August 2019

The First Few Days

The First Few Days

Our opening of school programs are geared toward helping everyone get acclimated—to feel confident about who and where they are. During the opening of school, all students—new and returning, boarding and day—will engage with each other, faculty and staff. Each person at our School contributes to the Milton environment in big and small ways every day.

Programs for new Upper School students are planned with careful consideration of what being new to Milton feels like and what experiences will be helpful in the first few days.

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During the First Few Days of School, Where Can I…

…find the schedule of the first few days?

The deans’ office has created an online calendar listing events specific to the first few days of school. This calendar displays all events and allows you to filter the information to only the events you need to see. View this calendar of the first few days of school. Your child’s schedule will also be available on your myMilton page.

…get my class schedule?

Class schedules can be accessed from your child’s myMilton portal in late August, pending completion of all required forms. If your child is unable to view or print their schedule from myMilton during registration, please contact the Registrar’s Office at 617-898-2572.

…submit my health forms?

Upper School students will not receive their schedules until all health forms are submitted and approved. All health forms must be submitted to your Magnus Health account, as the School no longer accepts paper forms. If you have not yet submitted your child’s health forms, you should have received an email reminder. If you require assistance with accessing your Magnus Health account, please email the health center at

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What is an Advisor?

What is an Advisor?

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 dances 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.

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New Faculty in 2019

Lu Adami joins the visual arts department as a teaching fellow in the University of Pennsylvania Resident Masters in Teaching program. Lu graduated from Brown University with a bachelor’s degree in visual arts and spent the summer of 2018 as an intern at the Taft School, where they taught two classes, one in video production and one in studio art. Lu has experience as a gallery assistant and served on Brown’s Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan Committee.

Shirin Adhami joins the visual arts department as a faculty member and director of the Nesto Gallery. Shirin received her bachelor’s degree from Amherst College, where she majored in fine arts and religion, and did her thesis work in art history and Islamic art. She did her postgraduate/baccalaureate work at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and received her master of fine arts from the Rhode Island School of Design. Shirin has worked as a photographer for Netflix/Errol Morris and a photography instructor at Brown, the University of Massachusetts, RISD, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, and as an art teacher at MET Charter High School. Her artwork has appeared in exhibitions across the United States and Europe.

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Welcome to the Parents’ Association

Welcome to the 2019–2020 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, October 15, November 19, January 14 and May 19. We will also hold two morning meetings in Straus Library, Mondays, September 23 and April 13, at 8 a.m.

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Volunteer for the Community Engagement Program

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, and residences for the disabled. 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?

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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Does Your Child Plan to Ride the Bus?

Does Your Child Plan to Ride the Bus?

The Academy has contracted with Local Motion to meet our day student transportation needs for grades 6 through 12. There are 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 for additional details. Please note that there are three days during the school year that the bus runs on an alternative schedule in order to accommodate opening of school activities.

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Performing Arts Fall Auditions

Fall-audition-flyer-19Fall Plays for Classes III, II and I
The performing arts department presents two comedy productions this fall, including Tom Stoppard’s Rosencratz & Gildenstern Are Dead and Jocelyn Bioh’s School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play. Any Class III, II or I student interested in auditioning should attend one of the two audition times scheduled on Tuesday, September 3, at 8:30 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. Meet in the lobby of the Kellner Performing Arts Center. No experience is necessary. Callbacks will be on Wednesday, September 4, at 8 a.m. Download the audition flyer.

Class IV Follies: The Mask
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 Mask. Any Class IV students who want to act, sing, dance, play music, or any combination of it all are welcome to join the first meeting on Wednesday, September 4, at 3:45 p.m. in King Theatre. No experience is necessary and all interested students will be accepted. Download the flyer.

Speech & Debate
Students interested in learning about Milton’s legendary and award-winning speech and debate team are invited to the first week workshops and practices. View the calendar for details. If you have any questions, email or

Fall Tech Crew
All students—Classes I, II, III and IV—are welcome to join the fall tech crew. Interested students should come to the meetings in the Theatre Shop of the Kellner Performing Arts Center Wednesday–Friday, September 4–6, at 3:15 p.m. No experience is necessary. If you have questions, email

Important Calendar Information

Please note two important elements of the 2019–2020 academic year calendar, both of which represent departures from previous years.

Thanksgiving Break
As indicated on the calendar posted in March, Thanksgiving break will begin at 3 p.m. on November 22, the Friday before Thanksgiving. Houses will close at 11 p.m. that evening. International students departing by plane before 8 a.m. the following morning may make arrangements through their respective house heads to remain on campus Friday night. Classes will resume Monday, December 2. Boarding students must return to campus by 7 p.m. on Sunday, December 1.

As detailed in the July 16 email you received from the Upper School deans, exams—which historically have occurred at the end of January—will take place on December 11–18, 2019. All students must remain on campus until December 19 at 12 p.m. Winter break, as announced in March, runs from Thursday, December 19, at 12 p.m. to Sunday, January 5. Boarding students must return to campus by 7 p.m. on Sunday.

The School will not grant excused absences for holiday travel arrangements except in exceptional circumstances, and we ask that families plan accordingly.

Parent and Alumni Receptions

Our parent and alumni receptions are a great way to hear more about Milton and connect with others in our community. Below are just a few of our upcoming events. More dates will be added soon. To R.S.V.P. or learn more, visit

Sunday, October 13
*Please note this is a change from the originally published date.*
6:30–9 p.m.
JW Marriott Seoul

Hong Kong
Wednesday, October 16
6–9 p.m.
The China Club
Hosted by Trustee Kevin Yip ’83 P’16

Saturday, October 19
6:30–9 p.m.
St. Regis Hotel, The Bespoke, Level 2
Hosted by Trustee Yunli Lou ’87

Thursday, November 7
6:30–9 p.m.
Cinquecento Roman Trattoria

New York City
Thursday, November 14
6:30–9 p.m.
The Union Club of the City of New York
Hosted by Trustee Jason ’97 and Mary Dillow

Answers to Your FAQs

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? Find answers to these and other frequently asked questions.

Get into the Game


For the fans
Follow @ma_athletics on Twitter

For the players
Football (all levels) and tryouts for varsity level field hockey, soccer, and volleyball begin on Monday, September 2, from 3–6 p.m. Students wishing to participate in any level of cross country should note that practices begin on Tuesday, September 3, at 3 p.m. Third team and junior varsity athletic practices begin at 3:15 p.m. on Wednesday, September 4. 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 Photos

Performing Arts at Milton

Performing arts auditions for the fall play and the 1212 Play begin on Tuesday, September 3. Download the audition flyer. Students interested in the Class IV play and technical crew do not need to audition. First meetings will be on Wednesday, September 4. Visit the opening of school calendar for details. Use the links below to enjoy photos from some of last year’s performances.

Class IV Follies: The Four Seasons
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1212 Play: Antigone
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Winter Dance Concert
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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
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Fall Musical: The Addams Family
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Winter Play: The Children’s Hour
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1212 Play: Wicked Sketchy
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A gift to the Milton Fund is a gift to Dare: The Campaign for Milton, which directly impacts the lives of Milton’s students and faculty. Providing the resources to address the changing needs of our School in real time, the Milton Fund ensures that Milton will continue to thrive today and into the future.

Interested in volunteering for 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.

Featured Videos

Best of Class IV Talks

At the end of the academic year, Class IV students voted to hear their favorite speeches at the annual “Best of Class IV Talks” event hosted in Wigg Hall. In case you missed them, here are the six chosen talks.

Jack Burton

Tyler Tjan
Karol Querido
Michelle Chen
Wyatt Harrington

Lauren McLaughlin

From the Archives

The Orchestra in 1900. Headmaster Apthorp, who played the cello, believed strongly in the importance of music in the students’ education. 

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
Marisa Donelan
Esten Perez
Sarah Abrams