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senior_walkin_smThe opening days of School are a whirlwind of activities and programs designed to help students feel comfortable at Milton. Monday morning, Class I students opened the week with a favorite tradition: senior walk-in. The seniors dressed in colorful costumes, and their class leaders shared the themes the class has chosen for the school year. Once the cacophony of the seniors’ entrance calmed down, Class I councilors Matt Rohrer and Olivia Atwood welcomed Class IV students. They shared advice about making the most of your Milton years and the importance of acceptance and kindness toward one another.

Thursday was Class Day, when all four classes participate in activities on and off campus. Class II students boarded buses headed for Boston, where they searched the city for specified items, guided by their advisors and class deans. Class III students set off to local schools, daycares and shelters for a day of community service. Class IV students completed ice-breaking and team building exercises before joining Class I for a barbecue lunch on the quad.

This summer, head monitors Jessica Li (I) and Nick Maragos (I) assigned a viewing of the film Freedom Writers to students and faculty, who then met for small group discussions about the film last Wednesday. Freedom Writers is a drama based on the true story of a young teacher who teaches “at risk” high school students at a large, urban high school in Southern California.