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Humanities Workshop Addresses Climate Issues

Milton students in several humanities classes join those from six other Massachusetts schools in studying climate change and climate justice through the humanities during this year’s Humanities Workshop. Teachers from the participating schools decided to focus on climate issues because they permeate so many aspects of life, including economic and racial inequality, human migration, and public health. “There is a sense that climate change is just a science problem, which of course is not the case—it’s a human problem,” says Milton faculty member Alisa Braithwaite. “If our climate dies, so do we. We wanted to bring the concepts of humanities disciplines together to create a narrative that helps people to see that climate change is an urgent, human problem—one that we should be learning about and fighting for from every corner of our world.” The Humanities Workshop is a yearlong academic project conducted by a consortium of Boston-area public, charter, and private schools. Braithwaite and Lisa Baker, both Milton English teachers, founded the workshop in 2017 as a way to affirm the humanities’ role in tackling urgent social issues. This is the second cycle; the first centered on issues of economic inequality. “Under the umbrella of climate, students can tackle so many different topics, from how climate change relates to inequality, to public health issues like the pandemic, to migration as a result of climate change,” Baker says. “You...

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A long-standing trait of Milton students is their passion for taking on issues important to them. But this generation of students are especially attuned to the issues affecting the world today and are actively involved in trying to shape their future. They are informed, courageous, and optimistic. We talked to five seniors about causes they care about—their involvement and their future paths. Kayla Mathieu COMMUNITY SERVICE For KAYLA MATHIEU ’21, community service started at a young age. Her father is from Haiti and the whole family has been involved with helping people on the island—from collecting items for first-aid...

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Cox Library Reimagined

Typically a busy hub for study and research, Cox Library needed a plan to serve the community through this year’s remote and hybrid learning phases. Milton’s librarians went to work finding creative ways to operate. When Milton first went remote last spring, it “coincided with the start of the history department’s ‘research season,’” says Laura Pearle, the library’s director. “We created a portal that included a chat box so that students looking for library assistance could talk with a librarian from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Students from all over the United States, China, and Europe contacted us for help with citations, using the databases, and general help on various topics.” Over the summer, the librarians (Pearle, Beth Reardon, Joanna Novick, and Mitchell Edwards) participated in professional development; attended numerous webinars about books, providing remote services, and tech tools for remote learning; and participated in online discussions with their peers nationwide on providing service with a closed facility. They started a library newsletter to promote new resources and remind people of existing ones. The librarians also added SORA, an ebook service, and curbside pickup for the print collection. Students can reserve books online and pick them up from a table in front of the library. For Middle School students, books are delivered to...

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Girls Who Code Club Members Attend Conference

Ten Milton students participated in the Harvard WECode virtual conference in October. CAROLINE WILSON ’21 and DINA-SARA CUSTO ’22 served as Milton’s student ambassadors and were two of the 21 (out of 80) student ambassadors who received WECode Leadership Awards. Prior to the event, they connected virtually with the Harvard WECode board, and other ambassadors from around the world to spread information and help organize the conference. “We had the opportunity to listen to discussions surrounding STEM majors, internships, college admissions, college life, and other opportunities for women in technology,” says Wilson. “Even after the conference, we continued to connect with women in tech from the conference via channels on the platform Slack.” Wilson says that Jen Easterly, managing director for Morgan Stanley, and Elena Glassman, assistant professor of computer science at Harvard University, “inspired our students to be fearless leaders not only in their computer science classes but also in their future...

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