August 2018

Those First Few Days: Opening of School Overview

Those First Few Days: Opening of School Overview

Milton’s programming for new students and parents begins on Tuesday, September 4. Opening of school activities are designed to help families start to form an understanding of the community we strive to build, the many people who make up our community, the partnerships and the individual contributions we all make to help form this dynamic learning environment. We know that while new students are surrounded by welcoming faces, they are making their way over unfamiliar terrain.

Our programs in the opening days are geared toward helping everyone get acclimated—to feel confident about who and where they are. These programs are designed by in-house experts—our own faculty and students—who know what being new to Milton feels like and what experiences will be helpful in those first few days. Each person at our School contributes to the Milton environment in big and small ways every day.

For the opening of school schedule, visit the opening of school calendar. Links to your child’s opening of school schedule will also be posted in your myMilton account.

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At the Opening of School, Where Can I…

…find the opening of school schedule?
…get my class schedule?
…pass in my health forms?
…buy my textbooks?
…find information about banking?
…get my student identification card?
…get my bus identification?

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What is an Advisor 2018

What is an Advisor 2018

An advisor helps oversee and guide your child’s overall experience at Milton. They are a faculty or staff member, and the main communication link between you and the School on matters that relate to your child. Each advisor typically advises six to eight students and many students often have the same advisor throughout their Upper School experience.

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What’s Happening on Campus?

From the Opening of School Carnival to athletics; from School productions to our student-led Beatnik Café open-mic night, there is always something happening on campus. You can connect with goings on across campus—formal and informal. See what students and faculty are doing in several easy ways.

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New Faculty in 2018

Ashley Addington will be the winds and percussion instructor in the music department. Ashley has given flute, piccolo and recorder lessons at Milton since 2009 and has worked with the Middle School as a winds coach. Ashley received her bachelor’s degree in music, music education and performance certificate, as well as her master’s degree in music, flute performance, from the University of Texas at Austin. She gives private studio lessons and has taught at the Tufts University Community Music Program, Indian Hill Music of Littleton, Massachusetts, and the Nashua Community Music School; and she has held positions at Bunker Hill Community College, Shady Hill School and the Longhorn Music Camp, among others. Ashley has performed with numerous orchestras and ensembles, including the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of Indian Hill and the New England Philharmonic.

Adetutu Ajibose joins the Health and Counseling Center staff as a counseling intern. Adetute is a Psy.D. candidate in clinical psychology at William James College, where she also earned her master’s degree in psychology. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the City College of New York-York College. Adetutu worked as a therapist and clinician at Arbour Fuller Hospital and completed a school psychology practicum at Natick Elementary School. Volunteer and service work opportunities brought Adetutu to Haiti and Kenya to participate in community development and research programs, and she has also worked as a foster care case planner in Brooklyn, New York. Adetutu’s concentrations are in children and families of adversity and resilience (CFAR) and African and Caribbean mental health.

Daphne Bissette will teach in the classics department as a sabbatical replacement for Sarah Wehle. Daphne earned her master’s degree at the University of Massachusetts, Boston and a post-baccalaureate certificate in classics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received her bachelor’s degree from Belmont Abbey College. Daphne previously taught at Trinity Academy of Raleigh, North Carolina, and as a substitute teacher at Boston Latin Academy. She has also worked as a tutor for students in grades 2 through 12, and for adult English-language learners.

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Welcome to the Parents’ Association

Welcome to the 2018–2019 school year and to the Parents’ Association! We are a self-sustaining organization dedicated to building community and fostering communication, and we hold several events for students and parents throughout the year. As an Upper School parent, you are automatically a member of the Upper School Parents’ Association (USPA), and welcome to attend our meetings, either in person or via dial-in. The meetings are a great way to learn about the school and get to know other parents. They feature a guest speaker from the faculty or administration, followed by discussion of USPA current events planning. Meetings will be held in the development office conference room on the second floor of the Caroline Saltonstall Building, at 7 p.m., on the following dates: Tuesdays, September 18, November 13, January 8, February 5, April 2, and May 21. New this year, we will hold two morning meetings, Mondays, October 15 and March 4.

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Social Media Resource for Parents

Social Media Resource for Parents

Milton Academy is continuing its partnership with The Social Institute for the 2018-2019 school year. This partnership provides parents with free access to the Social Locker Room, a real-time digital resource that helps parents empower kids around social media and technology.

Inside the Social Locker Room, parents can find:

  • Breakdowns and strong privacy settings for popular social media platforms
  • Conversation guides for real life social media scenarios that kids face daily
  • Examples of how role models use social media and technology positively

Milton has invested in providing parents a free membership to the Social Locker Room for the 2018–2019 school year. We ask that you please not share the discount code with anyone outside of the School community.

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Milton Students Serve and Explore in New Mexico

Milton Students Serve and Explore in New Mexico

Twenty-one Upper School students traveled to New Mexico with the Community Engagement Program this summer, where they visited Navajo Nation and participated in service projects including working at a local food bank and doing repair work at their host mission, as well...

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Volunteer for the Community Engagement Program

The Community Engagement Program depends on volunteer drivers to get students to and from their weekly commitments at off-campus partner sites. Parents have been a tremendous help in making volunteer work possible for more than 250 dedicated students each year.

Partner sites include area public elementary schools, day care centers, elder centers, residences for the disabled, and the local animal shelter. Over the years, drivers have enjoyed getting to know students, as they share enriching or thought-provoking anecdotes of each week’s volunteer engagements. Some have made it an opportunity to spend time with their own children and their friends, while others have joined in the regular site activities.

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Would You Like to Be a Host Family?

Would You Like to Be a Host Family?

Milton’s Host Family Program helps new boarding students transition to campus life by providing a “home away from home,” and offering additional connection and support. While the program is particularly helpful to international students, it also serves students coming to Milton from other parts of the United States. Milton’s host families, often the family of a day student or nearby boarding student, help make that transition, especially in the initial years, easier.

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Bus Details 2018-2019

Bus Details 2018-2019

The Academy has contracted with Local Motion to meet our day student transportation needs for grades 6 through 12. There will be four routes offered – NEWTON ROUTE (Chestnut Hill/Newton/Brookline), WELLESLEY ROUTE (Wellesley/Needham), DOVER ROUTE (South Natick/Dover/ Needham/Dedham), CAMBRIDGE ROUTE (Boston/Cambridge). Download the bus schedule. Please note that there are six days during the school year that the bus runs on an alternative schedule in order to accommodate opening of school activities and delayed start in the Upper School.

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Performing Arts for Class IV Students

classIV-folliesClass IV Follies: The Four Seasons
Milton Academy performing arts opens its season with the Class IV Follies, an exciting original show compiling Broadway showtunes, scenes from plays and live music. Each year, the performing arts department picks a new theme and creates the show for actors who sign up. This year’s theme is The Four Seasons. Any Class IV students who want to act, sing, dance, play music, or any combination of it all are welcome to join us. No experience is necessary and all interested students will be accepted. Interested students should plan to attend our meetings during the opening of school. Download the flyer.

Speech & Debate
Class IV students interested in learning about Milton’s legendary and award winning speech and debate team are invited to the first meeting of the year on Wednesday, September 5, at 10:30 a.m. in King Theatre. Workshops will also be held on Thursday, September 6, and Friday, September 7, at 10:30 a.m. Download the flyer. If you have any questions, email or

Parent and Alumni Receptions

Build and deepen your connections to the Milton community at our upcoming parent and alumni receptions. Learn more or register by visiting Want to get a glimpse of past events? Visit our photo gallery.

Thursday, September 20, 6:30-9 p.m.
InterContinental Hotel
510 Atlantic Avenue, Boston

New York City
Wednesday, November 7, 6:30-9 p.m.
The Links Club
36 E. 62nd Street, New York City
Special thanks to host John Fitzgibbons ’87

Washington, D.C. 
Thursday, November 29, 6:30-9 p.m.
DBGB Kitchen & Bar D.C.
931 H St NW, Washington, D.C.

Parents’ FAQ

Does my child need to bring a personal computer to school? What should my child pack to bring to school? When can I expect to see grades and comments? How can I find out about weekend events? Click here to find answers to these and other frequently asked questions.

Get into the Game


For the fans
Follow @ma_athletics on Twitter

For the players
Tryouts for varsity field hockey, soccer and volleyball begin on Monday, September 3. All those wishing to participate in football must also arrive on Monday, September 3. For athletes wishing to participate in any level of cross country, practices begin on Wednesday, September 5. To view the full tryout schedule, visit the opening of school calendar. To view the fall season schedules and team information, visit our team pages linked below.

Boys’ Cross Country
Girls’ Cross Country
Field Hockey
Boys’ Soccer
Girls’ Soccer

Featured Video

Visual Arts @ Milton

Listen to Department Chair Ian Torney talk about the visual arts program.

Featured Photos

Performing Arts at Milton

Performing arts auditions for the fall play, the 1212 Play and the Class IV play; technical crew training; and speech and debate practices begin on Wednesday, September 5. To view the audition dates and times, visit the opening of school calendar. Use the links below to enjoy photos from some of last year’s performances.

Class IV Play: Class IV Follies, The Tree of Life
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Fall Play: Romeo & Juliet
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1212 Play: Wicked Sketchy
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Winter Play: Clybourne Park
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Dance Concert
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Spring Play: Shrek The Musical
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1212 Play: Circle Mirror Transformation
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Become a Volunteer

The Milton Fund directly impacts the lives of Milton’s students and faculty by providing the funds needed to make Milton exceptional—from field trips and classroom resources to professional development opportunities.  A successful Milton Fund ensures that Milton will continue to thrive today and in the future. Interested in becoming a parent volunteer with the Milton Fund? Please contact Alana McGrath, Annual Giving Officer, at or 617-898-2267.

Communication: Connecting You With What You’d Like to Know

You may wonder when you’ll hear from Milton: How often? About what? How? And why? We are eager to support our Milton parents and help you understand and follow the exciting life of the School. To do that, we combine regular messages from people at Milton with the rich resources at

Read about a few communication points that you can expect.

From the Archives

The Headmaster umpires baseball outside the first dormitory, Robbins House, in 1889.

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


Jennifer Anderson
Greg White
Liz Matson
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