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
A lot has been happening on and off campus since students arrived earlier this fall. Please have a look at some photo galleries we have put together: Family Weekend, Campus Scene.
Throughout the year, we will continue to add new photos to our main CA Parents Photo folder on SmugMug and will continue to share them with you in the parent newsletter!
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
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!!
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 email@example.com. And if you are able, please bring a dish for our pre-meeting potluck meal.
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, and Khinlei Myint-U, email@example.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.
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.
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.”