Upper School Back to School Night
Back to School Night at the Upper School on Wednesday, September 27 was a huge success. Parents filled the campus for the annual event to experience a typical day for their children, rotating through their daily schedule in ten minute intervals. They met the faculty, learned more about the curriculum and class expectations, and got an overview of each class. Representatives from student government were on hand to direct parents to classes, answer questions, and to announce when the next rotation would begin. Parents also met with advisors and attended a Town Meeting.
Throughout the warm, autumn evening, parents enjoyed mixing and mingling in a fun party-like atmosphere at the light reception in front of the Guerin Institute. The night was a great community builder.
Faculty Member’s PhD Dissertation Wins Prestigious Award
Congratulations to Latin Teacher Jessica DeLisi. Her PhD dissertation, “Epenthesis and prosodic structure in Armenian: A diachronic account,” was awarded first prize from the Society for Indo-European Studies in the field of Indo-European Linguistics. The prize also consists of a monetary award and the possibility to publish her thesis at Reichert Verlag (Wiesbaden, Germany).
DeLisi’s dissertation is on syllables and accent in the Classical Armenian language, the focus of her doctoral research.She received her PhD from UCLA, where she studied linguistics and many ancient languages. She also researched and wrote about syllables and accents in Latin, which she teaches at Milken.
Club Fair Highlights Extracurricular Activities
There was something for everyone at the annual Upper School Club Fair held on Tuesday, September 26. Forty-five clubs were represented at the lunchtime fair. Hordes of students filled the amphitheater making the rounds to the wide range of clubs and organizations to find options of interest. Club members spoke to students about their programs and activities in order to recruit new members. There were plenty of clubs available, ranging from the Spanish Club to the newly formed Live Positive Club, which according to faculty advisor Hannah Kessel, “Aims to infuse positivity into campus life with the hopes of promoting student well-being and mental health.”
Joining a club is a great way to meet new friends, acquire leadership skills, and discover your passions. Most clubs meet at lunch time and some after school. Each club has a faculty advisor. Students can start their own clubs by submitting a club application to Lauren Miller, the director of experiential learning, and scheduling a meeting with her to review the proposal.