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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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Returning Contracts for the 2019–20 Academic Year

December 10, 2018

We will be sending out student contracts for the 2019–20 academic year to all eligible returning students in mid-February. Student contracts will be emailed to the primary email address on your Smart Tuition account and will also be mailed to the physical address on your Smart Tuition account. Please log on to your Smart Tuition account by January 4 to make sure that the information on your Smart Tuition account is correct. If you need help, please contact Smart Tuition at 1-888-868-8828 or e-mail

Thank You from the Exam Treats Team!

December 4, 2018

Exam treats were super sweet because of all of you! Thank you to all who took the time to order and drop off candy for our kids. And to all the volunteers who showed up to stuff candy bags in record time! It was a fun morning. We couldn’t have done it without all of you. Thank you!

English Teacher Nick Hiebert to Lead Parent Book Group Discussion on December 12

December 4, 2018

On Wednesday, December 12, we will gather in Belknap House (admissions building) at 6 p.m. to share some light refreshments before we begin our discussion at 6:30 p.m. CA English Teacher Nick Hiebert will be leading a discussion of No Ashes in the Fire by Darnell Moore. TAs the current holder of the Katherine Carton Hammer Endowed Faculty Chair, Nick is focusing on improving his inclusive teaching practices. CA’s faculty/staff book group is also currently reading this book in the context of ongoing discussions about inclusion at CA. With parents, Nick will bridge those discussions as we reflect upon the relevance of the issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the CA community, as well as other topics raised by the book. Please contact Judy Osher P’17 ’19 ( or Frank Craig P’14 ’17 (fpcraig404@gmailcom) with questions.

Support CA’s Annual Holiday Music Concert on December 14

December 4, 2018

CA’s annual Holiday Music Concert, featuring Chorus, CA Singers, chamber music ensembles, and student singing groups, will be on Friday, December 14. The show begins at 8 p.m. in the Chapel. No tickets are required, and anyone is welcome! If you are able to help with refreshments and/or support at this performance, please click here to learn more and sign up. Thank you!

Taking Aim at Gun Violence, CA’s Big Data Club Earns the People’s Choice Award in the Teradata University Network Analytics Challenge

November 30, 2018

In October, Haley Wixom ’20 and Lucas Ewing ’19, two of the co-heads of Concord Academy’s Big Data Club, competed in the 2018 Teradata University Network (TUN) Analytics Challenge. They were the first high school team to take part in this global, university-level competition. For their analysis that showed improving mental health support can reduce gun violence in schools, they took home the People’s Choice Award for best presentation. Now they’re working to help other high school students interested in pursuing data analytics.

Colour Theory Photos

November 29, 2018

On November 9 and 10, the CA Dance Project hosted their fall performance, Colour Theory, in the SHAC dance studio. See photos of the performance here.

Kevin Jennings Speaks about Making History at Concord Academy

November 26, 2018

The Community and Equity assembly on November 15 was a high point in this year’s 30th-anniversary celebration of Concord Academy’s GSA. Formerly the Gay-Straight Alliance, now known as the Gender Sexuality Alliance, this revolutionary safe space for LGBTQ+ people and allies was the first high school organization of its kind. Three decades after Kevin Jennings, then a CA history teacher, catalyzed the GSA’s founding, Concord Academy warmly welcomed him back to campus to present an assembly, “500 Years of Queers: An Overview of America’s LGBTQ History.” Jennings employed an educator’s seasoned instincts for engaging with complex subject matter and knowing when to get personal. His talk was adapted from a presentation he used to deliver in schools around Boston for LGBTQ History Month (which Jennings helped create). At CA, he demonstrated why knowing this history matters.

Message for Parents of Winter Athletes

November 16, 2018

Congratulations on your child earning a position on a CA winter team sport! It is an honor to represent CA on the court, slope, and mat. Your child will be in great hands, as our winter coaching staff is a committed and talented group of educators. Sue Johnson, director of athletics, focuses on supporting the students and coaches as they pursue their team and individual goals this winter. In this article, she points out a few items to assist parents in following and supporting your child’s team in the coming weeks.

2018–19 Davidson Lecturer Patsy Aldana ’64 Speaks about Migrant Children at Risk

November 13, 2018

On November 8, 2018–19 Davidson Lecturer Patsy Aldana ’64 spoke at CA about the plight of migrant children in crisis. Reviewing the history of U.S. involvement in Central America and the conditions in the Northern Triangle — El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras — she argued that instead of being demonized as threats to the United States, migrants should be understood as people whose history is closely tied to Americans’. The present circumstances have made thousands of children extremely vulnerable, she said, and hence worthy of protection.


CA Parent Book Group on Tomorrow, November 14, at 6 p.m.

November 13, 2018

The next meeting of the CA Parent Book Group will be Wednesday, November 14, at 6 p.m. in one of the living room spaces in Belknap, the Admissions Office building. We will be discussing The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen. Our meetings provide an opportunity to meet other CA parents in a relaxed setting. Come mingle over a light meal, discuss the book and related issues, and help select the next book and meeting time. You do not have to have read the book to participate. If you have any questions, please contact Judy Osher P’17 ’19 ( or Frank Craig P’14 ’17 (