April 20, 2020
Death rays & grains of sand: The sweet science of a physics fight
Upper School physics teacher Dr. Matt Greenwolfe has a lot of faith in his physics students. Even so, when he founded Cary Academy’s U.S. Association for Young Physicists Tournament (USAYPT) team five years ago, the idea of winning a USAYPT Championship seemed a far-flung dream. But after years of hard work, perseverance, and teamwork, he […]
April 20, 2020
Teaching with tech
Though innovation and technology are often used interchangeably when talking about education, at CA, educational technology—EdTech, for short—is one of many tools that our faculty use to create personalized learning opportunities that are flexible and relevant. In the Middle School, Technology Facilitator Chair and math teacher Leslie Williams works hand-in-hand with Information Services to help […]
April 20, 2020
At the heart of the Middle School
How do you start your day? Since ca opened its doors in 1997, the school day starts for most Middle School students and faculty with a wave and a warm smile from Cindy Laughlin, the middle school’s senior administrative assistant. Though she’s been described as the heart of the Middle School, Laughlin sees herself in […]
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.
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.
February 6, 2020
Entering the homestretch with the Collaborative for Innovative Education
Oberursel. You may not immediately recognize the name of this pleasant German town northwest of Frankfurt, but it is very familiar to our German learners as the location of the Feldbergschule, our partner school for the 10th-grade German exchange program. This past October, however, I had the chance to experience Oberursel in a completely different […]
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Inspiration in Seattle: the People of Color Conference
Upper School English Department Chair German Urioste reflects on his inspiring experience at the 2019 People of Color Conference, attending alongside eight of his Cary Academy colleagues.