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2020

  • Student Orientation Trips Fall 2020

    CVA’s Middle School kicked off the fall with an orientation overnight to Maine Huts and Trails’ Stratton Brook Hut. The 7th and 8th Graders got to know each other while hiking, playing games, sharing meals, and enjoying a classic Maine campfire complete with s’mores. The Bigelows were a perfect backdrop for an adventure in our own backyard. View the photo album
     
    The Class of 2024 started their freshman year with hiking, swimming, campfire games and screen-free bonding at the local Poplar Stream Hut. Thank you to Maine Huts and Trails for sharing your beautiful space and trails with us.  View the photo album 
     
    Last weekend CVA Sophomores enjoyed two days of rock climbing and a night of camping in NH’s White Mountains.  Finding a new level of trust in their classmates, our student athletes belayed each other up challenging climbs with stunning views and perfect weather. Awesome job Sophomores, we are looking forward to an amazing year. Thanks to @emsguides for the tailored instruction to our athletes. View the photo album 
     
    Fall orientation trips are about getting out of your comfort zone and getting to know your classmates. This year our Juniors joined the staff at Adventure Bound for fun and leadership training on their High Ropes Course and for Whitewater Rafting on the Kennebec in The Forks.  View the photo album 
     
    The Class of 2021 started their senior year with our longest-running fall orientation trip tradition, canoeing and camping on Moosehead Lake with Maine guide and CVA coaching legend Chip Cochrane. As usual, the trip did not disappoint and our Seniors are ready to lead our school through the 2020-21 year. Go Big Dogs! View the photo album
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  • Physical Testing & Timed Run

    Today our student-athletes wrapped up day 3 of Physical Testing with a timed mile run around the track at Fremont-Smith Field. The Big Dogs gave it their all while being cheered on by their teammates, coaches and the High Performance staff. Day 1 and day 2 included comprehensive physical assessments guided by the SkillsQuest program. SkillsQuest is a cornerstone program of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Training Systems. It’s designed to motivate and reward athletes in working toward and improving abilities in the key areas of emphasis. As its name implies, it represents a quest, or journey, toward success in competitive skiing and snowboarding, by focusing on skills, the critical components that make up a high-performing athlete. We are so proud of all our athletes as they learn to push their own limits and pursue their performance goals.   View photos online
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  • First Day - Fall term 2020

    The first day of classes and athletics for our Big Dogs looked a bit different than first days of the past, but everyone seems to be adjusting quickly to the new routine.  Thanks to the beautiful weather, several classes met outside, and we were also able to create a new, physically distanced, outdoor format for our all-school meeting. In the afternoon High Performance Director Shelby Downing reported that returning and new student-athletes alike showed a high level of athletic maturity as they took on the first movement screening of the fall with attention and commitment. Photo album link 
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  • Fall Term Registration Day 2020

    The Big Dogs are back. Our fall term student-athletes arrived on campus yesterday and got right to it, moving into their dorm rooms, getting their schedules, and participating in orientation activities.  Teachers and coaches covered a variety of topics including introductions to health and safety protocols, academics, and athletics. Students signed their CVA United social contract, committing to keeping our community safe. Proof of a very recent negative COVID-19 test result was required for every student and for every parent entering a campus building. This morning all employees and students will undergo another COVID-19 test before programming begins. We’re off and running! View photos from the day here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/C7tWpg9xodcbdjXF6 
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  • Plans to re-open campus safely

    After months of careful planning and in consultation with medical professionals, the Maine Department of Education, the Maine CDC and local public health officials, Carrabassett Valley Academy is pleased to open its campus this fall. On August 30 we will welcome 65 student athletes, about half of whom are boarding students, for full-time in person academic and athletic programming.

    There is no greater priority than the health and safety of our students, staff, and local community. Stringent health and safety measures have been put in place to ensure a safe repopulation of campus, mitigation of Covid-19 risk and virus containment, if needed. 

    In the weeks leading up to the beginning of school, all students and employees have engaged in self quarantine and will be tested for Covid-19. Proof of a negative Covid-19 test is required in order to enter campus. In addition, all community members will be tested on the first day of school and again on the 10th day of school.

    Protocols have been developed for mitigating risk, controlling our environment and caring for ill community members. There will be daily health checks, and face coverings, physical distancing, and hand hygiene will be emphasized.  Indoor spaces have been adjusted to allow for social distancing in classrooms, dining areas and common rooms. Outdoor classrooms and training spaces have been created to encourage outdoor learning, meeting, and training. Food service has shifted to single serve and served items and kitchen areas have been outfitted with Plexiglas. Steps have been taken to increase ventilation in all indoor spaces and cleaning and disinfecting of high touch areas will be increased.

    Plans for two traditional activities related to the first week of school have also been addressed.  We’re redesigning the registration day experience to eliminate indoor programming for parents, several of the topics will be covered electronically or at a later date.  Staff is also ensuring our student orientation trips can be held with social distancing among ourselves and with little or no mixing with the public population.

    With our aggressive testing plan, conscientious behavior including mask wearing, social distancing, and hand hygiene, and restricted movements, we have every reason to believe we will begin the school year with a healthy population and maintain it throughout the fall. 
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  • 2020/21 Weekend Program is Open For Registration

    CVA’s Weekend Programs are now open for registration. We offer competitive athletes ages 7 to 19 an opportunity to train with a coach weekends and vacation weeks from December to April. There are programs for alpine, freestyle, snowboard and ski cross.

    Sugarloaf is working hard to plan for a variety of different possible scenarios next winter, it is too early to say definitively what the policies & best practices will be for all of the specific areas around the resort. There are many things still to be confirmed, including what kinds of guidance and mandates there may have from health authorities in regards to resort operations. Karl Strand has shared that, “The safety of our guests, staff, and community is our foremost concern. We are diligent in complying with all of the latest guidelines from health authorities in our current summer operations, and the same will be true this winter.

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  • And they're off and running!

    We were pleased to host the Class of 2020 Graduation on August 1st. The ceremony was a blend of traditions and reflective of today’s circumstances. Ten graduates and their immediate family attended in person, following CDC guidelines, at the Richard Bell Chapel at Sugarloaf Mountain. Five graduates and their families, plus all faculty, staff, undergraduate students, and extended family members attended simultaneously through Zoom. An inspiring speech was made by freestyle skier Sabrina Shankman from the Class of 2001.

    It was a wonderful celebration of this amazing class! View the photos here
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  • Responsibly Reopening Schools: A Framework for ISANNE Boarding Schools

    This document will serve to inform our own detailed reopening plans as they develop.  It was created collaboratively by Northern New England boarding school Heads, including our own Head of School Kate Punderson.  Read it here: Independent Schools Association of Northern New England Reopening Schools Framework 
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  • Class of 2020 Graduation is planned for August 1st

    The long-anticipated day is nearly here. We are pleased to announce the Class of 2020 Graduation 🎓 is planned for August 1st.
    The ceremony will be a blend of traditions and reflective of today’s circumstances. Ten graduates and their immediate family will attend in person at the Richard Bell Chapel at Sugarloaf Mountain🗻 Five graduates and their families, plus all faculty, staff, undergraduate students, and extended family members will attend simultaneously through Zoom. 💻 Sugarloaf-based participants will strictly follow "Keep Maine Healthy" travel rules and the ceremony will meet all Maine Dept. of Ed. regulations.
    We are so looking forward to celebrating this amazing class! 🎉
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  • Summer Reading

    Summer is for reading. Our English teachers have chosen this summer’s reading selections. Students will be reading, annotating and reflecting on these great reads.  Each student/family was sent an email by Karen Lanoue-Egan in June about their specific summer reading assignment, contact Karen (klanoue-egan@gocva.com) with any questions.  Enjoy!
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  • Big Dog Awards and Class of 2020 Celebration

    Thank you to everyone that joined us on May 29th for our virtual Big Dog Awards and Class of 2020 Celebration. If you missed it you can watch a recording here  awards ceremony video, and read below for Kate Punderson’s remarks. Well Done Big Dogs! 

    "Hello and welcome to the annual Big Dog Awards celebration - today held virtually for the first time. I so wish we could all be together in the AGC, having just finished a tasty lunch. But we need to be apart, and even though we are apart, our hearts are together and we are here to celebrate each and every CVA Big Dog.
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  • College Bound Seniors

    The Carrabassett Valley Academy community would like to congratulate the Class of 2020 on their college acceptances. We are so proud of you! Your hard work and perseverance will continue to open doors of opportunity next year and for years to come. Here's a complete list of colleges and universities to which our 15 Seniors have been accepted so far:
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  • Sugarloaf's Commitment to Opening Winter 2020-21

    Sugarloaf promises to provide at least 150 days of skiing and riding next season.
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  • Full-time synchronous distance learning and training resume after spring break

    Full-time synchronous distance learning and training resumed this week after our spring break. Megan, student council president, continued her role in hosting our virtual all-school meeting. Go Dogs Go!
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  • CVA Alumni qualify for 2020 U.S. Collegiate Ski & Snowboard National Championships in Lake Placid

    Congratulations to CVA alumni who qualified to represent their schools at the 2020 U.S. Collegiate Ski & Snowboard National Championships in Lake Placid, NY. Even though the event was cancelled in the middle due to Covid-19, your CVA community is proud of you, your accomplishments and hard work. Great job Big Dogs!
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  • Sugarloaf Announces West Mountain Expansion

    The expansion is part of 10-year development plan which includes 5 lifts, new alpine terrain, real estate development, and more
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