Reaffirming Concord Academy’s core values, the school’s renewed mission statement calls on everyone to engage. See what learning looks like on campus today and how alumnae/i Eric Nguyen ’00, Izzy Lowell ’98, Tony Patt ’83, and Amy Longsworth ’76 are working to create a more just and sustainable world.
Concord Academy has become one of the first independent schools in the greater Boston area to adopt a holistic campus sustainability plan. Approved by the Board of Trustees in the spring, the plan defines targets in the categories of food, greenhouse gas reduction, building operations, and institutional support that the school has pledged to meet by its centennial in 2022.
Seeing hunger in their communities, some CA alumnae/i have found their own ways to address it. Kezia Parsons Simister ’95 organizes donations to the Arlington, Mass., food pantry. Mim Locke ’64 lives and works at the Martin de Porres House of Hospitality in San Francisco. And Mallory Cerkleski ’16 manages a mobile farmer’s market that serves urban customers in Greensboro, N.C.
The lineup for CA’s Environmental Symposium lecture series this fall consists exclusively of young alumnae/ i who have been returning to CA to share their sustainability research and work. In October, Phoebe Chatfield ’14 spoke about her environmental advocacy work. On November 4, Sophie Drew ’15 presented about soil sequestering of carbon. Students, alumnae/i, parents, faculty, staff, and friends of CA are invited to attend the upcoming speakers’ talk.
Tuesday, December 3
Performing Arts Center – 7:00 p.m.
Austen Sharpe ’14 and Eliza Thomas ’14 will discuss their recent internships with, respectively, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (renewable energy markets and policy) and the Cape Eleuthera Institute (tropical marine biology research).
A life-changing trip to Nepal led this acclaimed architect to change careers and open her business, Doula X Design. “Now I’m helping one woman at a time, one family at a time,” she says.
The CEO and co-founder of Modulate, a startup that creates “voice skins” that alter people’s voices for online use, weighs in on the risks and benefits of this new technology.
On November 1, CA hosted the EIL cross-country championships at Great Brook State Park for the second consecutive year. After a week of rain and high winds earlier in the day, the teams and fans were treated to near perfect racing conditions at start time. In the boys’ race, CA finished a close second to Landmark in a race that was not decided until the final 100 meters. CA’s Reza Eshghi ’20 won the individual title, and five CA runners earned league All-Star by finishing in the top 15. In the girls’ race, half of CA’s runners set personal bests and several others had season-best performances as the girls finished sixth overall. Go Green!
Concord Academy provides academic progress reports for your children electronically in the parent portal. These fall interim reports will be available through the portal starting on Friday, November 2. Please understand that these comments are meant to be tentative, informal evaluations that precede the more thorough evaluations provided at the end of the first semester. They do not become part of a student’s transcript. All teachers do report averages of C- or below. Our intent is to gather support and strategies for students who may be struggling in the early going.
Exam Treats is one of CA’s sweetest traditions; delivering bags of treats to students mailboxes just before exams. You will hear more about Exam Treats in the coming weeks, but we ask that you consider putting aside any extra Halloween candy you have for this effort before you give it away! If you would like to drop off candy now, please email Meredith Walsh, parent program officer, at email@example.com.