During Family Week in November 2020, CA Shared Highlights of Students’ and Teachers’ Ongoing Engagement
In its first virtual Family Week, Concord Academy welcomed parents connecting from near and far to experience a bit of what it’s like to be a CA student this year. Families joined classes, attended a Community and Equity Office presentation and a special Veterans Day program, and were treated to a presentation of some exceptional student performances — works in progress in music, dance, and theater.
In response to the COVID-19 crisis, Tremaine Wright ’90, a member of the New York State Assembly and chair of the subcommittee on foster care, championed legislation to protect young adults aging out of the foster care system during the pandemic.
On September 30, more than 160 students and members of the CA community joined a videoconference in recognition of Wrongful Conviction Day. Convened by the Prison Justice Project club and CA history teacher Stephanie Manzella, this event offered students two opportunities to hear from exoneree Raymond Champagne, who was freed in July after serving 41 years for a crime he did not commit, and his attorney Lisa Kavanaugh P’22, director of the CPCS Innocence Program, part of the Massachusetts Public Defender’s Office.
Today, Head of School Rick Hardy announced that the Board of Trustees has authorized CA school leadership to move toward a gradual reopening of campus for boarders and day students for safety-driven, in-person learning in STAC 2, which begins on October 16. Next week,...
Substantial changes have been made across the Concord Academy campus for the safety and well-being of the CA community.In addition to the changes noted below, a second health center has been created at Concord Academy to aid in caring for individuals with COVID-19...
This year, we welcome seven new faculty and staff members to the CA adult community: James Booth, science; Hannah Dunphy, Merrill Genoa, and Maria LeBlanc, Advancement and Engagement; Robert Munro, dean of academic program and equity; Shamime Shaw and Zora Vermilya, Wilcox Fellows in film and English. Read about them here.
The Community and Equity Office has hosted three required orientation events for 9th graders and will continue to engage with this class and older students throughout the fall. All new students participated in sessions introducing, considering, and practicing courageous conversations. Read about these workshops here.
We ask faculty to abide by the following guidelines: for 9th and 10th graders, no more than 2 hours per week per class (roughly 30 minutes per class per night); for 11th and 12th graders, no more than 3 hours per week per class (roughly 40 minutes per class per night). Faculty have been allowing for time during their 70 minute classes for students to begin their out-of-class work; any work assigned on top of that should not exceed the guidelines offered above. We’ve asked faculty to be mindful of the amount of screen time needed to complete out-of-class assignments as we want to ensure that students have sufficient time to step away from their screens each day. Click through for the full message.
On Saturday, September 5, the Student Life Office welcomed more than 70 new CA students to campus in person for Orientation. We hope our new students felt the warmth and excitement the CA community offers. Welcome, new CA community members!
Convocation Marked the Beginning of Concord Academy’s 99th Academic Year, With a Focus on Engaging with Open Minds and Hearts
On September 1, 2020, the Concord Academy community gathered not in the Elizabeth B. Hall Chapel but on a videoconference from homes near and far. While the virtual setting marked the start of a school year unlike any other, the themes of this year’s Convocation were familiar. Speakers, including Laura Twichell ’01, Fay Lampert Shutzer ’65, and Zahaan Khalid ’21, called for mutual commitments to listen closely and see one another fully, even and especially in online spaces.