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Laura Twichell '01 Named Interim Academic Dean

January 09, 2019

I am very pleased to announce that Laura Twichell ’01 has agreed to serve as CA’s interim academic dean for 2019-20, beginning on July 1. She is respected for her skills as a learning leader, her commitment to issues of equity and inclusion, and her thoughtful approach to mentoring students.

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2018 Asian American Footsteps Conference on April 8

April 9, 2018

On Sunday, April 8, the Community & Equity office brought three students to the 2018 Asian American Footsteps Conference at Deerfield Academy. Charlotte Ko ’20, Charmaine Ko ’20, and Shelly Liu ’20 attended workshops ranging from “Reconciling Western Beauty Standards with Asian American Feminism” to dance lessons with a college K-pop dance crew to a presentation on affirmative action. Attendees enjoyed a keynote address from Philip Wang and Wesley Chan of Wong Fu Productions (featured in the accompanying photo with the CA students), who shared advice from their careers thus far. Faculty member Laura Twichell ’01, who accompanied the students, presented a workshop entitled “My Racial Timeline: Exploring Asian Racial Identity Development”. All returned to CA mulling over new ideas about identity and social justice. Pictures enclosed!

Winter Sports Comments Available

April 8, 2018

The winter coach comments for team sports, IM and PE classes are available in PowerSchool. The coaches’ comments include a general overview of the program as well as specific feedback for the student on their performance this season.

A Nudge Towards a Good Read

April 7, 2018

A gentle “nudge” to all CA parents to come to the next meeting of the CA parents’ book group to share potluck treats and to discuss <a href=””>Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth and Happiness</a>, by Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein. We will gather on Monday, April 23rd, at 6:00 p.m., at the Concord home of one of our group members. Parents of current and former CA students are most welcome, whether you have read the book or not. Discussions typically range beyond the book itself to related topics. For more details, please contact Judy Osher ( or Frank Craig ( Hope to see you there!

Dame Vivian Hunt, DBE, ’85 to Speak at Commencement

April 2, 2018

On June 1, Concord Academy will welcome a distinguished alumna back to campus as the 2018 Commencement speaker: Dame Vivian Hunt, DBE, ’85, Managing Partner, UK and Ireland, McKinsey and Company. A senior partner at the firm, Hunt is an expert on leadership and diversity, topics on which she publishes and speaks regularly. She has been named “the most influential black woman in Britain” by the Powerlist Foundation and identified by the Financial Times as one of the “European women to watch” and, more recently, one of the 30 most influential people in the city of London. She serves on several boards and commissions, including the the Henry Smith Charitable Trust, as chair of HRH Prince of Wales’ Business in the Community’s Seeing is Believing program, and as a reader for the Queen’s Anniversary Prize. She sits on the advisory council of the Tate Modern and the Southbank Centre, the Teach First’s Business Leaders’ Council, and the board of the U.S.–U.K. Fulbright Commission. In 2018, she was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to the economy and women in business. Hunt is an alumna of Harvard College and received her MBA from Harvard Business School. She has also been awarded an honorary doctorate of law from the University of Warwick and an honorary doctorate from the University of York. The CA community is delighted that Hunt will contribute to this celebration of the senior class.

LunaFest April 6

March 29, 2018

CA will again this year be hosting LunaFest, the film festival “by, for, and about women,” with the Community and Equity Office partnering to sponsor the event. LunaFest will take place on Friday, April 6, at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15, and the C&E Office will cover the cost of attendance for all students. This event is also a fundraiser for breast cancer research in addition to a cause of CA’s choosing. Last year, the school supported the ACLU; this year, funds raised will support women’s health through a local organization to be determined. CA will collaborate with the Advocates for Women’s Empowerment at First Parish in Concord, who have sponsored a showing of LunaFest for four years now; last year, they raised over $5,000. They’re hoping to partner with CA because of the school’s history of commitment to social justice causes. If you’d like to be involved, please email Kristin Stiles-Hall (

Reunion Weekend

March 29, 2018

Reunion 2018: June 8–10, 2018

For more information or answers to questions, please contact Emily Walberg or call (978) 402-2248.

If your class year ends in a 3 or an 8, 2018 is your reunion year! We hope you’ll join us for a wonderful weekend on campus reconnecting with old friends — and making some new ones! It’s never too early to start making plans to return to Concord Academy.

Back to School Event: Last Chance to Register!

March 27, 2018

Join fellow parents for a casual, fun-filled “back to school” afternoon at CA! This is a wonderful opportunity to interact with faculty and other parents and experience firsthand CA’s talented faculty. It has become a beloved event that the entire community looks forward to! Following classes, catch up with new and familiar faces at a BBQ-style reception in the Ransome Room. Classes are almost full, so register today!

Coffee and Conversation with CA Parents

March 27, 2018

Please join fellow CA parents for a casual evening gathering in the Ransome Room Thursday, April 5, from 7 to 8 p.m. This is a relaxed opportunity to connect with other parents. Annie Bailey, director of residential life, and Brendan Shepard, Advancement Office and Haines House faculty, will briefly join us to discuss boarding life and the impact the CA Houses initiative will have on the CA boarding community. We hope you will come! Questions? Please contact Hilary Rouse, director of engagement, at


Summary and Photos of Spring Trips

March 27, 2018

Over spring break, students and faculty traveled nationally and internationally. The trips were a wonderful success. Enclosed find a summary of each trip, plus plenty of photos!

Memo to Parents of Spring Team-Sport Athletes

March 27, 2018

Congratulations on your child earning a position on a CA spring team sport! It is an honor to represent CA on the playing field. Your child will be in great hands, as our spring coaching staff is a committed and talented group of educators. As the director of athletics, my focus is to support the students and coaches as they pursue their team and individual goals this spring. I wanted to point out a few items to assist you in following/supporting your child’s team this season.