October 28, 2021

To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
From: James F. Jette
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: October 28, 2021


Thank you for your patience and understanding as we dealt with the unpredictable conditions of yesterday’s storm.  Given the many challenges we faced and the subsequent school cancellation, I thought it was important to send a reminder yesterday afternoon about how we approach inclement weather in the Milton Public Schools. My letter outlined 4 options we have when faced with weather that impacts the school day: a typical full day of school, a two hour delay, a remote half day and a full cancellation. Each of these options is outlined in detail in my letter yesterday and you can read it in full here. 

This past week saw two fantastic MPS events – Homecoming 2021 for our MHS juniors and seniors and a Pierce Student vs. Staff Volleyball game. I was pleased to be able to attend both events and enjoyed seeing our students and staff engaged in these terrific activities. 

HOCO ’21 would not have been possible without the partnership among Student Government, MHS staff and administration and MPS parent volunteers. A very special thank you to Student Government Advisor Jennie Beliveau for her leadership of this event. Our students were the real superstars though – every student who attended was respectful, appreciative and enthusiastic. I could not have been more proud of our students.

The Pierce Volleyball game was a great experience for everyone – friendly competition, school spirit, and lots of fun! Funds raised from ticket sales ($537!) will be donated to the Sideout Foundation, an organization committed to providing support and treatment options to people living with metastatic breast cancer.

Another great community event is upon us. Sunday is the MFE’s Monster Dash 5k, Fun Run & community event which falls on Halloween this year! Join the fun on Sunday, October 31, at Cunningham Hall. There are prizes for best costume! Register now,  details of the day are below.

Saturday, October 30

  • 9am -2pm pick up your T-shirt & bib or pre-register in person

Sunday, October 31 – Halloween! 

  • 8-10 am Register in-person
  • 8:30-9 am Sensory-Friendly Kids Activities
  • 9 am Fun Runs, Kids Activities and Costume Contest
  • 10 am Monster Dash 5K

The MFE has been organizing the Monster Dash for over 20 years. It is a beloved community event that memorializes Sam Cichello, a Tucker Student who died in a tragic playground accident. Sam loved science so the Monster Dash funds raised go toward science in all 6 Milton public schools. We hope to see you at this fun event! 


The Milton School Committee will be hosting a second virtual Community Forum tonight, Thursday, October 28 to receive feedback from the community on the findings of the Quality Review report prepared by Cambridge Education.  This report was first shared in the Superintendent’s Blog dated September 23, 2021 and is posted on the Milton Public Schools website.  Tonight’s Community Forum will be held from 6:30-7:30pm (Evening session Zoom link; Meeting ID: 869 3301 8294; Passcode: 077175)

Members of the School Committee will be joined by members of the MPS administration, and we encourage all stakeholders in the MPS community to come share your questions, perspectives, and priorities as the district moves forward to address the report’s recommendations. Whether or not you are able to attend, you are welcome to pre-submit questions or share feedback through this google form.

The regular Milton School Committee meeting is on November 3 at 7pm.  All information about attending School Committee meetings can be found on the Town of Milton webpage under School Committee. You can watch School Committee meetings live on Milton Access TV online, live on Milton Access cable channels (Comcast 22, RCN 15) or watch on-demand in the days following the meeting.


Test and Stay: Just over 60% of MPS students have completed the Opt In form for Test and Stay and Symptomatic testing. If you have not yet opted in, please consider doing so now. All details can be found here.

Superintendent Jette’s September 9, 2021 letter about the Test and Stay Program can be found here. You must OPT IN to Test and Stay to participate.  You can opt in at this link. 

For the time period of Thursday, October 21 – Wednesday, October 27, MPS had  3 positive student cases, and 0 positive staff cases. Each of these positive cases impacts close contacts at every school. All health and safety information can be found on our Health Services website


  • Oct 28 School Committee Forums 
  • Nov 2 No School – Teacher PD Day 
  • Nov 3 School Committee Meeting
  • Nov 4, 6, 7 Chicago at MHS 
  • Nov 11 No School – Veterans Day
  • Nov 17 School Committee Meeting
  • Nov 18 Early Release Day K-12 (PT Conf Gr 6-12 only)
  • Nov 22 MHS Cabaret 

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

Live Theatre is back at MHS with Chicago! Tickets are on sale NOW!

In roaring twenties Chicago, chorine Roxie Hart murders a faithless lover and convinces her hapless husband, Amos, to take the rap… until he finds out he’s been duped and turns on Roxie. Convicted and sent to death row, Roxie and another “Merry Murderess,” Velma Kelly, vie for the spotlight and the headlines, ultimately joining forces in search of the “American Dream”: fame, fortune, and acquittal. This show has it all and is guaranteed to please! Tickets are available now at this link.

Also, please continue to refer to the MPS website for all information about Covid safety, transportation, School Committee updates, district wide presentations, Special Education information, school handbooks, anti bullying policy and reporting system, food service menus and more.

Come celebrate Taco Tuesday on November 2 from 4-8 pm at Chipotle at 60 Newport Ave, Quincy and support the Class of 2023. Show the flyer at right or order online using code, GVV4ERR, and 33% of the proceeds from your order will be donated to the 2023 student government. The MHS Junior Class thanks you!


Students in MHS 2D Studio Art explored the Element of Line by drawing blind contour lines, modified contour lines, continuous lines and cross contour lines to describe objects, people and furniture in Ms. Lee’s art room. You can see Ms. Lee in one of the drawings below.

Last week, the Milton High School Student Leaders successfully held the annual Freshman Olympics! It was an exciting week filled with costumes, door decorating, lawn games, and a thrilling final showdown. Though all freshmen fought valiantly for the title, Mr. Midura’s homeroom (Midura’s Explorers) prevailed and claimed the gold medal. We are so glad that the freshmen were able to bond with one another and with the broader school community, and we look forward to continuing this tradition in the coming years.


4th grade students are wrapping up their amazing pinch pot jack-o-lanterns in the Collicot and Cunningham art room.  Students reviewed how to make a pinch pot and the “scratch and attach” technique to create a hollow sphere.  Next, students learned how to use various clay tools to carve their jack-o-lantern faces.  After firing their clay sculptures in the kiln, students applied crayon and oil pastels to their pumpkins and dipped their sculpture into black ink to create a dazzling wax resist effect!

5th grade students in the Cunningham and Collicot art room have begun a Boston cityscape painting.  Students are learning how to use a palate and mix various shades of yellow, oranges and browns to create the buildings in their cityline.  Students have to apply strategy when mixing colors from their palate as a means of mapping out their picture too.  As you can see, they are off to a great start!

Mme Maliel’s 5th grade Glover students have been writing “pourquoi tales” to explain how animals came to have their traits. First, they read several pourquoi tales and studied the elements of narrative writing, and then they went through the steps of the writing process to create their own. To celebrate the completion of their original and entertaining stories, they met Mme Koita’s 3rd graders on a perfect day outside and read them their stories. It was a treat for all.

For a fun STEM Week challenge, Mrs. Mile’s Cunningham 3rd graders took part in a cup stacking challenge. The challenge: Can you stack cups without using your hands? Students were placed into groups and given the following materials to use: 6 plastic cups per group, 2 straws per student, 2 feet of string per student, 1 rubber band per student, and 1 cotton ball per group. The challenge was for students to make a tower using all six of their cups without touching the cups with their hands. Once they built their tower students needed to put the cotton ball on top without touching it with their hand as well. As groups were able to complete this challenge, to increase the challenge, materials were taken away and students tried to stack with fewer materials.

Tucker students enjoyed a fun Fall Spirit Week in recognition of their hard work to start the year. Today, they put on their crazy creative writing hats to participate in a special creative writing assembly featuring Story Pirates.  They will end the week in style wearing the colors that represent their homeroom College or University as part of Tucker’s college bound focus.


Collicot and Cunningham students in Mrs. Allegrezza’s music classes enjoyed exploring and making music on the barred percussion instruments in the music room. First, students learned the game/song “Pass the Pumpkin” and practiced passing a pumpkin to the steady beat while singing. Students then learned to play two patterns from the song on a class set of glockenspiels so everyone could practice at the same time and at their own pace. Finally, students transferred their knowledge to playing Orff xylophones and metallophones and had fun while singing and playing the game.


The Diverse Reads Book Club is back! Please use this form to sign up for upcoming Book Clubs – all elementary students from any school are welcome. 

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month we welcomed Kim Baker, a bicultural Latinx author, to talk about her novel The Water Bears with grades 3-5 this week. There was a small but mighty group of students from all elementary schools for our first meeting. Thank you to MPL librarian Sara Truog for leading the rich discussion. 


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


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


Please visit the Milton SEPAC website, as along with our weekly newsletters, this will be the way to stay in the know!

We are pleased to welcome two new reps from Glover and three new reps from Tucker. Thank you to Collicot Principal Holly Concannon and Tucker Principal Elaine McNeil-Girmai, as well as others, who helped us invite new school reps to the board. 

If you missed the October 19 workshop, no worries –  the Federation for Children with Special Needs (an outstanding MA resource!) will hold many useful workshops in November. Now is a great time of year to tune in.  To register, you need to click on the link for the calendar and registration and then click on the event you want to attend. Once you register, you will receive an email with the zoom link. All details on upcoming workshops can be found here. 

The next SEPAC board meeting will be held on November 16, 6:30 -8:30, the Zoom Link can be found here.  Yearly elections will be held and this meeting will operate in compliance with Open Meeting Law. 


This is the last week to log your miles! Some bikers have started logging so we are hoping to get a big bump in mileage this week.

Congratulations to the winners of the glow gold raffles so far, the Walker, Chippendale and Hallisey families. Savanna and Brooks accepted prizes for their families above. This week’s prize winners are Paul Delaney and Christine Paxhia.

This week is our biggest raffle yet: Log 100 activity points and win a prize worth $100! The winner will be drawn at midnight on the 31st. You could choose a gift card to Common Market, Playa Bowls and/or a tote from the Toy Box. Every mile counts to recognize the 15,590 children diagnosed with cancer each year. And, don’t forget to log your miles from the Monster Dash! 


We are now in the final week of the regular season for Fall Sports and the Tournament is right around the corner. Thank you to MHS parents and photographers for the photos below. 

Golf finished their season last week with Ben Catudal finishing T-12 and John Gillooly finishing T-33 at the Bradford CC in the MIAA Division II North Championships. Thank you to John Gillooly for these golf pictures from earlier in the season. 

Volleyball hosted Ursuline in their Senior Night on Friday. After dropping the first set, the girls won the next 3, albeit in a very closely contested match. They then dispatched Brookline 3-2 to improve to 11-7. They travel to Framingham tonight for their final match before heading to the Tournament next week!

Boys Soccer beat Brookline 1-0 to improve their chances of making the Tournament. They travel to Framingham sitting at 6-8-2 and ranked #26 in Division II at the moment.

The Field Hockey Team needs to win tonight to give themselves a chance of qualifying for the Tournament. They have been ranked between #26-32 all season, and they have improved each day. They lost a close one to Brookline on their Senior Night on Monday.

Swim & Dive beat Braintree on their Senior Night last Friday to finish their season 7-2 as they look ahead to the Bay State Conference Championships tomorrow and Saturday. The two following weekends, many of our swimmers and divers will compete at Sectionals and States!

The Football Team beat Lynn Classical last Friday to jump into the #4 spot in Division III. Should they win tomorrow against Natick, they would all but guarantee home field advantage through the State Semifinals. A loss would likely see them remain in the top #8. Thanks to Roy Chambers for our football pictures.

Tomorrow night is also Senior Night for the Football Team, Cheer Team and Marching Band! Kick-off is at 6:30pm.

The Cross Country Teams will travel to Wrentham Development Center for the Bay State Conference Championships on Saturday!

Our Cheer Team will compete in the Bay State Conference Championships at Newton North on Tuesday at about 5:30pm.

Girls Soccer host Framingham for their Senior Night tonight at 5:30pm. They will end their season with a home game against Quincy on Saturday at 10:30am.

Per the MIAA, no paper tickets will be sold at the Tournament Football Games, all tickets must be purchased on GoFan. Download the App now and search Milton High School to find the game!

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

The MHS Boosters are planning a merchandise extravaganza for the last home football game on October 29! There are lots of new items, plenty of old favorites, and stickers and football beads to hand out to kids and fans. Cash, check and credit card all accepted. Go, ‘Cats! 


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

Kids ages 3-8 are invited to join Night Owls storytime with Ms. Sara every Monday evening at 6:30 pm on Zoom. PJ’s are welcome, and silly stuff is guaranteed! Sign up to receive a Zoom link here. To learn more and to register for programs, please visit the MPL website.


The Milton Coalition shares the following information. 

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

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


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

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

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


Spooky Stories Under the Stars at the Forbes House Museum is on Saturday, October 30 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. The cost is $5/member, $8/nonmember, adults are free. This is not a drop-off event.

Children in grades K-5 are invited to don a costume, grab a blanket and flashlight, and get ready for scary (and not-so-scary) tales from faraway places. There will be hot cider and treats, and perhaps a few tricks! Dress appropriately for this all-outdoors event.

Plus, bring your best jack-o-lantern for the chance to win a prize! Winners will be chosen in three categories: Scariest, Funniest and Most Creative. Enter your carved pumpkin between 4:00 and 6:00 pm on October 30th. Public voting will run 6-7 pm, with winners announced at the end of the evening. You need not be present to win.

The museum is located at 215 Adams Street in Milton. For more information and to register, visit the Forbes House website.


Milton Cultural Council Grant application deadline has been EXTENDED! The Milton Cultural Council is the local granting arm of the Massachusetts Cultural Council. The Milton Cultural Council allocates state funding to Milton artists, organizations, and cultural projects which benefit the community of Milton. 

The council is accepting applications for the current grant cycle through November 1, 2021. All are invited to apply and innovative projects are highly encouraged to do so. Funds can be used for a variety of purposes and are awarded on a reimbursement basis.  The council invites all Milton residents to share ideas and feedback with the council through the community input survey. This survey will support the drafting of granting priorities for the next fiscal cycle. 

More information can be found at massculturalcouncil.org/local-council/milton and through the Milton Cultural Council Facebook Page


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

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

Literacy Fun Through STEAM with the Easton Children’s Museum: 

  • Session 1: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom: Build A Tree! Let’s explore balance and strong foundations by using creativity and imagination with materials supplied to your family. November 13 at 11 am, register here. 
  • Session 2: Where The Wild Things Are: Float My Boat! Let’s explore buoyancy and flotation by being inventive and imaginative with materials supplied to your family. December 11 at 11 am, register here.

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