News Archive

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.   Fiction 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...
May 30th 2015
The final student exhibition of the year is the Visual Arts Thoreau Medal Exhibition.  Thoreau medals were awarded in four categories: photography, woodworking, sculpture & ceramics, and painting & drawing.  This year’s Visual Arts Thoreau Medal Exhibition Juror was Kate James, Executive Director of the Concord Art Association. James commented, “Having had the opportunity to work closely with the Middlesex faculty and staff during the C-art program, I saw how these...
May 27th 2015
Seniors in the Psychology elective presented their research at the third annual Psychology Poster Session this week.  By examining psychological theories and research, reading case studies, and observing their own experiences over the course of the semester, students explored who they are and how they relate to the world around them.  In their final assessment for the term, students presented a poster session to display the results of their research on questions of their choosing: Is...
May 26th 2015
Since 1980, Mr. Beaton has been an essential part of Middlesex. In his time here, he has made an impact on nearly every aspect of the community: aside from teaching English, Mr. Beaton has served as head of the discipline committee, head of Clay House, faculty advisor to the Anvil, coach of boys' cross-country as well as thirds basketball, as well as both the Academic Dean and the Dean of Faculty. In all of these roles, he has contributed to making Middlesex the place that it is, and his...
May 25th 2015
Every Thursday Middlesex students and faculty have the opportunity to give back by donating their time to serve at Open Table here in Concord. Guests are treated to a fresh-cooked meal and a food pantry.  56 students throughout the year volunteered to break down tables,  stack chairs,  sweep,  mop, vacuum, and haul rubbish. 39 students volunteered between 1.5 hours and 5 hours.      4 students volunteered 5 hours to 10 hours 4 students between 10 to 20...
May 25th 2015
The Middlesex Forensics class, MX:CSI, was very fortunate to be visited by two distinguished local law enforcement professionals recently.  Twice-decorated (FBI Latent Fingerprint Hit of the Year) State Trooper Christopher Dolan lectured the class on crime scene processing and fingerprint dusting and analysis.  Massachusetts Prosecutor of the Year and cold case specialist Attorney Laurel Brandt gave her perspective on correct evidence gathering and how to bring a case to trial. ...
May 25th 2015
This weekend the short film "Scary Larry" showed at the prestigous Seattle International Film Festival.  The movie was shot on campus in the fall of 2013 and features the ensemble of that year's Theatre 80 class: Claire Megan '14, Christian Papadellis '14, Will Scott '14 and Elizah Stein '14.  On the red carpet for the event was director/screen writer, Greg Ivan Smith. Middlesex is thrilled to have Greg back on campus next fall, making his third original short with a cast of Middlesex...
May 25th 2015
Eileen Giles '11 and the #2 seeded UNC Tar Heels competed in the NCAA Division I Women's Lacrosse National Title game Sunday evening against the #1 seeded Maryland Terrapins. This was the second meeting between the two teams in the last three years in the championship game. In 2013, UNC defeated Maryland in triple overtime to claim the National Championship. Despite leading 6-3 at the half, UNC was unable to hold on to the lead as Maryland went on a six-goal run in the second half to defeat the...
May 22nd 2015
Having just been awarded the Henry Cabot Lodge ’20 Distinguished Alumni Award for a lifetime of serving others in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the world, Ned Seligman ‘65wheeled himself over to the center stage of the Wood Theatre. Using the podium for support, Ned carefully lifted himself out of his wheelchair and thoughtfully prepared to address his audience of classmates, friends, and fellow alumni. Just as he had in every aspect of his adult life, Ned wanted to do something – to...
May 17th 2015
After almost a year's worth of work, our AP Studio Art and AP Photography students unveil their exhibit, opening on Friday, May 22 at 9:15pm in the Cornelius Ayer Wood gallery.  According to Head of the Visual Arts Stacey McCarthy, "Contemporary art has many functions – it can delight and inspire, but it can also challenge us to take a deeper look at our society and ourselves. The art in this exhibit is exciting, complex, and personal." Read the artists' statements below. 2015 AP STUDIO...
May 12th 2015
Congratulations to the Middlesex Varsity and JV Physics teams for representing the school well in our annual Physics Bowl competition. The test was particularly challenging this year, with a national average score of just 14/40 for first year students and 13/40 on a harder test for advanced students.  Over 7500 students took the test at more than 500 schools across the world. The highlight of this year's competition was the team in Division 1 (first year students), which again finished...
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