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Live an Attentive Life:Assistant Head of School and Academic Dean John Drew P’15 ’19 Gives Parting Commencement Address in CA’s 97th Year

June 04, 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. Some of his advice for CA’s newly minted alumnae/i: “Being awake to your surroundings is essential. You and the world both need that attention and connection.”

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Commencement 2019

June 4, 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. Some of his advice for CA’s newly minted alumnae/i: “Being awake to your surroundings is essential. You and the world both need that attention and connection.”

Summer Reading Lists for Students

June 1, 2019

The summer reading lists for students for returning students is on CA Connect. All lists for grades 9–12 can be found here.

Taking In the World at a Human Pace: Some Recent CA Faculty and Student Pilgrimages

May 24, 2019

CA students and teachers will soon set out on a pilgrimage along a portion of the Camino de Santiago in Galicia. Others have made pilgrimages here in New England and around the world.

Object Lessons: CA Students in a History of Concord Class Illuminate the Past at the Concord Museum

May 24, 2019

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.

 

NCAA Transgender Swimmer Schuyler Bailar Brings His Inspiring Story to Concord Academy

May 21, 2019

Why do we give attention to people who are coming out as trans or LGBTQ? How does doing so either normalize or sensationalize their existence? These are some of the candid, hard-to-frame questions that Concord Academy students had the opportunity to ask on May 16 of visiting speaker Schuyler Bailar, the first openly transgender athlete to compete on a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division 1 men’s team.

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

May 17, 2019

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 essay, image, and poetry, Rankine strives in Citizen to reveal and make palpable implicit bias and the mechanisms of everyday racism. In her presentation during the school day, she illuminated some of the book’s most memorable passages and artworks for CA students. Rankine graciously signed books afterward for a long line of students and faculty, as she did again later that evening for a sizable audience of CA parents, alumnae/i, and friends. With parents, Rankine read from her upcoming book, Just Us: An American Conversation, an exploration of whiteness in American culture, and spoke about the creative actions of The Racial Imaginary Institute (TRII), a collective of writers and artists that she co-founded to capture, as the group says, “the enduring truth of race: it is an invented concept that nevertheless operates with extraordinary force in our daily lives, limiting our movements and imaginations.” Read more about her visit.

What the Spotlight Shows: 2018–19 Hall Fellow Josh Duboff ’04 on Celebrity Journalism

May 8, 2019

“I’ve always been greatly interested in the trappings of celebrity,” says Josh Duboff ’04, a senior writer for Vanity Fair and a leading voice in celebrity journalism. In addition to writing about actors, musicians, and influencers, he has a keen interest in the people who surround and support famous individuals. Duboff shared his insights into reporting on entertainment and popular culture as Concord Academy’s 2018–19 Hall Fellow on March 27 and 28.

CA Students Host First Concord Academy Women in Technology Conference

May 7, 2019

From coding to career advice, Concord Academy’s first Women in Technology (CA WiT) conference, Taking Crtl 2019, engaged participants in thought-provoking discussion and hands-on experiences. Taking place throughout the day on Saturday, April 27, this first annual conference brought together female and nonbinary high school and middle school students through a shared interest in technology. WiT introduced younger students to concepts and skills and supported and empowered students already passionate about entering the field.

Red and Blue Day 2019

May 4, 2019

The tradition continues! This year’s surprise announcement of Red and Blue Day came on May 3. Students played games of cornhole and Spikeball, ran sponge bucket relays and three-legged races on the fields, played dodgeball in the SHAC, and roamed the campus in a scavenger hunt. After a light drizzle became a harder rain, everyone headed into the gym, where students took turns cheering for their teams and faced off in the final contests of the day: several rounds of rock, paper, scissors and tug-of-war. At the end of the afternoon, with a 10-point lead, the blue team carried the day. Many thanks to Student Head of School Ananya Pani, Student Vice Head of School Owen Elton, and Student Council for their efforts over more than a month to plan the event, and to all the faculty and staff who contributed. View photos from the field day in our Red and Blue Day gallery.

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