January 14, 2021

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

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

This week, our Milton Public Schools students submitted essays, poems, artwork, and music for the Milton Interfaith Clergy Association celebration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday January 18 at 6:30 pm. All are invited to attend and information to attend can be found here. 

Pierce students used skills they have learned in their writing and English Language Arts classes in their submissions, including the components of reflective writing in relation to a quotation with supporting ideas. We are proud of our Pierce students for their thoughtful and well written submissions. The theme this year comes from a speech Martin Luther King gave in March of 1964: “We must learn to live together as brothers (and sisters*) or perish together as fools.” *The original text is “brothers,” but we request the inclusive language addition of ‘and sisters’.

Our elementary students also submitted creative work as you can see here. Thank you to these Collicot students for sharing their work in honor of Dr. King.

The MHS Chorus assembled virtual performances for the celebration and we are pleased to share them here and here. Please take a moment to listen. The video to “Lead with Love” has all the lyrics, we encourage you to sing along from home as you listen.

In the process of learning “Changes” by Audrey Snyder, students reflected on the meaning of the song as it relates to the current state of the world and the town’s upcoming MLK Day Celebration. Some of their thoughtful responses can be seen below and  in the video, which you can watch at this link. We hope you enjoy the music!

 

MICA also has a wonderful opportunity to give back by safely volunteering at home, assembling blessing bags to be distributed to those in need. Details on assembling and dropping off Blessing Bags can be found here.

All are welcome to volunteer in the Day of Service activities and join in the MICA Celebration as we remember and honor the legacy of The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE

I will communicate with the MPS community by Tuesday, January 19 with our plans to meet the new DESE guidance on Student Learning Time published on December 31. At the School Committee meeting on January 20, we anticipate outlining our next phase to increase in person learning. 

The next School Committee meeting will be on January 20, 2021, at 7pm. You can watch School Committee meetings live on Milton Access TV online, live on Milton Access cable channels (Comcast 22, RCN 15), attend via Zoom (link to attend found on the Town of Milton SC page), or watch on-demand in the days following the meeting.

In addition, the Milton School Committee invites you to attend a Community Listening Session concerning the permanent Superintendent search on January 14 at 7pm. This is an opportunity for community members to give feedback on what is important to them in a permanent Superintendent. All details on attending can be found here.

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES

  • Jan 18 MLK Day, No School
  • Jan 20 School Committee Meeting
  • Jan 21 DEI Committees Meeting
  • Jan 28 Kindergarten Information Night

The full MPS calendar can be found here.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee Event: We invite you to join us on our journey for a more equitable Milton. Parents/guardians, community members, staff, and students are invited to participate via Zoom to learn and share ideas about how we can leverage school-based Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committees (formerly known as school-based Diversity Committees) to support critical equity work in the Milton Public Schools. This event is being offered in partnership by the Milton Public Schools and Citizens for a Diverse Milton. All details and the link to attend can be found here.

Kindergarten Information Night will be held on January 28, 2021, at 6:30 pm. We hope many incoming kindergarten parents and guardians will join us to learn about our programs and have an opportunity to ask any questions you might have.  This information session will take place virtually, and a link will be posted on our website before the event.  As we prepare to welcome our newest kindergarteners next September, the first step for families to take is to complete the pre-registration form found here.  Please note that your child must be five years old on or before August 31, 2021, to start kindergarten in September 2021.

Preschool Information Night: Thank you to all who attended the information night. All information presented can be found on our Preschool webpage.  The 2021-2022 Preschool Pre-registration Link can be found here. Children attending an MPS Preschool Program must be three years old on or before August 31, 2021.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

COVID TESTING: The Town of Milton will host a free, drive-through testing day on Sunday, January 17 from 10am – 3pm at the DPW Yard located at 629 Randolph Avenue. This testing is run through the Town and is open to all residents and employees and their families through the COVID testing agreement with Fallon Ambulance/ Transformative Healthcare. Please visit the Town of Milton website for more information. 

MPS and Manet Community Health Center will be holding a COVID-19 testing day at Milton High School on Saturday, January 23 from 10 am – 2 pm behind the building in the Copeland Field House. Manet Community Health Center will administer the PCR test for any MPS student and/or family member who registers for a test. Preregistration is required: please complete this registration form by Thursday, January 21 at 12 pm and email or fax your completed registration form to registration@manetchc.org.

MASK BREAK UPDATE: Beginning this week, MPS has paused group mask breaks for students after reviewing current community prevalence and recent changes to public health guidance that allows for a shortened quarantine period with continued mask wearing. Students who need a mask break will be allowed to do so individually in a setting separate from others with minimal interruption to class time. Students will continue to receive movement breaks and enjoy time outside (weather permitting.) If you have any questions or concerns, please email your school nurse.

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 week of January 7 – January 13, MPS reported: 4 staff positive and 20 students positive.

COVID GUIDELINES: All MPS updated COVID guidelines and policies can be found on our website. This page is current and updated regularly.

TRAVEL REMINDER: If you are considering traveling, please follow Massachusetts Travel orders linked here and adhere to MPS Policy that all students (regardless of age) and staff must provide a negative COVID 19 test taken upon 72 hours of arrival back in Massachusetts or quarantine for 10 days after travel before returning to in-person learning. Please see the most updated CDC travel guidelines and restrictions here. Please contact your school nurse with any questions.

FOOD SERVICE 

What is SNAP Food Assistance? SNAP, The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly known as food stamps), gives individuals and families money to buy food at grocery stores, convenience stores, and certain farmers’ markets. You have the right to apply for SNAP any time you need help.

If you have lost hours or your job due to COVID-19, if you were laid off or lost income and need help putting food on the table, SNAP food Assistance is here to help. All details can be found at this link. Visit our MPS Food Service webpage for details on SNAP and other programs.

This week’s produce box

Our weekly Food Service drive-through continues to be open EVERY  Wednesday.  Swing by to pick up a week’s worth of breakfasts, lunches, and a fresh box of produce! 

Weekly Pick Up: Weekly pick up is available at two different times on Wednesdays. Come to MHS 9:30-10:30 or 12:30-1:30 (please don’t arrive before 12:15 to allow for MHS pick up) to pick up 7 days of breakfast and lunches and a fresh produce box.

Grab and Go: Available each day as your student leaves school. Multiple breakfasts, lunches, and snacks are included in each bag. Students can take a grab and go bag with several breakfasts and lunches as they leave school each day.

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

MHS Senior Dominique Thomas shares the following about the MHS National Honor Society tutoring program.

The National Honor Society successfully launched its Virtual Tutoring Program this week. We are currently offering free tutoring sessions through Google Meet for any MHS student looking for some extra help. On days 1 and 3, NHS volunteers are available to provide homework help and organization tips. Tutoring sessions run from 3:00-3:45 and are a great way to make sure students are in good standing in all of their classes. All details have been sent directly to students. We’re encouraging anyone who wants any assistance to join us! 

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Please see below for a piece from MHS Adjustment Counselor Jennie Beliveau.

We often hear about organizations having mission statements that explain what the goal of the organization is, who they serve, and its overall intention and purpose. But what about a person having a mission statement? What would your mission statement be?

Milton High School students were asked this question this week during an SEL activity in their advisory class. After watching a brief video created by the adjustment counselors, students engaged in conversations with their advisory teacher and other students about the different roles that they play in their lives. They then took each of their roles and thought about what intention and purpose they would like to set forth for 2021 in these roles. What kind of student, friend, sibling, child, employee, community member would they like to be as well as what their goals are in each of these roles. The students then combined all of these intentions into their 2021 mission statement.

It has been incredible to read through some of the thoughtful and purposeful mission statements that the students created. Their desires to grow as individuals and to have a meaningful impact on their community and world is admirable.  We suggest that you ask your student about their mission statement and create one of your own. What is your 2021 mission statement and how are you and your family going to make a positive impact on our community? We would love to hear from you! Families are invited to email Ms. Beliveau with their mission statement.

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In addition to our online Driver’s Education course for Junior Operators, Milton High School will be offering a February Vacation Driver’s Education Course! MHS students that are 15 years and 9 months old or older: get all your classroom hours done during February vacation, then you can begin driving with a certified driving instructor!  Click here for more information on the February Vacation class and how to sign-up.  Please email Mr. Moonan at jmoonan@miltonps.org if you have any questions.

PIERCE PAGES

Mr. Ortiz’s 6th grade music students have been learning about Renaissance music and composers. Students wrote a story or a play using at least one Renaissance composer as a central character. Many of our students wrote creative and fun stories and we invite you to read student Bobby Naumes’ story here to get a feel for our student’s excellent work.

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

In a world where many things are different, some things remain the same, and Kindergarten Mystery Reader is one of those things! Students in Mrs. Kates’ Kindergarten enjoyed a virtual mystery reader as Mr. Cullinan streamed in to join the class to share the story “The Cool Bean” by Jory John,  and his daughter was excited to share this moment with her classmates.  We are grateful that the Kindergarten team at Glover has found a way to keep this tradition alive.

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Cunningham 3rd graders enjoyed a recent STEM lesson. Students used their worksheet to list materials, form a strategy, brainstorm potential plans and possible issues that may occur while constructing their snowflake, and showed what they envisioned for their final product. With 20 toothpicks and 25 mini marshmallows, students participated in two rounds of building: in the first round where they used all of their materials to create a unique snowflake, and in the second round they created a unique snowflake using the least amount of materials possible. You can see their process and results below.

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Student enrichment clubs have kicked off at Tucker! Our winter BOKS program, Building Our Kids Success, is being led by Tucker parent Sita Cochran and gives students an opportunity for some morning exercise. Tucker also kicked off a morning math program, led by former Tucker parent Stacey Solomon. Students are using breakout rooms and shared google slides as a way to work collaboratively on open ended math problems. It has been a pleasure giving our students opportunities to connect beyond the bell!

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Cunningham 3rd grade teacher Ms. Johnson coaches the Women’s Club Ice Hockey team at Curry College, and her 3rd grade students have paired up with her Curry players as pen pals this year. Students have exchanged letters and shared their interests about school, sports, the recent holiday season, and more. Our students and the Curry players are looking forward to continuing to write letters to each other until the end of the school year!

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Collicot 5th graders have started a new science unit, Mixtures and Solutions. Students read from the new Mixtures and Solutions science text and then answered questions in a slide presentation. In addition to the slideshow, students observed phase changes while making a peppermint lined candle. Students watched the solid-state (wax flakes), liquid state (melted wax), and gas state (steam from melted wax). 5th grade scientists enjoyed observing the states of matter in action and presenting the finished product, a peppermint lined candle, to their families.

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Cunningham 3rd grade students recently wrapped up a lesson learning about American artist, Jean-Michel Basquiat and made these stunning dinosaur pictures. Thank you to Mrs. Bernini for sharing her student’s art. 

 

Thank you, Ms. Whitten!

Glover Occupational Therapist, Sarah Whitten, has put together this video to help support students and families with executive functioning skills within this unconventional learning environment. This video is well worth your time to watch. 

SPECIAL EDUCATION

Administrator for Pupil Personnel Services, Sue Maselli shares the document “Preparing for Your Student’s Initial Eligibility Meeting for Special Education” here. This document is designed to help outline what to expect at each stage of this process.

COMMUNITY SCHOOLS

Community Schools invites you to their 2nd Family Virtual Event.

Join us for a FREE evening of fun, family art. Grab your duct tape and card making supplies to create wallets, tote bags, and pop-up Valentine’s cards…see you there! Sign up for the free event here. 

MILTON FOUNDATION FOR EDUCATION 

The Milton Foundation for Education has been funding initiatives for the Milton Public Schools for decades. This year, the MFE has found themselves unable to fundraise in their traditional way, yet the need for our schools and student communities has never been greater. Thank you to the MFE for funding the safety banners above for each of our schools! Please consider making a donation to the MFE at this link to continue this critical work this year.

ART AND MUSIC


The Milton Instrumental Applied Lesson Program has openings for beginning students for Session 2 starting the end of this month! The program has spots available on the following instruments: Violin, Viola, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet,  Trombone, Baritone and Tuba. If you have a student who would like to start taking lessons on one of these instruments, please contact Rebecca Damiani – rdamiani@miltonps.org. Information for Session 2 can be found here: ALP Session 2 Registration All information for beginning students can be found here: ALP Beginner Registration

ATHLETICS

Winter sports have begun! As a reminder, there are no spectators allowed at any events this season. We are offering a free live stream for each game.

Please search YouTube for Milton Access TV and the game will start streaming roughly 2-3 minutes prior to the scheduled start.

There will be a few games that are not streamed over YouTube and instead will be streamed live on our Twitter Account (@MHS_Wildcats_). Please check this Athletics link for schedules to see which games are streamed via YouTube or Twitter.

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 next week’s activities here. 

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The Milton Early Childhood Alliance has a series of programming for young children and families that I hope you will explore. All details on the following events can be found here. 

Preschool Playgroup Series – Join us for some stories, songs, movement, and engaging activities created just for 3, 4, and 5 year old children, accompanied by an adult. This playgroup series will meet virtually on Zoom each Thursday for 6 weeks, from January 21st through February 25th at 10:30 AM. Activity bags, filled with supplies and materials, will be available for pick up and include everything needed to participate in this playgroup series! Completion of the Ages & Stages Questionnaire, to help better understand your child’s growth and development, will be requested of you. Registration is required and can be completed here. Upon completion of this series, you will receive children’s books for you and your child to enjoy together!

Nature Tales Series – Animal Habitats! Join us for a STEM and Early Literacy adventure virtually at the Trailside Museum. This event will be held on Zoom on Saturday, January 23rd 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 password and can be completed here. Additional programs and dates: March 27, 2021 Animal Movements; and May 22, 2021 Animal Five Senses. Many thanks to our Kindergarten T-shirt sponsors for their generous support of this programming!

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Milton National Little League Registration: Registration is now open for Milton National Little League’s Spring 2021 season. Please register here  Milton National Registration. Milton National Little League prioritizes safety and complies with all Massachusetts Youth Sports COVID Guidelines and will follow the most current safety and best practice recommendations. Financial assistance is also available. Please email league president Mike Carthas at michaelcarthas@gmail.com with any questions. 

SUPERINTENDENT SHOUTOUT

We are excited to follow Reilly’s work as our Project 351 Ambassador.

The Commonwealth’s Project 351 celebrates the ethic of service, youth leadership, and the unifying and uplifting power of community. We are pleased to share that Pierce eighth grade student Reilly Bergin has been selected as Milton’s Project 351 Ambassador.

The following comment was submitted by one of Reilly’s teachers as part of the recommendation process: “She is one of our strongest proponents of inclusivity. Whether it be a small group project or her tireless work with Best Buddies, Reilly stops to make sure that every voice is heard, and is left knowing they’re a valued contributor.” Another teacher added, “She stands out as someone who is willing to put in extra to make someone else’s day a little better. She is an active participant sharing ideas about how to make Pierce positive and inclusive.”

Please join us in congratulating Reilly on this special honor!

Thank you to my blog contributors this week: Kim Coughlin, Susan Maselli, Jackie Morgan, Ellen Lohan, Ryan Madden, Bernadette Butler, Jon Redden, Kristen Driscoll, Jennie Beliveau, Cat DesRoche, Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Sara MacNeil, Elizabeth Johnson, Dominique Thomas, and Bill Fish.

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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January 7, 2021

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

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

The past 24 hours have been a tumultuous and upsetting time for our nation. A state-wide election in Georgia with national consequences and a routine event of certifying the presidential election results on Capitol Hill were enough to have many of us already on edge even before yesterday’s events at the Capitol Building. What we witnessed yesterday brought to the forefront the feelings of fear, inequities, disbelief, and anger for many people as rioters pushed past police who were trying to block them from entering the Capitol Building as Congress counted electoral college votes confirming President-elect Biden’s victory. Many of you may have also been impacted by what happened in our country yesterday. The acts of terrorism, blatant displays of hate remind us how important it is for the Milton Public Schools to continue our work of inclusivity and provide our students and staff with the support they need, and continue with our work on anti-racism and developing a strong community culture of acceptance and equity.

In the Milton Public Schools, we look at these events through the lens of educators and how they will impact our students. As people, we of course have personal beliefs and emotions. Personally, I felt shock, anger, sadness, and disbelief. As educators, we recognize that this is not the time for us to express our opinions; this is a time to facilitate discussions, acknowledge students’ feelings, and practice empathy.

It is normal for students to look to the adults in their school to have the answers to their questions. In situations like this, we often don’t have the answers as we can be searching for them ourselves. What we can do is listen, acknowledge what has happened, acknowledge how we feel, and reiterate that whatever feelings our students have are real and valued. That is what happened in each of the Milton Public Schools this morning. MPS faculty, staff, and administrators met this morning prior to the students’ arrival to prepare for their arrival and allow for them to have a safe space physically, socially, and emotionally to ask questions and share their feelings.

As we try to make sense of what happened yesterday and what it means for us as individuals, as a community, and as a country, our thoughts are with our nation as our lawmakers continue to navigate maintaining our country’s democracy.

In this unsettling time, many of us look to traditions to maintain a sense of calm. The Milton Interfaith Clergy Association’s Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration is one such beloved tradition that I hope you will consider attending.

The theme of this year’s celebration is We Must Learn to Live Together as Brothers and Sisters or Perish as Fools. The MICA celebration will be on January 18 at 6:30pm and will be held virtually. The link to attend will be available here, before the event.

In addition, MICA has a wonderful opportunity to give back by safely volunteering at home, assembling blessing bags to be distributed to those in need. They invite the community to contribute Blessing Bags by collecting their contents, assembling them (in a safe manner consistent with COVID-19 guidelines) and delivering them to St. Michael’s by 11am on Monday, January 18. MICA volunteers will bring the Blessing Bags downtown for distribution to the MANNA community during its weekly Monday Lunch Program.

This is a family-friendly service project that can be accomplished at home, and support a population that is increasingly vulnerable, and fearful of whatever lies ahead for them. Here is a list that you can carry with you when you are next able to go shopping or collaborate with others in gathering what you need.

All are welcome to volunteer in the Day of Service activities and join in the MICA Celebration as we remember and honor the legacy of The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE

At last night’s School Committee meeting, several parents spoke during Citizen’s Speak, I gave an update to the School Committee, addressed some Frequently Asked Questions, the School Committee voted on the 2021-22 school year calendar, and more. My presentation including FAQs can be found here.  The newly approved 2021-22 School Year calendar can be found here. This calendar is intended as a guide ONLY. It may be necessary to change this schedule to better serve instructional purposes. You can watch the meeting (and all SC meetings) On-Demand at Milton Access TV in the days following the meetings.

The next School Committee meeting will be on January 20, 2021, at 7pm. You can watch School Committee meetings live on Milton Access TV online, live on Milton Access cable channels (Comcast 22, RCN 15), attend via Zoom (link to attend found on the Town of Milton SC page), or watch on-demand in the days following the meeting.

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES

  • Jan 7 Preschool Information Night
  • Jan 18 MLK Day, No School
  • Jan 20 School Committee Meeting
  • Jan 28 Kindergarten Information Night

The full MPS calendar can be found here.

Preschool Information Night is TONIGHT – January 7, 2021, at 6:30 pm.  Preschool staff and administrators will highlight programs offered as well as answer any questions families may have. This information session will take place virtually, and a link will be posted on our website before the event. To get an idea of the programs MPS has to offer, please visit our Preschool webpage.  Details and specifics about programs for the SY ‘21-’22 will be posted to our website shortly.  Children attending an MPS Preschool Program must be three years old on or before August 31, 2021.

Kindergarten Information Night will be held on January 28, 2021, at 6:30 pm. We hope many incoming kindergarten parents and guardians will join us to learn about our programs and have an opportunity to ask any questions you might have.  This information session will take place virtually, and a link will be posted on our website before the event.  As we prepare to welcome our newest kindergarteners next September, the first step for families to take is to complete the pre-registration form found here.  Please note that your child must be five years old on or before August 31, 2021, to start kindergarten in September 2021.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

COVID TESTING: The Town of Milton will host two additional, free, drive-through testing days – Sunday, January 10 and Sunday, January 17, both from 10am – 3pm at the DPW Yard located at 629 Randolph Avenue. This testing is run through the Town and is open to all residents and employees and their families through the COVID testing agreement with Fallon Ambulance/ Transformative Healthcare. Please visit the Town of Milton website for more information. 

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 week of December 31 – January 6, MPS reported: 6 staff positive and 16 students positive.

Some additional information you may find helpful:

  • DESE does not report out on the number of positive COVID 19 cases for students or teachers that are in full remote
  • DESE does not collect or report out on the number of people (staff or students) that are considered “close contacts.”
  • Each Wednesday afternoon, the above data is reported to DESE, and DESE publishes this information on their website on Thursdays.
  • The data collection period is from Thursday – Wednesday.

COVID GUIDELINES: All MPS updated COVID guidelines and policies can be found on our website. This page is current and updated regularly.

TRAVEL REMINDER: If you are considering traveling, please follow Massachusetts Travel orders linked here and adhere to MPS Policy that all students (regardless of age) and staff must provide a negative COVID 19 test taken upon 72 hours of arrival back in Massachusetts or quarantine for 14 days after travel before returning to in-person learning. Please see the most updated CDC travel guidelines and restrictions here. Please contact your school nurse with any questions.

FOOD SERVICE 

Our weekly Food Service drive-through continues to be open EVERY  Wednesday.  Swing by to pick up a week’s worth of breakfasts, lunches, and a fresh box of produce!

Weekly Pick Up: Weekly pick up is available at two different times on Wednesdays. Come to MHS 9:30-10:30 or 12:30-1:30 (please don’t arrive before 12:15 to allow for MHS pick up) to pick up 7 days of breakfast and lunches and a fresh produce box.

Grab and Go: Available each day as your student leaves school. Multiple breakfasts, lunches, and snacks are included in each bag. Students can take a grab and go bag with several breakfasts and lunches as they leave school each day.

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

MHS Adjustment Counselor Jennie Beliveau shares the following.

“Every child deserves a champion: An adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connections, and insists they become the best they can possibly be.” 

Thank you to the MFE for funding our visiting bags!

Teachers and staff members who work in Milton Public Schools have always prided themselves on creating strong connections with students and families. With the current hybrid and remote learning models, we are continuing to find creative ways to build these connections and enhancing engagement in learning. As an adjustment counselor at the high school, I have seen teachers go above and beyond in reaching out to students who have struggled with being engaged in their classes and completing their work to their full potential. One way we have attempted to increase engagement is through driveway visits, visiting students outside of their homes to build connections and provide support. Through a recent grant funded by the Milton Foundation for Education, we have created small goody bags to be given to students when we do these visits. Stress balls, playing cards, positive affirmation wristbands, and other small items are included to put a smile on the student’s face and to build connection through seeing the student in person. Thank you to the MFE for funding this important initiative. We are all in this together!

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Milton High School is offering an online Driver’s Education course for Junior Operators. You must be 15 years and 9 months old to register. The program includes the 15 modules required classroom training, 12 hours of behind the wheel instruction, and 6 observation hours. We are also accepting transfers from other driving schools for driving hours. More information can be found on the Milton High School Driver’s Education website.

Please email James Moonan  or Richard Guarino with any questions.

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Glover students in Mrs. Dow’s 4th and 5th grade remote class have spent the week reflecting on the past year, and instead of making a resolution, they decided to pick one word that they will focus on for the year 2021. This word will help them focus on the kind of person they want to be in 2021 and fits in all aspects of their life. To help them choose a word that would fit them best and last all year, they thought about the type of person they want to be, how they want others to describe them, and what their short term goals are. Each student then completed an online activity that displayed their word, what their word means to them, two ways they will apply this word to their lives, and a picture that represents this word to them. Mrs. Dow and her students are on their way to a positive 2021!

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PearDeck is a terrific remote teaching and learning tool!

Cunningham remote 5th grade teacher Miranda Watrous has been using PearDeck to turn Everyday Math lessons (that were once projected on a SmartBoard) into editable slides that students can look at and annotate live together. Every student has their own copy of the slides open and students use the drawing tool on PearDeck to show their math work. Ms. Watrous projects the main slide with the question and students do their solving work on their own devices. The teacher can view all student work live, as they are responding, in the Teacher Dashboard view and can then project to the rest of the class examples of student work that they want to share out. The class occasionally uses breakout rooms during this time as well, sending students to solve problems in small groups. One student typically shares their screen to the small group and they discuss their solving strategies and answers as they go. Then, all students come back together and talk through the examples of a student solving work that helps them to best understand the correct methods for solving. Ms. Watrous shares, “I love PearDeck as a way to facilitate and proctor math learning remotely, as well as for just about any other subject!”

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Tucker Kindergarten students are proud to share their snowy rainbow collages. Students looked at the book The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats, learned the correct color order of a rainbow, and practiced making a collage for a snowy landscape.

1st and 2nd grade students at Tucker recently created self portraits of themselves as superheroes! Students had fun thinking about what their superpower would be and if they would have a sidekick. Students learned about space in art by overlapping and looked at Vincent Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” painting for inspiration for the sky of their cityscapes.

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STEM balloon rockets in 5th grade!

Cunningham 5th grade students extended their study of astronomy by using air to power rockets they built and launched as part of the STEM curriculum.  MPS students learn all about air as a part of their 1st grade science curriculum and were able to synthesize the knowledge about air and astronomy to complete this project. Check out this Cunningham 5th and his balloon rocket is this short and fun video! 

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For many, the holidays are the best time of the year, filled with family get-togethers, fun traditions, and lots of treats.  Yet, the holiday season can be hard for our senior citizens, in that they could not see loved ones, decorate, and shop like they used to. Covid -19 made it even harder for older people to celebrate this year, as many senior citizens have to be home in order to stay safe and healthy. In response, Collicot Grade 5 students created holiday cards that were distributed to senior citizens at Milton Residences for the Elderly. Collicot 5th graders look forward to more community service opportunities later this year as part of the Collicot Cares initiative.

AFTER SCHOOL ENRICHMENT 

The Winter 2021 ASE session of our virtual program is open for registration.  From Soccer to Fun Science, we have classes for everyone.  Check out our Brochure here to find a fun after school class for your student.

SPECIAL EDUCATION

Please see the update below from Administrator for Pupil Personnel Services, Sue Maselli.

Welcome back! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season. I would like to welcome Ms. Erica Vazquez to the Milton Special Education at Pierce Middle School in the role of School Psychologist. Erica writes:

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Erica Vazquez and I recently joined the Pierce community as the School Psychologist. I can be reached at evazquez@miltonps.org or 617-696-4568 ext 3334.

My credentials include a Bachelor’s in Psychology and a Master’s/C.A.G.S. in School Psychology. I’ve worked with students and families for the past seven years in various capacities – psycho-educational evaluations, group and individual counseling, crisis intervention, instructional and behavioral consultation, and mental health education and prevention.

As the School Psychologist at Pierce, my primary responsibility will be completing assessments, observing students, writing comprehensive reports, and consulting with staff and parents as needed. If at any time during the year you have questions or concerns please feel free to contact me. I can be reached for appointments or consultations by contacting the school office, my direct phone line, or email.  I wish you and your family a healthy and happy school year!

MILTON FOUNDATION FOR EDUCATION 

The Milton Foundation for Education has been funding initiatives for the Milton Public Schools for decades. This year, the MFE has found themselves unable to fundraise in their traditional way, yet the need for our schools and student communities has never been greater. Thank you to the MFE for funding the safety banners above for each of our schools!

Please consider making a donation to the MFE at this link to continue this critical work this year, as this will likely be our only fundraiser.

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 don’t hesitate to reach out to Marti O’Keefe McKenna, MPS Family Outreach Liaison, at 617-980-7343 or by email at mmckenna@miltonps.org. All calls and emails are confidential.

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

ATHLETICS

Winter Sports officially start today, and our first home game is tomorrow as our Girls Freshman Basketball Team take on Walpole High School!

As a reminder, there are no spectators allowed at any events this season. We are offering a free live stream for each game.

Please search YouTube for Milton Access TV and the game will start streaming roughly 2-3 minutes prior to the scheduled start.

There will be a few games that are not streamed over YouTube and instead will be streamed live on our Twitter Account (@MHS_Wildcats_). Please check this Athletics link for schedules to see which games are streamed via YouTube or Twitter.

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Can for Cats is back! Boys Soccer will be hosting Cans for Cats this Saturday, January 9, from 9am to noon at Milton High School. Please bring your bottles and cans to MHS this weekend to support our student-athletes!

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 next week’s activities here. 

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The Milton Early Childhood Alliance has a series of programming for young children and families that I hope you will explore. All details on the following events can be found here. 

MECA is pleased to offer StoryWalk® at the Trailside Museum; Preschool Playgroup Series; Nature Tales Series; Help Your Child Learn at Home workshops  and Family Story Time with Children’s Book Author Michelle Chalmers. All details can be found here.

SUPERINTENDENT SHOUTOUT

Congratulations, Ms. Magill!

Congratulations to Pierce teacher Deanna Magill, who has been selected as MassCUE’s Featured Educator for January 2021! Each month, MassCUE highlights the great work of inspirational educators like Mrs. Magill. You can read about Mrs. Magill and the exciting work she does with her students on the MassCUE website. 

AJ Melanson, MPS Director of Educational Technology, states “Deanna is a true tech leader and a tremendous asset to our district. She empowers her students and allows them to share their voice, showcase their creativity, and follow their passion!”  We are lucky to have passionate and talented educators like Ms. Magill at MPS!

Thank you to my blog contributors this week: Kim Coughlin, Susan Maselli, Jackie Morgan, Ellen Lohan, Ryan Madden, Bernadette Butler, Miranda Watrous, Jennie Beliveau, Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Sara MacNeil, Jess Gillooly, and AJ Melanson.

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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December 17, 2020

To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
From: James F. Jette
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: December 17, 2020

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

The time from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day is often called the Holiday Season, and many in our MPS community celebrate multiple holidays during this time. These holidays are secular, religious, cultural, and national,, and they hold dear places in our hearts and minds. Whatever your holiday routine is, it is likely deeply impacted by COVID -19 this year. Social and family gatherings are canceled or greatly modified, gift giving may look different, volunteer traditions are changed or nonexistent, and most importantly, many families have lost loved ones or experienced health difficulties due to COVID-19. Our stress levels are high as we celebrate our traditional holidays and consider the winter months ahead. But as always, there is hope. We have all watched with excitement as the first vaccines have been given in the US this week. The best description I have heard of the vaccines is that it is a bright light at the end of a very long tunnel. We still need to get through that tunnel (the winter and into the spring and summer) but the light is there. 

The light was evident this week in the Milton Public Schools as we concluded our annual gift and gift card drive. In a year that seemed to provide little hope, an outpouring of kindness and generosity by MPS families, staff, and community members has made the holidays a little brighter for many Milton families experiencing hardship this year. Trunks were overflowing with toy donations, and gift cards poured in, overflowing mailboxes and emails. We are so appreciative of the overwhelming concern and thoughtfulness shown by so many in our community. 

I would like to acknowledge those who helped to make this year’s holiday gift drive such a huge success. Thank you to:

  • The dynamic PTO boards and Gift Drive coordinators.  Without your energy and organization, none of this would have been possible in a pandemic year. We would like to specifically acknowledge Amy MacIntyre (Tucker), Jaime Levash (Collicot), Kate Deeb (Glover), Kate Daly (Cunningham), Christy Loring (Cunningham), and Michelle Cardoza (PMS and MHS) for all the time and effort they put into planning and publicizing the gift drive, purchasing gift cards and transporting collected gifts to the Milton Residents Fund and My Brother’s Keeper.
  • The Toy Box in Hanover, owned and operated by an MPS family, and The Toy Chest at Milton Market Place. A sincere thank you to owners  Julie Ritchie and Nancy Doyle for opening your doors, inviting Milton families in to shop for a child in need, and for all the “just right” toys you helped to connect to a child.
  • All the MPS families, friends, and neighbors in the community who donated gift cards, called to see what was needed and how they could help, and those who just stopped by and opened their hearts and wallets. We are overwhelmed by your generosity in a year that has been hard on so many.
  • The MPS Staff for your donations of gift cards and gift items. Milton is fortunate to have you. You are amazing!
  • My Brother’s Keeper, who has been delivering gifts to families in Milton over the past few weeks. We are truly appreciative.
  • Noreen Kearney Dolan, Director of the Milton Residents Fund, for her dedication to our families who find themselves in need this holiday season and beyond. Noreen has worked tirelessly these past few months overseeing the holiday gift program, matching families to donors and gifts, often burning the midnight oil. The Milton Public School is extremely fortunate to have a wonderful friend in Noreen and the Milton Residents Fund.
  • Marti O’Keefe McKenna, MPS Family Outreach Liason, whose coordination of the overall effort is crucial in its success. Marti keeps all the pieces in the air, coordinating with our families who need assistance, our Principals, Guidance and Adjustment Counselors, our PTOs, My Brother’s Keeper, and The Milton Resident’s Fund to ensure that our families are supported, not just during the holidays but throughout the year. 

On behalf of the Milton Public Schools, thank you for bringing joy to so many children and their families this Holiday Season. This truly is a great community!

We have four more days of school this calendar year and will begin winter break on Thursday, December 24. I wish you and your family a healthy, happy, and safe Holiday Season and winter break. 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE

Please take a moment to watch last night’s School Committee meeting and hear from some of our talented MHS and Pierce students who are working hard to bring musical and theatrical shows to our school communities in the coming months. These students and our theater directors – Bill Deschenes at Pierce and Kevin Black at MHS – have been resilient and creative and have found meaningful ways to practice their craft during the time of COVID-19. I look forward to sharing ways to watch their shows soon. 

The next School Committee meeting will be on January 6, 2021, at 7pm. You can watch School Committee meetings live on Milton Access TV online, live on Milton Access cable channels (Comcast 22, RCN 15), via Zoom (link to attend found on the Town of Milton SC page), or on-demand in the days following the meeting.

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES

  • Dec 24-Jan 3 Winter Recess
  • Jan 4 Classes Resume
  • Jan 6 School Committee Meeting
  • Jan 7 Preschool Information Night
  • Jan 28 Kindergarten Information Night

The full MPS calendar can be found here.

Preschool Information Night is on January 7, 2021, at 6:30 pm.  Preschool staff and administrators will highlight programs offered as well as answer any questions families may have. This information session will take place virtually, and a link will be posted on our website before the event. To get an idea of the programs MPS has to offer, please visit our Preschool webpage.  Details and specifics about programs for the SY ‘21-’22 will be posted to our website shortly.  Children attending an MPS Preschool Program must be three years old on or before August 31, 2021.

Kindergarten Information Night will be held on January 28, 2021, at 6:30 pm. We hope many incoming kindergarten parents and guardians will join us to learn about our programs and have an opportunity to ask any questions you might have.  This information session will take place virtually, and a link will be posted on our website before the event.  As we prepare to welcome our newest kindergarteners next September, the first step for families to take is to complete the pre-registration form found here.  Please note that your child must be five years old on or before August 31, 2021, to start kindergarten in September 2021.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

TRAVEL REMINDER: If you are considering traveling this month, please follow Massachusetts Travel orders linked here and adhere to MPS Policy that all students (regardless of age) and staff must provide a negative COVID 19 test taken upon 72 hours of arrival back in Massachusetts or quarantine for 14 days after travel before returning to in-person learning.

If you anticipate traveling over the holidays and would like remote access for Monday, January 4,  the request should be received no later than 12pm on 12/23, or access will not be granted until after our return Monday, January 4. Nurses will not be able to access email and grant remote access or school clearance during the holiday break.

Please see the most updated CDC travel guidelines and restrictions here. Please contact your school nurse with any questions.

COVID TESTING: Manet Community Health Center is hosting another day of COVID-19 testing at Milton High School on Saturday, December 19, 2020. All details on the testing can be found here, and the preregistration document can be found at this link.  Registration is required, and the deadline to register is TODAY, December 17.

The Town of Milton will be offering free drive through COVID tests at the Milton DPW Yard (629 Randolph Ave) on Sundays on December 20, 27 from 10 am to 3 pm. This testing is for Milton residents or people who work in Milton only.  Please visit the Town of Milton website for more information. 

FLU CLINIC: The Town of Milton is holding its final Flu Clinic of the year on Saturday, December 19 from 10 am-2 pm at the front entrance of Milton High School. All details can be found here. 

Per the Commonwealth of Massachusetts guidelines, all students will be expected to have received a flu vaccine by December 31, 2020, for the 2020-2021 influenza season, unless either a medical or religious exemption is provided. Elementary and secondary students in districts and schools that are using a remote education model are not exempt.

Please email documentation of your child’s flu vaccination to your child’s school nurse.

COVID GUIDELINES: Over the past nine months, guidance from health and medical professionals has evolved as we have learned more about COVID-19. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), in conjunction with the Center for Disease Control (CDC), recently issued revised guidelines related to quarantine requirements for individuals who have been identified as “close contacts”. There are now shorter quarantine options for those individuals if certain conditions are met.

The Milton Board of Health has confirmed that they are currently using the new CDC guidelines and will adopt the updated Department of Public Health guidance.  The Milton Public Schools will also follow this new guidance. 

FOOD SERVICE 

Our weekly Food Service drive through is open EVERY    Wednesday, even during school break. Swing by Wednesday, December 23, and Wednesday, December 30 to pick up a week’s worth of breakfasts, lunches, and a fresh box of produce! Come see our friendly Food Service team every Wednesday at MHS!

Weekly Pick Up: Weekly pick up is available at two different times on Wednesdays. Come to MHS 9:30-10:30 or 12:30-1:30 (please don’t arrive before 12:15 to allow for MHS pick up) to pick up 7 days of breakfast and lunches and a fresh produce box.

Grab and Go: Available each day as your student leaves school. Multiple breakfasts, lunches, and snacks are included in each bag. Students can take a grab and go bag with several breakfasts and lunches as they leave school each day.

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

Milton High School students have been busy this first term making their own music, and we are excited to share their work with you. Please enjoy this video of the MHS December Cabaret!

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The National Honor Society is hosting a Virtual Charity Run/Walk to raise money for the Milton Food Pantry. This is an independent, self-paced event, so please feel free to join us in walking or running 2 miles anytime between now and December 23rd to raise money for the cause! Please email NHS President Megan Farley with questions. 

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Our MHS Debate team held its first annual in-house MHS Novice Debate Tournament on Saturday, December 12. Congratulations to Stella Yuan and Nina O’Loughlin and Abigail Taugher, and Mary Mullen. These two teams were undefeated at this weekend’s first annual Novice Debate Tournament. Congrats also go out to Abigail Taugher and Tucker Korman, who won the highest speaker point award! A special thanks to Mrs. Norton’s Debate Class for participating.

Thank you to Debate Captains Ralph Destin, Jonathan Waldmann, and Anderson Korman, who were instrumental in organizing the event. Bravo to all those who competed; job well done.

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MHS Computer Science classes sponsored a Computer Science Education  Week last week. The CS website details the events, contests, virtual visits, and resources that are available to students. 

PIERCE PAGES

Pierce’s Spirit Week is off and running and will continue through next Wednesday. Spirit Week has been a nice chance for our students and staff to have some fun and continue to foster a sense of community. All students and staff are invited to dress up for each day’s theme during in-person and remote classes. Prizes are being awarded for our most spirited students!

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Toby Teel (MHS 2001), a Software Engineer at Roblox, recently shared what it’s like to work in the computer sciences with our Cunningham students. Students were able to ask questions about being a software engineer, creating and designing video games, and the engineering process. Toby shared a video game that he had created and is still developing for fun since all games on Roblox are created by their users. Thank you, Mr. Teel, for a great presentation, and thank you to Mrs. McClain for bringing this great speaker to Cunningham.  

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Glover and Tucker students were excited to Zoom with author Elana K. Arnold about her story, A Boy Called Bat, this week. A Boy Called Bat is the first book in a wonderful series starring an unforgettable young boy on the autism spectrum. The next read will be Meet Yasmin by Saadi Faruqii, a creative and fun new series with a Pakistani American main character, and students will meet with Saadi in the spring. They will also meet Karen Strong, author of Just South of Home, and Christina Soontornvat, author of All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys’ Soccer Team. If you are interested in having your Glover student participate in our Diverse Reads Book Club, please email Sara Crowe to sign up.

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Mrs. Mcgrory and Mrs. Jones’ Tucker kindergarteners had fun this week with their snowman directed drawing project. This lesson was geared towards 3rd grade but as you can see, these kindergarteners loved it and created some impressive and creative snowpeople!

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Way to go, Basil!

Collicot students and staff are working hard each day but also having some fun! Throughout the week teachers nominate students to be honored as the Collicot Cardinal of the week. One student per grade level is selected each week. Students are nominated by teachers by modeling the collicot code of being respectful, responsible, and hardworking. In this video, Basil Bullis from Mrs. Mcdermott’s room learns she was selected! 

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Need a pick me up? Ms. Perrault’s dancing Collicot kindergarteners will get your spirits up and might even have you up joining their weekly dance party! Please excuse the blurry images – these kindergarteners move FAST! 

AFTER SCHOOL ENRICHMENT 

We’re excited to announce the Winter 2021 ASE session of our virtual program. From Soccer to Fun Science, we have classes for everyone. Registration starts today. Check out our Brochure here. 

SPECIAL EDUCATION

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

  • Mark your calendars: Our anticipated dates for Extended Year Services are 7/6/-8/13/2021- 8/13/2021.
  • The Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) announces their first meeting on December17 at 7:30 pm. Email miltonsepac@gmail.com for details.
  • Thank you to all the parents who logged in for our Parent Coffee at Collicot and Glover.  Our next special education parent coffee will be hosted by Milton High School on Jan 6, 2021, at 7pm. If you would like to attend, please use the link found here. 
  • By now, you have heard from your student’s liaison or team chair related to compensatory services for special education for any student who may have experienced a disruption in services due to school closure. If you have questions about how compensatory services are being discussed and determined, here is some information from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education you may find helpful.  You can also reach out to your student’s Team Chairperson with any questions about special education services. 
  • The Inclusion Task Force is still looking for your response. Please take their brief survey here. 

MILTON FOUNDATION FOR EDUCATION 

The Milton Foundation for Education has been funding initiatives for the Milton Public Schools for decades. This year, the MFE has found themselves unable to fundraise in their traditional way, yet the need for our schools and student communities has never been greater.

The MFE has already answered this call by funding initiatives this school year to help with both in-person and remote learning in this unique year. Most recently, they donated $10,800 for Ed Tech training for our staff to enhance remote teaching and learning. The first round of training was held with Pierce and MHS staff just last week to rave reviews. We are looking forward to the same experience for elementary teachers in the new year. We are so grateful for this funding!

Please consider making a donation to the MFE at this link to continue this critical work this year, as this will likely be our only fundraiser.

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 don’t hesitate to reach out to Marti O’Keefe McKenna, MPS Family Outreach Liaison, at 617-980-7343 or by email at mmckenna@miltonps.org. All calls and emails are confidential.

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

ART AND MUSIC 

Please see the update below from Magen Slesinger, MPS Director of Fine and Applied Arts.

Covid may keep us apart, but it can’t keep us silent. Since March, in order to ensure the safety of our community, student and professional musicians alike have been unable to play music together. But as Tracy sings in the beloved musical, Hairspray, “You can’t stop the beat!” Please enjoy the updates below.

The Massachusetts Music Educators Association developed a virtual experience so that our student musicians would still have an opportunity to hone their skills and audition to represent Milton among the eastern district’s top student musicians. We would like to recognize the following student musicians for being accepted to the MMEA Eastern District Senior Festival!

Barron Clancy- Orchestra; Tim Fay- Band; Isabelle Feloney- Chorus; Max Hollingsworth Hays- Band; Max Hollingsworth- Hays- Jazz; Michael Howard- Band; Nesta Ryan Malin- Chorus; Madison Massad- Band; Aislinn Mershon- Band; Claudia O’Neill- Band; Abigail Taugher- Chorus

Five of these students were also awarded an all-state recommendation, which gives them the opportunity to audition for the MMEA All-State Senior Festival. If they are accepted, they will represent Milton among the top student musicians from the state of MA. We would like to congratulate these students for receiving All State Recommendations:

Tim Fay- Band; Isabelle Feloney- Chorus; Max Hollingsworth Hays- Band; Max Hollingsworth- Hays- Jazz; Claudia O’Neill- Band

Music teachers and students have been experimenting with new technology to creatively make music in a virtual setting. Soundtrap is a recording and sequencing program that allows students to record and layer multiple tracks to collaborate. One student records their part, then another student accesses the project and records their part until you’ve got a final project comprised of individual recordings from each student in the ensemble, layered to create the final project. This is a complex process that requires a high level of independence and musicianship. Here is an example of the Pierce 7th grade band, led by Guillermo Ortiz, playing Finlandia

Roisin Queally and Keira Earner are ready to perform Last Christmas!

Tri-M, our high school music honor society advised by chorus director, Julia Hanna, is currently in the process of editing a Virtual Holiday Greeting to send out to the Milton community. The goal is to spread some holiday cheer since students, don’t have the opportunity to perform around town like they typically do during the holiday season. The finished product will be sent out to local retirement communities, Milton businesses and organizations, and to living rooms across town via Milton Cable Access. We don’t have a finished product yet, but here is one of the many wonderful videos which are being edited together. Roisin Queally and Keira Earner performing Last Christmas will surely put a smile on your face!

As you know, singing and playing wind or brass instruments is something we are not doing in groups this year, because excellent singers and wind and brass players necessarily project aerosols in order to perform. However, that hasn’t stopped us from finding ways to create live music together. When the high school band gathers together on their in-school, hybrid days, they have been working on percussion ensemble music together! You can hear the music ringing through the high school hallways and it is wonderful. Here is an example from one of their recent rehearsals.

 

This strange year might have pulled us away from some of our ensemble playing, but it has opened up opportunities for students to work on developing independence and confidence as soloists. Students from ensembles across the grades have been working on various solo video projects. Keep your eye out for a virtual showcase of many of these performances coming in 2021! In the meantime, MPS District Orchestra Director, Debra Miller, would like to share a preview of Senior Project work by Sam Higgins. His project will include performances on violin and voice. Sam is concertmaster of the MHS orchestra as well as an accomplished countertenor. 

We would like to thank the MFE for the generous grant awarded to the Milton Music department to purchase the UpBeat Music app for all of our 6-12 music ensemble students. This app will allow students as close to an ensemble experience as we can get in a virtual setting. Music teachers learned to use the app last week, and ensemble students in band, chorus, and orchestra have already started to dive in and explore this new way of making music together. Here’s one example of some of the high school chamber orchestra students trying it out for the first time. 

We’d also like to thank Celebrate Milton for awarding us a grant to build culturally diverse music and picture book libraries for all four of the elementary school music rooms. These new libraries will be an amazing support to our continued efforts to ensure a rich, culturally responsive educational experience in our music classes!

This is just a tiny glimpse of the good that is going on in Milton Music. We love to contribute to the Superintendent’s weekly blog, so look for more videos, audio recordings, photos, and general updates here!

COMMUNITY NEWS 

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

Want a Socially Distanced Outdoor Elf Visit? The Milton Junior Woman’s Club (MJWC) is hosting a fundraiser to support their efforts to provide Milton scholarships and community grants. Please see MJWC’s Milton Elf Visits – Milton Junior Woman’s Club  to learn more. 

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Visit the Eustis Estate during the holiday season and get into the Christmas spirit! Explore the beautiful 1878 Eustis Estate and its lavish decorations during A Victorian Christmas. There are bright lights, an enormous tree, garlands, and mantelpieces adorned with holiday decorations inspired by nature. There are floral arrangements from the Brush Hill Garden Guru, Cedar Grove Gardens, and floral designer Lisa Ahern. From December 4 to January 3, the mansion will be open for visits by reservation only Fridays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Masks, and social distancing are required for all staff and visitors. Please call 617-994-6600 for more information. Historic New England members and Milton residents are free. Milton residents need to call to make a reservation. Non-member adults $20; seniors $17; children/students $10.


Forbes House Museum offers FREE tours to Milton residents in December! We’ve decked the halls and are eager to share the magic of the season. So if you’ve “lived in town forever but never visited,” here’s your chance! We’re offering FREE tours this month to any Milton resident. Simply call the main number at 617-696-1815 to reserve your spot. 48 hours advance notice is recommended. Tours will be available Wednesday-Saturday at 11 am and 1 pm. COVID safety guidelines will be observed; see the website for more details.

All visitors will also receive a coupon from our friends at Lower Mills Tavern, good for 15% off your order. Cheers!


The Milton Public Library has some terrific programs for students of all ages. Check out next week’s activities here. 

Thank you to my blog contributors this week: Kim Coughlin, Susan Maselli, Jackie Morgan, Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Rebecca Damiani, Kathleen Kelley, Elaine McNeil-Girmai, Karen McDavitt, Meredith Mcgrory, Maureen McClain, Bill Fish, and Magen Slesinger .

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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December 10, 2020

To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
From: James F. Jette
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: December 10, 2020

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT


Over the past nine months, guidance from health and medical professionals has evolved as we have learned more about COVID-19. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), in conjunction with the Center for Disease Control (CDC), recently issued revised guidelines related to quarantine requirements for individuals who have been identified as “close contacts”. There are now shorter quarantine options for those individuals if certain conditions are met.

The Milton Board of Health has confirmed that they are currently using the new CDC guidelines and will adopt the updated Department of Public Health guidance.  The Milton Public Schools will also follow this new guidance. 

Under this new guidance: 

  • If you are identified as a close contact of a positive case, you should begin to quarantine. You can test as soon as day 5 from the date of exposure (counted as day 0), and if you receive a negative test result and don’t have any symptoms, you can resume normal activities and return to school as soon as day 8. You should not return to school or resume normal activities until you actually receive the negative test result and receive clearance from your school nurse. A negative PCR or antigen test are both acceptable.
  • If you are identified as a close contact and do not test and do not have symptoms, you must quarantine for 10 days and return to school on day 11.
  • If you are identified as a close contact and are experiencing symptoms,  the 14 day quarantine remains in place even with a negative test.

All current policies can be found on the COVID-19 page on the MPS website. This will always be the place to find the most up to date information about the Milton Public Schools COVID-19 policies.

Please note these additional details: 

  • If your student or someone in your household tests positive, please notify your school nurse as soon as possible and keep your student home.
  • The Contact Tracing Collaborative (CTC) is the entity communicating on behalf of the town with positive cases and close contacts. Currently, the CTC is extremely backed up, and calls are not coming promptly. It is imperative that if you are notified by MPS, a sports team, a friend, family member, or someone else that you or your child has been identified as close contact, that you comply with the current guidance for close contacts. Do not wait for the CTC to contact you, follow the guidance as it currently stands. 
  • If your student is a close contact of a positive case (close contact is defined as within 6 feet for a cumulative 15 minutes during the infectious period), please contact your school nurse and keep your student home.  Your student’s siblings may come to school in most instances, but please check with your school nurse before sending siblings to school.
  • All remote stream-in access must be approved by the school nurse or administration 24 hours before stream-in date.  Parents/ Guardians should make this request via email to their school nurse.
  • Continue to use MPS Pre Screening Checklist every day and stay home if sick.

There  are several upcoming local testing options:

Thank you for your continued support of our efforts to Protect the Paw and keep our Milton community safe and healthy. We are grateful for your partnership to ensure the safe continuation of our in-person learning. We continue to monitor changing guidance and will update the community as needed.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE

The next School Committee meeting will be on December 16, 2020, at 7pm. You can watch School Committee meetings live on Milton Access TV online, live on Milton Access cable channels (Comcast 22, RCN 15), via Zoom (link to attend found on the Town of Milton SC page), or on-demand in the days following the meeting.

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES

  • Dec 16 School Committee Meeting
  • Dec 24-Jan 3 Winter Recess
  • Jan 4 Classes Resume
  • Jan 7 Preschool Information Night
  • Jan 28 Kindergarten Information Night

The full MPS calendar can be found here.

Preschool Information Night is on January 7, 2021, at 6:30 pm.  Preschool staff and administrators will highlight programs offered as well as answer any questions families may have. This information session will take place virtually, and a link will be posted on our website before the event. To get an idea of the programs MPS has to offer, please visit our Preschool webpage.  Details and specifics about programs for the SY ‘21-’22 will be posted to our website shortly.  Children attending an MPS Preschool Program must be three years old on or before August 31, 2021.

Kindergarten Information Night will be held on January 28, 2021, at 6:30 pm. We hope many incoming kindergarten parents and guardians will join us to learn about our programs and have an opportunity to ask any questions you might have.  This information session will take place virtually, and a link will be posted on our website before the event.  As we prepare to welcome our newest kindergarteners next September, the first step for families to take is to complete the pre-registration form found here.  Please note that your child must be five years old on or before August 31, 2021, to start kindergarten in September 2021. 

HEALTH AND SAFETY

A reminder that if you are considering traveling this month, please follow Massachusetts Travel orders linked here and adhere to MPS Policy that all students (regardless of age) and staff must provide a negative COVID 19 test taken upon 72 hours of arrival back in Massachusetts or quarantine for 14 days after travel before returning to in-person learning. Please see the most updated CDC travel guidelines and restrictions here. Please contact your school nurse with any questions.

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Per the Commonwealth of Massachusetts guidelines, all students will be expected to have received a flu vaccine by December 31, 2020, for the 2020-2021 influenza season, unless either a medical or religious exemption is provided. Elementary and secondary students in districts and schools that are using a remote education model are not exempt.

Please email documentation of your child’s flu vaccination to your child’s school nurse.

FOOD SERVICE 

Our weekly pick up includes a box of fresh produce prepared in our MPS kitchens. Below you can see a couple of produce box creations from last week’s bounty!

Kale, sweet potatoes, eggs, and last week’s peppers were put to good use in this smoked turkey, sweet potatoes and kale hash, and kale with red pepper frittata. Zucchini bread is on the menu this week.

There are two ways to take advantage of the FREE TO ALL to-go breakfasts and lunches this year.

 

Weekly Pick Up: Weekly pick up is available at two different times on Wednesdays. Come to MHS 9:30-10:30 or 12:30-1:30 (please don’t arrive before 12:15 to allow for MHS pick up) to pick up 7 days of breakfast and lunches for your child.

Weekly Pick Up will be available EVERY Wednesday in December. Visit us on December 16, 23, and 30!

Grab and Go: Encourage your student to check out our to-go lunch and breakfast bags. They (and you!) will not be disappointed. Multiple breakfasts, lunches, and snacks are included in each bag. Students can take a grab and go bag with several breakfasts and lunches as they leave school each day.

Free student meals have been extended through the school year. All details on pick up options can be found in this link.

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

In their Foundations of Art class, students choose six words to represent their life story. In their accordion books, they created a visual accompaniment for the words that highlight all of the elements of art, including color, texture, depth, form, shape, line, and value. Ms. Aloe remarked, “It has been inspiring to me to see how thoughtful the students are. I hope you find it inspiring, too”! Ms. Aloe invited MHS staff and students to leave comments on the student’s work to create a sense of community. You can see a few examples of the work below. 

PIERCE PAGES

6th grade math classes worked on rate conversion using Thanksgiving recipes and created their own cooking shows to demonstrate their skills! You can get a glimpse of their creativity in the picture at right. 

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Mrs. Miller’s Pierce Strings ended their first term with projects that included solos of their choice, dance and special playlists. You can enjoy some of their work here. Richard Lee on the Violin; Fedor Myshkin on the Viola;Elias Caros on the Violin; Rachel McNulty –  Ballet

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Pierce will celebrate spirit week from December 14- 23. All students and staff are invited to dress up for each day’s theme during in-person and remote classes. We are looking forward to having some fun as we get closer to the winter break!

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

The future engineers in Ms. Spitz and Ms. Renehan’s 4th grade class were challenged to build the tallest tower possible using only 12 index cards and one roll of masking tape. The first step they completed was to design a plan for what they would build and how they would build their tower. The next step was to create their tower and write about the problems they had while they were building. The last step was to try to work to improve their tower and write about it.  This was a fun and engaging way to get students excited about STEM!

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Mme. Morton’s Cunningham 2nd graders love using Kahoot when working on their math skills.  Using their desk boards, students show their work and then record their answers in Kahoot. As the answers are tallied, students can share their thinking with the class. The class does this lesson in French to stay immersed in the language while strengthening their math skills.

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This winter literacy display will be outside at Tucker to encourage students to continue their great reading habits during December. Special thanks to Tucker faculty member Cathy Mallory for spearheading this project and bringing it to life for our students.

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Last week Collicot hosted their first ever school wide virtual assembly. Mrs. Concannon, Mrs. Caruso, and Ms. Lohan led students through an assembly on the topic of empathy. Students learned ways to read others’ feelings–even wearing masks–and listened to a read aloud of the story of “Stand in My Shoes” by Bob Sornson. As a follow up activity, students drew and decorated a pair of shoes and wrote about ways to share empathy. Students posted pictures of their shoes to this padlet and brought them in to fill a bulletin board at school.

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This week Collicot 5th grade students from Mr. Rosner’s hybrid class and Mr. McMurray’s remote class collaborated to play math games. Each student in the hybrid class was paired with a partner in the remote class,, and the students played Number Top It from the Everyday Math Curriculum. This was an engaging experience for students and teachers in both classes and we look forward to finding more ways for students in both learning models to connect throughout the school year!

SPECIAL EDUCATION

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

  • Mark your calendars: Our anticipated dates for Extended Year Services are 7/6/-8/13/2021- 8/13/2021. 
  • The Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) announces their first meeting, on December17 at 7:30 pm. Email miltonsepac@gmail.com for details.

MILTON FOUNDATION FOR EDUCATION 

The Milton Foundation for Education has been funding initiatives for the Milton Public Schools for decades.  This year, we have found ourselves unable to fundraise in our traditional way, yet the need for our schools and student communities has never been greater.  The MFE has already answered this call by funding initiatives this school year to help with both in-person and remote learning in this unique year.  If your student uses Kami or math and STEM manipulatives at home, they were funded by the MFE Covid grants this fall.  Please consider making a donation to the MFE at this link to continue this critical work this year, as this will likely be our only fundraiser.  

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 don’t hesitate to reach out to Marti O’Keefe McKenna, MPS Family Outreach Liaison at 617-980-7343 or by email at mmckenna@miltonps.org. All calls and emails are confidential.

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

ATHLETICS

Please see below from MHS Athletic Director Ryan Madden.

Registration for the winter season is now open. Please visit the Athletics Website for information on how to register for winter sports.  All student-athletes must pass in a hard-copy of a current valid physical (completed within the last 13 months, no exceptions) during the registration period to the Athletic Director. Physicals should be dropped in the Athletic Director’s mailbox in the front office by the student or mailed to the school. 25 Gile Road, Milton, MA 02186. Students that dropped off physicals for fall sports do not need to drop another copy off, as long as the physical has not expired.

  • Tryouts start Monday, December 14
  • Games will start no sooner than Tuesday, January 5
  • The season will end by Saturday, February 13
  • Floating Season starts Monday, February 22

ImPACT Testing must be done at home, prior to the first contest for all freshman, juniors and new students. Students who did this do not have to do this again.

In order for you to do impact testing at home, you will first need to be in a quiet space for at least 30 min to take the test. You can not do this after you have worked out, for at least 2 hours. Also, you can not take this on your phone. You must take this test on a desktop or laptop. Internet explorer works best, but chrome does work.

  • Go to www.impacttestonline.com/testing
  • Choose Milton High school
  • Enter the code: 2RIRKXSHAN
  • Press Launch & take the test
  • Input your demographic when given the choice.

Please email Athletic Trainer Patricia Pauris with any questions. 

Spectators: There are no spectators allowed at any sporting events this winter. MHS is working to livestream games to spectators. Once that information becomes available, it will be communicated to families.
Also, if you were unable to login to the Parent/Guardian Zoom Meeting last night, please view the PowerPoint Presentation here

COMMUNITY NEWS 

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

The Milton Parks and Rec Department is excited to announce our first ever Holiday House Decorating Contest. It’s time for a fun, free, socially distant, family activity for all to enjoy in some fashion. A little healthy competition is good for the morale! Let’s end 2020 on a fun and decorative note.


Visit the Eustis Estate during the holiday season and get into the Christmas spirit! Explore the beautiful 1878 Eustis Estate and its lavish decorations during A Victorian Christmas. There are bright lights, an enormous tree, garlands, and mantelpieces adorned with holiday decorations inspired by nature. There are floral arrangements from the Brush Hill Garden Guru, Cedar Grove Gardens, and floral designer Lisa Ahern. From December 4 to January 3, the mansion will be open for visits by reservation only Fridays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Masks, and social distancing are required for all staff and visitors. Please call 617-994-6600 for more information. Historic New England members and Milton residents are free. Milton residents need to call to make a reservation. Non-member adults $20; seniors $17; children/students $10.


Forbes House Museum offers FREE tours to Milton residents in December! We’ve decked the halls and are eager to share the magic of the season. So if you’ve “lived in town forever but never visited,” here’s your chance! We’re offering FREE tours this month to any Milton resident. Simply call the main number at 617-696-1815 to reserve your spot. 48 hours advance notice is recommended. Tours will be available Wednesday-Saturday at 11 am and 1 pm. COVID safety guidelines will be observed; see website for more details.  

All visitors will also receive a coupon from our friends at Lower Mills Tavern, good for 15% off your order. Cheers!

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Brookwood Community Farm would like to thank all 2020 volunteers, members, and customers for making the 2020 farm season a success! 2021 CSA share sales will be announced soon. We will welcome volunteers this Saturday at 10:30 am to plant bulbs to beautify Brookwood. Please bring work gloves, wear a mask and prepare to work in a socially distant manner. A great idea is to work as a group with members of your household – families welcome – but everyone must send an email to volunteer@brookwoodcommunityfarm.org. Please expect an email in response by Friday night. For anyone looking for local produce, winter markets can be found online.


The Milton Public Library has some terrific programs for students of all ages. Check out next week’s activities here. 


Cunningham 4th grader Sophia is back with her Sock Drive! The 6th Annual Sophia’s Socks for the Homeless has kicked into gear. 2020 has been a lot different than years in the past, but that is why we need your help more than ever! Please consider helping the homeless of Boston, by donating NEW socks to the drive. Every pair you donate will help the life of someone in need. We will be collecting socks until Friday, December 18 and will be dropped off at St. Francis on December 19/20. Let’s make this year the best and help brighten someone’s day. Sox Box locations are Cunningham School, 3 Phyllis Lane, and 178 Lyman Road.


SUPERINTENDENT SHOUTOUT 

We are happy to share the announcement that The Washington Post has named Milton High School graduate Siobhán O’Grady as its Cairo bureau chief! We are so proud of Ms. O’Grady and are so proud of her success and contribution around the world. 

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We are excited to share that MHS senior Sam Higgins has been selected as a YoungArts Finalist this year. Sam will be competing for the grand prize at YoungArts week during the week of January 3. 

Congratulations and good luck to Sam! We look forward to sharing good news after his competition in January. 

Thank you to my blog contributors this week: Kim Coughlin, Susan Maselli, Jackie Morgan, Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Debra Miller, Elaine McNeil-Girmai, Kassandra Aloe, Ellen Lohan, Bill Fish, Ryan Madden, Caroline Morton and Sara MacNeil.

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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December 3, 2020

To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
From: James F. Jette
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: December 3, 2020

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

Next week, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Glenn Pavlicek will retire from the Milton Public Schools. In one capacity or another, Dr. Pavlicek has been actively involved with the Milton Public Schools for over 20 years; as a member of the  Warrant Committee and Master Planning Committee as both a member and chairperson of the Milton School Committee and finally, since 2013,  serving in his current role. As former SC member Lynda-Lee Sheridan stated at the School Committee meeting this week, Dr. Pavlicek has been actively involved with preparing, presenting, or reviewing the school budget, every single year of the last 20 years. To say his institutional knowledge of school and town finances is vast is a huge understatement and we will all miss his steady and informed stewardship going forward. 

Our six principals expressed their gratitude to Glenn at this week’s SC meeting. I share some excerpts of their words here. 

Karen McDavitt shared that “Glenn has led the district with grace, dignity, and professionalism. He is a wealth of knowledge and I often marvel at how much he actually has stored in that incredible brain of his! Glenn is always there for us when we need him”.

Jonathan Redden said that “In all the districts I’ve worked in or observed, Glenn is by far the most involved business superintendent. My first interaction with Glenn was presenting to him at School Committee as a first-year principal. He quickly put me at ease and he pushed me on data which I really appreciated. I didn’t realize it then, but his ability to ask questions as a helpful thought partner would be what I would come to value the most”. 

Elaine McNeil Girmai stated “Glenn is an all around great leader in MPS! He can always be counted on for his amazing calculations but also for a bright smile, an adventurous story, and a unique gift! He is always supportive and prompt with information and thinks big picture to help solve complicated problems”.

Holly Concannon wrote that Glenn “has been a mentor, a calming presence, a friend, and a wonderful supporter of Collicot. I will miss his wit and humor along with his expert guidance”.

Karen Cahill told me that “Glenn has been a quiet support for me over the years. He is always available to provide advice, give direction or just listen. I appreciate all he has done to support our students and staff throughout the years”. 

Bill Fish noted “It has been a pleasure to work closely with Glenn over the past year and a half. As a member of the Milton Public Schools and a parent of MPS students, I am grateful for Glenn’s unwavering commitment to our schools and community for the past 20 years and wish him a healthy and well deserved retirement”.

Dr. Karen Spaulding asked me to share these words about Dr. Pavlicek.  “In education, most especially, we often cross paths with individuals who are kind, who are giving, and who are just really good human beings. Yes, Dr. Pavlicek is brilliant and can solve an AP level math problem in his head. Yes, Dr. Pavlicek can prepare, present, amend, and resolve a budget like no one else. Yes, Dr. Pavlicek is a walking encyclopedia of legal findings, employment regulations, and political processes. However, what is most true and most precious and will be missed deeply…is that he is one of the kindest, gentlest, funniest, and caring human beings I know. I will miss you greatly Dr. Pavlicek. Thank you for all you have given to the Milton Public Schools and thank you for all you have given to this fledging Assistant Superintendent”.

Personally, I have worked with Glenn in various roles for the past two decades.  I value his advice, vast knowledge, calm demeanor, and above all, his ability to look at the big picture.  As he steps down as the Assistant Superintendent of Business of the Milton Public Schools,  we recognize that woven throughout his many responsibilities, his talent, dedication, and trustworthiness informed every aspect of his time volunteering and working in Milton. Director of Food Services, Jackie Morgan shared that Glenn is one of the smartest, kindest, and funniest people she has ever had the honor of working with. I know that you join me, Dr Spaulding, Central Office and the MPS Principals as we wish Glenn and his wife Anita a long, happy, and wonderful retirement. 

Next week we will welcome Amy Dexter to the role of Assistant Superintendent for Business. Ms. Dexter (who has worked for the Town of Milton for many years)  and Dr. Pavlicek have worked closely for years and we know this will be a smooth transition. 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE

At last night’s School Committee meeting, I updated the committee during the Superintendent’s report, as I do at every meeting. As part of last night’s update, I shared that our self contained special education programs have returned to full days in person as of this week. We are grateful to our Special Education staff and families for partnering with us on this change as we continue to evaluate and adjust our school models this year.

I also presented about our general education model and the possible adjustments we are reviewing and vetting. We are exploring: extending the current Hybrid Model to a longer or full day; allowing more time for students to see teachers in the Remote Model; creating a morning and afternoon cohort five (5) day a week at the elementary level and enhancing the synchronous time for middle and high school students. These discussions are exploratory as there are pros and cons to each model change. Our leadership team is engaged in ongoing discussion and planning for any changes we may make as the school year progresses.

I encourage you to regularly watch Milton School Committee meetings. Last night’s meeting is now available on-demand .You can watch live on Milton Access TV online, live on Milton Access cable channels (Comcast 22, RCN 15), via Zoom (link to attend found on the Town of Milton SC page), or on-demand in the days following the meeting.

The next School Committee meeting will be on December 16, 2020, at 7pm.

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES

  • Dec 7 Special Town Meeting
  • Dec 10 Early Release, P/T Conferences K-5
  • Dec 16 School Committee Meeting
  • Dec 24-Jan 3 Winter Recess
  • Jan 4 Classes Resume
  • Jan 7 Preschool Information Night
  • Jan 28 Kindergarten Information Night

The full MPS calendar can be found here.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

With recent updates from the CDC, we have updated some of our health policies including a modification to our close contact policy. All current policies can be found on the COVID-19 page on the MPS website. This will always be the place to find the most up to date information about the Milton Public Schools COVID-19 policies.

A reminder that if you are traveling this month, please follow Massachusetts Travel orders linked here and adhere to MPS Policy that all students (regardless of age) and staff must provide a negative COVID 19 test taken upon 72 hours of arrival back in Massachusetts or quarantine for 14 days after travel prior to returning to in person learning. Please see the most updated CDC travel guidelines and restrictions here. Please contact your school nurse with any questions.

The Town of Milton is pleased to announce the Milton 2020 Seasonal Flu Clinic for the General Public (ages 4 years & older).

  • When: Wednesday, December 9th from 4:00-6:30 PM
  • Where: Milton Town Hall Basement
  • Seasonal Flu Vaccines are available in injection form only
  • Please bring your health insurance card with you
  • For ease of vaccination, please wear a short-sleeve shirt.
  • Please call the Board of Health at 617-898-4886 with any questions.

Per the Commonwealth of Massachusetts guidelines, all students will be expected to have received a flu vaccine by December 31, 2020, for the 2020-2021 influenza season, unless either a medical or religious exemption is provided. Elementary and secondary students in districts and schools that are using a remote education model are not exempt.

Please email documentation of your child’s flu vaccination to your child’s school nurse.

MPS GIVES BACK

The MPS gift and gift card drive has been extended through Monday, December 6th!

Each year the Milton Public Schools join together in partnership with Milton Residents Fund and My Brother’s Keeper to collect toys and gift cards for our Milton families who need a little extra support during the holidays. Due to Covid restrictions, schools cannot have children bring gifts directly to school as had been done in previous years. The PTOs have come up with some alternatives that will still allow children to participate, and that will benefit our friends and neighbors in Milton and beyond, and even some of our neighborhood businesses. Despite these challenging times, we hope to make this year just as successful, perhaps even more so.

How can you participate?

Gift cards: We are hoping to have enough $25 Target gift cards to allow each Pierce and MHS student in need to directly receive a gift card through the school, and also to be able to provide families who submitted wishlists with a $25 gift card to purchase essentials like socks and underwear for their children. Please drop your gift cards to the drop box at the front of Milton High School by December 6. The locked drop box will be emptied several times each day.

Shop with a local business: Shop in-person, online, or over the phone with The Toy Chest in East Milton Square or The Toy Box in Hanover (owned by an MPS family).  Mention your purchase is part of the MPS Holiday Giving Drive and the items will be held there and distributed.

Elementary families: Please see Cunningham School Sign Up; Collicot School Sign Up; Tucker School Sign Up; Glover School Sign Up.

Pierce and MHS families: We are collecting $25 Target gift cards. Please drop your gift cards to the drop box at the front of Milton High School by December 6. The locked drop box will be emptied several times each day.

FOOD SERVICE 

There are two ways to take advantage of the FREE TO ALL to-go breakfasts and lunches this year.

Our Food Service staff os staying warm at the weekly drive though!

Weekly Pick Up: Weekly pick up is available at two different times on Wednesdays. Come to MHS 9:30-10:30 or 12:30-1:30 (please don’t arrive before 12:15 to allow for MHS pick up) to pick up 7 days of breakfast and lunches for your child.

Weekly Pick Up will be available EVERY Wednesday in December. Visit us on December 2, 9, 26, 23 and 30!

Grab and Go: Encourage your student to check out our to go lunch and breakfast bags. They (and you!) will not be disappointed. Multiple breakfasts, lunches, and snacks are included in each bag. Students can take a grab and go bag with several breakfasts and lunches as they leave school each day.

Free student meals have been extended through the school year. All details on pick up options can be found in this link.

PIERCE PAGES

Mr. Manning’s 7th and 8th grade art classes finished the first term strong with colorful graffiti designs. Students learned about street art and how graffiti is now being brought off the street and into art galleries. Students were asked to create a “TAG” name for their design. Students learned about fonts and lettering styles and had to create color schemes for their pieces. The class learned about graffiti artists Banksy, Weeno, and Keith Haring, pioneers who kept pushing the limits of creativity, how different cultures can promote graffiti, and how it can be used politically. Students also studied murals that were created in the cities where protests were happening during the summer. Students asked if they could “TAG” up the Pierce Middle School and Mr. Manning sadly declined their request.

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Our middle school strings musicians have just completed their Term 1 Projects. The choices for these projects included performing a solo or duet, composition, and arranging, video with musical accompaniment, pieces of music that reflect “you” and dancing to your favorite piece. Please enjoy these beautiful pieces here: 6th grader Avery Squiciarino , 6th grader Lena Do and 8th grader Will Malec.

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Ms. Bernini’s 5th grade students recently worked on a harvest still life focusing on adding depth and value in their artwork.  Students learned about linear perspective and created a floor with a horizon and vanishing point.  Students then applied shadow to their fruits and vegetables to transform 2-Dimensional shapes into 3-Dimensional objects in conjunction with their science curriculum.  The completed work is stunning!

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Ms. Bernini’s 3rd grade students recently made these beautiful renditions of Henri Matisse’s, The Goldfish. Students began this project by drawing a cylinder for their fishbowl and added an additional ellipse for the reflection of the water in the bowl. Students then worked on details like a table, plants, and flowers to fill in the foreground and background of their composition.

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Tucker Preschool architects from Room 105 took advantage of the warm weather this week to work on their observational drawing skills. The November unit of study is called The Building Study and the Tucker School building has become an integral part of this discovery.  The children focused on design, building materials, color, texture, shape, details both new and original as well as a challenging opportunity to count plenty of windows.

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Collicot 3rd, 4th and 5th graders have been enjoying some healthy competition over the past few weeks by participating in a Greek roots challenge. At the beginning of the week, a new root word from the Reach for Reading curriculum is introduced to all students. Throughout the week, students are challenged to find as many words that contain the Greek root and add them to the vocabulary word wall in the hallway. So far students have enjoyed learning new words with the Greek roots “port”, “graph” and “meter”. This week Mr. Rosner’s  5th grade class and Mrs. Spitz’s  4th grade class are head to head in competition to see who can record the most new vocabulary words! Thank you to 5th grade teacher Erin O’Brien for this great idea!

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Mrs. O’Leary’s Glover 3rd graders got a chance to practice their multiplication facts in a fun way with peers this week. They each made a fortune teller out of paper and paired up with a classmate to challenge their facts!

INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY

Commissioner of Education Jeff Riley has determined that for this school year only if schools must close school buildings because of inclement weather or another emergency, districts may choose whether to treat those days as “snow days” to be made up later or provide all students with remote learning on those days. The Milton Public Schools will be providing learning opportunities consistent with DESE guidelines (see item 4) on days of inclement weather/emergencies where the buildings need to be closed and will therefore NOT have traditional snow days this year.

For this year only, on what would typically be considered a snow day, we will pivot to a “remote snow day” and provide all students with learning opportunities. On these days, the following will take place:

  • MPS faculty, staff and students will all work from home (with the exception of custodial staff who will be partly responsible for snow removal on each school’s campus)
  • Students and staff will follow the schedule that is previously planned for that day.
  • Attendance will be taken.
  • There will be no delayed openings – we will simply shift to a remote model for that day only.
  • Students will engage in a combination of synchronous and asynchronous learning opportunities.
  • Notification of a “remote snow day” will be made as soon as possible but could come as late as the morning of the “remote snow day”.

Factors that will contribute to pivoting to a “remote snow day” include, but are not limited to: the amount of accumulated or expected snowfall; road conditions, sidewalk/bus stop conditions, safety for walkers, and conditions for the school parking lots/school grounds.

A complete cancellation of school may happen if there are wide power outages or connectivity issues for the student or staff population or if the Town of Milton has widespread power outages or any other unforeseen circumstances that require a complete shutdown of the schools. Notification of a remote school day will come in the typical way – via tv and radio, MPS Twitter and Facebook and with and email and robocall to all families.

SPECIAL EDUCATION

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

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We are pleased to welcome Ms. Suzanne Shaw, who is joining us at Pierce Middle School and as an Out of District Coordinator. Ms. Shaw can be reached at sshaw@miltonps.org. Ms. Shaw replaces Ms. St. Peter and shares the message below: 

I am the new Team Chair here in Milton and I am very pleased to join your fine community. I will be working as .5 Team Chair at Pierce Middle School and a .3 Out of District Coordinator so I will have the chance to interact and support many of you in meetings. I have been in Education for many years as a teacher, administrator, team chair, consultant, and state-level compliance monitor. Although I grew up in Massachusetts, I have lived and worked in many states and enjoyed the diversity and ability to learn to see things in different ways.

I chose Milton because of its high standards and dedication to excellence and the chance to be around middle schoolers again. I enjoy the challenges of early adolescents and the days are never dull!

I am mother to a three year old Teddy Roosevelt Terrier named Finian Weir O’Rourke and he keeps me very entertained. He is a retired show dog who hasn’t lost his love of the spotlight. I hope you will meet him at a school event someday. I am thrilled to be here in Milton and cannot wait to be able to meet you in person.

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We are happy to welcome Ms. Lindsay Moonan as the Interim Cunningham Team Chair. Ms. Moonan will be filling in for Ms. LaPierre, who is taking a leave of absence. Ms. Moonan has been a special education classroom teacher at Cunningham for the last three years and is excited to pivot into this new role. She will remain in the building and looks forward to checking in with her former students throughout the year. Cunningham families can reach Ms. Moonan at lmoonan@miltonps.org

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Milton SEPAC held elections for the new board last week and the new elected board is: Jenny Sheehan – Chairperson; Jennie Mulqueen – Co-Chair; Clare Keating – Treasurer; Amanda Serio – Secretary; High School Rep – Jenny Mulqueen and Clare Keating (seeking additional members.); Pierce Rep – Jenny Sheehan (seeking additional members); Glover Rep: Nora Harrington; Cunningham Rep: Jennifer Dunford; Collicot Rep: Amy Masferer; Tucker Rep: Seeking membership; Out Of District/504 Rep: Melissa Feldman.

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 don’t hesitate to reach out to Marti O’Keefe McKenna, MPS Family Outreach Liaison at 617-980-7343 or by email at mmckenna@miltonps.org. All calls and emails are confidential.

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

ATHLETICS

Please see below from MHS Athletic Director Ryan Madden.

Congrats to our Fall All-Stars! We are proud of all of our student-athletes, especially during this unconventional season. 

  • Golf – Ben Catudal
  • Soccer – Josiah King, Miguel Varela, Justin Gomes, Ian Wick, Elaine Naide, Claire Walko
  • Cross Country – John Carew, Donovan Murray, Alec Carew, Stephen Affanato, Norah Affanato, Christina Sullivan, Olivia Duggan
  • Swim – Elle Anthony, Rose Gillooly, Madison Crummey, Andrew Tran, Christian Bartkiewicz, Andrew Scapicchio
  • Field Hockey – Kat Baker, Natalie Vaughan, Christina Sweeney

Winter Sports are set to commence on December 14th. Only Basketball, Hockey, and Ski are allowed to play this winter. Take a look at the Athletics Website for information on the seasonal structure and Athletic COVID Guidelines! 

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Thank you to all who supported our student-athletes by purchasing merchandise from the Milton Boosters Winter Pop-up. You will be contacted via e-mail this week with a pick-up date, time, and local location.

COMMUNITY NEWS 

The Milton Parks and Rec Department is excited to announce our first ever Holiday House Decorating Contest. It’s time for a fun, free, socially distant, family activity for all to enjoy in some fashion. A little healthy competition is good for the morale! Let’s end 2020 on a fun and decorative note.


The Eustis Estate has several ways to enjoy the property this month!

Enjoy a festive atmosphere and get in the holiday spirit with the Victorian Holiday Market at the Eustis Estate. This open air market features a variety of local craftspeople selling unique holiday gifts, including jewelry, fiber art, and foodstuffs. Due to COVID-19 considerations, this event has limited capacity. Advance tickets are strongly encouraged, as we cannot guarantee there will be tickets available at the gate upon arrival. Please call 617-994-6600 for more information.

Visits to the Eustis Estate mansion are available by reservation only. If you would like to visit the house on the day of the market, please purchase a house ticket here. Free for Historic New England members; non-member adult $5; free for children.

Visit the Eustis Estate during the holiday season and get into the Christmas spirit! Explore the beautiful 1878 Eustis Estate and its lavish decorations during A Victorian Christmas. There are bright lights, an enormous tree, garlands, and mantelpieces adorned with holiday decorations inspired by nature. There are floral arrangements from the Brush Hill Garden Guru, Cedar Grove Gardens, and floral designer Lisa Ahern. From December 4 to January 3, the mansion will be open for visits by reservation only Fridays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Masks and social distancing are required for all staff and visitors. Please call 617-994-6600 for more information. Historic New England members and Milton residents are free. Milton residents need to call to make a reservation. Non-member adults $20; seniors $17; children/students $10.


Forbes House Museum offers FREE tours to Milton residents in December! We’ve decked the halls and are eager to share the magic of the season. So if you’ve “lived in town forever but never visited,” here’s your chance! We’re offering FREE tours this month to any Milton resident. Simply call the main number at 617-696-1815 to reserve your spot. 48 hours advance notice is recommended. Tours will be available Wednesday-Saturday at 11 am and 1 pm. COVID safety guidelines will be observed; see website for more details.  

All visitors will also receive a coupon from our friends at Lower Mills Tavern, good for 15% off your order. Cheers!


The Milton Public Library has some terrific programs for students of all ages. Check out next week’s activities here. 


Cunningham 4th grader Sophia is back with her Sock Drive! The 6th Annual Sophia’s Socks for the Homeless has kicked into gear. 2020 has been a lot different than years in the past, but that is why we need your help more than ever! Please consider helping the homeless of Boston, by donating NEW socks to the drive. Every pair you donate will help the life of someone in need. We will be collecting socks until Friday, December 18 and will be dropped off at St. Francis on December 19/20. Let’s make this year the best and help brighten someone’s day. Sox Box locations are Cunningham School, 3 Phyllis Lane, and 178 Lyman Road.


Thank you to my blog contributors this week: Kim Coughlin, Susan Maselli, Jackie Morgan, Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Debra Miller, Laurel Bernini, Marybeth Callahan, Elaine McNeil-Girmai, Patrick Manning, Ellen Lohan and Sara MacNeil.

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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November 24, 2020

To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
From: James F. Jette
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: November  24, 2020

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

I hope this communication finds you well and in good spirits.  

I would like to take a moment to express my sincere gratitude to all Milton Public Schools families for your ongoing support. Your attentiveness to all communications, your participation in virtual meetings, your ongoing support of your children, and your critical feedback is truly appreciated and is essential to the overall success of the Milton Public Schools.  I know this year has not been easy, and it is definitely not what any of us expected or hoped for, but we all have to work together to make the best of it. Today marks the 47th day of this academic year, and although we have faced many challenges, I am optimistic that better days are coming.

In my email to MPS staff earlier today,  I expressed my gratitude to the MPS faculty and staff for their commitment, support, and professionalism during what is arguably one of the most challenging times in the history of our educational careers. I know many of you join me in this gratitude as I receive emails of thanks for our staff every single day.

To keep our community safe, healthy, and physically in school, we need your ongoing awareness and steadfast commitment to Protect the Paw!  Please refer to the COVID-19 page on the MPS website for all updated COVID -19 safety guidelines.  As a friendly reminder, please adhere to the MA travel guidelines and tips on Thanksgiving gatherings. Thank you for your continued vigilance around these health and safety guidelines.

As a reminder, our weekly drive-through for breakfast and lunch pick up is OPEN tomorrow, Wednesday, November 25. All families are welcome to come to Milton High School on any Wednesday from 9:30-10:30 and 12:30-1:30pm to pick up a week’s worth of breakfast and lunches. 

If you are looking for a safe and fun family activity next month, Milton Community Schools has asked me to let you know about an upcoming virtual family event  – Holiday Wreath Making –  on December 9. Attendance is limited, so please sign up soon and join us for this fun family event!  

Finally, I wanted to share how honored and thankful I am to work in one of the best communities in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, where the families are supportive of the schools and value their children’s education. It is truly special and I thank you for choosing the Milton Public Schools!

On behalf of all MPS faculty and staff, I would like to wish you a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday. Please enjoy our Thanksgiving video below.

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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November 19, 2020

To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
From: James F. Jette
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: November  19, 2020

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

During the week of Thanksgiving, we will celebrate MPS Spirit Week. We are asking all in MPS to show their school pride on Tuesday, November 24, by wearing red and white and their school gear, both at home and in school.  We also invite everyone – our hybrid and remote students, staff, families –  to share what they are thankful for right now. It’s a difficult time in our country and it’s even more important for all of us to focus on the good and what we are thankful for, whenever possible.

Next week, we will share some of the messages, pictures, and videos of gratitude that we receive. If you would like to share your message of gratitude – about your family, school, community, friends –  with the MPS community, I invite you to do it here. Notes, short videos, or pictures are all very welcome. 

Personally, I am grateful for the partnership of our six school Principals and the Central Office staff with whom I work closely every day. I am so thankful for our dedicated administrators, teachers, and staff who work tirelessly – in person or remotely – on behalf of our students. 

I appreciate and value the many creative and respectful emails and calls I receive from our MPS parents and guardians with ideas and encouragement to improve the school experience for MPS students during these unprecedented times.

I am the most grateful for our almost 4500 students, who range in age from 3 to 22.  These young people are funny and kind, hardworking and resilient and they motivate and inspire many of us in education to strive to be better each day. 

I have enjoyed my listening sessions with many remote families over the last few weeks and look forward to my school specific meetings with hybrid families in December and January. I am also pleased to have been invited to several PTO meetings this month. The exchange of ideas and thoughtful feedback is valuable as we constantly strive to adjust our best practices. 

I also want to acknowledge that November is Native American Heritage Month. The traditions, culture, and contributions to the nation from Native peoples cannot be overstated and I hope you will take a moment to read about Native American Heritage Month here and here

Massachusetts and MPS Thanksgiving travel guidelines are detailed under the HEALTH AND SAFETY heading below and MA guidelines are also linked here. These guidelines were sent to all families within the MPS testing email sent on Wednesday as well.

I wish you a safe, healthy, and happy Thanksgiving holiday. I thank the many in our community who are forgoing traditional Thanksgiving plans in an effort to Protect the Paw and keep our MPS and Milton community as safe and healthy as possible in the weeks ahead. 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE

I encourage you to regularly watch Milton School Committee meetings. At each meeting, I give a comprehensive Superintendent update which includes COVID-19 updates as well as many updates about the general business of the Milton Public Schools. The School Committee discusses current business and plans for the future. School Committee meetings are open and transparent and in our virtual world, even easier to attend. You can watch live on Milton Access TV online, live on Milton Access cable channels (Comcast 22, RCN 15), via Zoom (link to attend found on the Town of Milton SC page), or on-demand in the days following the meeting.

The next School Committee meeting will be on December 2, 2020, at 7pm.

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES

  • Nov 25-27 Thanksgiving Recess
  • Dec 2 School Committee Meeting
  • Dec 7 Special Town Meeting
  • Dec 10 Early Release, P/T Conferences K-5
  • Dec 16 School Committee Meeting
  • Dec 24-Jan 3 Winter Recess

The full MPS calendar can be found here.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Over the Thanksgiving holiday our health rooms will be closed from Tuesday, November 24 at 3pm until Monday, November 30 at 8am. If you have health questions during this time, please contact your pediatrician.

If you have any travel questions about your child returning to school on Monday, November 30, please email us by Monday, November 23. If your question arises over the Thanksgiving holiday, we will be responding to all new emails and calls on Monday, November 30. If you are unsure if your child should return to school, please keep them home until you speak to your school nurse on Monday, November 30.


Thank you to Manet Community Health Center who is performing COVID-19 testing for the MPS community on Friday from 10 am- 2pm at Milton High School. All details can be found here and here. If you did not register for testing, there will be limited additional tests available for those who did not register. You can also visit the Manet website and register for a test at their North Quincy location at any time. 


As Milton residents plan for the Thanksgiving holiday, we offer the following considerations to help keep our friends, families, and community safe during COVID-19.

We are about to embark upon the holiday season, which is typically a social time for many of us. In addition, many of our students’ siblings will be returning home from colleges out of state. Per MA DPH guidelines, these college students will need to quarantine until they receive a negative COVID test. I am also asking each of you to be mindful of your own social gatherings and the need to adhere to the health and safety guidelines set by the CDC and MA DPH. Small gatherings of family and friends have repeatedly been shown to be super spreader events.

If you are traveling, please follow Massachusetts Travel orders linked here and adhere to MPS Policy that all students and staff must provide a negative COVID 19 test taken upon 72 hours of arrival back in Massachusetts or quarantine for 14 days after travel prior to returning to in person learning.

These reminders for a safe and healthy Thanksgiving during COVID from MA DPH are important to read through. Also, this Thanksgiving Poster from Mass.gov is available in several languages.

FOOD SERVICE 

There are two ways to take advantage of the FREE TO ALL to-go breakfasts and lunches this year.

Weekly Pick Up: Weekly pick up is available at two different times on Wednesdays. Come to MHS 9:30-10:30 or 12:30-1:30 (please don’t arrive before 12:15 to allow for MHS pick up) to pick up 7 days of breakfast and lunches for your child.

Weekly Pick Up will be available EVERY Wednesday in November, including the Wednesdays when there is no school at MPS – November 25 (Wednesday before Thanksgiving).

Grab and Go: Encourage your student to check out our to go lunch and breakfast bags. They (and you!) will not be disappointed. Multiple breakfasts, lunches, and snacks are included in each bag. Students can take a grab and go bag with several breakfasts and lunches as they leave school each day.

Free student meals have been extended through the school year. All details on pick up options can be found in this link.

MPS STAFF UPDATES

Please join me in welcoming three new employees to the Milton Public Schools. Thank you to our all who joined our search committees and devoted their time to finding just the right candidates for these positions. 

Kimberly Kaplan is joining us as our Elementary Social Studies Coordinator. Ms. Kaplan has taught history at both the middle and high school levels in public and private schools. She is currently a professor and practicum coordinator at Lasell College where she both supervises pre-service teachers and teaches courses such as Teaching Social Studies in the Elementary Classroom. She holds an Undergraduate Degree in History and Marketing from Lehigh University and two Masters of Science in Education degrees from Boston College Lynch School of Education- one in teaching history and one in special education. Kimberly’s references described her as being committed to anti-racist education and social justice. The committee was impressed with her commitment to all children and her passion for history and teaching. We are all looking forward to benefiting from her expertise and leadership.

We are pleased to announce that our new Senior Director for Educational Equity is Somaly Prak-Martins. Ms. Prak- Martins immediately got our attention during the interview process- standing out from the other candidates. It was clear that she was knowledgeable, experienced in diversity, equity, and inclusion work as well as strategic leadership, and yet still connected with each of us on a personal level. We were drawn to how she wove together her personal and professional experiences as she shared with us her story. We were in awe of her courage, persistence, and compassion. We were impressed with her understanding of not only the critical importance of fostering an anti-racist educational system but also her experience in doing precisely that. Somaly holds a Bachelor of Science degree in International Business Administration from the State University of New York and a Masters in Education degree in Administration Management and Leadership from Phoenix University. Her references described her as a warrior, and we cannot wait to get to work with her.

Assistant Superintendent for Business Dr. Glenn Pavlicek is retiring from the Milton Public Schools in December after many years of service to our schools and town. I will share more about Dr. Pavlicek in an upcoming blog. I am pleased to share that Amy Dexter will be our new Assistant Superintendent for Business. 

Ms. Dexter has more than 10 years of financial management experience in municipal government and more than 15 years of experience in management experience with publicly traded and private companies. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Bentley College and an Associates Degree in Management. Amy is a certified public accountant and a certified government accountant. Amy is a long-time resident of Milton and knows first-hand of the excellent work of the Milton Public Schools as her children attend or have graduated from  MPS. We are really looking forward to working with Ms. Dexter in her new position. 

MHS HAPPENINGS

MHS student leaders will be hosting a virtual pep rally event on Tuesday, November 24 at 2pm for all MHS students. Students should check their emails and will receive a link to attend. Have fun, Wildcats! 

PIERCE PAGES

For a recent lesson, Mr. Manning’s 8th graders had to dig deep and reflect on their identity, who they are as a person, their family makeup, and cultural values in order to create unique identity tattoo designs. They were disappointed to learn there would be no real tattoos given at the end of the lesson!

Mr. Manning’s 7th grade artists focused on the work of Wayne Thiebaud and his simple but elegant food paintings. Thiebaud’s most famous work was a painting of four cupcakes that sold for over 2 million dollars. Students learned about shadows and highlights and how to draw with depth and dimension. Thiebaud’s most famous work was a painting of four cupcakes that sold for over 2 million dollars. Students said that those cupcakes were probably not at Montilios!

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Cunningham 4th graders are reading A Boy Called Bat, an inspiring story about differences and acceptance. Students are asked to respond to a fun prompt on Flipgrid, where they record a video of themselves. They can view their friends’ responses and comment on their friends’ answers as they read the book together. 

With the challenges this school year, Mrs. Caswell, Ms. Hyde, Mr. Young, Ms. Harris, Mrs. McKay, and Mme. Mushin thought this would be a great way to have remote and hybrid classes mix for this inclusive group project. The Cunningham 4th grade is enjoying this fun way to come together and interact with friends who they are not seeing in person right now! 


Tucker 2nd and 3rd graders recently read the book Click Clack Moo by Doreen Cronin for inspiration for an art project. Students talked about how to draw a cow moving, by bending arms and legs and movement lines. Students went on a scavenger hunt in their yard or house to find objects that have texture to add to the grass of their project and they showed space in this project by drawing a horizon line.


Ms. McDermott’s 3rd grade Collicot class wrote this week about what they are thankful for this year. To complement their writing, they decorated fall thankful trees. Students all mentioned that 2020 was a year like no other and there were many hard parts and challenges. However, students were able to express gratitude for many things in their lives including family, friends, pets, teachers, frontline workers, and medical professionals. 3rd grader Brenna Monahan is thankful for more time with her grandparents who are helping bring her to school and who read with her, and she ended her essay best by saying, “2020 is a rollercoaster, but we made it work.”


The Glover and Tucker Diverse Reads Book Club had a fantastic visit with
Claribel Ortega,  author of The Ghost Squad.  Thank you to the Diverse Reads Book Club for a powerful discussion!


Ms. Lennon’s  3rd grade Cunningham class enjoyed having a  guest reader this week during their  virtual meeting. MHS senior Ilisa Risal shared some of her Nepali family traditions, Dashain and Tihar, by reading the book Dashain Aayo! Tihar Aayo! A Napalian Festival Celebration by Anita B. Adhikary. After listening to the story, the students enjoyed writing their names using the Nepali alphabet.


Mrs. Spitz’ Collicot 4th graders completed family trees to go with Reach for Reading Unit 1. Students asked: How important are traditions? Where do we learn about traditions? The family trees helped them visualize how traditions are passed down from generation to generation.

SPECIAL EDUCATION

Administrator for Pupil Personnel Services, Sue Maselli invites you to read her monthly Special Education update at this link.  Information on the upcoming Glover Special Education Coffee, important contacts, and more can be found in the update

MPS GIVES BACK

Each year the Milton Public Schools join together in partnership with Milton Residents Fund and My Brother’s Keeper to collect toys and gift cards for our Milton families who need a little extra support during the holidays. Due to Covid restrictions schools cannot have children bring gifts directly to school as had been done in previous years. The PTOs have come up with some alternatives that will still allow children to participate, and that will benefit our friends and neighbors in Milton and beyond, and even some of our neighborhood businesses. Despite these challenging times, we hope to make this year just as successful, perhaps even more so.

How can you participate?

Gift cards: We are hoping to have enough $25 Target gift cards to allow each Pierce and MHS student in need to directly receive a gift card through the school, and also to be able to provide families who submitted wishlists with a $25 gift card to purchase essentials like socks and underwear for their children.

Shop with a local business:  Shop in-person, online, or over the phone with The Toy Chest in East Milton Square or The Toy Box in Hanover (owned by an MPS family).  Mention your purchase is part of the MPS Holiday Giving Drive and the items will be held there and distributed.

Elementary families: Please see Cunningham School Sign Up; Collicot School Sign Up; Tucker School Sign Up; Glover School Sign Up.

Pierce and MHS families: We are collecting $25 Target gift cards. Please drop your gift cards to the drop box at the front of Milton High School by December 3. The locked drop box will be emptied several times each day.

FAMILY RESOURCES

Caroline Mannion, Inclusion Specialist/BCBA for Pierce and MHS, recently offered a session focused on how parents and guardians can support their middle and high school age children as they navigate through their Hybrid/Remote learning schedule.  Thank you to Ms. Mannion for offering this resource and thank you to all who attended. You can view Ms. Mannion’s powerpoint presentation 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 don’t hesitate to reach out to Marti O’Keefe McKenna, MPS Family Outreach Liaison at 617-980-7343 or by email at mmckenna@miltonps.org. All calls and emails are confidential.

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

COMMUNITY SCHOOLS

Milton Community Schools is pleased to offer a series of Virtual Family Events this winter. First up is Holiday Wreath Making on December 9. Attendance is limited so please sign up soon and join us for this fun family event!

TRANSPORTATION

At their meeting on November 18, the School Committee approved changes in the bus fees for the 2020-2021 school year.  Fees to ride for elementary students will be $150 and fees to ride for students at MHS and Pierce will be $90.  The family maximum will be $300.  Bills for transportation will be issued in December and January. 

ART AND MUSIC

Movement is a fun and important part of the elementary music curriculum. It is particularly essential for younger students and remote learning where students are often sitting for longer periods of time.  Movement is a great way to instill musical concepts kinesthetically for more involved, in depth learning.  

Our elementary general music team readily incorporates movement into each lesson in various ways such as adding hand motions and body movements to a song, performing simple folk dances, using body percussion to learn the form of a popular song, tapping rhythm sticks to march and move to the beat and purposefully moving using ribbons, scarves, and other household items to feel phrases, beat and flow. Cross-body movements help the left and right hemispheres of the brain to connect and coordinate, aiding in balance and stronger motor skills. The ultimate goals of incorporating movement with music are to internalize the beat, move rhythmically, develop coordination and confidence to move freely, gain an understanding of how music is connected to and can be expressed through movement, to find joy in dancing to music, and to understand that everyone can dance and make music! 

Currently, Ms. Martin is teaching warm-up dances to various songs such as  “Sunday Best“ By Surfaces with her grade 2-5 students. Here is an example of Tucker 4th graders  and Glover 3rd graders warming up to “Sunday Best.”  In the photos below, Mr. Good’s students are tapping and moving with sticks they’ve found at home as they march to internalize the beat.  Mrs. Allegrezza’s students created movements to the song “Wake Me, Shake Me.” Check out this link to see 2nd grade in action. Students are also learning a Chinese ribbon dance using scarves and ribbons found at home. Ask your students to show you some of the moves they are developing in their elementary music class!

ATHLETICS

Please see below from MHS Athletic Director Ryan Madden.

Thank you to all student-athletes and coaches for making this past fall season possible! A special thank you to our senior student-athletes who have helped to build our programs to where they are now. Though this is not how anyone would have imagined their senior year would look, our students made the most of their fall seasons.. The seniors have all set examples to the younger students on how to battle adversity.


The Boosters Winter Pop-up with limited-time only gear closes early next week. Don’t miss out! All details are here and once you place an order you will be contacted mid-December with local pick-up information.

COMMUNITY NEWS 

The Milton Interfaith Clergy Association asked me to share information about their (virtual) Thanks for Giving Service on Sunday, November 22, at 4pm.

Please join us in gratitude for our many blessings, including this year’s Extraordinary Honorees from many of our Communities of Faith and Civic Organizations. Register in advance for this virtual webinar here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. 

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgiving, turn routine… into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.”  William Arthur Ward


Support our local businesses!  2020 has been an unusually challenging year for many, and this has been true for small businesses too. Many small businesses in Milton have been especially impacted. Though the Chamber of Commerce is doing all it can to help, as is the state, many are still struggling and are in danger of closing.

Small Businesses are at the core of every successful neighborhood, so the Milton Chamber of Commerce is promoting Small Business Saturday starting on 11/28. Small Business Saturday is a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities. Many businesses have specials that they’re offering, and all details can be found here. 

Many of these businesses have been very generous in supporting Milton Public Schools through fundraisers and other events, and I know our support of our local businesses will be much appreciated.


Thank you to Milton Access Talk of the Town host Brian Kelley and  Tom Fahey for the Milton documentary “Remember This Year”.  This excellent documentary is a look at the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic in Milton. Residents and local business people talk about their anxiety about coping with a looming public health threat.

Tom Fahey is one of New England’s most experienced television photographers. His work is seen regularly on some of America’s best-known TV programs such as 60 Minutes, CBS Sunday Morning, HBO Real Sports, and The Daily Show. He has performed principal photography on many documentaries and worked with corporate producers and international news agencies. Tom received a national EMMY in 2013 for a 60 Minutes feature and has shot other programs that have won national awards including the Peabody and Cine Golden Eagle.


The Cardinal Cushing 5K RUN/WALK (formerly the Best Buddies 5k) has gone virtual!

  • The where and what are up to you!
  • Complete your miles from November 18-21, then upload your results.
  • Create a personal or team page, then train and ask your friends and family to donate.
  • Share photos and videos on our Facebook event page.
  • Register here.

Thanks for participating and supporting our very important cause!


The Milton Public Library has some terrific programs for students of all ages. Check out next week’s activities here. 


Forbes House Museum is seeking volunteers for its new DEI Committee. The Forbes House Museum has formed a new Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee. It’s vital that we include voices from outside the institution in this initiative. If you or someone you know would be interested in joining this committee, please send an email to Heidi Vaughan, Executive Director


Nature Tails! Children’s Program – Join us for the first of four free, fun, literacy and STEM Saturday morning programs with Trailside Museum staff. Programs are designed for children ages 2.9 to 7 years old and their parent or guardian and will include a story, guided movement, two live animal encounters, and a Q&A session! This program will be held on Saturday, November 21st at 11:00 AM and the topic will be Owls. These sessions will be held live, via Zoom. Registration is required to obtain the Zoom link and password. Please register here. Mark your calendar for the remaining sessions: January 23, 2021, Animal Habitats; March 27, 2021, Animal Movements; and May 22, 2021, Animal Five Senses. Many thanks to our kindergarten t-shirt sponsors. Their generosity has made this programming possible!


Cunningham 4th grader Sophia is back with her Sock Drive! The 6th Annual Sophia’s Socks for the Homeless has kicked into gear. 2020 has been a lot different than years in the past, but that is why we need your help more than ever! Please consider helping the homeless of Boston, by donating NEW socks to the drive. Every pair you donate will help the life of someone in need. We will be collecting socks until Friday, December 18 and will be dropped off at St. Francis on December 19/20. Let’s make this year the best and help brighten someone’s day. Sox Box locations are Cunningham School, 3 Phyllis Lane, and 178 Lyman Road.


Chess Club with Mr. Vigorito – Winter Session- Begins December 7th!

International Chess Master David Vigorito has been teaching chess in Milton for over 10 years. He teaches at all 4 elementary schools as well as Milton Academy and St. Agatha’s. He also usually teaches at the Milton Summer Enrichment program. For information and to register, please see this link.

SUPERINTENDENT SHOUTOUT

Congratulations to the following MHS Music students who were accepted to the Massachusetts Music Educator’s Association Eastern District Senior Festival!

Barron Clancy- Orchestra; Timothy Fay- Band; Isabelle Feloney- Chorus;
Max Hollingsworth Hays- Band and Jazz Band; Michael Howard- Band; Nesta Ryan Malin- Chorus; Madison Massad- Band; Aislinn Mershon- Band Claudia O’Neill- BanD; Abigail Taugher- Chorus

Students spent time creating audition videos and were adjudicated amongst students from over 30 surrounding communities that make up the Eastern District.

Bravo to the following students who also received All State recommendations: Timothy Fay, Isabelle Feloney, Max Hollingsworth- Hays and Claudia O’Neill. These students will continue to a second round of auditions that will include students from all of Massachusetts. We are so proud of these talented students!

Thank you to my blog contributors this week: Kim Coughlin, Susan Maselli, Jackie Morgan, Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Caroline Mannion, Ryan Madden, Jon Redden, Elaine McNeil-Girmai, Rebecca Damiani, April Allegrezza, Jess Gillooly, Colleen Martin, Gary Good, Courtney Lennon, Patrick Manning, Liz Spitz, Karen Spaulding, Nawar Mushin, Ellen Lohan and Karen McDavitt.

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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November 12, 2020

To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
From: James F. Jette
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: November  12, 2020

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

Yesterday, we observed Veterans Day in Milton and across the United States. Our schools have a long tradition of Veterans Day events that honor Veterans in our MPS community. This year, we were unable to gather in person, but our schools held virtual assemblies, made artwork, wrote about important Veterans in their lives, and more. Please see below for some of the highlights of this year’s events.  We look forward to gathering in person next year to honor our Veterans.

MHS Music students participated in this year’s Veterans Day Ceremony at Milton’s Town Hall on Wednesday, November 11. Senior MHS Chorus member Anna Hoey performed the National Anthem, and a small delegation from the Wildcat Marching Band performed “God Bless America.”  MHS Marching Band performers include Senior Drum Major Aislinn Mershon (flute), Brian Fay (trumpet), Junior Drum Major Michael Howard (mellophone), Timothy Fay (trombone), and Junior Drum Major Max Hollingsworth-Hays (baritone sax). You can watch our musicians here. 

Thank you for your service, Mr. Troxell.

Glover principal Mrs. McDavitt’s father, Dean Troxell, spoke to Glover students about Veterans Day. Thank you for your service, Mr. Troxell. You can watch Mr. Troxell’s video here. 

Cunningham dedicated this Veterans Day to Beirne Lovely, and you can read the tribute to Mr. Lovely here. We received the note below from Mr. Lovely’s family as a piece of MPS Good News.  

Mr. Lovely’s grandson Scott with the Cunningham Veterans Day display.

Thank you to the PTO, administration, and school community at Cunningham for dedicating this year’s Veterans Day event to Beirne Lovely, who passed away in June. Beirne was devoted to the Milton Public Schools in various capacities – as a proud parent and grandparent, School Committee Chair, and super fan, among other things – and he was a fierce advocate for his fellow Veterans. The family is so touched by Cunningham’s recognition of him, and we know that Beirne would have been deeply honored by this gesture.

Thank you to all who have served and continue to serve our country.

During the week of Thanksgiving, we will celebrate MPS Spirit Week. We are asking all in MPS to show their school pride on Monday and Tuesday, November 23/24, by wearing red and white and their school swag. In addition, we’ll be asking students and staff to share what they are thankful for. In this very trying time, it’s important for all of us to focus on the good and what we are thankful for, whenever possible. We received this comment below earlier this week and I share it with you now. It helped me to take a moment and reflect on the many positives in my professional and personal life. 

If it hadn’t been for the pandemic, I would never have had the chance to experience my kid’s teachers in action. To preface this statement, I don’t hang over their shoulders during their zoom lessons. But, as I check in on them from time to time (my son sequestered in his room) and my daughter (working off the dining room table), I do also get to experience fleeting moments of teaching. These have all been lovely but I will only mention a few. While I was doing dishes, I became captivated by a Latin mythical tale and could have listened for hours. When I was cleaning up after breakfast, I was soothed by an endlessly patient teacher greeting all her students, some logging on early, some late, and gently suggesting to those who were there by mistake that maybe they would like to log on tomorrow instead. I can’t imagine how my kid’s teachers can keep up with all that they need to do, juggling various technological challenges, yet see and hear every student. I am grateful. The pandemic will eventually pass. 10 or 20 years from now, I will close my eyes and remember these moments and still be grateful.

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The Milton Interfaith Clergy Association asked me to share information about their (virtual) Thanks for Giving Service on Sunday, November 22, at 4pm. 

Please join us in gratitude for our many blessings, including this year’s Extraordinary Honorees from many of our Communities of Faith and Civic Organizations. Register in advance for this virtual webinar here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. 

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgiving, turn routine… into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” 

William Arthur Ward

SCHOOL COMMITTEE

The next School Committee meeting will be on November 18, 2020, at 7pm, and all School Committee meetings can be watched live and later on-demand on Milton Access TV.  In the days leading up to each meeting, call in/login information is available on the Town of Milton website.

MPS GOOD NEWS

Have an MPS Good News story to share? Please do so here and we will share it in an upcoming communication. Today I am pleased to share a few good news stories we have recently received.

Working from home, I get the chance to occasionally pop by the kids as they do their remote learning. Getting to finally hear them use their French in depth is so much fun. I also loved getting to listen to my highschooler debate Medicare for all on a zoom call. I value the opportunity to be a “fly on the wall” and see how much they are learning.

On October 22nd, at the Town Flu Clinic, so many members of our community came together to help provide the flu vaccine in a safe environment. Big shoutout to the school nurses who worked all day and then provided our most vulnerable community members with this important health care. Thank you!

The way every MPS staff member makes this crazy process seem like a walk in the park is amazing! Kudos to all for continued dedication, professionalism, care, and devotion to fostering a love for learning for all the children of Milton.

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES

  • Nov 25-27 Thanksgiving Recess

The full MPS calendar can be found here.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

As Milton residents plan for the Thanksgiving holiday, we offer the following considerations to help keep our friends, families, and community safe during COVID-19.

We are about to embark upon the holiday season, which is typically a social time for many of us. In addition, many of our students’ siblings will be returning home from colleges out of state. Per MA DPH guidelines, these college students will need to quarantine until they receive a negative COVID test. I am also asking each of you to be mindful of your own social gatherings and the need to adhere to the health and safety guidelines set by the CDC and MA DPH. Small gatherings of family and friends have repeatedly been shown to be super spreader events.

If you are traveling, please follow Massachusetts Travel orders linked here and adhere to MPS Policy that all students and staff must provide a negative COVID 19 test taken upon 72 hours of arrival back in Massachusetts or quarantine for 14 days after travel prior to returning to in person learning.

These reminders for a safe and healthy Thanksgiving during COVID from MA DPH are important to read through. Also, this Thanksgiving Poster from Mass.gov is available in several languages.

FOOD SERVICE 

There are two ways to take advantage of the FREE TO ALL to-go breakfasts and lunches this year.

Weekly Pick Up: Weekly pick up is available at two different times on Wednesdays. Come to MHS 9:30-10:30 or 12:30-1:30 (please don’t arrive before 12:15 to allow for MHS pick up) to pick up 7 days of breakfast and lunches for your child.

Weekly Pick Up will be available EVERY Wednesday in November, including the Wednesdays when there is no school at MPS – November 25 (Wednesday before Thanksgiving).

Grab and Go: Encourage your student to check out our to go lunch and breakfast bags. They (and you!) will not be disappointed. Multiple breakfasts, lunches, and snacks are included in each bag. Students can take a grab and go bag with several breakfasts and lunches as they leave school each day.

Free student meals have been extended through the school year. All details on pick up options can be found in this link.

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS


3rd grade students worked on a nighttime owl picture focusing on making implied texture in their artwork. Be sure to look at the details in their trees and owl feathers.

3rd grade students also learned about Mattie Lou O’Kelley, a folk artist from Georgia, and created these stunning landscapes. Students created three distinct sections to their landscape; a foreground, middle ground, and background. Look at all the details in each section!


As a supplement to the On the Farm Reach unit of study, Tucker kindergartners in  Mrs. Barker’s class were asked to evidence their learning by creating a farm diorama using a shoebox, construction paper, popsicle sticks, and Model Magic.

FAMILY RESOURCES

Milton Public Schools is proud to have a thriving Inclusion Task Force. The purpose of the Inclusion Task Force (ITF) is to foster authentic relationships in schools and the broader community for our students with disabilities. The ITF works to promote awareness of inclusive opportunities throughout the school district and community. The ITF is asking all parents to take a brief survey about inclusion in the Milton Public Schools.  You can complete the short survey here.


Join Caroline Mannion, Inclusion Specialist/BCBA for Pierce and MHS, for a session focused on how parents and guardians can support their middle and high school age children as they navigate through their Hybrid/Remote learning schedule. This evening will focus on identifying strategies on how parents can set up their home working environment to support at home learning, how to support your child with planning and organizing their workload, behavioral strategies to increase independence with remote learning, and strategies to monitor your child’s social and emotional well being. Join us online on Tuesday, November 17th, at 6:30 pm for this valuable session. Please click here to receive a link to attend a few days before the event.


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 don’t hesitate to reach out to Marti O’Keefe McKenna, MPS Family Outreach Liaison at 617-980-7343 or by email at mmckenna@miltonps.org. All calls and emails are confidential.

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

PTO UPDATES

Fruit Center Shopping Week is November 9-15!
 
The Fruit Center has donated over $117,000 to schools in Milton and Hingham over the last ten years! 
 
It’s easy to participate and raise funds for your child’s school:
  • Download a shopping voucher for your school here. Print as many as you’d like and share them with friends, family, and neighbors.
  • Present your voucher when you make purchases at the Fruit Center Marketplace from Monday, November 9, through Sunday, November 15. Shop as often as you’d like during that week.
  • The Fruit Center Marketplace will donate 20% of your total purchase back to your school. 
  • That’s it – you’re done! 
Let’s make this our most successful year of shopping yet. This is an easy way for our PTOs to raise funds for your child’s school and they appreciate your support! ,

You may have received emails from your PTO regarding the Rustic Marlin signs that all six Milton PTOs are selling.

The MILTON signs are now SOLD OUT and APPLE signs are GOING FAST! These would make a great addition to teacher’s gifts this year, especially since proceeds from the sale of all signs will go directly towards the needs of the teachers. If you’d like to order one to include with your class gift please fill out the google form and submit your payment via pay pal.

ART AND MUSIC 

Shop Fair Trade and support MPS  Music Programs! Proceeds go towards instruments and scholarships. With the absence of our music concerts, candy sales, and other fundraising initiatives this year, we appreciate your support. Please consider purchasing any of these wonderful items and unique gifts, responsibly sourced through The Fair Trade Caravan while supporting the Milton Public Schools Music Programs. 

ATHLETICS

Please see below from MHS Athletic Director Ryan Madden.

As we finish our fall season this week, I would like to thank all coaches, student-athletes, and parents/guardians for their help in making this season happen. Without total buy-in and with everyone following social distancing and mask-wearing protocols, we would not have been able to complete this season. 

Winter season will start no sooner than Monday, December 7th. Information will be released in the coming weeks, and registration will open as soon as possible. Once information becomes available, it will be communicated to families.

As always, parents/guardians are encouraged to complete the Feedback Survey for Fall Sports found here. 


Thank you to everyone who purchased merchandise in our Fall Pop-up and supported our student-athletes. Check out our Winter Pop-up with limited-time only gear. Remember once you place an order you will be contacted mid-December with local pick-up information.,,

COMMUNITY NEWS 

The Cardinal Cushing 5K RUN/WALK (formerly the Best Buddies 5k) has gone virtual!

  • The where and what are up to you!
  • Complete your miles from November 18-21, then upload your results.
  • Create a personal or team page, then train and ask your friends and family to donate.
  • Share photos and videos on our Facebook event page.
  • Register here.

Thanks for participating and supporting our very important cause!


The Milton Public Library has some terrific programs for students of all ages. Check out next week’s activities here. 

Do you like to write stories, comics, poems, and movies? Sign-up for our new  Zoom program for ages 8-11, The Young Writers Club! Thursday, November 19th, @ 4:00 PM, sign up at miltonlibrary.org/events/upcoming-events.

There are virtual ukulele meetups once a month at the MPL!  Register online. Have a ukulele sitting in the garage?  Well, now’s the time to dust it off and join us for our next session on Friday, November 20th, @ 4:00 pm. We will begin by introducing the ukulele, basic chords, and then take turns strumming online.  This program is half an hour long, and is for ages 8+. Sign up at miltonlibrary.org/events/upcoming-events.

The library has a limited amount of Ukuleles it can lend out. First-come, first-serve. 


Forbes House Museum is seeking volunteers for its new DEI Committee. The Forbes House Museum has formed a new Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee. The group will identify and address inequities and gaps across all museum operations. They will work closely with the board on ongoing cultural fluency training. They will also be tasked with cultivating partnerships with other local groups working to advance DEI efforts in our community.

It’s vital that we include voices from outside the institution in this initiative. If you or someone you know would be interested in joining this committee, please send an email to Heidi Vaughan, Executive Director


Reserve your spot at the Brookwood Community Farm Thanksgiving Sale!  Preorder harvest boxes through November 14 and pies by November 19. This sale will be masked and socially distanced, and you have to sign up for a shopping slot online! All options are online, and you will choose one of the following:

  • Shopping slot, with no pre-order box
  • Pre-order box and shopping slot
  • Pre-order box, with box pickup only (no shopping slot)

Both shopping slots and pre-order boxes are limited, so sign up HERE soon.  Brookwood Farms is happy to provide local food for the local community! 


Milton Early Childhood Alliance invites you to two upcoming programs.

Parent Education Workshop – Join us for the second of four free virtual parent workshops to help families with children ages 2.9 to 10 years old who are at home learning this school year in either the remote or hybrid model. Our second workshop, Creating a Supportive At Home Learning Environment, will be held on (NEW DATE!) Wednesday, November 18th at 7:30 PM. Two additional workshops will be held in January and March. These workshops will be held virtually via Zoom from the comfort or your home. Registration is required to obtain the Zoom link and password. Please register to receive the Zoom link and password. Our program facilitator will be Beth Greenawalt, Parent Coach and founder of www.Parent-Solutions.com. Many thanks to the generous support of the Milton Junior Woman’s Club for their support of this programming.


Nature Tails! Children’s Program – Join us for the first of four free, fun, literacy and STEM Saturday morning programs with Trailside Museum staff. Programs are designed for children ages 2.9 to 7 years old and their parent or guardian and will include a story, guided movement, two live animal encounters, and a Q&A session! This program will be held on Saturday, November 21st at 11:00 AM and the topic will be Owls. These sessions will be held live, via Zoom. Registration is required to obtain the Zoom link and password. Please register here. Mark your calendar for the remaining sessions: January 23, 2021, Animal Habitats; March 27, 2021, Animal Movements; and May 22, 2021, Animal Five Senses. Many thanks to our kindergarten t-shirt sponsors. Their generosity has made this programming possible!


Chess Club with Mr. Vigorito – Winter Session- Begins December 7th!

International Chess Master David Vigorito has been teaching chess in Milton for over 10 years. He teaches at all 4 elementary schools as well as Milton Academy and St. Agatha’s. He also usually teaches at the Milton Summer Enrichment program. For information and to register, please see this link.

Thank you to my blog contributors this week: Kim Coughlin, Susan Maselli, Jackie Morgan, Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Caroline Mannion, Ryan Madden, Jon Redden, Elaine McNeil-Girmai, Rebecca Damiani, Laurel Bernini and Karen McDavitt.

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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November 5, 2020

To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
From: James F. Jette
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: November 5, 2020

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

As I write to you, our country awaits the results of a highly charged presidential election. We recognize that in this political environment, the stakes are high, and many of us are deeply passionate about the issues at hand. In a community composed of people with different viewpoints, we will undoubtedly encounter people whose opinions may not only be different from ours, but may even seem offensive, prejudicial, and out of step with our own values. As objectionable as these viewpoints may be to us, they do not negate our shared responsibility to maintain a safe and civil learning environment focused on your children’s – our students’ – academic growth and social-emotional well-being.

In addition to the tremendous challenges presented by the COVID virus, there is no question that the highly charged political climate in our country can have a significant impact on our students, our schools, and the educational process. Elections at the state and federal levels, as well as the complex issues related to racial injustice, can be very polarizing and often lead to heated discussions among educators, families, and students. At the Milton Public Schools, we adhere to the relevant policies and guidelines when approaching these topics, strive to foster thoughtful academic discourse, protect the rights of those involved, and ensure safe, inclusive learning environments.

Our educational system is designed not to tell students what to think about issues, but rather, how to gather and examine information, think critically, engage with their peers, and draw informed conclusions. This year in particular, with so many members of our community feeling the anxiety and strain of the COVID-19 pandemic, we must be more vigilant than ever about creating school cultures rooted in empathy and support rather than conflict and opposition.

The Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition is hosting a valuable resource for parents/guardians on Tuesday, November 10 from 4-5:30pm. Are you wondering how can we come together as a community to prevent adversity, support families, and promote resiliency in children? Register now for this important and informative webinar with Dr. Christopher Jones from the U.S. Centers for Disease ControlThis webinar is hosted by the MSPAC, with funding from a federal Drug Free Communities grant and support from BID Hospital-Milton.  It is free and open to the public. 

If you have questions or concerns about these matters, please contact me directly. I am truly grateful to the members of this community for demonstrating kindness, compassion, and decency during these incredibly challenging times.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE

Thank you to the many parents and guardians who attended this week’s School Committee meeting and to those who spoke and sent follow up emails. I appreciate your engagement. We would all like to have our students in school more, as I have stated, that is just not possible at this time. We will continue to reassess the health metrics, the DESE guidelines, and the issues specific to the Milton Public Schools as the school year progresses.

I encourage you to regularly watch Milton School Committee meetings. Now that so much of our world takes place virtually, there are even more ways to watch. You can watch live on Milton Access TV online, live on Milton Access cable channels (Comcast 22, RCN 15), via Zoom (link to attend found on the Town of Milton SC page), or on-demand in the days following the meeting.

The next School Committee meeting will be on November 18, 2020, at 7pm, and all School Committee meetings can be watched live and later on-demand on Milton Access TV.  In the days leading up to each meeting, call in/login information is available on the Town of Milton website.

MPS GOOD NEWS

Have an MPS Good News story to share? Please do so here and we will share it in an upcoming communication. Today I am very happy to share a few teacher and staff compliments we have recently received.

Mrs. Delaney is an amazing rock star with endless patience and positivity. She has been consistently supportive and helpful in guiding her students to learning in a totally new world, making sure to figure out technology and to meet the varying needs of kindergartners at the same time.

Ms. Morton invests a lot of time in planning and is very organized and prepares the children for their weekly events especially during remote learning time. Her thoughtful strategy has helped to build confidence in my child! She also has worked to establish strong relationships with the children as well as working to ensure that they’re comfortable navigating all of the tools. Finally, she keeps them very engaged during remote class time and is creative with the movement breaks. I feel so fortunate and happy for my child that they are receiving such a wonderful school experience despite a pandemic. Keep up the great work- it’s paying off, and we are thankful for you, Ms. Morton!!

The staff at Tucker is working so hard and it shows! Our kids and our staff are resilient, creative, patient, and working their tails off to make the best of a bad situation. We see our boys smiling, laughing, and learning every day. In that way, nothing has changed!

My daughter is a 6th grader at Pierce and I am very grateful for how the teachers and staff have helped her with the transition to middle school. Her nerves on the first few days have disappeared and she is excited to be part of the Pierce community. Teachers have been extremely responsive and supportive and when we have had to switch to fully remote it has been seamless.

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES

  • Nov 11 Veterans Day, No School
  • Nov 12 Parent/Teacher Conferences, Grades 6-12
  • Nov 25-27 Thanksgiving Recess

The full MPS calendar can be found here.

FOOD SERVICE 

Pick up EVERY Wednesday in November!

There are two ways to take advantage of the FREE TO ALL to-go breakfasts and lunches this year.

Weekly Pick Up: Weekly pick up is available at two different times on Wednesdays. Come to MHS 9:30-10:30 or 12:30-1:30 (please don’t arrive before 12:15 to allow for MHS pick up) to pick up 7 days of breakfast and lunches for your child.

Weekly Pick Up will be available EVERY Wednesday in November, including the Wednesdays when there is no school at MPS – November 11, Veterans Day and November 25 (Wednesday before Thanksgiving).

Grab and Go: Encourage your student to check out our to go lunch and breakfast bags. They (and you!) will not be disappointed. Multiple breakfasts, lunches, and snacks are included in each bag. Students can take a grab and go bag with several breakfasts and lunches as they leave school each day.

Free student meals have been extended through the school year. All details on pick up options can be found in this link.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

As you are aware, Governor Baker has instituted new advisories to help stop the spread of COVID-19. These new advisories, specifically the new mask advisory, will not affect our planned mask breaks throughout the day. Our mask breaks are protected under the school exemption for mask removal and will continue with safety modifications.


Per the Commonwealth of Massachusetts guidelines, all students will be expected to have received a flu vaccine by December 31, 2020 for the 2020-2021 influenza season, unless either a medical or religious exemption is provided. Elementary and secondary students in districts and schools that are using a remote education model are not exempt.

Please email documentation of your child’s flu vaccination to your child’s school nurse.

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS 

In Foundations of Art, Milton High School student artists recently created collage covers for their sketchbooks.


The Milton Public Library is in need
of some high school volunteers this season. There are quite a few openings for both afterschool and weekend slots. All details can be found here and the application form can be found here.


Mme. Radwan shared these pictures of the results of a recent French Club meeting. Students baked French apple pies while speaking French and connecting virtually. Mme Radwan shares that it was one of the most successful (and delicious!) clubs she has ever had!

PIERCE PAGES 

Please click here for the latest edition of Pierce Pages. The most recent Pierce PTO update can be found here.


The Pierce Adjustment Counselors are excited to offer a Google Classroom again this school year. Twice weekly, they will post valuable activities, exercises and videos that promote mindfulness and enhance social/emotional well-being and learning. The classroom code is luzd6uw and all are welcome to access the content. Please feel free to reach out to our Pierce Adjustment Counselors – Kelly Dearing kdearing@miltonps.org, Myriam Francoeur mfrancoeur@miltonps.org, Kara Sheridan ksheridan@miltonps.org – at any time with questions or for more resources.

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Ms. Aldrich’s Cunningham 2nd graders recently brought their book Creepy Carrots to life. While being safe and socially distanced and using their own materials, students worked together to develop a plan to create a fence to keep the creepy carrots inside the garden.


How many seeds are in Ms. Coates’ pumpkin? These Glover 2nd graders are having fun skip counting, estimating, streaming live into the classroom, and being matheMAGICIANS!


Book Character Day was a BIG hit at Tucker last week even though Ms. Frossard was a bit crabby and Mssr. Leite had quite the roar! Students enjoyed dressing up and sharing their favorite books with classmates.


Ms. Johnson’s Cunningham 3rd graders got out the vote last week! Students wrote letters to our elected leaders (Governor or President) and used big vocabulary words as they discussed how elections work. Everyone visited the voting booth and received a sticker for voting.


Collicot Kindergarten students enjoyed studying pumpkins last week! Students measured the height of pumpkins, and made predictions about whether pumpkins would float or sink and water and the number of seeds inside. Kindergarten students in Mrs. Giffune’s class were surprised to find a pumpkin with 614 seeds!


The sun was out this week and so were these Cunningham 5th graders! 
Mrs. Steuterman’s and Ms. Staker’s class played socially distant
shadow games as part of the Earth and Sun unit. 

Tucker artists captured the fall beauty at Tucker this week.


SPECIAL EDUCATION

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


What is the Student Support Team (SST)? Student Support Teams (SST) are a resource within the Milton Public Schools that parents and staff may access when they have concerns about a student’s learning. SSTs are designed to support students both by anticipating and preventing issues before they occur and by providing interventions and/or resources when issues do arise. SST is available to all students in the Milton Public Schools.  Each school building has a team that meets to support students and team members include teachers, building administrators, and related providers.

The SST team reflects Massachusetts’ Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s (DESE) guidance to ensure all students have access to effective Teaching and Learning by implementing a model of Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS). MTSS ensures teaching and learning is monitored to ensure student learning needs are met.

To facilitate this process, the SST Team has a guidance document, the District Curriculum Accommodation Plan (DCAP) linked here that outlines strategies for individual learning styles under a model of Universal Design for Learning (UDL). The DCAP is used to guide administraters, department heads and teachers in ensuring that all possible efforts are made to meet a wide range of student learning styles and needs in the general education classroom.

The Individualized Curriculum Accommodation Plan (ICAP) is a document that can be created at SST to identify accommodations or action steps that will occur to meet the needs of the individual student.

The SST Process is facilitated by the district’s Inclusion Specialists. These positions are designed to ensure all students have effective and meaningful instruction and learning in the general education setting under a model of MTSS.

Maureen Butler is the SST chair for Collicot, Cunningham, Glover, and Tucker and can be reached at mbutler@miltonps.org.

Caroline Mannion is the SST chair for Pierce Middle School and Milton High School and can be reached at cmannion@miltonps.org.

Please email Ms. Butler or Ms. Mannion if you have questions about the SST Process.


Please see this message below from the Milton SEPAC to Milton Special Education Parents.

The Milton SEPAC’s goal in the coming year is to grow our base of parents and community members and continue to foster an environment of support, education, and empowerment through parent meetings; informational sessions on topics such as IEPs and special education rights; and a speaker series on topics of interest to our community, such as executive function and anxiety, among others. We encourage all of you to spread the word about all that the SEPAC has to offer, particularly among our special education community, and to encourage participation in our meetings and events.  This year we will be conducting our meetings via Zoom and we are hopeful that this will make attending meetings more accessible to parents who in the past may have struggled with getting childcare.

If you would like to be more involved with the SEPAC in the coming year, we encourage you to join our board as an Officer or participate as a Member-at-Large. We are now holding elections for these positions and a description of the responsibilities of each role is attached.  If you are interested in nominating someone or being nominated for a board position, please follow the link to the nomination form and fill it out by Monday, November 16th. Thank you for your time and we look forward to seeing you at an upcoming meeting.

FAMILY RESOURCES

Join Caroline Mannion, Inclusion Specialist/BCBA for Pierce and MHS, for a session focused on how parents and guardians can support their middle and high school age children as they navigate through their Hybrid/Remote learning schedule. This evening will focus on identifying strategies on how parents can set up their home working environment to support at home learning, how to support your child with planning and organizing their workload, behavioral strategies to increase independence with remote learning, and strategies to monitor your child’s social and emotional well being. Join us online on Tuesday, November 17th at 6:30 pm for this valuable session. Please click here to receive a link to attend a few days before the event.


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 don’t hesitate to reach out to Marti O’Keefe McKenna, MPS Family Outreach Liaison at 617-980-7343 or by email at mmckenna@miltonps.org. All calls and emails are confidential.

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

PTO UPDATES

Looking for a Milton Apple sign? Visit our Apple Sign Pop-up Shop Friday morning 7:45-8:30 am in front of Collicot. Supply is limited!

Thank you to everyone who has helped support and protect our MPS community by purchasing and displaying one of our signs!
The MILTON signs are now SOLD OUT and APPLE signs are GOING FAST!

Proceeds from the sale of all signs will be divided equally among the PTOs of ALL SIX schools to enhance and elevate the opportunities and experiences of the MPS community during this unprecedented school year. To order your Milton Apple sign online, please fill out the google form and submit your payment via PayPal. 

With gratitude, The PTOs of Cunningham, Collicot, Glover, Tucker, Pierce Middle School, and Milton High School

FRUIT CENTER SHOPPING WEEK

Fruit Center Shopping Week is November 9-15!
 
The Fruit Center has donated over $117,000 to schools in Milton and Hingham over the last ten years! 
 
It’s easy to participate and raise funds for your child’s school:
  • Download a shopping voucher for your school here. Print as many as you’d like and share them with friends, family, and neighbors.
  • Present your voucher when you make purchases at the Fruit Center Marketplace from Monday, November 4, through Sunday, November 10. Shop as often as you’d like during that week.
  • The Fruit Center Marketplace will donate 20% of your total purchase back to your school. 
  • That’s it – you’re done! 
Let’s make this our most successful year of shopping yet. This is an easy way for our PTOs to raise funds for your child’s school and they appreciate your support! 
 

ART AND MUSIC 

Students in grades 4 and 5 have been exploring with musical patterns and sequences through Chrome Music Lab’s Song Maker. Chrome Music Lab is a website that makes learning music more accessible through fun, hands-on experiments. It can also be used as a tool to explore music and its connections to science, math, art, and more (Check it out here!). 

Some students broadened their own exploration and decoded some of their favorite songs! They created the visuals by matching it to an example they’ve seen on youtube and also by using their ears to decode the rhythm and notes! You might catch some of these familiar tunes when listening to the examples. Musical elements such as melody, instrumentation timbre, rhythm, and tempo were explored. Students had creative choice on these elements and how to stylize their own music. The self-composed videos in this link are examples of this exploration! 

Shop Fair Trade and support MPS  Music Programs! Proceeds go towards instruments and scholarships. With the absence of our music concerts, candy sales, and other fundraising initiatives this year, we appreciate your support. Please consider purchasing any of these wonderful items and unique gifts, responsibly sourced through The Fair Trade Caravan while supporting the Milton Public Schools Music Programs. 

ATHLETICS

The swim and dive season is still under way, with 4 more meets in the season. The team record is currently 2-1, and 3 school records have been broken. Congratulations to Elle Anthony who broke the school record in the women’s 50 and 100 yard freestyle, and to Andrew Tran who broke the school record in the men’s 100 yard freestyle!

For the first time in MHS history, we also have a Dive team! Abigail Callahan is doing a wonderful job coaching the dive team and each week we are seeing great improvements. Freshman diver Andrew Scapicchio shows tremendous potential and is scoring key points in our meets.


Updates to the MA Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) guidelines have not been made at this time.  Governor Baker indicated during his press conference a release of updated EEA guidelines by week’s end.  The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) will follow recommended steps recently approved by the MIAA Board of Directors following the release of updated EEA guidelines:

  • Sport Committees present proposed sport specific guidance and modifications to the Sports Medicine Committee within 5 school days after the release of EEA guidance.
  • The Sports Medicine Committee presents viable winter sports and their modifications to the MIAA Covid-19 Task Force.
  • The MIAA Covid-19 Task Force recommends sports to be included in the winter season to the MIAA Board of Directors
  • MIAA Board of Directors meets within 3 school days and votes on the MIAA Covid-19 Task Force recommendations and notifies MIAA member schools of the approved interscholastic sports for the winter season.

Additional information will be provided to member schools as soon as it is available.


Thank you to everyone who purchased merchandise in our Fall Pop-up and supported our student athletes. Check out our Winter Pop-up with limited-time only gear. Remember once you place an order you will be contacted mid-December with local pick-up information.

COMMUNITY NEWS 

The Milton Public Library has some terrific programs for students of all ages. Check out next week’s activities here. 

Do you like to write stories, comics, poems, and movies? Sign-up for our new  Zoom program for ages 8-11, The Young Writers Club! Thursday, November 19th, @ 4:00 PM, sign up at miltonlibrary.org/events/upcoming-events.

There are virtual ukulele meetups once a month at the MPL!  Register online. Have a ukulele sitting in the garage?  Well, now’s the time to dust it off and join us for our next session on Friday, November 20th, @ 4:00 pm. We will begin by introducing the ukulele, basic chords, and then take turns strumming online.  This program is half an hour long, and is for ages 8+. Sign up at miltonlibrary.org/events/upcoming-events.

The library has a limited amount of Ukuleles it can lend out. First-come, first-serve. 


Milton Early Childhood Alliance invites you to two upcoming programs.

Parent Education Workshop – Join us for the second of four free virtual parent workshops to help families with children ages 2.9 to 10 years old who are at home learning this school year in either the remote or hybrid model. Our second workshop, Creating a Supportive At Home Learning Environment, will be held on (NEW DATE!) Wednesday, November 18th at 7:30 PM. Two additional workshops will be held in January and March. These workshops will be held virtually via Zoom from the comfort or your home. Registration is required to obtain the Zoom link and password. Please register to receive the Zoom link and password. Our program facilitator will be Beth Greenawalt, Parent Coach and founder of www.Parent-Solutions.com. Many thanks to the generous support of the Milton Junior Woman’s Club for their support of this programming.


Nature Tails! Children’s Program – Join us for the first of four free, fun, literacy and STEM Saturday morning programs with Trailside Museum staff. Programs are designed for children ages 2.9 to 7 years old and their parent or guardian and will include a story, guided movement, two live animal encounters, and a Q&A session! This program will be held on Saturday, November 21st at 11:00 AM and the topic will be Owls. These sessions will be held live, via Zoom. Registration is required to obtain the Zoom link and password. Please register here. Mark your calendar for the remaining sessions: January 23, 2021, Animal Habitats; March 27, 2021, Animal Movements; and May 22, 2021, Animal Five Senses. Many thanks to our kindergarten t-shirt sponsors. Their generosity has made this programming possible!


Join the Eustis Estate for our annual celebration of fall with a special day for families. Our Fall Family Day: Fairies in the Foliage will take place in Saturday, November 7, 11am – 4pm (Rain Date Nov 8) at the Eustis Estate, 1424 Canton Avenue, Milton.   This year’s exploration of the landscape will have a magical twist, with a fairy house scavenger hunt, crafts, and activities that will guide you around the property. Special thanks to the Amateur Gardeners of Milton.   All activities are designed to maximize social distancing and will take place outdoors. All guests must wear a mask. Advanced tickets required. Note that this ticket does not include the inside of the museum. If you wish to also visit the mansion, please purchase your house tour reservations here.  Please call 617-994-6600 for more information.  


The Cardinal Cushing 5K RUN/WALK (formerly the Best Buddies 5k) has gone virtual!

  • The where and what are up to you!
  • Complete your miles from November 18-21 then upload your results.
  • Create a personal or team page then train and ask your friends and family to donate.
  • Share photos and videos on our Facebook event page.
  • Register here.

Thanks for participating and supporting our very important cause!

SUPERINTENDENT SHOUTOUT 

Thank you to Tucker Junior Girl Scout troop 72131 who are working to welcome new Tucker Tigers to the Tucker community! 
 
Troop member Libby Dunphy shared the following with us.
 
Tucker Junior Girl Scout troop 72131 is working on leadership badges in 2020. This project is a way for the troop to become leaders in our community. We hope that these welcome bags will help kids who are new to Tucker feel welcomed into our school community. The “Welcome to Tucker” bags project was sponsored with a $500 grant from the Milton Junior Women’s Club community grant program. The 20 bags contain Two folders (for homework and notices), Milton Library card form, Tucker t-shirt, Tucker Bracelet, Tucker car magnet, Tucker Tiger pencils, colored pencils, pencil case, pencil sharpener, and puzzle eraser. 
 
Way to go, Troop 72131!

Thank you to my blog contributors this week: Kim Coughlin, Bill Fish, Ellen Lohan, Susan Maselli, Shawna Steuterman, Jackie Morgan, Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Caroline Mannion, Ryan Madden, Kristin Driscoll, Nicole Davis, Jon Redden, Libby Dunphy, Elaine McNeil-Girmai, Amal Radwan, Magen Slesinger and Karen McDavitt.

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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October 29, 2020

To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
From: James F. Jette
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: October 29, 2020

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

I look forward to a time when I can more consistently use my introduction to share and celebrate the many good things happening in the Milton Public Schools. While these good things continue to take place in our schools, and we do share them below, for now, the business of our COVID-19 reality continues to dominate my communications to you.

It’s crucial that all stakeholders fully understand our current challenges, policies, and situation. Earlier this week I sent a short video to all MPS families and staff, sharing updates on our current COVID situation. I invite you to watch it here.

At this time, with cases in Massachusetts rising significantly, the plan is to remain in the Hybrid/Remote Choice Model until there is a significant reduction in positive cases AND the Governor of Massachusetts or the Commissioner of Education determine that we no longer need to provide social distancing. The Milton Public Schools had an enrollment challenge and space issue prior to the pandemic that is only exaggerated by the restrictions. We do not have the ability to bring all students in full time under the current circumstances.

I understand that this model does not replicate the “normal year” experience and poses many challenges, especially for our students with special needs, English Language Learners (ELL), and families with younger children. In our model, all hybrid choice students get to see their teachers in person every other day and connect with MPS teachers virtually every day. Many of our students in special education have more in person time as well. The MPS faculty and staff are committed to doing our very best for all of our students within the Hybrid/Remote Choice Model.

CDC guidelines about close contacts have recently changed to include “someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated”. The Milton Public Schools has been following these updated guidelines for several weeks. The full guidelines can be found here.

On Monday of this week, Milton High School moved to a Remote Model for two weeks. We plan to resume the in person Hybrid Model at MHS on Tuesday, November 10, 2020. Please see Principal Cahill’s letter to MHS families from earlier this week here.

Pierce Middle School is back in an in person Hybrid Model after two weeks of a full Remote Model.

Both schools moved to a Remote Model due to positive cases of COVID-19, the subsequent quarantine requirements of close contacts, and the lack of the necessary staffing to safely keep the building open.

Our four elementary schools have experienced positive cases of COVID-19 and the subsequent quarantines, but due to the elementary model of one teacher with a small group of in person students, these cases have not forced the school into a full Remote Model.

We are able to keep the district open in the Hybrid/Remote Choice Model because we are enforcing the following:

  • Mask wearing
  • Social Distancing
  • Hand washing
  • Not serving food during the school day (All students are offered free meals each day at dismissal)
  • Providing adequate time for our custodial staff to complete a thorough cleaning each day
  • Keeping in person class sizes low for social distancing
  • Minimal sharing of items (sharing only happens when absolutely necessary)
  • Continuous education on COVID health and safety measures for our students and parents/guardians
  • Daily Pre-Screening for Symptoms and encouraging students and staff to stay home if sick
  • Encouraging our close contacts to quarantine and get tested.

As our understanding of COVID-19 continues to grow, our MPS policies continue to evolve. Our COVID-19 webpage is updated regularly; please refer to it often.

As effective contact tracing is very time sensitive, I ask that you please confirm that your contact information is up to date. Please email the administrative assistant at your child’s school if your contact information has changed and needs to be updated.

If you question what to do if someone in your circle tests positive or what to do if you are a close contact of someone who is awaiting test results, please review our FAQs here and our Close Contact flow chart here.

To ensure expedient contact tracing and help to stop the spread in our schools, please contact your school nurse immediately if someone in your household tests positive. This information allows us to act quickly to identify and isolate your student’s potential close contacts (while we await your student’s test results) and hopefully limit any school wide moves to a fully remote model.

Our Milton Public Schools COVID-19 Positive Case and Close Contact Determination Process, MPS Health Prescreening Checklist, and MPS Face Covering Policy are among the items that all MPS families should be familiar with.

I would also like to share that MHS Principal Karen Cahill and I are hearing talk of Halloween student gatherings this weekend.

I am pleading with families to have a direct conversation with your student to deter them from attending any large gatherings this weekend. Some local districts have been forced to a remote model for these types of gatherings, and we do not want to face that decision at Milton High School. Everyone – students, families, and staff – MUST adhere to best practices to ensure the possibility of staying in the hybrid model. Please help us as we Protect the Paw and work together to keep our students attending school in person in the Hybrid/Remote Choice Model.

MPS GOOD NEWS

Each of our schools has completed their Open House in the last few weeks and we received many positive reviews. Although we are all aware of the challenges the hybrid model presents, I am pleased to share these positive comments with you here.

Have an MPS Good News story to share? Please do so here and we will share it in an upcoming communication.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE

I encourage you to regularly watch Milton School Committee meetings. Now that so much of our world takes place virtually, there are even more ways to watch. You can watch live on Milton Access TV online, live on Milton Access cable channels (Comcast 22, RCN 15), via Zoom (link to attend found on the Town of Milton SC page), or on-demand in the days following the meeting.

The business of the Milton Public Schools is conducted transparently and much of it takes place or is reported on in these meetings. We welcome your attendance and input at every meeting. 

The next School Committee meeting will be on November 4, 2020, at 7pm, and all School Committee meetings can be watched live and later on-demand on Milton Access TV.  In the days leading up to each meeting, call in/login information is available on the Town of Milton website.

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES

  • Nov 3 Election Day, No School, Staff PD Day
  • Nov 11 Veterans Day, No School
  • Nov 12 Parent/Teacher Conferences, Grades 6-12

The full MPS calendar can be found here.

FOOD SERVICE 

There are two ways to take advantage of the FREE TO ALL to-go breakfasts and lunches this year.

Weekly Pick Up: Weekly pick up is available at two different times on Wednesdays. Come to MHS 9:30-10:30 or 12:30-1:30 (please don’t arrive before 12:15 to allow for MHS pick up) to pick up 7 days of breakfast and lunches for your child.

Grab and Go: Encourage your student to check out our to go lunch and breakfast bags. They (and you!) will not be disappointed. Multiple breakfasts, lunches, and snacks are included in each bag. Students can take a grab and go bag with several breakfasts and lunches as they leave school each day.

Free student meals have been extended through the school year. All details on pick up options can be found in this link.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Per the Commonwealth of Massachusetts guidelines, all students will be expected to have received a flu vaccine by December 31, 2020 for the 2020-2021 influenza season, unless either a medical or religious exemption is provided. Elementary and secondary students in districts and schools that are using a remote education model are not exempt.

Please email documentation of your child’s flu vaccination to your child’s school nurse.

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS 

The MHS string orchestra and chamber ensembles continue to rehearse “live” during our days in school. Below you can hear one of last week’s chamber ensemble rehearsals outside at Milton High School. Students performing movement II of Telemann Viola Concerto are Soloist Dominique Thomas with Sam Higgins, Barron Clancy, Ha-Yen Nguyen, Diana Duran, Hoku Panerio-Langer, Isabel Murley, and Sofia Harris. We will continue to rehearse outside as weather permits!

PIERCE PAGES 

Sixth grade students engaged in a socially distanced Trade Activity in social studies. They were each given a role within society (ex. farmer, baker, merchant) and a list of resources and goods they created, they produced, or would have access to because of where they lived. They then went to the Trading Market to barter with others to increase their abilities to make goods. The students had to negotiate with their classmates and determine if the offer was a good option. The new personal whiteboards came in handy to keep track of the goods and resources and do the math when determining the profits made through trading with their classmates!

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Mrs. Chen’s Cunningham 5th graders explored shadows by participating in some “Shadow Challenges” at school.  Students tried to separate themselves from their shadows, to make their shadow shake hands with someone else’s shadow, to use their real hands to touch their shadow heads, and more.  At home, students observed how their shadows changed direction and orientation throughout the day.  They also made a shadow clock,  and they used flashlights to see how the shadow clock works.


This past week, Glover School celebrated Unity Day and united in our commitment to kindness, inclusion, and acceptance. Here at Glover, we stand committed as one Glover community to ensure every child, staff member, and family member feels welcome, included, celebrated, important, and valued. Last week, every student created a sneaker with a powerful friendship message, reminding us to “walk the walk and talk the talk,” emphatically saying NO and stamping out bullying and uniting to be kind, inclusive, and accepting. Our hallways are adorned with bright orange sneakers reminding us how we can be a good friend. If you follow us on Twitter (@GloverSchool), you’ll see some great pictures of our “orange-out” here at Glover! Please enjoy this video and learn more about how Glover School stomps out bullying and promotes kindness, acceptance, and inclusion. Thank you to Ms. Melissa Craven for putting this video together and Mrs. MacNeil for spearheading this Unity Day celebration each year at Glover.


This week Tucker celebrated Spirit Week with Tucker pride day, crazy/hat hair day, cancer awareness day, book character day, and pajama day. As part of our Spirit Week, we also held a virtual Community Circle on Wednesday, using google live stream. Community Circle is a monthly school wide assembly that brings our whole school together to celebrate the achievements of our students. We love this time to come together as a community and are so glad we found a way to continue the tradition this year. Wednesday’s Community circle included celebrations of some student work. Tucker fifth grader Gio Jimenez was so inspired on our Tucker Pride day that he wrote a poem sharing his feelings and he read the poem aloud during our celebration. We also enjoyed a performance by a Brazilian drumming group, Grooversity. Their name comes from combining the words groove and diversity and their music got our students up out of their seats and inspired them to use household objects to drum and dance along. We loved the opportunity to come together as a community and celebrate music and culture!


During October, Collicot celebrated Emotional Wellness Month. Our 4th and 5th graders were surveyed to share strategies for staying emotionally well and showing gratitude for what they have and these ideas were shared daily on the Collicot Morning Announcements website.

In addition, Collicot adjustment counselor, Mrs. Caruso, held virtual social emotional lessons with students in all grade levels throughout the month. Teachers have continued to focus on strategies to help students feel comfortable and ready to learn at school, including the use of the Calm Classroom and Second Step Social-Emotional Curriculum.

In the video above, kindergarten students work on writing and drawing while listening to calm music to focus attention and do their best work.

COMMUNITY SCHOOLS

ASE Virtual Enrichment Fun! Sign up for the Fall/Winter session here: Registration and see all of our offerings here: Brochure

SPECIAL EDUCATION

As part of the Tiered Focus Monitoring System we complete every few years for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Milton Public Schools has updated its policy, procedures, and guidelines regarding crisis interventions. Please find the revised policy here and the handbook here. Please email Administrator for Pupil Personnel Services, Sue Maselli with any questions.

We also want to share information about a series of upcoming webinars offered by Schools for Children entitled Take the Next Step: Conversations About Transition. These webinars beginning Tuesday, November 17, will discuss the path to college, work, and more for high school students with Learning and Other Challenges. All information and links can be found here.

Please also see these resources from the Asperger/Autism Professional Coaching Association for professional opportunities.

TECHNOLOGY 

All elementary, Pierce, and families of students who loan out an MHS Chromebook have the option of purchasing insurance for their student’s Chromebook for the 2020-21 school year.  The optional insurance is thirty dollars and will cover any accidental damages to your student’s Chromebook.  Here is a link with instructions on how to purchase Optional Chromebook Insurance.

COUNSELOR’S CORNER

I have asked our district wide team of Adjustment Counselors to share mental health resources with you regularly. This installment is from Glover Adjustment Counselor Brian Powers.

We are facing an unprecedented amount of stress in our lives these days and no one is immune from the effects of stress on our physical and mental health, when left unchecked. We might not all be fighting the same battles, but we are all affected by multiple stressors, many of which are not going to magically disappear right away. A global pandemic, socio-political circumstances, racism, food insecurity – the list seems never ending.

When faced with these adverse experiences, we have to be more deliberate in making sure we counter those stressors with actions that increase our resilience, physically and mentally. With the example of the pandemic, we have certainly taken steps in the Milton Public Schools to increase our safety, through our mask wearing, hygiene practices, and sanitization protocols. However, children, families, and teachers still feel the stressful effects of changes to their routines and anxiety about potential health risks to themselves and loved ones, so we all need to consider ways to address the effects of those stressors in our lives.

There is no “one size fits all” approach to managing stress, but the good news is that there are many effective ways to do so and most people can find a coping strategy that works for them. This is not an exhaustive list of coping strategies, but just a few common ones that immediately come to mind:

Get outside! Research has shown that physical exercise and activity offers both physical and mental health benefits, especially when that activity occurs out in nature. Hiking is one of the things that I do on a weekly basis to manage my own stress and I’ve run into many Milton families doing the same in the nearby Blue Hills. My family also regularly walks around Turner’s Pond and we get to experience the therapeutic effects of a beautiful outdoor space like that together as a family group. This time of year is perfect for such activities, because of the cooler temperatures and fewer insects.

Have faith! Another effective way to manage stress is through faith and spirituality. The American Psychological Association recently published an article that focused on the benefits of faith during the pandemic and they concluded that religious belief helps people to cope with trauma and distress in their lives and leads to reduced feelings of anxiety and depression.

Talk about it! Therapy is another positive way to cope with stress. It’s a different experience than talking to a friend or loved one, but sometimes that’s exactly what we need in our lives. A good therapist is non-judgmental in practice, allowing you to share your thoughts and feelings freely as you work together to address the stressors in your life. If you are interested in this option, the Town of Milton subscribes to a therapy referral service called Interface to help match families with a therapist.

In conclusion, do something! Managing stress requires action, it is not something we can do passively. Whatever coping strategy works best for you, do your best to dedicate time to that activity and regularly invest in your wellness!

Our Adjustment Counselors are available as resources for your family. Please reach out to your Principal or Adjustment Counselor for support at any time.

MPS School Adjustment Counselors:  Jennie BeliveauMary Bianca MattocksKenneth Adelmann (Milton High School); Myriam FrancoeurKara SheridanKelly Dearing(Pierce); Heather Kantrowitz (Cunningham) Elizabeth Caruso (Collicot); Lisa Stahl (Tucker) Brian PowersChristine Howley (Glover)

PTO UPDATES

The Pierce, Collicot, Cunningham, Glover, and Tucker PTOs and the MHS PTSFO work continuously on behalf of our students and staff throughout every school year. We are so grateful for their ongoing efforts to enhance the school experience for the MPS community.

Signs will be available for purchase at our schools that host voting locations – Cunningham, Tucker and MHS – on Election Day.

This year our 6 PTOs are collaborating on the MPS Apple Project & Protect the Paw Project in support of our students, teachers, and staff.

All are invited to purchase a sign (or two!) at this link and display it to show your support of our MPS community. These signs would be an excellent gift for friends and family, a nice remembrance for a special teacher or staff member, and are an easy way to show support for our schools and our MPS community. Thank you to our PTOs for spearheading this project!

Funds raised from the sale of these Rustic Marlin signs will be divided equally among the PTOs of ALL SIX schools to enhance and elevate the opportunities and experiences of the MPS community during this unprecedented school year.

FAMILY RESOURCES

There is a series of upcoming webinars offered by Schools for Children entitled Take the Next Step: Conversations About Transition. These webinars beginning Tuesday, November 17, will discuss the path to college, work, and more for high school students with Learning and Other Challenges. All information and links can be found 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 don’t hesitate to reach out to Marti O’Keefe McKenna, MPS Family Outreach Liaison at 617-980-7343 or by email at mmckenna@miltonps.org. All calls and emails are confidential.

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

MILTON FOUNDATION FOR EDUCATION

Congratulations to Glover 5th grader, Sophie Middleton, winner of the Monster Dash art contest. Sophie’s happy and masked monster beat out hundreds of other creations from all four elementary schools!

Look for Sophie’s monster on the Monster Dash 2020 (the year without a dash!) t-shirts.  Milton students can win the Monster Dash T-shirts by submitting a picture in their Halloween costume. There will be a winner chosen in EVERY grade from EVERY school. 

Pictures are due by Election day, November 3rd so that we choose the winners. Email your picture to MiltonMonsterDash@gmail.com and please include name, school, grade and teacher.  See the link for rules. 


There is only one day left to apply for an MFE COVID-19 grant. The MFE has created a new innovative grant process to help relieve the pandemic’s impact on MPS students and families. This year, grant ideas may be submitted by MPS teachers and programs and students, parents, and other community members. The MFE is committed to helping Milton families through these unprecedented challenges in new and unique ways.

Applications are due October 30 at 5PM. Please find more information, including the grant guidelines and application, here.

ATHLETICS

Please see the update below from MPS Athletic Director Ryan Madden.

As we look to wrap up our Fall Season in the next two weeks, please be on the lookout for Winter Sports updates. The EEA and MIAA will be making recommendations to the Winter Season, and the Bay State Conference will make any modifications necessary to hold any sports allowed in the Winter Season.

Registration will likely open around November 9th, with tryouts starting no earlier than December 7th. 

Congratulations to the Golf Team for finishing their season 5-4-1, while the JV Team finished 5-0! So happy to have successfully completed a season!

Big thanks to the COVID Return to School Athletics Task Force and all our coaches and student-athletes for their work to make sports happen!

COMMUNITY NEWS 

The Milton Public Library has some terrific programs for students of all ages. Check out next week’s activities here. 


 Join the Eustis Estate for our annual celebration of fall with a special day for families. Our Fall Family Day: Fairies in the Foliage will take place in Saturday, November 7, 11am – 4pm (Rain Date Nov 8) at the Eustis Estate, 1424 Canton Avenue, Milton.   This year’s exploration of the landscape will have a magical twist, with a fairy house scavenger hunt, crafts, and activities that will guide you around the property. Special thanks to the Amateur Gardeners of Milton.   All activities are designed to maximize social distancing and will take place outdoors. All guests must wear a mask. Advanced tickets required. Note that this ticket does not include the inside of the museum. If you wish to also visit the mansion, please purchase your house tour reservations here.  Please call 617-994-6600 for more information.  


The Cardinal Cushing 5K RUN/WALK (formerly the Best Buddies 5k) has gone virtual!

  • The where and what are up to you!
  • Complete your miles from November 18-21 then upload your results.
  • Create a personal or team page then train and ask your friends and family to donate.
  • Share photos and videos on our Facebook event page.
  • Register here.

Thanks for participating and supporting our very important cause!


The Milton Early Childhood Alliance’s second workshop to assist families with at home learning will be held on November 17th at 7:30 PM. The topic will be Creating a Supportive at Home Learning Environment and is for families with children 2.9 to 10 years old. To register for this program and receive the Zoom meeting link and password, please use this link.

SUPERINTENDENT SHOUTOUT 

Congratulations to MHS senior Franklin Ollivierre who was accepted into the competitive Young Scholars Program (STEM) this past summer at Northeastern University. Despite the program change to remote, it was a worthwhile and inspirational experience for him.

After completing his research project this summer, Franklin and his partner were asked to join the professor’s research lab for the upcoming school year and despite his busy MHS schedule, Franklin has attended several sessions. Franklin, his partner, the lab professor, and Northeastern students are collaborating and preparing the research project for publication in a scientific journal. Hopefully, it’s published by the end of the year. You can view the powerpoint presentation of Franklin’s summer research project here.

We are so proud of Franklin, who continues to take advantage of these opportunities, even in this uncertain time. We look forward to watching Franklin’s next steps as he graduates from MHS next spring. The future is bright for this motivated and smart young man!

Thank you to my blog contributors this week: Kim Coughlin, Debra Miller, Janice Mazzola, Ellen Lohan, Jackie Morgan, Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Brian Powers, Christie Chiappetta, Laurel Bernini, Kristin Driscoll, Rina Chen, Nicole Davis, and Karen McDavitt.

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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