Academic News

The Year Ahead at Milton

As we approach the start of the 2021–2022 school year, we are excited to welcome all students back to campus. While the COVID-19 pandemic made the prior school year challenging for any school—including ours—we are looking forward to a year ahead that holds a promise of more normal patterns—in-person classes, athletics, and a return to dorm life.  

Milton will operate its regular academic program, although we will maintain some health and safety protocols in order to keep our community safe. We invite families to visit our Milton 2021–2022 webpage, which includes important information on Milton’s planning for the upcoming school year. The webpage offers division-specific details on our academic program, our health and safety measures, and frequently asked questions.

Those First Few Days

Our opening-of-school programs are geared toward helping everyone get acclimated to Milton. During the opening of school, all students—new and returning—will engage with each other, faculty, and staff. Each person at our School is a part of our community and contributes to the Milton environment in big and small ways. Dates for the start of programming are as follows:

  • September 1–3: The Transition Program for students of color and international students runs from September 1–3. New boarding students participating in this program will move into their assigned dorm on Wednesday, September 1.
  • September 4–6: The New Student Orientation program required for all new students runs from September 4–6. All new boarding students not participating in the Transition program will move into their assigned dorm on Saturday, September 4.
  • September 5: Returning boarding students begin moving in at noon on Sunday, September 5.
  • September 7: Rosh Hashanah; there is no required programming for students.
  • September 8–10: All-school programming for new and returning students.
  • September 13: Classes begin on Monday, September 13.

For a detailed list of events happening on campus before classes begin, visit the Opening of School calendar.

Welcome Webinar

On August 18, Upper School Principal David Ball, Dean of Students José Ruiz, and Academic Dean Heather Sugrue welcomed students from the Class of 2025 to an hour-long webinar presentation. Watch the video below for an outline of the upcoming year, details on the opening of school, and a Q&A with Milton parents.

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 outlining the first few days of school. Your child’s schedule will also be available on your myMilton page.

…get my child’s 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 child’s 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 healthcenter@milton.edu.

For updated information and protocols regarding COVID-19, please visit our Milton 2021–2022 webpage.

…buy my child’s textbooks?

You may purchase textbooks and other required supplies in Wigglesworth Hall from Monday, August 30 through Wednesday, September 8. Hours for buying books are as follows:

Monday, August 30
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tuesday, August 31
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Wednesday, September 1
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Thursday, September 2
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Friday, September 3
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday, September 4
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday, September 5
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Monday, September 6
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tuesday, September 7
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Wednesday, September 8
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

You can also order your textbooks online once your child has received their course schedule, and we encourage you to do so, at http://milton.bncollege.com. If ordering online, please remember to place the order in the name of the student. You will pick up your pre-ordered books in Wigglesworth Hall during the opening of school. The bookstore in the lower level of Warren Hall will be open throughout orientation, where you can purchase Milton clothing and gift items.

…get my student identification card?

Students may pick up their student identification cards at check-in in the Schwarz Student Center.

…get my bus identification?

Bus passes were mailed directly to registered families the week of August 16.

 

Where do I find…

…a list of courses?

Visit our Course Catalogue (At www.milton.edu, select “Course Catalogue” from the “Academics” dropdown menu)

…timely School news and features for parents?

Centre Connection, the online parents’ newsletter. At www.milton.edu, select “Parents’ Newsletter” from the “Parents” dropdown menu.

The Deans’ Office also regularly sends a newsletter with information and updates for parents.

…a calendar and information about Milton events?

Milton’s online calendar (At www.milton.edu, select “Upper School Calendar” from the “News” dropdown menu.)

…an athletics schedule?

Milton’s online athletics calendar (At www.milton.edu, select “Athletics Calendar” from the “Athletics” dropdown menu.)

…my child’s house head’s name and telephone number?

The faculty-student directory in myMilton. (Click on “House Numbers” in the lower left corner.)

…information about homework expectations?

The Milton Academy Student Handbook (At www.milton.edu, select “Student Handbook” from the “Parents” dropdown menu.)

 

What is an Advisor?

An advisor is a faculty or staff member who helps oversee and guide your child’s overall experience at Milton. They are the main communication link between you and the School on matters that relate to your child. Each advisor typically advises four to eight students and many students have the same advisor throughout their Upper School experience.

What should I expect of my child’s relationship with their advisor?

All Milton advisors want to help students maximize their opportunities for academic and personal growth at Milton. Every advisor is committed to getting to know each advisee and to their success as an individual at Milton Academy. Your child should feel comfortable reaching out to their advisor for information, support, or ideas. Advisors typically meet and talk with their advisees frequently—in a group or individually, depending on schedules. Advisors will either be able to answer your child’s questions (or your own) about School policies, academic and otherwise; find the correct answers and get back to your child or you; or help your child seek out the answers they need. Part of the relationship aims to strengthen your child’s skilI of self-advocacy. If a student is involved in any academic or disciplinary difficulty, the advisor is part of the team that will help guide your child. Some students develop close relationships with their advisors; other students develop those same close relationships with other faculty and staff members. Regardless, an advisor will serve as a responsive person always willing to listen, support, and help direct an advisee.

What should I expect from my child’s advisor?

You can expect to be able to turn to the advisor for a sense of your child’s life at Milton, and to get an adult perspective on how your child is doing relative to the challenges of growing up and taking responsibility for their learning and experience at the School. You can expect that the advisor will know about regulations, policies, and typical patterns of teenagers as they respond to the particular demands of each year in high school. The advisor will write summary reports about your child’s progress in November, February, and June. You can expect that an advisor will reach out to you during the first weeks that your student is new to Milton, and thereafter, as well, when the need to let you know about something affecting your child arises. Conversely, if you reach out to the advisor, by phone or email, the advisor will get back to you—and can suggest who to talk to at Milton for any issues that may arise. The advisor’s central relationship is with the student—but the advisor also works in partnership with parents to ensure the best possible experience at Milton.

What is my responsibility to the advisor?

Relevant information about a student always helps an advisor relate to a child more and better assist. If family or developmental issues could affect a child’s experience at school, then be sure to reach out to the advisor. If you observe patterns that trouble you, whether your child lives at Milton or at home, or if your family is facing a challenge, let your child’s advisor know. If you have a question, or are unsure how to direct it, please contact your child’s advisor.

What is a class dean?

Parents should feel free to reach out to class deans as well. The class deans assume overall responsibility for members of each class. The class deans supplement, but do not replace, a student’s individual advisor. Class deans coordinate the work of all the advisors guiding students in a given class, and are responsible for supervising class activities. Class deans also work with student leaders to plan class events and to establish positive and respectful relationships within the class. 

 

 

Communication from Milton

As a Milton parent, you will hear from the School regularlyfrom updates on important logistical details to highlights of student life. Below are regular communications you can expect from the Upper School:

Deans’ Office Communications
Dean of Students José Ruiz and Academic Dean Heather Sugrue send a biweekly Deans’ Office Newsletter, which contains important updates, key dates, cultural and athletic highlights for the months ahead, and fun weekend activities for day and boarding students. Ms. Sugrue also sends academic updates, including information about faculty comments, grades, exams, and course selection. Assistant Dean of Students André Heard may also provide updates on student life.

Office of Communication
From Milton’s Office of Communication, you will receive this newsletter, Centre Connection, five times a year (August, October, December, February, and April), sharing campus news stories, photos, and video. Communication staff also maintain www.milton.edu and the School’s main social media channels on Facebook and Instagram, which provide glimpses into everyday life at Milton.

Calendar
Milton’s online calendar is updated regularly. It provides detailed information about athletics, performing arts, and key dates throughout the year.

Administrative and Emergency Communication
Principal David Ball and Head of School Todd Bland occasionally email parents about time-sensitive issues of particular importance. Milton uses Rave Alerts to notify parents, students, and employees about weather-related cancellations and delays or campus emergencies. While rare, when needed these communications are sent simultaneously via text messages, phone calls, and emails.

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

617-898-2371

Jennifer Anderson
Greg White
Liz Matson
Marisa Donelan
Esten Perez
Sarah Abrams

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