MHS Weekly Updates!
Semester 2 Has Started!
Can you believe that we have started second semester? Students started their Term 3 schedules on Monday while teachers closed our Term 2 grades. All report cards have been posted to PlusPortals. You can access them by logging in to your PlusPortal account, selecting "E-Locker" and then choosing "E-Portfolio". Click on the download icon to see the Term 2 Report Card.
As we start second semester, I want to remind all families that ALL students must be in their first period class by 7:50AM or they are marked TARDY. We will be mailing out letters on Monday to all students who have had 8 or more tardies during Term 2.
For any family that has concerns about their student's attendance please don't hesitate to contact me, Brian Mackinaw or Ben Kelly.
The Asian Culture Club is hosting a Culture Fair for all in Milton! We hope to respectfully celebrate the diversity in our community through games, presentations, and performances. It is TONIGHT from 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM in the Milton High School Library.
We welcome all faculty and high school students to create a presentation for and/ or visit the fair. To sign up to make a presentation, please use the Google Form (bit.ly/Culture_Fair).
All in Milton are invited to visit the fair.
Warm Up America!
Milton High School students and staff are joining together in a community knitting/crocheting project inspired by the folks at Warm Up America. Over 50 individuals have expressed interest in making 7in. x 9in. rectangles from medium weight, machine washable yarn. Once these pieces are collected they will be assembled into blankets and donated. MHS students/staff have the opportunity to meet up for knit/crochet sessions in the library after school, however, there is no in person commitment necessary. Community service hours are available for student efforts.
Are you a friend, family member or community member interested in participating? Are you an experienced knitter or looking to find a new hobby? Feel free to join our cause. Rectangles can be dropped off or mailed to Milton High School until March 1st. Patterns are available on the Warm Up America website and any questions can be sent to J Troy (email@example.com). The goal of this project is to foster creativity, build community and have fun!
STEM Teaching Opportunity for MHS Students
gbSTEM is an enrichment program that has brought free mathematics, computer science, and engineering lessons to over 600 Massachusetts youth.
For the spring 2022 semester, gbSTEM is looking for dedicated student volunteers to teach classes. We would greatly appreciate it if you could forward the message below to all Milton High School students.
Subject: Computer Science and Math Teaching Opportunity with gbSTEM!
Our names are Yuen Ler Chow and Elena Su, and we are current freshmen at Harvard and MIT. We are the co-founders of the Greater Boston STEM Program (gbSTEM), an enrichment program that delivers free introductory computer science, mathematics, and engineering courses to elementary and middle school students in the Greater Boston area. Since March 2020, we have brought free virtual lessons to over 600 Massachusetts youth.
We are looking for passionate high school students to join the gbSTEM community and teach classes remotely through Zoom. Volunteering as an instructor will show initiative, strengthen your resumé, and allow you to contribute to the community.
Our fall semester will run from March 14th to June 12th, 2022. The deadline for instructor applications is March 6th, 2022.
Our application form and all course descriptions can be found on our website: https://gbstem.org
If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We are so excited to work with you this fall. Thank you so much!
Seniors Who Have Already Applied to College
Milton High School will not automatically send your first semester (mid-year) grades to colleges. IF any of your colleges are asking you to send them, you must request these from your Guidance Counselor. Send your counselor an email, asking them to send your first semester transcript, and tell them which college requires it.
The Milton High Guidance Counselors
Traffic Safety Around MHS
In the morning if you are dropping off in front of the building please pull your car all the way to the front of the circle to allow more cars off the main road and more students to get into school on time. If the front of the building is too busy you can also drop off at the Field House entrance or side entrance near the baseball fields. ALL students are expected to be seated in their 1st period class at 7:50AM or they will be marked tardy. Students can be dropped off starting at 7:15AM so please consider dropping your students off prior to 7:45AM.
Superintendent Jette also shared the following reminders that MUST be universally adhered to ensure student and staff safety.
- If a school bus or a school pupil transport vehicle (van) has its red lights flashing and a stop sign extended, you must come to a complete stop as this is warning to motorists that buses are picking up and dropping off children. It does not matter which side the bus/van is on, motorists should come to a complete stop.
- Please reduce your speed to a minimum once on or near the school campuses and follow all traffic signs.
- Please stop at all crosswalks on school grounds and within the community to allow for students/pedestrians to cross safely. Please do not stop/park on the crosswalk when waiting to pick up your student.
Thank you for your renewed attention to traffic safety.
Our Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) will be taking over the Girls Basketball Game on Friday night. The Girls take on Brookline and the student-run committee will have raffles, prizes, half-time contests and more. Be sure to come support the Wildcats on the 28th! 6:30pm tip.
Boosters Membership Reminder: Join the Boosters at this link today! All details on the Boosters can be found on their website linked here.
Save your cans! The MHS Girls Soccer Team will be hosting a Cans for Cats fundraiser on Saturday, February 5th from 9 am to noon at Milton High School.
Community Service Opportunities
SEPAC Weekly Updates
PARTICIPATE The “New Insights on Tourette Syndrome” workshop has received an overwhelmingly positive response in interest - over one hundred folks registered. Thank you to Susan Maselli for her collaboration with SEPAC to bring this important informational workshop to our district.
ADVOCATE : A special thank you to Karen Cahill for holding a meeting space on Thursday, January 20 to discuss staff transitions and concerns. We appreciate how much time and care has gone into assuring that everyone understands the changes that have occurred and how each student’s needs are being met. Please let your school reps know if there are any additional concerns: Jennie Mulqueen and Jenny Sheehan,
EDUCATE - Check out the newly-updated Resources page on our SEPAC website. We hope it has a lot of good information, resources, and tools for parents and families. Please reach out to us at email@example.com if you have any feedback.
Covid Testing Program: Information about the new COVID-19 testing program for all participating staff and students was sent out earlier this week and can be read at this link.
This is an opt-in program that provides a free, weekly at home antigen test kit that will be sent home with your student. Students who opt-in will receive a box with 2 test kits every other week in school and are asked to test once a week and report positive results only to their school nurse.
Over 1/3 of MPS staff have enrolled and they received their first box of test kits yesterday. Student tests will be distributed next week and upon distribution, contact tracing at school will end per the program guidelines. Staff and students may opt-in or out at any time. Currently, we have 25% of MPS students who have opted into this program.
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.
(Revised to reflect the January 7th Snow Day)
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.
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.
Equity Steering Committee
The district has posted the Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources and Curriculum position and all details on the search timeline can be found here. The Search Committee is being assembled and will consist of MPS staff including Principals, Administrators, and Teachers as well as representatives put forward from school and community organizations.
Substitute Teaching: Several members of our community have reached out about being a substitute teacher during this school year. On call daily substitute teachers are needed for all levels and the rate is $90 per day. We welcome all qualified applicants and encourage you to apply at the Apply for a Job at MPS link found on the front of the MPS website. Substitute teachers must have experience and enjoy working with children, the minimum requirement is a Bachelors degree for substitute teachers and an Associates degree for a substitute paraprofessional. Citizenship, residency or work VISA in United States is required. If you have any questions about the requirements, and how they pertain to you, please email MPS Human Resources Specialist Laurie Dunn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Food Service Substitutes: Help us feed our future! MPS is looking for food service substitutes to join our wonderful team at the Milton School Food Service Program. Substitutes are needed in various shifts to work around your schedule with wages beginning at $17.28 per hour. Contact Food Service Director, Jackie Morgan, at email@example.com for more information
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.
The Milton Community Food Pantry wants families to know that in addition to the regular monthly free vouchers for milk and eggs from the Milton Food Mart, and bags of groceries, they have also recently approved the distribution of $25 grocery gift cards each month to help families to buy additional fresh fruits and vegetables. Please help spread the word to any individual or family that needs assistance stretching their budget. The Milton Community Food Pantry located in the Parkway Methodist Church, 158 Blue Hills Parkway is open every other Saturday from 9:15 – 11:15am. Please visit their website for all details.
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.
3RD SMASH NORTHEASTERN ACADEMY
Summer 2022 will be our 3rd SMASH Northeastern Academy - held in partnership between the national non-profit SMASH and Northeastern University. We are helping to spread the word about the transformative, free program to first-generation, low-income, 9th graders.
The program prepares students for college and careers in STEM by:
Hosting students to live and study on Northeastern University's campus for 3 summers at no cost to students.
Exposing students to the many careers in STEM and computer science that they can pursue and ways they can use STEM and technology to advance their communities.
Expanding students’ peer and adult networks by immersing them in weekly networking nights, speaker series, field trips and a tight-knit community of peers.
Supporting students through high school, college applications, college and career preparation .
Their mission is to diversify the field of STEM so they focus on students who are underrepresented in the field. They are looking for 9th graders who meet the following criteria:
High-achieving (minimum 3.0 GPA, with an interest in math and science)
Low-income (e.g. eligible for Free/Reduced Lunch)
Underrepresented student of color in STEM
The application is now open at www.smash.org/apply. The deadline to apply will be March 1st, 2022.
COMMONWEALTH LIFEGUARDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR SUMMER 2022!
Here is some essential information:
- Pay starts at $20-$21/hour and is based on a full-time schedule
- They offer FREE lifeguard certification classes across the Boston area (students can become certified and/or re-trained on us and do not need to pay towards anything)
- They have 10 pools and 3 waterfront facilities in the Boston area that candidates may choose to work at
For more information please go here.