To the members of the Milton Town community,

I would like to take this opportunity to share some exciting news/events happening across the Milton Town School District.

Accomplishments/recognitions
Completion of master’s degree

Congratulations to the following Milton Town School District faculty who completed their master’s degree over the summer:

Amira Bakr       Leslie Cobler           Hillary Dana
Angela Filion    Angela Fitzgerald     Kylene Flowers
Stacie Kitell     Kristi Lombard         Beth Maurer

Green and Gold Scholarship recipient

The University of Vermont recognizes the academically strongest student at each accredited high school in Vermont with four-year, full tuition scholarships.  At the end of the academic year, the principal of each school submits a nominee who is the strongest student at the end of the 11th grade year.  The primary criteria for determining a nominee is limited to academic performance in high school, including rank in class, grade point average, rigor of course work and standardized testing.  The Milton Town School District is pleased to announce that this year’s recipient is Kelly Knight!  Congratulations, Kelly!

What’s new in the district
Middle School’s After School Homework Clinic

On September 10, 2012 the middle school started an After School Homework Clinic.  This clinic is open to all middle school students and is held from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the middle school.

Requests for superintendent’s approved absences
We have received a number of requests for students’ absences via a superintendent’s absence.  Vermont law requires that, “A person having the control of a child between the ages of 6 and 16 years shall cause the child to attend a public school, an approved or recognized independent school, an approved educational program or a home study program for the full number of days for which that school is held.”

This year, when a request comes in for a student to be excused through a superintendent’s absence, our process will be:

  •     Superintendent reviews the student’s grades (current and last year’s)
  •     Superintendent reviews the student’s attendance (current and last year’s)
  •     Superintendent reviews the student’s performance on state and local assessments (for example the NECAP Assessments)
  •     Superintendent contacts the principal for his/ her recommendation

The data collection will result in either an excused absence for the number of days requested or the denial of a superintendent’s absence.  A denial means that if the parent/guardian decides to take the student out of school, the absences will be coded as unexcused.  Please refer to Milton Town School District Policy F25:  Student Attendance for a list of valid excused absences.  All Milton Town School District policies can be found on our district webpage at www.mtsd-vt.org/MTSD.

Upcoming events
October 5
Student of the Month Breakfast, Grades 9-12; Milton High School, 7:30 a.m.
October 1 – 17

The administration of the New England Common Assessments (NECAP) in reading, writing, and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 11.  Please refer to the MTSD website, www.mtsd-vt.org/MTSD, for a detailed assessment schedule.

John Barone
Milton Town School District superintendent