Director of Instructional Services

A Message from Ms. Teresa Glavin
Director of Instructional Services and Dean of Students

I hope that all of you in our Milford Central School community have had a wonderful beginning to the New Year! I wish for everyone only blessings and positivity in 2018, and for any difficulties, I wish you strength and perseverance.

As we stave off the cold of winter outside, within our school walls we are staying warm with the hustling preparations for some fantastic events happening during the remainder of the school year plus some activities we are planning for the next school year. Two particular events we have coming up are:

1. The 2nd Annual Science Technology Reading Engineering Arts & Mathematics (STREAM) Week during April 16-20. Students PreK-12 will be exposed to multiple facets of STREAM through demonstrations and engaging activities involving robotics, 3D printers, a Segway, a drone, Virtual Reality equipment, historical research, etc. It will be even better this year!

2. In collaboration with the Milford Historical Society, we will have Milford Historical Pride Week during May 21-25, culminated with the community dance at the Sayre House in Milford. Students will be involved in historical tours and making bygone artifacts, all while making connections with their own local history!

In an effort to work on one of our MCS Comprehensive District Education Plan (CDEP) goals we are continuing to provide faculty and staff professional development on Mindfulness, a means for one to be attentive to their state of mind and cope with escalated situations. It is about maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment.

The 3 components of Mindfulness, which has its roots in Buddhist meditation, are Present Moment, Awareness, and Acceptance.

When we practice mindfulness, our thoughts tune into what we’re sensing in the Present Moment rather than rehashing the past or imagining the future. In Awareness you are intentionally increasing awareness of your experience and/or surroundings by listening, watching, or considering what naturally exists. Ultimately in Acceptance you reflect what you can and can’t do, you are non-judgmental to yourself and remain curious and objective about the experience and emotions.

Mindfulness strategies help us promote calmness, release stress, and help us all stay centered in our often chaotic environments and situations. Studies have documented the physical and mental health benefits of mindfulness are many. So in turn, we are working with faculty and staff for it to become part of our approach with students in an effort to instill within them these same helpful and effective strategies they can use in life. Eventually, my goal is to offer opportunities for students to learn how to meditate, do stretching and breathing strategies, and even do yoga during their school day!

Be Mindful even if Your Mind is full. —De La Vega