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Announcing the 2020 Joan Shaw Herman Award Recipient and Launch of the #CACares Campaign

Established in 1976, the Joan Shaw Herman Award for Distinguished Service is presented annually to a member of the CA community — the school’s only award recognizes the work of CA graduates who have demonstrated dedication to service in either a professional or volunteer capacity.

We are proud to announce that Anne Pfitzer ’85 has been chosen by the selection committee for her contributions to international public health, in particular in the areas of family planning, maternal-newborn health and survival, and HIV/AIDS prevention.

2020 Centennial Hall Fellow Anita Lo ’84 Shares Insights on Food, Culture, and Community

On January 22 and 23, Concord Academy honored acclaimed chef Anita Lo ’84 as the 2020 Centennial Hall Fellow. At the Boston Public Market, Lo offered a cooking experience for fellow alumnae/i, and in her Hall Fellow Lecture at CA, she told her life story and discussed the importance of food to culture and in creating communities where people can belong as they are.

Introducing CA’s New Dean of Academic Program and Equity

Concord Academy is pleased to announce that Robert Munro has accepted an offer to serve as Dean of Academic Program and Equity, beginning on July 1. In this newly-configured senior administrative position, Munro will oversee the academic program and lead the institution’s diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice efforts. This role is focused on the nexus of academics and equity, understanding that a school cannot be academically excellent without equity.

Concord Academy Boys Varsity Soccer Captures EIL and NEPSAC Titles

On Sunday, November 17, the Concord Academy boys varsity soccer won the first outright NEPSAC Championship in the program’s history, after clinching the EIL title earlier in the season.

Art and Climate Activism Intersect in CA Dance Project’s Bewilderness

CA Dance Project’s fall 2019 original production, Bewilderness, which the group performed twice on November 15, cast a spell on its audiences. Captivating, immersive, and visually stunning, the performance addressed the environmental crisis with urgency and beauty, to riveting live music in a score that included the voice of Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg.

CA Performing Arts Department Presents a Magical Performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Concord Academy’s fall 2019 mainstage production of one of Shakespeare’s great comedies, A Midsummer Nights’s Dream, directed by Megan Schy Gleeson, was a magical evening of madcap theater.

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.

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.

EIL and NEPSAC Honor CA Student-Athletes

At the end the fall 2019 season, a number of Concord Academy competitors have received special distinction from the Eastern Independent League (EIL) and New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC). Congratulations to all of Concord Academy’s dedicated athletes and coaches. View the awards list here>

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Fall 2019 CA Magazine

The fall 2019 issue of CA Magazine examines Concord Academy’s recently renewed mission statement and invites readers to engage in the building of a more just and sustainable world. This issue also celebrates the completion of the William M. Bailey Commons and, with it, the CA Houses initiative. Learn about student, faculty, and alumnae/i experiences and achievements, new books from CA authors, and much more. Read more>

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January CCO Workshop for Juniors and Junior Parents

We hope you can join us on Saturday, January 11, at 9:00 a.m. in the P.A.C. for the formal beginning of the college process. Required for all juniors, this meeting serves as an introduction to the year ahead. The program will feature some remarks from Rick Hardy as well as the college counseling staff, a presentation by a dean of admissions, and a Q&A panel with current CA seniors. Please note that we will start promptly at 9:00 a.m., so if you wish to have coffee or breakfast beforehand, kindly plan accordingly. The workshop will end at noon, at which time there will be two hour-long optional sessions, one regarding financial aid and another about the role of athletics in the college process. Please note that the day’s schedule does not allow for individual meetings with students and parents; we assure you that we will find future opportunities to connect either face-to-face or over the phone or Skype.

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Message for Parents of Winter Athletes

Congratulations on your child earning a position on a CA winter team sport! It is an honor to represent CA on the court, slope, and mat. Your child will be in great hands, as our winter coaching staff is a committed and talented group of educators. Sue Johnson, director of athletics, focuses on supporting the students and coaches as they pursue their team and individual goals this winter. In this article, she points out a few items to assist parents in following and supporting your child’s team in the coming weeks.

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CA Student Work in Photography Exhibition

For the second year, CA photography students will have work in the Griffin Museum of Photography High School Photography Exhibition at Regis College. Katherine Stirling-Ellis ’20 and Shanirah Rodriguez-Ponde ’20, who are pursuing independent work through departmental studies in photography this year, will each have two pieces in the juried show. The exhibition of student work from approximately 19 schools will run January 5-12, with an opening reception and presentation of awards on Sunday, January 5, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Carney Gallery at Regis College, 235 Wellesley Street, Weston, MA 02493.

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Final Details for End-of-Semester Assessments

We have worked with students and faculty to finalize the details of the end-of-semester plan. Please use this link to view schedule details for the final weeks of the semester as well as details students have received about final assessments, including a few changes made in collaboration with students and teachers: Houses will be open more, day students can arrive and depart more flexibly, and office hours will be offered in the penultimate week.

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CA Holiday Music Concert December 13

Join us for the annual CA Holiday Music Concert on Friday, December 13, at 8:00 p.m. in the Chapel. No tickets are required.

If you are able to help with donations for the reception after the show, please click here

If you are the parent of a boarding student, you can help too! Please follow this Amazon link and items will be sent directly to CA.

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CA and the 1619 Project: Contemplating the Enduring Legacies of Slavery in American Life

In fall 2019, the CA community took time to consider the significance of the arrival of slavery 400 years ago in what came to be the United States, and how that history continues to shape American life. A student-led assembly and an evening panel discussion engaged attendees in grappling with this most difficult legacy and offered a window into some of the impactful ways history is taught at Concord Academy.

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