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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.

Reunion Weekend 2019: Concord Academy Alumnae/i Reflect and Reconnect

From June 7 through June 9, CA welcomed more than 200 alumnae/i and former faculty back to campus. Idyllic spring weather set the tone for a reunion weekend with strong turnout and great energy.

Commencement 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.

Object Lessons: CA Students in a History of Concord Class Illuminate the Past at the Concord Museum

Culminating a deep dive into what goes into making museum exhibitions, students in CA history teacher Kim Frederick’s history course Object Permanence: Concord and the American Nation gave gallery talks on May 9 at the Concord Museum.

CA Book Club, Thursday, February 27

Our next meeting will be Thursday, February 27, beginning with a potluck dinner at 6:00 p.m. We will be discussing The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai. This book is set against the AIDS crisis in Chicago in the 1980s and looks at how AIDS not only ravaged the gay community in Chicago in the 1980s and ’90s but also continued to impact lives decades later. This book has won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award; is a New York Times top 10 book of 2018; won an LA Times book prize, an ALA Carnegie Medal, and the Stonewall Book Award; and is soon to be a major television event, optioned by Amy Poehler, so it should definitely be on your reading list!

We hope you will put this date on your calendars and plan to join us. We would really love to see some parents from the classes of 2021, 2022, and 2023 in addition to the senior class and parents of alumnae/i who have been regular participants. The book club is a great chance to connect on a more personal level with other CA parents. Please RSVP to Michele Scavongelli at vanleer@comcast.net.

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CA Film Teacher Justin Bull’s Screenplay Wins Filmaka Competition

CA film teacher Justin Bull’s screenplay for A Banquet won the Filmaka Screenplay Competition, which will put the film into production in the coming year. Bull’s work on the project — a supernatural, psychological horror story that tackles religious faith, mental health, and the boundaries of maternal love — was partially supported by funding from Concord Academy’s Katherine Carton Hammer ’68 Endowed Faculty Chair, which Bull held from 2015 through 2018. For more about his screenplay, visit the Filmaka website.

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Test of Emergency Mass Notification System

During the afternoon of Friday, December 20, we will be conducting a test of our emergency mass notification system. During the test of this system, called Alertus, will activate both the emergency beacons across campus and the associated app that some have downloaded. While we will change the alert notification language to explicitly reflect the fact that it is a test, we want to let you know in advance so that you will not be surprised by any notice you may receive or activity you may observe on campus. If you have any questions, please be in touch with Michael McSorley at michael_mcsorley@concordacademy.org.

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Support CA & Aussie Wildlife at The Battle, Friday, January 31

The entire Concord community is looking forward to cheering on our four basketball teams and the wrestling squad as they host Lexington Christian Academy in the Battle of Lexington and Concord on Friday, January 31. The event will also serve as a fundraiser for the Australian wildlife rescue organization WIRES (Wildlife Information, Rescue and Educational Services). CA’s student athletic council will be selling T-shirts at the event to support the rescue service. This is the 17th edition of “the Battle.” CA won last year and looks to defend the Red Drum trophy on home “turf” by prevailing in at least three of the five scheduled contests. All games will be played at the SHAC. The girls JV basketball game will start at 3:30 p.m., boys JV basketball at 4:45 p.m., coed varsity wrestling at 5:00 p.m., girls varsity basketball at 6:00 p.m., and boys varsity basketball at 7:30 p.m.

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Searching for Internship Opportunities

CA’s InSPIRE (Interested Students Pursuing Internship Research Experiences) program is looking to connect with the CA parent community as we start searching for opportunities for summer 2020! InSPIRE provides six- to eight-week unpaid, research-based experiences to students in the greater Boston area during the summer after their junior year. Students are matched with mentors based on their interests. We are hoping to expand our partnerships to include arts and design, curatorial and archival practices, and humanities research. Please contact Peter Boskey ’08 (peter_boskey@concordacademy.org) for more information.

Last year’s InSPIRE partnerships included:
Machine learning at Harvard University
Data analysis at Salary.com
CRISPR research at Tufts University
Social learning at Boston University and the Museum of Science
Genomic medicine at Mass General Hospital
Genetic clinical trial research at Dana Farber

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Feedback on End-of-Semester Assessment Period

We would appreciate your feedback on your child’s experience of the end of the fall semester. Thanks to those who have already completed the survey. If you have not and would like to share your thoughts, please use this survey to do so. We are also collecting feedback from students, faculty, and staff and will use these responses as we look ahead to future semesters. 

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NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference and NAIS People of Color Conference

CA sent six students to the NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC) in early December and nine adults to the NAIS People of Color Conference (PoCC). This year’s conference was held in Seattle, Wash. One student said of their SDLC experience, “It was being with 2000 other diverse like-minded kids from all over the world that made it special.”

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Performing Arts Student Achievements

The Performing Arts Department would like to congratulate and recognize the following students for their achievements:

Jimmy Cai ’22 (cello – orchestra)
Gary Sun ’22 (tenor – chorus)
Adam Winograd ’21 (violin – orchestra)

On their acceptance to the Massachusetts Music Educators Association (MMEA) Eastern Senior Festival District ensembles. Over 1,000 high-schoolers around the Eastern District auditioned for limited spots in a number of ensembles. Students were evaluated on rudiments such as sight-reading, scales, and musicianship. Concerts will be held at the Boston Latin School on Saturday, January 11, 2020.

Henry Patton ’21 (tenor)

On his acceptance into the International High School Honors Concert Choir. The choir represents some of the “finest young performers internationally” and will perform at Carnegie Hall in February 2020. Henry also auditioned and was recently admitted into one of the Handel and Haydn Society Youth Choruses for the upcoming season.

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Visual Arts News

The CA Fall Film Assembly will take place on Wednesday, January 8, at 2:25 p.m. in the P.A.C. The assembly features a collection of works from the fall Introduction to Film Production and Introduction to Animation courses.

Additionally, the 2019 Fall Visual Arts Show will take place on Thursday, January 9, beginning with a presentation on “How to Look and What to See” in the P.A.C., followed by an open reception in the MAC. The show features at least one work from each student that enrolled in a visual arts course last semester.

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