October, 2017

Parents’ Weekend is Here!

Parents’ Weekend is Here!

This three-day immersive experience is a unique opportunity to spend a day in your child’s shoes, meeting teachers and advisors, and getting to know the School and other parents at the same time.

The Upper School Parents’ Association (USPA) hosts a number of events throughout the weekend to give parents a chance to meet (and rest!) between classes and meetings. The annual fall tradition kicks off Thursday evening with parent dinners or socials hosted by the USPA.

On Friday, parents follow their children through their daily class schedules, getting to meet their teachers and watch them in action. It is an inspirational – and exhausting! – way to see just how your children spend each day. Unwind afterward at the USPA reception in the RSG while students finish their after-school activities. Afterwards, boarding parents will have the opportunity to meet fellow dorm parents at separate socials in their respective dorms.

On Saturday, chili, cornbread and cold drinks are available for parents in the Student Center, following the morning presentations.

USPA events are made possible by your generous contributions of time, funding and gifts. Thank you! If you’re interested in helping, there are many opportunities to do so. Please connect with a volunteer at one of the events, come to a meeting, or see our webpage for more information.

Meet Other Parents during the Weekend

Thursday, October 12
All at 6:30 p.m.:
Class I/II Social – Wigg Auditorium
Class III Dinner – CSG
Class IV Dinner – RSG

Friday, October 13
4:30 – 5:45 p.m. – USPA Reception for parents in the RSG
5:45 – 6:45 p.m. – Boarding Parents’ Socials in their respective dorms

Saturday, October 14
11:30 – 1:00 p.m. – Chili and Cornbread in the Student Center

Parents' Weekend Schedule for Friday, October 13

7:45 a.m.

Class I (Schwarz Student Center)

Class II (Wigg Hall)

Class III (Kellner, Arts Commons)

Class IV (Robert Saltonstall Gymnasium)

8 a.m.
Morning Assembly

Class I (Schwarz Student Center)

Class II (Wigg Hall)

Class III (Kellner, King Theatre)

Class IV (Robert Saltonstall Gymnasium)

8:20–2:55 p.m.
Class visits

10–10:30 a.m.
Coffee and refreshments available in Wigg Hall and the upper and lower level of the Schwarz Student Center

11:15–1:40 p.m.
Luncheon for students, parents, advisors and teachers (Fitzgibbons Convocation Center)

3–3:45 p.m.
Remarks by Head of School Todd Bland  (Wigg Hall)

3–5:30 p.m.
Opportunity to meet with individual teachers

4:30–5:45 p.m.
The Parents’ Association invites all parents to an on-campus wine and hors d’oeuvres reception. Join us in the Robert Saltonstall Gymnasium between 4:30 and 5:45 p.m. to relax with other parents after a busy day of visiting classes. Please note this reception is for parents only.

5:15–6 p.m.
International Parents’ Reception (Robert Saltonstall Gym, Room 103)

5:30–6 p.m.
Informational meeting about spring break Community Engagement trip (Cox Library)
For those parents who are unable to attend the meeting on Saturday at 11:30 a.m.

5:45–6:45 p.m.
Boarding parents’ socials (Houses)

Game Schedule

4 p.m.
3rd Girls’ Soccer vs. Dana Hall on Upper Field

4:15 p.m.
2nd Boys’ (B) Soccer vs. Roxbury Latin on JV Soccer Field
3rd Boys’ Soccer vs. Roxbury Latin on Headmaster’s Field

Advisors and teachers will be available for conferences throughout the day on Friday and on Saturday morning. The Academic Skills Center will be open on Friday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. for parents with questions.

Parents' Weekend Schedule for Saturday, October 14

8:15 a.m.
Registration for parent/teacher conferences (Wigg Hall)

8:30–9:30 a.m.
Open college forum for Class I parents: an opportunity to ask questions about the college process. Coffee and refreshments will be served. (Straus Library)

Optional presentation on semester programs for Class III parents and students: Mountain School, CITYterm, Maine Coast Semester. Information about these programs and how they integrate into the Class II year (Cox Library, Stackpole Room)

8:30–11:30 a.m.
Advisors and teachers available for conferences

9–10 a.m.
Session for Class IV parents and students. Presentation by Glenn Hall, a prevention specialist from Freedom from Chemical Dependency (FCD). (Kellner, King Theatre)

10:30–11:00 a.m.
Class I parents: Presentation on senior projects (Straus Library)

10:30–11:30 a.m.
Performance by Class IV Jazz Combo (Kellner, Orchestra Room)

10:30–11:30 a.m.
Class II parents: Introduction to the college counselors and the college counseling program (Kellner, King Theatre)

Class III parents: Presentations on exchange programs and School Year Abroad

French Exchange (Ware Hall, Room 303)
Spanish Exchange (Ware Hall, Room 304)
School Year Abroad (Ware Hall, Room 302)

11:30–12 p.m.
Informational meeting about spring break Community Engagement trip (Wigg Hall)

12–12:30 p.m.
Class III parents: An informal Q&A session with the director of the college office (Straus Library)

12:30–1 p.m.
Host Family Program Reception (Trustees Room)

11:30–1 p.m.
Chili sponsored by the Upper School Parents’ Association (Schwarz Student Center)

Game Schedule

12 p.m.
1st Girls’ Field Hockey vs. BB&N
2nd Girls’ Field Hockey vs. BB&N

12:30 p.m.
1st Boys Soccer vs. BB&N
1st Girls’ Volleyball vs. BB&N
2nd Boys’ Soccer vs. BB&N
2nd Girls’ Volleyball vs. BB&N

1 p.m.
1st Girls’ Cross Country vs. Governor’s with Winsor
1st Girls’ Soccer vs. BB&N
2nd Girls’ Soccer vs. BB&N

1:30 p.m.
1st Boys’ Cross Country vs. Governor’s

2 p.m.
1st Boys’ Football vs. Belmont Hill

A Night of Latin-American Jazz

A Night of Latin-American Jazz

Three student jazz groups take to the stage in King Theatre tonight to perform in Milton’s 27th annual fall jazz concert. Curtains open at 7:30 p.m. for this celebration of Latin-American jazz.

“We will play sambas, bossa novas, mambos, cha-cha-chas and boleros. Some of the tunes will make you want to dance and some will make want to cry (for good reasons we hope),” jokes music faculty member, Bob Sinicrope. “This promises to be a spirited and educational experience as we will share with our audience background information on the tunes.”

This is the only major on-campus performance of the year scheduled for these groups. All are welcome to join in the fun.

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Faculty Profile: Meet Adrian Anantawan, Milton’s New Music Department Chair

Faculty Profile: Meet Adrian Anantawan, Milton’s New Music Department Chair

Adrian Anantawan has toured the world as a violin soloist and performed on some of the most prominent stages, but this year marks the beginning of a different kind of adventure: being a house parent to the boys of Forbes House.

“Sitting down at a dinner table and hearing young men talk about things that are really intellectual, and at the same time really having fun, is wonderful,” says Adrian, Milton’s new music department chair. “Getting to know them is a highlight.”

Adrian takes the baton from Don Dregalla, who retired after more than three decades of teaching music at Milton. Adrian is teaching the Middle School strings and winds, Upper School orchestra, Chamber Orchestra and general music in the Upper School.

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Milton’s Fall Productions: Sketches, Songs and a Shakespeare Classic

Milton’s fall performing arts schedule features original comedy sketches, a new Class IV musical tradition and Shakespeare’s most famous star-crossed lovers.

Inspired by the Ziegfeld Follies and other revue shows, the Class IV play is a collection of songs, poetry, short scenes and music, specifically tailored for the Class IV actors. The material explores the journey from birth to death and the production is titled: The Class IV Follies: The Tree of Life. There are songs from modern musicals and the classics; scenes from plays, sketch comedies and films; and poetry ranging from Shakespeare to Maya Angelou. The Class IV play is a long-standing performing arts tradition involving the entire class.

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Festival Rolls Out Red Carpet for Milton Film Club

Festival Rolls Out Red Carpet for Milton Film Club

When George Luo (I) wrote his first screenplay at the end of his freshman year at Milton, he rounded up about 20 people who said they’d be interested in helping him make the film. Over that summer, interest fizzled, and George never made the movie, which is OK, he jokes, because, “It was probably the worst screenplay of all time.”

A few more attempts failed; it was hard to manage the process alone. So, during sophomore year, George and some friends founded the Hollywood Filmmaking Club, which has lent structure to film projects, he says.

Last year, the club, which is made up of actors and students interested in directing and writing, worked together to make George’s film, “Under the Wound,” which was accepted in several film festivals. Over that Columbus Day weekend, six members of the club went to New York City, where the 20-minute-long drama was an official selection of the All American High School Film Festival, an event that honors the best of high-school films from all over the country.

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Poetry Reveals Truth Through Fiction, Bingham Writer Ron Smith Tells Students

Poetry Reveals Truth Through Fiction, Bingham Writer Ron Smith Tells Students

In works that explore the intersection of ubiquitous moments in history and intimate, personal narrative, poet Ron Smith asks, “What is my place and what keeps me in it?”

On campus as the Bingham Visiting Writer, Mr. Smith read selections spanning his career as a poet, and later visited students for a smaller Q&A. In between his poems at the reading, Mr. Smith provided context and described his writing process.

The first poem he read, “At the Vietnam Memorial, 1983,” came from Mr. Smith’s first visit to the memorial in Washington, D.C., where he felt incredible anger and sadness upon seeing the black marble wall.

watch video of the assembly

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Unite Against Hate, Boston Anti-Defamation League Executive Director Tells Students

Unite Against Hate, Boston Anti-Defamation League Executive Director Tells Students

Young people have the power to stem the tide of anti-Semitism and other hateful incidents, said Robert Trestan, executive director of the Anti-Defamation League’s Boston Office.

“The most powerful thing you have is your voice,” Mr. Trestan told students. “Speak out. If you do it collectively, you can make a huge difference.”

Speaking to Class II students, Mr. Trestan described what the ADL has logged as significant increases in bias incidents and hate, both in person and online. According to the ADL, the first quarter of 2017 saw an 86 percent increase in anti-Semitic incidents over the same time period in 2016.

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CEPP Offers Two Service Trips

Community Engagement Programs and Partnerships (CEPP) is pleased to announce two domestic service trip opportunities for students. Participants in the March break trip will help rebuild homes in New Orleans communities still affected by destruction from Hurricane Katrina. While we originally had hoped to send students to an area affected by one of the 2017 storms, the infrastructure is not yet in place for a group involving high school students. It will be useful for students to see in New Orleans how long it can take a region to recover from serious hurricane damage.

A second service trip in June will send a Milton group to the Southwest to engage in service work and learning with Navajo communities. Anyone interested should attend meetings on Parents’ Weekend Friday 5:30 p.m. (Cox Library) or Saturday 11:30 a.m. (Wigg Hall). Deposits will be due Nov.1. Inquiries always welcome at community_engagement@milton.edu

In other CEPP news, 150 students have begun weekly service trips to our local partners (schools, daycares, elder centers). And yesterday, Class III and IV students fanned out across Milton and greater Boston to engage in community service projects during the morning.


Ella O’Hanlon ’21 (3rd Soccer)
Ella has helped the 3rd girls soccer team get off to an undefeated start to the season with two dominating wins last week.  Ella has proven herself to be a scoring sensation on the team. She tallied at least three goals in each of the team’s first two games.

Carlos Alvarado ’21 (JV Soccer)
Carlos had a legendary performance for the JV Boys Soccer Team against Thayer on Wednesday, scoring all 5 goals in a 5-1 win.  He has been an outstanding performer for the team all season and his skillful attacking play has been a huge part of the team’s success thus far.

Honorable Mention: Ellie Mraz ’21 (V Cross Country), Izzy Lareau ’18 (V Field Hockey)

September's Mustangs of the Week

Jack Sullivan ’20 (JV Cross Country)

Jack returned to Milton for his sophomore year determined to be the best runner and teammate he can be and to have a positive impact on his team.  On Saturday, Jack raced in the Junior Varsity race against strong teams from BBN, St. George’s and Thayer. With a keen sense of self and home course awareness, Jack ran a very smart race staying within himself over the first two miles and pushing the gas to the floor for the final mile. With 3/4 of a mile to go Jack had methodically moved up to second place but still had significant ground to make up on the leader. Jack never gave up and used his knowledge of the course as well as his strength of character to hunt the leader down and win the race, helping the JV Team defeat all three opponents!

Devon Park ’18 (V Field Hockey)

Devon helped the Varsity field hockey team remain undefeated.  With her help and strong play team earned a 5-3 win over Lawrence.  Devon played stellar defense all game and when moved into a new role on a corner, she also tallied a goal for the Mustangs.

Honorable Mention: John Minicus ’18 – V Football

Claire Dudley ’18 (V Field Hockey)

Claire set the tone for Varsity Field Hockey this week, in a 2-0 week for the team with two huge Class A wins to start the season. On Wednesday vs. Taft she displayed great leadership and work ethic and tallied a goal in a 5-0 win. On Saturday, Claire had 5 goals and 1 assist in a 6-3 win, with her first goal coming just 2:12 into the game, and she was dominant everywhere on the field.
Beck Kendig ’20 (V Soccer)

Beck played an outstanding game in the season opening win for Boys Varsity Soccer over Exeter.  He scored the lone goal, which was the game winner, while also displaying incredible work rate on both sides of the ball.  It was a huge performance which helped the team start off the season on the right foot.

Honorable Mention: Serena Fernandopulle ’19 – V Soccer

Just for Fun

Talkin' Soccer

Listen to a podcast of New England Soccer Journal‘s interview with Jeremy Verley (II) and Milton’s head coach, Chris Kane.

A Bird's-Eye View

Say cheese! Students, faculty and staff from all grades wave to a drone during the K–12 school photo.

Featured Videos

Speech Team Success

Alexandra Upton (I) performs an excerpt of her speech in King Theatre. The Speech Team successfully kicked off the year by sending five members to the 25th Annual Yale Invitational Tournament. The Yale Invitational is the first national tournament of the 2017–2018 season, and one of the largest.  Alexandra was a Semi-Finalist (Top 10) in Dramatic Interpretation. Abby Foster (II) was a Quarter Finalist in Prose/Poetry, and Lyndsey Mugford (II) was a Quarter Finalist in Humorous Interpretation. Esteban Guiterez (II) competed in Original Oratory, and Tony Wang (III) competed in Extemporaneous Speaking. Faculty member Weston Elkins is the team’s new coach.

Outdoor Excursions

Learn about the Outdoor Program’s adventures from faculty member, Kendall Chun.

Featured Photos

Program-Wide Day

Milton’s field hockey teams—1st, 2nd, 3rd and Middle School—participated in Program-Wide Day. Players from all four levels broke into mixed teams to compete in fun events and bond with one another.

Waterworks In Nesto

Emilie Stark-Menneg ’02 exhibits paintings and videos about energy and transformation in Waterworks, the latest show in Milton’s Nesto Gallery. View more photos of her work on display. Waterworks runs in the Gallery through October 27.


The Milton Fund directly impacts the lives of Milton’s students and faculty by providing funds to address pressing needs and fuel promising initiatives. A successful Milton Fund ensures that Milton will continue to thrive today and in the future. Are you ready to show your support?  Make a tax-deductible donation online at www.milton.edu/donate or mail a check to:

Milton Academy
Development & Alumni Relations
170 Centre Street
Milton, MA 02186

Interested in volunteering for the Milton Fund? Please contact Alana McGrath, annual giving officer, at Alana_mcgrath@milton.edu or 617-898-2267.

Dare Boston

This fall, Milton is taking stories from campus on the road to where alumni and parents work and live. Our first stop? Boston! Don’t miss this special event for parents and alumni on Tuesday, October 17, beginning 6:30 p.m. at the Four Seasons. R.S.V.P. today for Boston, or learn more about our events in New York City, Chicago and D.C. by visiting www.milton.edu/ontheroad.

Seeking Regional Chapter Volunteers

Milton’s regional chapters strive to provide opportunities for alumni and parents to stay connected with Milton through events and other initiatives. Volunteer-led chapters support and promote Milton’s annual programs, as well as organize local events and initiatives. Chapters are currently forming in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.  Looking to learn more or get involved? Please contact Jaime Wendel, associate director of engagement, at jaime_wendel@milton.edu or 617-898-2378.

Milton-Nobles Day


Over 130 years of rivalry: Milton’s Mustangs host the Bulldogs of Nobles on Saturday, November 11, for the final regular games of the fall season. Come to cheer on our teams.

Milton-Nobles Games

10:30 a.m.
2nd Boys’ Soccer vs. Nobles
2nd Field Hockey vs. Nobles
2nd Girls’ Soccer vs. Nobles
2nd Volleyball vs. Nobles

11 a.m.
1st Girls’ Soccer vs. Nobles

11:30 a.m.
1st Field Hockey vs. Nobles

12 p.m.
1st Boys’ Soccer vs. Nobles

12:30 p.m.
1st Volleyball vs. Nobles

1 p.m.
1st Football vs. Nobles

Boys’ and girls’ cross country will be competing off-campus at NEPSTA 

Centre Connection

Centre Connection, Milton's online newsletter for parents, is published five times each year through the efforts of the Milton Academy Communication Office and Parents' Association volunteers.

Communication Office


Greg White
Liz Matson
Marisa Donelan
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