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:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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
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.

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!