Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Chris Herren Community Presentation - Thursday, January 15th - 6:30 p.m.

Chris Herren will be coming to Milton High School on Thursday, January 15th, for a presentation to both students and the community.  He will share his story in a brutally honest format with just a microphone, addressing themes of gateway drugs, prescription drug abuse, drinking and driving as well as self harm.  The student presentation will take place during the school day and the community presentation will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium.  For more information about the community presentation, please see below.  We hope to see you at the presentation!






MHS Girls Hockey Can & Bottle Drive - Saturday, January 10

The MHS Boosters are sponsoring a can & bottle drive on Saturday, January 10th to benefit athletic team fundraising. The girls hockey team will run the 'Cans for Cats' drive from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at Milton High School. The 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. 

Please stop by and support your Wildcats!


Monday, December 22, 2014

Database Spotlight: Books and Authors

The following is a guest post by Library Media Specialist, Ms. Jennifer Troy:

The Massachusetts Library System is a state supported collaborative that provides access to resources for member libraries. In order to become a member a school must have a state certified library teacher. Through this membership Milton High School has access to a number of databases providing resources for students across disciplines.

The database Books and Authors is a great resource for the winter break. This database
provides a number of reviews, award lists and book recommendations for those interested in finding books that meet their interests. Users can browse by genre, author, title, or book
characteristics. Try it out today!

If you have any questions feel free to email Jen Troy, librarian at Milton High School at
jtroy@miltonps.org.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Toys for Tots - Last Week for Donations

This is the last week that Milton High School is collecting Toys for Tots.  The Key Club, Spanish, French, and Latin Clubs have delivered boxes to classrooms for your donations. Please help a child this season by giving a new toy.  

Toys will be accepted until December 12th and then delivered to the Milton Fire Department. 


Computer Science Education Week at MHS


Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) December 7-13, 2014 seeks to raise public awareness of the critical role computer science education has in preparing students for 21st Century careers and the transformative role computing plays in today’s society

Computer Science Week at Milton High School

HOUR OF CODE
All students will be exposed to an hour of code during one of their classes. The CS students will TA the classes.

Banners and Prizes provided by CAITE and Google
A banner will be hung promoting CS Ed Week.  Articles and posters will be hung promoting computer science education.

Bulletin Board
Bulletin Boards outside the Main Office and outside room 108 will be used to promote computer science. Cases will include posters, pictures, information on computer science, and an example of 3-D printing. There will also be examples of the application of computer science in our world today.
Students: Elisa C, Shakia C, Olivia K

Posters and Presentations: Computer Science everyone can do it
Student Leaders: Introduction to Computer Science Class

Posters:New Technology
Students will be creating posters that highlight new and innovative technology.
Student Leaders: Malik M., Bobby D., and Mitch B.

3-D Printing Design Contest
We are holding a 3-D printing design contest.  No programming skills are needed, all you have to do is have an idea and fill out a form.  The winner will get a printed version of their idea.  Everyone will receive a small prize.  The ideas must be submitted by December 11th to Ms. Parsons or the student leaders.
Student leaders: Aman N, Sean N, or Michael E

3D Plane on Display
Students are building a 3D printed plane. The plane will be on display in the field house at selected times. If interested in seeing the plane fly let Ms. Parsons, Mitch, or Alex know.
Student Leaders: Mitch H and Alex M

Advisory Presentations
A group of CS students will visit 10 advisory classes (2 for each member) and let each class play a text-based game we coded.  Then we will show them the code and explain it, and leave the students with the message that anyone can be a programmer.
Student Leaders: Rudy C, Tristan D, Timothy K, Sawyer F and Amiel M

Middle School Visits
Groups of students will visit the Middle School present about CS and then assist in the Hour of Code

How does Twitter work?
Students will learn about what happens when they post a tweet. Thousands of tweets are posted per second, students need to know what exactly is happening when they post something online and how services like Twitter work to serve millions of users.
Student Leaders: Cameron K and Kevin K

Introduction to coding
The group will visit the math department at Pierce Middle School to give a presentation about why coding is important and what you can do to learn. The students will also get an experience of what basic coding is like.
Student Leaders: Abby L, Maxim A, Nolan M

Zero Robotics
The group will visit the middle school to discuss the Zero Robotics their challenge experience. They will then TA in the hour of code.

Student Leaders: Ishan S, Liam C, and Andrew A

Friday, December 5, 2014

Health News From Ms. Margaret Gibbons, R.N.

Beginning next week BMI (Body Mass Index) and scoliosis screening will be done during physical education/health classes for grade 9 students (scoliosis) and grade 10 students (BMI).

Parents, if you want to have your son/daughter excused from this Department of Public Health mandate, please send a note to our school nurse, Ms. Gibbons or an email to mgibbons@miltonps.org.  Screenings will continue until completed, which will be through the end of the semester.  

For students who begin physical education second semester, screenings will begin at the start of February.  If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Gibbons at 617-696-4470 ext. 1.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Reminder - MHS Chemical Health Awareness Night - Monday, November 24th!

We invite all parents/guardians to join us for "Chemical Health Awareness Night" on Monday, November 24th, at 6:30 p.m. in the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium.  See the flyer below for more details.



Monday, November 3, 2014

MHS Athletics Update

The following item was submitted by Larry Rooney, Director of Athletics, and first appeared in Superintendent Gormley's October 31st Eblast:

GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
Despite the  4-7 league record, the Girls Cross Country team just finished third out of 22 teams at a state-wide invitational and are currently ranked 7th in the State. Milton High Girls Cross Country finished 6th out of 9 schools at the Bay State Cross Country Championships in Norwood this past weekend.  Bridgett Mitchell finished 3rd and Colette O’Leary finished 4th in the varsity race.

BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
The boys cross country team finished with a record of 3 & 8.  Fifteen boys competed in the Bay State League Championship on Saturday in Norwood. Freshman Nick Villard finished third and Shane Berry finished eleventh in the freshman race. Tim Lynch, John Lenane and Kevin Conway were the top finishers in the varsity race. Seven of the boys will be competing in the State Divisional Championship on November eighth.

FIELD HOCKEY
The Field Hockey Season record is 1-15-2. The team played four great games within the past two weeks. The team tied Brookline 1-1, and tied Natick 0-0. They played very well and cohesively as a team. Defense has had a tremendous impact on and off the field, leading with Captains and incredible goalie, with Meghan McDougall, Hope McDonald, Shannon Fitzgerald and Emme Cronin. At the game against Brookline, Milton scored a beautiful corner shot from Morgan Begley and scoring from Monica Woods. At the game against Norwood Ani Gaden scored two outstanding goals for Milton. During the Night game against Natick, Milton came out ready to play and had a great game offensive and defensive game. The midfield carried the game with ease and intensity with Monica Woods, Morgan Begley, and Kate Driscoll. Milton ended the game with a tie and without a score, but they played great!  End-of-the-season losses to Wellesley and Dedham were difficult losses, but the team has truly come together at the end of the season. The girls have continued to gain skills and to go into each game with confidence and endurance.  Senior Jaquelin Losi was a BSC 2nd team Honorable Mention selection.

VOLLEYBALL
The team celebrated Dig Pink night and Senior Night on Thursday October 23rd in high fashion with a big win over Wellesley.  CEO and founder of the Sideout Foundation, Rick Dunetz made the trip up from Virginia to address the crowd along with James Jette and State Representative Walter Timility.  With the efforts of the school community and the parents, the team was able to raise close to $4,000.00
The team won the first round of the MIAA Central Div 2 Volleyball Tournament last night, beating St. Peter Marian of Worcester 3-0. They will take on #2 Dedham this Monday in Canton.

FOOTBALL
The Milton High School Football team wrapped up its regular season with a record of 2-5.   Four of the five losses for Milton have come against teams that are ranked in the top 25 in the state. The loss to Wellesley on Friday, October 24, 2014 nullified the opportunity to play in the DIII MIAA Football Playoffs. Milton will play 3 additional non-qualifying games starting this Saturday, November 1st vs Hingham HS at 1pm at Brooks Field.  Milton will play its Thanksgiving game vs Braintree at Braintree High School on Thursday, November 27th.
Milton has been consistently playing tough defense holding Wellesley, Walpole and Natick to their lowest totals of the season powered by the efforts of Seniors Liam Queally and Ugo Nwanekezi; Juniors Akeem Smith and Devon Nzepuome; and Sophomore Omar Frazier. The offense has shown flashes of power and skill by Senior backs Jonathan Pierre, Mariano Davis and Alex Toyias; Junior receivers Ludwig Frederique and Scott Cummings; and Junior Quarterback Mike Fallon. The Offensive Line has been anchored by Junior standout Jack Clifford; along with Seniors Kaleb Herd, Matt McCarthy and Jake Fransesconi.

GOLF
The golf team finished the season with a league record of 9-6-1 overall, with 8-2-1 League record.  Milton High competed in the Bay State Conference Championship and MIAA DII South Sectional.  Lloyd Hill finished 2nd with a round of 71, qualifying him for DII State Championships at The Glen Ellen Country Club, where he shot an 84 and placed 21st in the State of Massachusetts of DII High School Golf.

BOYS & GIRLS CREW
The Milton High Crew Team recently competed in the MPSRA Regatta at Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester. Please see results below:
  • Race 6: Boys 2x Final. 1st place: 15 (W.Hess, R.McCullough) GOLD
  • Race 22: Girls 2nd Novice 4+ Final 1st place: 96 (A.Welz, K.Buchanan, C.Cullinane, R.D’Amato, [C.O'Neill]) GOLD
  • Race 23: Girls 1st Varsity 4+ Final 2nd place: 101 (K.Weidmann, O.Jensen, M.Donelan, G.Wamester, [M.Boyce]) SILVER
  • Race 24: Girls 2nd Varsity 4+ Final 2nd Place: 116 (L.Hainline, A.Statham, H.Carroll, E.Heller, [M.Clarke]) SILVER
  • Race 25: Girls 3rd/4th Varsity 4+ Final 3rd Place: 120 (R.Joyce, E.Minias, E.Millwood, B.Dugas, [J.Pelletier]) BRONZE
  • Race 27: Boys 2nd Varsity 4+ Final 1st Place: 143 (J.Kery, S.McLaughlin, J.Callahan, D.Matejka, [K.Melcher]) GOLD
  • Race 28: Boys 3rd/4th Varsity 4+ Final 3rd Place 148(R.Chase, L.Halloran, W.Davis, S.Matin, [C.Dillon]) BRONZE
CHEERLEADING TEAM
The Fall cheerleaders cheered on the Varsity and JV football teams.  They are preparing for their competition season that begins at the end of October. They are lead by Captains Daysia Fox and Madelyn Driscoll.  The Bay State Cheer competition will be held on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at Braintree High School.

GIRLS SOCCER
The MHS Girls Soccer team finished the season with a record of 8 wins and 9 losses. This qualifies the girls varsity team for the DII MIAA tournament. Tournament games have yet to be determined. The first tournament game is expected to be played on Sunday, November 2, 2014. Junior Sophie Cousineau finished the regular season with 11 goals, 9 assists and 20 points to lead the Herget Division of the BSC. Chae Diani had 9 goals, 6 assists, and 15 pints, followed by Kendall Stanley with 6 goals, 5 assists, and 11 points.

Students Competing in High School Quiz Show's "Super Sunday"

The following item first appeared in Superintendent Gormley's October 31st Eblast:

Milton High School will be sending four students and two alternates to compete in this year’s High School Quiz Show.  Harry Kong, Sindhu Banerjee, Albert Enyedy and Nolan Carvalho will be competing in the program, sponsored by WGBH-TV. Liam Chase and Peyton Carvalho will be the alternates. More than 120 schools are competing in the “Super Sunday,” on November 16th to qualify for the televised competition in January of 2015.


MHS Students Attend 27th Annual Invitational Math Meet at WPI

The following item first appeared in Superintendent Gormley's October 31st Eblast:

A group of four Milton High School students recently attended the Twenty-Seventh Annual Invitational Math Meet at Worcester Polytechnic Institution.  The four students, Harry Kong, Sindhu Banerjee, Raymond Chen, and Liam Chase competed in a math exam against their peers from more than 85 schools throughout the New England Region, and were accompanied by Milton High School math teacher Dan Jarboe. Harry Kong earned the high score from Milton.


The contest consisted of two rounds of competition. The first round was an individual competition and the second round was a team effort. The high school students also attended a short program to introduce them to WPI, as well as a talk about pursuing degrees and careers in the mathematical sciences.


MHS Athletic Hall of Fame Induction

For generations, Milton High School athletes have excelled on the field, court and track in countless athletic events. League titles were won, state championships were earned and hundreds of student athletes earned scholarships to some of the top colleges and universities in the nation.  But until recently, there was no way to acknowledge those students who gave so much to Milton High School athletics. Former Milton High coach and teacher Michael Goodless thought that should change. About eight years ago, he began to put together a plan to create the Milton High School Athletic Hall of Fame.
“Milton High was a school with an outstanding athletic tradition and one of the few schools in Massachusetts with no athletic hall of fame,” said Mr. Goodless. “With the enthusiastic support and encouragement of Superintendent Mary Gormley, I started the process by forming a group of teachers, coaches and administrators who had a passion for athletics.”
With the help of early strong supporters Dick Ryan, Dennis Duggan, Margaret Gibbons and Tom Herget, the group was able to establish bylaws and a plan for the first induction. More recently, the group has been helped by Sean McDonagh, Mark Sullivan, Bill Donovan and others. The first induction was held in 2007, with the unveiling of plaques in the Copeland Field House lobby and a reception at the Common Market. Now, eight years later, there have been 83 individuals inducted, along with 11 teams.  All of the inductees are honored by plaques in the lobby of the Copeland Field House at Milton High School.
The Class of 2014 induction ceremony was held on November 1st at the Copeland Field House, followed by a reception at the Hoosic Club.  The MHS Athletic Hall of Fame added another 11 individuals and six teams at the ceremony. This year’s inductees are: John Bibinski 1980, Molly Golden 2007, Pamela Kelley 1982, John Kantaros 1968, Jamie McCormack 1999, Alex Lazar Norrman 2003, Bob Norton 1971, Donald Shea 1943, Kevin Ryan 1993, John Vercollone 1968, Carl Wallin 1957, Baseball 1979, Boys Basketball 1990, Field Hockey 1986, Lacrosse 2000, Softball 2005, Wrestling 1964.
This year’s Board of Directors are: Michael Goodless, Chairperson; Dennis Duggan, Vice-Chairperson; Thomas Herget, Treasurer; and members Dyann Crowley, Bill Donovan, Margaret Gibbons, Sean McDonagh and Dick Ryan.
“It’s a labor of love, that’s for sure,” said Dick Ryan, former MHS Athletic Director and  current board member. “The committee works very hard and we’ve been successful, thanks to the direction of Mike Goodless.”
The 2014 Selection Committee members are: Brian Borde, Dennis Duggan, Margaret Gibbons, Michael Goodless, Thomas Herget, Deirdre Enos Lovett, Gary Maus, Sean McDonagh, Karen Duggan McLaughlin, Ellen McCarthy Needham, Richard Ryan and Tracy Bubas Turgeon.
“The Milton High Athletic Hall of Fame is a hardworking group that does a great job in honoring our student-athletes from all decades,” said James Jette, principal of Milton High School. “Not only are they great athletes, they are great people too. By recognizing the contribution of our high school athletes, we honor our town, our schools and both past and present residents of Milton who excelled at their sport.”


AP United States History News

The following item was submitted by Barbara Wright, Humanities Department Head for Milton High School and first appeared in Superintendent Gormley's October 31st Eblast:

In May of this academic year, approximately 40 Milton High School students will take the Advanced Placement United States History (better known by MHS students as APUSH) exam along with hundreds of thousands of students around the world.  What’s different this year is that the exam will be newly designed to assess students not so much on content, but rather critical thinking skills.   This change was introduced by the exam’s creator, College Board, to allow teachers to delve into topics in history and teach students to be historical thinkers – which is defined by the College Board as the ability to study history using “chronological reasoning, comparing and contextualizing, crafting historical arguments using historical evidence, and interpreting and synthesizing historical narrative.”

Milton High School history teacher Nancy Warn has taught the Milton APUSH course for five years, and she is excited about the changes.   Warn stated that she is now more likely to “use a lot more stimulus-based multiple choice and short answer questions, and focus less on memorization of facts and more on historical thinking skills.”  Before, the test focused on content, and students were required to remember content rather than critically think about the content.

This past summer, Ms. Warn attended a one-week summer institute in St. Johnsbury, Vermont, and she believes the program helped her in preparing our students to successfully apply the new learning expectations.  Mrs. Warn joined other veteran AP teachers from the area to examine and discuss the new template, and they worked together to “dig into the new exam, format and requirements.”  As a result, Mrs. Warn said, “I was able to seek out helpful resources to assist students as they try to achieve success in the new AP US History course.”


As for her students, Mrs. Warn believes they are “doing well and transitioning their thinking about history, facts and analysis.”  It is a skill that takes time to master, and the 9th and 10th grade curriculum at the high school has been transitioning to a more “critical thinking” model of teaching over the past several years, focusing on analysis of primary sources and application of historical information. Next year, the AP European History course will undergo similar changes.

MHS Proudly Presents the Musical, Legally Blonde, this week!

Tickets for Milton High School’s musical, LEGALLY BLONDE are on sale now in the main office.  Tickets are $7 for students and senior citizens and $10 for adults.  

The show is Thursday, November 6th at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, November 8th at 2:00 p.m. AND at 7:00 p.m.  Don’t miss it!



Wednesday, October 29, 2014

MHS Parent Information Night for Students in Grades 5 - 8: Wednesday, October 29, at 6:30 p.m.

On Wednesday, October 29th, Milton High School will be hosting an Information Night for parents and guardians of students currently in Grades 5-8.  The event will begin at 6:30 pm in the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium.  We look forward to seeing you there!


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.



John & Abigail Adams Scholarships

Congratulations to the following students who have qualified for the John & Abigail Adams Scholarships. These scholarships entitle the students to four years of free tuition (not including fees) upon acceptance to a participating Massachusetts public institution of higher education. Great job!
Gabrielle Che, Mackenzie Cherry, Christopher Chinman , Emma Chinman, Renee Chiu, Kevin Conway, Madelyn Driscoll, Jillian Eckard, Albert Enyedy, Olivia Erickson, Anna Gaden, Eric  Hale, Mitchell Hause, Edward Hines, Emily Hutchinson, Kristen  Ingraham, Christian Kackley, Micaela  Keating, Meredith Kelly, Maggie  Kleiman, Alanna Loria, Julia MacDougall, Shannon MacLeod, Oceane  Marescal, Denis McAuliffe, Elizabeth McCurdy, Lily Moerschel David Mullen, Siobhan Murtagh, Elisabeth O’Connor, Liam Queally, Edwin Rodriguez, Anne Schindler, Christina Similien, Caitlin Smith, Mackenzie Stanley, Julia Sullivan, Olivia Taber, Rodger Tejeda, Matthew Wong, Vincent Chan, Morgan Connolly, Monika Cormack, Elisa Coutant, Emma Pred-Sosa, Jake Fahey, Nicolo Gilmore, Corin Handy, William Hess, Christian Jamal, Olivia Jensen, Vanessa Joyce, Andrea Juzyca, Olivia Keohane, Tansy Massey Green, Shane McLaughlin, William Mozek, Caitlyn Murphy, Sean Ng Pack, Julia Pelletier, Kevin Pham, Caitlin Rodensky, Jacqueline Ruscito, Amy Savino, Rebekah Schaffner, Christine Stafford, Tianna Stephenson, Ciara Swan, Garrett Sager, Alex Toyias, Alexis Umeh, Kathryn Weidmann.

Milton High School - Spring 2014 MCAS Results

Individual student reports for the MCAS English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science were mailed home to families earlier this week.  Additional information about Milton High School achievement, proficiency, and growth can be found on the DESE website.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Exercise for Evan - Saturday, October 11, 2014

"Exercise for Evan", a fundraiser in Memory of Evan Jones (MHS Class of 2011), will be held on Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. at Milton High School.  Please see the flyer below for more details.  We hope to see you there!


MHS Awarded Community Health Grant

Milton High School was recently approved for a Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital Community Health Grant in the amount of $1,500.  The grant will help supplement the high school’s Good Decision Making and Healthy Choices program.  As part of the program, the MHS Student Leaders’ work with the freshman class and facilitate small group discussions that center around making healthy choices about substance abuse, how to handle bullying, conflict resolution and managing stress.  The grant will allow for approximately 40 Milton High Student Leaders to be trained by Caron Treatment Centers in group facilitation skills.  The training reinforces communication and collaborative problem-solving skills as a way to reinforce healthy values and good-decision-making.
The Good Decision Making and Health Choices program is also supported by funds from the Milton Junior Women’s Club.
The Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital Community Health Grant check will presented to the Milton High School Student Leaders and the other winning organizations at the hospital’s 5th Annual Community Health Walk and Health Fair on Saturday, September 27th at 10 a.m.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Friday Night Under Lights - Kick-off Cookout & Football!

Are you ready for some football?

The kickoff for the Milton High School Wildcats Varsity Football Home Opener vs. Mansfield is this Friday, September 12, at 7:00 p.m. Please come early to participate in the 4th Annual Kick-off Cookout, which begins at 5:00 p.m.  Details are listed below.




Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Milton High School "Back to School Night" - Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.

Milton High School will Host its’ annual “Back to School Night” this Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. Back to School Night is a great opportunity for parents and guardians to get an overview of the high school, receive information from various organizations, familiarize themselves with their child’s schedule, and meet teachers and administrators.  The Back to School Night will start promptly at 6:00 p.m. 

6:00 - 6:25 p.m. - Parents/guardians are invited to the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium for an introduction and brief discussion of high school expectations. Outside of the auditorium, the following organizations will have representatives on hand that will speak briefly about their efforts to support the high school: The Milton Foundation for Education, the Boosters, Diversity Committee, Friends and Advocates of Music Education (F.A.M.E), Friends and Advocates of Visual Arts (F.A.V.A.) and a representative from Food Services will be on hand. Please stop by their tables to learn more about each of these fabulous groups/organizations.

6:30 - 8:00 p.m. - Parents/Guardians will follow the student’s schedule for the periods 1 (A) through 7 (J). Each class presentation will last approximately eight (8) minutes. We will announce a change in periods over the PA system. Below, please find the schedule: 


      Period             Time
      A                     6:30 - 6:38
      B                     6:43 - 6:51
      C                     6:56 - 7:04
      D                     7:09 - 7:17
      EF/FG             7:22 - 7:30
      GH/HI             7:35 - 7:43
      J                       7:48 - 7:56


As parents/guardians go from class to class each teacher will give a synopsis of the class for the year. This is a great opportunity for parents/guardians to get acquainted with the content, instruction and expectations of each class on their child's schedule. Please remember, Back to School Night is not the forum to speak to teachers about individual students.

Administrators and guidance counselors will be available throughout the evening and volunteers from the MHS Student Leaders will serve as guides as well. Since the parking lot at the high school will be full, parents/guardians are encouraged to carpool to the Back to School Night if possible.

Copies of student schedules were emailed home today.  Parents/guardians should remember to bring a copy of their child's schedule on Thursday night.  



Monday, September 8, 2014

SAT Prep Courses - Fall 2014

Milton High School will be running SAT Prep courses on Saturdays to prepare students for the October 11th and/or November 8th exam.  Students may register for Math sessions, Verbal sessions, or both.  Please see the brochure below for course dates, times, cost, and registration information.
Please send all questions to Courtney Miller, Mathematics Department Head, at cmiller@miltonps.org or 617-696-4470 x5519.




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!