October 8, 2021

A weekly update for
Cape Cod Academy families

Kindergarteners enjoy their Forest Friday program.
Spirit Week is Next Week
Spirit Week will take place next Tuesday - Friday as we kick off Homecoming on Saturday. (Monday is a holiday.) There will be special dress days and fun activities planned during lunch all week long.

On Friday, students in grades 6-8 are invited to Middle School Open Gym Night from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. (Masks required indoors.) Upper school students are invited to a Powder Paint Dance that will also take place on Friday outside (details below).

We invite all CCA students to participate in our special dress days next week:

Tuesday: Blue & White Day
Wednesday: Middle/Upper School - Class Colors Lower School - CCA Third Color Day (wear grey or silver)
Thursday: "All In" T-shirt & Jeans Day
Friday: CCA Apparel/Swag/Athletic Uniform Day
Please join us on Saturday, October 16 for Homecoming! All members of the CCA community and guests are invited to attend a fun day of events on campus. There will be food trucks and a variety of activities, including soccer games, a fun run, face-painting, and an inflatable obstacle course. Share this event with all CCA alumni and don't forget to wear your CCA gear!

Homecoming Schedule of Events: 
10:00 a.m. - Boys Middle School Soccer vs. Falmouth Academy
10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Face painting & pumpkin painting
10:30 a.m. - 1.5 mile Fun Run open to all ages
10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Inflatable obstacle course for lower school students
11:00 a.m. - Girls Varsity Soccer vs. Upper Cape Cod Technical School
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Food trucks
12:00 p.m. - Boys Varsity Soccer vs. Upper Cape Cod Technical School

We are looking for parent volunteers for October 16! Please sign up here!
Upcoming Events

Saturday, Oct. 9
Osterville Village Fall Festival

Monday, Oct. 11
Columbus Day
No School

Tuesday, Oct. 12 - Friday, Oct. 15
Spirit Week

Wednesday, Oct. 13
PA General Meeting @ 8:00 a.m. in the Ungerman Library

Wednesday, Oct. 13 - Wednesday, Oct. 20
Map Growth Testing

Friday, Oct. 15
MS Open Gym Night from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

US Powder Paint Dance from 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 16
Homecoming from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 21
College Night for Grade 7-12 Families from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 26
PSATs for Juniors

Thursday, Oct. 28 - Friday, Oct. 29
Parent-Teacher Conferences

Saturday, Oct. 30
Trunk or Treat
@ 11:00 a.m.
News from the Learning Center

We are happy to welcome Mrs. Bacon, an upper level science and math expert who is available every day from 3:00 - 3:30 p.m. in the Learning Center for any student who needs a little extra support. Mrs. Bacon is available on a walk-in, first-come, first-served basis. Students are also welcome to spend their study halls in the Learning Center where extra help is available if needed.  
MAP Growth Testing

MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) Growth testing will begin next week for students in grades 3-8. We will administer this first round of testing from October 13-20. CCA implemented the MAP Growth test last year to chart student growth and chose this particular test because it is instrumental in learning more about each student’s unique needs and allowing us to measure their progress.

The MAP Growth assessment challenges every student; as a student answers a question, the test adjusts. If an answer is correct, the next question is harder. If an answer is incorrect, the next question is easier. In this way, teachers learn exactly where each student currently performs, which is an important difference from traditional tests that determine if a student is at, above, or below grade level. MAP informs teachers as to exactly how far above or below a student might be, thus allowing teachers to adjust the curriculum accordingly to better meet students' needs, and ultimately, increasing achievement. All students grow at different rates, and teachers can measure the rate of growth by monitoring the RIT scale (the degree of item difficulty) and how it changes. This allows them to determine which supports and/or challenges need to be provided for their students. For additional details and further explanation on this assessment, click here.
Osterville Fall Festival is Saturday

Don't miss the Osterville Village Fall Festival tomorrow, Saturday, October 9th from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. The festival features a variety of fun events throughout town. Special outdoor and indoor activities will include children's events, refreshments, music, raffles, and special sales. There will be a dog parade at 11:00 a.m. Check out the details here.

Of course, CCA will be a part of the festival. Stop by our table located near the Osterville Baptist Church between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Homecoming Powder Paint Dance

Date: Friday, October 15, 2021

Time: 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. Please plan to leave promptly at 10:00 p.m.

Who: Students in Grades 9-12 and their registered guests only. Guests must be signed up ahead of time at the reception desk. Provide your guest’s name, address, and parents’ phone number.

Location: Outdoor Basketball Court on CCA's Campus.

Tickets: Sign in and pay the chaperone $10 at the sign-in table when you arrive. You must remain in the area designated for the dance the entire time you are on campus.

Dress: Casual, but decent. Dark-colored clothing is best for this paint dance; it will show off the colors with the black lights. The paint is water soluble, but expensive clothing is not recommended. It is also recommended that students bring a bandana to wear over their nose/mouth when the paint powder is being dispersed.

RulesPlease read the rules here. We depend on student cooperation to make this event safe for everyone.
College Night for Parents of 7th - 12th Graders
Thursday, October 21
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Davis Commons, Cape Cod Academy
All parents and guardians of 7th- to 12th- grade students are invited to join us for College Night. CCA's Director of College Counseling, Meg Farley, along with a team of faculty and administrators, will lead a discussion about CCA's unique approach to the college process. This will be a comprehensive program that outlines the steps from the introduction in middle school through the application, acceptance, and decision-making process for juniors and seniors. We will discuss what students in each grade level need to know to ensure their senior college applications are successful. If your are able to attend, please RSVP below.
College Visitors Scheduled for Next Week

Cape Cod Academy is pleased to welcome college representatives to campus each week 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 college representatives include:

Tuesday, October 12 
Salve Regina University at 9:00 a.m.      
Emmanuel College at 1:45 p.m.

Wednesday, October 13
College of the Holy Cross at 9:00 a.m.      
Boston University at 10:15 a.m.
De Paul University at 1:45 p.m.
Lower School Dismissal

Thank you for remaining attentive and calm during dismissals at the end of each school day. We recognize that there are a lot of cars and children, and we continue to refine the process. To that end, please keep in mind the following important considerations: 
  • Pull as far forward in the traffic circle as you can; there are rainbow-colored lines painted on the curb, and students are directed to go to these spaces. It is important to meet your child at his or her spot. 
  • Please do NOT exit your car. If you need assistance, a teacher can help you. 
  • Please have your child enter the car from the curb side. 
  • Although tempting, dismissal time is not a safe time to try and discuss any concerns with a teacher. There are too many students being managed and dismissed at this time. Please email or call the teacher to set up a time to talk or meet. 
Share With Your Friends
PA General Meeting: Wednesday, October 13

Please join us for our first Parents Association General Meeting of the year. It will take place on Wednesday, October 13 at 8:00 a.m. in the Ungerman Library at CCA. We will introduce Amy Powers, CCA's Learning Specialist, M.Ed., for our middle and upper school students. Amy will discuss CCA's Learning Center and how our specialists help all students improve their academic skills and reach their potential. We look forward to seeing you on the 13th!

Young Scientists
Students in first and second grade continue to study the differences between reptiles and amphibians, meeting live, red-backed salamanders.

Cool Places
While observing the freshwater ecology of Joshua’s Pond on Wednesday, middle school students in CCA's Cool Places Seminar hooked into a couple of largemouth bass among some smaller species they found.
Artistic Collaboration
Our lower school students kicked off the year with a collaboration assignment. The theme: We may all be different, but at Cape Cod Academy, we all swim together. Each student created their own watercolor fish to be included in the final piece. During this project, students learned about watercolor paper, brushes, mixing and layering colors, and how to make an assignment original and unique.
World Languages
Upper school students visited the world language classes of our lower school students this week. They helped the younger students with Spanish dialogues, read books, and practiced conversational Spanish with them. Some of the upper school students are native speakers.

Kitchen Chemistry
Students in CCA"s Kitchen Chemistry seminar made rock candy as part of an investigation of supersaturated solutions.
Cullen Winkler
Cullen is a new fifth-grade teacher this year at CCA, but he is no stranger to our students. He coached varsity lacrosse at CCA last year, and he helped out at CCA’s summer program, directing the Red Sky Sports camp held on our campus this past summer. Prior to joining CCA full time, Cullen worked in downtown Boston in the education technology field as a data scientist for eight years. He also worked as a professional artist, creating his own company and website: Cullen graduated from Milton Academy in 2005 and Bowdoin College in 2009 where he double majored in English and visual art.
“I am really excited about helping the students regain confidence and focus on achieving their goals both inside and outside of the classroom,” he said when asked about the upcoming school year. “I look forward to tackling the tasks of reading and writing, while also working on the soft skills like respect, teamwork, organization, discipline, and kindness.”
Above: Justin Sontag '24, a member of the Cape Symphony Youth Orchestra, gets his first timpani notes from Cape Symphony Timpanist, Mark Prall.
Athletes of the Week
Congratulations to our Athletes of the Week! (Left to right): Liam Whalen, JV Golf; Emele Conlon, Cross Country; Jenna Marsh, Girls Varsity Soccer; Bereket Nelson, Boys 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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