MHS Weekly Updates!
In my first official year as principal, I am truly grateful for the amazing staff at Milton High School; the teachers, counselors, administrative team, custodians, cafeteria staff, paraprofessionals, building subs and department heads. Each and every one of them is working extremely hard to provide the best education for all of our students at MHS while making sure students are engaged and connected with the MHS community.
I am also extremely grateful for our students who show up every day ready to be part of our school community. Following a year where so many of our students were in a full remote model and extracurricular activities were limited, it brings me such joy to see our students engaged in academics, performing arts, athletics and clubs. Not every day is easy, but the support our students and staff provide one another is worth the time and recognition!
If you are in need of assistance this holiday season (or at any time), please reach out to your building principal or 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.
Steel & Rye is working with the Milton Public Schools and The Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester to prepare and donate complete Thanksgiving Dinners to at least 100 families who experience food insecurity. Each dinner will serve up to eight people, so that’s food for 800!
If you would like to contribute to funding this effort you may do so at this link. Any funds raised in excess of the cost will be donated directly to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester to help support families in their community this holiday season. Thank you in advance for your support.
Congratulations to MHS Vice Principal Ben Kelly who has been selected as the recipient of the MIAA Coach of the Year Award for the sport of Golf! Coach Kelly’s selection was based upon excellence of character, impact upon students and community and coaching credentials. Mr. Kelly has had a profound impact on MHS students throughout his career at MHS and it is wonderful to see him recognized by the MIAA. Thank you to Mr. Kelly for all that he has done throughout his academic and coaching career for our students.
We had 3 students sign Division I Letters of Intent with one more to come! Congratulations to our student athletes!!
- 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.
Bravo to the students in the MHS Music Department who have been accepted to the MMEA Eastern District Senior Festival! Over 750 students from 30 surrounding communities submitted audition materials to be considered for acceptance to the festival. The following students were accepted to the festival: Jazz Band- Timothy Fay
Chorus- Isabelle Feloney, Lucy Hays, Nessa Malin
Band- Max Hollingsworth-Hays, Claudia O'Neill
Congratulations to the students who, in addition to their acceptance to the festival, have been recommended to audition for the MMEA All State Festival in January! Those students are: Timothy Fay, Isabelle Feloney, Lucy Hays, Nessa Malin and Claudia O'Neill.
MHS Spirit Week!
MHS Spirit week is well underway! The week has included theme days & class competition events. Spirit Week will end with a school wide Pep Rally on Brooks Field on Tuesday. There is also 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.
Stay tuned for pictures in my next newsletter from this fun filled week!
MHS Boosters Merch on Sale!
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
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.
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!
The Boys Cross Country Team finished 6th at State Meet at the Wrentham Development Center on Saturday, 11/13. The Girls Team finished 3rd, just 4 points behind the 1st place team. Both teams qualified for All-States on Saturday, 11/20.
Football lost to North Attleboro by 62-28 in a crazy game that saw even crazier weather. They will end their season with the Thanksgiving Day Game at Braintree High School. That game is at 10am on Thursday, 11/25.
Our Cheer Team will travel to Worcester State University on Sunday for the State Championships.
Swim had an excellent showing on Friday at the Wellesley Pool. Elle Anthony, Malachi Buchanan, Sydney Burns, Kaleigh Boynton, Madison Crummey, Aidan Crummey, Liv DiSandro, Kevin Carberry, Rose Gillooly, Tucker Korman, Garet Glenn, and Jackson Wagner competed at the MIAA Division 2 state meet last Friday night in Wellesley. The girls finished 6th out of 21 girl teams, and the boys finished 2nd out of 3 boy teams. Both the girls and boys 400 yard freestyle relays broke the school record. Elle Anthony, Madison Crummey and Rose Gillooly placed in the top 3 of their individual events and broke school records. It was a fun and exciting meet to end the season.
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?
Breakfast is free this year at all schools and is available 20 minutes before schools begins!
Did you know....This past week we introduced a new menu item at MHS – Acai Bowls! The sorbet-like base is made from acai berry and can be topped with healthy options like fruit, as well as some more fun toppings like sunbutter and coconut shavings. This makes for a satisfying and refreshing meal that the students will surely enjoy, and if acai is not your thing, yogurt parfaits are also an option. Acai Bowls are served at MHS on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Every student is entitled to one free lunch every day and your Acai Bowl can be your lunch item.
The Town of Milton is hosting three free, drive-thru COVID testing days at the DPW yard at 629 Randolph Avenue. All are welcome on these three Sundays: November 21, November 28 & December 19 from 10am-3pm.
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.
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)
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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.
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.