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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. Read more

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.

Claudia Rankine Speaks about Citizen: An American Lyric at Concord Academy

On May 15, acclaimed poet Claudia Rankine brought to life the experience of Citizen: An American Lyric, an award-winning, genre-defying book of reflection, art, and cultural criticism, and a required text in Concord Academy’s sophomore English curriculum. Through...

Sustaining CA

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.

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Feeding the Need

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.

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Fall 2019 Environmental Symposium

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).

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Kim Holden ’84: Doula by Design

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.

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Mike Pappas ’10: Freedom of Voice

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.

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CA Hosts Cross-Country EIL Championship Race

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!

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Midterm Comments Available

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.

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Exam Treats: Save Your Extra Halloween Candy

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

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