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2022 Centennial Hall Fellow Rashaun Mitchell ’96 Shares His Story and Artistic Practice with CA

On May 17 and 18, acclaimed dancer, choreographer, and educator Rashaun Mitchell ’96 visited Concord Academy to share his artistry with the CA community. Mitchell gave a talk and demonstration with three collaborators in the dance studio. Several CA students joined him for an improv dance workshop. And in his Hall Fellow Lecture, he shared his personal story, as a late bloomer who started dance training at 15 years old at CA, as a mentor and teacher who has encouraged his students not to fear failure but to use it as a catalyst for growth, and as an artist who works in many forms.

2018–2021 Katherine Carton Hammer ’68 Chair Nick Hiebert Presents on Connection, Collaboration, and Community

On May 5, CA English teacher Nick Hiebert shared how he had benefited from holding the Katherine Carton Hammer ’68 Endowed Faculty Chair over the past three years. The support, Hiebert said, gave him time and space “to realize how much I am made, sustained, and inspired by other people.”

CA Celebrates 100th Birthday with Centennial Days of Service and Sustainability

On April 22 and 23, the CA community united in honor of Concord Academy’s 100th birthday. On this historic occasion, the Centennial Days of Service and Sustainability involved listening, learning, and taking action. The celebration extended beyond campus to include alumnae/i, parents, and friends of the school. Together over these two days, CA community members made a difference for others, and for our planet, in support of the commitment in CA’s mission to build a more just and sustainable future.

Ed Rafferty highlights the history of sustainability during all-school assembly

History teacher Ed Rafferty addressed the CA community during the “100 Years of Sustainability” assembly with a talk titled “Tales Along a Crooked Road: Place, Home, and Humility in Environmental History.”

CA Students Get Involved in Supporting CA’s Sustainability Plan

Concord Academy’s sustainability plan is among the first of its kind from independent schools in the Northeast. When it was released in the spring of 2019, little did the world know that within a year a pandemic would upend life around the globe. While CA pivoted, progress toward the targets that had been outlined nevertheless continued. The plan outlines four major areas of focus for CA: institutional staffing support, reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, shifts to more sustainable dining and reducing food waste, and increasing the environmental sustainability of campus operations.

CASA Students Lead Through Service

Concord Academy Students in Action (CASA) is one of CA’s longest-running clubs, part of a longstanding tradition of community service passed on by previous generations, including an active CASA precursor, Volunteers in Action. This year, the co-heads of CASA—Christina Crowley ’23, Maggie Myslik ’22, Zoe Perlis ’22, and Nirantheri Vithiananthan ’22—approached their efforts with a fresh focus: providing meaningful service with a focus on ensuring that they are helping people in the ways they need to be helped.

How CA’s Dining Services Team is Embracing Sustainability

Food systems can sometimes be overlooked when it comes to assessing our impact on the planet, but they’re the focus of one of three working groups established by Concord Academy’s Sustainability Plan, which the school adopted in 2019. The dining hall team has been making significant strides toward sustainable food system goals, especially in sourcing local ingredients and promoting plant-forward menus.

CA Student Plays Performed in Boston with the Massachusetts Young Playwrights’s Project

On March 23, three original plays by Concord Academy students were performed at the Boston Boston Playwrights’ Theatre (BPT) as part of the annual Massachusetts Young Playwrights’s Project (MYPP) festival “New Noises.”

Trelane Clark ’92, P’22 Announced as Class of 2022 Commencement Speaker

Today, Concord Academy announced that Trelane Clark ’92, P’22 will be this year’s Commencement speaker. Clark has been serving students and teachers in the field of education for 25 years and is currently principal at Edgar A. Hooks Elementary School in Chelsea, Mass....

Tonia Tsinman ’09: My CA Chapel Poster’s Second Life in Support of Ukraine

Tonia Tsinman ’09 turned a poster left over from her senior chapel at CA into a symbol of resistance and support for Ukraine.

2022 Centennial Hall Fellow Rashaun Mitchell ’96 Shares His Story and Artistic Practice with CA

On May 17 and 18, acclaimed dancer, choreographer, and educator Rashaun Mitchell ’96 visited Concord Academy to share his artistry with the CA community. Mitchell gave a talk and demonstration with three collaborators in the dance studio. Several CA students joined him for an improv dance workshop. And in his Hall Fellow Lecture, he shared his personal story, as a late bloomer who started dance training at 15 years old at CA, as a mentor and teacher who has encouraged his students not to fear failure but to use it as a catalyst for growth, and as an artist who works in many forms.

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Medical Club Welcomes Dr. Michael Siegel, Joanne Oh ’23 Presents Groundbreaking Co-Authored Paper

On May 13, Concord Academy’s Medical Club hosted Dr. Michael Siegel, a professor at Tufts University School of Medicine whose research focuses on racial inequities in health as well as strategies to counteract them. Joanne Oh ’23, who worked in Siegel’s lab last summer, presented a research paper published in the Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities that they had co-authored, which for the first time demonstrated a clear association between structural racism and racial disparities in COVID-19 vaccination.

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Concord Captures the Cup in First Ever Spring Rivalry Event

On Friday, April 29, CA hosted Bancroft in the CA/Bancroft Cup on a cool and sunny afternoon. The inaugural rivalry event included games across six sports with the winner of four contests or more earning the right to “take home” the coveted trophy. With CA earning the needed four wins to capture the Cup, following a short trophy presentation on the fieldhouse deck, the CA captains hoisted the Cup in celebration!

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CA Performs The Cradle Will Rock

On April 29 and 30, the Concord Academy Performing Arts Department staged The Cradle Will Rock. Originating during the Great Depression as part of the Federal Theatre Project, the play in music takes satirical aim at exploitative labor and everyone who enables corruption. “What I wanted to hit home with the students, and with this production,” said guest director Sarah Shin, “is that change starts with empathy.”

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Ballet Dancer and Teacher Andrea Renee Long-Naidu Gives Artist Talk and Master Class at CA

“The arts are the healing balm of the world,” said Andrea Renee Long-Naidu in an artist talk at Concord Academy on April 27. CA dance program co-directors Rika Okamoto and Alex Brady moderated this all-school assembly, and the Q&A session gave students a chance to ask several questions about Long-Naidu‘s art form, her career as a professional dancer, and diversity in the dance world.

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CA Celebrates 100th Birthday with Centennial Days of Service and Sustainability

On April 22 and 23, the CA community united in honor of Concord Academy’s 100th birthday. On this historic occasion, the Centennial Days of Service and Sustainability involved listening, learning, and taking action. The celebration extended beyond campus to include alumnae/i, parents, and friends of the school. Together over these two days, CA community members made a difference for others, and for our planet, in support of the commitment in CA’s mission to build a more just and sustainable future.

read more

CA Students Get Involved in Supporting CA’s Sustainability Plan

Concord Academy’s sustainability plan is among the first of its kind from independent schools in the Northeast. When it was released in the spring of 2019, little did the world know that within a year a pandemic would upend life around the globe. While CA pivoted, progress toward the targets that had been outlined nevertheless continued. The plan outlines four major areas of focus for CA: institutional staffing support, reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, shifts to more sustainable dining and reducing food waste, and increasing the environmental sustainability of campus operations.

read more