News Archive

September 16th 2013
Alumni Weekend 2013 Clouds and Rain Do Not Dampen Reunion Celebrations Over 600 alumni and guests returned to Concord on May 10 and 11 to celebrate Alumni Weekend 2013. Though Saturday’s events were held under constantly threatening skies, which eventually yielded some rain, the assembled crowd remained spirited and lively. The weekend kicked off on Friday, May 10 with individual class parties in and around Concord and Boston. Classes older than the 50th Reunion gathered for the third annual...
September 16th 2013
Before the official start of school, two special orientations took place on campus. The new class of seniors returned to the quiet campus first, to participate in a series of leadership workshops and planning sessions. As the new leaders of the school, this group took on the responsibility of welcoming the 108 new students, and assisting with every part of their arrival--from helping them move in to dorms, to showing them around, to coordinating get-to-know-you activities.   In the...
September 11th 2013
The first Wednesday Chapel of the year at Middlesex is the annual Memorial Chapel, during which the community remembers the 43 Middlesex graduates who were killed in the two World Wars and in whose memory the Chapel is dedicated.   Longtime faculty member Mark Foster P'90, '01, '04, holder of the Nathanael Vining Davis ’33 Chair for Distinguished Teaching, spoke eloquently before Senior Master Ron Banay read the names of the 43 young men.  Mr. Foster quoted the Homeric obituary, which...
September 11th 2013
Alumni and Parents Gather for Summer Receptions Though school was out of session, there was still a fair bit of summer activity for the Alumni & Development Office. Five receptions, spanning both coasts, brought together alumni and parents to enjoy some Middlesex camaraderie. On July 17th, John Stevens ’86 and his wife Ing-Nan hosted a gathering for San Francisco area alumni and parents at the Corinthian Yacht Club in Tiburon.   Among the guests in attendance was Amory Rosse '02...
September 9th 2013
On Mondays throughout the school year, check out Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for the Middlesex Mindfulness Monday post:  what we are grateful for this week and a Mindfulness exercise for you to try.  Studies have shown that when people practice gratitude for even small things in their lives, they are happier.  Cultivating gratitude goes hand-in-hand with Mindfulness.  That is, to stop and take the time to be grateful for the little things around you...
September 9th 2013
Beginning this week, freshmen at Middlesex will participate in a nine-week Mindfulness course.  Mindfulness is about learning to direct our attention to our present moment experience (senses, thoughts, emotions) with open-minded curiosity and acceptance. Rather than worrying about what has happened or might happen, it trains us to respond skillfully to whatever is happening right now. The Middlesex program is based on an evidence-based mindfulness curriculum named “.b”, which was...
September 9th 2013
On Sunday, September 8, the Middlesex community gathered in the Chapel to open the 2013-14 school year.  Mr. King, Director of Spiritual and Ethical Education, likened the new year to a vessel that requires a name: "Today, we push away from the dock and begin the year.  If a year were a physical object, we might break a bottle over her bow and give her a name. It is curious that we give a boat a name before her first voyage.  Maybe it is not so unusual: we give children – many of...
September 5th 2013
Our first visiting artist of the 2013-14 season is Michele Lauriat. Her show, titled BEYOND|RETURN, includes large paintings on paper that challenge the viewer to reconsider organic patterns and the natural landscape. She will be working with our students on numerous occasions and we hope to bring our advanced students to her studio in Boston in late September.  She will speak to the community about her work on Friday, September 27th at 6:30pm.  Artist Statement: Disrupted patterns,...
September 3rd 2013
September 2nd 2013
When new students arrive, Middlesex upperclassmen wearing t-shirts emblazoned with the invitation “Ask Me!” are stationed on the steps of Eliot Hall, ready to welcome new families.  Ask Me kids swarm around like bees (except they don't sting), taking new families through registration, unloading carloads of boxes, running up and down stairs, and setting up dorm rooms.  In my dorm, Ask Me kids arrange dorm furniture in creative ways to fashion the most spacious room possible. ...
August 29th 2013
In 2002, Amory Ross carved his senior plaque depicting a racing boat in action, inspired by a 2001 Volvo Ocean Race sailing photo.    A decade later, Amory found himself aboard the PUMA Mar Mostro, a Volvo Open 70 racing yacht competing in the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race. As the Media Crew Member, Amory was responsible for capturing all the high-speed action in photographs, blogs, and film. While his plaque seems prescient, Amory says, "At the time I carved the plaque I calculated...
August 25th 2013
At the opening of school Chapel on Sunday, September 8th, there will be a sea of new faces:  108 new freshmen, sophomores, and juniors, to be exact.   However, this year we also welcome ten new faculty members across 6 departments, including 2 Middlesex graduates.  We are thrilled to welcome them to the Middlesex community.  Read their full bios below: Ruth E. Baldwin English While working toward her recently completed Ph.D. in English literature at the University of...
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...
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