Principal's Message

Dear MES Families,

We will soon be welcoming all of you back for the 2016-2017 school year at Milton Elementary School.  The long days of the summer season will soon give way to the falling leaves of autumn, and I won’t even mention our cold New England winters.  The change in seasons is inevitable and we must embrace it.  I never claimed to be Walt Whitman…I’m sure you see where I’m going with this.  This year Milton Elementary will see changes in administration.

I have been an educator for 30 years, with over half of those years in school administration. I have spent the summer getting to know about Milton Elementary School and the community of Milton and Milton Mills.  I’ve asked many questions and driven around the area a great deal.  My initial assessment is that you have a great town, rich with history and charm.  Also, you have an elementary school with a great staff committed to do what’s best for children and support and encourage their colleagues.  I am truly excited to be the new principal of Milton Elementary School.

It has been a busy summer preparing for the start of school.  This included hiring a new assistant principal.  The selection committee, which consisted of staff, parents, administration and school board, interviewed many great candidates.  I am pleased to announce that our new Assistant Principal will be Kristine Hikel.  Mrs. Hikel comes to us from the Alton school district where she spent 19 years as a physical education teacher.  It was clear that she was recognized many times for her leadership skills and was a leader among her peers.  

The teaching staff has two new members as well.  Our new third grade teachers are Hannah Bongiovanni and Courtney Stevens.

I look forward to meeting and working with the entire Milton Community.  If you have any questions or concerns you can contact me via email at or (603)652-4539.  Enjoy the rest of your summer and we will see you on the first day of school, August 31.


John Safina



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