June 23, 2022

To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
From: James F. Jette
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: June 23, 2022

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

As the 2021-22 school year comes to an end, I am conflicted as to how to sum up a year that is considered by many to be one of the most challenging years in public education in recent US history. MPS was not immune to the difficulties faced by our country and at times our school year was contentious and angry, sad and scary. It was also happy and joyous, and our students were curious, engaged, and enthusiastic as their accomplished teachers and staff did what they do best – teach and support our students in the pursuit of academic excellence and social emotional well being. 

Thank you to Rose Russell, Tucker’s ambassador for positivity and Monday morning vibes!

The word I would like to personally focus on is grateful. I am grateful to the MPS faculty and staff for their incredible work throughout this challenging school year. I am grateful to our MPS families for their ongoing support – it is recognized and so appreciated. I am grateful to our MPS volunteers ( PTO leaders; MHS parents/guardians who support athletics, art and music; MHS, Pierce and elementary families who organize the end of year activities for our students at every level;  Site Council and Diversity Committee members) without whom much of the fun and excitement you see below would not be possible. 

Above all, I am grateful to our MPS students who bring “it” –  enthusiasm, joy, curiosity, drive, compassion – to school every single day.  Our students, your children, make the Milton Public Schools a vibrant place to learn and grow and I am thankful to be your Superintendent. 

While our school year is ending, Central Office is open all summer and we can be reached at 617-696-4808. Our summer programs will begin after July 4 and our buildings will be humming with activity serving over 1000 students for much of the summer. As we look forward to the final day of school tomorrow,  I invite you to read on below to see some of our end of year fun as well as some wrap up reminders. I wish you and your family a wonderful and relaxing summer and time well spent with family and friends.

 

IMPORTANT DATES & INFORMATION

  • June 24 Last Day of School, Early Release
  • June 29 School Committee Meeting 

MPS Calendars: 2022-23 One Page School Year Calendar; District-Wide Calendar of Events for times and details on current events.

Next year’s calendar includes four Late Start days (9/23, 10/28, 1/17, 3/31) new to the MPS calendar.  These days will be used for Staff Professional Development, similar to Early Release days. Your child’s school day will begin 2 hours later on these days, ESAP will be open for enrolled students at the elementary schools, and lunch and afterschool activities will continue as usual.

Bus registration for the 2022-23 school year will close on June 24, 2022. Please visit our Transportation Page for all details and links. 

Residency re-establishment is past due. If you fail to re-establish residency for your child who is entering grades six or nine,  you will not receive their MHS class schedule or their Pierce team assignment. Please submit the required documents via the link provided in the email you received on June 6, 2022 or drop the documents in the lockbox outside the main entrance of Milton High School. All details can be found in the Re-establishment of Residency Letter linked here. In addition, the MPS required residency documents can be found here. Thank you for your attention to this matter and please email residency@miltonps.org with questions. 

HEALTH AND SAFETY 

COVID Updates: MPS reported 3 staff and 6 students positive for the week of 6/16-6/22. This is the last week of reporting per DESE/ DPH. In total MPS reported 254 staff and 1439 students positive this school year.

Children ages 6 months through 5 years old who live in Massachusetts are now able to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Please speak to your child’s doctor about their plans to administer the vaccine now that it is available and raise any questions or concerns you have about the vaccine and your child. 

Families may feel most comfortable getting their youngest children vaccinated by their primary care provider, but retail pharmacies are also able to vaccinate children aged 3 and above. More information, including safety information, where to get vaccinated, and helpful questions and answers, is available here. 

MPS SUMMER

Summer Reading Challenge for Grades K-6! Our goal is to have Milton Summer Readers read ONE MILLION minutes over the course of the summer! Teachers introduced the Summer Reading Challenge to elementary students in class and all details can be found here

Pierce readers will visit the Pierce Summer Reading 2022 website to choose, read, and respond to texts over the summer. 

MHS students can find all summer work information here. 

Summertime Stories: For children up to 6 years old along with a parent or caregiver. Miss Sara, from the Milton Public Library, will read stories, sing songs, and delight children at four sessions held around town.

  • July 21 & August 18­­­­­­­­­­­: At the Tucker Playground
  • July 28 & August 4: At Cunningham Park
  • All sessions will begin at 10am.
  • Please bring a blanket to sit on.
  • If it rains, we will move indoors to the Tucker gymnasium or Cunningham Hall.

Why not bring your soon-to-be Kindergartener and have them wear their yellow “I’m going to Kindergarten” t-shirt? It’s a great way for them to meet new friends who might be in their class in September! 

Summer Meals: MPS is not eligible to serve meals this summer, but please see below for local options. 

Project Bread has  up to date information with locations all over MA including in Dorchester, Mattapan, Randolph, or Norwood. In addition, the Milton Food Pantry at 158 Blue Hills Parkway in the Parkway United Methodist Church is open every other Saturday throughout the summer on July 9, July 23, August 6 and August 20 from 9:15-11:15. 

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

Each year, Student Government selects three MHS staff members who have made a significant contribution to the lives of our students. Congratulations to Mme. Liddell, Ms. Peterson and Ms. O’Donnell, this year’s honorees! 

The class of 2023 chose MHS Food Service employee Donielle Peterson! “We chose someone who works really hard, and is dedicated to helping students everyday. Whether it be while getting our acai bowls or making us a delicious sandwich from the deli bar, she always serves us with a smile on her face. The past few years have been very difficult so we appreciate all the work she does along with the rest of the staff. The Junior class is pleased to announce that Ms. Peterson, or Dee as we know her, is the winner of this year’s faculty member of the year award.'”

The Class of 2024 chose MHS Food Service employee Maria O’Donnell! “As we approach the end of the year the days seem to all melt together into some giant pile of memories. We’ve had a lot of great days, a few bad ones and many in between, and we begin to reflect on the constants in all of these. A few unsung heroes of the MHS community are the cafeteria workers, who have watched us through our worst and best days, helping feed us to make it a little bit better. I have seen first hand the incredible change in students’ attitudes after having a snack, and am so glad that these staff members are in our lives. So today we’d like to say thank you on behalf of all of 2024 because we don’t say it nearly enough, to Ms. Maria O’Donnell!”

The Class of 2025 chose MHS French teacher Mme. Zofia Liddell! “The recipient of this award facilitated discussions that created a safe, comfortable atmosphere where students could connect with their peers. She has a wonderful spirit and always makes everyone in the room smile. She truly cares about every single person as not only a student but also as an individual…thus the Freshmen class would like to present this award to Mme Liddell!” 

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Camila (3rd from right) with Dr. Burke’s team.

Thank you to Dr. Dennis Burke of BID -Milton who is hosting MHS graduates Brianna DiMaggio, Camila Badia, & Lila Glenn, who are interested in pursuing careers in medicine. Brianna, Camila and Lila are spending a day with Dr. Burke’s  orthopedic surgery team and observing surgeries, making rounds, and meeting healthcare professionals.

PIERCE PAGES 

We are so proud of our students who have performed excellently on the National Latin and National Pegasus Mythology Exams again this year! You can read the full list of winners here. 

National Latin Exam Results: There are over 150,000 students from all over the world who take this prestigious exam (from our 50 states and 13 foreign countries), it’s very competitive and the awards are truly merited. This year we have fifteen award winners and two medalists!

National Mythology Exam Results: The National Pegasus Mythology Exam is another nationally recognized exam with students who participate from all over the country.
This year we have seventeen  award winners and medalists!

Congratulations to our students and thank you to Pierce teacher Danielle Heubner for her hard work in preparing our students and exposing them to this academic opportunity.

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Mr. Manning’s 6th grade artists have been studying contemporary artists who use maps in their work. 6th graders searched their neighborhood on several mapping sights and used a birds eye view to create a map of where they live. To make the assignment more personal and more connected to each artist, students drew their map in the shape of their profile. Look below to see if you can spot your neighborhood in the profiles at right!  

7th and 8th grade artists finished the year strong with a very difficult color wheel assignment and more Pop Art. 7th and 8th grade artists learned how to manipulate the color wheel and discovered that most designers use a color wheel on a daily basis. Students researched NBA uniforms and NFL jerseys to get a glimpse of color schemes and discovered which teams used complimentary colors vs. analogous color schemes. Students were thrilled to watch a color appear as they mixed it before their eyes. Check out some of their terrific work below.

SEPAC

EDUCATE: Please read our 2022 Annual Report to learn what SEPAC has been doing this year. After reading this report, please fill out our survey to inform our plans for 2022-2023. 

PARTICIPATE: We need to hear from you! Please fill out this brief, 3 question survey to inform our visioning process for 2022-2023. SEPAC Survey 2022

ADVOCATE: Calling all parents who would like to discuss the French Immersion program from an inclusion and special education angle, please contact Katie McCarty this summer to be part of an evolving conversation.

 ART AND MUSIC 

Is your student interested in learning an instrument? Come be a part of the Instrumental Lesson Program in Milton! All information for beginning students can be found here: Beginner Instrumental Lesson Information

Please fill out the form found HERE to begin the registration process. In order to ensure the best chances of getting your first choice instrument, fill out this form now! Please note that at this time, guitar registration is full. Email Lesson Program Director Rebecca Damiani at rdamiani@miltonps.org with questions. 

MILTON COMMUNITY SCHOOLS 

MCS would like to thank our students and families for a wonderful 2021-22 school year. We wish you all a safe and enjoyable summer. We can’t wait for next school year! Thanks are also in order to all of our MCS supervisors and staff for their consistent hard work and dedication to our programs and students. You all put a smile on the students’ faces every day and this school year would not have been possible without you.

ATHLETICS

Our Baseball Team was crowned State Champions for the first time in program history! They beat King Philip 4-2 to end their season as the Division II State Champs, finishing the season 22-3, capping an incredible two years. The Baseball Team has gone 39-6 since seeing their Spring Season canceled in 2020. They have won back-to-back Bay State Conference Titles, the 2021 Bay State Conference Tournament, and finished in style with convincing wins throughout the Tournament. Congratulations to players, as well Coach Morrissey and his staff for all the work they have put in over the past two years.

At the same time as the Baseball Team was scoring their second run of the game, our Girls Relay Team was running at the New Balance Nationals in Philadelphia! The 4x800m Relay Team of Katie O’Toole, Marilyn Roche, Mia Jilani, and Gretel Schewe finished 7th, with a time of 9:37.53, beating their qualification time by nearly 4 seconds! They were the first place team from Massachusetts! Freshman Gretel Schewe also finished 6th in the 800m with a time of 2:23.46. Quite the accomplishment from four girls that are all returning next year!

Congratulations to the our Spring All Stars and All Scholastics.

  • Lacrosse: James Tobin – Bay State Conference; Grace DeBenedictis- Bay State Conference
  • Tennis: John Dickens – Bay State Conference; Ethan Tran – Bay State Conference HM; Catalina Abboud – Bay State Conference
  • Baseball: Charlie Walker – Bay State Conference MVP, Boston Herald, Patriot Ledger; Brian Foley – Bay State Conference, Boston Herald, Patriot Ledger; Shea Donovan – Bay State Conference, Boston Herald; Owen McHugh – Bay State Conference; Jimmy Fallon – Bay State Conference; Jack Finnegan – Bay State Conference
  • Softball: Alona Lynch – Bay State Conference; Sadie Steuterman – Bay State Conference; Shakura Lynch – Bay State Conference HM
  • Rugby: Jordan Goddard Brown – Patriot Rugby Conference; Van Tran – Patriot Rugby Conference; Chris Burns – Patriot Rugby Conference; Matt Paquette – Patriot Rugby Conference; Amari Marsman – Patriot Rugby Conference, MVP; Aidan Skillin – Patriot Rugby Conference
  • Outdoor Track: Liam Faherty – Bay State Conference

We finished the year with three MVPs this year! Charlie Walker for Baseball, Mason Pellegri for Wrestling, and Amari Marsmann for Rugby!

2022-23 Athletics Registration: Registration for all sports next year will open on July 1st. Students should sign up for ALL sports they intend to try out for. If a student changes their mind, the registration can be edited. Tryout information will be posted with registration.

Summer Speed & Agility Program: For the fourth straight summer, MHS will offer a Speed and Agility Program for student-athletes looking to get in (and stay in) shape! It is great preparation for Fall Athletes in order to prevent injuries. This is open to all students, from incoming 8th grade to 2022 Grads.

Tim Murphy, a certified Personal Trainer and the Strength and Conditioning Coordinator, and also the current Men’s Lacrosse Coach at Curry College for the past 11 years, will continue running the Boys’ Session. Nicole Boniface, a certified Personal Trainer and the Girls’ Freshman Lacrosse Coach, will be running the Girls’ Session. Nicole is a 2016 Graduate of Curry College, having played Lacrosse and also works at Fitness Unlimited in East Milton.

The 6-week session will start the week of July 11 and will run until Thursday, August 18. Registration can be found here.

Good luck to our student-athletes playing in college next year!

Bradan O’Loughlin – University of San Diego, Rowing; Christopher Deleonardis – Fairfield University,Rowing; Sophia Manning – Temple University (Scholarship), Rowing; Charlie Walker -Northeastern (Scholarship), Baseball;  Brian Foley – UMass Lowell (Scholarship), Baseball; Shea Donovan – Salve Regina, Baseball; Norah Affanato- Loyola University Maryland (Scholarship), Cross Country & Track; Marcus Olivierre – Wheaton College, Baseball; Amari Marsmann- Trinity College, Football; Grace DeBenedictis- Skidmore College, Lacrosse; Alex Paxhia – Trinity College, Wrestling; Rose Gillooly – Savannah College of Art and Design, Swimming; Elle Anthony – Swarthmore College, Swimming; Brianna Seeto – UMass Amherst, Cheer; Tait Peloquin – Kentucky University, Cheer; Lila Glenn – Boston College, Cheer; Isaiah Hassell – Springfield College, Football; Cameron Pina -Plymouth State, Football; Chase Vaughan – East Coast Prep (PG), Football; Caroline Gannon – Hobart & William Smith, Golf. 

 

COMMUNITY NEWS

Milton Music Fest  and Fireworks will be back again Saturday June 25th with Celtic Sunday on June 26th on Hutchinson Field overlooking the Boston skyline.

Help us celebrate this wonderful Town of Milton! Festivities will begin at 5 PM Saturday and we will again have a giant sandbox and the ever popular water slide and bouncy house for children.  Corn hole will be a big draw this year again for families too. The Fruit Center truck will be on hand with goodies and a small slide for little ones! 

Music will kick off at 6:30 and our headliner Booty Vortex will take the stage at 8:00 PM followed by our outstanding fireworks display

Sunday festivities will be from noon till 7PM and the Headliner will be Celtic Cross from NYC!

Food trucks and a Beer/wine truck will be on site both days so no outside adult beverages are permitted on the field. Free parking is available at Laboure/ Fontbonne with free shuttle buses. 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! We are a small group of volunteers who coordinate this event who would love some help setting up on Friday and Saturday as well as clean up on Sunday night and Monday morning. Check out our website WeareMilton.org for ways to help and for the most up-to date information.

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Kickball is back! Would your child enjoy the opportunity to be on a team in a less competitive, more recreational environment? Milton Sports for All provides an opportunity for kids of all backgrounds, abilities, and experiences, to participate in sporting activities in a fun and accessible way. The program is open to those in grades 5 – 8 who reside in Milton. Our goal is for kids across Milton to have fun playing sports together in a supportive environment, where they can meet new friends. The season will kick-off September 18th and games will be played on Wednesdays from 4:45-6:00pm and Saturdays from 9:45-11:00am, through October 22. Kids are welcome to attend one or both sessions. Please be on the look out for a link to register, later this summer.

Milton Sports for All is organized by a volunteer group of parents and community members who share the belief that sports should not only be fun, but accessible to all kids regardless of experience or ability.

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Forbes House Museum Barnfest! Join us for a Midsummer Barnfest on Thursday July 21, from 6-9 pm. There’ll be live music by The Joneses, food by Wanderlust, and Barrel House Z will be providing the beverages. It’s a fun family-friendly event, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the museum. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door and include your first drink. Under 21 are free! To purchase tickets, please visit the Forbes House website. Thank you to our community sponsor Molloy Landscaping.

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The Milton Public Library’s calendar of June events can be found here. Plan ahead and take a look at the July calendar here. 

Registration is open for our Teen Summer Reading Program! Each book you log earns you a raffle ticket towards some awesome gift cards. Check us out at miltonlibrary.beanstack.org and get reading!

Visit MPL all summer long for daily (yes, daily!) kids programming. Check out all of the special events, in addition to our weekly storytimes and crafternoons, that you can partake in next week:

  • Tonight – Thursday June 23 from 4-8 pm:Celebrate the start of Summer Reading with our Kick-Off event
  • Tuesday, June 28 at 2:30pm: Join Pop-Up Art School to learn how to paint a cute squirrel nestled in a tree.
  • Wednesday, June 29 at 2:30pm: Venture into the world of drama at Reader’s Theater, for Grades 2-4 with Ms. Sara.
  • Thursday, June 30 at 2:30pm: Join Ms. Tory for a very special Graphic Novel Book Club, for Grades 3-5, where we will welcome father/son, graphic novel creating guests Calvin and Nile Hennick.

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

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Outdoor Meditation Workshop at the Forbes House Museum; 8-9 a.m. on four consecutive Tuesdays: July 12, 19, 26 and August 2. All details and registration here. 

Start your day relaxed, focused and ready after participating in these Vipassana-based meditation workshops led by Elizabeth Cronin, Psy.D. This progressive series of guided meditation sessions is perfect for anyone new to the practice or who has struggled with developing a regular routine. Each session will conclude with an open discussion about the day’s meditation. Chairs will be provided, or participants may choose to bring their own mats or cushions. 

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June 16, 2022

To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
From: James F. Jette
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: June 16, 2022

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

We are in the home stretch of the school year, with just four and a half days of school left for our students. As a reminder, Sunday, June 19 is Juneteenth and there is no school in MPS on Monday, June 20 in honor of Juneteenth. The last day of school, Friday, June 24, is an Early Release day. 

Last week, the Pierce community experienced an extended lockdown, a traumatic experience for staff, students, families and the community. We continue to refine our safety policies, keeping student and staff safety at the forefront. If you have not yet done so, you can read my June 12, 2022 follow up letter at this link .

Last night we gathered at Milton High School to celebrate our six MPS staff members who are retiring at the end of this school year.  I invite you to read more here about April Allegrezza, Mike Cleary, Tracy Attaya, Judy Bygate, Sue Hennessey and Joe Dolan (who retired late last year). Please join me in thanking these valued staff members for their service to the Milton Public Schools!

There some some fantastic end of year celebrations, showcases, projects and plenty of fun happening during these last weeks of school. Please read on below for art and music highlights, ways to help our 8th graders advocate for higher Milton voter engagement, health updates from Director of Nursing Kim Coughlin, summer reading information, chromebook details, news from the MHS Achieve Class and much more! 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE 

The next School Committee meeting is Wednesday, June 29, 2022.  All information about attending School Committee meetings can be found on the Town of Milton webpage under School Committee. You can watch regular 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. Meeting minutes, presentations and other documents related to School Committee can always be found on our website under the School Committee tab

IMPORTANT UPCOMING EVENTS

  • June 20 Juneteenth, No School
  • June 24 Last Day of School, Early Release 

MPS Calendars: 21-22 One Page School Year Calendar; 2022-23 One Page School Year Calendar; District-Wide Calendar of Events for times and details on current events.

Next year’s calendar includes four Late Start days (9/23, 10/28, 1/17, 3/31) new to the MPS calendar.  These days will be used for Staff Professional Development, similar to Early Release days. Your child’s school day will begin 2 hours later on these days, ESAP will be open for enrolled students at the elementary schools, and lunch and afterschool activities will continue as usual.

HEALTH AND SAFETY 

COVID Updates: MPS has reported 7 new student cases and 4 staff cases to DPH for previous reporting period (June 2-8).  Local and Norfolk County data can be found here: CDC COVID data tracker and Milton COVID 19 Dashboard.

All student medications must be picked up from the school nurse’s offices by Friday June 24th.  All medications will be disposed of after this date.  Please make arrangements for pick up with your school nurse.

Incoming 7th and 11th grade students: Updated, current physical exams and immunizations are required for entry into 7th and 11th grades.  Please review the state’s updated School Immunization requirements as a Tdap booster and Meningococcal vaccine are needed for 7th graders and a Meningococcal booster is a state requirement for 11th grade. 

Due to pandemic workload, MPS was not able to complete the SBIRT screening for 7th and 10th graders this year and unable to provide postural screening for elementary and middle school students.  If you would like postural screening for your student, please reach out to the school nurse who will coordinate this with your student’s teacher prior to the last day of school.

 

MILTON FOUNDATION FOR EDUCATION 

The MFE has been visiting our schools and announcing winners of the MFE Teacher of the Year from each school! Congratulations to Glover Teacher Stacia Kates and MHS Teacher Liz Hallisey who were surprised at Glover and MHS this week. Thank you to the MFE for celebrating our teachers!

MPS SUMMER

With summer approaching, it’s time for our annual Summer Reading Challenge. Our goal is to have Milton Summer Readers read ONE MILLION minutes over the course of the summer! Teachers will be introducing the Summer Reading Challenge to elementary students next week in class and all details can be found here

Pierce readers will visit the Pierce Summer Reading 2022 website to choose, read, and respond to texts over the summer.  MHS students will have their own summer work website which will be shared with families this month. 

 
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Milton Summer Enrichment is the perfect July option for families who are looking for a way to start the day right. Each day, our MSE kids are engaged in what THEY choose! 

We have interesting and fun classes and programs for elementary, middle and preschool kids. MSE has a flexible start and end time, and is competitively priced with a family cap. 

In addition, we are excited to be offering a NEW MSE class: A 4 Week Drama Intensive at MSE! This class is for children in rising grades 3 through 8 and will run M-F from 8-12.

Glover Teacher Caprial Harris will lead a dedicated group of performers in a musical theatre dance intensive! A combination of fun theatre games, vocal exercises, voice projection and articulation, scene study, script writing, choreography, and dance movement. After 4 fun weeks together the group will present a well-rounded show for family and friends on the last day of class! Sign up at the MSE link today! You can read more about Ms. Harris and the class here.

Attending MSE for an engaging morning gives families the afternoon for outings, family time, downtime, play with friends – whatever works for your family. Registration closes on June 20th, so register today for a fun July! Click here for the MSE 2022 Brochure for course offerings and registration information. Questions can be directed to mse@miltonps.org 

Summertime Stories: The Milton Public Schools is partnering with the Milton Public Library and Milton Early Childhood Alliance to bring some exciting storytime programs for children age birth to 6 years old along with a parent or caregiver. Miss Sara, from the Milton Public Library, will read stories, sing songs, and delight children at four sessions held around town. On July 21st and August 18­­­­­­­­­­­th, the story times will take place at the Tucker Elementary School Playground, located in the back of the school. On July 28th and August 4th the story times will take place at Cunningham Park, on the lawn within the fenced area behind Cunningham Hall. All sessions will begin at 10am. Please bring a blanket to sit on. In case of rain, the events will move indoors to the Tucker gymnasium or Cunningham Hall. Registration is not required, but we invite you to sign in upon arrival. Why not bring your soon-to-be Kindergartener and have them wear their yellow “I’m going to Kindergarten” t-shirt? It’s a great way for them to meet new friends who might be in their class in September! 

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

This week our MHS Band and String students traveled to our elementary schools to give instrument demonstrations to 3rd and 4th graders. The ensembles performed pieces from popular movies including Jurassic Park, Pirates of the Caribbean and The Avengers, then spent time teaching about their instruments. Bravo to all on a job well done!

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Milton High School’s Launch Program is looking for community partners to work with our students during the 2022-2023 school year. The Launch Program, which services students with a range of special needs, is looking for local businesses to support students in the development of their pre-vocational and vocational skills. Your support can help our students become more involved in the community and develop the skills needed for a successful transition to life beyond Milton High School. If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Mark Harrison, Assistant Director for Pupil Personnel Services, at mharrison@miltonps.org. We thank you for your interest and investment in our students.

PIERCE PAGES 

Congratulations to the cast, crew and staff advisors on an impressive run of Golly Gee Whiz! This family friendly production was a lot of fun and well received in the Milton community. More photos can be found  here.

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Great news below from Great East from Dawn Sykes, Debra Miller, Guillermo Ortiz and Aneeka Cheema! 

  • The Pierce Chorus was awarded the Gold Award at the Great East Festival. The judges were impressed by the skill and understanding of the students and elevated their skill with feedback.
  • The Jazz ensemble was awarded a Gold at Great East Festival.  This ensemble scored 9 out of 10 points on improvisation and ee are proud of the hard work and progress this ensemble has made.
  • The Concert Band awarded with Gold at the Great East Festival.  This ensemble made a significant progress throughout the school year and continues to grow. 
  • The Pierce String Orchestra was awarded the highest achievable medal of Platinum at the Great East Festival last Friday.  Congratulations on this achievement!

We are extremely proud of our musician’s hard work and dedication to the craft. A great time was had by all at the music festival and at Six Flags New England after the performance. There are great things to come for these talented musicians!

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Get out the vote!  Pierce 8th graders eighth graders Tahlia Flores, Daniel Lee, Ania Robinson have asked me to share a link to their Voter Turnout Poll with the MPS community. I am happy to share the link and hope that many voters and potential voters in Milton will take the poll to help these 8th graders gather valuable data. 

Im addition, 8th graders Luke and Jenson Bushell asked me to share an article they wrote about increasing voter turnout in Milton. The article, which will hopefully appear in the Milton Times in the coming weeks, can be read here. 

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS 

As their final assignment, Cunningham and Collicot ACE students wrapped up an 80’s themed roller skate or rollerblade mixed media project. Students designed their own pair of skates by adding unique touches of color and personality to their work. Once the skates were completed, students worked on a background using fluorescent colors, geometric shapes and a graphic design to really draw on 80s culture. Ms. Bernini promises that these pictures are sure to provide a totally rad smile!

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Collicot and Cunningham students were very happy to return to performing live Music Showcases for their families. Held in the schools’ cafeteria, families were able to see and hear, firsthand, songs and activities from the weekly music class and learn about the music standards that were addressed through each performance. Mr. Gary Good led the kindergarten and first grade concerts, Mrs. April Allegrezza led the fourth and fifth grade music classes in singing partner songs, playing Orff instruments, recorders and ukuleles, while Mr. Good led the combined Collicot and Cunningham 5th grade band and Ms. Kavita Shankar led the combined Cunningham and Collicot string ensemble. Mrs. Allegrezza also directed grades 2 and 3 who performed songs, and played Orff instruments and recorders during their concerts. 

A special thank you is extended to the Caitlin Clavette Memorial Foundation for funding a grant to supply ukuleles to each of the four Milton Public Schools’ elementary schools. Miss Clavette was a beloved elementary art teacher in the Milton Public Schools. The ukulele program commenced this year and is currently being presented to all students in grade 5 during their regular in-school music classes.

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Ms. Brandi’s Glover students enjoyed a tour of the outdoor classroom last week and observed some insects, milkweed plants, a blueberry bush and planting beds. Thank you to our parent volunteer, who also read them a book about the famous Glover ducks that have made their nests in our garden over the years.

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Tucker and Glover students have been showing their creative skills by doing some 3D printing in Technology class over the past month. Check out some of the projects they’ve been working on:

Glover 2nd Grade Insect Habitats: Students have been learning about insects. During our Technology time, students were able to create their own insect species using the scribble tool in Tinkercad. Each insect had to have a head, thorax, abdomen and six legs, just like real insects. After we 3D printed the insects, students came to the Makerspace to create a habitat for their insects. Check out these creative habitats!

 

Tucker 3rd Grade 3D Printing Boat Challenge: Students have put their design skills to the challenge during Technology class. Using the 3D modeling software Tinkercad, students worked in small groups to design a boat that could hold as many pennies as possible before capsizing or sinking. The students could make their boat any shape they wanted as long as it met the size requirements. When they were finished designing, we printed them out on the 3D printer. On testing day, each group was able to test their boat in a bin of water to see how many pennies they could hold.

Glover & Tucker 4th Grade 3D Printed Bookmarks: Students have put their creativity to the test. For their 3D printing project, students were to pick a book that they have read this year. Then using the 3D modeling software Tinkercad, students created bookmarks that represented their book using simple shapes. Tinkercad also has a scribble tools where students can draw their own shapes. Check out some of their amazing freehand designs!

SEPAC

PARTICIPATE, EDUCATE and ADVOCATE: Please read our 2021-2022 SEPAC Annual Report to learn about what SEPAC has been doing this year. What issues could have a subcommittee as part of SEPAC, like out-of-district folks and other inclusion concerns and practices?After reading this report, please fill out our SEPAC Survey 2022 to inform our plans for 2022-2023. 

 ART AND MUSIC 

On Wednesday, June 15th our Annual Instrument Petting Zoo made a successful return after two years away! Students were given the opportunity to try out instruments to help them choose which one they may want to learn next year. A big thank you to the MHS string and band students who came to help out for the evening by answering questions and demonstrating their instruments as well as our vendors, Needham Music and Johnson Strings.

Is your student interested in learning an instrument? Come be a part of the Instrumental Lesson Program in Milton! All information for beginning students can be found here: Beginner Instrumental Lesson Information

Please fill out the form found HERE to begin the registration process. In order to ensure the best chances of getting your first choice instrument, fill out this form now! Please reach out to Lesson Program Director Rebecca Damiani at rdamiani@miltonps.org with questions. 

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Check out our MHS Senior Music Spotlights below. This is our final spotlight of our graduating seniors. Click the photos below to enlarge the information. Best wishes to our talented student musicians!

RESIDENCY RE-ESTABLISHMENT 

The Milton Public Schools Residency Policy linked here states that students who attend the Milton Public Schools and Out of District placements shall be required to re-establish residency prior to entering Grade six (6) and or Grade nine (9). Re-establishment of residency will take place between June 6 – 20, 2022. 

On June 6, an email with “re-establishment” in the subject was sent to all families who must re-establish residency. If you did not receive an email and think you should have, please check your spam or promotions mailbox and email residency@miltonps.org with questions. That Re-establishment of Residency Letter is linked here. In addition, the MPS required residency documents can be found here.

TECHNOLOGY 

Have questions about Chromebooks? We’ve got answers here! Wondering who uses them, how to get one,  do you need insurance? This document has answers for every grade. 

TRANSPORTATION

Bus registration for the 2022-23 school year will close on June 24, 2022. Please visit our Transportation Page for all details and links. 

MILTON COMMUNITY SCHOOLS 

Community Schools online enrollment for the 2022-23 school year is open!  Community Schools offers After School Enrichment (ASE) and Early School Arrival Program (ESAP). This link has detailed information. Questions? Email us at mcs@miltonps.org. 

From Hula Hooping to Jump Rope Competitions to Puzzle Mania and everything in between, we are soaking in the final filled days of our ASE and ESAP programs for the 21-22 school year.

FOOD SERVICE

Last week our students in the MHS Achieve class showcased their Indoor Garden Racks to their fellow MHS students and staff. Working in the MHS cafeteria, our students harvested the basil while their peers asked questions and sampled fresh basil.

This garden rack has been a joy to our students and they take well deserved pride in the produce they have grown. Thank you to our students for your ongoing care of our produce Grow Racks.

ATHLETICS

Director of Athletics Ryan Madden will share an end of year wrap up next week. The big news this week is MHS Baseball! For the 1st time in 48 years, baseball is headed to the State Finals!

The Division II State Finals #1 Milton v #2 King Philip Saturday, Saturday, 6/18  at 6 pm at Fitton Field, Holy Cross College, Worcester, MA. No bags, water, food, or noisemakers allowed. Tickets must be purchased in advance at this link.

More exciting athletic news – the 4×800 Relay Team, consisting of Katie O’Toole, Marilyn Roche, Mia Jilani and Gretel Schewe earned their spot at the New Balance Nationals in Philadelphia this weekend! 

Best of luck to our MHS Wildcats! 

 

COMMUNITY NEWS

June is here and that means good things are right around the corner! Summer vacation, beach days, time spent outdoors with family and friends AND… the return of the Milton Farmers Market! Opening Day is This Thursday 6/16; 1-6 PM; Wharf Park, Milton Village.

We have a fantastic selection of farm, food, and artisan vendors. Come and shop the freshest local produce and food made from locally sourced ingredients. Peruse high-quality hand-made items produced by local artisans while listening to live music, opening day’s playlist features Milton’s own Owl Haus!

The first 50 people/families to visit us will get to take home a free reusable shopping bag! For the list of vendors and other important market info please visit our website.

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Juneteenth Community Celebration; Saturday, June 18, 2022 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m; Eustis Estate, 1424 Canton Avenue, Milton, MA 02186

Celebrate freedom and community this Juneteenth at the Eustis Estate. Enjoy live music courtesy of Branches Steel Drum Orchestra and Cornell Coley drum artist and drum circle aficionado. Come together and lift every voice in song and dance throughout the day. Artists from Quincy For Transformative Change lead family-friendly activities on the beautiful grounds. Pack up some food and bring it along or get a plate of food from Jake’s Boss BBQ, a Boston establishment, with a donation.

The museum is open to explore, and new research about families that lived on the estate in the late nineteenth to early twentieth centuries is available. This event is held in collaboration with Church of Holy Spirit, Mattapan, Courageous Conversations Towards Racial Justice, and Celebrate Milton.Tickets are free; donations are encouraged. For transportation inquiries and other information, please call 617-994-6600 or visit the website. 

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Milton Music Fest  and Fireworks will be back again Saturday June 25th with Celtic Sunday on June 26th on Hutchinson Field overlooking the Boston skyline.

Help us celebrate this wonderful Town of Milton! Festivities will begin at 5 PM Saturday and we will again have a giant sandbox and the ever popular water slide and bouncy house for children.  Corn hole will be a big draw this year again for families too. The Fruit Center truck will be on hand with goodies and a small slide for little ones! 

Music will kick off at 6:30 and our headliner Booty Vortex will take the stage at 8:00 PM followed by our outstanding fireworks display

Sunday festivities will be from noon till 7PM and the Headliner will be Celtic Cross from NYC!

Food trucks and a Beer/wine truck will be on site both days so no outside adult beverages are permitted on the field. Free parking is available at Laboure/ Fontbonne with free shuttle buses. 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! We are a small group of volunteers who coordinate this event who would love some help setting up on Friday and Saturday as well as clean up on Sunday night and Monday morning. Check out our website WeareMilton.org for ways to help and for the most up-to date information.

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Forbes House Museum Barnfest! Join us for a Midsummer Barnfest on Thursday July 21, from 6-9 pm. There’ll be live music by The Joneses, food by Wanderlust, and Barrel House Z will be providing the beverages. It’s a fun family-friendly event, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the museum. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door and include your first drink. Under 21 are free! To purchase tickets, please visit the Forbes House website. Thank you to our community sponsor Molloy Landscaping.

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The Milton Public Library’s calendar of June events can be found here. Plan ahead and take a look at the July calendar here. 

Summer Reading 2022 is almost here! Pre-Register today to Read Beyond the Beaten Path with the Milton Public Library, starting June 23rd for Grades K-5. Already have an account, but forgot your login? Let us know, and we can reset your password for you. 

Celebrate the start of Summer Reading with our Kick-Off event on Thursday, June 23 from 4-6PM! While this is a drop-in event, kids who register will receive a free Reading Swag Bag. Sign up today!

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

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June 9, 2022

To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
From: James F. Jette
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: June 9, 2022

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

This past Sunday, we celebrated the 152nd Milton High School Graduation on Brooks Field. It was a wonderful day of celebration for our seniors, their families, MHS faculty and staff and the Milton community as a whole. We are so proud of these young people and wish them the very best in the exciting days ahead. Many of our students have given permission to share their future plans linked here. This is not a fully comprehensive list as some of the MHS Senior Class chose not to share their plans for the future or their plans were not available.

Our day ended with our Annual Car Parade, a fun culminating event for our seniors. I understand that we unintentionally missed a section of the parade route, and I am very sorry that some of our senior families missed the excitement of seeing their senior in the parade. I know that must have been disappointing on an exciting day, please know that we will closely review the parade route for next year to ensure it is followed. 

Please enjoy the video below, as it showcases a wonderful day for our community!

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As one group of students leaves the Milton Public Schools, we look to the future and are excited to welcome the Class of 2035 to MPS!

Over the past several weeks more than 330 incoming Kindergartners attended screening events as part of Ready, Set…Kindergarten. Gyms at each of the elementary school were turned into screening centers and children visited stations where they participated in fun activities to help Kindergarten teachers learn about their motor, language, and social skills as well as an understanding of early concepts.

After completing the screening process each child received the famous yellow, “I’m Going to Kindergarten” t-shirt to begin the excitement of this adventure ahead. Keep an eye out for those yellow t-shirts around town as Milton Early Childhood Alliance is sponsoring lots of fun events planned over the summer to give these newest MPS members a chance to meet future friends. There are sure to be plenty of yellow t-shirts at the Parks and Rec Children’s Concert tonight, June 9 at 6 pm at the Baron Hugo Gazebo on the Town Green at the Town Hall.

In addition to the class of 2035 we invited our incoming preschool students to participate in a similar screening. Our youngest future students were also able to have an opportunity to meet some of their preschool teachers and fellow preschoolers.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE 

The next School Committee meeting is Wednesday, June 15, 2022.  All information about attending School Committee meetings can be found on the Town of Milton webpage under School Committee. You can watch regular 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. Meeting minutes, presentations and other documents related to School Committee can always be found on our website under the School Committee tab

IMPORTANT UPCOMING EVENTS

  • June 9 Pierce Concert 
  • June 15 Instrument Info Night
  • June 15 Milton School Committee
  • June 20 Juneteenth, No School
  • June 24 Last Day of School, Early Release 

MPS Calendars: 21-22 One Page School Year Calendar; 2022-23 One Page School Year Calendar; District-Wide Calendar of Events for times and details on current events.

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Instrument Information Night, June 15 at 6 pm in the MHS Auditorium.  If your student is entering 4th grade or above and is interested in learning a musical instrument, come to this info session at MHS. You will have the opportunity to ask questions regarding the instrumental lesson program and your student will have the opportunity to try instruments at our “Instrument Petting Zoo” and meet students who have taken lessons in the program. Contact Lesson Program Director Rebecca Damiani  with any questions.

HEALTH AND SAFETY 

COVID Updates: MPS has reported 17 new student cases and 1o staff cases to DPH for previous reporting period (June 2-8).  Local and Norfolk County data can be found here: CDC COVID data tracker  and Milton COVID 19 Dashboard.

MILTON FOUNDATION FOR EDUCATION 

The MFE has been visiting our schools and announcing winners of the MFE Teacher of the Year from each school! Congratulations to MPS and Tucker Librarian Josh Coben and Pierce Teacher Zakia Jarret who have been selected as Teachers of the Year at Tucker and Pierce! MPS is lucky to have many outstanding educators. Who will the MFE surprise next? Stay tuned!

MPS SUMMER

With summer approaching, it’s time for our annual Summer Reading Challenge. Our goal is to have Milton Summer Readers read ONE MILLION minutes over the course of the summer! Teachers will be introducing the Summer Reading Challenge to elementary students next week in class and all details can be found here

Pierce readers will visit the Pierce Summer Reading 2022 website to choose, read, and respond to texts over the summer.  MHS students will have their own summer work website which will be shared with families this month. 

 
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Milton Summer Enrichment is the perfect July option for families who are looking for a way to start the day right. Each day, our MSE kids are engaged in what THEY choose! 

We have interesting and fun classes and programs for elementary, middle and preschool kids. MSE has a flexible start and end time, and is competitively priced with a family cap. 

Attending MSE for an engaging morning gives families the afternoon for outings, family time, downtime, play with friends – whatever works for your family. Registration closes on June 17th, so register today for a fun July! Click here for the MSE 2022 Brochure for course offerings and registration information. Questions can be directed to mse@miltonps.org 

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

Senior National Honor Society members have been completing service projects throughout the school year, contributing to many different facets of the local community. Students carried out many drives, fundraisers, and volunteered their time for causes they are passionate about. Students cleaned local parks, held a Youth Music Showcase to support the Milton Art Center, hosted a Culture Fair, and collected an assortment of items for local organizations, such as winter coats, backpacks with school supplies, sneakers and more. The images below represent just a snapshot of all of the impactful projects the students carried out this year – well done National Honor Society seniors!

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MHS Students have completed our first MHS Internship Program! MHS seniors volunteered at various local businesses this spring and businesses provided hands-on learning opportunities as students were challenged outside of the classroom and developed civic awareness. 

Thank you to BID-Milton, who hosted 7 students; Julia Bradley, Kayvoune Charles, Taliah Gabriel, Alona Lynch, Madeleine Miller, Jared Mitchell, and Kechie Onyiriuka and MPS Consolidated Service Department who hosted Joseph Pender and James Jenkins.  The Milton Times hosted Jordan Elliott, and the Eustic Estate partnered with Diana Duran. Thank you also to the Milton Chamber of Commerce who supported the program. 

We ended with a celebration attended by our students, business partners, families and administration. Students expressed their gratitude by creating a video and speaking directly to their mentors. Matt Levine, Volunteer Services coordinator of BID Milton, spoke of his admiration for the students who he supervised during their weeks of service.  Thank you to everyone involved in promoting this exciting new program for the Milton Public Schools.

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Mme. Liddell shares that the MHS club Tomorrow’s Teachers works to give students who are considering a career in education a chance to actually teach in a classroom setting. Recently, Haley O’Donnell had the opportunity to lead a lesson in Mrs. Novak’s classroom at Tucker. She did a terrific job engaging with the class and creating a lesson plan around character and physical traits. Students finished off the hour with some questions from the class about Haley herself and her future teaching goals.

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We need you! Milton High School’s Launch Program is looking for community partners to work with our students during the 2022-2023 school year. The Launch Program, which services students with a range of special needs, is looking for local businesses to support students in the development of their pre-vocational and vocational skills. Your support can help our students become more involved in the community and develop the skills needed for a successful transition to life beyond Milton High School. If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Mark Harrison, Assistant Director for Pupil Personnel Services, at mharrison@miltonps.org. We thank you for your interest and investment in our students.

PIERCE PAGES 

Ms. Power’s 8th grade IS English class recently finished the book, Chasing Lincoln’s Killer, by James Swanson. The book tells the story of the pursuit and capture of John Wilkes Booth and gives a day by day account of the wild chase to find this killer and his accomplices.
Students annotated each chapter and chose a topic of interest to do a deeper dive and mini-research report on. Topics included Mary Todd Lincoln, The Emancipation Proclamation, the Gettysburg Address, Henry Rathbone, and Secretary of State William Seward. Students presented their research to the class in engaging and informative presentations.

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Pierce 8th graders eighth graders Tahlia Flores, Daniel Lee, Ania Robinson have asked me to share a link to their Voter Turnout Poll with the MPS community.

They write that “over the past 2 weeks in our Civics class we have been working on a service learning group project where we are trying to solve the problem in our community of low voter turnout in local Milton elections. We are trying to both bring awareness to this issue and also make a positive change in the voter turnout in next year’s Annual Town Election. We want to advertise a poll we created that asks Milton citizens about their opinions on voter turnout. We will use this data to email to the Milton SelectBoard so that they can help to make a positive change in our next election.” 

I am happy to share the link and hope that many voters and potential voters in Milton will take the poll to help these 8th graders gather valuable data. 

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS 

Tucker 1st grade families attended a family outing to Brookwood Farm on May 21. In addition  to learning about this amazing gem in our community, families learned about the process of growing caring for pants and crops with Brookwood President Cathy Smith. Special thanks the Milton Garden Club for funding these opportunities in Spring 2021 and 2022!

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Thank you to Senator Walter Timilty for hosting our 5th graders across the district this month! Our students are grateful that this special tradition has returned. All of our 5th grade classes are visiting the State House with Sen. Timilty, here is a glance at some of the fun from Collicot. 

 

SEPAC

Please see below for information from SEPAC. 

PARTICIPATE: Tuesday, June 14 will be our final SEPAC meeting in the Milton High School Library, 6:30-8:30. Our new Director of DEI, Claire Galloway-Jones, will be joining us for a meet and greet as we vision for 2022-23. 

ADVOCATE: We need to hear from you! Please fill out this brief, 3 question SEPAC Survey 2022 to inform our visioning process for 2022-2023. 

EDUCATE:  U.S. Dept. of Education – Office for Civil Rights The Civil Rights of Students with Hidden Disabilities Under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 – This law prohibits public and private schools that receive federal financial assistance from discriminating against anyone with a disability. Please see Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about the Education of Children with Disabilities and Section 504 here. 

ART AND MUSIC 

Check out our MHS Senior Music Spotlights below. Each week we will spotlight several of our graduating seniors. Click the photos below to enlarge the information. Best wishes to our talented student musicians!

RESIDENCY RE-ESTABLISHMENT 

The Milton Public Schools Residency Policy linked here states that students who attend the Milton Public Schools and Out of District placements shall be required to re-establish residency prior to entering Grade six (6) and or Grade nine (9). Re-establishment of residency will take place between June 6 – 20, 2022. 

On June 6, an email with “re-establishment” in the subject was sent to all families who must re-establish residency. If you did not receive an email and think you should have, please check your spam or promotions mailbox and email residency@miltonps.org with questions. That Re-establishment of Residency Letter is linked here. In addition, the MPS required residency documents can be found here.

TECHNOLOGY 

Accidents happen. Even when you are being your most careful, sometimes Chromebooks get damaged or stop working. That’s why MPS strongly recommends that families purchase insurance for the Chromebooks issued to students. The cost is $30 per student per school year. Purchases now will cover your student through June 2023. All details on coverage and how to purchase can be found here. 

TRANSPORTATION

Bus registration for the 2022-23 school year is open and will close on June 24, 2022. Please visit our Transportation Page for all details and links. 

MILTON COMMUNITY SCHOOLS 

Community Schools online enrollment for the 2022-23 school year starts on June 15 at noontime. Community Schools offers After School Enrichment (ASE) and Early School Arrival Program (ESAP). This link has detailed information. Questions? Email us at mcs@miltonps.org. Check out some of ASE fun below! 

Our After School Enrichment staff and students have been enjoying time outside this spring. On hot days,  the “hydration station” at each playground is especially popular.

FOOD SERVICE

Thank you to MHS students Molly Bauer, Aidan Cheverie, Sophie D’Alessandro, Keanu Hiciano, Sa’nya Roache, Emma Rush, and Emily Walsh and teachers Christine Martinelli, Grace Marinelli, Wendy Kelly, Meghan Medeiros and Nicole Allen for their care of our MHS Grow Racks. We are lucky to have an abundance of fresh produce at MHS thanks to their efforts!

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MPS is unable to serve summer meals this year, as we do not meet federal guidelines. There are local resources available to all families and the list of local sites can be found here.  If your family is in need of further resources, please reach out to MPS Family Outreach Liaison Marti O’Keefe McKenna via email or phone (617-980-7343).

ATHLETICS 

Please see below from Director of Athletics Ryan Madden. 

And then there was one…but first, there was a great week of Milton High School Athletics!!

The Boys and Girls Track Team did very well over the weekend. Donovan Murray (2-mile), Gretel Schewe (800m), and Mia Jilani (800) all finished in the Top 20, while Kate O’Toole and the 4×800 Relay Team finished in the Top 10. The 4×800 Relay Team, consisting of Katie O’Toole, Marilyn Roche, Mia Jilani and Gretel Schewe earned their spot at the New Balance Nationals in Philadelphia this weekend!

Girls Tennis won their first Tournament Match in over 10 years, beating Chicopee on Friday 5-0. On Monday, both the Girls and Boys Tennis Teams went on the road, each losing very tight matches 3-2 to Melrose and Dartmouth, respectively.

The Softball Team took care of business at home on Friday, beating Pembroke 2-1. The Cats then traveled to DII favorite, Westfield on Tuesday. After trailing 11-0 at one point, the ‘Cats railed back late in the game (including a Shakura Lynch Grand Slam to cut the lead to 1), but feel just short, losing 15-14. What a dramatic ending to a great season!

The Girls Lacrosse Team then hosted Leominster on Wednesday. The game was tight the whole way, with Leominster holding a slight advantage going into halftime. Though they grabbed a few goals in the second half, Leominster held on to win 9-6.

Wednesday night, Rugby traveled across town to take on BC High in the State Semifinals. After losing in the Finals to the Eagles last year, the ‘Cats fell behind 14-0 early. They responded well, making it 14-7. BC High proved to be too tough and the Wildcats lost 47-28, ending their run at another State Title.

And then there was Baseball. After cruising to a 10-3 win over Grafton on Monday, the Wildcats gritted out a 2-0 win over West Springfield on Wednesday. Foley threw another gem, and some timely hits and good baserunning saw the Cats take an early lead and never look back. They will play Leominster on Saturday at Cunningham Park at 2:00pm. Tickets must be purchased online through GoFan. All spectators will be checked for tickets at all entrances. Tickets can be found here.

Athletes of the Month for May

Donovan Murray; Senior, Boys’ Outdoor Track
Murray closed out his Wildcat career on a high note. Donovan captured a school record in the two mile (twice, breaking his own record in consecutive weeks) and was two seconds away from the school record in the mile. Donovan’s time of 4:32.79 at the Bay State Conference Championships was good for seventh place in the conference championships. Donovan came back the following week and placed 4th in the two mile at the Division 3 Championships, running a 9:40.30, breaking the school record in that event. Donovan continued his late season success with a 9:38 at the All-State Championships, good for 17th place and lowered his school record by two seconds. Donovan’s superior work ethic and his positive attitude optimize what every coach is looking for as a captain and leader of the team.

Charlie Walker; Senior, Baseball
Walker dominated at the plate and on the mound during the month of May. He lead the team to wins against Walpole, Braintree, Needham and Brookline. Both his pitching and offensive production were top of the team for the month of May. Walker is attending Northeastern next year on scholarship, after signing his Letter of Intent back in November. He will be hoping to finish this season strong. Stats for the Month of May: 4-0 .875 era, 24 ip, 40 k, 5 bb / .448 average, 4 HR, 2 3B, 3 2B, 14 RBI, 8 R

Off the field, Milton High School students have represented the Wildcats well! Grace Henry, Abbe Taugher and Emily MacNeil were honored at Faneuil Hall on May 20th in Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Title IX.

Today, ten students attended the Sophomore Sportsmanship Summit at Weymouth High School. Abdallah Hassan, Alec Carew, Catherine Curley, Lucy Asanza, Luke Haley, Mason Pellegri, Meghan Mylod, Mia Jilani, Kyla Miller, and Mudia Odion-Ukpebor learned a lot about sportsmanship, recruiting, social media, drug and alcohol abuse, and team building. It was a great event!

 

COMMUNITY NEWS

The Milton Coalition shares that there is a new national helpline for anyone playing a supportive role in the life of a young person struggling with substance use. Drugfree.org also has parent support on-line and parent coaching.  The helpline is bilingual (English/Spanish) and is available M-F 10-10, Sat & Sun. 12-5. To connect with helpline text CONNECT to 55753 to contact a specialist.  You will receive a link to a brief, confidential survey in response, to provide you with support specific to your needs.  A specialist will reply directly to your message within 24 hours. For more information, please visit the website.

To access mental health care with tips and resources, please visit the Milton Coalition website.

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On Sunday, June 12 at 3pm, Milton Community Concerts presents the 7th annual  “Sing for their Supper” concert to benefit  Milton Residents Fund and The Milton Food Pantry.  The concert will take place at the First Parish of Milton, 535 Canton Avenue.  Admission is free and voluntary donations are appreciated. Come enjoy an afternoon of impressive Opera, Operetta and Musical Theater.  All details can be found here. 

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The Milton Coalition’s Summer Art Project, 2022 asks “What Does Teen Mental Health Look Like in Milton?”

Everyone is an artist and participants are encouraged to let their creativity flow!  Photograph, paint, draw, write, sculpt – whatever medium you prefer in order to interpret, document, or express what teen mental health looks like in Milton today.  Art work will be displayed online and selected works will be exhibited at the Milton Public Library in October, 2022.  This project is open to 13 – 18 year-old full-time or part-time residents of Milton, or 13-18 year-olds who go to school in Milton.  In order to participate, please email info@milton-coalition.org to receive the full submission rules and forms. Entries are due August 15, 2022, 5pm.

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Milton Music Fest  and Fireworks will be back again Saturday June 25th with Celtic Sunday on June 26th on Hutchinson Field overlooking the boston skyline. 

Help us celebrate this wonderful Town of Milton! Festivities will begin at 5 PM Saturday and we will again have a giant sandbox and the ever popular water slide and bouncy house for children.  Corn hole will be a big draw this year again for families too. The Fruit Center truck will be on hand with goodies and a small slide for little ones! 

Music will kick off at 6:30 and our headliner Booty Vortex will take the stage at 8:00 PM followed by our outstanding fireworks display

Sunday festivities will be from noon till 7PM and the Headliner will be Celtic Cross from NYC!

Food trucks and a Beer/wine truck will be on site both days so no outside adult beverages are permitted on the field. Free Parking is available at Lasalle/ Fontbonne with free shuttle buses. 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! We are a small group of volunteers who coordinate this event who would love some help setting up on Friday and Saturday as well as clean up on Sunday night and Monday morning. Check out our website WeareMilton.org for ways to help and for the most up-to date information. 

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The Milton Pride Parade is on June 11 at 4pm. All details are at right. 

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The Milton Public Library’s calendar of June events can be found here. 

Summer Reading 2022 is almost here! Pre-Register today to Read Beyond the Beaten Path with the Milton Public Library, starting June 23rd for Grades K-5. Already have an account, but forgot your login? Let us know, and we can reset your password for you. 

Celebrate the start of Summer Reading with our Kick-Off event on Thursday, June 23 from 4-6PM! While this is a drop-in event, kids who register will receive a free Reading Swag Bag. Sign up today!

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

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Registration is now open for our Fall 2022 Milton Soccer programs.  Please visit our Milton Soccer website to for all information or visit this link to register. 

Milton Soccer offers a Pre-K program, a K-2+ league, a travel league for grades 3-8  and TOPSoccer, an Outreach Soccer Program for athletes with intellectual, emotional and or physical disabilities. Visit the Milton Soccer website for more information about all  programs and click on “Register” to sign up online.  The deadline to register is July 1 (on July 2 waitlist and late fees apply).

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All are invited to “Blow Ye Winds!” with David Coffin, An evening of sea shanties and sailors’ tales of adventure to benefit the Forbes House Museum.  June 11, 2022, 6:30-9:30 pm on the museum lawn, 215 Adams Street. Tickets: $110/$90 members

SUPERINTENDENT SHOUTOUT

Congratulations to MPS Food Service Director Jacqueline Morgan who was recently awarded the Norfolk County Teachers Association Distinguished Service Recognition Award!

Ms. Morgan shares that she accepted the award on behalf of the entire MPS Food Service team, as it is a full team effort to ensure the smooth operation of the Food Service Department, especially after the challenges of the last two years, to accomplish so much behind the scenes. Thank you to the Norfolk County Teachers Association for recognizing Ms. Morgan and our entire Food Service staff. 

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June 2, 2022

To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
From: James F. Jette
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: June 2, 2022

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

This weekend, under the sunny skies of Brooks Field, we will graduate the Class of 2022 from Milton High School. High school graduation is often a bittersweet time of great excitement and promise and this year is no different. While we all know that the last two and a half years have been incredibly challenging at times, our young people prove time and again that the future is indeed bright. This week, our 271 seniors are generally filled with enthusiasm and joy with tinges of trepidation as they leave their childhood behind and embark on new adventures – higher education, career exploration, travel and more. In summary, 88% of this class will attend 4 year college, 4% will attend a 2 year college: 3% will take a gap year, 3% have plans to apprentice and learn a trade and 2% will begin working. Many of them have given us permission to share their specific future plans with you and we’ll do that in the coming weeks. 

For now, we will celebrate all that they have accomplished and wish them much luck in the days and years ahead.  They are Milton’s best and brightest and we could not be prouder of the MHS Class of 2022! 

Senior Awards Night this week was a wonderful event for our community and I invite you to read the list of award recipients here. Almost $170,000 in Scholarships and awards were presented to 147 students. On behalf of Milton High School and all recipients and their families, I would like to thank our Scholarship donors for their continued support and generosity. We also greatly appreciate the sponsors who were able to join us on this very important evening to personally present their award to the graduating seniors. Thank you to MHS parent John Gillooly for the photos below and those linked here.

MHS teacher Sean Lopresti and his Wildcat Team have assembled this Senior Recap video that showcases many great events from this past year. It’s a great look back for our Seniors and families! 

Graduation (Sunday, June 5 at 2 pm) will be live streamed and we invite all to watch on Milton Access TV. Senior parents and guardians have received graduation details several times, and they are linked here for last minute questions. 

The 3rd Annual Graduation Car Parade will take place at 5 pm on Sunday, June 5. Born out of Covid gathering restrictions in 2020, this Car Parade has become an absolute highlight for our Seniors and Milton community. Wear your MPS gear or red and white and line the streets of Milton in support of our Seniors on Sunday night. The route and details can be found here. This culminating event is not to be missed!

On Wednesday morning, I was honored to stand with MPS faculty and staff, Milton School Committee members and Milton community members in solidarity against violence in our schools. The work to keep our students and staff safe from violence is ongoing and will need to be a community, Commonwealth and nationwide effort. 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE 

The next School Committee meeting is Wednesday, June 15, 2022.  All information about attending School Committee meetings can be found on the Town of Milton webpage under School Committee. You can watch regular 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. Meeting minutes, presentations and other documents related to School Committee can always be found on our website under the School Committee tab

IMPORTANT UPCOMING EVENTS

  • June 2, 4 Pierce Players 
  • June 5 MHS Graduation, 2pm Brooks Field
  • June 9 Pierce Concert 
  • June 15 Instrument Info Night
  • June 15 Milton School Committee
  • June 20 Juneteenth, No School
  • June 24 Last Day of School, Early Release 

MPS Calendars: 21-22 One Page School Year Calendar; 2022-23 One Page School Year Calendar; District-Wide Calendar of Events for times and details on current events.

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Get your tickets now for Golly Gee Whiz, Pierce Players newest (amazing) production!  Tickets on sale at this link and shows are on June 2 and 4. Join us for some terrific family entertainment! 

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Instrument Information Night, June 15 at 6 pm in the MHS Auditorium.  If your student is entering 4th grade or above and is interested in learning a musical instrument, come to this info session at MHS. You will have the opportunity to ask questions regarding the instrumental lesson program and your student will have the opportunity to try instruments at our “Instrument Petting Zoo” and meet students who have taken lessons in the program. Contact Lesson Program Director Rebecca Damiani  with any questions.

HEALTH AND SAFETY 

COVID Updates: MPS has reported 44 new student cases and 12 staff cases to DPH for previous reporting period (May 26- June 1)  with the following breakdown per school. Cunningham -8; Collicot -8; Glover- 4; Tucker-0, Pierce-10 and MHS- 14. Local and Norfolk County data can be found here: CDC COVID data tracker  and Milton COVID 19 Dashboard.

DESE has announced a change to guidance for quarantine after exposure for students. All details can be found here. 

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In accordance with DPH school health unit, this notice is for parents/ guardians of students in 5th-8th grade that the state mandated postural screenings were unable to take place this school year. MPS followed the guidance of the DPH school health unit and prioritized vision and hearing screenings along with conducting postural screenings for the 9th grade students as this was their last time for this assessment. MPS will plan to conduct postural screening in the fall for all 5th-9th grade students. If you have specific concerns regarding your student and would like to request a postural assessment be done prior to the end of this school year, please reach out to your student’s school nurse.

MILTON FOUNDATION FOR EDUCATION 

The MFE has been visiting our schools and announcing winners of the MFE Teacher of the Year from each school! So far there has been excitement at Collicot – music teacher April Allegrezza, especially exciting as Mrs. Allegrezza is retiring this year after 38 years in education; Cunningham, Andy Young with a fun outside surprise surrounded by his 3rd grade class and Preschool, for a special surprise for Jessica Cleary-Moone and her very excited preschoolers! Who will be next? We’ll have to wait to find out! 

MPS SUMMER

Milton Summer Enrichment is the perfect July option for families who are looking for a way to start the day right. Each day, our MSE kids are engaged in what THEY choose! 

We have interesting and fun classes and programs for elementary, middle and preschool kids. MSE has a flexible start and end time, and is competitively priced with a family cap. 

Attending MSE for an engaging morning gives families the afternoon for outings, family time, downtime, play with friends – whatever works for your family. Registration closes on June 17th, so register today for a fun July! Click here for the MSE 2022 Brochure for course offerings and registration information. Questions can be directed to mse@miltonps.org 

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

The MPS Calculus Project celebrated its 4th cohort of graduates last week! The Calculus Project is an initiative designed to increase the number of Black, Latinx, and Multiracial students who enroll in and successfully complete Calculus Honors or Advanced Placement Calculus in high school. 15 seniors have been a part of The Calculus Project program since 8th grade and we had a great time celebrating everything they have accomplished over the years. Congratulations to Sola Blue, Williams Cayo, Kayvoune Charles, Jalyssa Coley, Diana Do, Diana Duran, Kyle Erhabor, Christina Frederique, Melissa LaBelle, Amaiah Manion, Amari Marsman, Jared Mitchell, Marcus Ollivierre, Nkechinyere Onyiriuka, and Tala Rezk on their accomplishments! 

PIERCE PAGES 

IS English Grade 7 has finished their unit with a novel study on Peak by Roland Smith with extension and companion texts on Mt. Everest. Students finished with “body biographies” where they tracked a character and analyzed the changes and growth their character made throughout the novel. 

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After a strong season, the Pierce Pi-thons, our math team, ranked second in the Quaden division. A huge shout out to the mathletes Isabella Alba, Sara Callahan, Tess Carroll, Hanna Do, Xander Do, Viena Do, Angelo Gartaganis, Valerie Huang, Aidan Leschuk and Fedor My who competed in our four competitions. Hanna, Xander, Feydor and Avery also played the role of captain during the team round.

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Mr. Manning’s 6th grade artists have been studying three of the most influential contemporary cartoon artists; Matt Groening, creator of the Simpsons, Charles Schulz creator of the Peanuts Gang, and Jeff Kinney the author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Students researched all three styles of cartoon characters and picked one to create a cartoon style self portrait.  The characters would fit right into one of the comic strips! 

6th Grade artists are now working on a “Cartography” assignment that has them drawing a birds eye view of their neighborhood, but this won’t be an ordinary map. They are drawing their map inside the shape of their profile. They are incorporating technology into their art by using google maps and satellite photos of their neighborhood and drawing it directly into their profile. We will share their unique results in the next few weeks. 

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7th and 8th grade artists finished up their “POP ART” pieces and the finished candies are beautiful. Students learned how to mix unique paint colors and how to create unrealistic color schemes.  The debate on what was the best candy ever was fierce with Twix, Sour Patch Kids, Gushers, and AirHeads rising to the top. These large scale paintings took a lot of time and patience and our students are proud of the art they created.

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS 

Thanks to an MFE grant, kindergarten students at all four elementary schools have been able to participate in a Project Lead the Way module during their Technology classes with Mrs. Doherty or Mrs. Van Hill this spring.

This unit has students learning about structure and function through the use of fairy tales. Students read Jack and the Beanstalk and then followed the design process to create their own beanstalks out of pipe cleaners.  Following the criteria, we evaluated our beanstalks to see how tall they could be while still being freestanding. Students learned that the most successful beanstalks had a wide base to support the structure. For the next design challenge, we read The Three Little Pigs and students worked in teams to create their own houses out of toothpicks, popsicle sticks or craft bricks. Then we tested the houses against the big bad wolf – a mini blower! The students loved seeing if their houses were strong enough to withstand the big bad wolf. 

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Glover featured AAPI Heritage Month all month through video morning announcements. Famous and influential Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders were featured and introduced to students accompanied by powerful read alouds such as Eyes That Speak to the Stars.

ADULT EDUCATION

The English Learners Education (ELE) Department’s Parent English Class, an ESL class for parents and guardians of English Learners in Milton Public Schools, is in its second week and class is going great! Like MPS PreK-12 students, these adult learners represent a wide diversity of nationalities, cultures, and languages, and bring to class a range of English proficiencies and life experiences. From Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas, these life-long learners are dedicated and eager to learn. Class meets at Milton High School on Tuesday and Thursday evenings through the end of the school year. Look for the next class to start in the fall!

SPECIAL EDUCATION 

Please see below from Susan Maselli, Administrator for Pupil Personnel Services.

Thank you for a great year! It’s hard to believe June is upon us and the school year is coming  to an end. The Office of Pupil Personnel Services is open intermittently throughout the summer. Important contacts are below. 

If you have questions about your child’s IEP, please check in with your Team Chair before the end of the school year.  If you are returning an IEP after signature/response after June 26, please submit to the Office of Pupil Personnel Services, 25 Gile Road Milton, MA 02186 so we can process your response immediately.

Please see below from Melissa Craven, ESY Director. 

The Milton Public Schools Extended School Year (ESY) will run from July 5- August 12, 2022. Information regarding programming can be found on the ESY Website. If you have questions regarding your student’s eligibility for ESY services, please contact their Team Chair. Schedules for students who receive drop in services have been sent. Additional information for program students and staff will be communicated by June 3. If you have any questions, please reach out to Bridget Renehan at brenehan@miltonps.org and Melissa Craven at mcraven@miltonps.org.

SEPAC

Please see below for information from SEPAC. 

PARTICIPATE: Tuesday, June 14 will be our final SEPAC meeting in the Milton High School Library (in person), 6:30-8:30. We will have refreshments, a guest speaker, and a chance for connection before the summer.  Free childcare will be provided on site.

ADVOCATE: We need to hear from you! Please fill out this brief, 3 question survey to inform our visioning process for 2022-2023. SEPAC Survey 2022

EDUCATE: Federation for Children with Special Needs (FCSN) provides information, support, and assistance to parents of children with disabilities, their professional partners, and their communities.  The Federation is committed to listening to and learning from families, and encouraging full participation in community life by all people, especially those with disabilities.

ART AND MUSIC 

Check out our MHS Senior Music Spotlights below. Each week we will spotlight several of our graduating seniors. Click the photos below to enlarge the information. Best wishes to our talented student musicians!

RESIDENCY RE-ESTABLISHMENT 

The Milton Public Schools Residency Policy linked here states that students who attend the Milton Public Schools and Out of District placements shall be required to re-establish residency prior to entering Grade six (6) and or Grade nine (9). Re-establishment of residency will take place between June 6 – 20, 2022. 

On June 6, an email with “re-establishment” in the subject will be sent to all families who must re-establish residency. That Re-establishment of Residency Letter is linked here. In addition, the MPS required residency documents can be found here.

TECHNOLOGY 

Accidents happen. Even when you are being your most careful, sometimes Chromebooks get damaged or stop working. That’s why MPS strongly recommends that families purchase insurance for the Chromebooks issued to students. The cost is $30 per student per school year. Purchases now will cover your student through June 2023. All details on coverage and how to purchase can be found here. 

TRANSPORTATION

Bus registration for the 2022-23 school year is open and will close on June 24, 2022. Please visit our Transportation Page for all details and links. 

MILTON COMMUNITY SCHOOLS 

Community Schools online enrollment for the 2022-23 school year starts on June 15 at noontime. Community Schools offers After School Enrichment (ASE) and Early School Arrival Program (ESAP). This link has detailed information. Questions? Email us at mcs@miltonps.org. Check out some of ASE fun below! 

It’s an exciting time for sports with the Celtics in the Finals and lots of soccer, basketball, and basketball games happening at our ASE programs! Students have been learning and practicing good sportsmanship. 

FOOD SERVICE

MPS is unable to serve summer meals this year, as we do not meet federal guidelines. There are local resources available to all families and the list of local sites can be found here. 

If your family is in need of further resources, please reach out to MPS Family Outreach Liaison Marti O’Keefe McKenna via email or phone (617-980-7343).

ATHLETICS

Please see below from MPS Athletic Director Ryan Madden.

The Milton Wildcat Track Team had one of their best meets of the season when it mattered most! Many of our athletes performed season bests highlighted by freshman Gretel Schewe, Sophomore Mia Jilani, Junior Katie O’Toole and Senior Donovan Murray‘s strong performances in individual events. Those four athletes all qualified for individual events for this week’s Meet of Champions (formerly known as the All-State Meet). The girls 4×800 meter relay team of Gretel Schewe, Norah Affanato, Marilyn Roche and Katie O’Toole also stamped their ticket to this week’s Meet of Champions (Thursday & Saturday) with a strong second place performance and a season’s best time of 9:52.

The following teams have received their matchups for the Tournament:

  • Rugby (5-2) travels to Xaverian tonight in the Preliminary Round for a 5:00pm kick off as they look to get back to the State Finals again!
  • Girls Tennis (8-8) will host Chicopee tomorrow, Friday 6/3 at the Kelly Courts at 4pm in their first tournament match in nearly 10 years!
  • Softball (12-6) will host Pembroke tomorrow, Friday 6/3 at Milton High School at 4pm.
  • Baseball (17-3) won the Bay State Conference for the second year straight and will host the winner of Grafton/East Longmeadow on Monday 6/6 at 4pm at Cunningham Park!
  • Boys Tennis (8-9) will travel to Dartmouth on Monday 6/6 for a 4pm match in the 1st Round of the MIAA Tournament.
  • Both Girls Lax (8-10) and Boys Lax (7-11) won their season finale yesterday, against Fontbonne and North Quincy respectively, and will await seeding tomorrow to find out their tournament matchups!

Briana, Tait, and Lila will cheer in college!

Congratulations to our seniors on the Cheer Team who have made their mark here at Milton but will also continue to cheer in college! Brianna Seeto will be cheering at UMASS Amherst in the fall, Lila Glenn will be cheering at Boston College in the fall and Tait Peloquin will be cheering at University of Kentucky in the fall. 

The Boys and Girls Crew Teams had a great Sunday at the MPSRA (Mass Public Rowing) State Championships. The Boys brought home the 1st Varsity Cup again after 7 years! They won it in 2015, both the cup and the overall. They came in second overall, just missing the four man all points trophy 145 to 150 points. That makes the boys 1st, 3rd and 4th varsity State Champs and 2 overall across all four man events.

The Girls had their best performance to date this year, losing to CRLS (who just won the North East Regionals and is scheduled to do very well at Nationals). They also came in just behind Somerville by 1 second in a 6 minute nail biting race. Our girls lost to Somerville last week at the Mayor’s Cup by 7 seconds, so last week was a display of significant improvement. It was an exciting battle until the end!

 

COMMUNITY NEWS

The schedule (found at this link) for the Milton Parks and Recreation 2022 Summer Concert Series concerts has been released! All concerts are from 6-7 pm at the Baron Hugo Gazebo on the Town Green at the Town Hall. A summer highlight is the Children’s Concert on June 9th! 

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Save the date for Milton Music Fest and Fireworks on Saturday June 25,  followed by Celtic Sunday on Sunday June 26! Celtic Sunday begins at noon with many familiar and beloved Irish bands Fenian Sons, Erin’s Melody, Sean and Caroline Brennan and the Skiffs, Curragh’s Fancy and new this year…the Strawberry Hill band. Headliner will be Celtic Cross from NYC. Also new this year is a Tiny Little (Irish) Pub that will be a welcome addition! Free parking is available both days at Lasalle and Fontbonne with shuttle buses bringing you to the field. Food trucks will be on site both days. No outside adult beverages are permitted on the field. 

Volunteers needed! We are a small group of volunteers who coordinate this event who would love some help setting up on Friday and Saturday as well as clean up on Sunday night and Monday morning. Check out our website WeareMilton.org for ways to help and for the most up-to date information.

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The Milton Pride Parade is on June 11 at 4pm. All details are at right. 

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The Milton Public Library’s calendar of June events can be found here. 

Crafternoons are back! Kids ages 10-14 can register for our first session of the summer on Friday, June 3rd at 3:30pm. This afternoon we will be making Modge Podge Mugs with Tyler. Sign up today!

Celebrate International Tabletop Day with us in the Story Hour Room on Saturday June 4th from 2:30-4:30pm! Drop by and play a variety of board games with friends or the whole family. This program does not require registration.

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

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Registration is now open for our Fall 2022 Milton Soccer programs.  Please visit our Milton Soccer website to for all information or visit this link to register. 

Milton Soccer offers a Pre-K program, a K-2+ league, a travel league for grades 3-8  and TOPSoccer, an Outreach Soccer Program for athletes with intellectual, emotional and or physical disabilities. Visit the Milton Soccer website for more information about all  programs and click on “Register” to sign up online.  The deadline to register is July 1 (on July 2 waitlist and late fees apply).

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All are invited to “Blow Ye Winds!” with David Coffin, An evening of sea shanties and sailors’ tales of adventure to benefit the Forbes House Museum.  June 11, 2022, 6:30-9:30 pm on the museum lawn, 215 Adams Street. Tickets: $110/$90 members

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May 26, 2022

To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
From: James F. Jette
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: May 26, 2022

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

This week has been a difficult and sad one for many, especially for parents and educators across the country, as we watched the horrific events unfold in Uvalde, TX. Our heartfelt sympathy is with the families and community as they navigate their loss after this terrible week.

As I wrote to you Tuesday night, what happened in Texas this week seems unimaginable, but unfortunately is not terribly uncommon. I want to reassure you that the Milton Public Schools remains a safe and supportive environment for our students and staff. Please know that we have a strong relationship with the Milton Police Department, and we have ongoing conversations and training to enhance our safety and security protocols. In addition, the School Resource Officers who work in our schools provide us with an additional level of security.

We are always working to foster a sense of community in our schools, utilizing calm classrooms, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), and Restorative Justice, while giving students individualized attention, and cultivating positive relationships with and between students and staff. Ensuring that everyone feels they are a valued member of our community is paramount. Additionally, we also use the Intellispark screener to capture student motivations and provide a “temperature check” for Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and well-being; student relationships and networks; and engagement, connection, and belonging. Our goal has always been and will remain on supporting the “whole student”.

There is no school on Monday, May 30, as the country observes Memorial Day, which honors the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. As you enjoy this long weekend, and the coming days of summer it promises, I know you join me in remembering our service members who have died while serving.

I wish our MPS community a safe and restful Memorial Day weekend.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE 

The next School Committee meeting is Wednesday, June 1, 2022.  All information about attending School Committee meetings can be found on the Town of Milton webpage under School Committee. You can watch regular 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. Meeting minutes, presentations and other documents related to School Committee can always be found on our website under the School Committee tab

IMPORTANT UPCOMING EVENTS

  • May 30 Memorial Day, No School 
  • May 31 Senior Awards Night 
  • June 2, 4 Pierce Players 
  • June 5 MHS Graduation, 2pm Brooks Field
  • June 9 Pierce Concert 
  • June 15 Instrument Info Night
  • June 20 Juneteenth, No School
  • June 24 Last Day of School, Early Release 

MPS Calendars

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Get your tickets now for Golly Gee Whiz, Pierce Players newest (amazing) production!  Tickets on sale at this link and shows are on June 2 and 4. Join us for some terrific family entertainment! 

Milton Summer Enrichment: Registration is open, and all details on classes and the program can be found at this link. MSE runs Monday-Friday, July 5-29, from 8 am-12 pm at Milton High School. Classes are creative and varied – academic, sports, art, games, and more. So many options to choose from!  Please email mse@miltonps.org with any questions. MSE is a great way to start your summer day – join us for a fun and enriching summer!

HEALTH AND SAFETY 

COVID Updates: MPS has reported 50 new student cases and 12 staff cases to DPH for previous reporting period (May 19- May 25)  with the following breakdown per school. Cunningham -4; Collicot -4; Glover- 2; Tucker-1, Pierce-13 and MHS- 26. Local and Norfolk County data can be found here: CDC COVID data tracker  and Milton COVID 19 Dashboard.

DESE has announced a change to guidance for quarantine after exposure for students. All details can be found here. 

COMMUNICATIONS SURVEY 

If you have not already done so, please take this short survey about communication in MPS.  Please help us learn about our strengths and areas which need improvement by sharing feedback on our communication practices. Thank you for your responses. 

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

On Friday May 13, over 400 9th and 10th graders filled the MHS courtyard for Spring Fling. It was an awesome evening of dancing, cornhole and spike ball, and most importantly a fun time with friends! It was amazing to see all of the smiling faces and everyone enjoying themselves. This event would have not been possible without the generous donations from families of snacks, desserts, waters, decorations, lights, as well as their time to help decorate. We are so thankful for all of the support!

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The Milton Parks and Recreation Department is holding community service sign ups for grades 9-11 in the MHS cafe on Wednesday, June 1 st from 2:20 – 3pm for all  2022 summer programs. If your child is unable to attend this meeting, please email  bdevore@townofmilton.org after June 1 to see if there are any available weeks left for community service. Space is limited so please make every attempt to attend this meeting.

PIERCE PAGES 

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS 

Read all about it! The Cunningham Newspaper Club is proud to share the current edition of the Milton Times, Jr., with hot off the press news on the Celtics vs. the Heat, the weather, Ethiopia, movie and book reviews, black holes and more!

ART AND MUSIC 

Check out our MHS Senior Music Spotlights below. Each week we will spotlight several of our graduating seniors. Click the photos below to enlarge the information. Best wishes to our talented student musicians! 

TRANSPORTATION

Bus registration for the 2022-23 school year is now open. Please visit our Transportation Page for all details and links. 

MILTON COMMUNITY SCHOOLS 

Our After School Enrichment programs have been taking advantage of the spring with outdoor activities ranging from building habitats to playing basketball. MCS wishes everyone a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.

SEPAC 

Please see below for information from SEPAC. 

PARTICIPATE:  Mark your calendars! Tuesday, June 14 will be our final SEPAC meeting in the Milton High School Library, 6:30-8:30. We will be meeting live with refreshments, a guest speaker, while we connect before the summer and vision for the 2022-23 school year.

ADVOCATE: Please fill out this brief, 3 question SEPAC Survey 2022 to inform our visioning process for 2022-2023. 

EDUCATE: In reviewing our year, one of the exciting happenings was a therapy dog event at Tucker. One may ask, why therapy dogs? Therapy dogs are known to help relieve anxiety and stress, provide comfort, and increase socialization. Thank you to Co-President of the Tucker PTO, (and Babson University employee) Marybeth Flakes for coordinating this event. Babson started a community resource dog program after students identified a need for additional resources for mental health and wellbeing on campus. Roger, Babson’s therapy dog, has been a huge asset on the Babson campus, and having seen the power of what dogs can do, Marybeth wanted to bring therapy dogs to the Tucker community. Roger from Babson was joined by Marley, trained therapy dog of a Tucker family and other therapy dogs from Chelsea, Holbrook, Northeastern, Dedham and more. Apart from Marley, the rest of the dogs are trained by Golden Opportunities for Independence (GOFI) – the dogs and their handlers (mostly police officers) are trained for approximately 18 months and the dogs, and their handlers have a tight community. Over 80 students sign up for the therapy dog event at Tucker -it was beyond successful, allowing so many children and families to experience these amazing dogs firsthand. 

FOOD SERVICE

This week, the MPS Food Service Director and Nutrition Coordinator attended the “Healthy Kids, Healthy Programs Summit” sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Education.  Among a terrific line up was a Project Bread’s Scratch Cooking session provided by Chef Sam Icklan. He prepared a delicious Arroz con Pollo and “Less-Meat” Veggie and Beef Burrito, and we are excited to implement his tasty and nutritious recipes next year. 

ATHLETICS

Congratulations to the softball seniors on an exciting win!

Please see below from MPS Athletic Director Ryan Madden.

The Softball Team capped off their Senior Night with a walk-off comeback win over Framingham, 4-3. Anna Radley hit a 2-out, 2-strike single with the bases loaded to move to 11-6 on the season! Watch the excitement here! 

Track and Field athletes Mia Jilani, Gretel Schewe, Marilyn Roche, Sarah Grace, Donovan Murray, Alec Carew, Abdallah Hasaan, Kai Quinones, Moses Mann, Aidan Crummey, Lucy Asanza, Liam Faherty, Elana Pukel, and Abigail McMenamy will be participating in Division III States in Westfield on Friday. Good luck this weekend!

A belated congratulations to our student-athletes who were unable to attend the Varsity Banquet as they were competing at the Coaches’ Invitational at BC High. All of these students received Varsity letters for Spring Track & Field and many received letters for sports in the Fall and Winter!

  • Congratulations to Aidan Crummey, Fabrice Hippolyte, Alec Carew, John Carew, Donovan Murray, Moses Mann, Colin Truong, Tyler Lum, Osa Egbon, Liam Faherty, Zoe Panucci, Katie O’Toole, Gretel Schewe, Marilyn Roche, Norah Affanato, Sarah Grace Chave, Donna Gauvin, Elana Pukel, Finn Queally, Kai Quinones, Niamh Mannion, Lucy Asanza, Lydia Turner, Kate Karimbikas, Luka Juric, Sifa Mwosa, Ava Duggan, Christina Sullivan, Julie Affanato and Williams Cayo. 

Our Crew Teams competed in the Mayor’s Cup this past weekend. Boys’ Varsity made it to finals and placed 2nd overall in the both events (both 8+ and 4+) and put up an excellent fight! Girls’ Varsity placed 3rd overall in both the 8+ and 4+. Boys’ 2nd varsity 4+ placed 3rd in their event. The girls’ 2nd varsity placed first in their events as well as won the finals! Congrats on a great weekend.

All of our teams now await seeding over the next week to see if they have qualified for the Tournament and what seed they may be.  Baseball, Softball, Rugby and Girls Tennis automatically qualified, posting a record of .500 or better. We are looking forward to an exciting postseason!

COMMUNITY NEWS

The schedule (found at this link) for the Milton Parks and Recreation 2022 Summer Concert Series concerts has been released! All concerts are from 6-7 pm at the Baron Hugo Gazebo on the Town Green at the Town Hall. 

On June 9 from 6-7 pm, the Milton Early Childhood Alliance, a program of Discovery Schoolhouse, will hold its annual Children’s Concert at Baron Hugo Gazebo at Milton’s Town Hall.

Join us for toe-tappin’, banjo rockin’, guitar groovin’ music, singing, and fun for all ages! Wear your bright yellow t-shirt and meet other children entering kindergarten in the fall. Bring a blanket and some friends for an evening of fun! Registration is not required. If it looks like rain, call 617-696-2262 after 4:00 PM. We’ll leave a message if we’ve postponed the Concert until June 23rd. Co-sponsored with Milton’s Parks and Rec Department. 

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Save the date for the Milton Music Fest and Fireworks on Saturday June 25th on Hutchinson Field! This free event kicks off at 5PM with activities for the whole family. After an evening of live music the most spectacular Fireworks will go off at 9:45PM. Come back on Sunday for Celtic Sunday on June 26th. From 12:30- 7PM we will offer a wide array of Irish music on the big stage and the trad tent on the small stage. Food and beverages are available to purchase both days.  Visit our website WeareMilton.org for the most up-to date information.

This event would not be possible without our major sponsor The Copeland Family Foundation.  Our band lineup is shaping up, the food trucks will be showing up and the fireworks will be going up!

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The Milton Public Library’s calendar of June events can be found here. 

Join Ms. Tory in the Story Hour Room at any time today (Thursday, 5/26)  for a whimsical drop-in craft creating bubble wands with miscellaneous materials. Don’t forget to take home our recipe for homemade bubbles!

Crafternoons are back! Kids ages 10-14 can register for our first session of the summer on Friday, June 3rd at 3:30pm. This afternoon we will be making Modge Podge Mugs with Tyler. Sign up today!

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

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You’re invited to “Blow Ye Winds!” with David Coffin, An evening of sea shanties and sailors’ tales of adventure to benefit the Forbes House Museum.  June 11, 2022, 6:30-9:30 pm on the museum lawn, 215 Adams Street. Tickets: $110/$90 members

Includes performance, one free drink ticket and hearty bites. Also enjoy raffles, a door prize and trivia game. Learn more on the Forbes House event page.  (And if you search on TikTok or YouTube, you can find plenty of examples of sea shanties. We’ve requested that David play the popular “Wellerman.” He also knows a song about our very own Captain Forbes!)

SUPERINTENDENT SHOUTOUT

On behalf of the Milton Public Schools, I would like to thank the Copeland Family Foundation and MHS Boosters for their generous donation that allowed MPS to purchase two new 14 person passenger vans. The acquisition of these two new vans is a tremendous asset for the Milton Public Schools, and this donation will enable us to provide transportation for smaller groups to athletic events, field trips, staff Professional Development and other events that take place outside of our schools. We are so grateful for these new vans!

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Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on May 26, 2022

May 19, 2022

To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
From: James F. Jette
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: May 19, 2022

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

The hate filled acts of violence that took place last weekend at a grocery store in Buffalo, NY (killing ten people and wounding three others) and in a Taiwanese congregation in Laguna Woods, CA., (killing one person and injuring five others ), have left many of our students confused, angry and looking for answers to rationalize such extreme behavior. Without a doubt, these horrific acts were motivated by hate and racism and these violent incidents continue to be perpetrated against people based on race, religion, gender and sexuality. Unfortunately, these incidents represent just the latest episodes in a series of hate filled violence plaguing our country. As a nation, we need to put an end to this. 

As you can imagine, these increasingly common acts of violence only solidify the need for us as a district to continue with our work of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and to make all who are a part of the MPS community feel safe, seen, heard and valued. This week our Principals, School Adjustment Counselors and staff ensured there was support available to students and staff as needed. 

Facing History and Ourselves provides many valuable resources to educators that parents and guardians also may find helpful.  As I wrote to staff earlier this week, please remember, we don’t fight hate with hate; on the contrary, we fight hate with love, education and understanding. As we process recent events, I would like to make you aware of an upcoming opportunity to come together.

The two-year anniversary of the murder of George Floyd will be marked by a vigil on Wednesday, May 25th from 6- 6:30pm outside at the Parkway Methodist Church on Blue Hills Parkway in Milton. The event is intended to keep the commitment to justice  alive as we reflect on this tragic anniversary. The vigil is being organized by Courageous Conversations Towards Racial Justice and community partners. This is the 3rd year the group has organized similar events including the ‘March for George and Justice’ in 2021 from Milton to Mattapan that was attended by hundreds and three standouts in 2020 bringing 3000 people to the parkway. All are invited to attend and interested volunteers should email courageousconversationsmilton@gmail.com.  

 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE 

The next School Committee meeting is Wednesday, May 25 , 2022.  All information about attending School Committee meetings can be found on the Town of Milton webpage under School Committee. You can watch regular 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. Meeting minutes, presentations and other documents related to School Committee can always be found on our website under the School Committee tab

IMPORTANT UPCOMING EVENTS

  • May 19 MHS Music Awards Dinner 
  • May 25 School Committee Meeting 
  • May 30 Memorial Day, No School 
  • May 31 Senior Awards Night 
  • June 2, 4 Pierce Players 
  • June 5 MHS Graduation 

MPS Calendars

Celebrate the artists of Milton High School by coming to the Art Show from May 23 – 27 in the school library! While there you can: Color the Doodle Mural created by AP Art Students; Write a note of appreciation in the AP artists comment books and Enter the Art Wordle raffle for a chance to win a Bob Ross themed prize. If you are unable to view the artwork in person, we invite you to experience the digital version of the art show here.

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The Department of Fine Arts is pleased to bring a unique Arts and Culture opportunity to our staff and students, in collaboration with M-PACE.

Venerable Tenzin Yignyen is visiting Milton High School, as Artist in Residence, in the MHS Library from May 31 – June 3 2022. This brings the rare opportunity to witness a sand mandala creation from initiation to completion. 

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Milton Summer Enrichment: Registration is open, and all details on classes and the program can be found at this link. MSE runs Monday-Friday, July 5-29, from 8 am-12 pm at Milton High School. Classes are creative and varied – academic, sports, art, games, and more. So many options to choose from!  Please email mse@miltonps.org with any questions. MSE is a great way to start your summer day – join us for a fun and enriching summer!

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SEPAC: Our next ZOOM board meeting is on May 24 6:30pm and Tuesday, June 14 will be our final SEPAC meeting. We will be meeting live with refreshments and a guest speaker, while we connect before the summer and plan for the 2022-23 school year. Location TBD.

HEALTH AND SAFETY 

COVID Updates: MPS has reported 88 new student cases and 14 staff cases to DPH for previous reporting period (May 12- May 18)  with the following breakdown per school. Cunningham -17; Collicot -19; Glover- 11; Tucker-8 Pierce-15 and MHS- 18. Local and Norfolk County data can be found here: CDC COVID data tracker  and Milton COVID 19 Dashboard.

Per current CDC guidelines, after testing positive for COVID, students and staff are returning to school on Day 6. (Day 0 is the date of positive COVID test or start of symptoms). As a reminder, returning students and staff must continue to wear a well-fitting mask at school through day 10.

We continue to practice mitigating strategies including promoting ventilation, with open windows and doors and running rooftop units to increase the number of fresh air exchanges.  With the upcoming spring weather, we will also take advantage of outdoor space when possible. 

We have seen our COVID positive numbers climb in recent weeks and a concern we are hearing from parents/ guardians is that it is hard to distinguish symptoms of COVID from other illnesses and it’s difficult to know when to test.  Is it COVID, allergies, a cold or the flu? is a great article published in March 2022 from the Mayo Clinic that addresses the differences between COVID 19, the common cold, allergies and the flu in an easy to read chart form.

When your student presents with symptoms, please test to help keep our MPS community safe!  You can still opt-in to the state’s at home test kit distribution by filling out this consent form and having your student bring it to the school nurse Student Opt-In Form.

For those looking for COVID Testing and Vaccines, we have found the Randolph, MA site linked here to be a reliable provider. 

COMMUNICATIONS SURVEY 

At the Milton Public Schools, we understand the importance of communication, transparency, and ease of access to information. Please help us learn about our strengths and areas which need improvement by taking this short survey.

These questions target communications at the district and school level only. Please take just a few minutes to give us feedback on our communication practices. Thank you for your responses. 

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

MHS Music Department finished up the season with their Spring Concert on Tuesday. Performing in the concert were Chamber Ensemble, Orchestra, Concert Band, two Choruses and Jazz Band. If you were unable to attend this fantastic concert, you can view the concert here. 

Thank you to MPS parent John Gillooly for  the photos below and access to many more downloadable images at this link from our most recent concert.

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The Milton Parks and Recreation Department is holding community service sign ups for grades 9-11 in the MHS cafe on Wednesday, June 1 st from 2:20 – 3pm for all  2022 summer programs. If your child is unable to attend this meeting, please email  bdevore@townofmilton.org after June 1 to see if there are any available weeks left for community service. Space is limited so please make every attempt to attend this meeting.

PIERCE PAGES 

On May 14th, the Pierce Middle School Debate Team participated in the Lumos May Invitational Debate Tournament. Students debated whether or not the United States should eliminate subsidies for fossil fuels companies and used the Public Forum Debate format to discuss the positive and negative consequences of eliminating subsidies. Isabella Alba, Tess Carroll, Adam Cheairs, John Griffin, Dobie Illich, Ben Neugebauer, Avery Squiciarino, Thinh Tran, and Sadie Wetzner-Crothers competed in this tournament and Isabella, Ben, Adam, and John received Speaker Awards for earning distinguished scores in debate rounds. The Pierce Debate Team was thrilled to participate in this fifth and final tournament for the 2021-2022 academic school year and we look forward to competing next year! 

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Mr. Manning’s art classes are having a wonderful term and working hard right up to the end of the school year. 

7th and 8th grade students asked “What’s Poppin?” Students were asked to choose their favorite junk candy and create a pop art style piece influenced by Andy Warhol. Salty, sugary, sweet, sour, and everything in between, students used unrealistic color schemes to create one of a kind paintings. 7th and 8th grade artists started with six small drawings and then picked one of their favorites for their painting. Students learned what the Screen Printing process looks like and that one of Warhol’s prints just sold for $195 million dollars. See if you can find your favorite candy below.

8th grade ACE students officially opened Caine’s Arcade and the place was buzzing. Students were invited from other classes to come in and play all of the games. Visitors had a blast as they got to visit each game and win an assortment of prizes. Games were fun and challenging and a good time was had by all.

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INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS 

It’s Art Show time! Cunningham students have been enjoying the art in the hallways and hope you soon will be, too! Check out our Art Show info for each school below. 

ART AND MUSIC 

Check out our MHS Senior Music Spotlights below. Each week we will spotlight several of our graduating seniors. Click the photos below to enlarge the information. 

TRANSPORTATION

Bus registration for the 2022-23 school year is now open. Please visit our Transportation Page for all details and links. 

MILTON COMMUNITY SCHOOLS 

Milton Community Schools hopes everyone has been enjoying the nice weather lately. Our After School Enrichment students certainly have! Students have been enjoying a variety of outdoor activities as you can see below.

TECHNOLOGY 

We are excited to share with you that Milton High School will continue with our one-to-one Chromebook initiative (1:1) for all ninth and tenth grade students next year.  In adopting this model, all ninth and tenth grade students will receive a school-issued Chromebook that they will take to and from school on a daily basis. Ninth and tenth grade students will not be allowed to bring their own device to school.

All current eighth-grade students will be asked to return their loaned Chromebook and charger to Pierce Middle School the last week of school.  Students attending MHS this fall will receive their Chromebook in advisory on the first day of school.  All 9th grade students will keep their school issued Chromebook throughout the summer and 10th grade year.

Optional Chromebook insurance will be offered to all students loaning a Chromebook.  It is highly encouraged to purchase insurance for their school-issued Chromebook. If insurance is declined, students are held responsible for damage beyond reasonable wear and tear as outlined in the Loan Agreement.  Information on how to purchase Chromebook Insurance and 1:1 Chromebook initiative for the 2022-23 school year will be shared in the coming weeks.

MILTON FOUNDATION FOR EDUCATION 

The Milton Foundation for Education kicked off their annual Celebration for Education on Saturday, May 7th, at Granite Links, with a Kentucky Derby theme. MFE would like to thank all of our dedicated donors, attendees, sponsors, teachers and administrators for making it a night to remember. Funds raised will help us continue to support our mental health initiative at MPS starting with funding the program Calm Classroom, a program that teaches mindfulness and self care training.

ATHLETICS

Please see below from MPS Athletic Director Ryan Madden.

Congrats to all of our Varsity Letter recipients on Saturday. A special congrats to our Award Winners

  • Most Outstanding Athlete Award: John Carew, Norah Affanato, Ethan Dobrindt, Hadley Blasdale, Shea Donovan, Olivia Duggan, Jack Vaughan, Mackenzie Mullaney
  • Athletic Achievement Award: Christina Sullivan, Sophia Manning, Anna Rowley, Matthew Paquette, Joseph Pender, Ryan Dexter
  • Impact Award: Christopher Burns, Caroline Gannon, Gregory Domineau, Emily Karimbakas, Isaiah Hassell, Anna Radley 
  • Roy Chambers Award: Thomas Lesser, Lila Glenn
  • Unified Track Awards: Molly Bauer, Sa’nya Roache, Emily Walsh

Thank you to the Boosters for another great event – Patti Dobrindt, Sheri Paquette, Calece Johnson, Katie Manning, Julie Ritchie, Michelle Donovan, Chuck Karimbikas and all the other volunteers. Carolyn Cahill was great as the guest speaker!

Congrats again to our Susi Athletes of the Month for April. Find the write up and pictures here!

With just over a week left in regular season play, our teams are gearing up for the tournament.

Many of the students on the Track Team recorded personal bests at the Bay State Conference Championship Meet last night in Braintree! Liam Faherty won the Triple Jump, while Katie O’Toole placed second overall in the 2-mile, with a time of 11:47!

Our Girls Tennis Team has ripped off six straight wins. Yes, SIX straight wins! That means they have officially qualified for the State Tournament for the first time in nearly 10 years. A big congratulations to Coach Radley and her squad for a great season thus far. The Boys Tennis Team needs one more win in their last three matches to secure their Tournament berth.

Baseball beat Walpole 9-1 last night to earn back-to-back Bay State Conference Herget Titles and improve to 15-2 on the season! Brian Foley moved to 6-0 on the season throwing 9ks through 6 innings.

Rugby stamped their ticket to the postseason last night with a resounding win over Braintree to improve to 4-2 on the season.

Unified Track had a great day on Monday at Walpole High School in the Sectional Championships!

The MHS Girls Softball team will be hosting a car wash on Saturday, May 21st, 9 a.m. to noon at the Cunningham School. Price is $10/car.

Thank you to Roy Chambers for these pictures of some of our Varsity Teams at the Boosters event this past weekend! Additional photos from the Boosters can be found here. 

COMMUNITY NEWS

The Milton Public Library’s calendar of May programs for kids can be found here. Plan ahead and take a look at the June calendar here. 

Kids in Grades K-5 are invited to come meet and read to a lovable (and a very good listener!) volunteer dog on Saturday, May 21st at 11:00am. Each child will have the opportunity to read to the dog in a private session for ten minutes to practice their reading aloud skills. Sign up for a timed reservation today through this link!

Take part in this month’s Graphic Novel Book Club for Grades 3-5 on Wednesday, May 25th at 4:30pm. This month we are reading: Mr. Wolf’s Class by Aron Nels Steinke. Pick up a reserved copy in the MPL Children’s Room. Register today!

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

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You’re invited to “Blow Ye Winds!” with David Coffin, An evening of sea shanties and sailors’ tales of adventure to benefit the Forbes House Museum.  June 11, 2022, 6:30-9:30 pm on the museum lawn, 215 Adams Street. Tickets: $110/$90 members

Includes performance, one free drink ticket and hearty bites. Also enjoy raffles, a door prize and trivia game. Learn more on the Forbes House event page.  (And if you search on TikTok or YouTube, you can find plenty of examples of sea shanties. We’ve requested that David play the popular “Wellerman.” He also knows a song about our very own Captain Forbes!)

SUPERINTENDENT SHOUTOUT

The Department of Fine Arts would like to give a shout out to Mr Merkle and his students in the Wood Workshop class at MHS! 

Thank you to Gavin Connor, Gorjaun Tarawallie, Owen Faherty and Michael Higgins who worked under Mr Merkle’s guidance to construct a custom table for our upcoming Artist in Residence, Venerable Tenzin YignYen. The table was built to specifications and painted a custom blue. It will be used for a Tibetan Sand Painting at Tucker Elementary and Milton High School.

We are grateful for the weeks of work that went into building the table and for Mr. Merkle’s collaboration and support on this project. We hope all will visit MHS to see our Artist in Residence, Venerable Tenzin YignYen next week.

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Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on May 19, 2022

May 12, 2022

To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
From: James F. Jette
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: May 12, 2022

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

We have had some fantastic events at MPS over the last week with the MFE’s successful Celebration for Education, entertaining elementary concerts, interesting field trips, and exciting athletic games and matches.
 
A highlight this week was our Scholastic Honors Night at Milton High School. As Principal Cahill wrote, Scholastic Honors Night is an evening to recognize and honor students for their high academic achievement, excellent leadership skills, and civic responsibilities. The students who are honored this evening exemplify and embody all that we hope for in every Milton High School student. They are intelligent, hard-working, goal-oriented, and self-motivated; they exude a commitment to academic excellence that should serve as a blueprint for others to follow. I invite you to read the entire program here with Century Club and Boys and Girls State winners, our Junior Book Award winners here and our 2022 National Honor Society inductees here (the full list of 2021 NHS is here) .  Congratulations to all who were recognized at this special event.
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Last week, it was also wonderful to see the return of the traditional trip to Boston’s Symphony Hall for our 4th graders across the district. Thank you to MPS music teacher April Allegrezza for sharing some details about the day with our community.

Conductor Thomas Wilkins made his entrance by jumping onto the podium wearing a sweatshirt with “MAESTRO” on his back. He exclaimed with a big smile, “We are back! It’s okay to keep clapping!” He caught the students’ attention and kept it throughout the program with his sense of humor and guidance and with musical and historical musings before each music selection.

The theme of this year’s concert was “So Now What: A Musical Look at Anticipation, Expectation, and a New Certainty Toward the Fulfillment of Our Promise” and addressed the social and emotional feelings that have been felt throughout the Covid pandemic. Some of the selections included Peter Boyer’s “Silver Fanfare”, Ferde Grofe’s “Sunrise,” from the Grand Canyon Suite, Benjamin Britten’s “Storm,” from Peter Grimes, Schuman’s “Chester,” from New England Triptych and Florence Price’s “Juba Dance” from Symphony No. 1.

Students were accompanied by their classroom teachers, paraprofessionals, parent chaperones and elementary music teachers. All agreed that it was Conductor Wilkins’ approachability and relatability to children and the beautiful music that created a child-centered, memorable and very enjoyable student experience at Symphony Hall. Children enjoyed making close connections with the music and were able to build upon knowledge from music class.

This opportunity to see the world class Boston Symphony Orchestra perform is possible through the generosity of MPACE (Milton Partnership for Arts and Cultural Enrichment), and Milton’s excise tax payers who contribute to the fund. Transportation was provided by the elementary PTOs. Thank you to all who made this trip possible for our 4th graders!

MPS STAFF UPDATES 

I am happy to share that two important MPS leadership positions have been officially filled. Please join me in welcoming Clair Galloway-Jones as the Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Dr. Garth McKinney as the Asst. Superintendent for Curriculum and Human Resources.

Mrs. Galloway-Jones is currently the Metco Director for the Sharon Public Schools and previously spent many years working in the Bedford Public Schools and the Boston Public Schools. It was shared with me that Clair has an inclusive way of collaborating with all parties and a talent for forging positive relationships with students, staff and families. Moreover, Mrs. Galloway-Jones has a strong teaching background, particularly her years as a math coach in the Boston Public. Mrs. Galloway-Jones has a Bachelors of Art in Human Services from the University of Massachusetts-Boston and a Master’s Degree in Urban Education from Wheelock College.

Dr. Garth McKinney currently serves as the Interim Superintendent of Nashua Public Schools. He has served as the Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education for four years and an Assistant Principal for three years. Through his three interviews, I found Dr. McKinney’s experience with curriculum; supervision and evaluation, team building and collaboration; and the use of data to make informed decisions very impressive. We are excited to benefit from his proven excellent work in supporting faculty and staff in curriculum instruction as well as executing the strategic goals and initiatives of the Milton Public Schools. Dr. McKinney has a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from Boston College; a Master’s Degree in Education (Reading) from Fordham University and he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Stonehill College.

We look forward to introducing Ms. Galloway-Jones and Dr. McKinney to the community at an upcoming School Committee meeting and officially welcoming them to the Milton Public Schools on July 1, 2022.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE 

The next School Committee meeting is Wednesday, May 25 , 2022.  All information about attending School Committee meetings can be found on the Town of Milton webpage under School Committee. You can watch regular 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.

IMPORTANT UPCOMING EVENTS

  • May 13 MHS Spring Fling 
  • May 14 Varsity Banquet 
  • May 17 MHS Spring Concert 
  • May 19 MHS Music Awards Dinner 
  • May 25 School Committee Meeting 
  • May 26 MFE Teacher of the Year 
  • May 30 Memorial Day, No School 
  • May 31 Senior Awards Night 
  • June 5 MHS Graduation 

MPS Calendars

Parent/Guardian English Class: The class will meet at MHS from 6-7 pm on Tuesday and Thursday between May 17 and June 23. This class is free for MPS parents/guardians. Interested? Email rjohnson@miltonps.org

Milton Summer Enrichment: Registration is open and all details on classes and the program can be found at this link.  Please email mse@miltonps.org with any questions. We are looking forward to a fun and enriching summer!

Ready, Set…Kindergarten! Please visit Ready, Set…Kindergarten! to learn about all the Kindergarten events planned that will have you and your child excited and prepared for this new chapter.  We are excited to welcome the Class of 2035 to the Milton Public Schools! 

Save the date for the Cunningham and Collicot Art Show on Thursday, May 19. 

HEALTH AND SAFETY 

COVID Updates: MPS has reported 73 new student cases and 12 staff cases to DPH for previous reporting period (May 5- May 11)  with the following breakdown per school. Cunningham -12; Collicot -17; Glover- 1; Tucker-24 Pierce-13 and MHS- 6. Local and Norfolk County data can be found here: CDC COVID data tracker  and Milton COVID 19 Dashboard.

Thank you to all of our school nurses! Pictured L-R: District nurse Jess Atkinson, Cunningham Nurse Kiyana Spaulding, and Collicot Nurse Lindsay Peterson.

We have seen our COVID positive numbers climb in recent weeks and a concern we are hearing from parents/ guardians is that it is hard to distinguish symptoms of COVID from other illnesses and it’s difficult to know when to test.  Is it COVID, allergies, a cold or the flu? is a great article published in March 2022 from the Mayo Clinic that addresses the differences between COVID 19, the common cold, allergies and the flu in an easy to read chart form.

When your student presents with symptoms, please test to help keep our MPS community safe!  You can still opt-in to the state’s at home test kit distribution by filling out this consent form and having your student bring it to the school nurse Student Opt-In Form.

While previous guidance provided a differentiated symptoms list for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals, the new symptoms list (updated March 2022) below applies to all individuals, regardless of vaccination status.  Parents/guardians should continue to screen students daily prior to school and keep students with these symptoms home, testing prior to returning to school. 

COVID-19 symptom list: 

  • Fever (100.0° Fahrenheit or higher), chills, or shaking chills 
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath 
  • New loss of taste or smell 
  • Muscle aches or body aches 
  • Cough (not due to other known cause, such as chronic cough) 
  • Sore throat, when in combination with other symptoms 
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea when in combination with other symptoms.
  • Headache when in combination with other symptoms 
  • Fatigue, when in combination with other symptoms 
  • Nasal congestion or runny nose (not due to other known causes, such as allergies) when in combination with other symptoms 

For those looking for COVID Testing and Vaccines, we have found the Randolph, MA site linked here to be a reliable provider. 

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

It’s sock monkey mania in the Collicot art room! Thanks to a generous donation from the Collicot PTO, 5th graders have been on a roll stitching these adorable sock monkeys. Students have learned how to transform a pair of socks into a stuffed animal by using a pattern, threading a needle, tying a knot, and using the whipstitch.

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Cunningham 5th graders have been learning about radial design and printmaking. Students started by drawing a design on a 6×6 square with an X and Y axis, mapping out their design to make sure lines connected to the adjacent side of their square. Once complete, they traced their drawing onto styrofoam using a wooden dowel, causing the lines to “sink” into the foam, making a perfect printing plate. You can see that they used a brayer to ink their plate and printed their design four times making sure to rotate their styrofoam clockwise to create a radial symmetrical design. The beautiful results are evident in the pictures!

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Glover 1st graders are working on their “Days of the Week” project in Spanish class with the help of former Glover Kid Katherine Heavey. Katherine is volunteering her time throughout May at Glover as she completes her senior service project before graduating high school. Senora Brown, who had Katherine in her class when she was a Glover Kid, said it was the week’s highlight for our 1st graders!

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EARLY CHILDHOOD

This family survey is a brief, but essential part of our community needs assessment of early childhood programs and the needs of families with young children.  This effort is supported by a Community Preschool Partnership Initiative (CPPI) grant from the MA Department of Early Education and Care. For more information, please contact Dr. Elaine McNeil-Girmai or School Committee Chair Ada Rosmarin.  

It only takes 2-3 minutes to complete and the deadline to respond to the survey is May 15th, so please don’t delay!  All who complete the survey will automatically be entered into a raffle to win one of two $250 gift cards. 

ART AND MUSIC

The MHS music department’s final concert is coming up on Tuesday, May 17th at 6:30 PM in the high school auditorium. We hope you’ll join us for the performance to celebrate the accomplishments of our MHS musicians, especially our graduating seniors!

Thank you to everyone who contributed to Tri-M’s musical instrument drive — the event was a huge success. We collected dozens of instruments that will be able to be used throughout the Milton Public Schools, both in classrooms and for independent music practice. Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

MHS and Pierce collaborate. Listen here!

MHS Tri-M students have also been busy paying visits to the performing ensembles at Pierce to make music together and share information about what it’s like to be a part of the MHS music department. Our hope is that building these relationships early on will encourage continued participation in performing ensembles throughout students’ academic careers. Thanks to all MHS and Pierce students who participated in these before and after school events! Check out this video  of Tri-M and Pierce chorus students singing “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” after three short rehearsals!

Thank you to all who participated in the fundraiser!

The students in the MHS Music department along with Milton FAME ran a successful mattress fundraiser in April, raising over $10,000 for the MPS music department. The money from the mattress sale will continue to help FAME with providing excellent opportunities and assistance to all of our MPS music students. Bravo!

FOOD SERVICE 

Friday, May 6 was the 10th anniversary of School Lunch Hero Day! We are so grateful to have such an amazing and hard-working team to make sure each student is fed and fueled to do their very best each and every day. Post pandemic has not been easy, but our “Lunch Heroes” prove that they can handle anything that comes their way.

SEPAC 

Participate: Mark your calendars as Tuesday, June 14 will be our final SEPAC meeting and we will be meeting live with refreshments and a guest speaker, while we connect before the summer and plan for the 2022-23 school year. Location TBD.

Advocate: SEPAC board members welcome new school committee members Celina Miranda and Anna Varghese and look forward to working with them as the budget is passed and plans are made for next year. Further, look for a survey soon to assess needs and goals for next year. Our next ZOOM board meeting is on May 24 6:30pm 

Educate: Check out a new resource for parents with neurodiverse kids: ImpactParents 

ATHLETICS

Please see below from MPS Athletic Director Ryan Madden.

The Varsity Athletic Outdoor Celebration will take place on Saturday, May 14th at 10am at Brooks Field! All student-athletes receiving a Varsity Letter are invited and families should have received an email invitation. 

TODAY: Thursday, May 12th, our Unified Track & Field Team will host their last meet of the season! Our athletes and partners have been working hard all year, and can’t wait to showcase their abilities as they get ready for the Sectional Meet. Come support our inclusive sports program this Thursday, May 12th, at Brooks Field. The meet will begin at 3:30 – we hope to see you there! #ChooseToInclude

Boys Lacrosse won back-to-back games, each both by a 1-goal margin. They beat former Herget Division Rival Dedham 9-8 and then followed that up with an 11-10 win over new Herget Division Rival, Braintree. Those two wins move them to 5-7 and puts them in a good position to make the Tournament for the second straight season!

Our Girls Tennis Team responded to three straight losses with three straight wins! They beat Fontbonne, Braintree and Weymouth. With 5 wins on the season, they have already eclipsed their win total from last year! Boys Tennis is 6-5 on the season, with wins over Weymouth and Braintree. They host Oliver Ames on Friday.

Softball and Girls Lacrosse have also won back-to-back games. Alona Lynch is playing at an MVP level for the Softball Team. Girls Lax Captains, Hadley Blasdale and Grace DeBenedictis have played at an elite level with Blasdale scoring 5 goals in the past 2 games. 

Rugby beat Hanover 41-26 in a game that was not nearly as close as the score indicated, less than a week after losing to Weymouth. That brings them back to 2-2 and a big finish to the end of the season should put them in a good position heading into the Tournament. 

Baseball is now 12-2, earning their sixth straight win over Braintree in the past three seasons. They” travel to St Mary’s in Lynn on Friday before getting back to league play next week against Needham and Walpole. 

We have our Susi Athletes of the Month for April! Junior Katie O’Toole and Senior Alona Lynch are very worthy recipients for their achievements in April!

  • Katie O’Toole: Despite the cold weather Katie O’Toole has been on fire during the month of April. Katie placed second in the 800m at Wellesley racing against the reigning 1000m state champion from this past indoor season.  Katie followed up that strong performance with a first place finish against Braintree in the mile. The next week Katie won the mile at home against Walpole.  Katie is currently ranked number nine in the state in the 800m and is top 25 in the mile.  Katie has continued her strong running into the month of May with more great racing.  As anchor leg she led the team to a victory in the 4×800 meter relay at the Division III State Relay event at Olive Ames.  Katie also anchored the 4 x mile team to a strong second place finish. 
  • Alona Lynch: MHS softball is currently 4-2. Alona Lynch has helped the team get to this point by being a leader on and off the field. She made 3 diving stops for outs against Natick while pitching, where she also hit 3-4 with a grand slam in the same game. She then followed up with another win in extra innings against Braintree on Monday, with 7 strikeouts on the mound and a 2-run double in the 10th to give Milton the lead! She has pitched 4 games so far this season; with 30k and only 6BB on the season and she has a .600 batting average. Her attitude and energy are constantly bringing up the team, always keeping them focused and united. 

For those wondering about Fall Sports, see below for information. 

  • Football tryouts start Friday, August 19th.
  • All other Sports tryouts start Monday, August 22nd.
  • All students must have a valid physical on file in order to try out. Physicals are valid for 13 months. 
  • Registration will open in June, with payment due before tryouts start in August.
  • Tryout dates and times will be posted on August 1st.
  • An email with more information about coaching staff will be sent to families soon.

COMMUNITY NEWS

Katie Crowell was a dedicated member of our Glover community who gave 100% of herself in service to others. She was an advocate, a runner, a volunteer, a fundraiser, a mom, a wife, a daughter, a sister, and a friend. Katie’s motto was “Grace + Grit,” qualities she embodied. Katie’s impact surrounds us all—in her beautiful children, in her advocacy, in the lives of other patients who have gained strength from her, in the innovative research that is currently happening thanks in part to the money that she raised. 

Together as a community, we are raising money in Katie’s honor for basic level cancer research. Please join us in a very special 5k so we may honor Katie and continue raising funds to support cancer charities. Come show us your Grace + GRIT! Walkers and strollers welcome. NO bikes or scooters, please. Bib and T-shirt pickup will be Friday, May 13th from 5-7 pm at Glover Elementary School (255 Canton Ave). Pickup will also be available from 8:30-9:30 on race day. Friday pickup is strongly encouraged. Bibs and T-shirts may be picked up by other registrants or friends/family. 

The race is just two days away! It begins at 10 am on Saturday, May 14th. Please arrive at Glover Elementary School (255 Canton Ave) no later than 9:30 am. Kids of any age are welcome to run/walk the course. There will be no separate kids route. Prizes will be awarded to the top finishers in each category (Men, Women, Kids).

Last Call! Registration closes at midnight TONIGHT. For those who have already registered, thank you! To register, click here.

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Save the date for the Milton Pride Car Parade on June 11 from 4-5 pm. 

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Milton Academy is offering a Summer Camp for students in grades 1-6. All details can be found here. 

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The Milton Public Library’s calendar of May programs for kids can be found here

Kids in Grades K-5 are invited to come meet and read to a lovable (and a very good listener!) volunteer dog on Saturday, May 21st at 11:00am. Each child will have the opportunity to read to the dog in a private session for ten minutes to practice their reading aloud skills. Sign up for a timed reservation here. To learn more and to register for programs for kids, teens, and adults, please visit the MPL website.

SUPERINTENDENT SHOUTOUT

On Sunday, we celebrated Mother’s Day and some mothers in our MPS community recently received some national attention on the Kelly Clarkson Show!

Mid pandemic, longtime Milton friends Imge Ceranoglu, Martha Kennedy, Joanna Weiss, Leila Mitchell, and Heather Shaw started a band called The Lazy Susans and played their first gig at Porchfest in September of 2021. This past week, they appeared on The Kelly Clarkson Show as part of Rad Moms Week. This article in the Boston Globe tells their story nicely, as does this video from the show. My takeaway? Go for it, whatever your “it” is! Congratulations to Milton’s own “Rad Moms” on their accomplishments! 

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May 5, 2022

To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
From: James F. Jette
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: May 5, 2022

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

This week is your last chance to purchase tickets to Celebration for Education, the signature fundraising and community building event of the Milton Foundation for Education. Funds raised are used to support the work of the MFE in all six of our schools. 

Come watch the Kentucky Derby LIVE at Granite Links on Saturday, May 7th at 5pm! 

  • The party kicks off early – starting at 5pm!
  • Arrive at 5 to get in on all the pre-race activities. The race starts at 6:00 and you don’t want to miss any of the fun.
  • Visit this link to get the last of the Kentucky Derby Squares  – very few left! 
  • Wear bright colors – from casual to cocktail attire, but make it bright, light and fun. In true Derby tradition, wear a festive hat or tie and win our Best Hat & Tie Contest.
  • Expect traditional derby delights: fried chicken, ham & biscuits, mint juleps, a bourbon tasting and so much more!

Please visit this link to purchase tickets to what is always a terrific night out in support of our schools. With your help, we can make an enormous difference and continue to enrich the lives of the children in our community.

Just two of our hundreds of happy students at prom!

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Last weekend I was lucky enough to attend the MHS Prom at Gillette Stadium. I can’t overstate how wonderful this night was for our students and staff and I so enjoyed seeing almost 550 students enjoying a fabulous night together. As a community, we should all be proud of how well our students represented MPS and the Town of Milton!

Thank you to all of the MPS families and our six PTOs for your continued support and celebration of the entire MPS staff this week. It has been most appreciated!

SCHOOL COMMITTEE 

The next School Committee meeting is Wednesday, May 11 , 2022.  As always, all information about attending School Committee meetings can be found on the Town of Milton webpage under School Committee. You can watch regular 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.

IMPORTANT UPCOMING EVENTS

  • May 7 MFE Celebration for Education 
  • May 11 School Committee 
  • May 11 Getting Ready for Kindergarten 
  • May 13 MHS Spring Fling 
  • May 14 Varsity Banquet 
  • May 16 Town Meeting Begins 
  • May 17 MHS Spring Concert 
  • May 19 MHS Music Awards Dinner 

MPS Calendars

MHS Spring Fling: MHS Student Government is excited to be hosting a Spring Fling Dance for all freshmen and sophomores on Friday, May 13th from 6-8 in the MHS Courtyard. Tickets are $10 and available in school. Please see the sign up genius linked here to help out – more volunteers (just 90 minutes of set up) are needed to make this event a success!

Parent/Guardian English Class: The class will meet at MHS from 6-7 pm on Tuesday and Thursday between May 17 and June 23. This class is free for MPS parents/guardians. Interested? Email rjohnson@miltonps.org

Milton Summer Enrichment: Registration is open and all details on classes and the program can be found at this link.  Please email mse@miltonps.org with any questions. We are looking forward to a fun and enriching summer! 

Ready, Set…Kindergarten! Please visit Ready, Set…Kindergarten! to learn about all the Kindergarten events planned that will have you and your child excited and prepared for this new chapter.  We are excited to welcome the Class of 2035 to the Milton Public Schools! 

HEALTH AND SAFETY 

COVID Updates: MPS has reported 33 new student cases and 6 staff cases to DPH for previous reporting period (April 28- May 4)  with the following breakdown per school. Cunningham -3; Collicot -11; Glover- 3; Tucker-9 Pierce-3 and MHS- 4. Local and Norfolk County data can be found here: CDC COVID data tracker  and Milton COVID 19 Dashboard.

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

Students in Ms. Lee’s Design Studio class learned about hand lettering and calligraphy by designing one of their favorite quotes, words or alphabet. Students developed their knowledge and skills in typography by making decisions on the alignment of their text, letter spacing, leading, and rag besides choosing a font or calligraphy hand to represent the meaning of their words or letters. Other design elements were included like drop caps, color, texture and illustrations for their final pieces.

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The MHS Internship Program is in full swing and our students are beginning their placements this week.

We have seven students at BID-Milton scheduled for rotations throughout the hospital. They will be familiarizing themselves with Radiology, Emergency, Human Resources, Rehab/EHS, Medical Records, Dietary, Pharmacy and Surgical Services. Tuesday evening they participated in a three hour orientation where they were advised of expectations and received their lab coats and badges.

Starting this week two of our interns will be working remotely with the Milton Times attending brainstorming meetings, researching and editing procedures and the entire operational overview of running a journalistic paper.

One intern is working at the Eustis Estate, assisting in the operation of a historic house museum, including planning and running public programs, installing a special exhibition in the galleries, and working on updates to their interactive tour technology.

We also have two interns working within the town’s Consolidated Facilities department where they will rotate buildings and see what it takes to keep our many buildings operational and in good condition.

Thank you to the many supporters of this exciting program including the Milton Chamber of Commerce, Milton School Committee, MPS administration and staff and the community at large.  We will be showcasing our student interns’ success at the end of May with a thank you celebration. 

PIERCE PAGES 

This year’s Pierce science fair was filled with many interesting STEM projects.  Congratulations to our students who received an Outstanding designation! 

  • Outstanding Experimental Project -Sophie Derwinski, How Does the Brain Process Conflicting Information?  
  • Outstanding Design Engineering Project- Madyn Dwyer, Wind Turbines, 
  • Outstanding Presentation- Claudia Chambert, Light Pollution in Our Community
  • Honorable Mention- Hope Sergi and Arlene Fernandez, Does Music Help Concentration?

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Seventh grade FUSE students Camilla Abboud, Maddie King, and Maya Mitchell took the skills they learned on the FUSE challenge Selfie Sticker to create sweatshirts for themselves and a few friends using heat transfer vinyl! It’s great to see students extending these challenges on their own!

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Eighth grade students in Mrs. Magill’s Advanced FUSE class recently completed a challenge creating a raft which would be pulled by a Sphero in a pool of water. They needed to design and build this raft using only certain materials which they could not have replaced if they ruined them. Completing this challenge forced them to think differently in order to problem solve. Click HERE to watch the video to see the Spheros and rafts in action!

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Members of the Glover Fundraising Student Leadership Team (SLT)  have been working together to support a variety of fundraising efforts this year. Most recently, the team partnered with the Gotta Have Sole Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide homeless youth with brand new shoes to help them feel confident and comfortable. The students organized a fundraiser to buy new shoes for children living in shelters.  The goal of their work aligns with the widely held belief at Glover that everyone deserves to feel seen, valued, supported and loved. The group learned that it’s common for homeless children to have to wear worn-out shoes and/or shoes that don’t fit.  The Glover community rallied around this group of students to support their important work. They raised over 700 dollars and collected hundreds of pairs of socks.  Additionally, all Glover students had the opportunity to make cards with messages of hope that will be delivered with the shoes.  

Glover’s SLTs provide 4th and 5th grade students the opportunity to work alongside their peers in leadership roles around a topic or cause that interests them. There are currently over 10 Student Leadership Teams in place. Way to go Glover Kids!

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Thank you to all of the Cunningham and Collicot families who participated in the C&C Earth Day clean up last weekend!

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Wednesday was a terrific day for Walk and Bike to School Day! Thank you to all who participated.

MPS concerts have not disappointed this spring and the Collicot K-1 concert this week was no exception. Thank you to Mr. Good and his young singers for a wonderful concert!

ART AND MUSIC

Congratulations to the 2022-23 Captains and Drum Majors of the Wildcat Marching Band! These hard working students have been integral members of the WMB and were selected based on their outstanding musical, marching and leadership contributions to the ensemble. Our ’22-’23 leadership team members are: Cologuard Captains- Angel Leggett and Maeve Garvin; Percussion Captain- Bella Fiske; Drum Majors- Sampreeti Fitton, Sam McLaughlin, Brynne Mershon, and Claudia O’Neill.

The Wildcat Marching Band is open to any Milton High School student! Any student entering grades 9-12 who are interested in joining the Wildcat Marching Band should fill out the form found here and reach out to Mrs. Damiani with any questions at rdamiani@miltonps.org. Come join us and be a part of our 2022-’23 show “The Sky’s the Limit”! 

FOOD SERVICE 

To gear up for ‘School Lunch Hero’ day on May 6, we want to showcase our fabulous kitchen managers at all 6 schools. The kitchen staff certainly deserves our appreciation as they have all worked so hard this year to make sure all of our students are well fed!

FAMILY RESOURCES

Last week we let families know that the Milton Coalition along with their partners MPS, MPD and BID did not renew their contract with Interface Referral Service.   The coalition shared some alternate family support resources including Therapy Matcher, Compass Helpline, Quincy Family Resource Center (including Milton), Aspire Health Alliance and New Directions Counseling Center which we have added to our Family Resource Newsletter.  This week the coalition has provided some tips for finding a mental health professional to work with you or your child that we wanted to pass along.

In addition to the Family Resource Newsletter  please visit Milton Public School Resource Guide.  If you need additional assistance please don’t hesitate to reach out to 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.

ATHLETICS

Please see below from MPS Athletic Director Ryan Madden.

Unified Track will travel to Needham tomorrow for their penultimate meet. They host Weymouth next week on Thursday, May 12th for their last meet of the season and we want to pack the stands!!

Rugby will host Hanover on Friday night at 5:30pm. Milton and Hanover have battled back and forth over the last five years for Rugby supremacy in the South Shore, so it should be a great game!

Baseball responded from their loss to Natick with a comeback win over #9 ranked Walpole 7-3. Charlie Walker earned his fourth win of the year.

The Varsity Athletic Outdoor Celebration will take place on Saturday, May 14th at 10am at Brooks Field! All student-athletes receiving a Varsity Letter are invited! See attached for the flyer.

The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is organizing “Cats Clean the Cage” on Saturday, May 7th at 12pm. All spring student-athletes will help clean Brooks Field of trash and old equipment. Thank you to the members of SAAC for organizing this event!

COMMUNITY NEWS

The Milton Public Library’s calendar of May programs for kids can be found here. Join MPL in two very special upcoming events:

On Saturday May 7th at 2:30pm, join Ms. Tory for Create-A-Story: Kamishibai. Kamishibai, (kah-mee-she-bye) or “paper-theater,” is a form of Japanese street theater that was popular during the 1930s. During this program we will learn all about this visual form of storytelling, and you will get a chance to create your own Kamishibai play!

Then, put your building skills to the test at LEGO Club (ages 6-12) on Wednesday, May 11 at 4:30pm. Construct a themed LEGO scene, and find your finished creations on display in the Children’s Room for the rest of the month!

Sign up today for these programs here. To learn more and to register for programs for kids, teens, and adults, please visit the MPL website.

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Join the community at “Let’s Celebrate our Kevin”, a fundraiser in memory of Milton resident Kevin Moore. Kevin was the son of Elaine Moore, who is a beloved member of the MHS Cafeteria staff and the family is holding a fundraiser to raise money for a Scholarship in Kevin’s name. Kevin died tragically in 2016 and a Scholarship was set up in his name shortly thereafter. Kevin was a kind-hearted, fun loving young man who enjoyed his family, his friends, and working with his hands. Kevin was a graduate of Blue Hills Tech and a budding electrician. Please join us as we raise money to support another student’s desire to work in the Trades. All details can be found here. 

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On May 14 at 10 am, the Glover PTO invites the entire Milton community to a new road race, Katie’s Grace+Grit 5K. 

Katie Crowell was a dedicated member of our Milton community who gave 100% of herself in service to others. She was an advocate, a runner, a volunteer, a fundraiser, a mom, a wife, a daughter, a sister, and a friend. This amazing woman was diagnosed with stage IV metastatic breast cancer (MBC) in 2015 while 32 weeks pregnant.

Please join us in a very special 5k so we may honor Katie and continue raising funds to support cancer charities. Come show us your Grace + GRIT! All details and registration info can be found at this link. 

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Brookwood Community Farm’s annual Seedling Sale is Saturday May 7, 11 am – 3 pm and Sunday May 8 from 9 am – 3 pm.  Please bring your own containers to carry your purchases. Cash, credit card and EBT is accepted.  Our parking lot is limited so extra parking is available at Meditech next door on Saturday and at Trinity Church on Sunday.  A farm shuttle can bring your purchases to those off site lots. 

In addition to shopping, we welcome volunteers for the sale.  Sign up to help out here.  This is open to HS students, needing volunteer hours or not, and adults.  

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Save the date for the Milton Pride Car Parade on June 11 from 4-5 pm. 

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Milton Academy is offering a Summer Camp for students in grades 1-6. All details can be found here. 

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The Milton Early Childhood Association shares their spring newsletter here. There are many programs for young children and their families offered.

 

Getting Ready for Kindergarten: Will your child be attending kindergarten in the fall? This parent workshop is for you and is open to all parents/caregivers; your child will not need to attend Milton Public Schools to participate. We will be sharing many tips and helpful hints to make your child’s transition to kindergarten a smooth one. This workshop will be held virtually, via Zoom, from the comfort of your home on May 11th at 7:00 PM. Registration is required. Register and obtain the Zoom link and passcode here

Literacy Fun Through STEAM with the Easton Children’s Museum: Calling all future Scientists, Technologists, Engineers, Artists, and Mathematicians!  Activities will be age appropriate for children 3 to 7 years old with a parent or guardian. We will be holding two sessions in person at Discovery Schoolhouse, 101 Blue Hills Parkway. Feel free to attend one or both! Registration is required and can be completed 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 Janet Sheehan, (617) 696- 4808/4809.

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April 28, 2022

To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
From: James F. Jette
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: April 28, 2022

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

I am pleased to share that MPS teacher Kerri Devin has been awarded the William Spratt Award for Excellence in Teaching Social Studies at the Middle School Level. As many of your children have personally experienced, Ms. Devin is a motivated, energetic and caring educator, who has made Pierce Middle School a better place for students.

Director of Humanities Barbara Wright shares that whether Ms. Devin is leading a debate about the benefits of Sparta versus Athens, or working with students to “mummify” apple slices or leading an excavation right outside our middle school, Ms. Devin is teaching students how to critically and creatively think about history. Her classroom buzzes with activity each and every day, and students are fully engaged.

As Ms. Devin leads her students through such engaging activities she is also clearly defining objectives and scaffolding each lesson to support student success. Ms. Devin has most definitely mastered the balance between creative lesson planning and exacting expectations. She spends her first months of school establishing protocols and expectations, introducing methods of writing and demonstrating techniques of close reading and annotation. Students are well trained in both content and skills, and from there she helps her students soar to new heights.

If you ask her students they will tell you that Ms. Devin is a special teacher at Pierce. In a reflection of their career at Pierce, a number of students wrote specifically about their experience in Ms. Devin’s class. One said, “I loved social studies every year, especially with Ms Devin in 6th grade. She helped me become a better writer and I had fun in her class.” Another student said “6th grade social studies was definitely the best year and Ms.Devin is one of the best and most proactive teachers I’ve ever had.”

The past two years have been among the most challenging in the last five decades, and educators around the world have adapted to the ever-changing environment in which we were asked to teach. Kerri Devin is one of those teachers that adapted, grew and succeeded. She is deserving of the William Spratt Award for excellence and we are so pleased that she has received this honor. 

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Next week (May 2-6) is National Teacher Appreciation Week and our administrators,  PTOs and MPS families have plans to thank and celebrate all of our MPS teachers and staff. The entire MPS staff works hard every single day to ensure all children feel safe in school,  are engaged, learning, and challenged, have access to healthy food, and know that they are welcome and included in the MPS Community.

Our teachers, coaches, administrative staff, food service staff, nurses, paraprofessionals, custodians, and administrators have all made the decision to spend their professional lives in a school, working with like-minded professionals in the service of the children who attend the Milton Public Schools.  I know you join me in thanking them for their dedication and I look forward to celebrating the entire MPS staff next week! 

This week we also celebrated our Administrative Assistants, who are often the first welcome in our schools for many of our MPS families. There are several other dedicated days, including School Nurses Day (May 11) and School Lunch Hero Day on May 6 (check out the fun School Lunch Hero video here) which we will also celebrate.

 

Finally, this weekend, we are pleased to be the site of the MPDE Diversity Career Fair. Massachusetts Partnership for Diversity in Education (MPDE) is partnering with diversity recruitment expert DIVERSITY in Ed to bring together 40 school districts with openings for teachers and administrative staff for a hybrid in-person and virtual Diversity Career Fair on April 30th from 9am-12pm at Milton High School, 25 Gile Rd. Milton, MA. All details on attending can be found here. 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE 

The next School Committee meeting is Wednesday, May 11 , 2022.  As always, all information about attending School Committee meetings can be found on the Town of Milton webpage under School Committee. You can watch regular 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.

School Committee Chair Ada Rosmarin shares the following information. 

The School Committee is pleased to announce that this Spring, the Town of Milton, under the leadership of a Milton Early Childhood Leadership Team, is undertaking a new community wide needs assessment of early childhood programs and services for families with children ages Birth – Age 5.  Funded by a grant from the Department of Early Education and Care to the Milton Public Schools, this Community Preschool Partnership Initiative (CPPI) brings together families and community partners who connect with and serve Milton families.  

When the School Committee reviewed District-wide data early in 2022, it was no surprise that after two years of pandemic, there were gaps and challenges identified.  MPS has been working diligently to address the unfinished learning of our students, knowing that this will take a few years to recover.  As a School Committee Member, my first question, upon seeing these metrics, was “are we doing enough for our children before they even get here?”  In addition, we know that the pandemic has been very tough on our local preschools and family child care providers.  About ⅓ of Milton FCC providers closed their doors during the pandemic, leaving many families with Birth-2 year olds scrambling.  When this planning grant became available, it just seemed like the time was right to examine where we are and what we might be able to do about it. 

The findings of the comprehensive needs assessment will help us identify a strategic path forward for a strengthened system of preschool and child care services in Milton.  Having conducted this needs assessment and strategic plan will also make us eligible for new state and federal funding for preschool, which we hope to bring to Milton.

Please watch for our work, participate in family surveys, interviews and focus groups, and if you are interested in joining our team at a Leadership Summit in late May, please let us know by contacting me, Ada Rosmarin or Dr. Elaine McNeil-Girmai . For more information about our project, please visit this link.

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES 

  • April 30 MPDE Career Fair at MHS
  • May 2-6 Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week 
  • May 7 MFE Celebration for Education 
  • May 11 School Committee 
  • May 11 Getting Ready for Kindergarten 
  • May 14 Varsity Banquet 
  • May 16 Town Meeting Begins 
  • May 17 MHS Spring Concert 
  • May 19 MHS Music Awards Dinner 

The 2022-23 One Page School Year Calendar (Draft) linked here has been approved by the School Committee.  Please note that this calendar is intended as a guide ONLY. It may be necessary to change this schedule to better serve instructional purposes. 

Please refer to the District-Wide Calendar of Events for times and details on current events.  In addition, the 21-22 one page School Year Calendar can be found here. 

MILTON FOUNDATION FOR EDUCATION 

Celebration for Education is the signature fundraising and community building event of the Milton Foundation for Education. Funds raised are used to support the work of the MFE in all six of our schools. In addition to funding competitive grants in all six Milton Public Schools, funds raised this year will also go to the MFE’s initiative to help support the mental health of Milton’s students. With your support, we can make an enormous difference and continue to enrich the lives of the children in our community.

Come watch the Kentucky Derby LIVE at Granite Links on Saturday, May 7th at 5pm. 

  • The party kicks off early – starting at 5pm!
  • Arrive at 5 to get in on all the pre-race activities. The race starts at 6:00 and you don’t want to miss any of the fun.
  • Kentucky Derby Squares and picking the winning horse happens before the race begins.
  • Visit this link to get Kentucky Derby Squares or pick the winning horse.
  • Wear bright colors – from casual to cocktail attire, but make it bright, light and fun. In true Derby tradition, wear a festive hat or tie and win our Best Hat & Tie Contest.
  •  Expect traditional derby delights: fried chicken, ham & biscuits, and so much more, not to mention mint juleps and a bourbon tasting!

Please visit this link to purchase tickets to what is always a terrific night out in support of our schools. 

 

HEALTH AND SAFETY 

COVID Updates: MPS has reported 49 new student cases and 9 staff cases to DPH for previous two week reporting period (April 14-27)  with the following breakdown per school. Cunningham -8; Collicot -9; Glover- 10; Tucker-10 Pierce-2 and MHS- 3. Local and Norfolk County data can be found here: CDC COVID data tracker  and Milton COVID 19 Dashboard.

Masks: MPS remains mask optional and is following the most recent published guidance for quarantine guidance and COVID 19 testing.  DESE/DPH Protocols for responding to COVID 19.

Testing: MPS offers symptomatic testing in each school health office after receiving consent from a student’s parent/guardian through CIC Health.  To opt into this program please click here Symptomatic Testing- CIC Link. You can report positive results directly to your school here:  At home test kit positive results.

COVID 19 Testing Initiative Extended: The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) are extending the statewide testing options currently available to districts and schools past April 22, 2022. DESE and EOHHS will continue to monitor factors related to COVID-19 and may make further adjustments to the statewide K-12 COVID testing options this school year. DESE stated that they anticipate following up later this spring with more information, including next steps for the summer and fall.

Vaccination: American Academy of Pediatrics, along with CDC and other local health organizations, encourage COVID 19 vaccination for all those eligible.  Current vaccination rates for those > 5 years old in Norfolk County is 82.9%.(COVID data tracker- vaccination rates by county)  Milton Public Schools reports a 76% vaccination rate for elementary students and over 80% vaccination rate for middle and high school students. Information on where to find vaccines or boosters near you Vaccines.gov.

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

Congratulations to MHS student Emily MacNeil, who’s recent project in our Marketing course is being used by the Seaport Hotel to recruit employees!  Thank you to Maura O’Brien, Career Tech Dept and Marketing teacher, for letting our students explore their potential career paths. 

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Milton High School Student Government is excited to be hosting a Spring Fling Dance for all freshmen and sophomores on Friday, May 13th from 7-9 in the MHS Courtyard. Please keep an eye out for further communication this week regarding details of the dance, ticket sales, and parent/guardian volunteer and donation opportunities.

PIERCE PAGES 

Mr. Manning’s art classes are having a terrific year and doing some of their best work yet. 7th and 8th grade students have created some impressive graffiti as you can see below. Students learned 3 simple steps that helped them create their very own full piece. Students started with a “Tag” then moved on to a “Hollow” and then a final “Throw-up”. They designed a full piece that took a lot of time and effort and the entire art hallway is covered with their creativity.

8th grade ACE students were inspired by Caine’s Arcade and took on the huge task of creating an arcade style game using only cardboard and clear shipping tape. Students were put into groups to design an arcade game including rules, directions and all pieces. As you can imagine, it took a while to design and build,  with many challenges along the way. Students learned about attachments and how cardboard can be manipulated. Caine’s Arcade is available on YouTube and is a true heart warming story.

6th graders are currently learning about three famous Cartoonists. Matt Groening who created the “Simpsons”, Charles Schulz creator of the “Peanuts Gang”, and Jeff Kinney,  whose “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” books have captured the minds of all middle school students. They are in the process of creating their very own cartoon style self portrait. It’s creating a lot of laughs for the class so stay tuned for their pieces in the coming weeks.

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Each month, we recognize students who demonstrate the values of safety, responsibility, respect, and kindness as Positive Community Members. Teachers nominate students and students from each grade are selected by Pierce’s culture and behavior committee. Please join us in congratulating Cherrish Remy, Julie Greene, Maggie Clisham, Savannah Ennis and Tyra Petit-Frere who were honored for the month of March!

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Tucker 3rd graders recently  participated in a virtual field trip to the Boston Museum of Science.  The field trip was perfectly aligned to the Structures of Life unit, and the students loved learning more about the animals, including the hedgehog Tenrec, a chinchilla, a tortoise and an owl. Even though virtual,  the event was very interactive, and the students were able to ask lots of questions and participate in polls.

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Glover kindergarteners recently concluded a Reach for Reading unit about jobs. As a culminating activity, family members were invited into classrooms to talk to students about their jobs. Over 30 volunteers signed up to present informative and engaging “Job Talks” across 5 kindergarten classrooms. Students learned about being a biologist, photographer, artist, psychologist, CFO, lawyer, canine officer, pediatric dentist, nurse, animator and much more. Family engagement has always been a priority in our kindergarten programs and these presentations proved to be a meaningful experience for both adults and students.

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Collicot 4th graders have participated in a month-long study as part of Collicot Celebrates Poetry. They have studied poetry and poems, read and recorded poems on the padlet and shared their favorite choices with their classmates as part of the Poem in your Pocket project. The last component of our study has been writing our own poems and you can see a fantastic example by Sloane below in both French and English.

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5th Grade Families: All rising sixth graders are invited to Pierce’s “Welcome to Middle School” camp. This program is a three-day experience in which students have various opportunities to become more familiar with the school, begin to make new friendships and connections, and get comfortable with their new surroundings before the school year begins. The camp is led by Pierce staff with the help of some 8th grade student leaders. Please click here for a link to the Welcome to Middle School flier that includes information about dates, registration, and payment. The camp does have a fee but scholarships are available to families as we do not want cost to be a barrier to students’ participation (scholarship information is included in the registration link). Any questions about the camp can be directed to the program coordinator, Erin Jaquette. Families are asked to complete their child’s registration by May 2, 2022. We look forward to welcoming your child and family to the Pierce community! 

MILTON SUMMER ENRICHMENT

I know so many of our students enjoy Milton Summer Enrichment each year, so mark your calendars because registration will begin next Thursday, May 5th at noon. Program Directors Caroline Morton and Ellen Lohan share that they are offering some really exciting new classes (Sensational Scientists, Upcycled Art, Actor’s Studio and more), as well as some old favorites like Tennis and Milton Summer Olympics. All details and sign up information can be found in the MSE 2022 Brochure. 

READY, SET…KINDERGARTEN!

We are excited to welcome the Class of 2035 to the Milton Public Schools!  By now you should have received your child’s school assignment.  If you have not yet received it please email the District’s Family Outreach Liaison, Marti O’Keefe McKenna at mmckenna@miltonps.org or call 617-980-7343.

We know sending your little one off to Kindergarten can be an exciting time that can also be stressful.  We have planned a variety of events to help you and your child with all the emotions that come with heading off to Kindergarten, not just for the student but for the adults as well.  Please visit MPS’ Ready, Set…Kindergarten!  to learn about all the events planned that will have you and your child excited and prepared for this new chapter.  

 

MILTON COMMUNITY SCHOOLS

Last week, Milton Community Schools hosted 62 students for April Vacation Camp. Students engaged in a variety of fun and educational activities. Thank you to our Vacation Camp staff for all their hard work to ensure the students had such a great experience. From African Drumming to making necklaces with our names in morse code, we did it all!

FAMILY RESOURCES

We want to make families aware that the Milton Coalition, along with their partners MPS, MPD and BID have decided to not renew their contract with Interface Referral Service.  This service provided free mental health referral services for all Milton residents.  While this was a difficult decision, after considering the use data and the dramatic rise in the fee they were going to charge, it was decided that this was the best way to move forward. 

Please visit our Family Resource Newsletter to find alternate valuable family support resources including Therapy Matcher, Compass Helpline, Quincy Family Resource Center (including Milton), Aspire Health Alliance and New Directions Counseling Center.

In addition to the Family Resource Newsletter  please visit Milton Public School Resource Guide.  If you need additional assistance please don’t hesitate to reach out to 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.

SEPAC

SEPAC’s next meeting is tonight, April 28, 2022, from 6:30 – 8:30 pm.  Tonight’s meeting is a community speak meeting and we hope you can join us!  The meeting link is here: Zoom Link.

ATHLETICS

Please see below from MPS Athletic Director Ryan Madden. It’s been another great week for Milton High School Athletics!

First off, Jason Snow of the Patriot Ledger wrote an amazing article about our Crew Team, specifically the impact of Bradan O’Loughlin and Guled Adam. Both students “were voted the crew team’s two co-captains – the first two African American captains in the history of the program”. Check out the article on our Twitter Page, pinned at the top or at this link

Boys and Girls Tennis beat Braintree to start the week, and the Girls followed up with another win on Tuesday v Rockland! Catalina Abboud has been a rockstar at first singles, winning both her matches in the victories. She also won her matches 6-1 and 6-0 in the team’s 4-1 loss to Natick last night.

The Softball Team is now 4-1 after back-to-back wins over Braintree and Natick since the break. Alona Lynch pitched against Natick, and then hit a grand slam in the 3rd inning to give the Cats a lead they would never surrender!

Boys and Girls Lax both beat Braintree on Tuesday! Lucie Lloyd-Farber has been fantastic in net for the Girls’ Lacrosse Team while Ian Wick put on a shooting display against Braintree on the road, scoring 4 goals to help them to victory.

The Milton High School Student-Athlete Advisory will host their first community service project – “Cats Clean the Cage” – on Saturday, May 7th. All spring student-athletes and coaches will help clean up Brooks Field at noon on 5/7 in advance of the Banquet the following week. A thank you in advance to the Milton DPW and MHS Custodians for their help.

The Varsity Athletic Outdoor Celebration will take place on Saturday, May 14th at 10am at Brooks Field! All student-athletes receiving a Varsity Letter are invited! See attached for the flyer.

The MHS Boys Lacrosse team will be hosting a car wash on Saturday, May 7th from 9 am to noon at Cunningham School.

The MHS Girls Basketball team will be hosting a “Cans for Cats” can and bottle drive on Saturday, May 7th from 9 am to noon at Milton High School.

Thank you to John Gillooly for these terrific pictures of our MHS Track Teams!

 

COMMUNITY NEWS

Cleaning your home out of unused or expired prescription medication is an important way to keep them away from people who might be harmed by them. Don’t flush them! Bring them to the parking lot of the Milton Police Station on Saturday, April 30. The Milton Coalition, the Milton Health Department, and the Milton Police Department will be there collecting them so they can be disposed of safely. Can’t make it that day? There is a kiosk in the lobby of the Police Department that is available 24/7. 

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Join the community at “Let’s Celebrate our Kevin”, a fundraiser in memory of Milton resident Kevin Moore. Kevin was the son of Elaine Moore, who is a beloved member of the MHS Cafeteria staff and the family is holding a fundraiser to raise money for a Scholarship in Kevin’s name. Kevin died tragically in 2016 and a Scholarship was set up in his name shortly thereafter. Kevin was a kind-hearted, fun loving young man who enjoyed his family, his friends, and working with his hands. Kevin was a graduate of Blue Hills Tech and a budding electrician. Please join us as we raise money to support another student’s desire to work in the Trades.