MHS Weekly Updates!
Did you know...the 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!
Lockdown Practice Drill
PLEASE READ-MHS SAT/PSAT/Digital Citizenship-October 13th
And if any Parent/Guardian is available please feel free to join Superintendent Jette for coffee and conversation in front of Milton High School from 9-9:45am. This will be another informal opportunity for Supt Jette to connect with MPS parents and guardians. Parking is limited during the school day but there are always free spots in the lower lots. Weather permitting, coffee will be outside and therefore masks are optional. If the weather does not cooperate, it will move inside and masks will be worn inside the building.
Student Leaders Fundraiser!
Columbus Day Street Hockey Tournament!
Hispanic Heritage Month
For Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month, students in Ms. Hanna’s adaptive music class have been learning about music from Mexico and Cuba. They started by listening to traditional mariachi music and identifying instruments that are prevalent in the style and then continued to experience music from Mexico through movement activities, responsive listening, and Spanish singing games.
Next, they read the story “Drum Dream Girl” by Margarita Engel. The story is about a little girl from Cuba who dreams of playing the drums, inspired by real-life Cuban drummer, Millo Castro Zaldarriaga. Students have been working on their own drumming skills using bucket drums and had the opportunity to try out the types of drums described in the book - conga, bongos, and timbales. Inspired by the Drum Dream Girl’s passion for drumming, students also reflected on their own passions to share with the class.
Thank you Milton Garden Club!
SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Committee) will launch its year with a FCSN (Federation for Children with Special Needs) workshop on Understanding Your IEP, Tuesday, October 19, 6:30-8:30. Please check out our slides for the zoom link: SEPAC 2021-2022 Info Slides.
Swim & Dive Team! 6-0! Congrats!
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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.
Covid Test and Stay Program
MPS is pleased to announce that our DESE/CIC nurse started at MPS yesterday and the district is starting the Test and Stay program for individuals identified as close contacts while in school only and for those who develop symptoms while at school. Consent must be in place prior to testing. We recommend that parents/guardians have consent on file prior to the October 12 start date as it can take up to 48 hours for your consent to be uploaded in the system. You cannot give verbal consent if the need arises for testing, you MUST have consented online previously.
Superintendent Jette’s September 9, 2021 letter about the Test and Stay Program can be found here. You must OPT IN to Test and Stay to participate. You can opt in at this link.
Senior Director of Educational Equity, Somaly Prak-Martins, shares this week’s Behaving Equitably Newsletter linked here. In this week’s edition, Director Prak-Martins provides updates on the District’s equity efforts, a list of some cultural and religious days in October, and some interesting facts about Halloween.
MPS Quality Review Report and Feedback
The overarching results of the MPS Quality review were presented by Cambridge Education on July 21, 2021 at a School Committee meeting. The final report dated June 2021 was shared with the district on Friday, September 10, 2021.
The Milton School Committee will be hosting two sessions where parents, guardians and community members can share feedback regarding the final report from Cambridge Education. These sessions will be held on October 21, 2021, one at 7:30am and the other at 6:30pm. More information regarding these sessions will be published as the date gets closer.
Community Service Opportunities
Milton Coalition Updates
- October is National Youth Substance Use Prevention Month. Data, tips, and resources about youth substance use in Milton can be found in multiple languages at the Milton Coalition’s website at www.milton-coalition.org. Additional information and an app for parents and caregivers can be found here: https://www.samhsa.gov/talk-they-hear-you/parent-resources
- The Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition is now The Milton Coalition: Addressing Substance Use and Promoting Mental Health! Find information about all of these events on our website: www.milton-coalition.org
- Join Team Milton Coalition on Saturday, October 16th 10am at the Collicot and Cunningham Schools on Edge Hill Rd for Mike’s 5K to Crush Substance Abuse. We are proud to work with Mike’s 5K to end the stigma of Substance Use Disorder and to build friendship and community among people who have been impacted by this disease.
- On Friday, Oct. 22nd, The Milton Coalition is offering a free training on Youth Mental Health First Aid. This 6 hour course is for people who work with or live with 12 – 18 year olds. Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches a 5-stepaction plan that includes initial help to young people showing signs of mental illness or crisis and how to connect them with the appropriate professional, peer, social, or self-help care. Consider using corporate paid time off if available for this volunteer opportunity. Free lunch and snacks will be provided. Register at our website: www.milton-coalition.org
- Saturday, Oct. 23rd is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. The Milton Coalition, along with the Milton Police Department, will be hosting a drug collection site at 40 Highland St. Milton. Studies showed that a majority of misused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet. Clean out your house of unused or expired pills. You can bring them to the police department on Saturday the 23rd, from 10am – 2pm or use the kiosk in the police department lobby, available every day.
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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.