October, 2016

Shadow Your Child

Shadow Your Child

at Parents’ Weekend on October 21 and 22

We invite you to experience Milton for yourself. Please join us for Parents’ Weekend on Friday, October 21 and Saturday, October 22.

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 on the dropdown below to view a schedule of the weekend’s events. Learn more about the weekend from Upper School Principal David Ball.

Parents' Weekend Schedule of Events


Friday, October 21

7:45 a.m.

Class I (Schwarz Student Center)

Class II (Wigg Hall)

Class III (Kellner, Pieh 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 p.m. 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.

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

Game Schedule

3:30 p.m.
Girls’ 3rd Field Hockey vs. Medfield
Girls’ 3rd Soccer vs. Southfield

4:00 p.m.
Boys’ 3rd Soccer vs. Beaver Country Day

4:15 p.m.
Boys’ JV B Soccer vs. Chapel Hill Chauncy Hall

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 to 3 p.m. for parents with questions.


Saturday, October 22

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 Corinne Brisbois, a prevention specialist from Freedom from Chemical Dependency (FCD).  (Kellner, King Theatre)

10:30–11 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 to Belize (Wigg Hall)

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

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

11:30–3 p.m.
Chowder and chili sponsored by the Upper School Parents’ Association (ACC)

Game Schedule

3 p.m.
Boys’1st Soccer vs. Rivers
Girls’ 1st Field Hockey vs. Rivers
Boys’ 1st Football vs. Belmont Hill
Girls’ 1st Soccer vs. Rivers
Girls’ 1st Volleyball vs. Rivers
Boys’ 2nd Cross Country vs. Thayer, Belmont Hill & St. Paul’s
Boys’ 2nd Soccer vs. Rivers
Girls’ 2nd Field Hockey vs. Rivers
Girls’ 2nd Soccer vs. Rivers

3:30 p.m.
Girls’ 2nd Cross Country vs. Thayer & St. Paul’s

4 p.m.
Boys’1st Cross Country vs. Thayer, Belmont Hill & St. Paul’s

4:30 p.m.
Girls’ 1st Cross Country vs. Thayer, St. Paul’s & Winsor

Faculty Profile: Patrick Owens is (Not So) New to Milton

Faculty Profile: Patrick Owens is (Not So) New to Milton

A self-described “math nerd” since high school, Patrick Owens brings affable enthusiasm to his Honors Statistics and Precalculus classes. Patrick came to Milton in 2014 as a fellow in the Penn Residency Master’s in Teaching program, earning his degree from the University of Pennsylvania while teaching under the guidance of a Milton faculty mentor and immersing himself in boarding school life. This school year, with his degree completed, Patrick joined the math department as a full-time faculty member.

“My favorite class to teach is Honors Stats,” says Patrick. “In the spring, the students do a cumulative project, in which they go through all the different stages they’ve learned of the statistical process. They ask a question they want to explore; collect and analyze their data; and then conduct a statistical test to draw a conclusion, often about Milton students’ habits. They have taken on some cool projects. I’ve had students study sleep time, hours spent doing homework, levels of stress, and the effects of caffeine.”

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A New Site for College Counseling

college-counselingWith New Resources for Parents

Milton’s college counseling office has long offered students the thoughtful, informed and highly attentive guidance that helps them grow—both emotionally and socially—as they make the best matches between themselves and the schools where they can thrive. The newly redesigned college counseling website is aimed at helping students and parents better understand the office’s approach and what they can expect during the process. Please take a look, and check back in to the new site regularly, to access more resources and updated content that will be available there over time.

  • Learn about the counseling team’s philosophy and approach to their work with students.
  • A dynamic timeline (under Resources) chronicles the process and “to dos” from Class IV through Class I.
  • Director Rod Skinner shares his favorite “must reads” for parents who want to better understand their role in a healthy process for their child.
  • Sign up to have the latest college counseling newsletters, for Class I and Class II students, delivered directly to your inbox. (You can subscribe under the Newsletter pages.)
  • Streamlined navigation helps you find what you want quickly, including introductions to the entire counseling team.
Comedy and Classic Characters Shine in Milton’s 2016 Theatre Season

Comedy and Classic Characters Shine in Milton’s 2016 Theatre Season

Milton’s fall performing arts schedule features a scandalous trickster, the origin story for a beloved character and a family comedy that mines the depths of dissatisfaction. First on the schedule is Molière’s Tartuffe, a 17th-century comedy about a charlatan who fools gullible members of a family into trusting him with charm and false claims of piety. Director and performing arts department chair Peter Parisi chose an English translation that matches the original French play’s rhyming-couplet structure.

“We’ve been doing musicals for the last several years, so we’re mixing it up,” says Peter, who notes that even those who are unfamiliar with Tartuffe will recognize and understand some familiar themes. “There are a lot of elements that make this a very timely choice.” Most of the 16 students involved in the production, who will work in period dress on a period set, have performed before, either at Milton or elsewhere.

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Save the Date For A Special Event in November

Save the Date For A Special Event in November

Milton Academy’s 49th Alumni War Memorial Lecture will take place the evening of Tuesday, November 29, and you’re invited. This year’s speaker is the United States Surgeon General, Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy. In his role as America’s doctor, Dr. Murthy is responsible for communicating the best available scientific information to the public regarding ways to improve personal health and the health of the nation. He also oversees the operations of the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps, comprised of approximately 6,700 uniformed health officers who serve in locations around the world to promote, protect, and advance the health and safety of our nation.

The War Memorial Lecture was established in 1922 to honor those Milton graduates who gave their lives in World War I, and the foundation brings to campus notable guests who have dedicated their careers to the responsibilities and opportunities connected to leadership in a democracy. Former War Memorial Lecturers include Franklin Delano Roosevelt, William Manchester, Maya Angelou, Robert Coles, Carlos Fuentes and Doris Kearns Goodwin. Dr. Murthy will deliver the 49th address.

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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 volunteering for one of our sponsored events, we welcome you.

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
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Letitia Chan Wins International Poetry Award

Letitia Chan Wins International Poetry Award

Letitia Chan (I) is one of 15 student writers to win top honors in the 2016 Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award for her poem “Making Glutinous Dumplings with My Mother.” Letitia’s poem was selected from among 10,000 entries submitted by 6,000 students from around the world.

Letitia learned about the competition from her mentor at Adroit Journal’s summer online program, which pairs experienced writers with students. The Foyle Award competition is hosted by The Poetry Society of London. “Making Glutinous Dumplings with My Mother” is a piece Letitia developed in last spring’s Advanced Creative Writing class with Ms. Lisa Baker.

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Milton Student-Athletes on Soccer’s World Stage

Milton Student-Athletes on Soccer’s World Stage

Two members of Milton’s boys’ varsity soccer team represented their respective home countries in the Caribbean Finals of the CONCACAF U17 World Cup Qualifying held in September in Trinidad. Brandon Jones ’18 played center back on the U17 Bermuda national team, and Jeremy Verley ’19 played midfield for the U17 Jamaica national team. Coincidentally, the two teams faced off in the first round of the tournament and Jamaica won the game.

“The tournament was the closest I’ve felt to playing on a professional soccer team,” says Brandon. “The whole process of training and playing games in front of a huge crowd was really exhilarating.”

Jeremy’s team, which he captained, made it to the semifinals after a draw with Haiti and a win against Trinidad. They lost to Cuba in the semifinals, but they beat Curaçao in the third place game, earning them a spot in the final rounds next spring.

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Forget ‘Normal’: Talbot Speaker Urges Milton Students to Celebrate Uniqueness

Forget ‘Normal’: Talbot Speaker Urges Milton Students to Celebrate Uniqueness

We should challenge the concept of “normal” and instead embrace the things that make us different, this year’s Talbot Speaker, Jonathan Mooney, told Milton students Wednesday morning. Mr. Mooney, an author and lecturer who advocates for people with learning disabilities and attentional disorders, urged students to draw upon their unique skills and personalities to make their mark in the world.

“We have this idea that the ‘good kid’ is the compliant kid; the ‘good kid’ is the kid who sits still and learns quietly,” Mr. Mooney said. “But that’s a narrow definition of what constitutes intelligence, and it leaves a lot of people out. The best innovators and creators are not compliant people. They’re questioners. They challenge what is considered normal.”

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Jack O’Brien ’18 (Varsity Soccer)

Jack scored all three goals for the varsity boys’ soccer team as they earned two important ISL wins last week over Groton and St. Sebastian’s.  More importantly, his leadership, toughness and tremendous work rate have helped set the tone for the team on both sides of the ball.

Lanie Cherry ’20 (Varsity Soccer)

Lanie has stepped into the role of starting central defender on the girls’ varsity soccer team and has done a great job. This past week she faced two all-ISL forwards in our game at Groton and held them scoreless and backed that up helping the team to another shutout on Saturday against Exeter.

Honorable Mention: Devon Park ’18 (Varsity Field Hockey)

Past Mustangs of the Week

September 26 – October 2

Alec Beesmer ’18 (Varsity Football)

Alec led the varsity football team to their second straight win to start the season, 34-19 over a strong Brooks squad. Alec was a perfect 5-5 through the air, for 82 yards passing. He also carried the ball 8 times for 59 yards and scored a touchdown from his quarterback position.

Emma Murphy ’18 (Varsity Field Hockey)

Emma has been a force in the midfield for the varsity field hockey team this season. She has a strong presence in the offensive end and has been great in the defensive circle also. Her all around team play this season has been fantastic and last Wednesday (in the team’s only game of the week), she scored the game winning overtime goal against Thayer to help the team earn their first win of the season, 1-0.

Honorable Mentions:
Margot O’Marrah ’20 – 3rd Soccer
Jake Atwood ’17 – Varsity Soccer

September 19 – September 25

Teddy Beaudoin ’17 (Varsity Cross Country)

Teddy led the varsity boys’ cross country team on Saturday with a decisive win in a race including Middlesex, Lawrence and St. Sebastian’s. Teddy set the pace right from the start and controlled the race throughout. This win was Teddy’s first career win in an extremely competitive ISL. As a team Captain, Teddy shows exemplary leadership in competition and in our day-to-day training.

Kendelle Grubbs ’20 (3rd Field Hockey)

The freshman field hockey team had their first game last week against Middlesex. Kendelle played goalie for the first time ever and earned a shutout for the team leading them to a 3-0 win. Kendelle is a great athlete and has a positive attitude on and off the field.

Honorable Mentions:
Mike Silva ’17 – Varsity Football
Dani Black ’17 – Varsity Soccer
Lily Wright ’19 – Varsity Cross Country

September 12 – September 18

Brie Lawson ’17 (Varsity Soccer)

On Saturday, Brie scored a terrific free-kick goal to seal a 2-0 opening game win for the varsity girls’ soccer team. Brie played with skill and purpose throughout the game and helped get the team started with a good showing in our first game.

The Mustang (Varsity Spirit)

The new mustang has brought some revived school spirit to games and campus events. Watch soon for naming contest!

Honorable Mentions:
Rebecca Bower ’18 – JV Field Hockey
Kat Stephan ’19 – JV Field Hockey
Julia Johnson ’19 – JV Field Hockey

Just for Fun

Elephant Toothpaste
Milton’s Science & Engineering Club gives a chemical demonstration of “elephant toothpaste.”

Featured Videos

How Did We Get Here?

In case you missed it: Watch Upper School Principal David Ball’s talk with parents in King Theatre.

Convocation 2016

A formal, traditional expression of School life, Convocation marks the start of the academic year: new opportunities, new faculty, and new classmates. Watch this year’s messages from co-head monitors, Tyler Piazza (I) and Semi Oloko (I).

Tyler Piazza (I)

Semi Oloko (I)

Featured Photos

Unexpected Events In Nesto

Unexpected Events (pictured above) is part of Barbara Baum’s exhibit, Threads, on display in Milton’s Nesto Gallery. View more photos of the show, or visit the Gallery now through November 11.

Guest Photographers on Instagram

One week a month for the rest of the school year, Orange and Blue Key (OBK) student leaders will take over the School’s Instagram account to give an insider look at what it’s like to be a student at Milton. OBK student leaders work closely with the admission office and give tours to students and families visiting our campus. This month, Jacob Atwood (I) and Mateen Tabatabaei (I) took on the charge, spotlighting great study spots, student publications, and athletics.

Milton Magazine

Change. Brought to You By Optimists.

Milton Magazine features change agents in this issue—skilled optimists who have eschewed anger and blame and instead opted for responsibility. They are working on solutions to intractable problems that every day delay social and economic progress for everyone. Milton alumni ask great questions, and they so often shake off the standard responses in favor of unconventional strategies. Dive in, and meet fearless and skillful Milton alumni who are changing some playing fields that matter. At the same time, Milton students play out projects that allow us to hear and understand emotions that drive our evolving approach to a difficult world.
Visit miltonmagazine.org

Looking for ways to support our School? Consider a gift to the Milton Fund. Last year, more than 72 percent of parents gave to the Milton Fund. Milton Fund gifts strengthen campus life, day to day. Without it, the school would be without $4.5 million each year—resulting in fewer opportunities for faculty and students. Make a gift today at www.milton.edu/donate.

Milton-Nobles Day

November 12

The 130-year-old rivalry rages on! This year, Milton’s Mustangs travel to Nobles to face the Bulldogs. Stop by the Milton tent adjacent to Greene Field for a cup of chowder or hot chocolate. Mingle with parents, alumni and friends.

Saturday, November 12
at Noble and Greenough School
10 Campus Drive, Dedham

10:30 a.m. 
JV Boys’ Soccer
JV Field Hockey
JV Volleyball

11:00 a.m. 
JV Girls’ Soccer 

12:00 p.m. 
Varsity Girls’ Soccer
Varsity Volleyball 

12:30 p.m. 
Varsity Boys’ Soccer
Varsity Field Hockey

1:00 p.m. 
Varsity Football 

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
Cathy Everett