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August 22nd 2016
The Middlesex campus and its residents experienced fierce weather —but no injuries or major damage—after a tornado touched down in Concord early Monday morning. The tornado, while a relatively rare phenomenon in New England, brought winds close to 100 miles per hour and left a trail of destruction 400 yards wide and a half-mile long throughout Concord. But it did not cross paths with our campus on 1400 Lowell Road, and we were relieved to hear Concord Fire Chief Mark R. Cotreau report that...
August 8th 2016
Middlesex athletes go places. They move from the classroom to the field, woods, court, rink, river or slope. Many ascend from JV to Varsity. They travel together as teams, whether the rival is minutes or hours away. Others bring home New England Championships, reach the summit as All-Americans, or journey on to play at some of the elite college programs in the country. With over fifty interscholastic teams spanning all skill levels, each student finds an athletic experience suited to his or her...
July 21st 2016
Middlesex students don't just compete on the field, ice, court, and river. They debate bills in Model Congress, wage war in Sumo Robot Competitions, and build Mathematical Models for sport. This past spring, a number of students participated—and thrived—in rigorous competitions for both Computer Science and French. Head of Computer Science, Ashok Pillai, and Head of the French Department, Chantal Jordan, update us on the results below!   Middlesex excels at American Computer Science League All-...
July 19th 2016
This past May, 210 Middlesex students participated in at least one Advancement Placement test, a national college-readiness program that assesses high school students in a variety of academic subjects. Scores were released in June, and the 2016 AP results rank among some of the best Middlesex students have achieved, reflecting their commitment to not only stretch themselves through advanced coursework, but also to master the material by engaging it on nuanced, abstract levels. Our students took...
July 14th 2016
Behind the schoolhouse and up a curved path is a plot of land where the echoes of Landry House construction are muffled by an enclosure of trees. Here sunlight filters  regularly through the Estabrook Woods, the former home of  renowned naturalist Henry David Thoreau who once famously asked, "What use is a house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on?"This is the sentiment that echoes silently as faculty volunteers tend the Middlesex garden. Each summer these...
June 21st 2016
With school out for summer, our faculty has been digging into their personal reading lists. Here's a sampling of books that can be found in their beach bags: Fiction Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgramage, Haruki Murakami Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Outlander Series, Diana Gabaldon Dubliners, James Joyce When We Were Birds, poems by Joe Wilkins The Night In Question, Tobias Wolff Purple Hibiscus, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie The Association of Small Bombs, Karan Mahajan The...
June 20th 2016
In addition to the All-School Read, Middlesex students will be diving into a wide array of literature this summer. Here are the summer reading assignments by class: Incoming Freshmen (Class IV) The House on Mango Street, by Sandra Cisneros Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston  Reading assignment and discussion questions Sophomores (Class III) A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens   The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain Reading assignment and discussion questions...
June 8th 2016
Though the rainy Memorial Day weather caused Middlesex School’s graduation to be held indoors, the class of 2016 nonetheless followed one tradition as best they could; pairing up and forming a long line, they departed from the Chapel and made their way to the ceremony. There, the day’s guest speaker dwelled on some of Middlesex’s best traditions, while also departing from the usual pattern of graduation addresses, which, as he said, typically begin with “a gracious note of thanks and...
June 8th 2016
This spring, Alex Banay concluded a 40-year tenure in which she served as the Head of the Classics Department, Dean of Faculty, and Senior Master. In her graduation remarks, Head of School Kathy Giles thanked Mrs. Banay for her remarkable career at Middlesex: Alexandra Banay began her career at Middlesex when she was fresh out of university, arriving in the United States to enlist at a New England Boarding school. Her husband, Ron, was established in the math department, and Alex’s early career...
June 8th 2016
This spring, Carmen Beaton retired after serving Middlesex for 28-years in both the Dean of Students' Office and the Spanish Department. At commencement, Head of School Kathy Giles reflected on Mrs. Beaton's immeasurable impact on the School: Carmen’s twenty-eight years at Middlesex have made the same kind of mark on the School that the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs and caused the Ice Age made – except in reverse. Carmen came to Middlesex in 1988 and after teaching for some time in public...

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