Thursday, September 17, 2020

Important Back-to-School Night Details & Free Financial Aid Application Webinars

 Back to School Night - Reminder


As a reminder, tonight (Thurs, 9/17) is Back to School night for CCHS.  The program will begin at 6:00pm for parents/guardians of 9th graders.  The night features an all-school presentation from 6:50 - 7:20 PM.  You can view the all-school presentation at: https://concordps.zoom.us/j/94480280271?pwd=L1NwNmo0UThKeThLR2RSM1M4SjRCdz09


The school’s webinar account has a limit of 1000 simultaneous viewers.  So, if you are unable to gain access via the link above, the Minute Man Network will also be live streaming the all-school presentation at https://www.minuteman.media/2408/Education or you can watch on local channel 99 from 6:50 - 7:20PM.


The full schedule for the evening can be found here.  It is our suggestion that you make a copy of that schedule for each of your children and use this table to identify the zoom links for the appropriate teachers.  Identifying the links ahead of time will create a smoother experience this evening.


To avoid confusion, please ask your student for information regarding their schedule.  If that is not possible, you can log into Aspen.  For the most part, we will be following the Monday schedule shown in the Matrix schedule; however, given that G block does not meet on Monday’s we will need to insert the G block from Tuesday.  This graphic will help you identify which classes you will be attending tonight and the order in which you will do so.


As a reminder, all 9th-grade parents will attend a presentation from their academy teachers from 6:00 - 6:45 PM (links: 1. Willow, 2. Maple, 3. Oak, 4. Elm).  During this time, they will hear from the team’s English, math, science, and social studies teachers along with the guidance counselors and special education teachers associated with each team.  Therefore, 9th-grade parents will not attend their student’s English, math, science, or social studies classes from 7:22 - 8:56 and they will just have some free time during these blocks.


Finally, all parents with students in Rivers and Revolutions will use this link starting at 7:34 PM through the end of the evening.


We look forward to seeing you this evening and highlighting some of the great work at CCHS.


Free Financial Aid Application Webinars 

The Massachusetts Education Financing Authority  (MEFA) will not be doing school-based presentations this year, however, they are offering webinars covering different aspects of the financial aid application process.   Please use the link below to view the list of upcoming events, including Understanding the FAFSA on September 24th and the CSS Profile on September 29th.  


There are also several webinars that provide information and clarity on the entire financial aid application process.  For the Class of 2021 families, the financial aid application process begins on October 1st, so we encourage you to utilize these free resources as much as needed.

https://www.mefa.org/events


Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Register now! College Planning Webinar on Wednesday, September 16






College Planning Webinar on Wednesday, September 16

The Guidance & Counseling Department is offering a College Planning Webinar on Wednesday, September 16 at 1pm for Seniors to give them information about steps they may need to take now in order to be ready for applying to college this fall and winter.

The topics covered will include requesting transcripts, steps you need to take in SCOIR, the FERPA waiver, Recommendations, and other miscellaneous items.  There also will be time for Q&A.  This webinar requires students to register with an email before joining. 

Please make every effort to attend.  Click here to register


Monday, September 14, 2020

Important Health Information & Upcoming Events

Hello,

I write to express my sincere gratitude to all members of the CC community for a successful week of in-person learning.  We are proud of how well our students adapted and complied with important safety measures.  It is imperative we remain consistent with protocols including proper hygiene, social distancing, and wearing masks.  

In light of recent events that occurred in a neighboring town, the Concord Board of Health, Superintendent of Schools, and high school administration wanted to communicate the importance of remaining vigilant. I share this cautionary tale without judgment, as this incident could take place in any town in Massachusetts.  

Nevertheless, it necessitates an important reminder for all students and families.  In order for in-person learning to remain successful, we can't let complacency set in, and actions outside of school can derail efforts in an instant.  Lincoln-Sudbury High School announced over the weekend they are postponing in-person learning for at least two weeks. It is a sobering reminder that events outside of school, more than ever, can impact how and when we attend school.  

This decision by the Sudbury Board of Health was a direct result of a large gathering of students at a residence over the weekend. LS is a friendly rival and frequent collaborator with members of our community. We work closely in many ways and sympathize with members of the LS community who worked tirelessly to ensure the school could open in-person. To have it derailed on the eve of their first day of school is most unfortunate.  

As noted on several occasions, we have a shared commitment and understanding that we need to work together, and take care of each other, in order for this endeavor to remain successful.  

Below I include a portion of the correspondence sent by Bella Wong, the Superintendent/High School Principal of Lincoln-Sudbury.   

"I am very disappointed to share that I learned this morning that there was a crowded indoor and outdoor student party Friday evening....a complete lack of safety precautions to protect against the spread of COVID. Police were called to the scene. An estimated number of 15 students ran into the woods. They collected names from 32 other individuals....at least 13 plus 15 (28) known to be on-site are unaccounted for. If these students had been identified they could be requested to be isolated from school, monitored, and tested.

The Sudbury Board of Health is stating that we must start school in remote learning for 14 days from the known incident." -Bella Wong

Below are a few reminders of important upcoming events.  Have a great week.

Michael J. Mastrullo
Principal

CCHS Athletics Webinar and FAQ
When: Sep 14, 2020, 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Topic: CC Athletics Q&A

Please click the link below to join the webinar:
https://concordps.zoom.us/j/95477009111?pwd=ZE1FdStVUjVNZThScnlxZjhGQXZFdz09
Passcode: 355900
Athletics FAQ
Clarification: Guidance Counselor Calendly 
The Guidance Department will utilize Calendly for scheduling with students. Parents and Guardians should email their child's counselor to schedule an appointment. 

Back To School Night at CCHS

CCHS will host a Back to School night for parents/guardians on Thursday, 17 September.  The entire event will be held virtually via Zoom.  The event will start at 6:00PM for parents/guardians of 9th-grade students.   There will be an all-school presentation from 6:50-7:20, and then parents/guardians will proceed through their child's schedule.

A detailed schedule for the event is found here.  Please visit the Start of School website under the schedules tab for more information: Back to School Night Information.


College Guidance Network
We are thrilled to bring our families and students a new service offering as we head into the new school year.  CCHS has signed on with the College Guidance Network, a virtual programming network specializing in demystifying the college admissions process.  This programming aims to supplement the tremendous and crucial work of our guidance department.  

The first episode airing live next Wednesday, 16 September, at 7:00 PM ET. 

Students and families will only need the link and passcode included in the messaging below to access the live episode when it airs.  You can also share the "Add to Calendar" button with your contacts so they can add it directly to their family or personal calendars. 

The full ten-episode series will provide you with expert advice on the college admissions process. Topics include how to create a balanced school list, write a persuasive essay, and apply for financial aid.  We will even take you behind the scenes to see how admissions committees actually work! Take a closer look at the full schedule of programming and speakers on their programming page. 

The first episode will air live on Wednesday, 16 September, at 7:00 PM ET: "Admissions in the time of COVID" to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on college admissions with the most up-to-date details. 

Panelists: Katie Cassino, CEO of Hobsons (Naviance); Lee Coffin, Dean of Admissions at Dartmouth; Bob Bardwell, Executive Director of Massachusetts School Counselor Association; and Nick Ducoff, author of "Better Off After College," and Emily Roper-Doten, Dean of Admission & Financial Aid, Olin College of Engineering.


The discussion will include:

How families can make the best choices in a rapidly changing environment

Changes to the Common App

Changing test policies

The increasing importance of essays

Financial aid implications

How colleges' institutional incentives may affect families

The discussion will be moderated by Lana Wong, Communications Lead from The Education Commission. 

All you need to join the episode is the Zoom link and passcode below. You can also use the "Add to Calendar" button at the bottom of the email to add the event to your personal calendar. 


Zoom link to join the live webinar on 16 September

Passcode: 614954

You don't need to take any action to register or sign-up for the episodes; I will share the Zoom link with you to view each episode two weeks before the airing date so you can add them to your family calendar. The episodes will also be posted to the College Guidance Network website for later viewing. 


Thursday, September 10, 2020

The First In-Person School Day, CCHS Athletics Webinar, Back-To-School Night, Free College Admissions Programming, & Calendly Clarification

Today was our first in-person school day, and I am under the impression we are the first high school in the state of Massachusetts to open our doors for students.  A moment of great pride for an educational community who worked tirelessly over the last few months to make today possible.  

Never perfect and always room for improvement, but it was successful, and success was not inevitable.  It required sustained and increasing efforts on the part of all concerned with educating students. We are acutely aware school remains vital to not only educating the next generation of leaders, but it is an essential ingredient to social, economic, and scholarly progress in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. 

With Gratitude,

Michael J. Mastrullo
Principal

CCHS Athletics Webinar and FAQ
When: Sep 14, 2020 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Topic: CC Athletics Q&A

Please click the link below to join the webinar:
https://concordps.zoom.us/j/95477009111?pwd=ZE1FdStVUjVNZThScnlxZjhGQXZFdz09
Passcode: 355900
Athletics FAQ
Clarification: Guidance Counselor Calendly 
The Guidance Department will utilize Calendly for scheduling with students. Parents and Guardians should email their child's counselor to schedule an appointment. 

Back To School Night at CCHS

CCHS will host a Back to School night for parents/guardians on Thursday, 17 September.  The entire event will be held virtually via Zoom.  The event will start at 6:00PM for parents/guardians of 9th-grade students.   There will be an all-school presentation from 6:50-7:20, and then parents/guardians will proceed through their child's schedule.

A detailed schedule for the event is found here.  Please visit the Start of School website under the schedules tab for more information: Back to School Night Information.


College Guidance Network
We are thrilled to bring our families and students a new service offering as we head into the new school year.  CCHS has signed on with the College Guidance Network, a virtual programming network specializing in demystifying the college admissions process.  This programming aims to supplement the tremendous and crucial work of our guidance department.  

The first episode airing live next Wednesday, 16 September, at 7:00 PM ET. 

Students and families will only need the link and passcode included in the messaging below to access the live episode when it airs.  You can also share the "Add to Calendar" button with your contacts so they can add it directly to their family or personal calendars. 

The full ten-episode series will provide you with expert advice on the college admissions process. Topics include how to create a balanced school list, write a persuasive essay, and apply for financial aid.  We will even take you behind the scenes to see how admissions committees actually work! Take a closer look at the full schedule of programming and speakers on their programming page. 

The first episode will air live on Wednesday, 16 September, at 7:00 PM ET: "Admissions in the time of COVID" to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on college admissions with the most up-to-date details. 

Panelists: Katie Cassino, CEO of Hobsons (Naviance); Lee Coffin, Dean of Admissions at Dartmouth; Bob Bardwell, Executive Director of Massachusetts School Counselor Association; and Nick Ducoff, author of "Better Off After College," and Emily Roper-Doten, Dean of Admission & Financial Aid, Olin College of Engineering.


The discussion will include:

How families can make the best choices in a rapidly changing environment

Changes to the Common App

Changing test policies

The increasing importance of essays

Financial aid implications

How colleges' institutional incentives may affect families

The discussion will be moderated by Lana Wong, Communications Lead from The Education Commission. 

All you need to join the episode is the Zoom link and passcode below. You can also use the "Add to Calendar" button at the bottom of the email to add the event to your personal calendar. 


Zoom link to join the live webinar on 16 September

Passcode: 614954

You don't need to take any action to register or sign-up for the episodes; I will share the Zoom link with you to view each episode two weeks before the airing date so you can add them to your family calendar. The episodes will also be posted to the College Guidance Network website for later viewing. 


 

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

SAT Information, Traffic Flow, Back to School Information & More

All,

After months of time, energy, and great effort the day where students arrive is finally here.  We can't wait to see them.  

Below is some important information regarding the start of school.  Some of this has been shared several times and all of it can be viewed on the Start of School Website, but we wanted to touch base and wish everyone a great first week of school.  And so it begins......

Michael J. Mastrullo
Principal






Start of School Website
All of the pertinent information regarding the start of school can be found at this website:

If you have a question, the above site will likely contain the answer.

Parent Presentation
Food Services Information
Please see the document below for information from Mr. MacKnight regarding food services this year.

Student Contract
Be sure to log into Aspen to complete the review and sign off on the student contact.  You will find the sign off in the announcement section of your Aspen homepage.  This signoff must be completed today (Tues, 9/8)

Guidance Counselor Calendly Links
The document below gives you the links to your guidance counselor's Calendly schedule where you can sign up for an appointment
SAT Information

As communicated last week, CCHS is pleased to announce that we will host the School Day SAT on Wednesday, October 14.

To sign up for the test, please have your parents/guardians go to MySchoolBucks.com and sign up for the test.  There are two options that are available:

1. SAT without the essay ($62)
2. SAT with the essay ($78)

The deadline to sign up is on MSB is Sunday, September 13 at 11:59PM.  If you are registering for a test with College Board approved accommodations, please have the SSD number available.

If you have any questions, please contact Deb Mola (dmola@concordcarlisle.org).

Monday, September 7, 2020

Upcoming Events & Back-to-School Information

After months of preparation, we eagerly anticipate the start of school and welcoming all students back.  Please view the website for detailed information.  Also, I include a link to previous blog posts for your review.  Be well!


Sincerely,


Michael J. Mastrullo
Principal


Start of School Website

Previous Blog Posts



Tuesday, Sept. 8, 7:00 PM - Parent Info Session:
You can find the link to the webinar here:
https://concordps.zoom.us/j/97875703487?pwd=SnFCVVVoemNGdXN0aG9WR29EOU00UT09
Passcode: 868003

In order to allow us to be best prepared for the event, it would be helpful if you can enter your questions via the google form below.  Having your questions ahead of time will allow us to  conduct any research prior to the event and then be able to provide you the most accurate answer(s): Question Form



Wednesday, Sept. 9, 11:45 AM - Student Q&A
You can find the link to the webinar here:
https://concordps.zoom.us/j/96366512781?pwd=RkJ0dTdQb2ZiQkJKNVVodFdKZFVaUT09
Passcode: 238814

In order to allow us to be best prepared for the event, it would be helpful if you can enter your questions via the google form below.  Having your questions ahead of time will allow us to  conduct any research prior to the event and then be able to provide you the most accurate answer(s): Question Form


Monday, August 31, 2020

Important Reminders: 9th-Grade Orientation, Parking, Open Campus, & Materials Return

All,

I hope this finds you well.  As a follow up to Principal Mastrullo's blog last week, I write with a few reminders.


Parking
If you are interested in obtaining a parking spot for the 2020-2021 academic year, tomorrow (Sept 1, 11:59 pm) is the deadline to sign up.  You can find all information here are this site:

Open Campus
Tomorrow is also the deadline to submit the open/off-campus permission to ensure that students are all set at the start of the year.  You can find more information here:

Materials Return
All students would return any materials from the 2019-2020 academic year on Tuesday or Wednesday from 10:00AM - 12:30PM.  You can find more information here
Materials Collection




Saturday, August 29, 2020

Start of School Website, Handbook, Materials Pick-Up, Athletics Update, & Traffic Pattern


All,

I write to provide pertinent information on the upcoming school year that is necessary to prepare for a most unusual year on the horizon; however, we are not immune, and it is impossible to ignore national events, and we, as noted in my 8/22 Blog Post, stand united in our rebuke of racism in any form. We look forward to getting back-to-school to support our Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC).  

A tremendous effort put forth by dozens of members of our community to ensure the opening of school, and due to the unique nature of this pending school year, these efforts consumed so much of our time and energy.  This required tireless efforts and focused energy, but this will not get in the way of the vital work, which is led by our District Cultural Competency and Anti-Racism Committee This work includes a tireless and relentless pursuit of a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive school environment where all members feel recognized, respected, and valued.  

We must do our part to help with the long-lasting, sustainable change that is needed. It requires dialogue, action, along with our energy, and resources.  We need to do everything we can to play our part in improving our school, the towns it serves, and beyond.  

Please read on for essential updates on the upcoming school year.  Be well.

Sincerely,

Michael J. Mastrullo
Principal


I want to thank all members of our school community who helped prepare for the upcoming school year.  A special thank you to the two Assistant Principals, Brian Miller and Katie Stahl, for their significant efforts during this challenging time. 

CCHS Opening of School Website
As promised,  I share a Start of School Website that houses essential information.  


Previous Blog Posts


Athletics Update
By Aaron Joncas, Athletic Director

Dear Students and Parents, 

I write with an update regarding fall athletics. As you may have seen, the Governor's Office and the MIAA voted to allow the following high school sports this fall: golf, cross-country, field hockey, girls' volleyball, and soccer. However, several decisions need to be made before we have the green light at CCHS. The only certainty is that high school athletics will look much different than in previous years. 

  • The DCL voted to move Girls' Volleyball to the Fall 2 season. The main factors in this decision were concerns about the safety of indoor sports and the lack of gym space throughout the league due to gyms being used as classrooms, overflow cafeteria space, and community centers. This news is understandably disappointing for volleyball players. Please know that we exhausted every option to play this season, but it simply could not be done. 
  • The MIAA released sport-specific modifications today, which you can review here
  • Now that the modifications are available, each district will review plans with the administrative team and school committee to determine if athletics can be conducted safely
  • If plans are approved at the local level, the Dual County League will finalize scheduling. 
While the MIAA voted to start the fall season on September 18th, the DCL voted to start on September 21st in observance of Rosh Hashanah. Therefore, registration on FamilyID will remain open through September 7th. Please note that the state law regarding physicals remains in effect - exams are good for 13 months to the date and must be conducted in-person for students to participate in athletics (physicals administered on 9/1/19 expire 10/1/20, for example). Physical exams can be emailed to Aaron Joncas, Athletic Director, at ajoncas@concordcarlisle.org, and Lisa Koski, School Nurse, at lkoski@concordcarlisle.org. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of assistance. 

Sincerely,
 Aaron Joncas






Reminder (Returning Student Materials)
For all CCHS students, there will be an opportunity to return all books and materials from the 2019-2020 School year.
When: Mon 8/31, Tues 9/1, Wed 9/2
Time: 10:00am-12:30pm
Students - Please put a Sticky Note (or tape a piece of paper) on the outside of EACH Book/Item being returned, in ONE bag, with the following information:
Student Name, YOG and Teacher Name
Drop off will be outside, at the Front Entrance of the school. Please drive up and a staff member will take items from the car, masks need to be worn at that time.
 If you are not able to make one of these drop-off days, please plan to bring all of your materials to be returned on the first day of school. Thank you!
2020 Yearbook orders 
YOG '21, '22, and '23 can pick up their 2020 yearbooks during materials return as well

New CCHS Traffic Pattern













Monday, August 24, 2020

Returning Materials, Open Campus, Parking, Community Service & Bell Schedules

Dear Students and Parent/Guardians,

As noted in my previous Blog Post, we will continue to provide updates for students and families to help you prepare for the upcoming school year.  Further, we will house all correspondence in one spot for your convenience and future reference.  A link to that website will accompany our next update.  Have a great day!

Sincerely,

Michael J. Mastrullo

Katie Stahl

Brian Miller


Returning Student Materials

For all CCHS students, there will be an opportunity to return all books and materials from the 2019-2020 School year.

When: Mon 8/31, Tues 9/1, Wed 9/2

Time: 10:00am-12:30pm

Students - Please put a Sticky Note (or tape a piece of paper) on the outside of EACH Book/Item being returned, in ONE bag, with the following information:

Student Name, YOG and Teacher Name

Drop off will be outside, at the Front Entrance of the school. Please drive up and a staff member will take items from the car, masks need to be worn at that time.

 If you are not able to make one of these drop-off days, please plan to bring all of your materials to be returned on the first day of school. Thank you!

2020 Yearbook orders 

YOG '21, '22, and '23 can pick up their 2020 yearbooks during materials return as well


Information on Parking, Open Campus & Community Service

Parking, Open Campus, Community Service 2020-2021


Bell & Student Cohort Schedule

Concord Carlisle High School 2020-2021 Bell Schedule

Concord Carlisle High School Student Cohort Calendar