Parents’ Association

 

Every parent of a Milton Academy Upper School (Classes I–IV) student is a member of the Upper School Parents’ Association (USPA), so if you are a parent, this is your page!

At Milton, the Parents’ Association welcomes new parents, offers opportunities for parents to come together, sponsors an array of student events, and supports the efforts of faculty, staff and administration to make Milton a positive learning environment for our children.

All meetings are open, and they are generally held in the CSG conference room (and available on dial-in) once a month at 7 p.m. EST. Check the calendar below for dates. Each features a member of the faculty, staff or administration, speaking and taking questions on their role at Milton.

Our governing body—the Executive Committee—is comprised of parents, and all USPA events are planned and run by still more parents, volunteering their time. We cordially invite you to become involved, whether you live nearby or on another continent. Find out more, below, and contact us to volunteer!

Parents' Association Events Calendar

USPA Events 2019–2020

October 24
Class I Social (6:30–8:30 p.m.; Straus)
Class II Dinner (6:30–9:30 p.m.; RSG)
Class III Social (6:30–8:30 p.m.; Wigg)
Class IV Dinner (6:30–9:00 p.m.; CSG)

October 25
Parents’ Reception (4–5:30 p.m.; Straus)

October 26
Sports Hospitality Table (3–5 p.m.; ACC)

November 11
Coffee Social and Q&A with Rod Skinner (8–9 a.m.; Straus)

December 13
Barn Babies (11–1:30 p.m.; location TBD)
Post-Concert refreshments (8 p.m.; King Theatre)

December 17
Exam Treats (Student Center)

February 12
Faculty and Staff Appreciation Event (Straus)

March 3
Panel Event with Todd Bland, David Ball, and Indu Singh (7–9 p.m.; Straus)

May 29
Spring Fling (3–5 p.m.; the Quad)

May 30
Senior Parents’ Social (6 p.m.; Straus)

Parents' Association Meetings Calendar

USPA Meetings 2019–2020

Monday, September 23
Speaker: David Ball, Upper School Principal
8–9:30 a.m.
Straus

Tuesday, October 15
Speakers: Rob McGuirk, History Department Chair
Caroline Sabin, English Department Chair
7–9 p.m.
CSG conference room

Monday, November 11 * Special Q&A Event
Speaker: Rod Skinner, Director of College Counseling
8–9 a.m.
Straus

Tuesday, November 19
Speakers: Julie Seplaky, Science Department Chair
Gregg Reilly, Mathematics Department Chair
7–9 p.m.
CSG conference room

Tuesday, January 14
Speakers: Kelli Edwards, Performing Arts Department Chair
Bob Sinicrope, Music Department Faculty
7–9 p.m.
CSG conference room

Tuesday, March 3 * Special Panel Event
Speakers: Todd Bland, Head of School
David Ball, Upper School Principal
Indu Singh, Dean of Teaching and Learning
7–9 p.m.
Straus

Monday, April 13
Speakers: Heather Sugrue, Academic Dean
José Ruiz, Dean of Students
8–9:30 a.m.
Straus

Tuesday, May 19
Speaker: Rod Skinner, Director of College Counseling
7–9 p.m.
CSG conference room

Parents' Association Meeting Minutes
Details of Board Positions and Their Associated Volunteer Committees

Executive Committee

President

  • Develop meeting agenda, invite speakers, and chair monthly USPA meetings
  • Work with staff liaison to coordinate parent/student events throughout the year
  • Act as the USPA’s liaison with the Head of School and Upper School Principal
  • Work with VP to recruit next year’s Board members
  • Work with committee chairs and class reps to plan events throughout the year

Vice President

  • Two-year commitment (one year as VP, second year as President)
  • Attend monthly USPA meetings
  • Act as the USPA’s co-liaison with the school
  • Work with the President to recruit next year’s Board members

Treasurer

  • Two-year commitment
  • Attend monthly USPA meetings
  • Work with President to develop an annual operating budget
  • Manage USPA account and coordinate payment of invoices
  • Report finances to USPA officers
  • Liaison with the Business Office

Secretary

  • Attend monthly meetings of the USPA
  • Record and distribute meeting minutes
    • Minutes are an important channel for the school administration, along with the PA, to disseminate information to the Milton parent community
    • Key initiatives and strategies of the school administration are discussed, as well as details and specific deadlines and requirements for upcoming events on campus

Committee Chairs

Faculty & Staff Appreciation Luncheon Chair

  • Plan annual Faculty & Staff Appreciation Luncheon, which includes:
    • Recruit parents to work on the Faculty & Staff Appreciation Committee
    • Solicit donations of food and funds from parents, via SignUp Genius
    • Assist committee members in recruiting volunteers, via SignUp Genius, to work the day of the event
  • Note: Appreciation event is in mid-February; work begins in October, but is concentrated in January and February
  • Complete Event Report

Student Activities Coordinator

  • Head the Student Activities Committee
  • Attend monthly USPA meetings either in person or by conference call
  • Coordinate Donut Days, Exam Treats, and Barn Babies
  • Complete Event Report

Spring Fling Chair

  • Plan annual Spring Fling for the student body, which includes:
    • Book food vendors
    • Plan activities and games
    • Recruit volunteers to work the day of the event
  • Complete Event Report

Class Representatives – (one boarding and one day for each class)

  • Write a welcome letter to parents, to be sent out by school
  • Attend monthly USPA meetings either in person or by conference call
  • USPA liaison with parents for all USPA events
  • Host the annual class dinner over parents’ weekend
  • Organize and host a class social in the spring
  • Complete Event Report for each event

Liaisons

Communications Liaison

  • Attend monthly USPA meetings either in person or by conference call
  • Coordinate with President to disseminate accurate, timely information on activities and events pertinent to parents
  • Write and update Centre Connection information five times per year

PIN Reps

  • Attend monthly USPA meetings and report on last PIN meeting
  • Attend six PIN meetings and lectures to take notes for above reporting
  • Encourage awareness of and use of the PIN web page
  • Coordinate with Milton’s Director of Community Service to take advantage of available grants and service awards

2019–2020 Parents’ Association

Forms: Click here to download the Event Reimbursement form. Click here to fill out the USPA Event Description form.

Executive Committee:
Leah Goldberg, President
Lee Peterson, Vice President
Claire Walton, Treasurer
Libby Kinnealey and Shadi Farokhzad, Co-Secretary

Parents’ Association Committees: These volunteer committees have intermittent responsibilities supporting specific PA activities.

New Parent Welcoming Committee: Amy Torrey, Courtney Monnich, Cynthia George
Faculty & Staff Appreciation Committee: Teena Kamal, Nicole Lippa, Jennifer Eielson
Student Activities Committee Chair: Jen Jordan
Spring Fling Chair: Nicole Lippa

Class Representatives:
Class I: Michelle Thorpe and Jen Jordan
Class II: Kelly Mallon and Fernande Raine
Class III: Corrina Jones and Adrienne Randolph
Class IV: Teena Kamal and Sonal Shah

Communications Liaison: Lisa MacGillivray and Libby Albright

The parents’ newsletter, Centre Connection, is published five times each year to help inform parents about what’s happening on campus.

PIN Representatives:
 Virginia Putnam and Eve Waterfall

The Parents’ Independent School Network (PIN) is a volunteer-run, parent organization that brings representatives from 68 New England schools together for the exchange of information on non-academic issues of mutual concern and interest. Two divisions ensure age appropriate topics: Lower School and Upper School. Each division holds six meetings throughout the year, with a guest speaker or head of school presenting on salient topics.

Download the 2019–2020 PIN calendar.

PIN Web page:  Log in to your myMilton account to find the information you will need to access the PIN Web page.  Each year, member schools can apply for grants or awards to recognize community service that their students have performed. Along with PIN history and mission information, parents can access past lectures, school survey results by topic, and minutes from past meetings on the secure school section of the PIN Web page. Please explore this Web page and its wealth of information on subjects such as managing stress, gap year, bullying, teaching leadership, sports health, managing the college process, and much more. 

 

Other Volunteer Opportunities

  • Volunteer to drive for the community engagement program. Throughout the year, the community engagement program needs driving help to get student volunteers to their service sites. If you have time during the school day, after school, or on a Saturday to drive students to and/or from their destinations, contact Andrea Geyling.

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