May 19, 2022

To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
From: James F. Jette
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: May 19, 2022

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

The hate filled acts of violence that took place last weekend at a grocery store in Buffalo, NY (killing ten people and wounding three others) and in a Taiwanese congregation in Laguna Woods, CA., (killing one person and injuring five others ), have left many of our students confused, angry and looking for answers to rationalize such extreme behavior. Without a doubt, these horrific acts were motivated by hate and racism and these violent incidents continue to be perpetrated against people based on race, religion, gender and sexuality. Unfortunately, these incidents represent just the latest episodes in a series of hate filled violence plaguing our country. As a nation, we need to put an end to this. 

As you can imagine, these increasingly common acts of violence only solidify the need for us as a district to continue with our work of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and to make all who are a part of the MPS community feel safe, seen, heard and valued. This week our Principals, School Adjustment Counselors and staff ensured there was support available to students and staff as needed. 

Facing History and Ourselves provides many valuable resources to educators that parents and guardians also may find helpful.  As I wrote to staff earlier this week, please remember, we don’t fight hate with hate; on the contrary, we fight hate with love, education and understanding. As we process recent events, I would like to make you aware of an upcoming opportunity to come together.

The two-year anniversary of the murder of George Floyd will be marked by a vigil on Wednesday, May 25th from 6- 6:30pm outside at the Parkway Methodist Church on Blue Hills Parkway in Milton. The event is intended to keep the commitment to justice  alive as we reflect on this tragic anniversary. The vigil is being organized by Courageous Conversations Towards Racial Justice and community partners. This is the 3rd year the group has organized similar events including the ‘March for George and Justice’ in 2021 from Milton to Mattapan that was attended by hundreds and three standouts in 2020 bringing 3000 people to the parkway. All are invited to attend and interested volunteers should email courageousconversationsmilton@gmail.com.  

 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE 

The next School Committee meeting is Wednesday, May 25 , 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 19 MHS Music Awards Dinner 
  • May 25 School Committee Meeting 
  • May 30 Memorial Day, No School 
  • May 31 Senior Awards Night 
  • June 2, 4 Pierce Players 
  • June 5 MHS Graduation 

MPS Calendars

Celebrate the artists of Milton High School by coming to the Art Show from May 23 – 27 in the school library! While there you can: Color the Doodle Mural created by AP Art Students; Write a note of appreciation in the AP artists comment books and Enter the Art Wordle raffle for a chance to win a Bob Ross themed prize. If you are unable to view the artwork in person, we invite you to experience the digital version of the art show here.

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The Department of Fine Arts is pleased to bring a unique Arts and Culture opportunity to our staff and students, in collaboration with M-PACE.

Venerable Tenzin Yignyen is visiting Milton High School, as Artist in Residence, in the MHS Library from May 31 – June 3 2022. This brings the rare opportunity to witness a sand mandala creation from initiation to completion. 

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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 mse@miltonps.org with any questions. MSE is a great way to start your summer day – join us for a fun and enriching summer!

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SEPAC: Our next ZOOM board meeting is on May 24 6:30pm and Tuesday, June 14 will be our final SEPAC meeting. We will be meeting live with refreshments and a guest speaker, while we connect before the summer and plan for the 2022-23 school year. Location TBD.

HEALTH AND SAFETY 

COVID Updates: MPS has reported 88 new student cases and 14 staff cases to DPH for previous reporting period (May 12- May 18)  with the following breakdown per school. Cunningham -17; Collicot -19; Glover- 11; Tucker-8 Pierce-15 and MHS- 18. Local and Norfolk County data can be found here: CDC COVID data tracker  and Milton COVID 19 Dashboard.

Per current CDC guidelines, after testing positive for COVID, students and staff are returning to school on Day 6. (Day 0 is the date of positive COVID test or start of symptoms). As a reminder, returning students and staff must continue to wear a well-fitting mask at school through day 10.

We continue to practice mitigating strategies including promoting ventilation, with open windows and doors and running rooftop units to increase the number of fresh air exchanges.  With the upcoming spring weather, we will also take advantage of outdoor space when possible. 

We have seen our COVID positive numbers climb in recent weeks and a concern we are hearing from parents/ guardians is that it is hard to distinguish symptoms of COVID from other illnesses and it’s difficult to know when to test.  Is it COVID, allergies, a cold or the flu? is a great article published in March 2022 from the Mayo Clinic that addresses the differences between COVID 19, the common cold, allergies and the flu in an easy to read chart form.

When your student presents with symptoms, please test to help keep our MPS community safe!  You can still opt-in to the state’s at home test kit distribution by filling out this consent form and having your student bring it to the school nurse Student Opt-In Form.

For those looking for COVID Testing and Vaccines, we have found the Randolph, MA site linked here to be a reliable provider. 

COMMUNICATIONS SURVEY 

At the Milton Public Schools, we understand the importance of communication, transparency, and ease of access to information. Please help us learn about our strengths and areas which need improvement by taking this short survey.

These questions target communications at the district and school level only. Please take just a few minutes to give us feedback on our communication practices. Thank you for your responses. 

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

MHS Music Department finished up the season with their Spring Concert on Tuesday. Performing in the concert were Chamber Ensemble, Orchestra, Concert Band, two Choruses and Jazz Band. If you were unable to attend this fantastic concert, you can view the concert here. 

Thank you to MPS parent John Gillooly for  the photos below and access to many more downloadable images at this link from our most recent concert.

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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  bdevore@townofmilton.org 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.

PIERCE PAGES 

On May 14th, the Pierce Middle School Debate Team participated in the Lumos May Invitational Debate Tournament. Students debated whether or not the United States should eliminate subsidies for fossil fuels companies and used the Public Forum Debate format to discuss the positive and negative consequences of eliminating subsidies. Isabella Alba, Tess Carroll, Adam Cheairs, John Griffin, Dobie Illich, Ben Neugebauer, Avery Squiciarino, Thinh Tran, and Sadie Wetzner-Crothers competed in this tournament and Isabella, Ben, Adam, and John received Speaker Awards for earning distinguished scores in debate rounds. The Pierce Debate Team was thrilled to participate in this fifth and final tournament for the 2021-2022 academic school year and we look forward to competing next year! 

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Mr. Manning’s art classes are having a wonderful term and working hard right up to the end of the school year. 

7th and 8th grade students asked “What’s Poppin?” Students were asked to choose their favorite junk candy and create a pop art style piece influenced by Andy Warhol. Salty, sugary, sweet, sour, and everything in between, students used unrealistic color schemes to create one of a kind paintings. 7th and 8th grade artists started with six small drawings and then picked one of their favorites for their painting. Students learned what the Screen Printing process looks like and that one of Warhol’s prints just sold for $195 million dollars. See if you can find your favorite candy below.

8th grade ACE students officially opened Caine’s Arcade and the place was buzzing. Students were invited from other classes to come in and play all of the games. Visitors had a blast as they got to visit each game and win an assortment of prizes. Games were fun and challenging and a good time was had by all.

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INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS 

It’s Art Show time! Cunningham students have been enjoying the art in the hallways and hope you soon will be, too! Check out our Art Show info for each school below. 

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. 

TRANSPORTATION

Bus registration for the 2022-23 school year is now open. Please visit our Transportation Page for all details and links. 

MILTON COMMUNITY SCHOOLS 

Milton Community Schools hopes everyone has been enjoying the nice weather lately. Our After School Enrichment students certainly have! Students have been enjoying a variety of outdoor activities as you can see below.

TECHNOLOGY 

We are excited to share with you that Milton High School will continue with our one-to-one Chromebook initiative (1:1) for all ninth and tenth grade students next year.  In adopting this model, all ninth and tenth grade students will receive a school-issued Chromebook that they will take to and from school on a daily basis. Ninth and tenth grade students will not be allowed to bring their own device to school.

All current eighth-grade students will be asked to return their loaned Chromebook and charger to Pierce Middle School the last week of school.  Students attending MHS this fall will receive their Chromebook in advisory on the first day of school.  All 9th grade students will keep their school issued Chromebook throughout the summer and 10th grade year.

Optional Chromebook insurance will be offered to all students loaning a Chromebook.  It is highly encouraged to purchase insurance for their school-issued Chromebook. If insurance is declined, students are held responsible for damage beyond reasonable wear and tear as outlined in the Loan Agreement.  Information on how to purchase Chromebook Insurance and 1:1 Chromebook initiative for the 2022-23 school year will be shared in the coming weeks.

MILTON FOUNDATION FOR EDUCATION 

The Milton Foundation for Education kicked off their annual Celebration for Education on Saturday, May 7th, at Granite Links, with a Kentucky Derby theme. MFE would like to thank all of our dedicated donors, attendees, sponsors, teachers and administrators for making it a night to remember. Funds raised will help us continue to support our mental health initiative at MPS starting with funding the program Calm Classroom, a program that teaches mindfulness and self care training.

ATHLETICS

Please see below from MPS Athletic Director Ryan Madden.

Congrats to all of our Varsity Letter recipients on Saturday. A special congrats to our Award Winners

  • Most Outstanding Athlete Award: John Carew, Norah Affanato, Ethan Dobrindt, Hadley Blasdale, Shea Donovan, Olivia Duggan, Jack Vaughan, Mackenzie Mullaney
  • Athletic Achievement Award: Christina Sullivan, Sophia Manning, Anna Rowley, Matthew Paquette, Joseph Pender, Ryan Dexter
  • Impact Award: Christopher Burns, Caroline Gannon, Gregory Domineau, Emily Karimbakas, Isaiah Hassell, Anna Radley 
  • Roy Chambers Award: Thomas Lesser, Lila Glenn
  • Unified Track Awards: Molly Bauer, Sa’nya Roache, Emily Walsh

Thank you to the Boosters for another great event – Patti Dobrindt, Sheri Paquette, Calece Johnson, Katie Manning, Julie Ritchie, Michelle Donovan, Chuck Karimbikas and all the other volunteers. Carolyn Cahill was great as the guest speaker!

Congrats again to our Susi Athletes of the Month for April. Find the write up and pictures here!

With just over a week left in regular season play, our teams are gearing up for the tournament.

Many of the students on the Track Team recorded personal bests at the Bay State Conference Championship Meet last night in Braintree! Liam Faherty won the Triple Jump, while Katie O’Toole placed second overall in the 2-mile, with a time of 11:47!

Our Girls Tennis Team has ripped off six straight wins. Yes, SIX straight wins! That means they have officially qualified for the State Tournament for the first time in nearly 10 years. A big congratulations to Coach Radley and her squad for a great season thus far. The Boys Tennis Team needs one more win in their last three matches to secure their Tournament berth.

Baseball beat Walpole 9-1 last night to earn back-to-back Bay State Conference Herget Titles and improve to 15-2 on the season! Brian Foley moved to 6-0 on the season throwing 9ks through 6 innings.

Rugby stamped their ticket to the postseason last night with a resounding win over Braintree to improve to 4-2 on the season.

Unified Track had a great day on Monday at Walpole High School in the Sectional Championships!

The MHS Girls Softball team will be hosting a car wash on Saturday, May 21st, 9 a.m. to noon at the Cunningham School. Price is $10/car.

Thank you to Roy Chambers for these pictures of some of our Varsity Teams at the Boosters event this past weekend! Additional photos from the Boosters can be found here. 

COMMUNITY NEWS

The Milton Public Library’s calendar of May programs for kids can be found here. Plan ahead and take a look at the June calendar here. 

Kids in Grades K-5 are invited to come meet and read to a lovable (and a very good listener!) volunteer dog on Saturday, May 21st 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 aloud skills. Sign up for a timed reservation today through this link!

Take part in this month’s Graphic Novel Book Club for Grades 3-5 on Wednesday, May 25th at 4:30pm. This month we are reading: Mr. Wolf’s Class by Aron Nels Steinke. Pick up a reserved copy in the MPL Children’s Room. Register today!

To learn more and to register for programs for kids, teens, and adults,please visit the MPL website.

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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!)

SUPERINTENDENT SHOUTOUT

The Department of Fine Arts would like to give a shout out to Mr Merkle and his students in the Wood Workshop class at MHS! 

Thank you to Gavin Connor, Gorjaun Tarawallie, Owen Faherty and Michael Higgins who worked under Mr Merkle’s guidance to construct a custom table for our upcoming Artist in Residence, Venerable Tenzin YignYen. The table was built to specifications and painted a custom blue. It will be used for a Tibetan Sand Painting at Tucker Elementary and Milton High School.

We are grateful for the weeks of work that went into building the table and for Mr. Merkle’s collaboration and support on this project. We hope all will visit MHS to see our Artist in Residence, Venerable Tenzin YignYen next week.

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May 12, 2022

To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
From: James F. Jette
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: May 12, 2022

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

We have had some fantastic events at MPS over the last week with the MFE’s successful Celebration for Education, entertaining elementary concerts, interesting field trips, and exciting athletic games and matches.
 
A highlight this week was our Scholastic Honors Night at Milton High School. As Principal Cahill wrote, Scholastic Honors Night is an evening to recognize and honor students for their high academic achievement, excellent leadership skills, and civic responsibilities. The students who are honored this evening exemplify and embody all that we hope for in every Milton High School student. They are intelligent, hard-working, goal-oriented, and self-motivated; they exude a commitment to academic excellence that should serve as a blueprint for others to follow. I invite you to read the entire program here with Century Club and Boys and Girls State winners, our Junior Book Award winners here and our 2022 National Honor Society inductees here (the full list of 2021 NHS is here) .  Congratulations to all who were recognized at this special event.
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Last week, it was also wonderful to see the return of the traditional trip to Boston’s Symphony Hall for our 4th graders across the district. Thank you to MPS music teacher April Allegrezza for sharing some details about the day with our community.

Conductor Thomas Wilkins made his entrance by jumping onto the podium wearing a sweatshirt with “MAESTRO” on his back. He exclaimed with a big smile, “We are back! It’s okay to keep clapping!” He caught the students’ attention and kept it throughout the program with his sense of humor and guidance and with musical and historical musings before each music selection.

The theme of this year’s concert was “So Now What: A Musical Look at Anticipation, Expectation, and a New Certainty Toward the Fulfillment of Our Promise” and addressed the social and emotional feelings that have been felt throughout the Covid pandemic. Some of the selections included Peter Boyer’s “Silver Fanfare”, Ferde Grofe’s “Sunrise,” from the Grand Canyon Suite, Benjamin Britten’s “Storm,” from Peter Grimes, Schuman’s “Chester,” from New England Triptych and Florence Price’s “Juba Dance” from Symphony No. 1.

Students were accompanied by their classroom teachers, paraprofessionals, parent chaperones and elementary music teachers. All agreed that it was Conductor Wilkins’ approachability and relatability to children and the beautiful music that created a child-centered, memorable and very enjoyable student experience at Symphony Hall. Children enjoyed making close connections with the music and were able to build upon knowledge from music class.

This opportunity to see the world class Boston Symphony Orchestra perform is possible through the generosity of MPACE (Milton Partnership for Arts and Cultural Enrichment), and Milton’s excise tax payers who contribute to the fund. Transportation was provided by the elementary PTOs. Thank you to all who made this trip possible for our 4th graders!

MPS STAFF UPDATES 

I am happy to share that two important MPS leadership positions have been officially filled. Please join me in welcoming Clair Galloway-Jones as the Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Dr. Garth McKinney as the Asst. Superintendent for Curriculum and Human Resources.

Mrs. Galloway-Jones is currently the Metco Director for the Sharon Public Schools and previously spent many years working in the Bedford Public Schools and the Boston Public Schools. It was shared with me that Clair has an inclusive way of collaborating with all parties and a talent for forging positive relationships with students, staff and families. Moreover, Mrs. Galloway-Jones has a strong teaching background, particularly her years as a math coach in the Boston Public. Mrs. Galloway-Jones has a Bachelors of Art in Human Services from the University of Massachusetts-Boston and a Master’s Degree in Urban Education from Wheelock College.

Dr. Garth McKinney currently serves as the Interim Superintendent of Nashua Public Schools. He has served as the Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education for four years and an Assistant Principal for three years. Through his three interviews, I found Dr. McKinney’s experience with curriculum; supervision and evaluation, team building and collaboration; and the use of data to make informed decisions very impressive. We are excited to benefit from his proven excellent work in supporting faculty and staff in curriculum instruction as well as executing the strategic goals and initiatives of the Milton Public Schools. Dr. McKinney has a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from Boston College; a Master’s Degree in Education (Reading) from Fordham University and he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Stonehill College.

We look forward to introducing Ms. Galloway-Jones and Dr. McKinney to the community at an upcoming School Committee meeting and officially welcoming them to the Milton Public Schools on July 1, 2022.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE 

The next School Committee meeting is Wednesday, May 25 , 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.

IMPORTANT UPCOMING EVENTS

  • May 13 MHS Spring Fling 
  • May 14 Varsity Banquet 
  • May 17 MHS Spring Concert 
  • May 19 MHS Music Awards Dinner 
  • May 25 School Committee Meeting 
  • May 26 MFE Teacher of the Year 
  • May 30 Memorial Day, No School 
  • May 31 Senior Awards Night 
  • June 5 MHS Graduation 

MPS Calendars

Parent/Guardian English Class: The class will meet at MHS from 6-7 pm on Tuesday and Thursday between May 17 and June 23. This class is free for MPS parents/guardians. Interested? Email rjohnson@miltonps.org

Milton Summer Enrichment: Registration is open and all details on classes and the program can be found at this link.  Please email mse@miltonps.org with any questions. We are looking forward to a fun and enriching summer!

Ready, Set…Kindergarten! Please visit Ready, Set…Kindergarten! to learn about all the Kindergarten events planned that will have you and your child excited and prepared for this new chapter.  We are excited to welcome the Class of 2035 to the Milton Public Schools! 

Save the date for the Cunningham and Collicot Art Show on Thursday, May 19. 

HEALTH AND SAFETY 

COVID Updates: MPS has reported 73 new student cases and 12 staff cases to DPH for previous reporting period (May 5- May 11)  with the following breakdown per school. Cunningham -12; Collicot -17; Glover- 1; Tucker-24 Pierce-13 and MHS- 6. Local and Norfolk County data can be found here: CDC COVID data tracker  and Milton COVID 19 Dashboard.

Thank you to all of our school nurses! Pictured L-R: District nurse Jess Atkinson, Cunningham Nurse Kiyana Spaulding, and Collicot Nurse Lindsay Peterson.

We have seen our COVID positive numbers climb in recent weeks and a concern we are hearing from parents/ guardians is that it is hard to distinguish symptoms of COVID from other illnesses and it’s difficult to know when to test.  Is it COVID, allergies, a cold or the flu? is a great article published in March 2022 from the Mayo Clinic that addresses the differences between COVID 19, the common cold, allergies and the flu in an easy to read chart form.

When your student presents with symptoms, please test to help keep our MPS community safe!  You can still opt-in to the state’s at home test kit distribution by filling out this consent form and having your student bring it to the school nurse Student Opt-In Form.

While previous guidance provided a differentiated symptoms list for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals, the new symptoms list (updated March 2022) below applies to all individuals, regardless of vaccination status.  Parents/guardians should continue to screen students daily prior to school and keep students with these symptoms home, testing prior to returning to school. 

COVID-19 symptom list: 

  • Fever (100.0° Fahrenheit or higher), chills, or shaking chills 
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath 
  • New loss of taste or smell 
  • Muscle aches or body aches 
  • Cough (not due to other known cause, such as chronic cough) 
  • Sore throat, when in combination with other symptoms 
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea when in combination with other symptoms.
  • Headache when in combination with other symptoms 
  • Fatigue, when in combination with other symptoms 
  • Nasal congestion or runny nose (not due to other known causes, such as allergies) when in combination with other symptoms 

For those looking for COVID Testing and Vaccines, we have found the Randolph, MA site linked here to be a reliable provider. 

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

It’s sock monkey mania in the Collicot art room! Thanks to a generous donation from the Collicot PTO, 5th graders have been on a roll stitching these adorable sock monkeys. Students have learned how to transform a pair of socks into a stuffed animal by using a pattern, threading a needle, tying a knot, and using the whipstitch.

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Cunningham 5th graders have been learning about radial design and printmaking. Students started by drawing a design on a 6×6 square with an X and Y axis, mapping out their design to make sure lines connected to the adjacent side of their square. Once complete, they traced their drawing onto styrofoam using a wooden dowel, causing the lines to “sink” into the foam, making a perfect printing plate. You can see that they used a brayer to ink their plate and printed their design four times making sure to rotate their styrofoam clockwise to create a radial symmetrical design. The beautiful results are evident in the pictures!

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Glover 1st graders are working on their “Days of the Week” project in Spanish class with the help of former Glover Kid Katherine Heavey. Katherine is volunteering her time throughout May at Glover as she completes her senior service project before graduating high school. Senora Brown, who had Katherine in her class when she was a Glover Kid, said it was the week’s highlight for our 1st graders!

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EARLY CHILDHOOD

This family survey is a brief, but essential part of our community needs assessment of early childhood programs and the needs of families with young children.  This effort is supported by a Community Preschool Partnership Initiative (CPPI) grant from the MA Department of Early Education and Care. For more information, please contact Dr. Elaine McNeil-Girmai or School Committee Chair Ada Rosmarin.  

It only takes 2-3 minutes to complete and the deadline to respond to the survey is May 15th, so please don’t delay!  All who complete the survey will automatically be entered into a raffle to win one of two $250 gift cards. 

ART AND MUSIC

The MHS music department’s final concert is coming up on Tuesday, May 17th at 6:30 PM in the high school auditorium. We hope you’ll join us for the performance to celebrate the accomplishments of our MHS musicians, especially our graduating seniors!

Thank you to everyone who contributed to Tri-M’s musical instrument drive — the event was a huge success. We collected dozens of instruments that will be able to be used throughout the Milton Public Schools, both in classrooms and for independent music practice. Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

MHS and Pierce collaborate. Listen here!

MHS Tri-M students have also been busy paying visits to the performing ensembles at Pierce to make music together and share information about what it’s like to be a part of the MHS music department. Our hope is that building these relationships early on will encourage continued participation in performing ensembles throughout students’ academic careers. Thanks to all MHS and Pierce students who participated in these before and after school events! Check out this video  of Tri-M and Pierce chorus students singing “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” after three short rehearsals!

Thank you to all who participated in the fundraiser!

The students in the MHS Music department along with Milton FAME ran a successful mattress fundraiser in April, raising over $10,000 for the MPS music department. The money from the mattress sale will continue to help FAME with providing excellent opportunities and assistance to all of our MPS music students. Bravo!

FOOD SERVICE 

Friday, May 6 was the 10th anniversary of School Lunch Hero Day! We are so grateful to have such an amazing and hard-working team to make sure each student is fed and fueled to do their very best each and every day. Post pandemic has not been easy, but our “Lunch Heroes” prove that they can handle anything that comes their way.

SEPAC 

Participate: Mark your calendars as Tuesday, June 14 will be our final SEPAC meeting and we will be meeting live with refreshments and a guest speaker, while we connect before the summer and plan for the 2022-23 school year. Location TBD.

Advocate: SEPAC board members welcome new school committee members Celina Miranda and Anna Varghese and look forward to working with them as the budget is passed and plans are made for next year. Further, look for a survey soon to assess needs and goals for next year. Our next ZOOM board meeting is on May 24 6:30pm 

Educate: Check out a new resource for parents with neurodiverse kids: ImpactParents 

ATHLETICS

Please see below from MPS Athletic Director Ryan Madden.

The Varsity Athletic Outdoor Celebration will take place on Saturday, May 14th at 10am at Brooks Field! All student-athletes receiving a Varsity Letter are invited and families should have received an email invitation. 

TODAY: Thursday, May 12th, our Unified Track & Field Team will host their last meet of the season! Our athletes and partners have been working hard all year, and can’t wait to showcase their abilities as they get ready for the Sectional Meet. Come support our inclusive sports program this Thursday, May 12th, at Brooks Field. The meet will begin at 3:30 – we hope to see you there! #ChooseToInclude

Boys Lacrosse won back-to-back games, each both by a 1-goal margin. They beat former Herget Division Rival Dedham 9-8 and then followed that up with an 11-10 win over new Herget Division Rival, Braintree. Those two wins move them to 5-7 and puts them in a good position to make the Tournament for the second straight season!

Our Girls Tennis Team responded to three straight losses with three straight wins! They beat Fontbonne, Braintree and Weymouth. With 5 wins on the season, they have already eclipsed their win total from last year! Boys Tennis is 6-5 on the season, with wins over Weymouth and Braintree. They host Oliver Ames on Friday.

Softball and Girls Lacrosse have also won back-to-back games. Alona Lynch is playing at an MVP level for the Softball Team. Girls Lax Captains, Hadley Blasdale and Grace DeBenedictis have played at an elite level with Blasdale scoring 5 goals in the past 2 games. 

Rugby beat Hanover 41-26 in a game that was not nearly as close as the score indicated, less than a week after losing to Weymouth. That brings them back to 2-2 and a big finish to the end of the season should put them in a good position heading into the Tournament. 

Baseball is now 12-2, earning their sixth straight win over Braintree in the past three seasons. They” travel to St Mary’s in Lynn on Friday before getting back to league play next week against Needham and Walpole. 

We have our Susi Athletes of the Month for April! Junior Katie O’Toole and Senior Alona Lynch are very worthy recipients for their achievements in April!

  • Katie O’Toole: Despite the cold weather Katie O’Toole has been on fire during the month of April. Katie placed second in the 800m at Wellesley racing against the reigning 1000m state champion from this past indoor season.  Katie followed up that strong performance with a first place finish against Braintree in the mile. The next week Katie won the mile at home against Walpole.  Katie is currently ranked number nine in the state in the 800m and is top 25 in the mile.  Katie has continued her strong running into the month of May with more great racing.  As anchor leg she led the team to a victory in the 4×800 meter relay at the Division III State Relay event at Olive Ames.  Katie also anchored the 4 x mile team to a strong second place finish. 
  • Alona Lynch: MHS softball is currently 4-2. Alona Lynch has helped the team get to this point by being a leader on and off the field. She made 3 diving stops for outs against Natick while pitching, where she also hit 3-4 with a grand slam in the same game. She then followed up with another win in extra innings against Braintree on Monday, with 7 strikeouts on the mound and a 2-run double in the 10th to give Milton the lead! She has pitched 4 games so far this season; with 30k and only 6BB on the season and she has a .600 batting average. Her attitude and energy are constantly bringing up the team, always keeping them focused and united. 

For those wondering about Fall Sports, see below for information. 

  • Football tryouts start Friday, August 19th.
  • All other Sports tryouts start Monday, August 22nd.
  • All students must have a valid physical on file in order to try out. Physicals are valid for 13 months. 
  • Registration will open in June, with payment due before tryouts start in August.
  • Tryout dates and times will be posted on August 1st.
  • An email with more information about coaching staff will be sent to families soon.

COMMUNITY NEWS

Katie Crowell was a dedicated member of our Glover 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. Katie’s motto was “Grace + Grit,” qualities she embodied. Katie’s impact surrounds us all—in her beautiful children, in her advocacy, in the lives of other patients who have gained strength from her, in the innovative research that is currently happening thanks in part to the money that she raised. 

Together as a community, we are raising money in Katie’s honor for basic level cancer research. 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! Walkers and strollers welcome. NO bikes or scooters, please. Bib and T-shirt pickup will be Friday, May 13th from 5-7 pm at Glover Elementary School (255 Canton Ave). Pickup will also be available from 8:30-9:30 on race day. Friday pickup is strongly encouraged. Bibs and T-shirts may be picked up by other registrants or friends/family. 

The race is just two days away! It begins at 10 am on Saturday, May 14th. Please arrive at Glover Elementary School (255 Canton Ave) no later than 9:30 am. Kids of any age are welcome to run/walk the course. There will be no separate kids route. Prizes will be awarded to the top finishers in each category (Men, Women, Kids).

Last Call! Registration closes at midnight TONIGHT. For those who have already registered, thank you! To register, click here.

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Save the date for the Milton Pride Car Parade on June 11 from 4-5 pm. 

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Milton Academy is offering a Summer Camp for students in grades 1-6. All details can be found here. 

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The Milton Public Library’s calendar of May programs for kids can be found here

Kids in Grades K-5 are invited to come meet and read to a lovable (and a very good listener!) volunteer dog on Saturday, May 21st 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 aloud skills. Sign up for a timed reservation here. To learn more and to register for programs for kids, teens, and adults, please visit the MPL website.

SUPERINTENDENT SHOUTOUT

On Sunday, we celebrated Mother’s Day and some mothers in our MPS community recently received some national attention on the Kelly Clarkson Show!

Mid pandemic, longtime Milton friends Imge Ceranoglu, Martha Kennedy, Joanna Weiss, Leila Mitchell, and Heather Shaw started a band called The Lazy Susans and played their first gig at Porchfest in September of 2021. This past week, they appeared on The Kelly Clarkson Show as part of Rad Moms Week. This article in the Boston Globe tells their story nicely, as does this video from the show. My takeaway? Go for it, whatever your “it” is! Congratulations to Milton’s own “Rad Moms” on their accomplishments! 

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May 5, 2022

To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
From: James F. Jette
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: May 5, 2022

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

This week is your last chance to purchase tickets to Celebration for Education, 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. 

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.
  • Visit this link to get the last of the Kentucky Derby Squares  – very few left! 
  • 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.
  • Expect traditional derby delights: fried chicken, ham & biscuits, mint juleps, a bourbon tasting and so much more!

Please visit this link to purchase tickets to what is always a terrific night out in support of our schools. With your help, we can make an enormous difference and continue to enrich the lives of the children in our community.

Just two of our hundreds of happy students at prom!

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Last weekend I was lucky enough to attend the MHS Prom at Gillette Stadium. I can’t overstate how wonderful this night was for our students and staff and I so enjoyed seeing almost 550 students enjoying a fabulous night together. As a community, we should all be proud of how well our students represented MPS and the Town of Milton!

Thank you to all of the MPS families and our six PTOs for your continued support and celebration of the entire MPS staff this week. It has been most appreciated!

SCHOOL COMMITTEE 

The next School Committee meeting is Wednesday, May 11 , 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 EVENTS

  • May 7 MFE Celebration for Education 
  • May 11 School Committee 
  • May 11 Getting Ready for Kindergarten 
  • May 13 MHS Spring Fling 
  • May 14 Varsity Banquet 
  • May 16 Town Meeting Begins 
  • May 17 MHS Spring Concert 
  • May 19 MHS Music Awards Dinner 

MPS Calendars

MHS Spring Fling: MHS Student Government is excited to be hosting a Spring Fling Dance for all freshmen and sophomores on Friday, May 13th from 6-8 in the MHS Courtyard. Tickets are $10 and available in school. Please see the sign up genius linked here to help out – more volunteers (just 90 minutes of set up) are needed to make this event a success!

Parent/Guardian English Class: The class will meet at MHS from 6-7 pm on Tuesday and Thursday between May 17 and June 23. This class is free for MPS parents/guardians. Interested? Email rjohnson@miltonps.org

Milton Summer Enrichment: Registration is open and all details on classes and the program can be found at this link.  Please email mse@miltonps.org with any questions. We are looking forward to a fun and enriching summer! 

Ready, Set…Kindergarten! Please visit Ready, Set…Kindergarten! to learn about all the Kindergarten events planned that will have you and your child excited and prepared for this new chapter.  We are excited to welcome the Class of 2035 to the Milton Public Schools! 

HEALTH AND SAFETY 

COVID Updates: MPS has reported 33 new student cases and 6 staff cases to DPH for previous reporting period (April 28- May 4)  with the following breakdown per school. Cunningham -3; Collicot -11; Glover- 3; Tucker-9 Pierce-3 and MHS- 4. Local and Norfolk County data can be found here: CDC COVID data tracker  and Milton COVID 19 Dashboard.

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

Students in Ms. Lee’s Design Studio class learned about hand lettering and calligraphy by designing one of their favorite quotes, words or alphabet. Students developed their knowledge and skills in typography by making decisions on the alignment of their text, letter spacing, leading, and rag besides choosing a font or calligraphy hand to represent the meaning of their words or letters. Other design elements were included like drop caps, color, texture and illustrations for their final pieces.

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The MHS Internship Program is in full swing and our students are beginning their placements this week.

We have seven students at BID-Milton scheduled for rotations throughout the hospital. They will be familiarizing themselves with Radiology, Emergency, Human Resources, Rehab/EHS, Medical Records, Dietary, Pharmacy and Surgical Services. Tuesday evening they participated in a three hour orientation where they were advised of expectations and received their lab coats and badges.

Starting this week two of our interns will be working remotely with the Milton Times attending brainstorming meetings, researching and editing procedures and the entire operational overview of running a journalistic paper.

One intern is working at the Eustis Estate, assisting in the operation of a historic house museum, including planning and running public programs, installing a special exhibition in the galleries, and working on updates to their interactive tour technology.

We also have two interns working within the town’s Consolidated Facilities department where they will rotate buildings and see what it takes to keep our many buildings operational and in good condition.

Thank you to the many supporters of this exciting program including the Milton Chamber of Commerce, Milton School Committee, MPS administration and staff and the community at large.  We will be showcasing our student interns’ success at the end of May with a thank you celebration. 

PIERCE PAGES 

This year’s Pierce science fair was filled with many interesting STEM projects.  Congratulations to our students who received an Outstanding designation! 

  • Outstanding Experimental Project -Sophie Derwinski, How Does the Brain Process Conflicting Information?  
  • Outstanding Design Engineering Project- Madyn Dwyer, Wind Turbines, 
  • Outstanding Presentation- Claudia Chambert, Light Pollution in Our Community
  • Honorable Mention- Hope Sergi and Arlene Fernandez, Does Music Help Concentration?

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Seventh grade FUSE students Camilla Abboud, Maddie King, and Maya Mitchell took the skills they learned on the FUSE challenge Selfie Sticker to create sweatshirts for themselves and a few friends using heat transfer vinyl! It’s great to see students extending these challenges on their own!

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Eighth grade students in Mrs. Magill’s Advanced FUSE class recently completed a challenge creating a raft which would be pulled by a Sphero in a pool of water. They needed to design and build this raft using only certain materials which they could not have replaced if they ruined them. Completing this challenge forced them to think differently in order to problem solve. Click HERE to watch the video to see the Spheros and rafts in action!

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Members of the Glover Fundraising Student Leadership Team (SLT)  have been working together to support a variety of fundraising efforts this year. Most recently, the team partnered with the Gotta Have Sole Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide homeless youth with brand new shoes to help them feel confident and comfortable. The students organized a fundraiser to buy new shoes for children living in shelters.  The goal of their work aligns with the widely held belief at Glover that everyone deserves to feel seen, valued, supported and loved. The group learned that it’s common for homeless children to have to wear worn-out shoes and/or shoes that don’t fit.  The Glover community rallied around this group of students to support their important work. They raised over 700 dollars and collected hundreds of pairs of socks.  Additionally, all Glover students had the opportunity to make cards with messages of hope that will be delivered with the shoes.  

Glover’s SLTs provide 4th and 5th grade students the opportunity to work alongside their peers in leadership roles around a topic or cause that interests them. There are currently over 10 Student Leadership Teams in place. Way to go Glover Kids!

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Thank you to all of the Cunningham and Collicot families who participated in the C&C Earth Day clean up last weekend!

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Wednesday was a terrific day for Walk and Bike to School Day! Thank you to all who participated.

MPS concerts have not disappointed this spring and the Collicot K-1 concert this week was no exception. Thank you to Mr. Good and his young singers for a wonderful concert!

ART AND MUSIC

Congratulations to the 2022-23 Captains and Drum Majors of the Wildcat Marching Band! These hard working students have been integral members of the WMB and were selected based on their outstanding musical, marching and leadership contributions to the ensemble. Our ’22-’23 leadership team members are: Cologuard Captains- Angel Leggett and Maeve Garvin; Percussion Captain- Bella Fiske; Drum Majors- Sampreeti Fitton, Sam McLaughlin, Brynne Mershon, and Claudia O’Neill.

The Wildcat Marching Band is open to any Milton High School student! Any student entering grades 9-12 who are interested in joining the Wildcat Marching Band should fill out the form found here and reach out to Mrs. Damiani with any questions at rdamiani@miltonps.org. Come join us and be a part of our 2022-’23 show “The Sky’s the Limit”! 

FOOD SERVICE 

To gear up for ‘School Lunch Hero’ day on May 6, we want to showcase our fabulous kitchen managers at all 6 schools. The kitchen staff certainly deserves our appreciation as they have all worked so hard this year to make sure all of our students are well fed!

FAMILY RESOURCES

Last week we let families know that the Milton Coalition along with their partners MPS, MPD and BID did not renew their contract with Interface Referral Service.   The coalition shared some alternate family support resources including Therapy Matcher, Compass Helpline, Quincy Family Resource Center (including Milton), Aspire Health Alliance and New Directions Counseling Center which we have added to our Family Resource Newsletter.  This week the coalition has provided some tips for finding a mental health professional to work with you or your child that we wanted to pass along.

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 mmckenna@miltonps.org. All calls and emails are confidential.

ATHLETICS

Please see below from MPS Athletic Director Ryan Madden.

Unified Track will travel to Needham tomorrow for their penultimate meet. They host Weymouth next week on Thursday, May 12th for their last meet of the season and we want to pack the stands!!

Rugby will host Hanover on Friday night at 5:30pm. Milton and Hanover have battled back and forth over the last five years for Rugby supremacy in the South Shore, so it should be a great game!

Baseball responded from their loss to Natick with a comeback win over #9 ranked Walpole 7-3. Charlie Walker earned his fourth win of the year.

The Varsity Athletic Outdoor Celebration will take place on Saturday, May 14th at 10am at Brooks Field! All student-athletes receiving a Varsity Letter are invited! See attached for the flyer.

The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is organizing “Cats Clean the Cage” on Saturday, May 7th at 12pm. All spring student-athletes will help clean Brooks Field of trash and old equipment. Thank you to the members of SAAC for organizing this event!

COMMUNITY NEWS

The Milton Public Library’s calendar of May programs for kids can be found here. Join MPL in two very special upcoming events:

On Saturday May 7th at 2:30pm, join Ms. Tory for Create-A-Story: Kamishibai. Kamishibai, (kah-mee-she-bye) or “paper-theater,” is a form of Japanese street theater that was popular during the 1930s. During this program we will learn all about this visual form of storytelling, and you will get a chance to create your own Kamishibai play!

Then, put your building skills to the test at LEGO Club (ages 6-12) on Wednesday, May 11 at 4:30pm. Construct a themed LEGO scene, and find your finished creations on display in the Children’s Room for the rest of the month!

Sign up today for these programs here. To learn more and to register for programs for kids, teens, and adults, please visit the MPL website.

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Join the community at “Let’s Celebrate our Kevin”, a fundraiser in memory of Milton resident Kevin Moore. Kevin was the son of Elaine Moore, who is a beloved member of the MHS Cafeteria staff and the family is holding a fundraiser to raise money for a Scholarship in Kevin’s name. Kevin died tragically in 2016 and a Scholarship was set up in his name shortly thereafter. Kevin was a kind-hearted, fun loving young man who enjoyed his family, his friends, and working with his hands. Kevin was a graduate of Blue Hills Tech and a budding electrician. Please join us as we raise money to support another student’s desire to work in the Trades. All details can be found here. 

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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. 

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Brookwood Community Farm’s annual Seedling Sale is Saturday May 7, 11 am – 3 pm and Sunday May 8 from 9 am – 3 pm.  Please bring your own containers to carry your purchases. Cash, credit card and EBT is accepted.  Our parking lot is limited so extra parking is available at Meditech next door on Saturday and at Trinity Church on Sunday.  A farm shuttle can bring your purchases to those off site lots. 

In addition to shopping, we welcome volunteers for the sale.  Sign up to help out here.  This is open to HS students, needing volunteer hours or not, and adults.  

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Save the date for the Milton Pride Car Parade on June 11 from 4-5 pm. 

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Milton Academy is offering a Summer Camp for students in grades 1-6. All details can be found here. 

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The Milton Early Childhood Association shares their spring newsletter here. There are many programs for young children and their families offered.

 

Getting Ready for Kindergarten: Will your child be attending kindergarten in the fall? This parent workshop is for you and is open to all parents/caregivers; your child will not need to attend Milton Public Schools to participate. We will be sharing many tips and helpful hints to make your child’s transition to kindergarten a smooth one. This workshop will be held virtually, via Zoom, from the comfort of your home on May 11th at 7:00 PM. Registration is required. Register and obtain the Zoom link and passcode here

Literacy Fun Through STEAM with the Easton Children’s Museum: Calling all future Scientists, Technologists, Engineers, Artists, and Mathematicians!  Activities will be age appropriate for children 3 to 7 years old with a parent or guardian. We will be holding two sessions in person at Discovery Schoolhouse, 101 Blue Hills Parkway. Feel free to attend one or both! Registration is required and can be completed here.

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April 28, 2022

To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
From: James F. Jette
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: April 28, 2022

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

I am pleased to share that MPS teacher Kerri Devin has been awarded the William Spratt Award for Excellence in Teaching Social Studies at the Middle School Level. As many of your children have personally experienced, Ms. Devin is a motivated, energetic and caring educator, who has made Pierce Middle School a better place for students.

Director of Humanities Barbara Wright shares that whether Ms. Devin is leading a debate about the benefits of Sparta versus Athens, or working with students to “mummify” apple slices or leading an excavation right outside our middle school, Ms. Devin is teaching students how to critically and creatively think about history. Her classroom buzzes with activity each and every day, and students are fully engaged.

As Ms. Devin leads her students through such engaging activities she is also clearly defining objectives and scaffolding each lesson to support student success. Ms. Devin has most definitely mastered the balance between creative lesson planning and exacting expectations. She spends her first months of school establishing protocols and expectations, introducing methods of writing and demonstrating techniques of close reading and annotation. Students are well trained in both content and skills, and from there she helps her students soar to new heights.

If you ask her students they will tell you that Ms. Devin is a special teacher at Pierce. In a reflection of their career at Pierce, a number of students wrote specifically about their experience in Ms. Devin’s class. One said, “I loved social studies every year, especially with Ms Devin in 6th grade. She helped me become a better writer and I had fun in her class.” Another student said “6th grade social studies was definitely the best year and Ms.Devin is one of the best and most proactive teachers I’ve ever had.”

The past two years have been among the most challenging in the last five decades, and educators around the world have adapted to the ever-changing environment in which we were asked to teach. Kerri Devin is one of those teachers that adapted, grew and succeeded. She is deserving of the William Spratt Award for excellence and we are so pleased that she has received this honor. 

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Next week (May 2-6) is National Teacher Appreciation Week and our administrators,  PTOs and MPS families have plans to thank and celebrate all of our MPS teachers and staff. The entire MPS staff works hard every single day to ensure all children feel safe in school,  are engaged, learning, and challenged, have access to healthy food, and know that they are welcome and included in the MPS Community.

Our teachers, coaches, administrative staff, food service staff, nurses, paraprofessionals, custodians, and administrators have all made the decision to spend their professional lives in a school, working with like-minded professionals in the service of the children who attend the Milton Public Schools.  I know you join me in thanking them for their dedication and I look forward to celebrating the entire MPS staff next week! 

This week we also celebrated our Administrative Assistants, who are often the first welcome in our schools for many of our MPS families. There are several other dedicated days, including School Nurses Day (May 11) and School Lunch Hero Day on May 6 (check out the fun School Lunch Hero video here) which we will also celebrate.

 

Finally, this weekend, we are pleased to be the site of the MPDE Diversity Career Fair. Massachusetts Partnership for Diversity in Education (MPDE) is partnering with diversity recruitment expert DIVERSITY in Ed to bring together 40 school districts with openings for teachers and administrative staff for a hybrid in-person and virtual Diversity Career Fair on April 30th from 9am-12pm at Milton High School, 25 Gile Rd. Milton, MA. All details on attending can be found here. 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE 

The next School Committee meeting is Wednesday, May 11 , 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.

School Committee Chair Ada Rosmarin shares the following information. 

The School Committee is pleased to announce that this Spring, the Town of Milton, under the leadership of a Milton Early Childhood Leadership Team, is undertaking a new community wide needs assessment of early childhood programs and services for families with children ages Birth – Age 5.  Funded by a grant from the Department of Early Education and Care to the Milton Public Schools, this Community Preschool Partnership Initiative (CPPI) brings together families and community partners who connect with and serve Milton families.  

When the School Committee reviewed District-wide data early in 2022, it was no surprise that after two years of pandemic, there were gaps and challenges identified.  MPS has been working diligently to address the unfinished learning of our students, knowing that this will take a few years to recover.  As a School Committee Member, my first question, upon seeing these metrics, was “are we doing enough for our children before they even get here?”  In addition, we know that the pandemic has been very tough on our local preschools and family child care providers.  About ⅓ of Milton FCC providers closed their doors during the pandemic, leaving many families with Birth-2 year olds scrambling.  When this planning grant became available, it just seemed like the time was right to examine where we are and what we might be able to do about it. 

The findings of the comprehensive needs assessment will help us identify a strategic path forward for a strengthened system of preschool and child care services in Milton.  Having conducted this needs assessment and strategic plan will also make us eligible for new state and federal funding for preschool, which we hope to bring to Milton.

Please watch for our work, participate in family surveys, interviews and focus groups, and if you are interested in joining our team at a Leadership Summit in late May, please let us know by contacting me, Ada Rosmarin or Dr. Elaine McNeil-Girmai . For more information about our project, please visit this link.

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES 

  • April 30 MPDE Career Fair at MHS
  • May 2-6 Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week 
  • May 7 MFE Celebration for Education 
  • May 11 School Committee 
  • May 11 Getting Ready for Kindergarten 
  • May 14 Varsity Banquet 
  • May 16 Town Meeting Begins 
  • May 17 MHS Spring Concert 
  • May 19 MHS Music Awards Dinner 

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. 

Please refer to the District-Wide Calendar of Events for times and details on current events.  In addition, the 21-22 one page School Year Calendar can be found here. 

MILTON FOUNDATION FOR EDUCATION 

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.

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.
  • 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.
  •  Expect traditional derby delights: fried chicken, ham & biscuits, and so much more, not to mention mint juleps and a bourbon tasting!

Please visit this link to purchase tickets to what is always a terrific night out in support of our schools. 

 

HEALTH AND SAFETY 

COVID Updates: MPS has reported 49 new student cases and 9 staff cases to DPH for previous two week reporting period (April 14-27)  with the following breakdown per school. Cunningham -8; Collicot -9; Glover- 10; Tucker-10 Pierce-2 and MHS- 3. 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. 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.

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

Congratulations to MHS student Emily MacNeil, who’s recent project in our Marketing course is being used by the Seaport Hotel to recruit employees!  Thank you to Maura O’Brien, Career Tech Dept and Marketing teacher, for letting our students explore their potential career paths. 

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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 this week regarding details of the dance, ticket sales, and parent/guardian volunteer and donation opportunities.

PIERCE PAGES 

Mr. Manning’s art classes are having a terrific year and doing some of their best work yet. 7th and 8th grade students have created some impressive graffiti as you can see below. Students learned 3 simple steps that helped them create their very own full piece. Students started with a “Tag” then moved on to a “Hollow” and then a final “Throw-up”. They designed a full piece that took a lot of time and effort and the entire art hallway is covered with their creativity.

8th grade ACE students were inspired by Caine’s Arcade and took on the huge task of creating an arcade style game using only cardboard and clear shipping tape. Students were put into groups to design an arcade game including rules, directions and all pieces. As you can imagine, it took a while to design and build,  with many challenges along the way. Students learned about attachments and how cardboard can be manipulated. Caine’s Arcade is available on YouTube and is a true heart warming story.

6th graders are currently learning about three famous Cartoonists. Matt Groening who created the “Simpsons”, Charles Schulz creator of the “Peanuts Gang”, and Jeff Kinney,  whose “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” books have captured the minds of all middle school students. They are in the process of creating their very own cartoon style self portrait. It’s creating a lot of laughs for the class so stay tuned for their pieces in the coming weeks.

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Each month, we recognize students who demonstrate the values of safety, responsibility, respect, and kindness as Positive Community Members. Teachers nominate students and students from each grade are selected by Pierce’s culture and behavior committee. Please join us in congratulating Cherrish Remy, Julie Greene, Maggie Clisham, Savannah Ennis and Tyra Petit-Frere who were honored for the month of March!

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Tucker 3rd graders recently  participated in a virtual field trip to the Boston Museum of Science.  The field trip was perfectly aligned to the Structures of Life unit, and the students loved learning more about the animals, including the hedgehog Tenrec, a chinchilla, a tortoise and an owl. Even though virtual,  the event was very interactive, and the students were able to ask lots of questions and participate in polls.

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Glover kindergarteners recently concluded a Reach for Reading unit about jobs. As a culminating activity, family members were invited into classrooms to talk to students about their jobs. Over 30 volunteers signed up to present informative and engaging “Job Talks” across 5 kindergarten classrooms. Students learned about being a biologist, photographer, artist, psychologist, CFO, lawyer, canine officer, pediatric dentist, nurse, animator and much more. Family engagement has always been a priority in our kindergarten programs and these presentations proved to be a meaningful experience for both adults and students.

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Collicot 4th graders have participated in a month-long study as part of Collicot Celebrates Poetry. They have studied poetry and poems, read and recorded poems on the padlet and shared their favorite choices with their classmates as part of the Poem in your Pocket project. The last component of our study has been writing our own poems and you can see a fantastic example by Sloane below in both French and English.

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5th Grade Families: All rising sixth graders are invited to Pierce’s “Welcome to Middle School” camp. This program is a three-day experience in which students have various opportunities to become more familiar with the school, begin to make new friendships and connections, and get comfortable with their new surroundings before the school year begins. The camp is led by Pierce staff with the help of some 8th grade student leaders. Please click here for a link to the Welcome to Middle School flier that includes information about dates, registration, and payment. The camp does have a fee but scholarships are available to families as we do not want cost to be a barrier to students’ participation (scholarship information is included in the registration link). Any questions about the camp can be directed to the program coordinator, Erin Jaquette. Families are asked to complete their child’s registration by May 2, 2022. We look forward to welcoming your child and family to the Pierce community! 

MILTON SUMMER ENRICHMENT

I know so many of our students enjoy Milton Summer Enrichment each year, so mark your calendars because registration will begin next Thursday, May 5th at noon. Program Directors Caroline Morton and Ellen Lohan share that they are offering some really exciting new classes (Sensational Scientists, Upcycled Art, Actor’s Studio and more), as well as some old favorites like Tennis and Milton Summer Olympics. All details and sign up information can be found in the MSE 2022 Brochure. 

READY, SET…KINDERGARTEN!

We are excited to welcome the Class of 2035 to the Milton Public Schools!  By now you should have received your child’s school assignment.  If you have not yet received it please email the District’s Family Outreach Liaison, Marti O’Keefe McKenna at mmckenna@miltonps.org or call 617-980-7343.

We know sending your little one off to Kindergarten can be an exciting time that can also be stressful.  We have planned a variety of events to help you and your child with all the emotions that come with heading off to Kindergarten, not just for the student but for the adults as well.  Please visit MPS’ Ready, Set…Kindergarten!  to learn about all the events planned that will have you and your child excited and prepared for this new chapter.  

 

MILTON COMMUNITY SCHOOLS

Last week, Milton Community Schools hosted 62 students for April Vacation Camp. Students engaged in a variety of fun and educational activities. Thank you to our Vacation Camp staff for all their hard work to ensure the students had such a great experience. From African Drumming to making necklaces with our names in morse code, we did it all!

FAMILY RESOURCES

We want to make families aware that the Milton Coalition, along with their partners MPS, MPD and BID have decided to not renew their contract with Interface Referral Service.  This service provided free mental health referral services for all Milton residents.  While this was a difficult decision, after considering the use data and the dramatic rise in the fee they were going to charge, it was decided that this was the best way to move forward. 

Please visit our Family Resource Newsletter to find alternate valuable family support resources including Therapy Matcher, Compass Helpline, Quincy Family Resource Center (including Milton), Aspire Health Alliance and New Directions Counseling Center.

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 mmckenna@miltonps.org. All calls and emails are confidential.

SEPAC

SEPAC’s next meeting is tonight, April 28, 2022, from 6:30 – 8:30 pm.  Tonight’s meeting is a community speak meeting and we hope you can join us!  The meeting link is here: Zoom Link.

ATHLETICS

Please see below from MPS Athletic Director Ryan Madden. It’s been another great week for Milton High School Athletics!

First off, Jason Snow of the Patriot Ledger wrote an amazing article about our Crew Team, specifically the impact of Bradan O’Loughlin and Guled Adam. Both students “were voted the crew team’s two co-captains – the first two African American captains in the history of the program”. Check out the article on our Twitter Page, pinned at the top or at this link

Boys and Girls Tennis beat Braintree to start the week, and the Girls followed up with another win on Tuesday v Rockland! Catalina Abboud has been a rockstar at first singles, winning both her matches in the victories. She also won her matches 6-1 and 6-0 in the team’s 4-1 loss to Natick last night.

The Softball Team is now 4-1 after back-to-back wins over Braintree and Natick since the break. Alona Lynch pitched against Natick, and then hit a grand slam in the 3rd inning to give the Cats a lead they would never surrender!

Boys and Girls Lax both beat Braintree on Tuesday! Lucie Lloyd-Farber has been fantastic in net for the Girls’ Lacrosse Team while Ian Wick put on a shooting display against Braintree on the road, scoring 4 goals to help them to victory.

The Milton High School Student-Athlete Advisory will host their first community service project – “Cats Clean the Cage” – on Saturday, May 7th. All spring student-athletes and coaches will help clean up Brooks Field at noon on 5/7 in advance of the Banquet the following week. A thank you in advance to the Milton DPW and MHS Custodians for their help.

The Varsity Athletic Outdoor Celebration will take place on Saturday, May 14th at 10am at Brooks Field! All student-athletes receiving a Varsity Letter are invited! See attached for the flyer.

The MHS Boys Lacrosse team will be hosting a car wash on Saturday, May 7th from 9 am to noon at Cunningham School.

The MHS Girls Basketball team will be hosting a “Cans for Cats” can and bottle drive on Saturday, May 7th from 9 am to noon at Milton High School.

Thank you to John Gillooly for these terrific pictures of our MHS Track Teams!

 

COMMUNITY NEWS

Cleaning your home out of unused or expired prescription medication is an important way to keep them away from people who might be harmed by them. Don’t flush them! Bring them to the parking lot of the Milton Police Station on Saturday, April 30. The Milton Coalition, the Milton Health Department, and the Milton Police Department will be there collecting them so they can be disposed of safely. Can’t make it that day? There is a kiosk in the lobby of the Police Department that is available 24/7. 

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Join the community at “Let’s Celebrate our Kevin”, a fundraiser in memory of Milton resident Kevin Moore. Kevin was the son of Elaine Moore, who is a beloved member of the MHS Cafeteria staff and the family is holding a fundraiser to raise money for a Scholarship in Kevin’s name. Kevin died tragically in 2016 and a Scholarship was set up in his name shortly thereafter. Kevin was a kind-hearted, fun loving young man who enjoyed his family, his friends, and working with his hands. Kevin was a graduate of Blue Hills Tech and a budding electrician. Please join us as we raise money to support another student’s desire to work in the Trades. All details can be found here. 

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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. 

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The Milton Public Library’s calendar of May programs for kids can be found here. Join MPL in two very special upcoming events:

  • On Saturday, April 30 at 2:30pm, explore the world of robotics with Mad Science! Volunteers will demonstrate robotic devices and children get a chance to build a robot hand to take home. For Grades K-6.
  • On Saturday May 7  at 2:30pm join Ms. Tory for Create-A-Story: Kamishibai. Kamishibai, (kah-mee-she-bye) or “paper-theater,” is a form of Japanese street theater that was popular during the 1930s. During this program we will learn all about this visual form of storytelling, and you will get a chance to create your own Kamishibai play!

Sign up today for these programs here. To learn more and to register for programs for kids, teens, and adults, please visit the MPL website.

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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. 

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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 miltongreenup@gmail.com.  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!

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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. Many thanks to our Kindergarten T-shirt sponsors for their generous support of this programming!

Getting Ready for Kindergarten: Will your child be attending kindergarten in the fall? Do you wonder if your child is ready academically, socially, emotionally, or developmentally? Would you like to learn what you can do to make the transition easier for your child and your family? Then, this parent workshop is for you and is open to all parents/caregivers; your child will not need to attend Milton Public Schools to participate. We will be sharing many tips and helpful hints to make your child’s transition to kindergarten a smooth one. This workshop will be held virtually, via Zoom, from the comfort of your home on May 11th at 7:00 PM. Registration is required. Register and obtain the Zoom link and passcode here

Literacy Fun Through STEAM with the Easton Children’s Museum: Calling all future Scientists, Technologists, Engineers, Artists, and Mathematicians! Have loads of fun while enjoying a story and working together as a family on fun experiments. Activities will be age appropriate for children 3 to 7 years old with a parent or guardian. These programs will be co-facilitated by an Easton Children’s Museum Educator. All supplies and materials will be provided. We will be holding two sessions in person at Discovery Schoolhouse, 101 Blue Hills Parkway. Feel free to attend one or both! Registration is required and can be completed with the session links below. For families with multiple children planning to attend, please register each child separately. Many thanks to our Kindergarten T-shirt sponsors for their generous support of this program!

SUPERINTENDENT SHOUTOUT

Niles in action at the festival!

Tucker School is proud to share the success of Nile Hennick, Tucker 5th grader who was recently featured at the Boston Comics In Color Festival. In addition to this amazing opportunity, Nile was also previously the youngest-ever exhibitor at the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo. He is an active member of the Boston Comics Roundtable, and his comics can be purchased at Newtonville Books and The Million Year Picnic. Nile’s comics were a big hit at the event for the many Tucker and Milton families that were able to attend as well as many visitors from across Massachusetts! 

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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 a 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 and Human Resources Janet Sheehan, (617) 696- 4808/4809.

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April 13, 2022

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. 

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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.  

SCHOOL COMMITTEE 

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. 

Please refer to the District-Wide Calendar of Events for times and details on current events.  In addition, the 21-22 one page School Year Calendar can be found here. 

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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.

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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.

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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 jwhite@miltonps.org.

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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 info@miltonartcenter.org with questions.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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! 

FOOD SERVICE 

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.

FAMILY RESOURCES

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 rdunphy@baystatecs.org 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 kheffernan@baystatecs.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 mmckenna@miltonps.org. All calls and emails are confidential.

SEPAC

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 SEPACWe 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 miltongreenup@gmail.com.  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!

ATHLETICS

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. 

A beautiful day for a Unified Track Meet!

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.

 

COMMUNITY NEWS

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.

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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. 

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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. 

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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 

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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.

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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. 

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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 amalkimawi@gmail.com.

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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. 

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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. 

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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!

SUPERINTENDENT SHOUTOUT 

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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April 7, 2022

To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
From: James F. Jette
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: April 7, 2022

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

Tonight is a busy one in MPS and Milton! While we are pleased to have so much going on, it’s unfortunate when events fall on conflicting days. The good news is that in the age of zoom, some of these events are offered virtually and/or will be recorded. I hope you are able to attend one of the valuable events offered below.

  • The Milton Coalition is welcoming best-selling author Jessica Lahey TONIGHT, Thursday April 7, 7pm at Milton High School.  If you can’t make the in-person event, you can now live-stream it from your laptop or phone.  Register here and you will receive a link for presentation.  If you would like to come to the in-person event, but need childcare, the young people of Milton Youth Advocates for Change will be providing childcare at the high school.  Click here to find out more and to register.  To learn more about Jessica Lahey, go to www.milton-coalition.org.  Questions?  Email info@milton-coalition.org.
  • The SEPAC invites all MPS parents and guardians to a forum with the candidates for Milton School Committee on Thursday, April 7, 2022 from 6:30 to 8pm  An essential part of being an effective advocate is understanding the system and how policy is made and implemented. This is an opportunity to hear the candidates’ views on a range of issues that affect all children and families in the district. The forum will be held  via Zoom at this link.  The forum will be recorded and shared on the SEPAC website. We hope you can join us for what will be an informative evening. Please contact Jenny Sheehan, SEPAC co-chair, with any questions at jennycsheehan@gmail.com.
  • The Milton English Learners Parent Advisory Council (Milton ELPAC) will hold its next meeting TONIGHT, Thursday, April 7, at 8:00 pm on Zoom (at this link). On the agenda: summer classes for ELs and explanation of IEPs and 504 Plans.
  • Townwide Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan: Public Meeting on April 7: The Town of Milton is working with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) to a develop a town-wide plan that will lead to a safe, efficient, connected network of bicycle and pedestrian facilities. Making sure students and their families can safely walk, ride, and roll to school is an important part of the plan, so we hope you can attend a virtual public meeting on Thursday, April 7 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Please register at this link. Please contact Tim Czerwienski, Director of Planning and Community Development, if you have any questions.

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In honor of Educational Assistant Appreciation Day, I would like to recognize our Educational Assistants who support our students, teachers and families throughout MPS every day. As a parent or guardian, you may be less aware of these professionals in your child’s classroom, but all students benefit from the presence of our Educational Assistants and we are grateful for their contributions to our school community.

At last night’s School Committee meeting, I presented my choices for both the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Human Resources and the Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. You can watch the discussion about the process and the two candidates On Demand at Milton Access TV, under the Superintendent’s report. We are hopeful that Dr. Garth McKinney will be joining the district as Assistant Superintendent and Ms. Claire Galloway-Jones will accept the position of Director of DEI. As these appointments come to fruition, I look forward to formally introducing both of these outstanding educators to the MPS Community. 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE 

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 7 Milton ELPAC Meeting
  • Apr 7 Speaker Jessica Lahey 
  • Apr 8 Wildcat Fun Night
  • Apr 9 Milton Music Mattress Fundraiser
  • Apr 12 MHS Cabaret
  • Apr 15 Good Friday – No School 
  • Apr 18-22 April Recess
  • Apr 26 Town Elections
  • Apr 27 School Committee Reorganization Meeting 
  • May 2-6 Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week 

    2022-23 One Page School Year Calendar (Draft)

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. 

Please refer to the District-Wide Calendar of Events for times and details on current events.  In addition,  the 21-22 one page School Year Calendar can be found here. 

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Wildcat Fun Night! The MHS Softball Team is hosting a night of organized activities on April 8, 6:30-8:30pm for all Milton children grades K-5 in the MHS Fieldhouse. $10 per child, come join the fun! Raffles will be available and you can also support the team on their online store.

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The final MHS Cabaret of the year will be held on Tuesday, April 12th at 6:30 PM in the MHS Auditorium. Please come on out and support MHS Students in this talent packed evening of student led performances! A suggested donation of $5 at the door will benefit our Sponsor-A-Lesson Program. 

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The Milton Music Department’s Seventh Annual Mattress Fundraiser is this Saturday, April 9.

From 10am to 4pm, the Milton High School Auditorium will turn into a showroom for mattresses and more. We will have over 25 name brand mattresses on display, all at 30 to 50% off store prices. EVERY sale will benefit the Milton Music Department!

Additional items for sale include convertible bean bag chairs, pillows, weighted blankets, sheets and more. Financing and delivery are available. Please spread the word and join us this Saturday!

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Save the date for the Milton Foundation for Education Celebration on May 7 at 5pm! Get your tickets at this link tommorow! 

Join the fun with the Kentucky Derby Squares Raffle, on sale now. 

  • Each square cost $25.
  • Individuals can purchase as many squares as they wish.
  • Individuals’ names are randomly assigned to squares when purchased.
  • Horse numbers will be assigned to the grid randomly before the start of the race.
  • The winner will receive $1000 when the board is full. If the board is not full it will become a 50/50 raffle.

How to buy a square: Fill out the Google Form linked here with your name, email, phone and number of squares requested. An email will be sent with details on how to pay and the squares will be assigned. Good luck and thank you for your support of the MFE!

HEALTH AND SAFETY 

COVID Updates: Milton Public School has reported 51 new student cases and 4 staff cases to DPH for the reporting period March 31- April 6, 2022.  Six cases were reported from Cunningham, Collicot and Pierce middle school with Tucker reporting seven cases, Glover eighteen cases and Milton high school reporting eight.  This week’s data at MPS mirrors local community data which show an increase in reported cases. 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 through April 22.  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

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.

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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 or just scan the QR code below. Find a local clinic at this link. 

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

Thanks to MHS Sophomore Kyla Miller for sharing the paragraph below about a field trip to MIT this week.

Students in the MHS computer science program took a field trip to MIT to attend the UAT High School Conference on Tuesday, April 5. MHS students watched MIT students perform short 10 minute Ted-Talk like presentations on computer and electrical engineering. A fan favorite among students was the “How Bees Can Teach Us About Optimization” presentation which taught students how to optimize resource distribution problems using honeybees. Another favorite was the “Cake Cutting for Selfish People” presentation with the basic principles of “I cut, You choose” which talked about game theory and how to be the ultimate peacemaker within society. Overall the students had a great time visiting MIT and engaging with over 60 presentations.

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On Tuesday, April 5 the Milton High School and Pierce Jazz Ensembles performed at the first Spring Jazz Night since 2019! The Milton Public Schools Jazz Program consists of students that meet outside of the school day, either before or after school. The evening included performances by the MHS Saxophone Quartet and the MHS Little Big Band which are student run ensembles led by senior Max Hollingsworth-Hays, Pierce Middle School Jazz Band and Milton High School Jazz 2 and Jazz Ensemble. The evening culminated in a performance by the combined Pierce and Milton High Jazz Students performing “Second Line” a traditional closing to our Jazz Night Concerts.

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After School Enrichment is looking for Counselors 16 and up to join our team. We are looking for candidates that enjoy working with children, are responsible and are willing to learn and follow the program expectations. All details can be found here. Interested? Please Contact Angie Van Allen, CIT Coordinator at avanallen@miltonps.org.

Work at MSE this summer!  Spend July working as a Red Shirt at MSE, all details are here. ALL applications are due by April 12th at 3 pm. Late applications will not be considered. Please note the following guidelines for qualification and process of acceptance as a Red Shirt Volunteer or Paid staff member. All guidelines and the link to apply are here. You must use your student email address to apply.

PIERCE PAGES

The Pierce Faculty-Student Annual Basketball game last week was a big success! Thank you to all who attended and cheered our teams on! 

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS 

In February, Collicot K-2 classes enjoyed a visit with author Antwan Eady, author of Nigel and the Moon. During his visit, Mr. Eady read us his story and shared a little about all the things he wanted to be when he was a child. After his visit, Ms.Tran’s and Ms. Lopez’s classes wrote Antwan letters to thank him for sharing his story with us. The students also had the opportunity to share what they want to be when they grow up, or ask the author a question in their letter. This week, Antwan posted on his instagram that he received our student’s letters and that “each letter brought [him] to tears”.

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Last week, our the Glover “Gotta Have Sole” 4th and 5th grade Student Leadership Team, mentored by Mrs. Kates, counted the money that was donated to our second annual Gotta Have Sole drive. The grand total? $800! Students also counted the donated socks (500!) and the personalized cards (600!) that were beautifully decorated and created by our amazing Glover Kids to accompany the shoes!. Finally, our student leaders counted just over 250 cans of donated soup. Way to go, Glover Community!

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4th grade Collicot students have been observing terrestrial organisms, mealworms, in the classroom . They set up a mealworm environment at two temperatures and observe the life cycle over time. Students also considered the question: How do mealworm structures and behaviors help them grow and survive? Students enjoyed making observations about mealworms and recording observations and scientific drawings in their science notebooks. Some students were more enthusiastic than others to be working with their insects, as you can see from faces in the pictures! Students will continue to observe these mealworms in their classrooms over the next few weeks and are excited to see changes as the life cycle progresses.

 

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Good luck to our 5th graders  – Kehdary Noel, Carter Kahn, Violet Shue, Ben Nass, Zeke Leary, Luke Powers, Catheline Daniel, Eloise Martland, Ellis Lim, Danica Carino – who are  competing in the Future Problem Solvers State Bowl this weekend! We know you will crush it!

TECHNOLOGY

Join the Elementary Digital Citizenship Team: The saying goes that it takes a village to raise a child, but when that saying was first said, that village probably didn’t have WiFi. There’s also a good chance the people in that village weren’t too concerned with Instagram captions and when too much screen time is becoming a problem. 

Milton Public Schools is looking to bring together elementary family members who are passionate about digital citizenship to discuss how we, the Milton community, can support each other to raise healthy digital citizens. Topics of discussion may include but will not be limited to: the pitfalls of social media, ways to monitor social media accounts and internet use at home, and identify strategies on how families can help raise healthy students who live in this constantly changing digital world.

If you are interested in joining the Elementary Digital Citizenship Team, please complete this short Google Form.

 

MILTON COMMUNITY SCHOOLS

Both programs for April Vacation Camp and Camp Cunningham have reached capacity. We look forward to April Vacation and some summer fun! In the meantime, as you can see below, we are currently enjoying a lot of fun activities at our ASE/ESAP programs.

ART AND MUSIC

Do you have instruments that are no longer used at your home? Please consider donating them to the Milton Music Department! MHS’s chapter of the Tri-M Music Honor Society is holding an instrument drive to collect new or used instruments for use within music programs across the district. We are especially interested in guitars, electric basses, hand drums/percussion instruments, and traditional band & orchestral instruments. Please only donate instruments that are in playable condition or reach out to Ms. Hanna (jhanna@miltonps.org) to discuss special situations. We are unfortunately not able to accept pianos.

If you have an instrument in playable condition that you’d like to donate, you may drop them off at the MHS main entrance on Saturday 4/9 – 12:00-4:00 PM (FAME Mattress Fundraiser). If you have any questions or need to arrange an alternate drop-off time, please reach out to Tri-M Faculty Advisor, Julia Hanna at jhanna@miltonps.org.

ATHLETICS

Please see below from MPS Athletic Director Ryan Madden.

Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak in March 2020, we awarded two students a Student-Athlete of the Month Award. I am happy to announce we are bringing that back. We have two very worthy sophomore winners for February/March!

Lila Chamoun, Sophomore, Girls’ Hockey

  • The girls varsity hockey team won four games in the month of February, with Lila Chamoun leading the way in goal. She recorded 3 shutouts (2-0 against Wakefield, 1-0 against Newton, 2-0 against Weymouth) and also had a 2-1 victory over Walpole in overtime. She made 8 total starts during the month of February, facing 257 shots on net with a .930 save percentage. In three of the eight games, she had 40+ saves. Lila was named Bay State Conference All Star as a Sophomore!

Mason Pellegri, Sophomore, Wrestling

  • Mason finished 34-3 in the regular season. Teams would constantly game plan to avoid Mason on the mat. He finished as the D2 Central Sectional Champion and then went on to win the Division II State Championship! He is Milton’s First State Champion since 2000! Mason also finished 3rd at All-States the following weekend and was named the MVP of the Herget Division in the Bay State Conference!. “Mason is a leader, works incredibly hard, a great teammate and ambassador to the sport. A pleasure to coach and to be around and an honor roll student” – Coach Carroll.

More congrats are in order for our Winter Bay State Conference All-Stars!

  • Track: Mia Jilani, Sophomore; 
  • Hockey: Lila Chamoun, Sophomore; Ryan Dexter, Senior; Joe Pender, Senior; Jimmy Fallon, Junior
  • Wrestling: Mason Pellegri, Sophomore – MVP; Alex Paxhia, Senior

A beautiful night on Brooks Field.

Cheer and Ski will be announced when they are released.

Our Spring Season is fully underway and we have had a great start! Girls Lacrosse is 2-0 after beating Brookline and Fontbonne on Monday and Tuesday! Boys Lacrosse started their season on the road against Boston Latin School, picking up a 9-5 win! Baseball lost a tight game to Austin Prep 1-0, with some excellent pitching on display from two of the best high school pitchers in the State. Boys Tennis beat Dedham and Weymouth to start their season 2-0 as well. Check out our Twitter (@MHS_Wildcats_) for updates and the Athletics website for any and all information!

A big shoutout to Keyon Jones, MHS ’15 for signing his first professional contract to play Basketball in the Ivory Coast! Keyon was part of the New Mexico State Men’s Basketball Program that qualified for the NCAA Mens’ Basketball Tournament in 2018-19. As a Junior at Milton High School, Keyon guided the 12-8 Wildcats to a South Sectional Title in 2014. As an Aggie, Keyon helped guide his team to a regular season, WAC Title, and 2nd straight NCAA Tournament Berth. Congratulations to Keyon and best of luck in the Ivory Coast!

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.

Finally, the MHS Rugby team will be hosting the first Car Wash of the spring season from 9 am to noon on Saturday, April 9th at Cunningham School.

 

COMMUNITY NEWS

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 
  • School Committee – Date TBD

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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. 

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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 neighbor 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 amalkimawi@gmail.com

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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 miltongreenup@gmail.com.  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!

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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. 

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Milton Parks and Recreation has a new program registration platform and all Spring and Summer program registration will take place on our new platform,  Civic Rec. Setting up an account only takes a few minutes so don’t delay. Set up your new account at this link. 

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Milton Youth Football and Cheer is hosting a Punt, Pass, Kick Competition and Cheer Clinic on Saturday, April 9 at Brooks Field, from 5-7 pm. $10 per athlete, register at the gate or in advance. Scan the QR code below for details.

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Challenger Baseball is back! The Challenger Division is a division of Little League of America that enables boys and girls with physical and mental challenges, aged 5-18 , or up to age 22 (if still enrolled in high school), to enjoy the game of baseball along with the millions of other children who participate in this sport worldwide. Challenger is open to all Milton Residents. Registration and details can be found at this link. 

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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. 

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In the Blue Hills, Brookwood Community Farm has farm shares (CSA) available. Accessible shares of fresh produce can be obtained in a few different ways. 

  • Discounted/funded shares
  • SNAP/HIP shares 
  • Volunteer on Tuesday or Thursday afternoons, late May through mid November and go home with that week’s share of produce. 

For more information on please send an email to president@brookwoodcommunityfarm.org.

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The Milton Public Library’s calendar of April programs for kids can be found here.

Superheroes unite! Join Ms. Tory in the Story Hour Room all day today, April 7th, for superhero themed activities like: craft your own masks, create a popsicle stick superhero, and design your own comic strip. This program is a drop-in activity for ages 3-12; no registration required. 

Reserve a table today for our Book Tasting in the Storyhour Room on Saturday, April 9th at 2:30pm! Browse a menu of carefully selected reading material, order some deliciously fun books to sample, and hopefully take home a doggy bag of your next favorite read! For ages 6+, fun for the whole family. Book your timed reservation at http://www.eventkeeper.com/mars/xpages/m/miltonpl/ek.cfm.

To learn more and to register for programs for kids, teens, and adults, please visit the MPL website.

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The Milton Early Childhood Association shares their spring newsletter here. There are many programs for young children and their families offered.

Check out a StoryWalks® Around Town! Many thanks to our translators, Marianne LeBigot and Yalennys Velazquez.

  • Trailside Museum – Listen for the peepers, stroll around the outdoor grounds, visit with some animals, and read a terrific children’s story along the way! We’ve posted a children’s story on the outdoor fencing of the Trailside Museum’s grounds for your family to enjoy. The outdoor grounds and exhibits at the Blue Hills Trailside Museum, located at 1904 Canton Avenue, are open daily 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
  • Milton Cemetery – Look for blossoms on the ground or falling from the trees, visit the duck pond on the grounds of beautiful Milton Cemetery and Arboretum, and enjoy a children’s story in a peaceful setting! We’ve posted a StoryWalk® at the duck pond in Milton Cemetery and Arboretum, located at 211 Centre Street, open seven days a week, 8:00 AM until sunset. THIS IS A TRILINGUAL STORY WALK IN FRENCH, SPANISH and ENGLISH!

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March 31, 2022

To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
From: James F. Jette
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: March 31, 2022

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

During this school year, we’ve experienced tragic loss in our Milton community and within our MPS faculty and staff family. Each of these losses is incredibly impactful as our lost loved ones leave gaping holes that cannot be filled. During these times of tremendous sadness, our community continues to come together to support one another with compassion and empathy. We know that each person travels their own path of grief and our encompassing goal at MPS is to give support and comfort when needed while also recognizing that the structured routine of school helps provide a safe haven for many students and staff. I am forever grateful to the Milton and MPS community for their overwhelming support and care for the families and staff who have experienced overwhelming loss during this school year especially, but also throughout my time at MPS. 
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Superintendent Jette, Laya, Aline, and Principal Concannon.


This week I received an email from Collicot parent Serene Hamsho, sharing a video made by her kindergarten daughter Aline Al Assad. The holy month of Ramadan is approaching and with her mother’s editing help, Aline made a video sharing what Ramadan means to her. Over two billion Muslims in the US and around the world observe Ramadan, which this year begins the night of April 1st and ends on May 1st with Eid Al-Fitr festival celebration. During this time, adults and abled ones fast from sunrise to sunset. Ramadan is the most sacred month of the Islamic lunar calendar and is a season of reflection, prayer, charity, and community.Ms. Hamsho shared that Aline and her older sister Laya eagerly wait for the holy month to share more about their culture and identity with their friends. Aline’s message about Ramadan is aligned with our work around promoting a sense of belonging and acknowledging holidays that may not be a day off in MPS but are celebrated by families and MPS staff in our community. We encourage families to share about holidays they celebrate, please reach out to your principal and/or to me if you would like to do so. You don’t have to make a video (although you would be welcome to), a short paragraph or links to resources would also be a wonderful way to inform our community.  Passover, Easter and Orthodox Easter are just around the corner and it would be great for our community to learn more about these holidays.

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On Monday I was pleased to attend a workshop about Cyber Security, sponsored by State Senator Walter Timilty. I attended the workshop with Interim Town Administrator Annemarie Fagan, Select Board member Arthur Doyle, MPS Director of Technology Bob Pattinson and Town Technology Assistant Rob Mallet and together we learned about the resources and security assessments offered by the Massachusetts National Guard. In collaboration with the Town of Milton, we look forward to taking advantage of the services and support offered to enhance our cyber security at the Milton Public Schools.

Finally, thanks to Joe, James, Nolan, Henry and Theo for spending a few minutes with me Monday morning at Glover catching up and talking about March Madness. I enjoyed our chat and I hope you all enjoy some great Final Four basketball this weekend! 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE 

The next School Committee meeting is Wednesday, April 6, 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.

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The Milton School Committee invites all to participate in the Open Public Hearing to discuss all matters relating to the proposed 2022-2023 Fiscal Budget. 

  • Wednesday, April 6, 2022 at 6:30pm
  • Via Zoom;Passcode: 168556; Webinar ID: 811 8269 8756


If you are unable to participate, please feel free to email comments/questions to the Milton School Committee at schoolcommittee@miltonps.org.

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES 

  • Apr 5 Spring Jazz Night
  • Apr 6 Milton School Committee (Budget Hearing)
  • Apr 7 Early Release Grades K-12 PD Day
  • Apr 7 Milton ELPAC Meeting
  • Apr 8 Wildcat Fun Night
  • Apr 9 Milton Music Mattress Fundraiser
  • Apr 12 MHS Cabaret
  • Apr 15 Good Friday – No School 
  • Apr 18-22 April Recess
  • Apr 26 Town Elections
  • May 2-6 Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week 

    2022-23 One Page School Year Calendar (Draft)

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. 

Please refer to the District-Wide Calendar of Events for times and details on current events.  In addition,  the 21-22 one page School Year Calendar can be found here. (Updated to reflect the February 4 snow day)

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From The Milton Coalition: We are thrilled to have best-selling author Jessica Lahey speaking at Milton High School on Thurs. April 7, 7pm. If you can’t make the in-person event, you can now live-stream it from your laptop or phone. Register here and you will receive a link for the presentation.

If you would like to come to the in-person event, but need childcare, the young people of Milton Youth Advocates for Change will be providing childcare at the high school. Click here to find out more and to register. Books will be available in the lobby from The Frugal Bookstore. Frugal Bookstore Inc. 

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The Milton English Learners Parent Advisory Council (Milton ELPAC) will hold its next meeting on Thursday, April 7, at 8:00 pm on Zoom (at this link). On the agenda: summer classes for ELs and explanation of IEPs and 504 Plans. Hope to see you there!

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Wildcat Fun Night! The MHS Softball Team is hosting a night of organized activities on April 8, 6:30-8:30pm for all Milton children grades K-5 in the MHS Fieldhouse. $10 per child, come join the fun! Raffles will be available and you can also support the team on their online store.

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The Music Department’s Mattress Sale is just one week away, on April 9 from 10am-4pm in the MHS Auditorium!

The pandemic has had a major impact on fundraising the last 2 years, and we are counting on this event to fund music programming, scholarships, awards, festival fees and more! Even if you aren’t in the market at this time, PLEASE spread the word to friends, family, and neighbors. Students will earn money for each referral, and it all goes towards Milton Music Programming. 

This is our 7th Mattress Fundraiser, and everyone has had great things to say about the prices and quality of the items. Demo mattresses will be available to test, and orders will be delivered right to your home. In addition, there will be Nest chairs, body massage products, pillows, weighted blankets, sheets and more. 

These manufacturers will all be 30-50% off retail: Simmons, Therapedic, Comfortaire (Sleep Number), Wellsville Gel, Infinity Body Massage Products, CordaRoy Convertible chairs, NEST chairs, and footstools, BlanQuil Weighted Blankets, Malouf adjustable bases, PureCare sheets, protectors, and duvets.

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Save the date for the Milton Foundation for Education Celebration on May 7 at 5pm! Join the fun with the Kentucky Derby Squares Raffle, on sale now. 

  • Each square cost $25.
  • Individuals can purchase as many squares as they wish.
  • Individuals’ names are randomly assigned to squares when purchased.
  • Horse numbers will be assigned to the grid randomly before the start of the race.
  • The winner will receive $1000 when the board is full. If the board is not full it will become a 50/50 raffle.

How to buy a square: Fill out the Google Form linked here with your name, email, phone and number of squares requested. An email will be sent with details on how to pay and the squares will be assigned. Good luck and thank you for your support of the MFE!

HEALTH AND SAFETY 

We will continue to provide a weekly summary of COVID cases affecting our schools as reported to DESE in the Superintendent’s blog.  This week’s report was from 3/24-3/31 and MPS reported 5 staff and 28 students as COVID positive (PMS-2, MHS- 5, Cunn- 1, Col- 8, Glover-6, Tucker-6).  For families or faculty/staff who wish to opt-in for rapid antigen testing kits, please submit this  Opt-In Form for each student to your school nurse. 

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

Students in Ms. Redding’s chemistry classes are currently studying electron structure and the periodic table. In the pictures below, students are engaging in the flame test lab where they burn various chemicals in order to analyze the colors of the wavelengths of light produced.

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There are some terrific part time job opportunities this spring and summer at MPS for students! 

School year: Work after school at K-5 After School Enrichment! 

  • ASE is looking for Counselors 16 and up to join our team. We are looking for candidates that enjoy working with children, are responsible and are willing to learn and follow the program expectations. All details can be found here. Interested? Please Contact Angie Van Allen, CIT Coordinator at avanallen@miltonps.org.

Summer: Work at MSE this summer!

  • Spend July working as Red Shirt at MSE, all details are here. ALL applications are due by April 12th at 3 pm. Late applications will not be considered. Please note the following guidelines for qualification and process of acceptance as a Red Shirt Volunteer or Paid staff member. All guidelines and the link to apply are here. You must use your student email address to apply.

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MHS volunteer opportunity: Brookwood Community Farm is getting the season started with some cleanup! 2-4 people are needed Saturday, April 2 from 9-11 am to move 30 wooden pallets and do other chores to get the farm ready for planting. All interested students should send an email to president@brookwoodcommunityfarm.org and get a confirmation email in return. More needs will be posted in the coming weeks including working at the Seedling Sale May 7 & 8. Please bring your volunteer sheets to be signed on the day of your volunteering. Thank you for volunteering at Brookwood Community Farm!

PIERCE PAGES

Throughout the month of March, connection time groups at Pierce participated in a door decorating contest to celebrate Women’s History Month. Throughout the month, students learned about Women’s History Month, conducted research on the accomplishments of women in history, science, sports, and pop culture, and then decorated classroom doors to show and celebrate what they learned.

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS 

Join the Elementary Digital Citizenship Team: The saying goes that it takes a village to raise a child, but when that saying was first said, that village probably didn’t have WiFi. There’s also a good chance the people in that village weren’t too concerned with Instagram captions and when too much screen time is becoming a problem. 

Milton Public Schools is looking to bring together elementary family members who are passionate about digital citizenship to discuss how we, the Milton community, can support each other to raise healthy digital citizens. Topics of discussion may include but will not be limited to: the pitfalls of social media, ways to monitor social media accounts and internet use at home, and identify strategies on how families can help raise healthy students who live in this constantly changing digital world.

If you are interested in joining the Elementary Digital Citizenship Team, please complete this short Google Form.

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During Women’s History Month, Cunningham 5th graders researched women activists,  learning about their lives, accomplishments, and challenges. Students made posters celebrating the activists’ lives, and they included biographical information, life lessons they learned, important quotes, and more. These projects prompted terrific discussions among our students generating more questions and research.

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In honor of Women’s History Month, Tucker 3rd grade teacher Mme. Vendette teamed up with  Art teacher Ms. Gillooly to help their students highlight some amazing women both in history and today. 3rd grade students chose one amazing woman they wanted to learn more about. They did research on their chosen woman leader to prepare an oral biography presentation as part of their social studies class. In Art class, the students worked on painting large portraits of their person in order to celebrate them, and feature what they admire about them.They focused on proportion of the face, and mixing and blending skin colors.

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Meet the Artist returns to Collicot School! Collicot students and staff are thrilled to welcome family volunteers back into the building. Meet the Artist has been a huge success in our classrooms. Families presented fabulously the first painter of the MTA program, Henri Matisse. Students enjoyed learning about the life of Henri Matisse and creating their own art work in his style.

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Tucker preschoolers in Ms. Nicole Davis’ class recently read about Amelia Earhart and discussed what it means to be persistent and follow your dreams, even when people say you won’t be able to do it. Then they made airplanes to remember her story. They also learned about famous women with disabilities, like Dr. Temple Grandin. They practiced doing mazes, because that’s what her cow herding creations looked like. Finally, they learned a little more about autism, with Julia from Sesame Street.

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This month Glover highlighted many amazing individuals through videos, lessons, read-alouds, and morning announcements. Students learned about Michelle Obama, Madeline Albright,  Mahalia Jackson,  Erin Jackson,  Ketanji Brown Jackson,  Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Misty Copeland, Venus and Serena Williams Ella Fitzgerald and many more. 

Glover had students present to the school via the morning announcements about women’s rights (linked here) and used this brief video to kick it all off.

 

MILTON COMMUNITY SCHOOLS

Both April Vacation Camp and Camp Cunningham have reached capacity. MCS would like to thank everyone for their patience as we worked through registrations. We look forward to April Vacation and this summer!

We are happy to share that Milton ASE’s Ja Shin Do Karate program is back! Students engage in stretching, conditioning and defensive tactics as well as learn and practice the martial art of Ja Shin Do. The course develops the Five Ss of Ja Shin Do: Self Discipline, Self Respect, Self Esteem, Self Control, Self Confidence. 

FOOD SERVICE

SEPAC

The SEPAC invites all MPS parents and guardians to a forum with the candidates for Milton School Committee. An essential part of being an effective advocate is understanding the system and how policy is made and implemented. This is an opportunity to hear the candidates’ views on a range of issues that affect all children and families in the district.

The forum will be held on Thursday, April 7, 2022 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. via Zoom at this link.  We hope you can join us for what will be an informative evening. Please contact Jenny Sheehan, SEPAC co-chair, with any questions at jennycsheehan@gmail.com.

ART AND MUSIC

Music In Our Schools Month hosted events that have taken place throughout this month in our schools and we have a few more on the horizon. Thank you for all the support and enthusiastic attendance that make our programs successful for our students!

  • MPS Music Faculty attending All State Conference
  • MHS Students participating in All State Festival
  • Strings concert (Watch the video here) 
  • Band concert (Watch the video here)
  • Chorus concert (Watch the video here)
  • Students participating in SEMSBA
  • Tri-M Instrument Drive – Ongoing 
  • Upcoming events – Jazz Night and FAME Mattress Fundraiser

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Do you have instruments that are no longer used at your home? Please consider donating them to the Milton Music Department! MHS’s chapter of the Tri-M Music Honor Society is holding an instrument drive to collect new or used instruments for use within music programs across the district. We are especially interested in guitars, electric basses, hand drums/percussion instruments, and traditional band & orchestral instruments. Please only donate instruments that are in playable condition or reach out to Ms. Hanna (jhanna@miltonps.org) to discuss special situations. We are unfortunately not able to accept pianos.

If you have an instrument in playable condition that you’d like to donate, you may drop them off at the MHS main entrance on Saturday 4/9 – 12:00-4:00 PM (FAME Mattress Fundraiser). If you have any questions or need to arrange an alternate drop-off time, please reach out to Tri-M Faculty Advisor, Julia Hanna at jhanna@miltonps.org.

ATHLETICS

Spring Sports are now underway and you can find schedules at this link.

 

COMMUNITY NEWS

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
  • Monday April 11 at 7pm School Committee
  • Tuesday, April 19 at  7pm Select Board 

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Pierce Debate Coach Colin Faherty shares this opportunity for 4th-10th grade students. This summer, Lumos Debate is offering courses in public speaking and debate in Milton. Students in grades four through ten can enroll in fun and educational programs with experienced counselors. Give your child the opportunity to meet new friends, develop critical thinking skills, and practice their public speaking in a fun, low-pressure learning environment!

Lumos teaches debate through fun games and activities that students love. And the instructors are friendly, warm, and great at making public speaking exciting! Choose your dates and register now at LumosDebate.com

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There is a Girls STEM Summit In October 2022 for students in grades 8-12. Students will meet female STEM experts; attend stimulating career track sessions, hear an inspirational keynote speech by a female leader in a STEM field, be exposed to STEM industries and career options by joining four featured career tracks and hear best practices for applying to colleges with STEM degree programs. All details on the summit can be found here. 

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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. 

Katie’s impact surrounds us all—in her beautiful children, in her advocacy, in the lives of other patients who have gained strength from her, in the innovative research that is currently happening thanks in part to the money that she raised. Her impact and contributions will continue to inspire an untold number of future runners. 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. 

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Milton Parks and Recreation has a new program registration platform and all Spring and Summer program registration will take place on our new platform,  Civic Rec. Setting up an account only takes a few minutes so don’t delay. Set up your new account at this link. 

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Chess-a-palooza will take place on Saturday, April 9 at 10 am. Please join us for a fun and friendly chess tournament with International Master David Vigorito. Four round Swiss-style tournament – every player plays all four rounds. Players of all abilities are welcome. All details can be found on www.chesskid.com. Full rules and regulations and registration can be found here.

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MHS Student Reilly Bergin is running a Socks and Underwear Drive to benefit Cradles to Crayons. All details of this great community drive are below. 

  • When: Monday, April 4th thru Friday, April 8th
  • Where: Lobby of the Milton Public Library
  • Who: You! Together we can help others in our community.
  • What: NEW underwear and socks- sizes newborn to youth
    large (10-12)
  • Why: To help clothing insecure children across our home state of Massachusetts!

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Challenger Baseball is back! The Challenger Division is a division of Little League of America that enables boys and girls with physical and mental challenges, aged 5-18 , or up to age 22 (if still enrolled in high school), to enjoy the game of baseball along with the millions of other children who participate in this sport worldwide. Challenger is open to all Milton Residents. Registration and details can be found at this link. 

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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. 

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Townwide Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan: Public Meeting on April 7: The Town of Milton is working with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) to a develop a town-wide plan that will lead to a safe, efficient, connected network of bicycle and pedestrian facilities. Making sure students and their families can safely walk, ride, and roll to school is an important part of the plan, so we hope you can attend a virtual public meeting on Thursday, April 7 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Please register at this link. Please contact Tim Czerwienski, Director of Planning and Community Development, if you have any questions.

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In the Blue Hills, Brookwood Community Farm has farm shares (CSA) available. Accessible shares of fresh produce can be obtained in a few different ways. 

  • Discounted/funded shares
  • SNAP/HIP shares 
  • Volunteer on Tuesday or Thursday afternoons, late May through mid November and go home with that week’s share of produce. 

For more information on please send an email to president@brookwoodcommunityfarm.org.

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The Milton Public Library’s calendar of April programs for kids can be found here.

Put on your PJs, grab your favorite stuffed animal, and join us for a Zoom Bedtime Concert with special guest performer Elijah T. Grasshopper & Friends on Wednesday, April 6 at 6:30pm! For ages 2-8. Sign up today at this link. 

Reserve a table today for our Book Tasting in the Storyhour Room on Saturday, April 9th at 2:30pm! Browse a menu of carefully selected reading material, order some deliciously fun books to sample, and hopefully take home a doggy bag of your next favorite read! For ages 6+, fun for the whole family. Book your timed reservation here. 

Sign up today for these programs on the library website.  To learn more and to register for all programs for kids, teens, and adults, please visit the MPL website.

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March 24, 2020

To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
From: James F. Jette
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: March 24, 2022

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

On Monday, March 21 (3/21) we celebrated World Down Syndrome Day in the Milton Public Schools. 3/21 represents trisomy 21, the medical term for Down Syndrome, which is the third replication of the 21st chromosome. On Monday, many students and staff participated in Rock Your Socks as part of the celebration. Socks are worn because the karyotype of DS chromosomes actually looks like mismatched socks. The silly socks serve as a conversation starter for people to ask questions and to remind them that while things may be different they are still wonderful. In addition to bringing awareness and acceptance of Down Syndrome, this day provides the opportunity to celebrate people with Down Syndrome and all the wonderful contributions they make to society. 

One of our Glover teachers was featured on a WHDH news story in conjunction with World Down Syndrome Day this week. You can watch the wonderful, positive story about Ms. Renehan and her best friend Jessie Hankard here. Jessie and Ms. Renehan also shared a video with the Glover community that you can watch here. We are grateful to them for sharing their love for each other with our community!

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This week we also celebrated Crossing Guard Appreciation Day. Thank you to our Crossing Guards who keep our students and staff safe every day, no matter the traffic and weather. We are grateful to them! 

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Assistant Superintendent Finalists Public Introduction: Tonight, Thursday, March 24 , at 6:45 pm we will be hosting a public introduction of the two finalists for the position of Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Human Resources.  Questions will be asked by members of the Milton School Committee and the Administration and we hope you are able to join us to learn about the candidates for this important position. Please click this link to join the webinar. Webinar ID: 972 5089 8192
 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE 

The next School Committee meeting is Wednesday, April 6, 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.

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The Milton School Committee invites all to participate in the Open Public Hearing to discuss all matters relating to the proposed 2022-2023 Fiscal Budget. 

  • Wednesday, April 6, 2022 at 6:30pm
  • Via Zoom;Passcode: 168556; Webinar ID: 811 8269 8756


If you are unable to participate, please feel free to email comments/questions to the Milton School Committee at schoolcommittee@miltonps.org.

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES 

  • Mar 24, 25 Forums on Restorative Justice in MPS
  • Apr 5 Spring Jazz Night
  • Apr 6 Milton School Committee (Budget Hearing)
  • Apr 7 Early Release Grades K-12 PD Day
  • Apr 8 Wildcat Fun Night
  • Apr 12 MHS Cabaret
  • Apr 15 Good Friday – No School 
  • April 18-22 April Recess

    2022-23 One Page School Year Calendar (Draft)

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. 

Please refer to the District-Wide Calendar of Events for times and details on current events.  In addition,  the 21-22 one page School Year Calendar can be found here. (Updated to reflect the February 4 snow day)

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There are still two in person sessions (tonight, March 24 at 6:30pm and March 25 at noon) to learn about Restorative Justice in the Milton Public Schools.  Restorative Justice is an approach, mindset, and flexible set of practices that put relationships and connection at the heart of a community. All parents and guardians from our Pre-K to 12 schools are invited to meet MPS’s new district-wide Restorative Justice Coach, Adina Schecter, to learn more about how this approach can create transformational change in our school district. Please sign up for the session you will attend so we can plan accordingly. All details and the sign up can be found here. 

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Wildcat Fun Night! The MHS Softball Team is hosting a night of organized activities on April 8, 6:30-8:30pm for all Milton children grades K-5 in the MHS Fieldhouse. $10 per child, come join the fun! Raffles will be available and you can also support the team on their online store.

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From the Milton Coalition: On April 7th  at 7pm in the Milton High School auditorium, join us as we hear from NY Times best-selling author, Jessica Lahey. She brings her years of expertise as an educator and personal experience with addiction to the table as she talks about parenting and how to have conversations with children — from preschool to young adulthood – about all sorts of difficult topics including drugs and alcohol. Jessica Lahey will provide concrete skills and examples that parents can put into practice today that will help foster resilience and a trusting parent–child relationship that can keep kids safe. Local bookseller, Frugal Bookstore, will be selling Jessica Lahey’s books in the lobby before and after the presentation.

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Save the date for the Milton Foundation for Education Celebration on May 7 at 5pm! Join the fun with the Kentucky Derby Squares Raffle, on sale now. 

  • Each square cost $25.
  • Individuals can purchase as many squares as they wish.
  • Individuals’ names are randomly assigned to squares when purchased.
  • Horse numbers will be assigned to the grid randomly before the start of the race.
  • The winner will receive $1000 when the board is full. If the board is not full it will become a 50/50 raffle.

How to buy a square: Fill out the Google Form linked here with your name, email, phone and number of squares requested. An email will be sent with details on how to pay and the squares will be assigned. Good luck and thank you for your support of the MFE!

HEALTH AND SAFETY 

A Covid vaccine clinic will be held on Saturday, March 26 from 11am-2pm at Pierce Middle School. We are partnering with the Department of Public Health to host school vaccination clinics for eligible children ages 5 and up. There are still 2nd dose appointments for both  5-11 year olds and 12+ and boosters available . All details and registration information can be found at this link. At the March 5 clinic, 66 total vaccines were administered. 

We will continue to provide a weekly summary of COVID cases affecting our schools as reported to DESE in the Superintendent’s blog.  This week’s report was from 3/16-3/23 and MPS reported 6 staff and 15 students as COVID positive. For families or faculty/staff who wish to opt-in for rapid antigen testing kits, please submit this  Opt-In Form for each student to your school nurse. 

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

There are some terrific part time job opportunities this spring and summer at MPS for students! 

School year: Work after school at K-5 After School Enrichment! 

  • ASE is looking for Counselors 16 and up to join our team. We are looking for candidates that enjoy working with children, are responsible and are willing to learn and follow the program expectations. All details can be found here. Interested? Please Contact Angie Van Allen, CIT Coordinator at avanallen@miltonps.org.

Calling all Red Shirts!

Summer: Work at MSE this summer!

  • Spend July working as Red Shirt at MSE, all details are here. ALL applications are due by April 12th at 3 pm. Late applications will not be considered. Please note the following guidelines for qualification and process of acceptance as a Red Shirt Volunteer or Paid staff member. All guidelines and the link to apply are here. You must use your student email address to apply.

PIERCE PAGES

Congratulations to the Pierce Debate Team!

On March 19, the Pierce Middle School Debate Team participated in the Lumos March Invitational Debate Tournament. Students debated whether or not the United States should lower the voting age for future elections and used the Public Forum Debate format to discuss the positive and negative consequences of lowering the voting age.

Isabella Alba, Tess Carroll, Adam Cheairs, John Griffin, Nailah Hazelwood, Penelope Jain, Avery Squiciarino, and Emily Vogel competed in this tournament and Adam, Isabella, Emily, Nailah, and Penelope received Speaker Awards after earning distinguished scores in debate rounds. Tess and Avery were awarded 3rd 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 April.

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS 

Ms. Bernini shares that Collicot adaptive art students recently made these fabulous ceramic sculptures inspired by the book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Students began by rolling a slab of clay to an “oreo stuffing” thickness. Then, students traced a leaf template and placed the clay into a bowl to form a curved shape. With the extra clay, students made beads by rolling “grape” sized clay between their hands and poking a hole through the ball of clay with a wooden dowel. After the pieces were dried and fired in the kiln, students added color. They used an oil resist technique to color the leaf by adding a layer of crayon and oil pastel first and then green watercolor on top. The final step was adding the caterpillar to the leaf by stringing the beads to a pipe cleaner and attaching.

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Over the last two Wednesdays, Tucker 5th graders welcomed the Neponset Rivershed Conservation Association. This two part series focused on water conservation and effects of stormwater on the watershed. It was an engaging program that has already changed our 5th graders daily water habits.

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During art, Collicot and Cunningham 4th graders are working on form and learning how to make a 3D figure out of aluminum foil and plaster. Students manipulated their foil figure to represent a position that shows themselves in an action. Students learned about figurative sculpture and covered their foil figure in plaster gauze to refine their sculpture before adding details. Once their piece dried, students painted, added props and details for a finished look. Finally, students will attach their sculptures to a base which has been decorated to further communicate the activity they have chosen.

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Congratulations to our Future Problem Solver teams who have advanced to the State Bowl!  Two teams – one from Collicot and one from Cunningham  – will compete in the State Bowl on April 7-8. Five teams out of 58 total moved on to the State Bowl and Milton accounts for two of them which speaks to the strength of our FPS program.

Best wishes to the Cunningham Team of Kehdary Noel, Carter Kahn, Violet Shue and the Collicot Team of Ben Nass, Zeke Leary, Luke Powers in the State Bowl. FPS also extended an invitation to one individual student to compete and several brave students put their name in a hat to be selected as the individual. Catheline Daniel is the lucky winner and will compete as an individual.

We are proud of all of our FPS students as these 5th graders have learned and grown so much over the course of the school year. Good luck to all of the competitors!

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Collicot school spirit was in full force during Spirit Week this week! Check out the fun below, with comfy cozy day, sports day, Collicot spirit day, and more!

During Spirit Week, in an epic battle of the ages, a thrilling back and forth game of skill, agility and quite a few travels, the Collicot 5th grade students pulled off a resounding victory over the faculty and staff with a final score of 114-80! 

Collicot Site Council presented at School Committee last week and shared a video highlighting the great things happening at school each day. You can check out our Collicot Cardinals at this link. 

MILTON COMMUNITY SCHOOLS 

Capacity for Camp Cunningham 2022 has been reached. All programs and waitlists are filled. Thank you to everyone for your patience. We are looking forward to summer 2022! 

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ART AND MUSIC

Do you have instruments that are no longer used at your home? Please consider donating them to the Milton Music Department! MHS’s chapter of the Tri-M Music Honor Society is holding an instrument drive to collect new or used instruments for use within music programs across the district. We are especially interested in guitars, electric basses, hand drums/percussion instruments, and traditional band & orchestral instruments. Please only donate instruments that are in playable condition or reach out to Ms. Hanna (jhanna@miltonps.org) to discuss special situations. We are unfortunately not able to accept pianos.

If you have an instrument in playable condition that you’d like to donate, you may drop them off at the MHS main entrance on Saturday 4/9 – 12:00-4:00 PM (FAME Mattress Fundraiser). If you have any questions or need to arrange an alternate drop-off time, please reach out to Tri-M Faculty Advisor, Julia Hanna at jhanna@miltonps.org.

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The FAME Mattress Fundraiser is back! Save the date – more details to follow. 

  • WHEN: Saturday, April 9th, 10am-4pm
  • WHERE: Milton High School Auditorium
  • WHAT: Big savings on brand name mattresses, pillows, weighted blankets, sheets, massage chairs and more! Funds raised go to supporting MPS music department programming, festivals and scholarships. 
 

ATHLETICS

Our Winter All-Stars will be released next week, but a huge congratulations to Sophomore Mason Pellegri on winning the Division II Sectional Title, the Division II State Title and finishing 3rd at All-States! Mason was named the Herget MVP for the Bay State Conference and is the first Division II State Champion in over 20 years!

Stay tuned for the full list of our Winter All-Stars, including a couple more Sophomores! 

Spring Sports are now underway and you can find schedules at this link. 

 

COMMUNITY NEWS

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. 

Katie’s impact surrounds us all—in her beautiful children, in her advocacy, in the lives of other patients who have gained strength from her, in the innovative research that is currently happening thanks in part to the money that she raised. Her impact and contributions will continue to inspire an untold number of future runners. 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. 

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Milton Parks and Recreation has a new program registration platform and all Spring and Summer program registration will take place on our new platform,  Civic Rec. Setting up an account only takes a few minutes so don’t delay. Set up your new account at this link. 

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Chess with Mr. Vigorito is back! Classes are offered on Zoom or in person at the Milton Library and Milton High School. International Chess Master David Vigorito has been teaching chess in Milton for over 10 years. He has taught at all 4 elementary schools as well as Milton Academy and St. Agatha’s. Classes begin March 22. All details and registration info can be found here. 

In addition, Chess-a-palooza will take place on Saturday, April 9 at 10 am. Please join us for a fun and friendly chess tournament with International Master David Vigorito. Four round Swiss-style tournament – every player plays all four rounds. Players of all abilities are welcome. All details can be found on www.chesskid.com. Full rules and regulations and registration can be found here.

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MHS Student Reilly Bergin is running a Socks and Underwear Drive to benefit Cradles to Crayons. All details of this great community drive are below. 

  • When: Monday, April 4th thru Friday, April 8th
  • Where: Lobby of the Milton Public Library
  • Who: You! Together we can help others in our community.
  • What: NEW underwear and socks- sizes newborn to youth
    large (10-12)
  • Why: To help clothing insecure children across our home state of Massachusetts!

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TONIGHT: Forbes House Museum Hosts an Authors’ Talk with Patrick Radden Keefe and Evan Hughes tonight. Thursday, March 24, 7:00 pm at Pierce Middle School. Following the discussion, there will be time for Q&A and book signings. Advance ticket purchase encouraged. Tickets: $25/person, or $20/FHM member. To learn more, visit our website. 

Thank you to our exhibition partners the Milton Coalition and the Milton Public Library. This program series was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. 

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Challenger Baseball is back! The Challenger Division is a division of Little League of America that enables boys and girls with physical and mental challenges, aged 5-18 , or up to age 22 (if still enrolled in high school), to enjoy the game of baseball along with the millions of other children who participate in this sport worldwide. Challenger is open to all Milton Residents. Registration and details can be found at this link. 

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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. 

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Townwide Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan: Public Meeting on April 7: The Town of Milton is working with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) to a develop a town-wide plan that will lead to a safe, efficient, connected network of bicycle and pedestrian facilities. Making sure students and their families can safely walk, ride, and roll to school is an important part of the plan, so we hope you can attend a virtual public meeting on Thursday, April 7 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Please register at this link. Please contact Tim Czerwienski, Director of Planning and Community Development, if you have any questions.

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The Milton Public Library’s calendar of April programs for kids can be found here.

Join Ms. Tory in the Story Hour Room on April 1st at 2:30pm for slime time (Ages 6-12). In honor of April Fool’s Day, we will be crafting “booger slime” – YUCK! Sign up here.

Put some spring in your step and get reading with the Milton Public Library! From April 1 to April 30, Milton Public Library is participating in Beanstack’s Spring into Reading challenge. All ages are welcome to participate! Pre-register today at miltonlibrary.beanstack.org and log your reading to earn colorful badges all month long. Ready, set, bloom!

Sign up today for these programs on the library website.  To learn more and to register for all programs for kids, teens, and adults, please visit the MPL website.

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March 17, 2022

To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
From: James F. Jette
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: March 17, 2022

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

As we look forward to the first day of spring next week, our schools are busy with events and activities. Your child’s principal’s weekly update is a great way to stay informed on school specific events and information so please take just a few minutes each week to read through those Smore newsletters. If you do not receive the weekly Smore newsletter from your principal, please reach out to your school administrative assistant. 

Music in Our Schools Month is in full swing! Congratulations to the Milton Strings and Band Programs for two incredible concerts so far.  We look forward to our final performance of the month with the Grades 6-12 Chorus concert on Wednesday 3/23 at 6:30 PM in the MHS Auditorium. Check out this sneak peek recorded by the MHS chorus. We hope to see you at the concert!

In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, Collicot and Cunningham students enjoyed Irish Step Dancing during lunch today. Students from Kindergarten through 5th grade signed up to entertain their classmates in what has become a fun lunchtime tradition.

Congratulations to our Tucker basketball players! Last week was their championship game, won by the Black Team, and the gym was packed with spectators cheering them on. Thank you to the volunteer coaches, families and students for an excellent season! 

Thank you to all who attended coffee with me at MHS this week. It was great to connect with a small group of parents and guardians on a variety of topics.  I am looking forward to attending a PTO coffee hour at each school this spring, please check your school communications for dates as they are announced. I look forward to seeing you there. 

Next week there are four sessions to learn about Restorative Justice in the Milton Public Schools.  Restorative Justice is an approach, mindset, and flexible set of practices that put relationships and connection at the heart of a community. All parents and guardians from our Pre-K to 12 schools are invited to meet MPS’s new district-wide Restorative Justice Coach, Adina Schecter, to learn more about how this approach can create transformational change in our school district. There will be both in-person and virtual options  on March 21, 22, 24, 25. Please sign up for the session you will attend so we can plan accordingly. All details and the sign up can be found here. 
 
As a reminder, there is no school tomorrow, March 18, 2022 as it is a full day of Professional Development for MPS staff. 
 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE 

The next School Committee meeting is tonight, Thursday, March 17, 2022 (moved to accommodate Town Meeting on March 16). 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.

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The Milton School Committee invites all to participate in the Open Public Hearing to discuss all matters relating to the proposed 2022-2023 Fiscal Budget. 

  • Wednesday, April 6, 2022 at 6:30pm
  • Via Zoom;Passcode: 168556; Webinar ID: 811 8269 8756


If you are unable to participate, please feel free to email comments/questions to the Milton School Committee at schoolcommittee@miltonps.org.

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES 

  • Mar 17 After School Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Mar 18 No School Teacher PD Day
  • Mar 21 5th Grade Growth and Development 
  • Mar 21, 22, 24, 25 Forums on Restorative Justice in MPS
  • Mar 23 MIOSM Chorus Concert 6-12
  • Apr 5 Spring Jazz Night
  • Apr 6 Milton School Committee (Budget Hearing)
  • Apr 7 Early Release Grades K-12 PD Day

    2022-23 One Page School Year Calendar (Draft)

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. 

Please refer to the District-Wide Calendar of Events for times and details on current events.  In addition,  the 21-22 one page School Year Calendar can be found here. (Updated to reflect the February 4 snow day)

Save the date for MFE Celebration on May 7, 2022 at Granite Links! 

Thank you to all who attended 1st Grade Information Night. Parents and guardians of current MPS kindergarten students learned about our two first grade programs: The English Innovation Pathway (with STEM & Spanish) and French Immersion. We presented information on each program as well as the assignment plan, lottery (if needed), and timeline. The recording of the event can be found here.  

Kindergarten registration will take place from March 2 through March 18, 2022. Instructions and the link to register can be found here. Kindergarten registration for the first round of school assignments must be completed by March 18, 2022. Please note that registration is ongoing, but school assignments are based on student enrollment and the date of registration. We look forward to welcoming the Class of 2035 to the Milton Public Schools!

On April 7th  at 7pm in the Milton High School auditorium, join us as we hear from NY Times best-selling author, Jessica Lahey. She brings her years of expertise as an educator and personal experience with addiction to the table as she talks about parenting and how to have conversations with children — from preschool to young adulthood – about all sorts of difficult topics including drugs and alcohol. Jessica Lahey will provide concrete skills and examples that parents can put into practice today that will help foster resilience and a trusting parent–child relationship that can keep kids safe. Local bookseller, Frugal Bookstore, will be selling Jessica Lahey’s books in the lobby before and after the presentation.

HEALTH AND SAFETY 

5th Grade Families: On Monday, March 21 at 6:30 pm at Milton High School, the Milton Public Schools would like to invite you to our district wide program regarding Grade 5 Growth and Development. This program is offered annually to parents/guardians of current 5th grade students. This is a wonderful opportunity for parents/guardians to preview the videos that will be shown to grade 5 students this spring. All details can be found here.

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Schools are required by Massachusetts General Law (M.G.L. Chapter 71, Section 57 and 105 CMR 200.000) to provide vision, hearing, body mass index (BMI), postural, and Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) health screenings to all students. Parents/guardians will be notified if a referral is necessary.  Parents/Guardians may opt their student out of any of the screenings.  Written notice should be sent to the school nurse if you wish to opt your student out.

  • Vision: Annually in grades 1 through 5, once in grades 6 through 8
  • Hearing: Kindergarten through grade 3 and once in grades 6 through 8
  • Heights and Weights: Heights and weights are measured and body mass index (BMI) is calculated on children in grades 1, 4, 7 and 10. 
  • Postural Screening: The State of Massachusetts mandates that all students in grades 5 through 9 be screened for scoliosis. Parents will be notified if referral is needed.
  • SBIRT: Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment is done in grades 7 and 10. The screening uses the CRAFFT tool as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Committee on Substance Abuse.  Student screening sessions will be brief and conducted confidentially in a private, one-on-one session. 

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A Covid vaccine clinic will be held on Saturday, March 26 from 11am-2pm at Pierce Middle School. We are partnering with the Department of Public Health to host school vaccination clinics for eligible children ages 5 and up. There are still 2nd dose appointments for both  5-11 year olds and 12+ and boosters available . All details and registration information can be found at this link. At the March 5 clinic, 66 total vaccines were administered. 

We will continue to provide a weekly summary of COVID cases affecting our schools as reported to DESE in the Superintendent’s blog.  This week’s report was from 3/10-3/16 and MPS reported 2 staff and 6 students as COVID positive. For families or faculty/staff who wish to opt-in for rapid antigen testing kits, please submit this  Opt-In Form for each student to your school nurse. 

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

Milton High School’s Asian Culture Club’s Red Envelope Fundraiser was an incredible success! With the money raised, ACC will be donating over $300 to Stop AAPI Hate to support Asian communities and combat the prevalent racism and xenophobia in our society. We hope to contribute positive change in regard to the increase in Asian hate, especially during these challenging times. The rest of the funds will be used to create an inclusive environment in which anyone can learn and appreciate Asian traditions.

Thank you to the following companies for the donations and for supporting our initiative: Coffee Break, Steel & Rye, Fruit Center, Fuji Group, Starbucks, and Playa Bowls. Special shout out to ACC officers Lok Ye, Chloe, and Caylie, and all club members who have helped make this all possible!

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The senior class thanks all who attended Trivia Night!  The donations from the Milton Boosters were amazing and so appreciated. 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners gave string performances and beat out some heavy competitors.  Fun was had by all!

 

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If your high school student is interested in being a Red Shirt at MSE, all details are here. ALL applications are due by April 12th at 3 pm. Late applications will not be considered.

Please note the following guidelines for qualification and process of acceptance as a Red Shirt Volunteer or Paid staff member. All guidelines and the link to apply are here. You must use your student email address to apply.

  • Milton High School students will be given priority for any open positions (both Community Service and paid); upper class students will be placed first.
  • Students must volunteer a minimum of one summer of Community Service at MSE before being eligible for paid positions. Having been a volunteer or paid Red Shirt in the past does not guarantee a position in this year’s staff.
  • The final year that students can work as paid Red Shirts is the summer following their graduation from high school.
  • Positions are offered as openings become available.

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The Milton High School National Honor Society is currently collecting new and lightly used books to donate to libraries throughout the Milton Public Schools. Please leave any books you would like to donate in the labeled boxes near the front and back entrances of the high school.

PIERCE PAGES

Each month, Pierce recognizes students who demonstrate the values of safety, responsibility, respect, and kindness as Positive Community Members. Teachers nominate students and students from each grade are selected by Pierce’s culture and behavior committee. Please join us in congratulating Londyn Gray, Gabrielle Petty, and Sharon Liu who were honored for the month of February!

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS 

Tucker 1st graders are answering the question, “How are Animals Different?” in their current unit of Reach for Reading. The writing project asks students to write an article to teach others about an animal of their choice. In Mrs. Deptula’s class, students were put into pairs and were given links to articles and videos to watch and read to get facts.  Students worked together to read, watch, write, and draw about their animals.  You can see how engaged and curious these students are in the pictures below!

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This past week, Glover began the Celebrating Our Differences units of study with fourth and fifth grade. The Celebrating Our Differences program is a parent-run program that helps students understand what it is like to live with a disability. The program consists of five units which include learning differences, physical differences, vision, hearing, and autism. Across the five units, the program helps build empathy by incorporating hands-on activities with a lecture from a guest speaker.

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Ms. McClain’s Cunningham 1st graders used their budding STEM skills to work in small teams to create working Leprechaun traps. Students collaborated on a written plan and then worked together to build their contraptions. It was impressive to see the creativity and excitement as their creations using common household and school items came together.

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Our After School Enrichment (ASE) programs have been quite creative lately. Recently, the Glover program made “Hedgie Books” by carefully folding each page of an old library book to create the shape of a hedgehog. Tucker ESAP students kept busy building and counting with tiles. They made it all the way to 700 tiles counting each one. Check out the fun below! 

April Vacation Camp will be held April 19-22, 8:30 am-3:30 pm at Collicot/Cunningham schools for MPS students in grades K-5. Registration opens at this link on Wednesday, March 23 at noon. For All Camp Activities and Information, please visit the MCS website. 

OFFICE OF STUDENT SERVICES – SPECIAL EDUCATION

Unified Track is back at Milton High School! Coach Ashley offers this valuable information about this year’s team. 

Spring season is right around the corner, which means another season of Unified Track and Field. As a refresher, Unified Track is an inclusive sports team that includes both students with and without intellectual disabilities, referred to as athletes and partners. Unified members will be competing alongside one another as teammates. We continue to advocate for inclusive opportunities and are excited to jump into another season here at the high school. Ashley Assarian and Olivia Fitzgerald will be returning as coaches for their 4th and 2nd seasons. The Unified Track season will begin on Monday, March 28  in the Field House at 2:30pm.

Unified Track is offered at the high school level only. If you are interested in having your child participate in Unified Track, please register them through the MHS Athletics page. Registration details are here. Each student-athlete will need an up to date physical in order to participate. If your child has not participated in any sport at MHS, please create a FamilyID account (directions at bottom of registration page). If you’re a returning participant, you do not need to create a new FamilyID account. Please email Coach Ashley at aassarian@miltonps.org with any questions.  Choose to include!

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Rock Your Socks for Down Syndrome Day! Milton Public Schools will be celebrating World Down Syndrome Day on Monday 3/21/22. 3-21 represents trisomy 21, the medical term for Down Syndrome, which is the third replication of the 21st chromosome. Socks were chosen because the karyotype of Ds chromosomes actually looks like mismatched socks! This day provides the opportunity to celebrate people with Down Syndrome and all the wonderful contributions they make to society. The point of wearing the silly socks is as a conversation starter for people to ask questions and to remind them that while things may be different they are still wonderful. This is meant to bring awareness and acceptance of Down Syndrome. People are encouraged to wear bright, mismatched or printed socks. 

In addition, MHS Best Buddies are celebrating all week with Inclusion Day, Blue & Yellow Day, Donation Day and Milton Pride Day. 

SEPAC: Please see below for an update from the Special Education Parent Advisory Committee.

  • Participate: We are very happy to say that we have a new SEPAC secretary. Meredith McGrory is a teacher at Tucker Elementary and is an MPS parent, with her youngest in preschool. Welcome Meredith!
  • Advocate: Change your culture, join SEPAC! Please reach out to your school rep to find out about how being a part of SEPAC is essential for advocacy. Join the ZOOM board meeting on March 23. We welcome new voices and ideas.
  • Educate: FREE WEBINAR College Admissions for Complex Students: Monday, March 21, 7-8pm. The college admissions process can seem like a black box. Especially for neurodiverse students, navigating key elements of this process – from academic performance, to testing, to identifying colleges that meet a student’s needs and preferences, to just how much to disclose and how – can be challenging. Join us to learn more about how applications are evaluated, changes in the admissions landscape due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and how an intentional approach to the college process can reduce stress and improve outcomes for the whole family.  Please register here.

ART AND MUSIC

Do you have instruments that are no longer used at your home? Please consider donating them to the Milton Music Department! MHS’s chapter of the Tri-M Music Honor Society is holding an instrument drive to collect new or used instruments for use within music programs across the district. We are especially interested in guitars, electric basses, hand drums/percussion instruments, and traditional band & orchestral instruments. Please only donate instruments that are in playable condition or reach out to Ms. Hanna (jhanna@miltonps.org) to discuss special situations. We are unfortunately not able to accept pianos.

If you have an instrument in playable condition that you’d like to donate, you may drop them off at the MHS main entrance at the following times:

  • Wednesday 3/23 – 5:30-6:30 PM (Chorus Concert Night)
  • Saturday 4/9 – 12:00-4:00 PM (FAME Mattress Fundraiser)

We also encourage you to check out these other exciting music events taking place at the same time! If you have any questions or need to arrange an alternate drop-off time, please reach out to Tri-M Faculty Advisor, Julia Hanna at jhanna@miltonps.org.

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The FAME Mattress Fundraiser is back! Save the date – more details to follow. 

  • WHEN: Saturday, April 9th, 10am-4pm
  • WHERE: Milton High School Auditorium
  • WHAT: Big savings on brand name mattresses, pillows, weighted blankets, sheets, massage chairs and more! Funds raised go to supporting MPS music department programming, festivals and scholarships. 

MPS SUMMER

Camp Cunningham is back for a fun 2022 season! CC is open to currently enrolled Milton Public School students entering grades 1-6 in the fall 2022. Registration opened yesterday, you can register here. For all camp information and dates, Please visit the MCS website.  Contact mcs@milltonps.org with any questions. 

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Milton Summer Enrichment (MSE) 2022 will run from July 5-July 29, five mornings a week, M-F. More information will follow with registration in April. We are looking forward to a fun-filled MSE summer! The co-directors for MSE 2022 are Ellen Lohan and Caroline Morton. If you have questions, please email mse@miltonps.org.

If your high school student is interested in being a Red Shirt at MSE, all details are here. ALL applications are due by April 12th at 3 pm. Late applications will not be considered.

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Welcome to Middle School is a must for your rising 6th grader! Welcome to Middle School will run in two sessions from June 27-29 and August 22-24 and students can attend either session. More information and registration details will be sent to 5th grade families this spring. 

FOOD SERVICE

This week was the first indoor grow rack harvest at Tucker and the students were so excited to eat salads with the lettuce they grew. We have our grow racks in the cafeteria for all students to see the growth, and allow for the gardening students to share the joy with their peers. Ms. Vendette’s third grade French immersion class are this year’s gardeners.

This food grown is used in the Tucker kitchen for green salads, kale chips, caprese salads with  more recipes to come! We also have grow racks at the Pierce and High and MHS that the students in REACH and ACHIEVE take pride in maintaining.

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Thanks to all who came to breakfast last week and celebrated National School Breakfast Week and World Language Week with us. We were thrilled to see that our breakfast participation increased by 160 students daily! Please continue to encourage your children to come to school and grab breakfast, which has been proven to help their academic performance. Less preparation for you, and a great way to start the day; it’s a win-win! Congratulations to all our raffle and lucky tray winners, we hope you enjoyed your prizes supplied by Milton Boosters.

 

ATHLETICS

Remember to sign up for Spring Sports if you have not done so already! Tryouts start this week for Rugby and on Monday, March 21st for all other Spring Sports! For registration, click here. Please DO NOT register again. Simply update your existing registration. New registrations will be canceled.  For Crew registration, click here. Tryout dates and times can be found here!

COMMUNITY NEWS

Forbes House Museum Hosts an Authors’ Talk with Patrick Radden Keefe and Evan Hughes on Thursday, March 24, 7:00 pm at Pierce Middle School.

Second in a series of programs offered in connection with the museum’s upcoming exhibition Opium: The Business of Addiction. Keefe and Hughes examine stories of greed, deception, excess and legal battles in the pharmaceutical industry. In Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Family Dynasty, Keefe follows the rise and fall of the Sacklers at the helm of Purdue Pharma, maker of OxyContin. In The Hard Sell: Crime and Punishment at an Opioid Startup, Hughes documents a similar trajectory by entrepreneur John Kapoor, founder of Insys Therapeutics and maker of Subsys. The books reveal that OxyContin and Subsys were found to be highly-addictive opioids that were nevertheless aggressively and deceitfully marketed, and which are directly linked to today’s opioid epidemic. The evening promises to be a highly engaging exchange between these two accomplished authors. 

Following the discussion, there will be time for Q&A and book signings. Advance ticket purchase encouraged. Tickets: $25/person, or $20/FHM member. To learn more, visit our website. 

Thank you to our exhibition partners the Milton Coalition and the Milton Public Library. This program series was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. 

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Townwide Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan: Public Meeting on April 7: The Town of Milton is working with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) to a develop a town-wide plan that will lead to a safe, efficient, connected network of bicycle and pedestrian facilities. Making sure students and their families can safely walk, ride, and roll to school is an important part of the plan, so we hope you can attend a virtual public meeting on Thursday, April 7 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Please register at this link. Please contact Tim Czerwienski, Director of Planning and Community Development, if you have any questions.

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The Milton Coalition is recruiting for a focus group at the end of the month.  All details can be found here. 

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Registration is now open for Grade 9-12 Milton Soccer Travel Spring 2022 season.  Games will be played on Sundays.  The season will begin on April 24th and will end on June 12th.  NO games on Memorial Day weekend (5/29).  Please go to www.miltonmasoccer.org for more information and to register. Please contact Heather Montgomery at hjmontgomery@me.com with questions. 

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The Milton Public Library’s calendar of  March events can be found here.

Stop by the StoryHour Room  at any time today, March 17th, for a St. Patrick’s Day DROP-IN craft. Create your very own Leprechaun Trap using miscellaneous materials, STEM skills, and a dash of magic and trickery!

Join Ms. Tory for an Ultimate LEGO Challenge (ages 6-12) on Saturday, March 26 at 2:30pm! Put your building skills to the test by constructing a themed LEGO scene, and then find your finished creations on display in the Children’s Room. Sign up at this link today. 

Sign up today for these programs on the library website.  To learn more and to register for all programs for kids, teens, and adults, please visit the MPL website.

Thank you to my blog contributors this week: Julie Hanna, Joyce White, Cat DesRoche, Aneeka Cheema, Jon Redden, Kim Coughlin, Karen McDavitt, Jacqueline O’Rourke, Natalia Perez,  Ellen Lohan, Bill Fish, Elaine McNeil-Girmai, Jennie Mulqueen and Susan Maselli. 

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March 10, 2022

To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
From: James F. Jette
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: March 10, 2022

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

Congratulations to the Pierce Players on a wonderful run of the Sound of Music last weekend! The cast and crew did an outstanding job. A special thanks to Mr. Deschenes, Ms. Okoh, Ms. Royster and Ms. Tobin for all their hard work in bringing this impressive performance to life. 

March is Music in Our Schools Month and we are excited for our concerts this month. Please join us at Milton High School for our MIOSM Strings Concert Grades 6-12 TONIGHT March 10, the Band Concert 5-12 on March 15, and the Chorus Concert 6-12 on March 23. All concerts start at 6:30pm.

A reminder that The Milton School Building Committee is holding a second Family and Community Forum later today, Thursday, March 10, 2022, at 4 pm. Please join members of the Milton School Building Committee, along with Superintendent James Jette, Pierce Middle School Principal Bill Fish, and Collicot School Principal Holly Concannon for a virtual Family and Community Forum. A short video talking about the overcrowding in MPS can be found here. 

The Committee will share current information about the need for a new school building, an overview of our proposed site, consideration of options for grade configuration for a new building, and progress that has been made to date. All details and links to attend can be found here.

On Wednesday, March 16 I hope parents and guardians will join me for a coffee hour in the MHS auditorium from 8:45-9:30 am. We’ll use the auditorium space as it’s available for that time, but this is not a presentation. I hope to use the time to connect with MPS parents and guardians on a variety of topics and look forward to seeing you there. Please enter through the main entrance at the front of the building.

Finally, please consider attending one of four sessions on March 21, 22, 24, 25 to learn about Restorative Justice in the Milton Public Schools. Restorative Justice is an approach, mindset, and flexible set of practices that put relationships and connection at the heart of a community. All parents and guardians from our Pre-K to 12 schools are invited to meet MPS’s new district-wide Restorative Justice Coach, Adina Schecter, to learn more about how this approach can create transformational change in our school district. There will be both in-person and virtual options the week of March 21st. Please sign up for the session you will attend so we can plan accordingly. All details and the sign up can be found here.
 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE 

The next School Committee meeting is on Wednesday, March 16, 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 

  • Mar 10 School Building Community Meeting 
  • Mar 10 MIOSM Strings Concert Grades 6-12
  • Mar 15 MIOSM Band Concert 5-12
  • Mar 16 Coffee with Superintendent Jette 
  • Mar 17 After School Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Mar 18 No School Teacher PD Day
  • Mar 21, 22, 24, 25 Forums on Restorative Justice in MPS

Please refer to the District-Wide Calendar of Events for times and details. The 21-22 School Year Calendar can be found here. (Updated to reflect the February 4 snow day)

Thank you to all who attended 1st Grade Information Night. Parents and guardians of current MPS kindergarten students learned about our two first grade programs: The English Innovation Pathway (with STEM & Spanish) and French Immersion. We presented information on each program as well as the assignment plan, lottery (if needed), and timeline. The recording of the event can be found here.  

Kindergarten registration will take place from March 2 through March 18, 2022. Instructions and the link to register can be found here. Kindergarten registration for the first round of school assignments must be completed by March 18, 2022. Please note that registration is ongoing, but school assignments are based on student enrollment and the date of registration. We look forward to welcoming the Class of 2035 to the Milton Public Schools!

On April 7th  at 7pm in the Milton High School auditorium, join us as we hear from NY Times best-selling author, Jessica Lahey. She brings her years of expertise as an educator and personal experience with addiction to the table as she talks about parenting and how to have conversations with children — from preschool to young adulthood – about all sorts of difficult topics including drugs and alcohol. Jessica Lahey will provide concrete skills and examples that parents can put into practice today that will help foster resilience and a trusting parent–child relationship that can keep kids safe.

Local bookseller, Frugal Bookstore, will be selling Jessica Lahey’s books in the lobby before and after the presentation.

HEALTH AND SAFETY 

A Covid vaccine clinic will be held on Saturday, March 26 from 11am-2pm at Pierce Middle School. We are partnering with the Department of Public Health to host school vaccination clinics for eligible children ages 5 and up. There are still 2nd dose appointments for both  5-11 year olds and 12+ and boosters available . All details and registration information can be found at this link. At the March 5 clinic, 66 total vaccines were administered. 

We will continue to provide a weekly summary of COVID cases affecting our schools as reported to DESE in the Superintendent’s blog.  This week’s report was from 3/3-3/10 and MPS reported 1 staff and 6 students as COVID positive. For families or faculty/staff who wish to opt-in for rapid antigen testing kits, please submit this  Opt-In Form for each student to your school nurse. 

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

Congratulations to our MHS students who earned High Honors, Honor Roll and Honorable Mentions for the second marking period! 

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The Milton High School National Honor Society is currently collecting new and lightly used books to donate to libraries throughout the Milton Public Schools. Please leave any books you would like to donate in the labeled boxes near the front and back entrances of the high school.

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Ms. Aloe’s  3D studio students recently created paper sculptures. This project focused on developing their skills with different paper techniques, exploring different ways to approach making (Planning vs Playing) as well as how to photograph their work to best display their techniques and sculpture.

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The French Club has been raising money all year and recently used some funds to create a Cheese Tasting experience hosted at The Plate in Milton. Students had the opportunity to taste cheese from Formaggio Kitchen, ranging from goat to cow to sheep, and paired it with different jams and chocolates. Over 30 students attended, and enjoyed a very fun, first maskless gathering!

 

PIERCE PAGES

Pierce social studies teachers spent a portion of their professional development time last week on completing lessons on the recent conflict in Ukraine.  Teachers worked to develop thoughtful discussion points that focus on the history between Russia and Ukraine, the importance of diplomacy for nations around the world, and the role of the media in reporting unbiased and objective information. Teachers will be dedicating time in the coming days to these lessons, which will include a chance for students to reflect on their own feelings.

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Pierce Track & Field Informational Meeting: Any students interested in joining the Pierce track and field team should attend the meeting after school on March 16 in the cafeteria. Click