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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.

Reunion Weekend 2019: Concord Academy Alumnae/i Reflect and Reconnect

From June 7 through June 9, CA welcomed more than 200 alumnae/i and former faculty back to campus. Idyllic spring weather set the tone for a reunion weekend with strong turnout and great energy.

Commencement 2019

On May 31, a day of hope and promise, Concord Academy celebrated its 97th graduating class. A mixture of solemnity and high spirits marked the occasion, on which Assistant Head and Academic Dean John Drew P’15 ’19, soon to depart CA to become the head of the White Mountain School in Bethlehem, N.H., delivered the Commencement address.

Object Lessons: CA Students in a History of Concord Class Illuminate the Past at the Concord Museum

Culminating a deep dive into what goes into making museum exhibitions, students in CA history teacher Kim Frederick’s history course Object Permanence: Concord and the American Nation gave gallery talks on May 9 at the Concord Museum.

Faculty Music Concert on January 10

Please join us for our first-ever Faculty Music Concert on Friday, January 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the SHAC dance studio. There will be classical and jazz performances. This show is free of charge, but seating is limited.

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Assembly and Master Class on January 16

The Concord Academy Dance Program welcomes Illstyle & Peace Productions on Thursday, January 16, for an assembly performance at 2:25 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center, followed by an open master class in the dance studio from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m.

Illstyle & Peace Productions is a multicultural, Philadelphia-based dance company founded in 2000 by Brandon “Peace” Albright. The company creates work rooted in contemporary, West African, old-school and new-school hip-hop, blended with an eclectic mix of dance and performance disciplines including locking, popping, breaking, tap, ballet, hip-hop & house dancing. Its members have toured to critical acclaim nationally and internationally and are committed to delivering positive messages, inspiration, and education to all audiences. Illstyle & Peace Productions were the 2013 U.S. Culture Ambassadors picked by the U.S. State Department and have toured Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine.

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Health Center News

Happy New Year and cheers to your health!

We would like to introduce our newest employee, Lisa Conlon, CPC. She has accepted our brand new position as the insurance specialist for the Health Center and started on October 7. Lisa comes to us with over 13 years of experience at Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass. She is a certified professional coder with the American Academy of Professional Coders and knows how to navigate the sometimes difficult language of private health insurance companies. She will serve as an interface between the Health Center and parents, students, insurance companies, and local providers. You may contact her with any health insurance questions or concerns at (978) 402-2218 or email her at lisa_conlon@concordacademy.org. 

Oftentimes, the New Year also means that your health insurance coverage has been renewed or has changed altogether. If you were sent a new health insurance ID card, prescription card, or eyeglass or dental card, please make sure you update that information with Lisa at the Health Center.

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Fall Film Assembly, January 8

The Fall Film Assembly will take place on Wednesday, January 8, at 2:25 p.m. in the P.A.C. Families are welcome to join us as we screen a selection of works from the fall 2019 film courses, including Introduction to Film Production and Introduction to Animation.

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Fall Visual Arts Show, January 9

The Fall Visual Art Show will have its opening on Thursday, January 9, at 2:25 p.m. in the Math and Arts Center. The show features work from student artists in the 2019 fall semester visual arts courses.

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CA Gear Is Still Available for the Holidays

Did you miss the pop-up store but wish you had a chance to get a gift for yourself or someone for the holidays? It is not too late to buy CA gear!

The following items are in stock: Green and black flannel PJs – $32, grey or green hooded sweatshirt – $42, grey sweatpants – $32, Skida winter hat – $27, Patagonia vest – $105,
Patagonia full-zip sweater (available in grey or black) – $147, travel mug – $16, CamelBak water bottle – $24, Vineyard Vines bowtie – $45, Vineyard Vines tie – $70.

If you would like to order something, please email Robin Comley at robin_comley@concordacademy.org with your item and size request. We will charge your CA account and have the items ready for pickup before break.

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Chamber Music Concert on February 7

Please join the students of CA’s chamber music program on Friday, February 7, at 8:00 p.m. in the SHAC dance studio for an evening concert of musical selections spanning over 300 years! Music of Telemann, Mozart, Borodin, Dame Ethel Smyth, and John Corigliano, among others, will be performed. We hope you can join us!

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Winter Mainstage Production on February 21 and 22

The Performing Arts Department will be kicking off the new decade with its mainstage production of Indecent by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel! There will be two performances — on Friday, February 21, and Saturday, February 22, each at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $15 and can be reserved by emailing Jessica Cloutier-Plasse (jessica_cloutier-plasse@concordacademy.org).

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 has already been working with a dialect coach, a folk-dance specialist, and a podcaster who researched her grandmother’s Holocaust experience. The podcast can be found at Rachael Cerrotti – We Share the Same Sky. Rachael Cerrotti will speak to the entire school at an assembly prior to the play’s debut.

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CA Dance Project’s Winter Production on February 28

Join us for CA Dance Project’s new work on Friday, February 28, at 7:00 and 9:00 p.m. All performances will take place in the dance studio. Tickets are $15 and can be reserved by emailing Jessica Cloutier-Plasse (jessica_cloutier-plasse@concordacademy.org).

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