Welcome to Parents’ Weekend 2019!

parents-weekend2019We hope you will join us on October 24, 25 and 26. Activities include assemblies and classes with your child, meetings with teachers and advisors, various presentations and information sessions around campus, sporting events, and performances.

The Upper School Parents’ Association (USPA) also hosts events throughout the weekend. Please find details and timing of all scheduled activities below. We look forward to seeing you on campus!

Thursday, October 24

6:30 p.m.

Class I parent reception (Straus Library)

Class II parent dinner (Robert Saltonstall Gymnasium)

Class III parent reception (Wigg Hall)

Class IV parent dinner (Caroline Saltonstall Gymnasium)

Friday, October 25

7:45 a.m. 

Class I (Schwarz Student Center)
Class II (Wigg Hall)
Class III (Kellner Performing Arts Center, Arts Commons)
Class IV (Robert Saltonstall Gymnasium)

8–8:15 a.m. 
Morning assembly

Class I (Schwarz Student Center)
Class II (Wigg Hall)
Class III (Kellner Performing Arts Center, King Theatre)
Class IV (Robert Saltonstall Gymnasium)

8:20–2:55 p.m. 
Classroom 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 a.m.–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.
Opportunities to meet with individual teachers

4–5:30 p.m.
The Parents’ Association reception. Please note that this reception is for parents only. (Straus Library)

5:30–6 p.m.
Community Engagement trips: Puerto Rico (March break) travel logistics; New Mexico (June) informational (Cox LibraryFor parents who are unable to attend the meeting on Saturday at 11:30 a.m.

7:30 p.m.
Class IV Follies (King Theatre)


3:15 p.m.: 3rd field hockey vs. Milton High
4 p.m.:
 2nd field hockey vs. Winsor School
4 p.m.: 2nd (B) boys’ soccer vs. Milton High
4:30 p.m.: 3rd boys’ soccer vs. Boston University Academy

Advisors and teachers will be available for conferences throughout the day on Friday and Saturday morning. The Academic Skills Center will be open to parents on Friday from 1–3 p.m.

Saturday, October 26

88:30 a.m.
International family gathering (Straus Library, Trustees Room)

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 and 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 Performing Arts Center, King Theatre)

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

10:30–11:30 a.m.

Class I parents: Financial aid overview; next steps for Class I parents (Straus Library)

Class II parents: Parenting in the college process (Kellner Performing Arts Center, King Theatre)

Class III parents: Presentations on exchange programs and School Year Abroad

French Exchange (Ware Hall, Room 300)
Spanish Exchange (Ware Hall, Room 309)
School Year Abroad (Ware Hall, Room 304)
Chinese Exchange (Ware Hall, Room 312)

11:30 a.m.–12 p.m.
Community Engagement trips: Puerto Rico (March break) travel logistics; New Mexico (June) informational (Wigg Hall)

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

3-5 p.m.
Parents’ Association sports hospitality: Parents and fans are invited for hot drinks and snacks while cheering on the Mustangs (Athletic and Convocation Center lobby)


3 p.m.: 2nd girls’ soccer vs. Winsor
3 p.m.:
 2nd girls’ cross country vs. Brooks School/Tabor Academy
3 p.m.: 1st football vs. Belmont Hill School
3:15 p.m.: 1st volleyball vs. The Governor’s Academy
3:15 p.m.: 2nd Volleyball vs. The Governor’s Academy
3:30 p.m.: 2nd boys’ cross country vs. Belmont Hill School/Brooks School/Tabor Academy
3:30 p.m.: 1st boys’ soccer vs. Belmont Hill School
3:30 p.m.: 2nd boys’ soccer vs. Belmont Hill School
3:30 p.m.: 1st girls’ soccer vs. Worcester Academy
4 p.m.: 1st girls’ cross country vs. Brooks School/Tabor Academy
4 p.m.: 1st field hockey vs. Holderness School
4:30 p.m.: 1st boys’ cross country vs. Belmont Hill School/Brooks School/Tabor Academy

“Class IV Follies” Explores the Masks We Wear

“Class IV Follies” Explores the Masks We Wear

This year’s Class IV Follies, a revue highlighting the performing arts talents of the Class of 2023, follows the theme of masks, director and performing arts faculty member Eleza Kort says.

The production, which opens on Thursday night of Parents’ Weekend, features pieces related to the masks people wear and the six universal facial expressions: happiness, sadness, fear, disgust, anger, and surprise.

The performing arts department shifted its fall production schedule this year so a limited run of the Class IV Follies is scheduled for Parents’ Weekend. The show runs Thursday, October 24, and Friday, October 25, with both performances at 7:30 p.m. in King Theatre.

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A Q&A with New Academic Dean Heather Sugrue

A Q&A with New Academic Dean Heather Sugrue

Heather Sugrue, who this summer became the new Upper School academic dean, has witnessed two decades of Milton Academy as a math teacher, house head, and most recently, math department chair. She replaces Jackie Bonenfant, whose role has transitioned to dean of academic initiatives. In a recent interview, Heather discussed the joy of teaching math, her excitement for her new position, and what makes Milton students so special.

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Impressive Season for Varsity Football

Impressive Season for Varsity Football

An exciting win (20-14) in overtime against Governor’s Academy continued varsity football’s undefeated season (5-0). Last Saturday, wide receiver and defense back Mitchell Gosner ‘20 blocked a field goal to tie up the game and then scored the winning touchdown, catching a stellar throw from quarterback Jake Willcox ‘20.

Before the game, Head Coach Kevin MacDonald anticipated that this would be the most challenging game of the season so far. “We are a pretty well-rounded team. Usually a high school team will have at least one glaring weakness. But, we are playing other teams that are also well-rounded and loaded with talent.”

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Faculty Profile, Rachel Pedersen

Faculty Profile, Rachel Pedersen

Science faculty member Rachel Pedersen’s love of physics goes back to her time spent at a small boarding school in Delaware. Raised an atheist, Rachel initially found her school’s mandatory chapel program perplexing.

“There was this sense of belief that I was so confused by,” says Rachel. “I tried to unpack it as an angsty sophomore. One of my religious studies assignments was to write a chapel talk and I just went into this philosophical tailspin. Then I took my first physics class as a junior and I saw it as this incredible path toward wisdom. I finally had this organized way of inquiring about the nature of reality and I appreciated that very deeply. I carried that through my senior year into college.”

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Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Take Center Stage

Two minor characters from one of the most well-known tragedies in theater history take the comedy spotlight in this year’s fall play, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. The 1966 Tom Stoppard play follows the story of the title characters, messengers from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, who are bewildered by the events around them.

“The entire play is from their point of view, and tries to explain who they are, but they don’t even know,” says performing arts faculty member Darlene Anastas, who is directing the show. “They don’t get their names straight. They know they’ve been sent for, but they don’t know why. You ponder life and death with the characters, but it’s really very funny.” 

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“School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play” is This Fall’s 1212 Play

“School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play” is This Fall’s 1212 Play

This fall’s 1212 play, School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play, is a comedy that tackles issues of colorism, colonialism, beauty standards, and the social hierarchy among teenage girls. 

“Our play immerses the audience into the world of black girls, something that never happens,” says Nyla Sams ’20. “It also tackles societal problems that are, for the most part, ignored by everyone other than the group they affect. It is so exciting to bring this conversation to Milton, and on top of all that, it’s a fun play.”

Nyla plays Paulina, the “queen bee” of the exclusive Aburi Girls Boarding School in Ghana. Paulina’s dominance among her peers starts to crumble upon the arrival of Ericka—played by Katie Cabrera ’21—who transfers to the school from America during senior year. Ericka receives attention for her lighter skin, and the story highlights the imbalance and unfairness of beauty standards that often center white, Western features—even among people of color. The play, written by Jocelyn Bioh, takes a comic approach to the differences and similarities faced by girls around the world. 

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Learn More About Language Exchange Programs

Learn More About Language Exchange Programs

Parents of Class III students have the opportunity to learn more about the exchange programs offered through Milton’s modern languages department on Saturday of Parents’ Weekend. These immersive programs allow students to grow in their language skills while appreciating the culture and daily life of another country. 

On Saturday, October 26, from 10:30–11:30 a.m., Class III parents can attend sessions in Ware Hall about the French exchange (Room 300), the Spanish exchange (Room 309), the Chinese exchange (Room 312), and School Year Abroad (Room 304). The three exchange programs all include visits by students from partner schools—Milton boarding students find local families to host. School Year Abroad is a full-year study abroad program administered by an accredited outside network.  

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Sharing Service in Milton, Greater Boston

All class III and IV students fanned out across Milton and Greater Boston for Community Engagement Day on Wednesday, October 16. Students participated in outdoor clean-ups, helped at the Greater Boston Food Bank, visited with senior citizens, volunteered at an animal shelter, and helped in Boston Public School classrooms, among other activities.

“Our students did a whole range of work, from elder care to farm work to outdoor clean-up tasks, including at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton and the Neponset River watershed,” says Andrea Geyling-Moore, director of Community Engagement Programs and Partnerships (CEPP). “They went out in their advisories, and it’s a nice bonding activity for these groups.”

Also this month, weekly service through CEPP began, with more than 200 students participating in weekly commitments at different sites throughout Greater Boston. The student Community Engagement board is planning several activities for the rest of the semester, including a Halloween candy collection drive—candy will be donated to veterans—a hunger awareness day in the Upper School’s dining hall, and a holiday toy drive to benefit local children in need.

Plans are underway for a spring break trip to Puerto Rico, where students will participate in a variety of service activities, including joining efforts to rebuild after damage from 2017’s Hurricane Maria. Students will be required to apply to participate in the trip.

For more information about CEPP programs, contact community_engagement@milton.edu.

Parents’ Association News, October 2019

USPA events are made possible by your generous contributions of time, funding and gifts. Thank you! If you’re interested in helping, there are many opportunities to do so. Please connect with a volunteer at one of the events, attend a meeting, or see our web page for more information.

Upcoming events (all are welcome):

Thursday, November 7, 8–9:30 a.m.
Presentation on “Vaping, Nicotine, and Marijuana—What parents need to know” by guest speaker Dr. Liz Booma, chief of child and adolescent psychiatry at Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Sponsored by the Middle School Parents’ Association — Straus Library

Monday, November 11, 8–9 a.m.
Coffee social and Q&A with Rod Skinner, director of college counseling — Straus Library

Friday, December 13, 8 p.m.
Refreshments following the Winter Choral and Orchestral Concert (begins at 7 p.m.) — King Theatre

Upcoming USPA meetings (all are welcome):

Tuesday, November 19, 7–9 p.m.
Guest speakers Gregg Reilly (math department chair) and Julie Seplaki (science department chair) — CSG Conference Room

Tuesday, January 14, 7–9 p.m.
Guest speakers Kelli Edwards (performing arts department chair) and Bob Sinicrope (music department faculty) — CSG Conference Room

Upcoming PIN (Parents’ Independent School Network) meeting:

Friday, November 15, 2019 at Boston University Academy
Coffee at 9 a.m., meeting at 9:30 a.m.
Speaker: Craig Ross on Bystander Training
PIN meetings are open to all parents of member schools. For more information on PIN and access to their website, go to the “Parents” tab and then to “Parents’ Association” on the Milton website.


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Just for Fun

The Hub of Our School

The Stu is central to student activity during a Milton school day. Watch this 360-degree video of 10 a.m. recess to see if you can find your student among the bustle.

Featured Video

Jazz in Kellner

Milton’s musicians rehearse Paul Desmond’s Take Five in Bob Sinicrope’s Kellner classroom to prepare for October’s jazz concert. Watch a webcast of the concert in its entirety.

Featured Photos

Milton Makes/Milton Creates

Through November 15, Kellner’s Arts Commons is home to an exhibit comprised of work—ranging from paintings, sculptures, and photography to furniture, quilts, and music—created by Milton’s faculty and staff. Milton Makes/Milton Creates stretches beyond the art of visual arts department faculty to showcase the talents and creativity of faculty and staff from all departments across Milton’s campus. View photos of pieces on display.

Paintings Now and Then

Nesto Gallery Director Shirin Adhami hangs the work of artist Pamela Tarbell for the the Nesto Gallery’s first exhibit of the year, Paintings Now and Then. If you are on campus for Parents’ Weekend, be sure to stop by the Nesto located on the lower level of the Art and Media Center to visit the show. For those unable to make it to campus, view these photos of the exhibition.


Month of Gratitude

During November, Milton celebrates a Month of Gratitude. Make your gift to the Milton Fund by Tuesday, December 3, to participate in the Month of Gratitude giving challenge. If 175 parents make a gift during the Month of Gratitude, the Milton Fund will receive an additional $10,000 from a generous parent donor.

Milton-Nobles Day

Saturday, November 9

Are you planning to be on campus Saturday, November 9, as Milton takes on Nobles in a day of athletic competition? If so, stop by Milton’s hospitality center in the ACC from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for snacks and Milton cheer gear. For a full lineup of games, visit our athletics calendar. See you there!

Parent and Alumni Receptions

Thanks to the many parents who joined Head of School Todd Bland at receptions in Hong Kong, Seoul, and Shanghai. Below are just a few of our upcoming events. To R.S.V.P. or learn more, visit www.milton.edu/events.

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

Milton Magazine, Fall 2019


“Forever, is composed of Nows,” wrote Emily Dickinson more than a century and a half ago—a message that resonates today more than ever. Modern life—with its overwhelming demands and distractions—makes it increasingly difficult to pause and reflect upon our lives. In this issue, Milton alumni share their stories about the power of living in the Now—of staying present to more fully assess our lives and relationships. We also feature a story about making student mental health a priority, and hear from our faculty about the importance of taking the time to listen and stay connected to ourselves.

Visit miltonmagazine.org to read more.

Homepage News

Learning About Local Environmental Justice Work

Learning About Local Environmental Justice Work

Poor air quality, asbestos dumping, and lack of green spaces are just a few of the environmental issues that residents in lower-income city neighborhoods face on a daily basis. Twenty-two students from the Activism for Justice in a Digital World class and two sections of Science in the Modern Age went on the Toxic Tour of Dudley Square in the Boston neighborhood of Roxbury to learn about environmental justice initiatives.

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Collaboration at Play: Student Musicians Visit Grammy-Nominated A Far Cry

Collaboration at Play: Student Musicians Visit Grammy-Nominated A Far Cry

Strings players from Milton’s Chamber Orchestra watched members of A Far Cry, the Grammy-nominated string ensemble, play a few measures of a Haydn minuet before a pause in the action. One musician suggested a slight change to the speed of the melody while others nodded in agreement. Another chimed in with a reminder about the dynamics of a section. They started again, the adjustments made.

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The Speech and Debate Team

A large (and fun) group on campus, the Milton Academy speech and debate team has recorded numerous successes in tournaments over the past two months. During trips to competitions at Duke University, Yale University, the University of Kentucky, and Boston Latin, Milton’s speechies and debaters have earned several individual awards and secured bids for prestigious tournaments hosted later in the year.
View details on these accomplishments.

…and they’re a really fun group!

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


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