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Announcing the 2020 Joan Shaw Herman Award Recipient and Launch of the #CACares Campaign

Established in 1976, the Joan Shaw Herman Award for Distinguished Service is presented annually to a member of the CA community — the school’s only award recognizes the work of CA graduates who have demonstrated dedication to service in either a professional or volunteer capacity.

We are proud to announce that Anne Pfitzer ’85 has been chosen by the selection committee for her contributions to international public health, in particular in the areas of family planning, maternal-newborn health and survival, and HIV/AIDS prevention.

2020 Centennial Hall Fellow Anita Lo ’84 Shares Insights on Food, Culture, and Community

On January 22 and 23, Concord Academy honored acclaimed chef Anita Lo ’84 as the 2020 Centennial Hall Fellow. At the Boston Public Market, Lo offered a cooking experience for fellow alumnae/i, and in her Hall Fellow Lecture at CA, she told her life story and discussed the importance of food to culture and in creating communities where people can belong as they are.

Introducing CA’s New Dean of Academic Program and Equity

Concord Academy is pleased to announce that Robert Munro has accepted an offer to serve as Dean of Academic Program and Equity, beginning on July 1. In this newly-configured senior administrative position, Munro will oversee the academic program and lead the institution’s diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice efforts. This role is focused on the nexus of academics and equity, understanding that a school cannot be academically excellent without equity.

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.

Midterm Comments Available March 6

Spring interim reports will be available through the portal starting on Friday, March 6. Interim comments are tentative, informal updates that precede the more thorough evaluations provided at the end of the semester. Teachers are only required to provide grades for those students receiving a C- or below. Neither interim comments nor any grades reported with interim comments become part of a student’s transcript.

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Junior Class Leadership Retreat on March 27 and 28

The Junior Class Leadership Retreat this year is scheduled to take place on March 27 and 28. 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 Friday, March 27, at 2:30 p.m., and we will return by 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 28. 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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Join Us for the Alumnae/i Association Assembly and Reunion Weekend!

The Concord Academy Alumnae/i Association is delighted to host its annual Alumnae/i Association Assembly on Friday of reunion weekend for CA graduates across all class years. An evolution of the annual meeting, this new program is a chance to bring alumnae/i together to hear updates from school leadership, connect with the Alumnae/i Steering Committee, and take part in the ongoing community-wide conversation about CA’s future. The program will include the presentation of the 2020 Joan Shaw Herman Award, and the alumnae/i community will vote on the Alumnae/i Association officers for terms commencing on July 1, 2020. To find out more, and to register, please visit this page.

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CA Performing Arts Department Presents “Indecent”

On Friday, February 21, and Saturday, February 22, the Concord Academy community enjoyed the winter 2020 mainstage production Indecent, by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel. The play is inspired by the true events surrounding the controversial 1923 Broadway debut of Sholem Asch’s God of Vengeance, a play seen by some as a seminal work of Jewish culture and by others as an act of traitorous libel. Indecent follows the history of the drama and the path of the artists who risked their careers and lives to perform it. The CA cast worked with a dialect coach, a folk-dance specialist, and a podcaster who researched her grandmother’s Holocaust experience. View photos from the show.

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Introducing CA’s New Dean of Academic Program and Equity

Concord Academy is pleased to announce that Robert Munro has accepted an offer to serve as Dean of Academic Program and Equity, beginning on July 1. In this newly-configured senior administrative position, Munro will oversee the academic program and lead the institution’s diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice efforts. This role is focused on the nexus of academics and equity, understanding that a school cannot be academically excellent without equity.

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Replace Your Class Ring at Reunion

Have you lost your class ring? Good news! The company, Herff Jones, will be on campus during reunion weekend. Come by on Saturday, June 6, and place your order. If you can’t make it to campus, you can always contact our Herff Jones representative, Mike McCann, at 781-749-2426 or mamccann@herffjones.com.

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Look Out for March Break Boardingware Passes

We want to let all families know that boarding students are filling out their Break Pass now detailing where they are going for the upcoming March Break which starts on Friday, March 6, at 12:00 noon. All hosts and families should receive an email within the next few days from Boardingware so you are aware of their plans. We ask that you be on the lookout for those emails, and that you communicate with the students should you have any questions or concerns. 

Given the rapidly changing nature of travel advisories in light of the coronavirus, we are suggesting that people consider a US-based back-up plan should you have international travel planned for the spring break. Our hope is that all experience a smooth and safe March break experience.

If you have any questions, please reach out directly to us at student_life@concordacademy.org

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CA Alpine Ski & Wrestling Teams Enjoy Strong Seasons

CA’s Alpine ski and wrestling teams enjoyed strong seasons once again!

The girls varsity Alpine ski team dominated the Central Mountain Ski League (CMSL) this winter by winning every race. As a result, the team gathered a league championship at the CMSL awards ceremony at Wachusett Mountain and will see a banner raised to the gym rafters in honor of its accomplishment. The girls went on to carry their regular-season momentum into the NEPSAC championships at Waterville Valley, where they earned an impressive second-place finish in Class B. In addition, Tory Adams ’23 won the program’s first-ever NEPSAC individual championship! The boys enjoyed a second-place finish in the CMSL and represented the program well with their efforts at NEPSAC.

CA’s coed varsity wrestling program continued to grow, with 24 athletes competing for the Green this winter! The grapplers posted an impressive 9-4 regular-season record. In the EIL championship meet at Portsmouth Abbey, CA secured a second-place finish, with five wrestlers finishing in the top two of their weight class. Four wrestlers went on to represent CA well at the NEPSAC championships in Hartford, Conn., this past weekend.

Go Green!

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