August, 2016

Those First Few Days: Orientation Details

Those First Few Days: Orientation Details

Milton’s programming for new students begins on Tuesday, September 6. Opening of school activities are designed to help students get to know one another, get to know the adults on campus, and help them feel comfortable at School. We know that while new students are surrounded by welcoming faces, they are making their way over unfamiliar terrain.

Our programs in the opening days are geared toward helping everyone get acclimated—to feel good about who and where they are. These programs are designed by in-house experts—our own faculty and students—who know what being new to Milton feels like and what experiences will be helpful in those first few days.

For the opening of school schedule, visit the opening of school calendar. Links to your child’s opening of school schedule will also be posted in your myMilton account.

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At the Opening of School, Where Can I…

At the Opening of School, Where Can I…

…find the opening of school schedule?

The deans’ office has created an online calendar listing events specific to the opening of school. This calendar displays all events happening in those first few days and allows you to filter the information to only the events you need to see. View this opening of school calendar. Your opening of school schedule will also be available on your myMilton page.

…get my class schedule?

Class schedules can be accessed from your child’s myMilton page the week before registration, pending the School’s receipt of all required forms. If your child has problems viewing or printing his or her schedule from myMilton during registration, please contact the Help Desk at 617-898-1767.

…pass in my health forms?

Health forms should have been returned by mail over the summer. If you have not mailed them, be sure to bring your health forms with you to check-in, either in the Athletics and Convocation Center for varsity athletic tryouts or the Schwarz Student Center on the opening days. Students will not be able to attend classes or participate in athletics until the forms are on file with the Health Center.

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What Is an Advisor?

What Is an Advisor?

An advisor helps oversee and guide your child’s overall experience at Milton. He or she is a faculty member, and the main communication link between you and the School, on matters that relate to your child. Each faculty member typically advises six to eight students. Boarding students’ advisors usually live in, or are closely associated with, a student’s house. Students often have the same advisor throughout their Upper School experience.

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What’s Happening on Campus

What’s Happening on Campus

Don’t miss out on the excitement. You can connect with goings on across campus—formal and informal. See what students and faculty are doing in several easy ways:

Check the website every day. Milton’s homepage delivers up-to-date news in many forms. Timely feature articles highlight students’, faculty and alumni activities. Video and slide shows let you in on fun, ceremony, performance and exhibits. And everyone’s favorite, Photo of the Day, presents a serendipitous moment that, over time, conveys Milton culture.

Set up Milton’s calendar to serve you. Milton’s website calendar includes every major and minor event, on and off campus, that involves Milton students, faculty or staff. When you explore the calendar, you’ll see that it will synch with your own calendar, and it will email you about any upcoming events with timing that you choose. You can set it to synch or email a single event, or a category of events—like boys’ soccer, arts events, or weekend activities. You’ll see “Add to my calendar” and “Remind me by email” on the top bar of the calendar listings. Simply decide what works best for you and choose the option you’d like.

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New Faculty in 2016

Bárbara Benítez-Meléndez joins the modern languages department to teach Spanish. Bárbara earned her bachelor’s degree from Interamerican University in San Juan and her master’s degree from Middlebury College. A veteran instructor in experiential education programs, Bárbara has most recently taught both Spanish and English language skills at both the middle school and high school levels.

Julia Coffey-Esquivel, who earned her bachelor’s degree from Vassar College and her master’s degree in public health from Emory University, joins Milton as an associate director of college counseling. For four years, Julia served as an assistant director of admission at Haverford College, where she led Haverford’s multicultural recruitment initiatives. While completing her graduate work, she volunteered for both the Emory and Haverford admission offices, and for the past year, Julia has worked on the epidemiology team at Boston’s Fenway Institute.

Vanessa Cohen, a new member of Milton’s mathematics department, earned her bachelor’s degree in physics at University of Missouri-St. Louis and both her master’s degree and her doctorate in astronomy at the University of Maryland. Vanessa has spent the last seven years at the Garrison Forest School in Maryland, where she taught math, physics and astronomy. In addition, Vanessa served as a lead dorm parent and class advisor to the ninth grade, founded the school’s gospel choir, and advised the Black Student Alliance. Vanessa will live with her family in Hallowell House.

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Welcome to the Parents’ Association

Welcome to the 2016–2017 school year and to the Parents’ Association! As a Milton Upper School parent, you are automatically a member of the Upper School Parents’ Association (USPA), whose mission is to:

  • Build community
  • Foster communication
  • Offer opportunities for parents to meet one another
  • Support the efforts of faculty, staff and administration
  • Sponsor events
  • Provide occasional treats for students

We are a self-sustaining organization, led by an executive committee and supported largely by parent dues, as well as by the School. Parents of students in Classes I–IV make up the Parents’ Association Board, which consists of four executive committee positions, two class representatives (one boarding and one day) for each grade, and several other positions that can be found on the Parents’ Association page of Milton’s website. Parent generosity is critical for the success of our activities, and we wholeheartedly thank you for your dues and your additional contributions during the year.

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Restoration Begins at the Robert Saltonstall Gymnasium

Restoration Begins at the Robert Saltonstall Gymnasium

Workers made a special delivery to the Milton campus, as the restoration of the four white, wooden columns in front of the Robert Saltonstall Gymnasium (RSG) began on Wednesday. The crews will carefully remove the building’s historic columns this week and replace them with replica structures that hold true to the building’s century-old design.

The existing columns were original to the RSG, which was built in 1921. After 95 years of lending support to the building’s entrance and portico, they were in need of replacement, says Jim Selman, Milton’s associate director of construction and standards. The column to the far right had been previously repaired as it began to fail, but now no longer matches the other originals.

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Campus Safety Director Jay Hackett Wins National Award

Campus Safety Director Jay Hackett Wins National Award

Jay Hackett, Milton’s director of campus safety and risk management, has achieved the “gold standard” in addressing safety and security issues at sporting events, according to a national organization recognizing Jay’s leadership. Jay is included among professionals from Major League Baseball, the National Football Association, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation receiving Professional of the Year Awards from the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Milton’s campus as a whole was nominated for the National Sport Safety and Security Facility of Merit award. “Receiving the professional award was a big honor, but the one I really wanted to win was the facility award, because we truly are a team here,” says Jay. “Between the campus safety employees, facilities department, athletics, trainers, the Milton Police and Fire Departments and the Fallon Ambulance Service, everybody is part of keeping things running smoothly.”

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A New Name and Renewed Focus for Service at Milton—With Lots of Opportunities to Volunteer!

A New Name and Renewed Focus for Service at Milton—With Lots of Opportunities to Volunteer!

Milton’s Community Service Program has been engaging students and local non-profit organizations for decades. Last spring, program leaders conducted an extensive assessment of service at Milton to understand the value of the experience, affirm the program’s strengths, and identify opportunities for growth. This assessment included feedback from many constituents—students, faculty, staff, parents, alumni, and partner sites—who completed surveys and participated in focus groups. The goal: align the program more closely with Milton’s strategic priorities—offering students a rich and meaningful experience, and developing in them the competencies and skills to be open-minded, empathic, collaborative, self-aware, responsible citizens.

Milton’s service program has a new name: Community Engagement Programs and Partnerships (CEPP). Moving away from a focus simply on service—the idea that only the volunteer has something to “give”—the program will move toward a model that emphasizes two-way partnership and contribution.

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And You Can Get Involved!

The Community Engagement Program depends on volunteer drivers to get students to and from their weekly commitments at off-campus partner sites. Parents have been a tremendous help in making volunteer work possible for more than 250 dedicated students each year.

Partner sites include area public elementary schools, day care centers, elder centers, residences for the disabled, and the local animal shelter. Over the years, drivers have enjoyed getting to know students, as they share enriching or thought-provoking anecdotes of each week’s volunteer engagements. Some have made it an opportunity to spend time with their own children and their friends, while others have joined in the regular site activities.

If you’re interested in helping in this way, please contact Andrea Geyling-Moore, director of Community Engagement Programs and Partnerships (CEPP), at community_engagement@milton.edu or 617-898-2320 by Monday, September 12. (Though we welcome your help at any time of year!)

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Would You Like to Be a Host Family?

Would You Like to Be a Host Family?

Milton’s Host Family Program helps new boarding students transition to campus life by providing a “home away from home,” and offering additional connection and support. While the program is particularly helpful to international students, it also serves students coming to Milton from other parts of the U.S. Milton’s host families, often the family of a day student or nearby boarding student, help make that transition, especially in the initial years, easier. We also welcome alumni and the parents of former students as host families. The support our host families provide may be as simple as a plate of cookies or an invitation to spend a holiday or weekend with the family off campus. The program is flexible, based on a student’s need and what a particular family is able to provide. The program is a wonderful opportunity to share in the diverse community of the School, and your involvement can help establish new and enriching relationships.

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Communication: Connecting You With What You’d Like to Know

You may wonder when you’ll hear from Milton: How often? About what? How? And why? We are eager to support our Milton parents and help you understand and follow the exciting life of School. To do that, we combine regular messages from people at Milton with the rich resources at www.milton.edu.

Click read more for a few communication points that you can expect.

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Does Your Child Ride the Bus?

Does Your Child Ride the Bus?

The Academy has contracted a bus service to meet our day student transportation needs. There will be four routes offered—Chestnut Hill/Newton (Route A-1), Wellesley/Needham (Route A-2), Needham/Dover/Dedham/South Natick (Route B), Boston/Cambridge (Route C). Monday drop off for all students is at the Athletic Convocation Center. Tuesday through Friday all students are dropped off in front of Wolcott House on Academy Road.

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Parents’ FAQ

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Does my child need to bring a personal computer to school? What should my child pack to bring to school? When can I expect to see grades and comments? How can I find out about weekend events? Click here to find answers to these and other frequently asked questions.

Don’t Miss the Action

fall-athletics

For the fans
Follow @ma_athletics on Twitter

For the players
Varsity tryouts begin September 5. To view the full tryout schedule, visit the opening of school calendar. To view the fall season schedules and team information, visit our team pages linked below.

Boys’ Cross Country
Girls’ Cross Country
Field Hockey
Football
Boys’ Soccer
Girls’ Soccer
Volleyball

Communication: Connecting You With What You’d Like to Know

You may wonder when you’ll hear from Milton: How often? About what? How? And why? We are eager to support our Milton parents and help you understand and follow the exciting life of School. To do that, we combine regular messages from people at Milton with the rich resources at www.milton.edu.

Read about a few communication points that you can expect.

Supporting Milton

Parents play an important role in keeping Milton strong, both for today’s students and for generations to come. Many families show their support of our School with a gift to the Milton Fund. By providing current use operating revenue, the Milton Fund gives School leadership the freedom and flexibility to respond to pressing needs and promising initiatives, supporting the daring endeavors that make Milton exceptional.

The Milton Fund is one of the four pillars of Dare: The Campaign for Milton, the most ambitious fundraising campaign in our School’s history. Other pillars include securing endowed funds to support faculty, students and our campus well into the future. To date, we’ve raised more than $103 million toward our $175 million goal; parents and alumni are driving that success. Thank you!

Throughout the year, you’ll hear more from the Milton Fund team and will receive periodic campaign updates. Thank you for supporting our School.

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What's So Great About Milton Athletics?

Hear what our coaches and players have to say about the athletics program.


Featured Photos

Audition Here

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Performing arts auditions for the fall play, the 1212 Play and the Class IV play; technical crew training; and Speech and Debate practices begin on Wednesday, September 7. To view the audition dates and times, visit the opening of school calendar.

Use the links below to enjoy photos from some of last year’s performances.

hairspray Fall Play: Hairspray
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god-of-carnage 1212 Play: God of Carnage
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dance-concert Dance Concert 2016
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wicked-sketchy 1212 Play: Wicked Sketchy
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our-town Class IV Play: Our Town
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rumors Winter Play: Rumors
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DonnieQ Spring Play: Donnie Q
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From the Archives

Drawing you in from different starting points, Sarah Sze’s “The Edge of One of Many Circles” creates a new experience with every view.
Read more about the Student Center sculpture.

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

617-898-2371

Greg White
Liz Matson
Marisa Donelan
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