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Live an Attentive Life:Assistant Head of School and Academic Dean John Drew P’15 ’19 Gives Parting Commencement Address in CA’s 97th Year

June 04, 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. Some of his advice for CA’s newly minted alumnae/i: “Being awake to your surroundings is essential. You and the world both need that attention and connection.”

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Junior Art College Workshop on February 21st

February 19, 2017

The Visual Arts Department and College Counseling Office will host the Junior Art College Workshop on Tuesday, February 21st from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in the Great Room. The event is intended for juniors who are curious to learn more about pursuing visual art in college. This workshop will give these students useful tools and tips about art in higher education as they begin the college process.

CA Hosting Luna Fest 2017 on March 4th

February 18, 2017

The Office of Community & Equity is excited to invite all members of the CA community to Luna Fest 2017, a festival of films made by, for, and about women. Sponsored by Luna, this international film festival makes local stops to raise money; this year’s causes are breast cancer research and the ACLU. The festival will be in CA’s Performing Arts Center on Saturday, March 4th, at 7:30. Admission is $15; the C&E office will cover admission for all current CA students.

Girls & Boys Ski Teams Earn 3rd Place at NEPSAC Championships

February 17, 2017

The Varsity Alpine Ski teams enjoyed a banner day at the NEPSAC championships. The teams traveled to Okemo Mountain in Vermont to battle 11 New England independent school ski programs on the slopes. The boys team earned a return trip to the podium by securing the 3rd place trophy after a 2nd place finish last year. The girls team bounced back from a 4th place finish last season to also bring back a 3rd place trophy! In addition, three CA skiers captured individual awards. Two days later, the teams concluded the league season by capturing 2nd place team trophies with seven skiers earning all league honors. Go Green!

Information about the Junior Class Leadership Retreat, March 31 – April 1

February 17, 2017

The Junior Class Leadership Retreat this year is scheduled to take place on March 31 and April 1. 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. The retreat site is again at the Prindle Pond Conference Center in Charlton, Mass., an hour from campus. This is a required event for all juniors. We will depart Concord Academy on Friday, March 31, at 2:15 p.m., and we will return at 5:15 p.m. on Saturday, April 1. Please reach out to Sally Zimmerli with any questions or thoughts.

Sally Zimmerli Named New Dean of Students

February 15, 2017

We are very pleased to announce that Sally Zimmerli has accepted our offer to serve as CA’s next dean of students, beginning on July 1. Through the extensive search and interview process, the enthusiastic support from students, parents, faculty, and staff, as well as her work as acting director of student life, Sally showed us that the right person for the job was here all along. Her experience, her understanding of adolescents, her ability to partner with adults, and her poise, good humor, and fundamental optimism have earned her the respect of the entire school community. We are delighted that she will be joining CA’s senior administration.

CA Alumnae/i in the News

February 8, 2017

Check out our first edition of “CA in the News”, where we highlight some of our spoken about or published peers. This month we feature “Serial” producer Sarah Koenig ’86, CEO of dating app Hater Brendan Alper ’05, Michelle Obama speechwriter Dave Cavell ’02, and award-winning filmmaker Dakin Henderson ’04.

Photos from the CA Dance Company Performance: Ephemeral Port

February 7, 2017

View photos from last week’s Dance Company Performace Ephemeral Port, directed by Amy Spencer and performed by Miranda Brown, Asa Hamot, Monica Roy, Ari Vamvas, Katrina Wang, Vance White and Kiki McEady.

Meeting on “The Teenage Years, What’s Normal, What’s Not” on March 3 by PIN (Parents Independent School Network)

February 7, 2017

On Friday, March 3rd at Boston University Academy, PIN will host Arden O’Connor and Diana Clark of O’Connor Professional Group for a presentation entitled, “The Teenage Years, What’s Normal, What’s Not.”  The teenage years are a period of enormous growth, physically, psychologically and mentally. Parents often describe their teenagers as strangers whose moods are erratic and dramatic. The presentation will include discussion of “normal” teenage behavior, behavior that deviates from the norm and healthy ways to address concerns. Coffee will be at available at 9:15 a.m., and the meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m.

Attention Boarding Parents

February 7, 2017

Boarding parents, we’d love your help! You may not be able to attend events in person, but there are ways you are able to support things happening on campus nevertheless. CA Parents have organized sign-ups for various events that make it easy for boarding parents to participate. You are able to provide food for faculty and staff appreciation luncheons, performing arts receptions, and snacks for sports teams. For each event, sign-ups are announced along with a list of local food providers from which food can be ordered. You may simply place an order and a local parent will make arrangements to pick things up and deliver to campus.

Contracts for the 17-18 Academic Year due March 6th

February 7, 2017

The 17-18 student contracts for all eligible returning students were mailed to you on February 14th and e-mailed on February 15th and 16th. It is important to remember that completed contracts and deposits are due back to Concord Academy by March 6th. Your contract package includes complete instructions. Please take a moment to review the instructions prior to completing your contract.