News Archive

April 11th 2014
Pint-size robots that can skitter across the floor like cockroaches, or that can approximate the vertical climbing skills of geckos – these are among the amazing creations developed by Dr. Sangbae Kim, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering and the director of the Biomimetic Robotics Lab at MIT. Working at the intersection of biology, engineering, and robotics, Dr. Kim draws inspiration from living creatures and builds robots that simulate their movements. Speaking on April 7, 2014,...
April 7th 2014
The Middlesex curriculum offers a great deal of breadth and challenge, but if one of our 140 courses doesn't fulfill your interests, you can undertake an Independent Study Project (ISP).  An ISP is a student's opportunity to pursue a specific interest or passion one-on-one with a faculty member.  The student and faculty member work together to design the curriculum, materials, assessments, and learning objectives.  Recent ISPs have included: Comparative Government Heroic...
April 3rd 2014
Twenty Middlesex students and faculty are making art to be exhibited in the exhibition Personal Terrain: Contemporary Mapping, opening April 16th at the Concord Art Association.   According to Concord Art, "Maps are more accessible and sophisticated today than ever before, and continue to raise questions about scale, perspective, purpose and power."  In a collaboration between Middlesex, Concord Academy, and Concord-Carlisle High School, students will ‘map’ a piece of Concord on...
April 1st 2014
As part of their leadership work in the Alumni office, student Alumni Ambassadors have the unique task of looking further at the plaques every student passes in the hallways each day. Senior Max Novick chose to research the plaque of Eric Kester '04, his former Baseball Coach and English teacher. Max interviewed Eric to find out more about his highschool experience and carving process for his plaque, which features a trophy with an "Invictus" inscription, and a quote: Max: As a three sport...
March 31st 2014
While historians routinely look to the past to make sense of the present, Professor Ted Lendon demonstrated that the opposite approach can be equally illuminating when trying to understand some aspects of antiquity. A dynamic, legendary teacher of history at the University of Virginia, Professor Lendon animatedly and humorously shared with Middlesex his exploration of the question: “How Did Ancient Greek Infantry Fight?” His presentation, made possible by the Mudge Family Fund for the...
March 27th 2014
Middlesex School presents Place Value, an art exhibition organized by Meg Alexander, resident of Clay House and wife of John Hirsch, Head of the English Department.  The exhibit features the work of five artists who have found inspiration through a relationship to a particular place or places. Artists included are: Meg Alexander, Beth Galston, Pat Shannon, Nancy Murphy Spicer, and Maggie Stark. The show will be in the Cornelius Ayer Wood Gallery from April 1 through May 4, 2014....
March 25th 2014
As one of the two international trips Middlesex offered over Spring Break, five students and three accompanying faculty members traveled over 7,000 miles from Concord to Cape Town, South Africa.  Amy Gleason, Director of Community Service, Head of Higginson House, and Math teacher, has brought groups to Cape Town, South Africa many times since her first trip there in 2006. Over the years, Mrs. Gleason has generously shared with the other Middlesex visitors the strong relationships she has...
March 17th 2014
Mindfulness has been getting a lot of press lately - from the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks practicing mindfulness, to improved test/GRE performance, to the recent cover of Time magazine.  Dr. Dan Siegel, who spoke at Middlesex about the teenage brain and mindfulness, has seen his book, Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain, hit the New York Times best-seller list.  This past fall, the nine-week mindfulness course for freshman...
March 17th 2014
Senior cross-country and track captain Garrett O'Toole qualified for the one mile championship at  New Balance Nationals Indoor, held March 14-16th at The Armory in New York City.  It was Garrett's second appearance at Nationals Indoor.  One of 35 boys from around the country to race the mile, Garrett ran in the fastest heat of the day.  The runners seemed to share a common strategy, remaining in a tight pack at a conservative pace for the first half of the race.  With...
March 10th 2014
On Sunday, March 9 the Williams women's hockey team hosted Bowdoin in the 2014 NESCAC Championship game.  After 45 minutes of play, the Ephs defeated the Polar Bears by a score of 4-1 to claim their first-ever NESCAC crown. Middlesex alumnae Caitlin Conlon '11, Eliza Noyes '12 and Ashley Arnold '13 all play for the Ephs and have earned significant time on the ice this season.  Williams (15-9-3) now advances to the first round of the NCAA tournament where they face  #1 seeded...
March 7th 2014
Since Frederick Winsor imagined the Middlesex campus over a century ago, many of the original buildings remain virtually unchanged. The original construction has proven itself so sturdy that decades later, many students find themselves in the very rooms our first graduates inhabited. Living, working, and growing in old buildings carries both charms and challenges. The beautiful materials with which our dorms were constructed often lack the noise and temperature insulation of modern materials,...
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...
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