Superintendent Gormley releases updates for the week Of March 2
FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT
On April 4th, 2020, the Milton Foundation for Education invites you to the 24th annual MFE Celebration! This annual event is the mainstay of the MFE’s fundraising efforts in support of our six Milton Public Schools.
How does the MFE support our schools? In ways big and small, 12 months a year, for almost 25 years , the MFE has funded innovative programs and opportunities that are beyond the reach of the school system’s budget. If you are a weekly reader of my blog, you will see mentions of MFE support sprinkled throughout. This is a natural result of their systemic generosity and support of our students and teachers. Almost weekly, a teacher or principal sends me an item that includes a thank you to the MFE – for technology, enhanced art supplies, curriculum add ons, flexible seating, interesting classroom tools – the list is endless and we are so grateful to the MFE for their ongoing support.
MFE Trustees are people from the community who donate considerable time to help the Foundation achieve its goals. Will you join them on April 4th at Granite Links to celebrate our school system and raise funds for the amazing work they do in support of our schools?
- Get your tickets now! This is a smaller venue and will likely sell out.
- Tickets are only available online and can be purchased at this link.
- 6:30 p.m. Registration and Cocktails, Silent Auction
- Dinner, Program, Merriment
- Festive Cocktail Attire Encouraged
We look forward to seeing you at this fun and festive event!
UPCOMING MPS DATES
Mar 7 Minority Job Fair
Mar 10 Harlem Wizards vs. Staff Basketball
Mar 12 MIOSM Strings Concert
Mar 17 MIOSM Band Concert
Mar 18 Milton School Committee
Mar 19 After School Conferences
Mar 24 MIOSM Chorus Concert, Gr 6
Mar 26 MIOSM Chorus Concert
Mar 31 Parent Speaker Series, Jason Wheeler-Supporting LGBTQ+ Students
Apr 1 Milton School Committee
Apr 2 Tucker Unity Day
Apr 4 MFE Celebration for Education
The 4th Annual South Shore Regional Minority Educator Recruitment Fair, hosted by Milton Public Schools and sponsored by PROforma Printing & Promotion will take place at the Copeland Field House at Milton High School on Saturday, March 7th from 8am- 12pm.
The number of Latino, African-American, and Asian students in kindergarten through grade 12 public school classrooms is expected to exceed the number of non-Hispanic, white students, but the racial and ethnic makeup of our country’s teaching staff does not reflect this shift. There is a shortage of African American, Hispanic and Latino, Native American, and Asian educators, and this recruitment fair helps to encourage those individuals to pursue a career in education.
During the event, representatives from South Shore public school districts (all levels: elementary, middle/Jr. high and high school) will meet with potential employees in an effort to find the most qualified minority teachers, administrators, librarians, administrative assistants, instructional aides, custodians, food service personnel, coaches and more. Please contact James Jette via email or phone (617-696-4470) with any questions.
On March 10th, at Milton High School, the Harlem Wizards will take on the Milton Public Schools staff in an interactive, slam-tastic, family friendly evening filled with music, comedy, tricks, hoops & alley-oops!
What makes a Wizards show “awe-inspiring” or as the kids and teens say, “off the hizzle?” Some say it’s the oohs and aahs created by the thunderous, sky-high slams. For others it’s the humor and seeing the teachers being good sports and having fun on the court with the Wizards. The comedy, the audience participation, the spontaneity delivered as a world class show, in an intimate and community setting adds up to a night to be experienced and treasured.
The Milton High School Student Government has invited the Harlem Wizards to MHS and any funds raised will benefit all 6 of our schools. Come out and support our students, while having a great time with your family, right here in Milton!
The Wizards will be here on March 10, 2020 in the Copeland Field House at Milton High School and will play two games against the MPS staff as they entertain the crowd throughout the evening. Doors open at 6pm and the games start at 7pm. Wear your school gear or colors and come out and support the home town team – your teachers and principals!
Recent School Committee meetings can always be watched on Milton Access TV. The next School Committee meeting is on March 18 , 2020 at 7pm. School Committee agendas and documents can be found in the School Committee tab on the front page of our website.
HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS
This weekend, the cast and crew of Milton High School Theatre’s one-act play The Women of Lockerbie participated in METG High School Festival Competition. Not only did the show move onto semi-finals, students from Milton High School also earned 8 All-Star awards: Mikey McCarthy received an award for excellence in technical direction, Lily Doucette and Sydney O’Toole received an award for scenic design, the entirety of the stage crew won awards for scenic construction, Maeve Bentley, Katherine Scannell, Sophia Labbe, Sadie Leggett, and Rowan Leggett all received awards for acting, and Sydney O’Toole won an award for directing. The cast and crew will be participating in semifinals at Danvers High School on March 14th.
Milton High School is pleased to offer preparatory classes for the May 2020 SAT to students who are looking to improve their scores. Students can sign up for Reading, Writing, & Language Prep, Math Prep, or both classes. All sessions will be held at Milton High School and are designed to prepare students for the May 2nd SAT Exam. Please email Mathematics Director Brian Selig with any questions. All details on the MHS SAT Prep Classes can be found here.
Pierce Model UN attended the Innovative Model United Nations conference last Friday. At this conference students worked with their peers from all over Massachusetts to engage in diplomacy and draft resolutions to international concerns. Congratulations to our students who won awards!
- Best Negotiator: Colin Glazer, Will Malec, Hahn-Xuan Nguyen, Charles Slate , Patrick Kelly, Loren Johnson , Ava Regan, Sydney Burns and Jacira King
- Best Position Paper: Abigail Mcmenamy, Emma Dhima, Nick Chung, Dashel Koh, Tucker Korman ,Katie Scott and Vivienne Renaud
- Best Delegate: Rachel McNulty and Isabella Lee
- Best Public Speaker: Leo Waldbaum and Kevin Gomes
Tuesday’s primary elections brought out a strong core of voters right here at Pierce Middle School – our 8th grade students! The 8th grade teams hosted a mock election in each of their classes on Tuesday to coincide with our Massachusetts primary day. The mock election was only one activity in a year-long study of civics in the 8th grade. This Pierce curriculum is in its first year, and is aligned with the new Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) standards in Social Studies. Throughout the year our students have studied the foundations of democracy, our US federal, state and local government, and the role of the citizen in a democratic society.
In the most recent unit on rights and responsibilities students practiced the right to vote. In the weeks prior to Tuesday’s mock election, Ms. Augustyn, Mr. McElhinney and Mr. Smith created lessons and activities that helped students become informed citizens. On Monday, students conducted research on the different party platforms as well as the different candidates and their views on the various issues. After becoming informed, students then participated in various activities to help solidify their knowledge on caucuses and primaries. In the end, students cast their votes in a mock primary poll, ultimately exhibiting the rights and responsibilities of American citizens.
Hot off the presses we are pleased to share that a big congratulations are in order for Nicole Lauria and two of the Pierce Future Problem Solver teams who will be moving on to the State Bowl at the end of the month! Congratulations to Middle Division team: Tucker Korman, Ella Cantor and Jasmine Bethea and Junior Division team: Ryan Kelly, Emma Dhima and Kyle Tam.
Many of our other teams were right on the cusp of qualifying as a team and some individuals will be eligible to move on to the State Bowl. We will share their progress and updates as the State Bowl approaches.
INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS
Tucker students enjoyed a very successful science fair last Thursday. This year’s theme was “When you change one thing, you can change everything!” and students were encouraged to explore variables and testable questions. A number of scientists from the field visited Tucker during the day to provide feedback to all students who completed a project. In the evening, the fun and learning continued as students and families explored the fair with their families. The Tucker community also enjoyed a presentation from the Milton High School robotics team to see the opportunities for science beyond elementary school. It was a great day to celebrate science in preschool through grade 5!
Collicot 3rd graders in Ms. McDermott’s class are studying fractions. Students used dominoes to make the faction and fraction strips to compare them and then drew the visual representation. I this lesson, students learn how to compare two fractions with the same numerator or the same denominator by reasoning about their size and recognize that comparisons are valid only when the two fractions refer to the same whole. Finally students record the results of comparisons with the symbols >, =, or <, and justify the conclusions by using a visual fraction model.
Cunningham 2nd graders recently created interactive book reports and spent time in class sharing them with each other. Students created games pertaining to the book they read. The fun part was playing each other’s game!
Glover School was filled with activity on Wednesday night as families visited for both the Science Fair and the Art Show. The cafeteria was filled to capacity with science projects exploring everything from airplanes, energy, 3D printing, Megalodons, States of Matter and more. The Milton High School Robotics team also visited to show off their robot. Families enjoyed walking the halls to see the beautiful artwork displayed from all Glover students. Thank you to our art teachers Star Baylon and Kim Tolleson for all their hard work in displaying our students work.
In celebration of Dr Seuss’s birthday at Cunningham , Mrs Chen’s 5th graders read books with Ms. Smiths kindergarten class this week.
Congratulations to Collicot students John Griffin (5th grade, left) and Frankie Jilani (4th grade, right) who were the Chapter 2 winners of the Boomwriter Bee that began at Collicot in February. Students wrote their Chapter 2 entry for “The Talent Show” and then voted for the best chapter to win the Bee on Monday March 2nd.
This week, students are writing their Chapter 3 entry and voting will start on Monday, March 9. Two more winners will be announced for Chapter 3 next week.There is palpable excitement in grades 4 and 5 as the writing continues!
All Milton families are invited to the 2nd Annual Glover/Tucker Diverse Reads Family Book Club at the Milton Public Library on March 12th at 6:30pm. Prior to March 12th, students will be reading Lalani of the Distant Sea by Newbery Medalist Erin Entrada Kelly, . Inspired by Filipino folklore, Lalani of the Distant Sea is an unforgettable coming-of-age story about friendship, courage, and identity. Erin Entrada Kelly will join us via Skype to answer questions from readers. Please see the Diverse Reads Family Book Club flyer for more information.
Several years ago, Glover participated in the Behavioral Health and Safe and Supportive Schools Self-Assessment. The work that came out of this self-assessment process was transformative in terms of culture and climate at Glover School. Last Saturday, a focus group of teachers, staff, parents, and administrators from Glover met to continue our work involving the Safe and Supportive Schools Initiative by completing an updated survey. In order to support this work, we were awarded a grant from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to engage in these valuable Behavioral Health and Safe and Supportive Schools Self-Assessments. We are looking forward to receiving the data and continuing our Safe and Supportive work.
On Monday night, kindergarten families across the district came to the Collicot and Cunningham cafeteria to learn more about the STEM Enrichment and Spanish components of the English Innovation program. Families were able to hear 5th grade students share their favorite STEM memories from elementary school. The night ended with families working together to use specific materials to build a catapult that could launch a marshmallow at least two feet! Students and their families used the engineering design process to ask questions, plan, create, and finally improve on their models to make their marshmallows travel even further! The night was engaging and informative. If any families have any remaining questions about STEM in the English Innovation Pathway, please email Ellen Lohan and for any questions about Spanish please email Dr. Martine Fisher. Program selection forms for Kindergarten families are due back to schools by March 13th at 3:30 p.m.
PARENT SPEAKER SERIES
Ivy Watts presented to over 50 people this week as part of the PARENT Speaker Series. Ivy addressed mental health issues as they relate to students (she addressed specifics with athletes as well as students of color) and how caregivers (parents/guardians, teachers, coaches) can recognize signs of a student that may be struggling and what to do about. She provided resources that I share with you here. Youth Resource Sheet, Mental Health Resource Sheet.
Ivy also presented to all 7th grade students at Pierce on Monday. She was well received, students were respectful, engaged and asked thoughtful, pertinent questions. On Tuesday, Ivy presented two separate times to grades 9/10 and then grades 11/12. She made quite an impression on our students. We received positive feedback from students, staff and parents. These discussions were a great opportunity to share MPS resources with our students. MHS Principal Jette, Pierce Assistant Principal Dr. Fitzgerald and MPS Health Director Noel Vigue made a point to highlight our guidance staff and adjustment counselors as well to showcase all that we offer to students regarding their social-emotional well being. After the presentation, two students volunteered to serve on the MSAPC Youth Action Team! Ivy will be working with small groups of MHS students in the coming weeks. Thank you to the Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition for sponsoring Ms. Watts for our students and community.
Mark your calendars for March 31st for Jason Wheeler “Supporting All Students (LGBTQ)” in the Milton High School library at 6:30pm.
FOOD AND NUTRITION
The Milton Public Schools celebrated National School Breakfast Week this past week. Celebrity chefs, Golden Plate winners, and healthy, delicious breakfasts were enjoyed by many of our students!
Busy weekday mornings make it a challenge for many families to find time for a healthy breakfast. However, US Department of Agriculture data show that more and more students are starting their day with a nutritious breakfast in their school cafeterias. The USDA School Breakfast Program currently serves more than 14 million students every day. Studies show that students who eat school breakfast are more likely to:
- Reach higher levels of achievement in reading and math
- Score higher on standardized tests
- Have better concentration and memory
- Be more alert
- Maintain a healthy weight
The National School Breakfast Week (NSBW) campaign theme, “Out of This World,” reminds the entire school community that school breakfast provides a healthy and energizing start to the day for students.
The district serves over 650 breakfast meals daily through the federally funded School Breakfast Program. School nutrition professionals in all Milton schools prepare breakfast and lunches every day that meet federal nutrition standards – limiting fat, calories and sodium – while encouraging students to choose from the fruits, vegetables and whole grains offered with school meals.
HEALTH AND WELLNESS
Coronavirus Information for the MPS Community The COVID-19 (2019 Novel Coronavirus) is an emerging health concern and we are closely monitoring this evolving situation. We understand that families have questions about the Coronavirus and how it may impact our schools and local community. Please read the full March 3, 2020 District Communication in the link below.
The Milton Public Schools continues to devote a significant amount of time, effort, and energy into preparing our students to be good Digital Citizenship. In the spirit of Digital Citizenship, the National Day of Unplugging will take place at sundown Friday, March 6th and goes until sundown on Saturday, March 7th. Bond together with your family and unwind, unplug, relax, get outdoors, and connect with loved ones. For more information regarding the National Day of Unplugging click here. Worried about being stressed and not relaxed? Click here for ideas on how to stay relaxed.
Milton’s general music programming offers a variety of experiences to develop proficiency, and foster a life-long love of music. Such activities include singing, playing instruments, movement and listening.
In the elementary grades, general music classes provide a foundation for the development of musical understandings and skills. Weekly lessons of 45 minutes are organized in a course of study in which students encounter a progression of musical elements, each increasing in complexity and reinforcing previous learning. Teachers draw from the methodologies of Kodály, Orff Schulwerk, and Dalcroze to create rich learning situations. In the younger grades, students learn to perform and compose using pitched and unpitched percussion instruments. In the upper grades, students play the soprano recorder.
Students in middle school may elect general music as an exploratory class. Programming incorporates an understanding and a greater application of the knowledge and skills learned in elementary music. Performance and composition are studied with increasing depth and complexity using drums, ukulele, and other instruments while integrating elements of form, texture, melody, and harmony. In middle school, knowledge and skills deepen through experiences including reading and writing music notation, performing, composition, and reflective music listening. Students also explore music from historical and contemporary genres of cultures throughout the world.
Finally, in high school, students are offered courses that develop musical knowledge, and explore creative potential. No prior experience beyond elementary and/or middle school general music is required as students with all levels of knowledge are eligible to participate. Among the course offerings are opportunities to study theory, ear training, songwriting, technology, music history as well as piano, drumming and guitar methods. While some classes are intended to develop musicianship skills or provide an introduction to reading music and playing an instrument, other classes do not require students to be musical performers but rather to become educated audience members and evaluators.
Milton’s general music program endeavors to enrich students through varied and increasingly complex experiences. In doing so, our goal is for students to develop skills transferable to all areas of life, and offer benefits beyond music itself.
Registration to ride the bus for the 2020-2021 school year will open online on May 15, 2020. Information on policy, procedures and cost to ride will be shared via email, website updates and in the Superintendent’s Blog in April.
ART AND MUSIC
Tucker 3rd grade and Tucker 5th grade ACE students had an exciting opportunity to participate in the South Shore Arts Centers’ Artist in Residence (AIR) program. For 15 years, the AIR program at SSAC has provided free educational outreach for thousands of students. This year’s featured artist is Jess Hurley Scott. She is a contemporary painter of land and seascapes. Her paintings are multiple layered, individually painted, acrylic panels. During this field trip, students were exposed to interdisciplinary educational methods that build critical thinking skills, STEAM knowledge, and visual art learning objectives. Students had the chance to explore the worlds of 2 and 3 dimensions and create their own artwork of a deep roaring ocean.
Glover was Rocking and Rolling last Friday and Saturday when students performed “Rock and Roll Forever” under the direction of music teacher Colleen Martin. This fun show highlighted some of the most famous rock and roll musicians in history. Students were overjoyed as they performed for their families, friends, and teachers. Bravo to Colleen Martin for all her hard work in organizing and directing a successful performance that taught us all a little history about rock and roll, but more importantly gave students the opportunity to be let loose, be themselves, and shine!
The MISOM and Art Month Calendar of Events is below.
March 5-7: MMEA All State Conference & Festival
March 12: MIOSM Strings Concert (Grades 5-12), 7:00pm
March 13: Boston Symphony Orchestra Fieldtrip (Grade 4)
March 13-14: MMEA Eastern District Junior Festival
March 17: MIOSM Band Concert (Grades 5-12), 7:00pm
March 20-21: SEMSBA Senior Festival
March 24: MIOSM Chorus Concert (Grades 6 & 9-12), 7:00pm
March 26: MIOSM Chorus Concert (Grades 7-12), 7:00pm
March 27: Glover K-1 General Music Showcase, 2:15pm
March 28: MMEA Eastern District Treble Choir Festival
March 30: MHS Tri-M Induction Ceremony, 8:00am
April 15: Cunningham Art Showcase, 6:00 – 7:30
April 16: Collicot Art Showcase, 6:30 – 8:00
May (TBD): Tucker Art Showcase
MHS and Pierce Art dates TBD
Susi Athletes-of-the-Month for February!
Lindsey Dunn, Junior, Ice Hockey
Dunn has played well all year but really stepped it up towards the end of the season. She played four games in February, seeing 97 total shots, and making 92 saves in what ended up being a .948 save percentage and a 1.25 goals against average for the month. Her play in the NDA game stood out the most as she made 42 saves on 44 shots. She earned a shutout vs. Weymouth and stood strong in games vs. Brookline and Walpole.
Alex Paxhia, Sophomore, Wrestling
Paxhia finished the season with an impressive record of 30-10. He finished 4th at the Division II Metro Sectional Championships and then followed that up with a 5th place finish at the Division II State Championships, held here at Milton High School. He qualified for All States, as the first Milton wrestler since 2014. He also had a 16 match win streak ending in the month of February.
Ben Catudal participated in the MIAA Alpine Ski Championships today, placing in the top half! He is the first MHS skier to participate in this event since 2014!
Cheer will participate in Regionals this weekend at Milford HS!
Spring Sports start Monday, March 16th. Registration is open and tryout information can be found online. There are also Parent/Guardian Meetings today, March 5th. Information has been emailed to families.
IN THE COMMUNITY
Milton Girls Softball invites you to their Spring Social! Please join us on Saturday, March 21 at 7pm at the View for an evening to support Milton Girls Softball. Milton Girls Softball is a volunteer led organization that offers over 350 girls in our community the opportunity to learn and play softball in a fun and competitive environment. Funds raised will be used to improve fields and the game experience for players and fans alike. Dress: Casual Attire
Please support this great cause! Tickets can be purchased here.
Milton Chess Club with International Master David Vigorito will take place on Tuesdays March 17-May 26 at Milton High School, 25 Gile Rd. Milton. Chess Club is open to students in grades 1-6. There are two levels: Beginners 5:15-6:15pm: This is a class for students who are new to the game, as well as those who would like to brush up on their basic knowledge. Intermediate/Advanced 6:30-7:30pm: This is a class for students with a good understanding of the rules who are looking to further develop their knowledge and skills. All details can be found on Mr Vigorito’s website.
The Friends of the Milton Public Library present the ninth annual Chess-a-Palooza on Saturday April 4th, 9:30-1pm at the Milton Public Library (Keys Room lower level). Chess-a-Palooza is open to all Milton residents, Milton school students, children of Milton teachers, and returning Chess-a-Palooza players!Please join us for a fun and friendly chess tournament with International Master David Vigorito. All details can be found here.
Milton’s Annual Sweetheart Dance for all girls in grades K-5 and their special adult will be held on Friday, April 3rd from 6:30 – 8:30pm at Cunningham Hall. A significant portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to two local organizations: Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition and the Milton Residents Fund. Tickets must be purchased in advance this year at miltonsweetheartdance.eventbrite.com. Don’t miss out on a fun night of dancing, games, prizes and photo ops to support two great causes in our community!
The DPW shares the guidelines for mattress and box spring pickup: For requests placed before Friday at noon, mattresses will be picked up the following Tuesday. For requests placed after Friday at noon, mattresses will be picked up the Tuesday after the following
STUDENTS: Several of our elementary students were selected to have their artwork displayed at the State Transportation Building in Boston. This exhibit, sponsored by the Massachusetts Art Education Association (MAEA), is part of Youth Art Month (YAM), a national celebration held each year during March, that emphasizes the value of art education for all children and encourages support for quality art programs in schools. Some of our students and teachers attended the opening reception this weekend.
Students representing Milton are John Devine, Caroline Melanson, Katherine Field, Benjamin Nguyen, Hayla Fuller, Neave Kelly, Zoe Sullivan, An Nguyen, Aaron Pullia, Zadie Schopf-Malone, Jeremiah Sitkoff, and Nebyat Ejigu.
STAFF: I would like to thank the MPS staff who successfully welcomed our Preschool and Kindergarten families to teachers and administrators to the Milton Public Schools over the last two months. Over two information nights, and multiple days of registrations, our staff worked together to both inform and welcome our new families as they begin their 13 year (or more for our youngest students!) educational journey with us.
Thank you to the administrators and teachers who presented at both of our information nights. If you missed either presentation and would like more information, you can find it on our website under Preschool and Kindergarten Registration. I would also like to thank our staff who were involved with multiple days of Preschool and Kindergarten registration in February.
- To Dr. Glenn Pavilcek, Dr.Karen Spaulding, Susan Maselli, Jayme Szymczak, Dr. Elaine McNeil-Girmai, Jon Redden, Maggie Randall, Laurie Dunn, Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Karen McDavitt, Holly Concannon, Carolyn Brandi, Jackie Morgan, Martha Sandoval, Kim Coughlin and Brian Selig: thank you for preparing for our two information nights and presenting to parents in an informative and engaging manner.
- To John Muir and his crew at Cunningham and Collicot: thank you for your hard work in assisting us in getting the tables, chairs and artwork set up and broken down each and every day as to minimize the disruption to Cunningham students and teachers
- To Eileen Keaney, Erica Cadigan, Joanne Barker and Deb Woods: thank you for your constant professionalism and positive attitude as you preregistered our new students
- To Director of Nurses Kim Coughlin and School Nurses Maureen LeBlanc, Jeanne Sgroi, Kerri Joyce, Alison Joyce: thank you for your attention to detail and your patience as many families weren’t able to access their child’s health records due to the computer compromise at Partners Health
- To Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Ellen Lohan, Caroline Morton, Brad Spindle and Sarina Burke: thank you for your organizational skills – without you our registration process would not have been the success it was.
For many families, Preschool and Kindergarten registration is their first MPS experience and all reports are that we had many positive interactions and have laid the foundation for an ongoing home-school connection as families begin their journey as a member of the Milton Public Schools community.
VOLUNTEERS: Several weeks ago, Milton High School was proud to successfully host the MIAA D2 State Wrestling Tournament. A huge thank you to all of the wrestlers, parents, administrators, custodians, and volunteers that made the weekend tournament such a success. Hosting a tournament is no easy task, but it felt that way because of all of your hard work. We would like to specifically thank the Matejka Family, the Sullivan Family, the Dobrindt Family, the Carroll Family, the Heller Family, the Peloquin Family , the Paxhia Family, the Pentland Family, the Navarro Family, the Walsh Family, the Mottley Family, the Crowley Family, Susan Wright, Claire Yunger, Susan Judge-Burns, Monica LaBelle, Coach Jake Smith and Coach Ted Carroll. Because of the your efforts, we were able to host a well run and successful tournament. On behalf of our athletes, thank you!
Thank you to my blog contributors this week: Sara MacNeil, Karen McDavitt, Ryan Madden, Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Jon Redden, Zeina Hamada, Caroline Morton, Noel Vigue, Kevin Black, Barbara Wright, Christie Chiappetta, Karen Cahill, Jackie Morgan, AJ Melanson, Jess Gillooly, Laurel Bernini and Dawn Sykes.