As parents cheered from the sidelines, this year’s Family Weekend opened on Thursday afternoon with a poignant win for the boys varsity soccer team on the Moriarty Athletic Campus fields. It was nice to see so many young alumnae/i back on campus to support the team and their friends. That evening, parent class socials brought the Concord Academy community together.
On Friday, families joined classes and attended programming designed to share a sense of a typical day in the life of CA students. Following welcoming remarks from Head of School Rick Hardy in the Elizabeth B. Hall Chapel, parents headed to school with their children — to special 20-minute classes that gave families a taste of the academic experience. Over the weekend, they enjoyed breakfasts, lunches, and a seasonal New England community dinner together. In between scheduled activities, families stopped in the Main School Lobby to stock up on CA gear or headed out to the quad or the Student-Faculty Center patio to soak up some sun.
Teacher and advisor conferences took place throughout the weekend, as did a variety of programs for parents that addressed college counseling, student trips, the Community and Equity program, Spring Session, and various academic opportunities.
The Performing Arts Department presented works in progress by the Advanced Jazz Ensemble; chamber music ensembles; CA Singers; the Vocal, Jazz, and Pop Ensemble; Dance Company; and Theater Company. Parents had opportunities to observe a dance class; sit in on a rehearsal for the fall mainstage production, Urinetown; and watch volleyball, field hockey, and soccer home matches. A special gathering welcomed families of students of color.
Faculty and staff were glad to open classrooms, offices, and art studios to bring families into the CA experience and to give students and parents opportunities to catch up during the fall semester. As Rick Hardy said in his opening remarks for parents, “CA’s teachers, house faculty, coaches, and advisors are some of the finest I have ever had the pleasure to know, and I know that they are a big part of what drew you and your children to the school. And what drew these talented, dedicated adults to CA? The chance to work at a school whose students, your children, are motivated by their passion for learning.”