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Christmas Concert is Dec. 9 & 10

Join the CA band, choirs, and art students at the 2017 Christmas Concert. The music performed will answer the question "Who Is This Child?" and work by first semester art classes will be exhibited. Performances are Saturday, December 9, at 7:00 pm and Sunday, December 10, at 3:00 pm. Tickets, available at the door, are $3 for adults and $1 for senior citizens, with a $10 maximum per family. Poster artwork was created by CA senior Meredith Thompson.

First Semester Finals
The first semester finals schedule is as follows:
 
Wednesday, December 20
Block 1 - 8:00-9:15
Block 3 - 10:00-11:15
Lunch break: 11:15-12:30
Block 5 - 12:30-1:45

Thursday, December 21
Block 2 - 8:00-9:15
Block 4 - 10:00-11:15
Lunch break: 11:15-12:30
Block 6 - 12:30-1:45

Friday, December 22
Block 7 - 8:00-9:15
Block 8 -10:00-11:15

Please note the following policies during finals week: 
  • If the class ends at semester, students need to bring their books to the class during finals.
  • Finals will be given in all classes except for study halls.
  • Students may leave campus between finals, during the lunch break, and during any period in which a study hall is scheduled.
  • Students are not required to leave campus.
  • Quiet rooms for students to study will be open throughout the day.
  • The school will not provide lunch during finals. However, the lunchroom will be available for students to eat bag lunches, and microwaves will be available.
  • School ends at 1:45 pm on Wednesday and Thursday and 11:15 am on Friday.
CA Student Artwork Exhibited in Washington, DC

CA students were awarded first and second place in the 2017 Fourth District Congressional Art Competition. Lindsey Noyed (’18) took first place for her mixed media artwork entitled “Evermore and Evermore,” which was also CA’s 2016 Christmas Concert poster design. Rebecca Hed (’17), finished in a tie for second place with her self portrait created with torn duct tape. “The Fourth District has incredible artistic talent, and I am proud to help showcase it through the Congressional Art Competition,” Congresswoman Betty McCollum said. “My office was wowed by the quality of all of this year’s submissions. Congratulations to Lindsey, to the runners-up, and to everyone who participated.”

The winning entry is displayed as part of a national exhibit in the U.S. Capitol. In June, Lindsey was flown to Washington, DC for an opening reception for the first place winners from throughout the country. In addition, runners-up are displayed in Congresswoman McCollum’s offices in Saint Paul and in Washington, D.C. Both Lindsey and Rebecca are part of Concordia Academy’s new Emerging Artist Curriculum.

State Track Results
 
We're proud of the accomplishments of the Beacons at the State Track Meet on June 9 and 10.
  • Arika Robinson is the state high jump champion, breaking her own school record and clearing 5'6".
  • Casey Hackett earned all-state honors in the triple jump, placing 7th. Cooper Wood made finals and was 10th.
  • Charlie Tastad cleared two heights in the pole vault, tying his best of 11'6" and placing 16th.
  • Our girls 4x200 finished in 11th, just missing finals.
  • Arika Robinson was 14th in the 100 hurdles.
  • In the 300 hurdles, Erin Fallert was 16th & Arika Robinson was 19th.
  • Rachel TerHaar finished 6th in the pole vault, clearing 10'6".
  • Casey Hackett ended up in 8th in the long jump, going 21'0".
  • Paige Winterfeldt had a good day of vaulting, clearing 9'6" and finishing in 11th place.
Arika Robinson
Arika Robinson

 

CA Final Chapel 2017

Twice a week, CA students and staff gather in chapel to pray, sing praises, and listen to the Word of God. But it's a tradition that the fun, ridiculous side of our staff comes through in the final chapel of the year. See the CAvengers Assemble in this year's end-of-year chapel! Special thanks to Beacon alum Ryan LeVahn ('15) for his great work filming and editing this year's blockbuster.

Honors Convocation Recognizes Student Excellence

Congratulations to the following students who were recgonized at our Honors Convocation on Wednesday, May 17, 2017:

Departmental Honors
Art - Rebecca Hed
English - Elissa Boll
Mathematics - Nicholas Oelschlaeger
Music - Tim Peterson
Physical Education - Joel Gmach
Theology - Yingyan Huang
Science - Yingyan Huang
Social Studies  - Alyssa Moore
Spanish - Regina Kyarsgaard
Best Actor - Tim Peterson 
Best Actress - Sarah Arend    
Service - Zachary Geist
 
Athletic & Scholastic Awards
Athletes of the Year - Cooper Wood & Anika Neuman
Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete - Adam Maser & Erin Fallert
Marine Corps Scholastic Excellence Award - Zachary Geist & Alyssa Moore
U.S. Army Reserve Scholar Athlete Award - Nicholas Oelschlaeger & Lillian Langevin
Salutatorian - Nicholas Oelschlaeger
Valedictorian - Adam Maser
 
In addition, National Honor Society members, Spanish Honor Society members, STEM2 graduates, and Emerging Artist Curriculum graduates were recognzied.
 
NHS
New National Honor Society Inductees

 

 
 
CA Offers New East Metro Transportation Option

Concordia Academy is thrilled to announce a new transportation option for families commuting to CA from the East Metro. Starting this fall, morning transportation to CA will be available from Hudson and Woodbury in our new 2016 10-passenger Ford Transit van!

We plan to create a route that will stop and pick up students at a location in Hudson, continue to Woodbury to pick up additional students, and then drop off the students at CA. Because of the number of students participating in activities after school, we only plan to offer morning transportation. 

Final details, including cost and pickup times, are still being determined, and a formal signup will be happening at a later date. However, we would like to begin building a list of interested families. If you are interested in using this new transportation option or have questions about the program, please contact Pastor Tim Berner, Principal (tim.berner@concordiaacademy.com or  651-796-2677). 

We have been working on this transportation option for quite some time. What a blessing that it is finally a reality! 

Beacons Take First in Tri-Metro Weightlifting Competition
WeightliftingBeacon athletes competed in the Tri-Metro Weightlifting Championship on March 14, 2017 and won for the sixth year in a row! This is the ninth year of the annual competition, and CA has won seven of those years.  We are proud of our Beacon Strength program and our high level of participation (50 of our student athletes competed).  Many of our athletes recorded personal records in their lifts.  Special thanks to our athletes, our seniors, and the Beacon Strength coaching staff:  Coach Michaels, Coach Quast and Coach Wolf.  
 
Special congratulations go to the athletes who placed:
Division Champion:  Lydia Lecher
Second Place Finishers:  Isaiah Wilson, Anika Neumann, Joel Gmach, DeShante Peterson, Sydney Hackett, Elizabeth Ostendorf, Elijah Rollerson, Jake Salisbury, Casey Hackett
Third Place Finishers:  Jordan Brennan, Arika Robinson, Taylor Brunn, Sadaya Stowers, Naomi Bunker, Erin Fallert, Eben Mundfrom, Donovan Baker, Karl Valin 
 
 
1000 Students Celebrate National Lutheran Schools Week at CA

We were blessed to have 1000 students, teachers, and parents from Twin Cities Lutheran elementary schools celebrating National Lutheran Schools Week with us on January 23! The day openend with worship and a "rock opera" version of "The Three Little Pigs." After that, students attended a variety of sectionals, participated in service projects, enjoyed time with CA's "His People" choir, ate lunch, and ended the day with more worship.  Thanks to Central Lutheran, St. Paul; Gethsemane, Maplewood; King of Kings, Roseville; St. John, Elk River; St. John’s, Corcoran; St. Paul’s, Prior Lake; Trinity Academy, Hudson; Trinity First, Minneapolis; Trinity Lone Oak, Eagan; and Trinity, St. Francis for being here to celebrate the amazing work that God does in our Lutheran schools! 

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Volleyball Is Second in State!

The Concordia Academy Beacons finished the 2016 MN State Volleyball Tournament on November 12 as second in state, wrapping up an amazing weekend of volleyball! Congratulations to the Beacons on an outstanding season that filled us all with amazing amounts of Beacon Pride! Special congratulations to Erin Fallert, Anika Neuman & Brooke Weichbrodt, CA players who were named to the All- Tournament Team!

View Pioneer Press coverage of the Class AA finals game by clicking here.
View WCCO-TV coverage of the Beacons' Nov. 11 semifinals victory by clicking here.
View Star Tribune MN Volleyball Hub coverage of the Beacons' Nov. 10 victory by clicking here.
View Star Tribune MN Volleyball Hub coverage of the Beacons' Nov. 3 section victory by clicking here.
View photographer Nate Jorgensen's photos from this season's games, including all three State Tournament games, by clicking here. The password is "cabeacons".
 

Beacons Volleyball

 
New Members Inducted Into CA's Athletic Hall of Fame
At a banquet on Septmeber 17, six new members were inducted into Concordia Academy's Athletic Hall of Fame. The 2016 inductees are:
  • Glenn Baumann (Coach)
  • Steve Cobbs (Class of 1986)
  • Dr. Jennifer Hale (Class of 1992)
  • Mark Johnson (Class of 1973)
  • Stephanie Johnson (Class of 1982)
  • Rod Olson (Class of 1984)
New inductees, their invited guests, and a number of previous inductees were all in attendance. Pastor Baumann, who was inducted posthumously, was honored by former players and 19 members of his family who were in attendance. Retired CA teacher and coach Tom Kuseske was the emcee for the event. 
 
Photos and biographies of the new inductees will be added to the Hall of Fame wall in the lower gym later this year. To learn more about the Athletic Hall of Fame and read about previous inductees, click here. 
 
Nominations for 2017 inductees will be accepted starting in spring next year.
 
2016 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees
2016 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees

 

Beacon Cup Results

Golf Tournament WinnersThe 13th Annual Beacon Cup was held Saturday, June 18, 2016 with many alumni, past and present parents, teachers, coaches and friends of CA in attendance. Thank you to our many volunteers and sponsors Palomino Sports and David Grupa Photography. Congratulations to our winners Jordan Kordosky, Zach Kordosky, Ryan Sundberg, and Steve Hanson. They walked away with a trophy and a lot of great CA swag, and their names will be added to the Beacon Cup. Thank you to all our golfers for your continued support. You can view more photos from the event by going to our Facebook page.