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Early Release Day
Currier Lecture Series
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Distinguished Alumnus
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Middle School News
Lower School News
Arts & Music News
Sports News
Parents' Association News
Talent Show
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Student Spotlight...
Joe Kingery
Joe Kingery
Class of 2014

Joe Kingery sang a solo during the New Albany Symphony Holiday Concert last month and recently performed at the Columbus Symphony's Holiday Pops and the Columbus Museum of Art's Cantilena Concerts.  The CA seventh-grader also was a principal in OSU's production of "The Magic Flute" last year and toured Europe over the summer with the New World Singers of the Columbus Children's Choir.  In February, he will return to Opera Columbus as a member of the children's chorus in "Turandot."

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January 7, 2009
Volume 2, Issue 19
A new look for a new year
New HomepageColumbus Academy will launch a new external Web site later this week after considerable development and input from parents, students, faculty members and alumni.  The site, designed and hosted by, will offer an improved navigation system with easy-to-find buttons for the most popular sections, a new faculty and staff directory, and a customized content management system that provides much greater flexibility in controlling and improving materials placed on the site, which will continue to be a work-in-progress as new features and modifications are added.  In correlation with the site launch, the "Viking Voice" online newsletter is now a biweekly publication (every other Wednesday) to allow for more web development and to more efficiently control the flow of information we are sending out to our current families.  In actuality, the "Viking Voice" has already been biweekly since mid-November.  From now on, "off-weeks" will be reserved for messages from division heads, the headmaster and possibly special editions of the "Viking Voice" if circumstances require.  Thank you for your understanding and assistance as Academy communications continue to evolve.
Early Release Day scheduled for Monday, Jan. 12
For all three divisions, the school day will end at noon this upcoming Monday, January 12, because of faculty/staff professional development sessions in the afternoon.  The buses going to New Albany, Bexley, Dublin, Worthington, Olentangy, Upper Arlington and Westerville will pick up at noon that day.  All other buses (Reynoldsburg, Gahanna and Columbus) will pick up at the normal time.  The CASE program will be open free-of-charge from noon until 6:00 p.m. for all students not being picked up at noon.  Lower School CASE is located in the Multipurpose Room (D-118) while Middle School CASE is split between rooms C-112 and C-114.  Upper School students without transportation are encouraged to help out in the CASE rooms (see Alyssa King if interested) or to study quietly at a designated location (a message from US Head Shane MacElhiney later this week will go into more detail).  All students staying on campus and who have not already eaten by noon will be offered lunch in the Dining Hall.

Currier Lecture Series takes center stage next week
Gabriel Bol DengGabriel Bol Deng, one of the Sudanese orphans known as The Lost Boys of Sudan, will be the guest speaker for Columbus Academy's Phil Currier Lecture Series next week.  The free public lecture will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 14, in Schoedinger Theatre with an address to Academy students planned for the following day.  The public lecture is free, but seating is limited.  If you have a large group, please register in advance by contacting Kyle Tong at (614) 509-2282.  Click here for the event poster.
December issue of Academy Life available online
Academy Life Dec 2008In case you missed it, the December issue of The Academy Life student newspaper is available online by clicking here.  The issue highlighted Lisa Ling's visit to campus as well as the school's successful Holiday Project and provided features on diversity at CA, the new Career Day Lunch Forums, the economic downturn, post-election opinions, movie reviews and the latest student council, athletics, clubs and arts activities.
Rocky Saxbe '65 honored at 2008 Holiday Luncheon
2008 Holiday Luncheon Charles "Rocky" Saxbe '65 received Columbus Academy's 2008 Distinguished Alumnus award at the Alumni Holiday Luncheon on December 18.  The popular annual event at the Athletic Club of Columbus was well attended and included 25 members of this year's senior class.  A full story will be included in the spring issue of Academy Magazine.  Please click here to see photos.

Special Programs offer something for everyone
Columbus Academy CampsLooking for fun after-school activities, stimulating adult classes or something to do over Spring Break?  Then check out the special programs being offered by Columbus Academy over the next few months!  Be sure to view the just-released 2009 Spring Experience brochure that includes quality programming for children in pre-kindergarten through sixth grade on March 23-27, 2009 (second week of Spring Break).  Also, click here for Academy's new Adult and Family Programs being offered from January through March 2009, and click here for the Winter After School Activities brochure.

You must register with 3N to get calls on snow days
Snow PhotoWith winter weather fully upon us, please be aware that a phone chain no longer exists to notify you of school cancellations or delays.  Therefore, make sure your contact information is up-to-date in the school's 3N system, since that is the primary way for the school to contact you should a schedule change or emergency happen.  The 3N log-in screen can be accessed by clicking the 3N Online link at  For more information or further assistance, please contact Technology Director Sean Cullinan or 509-2245.  We will also continue to announce weather-related school closings on the main television and radio stations and the Academy website.
Upper School News
The next SAT Prep course will begin on Sunday, January 25, at 1:00 p.m.  There are still openings for the course.  If you have questions or wish to register, please contact John Exline '64 at 509-2212 or

Upper School students can attend lunchtime forums with Academy alumni, who discuss their careers (how they prepared and started in them) and offer advice about how to move forward in their specific areas.  Upcoming forums include Blane Walter '89 (advertising) on January 26, Lindsay Alexander '02 (retail clothing and life as a merchant with Abercrombie & Hollister) on February 2, Dr. Steve Smith '88 (facial reconstructive surgery) on February 9 and John Hoberg '89 (writer/producer for NBC's "My Name is Earl") on February 23.

Middle School News
This week's Middle School activities include the Geography Bee tomorrow (January 8) at 9:40 a.m. in Schoedinger Theatre and a dance for seventh-graders and eighth-graders at Columbus School for Girls from 7:30-9:30 p.m. on Friday.

Next week, parents of fifth-graders and sixth-graders are invited to join their children for all or part of the school day on Tuesday, January 13.  Open House for parents of seventh-graders and eighth-graders will be on Thursday, January 15.  Come sit in class with them, find your way through the hallways with them and eat lunch in the Dining Hall with them (students are not allowed to leave campus).

Lower School News
LS Holiday GatheringPhotos from the Lower School Holiday Gathering can be viewed by clicking here.

Also, Lower School Head Dan Vorenberg invites CA parents to join him at the January 12 appearance by noted children's author and advocate Trudy Ludwig in Bexley's Cassingham Theatre (250 Cassingham Road).  The 6:30-8:00 p.m. free lecture will focus on helping children develop more respectful friendships, resist emotional bullying and contribute to a more caring school climate.  Click here for more information.
Arts & Music News
The Secret GardenTickets are now available for the Middle School musical "The Secret Garden" coming up on January 30-31.  The cast includes Emily Cipriani '15 as Mary Lennox, Bobby McDonald '13 as Collin Craven, Michaella Cipriani '13 as Lily Craven, Ezer Smith '13 as Archibald Craven and Eli Kroos '13 as Dr. Neville Craven.  Click here for the ticket order form.

Sports News
Chris CrockettChris Crockett '08, currently a freshman on the Columbia University men's basketball team (click here for his bio page), was profiled in the Fall 2008 issue of Favor Magazine, a popular African American "New Age" publication headquartered in Columbus.  To see the story, as well as all the latest Viking sports, school and alumni news in print and online media, check out CA's most recent press clippings.

Updates on all of Academy's winter sports teams will be included in the next issue of the Viking Voice.  In the meantime, click here for complete Viking athletic schedules.

Parents' Association News
The next monthly Parent Meeting hosted by the Parents' Association will be held next Tuesday, January 13, from 8-9 a.m. in the Trustees' Room.  All parents are invited to attend.  Agenda items include: Leslie Dahl and Leanna Keith providing details of the upcoming Spring Gala, which will be on Saturday, April 25; and several Middle and Upper School science teachers talking about their unique approach to instilling a love of science in your children.

Parent Exchange
, a series of discussions with CA parents about parenting experiences sponsored by the Parents' Association of Columbus Academy, will kick off in January with several events focused on "Healthy Decisions and How We Make Them."  Click here for a list of meeting dates and topics.  For feedback and/or more information, please contact Lee Szykowny at

Parent/Faculty/Staff Talent Show planned for Feb. 28
Dan VorenbergThe Third Annual Parents' Association Talent Show will be held Saturday, February 28.  It is a fun, adult-only, event that showcases the various talents among our parent and faculty/staff community.  If you have ever wondered if Dan Vorenberg really has any true talent (musically speaking), then this is a must-see event.  Please mark your calendar and come be entertained at an event where all the proceeds are given to the arts at our school.  For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact Courtney Bosca at 638-5630 or
Upcoming Calendar

Thursday, Jan. 8-C
MS Geography Bee, 9:40 a.m. (Schoedinger Theatre)
Junior Speeches, 10:30 a.m. (Amelia Wise, Roberth Wirthman, Jacob Peters)
Lunch: BBQ chicken legs, vegetable lo-mein, rice bar

Friday, Jan. 9-D
Senior-Kindergarten Buddy activity, 10:30 a.m.
MS Dance at CSG, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Lunch: glazed pork medallions, eggplant casserole, nacho grande bar

Sunday, Jan. 11
Washington University in St. Louis interviews, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 12-E
Faculty/Staff Professional Development, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Lunch: philly cheese steak, potato wedges, cereal bar

Tuesday, Jan. 13-F
Parent Meeting, 8:00 a.m. (Trustees' Room)
MS Open House (Gr. 5-6), 8:05 a.m.-3:10 p.m.
Lunch: beef stir fry, vegetable egg rolls, bruschetta station, Italian ice

Wednesday, Jan. 14-A
Faculty/Staff SEED Meeting, 3:30 p.m.
Currier Lecture by Gabriel Bol Deng, 7:30 p.m. (Schoedinger Theatre)
Lunch: roasted herb chicken, focaccia with roasted vegetables, jambalaya

Thursday, Jan. 15-B
MS Open House (Gr. 7-8), 8:05 a.m.-3:10 p.m.
7th & 8th grades with Gabriel Bol Deng, 9:15 a.m. (Theatre)
US Assembly with Gabriel Bol Deng, 10:30 a.m. (Theatre)
Lunchtime Forum with Gabriel Bol Deng, 12:45 p.m. (Huntington Rm)
Lunch: beef tacos, zucchini casserole, ice cream cups

Friday, Jan. 16-C
Financial Aid packets mailed by Admissions Office
Lunch: pizza (pepperoni, cheese & vegetable), baked potato bar

Saturday, Jan. 17
SAT & SAT Subject Tests (off-campus)

Monday, Jan. 19
Martin Luther King Day-NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, Jan. 20-D
Presidential Inauguration Viewings, noon
Parent Exchange Audio Conference, 1:00 p.m. (Trustees' Room)
Parent Exchange, 7:00 p.m. (Trustees' Room)
Lunch: pot roast, spicy broccoli & tofu, rice bar, ice cream

Wednesday, Jan. 21-E
Admissions Coffee, 8:30 a.m. (Dining Hall)
Strings Coffee House Concert, 7:00 p.m. (Theatre Lobby)
Lunch: BBQ pork sandwiches, veggie quesadillas, cereal bar

Thursday, Jan. 22-F
Junior Speeches, 10:30 a.m. (Wes Luckett, Max Yano, Albert Lavin)
Parent SEED Meeting, 6:00 p.m. (off-campus)
Lunch: chicken fajitas, pan-fried polenta, bagel bar, frosted yellow cake

Friday, Jan. 23-A
Lunch: hot & mild wings, lentil & tofu curry, soft pretzel bar

Click here for the complete Jan. 12-16 lunch menu

Click here for the complete Jan. 20-23 lunch menu

Click here for Viking Athletic Schedules!
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