January 30, 2020

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: January 30, 2020


Each year, the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers partners with more than 100 visual arts and literary arts organizations across the country to bring the Scholastic Awards to local communities. Students  in grades 7–12 (ages 13 and up) apply in 29 categories of art and writing. In 2019, students submitted nearly 340,000 works of art and writing to the Scholastic Awards. MHS Art teacher Karen Hughes shares some background below.

Kami Nguyen

Submissions are juried by luminaries in the visual and literary arts, some of whom are past award recipients. Panelists look for works that best exemplify originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal voice or vision. Students’ submissions are blindly adjudicated by some of the foremost leaders in the visual and literary arts. Many Scholastic Awards Alumni have lent their expertise as jurors, including Michael Bierut, Philip Pearlstein, Edward Sorel, Red Grooms, and Gary Panter. Other luminaries who have served as judges include Langston Hughes, Robert Frost, Judy Blume, Billy Collins, Paul Giamatti, Francine Prose, Edwidge Danticat, David Sedaris, Lesley Stahl, Nikki Giovanni, Roz Chast, Wangechi Mutu, Andres Serrano, Kiki Smith, Jill Kraus, Shinique Smith, Rashid Johnson, and Waris Ahluwalia. Jurors look for works that exemplify the Awards’ core values: originality, technical skill, and the emergence of personal voice or vision.

Students receiving Gold Keys, Silver Keys, Honorable Mentions, or American Voices & Visions Nominations are celebrated within their communities through local exhibitions and ceremonies. Gold Key works are then judged nationally by an impressive panel of creative–industry experts to receive National Medals, including Gold Medals,

Nikolai Zychowicz “Solid Ground”

Silver Medals, American Voices & Visions Medals, Gold Medal and Silver with Distinction Portfolio Medals, and Special Achievement Awards. National Medalists are recognized in part at the National Ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Thank you to Milton High School teacher Karen Hughes for mentoring our students through the submission process and congratulations to our talented students listed below!

Gold Key Winners:

  • Kami Nguyen: Grade 12, Gold Key Winner for her Painting
  • Nikolai Zychowicz: Grade 12, Gold Key Winner for his Photograph “Solid Ground”

National awards opportunity for Gold Key work is currently being reviewed at the national level in New York City by panels of creative professionals. National Medalists selected by these panelists will be announced on Monday, March 16, 2020.

Silver Key Winners:

  • Sarah Mcdonnell: Grade 12, Silver Key Winner for her Photograph “Peekaboo”
  • Nikolai Zychowicz: Grade 12, Silver Key Winner for his Photograph “Call”

Honorable Mention Winners:

  • Maeve DiSandro, Grade 12, Honorable Mention for her Mixed Media “Layers”
  • Edward Enyedy, Grade 12, Honorable Mention for his Illustration “Chained Demon”,
  • Wallace Heller, Grade 12, Honorable Mention for his Photograph “Leaves of Lightning”
  • Isabelle Richer, Grade 12, Honorable Mention for her Photograph “Virginia Fields”
  • Lila Slymon, Grade 11, Honorable Mention for her Digital Art “Title 2”
  • Nikolai Zychowicz: Grade 12, Honorable Mention for his Photograph “Stargazing”
  • Nikolai Zychowicz: Grade 12, Honorable Mention for his Photograph “Reach”
  • Nikolai Zychowicz: Grade 12, Honorable Mention for his Photograph “Reclined”


Jan 30, 31 Feb 1 MHS Winter Production – One Act Plays
Feb 4 Parent Speaker Series, Jon Mattleman – Secret Lives of Teens & Tweens
Feb 5 Early Release Day for Students
Feb 5 Milton School Committee
Feb 6 Milton Activities Fair – Tucker Gym
Feb 12 Budget Meeting 6:30pm, MHS Auditorium
Feb 13 Pierce Middle School Science Fair
Feb 13  MHS Cabaret
Feb 17-21 February Recess
Feb 25 1st Grade Information Night
Feb 26 Milton School Committee
Feb 27 MHS Program of Studies Night
Mar 2 1st Grade STEM Information Night

MHS Theatre invites you to An Evening of One Act Plays

Love. Resilience. Freedom. The Milton High School Theatre Department presents two powerful, thought-provoking one-act plays that explore these themes through historical events.

“An Evening of One-Act Plays” takes place at 7 p.m. Thursday, January 30; Friday, January 31; and Saturday, February 1 at the Milton High School auditorium.  Tickets are $7 for students and $10 for adults, and are available at the MHS Theatre website.


Are you looking for activities for your elementary school age children? Please join the Milton Public Schools on February 6th, 2020 in the gymnasium of the Tucker School, 187 Blue Hills Parkway from 5:30-7:00pm. Representatives from a variety of athletic programs, after school activities, musical instrument lessons, theater, acting and future engineers opportunities, and Milton Summer Enrichment will be on hand to answer questions. In addition, a representative from the Milton Public Library will be on hand to register students for a library card and outline all the amazing MPL programs offered.
If you have any questions or need additional information please email Marti O’Keefe McKenna, MPS Family Outreach Liaison.


Educational Technology Director AJ Melanson shares that we are  excited to host an incredibly important parent/guardian discussion led by Karin Roethke-Khan, (Cunningham parent, Milton Academy faculty member, and dorm parent for over 20 years) for the parent/guardian community of all of our elementary schools. She will share her insights about the effects tech has had on her students and strategies for managing it at the early stages of your child’s education and social development.

Parents/guardians from ALL schools are invited to join us in the Cunningham faculty lounge on Friday, January 31st at 8:30 am. We look forward to seeing you there for this important discussion.


The 2019-20 calendar can be found here. The School Committee voted recently on the 2020-21 school year calendar. The approved calendar can be found here. 


Recent School Committee meetings can always be watched on Milton Access TV.  The next School Committee meeting is on February 5th , 2020 at 7pm. School Committee agendas and documents can be found in the School Committee tab on the front page of our website. 

The School Committee recently updated the Milton Public Schools Strategic Plan. The updated document can be found here. 

MPS Budget Meetings: There were two school budget meetings this week and there is one still to come on February 12, 2020 @ 6:30pm in the Milton High School Auditorium. This presentation is open to all Milton residents, please join us to discuss the projected MPS budget for the 2020-21 school year. The recent budget presentation to the Warrant Committee can be found here. 


Our next speaker is fast approaching. Join us on Tuesday, February 4th, as we welcome Jon Mattleman presenting “The Secret Lives of Teens/Tweens” at the MHS auditorium, starting at 6:30pm. Jon will help provide new ways of understanding and engaging with teens/tweens, effective strategies you can implement immediately and leave you with more confidence, courage, and patience in your parenting skills. Jon is a mental health counselor and trainer with 30 years of experience working with children, teens, young adults, parents and families. His dynamic presentations have been well received by thousands of parents throughout New England. We welcome his return to Milton after presenting “Minding Your Mind” at Pierce Middle School in 2017. All details on Jon’s visit can be found here. 


Is it time for Driver’s Ed for your student? There are two classes starting next week at MHS.  We are offering two classes-  at 2:45pm and 6:30pm –  to accommodate hectic high school schedules and there are spots available in each class. All details can be found on the Driver’s Ed website.


MSE Red Shirt Opportunity for MHS Students:  All Milton High School students are invited to apply for volunteer and paid Red Shirt positions this summer at Milton Summer Enrichment. Details can be found in the application link here. The application deadline is February 13, 2020.


William Fish, Pierce Principal and AJ Melanson, MPS Educational Technology Director share the following exciting news.

It is with tremendous excitement that we share with you that Pierce Middle School will soon implement a one-to-one computing initiative (1:1). In adopting this model, all students will receive a school-issued Chromebook that they will take to and from school on a daily basis.

To this point, students and teachers have had limited access to technology tools at Pierce as teachers have had to compete with one another to use one of twelve Chromebook carts. The new Chromebooks will allow teachers to improve student achievement through more personalized learning experiences, utilize project-based learning, and empower students by providing multiple platforms for them to demonstrate their learning.

The effort to make 1:1 a reality at Pierce has required the support of many stakeholders. We have been fortunate to benefit from the support of the school district, parent groups and organizations, and individual donors who have given their time, money and ideas to make our vision for twenty-first century learning opportunities a reality for students. Sustaining this initiative will require more resources in the coming years, but we have a tremendous amount of faith in the community’s support of its children and schools to do so.

From the professional staff who have advocated fiercely for this initiative to the families who supported Donors Choose projects, we express a world of gratitude to our entire community for its support of our children.

More information about the timeline, logistics, and processes for distributing Chromebooks to students will be shared in the coming weeks.


Last week, Mr. Faherty’s English classroom at Pierce was transformed into an art gallery. Students completed a ‘gallery walk’ to prepare for a new novel study unit. Prints of photographs and paintings were posted  to the walls and students were prompted to analyze each work of art. After circulating through the gallery and surveying the artwork, students used academic vocabulary to critique the pieces.


This weekend (Jan 30-Feb 2)  will be Pierce’s third homework free weekend of the school year. The fourth and final homework free weekend will coincide with Memorial Day weekend.



Collicot students celebrated the Lunar New Year last week. Teachers and students enjoyed making horoscope wheels, dragon puppets, dragon masks and lanterns and read books about the Lunar New Year celebrations and traditions in their classrooms. Students from all grade levels who celebrate the Lunar New Year recorded a video for their peers wishing them a Happy New Year in Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese and English.  They also distributed Red envelopes or hongbao in Mandarin and lai see in Cantonese which are small red and gold packets containing money given to children, family members and friends as a symbol of good luck. At the end of the day, Collicot students from all grades left school with an impressive array of  Lunar New Year celebration work.


Glover 4th graders in Ms. Craven and Ms. Renehan’s class have been working hard throughout all of unit 4 of Everyday Math. Recently, they have discovered new strategies to multiply 2-digit by 2-digit numbers. To master and reinforce their skills, they have been playing “Rugs and Fences” in partners. It was a fun way to challenge peers thinking, practice their new multiplication strategies, and review their skills with finding the area and perimeter of rectangles by applying formulas.


Milton Community Schools is holding February Vacation Camp  from February 18-21 (4 days) at two sites: Cunningham & Tucker Schools.
Join the fun during February vacation week. Arts & Crafts, Cooking, Gym Games, Survivor Challenges, Sports, Special Projects, STEM, Drama workshop, Special guests, Science Show and more! Students from all MPS elementary schools are welcome to attend either site. Register before Wednesday February 12 online at Cunningham Camp Registration or Tucker Camp Registration. Questions? Please email Jackie Marr or call  617-696-5040 ext. 5544


Collicot Kindergarten students began their study of worms as part of their FOSS unit “Animals 2 by 2.” Students looked at both redworms and nightcrawlers and compared their structures. Students also learned what both kinds of worms need to survive and created habitats for the worms to live in the classroom. Students will continue to observe the worms and their structures over the next few weeks.


As part of the  Glover and Tucker “Diverse Reads and Authors” initiative, 4th and 5th graders at both schools recently had the opportunity to Skype with author Kekla Magoon.  This is a joint initiative between the Glover and Tucker Diversity Committees.

Kekla is the recipient of many accolades, including the NAACP Image Award, the John Steptoe New Talent Award, two Coretta Scott King Honors, The Walter Award Honor, and the In the Margins Award. 4th and 5th grade students read the book “The Season of Styx Malone” and were given the opportunity to participate in before school book club meetings which concluded in a lively book discussion with the author. Students asked many questions during their discussion and learned a lot about what it takes to persevere through the writing process, along with many interesting facts about Kekla’s personal feelings about her characters.  What an enriching experience for our students!


Tucker and MPS district staff gathered for a Book Club discussion recently with author Soo Hong, whose book Natural Allies Natural Allies: Hope and Possibility in Teacher-Family Partnerships  offers a paradigm shift in how we think about family engagement with schools. The discussion focused on family engagement strategies and approaches to remove barriers and increase collaboration and connection between and among staff and families.


Math League at Cunningham is in full swing! Students in grades 2-5 meet weekly before school to explore Continental Math problems in small groups. Parent volunteers facilitate the groups and students have a great time working through a variety of math problems. The multipstep problems present a challenege that requires students to think about appropriate strategies to apply. Math league helps students gain more confidence in math, and students thrive in the small group setting with personalized attention from parent facilitators.


The Cunningham+Collicot Green Space Committee is excited to announce an exciting project at the Collicot and Cunningham Schools!

Our goal is to build a recreational green space that will promote the health and safety of more than 1,300 preschool and elementary students in our community. This project will add a second recess area to the two schools and relieve the overcrowded recess.

What is the goal and timeline? Our goal is to fund raise $275,000 in time for construction Summer 2020 so students will have the additional space for the 2020-2021 school year!

Why do we NEED this space? Currently both schools – 1300 students – share one recess area with as many as 10 classes (250 children) utilizing the same recess space at the same time. This project will create an additional recess area and a beautiful green space to be used by both schools and relieve the overcrowding.

We have a matching grant from the Copeland Family Foundation! Once we raise $50,000 they will DONATE $50,000!

There are 3 Ways to Participate:

  • Join the Path to Play by purchasing one or more personalized bricks
  • Donate any dollar amount – all contributions are tax-deductible and don’t forget your employer match
  • Join our Plaque to Play by becoming an individual or business sponsor

Please visit our website to learn more and to donate!

Thank you to everyone in the Cunningham & Collicot community who is working to make this project a reality for our children!


The Glover Green Team is looking to reduce waste by recycling old markers. We can work together to reduce our carbon footprint at Glover and beyond  and help the environment as well. We can all make a difference!

What can you do to help?  Have a marker that is not working? We’ve got a solution! Bring any old or non-usable markers (of any brand) and drop them in the crayola bin in the Glover main office. Thank you for your support in going green and stay tuned for future projects brought to you by the Glover Green Team. Go GREEN!


BOKS (Build Our Kids Successes) is a before-school exercise program that is led by parent volunteers. The focus is to get kids moving, teach simple nutrition lessons and reinforce healthy behaviors taught in health and physical education classes.  It’s a wonderful example of school community working together to help students be their best.

The grassroots program started in 2009, when a parent was inspired to get her own kids moving and boost their academic performance after reading the book SPARK:The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain by Dr. John Ratey.   Studies show that students who exercise regularly, in moderate to vigorous intensities, see significant boosts in intelligence-test scores and core subjects at school, compared to their inactive peers.  Researchers Sattelmair and Ratey suggest the link between learning and physical activity is strong, citing studies that indicate students who receive a high level of strenuous physical activity exhibit higher test scores.   Ratey points out that, exercise does not specifically make someone smarter, but what it does do is optimize the brain for learning for 90+ minutes post-exercise. Consistent with Ratey’s findings, four years of research on BOKS points towards valuable associations of participation with, enhanced executive skill functioning, and improved performance on school-related learning measures.

Students  love playing the various activities and games and enjoy the challenges.  Parent volunteers love how BOKS reinforces teamwork and celebrates effort. They love that it provides a great forum for creativity in movement and exercise. It’s such a fabulous way to get energized for the day with an emphasis on making healthy choices.  Staff repeatedly mention they know when BOKS is in session as students come in prepared to learn (focused, improved mood and less likely to be distracted).

BOKS is a wonderful example of a community coming together to support the health and well-being of its young people.  Thank you to all our BOKS parent/guardian volunteers for providing this opportunity. Thank you to Collicot volunteers Heather Bergin and Eric Kelly; Tucker volunteers Meena Tondravi, Sita Cochran, Kim Johnson, Brendan Bartlet, Gail Trachtenberg, and Rich Cassidy and Glover volunteers Ellen Stoddard, Laurie Stuart, Amy Donovan, Megan Dalton, Elilibeth Abreu, Jonas & Nathalie Sison, Melanie Barbier, Anita Lazar, Meghan Dalton, and Niki Rukstalis. If you would like to volunteer for BOKS at  Cunningham, please email the PTO. 

If you’re interested in learning more, please contact MPS Health/PE director Noel Vigue. (Reference: Natick BOKS study prepared by: National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) at Wellesley College, 2011-2014)


The Milton Public Schools seeks to ensure the protection of the privacy of students attending the Milton Public Schools in a manner consistent with the Federal Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA), Children’s Online Protection Privacy Rule (COPPA),  and Massachusetts student record regulations. Last week, AJ Melanson, MPS Educational Technology Director, sent a letter to all MPS families detailing strategies that are being implemented at both the District and School levels to ensure student privacy is protected. You can read that full communication here.


Believe it or not, it is time to start thinking about Milton Summer Enrichment (MSE) 2020!  We are looking forward to a fun-filled summer with the children. The full MSE letter linked here will serve as the first of many communications in the upcoming months about MSE, and contains important information about our program.  In addition to updates, there are two important changes related to course registration and course payment increases found here.

Those of you who had children participate in the MSE program last year will see the return of the same MSE Directors.  Cat DesRoche (PK-8 Literacy Director) and Ellen Lohan (Elementary Science Coordinator) will once again be working together to ensure 2020 is the best summer yet!  We can be contacted via email anytime.  We are fortunate to have Billy Donovan   on our team as well, who will be continuing his role of coordinating middle and high school courses.

MSE will be held at Milton High School and will run Monday – Friday, 8:00-12:00 from July 6 – 31, 2020.

Please read the full MSE letter here with information on tuition, registration and important dates. 

We are looking forward to a fantastic summer at MSE 2020! Please be on the lookout for more communications in the coming months.  If you have questions at anytime, please  contact Ms. DesRoche and Ms. Lohan via email.


Registration is open to sign up for one of our fabulous Adult Education courses  for our spring term beginning in March. Please visit our website and scroll through our menu of courses where you will find Zumba, Restorative Yoga, Knitting, Beginner French and Intermediate French Level 3, Beginner Ukulele,  Beginner Guitar, our ever popular Pickleball courses and more! There is something for everyone to melt away the winter weather and join other like-minded adults and enjoy the spring together. Registration will be open until February 24th.


The MFE is busy planning Celebration 2020!

Join us on April 4, 2020 at Granite Links for a seated dinner, black tie optional event with dancing and amazing auction items in support of all six Milton Public Schools. We are raising funds to expand the competitive grants in all six schools and we are excited to support even more innovative requests to help MPS students learn and grow.

MFE Celebration tickets are available in the coming weeks and will be $95 per person, (with discounted tables of 10 so start talking to your friends!) If you are interested in sponsoring or have an auction item, please email the MFE.

In the meantime, it’s time to buy your jeep raffle ticket! Only 500 tickets will be sold and you’ll have a 1/500 chance of winning a 2020 Jeep Wrangler or $20,000 cash.

How to buy a ticket?

  • Email Liddiefb@gmail.com to purchase a ticket or with any questions
  • Look for ticket sales at many MPS events in the coming weeks
  • Stop in at your school main office – all schools have tickets!

The winner will be drawn 4/4/20 at Celebration. The Milton Foundation for Education’s Celebration and Jeep Raffle raises money in support of all  six Milton Public Schools.


During the week of February 3, 2020 the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Office of Public School Monitoring (PSM) will conduct a Tiered Focused Monitoring Review of Milton Public Schools.  The Office of Public School Monitoring visits each district and charter school every three years to monitor compliance with federal and state special education and civil rights regulations. Areas of review related to special education include student assessments, determination of eligibility, the Individualized Education Program (IEP) Team process, and IEP development and implementation. Areas of review related to civil rights include bullying, student discipline, physical restraint, and equal access to school programs for all students.

In addition to the onsite visit, parent outreach is an important part of the review process. The review chairperson from the Office of Public School Monitoring will send all parents of students with disabilities an online survey that focuses on key areas of their child’s special education program. Survey results will contribute to the development of a report. During the onsite review, the Office of Public School Monitoring will interview the chairperson(s) of the district’s Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC). Other onsite activities may include interviews of district staff and administrators, reviews of student records, and onsite observations.

Parents and other individuals may call Doryce Smith, Public School Monitoring Chairperson, at (781) 338- 3718 to request a telephone interview. If an individual requires an accommodation, such as translation, to participate in an interview, the Department will make the necessary arrangements.

Within approximately 60 business days after the onsite visit, the review chairperson will provide the (district or charter school) with a report with information about areas in which the (district or charter school) meets or exceeds regulatory requirements and areas in which the (district or charter school) requires assistance to correct or improve practices. The public will be able to access the report at this website. 


The Office of Pupil Personnel Services is conducting a comprehensive program review of the Special Education programs in Milton. A component of this review is input from various community stakeholders. We are  seeking interested community members who would like to participate in a 1 hour focus group. The goal of the group is to hear from community members about their experiences in special education. Information gathered will be integrated into our Program Review and will help guide future planning for Special Education.

The focus group for community members is Tuesday, February 4, 2020 from 4-5pm and the group will meet in Milton High School room 209. Please reach out to let us know if you are able to come, so we plan for appropriate space. if you have already RSVPed, you are all set. Please confirm your attendance by emailing Susan Maselli.


The Milton Public Schools is looking for ways to support those in our community who have deployed members of the military in their family. If you feel you could help us discern the best ways to provide support, we welcome your involvement (staff, parent/guardian, community member) as we consider a path forward. Please email Superintendent Gormley to join this informal group. The group is planning to meet on Thursday, February 6th at 9:30am in the Superintendent’s conference room at Milton High School. All are welcome.

If your family needs support at any time, for any reason, please email our Family Outreach Liaison, Marti O’Keefe McKenna.


MPS Director of Fine and Applied Arts, Dawn Sykes, shares that Milton High School will be represented by two outstanding musicians at the MMEA All State Festival. Sam Higgins and Philip Phan, both members of the MHS Junior class, earned top scores at the audition last weekend, and were selected to be members of the All State Orchestra and All State Jazz Ensemble.

In addition, MMEA recently announced the Pierce Middle School 7th and 8th Grade Orchestra is selected to perform at the MMEA All State Conference, which runs consecutively with the festival. This fine ensemble, led by Ms. Debra Miller, will be featured during the Music Educators Conference Concert Hour. This is one of the highest honors received by an ensemble and director in the Massachusetts Music Educators Association.

The MMEA Educators Conference and Festival will take place March 5-7 in Boston at the Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center with a concluding All State Ensemble performance at Boston Symphony Hall. Congratulations to our student musicians!


The MHS Girls Basketball Team will host a “Cans for Cats” can and bottle drive on Saturday, February 1st from 9am -12pm at Milton High School.

Boys Hockey made it two in a row, with wins over Wellesley (4-0) and Needham (2-1). Bobby Carew scored a hat-trick against Wellesley and followed up with another goal against Needham.

Wrestling beat Needham in their third match of a quad on Saturday, with Alex Paxhia picking up with 19th win of the season. Alex then picked up his 20th win in the team’s loss to Natick.

Spring Sports Registration opens next Friday, February 7th. Please see this  link for more details.

All schedules can be found on our Athletics website.


TONIGHT : The Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition recently  took a deep look at youth and drugs, alcohol and mental health issues in Milton in 2019. This included surveys of hundreds of teens and preteens, a survey of over 500 parents, interviews with key stakeholders, focus groups, and data from BID Hospital Milton and our ambulance service. Milton youth demonstrate a lot of strengths and use of illegal substances has decreased generally since MSAPC last examined this issue. However, we still face challenges. Come and hear the results of this community assessment TONIGHT  – January 30th at 6:30pm  – at Milton Hospital and what we can do as a community in order to continue to move misuse rates in a positive direction. The 2016 release of the last community assessment led to amazing collaboration across town departments focused on decreasing youth alcohol and marijuana use and increasing the focus on behavioral health.


Celebrate winter and dance with friends at the Family Snowball Party! This new Milton tradition will be held Saturday, February 1st from 5-8pm at Cunningham Hall in Milton (77 Edge Hill Road). This year’s party theme is Disney’s “Frozen”, and costumes are encouraged.

Tickets are $15 per person, and can be purchased online. Tickets will also be available at the door, space permitting. Raffle tickets and refreshments will be sold separately at the event. More information available on the event’s Facebook page.


Please see this following part time job post: Custodian needed at Milton synagogue, 9 to 10 hours a week, flexible weekend hours required and one afternoon/early evening during the week. General cleaning of building and setting up of tables and chairs. Contact the Temple office at 617-698-3394 if interested.


As part of our E-blast, we highlight students, teachers or members of the community whose hard work deserves recognition.  Please read about some of their accomplishments below:

Congratulations to the Pierce Players on a wonderful sold out run of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat! Students, staff and volunteers work so hard on these productions, for months on end, and I would like to recognize them here.

To our student performers, listed in the program attached here: I am so impressed with your courage, talent and hard work. All three were evident during this past weekend’s performances.

To our student crew members, listed in the program attached here: You work tirelessly, behind the scenes, for many weeks and months, to ensure a seamless performance for the audience. These productions would not be possible without your sustained effort and expertise.

To our parent volunteers: You are our unsung heroes! Thank you for the countless hours you donate to these productions so that your children can have this amazing theater experience and share it with the Milton community multiple times each year.

To the Pierce Players staff team of Bill Deschenes, Desiree Okoh, Jessica Royster and Patrick Manning: For months, you leave your full time job working with middle school students each afternoon to spend many more hours mentoring, leading and having fun with those same students! I am forever grateful to these dedicated educators who choose to be a part of these amazing Pierce Players productions.

Credit to Pierce parent Gordon Grisinger for the wonderful photos below.


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Thank you to my blog contributors this week: Noel Vigue, Dr. Elaine McNeil-Girmai,  AJ Melanson, Sara MacNeil, Ryan Madden,  Ellen Lohan, Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Jon Redden, Bill Deschenes, Kelly Connell, Colin Faherty, Bill Fish, Janice Mazzola,  Zeina Hamada, Cat DesRoche, Dawn Sykes and Karen Hughes.

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 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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