Spirit Week, Pep Rally, and Chandler Bowl

The Chandler Bowl for Changing Lives (CBCL) is an annual, charitable sporting event between Concord Academy and our rival, Pingree School. After a year-long hiatus due to COVID-19, the CBCL made a return! The Chandler Bowl was hosted at Pingree on October 23. During...

Henry Fairfax to be CA’s 11th Head of School

At 2:59 p.m. on October 27, Concord Academy announced its new Head of School, Henry Fairfax, to all community members through email, including students, faculty, parents, and alumni. The Head of School Search Committee held a student and faculty assembly explaining...

Tatiana Schlossberg on Systematic Climate Justice

On Monday, October 23, Tatiana Schlossberg spoke in front of Concord Academy’s Environmental Symposium class to share her research in her recent book, Inconspicuous Consumption, on climate change, environmental justice, and the environmental implications of everyday...

Club Expo Review

Club Expo is one of the most popular traditions at Concord Academy. Hosted on the night of Friday, September 10th in the Stu-Fac, Club Expo showcased the various clubs that students can join. It is a time for the community to come together, and introduce the many...

Class Day Review

Class Day was held on the first Friday of the 2021-22 academic year, September 3, at Concord Academy. Instead of attending school as usual, students had a modified schedule, with each class having specialized programming.  The 9th graders continued their...

Fall Athletics Spotlight: Girls Varsity Soccer

After a year of socially distanced, non-contact soccer practices in the fall of 2020, Concord Academy Girls Soccer has developed into a strong program. Both Junior Varsity and Varsity level teams remain undefeated as they approach their fourth game of the...

Formal‌ ‌2021‌

Formal 2021 was hosted May 1st on CA campus. Students arrived between 6:15 and 7:15 pm with friends and dates. There were many activities offered including photos, games, food, and dancing. Most wore dresses and suits and ties. Underclassmen and juniors wore cocktail...

Status of Vaccinations at CA

By the first week of June this year, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts will be close to reaching its vaccination goal of 4.1 million residents, and as all COVID-19 guidelines expire on May 29, Concord Academy is in a unique position as it transitions back into a sense...

Spring Sports Recap

Although it was a long year of social distancing, switching between in-person and virtual learning, and various other COVID-19 mitigations, CA athletics concluded the last few weeks of the spring season with a much more normal feel than during fall and winter seasons....

CA Artists Showcase Their Works in Virtual Spring Music Concert

On May 7, following students’ first week of STAC 6, the Concord Academy community was treated with a virtual music concert, showcasing the diverse range of works that students in the Performing Arts Department have been rehearsing for during these past few months. The...

Features

A Warm Comfort Drink

If you are not fond of fruit, please do not proceed reading this article. If you recognize the following recipe as a heavily-adapted, non-alcoholic version of the Nordic beverage, gløgg, glögg, or glögi, you would be correct. It is a drink worth sharing. Ingredients:...

Club Spotlight: WoCA

Concord Academy’s Women of Color Alliance (WoCA), is an affinity and social justice group for students who identify as women of color to support and share their experiences and identities through initiating discussions and forming connections. Led by co-heads April...

Jed Lippard Interview

Concord Academy was honored to welcome Jed Lippard, CA’s third Head of School candidate, to campus on September 27 and 28.  Lippard grew up in Pittsburgh and attended Shady Side Academy, a traditional school on the outskirts of the city. His brother, on the other...

Boarding after COVID

Even within the already tight-knit Concord Academy community, the familial bonds and kinship that the boarding community creates are unmatched. This sense of family comes from both the little moments, like late nights in common rooms, and major traditions, like house...

CA Alum: Alexandra Berzon ’97

After graduating from Concord Academy in 1997, Alexandra Berzon ’97 has gone on to leave her mark on the world of journalism. She has written pieces for the Las Vegas Sun and the Wall Street Journal. In 2009, Berzon was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service,...

News

PSAT Testing

On the morning of Saturday, October 16, the PSAT was held in the Student Health and Athletic Center (SHAC). Over 200 sleepy sophomores and juniors made their way to the gym by 7:45 a.m. Though quiet at first, the drowsy atmosphere was quickly broken by a few minutes...

Restarting COVID-19 Testing at Concord Academy

Recently, Concord Academy announced the decision to restart COVID-19 testing protocols on campus. This announcement came several weeks after the spread of common colds on campus. The administration wants to keep the community safe. Because of this, they  made...

Halloween Dance

People like to think of Halloween as an occasion where you can be whoever you want to be. You can step into someone's shoes, put a fun twist on a classic character, or play as the cast of your favorite movie with your friends. Whatever you do on Halloween is worth...

Henry Fairfax to be CA’s 11th Head of School

At 2:59 p.m. on October 27, Concord Academy announced its new Head of School, Henry Fairfax, to all community members through email, including students, faculty, parents, and alumni. The Head of School Search Committee held a student and faculty assembly explaining...

Systems of Oppression Assembly

On Friday, October 22, Audeep Cariens ’22 led an all-school assembly on systemic economic oppression of Black Americans, both inside and outside of Concord Academy. This presentation marks the beginning of a five-part series examining the education, housing,...

Boarding Events at a Glance

Over the past month, Boarding Council (BC) hosted various activities for the boarding community to come together at Concord Academy; among those were the Donut-on-a-String eating competition, the summer and September birthdays celebration, and the Iron Chef challenge....

Opinions

COVID Supply Chains and Fast Fashion

Left in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, disruption to global supply chains caused delayed delivery of foreign-made goods. Over 114 million people worldwide lost their jobs due to the pandemic. Despite an increase in vaccinations, and a general decrease in COVID-19...

Abolish the Room Check

I have been a boarder at Concord Academy since my freshman year. Over half of my CA career, I have been subject to the room check. For those who are not familiar with this term, the room check is when house parents come around your rooms and decide whether or not they...

Should We Celebrate Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving has been a holiday tradition in the United States for over a century. Every year on the fourth Thursday of November, we gather with our families, enjoy a late-night feast, and watch football. Thanksgiving is often a highlight of the year and is a day...

Standardized Tests: Optional or Not?

Fueled by the pandemic and scandals around college admissions, more and more colleges in the United States are now moving away from standardized tests by adapting either a temporary or permanent test-optional policy. This leads those who are concerned with the issue...

Where to Stay for Thanksgiving as an International Student?

For the past few days, I’ve been chatting with my international friends about their plans for Thanksgiving. Everyone is certainly looking forward to a hard-earned break after almost three months of school work and various commitments, and they all seem to have a solid...

CA Mask Policy: Fall 2021

Currently, Concord Academy’s policy is to wear masks indoors at all times except when actively eating, with masking being optional outdoors. These guidelines are similar to many other schools in the area, independent and public alike, and follow state and nation-wide...

Arts

Monsters in Film Series

This fall, Andrew Stevens has launched a monster movie night film series, in tandem with his elective English class, “Monsters in Literature.” The series, like the class, explores a variety of different monsters and their different functions, as well as various...

The French Dispatch Review

Wes Anderson’s latest movie, The French Dispatch, opened October 22 in selected theaters across the US after premiering at Cannes. The acclaimed director of The Royal Tenenbaums and Fantastic Mr. Fox has assembled yet another all-star cast in his newest,...

Broken Record: Dave Chappelle’s The Closer

At its best, Dave Chappelle’s standup is as good as comedy can get. Both hilarious and insightful, Chappelle established his place at the top of the stand-up ladder with his Netflix specials. The specials were extremely controversial, largely due to jokes that some...

Science and Tech

The Astonishing Prosperity of TikTok

TikTok has just recently overtaken YouTube in total hours of user watch time per month in the United States.  Between August 2020 and June 2021, TikTok users have watched an average of 24 hours of content per month, compared to Youtube’s 22 hours and 40 minutes,...

The Return of the Flu and Cold Season

The cold winter months are approaching quickly, and flu season is just around the corner. With increased time spent indoors and less vitamin D available to strengthen one’s immune system, common colds should be similarly inevitable, yet many people have not caught a...

CDC Approves Moderna Booster

On Wednesday, October 21, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) approved a third booster dose of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine. People who received their second dose more than six months ago and who are...

Sports

Spirit Week, Pep Rally, and Chandler Bowl

The Chandler Bowl for Changing Lives (CBCL) is an annual, charitable sporting event between Concord Academy and our rival, Pingree School. After a year-long hiatus due to COVID-19, the CBCL made a return! The Chandler Bowl was hosted at Pingree on October 23. During...

Fall Athletics Spotlight: the Dance Project

With the fall athletics season drawing to a close, the final performance for the Dance Project is approaching. Through unwavering dedication and commitment, dancers work with the tech crew to combine various elements into the final production presented in the dance...

Winter Season Preview

The fall season wrapped up in the past weeks. With winter tryouts coming to an end, teams are about to kick off their season. The teams competing in the upcoming winter season will be alpine skiing, basketball, squash, and wrestling. There will also be many other...

Cat's Corner

Hey CA cat lovers! If you want to show off your quarantine kitty in the next issue of The Centipede, email me pictures of your cat! Cats of all shapes and sizes warmly accepted!

Email: callum.chertavia@concordacademy.org