MHS Weekly Updates!
Happy weekend everyone!
I hope you had the opportunity to see Milton High's theatre production of CHICAGO with our amazingly talented students! Congratulations to all who participated and helped to make this show happen! It was so wonderful to experience live theatre again in our school.
This week our MHS Music and Marching Band students participated in the Veterans Day Ceremony at Milton Town Hall on Thursday, November 11th, where Freshman and Project 351 Ambassador Reilly Bergin read a Project 351 Proclamation.
Congratulations to the MHS Model UN Team who participated in the Brown University virtual conference last weekend, and for being recognized for their excellent diplomacy! The team consists of the following students: Sam Boucher, Leo Waldbaum, Will Malec, Will McElroy, Kiera Glazer, Tucker Korman, Alex McEttrick, and team leaders Barron Clancy, Anderson Korman and Jonathan Waldmann.
Exciting happenings for MHS Athletes this weekend, check it out:
The Milton High Coed Swim Team heads to Wellesley tonight to compete in MIAA D2 States. Unfortunately, no spectators are allowed but you can watch the events on livestream here!
Come cheer on your favorite Wildcats tomorrow as the Varsity Football Team competes in MIAA Round 2 against North Attleboro at 5:00pm at Community Field, 1 Barrows Street, North Attleboro (Click here for directions) Please note that MIAA spectators must purchase football game tickets via GoFan. Click HERE to purchase tickets.
On Saturday, November 13th, the Boys & Girls Varsity Cross Country Teams travel to Wrentham to compete in the MIAA.
On Sunday, November 14th, the Coed Varsity Cheerleading Team travels to Marshfield High School to compete in the MSSAA Fall Cheer Regionals.
AND don't forget you can always visit the Milton High School Athletic site for more info.
Post Secondary Planning Night
Please join the Milton High School Counselors for our annual Post Secondary Planning night, at Milton High on Thursday, December 9th at 6:15 pm in the MHS Auditorium. The following topics will be presented in order to help you and your child successfully navigate their post secondary decisions:
- Financial Aid - “How to pay for College”
- Standardized Testing - “Standardized Tests: The SAT vs The ACT”
- College Admissions - and Insider View
- College Athletics - From Intramurals to Division I sports
- Overview of the College Application Process - Milton High procedures
- Naviance 101
Representatives from Emmanuel College Admissions, Bridgewater State University, Summit Educational Group, "Strategies for College" and Milton High School staff will be running these 6 sessions. After a brief introduction in the auditorium, each session will run four times, in 25 minute intervals. Students & Parents/Guardians are invited to attend up to four sessions between 6:30 and 8:30 pm. This workshop is open to all parents/guardians & students in grades 8 through 12. Masks are required in the building.
Term 1 Report Cards & Parent Teacher Conferences
Report Cards have been added to your/your student's E-Locker in PlusPortals.
Any questions regarding a grade in a particular class should first be directed to the teacher.
To access your/your student's Report Card on PlusPortals:
STUDENTS: Log in to your portal and click on the E-LOCKER located in the red menu bar at the top of the portal page. Then click E-Portfolio. You will find a PDF of your report card dated 11/12/21. Click on the BLUE download button and your report card will open.
PARENTS/GUARDIANS: Log in to your portal and select your student. Click on the E-LOCKER located in the red menu bar at the top of the portal page. Then click E-Portfolio. You will find a PDF of your student's report card dated 11/12/21. Click on the BLUE download button and your report card will open.
Parent Teacher Conferences are coming up on Thursday, November 18!
Conferences are 10-minutes long, and available between 12:00-2:00PM, 2:30-4:30PM and 5:30-7:30PM. All conferences will take place virtually, using Google Meet.
You should have already received emails from your student's teachers with links to access their conference schedules. Click the link, and sign in using a gmail account.
(Don't have a gmail account? You can sign up for one for free by visiting gmail.com, or you can log in with your student's school gmail account).
When you select a conference time, you and the teacher will both receive a Google Meet link to use for your meeting. Please, do not book more than one conference slot per teacher, and be careful not to double book yourself with multiple conferences at the same time. You can book conferences up until Wednesday, November 17 at 12:00PM.
Here is a video you may find helpful that shows the booking process.
Please check your inbox on Wednesday, November 10 for email from your student's teachers so you can sign up!
PARTICIPATE/CALENDAR Milton SEPAC Our website along with weekly newsletters will be the way to stay in the know!
ADVOCATE : NEXT SEPAC BOARD MEETING The next SEPAC board meeting will be held on November 16, 6:30 -8:30 Zoom Link at which our yearly elections will be held. This meeting will operate in compliance with Open Meeting Law. 2021-2022 BOARD NOMINATIONS: If you have a nomination, please submit here
EDUCATE - Join Milton SEPAC on Thursday, November 18, 6:30-8:30 for a FREE and ONLINE workshop on shaping your child’s post-secondary journey. There are many options and resources available to families for children with various needs and learning profiles, many ways to think outside the college track box (!)
Transition Planning (Ages 14 plus) This presentation addresses the planning involved when a student is of transition age. The importance of planning, the roles of both parent/guardian and student and the student’s post-secondary vision. We will discuss how to prepare for the transition planning meeting, the age of majority, and procedural due process rights for resolving disputes. Participants must REGISTER in advance in order to receive the zoom link for the meeting. If you cannot attend the November 18 meeting, there will be another FREE ONLINE workshop on Monday, November 22, 4-6pm. plus more to come through the year.
MHS Spirit Week!
MHS Spirit week is just around the corner and our student government has been working hard to plan many activities to get everyone involved. The week will include theme days, class competition events, Powder Puff, Volleyball tournament, and will end with a school wide Pep Rally on Brooks Field. There will also be a National Honor Society Food Drive and Penny Wars where all proceeds will go to the Milton Food Bank. Here are some details:
Daily Themes -
Tues 11/16: Pajama Day
Wed 11/17: Celebrity/Character/Meme Day
Thurs 11/18: Crazy Hat/Crazy Hair and "Anything but a Backpack"
Fri 11/19: Cowboys vs Aliens
Mon 11/22: Tie Dye
Tues 11/23: Class Colors (Freshmen - Black, Sophomores - Blue, Juniors - White, Seniors - Red)
Powder Puff: The annual football event will take place on Sunday 11/21 at 1pm on Brooks Field. The Milton Police Department is assisting with sponsoring this event. We are excited to have the police officers ref the football games and we are asking for parent chaperones to make sure this event runs smoothly. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are able to attend.
Volleyball: The Varsity girls volleyball team is excited to co-host with the student government a class volleyball tournament. This will take place on Monday 11/22 from 2:30-4 in the MHS Field House.
Pep Rally: We can't wait to bring everyone together on Brooks Field on Tuesday 11/23 during the last period of the day for Pep Rally. It will be a fun event full of class competitions, performances from our cheerleaders, and excitement to get us ready for the Thanksgiving Day Football game.
Student sign ups for all of these events will be announced and posted next week.
Come Support Our Schools at The Fruit Center
Community Service Opportunities
AP Exam Registration & Payments
Step 1: Use the join code provided by your AP Teacher to join their AP Classroom. This ensures that a test will be ordered for you in the Spring. The deadline to join AP Classroom for each AP class is November 1st.
Step 2: Use UniBank to pay for your exams. Exam fees remain at $40/exam ($20/exam if on Free/Reduced Lunch), and the Milton Public Schools will pay the remainder. Select "AP Exam Fees" and follow the instructions to complete your payment. The payment window is open now through January 14, 2022.
Please note that failing to join AP Classroom can lead to late charges from the CollegeBoard to order your exam. This cost will be passed on to families.
Please contact Mr. Kelly (email@example.com) with any questions about Registration or Payment for AP Exams.
Yearbook info for the Class of 2022-
Yearbook ads are a great way to personalize your senior's yearbook. You can design them yourself, or simply upload images and text and let the yearbook advisor design it for you. You can include messages from family members and other loved ones, baby and family photos. It's a great way to show your senior how proud you are of this huge milestone! Yearbook ads have become extremely popular in the last few years, but space is limited! Ads are first come first serve so act fast!
The link to purchase the yearbook and/or a yearbook family ad space is below:
Mrs. Plunkett will send out an email after Thanksgiving for information about senior quotes and senior superlatives.
MORE on MHS Athletics!
Congratulations to Sophomore diver Andrew Scapicchio who won the MIAA Division 2 diving event! What a huge accomplishment and a first for MHS!
And congratulations the following swimmers for their excellent performances at sectionals last week: Elle Anthony set new school records as well as winning the 200 IM and 100 freestyle, Malachi Buchanan on winning the 50 and 100 freestyle, Jackson Wagner on winning the 200 IM and 100 butterfly, Madison Crummey who broke the school record for the 100 breaststroke, Rose Gillooly who broke the school record for 100 backstroke. AND the girls relay team; Rose Gillooly, Madison Crummey, Liv DiSandro and Elle Anthony won the 400 freestyle beating Wellesley and Needham, dropping 20 seconds of their time, and breaking the school record.
We have four more students signing Division I Letters of Intent!! All four students will celebrate their signings on Monday, November 15th after school.
- Norah Affanato is signing to Loyola University Maryland for Cross Country & Track.
- Charlie Walker is signing to Northeastern University to play Baseball.
- Brian Foley is signing to UMass Lowell to play Baseball.
- Sophia Manning is signing to Temple University for Crew.
Stephanie Needham has been elected as the President of our newly formed Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). Sophia Manning will serve as the Vice President. We have some great initiatives planned for this year! Stay tuned.
Congratulations to all of our Student Athletes!!!
Winter Sports Registration information can be found HERE.
Mon, Nov 22nd - Winter Registration/Payment Deadline
Mon, Nov 29th - Winter Tryouts Begin
Mon, Dec 6th - Winter Sport Parent/Guardian Meeting
Looking for a schedule?
Proof of Vaccination
Having records of all vaccinated members of our community as well as understanding the number of students participating in the Optional Testing Program is essential.
In their most recent guidance, DESE announced an extension of the mask requirement through November 1, 2021 and more information about vaccination rates and mask wearing after November 1. You can read their full communication here.
If your student is fully vaccinated and you have not yet submitted proof of vaccination, we ask that you do so immediately!
- Email or fax a copy (a photo is fine) to your school nurse (MHS Nurse Andrea deManbey at firstname.lastname@example.org or Pierce Nurse Barbara Perry at email@example.com)
- Mail a copy to the nurses’ office.
- Drop off a copy in the main office, Monday to Friday, during regular school hours.
- If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out directly to our Director of Nursing, Kim Coughlin, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-696-4470 x5517.
Thank you for your cooperation, which will aid us in fully understanding the vaccination status of our population, especially with regard to the 80% threshold.
Breakfast is free this year at all schools and is available 20 minutes before schools begins!
The next regular Milton School Committee meeting is on November 17 at 7pm. All information about attending School Committee meetings can be found on the Town of Milton webpage under School Committee. You can watch School Committee meetings live on Milton Access TV online, live on Milton Access cable channels (Comcast 22, RCN 15) or watch on-demand in the days following the meeting.
At their last meeting, the School Committee voted on Policy ILD, Student Submission to Educational Surveys and Research. Policy ILD is posted on our website at this link and will be included in the Student Handbook going forward.
Senior Director of Education Equity, Somaly Prak-Martins, shares this week’s Behaving Equitably Newsletter linked here. Director Prak-Martins includes information about National Native American Heritage Month, Diwali, Hanukkah and more.
Administrator for Pupil Personnel Services, Sue Maselli shares her most recent newsletter at this link. This newsletter has information about a Parent Coffee on Thursday, November 18. This open forum is a great time to connect on issues related to special education. All our Team Chairs will be in attendance, so this is a great time to come and meet folks you may not have met yet! The newsletter also contains news from the SEPAC and information about upcoming trainings.
FAME, Friends and Advocates of Music Education, the Milton Music Boosters organization, shares the following.
We hope our Milton music supporters will shop our holiday fundraiser to raise money in support of our music students. You’ll find one-of-a-kind handcrafted goods from farmers and artisans from around the world, including holiday décor, gifts, jewelry, accessories, and home goods as well as chocolate, teas and coffee. All details can be found at this link. 25% of your purchase goes directly to FAME! You’ll be helping us raise money to support Milton youth musicians and programming at all levels of music education, including scholarships for seniors, entry fees for Districts and SEMSBA, and needs that are not allocated in the music budget. Plus, you’ll also be supporting fair trade, which means you’re saying YES to NO child labor, fair pay, safe working conditions, and sustainable practices. Our fundraiser ends on November 15, so start your holiday shopping now at this link. These affordable items will be loved by all on your gift giving list!
Milton Family Portrait Project by Milton Resident Deborah Milbauer
The Milton Coalition shares the following information:
This link has information about the dangers of vaping, industry tactics that are targeting kids, and nicotine addiction. There are also tips on how parents/caregivers can talk with their kids and get them connected with resources to prevent or quit vaping.
The William James INTERFACE Referral Service is a mental health resource and referral Helpline available Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm. It assists Milton residents and/or public school students to access outpatient mental health services. What makes INTERFACE unique is that we do not provide merely a list of providers, but rather matched referrals to mental health professionals and practices who best meet the caller’s needs, insurance or fee requirement, specialty request, location, and availability. The Helpline is staffed by mental health professionals, as well as graduate level students from William James College. For more information about INTERFACE, please visit their website.
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!
(Revised 10/27/21- due to storm closure the last day of school is now June 22nd)
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.
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MHS Student Handbook 2021-2022
The Milton Public Schools values a strong home-school connection. In an effort to support and foster that connection we know families may sometimes need resources for their children and family beyond the classroom. In addition to the Milton Public School Resource Guide we will be highlighting local community resources families may find beneficial in our Family Resource Newsletter. 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.