DATE: 9/6/2018

Making Headlines: A Message from the Academic Office

Middlesex has a system of grade reporting that balances the necessity of keeping families apprised of student progress and the obligation for teachers to focus on the needs of students in their respective classrooms.

Throughout the year, the School will formally communicate with families regarding each student’s academic performance in his or her classes.  The first of these comes in mid-October when teachers will report a “snapshot” grade. These grades are intended to give an indication of how the year began for students; certainly, they are not predictors of future performance.

At the close of the School’s four marking periods in November, February, March and June, students and their families will receive formal grades and comments from teachers of the courses in which the student is enrolled.  The marking periods in November and March serve as an update on the student’s current standing and the comments are personalized elucidation of the student’s performance in each course. The semester marks that are reported in February and again in June are the grades of record that will appear on a student’s transcript.  The marking period and exam grades that underlie the semester grade are not shared outside of Middlesex (except for the first marking period grades of seniors involved in early applications to colleges).

If a student or parent has a question about a grade or comment, s/he should contact the student’s advisor.

Parents are able to view their son or daughter’s Middlesex academic information through My BackPack, the electronic portal into a student’s records.  Parents may see a child’s schedule, attendance, grades and academic history using this application.

We will send reminders via the POND when grades and comments have been posted in My BackPack and have included a link to that calendar.  Advisors will be in touch with families throughout the year as necessary.

Please note that information in My BackPack is only viewable while a student is enrolled at Middlesex.  A student’s information is only available through the electronic portal until the end of June of the year of the student’s graduation.

For returning students, while course information, grades and comments are available after June of the current year, the advisor letter, dorm, music and athletics comments are not.  If it is important for you to have copies of these documents, they can be printed from My BackPack prior to July 1.

View the schedule for posting grading and comment information to My BackPack.

--Michael Schaeberle, Director of Studies

Calendar Notes

  • September 6: Classes begin
  • September 7:  Community Life house meetings, 7-8pm (required)
  • September 8:  Campus weekend; Class III event, 7-8:15pm; Square Dance, 9-11pm
  • September 9: Field Day
  • September 11: Class III Connections begins, 7:30-8:30pm
  • September 12:Club Fair, 6-7pm; Class I Leadership meeting, 7:30-8:30pm
  • September 14: Class IV Chapel/Event (required), 6:30-7:30pm
  • View the 2018-19 Calendar at-a-glance

Announcements and Reminders

  • This fall there will be the 6th annual Introduction to Mindfulness course for Middlesex Parents and Alumni. The course is similar to the mindfulness course taken by Middlesex students, faculty, and staff. We will meet Thursday evenings from 6:30pm-8pm starting October 11th and ending on November 15th (6 sessions total). If you are interested or have any questions, please contact me at or 978-807-5735. The course is freely offered by the school. 
    If you would like to speak with MX parents/alumni who have attended the course in the past just let me know and I can put you in touch. Also, it is ok to miss one of the six sessions; however, if you plan to miss several sessions it is probably best to wait for another year.

    Thank you!
    Doug  Worthen ’96, Director of Mindfulness Programs’

  • Throughout the year, Academic Support Coordinator Molly Gerrity offers optional seminars to help students hone their study and organizational skills. Below is the schedule for Academic Seminars for the first semester:

    • Monday, Sept. 17, Meeting Block- Organization
    • Friday, Sept. 28, Senate Block-Time Management
    • Friday, October 5, Senate Block- Reading Comprehension
    • Monday, October 8, Meeting Block-Note Taking
    • Tuesday, October 16, Meeting Block-Test Prep: What is studying?   
    • Friday, October 26, Senate Block-Test Prep: Study Guides
    • Monday, October 29, Meeting Block- Test Prep: Study Strategies
    • Monday, November 9, Meeting Block-Writing: Brainstorming & Outlines
    • Monday, November 12, Meeting Block- Exam Prep: Organization, Best Use of Thanksgiving Break
    • Monday, December 3, Meeting Block-Exam Prep: Time Management
    • Friday, December 7, Senate Block- Exam Prep: Studying for Exams
  • Welcome back from the School Store!

    As the upcoming weekend is the first of the new semester, the Store will be open this Saturday: September 8th - 8am-12:30pm

    Typical weekly hours are: Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm. Additional weekend hours will be announced in the POND throughout the semester and usually coincide with on-campus events and games.

    As a reminder, student campus store balances and activity will post on your monthly statement. Should you want to add additional funds, payments in the form of check, bank transfer or wire sent to the school can be allocated to your student's account.

  • We would like to remind all parents that you are encouraged to attend the upcoming Parents' Weekend on October 19-20th. Please register online at your earliest convenience.

  • Middlesex has two new Instagram feeds that highlight the natural beauty and wonder of our campus. Subscribe to MXSchool_Nature and MXAstronomy today!

From the MPA

  • Welcome to the Middlesex Parents’ Association! The MPA is a parent-run, all-volunteer organization. Getting involved with the MPA is a great way to meet other parents and support the school, whether you live far away or nearby! We encourage you to volunteer by completing the electronic Parent Volunteer Form found on the Parents Page on the Middlesex website or by clicking here.  All parents are automatically members of the MPA.

  • During the school year, the MPA has four Saturday morning meetings that present key information for current parents. Parents are encouraged to attend in person or to view the electronic broadcast of each meeting. The meeting dates for the 2018-2019 year are as follows: 

    • September 29, 10:00am-11:30am- Rachel Carson Center
    • November 17, 10:00am-11:30am - Barron Room, Ware Hall
    • January 19, 10:00am-11:30am - Barron Room, Ware Hall
    • April 13, 10:00am-11:30am – Barron Room, Ware Hall
  • Join the MPA for our first meeting of the year on Saturday, September 29 from 10am-11:30am in the Rachel Carson Center. The meeting will feature four teachers and administrators who will give an overview of different aspects of school life.  Dr. Munro will present the development of Dialogues Across Differences, Mr. Sheff and Ms. Cohane will discuss Community Life, Ms. McLaughlin will report on how the school encourages our teens to eat and sleep well, and Mr. Crozier will give an update on the visual arts and theater projects.

A Welcome Sight

Over Labor Day Weekend, Middlesex welcomed 116 new students from 15 states and 12 countries.



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