Tuesday, February 26, 2013

MIAA Tournament Update - Boys' Hockey

The Milton High School Boys’ Hockey Team will play against Marshfield High School in the MIAA Division I South Tournament tomorrow, Wednesday, February 27th at 6:00 pm at the  Gallo Arena Ice Skating Rink, 231 Sandwich Rd, Bourne, MA 02532.

Monday, February 25, 2013

MIAA Tournament Updates

Below is an update from our Athletic Director, Stephen Traister:

WRESTLINGWe also had six wrestlers qualify for the states after a great sectional tournment: Anton Libsch, Mark Chandler, Keith Martin, Zach Mazzarella, Jonathan Carrera, and Peter Hailer.  In addition, junior Jonathan Carrera and senior Peter Hailer both qualified for the New England Wrestling Championships this weekend. Both won the Division 2 South Sectionals and were finalists in the state meet last week.  Ted Carroll, our coach, was named the Division 2 South Section Coach of the year.  

GIRLS INDOOR TRACK: Zion Theodros, Molly Dempsey, Andriana Higgins, and Andrea Juzyca will compete in the state Pentathlon meet on Wednesday, February 27.  Additionally, Junior Andriana Higgins qualified to compete at the New England Championships in hurdles.  

SKI: Lucas Campbell, Tori Zimmer, Sophie Chase and Shea Rulon will be competing in MIAA Alpine Ski Meet in Berkshires on Tuesday, February 26.

GIRLS HOCKEY: Milton vs. Fontbonne 4pm at Shea Rink (Quincy) in a MIAA Division 2 Preliminary Round Tournament Game on Tuesday, February 26.

BOYS BASKETBALL: Milton vs. Boston English 7pm MHS Copeland Field House in a MIAA Division 2 South Preliminary Round Tournament Game on Tuesday, February 26.

The Boys Hockey team will be seeded on Tuesday, Feb 26, in the MIAA Division 1 South Tournament

Friday, February 22, 2013

5th Annual MHS Walk-a-thon - Rescheduled to Wednesday, March 13

The 5th Annual MHS Walkathon for Sports and Clubs has been rescheduled to Wednesday, March 13, from 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm in the Copeland Field House.

Students, don't forget your consent form and pledge sheet.  We'll see you there!

Students Accepted to South Eastern Massachusetts School Band Association (SEMSBA) Festival

The following information was originally posted in the February 11th Eblast from Superintendent Gormley.  To see a complete list, including Pierce Middle School students, please see the original post.

The Music Department is thrilled to announce that 37 students from Milton High School were accepted to the Senior SEMSBA Festival; nine of our high school students were accepted to the Junior SEMSBA Festival; and 20 students from Pierce were accepted to the Junior SEMSBA Festival!  Bravo to these students who worked hard to prepare their audition piece, performed all by themselves in front of two adjudicators, and received excellent scores!  Thank you to Mrs. Marinilli and Mr. Werner for being the bus chaperones — also to Dr. Noreen Diamond Burdett, Dawn Sykes and Gary Good. 
Milton High School students accepted to Junior SEMSBA: Chorus: Maryanne MacIsaac, Samantha Antoniewicz, Tatiana Perez, Ben Donahue and Patrick McDonnell. Band: Liam Hines, Dane Matejka, Nira Bullis and Matthew Nolan.
Milton High School students accepted to Senior SEMSBA: Chorus:  Monika Cormack, Bailey McDonnell, Elizabeth O’Connor, Jacqueline Ruscito, Emily Driscoll, Giuliana Giddings, Eliza Trickett, Andrew Flynn, Matthew Wong, Johance Liverpool, Joshuea Ogbuike, Garrett Sager. Strings: Graham Bly, Olivia Done, Ani Gaden, Cara Genduso, Ailsa Jeffries, Madeleine Lachevre, Nikki Lam, Oceane Marescal, Camille Carpenter, Abigail Greenwood, Morgan Kelley, Amiel Marc, Aminzie Marc. Band:  Bethany Knight, Shannon MacLeod, Tansy Massey-Green, Rebekah Mondelus, Dawn Barrett, Madison Peltier, Christine Stafford, Gregory Lynch, Ian Kelly, Victoria Grudem, Will Hess and Phil Wikina.

Students Participate in Axis of Hope

The following information was originally posted in the February 11th Eblast from Superintendent Gormley.

From Barbara Wright, Humanities Department Head:
Students Participate in Axis of Hope:  Milton High students, along with students from Milton Academy and O’Bryant High School, were recently asked to negotiate peace for one of the most volatile areas of the world – the Middle East. Their goal during a one-day workshop was to determine who would control and provide security to Jerusalem, and they were asked to see the issue through the lens of both Israelis and Palestinians. Many were forced to take on positions with which they did not necessarily agree, but each gained a valuable lesson in Middle Eastern history as well as negotiation. 
Twenty freshmen Milton High students traveled to O’Bryant High on February 5th and worked with students from all three schools as part of a program called Axis of Hope, created by Boston University professor Carl Hobert.  Axis of Hope is a non-profit organization dedicated to developing and applying negotiation skills to resolve conflict.  Professor Hobert hopes that by bringing students together to practice negotiation skills, they can learn about conflicts around the world but also apply what they have learned in their own lives.
Students arrived early Tuesday morning and joined students they had never met before, and by noon time they were communicating as if they were old friends. As the day went on, students became more animated and enthusiastic in their conversations as their confidence on the issue grew.  Professor Hobert said, “This kind of exercise allows students to improve their communication skills, their comprehension of material they are studying, their ability to compromise, their compassion for others, their creativity, their critical thinking skills – and so much more.”
The partnership between the schools was not a one-day event because there is already conversations about doing the same type of summit again in the spring, maybe around the crisis in Rwanda or US immigration policies.

MHS Mixed Chorus to Perform with the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra

The following information was originally posted in the February 11th Eblast from Superintendent Gormley.  

From Dr. Noreen Diamond Burdett, our Director of Fine & Applied Arts:
The Milton HS Mixed Chorus is singing with the choruses from Hingham HS, Scituate HS, and Braintree HS and will be performing with the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra.  We are performing the entire Mozart Requiem (80 pages of music!)
We have had our first joint rehearsal with the other choruses – the first rehearsal was at Scituate HS. Then we will rehearse in February at Braintree High; in March at Hingham High, and in April at Milton High.  The concert will be at Sanders Theatre (part of Harvard University) on Tuesday, April 9th.
This is the first time in over 25 years that we have done a combined performance of this magnitude!  It is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the students.

Boston Globe Scholastic Art Awards 2013 Winners

The following information was originally posted in the February 11th Eblast from Superintendent Gormley.  To see Pierce Middle School winners, please see the original post.
Milton High School Winners: 
The Gold Key is the highest level of achievement on the regional level. Approximately 7 – 10% of all regional submissions are recognized with Gold Key Awards and all are considered for National-level recognition and will go on to compete at the National Level.
Daniel Nabi – Two Gold Keys — one for his Photography Portfolio and one for his Photograph “On the Corner,” both submitted by Ms. Hughes
Charlotte O’Neill – Two Gold Keys — one for her Photography Portfolio and one for her Photograph “London 8, Lumier,” both submitted by Ms. Hughes
Amanda Liberty – Gold Key for her Art Portfolio submitted by Ms. Hughes
Dilanna Morrison – Gold Key for her Photography Portfolio submitted by Ms. Hughes.
The Silver Key is awarded to approximately 10 – 15% of all regional submissions.
Amanda Liberty –Silver Key for her Mixed Media/Altered Book “Boston is My Hometown” submitted by Ms. Hughes
Julia Clark – Silver Key for her drawing “Dandelion Crown” submitted by Ms. Hughes
Cara Genduso – Silver Key for her drawing “The Man” submitted by Ms. Derby
Madeleine Lachevere – Silver Key for her Drawing “Focus” submitted by Ms. Derby
Johance Liverpool – Silver Key for her drawing submitted by Ms. Derby.
The Honorable Mention recognizes students with artistic potential and is awarded to approximately 15 – 20% of all regional submissions. Unfortunately due to space limitations, only Gold and Silver Winning Artwork will be displayed at the State Exhibition.
Kati Bomback – Honorable Mention for her Mixed Media “Falling with Style” submitted by Ms. Derby
Julia Clark – Honorable Mention for her Oil Painting “Julia” submitted by Ms. Hughes
Cara Genduso – Honorable Mention for her Drawing “Stella” submitted by Ms. Derby
Casey Glynn – Honorable Mention for her Painting submitted by Ms. Hughes
Julia Keohane – Honorable Mention for her Drawing submitted by Ms. Hughes
Joshua Kery – Honorable Mention for his Drawing “Basketball” submitted by Ms. Derby
Dillana Morrison – Honorable Mention for her Photograph submitted by Ms. Hughes
Hanna Musgrove – Honorable Mention for her Painting submitted by Ms. Hughes
Olivia Phelan – Honorable Mention for her Oil Painting “Woman Seated” submitted by Ms. Hughes

MHS Student Wins Classical Association of New England Writing Contest

Mirabile Dictu.  Congratulations to our MHS Senior Ellen Chow. She has been selected as the winner of the 2012-2013 Classical Association of New England Writing Contest (CANE) for her “engaging and insightful” entry on the Oresteia titled “Kings and Tyrants, Senators and Citizens: Political Power in Myth and History”. This contest is open to all Greek and Latin students from the six New England states. 

“This is the highest achievement on a regional level for a Latin or Greek student at the middle and high school level,” says her Latin teacher Mary Lou Markarian. The project must be an original work and no assistance can be given by others involved.  Milton High regularly wins this contest at the state level (Classical Association of Massachusetts), but has not won regionally since 2004.  Ellen has been asked to speak at the annual banquet in March at the University of Connecticut where she will also receive her prestigious award.  

Congratulations, Ellen!

Students Attend Engineering and Green Careers Field Trip

Seventeen students in grades 9-12 attended a School to Careers field trip pertaining to Engineering and Green Careers on Wednesday, January 30th at Canton High School.  Students met with representatives from a variety of engineering and green firms, including Shaw Environmental, SAK Engineering, Maxymillian Technologies, Universal Technical Institute, and NSTAR. The presentations made students aware of the different career paths associated with an engineering degree and the best educational routes to enter into engineering fields.

MHS Students standing in front of a Nissan Leaf, 100% electric car

MHS Robotics Team to Host Statewide Robotics Competition - March 3 at Cunningham/Collicot

Earlier in the year the Milton High School robotics team was scheduled to host an official qualifying event for the First Tech Challenge.  Low enrollment required the cancellation of the December meet but it is now rescheduled for Sunday, March 3, 2013 from 7:30 am to 6:00 pm.  This is a great opportunity for the community to see an exciting robotics competition in action.  The opening ceremonies begin at 10:00 am in the Cunningham Cafeteria and the closing awards ceremony will take place at 4:45 pm.  We expect 15-18 teams from all over New England.

Volunteers Needed

To make this day a success we need volunteers to:   
  •  Register competitors
  •  Referee the competition
  • Supervise the teams
  • Provide technical support on the practice field
  • Keep score
  • Provide music for the day

Volunteers will be given assignments that last from 1 hour to all day.  If you are interested in volunteering please contact Marilyn Decker, Director of Science, at mdecker@miltonps.org.

The Game

This year’s contest, Ring it Up, requires teams to build a robot that can place plastic rings on an array of PVC pipes.

Milton High School Robotics Team

The team is comprised of 15 students from grades 9 to 12.  Students have learned how to program NXT robots in their computer science class with Ms. Parsons and then they meet after school to build their robot.  Albert Enyedy is the president of the team which is coached by Mr. Diamond and Mrs. Decker.  They will compete with teams from across to New England as part of the First Tech Challenge program.  The team earned money to support the program by providing a robotics camp for elementary students last summer.  In September the team received a $1000 grant from PTC, a Needham based technology corporation.  The team is currently looking for additional corporate and private sponsors.

SAT Prep Courses at MHS - Registration Deadline is February 27

Milton High School is pleased to offer SAT Prep courses to students who are looking to improve their SAT scores.  Please see the flyer below for dates, times, and registration information.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

MHS Dramatics Society Presents "Black Comedy" on Thursday, February 28

Milton High School's Dramatics Society will present Peter Shaffer's "Black Comedy" on Thursday, February 28th, at 7 pm at the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium at Milton High School. The show is a romantic farce set in 1960's London, appropriate for middle and high school students. Come and see our award-winning cast in their only pre-Festival performance of 2013! Tickets are available at the door. Pierce Players are especially welcome!

Don't miss this wonderful evening of theater!

The cast and crew are bringing this show to the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild Festival on March 2nd, at Brookline High School. The performance time is 3 pm. Admission is $10.00 and you will be admitted only between shows. Come and support our home town talent!

Our talented cast members include Gabby Bongiorno, Dan Halloran, Yvonne Corbett, Tim Vhay, Will Weir, Emily Berman, Casey Glynn, and Julia Clark; the technical crew is headed up by Amanda Liberty, stage manager, and Dave Cleckley, our "Sound Man".  Senior Andrew Flynn is directing the play; the hardworking crew members, including those on hair, make-up, and costumes, include Saidhbhe Berry, Ariana Ferrante, Katrina Ramkissoon, Dan Madden, Amy Savino, Tim Flaherty, Sharon Liu, Jen White, William Miller, Emily Edwards, Abby Greenwood, Simone Greaves, and Conor Roche.

MHS Athletics - Week of February 11, 2013

Please see the MHS Athletics Weekly Schedule for this week's games.  Please note that dates and times may be subject to change.  Please check Schedule Star for the most up-to-date information.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Mock Trial

Congratulations to the MHS Mock Trial team!

Below are competition recaps from History Teacher and Mock Trial Faculty Advisor, Mr. Mike Matisoff:

Mock Trial Competition #1: 

On January 24, the MHS Mock Trial team competed against Newton Country Day School at Newton District Court at 2pm.  The trial this year was about a murder and Milton was prosecuting.  It was the burden of our 6 attorneys and 3 witnesses to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant from Newton Country Day committed the murder of her great aunt by poisoning her with her own medication.  Unfortunately, MHS lost the competition by only 2 points.  Even though we lost the competition, we found the defendant GUILTY, so that was good news.  

We had two students score 9 out of 10 points on their first competition!
Gillian Veneto (sophomore) was an attorney cross examining the defendant; and
Billy Griffin (sophomore) was our expert witness, a doctor and an expert in pharmacology and toxicology who was testifying about the medical examiner report he filed after performing the autopsy of the victim.

Our team overall did outstanding and were really disappointed in the loss.  The MHS Mock Trial students are articulate, eloquent, and extraordinarily intelligent.  They think on their feet and they act quickly and argue effectively on the spot. The amount that this team prepared for this competition with preparation during school hours and the countless hours of after school and evening scrimmages they logged made them take it personally when they lost the competition today.

Mock Trial Competition #2:

Milton High matched up against the four-time regional and state champs Newton South High School as the Prosecution for a second time in round two of the state wide Mock Trial tournament. The competition took place at Framingham District Court on Tuesday, January 29.   Our student attorneys did an outstanding job with their objections, which was one of the suggestions from the judge of the last competition, and were even commended on their confidence and their knowledge of courtroom procedure on an individual basis by this week's judge.  As a team, we raised our OVERALL team score and many of our attorneys improved on an individual basis from last week to help the team increase our score -  most notably Destiny Edouard who prepared questions and cross examined a witness from Newton South and also delivered the Closing Argument, Kervens Jean-Philippe who prepared and delivered the Opening Statement for MHS, and Dara Kennedy who acted as one of Milton High's witnesses for the Prosecution - all of whom received scores of 9 out of 10, which improved upon their score from last week.

The amazing three-day turnaround (with Midyear exams included in their hectic schedules) in our performance and preparation and the amazing improvements MHS made were no match for Newton South High School's  

attorneys and witnesses, who as a team scored almost a perfect score.  Although we lost as a team, MHS as a team worked together to raise our overall score from the last competition and competed with more confidence of the rules of the courtroom, knowledge of the case materials, and general knowledge of the law for which they were commended - even by the attorney coach of the other team!  MHS stood their ground and went neck-and-neck with the reigning state champs and were not in the least bit intimidated.  

The students involved with the Mock Trial program this year are:

Noni Adams

Shakia Cumberbatch
Destiny Edouard
Billy Griffin
Tyler Jarrett
Kervens Jean-Philippe
Dara Kennedy
Sharon Lui
Caroline Maniscalco
Liana Massey-Green
Matthew McCarthy
Saul Nunez
Acadia Ryder
Gillian Veneto
Yamilay Etienne
Javana Samuels
Colin O'Brien
Damaris Sweeney
Mitterand Metayer
Nicholas Juzyca
Matthew Murphy
Catherine Pamphil

Business Education News

The following post is from Mr. AJ Melanson, Business Teacher:

Recently, Intro to Business students acted out skits to illustrate business ethics cases.  The students were assigned to read a business ethics case, find peers who were assigned the same case, discuss the case with one another, and prepare the skit.  Each skit then lead into a class discussion regarding the ethical issues with the case. 

In Tech Essentials students presented Web 2.0 tools.  Each student created a presentation in the format they were presenting.  For example, one student created a Prezi on how to make a Prezi.

MHS Curriculum News

The following curriculum news articles were originally posted in Superintendent Gormley's January 16th Eblast:
Visual Arts
This year in Kassandra Derby’s Drawing II, students designed a mural for the pre-school hallway at Collicot Elementary. During the month of January, the class had a field-trip to Collicot to draw and paint the design on the wall. The result is an amazing, colorful and playful 12 foot by 9 foot masterpiece.
When students arrived at the elementary school that morning, they faced a completely blank wall and by the end of the school day, the wall was filled with fairy tale characters and beautiful scenery. Every student significantly contributed through drawing, painting, mixing colors, washing paint brushes, offering praise and constructive criticism.
The teachers at Collicot selected “Once upon a Time” theme, designed by Cara Genduso, Haley Jepson, Julia Sullivan and Kiayra Coon, after much deliberation. The high school artists enjoyed some help from Miss Lathwell’s 5th grade ACE class, who assisted with color mixing and painting. We are very proud of the hard work and creativity of our dedicated artists!   


Debate Team
debateteam1We have great news from our high school debate team. Recently, 14 of our students traveled to Newton South to compete in a public  forum debate at their Inaugural tournament. There were over 70  public forum debate pairs (140 students) debating the resolution: “Resolved: On Balance, the Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v.  Federal Election Commission harms the election process.”
Two of our teams made it to the quarter finals (which were the final rounds, due to time constraints), Ailsa Jeffries & Isabelle Smith and Cormac Conners & Chris Dsida.  In addition, two of our students, Isabelle Smith and Chris Dsida were honored as top speakers, coming in 3rd and 7th, respectively, out of over 140 students.  We also had two pairs finish 3-1 (could have been selected for quarter finals), Chris Ricciuti & Jack Caljouw and Anna Lamb & Olivia Erikson.  All our other pairs were 2-2 (Katrina Kourtelidis & Hannah Shepard, Tess Deaibes & Amy Savino and Sharon Lui & Corina Delerme).  
Thanks also to Nick Fitzgerald and Nancy Warn who coach the team together.

Walk-a-thon Cancelled - New Date/Time TBA

Due to inclement weather, the Walk-a-thon has been cancelled this weekend.  A new date/time will be announced and posted on the Milton Public Schools website. 

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

FAME Bottle & Can Drive Cancelled

Below is a message from Grace Marinilli and Ed Hayward, co-presidents of Friends and Advocates of Music Education (FAME):
The FAME bottle & can drive scheduled for this Saturday, February 9, has been cancelled.
Given the nature of the storm forecast for Friday and Saturday, and after consulting with Mr. Jette and Dr. Burdett, we decided it was best to make the decision to re-schedule.
We will let you know as soon as possible when we have secured a new date for the fundraiser. So keep saving those bottles and cans!
Please visit the FAME website at www.miltonfame.org

Monday, February 4, 2013

MHS Athletics - Week of February 4, 2013

Important notice from Athletic Director Steve Traister: Due to the snowstorm forecast for this weekend, ALL SCHEDULED GAMES AND PRACTICES ARE CANCELLED FOR FRIDAY, SATURDAY, AND SUNDAY.  

Boys Basketball

Tuesday, February 5
3:45 pm Boys Freshman Basketball @ Walpole

5:00 pm Boys JV Basketball @ Walpole
6:30 pm Boys Varsity Basketball @ Walpole

Thursday, February 7
3:45 pm Boys Freshman Basketball @ Wellesley
5:15 pm Boys JV Basketball @ Wellesley
6:30 pm Boys Varsity Basketball @ Wellesley

Girls Basketball

Tuesday, February 5
3:45 pm Girls Freshman Basketball vs. Walpole - HOME

5:00 pm Girls JV Basketball vs. Walpole - HOME
6:30 pm Girls Varsity Basketball vs. Walpole - HOME

Wednesday, February 6
5:00 pm Girls Varsity Basketball vs. Madison Park - HOME

Thursday, February 7
3:45 pm Girls Freshman Basketball vs. Wellesley - HOME
5:00 pm Girls JV Basketball vs. Wellesley - HOME
6:30 pm Girls Varsity Basketball vs. Wellesley - HOME

Boys Ice Hockey

Wednesday, February 6
5:45 pm Boys Varsity Ice Hockey @ Wellesley

Thursday, February 7
4:45 pm Boys JV Ice Hockey vs. Brookline - HOME

Saturday, February 9
7:00 pm Boys Varsity Ice Hockey vs. Dedham - HOME
9:00 pm Boys JV Ice Hockey vs. Framingham - HOME
Varsity Boys Ice Hockey vs. Dedham - postponed until Tuesday at 4 pm (HOME)
JV Ice Hockey vs. Framingham - cancelled (no makeup)

Girls Ice Hockey

Wednesday, February 6
7:00 pm Girls Varsity Ice Hockey vs. Wellesley - HOME

Saturday, February 9
4:15 pm Girls Varsity Ice Hockey @ Dedham
Girls Varsity Ice Hockey vs. Dedham - postponed - make-up date TBA

Boys Indoor Track

Wednesday, February 6
4:00 pm Boys Varsity Track BSC Meet 

Girls Indoor Track

Wednesday, February 6
4:00 pm Girls Varsity Track BSC Meet

Boys Wrestling

Tuesday, February 5
7:15 pm Boys Varsity Wrestling @ Braintree

COED Alpine Skiing

Monday, February 4
4:30 pm Varsity Alpine Meet

Thursday, February 7
4:30 pm Varsity Alpine Meet

Friday, February 1, 2013

Walk-a-thon Consent Form & Pledge Sheet

The 5th Annual MHS Walk-a-thon for Sports and Clubs will be on February 9, 2013 from 1 – 4 pm in the Copeland Field House.  Below is a copy of the consent form and pledge sheet.  Please come out to support MHS Sports and Clubs.