Thursday, November 29, 2012

Early Release Days for 2012-2013 School Year

MHS will have five early release days in the 2012-2013 school year. Dismissal on these days will be at 11:16 a.m.  Two to four buses will transport students to each side of the town at dismissal (East Milton and West Milton).  Below are the early dismissal dates:

January 9
February 6
March 6
April 3
May 1

The early release days, recently approved by school committee, address the NEASC recommendation for increased collaboration time for MHS teachers.  The teachers will use the time from 11:45 a.m. until 2:45 p.m. for collaborative work such as analyzing assessments, reviewing and revising curriculum, and improving instruction.

Health Room News - Scoliosis Screening, Grade 9

Scoliosis screening will begin for 9th graders in December during physical education and health classes.  Students who are not screened in December will be screened in January and February also during health / physical education classes.  This is a Department of Public Health mandate and grade nine is the last year for scoliosis screening.  Students are presently screened in grades 5 – 9 due to the significant growth that normally takes place during these years.  Any questions or concerns can be directed to the health room at 617–696–4470 ext. 1 for Mrs. Margaret Gibbons, R.N. In addition, if there are other health issues or concerns that Mrs. Gibbons can be of any assistance please feel free to call or email her at

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

MHS Student Selected for All Eastern Division Chorus

Milton High student, Andrew Mowe, has been selected to be in the All Eastern Division Chorus. He is only the fifth student from MHS in the past 30+ years to be selected for All Eastern. Eastern Division includes Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, American schools in Europe, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont. His selection is based on his outstanding score at last year's Massachusetts All State audition.

Andrew is so deserving of this great honor. He is very hard working, dedicated, enthusiastic, and a strong leader. He is Co-President of the MHS Chorus. He belongs to four after/before school MHS singing groups--Do-Re-Migos, the Gospel Choir, the Milton Afterschool Singers, and the MHS Carolers. He had a leading role in the musicals Footloose and Hairspray. He is very humble and down to earth - a great team player through and through.

The festival will be held in Hartford, CT in April. Bravo to Andrew!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

MHS Financial Aid Night - Wednesday, Dec 5th, at 7 p.m.

On Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 7:00 p.m., Jodi Then, a Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA) Representative will be here to give a financial aid presentation.  She will discuss the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as well as the College Scholarship Service (CSS) Profile.  She will also share tips and dispel any myths regarding the financial aid process.  The presentation will take place in the Charles Winchester Auditorium at Milton High School. 


On November 17, 2012, eight students from Milton High School attended the Granite State Certamen (Latin Competition) at Dover High School in Dover, New Hampshire. At this Certamen, students competed against other schools by answering questions about the Latin language, ancient Roman culture, mythology, and history. Milton High School was the only school from Massachusetts in attendance, and represented our state well by placing in the top 10 in what was, for many team members, their first ever Certamen. 

Our next competition is at Boston Latin Academy in January.

From L to R: Latin Instructor M. Webb, Latin Students J. McGrath, M. Welz, M. Lydon, K. Van Allen, D. Perkins, M. Aldrich, M. McAuliffe, and M. Nolan

Results from MA Music Educators Eastern District Auditions

Congratulations to the students who were selected to perform in the Eastern District Festival in January!  Also, thank you to everyone who made the auditions at MHS possible.

Below is a message from Dr. Noreen Diamond Burdett, Director of Fine Arts:

Thank you to Rebecca Damiani, Gary Good, Patricia Ostrem, David Adams, Julius, Bill Parsloe, Charlie, and many parents from FAME for helping out on Saturday, November 17th at the Eastern District auditions. We had over 70 students who helped out as well!  Almost 1,000 students from schools in the eastern district of Massachusetts came to Milton High School to audition for places in the District Festival.

Our own MHS students fared very well in this very competitive audition with 23 of them selected to perform in the festival in January!  12 of them had such high scores that they received Massachusetts All State recommendations (they will audition in December).  Bravo to all of
these students.

The 23 in district:

Band:  Dawn Barrett, Simon Eder, Kristen Ingraham, Bethany Knight, Rebecca Simms, Christine Stafford, Phil WIkina

Chorus: David Cleckley, Monika Cormack, Andrew Flynn,Bailey McDonnell, Kevin Mehdizadeh, Andrew Mowe, Jackie Ruscito, Garrett Sager, Shaina Toon, Eliza Trickett, Christina Urbina

Strings: Kali Guise,Aminzie Marc, Lily Moerschel, Rose Moerschel

Jazz: Will Hess

The 12 who received All State recommendations:

Band: Simon Eder, Kristen Ingraham, Rebecca Simms

Chorus:  Andrew Flynn, Bailey McDonnell, Andrew Mowe, Garrett Sager, Eliza Trickett

Strings:  Kali Guise, Lily Moerschel, Rose Moerschel

Jazz:  Will Hess

New Towel and Toiletries Drive - Ends this Friday!

The Milton High School PTSFO in conjunction with Collicot, Cunningham, Tucker, Glover and Pierce is participating in a “New Towel and Toiletries Drive” to support Father Bill’s & MainSpring. Father Bill’s provides emergency shelter, housing and support for homeless families, individuals and veterans in our area and the South Shore. Their shelters are at 170% capacity and are in dire need of new towels and toiletries. If you can, please consider donating one of these items to this very worthy organization. Please see the flyer below for other items they are in need of. Each school in Milton has been given a donation box which will be in the main office.

The collection will continue through this Friday, November 30th.

Foods I Students Use the Supertracker Website

Here is a post from Family and Consumer Sciences teacher, Elaine Lovett:

Although the months of November, December and early January may not be the best time to look into this website, try to be brave!  Foods I students recently completed assignments using the United States Department of Agriculture's great new website, Supertracker.  The website was opened in July of 2012 to help all of us get a better handle on our diet, caloric needs, exercise and activity levels.  The site is  You can create a personal profile with your age, gender, approximate height and weight.  After that, you can keep track of daily calories with a food diary, calories burned from exercise, an online coach, etc.  It's definitely worth the time to learn more about a healthier you!

Future Hospitality Leaders Day

The following post is from Family & Consumer Sciences teacher, Elaine Lovett:

During the first week of November, a group of 24 students from MHS attended the Future Hospitality Leaders Day at Newbury College in Brookline.  Milton students joined others from Canton, Avon, Waltham, Madison Park, and Blue Hills at this most worthwhile meeting.  Students learned about the wide variety of careers in the hospitality industry, from hotels to restaurants, clubs, resorts, functions, athletic venues and other facilities.  The keynote speaker, Hillary Baumann, is the Human Resource Director at Fenway Park for ARAMark.  She explained some of the opportunities that are available in a workplace like Fenway.  Students also met in round table discussions with sales and marketing executives, concierge managers, club managers, restaurant managers, hotel general managers, etc.  A tour of Newbury College was included in the Leadership conference.  Students were also treated to a continental breakfast as well as a sit down luncheon prepared and served by the Newbury Culinary Arts students.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Spirit Week is Underway!

Yesterday we wore PURPLE to support the Anti-Bullying movement.  Today is Dress Up/Dress Down day (students dress up and faculty dress down).  All week there has been penny wars and the sale of class links at lunch.  Make sure that you show your school spirit by participating in some of the events!

Here are some more things that are happening:

Friday, 11/16:

Dress Up/Dress Down (students dress up, faculty dress down)

Sale of Class Links at Lunch

Penny Wars at Lunch

JV Football Game vs. Braintree@ 4 pm

Freshman Football Game vs. Braintree @ 6 pm


Sunday, 11/18:

Powder Puff Game @ 11 am


Monday, 11/19:

Twin Day

Sale of Class Links at Lunch

Penny Wars at Lunch

Wall Decorating 2:30 – 5:00 pm in the Field House

Spirit Night 6:00 – 8:00 pm in the Field House (events include: Class Family Feud, Eating Contest, Class Dodgeball)


Tuesday, 11/20:

Wear your Class Colors!

→Seniors: RED

→Juniors: WHITE

→Sophomores: BLUE

→Freshmen: BLACK

PEP RALLY in the Field House


Thursday, 11/22

Varsity Football Game vs. Braintree @ 10 am


Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Key Club and National Honor Society Food Drive

The Key Club and National Honor Society will be hosting a food drive from Tuesday, November 6 - until Thursday, November 15.  Please contribute one of the following items:
  • cans of turkey or chicken
  • gravy
  • whole kernel corn
  • peas
  • fruit salad
  • cake frosting
  • cranberry sauce
  • packaged stuffing mix
  • boxed cake mix
  • boxed tea bags
  • instant coffee
Donation boxes are located in classrooms throughout the building.  Please see Mrs. Donnelly or Sra. Billings with any questions.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Latin IV Students Perform One-Act Plays for Tucker 5th Graders

From Brendan Hunt, Latin IV Student (Mr. Webb),

Latin IV students at Milton High School will be travelling to Tucker Elementary School in Milton to put on several one act plays for the fifth grade classes.  These one act plays derive from fables written by the ancient poet Phaedrus.  By putting these plays on for the fifth grade classes, we hope to broaden their knowledge of fables greatly.  We plan to give them a chance to work with high school students to make connections between Latin fables and English fables, which they too have just finished studying.  These plays will include costumes, backgrounds, and have auditory features.  We would like to extend an invitation to you to join us at Tucker School on November 8th, from 10:30 to 11:30 am.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Sports this Weekend!

Tonight is Milton Varsity Football's Senior Night!  Come to the game at Brooks Field - 7 p.m. on Friday, November 2.  It will be the last home game performance for the MHS Varsity Football team, Fall Cheerleading team, and Marching Band.

Football Senior Night Video
Marching Band Senior Night Video
Cheerleading Senior Night Video

On Saturday, November 3, the Girls Varsity Volleyball team will have a first round game for the MIAA Central Division 2 Tournament.  The game is at 5 p.m. at Westborough High School.

Volleyball Tournament Video

On Sunday, November 4, the Boys Varsity Soccer team will have a first round game for the MIAA South Division 2 Tournament.  The game will be at Hingham High School at 12 p.m.  

Good luck to all of our teams this weekend!  Go CATS!