News Archive

April 22nd 2014
After a morning of speeches and two days of voting, the 2014-15 school leaders were announced:  President-Elect Connor Sloan '15 and Vice President-Elect Diana Uhrig '15.  Connor arrived at Middlesex as a new sophomore day student from Harvard, Massachusetts.  Diana is also a day student from Weston.  The two are quite comfortable working together, as they are the current President and Vice President of the junior class.  We sat down with Connor and Diana to find out...
April 22nd 2014
The Emerging Writers Award brings together a writer at an early stage in his or her career with a writer from the Middlesex student body who also shows promise of being at the beginning of a career in writing.  This year brought poet Ben Estes, editor of The Song Cave, together with this year's winner of the Emerging Writers Poetry Award, Angelica Toumbas '14. A day student from Belmont, Massachusetts, and an accomplished singer and songwriter, Angelica submitted the following works to...
April 17th 2014
Middlesex Theatre department presents: the ground breaking, 1990’s rock musical Rent on Friday May 2nd and Saturday May 3rd at 8:00pm.  Admission is free, but patron seating can be reserved for $25 a ticket by emailing rdubray@mxschool.edu.  All proceeds from patron seating support the department's biennial trip to England. Loosely based on Puccini’s La Boheme, this musical is set in the East Village of New York City at the height of the AIDS crisis....
April 15th 2014
Longtime Middlesex staff member Kenneth J. LeBlanc died unexpectedly on April 14, 2014, at Health Alliance in Leominster, MA. A lifelong resident of Fitchburg, MA, Ken was born there on April 28, 1952, and graduated from Fitchburg High School in 1970. For the past 37 years, he worked in Middlesex’s Facilities and Operations Department. In Tuesday's Assembly, Chief Operating Officer Matt Crozier described Ken as "unflappable" during his hard work on behalf of the Facilities team, remembering...
April 15th 2014
On Friday April 11, Middlesex voices raised up in song at the annual Spring Choral Concert.  Featuring performances by all five choral groups, the concert included classic hits by ABBA, The Beatles, and Frankie Valli as well as more current hits by Bastille and Imagine Dragons.  A wonderful harbringer of spring, the concert delighted audiences.   Enjoy selections from the concert below, or view all the performances at the MXTV YouTube page.   photo courtesy of Mark Stein
April 15th 2014
As a graduate of the Class of '99, a 6-year faculty member in English, Admissions, and Marketing, and a dorm parent and Crew coach, Erika Ferlins Mills '99 has seen campus from many angles. Hung on the third floor of Eliot Hall, perhaps one of the only hallways Erika doesn't frequent for her job, is her plaque, which features a delicate carving of a tree and a child. Her advisee, Alumni Ambassador Arushi Ray '14, chose to interview Erika about her plaque. Arushi: Why did you carve a scene from...
April 14th 2014
On Saturday, April 12, Middlesex cross-country and track standout, Garrett O'Toole '14, blazed his way to a seventh place finish at the 2014 Arcadia Invitational held in Los Angeles, CA.  The Arcadia Invitational is a prestigious high school track meet held every spring at Arcadia High School, where the top runners in the United States toe the line in front of a packed crowd to battle it out against some of the most talented high-school athletes in the country. Garrett's time of 8:53:...
April 11th 2014
The Exchange Conference Center on Boston’s historic fish pier provided a perfect evening venue for Boston based Middlesex Parents and Alumni who were eager to enjoy some true spring-like temperatures.   The mild weather allowed for guests to mingle both inside and outside of the ECC, with its beautifully restored architecture and sweeping views of Boston Harbor and beyond.    We were very happy with over 100 guests in attendance, and Kathy Giles spoke briefly to welcome all and...
April 11th 2014
Pint-size robots that can skitter across the floor like cockroaches, or that can approximate the vertical climbing skills of geckos – these are among the amazing creations developed by Dr. Sangbae Kim, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering and the director of the Biomimetic Robotics Lab at MIT. Working at the intersection of biology, engineering, and robotics, Dr. Kim draws inspiration from living creatures and builds robots that simulate their movements. Speaking on April 7, 2013,...
April 7th 2014
The Middlesex curriculum offers a great deal of breadth and challenge, but if one of our 140 courses doesn't fulfill your interests, you can undertake an Independent Study Project (ISP).  An ISP is a student's opportunity to pursue a specific interest or passion one-on-one with a faculty member.  The student and faculty member work together to design the curriculum, materials, assessments, and learning objectives.  Recent ISPs have included: Comparative Government Heroic...
April 3rd 2014
Twenty Middlesex students and faculty are making art to be exhibited in the exhibition Personal Terrain: Contemporary Mapping, opening April 16th at the Concord Art Association.   According to Concord Art, "Maps are more accessible and sophisticated today than ever before, and continue to raise questions about scale, perspective, purpose and power."  In a collaboration between Middlesex, Concord Academy, and Concord-Carlisle High School, students will ‘map’ a piece of Concord on...
April 1st 2014
As part of their leadership work in the Alumni office, student Alumni Ambassadors have the unique task of looking further at the plaques every student passes in the hallways each day. Senior Max Novick chose to research the plaque of Eric Kester '04, his former Baseball Coach and English teacher. Max interviewed Eric to find out more about his highschool experience and carving process for his plaque, which features a trophy with an "Invictus" inscription, and a quote: Max: As a three sport...
March 31st 2014
While historians routinely look to the past to make sense of the present, Professor Ted Lendon demonstrated that the opposite approach can be equally illuminating when trying to understand some aspects of antiquity. A dynamic, legendary teacher of history at the University of Virginia, Professor Lendon animatedly and humorously shared with Middlesex his exploration of the question: “How Did Ancient Greek Infantry Fight?” His presentation, made possible by the Mudge Family Fund for the...
March 27th 2014
Middlesex School presents Place Value, an art exhibition organized by Meg Alexander, resident of Clay House and wife of John Hirsch, Head of the English Department.  The exhibit features the work of five artists who have found inspiration through a relationship to a particular place or places. Artists included are: Meg Alexander, Beth Galston, Pat Shannon, Nancy Murphy Spicer, and Maggie Stark. The show will be in the Cornelius Ayer Wood Gallery from April 1 through May 4, 2014....
March 25th 2014
As one of the two international trips Middlesex offered over Spring Break, five students and three accompanying faculty members traveled over 7,000 miles from Concord to Cape Town, South Africa.  Amy Gleason, Director of Community Service, Head of Higginson House, and Math teacher, has brought groups to Cape Town, South Africa many times since her first trip there in 2006. Over the years, Mrs. Gleason has generously shared with the other Middlesex visitors the strong relationships she has...
March 17th 2014
Mindfulness has been getting a lot of press lately - from the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks practicing mindfulness, to improved test/GRE performance, to the recent cover of Time magazine.  Dr. Dan Siegel, who spoke at Middlesex about the teenage brain and mindfulness, has seen his book, Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain, hit the New York Times best-seller list.  This past fall, the nine-week mindfulness course for freshman...
March 17th 2014
Senior cross-country and track captain Garrett O'Toole qualified for the one mile championship at  New Balance Nationals Indoor, held March 14-16th at The Armory in New York City.  It was Garrett's second appearance at Nationals Indoor.  One of 35 boys from around the country to race the mile, Garrett ran in the fastest heat of the day.  The runners seemed to share a common strategy, remaining in a tight pack at a conservative pace for the first half of the race.  With...
March 10th 2014
On Sunday, March 9 the Williams women's hockey team hosted Bowdoin in the 2014 NESCAC Championship game.  After 45 minutes of play, the Ephs defeated the Polar Bears by a score of 4-1 to claim their first-ever NESCAC crown. Middlesex alumnae Caitlin Conlon '11, Eliza Noyes '12 and Ashley Arnold '13 all play for the Ephs and have earned significant time on the ice this season.  Williams (15-9-3) now advances to the first round of the NCAA tournament where they face  #1 seeded...
March 7th 2014
Since Frederick Winsor imagined the Middlesex campus over a century ago, many of the original buildings remain virtually unchanged. The original construction has proven itself so sturdy that decades later, many students find themselves in the very rooms our first graduates inhabited. Living, working, and growing in old buildings carries both charms and challenges. The beautiful materials with which our dorms were constructed often lack the noise and temperature insulation of modern materials,...
March 6th 2014
The College Board announced on March 5th that the SAT will be dramatically overhauled for the testing cycle in the spring of 2016.  David Coleman, the president of the College Board, strongly feels that the SAT has "become disconnected from the work of our high schools." Among other changes, the College Board intends to shift the focus of the vocabulary section to words that are common in college courses, tighten the topics in math, and make the essay portion optional. Matthew DeGreeff,...
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