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Announcing the 2020 Joan Shaw Herman Award Recipient and Launch of the #CACares Campaign

Established in 1976, the Joan Shaw Herman Award for Distinguished Service is presented annually to a member of the CA community — the school’s only award recognizes the work of CA graduates who have demonstrated dedication to service in either a professional or volunteer capacity.

We are proud to announce that Anne Pfitzer ’85 has been chosen by the selection committee for her contributions to international public health, in particular in the areas of family planning, maternal-newborn health and survival, and HIV/AIDS prevention.

2020 Centennial Hall Fellow Anita Lo ’84 Shares Insights on Food, Culture, and Community

On January 22 and 23, Concord Academy honored acclaimed chef Anita Lo ’84 as the 2020 Centennial Hall Fellow. At the Boston Public Market, Lo offered a cooking experience for fellow alumnae/i, and in her Hall Fellow Lecture at CA, she told her life story and discussed the importance of food to culture and in creating communities where people can belong as they are.

Introducing CA’s New Dean of Academic Program and Equity

Concord Academy is pleased to announce that Robert Munro has accepted an offer to serve as Dean of Academic Program and Equity, beginning on July 1. In this newly-configured senior administrative position, Munro will oversee the academic program and lead the institution’s diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice efforts. This role is focused on the nexus of academics and equity, understanding that a school cannot be academically excellent without equity.

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.

Rachael Cerrotti Speaks at CA about Antisemitism

In an assembly on February 6, writer, educator, and documentary photographer Rachael Cerrotti spoke to the Concord Academy student body about “the oldest hatred,” antisemitism, and shared her grandmother’s story of Holocaust survival. Cerrotti had spent time with the cast and crew of CA’s upcoming mainstage production, Indecent, by Paula Vogel, delving with them into topics of Jewish identity and prejudice. Cerrotti’s address to the entire school provided context for the play, which is inspired by the true events surrounding the controversial 1923 Broadway debut of Sholem Asch’s God of Vengeance. Read more >

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Transgender Activist and Author Alex Myers Speaks at CA

On January 30, the Community and Equity Office presented an assembly by Alex Myers, a writer, a speaker, an English teacher at Phillips Exeter, and an advocate for transgender rights. Myers spoke with CA students about how his own experience informed his recent “coming-of-gender” novel, Continental Divide, about how norms of gender expression have changed over time, and about how transgender people have been represented in various historical eras and today. Read more >

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Tough “Battle”

CA’s four basketball teams and the coed varsity wrestling team set their sights on defending the Red Drum trophy this year after a huge win in the 2019 Battle of Lexington and Concord. Despite CA’s relentless effort across four basketball games, LCA secured the overall victory with four wins on the hardwood. The coed varsity wrestling team posted CA’s lone victory of the night with an exciting match. Having lost to LCA earlier in the season by a large margin, CA went into the match an underdog. CA’s young and much-improved team was undaunted, though, pulling out a convincing and redemptive victory in front of a spirited fan base. Another victory of the night was the raising of over $1,300 for the chosen charity, WIRES (Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service Inc) through the sale of “Battle” T-shirts designed by the Student Athletic Council. CA Athletics would like to thank the many parents who donated baked goods and/or their time to support the event. Go Green!

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Update to Student Enrollment Contracts

Concord Academy has changed how it processes student enrollment contracts — a change that is designed to make the process easier for both our families and for CA.

Starting this year, CA will be sending electronic student enrollment contracts only. The contracts will be sent to all eligible families, using the primary address listed on their Smart Tuition account, on February 13 and are due back by February 27. Your contract will come to you via email from studentcontracts@concordacademy.org. After you open the contract you will find several helpful attachments that will answer many questions and guide you through the process. We ask that you please look for these messages in your inbox

Please note that contracts are not complete until we receive both your deposit and the completed contract. Deposits must be sent directly to Concord Academy, not to Smart Tuition. You may make these deposits via check, money order, or wire. Note that we do not accept credit cards.

For more information or help with any questions, please reach out to Diana O’Toole by sending her a message at studentcontracts@concordacademy.org.

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The Visual Arts Junior Portfolio Workshop, February 11

The Visual Arts Junior Portfolio Workshop will take place on Tuesday, February 11, at 6:00 p.m. in the Trudy Room. This workshop is the beginning of a conversation with students interested in exploring the various ways the visual arts can remain a part of their college experience.

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CA Book Club, Thursday, February 27

Our next meeting will be Thursday, February 27, beginning with a potluck dinner at 6:00 p.m. We will be discussing The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai. This book is set amid the AIDS crisis in Chicago in the 1980s and looks at how AIDS not only ravaged the gay community in Chicago in the 1980s and ’90s but also continued to impact lives decades later. This book has won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award; was a New York Times Top 10 book of 2018; won an LA Times book prize, an ALA Carnegie Medal, and the Stonewall Book Award; and is soon to be a major television event, optioned by Amy Poehler, so it should definitely be on your reading list!

We hope you will put this date on your calendars and plan to join us. We would really love to see some parents from the classes of 2021, 2022, and 2023 in addition to the parents of the senior class and parents of alumnae/i who have been regular participants. The book club is a great chance to connect on a more personal level with other CA parents. Please RSVP to Michele Scavongelli at vanleer@comcast.net.

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Spring Faculty-Staff Appreciation Luncheon on March 3

The Spring Luncheon is the second of two faculty/staff appreciation events that CA Parents sponsors during the school year. As parents, rarely do we have such a direct opportunity to share our gratitude for the faculty and staff who are so dedicated to our children and our children’s education. We would love your help to make this event a great success! Day parents are invited to cook, bake, or make “take-away” gifts. Volunteers are needed both the afternoon before and day of the event for setup, decoration, food pickup, and cleanup. For boarding parents, parents who are short on time, or parents who don’t like to spend time in the kitchen, there are many other ways for you to participate as well. You may sign up here to contribute. Thank you in advance for your time and contributions!

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Support The Performing Arts

If you are interested in donating snacks to be used throughout the second semester at the eight remaining performances, please consider ordering from our Amazon wishlist. Please send all packages to Meredith Walsh, Concord Academy, 126 Main Street, Concord, MA 01742. Thanks in advance for your help!  

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Chamber Music Concert on February 7

Please join the students of CA’s chamber music program on Friday, February 7, at 8:00 p.m. in the SHAC dance studio for an evening concert of musical selections spanning over 300 years! Music of Telemann, Mozart, Borodin, Dame Ethel Smyth, and John Corigliano, among others, will be performed. We hope you can join us!

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