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Laura Twichell '01 Named Interim Academic Dean

February 06, 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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Entrepreneurship Speaker: Alex Ocampo ’10 & Hire Harlem

January 8, 2018

Join alumnae/i, parents, and friends on Thursday, January 25, to hear how Alex Ocampo ’10 and his team at Hire Harlem are using technology to create more conscious consumers to reduce the negative economic impact of gentrification.

Save the Date! Back to School Event, Rooted in the Love of Learning, is Sunday, April 29

January 2, 2018

Dig in, go deep, and see what happens when you go beneath the surface — the CA Back to School event is taking root!

On Sunday, April 29, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., we invite all parents, relatives, and caregivers in the CA community to attend classes, workshops, and tours that are firmly Rooted in the Love of Learning! It is your chance to see how the amazing faculty and staff at Concord Academy feed curiosity, promote growth, and enrich our students’ lives with their enthusiasm and love for the subjects they teach! We are planting the seeds for the event right now, so look for more info as our ideas germinate.

If you have any questions, please email Hilary Rouse, CA’s director of engagement.

Concord Academy’s 2017 Holiday Music Concert

December 21, 2017

On December 15 in the Elizabeth B. Hall Chapel, more than 80 Concord Academy students rang in the season at CA’s annual Holiday Music Concert. The Concord Academy Chorus, CA Singers, and Concord Academy String Orchestra joined student instrumental soloists and student singing groups — the Chameleons, the Pitches, Barbershop, and Concord Cabaret — for an evening of musical performances that ranged from contemplative to joyful, traditional to contemporary.

Meet the 2017-2018 Student Representatives to the Alumnae/i Steering Committee

December 18, 2017

Meet the 2017–18 student representatives to the Alumnae/i Steering Committee: Izzy Balson, Andrew Cekala, Kate Simon, and Ben Zide! Each year the committee has representatives from the senior class attend meetings to share updates with our alumnae/i on school life and classes. Izzy, Andrew, Kate, and Ben have updated our committee on the success of the girls volleyball and boys soccer seasons and talked about school traditions such as Coffee House and Senior Vespers, the college application process, and what they are looking forward to most about spring semester. We sat down with our student representatives to hear more about their experience here at CA.

Cultural Immersion

December 18, 2017

Over the summer, CA German teacher Annie Falk and English teacher Laurence Vanleynseele accompanied 11 CA students to Göttingen, Germany, for 13 days, followed by a weekend in Berlin. Read the story and an interview with Falk, a language lover who came to German late in life but knew immediately that she wanted to teach in high school.

1922 Giving Day Recap — Thank You!

December 18, 2017

On Tuesday, November 14, the Advancement Office hosted its first ever 1922 Young Alumnae/i Giving Day!

The goal was to receive 41 (19+22) gifts from young alumnae/i (2003–2017) in 19 hours and 22 minutes. Reaching the goal meant unlocking $3000+ in additional leadership support. We are excited to share that we surpassed our goal and received 64 gifts from young alumnae/i! This was in large part due to our wonderful volunteer partners across all class years. Of the 64 who gave, nine were from the newly minted alumnae/i class of 2017!

A Path to World Peace from Timbuktu: 2017–18 Hall Fellow Cynthia Perrin Schneider ’71 Offers Lessons in Cultural Diplomacy

December 14, 2017

The 2017–18 Hall Fellow, Cynthia Perrin Schneider ’71, has spent much of her life convincing others of the vital role of culture, especially the arts, in addressing some of the world’s toughest problems. She spoke at CA about her time as the U.S. ambassador to the Netherlands and her latest initiative, the Timbuktu Renaissance, which aims to leverage Mali’s rich culture and history to help the area recover from extremist occupation.

Improvisational Structure

December 13, 2017

In July, Summer Stages Dance, directed by CA dance faculty members Amy Spencer and Richard Colton, hosted a weeklong residency at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston for the landmark performance group Skeleton Architecture. This multigenerational, interdisciplinary collective of 20 black women and gender-nonconforming performance artists from New York was recently nominated for the dance world’s most esteemed award, a Bessie Award for best performer. Spencer and Colton invited the group to share its improvisational processes with black artists from Boston — including current CA student Dorree Ndooki ’19 and alumnae Maya Luckett ’14 and Kiki McEady ’17.

CA Students and Adults Focus on Self-Care Through the End of the Semester

December 12, 2017

As we head into the final stretch of the fall semester, we are aware of the many stressors facing students. In addition to some early college decisions starting to come in, there are exams, final projects, and the accumulated experience of the fall. At this time of the year, self-care should be at the forefront of our minds. To that end, faculty and staff will gather Tuesday afternoon to discuss how to best guide, encourage, and support students through the end of the semester. Similarly, student leaders have spearheaded a dress-up themed week this week known as “chill week”. This week is designed to encourage school spirit and the importance of self care, with different days focused on different relaxed dress styles, including everyone’s favorite, pajama day.

In addition, information on how to plan for exams and final assignments is being shared school-wide and in individual classes. We also plan to gather seniors later this week to check in with them. Beyond these specific meetings, adults are working with students and advisees to frame these weeks as a positive challenge that each student should approach with confidence. As parents, if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We are here to help, and wish everyone a happy end to the semester.

CA Students Add Cheer to a Concord Holiday Tradition

December 12, 2017

Students from CA’s dance program helped spread some holiday cheer in the eighth annual Crucolo Cheese Parade in Concord on December 7.