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Sally Zimmerli Named New Dean of Students

February 15, 2017

We are very pleased to announce that Sally Zimmerli has accepted our offer to serve as CA’s next dean of students, beginning on July 1. Through the extensive search and interview process, the enthusiastic support from students, parents, faculty, and staff, as well as her work as acting director of student life, Sally showed us that the right person for the job was here all along. Her experience, her understanding of adolescents, her ability to partner with adults, and her poise, good humor, and fundamental optimism have earned her the respect of the entire school community. We are delighted that she will be joining CA’s senior administration.

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Personalizing “The Police”: Detectives Lanita Cullinane ’91 and Vittoria Incandela Share Their Professional Experiences at a Community and Equity Assembly

April 24, 2017

On April 20, an extended Community and Equity assembly was moderated by student leaders Mary Craig ’17 and Kunaal Verma ’17, who posed questions from the Student Council and affinity groups, followed by an open Q&A. On stage were detectives Lanita Cullinane ’91, from the Boston Police Department, and Vittoria Incandela, from the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office Investigative Bureau in Chicago. They opened up for the entire body of students, faculty, and staff — about the realities of law enforcement officers’ day-to-day lives, the threats they face, and the difference they can make in the communities they serve and protect.

Commencement Schedule and Notes for All Parents and Students

April 11, 2017

A schedule of activities and details for Baccalaureate on Thursday, June ,1 and Commencement on Friday, June 2, is included within this article. Note that Baccalaureate begins at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, after a reception and dinner. Students will be given three tickets for family members to attend this service, as the Chapel must accommodate not only guests, but also seniors, faculty, and staff.

Please note that Commencement begins promptly on Friday at 10:00 a.m. A reception with light refreshments will follow immediately after the ceremony. The festivities conclude at about 1:00 p.m. Seniors may invite as many guests as they would like to Commencement. A ticket is not required for the ceremony. Formal Commencement invitations will be distributed to your children in April. Each senior will receive five invitations to distribute but may request extras if needed.

Letter to 2017-18 Returning Parents

April 11, 2017

Beginning shortly, advisors will work with students to review the credits they have earned and to plan long-term programs that will satisfy both graduation requirements and individual academic interests. Our goal in offering a wide-as-you-can-dream curriculum is to provide each student with courses of depth and breadth. By choosing from these courses, and not taking all of them, they can both specialize and explore within a reasonable course load. We have emphasized to students that it is important for them to consult with you as well. Course request forms are due to the Academic Office by Wednesday, May 3, at 3:15 p.m.

All About Spring Session 2017

March 28, 2017

CA students took two day experimental courses from Tuesday, March 7 to Friday, March 10, 2017 in order to engage with different topics that the students would not be able to learn about during the normal school days. Forty two different courses were offered during spring session with each course introducing unique ideas to the students. As part of a two-day course on reporting called “Live From Spring Session,” Ashley Kim ‘19, David Korn ‘19 and Izzy Charles ‘19 got a crash-course in journalism basics, then went straight out into the field. Armed with smartphone cameras and reporters’ notebooks, they saw classes in action, interviewed students and faculty, and wrote articles on a real-world deadline. Read some of their coverage and photos of Spring Session 2017.

CA Model United Nations To Host it’s 13th Annual Conference on April 8

March 28, 2017

Concord Academy Model UN will host it’s 13th annual conference on Saturday April 8th, with over 200 delegates from 20 New England schools attending. The conference is led by Yury Namgung ’17 and her staff of over 20 CA students. Delegates representing countries or historic figures will negotiate political issues and solve crises with the hope of writing and voting on a series of resolutions by the end of day. For more information visit the club page.

Video: Kim Frederick Discusses Spring Session

March 7, 2017

Every year before spring break, CA students have a unique, weeklong opportunity to explore disciplines outside their traditional classroom schedule. From understanding the physics behind bowling, to learning how to stock market works, to becoming a word puzzle guru, or even how to run for office when you turn 18, Kim Frederick discusses what happens during Spring Session at CA and why it’s so special.

History Department Creates Avenues for Civics Conversations

March 7, 2017

Over the past few weeks, the History Department, in partnership with C&E, has worked to create more spaces for students to learn about the workings of the American government and to ask questions about current events. At a curricular level, history courses across the department have been devoting a long block class to looking at the origins, design, and evolution of the Constitution. The goal, the history faculty note, is not to cover everything, but to help students gain increasing comfort with the structure of the Constitution such that they know where to look when they wonder “is that Constitutional?” In addition, history faculty have hosted two open “Ripped from the Headlines” discussion sessions, inviting the community to share questions, thoughts, and feelings around events unfolding in the news. Moving into the spring, C&E plans to continue the initiative, working with other departments to make ongoing space in the curriculum for conversations and connections around the current climate.

Sally Zimmerli Named New Dean of Students

February 15, 2017

We are very pleased to announce that Sally Zimmerli has accepted our offer to serve as CA’s next dean of students, beginning on July 1. Through the extensive search and interview process, the enthusiastic support from students, parents, faculty, and staff, as well as her work as acting director of student life, Sally showed us that the right person for the job was here all along. Her experience, her understanding of adolescents, her ability to partner with adults, and her poise, good humor, and fundamental optimism have earned her the respect of the entire school community. We are delighted that she will be joining CA’s senior administration.

CA Labs Comes to Life (video)

February 7, 2017

Thinking. Exploring. Investigation. How has CA Labs come to life since opening earlier this year? See for yourself.

CA Mock Trial Club Recap: Is She Guilty?

February 1, 2017

This year’s mock trial case eerily echoes recent headlines from a shooting at the Fort Lauderdale airport—the case involves a war veteran injured in Afghanistan who returns home and shoots her former high school classmate at a Fourth of July celebration. Was this the premeditated murder of a former high school rival or the acts of a veteran in the throes of post-traumatic stress disorder who mistakenly thought she was under attack when the fireworks went off? For more than two hours, students from Concord Academy will match wits with a Lexington team during a mock trial in which the war veteran is tried for first-degree murder.

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