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Concord Academy

Student Life

All School Council

The All-School Council comprises the student head of school and student vice head of school, the head and vice head of boarding students, the head of day students, the co-heads of community and equity, the co-heads of entertainment, the co-heads of environmental affairs, the co-heads of community action, class presidents and representatives, and faculty/staff representatives. The All-School Council members are elected the spring before or the fall of the academic year in which they serve. They meet weekly to discuss upcoming events, topics of importance, or other relevant issues to the school. Council meetings are open to all members of the CA community.

 

The All-School Council takes an active role in representing the student body when reviewing policies, discussing issues, and formulating proposals. All proposals passed at all-school meetings are recommended to the head of school. The council sponsors Club Expo, Winterfest, and other weekend events on campus. Above all, the All-School Council affords students the opportunity to have input into the daily life of the school.

 

Day/Boarder exchange nights

Day students can opt to stay for a day or up to a week in one of the student houses, and boarding students may stay in a day student’s home. The plan does not need to be reciprocal. This program is not designed for boarding students to live at their own home for a week.

Day students participating in the exchange must be invited, and welcomed by the host and all roommate(s) and must abide by all rules governing boarding life. Permission forms, which must be completed before the exchange begins, are found in the Student Life Office.

 

Weekend Activities

Concord Academy offers an enormous variety of activities both on and off campus. They are planned by the student activities coordinator, the Entertainment Committee, or by other campus groups and adults with a particular interest or event to share.

 

Sign-up sheets for dances, films, concerts, athletic events, shows, and other activities are posted outside the Student Life Office prior to the events. Signing up is a commitment to participate, not simply an indication of interest. Students on the sign-up list will be expected to share in the expenses for the activity if relevant, and the price will be listed on the sign-up sheet. 

 

All students attending off-campus events must travel to and return from the event in school-provided transportation, unless excused by the administrator on duty or dean of students prior to leaving campus. Boarders must follow sign-out procedures according to boarding rules.

 

Community Weekends

Many of the events are designed to foster a sense of community and increase interaction among students of all ages and backgrounds. Day and boarding students are expected to attend at least one event on campus over the course of a community weekend, and should sign in with the administrator on duty or the chaperone of the event. Boarders are asked to stay on campus for these weekends (no Overnight Passes please); exceptions may be granted if the overnight is with a group of CA students and has a community enrichment component.

 

Clubs and Organizations

There are over 70 clubs, organizations and affinity groups on campus that are student led and run, with support from a faculty advisor. Meetings take place weekly or bi-weekly, and are designed to encourage student passion and opportunities for growth. A complete list of our offerings can be found here.

 

Fundraising Activities

Concord Academy takes care to ensure that fundraising by student, faculty, parent, and school groups is coordinated throughout the school year in order to avoid over solicitation of members of the local and school community. All activities that involve solicitations of support, including advertising, goods, or monetary contributions, must be approved by the dean of students.

 

Posters and Fliers

In an effort to standardize fliers, posters, and other promotional or informational materials, the following policy applies:

 

  • Student groups posting on their assigned bulletin boards should have their materials approved by their advisor.
  • An individual or student group (whether recognized as an official club/organization or not) must submit any materials intended for posting anywhere in the school to the Student Life Office 48 hours prior to the planned posting.
  • Location as well as numbers of posters, fliers, etc. allowed will also be discussed.
  • A mutually agreed upon date for removal will be determined.
  • Unapproved posters will be removed.

 

Scheduling School Events

Before scheduling events, students must first check with the dean of students to avoid any scheduling conflicts. The following faculty and staff members have the responsibility of scheduling rooms in their respective facilities:

 

  • Amy Spencer and Jessica Cloutier-Plasse (Performing Arts Department): P.A.C., all music rooms, and the SHAC dance studio.
  • Shawna Penders (Food Services): Student-Faculty Center dining hall.
  • Renee Coburn (Student Life Office): Student-Faculty Center conference room, Library Conference Room, Great Room, Trudy Room, Ransome Room, the Chapel, house common rooms, and classrooms.
  • Sue Johnson (Athletics): Wrestling room and SHAC atrium
  • Sarah Woods (Operations): Moriarty Athletic Campus meeting room.

 

Dining Hall

Students are expected to behave in a courteous and orderly manner in the dining hall and wear shoes and appropriate clothing. Meals are served cafeteria-style, and when students have allergies they should be in contact with the food-service director so accommodations can be made. Students must clear their dishes and silverware from the tables after eating. Dishes and silverware are not to be removed from the dining hall. Additionally, students are not to take food from the dining hall, including food from the salad bar, before or after designated meal times. When Sunday night dinners are formal (e.g., Community Dinners), students should dress accordingly.

 

Weekdays   

   Breakfast                              7:15-8:15 a.m.

   Lunch                                   11:50 a.m.–1:05 p.m.

   Dinner                                  5:30–7:00 p.m.

Weekends   

   Continental Breakfast           9:00–11:00 a.m.

   Brunch                                 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

   Dinner                                  5:30–6:30 p.m.   

Snow Days   

   Continental Breakfast           9:30–11:00 a.m.

   Brunch                                 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

   Dinner                                  5:30–6:30 p.m.

Late Starts   

   Continental Breakfast           8:00–9:00 a.m.

   Breakfast                              9:00–9:45 a.m.

   Lunch                                   11:50 a.m.–1:05 p.m.

   Dinner                                  5:30–7:00 p.m.

 

Kitchen Duty

Boarding and day students are required to complete kitchen duty two to three times a year. CA believes that all students should give back to the school where possible, and assisting in the kitchen is one way students do this. Kitchen duty includes serving food, washing dishes, and cleaning tables in the school dining hall, as well as conducting routine maintenance in the Student-Faculty Center. In addition, students meet our dining services staff, and work beside them to understand what it takes to feed a large community. Boarding students typically are assigned kitchen duty on weekends and day students on weeknights. Students may not pay other students to perform kitchen duty for them.

 

A description of Kitchen Duty and scheduling is available here. Students are expected to complete all assignments accordingly. Each students’ Google Calendar has their Kitchen Duties populated. If a student cannot complete the duty on that day, they should request a swap with another student and inform the Student Life Office via email about the swap. When a student misses kitchen duty without finding a substitute, they not only miss a required commitment for which they will be assigned work jobs, but they cause additional work for others in the community.

 

Recycling Duty       

Students are required to complete recycling duty once per year. CA believes it is important for students to share in the responsibility of supporting the school and its goal for a more sustainable future, and each student has a responsibility towards this end. Recycling duty occurs on Wednesday afternoons during club block and entails emptying the various containers throughout campus and in offices and transporting the contents to the three recycling centers on campus where the contents are sorted into appropriate bins. If a student cannot make their assigned recycling duty due to another school commitment, they must find another student with whom to swap, email the recycling coordinator to avoid additional work for other students, and expect the assignment of work jobs.

 

Valuables/Lost and Found

Students should mark all possessions with their names, including, but not limited to, books, clothing, devices and all electronics, cameras, charging cords, calculators, etc. Most items left in public spaces and hallways will be taken to the lost-and-found closet located by the student mailboxes. Valuables such as watches, glasses, cell phones, calculators, wallets, etc. are taken to the Student Life Office. While the school makes all reasonable attempts to help students locate missing items, it is not able to offer financial remuneration for such items. Students are encouraged to exercise common sense regarding where they leave their belongings and to take them with them each evening. No student should have more than $150 in cash on them or in their room at any given time, and please note that we recommend less. Numerous banks are within walking distance of campus.

 

Snow Days/Delayed Starts

On days when there is a snow emergency, the school will make an announcement by 6:00 a.m. on various platforms indicating that school is either canceled or delayed, beginning with chapel or announcements at 10:15 a.m.

 

Because Concord Academy is a residential school, and day students often travel within a broad geographical region, parents are encouraged to use discretion when making travel plans. If a student is unable to travel to school safely, their parents are encouraged to call the attendance line. On the evening of a snow day, boarding students will have study hall prior to the next day of classes.