To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
From: James F. Jette
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: April 13, 2022
FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT
After a two year hiatus, I am pleased to share that the MFE’s Celebration for Education is back!
Celebration for Education is the signature fundraising and community building event of the Milton Foundation for Education. Funds raised are used to support the work of the MFE in all six of our schools. In addition to funding competitive grants in all six Milton Public Schools, funds raised this year will also go to the MFE’s initiative to help support the mental health of Milton’s students. With your support, we can make an enormous difference and continue to enrich the lives of the children in our community.
When & Where is Celebration? Come watch the Kentucky Derby LIVE at Granite Links on Saturday, May 7th at 5pm.
- The party kicks off early – starting at 5pm!
- Arrive at 5 to get in on all the pre-race activities. The race starts at 6:00 and you don’t want to miss any of the fun.
- Kentucky Derby Squares and picking the winning horse happens before the race begins.
- Visit this link to get Kentucky Derby Squares or pick the winning horse.
What to wear? Bright colors – from casual to cocktail attire, but make it bright, light and fun. In true Derby tradition, wear a festive hat or tie and win our Best Hat & Tie Contest.
What is the entertainment? In addition to the race, we are lucky to have local band Twice-A-Day Ray featuring Milton’s own Todd Thomson and his ER colleagues. They will be performing until 9:30 with dance music until 10.
What’s the menu? Expect traditional derby delights: fried chicken, ham & biscuits, and so much more, not to mention mint juleps and a bourbon tasting!
Who’s in? You, we hope! Please visit this link to purchase tickets to what is always a terrific night out in support of our schools.
What is the MFE? The Milton Foundation for Education is an independent, not-for-profit corporation, separate and distinct from the Milton Public Schools. The Foundation was established in 1995 to make possible innovative programs and opportunities that are beyond the reach of the district’s budget. The MFE has supported the updating and enhancing of Library spaces with books and flexible seating, augmented the arts with instruments and equipment for the Fine Arts Department, enriched History & Civics programs, provided fitness equipment, fostered digital learning by funding wireless technology and enhanced STEM learning with the addition of Makerspaces in each school. In their 25th anniversary year they are proud to have added scholarships for the class of 2022.
There is no school on Friday, April 15 for Good Friday, and next week is April Recess. I wish a happy holiday to all who are celebrating Easter, Passover and Orthodox Easter in the coming weeks. If at any time your family would like to educate the community about a holiday your family celebrates, please reach out to your child’s principal or directly to me. We welcome all in the MPS Community to share information about holidays that are important to their families. Have a safe, happy and healthy break and we will see you back in school on Monday, April 25.
The next School Committee meeting is Wednesday, April 27, 2022 and that meeting will be a reorganizational meeting after the Town election on April 26, 2022. As always, all information about attending School Committee meetings can be found on the Town of Milton webpage under School Committee. You can watch regular 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.
IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES
- Apr 15 Good Friday – No School
- Apr 18-22 April Recess
- Apr 26 Town Elections
- Apr 26 MHS Cabaret
- Apr 27 Sullivan’s Message at MHS
- Apr 27 School Committee Reorganization Meeting
- May 2-6 Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week
Milton Summer Enrichment registration will begin on Thursday, May 5 at noon. All details and links will be sent out after April Recess.
The 2022-23 One Page School Year Calendar (Draft) linked here has been approved by the School Committee. Please note that this calendar is intended as a guide ONLY. It may be necessary to change this schedule to better serve instructional purposes.
Sullivan’s Message: Milton High School and the entire Milton Community is incredibly fortunate to be welcoming Chris and Kathi Sullivan to the MHS Auditorium on Wednesday, April 27 at 6pm. The Sullivans will share the separate stories of their personal struggles with the impact of alcohol and drug abuse, underage/binge drinking, loss and recovery. Kathi lost her beloved daughter as the result of a tragic underage binge-drinking incident. She later met Chris, a former Patriots Super Bowl champion, who after battling anxiety and depression succumbed to substance abuse that ended his NFL career. Together they hope to enlist the community to embrace creating increased awareness of drug and alcohol abuse, the importance of developing coping skills and seeking help when needed and sharing that making good choices is life changing. All MHS students will have the opportunity to hear the Sullivans speak during the school day, but we would like to invite all parents and other high school aged community members to attend. You can find more information about the Sullivans at www.sullivansmessage.com.
Welcome to Middle School Camp registration is open. The Welcome to Middle School Camp Information and Application can be found here. All 5th graders are encouraged to sign up as this is a wonderful opportunity for your child to transition and acclimate to their new school.
HEALTH AND SAFETY
COVID Updates: MPS has reported 40 new student cases and 4 staff cases to DPH for the reporting period March 31- April 6, 2022 with the following breakdown per school. Cunningham -4; Collicot -5; Glover- 6; Tucker-19 Pierce-2 and MHS- 4. Local and Norfolk County data can be found here: CDC COVID data tracker and Milton COVID 19 Dashboard.
Masks: MPS remains mask optional and is following the most recent published guidance for quarantine guidance and COVID 19 testing. DESE/DPH Protocols for responding to COVID 19.
Testing: MPS offers symptomatic testing in each school health office after receiving consent from a student’s parent/guardian through CIC Health. To opt into this program please click here Symptomatic Testing- CIC Link. In lieu of contact tracing in school settings, Massachusetts DPH and DESE have offered an at home test kit distribution program. To opt in to this program and have your student provided with free at home test kits, please download this form and have your student bring into their school nurse Student Opt-In Form You can report positive results directly to your school here At home test kit positive results
COVID 19 Testing Initiative Extended: The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) are extending the statewide testing options currently available to districts and schools past April 22, 2022. DESE and EOHHS will continue to monitor factors related to COVID-19 and may make further adjustments to the statewide K-12 COVID testing options this school year. DESE stated that they anticipate following up later this spring with more information, including next steps for the summer and fall.
Vaccination: American Academy of Pediatrics, along with CDC and other local health organizations, encourage COVID 19 vaccination for all those eligible. Current vaccination rates for those > 5 years old in Norfolk County is 82.9%.(COVID data tracker- vaccination rates by county) Milton Public Schools reports a 76% vaccination rate for elementary students and over 80% vaccination rate for middle and high school students. Information on where to find vaccines or boosters near you Vaccines.gov.
Vacation Vaccine Clinics:The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is partnering with local businesses to host free COVID-19 vaccination clinics during school vacation week, April 18-22, at a variety of family friendly venues such as trampoline parks, skating rinks, zoos, bowling alleys, and even Six Flags amusement park. Anyone who gets a vaccine or a booster dose at these clinics will receive a fun giveaway, such as free admission tickets, free bowling, bounce time, or goody bags. The clinics offer a fun way for the whole family to get up to date on their COVID vaccinations. The clinics are free to everyone 5 and older, and no ID or proof of health insurance is required. See the clinic dates, times, and locations at mass.gov/kidsclinic.
Student Physicals: If you have trouble securing an appointment for a physical this summer, MinuteClinic will be offering a $25 off discount for Sports Physicals between June 17 and September 14 this year. Patients can go online here to make an appointment. Find a local clinic at this link. All students planning to play a fall sport, must have an updated physical on file.
HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS
Thank you to MHS student Casie Peterson for sending in information about Project Linus.
Project Linus is a program that was made to create and donate handmade blankets for children in hospitals who are sick and in need. The goal is for all children in Boston hospitals who are going through difficult times to be comforted and warmed by one of the blankets.
The MHS fashion program collaborated with Nancy Kearns, a retired MPS teacher and one of our students’ grandmothers, to help provide blankets to the Project Linus charity. The class was involved in everything from cutting fabric, creating the blankets, packaging them, and dropping them off. Our most recent project is to make “handmade hugs” for the families affected by the unbelievable tragedies in Ukraine. Project Linus has already donated over 500 blankets to charities in Ukraine and we plan to add our blankets to their next delivery. The charity delivers blankets year-round and if students want to continue donating blankets, please email Ms.White at email@example.com.
Is your high school student looking for community service opportunities? Throughout the year you will be able to access any community service opportunities here. There are already several opportunities available for students to volunteer. Get involved now!
The Milton Art Center is looking for student volunteers this summer to assist art teachers for community service hours. Classes run from Monday-Thursday. You can sign up for a morning or an afternoon session. Current 8th graders looking to start on their community service for high school next year welcomed. Sign up at this link and email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Milton High School Student Government is excited to be hosting a Spring Fling Dance for all freshmen and sophomores on Friday, May 13th from 7-9 in the MHS Courtyard. Please keep an eye out for further communication after break regarding details of the dance, ticket sales, and parent/guardian volunteer and donation opportunities.
INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS
After reading The One and Only Ivan, Ms. Kelley’s Collicot 3rd graders collected coins to donate to the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF). This money will support their efforts to help gorillas in the wild. The class set a goal of $60 and in one week they were able to collect $90.66! The class was able to “adopt” a gorilla and they are anxiously awaiting for their class stuffed gorilla to be delivered.
Tucker students were excited to participate in a visit with graduate students and leaders from Northeastern University’s Center for STEM education on April 8. 4th graders completed both a tower building activity as well as a reverse egg drop while going through the engineering design process to solve problems.
This activity was one of several current and future opportunities between Northeastern and Tucker as part of a National Science Foundation grant and partnership that opens students up to STEM activities through the school year. Thank you to MPS parent Dr. Eno Ebong for securing this grant and thank you to Dr. Ebong and Science Coordinator Christie Chiappetta for joining the fun!
Please click here to see the latest edition of The Glover Gazette! Thank you to student leaders Maeve Amaral, Amelie Hammel, Carys Musto, Ryan Alee, Sophie Samara, Lucas Craig, Henry Black, Ellis Lim, Zacary Jordan, Zania Jordan, Tommy Hooper, Samuel Bourque, Kasra Darvish, and Zain Barmada! These reporters have been working hard writing articles about happenings at Glover School, amazing women like Madame CJ Walker and Ketanji Brown Jackson, articles about pollution and weather, and even more!
It was the students over staff with a BIG win last week in Cunningham’s annual Student vs. Staff Basketball game. The teachers were no match for the quick, energetic and talented 5th graders!
MILTON COMMUNITY SCHOOLS
Milton Community Schools has had a busy few weeks planting surprise seeds at Cunningham, assembling fruit kabobs at Collicot ASE, making spring sugar cookies at Tucker ASE and enjoying the nice weather at Glover. We’ve really done it all!
This was a big harvesting week for MPS! Both the student’s in ACHIEVE at MHS, and Ms. Sweeney’s 3rd grade class at Tucker harvested lettuce this week to enjoy in salads before April vacation.
The Quincy Family Resource Center is offering two upcoming parenting groups. All services and groups at the QFRC are free of charge.
- Parenting Journey— Parenting is a journey in which all parents need support and guidance. Connect with other parents during guided discussions that will help develop knowledge and skills that support you as a parent and role model. This group will be hosted and facilitated at the QFRC (1120 Hancock Street, First Floor, Quincy) and begins April 21st and runs through July 7th. Registration is required. For more information contact Robyn Dunphy at or email@example.com 617-481-7227 ext.141.
- Nurturing Your Parenting Skills Spring Session – Learn age appropriate expectations for your child, behavioral management, discipline techniques and appropriate consequences in this group . Spring Session May 2022—This group will begin May 12th and runs through June 30th, via Zoom from 4:00 to 6:00pm. Registration is required. For more information, please reach out to Kelly Heffernan at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 617-481-7227 x 155.
In addition to the Family Resource Newsletter please visit Milton Public School Resource Guide. 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. All calls and emails are confidential.
The April 7 School Committee Candidate Forum very much fulfilled SEPAC’s mission to advocate, educate, and participate. By way of introduction, each of the five candidates were asked to answer the following questions: Please tell us a little about your life experience and philosophy regarding special needs and special education? AND How do you define inclusion?
A final question that went to all candidates: What would you say to voters who believe special education services come at the expense of general education programs or extracurricular offerings?
If you missed the forum, you can watch the recorded version on Milton SEPAC. We hope you will participate and educate yourself by reviewing candidates’ views and advocate by VOTING APRIL 26.
MPS GIVES BACK
This weekend a small group of volunteers from Collicot and MHS cleaned up the woods behind Collicot as well of some of the MHS areas. Thank you to our young volunteers from Collicot: Amelia Wines, Elizabeth Wines, Lilly Young, Rami Ramadan and MHS: Myles Bedingfield, Nathan Bedingfield, Omar Ramadan.
Are you interested in beautifying some areas around Milton? See below from Sustainable Milton for your chance to be involved on April 30-May 1.
Green Up Milton: The Town of Milton and Sustainable Milton are hosting Green Up Milton Day on April 30-May 1!
In celebration of Earth Day, the Milton DPW and Sustainable Milton will be again hosting the Green up Milton this year on the weekend of April 30th! All town groups are encouraged to participate including schools, sports teams, neighborhood associations, town clubs, Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, churches and temples, and any other small group OR even just an individual that wishes to join in on this great event! This is an opportunity to clean up areas around town to maintain Milton’s beauty.
Now is the time to start organizing your groups and choose your Green Up area! Please sign up your team or yourself using this form. You can send any additional inquiries or questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. All details can be found on the Sustainable Milton website
Milton DPW will provide supplies including garbage bags, recycling bags, and work gloves. The supplies can be picked up at the Town Offices the week before the event. DPW staff will complete the cleanup by collecting all garbage and recycling bags and large debris at designated pickup locations on Monday, May 2nd. We are looking forward to a fun and productive Green Up Milton Event!
Please see below from MPS Athletic Director Ryan Madden.
All-Scholastics: The Patriot Ledger has released their 2021-22 Winter All-Scholastic winners, and there were a ton of Wildcats selected! Click here for a complete list of All-Stars and All-Scholastics from the past four years.
Congratulations to Mason Pellegri, Jimmy Fallon, Norah Affanato, Mia Jilani, Katie O’Toole, Gretel Schewe, Christina Sulivan, Owen McHugh, Lila Chamoun, Alex Paxhia, Ryan Dexter, Owen Radley and Anna Radley who were selected as Winter All-Scholastic students.
Unified Track had their first meet yesterday and it was a great day. Between Newton North and Milton, there were nearly 120 combined athletes and partners. They will travel to Walpole and Needham after April Vacation and will host Weymouth on Thursday May 12th for their final home meet. It will be the Senior Day and finale event, so we need to be sure to pack the stands!
MIAA Rule Change Proposals: Every two years, the MIAA hears Rule Change Proposals. Anyone can propose a rule change – an official, coach, students, parents, admin, etc. The proposals are voted on by sport committees and leagues. Those advisory votes are then sent to the Board of Directors and the BOD either approves or denies them.
You can propose anything under the sun. See this link for the last round of proposals for reference. Please let Ryan Madden, Director of Athletics know if you would like to propose any rule changes. They are generally more supported if the Athletic Director and Principal are on board. Deadline is June 1st, so please have any proposal ideas for me by May 1st.
Varsity Banquet: For those athletes that will receive a Varsity Letter this year, the Boosters will be holding the banquet on Saturday, May 14th at 10 am. Just as it was last year, it will be outside on the turf. Be on the lookout for invitations!
TONIGHT: Milton Boosters is hosting a meeting to discuss preliminary planning for improvements at Brooks Field – Milton High Stadium on April 13 at 6:30pm at the Milton Public Library. All are welcome – those with young children and teenagers, community members, representatives from town youth sports- we want your input and help! We are looking to make this an inclusive process for the benefit of the whole community.
MHS Freshman Reilly Bergin asked to give a shout-out and a huge thank you to our community for helping to provide children with the essentials they need during her recent collection drive. As a community, we collected 261 pairs of underwear and 362 pairs of socks! In addition, we collected several packs of diapers, onesies, sleep toys, towels, bottles, and washcloths, which will make some babies very happy! Thank you for the incredible support and compassion for others.
The Milton Parks and Recreation Department summer programs will be available for registration on Thursday, April 14 at 4pm. See link on brochure to register on our new Civic Rec registration platform. Click Here to view the brochure.
Milton Street Hockey is back for the 2022 spring season! All children in grades K-5 are welcome to sign up and will be placed on a team at the appropriate age level. Games are played on Friday afternoons from April 29-June 17. Cost per player will be $12 which covers the cost of a T Shirt for every player, equipment costs for the league (goalie equipment, hockey balls, refs, end of season pizza party). This is a recreational league where any and all skill level are welcome and teams are put together with the intention of parity, fun, and equal playing time. All details can be found here.
In advance of the upcoming town election on April 26, Milton Access Television is hosting Milton Speaks Candidates Forums. Please tune in (online or Comcast 8/RCN 3) or watch On Demand in the days after each event to stay informed about the candidates for each position.
- Monday, March 29 Board of Health and Board of Library Trustees (Watch On Demand)
- Monday, April 4 at 7pm Planning Board (Watch on Demand)
- Tuesday, April 19 at 7pm Select Board
- Thursday, April 21 at 7 pm School Committee
The Milton Public Library’s calendar of April programs for kids can be found here.
Reading Dogs has returned! Kids in Grades K-5 who want to practice reading aloud are invited to come meet and read to a lovable (and a very good listener!) volunteer dog on Saturday, April 23rd at 11:00am. Each child will have the opportunity to read to the dog in a private session for ten minutes to practice their reading skills. Sign up for a timed reservation here.
Register today for our new Graphic Novel Book Club for Grades 3-5 on Wednesday, April 27th at 4:30pm. This month we are reading Stargazing by Jen Wang. Reserved copies are available in the MPL Children’s Room. Sign up today here.
To learn more and to register for programs for kids, teens, and adults, please visit the MPL website.
The Women’s Network of Congregation Beth Shalom of the Blue Hills will sponsor a special concert and exhibition to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day (Yom HaShoah) and the Anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkinau on Friday, April 29th. This event or attending the self-guided visual exhibit between April 12 and May 11 is free and open to the public. Advanced registration through the synagogue office is required. For security reasons, photo ID must be shown in order to enter the building. Masks optional. Thanks to Synagogue Council of MA whose generous grant made this program possible. All details and registration information can be found here.
In honor of Ramadan, the Milton Muslim Neighbors are again partnering with Beth Shalom and First Parish to run a community food drive from April 8-29. There are bins at each of the six Milton Public Schools as well as various locations throughout town. All details can be found here.
Please join your Muslim neighbors in this food drive. Ramadan is a very special time of year for Muslims to do good deeds. It is important to practice gratitude and give to those struggling to put food on their tables. Donations will be distributed to local food pantries and social services. This project is brought to you by Milton Muslim Neighbors, Milton Interfaith Clergy Association, and Milton Public Schools. For more info, please contact Amal at email@example.com.
On May 14 at 10 am, the Glover PTO invites the entire Milton community to a new road race, Katie’s Grace+Grit 5K.
Katie Crowell was a dedicated member of our Milton community who gave 100% of herself in service to others. She was an advocate, a runner, a volunteer, a fundraiser, a mom, a wife, a daughter, a sister, and a friend. This amazing woman was diagnosed with stage IV metastatic breast cancer (MBC) in 2015 while 32 weeks pregnant.
Please join us in a very special 5k so we may honor Katie and continue raising funds to support cancer charities. Come show us your Grace + GRIT! All details and registration info can be found at this link.
There is a community opportunity at the Boston Comics In Color Festival on April 23 that features one of our very own talented fifth graders! Tucker student Nile is being featured this year and Nile was also previously the youngest-ever exhibitor at the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo. Additionally, the Tucker artist in residence last year LJ Baptiste is being featured. You can learn more about Nile, LJ and other artists on the festival website linked here.
The Milton Early Childhood Association shares their spring newsletter here. There are many programs for young children and their families offered.
Stories and Friends Meet Up – Signs of Spring: Join us for a spring adventure while we look for signs of spring, listen to stories, sing songs, and make new friends! A free At-Home Learning Extension planting kit will be given to the first 35 children who sign in. Program will be held on Thursday, May 5th (rain date May 12th) at 4:00 PM and is for children 2 1/2 to 6 years old. We’ll meet at the duck pond at Milton Cemetery and Arboretum located at 211 Centre Street. Program will be co-facilitated by an experienced Teacher Naturalist with over 30 years of early childhood experience. Registration is not required, however we will ask you to sign in on arrival. All details can be found here. Many thanks to our Kindergarten T-shirt sponsors for their generous support of this programming!
Congratulations to Ryan Madden, MPS Director of Athletics, who has been recognized by the NIAAA as a Certified Athletic Administrator.
To earn this distinction, Mr. Madden has demonstrated the highest level of knowledge and expertise in the field of interscholastic athletic administration. The voluntary certification process includes a thorough evaluation of the candidate’s educational background, experience, and professional contributions, as well as a rigorous, comprehensive written examination.
Only an elite group of interscholastic athletic administrators nationwide attain this level of professionalism. Congratulations Ryan!
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