October, 2015

Experience Milton for Yourself

Experience Milton for Yourself

We invite you to experience Milton for yourself—please join us for Parents’ Weekend on October 16 and 17.

We hope that you will spend as much time as possible with us that weekend: visiting classes (always a highlight), cheering on teams, conferring with teachers, and meeting fellow parents.  Click here for a schedule of the weekend’s events. Learn more about the weekend from Upper School Principal David Ball.

Parents' Weekend Details

Parents’ Weekend officially begins on Friday, and we look forward to seeing everyone on campus. The weekend’s activities include the following:

  • On Friday, parents shadow their children through a day of classes. Registration for the day begins at 7:45 at one of several locations listed on the School’s website. Teachers and advisors have also made slots available throughout the day for parent meetings. This is a great opportunity to follow up on your child’s fall comments. After lunch in the Fitzgibbons Convocation Center and an afternoon of classes, join Head of School Todd Bland, at 3 p.m. in Wigg Hall, for remarks about the School. Winding down the afternoon, the Parents’ Association invites you to an informal wine and hors d’oeuvres reception in the Robert Saltonstall Gymnasium between 4:30 and 6 p.m. Remember that this reception is for parents only.
  • On Saturday, time is again available to meet with your child’s teachers and advisor. Several class-specific presentations are also scheduled, as are informal meetings about exchange programs, School Year Abroad, the community service spring break trip to Belize, and the Host Family Program.
  • On both Friday and Saturday afternoons, come cheer on our Mustangs at some of the many athletic events both on and off campus. Check the website calendar for game times and locations. On Saturday, the Parents’ Association will provide beverages and cookies at the athletic fields. We hope you will stop by!
Class Dinners Hosted by the Parents’ Association

Class IV Parent Dinner is on Thursday, October 15, at 7 p.m. in the Robert Saltonstall Gymnasium. The evening will include cocktails, dinner, and a short performance by 3FU. Upper School Principal David Ball and Head of School Todd Bland are the evening’s speakers. The Class IV Deans are Katie Collins and Michael Lou. If you have a child in Class IV and have not received an invitation, contact Alicia Greenaway.

Class III Parent Dinner will also be on Thursday, October 15 at 7 p.m. The Class III dinner is in the Caroline Saltonstall Gymnasium (on the other side of Centre Street). The evening will include cocktails, dinner, and a short performance by 3FU. Upper School Principal David Ball and Head of School Todd Bland are the evening’s speakers. The Class III Deans are Ryan Stone and Susan Karp. If you have a child in Class III and have not received an invitation, contact Rose Kernochan.

Save the Dates:

  •       Class II Parent Dinner will be Friday, January 8, at the start of College Weekend.
  •       Class I Parent Reception will take place on Saturday, June 4th.

Milton’s Brand of Tech Support: Instructional Technologists

Milton’s Brand of Tech Support: Instructional Technologists

Mark Connolly and Josh Furst work closely with faculty to integrate technology effectively in classrooms across all disciplines. Josh and Mark are new to their roles as instructional technologists, but not to Milton. Mark joined the modern languages department to teach Spanish in 2002, and ultimately served as department chair. Since 2010, Josh has worn many hats, beginning as A/V media tech coordinator and most recently serving as K–8 technologist. He now advises Class II students and teaches Values in the affective education curriculum…

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Classics and Cutting Edge, All Part of the 2015 Theatre Season at Milton

Classics and Cutting Edge, All Part of the 2015 Theatre Season at Milton

This fall’s performing arts line-up offers everything from a sophisticated four-actor ensemble to a play-within-a-play to a rollicking, fun musical. First up on the calendar is Hairspray, an American musical set in 1962 Baltimore. Performing arts faculty Kelli Edwards will direct the cast of over 40 students and 10 crew members. Music faculty member Ted Whalen is the music director. A live band will be on the stage during the entire performance…

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Parents’ Association News and Notes

The students are firmly ensconced in their classes and activities, the campus is beautifully decorated in vibrant reds, yellows and oranges, and Parents’ Weekend is mere hours away!

Our Parents’ Association is pleased to welcome you to a new year and to invite you to join us for our myriad events that bring us together as members of the greater Milton Academy community. Whether attending or calling into our Monday night meetings, rolling up your sleeves to hand out donuts to students, driving students to a community service activity, or making calls on behalf of the Milton Fund, we welcome you to be a member…

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Early Deadlines For This Year’s Exchange Programs

Early Deadlines For This Year’s Exchange Programs

Study abroad is an integral part of learning languages at Milton Academy and an ideal complement to the classroom experience. With total immersion, students not only build upon the language they have acquired at Milton, but also come face to face with the cultures they have studied in the classroom. In short, students discover the true soul of a country. They gain in confidence and grow in appreciation of another culture. Immersion in a totally different surrounding opens their eyes, and the students assimilate a new way of living and looking at the world. For many, their time abroad is a defining experience in their lives…

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Jazz: Real Time, Real People

Jazz: Real Time, Real People

Milton students are busy. Tests, papers, plays, sports and activities all compete for the finite time allotted in a Milton day. So, when students answer the call to volunteer their time and talents, it’s a big deal. This month, in particular, Milton Academy jazz students have been answering that call time and again.

On Sunday, October 4, ten students volunteered their time to perform a spirited set of South African tunes in front of hundreds in attendance at “Celebrate Milton,” an event hosted by the town of Milton and supported by Milton’s community service program. Class IV jazz students will offer their first performance of the year for you, their parents, during Parents’ Weekend this Saturday, October 17. On Friday, October 23, at 7 p.m., Milton Academy’s three advanced jazz groups take the stage in King Theatre for the 25th Annual Fall Jazz Concert…

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Talent at Night: Of, By and For Students

Talent at Night: Of, By and For Students

Widely attended by students and fondly remembered by young grads, Beatnik Café has been growing in scope and popularity ever since alumnus Colin Cheney ’96 brought it to life. Three or four times a year, students pack Straus Library, lounging on couches, feet dangling between rails of the second floor balcony, for a show of their classmates’ artistic talents. Click here to view photos of this fall’s Beatnik performances. Photos are courtesy of Evan Scales (II).

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Lessons in Filmmaking: An Evan Scales ’17 Production

Evan Scales (II) has a passion for film. Drawing on skills he honed in Milton’s Moving Image class, and as a freelance photographer and filmmaker, he spent the summer shooting and editing his first, full feature production, Liberté. Evan’s goal was to submit a film to the Louisiana Film Prize, which requires films to be shot in northwest Louisiana. He started writing the script last September. Liberté is a story about a chance encounter between a boy and an older man, who unbeknownst to the boy is his grandfather.

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Annual Fund Is Now the Milton Fund

Annual Fund Is Now the Milton Fund

The Milton Fund—the new name for Milton’s annual giving program—is the primary way for alumni, parents and friends to support our School. By providing current use, operating revenue, the Milton Fund gives Milton’s leadership the capacity to respond to pressing needs and promising initiatives, in real time. The Milton Fund will reduce the School’s dependence on tuition and increase its ability to seize new opportunities.

Please visit http://connect.milton.edu/miltonfundfaq to learn more about the Milton Fund.


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 (Varsity 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

Past Mustangs of the Week

September 21 – September 27

Katie Burke ’17 (JV Field Hockey) –

Katie led the team to a 3-0 win over Lawrence to open the season for JV Field Hockey.  She tallied two of the team’s three goals and led the team on the field.

Mike Silva ’17 (V Football) –

In the season opener for Varsity Football, Mike helped to lead the team to a 28-7 victory over Roxbury Latin.  Mike had two touchdowns and and interception for a “Pick Six” to seal the win late in the game.  On defense he had  5 tackles and 3 passes defended.  On offense he had  10 carries for 57 yards.

Honorable Mentions:  Dom Cozier ’16 – V Football

September 13 – September 20

Gabby Fernandopulle ’17 (V Soccer) –

Gabby dominated the first half of the girls varsity soccer match against Deerfield.  She scored the first two goals of the season for the team and assisted on the third in a 4-0 win over Deerfield on Saturday.  Gabby scored the first goal with her right foot and the second with her left.  Gabby made the final pass that set up her teammate for the third goal – all in the first half.

Jeremy Cowham ’16 (V Soccer) –

Jeremy played phenomenally well in both of the games for the varsity soccer team this week, helping the team to two important wins over strong Class A teams.  In each game, he made spectacular saves at key times which helped preserve the lead and earn the victory.

Honorable Mentions:  Te Palandjian ’17 – V Field Hockey

Featured Videos


Drawing on skills honed in Milton’s Moving Image class, Evan Scales (II) shot and edited this feature production, LibertéRead more about the project.

Class of 2018 Makes Milton

Convocation 2015

A formal, traditional expression of School life, Convocation marks the start of the academic year: new opportunities, new faculty, and new classmates. Messages from Head of School Todd Bland, Upper School Principal David Ball, and Milton’s co-head monitors, Avery Park (I) and Mack Makishima (I), were highlights of the ceremony.

Principal David Ball

Avery Park (I)

Mack Makishima (I)

Featured Photos

Poised for Success

Milton’s speech and debate teams have earned recognition as one of the best in the country. The team has earned awards ranging from individual state and national championships to team honors including the Massachusetts Forensic League Grand Champions, the National Catholic League Masterson and Founder’s Championship and the National Forensic League’s Bruno Jacob Championship. This year’s students (pictured above) are set to continue this standard of excellence as they prepare to compete in state, regional and national contests.

In Good Hands

Nesto Gallery Director Larry Pollans oversees the installation of Joseph Wheelwright’s sculpture in front of the Art and Media Center. Joseph Wheelwright’s work will be on display in the Nesto Gallery until October 23. If you are unable to make it to campus, view these images from the show.

Head of School Todd Bland hosts the K–12 Kick-off Ice Cream Social event.
Photo by Associate Dean of Students André Heard.

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


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