News Archive

May 23rd 2014
Head of School Kathy Giles makes her summer reading recommendations to parents (May 2014): I passed out summer reading for my freshman English students last week, and it is safe to say that my response to the prospect of summer reading is appreciably more enthusiastic than is theirs – at least, theirs in late May, with the arrival (finally!) of the kinds of early summer days of which we dream all winter. The good news, as parents, is that we get to set a good example by attending to our own...
May 22nd 2014
Three members of the Middlesex lacrosse alumni community will be participating in the NCAA semifinals and championship game this weekend. Clare Lyne ’13 is a member of the 18-2 Trinity women’s lacrosse team and will be vying for a spot in the championship game when the Bantams take on Cortland State in the semifinals this Saturday. As a freshman, Clare has played in 18 games this season, starting in 13.  In addition, the Concord, MA native has tallied seven goals on the forward line and is...
May 19th 2014
Emily Jiang '14 of Wayland, MA is a National Merit scholarship winner.  Chosen from a pool of more than 15,000 finalists in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program, winners were judged by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills and potential for success in rigorous college studies. Congratulations, Emily! photo by Tim Llewellyn
May 19th 2014
Over the course of the semester, seniors in Sarah Cohane's Psychology class studied what it means to be human.  By examining psychological theories and research, reading case studies, and observing their own experiences, 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 of these big questions: Are serial killers OCD?  (Jeremy '14) Why do...
May 16th 2014
Students in Mr. Pandolfini's Advanced Topics in Mathematics - Analysis: Finance and Math course recently presented their final projects:  a stock buy/sell recommendation, based upon a detailed valuation of a public company of their choosing.   The semester focused on the basics of financial modeling, securities valuation, interpreting financial statements, discounted cash flow valuation, understanding financial ratios, choosing proper comparables, and equity option valuation...
May 15th 2014
The Middlesex Forensic Science class, fondly known as "CSI: Middlesex" had a special visit from two esteemed members of the local law enforcement community.   Through stories and demonstrations, decorated State Trooper Christopher Dolan taught the class about crime scene investigation, fingerprint lifting, and casting shoe impressions while former assistant DA Laurel Brandt discussed the strategies of prosecuting homocides and solving cold cases.  Throughout the class, the Middlesex...
May 12th 2014
Brendan Murphy had quite the impressive performance for the Bentley men's lacrosse team on Saturday, April 29. The 2011 Middlesex graduate scored two fourth-quarter goals with 3:07 left in his game versus Southern New Hampshire University to help lead the Falcons to an 8-7 victory. With this win, Bentley advanced to the second round of the Northeast-10 Tournament on Tuesday, May 2 where they ultimately fell to Adelphi 13-8.  As a junior, the Wilmington, MA native started in 13 out of 15...
May 12th 2014
Mark Foster, a 27 year member of the Middlesex faculty, recalls finding Middlesex as a happy accident. While teaching English at the nearby Concord prison, Mark went for a lunchtime drive past campus, and remembers his coworker pointing out the window and saying, "Now there is where you should be working." The next day, Mark called the School, and interviewed soon after with interim Head of School Hugh Fortmiller and former English Department Head Kit Cohane. For the next two and a...
May 12th 2014
After having seen four decades of life at Middlesex, Ron has seen the School go through many metamorphoses. He remembers a time when classroom desks were bolted to the floor, and the walls of the School were hung with taxidermy-- hunting prizes that boys had brought back from trips. Over the course of his time here, many structural changes, including co-education, have shifted Middlesex's culture. Over the many years and iterations of changes Ron has seen here, his contributions to the...
May 12th 2014
Forty-four years ago, in 1970, Nancy Herter first stepped onto Middlesex's campus (then all-boys) as part of a group from Concord-Carlisle High School invited to add their voices to the Middlesex boys' chorus at the time. Among the Middlesex singers, unbeknownst to Nancy at the time, was Ned Herter '73. Ned spied Nancy from the Chapel balcony for the first time, and two years later a mutual friend officially introduced them on the Middlesex baseball field. In 1978, the two were married in...
May 12th 2014
Physics students, after finishing a unit studying the behavior of sound, set about the task of creating musical instruments that could play particular songs in a given key. Armed with common household objects like copper pipes, wire, strings, paper clips, shoeboxes, and tin cans, teams of two worked together to construct instruments ranging from pan flutes and xylophones to fretted guitars. Before they began building, students brainstormed what kind of musical instrument to make, what materials...
May 11th 2014
The MX Varsity Physics squad represented Middlesex admirably in the 2014 AAPT Physics Bowl contest, placing 3rd in our region (New England schools, public and private) in Division 1 (first year students) and 4th in Division 2 (second year students). While the physicists did not take home any hardware, they did well against a large and talented field of physics students across the world.   In Division 1 (first year students), the Mx team was led by Daisy Choi, who scored 25 points for...
May 5th 2014
On May 2nd and 3rd, the Middlesex theatre department presented Rent, the Tony award-winning musical by Jonathan Larson.  Loosely based on Puccini's La boheme, Rent is a 1990's rock musical set in the East Village of New York City at the height of the AIDS crisis.  In the midst of a plague, the characters must decide what is worth living for and how to find the courage to love.  The cast of 28 and the crew of 19, composed of students from all four classes, presented...
May 3rd 2014
Storytelling as an art and a practice is as old as language.  In Ruth Baldwin's Storytelling elective, students explore an array of narrative techniques while simultaneously developing their own voice.  In a recent assignment, seniors in Storytelling were asked to choose a single incident from their past to narrate in vivid detail.  They modeled their pieces on the series of "Lives" essays that appear in the back page of the New York Times Sunday magazine...
May 3rd 2014
Garrett O'Toole '14 has achieved the remarkable feat of being the top high school runner in the country over 1500 meters.  On Friday, May 2nd, he competed against collegiate runners at Princeton University and blazed across the line in 3:45.55. A personal best for Garrett, the time would convert to a 4:02 1600 meter or 4:03-4:04 mile, national leading times.  After achieving third in the New Balance Nationals Indoor mile in March, 7th at the Arcadia Invitational in the 3200m, and a...
May 1st 2014
Every spring, a group of Middlesex crime fighters investigates a fictitious murder on campus.  CSI: Middlesex - An Introduction to Forensic Science is a popular science elective that examines the scientific and practical techniques behind crime scene investigation.  The interdisciplinary course incorporates principles of chemistry, physics, biology, geometry, and physiology with a practical use of the scientific method to help reconstruct criminal events.  Throughout the semester...
April 27th 2014
In spite of a rather chilly and wet spring, work in the Middlesex garden has begun.  Madigan '14 and Judy '15 join French teacher and head gardener Ms. Bolster to get the garden ready for the season.  Chinese teacher Mrs. Ku and Director of Spiritual and Ethical Education Mr. King have joined them to help out as well.  To date this hardworking group has repaired the fence to prevent critters from getting access to future garden produce and has dumped and spread six yards of...
April 27th 2014
Maple sugaring in New England is a centuries-old tradition, and we were happy to take part in it at Middlesex.  When the sap began to run in early March, biology and environmental science teacher Willy Hutcheson grabbed his tap and set about collecting sap from seven trees around campus.   About 100 gallons of sap and many hours of boiling later, Mr. Hutcheson had produced two and a half gallons of syrup.  This past weekend, Mr. Hutcheson and the Middlesex environmental group,...
April 26th 2014
Wally Pierce '10 was recently named Bobcat of the Week for her outstanding performance against Connecticut and Tufts for the week of April 14-20. As a member of the Bates women's lacrosse team, Wally currently leads the NESCAC with 69 draw controls, an impressive 14 draws ahead of the next player in the conference. And in her game against Tufts on Tuesday, April 15 -where she faced fellow Middlesex alumna Rachel Gallimore- she tied her career high draws at nine, while also contributing two...
April 22nd 2014
After a morning of speeches and two days of voting, the 2014-15 school leaders were announced:  President-Elect Connor Sloan '15 and Vice President-Elect Diana Uhrig '15.  Connor arrived at Middlesex as a new sophomore day student from Harvard, Massachusetts.  Diana is also a day student from Weston.  The two are quite comfortable working together, as they are the current President and Vice President of the junior class.  We sat down with Connor and Diana to find out...
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