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2022 Centennial Hall Fellow Rashaun Mitchell ’96 Shares His Story and Artistic Practice with CA

On May 17 and 18, acclaimed dancer, choreographer, and educator Rashaun Mitchell ’96 visited Concord Academy to share his artistry with the CA community. Mitchell gave a talk and demonstration with three collaborators in the dance studio. Several CA students joined him for an improv dance workshop. And in his Hall Fellow Lecture, he shared his personal story, as a late bloomer who started dance training at 15 years old at CA, as a mentor and teacher who has encouraged his students not to fear failure but to use it as a catalyst for growth, and as an artist who works in many forms.

2018–2021 Katherine Carton Hammer ’68 Chair Nick Hiebert Presents on Connection, Collaboration, and Community

On May 5, CA English teacher Nick Hiebert shared how he had benefited from holding the Katherine Carton Hammer ’68 Endowed Faculty Chair over the past three years. The support, Hiebert said, gave him time and space “to realize how much I am made, sustained, and inspired by other people.”

CA Celebrates 100th Birthday with Centennial Days of Service and Sustainability

On April 22 and 23, the CA community united in honor of Concord Academy’s 100th birthday. On this historic occasion, the Centennial Days of Service and Sustainability involved listening, learning, and taking action. The celebration extended beyond campus to include alumnae/i, parents, and friends of the school. Together over these two days, CA community members made a difference for others, and for our planet, in support of the commitment in CA’s mission to build a more just and sustainable future.

Ed Rafferty highlights the history of sustainability during all-school assembly

History teacher Ed Rafferty addressed the CA community during the “100 Years of Sustainability” assembly with a talk titled “Tales Along a Crooked Road: Place, Home, and Humility in Environmental History.”

CA Students Get Involved in Supporting CA’s Sustainability Plan

Concord Academy’s sustainability plan is among the first of its kind from independent schools in the Northeast. When it was released in the spring of 2019, little did the world know that within a year a pandemic would upend life around the globe. While CA pivoted, progress toward the targets that had been outlined nevertheless continued. The plan outlines four major areas of focus for CA: institutional staffing support, reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, shifts to more sustainable dining and reducing food waste, and increasing the environmental sustainability of campus operations.

CASA Students Lead Through Service

Concord Academy Students in Action (CASA) is one of CA’s longest-running clubs, part of a longstanding tradition of community service passed on by previous generations, including an active CASA precursor, Volunteers in Action. This year, the co-heads of CASA—Christina Crowley ’23, Maggie Myslik ’22, Zoe Perlis ’22, and Nirantheri Vithiananthan ’22—approached their efforts with a fresh focus: providing meaningful service with a focus on ensuring that they are helping people in the ways they need to be helped.

How CA’s Dining Services Team is Embracing Sustainability

Food systems can sometimes be overlooked when it comes to assessing our impact on the planet, but they’re the focus of one of three working groups established by Concord Academy’s Sustainability Plan, which the school adopted in 2019. The dining hall team has been making significant strides toward sustainable food system goals, especially in sourcing local ingredients and promoting plant-forward menus.

CA Student Plays Performed in Boston with the Massachusetts Young Playwrights’s Project

On March 23, three original plays by Concord Academy students were performed at the Boston Boston Playwrights’ Theatre (BPT) as part of the annual Massachusetts Young Playwrights’s Project (MYPP) festival “New Noises.”

Trelane Clark ’92, P’22 Announced as Class of 2022 Commencement Speaker

Today, Concord Academy announced that Trelane Clark ’92, P’22 will be this year’s Commencement speaker. Clark has been serving students and teachers in the field of education for 25 years and is currently principal at Edgar A. Hooks Elementary School in Chelsea, Mass....

Tonia Tsinman ’09: My CA Chapel Poster’s Second Life in Support of Ukraine

Tonia Tsinman ’09 turned a poster left over from her senior chapel at CA into a symbol of resistance and support for Ukraine.

CASA Students Lead Through Service

Concord Academy Students in Action (CASA) is one of CA’s longest-running clubs, part of a longstanding tradition of community service passed on by previous generations, including an active CASA precursor, Volunteers in Action. This year, the co-heads of CASA—Christina Crowley ’23, Maggie Myslik ’22, Zoe Perlis ’22, and Nirantheri Vithiananthan ’22—approached their efforts with a fresh focus: providing meaningful service with a focus on ensuring that they are helping people in the ways they need to be helped.

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Music Café Wows Audiences in the P.A.C.

On April 8 and 9, CA’s student jazz ensembles gave a wide-ranging concert at Music Cafe in the P.A.C. View a gallery of images from the performances of the Jazz Ensemble, Advanced Jazz Ensemble, and the Vocal Jazz and Pop Ensemble.

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Department X Spotlight: A New Student-Run Writing Center at CA

Last spring, CA teachers Nancy Boutilier and Stephanie Manzella P’14 ’17 ’18 received Department X funding to develop a sustainable model for a writing center to pilot in 2021–22. With 16 Writing Associates, all juniors, and many students regularly bringing their writing for peer review, the new student-led Writing Center has already been a success.

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How CA’s Dining Services Team is Embracing Sustainability

Food systems can sometimes be overlooked when it comes to assessing our impact on the planet, but they’re the focus of one of three working groups established by Concord Academy’s Sustainability Plan, which the school adopted in 2019. The dining hall team has been making significant strides toward sustainable food system goals, especially in sourcing local ingredients and promoting plant-forward menus.

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The Story Behind CA’s Joan Shaw Herman Distinguished Service Award

On April 22, 2022—Concord Academy’s 100th birthday—the CA community will bestow the Centennial Joan Shaw Herman Distinguished Service Award. This award was first given to Joan Shaw Herman ’46 herself, posthumously, in 1976. Herman, who was paralyzed after contracting polio the summer after her graduation from CA, worked to improve the lives of other individuals with physical disabilities. Her story speaks to the power that resilience, generosity, and an enduring desire to make life better for others can have, and why this award is so important at Concord Academy.

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Braver Angels Representatives Address Political Polarization During All-School Assembly

A March 23 assembly organized by Max Koehler ’22 brought representatives from the nonprofit organization Braver Angels to Concord Academy to address a pressing challenge to democracy: widening political polarization. This event in the Performing Arts Center engaged students in practical approaches individuals can use to recognize and quiet one’s “inner polarizer” in order to improve conversation, particularly about divisive political topics.

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Introduction to Gender Equity at CA Registration

Introduction to Gender Equity at CA Registration  Wednesday, March 30, 7:00 p.m. EDTVirtual Zoom Meeting Join Grant Hightower, director of community and equity, and Alexa Holmes, Wilcox Fellow in health and wellness, along with fellow CA parents for a base-level...

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