November 20th E-blast

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Friday, November 20th, 2015


This fall has been a memorable for our Wildcats! Our Milton High School football team has remained undefeated, winning both the Herget Division and the South West Division 3 Championship. We are all looking forward to tomorrow’s State Semi-Finals game vs. Dartmouth, which takes place at 4:15pm at Marciano Stadium in Brockton.  And don’t forget, this year’s Thanksgiving Day game is being held in Milton, at Brooks Field. Kickoff on Thanksgiving Day is at 10am.

Another team having a historic year is the Girls Cross Country team. First, this team won the Herget Division, which has not been done since 2009.  Secondly, the girls earned the #2 spot in the very competitive Bay State Conference. Last Saturday, they won the MIAA Eastern Mass Divisional Championship in Wrentham – something the MHS team has not done since 1998. At this same meet, junior Colette O’Leary won first place, making her the first Milton girl ever to earn the Divisional Championship. Tomorrow the team will be heading to Westfield, Mass to compete in the All State Meet. Please note that sophomore Nick Villard of the MHS Boys Cross Country team will also be competing at this meet. Best of luck!

Please see the item below under “Athletics” for more info on winter signups, etc.


I’d like to congratulate our High School Quiz Show contestants who competed at the WGBH studios last weekend. Four MHS students – Liam Chase, Harry Kong, Nolan Carvalho and Sindhu Banerjee — took part in “Super Sunday,” along with their coach, MHS math teacher Nancy Mikels. High School Quiz Show is an award-winning single-elimination academic team competition for all high school students in Massachusetts. More than 140 towns competed as part of the qualifying round and we will learn next week whether or not Milton has qualified as one of the 16 teams who will take part in the televised finals.

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The Collicot School had a recent fundraiser which was a huge success. The fundraiser was the “One Book One School – The Jennifer Kelly Project.”

Jennifer Kelly, a mother of past and present Collicot students Liam (10th), Ava (9th) and Ronan (3rd) passed away unexpectedly in the summer of 2009.  She was a huge presence in the Milton School Community, who gave endlessly to the Collicot School.

Jenn was particularly passionate about the One Book One School program.  In this program, each family receives their own copy of the same book to read.  The books chosen contain topics that celebrate diversity, embrace our differences and cultivate understanding, acceptance, and inclusion. The school community then comes to participate in fun, shared events that celebrate our book’s theme.

The year that Jenn passed, she tried to start this program at our school as part of a diversity committee initiative.  Unfortunately, funding was not available at the time.

Due to overwhelming support from the school community, this project was launched in her memory.  We are so proud to have celebrated the 7th year in honor of Jenn and the love she gave to Collicot.

On Friday, November 13th, more than 200 people attended the One Night to Remember  at Granite Links Ballroom.  One Night To Remember benefits Collicot School’s One Book One School – The Jennifer Kelly Project.  There were past and present Collicot parents, staff, parents from other schools, and friends and family of The Kelly Family present.

The evening included raffle and silent auction items, food, music and dancing.  Donations were made by Milton families, local businesses and even larger, more distant businesses.  The Event was a great success.  Mrs. Elizabeth Caruso announced this year’s book choice – The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig.

Trudy Ludwig visited the school on October 2nd as part of this project, to kick off Anti-Bullying Month.  She read her books, The Secret Bully and Just Kidding and did exercises with the students, providing them with tools to use to prevent bullying.

The books will be used in lessons throughout the school year in all classes.  This year’s project will conclude with an Adventure Night in the spring, when all families will be invited to come to a night where the children move through stations to participate in activities related to the book.

Collicot would like to acknowledge the Collicot Staff and Community members, in particular, Michelle Cardosa, Jessica Cherry, Kerry Darcy, Kerry Kelly and Michelle Kennedy.

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This fall, Pierce Middle School was accepted to participate in the Greater Boston Model United Nations Conference taking place at Northeastern University.  Pierce students were assigned the countries of Libya, Czech Republic and Sri Lanka, at their upcoming conference.   Since early October, they have been meeting once or twice a week to understand the history of the assigned countries, the history of the work done by various UN committees, and the complexities of various topics facing our world today

Tomorrow, ELA teacher Lauren Hoyt, along with Nancy Warn, Humanities Curriculum Coordinator will travel with 17 students to Northeastern University to engage in committee work to solve problems of malnutrition, safe and fair labor conditions, access to clean water and sanitation, access to vaccines and immunizations as well as election assistance in post-conflict societies.  Pierce will have delegates on the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), the Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the Human Rights Council (UNHRC), the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and in the General Assembly (UNGA).  Very exciting!

The students attending are Evan Trafton, Jack Elliott, Sean Guilderson, Michael McCarthy, Charlie Pugh, Abigail Files, Amalia Halpin, Eliot Hiss, Lila Slymon, Wyatt Troy, Ralph Destin, Dominique Thomas, Zoe Malouf, Sarah Palmer, Michael Howard and Abigail Tran.  They have researched, written position papers and introductory speeches, learned and practiced parliamentary procedure and attempted writing resolutions to solve the problems facing their countries and the world.

These students are amazing.  Not a single student came in with experience with Model United Nation conferences, but students quickly adjusted and engaged in serious research, discussion of problems of grave importance, inquired further to differentiate between issues facing the countries they will represent versus the global community and worked together with others to better understand the focus of the various UN committees.


The item below was submitted by Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Family Outreach Liaison for the Milton Public Schools.

Upcoming Playgroup: Have you been looking for an indoor place for you and your child to play during the cold winter months? The Milton Early Childhood Alliance and First Congregational Church are proud to offer “Skip and Hop Co-Op Play Group.” This is a free, parent cooperative, indoor play space for energetic children to play and make new friends!

The Skip and Hop Co-Op Indoor Play Group is open to all children from infancy through 5 years old with their parents/caregivers. As this is a cooperative play space organized by play group visitors, your help will be appreciated. While there are some communal toys to play with, please feel free to bring your own toys and PEANUT-FREE snacks.

Come and go anytime between 10:30 AM and 12:00 PM. This space will be overseen by those who visit. Parents/caregivers are expected to supervise their children at all times. Please enter the facility at the front of the Church; through the red door at the top of the handicap ramp. Please DO NOT park in front of the Church. This play space will be closed on holidays or during inclement weather should Milton Public Schools close or delay the opening of their school day.

  • Where: Huntington Hall, located inside the First Congregational Church, 495 Canton Avenue, Milton
  • When: Thursdays, December 3, 2015 through April 14, 2016 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
  • For more information, please call Milton Early Childhood Alliance at 617-696-2262, or email

MECA is administered by Discovery Schoolhouse, Inc. and is funded through a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.


The following item was submitted by Jackie Morgan, Food Service Director for MPS:

The Milton School Food Service and the Department of Defense and are working together!! Yes, that’s right the Department of Defense (DOD).  For many years the DOD has had large contracts with fresh produce companies to help keep our troops well fed.  The USDA and the DOD have now joined forces and are allowing schools across this country to be part of their fresh produce bids.  Schools that are part of the National School Lunch Program can use their USDA entitlement dollars for beef, chicken, cheese, canned and frozen fruits and vegetables and now fresh produce.  The Milton School Food Service Program has committed $26,500 to this produce bid and our students are loving it.  We are ordering in weekly: Lettuce, tomatoes, squash, spinach, carrot and celery sticks, apples, oranges, pears, melons etc…  The best part of this DOD produce is it is all grown in the USA.

Our newest menu item is Roasted Carrot Fries.  We are using the recipe we found in the farm to school cook book.  Our first time menuing this item we used 15 pounds of product at the Milton High School but once the word was out we are now using 80 pounds of carrots.  Try these at home — they are delicious.


2 lbs. of carrot sticks
1 tsp. vegetable oil
1 tsp. butter
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. fresh minced garlic
Dash of salt and pepper

Toss the carrot sticks well in the above mixture.  Roast on parchment paper, stirring twice during cooking.  Cook at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.


Teachers, please note: The MFE grant application deadline has been extended to Monday, 11/23.

Milton Foundation for Education Competitive Grants

Purpose: Our competitive grants are designed to encourage and reward effective, innovative teaching. The proposed projects are expected to show direct benefit to student achievement and impact classroom teaching.
Deadline: Monday, November 23rd, 2015, by the end of the school day
Application: Please submit via email to
Guidelines: Refer to our website for guidelines, application as well as examples of past grants.
Awards: Requests for $1,000 or less per grant preferred. Requests for more may be considered.
Limitations: No present limits on the number of awards per school. The foundation attempts to award each school about the same amount of funding, but we will grant awards on the basis of the number and quality of proposals received.
Eligibility: Teachers and staff members in all grades may apply individually or in groups.
Approvals: Each grant needs to be approved by your principal and department head. Technology requests should also be cc’d to Dr. Angela Burke.
Information: Please contact with further questions, or call MFE Grants Committee Chair Susan Sullivan at 781-244-9503.

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The MFE recently named this year’s Co-Chairs for Celebration. I would like to welcome and thank MFE board members Eileen Heller, Bill Resnick and Angie VanAllen and community member Darryl Elliott. Every school in Milton is represented in this wonderful group of Co-chairs with Eileen a proud Cunningham, Pierce and MHS parent, Bill-Glover, Angie-Tucker, PMS, MHS and Darryl-Collicot, PMS. They are enthusiastic and ready to hit the ground running to Celebrate MPS teachers, students, alum and Celebrate our 20th Anniversary!


An Evening with Carrie Cariello, December 1: The Milton Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) is hosting a parents night out on Tuesday December 1, 7-9pm at 88 Wharf Restaurant. Carrie Cariello, mother of five and author of What Color is Monday?, will read excerpts from her blog and book of the same name. Attendees will have an opportunity to mingle and share their own experiences raising a child with special needs. Carrie’s book will be available for purchase, and she will be signing a limited number of copies.

Guest speaker Carrie Cariello lives in New Hampshire with her husband, Joe, and their five children; her son Jack is on the autism spectrum. She writes regularly about the joy, challenges, and humor involved in raising Jack and her other four children. Her work has been featured on The Huffington Post, Today, and other national media outlets.

Reservations are required for this event. Please email your name, hometown, and number of attendees to For more information about this event and others, visit the Milton SEPAC website at, or contact us at


Fall is here – and so are fun things for kids to do at the Milton Public Library! In addition to our regular storytimes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of November 29 – December 5:

Wednesday, December 2, 2015 from 2:30 – 4:30 pm
Half Day Family Movie, All Ages

It’s an Early Release Day for the Milton Public Schools… so come to the library and watch a movie in the Keys Room! We’ll be showing popular 2015 release Shaun the Sheep Movie, just out on DVD: “When Shaun decides to take the day off and have some fun, he gets a little more action than he bargained for. A mix up with the Farmer, a caravan and a very steep hill lead them all to the Big City and it’s up to Shaun and the flock to return everyone safely to the green grass of home.” Rated PG; runtime 85 minutes. Bring a sleeping bag or a pillow and get cozy! Popcorn will be served. No registration required.

Saturday, December 5, 2015 from 10:00 – 10:30 am
Little Linguists Storytime, Ages 2-6

Bonjour and Hola! Come enjoy stories, songs and activities with Mary Doherty, local language instructor. Elements of the French and Spanish languages will be introduced each week. For ages 2-6 with parent. No registration required.

Saturday, December 5, 2015 from 11:00 – 12:00 noon
Reading Dogs, Grades 1-5

The Reading Dogs are back!  Kids currently in grades 1-5 who need to practice reading aloud are invited to come meet and read to some lovable therapy dogs who are great listeners.  Each child will have the opportunity to read at least one book to one of our canine volunteers.  Bring a favorite book with you, or choose from our shelf.  Registration is required.

Saturday, December 5, 2015 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm
MCBA Book Club, Grades 4-6

The Massachusetts Children’s Book Award was established as a program to encourage children in grades 4-6 to read great books. This year the MCBA Book Club will read one book from the 2015 shortlist each month, and in February-March we will vote for the book we think deserves to be named the book of the year. Call the Children’s Room to find out what December’s pick is: copies will be available in advance of the program at the Children’s Room desk, or by placing a hold in our online catalog. Please read the book in advance of our meeting – you’ll have more fun that way! Registration is required.

To see a complete listing of library events, please click here:


Wildcats Update! Remaining Fall Games and Events

Friday, 11/20               MHS Frosh Football @ Home vs. Braintree at 5:30pm

Saturday, 11/21          MIAA – All-State Cross Country Tournament. Stanley Park, 400 Western Ave, Westfield, MA Girls Division 2 starts at 11:00am; Boys Division 2 starts  12:20pm.

Saturday, 11/21          MIAA Football  State Semi-Finals  MHS Varsity Football vs. Dartmouth HS at 4:15pm at Marciano Stadium Brockton.

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The upcoming MIAA Football game between Milton and Dartmouth will be available to watch LIVE on the NFHS Network. Fans that are unable to make it out to the game will be able to watch online from their phone, tablet, or computer. Please visit the MIAA site for all the details.

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Please visit our school website to register for Winter Sports The winter athletic season begins on Monday, November 30th and You Must Have a Clearance Cards to Tryout. Please note the added DATES and TIMES to pick up Clearance Cards in the Field House. Friday, 11/20 – 3:00 – 6:00pm & Saturday, 11/21 – 10:00 – 12noon.


Students:  Congratulations to Shannon Conley, Daniel Costello, Zackary Fischer and Daniela Silva, four Milton High School students who were inducted into the National Honor Society today. Great job!

Staff:   Many thanks to Pierce Middle School teachers Lauren Hoyt and Nancy Warn who will be accompanying 17 students from Pierce Middle School to Northeastern University tomorrow to participate in the Greater Boston Model UN Conference. This is a great opportunity for our students – and a wonderful experience for these talented teachers.

Volunteers: I would like to recognize Terry Driscoll, an MPS parent and board member of the Friends of Milton Crew, who has been working for many years to develop the crew team at Milton High. In addition, Mr. Driscoll, as part of the Neponset Rowing Club, has been instrumental in including the larger Milton community in the sport of crew. Thank you!

The Milton Public School system is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to the provision of quality educational programs for all students.  The Milton Public School system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, genetic information, age or sexual orientation.


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