MHS Weekly Updates!
Signs of spring are popping up everywhere as we officially welcome the Vernal equinox this Sunday! And as the Northern Hemisphere tilts toward the sun, I am thankful for the longer, sunnier days ahead and reminded of the growth and vitality that can be seen in our schools daily. Our students continue to do amazing things in and outside of school; it makes me so proud to work here! With this new season comes lots of new activities and information, so please take some time to read the MHS Weekly Updates.
Grade 10 MCAS March 22-23
Student room locations are posted outside of the Main Office and Guidance Offices.
Grade 10 Students who have a school-issued chromebook must bring the device, fully charged, both days to the exam. Other students will be provided a chromebook to use for the exam.
Term 2 Vision Awards
The mission of Milton High School is to cultivate a supportive environment that graduates students who are equipped to reach their potential and contribute to the global community by engaging them in a rigorous, enriching educational program that emphasizes respect, achievement, and citizenship. Vision Awards are a formal recognition of students and staff who were nominated by the Milton High community for their outstanding contributions to Milton High School. These individuals exemplify aspects of Milton High School's Vision of Graduate and each share unique gifts that make our school an equitable community of diverse learners who are valued and affirmed.
Please join me in congratulating the following MHS students and staff: Camryn Balestra, Reilly Bergin, Gisele Dimanche, Sam DiSandro, Shea Donovan, Isabella Doten, Michael Laine, Mason McCullough and teachers, Kristin Masciarelli and Nick Marinilli. Congratulations!!
After completing a nearly perfect routine , MHS Cheer finished 3rd at the State Championship in the Small Coed Division at Worcester State! Congratulations on a successful season!!
Kindness Week at MHS
This past week, Student Leaders led MHS in Kindness Week. This included writing positive post-its, showing appreciation to staff members, sending letters to troops, and giving out carnations to those who have had a positive impact. All grades participated in spreading positivity throughout the week. Freshmen will later be participating in Canstruction which will donate cans to the Milton Food Pantry. Thank you to everyone who participated!
Restorative Justice in the Milton Public Schools
Down Syndrome Awareness Week
Down syndrome (or Trisomy 21) is a naturally occurring chromosomal arrangement that has always been a part of the human condition. World Down Syndrome Day is celebrated on March 21st in hopes that together we can empower people around the world to advocate for full inclusion in society for people with Down Syndrome and for everyone.
Milton will be celebrating World Down Syndrome Day by promoting inclusion in a variety of ways during the week of March 21st.
We hope you join us in the celebration!
Monday 3/21: Lots of Socks Day
Every year, on March 21, people all around the world come together to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day by wearing brightly colored, mismatched socks. March 21 is symbolic because people with Down syndrome have 3 copies of their 21st chromosome. Socks were chosen because the karyotype of Ds chromosomes actually looks like mismatched socks!
Tuesday 3/22: Inclusion Day
Think about your daily life; when you take part in activities like school, work, recreation or public life, alongside other people. Are you included? Do you have the same opportunities as others? Or do you face barriers? Do you participate in inclusive activities? Or are they segregated? Today’s reality is that people with Down syndrome and disabilities do not benefit from full and effective participation and inclusion in society. This is due to many reasons, but one reason is a lack of agreed understanding about what inclusion is and what inclusive systems look like in practice. Fill out what Inclusion Means to you on the flyers handed out in advisory class.
Wednesday 3/23: Blue / Yellow Day
Blue and Yellow are the colors used to raise awareness about Down Syndrome. Best Buddies members will be handing out Blue and Yellow ribbons at the entrance of the school. Wear your Blue and Yellow to support awareness!
Thursday 3/24: Donation Day
Best Buddies will be collecting donations of $0.21 or $3.21 (to represent the three copies of chromosome 21) at all three entrances of the building on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday this week! All proceeds will be donated to the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress.
Friday 3/25: Milton Pride Day
To promote inclusion and to support spreading awareness of Down Syndrome, wear your red, white, and Milton gear today and spread kindness throughout the town.
Music in Our Schools Month
Music in Our Schools Month is in full swing! Congratulations to the Milton Strings and Band Programs for two incredible concerts so far! We look forward to our final performance of the month with the Grades 6-12 Chorus concert on Wednesday 3/23 at 6:30 PM in the MHS Auditorium. Check out this sneak peak recorded by the MHS chorus. We hope to see you at the
Tri-M Instrument Drive
If you have an instrument in playable condition that you'd like to donate, you may drop them off at the MHS main entrance at the following times:
- Wednesday 3/23 – 5:30-6:30 PM (Chorus Concert Night!)
- Saturday 4/9 – 12:00-4:00 PM (FAME Mattress Fundraiser!)
We also encourage you to check out these other exciting music events taking place at the same time! If you have any questions or need to arrange an alternate drop-off time, please reach out to Tri-M Faculty Advisor, Julia Hanna at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SAVE THE DATE! FAME Mattress Fundraiser 4/9
WHEN: Saturday, April 9th, 10am-4pm
WHERE: Milton High School Auditorium
WHAT: Big savings on brand name mattresses, pillows, weighted blankets, sheets, massage chairs and more!! Funds raised go to supporting MPS music department programming, festivals and scholarships!
The MHS Fashion Club is hosting a Denim Drive Fundraiser beginning March 21st and running through April 1st. Please see the attached flyer for more details!
Senior Trivia Night
Asian Culture Club
Milton High School’s Asian Culture Club’s Red Envelope Fundraiser was an incredible success! With the money raised, ACC will be donating over $300 to Stop AAPI Hate to support Asian communities and combat the prevalent racism and xenophobia in our society. We hope to contribute positive change in regard to the increase in Asian hate, especially during these challenging times. The rest of the funds will be used to create an inclusive environment in which anyone can learn and appreciate Asian traditions.
Thank you to the following companies for the donations and for supporting our initiative: Coffee Break, Steel & Rye, Fruit Center, Fuji Group, Starbucks, and Playa Bowls. Special shout out to ACC officers Lok Ye, Chloe, and Caylie, and all club members who have helped make this all possible!
Dear Class of 2022:
With the month of March underway and final post-high school plans beginning to emerge, it is a great time to secure some extra funding to support your futures. Below is the current list of scholarships available to you in the local, Town of Milton scholarship program. Further details, and copies of applications, can be found on Naviance, (highlight the Colleges tab, see Scholarships and Money on the right, and select Scholarship Search). Feel free to email me or stop by Guidance with any questions.
ArtDante Scholarship - calling all visual artists, how has art influenced your life? - due March 25th
Beirne Lovely Memorial - $2500 - how have you exemplified Beirne's motto of "be kind; do good?" - essay, and more required - due March 25th
Caitlin Clavette Memorial - brief statement required, how does your own vision of your future embody the Caitlin Clavette Memorial Foundation's mission? - due March 26th
Debra Davis Memorial - what sets you apart from others? How have you grown over the last four years? How have you helped others? Essay due in Guidance March 26th
Edan Cicerone Memorial - how have you supported the LGBTQ community? - due March 31st
Mark Bavis Leadership Foundation - due April 15th
MHS Boosters - several awards available, $500 each, application due April 15th
Michael C. McHugh Tucker Scholarship - calling all Tucker alums - due March 21st
r Education Sam Cichello Memorial Scholarship - new in 2022 - $1000 - due March 18th
Milton Girls Softball Giovannucci Scholarship - $250, due April 5th
Milton Kiwanis Club - resident of Milton for at least 3 years, exemplifies the Kiwanis ideals, due March 25th
Milton Players - participation in theater and the performing arts, due March 20th
Milton Woman's Club - $1000, short essay, due in Guidance March 20th!
ONECommunity Scholarship - HarborOne Bank - $2500 - see website for details
Pierce PTO - attended Pierce, write a speech you will deliver at 8th grade commencement, due March 25th - $1000
Rebekah Assembly of Massachusetts - $1000 - due March 30th
Rockland Trust - $3000 - due March 29th
Stephen Phillips Memorial - see website for details - due April 4th
Tempus Unlimited - for students with a documented disability and current IEP, due June 1st
Please join us for the next SEPAC ZOOM board meeting on March 23!
- Participate: We are very happy to say that we have a new SEPAC secretary. Meredith McGrory is a teacher at Tucker Elementary and is an MPS parent, with her youngest in preschool. Welcome Meredith!
- Advocate: Change your culture, join SEPAC! Please reach out to your school rep to find out about how being a part of SEPAC is essential for advocacy. We welcome new voices and ideas.
- Educate: FREE WEBINAR College Admissions for Complex Students: Monday, March 21, 7-8pm. Please register here.
Tryouts for most spring sports begin Monday, March 21st! Game/Meet schedules will be posted soon and can be found on the Milton High School website under Athletics or by clicking here.
Unified Track is back at Milton High School! Coach Ashley offers this valuable information about this year’s team: As a refresher, Unified Track is an inclusive sports team that includes both students with and without intellectual disabilities, referred to as athletes and partners. Unified members will be competing alongside one another as teammates. We continue to advocate for inclusive opportunities and are excited to jump into another season here at the high school. Ashley Assarian and Olivia Fitzgerald will be returning as coaches for their 4th and 2nd seasons. The Unified Track season will begin on Monday, March 28 in the Field House at 2:30pm.
Unified Track is offered at the high school level only. If you are interested in having your child participate in Unified Track, please register them through the MHS Athletics page. Registration details are here. Each student-athlete will need an up to date physical in order to participate. If your child has not participated in any sport at MHS, please create a FamilyID account (directions at bottom of registration page). If you’re a returning participant, you do not need to create a new FamilyID account. Please email Coach Ashley at email@example.com with any questions. Choose to include!
Community Service Opportunities
Summer Employment and Internship Opportunities
Red Shirts for Milton Summer Enrichment
If your high school student is interested in being a Red Shirt at MSE, all details are here. ALL applications are due by April 12th at 3 pm. Late applications will not be considered.
Please note the following guidelines for qualification and process of acceptance as a Red Shirt Volunteer or Paid staff member. All guidelines and the link to apply are here. You must use your student email address to apply.
- Milton High School students will be given priority for any open positions (both Community Service and paid); upper class students will be placed first.
- Students must volunteer a minimum of one summer of Community Service at MSE before being eligible for paid positions. Having been a volunteer or paid Red Shirt in the past does not guarantee a position in this year’s staff.
- The final year that students can work as paid Red Shirts is the summer following their graduation from high school.
- Positions are offered as openings become available.
The Milton School Committee invites all to participate in the Open Public Hearing to discuss all matters relating to the proposed 2022-2023 Fiscal Budget.
- Wednesday, April 6, 2022 at 6:30pm
- Via Zoom;Passcode: 168556; Webinar ID: 811 8269 8756
If you are unable to participate, please feel free to email comments/questions to the Milton School Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2022-23 One Page School Year Calendar (Draft) linked here has been approved by the School Committee. Please note that this calendar is intended as a guide ONLY. It may be necessary to change this schedule to better serve instructional purposes.
One in three Massachusetts teens vape. Talk with your kids about the dangers of vaping. Learn more and watch videos at GetOutraged.org, part of a public information campaign from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
A 2019 survey of Milton high school students found that 29% reported vaping.
If you think your child would like help to stop vaping, “My Life, My Quit™ is a free and confidential way to quit smoking or vaping. Text "Start My Quit" to 36072 or click to chat with a Coach. We are here for you every step of the way. It's YOUR LIFE and we're here to help you live it YOUR WAY. Or go to https://ma.mylifemyquit.org/index
The Milton Coalition is recruiting for a focus group at the end of the month. All details can be found here.
Our Milton High Library is open by 7am every morning so students can access all the amazing resources the library has to offer! Librarian J Troy is always on hand to help guide students in the right direction!
Throughout the school year, members of our MPS community celebrate and observe various religious holidays. We adjust homework expectations as needed as you can see in the document linked here. If there is a religious holiday that we have missed, please email Superintendent James Jette.
For Family Technology Support click HERE
Is your family having internet issues or need assistance to access the internet in your home? Please go here for more information.
Previous Newsletters...In Case You Missed It...
MHS Student Handbook 2021-2022
Anonymous Bullying & Incident Reporting
As discussed at a recent School Committee meeting, the Milton Public Schools has updated our school incident reporting forms so people can specify incidents on the basis of sex, race, ethnicity, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion and more. The Milton High School incident form can be found here and each school has a form linked on the front of their school’s website and they are also linked on the front of the MPS website, the MPS Education Equity page and MPS Anti-Bullying page.
This Resource Guide contains contact information to link families and youth to mental health, substance use and trauma hotlines as well as to emergency and outpatient therapy, family and group support programs, substance use disorder treatment, culturally competent care, and social services.
Tax season has begun and Noreen Kearney Dolan, Fund Coordinator for the Milton Residents Fund, asked that we share this resource with MPS families. MyFreeTaxes, a product supported by United Way, helps people file their taxes for free while getting the assistance they need. The site will point you to either an in-person VITA site in a local community or will provide you with access to the website to file your taxes for free – with no income limits. Volunteer help is a phone call away.
MPS knows that families may sometimes need resources for their children and family beyond the classroom. In addition to the Family Resource Newsletter please visit Milton Public School Resource Guide. If you need additional assistance please don’t hesitate to reach out to Marti O’Keefe McKenna, MPS Family Outreach Liaison at 617-980-7343 or by email at email@example.com. All calls and emails are confidential.
Townwide Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan:
Public Meeting on April 7
The Town of Milton is working with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) to a develop a town-wide plan that will lead to a safe, efficient, connected network of bicycle and pedestrian facilities. Making sure students and their families can safely walk, ride, and roll to school is an important part of the plan, so we hope you can attend a virtual public meeting on Thursday, April 7 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. You can register at https://mapc.ma/milton-april7. Please contact Tim Czerwienski, Director of Planning and Community Development, if you have any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.