News Archive

August 15th 2013
While many identify social media as a rapidly evolving technology of the future, it can also be a useful tool to link to the past. Throwback Thursday,  a growing social media trend, is one of a series of weekly post themes that encourages users to find an old photograph and tag it with the hashtag "#tbt" (short for Throwback Thursday) on social media outlets like Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.  In this popular trend, Middlesex Alumni Office faculty member Alex Hanken and...
August 1st 2013
Sadly, the School received news that Kevin Landry ’62 P'88'89'94, who had been suffering for the past three years from advanced lung cancer, passed away at his home early Thursday, Aug 1, surrounded by his family.  An enthusiastic, energetic, and generous alumnus and former trustee of Middlesex School, Kevin will long be remembered as the 2012 recipient of the Henry Cabot Lodge ’20 Distinguished Alumni Award, a 2010 inductee to the Athletic Hall of Fame, and an involved parent who, along...
July 28th 2013
The Middlesex garden, currently in its second summer of operation, continues to thrive under the care of French teacher Carrie Bolster.  In the spring, Madame Bolster worked with a small group of dedicated seniors to ready the soil and build the beds.  With the help of Madame Bolster’s husband, educator Rob Houghton, the crew planted three types of potatoes, five types of tomatoes, pumpkins, and butternut squash. As the spring progressed, the crew then planted carrots, marjoram,...
July 15th 2013
Lizzie Bildner ’04 is the founder of Sharitive, an app which helps facilitate monetary donations from businesses and consumers to community based non-profits.  In its inaugural phase, Sharitive has partnered with Crema Café , a popular Boston coffee and dining spot, which Lizzie calls “a community anchor.”  Customers are encouraged to download the app when making a purchase at the café.  The app includes a list of vetted non-profits benefiting the immediate community around the...
July 15th 2013
Whether working a summer internship like Sergei '14, checking out our Summer Reading List for Parents, or taking some time to relax, we know our parents, alumni, friends, and students  are busy this summer. We hope you will take the time to join us at one of our receptions across the country! These gatherings are wonderful occasions to meet other Middlesex enthusiasts in your area. Registration is required for all events, so please contact John Morrissey at jmorrissey@mxschool.edu or call...
July 2nd 2013
After his role as Chief Writer for the Middlesex student newspaper, The Anvil, concluded for the school year, Sergei Klebnikov '14 (New York, NY) headed to his next post as an intern at a well-known Long Island local newspaper, The East Hampton Star.  The Star is one of the few family-owned newspapers remaining in the country.  As one of two summer interns at the Star, Sergei writes several different articles for each issue.  "It's been a really great experience so far," says...
July 1st 2013
This past spring, Jiayi "Judy" Chen '15 of Guangzhou, China, sat with her advisor, English teacher Geoff Hilsabeck, and hatched a plan: label the trees on campus. "We were talking about the beautiful weather and the budding flowers in front of Ware Hall," recalls Judy. "The conversation triggered my memory of tree labels at my old school. Every tree at my old school would have a plastic card that says its name, usages, and other fun facts. I remembered having fun reading these cards and...
June 24th 2013
The curricular areas of science, technology, engineering, and math - known in aggregate as STEM - receive a great deal of attention these days from educators and policy makers in the United States.  As the US lags behind other nations in its science and math scores, a movement to improve the education for our young people in these disciplines is growing.  In particular, some groups are looking at girls and women in STEM, such as this Huffington Post 'Girls in Stem' initiative,...
June 17th 2013
On June 15th James Randon ‘13 competed at the 2013 New Balance Nationals Outdoor in Greensboro, North Carolina, James raced his way to second place in the two-mile, finishing in a blazing time of 8:52:56. The New Canaan, CT native is now the fastest boy in Massachusetts state history to run at this distance.  On Sunday, James also competed in the 4xMile relay race as well as ran the mile in 4:10:29, placing fourth overall among a stacked field of runners. Congratulations to James on a...
June 13th 2013
The campus has emptied out for the summer, but our buildings are still bustling with activity for several exciting new renovations. The Terry Room and the Athletic Center were both selected to be renovated this summer to ensure that we are getting the maximum use out of our campus while maintaining the integrity and character of these beloved buildings. In the heart of Eliot Hall, a facelift to the Terry Room will convert it to a multifunctional space. The raised platform next to the windows...
June 10th 2013
1) The Lost Painting by Jonathan Harr (2005) is a great nonfiction account of the "discovery" of a 17th-century Caravaggio painting in the 1990s. The book reads like a novel but is also filled with fascinating details about the modern disciplines of art history and conservation. Art History teacher Sarah Hardin has recommended it to friends with vastly different interests, and all have loved it. It's like a nonfiction da Vinci Code! 2) Girls I Know, the debut novel by Trevor Douglas,...
June 10th 2013
The following books relate directly to the concepts we embrace in the community life program, including advising, at Middlesex.  They are interconnected in many ways, and some cite others as references.  Parents who choose to read them will find in these ideas much of the developmental and community ethics work we hope to accomplish in our attention to community life. - Kathy Giles, Head of School Ned Hallowell, The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness: (specific focus on fighting...
June 10th 2013
After winning gold at the New England Interscholastic Rowing Association championships, the Girls' Varsity Crew first boat headed to Oak Ridge, Tennessee, for US Rowing Youth Nationals from June 7-9th.  Competing against 18 other crews from around the country, Middlesex placed third in their first heat to propel them to the repechages on Saturday.  After placing second in their rep, the girls moved on to the semifinals on Saturday evening.  Their fifth place finish in the...
June 5th 2013
We are sad to share the news that former Middlesex faculty member Henry Emile “Mike” Erhard, 89, of Castine, Maine, passed away on June 1, 2013 . Mike graduated from Noble and Greenough School in 1942 and Harvard University in 1946. He served his country as a captain and pilot in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II and later flying dignitaries around the world conducting post war business. Following the war, he finished his degree at Harvard and pursued a master's degree in language at...
June 5th 2013
After a remarkable come-from-behind win at the New England Interscholastic Regatta in late May, the Girls' Varsity Crew first boat heads to Oak Ridge, TN to compete in US Rowing Youth Nationals June 7-9th.  Since the end of the regular season, the girls have continued to train, increasing their strength and endurance to race the international 2,000 meter distance, instead of the typical 1,500-meter high school race. The last time Middlesex competed at Nationals in 2006, with current...
June 4th 2013
It has become a tradition in the digital age that seniors send parting words, advice, and expressions of gratitude to the school community via email after graduation.  Here are a handful of these messages from our seniors: Thank you for everything, MX. I have become the person I want to be in part because of what this place has to offer, and the people it has to offer. Thanks for appreciating who I am, and being supportive of me. - Alex ’13, Cambridge, MA Thank you for three amazing years...
June 3rd 2013
The 2013 Thoreau Music Recital featured the talents of 20 musicians on piano, cello, flute, violin, and tenor saxophone, in addition to a number of voice soloists.   See Thomas Cooper's award-winning performance below, and visit our YouTube channel to view other performances. 2013 Thoreau Medal Winners: Thomas Cooper '13, violin, Performance of Vieuxtemps' Le GretryNatalie Cho '13, piano, Performance of Debussy's L’isle JoyeuseMichelle Chung '14, flute, Performance of ...
June 3rd 2013
Below are the remarks given by Head of School Kathy Giles at the 2013 Middlesex Commencement "Graduation is a time to say thanks and farewell not only to our graduating class, but also to faculty and staff who are leaving or retiring.  This year, we have a number of people to thank for their work with us.   At our Faculty/Staff Farewell chapel last Tuesday, we had the opportunity to thank faculty members Eric Kester, Merrill Stabler, Mollie Mattuchio, Joshua Mann, Chris Coffin, and...
June 3rd 2013
The Middlesex Athletics Department is excited to announce the addition of girls’ volleyball to the fall 2013 sports schedule. John Bishop will be serving as the head coach and brings with him extensive coaching experience and knowledge of the game. Coach Bishop’s background in volleyball began in high school when he played on the varsity team at Andover High School for three seasons. A captain of the team his senior year, Coach Bishop earned all-league honors.  He was selected to...
June 3rd 2013
The Middlesex All-School-Read this summer is Suzanne Collins’ 2008 bestseller, The Hunger Games.  The first in a trilogy with which many of our students are already familiar, the novel richly explores a number of themes with which we will engage next year. As a condition of the Treaty of Treason, which concluded a long civil war, the twelve districts have surrendered allegiance to leadership in Panem’s capitol city.  To reiterate the Capitol’s power and to keep the districts in...
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