June 10, 2021

To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
From: James F. Jette
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: June 10, 2021

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

As a former High School Principal and current Superintendent of Schools, I know that there is no bigger day in the school year than High School Graduation. In a typical year, we recognize that our students have worked hard for 13 years – through struggles and adversity, with successes and achievements in academics, the arts, athletics, clubs, and most importantly in their own personal growth.

This year, we have graduated a class that has experienced more collective adversity than any class in our memory. A quarter of their junior year and all of their senior year has been impacted by Covid. Some of them experienced personal and family loss, lost athletic seasons, the ability to perform in plays, concerts, and musicals, missed gathering with classmates for clubs and activities, academic opportunities, and more. This has been a very difficult 15 months for many of these students.

And yet, they remain enthusiastic, positive, and forward looking. A vast majority of our students are moving on to a 4 or 2 year college experience, while several are enlisting in the military or joining the workforce. They have amazing opportunities ahead of them and I know you join me in wishing them all the best. You can check out some of the fun from last Sunday in the video below. Thank you to all who sent in pictures, including our student photographers and photographer and MPS parent John Gillooly. 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE 

The next regular School Committee meeting will be on June 16, 2021 at 7pm in the Milton Access Studio, Rm 245 Milton High School. 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.

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES

  • June 15 PARENT Speaker Series
  • June 18 Last Day of School – Early Release

The full MPS calendar can be found here.

Thank you to all who attended the two recent conversation hours, your questions and feedback are greatly appreciated. We look forward to continuing the conversation, keeping lines open, and partnering through the next school year and beyond.

PARENT Speaker Series: On Tuesday, June 15 at  7pm, Milton will welcome Julie Cullen for the next PARENT Speaker Series. This presentation is appropriate for parents/caregivers of children in K – 8th grade. Register at this link.

Over the last year, we have been engaged in “survival parenting” as the coronavirus has largely shut down our communities. Social interaction for us and our children has been minimal, and the message has been stay home to stay safe. Children have engaged in hybrid or fully remote learning since March of 2020, as a result. Now, as schools begin to transition back to full in person learning, parents need to be ready to address their children’s fears, questions, and concerns, while still navigating their own! Join us for a discussion of how best to prepare yourself and your children for a “return to normal” both in and out of the school environment.

This online presentation is free and made possible with support from Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton, Milton Foundation for Education, and Milton Public Schools.

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

The Class of 2021 would like to sincerely thank the entire Milton Community for the love and support you’ve shown us over the last year! We appreciate all you’ve done to make this year as special as possible. 

A heartfelt special thank you goes to the Milton Women’s Club; Bill Resnick; Jimmy Coyne; Milton Boosters; MHS PTO; BID Milton; Cunningham Park Foundation; Elliott PT; Milton Access TV; Steel and Rye; Roy Chambers and Patty Pauris and the MHS staff. 

PIERCE PAGES

Pierce Players went virtual this year! Their performances of “Super Happy Awesome News” are available for everyone to see. Click on the links below to check out their amazing performances. Click here to see Cast A’s performance and here to see Cast B’s performance.

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8th grade artists in Mr. Manning’s room were “popping off” as they learned about Andy Warhol and Pop Art culture. Students created a small version of 6 pop art items like logo designs and then picked their favorite to make a large scale Pop Art painting. Mr. Manning chose to hang the art work backward on the window to show our neighbors what our amazing kids are doing. 8th grade artists had a blast mixing bright colors and using unrealistic color palettes. Pierce art is finishing up strong this year!

 

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Glover 5th graders had the opportunity to sign up for “Gotta Have Sole” Student Leadership Team (SLT) this year. SLTs give students the opportunity to work alongside their peers in leadership roles around a topic that interests them. Six 5th grade students, Lorraine Anesi, Owen Burnes, Seamus Farley, Riley Kovacs, Peyton Naigles, and Maya Wong, joined the Gotta Have Sole leadership team. The group partnered with the Gotta Have Sole Foundation which is a nonprofit whose mission is to provide homeless youth with brand new shoes to help them feel confident, comfortable, and special. Students organized a fundraiser to buy new shoes for children living in shelters. The goal of their work aligns with the widely held belief at Glover that everyone deserves to feel valued, supported, and loved. The group learned that for homeless children, walking in worn-out shoes or simply shoes that don’t fit is all too common. Worn out shoes can injure feet, hurt self-esteem and make kids feel like they don’t fit in at school. The Glover community rallied around this group of students to support their important work. They raised almost two thousand dollars and collected hundreds of pairs of socks. Additionally, all Glover students had the opportunity to make cards with messages of hope that will be delivered with the shoes. Way to go Glover Kids! For more information about the Gotta Have Sole Foundation, please visit their website.

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The Milton Public Library and MPS are once again partnering for a terrific summer reading challenge!  The MPL and MPS staff have created a fun video to kick-off the challenge and explain to students how to participate. Information on registering can be found here and all details are at this link.

READY, SET…KINDERGARTEN! 

Summertime Stories: The Milton Public Schools is once again partnering with the Milton Public Library and Milton Early Childhood Alliance to bring some exciting storytime programs for children age birth to 6 years old along with a parent or caregiver.  Miss Sara, from the Milton Public Library, will read stories, sing songs, and delight children at four sessions held around town.  On July 15th and August 5th the storytime will take place at Cunningham Park, on the lawn within the fenced area behind Cunningham Hall.  On July 29th and August 19­­­­­­­­­­­th, the storytime will take place at the Tucker Elementary School Playground, located in the back of the school.  All sessions will begin at 10:00am.  Please bring a blanket to sit on. Registration is not required, but we invite you to sign in upon arrival. Why not bring your soon-to-be Kindergartener and have them wear their yellow “I’m going to Kindergarten” t-shirt?  It’s a great way for them to meet new friends who might be in their class in September! 

SPECIAL EDUCATION 

The office of Pupil Personnel Services wishes to express its thanks and appreciation to not only the staff of MPS, but the parents and families who have made this year such a great success! We are proud to say we reopened July 6 for our neediest students.  We are proud to have led the way for full day programming and offered students in person learning from day one and  we are equally happy to be welcoming back our students this summer for ESY in person! Please note a few housekeeping items below: 

  • If you are not set on your student’s summer services schedule, please contact Mr. Mark Harrison at mharrison@miltonps.org
  • Check out our Unified Track Student Athletes in the Athletics update below. 
  • Milton GAA has an excellent inclusive activity offering that is detailed in Community News below.
  • Moving towards the fall: The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, DESE, continues to give guidance on how best to conduct Team Meetings. This year we appreciate everyone’s flexibility to hold Team Meeting remotely. Next year, we will continue to offer this option to families, but also want to be clear that in person meetings will absolutely be available. 
  • Summer contact: The Office will be open and closed throughout the summer. The best way to reach us will be email: Susan: smaselli@miltonps.orgMark: mharrison@miltonps.orgPatty: plelesenechal@miltonps.org
  • As always, please contact Patty related to van transportation needs. Mr. Harrison will be on site for ESY at Collicot/Cunningham for any questions or concerns.

EDUCATIONAL EQUITY

Somaly Prak-Martins, Senior Director of Education Equity, shares the following. Please see her full newsletter here.  This newsletter has information about Juneteenth, Equity and the Quality Review. 

MILTON COMMUNITY SCHOOLS 

Camp Cunningham has a few openings for session 3, July 26-Aug 6, the cost is $660.00. For more information, please see our CAMP CU website. To register, please visit FAMILY ID-CAMP CU 2021.

ASE and ESAP 2021-2022: Information to sign up for before and after school programs for fall 2021 will be sent out the 4th week in June. 

TECHNOLOGY

Over the summer many students will take advantage of the virtual learning opportunities Milton Public Schools has provided.  This is a reminder to access the Milton Public Schools Family Technology Support Help Center website to troubleshoot potential issues with a device/platform, or to educate yourself with a platform/application that you are unfamiliar with.  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

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Please see this document for all details on the collection and distribution of Chromebooks for our remote and in person students and ALL grade levels. Families who did not purchase the optional Chromebook insurance will be charged for lost Chromebooks, lost chargers, and damage to the Chromebook outside of normal wear and tear. If your child needs a device this summer to access summer learning, please reach out to your principal. 

  • Elementary in-person: All in-person learning students will return their MPS issued Chromebook and charger to their homeroom teacher before they leave on June 18th.
  • Elementary Remote: All remote students will return their MPS issued Chromebook and charger to their home school during the following date and times: Collicot – Monday, 6/21,  8 am – 12 pm & 1 – 3 pm; Cunningham – Tuesday, 6/22,  8 am – 12 pm & 1 – 3 pm; Glover – Monday, 6/21,  8 am – 12 pm & 1 – 3 pm; Tucker – Tuesday, 6/22, 8 am – 12 pm & 1 – 3 pm. Please reach out to your home school if you have a conflict with the drop off date and times provided. 
  • Current 6th & 7th Graders: All current sixth and seventh grade students will keep their MPS issued device for the duration of their time at Pierce. Students who are not returning to Pierce should bring their device to Ms. Royster in the library before they leave Pierce on June 18th.
  • Current 8th Graders: All 8th grade students will return their MPS issued Chromebook and charger to their designated team teacher before they leave Pierce on June 18th. 8th grade remote students should return their MPS issued Chromebook and charger to the Pierce main office on Monday, June 21st from 8 am- 12 pm and 1 – 3 pm.  
  • Current 9th-11th Graders: All current ninth, tenth, and eleventh grade students who have been issued an MPS Chromebook will keep the device over the summer
  • Rising 6th Graders: Rising sixth graders will receive their Chromebook during the first week of school.
  • 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 2 pm. If a student is unable to attend new student orientation, the student will be provided their Chromebook the first day of school.

TRANSPORTATION

The Transportation Department reminds all MPS families that registration to ride the bus in the 21-22 school year opened on June 8th and will close on June 18th.  Please read the full informational letter HERE for sign up, payment information, and all links.

RESIDENCY RE-ESTABLISHMENT 

The Milton Public School Residency Policy states that students in the Milton Public Schools and Out of District placements shall be required to re-establish residency prior to entering grade 6 and grade 9 and for students who attend Blue Hills Regional Technical School or Norfolk Agricultural School every year regardless of grade level. A letter has been sent via email to all families who must re-establish residency and it is linked here. The MPS Re-establish Residency Packet can be found here. Residency re-establishment will take place between June 9 and June 23. 

MPS GIVES BACK

Project 351 Ambassador Reilly Bergin shares the Project 351 is celebrating hope and building unity by launching our second annual virtual Hope & Gratitude Walk, June 11–13, to support three nonprofit partners (chosen by our youth community): the Martin Richard Foundation, Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program, and Y2Y. You can read about them here. This is not a community wide event this year as only Project 351 Ambassadors are walking BUT you can support our efforts!  

Project 351 Ambassadors and Alumni from across the state of Massachusetts will unite to walk, logging their miles and money raised. I am hoping that you are willing to support me as I walk in the spirit of hope and gratitude during this critical time. Any donation, no matter how big or small, would be greatly appreciated. You can donate by visiting this site and choosing the “Hope & Gratitude” fund from the drop-down menu. If you donate online, please include my name (Reilly Bergin) in the dedication section! Thank you so much in advance!

ART AND MUSIC 

Watch the Virtual Cafe at the link at left.

The Tri-M Music Honor Society is really excited to share the video for our final Virtual Cabaret of the school year.  Huge thanks go to Rebecca Damiani for editing!

The membership of Tri-M took on this endeavor with the hope of fundraising to support the “Sponsor a Lesson” program for current and aspiring musicians throughout Milton because the students understand that a strong musical foundation from a young age is what makes all of our high school level performances possible! 

When you check out the cabaret video, we hope that you’ll also consider purchasing Milton Music merchandise that we have for sale in an online pop-up store – the sale has been EXTENDED until Wednesday, June 16th. There are dozens of options to choose from, including a “Milton Music” design by graduated senior, Aislinn Mershon, as well as non-music specific products with the Milton paw print logo — there really is something for everyone and orders will ship directly to your home address! All proceeds from this sale will benefit the “Sponsor a Lesson” Program.

Please visit the online pop-up store website at this link or use the QR code in the flyer. Remember, this merchandise is only available until next Wednesday 6/16, so don’t delay. We can’t wait to see all the Milton Music gear around the town next year!

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

What can my student be a part of if they play an instrument in the Milton Public Schools?

  • After taking one year of lessons, your student can be part of the Grade 5 Band or Strings Program at their respective Elementary Schools. 
  • At Pierce Middle School, your student can be a part of the 6th, 7th, or 8th grade band or strings as well as part of the Pierce Jazz Band. They will also have the opportunity to audition for music festivals. 
  • At Milton High School, your student will have the opportunity to be part of the String Orchestra, one of the two Concert Bands, The Jazz Ensemble, the Wildcat Marching Band as well as a variety of String and Band Chamber Groups and Jazz Combos. They will also continue to have the opportunity to audition for music festivals.

Which instruments are offered? Band Instruments offered are: Flute, Oboe, Bassoon,Clarinet, Saxophone, French Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Baritone Horn, Tuba and Percussion. String Instruments offered are: Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, Guitar

Are there different types of lessons offered? When and where do the Private/Semi Private lessons meet?

  • Yes! We offer private lessons, Semi-private lessons where students can take lessons with a partner.
  • Lessons meet for a half hour once per week for the entire school year Monday-Thursday between the hours of 3:30 and 9 pm.  
  • At Milton High School. 

Who teaches the lessons? What is the cost of the lessons?

  • The lessons are taught by professional musicians. The Applied Lesson Program is coordinated with an instrumental curriculum taught by the in-school directors. 
  • The cost for private lessons is $420 for Session 1 (15 lessons at $25.00; registration fee of $45) Semi-private lessons cost $270.00 per student  (15 lessons at $15.00; registration fee of $45)

How do I secure an instrument? Once you secure a lesson time and meet the teacher in September, we will have vendors available for you to rent an instrument. If you would like more information on pricing, you can visit their websites: Needham Music, Johnson Strings, Leonard’s Music. 

How can my student join? Fill out the Pre-Registration Form linked here. A teacher will be in contact with you in late August to set up your lesson time. It is important to select a first and second choice as space for certain instruments is limited. In the beginning of September, a “meet the teacher and instrument distribution” night will be held at MHS for all beginning students to meet their teacher and pick up their instruments. All details on the program can be found here. Please contact ALP program director Rebecca Damiani at rdamiani@miltonps.org with any questions.

 

FOOD SERVICE – SUMMER 2021

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. 

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.

MSAPC

Conversations about substance use don’t have to wait until your child is older. By talking at a young age, children will be equipped to make good decisions when they are faced with hard choices later. Talk, They hear you. Learn more and find tips about how to start the conversation at rethinkthedrinks.com #RethinkTheDrinks #TalkTheyHearYou

MILTON FOUNDATION FOR EDUCATION 

Please look in your student’s backpack next week for a Mental Health Resource Guide. The MFE has launched an initiative to dedicate support to the mental health of MPS students. We have partnered with MSAPC to publish a guide to go home to each student. 

MFE has also partnered with MSAPC and BID Hospital-Milton to present a PARENT speaker series event, next  Tuesday for parents of grade K-8 students. Please register for “Navigating Return to Normal Parenting” at this link.

ATHLETICS

Unified Track had a short but successful season!

Please see the following from AD Ryan Madden.

Unified Track enjoyed two meets this year and is very much looking forward to next year when we will host TWO home meets. We hope the community will continue to come out and support our Unified Athletes and with two home meets, it should be a special season!

The Girls and Boys Tennis Team both enjoyed a good season, with many young student-athletes earning their first Varsity letters after missing their freshman season.

The Girls Lacrosse Team has a lot of young talent, adding a freshman level for the first time in nearly 12 years.

The Boys Lacrosse Team beat Brookline again to improve to 5-8 on the season. They will play Braintree and Weymouth the next two games as they prepare for the MIAA Tournament.

The Softball Team started off hot, and while they cooled down a little bit, they are still gearing up for a good MIAA Tournament run. They’ll await seeding next Wednesday in hopes of a home game.

The Boys and Girls Outdoor Track Team had to stop their Championship Meet on Tuesday so they will resume today at Braintree High School. Good luck to all those competing in the invitationals over the next two weekends as well!

Rugby finished yet another regular season undefeated and will await seeding next week to find out who they play in the Division I Tournament, after being moved up. Guess it costs to win the Division II Tournament so many times!

COMMUNITY NEWS 

We are happy to provide Community News on behalf of local organizations. We recommend checking with the organizations below for any changes to the following events.

Trinity Milton Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) club is sponsoring an inclusive GAA games and activities program. The Trinity Club is collaborating with the Milton Public Schools and the Special Education Program to coordinate this program. We are hoping to pilot a 2 hour program this summer with the goal of eventually running several mini sessions throughout the year. Please sign up at this link.  Please email MPS Inclusion Specialist Caroline Mannion or parent contact Tom Griffin with any questions. We hope you’ll join the fun for this amazing inclusive opportunity for all students!

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We Are Milton is thrilled to share that Music and Fireworks is planned for Saturday, June 26 at Hutchinson Field with Celtic Sunday on Sunday, June 27.  Join them for great music, food and fun! Details are on their website at www.WeAreMilton.org.

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Calling All Gardeners! If you have any extra veggies from your garden over the summer please contact the Riley Family at Miltongardenangels.com or text 617-291-9970. Your donation will be picked up at your home and distributed to local families in need. If you need food assistance,  please contact us at the email above so we can help. Thank you for your support and have a healthy summer!

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Power of Murals: A virtual panel discussion hosted by the Forbes House Museum on Tuesday, June 15, 7pm. This event is free and sponsored by the Milton Cultural Council, a local agency, which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

Join us for an uplifting discussion about the Power of Murals with three artists who have made significant contributions to the public art scene in and around Boston and beyond: Silvia López Chavez, Franklin Marval and Nora Valdez. The discussion will be moderated by Sarah Rodrigo, Public Art Project Manager for the Mayor’s Office of Arts + Culture, City of Boston.

The program complements this year’s Lincoln Drawing Contest, which asked students in grades K-8 to create a mural that celebrates diversity and promotes unity as a step toward building a stronger and more inclusive community. Learn more and register at this link. 

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The Milton Art Center is offering 9 weeks of summer art camps starting starting June 28 to August 26 for ages up to 12, new this summer a separate program for ages 4-5. Sign up for one session or more. Each week something new to learn in drawing, painting, mixed media, clay, sculpture and more! For more information please visit our website. 

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Milton Soccer Fall ’21 registration is now open for our fall 2021 soccer season! Please visit our website for information on our PreK program, Travel League and K-2+ League. Please register at this link. More info can be found here. 

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Thank you to my blog contributors this week: Jackie Morgan, Patick Manning, Marti O’Keefe McKenna, AJ Melanson, Julia Hanna, Rachel Schewe, Somaly Prak-Martins, Stacia Kates, Rebecca Damiani and Martha Sandoval.

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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June 3, 2021

To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
From: James F. Jette
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: June 3, 2021

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

This Sunday, June 6, our Milton High School Senior Class will graduate under sunny skies on Brooks Field. This class has been perhaps the most impacted by the last 15 months as they missed the last 3 months of their junior year and their entire senior year has been impacted by the Covid 19 pandemic. Despite this, the class of 2021 has rallied and shown great academic, athletic and artistic success. They have made post high school plans which include attendance at a broad range of colleges and universities, travel, the military, and meaningful work. Most importantly, they are engaged, passionate, empathetic young people with exciting days ahead as they begin the next chapter of their lives.

Principal Karen Cahill, the MHS administrative team, and MHS parents and guardians planned a spring of celebration for our seniors, culminating in an MHS Class of 2021 Car Parade on Sunday, June 6 at 5pm. This week our seniors enjoyed their Senior Picnic and tomorrow morning they will pick up their yearbooks and enjoy a grab and go breakfast from Steel and Rye.  As you have all year with initiatives like Sponsor a Senior, I know the entire Milton Community will join me in wishing them well and I hope many of you will join us for the 2nd Annual Car Parade on Sunday. 

Senior Awards Night: Our Senior Awards night was held in-person this week and Milton Access TV has posted it on their website. You can watch the festivities at this link.  Our Music Awards Night was held on May 27 and the list of those recognized can be found at this link: Music Awards.  

Thank you to all who sent well wishes to our MHS Seniors!

MHS Class of 2021 Congratulatory Video: Thank you to Milton Access TV for compiling this special video for our seniors. It is worth the watch! Thank you as well to the many in the Milton community who secured these special shoutouts to the Class of 2021. 

Milton Times Senior Class Tribute: In today’s issue of the Milton Times, you will find the spread of our MHS Senior Class pictures. You can pick up a copy locally or subscribe digitally here. 

MHS Graduation: Milton Access TV will be streaming the event here and on Facebook on the Milton Access page. Sunday’s forecast calls for 90 degree weather, on the turf field, it will feel even warmer. Please plan to dress for the weather and wear sunscreen, hats, etc. 

Car Parade Route:  Starting at 5 pm (Leaving Gile Road):1. Meet at MHS; 2. Right on Blue Hills Parkway; 3. Right on Brook Rd; 4. Brook Rd straight to Adams St; 5. Right on Adams St; 6. Right on Bryant Ave; 7. Right on Edge Hill Rd; 8. Straight onto Pleasant St to Reedsdale Rd; 9. Follow to Reedsdale Rd; 10. Reedsdale Rd to Canton Ave; 11. Right on Canton Ave to Adams St; 12. Left on Adams St; 13. Left on Eliot St; 14. Right on Blue Hills Parkway; 15. Up Blue Hill Ave to Robbins St; 16. Left on Robbins St; 17. Left on Canton Ave’ 18. Straight Back to Gile Rd. Wear your red and white, wave your Milton flag and join your neighbors on Sunday to send our seniors off in style!

Congratulations to the Milton High School Class of 2021! We cannot wait to see where your future takes you. Thank you to all in the Milton Community for coming together to celebrate the MHS Class of 2021.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE 

The next regular School Committee meeting will be on June 16, 2021 at 7pm in the Milton Access Studio, Rm 245 Milton High School. 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.

MPS SUMMER

Milton Summer Enrichment: MSE Co-Directors Caroline Morton and Ellen Lohan share the following. We are excited about Milton Summer Enrichment 2021 and hope that you will consider joining us this year! A few details:

  • MSE runs July 6-July 30 at Milton High School.
  • MSE runs Mon-Fri 8:30 am-12:30 pm.
  • MSE is for PreK- 8th grade students.
  • Kids make their own schedule when they sign up – choose 2-4 classes, you decide what and when! 
  • There are dozens of classes to choose from – fun, sports, arts, academics, etc.
  • No masks during outdoor classes, and we will offer as many outdoor classes as possible. At this time, students and staff will wear masks indoors, and we will continue to follow any updated guidance for Massachusetts schools and camps for indoor programs.

Please see our brochure at this link and register here. Registration closes on Friday, June 4. Please email us at mse@miltonps.org with any questions. Check out our short MSE video here – we hope your child will join the MSE fun this summer!

Camp Cunningham:  Camp Cunningham is headquartered at the Cunningham School, with swimming at Cunningham Park. Camp hours are from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. There are currently openings in Sessions 3 –  July 26- Aug 6. Participants must be currently enrolled as MPS students entering grades 1- 6 in the fall of 2021. All details on Camp Cunningham can be found here. Registration for Camp Cunningham 2021 is open at this link.  

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES

  • June 3 MHS/Pierce Conversation Hour
  • June 6 MHS Graduation
  • June 7 Elementary Conversation Hour
  • June 15 PARENT Speaker Series
  • June 18 Last Day of School – Early Release

The full MPS calendar can be found here.

Conversation Hours with Superintendent Jette: Please submit questions at this link and we also plan to leave time for live questions.

PARENT Speaker Series: On Tuesday, June 15 at  7pm, we will welcome Julie Cullen for the next PARENT Speaker Series. This presentation is appropriate for parents/caregivers of children in K – 8th grade. Register at this link.

Over the last year, we have been engaged in “survival parenting” as the coronavirus has largely shut down our communities. Social interaction for us and our children has been minimal, and the message has been stay home to stay safe. Children have engaged in hybrid or fully remote learning since March of 2020, as a result. Now, as schools begin to transition back to full in person learning, parents need to be ready to address their children’s fears, questions, and concerns, while still navigating their own! Join us for a discussion of how best to prepare yourself and your children for a “return to normal” both in and out of the school environment.

After spending several years as a clinician and clinical director in the residential treatment setting, Julie spent time in a therapeutic public school environment before opening her private practice in 2012. She hopes to bring humor, knowledge, and empathy into each experience, to bring out clients’ resiliency, and to provide families with a sense of hope for the future.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

If your student has medication in the nurse’s office, please make arrangements for pick-up no later than June 18. All medications still found in the nurse’s office after June 18 will be discarded.

We would like to remind parents that up to date Physical Exams are required for initial entrance to MPS (any grade), as well as for all 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. You can find Immunization requirements for School Entry at this link..

COVID REPORTING: Each week, school districts report the number of positive cases to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (DESE). For the period May 27 – June 2 MPS reported 0 staff positive and 0 students positive.

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

Students from the MHS Music Department participated in the annual Memorial Day Ceremony at Milton Cemetery. Chorus junior Anna Radley performed the “National Anthem”, members of the Wildcat Marching Band and Colorguard performed “God Bless America” and “Armed Forces Salute” and Senior Drum Major Aislinn Mershon conducted. Junior trumpeter Brian Fay played a beautiful rendition of Taps (linked here) to honor the fallen.

PIERCE PAGES

Throughout the 2020-2021 school year, Pierce engaged in a review of its grade 7 and grade 8 English language arts (ELA) and math classes. This review provided an opportunity to look more closely at student achievement and growth data over the past few years, collect insights from educators, and examine practices around challenging students, supporting students when they struggle, and delivering curriculum in ways that meet each student where they are.

Prior to the 2020-21 school year, Pierce offered “leveled” (titled “accelerated” and “standard”) classes in ELA and math in 7th and 8th grade. Students in 6th grade attended ELA and math as one combined cohort in “unleveled” classes. The school administration, faculty, and Site Council engaged in a review of the accelerated level classes that included three prongs: an analysis of quantitative student assessment data, an analysis of qualitative data collected from teacher focus groups, and an exploration of research studies and articles.

Pierce will move forward without reinstating the accelerated level classes. To augment students’ learning experiences, and attend to the special and specific interests that students may have, Pierce will refine its ELA and math intensive study exploratory classes to offer additional enrichment opportunities in these content areas.

There were a number of the key takeaways from our review of the ELA and math classes.

  • Advancements in Pierce’s ELA and math curricula have positioned the school to meet the needs of a broad range of learners in mixed-level classes.
  • Pierce has recently adopted research-based curricula in both ELA and math that incorporate strategies to accommodate learners ready for more in-depth study as well as those in need of support. We have been and will continue to provide teachers with the professional learning experiences to incorporate these strategies as a regular part of their practice.
  • The practice of leveling at Pierce has not impacted students’ achievement or growth in a material way. Grouping students by achievement level has not led to improved outcomes for students.

A summary of this review can be found here. The recent presentation to Pierce parents and guardians can be found here. Additionally, last night’s presentation at School Committee about this review and plans moving forward will be available on the Milton Access TV website in the coming days. 

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Pierce remote learners are continuing to have fun with their team project.  Recent projects are artistic letters to a senior living community from Aasya Tahir, letters to graduating seniors, and donations to Little Free Libraries. 

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Pierce Spanish teacher Jeny Gonzalez received a special gift – a book –  from a student recently. She noted that this book is one of the most beautiful surprises and a precious gift she has ever received from students. Every page written in this book is the essence of what really makes learning another language so special. She shares that she is proud of this class not only because of the work they have done throughout their years studying Spanish in her classes but for who they have become. You can see the full book at this link.

 

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Last week, Ms. Lennon’s Cunningham 3rd graders enjoyed hearing from guest reader Rie Lennon( Ms. Lennon’s sister in-law)  to celebrate the Asian American and Pacific Islanders Heritage month. Rie is from Japan and now lives and works in Massachusetts. She read the book “Grandfather’s Journey” by Japanese author Allen Say. Rie then shared slides about Japanese culture. The class learned that the students in Japan are responsible for cleaning the classrooms at the end of each school day and serving lunch to their peers! The fans at sporting events also all pitch in to help clean the stadiums after any games. Japanese culture believes cleanliness and teamwork are very important.  We also learned that people in Japan speak differently to different people. With friends, they use informal language but if they talk to elderly people or teachers, they use more advanced formal language. There were also many similarities between the U.S. and Japan as well. For example, baseball is a big sport in Japanese culture as it is here. Thank you to Ms. Lennon for visiting with our 3rd graders.

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Tucker Preschool teacher Mary Beth Callahan shares her Joyful June calendar with all in MPS below and hopes that many will follow along with the activities.

What a year this has been for all of the amazing MPS staff, families, and of course the students. The range of emotions this year has run the gamut! Many of us were on that emotional rollercoaster that may have brought on anxiousness, uncertainty, and plain old stress. However many of us are now feeling hope, relief and maybe a bit more energized! One thing that I know is that mindfulness has room for all of these emotions. Mindfulness reminds us that we are ok even when things are not ok and that it is ok to not always feel ok. Gravitate towards the joyful and the simple moments when you can and as often as you can. Dr. Rick Hanson author of, “Hardwiring Happiness” as well as many amazing books, tells us that the brain is like velcro for negative experiences, but teflon for positive ones. Here is another month of opportunities to fire up the positive neurons.  I wish you a Joyful and Mindful June! 

EDUCATIONAL EQUITY

Somaly Prak-Martins, Senior Director of Education Equity, shares the following. Please see her full newsletter here.  This newsletter has information about Memorial Day and its origins, Israel and Palestine, PRIDE Month , the MPS Quality Review and empathy. 

COMMUNITY SCHOOLS

After School Enrichment (ASE) has available spots! June 7- 17. Tuition fee for 2 weeks: $1o0. Register today to start Monday, June 7. For more information, please see our ASE HANDBOOK. To register: FAMILY ID-ASE SPRING 2021

ASE and Early School Arrival Program (ESAP) 2021-2022: Information to sign up for before and after school programs for fall 2021 will be sent out at the end of June. 

TECHNOLOGY

Please see below for all details on the collection and distribution of Chromebooks. 

Collection

  • Elementary in-person: All in-person learning students will return their MPS issued Chromebook and charger to their Homeroom teacher before they leave on June 18th. Families who did not purchase the optional Chromebook insurance will be charged for lost Chromebooks, lost chargers, and damage to the Chromebook outside of normal wear and tear.
  • Elementary Remote: All remote students will return their MPS issued Chromebook and charger to their home school during the following date and times: Collicot – Monday, June 21st from 8 am – 12 pm & 1 – 3 pm; Cunningham – Tuesday, June 22nd from 8 am – 12 pm & 1 – 3 pm; Glover – Monday, June 21st from 8 am – 12 pm & 1 – 3 pm; Tucker – Tuesday, June 22nd from 8 am – 12 pm & 1 – 3 pm. Please reach out to your home school if you have a conflict with the drop off date and times provided. Families who did not purchase the optional Chromebook insurance will be charged for lost Chromebooks, lost chargers, and damage to the Chromebook outside of normal wear and tear.
  • Current 6th & 7th Graders: All current sixth and seventh grade students will keep their MPS issued device for the duration of their time at Pierce. Students who are not returning to Pierce should bring their device to Ms. Royster in the library before they leave Pierce on June 18th.
  • Current 8th Graders: All 8th grade students will return their MPS issued Chromebook and charger to their designated team teacher before they leave Pierce on June 18th. 8th grade remote students should return their MPS issued Chromebook and charger to the Pierce main office on Monday, June 21st from 8 am- 12 pm and 1 – 3 pm. Families who did not purchase the optional Chromebook insurance will be invoiced for lost Chromebooks, lost chargers, and damage to the Chromebook outside of normal wear and tear.
  • Current 9th-11th Graders: All current ninth, tenth, and eleventh grade students who have been issued an MPS Chromebook will keep the device over the summer.

Distribution

  • Rising 6th Graders: Rising sixth graders will receive their Chromebook during the first week of school.
  • 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 2 pm. If a student is unable to attend new student orientation, the student will be provided their Chromebook the first day of school.

TRANSPORTATION

Bus registration for the 21-22 School Year will open on Monday, June 7, and close on June 18. A few important details:

  • All families wishing to have students ride the bus in the 2021-2022 school year  MUST register to ride regardless of ridership in the 2020-2021 school year and regardless of distance from school.
  • Completing registration prior to June 18th DOES NOT guarantee a seat on the bus for students in Grades K to 6 living less than 2 miles from school or any student in Grades 7 to 12 as spots will be filled based on distance from school with priority given to students living farthest from their assigned school on each route
  • All applicable bus fees must be paid at the time of registration in June 2021. If payment is an obstacle, please register your child and then email bus@miltonps.org to arrange later payment. Do not delay registration due to a later payment plan.
  • In the 21-22 school year, we will follow any safety protocols as directed by DESE. 

The full transportation letter with links to register can be found here, is posted on the MPS website and will be sent via email. 

MPS GIVES BACK

Project 351 Ambassador and Pierce 8th grader Reilly Bergin shares the following: The Cradles to Crayons clothing drive was an enormous success! I want to throw a huge shout out and thank you to the Milton Community. Together as a Milton community, we collected and donated eighty one, very large bags of clothing to children in need! Some students made and sold bracelets to raise money, others went through their closets, some people went to the store to buy new clothes, helped make and hang signs, helped monitor the collection bins, and helped to spread the word. I am bursting with gratitude for everyone who participated in this drive in any way, shape, or form – this was a real TEAM effort. We helped countless children in need get quality clothing that they will feel proud of and excited to wear. The donations will help restore their dignity. We are stronger together and again our Milton community was beyond generous. Thank you! 

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Milton High’s chapter of the Tri-M Music Honor Society is currently fundraising to support the “Sponsor a Lesson” program for current and aspiring musicians throughout Milton. Merchandise is for sale in their online pop-up store from now until Sunday, June 13th. There are dozens of options to choose from, including a “Milton Music” design by Tri-M secretary, Aislinn Mershon, as well as non-music specific products with the Milton paw print logo — there really is something for everyone! 

Please visit our website or use the QR code in the attached flyer to see the online store. If you’d like to support Tri-M financially but aren’t interested in purchasing merchandise, Tri-M members will also be collecting donations in the MHS lobby before and after school on June 3rd and 4th. 

Keep an eye out for the final virtual cabaret of the year, which will be released soon! Thanks for your support! 

FAMILY RESOURCES

Massachusetts has been approved to provide P-EBT for families through summer 2021.  The Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) estimates this will provide continued financial assistance for the families of more than 600,000 school-age children and 88,000 children under six in households that get SNAP benefits to buy food as Massachusetts families recover from the economic impact of the pandemic.  To learn more about the program or to see if you qualify click here.

The Milton Public Schools is committed to being a resource for you. Whether you are unsure how to connect with school staff or directly need a referral for services or supplies, please 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. All updates on Family Resources – food, heating assistance, health insurance, financial assistance, contacts – can be found at this link.

FOOD SERVICE – SUMMER 2021

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. Stay tuned for details! 

MSAPC

Graduations give us a lot to celebrate! Set your child up for success by talking to them about your expectations around drugs and alcohol, and what they should do if they are at a party or gathering where there is underage use.
Being informed about substance use and underage drinking can empower you to help your child make good decisions in the future. Learn more and find tips about how to start the conversation at Rethinkthedrinks.com. Learn more about youth alcohol use in Milton at www.milton-coalition.org #RethinkTheDrinks #TalkTheyHearYou

ATHLETICS

Thank you to everyone who supported our student athletes with a recent merchandise purchase from the Boosters Spring Pop-up store. All orders are in and we will be having a local pick-up on Monday, June 7th from 4pm-8pm. Please check the e-mail you provided for the address for picking up your merchandise. Again, thank you from the MHS Boosters merchandise committee! 

COMMUNITY NEWS 

We are happy to provide Community News on behalf of local organizations. We recommend checking with the organizations below for any changes to the following events.

We Are Milton is thrilled to share that Music and Fireworks is planned for Saturday June 26 at Hutchinson Field with Celtic Sunday on Sunday June 27.  Details to follow and will be shared here as well as at www.WeAreMilton.org.

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Power of Murals: A virtual panel discussion hosted by the Forbes House Museum

Tuesday, June 15, 7:00 pm, Free – sponsored by the Milton Cultural Council, a local agency, which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

Join us as for an uplifting discussion about the Power of Murals with three artists who have made significant contributions to the public art scene in and around Boston and beyond: Silvia López Chavez, Franklin Marval and Nora Valdez. The discussion will be moderated by Sarah Rodrigo, Public Art Project Manager for the Mayor’s Office of Arts + Culture, City of Boston.

The program complements this year’s Lincoln Drawing Contest, which asked students in grades K-8 to create a mural that celebrates diversity and promotes unity as a step toward building a stronger and more inclusive community. 

To learn more and to register, go to: https://www.forbeshousemuseum.org/events/power-of-murals/ 

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The Milton Early Childhood Alliance would like to remind families that our annual “Yodel for A Fish” Children’s Concert, originally scheduled for Thursday, June 10th, has been postponed until Thursday, August 12th. The full schedule of Parks and Recs concerts can be found here. We hope to see you then, especially Milton’s newest kindergarteners in their yellow t-shirts! 

SUPERINTENDENT SHOUTOUT

I want to acknowledge the great majority of MPS parents and guardians for their ongoing support this year. I know you have made sacrifices to assist your children throughout the year and we appreciate your commitment to working toward a successful school year for all. As we approach the end of this school year, I thank you for the calls, emails, and comments that all of our teachers and administrators have received that have kept us going throughout this unprecedented school year. 

We are all looking forward to a positive and productive 21-22 school year with full in person learning (5 days a week), no social distancing, all sports, clubs, and activities running at full strength throughout the district  – a return to normalcy. As a district, we remain grateful for the 20-21 school year and we are ecstatic for the upcoming 21-22 school year. 

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Thank you to my blog contributors this week: Jackie Morgan, Bill Fish, Marti O’Keefe McKenna, AJ Melanson, Courtney Lennon, Ellen Lohan, Jon Redden, Julia Hanna, Rachel Schewe, Somaly Prak-Martins, Mary Beth Callahan, Rebecca Damiani and Martha Sandoval.

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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May 27, 2021

To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
From: James F. Jette
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: May 27, 2021

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

I am pleased to announce that at the last Milton School Committee meeting, the Committee voted to name the Pierce Middle School Library in honor of former Superintendent Mary Gormley. No one deserves this recognition more than Mary Gormley who dedicated her career to the students, families, faculty and staff of the Milton Public Schools.

Ms. Gormley began her teaching career at the Glover Elementary School and went on to become the Principal of the Cunningham Elementary School. She was appointed to the position of Assistant Superintendent for Personnel and Curriculum where she remained until being appointed as the Superintendent of the Milton Public Schools in 2008. She had an amazing, successful career until her retirement in August, 2020. Literacy remained close to Ms. Gormley’s heart and we are thrilled that her dedication to the Milton Public Schools will be recognized with this honor. We look forward to a dedication ceremony in the future

This week marked the one year anniversary of George Floyd’s murder, which sparked nationwide grief and outrage. On Tuesday night, many from our community attended the March for George & Justice. The issues of equity and racial justice highlighted over the last year continue to reverberate in Milton and across the country and as your Superintendent, I will continue to work on behalf of all students and staff to elevate these important issues.

The last day of school for the Milton Public Schools is June 18, just three weeks from tomorrow. As we approach that date, I will be holding Conversation Hours for parents/guardians and I invite all in the MPS community to attend via Zoom. On June 3 at 6:30, I will hold a session for Pierce and MHS families and on June 7 at 6:30 I will hold a session for elementary families. Links to attend are here (Pierce and MHS Passcode: 087880) and here (elementary Passcode: 544704)

I plan for these conversations to initially focus on: 

  • Current Assessments & 21-22 Teaching and Learning
  • SEL Strategy & Intervention
  • Summer Opportunities for Students
  • Enrollment Update 
  • Expectations for the 21-22 School Year 

I invite you to submit additional questions  at this link and we also plan to leave time for live questions. As we look forward to the 21-22 School Year, my hope is for the entire MPS community to come together around our common goal of excellence within the Milton Public Schools. I look forward to partnering with you in the months and years ahead. 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE 

The next regular School Committee meeting will be on June 2 , 2021 at 7pm in the Milton Access Studio, Rm 245 Milton High School. 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.

MPS SUMMER

Summer will be here before we know it! MPS has some terrific options for your student below. 

Milton Summer Enrichment: MSE Co-Directors Caroline Morton and Ellen Lohan share the following. We are excited about Milton Summer Enrichment 2021 and hope that you will consider joining us this year! A few details:

  • MSE runs July 6-July 30 at Milton High School.
  • MSE runs Mon-Fri 8:30 am-12:30 pm.
  • MSE is for PreK- 8th grade students.
  • Kids make their own schedule when they sign up – choose 2-4 classes, you decide what and when! 
  • There are dozens of classes to choose from – fun, sports, arts, academics, etc.
  • No masks during outdoor classes, and we will offer as many outdoor classes as possible. At this time, students and staff will wear masks indoors, and we will continue to follow any updated guidance for Massachusetts schools and camps for indoor programs.

Please see our brochure at this link and register here. Registration closes on Friday, June 4. Please email us at mse@miltonps.org with any questions. 

Check out our short MSE video below – we hope your child will join the MSE fun this summer!

Camp Cunningham:  Camp Cunningham is headquartered at the Cunningham School, with swimming at Cunningham Park. CC runs for seven weeks divided into 4 sessions (three two-week sessions and one-week session). Camp hours are from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. There are currently openings in Sessions 1 and 3. Session 1: June 28-July 9 (no camp on July 5th in observance of Independence Day); Session 3: July 26- Aug 6

Participants must be currently enrolled as MPS students entering grades 1- 6 in the fall of 2021. All details on Camp Cunningham can be found here. Registration for Camp Cunningham 2021 is open at this link.  

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES

  • May 27 Music Awards Night, MHS Auditorium
  • May 27 PARENT Speaker Jon Mattelman
  • May 31 Memorial Day-No School
  • June 1 MHS Senior Picnic
  • June 2 Milton School Committee Meeting
  • June 6 MHS Graduation (Rain Date June 5)

The full MPS calendar can be found here.

PARENT Speaker Series: TONIGHT at 7pm, popular speaker Jon Mattleman joins the Milton community for a special parent and caregiver presentation on how we can manage anxiety, optimize resilience, and keep our families in balance as COVID-19 restrictions relax, kids go back to school, and we resume some level of normalcy. Bringing 35 years of experience as a counselor, Jon uses insight, warmth, and humor to share practical tools, tips, techniques, and resources to help guide us through challenging transitions to new situations. Jon is the Clinical Director of Minding Your Mind and is passionate about mental health education and supporting parents as they support their children. Thank you to the MFE, MSPAC, and BID Milton for bringing this speaker to Milton. Please register at this link.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

If your student has medication in the nurse’s office, please make arrangements for pick-up no later than June 18. All medications still found in the nurse’s office after June 18 will be discarded.
We would like to remind parents that up to date Physical Exams are required for initial entrance to MPS (any grade), as well as for all 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. You can find Immunization requirements for School Entry at this link..

COVID REPORTING: Each week, school districts report the number of positive cases to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (DESE). I am pleased to announce that we did not have a single positive Covid 19 case for the period May 20 – May 26. Thank you for your vigilance as we continue to Protect the Paw. The COVID page on our website continues to be updated with new FAQs added regularly.

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

Our Senior Class enjoyed some school spirit this week with Hawaiian Day, Red Out, Dress Like your Teacher and more!

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Congratulations to Stella Yuan, Nkechinyere Onyiriuka, Nina O’Laughlin, Anderson Korman, Kevin Carberry, and Jonathan Waldmann who have been selected to represent MHS in the Boys and Girls State programs at Stonehill College in June. As participants, the students will have the opportunity to live on a college campus for a week with hundreds of other students from Massachusetts and learn how the democratic process works first hand.

Students will act as citizens and will participate at all levels of a mock-government that they must create from scratch through the process of campaigning, speeches, and elections. Every day, the students will also take elective courses that particularly interest them about government, economics, or the law.

The program is sponsored and organized by the American Legion. Congratulations to our students who were chosen based on leadership, character, scholarship, loyalty, and outstanding service to Milton High School.

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The Wildcat Marching Band is back in action! Members of the WMB and Colorguard have been rehearsing in person this past month in preparation for the town’s Memorial Day service. They are excited to perform for the first time as a group since Thanksgiving of 2019. Enjoy this short clip of “God Bless America” conducted by senior drum major Aislinn Mershon.

 

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Mme Maliel, Mme Vendette, and Mme Muhsin’s remote students have been meeting on Friday afternoons for Book Buddies/Les copains de la lecture. Students read an assigned French book from Epic, and discuss it with their partner from a different class. We enjoy ending our week with a new friend and teachers enjoy catching up and exchanging ideas! Vive la lecture!

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Mme. Stallion’s Glover 2nd graders have been enjoying the outdoors while doing math explorations using trapezoid shapes.

 

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Ms. McDermott’s Collicot 3rd graders completed a Memorial Day project this week. Students read the poem In Flanders Field and decorated their poems with Poppies. The students also read the book “The Poppy Lady” to learn the history of poppyseeds being used as a symbol to honor and remember soldiers.

COMMUNITY SCHOOLS

After School Enrichment (ASE) has available spots! June 1- 17. Tuition fee for 3 weeks: $150.00 Register by Friday, May 28 at noontime to start Tuesday, June 1. For more information, please see our ASE HANDBOOK. To register: FAMILY ID-ASE SPRING 2021

ASE and Early School Arrival Program (ESAP) 2021-2022: Information to sign up for before and after school programs for fall 2021 will be sent out the 4th week in June. Stay tuned!

TRANSPORTATION

Bus registration for the 21-22 School Year is expected to open the week of June 7, 2021. Please watch for district wide emails next week and updates in next week’s blog, Thursday June 3. Seat assignments will be made consistent with the procedures used for this current 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 alternative transportation.

MPS GIVES BACK

Milton High’s chapter of the Tri-M Music Honor Society is currently fundraising to support the “Sponsor a Lesson” program for current and aspiring musicians throughout Milton. Merchandise is for sale in their online pop-up store from now until Sunday, June 13. There are dozens of options to choose from, including a “Milton Music” design by Tri-M secretary, Aislinn Mershon, as well as non-music specific products with the Milton paw print logo — there really is something for everyone! 

Please visit the online pop-up store or use the QR code at right to see the online store. If you’d like to support Tri-M financially but aren’t interested in purchasing merchandise, Tri-M members will also be collecting donations in the MHS lobby before and after school on June 2,3 and 4. 

Keep an eye out for the final virtual cabaret of the year, which will be released next week. Thank you for your support! 

ART AND MUSIC 

Our Applied Music Lesson Students have been working hard preparing recitals and receiving accolades the past few weeks. Two of Dr. Kim’s violin students, Kevin Gomes and AJ Murphy who received high marks and qualified in their competitions in 2020 will be performing at Carnegie Hall, Weil Recital Hall in 2021-22 year for their performances as well as performing at Baruch Performing Arts Center in NY and Rockport Recital Hall in Mass.

Ms Chu’s grade 4-7 flute students performed in a successful virtual rectial recently. In the photo at left you can see: Top row L-R: Deren Popkin, gr. 4; Ms. Chu; Thea Malcolm, gr. 5; Lacey O’Malley, gr. 5. Second row from top L-R: Garvin Wong, gr.4; May Fundling, gr 7; Max Johnson, gr 6; Caroline Hardiman, gr. 5. Third row from top L-R:Tess Carroll, gr. 6; Katie Donahue, gr. 5; Madyn Dwyer, gr. 6; Daxton Jesser, gr, 6. Bottom Row: Sophie Derwinski, gr.6; Teagan Marbury, gr 5. Not pictured but participating: Gwen Johnston, gr. 7; Evie Leeman-Weil, gr. 7; Jesse Deleo, gr. 6, Mariam Nassar, gr. 5

Information about lesson registration for Fall 2021 will be shared in the upcoming weeks. Please check back for updates!

FAMILY RESOURCES

The Milton Public Schools is committed to being a resource for you. Whether you are unsure how to connect with school staff or directly need a referral for services or supplies, please 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. All updates on Family Resources – food, heating assistance, health insurance, financial assistance, contacts – can be found at this link.

FOOD SERVICE – SUMMER 2021

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. Stay tuned for details! 

MSAPC

Finding small moments to talk about the health effects of alcohol can help you get and keep your child’s attention. Keeping an open dialogue with your children will help build a trusting relationship and encourage them to ask questions and share concerns with you.

Talking to your child about substance use and underage drinking can be difficult, but even small conversations can make a big difference.

Talk. They hear you. Learn more and find tips about how to start the conversation at www.underagedrinking.samhsa.gov #RethinkTheDrinks #TalkTheyHearYou

ATHLETICS

Please see the following from AD Ryan Madden.

Our Varisty Athletes enjoyed a sunny and festive celebration on Brooks Field last week. Thank you to the MHS Boosters and all who made last weekend special for our student athletes.

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Unified Track performed well in an away meet against Weymouth this week. “Well done” to all of our student athletes!

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Pollen got you down? Good news! MHS Track & Field will be hosting a car wash on Saturday, May 29th from 9 am to noon at Cunningham School. Swing by to support our student-athletes and drive away with a sparkling clean car. 

COMMUNITY NEWS 

We are happy to provide Community News on behalf of local organizations. We recommend checking with the organizations below for any changes to the following events.

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Forbes House Museum Congratulates Collicot Kindergartener Benny Wilkins!

Benny took the 3rd place award in the Lincoln Drawing Contest for the Kindergarten-3rd grade age group. This year’s drawing prompt took its inspiration from the Museum’s Lincoln log cabin replica, considering the cabin as a form of public art. With that in mind, students were asked to create their own form of public art – specifically, a mural. The prompt was: “In light of events that have occurred over the past year both locally and nationally, create a mural that celebrates diversity and promotes unity as a step toward building a more inclusive community.” Benny created a wonderfully bold and colorful design. His artist statement reads: “A long time ago different people were separated and I think a community is stronger when all different people come together.”

Benny and all of the winners will be recognized during a special awards show on Milton Access TV in early June. Stay tuned for the exact dates and times.

Thank you to B.R. Alexander & Co. and South Shore Bank for generously sponsoring the 2021 Lincoln Essay and Drawing Contest.

The Milton Public Library has some terrific programs for students of all ages. Check out their upcoming events here. The main MPL website can be found here.

MPL invites students in grades 7-12 for a yoga & mindfulness session with Joanne of Yoginikids Tuesday, June 8,  6-7pm. Registration is required and additional information, including Zoom links, will be provided by email.

Joanne Lloyd is a clinical social worker and has a psychotherapy practice in Brookline. She is a trauma informed yoga teacher at Boston Youth Sanctuary and with children recovering from severe burns with Shriners Hospital for Children. Her past experience includes working as an Emergency Department Social Worker in Level 1 Trauma Centers in Boston for 12 years. She has been practicing yoga with children and their families for the past 12 years. She has taught yoga classes at Boston Children’s Museum, Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center, Brookline Mental Health Center, outdoor festivals, and in local family and preschool centers in the Boston and surrounding area. She has spoken nationally at conferences and for professional development in social service organizations about the benefits of therapeutic/trauma informed yoga in clinical settings. Joanne’s 200-hour family yoga teacher training certification is with Shakta Kaur Khalsa through the Radiant Child Yoga program.

Special thanks to the Friends of Milton Public Library for sponsoring this event, a program of Milton Moves: a year-long initiative of the Milton Public Library for all ages focused on fitness, wellness, and healthy eating.

SUPERINTENDENT SHOUTOUT

Congratulations to Avery Liou, MHS Senior Captain for the Milton High Volleyball Team who was selected to the Division 2 All State Team. When I took the picture at right with Avery and Coach Al Mirabile,  I learned that Avery had never played volleyball until her freshman year. I share this to encourage any of our students who are considering trying a new sport or activity for the first time. Well done, Avery! 

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Thank you to my blog contributors this week: Jackie Morgan, Nicole Lauria, Michaela Duggan, Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Debra Miller, Ellen Lohan, Jon Redden, Karen McDavitt, Sara MacNeil, Elaine McNeil-Girmai, Ryan Madden, Susan Maselli, and Martha Sandoval.

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.

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on May 27, 2021

May 20, 2021

To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
From: James F. Jette
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: May 20, 2021

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

On May 13th the CDC released new guidelines for fully vaccinated individuals significantly relaxing the restrictions for masks and social distancing.  Following Governor Baker’s announcement this week, Commissioner of Education Jeff Riley and the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA), along with the Department of Public Health, have updated guidance for schools.

As of May 20, Milton Public Schools policy will now reflect these changes:

  • Students will no longer have to wear masks outdoors, even if distance cannot be maintained.  This applies to recess, physical education and outdoor learning environments. 
  • At this time, adults and students must continue to wear masks indoors.
  • Adults will continue to wear masks outdoors if distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Students will no longer have to avoid sharing objects.  Shared objects no longer have to be cleaned or disinfected between use.
  • Play structures may be utilized at recess.
  • Students/ staff are encouraged to test after out of state travel, however documentation of such testing will not be required for school re-entry.
  • Students will still be required to wear a mask when riding on the school bus
  • Students will still wear a mask during arrival and dismissal.
  • Student-athletes, coaches and spectators are no longer required to wear masks for any outdoor sports, even if distancing cannot be maintained. Student-athletes and coaches must wear masks during wrestling practice and any outdoor sports practicing indoors.

We know that comfort levels around removing masks outside vary and many may feel safer leaving masks on. Our teachers, administrators, and coaches are letting students know that when they go outside during the school day, or for outdoor sports, masks are optional for students.

Once again, I want to thank you for your patience, flexibility and cooperation as our policies continue to evolve as the science dictates these changes.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE 

The next regular School Committee meeting will be on June 2 , 2021 at 7pm in the Milton Access Studio, Rm 245 Milton High School. 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.

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES

  • May 22 COVID Vaccine Clinic at MHS
  • May 27 Music Awards Night, MHS Auditorium
  • May 27 PARENT Speaker Jon Mattelman
  • May 31 Memorial Day-No School
  • June 1 MHS Senior Picnic
  • June 2 Milton School Committee Meeting
  • June 6 MHS Graduation (Rain Date June 5)

The full MPS calendar can be found here.

COVID Vaccine Clinic: The Milton Public Schools has partnered with Manet Community Health Center and Fallon Ambulatory Services to provide the Pfizer Vaccine for individuals 12 years of age and older. This opportunity is not mandatory but made available to all eligible Milton Public Schools students and their families along with our faculty and staff and their families.

The administration of the vaccine will take place in the MHS Copeland Field House in the back of Milton High School. 

  • Saturday, May 22, 9 am – 12 pm (1st shot)
  • Saturday, June 12, 9 am – 12 pm (2nd shot)

Please use this link to book an appointment for your child on May 22. Manet Community Health Center will internally book your student’s second appointment for June 12. By clicking on this link, the system will allow parents/guardians to select their preferred time on Saturday, May 22, and collect all relevant details.  Those who received a vaccination of any kind in the 14 days prior to May 22 will not be eligible, nor will anyone who is quarantining on May 22 due to a positive COVID19 test.

We hope many in our community will take advantage of this easy and free opportunity. This is not mandatory but strongly encouraged if you would like to have your student get the Pfizer vaccination.

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PARENT Speaker Series: On Thursday, May 27 at 7pm, popular speaker Jon Mattleman joins the Milton community for a special parent and caregiver presentation on how we can manage anxiety, optimize resilience, and keep our families in balance as COVID-19 restrictions relax, kids go back to school, and we resume some level of normalcy. Bringing 35 years of experience as a counselor, Jon uses insight, warmth, and humor to share practical tools, tips, techniques, and resources to help guide us through challenging transitions to new situations. Jon is the Clinical Director of Minding Your Mind and is passionate about mental health education and supporting parents as they support their children. Thank you to the MFE, MSPAC, and BID Milton for bringing this speaker to Milton. Please register at this link.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

COVID REPORTING: Each week, school districts report the number of positive cases to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (DESE). For the period May 13 – May 19, MPS reported: 0 staff positive and 7 students positive.

The COVID page on our website continues to be updated with new FAQs added regularly.

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

MPS District Orchestra Director Debra Miller shares that on May 16 Barron Clancy, Co-concertmaster of the MHS orchestra and chamber ensemble, performed solo for the MICA (Milton Interfaith Clergy Association) outdoor service, “Commemorating Our Journey Through Covid-19”. Thank you to Barron for joining our community at this event. Below is one of the five selections he performed.

 

PIERCE PAGES 

Pierce 6th graders have been studying cells in science. Students were tasked with building a plant or animal cell to showcase their understanding of the organelles that make up cells and their functions and create labels or a key to designate each organelle. You can see their creative work below.

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS 

Ms. Windwer & Ms. Schramm’s Cunningham 3rd graders have exciting news – they have received their crayfish for their last science unit on life structures. Students are very excited to have the chance to create a habitat, feed, and care for these crayfish over the next few weeks!

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This week the Scholastic Book Fair has returned to Tucker! Students have had the opportunity to shop for books, journals and new school supplies in the gorgeous spring weather. Many students have earned “Tickets to Read” for exemplifying The Tucker Way through collaboration, respect, and innovation, earning them a free book from the Book Fair. The Tucker outdoor Book Fair will be open to all of Milton on Saturday, May 22 from 9 am to 12 pm. We hope that you will stop by the front parking lot at Tucker to pick up a few new books to get a jump on your summer reading! 

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Ms. Alvahydo’s Spanish students at Cunningham and Collicot combined learning, fun, and movement in Spanish classes this week.  5th grade Cunningham students reviewed their personal pronouns in Spanish while singing a song and you can hear and see them here. 4th graders from Collicot got to shake off their MCAS jitters with a salsa lesson from Ms. Alvahydo, as you can see here. All of our students enjoyed these fun lessons this week! 

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It’s been a great few weeks in the Tucker art room. Inspired by the ancient Inca city of Machu Picchu, 4th and 5th grade students are imagining their own ancient civilization. Like Machu Picchu, the civilization is located in the mountains on top of a plateau. Students used overlapping and atmospheric perspective to create a sense of space in their landscape. Adding symbols to represent aspects of their civilization not only adds variety but also allows students to use their imaginations to draw an ancient, high altitude home!

Tucker art students in 2nd grade have been doing a unit on bugs and flowers. Pictured here are some students working on creating bugs out of model magic, which was made possible by an MFE COVID grant this year.

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Ms. Aldrich’s Cunningham 2nd graders recently read “Eyes that Kiss in the Corners”, by Joanna Ho and did a poetry craft to celebrate our eyes and how they are all unique and beautiful.

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After School Enrichment (ASE) has available spots! June 1- 17. Tuition fee for 3 weeks: $150.00 Register by Friday, May 28 at noontime to start Tuesday, June 1. For more information, please see our ASE HANDBOOK. To register: FAMILY ID-ASE SPRING 2021

MPS GIVES BACK 

MHS Junior Max Hollingsworth-Hays has asked us to share the following about his Eagle Scout project.

Hello. I am currently a junior at MHS, as well as a Life Scout with Troop 5 Milton. I am working to become an Eagle Scout by the end of the summer, and one of the steps in earning this rank is completing a project that benefits the community. As a longtime member of the Milton Music Department, I plan to create a resource that introduces elementary school students to the basics of playing and reading music. More specifically, I plan to create a tubulum PVC instrument at Tucker Elementary School that students will be able to play during recess and music class. This has the same layout as a keyboard, and will have note names labeled respectively. It would resemble the structure pictured at right very closely.

The main thing I want to accomplish with this project is to provide a basic understanding of music to younger students, hopefully inspiring them to pursue music to some extent as I have. My longtime involvement in music as well as in the Milton Music Department has connected me with many great people, developed my skills as a musician, and most of all shaped my strong work ethic. I hope this instrument encourages many other students to pursue the same incredible path that I have.

In order to acquire the materials needed to build the structure, some funds will be needed. I would greatly appreciate it if some of you contributed financially to this project, knowing that it supports an inspirational cause. Please send any funds through venmo to the account @Max-Hollingsworth-Hays.  Thank you very much for your support!

MPS SUMMER

Summer will be here before we know it! MPS has some terrific options for your student below. 

Milton Summer Enrichment: Please see the MSE At a Glance document here to review classes, policies, and more about MSE 2021. Registration for MSE is open at this link. Questions? Email us at  mse@miltonps.org. We hope your child will join the MSE fun this summer!  

Camp Cunningham: Camp Cunningham can accommodate 72 campers and participants must be currently enrolled as MPS students entering grades 1- 6 in the fall of 2021. All details on Camp Cunningham can be found here. Registration for Camp Cunningham 2021 is open at this link.

MPS Universal Summer Program:  We are busy planning for our new Universal Summer Program taking place this July at the Glover School.  This district-wide program, open to all current K-4 students will be a two-hour session focused on literacy, math, and social emotional learning skills. Families who have registered for the Universal Summer Program have been contacted over the last week with a confirmation email from usp@miltonps.org. If you have not received a confirmation, would like more information about the program, and/or would like to register your student, please email usp@miltonps.org

TECHNOLOGY 

It is with tremendous excitement that we share with you that Milton High School will go to a one-to-one Chromebook initiative (1:1) for all ninth-grade students next year.  In adopting this model, all ninth-graders will receive a school-issued Chromebook that they will take to and from school on a daily basis. Ninth-grade students will not be allowed to bring their own device to school.

All current eighth-grade students will be asked to return their loaned Chromebook and charger to Pierce Middle School in June.  More information with the exact date(s), time(s), and specific instructions for the Chromebook return to Pierce will be shared with students and families in the coming weeks.  Students attending Milton High School this fall will pick-up their MHS Chromebook during New Student Orientation in August.

Optional Chromebook insurance will be offered to all ninth-grade students.  It is highly encouraged to purchase insurance for their school-issued Chromebook. If insurance is declined, students are held responsible for damage beyond reasonable wear and tear as outlined in the Loan Agreement linked here.  

More detailed information about this exciting initiative will be provided in the coming weeks.

SPECIAL EDUCATION 

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

Join Mark Harrison for an ESY parent coffee check in on Friday at 11. We will meet virtually at this link. 

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Milton SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Council) is partnering with a volunteer group of parents who are interested in organizing sports activities that are accessible to all children– including those with physical, cognitive, and emotional challenges as well as their more typical peers. Please see this link with a brief survey from this group, “Milton Sports for All,” inquiring about your child’s ability to access sports or other activities in Milton and your interest in new, less competitive, and more accessible sports options. The survey should take no more than 5 minutes to complete.

Your feedback will be very helpful in guiding progress toward creating more accessible activities and in providing critical feedback to the town and our schools regarding the accessibility of current offerings. We hope you will take the time to complete this survey. Thank you very much for your time and your interest in this issue. If you have any questions about the survey please email the SEPAC at miltonsepac@gmail.com.

FAMILY RESOURCES

The deadline to apply for Fuel Assistance is quickly approaching.  Applications must be submitted by May 28, 2021.  QCAP (Quincy Community Action Program) serving Milton families oversees this program. For applications and more details please visit QCAP Fuel Assistance Program or call QCAP with Questions:  617-657-5301 or email fuelassistance@qcap.org

For families struggling to afford broadband internet services during the COVID-19 pandemic The Emergency Broadband Benefit is a temporary FCC program to assist families. The program opened on May 12th and provides eligible households:

  • Up to $50/month discount for broadband service;
  • Up to $75/month discount for households on qualifying Tribal lands; and
  • A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet purchased through a participating provider if the household contributes more than $10 but less than $50 toward the purchase price.

The Emergency Broadband Benefit is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household. Click here for additional information.

The Milton Public Schools is committed to being a resource for you. Whether you are unsure how to connect with school staff or directly need a referral for services or supplies, please 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. All updates on Family Resources – food, heating assistance, health insurance, financial assistance, contacts – can be found at this link.

FOOD SERVICE

The Pandemic-EBT program has been extended throughout the summer for all families who are eligible for free and reduced lunch. P-EBT is a new federal nutrition program that provides a small grocery benefit for families to purchase food. P-EBT was first available in 2020 for families with school-aged children, and was extended in 2021 to include some families with young children as well. More details can be found at this link from Project Bread and at this link also seen at right. 

MSAPC

Talk, They Hear You: Did you know that children are more likely to avoid drinking when they have a strong, trusting relationship with their parents and caregivers?   Finding informal times to talk as your child grows can help build this trusting relationship.  By having frequent and open conversations about alcohol and substance use, parents and caregivers can impact the decisions their children make. 

Learn more and find tips about how to start the conversation at www.rethinkthedrinks.com  #rethinkthedrinks #TalkTheyHearYou

ATHLETICS

Please see the following from AD Ryan Madden.

Effective immediately, student-athletes, coaches and spectators are no longer required to wear masks for any outdoor sports, even if distancing cannot be maintained. Student-athletes and coaches must wear masks during wrestling practice and any outdoor sports practicing indoors.

End of the Spring Season information: All Varsity Team Sports (Baseball, Softball, Lacrosse, Tennis) will compete in a Bay State Conference Tournament. The dates are as follows, subject to slight change pending how the season goes with weather and any COVID shutdowns;

  • Baseball – June 7th, 9th, 11th (Championship @ Braintree 6/12)
  • Softball – June 7th, 9th, 11th (Championship @ Braintree 6/12)
  • Lacrosse – June 8th, 10th, 14th (Championship @ Walpole 6/15)
  • Tennis – June 8th, 10th, 14th (Boys Championship @ NN, Girls @ Wellesley 6/14)

Students will qualify scores and times for Track will continue to compete into late June. The MIAA Tournament starts Tue/Wed June 15th & 16th. As mentioned before, only teams warranting a tournament berth will enter the Tournament. All other teams will play up to 3 additional contests, pending availability of opponents.

All JV Teams will be done by June 16th, and most Varsity Teams, including Track, will be done between June 18th-June 24th. Teams that win a few MIAA playoff games may play until as late as June 30th. Look for updates on Twitter @Milton_Wildcats_

COMMUNITY NEWS 

We are happy to provide Community News on behalf of local organizations. We recommend checking with the organizations below for any changes to the following events.

Join your Mattapan and Milton neighbors on Tuesday, May 25 for the One Year Anniversary March and Rally Milton to Mattapan. Featuring Representative Brandy Fluker Oakley,
Ron Bell of Dunk the Vote, the Branches Steel Drum Band and more! Questions? Email courageousconversationsmilton@gmail.com

  • 5:30pm: Gathering & Music: Parkway Methodist Church
    158 Blue Hills Parkway
  • 6pm: March 1 mile to Walker Park, 550 Norfolk St. Mattapan
  • 7pm: Rally for George and Justice!

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The Milton Public Library has some terrific programs for
students of all ages. Check out their upcoming events here. The main MPL website can be found here.

MPL invites students in grades 7-12 for a yoga & mindfulness session with Joanne of Yoginikids Tuesday, June 8,  6-7pm. Registration is required and additional information, including Zoom links, will be provided by email.

Joanne Lloyd is a clinical social worker and has a psychotherapy practice in Brookline. She is a trauma informed yoga teacher at Boston Youth Sanctuary and with children recovering from severe burns with Shriners Hospital for Children. Her past experience includes working as an Emergency Department Social Worker in Level 1 Trauma Centers in Boston for 12 years. She has been practicing yoga with children and their families for the past 12 years. She has taught yoga classes at Boston Children’s Museum, Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center, Brookline Mental Health Center, outdoor festivals, and in local family and preschool centers in the Boston and surrounding area. She has spoken nationally at conferences and for professional development in social service organizations about the benefits of therapeutic/trauma informed yoga in clinical settings. Joanne’s 200-hour family yoga teacher training certification is with Shakta Kaur Khalsa through the Radiant Child Yoga program.

Special thanks to the Friends of Milton Public Library for sponsoring this event, a program of Milton Moves: a year-long initiative of the Milton Public Library for all ages focused on fitness, wellness, and healthy eating.

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The Forbes House Museum is hosting two virtual programs next week.

The first is a book talk with Ted Widmer, author of Lincoln on the Verge: Thirteen Days to Washington. This free program is generously sponsored by Milton Academy and will be held on Tuesday, May 25, 7pm via Zoom.

Mr. Widmer is an historian and former presidential adviser who has written widely on politics, history and their intersection. In his latest book, he follows Lincoln on an impactful and dangerous train ride from Springfield, IL to Washington, D.C. for Lincoln’s inauguration. There will be a Q&A session following the talk. Register here. 

The second program is entitled Preservation Tools for Historic Properties, to be held on Wednesday, May 26, 7:00 p.m. via Zoom. Milton Historical Commission is co-hosting as well as sponsoring this FREE event.

Do you own an historic home? Are you interested in learning what you can do to protect historic properties in your town?

In recognition of National Historic Preservation Month, we’ve invited Dylan Peacock of Historic New England to discuss preservation tools, from National Register listing to Historic Districts to Preservation Restrictions, and how they can work for you.  Please register in advance at this link. 

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Milton Early Childhood Alliance shares the following.

Nature Tales – Animal Five Senses: Join us for a STEM and Early Literacy adventure virtually at the Trailside Museum. This event will be held on Zoom on Saturday, May 22nd at 11:00 AM. You’ll enjoy a children’s story, a guided movement activity, meet and hear about two live animals and have the opportunity to participate in a question and answer period! This will be an interactive event, with as many questions answered as possible. For ages 2.9 through 7 years old. We strongly encourage parent participation. Registration is required to obtain the Zoom link and passcode and can be completed here. Many thanks to our Kindergarten T-shirt sponsors for their generous support of this programming!

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Saint Rock Haiti Foundation (SRHF) will hold its 13th Annual Building Hope Fèt on Friday, May 21 at 7:30pm. This year’s event is virtual and can be accessed by registering at www.saintrock.org. The event is complimentary to all. SRHF’s origin dates back to a concerned group of Milton and Quincy citizens who joined together to bring hope and dignity to the people of Haiti, the most impoverished country in the Western Hemisphere. Today, SRHF delivers primary healthcare to 60,000+ registered patients and supports 5 schools in the rural community of Saint Rock. Please join us in our ongoing work and help us to continue to make an impact in Haiti.

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Thank you to my blog contributors this week: Jackie Morgan, Nicole Lauria, Michaela Duggan, Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Debra Miller, Ellen Lohan, Jon Redden, Karen McDavitt, Sara MacNeil, Elaine McNeil-Girmai, Ryan Madden, Susan Maselli, and Martha Sandoval.

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.

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on May 20, 2021

May 13, 2021

To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
From: James F. Jette
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: May 13, 2021

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

This week we welcomed our incoming kindergarteners to the Milton Public Schools! Kindergarteners visited their new school to pick up the well known “I’m Going to Kindergarten” yellow t-shirt, get some information about upcoming summer kindergarten events, meet their new principal, and connect with fellow kindergarten families. You can see our incoming kindergarteners in these Google album links: Tucker, Collicot, Glover and Cunningham. We look forward to welcoming this new class in September 2021!

Simultaneously, we are preparing to send our MHS Seniors, the Class of 2021, off in style. In this very different school year, we look forward to maintaining some traditions while introducing new events. Our seniors will graduate outside on Brooks Field on Sunday, June 6 (rain date, June 5). All details on graduation can be found here. Due to the overwhelming generosity of the Milton community, each of our seniors has been “sponsored” and will receive a gift bag on Friday with special treats and notes, signifying just how proud Milton is of these young people. Senior Comedy/Hypnotist Night, Senior Picnic, and Senior Breakfast are also planned and details will be shared with MHS Seniors and their families. Our festivities will conclude on Sunday, June 6 with our 2nd Annual Car Parade through Milton. Thank you to all who have made celebrating this special class possible. We are looking forward to the upcoming events!

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Milton SEPAC and Milton Sports for All have asked me to share the following important information. 

Milton SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Council) is partnering with a volunteer group of parents who are interested in organizing sports activities that are accessible to all children– including those with physical, cognitive, and emotional challenges as well as their more typical peers. Please see this link with a brief survey from this group, “Milton Sports for All,” inquiring about your child’s ability to access sports or other activities in Milton and your interest in new, less competitive, and more accessible sports options. The survey should take no more than 5 minutes to complete.

Your feedback will be very helpful in guiding progress toward creating more accessible activities and in providing critical feedback to the town and our schools regarding the accessibility of current offerings. We hope you will take the time to complete this survey. Thank you very much for your time and your interest in this issue. If you have any questions about the survey please email the SEPAC at miltonsepac@gmail.com.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE 

The next regular School Committee meeting will be on May 19 , 2021 at 7pm in the Milton Access Studio, Rm 245 Milton High School. This meeting is also the Open Public Hearing for School Choice. 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.

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES

  • May 18 Getting Ready for Kindergarten Cafe (Virtual)
  • May 19 School Committee Meeting/Open Public Hearing for School Choice
  • May 21 Pierce DEI Workshop
  • May 22 COVID Vaccine Clinic at MHS
  • May 27 Music Awards Night, MHS Auditorium
  • May 27 PARENT Speaker Jon Mattelman
  • May 31 Memorial Day-No School
  • June 1 MHS Senior Picnic
  • June 6 MHS Graduation (Rain Date June 5)

The full MPS calendar can be found here.

Getting Ready for Kindergarten: Milton Early Childhood Alliance shares the following. Will your child be attending kindergarten in the fall? Do you wonder if your child is ready academically, socially, emotionally, or developmentally? Would you like to learn what you can do to make the transition easier for your child and your family? Then, this parent workshop is for you and is open to all parents/caregivers; your child will not need to attend Milton Public Schools to participate. We will hold this workshop virtually, via Zoom, on May 18 at 7pm. Registration is required. Please register here to obtain the Zoom link and passcode. Many thanks to our Kindergarten T-shirt sponsors for their generous support of this programming!

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COVID Vaccine Clinic: The Milton Public Schools has partnered with Manet Community Health Center and Fallon Ambulatory Services to provide the Pfizer Vaccine for individuals 12 years of age and older. This opportunity is not mandatory but made available to all eligible Milton Public Schools students and their families along with our faculty and staff and their families.

The administration of the vaccine will take place in the MHS Copeland Field House in the back of Milton High School. 

  • Saturday, May 22, 9 am – 12 pm (1st shot)
  • Saturday, June 12, 9 am – 12 pm (2nd shot)

Please use this link to book an appointment for your child on May 22. Manet Community Health Center will internally book your student’s second appointment for June 12. By clicking on this link, the system will allow parents/guardians to select their preferred time on Saturday, May 22, and collect all relevant details.  Those who received a vaccination of any kind in the 14 days prior to May 22 will not be eligible, nor will anyone who is quarantining on May 22 due to a positive COVID19 test.

We hope many in our community will take advantage of this easy and free opportunity. This is not mandatory but strongly encouraged if you would like to have your student get the Pfizer vaccination.

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PARENT Speaker Series: On Thursday, May 27 at 7pm, popular speaker Jon Mattleman joins the Milton community for a special parent and caregiver presentation on how we can manage anxiety, optimize resilience, and keep our families in balance as COVID-19 restrictions relax, kids go back to school, and we resume some level of normalcy. Bringing 35 years of experience as a counselor, Jon uses insight, warmth, and humor to share practical tools, tips, techniques, and resources to help guide us through challenging transitions to new situations. Jon is the Clinical Director of Minding Your Mind and is passionate about mental health education and supporting parents as they support their children. Thank you to the MFE, MSPAC, and BID Milton for bringing this speaker to Milton. Please register at this link.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

COVID REPORTING: Each week, school districts report the number of positive cases to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (DESE). For the period May 6 – May 12, MPS reported: 0 staff positive and 3 students positive.

The COVID page on our website continues to be updated with new FAQs added regularly.

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

Mrs. Miller reports that the MHS orchestra is back together rehearsing 6 days a week! Please enjoy the following recordings of a Corelli Concerto Grosso excerpt and music from Ratatouille.

PIERCE PAGES 

Pierce Art teacher Mr. Manning pushed his students’ creativity in the beginning of the 4th quarter as students were asked to hyper focus on part of an object that they would like to draw. Artists were not asked to draw the whole object but only part of the object, a part they would find interesting. Students then created large somewhat abstract value scale drawings of that object. Some projects are more identifiable than others but can you guess at what many of them are. Students learned about shading and using blending tools in their work. Students were surprised how professional their work looked when it was installed on the wall and really enjoyed sharing information from each design. 7th and 8th graders hit this one out of the park and were truly amazed when they got to look at others’ work.

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS 

In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Mme Muhsin’s 4th grade remote class had a special guest join them for an exciting read-aloud. Mrs. Eng, a class parent, read Watercress, a story of special meals and the memories that connect us to them. The class then drew and shared about their family’s special meals and what they enjoy most about them. Many are now excited to try some of these unique dishes. Délicieux!

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With the arrival of Spring, elementary students have been studying live organisms across the district. Our remote 2nd grade French students are enjoying their science unit on Insects and Plants. Students are studying mealworms and growing bean plants to learn more about biodiversity and the interaction between plants and insects. Our 2nd graders have named their mealworms and students love to make observations to help better understand the changes that take place to their structure and behavior throughout the lifecycle. Mme. Maliel shares that these lessons are a great way to wrap up the year with lots of engagement and enthusiasm throughout the class.

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MPS elementary teachers Mme Muhsin, Mme. Koita and Ms. Hashem took some time this week to teach us a bit more about Ramadan and Eid Al Fitr! You can watch their video here. Thank you for taking the time to record and share, MPS teachers! 

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Glover students enjoyed book club and Walk and Bike to school day this week!

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After School Enrichment (ASE) has available spots! May 24-June 17:
Tuition fee for 4 weeks: $200.00
Register by Friday, May 21 at noontime to start Monday, May 24 For more information, please see our ASE handbook and registration link here. 

MPS GIVES BACK 

Pierce 8th grader Reilly Bergin is this year’s Project 351 Ambassador. Reilly has asked us to share the information below, so all in MPS can support the Cradles to Crayons clothing drive through Wednesday, May 19. 

Time to clean out your closets! Milton is hosting a clothing drive in support of Cradles to Crayons. Cradles to Crayons is a nonprofit organization that collects every-day essentials for local children who are facing homelessness and/or economic challenges. The donations will become part of KidPacks, which are bags that contain toys, books, clothes, school supplies, and more that are put together based on the child’s interests and needs. If you would like to learn more about Cradles to Crayons’ vision and impact, you can watch the Everyday Essentials video  or visit the Cradles to Crayons website. We are collecting new and like-new clothing, sizes newborn to youth large (10/12). Remember, quality equals dignity. Please make sure the clothing does not have any holes, rips, stains, or looks worn out. (Think: Would I wear this? If the answer is no, please do not donate it.) Please note that pajamas and socks have to be new. The drive will run from Monday, May 10th to Wednesday, May 19th. Collection boxes will be located at Pierce Middle School, Collicot Elementary School, Tucker Elementary School, Cunningham Elementary School, Glover Elementary School, and the Milton Public Library. The simple act of donating can change a child’s life. * Your donation will not only provide a child with the essentials they need, but it will also help that child be confident, restore their dignity, and help them be the best they can be.* If you have any questions, please contact Reilly Bergin at smithbergin@msn.com.

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Dominique Thomas, Project 351 Alumni Leadership Council member,  is also running a mask drive through Saturday, May 15. All masks can be dropped anytime at 106 Blue Hills Parkway. Email Dominique at dtemail00@gmail.com with any questions. Thank you for supporting these important initiatives! 

EDUCATIONAL EQUITY

Somaly Prak-Martins, Senior Director of Education Equity, shares the following. Please see her full newsletter here.  This newsletter has information about Memorial Day, Shavuot, Ramadan, the Milton Muslim Neighbors successful food drive and Asian Heritage Month. It also includes updates on the Quality Review Steering Committee and Selection Task Force. 

MPS SUMMER

Summer will be here before we know it! MPS has some terrific options for your student below. 

Milton Summer Enrichment: Please see the MSE At a Glance document here to review classes, policies, and more about MSE 2021. Registration for MSE is open at this link. Questions? Email us at  mse@miltonps.org. We hope your child will join the MSE fun this summer!  

Camp Cunningham: Camp Cunningham can accommodate 72 campers and participants must be currently enrolled as MPS students entering grades 1- 6 in the fall of 2021. All details on Camp Cunningham can be found here. Registration for Camp Cunningham 2021 is open at this link.

MPS Universal Summer Program:  We are busy planning for our new Universal Summer Program taking place this July at the Glover School.  This district-wide program, open to all current K-4 students will be a two-hour session focused on literacy, math, and social emotional learning skills. Families who have registered for the Universal Summer Program have been contacted over the last week with a confirmation email from usp@miltonps.org. If you have not received a confirmation, would like more information about the program, and/or would like to register your student, please email usp@miltonps.org

MILTON FOUNDATION FOR EDUCATION

The deadline for Teacher of the Year Nominees is this Friday. Remote, Hybrid, and In Person…2021 MPS Educators did it ALL! 

Please take a moment to nominate a deserving MPS Educator for TOY. The easy nomination form can be found here and more information is on the MFE website. Please help us in recognizing our excellent teachers and staff by nominating an outstanding staff member for Teacher of the Year 2021. 

FAMILY RESOURCES

The Milton Public Schools is committed to being a resource for you. Whether you are unsure how to connect with school staff or directly need a referral for services or supplies, please 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. All updates on Family Resources – food, heating assistance, health insurance, financial assistance, contacts – can be found at this link.

FOOD SERVICE 

All students are eligible for free meals  – breakfast and lunch – through June 2022. Each of our schools has multiple meal options every day. Please encourage your child to try our school meals!  

Looking for a part time job while your kids are in school? Join our Food Service team – this year or next! Please email Jackie Morgan to explore opportunities to join this terrific team. 

MSAPC

 Talk, They Hear You: Did you know that over 80 percent of young people ages 10-18 say their parents are the leading influence on their decision whether to drink or not?

How you talk about underage drinking and substance use can change as your child gets older. Parents and guardians can start the conversation early and find everyday moments to keep the conversation going. These talks can impact the decisions their children make, even in the face of increased peer pressure. Learn more and find tips about how to start the conversation at www.rethinkthedrinks.com

ATHLETICS

Please see the following from AD Ryan Madden.

Baseball and Softball are both off to hot starts! Both teams are 4-0, having beaten Weymouth, Wellesley, Needham and Braintree. Junior Charlie Walker, Pitcher, is 2-0 for the Baseball team, while Senior Captains Ava Hillaire, Jill Vaughn, and Marilyn Carroll are leading the Softball Team to their best start in nearly 10 years!

The Rugby Team picked up where they left off in 2019, with a big win over Weymouth.

Some Information for the end of the Spring Season: All Varsity Team Sports (Baseball, Softball, Lacrosse, Tennis) will compete in a Bay State Conference Tournament. The dates are as follows, subject to slight change pending how the season goes with weather and any COVID shutdowns;

  • Baseball – June 7th, 9th, 11th (Championship @ Braintree 6/12)
  • Softball – June 7th, 9th, 11th (Championship @ Braintree 6/12)
  • Lacrosse – June 8th, 10th, 14th (Championship @ Walpole 6/15)
  • Tennis – June 8th, 10th, 14th (Boys Championship @ NN, Girls @ Wellesley 6/14)

Students will qualify scores and times for Track will continue to compete into late June. The MIAA Tournament starts Tue/Wed June 15th & 16th. As mentioned before, only teams warranting a tournament berth will enter the Tournament. All other teams will play up to 3 additional contests, pending availability of opponents.

All JV Teams will be done by June 16th, and most Varsity Teams, including Track, will be done between June 18th-June 24th. Teams that win a few MIAA playoff games may play until as late as June 30th. Look for updates on Twitter @Milton_Wildcats_

COMMUNITY NEWS 

We are happy to provide Community News on behalf of local organizations. We recommend checking with the organizations below for any changes to the following events.

The Milton Interfaith Clergy Association invites the community to join together for the following event. Commemorating our Journey through Covid-19: A Community Gathering of Consolation, Healing and Hope. Presented by the Milton Interfaith Clergy Association on Sunday, May 16 from 3:00pm-4:00pm at the Milton Town Gazebo.

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Milton Early Childhood Alliance shares the following.

Nature Tales – Animal Five Senses: Join us for a STEM and Early Literacy adventure virtually at the Trailside Museum. This event will be held on Zoom on Saturday, May 22nd at 11:00 AM. You’ll enjoy a children’s story, a guided movement activity, meet and hear about two live animals and have the opportunity to participate in a question and answer period! This will be an interactive event, with as many questions answered as possible. For ages 2.9 through 7 years old. We strongly encourage parent participation. Registration is required to obtain the Zoom link and passcode and can be completed here. 

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Saint Rock Haiti Foundation (SRHF) will hold its 13th Annual Building Hope Fèt on Friday, May 21 at 7:30pm. This year’s event is virtual and can be accessed by registering at www.saintrock.org. The event is complimentary to all. SRHF’s origin dates back to a concerned group of Milton and Quincy citizens who joined together to bring hope and dignity to the people of Haiti, the most impoverished country in the Western Hemisphere. Today, SRHF delivers primary healthcare to 60,000+ registered patients and supports 5 schools in the rural community of Saint Rock. Please join us in our ongoing work and help us to continue to make an impact in Haiti.

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Brookwood Community Farm, 11 Blue Hill River Road, Canton,
at DCR’s Brookwood Farm, is hosting the annual Seedling Sale.   For those interested in seedlings there is an online signup for a time to park and shop in person. (Sale FAQ’s). Brookwood is still accepting volunteer signups for the 2nd weekend of our annual Seedling Sale here. Many thanks to all the individuals who volunteered to help the sale run smoothly on May 8 & 9!

SUPERINTENDENT SHOUTOUT

As we ended Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week, we celebrated two very important groups in our schools – our School Nurses and our Food Service staff. Under the direction of Director of Nurses Kim Coughlin and Director of Food Services Jackie Morgan, these two groups of MPS employees have worked tirelessly over this school year to keep our MPS students, families, and staff healthy, safe, and supplied with meals. Please join me in thanking our nurses and food service staff this week.

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Daniel McAuliffe, Terrence Driscoll, Christopher Little and Declan Driscoll at the Change of Command Ceremony.

Congratulations to MHS graduate Daniel McAuliffe who was named the Regimental Commander for 2021-2022 at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. The Change of Command Ceremony held this week is both the symbolic and physical transfer of leadership responsibilities from the graduating class to the Second Class who will assume their new roles in preparation for their senior year. 

The Change of Command Ceremony highlights the outgoing Commander passing the regimental colors to the incoming Commander. In the ceremony, the outgoing Regiment of Cadets Commander passed his responsibilities to 2/C Daniel McAuliffe,  as the incoming Regimental Commander. The Regimental Commander works directly with the Commandant of Cadets in all matters pertaining to discipline, military smartness, supply, and the coordination of the daily routine of the Regiment. 

In addition to Daniel McAullife, two other MHS graduates were promoted.  Congratulations to  Terrence Driscoll, Platoon Leader/6th Company and Christopher Little, Platoon Leader/2nd Company. All in the Milton Public Schools are proud of these three MHS graduates! 

Thank you to the office of State Senator Walter Timilty for the pictures of this special day!

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Thank you to my blog contributors this week: Jackie Morgan, Laurel Bernini, Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Ellen Lohan, Jon Redden, Karen McDavitt, Sara MacNeil, Elaine McNeil-Girmai, Ryan Madden, Susan Maselli, and Martha Sandoval.

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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May 6, 2021

To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
From: James F. Jette
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: May 6, 2021

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

This week we celebrated Teacher Appreciation Week in our schools. Our students, families, and PTOs honored our entire staff – teachers, administrative assistants, school nurses, lunch staff, paraprofessionals, custodians, and administrators  – with treats, small gifts, cards and words of thanks. While our community has endured some difficult times this school year, we can all agree that our children showing gratitude to the professionals who work in our schools  is always a good thing. Please enjoy the pictures and video below and thank you to all who participated to celebrate our hard working and dedicated Milton Public Schools staff this week.

Over the last few weeks, I have visited our schools and stopped in many of our in person classrooms. This week I was able to visit with many of our remote students at all 6 of our schools. I really enjoyed speaking with them and learning about the positives and challenges as a remote student this year. We discussed their thoughts as to how we can improve moving forward. Students had thoughts about connection time, how to build stronger student/teacher relationships, and how to personalize learning to meet students where they are.  I had an interesting discussion about taxes with our K-2 students and I was sorry to say I couldn’t help with taxes but appreciated their questions about it!

As we head into the weekend, I want to wish a Happy Mother’s Day to all parents and guardians for their ongoing support and efforts to make this year as successful as possible for their students. We appreciate you! 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE 

The next regular School Committee meeting will be on May 19 , 2021 at 7pm in the Milton Access Studio, Rm 245 Milton High School. This meeting is also the Open Public Hearing for School Choice. 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.

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES

  • May 18 Getting Ready for Kindergarten Cafe (Virtual)
  • May 19 School Committee Meeting/Open Public Hearing for School Choice
  • May 21 Pierce DEI Workshop
  • May 27 Music Awards Night, MHS Auditorium
  • May 31 Memorial Day-No School

The full MPS calendar can be found here.

Ready, Set…Kindergarten! We are welcoming the Class of 2034 to the Milton Public Schools in the coming weeks. Our new kindergarten families should have received their school assignment last week. Please email Marti O’Keefe McKenna at mmckenna@miltonps.org if you have not yet received it. 

We hope all K families will join us at your child’s new school to pick up your Kindergarten t-shirt. We have times planned at each school to welcome your child to an outside space to stop by, pick up your coveted yellow  “I’m Going to Kindergarten” t-shirt, meet your Principal and take a Welcome to MPS photo. Our principals plan to join us if school business doesn’t call them away. This is a “stop by” event, families are welcome to drop by any time during the hour. All MPS social distancing and safety rules will be followed. Please wear a mask at all times while on school property. All details on Ready, Set…Kindergarten! can be found at this link. Welcome to the Class of 2034!

Pierce DEI Committee Workshop Invitation: Thank you to all who attended our first Pierce diversity, equity and inclusion committee family workshop last week! Please join us for the second workshop next Wednesday (5/12/21) at 7:00 p.m. Workshop #2 is: Healing Racial Trauma: Self-Care for Mind, Body and Spirit. The workshop description can be found here. Please click here to register for the workshop.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

COVID REPORTING: Each week, school districts report the number of positive cases in the Hybrid Model only to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (DESE). For the two week period April 28 – May 5 , MPS reported: 0 staff positive and 3 students positive.

The COVID page on our website continues to be updated with new FAQs added regularly.

PIERCE PAGES 

The Pierce 7th Grade Debate Class is preparing for Pierce Mock Trials and Dr. Elaine Craghead joined the class earlier today to talk to students about the usefulness of the ability to communicate effectively in front of an audience. 

Dr. Craghead is passionate about education having spent over 25 years as an educator, board member for educational associations, and as an in class volunteer. She is a current member of the Milton School Committee and Assistant Dean of Academic Resources at Massachusetts Maritime Academy. She has taught an abundance of assimilating college freshmen and is well versed in what college readiness really means. Dr. Craghead knows how to get things done as part of a team, and our 7th graders are working on that skill. Thank you to Dr. Craghead for taking the time to speak with our students.

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS 

Cunningham students are enjoying their new outside sensory area.  This sensory area was painted last weekend by MHS student volunteers, under the direction of Cunningham teacher Marissa Stancato. Thank you to the PTO for purchasing the supplies for this project. Cunningham Physical Therapist Sara Rizzolo demonstrates how to use the sensory path here. Thank you to all who completed this project for our students!

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Ms. Spitz’ Collicot 4th grade students have been studying environments in science. Students created their own terrariums and are currently observing the changes daily.

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Recently several Milton elementary school students participated in the state level Future Problem Solving bowl. We are excited to share that after reviewing the results that three of our Tucker students will go on to the International competition as individuals. Gabriella Robinson won third place, Graison Saba won second place, and Josephine Fundling won first place in the Individual Global Issues Problem Solving competition! These wonderful Tucker Tigers will be representing not only Tucker and Milton but also representing Massachusetts at the International bowl scheduled for June 2021. A special thank you to their coach Ms. Hannah Williams as well as to their families for their hard work and collaboration. Good luck to Gabriella, Graison, and Josephine at the competition in June!

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Many of our students participated in the Green Up Milton clean up last week. A special thanks to the Glover PTO and Ellen Stoddard for coordinating at Glover and to the Cunningham crew of Fiona and Zach Pallai, Micah and Lily Dobin, RJ, Johnny, and Willy Horne, Chris Clough, Charlotte and Tyler Vaughn, Luke Brandi and Scott and Wesley Lovely who helped out around Milton High School. Thank you to all who participated to help green Up Milton! 

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May the 4th be with you! Ms. Aldrich’s Cunningham 2nd graders enjoyed Star Wars themed math centers focusing on measurement this week, while  Ms. Plunket and the Cunningham Strings practiced the Star Wars theme for all to enjoy. 

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For the past few weeks Glover and Cunningham Scientists have been busy experimenting and investigating science topics at home. This week, students posted videos and pictures of their amazing work on our Glover School Virtual Science Fair Padlet and our Cunningham Science Fair Padlet. This gave everyone a chance to participate and show off their scientific thinking.

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Collicot and Cunningham 5th grade students are wrapping up a food truck design project. Students began this project with a guided drawing session to create their vehicles. Students were then given the task to create a food truck with a unique logo. Notice how each truck has a clever name, food symbols that would entice a customer, an itemized menu and a custom service window. These trucks are truly delicious!

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After School Enrichment (ASE) has available spots! Tuition fee for 5 weeks: $250.00.  
Register by Wednesday, May 12 to start Monday, May 17. For more information, please see our ASE handbook and registration link here. 

MPS GIVES BACK 

Pierce 8th grader Reilly Bergin is this year’s Project 351 Ambassador. Reilly has asked us to share the information below, so all in MPS can support the Cradles to Crayons clothing drive starting next week. 

Time to clean out your closets! Milton is hosting a clothing drive in support of Cradles to Crayons. Cradles to Crayons is a nonprofit organization that collects every-day essentials for local children who are facing homelessness and/or economic challenges. The donations will become part of KidPacks, which are bags that contain toys, books, clothes, school supplies, and more that are put together based on the child’s interests and needs. If you would like to learn more about Cradles to Crayons’ vision and impact, you can watch the Everyday Essentials video  or visit the Cradles to Crayons website. We are collecting new and like-new clothing, sizes newborn to youth large (10/12). Remember, quality equals dignity. Please make sure the clothing does not have any holes, rips, stains, or looks worn out. (Think: Would I wear this? If the answer is no, please do not donate it.) Please note that pajamas and socks have to be new. The drive will run from Monday, May 10th to Wednesday, May 19th. Collection boxes will be located at Pierce Middle School, Collicot Elementary School, Tucker Elementary School, Cunningham Elementary School, Glover Elementary School, and the Milton Public Library. The simple act of donating can change a child’s life. * Your donation will not only provide a child with the essentials they need, but it will also help that child be confident, restore their dignity, and help them be the best they can be.* If you have any questions, please contact Reilly Bergin at smithbergin@msn.com.

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Dominique Thomas, Project 351 Alumni Leadership Council member,  is also running a mask drive. All masks can be dropped anytime at 106 Blue Hills Parkway. Email Dominique at dtemail00@gmail.com with any questions. Thank you for supporting these important initiatives! 

MHS SPONSOR A SENIOR 

Please see below from the MHS Sponsor a Senior volunteer parents/guardians who are organizing this effort.

If you signed up to Sponsor a Senior, you should have received an email with your Senior assignment. If you have not received an email, please check your spam, promotions, or junk folders. Please let us know ASAP at mhssponsorasenior2021@gmail.com if you haven’t received your senior.

GIFT DROP OFF: Please clearly and securely label your gift bag with your senior’s name. Senior gifts may be dropped off outside the Copeland Field House (at the back of Milton High School) on:

  • Tuesday, May 11, from 3-5
  • Wednesday, May 12, from 3-5

GIFT DELIVERY OPTION: If you know your assigned senior, and their home address, please feel free to drop off your gift to their home on Friday, May 14. We are not able to provide you with the address or other personal information about the senior. Please let us know at mhssponsorasenior2021@gmail.com if you plan on delivering the gift yourself so that we will not expect a drop off from you at Milton High School.

SPECIAL EDUCATION

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

  • May is National Mental Health Month! Since 1949, Mental Health America and our affiliates across the country have observed May is Mental Health Month by reaching out to millions of people through the media, local events, and screenings. We invite other organizations to join us in spreading the word that mental health is something everyone should care about by using the May is Mental Health Month toolkit materials and conducting awareness activities.
    The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on the mental health of people of all ages. Now, more than ever, it is critical to reduce the stigma around mental health struggles, because that stigma often prevents individuals from seeking help.
    In 2021, we will continue with our theme of Tools 2 Thrive, providing practical tools that everyone can use to improve their mental health and increase their resiliency regardless of their personal situation.
  • Speaker Series Event from the Learning Prep School: The Intersection Between Language-Based Disabilities and Social Emotional Challenges. Wednesday, May 19, 6- 7:15pm. This is a virtual event via Zoom and the link will be emailed the day before the event. In this talk, we will discuss what a language-based learning disability is and the social and emotional components that can often accompany it. We will discuss how to spot when a child is having those difficulties and how educators, professionals, and parents can provide support along with useful interventions. All Speaker Series events are open to the public. Please RSVP here. 

MPS SUMMER

Milton Summer Enrichment: Does Sensational Scientists, Greek Mythology, Fiber Art Explorations, Tennis, Irish Step Dancing or Milton Summer Olympics sound like something your children would enjoy?  Then consider MSE for some summer fun and learning! 

Please see the MSE At a Glance document here to review classes, policies, and more about MSE 2021. Registration for MSE is open at this link. Questions? Email us at  mse@miltonps.org. We hope your child will join the MSE fun this summer!  

An application for high school students serving as a volunteer or paid Red Shirt will be shared by the MHS Guidance Department.

Camp Cunningham: Camp Cunningham is looking forward to a great summer! The CC team is working to implement a series of adjustments that will ensure a safe and fun environment for our campers. We are able to accommodate 72 campers and participants must be currently enrolled as MPS students entering grades 1- 6 in the fall of 2021.

All details on Camp Cunningham can be found here. Registration for Camp Cunningham 2021 is open at this link.

MPS Universal Summer Program:  We are busy planning for our new Universal Summer Program taking place this July at the Glover school.  This district-wide program, open to all current K-4 students will be a two-hour session focused on literacy, math, and social emotional learning skills. Families who have registered for the Universal Summer Program have been contacted over the last week with a confirmation email from usp@miltonps.org. If you have not received a confirmation, would like more information about the program, and/or would like to register your student, please email usp@miltonps.org

Extended School Year: Please see this ESY update from Mark Harrison. The Milton Public Schools’ Extended School Year program will begin on July 6, 2021 and end on August 13, 2021. Program information can be found on the ESY website: MPS Extended School Year 2021. To assist with scheduling and planning, we are hoping to have all eligible students registered by May 7, 2021. You can access the registration form here: ESY Registration Form. If you have questions regarding your student’s eligibility for ESY services please contact your school’s Team Chair.

MILTON FOUNDATION FOR EDUCATION 

As we close out Teacher Appreciation Week, one way you can show your appreciation is through the Milton Foundation for Education’s Teacher of the Year 2021! Remote, Hybrid, and In Person…2021 MPS Educators did it ALL!
Please take a moment to nominate a deserving MPS Educator for TOY. The easy nomination form can be found here and more information is on the MFE website. Please help us in recognizing our excellent teachers and staff by nominating an outstanding staff member for Teacher of the Year 2021. 

FAMILY RESOURCES

The Milton Public Schools is committed to being a resource for you. Whether you are unsure how to connect with school staff or directly need a referral for services or supplies, please 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. All updates on Family Resources – food, heating assistance, health insurance, financial assistance, contacts – can be found at this link.

FOOD SERVICE 

It was recently announced that students will be offered free meals  – breakfast and lunch – through June 2022. Each of our schools has multiple meal options every day. Please encourage your child to try our school meals!  

Looking for a part time job while your kids are in school? Join our Food Service team – this year or next! Please email Jackie Morgan to explore opportunities to join this terrific team. 

MSAPC

On Thursday, May 27 at 7pm, popular speaker Jon Mattleman joins the Milton community for a special parent and caregiver presentation on how we can manage anxiety, optimize resilience, and keep our families in balance as COVID-19 restrictions relax, kids go back to school, and we resume some level of normalcy. Bringing 35 years of experience as a counselor, Jon uses insight, warmth, and humor to share practical tools, tips, techniques, and resources to help guide us through challenging transitions to new situations. Jon is the Clinical Director of Minding Your Mind and is passionate about mental health education and supporting parents as they support their children. Please register at this link. 

ATHLETICS

Please see the following from AD Ryan Madden.

Spring Season spectator guidelines:

  • All outdoor athletic events are open for general admission. There is no entry fee this spring.
  • All spectators must wear masks at all times, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Spectators not abiding by the mask policy are subject to removal from the concourse.
  • MPS Policy supersedes Gov Baker’s latest outdoor mask mandate.

The Milton Boosters will be hosting an outdoor Varsity Athletic Celebration on May 22 between 10am-noon at Brooks Field. Invites will be limited to Varsity letter recipients and Senior parents due to COVID restrictions. 

MHS Boosters is pleased to offer our Spring Pop Up store!   All details in this link. 

COMMUNITY NEWS 

We are happy to provide Community News on behalf of local organizations. We recommend checking with the organizations below for any changes to the following events. 

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The Milton Youth Advocates for Change (MYAC) is sponsoring a club called “Milton Minds Matter” (MMM) to promote positive mental health in high school youth led by high school youth.

This is a community-based, youth-led group and their first meeting will be May 15 at 7pm. All 9-12th graders are welcome. To get the zoom link, please email info@milton-coalition.org.

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The Milton Muslim Neighbors have joined with Milton Interfaith Clergy Association and Milton Public Schools for a food drive. If you would like to join, please drop off canned goods at one of the MPS schools between any day through May 10. There will be bins placed at each school location. Please reach out to your principal for the location as it will be different depending on safety protocols for each school. The last day of Ramadan is Wednesday, May 12 followed by the Eid ul Fitr holiday on Thursday, May 13.

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The Milton Public Library has some terrific programs for students of all ages. Check out their upcoming events here. The main MPL website can be found here.

Please join the Milton Public Library and the Friends of the Library for a virtual visit with author Holly McGhee and illustrator Pascal Lemaitre on Friday May 14. All details can be found here. They will be sharing their new picture book, What the World Could Make. We’ll have time to hear the story, and then can ask all of our questions about what it’s like to make books. Best of all, Holly speaks English and Pascal speaks French, so this will be a bilingual event.

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The Milton Interfaith Clergy Association invites the community to join together for the following event. Commemorating our Journey through Covid-19: A Community Gathering of Consolation, Healing and Hope. Presented by the Milton Interfaith Clergy Association on Sunday, May 16 from 3:00pm-4:00pm at the Milton Town Gazebo.

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Milton Early Childhood Alliance shares the following. 

Getting Ready for Kindergarten: Will your child be attending kindergarten in the fall? Do you wonder if your child is ready academically, socially, emotionally, or developmentally? Would you like to learn what you can do to make the transition easier for your child and your family? Then, this parent workshop is for you and is open to all parents/caregivers; your child will not need to attend Milton Public Schools to participate. We will hold this workshop virtually, via Zoom, on May 18 at 7pm. Registration is required. Please register here to obtain the Zoom link and passcode. Many thanks to our Kindergarten T-shirt sponsors for their generous support of this programming!

Nature Tales – Animal Five Senses: Join us for a STEM and Early Literacy adventure virtually at the Trailside Museum. This event will be held on Zoom on Saturday, May 22nd at 11:00 AM. You’ll enjoy a children’s story, a guided movement activity, meet and hear about two live animals and have the opportunity to participate in a question and answer period! This will be an interactive event, with as many questions answered as possible. For ages 2.9 through 7 years old. We strongly encourage parent participation. Registration is required to obtain the Zoom link and passcode and can be completed here. 

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Saint Rock Haiti Foundation (SRHF) will hold its 13th Annual Building Hope Fèt on Friday, May 21 at 7:30pm. This year’s event is virtual and can be accessed by registering at www.saintrock.org. The event is complimentary to all. SRHF’s origin dates back to a concerned group of Milton and Quincy citizens who joined together to bring hope and dignity to the people of Haiti, the most impoverished country in the Western Hemisphere. Today, SRHF delivers primary healthcare to 60,000+ registered patients and supports 5 schools in the rural community of Saint Rock. Please join us in our ongoing work and help us to continue to make an impact in Haiti.

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Brookwood Community Farm, 11 Blue Hill River Road, Canton, at DCR’s Brookwood Farm, is hosting the annual Seedling Sale in early May.  For those interested in seedlings there is an online signup for a time to park and shop in person. (Sale FAQ’s) For those looking to offer help at the sale, there are also volunteer signups (earn your HS volunteer hours!) See the signup for all the types of tasks!  Time slots are not onerous but all are very welcome to signup for 2 consecutive slots or days.  To manage COVID restrictions the sale is spread out at least 2x’s the length as a regular year.  The non profit farm depends on volunteers for events like this and for semi regular tasks on the farm along with less laborious duties like delivering food donations to one of our 7 partners or SNAP shares to Dorchester pickup locations.   

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Thank you to my blog contributors this week: Jackie Morgan, Laurel Bernini, Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Ellen Lohan, Jon Redden, Karen McDavitt, Sara MacNeil, Elaine McNeil-Girmai, Ryan Madden, Susan Maselli, and Martha Sandoval.

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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April 29, 2021

To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
From: James F. Jette
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: April 29, 2021

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week across the country and in the Milton Public Schools we will celebrate all of our staff from May 3-7. Our PTOs have planned some surprises for our MPS staff next week and we appreciate all the families who are assisting with these efforts. This year has been trying for many in our community and I hope that this week of appreciation moves our district forward in a positive way.

One way you can show your appreciation is through the Milton Foundation for Education’s Teacher of the Year 2021! Remote, Hybrid, and In Person…2021 MPS Educators did it ALL!
Please take a moment to nominate a deserving MPS Educator for TOY. The easy nomination form can be found here and more information is on the MFE website. Please help us in recognizing our excellent teachers and staff by nominating an outstanding staff member for Teacher of the Year 2021. 

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Ready, Set…Kindergarten! We are welcoming the Class of 2034 to the Milton Public Schools in the coming weeks. Our new kindergarten families should have received their school assignment this week. Please email Marti O’Keefe McKenna at mckenna@miltonps.org if you have not yet received it. 

Now that families have attended Kindergarten Information night, registered their child for kindergarten, and received their school assignment, the next step is to join us at your child’s new school to pick up your Kindergarten  t-shirt. We have times planned at each school to welcome your child to an outside space to stop by, pick up your coveted yellow  “I’m Going to Kindergarten” t-shirt, meet your Principal and take a Welcome to MPS photo. Our principals plan to join us if school business doesn’t call them away. This is a “stop by” event, families are welcome to drop by any time during the hour. All MPS social distancing and safety rules will be followed. Please wear a mask at all times while on school property. All details on Ready, Set…Kindergarten! can be found at this link. Welcome to the Class of 2034! 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE 

The next regular School Committee meeting will be on May 19 , 2021 at 7pm in the Milton Access Studio, Rm 245 Milton High School. 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.

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES

  • May 3 Town Meeting Begins
  • May 18 Getting Ready for Kindergarten Cafe (Virtual)
  • May 19 School Committee Meeting

The full MPS calendar can be found here.

TONIGHT: Pierce DEI Committee Workshop extends this invitation to all in the MPS community: Please join us for a series of workshops organized by Pierce’s diversity, equity and inclusion committee for all MPS families. The link here outlines two upcoming offerings – the first is this Thursday (4/29/21) at 7:00 p.m. More information about Thursday’s event is below:

  • Workshop description: The past year has presented challenges to our wellness and well-being. The impact of the pandemic on our lives – school closures, hybrid and remote learning, loss of social connections, illness and loss of loved ones – has weighed on everyone in one way or another. This workshop will be an opportunity to reflect on our experiences and learn strategies for self-care, self-regulation, and stress reduction. Panelists will include Ali Smith, Dahyana Schlosser RN, M.Ed, Marla Murasko, and Jane Spitzer. Information about each panelist can be found here.

  • Please complete this pre-registration link in advance of the workshop. The Zoom link can be found here.  (Passcode: 506475)

HEALTH AND SAFETY

COVID REPORTING: Each week, school districts report the number of positive cases in the Hybrid Model only to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (DESE). For the two week period April 15 – April 28 , MPS reported: 1 staff positive and 5 students positive.

The COVID page on our website continues to be updated with new FAQs added regularly.

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

Congratulations to the top scorers in this year’s American Mathematics Competition (AMC), a 25-question, 75-minute intensive math exam that challenges problem solving, critical thinking, and reasoning skills!

AMC 10: 1st Place -Pictured L-R:  Daniel Steinberg (9th); 2nd Place – Joshua Ricciardi (9th); 3rd Place – Alexander Tran (10th)

AMC 12: Pictured L-R: 1st Place – Alix Benoit (12th); 2nd Place – John Barron Clancy (11th); 3rd Place – Declan O’Connor (11th)

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Principal Cahill sent a recent update about MHS graduation and other senior events. We look forward to celebrating our seniors over the next 6 weeks! You can read the full update here. 

Thank you to our parent volunteers who organized and helped with our recent Ice Cream Day for seniors. Seniors who are remote students received a gift card in the mail to Dairy Freeze. Our seniors enjoyed the treat and are looking forward to the weeks ahead!

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MHS students in the Launch Program are now accepting dog treat orders from the Milton community. To order your Paws Treats, please click here.   Questions? Please email the team at pawsabilitreats@miltonps.org. Thank you for supporting our team!

PIERCE PAGES 

Mr. Manning’s 7th and 8th grade artists created a classroom sneaker war with their final sneaker designs for quarter 3. Students were introduced to the top ten most iconic sneakers and the top ten most expensive sneakers ever sold. Artists from both 7th and 8th grade argued about what sneakers are the best and understood how sneaker collectors make a living from buying, selling, and trading custom sneakers. Sneakers are a huge part of middle school culture and students love to show off their “kicks”.

The goal in the lesson was for students to create their very own pair of custom sneakers that featured their own unique logo and color palette. They could take inspiration from other designers but had to create their own footprint, heel design, logo, and a profile design. Some artists took it upon themselves to create their very own theme around the entire sneaker. Students from both grades loved how each and every student’s design was unique.

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Pierce Gear for Sale: The Pierce PTO will host a “Swag Sale” at dismissal this Friday (4/30/21) and Monday (5/3/21). Pierce t-shirts will be available for $10 and Pierce flannel pajama bottoms will be available for $20. Check out our  t-shirts and flannel bottoms! 

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS 

Since November,  Mme Vendette’s remote 3rd graders have been drying 4 Swan neck gourds (donated by the Milton Public Library) and this spring students emptied the gourds of their dried up seeds, and a few students took part in painting them. Each of the 4 elementary schools received one of the gourd birdhouses to put in their garden or green space, just in time for nesting season.

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Students in the Tucker PreK class have been studying the concept of  Reduce, Reuse, Recycle with an inspirational focus on artists and environmental activists who believe that earth day is every day. One activist who inspired the class is Isatou Ceesay, subject of the book  One Plastic Bag,  who is often referred to as the Queen of Recycling. Isatou Ceesay is from Gambia. Check out the book by Miranda Paul and Isatou Ceesay’s amazing work! Recyclable materials were collected, plans were discussed to create a piece of art work and through this process, our students became ARTIVISTS!

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We have two highlights from budding 5th grade journalists this week!

Mentored by Ms. Renehan, our 5th grade journalists Trey Kovacs, Sophie Middleton, and Nico Mann, have published the latest edition of the Glover Gazette and I encourage you to take a peek at it here

Trey, Sophie, and Nico share the following: The Glover Gazette is our school newspaper to share what’s happening all around Glover School. We want students to know about what’s going on, and to read things that are written by other kids. Our paper shows that you don’t have to be an adult to share news and information! If you are a student, staff member, or family that has anything newsworthy to share in the Gazette, please send details and photos to brenehan@miltonps.org

Ms. Watrous’s 5th Grade remote class is proud to present their first ever Taipan Times Newspaper! Named after their class mascot, the cunning Taipan, this newspaper features articles developed by students for students covering a wide array of topics. Students worked independently on articles of their choice and also engaged in peer-editing in order to publish this final product. The class enjoyed making this for readers and hope that our weekly issues put a smile on your face!

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Before vacation, Glover hosted a virtual presentation of Ms. Money & the Coins. This program, sponsored by Rockland Trust, is a nationally recognized educational, interactive, musical presentation that teaches elementary-aged students about saving, sharing and spending money. This fun and engaging show uses music, magic and interactive theater games to bring basic personal finance concepts to life on stage and leaves students and teachers cheering about saving money. In the past this presentation has been live and in person, but this year, like other things, we found a way to bring this exciting performance to our students!

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Collicot students in Ms. Perrault’s kindergarten class enjoyed learning outside in the Green Space this week. The class read Bear At Work from Reach for Reading and discussed the different jobs that were described in the story. Next the students were asked to pick a job discussed in the story that they would want to have in the future and give a detail about it and add an illustration. Working outside on a beautiful day made this lesson even better for our young students.

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Glover’s Gotta Have Sole Student Leadership Team is taking action to make a difference in the lives of homeless youth! 5th grade student leaders, Maya Wong, Owen Burnes, Seamus Farley, Riley Kovacs, Peyton Naigles and Lorraine Anesi, are partnering with Gotta Have Sole, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide homeless youth with new shoes to help them feel confident, comfortable and valued.  For homeless youth, walking in worn-out shoes or shoes that don’t fit is all too common. This can injure feet, hurt self-esteem and make kids feel like they don’t fit in at school.  How can you help? All details including collection jars, sock donations , donating online, and making personalized cards can be found here. Watch this Glover Morning Announcement to learn more about this special project.

SPECIAL EDUCATION

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

  • MPS is proud to offer a new parent resource,  our new Assistive Technology Website. Here you will find a lot of information on instructional tech tools students can use to enhance their learning.  Please email  Inclusion Specialists, Maureen Butler or Caroline Mannion,  with any questions. 
  • ESY update from Mark Harrison: The Milton Public Schools’ Extended School Year program will begin on July 6, 2021 and end on August 13, 2021. Program information can be found on the ESY website: MPS Extended School Year 2021. To assist with scheduling and planning, we are hoping to have all eligible students registered by May 7, 2021. You can access the registration form here: ESY Registration Form. If you have questions regarding your student’s eligibility for ESY services please contact your school’s Team Chair. 
  • If you are a family that currently has a student who is in an Out of District Special Education Placement and have not yet had a chance to respond to our Information Survey, please do so by accessing the survey at this link.

MPS SUMMER

Milton Summer Enrichment: Does Sensational Scientists, Greek Mythology, Fiber Art Explorations, Tennis, Irish Step Dancing or Milton Summer Olympics sound like something your children would enjoy?  Then consider MSE for some summer fun and learning! 

Please see the MSE At a Glance document here to review classes, policies, and more about MSE 2021. Registration for MSE will open on May 3 at noon at this link. Questions? Email us at  mse@miltonps.org. We hope your child will join the MSE fun this summer!  

An application for high school students serving as a volunteer or paid Red Shirt will be shared by the MHS Guidance Department.

Camp Cunningham: Camp Cunningham is looking forward to a great summer! The CC team is working to implement a series of adjustments that will ensure a safe and fun environment for our campers. We are able to accommodate 72 campers and participants must be currently enrolled as MPS students entering grades 1- 6 in the fall of 2021.

All details on Camp Cunningham can be found here and please read the Camp Cunningham welcome letter here. Registration for Camp Cunningham 2021 is open at this link.

Extended School Year: Please see this ESY update from Mark Harrison. The Milton Public Schools’ Extended School Year program will begin on July 6, 2021 and end on August 13, 2021. Program information can be found on the ESY website: MPS Extended School Year 2021. To assist with scheduling and planning, we are hoping to have all eligible students registered by May 7, 2021. You can access the registration form here: ESY Registration Form. If you have questions regarding your student’s eligibility for ESY services please contact your school’s Team Chair.

FAMILY RESOURCES

The Milton Public Schools is committed to being a resource for you. Whether you are unsure how to connect with school staff or directly need a referral for services or supplies, please 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. All updates on Family Resources – food, heating assistance, health insurance, financial assistance, contacts – can be found at this link.

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING

Tucker teacher Mary Beth Callahan shares the following and hopes that all will join her for Magnificently Mindful Month of May in Milton. 

May is another beautiful month to practice slowing down, while noticing the beauty that exists right in front of us. Awareness April seemed to fly by, I hope you had a chance to sharpen your mindful awareness skills.  These simple daily practices can be done anytime. The benefits of mindfulness for children and adults starts with being present along with noticing and accepting what’s happening in those moments. Try noting the good as well as the more uncomfortable moments with a kind and curious attitude. Mindfulness is not all about trying to be calm. In fact, when you are feeling stress or anxiety and when you notice this in your body and are able to come into your breath as a practice of calming the senses, that is a moment of mindfulness.  We will finish the year with Joyful June! 

FOOD SERVICE 

It was recently announced that students will be offered free meals  – breakfast and lunch – through June 2022. Each of our schools has multiple meal options every day. Please encourage your child to try our school meals!  

Remote students have the option to pick up meals to go at the school of their choice. Please email Kim Golden if you are not connected to this option.

Looking for a part time job while your kids are in school? Join our Food Service team – this year or next! Please email Jackie Morgan to explore opportunities to join this terrific team. 

MSAPC

The Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition shares that prevention starts early and it starts at home. Tip #7 is at right. For lots of tips and resources for parents and guardians about steps to take to help prevent teen use of drugs and alcohol, please visit our website and follow us on Facebook.

The MSAPC also has a variety of social-emotional learning webinars available on its website. Listen and watch on your own timeframe to these recorded webinars. 

ATHLETICS

Please see the following from AD Ryan Madden.

Spring Tryouts are underway! Please remember that any student with expiring physicals during the season immediately becomes ineligible, so make sure the next appointment is booked. Any physical on or after May 30, 2020 will remain valid through the rest of the school year.

Unified Track will begin on Monday, May 3. Coach Ashley Assarian has been reaching out to families regarding the Unified Track Season. Any questions can be sent to Coach Assarian at  aassarian@miltonps.org.

Unfortunately, Cheer will not have a season this spring. Any questions regarding Cheering opportunities outside of Milton High School can be sent to Ryan Shannon, vfallcheer@miltonps.org.

Wrestling will begin on Monday, May 3.Wrestling has been approved by the EEA and MIAA for level 3 play (wrestling an opponent, not just conditioning or skill work). See below for the statement on April 16th from the EEA/MIAA Joint Guidance on Youth Activities: 

  • Today, the MA Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) amended their March 22, 2021 EEA guidelines to include an update to the high risk sports/level of play section. Effective, April 16, 2021, the sport of Wrestling has reached Level 3 status allowing for competitions. Specifically stated in the EEA guidelines (pages 3-4): If feasible, conduct Level 2 and 3 wrestling activities outdoors, but wrestling may be conducted indoors.

Milton High School Wrestling details are below: 

  • Starting Monday, May 3, the Wrestling Team will practice from 4-5:30pm Monday-Thursday.
  • The season will end Tuesday, June 15.
  • Students will be separated into cohorts and be required to wrestle with the same students for the duration of that week. The Fri/Sat/Sun will be a “buffer” in case there are any positive cases.
  • Wrestling will take place inside, while conditioning may take place outside if the weather permits.
  • Students will be required to wear masks at all times – gaiters are allowed as long as they aren’t a choking hazard.
  • Coaches must be extra cautious as to make sure students are using clean, dry masks and that masks stay on during wrestling.
  • While we await actual sport-specific modifications, we will not be competing against any other schools.
  • Once we receive further guidance on how to safely and effectively conduct a wrestling meet, we may offer 3-4 dual meets with schools in our conference.

Registration for both Unified Track and Wrestling can be found here. Stay tuned for Spectator Guidance, which will be released on Monday, May 3. 

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The MHS Class of 2021 is having a Car Wash Fundraiser on Saturday, May 1 from 9-12 at Cunningham School.

MHS Boosters is excited to offer our Spring Pop Up store! By request, they have shorts, red sweatshirts and much more,  The site closes on May 7 and orders will be delivered to the Boosters and we will hold a pick-up day locally expected late May or early June.

MHS Boosters is pleased to offer our Spring Pop Up store!   All details in this link. 

COMMUNITY NEWS 

We are happy to provide Community News on behalf of local organizations. We recommend checking with the organizations below for any changes to the following events. 

Congregation Beth Shalom of the Blue Hills invites the wider Milton community to join us via Livestream as Milton Police Chief John King shares with us his thoughts, perspective and vision on what good policing looks like. April 30, Friday Night Shabbat Services at 7:45pm. Chief King at 8:15ish. Please use this Livestream link to attend:  https://venue.streamspot.com/56d42993. 

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The Milton Public Library has some terrific programs for students of all ages. Check out their upcoming events here. The main MPL website can be found here.

Please join the Milton Public Library and the Friends of the Library for a virtual visit with author Holly McGhee and illustrator Pascal Lemaitre. All details can be found here. They will be sharing their new picture book, What the World Could Make. We’ll have time to hear the story, and then can ask all of our questions about what it’s like to make books. Best of all, Holly speaks English and Pascal speaks French, so this will be a bilingual event.

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The Milton Interfaith Clergy Association invites the community to join together for the following event. Commemorating our Journey through Covid-19: A Community Gathering of Consolation, Healing and Hope. Presented by the Milton Interfaith Clergy Association on Sunday, May 16 from 3:00pm-4:00pm at the Milton Town Gazebo.

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Milton Art Center: Empower your young artist, ages 4-12 this summer with nine weeks of outdoor art programming starting June 28 to August 26 at the Milton Art Center. Weekly themed programs in clay, painting, fairy camp, mixed media, 3D sculpture and more run Monday-Thursday, AM and PM sessions. Sign up for one session or several on our website. 

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New England Base Camp—An outdoor adventure park located in the Blue Hills of Milton, NE Base camp offers a premier destination for parents who are looking to keep their kids engaged during April break. This hidden jewel offers top notch outdoor education and a fantastic opportunity for kids to get a full outdoor experience, something they may not have had much of a chance to do during the pandemic. The camp offers fun filled activities such as fire-building, outdoor cooking, archery, S.T.E.M programs, pioneering, environmental studies, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, arts and crafts, and creative arts such as animation, theatre, music and even ax throwing! The Camp, now open to the public, is owned and operated by the Boy Scouts Spirit of Adventure Council and follows all Covid-19 Protocols. Visit the NE Base Camp visit the website here.

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Brookwood Community Farm, 11 Blue Hill River Road, Canton, at DCR’s Brookwood Farm, is hosting the annual Seedling Sale in early May.  For those interested in seedlings there is an online signup for a time to park and shop in person. (Find sale FAQ’s here.) For those looking to help before or at the sale, there are also volunteer signups.  We need various help, including  “checkers” who count the plants purchased before someone goes to the cashier, and parking lot attendants at either Brookwood or Trinity Church.  To manage COVID restrictions,  the sale is spread out over a longer time.  The non profit farm depends on volunteers for events like this and for semi regular tasks on the farm along with opportunities like delivering food donations to one of our 7 partners or SNAP shares to Dorchester pickup locations.   

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Squantum Yacht Club offers sailing programs for youth. Call or text Jill Kourafas at 508 – 498- 9851 or visit their website for more information. 

SUPERINTENDENT SHOUTOUT 

Please join me in recognizing MHS teacher Jeny Gonzalez. Ms. Gonzalez has been nominated for the 2021 Commonwealth Heroine Award for the 6th Bristol District. State Representative Carole Fiola shares that Jeny has been an incredibly valuable resource in assisting the City with outreach and education for the vaccine. Thank you Jeny for your volunteerism!

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Some more good news! Sam Higgins, a graduating MHS senior, has been selected as a semifinalist for the prestigious U.S. Presidential Scholars Program!

The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964, by executive order of the President, to recognize and honor some of our nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors. In 1979, the program was extended to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts. In 2015, the program was again extended to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields. Each year, up to 161 students are named as Presidential Scholars, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students.

Sam will be attending the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia this fall to pursue a career in opera. Congratulations on your achievement, Sam!

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Thank you to my blog contributors this week: Jackie Morgan, Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Ellen Lohan, Jon Redden, Karen McDavitt, Sara MacNeil, Elaine McNeil-Girmai, Ryan Madden, Susan Maselli, Veronique Vendette, Bill Fish, Brian Selig, Karen Cahill, Patrick Manning, Mary Beth Callahan and Martha Sandoval.

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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April 15, 2021

To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
From: James F. Jette
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: April 15, 2021

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

This week our Pierce and MHS students began full days of school, both in person and in the remote model. Our schools continue to make adjustments day to day as needed. I have visited each of our schools in the past 2 weeks and have seen happy engaged students and our dedicated staff at work in every classroom I have dropped into. After April break, I will visit with our students and staff in the remote model and a link will be sent directly to students after the April break.

We are grateful that Covid metrics allowed for this model change in our schools in a safe and responsible way. However, we must remember that Covid is still very much with us and could disrupt our model at any time. In our schools, Covid precautions are ever present in our daily routines and we ask that it remain so at home. While we all have Covid fatigue, this is not the time to let our guard down. Very few of our students are vaccinated, and many adults in our Milton community are still not fully vaccinated. Covid continues to spread and the illness itself and the resulting quarantines per CDC guidelines continue to impact Milton and the Milton Public Schools. Please continue to follow all CDC and MA Department of Public Health guidance on mask wearing, social distancing, hand hygiene, and social gatherings to help us to Protect the Paw and keep our students and staff safe in school.

With the upcoming April break, I want to remind all in the MPS community about the MPS travel policy. On Monday, March 22, the Massachusetts Travel Order was replaced with a Travel Advisory. This new travel advisory urges all persons entering Massachusetts, including returning residents, to quarantine for 10 days upon their arrival if they have been out of the state for 24 hours or more. The Travel Advisory is the minimum requirement that MPS has to follow. Our MPS policy remains as a negative PCR test within 72 hours of returning OR a ten day quarantine for any out of state travel. An exception is made for travelers who are fully vaccinated (who have received two doses of either the Moderna or Pfizer COVID 19 vaccines OR who have received a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, 14 or more days ago) AND who do not have symptoms. MPS does not allow for any other exemptions that the state allows.

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As many of you know, the Town of Milton 2021 Annual Town Election will take place on Tuesday, April 27, 2021, from 7 am until 8 pm. Because three of our schools are used for the election (Cunningham, Tucker, and MHS), we will have to make a slight change in our schedule. 

On Tuesday, April 27, we will pivot from a full day of school to a half day for students.  All faculty and staff will remain for a full school day and utilize the afternoon time for collaboration and planning. The safety of our students and staff remains our top priority and is the reason behind the change to an early release day on April 27. As a result, the location of the election process in each of these three locations (Cunningham, Tucker and MHS) will be off limits for students during that day. We will employ the “Grab & Go” lunch distribution we have used all year long. The early release dismissal schedule will be similar to your school’s normal early release time: Collicot and Cunningham – 12:00pm; Tucker and Glover – 12:30pm; Pierce Middle School – 11:21am; Milton High School – 11:16am

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At last night’s School Committee meeting, we took the time to acknowledge and celebrate the contributions made by Sheila Varela and Dr. Kevin Donahue over the past 6 years as members of the Milton School Committee. Both Mrs. Varela and Dr. Donahue joined the Milton School Committee in April of 2015 and have spent the last 6 years working diligently on behalf of the students and staff of the Milton Public Schools as well as for the taxpayers of Milton.

Mrs. Varela began her involvement in Milton government and the Milton Public Schools even before her tenure with the Milton School Committee. She is an active Town Meeting member, past member of the PTOs at both Collicot and Pierce Middle School, prior member of the Milton Foundation for Education and known around town for her involvement in two successful overrides. 

Mrs. Varela enthusiastically took on her role as a School Committee member. In addition to chairing the School Committee, Sheila has participated on most, if not all, subcommittees of the School Committee which include Finance Subcommittee, Policy Subcommittee, Facilities Advisory Committee, and Health and Wellness Advisory to name a few. Mrs. Varela was instrumental in the development and implementation of the Transportation and Traffic Safety Advisory Committee.

Dr. Donahue has been invaluable to the Milton School Committee over his six-year term. During that time, he has served as chair, vice chair, and a supportive member whose quiet, calm and reassuring manner has helped all of us. If you were to ask his fellow School Committee members, I believe they would agree that we all count on Dr. Donahue’s level-headedness and always value his opinion.

Being a School Committee member is so much more than attending meetings twice a month. Like Ms. Varela, Dr. Donahue has sat on almost all of the Milton School Committee subcommittees. He has worked with his co-members on the Finance Subcommittee, Policy Subcommittee and Facilities Advisory Committee and was an integral member of the Negotiation Subcommittee.

On behalf of the Milton Public Schools, I would like to thank both Sheila Varela and Dr. Donahue, for their time, expertise and dedication to the Milton Public Schools. Although last night was their last meeting serving as School Committee members, their legacy and imprint on the Milton Public Schools will live on!

I wish you and your family a happy and restful April break (April 19-23) and I look forward to seeing all of our students and staff on Monday, April 26. 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE 

The next regular School Committee meeting will be on April 28, 2021, at 7pm in the Milton Access Studio, Rm 245 Milton High School. 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.

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES

  • Apr 19-23 April Break
  • Apr 27 Annual Town Election
  • Apr 27 Early Release Day
  • Apr 28 School Committee Meeting
  • May 3 Town Meeting Begins
  • May 5 School Committee Meeting

The full MPS calendar can be found here.

Pierce DEI Committee Invitation: Early in the winter, the Pierce Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee held several “family forums” as opportunities to bring parents and guardians together around their children’s experiences with school up to that point in the school year. In response to the ideas and opportunities that emerged from the family forums, we are pleased to invite all MPS parents, guardians and caregivers to attend several virtual workshops on a variety of topics. Each workshop will be facilitated by a panel of professionals with a broad range of experience and expertise in supporting families, children, and educators. Please click here for details about each workshop as well as registration information.

  • Workshop #1 – Parenting During a Pandemic: Where do we go from here? (4/29/21)
  • Workshop #2 – Healing Racial Trauma: Self-Care for Mind, Body and Spirit (5/12/21)

HEALTH AND SAFETY

COVID REPORTING: Each week, school districts report the number of positive cases in the Hybrid Model only to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (DESE). For the weeks of April 8 – April 14, MPS reported: 0 staff positive and 3 students positive.

The COVID page on our website continues to be updated with new FAQs added regularly. 

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS 

Since the beginning of April, remote students in Mrs. Walsh’s 2nd grade have written a poem every day. Our 2nd graders have written acrostic, cinquain, bio poem using similes, color poem using senses, fractured nursery rhymes, alliteration, and concrete poems. We are proud of our young poets!

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Collicot students in Mme Kramer’s 2nd grade classroom had a special virtual guest this week.  Mme Muhsin, MPS parent and French Immersion teacher, streamed into the classroom to teach students about Ramadan. Mme Muhsin began by reading the book “It’s Ramadan Curious George” and then allowed students to ask questions about Ramadan. Students learned that some Muslims fast during Ramadan which helps them think of the many people who are hungry everyday. Students also learned that it is customary to perform generous acts during Ramadan. After listening to the story and talking with Mme Muhsin, students drew and wrote about generous acts they could complete this month. Additionally, there have been videos created and resources gathered by Collicot students and families to teach the community more about Ramadan. Please enjoy these videos and links to read alouds about Ramadan if you are interested in learning more: A Ramadan Message from Laya, Grade 3; What is Ramadan video?, Noor Hakim, Grade 1 Student , &  Rayhana & Yaseen Kassim, grade 2; Link to Ramadan read alouds and resources.

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Glover gives “Duck Feet” to students who are following expectations as part of our PBIS initiative and two students from each grade read aloud on our weekly morning announcement video as part of this initiative. As a special thank you to our teachers and staff Glover students made duck feet at home to nominate teachers and others who have made a difference in their lives this year. On Wednesday, students surprised staff during the weekly morning announcement and awarded Glover staff duck feet instead of students to recognize the hard work that they have done to transition to this new model. Thank you Glover teachers and staff for your hard work!

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Mrs. d’Entrement’s Cunningham 5th graders got creative this week with their STEM project Using only paper, tape, and one wire for the handle, students created a pencil case with a lid. Students got creative with their designs and some students are using their creations daily in their classroom to hold items.

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MPS music teacher Emily Plunkett shares that the Elementary String Ensemble musicians, comprised of in-person and remote students, are so happy to be making music together! Students had their first in-person rehearsals last week. Although students have had Google Meets all year, this is the first time we have made music together in the same room. 

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Although it is still a few weeks away Tucker students are getting ready for their annual Unity Night. This past week students reflected on what being a Tucker student means to them and over the April break students will make submissions for a poster contest with an image that represents how Tucker has remained united tied to our Unity Night theme of “Be the Light”.

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The Collicot Grade 5 Community Service Project Results are in from the Iron Giraffe Challenge! With many thanks to our friends at the Bank of Canton, who generously donated the use of their coin-counter machine, grade 5 students were able to count the spare change collected in the water jugs in each Collicot classroom. We raised a grand total of $3,590 for Water for South Sudan.

SPECIAL EDUCATION

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

Parents and guardians of students with current ESY services will receive an email regarding ESY tomorrow.  We look forward to welcoming our students to ESY this summer! 

BICO Collaborative has sponsored a free professional development opportunity for families. Check out this youtube video on Understanding the Mental Health Implications of COVID for Students Returning to School presented by Dr. Craig Murphy. 

April is Autism Awareness Month! This year, the theme is Inclusion in the Workplace: Challenges and Opportunities in a Post-Pandemic World.  Check out this article to learn about the history of Autism Awareness Month. 

Unified Sports are starting in the spring season. Unified Track Team is an inclusive sports team consisting of students with and without disabilities. These student athletes will be competing together as teammates.  If you are interested in learning more, please email Coach Ashley Assarian at aassarian@miltonps.org.

EDUCATIONAL EQUITY

The latest edition of Behaving Equitably by Somaly Prak-Martins, Senior Director of Education Equity, contains some powerful information and resources. It also has an informative piece about Ramadan which I encourage you to read. Please see her full Behaving Equitably newsletter with more information about Black Lives Matter, Ramadan and ongoing equity work in the Milton Public Schools at this link.

MPS SUMMER

Milton Summer Enrichment: We are excited to share that MSE is on for summer 2021! The program will run from July 6-30th from 8:30-12:30, Monday through Friday. As in past years, activities will include Art, music, STEM, athletic skill clinics, STEAM and more. We will also offer recreational activities including sports and board games! With the exception of classes held in the field house or outside, all classes will be capped at 12 students to allow for adequate social distancing. Please keep this in mind, classes will fill quickly. The cost of the program is 2 courses $450, 4 Courses $800, Pre–K $824 and a family max of $1,875.

The MSE 2021 brochure will be available the week of April 25. It will be shared in Superintendent Jette’s blog, principal communications and on the MPS website. Registration will begin the week of May 3. More details on registration will follow.

An application for high school students serving as a volunteer or paid Red Shirt will be shared by MHS Guidance after April break.

Camp Cunningham: Camp Cunningham is looking forward to a great summer! The CC team is working to implement a series of adjustments that will ensure a safe and fun environment for our campers. We are able to accommodate 72 campers and participants must be currently enrolled as MPS students entering grades 1- 6 in the fall of 2021.

All details on Camp Cunningham can be found here and please read the Camp Cunningham welcome letter here. Registration for Camp Cunningham 2021 is open at this link.

TRANSPORTATION UPDATE

Families wishing to register their child to ride the bus in the full return to school model may do so now until Wednesday, April 21.  Passes will be processed and mailed the week of April 26 for ridership beginning the week of May 3.  The fee to ride for the remainder of the school year is $90 for all students.  There are multiple routes with waiting lists and registration is not a guarantee of a seat on the bus. Seats will be assigned prioritizing students living furthest from their assigned school.  Please use this link to register students for the bus: Bus Registration 2020-2021. Please email bus@miltonps.org with any questions. 

FOOD SERVICE 

With the return to a full in person model throughout MPS, we have ended our weekly drive through pick up.  We have emailed a survey to our fully remote families to schedule weekly pick ups of 5 days of breakfasts and lunches each week. 

Students who are in school for a full day will have the option to receive a school lunch each day.  All school lunch continues to be offered free of charge to all students. All menus and details can be found at this link. 

There are additional resources available to our community, including Project Breads Food Source Hotline. If you need food assistance, please call 800-645-8333 to learn about resources available to help you. Additional local resources are listed at this link

The Milton Public Schools is committed to being a resource for you. At any time, please 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.

PTO UPDATES 

The Glover School PTO shares the following about the Glover School – 2021 Brick Fundraiser! 
Calling all Glover Families – PAST and PRESENT! Reserve a prominent place in The Glover Elementary School history for yourself or a loved one by purchasing a commemorative brick with a personalized message to be installed at Glover. This is the perfect way to recognize a birthday, graduation, commemorate the years your family has been at Glover, or to show sympathy or appreciation. Please place your order by April 17. 

Your contribution will go towards the creation of a brick pathway by the main entrance and additional proceeds will benefit the 2021 Glover School 5th Grade Class to celebrate their last year and class gift. All details can be found here.

MSAPC

The Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition shares that prevention starts early and it starts at home. Tip #6 is at right. For lots of tips and resources for parents and guardians about steps to take to help prevent teen use of drugs and alcohol, please visit our website and follow us on Facebook.

The MSAPC also has a variety of social-emotional learning webinars available on its website. Listen and watch on your own timeframe to these recorded webinars. 

ATHLETICS

Please see the following from AD Ryan Madden

Thank you to all who attended the MHS Spring Sports information meeting this week.  The PowerPoint with information about the spring season is linked here.

The pre-season and tryout schedule for Spring Sports  is posted here and you can register your student at this link. Registration for Spring Sports will close on Wednesday, April 21 at noon. 

Students must be registered on Family ID and have turned in a valid physical to the Main Office. Please confirm that your student is cleared here

The MHS Baseball Team is hosting a car wash on Saturday, April 17th from 9 am  to noon at Cunningham School.

COMMUNITY NEWS 

We are happy to provide Community News on behalf of local organizations. We recommend checking with the organizations below for any changes to the following events. 

The Milton Interfaith Clergy Association invites the community to join together for the following event. Commemorating our Journey through Covid-19: A Community Gathering of Consolation, Healing and Hope. Presented by the Milton Interfaith Clergy Association on Sunday, May 16 from 3:00pm-4:00pm at the Milton Town Gazebo

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The Milton Public Library has some terrific programs for students of all ages. Check out their upcoming events here. The main MPL website can be found here.

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Milton Early Childhood Alliance shares their spring programming below.  All MECA programs are free! Please see this link for information about:

  • Preschool Playgroup Series
  • Nature Tales – Animal Movements
  • Getting Ready for Kindergarten
  • Nature Tales – Animal Five Senses
  • Children’s Concert
  • StoryWalks® Around Town – Part of Milton Moves! Found at the Trailside Museum, Milton Cemetery,  Houghton’s Pond 

Nature TalesJoin us for a free, fun, literacy and STEM series with animals and staff from the Trailside Museum.  Programs are designed for children ages 2.9 to 7 years old and their parent or guardian and will include a story, movement, 2 live animal encounters, and time for questions and answers.

  • Animal Movements – Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 11:00 AM
    (re-scheduled from March 27th)
  • Sessions will be held live, via Zoom. Please register here to receive the link and password to this Zoom session.

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Milton Art Center: Empower your young artist, ages 4-12 this summer with nine weeks of outdoor art programming starting June 28 to August 26 at the Milton Art Center. Weekly themed programs in clay, painting, fairy camp, mixed media, 3D sculpture and more run Monday-Thursday, AM and PM sessions. Sign up for one session or several on our website. 

New England Base Camp—An outdoor adventure park located in the Blue Hills of Milton, NE Base camp offers a premier destination for parents who are looking to keep their kids engaged during April break. This hidden jewel offers top notch outdoor education and a fantastic opportunity for kids to get a full outdoor experience, something they may not have had much of a chance to do during the pandemic. The camp offers fun filled activities such as fire-building, outdoor cooking, archery, S.T.E.M programs, pioneering, environmental studies, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, arts and crafts, and creative arts such as animation, theatre, music and even ax throwing! The Camp, now open to the public, is owned and operated by the Boy Scouts Spirit of Adventure Council and follows all Covid-19 Protocols. Visit the NE Base Camp visit the website here. 

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Brookwood Community Farm is holding their annual Seedling Sale in early May.  To be compliant with state guidelines for outdoor gatherings due to COVID and to manage within our parking limits, everyone must sign up to visit our sale. Start dreaming and planning what you will grow this season and then make it happen. Please read our FAQs before going to our sale signup link here. Thank you in advance for trusting us to provide a great start to your gardening efforts in 2021! Some CSA shares are still available. Please see this link for details. 

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Thank you to my blog contributors this week: Jackie Morgan, Ellen Lohan, Jon Redden Karen McDavitt, Sara MacNeil, Elaine McNeil-Girmai, Somaly Prak-Martins, Ryan Madden, Emily Plunkett, Susan Maselli, Tanya Walsh and Martha Sandoval.

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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April 8, 2021

To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
From: James F. Jette
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: April 8, 2021

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

This week we welcomed our elementary students to our schools as they transitioned from a hybrid model to a full day model. Our elementary students who remain in the remote model are also getting used to new routines and enjoying a full day of school with their remote classmates and teachers. Overall, this week has been a success as teachers, staff, students, and families worked collaboratively to problem solve for the benefit of all in this new model. 

Our elementary principals have been communicating with families regularly, especially during this transition. If you are not receiving school based emails, please reach out to your principal or administrative assistant now. As each school has individual characteristics and challenges, it’s important to stay abreast of updates within your school community.

Tucker students and staff were excited to welcome United States Representative Ayanna Pressley to Tucker School this week for an opportunity for her to commend the students and staff on a job well done with this new transition! Representative Pressley also took some time to share a video message with all students to ensure she reached those participating in our remote model.  In addition to commending their hard work in school she reminded everyone to continue to follow health and safety expectations and thanked our hardworking teachers and staff. It was an exciting and appreciated visit for the Tucker Community!

Pierce and MHS students will begin the full day in person model on April 12, with many students attending school every day for a full day of school while some students will remain in our full remote model. Please be sure to read all principal communications so you understand expectations going forward. MHS and Pierce teachers and administrators are working with all remote and in person students to ensure they are aware of all guidelines in the new model. 

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Thank you, Jackie Morgan and the MPS Food Service staff!

As we transition to full days, our Food Service model is changing. All details on lunch at your child’s school can be found in your principal’s weekly emails and we will also continue to support remote families with meal pick up at our schools. I want to take this opportunity to thank and recognize Jackie Morgan and her Food Service staff who have pivoted and adjusted their model multiple times and creatively kept our school community supplied with tasty and healthy food since March of 2020. From the initial days of full remote to summer food distribution, to the hybrid model, through holidays and school vacations, Jackie and her team have responded to the changing needs of our community in thoughtful and creative ways. Please join me in thanking Jackie Morgan and her Food Service team for their exceptional work over the last 13 months. 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE 

The Milton School Committee invites you to participate in the Open Public Hearing to discuss all matters relating to the proposed Fiscal 2021-2022 School Budget on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 6:30pm Milton Access Studio, Rm 245 Milton High School. If you are unable to attend, please feel free to email comments/questions to the Milton School Committee at schoolcommittee@miltonps.org.

The next regular School Committee meeting will be on April 14, 2021, at 7pm in the Milton Access Studio, Rm 245 Milton High School. 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.

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES

  • Apr 12 6-12 Full In Person Model Change
  • Apr 19-23 April Break

The full MPS calendar can be found here.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

COVID REPORTING: Each week, school districts report the number of positive cases in the Hybrid Model only to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (DESE). For the weeks of April 1 – April 7, MPS reported: 1 staff positive and 10 students positive.

The COVID page on our website continues to be updated with new FAQs added regularly. 

While positive Covid numbers are down from our winter peak, after a recent plateau, numbers are now climbing in Milton and in Massachusetts. We need Milton Covid numbers to stay low to Protect the Paw and keep our students and staff safe in school. With the upcoming April break, now is not the time to let our guard down. Please continue to follow all CDC and MA Department of Public Health guidance on mask wearing, social distancing, hand hygiene, and social gatherings. 

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

MHS Art teacher Miyoung Lee shares that students in Digital Photo recently took black and white photographs inspired by abstract photographer Aaron Siskind.  Students zoomed in on interesting art elements such as shapes, forms, values, textures and space, and practiced creating asymmetrically balanced compositions. You can see more student work inspired by Aaron Siskind at this link.

PIERCE PAGES

SPECIAL EDUCATION

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

April is Autism Awareness Month! This year, the theme is Inclusion in the Workplace: Challenges and Opportunities in a Post-Pandemic World.  Check out this article to learn about the history of Autism Awareness Month. 

SEPAC: Please join the Milton SEPAC on April 12 from 6:30-8:00pm as we welcome School Committee candidates Lizzy Carroll, Beverly Ross Denny, Susannah Harwell Hegarty and Kristin Kociol to a Candidates Forum. 

The intent of this forum is to give parents and guardians the opportunity to learn more about their respective platforms and to ask the candidates questions about topics that are important to you. This forum is open to all Milton residents.  Please use this zoom link to attend. 

We will welcome Cunningham parents of students in special education to our next coffee. We will meet virtually on April 13 at 7pm. The link to join can be found here or join by phone at 1 336-914-1213 (PIN: 317159998)

Unified Sports are starting in the spring season. Unified Track Team is an inclusive sports team consisting of students with and without disabilities. These student athletes will be competing together as teammates.  If you are interested in learning more, please email Coach Ashley Assarian at aassarian@miltonps.org.

Learning Prep School invites you to their free Speaker Series event: ADHD In Depth: From Identification to Management on Wednesday, April 14,  6-7:15 PM with Dr. David Stein, Pediatric Psychologist & Director at New England Neurodevelopment, LLC. All Speaker Series events are open to the public. This is a Virtual Event via Zoom.  Please register here

EDUCATIONAL EQUITY

Somaly Prak-Martins, Senior Director of Education Equity, shares the following. Please see her full newsletter with more information about the topics below at this link.

April is Celebrate Diversity Month, National Arab American Heritage Month, Ramadan and Autism Awareness Month.  There is so much to learn and to elevate.  In this week’s edition of Behaving Equitably we will explore some celebrations within the Southeast Asian  communities, Easter, bringing awareness to Autism and share some upcoming important dates. 

MILTON COMMUNITY SCHOOLS 

Camp Cunningham: Camp Cunningham is looking forward to a great summer! The CC team is working to implement a series of adjustments that will ensure a safe and fun environment for our campers. We are able to accommodate 72 campers and participants must be currently enrolled as MPS students entering grades 1- 6 in the fall of 2021.

All details on Camp Cunningham can be found here and please read the Camp Cunningham welcome letter here. Registration for Camp Cunningham 2021 is open at this link.

After School Enrichment: As our schools have now returned to a full-day model, Milton Community Schools (MCS) is very excited to announce the reopening of ASE as an outdoor pilot program this spring. Please read the full letter about ASE here. 

TRANSPORTATION UPDATE

Thank you to all of our elementary families for your patience as we rolled out new bus passes, routes and schedules this week. All elementary riders should have their new blue passes at this point, please note that students can only board the bus with this new blue pass.

All Pierce and MHS riders who were riding in the hybrid model and new registrants who have not been notified that they are on a waiting list will receive their passes this week. No student will be allowed to board the bus on Monday without a blue pass.

We ask for your help in reinforcing expectations on the bus. Please remind your student not to eat on the bus, to adhere to their seat assignment, wear a mask at all times and to keep the windows open at their seat.

Please continue to arrive early for the bus and monitor the schedules posted on the MPS  Transportation page, as the schedule continues to be adjusted as traffic patterns and increased ridership/new routes are monitored for impact on the schedule.  Registration to ride the bus is currently closed. If there are seats available on routes we will notify families in the Superintendent’s blog and look to add riders after April vacation. Please email bus@miltonps.org with any questions. 

FOOD SERVICE 

With the return to a full in person model throughout MPS, we have ended our weekly drive through pick up.  We have emailed a survey to our fully remote families to schedule weekly pick ups. 

Students who are in school for a full day will have the option to receive a school lunch each day.  All school lunch continues to be offered free of charge to all students. All menus and details can be found at this link. 

There are additional resources available to our community, including Project Breads Food Source Hotline. If you need food assistance, please call 800-645-8333 to learn about resources available to help you. Additional local resources are listed at this link

The Milton Public Schools is committed to being a resource for you. At any time, please 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.

PTO UPDATES 

The Glover School PTO shares the following about the Glover School – 2021 Brick Fundraiser! 
Calling all Glover Families – PAST and PRESENT! Reserve a prominent place in The Glover Elementary School history for yourself or a loved one by purchasing a commemorative brick with a personalized message to be installed at Glover. This is the perfect way to recognize a birthday, graduation, commemorate the years your family has been at Glover, or to show sympathy or appreciation. Please place your order by April 17. 

Your contribution will go towards the creation of a brick pathway by the main entrance and additional proceeds will benefit the 2021 Glover School 5th Grade Class to celebrate their last year and class gift. All details can be found here.

MSAPC

The Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition shares that prevention starts early and it starts at home. Tip #5 is at right. For lots of tips and resources for parents and guardians about steps to take to help prevent teen use of drugs and alcohol, please visit our website and follow us on Facebook.

The MSAPC also has a variety of social-emotional learning webinars available on its website. Listen and watch on your own timeframe to these recorded webinars. 

ATHLETICS

Please see the following from AD Ryan Madden

Thank you to all who attended the MHS Spring Sports information meeting this week.  The PowerPoint with information about the spring season is linked here.

The pre-season and tryout schedule for Spring Sports  is posted here. You can register your student at this link.

Students must be registered on Family ID and have turned in a valid physical to the Main Office. Please confirm that your student is cleared here

COMMUNITY NEWS 

We are happy to provide Community News on behalf of local organizations. We recommend checking with the organizations below for any changes to the following events. 

The Milton Interfaith Clergy Association invites the community to join together for the following event. Commemorating our Journey through Covid-19: A Community Gathering of Consolation, Healing and Hope. Presented by the Milton Interfaith Clergy Association on Sunday, May 16 from 3:00pm-4:00pm at the Milton Town Gazebo

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The Forbes House Museum Lincoln Contest deadline is Monday, April 12. There’s still time to enter your drawing or essay into the Forbes House Museum’s Lincoln Contest. Winners will be awarded prizes and have their work featured on a special Milton Access TV program this spring. Winning drawings will be featured in a special exhibition at the Forbes House Museum, with the chance for the grand prize drawing to become a temporary mural on the museum grounds this summer.

Submit your drawings and essays by placing them in the red bin located at the side entrance to the museum by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 12. For all the contest details, visit our website. Good luck!

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The Milton Public Library has some terrific programs for students of all ages. Check out their upcoming events here. The main MPL website can be found here.

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Milton Early Childhood Alliance shares their spring programming below.  All MECA programs are free! Please see this link for information about:

  • Preschool Playgroup Series
  • Nature Tales – Animal Movements
  • Getting Ready for Kindergarten
  • Nature Tales – Animal Five Senses
  • Children’s Concert
  • StoryWalks® Around Town – Part of Milton Moves! Found at the Trailside Museum, Milton Cemetery,  Houghton’s Pond 

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

Thank you to my blog contributors this week: Jackie Morgan, Ellen Lohan, Jon Redden Karen McDavitt, Elaine McNeil-Girmai, Ryan Madden, Miyoung Lee, Susan Maselli, Tanya Walsh and Martha Sandoval.

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.

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on April 8, 2021

April 1, 2021

To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
From: James F. Jette
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: April 1, 2021

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

On Monday, April 5, Collicot, Cunningham, Glover, and Tucker students will begin a full in person model with many students attending school every day for a full day of school while some students remain in our full remote model. There will be no hybrid model in elementary after today. 

Pierce and MHS students remain in the hybrid/remote choice model for one more week and will begin the full in person model on April 12, with many students attending school every day for a full day of school while some students remain in our full remote model.

We are excited for this next phase in our school year and are focused on the details of welcoming more students into school in the coming days, while maintaining the community and rigor of our full remote model.

All elementary families (full in person and full remote families) will receive detailed information from their principal this week. If you do not receive this, please reach out to your principal or school’s administrative assistant. Pierce and MHS families will receive logistical details on the school day next week. A few general points to note: 

  • School hours will revert to previous full day hours at each school. MHS 7:50-2:19; Pierce 7:57-2:26; Collicot and Cunningham 8:20- 2:49; Tucker and Glover 8:50-3:19
  • MPS will continue to offer a full remote model through the end of the school year.
  • We recognize that these next few weeks may bring some stress as well as excitement for students. Teachers are planning welcome activities with a focus on social emotional wellness. Additional support for students who may need it during this transition is always available through your child’s adjustment counselor. All contact information is in principal communications and school websites. 
  • Transportation updates are below and on the Transportation page of our website. 
  • We will offer limited After School Enrichment (ASE) later in the spring. Details will be sent to elementary families. There will be no before school care offered this spring. 
  • Due to lunch, space constraints and the need to keep all students and staff safe in our full in person model, MPS will be a peanut free district for the duration of this school year. All snacks and lunches that are brought to school must be peanut free. Details on lunch logistics have been or will be shared by your principal. 
  • The COVID page on our website continues to be updated with new FAQs added regularly. 

I want to thank and recognize our administrative assistants, custodial staff, food service staff, adjustment and guidance counselors, school nurses, Milton Consolidated Facilities staff, the transportation department, support staff and paraprofessionals who along with our teachers and administrators have worked tirelessly this year to implement our hybrid/remote choice model and now to shift to the new full in person/remote model. We have many unsung heroes operating behind the scenes to make the complicated logistics work and we so appreciate their efforts this year on behalf of all of our students.

While positive Covid numbers are down from our winter peak, after a recent plateau, numbers are now climbing in Milton and in Massachusetts. We need Milton Covid numbers to stay low to Protect the Paw and keep our students and staff safe in school. With the Easter holiday on Sunday and the upcoming April break, now is not the time to let our guard down. Please continue to follow all CDC and MA Department of Public Health guidance on mask wearing, social distancing, hand hygiene, and social gatherings. 

There is no school on Friday, April 2 in honor of Good Friday. If you celebrate Easter, I wish you and your family a Happy Easter and I wish all in the MPS community a restful long weekend.  We are looking forward to Monday in the Milton Public Schools! 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE 

The next School Committee meeting will be on April 14, 2021, at 7pm. All information about upcoming School Committee meetings is 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.

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES

  • Apr 2 No School – Good Friday
  • Apr 5 K-5 Full In Person Model Change
  • Apr 12 6-12 Full In Person Model Change
  • Apr 19-23 April Break

The full MPS calendar can be found here.

Support the MHS class of 2022 by going to The Yogurt Bar in Quincy – TODAY – Thursday, April 1. A portion of all sales will benefit the Junior Class. 

MHS Science Coordinator Amy Tom shares that the annual Cambridge Science Festival is launching today and running all month long. This is a great opportunity for our students and all information can be found on their website.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

COVID REPORTING: Each week, school districts report the number of positive cases in the Hybrid Model only to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (DESE). For the weeks of March 25 – March 31, MPS reported: 2 staff positive and 11 students positive.

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

MHS 2D Studio Art students recently completed a peer lesson. Students chose a paper sculpture from their peers in 3D Studio Art to base their own painting or drawing on. Students focused on value – the lightness and darkness of a surface – throughout the lesson. You can see some of their work below and at this link.

 

MHS students in the Launch Program are now accepting dog treat orders from the Milton community. To order your Paws Treats, please click here.   Questions? Please email the team at pawsabilitreats@miltonps.org. You can see a few of their happy customers below!

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MHS announces the April Vacation Driver’s Education course. Get all your Driver’s Education Hours done over April Vacation!

Who? Any Milton High School student who is at least 15 and 9 months on or before 4/19.  Since this is an online course, you must have a miltonps email account to access the course materials. This is why it is open to Milton High School students only. All details on Driver’s Education at MHS can be found here.\

PIERCE PAGES

Mr. Manning’s 7th graders wrapped up their custom sneaker design lesson this week. The design process consisted of creating a custom footprint, logo, a rearview, and a profile view of their sneaker. Students had a great time comparing each other’s designs. Mr. Manning finalized the lesson with a video from “Boston Got Sole” which is a sneaker convention held in Boston in the fall each year. Students watched kids their age buy, sell, and trade custom sneakers. Pierce students realized that sneakers play a big part of their culture and that sneakers are a billion dollar industry.

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Ms. Brandi’s Glover 1st graders learned about Amelia Earhart this week as they read the story Little People, BIG Dreams Amelia Earhart by Isabel Sanchez Vegara and watched a short video about Amelia Earhart to learn more about her. While they discussed her life and accomplishments, students did a guided drawing of Amelia Earhart.

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Cunningham 3rd grade students in Mr. Young’s class had a special visitor in their classroom this week, as Dr. Redden joined them to listen to persuasive letters written to him. To kick off this activity last week, students walked around Cunningham and looked for ways to improve the school. They then brainstormed ideas and were tasked with writing a letter to convince Dr. Redden to implement their ideas at Cunningham by sharing their bold opinion and providing reasons and examples to support it. Students also considered Dr. Redden’s responses and reasons why he may not agree with their opinions and included counter-arguments in their letters. Opinions ranged from adding to the playground structures, creating a motor break room, building a ninja warrior course, turning the cafeteria into a movie theater, creating an outdoor classroom, and starting a news and newspaper club. Now that they have shared their ideas, 3rd grade authors now anxiously await Dr. Redden’s feedback on their creative ideas.

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Tucker School has been practicing Mindfulness all March long with the assistance of our Mindfulness calendar and the help of resident expert Ms. Mary Beth Callahan. Ms. Mary Beth and Tucker art teacher Mrs. Gillooly have also been leading a virtual Mindfulness Club since January to help Tucker students use and practice these skills. Club member Seraphim Manson in Grade 3 recorded a special mindful moment this week that was shared with all students. Thank you to Seraphim for helping our students during Mindfulness March. 

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In the month of March, Collicot students and staff celebrated literacy. The month started with a Lexia and Lailo usage contest, and other activities included video book recommendations, staff read alouds and more. As a culminating activity, Collicot hosted literary character dress up day. Students and staff were encouraged to dress up as a favorite character from a beloved book. All participants had a great time walking the “red carpet” and showing off their favorite book characters.

SPECIAL EDUCATION

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

Learning Prep School invites you to their free Speaker Series event: ADHD In Depth: From Identification to Management on Wednesday, April 14,  6-7:15 PM with Dr. David Stein, Pediatric Psychologist & Director at New England Neurodevelopment, LLC.  This talk will provide an in-depth review of the basics of ADHD—what is it, why does it occur, and how do we identify it? In addition, the talk will provide an in-depth review of evidence-based interventions across medical, home, and school settings. All Speaker Series events are open to the public. This is a Virtual Event via Zoom.  Please register here

We will welcome Cunningham parents of students in special education to our next coffee. We will meet virtually on April 13 at 7pm. The link to join can be found here or join by phone at 1 336-914-1213 (PIN: 317159998)

SUMMER OPPORTUNITIES 

Please see this overview of each of our elementary summer programs. More details will be sent on each program as available. 

There are four programs available to elementary families this summer:  

Please see this document or enlarge the photos below for details on each program.

Camp Cunningham : The CC team is working to implement a series of adjustments that will ensure a safe and fun environment for our campers. We are able to accommodate 72 campers and participants must be currently enrolled as MPS students entering grades 1- 6 in the fall of 2021.

All details on Camp Cunningham can be found here and please read the Camp Cunningham welcome letter here. Registration for Camp Cunningham 2021 will open at noon on Wednesday, April 7 at this link.

COMMUNITY SCHOOLS 

Community Schools is excited to announce the offering of our April Vacation Camp. This limited capacity program will be in–person at the Collicot/Cunningham schools from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. We will adhere to all Milton Public Schools and CDC COVID-19 guidelines. Registration for April Vacation Camp is open at this link (FAMILY ID- MCS PROGRAMS) and you can also find all this information on the MCS website.

TRANSPORTATION UPDATE

All Elementary bus passes have been mailed for full return to school on April 5th.  Please remember that no RED passes will be accepted for ridership, only BLUE passes can be used and students must sit in their assigned seats.  

All seat assignments have been redone as the cohorts from hybrid learning were merged. All student(s) have new seats on the bus and students are required to sit in their new assigned seat.

Middle and High School bus assignments have been completed for the full return model beginning on April 12th, new passes will be mailed to all riders Monday April 5th. Current riders in the hybrid model have all been assigned to the bus for full return, new registrations have been processed and students placed on waiting lists have been notified.  Families owing bus fees have been billed and once fees are paid, their passes will be mailed. 

As of April 12th, no RED passes will be accepted for ridership on the bus for MHS and Pierce Students, only BLUE passes can be used and as with elementary, students must sit in their NEW assigned seat. All seat assignments have been redone as the cohorts from hybrid learning were merged. All student(s) have new seats on the bus and students are required to sit in their new assigned seat.

New schedules for all bus routes are posted on our website. Please familiarize yourself with these schedules as they are different from the current posted ones. Arrival and drop off times have shifted on all routes due to increased ridership every day.  As we do at the beginning of the school year, we ask that families be 10-15 min earlier than the posted times as buses may arrive earlier or later than posted until the actual schedules are established.  Please email bus@miltonps.org with any questions. 

Transportation Guidelines for the 2020-2021 School Year

On February 11, 2021 MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education(DESE) updated Transportation (school bus) guidelines as follows:

  • Eliminated capacity limitations and physical distancing requirements for elementary students 
  • Eliminated capacity limitations and physical distancing requirements for middle and high school students on buses, except for middle and high schools in districts with high community prevalence.
  • For middle and high schools in districts with high community prevalence, capacity limitations and physical distancing requirements on buses are amended to allow 2 students per bus bench.
  • Windows must be kept open at all times at least two inches
  • Students should be assigned to a single bus and a particular seat. 
  • Masks must be worn at all times.

In order to return Milton Public Schools to full in person learning MPS has adopted these changes.  MPS is legally required to transport students in Kindergarten through Grade Six who live two miles or more from school which necessitates full capacity buses on many elementary, middle and high school routes.  There are elementary buses at full capacity with up to three per bench and Pierce and MHS buses at full capacity with two per bench.  We have worked to keep siblings together whenever possible, but are unable to assign seats based on neighborhood or by stop due to the need to keep kindergarten and first grade students as close to the front of the bus as possible.

Please email bus@miltonps.org with any questions. 

FOOD SERVICE 

Our current food service model with Wednesday’s weekly drive through will continue for March 31 and April 7.

With the return to a full in person model throughout MPS, we will be ending our weekly drive through pick up.  Our last weekly drive thru with the Farmers to Families boxes will be April 7. We will be emailing a  survey to our fully remote families to schedule weekly pick ups. 

Once we begin the full in person model (April 5 for elementary, April 12 for MHS and Pierce) students who are in school for a full day will have the option to receive a school lunch each school day. 

FAMILY RESOURCES

The Milton Public Schools is committed to being a resource for you. Whether you are unsure how to connect with school staff or directly need a referral for services or supplies, please 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.

Are you looking for mental health, substance use disorders and addictions or family support resources?  The Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition has produced a valuable list of these resources to assist Milton children and youth and their families.  Please click here for a list of Hotlines and Helplines.

All updates on Family Resources – food, heating assistance, health insurance, financial assistance, contacts – can be found at this link.

ART AND MUSIC

As we wrap up Music In Our Schools Month, The MHS Music department highlights the last of outstanding senior musicians. We have featured our seniors to celebrate all of their accomplishments and contributions to the Milton music community.  You can read about this week’s seniors (shown below) in detail here.

Students in our Applied Music Lesson Program have been working hard preparing for virtual recitals. Flute teacher Ms. Chu and her high school flute students recently held their recital. You can see them performing duets together in the photo at right. Pictured: L – R Top: Mahina Panerio-Langer, gr. 12; Karen Chu, flute teacher; Madeleine Miller, gr. 11 Middle: Chloe Zhong, gr. 11; Abigail Raymond, gr. 11; Anna Hamblet, gr. 11 Bottom: Sydney O’Toole, gr.12; Katy Blackburn,gr. 11; Brynne Mershon, gr. 10

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Milton High School Students continue to be hard at work making music his year. Enjoy our second Cabaret which features performances of students collaborating with faculty members as well as work from students in the “Make Music” courses at MHS.

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Our elementary music teachers share that as we begin the transition to more in person learning, it has been very rewarding to look back at our remote journey in the elementary general music classes and recount the many ways our elementary music students were able to make and create music at home. In the fall, students created their own shakers, scrapers and drums to play along with activities that reinforced concepts in rhythm, timbre and expression. Students in grades 3, 4 and 5 completed their units on learning to play the recorder this week with amazing results. Students at every grade level were offered the opportunity to participate in “Music Share,” a designated class where students were able to “shine” by performing for their peers.

While teaching music remotely in our elementary schools has been the first of its kind and an adventurous journey, we feel that it was a rousing success! Attendance and enthusiasm remained high throughout these many months. Please enjoy a few of the many performances given by our elementary students at this link. Mrs. Allegrezza, Mr. Good, and Ms. Martin would like to thank our students’ grown-ups for their assistance and support, as well as our students who continue to inspire us every day!

ATHLETICS

Please see the following from AD Ryan Madden

The Athletics Presentation for Spring Sports that was scheduled for Thursday, April 1 has been postponed to Monday, April 5th at 6:30pm. I apologize for any inconvenience. Join the Zoom Meeting at this link. Meeting ID: 848 5776 8508; Passcode: te7cdvUXn7.  

The PowerPoint with information about the spring season is linked here.

There have been many questions about the start date. Please see below for clarification: 

  • Pre-season for the Spring will start on Monday, April 12. We understand that this is two weeks prior to the originally posted MIAA start date. Our Conference has voted to allow our spring athletes two extra weeks to start spring sports to prepare for a very condensed season. Tryouts will still start on Monday, April 26. 
  • From April 12 to April 25, all practices will be optional, though strongly encouraged. Students opting not to attend – or unable to attend – will still be afforded a tryout beginning April 26th. From April 26 on, all sessions are mandatory.
  • Participation in the two week pre-season does not guarantee a spot in the program or on a Varsity Team.
  • On Thursday, April 8, a schedule will be released for our two week pre-season. Students still participating in Fall II Sports may not participate until they have finished their season and have taken TWO (2) days off.
  • Once tryouts begin on Monday, April 26, we plan to make cuts by Wednesday, April 28 and Thursday, April 29. For students that may be cut from a sport, they are more than welcome to join one of the following non-cut sports; Rugby, Outdoor Track, Unified Track.

Please be sure to register at this link in the next two weeks! 

There are two ways to support our athletes this weekend. We’ve got Cans AND Cars for ‘Cats!

COMMUNITY NEWS 

We recommend checking with the local organizations below for any changes to the following events.

The Milton Public Library has some terrific programs for students of all ages. Check out their upcoming events here. The main MPL website can be found here.

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Thank you to my blog contributors this week: Jackie Morgan, Ellen Lohan, Jon Redden, Andy Young, MaryBeth Callhan, Elaine McNeil-Girmai, Ryan Madden, Carolyn Brandi, Amy Tom, Patrick Manning, Susan Maselli, Martha Sandoval, April Allegrezza and Colleen Martin.

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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