To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
From: James F. Jette
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: May 26, 2022
FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT
This week has been a difficult and sad one for many, especially for parents and educators across the country, as we watched the horrific events unfold in Uvalde, TX. Our heartfelt sympathy is with the families and community as they navigate their loss after this terrible week.
As I wrote to you Tuesday night, what happened in Texas this week seems unimaginable, but unfortunately is not terribly uncommon. I want to reassure you that the Milton Public Schools remains a safe and supportive environment for our students and staff. Please know that we have a strong relationship with the Milton Police Department, and we have ongoing conversations and training to enhance our safety and security protocols. In addition, the School Resource Officers who work in our schools provide us with an additional level of security.
We are always working to foster a sense of community in our schools, utilizing calm classrooms, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), and Restorative Justice, while giving students individualized attention, and cultivating positive relationships with and between students and staff. Ensuring that everyone feels they are a valued member of our community is paramount. Additionally, we also use the Intellispark screener to capture student motivations and provide a “temperature check” for Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and well-being; student relationships and networks; and engagement, connection, and belonging. Our goal has always been and will remain on supporting the “whole student”.
There is no school on Monday, May 30, as the country observes Memorial Day, which honors the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. As you enjoy this long weekend, and the coming days of summer it promises, I know you join me in remembering our service members who have died while serving.
I wish our MPS community a safe and restful Memorial Day weekend.
The next School Committee meeting is Wednesday, June 1, 2022. 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. Meeting minutes, presentations and other documents related to School Committee can always be found on our website under the School Committee tab.
IMPORTANT UPCOMING EVENTS
- May 30 Memorial Day, No School
- May 31 Senior Awards Night
- June 2, 4 Pierce Players
- June 5 MHS Graduation, 2pm Brooks Field
- June 9 Pierce Concert
- June 15 Instrument Info Night
- June 20 Juneteenth, No School
- June 24 Last Day of School, Early Release
- 21-22 One Page School Year Calendar
- 2022-23 One Page School Year Calendar (Draft)
- District-Wide Calendar of Events for times and details on current events.
Milton Summer Enrichment: Registration is open, and all details on classes and the program can be found at this link. MSE runs Monday-Friday, July 5-29, from 8 am-12 pm at Milton High School. Classes are creative and varied – academic, sports, art, games, and more. So many options to choose from! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. MSE is a great way to start your summer day – join us for a fun and enriching summer!
HEALTH AND SAFETY
COVID Updates: MPS has reported 50 new student cases and 12 staff cases to DPH for previous reporting period (May 19- May 25) with the following breakdown per school. Cunningham -4; Collicot -4; Glover- 2; Tucker-1, Pierce-13 and MHS- 26. Local and Norfolk County data can be found here: CDC COVID data tracker and Milton COVID 19 Dashboard.
DESE has announced a change to guidance for quarantine after exposure for students. All details can be found here.
If you have not already done so, please take this short survey about communication in MPS. Please help us learn about our strengths and areas which need improvement by sharing feedback on our communication practices. Thank you for your responses.
HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS
On Friday May 13, over 400 9th and 10th graders filled the MHS courtyard for Spring Fling. It was an awesome evening of dancing, cornhole and spike ball, and most importantly a fun time with friends! It was amazing to see all of the smiling faces and everyone enjoying themselves. This event would have not been possible without the generous donations from families of snacks, desserts, waters, decorations, lights, as well as their time to help decorate. We are so thankful for all of the support!
The Milton Parks and Recreation Department is holding community service sign ups for grades 9-11 in the MHS cafe on Wednesday, June 1 st from 2:20 – 3pm for all 2022 summer programs. If your child is unable to attend this meeting, please email email@example.com after June 1 to see if there are any available weeks left for community service. Space is limited so please make every attempt to attend this meeting.
INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS
Read all about it! The Cunningham Newspaper Club is proud to share the current edition of the Milton Times, Jr., with hot off the press news on the Celtics vs. the Heat, the weather, Ethiopia, movie and book reviews, black holes and more!
ART AND MUSIC
Check out our MHS Senior Music Spotlights below. Each week we will spotlight several of our graduating seniors. Click the photos below to enlarge the information. Best wishes to our talented student musicians!
Bus registration for the 2022-23 school year is now open. Please visit our Transportation Page for all details and links.
MILTON COMMUNITY SCHOOLS
Our After School Enrichment programs have been taking advantage of the spring with outdoor activities ranging from building habitats to playing basketball. MCS wishes everyone a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.
Please see below for information from SEPAC.
PARTICIPATE: Mark your calendars! Tuesday, June 14 will be our final SEPAC meeting in the Milton High School Library, 6:30-8:30. We will be meeting live with refreshments, a guest speaker, while we connect before the summer and vision for the 2022-23 school year.
ADVOCATE: Please fill out this brief, 3 question SEPAC Survey 2022 to inform our visioning process for 2022-2023.
EDUCATE: In reviewing our year, one of the exciting happenings was a therapy dog event at Tucker. One may ask, why therapy dogs? Therapy dogs are known to help relieve anxiety and stress, provide comfort, and increase socialization. Thank you to Co-President of the Tucker PTO, (and Babson University employee) Marybeth Flakes for coordinating this event. Babson started a community resource dog program after students identified a need for additional resources for mental health and wellbeing on campus. Roger, Babson’s therapy dog, has been a huge asset on the Babson campus, and having seen the power of what dogs can do, Marybeth wanted to bring therapy dogs to the Tucker community. Roger from Babson was joined by Marley, trained therapy dog of a Tucker family and other therapy dogs from Chelsea, Holbrook, Northeastern, Dedham and more. Apart from Marley, the rest of the dogs are trained by Golden Opportunities for Independence (GOFI) – the dogs and their handlers (mostly police officers) are trained for approximately 18 months and the dogs, and their handlers have a tight community. Over 80 students sign up for the therapy dog event at Tucker -it was beyond successful, allowing so many children and families to experience these amazing dogs firsthand.
This week, the MPS Food Service Director and Nutrition Coordinator attended the “Healthy Kids, Healthy Programs Summit” sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Education. Among a terrific line up was a Project Bread’s Scratch Cooking session provided by Chef Sam Icklan. He prepared a delicious Arroz con Pollo and “Less-Meat” Veggie and Beef Burrito, and we are excited to implement his tasty and nutritious recipes next year.
Please see below from MPS Athletic Director Ryan Madden.
The Softball Team capped off their Senior Night with a walk-off comeback win over Framingham, 4-3. Anna Radley hit a 2-out, 2-strike single with the bases loaded to move to 11-6 on the season! Watch the excitement here!
Track and Field athletes Mia Jilani, Gretel Schewe, Marilyn Roche, Sarah Grace, Donovan Murray, Alec Carew, Abdallah Hasaan, Kai Quinones, Moses Mann, Aidan Crummey, Lucy Asanza, Liam Faherty, Elana Pukel, and Abigail McMenamy will be participating in Division III States in Westfield on Friday. Good luck this weekend!
A belated congratulations to our student-athletes who were unable to attend the Varsity Banquet as they were competing at the Coaches’ Invitational at BC High. All of these students received Varsity letters for Spring Track & Field and many received letters for sports in the Fall and Winter!
- Congratulations to Aidan Crummey, Fabrice Hippolyte, Alec Carew, John Carew, Donovan Murray, Moses Mann, Colin Truong, Tyler Lum, Osa Egbon, Liam Faherty, Zoe Panucci, Katie O’Toole, Gretel Schewe, Marilyn Roche, Norah Affanato, Sarah Grace Chave, Donna Gauvin, Elana Pukel, Finn Queally, Kai Quinones, Niamh Mannion, Lucy Asanza, Lydia Turner, Kate Karimbikas, Luka Juric, Sifa Mwosa, Ava Duggan, Christina Sullivan, Julie Affanato and Williams Cayo.
Our Crew Teams competed in the Mayor’s Cup this past weekend. Boys’ Varsity made it to finals and placed 2nd overall in the both events (both 8+ and 4+) and put up an excellent fight! Girls’ Varsity placed 3rd overall in both the 8+ and 4+. Boys’ 2nd varsity 4+ placed 3rd in their event. The girls’ 2nd varsity placed first in their events as well as won the finals! Congrats on a great weekend.
All of our teams now await seeding over the next week to see if they have qualified for the Tournament and what seed they may be. Baseball, Softball, Rugby and Girls Tennis automatically qualified, posting a record of .500 or better. We are looking forward to an exciting postseason!
The schedule (found at this link) for the Milton Parks and Recreation 2022 Summer Concert Series concerts has been released! All concerts are from 6-7 pm at the Baron Hugo Gazebo on the Town Green at the Town Hall.
On June 9 from 6-7 pm, the Milton Early Childhood Alliance, a program of Discovery Schoolhouse, will hold its annual Children’s Concert at Baron Hugo Gazebo at Milton’s Town Hall.
Join us for toe-tappin’, banjo rockin’, guitar groovin’ music, singing, and fun for all ages! Wear your bright yellow t-shirt and meet other children entering kindergarten in the fall. Bring a blanket and some friends for an evening of fun! Registration is not required. If it looks like rain, call 617-696-2262 after 4:00 PM. We’ll leave a message if we’ve postponed the Concert until June 23rd. Co-sponsored with Milton’s Parks and Rec Department.
Save the date for the Milton Music Fest and Fireworks on Saturday June 25th on Hutchinson Field! This free event kicks off at 5PM with activities for the whole family. After an evening of live music the most spectacular Fireworks will go off at 9:45PM. Come back on Sunday for Celtic Sunday on June 26th. From 12:30- 7PM we will offer a wide array of Irish music on the big stage and the trad tent on the small stage. Food and beverages are available to purchase both days. Visit our website WeareMilton.org for the most up-to date information.
This event would not be possible without our major sponsor The Copeland Family Foundation. Our band lineup is shaping up, the food trucks will be showing up and the fireworks will be going up!
The Milton Public Library’s calendar of June events can be found here.
Join Ms. Tory in the Story Hour Room at any time today (Thursday, 5/26) for a whimsical drop-in craft creating bubble wands with miscellaneous materials. Don’t forget to take home our recipe for homemade bubbles!
Crafternoons are back! Kids ages 10-14 can register for our first session of the summer on Friday, June 3rd at 3:30pm. This afternoon we will be making Modge Podge Mugs with Tyler. Sign up today!
To learn more and to register for programs for kids, teens, and adults,please visit the MPL website.
You’re invited to “Blow Ye Winds!” with David Coffin, An evening of sea shanties and sailors’ tales of adventure to benefit the Forbes House Museum. June 11, 2022, 6:30-9:30 pm on the museum lawn, 215 Adams Street. Tickets: $110/$90 members
Includes performance, one free drink ticket and hearty bites. Also enjoy raffles, a door prize and trivia game. Learn more on the Forbes House event page. (And if you search on TikTok or YouTube, you can find plenty of examples of sea shanties. We’ve requested that David play the popular “Wellerman.” He also knows a song about our very own Captain Forbes!)
On behalf of the Milton Public Schools, I would like to thank the Copeland Family Foundation and MHS Boosters for their generous donation that allowed MPS to purchase two new 14 person passenger vans. The acquisition of these two new vans is a tremendous asset for the Milton Public Schools, and this donation will enable us to provide transportation for smaller groups to athletic events, field trips, staff Professional Development and other events that take place outside of our schools. We are so grateful for these new vans!
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