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Department of Equity, Inclusion, and Justice Update

Earlier this spring, Milton’s Middle School director of equity and inclusion, Angelina Howard, let us know that she would be leaving Milton at the end of the school year. Angelina’s news created a moment for Milton’s Leadership Team to evaluate how alternative...

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Chief Advancement Officer Update

I am writing to share news that Lisa Winick has made a decision to step away from her role as Chief Advancement Officer now that Milton’s Dare capital campaign and our master plan construction efforts are concluded. Soon, we will begin working on our next strategic...

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K-8 Spanish Teacher (Academic Year 2024-25)

Summary of Position: Milton Academy seeks a Spanish language and culture educator to teach K-8 students in our Lower and Middle Schools. In addition to outstanding teaching ability, we seek an inquisitive, self-directed, and team-oriented teacher. This opportunity is...

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Milton Community Gathers in Asia

Milton Community Gathers in Asia

Head of School Alixe Callen '88 and Chief Advancement Officer Lisa Winick recently returned from an action-packed trip to Asia. While overseas, they connected with alumni and parents in Shanghai, Seoul, Beijing, and Hong Kong. The sense of Milton pride and community...

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Transitions Program Reunion: Celebrating 40 Years

Transitions Program Reunion: Celebrating 40 Years

The recent 40th-anniversary celebration of Milton's Transitions Program was a memorable occasion, marked by an emotional keynote speech from Alex Alex ’19. During the event, both alumni and current students shared inspiring anecdotes reflecting on their experiences...

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Class of 2024 Makes Their Mark With Senior Gift Campaign

Class of 2024 Makes Their Mark With Senior Gift Campaign

The Class of 2024 Senior Gift Campaign was a great success! The class met their ambitious 55% participation goal, earning a $10,000 challenge gift to the Milton Fund’s financial aid priority from two anonymous young alumni siblings. The class fundraising effort was...

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From Milton Magazine: “Going the Distance”

From Milton Magazine: “Going the Distance”

Mik Aoki ’86 has spent a lifetime on the baseball diamond, as a player and as a coach. Yet he rarely spoke about the game with his mother. “For my mother, studies always came first,” says Aoki, who recently took over as head baseball coach at the University of...

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Celebrate Milton’s Retiring Faculty

Celebrate Milton’s Retiring Faculty

At the end of this school year, four Milton faculty members—Bob Sinicrope, Rod Skinner '72, Sarah Storer Goodwin Teaching Chair Sarah Wehle, and Laurence M. Lombard 1913 Teaching Chair Vivian WuWong—will retire, and we invite you to join us in celebrating their...

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Melissa Dilworth Gold ’61 Visiting Artists

Melissa Dilworth Gold ’61 Visiting Artists

On April 18 and 19, Milton Academy welcomed musicians Molly Joyce and Gaelyn Lea thanks to the generosity of donors to the Melissa Dilworth Gold ’61 Fund Visiting Artists Fund. The two musicians met with Milton Academy’s orchestra students to discuss the intersection...

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Get Ready to Dive Into Summer With Milton

Get Ready to Dive Into Summer With Milton

Get ready for summer adventures with Milton! Plan to immerse yourself in the excitement of our summer event series, featuring events all over New England, including Maine, Western Massachusetts (Tanglewood!), Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and more. To make sure you get...

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Campus Services and Events Summer Intern

Summary of Position: Duration: June 10 to August 2 (opportunity to extend to August 9 if candidate is available) We are seeking a dynamic and motivated Summer Intern to join our team and assist with various office tasks, internet research, event management, and client...

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Persistence and Creativity Are Key to Success, Seminar Day Speakers Urge

Persistence and Creativity Are Key to Success, Seminar Day Speakers Urge

The Keyes Seminar Day, a lively day of speaking engagements for Upper School students, has been one of Milton’s most important traditions since 1977. It is named in honor of its founder, former faculty member Peter Keyes, a legendary promoter of student interest in political process as well as public and governmental affairs and service. In the Milton spirit of developing students’ confidence and competence to live by our motto, “Dare to be true,” Seminar Day brings to campus people who have made compelling choices. They are leaders making a difference in the world. Luminaries in the fields of science, public policy, technology, media, and beyond spent the 2024 Keyes Seminar Day sharing insights and ideas from their lives and careers.

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Llewellyn “Llew” Smith ’72 Reflects on his Storytelling Career

Llewellyn “Llew” Smith ’72 Reflects on his Storytelling Career

Llewellyn “Llew” Smith ’72 returned to campus in April as part of the 2024 DEIJ Speaker Series. Llew is a leading filmmaker in the documentary industry who explores how misunderstandings in race, science, and history continue to perpetuate social and racial inequities. He has been the recipient of the Peabody, the duPont, and other honors. In 2021, Black Public Media named Llew one of the Top 40 Game Changers in public media over the last 40 years.

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Math Team Crowned New England Champions

Math Team Crowned New England Champions

Capping off a nearly perfect year of competition, the Milton Academy math team finished first in the New England Math League (NEML). Milton was just one point shy of perfection, scoring 179 out of 180 possible points across six contests. 

Milton’s math competitors bested dozens of public and private schools for the championship—the runners-up scored 172 and 160 points. 

“We have a lot of really talented and intelligent people here,” said Vickie Mao ’26. “It’s very fun but we take it seriously, and it’s a good way to challenge yourself.”

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Upper School Spring Speaker Series

In April, Milton welcomed three speakers to campus—Farah Pandith ‘86, an expert on online hate and extremism; Rabbi David Wolpe, who among other accolades is a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Divinity School; and, Kate Phillips-Barrasso, vice president of global policy...

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Vivian WuWong Honored at Asian American Footsteps Conference

Vivian WuWong Honored at Asian American Footsteps Conference

A “trailblazer in raising the voices of the Pan Asian community,” veteran Milton Academy teacher Vivian WuWong was honored last month at the Asian American Footsteps Conference (AAFC). The AAFC Advisory Group announced the establishment of the Vivian WuWong Pan-Asian Student Leadership Award. The inaugural award will be presented in 2025 to a “student or students that have made a positive impact on the Pan-Asian community at their school or the local, regional, or national level.” The honor recognizes all that Vivian has done to develop programs for Asian American and Asian international students and faculty. 

Ms. WuWong, a member of the History and Social Sciences Department, has taught at Milton for 32 years and will retire next month. An engaging teacher and lifelong advocate for underrepresented communities, Ms. WuWong’s work in organizing began when she was an undergraduate at Stanford University, where she and her peers in the Asian American Student Association established Stanford’s Asian American Activities Center and its first Asian American History course.  

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Farah Pandith ’86 Kicks Off 2024 DEIJ Speaker Series

Farah Pandith ’86 Kicks Off 2024 DEIJ Speaker Series

On April 2, Farah Pandith ’86 spent the day with our K–12 community as part of the 2024 DEIJ Speaker Series. Pandith is an author, foreign policy strategist, and former diplomat. As a world-leading expert and pioneer in countering violent extremism, she is a frequent...

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The Joys (and Tribulations) of Writing for TV

The Joys (and Tribulations) of Writing for TV

When you hear Robb Chavis ’94 talk about writing for television, you can tell straight off that this is a guy who loves his job. Like most people, he’d like to advance in his career. But he’s also intent on preserving the profession as a whole. And that is pretty much...

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Celebrating a Musical Legacy: 50 Years of Jazz at Milton

Celebrating a Musical Legacy: 50 Years of Jazz at Milton

Current and former Milton Academy musicians (and some special guests) gathered on April 6 to celebrate 50 years of the jazz program at Milton. The event featured performances by Milton students from the Classes of 1978 through 2030 and a panel of alumni—Baron Tymas...

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Rachel Stone Named New Upper School Principal

Rachel Stone Named New Upper School Principal

Following a highly competitive national search, Head of School Alixe Callen ’88 announced on April 10 that Milton Academy has chosen Rachel Stone as the next Upper School principal. Currently Head of School at Canterbury School in Connecticut, Stone is an extremely...

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Thank You to the Volunteers Who Make a Difference at Milton

Thank You to the Volunteers Who Make a Difference at Milton

In honor of National Volunteer Month, we want to thank all of our dedicated volunteers for your commitment to Milton. Alumni and parent volunteers keep our community strong and growing while helping to ensure the Milton experience remains exceptional. Whether you are...

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Reunion 2024: June 14–15

Reunion 2024: June 14–15

Classes ending in 4 and 9: Make your next Milton memory by joining us on Friday, June 14, and Saturday, June 15, as we celebrate class years ending in 4 and 9. Visit www.milton.edu/reunion to register, view program highlights, or learn more!

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Call for Members: The Milton Community on LinkedIn

Call for Members: The Milton Community on LinkedIn

Looking to connect with fellow alums? Have an exciting professional development to share? Join our Milton Academy Alumni group on LinkedIn to connect with classmates and grow your professional network. We also encourage you to proudly showcase your affiliation with...

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Farah Pandith ’86 Kicks Off 2024 DEIJ Speaker Series

Farah Pandith ’86 Kicks Off 2024 DEIJ Speaker Series

On April 2, Farah Pandith ’86 spent the day with our K–12 community as part of the 2024 DEIJ Speaker Series. Farah is an author, foreign policy strategist, and former diplomat. As a world-leading expert and pioneer in countering violent extremism, she is a frequent media commentator, and we were thrilled to welcome her back to Centre Street to share her insight and expertise with students.

Classes she took as a Milton student sparked her interest in world issues and ultimately led to her career in foreign policy, she shared during a “Fireside Chat” moderated by student leaders in the Upper and Middle Schools. “Seeds that are planted when you are very young help you to think about the world in a different way,” said Farah as she reflected on learning about ancient Egyptian history as a fourth-grader at Milton.

Throughout the assembly, Farah spoke about the importance of diplomacy, self-advocacy, public speaking, digital hygiene, the “us vs. them” ideology, knowing where you get your facts from, the difference between facts and opinions, and more. She shared, “If you leave today with nothing else, the bottom line is that you should never want to be duped. You should never let anybody tell you what to think and who you are.”

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“Perspective is Everything,” Milton Grad Jake Thibeault Reflects on Life-Changing Injury

“Perspective is Everything,” Milton Grad Jake Thibeault Reflects on Life-Changing Injury

Milton Academy was a big part of the plan Jake Thibeault ’22 made for his own future.

The plan: Work hard, get into Milton, play hockey at Milton, work hard at Milton, get into college, play hockey in college, and so forth. Thibeault learned about the school when his older brother attended; he saw how driven Milton students were about their passions and, he said, “I knew it was going to take a lot to get there, but I knew I wanted to be part of this community. I put my mind to it and decided that this was the journey I was going to take.”

Accustomed to achieving his goals through a combination of determination and grit, Thibeault was well on his way in September 2021, when a collision on the ice during a pre-season club tournament changed everything. He awoke in the hospital two days later, with his parents and brother Drew ’19 by his side. He had suffered a spinal cord injury that caused paralysis; a doctor told the lifelong athlete that he may never walk again. 

“I turned to him and said, ‘Doc, I am going to fight this,’” Thibeault said. “I’m going to war with it. I’m still at war with it.”

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Rachel Stone Named New Upper School Principal

Head of School Alixe Callen announced Wednesday that, following a highly competitive national search, Milton Academy has chosen Rachel Stone as the next Upper School principal. She will join the Milton community in July 2024.

“I am so pleased to welcome Rachel to the Milton community. She is an extremely talented, experienced educator with 30 years of experience working in independent schools in both faculty and leadership roles,” Dr. Callen wrote. “She is currently the head of school at Canterbury School, a coeducational boarding and day school in New Milford, Connecticut—a role she has held for the past eight years. While at Canterbury, she drove the advancement of their academic program, growing the breadth and depth of the school’s curriculum across multiple disciplines. She also oversaw the planning and launch of a new comprehensive strategic plan, expanding the school’s physical plant and campus in support of student education and growth.”

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Update from the Health Center regarding COVID-19

On March 1, 2024, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced its updated recommendations for respiratory viruses, including COVID-19. 

Specifically, the CDC is no longer recommending COVID-specific isolation guidelines. Moving forward, the CDC is including COVID-19 in its recommendations related to risks from several common respiratory viral illnesses, resulting in a single approach to these ailments. Similarly, on March 25, 2024, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health updated its recommendations to align with the CDC.  

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The Making of a Milton Loyal Donor

The Making of a Milton Loyal Donor

Rudy Reyes ’90 is not a Milton lifer. In fact, he only attended the Upper School for his last two years of high school. In his time as a member of the Milton community, however, it has become clear that Milton Academy runs through his veins. And it was through his...

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Summer Camp Squash Junior Counselor

Summary of Position: This is a seasonal position beginning in late June and ending in early July (4 weeks). The summer camp squash junior counselor will be responsible for interacting with and overseeing camper groups throughout the day. In addition, they will have...

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Milton Alumni in the Big Dance

Milton Alumni in the Big Dance

Fans of college basketball have two former Milton Mustangs to look out for as March Madness kicks off this week.

Cormac Ryan, a senior guard for the North Carolina Tar Heels, set a career record earlier this month, scoring 31 points in UNC’s win against Duke to clinch the ACC title. No. 1-seeded UNC takes on Wagner Thursday afternoon in the first round of the NCAA Men’s Division I basketball tournament. Ryan was a captain at Notre Dame before transferring to UNC this year.

Casey Simmons, a sophomore forward for the Yale Bulldogs, is in his first year playing for Yale. The Bulldogs face off against Auburn on Friday. Simmons was rated the No. 1 player in Massachusetts as a four-star recruit out of Milton, and was one of the top prospects in New England. He transferred to Yale from Northwestern this year.

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Celebrating Giving Day Impact

Celebrating Giving Day Impact

On March 6, the Milton community came together like never before to support the people, programs, and opportunities that cultivate Milton Connections for students inside and outside the classroom. United around a common goal, alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff,...

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Class I and II Students Engage with Hong Kong Speaker

Class I and II Students Engage with Hong Kong Speaker

One of the most exciting things about a Milton education is the opportunity to learn not only from our fantastic faculty, but also visiting experts. On February 22, Dr. Robert S. Ross, the 2024 Hong Kong Distinguished Speaker, spoke to Class I and II students about...

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Milton Magazine’s Spring/Summer 2024 Issue

Milton Magazine’s Spring/Summer 2024 Issue

📭 Check your mailbox: The new Spring/Summer 2024 issue of Milton Magazine is on its way. This issue’s alumni features highlight the work and lives of Robb Chavis ’94, Alexandra Rodman ’06, and Mik Aoki ’86. Plus, enjoy other insightful and engaging content from Centre...

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Campus Safety Officer

Milton Academy is seeking to fill the following: full-time, per diem, and evenings Campus Safety Officer positions. Campus Safety officers serve in a community-focused role to maintain and ensure the safety and security of students, faculty, and staff along with...

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Class I and II Students Engage with Hong Kong Speaker

Class I and II Students Engage with Hong Kong Speaker

History has demonstrated a cycle of power transitions in global politics roughly every 100 years. The notable rises and falls of major European economic and military powers began in the 16th century, with the United States assuming global hegemony after World War II, historian and educator Robert S. Ross, Ph. D. told Milton students. Thanks to the generosity of the donors to the Hong Kong Distinguished Speakers Series, Dr. Ross met with Class I and II students to explore the U.S. response to China’s rise as a global power.

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From Facilities Services to Film Sets, Milton’s Mike Malvesti Shines

From Facilities Services to Film Sets, Milton’s Mike Malvesti Shines

He’s in two of the films nominated for Best Picture at this weekend’s Academy Awards—as well a movie still in theaters across the country—but you won’t catch Mike Malvesti on the red carpet.

You’ll catch him, instead, quietly working to keep Milton Academy beautiful and safe.

Malvesti, a member of the Facilities Services team, has found his niche as a film and television actor, a side job that has had him rubbing shoulders with some of Hollywood’s most esteemed stars. There he is in American Fiction, playing a police officer; in The Holdovers, hawking Christmas trees to Paul Giamatti; in The Town, playing the guard of an armored car that Ben Affleck targeted for a heist; in “Madame Web” as a trucker. Malvesti also scored a recurring role on the HBO series Julia* as Benny, Julia Childs’ cameraman. You might have seen him in popular commercials, as a detective in Boston Strangler, or going toe-to-toe with Rosamund Pike in I Care a Lot.

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Saturday Course Staff

Milton Academy seeks interns for The Saturday Course, an enrichment program for public school children in Grades 4-8 with strong academic skills. Independently motivated students can learn compelling material in a fun and exciting environment. Founded in 1978, The...

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Aquatics Aerobics Instructor

Summary of Position: Under direct supervision of the Director of Campus Services and Events, and the Aquatics Director, the candidate helps initiate and develop the New Outdoor Pool Aerobics program by providing water aerobics instruction; monitors and educates...

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Save the Date: March 6 is Milton’s Giving Day

Save the Date: March 6 is Milton’s Giving Day

On March 6, our community will come together for 24 hours of giving to celebrate and support the people, opportunities, and events that cultivate connections for students inside and outside the classroom. Thanks to our generous challenger, Claire Hughes Johnson ’90 P ’24 ’27, when 1,000 people donate on Giving Day this year, we’ll unlock $100K for the Milton Fund! Save the date and learn more at https://give.milton.edu/giving-day-2024.

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Celebrating 40 Years of Girls’ Ice Hockey

Celebrating 40 Years of Girls’ Ice Hockey

Earlier this month, we celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Milton’s Girl’s Ice Hockey program. The weekend kicked off with a Friday night match vs. BB&N, and many alumnae and family members were there to cheer on the Mustangs. Then, on Saturday, our alumnae...

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A Change of 💗 for Tony Dior Gaenslen ’59

A Change of 💗 for Tony Dior Gaenslen ’59

Tony Dior Gaenslen ’59 entered Milton Academy as a self-described “shy” and “nerdy” kid, the Texas-born son of a politically conservative family. He was so enamored of Robert E. Lee that he wrote his senior history paper describing him as the greatest general of the...

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Pedestrian Safety Initiatives

Milton Academy is deeply committed to ensuring the safety of pedestrians who traverse Centre Street, Randolph Avenue, and other streets adjacent to our campus. Our longstanding conversations about improving safety mean that improvements are constantly ongoing. As we...

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A Celebration of Music Honoring Margaret Filoon Robertson ’56

A Celebration of Music Honoring Margaret Filoon Robertson ’56

On February 2, the Milton Academy Music Department hosted the Margaret (Peggy) Filoon Robertson ’56 Concert in the Apthorp Chapel. This year’s concert featured a repertoire ranging from baroque to contemporary and showcased student-led instrumental groups, soloists, and a chorus of Milton Academy students, faculty, staff, and friends. It was an evening of beautiful and inspiring performances. 

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Pedestrian Safety Initiatives

Milton Academy is deeply committed to ensuring the safety of pedestrians who traverse Centre Street, Randolph Avenue, and other streets adjacent to our campus. Our longstanding conversations about improving safety mean that improvements are constantly ongoing. As we...

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February 13, 2024

Due to forecasted nor’easter weather conditions, Milton Academy classes are canceled Tuesday, Feb. 13, and all other operations are suspended. No buses will operate. All afternoon practices and extracurricular activities are also canceled.  Only essential personnel...

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A Digital Opportunity for a Timeless Concept

A Digital Opportunity for a Timeless Concept

Ben Rhodes-Kropf ’24 has a message from his father. In order to receive it, he’ll have to travel to Spain.

That’s because his dad left the message through Trace, an app Rhodes-Kropf and classmate Benjamin Siegel ‘24 developed throughout their junior and senior years at Milton. The location-based service combines the functions of a messaging app with the thrill of an in-person treasure hunt, allowing users to “leave a Trace” wherever they are in the world. Messages for other Trace users (or their future selves) are delivered only when the recipient is physically close to the location where the message—in video form—was recorded.

Frustrated by the passive nature of existing social media, which users can idly scroll through for hours on end, Siegel and Rhodes-Kropf set out to create a different kind of messaging service that would foster more-meaningful connections and inspire users to travel near and far.

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Milton Academy Summer Lifeguard

Summary of Position: The primary responsibility of a lifeguard is to prevent drowning and other injuries from occurring. Candidates must be able to ensure patron safety by minimizing or eliminating potentially hazardous situations or behaviors. This person must be...

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Milton Math Team Achieves Perfection

Milton Math Team Achieves Perfection

Nobody’s perfect—unless you’re talking about the Milton Academy math team.

Milton’s math competitors have maintained a perfect score through months of competing at the New England Math League (NEML) this academic year. Currently, the school sits atop the NEML rankings, which includes both private and public schools. Math contests give students opportunities outside of the classroom to flex their analytical muscles while proudly representing Milton.

“We have a lot of good mathematicians on our team this year,” said Devan Agrawal ’25. “One thing that’s nice about the NEML is that you don’t have to learn a lot of new concepts. You have to practice critical thinking and creative problem solving, and I think Milton Academy students in general already shine with that.”

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Teaching the Fundamentals of Financial Literacy

Teaching the Fundamentals of Financial Literacy

“The future” can mean different things to teens: It could describe next weekend, or spring break, or college, or even a potential career path. 

One group of Milton students takes a decidedly long view that includes making sure that they (and others) are prepared financially for all the possibilities—college and housing costs, budgeting, building credit, saving, investing, retirement, and financial stability for their families. 

And planning for this future? The sooner you start, the better. The students’ passion for helping their peers and other young people achieve financial literacy has taken them from Milton to the Apple App Store and even the Massachusetts State House. 

To help young people learn financial literacy and investment principles, Hugo Eechaute ’24 created StockSense. The free app, aimed at users ages 15 to 21, teaches the basics through fun, easily accessible games. He’s gotten the app off the ground with the help of some Milton peers, including Simon Farruqui ’25, the COO of StockSense, and Isabella Alba ’26, its CFO.

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Summer Camp Junior Counselor

This is a seasonal position beginning in late May and ending in early August. The summer camp junior counselor will be responsible for interacting with and overseeing camper groups throughout the day. In addition, they will have the opportunity to participate in and...

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Summer Camp Senior Counselor

This is a seasonal position beginning in late May and ending in early August. The summer camp senior counselor will be responsible for interacting with and overseeing camper groups throughout the day. In addition, they will have the opportunity to participate in and...

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Summer Camp Activity Specialist

This is a seasonal position beginning in late May and ending in early August. The Activity specialist will be responsible for planning and implementing engaging, age-appropriate programming each day. The activity specialist will have experience leading children in...

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Summer Camp Administrative Team Member

This is a seasonal position beginning in late May and ending in early August. The Administrative team member will work closely with the camp director to ensure that day-to-day operations of camp run smoothly. The person in this role will have a wide variety of...

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Jason Bowen ’00 to Speak at 2024 Graduation

Jason Bowen ’00 to Speak at 2024 Graduation

This year’s Graduation speaker is actor and educator Jason Bowen, Milton Academy Class of 2000. Born and raised in Boston, Bowen has performed on Broadway, television, and film. Bowen’s notable and previous credits include The Play That Goes Wrong (Broadway), Law...

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Join Our LinkedIn Community

Join Our LinkedIn Community

Looking to connect with fellow alumni? Have an exciting professional development to share? Join our Milton Academy Alumni group on LinkedIn to network with classmates and grow your professional connections.

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Update Your Contact Information

Update Your Contact Information

The best way to stay connected to Milton and be sure you receive news and invitations to our featured events is to keep your contact information current. Update your contact information today at www.milton.edu/update.

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Jason Bowen ’00 to Speak at 2024 Graduation

Jason Bowen ’00 to Speak at 2024 Graduation

This year’s Graduation speaker is actor and educator Jason Bowen, Milton Academy Class of 2000. Born and raised in Boston, Bowen has performed on Broadway, television, and film. Bowen’s notable and previous credits include The Play That Goes Wrong (Broadway), Law & Order: SVU (NBC), Blue Bloods (CBS), The Upside (STX/Amazon), and Mother/Android (Miramax/Hulu). In 2012, Boston Magazine awarded Bowen “Best Actor” honors in its annual “Best of Boston” issue. 

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Early Dismissal and Cancellations, January 16, 2024

Milton Academy is dismissing early. All academic classes will end for the day at 2:15 p.m. All early buses will run as scheduled, but the school will not run a 6:00 p.m. bus. No afternoon activities, including extracurriculars or practices. The campus will also close...

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Chris Kane Named Prep Coach of the Year

Chris Kane Named Prep Coach of the Year

Great coaches, like great teachers, can have a life-changing positive impact on a young person. Milton Academy coaches focus not only on athletic excellence but the development of players as students and community members. 

One such coach is Chris Kane, head coach of Milton’s boys’ varsity soccer team, who has built a culture of development, positivity, inclusivity, and family—with great results. Coach Kane was named by the New England Soccer Journal as the Boys’ Prep Coach of the Year in its 2023 champions issue. He “did a masterful job preparing his squad throughout a season that resulted in a NEPSAC Class A championship, an Independent School League title, and a record of 19–1–2,” the journal wrote. Since 2011, his first year as head coach, Kane’s Mustangs have won four ISL championships and two NEPSAC Class A championships, had five undefeated regular seasons, and qualified for the Class A tournament every single year.

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Scaling People: Tactics for Management and Company Building

Scaling People: Tactics for Management and Company Building

CLAIRE HUGHES JOHNSON ’90 P ’24, ‘27 STRIPE PRESS In 2014, CLAIRE HUGHES JOHNSON ’90 P ’24 ’27 left Google to become chief operating officer at a much smaller company, Stripe, which at the time had 160 employees and tens of millions of dollars in revenue. Now the...

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Don’t Forget to Invest in Milton This December

Don’t Forget to Invest in Milton This December

A gift to the Milton Fund, our school’s unrestricted current-use fund, is the simplest and most direct way to support Milton’s students and faculty. As the calendar year draws to a close, please make your Milton Fund gift to ensure the school can continue delivering...

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The Changing Landscape in College Admissions

The Changing Landscape in College Admissions

Laurén Carter, a noted author and college admissions expert, became Milton’s new dean of college counseling in July. Carter, who comes to Milton from the Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C., has decades’ worth of experience in independent school college...

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Support Milton Community Members

Support Milton Community Members

This holiday season, support fellow Milton Academy community members by browsing our Grads Gift Guide! We’re pleased to share gift ideas offered by Milton entrepreneurs, ranging from food and beverages to apparel and services. View the full gift guide at...

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Spring Events Preview

Spring Events Preview

This spring will feature several virtual and in-person events, including Milton in California, Florida, and Asia; the DEIJ Speaker Series featuring Farah Pandith ’86 and Llew Smith ’72; a Transitions Program Reunion: Celebrating 40 Years; Milton Night Out: Bowery Bar...

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Call for Alumni Affinity Space Members

Call for Alumni Affinity Space Members

Sign up today to find connection, support, and inspiration in one of Milton Academy’s alumni affinity spaces: Alums of Color, APIDA Alums, Black Alums, Jewish Alums, LatinX Alums, LGBTQ+ Alums, Muslim Alums, and White-Identifying Alums. Please note that this list is...

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Milton Senior Luke Witkowski Qualifies for U.S. Figure Skating Championship

Milton Senior Luke Witkowski Qualifies for U.S. Figure Skating Championship

Luke Witkowski ’24 knows a thing or two about balance.

For one thing, he’s a figure skater, which requires a tremendous amount of balance—not to mention strength, dedication, and precision. For another, he’s managing a competitive skating career while navigating a busy senior year at Milton. Preparing for competition at his level is a massive time commitment; he trains about five hours a day, five days per week.

“I sleep very well at night with all the run-throughs I do during the day,” he said.

Luke finished in the top four in the U.S. Pairs Final last month. He and his partner, Sofia Jarmoc, won first in the short program and third in the long program, qualifying them to compete in the Toyota U.S. Figure Skating Championships in January.

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Groundskeeper

Summary of Position: The Milton Academy Groundskeeper II performs semi-skilled labor to clean, repair, improve, treat and maintain Milton Academy’s turf, shrubs, trees, flower beds, grounds and athletic fields while also providing physical support for the set up and...

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Robotics Team Continues to Amaze

Robotics Team Continues to Amaze

This past weekend, members of Milton’s Robotics Team joined schools from across the United States and Canada to compete in the fifth annual WAVE tournament, a three-day Vex competition hosted by Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts.

“With almost eighty teams, it is a truly competitive tournament, which sets it far apart from other events we have attended this year, so far,” says Hailey Coval (I). “It demands hard work, long hours, effort, commitment, creativity, practice, and talents.”

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Dr. Ilyon Woo P’25, Historian and NYT Best-Selling Author, Visits as Heywood Lecturer

Dr. Ilyon Woo P’25, Historian and NYT Best-Selling Author, Visits as Heywood Lecturer

This year, the History and Social Science Department hosted Dr. Ilyon Woo P’25 for the Henry R. Heyburn ’39 Lecture in History. The department tried a new model for the lecture; Dr. Woo spoke to American history students in an assembly November 9 and then visited individual classes to dive further into the content of her work as part of an in-house field trip. During the assembly, she shared her journey as a historical researcher and storyteller, from her early struggles to her New York Times best-selling book, Master Slave Husband Wife. On November 28, the Times named Master Slave Husband Wife one of its 10 Best Books of 2023.

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Unearthing a Time Capsule

Unearthing a Time Capsule

A time capsule, buried on November 14, 1998, to recognize Milton Academy’s bicentennial year, lay beneath the dirt near the Athletic and Convocation Center for the past 25 years. This month, Steve Zannino, Milton Academy’s associate director of grounds and event planning, and Geordie Dunnington, a member of the Physical Education Department faculty, who were there at its placement, brought it to the surface again. Students and faculty at the time enclosed letters and photos, VHS tapes, school publications, mix tapes, and more to commemorate Milton’s 200th year. Read more.

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Milton-Nobles Day

Milton-Nobles Day

We were thrilled to host Milton-Nobles Day back on Centre Street this fall! Celebrations kicked off with an exciting pep rally on Thursday, November 9, with the entire K–12 Milton community. Then, on Saturday, November 11, we welcomed alumni, families, and friends to...

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A Teacher First

A Teacher First

Alixe Callen ’88 can’t remember a time when she didn’t want to be a teacher. “Literally back to kindergarten, I knew that I would spend my life as an educator,” Callen said in an interview shortly after becoming Milton Academy’s 13th head of school. “As my life...

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Call for Class Notes

Call for Class Notes

Getting together with Milton friends over Thanksgiving week? We love to see Milton meetups! Reunion-year alum Jeff Marr ’04 returned to campus in October during Mustangs Care Month to speak to students about the importance of giving back. Class of 2004 classmates Josh...

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How to Succeed in Hollywood (While Really Trying)

How to Succeed in Hollywood (While Really Trying)

“It’s funny to say that a hashtag changed my life. But it’s true. A hashtag really did change my life,” says the Los Angeles-based screenwriter William Yu ’09. Yu made some waves in the Twitter world in 2016 when he launched an awareness campaign using the hashtag...

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New Role Announced for Upper School Principal Dr. Monica Benton Palmer in 2024-2025 Academic Year

Volunteer Opportunity: Affinity Space Co-Facilitators

Step forward and lead with us! Milton Academy alumni affinity spaces represent a mosaic of identities, including gender, ability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, nationality, and race, and we're seeking alumni volunteers to serve as co-facilitators to guide their...

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The Art and Science of Group Work

The Art and Science of Group Work

Group work. Its mere mention is enough to prompt dread in even the most dedicated students and anxiety dreams for those long out of school. Entire Buzzfeed posts are devoted to bemoaning group assignments, and memes regularly circulate about group members who take on...

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Boston Alumni and Parents Reception

Boston Alumni and Parents Reception

On the evening of October 12, we welcomed generous donors, alumni, and parents into the newly renovated Wigglesworth Hall, home of the William C. Cox Library. Trustee Yeng Butler '92 P '25 '33 captured the essence of the night, remarking that it was not just a...

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Milton Student Films Shine at All-American Festival

Milton Student Films Shine at All-American Festival

Milton film students traveled to New York City for the All-American High School Film Festival, where two students, Yevgeniya Regent ’24 and Luke Witkowski ’24, had films accepted and shown. Yevgeniya’s documentary, “Prayer of the Birds” made it to the Best of Fest showing and was nominated for Best International Film and Best Documentary. 

Yevgeniya has earned accolades at several festivals for “Prayer of the Birds,” winning Best Picture and the Audience Choice Award at the Williston Northampton Film Festival and Best Film About a Social Issue in the Student World Impact Film Festival. The documentary chronicles the experience of a young Ukrainian refugee—Yevgeniya’s sister—as she adjusts to life in a new country. Luke’s film, “Bloodshed,” won Best Editing at the Williston Northampton Film Festival.

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Milton Robotics Excels in First Tournament

Milton Robotics Excels in First Tournament

Milton’s Robotics Team dominated at its first tournament of the 2023–2024 season, with one of its four robots placing first overall and first in skills out of more than 30 competitors. The 17 Milton students who competed at Saturday’s Massachusetts STEM Week VEX Robotics Competition “showed amazing sportsmanship,” celebrating the success of their peers and excitedly planning for their next tournament in November, said Chris Hales, chair of the Computer Science Department and Robotics Team coach. Two Milton’s robots finished sixth and seventh on the skills list. 

Milton robot 1898A finished as tournament champion and skills champion, double-qualifying for the Southern New England Regional Championship and placing 58th on the world skills ranking.

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Milton Celebrates Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Milton Celebrates Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Milton’s K–12 community welcomed Larry Spotted Crow Mann, an Indigenous speaker, writer, artist, and advocate, for its all-school programming Tuesday in recognition of Indigenous People’s Day.

Mr. Mann, a member of the Nipmuc Tribe of Massachusetts, shared music, language, games, and storytelling with students, as well as some of the history of the people who have lived in the region since well before European settlers arrived. He told students the preservation of traditions and cultures—in the face of systematic oppression—is a testament to the endurance and resilience of Indigenous peoples, who have passed down stories and practices through generations.

“Everything starts with a story,” said Mr. Mann. “We have a language that did not disappear because our grandparents, and their grandparents, and so on, made sure that we still have our words.”

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Dr. Alixe Callen Officially Installed as Head of School

Dr. Alixe Callen Officially Installed as Head of School

The Board of Trustees on Friday officially installed Dr. Alixe Callen ’88 as Milton Academy’s 13th head of school. 

In a ceremony attended by the entire K–12 community, Board members, faculty and students from all three academic divisions celebrated Dr. Callen’s installation. In her remarks, Dr. Callen emphasized her belief in Milton and schools in general as powerful drivers of good in the world. Thirty-five years after her own graduation from Milton, she said, “I feel like I’ve come home.”

“I have known since I was a kindergartener, just like you here in the front row, that I would be a teacher and that I would spend my life in schools,” Dr. Callen said. “My belief in the power of community started here at Milton, and it’s been a theme in my life and my work ever since. I have long believed that the most important work of schools is to teach students to be active, contributing, inclusive members of their communities.”

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Nesto Gallery Features Artists Michael Alfano and Erik Koeppel

Nesto Gallery Features Artists Michael Alfano and Erik Koeppel

Outside of the Art and Media Center, Michael Alfano has installed five of his surrealist sculptures in his exhibition titled Mind Made Visible. Mr. Alfano states: “I am sculptor and clay, both shaping and being shaped.” These sculptures will be on display through June of 2024.

In the Nesto Gallery—on the lower level of the Art and Media Center—painter Eric Koeppel presents his show, Landscape Painting in the American Tradition. Mr. Koeppel states: “In the act of painting, I have sought to discover that highest knowledge of Beauty, poetic and philosophical, that has been the common thread between all of the great masters of Art.” This exhibit runs in the Gallery through November 2.

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Dining Services Expands Plant-Powered Offerings

Dining Services Expands Plant-Powered Offerings

Milton has begun offering more “plant-powered” meals in Forbes Dining Hall, thanks to the advocacy of the student Sustainability Board and in partnership with Aramark, the school’s Dining Services vendor.

Melanie Forney ’24, Gus Vogel ’25, and Juni Brewster ’25 worked for the past year to expand the dining hall’s plant-based offerings, said Linnea Engstrom, a Science Department faculty member and Milton’s sustainability coordinator. Historically, the dining hall has offered a plant-powered meal during Earth Week.

“Eating less meat has a large impact on the environment,” Engstrom said. “The livestock sector is one of the leading causes of deforestation and there are a large number of resources needed to raise meat, both through land use in growing crops for the livestock to eat and drinking water for them. There is also livestock waste, which can pollute water sources.”

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Full Circle

Full Circle

In 1971, Rod Skinner ’72 was among the Milton students who carried the school’s book collection from Straus Library across Centre Street to the brand-new William Coburn Cox Library. Recently, Skinner helped move the final few books back across the street as Cox...

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Save The Date for Reunion 2024

Save The Date for Reunion 2024

Calling all class years ending in 4 and 9! Mark your calendar. Connect with friends. Make your next Milton memory by joining us Friday, June 14–Saturday, June 15! Details and registration information to follow. In the meantime, check out your class page to connect...

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