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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...

CA Wins Chandler Bowl Once Again

On a stunning fall afternoon, CA athletic teams traveled north to Pingree intent on retaining the Chandler Bowl trophy for the fourth consecutive year. The formula for success was five combined wins earned by JV volleyball, boys varsity cross-country, boys JV soccer, boys varsity soccer, and girls varsity volleyball. Read more

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CA Parents Council Held First-ever “Open” Council Meeting During Family Weekend

At Saturday’s meeting, the Council hosted a panel of senior administrators, including Laura Twichell, Sarah Yeh, Sally Zimmerli and Peter Boskey, each of whom described the main issues they plan to focus on this year. The issues ranged from grading equity, to carrying out the new mission, to faculty hiring, to the revised orientation plan, to student health and wellness issues, to C&E’s ongoing work with affinity groups and the student population in general. Read More

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Support the Performing Arts: Fall Mainstage Production

Join us for this year’s fall mainstage production, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Friday, November 8, and Saturday, November 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Tickets will go on sale in the coming weeks. If you are able to help with donations for the reception after the show, please click this Signup link. If you are the parent of a boarding student, you can help too! Please follow this Amazon link and ship items to Concord Academy, c/o Meredith Walsh, 126 Main Street, Concord MA 01742. Thank you for your support!! 

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CA Parents Book Club Will Meet on November 19

We had a wonderful first meeting of the CA Parents Book Club on Friday, October 11, during Parents Weekend in the Stu-Fac with more than 15 parents in attendance. We are very appreciative to CA history teacher Topi Dasgupta for facilitating our discussion of Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. It was also fascinating to hear from Jake Sussman P’20 (Julia ’20) about his past work with Attorney Stevenson. The next meeting of the CA Parents Book Club will take place on Tuesday, November 19, at 6:00 p.m. at the home of Peter and Michele Scavongelli P’20 (Missy ’20). Their home is very close to CA, and the address will be provided after you RSVP. Based on the feedback of attendees at the first meeting, we will be discussing The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates. If you are interested in attending and/or having your name added to the book club distribution list, please RSVP to Michele Scavongelli at vanleer@comcast.net. And if you are able, please bring a dish for our pre-meeting potluck meal.

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Midterm Comments Available November 1

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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Harvest Faculty/Staff Appreciation Luncheon Is Less Than Two Weeks Away

The Harvest Faculty/Staff Appreciation Luncheon is less than two weeks away, on Tuesday, October 29, and we still need more help! In particular, we need more main and side dishes. As parents, rarely do we have as direct an opportunity to share our gratitude for all that faculty and staff do. For boarding and busy parents, if you are interested in providing gifts or buying food, please email us directly (Irene Chu, irenehchu@verizon.net, and Khinlei Myint-U, khinlei@gmail.com) and we will help make arrangements for you. For parents who want to cook or bake, or would like to help set up and decorate for the luncheon, please sign up here. One last request: In previous years, students have written notes of gratitude that were posted on the wall for the faculty and staff to see. We think this is an important occasion to include parent voices as well. Please send us a short note of gratitude or an anecdote, and we will compile them along with the student notes. Thank you in advance for your time and contributions.

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Thank You For Attending Family Weekend

From far and near, families came to Concord Academy in October to experience a bit of what it’s like to be a CA student. During Family Weekend, parents attended classes, visited studios, met with teachers and advisors, and cheered on their children’s teams. Families got to know one another better at social gatherings, the annual Community Dinner hosted by CA Parents, and at this year’s first meeting of the CA Parents Book Club. Many attended a CA Parents Council meeting and conversations with the College Counseling Office staff. Others enjoyed open rehearsals of the fall mainstage production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and a Dance 3 class, as well as presentations by the Performing Arts Department of works in progress by a variety of student music groups and CA Dance Project. View photos from Family Weekend here.

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Kim Williams P’08 ’14 Becomes a Life Trustee

In 2019, Concord Academy’s Board of Trustees voted to make Kim Williams P’08 ’14 a life trustee. The five years Williams served as president, from 2013 to 2018, will be remembered, Head of School Rick Hardy said, as “a time of extraordinary progress for the school, a time when CA challenged itself to reach higher, and never to be complacent about its progress.”

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