Cardigan Mountain School A boarding and day school for boys in grades 6 through 9

COVID-19 Information

Cardigan boys walking to class on a spring morning

We will regularly update this page with information about the COVID-19 Coronavirus situation, Cardigan’s commitment to the health and safety of our community, our distance learning plan, and evolving plans for spring events.

Updates:

  • Student belonging pick-up schedule (revised 6/1/20): We sincerely appreciate your patience and understanding regarding the pick up of student belongings.  We are pleased to invite families to campus on June 4, 5, and 6 for those retrieving belongings. 
     
    With the hard work of faculty and staff, we have packed and moved student items requested for pick up to Turner Arena (Wakely Center). Please read through the following details to see how we plan to safely and efficiently return your belongings:
    • In an effort to keep the lines and waiting to a minimum, we ask that families come to campus at these times to pick up belongings:

      • June 4 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM): Last name A-M

      • June 5 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM): Last name N-Z

      • June 6 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM): For those who cannot make the assigned time–please email Nick Nowak to confirm (nnowak@cardigan.org)

      • If you cannot make any of the times above, please connect with Nick Nowak. We will store all remaining "pick up" items until the fall.
      • Please read the full procedure by clicking the button below.

Complete Pick-up Procedure

  • Updated End-of Year Event Schedule (posted 5/18/20):
    • Baccalaureate & 9th Grade Recognition: May 26, 2020 at 8:15 a.m. EDT (Zoom link and passcode to be shared with parents via email soon.)

    • Underclassmen Recognition: May 29, 2020 at 8:15 a.m. EDT (Zoom link and passcode to be shared with parents via email soon.)

    • Virtual Senior Sunset Climb: May 30, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. EDT (Zoom link and passcode to be shared with Seniors soon.)

    • Cardigan’s 74th Commencement: May 31, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. EDT (Link and passcode to be shared with parents via email soon.)
       

  • In response to feedback from students, families, and faculty we have made three small adjustments to our daily schedule in order to continue to best accommodate our students in different time zones (posted 5/1/20):

    • Our academic day will now end no later than 12:50 p.m. Eastern US time for boys.

    • Boys will receive updated pdf schedules from their advisors and can request them from their advisors.

    • Open Office Hours (where teachers and boys can connect to pursue a deeper understanding of topics, review work, or do homework) will now run from 1:45-2:45 p.m.
       

  • Welcome to "virtual" family weekend (posted 5/1/20):

  While we are saddened that we cannot host all of you on campus, we are excited to present a "virtual" Spring Family Weekend:
    • Your son's advisor will be reaching out to schedule a "Zoom" meeting with you and your son. We hope to schedule most of these meetings on Thursday, April 30 or Friday, May 1, but schedule and time zone differences may require some meetings to occur outside of this time frame. 
    • Please watch and enjoy some special video content we have produced for this event. These videos can be found on the Family Weekend page.

      Family Weekend Page
  • Cardigan's 74th Commencement will take place "virtually" on May 31, 2020 (posted 4/16/20)We have made the decision to conduct a virtual Commencement event for the Class of 2020 and their families. While this was an extremely difficult decision, I assure you it comes as a result of careful consideration of a number of important factors:
 
    • There remains significant uncertainty regarding the timeline of the COVID-19 crisis, which creates significant difficulty in scheduling and planning an on-campus event. 
    • We want to honor the Class of 2020 this spring, while our connections are strongest, our experiences are still fresh in our minds, and we are best able to provide appropriate closure for everyone.
    • Cardigan represents a diverse community from all over the world, which will likely make it impossible to bring together our entire ninth grade class and their families in the future.
    • We feel that we can honor and celebrate individual boys and this exceptional ninth grade class thoughtfully and uniquely, even if virtually.

         Commencement Page

  • Distance Learning grading will be "Pass/Incomplete" (posted 4/16/20): In an effort to best serve our boys as they progress through our distance learning curriculum, we will be enacting a grading policy of pass/incomplete for the spring trimester. We believe this policy to be most equitable for the varying circumstances that Cardigan boys and their families are facing during this uncertain time. Please see the complete message from Dean of Academics Jamie Welsh and our Distance Learning Grading Guidelines on our Distance Learning page.
     
  • Retrieving students' personal belongings (posted 4/16/20): Beginning the week of April 20, Cardigan faculty will reach out to students and families to schedule a Zoom meeting. They will plan a time to meet and determine what belongs to whom in each dorm room. During these Zoom meetings, the faculty/staff member will take photos and document belongings. Please see the complete explanation of this procedure from Director of Student Life Nick Nowak.
     
  • Distance Learning extended through the remainder of Spring Term (posted 4/10/20): Our board of trustees and administration has, with great sadness, decided to extend our remote instruction approach for the remainder of the Spring Term. Our reasons are many, but ultimately come down to our close scrutiny of this pandemic, guidance from state officials, and our concern for the health and safety of our community. Please see the full letter from Head of School Chris Day and Board Chair Jeremy Crigler below.
     
  • Distance Learning updates and resources are available on our Distance Learning page (posted 4/10/20): Led by Dean of Academics Jamie Welsh, our academic team has developed a distance learning plan that retains the mind-body-spirit philosophy that makes the Cardigan experience powerful and unique. Our plan combines instruction in core academic classes with activities and opportunities designed to promote a more holistic approach to learning and a sense of community.


 

Mr. Day: Planning for Fall 2020

Posted May 14

Dear Cardigan families,

Almost six weeks have passed since we made the transition to distance learning, marking a radical departure from our normal routine and expectations. As a community, we have adapted, transforming and sacrificing many long-held hopes and valued traditions, but finding new challenges, successes, and ways to connect. Thank you for your patience, your feedback, and your incredible efforts.

The end of the current school year is rapidly approaching, and I wanted to update you as we move forward with our plans and planning for the coming fall.

Let me begin by saying that Cardigan will be open. We will continue to embrace our mission as a school. And we will find the right balance between protecting the health and safety of our community and providing a program that prepares our boys for “responsible and meaningful lives in a global society.”

While we expect on-campus operations to resume in the fall, we are actively preparing for a number of possibilities:

1. On Campus with Social Distancing. This model requires us to define how we return to campus safely, how we adjust our program (academically, residentially, and athletically) to evolving circumstances and outside guidance, and how we deal with the inherent risks of a pre- vaccine world.

2. Bi-Modal Learning to On Campus Learning. This model would allow for a parallel on-campus and off-campus program until all of our students are able to safely return to Cardigan.

3. Distance Learning. In this model, we will build on our experience and work this past spring, looking for ways to enhance the student and parent experience. Our focus will continue to be on maximizing face-to-face interactions, creatively leveraging online classroom tools and methodologies, integrating non-academic experiences and skills- development, and providing support for all types of learners.

In all of these scenarios, we will consider student and faculty wellness, how we build and maintain community, and the long-term success of your child on his own educational journey.

A leadership task force made up of board members, administrators, faculty, and staff has been formed to construct a COVID-19 Response Plan, covering the various scenarios listed above. The task force is split into several overlapping groups, each looking at different aspects of the upcoming challenge: School Life (health and safety, calendar, residential life, and athletics), Academic and Intellectual Life (curriculum, schedule, and assessment), Admissions & Marketing (enrollment and family support), Finance (budget and financial aid), Risk Management (risk mitigation and compliance), and Development (stewardship and fundraising).

Our work begins with a shared commitment to the health and safety of our community and our belief in our mission and program; it will be guided by input from scientific, medical, governmental, and industry resources; and it will be characterized by flexibility and creativity.

We welcome your input and ideas, and pledge that we will continue to update you as our work progresses and as the situation continues to evolve. We are in this together, and we appreciate your support and belief in Cardigan, our community, and all we stand for. Please reach out with questions or concerns.

With appreciation,

Chris Day


Christopher D. Day P’12,’13
Head of School

 

Message to the community from Chris Day

Posted March 23, 2020

Frequently Asked Questions

Recent Messages from Chris Day

A Message from our School Counselor

2020-21 Calendar

Helpful Contacts


Josh LeRoy
Assistant Head of School & 
Dean of Faculty

jleroy@cardigan.org

Steve Solberg
Assistant Head of School &
Chief Financial Officer

ssolberg@cardigan.org

Joe Burnett
Director of Development & 
International Relations

jburnett@cardigan.org

Jamie Welsh
Dean of Academics
jwelsh@cardigan.org

Nick Nowak
Director of Student Life
nnowak@cardigan.org

Danielle Fedele
Dean of Students
dfedele@cardigan.org

Karen Gray
Director of Health Services
kgray@cardigan.org

Trish Hutchinson
School Counselor
thutchinson@cardigan.org

Erzi Willems
Travel Coordinator
ewillems@cardigan.org

Nichole Marcy
Registrar
nmarcy@cardigan.org

Ryan Frost
Director of Athletics
rfrost@cardigan.org

Chip Audett
Director of Admissions
caudett@cardigan.org

Michel Gray
Director of Technology
mgray@cardigan.org

Kris Langetieg
Director of Secondary School Counseling
klangetieg@cardigan.org