September 9, 2022

A weekly update for
Cape Cod Academy families
Welcome to a New Year!
It has been a pleasure to welcome you and your children back to school. As we look ahead to our busy fall season, please make note of the important upcoming events listed below. Be sure to read each week's issue of Seahawks' News thoroughly as this is one of the primary means of communicating school-wide information to our community. -- Jeff Thompson, Head of School
Upcoming Events

Friday, Sept. 9
PA-Hosted Middle & Upper School Parent Social at Naukabout Brewery from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 12
Extended Day Program Begins for Students in Grades K-5

College Essay Writing Workshop for Grade 12 Students

Tuesday, Sept. 13
Camp Burgess Trip for Grades 9-11

College Essay Writing Workshop for Grade 12 Students

Wednesday, Sept. 21
Camp Burgess Trip for Middle School Students

Senior Spaghetti Dinner from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 27 - Thursday, Sept. 29
School Picture Days

Thursday, Sept. 29
Parents' Back-to-School Night @ 6:00 p.m. Followed by a Parents' Reception
Parents' Back-to-School Night Takes Place on Thursday, September 29
Back-to-School Night will take place for all Cape Cod Academy parents. This year, we are combining this evening with our traditional Fall Fling. We hope you will plan to attend Back-to-School Night where you will meet your child’s teachers and learn more about school life. Afterwards, please join us for appetizers and a raw bar where you will have the opportunity to meet other school parents, teachers, and school administrators.
COVID-19 Overview and Update

As of August 15, 2022, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts updated the guidance for COVID-19 isolation for children and staff K-12. Cape Cod Academy will follow these guidelines, which you can view here. Our guidelines are summarized below:

  1. Students and staff who test positive must isolate and remain home for at least 5 days. If they are asymptomatic or symptoms are resolving and they have been fever free without the use of fever-reducing medicine for 24 hours, they may return to school after Day 5 and should wear a high-quality mask through Day 10. If they test negative on Day 5, a mask is not required.
  2. To count days for isolation, Day 0 is the first day of symptoms OR the day the positive test was taken, whichever is earlier.
  3. Quarantine for exposure or close contact is no longer required. If the exposed student/ staff have no symptoms, they can attend class but are asked to wear a high-quality mask for 10 days.
  4. In school, COVID-19 testing ended this past June.
Points of Contact at Cape Cod Academy

If you would like to know who to contact about a specific topic, please refer to Cape Cod Academy's Points of Contact here.
Meet CCA's Student Council and Proctors

Cape Cod Academy's student leaders for the 2022-23 school year are made up of student council officers and proctors. They are really looking forward to a great school year. Pictured here, back row, left to right: Amelia Sullivan '23, School Proctor; Bereket Nelson '23, President; Thomas Guidoboni '23, Treasurer. Front row, left to right: Paola Ovies '23, School Proctor; Taylor Bodurtha '24, Vice President; Hannah O'Dowd '23, Secretary; and Malia Puls '23, School Proctor.
Important Arrival & Dismissal Information

Lower School

Parents may drop off children either at the curbside in the circle at the school's front entrance, or you may park and walk your children into the building. When dropping off your child, please pull all the way up in the circle. At curbside, please have your child exit the right side of your vehicle. Drivers, please do not exit your car.

Please do not pass other vehicles in the traffic circle, and exercise patience. If you are in a hurry, please feel free to park in the parking lot and walk your child into school. Parents who walk their children into the building should park in the lower school parking lot (adjacent to the playground) or in the senior parking lot (the lot is directly on the left as you drive in the main entrance). Please note that the upper circle is for lower school drop-off, and the lower circle by the science building is for middle and upper school drop-off.

Lower school students may enter the building as early as 7:40 a.m. and should check-in when they arrive. Students have the option of going outside to the playground or to the library.

The school day ends at 3:00 p.m. Unless a child is enrolled in and participating in a school-sponsored extracurricular program, lower school students may not remain on campus without a parent after the school day concludes. As with drop-off, please exercise patience and do not pass other vehicles in the traffic circle. Drivers, please do not exit your car. If you are in a hurry, please feel free to park in the parking lot and come into school to collect your child.

Middle School & Upper School
Students should be dropped off in the lower circle drive by the entrance to Founders Hall (gymnasium building). Parents are asked to pull forward as far as possible before dropping students off. This helps to keep the drop-off circle safe during this busy time of day. Students who drive should park in the assigned student parking lot. Any student who arrives at school after 8:00 a.m. must report to the reception desk to sign in. 
Students may be picked up in the lower circle by the entrance to Founders Hall or with their lower school siblings at the school's front entrance.
Extended Day Program for Lower School

Cape Cod Academy is pleased to officially launch our Extended Day Program for students in kindergarten through grade 5 beginning on Monday, September 12. Led by Coach Katherine Marvullo, Lower School P.E. Instructor, and Erika Fernandes, Lower School Science Teacher, this program will run Monday - Friday from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. during the entire school year.
Activities will promote physical and social health in a fun and structured environment and include outdoor, hands-on activities like gardening, birding, and fun with water. Each day, there will be time allotted for decompression and homework.

Students can register to participate on a daily, monthly, or semester basis by signing up via our registration system. Click on one of the links below.
College Visitors Scheduled for Next Week

Cape Cod Academy is pleased to welcome college representatives to campus to give our juniors and seniors the opportunity to learn about different schools. These meetings present a great opportunity for our students to meet the individuals who will present their applications to their admissions committees. Next week's visits from colleges include:

Wednesday, September 14 
Salve Regina at 9:00 a.m.
St. Anselm College at 10:20 a.m.
Worcester Polytechnic University at 12:00 p.m.
University of Delaware at 1:30 p.m.
My name is Michael McCartney and I'm excited to join the CCA English Faculty for my 17th year of teaching. Before coming to CCA, I worked at The Maine School of Science and Mathematics (MSSM) in Limestone, Maine - one of only a handful of public, boarding, magnet schools in the United States. In my 15 happy years at MSSM, I served as Assistant Dean of Students, Director of College Counseling, and English Department Chair, while teaching English and History. Having spent a while abroad at Oxford, I'm deeply committed to international education and have taken many of my students to England, Scotland, Ireland, and Peru. I was fortunate enough to be named the 2016 Aroostook County Teacher of the Year and 2017 Semi-Finalist for Maine State Teacher of the Year. I also once earned a Diploma of Wizardry from a mysterious shop in Stratford-Upon-Avon.

Just before the pandemic, my family and I relocated to Forestdale with our many eccentric pets. For the past few years, I've taught online while keeping my eye out for any openings at CCA! I'm so excited to be joining this small, tight-knit community of people who seem eager to learn and take care of one another as we try to figure out this thing we call life.

In my free time, I enjoy stories (whether hearing, telling, reading, watching, playing, or writing them), travel (with students and family), acting, playing Dungeons and Dragons with colleagues and students, and endlessly putting the finishing touches on that novel of mine - usually while drinking endless cups of tea.
Athletes of the Week

Congratulations to our Athletes of the Week!
Bella Scioletti - Varsity Golf
Isaiah Stacey - Varsity Soccer
Thomas Guidoboni - Varsity Golf
Grace Murray - Varsity Soccer
Next Week's Sports Schedules

Fall sports are underway. Please review the upcoming schedules here:
 There are many fun and easy ways to participate and volunteer at Cape Cod Academy. Please click here to review and sign up for events where parent volunteers are needed. If you have any questions, please contact the PA (
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