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Laura Twichell '01 Named Interim Academic Dean

January 09, 2019

I am very pleased to announce that Laura Twichell ’01 has agreed to serve as CA’s interim academic dean for 2019-20, beginning on July 1. She is respected for her skills as a learning leader, her commitment to issues of equity and inclusion, and her thoughtful approach to mentoring students.

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An Update on CA’s New Campus Safety Measures

September 17, 2018

In response to questions we received about gaining access to CA on nights and weekends, we wanted to provide you a more detailed update. Should you be visiting campus on evenings (7:30 p.m. through 7 a.m.) or weekends (Friday at 7:30 p.m. through Monday at 7 a.m.), access to the buildings will be limited to those with the card access. For school events, we will be “unlocking” some doors so visitors can gain access. Should you need to enter a building during evenings and weekends with no school events, you will need to be in touch with your child for access, as we don’t have these buildings staffed or an intercom system to admit visitors. While we realize this is a shift in our usual habits of accessing school buildings, our intention is to increase the safety of our community. It will be a learning curve for all of us, but we appreciate your cooperation. Since this is new to all of us, we’re prepared to make modifications or adjustments as situations arise. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Don Kingman,

Filming Near CA on Sunday, September 23

September 17, 2018

Ungrown Productions, LLC will be filming in connection with a program currently entitled “Untitled Chris Keyser Project” on Sunday September 23, 2018. The filming will occur on Belknap Street, which is diagonally across from the West Gate parking lot. While filming will not be taking place on CA’s campus, the head of school’s house at 228 Main Street will be in the background of some of the filming and so we are asking our community to please stay away from this area as much as possible on Sunday. The film crew will be renting spaces in our West Gate lot, and so we ask that non-campus residents please park elsewhere that day should you need to come to campus.

InSPIRE Poster Session on September 25 at 5:30 p.m. in LABS Room 315

September 17, 2018

During the summer, talented CA students work in a variety of summer science research internships both through the Concord Academy InSPIRE program as well as university-run programs and via internships they secure on their own. This year, 10 rising seniors participated in the InSPIRE program and will be presenting highlights of their summer research. Please join us for an evening of science on September 25 at 5:30 p.m. in CA Labs Room 315. All are welcome.

Save the Date: Family Weekend, October 11–13

September 16, 2018

Please plan to join us this fall for Concord Academy’s Family Weekend, which will run from the evening of Thursday, October 11, through the afternoon of Saturday, October 13. It promises to be a busy weekend filled with class visits and meetings with teachers and advisors. There will be many opportunities to observe work in the art studios and Performing Arts Center, cheer on student-athletes, tour school facilities, hear from the College Counseling Office (CCO), and connect with new and familiar friends.

Best Practices and Fun Facts about our Dining Services

September 16, 2018

CA’s dining team works incredibly hard to provide the community with delicious, well-balanced meals — three times a day, seven days a week. Did you know the dining hall composts about a ton of material each month? Or that the spinach on the salad bar is always organic? Or that the soft serve is dairy-free and made from only three ingredients? Read more about other fun facts and key pieces of information on keeping our dining hall interesting and safe.

Thanksgiving Break Details

September 15, 2018

Our first school break of the year is just around the corner. CA will be closed the entire week of Thanksgiving this year. Please note that this is a shift from last year.

We will have a normal school day and athletic/extracurricular schedule on Friday, November 16. (To be sure your child does not miss an after school commitment, please check with them regarding their winter athletic/extracurricular expectations before scheduling their travel.) The boarding houses will close at 12 noon on Saturday, November 17. CA will provide transportation for boarders to Logan Airport and South Station on Saturday, November 17, departing at 9 a.m.

The boarding houses will then reopen on Sunday, November 25, at 4 p.m. CA will provide transportation for boarders on Sunday, November 25, departing from Logan Airport/South Station at 7 p.m. and arriving back at CA at 8 p.m. We hope all boarders will return to their houses by 8 p.m. on Sunday evening. Classes will resume at 8:40 a.m. on Monday, November 26.

2018–19 Convocation Remarks: Student Head of School Ananya Pani ’19

September 5, 2018

On September 4, Student Head of School Ananya Pani ’19 delivered these remarks at the 2018–19 Convocation.

CA Campus Photos

September 5, 2018

In each issue of the parent newsletter, we want to provide you, our families, a visual glimpse of what is going on around campus — from larger events such as Convocation and Commencement to smaller happenings such as weekend trips and evenings baking with house faculty. Rather than the individual news stories we shared last year, we have decided to organize all of our photos into web galleries. This should make your viewing experience much more seamless and fluid. For this week, you may find images from Orientation and Convocation.

Host Family BBQ on Thursday, September 6, at 6 p.m.

September 4, 2018

Host families are invited to join us for a barbecue on Thursday, September 6, at 6 p.m. in the Ransome Room (MAC). This is an opportunity for host families and students to connect/reconnect, share contact information, and eat together! Dinner will be served.

Opening Concord Academy’s 97th School Year, Convocation Remarks Ground the Community in CA’s History, Traditions, and Opportunities for Individual Influence

September 4, 2018

On September 4, CA welcomed returning students, faculty, and staff to Concord Academy’s 97th school year in the Elizabeth B. Hall Chapel. Head of School Rick Hardy encouraged new students and teachers to embrace the opportunities that this new beginning brings. Fay Lampert Shutzer ’65, president of the Board of Trustees, recalled her own senior chapel talk. Student Head of School Ananya Pani ’19 urged students to understand how they as individuals can nurture CA’s mission. And Dean of Faculty Sarah Yeh spoke about CA as the school her mother attended, the lasting influence of faculty emerita Sylvia Mendenhall, and of the chapel tradition. Click through for remarks in full.