October 14, 2021

To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
From: James F. Jette
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: October 14, 2021

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

I want to call your attention to several important items that are shared in more detail below. If these items apply to you, please scroll down and read more about each item. 

Test and Stay: Currently 54% of MPS students have completed the Opt In form for Test and Stay and Symptomatic testing. If you have not yet opted in, please consider doing so now. All details can be found here and in Health and Safety below. 

Proof of Vaccination: Please submit proof of student vaccination to your school nurse. It’s important for our school nurses to know who in our community is fully vaccinated as we navigate DESE and Commonwealth Covid guidelines. See Health and Safety below for all details on submitting proof.  

Milton Glows Gold: We raised the money, now let’s log the miles! Let’s reach 15,690 miles –  log your miles, gain activity points and win prizes! Start logging here and see Milton Glows Gold below for all details.

Homecoming 2021: If it’s fall, it’s time for the Homecoming Dance! We are thrilled to bring back Homecoming for our Juniors and Seniors this year, safely outside in the MHS courtyard. Tickets are only $10 to foster an inclusive and welcoming environment. MHS Student Government and Advisors are planning a fabulous night and parents/guardians (of students of all ages) are supporting their efforts after 18 long months of reduced social opportunities. Want to support our student’s efforts? All details are here. 

Two MPS parents joined me for coffee in front of Milton High School on Wednesday. I enjoyed connecting with them in an unscripted and informal conversation about budget, enrollment,  transportation, test and stay and what we are doing to support students this school year.  I look forward to my next opportunity to meet with more of you in the coming months. In November we will try a virtual format to accommodate those who prefer virtual meetings. 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE 

MPS Quality Review Report and Feedback: The overarching results of the MPS Quality review were presented by Cambridge Education on July 21, 2021 at a School Committee meeting. The final report dated June 2021 was shared with the district on Friday, September 10, 2021.

The Milton School Committee will be hosting two sessions where parents, guardians and community members can share feedback regarding the final report from Cambridge Education.  These sessions will be held on October 28, 2021, (please note new date) one at 7:30am and the other at 6:30pm. More information regarding these sessions will be published as the date gets closer.

The regular Milton School Committee meeting is on October 20 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

Proof of Vaccination: Having records of all vaccinated members of our community as well as understanding the number of students participating in the Optional Testing Program is essential. 

In their most recent guidance, DESE announced an extension of the mask requirement through November 1, 2021 and more information about vaccination rates and mask wearing after November 1. You can read their full communication here. 

If your student is fully vaccinated and you have not yet submitted proof of vaccination, we ask that you do so immediately!

  • Email or fax a copy (a photo is fine) to your school nurse (MHS Nurse Andrea deManbey at ademanbey@miltonps.org or Pierce Nurse Barbara Perry at bperry@miltonps.org)
  • Mail a copy to the nurses’ office.
  • Drop off a copy in the main office, Monday to Friday, during regular school hours.
  • If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out directly to our Director of Nursing, Kim Coughlin, at kacoughlin@miltonps.org or 617-696-4470 x5517.

Thank you for your cooperation, which will aid us in fully understanding the vaccination status of our population.

Test and Stay: The Test and Stay program for individuals identified as close contacts while in school only and for those who develop symptoms while at school is up and running.  Consent must be in place prior to testing.  You cannot give verbal consent if the need arises for testing, you MUST have consented online previously.

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 7 – Wednesday, October 13, MPS had 5 positive student cases, and 2 positive staff cases. All health and safety information can be found on our Health Services website

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

This week our MHS Reach students began growing produce in Grow Racks for the school cafeteria. We are growing two types of lettuce, kale and basil. Look for these delicous greens in our cafeteria soon! 

Homecoming 2021 tickets are available every day this week at lunch. Tickets are $10. See your Student Government Rep with any questions. 

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Cunningham Kindergarten students have been hard at work participating in ABC Bootcamp, a 26-day, rigorous introduction to all 26 letters and sounds of the alphabet. During whole group instruction, students help to create an ABC Circle chart, by brainstorming words that begin with the letter of the day. Students then engage in interactive ABC Centers, which include making a letter of the day crown, practicing forming the uppercase and lowercase letter, drawing a picture of something that begins with the letter of the day and completing a sound hunt worksheet. The Kindergarten students have been having fun learning all of their letters and sounds!

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Mme. Stallions 2nd grade Glover students listened carefully to one of the bullying lessons that Mrs. McDavitt shared last week. They understood how important it is to use self-talk if they feel that they are being put down by bullies. Students then read the book: “Ce Chenapan de Fred” that tells the story of a boy named Fred who uses mean language to talk to two of his peers. After discussing the book with their teacher, students were asked to find all the positive messages they can tell themselves to build themselves up if a bully tries to put them down. They came up with positive messages such as:  I am capable, I am brave. I can do it. I can do big things. I am worthy. I am confident. I am strong. I am loved, etc. Then they worked with partners to fill up a thought bubble.

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Some of our MHS freshmen volunteered at Cunningham for their day of service this week. MHS students helped in classrooms with one on one support, small group projects, assisting teachers with classroom organization, enjoyed recess with students and more. Thanks to students Ryan Ashburn, Jacob Melanson, Emily Drane, Jacque Timmins, Isabel Kaya, Lila Hunt, Christian Gray, Simon Kosiba, James Goodman, Danilo Silva, Gustavo Costa Paz and Annie Boles who supported teachers Mrs. McKay, Mrs. Miles, Mrs. Zukowski, Ms. Staker, Mrs. Moore, Mrs. Walsh, Madame Morton, Madame Segall, Ms. Macomber, Ms. McClain and Ms. Smith.

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SEPAC 

Thank you to Cunningham School Rep Johanna McCarthy for updating our website Milton SEPAC  Here you can find our full (and evolving) 2021-2022 events and calendar, as well as appropriate board member contacts, district contacts & information, and family resources. Moving forward, our website along with weekly newsletters, will be the way to stay in the know. We welcome Secretary Joan Rush and Collicot Rep Tracy Menoza. Thank you for your service. 

Your IEP and 504 should feel like living, breathing documents with which you regularly consult and commune! Many people don’t understand how important it is to be regularly checking in and modifying this document. Our next basic rights workshop is coming right up on Tuesday, October 19. Register Here for access online. Especially as we come through this pandemic, it’s important to stay clear on our rights and procedural safeguards. 

The next SEPAC board meeting will be held on November 16. This year we will commence with holding elections at this board meeting, so look for nominations and ballots coming soon. 

School and Out of District Reps: School reps have begun building important relationships with school principals at MHS, Pierce, Cunningham, and Collicot. We are still looking for a parent to serve at Tucker and Glover as well as a rep for out of district placements. The commitment is approximately 3-4 hours per month and involves attending a monthly board meeting and meeting with your school principal monthly to review district standardized questions. If interested, please email one of our chairs: Jennie Mulqueen or Jenny Sheehan.

MILTON FOUNDATION FOR EDUCATION 

The Monster Dash 5k, Fun Run & community event falls on Halloween this year! Join us on Sunday, October 31, at Cunningham Hall. Register now! 

The MFE has been organizing the Monster Dash for over 20 years. It is a beloved community event that memorializes Sam Cichello, a Tucker Student who died in a tragic playground accident. Sam loved science so the Monster Dash funds raised go toward science in all 6 Milton public schools. Save the date and start planning your costumes! 

MILTON GLOWS GOLD

Log your miles now! Easy instructions are here and each Sunday there will be a raffle prizes. All who log at least 50 activity points will be included! Win a tote of toys from Toy Box, a $40 Playa Bowls gift card or a $50 amazon gift card! 

Joining your local road races is a great way to get activity points. Mike’s 5k is this Saturday and don’t forget to join the Monster Dash which is on the last day to earn points- October 31st!’

ATHLETICS

Our teams have had some great results lately!

Congratulations to the 7-1 Pierce Volleyball Team!

  • Field Hockey beat Weymouth 5-0!
  • Ben Catudal finished 1st overall in the Bay State Conference Championships!
  • Volleyball beat Braintree in their “Volley for the Cure” match on Tuesday, supporting the fight against Cancer.
  • Cross Country had their Senior Meet yesterday against Newton North and Weymouth, with the boys picking up their first win over Weymouth!
  • Girls Soccer beat Braintree 1-0 after earning their first win of the season 3-1 over Martha’s Vineyard.
  • The Swim Team has yet to lose and are looking forward to States!
  • The Football Team looks to make it 4 in a row against Needham at home tomorrow night.
  • The Boys Soccer Team is currently in the Top 32 Teams in Division II, as they look to secure a tournament berth.

MHS Varsity Football is back home tomorrow night vs Weymouth with a 6 pm kick off!

The Blue Hill Parkway entrance will be closed at 5:15pm. All traffic will be directed right immediately upon entering via Canton Ave. 

We will start admitting spectators at 5:15pm. Tickets are $5/adults. Students are free. No re-entry, so no need to rip tickets. There are no bags or pets allowed. We will stop selling tickets at halftime – around 7pm. The Booster Snack Shack will be open and the Band will perform the National Anthem! 

Registration for Swing 4 Sports closes soon! Foursomes are almost filled so reserve your tee time today. Join us October 18 at Granite Links in support of Milton Boosters and its plans to build a safer, ADA compliant Press Box. Register at this link.  

COMMUNITY NEWS

The Milton Public Library offers fun and free programs for kids almost every day of the week! Join us this Saturday 10/16 at 2:30 for some spooky, laugh-out-loud Halloween fun on Zoom with balloon artist Jungle Jim! This program is for ages 4-11, register here. 

Their October calendar can be found here. To learn more and to register for programs, please visit the MPL website.

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Town of Milton news and activities! 

  • Milton Parks and Rec Snowball League opens for registration on October 20 at 12 noon. All details are here. 
  • The Town is offering a Flu Clinic on October 27. Help keep our community healthy and get your flu shot!
  • The Milton Halloween Stroll is on Saturday, October 30 in East Milton Square.
  • Click on any picture before for more information. 

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Come support the Milton High School Boys and Girls Cross Country Teams at our Kids Trail Run at Cunningham Park on Sunday, October 24. There are different races for students in K-8th grades and it is a great opportunity to experience cross country. Registration is $10/person and starts at 10am on race day. We hope to see you there!

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The Milton Coalition: The Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition is now The Milton Coalition: Addressing Substance Use and Promoting Mental Health! Find information about all of the events below on our website. 

Join Team Milton Coalition on Saturday, October 16 10am at the Collicot and Cunningham Schools on Edge Hill Rd for Mike’s 5K to Crush Substance Abuse.  We are proud to work with Mike’s 5K to end the stigma of Substance Use Disorder and to build friendship and community among people who have been impacted by this disease. 

On Friday, October 22, The Milton Coalition is offering a free training on Youth Mental Health First Aid.  This 6 hour course is for people who work with or live with 12 – 18 year olds.  Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches a 5-step action plan that includes initial help to young people showing signs of mental illness or crisis and how to connect them with the appropriate professional, peer, social, or self-help care.  Consider using corporate paid time off if available for this volunteer opportunity.  Free lunch and snacks will
be provided.  Register online here.

Saturday, October 23 is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.  The Milton Coalition, along with the Milton Police Department, will be hosting a drug collection site at 40 Highland St. Milton.  Studies showed that a majority of misused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.  Clean out your house of unused or expired pills.  You can bring them to the police department on Saturday the 23rd, from 10am – 2pm or use the kiosk in the police department lobby, available every day.

SUPERINTENDENT SHOUTOUT

Congratulations to Dan on your recent award and thank you for your dedication to our school, families and community. Photo credit: Ellen Rogers Photography

 

Congratulations to Dan Kerrigan, co-owner of Steel and Rye who is the recipient of the Forbes House Museum’s first Civic Leadership Award! 

The Forbes House created this award to “recognize individuals who combine entrepreneurial spirit with community engagement in creative and meaningful ways.” Throughout the pandemic Dan continually demonstrated those attributes, being a huge friend and supporter to MPS and many of our students and their families. His commitment to our school community was evident each night throughout the pandemic. He and his staff prepared fresh meals that were delivered to three families who were facing food insecurity. On Thanksgiving Day, Dan once again thought of MPS and our students and prepared 25 Thanksgiving dinners with all the fixings. MPS is a grateful recipient of Dan’s entrepreneurial spirit and community engagement.

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October 7, 2021

To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
From: James F. Jette
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: October 7, 2021

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to visit the MHS Spanish VI class in the MHS library. The class, in collaboration with the Hispanic Cultural Club, worked on multiple presentations to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. MHS classes and staff visited the library to learn about Hispanic literature, culture, geography and more. You can read more about their presentations below under High School Happenings. 

To say these students and their presentations were impressive is an understatement. They were knowledgeable, prepared, conversational and I was reminded, as I always am when I connect with students, why we do what we do. Everything we plan for, fund and implement at MPS is for the benefit of these young people – our students, your children. 

It was another reminder to me to continue to stay engaged in the vibrant day to day MPS community and not get bogged down in the necessary but sometimes tedious work of meetings, emails, phone calls and more. This year, I hope to see you at soccer games and science fairs, plays and awards ceremonies and I also look forward to seeing and talking with our PreK-12 students every week at lunch, recess, classroom events and more.

I hope many of you will join me for coffee and conversation in front of Milton High School on Wednesday, October 13 from 9-9:45 am. This will be another informal opportunity for me to connect with MPS parents and guardians. Parking is limited during the school day but there are always free spots in the lower lots. Weather permitting, coffee will be outside and therefore masks are optional. If the weather does not cooperate, we will move inside and masks will be worn inside the building. 

 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE 

Virtual Listening Session: The Milton School Committee held a 30 minute virtual listening session prior to the October 6 Milton School Committee meeting, from 6:30-7pm.  The Citizen Speak portion of a regular Milton School Committee meeting is limited to 15 minutes and this listening session was offered so parents, guardians, and community members had extended time to voice their questions, ideas, concerns, and highlights to members of the Milton School Committee.  In accordance with open meeting law, there were no responses given by School Committee members during the session itself. However, community members who shared  specific questions or action items can expect to receive follow up communication from School Committee members. Whether or not you were able to join this listening session, please share your feedback about how the School Committee can most effectively engage with you and our community. 

MPS Quality Review Report and Feedback: The overarching results of the MPS Quality review were presented by Cambridge Education on July 21, 2021 at a School Committee meeting. The final report dated June 2021 was shared with the district on Friday, September 10, 2021.

The Milton School Committee will be hosting two sessions where parents, guardians and community members can share feedback regarding the final report from Cambridge Education.  These sessions will be held on October 21, 2021, one at 7:30am and the other at 6:30pm. More information regarding these sessions will be published as the date gets closer.

The regular Milton School Committee meeting is on October 20 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

Proof of Vaccination: Having records of all vaccinated members of our community as well as understanding the number of students participating in the Optional Testing Program is essential. 

In their most recent guidance, DESE announced an extension of the mask requirement through November 1, 2021 and more information about vaccination rates and mask wearing after November 1. You can read their full communication here. 

If your student is fully vaccinated and you have not yet submitted proof of vaccination, we ask that you do so immediately!

  • Email or fax a copy (a photo is fine) to your school nurse (MHS Nurse Andrea deManbey at ademanbey@miltonps.org or Pierce Nurse Barbara Perry at bperry@miltonps.org)
  • Mail a copy to the nurses’ office.
  • Drop off a copy in the main office, Monday to Friday, during regular school hours.
  • If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out directly to our Director of Nursing, Kim Coughlin, at kacoughlin@miltonps.org or 617-696-4470 x5517.

Thank you for your cooperation, which will aid us in fully understanding the vaccination status of our population, especially with regard to the 80% threshold. 

Test and Stay: MPS is pleased to announce that our DESE/CIC nurse started at MPS yesterday and the district is starting the Test and Stay program for individuals identified as close contacts while in school only and for those who develop symptoms while at school.  Consent must be in place prior to testing.  We recommend that parents/guardians have consent on file prior to the October 12 start date as it can take up to 48 hours for your consent to be uploaded in the system. You cannot give verbal consent if the need arises for testing, you MUST have consented online previously. 

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, September 30 – Wednesday, October 6, MPS had 3 positive student cases, and 0 positive staff cases. All health and safety information can be found on our Health Services website

EDUCATIONAL EQUITY

Senior Director of Educational Equity, Somaly Prak-Martins, shares this week’s Behaving Equitably Newsletter linked here. In this week’s edition, Director Prak-Martins provides updates on the District’s equity efforts, a list of some cultural and religious days in October, and some interesting facts about Halloween.

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

Señora Gonzalez shares that students in the Spanish VI class collaborated with the Hispanic Cultural Club and prepared a presentation and exhibit in the library to celebrate the National Hispanic Heritage Month.

While the Spanish VI class researched, studied and created their material to illustrate their presentations, members of the Hispanic Cultural Club decorated the library with “papel picado” and put together the exhibit with artifacts lent by families in the community. The exhibit was set up so that students could visit at their own pace.

During the presentation attendees had an opportunity to learn about the Hispanic & Latinx celebrations, food, customs and traditions as well as the unique contributions of recognized Hispanic & Latinx individuals to our society. Students learned about the “la quinceañea, la semana santa, el día de los difuntos” , etc., as well as traditions and customs people practice during these celebrations and of course the food.

Students presented about the literary work of well recognized authors such as Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Elizabeth Acevedo, Isabel Allende, Junot Diaz, and more.  Other students presented and discussed the artwork of Diego Velasquez, Frida Khalo, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Fernando Botero,  and José Clemente Horosco.  Students also had the opportunity to learn about some of the  people who have used their voice and fame to promote social justice and human rights like Shakira, Rigoberta Menchu, Cesar Chavez and others.  And of course, all students learned about the origin of the Hispanic Heritage Month and some recent facts concerning the growth and influence of the Hispanic and Latinx population in the United States and in the community.

This project was the reflection of this year’s theme: “Esperanza” A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage and Hope. Despite some challenges, all students worked diligently to show and share their appreciation of the Hispanic cultures with the hope that by understanding other cultures students recognized their shared values, customs and traditions and embraced each other. 

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For Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month, students in Ms. Hanna’s adaptive music class have been learning about music from Mexico and Cuba. They started by listening to traditional mariachi music and identifying instruments that are prevalent in the style and then continued to experience music from Mexico through movement activities, responsive listening, and Spanish singing games.

Next, they read the story “Drum Dream Girl” by Margarita Engel. The story is about a little girl from Cuba who dreams of playing the drums, inspired by real-life Cuban drummer, Millo Castro Zaldarriaga. Students have been working on their own drumming skills using bucket drums and had the opportunity to try out the types of drums described in the book – conga, bongos, and timbales. Inspired by the Drum Dream Girl’s passion for drumming, students also reflected on their own passions to share with the class.

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The Milton Coalition has established a youth coalition called the Milton Youth Advocates for Change (MYAC). One of MYAC’s initiative was the Milton Minds Matter, a community-based group focused on promoting positive mental health for high school teens led by high school teens.

There are 4 open student leadership positions. These students will be paid a stipend for the work they do in between October to April. You can apply for one of 4 available leadership positions: Co-Presidents (2) Secretary/Outreach Coordinator (1) Underclassmen Representative (1). All details can be found here. 

PIERCE PAGES

October 2nd was National Custodian Day, a day devoted to expressing our appreciation for the unsung heroes that keep our schools clean and safe. At Pierce, we recognize and thank our wonderful custodial staff – Mr. Mike Buzzell, Mr. Nelson Taylor, Mr. Bernard Jette, Mr. Tom Ranton, Mrs. Janice Wilson, and Mr. Jon Scherer – for all they do for our students, staff and school. Our 8th grade art students created a banner and drawings of each of our custodians as a token of our recognition and appreciation. 

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Students in Mr. McElhinney’s Civics classes have been studying democracy and the Constitutional Convention. In class, the students held a mini Constitutional Convention and created a profile of its delegates. 

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Mr. Manning’s art students are diving deep into “Inktober”. Inktober consists of 31 drawings in 31 days and the website provides a drawing prompt for each day. Students have been pushing their creativity by drawing in ink each day for 15 minutes. Even though drawing in ink leaves little room for error, drawing in ink has been proven to sharpen your drawing skills. Stay tuned for more of these unique ink drawings as we work our way through the month!

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Glover students in Ms. Brandi’s kindergarten class are learning about the parts of a tree as part of the Trees and Weather unit in FOSS science curriculum. In this unit, students learn about trees and weather over the course of several weeks. They diagram the parts of the tree, compare leaves, play matching games to learn leaf shapes and have fun working together on a weather calendar and recording temperature.

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Our first group of Tucker students got to use the book vending machine! These students were awarded tokens because they exemplified good citizenship, kindness towards others and demonstrated the Tucker Way. Thank you to the Milton Foundation for Education for funding the Tucker book vending machine with a grant during the last school year.

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It was Walk and Bike to School Day on Wednesday. It was a beautiful day with smiles all around!

 

SEPAC

SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Committee) will launch its year with a FCSN (Federation for Children with Special Needs) workshop on Understanding Your IEP,  Tuesday, October 19, 6:30-8:30.  Please check out our slides for the zoom link: SEPAC 2021-2022 Info Slides.

We look forward to welcoming Tracy Menoza as our new Collicot SEPAC representative. Thank you, Tracy, for stepping up into this important role! 

MILTON FOUNDATION FOR EDUCATION 

The Monster Dash 5k, Fun Run & community event falls on Halloween this year! Join us on Sunday, October 31, at Cunningham Hall. Register now! 

DEADLINE TOMORROW: Monster Dash Art Contest! Do you want to see your original, Halloween-themed art on over a thousand T-shirts at the Monster Dash? Well, then get out your black sharpies, an 8.5×11 white paper and your creativity! No tracings or printed material, bring your submission and permission form to your school office by October 8th.  All details can be found at this link.  We can’t wait to see your spooky designs!

The MFE has been organizing the Monster Dash for over 20 years. It is a beloved community event that memorializes Sam Cichello, a Tucker Student who died in a tragic playground accident. Sam loved science so the Monster Dash funds raised go toward science in all 6 Milton public schools. Save the date and start planning your costumes! 

ATHLETICS

  • The Swim Team is still undefeated! They beat Needham on Tuesday to improve to 6-0, and they won diving again.
  • The Boys Soccer Team beat Norwood 9-1 on Monday, before dropping their next game 1-0 in a very good game against Walpole. They sit at 4-4-1 halfway through the season.
  • Ben Catudal, Johnny Gillooly and Sam DiSandro will be representing Milton at the Bay State Conference Championships at Framingham Country Club on Friday, October 8th. Good luck to those 3 golfers!
  • The Cross Country Bay State Invitational was very successful on Saturday. The Girls placed 2nd overall and the Boys came in 3rd!
  • Girls Soccer will host Newton North tonight at 5:30pm and it is Youth Soccer Night.
  • Football is back at home tomorrow, Friday, October 8th at 6:30. They will host Weymouth, looking to improve to 4-1.

Registration for Swing 4 Sports is now open! Foursomes are filling up fast so reserve your tee time today. Join us October 18 at Granite Links in support of Milton Boosters and its plans to build a safer, ADA compliant Press Box. Register at this link.  

Check out the MHS Boosters new merchandise at the MHS football game on Friday night! These will be limited edition items, so when you see them for sale – don’t wait!  All proceeds support our student athletes. Cash, check and credit cards are all accepted. Thank you for your support!

COMMUNITY NEWS

MHS Student Leaders have a deal for you! Make eating a selfless act by joining us for a fundraiser to support Milton High School Leaders. Come in to The Plate  10 Bassett St (the Fruit Center Marketplace) on Saturday, October 9 between 8 am-2 pm. Bring in this flyer, show it on your smart phone or tell our awesome retail staff you’re supporting the cause to make sure that 15% of the proceeds will be donated to Milton High School Student Leaders. Thank you for your support! 

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Come support the Milton High School Boys and Girls Cross Country Teams at our Kids Trail Run at Cunningham Park on Sunday, October 24. There are different races for students in K-8th grades and it is a great opportunity to experience cross country. Registration is $10/person and starts at 10am on race day. We hope to see you there!

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Pull out your flannels for the Forbes House Museum’s Barnfest! Tonight 6:00-9:00 pm – it’s not too late to purchase advance tickets for the Forbes House Museum’s Barnfest. Enjoy a crisp fall evening listening to live music by Kings of Ghost Town and enjoying local food and craft beer. Tickets are $25 in advance and include your first pour, proof of age required. $30 at the door and kids are free. 

Look for the party lights by the barn, behind the museum at 215 Adams Street. Sponsored by Molloy Lawn & Landscape. Proceeds from the event benefit the Forbes House Museum’s cultural and historical programming. 

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The Milton Coalition: The Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition is now The Milton Coalition: Addressing Substance Use and Promoting Mental Health! Find information about all of the events below on our website. 

Join Team Milton Coalition on Saturday, October 16 10am at the Collicot and Cunningham Schools on Edge Hill Rd for Mike’s 5K to Crush Substance Abuse.  We are proud to work with Mike’s 5K to end the stigma of Substance Use Disorder and to build friendship and community among people who have been impacted by this disease. 

On Friday, October 22, The Milton Coalition is offering a free training on Youth Mental Health First Aid.  This 6 hour course is for people who work with or live with 12 – 18 year olds.  Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches a 5-step action plan that includes initial help to young people showing signs of mental illness or crisis and how to connect them with the appropriate professional, peer, social, or self-help care.  Consider using corporate paid time off if available for this volunteer opportunity.  Free lunch and snacks will
be provided.  Register online here. 

Saturday, October 23 is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.  The Milton Coalition, along with the Milton Police Department, will be hosting a drug collection site at 40 Highland St. Milton.  Studies showed that a majority of misused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.  Clean out your house of unused or expired pills.  You can bring them to the police department on Saturday the 23rd, from 10am – 2pm or use the kiosk in the police department lobby, available every day.

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The Milton Public Library offers fun and free programs for kids almost every day of the week!  Their October calendar can be found here. To learn more and to register for programs, please visit the MPL website. 

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Join the fun at the Columbus Day Street Hockey Tournament on Monday,  October 11 at 8 am at the 
Skip Lapworth Rink at Kelley Field.  
$20.00 per person to play, there is also a $20 raffle to include 4 Club seats at Boston Bruins Game on October 30.  All Proceeds will benefit MHS Boys and Girls Hockey Teams.
Please contact Mike Vaughan for more information at 617-763-8118 or Vaughanmp5@icloud.com.

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The Milton Early Childhood Alliance Fall Newsletter is bursting at the seams with four pages of free fun for families with children! You can read all of the details here and read about an upcoming event below. 

Stories and Friends Meet Up and Scavenger Hunt – Are you a family new to town? Do you have a new child? Do you just want to meet and connect with other families with young children?  Do you care for your grandchildren and want to meet others? Then, join us for our Stories and Friends Meet Ups. We’ll be holding four sessions in the great outdoors where you will have the opportunity to meet other families, enjoy reading a children’s story, participate in a scavenger hunt, and enter our free raffle to win a nice gift! Registration is not required; however, you will need to sign in to be entered into our free raffle. The final session will be held Thursday, October 14th at 10:30 am at The Trailside Museum. We hope to see you there!

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SUPERINTENDENT SHOUTOUT

Congratulations to MHS seniors Gabriella Brown, Barron Clancy, Lucia Dwyer, Christopher Le, Ian Lundeen, Ben Malisheski, Max Mitchell, Isabel Murley, Matthew Paquette, Myles Phung, Calidore Robinson, Stella Yuan and Chloe Zhong who have been recognized as Commended Students for their high scores on the PSAT/NMSQT. These students received Letters of Commendation in recognition of their outstanding academic promise. We are proud of these young people and are always happy to see them recognized by others!

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September 30, 2021

To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
From: James F. Jette
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: September 30, 2021

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

Today was Milton Glows Gold Day in the Milton Public Schools. Milton Police Officers greeted our students at arrival today (Milton Fire Fighters were not able to attend but were there in spirit!) and Senator Walter Timilty visited MHS in honor of Milton Glows Gold Day. Tonight the town will Glow Gold with gold ribbons on doors and candles in windows. We are celebrating Milton Glows Gold in partnership with the Michael C. McHugh Foundation, and we have helped to raise funds and awareness in support of families impacted by childhood cancer. Milton Glows Gold has been a wonderful initiative that we have been proud to be a part of. You can still be involved by:

Registering to run/walk/ride through the month of October in honor of the 15,690 kids diagnosed with cancer each year. Register here. 

Give some liquid GOLD: There are sixteen slots left to donate blood at Pierce (details here) on Saturday, October 16. (The Cunningham Hall blood drive held today was fully booked!)  Make an appointment to give at this link and please and use sponsor code: PIERCE.  

Bring your Gold to school! Each of our schools has a coin collection bucket in the front office. Let’s fill them in support of families impacted by childhood cancer.

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We are as anxious as many of you are to get our Test and Stay protocol up and running. Test and Stay is a state run program and this DESE Webinar from 9/23/21 explains the delays in this testing program. Unfortunately, the state was delayed in both the delivery of the BinaxNOW test and securing the staffing that the state is supplying to support schools.

There are three different State testing options and we will be participating in the first two (Symptomatic and Test and Stay). Details are below. 

  • Symptomatic Testing: (for when individuals present symptoms while at school; individuals should not go to school if experiencing symptoms while at home): Shallow nasal swab samples are collected at school using the BinaxNOW rapid antigen test or another approved diagnostic test.
  • Test and Stay (close contact testing): Shallow nasal swab samples are collected at school using the BinaxNOW rapid antigen test or another approved diagnostic test. Tests are administered daily from the first day of exposure for at least five (5) days. (Please note, the duration of Test and Stay is seven (7) days with testing occurring on school days). This testing will take place at a central location in MPS, each school day morning and will be starting soon.
  • Routine COVID Pooled Testing and School-Based Follow-Up Testing: Shallow nasal swab samples are collected at school and put into a single tube (maximum of 10 samples per tube). If a group tests positive, individual Follow-Up testing with a second sample collection occurs at the school with BinaxNOW and/or individual PCR testing, as necessary.

Our September 9, 2021 letter about the Test and Stay Program can be found here.  You must OPT IN to Test and Stay to participate.  The link to opt in can be found here.  The letter is also posted on the MPS Health Services webpage. 

At this time, MPS is not engaged in pooled testing. We need a minimum of 60% of parents/guardians give consent to make pooled testing effective. We cannot test students without parental/guardian consent. We will need staffing support from the State to implement pooled testing as with approximately 4,400 students,  testing them weekly will be a challenge with the current nursing staff we have.  An additional challenge all institutions are facing is trying to find the RNs, LPNs and the CNAs to staff these programs. Some are encouraging the State to call in the National Guard to provide the support because of the nursing shortage for this testing initiative. 

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As we shared last week, the results from the Quality Review can be found at this link.  Last week’s Behaving Equitably Newsletter linked here provides some insight on the next steps for the district. We look forward to ongoing community engagement on the Quality Review in the coming months. 

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Finally, I invite you to join me for a second coffee and conversation in front of Milton High School on Wednesday, October 13 from 9-9:45 am. This will be another informal opportunity for me to connect with MPS parents and guardians. Parking is limited during the school day but there are always free spots in the lower lots. Weather permitting, coffee will be outside and therefore masks are optional. If the weather does not cooperate, we will move inside and masks will be worn inside the building. 

 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE 

The Milton School Committee plans to hold a 30 minute virtual listening session prior to the October 6 Milton School Committee meeting, from 6:30-7pm.  The Citizen Speak portion of a regular Milton School Committee meeting is limited to 15 minutes and this listening session is being offered so parents, guardians, and community members have extended time to voice their questions, ideas, concerns, and highlights to members of the Milton School Committee.  In accordance with open meeting law, there will be no responses given by School Committee members during the session itself. However, community members sharing specific questions or action items can expect to receive follow up communication from School Committee members after the session. This meeting will be recorded so that all School Committee members, including those unable to attend, may listen to what is shared. The link to attend this listening session can be found here. (Meeting ID: 847 9875 7890, Passcode: 096567). Please note that this is a different link than the one provided to attend regular virtual School Committee meetings.

Whether or not you are able to join this listening session, please share your feedback about how the School Committee can most effectively engage with you and our community. 

The regular Milton School Committee meeting on October 6 will then begin 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

Vaccination records: Having records of all vaccinated members of our community as well as understanding the number of students participating in the Optional Testing Program is essential. If your student is fully vaccinated, please submit proof of vaccination as soon as possible using one of the following three methods.

  • Email or fax a copy (a photo is fine) to your school nurse (MHS Nurse Andrea deManbey at ademanbey@miltonps.org or Pierce Nurse Barbara Perry at bperry@miltonps.org)
  • Mail a copy to the nurses’ office.
  • Drop off a copy in the main office, Monday to Friday, during regular school hours.

Earlier this week DESE announced an extension of the mask requirement through November 1, 2021 and more information about vaccination rates and mask wearing after November 1. You can read their full communication here. 

For the time period of Thursday, September 23 – Wednesday, September 29, MPS had 11 positive student cases, and 0 positive staff cases. All health and safety information can be found on our Health Services website

EDUCATIONAL EQUITY

Senior Director of Educational Equity, Somaly Prak-Martins, shares this week’s Behaving Equitably Newsletter linked here. Ms. Prak-Martins shares information about trauma and its impact, Haitian migrants and more in this week’s newsletter. 

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

The MHS Key Club started their year sharing messages of positivity with MHS. Club members wrote their own positive messages and also chose uplifting quotes by poets, athletes, celebrities and presidents. They made colorful posters and hung them throughout the school and hope that anyone having a challenging day will notice their messages of positivity and it will lift their spirits.

PIERCE PAGES

6th grade health class created their version of Pierce Positive Community Member Poster. Students worked in groups to create a list of ten attributes/characteristics they would want to see from their peers that represent a positive community member. Students explained what each attribute/characteristics look like within the building and then individually created a poster using those words.

 

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

On September 17 Mme. Bonner and Mme. Brown’s Glover students celebrated  Constitution Day. Mrs. McDavitt visited the class and read the book America Is by Louise Borden about the Constitution and the importance of Freedom and Justice. Students then colored various symbols of the Constitution and did an activity at home.

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Ms. Good’s Glover 5th graders  were busy exploring their shadows and investigating how and why their shadows change throughout the day. To start their exploration, students traced their shadows in the morning then again in the afternoon. The students compared their tracings/shadows and used this information to determine the position of the Sun as it appears to move throughout the daytime sky. They found that not only does their shadow move, but the size and shape changes as well. Students will go on to continue to investigate the sun’s orientation and its relationship to earth.

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Monster Dash Art Contest! Do you want to see your original, Halloween-themed art on over a thousand T-shirts at the Monster Dash? Well, then get out your black sharpies, an 8.5×11 white paper and your creativity! No tracings or printed material, bring your submission and permission form to your school office by October 8th.  All details can be found at this link.  We can’t wait to see your spooky designs!

FOOD SERVICE

Jackie Morgan, Director of Food Services, shares the following.

The Milton Food and Nutrition Department is asking for your patience and support as we navigate new challenges. As you may be aware, we are currently faced with unprecedented shortages of food and packaging materials, massive delays or cancellations of deliveries, and some department labor shortages. Nationwide shortages and delays have affected availability of certain food items, leading to substitutions of menu items we’ve been able to offer regularly in the past. These supply issues are occurring throughout the country and are especially challenging for school systems, due to the quantity of meals we serve and the nutrition standards we follow.

All of this means that we may need to make quick substitutions to our menu(s) based upon what we are able to acquire. We know that this affects students, and we are doing our best to provide updates about menu changes when possible as soon as we identify an issue. Families with students who have food allergies are encouraged to check our online menus daily to make sure you are aware of any substitutions.

Please know that our number one priority continues to be providing healthy, nutritious, and appetizing meals for your children. We love seeing them every day and appreciate your support and patience as we continue to offer meals at no charge for all students. The good news is that free breakfast and lunch will continue throughout the school year, so please stick with us while we face yet another challenge. Your participation helps our program stay strong, and we look forward to serving you!

FAMILY RESOURCES 

Quincy Family Resource Center and Joanna’s Place have published their October happenings.  At Joanna’s Place, registration for Circle G, a support group specifically tailored to caregivers and their children, ages 8-18, who have experienced the death of a spouse/parent or child/sibling, is underway.  Quincy Greater Resource Center offers a variety of groups, some remote and some in person.  Their October calendar is jam packed with information about support groups and activities.  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

A hole-in-one for Caroline!

Maybe one of the Top 10 most sought after feelings in sport is a hole-in-one. Well, Caroline Gannon hit a hole-in-one on the first hole against Natick on Monday! Take a look at the Milton High Golf Twitter Account (@MiltonHSGolf) to see the video!

The Swim Team won every event against Newton North and won diving for the first time in its history! Many students qualified for Sectionals and States. They travel to Natick today hoping to continue their unbeaten start to the season!

The Volleyball Team recovered from an early scare against Braintree on Tuesday to rally back and win 3-1, improving to 5-3 on the season.

Football has ripped off two straight wins by a combined 71-19 scoreline. They will travel to Walpole tomorrow in their first Bay State Conference Game of the season!

The Girls Soccer Team battled to a 0-0 draw against Braintree on Tuesday, with GK Sarah McGillivray earning her first clean sheet of the season. They will host Sharon on Saturday at 2pm in a rematch of their 3-3 tie back in mid-September.

Registration for Swing 4 Sports is now open!  Foursomes are filling up fast so reserve your tee time today. Join us October 18 at Granite Links in support of Milton Boosters and its plans to build a safer, ADA compliant Press Box. Register at this link.  

The Boosters will not have a POP-UP store online this fall due to significant delays on production and inventory shortages everywhere. They will be introducing new limited edition items starting at the October 8 football game at Brooks Field and then introducing more items throughout the fall and holiday season. 

These new items will be available this fall! Sweatshirts $40 – $45; Short-sleeve tee  $20; Beanie hat $25; Sweatshirt blanket  $35; Women’s tee $30; Water bottle $15; Phone accessory $5

These will be limited edition items, so when you see them for sale – don’t wait!  All proceeds support our student athletes.

COMMUNITY NEWS

The turn of the calendar to October means its time for Sophia’s Annual Sock Drive! Even with Covid, Sophia was able to collect 3,175 pairs last year and has donated 9,369 pairs of socks to date to the homeless at St. Francis House in Boston. The Cunningham School and the MPS community have been an instrumental part in helping Sophia donate so many socks. All details on donating new socks can be found here. Let’s help Sophia get to 10,000 socks donated! 

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The Monster Dash 5k, Fun Run & community event falls on Halloween this year! Join us on Sunday, October 31, at Cunningham Hall. Register now! 

The MFE has been organizing the Monster Dash for over 20 years. It is a beloved community event that memorializes Sam Cichello, a Tucker Student who died in a tragic playground accident. Sam loved science so the Monster Dash funds raised go toward science in all 6 Milton public schools. Save the date and start planning your costumes! 

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The Milton Public Library offers fun and free programs for kids almost every day of the week!  Their October calendar can be found here. To learn more and to register for programs, please visit the MPL website. 

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The 1st Annual  Youth Sexual Health Conference is being held on Saturday, October 2, 2021 from 10 am-4 pm at the Epiphany School, 154 Centre Street, Boston. One of the youth ambassadors is a MPS student and they are excited to have Dominique Jackson (“Elektra” from FX’s POSE) as our keynote speaker and Khymani James (Boston-based advocate for racial justice and inclusion) as our moderator. All details can be found here. 

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The Milton Early Childhood Alliance Fall Newsletter is bursting at the seams with four pages of free fun for families with children! You can read all of the details here and read about a few upcoming events below. 

Story Walk at The Trailside Museum – enjoy a children’s story with your family, daily 8:00-4:00, about an elephant who’s sneezes are so big they could cause a catastrophe with his animal friends. It’s a silly book that’s loads of fun to read with children! And, look for our new trilingual Story Walk at this location, coming in the next few weeks, welcoming the river otter back to its home! The Trailside Museum is located at 1904 Canton Avenue in Milton.

Story Walk at Brookwood Community Farm – enjoy a trilingual children’s story with your family, daily from dawn to dusk, about children working together growing, weeding, and nurturing a community garden and enjoying a great feast after the harvest. A very appropriate story for this location on a working community farm! Brookwood Community Farm is located a 11 Blue Hill River Road on the Milton/Canton line.

 Story Walk at Milton Cemetery – enjoy a children’s story with your family, daily 8:00 AM to dusk, about a shy skunk who’s ashamed of his smell until his woodland friends teach him that he is special and unique. This is a beautiful, peaceful location to enjoy a great story with your family while taking in its special location around the pond. Milton Cemetery is located at 211 Centre Street in Milton.

Many thanks to our translators: French translation by Marianne LeBigot, French Reading Specialist, Milton Public Schools, and Spanish translation by Yalennys Velazquez, owner of Little Spanish Garden Bilingual Childcare in Milton!

Stories and Friends Meet Up and Scavenger Hunt – Are you a family new to town? Do you have a new child? Do you want to meet and connect with other families with young children?  Do you care for your grandchildren and want to meet others? Then, join us for our Stories and Friends Meet Ups. We’ll be holding four sessions in the great outdoors where you will have the opportunity to meet other families, enjoy reading a children’s story, participate in a scavenger hunt, and enter our free raffle to win a nice gift! Registration is not required; however, you will need to sign in to be entered into our free raffle. The next two sessions will be held on: Wednesday, October 6th at 4:00 PM at the Pond at Milton Cemetery; Thursday, October 14th at 10:30 AM at The Trailside Museum. Rain dates will be October 20th and/or 21st with specific information announced if needed.

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Healing Through Writing Workshop for TeensSaturday, October 2 10am – noon. Eustis Estate, 1424 Canton Avenue, Milton, MA 02186

This writing workshop for teens is a chance to reflect on and make sense of the challenges 2020 presented. Whatever your level of writing experience, this a low-pressure, fun way to explore your creativity. We all have our own unique experiences and your stories matter. Writing and poetry can be a powerful way to connect to yourself and the world around you.
This thoughtful and interactive writing workshop is led by Dr. Denise Patmon, director of the Boston Writing Project, and her son Luke Patmon, who guides you through the process of finding your voice. Appropriate for ages 13-18. Advance registration is required. Please call 617-994-6600 for more information.  Historic New England member $10; non-member $15

 Community Family Day: Exploring Art at the Eustis Estate, Saturday, October 2 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Eustis Estate, 1424 Canton Avenue, Milton, MA 02186

Come to the Eustis Estate for a special day for families to explore the grounds and the outdoor sculpture exhibition, Looking Back with 2020 Vision, representing artist reactions to many of the issues that were on our minds in 2020. Art is a powerful way to process and heal. The day’s activities help families engage with the content and creatively express themselves.

  • Create social justice-based art led by local artists
  • Follow a Story Walk through the property
  • Practice mindfulness with family yoga and meditation
  • Engage with the landscape through nature-based activities
  • Join in a teen writing workshop (sign up separately here)
  • Bring a picnic and spend some time exploring the exhibition and the museum

The event is done in collaboration with Quincy for Transformative Change, Celebrate Milton, and Courageous Conversations Towards Racial Justice-Milton/Mattapan. Best for ages 5-12 years old. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Admission to the house is included, but most activities will be outdoors unless there is rain. Note: some of the artworks in the exhibition are of a sensitive nature. Supported by a community grant from the Milton Junior Woman’s Club. Please call 617-994-6600 for more information. Family Day is free though donations are encouraged.

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

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September 23, 2021

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

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

Yesterday was the first day of fall and we are enjoying our first full week of school. Each of our schools are busy with academics, athletics, clubs, theatre rehearsals, music lessons, community efforts, social activities, open houses and more. I appreciate the time you take each week to read my weekly blog, as it is an overview of much of what is happening in the Milton Public Schools. Each of our principals also sends a detailed weekly email to their school community. If you are not receiving this weekly email from your principal, please reach out to your school’s administrative assistant.

It is with great pleasure that I inform you that Mrs. Janet Sheehan has graciously agreed to temporarily come out of retirement to fill the position of Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Human Resources on an interim basis for the remainder of the 2021-2022 school year. As many of you know, Mrs. Sheehan held this position for several years prior to her retirement in 2019. Mrs. Sheehan brings years of experience as an educator and administrator, and her familiarity with the district will make this a seamless transition. The Milton School Committee showed its support of this recommendation by unanimously voting this appointment at last night’s meeting. I am sure the entire school community will join me in welcoming Mrs. Sheehan back to the Milton Public Schools. Please see the letter that I sent to all families and staff earlier today linked here. 

Please read on below for highlights from our schools, newsletters from Administrator for Pupil Personnel Services Susan Maselli, Senior Director of Education Equity Somaly Prak-Martins, Family Outreach Liaison Marti O’Keefe McKenna, updates on Milton Glows Gold, my Superintendent Shoutouts and more. 

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES

  • Sept 23 Tucker Open House
  • Sept 23 Collicot Open House 
  • Sept 30 Glover Open House
  • Oct 5 Cunningham Open House
  • Oct 6 School Committee Meeting

Please refer to the District-Wide Calendar of Events for times and details. The 21-22 School Year Calendar can be found here (Revised 2/24/21) Note: This calendar is intended as a guide ONLY. It may be necessary to change this schedule to better serve instructional purposes.

 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE 

The next regular Milton School Committee meeting will be on October 6 , 2021 at 7pm. Prior to this meeting, the School Committee plans to hold a brief listening session from 6:30-6:55pm. Details and the link to attend the listening session will be shared in next week’s blog and posted on the MPS website. Please note that this will be a different link than the one provided to attend virtual School Committee meetings.

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

As previously mentioned in our MPS Opening Guide 2021-2022, Milton Public Schools has signed up for the state-funded COVID-19 testing program. By offering testing, we expand the potential for students to remain in school even in some cases when they have been identified as a close contact. 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.  The link to opt in can be found here.  The letter is also posted on the MPS Health Services webpage.  If we achieve a 60% opt in rate, we may also be eligible for pooled testing.  As discussed at last night’s school committee meeting,  the implementation of  the Test and Stay program has been on the DESE and CIC timetable. We anticipate being up and running with Test and Stay at the end of next week.

For the time period of Thursday, September 16 – Wednesday, September 22, MPS had 8 positive student cases, and 2 positive staff cases. All health and safety information can be found on our Health Services website

EDUCATIONAL EQUITY

Senior Director of Educational Equity, Somaly Prak-Martins, shares this week’s Behaving Equitably Newsletter linked here. Director Prak-Martins includes the results from the Quality Review and provides some insight on the next steps for the district. 

MILTON GLOWS GOLD

We have had a terrific ten days of Glowing Gold in our schools! The MHS Football game last Saturday, a terrific win for our Wildcats, was a Glow Gold Day. Many of our athletic teams are signed up to run/walk/ride to raise money and show support. Our schools are collecting coins, wearing MGG swag and distributing Glow Bags. How can you get involved? Details are below! 

Next Thursday, September 30,  is Milton Glows Gold day.  Wear your gold (or yellow) to school and look for special visits from our friends at the Milton Police Department. Let’s have fun and show support at the same time! 

Milton Glows Gold at MHS football!

Sign up to Run/Walk/Ride: The GOAL: Together we will run, walk and ride 1 mile for each of the 15,690 kids diagnosed with cancer every year. 

  • Run, walk or ride alone or with friends to raise awareness and funds to support families whose lives were permanently impacted by cancer. Mileage goals are based on totals for the month. Track September 30 through October 31, 2021 track on your own or through the Strava App.
  • Join your school’s team when you register 
  • Set a fundraising goal and ask your friends and family for support 
  • Money should not be a barrier to participation  – please email mcmstrong@gmail.com for a code to register for free if needed. 
  • HAVE FUN! 

Please consider signing up for the blood drive at Pierce (details here) on Saturday, October 16. (The Cunningham blood drive is fully booked!) Appointments must be made due to Covid restrictions. Make an appointment at this link and please and use sponsor code: PIERCE. 

Help spread the Milton Glows Gold message to friends and neighbors  by dropping off a Glow Bag. Glow Bags are like Halloween Boo Bags and all details are here.  

Bring your Gold to school! Each of our schools has a coin collection bucket in the front office. Let’s fill them in support of families impacted by childhood cancer. 

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

Our new Food Service nutrition intern, Walchris Nicolas, has been making falafels conducting taste tests with our MHS students. While working on a balance of spice and texture, our students have been excited to see more plant based food being offered. This week we will be serving the falafels  with a tzatziki sauce on the side.

Falafels are a popular middle eastern street food that are balls made of chickpeas, herbs, and spices. When baked they can be a great source of fiber and B vitamins, all while using herbs and spices, as opposed to excessive amounts of salt, to provide flavor. This plant-based meal is a great meat substitute. Their umami or meaty flavor, coupled with the fact that they’re packed with protein, makes them a great way to satisfy meat cravings. It breaks up the norm of what food should be and instead introduces new elements to many of our students. Hopefully this inspiration can be used to create new recipes at home. 

PIERCE PAGES

A month after September 11, recovery workers found a pear tree under the rubble that still showed signs of life despite being burned and badly damaged. The tree was moved to a nearby park where it once again began to flourish. Eventually, it was moved back to Ground Zero where it became known as the Tree of Hope. Phoenix Team created their own Tree of Hope to honor those who lost their lives on 9/11 and those who risked everything to save others.

 

FUSE and Advanced FUSE students practiced persistence and teamwork to build bridges using only straws and tape or towers with just newspaper and 12 inches of tape. Students had certain constraints that they had to follow which made the project more challenging. When the building was done, we tested the bridges by adding up to 120 pennies into a small cup. There were some that were so strong that we could add a second cup of 120 pennies! We tested the newspaper towers with a fan blowing on it to see if it would stay standing. Even if the original design didn’t work, students learned valuable lessons about how engineers do their jobs. Our students had some very creative designs.

 

Meet & Greet with Pierce Administrators:In August, Pierce welcomed Ms. Kaitlin Gass as our new assistant principal. Parents and guardians are invited to attend a virtual meeting on Tuesday, September 28th, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m to meet Ms. Gass and learn more about her background and experiences, as well as about her work to date at Pierce.

In addition to introducing Ms. Gass to the Pierce community, this meeting will be an opportunity to meet with assistant principal Janice Mazzola and principal William Fish. The meeting link is available here.

Clubs & PASS Classes: We are pleased to get our Pierce Clubs and PASS Classes up and running!  Click here for descriptions of our clubs and  PASS classes currently being offered.

CLUBS are year-long experiences that take place after school. Some clubs are already underway, and all others will begin the week of September 27, 2021. A fee of $37.50 gains students access to all clubs.  To register for one or more clubs, please follow the instructions below by Monday, September 27, 2021:

  • Make your payment; To pay online, click HERE; to pay by check, make your check payable to the Town of Milton and drop it in the bin outside the main office.To request financial assistance, click the appropriate box on the registration form.
  • Click HERE to complete the registration form.

PASS CLASSES are an opportunity for Pierce teachers to identify an interest, talent, or a hobby and create an eight week after school experience for students. PASS classes will begin the week of September 27, 2021 and run for eight sessions.  Each PASS class costs $50. 

To register your child for a PASS class, please follow the instructions below by Monday, September 27, 2021:

  • Make your payment: To pay online, click HERE; to pay by check, make your check payable to the Town of Milton and drop it in the bin outside the main office.To request financial assistance, click the appropriate box on the registration form.
  • Click HERE to complete the registration form.
 

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Students in Mrs. Novak’s  fifth grade class at Tucker are hard at work learning how to use tiles with fractional side lengths to find the area. In doing so, students were designing a bathroom by not only finding how many tiles that were needed but were also asked to choose paint colors and the type of tile their bathroom would have. Students enjoyed creating their own designs!

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Every week at Glover School, 12 students are recognized on the morning announcements as our Glover Kids of the week. Glover Kids have been showing the many different ways that they are safe, respectful, responsible, and kind here at school. Our “pond” is filling up fast with tons of “duck feet” that our Glover Kids are earning. Keep up the great work, Glover Kids!

SPECIAL EDUCATION

Administrator for Pupil Personnel Services, Sue Maselli shares her most recent newsletter at this link. This newsletter has information about  Suicide Awareness Month, local resources for children with Autism, and opportunity to volunteer on hiring committees.

FAMILY RESOURCES 

The Milton Public Schools values a strong home-school connection.  In an effort to support and foster that connection we know 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

Fall Sports are underway! Check out all athletic schedules here.

Boys Soccer is off to an impressive start, beating former Bay State Conference rival Norwood 3-1 and Foxboro 2-0. They also managed to tie Weymouth 1-1. After a loss to Wellesley, they are 2-1-1.

There is no surprise that the Swim Team is 2-0 after beating Brookline and Walpole by a combined score of 212-160!

The Girls Cross Country Team is 3-1 with their only loss coming last night to Needham by one point. They’ll look to keep it rolling when they race against Brookline and Natick in two weeks.

The Volleyball Team started off 3-0, impressively beating Scituate, Ursuline and Weymouth, before dropping their next two matches to NDA and Wellesley. They’ll look to bounce back tonight against a very good Needham side.

The Football Team bounced back from their opening loss with a resounding win over Framingham by a margin of 34-6. It was a great all-around day, as it was the Milton Glows Gold Game. Both funds and awareness were raised for the fight against Pediatric Cancer. It was very nice to have our Cheerleaders and Marching Band back out there! Thank you to Roy Chambers for the pictures of MHS football. 

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Registration for Swing 4 Sports is now open!  Foursomes are filling up fast so reserve your tee time today. Join us October 18 at Granite Links in support of Milton Boosters and its plans to build a safer, ADA compliant Press Box. Register at this link.  

COMMUNITY NEWS

 

The Monster Dash 5k, Fun Run & community event falls on Halloween this year! Join us on Sunday, October 31, at Cunningham Hall. Register now! 

The MFE has been organizing the Monster Dash for over 20 years. It is a beloved community event that memorializes Sam Cichello, a Tucker Student who died in a tragic playground accident. Sam loved science so the Monster Dash funds raised go toward science in all 6 Milton public schools. Save the date and start planning your costumes! 

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The Milton Public Library offers fun and free programs for kids almost every day of the week! Check out their September offerings for ages 0-11 here.  Their October calendar can be found here. To learn more and to register for programs, please visit the MPL website. 

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The 1st Annual  Youth Sexual Health Conference is being held on Saturday, October 2, 2021 from 10 am-4 pm at the Epiphany School, 154 Centre Street, Boston. One of the youth ambassadors is a MPS student and they are excited to have Dominique Jackson (“Elektra” from FX’s POSE) as our keynote speaker and Khymani James (Boston-based advocate for racial justice and inclusion) as our moderator. All details can be found here. 

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MECA Stories and Friends Meet Up – Are you a family new to town?  Do you want to meet and connect with other families with young children? Then, join us for our Stories and Friends Meet Ups. We’ll be holding four sessions in the great outdoors where you will have the opportunity to meet other families, enjoy reading a children’s story, participate in a scavenger hunt, and enter our free raffle to win a nice gift! Registration is not required; however, you will need to sign in to be entered into our free raffle. The four sessions will be held on:
Wednesday, September 29th at 4:00 PM at Brookwood Community Farm, 11 Blue Hill River Rd,; Thursday, September 30th at 10:30 AM at The Trailside Museum, 1904 Canton Ave.; Wednesday, October 6th at 4:00 PM at the Pond at Milton Cemetery, 211 Centre St.; Thursday, October 14th at 10:30 AM at The Trailside Museum, 1904 Canton Ave. Rain dates will be October 20th and/or 21st with specific information announced if needed.

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Healing Through Writing Workshop for TeensSaturday, October 2 10am – noon. Eustis Estate, 1424 Canton Avenue, Milton, MA 02186

This writing workshop for teens is a chance to reflect on and make sense of the challenges 2020 presented. Whatever your level of writing experience, this a low-pressure, fun way to explore your creativity. We all have our own unique experiences and your stories matter. Writing and poetry can be a powerful way to connect to yourself and the world around you.
This thoughtful and interactive writing workshop is led by Dr. Denise Patmon, director of the Boston Writing Project, and her son Luke Patmon, who guides you through the process of finding your voice. Appropriate for ages 13-18. Advance registration is required. Please call 617-994-6600 for more information.  Historic New England member $10; non-member $15

 Community Family Day: Exploring Art at the Eustis Estate, Saturday, October 2 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Eustis Estate, 1424 Canton Avenue, Milton, MA 02186

Come to the Eustis Estate for a special day for families to explore the grounds and the outdoor sculpture exhibition, Looking Back with 2020 Vision, representing artist reactions to many of the issues that were on our minds in 2020. Art is a powerful way to process and heal. The day’s activities help families engage with the content and creatively express themselves.

  • Create social justice-based art led by local artists
  • Follow a Story Walk through the property
  • Practice mindfulness with family yoga and meditation
  • Engage with the landscape through nature-based activities
  • Join in a teen writing workshop (sign up separately here)
  • Bring a picnic and spend some time exploring the exhibition and the museum

The event is done in collaboration with Quincy for Transformative Change, Celebrate Milton, and Courageous Conversations Towards Racial Justice-Milton/Mattapan. Best for ages 5-12 years old. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Admission to the house is included, but most activities will be outdoors unless there is rain. Note: some of the artworks in the exhibition are of a sensitive nature.Supported by a community grant from the Milton Junior Woman’s Club. Please call 617-994-6600 for more information.Family Day is free though donations are encouraged.

SUPERINTENDENT SHOUTOUT

Well done,  Sam, Rachel and Jonathan! 

Well done,  Sam, Rachel and Jonathan!

Congratulations to Sam DiSandro, Rachel Steinberg and Jonathan Waldmann on being recognized as finalists for the National Merit Program. They have the opportunity to continue in the scholarship competition for some 75,000 National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $30 million. 

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I am pleased to share that retired Pierce teacher Joe Dolan was inducted into the Boston Rugby Hall of Fame last week. Tim O’Connor, PMS teacher and former MHS graduate and rugby player, was his inductor. Tim shared that, “It is an honor to induct my former high school coach, mentor, and now friend.” Congratulations, Mr. Dolan!

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September 17, 2021

To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
From: James F. Jette
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: September 17, 2021

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

There was no school yesterday in observance of Yom Kippur. To all who observed the holiday, I hope you and your families had a meaningful fast. Next week will be the first full week of school in the Milton Public Schools and we are looking forward to the five day routine. 

This month in the Milton Public Schools, we are supporting Milton Glows Gold to show support for families impacted by childhood cancer. September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month, and together with the Michael C. McHugh Foundation, the Milton Police Department, the Milton Fire Department and many local sponsors, we are Glowing Gold at MPS. You can see some of the excitement in our schools in the video below! 

There are many ways to participate in Milton Glows Gold! Read on below to find out how your family can be a part of this month long community event.

Sign up to Run/Walk/Ride: The GOAL: Together we will run, walk and ride 1 mile for each of the 15,690 kids diagnosed with cancer every year. 

  • Run, walk or ride alone or with friends to raise awareness and funds to support families whose lives were permanently impacted by cancer. Mileage goals are based on totals for the month.Track September 30 through October 31, 2021 track on your own or through the Strava App.
  • Join your school’s team when you register 
  • Set a fundraising goal and ask your friends and family for support 
  • Money should not be a barrier to participation  – please email mcmstrong@gmail.com for a code to register for free if needed. 
  • HAVE FUN! 

Please consider signing up for one of the scheduled blood drives either at Cunningham Hall (details here) on Thursday, September 30 or  at Pierce (details here)on Saturday, October 16. Appointments must be made due to Covid restrictions. Make an appointment at this link and please and use sponsor code: PIERCE or CUHALL depending on your preference. 

Glow Gold at MHS Football this weekend! The MHS Football game will be GLOWING GOLD Saturday at 1pm at Brooks Field . Wear your gold (or yellow) for childhood cancer awareness. The players, band, and cheerleaders will be accessorized in gold so be sure to show them support. The Milton Glows Gold committee will be on site sharing information on the Walk/Run/Ride and collecting donations for the Michael C.McHugh Foundation.

Help spread the Milton Glows Gold message to friends and neighbors  by dropping off a Glow Bag. Glow Bags are like Halloween Boo Bags and all details are here.  

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I would like to thank parents and guardians who attended our outside coffee on Wednesday of this week. We planned for 45 minutes but our rich and productive conversation lasted almost 90 minutes. I certainly left with a few takeaways, and several people who attended said it was informative and helpful. We will hold more of these gatherings, both  in person and virtual to accommodate as many families and schedules as possible. 

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES

  • Sept 18 Vaccine Clinic at MHS
  • Sept 20 Pierce Open House
  • Sept 22 School Committee Meeting
  • Sept 23 Tucker Open House
  • Sept 23 Collicot Open House 
  • Sept 30 Glover Open House
  • Oct 5 Cunningham Open House
  • Oct 6 School Committee Meeting

Please refer to the District-Wide Calendar of Events for times and details. The 21-22 School Year Calendar can be found here (Revised 2/24/21) Note: This calendar is intended as a guide ONLY. It may be necessary to change this schedule to better serve instructional purposes.

 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE 

The next regular School Committee meeting will be on September 22, 2021 at 7pm. All information about attending School Committee meetings can be found on the Town of Milton webpage. You can watch School Committee meetings live on Milton Access TV online, live on Milton Access cable channels (Comcast 22, RCN 15) or watch on-demand in the days following the meeting.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

As previously mentioned in our MPS Opening Guide 2021-2022, Milton Public Schools has signed up for the state-funded COVID-19 testing program. By offering testing, we expand the potential for students to remain in school even in some cases when they have been identified as a close contact. 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.  The link to opt in can be found here. The letter is also posted on the MPS Health Services webpage. 

For the time period of Monday, September 13 – Wednesday, September 15 (a short 1st reporting period for DESE), MPS has had one positive student case, one positive staff case, and 10 close contacts. We have had 10 positive cases since September 1, 2021.

MPS and Manet Community Health Center are hosting a FREE Vaccination Clinic on Saturday, September 18 from 9 am until 12pm. The clinic will be held at Milton High School, 25 Gile Road in the Copeland Field House (back of the school).

This clinic is FREE and OPEN TO ALL. Pre-registration is not available; this is a walk-in registration clinic only and Manet will offer the Pfizer, Moderna and J&J vaccines. Please bring your ID and insurance card if possible (not required).  Whether or not you need your second shot or first shot, all are welcome!

Additionally, there will be a pop up vaccine clinic on Tuesday, September 21 from 11 am – 4:30 pm at Parkway UMC on Blue Hills Parkway. Details can be found here. Information can also be found in Haitain Creole and Spanish

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

EDUCATIONAL EQUITY

Director of Educational Equity, Somaly Prak-Martins, shares  this week’s Behaving Equitably Newsletter below. 

September 15 through October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month. Although I think the lives, diverse cultures, contributions, struggles, accomplishments, and extensive history should be celebrated and learned all year round, the nation has determined this is the time to purposefully and collectively learn more about the heritage of Hispanic, Hispanic Americans, Latino, Mexican, Mexican American and Latinx.  In this edition of Behaving Equitably, Senior Director Prak-Martins elevates the contribution and historical events of Hispanic Heritage from the lens of Equity.

PIERCE PAGES

Mrs. Pezzote’s students engaged in a mindful drawing exercise.

Practicing Mindfulness: Pierce teachers have been taking opportunities to practice mindfulness exercises with students. Mindfulness can relieve stress, promote self-awareness, and contribute to a better learning environment.

Grade 7 & Grade 8 Open House: The grade 7 and grade 8 open house will be held on Monday, September 20, at 6:30 p.m. Students’ schedules will be emailed home to families in advance of the open house.

Student Lockers: Lockers are now available for student use. Please complete this form to request a locker assignment. The form will be available throughout the school year and can be completed at any point in time.

 

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Music classes are up and running in our elementary schools! At Collicot and Cunningham, music students in Mrs. Allegrezza’s classes are using this time at the beginning of the year to become reacquainted with each other through fun musical chants and movement.
Students are also enjoying playing hand-held percussion instruments. They are reviewing/learning how to play their instruments appropriately and musically so that each instrument sounds its best. Music reading activities enable them to review previously learned concepts in rhythm and timbre. There is also an emphasis on discovering and reviewing the instruments of the orchestra. Everyone is very happy to be making music together again!

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Ms. Bernini shares that Collicot and Cunningham’s 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students are learning about Hispanic artists in the art room this month to honor and celebrate Hispanic Heritage month. 3rd grade students are learning about Contemporary Mexican artist, Lourdes Villagomez. They are inspired by her bright, lively artwork that focuses on traditions and culture and are creating symmetrical “mariposas” butterflies. Students folded their paper in half, drew half of their mariposas then refolded their paper to press down and created a mirror image making their mariposas symmetric. They are now adding neon colors and enjoying making art while glowing!

4th grade students are learning about Spanish artist Pablo Picasso and are using “El Coq” The Rooster, for their art inspiration by making surreal rooster renditions.  Students engaged in a guided drawing and mapped out a skeletool design which they are now coloring in with chalk pastels. 

5th grade students are learning about Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Upon observing her work, Still Life with Parrot and Fruit, they began to recreate this piece as a relief sculpture. Students started by painting a 7×7 piece of cardboard and are now creating their fruits and parrot using model magic.

FOOD SERVICE

During the 21-22 school year, ALL children will be eligible to receive one free breakfast and one free lunch each day during the school year. There will also be a la carte items for sale at Pierce and MHS. Students can pay cash or have money on their MySchoolBucks account in order to purchase these additional items. 

If you think you qualify, it is important that families fill out the free/reduced lunch applications as this information may be helpful in getting additional benefits. The application can be found here.  Please  email Jackie Morgan with any questions. 

SPECIAL EDUCATION

Administrator for Pupil Personnel Services, Sue Maselli shares her most recent newsletter at this link.  In this newsletter you can meet the new MHS Team Chair, learn about volunteer options and see recent communications from Russell Johnston, Senior Associate Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. 

MSAPC

MSAPC is recruiting for the youth coalition, Milton Youth Advocates for Change!  This is a community based, youth led – adult supported group for youth in 6th – 12th grade who live in Milton.  They meet once per week in the evening.  Their mission is “to help teens find their voices and celebrate diversity and differences in Milton.  We will make a more aware, accepting community and improve mental, emotional, social, and physical health by providing opportunities that promote thriving youth so they will be well equipped for future endeavors in life.” So far, they have worked on social and racial justice issues, raised awareness about mental health, hosted game nights for youth and more!  For more information or to join, email info@milton-coalition.org or come to our open house on September 18, 4pm – 6pm at the gazebo in front of Town Hall, 525 Canton Ave.

ATHLETICS

Fall Sports are underway! Check out all athletic schedules here.

The swim team is off to a great start of the season, with wins against Brookline and Walpole. We have had several swimmers make sectional and state qualifying times. Our diving team is in their second season, led by Andrew Scapicchio, Mary Kate Mylod and Lucy Asanza. Freshmen divers Catie Coggins and Juliette Yunger are showing some promising talent.

Freshmen Marcus Tran, Malachi Buchanan, Jackson Wagner and Sydney Burns have contributed to our recent wins. We have a strong senior class led by Andrew Tran, Madison Crummey, Rose Gillooly and Elle Anthony. They all were Bay State league all stars with the fastest swims in the league last season.

This is the largest boys team we have ever had, with a strong group of sophomore boys that will help us do well at sectionals and states.

Milton Boosters is the parent run organization to support our athletes. Save the date for the first meeting of the Boosters on Tuesday, October 5 at 7pm (Location to be announced). Most pressing needs are volunteers to run outside concessions and membership. If you’re interested in helping please email info@miltonboosters.com.

COMMUNITY NEWS

 Milton Sports for All: Would your child enjoy the opportunity to be on a team in a less competitive, more recreational environment? Milton Sports for All provides a new opportunity for kids to participate in sporting activities in a fun and accessible way for children of all backgrounds, abilities, and experiences. The program is currently open to those in grades 4 – 8 who reside in Milton. Our goal is for kids across Milton to have fun playing sports together in a supportive environment where they can meet new friends. Sports for All will launch on Sat., Sept. 18 with a fall season of kickball. We plan to offer other sporting opportunities in the winter and spring seasons. We hope your child can join us on Wednesdays from 4:30-6:00pm and Saturdays from 9:30-11:00am, from Sept. 18th – Oct. 20th. They are welcome to attend one or both sessions. To register and learn more click here: READY, SET, REGISTER Login

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

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The 1st Annual  Youth Sexual Health Conference is being held on Saturday, October 2, 2021 from 10 am-4 pm at the Epiphany School, 154 Centre Street, Boston. One of the youth ambassadors is a MPS student and they are excited to have Dominique Jackson (“Elektra” from FX’s POSE) as our keynote speaker and Khymani James (Boston-based advocate for racial justice and inclusion) as our moderator. All details can be found here. 

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The Monster Dash 5k, Fun Run & community event falls on Halloween this year! Join us on Sunday, October 31, at Cunningham Hall. Register now! 

The MFE has been organizing the Monster Dash for over 20 years. It is a beloved community event that memorializes Sam Cichello, a Tucker Student who died in a tragic playground accident. Sam loved science so the Monster Dash funds raised go toward science in all 6 Milton public schools. Save the date and start planning your costumes! 

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The Milton Public Library offers fun and free programs for kids almost every day of the week! Check out their September offerings for ages 0-11 here.  To learn more and to register for programs, please visit miltonlibrary.org/events/upcoming-events/.

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

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September 9, 2021

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

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

We began our week by welcoming our Kindergarten and Preschool students – and their families in many cases – to the Milton Public Schools. It was certainly a bright spot this week to see so many happy faces and yellow “I’m Going to Kindergarten” t-shirts dotting our halls and play areas.

We will close this week with an important and solemn remembrance as our country will recognize the 20th anniversary of September 11th. As a school community, we will participate in a special remembrance led by Project 351 – a school-based moment of silence on Friday, September 10th at 8:46 am. Our schools continue to acknowledge this anniversary in age appropriate ways.

The Town of Milton will observe the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the United States with a vigil on Friday, September 10, at 6 pm. Please join the Milton Select Board and the Milton Interfaith Clergy Association on the Town Green/Gazebo at Town Hall.  Through words of remembrance and song, we will honor all who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. The special guest speaker will be Sgt. Supervisor Brian Coughlan of the New York Police Department.  The vigil will be broadcast live on Milton Access TV.

As a follow up to the letter I sent last week, I want to acknowledge the hard work, dedication and contributions of Dr. Karen Spaulding in her roles in the Milton Public Schools. As Pierce Assistant Principal, Cunningham Principal, Pierce Principal and finally as Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Human Resources Dr. Spaulding developed the reputation of a strong leader and has been instrumental in the success of the Milton Public Schools. Her knowledge and understanding of data, special education, grant writing, professional development, and the evaluation model implemented by DESE are among just a few highlights of her expertise. Under her direction the district has enriched programming for students, supported the social emotional learning for students and staff, and created new opportunities in the areas of STEM and literacy initiatives both at the elementary and middle schools.

I know you join me in wishing Dr. Spaulding much personal happiness and professional success in the years ahead.

My plan is to fill the vacancy created by Dr. Spaulding’s resignation with an interim assistant superintendent and then to begin the search for a permanent assistant superintendent in January 2022 so that the position will be filled before March 2022 with a start date of July 1, 2022. I expect to have a name to present to the School Committee in accordance with General Laws Chapter 71, section 59 at the School Committee’s meeting on September 22nd.

I have spoken to the representatives at the Massachusetts Association of School Committees (MASC) and Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents (MASS) and both have suggested people who might be interested in serving as an interim superintendent. I have also reached out to other Superintendents and called former Assistant Superintendents. They have also provided me with names of people to consider. The process to fill the interim position will not be as detailed as the process to fill the position permanently since I need someone in the office as soon as possible.

Finally, I invite you to join me for coffee and conversation in front of Milton High School on Wednesday, September 15 from 9-9:45 am (Rain date Friday, September 17). I intend for this to be an informal opportunity for me to connect with MPS parents and guardians and I hope to see you there. Parking is limited during the school day but there are always free spots in the lower lots. Coffee will be outside and therefore masks are optional.

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES

  • Sept 13 Applied Music Lesson Registration
  • Sept 14 MHS Open House
  • Sept 15 Coffee and Conversation with Supt. Jette
  • Sept 16 No School Yom Kippur 
  • Sept 20 Pierce Open House
  • Sept 22 School Committee Meeting
  • Sept 23 Tucker Open House
  • Sept 23 Collicot Open House 
  • Sept 30 Glover Open House
  • Oct 5 Cunningham Open House
  • Oct 6 School Committee Meeting

Instrumental Lesson Registration Night – IMPORTANT UPDATE: Due to the extremely high number of pre-registrants, only those who pre-registered their child should attend Registration Night on Monday, September 13th. Those who pre-registered will be receiving an email with specific instructions for completing their registration. Anyone who is NOT pre-registered and is still interested in lessons should contact Rebecca Damiani at rdamiani@miltonps.org.

Please refer to the District-Wide Calendar of Events for times and details. The 21-22 School Year Calendar can be found here (Revised 2/24/21) Note: This calendar is intended as a guide ONLY. It may be necessary to change this schedule to better serve instructional purposes.

MILTON GLOWS GOLD

Milton Glows Gold kicks off on Monday, September 13! September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month, and together with the Michael C. McHugh Foundation, the Milton Police Department, the Milton Fire Department and many local sponsors, we are Glowing Gold at MPS to show support for families impacted by childhood cancer.

There are many ways to participate in Milton Glows Gold and the 1st step is to sign up to join the Run/Walk/Ride now. When you sign up, join your school team so you can start amassing miles in support of families impacted by childhood cancer. 

It’s also time to sign up for one of the scheduled blood drives either at Cunningham Hall (details here) on Thursday, September 30 or  at Pierce (details here)on Saturday, October 16. Appointments must be made due to covid restrictions. Make an appointment at this link and please and use sponsor code: PIERCE or CUHALL depending on your preference. 

Thank to you Pierce students Nola and Caroline for assembling some Glow Bags for Milton Glows Gold!

Want to “Glow” a friend or two by dropping off a Glow Bag? All details are here. Our elementary students will be surprising friends with Glow Bags starting this weekend!

Families will be anonymously leaving “Glow Bags” on the doorsteps of their friends and neighbors. Glow Bags will come in all shapes and sizes but each will include a gold ribbon that can be cut out and hung on a door or window as well a candle. Many people will choose to add more goodies for their friends and families and some may even embellish or handcraft the ribbons. The important thing is that families across town will use their ribbon to show support and will “pass it on” to three other families. On September 30 the town will put out their candles and for one night all of Milton will GLOW GOLD.

This will enable the mission of Milton Glows Gold to spread and we will truly raise awareness and support for families that have been impacted by cancer. Want to start your own set of glow bag deliveries? Click here for instructions. You can make a ribbon for your door or download one here. Any candle, any bag, any ribbon – just glow! 

 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE 

The next regular School Committee meeting will be on September 22, 2021 at 7pm. All information about attending School Committee meetings can be found on the Town of Milton webpage. You can watch School Committee meetings live on Milton Access TV online, live on Milton Access cable channels (Comcast 22, RCN 15) or watch on-demand in the days following the meeting.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

As previously mentioned in our MPS Opening Guide 2021-2022, Milton Public Schools has signed up for the state-funded COVID-19 testing program. By offering testing, we expand the potential for students to remain in school even in some cases when they have been identified as a close contact. A letter will be sent to all parents/gaurdians with more details about Test and Stay and will include an online consent form. If you wish to grant consent for your student to participate in the optional testing services, you must complete this online consent form found in the email being sent to all families. The letter will also be posted on the MPS Health Services webpage. 

Official state wide, in school covid reporting starts the week of September 13. MPS has had 5 positive cases with the resulting quarantine protocols. 

Two weeks ago, we held a Covid 19 vaccination clinic and on Saturday, September 18, those people are scheduled for their second shot. If you are in need of a vaccine,  all are welcome to come for their first shot. There are no sign ups, please just come to MHS on Saturday, September 18 from 9am-12pm.

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

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS 

Congratulations to the writing staff of our MHS Newspaper, Elephant in the Room, on two recent awards received from the New England Scholastic Press Association.   Abigail Raymond received a Special Achievement Award and the newspaper as a whole received an award for Superior Achievement. Congratulations to our student writers and to advisor Michael Young!

 

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

L’SHANA TOVA!  Students in Mrs. Currie’s class learned about the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, and ways to celebrate. Some students chose to make cards for their classmates and teachers who are celebrating this month. 

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It’s good to be back in the Tucker Art Room! Mrs. Gillooly shares that her classes are having so much fun in the art room creating paper sculptures and making dot paintings based on the book “The Dot” by Peter Reynolds.

EDUCATIONAL EQUITY

Director of Educational Equity, Somaly Prak-Martins, shares  this week’s Behaving Equitably Newsletter.  You can read about ongoing equity work,  preparing for the first week of school, Learning Loss/Unfinish Learning and reflections on September 11. 

FOOD SERVICE

Our Food Service staff recently participated in a Professional Development session entitled Smart Personal Wellness. Staff reenergized with this wellness session designed to help with tools and strategies for their own personal wellbeing. Staff learned more about the four pillars of health: nutrition, exercise, sleep and stress. This focus on the necessary balance for personal wellness will improve our school wellness success.

In the upcoming school year, ALL children will be eligible to receive one free breakfast and one free lunch each day during the school year. There will also be a la carte items for sale at Pierce and MHS. Students can pay cash or have money on their MySchoolBucks account in order to purchase these additional items. 

If you think you qualify, it is important that families fill out the free/reduced lunch applications as this information may be helpful in getting additional benefits. The application can be found here.  Please  email Jackie Morgan with any questions. 

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!

SPECIAL EDUCATION 

Administrator for Pupil Personnel Services, Sue Maselli shares the following.

Please see this Family Letter 2021-2022 School Year  from Russell Johnston, Senior Associate Commissioner Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to all parents/guardians. This Family Letter FAQ 2021-2022 School Year also contains helpful information. 

The first SEPAC Board (Business) Meeting is TONIGHT, Thursday, September 9, 6:30-8pm via Zoom. The link to attend is here and the Meeting ID is 882 3133 1931.

Our agenda includes district updates, voting on the bylaws, 2021-2022 programming and scheduling. We are also looking for School Reps at Glover, Tucker, and Collicot. This is a vital position for serving SEPAC’s mission of advocacy, education, and participation. If you are interested in joining a vibrant, engaged board, please be in touch with one of SEPAC’s chairs: Jenny Sheehan at jennycsheehan@gmail.com or Jennie Mulqueen at jenniemulqueen@gmail.com. Together we can work for an education that supports every child and family.

TRANSPORTATION 

As discussed in last night’s School Committee meeting, we are actively working on securing funding for an additional bus that would primarily service Pierce and MHS students currently on the transportation waitlist. This funding would come from a variety of sources, including the elimination of the service fee for two language labs at Pierce and MHS (not currently in use as all students have access to a dedicated device); fees from building rentals, bus user fees ($275 per year), etc. This bus would allow for 85% of current students on the waitlist to receive transportation from MPS. We will know within the next week if this funding is secure and will update families at that time. Please watch the September 8, 2021 School Committee meeting  On Demand at MATV for more details. Transportation is the first item discussed. 

MILTON FOUNDATION FOR EDUCATION

The Monster Dash 5k, Fun Run & community event falls on Halloween this year! Join us on Sunday, October 31, at Cunningham Hall. Register here. 

The MFE has been organizing the Monster Dash for over 20 years. It is a beloved community event that memorializes Sam Cichello, a Tucker Student who died in a tragic playground accident. Sam loved science so the Monster Dash funds raised go toward science in all 6 Milton public schools. Save the date and start planning your costumes! 

TECHNOLOGY 

Optional Chromebook Insurance: All students are highly encouraged to obtain insurance for their school-issued Chromebook for the 2021-22 school year.  Students in grades K-9 are not allowed to bring their own personal device (laptop, Chromebook, iPad, etc.) to school.  

If families decline to purchase the insurance for the Chromebook you are responsible for damage beyond reasonable wear and tear as outlined in the Loan Agreement.

The cost of insurance is $30/year and it covers unlimited claims with no deductible. Please click on the following link to purchase insurance for your student. After registering for insurance, you will receive an email that includes an invoice and payment information. If you wish to purchase insurance for another child, you will need to repeat this process.

Thank you for considering the purchase of accidental damage coverage for your student’s Chromebook.

Chromebook Loan Agreement: All students and families of students using an MPS Chromebook are required to sign the Chromebook Loan Agreement.  Here are links to the digital Chromebook Loan Agreements: Elementary; Pierce; MHS

MSAPC

MSAPC is recruiting for the youth coalition, Milton Youth Advocates for Change!  This is a community based, youth led – adult supported group for youth in 6th – 12th grade who live in Milton.  They meet once per week in the evening.  Their mission is “to help teens find their voices and celebrate diversity and differences in Milton.  We will make a more aware, accepting community and improve mental, emotional, social, and physical health by providing opportunities that promote thriving youth so they will be well equipped for future endeavors in life.” So far, they have worked on social and racial justice issues, raised awareness about mental health, hosted game nights for youth and more!  For more information or to join, email info@milton-coalition.org or come to our open house on September 18, 4pm – 6pm at the gazebo in front of Town Hall, 525 Canton Ave.

MSAPC is offering a FREE Youth Mental Health First Aid Training.  This is or anyone who lives or works with youth from ages 12-18 years.  Coaches, educators, clergy, managers, parents and any other caring citizens.  This training teaches a 5 step action plan that includes initial help to young people showing signs of mental illness or crisis and how to connect them with the appropriate professional, peer, social, or self-help careFriday, October 22, 8:30am – 2:30pm, Labouré College of Healthcare, 303 Adams St. Milton.  Consider using your business’s paid time off for volunteer work for this training if available!  Register here:  www.milton-coalition.org.  Lunch and more provided!

ATHLETICS

Fall Sports are underway! Check out all athletic schedules here.

  • Boys and Girls Cross Country will have their first meet, today Thursday, 9/9. They will travel to Framingham this afternoon to open the season under new Head Coaches, Toren Caesar (Boys) and Claire Ritten (Girls).
  • Field Hockey also have their first game today, hosting Weymouth High School. They will then host Dedham at 10:30am on Saturday, 9/11.
  • Boys Soccer hosts Foxboro tomorrow, Friday 9/10 at 6pm. 
  • Football travels to Scituate tomorrow, Friday 9/10, for a 7pm kick-off. 
  • Volleyball will also travel to Scituate on Friday, 9/10 to begin their season.
  • Swim & Dive will host Brookline on Friday, 9/10 at 5:45pm at Blue Hills Pool.
  • Girls Soccer starts next week, hosting Martha’s Vineyard at 4:30pm on Monday 9/13.
  • Golf will also play Framingham on Monday to tee off their season.

Milton Boosters is the parent run organization to support our athletes. Save the date for the first meeting of the Boosters on Tuesday, October 5 at 7pm (Location to be announced). Most pressing needs are volunteers to run outside concessions and membership. If you’re interested in helping please email info@miltonboosters.com.

There are two easy ways to support our athletes this weekend! 

COMMUNITY NEWS

The Milton Road Race is next week on September 14 at 6pm. The Milton Road Race benefits chosen charities with a portion of the fundraiser contributing to our Scholarship Fund.  Some of the recipients of the fundraising efforts include: Student Scholarships, Holiday Gift Card Drive, Milton Food Pantry, SOCK, Milton Parks and Recreation, Milton Art Center, Milton Early Childhood Alliance and many more. Register now at this link and join many in the Milton community at this fun, local event hosted by the Milton Junior Women’s Club.

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The Milton Public Library offers fun and free programs for kids almost every day of the week! Check out their September offerings for ages 0-11 here.  To learn more and to register for programs, please visit miltonlibrary.org/events/upcoming-events/.

Milton Sports for All: Would your child enjoy the opportunity to be on a team in a less competitive, more recreational environment? Milton Sports for All provides a new opportunity for kids to participate in sporting activities in a fun and accessible way for children of all backgrounds, abilities, and experiences. The program is currently open to those in grades 4 – 8 who reside in Milton. Our goal is for kids across Milton to have fun playing sports together in a supportive environment where they can meet new friends. Sports for All will launch on Sat., Sept. 18th with a fall season of kickball. We plan to offer other sporting opportunities in the winter and spring seasons. We hope your child can join us on Wednesdays from 4:30-6:00pm and Saturdays from 9:30-11:00am, from Sept. 18th – Oct. 20th. They are welcome to attend one or both sessions. To register and learn more click here: READY, SET, REGISTER Login

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

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Girl Power Running Program – Starts Monday, September 13! This is a FREE (volunteer parent run) program. The purpose of this program is to provide a “come when you can, low pressure, confidence and self esteem building” activity that encourages girls to work towards a goal, push themselves at a healthy pace and comfort level while supporting one another and participating in an outdoor, good for your body and soul activity. Occasionally we will have a woman that embodies “girl power” join us. We try to have women from a wide range of professions to demonstrate to our girls that with hard work and dedication there are limitless options. We will start with a walk/jog, everyone go at their own pace loop and slowly increase our distance with the end goal being to participate in our very own, first ever, Girls Rock 2K Road Race on October 25. This will be held at the regular 3:45 time and the course will be in Cunningham Park, details to follow as the date nears. Girl Power is for elementary aged girls and meets at the Cunningham Park tennis courts on Mondays beginning Monday, September 13. We will meet at 3:45 for sign in and warm ups prior to our run.

This is NOT A DROP OFF program. Each girl is required to be accompanied by an adult, often times one adult will be responsible for more than one girl but it is NOT drop off. The program relies on parent and caregiver volunteers to stand at designated spots along our route for safety purposes. Some adults run with the group but you do not need to be a runner! We will need lots of “non running” volunteer help along the course.

Each girl should bring a filled water bottle with their name written on it. Due to safety and liability reasons there are NO DOGS allowed in the tennis courts and NO DOGS allowed to run with the group. T-shirts will be available for purchase each week, $10 cash only

There is no formal registration however each girl MUST have a waiver filled out and signed including an emergency contact number prior to running (we will have waivers at check in each week). Questions? Email Heather at smithbergin@msn.com. Let’s go girls!

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September 2, 2021

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

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

This week we welcomed back our students in grades 1-12 for two full days of school. There is no school tomorrow, Friday, September 3 and after the Labor Day long weekend, our Kindergarten and Preschool students will join us for their first day on Tuesday.

To say we are happy to be beginning the year in our typical schedule is a gross understatement – we are thrilled!  These early days certainly have a few ordinary stressors like mixed up schedules or bus routes and first day of school jitters, but they are also overwhelmingly full of joy, laughter, rekindled friendships and new connections. This is my 24th year working in the Milton Public Schools, and the excitement of a new school year never gets old. I hope this week has been a positive one for your children, but if they need support as they navigate these first weeks back, please reach out to your Principal, Guidance Counselor or Adjustment Counselor. All contact information is found on your school website, linked on the MPS website

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Next week, our country will recognize the 20th anniversary of  September 11th. As a school community, we will participate in a special remembrance led by Project 351 – a school-based moment of silence on Friday, September 10th at 8:46 am.

The hope is that this moment of peaceful reflection in honor of those we lost on September 11th, Massachusetts Fallen Military Heroes since 2001, and the 13 American troops last week in Afghanistan, brings comfort to their families and loved ones.  And, that this act of unity by school children across our state serves as a reminder of our strength as a community and Commonwealth. Importantly, this can serve as a platform to emphasize heroic service, unity, and compassion as we come together for the beginning of the school year. It is imperative to ensure that our students born after 2001 will remember the lives lost on that terrible day and appreciate the courageous service and sacrifice of our military and first responders.

Our schools will acknowledge this anniversary in age appropriate ways next week. We recognize that our youngest students may never have heard of 9/11, and as we do with all current events, we will be mindful and meet our students where they are. 

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This week, I heard a personal story with global implications that I want to share with you. MHS graduate Chris Perry, son of Pierce Nurse Barbara Perry, had the opportunity last week to fly a humanitarian flight as he flew 463 Afghan refugees from Bulgaria to Washington, DC. After a 10 hour flight, the passengers and crew spent 9 more hours on the runway sharing stories of the Taliban and entertaining children, with no complaining. Chris shared that it was overwhelming as he talked with many women, children, and men with extraordinary stories as they waited. 

His mother, Nurse Perry, wanted to be sure our MPS staff knew of their impact in helping to  transform a student to where he is now in his life. She joked that, while in school, Chris’  teachers would likely say he excelled on the playing fields more so than in the classroom. And yet, here he is, playing a pivotal role during a world event.

Your children – our students – also have the ability to impact the world. Thank you for entrusting them to us, we do not take your confidence lightly.

I hope you take the opportunity of the long weekend to relax after the start of school. As you gather with friends and family, please be mindful of the concerns around Covid and the Delta variant as we all work together to keep our students and staff safe in school. We look forward to a wonderful school year and an ongoing, positive partnership with MPS families. 

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES

  • Sept 3 No School 
  • Sept 6 No School Labor Day 
  • Sept 7 1st Day of School Pre-K and K 
  • Sept 8 School Committee Meeting 
  • Sept 13 Applied Music Lesson Registration
  • Sept 14 MHS Open House
  • Sept 16 No School Yom Kippur 
  • Sept 20 Pierce Open House
  • Sept 22 School Committee Meeting
  • Sept 23 Tucker Open House
  • Sept 23 Collicot Open House 
  • Sept 30 Glover Open House
  • Oct 5 Cunningham Open House
  • Oct 6 School Committee Meeting

Rosh Hashanah will begin in the evening (sunset) of Monday, September 6th and ends in the evening of Wednesday, September 8th. While these are school days in the Milton Public Schools, we have students and staff that are out during this time as they observe the holiday. Any student absent for this religious observation will be excused and those students celebrating Rosh Hashanah will be afforded extra time to make up any missing work. It is the policy of the Milton Public Schools not to assign homework, tests, quizzes, major presentations, Google hangouts and/or hold events or athletic practice/games during the Jewish Holidays. 

Please refer to the District-Wide Calendar of Events for times and details. The 21-22 School Year Calendar can be found here (Revised 2/24/21) Note: This calendar is intended as a guide ONLY. It may be necessary to change this schedule to better serve instructional purposes.

 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE 

The next regular School Committee meeting will be on September 8, 2021 at 7pm. All information about attending  School Committee meetings can be found on the Town of Milton webpage. You can watch School Committee meetings live on Milton Access TV online, live on Milton Access cable channels (Comcast 22, RCN 15) or watch on-demand in the days following the meeting.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

This past Saturday morning, we held a Covid 19 vaccination clinic and 28 people were vaccinated. On Saturday, September 18, when this group is scheduled for their second shot, you can come for your first shot. There are no sign ups, please just come to MHS on Saturday, September 18 from 9am-12pm. One of our MPS students who attended on Saturday came on his 12th birthday to get his first shot and we appreciate his dedication to keeping himself and our MPS community healthy.  

Please see this letter from Superintendent James Jette regarding safety protocols at the start of the new school year and  read the updated MPS Opening Guide at this link .  Please refer to these DESE Covid protocol flowcharts for information about various Covid positive and close contact scenarios.  All health and safety information can be found on our Health Services website

FOOD SERVICE

In the upcoming school year, ALL children will be eligible to receive one free breakfast and one free lunch each day during the school year. There will also be a la carte items for sale at Pierce and MHS. Students can pay cash or have money on their MySchoolBucks account in order to purchase these additional items. 

If you think you qualify, it is important that families fill out the free/reduced lunch applications as this information may be helpful in getting additional benefits. The application can be found here.  Please  email Jackie Morgan with any questions. 

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!

BACK TO SCHOOL 

We’ve had a great opening week with teachers, staff and students! Below are pictures from this week at each of our six schools.

MILTON GLOWS GOLD

We are excited to be a part of Milton Glows Gold! September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month, and together with the Michael C. McHugh Foundation, the Milton Police Department, the Milton Fire Department and many local sponsors, we are Glowing Gold at MPS to show support for families impacted by childhood cancer.

You can show your support by joining the Run/Walk/Ride, distributing “Glow Bags” to friends, donating to the school coin collections, and participating in our blood drives. We will share more details as to how our schools will be involved next week, but invite you to explore the Milton Glows Gold website and consider signing up for the Run/Walk/Ride now. Join your school “team” when you sign up – let’s see who can log the most miles in support of Milton Glows Gold and families impacted by childhood cancer!

ART AND MUSIC 

Come Be a Part of the Milton Public Schools Instrumental Music Program!

  • Applied Instrumental Lesson Registration for Beginners in Grades 4 and above
  • Beginner Registration Night- Monday, Sep 13, 2021
  • 7-8 pm at Milton High School

An overview of the program can be found here and all details can be found herePlease contact ALP program director Rebecca Damiani at rdamiani@miltonps.org with any questions.

MILTON COMMUNITY SCHOOLS

ASE and ESAP Updates: At this time, registration to start September 1 has closed for the before and after school programs. It will reopen the second week in September based on availability. You can sign up for the waitlist on Family ID: Waitlist after-school 

MCS is hiring. Milton Community Schools is looking to hire energetic, motivated, creative, experienced, and multi-talented people with the ability to lead groups of 10-15 children from Kindergarten up to 5th grade in our before and after school elementary enrichment programs. Compensation starts at $16.33/hr.  If you are interested, please reach out to Martha Sandoval at msandoval@miltonps.org. The job description can be found at this link. Learn more about MCS at this link. 

FAMILY RESOURCES

The Office of the Family Outreach Liaison is here to support all MPS families.  Please reach out to Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Family Outreach Liaison, 617-980-7343 or mmckenna@miltonps.org with any questions you might have about MPS programs, the upcoming school year or if you are in need of a resource. All calls and emails are confidential.  All updates on Family Resources – food, heating assistance, health insurance, financial assistance, contacts – can be found at this link.

ATHLETICS

There are two easy ways to support our athletes next weekend! 

COMMUNITY NEWS

The Milton Public Library offers fun and free programs for kids almost every day of the week! Check out their September offerings for ages 0-11 here.  To learn more and to register for programs, please visit miltonlibrary.org/events/upcoming-events/.

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The Town of Milton will observe the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the United States with two events.  

Blood Drive: On Thursday, September 9, from noon to 6:30 p.m., the Town will host a Blood Drive to benefit the Kraft Family Blood Donor Center.  A blood mobile sponsored by the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital will be parked in front of Town Hall.  To donate, please sign-up in advance at this link.  Walk-ins will be accepted if time allows.  All donors will receive a 9/11 remembrance T shirt.  

Vigil: Please join the Milton Select Board and the Milton Interfaith Clergy Association on Friday, September 10, at 6:00 p.m. for a vigil observance on the Town Green/Gazebo at Town Hall.  Through words of remembrance and song, we will honor all who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.  Our special guest speaker will be Sgt. Supervisor Brian Coughlan of the New York Police Department.  The vigil will be broadcast live on Milton Access TV.

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The Milton Road Race is just a few weeks away, on September 14 at 6pm. The Milton Road Race benefits chosen charities with a portion of the fund-raiser contributing to our Scholarship Fund.  Some of the recipients of the fundraising efforts include: Student Scholarships, Holiday Gift Card Drive, Milton Food Pantry, SOCK, Milton Parks and Recreation, Milton Art Center, Milton Early Childhood Alliance and many more. Register now at this link and join many in the Milton community at this fun, local event hosted by the Milton Junior Women’s Club.

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The Milton Early Childhood Alliance shares the following.

Kindergarten Days! August 29th to September 4th: Visit local businesses in town as they congratulate Milton’s incoming kindergarten children with free gifts and discounts! Children MUST wear their bright yellow kindergarten t-shirt and visit our sponsors to receive their free gifts and discounts. PLEASE support our sponsors – we couldn’t offer this terrific event without them! This year’s sponsors are: Mackie’s Barbershop, Mr. Chan’s, Ichiro Sushi, Starbucks, The Fruit Center Marketplace, The Toy Chest at the Nutshell, Milton Public Library, Elliott Physical Therapy, Dental 1, The Ice Creamsmith, Historic New England Eustis Estate, and Harte Dental. Visit our website at www.miltonearlychildhoodalliance.org for all of the details.

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The Town of Milton Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan Survey is live. Please click this link and  take a few minutes to tell us how you walk, bike, and roll through Milton. These survey results will help the Town and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council as they develop a plan to build a safe, efficient, connected network of bicycle and pedestrian facilities.

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August 26, 2021

To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
From: James F. Jette
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: August 26, 2021

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

At Central Office and at each of our schools, we are busy preparing for next Wednesday, September 1, when our students in Grades 1-12 return to school. This week we welcomed our new MPS staff (you can read more about them below in the MPS Staff section) and on Monday, August 30, we will welcome all of our staff for Opening Day 2021. The excitement is building, as it does every year, and we are looking forward to a wonderful school year in the Milton Public Schools.

Yesterday I sent an update about the start of the school year with details about masks, testing, transportation, athletics, food service, visitors, and more. You can read that letter here. Last night at the Milton School Committee meeting, I presented our back to school plans to the community. That presentation is linked here and the School Committee meeting can be watched On Demand on Milton Access TV. The School Committee meeting includes Q & A and a full discussion about Covid 19 strategies, MPS enrollment, MPS transportation updates, and more. You can also read the letter I sent last week about the MPS mask policy here.

Yesterday was the final day of weekly food pick up at MHS. A huge thank you to Director of Food Services Jackie Morgan and her staff for their work to keep our families supplied with breakfasts, lunches, and produce all summer, and thank you to our Family Outreach Liaison Marti O’Keefe McKenna for supporting our families with delivery and coordination when needed. During the upcoming school year, ALL students are eligible for one free breakfast and one free lunch at school each day. There will also be a la carte items for sale at Pierce and MHS. Students can pay cash or have money on their MySchoolBucks account in order to purchase these additional items. 

I know these are busy days for families but I ask you to take some time to read the weekly communication from your child’s Principal to stay abreast of what’s happening in your school community. I will also continue to send my weekly update blog post on Thursday afternoons this year. Along with the MPS website and your school website, these weekly communications will keep you informed throughout the year. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram (and follow your school as well, links are below) as we celebrate our students, staff and community this year. 

Please read on below for important upcoming dates, Covid vaccination and testing information, Special Education updates, new staff introductions, athletics details and more. You can also visit our Back to School page for links and information. Enjoy these last days of summer and we look forward to seeing you next week! 

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES

  • Aug 28 FREE – Walk In Vaccination Clinic at MHS 
  • Aug 29 Covid Testing at DPW 
  • Aug 30 Teachers Return 
  • Aug 30 MHS New Student Orientation
  • Aug 31 Pierce Grade 6 Family Night & Open House
  • Sept 1 1st Day of School Grades 1-12 
  • Sept 3 No School 
  • Sept 6 No School Labor Day 
  • Sept 7 1st Day of School Pre-K and K 
  • Sept 8 School Committee Meeting 
  • Sept 13 Applied Music Lesson Registration
  • Sept 14 MHS Open House
  • Sept 16 No School Yom Kippur 
  • Sept 20 Pierce Open House (note new date)
  • Sept 22 School Committee Meeting
  • Sept 23 Tucker Open House
  • Sept 23 Collicot Open House 
  • Sept 30 Glover Open House
  • Oct 5 Cunningham Open House
  • Oct 6 School Committee Meeting

Please refer to the District-Wide Calendar of Events for times and details. The 21-22 School Year Calendar can be found here (Revised 2/24/21) Note: This calendar is intended as a guide ONLY. It may be necessary to change this schedule to better serve instructional purposes.

FREE Covid Vaccination Clinic: The Milton Public Schools is once again partnering with Manet Community Health Center to provide a Vaccination Clinic on Saturday, August 28th from 9 am until 12 pm. The clinic will be held at Milton High School, 25 Gile Road in the Copeland Field House (back of the school). This clinic will be open to all. Pre-registration is not available; this is a walk-in registration clinic only and Manet will offer the Pfizer, Moderna and J&J vaccines. Please bring your ID and insurance card if possible – NOT REQUIRED.

This vaccination clinic is  open to all and FREE. Those who get vaccinated on Saturday, August 28th will be scheduled for their second shot on Saturday, September 18th (same time frame and same location) unless they are administered the J&J vaccine.

Covid Testing: On Sunday, August 29, the Town of Milton will host a free, drive-through COVID testing day, from 10am to 3pm, at the Department of Public Works (DPW) yard at 629 Randolph Avenue. All are welcome and no appointment is needed. 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE 

The next regular School Committee meeting will be on September 8, 2021 at 7pm. All information about upcoming School Committee meetings can be found on the Town of Milton webpage. You can watch School Committee meetings live on Milton Access TV online, live on Milton Access cable channels (Comcast 22, RCN 15) or watch on-demand in the days following the meeting.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Up to date Physical Exams are required for entrance to MPS at any grade level, as well as for currently enrolled rising Kindergarten, 4th grade, 7th grade and 11th grade students.  Up to date immunizations are required for entry to MPS and to participate in all after school activities. Please forward this to your student’s school nurse.  Details on immunization requirements for School Entry can be found here.

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

The MPS Calculus Project held its 8th mathematics enrichment program this summer. The program was attended by over 70 MPS students from grades 8 through 12.  These summer enrichment courses are used by students to maintain their standing in honors level courses or to make the move to the honors or the advanced placement level.

This year was particularly exciting because we got to see all of our cohorts in person. In addition to previewing new mathematics curriculum, guest speakers from iRobot talked to students about how they use math in their work. Students also participated in DEILAB, a design, engineering, and innovation lab where students build and compete with robots. We are proud of the hard work that our students have put in this summer and look forward to seeing them continue to succeed in the future!

Thank you to Ms. Craven, Mrs. Guarino, Ms. Lavelle, Mrs. Raymond, and Ms. Ritten for working with our students this summer.

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Milton High School is ready to welcome our incoming freshman – the Class of 2025! Please join us on Monday, August 30 from 3-5pm for orientation. MHS Student Leaders will be your hosts and will show you all that MHS has to offer. All new students (in any grade) are welcome to attend.

If you are a 10th-12th grade MHS student formerly in the full remote model, we would also love to see you on August 30. Our goal for you on this day is to show you around Milton High School and answer any questions you may have about Milton High School that will help you to feel comfortable returning to the building in a few weeks. We ask that you show up by 3pm to Brooks Field for a quick welcome message and to be grouped with Student Leaders who will show you around.  If you are a formerly remote student who is coming, please complete this registration form. You will check in at Brooks Field but you will be having a tour by student leaders and may not need to be here for the entire orientation. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns prior to the orientation. The schedule for the day is as follows:

  • 2:30-3:00PM – Registration (Brooks Field Entrance, if rain, Field House Entrance)
  • 3:00PM – 4:30PM-Welcome by Mrs. Cahill, introduction of the Student Leaders and MHS staff, group activities, tours of Milton High School grounds
  • 4:30PM – Snacks in the Courtyard/Cafeteria, Activities Fair in Cafeteria
  • 5:00PM – Orientation concludes & Chromebook pickup in Main Foyer

We look forward to seeing you on the 30th at Milton High School! 

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MHS Contacts: Principal Mrs. Karen Cahill and Assistant Principals Mr. Ben Kelly and Mr. Brian Mackinaw
Administrative Assistants Mr. Brad Spindle, Ms. Meghan Connors, and Ms. Sheila Rogers

More MHS information can be found on the following webpages: Milton High School Webpage; Milton High School Athletic Information; Milton High School Program of Studies; Milton High School Clubs and Activities; Milton High School Fine and Performing Arts

PIERCE PAGES

Pierce Principal Dr. Bill Fish shares the Pierce updates below. You can also read his most recent update here. 

Who’s Who at Pierce: Principal Dr. Bill Fish and Assistant Principals Ms. Janice Mazzola and Ms.Kaitlin Gass
Administrative Assistants Mrs. Sandy Wyse and Mrs. Susan Higgins
Pierce Webpage
Pierce PTO email contact
Pierce PTO Facebook page

School Supplies: This list is meant to provide families with some direction around purchasing school supplies. Students are not required to buy supplies, but we realize that it can be helpful for families to have some guidance and suggestions.

Chromebook Pick Up for Grade 6 Students: Sixth graders are invited to come to Pierce on Monday, August 30, to pick up their Chromebook. Many of our sixth grade teachers will help with distributing devices so that students will be able to meet some of our staff before the first day of school. In order to facilitate the pick up of devices, we will follow the schedule at right and in this link. Please note that team assignments will be shared with families by the end of this week. 

Grade 6 Open House: All sixth grade families are invited to an open house at Pierce on August 31, 2021. At the open house, students and parents/guardians will meet their team teachers and participate in several small group activities facilitated by the sixth grade teachers. The event will be run as two sessions dividing students alphabetically by last name to make the groups smaller. Please note that the grade 6 open house will take the place of the open house that is typically held later in September and that the open house for grade 7 and grade 8 families will be held later in September. The schedule for the grade 6 open house can be found at right and in this link. 

IEP & 504 Information Session: Parents and guardians of students with IEP or 504 plans are invited to join Susan Maselli, MPS administrator for pupil personnel services, for an information session about special education and 504 support services at Pierce. This meeting will take place in the Pierce auditorium on August 31, 2021 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS 

Please see below for key contact information and important dates at each of our elementary schools. 

GLOVER
Principal Mrs. Karen McDavitt and Assistant Principal Ms. Melissa Craven
Administrative Assistant Ms. Deb Woods
Glover Webpage ; Glover Twitter account; Glover PTO FB Page; Glover PTO email contact ; Glover School Supply List 

Glover events: Principal McDavitt and the Glover PTO will sponsor a welcome event for all new families on Thursday, August 26, 2021 at 6pm and Friday, August 27, 2021 at 10am. Come and meet other families new to the Glover School. Incoming Kindergarten students are encouraged to wear their new bright yellow “I’m Going to Kindergarten” t-shirt.

Kindergarten students will have an orientation/screening event on September 1st or 2nd. Dates and times are included in your child’s classroom assignment letter.  The Glover Open House is on Thursday, September 30, 2021. 

COLLICOT
Principal Mrs. Holly Concannon and Assistant Principal Ms. Ellen Lohan
Administrative Assistant Ms. Joanne Barker
Collicot Webpage; Collicot PTO email ; Collicot PTO Facebook page

Collicot Staff and Supplies: We all know that pictures can help us connect in a meaningful way. Please check out our “Meet the Staff” slideshow. We have a dedicated and talented staff and we are excited to start the year with you! Recommended supply lists are next to homeroom teacher’s names.

Collicot events: The Collicot PTO will be hosting welcome events for Kindergarten and new 1st-5th grade families on Tuesday, August 31, 2021 at 2:00pm. Families will have a chance to meet school administration, have a tour of the school and an opportunity to ask questions of their tour guide. Principal Concannon will be sending out details in her next newsletter. 

Kindergarten students will have an orientation/screening event on September 1st or 2nd. Dates and times are included in your child’s classroom assignment letter On August 31st the whole school is welcome to join the Collicot community and the Administration from 3:00-4:00pm in the rear playground. The Collicot Open House is on Thursday,  September 23, 2021.

CUNNINGHAM
Principal Dr. Jon Redden and Assistant Principal Mrs. Bernadette Butler 
Administrative Assistant Ms. Erica Cadigan 
Cunningham Webpage ; Cunningham PTO email; Facebook Page; Cunningham School Twitter 
Cunningham School Instagram;Cunningham School Supply List

Cunningham events: New families of students entering grades 1-5 are invited to meet school administrators, tour the school, and see their child’s classroom on Tuesday, August 31, 2021 at 5:30pm. Families should come to the main entrance. We look forward to officially welcoming you to the Cunningham School community.

Kindergarten students will have an orientation/screening event on September 1st or 2nd. Dates and times are included in your child’s classroom assignment letter.

All Cunningham School students and their families are welcome to attend the annual Welcome Back event held on Tuesday, August 31, 2021 at 6:00pm. Please join Principal Dr. Redden and other administrators on the rear playground of the school. Come see old friends and meet some new ones. The Cunningham Open House is on Tuesday, October 5, 2021.

TUCKER
Principal  Dr. Elaine McNeil-Girmai and Assistant Principal Ms. Kristen Driscoll
Administrative Assistant Mrs. Eileen Keaney
Tucker School Supply lists; Tucker Webpage ; Tucker  PTO email contact; Tucker  PTO Facebook page; Tucker Elementary School Webpage

Tucker events: Families new to Tucker and those who were remote learners last year and/or didn’t have an opportunity to visit the school previously are invited to attend a welcome back event on Thursday, August 26, 2021 from 5:30-6:30pm. The meeting location for these events is the back playground. Families will have an opportunity to meet administrators and tour the building.

Kindergarten students will also have an orientation/screening event on September 1st or 2nd. Dates and times are included in your child’s classroom assignment letter. The Tucker Open House is on Thursday, September 23, 2021.

EDUCATIONAL EQUITY

Director of Educational Equity, Somaly Prak-Martins, shares that in this week’s Behaving Equitably Newsletter linked here, you can read about some of the equity work that has been ongoing this summer. You can also get some resources to help with the first day jitters. In addition, check out some of the upcoming cultural and religious days that fall on the month of September.

DISTRICT CONTACT INFORMATION 

MPS STAFF UPDATES 

New Teacher Mentor April Allegrezza shares the following.

This week our new teachers met their mentors at our annual New Teachersʼ and Mentorsʼ Orientation. Being a new teacher, whether to the profession, school community or grade level/subject area, can be a challenging time in an educatorʼs career. In Milton, we seek to ease the transition by providing each new teacher with a seasoned mentor who will help to guide them through the challenges. This past Tuesday, new teachers had the opportunity to meet their mentors, ask questions, discuss concerns and take a guided tour through their school building at the annual MPS New Teachers and Mentors Orientation.

Hosted by the Milton Mentoring Leadership Team, members John Radosta, April Allegrezza, Deanna Magill and Meredith Kempf asked and answered questions, led group discussions and presented new teachers and mentors with materials and resources that will guide them through the mentoring process this year. The orientation is entirely peer driven with teachers helping teachers to thrive and succeed.

Mentors will continue to meet weekly with their mentees, share resources, answer questions and address concerns throughout the year. Mentors are chosen based on their proven performance level and the match of grade and content level to that of their mentee.

Mentors this year include: Mimi Tran, Christina Brown, Claire Yunger, Patty Pauris, Maureen McClain, Elizabeth Caruso, Carolyn Brandi, Koudedji Koita, Amanda LeFort, Maureen Butler, Brian Powers, Debra Miller, Myriam Franceour, Rebecca Percuoco, Meagan Crowley, Lisa Veldran, Dawn Sykes, Kerri Devin, Colin Faherty, Bridget Canty, Karen Coughlin, Jennie Beliveau, Jason Coady, Robert Johnson, Kim OʼLeary and J Troy.

Om Wednesday our new teachers took a break from a day of training and professional development to enjoy lunch in the MHS courtyard. 

SPECIAL EDUCATION

Administrator for Pupil Personnel Services, Sue Maselli shares the following.

Welcome back! Thank you to all the staff and families who made our ESY Summer program so successful. Special thanks to Mr. Mark Harrison and all the staff for their efforts to ensure a safe and fun summer for our students!

COVID Update Related to Special Education: Please see this link from the Department of Elementary and secondary Education: COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions for Schools and Districts Regarding Special Education   

Introductions: Welcome to Ms. Kaye Simpson, our new High School Team Chairperson.  Kaye comes to us with a wealth of experience from several high performing districts and is excited to continue her work facilitating IEP discussions. She will begin with new staff the last week of August and you can reach her at ksimpson@miltonps.org or 617.696-4470 x 5545

IEP meetings: A reminder that you can continue to request your child’s Team Meeting to be remote this year. We will continue to work with families on individualized plans for in person meetings, so be in touch with your team chair.

Building Contacts: For our families who are new to us this year, or have a student who is transitioning from one school to another, here are your team chair contacts listed by building

  • Preschool Cunningham and Tucker: Ms. Jayme Szymczak 617-696-4285 x2028
  • Collicot K-5: Ms. Alison McGrath 617-696-4282 x 2001
  • Cunningham K-5: Ms. Kathy LaPierre 617-696-4285 x 2014
  • Glover K-5:Ms. Elizabeth Bowen 617- 696-4288 x 4103
  • Tucker K-5: Ms. Maggie Wagner 617-696-4291 x 6204
  • Pierce Grade 7,8 & All Special Programs : Ms. Tracy Grandeau 617-696-4586 x3110
  • Pierce Grade 6: Dr. Suzanne Shaw 617-696-4568 x3207
  • MHS: Ms. Kaye Simpson 617-696-5040 x 5545
  • Out-Of-District Coordinator: Dr. Suzanne Shaw 617-696-4568 x3207
  • Out-Of-District Coordinator:Ms. Lynda Lee Sheridan 617-696-5040 x 5608 (you will keep the same chairperson you were assigned)

Office of Pupil Personnel Services: Our office supports: special education, educational stability (homeless education, foster care and military education), 504 accommodations, home-hospital education and special education transportation.

Our office is open daily 8-4 to assist you. 617.696-4470 x 5572. Contact us at: Susan Maselli, Director, smaselli@miltonps.org; Mark Harrison, Assistant Director, mharrison@miltonps.org; Patty Lesenechal: plesenechal@miltonps.org

Special Education Van Transportation:If your child rides a van to school, please note you should hear directly from the van company for the pick up time. For questions related to van transportation contact Patty at plesenechal@miltonps.org

TOPSoccer:  US Youth Soccer TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) is a community-based training program for all athletes with intellectual, emotional, and or physical disabilities. The program strives to provide soccer opportunities (the opportunity of soccer) for players to develop at their own pace in a safe, fun, and supportive/inclusive environment. A program in in Milton is beginning in September and they would like to 4-5 more players as they roll out TOPSoccer. Reach out to Heather Montgomery  or Maureen Butler if you would like to participate or learn more about the Milton program. 

Notification of Student/Child Find 9/1/21: In accordance with Federal and State regulations, the Milton Public Schools provides special education programs for eligible students designed to meet the needs of children attending not only public schools, but also those attending private school at private expense as a Milton resident.

Milton provides all residents with an opportunity to participate in the public schools program using a continuous and systematic effort to identify children in need of special education services.

Milton Schools will arrange for screenings and/or an evaluation of those students ages 16-21 who have not graduated from high school and who are not now attending school, or children ages 3 through 21 who are unable to progress effectively in a regular education program due to a suspected disability consisting of a developmental delay, intellectual, sensory, neurological, emotional, autism, communication, physical specific learning, or health impairment or combination thereof.

For any child in your care for mental health/emotional difficulties, a screening or evaluation may also be appropriate in conjunction with health care recommendations.

If you are caring for a child ages 3-21 years of age who you believe has a suspected disability, and would require special educational services to derive educational benefit please have that child’s parent or guardian contact the school district. For additional information or to refer a child, you can contact the office of Pupil Personnel Services at 617/696-4770 x 5572

Public Notice of the McKinney-Vento 9/1/21: What is the McKinney-Vento Act?
The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (“Act”), 42 U.S.C. 11431 et seq., is a federal law that is designed to ensure that homeless children and youth have the same access as other children to public education, including public preschool programs.

Milton Public Schools complies with the McKinney Vento Act, for students who may find themselves temporarily homeless. Parents and guardians should inform the principal or district homeless liaison of their child’s status so that the school can ensure continued access to education and access appropriate supports such as transportation, nutritional access and screening for eligible programs. The district’s Homeless Coordinator is Susan Maselli, Administrator for Pupil Personnel Services. Please read the full McKinney-Vento Act here

FOOD SERVICE

In the upcoming school year, ALL children will be eligible to receive one free breakfast and one free lunch each day during the school year. There will also be a la carte items for sale at Pierce and MHS. Students can pay cash or have money on their MySchoolBucks account in order to purchase these additional items. 

If you think you qualify, it is important that families fill out the free/reduced lunch applications as this information may be helpful in getting additional benefits. The application can be found here.  Please  email Jackie Morgan with any questions. 

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 

Come Be a Part of the Milton Public Schools Instrumental Music Program!

  • Applied Instrumental Lesson Registration for Beginners in Grades 4 and above
  • Beginner Registration Night- Monday, Sep 13, 2021
  • 7-8 pm at Milton High School

The Milton Public Schools Music Department offers instrumental lessons through the Applied Lesson Program (ALP). Students in grades 4 and above may take lessons on flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, french horn, trombone, baritone horn, tuba, percussion, violin, viola, cello, and bass. The 30 minute lessons are given once a week at Milton High School and are scheduled Monday-Thursday from 3:30-9:00 p.m. Lessons are taught by professional musicians who are specialists on these instruments.

An overview of the program can be found here and all details can be found herePlease contact ALP program director Rebecca Damiani at rdamiani@miltonps.org with any questions. Please note that Guitar pre-registration is currently full.

Have an instrument to donate? MPS would be very grateful! Please contact Rebecca Damiani at rdamiani@miltonps.org to arrange the donation. 

MPS GIVES BACK

Please see below from  Reilly Bergin and Hōkū Panerio-Langer, a rising MHS Freshman and Junior respectively.

 We are running a drive for veteran care package supplies through Project 351. Project 351 is a community service based organization that promotes positive change through a year long service leadership program. 

Every year, Project 351 carries out community-led service and drives in each of the 351 cities and towns in Massachusetts.  Project 351’s mission is to “Build a movement of youth-led service that transforms communities, elevates kindness, and advances opportunity by investing in the courage, compassion, and unlimited capabilities of eighth-grade unsung heroes and quiet leaders.” 

This summer, in honor of the fallen heroes that gave their lives during 9/11, we are running a drive for care package supplies to give to veterans in MA. To donate, please click here. This will bring you to an amazon wishlist, where you can purchase items to be donated! Please mail donations to Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund, 77 Warren Street, Building two, Brighton MA, 02135. All donations have to be made by September 1. Donations will be distributed throughout the state to Massachusetts veterans by Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund. 

The Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund is a non-profit organization “dedicated to providing support to the families of military personnel with ties to Massachusetts who have died as a result of active duty service post 9/11/2001.” If you would like to learn more about MMHF, you can please visit their website here.

We appreciate all of your generosity and support of others. Thank you!

MILTON COMMUNITY SCHOOLS

ASE and ESAP Updates: At this time, registration to start September 1 has closed for the before and after school programs. It will reopen the second week in September based on availability. You can sign up for the waitlist on Family ID: Waitlist after-school 

MCS is hiring. Milton Community Schools is looking to hire energetic, motivated, creative, experienced, and multi-talented people with the ability to lead groups of 10-15 children from Kindergarten up to 5th grade in our before and after school elementary enrichment programs. Compensation starts at $16.33/hr.  If you are interested, please reach out to Martha Sandoval at msandoval@miltonps.org. The job description can be found at this link. Learn more about MCS at this link. 

FAMILY RESOURCES

The Office of the Family Outreach Liaison is here to support all MPS families.  Please reach out to Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Family Outreach Liaison, 617-980-7343 or mmckenna@miltonps.org with any questions you might have about MPS programs, the upcoming school year or if you are in need of a resource. All calls and emails are confidential.  All updates on Family Resources – food, heating assistance, health insurance, financial assistance, contacts – can be found at this link.

ATHLETICS

Please see the following from AD Ryan Madden.

There will be an All-Sport Parent Meeting on Tuesday, August 31 beginning at 5:15pm in the Field House. All sports except Football will be expected to attend.

  • 5:15-5:40pm – Field Hockey, Boys and Girls Cross Country
  • 5:45-6:10pm – Volleyball, Cheer and Swim
  • 6:15-6:40pm – Boys Soccer, Girls Soccer and Golf

Mask Mandate: Per the letter sent home on Thursday, August 12, all student-athletes and coaches must wear masks when indoors and on the bus to and from athletic events. Please make sure your child has masks when traveling to away contests. At this time, no decision regarding outdoor mask mandates for sports or indoor spectators has been made. Once there are updates, that will be communicated to the community. 

COMMUNITY NEWS 

The Town of Milton will observe the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the United States with two events.  

Blood Drive: On Thursday, September 9, from noon to 6:30 p.m., the Town will host a Blood Drive to benefit the Kraft Family Blood Donor Center.  A blood mobile sponsored by the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital will be parked in front of Town Hall.  To donate, please sign-up in advance at this link.  Walk-ins will be accepted if time allows.  All donors will receive a 9/11 remembrance T shirt.  

Vigil: Please join the Milton Select Board and the Milton Interfaith Clergy Association on Friday, September 10, at 6:00 p.m. for a vigil observance on the Town Green/Gazebo at Town Hall.  Through words of remembrance and song, we will honor all who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.  Our special guest speaker will be Sgt. Supervisor Brian Coughlan of the New York Police Department.  The vigil will be broadcast live on Milton Access TV.

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The Milton Early Childhood Alliance shares the following.

Kindergarten Days! August 29th to September 4th: Visit local businesses in town as they congratulate Milton’s incoming kindergarten children with free gifts and discounts! Children MUST wear their bright yellow kindergarten t-shirt and visit our sponsors to receive their free gifts and discounts. PLEASE support our sponsors – we couldn’t offer this terrific event without them! This year’s sponsors are: Mackie’s Barbershop, Mr. Chan’s, Ichiro Sushi, Starbucks, The Fruit Center Marketplace, The Toy Chest at the Nutshell, Milton Public Library, Elliott Physical Therapy, Dental 1, The Ice Creamsmith, Historic New England Eustis Estate, and Harte Dental. Visit our website at www.miltonearlychildhoodalliance.org for all of the details.

Story Walk at Brookwood Community Farm;11 Blue Hill River Road, Canton
(on the Milton/Canton line). Dawn to dusk. Visit Brookwood Community Farm for a unique early literacy experience. Walk along the grounds of a working farm while reading a children’s book in English, French, and Spanish. This is a heartwarming story of children who join together to plant and grow food to share with their community – a very appropriate story for this location!

Story Walk at Milton Cemetery; 211 Centre Street, Milton. Dawn to dusk. Visit the beautiful pond inside Milton Cemetery for a unique literacy experience and read a story about a shy skunk who doesn’t fit in because he thinks he smells. See how his animal friends support and encourage him as he finds out what makes him different and special!

Story Walk at The Trailside Museum; 1904 Canton Avenue, Milton. Outdoor exhibits open 8:00-4:00 dailyA new story will be posted along the outdoor walking paths of the Trailside Museum soon! You do not need to make a reservation to visit at this time. So, take a walk, visit with their outdoor animals, and read a story along the way. Which one will it be? Visit to find out!

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The Town of Milton Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan Survey is live. Please click this link and  take a few minutes to tell us how you walk, bike, and roll through Milton. These survey results will help the Town and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council as they develop a plan to build a safe, efficient, connected network of bicycle and pedestrian facilities.

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Join us for Barnfest! at the Forbes House Museum, 215 Adams Street (Enter off of Churchills) on Thursday, August 26, 6-9 pm. Craft beer, local Mexican food, live music and games. Advance tickets recommended: $25. Kids are free.  Enjoy a hot summer evening in a cool historic setting. Sponsored by Coldwell Banker of Milton. Cheers!

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The Milton Road Race is just a few weeks away, on September 14 at 6pm. The Milton Road Race benefits chosen charities with a portion of the fund-raiser contributing to our Scholarship Fund.  Some of the recipients of the fundraising efforts include: Student Scholarships, Holiday Gift Card Drive, Milton Food Pantry, SOCK, Milton Parks and Recreation, Milton Art Center, Milton Early Childhood Alliance and many more. Register now at this link and join many in the Milton community at this fun, local event hosted by the Milton Junior Women’s Club.

SUPERINTENDENT SHOUTOUT

I want to recognize last year’s Collicot 5th Grade class and families who raised money to repair a well in South Sudan as part of their Grade 5 Community Service Project. The villagers once again have a fully functional well thanks to your generosity. As our students learned last year, without water, life cannot sustain itself. Thank you for watering the seeds of change in South Sudan. 

Thank you to all who contributed to the blog this week: Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Holly Concannon, AJ Melanson, Kim Coughlin, April Allegrezza, Sue Maselli, Ryan Madden, Martha Sandoval, Susan Dolan, Jen Guarino, and Bill Fish. 

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The Milton Public School system does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, gender identity, transgender status, gender transitioning, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its programs, activities or operations. These include, but are not limited to, admissions, equal access to programs and activities, employment, provision of and access to programs and services, as well as a selection of volunteers, vendors, and employers recruiting at the Milton Public Schools.  We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, students, volunteers, subcontractors, and vendors. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Asst. Superintendent for Curriculum & Human Resources, Dr. Karen Spaulding, (617) 696-5040 ext. 5582.

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August 19, 2021

To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
From: James F. Jette
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: August 19, 2021

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

We are just two weeks from the beginning of the new school year and we are looking forward to a wonderful start to school for our MPS students, staff, and families. Our custodial staff has spent much of the summer readying our buildings for September and our Leadership Team has been preparing all summer for a successful return to school. Our many summer programs (ESY, Camp Cunningham, Universal Summer, Calculus Project, Summertime Stories, MHS Bridge, and MSE) have concluded or are wrapping up this week. It has been wonderful to have students and staff in our buildings all summer!

Last week I sent an update about the MPS mask policy for the start of the school year and you can read that letter here. To summarize, as we have no way to determine who is vaccinated in our community and a significant portion of MPS students are not yet eligible for the vaccine, MPS will require all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to our schools to wear masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status. Universal indoor masking, along with several other mitigation measures (adherence to symptom screening protocols, physical distancing when possible, hand hygiene, enhanced cleaning procedures, air purifiers, and ventilation upgrades) will help us to minimize the spread of COVID-19 in our schools, limit quarantines and keep our students learning in-person five days a week. The Milton Public Schools Face Covering Policy remains in place. The District will review the policy bi-monthly (every other month) at School Committee meetings with updates as to the current health data.

The district has submitted an application for the testing initiative through the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). We aren’t sure when we will hear if we have been approved for this program but we remain optimistic that we will be able to offer testing as part of our mitigation efforts this fall. Principals are re-assessing plans for breakfast, lunch, recess, mask breaks, chorus/band, and athletics and will share them with their school communities as they are finalized. As we know, September can be warm in our schools, and in addition to our hands free water fillers throughout the buildings, we will have extra water stations on hot days. All students are reminded to bring their personal refillable water bottle every day.

I also want to call your attention to the recently released Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents (M.A.S.S.) Position Statement on K-12 Curriculum and Critical Race Theory linked here. As I stated at the School Committee meeting on July 21, 2021 the Milton Public Schools have not implemented Critical Race Theory into our curriculum. Our goal is to be culturally responsive as we highlight the rich diversity in our country and history in all of our teachings.  

As we look to the upcoming school year we will continue to focus on teaching and learning, educational equity, social emotional learning, and student and family engagement. I often hear that we should return to our “Pre-Covid-19 normal” but I disagree! We can and should strive to do better and as your Superintendent, in partnership with teachers, staff, students and families, I promise to continue to move the district forward as we pursue excellence for all in the Milton Public Schools. 

Please read on below for important upcoming dates, technology updates, new staff introductions, athletics details and more. You can also visit our Back to School page for links and information. I hope you enjoy these last weeks of summer. We look forward to welcoming our new employees on August 23, our teachers and staff on August 30, our students in grades 1-12 on September 1 and our Kindergarten and Preschool students on September 7. 

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES

  • Aug 19 Urinetown Screening at Pierce 
  • Aug 25 School Committee Meeting 
  • Aug 29 Covid Testing at DPW 
  • Aug 28 FREE Vaccination Clinic at MHS
  • Aug 30 Teachers Return 
  • Aug 30 MHS New Student Orientation
  • Aug 31 Pierce Grade 6 Family Night & Open House
  • Sept 1 1st Day of School Grades 1-12 
  • Sept 3 No School 
  • Sept 6 No School Labor Day 
  • Sept 7 1st Day of School Pre-K and K 
  • Sept 8 School Committee Meeting 
  • Sept 13 Applied Music Lesson Registration
  • Sept 14 MHS Open House
  • Sept 16 No School Yom Kippur 
  • Sept 20 Pierce Open House (note new date)
  • Sept 22 School Committee Meeting
  • Sept 23 Tucker Open House
  • Sept 23 Collicot Open House 
  • Sept 30 Glover Open House
  • Oct 5 Cunningham Open House
  • Oct 6 School Committee Meeting

Please refer to the District-Wide Calendar of Events for times and details. The 21-22 School Year Calendar can be found here (Revised 2/24/21) Note: This calendar is intended as a guide ONLY. It may be necessary to change this schedule to better serve instructional purposes.

Covid Vaccination Clinic: The Milton Public Schools is once again partnering with Manet Community Health Center to provide a Vaccination Clinic on Saturday, August 28th from 9 am until 12 pm. The clinic will be held at Milton High School, 25 Gile Road in the Copeland Field House (back of the school). This clinic will be open to all. Pre-registration is not available; this is a walk-in registration clinic only and Manet will offer the Pfizer, Moderna and J&J vaccines. Please bring your ID and insurance card if possible – NOT REQUIRED.

This vaccination clinic is  open to all. Those who get vaccinated on Saturday, August 28th will be scheduled for their second shot on Saturday, September 18th (same time frame and same location) unless they are administered the J&J vaccine.

Covid Testing: On Sunday, August 29, the Town of Milton will host a free, drive-through COVID testing day, from 10am to 3pm, at the Department of Public Works (DPW) yard at 629 Randolph Avenue. All are welcome and no appointment is needed. 

TONIGHT! All are invited to come and see Milton High School’s production of Urinetown onscreen — with an audience! Set in a world where every toilet is a pay toilet, Urinetown is a dark, funny musical that satirizes the legal system, capitalism, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, municipal politics, and musical theatre itself. This production was filmed on the Milton High School stage back in June. 

  • When: Thursday, August 19th at 6:30 p.m.
  • Where: Pierce Middle School auditorium
  • Why: To support the MHS Theatre Dept. and watch our talented students!
  • Tickets are $5, available at the door only (credit cards accepted).
  • Masks required for all.

We hope you will come celebrate the talents of the cast and crew and meet the leaders of the theatre program; rising ninth graders interested in exploring theatre at the high school are encouraged to attend. All proceeds will benefit the Milton High School theatre program.
Stay tuned until the end of the show to hear a big announcement regarding the Fall Musical.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE 

The next regular School Committee meeting will be on August 25 , 2021 at 7pm. All information about upcoming School Committee meetings can be found on the Town of Milton webpage. You can watch School Committee meetings live on Milton Access TV online, live on Milton Access cable channels (Comcast 22, RCN 15) or watch on-demand in the days following the meeting.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Up to date Physical Exams are required for entrance to MPS at any grade level, as well as for currently enrolled rising Kindergarten, 4th grade, 7th grade and 11th grade students.  Up to date immunizations are required for entry to MPS and to participate in all after school activities. Please forward this to your student’s school nurse.  Details on immunization requirements for School Entry can be found here.

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

Milton High School is ready to welcome our incoming freshman – the Class of 2025! Please join us on Monday, August 30 from 3-5pm for orientation. MHS Student Leaders will be your hosts and will show you all that MHS has to offer. All new students (in any grade) are welcome to attend.

If you are a 10th-12th grade MHS student formerly in the full remote model, we would also love to see you on August 30. Our goal for you on this day is to show you around Milton High School and answer any questions you may have about Milton High School that will help you to feel comfortable returning to the building in a few weeks. We ask that you show up by 3pm to Brooks Field for a quick welcome message and to be grouped with Student Leaders who will show you around.  If you are coming, please complete this registration form. You will check in at Brooks Field but you will be having a tour by student leaders and may not need to be here for the entire orientation. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns prior to the orientation. The schedule for the day is as follows:

  • 2:30-3:00PM – Registration (Brooks Field Entrance, if rain, Field House Entrance)
  • 3:00PM – 4:30PM-Welcome by Mrs. Cahill, introduction of the Student Leaders and MHS staff, group activities, tours of Milton High School grounds
  • 4:30PM – Snacks in the Courtyard/Cafeteria, Activities Fair in Cafeteria
  • 5:00PM – Orientation concludes & Chromebook pickup in Main Foyer

We look forward to seeing you on the 30th at Milton High School! 

More MHS information can be found on the following webpages: Milton High School Webpage; Milton High School Athletic Information; Milton High School Program of Studies; Milton High School Clubs and Activities; Milton High School Fine and Performing Arts

PIERCE PAGES

Pierce Principal Dr. Bill Fish shares the Pierce updates below.

Team Assignments: Team assignments for the 2021-2022 school year will be emailed home the week of August 23.

New Families Night: On Tuesday, August 24, Pierce will host an orientation event for families of Pierce students who are new to the Milton Public Schools at 6:30 p.m. in the Pierce Middle School library.

School Supplies: This list is meant to provide families with some direction around purchasing school supplies. Students are not required to buy supplies, but we realize that it can be helpful for families to have some guidance and suggestions.

Chromebook Pick Up for Grade 6 Students: Sixth graders are invited to come to Pierce on Monday, August 30, to pick up their Chromebook. Many of our sixth grade teachers will help with distributing devices so that students will be able to meet some of our staff before the first day of school. In order to facilitate the pick up of devices, we will follow the schedule at right and in this link. Please note that team assignments will be shared with families next week.

Grade 6 Open House: All sixth grade families are invited to an open house at Pierce on August 31, 2021. At the open house, students and parents/guardians will meet their team teachers and participate in several small group activities facilitated by the sixth grade teachers. The event will be run as two sessions dividing students alphabetically by last name to make the groups smaller. Please note that the grade 6 open house will take the place of the open house that is typically held later in September and that the open house for grade 7 and grade 8 families will be held later in September. The schedule for the grade 6 open house can be found at right and in this link. 

IEP & 504 Information Session: Parents and guardians of students with IEP or 504 plans are invited to join Susan Maselli, MPS administrator for pupil personnel services, for an information session about special education and 504 support services at Pierce. This meeting will take place in the Pierce auditorium on August 31, 2021 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS 

Please see below for key contact information and important dates at each of our elementary schools. 

GLOVER
Principal Mrs. Karen McDavitt and Assistant Principal Ms. Melissa Craven
Administrative Assistant Ms. Deb Woods
Glover Webpage ; Glover Twitter account; Glover PTO FB Page; Glover PTO email contact ; Glover School Supply List 

Glover events: Principal McDavitt and the Glover PTO will sponsor a welcome event for all new families on Thursday, August 26, 2021 at 6pm and Friday, August 27, 2021 at 10am. Come and meet other families new to the Glover School. Incoming Kindergarten students are encouraged to wear their new bright yellow “I’m Going to Kindergarten” t-shirt.

Kindergarten students will have an orientation/screening event on September 1st or 2nd. Dates and times will be included in your child’s classroom assignment letter that you will receive in late August. 

The Glover Open House is on Thursday, September 30, 2021. 

COLLICOT
Principal Mrs. Holly Concannon and Assistant Principal Ms. Ellen Lohan
Administrative Assistant Ms. Joanne Barker
Collicot Webpage; Collicot PTO email ; Collicot PTO Facebook page

Collicot events: The Collicot PTO will be hosting welcome events for Kindergarten and new 1st-5th grade families on Tuesday, August 31, 2021 at 2:00pm. Families will have a chance to meet school administration, have a tour of the school and an opportunity to ask questions of their tour guide. Principal Concannon will be sending out details in her newsletter next week.

Kindergarten students will have an orientation/screening event on September 1st or 2nd. Dates and times will be included in your child’s classroom assignment letter that you will receive in late August.

On August 31st the whole school is welcome to join the Collicot community and the Administration from 3:00-4:00pm in the rear playground.

The Collicot Open House is on Thursday,  September 23, 2021.

CUNNINGHAM
Principal Dr. Jon Redden and Assistant Principal Mrs. Bernadette Butler 
Administrative Assistant Ms. Erica Cadigan 
Cunningham Webpage ; Cunningham PTO email; Facebook Page; Cunningham School Twitter 
Cunningham School Instagram;Cunningham School Supply List

Cunningham events: New families of students entering grades 1-5 are invited to meet school administrators, tour the school, and see their child’s classroom on Tuesday, August 31, 2021 at 5:30pm. Families should come to the main entrance. We look forward to officially welcoming you to the Cunningham School community.

Kindergarten students will have an orientation/screening event on September 1st or 2nd. Dates and times will be included in your child’s classroom assignment letter that you will receive in late August.

All Cunningham School students and their families are welcome to attend the annual Welcome Back event held on Tuesday, August 31, 2021 at 6:00pm. Please join Principal Dr. Redden and other administrators on the rear playground of the school. Come see old friends and meet some new ones.

The Cunningham Open House is on Tuesday, October 5, 2021.

TUCKER
Principal  Dr. Elaine McNeil-Girmai and Assistant Principal Ms. Kristen Driscoll
Administrative Assistant Mrs. Eileen Keaney
Tucker School Supply lists; Tucker Webpage ; Tucker  PTO email contact; Tucker  PTO Facebook page; Tucker Elementary School Webpage

Tucker events: Families new to Tucker and those who were remote learners last year and/or didn’t have an opportunity to visit the school previously are invited to attend a welcome back event on Thursday, August 19, 2021 from 1:00-2:00 pm. or Thursday, August 26, 2021 from 5:30-6:30pm. The meeting location for these events is the back playground. Families will have an opportunity to meet administrators and tour the building.

Incoming Preschool and Kindergarten students and their families are invited to visit the school and meet administrators and new friends on Thursday, August 19, 2021 from 10:45 – 11:30 am. (immediately following Summertime Stories at 10:00) or Tuesday, August 24, 2021 from 6:00-7:00pm. The welcome events will take place on the back playground and Kindergarten students are encouraged to wear their yellow “I’m Going to Kindergarten” t-shirt.

Kindergarten students will also have an orientation/screening event on September 1st or 2nd. Dates and times will be included in your child’s classroom assignment letter that you will receive in late August. 

The Tucker Open House is on Thursday, September 23, 2021.

DISTRICT CONTACT INFORMATION 

NEW MPS STAFF 

We are delighted to introduce the following new staff to the MPS community. We also wish our departing staff members well. Former Guidance Director Karen Cahill  is now our MHS Principal and Magen Slesinger and Dr. Nick Fitzgerald are pursuing new opportinities outside of the district. We are grateful to Ms. Slesinger and Dr. Fitzgerald for their excellent work in the Milton Public Schools. I know that you will join me in wishing them all the best as they move on to their new positions.  

Barbara Meyer – Director of Guidance 6 – 12: Ms. Barbara Meyer has been appointed as the Director of Guidance 6-12 for the Milton Public Schools. Ms. Meyer has worked in the Stoughton Public Schools since 2004 as a Guidance Counselor and prior to that as Guidance Director in the Medfield Public Schools. As a counselor at Stoughton High School she was actively involved in writing and implementing Guidance curriculum, assisting families in the post-secondary educational search, collaboratively planning and presenting evening programs to families; administering the AP, SAT and PSAT exams; coordinating SAT Administration. Ms. Meyer also served on School Council, School Improvement Committee, as DEI Committee Chair, on the BRYT Program Development team, as the 2021 Student Outreach Coordinator, and Co-Chaired NEASC Hospitality Committee. She was also the advisor to SPECTRUM, the Gay-Straight Alliance and advisor in the Step-Up to Excellence Program. Ms. Meyer holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s degrees in Counseling Education and Educational Leadership. 

Thank you to the parents and staff who participated in the screening process to identify two finalists to move forward to Central Administration. Thank you to the following members of our schools and community who participated in the screening interviews: Pierce Guidance Counselor: Lisa Veldran, Nurse Barbara Perry, Assistant Principal Dr Nick Fitzgerald; Milton High School counselors Leonice Bernard, Scott Devlin, Vice Principal Ben Kelly; and MPS parent Victoria Dozier. 

Aneeka Cheema – Director of Fine & Performing Arts K-12: Aneeka Cheema has been appointed as the Director of Fine & Performing Arts K-12. Ms. Cheema has extensive experience as both an artist and art educator. She began her formal work as a surface designer in Pakistan where she also served as an arts instructor/heritage craft and textiles development strategist. Ms. Cheema has lectured, taught, and conducted research at the higher education level at the National College of Arts and Beacon House University in Pakistan and The Tisch College of Citizenship at Tufts University and Massachusetts College of Art here in the United States. Her K-12 experience includes teaching Visual Arts at the Mary Lyon Pilot High School in Boston and with the Collaborative for Education in Southeastern Massachusetts. Ms. Cheema’s interests include South East Asian heritage crafts, contemporary Pakistan textile design/fiber art, printmaking, vegetable dying, technology in the arts, social justice and art education, intersectionality in racism, and trauma informed practice. Ms. Cheema holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering, a Bachelor of Design, a Master of Science in Art Education, a Master of Arts in Leadership and Policy Studies, and is currently in a doctoral program at UMASS Dartmouth.

A special thank you to parents Carrie Boehler, John Mitchell, and Ceronne Daly as well as teachers Colleen Martin and Debra Miller who served on the screening committee. 

Kaitlin Gass – Pierce Assistant Principal: Ms. Kaitlin Gass has been appointed as the Pierce Assistant Principal. Ms. Gass has worked at the Cambridge Street Upper School in Cambridge since 2015. She has taught grade 6, 7, 8 science, served as the school’s grade 6 team leader, and most recently held the position of acting principal. At the Cambridge Street Upper School, Ms. Gass was a member of the instructional leadership team and a facilitator of the school’s cultural proficiency team. Prior to working in Cambridge, she was a science teacher in the Franklin Public Schools and Springfield Public Schools. Ms. Gass’ breadth of experience and passion for middle school students will be a tremendous asset to the Pierce community. Ms. Gass holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst. Additionally, she completed the principal licensure program at Curry College.

In recruiting for the assistant principal position, Milton Public Schools received 42 applications. Nine applicants met with a screening team and two finalists were identified. I wish to thank the following members of our school community who participated in the screening interviews: Pierce educators Zakia Jarrett, Renee Mendoza, Sarah Pullia; Assistant Principal Janice Mazzola; and MPS parents Regina Campbell-Malone, Melissa Feldman, and Tina Greene. 

Please join me in welcoming Ms. Gass, Ms. Cheema and Ms. Meyer to the MPS community! 

 

TECHNOLOGY

Optional Chromebook Insurance: All students are highly encouraged to obtain insurance for their school-issued Chromebook for the 2021-22 school year.If families decline to purchase the insurance for the Chromebook you are responsible for damage beyond reasonable wear and tear as outlined in the Loan Agreement.

The cost of insurance is $30/year and it covers unlimited claims with no deductible. Please click on the following link to purchase insurance for your student.

After registering for insurance, you will receive an email that includes an invoice and payment information. If you wish to purchase insurance for another child, you will need to repeat this process. Thank you for considering the purchase of accidental damage coverage for your student’s Chromebook.

Chromebook Loan Agreement: All students and families of students using an MPS Chromebook are required to sign the Chromebook Loan Agreement.  Here are links to the digital Chromebook Loan Agreements: Elementary; Pierce; MHS

Students in grades K-5 will have an MPS Chromebook issued to all students.  Students are NOT allowed to bring their own device to school.  The Chromebooks will primarily be stored in the classroom.  However, teachers may occasionally ask students to take the Chromebooks home.   

Rising 6th Graders: Rising sixth graders will receive their Chromebook on Monday, August 30th.  Please see this link or the chart at right  for the specific time and locations for pickup.

Rising 9th Graders: All rising 9th graders will receive their MPS Chromebook and charger during new student orientation at Milton High School on Monday, August 30th at 5 pm.  If a student is unable to attend new student orientation, the student will be provided their Chromebook the first day of school.

Digital Citizenship: 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, Path to Raising a Digital Citizen, will help families better understand what it takes to become a responsible digital citizen.

Please access the Milton Public Schools Family Technology Support Help Center website to troubleshoot potential issues with, and/or educate yourself about, a device/ platform/application for which you are not familiar. The site provides information on PlusPortal, Google, Clever, Guardian Monitoring, Who to Contact, and more.

In an effort to help prepare students for the 2021-22 school year, we invite all students to complete the Student Technology Boot Camp.  The modules will help students become more comfortable with the platforms/applications that will be used throughout this school year.   Each module includes important topics your student will potentially be expected to use.  Some modules are grade level specific.  If the topic does not apply to all levels, the level that it applies to will be listed below the topic.   When possible, students will be able to view both video tutorials and text-based tutorials.  In some cases only video or text tutorials are available.  Here is a link to the Student Technology Boot Camp

FOOD SERVICE

Next week is our final weekly meal pick up of the summer. Each pick up will include 7 days of breakfasts and lunches as well as a box of fresh produce for each family. Pick up is at Milton High School, on Wednesday, August 25 from 11am-12:30pm. Please enter from Blue Hills Parkway. 

In the upcoming school year, ALL children will be eligible to receive one free breakfast and one free lunch each day during the school year. There will also be a la carte items for sale at Pierce and MHS. Students can pay cash or have money on their MySchoolBucks account in order to purchase these additional items. 

If you think you qualify, it is important that families fill out the free/reduced lunch applications as this information may be helpful in getting additional benefits. We will have the application ready soon and will share that link next week. Please email Jackie Morgan with any questions. 

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!

MILTON COMMUNITY SCHOOLS

Thank you to our Camp Cunningham families and campers! We had an amazing time at camp this summer and we hope to see you next year. Check out our Camp Cunningham Album for a look at all the fun we had this summer.

ASE and ESAP Updates: ASE (After School Enrichment) is by waitlist at this time at all sites. The ESAP (Early School Arrival Program) has a few spots available. Registrations to start September 1, will close on Monday, Aug 23 at noontime. Registration will reopen the second week in September based on availability.

MCS is hiring. Milton Community Schools is looking to hire energetic, motivated, creative, experienced, and multi-talented people with the ability to lead groups of 10-15 children from Kindergarten up to 5th grade in our before and after school elementary enrichment programs. Compensation starts at $16.33/hr.  If you are interested, please reach out to Martha Sandoval at msandoval@miltonps.org. The job description can be found at this link. Learn more about MCS at this link. 

ART AND MUSIC 

Come Be a Part of the Milton Public Schools Instrumental Music Program!

  • Applied Instrumental Lesson Registration for Beginners in Grades 4 and above
  • Beginner Registration Night- Monday, Sep 13, 2021
  • 7-8 pm at Milton High School

The Milton Public Schools Music Department offers instrumental lessons through the Applied Lesson Program (ALP). Students in grades 4 and above may take lessons on flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, french horn, trombone, baritone horn, tuba, percussion, violin, viola, cello, and bass. The 30 minute lessons are given once a week at Milton High School and are scheduled Monday-Thursday from 3:30-9:00 p.m. Lessons are taught by professional musicians who are specialists on these instruments.

An overview of the program can be found here and all details can be found herePlease contact ALP program director Rebecca Damiani at rdamiani@miltonps.org with any questions. Please note that Guitar pre-registration is currently full.

Have an instrument to donate? MPS would be very grateful! Please contact Rebecca Damiani at rdamiani@miltonps.org to arrange the donation. 

 

FAMILY RESOURCES

The Office of the Family Outreach Liaison remains open during the summer months.  Please reach out to Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Family Outreach Liaison, 617-980-7343 or mmckenna@miltonps.org with any questions you might have about MPS/community summer programs, summer reading, the upcoming school year or if you are in need of a resource. All calls and emails are confidential.  All updates on Family Resources – food, heating assistance, health insurance, financial assistance, contacts – can be found at this link.

ATHLETICS

Please see the following from AD Ryan Madden.

Fall Sports start Friday! Tryouts for Football begin Friday, August 20. All other Fall Sports begin tryouts on Monday, August 23! Click here for tryout times. Students are expected at ALL tryouts.

Please remember to sign up on Family ID and drop a copy of your physical off in the Main Office at Milton High School. Electronic copies will not be accepted.

Students need to be registered on Family ID in order to be cleared for the fall and may register for Winter and Spring sports at the same time. However, students will only need to register students ONCE per academic year. Students should select all sports they intend to play for the entire 2021-22 Academic Year, but should only select ONE sport per season. Payment for each season must be submitted one week prior to the start of tryouts. Registration will remain open throughout the year for students to sign up for Winter and Spring Sports. Click here for more information.


There will be an All-Sport Parent Meeting on Tuesday, August 31 beginning at 5:15pm in the Field House. All sports except Football will be expected to attend.

  • 5:15-5:40pm – Field Hockey, Boys and Girls Cross Country
  • 5:45-6:10pm – Volleyball, Cheer and Swim
  • 6:15-6:40pm – Boys Soccer, Girls Soccer and Golf

Mask Mandate: Per the letter sent home on Thursday, August 12, all student-athletes and coaches must wear masks when indoors and on the bus to and from athletic events. Please make sure your child has masks when traveling to away contests. At this time, no decision regarding outdoor mask mandates for sports or indoor spectators has been made. Once there are updates, that will be communicated to the community. 

COMMUNITY NEWS 

The Town of Milton Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan Survey is live. Please click this link and  take a few minutes to tell us how you walk, bike, and roll through Milton. These survey results will help the Town and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council as they develop a plan to build a safe, efficient, connected network of bicycle and pedestrian facilities.

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The Milton Public School system does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, gender identity, transgender status, gender transitioning, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its programs, activities or operations. These include, but are not limited to, admissions, equal access to programs and activities, employment, provision of and access to programs and services, as well as a selection of volunteers, vendors, and employers recruiting at the Milton Public Schools.  We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, students, volunteers, subcontractors, and vendors. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Asst. Superintendent for Curriculum & Human Resources, Dr. Karen Spaulding, (617) 696-5040 ext. 5582.

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July 26, 2021

To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
From: James F. Jette
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: July 26, 2021

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

I hope you and your family have experienced some fun and time together over the first five weeks of summer. Many of us at MPS have enjoyed some vacation this month, but we are also busy with our many summer programs as well as actively preparing for the 2021-22 School Year. As we approach the end of July, I wanted to share several updates and information with the MPS community. 

Covid continues to be in the news, with concerning information about the Delta variant and increases in positive cases with subsequent increases in hospitalizations. We are following DESE and MA DPH guidance in our summer programs and will continue to follow guidance from the Commonwealth as we look to the ’21-22 School Year. The vaccination rate in Milton and in Massachusetts is a bright spot and I urge you to discuss vaccination for age eliglble individuals in your family with your doctor if you have not yet done so. 

At the School Committee Meeting last week, Cambridge Education reported the Quality Review Main Findings which can be read at this link.  I also encourage you to watch the School Committee meeting at this link.  As the details of the Quality Review are available, we will share them with the MPS community via email and on our website. The School Committee and MPS leadership will also be available for more in depth discussions in the fall. The next regular School Committee meeting will be on August 25, 2021, and information about the meeting will be posted on the Town of Milton website. 

This will be our last blog post that includes our recently graduated senior families. In August, we will move to our ’21-22 School Year email list. If your graduate represents the final link to MPS in your family, we wish you well and thank you for your partnership. If you would like to continue to receive my weekly school year blog post, please enter your email here to subscribe to this one weekly email. If you have younger students in the Milton Public Schools, you will of course continue to receive my blog posts through them. 

Central Office is open all summer and we can be reached at (617) 696-4808/4809. Open House dates for our schools are listed below, please save the date for these events. You’ll also find an update on transportation, summer food service information, fall athletics links, Chromebook details, fall music lesson sign ups and much more. All opening days of school are highlighted below and can be found here. There is plenty of summer left though, so please enjoy it! But first, I hope you take a moment to read the summer update below. 

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES

  • Aug 25 School Committee Meeting 
  • Aug 30 Teachers Return 
  • Aug 30 MHS New Student Orientation
  • Aug 31 Pierce Grade 6 Family Night & Open House
  • Sept 1 1st Day of School Grades 1-12 
  • Sept 3 No School 
  • Sept 6 No School Labor Day 
  • Sept 7 1st Day of School Pre-K and K 
  • Sept 8 School Committee Meeting 
  • Sept 13 Applied Music Lesson Registration
  • Sept 14 MHS Open House
  • Sept 15 Pierce Open House
  • Sept 16 No School Yom Kippur 
  • Sept 21 Jessica Lahey Presentation
  • Sept 22 School Committee Meeting
  • Sept 23 Tucker Open House
  • Sept 23 Collicot Open House 
  • Sept 30 Glover Open House
  • Oct 5 Cunningham Open House
  • Oct 6 School Committee Meeting

Please refer to the District-Wide Calendar of Events for times and details. The 21-22 School Year Calendar can be found here (Revised 2/24/21) Note: This calendar is intended as a guide ONLY. It may be necessary to change this schedule to better serve instructional purposes.

MPS SUMMER 

Over 830 students have been learning together and having fun this summer at many of our summer programs! 

Milton Summer Enrichment: Milton Summer Enrichment is wrapping up a fantastic (and final!) 4th week with some exciting activities and projects. Students have been having fun and working hard with our talented staff, who have been teaching a wide-variety of subjects, including Tennis, Sensational Scientists, Little Stitches, Delicious Sculptures, Coding, Create & Build and much more. You can enjoy some video highlights from “Let the Music Move You” here and here. Thank you to all the MSE staff, students and families for an outstanding summer!

Universal Summer Program: This July, students in grades K through 4 district-wide have been busy participating in Math, Literacy, and SEL activities. In addition to all of the wonderful learning in the classroom, students have been going outside to discuss sundials, learn about shadows, and even create Olympic torches and crowns! USP would like to thank all of the students and their families for a fantastic month of learning and growing together!

Camp Cunningham: Our campers are taking advantage of the sunny days while cooking up some healthy dishes and creating cool stem projects. Campers have made their own unique bugs and have even schooled some counselors in tic tac toe. Stay up to date with camp happenings by viewing our newsletters

ESY: The Extended School Year program has been providing services since July 6 and just completed its third week. We would like to thank the teachers, related service providers, students, and high school volunteers for their hard work to make ESY a big success! This summer’s highlights have included Cunningham Beach Day, Ms. Cassels’ community outings, and Ms. Keane’s gardening project. 

Milton High School: MHS teachers Kristina Craven, Ayeola Davis and Jillian Pieciak are leading a group of motivated incoming 9th graders in the MHS Bridge Program this summer. Students have been attending MHS daily, working on summer reading and enrichment activities while acclimating themselves to Milton High School. Students have had the opportunity to meet many MHS teachers and department heads as they prepare for a successful freshman year! 

Summertime Stories: Our first session of Summertime Stories at Cunningham Park on Thursday, July 15, was a huge success, with our biggest turnout yet – 119 guests! Thank you to the Milton Early Childhood Association and the Milton Public Library for partnering with us on this program. The remaining three sessions are below and all sessions begin at 10am. We hope to see you and your young child there! 

  • Thursday, July 29 at the Tucker Playground
  • Thursday, August 5th at Cunningham Park
  • Thursday, August 19th at Tucker Playground

All details on summer reading and work at every level can be found in the links below. All links can also be found on the MPS website. Elementary families received this email from Dr. Spaulding about Lexia and iReady. You can access that letter here. 

The Milton Public Library and MPS are once again partnering for a terrific summer reading challenge! We currently have 1,145 registered readers and  594 have logged this summer. Thus far, summer readers  have logged 460,868 minutes and completed 5,067 activities – and they’ve got a month left in the challenge. Way to go summer readers! Send your summer reading pictures to pictures@miltonps.org and we will highlight you on MPS social media and in our next blog post. 

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Up to date Physical Exams are required for entrance to MPS at any grade level, as well as for currently enrolled rising Kindergarten, 4th grade, 7th grade and 11th grade students.  Up to date immunizations are required for entry to MPS and to participate in all after school activities. Please forward this to your student’s school nurse.  Details on immunization requirements for School Entry can be found here.

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

Thank you to Roy Chambers for this picture of our Rugby Team!

We are pleased to share our MHS Wildcat Rugby Team cracked the top 50 teams in the country this spring, ending up at #44 (peaking at #40 the week before) in National D1 rankings for spring 2021 per the  Goff Rugby Report!   Goff Rugby Report is a respected national rugby news source that puts out Men’s, College, and High School rankings throughout the year. 

25 of the top 50 teams are Private or Catholic Schools, some with huge enrollments and recruiting programs, and that puts the Wildcats in the top 25 public schools, nationally. The MHS Rugby Team played their hearts out this year and fully deserve the recognition and accolades. Well done,  Rugby ‘Cats!

PIERCE PAGES

Principal Bill Fish shares two important Pierce updates below.

Leadership Transition: Dr. Nicholas Fitzgerald is moving on from Pierce to become an assistant principal at Canton High School. Dr. Fitzgerald has been an invaluable member of the Pierce community over the years and leaves big shoes to fill. Please join us in wishing Dr. Fitzgerald all the best as he moves on to his new position. The recruitment process is underway to fill the vacant assistant principal position. A screening team has been assembled to review applications, identify candidates to be interviewed, and meet with candidates.

Summer Reading: Creating a school-wide culture of literacy continues to be a priority for the faculty, staff, and administration at Pierce Middle School.  Summer is the perfect time to find books and texts to read for pleasure.  More information can be found on Pierce’s summer reading site linked here. These resources and lists below are meant to be a starting point to help students and families select books that match their interests and include a variety of titles across many genres, levels, lengths, and platforms.

 

TECHNOLOGY

Optional Chromebook Insurance: All students are highly encouraged to obtain insurance for their school-issued Chromebook for the 2021-22 school year.

If families decline to purchase the insurance for the Chromebook you are responsible for damage beyond reasonable wear and tear as outlined in the Loan AgreementThe cost of insurance is $30/year and it covers unlimited claims with no deductible.

Please click on the following link to purchase insurance for your student. After registering for insurance, you will receive an email that includes an invoice and payment information. If you wish to purchase insurance for another child, you will need to repeat this process. Thank you for considering the purchase of accidental damage coverage for your student’s Chromebook.

Chromebook Loan Agreement: All students and families of students using an MPS Chromebook are required to sign the Chromebook Loan Agreement.  Here are links to the digital Chromebook Loan Agreements: Elementary; Pierce; MHS. 

Rising 6th Graders will receive their Chromebook during the first week of school.

Rising 9th Graders will receive their MPS Chromebook and charger during new student orientation at Milton High School on Monday, August 30th at 2 pm.  If a student is unable to attend new student orientation, the student will be provided their Chromebook the first day of school.

Digital Citizenship: 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,Path to Raising a Digital Citizen, will help families better understand what it takes to become a responsible digital citizen.

FOOD SERVICE

Food Service will be open every Wednesday, all through the summer, for meal pick up. Our bags will include 7 days of breakfasts and lunches as well as a box of fresh produce (fruit/vegetables) for each family. Pick up is at Milton High School, every Wednesday from 11am-12:30pm. Please enter from Blue Hills Parkway. 

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

 

TRANSPORTATION

Late Registration to ride the bus for the 2021-2022 school is now open and can be found at this link. Please read all details on the registration form before registering your child. 

The MPS Transportation Department is working on rider seat assignments and expects this will be completed by August 9th. Families will receive an email no later than August 13th confirming ridership or placement on the waitlist.  Bus passes will be mailed the week of August 23rd.  

Seat assignments will be made consistent with the procedures used for the 2020-2021 school year. In accordance with MA State Guidelines, MPS guarantees free transportation for students in Kindergarten through sixth grade who live two miles or more from their assigned school using Google Maps. The remaining seats will be filled based on distance from school with priority given to students living farthest from their assigned school on each route. Seats on the bus are limited and we expect MPS will not be able to accommodate all requests. We are asking for parent/guardian support and cooperation as we deal with the challenges of transportation by encouraging families with alternative transportation to utilize these methods to allow MPS to accommodate those families without other means of transportation.

MILTON COMMUNITY SCHOOLS

Registration for the After School Enrichment (ASE) and Early School Arrival Program (ESAP) is open. For detailed information please visit Milton Community Schools website. 

ART AND MUSIC 

Come Be a Part of the Milton Public Schools Instrumental Music Program!

  • Applied Instrumental Lesson Registration for Beginners in Grades 4 and above
  • Beginner Registration Night- Monday, Sep 13, 2021
  • 7-8 pm at Milton High School

The Milton Public Schools Music Department offers instrumental lessons through the Applied Lesson Program (ALP). Students in grades 4 and above may take lessons on flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, french horn, trombone, baritone horn, tuba, percussion, violin, viola, cello, and bass. The 30 minute lessons are given once a week at Milton High School and are scheduled Monday-Thursday from 3:30-9:00 p.m. Lessons are taught by professional musicians who are specialists on these instruments.

An overview of the program can be found here and all details can be found herePlease contact ALP program director Rebecca Damiani at rdamiani@miltonps.org with any questions. Please note that Guitar pre-registration is currently full.

Have an instrument to donate? MPS would be very grateful! Please contact Rebecca Damiani at rdamiani@miltonps.org to arrange the donation. 

 

FAMILY RESOURCES

The Office of the Family Outreach Liaison is open during the summer months.  Please reach out to Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Family Outreach Liaison, 617-980-7343 or mmckenna@miltonps.org with any questions you might have about MPS/community summer programs, summer reading, the upcoming school year or if you are in need of a resource. All calls and emails are confidential.  All updates on Family Resources – food, heating assistance, health insurance, financial assistance, contacts – can be found at this link.

ATHLETICS

Please see the following from AD Ryan Madden.

What a way to end a crazy 2020-21 Athletic Season! Our Softball Team won a Tournament Game for the first time in over 10 years. Our Boys Lacrosse Team played in the MIAA Tournament for the first time since 2006. The Rugby Team lost in the Division I State Final, after winning the last 2 DII State Titles and being forced up a division. The Baseball Team lost in the South Sectional Final – it was the first time since 1974 that the Baseball Team made it that far! Coach Brendan Morrissey was named Division II Coach of the Year by the Boston Herald. Franklin Ollivierre finished 6th in the 400m at All-States, while the 4x800m Relay Team of Olivia Dugga, Marilyn Roche, Katie O’Toole, and Norah Affanato finished 16th. Click here to read the full 2020-21 Recap!

Now we turn our attention to the 2021 Fall Athletic Season. Please see details below. 

Registration, Tryouts, Pre-Season Parent/Guardian Meeting: We will continue to use Family ID for our registration process, but students will only need to register students ONCE per academic year. Students should select all sports they intend to play for the entire 2021-22 Academic Year, but should only select ONE sport per season. Payment for each season must be submitted one week prior to the start of tryouts. Registration will remain open throughout the year for students to sign up for Winter and Spring Sports. Click here for more information.

Tryouts for Football begin Friday, August 20th. All other Fall Sports begin tryouts on Monday, August 23rd. Click here for tryout times.

There will be an All-Sport Parent Meeting on Tuesday, August 31st beginning at 5:15pm in the Field House. All sports except Football will be expected to attend.

  • 5:15-5:40pm – Field Hockey, Boys and Girls Cross Country
  • 5:45-6:10pm – Volleyball, Cheer, and Swim
  • 6:15-6:40pm – Boys Soccer, Girls Soccer, and Golf

Speed & Agility Program: The second session of our Speed and Agility Program will begin on Tuesday, July 27th! It is a great way for students to get back in shape as they prepare for the Fall Athletic Season. Click here to register for Session #2 Tuesday, July 27th – Thursday, August 19th. The daily schedule is as follows:

  • 6:30-7:20 AM Boys Graduation Years 2021-2023 (Rising Jrs, Srs, and Grads)
  • 7:30-8:20 AM Girls Graduation Years 2021-2026 (Rising 8th Graders to Grads)
  • 8:30-9:20 AM Boys Graduation Years 2024-2026 (Rising 8th Graders, Frosh, Sophs)

If you have any other questions, please email me at rmadden@miltonps.org. I’m so excited to come back in the fall!

COMMUNITY NEWS 

MassDOT is conducting a survey to learnmore about why and when Massachusetts residents ride a bike. All Massachusetts residents are invited to take the survey, including those who bike infrequently or who do not bike at all!  The survey is available in 10 languages. Thank you for taking the time to fill out the Statewide Bicycle Survey.

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Registration for  Milton Outdoor Basketball (MOB) is open.  All information on MOB can be found at this link. 

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The Milton Public School system does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, gender identity, transgender status, gender transitioning, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its programs, activities or operations. These include, but are not limited to, admissions, equal access to programs and activities, employment, provision of and access to programs and services, as well as a selection of volunteers, vendors, and employers recruiting at the Milton Public Schools.  We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, students, volunteers, subcontractors, and vendors. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Asst. Superintendent for Curriculum & Human Resources, Dr. Karen Spaulding, (617) 696-5040 ext. 5582.

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