January 20, 2022

To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
From: James F. Jette
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: January 20, 2022

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

These are busy days in the Milton Public Schools and I have a lot of information to share with you today. Please take a few minutes to read through this week’s blog for Covid updates, traffic safety considerations, an update from the Equity Steering Committee, information about the hiring timeline and process for the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources and Curriculum and a valuable elementary presentation about talking with young children about structural racism happening TONIGHT. Beyond that, I am pleased to share STEM opportunities for MHS students, MLK Celebration work from our students, Elementary SEL work, an upcoming SEPAC presentation and much more. 

Covid Updates: As we continue to prioritize in-person learning and maintaining a healthy and safe teaching and learning environment, we will continue with our current mitigating strategies: mask wearing, and encouraging vaccination and testing.

On Tuesday, January 18th Governor Baker, along with Commissioner Riley and MA Department of Public Health announced the State’s new testing option for schools. In this new option, districts will provide students and staff with at-home Rapid Antigen Tests on a weekly basis. Milton Public Schools will participate in this new State Testing opportunity and I want to share some relevant information about the program. More details will come in a separate standalone communication.

  • DESE and DPH recommend that districts and schools select this new option, and if they choose to implement it, they must notify their local boards of health.
  • Districts and schools participating in symptomatic and/or pooled testing must continue those testing strategies and discontinue contact tracing and Test and Stay. Milton will continue with Symptomatic Testing and suspend Test and Stay once the new program is up and running.
  • Under this new Testing Initiative, all contact tracing will be discontinued.  However, school health professionals have permission to use their discretion if specific situations warrant contact tracing.
  • Districts were told that the at-home test for participating students will be shipped out the week of January 31st. MPS will continue Test and Stay until at home testing begins. 
  • This new testing initiative requires an opt-in vs. consent. Considering there is no third party involved and MPS is not sharing personal information, consent is not needed.
  • All staff and students are eligible to participate regardless of vaccination status.
  • The tests will be shipped to the district for internal distribution, and they are packaged in kits containing two tests per kit.
  • Participating staff and students will receive one kit (containing 2 tests) every two weeks so that they can test themselves weekly. The first kit should be distributed the week of 1/31.
  • Districts and schools should maximize the utility of the at-home tests by determining which day of the week they recommend participating staff and students take the tests.
  • When an individual tests positive on an at-home antigen test, they will be asked to inform their school nurse/administration of the positive result.
  • MPS is not required to report the results of at-home tests to DPH, but MPS will continue to include positive at-home tests in their weekly testing reports to DESE.
  • DESE and DPH will soon update their “Protocols for Responding to COVID-19 Scenarios” guidance to reflect these changes.

As this new initiative was just announced 48 hours ago, we have to work out some of the logistics related to test kit distribution, day of distribution, opt in letters, etc. We will send a standalone communication in the coming day as these details are resolved. 

Covid Reporting: Although we still have a significant number of positive cases, I want to acknowledge that these numbers are greatly reduced from just two weeks ago. We are trending in a very positive direction. For the time period of Thursday, Jan 13 – Wednesday, January 19, 2022, MPS reported the following information to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education as requested. 

  • Collicot: 26 student cases
  • Cunningham: 29 student cases
  • Glover: 23 student cases
  • Tucker: 7 student cases
  • PMS: 18 student cases
  • MHS: 3 staff and 24 student cases
  • MPS Totals: 3 staff and 127 students

All updated Covid guidelines and documents can be found on our website linked here. 

Equity Steering Committee: At last night’s School Committee meeting, the Equity Steering Committee gave a short background of the Committee’s work since being formed in July 2021. The presentation focused on the Steering Committee’s definition of Equity, which they are currently sharing with all stakeholders. A major recommendation from the Quality Review was that the district develop a common understanding and definition of Equity. We are seeking the community’s feedback on our definition to ensure the definition resonates for as many people as possible. We are asking caregivers and community members to provide us with that feedback in a 2 question survey linked here. The link for the survey will be available for response until February 6th.

Traffic Safety: Each day more than 4400 students and 600 staff members travel to and from one of our schools. Add in thousands of daily commuters and potential inclement weather, and you have a typical morning or afternoon commute in Milton. I have asked each of our principals to remind families about traffic safety and rules at their particular school in the coming days. Here I would like to remind you of several specific rules that MUST be universally adhered to to ensure student and staff safety.

  • If a school bus or a school pupil transport vehicle (van) has its red lights flashing and a stop sign extended, you must come to a complete stop as this is warning to motorists that buses are picking up and dropping off children. It does not matter which side the bus/van is on, motorists should come to a complete stop.
  • Please reduce your speed to a minimum once on or near the school campuses and follow all traffic signs.
  • Please stop at all crosswalks on school grounds and within the community to allow for students/pedestrians to cross safely. Please do not stop/park on the crosswalk when waiting to pick up your student. 

Thank you for your renewed attention to traffic safety. 

Assistant Superintendent Hiring Process: We have posted the Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources and Curriculum position. All details on the search timeline can be found here. Information on staff, parent/guardian and community participation will be shared next week.

TONIGHT:  On January 20 at 7 pm, our elementary schools will host a virtual evening with Dr. Kimberly Cauley-Narain. Dr. Cauley-Narain will share her journey talking to her own children about structural racism and talk about what she has learned along the way. Finding no books that fit what she was looking for, she wrote a children’s book that explores structural racism in the United States: Cycle of a Dream – A Kid’s Introduction to Structural Racism. In the process, she integrated the broad evidence that supports talking to our preschool and elementary-aged children early and often about racism and other systems barriers that impede equitable educational, (mental) health and other experiences.

You are invited to submit a question or comment for Dr Cauley-Narain at this link. This evening is conceived and hosted by the Collicot DEI Committee and sponsored by the Collicot, Cunningham, Glover and Tucker PTOs. All details can be found here. 

Milton Public Schools families, staff, teachers and the entire Milton community are all welcome! The link to attend via Zoom can be found here and is posted on our website. This event will be recorded.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE 

The next regular Milton School Committee meeting is on February 2, 2022 at 7pm.  All information about attending School Committee meetings can be found on the Town of Milton webpage under School Committee. 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.

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES 

  • Jan 20 Talking to Young Children About Racism 
  • Jan 27 Kindergarten Information Night; Kindergarten Pre-registration is open at this link.
  • Jan 28 Asian Culture Club Culture Fair 
  • Feb 2 Early Release K-12 
  • Feb 2 Milton School Committee 

Please refer to the District-Wide Calendar of Events for times and details. The 21-22 School Year Calendar can be found here. (Updated 1/7/22)

______

Important Kindergarten Dates: Kindergarten Information Night will be held virtually on Thursday, January 27 at 6:30 pm, and Kindergarten pre-registration is open at this link. The Zoom link to attend can be found here.

Kindergarten registration for the school year 2022/2023 will begin in the early spring. All details and information will be shared at Kindergarten Information Night on January 27, 2022. 

______

Culture Fair: The MHS Asian Culture Club is hosting a Culture Fair for all in the Milton Public Schools! We hope to respectfully celebrate the diversity in our community. It will be on Friday, January 28, 2022 from 6:30-8:00 PM in the Milton High School Library.

The Club welcomes all faculty and MHS students to create a presentation. To sign up to create a presentation, please use this link. All students and families in the Milton Public Schools are invited to visit the fair. 

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

Thanks to MHS student Mia Gilmore for sharing the following opportunity for our MHS students.  Mia serves as the Director of Outreach for the Greater Boston STEM Program gbSTEM. gbSTEM is an enrichment program that has brought free mathematics, computer science, and engineering lessons to over 600 Massachusetts youth.

For the spring 2022 semester, gbSTEM is looking for dedicated student volunteers to teach Computer Science and Math classes. They are looking for passionate high school students to join the gbSTEM community and teach classes remotely through Zoom. Volunteering as an instructor will show initiative, strengthen your resume, and allow you to contribute to the community.

The semester will run from March 14 to June 12, 2022. The deadline for instructor applications is March 6, 2022. The application form and all course descriptions can be found on our website. If you have any questions, please contact gbstemprogram@gmail.com.

____

Mme Lidell’s French Immersion students recently looked at a passage of MLK’s speech translated in French and held a discussion on our thoughts on segregation today. Is it taking place? Where? Why? The class concluded with students thinking about how they can be the face of change. Students were then tasked to be inspired by MLK and add their own dream for the world to one of the three murals throughout MHS. 

______

Milton Minds Matter is a community-based, youth-led club promoting positive mental health for high school-aged teens. They are hosting a meeting next Tuesday, January 25th from 7-8pm at the Teen Center of the First Congregational Church. The topic of discussion will be seasonal depression and vision boards.  All details can be found here. 

 

PIERCE PAGES

Pierce students recently completed poems in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr Day. Literacy Coordinator Cat DesRoche shared that there were dozens of excellent examples of student work and she shares some of them here. Gemma Ansello MLK Poem; Emma Sutphin MLK PoemSage Scheller MLK Poem; Breigha Comeau MLK Poem; Patrick Mulhall MLK Poem; Michaela Oppong MLK Poem

 

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS 

Cunningham 3rd graders recently participated in an SEL lesson focusing on self and social awareness. Students were encouraged to feel empowered and to find their voice and use it to make the world a better place. Our thoughts and feelings cannot only impact ourselves but also others when we voice them. Student’s listened to the book Say Something! By Peter Reynolds. Each student was given the opportunity to write and draw something they want to say to the world.

______

Elementary students at every school read books, participated in discussions and created written and art work in honor of Dr. King.  You can see a sampling of their work at this link and also in the pictures below.

______

Glover 3rd graders studied the artwork of Kenojuak Ashevak and other Inuit artists from Cape Dorset, a remote area of Northern Canada. Students then created their own artwork inspired by the textures, colors, and imaginative arctic animals seen commonly in the ‘Cape Dorset Style’ of printmaking. The results have been lively and beautifully unique!

______

As part of this month’s Community Circle, Tucker students were excited to have a special guest speaker in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Circle focused on Dr King’s legacy and the importance of service. In particular, we noted that although it was a day off from school it should be a day on for service in whatever form we are able to offer. With Covid restrictions, Tucker was unable to do their annual service day in honor of Dr. King and they look forward to returning to that tradition next year. 

The special guest speaker was Kaamal Jarrett, owner of Hillside Harvest, which was recently named the official hot sauce of the Boston Red Sox! Mr. Jarrett is a Tucker School alumni and spoke to our Tucker Tigers about his experience moving to Milton from Jamaica, growing up and having big dreams as a Tucker student and turning those dreams into a successful career. Mr. Jarrett also spoke about how the kindness of friends and advocates in his own life allowed him to grow and he related this back to Tucker’s current citizenship focus on Advocacy.

Members of our new 5th grade service club, the Tucker Tiger Cub Club, brainstormed questions and formed the panel to ask Mr. Jarrett those questions. Students were curious about how he formed lasting relationships with Tucker friends, how he overcame racism and even what the special ingredients are in his unique products! We hope that Mr. Jarrett’s story will stay with our students and help them realize the value of their relationships, actions and dreams while here at Tucker. If you would like to learn more about Mr. Jarrett’s company you can visit his website here and if you are interested in purchasing or tasting one of his amazing flavors they are available online or locally at the Milton Fruit Center and Whole Foods.

MILTON COMMUNITY SCHOOLS

Registration for February Vacation Camp 2022 is now open. Camp runs from Feb 22nd to the 25th at Cunningham/Collicot, 8:30am to 3:30pm for grades K to 5. For more information and registration, please visit the Milton Community Schools website at this link. Check out some of our MCS fun below! 

FAMILY RESOURCES 

For families in the district with young children we want to be sure you know of a valuable resource within the community.  The Milton Early Childhood Alliance (MECA) is a community-wide group that seeks to support families and children and to expand access to affordable, high quality early childhood care and education.  MECA offers a variety of programming including preschool and toddler playgroups.  For information on programs and resources see their latest newsletter or visit their home page.

MECA contact Info: Susan L. Dolan, Director – email: cpcmecasld@verizon.net, telephone: 617-696-2262.  They can also be found on Facebook & Instagram at: Milton Early Childhood Alliance.

MPS knows that families may sometimes need resources for their children and family beyond the classroom.  In addition to the Family Resource Newsletter  please visit Milton Public School Resource Guide.  If you need additional assistance please don’t hesitate to reach out to Marti O’Keefe McKenna, MPS Family Outreach Liaison at 617-980-7343 or by email at mmckenna@miltonps.org. All calls and emails are confidential.

MPS JOB OPPORTUNITIES 

Substitute Teaching: On call daily substitute teachers are needed for all levels and the rate is $90 per day.We welcome all qualified applicants and encourage you to apply at the Apply for a Job at MPS link found on the front of the MPS website.  Substitute teachers must have experience and enjoy working with children, the minimum requirement is a Bachelors degree for Substitute Teacher and an Associates degree for a Substitute Paraprofessional. Citizenship, residency or work VISA in United States is required. If you have any questions about the requirements, and how they pertain to you, please email MPS Human Resources Specialist Laurie Dunn at ldunn@miltonps.org. In addition, all current posted jobs within MPS are posted on our website. 

PRESCHOOL INFORMATION

Children attending an MPS Preschool Program must be three years old on or before August 31, 2022. For more information, please call Marti O’Keefe McKenna, MPS Family Outreach Liaison, at 617 980 7343 or email Mrs. McKenna at preschool@miltonps.org

TECHNOLOGY 

In recognition of Data Privacy Week (January 24-28), Milton Public Schools is reaffirming its commitment to safeguarding student data.

The National Cybersecurity Alliance (NCA) Data Privacy Week is an “international effort to empower individuals and encourage businesses to respect privacy, safeguard data, and enable trust.”

Data collection is essential for improving academic achievement in today’s modern digital learning environments—effective use of data measures student progress to steer personalized learning decisions to ensure that every child learns. While recognizing the importance of real-time data in guiding student success, school officials also acknowledge their roles as gatekeepers. As a school district, we have a moral and ethical duty to ensure that our students’ information is protected while using any online digital tools for learning. While technology may make accessing student data relatively easy, it needs to be maintained securely and confidentially, and that is a responsibility we take very seriously. Our partnership with TEC’s Student Data Privacy Alliance is vital to our district’s student data privacy efforts.

Please visit this link for more details about further steps MPS is taking to safeguard student data and information about a Cybersecurity Grant MPS received. 

SEPAC 

Save the date! SEPAC presents New Insights into Tourette Syndrome on January 26 at 7:00 pm. 

This informative and interactive workshop is open to any interested families in our community as well as all educators district wide.  As a district, we have worked hard to promote equity and inclusion in our community. Our goal is to change how we all look at kids with Tourette Syndrome and all other neurological disorders. Please join Milton Public Schools and the Milton SEPAC board in welcoming Ms. Susan Conners, M.Ed. Ms. Conners is currently President of the Tourette Association of America’s Greater New York State Chapter and an expert in Tourette Syndrome and other associated neurological disorder 

Many still believe that Tourette is a very rare disorder; however, the latest studies from the CDC indicate that one in 120 children have Tourette or a tic disorder. This workshop will discuss the criteria for diagnosis of Tourette Syndrome and will include an in depth description of all the symptomology. Tourette is now commonly referred to as a “spectrum disorder”. This workshop will also deal with the most common neurological disorders associated with Tourette, in particular, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Learning Disabilities, Sensory Processing Disorder, Auditory Processing and Dysgraphia and the impact of all of these disorders on social emotional well-being, school performance and behavior. Ms. Conners will include specific strategies and techniques for working with children with Tourette and its associated disorders in a variety of settings. 

More details and the link to register can be found here. 

MILTON FOUNDATION FOR EDUCATION

It’s the MFE’s 25th Anniversary! Help us celebrate our anniversary by joining our Annual Appeal Campaign to give $25 for 25 years.

An education from the Milton public schools is the foundation for excellence and the Milton Foundation for Education (MFE) has been helping lay those foundations for 25 years with well over 50,000 students. Help us celebrate the MFE’s 25th year by taking part in the annual giving campaign! Donations from generous supporters like you have helped fund initiatives in all six Milton schools and every dollar donated to the MFE helps spark innovation and energizes the learning experience for students and educators in Milton. Your gift, in any amount, is welcomed and appreciated. All details and the link to donate can be found here.

 

ATHLETICS 

After a slow start to the Winter Season, we have had a great week!

First and foremost, MHS Athletics wants to thank George Holland and his work to help commemorate Francis J. “Buck” Finerty III. Buck was a hockey player and class leader who had a positive impact on the class of 1960, not only when they graduated but in years to come. The class of 1960 very generously funded the purchase of new flooring for the Ulin Rink and we had a wonderful ceremony last week with over 25 members of the class of 1960 and their families in honor of Buck. 

The Boys Hockey Team strung together back-to-back wins to improve to 6-5 on the season. They were down 3-1 to Newburyport on Saturday Night with 8 minutes left in the third period. Goals from Kevin McManus and Eoin Faherty forced overtime, and then James Fallon scored just 13 seconds into the extra period to seal the comeback in style! They carried the momentum through the weekend, beating Norwood 6-1 on Monday.

The Boys Basketball Team held on for a great win over Archies on Sunday. They will host Framingham tomorrow.

Track heads to the Reggie Lewis Center tomorrow for the Division III Relays!

The Ski Team will race at Blue Hills next Thursday. 

Our Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) will be taking over the Girls Basketball Game next Friday! The Girls take on Brookline and the student-run committee will have raffles, prizes, half-time contests and more. Be sure to come support the Wildcats on the 28th! 6:30pm tip.

Boosters Membership Reminder: Connie Henry is the winner of the first raffle basket of goodies from the Boosters for her family’s membership. Don’t miss out on your chance by joining the Boosters today. Next drawing will be the end of the winter season. Join the Boosters at this link today!  All details on the Boosters can be found on their website linked here.

COMMUNITY NEWS

Milton Parks and Recreation will be offering Spring Basketball running from March 6 to mid-April for Grades 3-8.  2 games a week are played at Milton High School Copeland Field House.  Games are Sunday mornings and weeknights. The cost is $130.00 and registration will be open on January 26 at 12pm. To access the online registrations click here

______

Forbes House Museum welcomes the Year of the Tiger on Sunday, January 23, 1-3 pm. Registration: $30/members, $35/nonmembers; Art kits: $8

This interactive program begins with a tour highlighting the Chinese artifacts in the collection and discussing the meanings behind the various Chinese symbols found throughout the house. Then create your own lucky red and gold envelopes for gift-giving in a workshop led by Taiwanese-American artist Rayna Lo. The afternoon will conclude with a sampling of delicious Chinese dumplings!

Appropriate for adults and children ages 10 and up. No art/drawing experience necessary. Attendance is limited and advance registration is required. Art kits include red cardstock and gold paint pens. Visit our website to register or learn more.

Participants will be required to wear masks except when eating or drinking. We will continue to monitor developing COVID guidelines and adjust our program as necessary for the safety and wellbeing of everyone. 

______

Check out The Milton Public Library’s calendars of January and February programs for kids.

Registration is open for our Author Event celebrating Thato Mwosa happening on Saturday, January 22 from 2:30pm to 3:30pm! Mwosa is a Milton author who will join us, accompanied by 14 elementary school girls, to introduce her children’s book, 14 African Women Who Made History. Registration is required and space is limited. Sign up today at this link. 

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

______

Example of our weekly Choice Model for CSA

Brookwood Community Farm has opened 2022 CSA sales. The farm is located at the base of the Blue Hills. CSA or “Community Supported Agriculture” consists of a community of individuals who pledge support to a farm operation so that the farmland becomes, either legally or spiritually, the community’s farm, with the growers and consumers providing mutual support and sharing the risks and benefits of food production”. More information can be found at this link: USDA National Agricultural Library.

Brookwood Community Farm aims to support the participation of members from all income levels. If you would like to request a discounted, funded, or SNAP share, please send a message to president@brookwoodcommunityfarm.org or call 339-502-0826.  For all the details about the 2022 CSA, go to the Brookwood website. 

______

Courageous Conversations towards Racial Justice invites you to their January Conversation: RaceReels Milton- Mattapan,  “Memoirs of a Black Girl” by educator, filmmaker and Milton resident Thato Mwosa. This is a HYBRID event on January 27, 6:15-8:30pm

On Thursday, January 27,  a virtual and limited in-person courageous conversation will be held with Milton screenwriter, playwright, and filmmaker Thato Mwosa, as we watch and discuss her film, “Memoirs of a Black Girl”.

This film won the 2021 Best Feature Film at the Roxbury International Film Festival and is a coming of age story of a HS aged, Black student confronting the challenges of race, urban education and social/racial tensions that bring impact. This film does contain some strong contemporary language and slang.

This event is virtual with limited in-person space at the Milton Public Library Keyes Room. Join us at 6:15 for an introduction. The film will start at 6:30, and a panel and Q+A discussion will follow at 7:45 with Thato Mwosa and some of the film’s actors. The link to register for both in person and virtual attendance is here.

______

The  Bridgewater State University College of Education and Health Sciences would like to invite all MPS families to their kickoff event for the 2022 Family Connections Series. Jamele Adams will present “Love, Inclusion and Trust” on February 3, from 7-8PM. Sign up at this link. 

Thank you to my blog contributors this week: Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Kim Coughlin, Kim Tolleson, Zofia Lodell, Mia Gilmore, Bernadette Butler, Cat DesRoche, Ryan Madden, Karen Cahill and AJ Melanson. 

BLOG SUBSCRIPTION: If you do not receive the Superintendent’s Weekly Update and would like to, please enter your email here to subscribe to this one weekly email.

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 January 20, 2022

January 13, 2022

To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
From: James F. Jette
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: January 13, 2022

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

This marks our second week back in the new year, and while Covid cases remain high, our faculty, staff and students have had a very good week across all of our schools. Positive numbers in our student population have held steady at 229 positive students over the last 7 days while our staff Covid numbers have been greatly reduced with 13 staff members testing positive in the same time frame. Covid numbers by school and Covid updates and policies can be found below under Health and Safety. 

As discussed at a recent School Committee meeting, the Milton Public Schools has updated our school incident reporting forms so people can specify incidents on the basis of sex, race, ethnicity, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion and more. The Milton High School incident form can be found here and each school has a form linked on the front of their school’s website and linked on the MPS Education Equity page and MPS Anti-Bullying page. 

I want to be sure you saw the letter that went out about the resignation of Senior Director of Education Equity, Somaly Prak-Martins effective Wednesday, January 19. Please see the letter linked here. Please know that MPS remains committed to the ongoing equity work within our district. I know you join me in wishing Ms. Prak-Martin the best in her future endeavors. 

Next Thursday, January 20 at 7 pm, our elementary schools will host a virtual evening with Dr. Kimberly Cauley-Narain. Dr. Cauley-Narain will share her journey talking to her own children about structural racism and talk about what she has learned along the way. Finding no books that fit what she was looking for, she wrote a children’s book that explores structural racism in the United States: Cycle of a Dream – A Kid’s Introduction to Structural Racism. In the process, she integrated the broad evidence that supports talking to our preschool and elementary-aged children early and often about racism and other systems barriers that impede equitable educational, (mental) health and other experiences.

You are invited to submit a question or comment for Dr Cauley-Narain at this link. This evening is conceived and hosted by the Collicot DEI Committee and sponsored by the Collicot, Cunningham, Glover and Tucker PTOs. All details can be found here. 

Milton Public Schools families, staff, teachers and the entire Milton community are all welcome! The link to attend via Zoom can be found here and is posted on our website. This event will be recorded.

On Monday, January 17 at 6:30pm, the entire Milton community is invited to join Milton Interfaith Clergy Association (MICA) virtually at their annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration. All details can be found at this link.

As a reminder, there is no school on Monday, January 17 in observance of the holiday honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. Our students have prepared art work and written work to be shared with MICA in honor of the legacy of Dr. King. I look forward to sharing some of our student work in next week’s blog post. 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE 

The next regular Milton School Committee meeting is on January 19, 2022 at 7pm.  All information about attending School Committee meetings can be found on the Town of Milton webpage under School Committee. 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.

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES 

  • Jan 17 MLK Jr. Day No School 
  • Jan 19 School Committee
  • Jan 20 Talking to Young Children About Racism 
  • Jan 27 Kindergarten Information Night; Kindergarten Pre-registration is open at this link.
  • Jan 28 Asian Culture Club Culture Fair 

Please refer to the District-Wide Calendar of Events for times and details. The 21-22 School Year Calendar can be found here (Revised 10/27/21 to reflect updated last day of school)

______

Important Kindergarten Dates: Kindergarten Information Night will be held virtually on Thursday, January 27 at 6:30 pm , and Kindergarten pre-registration is open at this link.

Kindergarten registration for the school year 2022/2023 will begin in the early spring. All details and information will be shared at Kindergarten Information Night on January 27, 2022. 

______

Culture Fair: The MHS Asian Culture Club is hosting a Culture Fair for all in the Milton Public Schools! We hope to respectfully celebrate the diversity in our community. It will be on Friday, January 28, 2022 from 6:30-8:00 PM in the Milton High School Library.

The Club welcomes all faculty and MHS students to create a presentation. To sign up to create a presentation, please use this link. All students and families in the Milton Public Schools are invited to visit the fair. 

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Covid Reporting: For the time period of Thursday, Jan 6, 2022 – Wednesday, January 12, 2022, MPS reported the following information to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education as requested. 

  • Cunningham- 2 staff, 30 students
  • Collicot- 5 staff, 27 students
  • Glover- 2 staff, 29 students
  • Tucker- 1 staff, 31 students
  • PMS- 1 staff, 47 students
  • MHS- 2 staff, 65 students
  • MPS Totals: 13 staff and 229 students

Covid Guidelines January 2022

  • MPS Health Prescreening Checklist 
  • DESE/DPH Updated Isolation Guidelines 12/30/21: MPS will follow updated isolation protocols from DESE/DPH effective immediately. If a staff member or student has tested positive, the student may return to school on day 6 after 5 days of isolation if asymptomatic or symptoms are improving. The student will be required to wear a mask at ALL times and may be given lunch accommodations to ensure proper distancing when eating. Details can be found in section two here.
  • DESE/DPH Quarantine Guidelines 12/30/21Details can be found in section two here.
  • Test and Stay: Sign up for Test and Stay at this link. 
  • Mask Mandate Extension: On January 10, DESE Commissioner Riley announced that he is extending the mask requirement in schools through Monday, February 28. The announcement is linked here. 
  • Updated Covid Positive and Close Contact Flowchart: DESE released updated flowcharts (linked here) on Wednesday, January 5.
  • DESE FAQ: DESE released a new FAQ (linked here) on Thursday, January 6 that addresses updated protocols, affirms that people returning from quarantine and isolation can remove their masks to eat meals, and states that “fully vaccinated” in DESE guidance is still defined as two weeks following the completion of the Pfizer or Moderna series or two weeks following a single dose of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

Congratulations to the Milton High School Debate Team on their Varsity won on January 8 at the MSDL Winter Wonderland Tournament! This is a first for our Milton High School team.

Advisor Kathleen Kelley shares that MHS took first place at the Varsity level and first, second and third at the Novice level. At the Varsity level, Sam Boucher and Jonathan Waldmann took First Place and at the Novice level, Alex McEttrick and Danny Steinberg took First Place, Williams Cayo competed solo and placed Second and Ida Zoll and Sydney Burns won Third Place. In addition, Sydney Burns, Sam Boucher, Williams Cayo and Ida Zoll received Speaker Awards. Bravo MHS Debate and congratulations to all of the competitors!

 

PIERCE PAGES

The Pierce Middle School Wrestling Team scrimmaged with Needham on January 5. The team did great and was very competitive in their 1st scrimmage. We’re excited to see these Wildcats progress this season! 

_____

At Connection Time last week, Ms. McEvoy asked students to choose their word of the year. The purpose of this exercise is to give students a single word to focus on that embodies their vision of their life for 2022. Pictured below are some of Ms. McEvoy’s students with their word of the year.

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS 

Ms. Hyde and Ms. Green’s Cunningham 4th graders recently read the book/poem  I Am Every Good Thing by Derrick Barnes and Gordon C James. Students used what they have been learning about figurative language and poetry, and then wrote their own “I Am Every Good Thing” poem. These poems are beautiful representations of our amazing students. You can see the compilation of all of their poetry here. I hope you enjoy their poetry as much as I did.

______

We are thrilled to have welcomed the Meet the Artist program back into our classrooms this year. Thanks to our parent volunteers who teach the lessons and to our PTOs for organizing and sponsoring MTA.

 

FAMILY RESOURCES 

The Milton Community Food Pantry located in the Parkway Methodist Church, 158 Blue Hills Parkway, has published their hours of operation for the remainder of the 2021-2022 School Year. The pantry is open from 9:15 – 11:15am with pre-bagged food ready to go on the following dates: January 8, January 22, February 5, February 19, March 5, March 19, April 2, April 23, May 7, May 21, June 4, June 18. 

The food pantry is currently not accepting food donations but monetary contributions can be made online at their website or mailed to Milton Community Food Pantry, 158 Blue Hills Parkway, Milton, MA  02186.

MPS knows that families may sometimes need resources for their children and family beyond the classroom.  In addition to the Family Resource Newsletter  please visit Milton Public School Resource Guide.  If you need additional assistance please don’t hesitate to reach out to Marti O’Keefe McKenna, MPS Family Outreach Liaison at 617-980-7343 or by email at mmckenna@miltonps.org. All calls and emails are confidential.

MPS JOB OPPORTUNITIES 

Substitute Teaching: Several members of our community have reached out about being a Substitute teacher during this school year. On call daily substitute teachers are needed for all levels and the rate is $90 per day.We welcome all qualified applicants and encourage you to apply at the Apply for a Job at MPS link found on the front of the MPS website.  Substitute teachers must have experience and enjoy working with children, the minimum requirement is a Bachelors degree for Substitute Teacher and an Associates degree for a Substitute Paraprofessional. Citizenship, residency or work VISA in United States is required. If you have any questions about the requirements, and how they pertain to you, please email MPS Human Resources Specialist Laurie Dunn at ldunn@miltonps.org. In addition, all current posted jobs within MPS are posted on our website. 

PRESCHOOL INFORMATION

Children attending an MPS Preschool Program must be three years old on or before August 31, 2022. For more information, please call Marti O’Keefe McKenna, MPS Family Outreach Liaison, at 617 980 7343 or email Mrs. McKenna at preschool@miltonps.org

FOOD SERVICE

The USDA allows school lunch to be reimbursable if a student is receiving at least 3 out of the 5 food groups: milk, fruits, vegetables, meat/meat alternative, and grains. Getting school lunch is FREE to all students if they take at least 3 of the 5 food groups, and students can receive a free lunch with all 5 on their plate. We always offer salad, and fresh fruit options such as bananas and apples for students to add to their lunch to complete their healthy meal. 

MHS students – come have a cup of hot chocolate to warm up during the cold winter months along with a FREE breakfast to energize you before classes. We use real skim chocolate milk. Low fat chocolate milk is a great source of carbohydrates and protein making it a perfect post workout drink and improves muscle mass and endurance.

Please see our latest Food Service update here with menu information, employment opportunities, and more. 

 

ATHLETICS 

Wrestling beat Wellesley on Wednesday night, just a few days after finishing 2nd at the Whitman Hanson Tournament over the weekend! Alex Paxhia, Jackson Matejka and Mason Pellegri were all champions at their weight class, with Christopher Toley Pinnock finishing 2nd and a few others finishing in the top 4! They host Excel Academy, Walpole, Norwood, and Oliver Ames this weekend in a Super Quad.

Girls Basketball will host Fontbonne tonight with the Varsity tipping off at 5:15pm. The Ski Team is also home tonight, with races starting tonight at 5:00pm at Blue Hills.

Boosters Membership Reminder: Don’t forget to join the Boosters today by making a tax-deductible donation. We’re looking to make a HUGE impact this year for our student athletes – they deserve it! Special note to parents of senior student athletes – your family must be a member to qualify for our scholarships. All details on the Boosters can be found on their website, linked here.

COMMUNITY NEWS

Forbes House Museum welcomes the Year of the Tiger on Sunday, January 23, 1-3 pm. Registration: $30/members, $35/nonmembers; Art kits: $8

This interactive program begins with a tour highlighting the Chinese artifacts in the collection and discussing the meanings behind the various Chinese symbols found throughout the house. Then create your own lucky red and gold envelopes for gift-giving in a workshop led by Taiwanese-American artist Rayna Lo. The afternoon will conclude with a sampling of delicious Chinese dumplings!

Appropriate for adults and children ages 10 and up. No art/drawing experience necessary. Attendance is limited and advance registration is required. Art kits include red cardstock and gold paint pens. Visit our website to register or learn more.

Participants will be required to wear masks except when eating or drinking. We will continue to monitor developing COVID guidelines and adjust our program as necessary for the safety and wellbeing of everyone. 

______

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

The Milton Public Library Teen Program meets each day after school in the Young Adult Room on the second floor of the library. Join us for weekly Dungeons & Dragons, biweekly Anime Club, drop-in Friday Afternoon Magic: the Gathering games, and more! Our programs are planned and coordinated by the Teen Advisory Board, which is always looking for enthusiastic new members. Check out our website for dates, email teen librarian Tyler Vachon at tvachon@ocln.org, or come by the library after school to jump in! Virtual participation options are available.

The Friends of the Milton Public Library are collaborating with The Plate for their latest fundraiser: Valentine Cookie Kits. Order your kit today at this link to bake some yummy holiday-themed treats. Thank you for supporting the Friends of the Milton Public Library, and please find more information here.

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

______

The Milton Early Childhood Alliance Winter Newsletter can be found here. The newsletter has information about playgroups and resources for families with young children. 

______

Thank you to my blog contributors this week: Emily Hyde, Robyn Green, Stella Yuan, Kim Coughlin, Jon Redden, Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Ryan Madden and Holly Concannon. 

BLOG SUBSCRIPTION: If you do not receive the Superintendent’s Weekly Update and would like to, please enter your email here to subscribe to this one weekly email.

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 January 13, 2022

January 6, 2022

To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
From: James F. Jette
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: January 6, 2022

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

In spite of the current Covid challenges that school districts and communities are facing, we were excited to welcome our students and staff back on Monday, after what I hope was a happy and healthy winter break.  

I hope you received my earlier message (via text, phone and email) that the Milton Public Schools will be closed tomorrow, January 7, due to the impending snow storm.  As I shared before Winter Break, our approach to snow days is shifting. If there is inclement weather and school is cancelled for the day, it will be a traditional snow day: our buildings will be closed, there will be no remote learning and the day will be made up in June. Depending on the number of snow days we have this year, we may revisit this approach and will keep you updated if that happens. In the meantime, during tomorrow’s snow day, I hope your children take advantage of the day with extra sleep, catching up on school work, helping around the house, enjoying family time and safely having fun outside with friends. 

I am pleased to share that despite record absences of staff and students, winter weather and colder temperatures and anxiety felt by some, we have been able to maintain in person learning.  Our staff has tirelessly worked together to keep students safe and learning, families have partnered with us on health issues and students are adhering to safety guidelines. Below is some updated Covid information as well additional updates from around the district. Thank you for taking the time to read through my weekly update. 

Covid Reporting: Starting this week, in addition to sharing district totals, we will report Covid positive cases by school. For the time period of Thursday, December 23, 2021 – Wednesday, January 5, 2022, MPS reported the following information to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education as requested. 

  • Glover- 9 staff, 45 students
  • Tucker- 5 staff, 27 students
  • Collicot- 16 staff, 35 students
  • Cunningham- 9 staff, 10 students
  • Pierce- 7 staff, 67 students
  • MHS- 26 staff, 107 students
  • MPS Totals: 72 staff and 231 students.

Vaccination Information

  • As of January 5th, 90% of our faculty and staff are vaccinated. 
  • The the 90% vaccination rate includes staff from Applied Lessons, Community Schools, Coaches, After School Clubs/Activities, Central Office, Business Office, etc.
  • Grades 7 and 8 student vaccination rate is above 80%
  • Milton High School student vaccination rate is above 80%
  • Grade 6 students and students at the Elementary Level are NOT close to 80%

Updated Covid Guidelines

DESE/DPH Updated Isolation: MPS will follow updated isolation protocols from DESE/DPH effective immediately. If a staff member or student has tested positive, the student may return to school on day 6 after 5 days of isolation if asymptomatic or symptoms are improving. The student will be required to wear a mask at ALL times and may be given lunch accommodations to ensure proper distancing when eating.

DESE/DPH Quarantine Guidelines were updated on 12/30/21. Details can be found here.

How are we keeping staff and students safe? 

  • Mask Wearing
  • Physical distancing maximized to the greatest extent possible
  • Face seats/desks and students in the same direction whenever possible
  • Air purifiers in all classrooms and offices
  • Classroom/Office windows will remain cracked open during the school day to enhance the number of fresh air exchanges
  • Rooftop units will remain open to enhance the number of fresh air exchanges
  • Strongly encourage routine hand washing by students and staff
  • Daily health screening by staff and students
  • Test and Stay Program and Symptomatic testing for students
  • We will encourage students to wear masks outside and have designated mask break areas outside. 
  • We encourage students and staff to speak to their Pediatrician/PCP about getting vaccinated and booster shots
  • We will encourage students to eat first, replace their masks and then resume socializing with their peers during breakfast, lunch and snack breaks.

How can our community prioritize in person learning? 

  • Work Collaboratively (Students, Staff, Families, Community Programs, BOH) to enforce mitigating strategies in and outside of school
  • Consider Getting Vaccinated/Booster Shot – Talk to your Pediatrician or Primary Care Physician (PCP)
  • When in Doubt, Stay Out: If your student has COVID-19 symptoms, do not send them to school and please follow the two steps below:
    a. Call your school before 8:30 a.m. to report your student’s absence
    b. Contact your school nurse for further guidance
  • Masks will continue to be required until further notice for all at Milton Public Schools.
  • Test and Stay Program: This program often allows students to remain in school when COVID-19 exposure in the classroom would otherwise require quarantining at home. I urge you to consider registering for this program if you have not already done so. Simply stated, this program has helped us keep our students in school, rather than at home. Test and Stay Sign up Quick Link

Substitute Teaching: Several members of our community have reached out about being a Substitute teacher during this school year. On call daily substitute teachers are needed for all levels and the rate is $90 per day.We welcome all qualified applicants and encourage you to apply at the Apply for a Job at MPS link found on the front of the MPS website.  Substitute teachers must have experience and enjoy working with children, the minimum requirement is a Bachelors degree for Substitute Teacher and an Associates degree for a Substitute Paraprofessional. Citizenship, residency or work VISA in United States is required. If you have any questions about the requirements, and how they pertain to you, please email MPS Human Resources Specialist Laurie Dunn at ldunn@miltonps.org. 

Covid Testing: The Town of Milton is hosting a free, drive-thru COVID testing day on  Sunday, January 9 from 10am-3pm at the DPW yard at 629 Randolph Avenue. All are welcome.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE 

The next regular Milton School Committee meeting is on January 19, 2022 at 7pm.  All information about attending School Committee meetings can be found on the Town of Milton webpage under School Committee. 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.

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES 

  • Jan 6 Preschool Information Night (Virtual) 
  • Jan 17 MLK Jr. Day No School 
  • Jan 19 School Committee
  • Jan 20 Talking to Young Children About Racism 
  • Jan 27 Kindergarten Information Night 

Please refer to the District-Wide Calendar of Events for times and details. The 21-22 School Year Calendar can be found here (Revised 10/27/21 to reflect updated last day of school)

_____

TONIGHT: Virtual Preschool Information Night, January 6, 2022 at 6:30pm. Join Milton Public Schools administrators and staff to learn about the similarities and differences of the five preschool options offered by the district including curriculum, classroom design, lottery criteria, cost, payment scheduling, tuition assistance and registration process.  If you are unable to attend the session the presentation will be posted to the MPS website following the event.

Children attending an MPS Preschool Program must be three years old on or before August 31, 2022. For more information, please call Marti O’Keefe McKenna, MPS Family Outreach Liaison, at 617 980 7343 or email Mrs. McKenna at preschool@miltonps.org

Please see below for important Preschool and Kindergarten dates

  • Preschool Information Night – Thursday, January 6, 2022 (Virtual)
  • Preschool Pre-registration – Thursday, January 6, 2022 – Thursday, January 27, 2022
  • Preschool Lottery if necessary – Friday, January 28, 2022
  • Kindergarten Information Night – Thursday, January 27, 2022
  • Kindergarten Pre-registration is open at this link.

______

Join the Collicot, Cunningham, Glover and Tucker Communities for One Parent’s Journey: Talking to Young Children about Structural Racism with Dr. Kimberly Cauley-Narain.

On Thursday, January 20 at 7pm, join us virtually  to hear from Dr. Kimberly Cauley-Narain about her journey talking to her own children about structural racism. Finding no books that fit what she was looking for – she wrote a children’s book that explores structural racism in the United States: Cycle of a Dream – A Kid’s’ Introduction to Structural Racism. In the process, she integrated the broad evidence that supports talking to our preschool and elementary-aged children early and often about racism and other systems barriers that impede equitable educational, (mental) health and other experiences. Dr. Cauley-Narain will share her story and answer questions about what she has learned along the way. All details can be found here. 

This evening is conceived and hosted by the Collicot DEI Committee and sponsored by the Collicot, Cunningham, Glover and Tucker PTOs. 

Milton Public Schools families, staff, teachers and the entire Milton community are all welcome! The link to attend will be shared closer to the event and this event will be recorded.

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

For the fourth consecutive year the MHS Key Club organized a holiday card drive for troops and this year was extra special as the cards were sent to MHS graduate Colin McSweeney,  whose platoon is deployed overseas. Thanks to the efforts of many students and staff the Key Club was able to mail over 370 cards and the cards arrived just before Christmas. A special thank you to Mr. Mack and Mrs. White for their help in distributing and encouraging students to participate. The Key Club is very appreciative of the time and effort that was put into this very meaningful project.

 

PIERCE PAGES

Saturnalia is a Roman holiday where social order was inverted and to celebrate it in Magistra Crowley’s 8th grade Latin class, students presented their own lesson to the class. This year there were lessons on military formations, gladiator fights, Roman mythology, Greek mythology, reviewing Latin sentences, and a few games.

TECHNOLOGY 

Four of the main components to becoming a successful digital citizen include understanding digital footprints, what to share and not to share online, knowing copyright laws, and understanding how to identify fake news. This link to a Path to Raising a Digital Citizen will help families better understand what it takes to become a responsible digital citizen.

In addition, we were pleased to host our first ever MPS Digital Citizenship roundtable discussion.  Special thanks go out to: Malachi Buchanan, Kevin Carberry, John Gillooly, Rose Gillooly, Ronan O’Connor, Nkechinyere Onyiriuka, and Stella Yuan for their time and participation in the roundtable discussion. 

MILTON COMMUNITY SCHOOLS

Milton Community Schools hosted its annual vacation camp December 27-30. Students took part in a variety of fun and engaging activities including dance routines, bowling, arts and crafts with igloos, crowns, creating a maze, and much more. Both students and staff enjoyed the special New Years celebration! You can watch some of the Vacation Camp fun here!  Thanks to our terrific Vacation Camp staff for creating such a safe and enjoyable experience for our students.

 

FAMILY RESOURCES 

With the days short, temperatures dropping and the cost of heat rising we want to remind families who may need assistance of a valuable resource.  If you or someone you know is in need of heating assistance this winter the Quincy Community Action Program, serving Milton families, has begun their Winter Fuel Assistance Application process. For applications and more details please visit QCAP Fuel Assistance Program.  

In addition, it’s time to start thinking about filing your 2021 taxes. The United Way and Quincy Community Action Program offers free tax preparation for qualifying families. Details about both  programs and more can be found in our Family Resource Newsletter

MPS knows that families may sometimes need resources for their children and family beyond the classroom.  In addition to the Family Resource Newsletter  please visit Milton Public School Resource Guide.  If you need additional assistance please don’t hesitate to reach out to Marti O’Keefe McKenna, MPS Family Outreach Liaison at 617-980-7343 or by email at mmckenna@miltonps.org. All calls and emails are confidential.

SEPAC

The next SEPAC board meeting will be held on January 12, 2022, from 7:00 -8:30 p.m.  This is a community forum meeting, and SEPAC welcomes parents, families and interested community members to share stories, questions and advice.  The Zoom Link can be found here.  

SEPAC is looking for a representative for Out of District students and their families!  The Out of District rep serves on the SEPAC board and is a liaison between the out of district coordinator (and other staff) and out of district students and families.  The commitment is approximately 3-4 hours per month and involves attending a monthly board meeting, as well as meeting with the out of district coordinator monthly to review standardized questions. If interested, please email one of our chairs: Jennie Mulqueen or Jenny Sheehan.

FOOD SERVICE 

Please see our latest Food Service update here with menu information, employment opportunities, and more. 

ATHLETICS

MHS Boys Soccer will be hosting Cans for ‘Cats on Saturday, January 8, from 9am to noon at Milton High School.

COMMUNITY NEWS

Forbes House Museum welcomes the Year of the Tiger on Sunday, January 23, 1-3 pm. Registration: $30/members, $35/nonmembers; Art kits: $8

This interactive program begins with a tour highlighting the Chinese artifacts in the collection and discussing the meanings behind the various Chinese symbols found throughout the house. Then create your own lucky red and gold envelopes for gift-giving in a workshop led by Taiwanese-American artist Rayna Lo. The afternoon will conclude with a sampling of delicious Chinese dumplings!

Appropriate for adults and children ages 10 and up. No art/drawing experience necessary. Attendance is limited and advance registration is required. Art kits include red cardstock and gold paint pens. Visit our website to register or learn more.

Participants will be required to wear masks except when eating or drinking. We will continue to monitor developing COVID guidelines and adjust our program as necessary for the safety and wellbeing of everyone. 

_____

Milton Parks and Rec  – Intro to Recreational Irish Step!

This is a non-competitive program open to Milton elementary school students in grades K-3. The program will be held on Thursday nights at Cunningham Hall (located at 75 Edge Hill Rd.) There is limited space in the Gr 2-3 session. 
Registration (linked here) is open.  All details can be found here. 

______

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

From January 1 to January 31, Milton Public Library is participating in Beanstack’s Fifth Annual Winter Reading Challenge, sponsored by Lerner Publishing Group. “Read for a Better World” encourages readers of all ages to explore diversity, empathy, and action through literature. We challenge our patrons to read at least 10 books during the month and keep track of their reading on our Beanstack site. All ages are welcome to participate! Pre-register today at miltonlibrary.beanstack.org . Happy reading, Milton!

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

______

The Milton Early Childhood Alliance Winter Newsletter can be found here. The newsletter has information about playgroups and resources for families with young children. 

______

11th Hour Calling, Monthly Stand Out for Climate Action; Tuesday, January 11, 6-6:30 p.m.
First Parish Church lawn ~ Gather round the spotlight; 535 Canton Avenue (next to Town Hall)

Showing up shows that we care about the climate emergency, environmental justice, elimination of fossil fuels from our lives, and Milton’s municipal response planning. We welcome all — coming together has been energizing and community-building. Bring friends, classmates, and neighbors — and share this information with your activity groups (thank you if you have already done so). This will be the first weeknight 11th Hour event, with greater commuter volume to notice us: HONK FOR CLIMATE ACTION!! [Rain/Snow date Wed. 1/12] 

For safety: flashlights / headlamps / light-colored or reflective clothing
For impact: signage / posters and noise makers (a saucepan and spoon work fine!)

Next month’s 11th Hour event date is Friday, February 11 [rain/snow: Saturday, February 12]

______

Youth Recreational Bowling, January 13th – March 31st

Milton Sports for All, a recreational, inclusive sports program, is offering candle-pin bowling this winter at Cunningham Hall.

The program is open to kids in grades 4 – 8 who reside in Milton. Bowling will happen on Thursdays from January 13 through March 31 from 4:30-5:15 for grades 4 and 5 and from 5:30- 6:15 for grades, 6, 7, and 8. No experience (or bowling shoes!) is necessary.Candle-pin bowling uses smaller balls which are easier for kids to bowl.

The registration fee is $20 and registration will be open until December 31.There will be a maximum of 24 kids in each time slot.Should the program be oversubscribed, participants will be selected by lottery and refunds will be given if not selected.(Please note that bowling is loud! If your child has any sensory issues, you’re welcome to send them with noise-cancelling head-phones or any other resource they might need.)

You can register on-line here for grades 4 and 5 and here for grades 6 – 8. You will be notified the week of Jan. 3 whether your child can participate in the program. Thank you and see you in the lanes!

Milton Sports for All is a volunteer group of parents and community members who believe that sports should be fun and accessible to all kids regardless of background, experience, or ability.We welcome new volunteers!Our goal is for kids across Milton to have fun playing sports together in a supportive environment where they can meet new friends.

______

SUPERINTENDENT SHOUTOUT

Congratulations to Elaine Moore, Milton High School’s Kitchen Manager, who recently won the MHS Staff Vision Award!

 A Vision Award is given to students and staff who embody one or more of the following criteria:

  • Applies critical thinking
  • Utilizes technology to engage, explore, evaluate the community, nation, and world
  • Be original and innovative individually and collaboratively
  • Good citizenship, personal responsibility, and character individually and collaboratively
  • Demonstrate understanding and respect for themselves and diversity of ideas, cultures, abilities, and lifestyles in school and beyond

Mrs. Moore is more than deserving of this recognition. Many of the students have a connection with her, and she is always there for them when a student comes to talk to her even while managing a kitchen. We are very lucky to have her working in Food Service at the Milton Public Schools. Congratulations to Elaine and thank you for your work on behalf of our students and staff! 

Thank you to my blog contributors this week: Leonice Bernard, Kim Coughlin, Marti O’Keefe McKenna and Holly Concannon. 

BLOG SUBSCRIPTION: If you do not receive the Superintendent’s Weekly Update and would like to, please enter your email here to subscribe to this one weekly email.

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 January 6, 2022

December 23, 2021

To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
From: James F. Jette
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: December 23, 2021

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

As we prepare to start our winter break tomorrow, I want to thank you for your partnership during the 1st four months of this school year. The year has not been without challenges but I am pleased to say we have overall had a very successful and positive four months! Please read on for some highlights of the last week as well as some important logistical information. 

As you are likely aware, the Covid positivity rate has increased locally, in Massachusetts and throughout the US. We are committed to keeping our buildings open with full in person learning and maintaining all extra curricular activities for our students. To do this we need your support to make sure our students remain masked in school and other public places, as well as follow all Covid safety recommendations. If you and your family have not been vaccinated (or received the booster ) yet, please consider doing so for your own health as well as the safety of our MPS community. We must continue to Protect the Paw to keep our students and staff safely in school. 

Our approach to snow days will be shifting a bit in the coming weeks. At this point, we anticipate that if there is inclement weather and school is cancelled for the day, it will be a traditional snow day: our buildings will be closed, there will be no remote learning and the day will be made up in June. Depending on the number of snow days we have this year, we may revisit this approach and will keep you updated if that happens. In the meantime, if we have a snow day, I hope your children take advantage of the day with extra sleep, catching up on school work, helping around the house, enjoying family time and having fun outside with friends. 

Thank you to all who participated in and attended the Courageous Conversations toward Racial Justice virtual forum last week, Milton Community Conversation: Healing after Racial Incidents. It was a productive and worthwhile ninety minutes for our Milton community. The recording can be found at this link. 

Each day in the week leading up to Winter Break, our MHS musicians and singers entertain us upon arrival with a selection of songs. You can see and hear a bit of the music magic below!

As a reminder, December  24 – January 2 is MPS Winter Break and classes resume on Monday, January 3. There are three major holidays over the next ten days. If you celebrate Christmas, I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and if your family celebrates Kwanzaa, I wish you a Happy Kwanzaa. To all in our MPS community, I wish a relaxing and safe winter break and a happy and healthy New Year! 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE 

The next regular Milton School Committee meeting is on January 6, 2022 at 7pm.  All information about attending School Committee meetings can be found on the Town of Milton webpage under School Committee. 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.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

The Milton Health Department is hosting more Moderna Booster Clinics. The FDA has approved that individuals can mix and match 1st and 2nd doses series with boosters. If you had Pfizer or the J&J vaccine, you can still receive a Moderna booster vaccine. Clinics are BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. 

You are eligible for a booster vaccine if you have completed your Pfizer or Moderna vaccination series and are 6 months from the last vaccine administration or are 2 months out from receiving the J&J vaccine. The Moderna vaccine is for 18+. All information and links to register can be found on the Town of Milton website. 

______

The Town of Milton is hosting free, drive-thru COVID testing days on Sunday, December 26, Sunday, January 2 and Sunday, January 9 from 10am-3pm at the DPW yard at 629 Randolph Avenue.  All are welcome.

______

For the time period of Thursday, December 16 – Wednesday, December 22, MPS had 29 positive student cases, and 7 positive staff cases. Many of the resulting close contacts from these positives were able to remain in school without interruption due to the Test and Stay program. If you have not yet signed your child up, you can opt in at this link. Superintendent Jette’s September 9, 2021 letter about the Test and Stay Program can be found here.

All health and safety information can be found on our Health Services website

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES 

  • Dec 24 – Jan 2 Winter Break
  • Jan 3 Classes Resume 
  • Jan 5 School Committee
  • Jan 6 Preschool Information Night (Virtual) 
  • Jan 17 MLK Jr. Day No School 
  • Jan 19 School Committee
  • Jan 20 Elementary Community Conversation 

Please refer to the District-Wide Calendar of Events for times and details. The 21-22 School Year Calendar can be found here (Revised 10/27/21 to reflect updated last day of school)

_____

Join the Collicot, Cunningham, Glover and Tucker Communities for One Parent’s Journey: Talking to Young Children about Structural Racism with Dr. Kimberly Cauley-Narain.

On Thursday, January 20 at 7pm, join us virtually  to hear from Dr. Kimberly Cauley-Narain about her journey talking to her own children about structural racism. Finding no books that fit what she was looking for – she wrote a children’s book that explores structural racism in the United States: Cycle of a Dream – A Kid’s’ Introduction to Structural Racism. In the process, she integrated the broad evidence that supports talking to our preschool and elementary-aged children early and often about racism and other systems barriers that impede equitable educational, (mental) health and other experiences. Dr. Cauley-Narain will share her story and answer questions about what she has learned along the way. All details can be found here. 

This evening is conceived and hosted by the Collicot DEI Committee and sponsored by the Collicot, Cunningham, Glover and Tucker PTOs. 

Milton Public Schools families, staff, teachers and the entire Milton community are all welcome! The link to attend will be shared in January and this event will be recorded.

Please see below for important Preschool and Kindergarten dates

  • Preschool Information Night – Thursday, January 6, 2022 (Virtual)
  • Preschool Pre-registration – Thursday, January 6, 2022 – Thursday, January 27, 2022
  • Preschool Lottery if necessary – Friday, January 28, 2022
  • Kindergarten Information Night – Thursday, January 27, 2022
  • Kindergarten Pre-registration is open at this link.

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

The MHS Winter Cabaret was a tremendous success! On Tuesday evening, MHS students performed a variety of musical acts to an enthusiastic audience. Performers spent the first months of the school year preparing their acts in student run rehearsals. Students chose their own pieces to perform and many arranged or composed their music to fit their own group or solo act. Bravo to all of our performers pictured below! A big thank you to audience members who donated to our “Sponsor-A-Lesson” Program; the event raised over $700 which will directly benefit students who would like to pursue instrumental lessons. Be on the lookout for announcements regarding our Spring Cabaret! You can watch our talented students here.

______

The MHS Key Club would like to thank everyone who donated to their “Coats for Kids and Family” Coat Drive. They collected 90 coats which we donated to the program’s sponsors, Anton’s Cleaners and Jordan’s Furniture. The coats will be cleaned and distributed to social service agencies that work with people in need. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

______

Ms. Lee’s MHS students designed “Personal Patterns” in their Design Studio class by creating motifs made up of a combination of drawings representing different parts of their personalities. Students then repeated their motifs to create a personal pattern, and applied subjective colors to symbolically represent different aspects of themselves or their color preferences. You can see their designs below.

______

MHS Culinary Students created gingerbread replicas of well known Milton establishments representing East Milton, Milton Lower Mills and all of the MPS buildings. Student recreated Dunkin Donuts, The Nutshell, Playa Bowls, Kumon, Novara, Abby Park, The Fruit Center, the Lower Mills Hardware store, Stevies, The Plate, Bents (Revive), Coffee Break,  Steel  & Rye and all 6 MPS schools. Students sold their creations and the proceeds are being donated to the Milton Residents Fund. Enjoy some of the pictures below!

 

PIERCE PAGES

On December 18th, The Pierce Middle School Debate Team participated in the Lumos December Invitational Tournament. Students debated the effects of social media on democratic values in The United States. Students used the Public Forum Debate format to discuss the benefits and costs of social media. Students Isabella Alba, Tess Carroll, Adam Cheairs, Alex DeGregorio, Nailah Hazelwood, Dobie Illich, John Griffin, Penelope Jain, Sara Khan, Avery Squiciarino, Thinh Tran, and Sadie Wetzner-Crothers competed in this tournament. Nailah Hazelwood, Tess Carroll, and Sadie Wetzner-Crothers received Speaker Awards after earning distinguished scores in debate rounds. Avery Squiciarino and Sara Khan were awarded 2nd place in the tournament for their excellent record after winning multiple successive rounds. The Pierce Debate Team was thrilled to participate in this tournament after several weeks of rigorous practice and preparation, and we look forward to competing again in January.

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Check out the fun of Glover Spirit Week with this video made by Glover students Lizzie Crowell, Ava Sullivan and Elle Ryan. Nice work, girls!

Tucker collaborated this month to prepare care packages for their immigration care package drive. The donations went to the Blessing Barn in Quincy and IFSI in Mattapan. 

______

Cunningham had their second PAWSitivity Awards to celebrate students who exemplify Cunningham’s core tenets of being Respectful, Responsible and Safe. During the assembly, students from each homeroom were recognized with Cougar Paw certificates in what is a monthly PAWSitivity Awards assembly. Ms. Hunt and Mr Foy were also recognized as the teacher recipients for their ongoing efforts to promote a Respectful, Responsible and Safe environment in her classroom. Congratulations to our winners, who can be found here.

 

______

Collicot 5th graders have been busy inventing toys and games for the Annual 5th Grade Toy Fair. Today they showed off their innovation and creativity with displays in the cafeteria and gymnasium. Many of our students in grades K-4 were able to visit the fair and all were impressed with the fun and creative toys our students designed and built.

______

For a fun winter STEM Challenge, Mrs. Miles’ Cunningham 3rd graders worked in small groups with the use of just 2 materials: sugar cubes + frosting. The challenge was to use these 2 materials in order to create a sturdy igloo. All groups succeeded and lots of fun was had!

SPECIAL EDUCATION 

Administrator for Pupil Personnel Services, Sue Maselli shares her most recent newsletter at this link.  This newsletter has information about staffing updates, PD opportunities, and the new MPS Restorative Justice Coach. 

FAMILY RESOURCES 

In an effort to support and foster a strong home-school connection MPS knows that families may sometimes need resources for their children and family beyond the classroom.  In addition to the Milton Public School Resource Guide we will be highlighting local community resources families may find beneficial in our Family Resource Newsletter.  If you need additional assistance please don’t hesitate to reach out to Marti O’Keefe McKenna, MPS Family Outreach Liaison at 617-980-7343 or by email at mmckenna@miltonps.org.  All calls and emails are confidential. 

ATHLETICS

The entire Athletic Department is excited for the first Annual “Derrick Snowden Memorial Boys Basketball Tournament”. Derrick Snowden was the voice of Milton Football and Basketball for over 30 years. A 1989 Graduate of Milton High, Derrick tragically and unexpectedly passed away in March of 2020. He was beloved and is truly missed by the entire Milton Community, especially within our Athletic Department.

  • Tuesday, December 28th: 5:15PM – Norwood v Walpole; 7:00PM – Dedham v Milton
  • Wednesday, December 29th: 5:15PM – Consolation Game; 7:00PM – Championship Game

Tickets are $5 for students and adults. All spectators must be masked at all times.

On New Years Day, join the MHS Girls Varsity Hockey Team for Skate with ‘CATS. 

COMMUNITY NEWS

Chess with Mr. Vigorito is back in person at the Milton Library and Milton High School!

International Chess Master David Vigorito has been teaching chess in Milton for over 10 years. He has taught at all 4 elementary schools as well as Milton Academy and St. Agatha’s. Classes begin January 10th! All details and registration info can be found here. 

_____

Milton Parks and Rec  – Intro to Recreational Irish Step!

This is a non-competitive program open to Milton elementary school students in grades K-3. The program will be held on Thursday nights at Cunningham Hall (located at 75 Edge Hill Rd.)
Registration (linked here) is open.  All details can be found here. 

______

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

From January 1 to January 31, Milton Public Library is participating in Beanstack’s Fifth Annual Winter Reading Challenge, sponsored by Lerner Publishing Group. “Read for a Better World” encourages readers of all ages to explore diversity, empathy, and action through literature. We challenge our patrons to read at least 10 books during the month and keep track of their reading on our Beanstack site. All ages are welcome to participate! Pre-register today at miltonlibrary.beanstack.org . Happy reading, Milton!

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

______

Youth Recreational Bowling, January 13th – March 31st

Milton Sports for All, a recreational, inclusive sports program, is offering candle-pin bowling this winter at Cunningham Hall. All detail

Milton Sports for All is a volunteer group of parents and community members who believe that sports should be fun and accessible to all kids regardless of background, experience, or ability.We welcome new volunteers!Our goal is for kids across Milton to have fun playing sports together in a supportive environment where they can meet new friends.

______

Milton Soccer: Registration is now open for our spring 2022 soccer programs.  Please visit our Milton Soccer website for more information or use this link to register.  The deadline to register is January 7 (on January 8 waitlist and late fees apply).

______

Registration is now open for Milton Youth Lacrosse Spring ’22 Travel Programs for boys and girls in grades 3-8.  Register now at this link.  Winter practices start on January 8th and the season starts in April. All details are at this link. 

SUPERINTENDENT SHOUTOUT

Joelle Auguste

Eleven years ago the Milton Public Schools partnered with Joelle Auguste to create an interpretation resource for MPS. At that time we were just beginning to provide translators for parent/teacher conferences and a great relationship began. Ms. Auguste also ran The Power of Families Program at Tucker School after the earthquake in Haiti when we received many Haitian families to Milton.

Over the years, Ms. Auguste and her team of interpreters have consistently created a bridge in our schools that has allowed us to create inclusive communication for all families to participate in MPS regardless of language background. Currently,  she is continuing her work for JA Interpretation and also serves in the role of Family Engagement and Comprehensive Service Manager of Universal PreK in BPS. She has been a champion of the Milton schools and her two children have attended MPS. I would like to recognize Ms. Auguste as she has been an unwavering, unsung partner of Milton Public Schools since 2010. She is an outstanding individual and community partner.

Thank you to by blog contributors this week: Taylor Miles, Joyce White, Sean Lopresti, Alyssa Buchanan, Holly Concannon, Leonice Bernard, Bernadette Butler, Kim Coughlin and Colin Faherty. 

BLOG SUBSCRIPTION: If you do not receive the Superintendent’s Weekly Update and would like to, please enter your email here to subscribe to this one weekly email.

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 December 23, 2021

December 16, 2021

To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
From: James F. Jette
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: December 16, 2021

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

There are some important events taking place in Milton tonight that I want to call your attention to. While there is some time overlap, the hope is that all who would like to can participate in some form. 

Milton High School Grade 8 Information Night starts promptly at 6:30 tonight in the Milton High School Auditorium at 25 Gile Rd. This is an opportunity for current 8th grade students and their families to tour Milton High School and to learn about MHS course offerings, academic and extracurricular programs, athletics and activities that prepare students for college and life beyond high school.  This event will be about an hour (including tour). If you are unable to attend, the presentation and a virtual tour of the building will be provided.

From 7-8:30pm, there is a virtual community forum being sponsored by Courageous Conversations Toward Racial Justice and the Milton Public Schools. Because the challenges we are facing are not isolated to Milton Public Schools, this is a community event and all Milton residents are invited to attend. You can register for the forum here. Courageous Conversations has several expert speakers that are available tonight and with the approaching holidays and busy school calendar, unfortunately, this event overlaps with 8th Grade Info Night by 30 minutes. I have asked to have the forum recorded to be accessible to all MPS families and the speakers and Courageous Conversations have graciously agreed. All details can be found here. 

Another valuable meeting planned for tonight is the monthly SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Committee) meeting. This meeting is abbreviated in order to allow people to attend the community forum above. If you are interested in attending the SEPAC meeting on Thursday, December 16, 6-7pm  , the Zoom link is here.  

Thank you to Cunningham for inviting me to your PAWsitivity Awards earlier today!

As your Superintendent, I am proud of our collective response to the challenges we have faced over the last several weeks. Our district has 4400 students, almost 3000 families and 600 staff members. Meeting the diverse needs of all of these important stakeholders is difficult and important work, and I am beyond appreciative of our teachers and staff, students, families and administrators who continue to work together to meet our challenges head on. 

Next week will be the final week of school this calendar year and it’s a full one! We are in school for four full days next week, and the last day of school is Thursday, December 23. Before the break, join us at MHS on December 21 for the MHS Cabaret at 6:30 PM in the MHS Auditorium – a great night of music from our students and staff! Enjoy a talent packed variety show of musical acts including our Christmas Carolers, Pretty Sharp, A Cappella ensemble, Little Big Band, Flute Choir, solos, duets and small bands all directed by our very own MHS music students. There is a $5 donation requested at the door which will support our “Sponsor-A-Lesson” initiative. You don’t want to miss this show!

The MHS Key Club is holding a Coat Drive this Saturday December 18, 2021 from 9am -12pm 
in front of Milton High School. Students will be collecting rain or shine. All new or gently used coats will be donated to the “Coats for Kids and Families” Program sponsored by Jordan’s Furniture and Anton Cleaners. Thank you for your support. 

As a reminder, December  24 – January  2 is MPS Winter Break and classes resume on Monday, January 3. 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE 

The next regular Milton School Committee meeting is on January 6, 2022 at 7pm.  All information about attending School Committee meetings can be found on the Town of Milton webpage under School Committee. 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.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

The Milton Health Department is hosting more Moderna Booster Clinics. The FDA has approved that individuals can mix and match 1st and 2nd doses series with boosters. If you had Pfizer or the J&J vaccine, you can still receive a Moderna booster vaccine. Clinics are BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. We hope you will join us!

You are eligible for a booster vaccine if you have completed your Pfizer or Moderna vaccination series and are 6 months from the last vaccine administration or are 2 months out from receiving the J&J vaccine. All information and links to register can be found on the Town of Milton website. 

______

The Town of Milton is hosting free, drive-thru COVID testing days on Sunday, December 19 and Sunday, December 26 from 10am-3pm at the DPW yard at 629 Randolph Avenue.  All are welcome

______

For the time period of Thursday, December 9 – Wednesday, December 15, MPS had 20 positive student cases, and 1 positive staff cases. Many of the resulting close contacts from these positives were able to remain in school without interruption due to the Test and Stay program. If you have not yet signed your child up, you can opt in at this link. Superintendent Jette’s September 9, 2021 letter about the Test and Stay Program can be found here.

All health and safety information can be found on our Health Services website

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES 

  • Dec 16 MHS Information Night 
  • Dec 16 Courageous Conversations Forum
  • Dec 21 MHS Cabaret 
  • Dec 24 – Jan 2 Winter Break
  • Jan 3 Classes Resume 
  • Jan 6 Preschool Information Night (Virtual) 

Please refer to the District-Wide Calendar of Events for times and details. The 21-22 School Year Calendar can be found here (Revised 10/27/21 to reflect updated last day of school)

_____

Please see below for important Preschool and Kindergarten dates

  • Preschool Information Night – Thursday, January 6, 2022 (Virtual)
  • Preschool Pre-registration – Thursday, January 6, 2022 – Thursday, January 27, 2022
  • Preschool Lottery if necessary – Friday, January 28, 2022
  • Kindergarten Information Night – Thursday, January 27, 2022
  • Kindergarten Pre-registration – Begins Monday, December 13, 2021. This link to pre-register is live. 

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

Recently, the MHS Debate Team debated in the Princeton University National Tournament. Participants came from all over the United States and Canada to compete. There were over 300 participants in the Novice Tournament and Tucker Korman and Sam Boucher were Octo Finalists at the novice level and placed 11th overall. This was an incredible feat for our small team. Congratulations to Tucker and Sam! 

 

PIERCE PAGES

Recognizing Positive Community Members: Each month at Pierce, we recognize students who demonstrate the values of safety, responsibility, respect, and kindness. Teachers nominate students and one student from each grade is selected by Pierce’s culture and behavior committee. Please join us in congratulating Travis Chen, Avery Squiciarino, and Vivian O’Neil who were honored for the month of November!

______

It was wonderful to see our community come together to cheer on our Pierce Middle School Ensembles from 6th, 7th and 8th grade, returning on stage for a long awaited Winter Concert 2021, after a long hiatus.

A big shout out to Dawn Sykes (Chorus Director), Debra Miller(District Orchestra Director) and Guillermo Ortiz (Band Director) for guiding our students to this excellent performance. Special thanks to Gingy Grimes for accompanying on the piano.

The excitement was palpable, our students are so talented and their diligence shined  – we are so proud of them. Well done!

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Mrs. Walsh’s Cunningham 2nd graders are giving back this holiday season. As part of Unit 4 Reach for Reading: Lending a Hand, students are doing good deeds and spreading kindness in their neighborhood and community. Students have picked up trash at Turner’s Pond, delivered cookies to the Milton Fire Department, sent treats into the staff at Brigham and Women’s,  delivered surprises to neighbors and more.

______

Tucker students in first and second grade looked at artist Ted Harrison for inspiration for these beautiful textured polar bears. Ted Harrison (1925-2015) was born in England, but relocated to Northern Canada in 1967, where he became inspired by his surroundings to paint the landscape of the Yukon. His artwork is easily recognizable for his bright, contrasting color palettes and swirling, whimsical lines. Harrison also was known for illustrating children’s books. Our students did a wonderful job on their versions below.

______

Last Call For December Vacation Camp!  Camp is for Kindergarten – 5th grade  and will take place Monday, December 27 to Thursday, December 30  from 8:30am to 3:30 pm at Cunningham/Collicot. Tuition is $250.00 for all 4 days.  The deadline for registration and payment is tomorrow, December 17. For registration and payment, please visit the MCS website. Contact Milton Community Schools at mcs@miltonps.org with any questions.

FOOD SERVICE

On  Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, MHS students can visit our made to order deli bar. We use Old Neighborhood low fat and low sodium deli meat to assure your children are eating the healthiest deli meat including a variety of meats such as turkey, roast beef, and buffalo chicken.  Add in our assorted whole grain breads and fresh vegetables for toppings and you’ve got a terrific sandwich! A visit to the deli bar counts as one free lunch, which all students are entitled to every day. 

Do you need flexibility and want to work the same hours your children are in school? Food Service is hiring substitute positions for $17.28 an hour. Please contact Jackie Morgan at jmorgan@miltonps.org if you are interested. 

For more recipes and updates, follow us on Instagram at @miltonfoodservice or on Facebook at Milton School Food Service. All lunch menus can be found here.

FAMILY RESOURCES 

In an effort to support and foster a strong home-school connection MPS knows that families may sometimes need resources for their children and family beyond the classroom.  In addition to the Milton Public School Resource Guide we will be highlighting local community resources families may find beneficial in our Family Resource Newsletter.  If you need additional assistance please don’t hesitate to reach out to Marti O’Keefe McKenna, MPS Family Outreach Liaison at 617-980-7343 or by email at mmckenna@miltonps.org.  All calls and emails are confidential. 

SEPAC

The Milton Special Education Parent Advisory Council (Milton SEPAC) shares the following information. 

ParticipateYouth Recreational Bowling, January 13th – March 31st

Milton Sports for All, a recreational, inclusive sports program, is offering candle-pin bowling this winter at Cunningham Hall.

The program is open to kids in grades 4 – 8 who reside in Milton. Bowling will happen on Thursdays from January 13 through March 31 from 4:30-5:15 for grades 4 and 5 and from 5:30- 6:15 for grades, 6, 7, and 8. No experience (or bowling shoes!) is necessary.Candle-pin bowling uses smaller balls which are easier for kids to bowl.

The registration fee is $20 and registration will be open until December 31.There will be a maximum of 24 kids in each time slot.Should the program be oversubscribed, participants will be selected by lottery and refunds will be given if not selected.(Please note that bowling is loud! If your child has any sensory issues, you’re welcome to send them with noise-cancelling head-phones or any other resource they might need.)

You can register on-line here for grades 4 and 5 and here for grades 6 – 8. You will be notified the week of Jan. 3 whether your child can participate in the program. Thank you and see you in the lanes!

Milton Sports for All is a volunteer group of parents and community members who believe that sports should be fun and accessible to all kids regardless of background, experience, or ability.We welcome new volunteers!Our goal is for kids across Milton to have fun playing sports together in a supportive environment where they can meet new friends.

Advocate: The next SEPAC Board meeting is TONIGHT.  This meeting is abbreviated in order to allow folks to attend the community forum on race. Thursday, December 16, 6-7pm  Zoom Link  

Educate: Advocating Over the Long Haul: Handling Stress and Staying in the Game 

MILTON FOUNDATION FOR EDUCATION

It’s the MFE’s 25th Anniversary! Help us celebrate our anniversary by joining our Annual Appeal Campaign to give $25 for 25 years.

An education from the Milton public schools is the foundation for excellence and the Milton Foundation for Education (MFE) has been helping lay those foundations for 25 years with well over 50,000 students. Help us celebrate the MFE’s 25th year by taking part in the annual giving campaign! Donations from generous supporters like you have helped fund initiatives in all six Milton schools and every dollar donated to the MFE helps spark innovation and energizes the learning experience for students and educators in Milton. Your gift, in any amount, is welcomed and appreciated. All details and the link to donate can be found here.

ATHLETICS

Congratulations to our 13 Patriot Ledger All-Scholastics!

  • Chase Vaughan (football)
  • Amari Marsman (football)
  • Isaiah Hassell (football)
  • Ben Catudel (boys golf)
  • Alec Carew (boys cross country)
  • Donovan Murray (boys cross country)
  • Christina Sullivan (girls cross country)
  • Norah Affanato (girls cross country)
  • Christopher Roden (boys soccer)
  • Justin Gomes (boys soccer)
  • Nora Walsh (field hockey)
  • Katie Eckardt (girls volleyball)
  • Molly Shea (girls volleyball)
  • Sophia Manning (girls volleyball)

Our Winter Season is officially underway. Please take a look at schedules posted on our website.

COMMUNITY NEWS

Milton Parks and Rec  – Intro to Recreational Irish Step!

This is a non-competitive program open to Milton elementary school students in grades K-3. The program will be held on Thursday nights at Cunningham Hall (located at 75 Edge Hill Rd.)
Registration (linked here) will be available on December 15th at noon.  All details can be found here. 

______

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

Join the MPL’s Winter Reading Challenge during the month of January!

From January 1 to January 31, Milton Public Library is participating in Beanstack’s Fifth Annual Winter Reading Challenge, sponsored by Lerner Publishing Group. “Read for a Better World” encourages readers of all ages to explore diversity, empathy, and action through literature. We challenge our patrons to read at least 10 books during the month and keep track of their reading on our Beanstack site. All ages are welcome to participate! Pre-register today at miltonlibrary.beanstack.org . Happy reading, Milton!

______

High school students are invited to attend the next Milton Minds Matter meeting – Tuesday, December 21st, 7pm at the Wildcat Den.  Join us for fun activities while learning about reducing stress from your peers.  Milton Minds Matter is a community-based, youth led, chapter of Our Minds Matter, a national organization that is working toward a day when no teen dies from suicide through help seeking, social connectedness, self-care and healthy habits, and pro-social skills. 

______

Learning Through Play Preschool Playgroup Series: Was your child’s preschool opportunity prevented or interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic? The Milton Early Childhood Alliance is offering a FREE 8-week Preschool Playgroup Series which may work for you. We will meet on Saturdays, January 8 through February 26, 2022 from 10:00-11:30 am at 101 Blue Hills Pkwy. in Milton. This program is for children who are 3 and 4 years old with their parent/guardian. It will be facilitated by Dotty Alexander, Ed.D., Professor of Education at Curry College and will focus on language, social/emotional, and fine and gross motor skills. Completion of the Ages & Stages questionnaire will be required and the pre-registration link is here. . This program has limited space, so we ask that you commit to attending all 8 sessions. This program is funded through the Beth Israel Deaconess-Milton Community Health Grant. Please email cpcmecasLd@verizon.net with questions.

______

Milton Soccer: Registration is now open for our spring 2022 soccer programs.  Please visit our Milton Soccer website for more information or use this link to register.  The deadline to register is January 7 (on January 8 waitlist and late fees apply).

______

Registration is now open for Milton Youth Lacrosse Spring ’22 Travel Programs for boys and girls in grades 3-8.  Register now at this link.  Winter practices start on January 8th and the season starts in April. All details are at this link. 

Thank you to by blog contributors this week: Anneka Cheema, Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Tanya Walsh, Jess Gillooly, Kathleen Kelley, Kim Coughlin, and Bill Fish. 

BLOG SUBSCRIPTION: If you do not receive the Superintendent’s Weekly Update and would like to, please enter your email here to subscribe to this one weekly email.

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 December 16, 2021

December 9, 2021

To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
From: James F. Jette
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: December 9, 2021

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

As many of you know, this has been a challenging week in the Milton Public Schools. Yesterday, we implemented a lockdown at Pierce Middle School after it was brought to the attention of the Pierce Administration that a student saw an adult in the building who “may have had a weapon.” Anytime there is suspicion of a weapon in the building, we take it very seriously and must act accordingly. As a result, we initiated a lockdown. Pierce Administration and Milton Police worked quickly to investigate the matter and within approximately 27 minutes the matter was resolved. The student actually saw a staff member, while on break, pull out a cell phone charger which the student thought was a weapon. 

After the tragic events in Oxford, Michigan just 9 days ago, students and staff are understandably on edge. I applaud this student for speaking up when they thought they saw something concerning. The staff member who had the cell phone charger also did nothing wrong and felt terrible that their innocent actions contributed to yesterday’s events. I also am thankful that our students and staff followed the safety procedures that we practice each year and am grateful to the Milton Police Department for their swift and thorough response. 

While we will always work to notify families as quickly as possible in an emergency, our number one priority in that moment is the safety of all students and staff. In the age of cell phones, it is not only possible, but likely probable, that you will hear of events from your children before we can notify you. Going forward, in the case of an emergency, we will also push out a text to all numbers in the MPS system. Because texting has limited capabilities with character limits, this text will alert you to check your email and the MPS website for further details and updates. Not every text will signify an emergency. In the past we have used texts for snow days and occasional important communications and we will continue to use text alerts in that manner. 

On Tuesday night, I was appreciative of the almost 170 Pierce parents and guardians who joined me on a call to discuss two incidents of racially charged graffiti and language, the district’s response, and steps forward for the community as a whole. We had a productive and fruitful conversation. I was also happy to meet with the 6 parents and guardians who joined me for my 3rd informal (1st virtual) coffee this week. While only 30 minutes, it allowed me time to connect one on one with anyone who had a question or concern. Thank you to the parent who suggested that we implement text notifications when we need to send urgent information. That was a good reminder that not everyone checks their email regularly, and as stated above, we will more regularly incorporate texting for time sensitive information. 

Both of these situations sadly represent the times that we are in – in Milton, in Massachusetts and throughout the United States. Hate speech is problematic across the country and school violence is a terrible and unfortunate reality, as we are all aware. As a school district we are constantly and routinely adapting and learning as we work to keep our students and staff safe, learning and hopefully, thriving. Thank you to the entire MPS and Milton community for your ongoing support and partnership on this very important work to benefit of each and every one of our Milton Public Schools students and staff. 

There are other things that represent the times that we are in and I want to be sure to highlight them, as we do each week, in my blog below. This week our students collected gifts for our holiday gift drive, participated in a concert at Milton High School, began practices for the winter athletic season, were inducted into the National Honor Society, visited the Book Fair, created beautiful art and so much more as they enjoyed full and robust days of school in each of our 6 Milton Public Schools. It is too easy to focus only on the difficult and challenging but we must always also acknowledge and celebrate the everyday joy that is present.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE 

The next regular Milton School Committee meeting is on December 15, 2021 at 7pm.  All information about attending School Committee meetings can be found on the Town of Milton webpage under School Committee. 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.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

The Milton Health Department is hosting two more COVID-19 MODERNA Booster Clinics in the Town Hall basement on December 15 and 16. Clinics are held from 1-4pm and you must register – no walk ins allowed.

You are eligible for a booster vaccine if you have completed your Pfizer or Moderna vaccination series and are 6 months from the last vaccine administration or are 2 months out from receiving the J&J vaccine. All information and links to register can be found on the Town of Milton website. 

______

The Town of Milton is hosting a free, drive-thru COVID testing days on Sunday, December 19 and Sunday, December 26 from 10am-3pm at the DPW yard at 629 Randolph Avenue.  All are welcome.

______

Recently, the federal government gave Pfizer’s pediatric COVID 19 vaccine for ages 5-11 final approval and doses are now available in Massachusetts. The state will be updating the their website as new vaccination sites become available.  The Vaxfinder tool can be used along with links to retail pharmacies  CVS’s scheduling site or Walgreens’ scheduling site to schedule appointments. Manet Community Health Center  is also an option for pediatric patients. 

______

For the time period of Thursday, December 2 – Wednesday, December 8, MPS had 17  positive student cases, and 2 positive staff cases. Many of the resulting close contacts from these positives were able to remain in school without interruption due to the Test and Stay program. If you have not yet signed your child up, you can opt in at this link. Superintendent Jette’s September 9, 2021 letter about the Test and Stay Program can be found here.

All health and safety information can be found on our Health Services website

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES 

  • Dec 9 MHS Post Secondary Planning Night – TONIGHT
  • Dec 9 Early Release Date K-12 (PT Conf Gr K-5 only)
  • Dec 14 Pierce Winter Concert
  • Dec 16 MHS Information Night 
  • Dec 21 MHS Cabaret 
  • Dec 24 – Jan 2 Winter Break
  • Jan 3 Classes Resume 

Please refer to the District-Wide Calendar of Events for times and details. The 21-22 School Year Calendar can be found here (Revised 10/27/21 to reflect updated last day of school)

Throughout the school year, members of our MPS community celebrate and observe various religious holidays. We adjust homework expectations as needed as you can see in the document linked here. If there is a religious holiday that we have missed, please email Superintendent James Jette or Senior Director of Education Equity Somaly Prak-Martins

______

TONIGHT: Please join the Milton High School Guidance Counselors  for their annual Post Secondary Planning night, at Milton High on  Thursday, December 9 at 6:15 pm in the MHS Auditorium. The following topics will be presented in order to help you and your child successfully navigate their post secondary decisions:

  • Financial Aid –  How to pay for College
  • Standardized Testing –  Standardized Tests: The SAT vs The ACT
  • College Admissions – An Insider View
  • College Athletics – From Intramural to Division I Sports
  • Overview of the College Application Process – Milton High Procedures
  • Naviance 101

Representatives from Emmanuel College Admissions, Bridgewater State University, Summit Educational Group, “Strategies for College” and Milton High School staff will be running these 6 sessions. After a brief introduction in the auditorium, each session will run four times, in 25 minute intervals. Students & Parents/Guardians are invited to attend up to four sessions between 6:30 and 8:30 pm. This workshop is open to all parents/guardians & students in grades 8 through 12.  Masks are required in the building.   

While this night is geared towards students exploring college as a post MHS option, if your child is interested in learning a trade or interested in the military after graduation, I encourage you to have them connect with their guidance counselor for additional resources. 

______

Milton High School Grade 8 Information Night: Please join us on Thursday, December 16 at 6:30pm in the Milton High School Auditorium (25 Gile Rd) for an opportunity to learn about Milton High School course offerings, academic and extracurricular programs, athletics and activities that prepare students for college and life beyond high school. Current 8th grade students, parents and guardians are invited to attend this informational session and tour of Milton High School. If unable to attend, the presentation and a virtual tour of the building will be provided.

_____

Please see below for important Preschool and Kindergarten dates. 

  • Preschool Information Night – Thursday, January 6, 2022
  • Preschool Pre-registration – Thursday, January 6, 2022 – Thursday, January 27, 2022
  • Preschool Lottery if necessary – Friday, January 28, 2022
  • Kindergarten Information Night – Thursday, January 27, 2022
  • Kindergarten Pre-registration – Begins Monday, December 13, 2021. This link to pre-register will be live on December 13. 

MPS GIVES BACK 

The MPS 2021 Holiday Giving Drive organized by our PTOs will run from December 6th-9th in our schools. For the holiday season, the Milton Public Schools has partnered with My Brother’s Keeper and the Milton Residents Fund to ensure all Milton families in need have a wonderful holiday season.

Support and shop with a local business while supporting the toy drive! Shop in-person, online, or over the phone with The Toy Chest in East Milton Square or The Toy Box (owned by an MPS family) in Hanover. 

Bring your new, unwrapped item(s) to one of the collection boxes in the lobby of any of the elementary schools between Monday, December 6 – Thursday, December 9. Thank you for helping us make the Holiday Season a little bright for our neighbors!

Pierce Families Helping Families Holiday Program: Each year our guidance counselors identify Pierce families in need and collect gift cards to be distributed to them for the holidays. This program, Families Helping Families, provides an opportunity for your family to bring a little bit of holiday spirit to another family at Pierce Middle School in an anonymous and quiet way.

If you are interested in supporting this effort, please bring your gift card donation to the main office at Pierce Middle School by December 12th and deposit it in the sealed box. We recommend gift cards to Star Market, Shaws, Stop and Shop, Target and Old Navy but will, of course, accept and pass on gift cards from all stores. Our guidance staff will make sure that these gift cards find their way to Pierce families in need this holiday season.

 

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

Congratulations to our MHS students who were inducted into the National Honor Society this week! NHS students must uphold the four pillars of NHS: leadership, scholarship, service and character. Members of the National Honor Society are expected to act as leaders and role models in the Milton High School community, both academically and through their personal responsibilities. Please join me in congratulating these outstanding students!

______

The sheer joy of having our MHS music students on the stage since 2019 was immense yesterday. It was a fantastic performance by our students and some moments truly exceeded practice runs. We applaud our ensembles for their hard work and a big shout out to Rebecca Damiani (Band and Jazz Director), Julia Hanna (Choral Director) and Debra Miller(District Orchestra Director) for guiding our students to this excellent performance. It was great to see our community to be able to come together to celebrate our talented youth. Thanks to Milton Access TV, you can watch a recording of the concert here. We are so proud of our student musicians – well done! Thank you to our student photographers for the pictures below.

______

This week, MHS Computer Science students organized events for CS Ed Week.  Students hosted a CS Ed Week day at the library and Pierce students were able to visit 7 different stations and learn about binary, decoding, computer hardware, matrices, and algorithms.  Teams of MHS students visited 5th graders and presented on Computer Science principles, gave them a chance to code and then answered lots of questions about CS. At MHS,  students participated in a scavenger hunt, typing contests, viewed posters around the building and had  presentations on CS in art classes. Check out the CS Ed Week @ Milton website to see more details.

______

A Note from MHS Guidance: MassEdCO is hosting several virtual FAFSA Pop-Up Saturdays to help students and families complete their applications. Financial Aid experts will be available to provide one-on-one assistance on any of the dates available, and bilingual assistance will be offered in Spanish, Mandarin, Nepali, and Hindi. Register at this link.  All details can be found here. 

 

PIERCE PAGES

The Milton Historical Society generously hosted students from Ms. Hartgering’s classes recently. Students read a book where the main character uses a Historical Society for research, and the students learned a great deal from our visit to the Suffolk Resolves House. They got an in-depth explanation of Milton’s amazing history and were able to examine objects and archives such as maps and newspapers. We’re so grateful to the Historical Society and to the Milton Police Department for providing transportation.

Come hear us next Tuesday at MHS!

_______

Pierce Winter Concert: The Pierce Middle School Music Department is excited to present our first live performance since December 2019! Please join us in the MHS auditorium on Tuesday, December 14th at 6:30 p.m. for an evening of music by our school performing ensembles. We are excited to be back on stage and you don’t want to miss it! 

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Mrs. Bernini’s Collicot and Cunningham 5th grade art students are wrapping up a Native American Tunic project inspired by the story Ancient Thunder by Leo Yerxa. Students learned how Native Americans used animal hide to create clothing. Students used brown butcher paper to create their tunics and crumbled the paper to add texture. Using symmetry, students designed their own tunic shape and applied chalk pastel for their initial background colors. They used the book for inspiration and brainstormed a scene for their tunics. Students then drew their design onto the tunic and painted their scene with tempera paints. The final step was cutting yarn to add tassels to the bottom and sleeves of their tunics. Well done!

______

Glover kindergarten scientists were busy this week in Mrs. Kates’ class! In celebration of Computer Science Education Week, kindergartners participated in a partner activity with one student taking on the role of computer programmer while the other was the robot. In addition to this “unplugged” activity, students enjoyed games like Code-a pillar on the classroom ipads. CSEdWeek is an annual call to action to inspire K-12 students to learn computer science, advocate for equity in computer science education, and celebrate the contributions of students, teachers, and partners to the field. Visit www.code.org for more information about this annual campaign.

Our kindergarteners were also busy observing and recording the weather. By monitoring local weather, students experience the patterns and variations in weather and come to understand the importance of weather forecasts to prepare for severe weather. Scientists made their own windsocks and then went outside to investigate wind speed and direction. The Full Option Science System™ (FOSS) philosophy is to engage students in science through active learning. Every FOSS investigation involves active investigation, including outdoor experiences and recording in science notebooks to answer focus questions.

______

New books for the win!

The Scholastic Book Fair has arrived at Tucker Elementary! Students visited the fair this week, created wish lists and practiced their math skills at the cash register. Students were so excited for the return of the book fair: one 4th grader said, “This is beautiful! I could barely sleep last night!” and a pre-k student said, “I feel like I’ve been waiting my whole life to get this book.”

A sincere thank you to all the families who supported the fair and to all of the Tucker staff who helped with logistics, including Mrs. Keaney, Mr. Bacon, Mr. Barbosa, Mrs. Mallory, Mr. Coben and Dr. McNeil-Girmai. A very special thank you to the volunteers who made the fair possible: Leslie McCarthy, Dorothy Greene, Sarah Myrie, John Flakes, Rebekah Louis, Meena Tondravi, Kaley Patterson, Lori Goode, Amy McLaughlin, Andrea Robert, Jason Arenburg, Liz Tisei and Kim Carlozzi.

______

Sign up now for MCS December Vacation Camp! Camp runs December 27-30 from 8:30 am-3:30 pm at Collicot/Cunningham Schools. Tuition is $250.00 4 days (Daily registrations are not accepted). Camp is for students in grades K-5. Registration at this link by December 17. 

SPECIAL EDUCATION 

Administrator for Pupil Personnel Services, Sue Maselli shares her  latest newsletter at this link. This newsletter has information about preschool music therapy, Literacy Coach updates, the return of Celebrating our Differences and a Milton Youth Bowling program.

FOOD SERVICE

Try at zucchini fry at MHS or Pierce.

Food Service’s Dietetic Intern Michaela created a new menu item and offered samples to students. After rave reviews, coming soon to the MHS  and Pierce lunch menu this December… baked zucchini fries! A twist on the traditional French fry, zucchini fries are zucchini sticks that are baked in a parmesan bread crumb coating. If you want to try this recipe, check it out on our blog linked here. For more recipes and updates, follow us on Instagram at @miltonfoodservice or on Facebook at Milton School Food Service. All lunch menus can be found here.

FAMILY RESOURCES 

For grandparents who are raising their grandchildren, the Commission on the Status of Grandparents raising Grandchildren has added a new virtual workshop.  Wellness and Self-Care for the Caregiver will meet via zoom on 12/13 at 7:30pm and 12/14 at 9:00am. Details on how to join can be found  here.  The Quincy Family Resource Center has also published their December group calendar. Details can be found here.

In an effort to support and foster a strong home-school connection MPS knows that families may sometimes need resources for their children and family beyond the classroom.  In addition to the Milton Public School Resource Guide we will be highlighting local community resources families may find beneficial in our Family Resource Newsletter.  If you need additional assistance please don’t hesitate to reach out to Marti O’Keefe McKenna, MPS Family Outreach Liaison at 617-980-7343 or by email at mmckenna@miltonps.org.  All calls and emails are confidential. 

SEPAC

The Milton Special Education Parent Advisory Council (Milton SEPAC) shares the following information. 

ParticipateWe installed our new board on November 16 and got right to work. We now have 14 members of our board, with many schools having at least two reps representing all the schools across the district. 

Advocate: The next SEPAC board meeting will be held on Thursday, December 16, 6:30 -8:30 Zoom Link at which we will be finalizing vision and goals for 2022. Please reach out to your school reps with issues and concerns you would like to see addressed this year, and, of course, attend the meeting as well to join discussions and have your voice heard. 

Educate: Check out the newly-updated Resources page on our SEPAC website.  We hope it has a lot of good information, resources, and tools for parents and families. Please reach out to us at miltonsepac@gmail.com if you have any feedback.   

ART AND MUSIC

Looking for an easy and healthy holiday gift idea? Support the Milton Music Department by ordering from our online fruit fundraiser anytime between now and December 12th! Gift boxes or crates of fresh fruit are guaranteed to ship directly to the recipient in time for Christmas! Whether you’re shopping for yourself, your family, colleagues, neighbors, or friends, these delicious gift boxes are sure to be a hit! Use the QR code below or visit this link to order through our website. The sale closes on December 12th, so don’t delay in ordering. 

MILTON FOUNDATION FOR EDUCATION

It’s the MFE’s 25th Anniversary! Help us celebrate our anniversary by joining our Annual Appeal Campaign to give $25 for 25 years.

An education from the Milton public schools is the foundation for excellence and the Milton Foundation for Education (MFE) has been helping lay those foundations for 25 years with well over 50, 000 students. Help us celebrate the MFE’s 25th year by taking part in the annual giving campaign. Donations from generous supporters like you have helped fund initiatives in all six Milton schools and every dollar donated to the MFE helps spark innovation and energizes the learning experience for students and educators in Milton. Your gift, in any amount, is welcomed and appreciated! All details and the link to donate can be found here.

 

ATHLETICS

Congratulations to Sophia!

Sophia Manning signed her Division I Letter of Intent  to Temple University for Women’s Rowing on Monday! Congratulations to all four students who signed their Letters of Intent.

  • Norah Affanato, Loyola University Maryland, Cross Country & Track
  • Charlie Walker, Northeastern University, Baseball
  • Brian Foley, UMass Lowell, Baseball
  • Sophia Manning, Temple University, Crew

Winter sports are underway and we are excited to have a full complement of games this Winter Season! There are no capacity limits or social distancing requirements but ALL students, coaches and spectators MUST be masked when in the school building. Spectators must follow posted site policies for Ulin Rink or opposing venues, including rinks and gymnasiums.

COMMUNITY NEWS

On Saturday, December 11, join the fun for the Milton Holiday Stroll! The MHS Boosters and the Pierce, Tucker and Cunningham PTOs will be at Steel and Rye to help with all of your MPS swag needs!

______

Milton Access TV will air the Memorial Tree Program live on their public channel (Comcast 9/RCN 13) on local cable in Milton at 7pm on Friday, December 10. The lights on the Memorial Tree will be turned on and the names of all remembered will be read at the gazebo in front of the Town Hall and MPS students will be singing during the ceremony. You  can also access a live stream at this link or watch on the MATV Facebook page.

______

Milton Parks and Rec  – Intro to Recreational Irish Step!

This is a non-competitive program open to Milton elementary school students in grades K-3. The program will be held on Thursday nights at Cunningham Hall (located at 75 Edge Hill Rd.)
Registration (linked here) will be available on December 15th at noon.  All details can be found here. 

______

The Milton Public Library’s  December calendar can be found here. 

Please join us on Saturday, December 11 between 10am and 4pm for a holiday favorite: the MPL’s annual Life-Size Candyland game! Kids, see if you can beat your parents to the Candy Castle to rescue King Kandy, while at the same time practicing counting and color recognition. For all ages; children must be accompanied by an adult in order to play. Registration is required and timed entry is available. Sign up at this link today!

To learn more and to register for programs, please visit the MPL website. Please see below for details on two upcoming book sales. 

______

Youth Recreational Bowling:  January 13th – March 31st

Milton Sports for All, a recreational, inclusive sports program, is offering candle-pin bowling this winter at Cunningham Hall.  

The program is open to kids in grades 4 – 8 who reside in Milton.  Bowling will happen on Thursdays from January 13th through March 31st— from 4:30 – 5:15 for grades 4 and 5 and from 5:30 – 6:15 for grades, 6, 7, and 8.  No experience (or bowling shoes!) is necessary.  Candle-pin bowling uses smaller balls which are easier for kids to bowl. 

The registration fee is $20 and registration will be open from Dec. 13th – Dec. 31st.  There will be a maximum of 24 kids in each time slot.  Should the program be oversubscribed, participants will be selected by lottery and refunds will be given if not selected.  (Please note that bowling is loud!  If your child has any sensory issues, you’re welcome to send them with noise-cancelling head-phones or any other resource they might need.)  

Beginning Dec. 13th, you can register on-line here for grades 4 and 5 and here for grades 6 – 8.  You will be notified the week of Jan. 3rd whether your child can participate in the program.  Thank you and see you in the lanes!

Milton Sports for All is a volunteer group of parents and community members who believe that sports should be fun and accessible to all kids regardless of background, experience, or ability.  We welcome new volunteers!  Our goal is for kids across Milton to have fun playing sports together in a supportive environment where they can meet new friends.

______

11th Hour Calling invites all to a  Stand Out & Stand Up for Climate Action, Saturday, December 11, 6-6:30 pm (Rain-date Sunday, December 12, 6-6:30 pm). Meet on the First Parish Church lawn ~ Gather round the spotlight.

Join several local organizations this weekend to demonstrate to our community that we care about the climate emergency, environmental justice, and Milton’s municipal response planning. We will ring bells, beat drums, and wave DIY posters and signs with gusto. For safety, bring flashlights or headlamps and wear light-colored or reflective clothing. For calling the alarm: bring drums, gongs, cymbals, vuvuzelas, pots, pans, 5-gal. buckets, etc. 

Spread the word: bring friends and neighbors. We welcome all ages and organizations because standing up together promotes change and purposefulness. Next stand out: Tuesday, January 11, same time and place.

______

Merry Historic Milton FamilyFest: This Saturday, December 11, from 11am -4pm, enjoy a day of festive family fun at three historic estates in Milton, Mass. 🎄

Join us for “Merry Historic Milton FamilyFest,” starting at the Eustis Estate followed by visits to Forbes House Museum and Mary May Binney Wakefield Arboretum. Each site offers a unique experience with holiday-themed activities and refreshments.For more information and to get your tickets, please visit the website.

 
______

Chess with Mr. Vigorito is back in person at the Milton Library and Milton High School!

International Chess Master David Vigorito has been teaching chess in Milton for over 10 years. He has taught at all 4 elementary schools as well as Milton Academy and St. Agatha’s. Classes begin January 10th! All details and registration info can be found here. 

______

Milton Soccer: Registration is now open for our spring 2022 soccer programs.  Please visit our Milton Soccer website for more information or use this link to register.  The deadline to register is January 7 (on January 8 waitlist and late fees apply).

______

Registration is now open for Milton Youth Lacrosse Spring ’22 Travel Programs for boys and girls in grades 3-8.  Register now at this link.  Winter practices start on January 8th and the season starts in April. All details are at this link. 

BLOG SUBSCRIPTION: If you do not receive the Superintendent’s Weekly Update and would like to, please enter your email here to subscribe to this one weekly email.

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 December 9, 2021

December 2, 2021

To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
From: James F. Jette
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: December 2, 2021

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

As the calendar turns to December, the Pierce and MHS Music Departments are excited to present their first live in person performances in almost two years! Please join them in the MHS auditorium on Tuesday, December 7th (MHS performers) at 6:30 and Tuesday, December 14th(Pierce performers) at 6:30 pm for an evening of music by our school performing ensembles. Our students are excited to be back on stage and you don’t want to miss it!

______

I hope you received my email on Monday, November 22, 2021, (with a follow up on November 30)  about quick check SEL screeners from Intellispark for students in K-12. You can read the full letter here and view the full Intellispark Student Voice Surveys  linked here (6-12), here (K-1) and here (2-5).  I encourage all parents and guardians to take a look at the screeners linked above. Compiling this information is imperative to help us develop effective interventions and supports for our students. Although we expect all students to participate in the universal SEL screener as part of the SEL curriculum in the district, if any family feels their student(s) would be better served without taking part in it, please contact your child’s principal with your child(ren)’s name, grade, and homeroom teacher if applicable to opt out by Monday, December 6th.

______

After two in person morning coffee hours this fall, I would like to invite all MPS parents and guardians to a virtual lunch hour with me on December 8 at noon.  The link to attend via Zoom is here ( Meeting ID: 994 9115 0711, Passcode: 8dwwnh) or join by phone with the one tap mobile number: +13126266799,,99491150711#,,,,*574563#.  Join me on your lunch hour, feel free to bring your lunch, as we meet informally on December 8. I look forward to seeing you then. 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE 

The next regular Milton School Committee meeting is on December 15, 2021 at 7pm.  All information about attending School Committee meetings can be found on the Town of Milton webpage under School Committee. 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.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

The Milton Health Department is hosting COVID-19 MODERNA Booster Clinics in the Town Hall basement on December 8, 9, 15, 16. Clinics are held from 1-4pm and you must register – no walk ins allowed.

You are eligible for a booster vaccine if you have completed your Pfizer or Moderna vaccination series and are 6 months from the last vaccine administration or are 2 months out from receiving the J&J vaccine. All information and links to register can be found on the Town of Milton website. 

______

The Town of Milton is hosting a free, drive-thru COVID testing day on Sunday, December 19 from 10am-3pm at the DPW yard at 629 Randolph Avenue.  All are welcome.

______

Recently, the federal government gave Pfizer’s pediatric COVID 19 vaccine for ages 5-11 final approval and doses are now available in Massachusetts. The state will be updating the their website as new vaccination sites become available.  The Vaxfinder tool can be used along with links to retail pharmacies  CVS’s scheduling site or Walgreens’ scheduling site to schedule appointments. Manet Community Health Center  is also an option for pediatric patients. 

______

For the (two week) time period of Thursday, November 18 – Wednesday, December 1, MPS had 20 positive student cases, and 6 positive staff cases. Many of the resulting close contacts from these positives were able to remain in school without interruption due to the Test and Stay program. If you have not yet signed your child up, you can opt in at this link. Superintendent Jette’s September 9, 2021 letter about the Test and Stay Program can be found here.

All health and safety information can be found on our Health Services website

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES 

  • Dec 7 MHS Winter Concert 
  • Dec 9 MHS Post Secondary Planning Night 
  • Dec 9 Early Release Date K-12 (PT Conf Gr K-5 only)
  • Dec 14 Pierce Winter Concert
  • Dec 16 MHS Information Night 
  • Dec 21 MHS Cabaret 
  • Dec 24 – Jan 2 Winter Break
  • Jan 3 Classes Resume 

Please refer to the District-Wide Calendar of Events for times and details. The 21-22 School Year Calendar can be found here (Revised 10/27/21 to reflect updated last day of school)

______

Please join the Milton High School Guidance Counselors for their annual Post Secondary Planning night, at Milton High on  Thursday, December 9 at 6:15 pm in the MHS Auditorium. The following topics will be presented in order to help you and your child successfully navigate their post secondary decisions:

  • Financial Aid –  How to pay for College
  • Standardized Testing –  Standardized Tests: The SAT vs The ACT
  • College Admissions – An Insider View
  • College Athletics – From Intramural to Division I Sports
  • Overview of the College Application Process – Milton High Procedures
  • Naviance 101

Representatives from Emmanuel College Admissions, Bridgewater State University, Summit Educational Group, “Strategies for College” and Milton High School staff will be running these 6 sessions. After a brief introduction in the auditorium, each session will run four times, in 25 minute intervals. Students & Parents/Guardians are invited to attend up to four sessions between 6:30 and 8:30 pm. This workshop is open to all parents/guardians & students in grades 8 through 12.  Masks are required in the building.   

While this night is geared towards students exploring college as a post MHS option, if your child is interested in learning a trade or interested in the military after graduation, I encourage you to have them connect with their guidance counselor for additional resources. 

______

Milton High School Grade 8 Information Night: Please join us on Thursday, December 16 at 6:30pm in the Milton High School Auditorium (25 Gile Rd) for an opportunity to learn about Milton High School course offerings, academic and extracurricular programs, athletics and activities that prepare students for college and life beyond high school. Current 8th grade students, parents and guardians are invited to attend this informational session and tour of Milton High School. If unable to attend, the presentation and a virtual tour of the building will be provided.

_____

Please see below for important Preschool and Kindergarten dates. 

  • Preschool Information Night – Thursday, January 6, 2022
  • Preschool Pre-registration – Thursday, January 6, 2021 – Thursday, January 27, 2022
  • Preschool Lottery if necessary – Friday, January 28, 2022
  • Kindergarten Information Night – Thursday, January 27, 2022
  • Kindergarten Pre-registration – Begins Monday, December 13, 2021 

MPS GIVES BACK 

The MPS 2021 Holiday Giving Drive organized by our PTOs will run from December 6th-9th in our schools. For the holiday season, the Milton Public Schools has partnered with My Brother’s Keeper and the Milton Residents Fund to ensure all Milton families in need have a wonderful holiday season.

The toy drive needs donations of all types of toys, and high demand items include Legos, LOL Surprise dolls, dolls representing a diverse array of skin tones, cultures and ethnicities, superhero action figures, arts and craft kits, science/STEM kits, board games, video games, books, footballs and basketballs, outdoor active toys, or anything representing Boston sports teams. We cannot accept food or violent games. $25 Target gift Cards are always needed as well.

Support and shop with a local business while supporting the toy drive! Shop in-person, online, or over the phone with The Toy Chest in East Milton Square or The Toy Box (owned by an MPS family) in Hanover. 

Bring your new, unwrapped item(s) to one of the collection boxes in the lobby of any of the elementary schools between Monday, December 6 – Thursday, December 9. Thank you for helping us make the Holiday Season a little bright for our neighbors!

Pierce Families Helping Families Holiday Program: Each year our guidance counselors identify Pierce families in need and collect gift cards to be distributed to them for the holidays. This program, Families Helping Families, provides an opportunity for your family to bring a little bit of holiday spirit to another family at Pierce Middle School in an anonymous and quiet way.

If you are interested in supporting this effort, please bring your gift card donation to the main office at Pierce Middle School by December 12th and deposit it in the sealed box. We recommend gift cards to Star Market, Shaws, Stop and Shop, Target and Old Navy but will, of course, accept and pass on gift cards from all stores. Our guidance staff will make sure that these gift cards find their way to Pierce families in need this holiday season.

 

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

MHS Spirit week was a great success! Students (and staff!) enjoyed  theme days & class competition events culminating with a school wide Pep Rally on Brooks Field. 

You can see the fun of Pajama Day, Celebrity & Character Day, Crazy Hat & Hair Day, Anything but a Backpack Day,  Cowboys vs Aliens, Tie Dye Day, the Powder Puff football game, Class volleyball tournament and more in the pictures below. The National Honor Society Food Drive was a success as were the Penny Wars with all proceeds going to the Milton Food Bank. Thank you to our MHS student photographers for the pictures of Spirit Week. 

PIERCE PAGES 

Grade 7 FUSE students engineered pop-up books for STEM week in October. Students worked in small groups to write a story, design the movement, create the book, and record a video of them reading the story on Flipgrid.

______

Congratulations to the 8 FUSE/Advanced FUSE students who submitted a design into the We Love Veterans Pin Design Challenge. Evan Abramovitz, Maya Sekhar, Madyn Dwyer, Elliot Reid, Charlotte Shue and Avery Squiciarino created their design using Tinkercad and wrote a description of what they designed. The finalists will be announced at the end of January and the winners will be announced at the beginning of February.

______

Pierce’s Model United Nations club participated in the Middle School Model UN Conference this past Saturday. Delegates eloquently conducted diplomatic conversations addressing two main issues: protecting healthcare for indigenous peoples as well as forced displacement due to climate change. Harry Gimber, Michael Lydon, Evan Hadidi, Siabh Chaplin, Avery Squiciarino, Nate Turner, Dobie Illich, and James Malec participated in the conference and Avery Squiciarino won best position paper. Congrats to all of our delegates for a job well done!

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

We were excited to virtually welcome author Dawn Quigley to all 4 elementary schools this week for our Diverse Reads Book Club. Ms. Quigley read some of her chapter book, Jojo Makoons and the Used to be Best Friend, talked about her experience as a writer, and answered questions. This virtual assembly was for all students in grades PreK-2. As a citizen of the Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe, North Dakota, Ms. Quigley was the perfect author to visit during National Native American Heritage Month.

Our 3-5 Book Club is reading the middle-grade anthology, Ancestor Approved: Intertribal Stories for Kids, edited by award-winning and bestselling author Cynthia Leitich Smith. This collection of intersecting stories by both new and veteran Native writers bursts with hope, joy, resilience, the strength of community, and Native pride. Author Dawn Quigley has a wonderful story in it, and interested students in grades 3-5 had the opportunity to meet with Ms. Quigley after school.

_______

Glover and Tucker music students have had a wonderful fall of making music together!  

Folk songs and dances are an inclusive and interactive vehicle for students to learn about cultures and traditions that are different from their own while also identifying and celebrating their own experiences. Movement in music expands our understanding of rhythm, beat, form, and patterns in music. Social-Emotional Learning skills are continuously being developed during our music classes and can be demonstrated in lessons such as our movement activities where students are practicing how to work cooperatively, practice group self-reflections and team-building, maintain kindness and respect for all classmates, and how to move safely in our shared space. In this link, Madame Stallions’s 2nd graders demonstrate a folk dance to the song “Chimes of Dunkirk.”   Le Carillon de Dunkerque (The Chimes of Dunkirk) is a French dance of the olden times, it was the merriest and noisiest of all the country dances. (The first chime was built in Dunkirk, in 1437). The dance that our students are demonstrating is the French dance adapted into a longways formation and shared in the New England Dancing Masters collection, “Alabama Gal: Dances and Singing games for Children.” Thank you to the 2 MHS students who joined us for this lesson!

5th Graders have also been exploring percussion instruments in the music classroom. These instruments include barred instruments such as xylophones and metallophones, as well as hand-held percussion instruments such as tambourines, maracas, hand drums, claves, castanets,woodblocks, triangles, and more. Students are learning about the timbre of percussion instruments. The timbre is the different sounds that instruments make based on their materials and size.

Jacob Carpenter, from Mrs.Good’s 5th Grade class, shares a melody he created during our instrument exploration unit here. Thank you for sharing, Jacob! 

In this video, Madame Brown’s 1st graders are demonstrating how musical instruments can be used to amplify and bring a story ‘to life.’ They are each playing a character in the story, “There was a Little Old Lady Who Wasn’t Afraid of Anything” and must follow the cues of the conductor (the narrator). 

Tucker 5th grader Eleanor McGuire had fun sharing a melody on the Tubulum. Thank you to Max Hollingsworth-Hays for building this incredible instrument for the Tucker School. Tucker 5th graders have been excited to learn all about the Tubulum and how it makes music. 

______

Sign up now for MCS December Vacation Camp! Camp runs December 27-30 from 8:30 am-3:30 pm at Collicot/Cunningham Schools. Tuition is $250.00 4 days (Daily registrations are not accepted). Camp is for students in grades K-5. Registration at this link by December 17. 

SPECIAL EDUCATION

Administrator for Pupil Personnel Services, Sue Maselli shares her December newsletter at this link. This newsletter has information about Speech and Language Therapy, Federation for Children focus group opportunity and information on Assistive Tech Resources for students also shared below. 

Assistive Tech Resources for Students: Our Assistive Technology website has a wealth of information and resources for families. If you would like to join our Assistive Tech Team, please email Sue Maselli for more information. 

This easy to use site is set up to help give you ideas on using assistive technology for students to access their instruction. Check out these tutorials on using Google Read and Write: Practice Reading and Text to Speech. Use this link – add Google Read & Write to Chrome to learn how to add this extension to Chrome. 

FOOD SERVICE

Thanks to our Grow Racks and our MHS and Pierce Reach and Achieve classes, we are now making fresh pesto for our Pierce and MHS pizza from Grow Rack basil. The results have been delicious! The December Food Service update can be found at this link.  Menus are at this link.

FAMILY RESOURCES 

For grandparents who are raising their grandchildren, the Commission on the Status of Grandparents raising Grandchildren has added a new virtual workshop.  Wellness and Self-Care for the Caregiver will meet via zoom on 12/13 at 7:30pm and 12/14 at 9:00am. Details on how to join can be found  here.  The Quincy Family Resource Center has also published their December group calendar. Details can be found here.

In an effort to support and foster a strong home-school connection MPS knows that families may sometimes need resources for their children and family beyond the classroom.  In addition to the Milton Public School Resource Guide we will be highlighting local community resources families may find beneficial in our Family Resource Newsletter.  If you need additional assistance please don’t hesitate to reach out to Marti O’Keefe McKenna, MPS Family Outreach Liaison at 617-980-7343 or by email at mmckenna@miltonps.org.  All calls and emails are confidential. 

SEPAC

The Milton Special Education Parent Advisory Council (Milton SEPAC) shares the following information. 

ParticipateWe installed our new board on November 16 and got right to work. We now have 14 members of our board, with many schools having at least two reps representing all the schools across the district. 

Advocate: The next SEPAC board meeting will be held on Thursday, December 16, 6:30 -8:30 Zoom Link at which we will be finalizing vision and goals for 2022. Please reach out to your school reps with issues and concerns you would like to see addressed this year, and, of course, attend the meeting as well to join discussions and have your voice heard. 

Educate: Check out the newly-updated Resources page on our SEPAC website.  We hope it has a lot of good information, resources, and tools for parents and families.  Please reach out to us at miltonsepac@gmail.com if you have any feedback.   

ART AND MUSIC

Looking for an easy and healthy holiday gift idea? Support the Milton Music Department by ordering from our online fruit fundraiser anytime between now and December 12th! Gift boxes or crates of fresh fruit are guaranteed to ship directly to the recipient in time for Christmas! Whether you’re shopping for yourself, your family, colleagues, neighbors, or friends, these delicious gift boxes are sure to be a hit! Use the QR code below or visit this link to order through our website. The sale closes on December 12th, so don’t delay in ordering. 

 

ATHLETICS

Winter Sports are underway and we are excited to have a full complement of games this Winter Season!

There are no capacity limits or social distancing requirements but ALL students, coaches and spectators MUST be masked when in the school building. Spectators must follow posted site policies for Ulin Rink or opposing venues, including rinks and gymnasiums.

We would like to congratulate our Bay State Conference All-Stars from the Fall Season!

There will be athletic Parent/Guardian Meetings on Tuesday, December 7 in the Copeland Field House.

  • 5:00pm Boys Basketball, Wrestling, Ski
  • 5:30pm Boys Ice Hockey, Girls Ice Hockey, Cheer
  • 6:00pm Boys Indoor Track, Girls Indoor Track, Girls Basketball

The MHS Ski Team will be hosting a Cans for Cats can and bottle drive on Saturday, December 4th from 9 am to noon at Milton High School.

COMMUNITY NEWS

Head to Steel and Rye on Saturday, December 11th for all your school spirit swag! MHS Boosters and the Pierce, Tucker and Cunningham PTOs will be there.

It’s official, the MAC Holiday Market will be back this year on Saturday, December 4th. Stop by to support locally talented creators. Bring a friend along to share the cheer!

On Saturday, December 11, join the fun for the Milton Holiday Stroll! The MHS Boosters and the Pierce, Tucker and Cunningham PTOs will be at Steel and Rye to help with all of your MPS swag needs!

______

The Milton Coalition shares the following information.

It takes a community! Thank you to Novara, Mr. Chan’s, Stevie’s, East Milton Wine and Spirits, Abby Park, Playa Bowls, Central Liquor Mart, Milton House of Pizza, who partnered with The Milton Coalition and participated in their Sticker Shock campaign, reminding the community that alcohol use by teens and young adults can lead to changes in the brain and long-term negative impacts, as well as poor decision making. We appreciate their partnership and their dedication to the health and safety of Milton youth. 

December is Impaired Driving Prevention Month

  • About one in four teen car crashes involves an underage drinking driver.
  • Every day about 800 people are injured in a drunk-driving crash.
  • Every day in America, another 29 people die as a result of drunk-driving crashes. That’s one person every 50 minutes.

Impaired driving is absolutely preventable.  Please see this link for tips on how to keep your young drivers, and passengers, safe, including: tips for conversations; reinforcing expectations; helping to build an exit plan, and showing them that you care.   For other resources, see www.milton-coalition.org  

______

The Milton Public Library’s  December calendar can be found here. 

Please join us on Saturday, December 11 between 10am and 4pm for a holiday favorite: the MPL’s annual Life-Size Candyland game! Kids, see if you can beat your parents to the Candy Castle to rescue King Kandy, while at the same time practicing counting and color recognition. For all ages; children must be accompanied by an adult in order to play. Registration is required and timed entry is available. Sign up at this link today!

To learn more and to register for programs, please visit the MPL website. Please see below for details on two upcoming book sales. 

______

Chess with Mr. Vigorito is back in person at the Milton Library and Milton High School!

International Chess Master David Vigorito has been teaching chess in Milton for over 10 years. He has taught at all 4 elementary schools as well as Milton Academy and St. Agatha’s. Classes begin January 10th! All details and registration info can be found here. 

______

Literacy Fun Through STEAM with the Easton Children’s Museum on December 11th at 11am. 

Where The Wild Things Are: Float My Boat! Let’s explore buoyancy and flotation by being inventive and imaginative with materials supplied to your family. Have loads of fun while enjoying a story and working together as a family on fun experiments. Activities will be age appropriate for children 3 to 7 years old with adult supervision. All supplies and materials will be provided and may be picked up one week prior to the program date at a designated location to be determined.

We’ll be holding this session, live via Zoom, this fall with the Easton Children’s Museum. Registration will be required to receive the Zoom link and passcode. Many thanks to our Kindergarten T-shirt sponsors for their generous support of this program!

______

Milton Soccer: Registration is now open for our spring 2022 soccer programs.  Please visit our Milton Soccer website for more information or use this link to register.  The deadline to register is January 7 (on January 8 waitlist and late fees apply).

______

Registration is now open for Milton Youth Lacrosse Spring ’22 Travel Programs for boys and girls in grades 3-8.  Register now at this link.  Winter practices start on January 8th and the season starts in April. All details are at this link. 

SUPERINTENDENT SHOUTOUT

A huge thank you to Dan Kerrigan, his team at Steel and Rye and all the members of the community who made a donation to Steel and Rye’s Thanksgiving dinner effort. Through the team’s hard work and the community’s generosity, 25 MPS families (and 100 more from the Boys and Girls Club in Dorchester) received a full Thanksgiving dinner, including turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, gravy and a pumpkin pie to complete the feast. All at MPS are grateful for their thoughtfulness at Thanksgiving and throughout the year.

A special thank you to our MPS organizer  – Marti O’Keefe McKenna – and MPS Thanksgiving delivery teams – Jackie and Caroline Morgan, Stephanie O’Keefe and Jon Redden. With cars packed to the brim with turkey dinners, they made sure each meal made it safely to its destination. A heartfelt thank you to all who made this effort possible!

BLOG SUBSCRIPTION: If you do not receive the Superintendent’s Weekly Update and would like to, please enter your email here to subscribe to this one weekly email.

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 December 2, 2021

November 18, 2021

To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
From: James F. Jette
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: November 18, 2021

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

As we approach Thanksgiving next week, there is so much to be thankful for: full in person learning, parent and guardian support across our schools, our engaged and energetic student body, and of course our dedicated and hardworking staff. I am grateful for all of the above, every single day. 

I want to call your attention to several opportunities for MPS families to support Milton families who may need some assistance this season. Whether you support these initiatives or others, I am also grateful for the overwhelming generosity of our MPS community.

Steel & Rye is working with the Milton Public Schools and The Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester to prepare and donate complete Thanksgiving Dinners to at least 100 families who experience food insecurity. Each dinner will serve up to eight people, so that’s food for 800!  

If you would like to contribute to funding this effort you may do so at this link. Any funds raised in excess of the cost will be donated directly to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester to help support families in their community this holiday season. Thank you in advance for your support. 

______

The MPS 2021 Holiday Giving Drive organized by our PTOs will run from December 6th-9th in our schools. For the holiday season, the Milton Public Schools has partnered with My Brother’s Keeper and the Milton Residents Fund to ensure all Milton families in need have a wonderful holiday season.

The toy drive needs donations of all types of toys, and high demand items include Legos, LOL Surprise dolls, dolls representing a diverse array of skin tones, cultures and ethnicities, superhero action figures, arts and craft kits, science/STEM kits, board games, video games, books, footballs and basketballs, outdoor active toys, or anything representing Boston sports teams. We cannot accept food or violent games. $25 Target gift Cards are always needed as well. 

Support and shop with a local business while supporting the toy drive! Shop in-person, online, or over the phone with The Toy Chest in East Milton Square or The Toy Box (owned by an MPS family) in Hanover. At the Toy Box, if you shop on November 21 or 22, 20% of the proceeds will go back to the MPS PTOs – simply mention your school name at check out.

Bring your new, unwrapped item(s) to one of the collection boxes in the lobby of any of the elementary schools between Monday, December 6 – Thursday, December 9. Thank you for helping us make the Holiday Season a little bright for our neighbors!

______

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

Next week is a short week in the Milton Public Schools with our Thanksgiving break from Wednesday, November 24 – Friday, November 26. We will return to school on Monday, November 29. I wish you and your family a relaxing and wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE 

The next regular Milton School Committee meeting is on December 1, 2021 at 7pm.  All information about attending School Committee meetings can be found on the Town of Milton webpage under School Committee. 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.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

The Town of Milton is hosting three free, drive-thru COVID testing days at the DPW yard at 629 Randolph Avenue.  All are welcome on these three Sundays: November 21, November 28 & December 19 from 10am-3pm. 

Recently, the federal government gave Pfizer’s pediatric COVID 19 vaccine for ages 5-11 final approval and doses are now available in Massachusetts. The state will be updating the their website as new vaccination sites become available.  The Vaxfinder tool can be used along with links to retail pharmacies  CVS’s scheduling site or Walgreens’ scheduling site to schedule appointments. 

Manet Community Health Center  is also an option for pediatric patients. There is a Manet clinic at Quincy High School, 100 Coddington St., Quincy on Saturday, November 20, 10 am to 2 pm. The vaccine clinic is open to the community. Registration requested at this link. 

For the time period of Thursday, November 11 – Wednesday, November 17, MPS had  7 positive student cases, and 3 positive staff cases. Many of the resulting close contacts from these positives were able to remain in school without interruption due to the Test and Stay program. If you have not yet signed your child up, you can opt in at this link. Superintendent Jette’s September 9, 2021 letter about the Test and Stay Program can be found here.

All health and safety information can be found on our Health Services website

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES 

  • Nov 24-26 Thanksgiving Break
  • Dec 1 School Committee Meeting 
  • Dec 7 MHS Winter Concert 
  • Dec 9 MHS Post Secondary Planning Night 
  • Dec 9 Early Release Date K-12 (PT Conf Gr K-5 only)
  • Dec 16 MHS Information Night 

Please refer to the District-Wide Calendar of Events for times and details. The 21-22 School Year Calendar can be found here (Revised 10/27/21 to reflect updated last day of school)

______

Please join the Milton High School Guidance Counselors for their annual Post Secondary Planning night, at Milton High on  Thursday, December 9 at 6:15 pm in the MHS Auditorium. The following topics will be presented in order to help you and your child successfully navigate their post secondary decisions:

  • Financial Aid –  How to pay for College
  • Standardized Testing –  Standardized Tests: The SAT vs The ACT
  • College Admissions – An Insider View
  • College Athletics – From Intramural to Division I Sports
  • Overview of the College Application Process – Milton High Procedures
  • Naviance 101

Representatives from Emmanuel College Admissions, Bridgewater State University, Summit Educational Group, “Strategies for College” and Milton High School staff will be running these 6 sessions. After a brief introduction in the auditorium, each session will run four times, in 25 minute intervals. Students & Parents/Guardians are invited to attend up to four sessions between 6:30 and 8:30 pm. This workshop is open to all parents/guardians & students in grades 8 through 12.  Masks are required in the building.   

______

Milton High School Grade 8 Information Night: Please join us on Thursday, December 16 at 6:30pm in the Milton High School Auditorium (25 Gile Rd) for an opportunity to learn about Milton High School course offerings, academic and extracurricular programs, athletics and activities that prepare students for college and life beyond high school. Current 8th grade students, parents and guardians are invited to attend this informational session and tour of Milton High School. If unable to attend, the presentation and a virtual tour of the building will be provided.

_____

Please see below for important Preschool and Kindergarten dates. More information will follow in the coming weeks. 

  • Preschool Information Night – Thursday, January 6, 2022
  • Preschool Pre-registration – Thursday, January 6, 2021 – Thursday, January 27, 2022
  • Preschool Lottery if necessary – Friday, January 28, 2022
  • Kindergarten Information Night – Thursday, January 27, 2022
  • Kindergarten Pre-registration – Begins Monday, December 13, 2021 
 

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

Bravo to the MHS Music Department students who have been accepted to the MMEA Eastern District Senior Festival! Over 750 students from 30 surrounding communities submitted audition materials to be considered for acceptance to the festival. The following MHS students were accepted to the festival:

  • Jazz Band- Timothy Fay
  • Chorus- Isabelle Feloney, Lucy Hollingsworth-Hays, Nessa Malin
  • Band- Max Hollingsworth-Hays, Claudia O’Neill

Congratulations to Timothy Fay, Isabelle Feloney, Lucy Hollingsworth-Hays, Nessa Malin and Claudia O’Neill who, in addition to their acceptance to the festival, have been recommended to audition for the MMEA All State Festival in January! 

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, Tucker School has kicked off an initiative to learn more and develop an understanding about the experiences within our community while completing a Community Service project to benefit recent Haitian and Afghan immigrants.

This initiative is a joint collaboration between the Tucker Cares PTO program and the Tucker Diversity Committee. We are also excited to partner with the Milton Early Childhood Alliance (MECA) and the Glover community to support this important work. 

Students are making fleece tied blankets for Afghan evacuee families, writing welcome letters and drawing colorful pictures for families, assembling materials to create Blessing Baskets and gathering donations to support families. 

All families are welcome and encouraged to visit the Tucker playground to view a newly installed storywalk of Dreamers by Yuri Morales set up by MECA. We hope that families will enjoy reading the text and discussing their own family stories as we enter the Thanksgiving season.

______

Ms. Bernini’s Collicot and Cunningham 4th grade art students have been working on a Norval Morrisseau inspired collage in honor of Native American Heritage Month. Students began their collage with observational drawing to block out shapes to create an animal silhouette. Students then layered colors and shapes to create overlapping designs inside their animals.

 

______

Tucker was the grateful recipient of two recent Eagle Scout projects that have beautified our outdoors and also created more opportunity for joy outside! Tucker is grateful for these new elements in our outdoor space.

Tucker alumni and MHS seniors Max Hollingsworth-Hayes and Camden Leverault have both graciously given back to Tucker School through their Eagle Scout projects. Max made a tubulum (musical instrument) to enhance the Tucker recess area, while Camden completed his project by raising funds for a beautiful new Ginkgo tree that he planted as well as adding a hand-stenciled and painted Tucker mascot and a unique design to the outside space.

A tubulum is a musical instrument that is laid out just like a piano. Sound is made by hitting each tube with the paddles, and different notes are produced from each one. Each of the tubes are labeled with their note names. Our students have learned that you can make a lot of music out of this instrument. Max’s tubulum is made out of wood and PVC pipe (which is used in plumbing), and is painted red and white – our Tucker colors!

Camden shared that by creating this image he felt “Greeting students with the representation of the school in animal form not only will it be an enjoyable thing for students to look at, but it will be a reminder of the fraternity that they will experience while attending Tucker Elementary School. Students will be reminded each time they walk into school that they are a part of a family.”

In planning his project, Camden shared that “Tucker School holds a large part of my childhood, upbringing, and memories; and I would love to have my project benefit the Tucker community.” While Max shared that “His hope is to inspire our Tucker Tigers to begin their own musical journeys, and experience all of the great things that he has!”

Thank you to both Max and Camden for their amazing projects!

______

Why do tigers have stripes? Why is the sky blue? Why do giraffes have long necks? Mme Scialom’s  5th grade Glover students used their imagination and creativity to write their own tales to explain the origins of things with “les contes de Pourquoi” (the tales of why). They shared their work, telling their stories to Mme Koita’s 3rd grade students. Both grades enjoyed the Glover Outdoor Classroom for their gathering and storytelling.

______

Cunningham School came together this week for their first PAWSitivity Awards to celebrate students who exemplify Cunningham’s core tenets of being Respectful, Responsible and Safe. In a wonderful in-person school assembly, students from each homeroom were recognized with Cougar Paw certificates in what will now be a monthly PAWSitivity Awards assembly. The assembly fell on the 50th day of school for our Kindergarten students, who celebrated that milestone. Ms. Caswell was recognized as the first teacher recipient for her continuous efforts to promote a Respectful, Responsible and Safe environment in her classroom. Congratulations to our winners, who can be found here.

______

Registration for December Vacation Camp is open! Join the fun at at Cunningham and Collicot over December break. All details can be found here. Please email mcs@miltonps.org or call  617-696-5040 ext 5544, with any questions. 

FOOD SERVICE

This past week we introduced a new menu item at MHS – Acai Bowls! The sorbet-like base is made from acai berry and can be topped with healthy options like fruit, as well as some more fun toppings like sunbutter and coconut shavings. This makes for a satisfying and refreshing meal that the students will surely enjoy, and if acai is not your thing, yogurt parfaits are also an option. Acai Bowls are served at MHS on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Every student is entitled to one free lunch every day and your Acai Bowl can be your lunch item.

MPS Food Service is hiring for all positions – permanent and substitute, both full and part-time. Pay is $17.28 per hour. Email Jackie Morgan at jmorgan@miltonps.org for details. Come join our MPS team!

The November Food Service update can be found at this link.  Menus are at this link. 

 

ATHLETICS

The Boys Cross Country Team finished 6th at State Meet at the Wrentham Development Center on Saturday, 11/13. The Girls Team finished 3rd, just 4 points behind the 1st place team. Both teams qualified for All-States on Saturday, 11/20.

Football lost to North Attleboro by 62-28 in a crazy game that saw even crazier weather. They will end their season with the Thanksgiving Day Game at Braintree High School. That game is at 10am on Thursday, 11/25.

Our Cheer Team will travel to Worcester State University on Sunday for the State Championships.

Swim had an excellent showing on Friday at the Wellesley Pool.  Elle Anthony, Malachi Buchanan, Sydney Burns, Kaleigh Boynton, Madison Crummey, Aidan Crummey, Liv DiSandro, Kevin Carberry, Rose Gillooly, Tucker Korman, Garet Glenn, and Jackson Wagner competed at the MIAA Division 2 state meet last Friday night in Wellesley. The girls finished 6th out of 21 girl teams, and the boys finished 2nd out of 3 boy teams. Both the girls and boys 400 yard freestyle relays broke the school record. Elle Anthony, Madison Crummey and Rose Gillooly placed in the top 3 of their individual events and broke school records. It was a fun and exciting meet to end the season.

We had three students sign Division I Letters of Intent on Monday, with one more to sign in the near future. Congratulations to our student-athletes! 

  • Norah Affanato, Loyola University Maryland, Cross Country & Track
  • Charlie Walker, Northeastern University, Baseball
  • Brian Foley, UMass Lowell, Baseball
  • Sophia Manning, Temple University, Crew

Our own Ben Kelly was also named MIAA Golf Coach-of-the-Year! Congratulations, Ben! You can read more about Coach Kelly below under Superintendent Shoutout. 

Winter Registration is open and will remain open until tryouts start on Monday, November 29th. Tryout times and locations will be released next week.There will be a Parent/Guardian Meeting on Tuesday, December 7 in the Copeland Field House.

  • 5:00pm Boys Basketball, Wrestling, Ski
  • 5:30pm Boys Ice Hockey, Girls Ice Hockey, Cheer
  • 6:00pm Boys Indoor Track, Girls Indoor Track, Girls Basketball

COMMUNITY NEWS

Cardinal Cushing Centers Run to Change Lives: Run, Walk, or Roll  at the Run to Change Lives on November 20th at Cunningham Elementary School! Pre/Day of Registration: 7-8:30 am
Race start: 9 am. 5K Registration fee is $25. Register today at this link. 

Montilios Wood Fired Pizza Truck, Playa Bowls and Hint Water will be on site for the annual Cardinal Cushing 5k run/walk/roll event. 

Please join us for some exercise followed by a fun celebration that includes a live DJ, great food, Cardinal Cushing merchandise and prizes to top runners and fundraisers. If you have any questions please contact event manager Ricky DeSisto at rdesisto@cushingcenters.org.

 ______

Milton Parks and Recreation Department shares the following information. about their Ski Program at Blue Hills for ages 7-15. The program consists of five  days of great fun and learning at the Blue Hills Ski Area. Saturdays:  1/8, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12 ; Sundays: 1/9, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13 Times: 9:45am -11 am and 12:45 – 2pm. The cost is as follows:  

  • 5 Lessons Ski or Snowboard and Lift ticket: $249
  • 5 Lessons Ski or Snowboard with Unlimited Season Pass: $378
  • 5 Lessons Ski or Snowboard , Lift ticket and Rental: $359
  • 5 Lessons Ski or Snowboard , Unlimited Season Pass and Rental: $488
  • Helmet Rental offered separately at Blue Hills Ski rental shop

The Saturday  and Sunday Ski & Snowboard program lift ticket only allows ski/snowboard during lesson times. Please arrive 1 hour early the first week since lessons will start promptly at their scheduled time.

Milton Parks and Recreation is only accepting online registrations! Registration will be available Friday, November 19 at 12 pm. Please see this link to access online registration.  

______

The Milton Public Library’s  November calendar is at this link and the December calendar can be found here. 

At long last, the Children’s Room is pleased to introduce our new StoryWalk! This permanent installation on the Library’s Canton Ave patios will feature different picture books for all ages to enjoy through all of the seasons of the year. Please stop by and check out our current offering: Fall Mixed Up by Bob Raczka! Our StoryWalk is a program of Milton Moves, and we thank the Milton Library Foundation for funding this fresh-air fun for families.

Join us on Saturday, Nov. 20 at 2:30 for an in-person session with Mad Science. We’ll be exploring Kitchen Chemistry. For kids in grades K-6; register today at this link.  To learn more and to register for programs, please visit the MPL website. Please see below for details on two upcoming book sales. 

______

Milton Soccer: Registration is now open for our spring 2022 soccer programs.  Please visit our Milton Soccer website for more information or use this link to register.  

PRE-K: The Pre-K program is open to kids age 3 through 5. Conducted by professional instructors from Hermes Lima Soccer Academy and will run on Saturdays and Sundays. Registrants will be required to enter their preference of day which will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.
K-2+ LEAGUE: The K-2+ program is open to kids in grades Kindergarten through 3rd grade and is offered in the fall and spring. This program runs on Saturdays or Sundays for 60 minutes. Each week features a skills session followed by a controlled game. All games are played in Milton.
TRAVEL LEAGUE: Grades 3-8, games on Saturdays (5 home and 5 away games), weekday practices in the fall and spring and play in the BAYS league.
TOPSoccer LEAGUE: US Youth Soccer TOPSoccer is an Outreach Soccer Program for athletes with intellectual, emotional and or physical disabilities. The program strives to provide soccer opportunities for players to develop at their own pace in a safe, fun and supportive/inclusive environment.

Visit the Milton Soccer website at for more information about all our programs and click on Register to sign up online.  The deadline to register is January 7 (on January 8 waitlist and late fees apply).

______

Registration is now open for Milton Youth Lacrosse Spring ’22 Travel Programs for boys and girls in grades 3-8.  Register now at this link.  Winter practices start on January 8th and the season starts in April. All details are at this link. 

______

Come visit DCR’s Brookwood Farm property this Sunday November 21st. The End of Season Sale for Brookwood Community Farm takes place from 11am – 2pm. Arrive to 11 Blue Hill River Road, Canton, park in the lot immediately to your right and walk down to the greenhouse along the farm road. If the lot is full, please be patient and return after a short wait or enjoy the walk from Trinity Church, 1 Blue Hill River Rd. Masks will be required inside the greenhouse. Checkout accepts cash, credit cards and EBT. You will find local produce (some in bulk), honey, maple syrup and more! Public access at this property includes Blue Hills Reservation trails out back and a beautiful walk around the farm road, bringing you through the sugar maple lane.

SUPERINTENDENT SHOUTOUT

Coach Kelly(R) and MHS golfer Ben Catudal.

Congratulations to MHS Vice Principal Ben Kelly who has been selected as the recipient of the MIAA Coach of the Year Award for the sport of Golf! Coach Kelly’s selection was based upon excellence of character, impact upon students and community and coaching credentials. Mr. Kelly has had a profound impact on MHS students throughout his career at MHS  and it is wonderful to see him recognized by the MIAA. Thank you to Mr. Kelly for all that he has done throughout his academic and coaching career for our students.

BLOG SUBSCRIPTION: If you do not receive the Superintendent’s Weekly Update and would like to, please enter your email here to subscribe to this one weekly email.

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 November 18, 2021

November 12, 2021

To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
From: James F. Jette
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: November 12, 2021

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

This week our schools held Veterans Day events, honoring Veterans in our school communities and learning about the meaning of Veterans Day. Each year these gatherings and events are meaningful and serve as a reminder of the sacrifice and valor of those who have served in our armed forces.

MHS Music and Marching Band students participated in this year’s Veterans Day Ceremony at Milton’s Town Hall on Thursday, November 11. Reilly Bergin, Project 351 Ambassador, read a Project 351 Proclamation and Pierce students read the names of Purple Heart Veterans. 

Veterans with ties to Tucker visited virtually with Tucker students and talked about different branches of the military and shared some of their personal experiences in their branch of service. Cunningham and Collicot students invited Veterans to their schools’ events, where students listened to speakers, wrote letters of appreciation and raised a new flag. Glover principal Mrs. McDavitt’s father, Dean Troxell, spoke to Glover students about Veterans Day. Thank you for your service, Mr. Troxell. You can watch Mr. Troxell’s video here.  Thank you to all who have served and continue to serve our country.

______

Bravo, Chicago! Congratulations to the cast and crew of Chicago, which came to life last weekend in the Milton High School Auditorium. These talented students poured their hearts into the show, and their singing, dancing, musicianship, and stagecraft were top-notch. I was especially happy to see so many people from the Milton community come out for this highly entertaining production. You can get a glimpse of the razzle dazzle from the photos below, and I hope many of join me at the next show! Thank you to Backstage Booster parent Adam Winkler for the photos below.

Thanks to the production team and to the Backstage Boosters for their logistical and fundraising support. You can support future productions and help the theatre program grow by donating through the MHS Theatre PayPal link.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE 

The next regular Milton School Committee meeting is on November 17 at 7pm.  All information about attending School Committee meetings can be found on the Town of Milton webpage under School Committee. 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.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Recently, the federal government gave Pfizer’s pediatric COVID 19 vaccine for ages 5-11 final approval and doses are now available in Massachusetts. The state will be updating the their website as new vaccination sites become available.  The Vaxfinder tool can be used along with links to retail pharmacies  CVS’s scheduling site or Walgreens’ scheduling site to schedule appointments. Manet Community Health Center will also welcome all pediatric patients to 180 Old Colony Ave, in Quincy on the following days: November 12 from 1 – 4pm and November 13 from 9am – 12pm.

Test and Stay: If you have not yet opted in to Test and Stay and Symptomatic testing, please consider doing so now. All details can be found here. Superintendent Jette’s September 9, 2021 letter about the Test and Stay Program can be found here. You must OPT IN to Test and Stay to participate.  You can opt in at this link. 

For the time period of Thursday, November 3 – Wednesday, November 10, MPS had  13 positive student cases, and 3 positive staff cases. Many of the resulting close contacts from these positives were able to remain in school without interruption due to the Test and Stay program. If you have not yet signed your child up, you can opt in at this link.

All health and safety information can be found on our Health Services website. The recent Flu Clinic at Pierce was a success as 201 people were vaccinated against the flu. Thank you to the Town of Milton for working to keep our school community safe. 

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES 

  • Nov 17 School Committee Meeting
  • Nov 18 Early Release Day K-12 (PT Conf Gr 6-12 only)
  • Nov 24-26 Thanksgiving Break
  • Dec 1 School Committee Meeting 
  • Dec 7 MHS Winter Concert 
  • Dec 9 MHS Post Secondary Planning Night 
  • Dec 9 Early Release Date K-12 (PT Conf Gr K-5 only)

Please see below for important Preschool and Kindergarten dates. More information will follow in the coming weeks. 

  • Preschool Information Night – Thursday, January 6, 2022
  • Preschool Pre-registration – Thursday, January 6, 2021 – Thursday, January 27, 2022
  • Preschool Lottery if necessary – Friday, January 28, 2022
  • Kindergarten Information Night – Thursday, January 27, 2022
  • Kindergarten Pre-registration – Begins Monday, December 13, 2021 

Please refer to the District-Wide Calendar of Events for times and details. The 21-22 School Year Calendar can be found here (Revised 10/27/21 to reflect updated last day of school)

 

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

Kiera Glazer, Alex McEttrick, Leo Waldbaum, Sam Boucher, Tucker Korman, Barron Clancy, 6 of the 11 participants in the Model UN conference.

This past weekend MHS students Sam Boucher, Leo Waldbaum, Will Malec, Will McElroy, Kiera Glazer, Tucker Korman, Barron Clancy, Alex McEttrick, Anderson Korman and Jonathan Waldmann participated in the Brown University Model United Nations Conference, a virtual conference with hundreds of other high school students participating from around the nation.

In the Model UN team’s opening conference, our students participated with excellence throughout the weekend. Students engaged in diplomacy during 4 three hour sessions, working diligently and representing  MHS well as they tackled both current crises facing the global community as well as  issues of the past in historical committee sessions. It was an impressive show of diplomacy for Milton delegates.

Five MHS students were recognized for their excellent diplomacy!  Three students won the top honor of Best Delegate:

  • Barron Clancy for representing Russia on the UN Security Council
  • Tucker Korman for representing Anatoly Lunacharsky (a journalist) in a historical committee on the Russian Revolution 1917
  • Alex McKettrick for representing Eric Lander on the US Cabinet

In addition, there were two awards for Outstanding Delegate:

  • Will McElroy for representing the United Arab Emirates in the Arab League
  • Jonathan Waldmann for representing the minister of Industry and Trade in the Cabinet of Park Chung-Hee of South Korea, in 1978

Bravo to the whole team on an excellent start and a special shout out to team leaders, Anderson Korman, Barron Clancy and Jonathan Waldmann for preparing the team so well and guiding all students through the first conference of the year.

______

We have been serving freshly grown kale, lettuce and basil at MHS during all of our lunches this week. Thank you to our Achieve students for their work in tending to our Grow Racks and growing and harvesting these greens.

______

The MHS French Club has been selling Hilliard’s chocolate bars and members sold in front of Starbucks this past Sunday to continue raising money. Our ask was simple  – donate in exchange for chocolate! The club raised over $1200 in profit and plans on using it to create cultural experiences for the members. They also want to donate some of this money back to the community during the Holiday Season.  Thanks to all who supported the French Club. 

______

Please join the Milton High School Guidance Counselors for their annual Post Secondary Planning night, at Milton High on  Thursday, December 9 at 6:15 pm in the MHS Auditorium. The following topics will be presented in order to help you and your child successfully navigate their post secondary decisions:

  • Financial Aid –  How to pay for College
  • Standardized Testing –  Standardized Tests: The SAT vs The ACT
  • College Admissions – An Insider View
  • College Athletics – From Intramural to Division I Sports
  • Overview of the College Application Process – Milton High Procedures
  • Naviance 101

Representatives from Emmanuel College Admissions, Bridgewater State University, Summit Educational Group, “Strategies for College” and Milton High School staff will be running these 6 sessions. After a brief introduction in the auditorium, each session will run four times, in 25 minute intervals. Students & Parents/Guardians are invited to attend up to four sessions between 6:30 and 8:30 pm. This workshop is open to all parents/guardians & students in grades 8 through 12.  Masks are required in the building.   

PIERCE PAGES

On November 6, the Pierce Middle School Debate Team participated in the Lumos Fall Invitational Tournament. Students debated the economic and social impacts of raising the federal minimum wage in the United States. Students used the Public Forum Debate format to discuss the benefits and costs of increasing the minimum wage. Students Isabella Alba, Josue Castillo-Savage, Saibh Chaplin, Adam Cheairs, Samuel Epstein, Nailah Hazelwood, Dobie Illich, John Griffin, Penelope Jain, Sara Khan, Ben Neugebauer, Avery Squiciarino, and Sadie Wetzner-Crothers competed in this tournament. Isabella Alba, Nailah Hazelwood and Ben Neugebauer received Speaker Awards after earning distinguished scores in debate rounds. Avery Squiciarino and Sara Khan were awarded 4th place in the tournament for their excellent record after winning multiple successive rounds. The Pierce Debate Team was thrilled to participate in this tournament after several weeks of rigorous practice and preparation, and we look forward to competing again in December.

Recognizing Positive Community Members: Each month, we recognize students who demonstrate the values of safety, responsibility, respect, and kindness. Teachers nominate students and one student from each grade is selected by Pierce’s culture and behavior committee. Please join us in congratulating Isabel Berdik, Brynn Midura, and Daniela Yaranga who were honored for the month of October!

Project 351 Ambassador Selection: The Commonwealth’s Project 351 celebrates the ethic of service, youth leadership, and the unifying and uplifting power of community. Pierce eighth grade student Ada Mitchell has been selected as Milton’s Project 351 ambassador. Through her yearlong ambassador journey, Ada will represent Milton in a variety of leadership roles and community service projects. Congratulations, Ada! 

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

As we wrap up Unit 1, Senora Brown and Senor Foy share this peek into our elementary Spanish classrooms.

MPS GIVES BACK

November is the month that most of us feel thankful and grateful for all that we have and also a time for increased awareness that some of us are not as fortunate.

The teachers and staff at Pierce, led by Head Custodian Mike Buzzell, recently filled and donated 24 backpacks full of food gift cards, snacks, waterproof gloves, water bottles, hats, rain ponchos, wool socks, hygiene items, hand and foot warmers, flashlights and more. 

This year Pierce 8th grade teacher Mrs. Pouliot’s children joined the effort by involving their neighbors. This effort lead to another 12 backpacks, for a total of 36 backpacks distributed to those in need. The backpacks were distributed in Boston this week. 

Thank you to our Pierce community for leading the way with this thoughtful and impactful project. 

FAMILY RESOURCES

If you or someone you know is in need of heating assistance this winter the Quincy Community Action Program, serving Milton families, has begun their Winter Fuel Assistance Application process. For applications and more details please visit QCAP Fuel Assistance Program. In an effort to support and foster a strong home-school connection MPS knows that families may sometimes need resources for their children and family beyond the classroom.  In addition to the Milton Public School Resource Guide we will be highlighting local community resources families may find beneficial in our Family Resource Newsletter.  If you need additional assistance please don’t hesitate to reach out to Marti O’Keefe McKenna, MPS Family Outreach Liaison at 617-980-7343 or by email at mmckenna@miltonps.org. If your family needs assistance with fees for athletics, clubs, activities, please email Ms. McKenna, your principal or adjustment counselor. All calls and emails are confidential. 

SEPAC

The SEPAC website along with weekly SEPAC newsletters will be the way to stay in the know about all SEPAC events. Our next SEPAC board meeting is on November 16, 6:30 -8:30. The Zoom link can be found here.

Transition Planning (Ages 14 plus): This presentation addresses the planning involved when a student is of transition age, the roles of both parent/guardian and student and the student’s post-secondary vision. We will discuss how to prepare for the transition planning meeting, the age of majority, and procedural due process rights for resolving disputes. Join us on Thursday, November 18, from 6:30-8:30. This presentation is sponsored by the Milton SEPAC and presented by the Federation for Children with Special Needs. All details are here.  You must register before the workshop at this link. Once registered, you will receive a zoom link. 

FOOD SERVICE

Breakfast is free at all schools this year! Come to the cafeteria to grab a quick bite before class. Breakfast is available 20 minutes before your child’s school starts. 

MPS Food Service is hiring for all positions – permanent and substitute, both full and part-time. Pay is $17.28 per hour. Email Jackie Morgan at jmorgan@miltonps.org for details. Come join our MPS team!

ART AND MUSIC 

FAME, Friends and Advocates of Music Education, the Milton Music Boosters organization, shares the following.

We hope our Milton music supporters will shop our holiday fundraiser to raise money in support of our music students.  You’ll find one-of-a-kind handcrafted goods from farmers and artisans from around the world, including holiday décor, gifts, jewelry, accessories, and home goods as well as chocolate, teas and coffee. All details can be found at this link. 25% of your purchase goes directly to FAME!

You’ll be helping us raise money to support Milton youth musicians and programming at all levels of music education, including scholarships for seniors, entry fees for Districts and SEMSBA, and needs that are not allocated in the music budget. 

Plus, you’ll also be supporting fair trade, which means you’re saying YES to NO child labor, fair pay, safe working conditions, and sustainable practices.

Our fundraiser ends on November 15, so start your holiday shopping now at this link. These affordable items will be loved by all on your gift giving list!

 

ATHLETICS

Football will now travel to North Attleboro on Saturday 11/13 at 5pm in the 2nd Round of the MIAA Tournament. Please note the date change. Tickets can be found here. Pre-purchased tickets can still be used on Saturday.

Boys Soccer won their first tournament game over North High School on Thursday 11/6 by a score of 5-0. They then lost to West Springfield 1-0 in 2OT. Tough way to end the season, but they had an excellent season under Coach Ellis.

The Field Hockey Team returned to the Tournament after nearly 9 years, losing to Hopkinton 3-0 on Thursday 11/6.

The Volleyball Team swiftly took care of Holyoke in their Preliminary Round Matchup 3-0, before losing to Westwood on Friday 11/7.

The Boys & Girls Cross Country Teams had some excellent performances on Saturday at the Frank Mooney Invitational in Wrentham. Christina Sullivan finished 1st in the Senior Girls race, while Alec Carew finished 1st in the Sophomore Boys race!

The Cheer Team will travel to Marshfield on Sunday for Regionals after a great showing at the Bay State Conference Championships last week!

MHS Swim and Dive: At last week’s sectionals, Elle Anthony won the 200 IM and 100 freestyle, setting new school records, Malachi Buchanan won the 50 and 100 freestyle, and Jackson Wagner won the 200 IM and 100 butterfly. Madison Crummey (broke 100 breaststroke school record), Rose Gillooly (broke 100 backstroke school record) and Tucker Korman all placed in the top 3 of their events. The girls 400 yard freestyle relay was very exciting to watch! Rose Gillooly, Madison Crummey, Liv DiSandro and Elle Anthony(pictured below) won the event, beating powerhouse teams Wellesley and Needham, dropping 20 seconds and breaking the school record. In diving news, congratulations to Andrew Scapicchio (at right) who won the MIAA Division 2 diving event this week, our first ever diver to win for MHS! MHS Swim  is headed to states this Friday in Wellesley.

We have four more students signing Division I Letters of Intent. All four students will celebrate their signings on Monday, 11/15 after school. Congratulations to our student athletes! 

  • Norah Affanato is signing to Loyola University Maryland for Cross Country & Track.
  • Charlie Walker is signing to Northeastern University to play Baseball.
  • Brian Foley is signing to UMass Lowell to play Baseball.
  • Sophia Manning is signing to Temple University for Crew.

Stephanie Needham has been elected as the President of our newly formed Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). Sophia Manning will serve as the Vice President. We have some great initiatives planned for this year! 

Winter Registration is open and will remain open until tryouts start on Monday, November 29th.

COMMUNITY NEWS

Cardinal Cushing Centers Run to Change Lives: Run, Walk, or Roll  at the Run to Change Lives on November 20th at Cunningham Elementary School! 5K Registration fee is $25. Register today at this link. 

You can have a greater impact by creating a fundraising page to share with friends and family and asking them to make a donation in honor of your walk or run. Simply visit this link and click “Sign up to Fundraise” to create your page. If you have any questions please contact event manager Ricky DeSisto at rdesisto@cushingcenters.org.

 ______

The Milton Public Library’s  November calendar is at this link.

Join us on Saturday, Nov. 20 at 2:30 for an in-person session with Mad Science! We’ll be exploring Kitchen Chemistry. For kids in grades K-6; register today at this link.  To learn more and to register for programs, please visit the MPL website.

______

Milton Soccer: Registration is now open for our spring 2022 soccer programs.  Please visit our Milton Soccer website for more information or use this link to register. 

PRE-K: The Pre-K program is open to children age 3 through 5.  The kids are engaged in fun themed sessions — Paw Patrol, PJ Masks, Super Monsters, etc.— conducted by professional instructors from Hermes Lima Soccer Academy and will run on Saturdays and Sundays. The kids learn some basic fundamentals, like dribbling, some passing and shooting, all in a fun environment and being a bit silly. There are no teams involved but rather a group of kids kicking, chasing and having fun with soccer balls. Registrants will be required to enter their preference of day which will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.  We have room for 320 players in our Spring 2022 season any players above the limit will be placed on a waitlist.

K-2+ LEAGUE:  The K-2+ program is open to children in grades Kindergarten through 3rd grade and is offered in the fall and spring.   This program runs on Saturdays or Sundays for 60 minutes.  Each week features a skills session followed by a controlled game.  All training is supervised with professional instruction.  K-2+ is open to all Milton residents and students of all Milton Schools.  You must register on time to have any player and coach requests considered (one player and coach request limit per player).  All games are played in Milton.  

TRAVEL LEAGUE: Grades 3-8, games on Saturdays (5 home and 5 away games), weekday practices in the fall and spring and play in the BAYS league.  Spring evaluations will be used to form two even competitive teams in grades 3 & 4; the other teams in these grades will be as balanced as possible.  In grades 5-8, teams will be leveled (placed based on external and coach evaluations).  

TOPSoccer LEAGUE: US Youth Soccer TOPSoccer is an Outreach Soccer Program for athletes with intellectual, emotional and or physical disabilities.  The program strives to provide soccer opportunities for players to develop at their own pace in a safe, fun and supportive/inclusive environment.  TOPSoccer is played Sunday afternoons.

Visit the Milton Soccer website at for more information about all our programs and click on Register to sign up online.  The deadline to register is January 7 (on January 8 waitlist and late fees apply).

______

The Forbes House Museum presents a Calligraphy and Illustration Workshop with artist Rayna Lo on Saturday, November 13, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm.

Rayna Lo is a Taiwanese American artist whose approach to Chinese calligraphy combines centuries of Asian tradition with contemporary art. Her hands-on workshops provide a culturally-rich and mindful experience. For teens and adults. Coffee and breakfast treats will be served. Masks will be required, except when eating or drinking. For more details or to register, please visit our website. 

______

Registration is now open for Milton Youth Lacrosse Spring ’22 Travel Programs for boys and girls in grades 3-8.  Register now at this link.  Winter practices start on January 8th and the season starts in April. All details are at this link. 

BLOG SUBSCRIPTION: If you do not receive the Superintendent’s Weekly Update and would like to, please enter your email here to subscribe to this one weekly email.

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 November 12, 2021

November 4, 2021

To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
From: James F. Jette
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: November 4, 2021

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

Thank you to the Milton Foundation for Education for another wonderful Monster Dash last weekend! Hundreds of costumed runners filled Cunningham Park, participated in the Fun Run and traversed the streets of Milton for the 5K. The Monster Dash is held each year in memory of Sam Cichello, a Tucker student who tragically died in a playground accident. All funds raised support science in all six of our schools, because Sam loved science! Thank you to all who organized, volunteered and participated in this successful event.

I also want to send a special thank you to Kimberly A. Harte, DMD and her team at Harte Dental for their thoughtfulness and generosity. Dr. Harte sent the “Mom on the Go” food truck to Milton High School this week and provided lunch for all teachers and staff during this week’s Professional Development day. The food was delicious and our staff was incredibly grateful for this midweek treat.

The Fruit Center is a generous supporter of the Milton Public Schools and this coming week is School Fundraising Week. From Monday, November 8 through Sunday, November 14, simply shop at the Fruit Center, show your school’s voucher linked here: Collicot, Cunningham, Glover, Tucker, Pierce, MHS and The Fruit Center will donate 20% of your total purchase back to your school. Our schools have received thousands of dollars through this program over the past decade. All details can be found here

Good luck to Volleyball tomorrow night and all of our teams this week!

Good luck to our student-athletes as we have some exciting things happening this week for Milton High School Sports! Ryan Madden, Director of Athletics, shares all details below in Athletics section. There are many games, matches, and meets in this jam-packed week of postseason play! Please note that per the MIAA, spectators must pre-purchase tickets via GoFan at this link for Friday night’s football game. Please see here for the link to purchase tickets.  No tickets can be sold at the door. 

Finally, I hope you will come to MHS tonight, Saturday or Sunday to see MHS Theatre’s production of Chicago!

The stage is hot. The lights are cool. And the jazz is swingin’. Milton High School Theatre is back and just like Roxie Hart they’re back with a vengeance. Come see CHICAGO this week! Thursday 11/4 (7pm), Saturday 11/6 (2pm, 7pm) or Sunday 11/7 (2pm). Recommended for audiences 12 and up. Tickets are available now at this link.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE 

The next regular Milton School Committee meeting is on November 17 at 7pm.  All information about attending School Committee meetings can be found on the Town of Milton webpage under School Committee. 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.

At last night’s meeting the School Committee voted on Policy ILD, Student Submission to Educational Surveys and Research. Policy ILD is posted on our website at this link and will be included in the Student Handbook going forward. 

HEALTH AND SAFETY

This past Tuesday, the federal government gave Pfizer’s pediatric COVID 19 vaccine for ages 5-11 final approval and doses are available in Massachusetts starting today. The state will be updating the their website as new vaccination sites become available.  The Vaxfinder tool can be used along with links to retail pharmacies  CVS’s scheduling site or Walgreens’ scheduling site to schedule appointments. Manet Community Health Center will also welcome all pediatric patients to 180 Old Colony Ave, in Quincy on the following days: November 12 from 1 – 4pm and November 13 from 9am – 12pm.

Test and Stay: If you have not yet opted in to Test and Stay and Symptomatic testing, please consider doing so now. All details can be found here. Superintendent Jette’s September 9, 2021 letter about the Test and Stay Program can be found here. You must OPT IN to Test and Stay to participate.  You can opt in at this link. 

For the time period of Thursday, October 28 – Wednesday, November 3, MPS had  3 positive student cases, and 1 positive staff cases. All health and safety information can be found on our Health Services website

Flu Clinic: Town of Milton 2021 Seasonal Flu Clinic for the General Public. Preregister at this link.

  • When: Tuesday, November 9 from 4-6 pm
  • Where: Pierce Middle School, 451 Central Avenue Milton – Front Entrance
  • Who: Ages 4 years & older 
  • Seasonal Flu Vaccines are available in injection form only
  • For ease of vaccination, please wear a short sleeve shirt.
  • Please call the Board of Health at 617-898-4886 with any questions.

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES 

  • Nov 4, 6, 7 Chicago at MHS 
  • Nov 11 No School – Veterans Day
  • Nov 17 School Committee Meeting
  • Nov 18 Early Release Day K-12 (PT Conf Gr 6-12 only)
  • Nov 24-26 Thanksgiving Break

Please refer to the District-Wide Calendar of Events for times and details. The 21-22 School Year Calendar can be found here (Revised 10/27/21 to reflect updated last day of school)

 

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

Ms. White’s Culinary Arts classes worked leading up to Halloween to create 3D sugar cookies in the shape of a coffin.  Student’s objectives were to: explore various mixing methods; create and cut out design templates; mix, cut, and bake cookie dough from scratch; pipe frosting using various techniques; pratice teamwork and time management; and outline their process, including narration, graphics and outcome.

These 3D cookies will prepare students for a holiday baking project. Each class will create a Gingerbread Village to be auctioned off and all proceeds from the auction will be donated to the Milton Residents Fund.  Students will earn community service for the project. By the look of these cookies, our classes are going to come up with truly spectacular Gingerbread Villages! 

______

MHS students in Robotics and AP Computer Science were able to attend virtual field trips over the past two weeks. Robotics students had two Software Engineers from iRobot discuss what the day in the life of a Robotics Software Engineer is like. They also showed how Roombas use their sensors to navigate a house. On October 28,  students in AP Computer Science A and Robotics were able to watch  MIT seniors present 10 minute projects exposing students to what is happening in the fields of electrical engineering and computer science. When asked to share what they learned about CS students said they learned that robots can use probability and guess and check to navigate a dark room, how Amazon uses low pass filters to filter outside noise to hear your voice, how zero knowledge proofs are cool logic problems that may appear impossible at first, how you can find the length of DNA sequences by friction, how websites predict your likes by comparing what you like to people who have similar taste as you, and how AI make decisions by probability and desire. Both virtual field trips were informative, interesting and valuable. The MIT field trip was sponsored by Schools to Careers and we thank them for their support. 

______

MHS Best Buddies enjoyed some after school trick-or-treating this week, after their annual Spooky Party. Great costumes, good friends and lots of fun!

PIERCE PAGES 

Pierce Color Wars! Last Friday, Pierce hosted a successful Color Wars, a fun competition between grades to show off school spirit, camaraderie and connection. 8th graders dressed in black, 7th graders dressed in blue, and 6th graders in red. Many thanks to the Pierce Culture Club for their leadership in making this school-wide event happen!

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Ms. Bonner’s Glover 1st graders had fun with gooey pumpkin seeds last week. Students estimated how many seeds were in the large pumpkin and used teamwork to count a plate of seeds. They then totaled their findings for a grand total of 616 seeds.

______

Ms. Bernini’s 3rd grade students in the Collicot and Cunningham art room have finished these adorable ceramic owls. Students learned how to roll their clay into a slab and then curl the top over to create a loop for their owl’s head. Students then reviewed the technique of “scratch and attach” to create their owl’s face and wings. The final step was adding texture with the end of a popsicle stick to imply feathers. Once the owls were in the bisque stage, students applied glaze to their owls and the final results are stunning as you can see below.

______

______

Senora Brown’s students worked to create Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) sugar skulls and have them displayed in the Tucker hallway. 

EDUCATION EQUITY

Senior Director of Education Equity, Somaly Prak-Martins, shares this week’s Behaving Equitably Newsletter linked here. Director Prak-Martins includes information about National Native American Heritage Month, Diwali, Hanukkah and more. 

FAMILY RESOURCES

In an effort to support and foster a strong home-school connection MPS knows that families may sometimes need resources for their children and family beyond the classroom.  In addition to the Milton Public School Resource Guide we will be highlighting local community resources families may find beneficial in our Family Resource Newsletter.  If you need additional assistance please don’t hesitate to reach out to Marti O’Keefe McKenna, MPS Family Outreach Liaison at 617-980-7343 or by email at mmckenna@miltonps.org. If your family needs assistance with fees for athletics, clubs, activities, please email Ms. McKenna, your principal or adjustment counselor. All calls and emails are confidential. 

SPECIAL EDUCATION 

Administrator for Pupil Personnel Services, Sue Maselli shares her most recent newsletter at this link.  This newsletter has information about a Parent Coffee on Thursday, November 18.  This open forum is a great time to connect on issues related to special education. All our Team Chairs will be in attendance, so this is a great time to come and meet folks you may not have met yet!  The newsletter also contains news from the SEPAC and information about upcoming trainings.

FOOD SERVICE

MPS Food Service is hiring for all positions – permanent and substitute, both full and part-time. Pay is $17.28. Email Jackie Morgan at jmorgan@miltonps.org for details. Come join our MPS team!

ART AND MUSIC 

FAME, Friends and Advocates of Music Education, the Milton Music Boosters organization, shares the following.

We hope our Milton music supporters will shop our holiday fundraiser to raise money in support of our music students.  You’ll find one-of-a-kind handcrafted goods from farmers and artisans from around the world, including holiday décor, gifts, jewelry, accessories, and home goods as well as chocolate, teas and coffee. All details can be found at this link. 25% of your purchase goes directly to FAME!

You’ll be helping us raise money to support Milton youth musicians and programming at all levels of music education, including scholarships for seniors, entry fees for Districts and SEMSBA, and needs that are not allocated in the music budget. 

Plus, you’ll also be supporting fair trade, which means you’re saying YES to NO child labor, fair pay, safe working conditions, and sustainable practices.

Our fundraiser ends on November 15, so start your holiday shopping now at this link. These affordable items will be loved by all on your gift giving list!

 

ATHLETICS

It’s an exciting and busy week for MHS athletics.  We hope to see you  at some athletic events cheering on our student-athletes!

Volleyball beat Holyoke in the Preliminary Round yesterday. They will travel to Westwood tomorrow in the 1st Round. Match starts at 6:30pm.

Boys Soccer will host North High School today at 5:30pm at Brooks Field in the Preliminary Round. Tickets will be $5 cash, for adults. Students and Seniors are free.

Field Hockey will travel to Holliston today at 4pm in the 1st Round.

Football will host Dartmouth tomorrow, Friday, 11/5 at 6:30pm in the 1st Round. Tickets are ONLY available online. There will be no paper tickets sold at the door. Please see here for the link to purchase tickets. They are $5 students and $10 adults. The MIAA has mandated both the online tickets and the prices.

Cross Country will travel to Wrentham on Saturday for the Frank Mooney Invitational.

Swim & Dive will travel to WPI on Sunday to compete in Sectionals.

  • At the Swim Bay State Conference last week, Jackson Wagner, Malachi Buchanan, Tucker Korman, Elle Anthony, Madison Crummey, and Andrew Scapiccio all won their events. Rose Gillooly, Kaleigh Boynton, Liv DiSandro, Kevin Carberry, Daniel Hipp, Joe Krueger, Tyler Lum, Aidan Crummey, and Katie Coggins all finished in the top 16 to score for our team.
  • The boys tied for first place and the team has never placed this high before. The girls finished 6th overall, another great achievement.  The majority of the boys and girls on both teams had personal best times achieved. Overall, it was a very successful day for MHS Swim and Dive!

Winter Registration is open and will remain open until tryouts start on Monday, November 29th.

The MHS Golf Team will be hosting a Cans for Cats can and bottle drive on Saturday, November 6 from 9 am to noon at Milton High School.

COMMUNITY NEWS

The Milton Public Library’s  November calendar is at this link.

Sign up for STEM with Sara, happening next  Saturday, November 13 at 2:30 pm for ages 6-12. At this program we’ll be making Harry Potter wands using simple circuitry! Registration is available at this link. To learn more and to register for programs, please visit the MPL website.

______

The Milton Coalition shares the following information. 

This link has information about the dangers of vaping, industry tactics that are targeting kids, and nicotine addiction. There are also tips on how parents/caregivers can talk with their kids and get them connected with resources to prevent or quit vaping.

The William James INTERFACE Referral Service is a mental health resource and referral Helpline available Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm. It assists Milton residents and/or public school students to access outpatient mental health services. What makes INTERFACE unique is that we do not provide merely a list of providers, but rather matched referrals to mental health professionals and practices who best meet the caller’s needs, insurance or fee requirement, specialty request, location, and availability. The Helpline is staffed by mental health professionals, as well as graduate level students from William James College. For more information about INTERFACE, please visit their website.

______

Parks and Recreation Winter Youth Basketball  – sign ups open on November 3! 

  • Cost – $90.00
  • Grades K-3
  • Located in Collicot & Cunningham school gyms
  • Friday Nights – December 3, 10, 17, 2021, January 7, 14, 21, 28 February 4, 2022
  • Grades K – 1 Time: 6:15 to 7:15pm Grades 2 – 3 Time: 7:30 to 8:30pm
  • Please be advised that we are now taking only on-line registrations for all our programs.
  • Spots will fill, please register early
  • Registrations start on November 3 at 12pm
  • Online registration is at this link

Please call the Parks and Recreation Office at 617-898-4940 with any questions. For Financial Assistance in any of our programs,  please contact Milton Community Funds at 617-696-1214.

______

Brookwood Community Farm (BCF), a working farm located at the foot of the Blue Hills, is hosting an in-person End of Season Sale November 21, 2021 from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm.  Find local produce, some in bulk, and other products to use for holiday meals, gifts or for storage.  Pre-purchase a box of produce at this link by midnight November 15th at  and pickup on Sunday November 21.  

Brookwood Community Farm’s mission is to build a farm-centered community united by a shared passion for sustainable agriculture, fresh local food and a commitment to increasing access to healthy food. BCF grows food for members through a community supported agriculture (CSA) model and sales at the farm stand and the Roslindale farmers market, provides on-farm educational and community-building opportunities, and actively supports food access projects such as fresh food donations to local food pantries, work with Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition and provides access to SNAP shares. The DCR’s Brookwood Farm property, only partially permitted to BCF for farming activities, is public and is a great passive outdoor space for all to enjoy through the seasons!

______

MECA (Milton Early Childhood Association) has two upcoming programs. 

Handling Your Child’s Big Feelings Parent Workshop: This workshop will meet virtually, via Zoom, on Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at 7:00 PM. Registration will be required to receive the Zoom link and passcode. Register here. 

Literacy Fun Through STEAM with the Easton Children’s Museum: Session 2: Where The Wild Things Are: Float My Boat! Let’s explore buoyancy and flotation by being inventive and imaginative with materials supplied to your family. December 11 at 11 am, register here.

______

Fall Family Day: Fairies in the Foliage at the Eustis Estate: Join us at the Eustis Estate on   Saturday, November 6,  10 am-2pm for our annual celebration of the fall season with a special day for families. This year’s exploration of the landscape has a magical twist, with a fairy house scavenger hunt, crafts, and activities that guide you around the property. All activities take place outdoors, so dress for the weather. 

Advanced tickets recommended. Children are free but please reserve tickets for them.  All children must be accompanied by an adult. Note that this ticket does not include the inside of the museum. If you wish to also visit the mansion, please purchase your house tours at this link.  Please call 617-994-6600 for more information. 

______

The Forbes House Museum presents a Calligraphy and Illustration Workshop with artist Rayna Lo on Saturday, November 13, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm.

Rayna Lo is a Taiwanese American artist whose approach to Chinese calligraphy combines centuries of Asian tradition with contemporary art. Her hands-on workshops provide a culturally-rich and mindful experience. For teens and adults. Coffee and breakfast treats will be served. Masks will be required, except when eating or drinking. For more details or to register, please visit our website. 

BLOG SUBSCRIPTION: If you do not receive the Superintendent’s Weekly Update and would like to, please enter your email here to subscribe to this one weekly email.

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 November 4, 2021