Cardigan Mountain School A boarding and day school for boys in grades 6 through 9
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Fall 2020 Planning

Cardigan Mountain School opened for Academic Year 2020-2021 in a hybrid format. This includes in-person, on-campus learning and parallel remote learning for those students who were unable to arrive on campus in time for the beginning of classes.

Virtual Family Weekend

Posted October 16, 2020

Virtual Parent Conferences will be hosted via Zoom on October 22 & 23 from 3:30 - 9:00 p.m. and on October 24 from 10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Zoom conference schedules will be sent to families at the beginning of next week.

As part of Virtual Family Weekend, we will also share a video update that will include a State of the School Address from Head of School Chris Day P’12,’13, a video tour of the boys learning in Wallach, and fall highlights from the classrooms and athletic fields. This video will be livestreamed at 8:30 a.m. Eastern U.S. time on Saturday, October 24 immediately before the conclusion to Cardigan’s 32nd Auction. We will send more details next week.

Cardigan’s 32nd Annual Auction

Posted October 16, 2020

Beginning this Sunday, October 18, at 10:00 a.m. EDT, please join our global community in celebrating Cardigan's 75th birthday with our first ever online auction. Alumni artwork, online gift cards, golf packages, vintage Cardigan gear, and much more are up for bidding! Visit the auction website to browse the items and sign up to bid. Click the video link above for a preview of this new spin on a Cardigan tradition.

The the last hour of the auction will be livestreamed beginning at 9:00 a.m. EDT, immediately following the Virtual Family Weekend video.

All proceeds support Cardigan's Annual Fund and the immediate and essential needs of our School!

Important Dates on the Calendar

Posted October 16, 2020

  • November 14-15: Students depart campus; boys may depart after classes on November 14th or on school-provided transportation the morning of November 15th.  An email from Travel Coordinator Erzi Willems will be sent early next week.
  • November 14-24: Hockey Camp on campus (optional for all experienced hockey players)
  • November 15 - 23: Ski Camp in Colorado (optional for experienced skiers)
  • December 1-12: Remote learning for all students. Dean of Academics Jamie Welsh will distribute more details by email following Virtual Family Weekend.

**Before returning to campus in January, we will require all students to have a negative COVID test at home before traveling to Cardigan. Upon arriving on campus, all students will be tested again at our Surge Center.**

  • January 4: Day students COVID tests (9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.); 9th-grade students in 9th-grade dorms arrive on campus.
  • January 5: 8th-grade students and any 9th-grade leaders in those dorms arrive on campus. 
  • January 6: 6th & 7th-grade students and 9th-grade leaders in those dorms arrive on campus.
  • January 7-14: Quarantine period on campus; remote learning in dorms and "homecoming" activities in the afternoon with dorm families.
  • January 9-13: 2nd round of testing for faculty, day students, and all boarding students. 
  • January 15-16: COVID test results are known; provided all tests are negative, regular in-person classes and athletic practices resume.

Fall 2020 Parent Visit Guidelines

Posted September 17, 2020

We have developed the following guidelines for limited parent/guardian visits this fall. The following policy asks parents to contact us prior to scheduling a visit to campus and provides guidelines that will allow these visits to be conducted safely. Our goal is to offer opportunity and fairness to all families, including those who prefer campus remain closed at all times for the safety and health of their sons.

  • Two visits will be allowed between September 19th and November 14th regardless if one or both parents visit. If there are specific circumstances that complicate this request (e.g. divorced/separated families), please reach out to Director of Student Life Nick Nowak.
  • 2-hour time slots
  • Visits can be scheduled for Saturday nights (5:30 - 7:30 p.m.) or Sundays (9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
  • Please arrive at either Williams Field or the parking lot behind Frieze House
  • 2 parents/guardians can visit but no siblings please
  • Please call the AOD number when you arrive
  • Must complete the health attestation form the day of the visit 
  • It is ok to bring a leashed pet
  • A visit request must be submitted to Nick Nowak by 9:00 p.m. on Thursday night before the weekend visit
  • Parents do not need to submit a request to watch athletics
  • Requests made after Thursday night at 9 p.m. cannot be accommodated for that weekend
  • Please refrain from bringing food, snacks, drinks, or other items for your son's dorm room
  • You can bring a meal to eat with your son

Read the full policy

Fall 2020 Remote Learning Guide 

Posted September 3, 2020

Cardigan Mountain School is committed to serving learners both on and off-campus this fall, with the goal of successfully transitioning our remote learning cohort to on-campus, in-person learning over the course of the 2020-2021 academic year. While learning remotely, students will participate in a modified curriculum with a combination of synchronous meeting times and thoughtfully created asynchronous work.

Read the Complete Guide

Parent Meeting Updates

Posted September 2, 2020

Thank you for attending our parent meetings this past Monday and Tuesday evenings. It was great to connect with so many of you. The boys are doing great! We will begin classes this coming Monday, September 7.  Other important updates include:

  • Day Students will receive their Cardigan laptop computers on Thursday, September 3.
  • Boarding Students will receive their laptops back on Friday, September 4.
  • Classes begin Monday, September 7.
  • Athletics will also begin Monday, September 7.
  • You will receive information regarding where you can login to see your son's class schedule soon.

2020-21 Student Handbook

Posted September 2, 2020

The 2020-21 Cardigan Mountain School Student Handbook is now available for download in PDF format at the link below.

Download the Handbook

Day Student Procedures

Posted September 1, 2020

Day students are an essential and valued part of our community, and we welcome their involvement in all areas of school life. Given the current pandemic, we ask that all day students and day student families support the health and safety of the Cardigan community by following specific guidelines in general and with respect to their daily schedule.

Read the Procedures

The Plan for Responsibly Opening Campus

Posted August 24, 2020

The challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic this past spring forced Cardigan Mountain School to make immediate and significant changes to its program and approach to learning in support of student and community safety. While on-campus, in-person learning is our preferred method for teaching, we appreciate how well our community responded to meet our goals for learning, culture, and community. We feel confident in our ability to apply this same energy to the challenges ahead this fall and into the 2020-2021 academic year.

The following plan reflects the current work of our Emergency Response Team and is informed by industry working groups, feedback and guidance from federal and state sources, collaboration with other independent schools, and direct consultation with medical experts.

Read the Complete Plan

Prepare for Registration

Posted August 20, 2020

The entire Cardigan community has worked hard toward this week, and we are very excited to welcome the boys back to campus! We have organized a step-by-step registration procedure below to help your family prepare for the big day. 

2020-21 Senior Leadership Update

Posted August 18, 2020

In order to prioritize the health and safety of our students and faculty, Cardigan has organized our 2020-21 residential program by grade. As a result, 2020-21 Senior Leadership has evolved with new additions and updated roles.

See the complete update

Cardigan Mask Update

Posted August 18, 2020

In order to prioritize health and safety, we ask parents to pack 12 masks for their son to bring to school. Unfortunately, despite Cardigan school store's best efforts to source cloth masks that would be effective and safe, the product we received from our vendor this week did not meet our expectations and high standards. Also, because of the emergence of new data and further research by the Cardigan Health Center, we cannot allow the use of gaiters or “buffs."

Please read the full update

Day Student Family Meeting

Updated August 19, 2020

All day student families are cordially invited to join me and members of Cardigan's Operations Team for an optional information session to be hosted on Zoom tomorrow night, August 20 at 7:00 p.m. The meeting link and password were sent to parents of day students via email at 3:30 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, August 19. If you did not receive the link or have any questions, please reach out to Director of Student Life Nick Nowak (

Helping Your Son Prepare to Return to School

Posted August 14, 2020

With less than two weeks until students rejoin us on The Point, Director of Student Life Nick Nowak discusses three key ways you can help prepare your son for his transition to Cardigan. Needless to say, campus life will be very different than life since March, and we want to set the boys up for success as much as possible. 

Important Fall Athletics Updates

Posted August 14, 2020

Please pack 2 water bottles and bring them with you to campus to use for fall athletics.

Please see a letter from Athletics Director Ryan Frost, a pre-season workout from Strength & Conditioning Coach Ben Adams, and updated information and equipment requirements from Mountain Biking Head Coach Travis Nevins at the Parent Planning Guide Athletics Page.

Parent Action Items

Posted August 4, 2020

If you have not yet done so, please complete and submit the 2020 Campus Arrival Form and 2020 Student Travel Form by August 14 or as soon as possible. Thank you!

Parent Meetings: Follow-up, recordings, and FAQs

Posted July 30, 2020

Cardigan hosted three virtual parent meetings during the month of July including such discussions as preparing your son for the upcoming year, the campus arrival & registration procedures, and our 2020-21 academic, residential and athletic program. 

The recorded video, slide presentations, and FAQs from all three meetings are a helpful resource and are available on the 2020-21 Parent Meetings Page.

Fall 2020 Updates from the Head of School

Student Summer Reading List

Posted July 10, 2020

Dear Cardigan Families,

As we near the mid-way point of a shortened summer, we hope that you are enjoying time with friends and family. In planning for a unique and full academic year at Cardigan, we have pressed pause on issuing a formal statement in regard to summer reading in order to allow all of our new and returning boys to get some much needed downtime after a challenging spring. 

Cardigan’s approach to summer reading provides the boys the ‘choice to choose’ books based on their interests. At the eighth grade level, we do have one required read, Over, Under, Sideways, Down, a 30-page graphic novel that explores the plight of refugee children. Boys entering grade eight will also be asked to choose one additional book to read. 

A list of the choices for each grade level can be found here.

We feel strongly that giving boys the opportunity to choose books that interest them is an important element in their development as readers. A wide variety of books and options has been thoughtfully crafted by our academic team. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me or Assistant Dean of Academics & PEAKS Department Chair Jarrod Caprow with any questions regarding summer reading. 

All the best, 

Jamie Welsh 
Dean of Academics

Frequently Asked Questions

2020-21 Calendar

Helpful Contacts

Josh LeRoy
Assistant Head of School & 
Dean of Faculty

Steve Solberg
Assistant Head of School &
Chief Financial Officer

Joe Burnett
Director of Development & 
International Relations

Jamie Welsh
Dean of Academics

Nick Nowak
Director of Student Life

Danielle Fedele
Dean of Students

Karen Gray
Director of Health Services

Trish Hutchinson
School Counselor

Erzi Willems
Travel Coordinator

Nichole Marcy

Ryan Frost
Director of Athletics

Chip Audett
Director of Admissions

Michel Gray
Director of Technology

Kris Langetieg
Director of Secondary School Counseling