Wednesday, October 22, 2014

16th Annual Monster Dash - this Sunday!

The following item was sent in by MFE Monster Dash Co-Chairs Nora Vernazza, Beth Plunkett and Greg Gordon:
Please note the 16th Annual Monster Dash will be held on Sunday, October 26th at Cunningham Park. This is a 5K Run/Walk and a Kids Fun Run in loving memory of Sam Cichello.

5K RUN/WALK
  • Prizes for best costumes
  • T-shirts to first 300 runners
  • Recognition of top finishers
  • $25 ($75 family maximum)

KIDS FUN TICKET
  • Ages 10 and under
  • Costume Fun Run with Super Mario
  • All new kids’ crafts & activities!
  • Rocket Balloons and much more
  • $7 per child ($15 family maximum)

9:00 — REGISTRATION OPENS
10:00 — KIDS ACTIVITIES & COSTUME FUN RUN
11:00 — 5K STARTS
12:00 — AWARDS
The Monster Dash is organized by the Milton Foundation for Education (MFE), a non-profit group that funds innovative programs and opportunities that are beyond the reach of the school system’s budget. All proceeds of the Monster Dash benefit the Sam Cichello Memorial Fund which was created in 1999 in loving memory of Sam Cichello, a Tucker Elementary School student who died following a playground accident. To honor Sam’s love of science, all proceeds of the Monster Dash-Sam’s Fund support science enrichment in the Milton public schools. Some examples of past initiatives made possible through grants from Sam’s Fund include:
  • Kindergarten Discovery Ramps
  • First Grade Wind Tunnels
  • Second Grade Weather Books
  • Site License for WeatherBug Achieve
  • Third Grade visits from a Trailside Naturalist
  • Third Grade Owl Talks
  • Fourth Grade STEM Learning Kits
  • Fifth Grade Einstein’s Workshop Experience
  • Supplies for all of the classroom science activities
  • Students in grades 3 and 5 participate in the Junior Naturalist Program at the Trailside Museum
  • Partial funding of the initial implementation of Science for Scientists program in all Fifth Grade classrooms
Twice during the school year, the MFE awards grants to teachers or staff in each of Milton’s public schools. These grants fund such things as percussion instruments at Pierce Middle School, science non-fiction books to enhance curriculum and aid research projects at the elementary schools, and math software for smartboards. Once a year, the Milton Foundation for Education presents Outstanding Teaching Awards to seven teachers or staff members in the Milton Public Schools. The award recipients are surprised in their classrooms, and then honored at a public reception at Milton High School. Every year, the MFE sponsors Celebration for Education, a gala event that raises money for various initiatives in the public schools. Over the past several years, proceeds of Celebration for Education have funded Language Arts, Physical Education, Libraries, Music, and Science and Technology. This school year’s Celebration for Education is on Saturday, March 14, 2015. The MFE is currently working closely with the administration to continue to ensure proceeds from this year’s Celebration will fund enrichment activities and initiatives at all the schools and the ongoing work of the MFE. 


Thursday, October 9, 2014

Reminder: Exercise for Evan - this Saturday, October 11th

When Evan Jones, MHS Class of 2011, passed away at the age of 19 from Sudden Unexpected Death due to Epilepsy (SUDEP), the entire town mourned the untimely loss of this generous and kind athlete.  Now, his family and friends continue to turn their grief into something positive by raising money to improve the weight room at MHS, something very important to Evan. On Saturday, October 11, the Second Annual fundraising event at the high school entitled “Exercise for Evan,” and will feature a wide array of games and activities including a Dunk Tank, Zumba class, Boot Camp, Dodge Ball, a 50/50 raffle and more.  The event is from 1:00-4:00 p.m. at Brooks Field.  In the event of rain, the fundraiser will be moved to the Copeland Field House.  Admission is $20 per person, and $5 for children 10 and younger. The money raised at this event will support updating the weight room equipment, as well to support scholarships that will be awarded next spring to two graduating seniors at Milton High School.  For more information or to volunteer, contact Kristan Bagley Jones at bagleyjones@comcast.net



Monday, October 6, 2014

PSAT for Grades 10 and 11 - Wednesday, October 15

IMPORTANT NOTICE CONCERNING SCHOOL ON

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

On Wednesday, October 15, 2014, Milton High School will be administering the PSAT to all 10th and 11th graders. While this opportunity is a great benefit for our sophomores and juniors, it creates some logistical issues. In order to provide a quiet test-taking environment and appropriate proctoring, it is necessary to create a unique schedule for 9th and 12th graders on October 15th. Please make a note of the following: 

      Students in grades 10 and 11 will start school at the regular time of 7:50 a.m. and report to their grade level homeroom. When the testing is over students will resume their normal schedule for the rest of the day. Students must be on time for the test.  Once the test starts no one can be admitted to the testing.

      Students in grades 9 and 12 will start school at 11:15 a.m. by going to their 5th period class. If a student has first lunch then he/she will go to lunch and then go to his/her 5th period class. There will be no block day on Wednesday, Oct. 15.

      Please remember student athletes must be in attendance for the designated amount of time to be eligible to participate in a practice or game.

Buses on this day will run on the regular schedule. We realize that this may create a timing issue for freshmen and seniors who may take the bus. If it is not possible to arrange alternative transportation on this day, students may spend time in the morning in the cafeteria. 

Friday, October 3, 2014

Bullying Prevention at Milton High

Over the last month, Mr. Mackinaw and I have had the chance to hold an assembly with each of the grade levels to present the Milton Public Schools' bullying and harassment prevention plan. [Here is the prezi that we used for the presentation: MPS Bullying and Harassment Prevention.] Some students wonder why we do these presentations every year.  One answer is that bullying is a continuous, on-going issue that we will always need to address.  Holding these assemblies gives us a chance to discuss some of the realities of bullying - for example, what bullying behavior looks like today and how each one of us plays a part in preventing it.  The assemblies also give us a chance to remind students of what they can do to support each other and how to seek help.  

Did you know that October is National Bullying Prevention Month?  Be on the lookout for opportunities to unite with your peers against bullying!  I know that the MHS Student Government is working on some great ideas for this month.


Cans for Cats at MHS; Car Wash at Cunningham

The Milton High School Boosters “Cans for Cats” can & bottle recycling drive will be held on Saturday, October 4th, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at Milton High School. The girls’ volleyball team will be at the front entrance of the high school, 25 Gile Road, to collect your 5 cent cans and bottles to redeem them for cash.


Additionally, the girls & boys ski teams will host a car wash on October 4th from 9 to 12:00 pm at the Cunningham school, 44 Edgehill Road. All funds earned will directly support their teams. Please stop by and support your Wildcats.