Cary Academy to join Sidwell, Exeter in China institute

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Cary Academy to join Sidwell, Exeter in China institute

Cary Academy to join Sidwell, Exeter in China institute

Punahou School is other prestigious independent school in program

Cary Academy, Sidwell Friends Schools

and Phillips Exeter Academy have been

selected by the Punahou School (Hawaii) to

take part in the China Student Global

Leadership Institute in 2010. The institute

also will include four high schools in China.

A proud Head of School Don Berger said

of the announcement, “I am extremely

pleased that Cary Academy students will have

the opportunity to participate in the Global

Leadership Institute. They will develop life-long

leadership skills as well as life-long friendships

with students from around the world.

“Furthermore,” added Berger, “for Cary

Academy to be included in this program

along with Punahou, Exeter and Sidwell

Friends, three of our nation’s oldest and

most admired independent schools,

affirms how well our school has developed

in 12 short years.”

Among elite company

In joining this institute CA has partnered

with three of the most elite independent

schools in the country.

Exeter is a famous boarding school

started in 1781 in New Hampshire and lists

Daniel Webster and Booth Tarkington

among its alumni.

Sidwell is a Quaker school started in 1881

and now has campuses in Washington, D.C.,

and Bethesda, MD. President Barack Obama’s

daughters, Sasha and Melia, attend Sidwell.

Punahou is the largest coeducational,

independent school on a single campus in

the United States. The 2009 senior class

numbered 423. Punahou, founded in 1841,

also has been teaching the Chinese

language for over 50 years, the longestrunning

program in the country.

Summary of institute

Each school will select three to five rising

seniors and a faculty advisor to be part of

the institute. The Punahou School is

developing the program and we will soon

begin selecting students to join the program.

In July 2010 a two-week leadership

conference will be held at the Punahou

School. During the remainder of the year,

the eight schools will be in touch online,

and each school will develop a project to

deepen cross-cultural understanding.

Pellicciotta will be CA advisor

RJ Pellicciotta, who teaches Advanced

Economics and US Government courses at

Memories are made of this

Friday Fellowship lets White learn more about memoir writing

Memoirs are usually written by politicians or celebrities to highlight the high (and many times

low) points in their careers. But don’t be fooled by the polished end product that we buy at

Barnes & Noble; writing a memoir is more complex and extensive than you would think.

Briarly White, a seventh-grade language arts teacher, was given the opportunity to learn

about this complex process with the help of a Friday Fellowship this past summer.

A beginner’s workshop

From July 13-17, White spent her time in

Taos, NM, at the Taos Summer Writing

Conference. While many classes and seminars

were offered, she

opted for the

beginner’s memoir

workshop.

“My seventhgrade

class

decided that we

were going to

delve into memoirs,

so I knew this

was an opportunity

for me to be

prepared for that,”

explained White.

She added that

White (bottom row,

second from right) and

her class.

Taos Pueblo, a traditional village.

Cary Academy, has been selected as the

CA faculty advisor. Pellicciotta also has

been involved in CA debate at the national

level for many years.

“The Student Global Leadership

Institute … will no doubt be an amazing

opportunity for our students to confront

new and exciting challenges, as well as to

be exposed to diverse viewpoints and

perspectives about some of the most

important issues that will shape the future

of our world.”

she wanted to be able to share firsthand experience of writing memoirs with her students.

“To do it yourself is so much more powerful,” said White. “I knew I needed to write myself

and actually engage in writing a memoir.”

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Don Berger, Head of School

Another avenue of access to Cary Academy

Head of School’s blog up and running on Web site

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This is a communications

boom time. The

21st century provides a variety of communication and

information mechanisms from Facebook to Twitter to

Podcasts to YouTube. If you are an information junkie,

this is the time to be alive.

At Cary Academy we use many of these tools to

reach our constituents. Using this column (one of our

communication tools!), I would like to remind you of

another form of communication we employ, my Head

of School blog on the CA Web site.

Providing access

One of the recognized strengths of independent

schools is that parents have access to the administrators

who run the school. And Cary Academy certainly

is strengthened by its relationship between

administrators and parents. All communication

avenues allow this relationship to develop.

Berger’s Blog only increases that access for CA

parents. Previous generations of CA parents only

had access to me via monthly letters, the occasional

PTAA meeting, or a chance encounter on campus

(the sideline of an athletic event, intermission at a

concert, etc.).

But over the years the routes of access have

multiplied with the increase in technology. In addition

to the aforementioned methods, parents can reach

me through this Access column, e-mail, Breakfasts

with Berger, parent socials and, now, my blog.

In this increasingly complicated world I want to

use this blog to help parents see the school through

the Headmaster’s eyes and also better understand

how this great school is run.

Berger’s Blog

Berger’s Blog will run new entries roughly once a

week. The pieces won’t be long, but will be shorter

columns reflecting on what I see around the school

and offering my opinions on various issues. The

added value of a blog is that readers can comment

and view other readers’ comments.

Previous entries have included pieces on our CA

And please, after reading my posts, feel free to

traditions, the seven-year cords at commencement, leave comments. The best forms of communication

and how CA is not

are two-way.

just your average

school.

To reach my

blog, you may click

on “Head of School

Blog” under

QuickLinks on the

homepage, or you

may go here,

http://discovery.caryacademy.org/headofschool.

You may sign up to receive alerts for when a new

column appears in my blog by clicking on the

“subscribe” button at the top right-hand corner.

coming to Cary Academy Dec. 3-5

More than 100 vendors will put their wares up for sale at Cary Academy’s annual

Holiday Shoppe 2009, to be held Dec. 3-5. This free event is open to the public and

will be held in the SEA. There is no tax charged on Holiday Shoppe purchases.

Those attending will have a multitude of potential gift purchases to choose from,

including jewelry, home accessories, hostess items, children’s items, holiday

ornaments, apparel, food, and a wide variety of handmade crafts.

During the run of the Holiday Shoppe, daily door prizes will be given

away. The hours for the Holiday Shoppe are:

Thursday, Dec. 3, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 4, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 5, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Come to the Sip-n-Shoppe preview party on Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. and get

a sneak peek at the wares! Visit www.caryacademy.org/holidayshoppe for

tickets. Proceeds from Holiday Shoppe go to community outreach and need-based

scholarships.

For more information about the Holiday Shoppe 2009 call 919-228-4653 or visit

www.caryacademy.org/holidayshoppe.


“Beautiful Day” for AI Club at U2 concert

Three members of club work concert; two meet Bono

It may have been only 10 seconds, but it is a memory for a lifetime.

On Oct. 3 at the U2 concert in Raleigh, Joe Calder (‘12) got to meet Bono, the band’s

lead singer and a leading human rights activist.

Working for the AI Club

Calder was at the concert working with fellow CA Amnesty International Club members

Saffa Khan (‘10) and Kayvan Daragheh (‘10).

“Our duty was to get petitions signed by concert attendees,” said AI Club Co-President

Khan. “There were three petitions: one for the liberation of Aung San Suu Kyi (a political

opposition leader who is under detention in Burma), one for universal healthcare and one

for the promotion of maternal healthcare.”

According to Calder, his meeting with Bono happened by chance while he and Daragheh

were performing their duties.

“Kayvan and I were out getting petitions when we saw a line coming from a backstage

entrance,” he said. “I thought it would be a good place to get petitions from, and Bono

came out.

“We only had about a 10-second conversation. He saw us wearing the Amnesty

International shirts and told us to keep up the good work.”

You can’t cause change if you don’t care

Later, during U2’s tribute to Kyi, all three AI Club members joined the rest of the

concert’s volunteers on stage.

The whole experience served as icing on the cake for the three members who joined the

club in an effort to help the world.

“I joined Amnesty

International last year,

the first year the club

was at our school,”

said Khan. “The first

year I didn’t know

much about the club

and honestly didn’t

think writing letters

urging governments to

uphold human rights

would be effective,

but after going

through the process

myself and seeing how much success Amnesty has not only in terms of defending human

rights, but also in terms of promoting awareness of the problems people across the globe

are facing daily, I’ve learned not to underestimate the strength in numbers. You can’t cause

change if you don’t care.”

Memories (continued from page 1)

Engage is exactly what she did; during

the course of the weeklong workshop, she

spent three hours each day in a writing

class taught by writer Barbara Robinette

Moss, whose works White actually read

prior to going to the conference.

“I kept a lot of the worksheets she gave

us during the classes to further aid me in

teaching,” said White. “Plus, she suggested

a lot of books we could read after

the conference to give us more examples

of well-written memoirs.”

Using knowledge to aid her students

White added that during lunch, there were

always featured speakers followed by a time

of “open mic,” where any of the writers at

the conference could share their works.

“Most of the time the poets were the

ones sharing their pieces, mostly because

their works are much shorter,” said White.

In the evenings, teachers would again

gather together to share their creative

ventures. During this time, those writing

novels or short stories would share

excerpts from their creations.

Middle School

teacher’s poetry

article published

Sixth-grade language arts instructor

Meredith Stewart has had an article

published in California English.

The article, Chatting About Poetry:

Using Chat Rooms as a Tool for

Classroom Discussion, appeared

in the September

2009

print issue,

and should

be online soon

at

the

California

English web site,

www.cateweb.org/california_english.

California English is the journal of the

California Association of Teachers of

English. It is published five times a year.

“The article records my use of a chat

room web site and subsequent reflective

discussion in a sixth-grade language

arts class last year,” said Stewart in

describing her 1,200-word article.

“It was used as part of an introduction

to our study of poetry. I discuss

the benefits and drawbacks of the

chat room, a rarely employed tool in

the classroom, for class discussion.”

White plans to use the strategies she

learned at the conference, as well as her own

experiences with beginning memoir writing,

to better help teach memoir writing to her

students.

“I feel like now I understand it better,

so that when they hit a rut in their memoir

writing, I can know what they’re going

through or why they’re frustrated,” she

said. She enthusiastically added that her

class would delve into memoir writing

starting in mid-October.

— Kristi McNair, Intern

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For the love of

doughnuts and lots of ice

Austrian students visit CA, enjoy American culture

Lush, green, beautiful North Carolina

scenery, huge city malls, and drinks full of

ice were all waiting to be experienced by

Austrian exchange students as they

embarked on their exchange program at

Cary Academy.

Eighteen students from Austria were given

the opportunity to participate in CA’s two-week

long exchange program from Sept. 21-Oct. 5,

allowing them to experience not only

American high school academic life, but

the American culture as well.

Visitors from Graz

The students traveled from Akademisches

Gymnasium, one of the oldest Germanlanguage

high schools in Graz, Austria.

“I love it here, and I really don’t miss

anything about school in Austria,” said Lisa

Ibovnik, 15.

Part of this is possibly due to the

difference in school size; several of the

students noted loving the greenery of CA’s

campus and the widespread, open feel.

This differs vastly from their

600-student campus comprised of

one building and no gym.

“We have no sports teams and

really no grassy areas at our

school,” said Moritz Maller, 16.

“City malls are huge”

One of the first trips for the students

included a trip to Raleigh to see the

Museum of Natural Sciences — although it

seems this wasn’t the most memorable

part of the trip.

“We had Krispy Kreme for the first time,

and it is probably the best doughnut I’ve

ever had,” said Maller.

Other trips that the students took

included a tour of the campus of the

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,

a visit to the Carnivore Preservation Trust in

Pittsboro, and a day at one of the sandy

beaches in Wilmington.

While the students were excited to

visit all of these places, they were even

more excited to delve into American

culture.

“The city malls are huge and definitely

one of the things I most looked forward

to,” said Lisa Gerlitz, 15.

Although, most agreed that while they

enjoyed the food in CA’s cafeteria, they are

not big fans of American fast food, except

for one aspect of it. “One of the most

surprising things was the loads of ice in

drinks,” said Maller.

In between the academic and cultural

trips around North Carolina, the exchange

students attended classes with host CA

students and participated in the Germanlanguage

classes.

— Kristi McNair, Intern

Economy A-OK at Y1 K

Emphasis put on economics education for festival this year

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With the world economy still in a slump,

seventh-grade educators put the emphasis

on economics education at this year’s

annual Festival of the Year 1,000 (Y1K), held

Oct. 8 between the Middle School and

Fine Arts Building.

“We concentrated more on the economic

component because of

what is going on,”

explained social studies

teacher Todd Shy. “The

students studied the

history of money and

markets, and

they put

more time

into advertising their booths with business

cards and e-mail ads to parents.”

At Y1K, students choose a country to

represent, assume an occupation of that

country, peddle the wares and food that

country was known for at the end of the

first millennium, and dress up in the garb

of that country.

Slogans new this year

Under the slanting, squint-inducing

rays of a rising morning sun the

bustling bazaar unfolded for two hours.

Islamic World merchants Cohen

Dworsky (’15) and Max Gordon (’15)

hawked their goods with the slogan

“Our herbs are superb.” This year for

the first time each booth had a

student-created slogan.

Vikings Renee Reynolds (’15) and

Sydney Tucker (’15) went with “Look

for the Longboats!” while two other

Norse traders, Jacob Weintraub (’15)

and Andrew Kenyon (’15), shouted to

patrons the memorable ditty of “Viking

shields and battle

axes, get them

cheap without

those taxes.”

Economics

lessons learned

Japanese

merchant Charlie

Taylor handed

out cards emblazoned with the slogan

“Connection, Collaboration and

Confidence.”

Taylor knew about his country’s economics,

old and new. “In the year 1,000, Japan

traded with China but had no general

currency,” he said. “They traded metals and

lacquered wear for rice and ideas like

Buddhism. But today Japan has the yen.

One dollar equals about 88 yen.”

According to Gordon, the first paper

money (and also the currency of the Y1K

festival) was the huizi from China. “It was a

lot larger than normal bills today,” he added.


A Thousand Cranes

Production of A Thousand Cranes soars

As ticket holders entered the theater for the Middle School production

of A Thousand Cranes, they marveled at and maneuvered through

more than 1,000 small, delicate, multi-colored paper cranes hanging

from the lobby ceiling.

The play, which ran from Oct. 15-18, centers on a young girl named

Sadako Sasaki as she deals with the effects of the Hiroshima atomic

bomb disaster.

“The piece was challenging in terms of content as compared to

previous plays, but it turned out great,” said director Glen Matthews.

The polished end product was a result of the cast’s intense rehearsal

schedule, with time commitments increasing in the days leading into

the performances.

“I was very pleased with the work of the students and the audience

response to their work,” said Matthews.

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Randall excels in pool and classroom

Talented athlete picking up skills as coach, too

Sure, Michael Phelps has a record number of

Olympic gold medals, but could he have achieved

that while taking Advanced Physics and Advanced

Statistics and applying to college?

Enter Nikki Randall. This senior, four-year varsity

swimmer excels not only in the pool, but in the

classroom as well.

A nerd with social skills

“One of my teachers called me a ‘nerd with social skills,’” joked Randall. “I love

anything involving math.”

She has this same enthusiasm, if not more, for swimming. “I don’t like losing; I don’t

see the point in practicing if you’re not going to go

out and give it your all,” said Randall.

So far this mantra has worked well for her,

as she jointly holds the school record for the

200-meter freestyle relay and was named to the

2008-2009 All-Conference team.

She attributes much of her success to her work

ethic. “Focus is so important, especially during

practice,” said Randall. “You can have all of the

natural talent in the world, but having no focus

prevents you from getting better.”

Coach Randall with one of her

swimmers

Nikki’s demeanor at the pool is always cheery yet focused,” said Coach Palmer Seeley.

“She is nurturing to the younger swimmers and jovial with the upperclassmen. Nikki

excels at several strokes; I rely on her to willingly fill any void on the team’s lineup for a

given meet. She takes pride in being a key part of our team’s strategy.”

Starting young

Randall has the focus and the natural talent to boast, as her love for swimming

began at the young age of 6. “I started out strong when I was young, so I never

wanted to give up this ability that I had,” she said.

Recently, to hone these natural abilities, Randall has begun weightlifting and swimming

outside of school with the Raleigh Swimming Association.

In addition to her athletics, Randall is also actively involved on campus, serving as

the vice-president of the World Conservation Club and secretary of CA Trailblazers.

She is also helping coordinate Campout Carolina on campus, a statewide event that

encourages people to camp out to raise money for public parks and campgrounds.

Learning coaching skills

Randall’s contributions to the community don’t stop there; since 2008, she has

served as a junior coach for her summer swim team’s 6-and-under group.

“I loved seeing every one of my 6-and-unders become better swimmers,” said

Randall. “Even it only meant being able to dive at the end of the season.”

Coaching also developed her ability to communicate with her young swimmers. “I had

to know when to make them keep swimming and when to let them stop and tell me a

story about how they went to the zoo the week before and saw an elephant,” joked Randall.

Randall’s well-rounded resume should help her in her quest for college acceptance, as

she has applied to nine prestigious universities, to include the University of Pennsylvania

and Princeton University. She hopes to major in engineering.

She added that she doesn’t plan to continue swimming at the varsity level in college,

but would rather branch out and see what else sparks her interests. “I want to try a lot

of activities and groups, not just swimming.”

Randall’s drive and determination will surely guide her in these future endeavors, but

for now, her focus is on finishing her high school swimming career with a solid season,

which begins mid-November.

— Kristi McNair, Intern

Graham wins

second XC title

Volleyball second in state title game

Thomas Graham (’12) can flat out run.

He repeated

as the N.C.

Independent

Schools Athletic

Association

boys’ 3-A

cross country

champion

Oct. 30. The

Charger boys

came in second

as a team while

Durham Academy claimed the team

championship. The girls’ team

finished fifth. Graham covered

the 3.1-mile course at

Hagen-Stone Park in

Greensboro in 15 minutes,

38 seconds.

In other state championship

action, the varsity volleyball team

finished as state runner-up.

On Oct. 31, the volleyball

team closed out a fantastic

season with a second-place finish in the

NCISAA championship game. The team

lost to Charlotte Latin, 3-2.

The match generated buckets of

excitement. Down 2 games to 1, the

Chargers rallied to tie the match at two

apiece. In the fifth and final game, the

Chargers charged back from a 14-8 deficit

but ended up on the short end of the

15-11 score.

Thomas Graham (‘12)

during his winning race


Alumni

notes

Alumni: Contact melinda_bissett@caryacademy.org with your updates!

Class of 2001

Matthew Oberhardt is a fifth-year graduate

student in biomedical engineering at UVA,

planning to graduate with a Ph.D. in May

2010.

Class of 2002

Jeff Jacobson has been working at WRAL-TV

for two years. Over the summer he began

transitioning from running audio for shows to

quality control (where live trucks and satellite

feeds are tuned in) and video tape (tapes of

shows and commercials) and will be trained in

master control.

Ali Parks is currently living on Geoje Island in

South Korea and teaching English to middle

and elementary school children in the area.

She hopes to travel all around Korea and is

currently planning trips to visit China and

Japan in the spring.

Class of 2003

Jason Lacerna just finished up his analyst

program at Goldman Sachs & Co. and is now

in the process of applying to law school. He

and his wife have a son, Skyler, and are

expecting their second child in early spring.

Class of 2005

Lillian Behrend is pursuing her master’s in

American history at the University of

Tennessee, Knoxville, and working as a

teaching

assistant for the

history

department.

She and her

brother, Sam

(‘05), spent

several weeks

over the

summer

volunteering in

Israel with the

Sar-El Program,

where they

helped maintain

Lillian and Sam Behrend,

Class of 2005, during

their time in Israel over

the summer.

IDF bases so that the soldiers were able to

spend more time on patrol.

Alyse Finkel graduated in May from Emory

University with a double major in sociology

and Spanish. She is working full time at the

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in

the National Center for Chronic Disease

Prevention and Health Promotion and part

time coordinating a health program for Hillel

at Emory. She plans to pursue a master’s in

public health next fall.

Julianne Gonski graduated in May with a

major in art and design and a minor in Spanish

from NCSU. She is currently in Valladolid,

Spain, working as a culture and language

teaching assistant in a public high school.

Class of 2006

Anna Niles spent seven weeks in Kenya over

the summer on a mission trip with InterVarsity

Christian Fellowship. She also was able to

practice some nursing while there.

Class of 2007

Aaron Feierstein is working many different

sporting events at the University of Maryland

as part of a sports marketing internship. He

also has a part time job with a sports

marketing company working at football

games, will be in charge of the marketing and

game operations for the softball team in the

spring, and is treasurer of the Real Estate and

Development Club. He is majoring in

economics and minoring in landscape

management.

Zach Finkel was accepted to the real estate

program of the Terry College of Business at

University of Georgia, which is nationally

ranked as one of the top three programs in

the country.

Kelsey Nix has transferred to the University

of Virginia for the fall of 2009.

Allison Yim spent six weeks this summer in

Paris studying abroad through Duke. She took

two classes in French and lived with a family

in Paris.

Class of 2008

Elizabeth Atkins is interning on Capitol Hill

this fall for Congressman Joseph Cao, a

representative from Louisiana. She recently

accompanied him to a meeting of the Human

Rights Commission with the Dalai Lama.

Melisa Hillmann was accepted for the

second year as part of the Students

Admissions Network for Diversity (SAND) at

UNC-W, where she works with prospective

students as well as gives weekly tours to

visitors and participates in other activities

supporting the Admissions Office.

Jackie Lee spent the summer working at the

Center for Alcohol Studies at UNC, where she

assisted a graduate student with her research.

This semester she is working on her own

project on the effect of alcohol on the brain

and how it contributes to the development of

alcohol dependence in adult mice.

Vann Mitchell is pursuing a music performance

degree at UNC and also works as the

community governor of Granville Towers as

well as the chairman of Live Arts for the

Carolina Union Activities Board.

Alyssa Schwartz is secretary/treasurer on

UNC Hillel’s Student Board, plays on the club

field hockey team, and volunteers at the

hospital in the Speech and Language

Pathology Department.

Jordan Winn is working as the VP of

administration and finance for the Residence

Hall Association at UNC-W as well as the ESL

director of tutoring for Manna Project

International-Wilmington.

Davidson

College

students Alex

Su (‘07), left,

and Paul Helms

(’09), right, and

a Davidson

staffer attend a

Davidson gathering in Raleigh.

Cary Academy Class Agent Listing

Class of 2000 Darcy Downs, darcybethd@gmail.com •

Ann Gulley Katsiak, gullas0@yahoo.com • Kathleen

Foley-Mason, katmarkle@yahoo.com

Class of 2001 Rose Brown Doyle, ro.doyle@gmail.com •

Courtney Singer, courtney.singer@gmail.com

Class of 2002 Meagan Singer, singerME@gmail.com

Class of 2003 Ashley Parks, ashleybparks@gmail.com

Class of 2004 Nikki Fleming, typingorangutans@gmail.com

Class of 2005 Kelly King, kingofncsu@gmail.com • Alyse

Finkel, amfinke@learnlink.emory.edu

Class of 2006 Lianne Gonsalves, liannemg@gmail.com

Class of 2007 Sam Fuchs, sfuchs@brandeis.edu • Sarah

Helfer, sch23@duke.edu • Morgan Smith, mesmith1@

edisto.cofc.edu

Class of 2008 Jackie Lee, jaclee@email.unc.edu •

Elizabeth Atkins, eliz.atkins@gmail.com

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i mportant dates

Trimester Break

Nov. 16-27

Thanksgiving Day

Nov. 26

Trimester 2 starts

Nov. 30

Sip-n-Shoppe

Dec. 2, 7-9 p.m. in the SEA

Holiday Shoppe

Dec. 3-5, in the SEA

Holiday Break

Dec. 21-Jan. 1

Collaborating to “Enhance the CA Experience”

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“I have an idea

for a healthrelated

speaker series; can the PTAA help?”

“I think parents would really benefit from a

computer orientation course; can we work

together on this?” These questions were

asked by Cary Academy administrators of

parents involved with the Parent Teacher

Administration Alliance.

The concept for the speaker series was

brought to our attention by Judy Rodocker,

Cary Academy’s school nurse, and the

PTAA’s Health & Wellness Committee

jumped on board to help work through

logistics for funding, timing, locations and

speakers. (Look for sessions coming up in

early 2010 focused on eating disorders,

headaches and stress as it relates to sleep

deprivation.)

The impetus for the computer course for

parents (Cyber Smarts) came from a

meeting with Head of School Don Berger.

The school helped to provide the classroom

expertise, in the form of Sam Morris, and

the PTAA stepped in to help with scheduling,

registrations, advertising and securing print

materials.

For parents, working on a PTAA committee

or joining the organization in a leadership

position has the added benefit of allowing for

a dialogue with community constituents.

Parents might otherwise miss out on this

type of involvement in the typical Middle

School and Upper School setting. The PTAA

collaborates with many Cary Academy

administrators and teachers during the school

year through our programs, events and

initiatives:

Cary Academy Admissions Office and

PTAA New Parent Programs Committee

work together on informational tours for

prospective parents, along with parent

ambassadors to help new families with the

transition to Cary Academy.

PTAA Cultural Arts co-chairs work with

Middle and Upper School faculty and staff

to schedule and help fund curricular

enhancements like Burning Coal’s

production of Much Ado About Nothing, a

Japanese tie-dye artist residency and the

opportunity for students to speak with a

Holocaust survivor.

Cary Academy faculty and staff work with

PTAA MS and US parent representatives

and grade-level reps to coordinate student

social time and outings, snacks for class

trips, breakfast before the PSAT, and our

much-loved Charger Cup (MS field day.)

The PTAA has at the center of its mission

to work in collaboration with the CA community

and in all instances above, that is just

what the organization does. These enhancements

to our community would not have

happened without the initial ideas and the

person power to get the programs organized.

The PTAA makes a difference at Cary

Academy in events, programs, social activities

and community spirit.

— Karen Green, PTAA President, ’09 -‘10

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