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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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Fall 2018 Issue of CA Magazine

November 10, 2018

The fall 2017 issue of Concord Academy magazine is out. You can read feature stories from this issue and interactive online exclusives on CA’s website.

November PIN Meeting: “Resisting the Irresistible: Understanding and Combating Addictive Technology” by Jonathan R. Werner

November 10, 2018

The next PIN meeting will be held on Friday, November 30 at Milton Academy in Milton, MA. There will be 9 a.m. coffee and a presentation from 9:30–11 a.m.

Why can’t we put our phones down? How are they affecting our relationships, our children, and our lives? And what can we do about it? Join us on Friday, November 30, to explore this important topic. This discussion derives its focus and title from Adam Alter’s book, Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked. Whether or not you have an opportunity to read the book, all are encouraged to attend. The discussion will address the rise of behavioral addiction and examine why so many of today’s products are irresistible — how and why their extraordinary and sometimes damaging magnetism is no accident. We will also think through ways we can effectively fight back against the tide of distraction, both as families in our own homes and as partners with our school communities.

Fighting Against Hate With Love: Mark Berger ’06 on The Laramie Project

October 27, 2018

On October 2, Mark Berger ’06 gave a talk hours before CA’s opening night production of The Laramie Project, contextualizing the play as “about empathizing with people who are different.” A film, theater, and TV producer in New York and a former member of the touring cast of Tectonic Theater Project’s The Laramie Project and the world premiere of The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later, Berger share his firsthand knowledge of this influential work of theater. He spoke passionately about the dire implications of refusing to accept unwelcome narratives and instead substituting counterfactual ones — a message that resonates all the more deeply today. “We need to take big risks, ask uncomfortable questions, be fearless in our pursuit of truth,” he said. Click through to watch the video of his talk.

Filmmaker Catherine Saalfield Gund ’83, Honored with the 2018 Joan Shaw Herman Award, Speaks at CA

October 19, 2018

The powerful independent documentary films that Catherine Saalfield Gund ’83 has created over her more than 20 years as a director and producer — films that partner with activists and support movements for social justice — have earned her critical acclaim and Emmy nominations. This spring, they also earned a distinction unique to Concord Academy graduates, the Joan Shaw Herman Award for Distinguished Service. Gund accepted the award in a recorded speech for fellow alumnae/i during her 30th reunion in June and returned to campus on October 18 to speak with CA students, faculty, and staff about her work, her personal journey, and the movements that matter immensely to her. Her talk left the CA community deeply moved and inspired.

Midterm comments available November 2

October 15, 2018

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, which precede the more thorough evaluations provided at the end of the first semester.

Volunteers Needed for Chandler Bowl on October 20

October 15, 2018

Save the date! This year’s Chandler Bowl will be held on Saturday, October 20, at Concord Academy. We are looking for people to bring food, beverages, and other treats to the Chandler Bowl for students and families to enjoy while they cheer our teams on. CA parent volunteers will reach out to team parents separately to coordinate all of this.

PIN Meeting on 10/26: How to Help Teens Manage Stress and Stay Alcohol & Drug-free

October 15, 2018

What role does stress play in substance use and abuse in adolescents? How can parents and caregivers strengthen protective factors to keep teens healthy and drug-free? How should we talk to teens about alcohol, drugs, and setting limits? Will Slotnick will help parents sort through these issues while providing up-to-date information on alcohol, nicotine, marijuana, and other drugs; warning signs of use and abuse; and strategies for teaching teens how to manage their stress. Join us on October 26 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Brimmer and May, 60 Middlesex Road, Chestnut Hill, Mass. Street parking is available.

And read notes from the last PIN meeting about understanding anxiety in teens.

Thank you for attending Family Weekend!

October 15, 2018

Whether from around the corner or from across the world, families traveled last week to Concord Academy to visit with their children, get to know fellow parents, and take part in the CA experience. They visited students’ classes and studios, cheered from the sidelines at athletic competitions, met with teachers and advisors, and viewed students’ artistic endeavors. Works in progress were presented by vocal and instrumental groups, CA Dance Project, and the performers in the fall mainstage production, The Laramie Project. Panel discussions addressed student trips, Global Online Academy, college counseling, and Community & Equity programming, among other topics. Several events for families, including parent class socials, a meeting of the parents’ book group, a gathering for families of students of color, and the annual community dinner hosted by CA Parents drew the community together. See photos from Family Weekend here.

Celebrating CA Houses and the Centennial Campaign, the Concord Academy Community Gathers in Gratitude

October 15, 2018

The school year opened with optimism, thanks in part to the remarkable contributions of many to the Centennial Campaign for Concord Academy, which have enabled transformative renovations and expansions to houses and common rooms, significant investments in our students and faculty, and the beginning of a major investment in Haines and Hobson houses. On October 4, we paused to give thanks — thanks to donors for their vital support and enduring belief in CA’s promise for the future, thanks for CA’s mission, and thanks for the remarkable energy we are experiencing with this campaign.

Flu Shots Available October 17

October 15, 2018

As of Wednesday, October 17, the nurses will have flu vaccine available for all students. The flu vaccine is state-supplied and therefore free of charge. Students are invited to come to the nurses for this very important vaccination during their free blocks or after classes. Parental consent is required to receive this vaccine if you are under 18 years of age.