October 2018

Shadow Your Student at Parents’ Weekend

Shadow Your Student at Parents’ Weekend

This three-day immersive experience is a unique opportunity to spend a day in your child’s shoes, meeting teachers and advisors, and getting to know the School and other parents at the same time.

The Parents’ Association will host an array of events. On Thursday evening, they host a dinner for the parents of Class IV students and a parents’ social for the parents of Class I and Class III students. On Friday afternoon, after classes are over, and after Head of School Todd Bland shares his thoughts about the upcoming year, the Parents’ Association welcomes all parents to a reception in the Robert Saltonstall Gymnasium.

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Thursday Schedule of Events

Thursday, October 18

6:30 p.m.

Class IV Dinner (Robert Saltonstall Gymnasium)

Class III Social (Wigg Hall)

Class I Social (Straus)

Friday Schedule of Events

Friday, October 19

7:45 a.m.

Class I (Schwarz Student Center)

Class II (Wigg Hall)

Class III (Kellner, Arts 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

4–5:30 p.m.
The Parents’ Association invites all parents to an on-campus wine and hors d’oeuvres reception. Join us between 4 and 5:30 p.m. to relax with other parents after a busy day of visiting classes. Please note this reception is for parents only.
(Robert Saltonstall Gymnasium)

5:30–6 p.m.
Informational meeting about Community Engagement trips: March break (New Orleans) and June (New Mexico)
(Cox Library)
For parents who are unable to attend the meeting on Saturday at 11:30 a.m.


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

4:15 p.m. 
JV B Girls’ Soccer vs. Milton High

4:30 p.m. 
3rd Boys’ Soccer vs. Beaver Country Day

4:45 p.m. 
JV B Boys’ Soccer vs. BU Academy

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 Schedule of Events

Saturday, October 20

8:15 a.m. 
Registration for parent/teacher conferences; coffee and refreshments available
(Wigg Hall)

8:30–9 a.m.
Class I parents: Presentation on senior projects
(Straus Library)

8:30–9:30 a.m. 
Class III parents and students: Optional presentation on semester programs—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

9–9:30 a.m.
Open college forum for Class I parents: An opportunity to ask questions about the college process
(Straus Library)

9–10 a.m. 
Session for Class IV parents and students; presentation by Glenn Hall, prevention specialist from Freedom from Chemical Dependency (FCD)
(Kellner, King Theatre)

10-10:30 a.m. 
New Berylson turf field dedication and ribbon cutting
(Berylson Field)

10:30–11:30 a.m. 
Performance by Class IV Jazz Combo (Kellner, Orchestra Room)

10:30–11:30 a.m. 
Class I parents: Financial aid overview: next steps for Class I parents (Straus)

Class II parents: Parenting in the college process (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)

Chinese Exchange (Ware Hall, Room 301)

11:30–12 p.m.
Informational meeting about Community Engagement trips: March break (New Orleans) and June (New Mexico)
(Wigg Hall)

11:30–2:30 p.m.
Parents’ Association Sports Hospitality: Parents and fans are invited for hot drinks and snacks while cheering on the Mustangs
(ACC Lobby)

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

6:30 p.m.
USPA Class II Dinner
(Robert Saltonstall Gymnasium)


11:15 a.m.
1st Field Hockey vs. Rivers

12 p.m.
1st Girls’ Soccer vs. Rivers
2nd Boys’ Soccer vs. Rivers
2nd Field Hockey vs. Rivers
2nd Girls’ Soccer vs. Rivers
2nd Volleyball vs. Rivers

12:30 p.m.
1st Volleyball vs. Rivers

1 p.m. 
1st Boys’ Cross Country vs. Governor’s
1st Boys’ Soccer vs. Rivers
2nd Boys’ Cross Country vs. Governor’s

1:30 p.m.
1st Girls’ Cross Country vs. Governor’s and Winsor
2nd Girls’ Cross Country vs. Governor’s and Winsor

2 p.m. 
1st Football vs. BB&N

Students Celebrate the Seasons in Class IV Follies

Students Celebrate the Seasons in Class IV Follies

This is the second year for the Class IV Follies, a revue of songs and scenes performed by Class IV students. The theme this fall is “The Four Seasons,” and the show will cycle through a year, beginning in spring. The performances range from acting to singing to instrumental music, says faculty member Eleza Kort, who is directing.

The new tradition began after years of discussion among performing arts faculty about how to best showcase the talents of an incoming—and largely unknown—class of freshmen.

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Addams Family Musical Promises A Creepy, Kooky Time

Visitors to King Theatre this fall may wonder about the hints of something spooky onstage: skulls, gothic décor and, wait… is that a torture rack?

The macabre pieces set the scene for the Addams Family Musical, one of three fall productions from the performing arts department. The musical comedy chronicles chaos visited upon the Addamses when daughter Wednesday brings a “normal” boyfriend home to meet the family. The show, which features the iconic, close-knit family and a Greek chorus of their undead ancestors, gives every actor a chance to shine.

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1212 Play, Antigone, is a Timeless Drama

This fall’s 1212 Play has student actors drawing upon millennia of theater history. Yet Sophocles’ Antigone, while centuries old, explores universal themes that remain relevant today, says director and performing arts faculty member Peter Parisi. Its depiction of the danger of authoritarian politics, blind loyalty, and division among families are as familiar in modern society as they were in ancient Thebes.

“Antigone challenges us to question where our responsibilities lie when the law requires something we know is wrong,” Peter says.

The 1212 play is a Milton tradition, offering an intimate theater experience, typically involving small casts, minimal technical demands, and often challenging material for the performers and the audience. Science department faculty member Gabrielle Hunt and Jocelyn Sabin (I) are assisting with the production. Andrew Willwerth (II), plays Creon, the king of Thebes, and said the play has challenged the cast with its dark themes and the characters’ complex motivations.

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CEPP Sponsors Two Spring Trips

CEPP Sponsors Two Spring Trips

Community Engagement Programs and Partnerships (CEPP) is sponsoring two trips next spring. During the first week of March break, participating students and faculty will head back to New Orleans to participate in the ongoing work of rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina. Then in June, the week after Graduation, participating students and faculty will travel to New Mexico to join alumna Claire Open ‘06 in her work with a Navajo community outside of Albuquerque. Parents can attend one of two informational meetings on Parents’ Weekend: Friday in Cox Library from 5:30–6 p.m. or Saturday in Wigg Hall from 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Any questions before the meeting (or if you cannot attend) can be sent to anne_kaufman@milton.edu or community_engagement@milton.edu.

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Girls’ Cross Country Team Is On Course

Girls’ Cross Country Team Is On Course

The girls’ cross country team is having a solid run this season. Starting off with a win against Lawrence Academy, the 28-member team are about even with their wins vs. losses. Ellie Mraz (III) is a standout this season, undefeated in all her races. Ellie says the highlight of her day is practicing after school with both the girls’ and boys’ teams.

“There is a great group of new freshman on both teams and it is amazing to see everyone get stronger as the weeks go by,” says Ellie. “The girls’ captains are doing a great job and bring so much fun and energy to the team. My personal goals for this year are to break the Milton XC girls course record of 19:36, to place in the top five in the ISL Championships, and to place in the top 12 in the New England Championships. I used to get extremely nervous before races, but this year I have made it my goal to stay calm and to just enjoy the sport. Running is challenging physically and also mentally.”

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From Penn Fellow to Milton Faculty: Meet Mark Heath

From Penn Fellow to Milton Faculty: Meet Mark Heath

A deep love of learning is why history and social sciences faculty member Mark Heath felt driven to lead in the classroom. And it’s why, two years after finishing his formal education, Mark still considers himself a student.

As an undergraduate student at Harvard from an upstate New York farm town, Mark felt exposed for the first time to the endless offerings of a liberal arts education.

“I found myself taking a bunch of random classes, because they were interesting to me, but not really knowing what to do with that, or how I could see it fitting into a career trajectory,” he says. “So, when I thought about all the classes I had taken, the volunteer experiences that I’d had, the internships that I had done, my most positive and transformative learning experiences happened in and around schools. Being able to try all of those things said a lot about what I value in schools.”

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Milton Faculty Members Launch Humanities Workshop

A single issue—examined across academic disciplines in classrooms around the Greater Boston area—is the launching point for the Humanities Workshop, founded by English department faculty members Alisa Braithwaite and Lisa Baker.

Beginning this fall, Milton students, as well as students at four public and private schools, will focus on questions about economic inequality in their humanities classes, culminating in a May exhibition at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute in Boston.

The Humanities Workshop will follow a single social issue throughout an entire academic year, with the goal of studying it through literature, history, language, philosophy and the arts. The idea sprung from “a desire to reassert the humanities in the age of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math education),” says Alisa.

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Parents’ Association News, October 2018

Welcome to Parents’ Weekend—Octobeer 18, 19 and 20! We hope you will take advantage of all that is offered. Attend classes with your child, meet one-on-one with teachers and advisors to discuss your child’s progress, and get to know other parents from your child’s class.

The Upper School Parents’ Association (USPA) hosts a number of events throughout the weekend especially for parents. We start off with a dinner or social for each class on Thursday evening. (Class II is on Saturday.) On Friday afternoon, from 4–5:30 p.m., join us for the ever-popular reception in RSG; there’s plenty of food and drink to help you unwind from your tough day of classes! On Saturday, from 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. in the ACC, there will be a USPA sports hospitality table serving hot drinks and cookies. Class II parents, your dinner is Saturday evening, to get you energized for the next day’s sessions—all you wanted to know about college but were afraid to ask!

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Student Green Initiatives

Student Green Initiatives

At the end of the month, LORAX, a student environmental group co-headed by Ariane DesRosiers (I), Jenn Chen (I) and Margot Bancroft (I), are hosting Gaia Night, where they will screen documentaries and serve vegan ice cream and other treats. Gaia is an interscholastic magazine run by the Independent School Sustainability Coalition (ISSC) of which Milton is a member.

Around 80 students and a few faculty members signed up for the Project Green Challenge, a competition organized by the nonprofit Turning Green. It’s open to high school and college students worldwide and runs for the month of October. Ariane is Milton’s campus representative and she explained that a new challenge is announced every day and participants have 24 hours to complete and submit to the Project Green website. Usually the challenge requires writing and/or relies on photo evidence that the participant completed the task. There’s different levels to the challenges earning different number of points.

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Just for Fun

Getting It Right On the First Try

Jim Kernohan’s Advanced Physics students place rings where a ball can fly through each one. Watch the replay in slo-mo.

Live Webcast

Jazz in Kellner

Milton Academy’s jazz program hosts A Celebration of South African Jazz this Thursday, October 18, beginning at 7:45 p.m. in King Theatre. Led by music faculty member, Bob Sinicrope, Milton’s Advanced Jazz students will perform a musical tribute to Nelson Mandela, honoring the 100th anniversary of his birth.
Watch the webcast.

Featured Photos

Practicing What They Teach
Faculty Exhibit: Practice What You Teach

Faculty members put their work on display for the first exhibit of the year, Practice What You Teach. The show, which runs through November 16 in Kellner’s Arts Commons, features the work of Milton Academy visual arts faculty members, Nicole Darling, Shane Fuller, Jennifer Hughes, Martin McDermott, Scott Nobles, Larry Pollans, Molly Swain and Ian Torney. View these photos from the opening reception.

Drawn to Change
Nesto Exhibit: Mags Harries
Have a seat and enjoy the (slide) show. In case you can’t make it to campus to see the latest exhibit by Mags Harries in Milton’s Nesto Gallery, enjoy these photos from the show. Drawn to Change runs in the Gallery through November 2.

milton-fund The Milton Fund directly impacts the lives of Milton’s students and faculty by providing the funds needed to address the changing needs of our School in real time. A successful Milton Fund ensures that Milton will continue to thrive today and in the future. Are you ready to join your community and show your support? Make a tax-deductible donation online at https://www.milton.edu/donate or mail a check to: Milton Academy Office of Development & Alumni Relations 170 Centre Street Milton, MA 02186 Interested in volunteering for the Milton Fund? Please contact Alana McGrath, Annual Giving Officer, at Alana_mcgrath@milton.edu or 617-898-2267.


Campus Transformations Reception

Want to learn more about the transformational changes ahead for Milton’s campus? Join Upper School Principal David Ball ’88 and Chief Operating and Financial Officer Heidi Vanderbilt Brown to discover how Milton’s campus is changing to meet modern learning needs. RSVP here: Campus Transformations Reception. Campus Transformations Reception Tuesday, October 30, 6:30–8:30 p.m. Wigglesworth Hall 170 Centre Street, Milton

From the Archives

Milton Students Learn How China’s Economic Future Could Shape Their Lives

Milton Students Learn How China’s Economic Future Could Shape Their Lives

As China grows in economic power, an understanding of history provides context for the cultural, environmental and trade shifts ahead for the world, said Michael A. Szonyi, this year’s Hong Kong Distinguished Lecturer.

Professor Szonyi is the director of the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies and professor of Chinese studies at Harvard University. During his visit to Milton, he described the global reach of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), China’s massive trade plan, as the “largest infrastructure project in human history, by a factor of many.”

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At Convocation, Milton Students Hear the Challenge: Dare to be a Hero

At Convocation, Milton Students Hear the Challenge: Dare to be a Hero

Every person has the capacity to be heroic, in big or small ways, Upper School Principal David Ball told Milton students during Convocation, a formal School tradition marking the beginning of each academic year.

Recalling acts of heroism by people in wartime and during the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, as well as by those who quietly committed to helping the poor and fighting injustice, Mr. Ball said that kindness, compassion and dedication are the keys to taking action when and where we are most needed.

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Milton Magazine, Fall 2018


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.

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