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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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Kevin Jennings Speaks about Making History at Concord Academy

November 26, 2018

The Community and Equity assembly on November 15 was a high point in this year’s 30th-anniversary celebration of Concord Academy’s GSA. Formerly the Gay-Straight Alliance, now known as the Gender Sexuality Alliance, this revolutionary safe space for LGBTQ+ people and allies was the first high school organization of its kind. Three decades after Kevin Jennings, then a CA history teacher, catalyzed the GSA’s founding, Concord Academy warmly welcomed him back to campus to present an assembly, “500 Years of Queers: An Overview of America’s LGBTQ History.” Jennings employed an educator’s seasoned instincts for engaging with complex subject matter and knowing when to get personal. His talk was adapted from a presentation he used to deliver in schools around Boston for LGBTQ History Month (which Jennings helped create). At CA, he demonstrated why knowing this history matters.

Message for Parents of Winter Athletes

November 16, 2018

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.

2018–19 Davidson Lecturer Patsy Aldana ’64 Speaks about Migrant Children at Risk

November 13, 2018

On November 8, 2018–19 Davidson Lecturer Patsy Aldana ’64 spoke at CA about the plight of migrant children in crisis. Reviewing the history of U.S. involvement in Central America and the conditions in the Northern Triangle — El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras — she argued that instead of being demonized as threats to the United States, migrants should be understood as people whose history is closely tied to Americans’. The present circumstances have made thousands of children extremely vulnerable, she said, and hence worthy of protection.


CA Parent Book Group on Tomorrow, November 14, at 6 p.m.

November 13, 2018

The next meeting of the CA Parent Book Group will be Wednesday, November 14, at 6 p.m. in one of the living room spaces in Belknap, the Admissions Office building. We will be discussing The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen. Our meetings provide an opportunity to meet other CA parents in a relaxed setting. Come mingle over a light meal, discuss the book and related issues, and help select the next book and meeting time. You do not have to have read the book to participate. If you have any questions, please contact Judy Osher P’17 ’19 ( or Frank Craig P’14 ’17 (

Thank you Harvest Luncheon Volunteers!

November 12, 2018

The Harvest Faculty/Staff Appreciation Luncheon was a huge success thanks to the record-breaking 75 parent volunteers who contributed to the event! Thank you to everyone who provided the incredible array of beautiful and delicious dishes, and the many wonderful and thoughtful takeaway gifts! Thank you to those who gave their time to set up before the luncheon, picked up catered items, and cleaned up throughout the day — we couldn’t have done it without you! The Valentine Faculty/Staff Appreciation Luncheon will be held on February 12, 2019. We look forward to partnering with all of you again, along with many new parent volunteers — please help us spread the word! With gratitude, Dawn Ryan (Shane ’20) and Leigh Weaver (Nash ’20)

2018 PSAT Scores Available December 11

November 12, 2018

Sophomores and juniors will be able to access their 2018 PSAT scores online on approximately December 11. Students who provided an email address during the PSAT administration should receive a message from the College Board linking them directly to the PSAT score portal. Students who do not receive such an email need not worry; they can simply go to and log in to view their scores. If a sophomore or junior has an issue accessing PSAT scores, the student should call the College Board at 866-756-7346.

Holiday Music Concert on Friday, December 14

November 11, 2018

Come to celebrate the end of the semester with some beautiful music! Join us on Friday, December 14 for CA’s annual Holiday Music Concert, featuring Chorus, CA Singers, Chamber Music Ensembles, and Student Singing Group. The show begins at 8 p.m. in the Chapel. No tickets are required, and anyone is welcome!

Help Make Exam Week Sweet! Candy Donations Needed!

November 11, 2018

The Exam Treats Committee is looking for your help with one of CA’s sweetest traditions! We are looking for donations of candy — any type of individually-wrapped candy, in any quantity. Your candy can be dropped off in the bin just inside the front door of Aloian by Thursday, December 13. You can also order candy on Amazon (, select “Concord Academy” as the charity/non-profit, and have it shipped directly to school: Concord Academy, c/o Meredith Walsh, 166 Main Street, Concord, MA 01742. Thank you so much for your support! For questions or more information please contact Missy Steiner-Griffiths ( ) or Kim Tesson (

CA Athletics Teams Enjoyed A Successful Fall Season!

November 11, 2018

Congratulations to Concord Academy’s fall sports teams! With strong finishes to the regular season and several teams advancing to the postseason, CA athletics enjoyed another successful fall. Click through to read the full recap by Director of Athletics Sue Johnson.