April Newsletter - Cary Academy


April Newsletter - Cary Academy

April Newsletter- Head of Upper School

Respect is a Community Responsibility

A few weeks ago some students brought to our attention a website where high school students can post anonymous

messages about members of their school community. While the intent of the site is positive, some Upper School students

posted unkind or disrespectful comments about peers and some teachers. At an assembly I spoke to 9 th to 11 th grade

students sharing with them my concerns and the concerns of students and teachers who were victims of cyber bullying. I

implored our community to visit the site and flag inappropriate posts (thereby removing them) and challenge anyone who

made a disrespectful posting. I also asked those who made disrespectful posts to come forward and accept responsibility.

I am very pleased to share that six students came forward and that numerous posts were flagged inappropriate by students

and removed. While consequences were assigned, I applaud those who came forward. We can all make mistakes and it is

a sign of strong character when we accept responsibility and learn from our mistakes. Sometimes people think there is

little that can be done about cyber bullying. I don’t feel this way and I hope that the actions taken by peers and the school

by saying no to disrespect demonstrates that respect matters at CA and that it can be addressed and preserved by anyone

in the community.

.Special Trimester-3 Events

T3 is packed with great activities and I encourage the community to review the events listed below, our website and the

portal calendar for updates. May is especially busy as students take AP exams, compete in playoffs and prepare for

graduation. This means that students need to keep up with their work in April, because May will offer very little time to

catch up.

April 5 Ubuntu Celebration 11:30-3:10

Spring Tailgate 3:10

April 6 School closed Good Friday

April 9 Delayed opening 10:00

April 18 NHS induction 7:00-8:00 FA theater

April 19

Mid Term reports posted

Orchestra Concert

7:00-8:00 FA theater

April 21 Prom 7:30-11:30

April 26 Project Runway 2:20-3:10 and 6:30-7:00

Dance Concert

7:00-9:00 FA theater

April 29

15 –Year Celebration & tribute to Don Berger 2:00-4:00 quad

May 2 Chorus Concert 7:00-9:00 theater


Special Event Details

Below are details on some upcoming special events that may require careful planning. Full details of events coordinated

by CA employees and students are often emailed and/or posted on the web. In particular, I encourage students and

parents to review May 23-25. Depending on the grade level and student, some events will require advanced planning by

students and parents.

Advanced Placement Exams (May 7-18)

AP exam information has been distributed to all students taking the exams. For some students, AP exams may conflict

with athletic events. Students will need to read all communications very carefully, checking details and planning their

time wisely. If AP conflicts arise, students must immediately get in touch with Darshana Wani and their coach. If

students miss an AP exam due to illness or an approved conflict, AP make-up exams are scheduled on either May 23, 24

or 25.

May 19-20

Wednesday, May 23

Thursday, May 24

Senior Camp-out (details sent separately)

Upper School Awards Ceremony 6:15 -9:00-SEA (all students attend & parents are invited)

Last day of school for seniors

Friday, May 25 School dismissed at 12:30

Special Event Details

8:30-9:00 am Seniors return tablets in the library

9:00-10:00 Senior Recognition Breakfast in the Administration Building Lobby

10:15-11:15 Senior Transition to College Program

11:30-12:15 Yearbook Dedication & Handout

12:30-1:15 Lunch on the Quad

1:15-3:00 Powder Puff Football Game

3:30-4:30 Commencement Rehearsal in the SEA (all seniors attend)

7:00-8:00 pm Baccalaureate in the Theatre

Commencement 3:00pm

Upper School Awards Ceremony

May 23, 6:15 – 9:00 pm, SEA

US Students/Faculty/Parents/Friends

Dress: Business Dress

All Upper School students are required to attend, and we invite families and friends to join us. During the

ceremony we honor students who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in school, leadership and

community service.


Senior Transition to College Program

May 24, 10:15-11:15

The program is designed to inform our graduates about the opportunities and challenges students experience as

they transition to college.

Baccalaureate Ceremony

May 24, 7:00-8:00 pm, Fine Arts Theatre


Dress: Business Dress

Baccalaureate is an evening where students, faculty, parents and a guest speaker invited by the class of 2012

reflect on their experiences at CA.


May 25

Graduates/Faculty and Staff/Family/Friends

Dress: Business Dress & Cap and Gown

1:30 pm Graduates arrive and prepare to listen to keynote speaker in the theater.

1:45 – 2:15 Graduates listen to the keynote speaker (dressed and ready).

2:15 - 2:30 Graduates walk over to the Administration Building for class picture

2:30 p.m. All faculty and staff will meet in the Fitness Center wearing academic robes

2:40 p.m. Graduates line up in reverse alphabetical order in the 9 th grade wing of the US building

2:55 p.m. Seniors join the procession into the SEA.

3:00 p.m. Commencement begins

A reception follows on the quad. If you or your guests require special seating or other accommodations, please contact

Kim Fogleman well in advance so that arrangements can be made.

Alumni Party

May 25, 9:00-11:30 pm

Embassy Suites in Cary

The school hosts a party for the graduating class, all alumni and faculty. Details will be sent by the Advancement Office.


I hope this letter will help you plan what’s ahead. I don’t anticipate that any of these events or dates will change

(certainly major ones won’t!), but if anything does change or is added, I will let you know. It is also a good idea to check

monthly newsletters and the senior web page for updates during the school year. If you have any questions, I would be

glad to answer them. You may also contact senior grade leaders Ms Bonsey and Ms. Maloy.

I hope you have a wonderful spring trimester. I look forward to seeing you at school events.


Mitch McGuigan

Head of Upper School


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