September 17, 2021

A weekly update for
Cape Cod Academy families
Parents' Nights
Take Place Next Week

Parents' Night for lower, middle, and upper school families will take place next week. Based on the success and efficiency of last year’s remote Parents’ Night, we have decided to conduct these gatherings via Zoom once again this year. One of the many benefits is that it allows parents with children in various divisions to participate in all teacher meetings.

The virtual Parents' Night for middle and upper school families will be on Wednesday, September 22 at 5:00 p.m. Early next Wednesday, families will receive an email with a personalized schedule of their child’s classes and the Zoom links for each class.

Lower school families will have their Parents' Night on Thursday, September 23 at 5:00 p.m. They, too, will receive a letter next week from their child's homeroom teacher with the Zoom links and schedule.

Parents' Night will include a snapshot of your child's classroom curriculum and activities. This night is not a time for individual conversations about your child. Those discussions will take place during in-person Parent-Teacher Conferences on October 28-29, 2021.
Upcoming Events

Monday, Sept. 20
Lower School After-School Sports Program Begins

Tuesday, Sept. 21
Tech 101 @ 8:30 a.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 22
Middle & Upper School Parents' Night @ 5:00 p.m. via Zoom

Thursday, Sept. 23
Lower School Parents' Night @ 5:00 p.m. via Zoom

Wednesday, Sept. 29
Tech 101 @ 8:30 a.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 29 - Friday, Oct. 1
School Picture Days

Thursday, Sept. 30
B/Spoke Ride for School Pride from
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 2
Fall Fling @ 5:30 p.m.
Tech 101: Join Us for a Tutorial That Will Help You Navigate the School Website
Cape Cod Academy invites all parents and students to attend an online tutorial to learn how to navigate the school's website and important resources. This online event will help you to easily access:
  • Online school forms
  • Calendars (and feeding them into your own personal calendars)
  • Directories, maps, and class rosters
  • Resource board posts
  • Community groups (learn how to send emails to specific groups)
  • Classroom pages, student schedules, attendance records, and assignments
  • Notifications and Alerts (learn how to set them up)

Join us during one of the following two events:
Tuesday, September 21st @ 8:30 a.m.
Wednesday, September 29th @ 8:30 a.m.

Topic: CCA Tech 101
Join Zoom Meeting by clicking here.
Meeting ID: 838 7187 6336
Passcode: GygYj6
Expectations for Dress Code and Face Masks
It is very important for all students to follow Cape Cod Academy’s Dress Code Policy. The objective of the policy is to promote an atmosphere for academic success. Please read the policy carefully and review it with your child:

Additionally, everyone must wear a face covering when inside our buildings. Masks for everyone, regardless of age or vaccination status, is the most pragmatic approach at this time. We monitor this situation daily and will notify you if and when this policy changes. In the meantime, we are enforcing this policy for everyone at CCA.

The Dress Code policy and mask wearing procedures were shared with the students today. The discussion included expectations, enforcement, and consequences.
Join Us for Cape Cod Academy's Fall Fling
Deadline to Participate in Unique MBL Discovery Program is September 22

CCA is excited to partner with University of Chicago's Marine Biological Laboratories in Woods Hole to offer CCA students a special discovery program that will run from November 1-3, 2021. Tailored for students entering grades 10-12, the program will teach students about CRISPR/Cas9 Genome editing of aquatic and marine organisms. In this course, students will learn how the revolutionary genome editing technology CRISPR/Cas9 works and will apply it in the lab to explore basic biological questions as well as the implications it has for improving human health. Genome editing will be used to understand zebrafish development, a key biomedical research species. Students will manipulate development genes to understand embryogenesis and organ formation and their connection to understanding human health and birth defects. The course will expose students to modern methods in microscopy. The ethical implications of genome editing will also be discussed.

This is a residential program where students will stay in the dormitories on campus in Woods Hole with a faculty chaperone. The cost is $1250 per student for the program, room, and board. Registration forms and payment must be completed by September 22, 2021. Paperwork and additional questions can be sent to Abby Wood at
Students Visited Camp Burgess This Week

Middle school students enjoyed another day at Camp Burgess in Sandwich this week for a day of team-building and problem-solving fun.
Academic Program Updates

There have been some exciting and positive changes in our lower school in recent months. As we begin the new school year, our Associate Head of School would like to update you on some of these changes that have been put into place to ensure a strong academic year that truly prepares students for success at Cape Cod Academy. Read more...
After-School Sports Program for Lower School
Now Open to Grade 5 Students, Too

Cape Cod Academy's after-school sports program begins next week. It will run Mondays through Thursdays from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Each week will feature a new activity (see below), so your child can choose to participate for one week or multiple sessions. We are pleased to expand this program to include students in grades 5, too. If you would like your child to participate, please click on the registration button below.
Ride for School Pride
Ride for school pride on September 30 at 7:15 p.m. Grab your towel, workout gear, and water bottle, and join fellow parents and friends under the big tent with B/SPOKE Cape House for a 45-minute fun-filled ride with great music. This is an outdoor event on stationary spinning bikes. All first-time riders are welcome. Please join us for a social event after the ride.
Ride & Reception: $50 per person
Reception Only: $10 per person
CCA Scientists
Our sixth-graders conducted a measuring lab, and our upper school marine scientists enjoyed seining and identifying local biota in West Bay.

Sixth-graders in their Introduction to Language and Literature class enjoyed practicing mythology terms this week with a vocabulary game.

Spanish Class
Spanish IV students are working on a unit on the solar system and learning about planets using the Spanish language. They are pictured in front of the bulletin board they made, to which they will be adding statistics and other information.

PE Classes
Lower school students from kindergarten through grade 5 enjoyed swimming in CCA’s heated pool this week as part of their PE classes.
Christian Sears is a middle school physical science and pre-algebra teacher at CCA, as well as the STEM curriculum coordinator and boys’ varsity soccer coach. Born in Maryland, Christian attended Landon School where he began a love and passion for independent schools and for science and math. A three-sport varsity letter earner in football, ice hockey, and lacrosse, Mr. Sears was also a lieutenant for the Bethany Beach Patrol in Bethany Beach, DE for nearly 20 years. After graduating from the University of Maryland with a BS degree in kinesiology, he returned to his alma mater to teach science and coach many different sports. A certified strength and conditioning specialist, Christian also dedicates himself to the athletic development of middle and upper school student athletes. He recently earned his MS degree in sport leadership and coaching through Western New England University's Business School.

Christian is married to Elizabeth Sears, a Massachusetts native and current world languages teacher in CCA’s lower school. They have two boys. Christian and his family lineage are no strangers to the area as he is the 12th generation of Sears that came over and established the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1630. He is proud to have the next generation grow up where his heritage began. "I am thrilled to be able to teach and coach such talented students and work alongside some of the best, if not the best, teachers I have come across in my decade of teaching at independent schools,” he said. “Many have made me and my family feel at home already. We are proud to wear our school colors in public and are excited to lead in and out of the classroom. GO SEAHAWKS!"
Athletes of the Week
Congratulations to our Athletes of the Week! (Left to right): Griffin Mayo, Boys Middle School Soccer; Warrant Chen, Boys Varsity Soccer; Amelia Sullivan, Girls Varsity Soccer; Jessi Girouard-Shuter, Girls Varsity Soccer.
Game Highlights of the Week

We are pleased to share details of CCA athletics games that took place over the past week. Click here to read highlights brought to you by our coaches.
Fall Sports Schedules

Fall sports at Cape Cod Academy are underway.
Check out next week's practice schedules here.
Check out next week's game schedules here.
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