September 22, 2022

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

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT


Milton Glows Gold is going strong in MPS! The October 7 blood drive spots filled in hours, many students and staff have pledged miles towards the total goal of 15, 590 miles (one for each child diagnosed with cancer each year), the coin buckets are filling and we are all looking forward to the GLOW Out Varsity Football game, Friday night at 7 pm at Brooks Field. Wear your gold to the game to show your support for families impacted by childhood cancer. All proceeds from Milton Glows Gold support families affected by childhood cancer.


We are pleased to welcome Internet Safety Expert Katie Greer back to MPS on Wednesday, September 28 at 6pm at Milton High School for Raising Digital Natives: What’s New? What’s Now? What’s Next? This presentation is open to all Milton parents and guardians. 

Katie Greer will speak to our 3-5th graders across the district during the school day and will present to adults in the evening. Katie knows it can be daunting being a parent in this digitally driven time and will update parents on the latest tech trends, safety issues, and tips on how to help our kids have a productive and healthy relationship with technology. Come learn what’s new, what’s now, and what’s next when it comes to your kids and technology. 


A reminder that this year’s calendar includes four late start days (9/23, 10/28, 1/17, 3/31). The first late start day is TOMORROW, Friday, September 23. These days are in addition to traditional Early Release days and 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, busses will run two hours later, Before School Programs will be open only for currently enrolled ESAP participants, and lunch and afterschool activities will continue as usual.  


The Tucker full-day preschool class celebrated International Peace Day on September 21st, 2022!

We received an email recently from a concerned Milton neighbor about the trash left behind on MPS and town fields and properties. While the school and town staff do an incredible job maintaining our facilities and fields, they can’t do it alone. Please remember to always use trash barrels and if they are full or not available, please follow the “carry in, carry out” policy – take home whatever you bring with you. If everyone takes this small step, our community will be all the better for it!  

Please read below for Health Screening information from the MPS Nursing Department, MHS Homecoming details, Pierce Comedy Night ticket info, the recent MPS communication test feedback, Art room news, Athletic highlights, MHS Booster “Swing for Sports” sign up, and more.

MPS NEED TO KNOW

IMPORTANT DATES

  • Sept 22 Tucker Open House
  • Sept 22 Collicot Open House 
  • Sept 23 Late Start for Students 
  • Sept 28 Katie Greer Presentation 
  • Sept 29 Glover Open House
  • Oct 1 MHS Homecoming Dance 
  • Oct 2 Celebrate Milton 
  • Oct 5 No School Yom Kippur
  • Oct 10 No School Indigenous Peoples Day
  • Oct 11 SEPAC Open House 
  • Oct 12 Milton School Committee 
  • Oct 13 Pierce Comedy Night
  • Oct 17 MHS Swing FORE Sports

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

FAMILY RESOURCES 

If you have questions about MPS programs, how to connect with school staff, or need general information about community resources, please reach out to Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Family Outreach Liaison via telephone at 617-980-7343 or email at mmckenna@miltonps.org.  For information about ongoing community resources, please visit our Family Resource Newsletter.

SEPAC

SEPAC invites you to our Open House on Tuesday, October 11, from 6:30-8:30pm in the Pierce cafeteria. We welcome you to join us for refreshments and conversation, to meet SEPAC board members, and learn about our work in the district and goals for the coming year. Childcare will be provided. 

Please visit our Milton SEPAC events page for all upcoming events.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE 

The next regular School Committee meeting will be on October 12, 2022 at 7pm. All information about attending School Committee meetings can be found on the Town of Milton webpage. You can watch School Committee meetings live on Milton Access TV online, live on Milton Access cable channels (Comcast 22, RCN 15) or watch on-demand in the days following the meeting.

The Milton School Committee will hold four public forums for the Milton community during the 2022-23 school year.  These forums will provide brief presentations on each of the three pillars of the MPS Strategic Plan and a fourth on the school district budget proposal for FY24.  Community members will be invited to ask questions and share comments about the stated topic. School Committee members will respond to questions and comments and share their perspectives on the issues. 

The schedule and topics for the School Committee Public Forums are as follows: November 9, 2022 – Personalized Learning; November 30, 2022 – Safe and Supportive Schools; January 11, 2023 – Equity; February 8, 2023 – MPS FY24 Budget 

HEALTH AND SAFETY 

Massachusetts General Law, chapter 71, section 57 with related regulations 105 CMR 200.000 mandates that school nurses do periodic screenings of vision, hearing, growth (height and weight), and posture. Bill H.4056, section 97 requires schools to conduct annual verbal screenings (SBIRT) for substance use. Pursuant to these regulations, MPS nurses screen students according to the following schedule:

Parents/guardians will be notified if a vision, hearing, or postural screening requires further evaluation. Included in this notification will be a request for a report from your healthcare provider of their findings so that the nurses are aware of any problems which may interfere with learning and can accommodate any needs that are identified.

Parents may choose not to have their children participate in any or all screenings. Please notify your school nurse in writing by October 1, 2022 if you wish for your student to opt-out of a screening. This must be done annually.  

If your student is receiving treatment for a vision, hearing, or postural concern, please provide your school nurse with current medical documentation of their condition. Nurse contact information can be found here: MHS: Shannon Aikey; Pierce: Barbara Perry; Collicot: Lindsay Peterson; Cunningham: Kiyana Spaulding; Glover: Maureen LeBlanc; Tucker: Kerri Joyce.

MPS COMMUNICATION TEST 

This past Wednesday (9/21) at 4pm, we conducted a test of the MPS communication system. All parent/guardian and staff emails, cell phone numbers, and home numbers in our system should have received a test message from MPS at that time. If you did not receive the test message, it’s imperative that you inform us. Please let us know if you did NOT receive the message at this link.

MPS GOOD TO KNOW 

MPS SOCIAL EVENTS 

The Pierce PTO invites the entire community to a Comedy Night on Thursday, October 13 at 7pm! Tickets are available here.

FORE! Register today for MHS Boosters annual “Swing Fore Sports” fundraiser on Monday, October 17 at Granite Links! Details can be found here.

COMMUNITY SCHOOLS 

At this time, spots in ASE/ESAP are opening for students in grades 1-5. Enrollment for Kindergarten has reached capacity. We are notifying families in grades 1-5 on the waitlist via email as spots become available for their child. When you receive an email, please respond as soon as possible to let us know your intentions.

Note to Kindergarten Families: If a kindergarten student withdraws, the next kindergarten family on the waitlist will be notified via email. Thank you for your continued support and understanding.

MPS NICE TO KNOW

NEWS FROM THE ART ROOMS 

Cunningham and Collicot 3rd grade students are using the theme of community to create these gorgeous mixed media maps.  Students learned about the difference between organic and geometric shapes by creating fluffy trees using paintbrushes and rectangular plots of land by dragging cardboard pieces and used oil pastels to create emphasis in their trees and lawns.  The final step was adding details such as houses, cars, and other important qualities of a community by using collage techniques.



8th grade artists in Mr. Manning’s room recently learned about value squares and how it will help them create a 3D form on a flat piece of paper. Students created a set of 18 squares and each square is shaded just a bit darker than the previous. This sounds simple and may look easy but this is a skill artists need to learn to get the most out of a simple pencil.


Cunningham and Collicot 4th grade students made these awesome pop art style self-portraits with speech bubbles. Students started by reviewing lines: vertical, horizontal, diagonal, curved, and zig-zag to create these graffiti like backgrounds. Then, students added a profile picture so it looked like they were talking. Inside the speech bubble, students were encouraged to write a message about the art room that focused on a positive mantra, memory, or desire for the upcoming year.


Tucker Kindergarteners did an amazing job practicing cutting shapes to make these beautiful collages inspired by paintings of Venezuelan artist Mercedes Pardo!


6th grade artists are off to a great start with their cereal projects. Students have been discussing junk food cereals and how they are marketed to young children by using bright color schemes and cartoon characters such as Toucan Sam and Tony the Tiger. Artists were asked to combine two different types of cereal to create their very own custom cereal. Arguments abound about the best cereal and mascot, but we all agree the response to the results will be – They’re Grrrreat!

MILTON HIGH SCHOOL

The MHS Homecoming Dance is just one week away! Tickets for the October 1 dance are on sale at all lunches for just $10. All MHS juniors and seniors are invited to attend. MHS teachers are chaperoning, we need MHS parents and guardians to help set up and donate items or funds. Please see the sign up here  and help our junior and senior classes have a fantastic HOCO ’22!


On September 19, Colonel Mark Denton (MHS Class of ’92) , United States Army,  visited Milton High School. Col. Denton attended MHS on the site of what is now Pierce and was captain of the basketball and football teams. When Col. Denton graduated, he did not plan on going to college, but he credits his high school Guidance Counselor with making him take the SAT. This allowed him to apply to college the year after he graduated and to attend Norwich University in Vermont. Col. Denton has served in the Army since his graduation from Norwich and his service has take his family of six all over the world. They currently reside in Vicenza, Italy. Colonel Denton spoke to a few students about his experience, toured the “new” Milton High School, and chatted with students and staff in the halls between classes. We are grateful to Colonel Denton for his service and hope that he will visit us again!

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Ms. McDermott’s Collicot 3rd graders recently made quilts to be donated to Horizons for Homeless Children. Their first unit in Reach for Reading is Happy to Help, and this was their idea to help the community. Getting these quilts made in the first ten days of school was an impressive feat!


Using the funds raised during last February’s hugely successful Read-A-Thon, the Glover PTO has been fulfilling the book wish lists of each teacher and staff member at Glover. While some teachers, like part of our fifth grade team pictured here, have pooled their resources to fund full-class sets of five favorite titles, others are adding new books and replacing well-worn favorites on their classroom shelves. All of these new books will be put to good use when the Read-A-Thon returns in February 2023. Thank you to all who supported the Glover Read-A-Thon and made these purchases possible.

MILTON FOUNDATION FOR EDUCATION

The MFE’s Monster Dash is on Sunday, October 30, at Cunningham Park! Register now and save the date for this fantastic family event. In the meantime, elementary artists are invited to submit their artwork for the Monster Dash t-shirt! All submissions are due by October 7,  details and submission information can be found here. The winning student will be surprised at school! 

ATHLETICS

We are excited to be back hosting Football again this Friday, as the 2-0 Wildcats take on Holliston High School at 7pm.

Milton Glows Gold: The Milton community proudly supports Childhood Cancer Awareness month in September. The Football Game will be a “Glow Out” – wear your gold to show your support for Milton Glows Gold. Make a donation at the door, join the Run/Walk/Ride and get a shirt on site – all proceeds support families affected by childhood cancer.

Spectator Behavior: Please review our expectations of those who attend Football Games below:

  • No pets, bicycles, or bags are allowed inside the fence.
  • All spectators should engage in appropriate behavior during the Football Game. 

Spectators, specifically young students, should NOT: 

  • Play touch or tackle football in the end zones;
  • Engage in fighting or play-fighting;
  • Sit on or climb on fences or any surrounding equipment;
  • Go in the wooded areas around the concourse;
  • Misuse the bathroom and/or vandalize the bathroom facilities.

Any student who cannot meet these expectations will be removed from the game and not allowed to attend games for the rest of the season. We strongly encourage parents/guardians of middle school and elementary school students attending the game to accompany their children at the game. There is no admission charge this year!

Milton High School also takes the MIAA Sportsmanship Policy extremely seriously, especially taunting. Taunting includes any actions or comments by coaches, players, or spectators which are intended to bait, anger, embarrass, ridicule, or demean others (players, coaches or officials), whether or not the deeds or words are vulgar or racist. Included is conduct that berates, needles, intimidates, or threatens, based on race, gender identity, ethnic origin, or background, and conduct that attacks religious beliefs, size, economic status, speech, family, special needs, or personal characteristics.

Those who are found taunting players, coaches, or officials will be removed from the game and not allowed to attend games for the rest of the season.

COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS 

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

The Milton Public Library’s calendar of September programs for kids can be found here.  Join Ms. Sara every Monday night for Virtual Madness at the Milton Public Library! Enjoy quality children’s programming at home or on the go with these activities:

    • 6:30-7pm Night Owls Storytime: For ages 3-8. Enjoy stories and laughs in your PJs via Zoom!
    • 7:15-7:45pm SPUB Club: For kids in Grades 2-6. At the Super-Popular, Unbelievable Book Club, Ms. Sara reads a chapter book aloud while kids listen and do a hands-on activity of their choice. To learn more and to register for these Zoom programs, as well as in-person programs for kids, teens, and adults, please visit the MPL website.
  • Meditation and Mindfulness Workshop, Saturday, September 24, 10-11 am, outdoors at the Forbes House Museum, 215 Adams Street, Milton. 
  • Celebrate Milton is recruiting elementary school parents/guardians to monitor the amusements at Celebrate Milton on Sunday, Oct 2, from noon-4pm at Pierce. If you can volunteer for even one hour, please email louis.pierro5@gmail.com or call 617-313-7164. 
  • On Saturday, October 1, 2022, the Friends of the Milton Council on Aging (COA) are sponsoring a Fit for Life Walk to raise funds for the Milton Council on Aging. The COA provides much-needed social, outreach, and transportation services for adults age 60+ who reside in the town.
  • Milton Art Center: Art classes for creative kids starting the last week of September at the Milton Art Center, visit the website to sign up. Tickets are also available for comedian Paul D’Angelo, Friday, Oct. 7, at 8pm, with host Erin Lynch. 

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September 15, 2022

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

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

I am happy to share news from Milton Parks and Rec that the Wildcat Den is reopening for all Milton middle schoolers! This is a teen-designated space for students in grades 6-8 and offers a hang-out space after the school day. If your child wants to play games with friends, get some homework done, or just relax – the space is there for them! The Wildcat Den opens September 19 and is open from  2:30-6:00pm, Monday -Thursday. 

The Wildcat Den is located below First Congregational Church, 495 Canton Ave, and the entrance is on the far side of the driveway. Students must be registered in advance with the Milton Parks and Recreation Middle School Events Program, and you can register here. 


A reminder that this year’s calendar includes four late start days (9/23, 10/28, 1/17, 3/31). The first late start day is Friday, September 23. These days are in addition to traditional Early Release days and 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, busses will run two hours later, Before School Programs will be open only for currently enrolled ESAP participants, and lunch and afterschool activities will continue as usual.


We are conducting a test of the MPS communication system on Wednesday, Sept 21 at 4 pm. All parent/guardian and staff emails, cell phone numbers, and home numbers in our system on September 21 will receive a TEST MESSAGE from MPS at that time. If you do not receive the TEST MESSAGE through the contact information you believe we have on file, it’s imperative that you inform us. We will send a feedback form through your principal’s weekly email, this blog, and on our website in the days after the TEST MESSAGE is sent. 

Please read on below for information about how to get involved in Milton Glows Gold, Health Screening information from the MPS Nursing Department, School Counseling News, Katie Greer’s visit to MPS, MHS Homecoming details, Athletic highlights, and more. 

MPS NEED TO KNOW

IMPORTANT DATES

  • Sept 15 MHS Open House
  • Sept 21 Milton School Committee
  • Sept 22 Tucker Open House
  • Sept 22 Collicot Open House 
  • Sept 23 Late Start for Students 
  • Sept 28 Katie Greer Presentation 
  • Sept 29 Glover Open House
  • Oct 1 MHS Homecoming Dance 
  • Oct 5 No School Yom Kippur

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

The Pierce PTO invites the entire community to a Comedy Night on Thursday, October 13 at 7pm! Tickets available here. 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE 

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

The Milton School Committee will hold four public forums for the Milton community during the 2022-23 school year.  These forums will provide brief presentations on each of the three pillars of the MPS Strategic Plan and a fourth on the school district budget proposal for FY24.  Community members will be invited to ask questions and share comments about the stated topic. School Committee members will respond to questions and comments and share their perspectives on the issues. 

The schedule and topics for the School Committee Public Forums are as follows:

  • November 9, 2022 – Personalized Learning
  • November 30, 2022 – Safe and Supportive Schools
  • January 11, 2023 – Equity
  • February 8, 2023 – MPS FY24 Budget 

HEALTH AND SAFETY 

Massachusetts General Law, chapter 71, section 57 with related regulations 105 CMR 200.000 mandates that school nurses do periodic screenings of vision, hearing, growth (height and weight), and posture. Bill H.4056, section 97 requires schools to conduct annual verbal screenings (SBIRT) for substance use. Pursuant to these regulations, MPS nurses screen students according to the following schedule:

Parents/guardians will be notified if a vision, hearing, or postural screening requires further evaluation. Included in this notification will be a request for a report from your healthcare provider of their findings so that the nurses are aware of any problems which may interfere with learning and can accommodate any needs that are identified.

Parents may choose not to have their children participate in any or all screenings. Please notify your school nurse in writing by October 1, 2022 if you wish for your student to opt-out of a screening. This must be done annually.  

If your student is receiving treatment for a vision, hearing, or postural concern, please provide your school nurse with current medical documentation of their condition. Nurse contact information can be found here: MHS: Shannon Aikey; Pierce: Barbara Perry ; Collicot: Lindsay Peterson ; Cunningham: Kiyana Spaulding ; Glover: Maureen LeBlanc; Tucker: Kerri Joyce

MPS GOOD TO KNOW 

SCHOOL COUNSELING DEPARTMENT 

The 6-12 Guidance Department is now called the School Counseling Department. You can read about the importance of our specific name change here and some research related to the value of a name in general here.  

Every student at MHS and Pierce has a School Counselor who is trained to provide support to students with academic concerns and social/emotional issues while also fostering career exploration and future planning. Counselor assignments for the high school can be found here. At Pierce, the sixth grade School Counselor is Ms. Lisa Veldran (lveldran@miltonps.org,) seventh grade School Counselor is Ms. Erica Benjamin (ebenjamin@miltonps.org) and the eighth grade School Counselor is Ms. Erin Jaquette (ejaquette@miltonps.org).

If needed, School Counselors can refer students for additional personal counseling with one of our MPS Adjustment Counselors.  School Adjustment Counselors are mental health specialists who are trained in clinical skills and provide support for students to help them stay in school and class while coping with difficult emotions.

All MPS Counselors look forward to supporting students in the 2022-23 school year!

MILTON GLOWS GOLD

Milton Glows Gold kicked off this week in MPS! September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month, and together with the Michael C. McHugh Foundation, the Town of Milton, and many local sponsors, we are Glowing Gold in MPS to show support for families impacted by childhood cancer.

We have already filled the scheduled blood drive at Cunningham Hall (thank you!) and are looking to schedule one more blood drive locally. In the meantime, please visit the Children’s Hospital page to donate blood on-site. 

Many students and staff have signed up to join Run/Walk/Ride. Our goal is to pledge 15,590 miles walked/biked/run in October, one mile each for every child diagnosed with cancer this year. Sign up now and be sure to join your school’s team! 

KATIE GREER AT MPS

We are pleased to welcome Internet Safety Expert Katie Greer back to MPS on Wednesday, September 28 at 6pm at Milton High School for Raising Digital Natives: What’s New? What’s Now? What’s Next? This presentation is open to all Milton parents and guardians. 

Katie Greer will speak to our 3-5th graders across the district during the school day and will present to adults in the evening. Katie knows it can be daunting being a parent in this digitally driven time and will update parents on the latest tech trends, safety issues, and tips on how to help our kids have a productive and healthy relationship with technology. Come learn what’s new, what’s now, and what’s next when it comes to your kids and technology. 

ART AND MUSIC 

Instrumental Lesson Slots are still available! If your student is in grade 4 and above and you were unable to register for music lessons, please reach out to program director Rebecca Damiani at rdamiani@miltonps.org to find out which instruments still have available time slots. 

SEPAC

Advocate and Participate: SEPAC invites you to our Open House on Tuesday, October 11, from 6:30-8:30pm in the Pierce cafeteria. We welcome you to join us for refreshments and conversation, to meet SEPAC board members, and learn about our work in the district and goals for the coming year. Childcare will be provided. 

Educate: Please visit our Milton SEPAC events page for all upcoming events. Two events are highlighted below. 

 

FAMILY RESOURCES

The Milton Public Schools believes in a strong home, school, and community connection, and the Family Outreach Liaison is here to support all MPS families in making those connections.  If you have questions about MPS programs, how to connect with school staff, or need general information about community resources, please reach out to Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Family Outreach Liaison via telephone at 617-980-7343 or email at mmckenna@miltonps.org.  For information about ongoing community resources, please visit our Family Resource Newsletter.

MPS NICE TO KNOW

MILTON HIGH SCHOOL

MHS Student Government and the Athletic Department are excited to be hosting Homecoming 2022 during the week of September 26th! We will be inviting the community to support our sports in all the home competitions that week with themes for each event. The week will conclude on Saturday evening with the Homecoming Dance for all MHS juniors and seniors. More details for the entire week’s activities will be coming soon! If you can help decorate or donate an item or funds, please see the sign up here. 


INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Mrs. Spitz’s Collicot 3rd graders are learning about multiplication in our new Math program HMH into Math. Students created arrays to represent problems about equal groups and wrote multiplication equations. Using hands-on materials helps to drive authentic understanding and application and as you can see, adds an element of fun for our students.

ATHLETICS

This is what Friday Night Lights is about – community pride, high schoolers serving as role models for the next generation, and showing support for student-athletes and the school community. Charlie and his MHS friend Anderson certainly             enjoyed the game!

Football got off to a great start, beating defending D IV State Champs, Scituate,  33-26. The game was not as close as the score line seems as the Wildcats built a big lead going in at halftime. They will travel to Framingham on Friday, 6:30pm, in another non-league matchup.

The Girls Cross Country Team got their first win of the season, beating Walpole 21-36. They have a bye week next week and will host their first home meet on September 28th. 

The Swim and Dive Team also beat Walpole 100-84 to get their first W on the board! They head to Brookline on Friday for their third meet of the season.

The Field Hockey Team dropped a close one to Wellesley 4-3, but are knocking on the door. They host Norwell High School on Friday at 7:00pm in what should be a great atmosphere with Milton youth teams coming to cheer on the team!

COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS 

We have created a Community News & Events page on our website, which contains full details on each of the items below. Please use the links below or visit the MPS Community News & Events page for information on these terrific community events and opportunities! 

  • The Milton Public Library’s calendar of September programs for kids can be found here. To learn more and to register for programs for kids, teens, and adults, please visit the MPL website. Save the Date for Music, Food, and Fun! The Milton Public Library invites you to a celebration of the Library and all it has to offer on Saturday, September 17, starting at 12:00pm.   Take part in the first Graphic Novel Book Club for Grades 3-5 of the school year on Wednesday, September 21 at 4:30pm. Pick up a reserved copy in the MPL Children’s Room and register today!
  • Meditation and Mindfulness Workshop, Saturday, September 24, 10-11 am, outdoors at the Forbes House Museum, 215 Adams Street, Milton. 
  • Celebrate Milton is recruiting elementary school parents/guardians to monitor the amusements at Celebrate Milton on Sunday, Oct 2, from noon-4pm at Pierce. If you can volunteer for even one hour, please email louis.pierro5@gmail.com or call 617-313-7164. 
  • On Saturday, October 1, 2022, the Friends of the Milton Council on Aging (COA) are sponsoring a Fit for Life Walk to raise funds for the Milton Council on Aging. The COA provides much-needed social, outreach, and transportation services for adults age 60+ who reside in the town.
  • Save the date for the MFE’s Monster Dash, Sunday, October 30, at Cunningham Park! 
  • The Brookwood Community Farm fall CSA season begins the week of September 25, visit the website for details

SUPERINTENDENT SHOUTOUT

Congratulations to MHS junior Greta Cardoza for her performance this past week in New York City! As a Broadway Evolved scholarship recipient, Greta was invited to perform with stars Betsy Wolfe and Nikki James to help launch the non-profit Broadway Everyday, whose mission is to provide scholarships to students in need looking for exceptional musical theatre training. Next up for Greta is the MHS production of Beauty and the Beast! 

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September 8, 2022

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

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

This week we welcomed our kindergarten and preschool students to MPS! While the day was rainy (we are grateful for the much needed rain), the atmosphere was anything but gloomy, with mostly smiling faces on our youngest students. These young learners bring plenty of enthusiasm and joy to our schools, and we are so happy to see them settling into new classrooms, routines, and friendships.

Please read on below for information about next week’s Applied Music Lesson Night, an upcoming Communications System Test, Chromebook Insurance links, Milton Glows Gold, Katie Greer’s visit to MPS, a peek at the MHS Marching Band, Athletic highlights and more. 

MPS NEED TO KNOW

IMPORTANT DATES

  • Sept 8 Pierce Open House 
  • Sept 12 Applied Music Lesson Reg Night
  • Sept 13 Cunningham Open House
  • Sept 15 MHS Open House
  • Sept 21 Milton School Committee
  • Sept 22 Tucker Open House
  • Sept 22 Collicot Open House 
  • Sept 23 Late Start for Students 
  • Sept 28 Katie Greer Presentation 
  • Sept 29 Glover Open House
  • Oct 1 MHS Homecoming Dance 
  • Oct 5 No School Yom Kippur 
  • Oct 6 Personalized Learning Forum 

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

This year’s calendar includes four late start days (9/23, 10/28, 1/17, 3/31). 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, busses will run two hours later, Before School Programs will be open for enrolled students at the elementary schools, and lunch and afterschool activities will continue as usual.

COMMUNICATIONS TEST 

We are conducting a test of the MPS communication system on Wednesday, Sept 21 at 4 pm. All parent/guardian and staff emails, cell phone numbers, and home numbers in our system on September 21 will receive a TEST MESSAGE from MPS at that time. If you do not receive the TEST MESSAGE through the contact information you believe we have on file, it’s imperative that you inform us. We will send a feedback form through your principal’s weekly email, this blog, and on our website in the days after the TEST MESSAGE is sent. 

TECHNOLOGY

Please bookmark the MPS Family Technology Support Help Center website to troubleshoot potential issues with a device or platform, or to educate yourself about a platform or application that you are unfamiliar with.  The site provides information on PlusPortal, Google, Clever, Guardian Monitoring, Who to Contact, and more.

Chromebook Insurance: All families in grades K-10 are highly encouraged to obtain optional insurance for their school-issued Chromebook.  If you decline to purchase the insurance for the Chromebook you are responsible for damage beyond reasonable wear and tear as outlined in the Loan AgreementThe cost of insurance is $30 per year and it covers unlimited claims with no deductible for that school year. Each school issued Chromebook needs its own insurance.  

Please visit the MPS Online Payment Center to purchase insurance for your student and select Chromebook Insurance from the left side menu. The MPS Online Payment Center is also found in the Quick Links on the MPS website

SCHOOL COMMITTEE 

The next regular School Committee meeting will be on September 21, 2022 at 7pm. All information about attending School Committee meetings can be found on the Town of Milton webpage. You can watch School Committee meetings live on Milton Access TV online, live on Milton Access cable channels (Comcast 22, RCN 15) or watch on-demand in the days following the meeting. The complete School Committee meeting calendar, including upcoming topic specific Public Forums, can be found here. 

INSTRUMENT REGISTRATION NIGHT

Instrument Registration Night will be held on Monday, September 12 at 7 PM at Milton High School. For those who filled out the “Beginner Instrument Lesson Interest Form” which was open from June- September 6th:

  • Once you have CONFIRMED your lesson day and time, you must attend the Instrument Registration Night on Monday, September 12 at 7 PM at MHS to complete the registration process.
  • At the registration night, you and your student will: Meet your lesson teacher; Complete registration paperwork; Submit payment to your lesson teacher; Secure an instrument rental.

We have four vendors who will be present that evening. Please do NOT sign any rental contracts until you have CONFIRMED your lesson time with your teacher. The rental companies attending Registration Night on the 12th are Needham Music, Leonard’s Music, Johnson Strings, and Spencer Brook Strings.

For those who did NOT fill out the “Beginner Instrument Lesson Interest Form” you may still attend the registration night to see which instruments still have availability. There is very limited space at this point.

Please reach out to Rebecca Damiani at rdamiani@miltonps.org with any questions.

HEALTH AND SAFETY 

Please see the MPS Health Services page for MPS Nut and Food Allergy Guidance, current Covid guidelines, School Nurse contact information, and more. 

MPS GOOD TO KNOW 

MILTON GLOWS GOLD

Milton Glows Gold kicks off on Monday, September 12! September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month, and together with the Michael C. McHugh Foundation, the Town of Milton and many local sponsors, we are Glowing Gold in MPS to show support for families impacted by childhood cancer.

There are many ways to participate in Milton Glows Gold and the 1st step is to sign up to join the Run/Walk/Ride now. Our goal is to pledge 15,590 miles walked/biked/run in October, one mile each for every child diagnosed with cancer this year. 

Save your coins and look for the MGG gold bucket in your school’s main office next week, save the date for the Milton Glows Gold Varsity Football game on Friday, September 23 at Milton High School, and look for blood drive sign ups in the coming weeks. We’ll all be Glowing Gold on Friday, September 30 for Milton Glows Gold Day, both in MPS and across the Town of Milton. Watch for the State House Dome to be lit up in gold as well! Thank you in advance for your support of this important initiative. 

KATIE GREER AT MPS

We are pleased to welcome Internet Safety Expert Katie Greer back to MPS on Wednesday, September 28 at 6pm at Milton High School for Raising Digital Natives: What’s New? What’s Now? What’s Next? This presentation is open to all Milton parents and guardians. 

Katie Greer will speak to our 3-5th graders across the district during the school day and will present to adults in the evening. Katie knows it can be daunting being a parent in this digitally driven times and will update parents on the latest tech trends, safety issues, and tips on how to help our kids have a productive and healthy relationship with technology. Come learn what’s new, what’s now, and what’s next when it comes to your kids and technology. 

FAMILY RESOURCES

The Milton Public Schools believes in a strong home, school, and community connection, and the Family Outreach Liaison is here to support all MPS families in making those connections.  If you have questions about MPS programs, how to connect with school staff, or need general information about community resources, please reach out to Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Family Outreach Liaison via telephone at 617-980-7343 or email at mmckenna@miltonps.org.  For information about ongoing community resources, please visit our Family Resource Newsletter.

FOOD SERVICE

In preparation for the start of the year, the Food Service staff reviewed sanitation safety with our partners SFSPac Food Safety and Sanitation-K12. This company is wonderful to work with because they use a color coded system with easy to follow steps, giving food service staff the tools they need to prevent cross-contamination and cross-contact for food allergies.

All lunch menus are posted on the MPS Food Service website linked here.  As a reminder, Massachusetts has extended free school meals for all students through the 2022-2023 school year. This means that one breakfast and one lunch each day will continue to be served at no cost to all students!

MPS EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITES

Open MPS positions are posted on the employment page of our website.  There are school day and after-school positions available, and we are always looking to increase our substitute pool. Check out this link and see if there is a fit for you!

MPS NICE TO KNOW

MILTON HIGH SCHOOL

After an exuberant band camp in August, the Milton High School Marching Band is ready to kick off the football season! The first home game is Friday, September 9 at 7pm at Brooks Field, and the halftime show theme is “The Sky’s the Limit.” Come see the band and color guard perform at this and future home games on 9/23, 9/30, 10/21, and Thanksgiving Day, 11/24. And check out the new marching band merchandise, available for purchase online!

To support the band and other school music programs from elementary school through high school, contact FAME (Friends and Advocates of Music Education) at miltonfame@gmail.com, and bookmark our website at miltonfame.org.


MHS Student Leaders share the following update.

The orientation for the freshmen went exceedingly well! Student leaders showed up full of energy, decorating the sidewalk with colorful MHS pride, and cheered the freshmen on as they entered the school. After an introduction to the school, freshmen were further introduced to some of the Milton High staff and then the student leaders themselves. Breaking off into groups, the students and their respective advisors walked to the field house for icebreakers. The noise was tremendous as kids found common interests, cheered each other on in games of “rock, paper, scissors,” or ran to capture water bottles. The bustling gym was inviting and lively! After getting to know each other and the student leaders, freshmen were taken on student-led tours of the school. Passing by their future classes, the library, auditorium, and other rooms, the freshmen got a sense of comfort in their school. Finally, all students went to the cafeteria, where they were met by clubs and their leaders. Walking down the rows, new kids were able to find a plethora of clubs and activities ranging from sports teams to academic clubs to art clubs and everything in between. Students were given details about clubs and got a sense of how the extracurriculars worked at MHS. With a barbecue outside to wrap things up, the freshmen were welcomed with open arms by Milton High School, and the Student Leaders are excited to spend this year with them!

MILTON FOUNDATION FOR EDUCATION 

Save the date for the MFE’s Monster Dash, Sunday, October 30, at Cunningham Park! 

ATHLETICS

Fall Sports are off to a great start! Golf won their first match of the season, beating Canton 84-64 at the Milton Hoosic Club. Girls Soccer beat Fontbonne 5-0 on Tuesday, with Sophomore Gretel Schewe scoring two goals! Field Hockey then followed up with a win over Weymouth, 4-0 to get their season underway.

Girls Soccer and Boys Soccer will be home tonight at 5:15pm and 7pm, respectively. Volleyball will get their season underway as they travel to Weymouth.

The Football Team will then host Scituate in the Game of the Week on Friday Night at 7pm. There is no charge for tickets this year. Bags and backpacks are not allowed.

COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS 

We have created a Community News & Events page on our website, which contains full details on each of the items below. Please use the links below or visit the MPS Community News & Events page for information on these terrific community events and opportunities! 

  • 21st Anniversary of 9/11: Please join the family and friends of The Massachusetts 9/11 Fund on Sunday, September 11, 2022, for a live stream of the annual commemoration honoring the memories of loved ones lost 21 years ago.
  • The Milton Public Library highlights SAWA Trivia on Saturday, September 10 at 2:30pm and a celebration of the Library and all it has to offer on Saturday, September 17, starting at 12:00 PM! Find details here and the September calendar here. 
  • Growing Young Minds offers fall Gym Classes at Kelly Field from 9/19-11/28.  Classes are $250/student for the 10 week course. Details and registration can be found here.  
  • The Inclusive Theatre Experience – Mel O’Drama Kids; Ages 10 – 14 yrs; Adult participation optional; Tue, Sep 13 – Nov 15, 2022. All details can be found here. 
  • Milton Youth Advocates for Change is having an Open House on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 6:30 – 8pm at the First Congregational Church, 495 Canton Ave. Open to 6th – 12th graders. 
  • Visit the Eustis Estate for a day of fun in celebration of the newest special exhibition for a Painted Picnic on September 11 12-2pm and 2:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Meditation and Mindfulness Workshop, Saturday, September 24, 10-11 am, outdoors at the Forbes House Museum, 215 Adams Street, Milton. 
  • South Shore Children’s Chorus rehearsals begin in September for singers in grades K-12 at our four convenient locations. No auditions are required or experience necessary, and tuition assistance is available for those who apply.
  • Celebrate Milton is recruiting elementary school parents/guardians to monitor the amusements at Celebrate Milton on Sunday, Oct 2, from noon-4pm at Pierce. If you can volunteer for even one hour, please email louis.pierro5@gmail.com or call 617-313-7164. 
  • On Saturday, October 1, 2022, the Friends of the Milton Council on Aging (COA) are sponsoring a Fit for Life Walk to raise funds for the Milton Council on Aging. The COA provides much-needed social, outreach, and transportation services for adults age 60+ who reside in the town.

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September 1, 2022

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

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

As you’ll see below, this week, we enthusiastically welcomed back our MPS staff and students in grades 1-12. To start the week, over two days of Professional Development, all staff received updated safety and security training, school law updates, trained in new curriculum, reconnected with colleagues, and readied their classrooms. On Wednesday, we welcomed students back to our buildings. 

After the summer break, seeing all six of our schools full of laughter and learning was an absolute joy. This week, routines were introduced, old friends were reunited, and new connections were fostered. I hope that your children settled in easily to the new school year but rest assured that if they feel a bit unsettled in their new class or grade, your children’s teachers, adjustment counselors, and principals are here to help. A strong home-school connection is vital to the well-being of our students, and we are your partners in ensuring your children have a successful school year. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to your child’s teachers or principal with any concerns. The adults who work in MPS could work in other fields or districts, but they have chosen to work here in large part because of our positive and welcoming MPS community. Thank you for entrusting us with your children, and we look forward to a fabulous school year!

As a reminder, MPS is closed on Friday, September 2, and Monday, September 5, in recognition of Labor Day. On Tuesday, September 6, we will welcome our Kindergarten and Preschool students for their first day. I wish you a relaxing long weekend and look forward to seeing the entire MPS community together on Tuesday.

As we shared last week, we are changing the layout of the blog to start the school year. Below you will find many of the same categories as before, but now organized into three larger “buckets”: MPS Need to Know, MPS Good to Know, and MPS Nice to Know. If you missed the blog last week, you can read more about this change at the top of last week’s post, linked here. 

MPS NEED TO KNOW

IMPORTANT DATES

  • Sept 2 No School 
  • Sept 5 No School, Labor Day
  • Sept 6 1st Day of School for K/PreK
  • Sept 6 State Primary Election Day 
  • Sept 7 Milton School Committee  
  • Sept 8 Pierce Open House 
  • Sept 12 Applied Music Lesson Reg Night
  • Sept 13 Cunningham Open House
  • Sept 15 MHS Open House
  • Sept 21 Milton School Committee
  • Sept 22 Tucker Open House
  • Sept 22 Collicot Open House 
  • Sept 23 Late Start for Students 
  • Sept 28 Katie Greer Presentation 
  • Sept 29 Glover Open House
  • Oct 5 No School Yom Kippur 

MPS Calendars

As noted in previous newsletters, this 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, Before School Programs will be open for enrolled students at the elementary schools, and lunch and afterschool activities will continue as usual.

FOOD SERVICE

Thank you to our long-time Director of Nutrition Services, Jackie Morgan, for over two decades of exemplary service to the Milton Public Schools. We wish her all the best in her next venture as she pursues her career goals, and we will miss her presence at MPS. We are forever grateful for all she has done for the students of the Milton Public Schools.

Mrs. Morgan has both a detailed transition plan and a strong existing team of Food Service professionals, which will ensure that Food Service operations continue uninterrupted. Thanks to Mrs. Morgan’s leadership and our outstanding food service employees, it will be business as usual in our cafeterias.

Need lunch menus? They are always posted on the MPS Food Service website linked here.  As a reminder, Massachusetts has extended free school meals for all students through the 2022-2023 school year. This means that one breakfast and one lunch each day will continue to be served at no cost to all students!

HEALTH AND SAFETY 

Covid-19 Information September 2022: Please see this link from MA DESE for details on COVID testing in schools. MPS will not be providing in school testing or supplying at home kits as these programs are no longer offered at no cost by the state. Please see this link for quarantine and isolation guidelines. The CDC has updated its guidance for people who know they have been exposed to COVID-19.

The joint early childhood & K-12 guidance for students and staff has also been updated to reflect the updated CDC guidance on exposure and isolation in these settings. This guidance is further acknowledgment that, while COVID-19 is still with us, for a majority of people, COVID-19 no longer severely disrupts their daily lives.

MPS GOOD TO KNOW 

INSTRUMENTAL LESSONS PROGRAM  

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 by September 6 to begin the registration process. To complete your registration, you must attend the Beginner Registration night on September 12th at 7pm at MHS. Email Lesson Program Director Rebecca Damiani at rdamiani@miltonps.org with questions. 

MHS THEATRE PROGRAM 

Our MHS after school theatre program is excited to introduce our new Theatre Directors along with a message from Backstage Boosters on how you can support this amazing program. Meet the new Creative Team on Wednesday, September 7 at 3pm at MHS. 

Coming to MHS this fall – Beauty and the Beast! The Backstage Booster’s letter can be found here and the Theater Meet and Greet and tryout information can be found here. 

BACK TO SCHOOL WEBPAGE

We have created a Back to School webpage with information and links to everything you need to know for a smooth transition back to school! Chromebooks, start times, health forms, lunch menus, and much more can be found on the Back to School webpage. You can access the page here or on our MPS homepage.

MPS EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITES

Now that the kids are back, are you wondering what to do with your time? Consider working at MPS!  There are school day and after-school positions available, and we are always looking to increase our substitute pool. Check out this link and see if there is a fit for you!

MPS NICE TO KNOW

ATHLETICS

Fall Sports are underway! Find all the schedules here. You can follow any team and receive updates by email or text. You can also receive reminders before each game and create a link to your Google Calendar.

The first Varsity home match is today, as our Golf Team takes on Canton High School at 3:30pm at the Hoosic Club. The first Football Game is next Friday, Sept 9th at 7:00pm as the Wildcats host the reigning Division IV State Champions, Scituate Sailors. There is no admission charge for any home regular season contests this year.

Please welcome our new coaches to the MHS Athletics staff. 

  • Courtney Chester is our new Fall Cheerleading Coach. Courtney cheered at Curry College and won a National Championship coaching with the Colonels in 2019. Kerin Cox joins her as the JV Assistant. Kerin cheered at Providence College and brings a ton of coaching experience!
  • Genevieve Connelly returns to coach with the Cross Country Program, having run as a Wildcat during a great stretch in program history from 2015-2018. Genevieve continued her running career as a Stag at Fairfield University.
  • Molly O’Toole joins the staff as our new Dance Coach for the Winter 2022-23 Season. O’Toole won 8 straight State Champions as a member of the Braintree Dance Team, serving as their captain in two seasons. O’Toole studied and performed Jazz, Tap, and Ariel Dance at the University of New Hampshire. 

SUPERINTENDENT SHOUTOUT  

Thank you to the MHS Marching Band, who welcomed the MPS staff back on Monday. We all enjoyed their wonderful performance!

COMMUNITY NEWS

MHS Senior Mia Gilmore is the Director of Outreach for the Greater Boston STEM Program (gbSTEM) and shares the following information about upcoming programs.

gbSTEM is a non-profit enrichment program that delivers free introductory computer science, math, engineering, and science courses to elementary and middle school students in the Greater Boston area. Since March 2020, our team of dedicated high school volunteers has brought free lessons to over 1000 Massachusetts youth. Classes will be held both through Zoom and in-person, and we pride ourselves on our innovative curriculum and collaboration-based learning model. 

We are delighted to announce that we will be offering a fall semester of gbSTEM to students in K-8th grade, which will run from September 17th to December 17th, 2022! The registration deadline is September 9th, 2022. 

Information about our program and the registration form can be found on our website.  If you have any questions, please email contact@gbstem.org. We are so excited to work with your family this spring!

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August 22, 2022

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

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

As we look to the 22-23 School Year, and in response to your feedback in our spring communication survey, we are changing the layout of the blog to start the school year. Below you will find many of the same categories as before, but now organized into three larger “buckets”: MPS Need to Know, MPS Good to Know, and MPS Nice to Know.

MPS Need to Know will contain items that all or most MPS parents, guardians, and staff will find valuable, informative, and helpful. Please take the time each week to at least skim this first section.

MPS Nice to Know will contain items that are probably relevant to your week or month and will likely contribute to helping you stay organized and informed. If you have time or can come back to it, you will likely find value in these items.

MPS Good to Know will contain all the fun and interesting items that we love sharing with you – classroom activities, MHS athletics highlights and information, student and staff recognition, community news, and more. If you want to be inspired and witness the magic of MPS, this section is for you!

We are taking three other pieces of feedback to heart: we will work to share event dates as early as possible; we will be sure you can easily find your child’s teacher’s contact info, and we will continue to work to make our websites simpler and easier to navigate.

In addition, the district has increased the use of the Smore newsletter platform to include many classroom teachers, specialists, and department heads. You will continue to receive your school weekly Smore update, and your child’s teacher(s) may also be using Smore to communicate with you during this school year.

We are open to any suggestions and feedback, now and in the future, as to how we can improve communication with the MPS community.

MPS NEED TO KNOW

We have created a Back to School webpage with information and links to everything you need to know for a smooth transition back to school! Chromebooks, start times, health forms, lunch menus and much more can be found on the Back to School webpage. You can access the page here or on our MPS homepage.

IMPORTANT DATES & INFORMATION

Opening week dates:

  • Monday, August 29 – MPS Staff Returns
  • Wednesday, August 31 – 1st Day of School Grades 1-12
  • Friday, September  2 – No School 
  • Monday, September 5 – No School, Labor Day
  • Tuesday, September 6 – 1st Day of School for K/PreK
  • Tuesday, September 6 – State Primary Election Day 

MPS Calendars

As noted in previous newsletters, this 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, Before School Programs will be open for enrolled students at the elementary schools, and lunch and afterschool activities will continue as usual.

RESIDENCY RE-ESTABLISHMENT

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 an MHS class schedule or a Pierce team assignment. Please submit the required documents immediately and place all 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 sburke@miltonps.org with questions. 

FOOD SERVICE

MPS Food Service has exciting news! Massachusetts has extended free school meals for all students through the 2022-2023 school year. This means that one breakfast and one lunch each day will continue to be served at no cost to all students!

HEALTH AND SAFETY 

Covid-19 Information August 2022

Please see this link from MA DESE for details on COVID testing in schools. MPS will not be providing in school testing or supplying at home kits as these programs are no longer offered at no cost from the state.

Please see this link for quarantine and isolation guidelines. In regard to schools, MA DPH states, “These settings are not required to conduct contact tracing as a standard practice, but must continue to work with their Local Board of Health in the case of outbreaks.”

With many tools now available for reducing COVID-19 severity, such as availability of vaccine, boosters, and treatment, there is significantly less risk of severe illness, hospitalization and death compared to earlier in the pandemic.  CDC has updated its guidance for people who know they have been exposed to COVID-19.

The joint early childhood & K-12 guidance for students and staff has also been updated to reflect the updated CDC guidance on exposure and isolation in these settings.

This guidance is further acknowledgment that, while COVID-19 is still with us, for a majority of people, COVID-19 no longer severely disrupts their daily lives.

MPS GOOD TO KNOW 

MPS SUMMER WORK 

It’s not too late to get that summer work done! Elementary students are logging their summer reading minutes with the Milton Public Library, Pierce readers will visit the Pierce Summer Reading 2022 website to choose, read, and respond to texts over the summer, and MHS students can find all summer work information here. 

INSTRUMENTAL LESSONS PROGRAM  

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. 

SCHOOL SPECIFIC INFORMATION

Milton High School – 25 Gile Road -617-696-4470

MHS New Student Event: All freshmen and new incoming 10-12 graders are invited to attend the new student event held on the MHS campus on Monday, August 29th from 4:00-6:00pm. Details on the event can be found here. Students will receive their schedules, have an opportunity to meet administrators and counseling staff, tour the facilities and attend an activities fair to learn about the extracurricular activities at MHS.

MHS School Supplies: During the opening days of school, MHS teachers will discuss with students what supplies they will need for the school year. All 9th and 10th graders will be provided with chromebooks during Advisory in the opening days of school and 11th and 12th graders will be asked to bring their own devices for the school year. A device will be provided for any 11th or 12th grader who does not have their own device,

Additional MHS Links: Milton High School Athletic Information; Milton High School Program of Studies; Milton High School Clubs and Activities; Milton High School Fine and Performing Arts

Pierce Middle School – 451 Central Avenue – 617-696-4568

Pierce New Student/Family Event: Pierce will be holding an information session for new families on Tuesday, August 23, 2022 at 6:30pm in the PMS library. During this session, families will have an opportunity to meet Pierce administrators and learn about the course of studies, the team approach, Pierce After School Session (PASS) opportunities and get answers to questions they may have.

In addition, families of incoming 6th graders are invited to attend an information session tailored to rising 6th graders on Tuesday, August 30th at 6:30pm in the PMS auditorium.

Cunningham Elementary School – 44 Edgehill Road – 8:20am – 2:49pm

New Student/Families Event: New families of students entering grades 1-5 are invited to meet school administrators, tour the school, and see their child’s classroom on Tuesday, August 30, 2022 at 5:30pm. Families should come to the main entrance. We look forward to officially welcoming you to the Cunningham School community.

Incoming Kindergarten and Preschool students will be invited to an orientation event on August 31st or September 1st. Date and time will be included in your child’s classroom assignment letter that you will receive in late August.

All Cunningham School students and their families are welcome to attend the annual Welcome Back event held on Tuesday, August 30, 2022 from 5:30-6:30 pm. Please join Principal Redden and other administrators and teachers on the rear playground of the school. Come see old friends and meet some new ones.

Tucker Elementary School – 187 Blue Hills Parkway – 617-696-4291

New Student/Family Events: Families new to Tucker with students entering grades 1-5 are invited to meet school administrators, tour the school and meet other new families on Tuesday, August 23, 2022 from 11:00am -12:00pm or Wednesday, August 24 from 5:30-6:30pm. The meeting location for these events is the back playground of the school.

Families with new Kindergarteners or preschoolers are invited to visit the school on Tuesday, August 23, 2022 from 5:00-6:00pm. The meeting location for these events is the back playground of the school. Incoming Kindergarten students are encouraged to wear their new bright yellow “I’m Going to Kindergarten” t-shirt.

Kindergarten and Preschool students will be invited to an orientation event on August 31st or September 1st. Date and time will be included in your child’s classroom assignment letter that you will receive in late August.

Glover Elementary School – 255 Canton Avenue – 617-696-4288

New Student/Families Event: Principal McDavitt and the Glover PTO will host a welcome event for all new families on Thursday, August 25th at 6pm and Friday, August 26th at 10am. Come and meet other families new to the Glover School. Incoming Kindergarten students are encouraged to wear their new bright yellow “I’m Going to Kindergarten” t-shirt.

Incoming Kindergarten students will be invited to an orientation event on August 31st or September 1st. Date and time will be included in your child’s classroom assignment letter that you will receive in late August.

Collicot Elementary School – 80 Edgehill Road – 617-696-4282

Collicot School Supplies:  School staff will introduce themselves and share any special supply requests with families after August 23rd. Please note that we strive to offer most supplies to all students. If there is a special request from your teacher that causes hardship, please reach out to Principal Concannon. It is always helpful to store basic supplies like pencils, pens, coloring tools, scissors, and a glue stick at home. Students should always have a book to read for enjoyment at home.

New Student/Families Events: The Collicot PTO is hosting welcome events for Kindergarten and new 1st-5th grade families on Tuesday, August 30, 2022 at 2:00pm. Families will have a chance to meet school administrators, have a tour of the school and an opportunity to ask questions of their tour guide. Principal Concannon will send out more details in her newsletter.

Incoming Kindergarten students will be invited to an orientation event on August 31st or September 1st. Date and time will be included in your child’s classroom assignment letter that you will receive in late August.

On August 30th all families (new and returning) K-5 are invited to join the Collicot community from 3:00-4:00pm in the rear playground.

MPS NICE TO KNOW

EXTENDED SCHOOL YEAR – ESY

Last week we wrapped up a productive and exciting summer at our ESY program. Staff and students found ways to make learning fun and also got creative to beat the heat this summer. On top of the engaging lessons and activities that our outstanding staff planned for inside the classroom, students and staff enjoyed playing outside and working on outdoor activities.  We are all so proud of how hard every student worked this summer, and we are so glad that there was just as much fun to be had!

SUMMER READING

Our students and staff have been enjoying books all summer, from the beach to the backyard, the mountains, and beyond!

ATHLETICS

We are excited about a terrific fall athletic season!  All tryout dates and times can be found hereOnly the first three days are listed as all tryouts after day 3 will be communicated by the Head Coach. As a reminder, students are required to attend ALL listed sessions unless otherwise directed by the coach. Missed sessions may impact a student’s chances of making a team.

Please welcome our new Cheerleading Coach, Courtney Chester! Courtney comes to us with loads of coaching experience at the High School and College level, as well as cheering at Curry College as a captain. Her email address can be found on the link above with tryout information.

Physicals must be turned in to the Main Office before tryouts begin. Students without a valid physical on file may not participate in tryouts. A new physical must be provided each academic year. Physicals expire after 13 months. We do accept physicals from Minute Clinics or AFC Urgent Cares. The Main Office at the High School is open from 8am-3pm Monday-Friday. 

Please use this link to see if your child is cleared. If your name does not appear on this list at all, it means you have not completed your registration on Family ID. Registration steps can be found on the MHS Athletics Website.

SUPERINTENDENT SHOUTOUT  

We’ve had exciting sports news for some of our MPS students! 

The Milton American Baseball 10U summer baseball team earned a trip to the Cal Ripken World Series in Indiana this month. It is the first time any team from Milton has gone this far, and the team was made up entirely of Collicot and Cunningham players. Congratulations to these baseball all-stars!


The Milton Wildcats Football Team won the Gold Cup for the first time at the  7v7 New England Championship. The Wildcats defeated Dedham, 19-6, in the championship game at Bishop Fenwick, earning the top spot from a field of over 100 teams. We are excited to watch the full MHS Wildcat Football Team in action at Brooks Field this fall! 

COMMUNITY NEWS

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics: Free COVID-19 vaccination clinics for everyone 6 months of age and older are available around the state. District and school leaders have been asked to share this flyer with teachers, staff, and students’ families in order to reduce the risk of serious illness from COVID-19.


Our Transportation partners at First Student have asked us to share that they are hiring bus drivers.

No experience is necessary to become a First Student bus driver – our world class training team
will bring you up to speed. Plus, you’ll receive great pay, and your work schedule will follow the
school’s calendar year. No nights or weekends. Be a part of the solution in getting kids to and from school by being a bus driver! A link to apply can be found here


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

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on August 22, 2022

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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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.

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on June 23, 2022

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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