News Archive

March 6th 2014
The College Board announced on March 5th that the SAT will be dramatically overhauled for the testing cycle in the spring of 2016.  David Coleman, the president of the College Board, strongly feels that the SAT has "become disconnected from the work of our high schools." Among other changes, the College Board intends to shift the focus of the vocabulary section to words that are common in college courses, tighten the topics in math, and make the essay portion optional. Matthew DeGreeff,...
March 5th 2014
After graduating from Harvard 30 years ago, Tom Strickler ’80 “set out for Hollywood with a toothbrush and a dream,” as his niece Nell ’14 quipped when introducing her uncle to the School. Starting out at Creative Artists Agency, he went on to co-found Endeavor Talent Agency, which grew into one of the largest agencies in Los Angeles, representing thousands of clients – including Tom’s Middlesex classmate Steve Carell ’80. But Tom returned to campus on March 1 to talk about an entirely...
March 5th 2014
The Middlesex Haiku Contest is our annual way to welcome (or encourage the arrival of) the spring season.  This year, though the campus is still covered with many inches of snow in March, we hope that the crocus flowers are going to peep up their beautiful buds soon.  Below are some of the Haiku Contest submissions read in Chapel by the Director of Spiritual and Ethical Education, Cabell King.   Mrs. Ku (Head of the Chinese Department) and Haikus: I know Mrs. Ku enjoys the art of...
March 3rd 2014
For the second time in the four years of the February Faceoff competition, Middlesex secured the most young alumni donors during the month of February among the competitors, and the resulting claim of having the most loyal young alumni. After holding off nine other schools for three weeks in a row, Middlesex finally gained a significant lead on rival Brooks, closing out the month with 6% higher alumni participation than any other school and reclaiming the February Faceoff title.  Over 280...
March 3rd 2014
Last Friday night, the Middlesex Indian Club held a cultural café for the school community. The cafés, normally held Friday nights after study hours with a coffee-house feel, provide an opportunity for the school community to explore, learn about, and be exposed to other cultures and movements.    Indian Club co-Heads Arushi Ray '14 and Aditi Shankar '14 coordinated with Nikita Kodali MX'13 to bring her Bhangra dance troupe from MIT to perform.  The group most recently...
February 27th 2014
Sarah '09 and Thomas '13 Cooper of Lincoln, MA have been musicians for as long as they can remember, and the siblings certainly contributed to the music department during their time at Middlesex.  Now that they are beyond the Middlesex Circle at Princeton and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, respectively, Sarah and Thomas continue to make their marks.  Below are videos of Sarah performing Bach Magnificat: Quia Respexit Humilitatem & Omnes Generationes with the Princeton Glee...
February 25th 2014
After each semester at Middlesex, we gather to celebrate the academic achievements of our students at the Academic Awards Assembly.  At this week's assembly, we acknowledged work done in the 2013 fall semester.  To open the assembly, Stacey McCarthy, Head of the Visual Arts department, spoke about challenging convention.   “I don’t like coloring books,” she began.  “Someone has already done the thinking for us, and there’s little room to question or interpret anything...
February 21st 2014
On February 15, Zach Arnold '11 celebrated his first collegiate win between the pipes for Hamilton as the Continentals defeated Tufts 3-1 in Clinton, NY.  Arnold had an impressive 32-save performance on the evening to help secure the victory. While his first collegiate win is certainly a milestone, Arnold  has had several other noteworthy acomplishments this past month.  At the end of January the Concord, MA native played his first game for the Continentals and turned away all...
February 21st 2014
Hailey ’14 is proud to say that she is often at the receiving end of a good joke.  “I’m just generally easy to make fun of, and I don’t have a problem laughing at myself with other people. I think it’s always good to be able to laugh at yourself." Over her years at Middlesex, as she has stepped outside her comfort zone and broadened her interests, Hailey has found plenty of opportunities to laugh at herself, and she ultimately found that laughter was the way to build resiliency.  “If...
February 18th 2014
At last week's assembly, the 23 juniors in the Youth in Philanthropy program presented four checks to local nonprofit organizations as the culmination of their semester-long philanthropy project. Youth in Philanthropy is a program conducted through the Foundation for Metrowest, which granted Middlesex (and several other local schools) $10,000 to be designated by students toward other local nonprofit organizations benefiting underserved youth in the Metrowest region. The students in the...
February 17th 2014
Camilla Hammer ’06 was always an avid environmentalist, but never set out to work in urban farming. Now, at only 26 years old, she manages Battery Urban Farm, a one-acre educational farm located in the historic Battery in New York City. The farm hosts over 100 varieties of organically-grown produce, and educates hundreds of thousands of students and visitors each year, while donating the food they produce to local schools and food pantries. After Middlesex, Camilla went to the Gallatin School...
February 16th 2014
Four Middlesex artists were recently recognized by the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston for their exemplary work in painting and drawing:   Gold Key Michelle Chung ’14: The Ox  Diana Uhrig’15: August Afternoon & Delicious    Silver Key Michelle Chung ’14: Fly To The Sky  Stephen Gleason ‘14: Resilience; Bike Study: The Wheel; Saharan Elephant; An Aged Hand; Honoring A Worn Boot; Evening Jazz; Interior Study: Shadows; Splash    Honorable...
February 13th 2014
Given the storm, day students should plan to head home after their last academic commitment.   No chapel chorus tonight.  Varsity practices will run for boarding students only.    The practice schedule is as follows for boarders only:   3:15  Varsity Boys' and Girls' Basketball    3:30  Varsity Girls' and Boys' Squash; Wrestling; Varsity Girls' Hockey; Dance 4:45  Varsity Boys' Hockey Dinner and study hours as usual.  ...
February 9th 2014
This past Saturday night, our campus buzzed with excitement as we celebrated our annual winter semiformal, Casino Night.  While our students donned an array of formal wear, the dining hall saw its own transformation into a Casino (non-monetary, of course!). With a half dozen blackjack tables, roulette, craps, and delicious treats abound, everyone won, regardless of how the chips fell.  And while they weren’t dancing with Lady Luck, students twirled, spun, and twisted to Swing music...
February 9th 2014
Last Friday night 23 student actors, working with 5 student directors, produced a polished and fun evening of One-Act plays.   In addition to the comic short scenes that have come to define the evening, Christian Papadellis '14 mounted an ambitious musical selection from the musical "Company" by Stephen Sondheim, serving not just as director, but as musical director and accompanist to boot. Directors: Christian Papadellis '14, Sebastian Biber '15, Ali Stephens '14, Sydney Chapman '15,...
February 6th 2014
On Wednesday, February 5 Lacrosse Magazine announced the second-to-last cut for the U.S. Men's National Lacrosse team. Among the list of gifted athletes was Middlesex alum David Lawson '09.   The Westford, MA native recently graduated from Duke University where he was a member of the men's varsity lacrosse team for four years.  In his final season with the Blue Devils, Lawson was named First Team All-American, All-ACC as well as named to the 2013 NCAA All-Tournament Team. As a...
February 5th 2014
The Middlesex French Department is pleased to present a peformance by Brice Kapel on Tuesday, February 11 at 6:15pm in the Wood Theatre.  Mixing traditional African sounds and songs and the works of U2, Sting, and Peter Gabriel, Brice will take you on a musical and inspirational journey in French, English, and his native language, Mina.   Doors open at 6pm.     Brice Kapel - Bande-annonce by BriceKapel
February 5th 2014
On Sunday, February 9th at 4pm in the Wood Theatre, Middlesex will be screening Girl Rising.  From Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins, Girl Rising journeys around the globe to witness the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world.  Viewers get to know nine unforgettable girls living in the developing world: ordinary girls who confront tremendous challenges and overcome nearly impossible odds to pursue their dreams.  ...
February 3rd 2014
On Super Bowl Sunday, the Middlesex 5k Club, a club of dedicated student runners, competed in the Super 5k Road Race XIII in Lowell, MA.  Born on the day the Patriots won the Super Bowl in 2001, the Super 5k Road Race is now in its thirteeth year.  Middlesex runners Gavin Fujimori '16 and Nell Gallogly '14 won their respective age and gender groups, finishing exactly two minutes apart with times of 17:21 and 19:21.  Also winning her division was girls' cross-country coach Sara...
February 2nd 2014
The Middlesex community rang in the Lunar New Year with our annual Lunar New Year lunch, supported by Flik dining services and head of the Chinese department Mrs. Ku and her students.   With paper cutting and calligraphy artwork depicting "spring" and "good luck" characters, delicious dishes drawing influences from all across Asia, and festive garb (as modeled by Mr. Lang and Mr. DeGreeff!), we wish everyone a prosperous Year of the Horse!  
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