May 14, 2021

A weekly update for
Cape Cod Academy Families
Spring Gala & Auction: Purchase Your Tickets;
Space is Limited!

Have you purchased your tickets for Cape Cod Academy's Spring Gala & Auction? Please join us on Friday, June 4 at the Oyster Harbors Club in Osterville for an evening of celebration. Learn about the details of the evening here. This all-school fundraiser will feature dinner, music, plus live and silent auctions to benefit Cape Cod Academy. You can purchase your tickets here.

Check out the amazing live auction item below.

Thank you to our most recent sponsors:
Upcoming Events

Friday, May 14
Bake Sale to Support Sixth-Grade Fundraiser: Water for South Sudan

Monday, May 17
MAP Growth Testing Begins

Wednesday, May 19
Information Session at 1:00 p.m. on New Discovery Program in Room S22.

Saturday, May 22
Virtual Dance Marathon from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, May 26-Friday, May 28
Upper School Exams

Saturday, May 29
Rally for the Relay at 3:00 p.m.

Monday, May 31
Memorial Day - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, June 1
Senior Project Presentations @ 8:00 a.m.

E2 Presentations @ 8:00 a.m.

Wednesday, June 2
Dress Day for K-12

Awards Ceremony @ 8:00 a.m.

Fifth-Grade Memoirs @ 10:00 a.m.

Eighth-Grade Moving Up Ceremony @ 1:00 p.m.

Junior/Senior Cruise from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, June 3
Commencement @ 9:00 a.m. (Rain date: Friday, June 4 @ 9:00 a.m.)

End-of-Year Activities and Dismissal Info
All-School Field Day Was A Success

Our All-School Field Day on Wednesday was a great success. The Middle School Ensemble kicked off the day, which was followed by a great cookout and fun games. "Field Day was an amazing experience for the kids," said Jeff Conlon, Athletic Director. "I could feel the energy today and how much they appreciated being all together in an activity. It had been at least 18 months since we were able to do anything like this event as a school. From the opening ceremony featuring the Middle School Band and the Coast Guard Flyover to the closing popsicles, it was a great day."
"Team Blue" Takes the Win!

Student Class President, Jade McNair, is pictured raising the “Team Blue” flag after their win on Field Day 183-178 over “Team White”.
MAP Growth Testing Begins on Monday

This is a reminder that the second and final round of NWEA MAP Growth® assessments for grades 3 to 8 will begin on May 17. Teachers have scheduled their own testing sessions to make the process more efficient. MAP Growth testing will be completed by May 25. Parents will receive a copy of their child’s scores once all students have completed the testing cycle. Students learning remotely will be contacted by their teacher with the testing information. 
CCA Student Selected to Junior Bruins Brick Team

Congratulations to Tyler Poti ’28 whose team won the Music City Invitational in Nashville, TN. Tyler was selected to play for the Junior Bruins Brick team. It is comprised of the top 15 hockey players in all of New England and surrounding areas who compete against the best in North America.
The Pool is Open!

Cape Cod Academy is preparing for a great summer. Erin Flynn, Cape Cod Academy’s new Aquatics Program Coordinator, (read about Erin here) has been busy getting the pool ready for a fun-filled summer of swimming. The pool is currently being heated and should be up to a comfortable temperature before the end of May. During the final week of May, we are planning to schedule time slots for our lower school students to enjoy the pool. On Friday, May 28, we are planning to have a Grand Opening of the pool from 3:00-4:00 p.m. Students will be able to sign up to swim during that hour—a fun way to kick off Memorial Day Weekend.
Virtual Dance Marathon

The Cape Cod Academy Dance Marathon is going virtual again this year. The event will be held on Saturday, May 22 from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. via Zoom and will raise money for the Cape Cod Women's Cancer Prevention and Early Detection Fund. Stephanie Viva will be playing music and volunteers from Cape Cod Academy and area dance studios will be leading dances which you can follow along at home or just watch to support the cause. The cost is $5 either by Venmo to Dance_Marathon_Cape_Cod or mailing a check payable to Cape Cod Healthcare Foundation to PO Box 1515, West Chatham, MA 02669.
Purchase Your CCA Yearbook!
Families can still order school yearbooks. Price is $34.78. Click here to read details on how to purchase your copy today.
Cape Cod Academy is the Place to Be This Summer!
A Variety of Activities For All Ages will be Offered
This year's new and expanded program will feature special discounted rates for CCA families for the month of June. Check out all the programs, details, and registration links on our website. We hope you will take part in our new Summer Experience at CCA.
Student Scientists at Work

Third-grade scientists worked on extracting DNA from strawberries this week.
After-School Art & Sports Programs

There are only two weeks left for this spring's after-school art and sports programs for students in grades K-4. There are a few openings in Basketball (May 17-20) and only one opening left in Unique Painting (May 25-27). Both programs run 2:45-3:45 p.m.
Make-up sessions for class days missed due to weather will take place the week of May 24. These include:
Golf: Monday, May 24
Wiffle Ball: Tuesday, May 25 and Wednesday, May 26

Thank you to all who participated. We plan to hold these programs again next year.
(Photos below from the Mosaic Tile Pictures art class)
Optional Science Program for Upper School Students
Information Meeting on May 19

We are pleased to announce that Cape Cod Academy will partner with the University of Chicago's Marine Biological Laboratories in Woods Hole for a special discovery program that will run from November 1-4, 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 with a faculty chaperone. The cost is $1250 per student for the program, room, and board. There will be an information session for students on Wednesday, May 19 at 1:00 p.m. in Ms. Wood's room, S22. 
CCA Students Inducted into the Cum Laude Society
Three Cape Cod Academy students were inducted into the Cum Laude Society at a special ceremony held last Friday, May 7. CCA’s Cum Laude inductees are juniors and seniors who have achieved exceptional grade point averages, have been very involved in the school community, and are students that exude excellence, justice, and honor. This year’s inductees are:
Class of 2022: Catherine Clarke
Class of 2022: Zhili (Sam) Dai
Class of 2021: Donghyub (Daniel) Lee 

They join the following current members who were inducted last year:
Jade McNair ’21
Tianhao (Michael) Yin ’21

These students join our distinguished group of faculty who are current members of the Cum Laude Society: Scott Andrews, Nancy Boyle, Amanda Hall, Philip Kenney, who is a charter member, Keith Lewison, and newly inducted Jeffrey Thompson.

The Cum Laude Society is a national organization honoring scholarship and scholastic achievement. Cum Laude Society membership is considered the highest scholastic achievement at independent schools nationwide. (Photographed (left to right): Catherine Clarke, Zhili (Sam) Dai, Jade McNair, and Donghyub (Daniel) Lee.)
Senior Day Recognitions

In addition to the Cum Laude Induction Ceremony held last Friday, it was also Senior Day. Our juniors and seniors, along with parents, gathered in the Alumni Courtyard to celebrate the seniors. You can watch the ceremony here. As is the tradition every year, the senior class chooses a member of the graduating class to speak on their behalf. This year, the seniors selected Cooper Ream to give the Senior Speech. Following Cooper's speech, Hope Carty, Yearbook Editor, and Kelly Wyeth made the Yearbook Dedication to Nancy Boyle, Upper School English Teacher and Director of Curriculum and Programming. Jade McNair, Class President, then presented the senior gift: a new bird bath for the courtyard. The day wrapped up with an ice cream truck delivering treats to every student at CCA, thanks to the Parents Association.
Biology and Life Science Students Begin Dissections

Dissection season is upon us! CCA’s sixth-grade Life Science classes started with earthworm dissections that will be followed up by squid dissections as they study invertebrates. Ninth-grade biologists have begun studying frogs’ systems and will move onto dogfish sharks’ systems as they study animal and human anatomy.
Middle School Ensemble Performs
A highlight of Field Day was hearing our Middle School Ensemble perform. The students practiced in the Black Box Theatre prior to the event. You can listen to their performance of Stand By Me here:
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