December 14th, 2018

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Weekly Update
Date: December 14th, 2017


On Wednesday of this week the Milton Public Schools celebrated our retired educators with a holiday luncheon in the MHS library. I am always happy to see so many people who have helped to shape  generations of MPS students and to have a chance to honor them. Thank you to Jackie Morgan and our food service department for a wonderful meal and to those in our greater Milton community who help me with this event. Thank you to Thayer Nursery, the Milton Boosters, Mackie’s Barber Shop, The Fruit Center, Bents Cafe, Newcomb Farms and Dunkin’ Donuts for their generous donations and a special thank you to The Tsanotelis Family and Eagle Farms for their very thoughtful donation of two dozen holiday arrangements. 


There has not been a School Committee meeting since my last E-blast. The next meeting will be held on January 3rd at 7pm in the Milton TV Access studio, Room 245, Milton High School. The December 6th School Committee meeting can be watched in its entirety.


The MHS Young Women’s Group was fortunate to host guest speaker Dr. Robyn Glover at their last meeting. A significant component of the Young Women’s Group is to introduce our students to successful women of color in the community who can share their stories of success, struggle, and perseverance with them.  Many of our youth think that they are alone in their journey and it is comforting to know that adults have faced similar challenges when they were in high school. Dr. Glover is a licensed psychologist specializing in neuropsychological and educational assessment of children. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Yale University, a master’s degree in education from Harvard University, and both master’s and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from Fordham University.  Dr Glover’s discussion with the young women present centered on college choices, her own educational and professional experiences as a woman of color and her current role as a small business owner and practicing psychologist.  

The Young Women’s Group began during the spring of 2014 as a support program for young women of color. Facilitated by MHS teacher Larry Jordan and Adjustment Counselor Mary-Bianca Mattocks, the aim is to provide our young women with a place to meet, share, and support each other as they navigate through the challenges they face.  During  weekly meetings they discuss a variety of topics including women’s health, defining professional business attire, relationship building, inequalities, goal setting and career readiness.  The girls support each other by openly discussing challenges they are facing.  Often times, the group supports one another by giving their own advice on how they can better address their circumstances.

Mr Jordan and Ms Mattocks (left), Dr Glover (center) with members of the Young Women’s Group


Our 11th and 12th graders attended the “No First Time” presentation on Wednesday. No First Time is a 45 minute presentation which is designed to educate young people on the danger of experimenting with drugs and engaging in risky behavior. The EvanG Foundation was created  in 2014 after founders John & Stephanie Greene lost their son Evan to an opiate overdose. Like so many others, Evan’s journey began with one pill offered by a peer. That one pill led to a horrible addiction that ultimately ended his life. The Greenes bravely share Evan’s Story as part of a comprehensive program that includes an educational component presented by Massachusetts State Trooper & Drug Recognition Expert John Fanning, as well as an awareness component presented by a recovering addict. Rich Barnes gave a phenomenal motivational speech to close out the 45 minutes followed by a question and answer session which truly engaged our student body. SADD donated $100 to the EvanG Foundation in support of this tremendous work.

The feedback from students has been overwhelming and Trooper John Fanning, Stephanie and John Greene and Rich Barnes shared that they were incredibly impressed with the student body; their behavior, maturity and level of questions as well as the facility, technology and the school in general.  Thank you to the SADD membership, including  Alyssa Foster, Kelsey Foran, Caroline Cronin, Arielle Soloman and Ornella Ebongue,  SADD advisors Robin Lee and Karen Hughes and the MHS Administration for arranging a powerful and much needed presentation. 


Our MHS Debate Team is in full swing. Lead by MHS teachers Kacy Kalell, Dana Depaul and Kathleen Kelley our students are continuing to have strong showings at Debate Tournaments.  On Saturday December 9th, 10 students (5 teams) from Milton High School competed at the tournament at Lincoln Sudbury High School.  Four of our teams  won three out of their four rounds and three of our students were in the top 15 (out of 222 students) in terms of speaker points. Congratulations to all who competed, especially seniors Shoilee Banerjee (6th place), Domenic Jancaterino (7th place) and Alyssa Foster (13th place). Their next tournament is January 6th.


On December 2nd, almost 600 middle school students from across the state participated in the Greater Boston Middle School Model United Nations conference at Northeastern University. Pierce Middle School’s Model UN club, with advisors Lauren Hoyt and Melissa Augustyn, attended the conference with 27 Pierce students who were outstanding participants.  At the end of the conference, 5 Pierce students were recognized for their outstanding position papers: Tucker Korman, Anderson Korman, Jonathan Waldmann, Michael Howard and Baron Clancy  took home the prize of Best Position Paper for their respective committees.

The next weekend, 7 Pierce students were invited to the December Invitational Model UN conference, (Tucker Korman, Iris Trafton and Hoku Panerio-Langer, Anderson Korman, Jonathan Waldmann, Michael Howard and Donovan Murray). This was a crisis simulation conference focusing on international space policy. Delegates negotiated and problem solved on complicated topics such as militarization, efforts to keep space clean and the future of the International Space Station. It was a great day of collaboration, on-your-feet thinking and public speaking. Hoku Panerio-Langer and Anderson Korman  were recognized as excellent delegates and each took home the prize for Best Negotiator! 

We want to congratulate all the delegates who represented Pierce and Milton with excellence as well as thank the faculty advisors for all their efforts in making this incredible learning opportunity possible.  This was a very valuable experience in which all of our student delegates gained a greater understanding of issues facing various communities while also enjoying themselves. 


MHS students MaryKate Murtagh, Griffin McLaughlin, Haley O’Brien, and Caitlin O’Sullivan conducted Hour of Code with Collicot’s fifth grade classes last week.  Hour of Code is a global event that encourages students of all ages to engage in computer science activities in a fun and challenging way. Students worked on different types of coding modules, including Minecraft, Moana, or Star Wars modules! Our high school students showed the fifth graders the many different applications of computer programming and described how the students interact with code on a daily basis, whether it is computers, projectors, or tablets. The fifth grade students were excited to hear of the many opportunities they will have to work with coding at Milton Public Schools in the future!


I am pleased to share that our four Elementary students donated over 800 gifts this week to the Milton Residents Fund, a fund that supports Milton residents in a multitude of ways. Many Milton children will experience a happier holiday season this year due to the generosity of so many of our MPS families. If at anytime your family is struggling in some way this holiday season (or anytime), please reach out to your extended family at Milton Public Schools through your Principal or Guidance/Adjustment Counselor. We are always here for our families in need. 


It may seem that the school year has just begun, but Kindergarten Registration for September 2018 is upon us! As we prepare to welcome our new kindergarteners next September, the first step for families is to pre-register your new student. After you pre-register, we hope to see many kindergarten parents and guardians at Kindergarten Information night on Tuesday, January 23rd at Milton High School. The final step is to attend Kindergarten Registration (by appointment on February 13th,14th,15th)  with your completed registration packet that you will receive on January 23rd at information night. Details and links are found here – Welcome to Kindergarten. Questions? Please email Laurie Dunn. We look forward to meeting the class of 2031!​  Add links


Are you or someone you know looking for a preschool program for your three or four year old?  Milton Public Schools has a variety of programs for those children who will turn three or four on or before August 31, 2018. Mark your calendars and join us for an information evening on January 11th at 6:30pm and please review the important preschool dates.  The information session will take place at Milton High School, 25 Gile Rd.  This is guaranteed to be an informative evening as preschool staff and administrators outline the similarities and differences in the programs offered as well as answer any questions families may have.  Please email Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Family Outreach Liaison, or call 617 980 7343 if you have additional questions. We look forward to seeing you  as your child begins their time in the Milton Public Schools!


Dec 25–29  Winter Recess                                          
Jan 2    Classes Resume
Jan 3    Milton School Committee
Jan 8    Rachel Simmons, PARENT Speaker Series  – Odd Girl Out                                         Jan 10  MHS Jazz Concert
Jan 11  Preschool Information Night
Jan 15  No School-MLK Jr. Holiday
Jan 17  Milton School Committee
Jan 23  Kindergarten Information Night


There is an terrific opportunity for part time jobs in our food services department. We are hiring immediately for substitute positions at all schools. You’ll be serving healthy food to kids and be home when your kids are home due to the school schedule –  what’s better than that?! This can be a great opportunity for parents and retirees and food service experience is a plus, but not required. The food service substitute position pays $12.95 per hour.  Please email or call (617-696-5040 X 5514)  Jackie Morgan  for more information. 


Mark your calendars for the next speaker in the MPS PARENT Speaker Series – Rachel Simmons, expert in Girls’ Bullying & Young Women’s Leadership.  Rachel will be presenting “Odd Girl Out: Coping with Best Friends, Worst Enemies, and Everything in Between” on Monday, January 8th at 6:30 pm at the Milton High School auditorium.  This event is free and open to the public. Daughters are welcome and encouraged to attend Rachel’s talk. 


The Milton Public library has some terrific programs for kids!                                            What’s happening for Teens at the MPL this month?


Are you interested in teaching a Milton Adult Education course this spring?  We are currently looking for a new yoga instructor, as well as additional instructors for other courses that may be of interest to Milton residents (and neighboring communities).  To get ideas, take a look at the courses that were offered this fall:  You could offer something similar to these, or try something entirely new!  Please contact Sara Warner, Director of Adult Education, with questions and/or ideas!


We are fully underway with our Winter Athletics Season.

Boys and Girls Hockey both got off to exciting starts.  Girls Hockey battled back from 5-1 down to tie the game with 1 second remaining in the game. Kat Buchanan recorded a hat-trick in the comeback tie against Wellesley.  Boys Hockey also had to fight back from two deficits.  Nolan McManus scored the game tying goal with just over a minute to play in the game as they drew Norwood 2-2.  They will take on Framingham on Saturday at Ulin Rink, 7 pm.

Boys and Girls Basketball will both look to bounce back from losses against Natick.  The girls travel to Framingham while the boys will host the Flyers on Friday night.

Boys and Girls Track will begin their season tonight at the Reggie Lewis Center.

The Wrestling Team had their first quad on Saturday at Catholic Memorial.  They went 1-2 on the day, beating Sandwich.  They lost last night to Walpole, with Alex Caputo and Mark LaBelle earning wins by pin.

The Ski Team is hoping the cold weather lasts so they can get some snow, and they will soon be up on the Blue Hills.

MHS Athletics is very proud of our many Fall All-Stars

Fleece Navidad from MHS Boosters!
Stop by the indoor concessions stand by the back door Field House entrance to shop this weekend. The stand will be open Friday night, Dec 15 during the boys basketball home games.  The stand will also be open Sunday, Dec 17 12-4pm for merchandise sales, and the Boosters mobile unit will be selling a limited amount of merchandise at Ulin Rink Saturday night Dec 16 during JV and Varsity boys home hockey games. Cash, check or CC accepted.We are selling out of many items so please contact Patty Andresino or Maggie Oldfield Laing if you are looking for specific sizes and merchandise. Thank you for supporting MHS Boosters and good luck to all of the Wildcats!


As part of our E-blast, we highlight students, teachers and members of the community whose hard work deserves recognition.  Please read about some of their outstanding accomplishments below:

Students: Congratulations to MHS students Sam Lelacheur, Gwen LeLacheur and Anthony Martin who competed in the State Street Boston Junior Achiever (JA) Stock Market Challenge. The  Challenge is a technology based live simulation of the stock market in which every 60 seconds represents a day of trading. The students prepared for the challenge with five in class learning sessions.  Three sessions were conducted by the community and guest speaker Cristy O’Neil from Eaton Vance Investment Managers in Boston.  The students acquired knowledge about the market incuding: individual equities, the impact of the economy, geo-political events, and market sentiment.  The students started off with $500,000 and ended up accumulating more than $1,000,000. In addition to the market earnings, this magnificent trio took first place in the competition and each were given their very own laptop!

Staff: I am very pleased to recognize our new MHS special education teacher, Christine Martinelli who has been a tremendous asset to the department.  MHS Principal James Jette shares the following:  As the second teacher in the ACHIEVE program, Ms Martinelli has been able to adapt to the existing classroom culture and at the same time make subtle positive changes. Her students are always on task and engaged in meaningful learning opportunities.  At meetings, she is knowledgeable about her students, has pertinent data/information to share about their current progress, and has future goals in mind for each student.  Ms Martinelli’s  very pleasant demeanor and goal oriented mindset is an advantage for us and we are glad to have her in our Special Education Department.

Volunteers: The Tucker Tiger Basketball League is finishing up their inaugural season with a final game on Thursday, December 14th.  This program is made possible by parent volunteers, especially parent Winston Daley.  Coach Daley referees every game and provides instruction throughout the games to students.  One student shares, “I love Thursday night basketball, it’s so fun and I get to play with kids I’ve never played with before.”  Coach Daley shares his coaching talent as well as the gift of motivation and leadership and students have learned about sportsmanship and teamwork thanks to this basketball league.  Thank you, Coach Daley, for your time and energy during this season, it is truly appreciated!  Our Tucker Tigers can be seen at the top of this weeks post. 

The Milton Public School system does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, gender identity, transgender status, gender transitioning, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its programs, activities or operations. These include, but are not limited to, admissions, equal access to programs and activities, employment, provision of and access to programs and services, as well as selection of volunteers, vendors and employers recruiting at the Milton Public Schools.  We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, students, volunteers, subcontractors, and vendors.  The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:  Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Human Resources, 617-696-4812.

Thank you to my blog contributors this week: James Jette, Holly Concannon, Larry Jordan, Robin Lee, Yvonne Nequist, Kacy Kalell, Marti McKenna, Laurie Dunn, Nancy Warn, Kelly Murtagh, Jackie Morgan, Noel Vigue, Sara Warner, Ryan Madden and Cat DesRoche.

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