February 2, 2023

To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
From: Interim Superintendent Janet Sheehan
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: February 2, 2023

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

On Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, we welcomed incoming Superintendent Peter Burrows for two days of transition planning. Dr. Burrows was able to informally visit several schools, stop by classrooms, and chat with students and staff. He also attended a Warrant Committee meeting, and was a Community Reader at Collicot’s World Read Aloud Day. His visit to Mme Saidj’s second grade class was a highlight of the day! Dr. Burrows will be in the district periodically throughout the spring in anticipation of his July 1, 2023 official start date. 

Thank you to Mme. Saidj’s class for welcoming Dr. Burrows (back row, center) to read!

Assistant Superintendent McKinney and I were also able to attend Collicot’s World Read Aloud Day and thoroughly enjoyed visiting Mrs. Hodgkin’s and Mr. Doyle’s 4th grade classes. For 13 years, World Read Aloud Day has called attention to the importance of sharing stories by challenging participants to grab a book, find an audience, and read-aloud. This global effort is about bringing people together through the shared connection of reading aloud in all of our communities. Seeing our students excited for community visitors and new books made World Read Aloud Day a joy to attend. Thank you to the Collicot PTO volunteers who organized such a successful day for our students and community. Below you can see photos from activities at Collicot, Cunningham, Glover, and Tucker this week, including book swaps, Reader’s Cafes, reading events, read-a-thons, Book Character Days and more!


As I wrote to staff earlier this week, I know many of us have heavy hearts right now over so many violent, racial and disturbing events that have occurred over the last month–both locally and across the country. Tragic events such as the Tyre Nichols murder, mass shootings in the California Asian community, and unspeakable incidents in our own South Shore communities have brought shock and sadness to all. We know these are difficult times for families and educators. 

I wanted to share that our schools have recently completed scheduled Crisis Team Training with Maria Trozzi. School-based Crisis Teams are reporting that they feel better prepared to address a variety of scenarios using protocols in their Crisis Plans and follow-up meetings with each school faculty and staff are being planned. As a district, we are trying our best to ensure that our students meet high academic standards while also supporting their social emotional needs and we appreciate the strong home-school partnership that is vital in the ongoing support of our students. 


Tomorrow, Friday, February 3, is my final day as Interim Superintendent. The district will finish the school year under the leadership of Interim Superintendent Dr. Garth McKinney, with support from Assistant Superintendent Dr. Glen Pavlicek, Central Office staff, Principals, the District Leadership Team, faculty and staff. While I leave with bittersweet feelings, it’s made much easier knowing that the district is in such experienced and capable hands. Dr. McKinney has indicated that he will continue to send you the weekly MPS blog post, to keep you informed of happenings across the district.

I would like to thank the Milton School Community for being so supportive over the past months. I am truly grateful to have had another opportunity to serve the students and families of Milton and to work with an incredible team of administrators, faculty and staff. I feel fortunate to have worked alongside a School Committee that advocates for excellence in education. Thank you to all who have reached out with good wishes and I wish you all a happy and successful second half of the school year. 

MPS NEED TO KNOW

EXTREMELY COLD TEMPERATURES 

The forecast over the next few days indicates exceptionally cold temperatures, especially factoring in the windchill. Please plan for students to dress accordingly tomorrow, and if at all possible, minimize the time they spend outside walking to school or waiting for the bus. Students should enter the building upon arrival, and our elementary students will have indoor recess. Please stay warm and safe over the weekend.

IMPORTANT DATES

  • Feb 2 SEPAC Meeting- DESE Presentation on Tiered Review Process
  • Feb 3 MHS Theatre Performance 
  • Feb 8 School Committee Forum on Budget
  • Feb 15 School Committee Meeting 
  • Feb 20-24 February Recess
  • Feb 28 SEPAC Meeting 
  • Mar 1 School Committee Meeting 
  • Mar 7 Early Release Day – PD for Staff
  • Mar 8 Harlem Wizards at MHS 

SEPAC MEETING – TONIGHT

Milton SEPAC shares the following information.

Be a part of the Tiered Focused Monitoring Review! Please join SEPAC on February 2 at 6:30 PM via Zoom at this link to learn more about this review, which monitors compliance with federal and state special education and civil rights regulations, and to find out how you can be a part of this important process. DESE’s Monitor, Joan Brinckerhoff, will provide an overview of the monitoring process, answer parent questions, and, most importantly, let you know how you can be part of the review and have your voice heard through the review’s interview aspect. We hope you can join us at this link for this important session.

MHS THEATRE ONE ACT PERFORMANCE

MHS Theatre invites the community to a free benefit performance (donations welcome!) of four student directed scenes and a performance of their one act submission “Badger” for the METG Competition Festival. Please see the description of “Badger” below and please join us at MHS on Friday, February 3 at 7pm for an evening of theater. 

In 1944, four young women take newly available jobs at one of the largest munitions factories in the United States: the Badger Ordinance Works. Facing dangerous work with highly flammable powder as well as insidious sexism, the women form an unlikely friendship through joy and heartbreak. A vibrant ensemble brings the factory to life as each of the women confronts not only the challenges of entering the workforce in the darkest days of World War II, but also who she is and what she truly values. Unforgettable human stories make the era immediate in this captivating ensemble drama.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE BUDGET OPEN HEARING AND FORUM 

On Wednesday, February 8, from 7-8:30pm, the School Committee will host the final of four planned public forums for the Milton community. The forum will provide an overview and discussion of the Fiscal Year ’24 MPS Budget. Following the presentation, community members will be invited to ask questions and share comments, and MPS administrators and School Committee members will respond and share their perspectives on the MPS budget.

The public forum will be held at the Council on Aging, at 10 Walnut St, just behind Town Hall. The meeting will be hybrid, with attendees able to participate in person and through Zoom at this link (Passcode:168556). 

If you missed the previous forums, Milton Access TV recordings can be found below. 

FRENCH UNIVERSITY PRESENTATION FOR MHS STUDENTS 

We are excited to offer our MHS students (and others interested in French Universities) the exciting opportunity to hear directly from and learn more about four French Universities.  Students and families are invited to attend (in person or virtually) on Tuesday, February 7 at 6pm in the MHS Library (or via live webinar, register at this link). 

This Parcoursup Webinar will have two focuses: The first 30 minutes will be general admission information for all students, and the second 30 minutes will be admission information for students who have the French Baccalaureate (which does not include students from MHS).  This Webinar will have valuable information for general admission students and in addition, a follow-up Webinar will be scheduled later this winter with more information for general admission students. More information about admissions pathways for French higher education can be found hereRegister for the Webinar here. The link to attend will be emailed by Institut Francais aux USA (please check spam if you don’t receive the link).

ELEMENTARY DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP 

While the current age to legally join social media applications is thirteen, this week, United States Surgeon General stated, “13 is ‘too early’ to join social media”.  You can read the CNN article on Surgeon General Murthy’s announcement here. Some of the key highlights and resources include:

  • Research on the harm social media can cause adolescents.
  • New research suggests habitually checking social media can alter the brain chemistry of adolescents.
  • Social media releases a “dopamine dump” in the brain.
  • Surgeon General Murthy states, “None of this is out of our control. When we had dangerous vehicles on the road, we passed laws to make those vehicles less dangerous.” 

Milton Public Schools continues to make digital citizenship a priority!  All students in elementary school are taught a robust digital citizenship curriculum developed by Common Sense Media and modified by our incredible Instructional Technology Specialists, Sara Doherty and Jen Van Hill.   We continue to find ways to embed digital citizenship topics into the core subjects at the secondary level.  In addition, we offer an elementary digital citizenship day in February and 9th grade Digital Citizenship Day each October.  If you are interested in volunteering for an upcoming Elementary Digital Citizenship Day, please sign-up here:

MPS GOOD TO KNOW

PERSONALIZED LEARNING WEBSITE 

Thank you to Director of Educational Technology AJ Melanson for building a new MPS Personalized Learning website. This website will house both general and MPS specific  information and data about Personalized Learning. It will be updated periodically and we invite you to visit the site at this link.

PIERCE 8TH GRADE IN DC 

We are excited to share that the 8th grade class trip to Washington, D.C. is back! There are 265 students signed up to travel to DC with their classmates and Pierce staff. The cost of the trip is $1200 per student, and the Pierce PTO would like to give EVERY student the opportunity to go. We are in need of $21,000 in scholarship funds and hoping you can help. Rather than “Pitch in for Pierce” this year, the PTO is hoping people will consider making a donation to help fund a scholarship for students in need – and no amount is too small!  Please see this link to donate in support of a student, or you can make a check out to the Pierce PTO and drop it off in the front office (please put “DC scholarship fund” on the check memo). On behalf of Pierce 8th graders, thank you! 

MPS KINDERGARTEN – Welcome to the Class of 2036!

MPS NICE TO KNOW

MILTON HIGH SCHOOL MODEL UN 

Mme. Liddell shares that our MHS Model UN participants outdid themselves this past weekend at Harvard Model UN.  Ten students competed over this 4-day conference and five took awards home! This was the first time that many of our students competed at Harvard, so it was incredibly impressive that they had so much success. On the heels of the impressive accomplishment of the first Harvard Gavel in MHS history, keep your eyes peeled for more big news as the club heads into Boston Model UN in two weeks! 

Congratulations to Lawson Beaudoin, Sam Boucher, Kiera Glazer, Rachel McNulty, Moth Trafton, Sydney Burns – Honorable Delegate, Tucker Korman – Best Delegate, Rory Martin – Diplomatic Commendation, Alex McEttrick – Outstanding Delegate, and Ida Zoll – Diplomatic Commendation on their impressive showing! 

6TH GRADE SCHOOL COUNSELING LESSONS

Last month, Pierce 6th graders discovered their Holland Career Codes and learned about the kinds of careers best suited to them.  These lessons, taught by School Counselors through sixth grade seminar classes, represent a move toward the Massachusetts Model for School Counseling.  Counselors teaching lessons in the classroom is a tier 1 intervention and is recommended by the American School Counselor Association.  We are working towards Counselor taught lessons focused on Academic Strategies and interventions and Social Emotional learning.

COLLICOT 5TH GRADE SERVICE PROJECT

The Collicot 5th Grade Class gathered last week to assemble birthday boxes to donate to the Southwest Community Food Center in Quincy. Each box was decorated by our 5th graders and contained cake mix, frosting, sprinkles, decorative plates/napkins, and a homemade card. The students decorated and assembled a total of 50 boxes!. That is 50 children in the area who will have a better birthday thanks to the kindness and generosity of the 5th graders and their families. A special thank you to the 5th graders, their families, and the 5th grade staff who helped organize and encourage the students. An extra special thank you to the members of the 5th Grade Service Committee: Heather Bergin, Heidi Naumes, Christina Lang, and Sarah Ahearn who made this all happen! Way to kick off Kindness Month at Collicot!

MHS ATHLETICS 

Please see below from MPS AD Ryan Madden.

The Track Team showed well at the Bay State Conference Championship Meet last night at the Reggie Lewis Center! The Boys had 16 Top-10 finishes while the Girls had 7! Check out our Twitter for full results. They have just a couple invitationals and last chance meets before they go to the States before February Vacation!

The Girl’s Hockey Team beat Braintree last night to earn their 11th win of the season! Barring the COVID season, this is the first time in quite a while that they beat the Wamps! Caelan Leddy and Molly Murphy both scored in the win!

The Dance and Cheer Team will both travel to Weymouth High School next Thursday for the Bay State Conference Championships!

On February 17th and 18th, the Copeland Field House will host the MIAA Division II State Wrestling Championships. Our very own MHS Junior Mason Pellegri, will try to repeat as Division II Champ!

There will be no Cans for Cats collection on Saturday, February 4th, due to predicted extreme temperatures. Please save your cans and bottles for Girls’ Hockey on Saturday, March 4th.

MHS BOOSTERS NEWS 

The next Membership Meeting is Tuesday Feb 7th at 7pm. Please enter through field house doors. All are welcome – come learn how you can support our student athletes and be part of this fun and growing parent group! 

COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS

Please use the links below or visit the MPS Community News & Events page for information on these terrific community events and opportunities! 

Milton Field Hockey is open for registration for the Winter (K-8)  and Spring (K-8) 2023 season and summer camp (up to age 18)! All details can be found here. 

Milton American Baseball registration is now open for players ages 4-12. With T-ball through the Majors Division, there is an opportunity for everyone to play and develop with friends. Please visit miltonamericanbaseball.org for more information. 

MECA offers Stories and Friends Meet Up: Signs of Winter. Meet and connect with other families with young children and enjoy some winter fun! We’ll meet at the Visitor’s Center at Houghton’s Pond, enjoy some stories and songs, look for animal tracks in the snow, and complete a fun, hands-on snowman activity. Children will have the opportunity to meet Ranger Dan, who will read the StoryWalk® posted on the grounds. Registration is not required; however, you will need to sign in upon arrival. Please dress for both indoor and outdoor weather. A free animal tracks activity will be distributed to the first 35 children who sign in that morning. This program will meet on Saturday, February 18th, at 10:30 AM at 860 Hillside Street in Milton. Many thanks to our Kindergarten T-shirt sponsors for their generous support of this program! All details can be found here. 

MECA Learning Through Play Preschool Playgroup 8-Week Series. Join us for a free 8-week preschool playgroup series beginning Saturday, March 18th! For children and their parent/guardian. Children must be 3 years old by March 18th, 4 years old, or 5 years old and missed the kindergarten entrance date last fall. This free playgroup series will focus on language, social/emotional, and fine and gross motor skills and be held in-person in a developmentally appropriate classroom with learning centers and fun learning activities throughout the space. This series is provided through a generous grant from Beth Israel Deaconess-Milton, Community Health Grant. Registration link can be found here and more details can be found here. 

Milton Girls Softball encourages children in Kindergarten through Grade 8 to register for the 2023 Spring Season. All details can be found at www.miltonsoftball.com.

Milton Youth Lacrosse registration is open! All details at www.miltonlacrosse.org.

The Milton Public Library’s calendar of February programs for kids can be found here. To learn more and to register for programs for kids, teens, and adults, please visit the MPL website.

  • Join local board game creator, Thato Mwosa, for Trivia on Saturday, February 11 at 2:30PM! SAWA Trivia is an African Trivia Pop Culture game that celebrates the diversity of the African continent and the contributions of African people. Registrants will start the program learning about African history, geography, Arts, and Culture, and then they will get the chance to test their knowledge in this inspiring and entertaining board game. Register today!

  • Attention graphic novel fans: Join Ms. Tory in the Story Hour Room for Graphic Novel Book Club (Grades 3-5) on Wednesday, February 15 at 4:30PM! This month we are reading Twins by Varian Johnson. Pick up a reserved copy at the Children’s Desk and sign up today

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January 26, 2023

To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
From: Interim Superintendent Janet Sheehan
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: January 26, 2023

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

As many of you know (see the School Committee communication sent on Monday) the Milton School Committee unanimously approved a contract with Dr. Peter Burrows to become the new Superintendent of the Milton Public Schools effective July 1, 2023. Dr. Burrows will be visiting the district for several days next week, meeting with Central Office and District Leadership to ensure a smooth transition. Dr. Burrows has asked me to share the note below with the Milton community.


Dear Milton Community,

With my position becoming official, I wanted to share just how excited I am to come to Milton to be your superintendent. Having visited a family member in Milton for many years, I knew that Milton was an exceptional community. This was emphatically confirmed on my visits over the last month as I met with students, staff, and community who are all clearly invested in the real success of all students and are ready to do what it takes to maintain the excellence of the Milton school system while tackling the entrenched disproportionality of student outcomes that confronts us.

I will begin on July 1, and will be coming down to make the transition over the next months to facilitate that process. I look forward to meeting all members of the community over the next months and years, and will share further communication over the summer as I work to make connections and better understand the way forward. Thank you for the opportunity to lead in Milton. Go Wildcats!

With gratitude,

Peter Burrows


As the Interim Superintendent, it is my pleasure to be among the first to welcome Dr. Burrows to Milton.  I am confident that he will be an outstanding leader who works with all stakeholders towards the continued success of the Milton Public Schools. I  hope you will join me in welcoming Dr. Burrows to Milton!

MPS NEED TO KNOW

IMPORTANT DATES

  • Jan 26 Kindergarten Information Night 
  • Jan 27 Wildcat Fun Night
  • Feb 1 Early Release Day 
  • Feb 1 School Committee Meeting 
  • Feb 2 SEPAC Meeting 
  • Feb 8 School Committee Forum on Budget

MPS KINDERGARTEN – Welcome to the Class of 2036!

TONIGHT! Kindergarten Information Night is on Thursday, January 26 at 6:30 pm. This evening is virtual (please note the change from a previous announcement) and the link to attend is here. We ask all Kindergarten families to complete the Kindergarten pre-registration questionnaire at this link. At the presentation on January 26, MPS administrators will share information about school assignment, the kindergarten curriculum, important dates, and more.

MILTON FOUNDATION FOR EDUCATION

We are so grateful to the MFE and the recent generous grants they have funded in each of our schools. As items arrive we look forward to sharing them with you. One recent arrival? 1475 headphones to be used in all six of our schools!  Quality headphones are an expensive item and this grant totaled $28,000! Students in the MHS Achieve class are busy preparing the headphones for each school. The sets of headphones will be distributed to Pierce Teams, elementary grades, multiple MHS departments, academic support teachers and technology teachers. Thank you to the MFE! 

How can you support the MFE and the work they do on behalf of our students? Attend this year’s Celebration for Education at The Beat on Saturday, May 6, 2023. The Beat is a fun, new event space located just 5 miles from Milton on Morrissey Boulevard, in Boston’s historic former headquarters of the Boston Globe. Save the date to join the fun!

FRENCH UNIVERSITY PRESENTATION FOR MHS STUDENTS 

We are excited to offer our MHS students the exciting opportunity to hear directly from and learn more about four French Universities.  Students and families are invited to attend (in person or virtually) on Tuesday, February 7 at 6pm in the MHS Library (or via zoom, link to follow). This live webinar will be in English and will include representatives from: 

  • Sciences Po Paris
  • Sorbonne University
  • Université Paris Sciences et Lettres
  • Université Paris Saclay

This presentation is organized by MPS World Language Director, Ms. Zeina Hamada, in collaboration with the French Consulate and the French Cultural Center in Boston. Consul General Mr. Mustafa Soycourt and Marceau Crespo de Nogueira , the Consulate’s Educational and Cultural Project Manager have partnered to bring us this live webinar presentation. The Consul and his team will be attending the webinar from the Consulate and Ms. Hamada and other MHS teachers will be watching from the library. All are welcome to attend and the link to the webinar will be posted on the MPS website closer to the event. 

MPS GOOD TO KNOW 

WILDCAT FUN NIGHT

Looking for a couple of hours to yourself without your kids? On Friday, January 27th from 6:30-8:30 p.m, drop MPS students in grades K-5 off at Wildcat Fun Night at the Glover Gym. (Glover Gym is located at the side of the building not the main entrance). What to expect? 

  • DJ spinning tunes for the kids
  • Learn some new dance moves led by MHS Dance Team
  • Face Painting
  • Make your own Valentine Card Station
  • Gym Games led by Dance Team

Cost:  Only $10 per child! Cash or Venmo accepted at door.  Sign up here to guarantee a spot for your child Walk ins also welcome if space is available. Sponsored by the Milton High Dance Team. See you Friday for a fun night! 

NEIGHBORS HELPING NEIGHBORS 

Tucker, Glover, Cunningham and Collicot are holding cereal and soup drives this winter in support of our neighbors who utilize the Milton Community Food Pantry.

  • During February, students are invited to donate soup.
  • During March,  the schools are collecting cereal.

The Milton Food Pantry would appreciate it if donations could include healthy options. Students can bring their donation to school anytime throughout the month. The community is welcome to drop off donations to any elementary school lobby during school hours. Thank you to the PTO volunteers for organizing these food drives! 

The pantry serves an average of 106 families during each week they are open and is experiencing a shortage in these items. For families who may be in need of food assistance, the Milton Community Food Pantry will be open Feb 4 and 18 and March 4 and 18 from 9:15 – 11:15 am. The pantry is located in the Parkway Methodist Church, 158 Blue Hill Parkway.

SAVE THE DATE – HARLEM WIZARDS

The MHS Senior Class is hosting the Harlem Wizards at MHS on March 8, 2023 at 7pm. Doors open at 6pm. Tickets are available now at harlemwizards.com.

PRESCHOOL INFORMATION 23-24 SCHOOL YEAR

Children attending an MPS Preschool Program must be three years old on or before August 31, 2023. For more information, please call Marti O’Keefe McKenna, MPS Family Outreach Liaison, at 617 980 7343 or email Mrs. McKenna at preschool@miltonps.org

PIERCE 8TH GRADE IN DC 

We are excited to share that the 8th grade class trip to Washington, D.C. is back! There are 265 students signed up to travel to DC with their classmates and Pierce staff. The cost of the trip $1200 per student, and the Pierce PTO would like to give EVERY student the opportunity to go. We are in need of $21,000 in scholarship funds and hoping you can help. Rather than “Pitch in for Pierce” this year, the PTO is hoping people will consider making a donation to help fund a scholarship for students in need – and no amount is too small!  Please see this link to donate in support of a student, or you can make a check out to the Pierce PTO and drop it off in the front office (please put “DC scholarship fund” on the check memo). On behalf of Pierce 8th graders, thank you! 

ELEMENTARY DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP DAYS

In February, MPS will hold the fourth annual elementary school Digital Citizenship Days.   All elementary students will take part in several engaging digital citizenship lessons during these exciting days.  The lesson topics include digital footprints, internet privacy,  copyright, cyberbullying, and creating passwords.  

The Digital Citizenship Day lessons will be facilitated by family volunteers, and we need family support!  Each elementary class will need at least one and, ideally, two volunteers. All details on volunteering and lessons can be found here. Thank you for volunteering for this important initiative. 

MPS NICE TO KNOW

MPS CELEBRATES THE LUNAR NEW YEAR

Thank you to MHS National Honor Society students Jamie Lo and Alicia Wong for kicking off the Lunar New Year celebration at Collicot with a read aloud about the holiday. In honor of the Year of the Rabbit, Collicot students created a traditional wishing tree in the first floor hallway. Students were given a Red Envelope containing a special token and a small piece of paper. Students took time with family to draw and share a wish for this year on the back of this paper and brought it back to school to hang up on the tree. Please take a moment to watch our Collicot students wish everyone a Happy New Year!

Pierce 6th grader Isabella Chiu helped her English class celebrate the Lunar New Year by bringing in an embossed envelope with $1 for every student in the class. Bella explained how her family celebrates, the meaning behind the envelopes and taught the class to say Happy New Year in Cantonese. Thank you to Bella for sharing your family’s holiday with your classmates! 

At Cunningham, Mrs. Qiu and Mrs. Chen taught Mrs. McKay’s 4th graders about the history of Chinese New Year and read a book about the Chinese Zodiac. They also brought crafts and activities for students to try. Students made lanterns, cut paper into Chinese characters, practiced writing Chinese characters, and practiced with chopsticks. Students also received lucky red envelopes!

Glover students enjoyed Mrs. McDavitt’s read-aloud “Chloe’s Lunar New Year” during morning announcements.

Ms. Watrous’ 5th grade Cunningham class was excited to welcome their classmate Jimmy’s parents, WeiLin Chen and Jie Huang, for a variety of interesting and exciting activities. Thank you for sharing your time and family traditions with the class.

MHS THEATRE ONE ACT PERFORMANCE

MHS Theatre invites the community to a free benefit performance (donations welcome!) of four student directed scenes and a performance of their one act submission “Badger” for the METG Competition Festival. Please see the description of “Badger” below and please join us at MHS on Friday, February 3 at 7pm for an evening of theater. 

In 1944, four young women take newly available jobs at one of the largest munitions factories in the United States: the Badger Ordinance Works. Facing dangerous work with highly flammable powder as well as insidious sexism, the women form an unlikely friendship through joy and heartbreak. A vibrant ensemble brings the factory to life as each of the women confronts not only the challenges of entering the workforce in the darkest days of World War II, but also who she is and what she truly values. Unforgettable human stories make the era immediate in this captivating ensemble drama.

COLLICOT 5TH GRADE VISITS KINDERGARTEN

Collicot 5th grade visits with Kindergarten buddies continue to be a highlight for both students and teachers. In the most recent visit, 5th graders used what they are learning in science and led a lesson on mixtures and solutions. Each group was given a variety of materials  (i.e. sequence, pom poms, paper clips, feathers, and bingo chips). The older students explained that each of the materials was going to be used to create a mixture. Kindergarten students then mixed all the materials, learning that a mixture is two or more materials mixed together. After creating the mixture, 5th graders talked about how the items could be sorted and separated. One of the tools students used to separate the materials was a magnetic wand. Kindergartners were quick to see that the materials could be separated by color, texture, size, and material (metal/non-metal). 

Not only are these visits with the Kindergartners fun and exciting but it allows time to assess fifth graders’ knowledge of science concepts in an organic way. Being able to explain what they learned to five and six-year-olds shows a great understanding of the material.

TUCKER 5TH GRADE IDIOMS 

Mrs. England’s Tucker 5th graders have displayed their understanding of idioms in the halls of Tucker with engaging and interactive posters. Colorful illustrations show the literal meaning of the idiom with a half sheet inviting students to lift and read the meaning of common idioms. The entire school is having fun learning what a variety of idioms mean. Can you match the idioms below with their meaning?

MILTON COMMUNITY SCHOOLS 

Our Winter Optional Enrichment classes have started and students are having a ball! 
Students are enjoying Ja Shin Do with Ms Camille , beginner Mandarin with Ms. Melody, Super Soccer Stars with Mr. Isaiah, and Lego Challenges, Lego Adventures, Business Sharks and Kids Newsroom through Right Brain Curriculum.

1ST GRADE ARTISTS 

Glover 1st graders had fun and showed off their art skills with royalty self portraits. All hail the Glover Kings and Queens!

Tucker 1st graders are proud of their flower pot paintings inspired by the artist Clementine Hunter. They read the book, “Art from her Heart”, about the artist and looked at her flower paintings.

MHS ATHLETICS 

Please see below from MPS AD Ryan Madden.

The Milton High School Boys & Girls Ski Team kick-off the 2023 race season with a roar! The Wildcats placed 5 boys and 3 girls in the top 3rd of Giant Slalom racers at Ski Ward on Tuesday evening.

  • Top Milton Girls: Bowie Garvin – 31st, Alessandra Tuozzolo – 44th, & Abbe Taugher – 46th.
  • Top Milton Boys: Ben Catudal – 12th, Liam Higgins – 30th, Casey Olsen – 36th, Dan Hipp – 44th & John Ghelli – 45th.

Tuesday’s Giant Slalom race at Ski Ward was the 1st time in over 5 years that the members of the boy’s team earned points in both races! The Ski Team’s next Giant Slalom race will be Tuesday, Jan. 31st at Ski Ward.

If you weren’t able to make the Basketball Game last Wednesday, you missed a great performance from the Dance Team at halftime! See Twitter for the video. Only a few weeks into their inaugural season as a Varsity Sport, Coach O’Toole has done a great job preparing them. The team is  excited for their first competition in two weeks!

Girls and Boys Hockey both beat Wellesley yesterday! The Girls won 4-0 behind a stellar showing in net from Lila Chamoun, earning their first win over Wellesley in 8 years. Sarah McGillivray scored twice and assisted as well. The Boys won 4-0, with two goals from Sean McDougall – against a previously undefeated Raider Team – to improve their chances of making the tournament! Thank you to Riley Donovan for the Girls Hockey pics below!

Headed to Nationals!

The Track Teams had a strong showing on Sunday evening with the girls taking home a team trophy for their runner up finish and the boys finishing in 13th out of 21 teams. Both teams fought for every point with many of our athletes performing season and personal bests. The team looks to continue their positive momentum. They are just one month from All-States!

Congratulations are in order for the Shuttle Relay Team (pictured above) of Claudia O’Neil, Donna Gauvin, Elana Pukel and Shakura Lynch! On their way to a victory the foursome also set a new school record (previous record was from 2008) and qualified for the New Balance Championships in Boston on March 11-12!

Girls Basketball loved having the Pierce Girls Basketball team join our practice this week.  MHS Captain Kate gave some words of advice to our future ‘Cats!

SUPERINTENDENT SHOUTOUT

Congratulations to Atticus, Lucy, Claudia and Tim!

Congratulations to MHS students Atticus D’Alessandro, Tim Fay, Lucy Hays and Claudia O’Neill who auditioned for and were accepted to the MMEA All State Festival last week! This is a tremendous achievement as students first had to be accepted to the MMEA Eastern District Festival in November and then have high enough scores to qualify for All State Auditions. Atticus, Tim, Lucy and Claudia will be performing at the MMEA All State Concert at Symphony Hall in Boston on Saturday, March 4. Bravo!

 

COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS

Please use the links below or visit the MPS Community News & Events page for information on these terrific community events and opportunities! 

Milton American Baseball registration is now open for players ages 4-12. With T-ball through the Majors Division there is an opportunity for everyone to play and develop with friends. Please visit miltonamericanbaseball.org for more information. 

MECA offers Stories and Friends Meet Up: Signs of Winter. Meet and connect with other families with young children and enjoy some winter fun! We’ll meet at the Visitor’s Center at Houghton’s Pond, enjoy some stories and songs, look for animal tracks in the snow, and complete a fun, hands-on snowman activity. Children will have the opportunity to meet Ranger Dan, who will read the StoryWalk® posted on the grounds. Registration is not required; however, you will need to sign in upon arrival. Please dress for both indoor and outdoor weather. A free animal tracks activity will be distributed to the first 35 children who sign in that morning. This program will meet on Saturday, February 18th, at 10:30 AM at 860 Hillside Street in Milton. Many thanks to our Kindergarten T-shirt sponsors for their generous support of this program!

Milton Girls Softball encourages children in Kindergarten through Grade 8 to register for the 2023 Spring Season. All details can be found at www.miltonsoftball.com.

Milton Youth Lacrosse registration is open! All details at www.miltonlacrosse.org.

The Milton Public Library’s calendar of February programs for kids can be found here. To learn more and to register for programs for kids, teens, and adults, please visit the MPL website.

  • Kids in Grades K-5 are invited to come meet and read to a lovable (and a very good listener!) volunteer dog on Saturday, February 4 at 2:30PM! Each child will have the opportunity to read to the dog in a private, 10 minute session to practice their reading aloud skills. Sign up today!

  • Calling all teen cooks! The Milton Library Teen Program is hosting a hands-on vegetarian cooking class with local chef and cookbook author Didi Emmons on Thursday, February 23 at 3:30pm. Registration is required; visit our website for details. 

The Teen Program is also always looking for volunteers, If you’re a high schooler looking for some community service hours, please reach out to Tyler by email at tvachon@ocln.org, or swing by the Teen Room during after school hours to learn more.

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Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on January 26, 2023

January 19, 2022

To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
From: Interim Superintendent Janet Sheehan
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: January 19, 2023

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

On Monday of this week, three of our MPS students attended the Project 351 Launch Day at Faneuil Hall. Pierce 8th grader and current Project 351 Ambassador Adam wrote to me about his experience and to spread awareness about Project 351 and its mission to empower and inspire young leaders in our state. I’m pleased to share some of Adam’s words below.

L-R Hokulani, Reilly, and Adam, past and present MPS Project 351 Ambassadors.

Adam writes, “I am writing to you today with the utmost excitement and energy, as I am still buzzing from the incredible experience that was the Project 351 Launch Day! The event, which took place yesterday at Faneuil Hall, was truly one to remember. I was selected for the Project 351 program by my teachers at Pierce, who recognized my leadership potential. I am honored to have been chosen and feel privileged to be a part of such an amazing program. I am also a member of the Martin Richard Service (sub)Team, led by Reilly Bergin, a Milton High School sophomore.

The launch day kicked off with a panel moderated by WBZ-TV’s Lisa Hughes, featuring Imari Paris Jeffries (Executive Director for Embrace Boston and the mastermind behind the new Embrace statue in the Boston Common), Massachusetts Governor Maura Healey and Palak Yadav, a 10th-grade Project 351 alumna from Medway. 

But the morning was just the beginning of the action-packed day. After the panel, I had the honor of participating in an afternoon of service alongside my fellow ambassadors from all 351 cities and towns in Mass. We worked tirelessly to make hygiene and mental health kits, tie fleece blankets to keep the unhoused warm, and package food for the Pine Street Inn. It was a truly humbling experience, and I am proud to say that our efforts impacted (a calculated) 6,152 lives on just the first day alone!”

Adam sent me several photos and shared that he particularly loves the group photo of all the Ambassadors. He felt that this powerful image (at right) speaks to the progress we have made in honoring and celebrating diversity. Thank you for your student leadership, Adam, and thank you to Adam, Hoku, and Reilly for representing MPS so well!


This weekend our Pierce Players will perform State Fair!  You can see State Fair on Thursday, January 19 and Friday, January 20 at 7pm and Saturday, January 21 at 2pm in the Pierce auditorium. The students in the cast and crew are excited to share their hard work, and they are looking forward to a packed house! Tickets are on sale now at this link.

MPS NEED TO KNOW

SCHOOL COMMITTEE 

At last night’s School Committee meeting, School Committee Chair Ada Rosmarin shared plans for the MPS leadership transition. 

The School Committee has reached a tentative agreement with Dr. Peter Burrows to become the next Superintendent of MPS. There is a meeting scheduled on January 23 at 7 am to ratify Dr. Burrows’ contract. Dr. Burrows will begin working in Milton on July 1, 2023. We are working with him on plans to come to Milton for a number of days before July 1 to begin work on his entry plan.

We have also been working with Central Office to plan for the period of time between now and July 1. Interim Superintendent Janet Sheehan leaves on February 3, and we are pleased to share that Assistant Superintendent Garth McKinney has agreed to serve as Interim Superintendent between February 6 and July 1, 2023.

We are very appreciative of Dr. McKinney’s willingness to step up and lead during this period. We are working out additional details, but at our next regular meeting on February 1, we will take a vote on Dr. McKinney’s appointment and give our thanks to Janet Sheehan for all she’s done this year and throughout her career at MPS. Dr. McKinney, along with Assistant Superintendent for Business, Dr. Pavlicek, our Central Office team, and our strong district Leadership Team, will continue to provide stability, leadership, and a smooth transition for the district. 

We are excited about the future of MPS under the leadership of our incoming Superintendent, Dr. Peter Burrows. We are very thankful for the hard work and dedication to the success of all our students by our MPS staff.  And we are grateful for the continued goodwill of the entire MPS community during this 5 month transition period before Dr. Burrows steps into his new leadership role.

IMPORTANT DATES

  • Jan 19, 20, 21 Pierce Players Presents State Fair
  • Jan 21 MMEA All-State Auditions
  • Jan 25 SEPAC Meeting 
  • Jan 25 School Committee Forum on Equity 
  • Jan 26 Kindergarten Information Night 
  • Feb 1 Early Release Day 
  • Feb 2 School Committee Forum on Budget

SCHOOL COMMITTEE FORUM ON EQUITY 

On Wednesday, January 25, from 7-8:30pm, the School Committee will host the third of four public forums for the Milton community. The forum will provide an overview of the MPS Strategic Plan and a 30 minute presentation on Equity in Learning, a pillar of the MPS Strategic Plan. Following the presentation by MPS faculty, community members will be invited to ask questions and share comments about Equity in Learning. MPS administrators, faculty, and School Committee members will respond to questions and comments and share their perspectives on the issues. 

The public forum will be held at the Council on Aging, at 10 Walnut St, just behind Town Hall. The meeting will be hybrid, with attendees able to participate in person and through Zoom at this link (Passcode: 168556). 

MPS KINDERGARTEN – Welcome to the Class of 2036!

Kindergarten Information Night is on Thursday, January 26 at 6:30 pm. This evening is virtual (please note the change from a previous announcement) and the link to attend is here. We ask all Kindergarten families to complete the Kindergarten pre-registration questionnaire at this link prior to January 22. At the presentation on January 26, MPS administrators will share information about school assignment, the kindergarten curriculum, important dates, and more.

OFFICE OF PUPIL PERSONNEL SERVICES 

During the week of February 28, 2023, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Office of Public School Monitoring (PSM) will conduct a Tiered Focused Monitoring Review of Milton Public Schools. The office of Public School Monitoring visits each district and charter school every three years to monitor compliance with federal and state special education and civil rights regulations.

  • Areas of review related to special education include student assessments, determination of eligibility, the Individualized Education Program (IEP), Team Process, and IEP development and implementation.
  • Areas of review related to civil rights include bullying, student discipline, physical restraint and equal access to school programs for all students.

All details on the visit, community feedback, and public access to the reports can be found here.

MPS GOOD TO KNOW 

SAVE THE DATE – HARLEM WIZARDS

The MHS Senior Class is hosting the Harlem Wizards at MHS on March 8, 2023 at 7pm. Doors open at 6pm. Tickets are available now at harlemwizards.com.

MILTON FOUNDATION FOR EDUCATION 

The Milton Foundation for Education is excited to announce that this year’s Celebration for Education will be held at The Beat on Saturday, May 6, 2023. The Beat is a fun, new event space located just 5 miles from Milton on Morrissey Boulevard, in Boston’s historic former headquarters of the Boston Globe. Save the date to join the fun!

PRESCHOOL INFORMATION 23-24 SCHOOL YEAR

Children attending an MPS Preschool Program must be three years old on or before August 31, 2023. For more information, please call Marti O’Keefe McKenna, MPS Family Outreach Liaison, at 617 980 7343 or email Mrs. McKenna at preschool@miltonps.org

MILTON SEPAC

The Milton SEPAC shares the following updates. 

January 25 Parent Speak Online Meeting: This is our second parent speak meeting with the board of the year. Please email Jenny Sheehan for the zoom link and agenda details!

Did you know you have a SEPAC school rep who meets monthly with your school principal to discuss staffing, programming, and issues of inclusion? Find your school rep here. Please visit the SEPAC website for updates, information, and links to resources. 

MPS NICE TO KNOW

MPS PRESCHOOL

MPS preschoolers are currently engaging in a clothing study through the Creative Curriculum. You may be wondering…why study clothes? We believe using children’s interests to guide instruction is developmentally appropriate and effective. Children are naturally interested in clothing from a young age, even as babies and toddlers, we find them tugging at buttons and developing preferences related to colors and fabrics. These early explorations serve as a foundation for the knowledge that develops through the preschool clothing study.

Some questions students are exploring include: How does weather impact the clothing we wear? How are fabrics made? What are the specialized purposes of some garments? Why do some professions have specialized pieces of clothing? How do we take care of our clothes?

Right now, in our classrooms, children are reading books about fabrics and clothing, exploring pieces of fabric and different specialized clothing items, and engaging in whole and small group discussions related to the topic. This clothing study also lends itself well to dramatic play, which lends itself naturally to the development of oral language skills. The preschoolers pictured below are in Ms. Davis’ class at Tucker, but this type of learning is currently happening in all preschool classrooms.

TUCKER DAY OF SERVICE

Tucker students participated in a day of service last Friday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Students gathered in the library by grade to hear from speakers about the Milton Animal Shelter, Circle of Hope , Veterans organizations, and the good work of the Milton Fire and Police Departments. In addition, later this week, Tucker will be working with Sustainable Milton on a service project. Back in the classroom, students worked on service projects, including making cards, posters, fleece blankets, assembling Dignity Bags, and more. Thank you to the many PTO volunteers for supporting this event, and thank you, especially to our guest speakers who shared valuable information with our students about the impact they can have when giving back to the community.

CUNNINGHAM METEOROLOGIST VISIT 

To complete their FOSS unit on Water and Climate, Ms. Harris and Ms. Staker’s 3rd grade class invited NewsCenter 5’s weekend meteorologist David Williams to visit Cunningham. Mr. Williams gave a presentation about extreme weather conditions, predicting weather patterns, and played a weather BINGO game with the students. The third graders were thrilled to meet a real-life meteorologist!

MHS JOURNALISM AT FORBES HOUSE

The MHS Journalism I class has been examining the opioid epidemic. To support this ongoing study, the class visited the Forbes House to learn about the Forbes Family’s complicity in the opium trade in China in the middle of the nineteenth century. Students toured the entire Forbes home, learned the history of the family, and then looked specifically at the way the family’s wealth and philanthropic contributions directly connected to this lucrative, though harmful, international trade. Thank you to Gwen Labbe at the Forbes Museum and English Department Head H. Hardie for their assistance with the field trip. 

TUCKER 4TH GRADE SINGERS

On Monday, the Tucker 4th grade Chorus performed as part of the MICA event at the Concord Baptist Church. Focusing on the life and contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. the program included a keynote speaker, student art, student writing, and a Milton High School Choral performance. Brother Dennis Slaughter works with the Tucker Chorus on Wednesdays during lunch and recess to connect over a shared love of music. Students performed a lively rendition of Come Join the Circle. Members included Ethan Jurkevicius, Ryan Yazdi, Leisa Augustin, Samara Duncan, Sophia Callum, Juniper Ochs, Asata Cineus, Kiran Rokni, Coda Gonzalez-Carter, Valentina Veal, and Isabella D’Amato. Thank you to our singers for  representing Tucker and MPS so well!

EXTRA EXTRA – THE COUGAR CHRONICLE

Cunningham Student Leaders are proud to share the latest edition of The Cougar Chronicle. Students aim to publish a new issue each month and update the newspaper’s website more frequently. Students write, edit and design the Chronicle, and staff and students from all grades are represented in the articles. You can read the Cougar Chronicle here. 

MHS POST SECONDARY VISITS 

MHS School Counselor Scott Devlin recently arranged for a visit from Universal Technical Institute, a trade school with campuses all over the country. The UTI representative presented to Mr. Merkle’s Consumer Car Care and Auto Maintenance classes. In addition to sharing information about his program, the presentation included career planning information and the importance of self-discovery between ages 18-24.

MPS MUSIC NEWS 

MMEA Eastern Senior District Festival: The MHS Music Department has been busy the past few weeks with workshops, festivals and preparing for auditions! On Friday, January 6 and Saturday, January 7, we had 10 MHS Music Students participate in the MMEA Eastern District Senior Festival at Boston Latin School. Students spent the entire day Friday and the morning on Saturday in rehearsals with renowned conductors preparing music for a concert Saturday afternoon. Students had the opportunity to work with students from over 30 other communities to prepare for this concert. Students selected to represent Milton High School were: Carle Bleau, Owen Creamer, Atticus D’Alessandro, Tim Fay, Isabelle Feloney, Lucy Hollingsworth-Hays, Lily Lane, Angel Leggett, Claudia O’Neill, and Julien Roberson. Congratulations to these students for their tremendous work preparing for this festival! A special shoutout to MHS Choral Director, Ms. Hanna, who served on the Eastern District Senior Festival committee as Chorus Manager!

All State Auditions: Good Luck to our four MHS Music students who will be traveling to Shrewsbury High School this weekend to audition for the MMEA All State Festival Ensembles! MHS Students who have advanced to this round of auditions are: Atticus D’Alessandro, Tim Fay, Lucy Hollingsworth-Hays and Claudia O’Neill.

New England Brass Band Clinic: Before Winter break, the MHS Concert Band was treated to a clinic with members of the New England Brass Band. This workshop included a performance from our very own MHS Brass Quintet where they received valuable feedback from Boston University Trumpet Professor and Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra member Terry Everson. Members of the NEBB demonstrated traditional brass instruments for students and held a robust question and answer session. The clinic culminated in a session with Alexis Smith from S.E. Shires, a brass instrument manufacturer that builds custom instruments. Ms. Smith took students through the fascinating process of how instruments are built and tailored to individual players’ needs. Students were then able to test a variety of Shires instruments. This clinic was made possible through our Applied Lesson Program trumpet instructor Dr. Andrew Harms, who through his work with New England Brass Band, was able to secure a grant for this event. We are grateful to him for his work and bringing this outstanding experience to the MHS Band Students.

MHS ATHLETICS 

Please see below from MPS AD Ryan Madden.

The latest issue of the MIAA Power Rankings can be found here. Two of our Winter Teams are currently in position to secure tournament berths, while Boys Hockey is just outside, but looking in.

  • #15 Girls Hockey 7-1-1
  • #29 Girls Basketball 6-5
  • #32 Boys Hockey 4-5-1

The Girls Basketball Team has played well to start the season, and earned their first win on home court since 2019 in dramatic fashion over Fontbonne last Thursday! After trailing 32-12 after the first quarter, the Girls outscored Fontbonne 38-17 over the next three quarters, holding the Ducks to just 6 points in quarters 2 and 3. There was a great article by Eric McHugh in the Patriot Ledger, found here!

Our Wrestling Team fell to Weymouth last night but enjoyed a great weekend at Oliver Ames High School! The Team went 3-0-1 on the day with 5 wrestlers going 4-0! Will Doyle, Kenny Heraldo, Luis Bitencourt, Alex Alexis, and Mason Pellegri all won their matches on the day! In just a month’s time, Milton High School will host the Division II State Tournament. Mason Pellegri will have the chance to win back-to-back State Titles for the first time since Joe Sidoti in 1963-64, and he’ll get the chance in his own gym!

What an exciting night it was last Thursday at the BSC #4 meet where the Track Teams took on the Wildcats of Weymouth.  Both teams came up huge against Weymouth at the Reggie!    

The Girls were victorious 61-39 while the Boys win came down to both relays, and the Wildcats of Milton had to win both the 4×200 and 4×400 relay in order to secure the victory.  We did and the final score was 57-43.

“MHS Coaches credited the depth of our team for these big wins.  There were a bunch of strong second and third place finishes that made the biggest difference in the boys and girls wins.  We picked up some valuable points in events that we were not expected to score in such as the girls hurdles, where Donna and Elana went one, two.  Niamh and Gretel also went one, two in the high jump. Gretel stepped up big, competing in an event for the first time this season.  The girls also went one, two in the 600 and 1000 with Mia taking the 600, Captain Zoe finishing second,  Gretel won the 1000, with Captain Marilyn coming in second.  Other winners on the girls side included Victoria in the 300, Katie in the Mile (qualifying with a SuperMax time for the All-State Championships in February), and the Girls 4×400 relay of Zoe, Gretel, Kai and Katie.  Sarah Grace picked up a valuable three points with her second place and new PR of 12:11 in the two mile.  

The boys team swept both the 300 and the 600m in dramatic fashion.  Fabrice, Aiden and Ferris went one, two, three in the 300.  Luka, Joseph and Colin all looked impressive as they went one, two, three in the 600. Also impressive was Karim moving up from his usual short sprints to run an impressive 1:36.32, just four-hundredths of a second behind Colin who placed third.  In fact, the Wildcats took the top five spots in the 600!  The Wildcat duo of Abdallah and Shane placed first and second in the 55m.  Other than the relays, the strength of our Wildcats was all of the second and third place finishes we had.  In the boys 1000m Moses and Eliot ran 2:50 and 2:59. That was Moses’ first time running the 1000m. MJ and Haydyn placed second and third in the high jump.  Abdullan and MJ also placed second and third in the long jump.  Abdallan came back once again, to partner up with Tyler to place second and third in the 55m hurdles.  And finally, Malcolm and Emerson placed second and third in the two mile, both running personal bests in the process. Both boys relay teams looked impressive.  The 4×200 featured Captain Shane, Freshman Miles Fergus, Farris and Fabrice. They cruised to victory in a season’s best time of 1:37.  The 4x400m squad of Luka, Aidan, Colin and Moses had no problem with Weymouth’s squad, winning by over 30 seconds.” – Coach Jordan.

Coaching Announcements

We are excited to announce Kevin Gorham as the new Varsity Girls Soccer Coach. Originally from Ireland, Gorham has lived in Milton for the past 12 years. He has spent the last few years working with the Boston Bolts but has also played an active role in Milton Youth Soccer and local youth soccer development. He holds a USSF D License and an Advanced National Diploma in Coaching. He has coached at all levels of the game and brings a wealth of experience to the position. We are excited for him to take over a very young program looking to get back to the tournament!

We are also excited to announce that Christopher Chin will lead our Boys Volleyball Program in its inaugural season this Spring! Chris played high school volleyball at Brockton High School from 2004-2008, captaining the 2008 team. He went on to play at Newbury College, which was ranked nationally at the time, winning 2 NECC championships along with 2010-11 ECAC championship and serving as a captain his senior season.

After graduating, Chris returned to Newbury College as an Assistant for the Men’s and Women’s Programs. He currently coaches the Girls JV Basketball Team and has experience coaching AAU basketball, as well as working numerous skill camps and club volleyball teams. “I am super excited to start a brand new volleyball program and give back to the game that gave me so much in my life.” – Coach Chin

 

COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS

Please use the links below or visit the MPS Community News & Events page for information on these terrific community events and opportunities! 

Milton Parks and Rec is offering a February Vacation Baseball Program for children ages 5-11. Join Director Brendan Morrissey (MHS Varsity Boys coach)  and the MHS Baseball Team for this terrific clinic. All details and registration info can be found here. 

MECA offers Stories and Friends Meet Up: Signs of Winter. Meet and connect with other families with young children and enjoy some winter fun! We’ll meet at the Visitor’s Center at Houghton’s Pond, enjoy some stories and songs, look for animal tracks in the snow, and complete a fun, hands-on snowman activity. Children will have the opportunity to meet Ranger Dan, who will read the StoryWalk® posted on the grounds. Registration is not required; however, you will need to sign in upon arrival. Please dress for both indoor and outdoor weather. A free animal tracks activity will be distributed to the first 35 children who sign in that morning. This program will meet on Saturday, February 18th, at 10:30 AM at 860 Hillside Street in Milton. Many thanks to our Kindergarten T-shirt sponsors for their generous support of this program!

Middle Schoolers – Join the fun at the Wildcat Den this month! Find the schedule here. 

Milton Girls Softball encourages children in Kindergarten through Grade 8 to register for the 2023 Spring Season. All details can be found at www.miltonsoftball.com.

Milton Youth Lacrosse registration is open! All details at www.miltonlacrosse.org.

The Milton Public Library’s calendar of January programs for kids can be found here. To learn more and to register for programs for kids, teens, and adults, please visit the MPL website.

  • The Milton Public Library is excited to present its very first Tiny Art Show on Saturday, January 21 at 2:30PM! Friends and family of the young artists who participated in our art-kit program are invited to a reception in the Keys Community Room for the chance to get to know the young artists, admire their work, and ask questions about their artistic process. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. No registration is required, and please feel free to stop by even if you did not create art for our show!
  • Attention graphic novel fans: Join Ms. Tory in the Story Hour Room for Graphic Novel Book Club (Grades 3-5) on Wednesday, January 25 at 4:30PM! This month we are reading Catherine’s War by Julia Billet. Pick up a reserved copy at the Children’s Desk and sign up today

Milton Academy is holding a 2023 summer camp open to students in rising grades 1-6. All details on the camp can be found here.

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The Milton Public School system does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, gender identity, transgender status, gender transitioning, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its programs, activities or operations. These include, but are not limited to, admissions, equal access to programs and activities, employment, provision of and access to programs and services, as well as a selection of volunteers, vendors, and employers recruiting at the Milton Public Schools.  We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, students, volunteers, subcontractors, and vendors. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Human Resources Dr. Garth McKinney, (617) 696- 4808/4809.

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on January 19, 2022

January 12, 2023

To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
From: Interim Superintendent Janet Sheehan
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: January 12, 2023

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

Assembling Blessing Bags at Collicot this week.

Monday, January 16, is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and in the Milton Public Schools, we honor Dr. King’s legacy in the week leading up to MLK Day. Many of our students are participating in service projects in school this week, as well as helping with the opportunity (from MICA, linked here) to assemble Blessing Bags on Monday. Younger students are creating art in honor of Dr. King while our older students have written essays using the prompt of MLK’s quote “There Comes a Time When Silence is Betrayal.” Please take a moment to read these three excellent essays by MHS students Griffin Angus, Katie Scott and Florian Zoll. A group of Tucker 4th graders and MHS Chorus students will also be singing at the Milton Interfaith Clergy Association’s annual celebration at the Concord Baptist Church on Monday evening. All are invited to attend this in person event, or to watch on the livestream. As a reminder, there is no school on Monday, January 16 in honor of MLK Day and Tuesday, January 17 is a late start for students, with all schools starting 2 hours later than the regular start time.


MPS Preschool Information Night is tonight, Thursday, January 12, 6:30 pm. The event is virtual, and the link to attend is here.  All 2023-24 Preschool information is posted on the MPS website.  The MPS preschool pre-registration questionnaire will be open tonight through January 26 and the preschool lottery, if necessary, will be Friday, January 27. We hope to see many future MPS preschool families at the presentation tonight!

MPS Kindergarten – Welcome to the Class of 2036! Kindergarten Information Night is on Thursday, January 26 at 6:30 pm. This evening is virtual (please note the change from a previous announcement) and the link to attend is here. We ask all Kindergarten families to complete the Kindergarten pre-registration questionnaire at this link  prior to January 22. At the presentation on January 26, MPS administrators will share information about school assignment, kindergarten curriculum, important dates and more.

Pierce Players Presents State Fair: The Pierce Players will perform its production of State Fair for the Milton community on Thursday, January 19 and Friday, January 20 at 7pm and Saturday, January 21 at 2pm in the Pierce auditorium. The students in the cast and crew are excited to share their hard work, and they are looking forward to a packed house! Tickets are on sale now at this link.

MPS NEED TO KNOW

IMPORTANT DATES

  • Jan 12 Pre-School Info Night 
  • Jan 12 Pierce Summer Program Night
  • Jan 16 No School – MLK Day
  • Jan 17 Late Start for Students/Morning PD 
  • Jan 18 School Committee Meeting
  • Jan 19, 20, 21 Pierce Players Presents State Fair
  • Jan 21 MMEA All-State Auditions
  • Jan 25 SEPAC Meeting 
  • Jan 25 School Committee Forum on Equity 
  • Jan 26 Kindergarten Information Night 

Pierce Summer Program Night: The Pierce PTO is hosting a Summer Program Night on Thursday, January 12 from 6-9 pm in the Pierce cafeteria. Local businesses will be in attendance to share information about everything from summer camps and memberships to lessons and internships for children of ALL ages. Representatives from Mel-O-Drama, The Weymouth Club, Boy Scouts, French Immersion Summer Program, Goldfish Swim School, Milton Art Center, R3Bilt Fitness, Muscle and Flow, Everwood Day Camp, and many more will be in attendance. Please email Pierce PTO parent Jackie Mullen at jacquelinegmullen@gmail.com with any questions. 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE FORUM ON EQUITY 

On Wednesday, January 25th, from 7-8:30pm, the School Committee will host the third of four public forums for the Milton community. The forum will provide an overview of the MPS Strategic Plan and a 30 minute presentation on Equity in Learning, a pillar of the MPS Strategic Plan. Following the presentation by MPS faculty, community members will be invited to ask questions and share comments about Equity in Learning. MPS administrators, faculty, and School Committee members will respond to questions and comments and share their perspectives on the issues. 

The public forum will be held at the Council on Aging, at 10 Walnut St, just behind Town Hall. The meeting will be hybrid, with attendees able to participate in person and through Zoom at this link (Passcode: 168556). 

OFFICE OF PUPIL PERSONNEL SERVICES 

During the week of February 28, 2023, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Office of Public School Monitoring (PSM) will conduct a Tiered Focusing Monitoring Review of Milton Public Schools. The office of Public School Monitoring visits each district and charter school every three years to monitor compliance with federal and state special education and civil rights regulations.

  • Areas of review related to special education include student assessments, determination of eligibility, the Individualized Education Program (IEP), Team Process, and IEP development and implementation.
  • Areas of review related to civil rights include bullying, student discipline, physical restraint and equal access to school programs for all students.

All details on the visit, community feedback and public access to the reports can be found here.

MILTON FOUNDATION FOR EDUCATION 

Breaking News! The Milton Foundation for Education is excited to announce that this years’ 
Celebration for Education will be held at The Beat on Saturday, May 6, 2023. The Beat is a fun, new event space located just 5 miles from Milton on Morrissey Boulevard, in Boston’s historic former headquarters of the Boston Globe. Save the date to join the fun! 

MPS GOOD TO KNOW 

MILTON SEPAC

The Milton SEPAC shares the following updates. 

SEPAC sponsored Federation for Children with Special Needs workshops have been scheduled and are awaiting final confirmation – but pencil these in! These are excellent workshops – Eligibility on February 16 in the evening  and Understanding the 504: March 7 in the evening –  are free and offered virtually.

We welcome you to join us at our next meeting (January 25, 2023, from 6:30-8:30, via Zoom – link to follow.)  Did you know you have a SEPAC school rep who meets monthly with your school principal to discuss staffing, programming, and issues of inclusion? Find your school rep here. Please visit  the SEPAC website for updates, information, and links to resources. 

ELEMENTARY DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP DAYS

In February, MPS will hold the fourth annual elementary school Digital Citizenship Days.   All elementary students will take part in several engaging digital citizenship lessons during these exciting days.  The lesson topics include digital footprints, internet privacy,  copyright, cyberbullying, and creating passwords.  

 The Digital Citizenship Day lessons will be facilitated by family volunteers, and we need family support!  Each elementary class will need at least one and, ideally, two volunteers. All details on volunteering and lessons can be found here. Thank you for volunteering for this important initiative. 

MPS NICE TO KNOW

CUNNINGHAM 4TH GRADE SCIENCE 

In preparation for their upcoming FOSS unit on energy and electromagnetism, Mme. Mushin’s Cunningham 4th graders completed a Mystery Science investigation about electricity. Students were challenged to test and retest how to create their own flashlights using a battery, aluminum foil, and an LED light. Just like Thomas Edison, who tested thousands of lightbulb models before finding one that works, they persevered and helped each other succeed. Bravo!

MHS ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

Ms. Meg Tabacsko from the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) came to MHS this week to visit Ms. Plunkett’s Environmental Science classes. Ms. Tabacsko presented the wastewater process that takes place from our own community and at Deer Island. Students were able to observe all stages of the wastewater process with hands-on demonstrations and see everything from waste water to sludge to fertilization products made as a result of the treatment process that have even been used within our own community. Thank you to the MWRA for this valuable presentation.

DECEMBER VACATION CAMP

December Vacation Camp was a big success with our students, with four jam packed days of fun events and activities. Students enjoyed art and STEM with Ms. Roye, cooking with Ms. Conley, practiced soccer skills with Super Soccer Stars instructors, enjoyed a magic show by Awesome ROBB , participated in a Jenga challenge and held their own end of  year countdown and New Year celebration. Stay tuned for details about February Vacation Camp!

COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS

Please use the links below or visit the MPS Community News & Events page for information on these terrific community events and opportunities! 

Milton Parks and Rec is offering a February Vacation Baseball Program for children ages 5-11. Join Director Brendan Morrissey (MHS Varsity Boys coach)  and the MHS Baseball Team for this terrific clinic. All details and registration info can be found here. 

Middle Schoolers – Join the fun at the Wildcat Den this month! Find the schedule here. 

Milton Girls Softball encourages children in Kindergarten through Grade 8 to register for the 2023 Spring Season. All details can be found at www.miltonsoftball.com.

Milton Youth Lacrosse registration is open! All details at www.miltonlacrosse.org.

The Milton Public Library’s calendar of January programs for kids can be found here. To learn more and to register for programs for kids, teens, and adults, please visit the MPL website.

  • Join VITFriends, a Boston Vitiligo Support Group, in the Story Hour Room for an energetic and informative storytime on Thursday, January 19 at 4:00PM! Part of an awareness and education initiative, this storytime geared towards ages 5-7 will help kids learn more about vitiligo through reading. Register today!

Milton Academy is holding a 2023 summer camp open to students in rising grades 1-6. All details on the camp can be found here.

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January 5, 2023

To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
From: Interim Superintendent Janet Sheehan
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: January 5, 2023

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

January is a busy month in the Milton Public Schools with Preschool and Kindergarten Information Nights, Speaker Katie Greer, the ongoing Superintendent Search, Music Festival Auditions, the Pierce Summer Program Info Night, the Pierce Players production of State Fair, a School Committee Public Forum and more. Please see below for information on all of these important upcoming events. 

Katie Greer returns to Milton: TONIGHT: January 5, at 6pm in the Pierce auditorium, Internet Safety Expert Katie Greer will be returning to Milton to speak to adults in our community about Keeping Students Safe in a Digital World. Earlier today, Katie met with our Pierce and MHS students during the school day. 

Katie knows it can be daunting being a parent in this digitally driven time and will update parents on the latest tech trends, safety issues, and tips on how to help our kids have a productive and healthy relationship with technology. This presentation is open to all Milton parents and guardians.

Superintendent Search Update: This week, each of the three finalists visited MPS, toured our schools, and met with staff, students, and community members. Yesterday, each candidate was publicly interviewed by the School Committee. The interviews were recorded and are posted on the Milton Access TV website  and can be found on the (open to all) MATV Facebook page. The interviews are also linked here: 

On Friday, January 6, the School Committee will meet in Open Session (link to Zoom, Passcode 168556) at 7:30am to deliberate and make a decision about who to select for our next Superintendent. 

All details (including links to view meetings live or on-demand) about the candidates and next steps in the search can be found here. 

MPS faculty/staff, parents/guardians, and community members may send their feedback/comments to the School Committee at schoolcommittee@miltonps.org.  As previously requested, please send your emails by 7 pm on January 5 to ensure the School Committee has time to read them. 

Preschool and Kindergarten Dates and Information

Pierce Players Presents State Fair: The Pierce Players will perform its production of State Fair for the Milton community on Thursday, January 19 and Friday, January 20 at 7pm and Saturday, January 21 at 2pm in the Pierce auditorium. The students in the cast and crew are doing a marvelous job with this show, and they are looking forward to a packed house! Tickets are on sale on Monday, January 9 at this link.

MPS NEED TO KNOW

IMPORTANT DATES

  • Jan 5 Katie Greer at Pierce 
  • Jan 6-7 Eastern Sr. District Festival
  • Jan 12 Pre-School Info Night 
  • Jan 12 Pierce Summer Program Night
  • Jan 16 No School – MLK Day
  • Jan 17 Late Start for Students/Morning PD for Teachers
  • Jan 18 School Committee Meeting
  • Jan 19, 20, 21 Pierce Players Presents State Fair
  • Jan 21 MMEA All-State Auditions
  • Jan 25 SEPAC Meeting 
  • Jan 25 School Committee Forum on Equity 
  • Jan 26 Kindergarten Information Night 

Pierce Summer Program Night: The Pierce PTO is hosting a Summer Program Night on Thursday, January 12 from 6-9 pm in the Pierce cafeteria. Local businesses will be in attendance to share information about everything from summer camps and memberships to lessons and internships for children of ALL ages. Representatives from Mel-O-Drama, The Weymouth Club, Boy Scouts, French Immersion Summer Program, Goldfish Swim School, Milton Art Center, R3Bilt Fitness, Muscle and Flow, Everwood Day Camp, and many more will be in attendance. Please email Pierce PTO parent Jackie Mullen at jacquelinegmullen@gmail.com with any questions. 

MILTON SEPAC

The Milton SEPAC shares the following updates. 

SEPAC sponsored Federation for Children with Special Needs workshops have been scheduled and are awaiting final confirmation – but pencil these in! These are excellent workshops – Eligibility on February 16 in the evening  and Understanding the 504: March 7 in the evening –  are free and offered virtually.

Did you know you have a SEPAC school rep who meets monthly with your school principal to discuss staffing, programming, and issues of inclusion? You can find your school rep and contact information here. 

We welcome you to join us at our next meeting (January 25, 2023, from 6:30-8:30, via Zoom)  to share your concerns, help advance SEPAC’s work in the District, or just listen as we continue to advocate on behalf of all special needs students and their families. Please email Jenny Sheehan at jennycsheehan@gmail.com or Jennie Mulqueen at jenniemulqueen@gmail.com with questions and to receive the link. Please also note that SEPAC meetings can be found on the district-wide calendar. You can also visit  the SEPAC website for updates, information, and links to resources.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

As we return to school to start the new year, please see the reminders linked here about good health practices. All MPS families should have received this email on Wednesday of this week. If you did not receive the email, please reach out to your school’s administrative assistant to confirm your contact information. 

ELEMENTARY DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP DAYS

In February, MPS will hold the fourth annual elementary school Digital Citizenship Days.   All elementary students will take part in several engaging digital citizenship lessons during these exciting days.  The lesson topics include digital footprints, internet privacy,  copyright, cyberbullying, and creating passwords.  The engaging lessons were developed by Common Sense Media, modified by MPS Elementary Instructional Technology Specialists Jen Van Hill and Sara Doherty, and are intended to help our students better understand how to interact with digital technology and their peers in a healthy, respectful way. Each lesson takes on real challenges and digital dilemmas that students face today, giving them the skills they need to succeed as learners, leaders, and citizens. 

The Digital Citizenship Day lessons will be facilitated by family volunteers, and we need family support!  Each elementary class will need at least one and, ideally, two volunteers.  Families will have the choice to facilitate the lessons in person or virtually

Please note on the sign up if you will facilitate virtually. All volunteers need to have a CORI completed within the last two years. If you already have a valid CORI on file at your child’s school you are all set. If not, please go to the main office of your child’s school, fill out a CORI form, and have a valid picture ID copied. This will need to be completed by Friday, January 27. Thank you for your cooperation in ensuring the safety of our students. 

The lessons are available to preview on this Elementary Digital Citizenship Google Site.  Thank you for volunteering for this important initiative. 

 

MPS GOOD TO KNOW 

 

THE MILTON COALITION

The Milton Coalition invites all to an important event on January 9 at 7pm at Milton Town Hall. Please join us for a discussion entitled “Marijuana, The Unbiased Truth for Families.”

Boston addiction psychiatrist Dr. Kevin Hill will speak to Milton about youth marijuana use. Millions are being spent promoting recreational marijuana; however, little is heard about the dangers today’s potent cannabis poses to children and teens. Parents, guardians, and youth will learn about the risks to young people, including accidental use by children, the link between mental health and cannabis use, the signs and modes of use, prevention, and the latest treatment options for a young person who may have trouble stopping their cannabis use. This program is appropriate for caregivers of youth of all ages, as well as tweens and teens. Sign up today for the limited in-person seating. Registration is also required to get the link for the live, virtual viewing. All details to register for either in-person or virtual attendance can be found here. 


988 Lifeline: 988 has been designated as the new three-digit dialing code that will route callers to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (now known as the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline), and is now active across the United States.

When people call, text, or chat 988 (www.988lifeline.org to chat), they will be connected to trained counselors that are part of the existing Lifeline network. These trained counselors will listen, understand how their problems are affecting them, provide support, and connect them to resources if necessary.

MILTON FOUNDATION FOR EDUCATION

Please consider supporting the Milton Foundation for Education during their annual appeal. For more than 25 years, the MFE has donated over $4 million to our schools, students, and educators. These fundraising efforts have brought our community wireless access in all six schools, support for STEM programs, science programs, teacher grants, student scholarships, parent speaker series, Wildcat Wellness Center, greater exposure to the arts, COVID grants, makerspaces, and mental health resources.

Every dollar donated to the MFE helps spark innovation and energizes the learning experience for students and educators in Milton. For the love of education, our teachers, and students, please consider making a gift today at this link.

MPS NICE TO KNOW

MHS VISUAL LITERACY 

Just before break, our MHS Visual Literacy courses celebrated some of the excellent work from students, including appreciating students’ contributions to discussions and the best presentations, essays, and re-creation of the films we have studied in class. You can see some of the celebrated work here. Congratulations to our students on a robust semester of learning! 

MHS ATHLETICS 

Girls Hockey is on a tear to start the season! They are 6-1, with a comeback win over Norwood, goals from Molly Murphy and Kerry Balerna, and shutouts from Lila Chamoun. They travel to Needham on Saturday at 3pm for their next game.

Girls Basketball has also started the season well, with a 5-3 record, earning their first home win since 2019! There have been contributions from everyone. Captains Kate Karimbakas, Stephanie Needham and Grace Henry have led the way, but Ava Regan and Christina McA’Nulty have been crucial to their success.

The Track Team travels to the Reggie Lewis Center this afternoon to take on Framingham.

Mason Pellegri became the first ever Wildcat to reach the finals in the Lowell Wrestling Tournament over the break!  He lost a 6-4 decision to the defending New England Champion, finishing second.

Cans for Cats: The MHS Ski Team is hosting a can and bottle drive on Saturday, January 7, from 9 am to noon at Milton High School. 

COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS

Please use the links below or visit the MPS Community News & Events page for information on these terrific community events and opportunities! 

Milton Sports for All: If it’s getting cold outside, that means it’s time for BOWLING! Registration for Bowling for grades 4 through 8 is now open, and the session starts on January 12, 2023. Please see our website for more information or to register.

The Milton Early Childhood Alliance has released its Winter Newsletter, filled with loads of information for families with children birth to age 8. All details can be found here. 

Have you ever considered running for local elected office? Find out more at one of two community meetings at Cunningham Hall on January 10 and 24. All details on these non-partisan meetings can be found here. This is a great way to give back to your Milton community.

Milton Youth Lacrosse registration is open! All details at www.miltonlacrosse.org.

The Milton Public Library’s calendar of January programs for kids can be found here. To learn more and to register for programs for kids, teens, and adults, please visit the MPL website.

  • Attention young artists: the Milton Public Library is excited to present its very first Tiny Art Show! Children ages 6-12 can sign up to receive a kit on Thursday, January 12 that includes a miniature sized canvas, paint, and paintbrush, which will be used to create original artwork for our artist reception on Saturday, January 21. Learn more and register today here!
  • Join Leslie Doherty of Ways of Color to create a stained glass mosaic sun catcher on Saturday, January 14, at 2:30PM on Zoom! For ages 6-12, sign up today and pick up your materials kit at the Children’s Desk before the program.
  • Join Library Director Will Adamczyk on Wednesday, January 11 at 7pm for a discussion of former President of Ireland Mary Robinson’s book Climate Justice: Hope, Resilience and the Fight for a Sustainable Future. Registration is required at this link. 

Milton Academy is holding a 2023 summer camp open to students in rising grades 1-6. All details on the camp can be found here.

Milton Soccer: Registration closes soon for our spring 2023 soccer programs.  Please visit our Milton Soccer website  for all details on programs or to register (or use the direct registration link).  Please note that the grade 9-12 registration will open in March. The deadline to register is January 7th (on January 8th waitlist and late fees apply).

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The Milton Public School system does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, gender identity, transgender status, gender transitioning, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its programs, activities or operations. These include, but are not limited to, admissions, equal access to programs and activities, employment, provision of and access to programs and services, as well as a selection of volunteers, vendors, and employers recruiting at the Milton Public Schools.  We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, students, volunteers, subcontractors, and vendors. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Human Resources Dr. Garth McKinney, (617) 696- 4808/4809.

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December 22, 2022

To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
From: Interim Superintendent Janet Sheehan
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: December 22, 2022

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

The week before winter break is always a busy one in our schools, and the excitement about winter holidays and the upcoming break is palpable. As MHS Adjustment Counselor Jennie Beliveau wrote to staff, the holiday season can bring on varying emotions for our students as well as for each of us. For some, there are lots of joyful activities, togetherness, and heartfelt moments with family and friends. For others, though, the holidays can be a challenging time of stress and adversity. We know that everyone will experience the build up to winter break differently and that keeping to the routine of the school day is a benefit for all of our students. You’ll see below that this week was full of learning, as well as some fun holiday and winter activities. 

After a two year hiatus, we were so happy to welcome our MPS retirees back to Milton High School for a holiday luncheon this week. Thank you to MPS food service for a delicious meal, to the MHS Saxophone ensemble for providing lovely music, and to our administrators who welcomed our retirees. Most of all, thank you to our retirees who attended. It was wonderful to see so many of you!

Thank you to all who came to support the MHS Winter Cabaret this week. The night was full of entertaining, wonderful music from our hard working and talented student run ensembles. Performances included the MHS Christmas Carolers, Flute Choir, Pretty Sharp, Saxophone Quintet, Do-Re-Migoes, Brass Ensemble, Jazz Combos and R&B Ensemble as well as solos and duets. All of the acts are selected and rehearsed by students on their own time before and after school. Don’t miss the next MHS Cabaret which will be held on Tuesday, April 11th at 6:30 PM in the MHS Auditorium! You can view the entire  MHS Cabaret here.

Milton High School sends its winter holiday greetings, including clips from Music in the Morning at MHS in this video made by Mr. Lopresti and his students. You can see more Music in the Morning here! 

Thank you to our PTOs for the thoughtful holiday gifts, meals, and treats, this week and throughout the year. We appreciate the ongoing support of our MPS families! There was plenty of holiday and winter break cheer today as our school spirit teams organized “deck out days”, winter gear days, comfy days, and more. 

On behalf of the MPS community, I want to share my heartfelt gratitude to so many of you who generously shared your time and resources this holiday season. Our MPS holiday giving drive was an unquestionable success, and many families will enjoy a happier holiday this season thanks to your efforts.

Thank you to our elementary school PTO gift drive coordinators who did so much behind the scenes work; to The Toy Chest in Milton and The Toy Box in Hanover, owned by the Ritchie family of Milton, for their endless support; to Noreen Dolan of the Milton Residents Fund for her support of MPS families during the holidays and throughout the year; to My Brother’s Keeper who supports many of our families; to MPS Family Outreach Liaison Marti O’Keefe McKenna who oversees the MPS effort; and to MPS families, community groups and individuals who made generous donations to support our gift program. We are grateful for the generosity that has been shown to our students and their families this holiday season.

I wish you a restful winter break, and if your family is celebrating a winter holiday, I wish you a joyful time with family and friends. We look forward to being back together in our schools on Tuesday, January 3, 2023. 

MPS NEED TO KNOW

SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH UPDATE

Earlier today, the School Committee announced that they have identified three highly qualified finalists for the position of Superintendent of the Milton Public Schools. The finalists are:

  • Dr. Peter Cushing – Current Assistant Superintendent for Medford Public Schools
  • Dr. Peter Burrows – Current Superintendent for Addison Central School District in Middlebury, VT
  • Ms. Nan Murphy – Current Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning for Marblehead Public Schools

The first week of 2023 will be a busy week full of opportunities to meet and learn about the finalists. All details about the next steps in the search can be found here. 

IMPORTANT DATES

  • Dec 23 No School Winter Break Begins 
  • Jan 3 School Resumes 
  • Jan 3 Superintendent Finalists at MPS 
  • Jan 4 Superintendent Finalist Interviews
  • Jan 5 Katie Greer at Pierce 
  • Jan 12 Pre-School Info Night 

Inclement Weather: Last week, all MPS families and staff were sent an email outlining our procedures in case of a weather related two hour delay or full cancellation of school. Please take a moment to review the letter here. If you did not receive the email and need to update or confirm your current contact information, please contact your school’s administrative assistant via email. 

Katie Greer at MPS: On January 5, 2023, Internet Safety Expert Katie Greer will be returning to Milton to speak to all of our Pierce and MHS students during the school day. That evening she will speak to adults about Keeping Students Safe in a Digital World at 6pm in the Pierce auditorium.

Katie knows it can be daunting being a parent in this digitally driven time and will update parents on the latest tech trends, safety issues, and tips on how to help our kids have a productive and healthy relationship with technology. This presentation is open to all Milton parents and guardians.

Preschool and Kindergarten – Important Dates

  • Preschool Information Night – Thursday, Jan 12, 2023
  • Preschool Pre-registration – Thursday, Jan 12, 2023 – Thursday, Jan 26, 2023
  • Preschool Lottery, if necessary – Friday, Jan 27, 2023
  • Kindergarten Information Night – Thursday, Jan 26, 2023
  • Kindergarten Pre-registration Questionnaire Link – please complete prior to Jan 22, 2023

MILTON SEPAC

The Milton SEPAC shares the following updates. 

SEPAC recently elected its board for the 2022-2023 school year, and then got right back to work. In addition to our regular meetings with building principals, we put together a program on Alternative Paths as part of the District’s annual Post-Secondary Planning Night at the high school. We are also working with school liaisons to participate in kindergarten and first-grade information nights, and are planning additional programming on topics of interest to all families.

We welcome you to join us at our next meeting (January 25, 2023, from 6:30-8:30, via Zoom)  to share your concerns, help advance SEPAC’s work in the District, or just listen as we continue to advocate on behalf of all special needs students and their families. Please email Jenny Sheehan at jennycsheehan@gmail.com or Jennie Mulqueen at jenniemulqueen@gmail.com with questions and to receive the link. Please also note that all SEPAC meetings can be found on the District-wide calendar. You can also visit  the SEPAC website for updates, information, and links to resources.

Milton Sports for All:If it’s getting cold outside, that means it’s time for BOWLING! Registration for grades 4 through 8 is now open, and the session starts on January 12, 2023. Please see our website for more information or to register.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Happy Holidays from your school nurses!  We wish everyone a healthy, restful break.  Upon return to school, please remember these guidelines:

  • If your student is ill, keep them home until they are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and are feeling well enough to get through the school day. If your student has an intestinal virus or has been vomiting, they should wait 24 hours from the last episode before returning to school.
  • Up to date COVID guidance and return to school guidelines can be found on the MPS website under Health Services.

We are still looking for substitute school nurses to assist in the health rooms and attend field trips and field days. Please contact MPS Director of Nursing, Kim Coughlin, for more information at kacoughlin@miltonps.org.

MPS GOOD TO KNOW 

MILTON FOUNDATION FOR EDUCATION

Please consider supporting the Milton Foundation for Education this holiday season. For more than 25 years, the MFE has donated over $4 million to our schools, students, and educators. These fundraising efforts have brought our community wireless access in all six schools, support for STEM programs, science programs, teacher grants, student scholarships, parent speaker series, Wildcat Wellness Center, greater exposure to the arts, COVID grants, makerspaces, and mental health resources.

Every dollar donated to the MFE helps spark innovation and energizes the learning experience for students and educators in Milton. We now have even more opportunities to make a lasting impact. In this season of giving, for the love of education, our teachers and students, please consider making a gift today at this link.

 

THE MILTON COALITION

The Milton Coalition invites all to an important event on January 9th at 7pm at Milton Town Hall. Please join us for a discussion entitled “Marijuana, The Unbiased Truth for Families.”

Boston addiction psychiatrist Dr. Kevin Hill will speak to Milton about youth marijuana use. Millions are being spent promoting recreational marijuana; however, little is heard about the dangers today’s potent cannabis poses to children and teens. Parents, guardians, and youth will learn about the risks to young people including accidental use by children, the link between mental health and cannabis use, the signs and modes of use, prevention, and the latest treatment options for a young person who may have trouble stopping their cannabis use. This program is appropriate for caregivers of youth of all ages, as well as tweens and teens. Sign up today for the limited in-person seating. Registration is also required to get the link for the live, virtual viewing. All details to register for either in-person or virtual attendance can be found here. 

MPS SUBSTITUTE OPPORTUNITIES

Food Service: Are you looking for part time work that complements your child’s school day?  Earn $19.15 an hour for a Food Service substitute on call position! Call Natalia Perez at 617-898-1051 for details. 

Nursing: If you are interested in substitute school nursing at MPS, please email Kim Coughlin, Director of Nursing at kacoughlin@miltonps.org for details. The rate for substitute school nurses is $120 per day. 

Classroom: On call daily substitute teachers are needed for all schools and the rate for daily substitutes is $110 per day. This is a great way to work during your child’s school day, when it works for your schedule. Details and the application are at this link.

MPS NICE TO KNOW

PIERCE DEBATE TEAM

Last Saturday, the Pierce Debate Team participated in the December Lumos Invitational Debate Tournament. Students used the Public Forum Debate format to discuss the positive and negative consequences of the Space Force. The Pierce Debate team continues to grow with Tyler Bertrand, Aster Caldwell, Alicia Chan, Adam C., Lia Etheart, Natalie Gallagher, John Griffin, Jonathan Hsu, Teddy Hsu, Sara Khan, Ellis Lim, Ben Neugebauer, Kendra Oppong, Michaela Oppong, Sadie Schweitzer, Avery Squiciarino, Nate Stanesa, Thinh Tran, Alisa Villar, Emily Vogel, and Ace Wetzner-Crothers competing in this tournament.

Congratulations to John Griffin, Sara Khan, Avery Squiciarino, and Ace Wetzner-Crothers who received Speaker Awards for delivering speeches in a clear and eloquent manner. Congratulations also to Ellis Lim, who earned fifth place in the novice division of the tournament, and Adam Griffin won first place in the veteran division of the tournament, beating out nearly one hundred competitors from across the state. The Pierce Debate Team was thrilled to participate in our second tournament of the 2022-2023 school year. We look forward to competing again in February!

ELEMENTARY ART 

The Collicot and Cunningham art room has had a terrific fall. We are looking forward to making more incredible art in the new year!

3RD GRADE STEM 

Ms. Kachmer and Mrs. Mile’s Cunningham 3rd graders had a wonderful time designing and building sleds using their STEM skills. They were excited to welcome their families to school for the competition to see whose sled was the fastest.

2ND GRADE COMMUNITY HELPERS

Mrs. Walsh’s Cunningham 2nd graders are helping out in the community this holiday season.  Using the Reach For Reading Good Deeds Unit as inspiration, students have made baked goods for the Milton Fire Department, taken out recycling for a neighbor,  donated food to the food pantry, helped to clean and organize around the house, donated books, and much more. Students enjoy helping others this holiday season.

AFTER SCHOOL ENRICHMENT 

Last week, ASE hosted successful family events at each school. At Tucker, students decorated and filled gift bags with treats and essentials to donate to deployed troops. Students and families played Bingo together during Glover ASE’s event, Cunningham ASE hosted a book exchange. Collicot ASE fifth graders wrote their own “Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader?” questions and stumped their families at pick up.  In addition, the Ja Shin Do ASE Fall Optional Enrichment classes received medals from Ms. Camille McNamara. We are looking forward to a wonderful winter in ASE!

4th GRADE VIKINGS

Mme. Theobald’s Collicot 4th graders had a great morning becoming scalds and bards this week. Who are scalds and bards, you might ask? Poets and storytellers from the Viking age, who, without paper, relied on the oral tradition of storytelling for entertainment as well as for history. It was amazing to see our students tell stories (without paper, like the Vikings) of the adventures that their Viking boats encountered.

PIERCE SCIENCE

On Monday, 8th grade science students saw a presentation by Robin Bowman from the Harvard Personal Genetics Education Project (PgED). The presentation connected students’ learning in the genetics and evolution unit with their upcoming unit on weather and climate, specifically climate change. Students learned about scientists’ proposal to bring back the woolly mammoth from extinction as a means to help prevent the thawing of the permafrost in Siberia. This project would involve using CRISPR to edit the genome of the Asian Elephant, an endangered species, to inhabit the traits of woolly mammoths.

Students were challenged to think not just about the science, but also the societal ramifications of such an endeavor. At the end of the presentation, students engaged in a four corners activity that allowed them to take a stand either for or against different aspects of this process. Perspectives included whether it is acceptable to use an endangered species for such an experiment, whether they should be allowed to roam free in Siberia or kept within a specific area, and whether we have an obligation to do anything we can to stop the thawing of the permafrost.

5TH GRADE TOY FAIR 

The Collicot 5th Grade Toy Fair was a big success today! 5th graders spent time this week inventing toys and games and families and students came to visit during the Toy Fair. You’ll see some very clever new toys in the photos below. 

FIRST GRADE CONCERT

Mme. Brown’s Glover 1st graders invited families to a winter concert this week. Students performed three songs in French and recited a poem they created themselves by looking in their French dictionaries for words that rhyme with their first names. One song was particularly long and some of the lyrics of the other two were a little tricky, but students worked hard starting right after Thanksgiving break and gave an outstanding performance. The singing was followed by a craft (a paper star relating to our science unit about day/night, the solstice, and observation of the sky) that families did with their child as they socialized with other 1st grade families. 

TUCKER FRENCH

Mme Moukarzel’s Tucker 5th graders were so happy to showcase their French proficiency for their families, friends, and teachers this week. Students recited the French poem Chanson Pour Les Enfants L’hiver, written by Jacques Prévert. Privert was a famous 20th century author who wrote simple poetry using everyday language, making him very popular in the French school system. French children have to memorize poetry throughout their studies, particularly in elementary school to develop both their memory and their taste for French literature.

Mme. Sacuto’s 4th graders joined in and sang “Vent Frais, Vent du Matin,” followed by Mme. Vendette’s 3rd graders who presented a repeat-after-me song. To wrap up the afternoon, 5th graders sang “Vive le Vent,” the french version of Jingle Bells.

MHS ATHLETICS 

Just like that, Winter Sports are underway and off to a great start! 

  • Boys Hockey is 2-1, scoring 13 goals over their past two games. Owen McHugh led the way last night with a hat trick against Bridgewater Raynham.
  • Girls Hockey is 3-1 after their win over Norwood on Monday. Junior Goaltender Lile Chamoun has been unbelievable in net, only allowing 7 goals through 4 games. Molly Murphy has found herself in the goal column in 3/4 games, including the game winner against Norwood. Kerry Balerna also netted a hat trick against Natick in their first league win on Saturday!
  • The Wrestling Team had a good Tournament in Wayland, with some great performances, led by Mason Pellegri. Mason finished in 1st place at the 182 lb weight class! The Team then followed up with a win over Walpole last night, with first Varsity wins for Gabriel Veal and Valentino Kellici!
  • Girls Basketball began their season with a win over Dedham, with Captain Stephanie Needham dropping 17 points and Captain Kate Karimbakas with a double double (10 pts, 12 boards)!
  • Boys and Girls Track swept Braintree in their first meet of the season! Katie O’Toole, Gretel Schewe, Moses Mann, and AJ Cicerone all had Top 5 finishes. Many even qualified for States in their first meet!
  • Our Dance Team is gathering momentum as they work towards their first ever Varsity Competition in February!

You can read AD Madden’s full athletic recap with winter break schedules, athletic budget details and more here. 

COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS

Please use the links below or visit the MPS Community News & Events page for information on these terrific community events and opportunities! 

Milton Soccer: Registration is now open for our spring 2023 soccer programs.  Please visit our Milton Soccer website  for all details on programs or to register (or use the direct registration link).  Please note that the grade 9-12 registration will open in March. The deadline to register is January 7th (on January 8th waitlist and late fees apply).

The Milton Public Library’s calendar of December programs can be found here. Plan ahead and take a look at the January calendar here. 

  • Check out our brand new StoryWalk, Dear Yeti by James Kwan, on the Canton Ave. patios! Enjoy this outdoor activity at any time this winter with the whole family. 
  • Cozy up in the Story Hour Room for some family fun on Thursday, December 29 with Board Games & Hot Cocoa! This is an all-day drop-in program for ages 3+; no registration is required.

To learn more and to register for programs for kids, teens, and adults, please visit the MPL website.

 
Spots still available! The Milton Early Childhood Alliance is once again offering its free and very popular Toddler and Preschool Playgroup series live via Zoom.This program is for children ages 2.5 through 4 years old and their parent/guardian. Join us for stories, songs, and movement and art activities. At-home Learning Extension bags, filled will supplies needed for this series, will be provided. Registration is required and can be completed at this link.
 
 
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December 15, 2022

To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
From: Interim Superintendent Janet Sheehan
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: December 15, 2022

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

The dusting of snow this week is a good reminder that winter weather is on its way for the next few months. On Wednesday of this week, all MPS families and staff were sent an email outlining our procedures in case of a weather related two hour delay or full cancellation of school. Please take a moment to review the letter here. If you did not receive the email and need to update or confirm your current contact information, please contact your school’s administrative assistant via email. 

The overall safety of our MPS community is an ongoing priority and this week, the MPS Security Committee, composed of Principals, MPS Administrators, and Town of Milton, Milton Fire and Milton Police representatives, held a regularly scheduled meeting. This group meets bi-monthly (and more frequently if needed), to review safety procedures, discuss new concerns, plan for future safety drills and staff training, evaluate communication protocols and more. Thank you as always to the Milton Police and Fire Departments, our partners in keeping our school community safe.  

Finally, I hope all 8th grade families will join us TONIGHT, Thursday, December 15 at 6pm in the MHS Auditorium (25 Gile Rd) for an opportunity to learn about all that Milton High School has to offer your student. You’ll hear about course offerings, academic and extracurricular programs, athletics, and activities that prepare students for college and life beyond high school. Current 8th grade students, parents, and guardians are invited to this information session and a tour of Milton High School. We can’t wait to welcome these new Wildcats to Milton High School! 

Please read below for information about tonight’s December SEPAC meeting, the MHS Cabaret on December 20, MPS substitute opportunities, classroom highlights, Athletic news and more. 

MPS NEED TO KNOW

IMPORTANT DATES

  • Dec 15 SEPAC Meeting 
  • Dec 15 MHS 8th Grade Information Night 
  • Dec 20 MHS Cabaret 
  • Dec 21 School Committee Meeting 
  • Dec 23 No School Winter Break Begins 
  • Jan 3 School Resumes 
  • Jan 4 School Committee Meeting 
  • Jan 5 Katie Greer at Pierce 

MPS Calendars: 2022-23 One Page School Year Calendar and Link to MPS Monthly Calendar.

Preparing for Cabaret!

MHS Winter Cabaret: MHS Music students have been hard at work preparing acts for our annual Winter Cabaret! The Winter Cabaret is an evening of music which will feature a variety of student run ensembles, original works and solo acts. It will be held on Tuesday, December 20 at 6:30 pm in the MHS Auditorium. Donations will be accepted at the door to support our programs. We hope to see you at MHS for a wonderful night of music!

Katie Greer at MPS: On January 5, 2023, Internet Safety Expert Katie Greer will be returning to Milton to speak to all of our Pierce and MHS students during the school day. That evening she will speak to adults about Keeping Students Safe in a Digital World at 6pm in the Pierce auditorium.

Katie knows it can be daunting being a parent in this digitally driven time and will update parents on the latest tech trends, safety issues, and tips on how to help our kids have a productive and healthy relationship with technology. This presentation is open to all Milton parents and guardians.

Preschool and Kindergarten – Important Dates

  • Preschool Information Night – Thursday, Jan 12, 2023
  • Preschool Pre-registration – Thursday, Jan 12, 2023 – Thursday, Jan 26, 2023
  • Preschool Lottery, if necessary – Friday, Jan 27, 2023
  • Kindergarten Information Night – Thursday, Jan 26, 2023
  • Kindergarten Pre-registration Questionnaire Link – please complete prior to Jan 22, 2023

SCHOOL COMMITTEE 

The next regular School Committee meeting will be on December 21, 2022 at 7pm. At this meeting, the School Committee will share updates on the Superintendent Search. All information (including agendas and links to attend) about School Committee meetings can be found on the Town of Milton webpage. You can watch School Committee meetings live on Milton Access TV online, live on Milton Access cable channels (Comcast 22, RCN 15) or watch on-demand in the days following the meeting. 

MILTON SEPAC

Milton SEPAC shares the following information.

Do you know who your school rep is? Each month your Milton SEPAC school rep meets with your principal to discuss issues of staffing, programming, inclusion, and collaboration. Lately MPS has been experiencing a lot of staffing and programming developments that have an impact on our children’s educational experience. To find out more, come to our next SEPAC Board Meeting TONIGHT, Thursday, December 15, 6:30-8:30pm online at this link. Attend to find out what is happening in your building and how to connect with your school rep. 

FREE AT HOME COVID TESTS

MPS school nurses will distribute free COVID test kits next week to staff and students who are interested. If you are interested in free COVID tests, please see below for details.

  • Elementary: Test kits will be distributed to students in their classrooms. Please email your school nurse with your student’s name/teacher by Friday, December 16 to ensure that a test kit is sent home with your student.
  • Pierce and MHS: Test kits will be available in the main lobby during Advisory periods. An announcement will be made on Monday and Tuesday that interested students should come to the main lobby and pick up a test. Please speak with your student in advance and ask them to pick up a test if you’d like them to participate.

MPS GOOD TO KNOW 

MPS SUBSTITUTE OPPORTUNITIES

Food Service: Are you looking for part time work that compliments your child’s school day?  Earn $19.15 an hour for a Food Service substitute on call position! Call Natalia Perez at 617-898-1051 for details. 

Nursing: If you are interested in substitute school nursing at MPS, please email Kim Coughlin, Director of Nursing at kacoughlin@miltonps.org for details. The rate for substitute school nurses is $120 per day. 

Classroom: On call daily substitute teachers are needed for all schools and the rate for daily substitutes is $110 per day. This is a great way to work during your child’s school day, when it works for your schedule. Details and the application are at this link.

MILTON COMMUNITY SCHOOLS 

December Vacation Camp registration closes on Friday, December 16. All information on Vacation Camp can be found on the MCS website. Don’t miss out – join the fun with friends over break!

MPS NICE TO KNOW

MHS FIELD TRIP

Students in the MHS Achieve and Launch programs took a trip to the South Shore Plaza this week for some holiday shopping and lots of real world math practice. Students demonstrated skills they have been practicing in class including adding item costs, calculating sales tax, next dollar up, and finding exact change. Other real world skills included self-checkout, navigating the mall directory, and enjoying the food court. We are looking forward to more community outings this year.

MHS KEY CLUB

For the 5th consecutive year, members of the MHS Key Club coordinated holiday cards for deployed troops. Club members designed hand made cards and distributed them to MHS students to be personalized. MHS students wrote 200 cards filled with messages of appreciation and holiday wishes. This year, Ms. Crowley’s Pierce Seminar classes contributed an additional 70 cards as part of their unit on gratitude. All cards were mailed to service members deployed on a US Navy ship. We are grateful to our service members and their families and hope that these cards will help to lift the spirits of US Sailors who will be spending the winter holidays at sea.

PIERCE MODEL UN

Pierce students Sadie Cambria, Madyn Dwyer, Sara Khan, and Avery Squiciarino participated in the December Invitational Model UN Conference at Northeastern University this past Saturday. They debated on the topic of Artificial Intelligence (AI) with middle school students from twenty three organizations and discussed how AI can strengthen food security around the globe. Our Pierce students made connections with other students, engaged in debate on real world issues, and came up with some very creative solutions to the challenges of AI. Thank you to our students who represented MPS and Pierce well!

TUCKER FIRST GRADE SPANISH

Students in Señora Brown’s first grade Spanish classes have been learning colors and numbers, and recently put their knowledge to the test. They were challenged to create a “color by number” collaborative mural with the help of 4th and 5th grade student leaders in the English Innovation Pathway, who also take Spanish. Tucker student leaders showed responsibility, patience, and leadership and they helped first graders read and identify the colors and numbers. Our 1st graders were happy to have such helpful “big kid” visitors and worked really hard to accurately complete their own parts of the mural. Señora Brown looks forward to planning more leadership opportunities for older students in Spanish class in the future.

MHS SPANISH HUMAN RIGHTS TREE

The MHS Spanish VI class has been learning about human rights and how they are connected to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). After reading and discussing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, students created their own Human Rights Tree. They used leaves to share important human rights that people need to live in dignity and justice, and used roots for conditions students consider vital to make human rights flourish. Since the celebration of Human Rights is observed on December 10 (the day in 1948 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights) the class displayed their work for all to reflect on this day.

TRI-M SWAG

Tri-M, the music honor society, and FAME (Friends and Advocates of Music Education) have teamed up to put several student designed music symbols on a range of different items, from t-shirts and sweatshirts and coffee mugs. Check out the merchandise shop here and order gear for your favorite musician!

CALLING ALL MHS ALUMNI

Are you a Milton High School alum?  If so, we need your help!  In an effort to better prepare our students to be more college and career ready, please complete this short survey.  In addition, please forward the survey link to any MHS graduates who may not read the MPS Blog.  We would like to have feedback from as many alumni as possible.  Thank you for your time and help!

MHS ATHLETICS 

MHS Winter Sports are underway!

Girls Basketball got things started last week with a win over Dedham and then the Girls Hockey followed up with a win over Fontbonne/Boston Latin.

The Track and Field Teams travel to the Reggie Lewis Center tonight for their first meet.

Our new Dance Team is in full swing, with nearly 20 students participating this year. We are excited to see what they can do in their first season!

You can find updates on our Twitter @Milton_Wildcats_. Be on the lookout for our December Athletics Newsletter next week.

COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS

Please use the links below or visit the MPS Community News & Events page for information on these terrific community events and opportunities! 

Milton Chess Club will be at the Milton Public Library January 10 – March 21. International Master David Vigorito has been teaching chess to Milton students for over 12 years. The winter session starts on Tuesday, January 10 and there are two different levels with classes at 5:30 and 6:45. Details can be found here. Space is limited! Questions? Email dvigorito@msn.com.

Milton Soccer: Registration is now open for our spring 2023 soccer programs.  Please visit our Milton Soccer website  for all details on programs or to register (or use the direct registration link).  Please note that the grade 9-12 registration will open in March. The deadline to register is January 7th (on January 8th waitlist and late fees apply).

The Milton Public Library’s calendar of December programs can be found here. Visit the Milton Public Library in December for some terrific programs! To learn more and to register for programs for kids, teens, and adults, please visit the MPL website.

  • Who said snow was just for outside? Join Ms. Tory in the Story Hour Room anytime between 1-8PM on Thursday, December 22 for a sensory activity with Fake Snow! Create a variety of snowshapes with miscellaneous materials for some afternoon winter-fun.
  • Need help finding books to read over Winter Break? Try our BookMatch for Kids! This reader’s advisory service helps anyone in grades K-6 find their next favorite read. Fill out our form to tell us a little more about you, and we’ll email you a list of 8-10 books we think you’ll really like. Find the form here.
 
The Milton Early Childhood Alliance is once again offering its free and very popular Toddler and Preschool Playgroup series live via Zoom.This program is for children ages 2.5 through 4 years old and their parent/guardian. Join us for stories, songs, and movement and art activities. At-home Learning Extension bags, filled will supplies needed for this series, will be provided. Registration is required and can be completed at this link.
 
 
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The Milton Public School system does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, gender identity, transgender status, gender transitioning, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its programs, activities or operations. These include, but are not limited to, admissions, equal access to programs and activities, employment, provision of and access to programs and services, as well as a selection of volunteers, vendors, and employers recruiting at the Milton Public Schools.  We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, students, volunteers, subcontractors, and vendors. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Human Resources Dr. Garth McKinney, (617) 696- 4808/4809.

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December 8, 2022

To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
From: Interim Superintendent Janet Sheehan
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: December 8, 2022

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

While the weather has been mild for December, we are seeing a considerable increase in traditional winter illnesses across all of our schools. Kim Coughlin, Director of Nursing, shares these important reminders so we can work together to keep the MPS community healthy and safe.

  • If your student is ill, please keep them home until they are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and are feeling well enough to get through the school day.  If your student has an intestinal virus or has been vomiting, they should wait 24 hours from the last episode before returning to school.
  • Please see this link for COVID-19 quarantine and isolation guidelines. The joint early childhood & K-12 guidance for students and staff can be found here. Please refer to the MPS Heath Services page for all updates
  • Please ensure that your student has tissues in their backpack every day and remind them of the importance of proper hand washing to decrease the spread of germs. 
  • Everyone 6 months and older is eligible to get a Flu vaccine each year and is now eligible for the COVID vaccine. Everyone 5 years and older is eligible for the COVID vaccine and booster.
  • Your student should have a healthy breakfast each morning and come to school with a water bottle every day. Breakfast is available in every building prior to the start of the school day. Adequate sleep is essential and The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  recommends that children aged 6 through 12 get 9–12 hours of sleep, and that teenagers aged 13 through 18 get 8–10 hours of sleep. Proper hydration, nutrition, and sleep are essential components of a healthy immune system and improve the body’s defense to illness. 

Thank you for working with us to keep our students and staff healthy this winter! 


Thank you to our MHS music students and staff, who put on a wonderful concert last night! Still to come are two Pierce concerts next week (December 13 and 14) and the MHS Cabaret on December 21.

Please read below for information about the DESE Safe Schools Session for elementary parents/guardians,  8th Grade Info Night at MHS, the December SEPAC meeting, classroom highlights, and more. 

MPS NEED TO KNOW

IMPORTANT DATES

  • Dec 13 Pierce 6th Grade Concert at MHS
  • Dec 13 DESE Safe Schools – Elementary 
  • Dec 14 Pierce 7th & 8th Grade Concert at MHS
  • Dec 15 SEPAC Meeting 
  • Dec 15 MHS 8th Grade Information Night 
  • Dec 20 MHS Cabaret 
  • Dec 21 School Committee Meeting 
  • Dec 23 No School Winter Break Begins 
  • Jan 3 School Resumes 

MPS Calendars: 2022-23 One Page School Year Calendar and Link to MPS Monthly Calendar. 

Preschool and Kindergarten – Important Dates 

  • Preschool Information Night – Thursday, January 12, 2023
  • Preschool Pre-registration – Thursday, January 12, 2023 – Thursday, January 26, 2023
  • Preschool Lottery, if necessary – Friday, January 27, 2023
  • Kindergarten Information Night – Thursday, January 26, 2023
  • Kindergarten Pre-registration Questionnaire Link – please complete prior to Jan 22, 2023

SCHOOL COMMITTEE 

The next regular School Committee meeting will be on December 21 , 2022 at 7pm. All information (including agendas and links to attend) about School Committee meetings can be found on the Town of Milton webpage. You can watch School Committee meetings live on Milton Access TV online, live on Milton Access cable channels (Comcast 22, RCN 15) or watch on-demand in the days following the meeting. 

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Jeff Perrotti and Landon Callahan, from the DESE Safe Schools Program for LGBTQ+ Students in Massachusetts will facilitate an interactive session for parents and guardians on Tuesday, December 13, by introducing resources for addressing sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. Participants will discuss best practices and strategies to support students and families. This session is virtual and will run from 6:30-8pm. Register here for the Zoom link to attend.

This event is sponsored in partnership between DESE, the MPS Department of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging and the Tucker, Collicot, Glover, and Cunningham Schools. Any questions regarding the DESE Safe Schools Session can be directed to deib@miltonps.org or 617-696-4478 x5246.

MHS INFORMATION NIGHT

Please join us on Thursday, December 15 at 6:30pm in the Milton High School Auditorium (25 Gile Rd) for an opportunity to learn about Milton High School course offerings, academic and extracurricular programs, athletics, and activities that prepare students for college and life beyond high school. Current 8th grade students, parents, and guardians are invited to attend this information session and tour of Milton High School.

MILTON SEPAC 

Milton SEPAC shares the following information.

Do you know who your school rep is? Each month your Milton SEPAC school rep meets with your principal to discuss issues of staffing, programming, inclusion, and collaboration. Lately MPS has been experiencing a lot of staffing and programming developments that have an impact on our children’s educational experience. To find out more, come to our next SEPAC Board Meeting on Thursday, December 15, 6:30-8:30pm online at this link. Attend to find out what is happening in your building and how to connect with your school rep. 

MPS GOOD TO KNOW 

FOOD SERVICE SUBSTITUTES 

Are you looking for part time work that compliments your child’s school day?  Earn $19.15 an hour for a Food Service substitute on call position! Call Natalia Perez at 617-898-1051 for details. 

MPS HOLIDAY GIVING DRIVE

Pierce Families Helping Families: Pierce is collecting gift cards to be distributed to families in need this holiday season. We recommend gift cards to Star Market, Shaws, Stop & Shop, Target, and Old Navy, but we will, of course, accept gift cards from all stores. If you are interested in supporting this effort, please bring your gift card donation to the main office at Pierce by December 16 and deposit it in the sealed box located in the front office.

MHS Teen Gift Card Drive: MHS School Counseling supports teens and families in need with gift cards during the holiday season. If you would like to anonymously support an MHS family or student, please consider dropping a $25 gift card from Target or Amazon to the MHS to the MHS front office by December 9. 

Thank you for helping us make the holiday season a little brighter for our neighbors!

If you are in need of assistance this holiday season (or at any time), please reach out to your building principal or Marti O’Keefe McKenna, MPS Family Outreach Liaison, at 617-980-7343 or by email at mmckenna@miltonps.org.  All calls and emails are confidential.

MPS NICE TO KNOW

BACK TO THE 80s WITH 4TH GRADE ARTISTS 

Collicot and Cunningham 4th graders are wrapping up a totally rad 80s boombox project. Students began by covering an 18×12 paper with fluorescent geometric shapes and 80s graphic designs. Students practiced their fractions (½, ¼, ⅙) and divided their paper into sections and filled each section with speakers, a cassette tape, a FM radio, buttons and dials. Students were able to use a wide variety of art making skills in this project including graphic design, printmaking, proportion and collaging. Rock on, 4th grade!

TRI-M SWAG

Congratulations to the winners of the logo contest for the Milton Music Department! Tri-M, the music honor society, ran this competition, which was open to all Milton High School students. First prize went to Ann Nguyen for her wildcat design; first-runner up is Alicia Wong for her treble clef; second runner-up is Priya Shaw with her musical pawprint. Tri-M and FAME (Friends and Advocates of Music Education) have teamed up to put these winning designs on a range of different items, from t-shirts and sweatshirts and coffee mugs. Check out the merchandise shop here and order gear for your favorite musician!

5TH GRADE SCIENCE 

Ms. Novak’s Tucker 5th graders have been practicing the skills of summarizing and writing informational text in science to describe the water cycle. You can see below that both their knowledge and writing are on point.

COLLICOT SERVICE PROJECT

As part of their Veterans Day lesson in service to others, Collicot students wrote messages of love, appreciation, and encouragement that will be mailed to active duty service members. Below you can see some of the homemade cards and handwritten messages that we hope will warm the hearts of 155 members of the military this Holiday Season. Thank you to Collicot students and teachers for undertaking this important project.

 

CALLING ALL MHS ALUMNI

Are you a Milton High School alum?  If so, we need your help!  In an effort to better prepare our students to be more college and career ready, please complete this short survey.  In addition, please forward the survey link to any MHS graduates who may not read the MPS Blog.  We would like to have feedback from as many alumni as possible.  Thank you for your time and help!

MHS GROW RACKS

We are excited to share that our  MHS students in the ACHIEVE program have again started tending to our Grow Racks for this year.  This fresh lettuce used in our Grab n’ Go salads and grown by our students is a win-win for our community!

SOPHIA’S SOCK DRIVE

Pierce 6th grader Sophia Cassini has been collecting for people experiencing homelessness for 8 years, since she was 4 years old! You can read about Sophia’s efforts and how you can support them here. 

MUSIC DEPARTMENT FUNDRAISER

Support the Milton Music Department by ordering from our online citrus fruit fundraiser anytime between now and December 11th. Gift boxes or crates of fresh fruit are guaranteed to ship directly to the recipient in time for Christmas. Visit this link to order through our website. The sale closes on December 11th, so don’t delay!

COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS

Please use the links below or visit the MPS Community News & Events page for information on these terrific community events and opportunities! 

Milton Chess Club will be at the Milton Public Library January 10 – March 21. International Master David Vigorito has been teaching chess to Milton students for over 12 years. The winter session starts on Tuesday, January 10 and there are two different levels with classes at 5:30 and 6:45. Details can be found here. Space is limited! Questions? Email dvigorito@msn.com.

The Milton Art Center is hosting their Annual Holiday Artisan Market featuring 20+ local artists and artisans on Saturday, December 10th from 10am-4pm. The MAC is located at 334 Edge Hill Road. There is plenty of parking in the back on Hollis Street. Stop by for some holiday cheer. There will be festive music, raffle prizes and lots of gift options.

Milton Soccer: Registration is now open for our spring 2023 soccer programs.  Please visit our Milton Soccer website  for all details on programs or to register (or use the direct registration link).  Please note that the grade 9-12 registration will open in March. The deadline to register is January 7th (on January 8th waitlist and late fees apply).

The Milton Public Library’s calendar of December programs can be found here. Visit the Milton Public Library in December for some terrific programs! To learn more and to register for programs for kids, teens, and adults, please visit the MPL website.

  • Comic and Graphic Novel fans! Take part in this month’s Graphic Novel Book Club for Grades 3-5 on Wednesday, December 14 at 4:30pm. This month we are reading: Real Friends by Shannon Hale. Pick up a reserved copy in the MPL Children’s Room. Register today!
  • We can’t believe the time has come, but Mrs. Reilly is retiring in the New Year! Mrs. Reilly has been a beloved member of the Children’s Department for over 26 years, so we want to make sure you all have the chance to say goodbye. Visit the Story Hour Room next Thursday, December 15 between 4-5PM to enjoy snacks and wish Mrs. Reilly a happy retirement!

Santa Claus is coming to the Eustis Estate! Visit the 1878 mansion house decorated for Christmas on Saturday, December 10 and take a photo with Santa from 10am- 1pm. All children must be accompanied by a ticketed adult. Children: $5; Member Adults: Free; Nonmember Adults: $20. Please call 617-994-6600 for more information. The Eustis Estate is located at 1424 Canton Avenue, Milton. 

The Milton Early Childhood Alliance is once again offering its free and very popular Toddler and Preschool Playgroup series live via Zoom.This program is for children ages 2.5 through 4 years old and their parent/guardian. Join us for stories, songs, and movement and art activities. At-home Learning Extension bags, filled will supplies needed for this series, will be provided. Registration is required and can be completed at this link.
 
On Saturday, December 11, from 8am-4 pm, Fontbonne welcomes five well-known children’s authors to Fontbonne as part of our Christmas at Fontbonne Book Fair. There will be author presentations and signings, craft activities, face painting, photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, food tables and more. $10 per family pre-registration is required. All details are here. 
 
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December 1, 2022

To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
From: Interim Superintendent Janet Sheehan
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: December 1, 2022

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

Each week, one or two items usually present themselves as good items to start this blog post – an important meeting, a big accomplishment, or something to celebrate. While items like Kindergarten and Preschool Information dates, MHS Info Nights, a thank you to community partner Steel and Rye, and a call to action for our Holiday Giving Drive are all very worthy of your attention and could easily lead my weekly email to you, this week, all of that information can be found in the sections below. 

Because this week, we are overwhelmed with the accomplishments of our students, specifically our MHS students! National Honor Society Inductees? Check! Athletic accomplishments? Check! Talented musicians? Check! An all-school pep rally that had it all – dancing MHS staff, feats of strength, the marching band, high-flying cheerleaders? Check, check and check! 

On Monday, November 21, eight members of the senior class were recognized for their achievements and inducted into the National Honor Society. Congratulations to Kate Cooper, Ben Catudal, Sarah McGillivray, Patrick Murphy, Samantha Pincus, Kate Schewe, Matthew Stockbridge, and Brady Vrettas! The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation’s premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. Additionally, NHS officers Lucy Liberidis, Kiera Glazer, Olivia Disandro, Jayme Lo, and Molly Shea were formally inducted into their leadership roles for the 2022-2023 school year. Congratulations to all students who were a part of the ceremony. We look forward to seeing all you accomplish this year!

We know many of you are excited about the Milton Wildcats Division 3 Superbowl Game at Gillette Stadium on Saturday at 5:30pm. Tickets are available at this link, and information on a parent organized, before game, gathering for fans can be found here. Milton Access TV has been interviewing our student athletes and you can watch those videos here. Can’t make the game? Comcast channel 814 will have all of the Saturday games on live all day/ night, with the Milton game at 5:30pm.  There was plenty of post season success for many of our teams including the Boys and Girls Cross Country Teams making it to their division championships! AD Ryan Madden shares a full fall wrap up here.  Roll ‘Cats!  Thanks to MHS’s Sean Lopresti for this video featuring our Senior Wildcats! 

Front L-R: Claudia O’Neill, Lucy Hays, Carle Bleau, Lily Lane, Back L-R- Julien Roberson, Atticus D’Alessandro, Owen Creamer, Tim Fay Missing: Isabelle Feloney, Angel Leggett

Bravo to MHS student musicians Carle Bleau, Owen Creamer, Atticus D’Alessandro, Tim Fay, Isabelle Feloney, Lily Lane, Angel Leggett, Claudia O’Neill and Julien Roberson, who have been accepted to the MMEA Eastern District Senior Festival! In addition to their acceptance to the festival, four students  – Atticus D’Alessandro, Tim Fay, Lucy Hays, and Claudia O’Neill – have been recommended to audition for the MMEA All State Festival in January!

The MPS Music Department hosted over 900 students for the MMEA Eastern District Senior Auditions at MHS on Saturday, November 19. This is no small undertaking and we owe a big thank you to MMEA, FAME, our wonderful student volunteers, and the MPS Music Department, especially organizers Rebecca Damiani, Julia Hanna and Colleen Martin. 

Finally, at a pep rally just before Thanksgiving break, all of MHS celebrated a successful fall, a fun spirit week, the Thanksgiving football game and the upcoming Superbowl. Want to take a peek at their fun? Check out the Spirit Week video (with some football highlights!) in the video below. Thank you to our student leaders and MHS administration for planning such a fun week for our MHS community!

Please read below for information about tonight’s Post Secondary Planning night at MHS, 8th Grade Information Night at MHS, the MPS Holiday Giving Drive, important kindergarten and preschool dates, classroom highlights, and more. 

MPS NEED TO KNOW

IMPORTANT DATES

  • Dec 1 Post Secondary Planning Night
  • Dec 5, 6, 8 Milton Town Meeting 
  • Dec 7 School Committee Meeting 
  • Dec 7 MHS 9-12th Winter Concert
  • Dec 8 Early Release K-12, P/T Conferences Grades K-5
  • Dec 13 Pierce 6th Grade Concert at MHS
  • Dec 14 Pierce 7th & 8th Grade Concert at MHS
  • Dec 15 SEPAC Meeting 
  • Dec 15 MHS 8th Grade Information Night 
  • Dec 20 MHS Cabaret 
  • Dec 21 School Committee Meeting 
  • Dec 23 No School Winter Break Begins 
  • Jan 3 School Resumes 

MPS Calendars: 2022-23 One Page School Year Calendar and Link to MPS Monthly Calendar. 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE 

The next regular School Committee meeting will be on December 7 , 2022 at 7pm. All information (including agendas and links to attend) about School Committee meetings can be found on the Town of Milton webpage. You can watch School Committee meetings live on Milton Access TV online, live on Milton Access cable channels (Comcast 22, RCN 15) or watch on-demand in the days following the meeting.

POST SECONDARY PLANNING NIGHT

TONIGHT:Please join the MHS School Counseling Department for their annual Post Secondary Planning Night on Thursday, December 1, from 6:15-8:30 pm. Families will have the opportunity to attend the information sessions that most interest them. Sessions include How to Pay for College, Alternative Paths, Training in the Military, Start Planning for your Child’s Future, Trade Talk, Admissions Advisory: Private Colleges and Public Universities and College Testing: ACT vs SAT. The evening is targeted to parents and guardians of students in Grades 8-11, but all are welcome to attend. We hope you will join us for this valuable evening as you begin to think about your child’s post secondary plans. 

MHS INFORMATION NIGHT

Please join us on Thursday, December 15 at 6:30pm in the Milton High School Auditorium (25 Gile Rd) for an opportunity to learn about Milton High School course offerings, academic and extracurricular programs, athletics, and activities that prepare students for college and life beyond high school. Current 8th grade students, parents, and guardians are invited to attend this information session and tour of Milton High School.

KINDERGARTEN 2023-24

We are excited to begin welcoming the class of 2036 to the Milton Public Schools!  Parents and guardians are invited to join MPS administrators and staff for Kindergarten Information Night on Thursday, January 26, 2023 at 6:30pm. Come learn about the Kindergarten curriculum, Health Services, Transportation, Milton Community Schools before and after school programs, school assignments, and the online registration process.  Specific details about the evening’s format will be announced closer to the event.

Children must be 5 years of age on or before August 31, 2023 in order to enroll in Kindergarten for the 2023-2024 school year. MPS invites all families with age eligible children to complete this Kindergarten Pre-registration Questionnaire. If you have any questions or need additional information please contact Marti O’Keefe McKenna, MPS Family Outreach at mmckenna@miltonps.org or 617-980-7343. 

PRESCHOOL 2023-24

MPS has a variety of preschool programs for our youngest learners, and we are excited to share details about them at our upcoming Preschool Information Night. Please see below for upcoming preschool dates. 

  • Preschool Information Night – Thursday, January 12, 2023
  • Preschool Pre-registration – Thursday, January 12, 2023 – Thursday, January 26, 2023
  • Preschool Lottery, if necessary – Friday, January 27, 2023

MPS GOOD TO KNOW 

MPS HOLIDAY GIVING DRIVE

The Milton Public Schools is partnering with My Brother’s Keeper, the Milton Residents Fund, and the MPS School Counseling department to ensure all Milton families in need have a wonderful holiday season. There are three ways for MPS families to help support these efforts, and families at any grade level are invited to participate in any of the drives. 

Elementary Toy Drive: The Holiday Toy Drive organized by our elementary PTOs will run from December 5-8 in our elementary schools. We need donations of all types of items, and popular gifts include Legos, LOL Surprise dolls, dolls representing a diverse array of skin tones, cultures, and ethnicities, superhero action figures, arts and craft kits, science/STEM kits, board games, video games, books, a football or basketball, outdoor active toys, or anything representing Boston sports teams.  We cannot accept food or violent games. $25 Target Gift Cards are always needed as well.

We are once again partnering with two local toy shops and encourage you to check out their great toy selections while supporting the toy drive: The Toy Chest in East Milton or The Toy Box in Hanover (owned by a Milton family). Bring your new, unwrapped item(s) to a collection box in the lobby of the elementary schools between December 5-8. 

Pierce Families Helping Families: Each year, our school counselors identify Pierce families in need and collect gift cards to be distributed to them for the holidays. This program, Families Helping Families, provides an opportunity for your family to bring a little bit of holiday spirit to family at Pierce Middle School in the most anonymous and quiet way. If you are interested in supporting this effort, please bring your gift card donation to the main office at Pierce by December 16 and deposit it in the sealed box located in the front office. We recommend gift cards to Star Market, Shaws, Stop & Shop, Target, and Old Navy, but we will, of course, accept gift cards from all stores. 

MHS Teen Gift Card Drive: MHS School Counseling supports teens and families in need with gift cards during the holiday season. If you would like to anonymously support an MHS family or student, please consider dropping a $25 gift card from Target or Amazon to the MHS to the MHS front office by December 9. 

Our School Counselors and Family Outreach Liaison Marti O’Keefe McKenna work with the Milton Residents Fund and My Brothers Keeper to ensure MPS families are supported throughout the holiday season.  Thank you for helping us make the holiday season a little brighter for our neighbors!

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If you are in need of assistance this holiday season (or at any time), please reach out to your building principal or Marti O’Keefe McKenna, MPS Family Outreach Liaison, at 617-980-7343 or by email at mmckenna@miltonps.org.  All calls and emails are confidential.

DECEMBER VACATION CAMP 

The December Vacation Camp flyer can be found here.  Registration on Family ID is open. All information can be found on the MCS website.

KATIE GREER AT MPS

On September 29th, Katie Greer came to Milton and spoke to all 3rd-5th grade students on digital citizenship.  That evening, Katie delivered a powerful parent/guardian session titled, Keeping Students Safe in a Digital World.  On January 5th, Katie will be returning to Milton to speak to all of our secondary students.  That evening she will deliver another parent/guardian session at 6pm in the Pierce auditorium.  Please complete the short survey linked here to help us determine the topic for Katie’s evening session on January 5th, 2023.

MPS NICE TO KNOW

THE CALCULUS PROJECT

Each term, The Calculus Project will award two TCP students per grade Calculus Project Term awards. These students were chosen because of their growth and hard work in math class and the Tutoring Center. Congratulations to 9th graders Natan Fanon, Ryan Denny, 10th graders Alex Alexis, Gisele Dimanche, 11th graders Alessandra Lyons, Kai Quinones, and 12th graders Amira Wallace and Tale Odion-Ukpebor! Please read about our Term 1 award winners here.

In more The Calculus Project news, TCP seniors attended a tour of Boston University this week. While on the tour the students got a first hand look at the college lifestyle as well as navigating the city. They learned about the many majors BU offers as well as financial aid, dormitory living, and dining options. Students enjoyed asking the BU student tour guide questions about college life and what they should expect in the future. After the tour several students reported they are interested in applying to BU and enjoyed the experience overall. TCP is interested in touring more colleges in the future. 

COLLICOT 2ND GRADE PRESENTATIONS 

Ms. Ostrowski’s Collicot 2nd graders recently wrapped up a Reach for Reading unit about animal adaptations and features for survival. The culmination of the unit was a research project on an animal of their choice. Students created Google Slides from the information the learned and then presented to an audience of classmates and parents. We are so proud of their hard work!

CUNNINGHAM 5TH GRADE BAKERS

Mrs. Chen and Ms. McDonough’s Cunningham 5th graders contributed to their family’s Thanksgiving tables with loaves of homemade bread! Students had fun making their doughy loaves and went home with a ready to bake bread dough loaf.  You can see the bakers in action here.

PROJECT 351

The Commonwealth’s Project 351 celebrates the ethic of service, youth leadership, and the unifying and uplifting power of community. Pierce 8th grade student Adam C. has been selected as Milton’s Project 351 ambassador. Through his yearlong ambassador journey, Adam will represent Milton in a variety of leadership roles and community service projects. Congratulations, Adam!!

SOPHIAS SOCK DRIVE

Pierce 6th grader Sophia Cassini has been collecting for people experiencing homelessness for 8 years, since she was 4 years old! You can read about Sophia’s efforts and how you can support them here. Donations are welcome at Pierce Middle School, 178 Lyman Rd and 3 Phyllis Lane  until December 16.  

 

MUSIC DEPARTMENT FUNDRAISER

Looking for an easy and healthy holiday gift idea? Support the Milton Music Department by ordering from our online citrus fruit fundraiser anytime between now and December 11th! Gift boxes or crates of fresh fruit are guaranteed to ship directly to the recipient in time for Christmas. Whether you’re shopping for yourself, your family, colleagues, neighbors, or friends, these delicious gift boxes are sure to be a hit. Use the QR code below or visit this link to order through our website. The sale closes on December 11th, so don’t delay!

 

ATHLETICS

The MHS Boosters share the updates below.

COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS

Please use the links below or visit the MPS Community News & Events page for information on these terrific community events and opportunities! 

The Milton Coalition shares the following events.

  • December 8, 6:30pm join us for a reception at the Wozit Gallery in the Milton Public Library for “Voices: Two Exhibits that Raise the Voices of Milton Residents”.
  • Kevin P. Hill, M.D., M.H.S., is an addiction psychiatrist, Director of the Division of Addiction Psychiatry at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He will be joining us for a community discussion about marijuana on January 9, at 7pm. There will be limited free tickets available for the in-person presentation, as well as virtual access. Details to follow closer to the event. 
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid training is back on February 10. Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental health and substance use challenges among children and adolescents ages 12-18. Mental health training is valuable for teachers and school staff, coaches, camp counselors, youth group leaders, parents, and other adults who work with youth. Training is free and at Laboure College, right here in Milton, will be hosting this daytime training. Details and registration coming soon.

Milton Soccer: Registration is now open for our spring 2023 soccer programs.  Please visit our Milton Soccer website  for all details on programs or to register (or use the direct registration link).  Please note that the grade 9-12 registration will open in March. The deadline to register is January 7th (on January 8th waitlist and late fees apply).

The Milton Public Library’s calendar of December programs can be found here. Visit the Milton Public Library to kick off the start of December with some winter festivities:

  • Saturday, December 3 from 10 am – 4pm. Join us for a sweet adventure at Life-Size Candyland! Kids, see if you can beat your parents to the Candy Castle to rescue King Kandy, while at the same time practicing counting and color recognition. Sign up for a timeslot today!
  • Thursday, December 8 at 2:30pm.  Get ready to sing and dance with Elsa and Anna at our Frozen Sing-Along movie showing! No registration required.

To learn more and to register for programs for kids, teens, and adults,please visit the MPL website.

On Saturday, December 11, from 8am-4 pm, Fontbonne welcomes five well-known children’s authors to Fontbonne as part of our Christmas at Fontbonne Book Fair. There will be author presentations and signings, craft activities, face painting, photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, food tables and more. $10 per family pre-registration is required. All details are here. 

Milton resident Pauline Wells, will perform in “Home For Christmas” on Saturday, December 3 at 7:30 at the Norwood Theater. The 2022 production of Home for Christmas will once again feature a superb lineup of guest artists, dancers and musicians. This concert benefits “Cops for Kids with Cancer” and all details can be found here. 

SUPERINTENDENT SHOUTOUT

We owe a big shout out to Dan Kerrigan, his team at Steel and Rye, and all the members of the community who made a donation to make the Thanksgiving dinner program possible. Through the team’s rigorous work and the community’s generosity twenty-six MPS families received a complete Thanksgiving dinner, including turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, and gravy topped off with a pumpkin pie to complete the feast. We are extremely grateful for the thoughtfulness and dedication of the Steel and Rye community of employees and friends at Thanksgiving and throughout the year.

A special thank you to our MPS delivery teams – Jackie and Caroline Morgan, Marti O’Keefe McKenna and Stephanie O’Keefe. On Thanksgiving morning, their cars were overflowing with dinners, and each was delivered safely to its recipient. A sincere thank you to all who made this effort possible!

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November 17, 2022

To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
From: Interim Superintendent Janet Sheehan
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: November 17, 2022

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

We are a few days removed from the final performance of Beauty and the Beast at Milton High School and the energy is just now leaving the building! I attended with my granddaughter and we were both mesmerized – the show was outstanding, and the cast truly wowed the sold out audiences with amazing songs, dramatic scenes, big dance numbers and wonderful comic moments. Behind every successful show is a hardworking technical crew and each performance of Beauty and the Beast was solely run by MHS students. They were the stage managers, sound and light operators, and backstage crew that worked so hard to keep the show running smoothly. We are proud of our students who made this show come to life, and also give a big thank you to the adult directors and musical directors, the many parent volunteers from the Backstage Boosters and MHS administrators who made this show possible. You can see the full list of cast and crew members here. Next up for MHS Theatre? Mama Mia coming in spring 2023!

MHS Chorus, Marching Band, and Color Guard students were proud to perform as part of the Milton Veteran’s Day Ceremony on Friday, November 11th. After marching from MHS to Town Hall, the Chorus opened the program with the Star Spangled Banner and “Lift Every Voice and Sing” before hearing thoughtful and touching speeches from several veterans and community members. Later in the program, Chorus and Marching Band students performed the Armed Forces Medley together, followed by adorable renditions of “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” and “You’re a Grand Old Flag” by Tucker students. The Marching Band closed out the program with “God Bless America”. 

Next week is Thanksgiving, and MPS is closed from November 23-25 for the holiday. I wish you and your family a very happy and healthy Thanksgiving holiday. Please read below for information about the Superintendent search, an upcoming School Committee Forum on Safe and Supportive Schools, Post Secondary Planning night at MHS, 8th Grade Information Night at MHS, the MPS Holiday Giving Drive, Reading about Diversity in our elementary schools, and more. 

MPS NEED TO KNOW

IMPORTANT DATES

  • Nov 23-25 Thanksgiving Break 
  • Nov 30 School Committee Forum 
  • Dec 1 Post Secondary Planning Night
  • Dec 5, 6, 8 Milton Town Meeting 
  • Dec 7 School Committee Meeting 
  • Dec 8 Early Release K-12, P/T Conferences Grades K-5
  • Dec 13 Pierce 6th Grade Concert at MHS
  • Dec 14 Pierce 7th & 8th Grade Concert at MHS
  • Dec 15 SEPAC Meeting 
  • Dec 15 MHS 8th Grade Information Night 
  • Dec 20 MHS Cabaret 
  • Dec 21 School Committee Meeting 
  • Dec 23 No School Winter Break Begins 
  • Jan 3 School Resumes 

MPS Calendars: 2022-23 One Page School Year Calendar and Link to MPS Monthly Calendar.

SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH UPDATE

Thank you to all who attended the staff, student and community Superintendent Search Focus Groups this week. We invite all community members to share their input on the Superintendent search by completing the survey linked here, which will be open through Friday, November 18. 

Thank you to all who submitted interest in serving on the Screening Committee. There was substantial interest in serving which speaks well of the commitment of our community. The list of Screening Committee members can be found here. 

The Massachusetts Association of School Committees and Executive Director Glenn Koocher is assisting us with the search for the next Superintendent.  If you would like to contact Mr. Koocher directly, he can be reached at gkoocher@masc.org

For reference, the posting for the Superintendent position can be found here and the application can be accessed here. The deadline for applications is midnight on November 28th. 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE FORUM – SAFE AND SUPPORTIVE SCHOOLS 

On Wednesday, November 30, from 7-8:30pm, the School Committee will host the second of four public forums for the Milton community. The forum will provide a 30 minute presentation on Safe and Supportive Schools, a pillar of the MPS Strategic Plan. Following the presentation by MPS faculty, community members will be invited to ask questions and share comments about Safe and Supportive Schools. MPS administrators, faculty, and School Committee members will respond to questions and comments and share their perspectives on the issues. 

Safe and Supportive Schools foster a safe, positive, healthy, and inclusive whole school learning environment. In the Milton Public Schools, we strive to support students holistically in key areas of development through the implementation of practices grounded in the prioritization of SEL competencies and trauma-informed instruction. In accordance with current research, MPS has prioritized fostering safe and supportive schools as a critical foundation for maximizing teaching and learning and academic excellence in safe, positive, healthy, and inclusive school learning environments.

The public forum will be held at the Council on Aging, at 10 Walnut St, just behind Town Hall. The meeting will be hybrid, with attendees able to participate in person and through Zoom at this link (Passcode: 168556). All links to attend are posted on the main page of the MPS website linked here.

POST SECONDARY PLANNING NIGHT

Please join the MHS School Counseling Department for their annual Post Secondary Planning Night on Thursday, December 1, from 6:15-8:30 pm. Over two hours, families will have the opportunity to attend the information sessions that most interest them. Sessions include How to Pay for College, Alternative Paths, Training in the Military, Start Planning for your Child’s Future, Trade Talk, Admissions Advisory: Private Colleges and Public Universities and College Testing: ACT vs SAT. The evening is targeted to parents and guardians of students in Grades 8-11 but all are welcome to attend. We hope you will join us for this valuable evening as you begin to think about your child’s post secondary plans. 

 

DECEMBER VACATION CAMP 

The December Vacation Camp flyer can be found here.  Registration on Family ID starts next Wednesday, November 16. All information can be found on the MCS website

MHS INFORMATION NIGHT 

Please join us on Thursday, December 15 at 6:30pm in the Milton High School Auditorium (25 Gile Rd) for an opportunity to learn about Milton High School course offerings, academic and extracurricular programs, athletics and activities that prepare students for college and life beyond high school. Current 8th grade students, parents and guardians are invited to attend this informational session and tour of Milton High School.

FREE AT HOME COVID TESTS

Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) (in conjunction with Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Public Health) is providing at-home COVID-19 tests at no cost to public school districts. These tests are intended for use by students and staff to support the return to school process after Thanksgiving and Winter breaks. We recommend tests be used no sooner than 24 hours prior to returning to school after these holiday breaks.

MPS is happy to take part in this program, and school nurses will distribute these test kits next week to staff/ students who are interested. If you are interested in free COVID tests, please see below for details.

  • Elementary: Test kits will be distributed to students in their classrooms. Please email your school nurse with your student’s name/teacher by Sunday, November 20th to ensure that a test kit is sent home with your student.
  • Pierce and MHS: Test kits will be available in the main lobby during Advisory periods. An announcement will be made on Monday and Tuesday that interested students should come to the main lobby and pick up a test. Please speak with your student in advance and ask them to pick up a test if you’d like them to participate. 

MPS GOOD TO KNOW 

MPS HOLIDAY GIVING DRIVE

The Milton Public Schools is partnering with My Brother’s Keeper, the Milton Residents Fund, and the MPS School Counseling department to ensure all Milton families in need have a wonderful holiday season. There are three ways for MPS families to help support these efforts, and families at any grade level are invited to participate in any of the drives. 

Elementary Toy Drive: The Holiday Toy Drive organized by our elementary PTOs will run from December 5-8 in our elementary schools. We need donations of all types of items, and popular gifts include Legos, LOL Surprise dolls, dolls representing a diverse array of skin tones, cultures, and ethnicities, superhero action figures, arts and craft kits, science/STEM kits, board games, video games, books, a football or basketball, outdoor active toys, or anything representing Boston sports teams.  We cannot accept food or violent games. $25 Target Gift Cards are always needed as well.

We are once again partnering with two local toy shops and encourage you to check out their great toy selections while supporting the toy drive: The Toy Chest in East Milton or The Toy Box in Hanover (owned by a Milton family). Bring your new, unwrapped item(s) to a collection box in the lobby of the elementary schools between December 5-8. 

Pierce Families Helping Families: Each year, our school counselors identify Pierce families in need and collect gift cards to be distributed to them for the holidays. This program, Families Helping Families, provides an opportunity for your family to bring a little bit of holiday spirit to family at Pierce Middle School in the most anonymous and quiet way. If you are interested in supporting this effort, please bring your gift card donation to the main office at Pierce by December 16 and deposit it in the sealed box located in the front office. We recommend gift cards to Star Market, Shaws, Stop & Shop, Target, and Old Navy, but we will, of course, accept gift cards from all stores. 

MHS Teen Gift Card Drive: MHS School Counseling supports teens and families in need with gift cards during the holiday season. If you would like to anonymously support an MHS family or student, please consider dropping a $25 gift card from Target or Amazon to the MHS to the MHS front office by December 9. 

Our School Counselors and Family Outreach Liaison Marti O’Keefe McKenna work with the Milton Residents Fund and My Brothers Keeper to ensure MPS families are supported throughout the holiday season.  Thank you for helping us make the holiday season a little brighter for our neighbors!

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If you are in need of assistance this holiday season (or at any time), please reach out to your building principal or Marti O’Keefe McKenna, MPS Family Outreach Liaison, at 617-980-7343 or by email at mmckenna@miltonps.org.  All calls and emails are confidential.

MILTON SOCCER EQUIPMENT DRIVE

Milton Soccer Uniform Program: Pass us your soccer uniforms…and we’ll pass them on to children all over the world! Drop off your used soccer uniforms (and equipment) to collection bins located in the lobbies of Collicot/Cunningham, Glover, Tucker and Pierce schools or to 34 Cliff Rd. Milton. Collection dates are November 14- 30. Any donations of CLEAN T-Shirts, shorts, socks, shin guards, cleats, and deflated balls and pumps will be gratefully accepted. Uniforms from other sports will also be accepted. For more information, call Madame Brown at 617-696-8125. This project is supported by the Milton Public Schools and Milton Soccer.

KATIE GREER AT MPS

On September 29th, Katie Greer came to Milton and spoke to all 3rd-5th grade students on digital citizenship.  That evening, Katie delivered a powerful parent/guardian session titled, Keeping Students Safe in a Digital World.  On January 5th, Katie will be returning to Milton to speak to all of our secondary students.  That evening she will deliver another parent/guardian session at 6pm in the Pierce auditorium.  Please complete the short survey linked here to help us determine the topic for Katie’s evening session on January 5th, 2023.

MPS NICE TO KNOW

READING ABOUT DIVERSITY 

Reading About Diversity (RAD) is a K-5th grade program run by parent volunteers in our elementary schools. The curriculum, designed by two educators with expertise in diversity and literacy, helps our students to better understand and celebrate our diverse world. At each grade level, five children’s books have been selected with related questions already prepared. Each book also includes writing and/or drawing extensions. Each lesson takes about forty-five minutes to an hour and takes place in your child’s classroom.

Mrs. McKay’s Cunningham 4th grade class kicked off RAD by reading Wings by Christopher Myers. During the class discussion, students talked about differences, acceptance, and bullying. Students talked about standing up for those who are bullied, being friends with kids who are being bullied and talked about our similarities as part of the human race. Students worked hard to write and draw about how to encourage others to accept differences and how to handle issues when others are being bullied. If you are interested in facilitating a RAD lesson, please reach out to your room parent or child’s teacher.

In addition, Cunningham students participated in a variety of anti bullying activities this week, including an excellent assembly earlier today by Vital Dance Crew, who use dance, music and testimonials to relay their message of respect, responsibility and setting goals.  You can see here how engaged students were throughout the presentation! Dr. Redden helped out by sharing how to be kind around school, you can watch his day at Cunningham here. 

TUCKER RAFFLE

The annual Tucker Raffle Calendar is back and contains 22 chances to win over $4,000 worth of prizes in December!  100% of the proceeds go to the Tucker PTO which provides additional funding for field trip buses, library support, artist in residence, music lesson scholarships, in-school experiences and so much more.  Tickets are $10 each and you can win more than once! The more you enter, the more chances to win! Click here to purchase tickets and support Tucker. 

MUSIC DEPARTMENT FUNDRAISER

Looking for an easy and healthy holiday gift idea? Support the Milton Music Department by ordering from our online citrus fruit fundraiser anytime between now and December 11th! Gift boxes or crates of fresh fruit are guaranteed to ship directly to the recipient in time for Christmas. Whether you’re shopping for yourself, your family, colleagues, neighbors, or friends, these delicious gift boxes are sure to be a hit. Use the QR code below or visit this link to order through our website. The sale closes on December 11th, so don’t delay!

 

ATHLETICS

Football is in the Division III State Semifinals tomorrow! The Wildcats finished the regular season 7-0 and then beat Minnechuag and Marblehead to advance to the Final Four. They face Hanover tomorrow, Friday at 7:00pm at Weymouth High School. Make sure to buy your tickets here! The winner advances to the Superbowl at Gillette Stadium!

The Girls Cross Country Team finished in 5th place at the Division IC Meet in Wrentham last Friday, which qualifies them to run in the Division 1 State Championships! The girls will race in the D1 State Championships on Saturday 11/19 at 1:00pm at Fort Devens- 65 Antietam St, Devens.

Good luck to both teams! Be on the lookout for our next Athletics Newsletter next week with Fall All-Stars, Tournament Successes and Winter Sports Registration and Tryout Information.

 

COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS

Please use the links below or visit the MPS Community News & Events page for information on these terrific community events and opportunities! 

The Run to Change Lives is on Saturday, November 19 and starts and ends at Cunningham School. Run, Walk or Roll in support of Cardinal Cushing Centers programs that help individuals with intellectual disabilities! Register online here. 

Holiday Market at the Eustis Estate, Saturday, November 19 10 am – 3pm, Eustis Estate, 1424 Canton Avenue, Milton, MA.  Join us for the 3rd Annual Eustis Estate Holiday Market. This open-air market features a variety of local craftspeople selling unique holiday gifts including jewelry, fiber art, and foodstuffs. Members: free; nonmembers: $5. Due to limited capacity, we recommend that you purchase your timed tickets in advance. Please call 617-994-5914 for more information. 

Milton Soccer: Registration is now open for our spring 2023 soccer programs.  Please visit our Milton Soccer website  for all details on programs or to register (or use the direct registration link).  Please note that the grade 9-12 registration will open in March. The deadline to register is January 7th (on January 8th waitlist and late fees apply).

The Milton Public Library’s calendar of November programs can be found here. Plan ahead and take a look at the December calendar here. To learn more and to register for programs for kids, teens, and adults, please visit the MPL website.

  • Need help finding books to read over the Thanksgiving holiday? Try our BookMatch for Kids! This reader’s advisory service helps anyone in grades K-6 find their next favorite read. Fill out our form to tell us a little more about you, and we’ll email you a list of 8-10 books we think you’ll really like. Find the form here.
  • Visit the Children’s Room anytime on Saturday, November 26 for a Thanksgiving themed Scavenger Hunt! Search and find all the hidden items in order to take home a prize. This activity is for all ages, and registration is not required – just ask the Librarian at the Children’s Desk for a Scavenger Hunt sheet to participate. 

MECA offers “I Can Do It!” Helping Your Child Feel the Power of Independence a virtual educational workshop, for families with children ages 2.5 to 4 years old. Thursday, December 1, at 7p.  Registration at this link is required to receive the Zoom link and passcode.

On Saturday, December 11, from 8am-4 pm, Fontbonne welcomes five well-known children’s authors to Fontbonne as part of our Christmas at Fontbonne Book Fair. There will be author presentations and signings, craft activities, face painting, photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, food tables and more. $10 per family pre-registration is required. All details are here. 

Milton resident Pauline Wells, will perform in “Home For Christmas” on Saturday, December 3 at 7:30 at the Norwood Theater. The 2022 production of Home for Christmas will once again feature a superb lineup of guest artists, dancers and musicians. This concert benefits “Cops for Kids with Cancer” and all details can be found here. 

SUPERINTENDENT SHOUTOUT 

Thank you to the Milton Community Food Pantry for supporting food insecure Milton families, during the holidays and throughout the year. Our elementary schools are participating in the pantry’s Thanksgiving food drive with donations of items to make a traditional Thanksgiving meal. In addition to the Thanksgiving bags assembled at our schools, the pantry will provide families with fresh fruit and produce as well as gift cards to purchase a turkey and pies. Thanks to the many parents and guardians who coordinated the food drive and to all who donated.

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