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Quarterly Newsletter 2024

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Congratulations to our Graduates

SHOUT OUT

to Daniel aka (Danny B) our

Senior Graduation Speaker

"I came to Milestones in 2014. Back then, I had a goal to finish school and graduate. I thought it was going to be easy. I learned that to achieve great goals, you must learn great lessons. There are lessons I’ve learned at Milestones that I didn’t expect or know I was capable of. Through my years at Milestones, I have become more understanding and more patient. But most of all I’ve been able to find my people and discover who we are as a team and a class. I’ll tell you my top 3 memories. The first memory is when I was outside with Erin and Matthew and we had a race, and Matthew being Matthew decided to cut in front of Erin and win the race. We all had a good laugh. And Shane, there are a lot of memories I have of you, all good things don’t worry. I think if I had to choose one it would be from when I was younger. I was terrified of you because you always had the final boss look. And you always ran down the hallway. My favorite walkie quote was “LOBBY LOBBY LOBBY”. Then I realized as I grew up that you were just a big old teddy bear inside and there was nothing to be afraid of. Remember to always check your cameras. My final memory was when Mike and I were playing football in the hallway. Mike threw the football and broke the sensor on the ceiling and no one knew about it till today. Sorry, I outed you, Mike.

Watching my friends grow with me has been a hugely rewarding experience. Seeing the smiles on their faces and hearing their laughter as we have a good time. My teachers, the administrators, and the faculty at Milestones are the reasons I am who I am today and the reason that I will succeed out of high school. I would specifically like to shout out Shane, Erin, Mike, Emma, Anne, Kyle, Jess, Lauren, Gillian, Alexa, and many more for their contributions to the school and to my journey at Milestones. The friends you find, and the people you choose to have in your life are what prepare you to be successful. And although sometimes people do fade away and they leave unexpectedly, it’s the unexpected that excites me. 


Because when the unexpected happens that’s when our lives can be changed the most. Milestones has taught me how to work through unexpected situations and feelings. If I could leave by saying one thing it would be this. Don’t be afraid to fail and don’t be afraid to try new things. If I wasn’t willing to try new things, I wouldn’t have grown as much here at Milestones. None of us would. So, my friends, let’s remember the good times and remember that no matter where we are in the world, we all know one thing and that is we did it. We are officially graduating high school.


And to the younger kids and teens that are future graduates, remember, you too will be on this stage and even when it feels like everything’s too hard or if you feel that you can’t make it through something, just know that all of my friends and I in the class of 2024 have been in the same place you may be. Finally, to my teachers, thank you for all you have done for us. This has truly been an incredible experience and I can’t wait to see what the future holds. Class of 2024, you should be proud of yourselves. With that being said, let’s step into the future together and see what amazing things are ahead."


Thank you

Danny B


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PAG Shout Out

(Parent Advisory Group)

Thank you to Denise Ryan and Becky Bularzik for the many contributions over the past few months.


PAG and our families contributed to a wonderful Staff Appreciation luncheon to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week (First week of May).


PAG invited our families to an afternoon picnic at Prospect Hill in Waltham.


Academics

S'MORES CHALLENGE

Our elementary schoolers have been learning about ratios in math class, and have been working to create the "perfect" ratio of chocolate to marshmallows to graham crackers for s'mores. Staff were delighted to be taste testers and vote for their favorite! 




MISSION TO MARS

This year for Earth and Space science, the senior class was tasked with creating a comprehensive proposal for a manned mission to Mars. They were asked to establish mission goals and to design myriad aspects of the mission including rockets, life support systems, and colony designs. This was a year-long project that started in September and culminated in a written proposal and presentation to a board to obtain funding for their mission.

Philanthropy

GSA's pride month fundraiser, raised $434.99, by selling t-shirts. This year the donations will be going to Waltham House, a local organization that houses LGBTQ+ youth ages 14-18 (Link to Info about Waltham House)

Cards of Hope


Many youth in foster care may never receive a birthday card or a note of encouragement. Students at Milestones made cards and encouraging notes to be mailed to the Cards of Hope organization.


Family Game Day

Milestones hosted our first ever family game day. Families got together with faculty on a Saturday for board games and fun. The day was topped off with Bingo and prizes!!

Post High School Transition Program

Gateway Cafe



At the Gateway cafe, students have been bringing forth exciting new additions to our menu, such as bagels, expanded sandwich options, and a large selection of flavored coffees. Moreover, they've been practicing price adjustments for our current offerings. Beyond the confines of our on-site cafe, students have been venturing out to explore various cafes in the community, analyzing our competition and returning to our cafe think tank to brainstorm strategies for enhancing our student-run business.

Their brainstorming sessions have yielded numerous ideas, ranging from incorporating new menu items to strategic pricing adjustments and sourcing ingredients at more economical rates. Exploring the potential of introducing specials that promise increased profitability with minimal investment has also been a focus. The cafe holds a special place in the hearts of our students, who relish the opportunity to run it themselves. The skills they acquire here resonate with those required in other cafes and retail establishments alike.


The dedication and growth exhibited by our students haven't gone unnoticed; staff members commend them daily for their exceptional customer service and continual development.


Gateway Student Store



Our school store interns are deeply involved in the hands-on experience of running a business. From marketing our products to reconciling cash, maintaining inventory, and providing top-notch customer service, they handle daily operations with diligence.

Students worked on creating merchandise for their vendors' table at the Spring Market curtesy of the Northeast ARC and Liberty Tree Mall in Danvers.


IT



Our student-run IT help desk has been bustling with activity, as students diligently cultivate essential soft skills under the guidance of our school's IT manager. In addition to tackling a myriad of tech projects and addressing help desk tickets, budding technologists have looked into network issues and experimented with various software applications. Alongside these technical endeavors, they've been honing their communication, teamwork, and leadership abilities. Through collaborative projects and personalized tech assistance, students are mastering effective problem-solving, adaptability, and customer service skills. Every day presents a new opportunity for exploration and discovery within our student-run IT help desk, serving as our very own technology classroom with real-life applications.


Off Site Internship at Crumbl

Special Days

(Eclipse, Principal & Nurse's Day, Autism Acceptance, Pi & Pajama Day)

After School Activities

Spring after school activities this year were a big hit!!

Ultimate Frisbee, Dungeons & Dragons, and Spanish Club.

ULTIMATE FRISBEE

SPANISH CLUB

DUNGEONS & DRAGONS

General Information

Important Dates

2024-2025


  • July 1st, 2024: Start of Summer Session
  • July 3rd, 2024: Noon Dismissal
  • July 4th and 5th, 2024: School Closed
  • July 12th, 19th, 26th, 2024: Noon Dismissals
  • August 2nd, 9th, and 16th, 2024: Noon Dismissals
  • August 16th, 2024: Last Day of Summer Session
  • August 19th-September 2nd, 2024: School Closed
  • September 3rd, 2024: First Day of Fall Programming 24/25
  • September 18th, 2024: Noon Dismissal
  • September 26th, 2024: Back to School Night
  • October 11th, 2024: Noon Dismissal
  • October 14th, 2024: No School
  • October 23rd, 2024: Noon Dismissal



Onsite Group Tour/ Info session with:

  Milestones' Head of Admissions 

Sarah Folk


July 10th, 2024

July 17th, 2024

July 24th, 2024


10:00 am to 11:00 am


Check out Sarah Folk's interview from Waltham's Chamber of Commerce

Interview Link

COME VISIT US AND LEARN MORE ABOUT MILESTONES


Informational tours are open to anyone looking to learn more about Milestones. 

Tours are not intended for students. 


Website events link

RSVP.events@advancingmilestones.com


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