MHS Weekly Updates!
Enjoy your vacation!
We wish you all a safe and restful vacation!
At Wednesday’s School Committee meeting, the committee voted to end the MPS Face Covering Policy on Friday, March 4, 2022 and make masks optional going forward. The first day of school that masks will be optional is Monday, March 7, 2022. While this date is five school days beyond the DESE recommendation, we ask for your cooperation and assistance to ensure that all students properly wear masks during the week of February 28. MPS faculty, staff and administrators appreciate your support.
As we move to mask optional within the Milton Public Schools, all students and staff will be supported in their decision of whether to mask or not. MHS will be holding assemblies for all grades through the week of Monday, February 28th to reiterate this point, and to discuss behavior expectations for the remainder of the school year.
Black History Month
In acknowledgment of Black History Month students used advisory periods to make artwork that was displayed throughout the school. Students and staff updated our “hallway bookshelf” with student recommendations to celebrate Black History Month. Teachers had several lessons dedicated to Black History Month, and as part of the Social Studies curriculum, we also spend time throughout the year studying the Haitian Revolution; Nelson Mandela and the abolishment of Apartheid in South Africa; methods of resistance and control during the era of American slavery; abolitionists and supporters of abolition such as Elizabeth Freeman, Solomon Northrup, Oney Judge, William Lloyd Garrison, Frederick Douglass, supporters of the underground railroad, John Brown, etc; the Civil War, including the Emancipation Proclamation, the Massachusetts 54th regiment, John Smalls and Juneteenth; Reconstruction era movements and policies such as the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments, sharecropping contracts, the Freedmen’s Bureau, Black politicians and businessmen, the establishment of Jim Crow laws and the establishment of HBCUs; migration and change during the expansion of America, including Seneca Village, Oklahoma’s Black Wall Street, the Harlem Renaissance, migration to urban cities, and the heroic actions of Black soldiers in World War I as well as the conditions to which they returned and the leaders and actions of those who have brought about change in America, including Thurgood Marshall, Dr. King, Malcolm X, W.E.B. DuBois, Shirley Chisholm, Ida B. Wells, Barack Obama and countless others.
Tri-M Induction Ceremony
Congratulations to new members Carle Bleau, Emily Bohlin, Shanti Bosque-Hamilton, Ella Cantor, Alex Files, Bella Fiske, Nora Hegarty, Lucy Hollingsworth-Hays, Lily Lane, Angel Leggett, Julia Mangum, Sam McLaughlin, Ha-Yen Nguyen, Nina Truog, and Adriana Villar! These students were selected for membership based on their musical and academic achievements, music advocacy, and leadership with the MHS Music Department.
Elephant in the Room Logo Contest!
Calling all Milton High School students!
The Elephant in the Room Newspaper is looking for submissions for a new logo. The EITR feels it's time for a fresh new look. If you have an idea for a new logo please submit your art submission on this google form.
The contest will run from February 11, 2022 through March 4, 2022.
The winning submission will become the official logo of the EITR Newspaper!
The Criteria is as follows:
- Has to represent the Elephant in the Room Newspaper. (The expression "Elephant in the Room" means to discuss issues that are difficult to talk about or that are of significance.)
- Has to be original
- School Appropriate
MILTON HIGH SCHOOL DEBATE TEAM WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE FOLLOWING MILTON RESIDENTS FOR THEIR GENEROUS DONATIONS TO THE MHS DEBATE TEAM.
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On Saturday, February 12th our Wrestling Team competed in the Division II Central Sectional Wrestling Tournament at Bellingham High School where five MHS wrestlers placed in the top 5 and Mason Pellegri won the 170lb weight class! As a result, the following 5 wrestlers will compete in the Division II State Championships today, Friday, 2/18 and Saturday, and 2/20 at Game On in Fitchburg. Congratulations to all and good luck to:
Track & Field:
Congratulations to Katie O'Toole, Christina Sullivan, Norah Affanato, and Mia Jiliani for qualifying for the All-State Championships on February 26. The two mile relay quartet placed second at the Divisional Championships on Wednesday night running a season's best time of 9:57.
Christina, Norah, and Katie also placed 5th, 6th, and 7th respectively in the girls mile.
Sophomore, Mia Jiliani, also qualified in an open event by placing third in the 1000 meter run.
The girls 4x400 meter relay team of Kai Quinones, Marilyn Roche, Zoe Panucci, and Gretel Schewe placed 5th, and Gretel also placed 5th in the 600 meter run. Congratulations to all of our runners and field event athletes who performed at Wednesday's championship meet. On to the All-States!!!
The MHS Cheerleading team advanced to regionals and and will compete at Bellingham HS Sunday, 3/6. They will be hosting a Friends and Family showcase the Friday before 3/4 at 4 pm in the HS Field House, come show your support before they are sent off to regionals.
Spring Sports are right around the corner! Tryouts begin March 21st. Be sure to register if you haven’t already. If you have already registered for a Fall and Winter Sport, all you need to do is add a Spring Sport to the existing registration, or email Ryan Madden, Director of Athletics, email@example.com asking to add a Spring Sport.
Community Service Opportunities
Summer Employment and Internship Opportunities
Milton School Building Committee Family and Community Forum: Please join members of the Milton School Building Committee, along with Superintendent James Jette, Pierce Middle School Principal Bill Fish, and Collicot School Principal Holly Concannon for a virtual Family and Community Forum on either Thursday, March 3, 2022 at 7:30 pm or Thursday, March 10, 2022 at 4 pm.
The Committee will share current information about the need for a new school building, an overview of our proposed site, consideration of options for grade configuration for a new building, and progress that has been made to date. All details and links to attend can be found here.
The 21-22 one page School Year Calendar can be found here. (Updated February 4 to reflect the February 4 snow day)
Save the date! Milton Public Schools considers the health and well-being of our students a priority. With that in mind, we are partnering with the Department of Public Health to host school vaccination clinics for your eligible children ages 5 and up. These clinics will offer the Pfizer vaccine as an initial vaccine, second dose or booster. Clinics will be held on Saturday, March 5 at Milton High School and Saturday, March 26 at Pierce Middle School. All details and registration information can be found at this link.
Along with DESE and DPH, Milton Public Schools Administration strongly urges all eligible individuals to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and booster if eligible. You can check in with your local CVS, Walgreens, your Primary Care Physician (PCP) or your child’s pediatrician. Other options for vaccine locations can be found here and here.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. All calls and emails are confidential.
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.