December, 2015

On Strengths, Skills and Relevance: The Curriculum Committee Hosts Charles Fadel

On Strengths, Skills and Relevance: The Curriculum Committee Hosts Charles Fadel

On November 30, Milton’s Curriculum Committee invited Charles Fadel, founder and chairman of the Center for Curriculum Redesign, to spend a day with our faculty. Mr. Fadel led discussions—and asked key questions—about curricular relevance. His Center’s goal is improving education through exploring the question: What should students learn in the twenty-first century?

He and Milton’s faculty discussed what living, learning and growing up in 2015 is like for our students, and how the proliferation of technology has changed so much of what we do and how we do it. Together they talked about where students get their information and how they communicate, with one another and with adults; leveraging technology in the classroom in responsible and appropriate ways; and how curriculum today is not simply about delivering content, but about helping students tap into and develop “non-cognitive” skills, as Mr. Fadel calls them. Developing these skills, purposefully and comprehensively, in our students is a named priority for Milton.

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Decking the Halls: Holiday Traditions in Milton’s Houses

Decking the Halls: Holiday Traditions in Milton’s Houses

When students return from Thanksgiving break, there’s no mistaking the holiday cheer that abounds on campus. The campus is decked out in twinkling lights and colorful decorations. Spelled out in strung lights, a giant “F” announces the Forbes boys’ abode and a giant “W” adorns Wolcott House, where ribbons wrap the pillars like a gift. The festive energy around School reminds students that winter break is near, and each house’s holiday traditions have students celebrating the season with their family away from home.

In the first weekend of December, Robbins House girls hold their holiday decorating party; with paint and glitter they decorate ornaments shaped like snowflakes, Christmas trees, snowmen or Jewish stars.

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November Madness: Gotcha Survivors Move On to the Final Rounds

November Madness: Gotcha Survivors Move On to the Final Rounds

Gotcha is a game of elimination where players tag one another and try to keep from being tagged themselves. The winner is the player with the most “tags.” This year’s winner was Rika Ichinose (I) who won with 30 tags. The game is launched during the shoulder week between sports seasons, and every student from Class IV to Class I is on the playing roster. Some students really take to the live action game, and play to win. Whether you’re an avid player or someone relieved to be tagged early, most everyone likes to follow the action and watch how the tags play out.

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Dare: An Auspicious Launch

Dare: An Auspicious Launch

The largest campaign in Milton’s history—a campaign about our faculty, our students and the power of their experiences together—launched its public phase. Riveted on the compelling stories shared by a student, a faculty member, and a recent graduate, 500 Milton alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends joined President of the Board Lisa Donohue ’83, in declaring this moment as Milton’s moment.

At launch, on Saturday, October 24, Milton had already achieved 48 percent of the $175 million goal. With gratitude and excitement about the challenge ahead, Milton celebrated the many donors whose confidence in Milton’s vision made the launch possible. Eager to move on our goal, to advance Milton’s role as a national leader in teaching and learning, these donors enabled action on key priorities that support faculty salaries, cutting edge professional development, and purposeful curriculum innovation.

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Milton’s Very Own (Community Service) Elves

Milton’s Very Own (Community Service) Elves

These past several weeks The Community Service Board has been preparing to brighten the holidays for many. This time each year, Milton students and adults raise money and purchase gifts for local children and families in need, through nonprofit organizations and the Department of Children and Families. This year, students, faculty and staff purchased 30 winter coats for children of the Brookview House. Students gave children their gifts at the Brookview House holiday party this past weekend. At this festive event, children dove into arts and crafts and took in performances by Milton students.

The Community Service Board also partners with the Department of Children and Families to purchase “wish list” gifts for 30 children.

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Holidays Mean Music

Holidays Mean Music

Milton’s annual winter concerts are feasts for all music lovers. This weekend in King Theatre you come once or twice to hear top-notch programs and performers.

Friday, December 11 at 7:30 p.m. Milton vocalists take the stage. Enjoy an evening with several of Milton’s premier musical groups: Chamber Singers, Gospel Choir and Glee Club. Students will perform broad program that includes both classical favorites and more contemporary selections from various traditions.

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Boys’ Soccer Finishes 22-0, Wins NEPSAC Championship

Boys’ Soccer Finishes 22-0, Wins NEPSAC Championship

The Milton Academy varsity boys’ soccer team capped a historic season with a thrilling 2-0 win over Northfield Mount-Hermon in the Class A New England finals. The spectacular championship contest pitted two teams of immense quality and admirable styles. Following a strong start that saw Milton gain the better of the initial possession, NMH slowly gained more and more of the ball through its tremendous work rate and excellent ball movement. Both teams probed the margins of the field looking for openings, but few were to be found as both backlines stood tall.

The half ended with the score tied 0-0, “which was a fair score line given the balanced play in the half,” noted Head Coach Chris Kane.

Milton was able to come out of the half with great energy and looked primed to take the lead when Jerry Ozor drew a penalty in the fifty-second minute. However, NMH keeper Will Desautels made an amazing save to keep the game level. Milton stayed on the front foot and was able to break through five minutes later after a nice build up led to Luca Levee (I), scoring a beautiful half-volley off a feed from Jerry Ozor (I).

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One Week Remaining: Photojournalist Lynsey Addario in Milton’s Nesto Gallery

One Week Remaining: Photojournalist Lynsey Addario in Milton’s Nesto Gallery

The work of world-renowned war photographer and author, Lynsey Addario, is on display for one more week in the Nesto Gallery. Lynsey Addario is an American photojournalist based in London, who photographs for the New York Times, National Geographic and Time magazine.

In the year 2000, Ms. Addario traveled to Afghanistan to document life and oppression under the Taliban. She has since covered conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Darfur, Congo and Libya.

She has received numerous awards, including the MacArthur Genius Grant Fellowship. In 2009 she was part of the New York Times team that won a  Pulitzer Prize for the photographs of Talibanistan. She won the Overseas Press Club’s Award for Veiled Rebellion, documenting the plight of women in Afghanistan. In 2011 and 2012, she was named by Newsweekmagazine as one of “150 Fearless Women.” In 2015, American Photo Magazine named her as one of five most influential photographers of the past 25 years, saying she changed the way we saw the world’s conflicts.

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Parents’ Association News and Notes

Parents’ Association News and Notes

It’s been a great fall at Milton: Parents’ Weekend, Class Dinners, Donut Days, and our Milton-Nobles refreshment tables have provided time and space for us to gather and get to know one another. We have a lot planned in the upcoming months and we hope you will be able to join us either in person or via technology. One of our goals this year is to build our community. To that end, we’ve added some new events, and we’ve changed our meeting access from the difficult-to-hear conference bridge to an interactive video feed.

Before we tell you about the activities we’ve hosted and entice you to join in all that is to come, we’d like to take a moment to announce a new initiative, intended to create an opportunity for us to gather…our newly-created series of morning social coffees. The coffees will be held from 8 to 9:30 a.m., in Straus Library, on the following dates: December 14, February 22, April 11, and May 23. Join us to meet new friends, connect with old…or just to say “Hi!” Email Ann Marie directly if you know you’ll be attending, but also know that last minute drop ins are warmly welcomed too! Breakfast beverages and treats will be provided. We look forward to seeing you! Click “read more” for all the Parents’ Association news.

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Varsity Football Upends Nobles to Earn Bowl Bid

football-thumbnailMilton’s varsity football team capped off the storied Milton-Nobles rivalry weekend with a 24–13 win, finishing the season with a record of 6–2. That success earned the team the number two spot in the Independent School League and a NEPSAC Bowl bid. Solid defense and an excellent ground game were key components in the Mustangs’ victory over the Bulldogs.

The bowl game invitation was also enabled by a come-from-behind victory over perennial powerhouse Governor’s a week earlier. Trailing 14–13, with time running out, Milton drove the ball down the field to earn the 20–14 victory.


A Holiday Treat, Milton Skates Against Premier Prep Teams

15-02_girls-hockey2Every holiday season, the best teams in prep school hockey descend upon the rinks of Milton and Nobles for a chance to claim the coveted championship titles of the Flood-Marr Tournament and the Harrington Invitational Tournament.

Now in its 51st year, the Flood-Marr Tournament is a three-day competition for boys’ teams, which this year includes Nobles, Hotchkiss, Andover, Westminster, Deerfield, Kimball Union, Salisbury and Milton.

On the same weekend, the top girls’ talent takes to the ice at Milton and Nobles to compete in the 35th Annual Harrington Invitational. Milton will face off against Nobles, Lawrence, Pomfret, St. Mark’s, BB&N, Westminster and Williston-Northampton.

The tournaments run from Friday, December 18, through Sunday, December 20.

View Flood-Marr Tournament schedule.

View Harrington Invitational schedule.


Honorable Mentions:  Boys’ Varsity Football Team

Past Mustangs of the Week

November 2 – November 8

Jack Czarniak ’18 (V Football)

Jack Czarniak is a linebacker and offensive guard for the varsity football team.  He was a key component of the team’s huge come from behind win over Governor’s last week to keep the Mustangs in the bowl hunt..  Jack had 15 solo tackles, 3 tackles for losses, 1 sack and an interception to seal the win.  He also had a great game on offense at the guard position leading the way for Mike Silva and Freddie Okito.

Teddy Beaudion ’17 (V Cross Country)

Teddy had an amazing race on Friday at the ISL Championship for the boys varsity cross country team. Right from the start of the race Teddy, locked-in with runners who had beaten him earlier in the season and refused to let them get ahead of him. As the race unfolded, many of his close competition faltered and he began to gap them. Teddy’s last mile was perfectly run as he consistently sped up leading to a blistering final kick! When he crossed the finish line, with absolutely nothing left in the tank, he was first for Milton and sixth overall in a super time of 17:17 on a very difficult course.

Honorable Mentions:  Amos Shapiro-Thompson ’18 – V Soccer


October 26 – November 1

Deanna Ferrante ’16 (V Soccer)

Deanna returned from an injury to full-time action for girls varsity soccer and helped push the team forward this week.  Deanna played the full match in both of the team’s games this week as a central defender as Milton controlled the possession in both matches.  A terrific tackler, Deanna wins the ball and initiates the team’s offense.

Tom Urquhart ’18 (JV Football)

Tom scored all 22 points for the JV Football team last Wednesday.  He scored 3 touchdowns, had 2 extra points and rushed for over 250 yards in a rain soaked game at Worcester academy.  The win keeps the unbeaten streak alive for JV Football.

Honorable Mentions:  MC Thompson ’19 – JV Soccer .. Mike Silva ’17 – V Football .. Freddy Okito ’17 – V Football .. Andie Minicus ’16 – JV Cross Country ..  JayJay LaRochelle ’16 – JV Cross Country .. Claire Dudley ’18 – V Field Hockey


October 19 – October 25

Olayeni Oladipo ’19 (3rd Field Hockey)

Olayeni has been a strong force on offense all season for the 3rd Field Hockey team.  Her speed, stick work, and smart play have resulted in many break-aways and scoring opportunities.  Last week against Winsor, it all came together for Olayeni and she scored a hat trick (3 goals) – helping the team to a 4 – 0 victory.

Jason Bowman ’16 (V Soccer)

Jason had a strong week for the boys varsity soccer team.  The team went 2-0 this week with wins over St. Mark’s and Rivers extending their winning streak to 13 and their unscored upon streak to 9.  Jason tallied a goal in each game and played with poise and control.


October 12 – October 18

Katherine Holmes (V Field Hockey)

Katherine recently moved to the sweeper role on the varsity field hockey team.  She is the anchor of the team’s defense right now – always calm, cool and collected. The team’s defense has not allowed many goals this season, Katherine is an unsung hero in a way,  she may not be flashy,  but the team would be different without her.  Katherine anchored the defense that led the team to a big 4-1 win on Parent’s weekend.

Jack O’Brien ’17 (V Soccer)

Jack O’Brien’s strong work this week helped lead the Mustangs varsity soccer team to important wins over Roxbury Latin, BB&N, and Andover.   His dynamic play helped spark the Milton attack.  He scored or assisted on the first goals in each of the three games.  Each proved to be the game-winner and enough to earn Milton the win.  His assist against Andover was particularly huge and broke a 0-0 deadlock late in the second half.  This allowed Milton to secure a 1-0 win over the previously undefeated Big Blue.

Honorable Mentions:  Minnie Stavis ’17 – V X-Country .. Mike Silva ’17 – V Football .. Ashley Adelberg ’16 – V Soccer


October 5 – October 11

Kate Jones ’19 (3rd Soccer)

Kate helped the Freshman girls soccer team to two wins last week.  She scored 3 goals and had one assist in a 4-1 win over Andover.  She also had a goal and an assist in a 2-1 win over Thayer.

Paul Housey ’16 (V X-Country)

Paul has led the varsity boys cross-country squad in all three races this season, including an impressive victory at home on Saturday.  Paul has improved greatly since last season and is now among the best runners in the ISL.

Honorable Mentions:  JP Shuster ’17 – Hack Soccer


September 28 – October 4

Sophia Li ’19 (3rd Soccer)

Sophia did an outstanding job against Thayer for the girls 3rd soccer team. Despite the rain and wind, she was a solid presence in the goal.  Sophia made numerous saves,  and especially preserved our victory by being aggressive in one on one situations, coming out of the goal and breaking up Thayer’s offensive drives. Her accurate punts were our first line of offense, moving the ball quickly down field.

Jerry Ozor ’16 (V Soccer)

Jerry had a great week tallying 4 goals and assisting on two others while helping the boys varsity soccer team  to earn two important ISL wins over Thayer and Middlesex.  He had two goals and an assist in each game and provided a key offensive spark.  Boys soccer remains undefeated and untied.

Honorable Mentions:  Freddie Okito ’17 – V Football .. Devon Park ’18 – V Field Hockey

Featured Videos

Milton-Nobles Day

Milton finished the fall sports season on a high note during Milton-Nobles Weekend. Watch this short clip of players on the field and fans cheering them on.

Pep Rally 2015

A sea of orange and blue rocked the ACC during a pep rally before Milton-Nobles Day.

Milton's Step Team

The Step Team rallied fans during this year’s spirit assembly.

Jazz in King

Three advanced jazz groups performed a tribute to Thelonious Monk—setting his tunes to contemporary styles such as hip-hop, reggae and afro-cuban rhythms—at the 25th annual fall jazz concert in King Theatre.

An Event to Remember

October 24 marked a historic moment for our School, as we launched Dare: The Campaign for Milton. With over 500 alumni, parents, friends, faculty and staff celebrating together on campus, the energy was captivating and inspiring.
Visit the Dare campaign website.

Mustang at Center Ice

The Mustang took center ice before teams faced off against their first opponents of the winter season. Visit the athletics calendar to view and print team schedules, or add games to your personal calendar.

Veterans' Day Speaker

Nearly 10 years after graduation, Lieutenant Ben Pariser ’06 returned to Milton as an officer in the United States Army and this year’s Veterans’ Day Speaker.

Featured Photos

Fall Play: Hairspray

15-11_hairsprayThe performing arts fall season included a rollicking musical, a play-within-a-play, and a sophisticated four-actor ensemble. First up on the calendar was Hairspray. View photos.

Class IV Play: Our Town

15-11_our-townThis year’s Class IV production was Our Town, a three-act play set in a 1938 theater where a play is being performed. View photos.

1212 Play: God of Carnage

The fall season closed with an intense look at friendships, marital relationships and parenting in God of Carnage, a play originally written in French by Yasmina Reza. View photos.

Student Art All Around

student-art-show-2015Art exhibits hosted on campus throughout the year feature work created by Milton’s art students. Each December, the Advanced Independent artists present their work for peers, parents, faculty and staff to admire. This year’s art show kicks off this Friday, December 11, with an opening reception during recess in Pieh Commons. The work will be on display in the Kellner Performing Arts Center through January 16.

Milton's Speechies

speech-2015The Speech Team had a strong showing at the George Mason Patriot Game Classic last weekend. Marshall Sloane (II) earned 6th place in Current Events Extemporaneous Speaking and 24th in Impromptu, Mack Makishima (I) placed 14th in Original Oratory, and Maddie Dupre (I) placed 24th in Dramatic Interpretation. This tournament brings together 3,000 competitors and coaches from 120 schools nationwide.

Follow Winter Athletics on Social Media

twitterOn Instagram, follow all winter sports action at @ma_athletics, follow boys’ hockey @miltonmustangshockey and girls’ hockey @magirlshockey. On Twitter, follow girls’ hockey @ma_girls_hockey.

Milton Magazine

Numbers Matter.
Some people choose to reckon with numbers and their implications more directly than others. Whether they’re committed to subscribers or dollars or ingredients or admissions or ventures or predictions or proofs, Milton alumni are wrapped up in endeavors that drive, or are driven by, numbers.

Institutions like Milton project, track and report numbers of all kinds. In this issue, trustees examine Milton’s financial infrastructurebudget and endowmentand look at how financial realities drive the choices we make and the aspirations we have.

Read this issue of Milton Magazine.

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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