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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.

Opening Days Information

We are excited to share information about the beginning of the 2019–20 school year, specifically information for Orientation and registration for all new students, as well as returning student registration.

“Opening Days” is how we refer to the days leading up to the first day of classes. Please review the Opening Days Calendar in its entirety.
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Class Day

The Student Life Office has been planning for our first annual “Class Day,” which will be held on Friday, September 6. While the seniors have traditionally engaged with College Counseling Office (CCO) on this day, this year we are taking this opportunity to launch important initiatives with other classes as well. Read More

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CA Parents Welcome Gatherings on September 10 and 11

CA Parents will host welcome gatherings for all parents on Tuesday, September 10, from 6:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. in the Smith Room (prior to the Lynn Lyons speaker program), and Wednesday, September 11, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in the Ransome Room (Math and Arts Center). This is an opportunity to mingle and get to know fellow CA parents. RSVP here. All parents are welcome to attend!

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New Mailing & Shipping Address

We ask that you update/change your shipping address for all package deliveries (other than regular mail) to 126 Main Street to help ensure packages will be delivered to this new location. The mailing address for all US Postal Service mail will remain 166 Main Street. As a part of this move, we ask that all students please pick up their packages at the operations barn.

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Parent Tour Guides Needed

Looking for motivated parents to be parent tour guides for CA! You’ll share the CA story and your own personal CA impressions with prospective parents. The Admissions Office is seeking parent tour guide volunteers for the upcoming school year. Tours are one hour in length and guides can arrange to tour on either a weekly or biweekly rotation. Tours are scheduled daily at 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., or 1:15 p.m. (Tuesdays are 9:00 a.m. only). If you are interested, please contact Kristen Bjork ’81, P’20 ’22 or Shari Marquis P’18 ’21. Please save the date for the upcoming Parent Tour Guide orientation meeting, which is scheduled for Thursday, September 12, 2019, 8:30-11:30 a.m. in the Ransom Room. If you have a conflict with the orientation date, Kristen and Shari are happy to provide information and additional/alternate training.

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Academic Office: Leadership Changes at CA

The 2019–20 school year brings some familiar CA faces into new roles. Sarah Yeh has taken on the Assistant Head position alongside her Dean of Faculty role, and former Assistant Dean for Community and Equity Laura Twichell ’01 is now Concord Academy’s Interim Academic Dean. While Laura serves as Academic Dean, visual arts
faculty Peter Boskey ‘08 will be serving as Interim Director of Community and Equity. Alyse Ruiz-Selsky ‘05 has moved from Student Life to the Academic Office as the new Director of Studies, while Brett Kelly has moved from Admissions to Student Life to take on the role of Student Activities Coordinator. The team looks forward to working with you and your children!

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Boardingware

As many of you know, we are excited about launching Boardingware, the new online management tool that CA will use in order to improve communication between parents/guardians, boarders, hosts of our boarders, and house faculty. This system will replace our paper-based white and blue slips and is designed to both ease and improve the collection of information, providing a clear picture of a boarder’s whereabouts throughout the school year. As a part of this, we will be offering training to boarders on Tuesday, September 3, while faculty, staff and students will learn about the new system during an all-school class meeting on Friday, September 6. Stay tuned for more!

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Quick References for Boarding Parents

If as a boarding parent you need to get in touch with the adult on duty within your child’s house, please refer to the phone number below for your child’s campus house. For all urgent matters or if you can not reach the house faculty on duty (many people coach or teach), please call the Administrator on Duty at (978) 402-2388. Please remember that your child’s advisor is a great resource as well.

This year, each house has a Lead House Faculty member who is in charge of overseeing the house as a whole over the course of the year. Since they are not on duty every day though, you should still call the house phone number for time-sensitive matters (numbers are listed below). Lead House Faculty check their house account every weekday.  

  • ADMINISTRATOR ON DUTY:  (978) 402-2388

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