Monday, August 18, 2014

Another School Year is Just Around the Corner

Below is a message from Milton High School Principal, Mr. Jette:

We have been hard at work preparing for the upcoming school year by reviewing assessment data, exploring ways to enhance instruction, interviewing/hiring new faculty and staff to replace those who have retired or deciding to seek employment elsewhere; preparing student’s schedules and reviewing the curriculum. Additionally, our custodial staff has been working feverishly, despite the summer programs that occupy the building, to clean the building to have it ready for the students’ return on the first day of school which is Wednesday, August 27, 2014.

While we continue to prepare for the students’ return, we wanted to share some very important information with you to help you in your planning. Please read the information below carefully.

STUDENT SCHEDULES: Homeroom assignments which indicate the room number that students should report to on the 1st day of school will be sent home the week of August 18th. Students will receive their schedule on the first day of school (8/27/14) in their homerooms. It is imperative that all students are in their designated homeroom prior to 7:50 a.m. Students reporting to class after 7:50 a.m. will be considered late. Students should arrive on August 27th with a positive mindset and ready to learn. Academics will begin on day one and I look forward to everyone being prepared!

In addition to receiving their schedules on the first day, students will also receive a copy of the parent contact verification form, teacher grading policies and class expectations along with supplies needed for their individual classes. The Student Handbook will be emailed directly to parents/guardians in a PDF file. We are asking parents/guardians to review the handbook with your child.  The Student Handbook signature page and parent/guardian contact verification form must be signed and returned to your child’s homeroom teacher as soon as possible.

NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION (grade 9 students and students new to MHS ONLY):
On Monday, August 25, 2014, the Administration, MHS Student Leaders and Faculty & Staff will welcome all “new” students to MHS (incoming 9th graders and students new to Milton High School ONLY). The purpose of the New Student Orientation is to help students get acclimated to the building, the schedule, expectations and the exciting offerings that are available to them at Milton High School.

NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION AGENDA – Monday, August 25 – 3:30pm - Auditorium
3:30 p.m. – Registration (Main Entrance Foyer)
4:00 p.m. – Welcome and introduction of the Student Leaders and some MHS staff
4:25 p.m. – Student Leaders will initiate the student activities
5:40 p.m. – Cookout in the Courtyard Cafeteria (burgers, hot dogs, watermelon, chips,     
                  bottled water)
6:00 p.m. – Students report back to the auditorium for closing remarks
6:10 p.m. – Orientation will end

TRANSPORTATION– If you have questions regarding student transportation please e-mail Mr. 
Jake Smith, the Director of Transportation at bus@miltonps.org. Mr. Smith will have a new number 
for transportation within the next couple of weeks.

DRESS CODE: All students must dress appropriately for school. We must understand that school is a place for learning; it is not the beach or the mall, therefore, we expect student attire to be a reflection of school (dress for success). In particular, underwear/shorts worn under the pants should not be showing. Additionally, there should be no midriffs or back exposure, and no tube tops. Skirts must not be above mid thigh, shorts must be at an appropriate length and tops must have substantial straps. Additional details regarding the school dress code policy is included in the student handbook.

ATTENDANCE: Routines are very important, and I would like to remind you that first period begins promptly at 7:50 a.m. Students are considered tardy if they are not seated in their first period class by 7:50 a.m. each day. It is imperative that all students are present at school and on time each day. Excessive absences or tardiness to school has a negative impact on student learning; if your child is late to school he/she must have a note written by a parent/guardian indicating why he/she is late.

FOOD SERVICE UPDATE: Jackie Morgan, Director of Food Services, is strongly encouraging all parents/guardians to prepay your child’s breakfast/lunch. Prepayment will make the lines move much faster, thus giving your child more time to eat and socialize with his/her friends. To pay online, parents/guardians must already have their 8-digit unique ID #.  To make a payment to your child’s breakfast/lunch account:
  • go to www.myschoolbuks.com
  • click Milton -  follow the steps
  • If you are new to the district and do not have an 8-digit unique ID #, please email Jackie Morgan and she will provide you with your 8-digit unique ID # jmorgan@miltonps.org.
You may also pay in advance by check. Please make checks payable to Milton Food Service Program (please print your child’s first and last name in the “memo” section of the check). Checks may be deposited into the “Lunch Check Drop Box” located in the Main Office and in the cafeteria at MHS. Checks are posted daily to student accounts. We can no longer accept checks at the serving lines.

WHAT IS THE COST OF STUDENT LUNCH/BREAKFAST?
Breakfast - $1.25
Lunch - $2.25 ($2.50 for the Deli Bar and Fresh Made Salads Bar)

Students will continue to enjoy the convenience of the Smart Start Breakfast Cart which was implemented in March 2013. We encourage students to stop by the Breakfast Café located in the entrance of the Copeland Field House. A “grab n’ go” breakfast and the company of friends in our breakfast café will be a great way to start the day. We will continue to offer a quick, easy and nutritious breakfast which will include warm muffins, whole grain breakfast bars, fruit, yogurt and milk. The traditional hot breakfast will continue to be served in the cafeteria each day as well. The traditional breakfast includes Milton Egg McMuffins, French toast, Pancakes, Yogurt Parfaits and cold cereal.

I am STRONGLY encouraging parents/guardians to help their child(ren) arrive at school a few minutes early every day so they may enjoy a tasty and healthy breakfast. A healthy breakfast will help your child(ren) establish positive eating habits, improve his/her academic performance, decrease the number of visits to the school nurse, and lastly provide a positive impact on classroom behavior. Breakfast will be available at both locations (Breakfast Café and the school cafeteria) beginning at 7:15 a.m. each day.  Please be sure your student has his/her four digit pin number to access your pre-paid food service account.

GUIDANCE DEPARTMENT UPDATE:
The Guidance Department is asking all students and their parents/guardians to pay particularly close attention to their Naviance accounts and the email accounts. Please watch closely for new alerts/reminders that have been, and will be sent to you regarding the college process! Please make sure you read each email alert carefully!  If you experience problems with your Naviance account, please contact Mrs. Cahill at kcahill@Miltonps.org or (617) 696-4470 ext. 5530.

Seniors – the updated grade point averages (GPAs) will be available on Naviance by the end of August/early September.

MHS HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS:
You must sign up for your sport prior to the start of the sports season.  Sign-ups for fall sports will be held in August for Fall Sports (As well as sports sign-ups for incoming freshmen.)  Sign-ups for winter will be held in November, while spring sign-ups will be held in late February/early March.  All signups will be conducted online at www.FamilyID.com.

New Policy Regarding Physical Exams For Sports
In order to try out for any team, you must have an updated physical exam on file with the Milton HS Athletic Department.
New regulations require the school to have a current physical on file for the entire season (current physicals need to be dated within 13 months of activity).  If an updated physical is not submitted to the athletic department before the physical expires then the athlete will be UNABLE to practice or play in any team activities.  You should plan ahead on doctors' appointments to assure full coverage during any sports season.

Milton HS Athletic Fees
The Milton HS Athletic user fee for each sport played during the academic year is $300, $600 for Boys & Girls Ice Hockey, and $700 for Crew (checks made payable to ‘Friends of Milton Crew’).  All athletic fee payments will be made at UniBank on the Milton HS Athletics EDLINE webpage.  When rosters are set, the coach will notify each player that payment is due.  For this FALL 2014 SEASON, user fee payments are due by September 1, 2014. No athlete will be excluded from participation due to affordability.  The Milton HS Administration and Athletic Director will make all such decisions.

Hardship:  Any family that is having difficulty paying the athletic fee should download the appropriate forms for applying for Free/Reduced Lunch on the MHS EDLINE Athletics page.  Contact: Jackie Morgan at jmorgan@miltonps.orgAll correspondence on any of these communications will be conducted with the strictest confidence.

PLANNING AHEAD:
The last day of school for the 2014 -2015 school year is June 16, 2015 (Half Day). With that said, I am asking parents/guardians to please consider the possibility of the school year being extended 2-5 days due to inclement weather during the winter months. Each day school is cancelled, it extends the school year thus extending the schedule for final exams. So, if at all possible, I am pleading with families to take this in consideration when making your summer plans. We need all students here for all final exams.  The data that we receive from these assessments help us to inform instruction. Thank you in advance for your cooperation!


IMPORTANT DATES (PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS):
  • August 27th - First day of school for students
  • August 29th - No School - Friday
  • September 1st – No school (Labor Day)
  • September 11th - Open House/Back to School Night (6:30 p.m. in the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium)
  • September 25th – No School (Rosh Hashanah)
  • October 10th – No School – Professional Development Day
  • October 13th – No School – Columbus Day
  • November 11th – No School - Veterans’ Day


I am looking forward to a successful and enjoyable school year and I would like to thank you for your ongoing support! 


Clearance Cards for Fall Sports

Below is a message from MHS Athletic Director, Larry Rooney:

All student-athletes must have obtain a Clearance Card before participating in a Fall sport.  

CLEARANCE CARDS will be issued this week at the Milton High School Copeland Field House.
·         Tuesday, August 19 – Friday, August 21, 2014 from 9am to 3pm


Please follow the steps below in order to obtain your clearance card:

4 EASY STEPS
1.     Register on FamilyID https://www.familyid.com/milton-high-school
2.     Complete the Concussion Certification at www.nfhs.com and bring a copy of the concussion certificate – BOTH PARENT/GUARDIAN AND STUDENT-ATHLETE CERTIFICATES.
3.     Bring in a copy of an updated physical, dated within the last 13 months – ALL STUDENT-ATHLETES MUST BRING IN A COPY OF THEIR UPDATED PHYSICAL (after registering on FamilyID and completing the NFHS Concussion Course)
4.     Get your MHS Fall Sports CLEARANCE CARD for practice/tryouts – at MHS Copeland Field house.

DO NOT hesitate to email a MHS Fall Coach directly with ‘sports specific’ questions.  Coaches and email and contact information below.

Milton High School 2014 Fall Sports Varsity Coaches
Football Head Coach – Jim Bowes - jbowes@miltonps.org
Boys Cross Country Head Coach – Chuck Ajemian - cajemian@comcast.net
Girls Cross Country Head Coach – Tom Shaw - tshaw@miltonps.org
Field Hockey Head Coach – Sarah Smith - ssmith@miltonps.org
Golf Head Coach – Ben Kelly - bkelly@miltonps.org
Boys Soccer Head Coach – Mike Madden - Mrmadden1@verizon.net
Girls Soccer Head Coach – Brian Borde - bborde@miltonps.org
Boys Crew Head Coach – Bill Hamel - Bill_hamel@milton.edu
Girls Crew Head Coach – Mike McVeigh - Mm2104@gmail.com
Volleyball Head Coach – Robin Lee - rlee@miltonps.org
Cheerleading Head Coach – Jessica Parsons - jparsons@miltonps.org


GO WILDCATS!
Larry Rooney
Athletic Director
Milton HS

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Final Exam Schedule and Expectations 2013-2014





Students must take the exam during the designated times above. If a student misses an exam for any reason, s/he must receive administrative approval from his/her Vice Principal in order to make-up the exam. The Vice Principal will then follow up with the teacher. 

Students may not leave an exam early. After they complete and hand in their Final exams, they may study or read quietly. They may not use an any electronic devices (no headphones out, Kindles, Ipads/tablets, Ipods, GameBoys, etc.) then or any time during the school day. 

For students with school bus passes, the school bus will take them home at 1:40 p.m. using abbreviated bus routes that are already established and are posted on Milton High School’s webpage. The only exception is Monday, June 23rd when there is only one scheduled exam; the school bus will leave Milton High at 10:30 a.m.  Please note that there is no bus on Tuesday, June 24th.

The cafeteria and the library will be open during exam times so that students who do not have an exam can have a place to study quietly. 

Lunch will be served from 10:10 a.m. – 11:10 a.m. (Wednesday - Friday).

Students are not permitted to linger/hang out in the hallways during the lunch period nor during exams. 

During lunch time, students may go to the cafeteria, to the library for a quiet study or to the Field House to play basketball or watch others play (Wednesday - Friday). 

Students who have two exams on any given day are not permitted to leave the building for lunch or any other reason. We do not have an open campus, therefore, all students must remain in the building during the school day. 

If a student does not have an exam during a particular exam period, the student does not have to be in school during that time. For example, if a student has a half-year course that meets first period, the student takes their exam on the Review Day/Semester Exam Day, Tuesday, June 17th.  The student does not need to be in school during the Final Period 1 time slot.

Girls Volleyball Receives Philanthropic Achievement Award Banner

The Milton High School Girls volleyball team recently received a Philanthropic Achievement Award banner from The Side-Out Foundation for their contributions to the 2013 Dig Pink Rally Campaign.  The volleyball team raised over $4,000 for breast cancer research through their Dig Pink match.  

Below are pictures of the banner being raised in the field house.  





Milton Crew takes Bronze at Nationals in Saratoga Springs, NY

On June 8th, the Milton Crew Team attended the National Schools Championship Regatta in Saratoga Springs, New York.  The Boys Varsity rowers took home the bronze!

Boys Varsity Rowers: Paul Corcoran, Lucas Campbell, Nico Gilmore, Shane McLaughlin and Coxswain Kip Melcher

Congratuations!