Sunday, November 11, 2018

Veterans Day

Today, 11 November we pause to say thank you to the men and women of the armed forces. We observe Veterans Day tomorrow, 12 November, and we officially thank them as a nation annually on 11 November, but they deserve a thank you every day. 

Lest one not forget the roughly 1.4 million active members of the military all enlisted voluntarily. A fact so ingrained it is easy to take for granted. I think we all wish militaries were not necessary, but they are, and they always have been, and they always will be. Recorded history bears that out.   

Under current law, all male US citizens are required to register with the Selective Service within 30 days of their 18th birthday. The Selective Service System maintains information on those potentially subject to military conscription. 

Conscription, commonly known as the draft, has been implemented in the US five times. The American Revolution, the Civil War, World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Compulsory, or mandatory military service, exists in roughly 26 countries including some United States allies like Norway, Finland, Israel, Turkey, and South Korea, to name a few. 

Stating the obvious, but the fact that young men and women voluntarily serve in the United States means those who wish not to serve, don't have to serve. This fact should not be taken for granted. 

The sacrifice made to serve our country can only be known by those serving, but the tremendous sacrifice is broader than the men and women in uniform.  Mothers, fathers, siblings, husbands, wives, and children of members of the military all sacrifice greatly. 

I am proud to say that both my grandfathers, my uncle, and my father all served in the Army.  One grandfather served in the Pacific during WWII.  

The other parachuted into France the night before the D-Day invasion.  I have often wondered how he felt boarding the plane. Surrounded by scared men to his left and right, what was going through his mind as he shuffled to the door, jumped from the plan, and floated to the ground? He was wounded in the war but survived. My uncle was shot in the jungles of Vietnam.  Also wounded but survived. 

I was too young to thank my grandfathers for their service, and I never told my uncle that I was grateful and proud.  Opportunities missed, so thank you, Henry, thank you, Tom, thank you, David, thank you, James.  I draw strength from their service, as whatever the perceived hardship I am enduring at any given time pales in comparison. 


Republicans and Democrats are more divided along ideological lines than at any point in my lifetime. Regardless of what side of the aisle you align yourself with politically, we should all agree the men and women of our nation's military deserve our gratitude.  

The great Winston Churchill once said, "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few." He was referring to a time more troubling, but I think it applies to all Veterans.  


I encourage you to find a Veterans Day Ceremony this weekend.  Sit quietly and listen, and when the service is over walk up to a Veteran, extend your hand, and say thank you. It is the least we can do. 


With Gratitude,



Michael J. Mastrullo


Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Gabrielle Shieh, MVP Club, Maheeb Rabbani & Boxed Water, Fall Sports Updates, Japan and Denmark Exchange, Outdoor Club, and More

At CCHS we are fortunate to have relationships with students from across the globe. Not only do they enrich the lives of students, families, and the educational community as a whole, but these small cross-cultural exchanges help foster friendships between citizens of foreign countries that belies the divisive foreign policy rhetoric. I am heartened to learn our relationships with the citizens of Japan, Denmark, Ecuador, to name a few, are not impacted by words and actions beyond our control.  In fact, there is reason to believe they are strengthened.  

Today is November 6th and the much anticipated mid-term elections are here.  Exercising our privilege to vote is not something to be taken for granted.  Nor is the fact that votes will be cast but power will not be seized by revolution, or by a military coup, but rather a democratic process that allows all citizens of voting age in this country to exercise their right to vote.  Unfortunately, nearly half of voting age citizens won't cast a vote, which in essence is a vote for indifference. Minus the rhetoric, we will have a peaceful transfer of power with seats being exchanged between our duopoly known as the Democratic and Republican parties. Large implications loom for both the House of Representatives and the Senate.  If nothing else, it will be interesting.  Cast your vote!





Japan Delegation
CCHS proudly welcomed the 29th annual delegation from our sister school in Nanae, Hokkaido, Japan. 

Video with more info: https://vimeo.com/52327898

All week long students, teachers, administrators along with other Nanae dignitaries visited our school. They visited classrooms at the high school and Willard elementary school. They watched athletic events, enjoyed local landmarks and the homes of those gracious enough to welcome them for the week. 

Special thanks to Dr. David Nurenberg for his leadership overseeing this partnership with our sister school in Nanae. To commemorate our nearly three decade old friendship with Japan David helped design a gorgeous plague that is displayed near the entrance of the school.  Along with David,  I want to thank all those who welcomed our friends from Nanae. You showed them the same wonderful hospitality that they show CCHS students on our reciprocal trips to Nanae. 


Danish Exchange
By Greg Coan
Our Danish friends departed on Sunday after an active week in CCHS, Boston, and Concord. This year we hosted twenty-one visiting students, two teachers, and two administrators. Fifteen CCHS students are participating in the exchange program and we had four generous families acting as hosts to handle the overflow. Thank you to the entire community for welcoming the students and adults into your homes and classrooms. The program continues to grow and flourish.

Highlights this year included historic walking tours of Boston, Walden, and Concord. The Danish group also explored both Harvard and MIT along with the Harvard Art Museum.  A bit of shopping was also done at Copley Place. After a fabulous group potluck dinner on Friday, CCHS students spent time with their guests doing everything from being scared at Witches Woods, dancing at the Spectrum Dance, playing laser tag and experiencing a fall nor'easter. Most importantly we witnessed new friendships being forged among the students. We look forward to our visit to Denmark this April.





Fall Athletic Update
By Aaron Joncas

After winning the Sportsmanship Award at the Marlborough Invitational the Cheerleading won the DCL Championship Thursday evening.  They move on to compete in the Regionals. Checkout their impressive performance.  https://youtu.be/bfWA-oW4eHU

Congratulations to our student-athletes and coaches on a fall season that continues with postseason play. Our students are representing CCHS with determination and integrity each time they head out to compete. Highlights include:

Boys' and Girls' Cross-Country both won the DCL Championship. Matt Kleiman and Emma Kerimo were the overall Varsity winners in their races. The teams compete in the EMass Championship and the All-State Meet on Nov. 10th and 17th.

Varsity Football lost in the 1st round of the MIAA Playoff Friday night vs. Lynn English in an incredibly exciting game featuring several big plays down the stretch. The team was within a 2-point conversion of leading or tying the game twice within the last few minutes in the 4th Quarter. They also traveled to Billerica and fought hard in a tough loss 34-21.  

Field Hockey lost in the state tournament to a tough Belmont team.  I am proud of our team. as they competed for the entire game and had some great scoring chances. Good luck to our Seniors.  

Volleyball beat Wellesley in the 1st Round tournament matchup on Friday night but lost a difficult five-set match last night.  Congratulations on another great season.

Boys' and Girls' Soccer both advanced with decisive 4-0 and 6-0 victories in the 1st Round. 
The girls will host Arlington HS on Tuesday at CC's Memorial Field at 630pm in Round 2 of D2 Soccer Playoffs, and the boys will host Boston Latin with both time and date to be determined.  

Stay tuned for more updates as our teams continue to compete in the playoffs.  

Gabrielle Shieh, AJGA All-American
Congratulations to Gabrielle Shieh for her selection to the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) Scholastic All-America team.

Every year, the AJGA recognizes the academic and athletic efforts of its members through the Transamerica Scholastic Junior All-America Team.  Only twelve junior/senior boys and girls receive this honor.  Those selected are invited to the Rolex Tournament of Champions (November 2018). Congratulations, Gabrielle


Gabrielle Shieh

Carlisle, Mass. (2020)
Best 2018 finish: 4th, Junior Golf Hub Championship presented by John D. Mineck Foundation


Community involvement: Volunteered to make a website and help run a charity event in her community for a fallen police officer, co-captain of co-ed varsity golf team, volunteer at Open Table


Complete List of National Winners




CCHS Colonial Sound
Boxed Water, a metal band formed by the guitarist Maheeb Rabbani has released an EP on Bandcamp. Maheeb is joined by fellow seniors Jason Fletcher on bass guitar, Caleb Cramer on drums, and vocalist Alessandro Lopresti. Peter Albanese, a junior, plays guitar. This much anticipated release represents many hours of dedication and hard work at Colonial Sound.  Many thanks to talented CCHS staff member and Colonial Sound engineer, Owen Curtain for his great work with CCHS students.  

Maheeb Rabbani 
Caleb Cramer 
Alessandro Lopresti 

Peter Albanese (2020)


Outdoor Club
By Patrick Savage
Twelve members of the Outdoor Club continued the Kicks for Cancer momentum and volunteered their time at the Edith Nourse Veteran’s Hospital in Bedford. It was the 15th Annual Vettes to Vets event where over 650 corvettes parade into the campus to provide the veterans a fun car show to attend before the cold of winter keeps them inside. Students were there to help wheelchair-bound veterans get out of the hospital and onto the grounds where they could enjoy the amazing cars, live band, and an excellent cookout. For many of the veterans getting outside is a challenge that can only be met with the help of others. Students did a wonderful job in this role with physical effort and smiles all around. 

Students in attendance: Evan Field, Ashley Burpee, Rachel Hayes, Mia Taylor, Juliet Taylor, Natalie Slade, Henry Slade, Duncan Stephenson, Danny Harrington, Olivia Coutre, Porter Coutre, Chris Park.


Volunteer Service Specialist Kevin Dougherty said “we truly appreciate your willingness to come in and volunteer for the afternoon, making our largest event of the year so incredibly special for our Veterans. You and your students are absolutely the best!” 




MVP Club
On Wednesday, Oct. 10, some members of the MVP Club (Mentors in Violence Prevention), Ms. Slocum, and Mr. Carpenter attended the Game Change Leadership Summit hosted by Robert Kraft and the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium.   Game Change: the Patriots Anti-Violence Partnership is a grant provided in collaboration with Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey.  This program has provided training to thousands of students and teachers at more than 120 high schools across the state, including CCHS.

As part of domestic violence awareness month, hundreds of students and teachers attended the summit at Gillette Stadium to discuss best practices for teaching their peers about recognizing the signs of an unhealthy or abusive relationships. Kraft and Healey spoke at the summit and MVP Club advisor, Ms. Slocum, moderated a panel discussion for teachers.  The CCHS MVP Club aims to provide another student training this year pending funding.  Stay tuned if you are interested in getting involved with the MVP Club to help prevent gender-based violence in all of its forms!



MassCUE
Brian Miller and Terry Smolka represented CCHS well with a presentation at the MassCue conference.  I include their presentation for your education and review.  

Rule your School! Manage Workflows Effectively & Efficiently with Google Forms, Sheets & Add-ons

MassCUE is a resource-rich, vibrant network of educators providing New England's premier educational technology conference as well as ongoing, high-quality professional learning opportunities, including specialized webinars, workshops, camps, onsite learning tours and more.



Boys Hockey Community Service
The Boys Hockey team had a fantastic teambuilding fundraiser a few weeks ago.  They sold, delivered and stacked a total of 16 cords of kiln-dried firewood to over 40 locations in Concord and Carlisle.   

Captain Charlie Cook, and Assistant Captains Brad Labadini and Jack Perkins were able to mobilize players for a teambuilding success for students as well parents.   Everyone pitched in and had a good time. 

Thank you to parents Alden Perkins, Tina Labadini, and Lori Cook for helping to organize the event that included 25 student-athletes, 10 parents, five trucks and 40 delivery locations. 

Student PR Team
We assembled a fantastic student-led PR team that aims to cover all things CCHS. CCHS students Ellen Su, Grace Jennings, Ted Sweeney, and Gabby Shih make a fantastic team, and we look forward to showcasing their coverage throughout the year.  

The best opportunity to see their work is to follow us on Instagram and Facebook.





Halloween
Halloween is always a fun day at CCHS.  I include some great pictures along with costume winners. Many thanks to the beloved Lou Ann Franke for all the wonderful pictures.  

For more Halloween pictures click here.  









National Student Emmy Award
Congratulations to CCHS graduates Ben Tull, Alexis Kirkpatrick, and Burke Hutchinson for winning the National Student Emmy award. Rob Carter from the Concord Journal recently wrote a piece on this amazing achievement

 Concord Journal Article



Thursday, November 1, 2018

CCHS Parent Event: Minding Your Mind, An Evening of Education About Mental Health



“JUST TALK ABOUT IT” An evening of education about mental health
LISTEN to a young adult speaker share first-hand experiences
LEARN how to bring these lessons into your own life
LEAVE with a greater understanding of signs, symptoms, and how to seek help.

November 6, 2018, 7-8:30pm CCHS Auditorium ALL PARENTS WELCOME!!!

November 6, 2018

7-8:30pm
ALL PARENTS WELCOME!!!
CCHS Auditorium


Jon Mattleman

Across all of his work, Jon brings warmth, understanding, and patience...plus a healthy dose of humor! In his over 35 years of experience as a therapist and presenter, clients have felt comforted by his ability to acknowledge that the challenges they face are complex – and often downright exhausting! In acknowledgment of this, his work is grounded in delivering tools that can be implemented in real time. To learn more about Jon please visit http://www.jonmattleman.com


Andrew Onimus

Andrew had it all entering his senior year at Muhlenberg College. He was a starting defensive back for the football team, named captain of the track and field team, and already had a full-time position upon graduation with a large accounting firm in Philadelphia. However, an injury in the first game of the season caused drastic changes for him. Andrew hid his struggles until he experienced suicidal ideations. With a strong support group behind him, Andrew began taking the needed steps toward recovery. The overwhelmingly positive feedback he received inspired him to continue talking about mental health.




Wednesday, October 31, 2018

A Note on The Tragic Events Last Week

I include an email sent to students and staff on Monday. We held a moment of silence and encouraged everyone to complete a random act of kindness. Although a small gesture, it is needed to counter a national discourse that often can be described as divisive, but more alarming are attempts to normalize rhetoric that is insulting, bigoted, racist, and anti-Semitic. Words are damaging enough, but there are frightful consequences when words turn into action. The Mayor of Pittsburgh characterized the events on Monday as, "the darkest day of Pittsburgh's history." Another sad and tragic day.  

Monday, 29 October

Dear Students & Staff,

We live in an era of endless tragic news reports.  With the consistent inundation of horrific news updates in our 24-hour news cycle, it is possible to become desensitized to the senseless killings. Last Wednesday a man tried to enter a predominately black church only to be thwarted by a locked door.  He shot and killed two innocent people in a Kroger's store in what appears to be a hate crime.  Prominent Democrats were targeted with explosives for their affiliation with a political party.  Saturday's shooting at a Synagogue in Pittsburgh claimed the lives of 11 people and injured six more including four police officers.  It goes without saying that all murder is horrible, but killing in a school or place of worship is an attack on all of us.  Places where innocent people gather as part of a community to learn, or places where people gather to promote peace and to worship together.  Members of the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh where attending a baby naming ceremony. 

Students and staff of color and Jewish students and staff may be dealing with emotions of fear and anxiety today.  We have witnessed a steady increase in hate crimes according to the Anti Defamation League.  The Charlottesville rally was alarming and eye-opening for many of us, and two hate crime-related murders in Kentucky and Pittsburgh occurred in less than a week.  Students, staff, and families are undoubtedly shaken by these events, and it serves as an unnerving reminder that life is fragile, that life is precious, that life can be taken in an instant, and evil exists in the world, and people want to do bodily harm and murder because of one's race, or political affiliation, or sexual orientation, or religious beliefs, or some other "we" vs. "they" category that devalues life and fails to recognize our collective humanity. 

We need to support each other in difficult times and encourage those impacted to get help and utilize systems of support both at school and outside of school.  We need to take care of each other and wake up every day with the intention of contributing to the well-being of others."  This mantra is important every day but desperately needed in times such as this.  

Following the Pledge of Allegiance tomorrow we will hold a moment of silence to honor those lost. I encourage everyone to stand against hate and complete a random act of kindness tomorrow. 

Friday, October 12, 2018

Ravin Nanda, YA Galley, Parent-Teacher Conferences, Early Release Information, & More







YA Galley Book Review Club
Some members of the CCHS YA Galley Book Review Club recently participated in two events, the Boston Teen Author Festival and a focus group at the Concord Free Public Library. 

These impressive students along with their endlessly talented adviser, Dr. Robin Cichetti,  who is the librarian and AP Capstone teacher at CC, provided feedback on the proposed design of the new spaces at the library. The dedicated teen space, programming ideas, and furnishings are going to be amazing!


Early Release
It is with great excitement that we are looking forward to our first early release day next Wednesday, October 17.  This professional development is the culmination of over 12 months of work spanning several committees. We are grateful to the members of these various committees and to the educators who have developed these professional learning opportunities.


We will have four early release days this year (October 17, 2018, December 12, 2018, February 6, 2019, & April 3, 2019).  A few logistical notes about these four days:
  • One these four Wednesday afternoons, students will be dismissed at 11:15 AM  
  • The full bell schedule for the week can be found here on the second tab
  • Busses will run immediately after school and then again during the normal late bus times
  • All sports will begin at their regular times


Tutors will be available in the Homework Club in room 308 from 11:15 - 2:45 pm to provide additional academic assistance.  We encourage all students to make use of this resource.




Educators will be exploring one of four paths during the early release professional development.
  • Path A - Special Education Report Recommendations & Implementation
  • Path B - Instructional Methods
  • Path C - Social Emotional Learning / Teen Mental Health
  • Path D - Interdisciplinary Work
If you are interested in learning more about these four paths, you can read a more details description here.

Once again I want to commend the CCHS staff early release path leaders (listed below) for their hard work and effort developing some impressive professional development for our staff.  







Ravin Nanda
Please check out this fantastic, unique performance by CCHS senior, Ravin Nanda.

By Owen Curtain
Ravin Nanda class of 2018 performed Patnam Subramanya Iyer's, "Raghuvamsa Sudha." on the Veena. He said, "I started playing the Veena when I was 7 years old after seeing it for the first time on a family vacation to India. I was so fascinated by how unique it seemed, and I’ve found that it keeps me connected to my roots." 

He is accompanied by Acton - Boxborough student Raghav Jayakrishna who played the Mridangam. Video of his performance and the performances of may other CCHS students can be found on the Colonial Sound Youtube Channel. Watch him now! 


https://youtu.be/UyHrLjO7thI



Jocotoco Biodiversity Video

Check out the highlights from a trip our students, along with CCHS math teachers Sara Kiesselbach and Sandy Haupt, participated in last year. A Biodiversity/Biostatistics trip is planned for June '19.

Jocotoco Video




Parent-Teacher Conferences
Parent-teacher conferences are scheduled for Thursday, November 8th from 2:00 - 8:30pm. They provide an opportunity for parents to connect on an individual basis with some of their child’s teachers.  Signups will open next Wednesday, October 17 at 8:00 PM. We will be sending out more information about the sign-up early next week.


Trip Information
We held a trip fair on Wednesday, 10 October.  During this time, students and families had an opportunity to explore the variety of domestic and international learning experiences we are offering. This slide deck outlines many of the trips.

We are still in the process of finalizing the trip details (dates, costs, application, etc.) and will be in touch in the coming week with this information.


Center for Parents & Teachers
By Sally Quinn Reed

Starting the Conversation:
Presented by Jon Cohan, CADC

Two-part program held on Thursday evenings, October 18th and 25th – 7:30 PM to 9 PM Location: Ripley Administration Building 120 Meriam Road, Concord (park in back and enter through doors off the back lot) 

Fee: Your payment of $40 for both sessions supports the ongoing work of our nonprofit. No one will be turned away if not able to pay the fee (just contact us at cpt@concordps.org and type “October 18th workshop” in the subject line). 

Pre-registration is required – seats are limited! Please go to https://talkingtochildrenaboutdrugsoctober2018.eventbrite.com


Student PR Team
We assembled a fantastic student-led PR team that aims to cover all things CCHS.  Their first assignment was Kicks for Cancer, and I include a few of their videos below. CCHS students Ellen Su, Grace Jennings, Ted Sweeney, and Gabby Shih make a fantastic team, and we look forward to showcasing their coverage throughout the year.  In addition to the videos below, I have included some pictures they snapped while covering engineering and biology labs and CCHS senior Ravin Nanda making music.  

The best opportunity to see their work is to follow us on Instagram and Facebook.


Kicks for Cancer Video Via Instagram

Kicks for Cancer Video Via Facebook

More Kicks for Cancer Video Clips



CCHS Roof Camera and Lightning Alerting System 
By Ned Roos
Some of you may not be aware of the handy equipment we have on our roof in addition to heating/cooling machinery and WIQH's radio tower.  As part of our weather station system under the auspices of the Science Department, we also have a steerable video camera and a system to warn us if there's a lightning strike in the area!

What can you use the camera for in addition to looking at the weather?   

You can check traffic in the parking lot (at least most of it):


You can watch a game

You can catch a glimpse of Kicks for Cancer Soccer (only one day in September, though)


You can view roof conditions...for ice, snow, and birds

Also on the roof, but separate from the camera, the Outdoor Alerting System illuminates a strobe light and sounds a warning horn when lightning strikes are detected within 8 miles of our location. The system can be configured to be active all the time or only during certain hours.  At the moment, we have it running during the school day into early evening on weekdays, and from early in the morning until evening on weekends to cover the normal activity schedule on our fields.

The lightning alerting system can also send emails or text messages when it's activated.  So coaches and the Athletic Directors can receive personal messages when there's a risk to our staff and student-athletes.  



Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Kicks for Cancer, Student PR Team, & Trip Presentations



The school year has a certain rhythm to it with discernible mile markers along the way. Holidays, the beginning and end of sports seasons,  concerts, progress reports, theater productions, the end of a quarter or semester, prom, graduation for seniors, Q5 for underclassmen, etc. Countless stops, both large and small, greet us along our school-year journey. We have a few signature events; none of which are bigger, or more important, than Kicks for Cancer.  It is a true community-wide event with contributions, both large and small, from hundreds of individuals.

Soccer coach and integral part of the Kicks-for-Cancer Team, Ray Pavlik added this about KFC: "This has turned into an amazing community event that would not be possible without the efforts of the hundreds of volunteers who helped chaperone the dance, man the ticket and information booths and cheer on the runners.  Whether you danced, cheered, played, ran or volunteered, you made a difference." Assistant Coach Steve Wells marveled at what at KFC has become.  "It is such an amazing event that brings the community together for a great cause." 

The 2018 rendition was historic on several levels. Starting with the Pink Dance on Friday night, Sticks for Cancer and Kicks for Cancer on Saturday, and the newly added Mighty Moose 5K on Sunday, (Mighty Moose Video) we raised over 115,000 dollars to help support ovarian research at Dana Farber under the direction of Dr. Ursula Matulonis. 

It is amazing to think the money we raised will be used to help with a new early detection system that is hoping to move forward and gain FDA approval.  Our Contributions will help to speed up that process, and potentially save lives.  


Meri-Sue Nuzum, Chairperson for KFC, had this to say about Kicks. "I am sending out this simple, deeply heartfelt thank you to ALL the volunteers, teams, and supporters of Kicks for Cancer 2018.  The 12th annual KFC was an amazing weekend of fantastic weather, incredible sporting events, joyous celebrations of life and awe-inspiring tributes to those we love who battle cancer. It was an extraordinary community event."  

Below I include detailed information about Dr. Ursula Matulonis and more about the research under her direction along with two Boston Globe articles honoring Jenna Swaim and Ash Baird.



PDF Version: Ash Baird & Jenna Hoge Swain 





Dr. Ursula Matulonis Bio

Ursula A. Matulonis, MD is Chief, Division of Gynecologic Oncology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Her research focuses on targeted therapies for gynecologic malignancies, with a specific interest in the genetic changes in ovarian cancer and how that can lead to rationale targeted drug selection. Dr. Matulonis is the Principal Investigator of several clinical trials and translational studies for ovarian cancer. Dr. Matulonis is a Co-PI on an ovarian cancer SPORE project entitled “Identification of Oncogenic Mutations in Ovarian Cancer,” and a Co-PI on the project “Genetic relationships between breast and ovarian cancer” that is funded by the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. She is also a past recipient of a DF/HCC Ovarian Cancer SPORE Developmental Grant entitled “Genetic Fingerprinting of Ovarian Cancer.” 

Dr. Matulonis serves on the National Comprehensive Cancer Network Ovarian Cancer Recommendation and Guideline Committee for both ovarian cancer and for the treatment of anemia, the Gynecologic Oncology Group Quality of Life Committee, a member of The Cancer Genome Atlas Project (TCGA) Endometrial Analysis Working Group, and is Medical Director and Board Member for the non-profit organization Ovations for the Cure. She is a recipient of the Dennis Thompson Compassionate Care Scholar award, the Lee Nadler “Extra Mile” Award, and was named one of Boston’s Best Physicians in Medical Oncology by Boston Magazine numerous times. She serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

After receiving her MD from Albany Medical College, she completed an internship and residency at the University of Pittsburgh, followed by a medical oncology fellowship at Dana-Farber.


Clinical Trials in Gynecologic Malignancies
The Medical Gynecologic Oncology Program serves as the infrastructure for clinical and translational research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Our research involves testing novel drugs and biologics in newly diagnosed as well as recurrent gynecologic tumors: ovarian, endometrial, cervical, vaginal, and vulvar cancers. A list of ongoing clinical trials is available via our website. Our integrated team of medical oncologists, gynecologic oncology surgeons, radiation oncologists, gynecologic oncology pathologists, clinical research team, and basic science researchers are immersed in a number of translational projects. Examples of ongoing projects include the expression profiling and genotyping of ovarian cancer and the study of circulating tumor cells in ovarian cancer. 

Thank you to the Kicks for Cancer sponsors who so generously gave for a great cause.  





CCHS Trip Presentation Evening Reminder
By Laurie Fortunato
Families and students are invited to the annual CCHS Trip Presentation tonight, Wednesday, October 10th, from 6-7:00pm in the Learning Commons.  This event will showcase all of the trips that CCHS teachers are offering in the coming year as well as some running next year.  We hope you will join us to learn about the exciting opportunities for students and gather information to help with your planning.


Student PR Team
We assembled a fantastic student-led PR team that aims to cover all things CCHS.  Their first assignment was Kicks for Cancer, and I include a few of their videos below. CCHS students Ellen Su, Grace Jennings, Ted Sweeney, and Gabby Shih make a fantastic team, and we look forward to showcasing their coverage throughout the year.  In addition to the videos below, I have included some pictures they snapped while covering engineering and biology labs and CCHS senior Ravin Nanda making music.  

The best opportunity to see their work is to follow us on Instagram and Facebook.


Kicks for Cancer Video Via Instagram

Kicks for Cancer Video Via Facebook

More Kicks for Cancer Video Clips