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Laura Twichell '01 Named Interim Academic Dean

February 06, 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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Reunion Registration is Live!

February 20, 2019

If your class year ends in a 4 or 9, it’s your reunion year! We hope you will make plans to join friends across generations for a fun-filled weekend your whole family will enjoy. Reunion registration is now available! To learn more about reunion, including the full weekend schedule, click here. To register and see who’s coming from your class, click here. Whether it has been five years or 50 since you were last on campus, we look forward to welcoming you home!

Questions? Contact Emily Walberg, alumnae/i program officer, at emily_walberg@concordacademy.org or 978-402-2248.

In a Guest Artist Residency, Lily Kind ’04 Brings Her Love of Vernacular and Experimental Dance Back to CA

February 19, 2019

The love Lily Kind ’04 has for vernacular and vaudevillian dance traditions and her abiding interest in taking risks were evident in her teaching approach during her two-week visit to CA in January. Kind is one in a series of professional dance artists — including Alexander Brady and Rika Okamoto from Twyla Tharp Dance — who have come to campus this year to work with and choreograph for the CA Dance Project and guest-teach dance classes. The Dance Company (now Dance Project), which she took part in all four of her years as a CA student, anchored her experience. “It’s where I learned how to be an artist,” she says.”

Uniting Her Passions for Crafting, Environmental Advocacy, and Helping Fellow Teens, Audrey Lin ’19 is “Matting Change”

February 16, 2019

To transform a heap of waste into a sleeping mat for a young person experiencing homelessness, it takes between 600 and 700 plastic shopping bags and 15 to 20 hours of an individual’s time. “It’s a labor of love,” says Concord Academy student Audrey Lin ’19. But it’s one she has convinced others to take on along with her through her senior project — teaching groups to make plastic yarn (or “plarn”) from discarded single-use plastic bags and to use it to crochet lightweight, portable, bug-free, waterproof sleeping mats. The project unites her love of craft with her passion for environmental advocacy.

Upcoming Performing Arts Events

February 15, 2019

Winter Mainstage Musical: Hair
Friday and Saturday, February 22 and 23, at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center (P.A.C.)
Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by contacting Jessica Cloutier-Plasse at jessica_cloutier-plasse@concordacademy.org.
To volunteer for the post-show reception for Hair, click here.

CA Dance Project performance: Uprise
Friday, March 1 at 7:00 and 9:00 p.m. in the Dance Studio
Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by contacting Jessica Cloutier-Plasse at jessica_cloutier-plasse@concordacademy.org.
To volunteer for the post-show reception for Uprise, click here.

Join other parents to discuss “The Person You Mean To Be” on February 27

February 15, 2019

The CA Parents Book Group will be discussing The Person You Mean to Be: How Good People Fight Bias by Dolly Chugh at our next meeting on Wednesday, February 27, at 6 p.m. at a parent’s home in Concord. Join the discussion about how to stand up for the values of equality, diversity, and inclusion, and learn the science that explains why bias exists and why it leads to winners and losers. As always, you are welcome whether or not you have read the book. We will share food starting at 6 p.m., then discuss the issues raised the book and pick our next read. If you plan to attend please contact Judy Osher P’17 ’19 (ja.os@verizon.net) or Frank Craig P’14 ’17 (fpcraig404@gmail.com) for location details.

“Developing Youth Leadership” — PIN Meeting at BB&N on Friday, March 1

February 15, 2019

Kevin Ballen from ENGAGE, a program of the YMCA, will be joining the next PIN meeting to talk about developing empathetic, teen civic leaders. The workshop will focus on how schools and parents can develop empathy and a sense of justice within their young people. The workshop will also discuss how to involve youth in meaningful service and leadership work both in school and at home. Participants will leave with tangible tools and plans to spice up community service with their young people.

“Developing Youth Leadership” at Buckingham Browne & Nichols, 46 Belmont Street in Watertown
Friday, March 1, registration 9–9:30 a.m. and meeting 9:30–11 a.m.

The meeting will be BB&N’s administrative campus at 46 Belmont Street location in Watertown.

Lunafest at CA on March 30

February 14, 2019

Together with Advocates for Women’s Empowerment, CA’s Community & Equity Office is proud to co-host our sixth annual Lunafest!

Lunafest is a juried women’s film festival that is shown in over 175 locations yearly. It supports women’s non-profits and the work of female filmmakers. Films are moving, sometimes funny, and always amazing. This year’s films were chosen from more than 100 worldwide entries. The lineup features eight provocative films made by and about women that tackle issues such as immigration, sexuality, parenthood, racism, and identity. Lunafest is appropriate for ages 11 and up.

We are proud to announce our 2019 beneficiary, Dignity in Asylum, a local female-led organization that provides safe transitional housing and support for asylum seekers, refugees, people who have been granted asylum, and unaccompanied minors at risk of homelessness. Their work is crucial and depends on our support.

The event will be on March 30 at Concord Academy’s Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. (Doors open at 7 p.m.) There will be a raffle and refreshments. Bring your friends for a fun night! You may purchase tickets here.

CA InSPIRE Program Seeking Mentors

February 13, 2019

Concord Academy’s InSPIRE Program provides qualified high school students with experiential and research-based internships in the Greater Boston Area in the summer between their junior and senior years. The program matches each student with a mentor in their field of interest for a multi-week, unpaid internship.

We are looking to speak with CA Parents who work in STEM, design, computer science/programming, curation and museum studies and may be interested in helping with the 2020 InSPIRE Program. We are not yet asking for a formal commitment to the program, but rather a quick conversation. If interested, please email your name, company/institution, and description of the work you do to Visual Arts Department Head Peter Boskey at peter_boskey@concordacademy.org. See more about the program here.

Recording of CA Parents Winter Meeting

February 12, 2019

On Wednesday, February 6, parents gathered in the Dance Studio for an interactive meeting lead by Dr. Liza Talusan on brave parenting and how to have courageous conversations with your kids. If you were unable to attend, you are able to download a full recording here.

Junior Class Leadership Retreat on March 29 and 30

February 12, 2019

The Junior Class Leadership Retreat this year is scheduled to take place on March 29 and 30. The purpose of this retreat is for the junior class to spend some time away from campus to focus on what leadership entails, in anticipation of becoming seniors the following year. The retreat will invite the juniors to consider their individual, class, and school leadership goals, and how they want to define their senior year. The retreat site this year is again at the Prindle Pond Conference Center in Charlton, Mass., an hour from campus. This retreat is a required event for all juniors. We will depart Concord Academy on March 29 at 2:30 p.m., and we will return by 4:30 p.m. on March 30. All students will need to bring an overnight bag, sheets, a blanket or sleeping bag, towels, and a pillow. Additional detailed information about what to pack (and what to leave home) will be passed along to your children as the date approaches. A note about juniors studying away from CA this semester: In the past, several students studying away from CA have returned for the weekend, however, it is not a requirement for those studying away, and indeed not possible for some. In past years, this weekend has proven to be wonderful, and we’re really looking forward to working with this year’s class during the upcoming weekend. If you have any questions, thoughts, or comments, please contact Sally Zimmerli.

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