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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.

Senior Holiday Chapel on Thursday, December 19

Each year the senior class performs for the entire boarding community on the final night of the semester. The performances range from musical performances to readings based on a winter or holiday theme. This year’s performance will take place on Thursday, December 19, beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel. All senior parents are welcome to attend. The senior class will take part in a community dinner with the boarding community prior to the performance. The senior class is invited to Rick Hardy’s house after the performance for dessert, departing campus by 9:00 p.m.

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Junior Class Ring Orders

The Herff Jones Company will be handling the Concord Academy ring order this year for the class of 2021. Their representative will be coming to Concord Academy on Tuesday, January 14, and Wednesday, January 15, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to measure juniors who are interested in ordering a class ring. The engraving is free, and the ring comes with a lifetime warranty with six years of reduced replacement coverage for lost and stolen rings. Herff Jones will be sending a letter to all junior households the week of December 16, which will include an order form and instructions. Should you have any questions, feel free to call Jackie Decareau at (978) 402-2202, or email her at jackie_decareau@concordacademy.org. You may also contact the Herff Jones representative, Mike McCann, at (781) 749-2426 or mamccann@herffjones.com.

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CCO Workshop for Juniors and Junior Parents on January 11

We hope junior parents can join us on Saturday, January 11, at 9:00 a.m. in the P.A.C. for the formal beginning of the college planning process. Required for all juniors, the program will feature remarks from Rick Hardy as well as the college counseling staff, a presentation by a dean of admissions, and a Q&A panel with current CA seniors. We will start promptly at 9:00 a.m., so if you wish to have coffee or breakfast beforehand, kindly plan accordingly. The workshop will end at noon, at which time there will be two hour-long optional sessions, one regarding financial aid and another about the role of athletics in the college process. Please note that the day’s schedule does not allow for individual meetings; we assure you that we will find future opportunities to connect either face-to-face or over the phone or Skype. We invite parents to bring the completed Parent Response Form, or email it to CCO@concordacademy.org.

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CA Parents January Book Group

The next CA Parents Book Club meeting will be held on Monday, January 13, at 6:00 p.m. at the home of Peter and Michele Scavongelli P’20. The book we will be discussing is What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City by Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha. We had a wonderful discussion of The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates at our November meeting. We hope you can join us! Please email vanleer@comcast.net to RSVP and receive the address of the book group. Happy holidays with a lot of time to read!

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February 22: CA Photography Alumnae/i Photography Exhibition

Join us as we celebrate 30 years of creativity, inspiration, and talent! An exhibition, “Origin Stories: Concord Academy Photography Alumnae/i Then and Now,” chronicling 30 years of the photography program at CA, will be on display February 1-29 at the Concord Free Public Library. The exhibition will also be shown on campus during reunion weekend, June 5-7, 2020. On Saturday, February 22, you are invited to see the exhibition and attend the public reception at the library from 3:00 to 4:45 p.m, then to cross the street to the Ransome Room on campus to meet some of the artists, along with members of the Visual Arts Department and other former faculty, during a special private gathering for the CA community. Click through for details and to register>

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Winter Weather Procedures

Snow day closure announcements are shared no later than 6:00 a.m. on the morning of a snow day through the following sources:

You will receive an email and text message;
It is posted to the CA homepage;
It is posted to Concord Academy’s Facebook and Twitter accounts;
WBZ-TV News Channel 4, 7 News NBC/Channel 56 (CW), and WCVB-TV Boston NewsCenter 5, are notified; and
An email will be sent to All-School Official.

Learn more about CA’s winter weather procedures here.

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Save the Date: Winter CA Parents Meeting on February 5

Please save the date for the winter CA Parents meeting on Wednesday, February 5, from 6:15 to 8:00 p.m in the SHAC atrium and dance studio. A formal invitation with additional details will come via email in the next week. As we have done in the past, this event will be livestreamed for those who are unable to attend.

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Get Ready to Send Your Class Notes

Start thinking about what news you would like to share in CA’s spring magazine! Your class secretaries will be in touch in the next few weeks to gather news, updates, and photos to share with the rest of your class. Your notes are due to your class secretary on January 20, so please keep an eye out for communications from your class secretary.

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EIL and NEPSAC Honor CA Student-Athletes

At the end the fall 2019 season, a number of Concord Academy competitors have received special distinction from the Eastern Independent League (EIL) and New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC). Congratulations to all of Concord Academy’s dedicated athletes and coaches. View the awards list here>

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Fall 2019 CA Magazine

The fall 2019 issue of CA Magazine examines Concord Academy’s recently renewed mission statement and invites readers to engage in the building of a more just and sustainable world. This issue also celebrates the completion of the William M. Bailey Commons and, with it, the CA Houses initiative. Learn about student, faculty, and alumnae/i experiences and achievements, new books from CA authors, and much more. Read more>

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