MHS Weekly Updates!
During the past two weeks, we participated in Kindness Week and Down Syndrome Awareness Week. It was wonderful to see so many of our students and staff taking an active role by spreading positivity and advocating for inclusion. While these weeks were great to reflect on, we are committed to continue remaining focused on these important topics for the rest of the school year and beyond. Kindness is said to be contagious and by striving to be the best versions of ourselves, we are apt to inspire others to do so as well. Together, we all add value and we all have a place here.
I hope you all had the opportunity to enjoy today's beautiful weather. Please take a moment to read this weeks updates and have a great weekend!
Summer Employment and Internship Opportunities
ASE (After School Enrichment) is looking for Counselors 16 and up to join our team. We are looking for candidates that enjoy working with children, are responsible and are willing to
learn and follow the program expectations. All details can be found
here. Interested? Please Contact Angie Van Allen, CIT Coordinator
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.
Parent and caregivers, April 7th, 7pm, Milton High School Auditorium: Best-selling author, Jessica Lahey, brings her years of expertise as an educator and personal experience with addiction to the stage as she talks about parenting and how to have conversations with children — from preschool to young adulthood - about all sorts of difficult topics including drugs and alcohol. Jessica Lahey will provide concrete skills and examples that parents can put into practice today that will help foster resilience and a trusting parent–child relationship that can keep kids safe from all sorts of risky behavior. The Frugal Bookstore, independent, Black owned bookstore in Roxbury, will be on hand before and after the presentation selling her books. Please support them. Books make great gifts! This event is sponsored by The Milton Coalition, All 6 Milton PTOs, Milton Public Schools, and with support from Mike’s 5K, BID Hospital Milton and Norfolk County D.A. Michael Morrissey
Our Winter All-Stars will be released next week, but a huge congratulations to Sophomore Mason Pellegri on winning the Division II Sectional Title, the Division II State Title and finishing 3rd at All-States! Mason was named the Herget MVP for the Bay State Conference and is the first Division II State Champion in over 20 years! Stay tuned for the full list of our Winter All-Stars, including a couple more Sophomores! Spring Sports are now underway and you can find schedules at this link.
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!
The Challenger Division is a division of Little League of America that enables boys and girls with physical and mental challenges, aged 5-18 , or up to age 22 (if still enrolled in high school), to enjoy the game of baseball along with the millions of other children who participate in this sport worldwide. Challenger is open to all Milton Residents. Registration and details can be found at this link.
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!
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:
- 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.
Down Syndrome Awareness Week
On Monday, March 21 (3/21) we celebrated World Down Syndrome Day in the Milton Public Schools. 3/21 represents trisomy 21, the medical term for Down Syndrome, which is the third replication of the 21st chromosome. On Monday, many students and staff participated in Rock Your Socks as part of the celebration. Socks are worn because the karyotype of DS chromosomes actually looks like mismatched socks. The silly socks serve as a conversation starter for people to ask questions and to remind them that while things may be different they are still wonderful. In addition to bringing awareness and acceptance of Down Syndrome, this day provides the opportunity to celebrate people with Down Syndrome and all the wonderful contributions they make to society. One of our Glover teachers was featured on a WHDH news story in conjunction with World Down Syndrome Day this week. You can watch the wonderful, positive story about Ms. Renehan and her best friend Jessie Hankard here. Jessie and Ms. Renehan also shared a video with the Glover community that you can watch here. We are grateful to them for sharing their love for each other with our community!
Save the date for the Milton Foundation for Education Celebration on May 7 at 5pm!
Join the fun with the Kentucky Derby Squares Raffle, on sale now.
- Each square cost $25.
- Individuals can purchase as many squares as they wish.
- Individuals’ names are randomly assigned to squares when purchased.
- Horse numbers will be assigned to the grid randomly before the start of the race.
- The winner will receive $1000 when the board is full. If the board is not full it will become a 50/50 raffle.
How to buy a square: Fill out the Google Form linked here with your name, email, phone and number of squares requested. An email will be sent with details on how to pay and the squares will be assigned. Good luck and thank you for your support of the MFE!
Please join us for the next SEPAC meeting!
Parent Support Group / Community Forum
- Thursday, April 28, 2022
- 6:30 PM 8:30 PM
- Location TBD
All are welcome.
6:30-7:00 Updates from District’s Office of Pupil Personnel Services; Q&A as time allows
7:00-8:30 Community Forum: open discussion among parents, families, interested community members; sharing of stories, questions, concerns, advice; discussions facilitated by SEPAC Board
Community News & Updates!
MHS Student Reilly Bergin is running a Socks and Underwear Drive to benefit Cradles to Crayons. All details of this great community drive are below.
When: Monday, April 4th thru Friday, April 8th
Where: Lobby of the Milton Public Library
Who: You! Together we can help others in our community.
What: NEW underwear and socks- sizes newborn to youth
Why: To help clothing insecure children across our home state of Massachusetts
Katie's Grace & Grit 5k
On May 14 at 10 am, the Glover PTO invites the entire Milton community to a new road race, Katie’s Grace+Grit 5K. Katie Crowell was a dedicated member of our Milton community who gave 100% of herself in service to others. She was an advocate, a runner, a volunteer, a fundraiser, a mom, a wife, a daughter, a sister, and a friend. This amazing woman was diagnosed with stage IV metastatic breast cancer (MBC) in 2015 while 32 weeks pregnant.
Katie’s impact surrounds us all—in her beautiful children, in her advocacy, in the lives of other patients who have gained strength from her, in the innovative research that is currently happening thanks in part to the money that she raised. Her impact and contributions will continue to inspire an untold number of future runners. Please join us in a very special 5k so we may honor Katie and continue raising funds to support cancer charities. Come show us your Grace + GRIT! All details and registration info can be found at this link.
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: email@example.com.
Milton Parks and Recreation rolls out a new registration platform!
Milton Parks and Recreation has a new program registration platform and all Spring and Summer program registration will take place on our new platform, Civic Rec. Setting up an account only takes a few minutes so don’t delay. Set up your new account at this link.
SENIORS! There is still time to apply for scholarships!
Dear Class of 2022:
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 or stop by Guidance with any questions.
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
Milton Girls Softball Giovannucci Scholarship - $250, due April 5th
ONECommunity Scholarship - HarborOne Bank - $2500 - see website for details
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
Community Service Opportunities
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.
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.