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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
On January 7, the CA community gathered for the first chapel of the spring semester, given by Head of School Rick Hardy. “Welcome back, everyone,” he said, ”and here’s to a new year, indeed a new decade. May it bring us wisdom and joy in equal measure, and hope — perhaps this most of all.” Find the full copy of his remarks here.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.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
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.
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.”
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.
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.