Volume 13, Issue 10
CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY MONTH ON FEBRUARY 22

Join MOSAIC this Saturday, February 22, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. in our dining hall for food, music, fashion and various speakers from the Columbus Academy community to help celebrate the impact the African Diaspora has had on our world today! Kindly RSVP at columbusacademy.org/mosaic2020. Also, be sure to check out the annual Black History Art Exhibition featuring works by students, parents and local artists on the ground floor of Morris Hall, where it will run until the end of this month. 
PACA "BACKSTAGE PASS" TO US BAND & CHOIR CONCERT

On Tuesday, February 25, PACA will be hosting its second "Backstage Pass" event of the school year as part of its ongoing initiative to Celebrate the Arts on campus! Doors to the Morris Hall Art Gallery will open at 6:15 p.m. for this adults-only (21 and older) event prior to the Upper School Band and Choir Winter Concert, allowing ample time for you to enjoy appetizers and drinks prior to the performance. Fine Arts Department chair Pedro Mena and middle school performing arts and creative expressions teacher Whitney Eads will also be on hand to spotlight creative arts endeavors with an interactive program. RSVP at columbusacademy.org/backstagepass2020.
STELLAR TRIO INDUCTED INTO ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME

Columbus Academy's Athletic Hall of Fame officially grew to 43 members last month as Phil Cannon '82, Lindsey Williams '01 and Scott Smith '03 were enshrined during a ceremony in our dining hall. Alumni Board president Craig Tann '92 was on hand to help present the newest inductees with their hall-of-fame plaques after they were introduced and gave a reception speech. The trio was then recognized at halftime of the boys varsity basketball game. Phil Cannon, a three-sport athlete in basketball and football as well as a stand-out performer in track & field, was first to be introduced by his former coach and teacher Bob Kirk '67 (view induction). Lindsey Williams, a two-sport athlete on the Academy basketball team and as an All-American in soccer, was introduced next by his former coach and teacher Kyle Tong (view induction). Scott Smith, a three-sport athlete in baseball, football and wrestling, rounded out the group as his brother and former coach Stephen Smith '88 introduced the third wrestling state champion in the program's history (view induction). We again congratulate all three hall-of-famers on this distinguished honor!
 
ACADEMY CELEBRATES CHINESE NEW YEAR

This year's celebration of the Chinese New Year stretched across several weeks and all three divisions. In addition to performances by students studying the Mandarin language and Chinese culture at assemblies, parents visited classrooms and hosted festivals in the dining hall that included food, calligraphy, ink painting, crafts & origami, jumping rope, hacky sack, yoyo, bamboo dance, chopstick games, chess, zodiac fortunes, trivia and costumes! For recaps and video from assemblies, click on the following links: Upper School, Middle School, Lower School. 
TEACHERS HOST WEBINAR ON NATURE-BASED LEARNING

 
Last week, Explorers teachers (from left) Deanna Robeano & Grace Gordon and PreK teacher Sarah Penney conducted a webinar for early childhood educators from across the nation! These "change-makers" discussed research supporting the transformative benefits of nature-based learning on young children and how that information is being successfully applied on our campus (watch video clip). "We followed up our presentation by answering great questions from the participants, many of whom seem to be in the beginning stages of developing their own outdoor programs," said Sarah, who also noted that Explorers teacher Mike Weible is a member of the presentation team but had to miss the webinar while recovering from back surgery. 
MORE SENIORS COMMIT TO COLLEGE ATHLETIC PROGRAMS

Last month, we celebrated 10 more Columbus Academy seniors who will be continuing their athletic careers on the collegiate level: Matthew Cammeyer (golf at Lafayette College), Sam Massick (football at Princeton University), Griffin Mitchell (golf at Drexel University), Sarah Neltner (soccer at Washington University in St. Louis), Mitch Priest (basketball at Grinnell College), Olivia Seline (rowing at Bates College), Philip Soderberg (football at Kenyon College), Mackenzie Smith (lacrosse at The College of Wooster), Andrew Swartz (lacrosse at Christopher Newport University) and Carter Warstler (basketball at The College of Wooster)! They join classmates Kiersten Thomassey and Ali Khan, who both signed NCAA National Letters of Intent in the fall.
JOIN UPCOMING "FIRST FRIDAY FLOURISHING" WALKS

"We had about a dozen show up who were really excited about being there," said Academy parent Sara Wunsch about a recent First Friday Flourishing walk organized by our Parents' Association. "It was an absolutely beautiful morning for a walk in the fresh snow!" All are welcome to enjoy hot coffee, doughnuts, friendship and laughter at upcoming First Friday Flourishing walks starting at 7:30 a.m. (show up anytime after morning dropoff) on March 6, April 3 and May 1 on the Mike Marsh Memorial Track at Hondros Field.    
HEAT-SENSING CAMERA CAPTURES WILDLIFE SNAPSHOTS

 
Did you know that our technology team set up a heat-sensing camera in the woods here on campus? Whenever it senses heat around it, it snaps a still picture no matter what time of day or night. Sometimes it captures classes of all ages learning and exploring but more often it provides glimpses of our non-human friends who share this beautiful property with us. Anyone with a school email account can view or have these images automatically sent to them by clicking here and then selecting "Join Group" (you can choose whether it emails you daily recaps or right after every image). Enjoy!
     
NOTES FROM COLLEGE COUNSELING

We look forward to hosting families of freshmen and sophomores at College Counseling Preview Night from 7:00-8:00 p.m. in our Schoedinger Theatre on Wednesday, March 4. Information presented will include topics such as: CA's college counseling philosophy, communication from our office, self-reflection and research tools, MaiaLearning platform, presenting yourself to colleges, college admissions (what matters most), financial aid basics, and planning for standardized testing.
Our college counselors recently hosted a series of Parent Coffees for anyone with children at Academy who were interested in learning more about specific aspects of the college search process. Resources from the final two events on Planning College Visits and Athletic Recruiting can be accessed with the links below.
ARTS & MUSIC SCENE

Three weekends ago, our middle-schoolers staged stellar performances of Disney's "Beauty and the Beast Jr." To watch director Whitney Eads prepare her cast & crew just prior to an in-school dress rehearsal, click here. You can also view Act One highlights by clicking here as well as the final scene & curtain call by clicking here. And as a special bonus, check out an adorable video of the cast singing along while watching a recording of the musical by clicking here. Bravo to all involved in this memorable show!
SERVICE LEARNING

The "Pop-Up Shop" hosted by Academy's Service Department will be back up in the theatre lobby during conferences on February 26-28 (don't forget that conference registration closes at noon this Friday). Dress code clothing from the Clothing Exchange Closet will be on display for families to look over and take home. There will also be large bins for dress code clothing donations. This is a community event based on sustainability and responsibility. We encourage everyone to pick up items and/or donate. Feel free to contact Service Department faculty reps Sarah Hansen (hansens@columbusacademy.org) or Sarah Penney (penneys@columbusacademy.org) with any questions.
SPORTS REPORT

Our seventh grade girls and boys basketball teams both won MSL-Ohio tournament titles this month! The girls overcame a 17-5 halftime deficit to defeat Worthington Christian (view coverage) while our boys upset previously undefeated Rosemore 32-21 to claim their championship (view coverage). And in just its second varsity season, our ice hockey program won its first league title by beating Watterson 6-2 two Fridays ago to claim the Capital Hockey Conference Blue Division crown (view coverage)! 
Postseason Tournament Brackets  
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