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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.

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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Faculty Music Concert on January 10

Please join us for our first-ever Faculty Music Concert on Friday, January 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the SHAC dance studio. There will be classical and jazz performances. This show is free of charge, but seating is limited.

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Assembly and Master Class on January 16

The Concord Academy Dance Program welcomes Illstyle & Peace Productions on Thursday, January 16, for an assembly performance at 2:25 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center, followed by an open master class in the dance studio from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m.

Illstyle & Peace Productions is a multicultural, Philadelphia-based dance company founded in 2000 by Brandon “Peace” Albright. The company creates work rooted in contemporary, West African, old-school and new-school hip-hop, blended with an eclectic mix of dance and performance disciplines including locking, popping, breaking, tap, ballet, hip-hop & house dancing. Its members have toured to critical acclaim nationally and internationally and are committed to delivering positive messages, inspiration, and education to all audiences. Illstyle & Peace Productions were the 2013 U.S. Culture Ambassadors picked by the U.S. State Department and have toured Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine.

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February 22: CA Photography Alumnae/i Photography Exhibition

Join us as we celebrate 30 years of creativity, inspiration, and talent! An exhibition, “Origin Stories: Concord Academy Photography Alumnae/i Then and Now,” chronicling 30 years of the photography program at CA, will be on display February 1-29 at the Concord Free Public Library. The exhibition will also be shown on campus during reunion weekend, June 5-7, 2020. On Saturday, February 22, you are invited to see the exhibition and attend the public reception at the library from 3:00 to 4:45 p.m, then to cross the street to the Ransome Room on campus to meet some of the artists, along with members of the Visual Arts Department and other former faculty, during a special private gathering for the CA community. Click through for details and to register>

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Health Center News

Happy New Year and cheers to your health!

We would like to introduce our newest employee, Lisa Conlon, CPC. She has accepted our brand new position as the insurance specialist for the Health Center and started on October 7. Lisa comes to us with over 13 years of experience at Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass. She is a certified professional coder with the American Academy of Professional Coders and knows how to navigate the sometimes difficult language of private health insurance companies. She will serve as an interface between the Health Center and parents, students, insurance companies, and local providers. You may contact her with any health insurance questions or concerns at (978) 402-2218 or email her at lisa_conlon@concordacademy.org. 

Oftentimes, the New Year also means that your health insurance coverage has been renewed or has changed altogether. If you were sent a new health insurance ID card, prescription card, or eyeglass or dental card, please make sure you update that information with Lisa at the Health Center.

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Fall Film Assembly, January 8

The Fall Film Assembly will take place on Wednesday, January 8, at 2:25 p.m. in the P.A.C. Families are welcome to join us as we screen a selection of works from the fall 2019 film courses, including Introduction to Film Production and Introduction to Animation.

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Fall Visual Arts Show, January 9

The Fall Visual Art Show will have its opening on Thursday, January 9, at 2:25 p.m. in the Math and Arts Center. The show features work from student artists in the 2019 fall semester visual arts courses.

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CA Gear Is Still Available for the Holidays

Did you miss the pop-up store but wish you had a chance to get a gift for yourself or someone for the holidays? It is not too late to buy CA gear!

The following items are in stock: Green and black flannel PJs – $32, grey or green hooded sweatshirt – $42, grey sweatpants – $32, Skida winter hat – $27, Patagonia vest – $105,
Patagonia full-zip sweater (available in grey or black) – $147, travel mug – $16, CamelBak water bottle – $24, Vineyard Vines bowtie – $45, Vineyard Vines tie – $70.

If you would like to order something, please email Robin Comley at robin_comley@concordacademy.org with your item and size request. We will charge your CA account and have the items ready for pickup before break.

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