on CAmpus COLORADO ACADEMY’S NEWSLETTER FEBRUARY/MARCH 2018 | VOL. 44 | NO. 1 FROM THE HEAD OF SCHOOL TIPS TO THRIVING IN THE WINTER TERM A s I write in January, I note the days are just beginning to get a bit longer. Winter is a busy time in the life of a school: teachers and students have hit the midway point; students double down on coursework for the current term; and teachers begin to measure the remaining time to master new material, while adminis- trators begin planning for the next school year. Studies of behavior and perfor- mance in schools conclude that as stress rises in the winter months among students, their performance tends to drop. This is not surprising. We have less daylight; weather drives us indoors; and despite those exter- nal factors, at a school like CA, we don’t really slow down. In the depth of winter, year-end goals can seem distant, even difficult, to reach. The pace can be hard to sustain (partic- ularly for older students). Here are some thoughts about how to have a healthy and rewarding winter term. REMEMBER WHY WE ARE HERE It’s easy to forget why we all chose Colorado Academy; operative here is the word“chose.”We are each here voluntarily. True, getting an ed- ucation is somewhat of a compulsory duty, but we ALL chose this school for a reason. Among the common values that draw us and keep us at Mike Davis, Ph.D. HeadofSchool SEE DAVIS|PAGE 2 CA’S OWN JAZZ FESTIVAL TO HIT CA CAMPUS THIS SPRING “L aissez Les BonsTemps Rouler,”or“Let the GoodTimes Roll”at Colorado Academy’s hottest event of the year, the school’s fifth biennial benefit concert set for Saturday, May 12, 2018. Get ready for a cultural, culinary, and musical experience unlike any other, as Stamper Commons and the new Field House are transformed into CA’s own New Orle- ans-style Jazz Festival. The highlight will be the concert featuring two legendary New Orleans bands:Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue andThe Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Trombone Shorty is known as“the crown prince of New Orleans music,”having grown up in the Treme neighborhood, and soared from there to per- form atTheWhite House, the Grammys, Colorado’s Red Rocks, Jazz Aspen, and annually close New Orleans Jazzfest’s Main Stage. Rolling Stone magazine calls Preservation Hall Jazz Band the“keepers of local jazz tradition for more than 50 years.”They have played venues from Coachella to Cuba. In this year that cele- SEE CA JAZZ FESTIVAL|PAGE 3 CA SENDS 11 TO ALL-STATE CHOIR E leven Colorado Academy Middle and Upper Schools students will perform in the 2017-18 All-State Choir on February 3 at the BuellTheatre.These students were selected from more than 2,000 students statewide in a rigorous audition process. Approximately 450 students are selected for the Men’s,Women’s and Mixed Choirs. Congratulations to these seniors who have been selected for the second consecutive year: Kyra Kurtz, Micah Rydberg, Greg Cain. Also named to All-State are these juniors: Will Smart, Ari Fierer, Alex Kim,Tristan Hall, SpencerWootten, Justin Ferrugia, as well as eighth grade students Sophia Azam and Bridget Jeffries who have been invit- ed to the Colorado All-State Middle School Choir. The Middle School choir performance will be on Friday, February 2, 7:00 p.m. at the Bellco Theater, and the Upper School performance will be on Saturday, February 3at 4:00 p.m. at the Buell Theatre. Get your tickets in advance at AXS.com. n TromboneShorty, “crownprince”of NewOrleansmusic MORETHANA MILLIONREASONS19 CAFAMILIESCOOKUP SUPPORTFORHORIZONS CAGRADSSHARE WORDSOFWISDOM 15 13