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NCAA Transgender Swimmer Schuyler Bailar Brings His Inspiring Story to Concord Academy

May 21, 2019

Why do we give attention to people who are coming out as trans or LGBTQ? How does doing so either normalize or sensationalize their existence? These are some of the candid, hard-to-frame questions that Concord Academy students had the opportunity to ask on May 16 of visiting speaker Schuyler Bailar, the first openly transgender athlete to compete on a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division 1 men’s team.

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Junior Class Leadership Retreat, April 6 and 7

February 15, 2018

The Junior Class Leadership Retreat this year is scheduled to take place on April 6 and 7. The purpose of this retreat is for the junior class to spend some time away from campus to focus on what leadership entails, in anticipation of becoming seniors the following year. This retreat is a required event for all juniors. In past years, this weekend has proven to be wonderful, and we’re really looking forward to working with this year’s class during the upcoming weekend. If you have any questions, thoughts, or comments, please contact Sally Zimmerli.

Concord Academy Dining

February 14, 2018

In this story, Shawna Penders, food services general manager at CA, discusses some new dining options. This is the first in what will be a few updates from Shawna over the coming months.

Alumnae/i & Students of Color Conference

February 13, 2018

Alumnae/i of color are invited to campus for a day of conversation with current students of color. Share experiences, stories and career advice with students curious about what the future might hold for them and looking for role models in their fields of interest. Connect as a mentor…or be inspired by young people beginning to imagine their careers! Alumnae/i will also have the opportunity to reconnect and network with each other in the afternoon.

Community and Equity Assembly: Scholar Natasha Kumar Warikoo On How We Think About Race and Meritocracy, And Why It Matters

February 9, 2018

On February 8, Concord Academy welcomed Natasha Kumar Warikoo, Ph.D., to speak to students in the Elizabeth B. Hall Chapel. An expert on the relationships between education, racial and ethnic diversity, and cultural processes in schools and universities, Warikoo is an associate professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and is currently a Guggenheim fellow at work on a book about racial change in suburban America. She spoke at CA about the research that informed her most recent book, The Diversity Bargain: And Other Dilemmas of Race, Admissions, and Meritocracy at Elite Universities.

CA Winter Parents Meeting TONIGHT, February 6

February 6, 2018

You are invited to the winter CA Parents meeting on Tuesday, February 6, from 6:15 to 8 p.m. Our keynote speaker, Robert Evans, Ed.D., will discuss mental health in today’s modern world and how, together, parents and CA can tackle stress, anxiety, and other issues facing adolescents. 

You are welcome to join fellow parents in the SHAC atrium for refreshments at 6:15 p.m., followed by the conversation with Dr. Evans at 7 p.m. in the dance studio.
 For those who cannot make it to campus that night, please use this link to livestream the event remotely:

Student Council Chronicles, Week of 2/5

February 5, 2018

Each week, the Student Council assembles a document that outlines upcoming student life activities, athletic events, dining hall meals, and other odds and ends (including a featured faculty spotlight). They have agreed to let us share a version of this with parents. Our parent newsletter survey revealed that this sort of information is desired, so we hope you find this useful! You may find this week’s “Student Council Chronicle” here.

CA Campus Scene: 1/23–2/5

February 5, 2018

For photos from Winterfest, house activities, field trips, weekend outings, and more, click through to read more.

Sarah Yeh Appointed Dean of Faculty

February 5, 2018

History teacher Sarah Yeh has been hired as Concord Academy’s new dean of faculty. Having served as interim dean during the 2017–18 school year, Yeh will stop into the dean’s role officially on July 1. Yeh was the search committee’s unanimous choice. “Her keen intelligence, her ability to collaborate, and her deep commitment to teaching and learning at CA have earned her the respect of the entire school,” says Head of School Rick Hardy.

Know Thy Selfie: An Assembly on Social Media

February 2, 2018

Is it okay to hide behind the screen? Can social media contribute to the process of adolescent identity-building? These are some of the questions sociologist Jill Walsh raised in an assembly at Concord Academy on February 1. For a decade, Walsh has researched and taught about technology at Boston University, focusing on teen social media use. In her presentation at CA, Walsh shared insights from her work with adolescents and discussed healthy parameters for social media use and open communication between teens, parents, and schools.

CA Basketball Teams “Battle” LCA, But Fall Short of the Drum

February 2, 2018

The 14th annual Battle of Lexington and Concord resulted in an exciting night of basketball in front of an enthusiastic CA crowd at the SHAC. Despite a valiant effort by the Chameleons, CA was unable to prevail, and will have to wait until next year for another shot at the drum. Thanks to all who came out to support our teams!