June 28th 2015
With over 2,000 TED Talks to explore, where does one even begin? Here are 13 of the best TED talks, recommended by the Middlesex faculty and staff:
1) Susan Cain: The power of introverts (2012)
2) Billy Collins: Two poems about what dogs think (probably) (2014)
3) Benjamin Zander: The transformative power of classical music (2008)
4) Mellody Hobson: Color blind or color brave? (2014)
5) Shawn Anchor: The happy secret to better...
June 27th 2015
Mr. Harrison, former history teacher and current major gifts officer at Middlesex, compiled this list of "must see" films from the last century for one of his advisees, who was interested in improving her cultural literacy. Dramas, love stories, comedies, action films, thrillers - there is something for everyone on his list. Enjoy!
All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
I was a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932)
The Call of the Wild (1935)
Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)
Modern Times (...
June 25th 2015
The practice of mindfulness is growing internationally, and now being practiced in many different settings. Mindfulness was even featured on the cover of TIME Magazine, and Anderson Cooper featured a mindfulness retreat on 60 Minutes. Over the last five years, Mindfulness has become a central part of the Middlesex curriculum as well. Each new student, and many members of our faculty, parents, and extended community, have begun practice through a program led by alumnus...
June 14th 2015
Having graduated from Middlesex this May, Hamza '15 was a featured speaker at Prep for Prep's Lilac Ball, a celebration of the high school graduating class, in New York City. Prep for Prep is an organization that identifies promising young students of color like Hamza and prepares them for placement in an independent school.
At Middlesex, Hamza was a leading scholar, basketball captain, and senior class president. "I have found that just as important as being a leader is...
June 14th 2015
The Middlesex garden is thriving, tended by head gardener Mme. Bolster and a team of faculty volunteers who weed and water it all summer. The herbs - tarragon, rosemary, thyme, chives, oregano, and sage - are up and growing. Kale, green peppers, eggplant, lettuce, scarlet runner beans, many varieties of tomatoes, and winter squashes will grace dishes in the dining hall and our tables this fall.
The Middlesex garden - our very own local food source - is one example of how we approach...
June 11th 2015
While students go home for the summer armed with their summer reading requirements, and the entire Middlesex community will complete the All-School Read, The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People, and Communities, by Will Allen, members of the Middlesex faculty have their own personal summer reading lists that are as interesting and diverse as our faculty themselves.
The Narrow Road to the Deep North, Richard Flanagan
Wolf Hall & Bring Up the Bodies,...
June 4th 2015
Until the very moment that the 2015 graduation exercises began on May 31, it seemed that starting 30 minutes early would achieve the preferred, pleasant, outdoor ceremony and avoid the noontime storm in the forecast. But as soon as the seniors set out in their procession, crossing the Circle to Eliot Hall, a steady rain began to fall. Taking it in stride, the classmates carried on and maintained the usual pace, ignoring whatever showers came and went for the rest of the morning.
“The good news...
June 1st 2015
At our annual Prize Day ceremony, we honor the artistic, athletic, scholarly, and community-building achievements and efforts of our students. For a full list of award recipients from the May 30, 2015 Prize Day ceremony, click here.
May 31st 2015
Head of School Kathy Giles addressed the Class of 2015 on Sunday, May 31 during the commencement ceremony. Below are excerpts from her remarks.
Eleanor Roosevelt said: “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."
Everyone here has learned to dream big. But what makes for beauty in one’s dreams? What makes for beauty in which one can believe? Believing is important. We know beauty when we see it – in part, because we’ve become trained to certain...
May 31st 2015
On a rainy Sunday morning, elected valedictorian Alex Rego '15 addressed faculty, students, and the Class of 2015 and their families. He spoke of his class coming together and becoming a part of something bigger than any one individual, thanks to the shared experiences of the Class of 2015 and of all Middlesex alumni. Alex encouraged his classmates to consider what they take with them rather than what they leave behind, and to look forward to new beginnings. Below are excerpts from...