Sunday, March 31, 2013

Milton Relay for Life - May 18, 2013

A Relay For Life event will be held at Milton High School on Saturday, May 18, in the Copeland Field House.  The event is sponsored by the American Cancer Society and hopes to raise funds for cancer research.  Since it is the first year Milton is hosting the event, it will not be an overnight event - it will take place from 2 to 9 p.m.

Relay For Life is both a meaningful and a fun event.  The day begins with a ceremony in which people who are currently battling cancer, or who survived cancer, are recognized by everybody else as they walk around the track.  Next, people who are caregivers are recognized by the community as they walk around the track.  Then, the relay officially begins as one representative from each team is walking for the rest of the day symbolizing the vigilant and tireless efforts we all put in to end cancer!  The event also has on-site fundraising in which teams can face-paint, sell baked goods, host a number of events at their designated areas, and so much more!  The event will finish with a very somber "luminaria" ceremony, as participant decorated bags are placed around the track, the lights are dimmed, and tea-lights will be placed in the bags to light up the room and the relay with the memories of those who have lost the battle with cancer.

For more information about the relay, please see the flyer below or visit the website:

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

MHS Hosts State Debate Tournament

This past weekend, Milton High School had the honor of hosting a statewide debate tournament.  Over thirty MHS students participated in the day's events.  Cormac Conners and Isabelle Smith ranked second after preliminary rounds, but were eliminated in the playoff rounds.  Ailsa Jeffries and Chris Dsida finished second in the state.  This was Milton's best showing to date.

Thank you to the students for representing Milton with dignity, to the parents that have supported the team in various ways, and to the MHS Debate Team advisors, Mr. Fitzgerald and Mrs. Warn, for all of their dedication and hard work this year.  

Student of the Quarter Awards - Term 2

2012-2013 Term 2 Students of the Quarter

In late February, in the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium, twenty Milton High School students were honored for their outstanding academic achievement throughout the second term.  Students were nominated by their teachers and final selections were agreed upon by department.  The event began with music performed by the MHS Music Group "Shout Section" and followed with a reception and pictures.  

Congratulations to the winners of the Student of the Quarter award for Term 2!

Cara Genduso
Joshua Kery

Business Education
Molly Dempsey
Eric Hale

Katrina Kourtelidis
John Feeney

Family and Consumer Sciences
Micaela Devonish
Anthony Smith

Gustavo Arnal
Victoria Grudem

Emily Brink
John Mullen

Kristen Ingraham
Joshuea Ogbuike

Physical Education & Health Education
Meredith Kelly
Kendall Van Allen

Tristan Darby
Oceane Marescal

World Languages
Sindu Banerjee
Ines Kagubare

Senior SEMSBA Music Festival

From the Director of Fine and Applied Arts, Dr. Noreen Diamond Burdett:

We have 37 MHS students who were selected by audition for the Senior SEMSBA Music Festival and we have ONE student who was selected for the Eastern Division Honors Music Festival (from a combined 13 states!).  Both festivals are the weekend of April 5-6.

Additionally, Gary Good was selected as the Festival Conductor for the Senior SEMSBA Concert Band!

Eastern Division Honors Chorus - Andrew Mowe

Senior SEMSBA Festiva
Dawn Barrett
Graham Bly
Camille Carpenter
Monika Cormack
Olivia Done
Emily Driscoll
Andrew Flynn
Ani Gaden
Cara Genduso
Giuliana Giddings
Abby Greenwood
Victoria Grudem
Will Hess
Ailsa Jeffries
Morgan Kelley
Ian Kelly
Bethany Knight
Maddie Lachevre
Nikki Lam
Johance Liverpool
Greg Lynch
Shannon MacLeod
Amiel Marc
Aminzie Marc
Oceane Marescal
Tansy Massey-Green
Bailey McDonnell
Rebekah Mondelus
Elizabeth O'Connor
Josh Ogbuike
Madison Peltier
Jackie Ruscito
Garrett Sager
Christine Stafford
Eliza Trickett
Phil Wikina
Matt Wong

Milton Teens in Need Sponsored Events

Prom Dress Drive

We are collecting clean, gently used: 
Prom Dresses, Bridesmaid Dresses, Dress Shoes, Bling, and Wraps

February 25th - April 2nd

Drop off Locations: 
Milton High School, 25 Gile Road
Pierce Middle School, 451 Central Avenue

Prom Kick-Off Party

April 3rd at 11:30 am (Early Release Day)
Milton High School Field House

We will be serving lunch, loaning all of the donated dresses, raffling off gift cards for various beauty treatments, and giving away free flip flops to all participants.

Please contact Karen DeLuca at 617-429-9504 if you have any questions or would like to make a donation to these events.

Monday, March 18, 2013

MHS Faculty/Staff Talent Show

The Milton High School Faculty/Staff Talent Show will be held on Thursday, March 21st and Friday, March 22nd in the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium at 7 pm.  This is a great night of fun for student, parents, guardians and faculty, and it is also a great fundraiser for athletics, clubs and activities. Please see the flyer below for more information.

Friday, March 8, 2013

2nd Annual St. Paddy's Day Milton 5K Road Race

On Saturday, March 16th at 11 am, the Second Annual St. Paddy’s Day Milton 5K Road Race will be held starting and ending at Cunningham Park.
Last year’s race attracted over 100 local runners, and this year more than 200 are expected.  All proceeds will benefit the Milton High School Rugby Club.  Now in its third year the Rugby Club is a varsity sport and is predicted to be the top team in Division II Eastern Mass this spring.
Come on out and support Milton High School Athletics.  Professional timing will be provided by Spitler Race Timing.  Trophies and medals will be awarded in 3 categories, male and female, ages 18 and under, Open, and Masters.  $25 pre-registration includes free road race T shirt.  Day of race registration is $25 with Ts available for purchase.  Get your green on and help chase the snakes out of Milton!  Costumes encouraged. Prizes for best costumes.  Go to for registration information, or

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Smart Start Breakfast Cart

The following post is from Jackie Morgan, Director of Food Services:
We are pleased to inform you that Milton High is launching a brand new
Smart Start Breakfast Cart
Starting Tuesday March 12th!  The cart will be located at the field house entrance and students can take their grab n’ go breakfast and enjoy it at the new high top tables and chairs in the breakfast cafĂ©!  We will be offering quick, easy and nutritious breakfast foods including warm muffins, whole grain bars, breakfast bars, fruit, yogurt and milk! We will still be offering our traditional hot breakfast in the cafeteria everyday, which includes Milton egg McMuffins, French toast, Pancakes, Yogurt Parfaits and cold cereal.
We are encouraging parents to get their children to school a few minutes earlier during the week so that they will be have time to enjoy a tasty and healthy breakfast before they start their day! Consuming a healthy school breakfast helps children to establish positive eating habits, improve academic performance, decrease visits to the nurse, and positively impact classroom behavior. School breakfast at both the cafeteria and the breakfast cart begins at 7:15AM. All students will be encouraged to use their pre-paid account  and their four digit pin number.  Breakfast is $1.25 per day.
Thank you!

Swim Club

The following information was originally posted in the March 4th Eblast from Superintendent Gormley.  
Congratulations to Milton High School’s first-ever Swim Club, which just completed its first season. Please read the following, submitted by parent Eileen Heller:
The Milton High Swim Club recently competed in a dual meet against Thayer Academy and St. George’s varsity swim teams and were able to capture a few wins.
Freshman Emma Heller took 1st place in the 200 yard freestyle and 1st place in 50 yard breaststroke. Freshman Leah Corcoran took 4th place in 50 yard butterfly, and 4th place in the 100 yard medley. Freshman Tyler Volpe Knock took 5th place in 50 yard Backstroke. Junior Matt O’Sullivan took 5th place in 50 yard freestyle.
Strong performances were given by the relay teams of Liv Jensen, Rachel Joyce, Matt O’Sullivan, and Elizabeth Murphy for their 200 yard medley relay. The 200 yard freestyle relay which included, Olivia Sidoti, Adam Potter, Rachel Joyce and Liv Jensen also did extremely well. Several of our swimmers were injured or travelling, so the full roster did not compete at the meet. It was a wonderful day with huge smiles at the pool and at our end of the season party.
The roster is: Juniors: Matt O’Sullivan and Adam Potter; Sophomores: Liv Jensen, Olivia Sidoti, Gabrielle Che, Christian Jamal; Freshmen: Rachel Joyce, Tyler Volpe Knock, Emily Dsida, Nolan Carvahlo, Elizabeth Murphy, Kristen Rundlett, and team captains: Leah Corcoran, and Emma Heller.
We are very thankful for all of your support and looking forward to continuing to build this swim team. For more information about the Swim Club, please contact Eileen Heller at

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

2012-2013 Winter Sports Recap

The Boys Basketball finished the regular season with a 12-8 record and qualified for the MIAA Division 2 Tournament. After knocking off Boston English, Dennis-Yarmouth, Dorchester, and Wellesley they will now play in the Division 2 South Finals vs. Scituate on Saturday, March 9th at 4 pm at UMASS Boston.

The Girls Basketball Team finished with a record of 7-11. The Wildcats finished strong winning 6 of their last 10 games after starting the year 1-7. 

The Boys’ Varsity Hockey Team qualified for the MIAA Division 1 Tournament with a 9-7-6 record. The lost in their opening round game to a tough Marshfield team.

The Girls Varsity Hockey finished with a record of 10-8-2. They qualified for the MIAA Division 2 State Tournament where they lost 2-1 to Fontbonne on a late goal in the opening round.

The boys track team finished tied for first place in the Herget Division of BSL with a record of 4 and 1. The team finished 5th in Division 3 with Chivinskee Milcent placing 1st in long jump,4th in high jump and hurdles. Kareem Patterson placed 3rd in 55 meter dash. Both boys competed in All State Track Meet.

The Girls Indoor Track Team finished the regular season with a 3-2 record. The girls also placed 4th out of 28 teams in the State Pentathlon. Molly Dempsey (SR) was 6 out of 124 participates, Angie Higgins (JR) was 26 overall and Zion Theodros (SO) was 82 overall. Angie Higgins also competed in the New England Championship this past weekend and finished 7th in the hurdles.

The Wrestling team had finished a great season with a 14-4 record. Peter Hailer and Jonathan Carrera finished first in their weight classes at the MIAA Sectionals, Keith Martin, Anton Libsch and Mark Chandler finished second and Zack Mazzarella finished fourth. All six wrestlers qualified for the MIAA States where Hailer and Carrera were State Finalists and both wrestled in the New England Wrestling Championships this past weekend in Providence, RI.

Three members of the Milton High School Ski Team, Sophie Chase, Lucas Campbell, Tori Zimmer, recently participated in the MIAA State Alpine Championships held at Berkshire East. Lucas Campbell and Sophie Chase turned-in solid performances in Giant Slalom and Slalom, but the afternoon race- honors belonged to Tori Zimmer when she delighted the crowd with a stunning 5th place finish in the Slalom competition.
Tori has been invited to join the 12 person roster for Team Mass alpine skiing in the Eastern High School Championships. This event will be at Cannon Mountain on Mar. 9 & 10. This is a semi-national event of some 15 to 20 states competing. This is Milton’s first participation in the 8 to 10 year history of the event.

Special thanks to the cheerleaders who rallied around our team and continue to cheer for the Boys’ Basketball team as they compete in the MIAA State tournament.


Spring Sports will begin on March 18th.
Phone calls and emails with sign-up info will go out this week.

Eastern District Jr. Festival (Grades 7-9)

Congratulations to the 9 students from MHS who were selected to participate in the Eastern District Jr. Festival (grades 7-9).  

Band - Emily Chow and Madeline Scott

Chorus - Maryanne MacIsaac, Samantha Antoniewicz, Emily Dsida, Hope Huban, Tatiana Perez

Strings - Amiel Marc, Walker Stroud

Happy Music in Our Schools Month!

National Youth Art Month & National Music in Our Schools Month

The following information was originally posted in the March 4th Eblast from Superintendent Gormley.  
The month of March is National Youth Art Month and National Music in Our Schools Month. Below is a list of upcoming high school events to celebrate.  To see a complete list of events for the district, please see the original post. 
March 1st-3rd   Massachusetts All State Conference and Music Festival. MHS students accepted to festival perform at Symphony Hall
March 7th   Grades 5-12 String Ensemble Concert, MHS auditorium, 7 p.m.
March 8th-9th   Eastern Jr. District (grade 7-9) Festival at Lincoln-Sudbury High School. MHS and PMS students accepted to festival perform, Colleen Martin, Chorus Asst. Manager; David Adams, Jazz Asst. Manager
March 11th & 13th   Grades 6-12 Chorus Concert, MHS auditorium, 7 p.m.
March 21st-22nd   MHS Faculty/Staff Talent Show, MHS auditorium, 7 p.m.
March 27th   Grades 5-12 Concert Band Concert, MHS auditorium, 7 p.m

MHS Debate Team Update

The following item was written by Milton High School senior Isabelle Smith.  The article was originally posted in the March 4th Eblast from Superintendent Gormley.
At the start of February vacation, the Milton High Debate Team competed at the 39th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament. Debaters each year fly from all around the country, and even around the world, to compete at Harvard–we encountered teams from Florida, Texas, and South Korea.
Two of our varsity teams, juniors Chris Ricciuti and Jack Caljouw, and junior Chris Dsida and senior Isabelle Smith, attended this highly competitive tournament.
Each team also has to bring a certain number of judges, and parent Suzanne Owens volunteered to judge along with our coach, Mr. Fitzgerald. In our form of debate, a topic is released at the beginning of each month, and then feverishly researched and practiced until the tournament. Not only was the competition especially stiff at the famous Harvard tournament, but the topic was also especially complicated: “The rise of China is beneficial to the interests of the United States.”
Each round included arguments about international economics, global stability, and geopolitics. The tournament lasted three long days, with preliminary rounds on Saturday and Sunday and finals on Monday. Both our teams finished Sunday with a 3-3 record, which is pretty good for Harvard, but did not qualify us for any final rounds. There is little doubt, however, that our returning juniors will do even better next year.
As exciting as the Harvard Tournament was, the debate rollercoaster only goes up from here. March, the final month of the season, is a very busy month for the Milton High School debate team. We have three tournaments on three successive weekends. Two of our varsity teams will attend the Catholic Forensics League Qualifying Tournament on March 10th, hoping to win a bid to the National Catholic Tournament. This is Milton’s first year competing in the Catholic Forensics League. On March16th we have our last local tournament before states, held in Needham.
Finally, in the exciting season finale, the Massachusetts State Debate Tournament will be held on March 23rd at Milton High School. This is our first time hosting a tournament, and we are quite excited. Several hundred students from around the state are expected to swarm the school on the 23rd, competing in various debate events including Policy, Lincoln-Douglas, Congress, and our personal favorite, Public Forum.
We anticipate everything going smoothly thanks to the many parent and student volunteers that have been helping us organize this logistically daunting tournament. We have had a great season, and we expect to see many of our increasingly formidable debaters qualify and excel at states.

Biograph - Amy Tom's Freshman Biology Class

The following article was originally posted in the March 4th Eblast from Superintendent Gormley:
I would like to commend one of our high school biology teachers, Amy Tom, who recently hosted a group of professors from MIT to see the work our students are doing on an innovative new program, Biograph.  Biograph is a National Science Foundation funded, multi-year research study designed to improve introductory biology learning in high school classrooms.  It is about facilitating introductory biology learning through an understanding of complex systems which is supported by computational thinking.  Project partners include the MIT Scheller Teacher Education Program, the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education and Boston-metro area teachers and students.
Ms. Tom is currently implanting Biograph in her freshmen biology classes.  The students will complete five activity modules throughout the school year.  This past week students worked on a module simulating Gene Regulation and Protein Synthesis. Ilana Schoenfeld, Research Manager/Education Content Manager of MIT Scheller Teacher Education Program, along with Liz Ryder, Associate Professor, Department of Biology and Biotechnology at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and David Reider, Principal Education Design, visited the classroom to see the students work on the simulation and their progress from earlier in the year.  This year’s classes have three more modules to work through in preparation for the biology MCAS in June 2013.
Ms. Tom was told that several colleges and universities are looking to implement some of the course work from this program into their first year biology classes at the college level. Our Milton High School students are currently using this material in Freshman Biology classes.

Girls State

The following article was originally posted in the March 4th Eblast from Superintendent Gormley:
Hats off to Milton High School junior Tess Deaibes who has been nominated to represent Milton High School at this year’s Girls State Program.  The program is open to girls completing their junior year in high school who are interested in government and current events; have high moral character; strong leadership abilities; above average scholastic standing; and a desire to attend the Girls State program.  The program is sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary and will take place in late June at Stonehill College in Easton.  The program aims to develop leadership and pride in American citizens; educate young people about our system of government; and instill a greater understanding of American traditions. A member of the American Legion Auxiliary Morrisette Post nominated Tess after seeing her in action as a volunteer at the Braintree Food Pantry.
Two additional Milton High girls will be nominated to attend Girls State this year as well a total of three Milton High Boys who will be nominated to Boys State, which is sponsored by the American Legion. The nomination process is currently underway.

March Food Drive

From Ms. Lovett, Foods Teacher:

March is National Nutrition Month and with that in mind, the Foods II and III classes will sponsor a Food Drive.  All students and staff are encouraged to bring in a canned good or nonperishable item that will be given to the Milton Community Food Pantry.  For each item brought to Rm. 239, the donor can enter a raffle for a $50 iTunes gift card to be drawn the end of March.  The more items donated , the better your chance of winning.  Help the Milton Food Pantry provide food for our community members.  Please contact Elaine Lovett, Foods Teacher at MHS with any questions.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

March 11 - 15 is Winter Wellness Week at MHS

From the MHS Student Leaders:

The week of March 11-15 holds many exciting and active events with Winter Wellness Week in full gear! 

Monday:         Zumba after school (Room 245)

Tuesday:        Whole Foods tasting (All Lunches)
                          Meditation after school (Room 245)

Wednesday:  Walk-a-thon after school (Field House)

Thursday:      The Smart Start Breakfast Cart grand opening, 7:15 am (Field 
                          House Entrance)         
                          Dance Dance Revolution Competition after school (location TBA)

Friday:            CATZ after school (location TBA)

There will be a fundraiser throughout the whole week with raffle tickets being sold at all lunches. Students will purchase raffle tickets as bids on what teacher will win Friday's physical fitness test. The winning teachers bucket of raffle tickets will be the one used to decide the winner of a prize! Some of the teachers competing are Mr. Shaw, Ms. Daley and Dr. Walsh.

Please attend the after school Winter Wellness events.  For each event a student participates in, the student's name will be entered into a special raffle.  At the end of the week a prize will be awarded.  The more events a student comes to, the more chances he or she will have to win!

Saturday, March 2, 2013

MIAA Tournament Update

Alpine Skiing:
Congratulations to Victoria Zimmer, who placed 5th in the MIAA State Alpine Ski Meet this past Tuesday.

Boy's Basketball:
In the Division 2 South Sectional Tournament, the basketball team won both its first round game versus Dennis-Yarmouth (69-64) on Thursday, February 28, and its quarterfinal game versus Tech Boston Academy/Dorchester (53-50) on Saturday, March 2.  Their next game is a semi-final match-up against Wellesley.  The game will take place at Brockton High School at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, March 6.