructure and services collectively known as Public Works. At this fun-filled, free family event, Milton residents can enjoy hotdogs and cotton candy as they learn about what the Milton DPW does everyday 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 re-cycling, BikeMilton will be at the yard, running a used bike sale from 10am-4pm. Bikes may be donated Friday May 10th from 5-6:30pm and on the day from 8.30-10am. Proceeds from the sale will be used to promote safe cycling in Milton. Sustainable Milton and Cradles to Crayons will also be at the event, helping give a new lease of 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 Schoolsbutton 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
Residents wanting to save money on their water bills and conserve water can order rain barrels through the DPW/Sustainable Milton’s annual rain barrel sale for collection at the event (special pricing for Milton residents – $60/$65). Orders should be placed before May 6th via phone 1-800-251-2352 or online at www.sustainablemilton.org. There will be no extra barrels available for sale at the event. So please plan on pre-ordering. For those wanting to reduce trash sticker costs and turn yard waste and veggie peelings into soil for the garden, subsidized Earthmover compost bins will also be available for $42 (checks payable to Town of Milton please).
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The following item was sent by Eleanor Fusoni, Publicity Chairman for the Milton Historical Society:
A great way to celebrate Patriot’s Day – Tour the house where Dr. Joseph Warren and Paul Revere made history! Come to the Milton Historical Society Annual Open House from 1 to 3 pm on Sunday, April 14th at the Suffolk Resolves House located at 1370 Canton Avenue, Milton.
Members of the Historical Society will be available to answer questions about the history of the house and the Suffolk Resolves. Members of the 9th Massachusetts Regiment will perform drills and share what life was like in a colonial militia.
A special treat: Rarely open to the public and unknown to most visitors, a stairway under a trap door in the parlor leads to a granite room of uncertain purpose and origin. Visitors will be able to examine the room and Curator Steve Kluskens will be on hand to answer questions. Check their website for more information.
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Some members of our Milton Public School community may not be familiar with the Milton Residents Fund.
Diane Ferrari is a social worker and administrator of The Milton Residents Fund. This program helps Milton residents in need primarily with fuel, utilities and rent assistance, however, it also helps with child care, summer school and many other types of assistance on a case by case basis. Diane’s office is located at First Parish Church, 535 Canton Ave. and the office telephone is 617-696-1214.
Ms. Ferrari has worked with several of our school guidance counselors, nurses and teachers over the past several years and has been of great assistance to some of our families. If you or someone you know may be in need of her services, please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Town of Milton’s Parks & Rec program is currently holding signups for a variety of spring sports programs, as well as other exciting events. Please visit their website for details:
Reserve Free or Discounted Museum Passes for School Vacation: Library cardholders now can reserve free or discounted museum passes from the Milton Library thirty days in advance, so start planning for school vacation. Reservations can be made on-line on the library’s website, www.miltonlibrary.org or call the reference desk, 617-698-5757. The Friends of the Milton Library sponsor the following museum passes:
Boston Children’s Museum, Fuller Craft Museum, Institute of Contemporary Art, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, John F. Kennedy Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Science, Peabody Essex Museum, Roger Williams Park Zoo, U.S.S. Constitution Museum, and Zoo New England.
The following item is from Sara Truog, Children’s Librarian:
April Vacation Week is almost here, and the Children’s Room at Milton Public Library is ready to keep your kids busy all week long! We will be closed on Monday, but the rest of the week is jam-packed with our regular preschool storytimes on Tuesday and Wednesday, as well as several other upcoming programs for the young people in your life:
Tuesday, April 16th from 2 to 3 pm, Make Your Own Flat Stanley, Grades 1-5
Originally published in 1964, Jeff Brown’s famous book Flat Stanley is about a boy who accidentally gets flattened by a bulletin board, but then discovers that being flat isn’t so bad after all. A series was born, spinoff books continue to be written, and these books about a flat boy are still as popular as they were in the ’60s. The current Flat Stanley craze is to make your own flat person, and then send that person on an adventure around the world, courtesy of the U.S. Postal Service. Sound like fun? Come join us for a craft session where we will provide all of the materials and instructions so you can make your own flat person and send him/her on a journey just like Stanley’s! Registration is required.
Wednesday, April 17th from 2 to 3:30 pm, Cooks ‘n Books, Grades 3-5
Join Miss Debbie for a cooking adventure. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Thursday, April 18th from 2 to 3:30 pm, Mad Science, Grades 3-5
Experience the pull of magnetism! Ever been an atom in a magnet? Find out exactly what magnets like to “hang” out with, visit the North and South poles, build cool magnet chains and play with some of the wildest forces in the universe. Registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Library.
Friday, April 19th from 11 to 11:45 am, Sparky’s Puppets, All Ages
Join the fun as Sparky’s Puppets perform “Springtime Stories.” The show features tales of rabbits, gardening, and springtime. See what happens when Brer Rabbit sneaks into the vegetable garden. Meet a hard-working chicken and some lazy farmyard animals. And see if you can guess who will win the race between a sassy rabbit and a slow-moving turtle! Sparky’s Puppets dramatize favorite children’s stories with lively humor and plenty of audience participation. They have performed for children and family audiences throughout New England for over 30 years. For children of all ages with a parent/caregiver. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library.
Friday, April 19th from 1 to 4 pm, Family Game Time, All Ages
Drop in and spend some time playing board games. Our selections include Scrabble Junior, Chutes and Ladders, Candyland, Monopoly, Clue, and more. Or bring along a family favorite and some friends to share it. Board games have a long history in Massachusetts. Did you know that both Parker Brothers and Milton Bradley got their start here? Come on by for some family fun.
Saturday, April 20th from 2 to 3 pm, Bookbusters, 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 April is The Problem with the Puddles by Kate Feiffer. Copies are available at the Children’s Room desk, or by placing a hold at www.miltonlibrary.org. Come join us to discuss this humorous and heartwarming story about an eccentric family and their adventurous dogs. Registration is required.
Information about and registration for all of our programs can always be found on our online calendar found here, 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 following item is from Emily Calkins, Young Adult Librarian:
Friday, April 12th, 3-5 p.m.: After school movie
Kick off April vacation week with an after school movie! Check out the choices on Facebook, vote for your favorite, and then join us for the winning movie and snacks!
Saturday, April 20th, 1:30-4 p.m. Super Smash Bros. Brawl tournament
It’s tournament time again! Join the Teen Services department for an afternoon of snacks, trash talk, and Super Smash Bros. Brawl on the library’s Wii. Winner gets a GameStop gift card and bragging rights! Space is limited, so advance registration is recommended. Play begins at 1:30; late players may not be admitted to the tournament, so please be on time. ** The tournament is open to students in grades 6-12. Admission is free; this program is sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library.
Tuesday, April 23rd, 6:30 – 8 p.m.: Anime and manga club
Join the Teen Services Dept. for our monthly Anime & Manga Club. Meet other anime and manga fans, enjoy Japanese snacks, make art and more! This is the club’s final meeting for the school year. ** This program is open to students in grades 6-12 and is sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library.
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: I would like to recognize Jack Caljouw and Mona Yuan, two of our Milton High School students who compete on our LifeSmarts team. The pair recently visited the after-school program at Glover Elementary School to help teach a safety lesson for the students in Grades K-2. This was a wonderful collaboration between schools and a great opportunity for our younger students to be exposed to such wonderful role models at the high school level. Thank you to Jack and Mona.
Teachers: For those of you who do not know this, Milton High School has not always had a debate program. Now that our Debate Team is in full swing, competing in and hosting state tournaments, I would like to thank the two teacher/coaches/advisors who have helped to make Debate such a huge success at Milton High. Nick Fitzgerald and Nancy Warn have been tireless advocates of this program and have dedicated countless hours to helping our students succeed. This is the classic case of our faculty going “above and beyond,” and I am very pleased with the results.
Volunteer: I would like to thank a group of volunteers who have been assisting with two very important jobs. As in the past, we have formed screening committees to fill the positions of Assistant Superintendent for Business and Tucker Principal. Along with myself and John Phelan, the following individuals have been working hard on these screening committees. Assistant Superintendent for Business Affairs Committee: James Jette, Becky Padera, Bill Ritchie, Jackie Morgan and Steve Traister. Tucker Principal Committee: Jon Redden, Becky Padera, Marilyn Decker, Elizabeth Spitz, Trish Leahy, Steve Paxhia, Suzeanne Carty and Kymberly Terry.
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.