Tuesday, January 27, 2015

50 Years Later: Why the Struggle for Civil Rights is Still Relevant - Wednesday, February 11, 2015

In response to racial injustices over the last year, Milton High School is hosting a distinguished panel of African American leaders in Massachusetts to discuss civil rights in the United States and the Greater Boston area. Fletcher “Flash” Wiley, Attorney, will moderate this discussion panel. Panelists will include Kenneth Guscott, former President of the Boston Chapter of NAACP; William “Mo” Cowan, former U.S. Senator; and J. Keith Motley, Chancellor of the University of Massachusetts-Boston. The panelists will share their personal journeys toward success, justice, and equality, as well as contributions that they and other prominent African American men have made to the state of Massachusetts. The conversation will take into account the complex history of race relations in Massachusetts, beginning with its role in the slave trade, and its subsequent experience with the abolitionist movement, Jim Crow, and desegregation. Ultimately, the panel will discuss local responses to racial injustice. The event will conclude with a discussion of the future of race relations.
50 Years Later will be held on Tuesday, February 11th from 6:30-8:30 pm in the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium at Milton High School in Milton, Massachusetts. The event is free and open to all. Doors will open at 6 pm with a performance by Milton High School’s Jazz Ensemble shortly after.
The Milton High School Diversity Committee created 50 Years Later due to the enthusiasm of gentlemen like Mr. Wiley and a strong cohort of activist students from Milton High School to share their experiences. Our hope is to bridge generations and raise awareness among our students and community about the continued relevance of these issues.
About our Speakers: Fletcher “Flash” Wiley, Attorney, Chairman and CEO of The Centaurus Group LLC, Counsel to the International law firm, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, Investor, and Philanthropist, with involvement in a host of business, civic, and charitable organizations.
Mr. Kenneth Guscott is the founder of the Long Bay Management Company, former head of the Boston NAACP, leading minority business entrepreneur and community activists in Boston, Milton Resident.
Mr. Maurice “Mo” Cowan, Counsel to Mintz Levin and Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of ML Strategies, Former U.S. Senator.                
Dr. J. Keith Motley, Chancellor of UMASS Boston, founder of the Roxbury Preparatory Charter School, founder and education chair of Concerned Black Men of Massachusetts, Inc., and the Paul Robeson Institute for Positive Self-Development.
About the Milton High School Diversity Committee: Milton High School’s Diversity Committee is comprised of teachers, students, and community members. The Diversity Committee’s primary goal is to improve the learning environment for students of all racial and cultural backgrounds within Milton High School so that all students are able to achieve their potential.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

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

Please join us for a special presentation by Chris Herren on Thursday, January 15th, at 6:30 p.m. in the Milton High School Charles C. Winchester Auditorium.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

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

Please join us on Thursday, January 15th, for an inspirational community presentation by Chris Herren. He will be coming to Milton High School to share his story in a brutally honest format with just a microphone.  During the presentation, he will address themes of gateway drugs, prescription drug abuse, drinking and driving as well as self harm.  The community presentation will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium.  
We hope to see you at the presentation!

Date:  January 15, 2015
Time:  6:30 p.m.
Location:  Charles C. Winchester Auditorium, 25 Gile Road, Milton, MA

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Clothing I Students Donate Comforters to the Milton Animal League Shelter

The following post was submitted by Clothing I teacher, Mrs. Lovett:

Recently, students in Clothing I used their measuring, cutting and knotting skills to make 6 Fleece comforters that were donated to the Milton Animal League Shelter.  The fabrics were donated to the class and the students used their time and talents to produce them. Students involved in the project were Gillian Clarke, Laren Donelan, Lauren Griswald, Samantha Jensen, Brianna McFadden, Grace Russo and Lizzie Lawless.

Clothing I Students Grace Russo, Lauren Donelan, and Lauren Griswald

Monday, January 5, 2015

MHS Mid-year Exam Schedule and Expectations 2014-15

Please note that if we have any snow days, the mid-year exam schedule will be adjusted accordingly (e.g. one snow day = exams moved back one day).

Patriot Ledger All-Scholastics

The following post originally appeared in Superintendent Gormley's December 23rd E-Blast:

The Patriot Ledger recently named its All-Scholastic Team for the fall season and we are pleased to report that several of our Milton High School student-athletes were chosen. 

Please help us to congratulate the following students:  

  • Lloyd Hill - Golf
  • Bridget Mitchell - Girls Cross Country 
  • Collette O’Leary - Girls Cross Country
  • Olivia Taber - Girls Volleyball
  • Kendall Staley - Girls Soccer
  • Jonathan Cardoso - Boys Soccer
  • Jonathan Pierre - Football

Recent Guest Speakers for the MHS Young Men's Group

The following post originally appeared in Superintendent Gormley's December 23rd E-Blast:

In mid-December, a team of guest speakers from the Milton Police Department and the Boston Police Department came to Milton High School to speak to the Young Men’s Group, organized by MHS teacher Larry Jordan.

Our guest speakers discussed a variety of topics, including careers within the criminal justice field, bridging the gap between the police and young men of color, and our constant theme of overcoming challenges in order to achieve success.

In addition to the three police officers, they were also joined by Milton graduates and former YMG students Joel Jean-Michel and Marius Johnson.  Both are graduates of the class of 2013 and currently at UMass Boston and UMass Dartmouth, respectively.  Also present was MHS graduate and recent graduate of the Police Academy, Travis Meeks.

Detective Louis Bullard of the Milton Police Department has 19 years of experience as a police officer.  He is a graduate of Lexington High School. In high school, Detective Bullard was co-captain of the varsity football & basketball teams.  Detective Bullard followed the criminal justice path by attending Massasoit Community College & Northeastern University.   Detective Bullard became the first School Resource Officer within the Milton Public Schools.  He also coached basketball.  Detective Bullard was the first black male detective for the Town of Milton, the first black male motorcycle operator for the police department and is the Coach/Captain for traveling police basketball team Detective Bullard was born and raised in Roxbury, MA.

Eddy Chrispin is a police officer, academy instructor for the Boston Police Academy, and spokesperson for the Office of Media Relations for the BPD.  Officer Chrispin also holds a Juris Doctorate from Hofstra School of Law.  Officer Chrispin is an Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice at Newbury College and a former instructor at Lincoln Technical Institute.  Officer Chrispin has worked as a probation officer, a law clerk and as a social worker at the Massachusetts Department of Social Services. Officer Chrispin is fluent in Haitian Creole and conversant in French.  He is a graduate of Boston Latin School.

All-Eastern Honors Ensemble

The following post originally appeared in Superintendent Gormley's December 23rd E-Blast:

Three students from Milton High School will be joining a group of the most musically talented high school students in the region this spring as part of the All-Eastern Honors Ensemble.

William Hess, Garrett Sager and Kevin Mehdizadeh, all Milton High School seniors, were chosen for the All-Eastern Honors Ensemble from a field of musicians from 12 states, plus parts of Europe.  The students were chosen based on their performance scores during the All-State Festival last spring.

“This is an extremely noteworthy accomplishment,” said Dr. Noreen Diamond Burdett, Fine & Applied Arts department head. “Milton High School has never had a student chosen for the All-Eastern jazz ensemble before, and we have never had more than one student accepted for All-Eastern on any given year.”

The students will attend the three-day festival, to be held in Providence, Rhode Island in April, where they will prepare and rehearse challenging musical pieces under the leadership of prominent conductors.

William Hess will perform in the jazz ensemble and Garrett Sager and Kevin Mehdizadeh will perform in the mixed chorus. The performances will be part of the Eastern Division Conference of the National Association for Music Education and will be held at the Rhode Island Convention Center and the Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Providence.

William Hess is a student of Rebecca Damiani; Garrett Sager and Kevin Mehdizadeh are students of Dr. Noreen Diamond Burdett.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year 2015!

Have a happy and healthy New Year!  We look forward to welcoming everyone back to school on Monday, January 5th.