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Concord Academy Boys Varsity Soccer Captures EIL and NEPSAC Titles

On Sunday, November 17, the Concord Academy boys varsity soccer won the first outright NEPSAC Championship in the program’s history, after clinching the EIL title earlier in the season.

Art and Climate Activism Intersect in CA Dance Project’s Bewilderness

CA Dance Project’s fall 2019 original production, Bewilderness, which the group performed twice on November 15, cast a spell on its audiences. Captivating, immersive, and visually stunning, the performance addressed the environmental crisis with urgency and beauty, to riveting live music in a score that included the voice of Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg.

CA Performing Arts Department Presents a Magical Performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Concord Academy’s fall 2019 mainstage production of one of Shakespeare’s great comedies, A Midsummer Nights’s Dream, directed by Megan Schy Gleeson, was a magical evening of madcap theater.

CA Celebrates the Dedication of the William M. Bailey Commons

On October 4, more than 100 Concord Academy alumnae/i, former faculty, and current faculty and staff gathered to celebrate the dedication of the new commons connecting Haines and Hobson to Bill Bailey P’87 ’88 ’91, GP’21 ’22, former History Department head, who taught, mentored, and inspired CA students from 1967 through 2002, and whose legacy will endure for decades to come.

Lynn Lyons, LICSW, Speaks at CA about Managing Anxiety at School and at Home

On September 10, in collaboration with Nashoba Brooks School, Concord Academy hosted two talks by psychotherapist and presenter Lynn Lyons, LICSW, about effective approaches to addressing and preventing anxiety.

Marking the Start of Concord Academy’s 98th School Year, Convocation Focused on Learning as Individuals and in Community

On September 3, the CA community gathered for Convocation. Rick Hardy, head of school; Fay Lampert Shutzer ’65, president of the Board of Trustees; and Vedika Sharma ’20, student head of school, made remarks. Jon Waldron, coach of CA’s cross-country and track and field teams, gave the Convocation address.

Spark Inventors Club Takes Off

In its first year, a CA club for student inventors reached new heights — literally. The scientific experiments proposed by CA’s Spark Club earned coveted spots aboard a NASA sounding rocket and zero-pressure research balloon through the Cubes in Space program.

Reunion Weekend 2019: Concord Academy Alumnae/i Reflect and Reconnect

From June 7 through June 9, CA welcomed more than 200 alumnae/i and former faculty back to campus. Idyllic spring weather set the tone for a reunion weekend with strong turnout and great energy.

Commencement 2019

On May 31, a day of hope and promise, Concord Academy celebrated its 97th graduating class. A mixture of solemnity and high spirits marked the occasion, on which Assistant Head and Academic Dean John Drew P’15 ’19, soon to depart CA to become the head of the White Mountain School in Bethlehem, N.H., delivered the Commencement address.

Object Lessons: CA Students in a History of Concord Class Illuminate the Past at the Concord Museum

Culminating a deep dive into what goes into making museum exhibitions, students in CA history teacher Kim Frederick’s history course Object Permanence: Concord and the American Nation gave gallery talks on May 9 at the Concord Museum.

2020 Centennial Hall Fellow Anita Lo ’84 Shares Insights on Food, Culture, and Community

On January 22 and 23, Concord Academy honored acclaimed chef Anita Lo ’84 as the 2020 Centennial Hall Fellow. Lo has earned a host of accolades, appearing on such shows as Top Chef Masters, Iron Chef, and Chopped. She was the first female guest chef to cook for a state dinner at the White House, during the Obama administration. Anissa, her New York City Michelin-starred restaurant of 17 years, earned a prestigious three stars from the New York Times. At the Boston Public Market, Lo offered a cooking experience for fellow alumnae/i, and in her Hall Fellow Lecture at CA, she told her life story and discussed the importance of food to culture and in creating communities where people can belong as they are. Read more.

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Concord Academy Focuses on Cultivating Empathy and Inspiring Action in a Daylong Program on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

On Monday, January 20, Concord Academy observed Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a program reflecting on Dr. King, the civil rights struggle, and the continuing efforts toward equity to which the CA community calls itself. Welcoming three guests to campus, CA students, faculty, and staff dedicated a full school day to the work of building community and striving for justice, from the morning’s programming — a thoughtful and energizing keynote address by Wanda M. Holland Greene, training sessions for adults and students, and affinity group gatherings — as well as several student- and faculty-led workshops throughout the afternoon. Read more about the day and the keynote speech. You may also watch a video of Holland Greene’s keynote address here.

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Dancers from Illstyle & Peace Productions Bring Hip-Hop Moves and History to CA

On January 16, the acclaimed Illstyle & Peace Productions dance company presented a program, “Become Your Dream: A History of Hip-Hop,” demonstrating several dance styles and discussing their origins in a vigorous and engaging assembly. This professional group has a history of partnership with CA, having first visited more than 10 years ago. The dancers also offered a master class to the full CA community in the dance studio. More than 30 students attended. Afterward, all were invited to watch an open choreography session they held with CA Dance Project. Read more and see photos.

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2020–21 Academic Calendar

As we ring in the start of 2020, our thoughts also turn to the 2020–21 school year! The academic calendar for 2020–21 will be posted in the coming weeks. For those looking to know the start and end of the school year for planning purposes, returning student registration will be on Monday, August 31, 2020 (classes begin September 1), and Commencement will be on Friday, May 28, 2021.

Because of how late Labor Day falls this year, we are beginning the school year prior to the holiday to limit the challenges caused by significantly uneven semesters. We have elected to hold Convocation in the first week of September as we typically do. We would be glad to answer any questions you may have about the schedule.

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International Potluck, January 24

On Friday, January 24, from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. in the Stu-Fac, CA Parents will be hosting an International Potluck for students, faculty, and staff. This annual event is an opportunity for CA families to share and celebrate their cultural and family traditions. For some, the meal is an introduction to dishes from other regions of the world, while for others it provides comfort, as students enjoy the cooking they miss from home. Most importantly, this event is about bringing people together to share in the gift of food. There are many ways to be involved for both day and boarding families. You can bring homemade food to this event or order dishes from local restaurants, which can be ordered, picked up and brought to the event by volunteers. Sign up here to participate. If you have any questions, please contact Lexie Olmsted P’22 ’23 ( or Neela Patel, P ’21 (

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Support the Performing Arts

A new year, a new semester! Interested in getting involved in our vibrant Performing Arts community? Are you a boarding parent looking for ways to participate? Please consider donating snacks to be used for tech week and post-performance receptions as we celebrate our talented students and their hard work. Any and all contributions are appreciated and will be used throughout the second semester at the eight remaining performances. Thanks in advance for your help! Click here to order from Amazon. Please send all packages to Meredith Walsh, Concord Academy, 126 Main Street, Concord, MA 01742.

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“This Must Be The Place,” a Collection of Paintings by Jonathan Smith, at Concord Public Library Main Gallery through January 30

Visual Arts teacher Jonathan Smith has a show up in the Concord Public Library Main Gallery through January 30! Please drop by to take in his latest work. The show is titled “This Must Be The Place.” A collection of paintings from the artist’s “The Look of Our Land” series, these multimedia abstract paintings depict aerial views of the land below from a variety of locations including Boston, Prince Edward Island, and Temecula, Calif. More information can be found here.

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