Retirement Celebration for Bruce and Cindy Urban
After a combined 67 years serving Concordia Academy (43 for Bruce and 24 for Cindy), Mr. and Mrs. Urban will be retiring from full-time teaching ministry in just a few weeks. Whether you've known either one as a teacher, coach, mentor, prayer warrior, chapel leader, Christian music guru, Bible study leader, confidant, or friend, you can understand how their service to the Lord has blessed CA and the thousands of families that have made up this community.
You are invited to share some memories, have some laughs, enjoy some refreshments, and thank the Urbans for their decades of ministry at a special open house on Wednesday, May 29, 6:30-8:30 pm. Alumni, students, parents, staff, family, and friends are all invited to stop by the commons for this celebration.
2019 Senior Honors
At CA's 56th Annual Honors Convocation on May 14, seniors were honored with department awards, arts awards, athletics awards, and more. In addition, National Honor Society members were recognized. Congratulations to our outstanding students!
Second Semester Final Exam Schedule
- 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 cafeteria will be open during finals on Wednesday and Thursday, May 22 and 23, 7:30 am - 12:00 Noon. Students will be able to purchase a la carte items during that time.
- School ends at 1:45 pm on Wednesday and Thursday and 11:15 am on Friday.
"Working" Cast & Crew Honored by Spotlight Education
Congratulations to the cast and crew of CA's spring musical, "Working," for honors they recently received from Spotlight Education, a Program of Hennepin Theatre Trust.
Overall Performance: Honorable Mention
Ensemble Performance: Honorable Mention
Movement / Dance Performance by an Ensemble: Honorable Mention
Acting Performance by an Ensemble: Outstanding
Overall Technical Team: Honorable Mention
Outstanding Performance in a Leading Role: Grace Czywczynski as Delores Dante & Grace Renstrom as Maggie Holmes
Honorable Mention for Performance in a Leading Role: Noah Gundermann as Joe Zutty, Madie Harre as Kate Rushton, Cody Petronack as Rex/Utkarsh
Outstanding in Technical Leadership: Caleb Boll as Lighting Designer
Honorable Mention in Technical Leadership: Amarti Maskalo as Deck Captain
Evaluator Shout-Outs: Kayla Gundermann, Caleb Loomis, Luke Symmank
Grace Renstrom Named "Triple Threat"
Congratulations to CA senior (and Emerging Artist Cohort member) Grace Renstrom who was just named a 2019 Triple Threat finalist by the Hennepin Theatre Trust. Twenty-six individuals have been selected for their exemplary performances in singing, dancing, acting, and leadership in their communities, and they will join together to perform a medley at Spotlight Showcase on June 10 and 11 at the historic State Theatre. From the group of finalists, four students will be selected to receive an all-expenses paid trip to New York in late June, where they attend Broadway shows, meet with industry professionals and participate in workshops to hone their performance skills. If you've seen CA theatre productions over the last four years, you know Grace is so very deserving of this honor! We're proud of you, Grace!
Taylor Brunn Sets State Softball Record & Is Named Athlete of the Week
At the April 29 softball game vs. DeLaSalle, CA senior Taylor Brunn set a new state record for base hits when she achieved her 249th career hit! It was the highlight of what was a pretty excellent week for Taylor: she had gone 18 for 19 at the plate, scored 11 runs, had been 9 for 9 on stolen base attempts, and had a batting average of .812! Taylor, who has committed to play at Minnesota Crookston, surpassed the total of current Gopher Maddie Houlihan, who had 248 career hits.
In addition, on May 8, she was named the KSTP TRIA Prep Athlete of the Week.
Click here to read Star Tribune coverage of Taylor's accomplishment. Click below to see KSTP Channel 5 and KARE11 coverage.
Beacons Take 4th In State
The Concordia Academy Beacons, the Section 4AA volleyball champions, wrapped up an outstanding season with a 4th Place finish in the 2018 MN State Volleyball Tournament on November 10.
Other honors during the state tournament week included Class AA All-State Honors for sophomores Kira Fallert and Brooke Weichbrodt and All-State Honorable Mention for senior Taylor Brunn. Taylor was also named to the Wells Fargo All-Tournament Team.
Congratulations to the entire team for a season that will not soon be forgotten!
Bruce Urban Named Outstanding Lutheran Educator
At the Minnesota South Lutheran Education Conference on October 18, CA’s Bruce Urban was named the 2018 Outstanding Lutheran Educator. Congratulations on this well-deserved honor Bruce, and thank you for being such a faithful servant of the Lord and a blessing to so many! Click here to read the Beacon Blog, where Tim Berner writes about Bruce's impact on his life and the culture of Concordia Academy.
CA's Vision4Life Featured on KSTP
On Thursday, March 1, 2018 KSTP Eyewitness News aired a story about CA's Vision4Life service program. If you missed it, you can view it below.
CA to Join New Skyline Conference in 2019
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.
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
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!