February, 2017

An Annual Highlight: The Winter Dance Concert

An Annual Highlight: The Winter Dance Concert

From hip-hop, jazz and tap, to a hybrid of modern dance and traditional Chinese fan dancing, student choreographers and dancers are preparing for the Winter Dance Concert early next month.

One of the most popular productions each year, the concert features 65 dancers in 15 dances, plus several students working as tech crew, stage managers, light and soundboard operators, and backstage crew.

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This Weekend, Students Direct One-Acts

This Weekend, Students Direct One-Acts

The student one-act plays are highly anticipated every year, as a venue for student directors and actors to showcase their talents in a broad array of plays and topics. This year the production includes three one-act plays, completely directed, acted and tech-supported by students.

Henry Claudy (I) is directing for the second time, and he has chosen the play “Face Divided” by Edward Allan Baker. The drama takes place in a Providence emergency room, where a mother brings her injured young daughter, but questions arise about the injury when the father arrives. Henry says most of his Milton theater experiences focused on comedy, so he wanted to try something different.

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Milton’s Artists and Writers Recognized for Outstanding Work

Milton’s Artists and Writers Recognized for Outstanding Work

Thirty-eight Milton students received recognition—Gold Key, Silver Key, or Honorable Mention—in the Massachusetts Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards began in 1923 and are considered the most prestigious arts awards for teenagers in the country. All Gold Key award work is submitted to the national scholastic competition, and those awards will be announced in March.

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Meet Classics Faculty Member, Jesse Sawyer

Meet Classics Faculty Member, Jesse Sawyer

In his third year at Milton, Jesse Sawyer teaches a range of Classics courses, from Grade 8 Latin to advanced Latin, and all levels of Ancient Greek.

“The Greek courses are some of my favorites to teach,” says Jesse. “In many ways, the Greeks were the pioneers of poetry, history, drama, and philosophy. In our study of the language, students immerse themselves in a culture whose contributions have stood the test of time. Even in Greek 1, where students learn the fundamentals of language and grammar, we can’t escape the richness of Greek thought. Questions come up in class such as, ‘How do you know what you know?’ or ‘What is wisdom?’ These ideas are embedded even in the early levels.”

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Parents’ Association News, February 2017

With your help, the Parents’ Association has been busy this winter, hosting special events and creating meaningful moments on campus for students and adults, alike. From exam week stress-busters to Valentine’s Day treats, to the favorite Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day to the Senior Showcase raffle, we are grateful to everyone who has contributed in any way to the rich calendar of activities, and making all of it a great success.

The Parents’ Association holds meetings generally on the first Monday of each month throughout the school year. Meetings, held in the CSG Conference Room and beginning at 7 p.m., are open to all parents, and include a presentation by a member of the faculty or administration, as well as a discussion of Parents’ Association business. Please read more about both recent and upcoming events, as—as always—contact the Parents’ Association at miltonparentsassociation_us@milton.edu for more information about our meetings or programs.

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Laurence Huughe Helps Students Understand the Francophone World

Laurence Huughe Helps Students Understand the Francophone World

Students in advanced modern language courses are immersed not only in proficiency of the language and conversation, but also in the art, literature, politics, history and music of the culture. Faculty member Laurence Huughe designed French 5: The Francophone World, a new half course offered this past semester, to expose students to the rich history and culture of Haiti.

Ms. Huughe says one goal was to have students interact with members of Boston’s Haitian community by having guest speakers in class and by visiting local Haitian businesses and cultural organizations. Rebecca Karlson (II) says her favorite visit was to the Gilbert Albert Community Center in Dorchester, which offers literacy and ESL courses for Haitian immigrants.

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3Peat Improvisers Bring the Laughs

3Peat Improvisers Bring the Laughs

Beginning with a single suggested word from the audience, “ravioli,” the 3Peat improv troupe rolled out a series of hilarious scenes for students at King Theatre. Five members of 3Peat, an acclaimed part of Chicago’s vibrant improv comedy scene, came to Milton as the spring’s Melissa Gold Visiting Artist. They performed for students, held a master class in the basics of improv, and visited several classes, including improvisation and public speaking. Students had several opportunities to perform with the professionals.

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For Some, Spring Break Means Building, Music, and Lots of Culture

For Some, Spring Break Means Building, Music, and Lots of Culture

Jazz Students Return to South Africa
In the 25 years since Milton student-musicians first made the journey, the School and its South African partners have forged bonds that transcend cultural differences, says jazz director Bob Sinicrope.

Twenty-one students from Milton’s eight jazz combos, chaperoned by 13 adults, will leave for Johannesburg on March 7, beginning a two-and-a-half-week tour. Beginning with a performance at the African Leadership Academy—a program for young leaders from across the continent—the Milton musicians will play in schools, in jazz clubs, and at a Human Rights Day township jazz festival in Cape Town.

Constructing and Connecting in Appalachia
Eleven Milton students, with three chaperones, will spend a week in March repairing homes in southwest Virginia. The trip is organized by the Community Engagement Program and Partnerships (CEPP), and the students will travel to a region in the Great Appalachian Valley that has struggled with poverty as coal production has declined.

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Mute Objects Speak in the Nesto

Mute Objects Speak in the Nesto

On February 3, Milton’s Nesto Gallery opened its doors to Dissipate/Disappear, a new exhibit by artist Deborah Davidson.

“With the installation, Deborah Davidson is interested in making manifest what she sees as her interior life,” says Nesto Gallery Director Larry Pollans. “The work is the attempt to resolve the conversation between wanting to reveal all and the desire to obliterate. These hybrid painted sculptures echo the subtle but heroic works of the Minimalist sculptor, Anne Truitt.”

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Milton Hosts Annual Red Cross Blood Drive

The Community Engagement Board is hosting its annual Red Cross Blood Drive on Tuesday, February 28, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Wigg Hall. All are invited to donate blood or to volunteer to register and escort donors during the drive. Donors should plan on spending an hour at the drive. Students 17 and older, as well as 16-year-olds with signed, parental consent, are eligible to donate, provided they meet health requirements. For more information, contact community_engagement@milton.edu or call 617-898-2320.

Special Olympics Basketball Tournament Brings Competition and Fun

special-olympicsEarlier this month, Milton hosted its annual Special Olympics basketball tournament. Students from Community Engagement Programs and Partnerships (CEPP) assisted in organizing, coaching and refereeing the games. “Our students have a lot of fun with our Special Olympics events,” CEPP faculty director Andrea Geyling-Moore says. “They really get to know the athletes and build relationships with them.”

Under the leadership of Keisha Baffour-Addo (I), Milton volunteers get to know the Special Olympians’ ability levels and individual strengths, navigating the best ways to coach the teams to success. Milton works with a group of young athletes from Milton, Quincy and Randolph. The tournament hosted 13 different teams from the region, whose scores will be evaluated for potential advancement to the statewide competition.

Volunteer Blair Xu (I) says working with the athletes provides more than a service opportunity. “It’s about learning to really let go and have fun. The athletes joke with us and each other on the court,” Blair says. “They’re pretty competitive.”

Special Olympics Massachusetts provides year-round athletic training, health programming and competition for athletes with intellectual disabilities.


Destiny Rosas ’17 (Wrestling)

Destiny wrestled in the Girls Only New England invitational last week. The very competitive tournament fielded schools from Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Maine.  Destiny finished second overall in the tournament, just seconds away from winning.  She has been a four year wrestler at Milton and this is a great achievement in her final season with the team.

Evan Scales ’17 (JV Hockey)

Evan is a leader in the locker room and on the ice for the JV Boys Hockey team.  He shows up to the rink every day with a positive mindset that is felt by all of his teammates, being the first on the ice and keeping the mood positive in the locker room.  Friday night, in a close game against BB&N, Evan scored a shorthanded goal to bring the team within one.  From blocking the shot, to scoring on the breakaway,  it was an exciting moment in the JV Hockey season!

Honorable Mentions: Nia Atkins ’17 – V Basketball .. Raneem El Torky ’17 – V Squash .. Allie Reed ’17 – V PE .. Julia Johnson ’19 – V Hockey

Past Mustangs of the Week

January 16 – January 22

Robert Skinner ’19 (JV Basketball)

Despite playing only the first half  for the JV boys basketball team, before moving up for second half of the varsity game, point guard Robert Skinner had his imprints all over the team’s 54-38 win over St. Mark’s last Friday.  Robert scored 19 points in only 12 minutes of action and set the tone with his hard play and aggressive defense.  Robert was vital to the team’s victory and has been an outstanding teammate.

Ellie Lachenauer ’17 (V Basektball)

Ellie was voted an All-Star in girls varsity basketball’s win against St. Marks and was the overall leading scorer in that game. Despite playing with four player fouls in the second half during a pivotal time in the game, Lachenauer persevered and showed incredible leadership. She finished the game on the floor and led her team to victory.

Honorable Mentions: Jen Costa ’17 – V Hockey

January 9 – January 15

Emma Drisko ’20 (V Hockey)

In her first game with a regular role for the varsity girls ice hockey team, Emma scored two goals including the gamewinner in a 3-0 win over Groton in a crucial ISL matchup.  Emma’s energy and effort also earned her the team’s hard hat award for the game.

Steve O’Connor ’17 (V Hockey)

Stevie had two assists for the varsity boys hockey team in their Wednesday win over St. Paul’s.  He followed that up with three goals (natural hat trick) in win over Moses Brown.  Stevie was also a strong penalty killer in both games.

Honorable Mentions: Sophie Lachenauer ’20 – V Basketball .. Matt Ryan ’20 – V Skiing

January 1 – January 8

Bobby Beniers ’17 (V Hockey)

With the game tied 1-1 vs Hill School at Tabor Tourney for boys varsity hockey, the team shorthanded and only 7 seconds left in overtime, there is a face off in the defending zone.  Bobby wins the puck on the face-off and goes the length of the ice to score with just 3 seconds to go, and earns the team the overtime win.   Coach Cannata stated, “I have never seen something like this in 30 years.”

Sophia Greenway ’17 (V Squash)

Sophia won her first match of 2017 in dramatic fashion.  Playing in one of her first official varsity matches, she showed great resilience in coming back from losing her first game 11-1, to win her next three games, and the match against Dana Hall.  In so doing she not only showed great belief and perseverance, but she also played the best squash she has played in her Milton career.  Her performance helped inspire the team to an important 7-0 win over a talented Class A opponent.

Honorable Mentions: Jen Costa ’17  – V Hockey

November 28 – December 4

Ellie Lachenauer ’17 (V Basketball)

As a Senior Captain, Ellie took charge in the Girls’ Varsity Basketball home opener against New Hampton School. Ellie led the team with 10 points , 7 rebounds and 4 steals. She is well versed in all offensive areas of the game, from her midrange shot and her ability to finish around the rim. Defensively, she uses her athleticism and court awareness to make reads and anticipate the steal. Ellie leads by example and raises the level of play of everyone around her.

Dylan Paul ’17 (V Wrestling)

Dylan had a dominant first period pin to win his match at the 152 lb weight class in the home opener for the varsity wrestling team.

Honorable Mentions: Sarah Shen ’17 – JV Hockey .. Isabel Basow ’17 – JV Hockey .. Izzy Lareau ’18 – JV Hockey .. Zoe Katz ’20 – JV Hockey

Featured Videos

Rehearsals in the Studio

Milton’s dancers have fun in the studio preparing for next weekend’s big event.

Laughs at Assembly

Sleeping with a watermelon for a blanket in the middle of the ocean: During Improv Assembly, actors play a game that requires partners to describe three things using only gestures and gibberish.

Featured Photos

Photo of a Self-Portrait

Milton’s photographers, painters and sculptors display their work at the Mid-Year Student Art Show. View photos of the exhibit.

Walk through the opening reception

Courtroom Drama in King

Tempers escalate during a witch-hunt in King Theatre. View more photos of Milton’s winter play, The Crucible.

Beatniks at the Café

Hanging out on couches in Straus Library, peers enjoyed each other’s talents at Beatnik Café. View more photos from the night.

Valentine's Day Surprise

The girls of Robbins House serenade the boys of Forbes.

Warming Up for Spring

With the winter season wrapping up with Milton-Nobles bouts this weekend, we look forward to the spring. Milton’s spring sports schedules are posted online and ready for you to view, download and sync with your personal calendar.

View the athletics calendar or visit the individual team pages linked below.

Boys’ Lacrosse
Girls’ Lacrosse
Boys’ Tennis
Girls’ Tennis
Boys’ Track
Girls’ Track

You can also follow lacrosse on Twitter.
Boys’ Lacrosse: @ma_boys_lax
Girls’ Lacrosse: @ma_girls_lax

You’re Invited to a Special Event Next Week

The Parents’ Association invites you to an evening of conversation and insight into Milton’s Upper School program, during a panel featuring Head of School Todd Bland, Principal David Ball, and Dean of Teaching and Learning Indu Singh. Director of College Counseling Rod Skinner will moderate.

Tuesday, February 28 at 7 p.m.
Straus Library

The panel discussion will begin promptly at 7 p.m., and light refreshments will be served after the program. Kindly reply by Friday, February 24, to miltonparentsassociation_us@milton.edu. If you’re unable to attend, the event will be live streamed for your convenience. You may also submit your questions in advance, prior to February 25, at the email address above.


Calendar of Events

Thursday, March 30: DC Reception
Join parents and alumni in DC at this reception hosted by Trustee Mark Denneen ’84, with remarks from Upper School Principal David Ball ’88 and special guest Dan Tangherlini ’85.

Hank’s Oyster Bar, 6–8 p.m.
1624 Q Street at 17th Street NW, DC
Kindly reply by March 22: rsvp@milton.edu

Thursday, April 6: Boston Reception
Boston-area parents and alumni are invited to this reception, made possible by Trustee Cathy Sakellaris & George Sakellaris P ’17 ’19. Catch up with old friends and find new connections in the Milton community. Head of School Todd Bland will also share news from campus.

The Four Seasons Boston, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
200 Boylston Street, Boston
Kindly reply by March 28:

Thursday, April 20: New York City Reception
New York City parents and alumni are invited to this reception, hosted by Trustees Peter Kagan ‘86 and Wendy Nicholson ‘86, with remarks from Head of School Todd Bland.
Save the date–more details coming soon!

Thursday, April 27: Giving Day
One day each year we unite around a common goal: supporting Milton Academy.
Learn more in the coming weeks!

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.

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