To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
From: James F. Jette
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: November 12, 2021
- 1 FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT
FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT
This week our schools held Veterans Day events, honoring Veterans in our school communities and learning about the meaning of Veterans Day. Each year these gatherings and events are meaningful and serve as a reminder of the sacrifice and valor of those who have served in our armed forces.
MHS Music and Marching Band students participated in this year’s Veterans Day Ceremony at Milton’s Town Hall on Thursday, November 11. Reilly Bergin, Project 351 Ambassador, read a Project 351 Proclamation and Pierce students read the names of Purple Heart Veterans.
Veterans with ties to Tucker visited virtually with Tucker students and talked about different branches of the military and shared some of their personal experiences in their branch of service. Cunningham and Collicot students invited Veterans to their schools’ events, where students listened to speakers, wrote letters of appreciation and raised a new flag. 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. Thank you to all who have served and continue to serve our country.
Bravo, Chicago! Congratulations to the cast and crew of Chicago, which came to life last weekend in the Milton High School Auditorium. These talented students poured their hearts into the show, and their singing, dancing, musicianship, and stagecraft were top-notch. I was especially happy to see so many people from the Milton community come out for this highly entertaining production. You can get a glimpse of the razzle dazzle from the photos below, and I hope many of join me at the next show! Thank you to Backstage Booster parent Adam Winkler for the photos below.
Thanks to the production team and to the Backstage Boosters for their logistical and fundraising support. You can support future productions and help the theatre program grow by donating through the MHS Theatre PayPal link.
The next regular Milton School Committee meeting is on November 17 at 7pm. All information about attending School Committee meetings can be found on the Town of Milton webpage under School Committee. You can watch School Committee meetings live on Milton Access TV online, live on Milton Access cable channels (Comcast 22, RCN 15) or watch on-demand in the days following the meeting.
HEALTH AND SAFETY
Recently, the federal government gave Pfizer’s pediatric COVID 19 vaccine for ages 5-11 final approval and doses are now available in Massachusetts. The state will be updating the their website as new vaccination sites become available. The Vaxfinder tool can be used along with links to retail pharmacies CVS’s scheduling site or Walgreens’ scheduling site to schedule appointments. Manet Community Health Center will also welcome all pediatric patients to 180 Old Colony Ave, in Quincy on the following days: November 12 from 1 – 4pm and November 13 from 9am – 12pm.
Test and Stay: If you have not yet opted in to Test and Stay and Symptomatic testing, 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, November 3 – Wednesday, November 10, MPS had 13 positive student cases, and 3 positive staff cases. Many of the resulting close contacts from these positives were able to remain in school without interruption due to the Test and Stay program. If you have not yet signed your child up, you can opt in at this link.
All health and safety information can be found on our Health Services website. The recent Flu Clinic at Pierce was a success as 201 people were vaccinated against the flu. Thank you to the Town of Milton for working to keep our school community safe.
IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES
- Nov 17 School Committee Meeting
- Nov 18 Early Release Day K-12 (PT Conf Gr 6-12 only)
- Nov 24-26 Thanksgiving Break
- Dec 1 School Committee Meeting
- Dec 7 MHS Winter Concert
- Dec 9 MHS Post Secondary Planning Night
- Dec 9 Early Release Date K-12 (PT Conf Gr K-5 only)
Please see below for important Preschool and Kindergarten dates. More information will follow in the coming weeks.
- Preschool Information Night – Thursday, January 6, 2022
- Preschool Pre-registration – Thursday, January 6, 2021 – Thursday, January 27, 2022
- Preschool Lottery if necessary – Friday, January 28, 2022
- Kindergarten Information Night – Thursday, January 27, 2022
- Kindergarten Pre-registration – Begins Monday, December 13, 2021
Please refer to the District-Wide Calendar of Events for times and details. The 21-22 School Year Calendar can be found here (Revised 10/27/21 to reflect updated last day of school)
HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS
This past weekend MHS students Sam Boucher, Leo Waldbaum, Will Malec, Will McElroy, Kiera Glazer, Tucker Korman, Barron Clancy, Alex McEttrick, Anderson Korman and Jonathan Waldmann participated in the Brown University Model United Nations Conference, a virtual conference with hundreds of other high school students participating from around the nation.
In the Model UN team’s opening conference, our students participated with excellence throughout the weekend. Students engaged in diplomacy during 4 three hour sessions, working diligently and representing MHS well as they tackled both current crises facing the global community as well as issues of the past in historical committee sessions. It was an impressive show of diplomacy for Milton delegates.
Five MHS students were recognized for their excellent diplomacy! Three students won the top honor of Best Delegate:
- Barron Clancy for representing Russia on the UN Security Council
- Tucker Korman for representing Anatoly Lunacharsky (a journalist) in a historical committee on the Russian Revolution 1917
- Alex McKettrick for representing Eric Lander on the US Cabinet
In addition, there were two awards for Outstanding Delegate:
- Will McElroy for representing the United Arab Emirates in the Arab League
- Jonathan Waldmann for representing the minister of Industry and Trade in the Cabinet of Park Chung-Hee of South Korea, in 1978
Bravo to the whole team on an excellent start and a special shout out to team leaders, Anderson Korman, Barron Clancy and Jonathan Waldmann for preparing the team so well and guiding all students through the first conference of the year.
We have been serving freshly grown kale, lettuce and basil at MHS during all of our lunches this week. Thank you to our Achieve students for their work in tending to our Grow Racks and growing and harvesting these greens.
The MHS French Club has been selling Hilliard’s chocolate bars and members sold in front of Starbucks this past Sunday to continue raising money. Our ask was simple – donate in exchange for chocolate! The club raised over $1200 in profit and plans on using it to create cultural experiences for the members. They also want to donate some of this money back to the community during the Holiday Season. Thanks to all who supported the French Club.
Please join the Milton High School Guidance Counselors for their annual Post Secondary Planning night, at Milton High on Thursday, December 9 at 6:15 pm in the MHS Auditorium. The following topics will be presented in order to help you and your child successfully navigate their post secondary decisions:
- Financial Aid – How to pay for College
- Standardized Testing – Standardized Tests: The SAT vs The ACT
- College Admissions – An Insider View
- College Athletics – From Intramural to Division I Sports
- Overview of the College Application Process – Milton High Procedures
- Naviance 101
Representatives from Emmanuel College Admissions, Bridgewater State University, Summit Educational Group, “Strategies for College” and Milton High School staff will be running these 6 sessions. After a brief introduction in the auditorium, each session will run four times, in 25 minute intervals. Students & Parents/Guardians are invited to attend up to four sessions between 6:30 and 8:30 pm. This workshop is open to all parents/guardians & students in grades 8 through 12. Masks are required in the building.
On November 6, the Pierce Middle School Debate Team participated in the Lumos Fall Invitational Tournament. Students debated the economic and social impacts of raising the federal minimum wage in the United States. Students used the Public Forum Debate format to discuss the benefits and costs of increasing the minimum wage. Students Isabella Alba, Josue Castillo-Savage, Saibh Chaplin, Adam Cheairs, Samuel Epstein, Nailah Hazelwood, Dobie Illich, John Griffin, Penelope Jain, Sara Khan, Ben Neugebauer, Avery Squiciarino, and Sadie Wetzner-Crothers competed in this tournament. Isabella Alba, Nailah Hazelwood and Ben Neugebauer received Speaker Awards after earning distinguished scores in debate rounds. Avery Squiciarino and Sara Khan were awarded 4th place in the tournament for their excellent record after winning multiple successive rounds. The Pierce Debate Team was thrilled to participate in this tournament after several weeks of rigorous practice and preparation, and we look forward to competing again in December.
Recognizing Positive Community Members: Each month, we recognize students who demonstrate the values of safety, responsibility, respect, and kindness. Teachers nominate students and one student from each grade is selected by Pierce’s culture and behavior committee. Please join us in congratulating Isabel Berdik, Brynn Midura, and Daniela Yaranga who were honored for the month of October!
Project 351 Ambassador Selection: The Commonwealth’s Project 351 celebrates the ethic of service, youth leadership, and the unifying and uplifting power of community. Pierce eighth grade student Ada Mitchell has been selected as Milton’s Project 351 ambassador. Through her yearlong ambassador journey, Ada will represent Milton in a variety of leadership roles and community service projects. Congratulations, Ada!
INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS
As we wrap up Unit 1, Senora Brown and Senor Foy share this peek into our elementary Spanish classrooms.
November is the month that most of us feel thankful and grateful for all that we have and also a time for increased awareness that some of us are not as fortunate.
The teachers and staff at Pierce, led by Head Custodian Mike Buzzell, recently filled and donated 24 backpacks full of food gift cards, snacks, waterproof gloves, water bottles, hats, rain ponchos, wool socks, hygiene items, hand and foot warmers, flashlights and more.
This year Pierce 8th grade teacher Mrs. Pouliot’s children joined the effort by involving their neighbors. This effort lead to another 12 backpacks, for a total of 36 backpacks distributed to those in need. The backpacks were distributed in Boston this week.
Thank you to our Pierce community for leading the way with this thoughtful and impactful project.
If you or someone you know is in need of heating assistance this winter the Quincy Community Action Program, serving Milton families, has begun their Winter Fuel Assistance Application process. For applications and more details please visit QCAP Fuel Assistance Program. 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 email@example.com. 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.
The SEPAC website along with weekly SEPAC newsletters will be the way to stay in the know about all SEPAC events. Our next SEPAC board meeting is on November 16, 6:30 -8:30. The Zoom link can be found here.
Transition Planning (Ages 14 plus): This presentation addresses the planning involved when a student is of transition age, the roles of both parent/guardian and student and the student’s post-secondary vision. We will discuss how to prepare for the transition planning meeting, the age of majority, and procedural due process rights for resolving disputes. Join us on Thursday, November 18, from 6:30-8:30. This presentation is sponsored by the Milton SEPAC and presented by the Federation for Children with Special Needs. All details are here. You must register before the workshop at this link. Once registered, you will receive a zoom link.
Breakfast is free at all schools this year! Come to the cafeteria to grab a quick bite before class. Breakfast is available 20 minutes before your child’s school starts.
MPS Food Service is hiring for all positions – permanent and substitute, both full and part-time. Pay is $17.28 per hour. Email Jackie Morgan at firstname.lastname@example.org for details. Come join our MPS team!
ART AND MUSIC
FAME, Friends and Advocates of Music Education, the Milton Music Boosters organization, shares the following.
We hope our Milton music supporters will shop our holiday fundraiser to raise money in support of our music students. You’ll find one-of-a-kind handcrafted goods from farmers and artisans from around the world, including holiday décor, gifts, jewelry, accessories, and home goods as well as chocolate, teas and coffee. All details can be found at this link. 25% of your purchase goes directly to FAME!
You’ll be helping us raise money to support Milton youth musicians and programming at all levels of music education, including scholarships for seniors, entry fees for Districts and SEMSBA, and needs that are not allocated in the music budget.
Plus, you’ll also be supporting fair trade, which means you’re saying YES to NO child labor, fair pay, safe working conditions, and sustainable practices.
Our fundraiser ends on November 15, so start your holiday shopping now at this link. These affordable items will be loved by all on your gift giving list!
Football will now travel to North Attleboro on Saturday 11/13 at 5pm in the 2nd Round of the MIAA Tournament. Please note the date change. Tickets can be found here. Pre-purchased tickets can still be used on Saturday.
Boys Soccer won their first tournament game over North High School on Thursday 11/6 by a score of 5-0. They then lost to West Springfield 1-0 in 2OT. Tough way to end the season, but they had an excellent season under Coach Ellis.
The Field Hockey Team returned to the Tournament after nearly 9 years, losing to Hopkinton 3-0 on Thursday 11/6.
The Volleyball Team swiftly took care of Holyoke in their Preliminary Round Matchup 3-0, before losing to Westwood on Friday 11/7.
The Boys & Girls Cross Country Teams had some excellent performances on Saturday at the Frank Mooney Invitational in Wrentham. Christina Sullivan finished 1st in the Senior Girls race, while Alec Carew finished 1st in the Sophomore Boys race!
The Cheer Team will travel to Marshfield on Sunday for Regionals after a great showing at the Bay State Conference Championships last week!
MHS Swim and Dive: At last week’s sectionals, Elle Anthony won the 200 IM and 100 freestyle, setting new school records, Malachi Buchanan won the 50 and 100 freestyle, and Jackson Wagner won the 200 IM and 100 butterfly. Madison Crummey (broke 100 breaststroke school record), Rose Gillooly (broke 100 backstroke school record) and Tucker Korman all placed in the top 3 of their events. The girls 400 yard freestyle relay was very exciting to watch! Rose Gillooly, Madison Crummey, Liv DiSandro and Elle Anthony(pictured below) won the event, beating powerhouse teams Wellesley and Needham, dropping 20 seconds and breaking the school record. In diving news, congratulations to Andrew Scapicchio (at right) who won the MIAA Division 2 diving event this week, our first ever diver to win for MHS! MHS Swim is headed to states this Friday in Wellesley.
We have four more students signing Division I Letters of Intent. All four students will celebrate their signings on Monday, 11/15 after school. Congratulations to our student athletes!
- Norah Affanato is signing to Loyola University Maryland for Cross Country & Track.
- Charlie Walker is signing to Northeastern University to play Baseball.
- Brian Foley is signing to UMass Lowell to play Baseball.
- Sophia Manning is signing to Temple University for Crew.
Stephanie Needham has been elected as the President of our newly formed Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). Sophia Manning will serve as the Vice President. We have some great initiatives planned for this year!
Winter Registration is open and will remain open until tryouts start on Monday, November 29th.
Cardinal Cushing Centers Run to Change Lives: Run, Walk, or Roll at the Run to Change Lives on November 20th at Cunningham Elementary School! 5K Registration fee is $25. Register today at this link.
You can have a greater impact by creating a fundraising page to share with friends and family and asking them to make a donation in honor of your walk or run. Simply visit this link and click “Sign up to Fundraise” to create your page. If you have any questions please contact event manager Ricky DeSisto at email@example.com.
The Milton Public Library’s November calendar is at this link.
Join us on Saturday, Nov. 20 at 2:30 for an in-person session with Mad Science! We’ll be exploring Kitchen Chemistry. For kids in grades K-6; register today at this link. To learn more and to register for programs, please visit the MPL website.
PRE-K: The Pre-K program is open to children age 3 through 5. The kids are engaged in fun themed sessions — Paw Patrol, PJ Masks, Super Monsters, etc.— conducted by professional instructors from Hermes Lima Soccer Academy and will run on Saturdays and Sundays. The kids learn some basic fundamentals, like dribbling, some passing and shooting, all in a fun environment and being a bit silly. There are no teams involved but rather a group of kids kicking, chasing and having fun with soccer balls. Registrants will be required to enter their preference of day which will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. We have room for 320 players in our Spring 2022 season any players above the limit will be placed on a waitlist.
K-2+ LEAGUE: The K-2+ program is open to children in grades Kindergarten through 3rd grade and is offered in the fall and spring. This program runs on Saturdays or Sundays for 60 minutes. Each week features a skills session followed by a controlled game. All training is supervised with professional instruction. K-2+ is open to all Milton residents and students of all Milton Schools. You must register on time to have any player and coach requests considered (one player and coach request limit per player). All games are played in Milton.
TRAVEL LEAGUE: Grades 3-8, games on Saturdays (5 home and 5 away games), weekday practices in the fall and spring and play in the BAYS league. Spring evaluations will be used to form two even competitive teams in grades 3 & 4; the other teams in these grades will be as balanced as possible. In grades 5-8, teams will be leveled (placed based on external and coach evaluations).
TOPSoccer LEAGUE: US Youth Soccer TOPSoccer is an Outreach Soccer Program for athletes with intellectual, emotional and or physical disabilities. The program strives to provide soccer opportunities for players to develop at their own pace in a safe, fun and supportive/inclusive environment. TOPSoccer is played Sunday afternoons.
Visit the Milton Soccer website at for more information about all our programs and click on Register to sign up online. The deadline to register is January 7 (on January 8 waitlist and late fees apply).
The Forbes House Museum presents a Calligraphy and Illustration Workshop with artist Rayna Lo on Saturday, November 13, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm.
Rayna Lo is a Taiwanese American artist whose approach to Chinese calligraphy combines centuries of Asian tradition with contemporary art. Her hands-on workshops provide a culturally-rich and mindful experience. For teens and adults. Coffee and breakfast treats will be served. Masks will be required, except when eating or drinking. For more details or to register, please visit our website.
Registration is now open for Milton Youth Lacrosse Spring ’22 Travel Programs for boys and girls in grades 3-8. Register now at this link. Winter practices start on January 8th and the season starts in April. All details are at this link.
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