April 23, 2020
Design thinking: the story behind our new digital home
A little over a year after we officially kicked-off our website redesign project, last week the communications team was proud to announce the launch of the new caryacademy.org. A long time in the making, this monumental project is more than just a visual upgrade. It represents a complete reconceptualization of the site—from function to architecture, […]
April 16, 2020
Finding connection through virtual dialogue
Cary Academy has long been committed to providing a holistic learning experience that puts student wellness front and center, one that addresses social and emotional health in addition to academics. That’s why, when the Center for Community Engagement began brainstorming themes for dialogues this year, it seemed like a no-brainer to use this powerful method to dive deeper into ongoing community conversations around social and emotional health. Why dialogue? I’ll let one of our student leaders, junior Clay Thornton […]
April 9, 2020
COVID-19, self-discovery, and the college search process
Ask most college counselors what they love about their job, and we guarantee they’ll respond with fervor, “The kids!” Here at CA, we’re no different: we delight in the daily rush of energy that comes from being around students in an active learning environment – their excitement, ideas, goals, challenges, and triumphs. Most of all, […]
April 2, 2020
Together… at a Distance
CA is fortunate to be entering into this unprecedented period with a distinct advantage when it comes to access to and comfort with technology. Our faculty and students are already quite accustomed to using technology to support learning and growth. The challenge facing our community, with the closure of our campus, is less about a shift to digital learning than a shift to distance learning.
March 26, 2020
Home-based Learning Advice for Parents
Now that we have a week of virtual learning under our belts, we hope things are going smoothly at home. CA's Learning Specialists are here to support your child’s learning and address any challenges they – or you – might be experiencing. Read it on CA Curious.
March 19, 2020
Charting new wellbeing territory via virtual counseling
Welcome to the new trimester! In trying times, it is important to recognize that our mental health is a vital component of our overall health. We need to attend to our emotional needs just as we do to our physical. CA's counselors offer strategies to support mental health.
February 27, 2020
Raising a community
It may come as a surprise, but Middle School is a lot like Mardi Gras. As the second trimester comes to a close, CA's Head of Middle School, Marti Jenkins reflects on her students' experiences from the past 12 weeks, building community in an environment that cultivates collaboration, out-of-the-box thinking, and relevant real-life connections. Read it on CA Curious.
February 20, 2020
Putting the pieces together
In some ways, working to achieve the four main goals set forth by CA's current strategic plan is like solving a giant puzzle. It's a puzzle that Karen McKenzie, Director of Technology and Innovation, has been thinking about a lot—how best to support it, how to make it come to life in our spaces and systems.
February 13, 2020
Several Valentine’s Day Notes
This time of year, the word "love," gets thrown around quite a bit, but what does it really mean to love a place? To love your work? To love your community? Head of Upper School Robin Follet shares his notes from Cary Academy's Week of Love. Read it on CA Curious.