Dear Middle School Families,
We made it to vacation day! These last several weeks have been jammed with activity in the Middle School and they’ve flown by. The kids and staff deserve a good break before the final months of the year. I hope you all are able to enjoy time together over the vacation.
Yesterday, our Grade 8 students had a wonderful day at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, where they debated the immigration bill and voted as senators from across the country. It was an amazing experience to see the kids in action and to view exhibits of history of the Senate and of Senator Kennedy (a Milton grad!). Our students were excellent representatives of Milton, too!
Thank you to Grade 8 Science teacher Tom Troy for writing this week’s Faculty Voice column. Tom aptly summarizes what so many of us enjoy about working with our Middle School students. His column can’t help but remind me how lucky we all are to be at Milton.
In addition to Tom’s article, this week’s Middle School Newsletter includes details about the week we return from spring break.
All the best,
In a matter of minutes on Milton’s campus, it is possible to witness the passage of time as marked by the development of children. From a distance, we have seen the youngest members of our community strolling neatly in line behind their teachers. We have also seen our middle school boys and girls frolicking joyously through snow, mud, and puddles to and from Ware Hall, as well as the oldest students congregating in small groups wearing heavily weighted backpacks and purposeful expressions.
Over my first several years of teaching and coaching I was fortunate enough to work closely with young people from 5 to 18 years old. Without question, each age group has its own qualities that are widely appreciated, from the raw exuberance of young children to the measured swagger of older adolescents. I realized early in my career that 11-14 year olds are my resonant demographic. Although I cannot quite isolate why this is, I suppose it has something to do with my respect for the challenges middle schoolers face and their enjoyable temperaments.
The Week Ahead
Faculty Professional Development, Monday, March 27—No Classes.
Classes Resume, Tuesday, March 28—We will follow a Tuesday schedule.
Speech Team Practice Party, Thursday, March 30, 4-5:15 p.m.––Students participating in the Oak Hill Middle School speech tournament should plan to attend.
Oak Hill Middle School Speech Tournament, Saturday, April 1—Bus leaves Ware Loop at 7:15 a.m.
Spring Break Outings—We are again offering several student outings during spring break! The dates are March 15, 21 & 23. Once we know our attendance, we will confirm the details of what the outings will be. Contact Jacqui Pennini if your child would like to attend one, two, or all the dates.
Add These Dates to Your Calendar
April 5––Middle School Revisit Day
April 5––Opening Day of Middle School Spring Athletic Games
April 5––Grade 8 Parent Meeting with Upper School Administrative Team
April 13––Middle School Parent Meeting with Will Crissman
April 17––Patriots’ Day, No Classes
April 18–April 21––Grade 8 Trip to Washington
April 27––Middle School Faculty Appreciation Celebration
April 28––Grade 6 Sustainability Gala
Contact: Jacqui Pennini at 617-898-1798
Hours: Monday-Friday, dismissal-5:45 p.m.
Mustangs of the Week
Congratulations to our Winter Season Sportsmanship Award Recipients!
John, Garvin, Austin, Marshall, Miranda, Mya, William, Jana & Ben
PA News and Notes
Thank you to Fernande Raine and Kelly Darling for putting together a wonderful and fun evening for parents, faculty and staff to gather last Friday!
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Faculty Appreciation Planning & Raffle Solicitation
Shortly after we return from Spring Break, donations for our Faculty Appreciation celebration will close. Popular raffle prizes in the past have included sports and concert tickets; spa, Amazon, restaurant and movie gift cards; electronic items and hotel/vacation home stays. If you’d like to donate a raffle item, contact Elizabeth or Cynthia.
If you prefer to donate money for the purchase of additional items:
Click here to contribute to the Lower School raffle.
Click here to contribute to the Middle School raffle.
To contribute to both raffles, donate to one and indicate in the comment section how you wish your donation to be divided between the two events.
Thank you for your support!
Elizabeth Flowers – firstname.lastname@example.org
Cynthia George – email@example.com
Middle School Lunch
Click here to access our Middle School lunch menu.
Robbins Rink Skating Scheule
It’s the last week of open skating!
Click Skating Schedule 16-17 to see a schedule of open skate times at the Robbins Rink in the ACC.
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