For me, the end of the calendar year brings reflection. Always wondering where the year went, and marveling at the growth of my children. At the beginning of the school year, we challenged CCHS students to work hard, demonstrate grit, find balance, while reminding them to enjoy the journey. Further, we asked that they wake up every day with the intention of making CCHS a better place and positively contributing the well-being of others. They have risen to these challenges.
Six months on the job I am thoroughly impressed by the dedication and commitment of the staff, I am impressed by the manner in which the communities of Carlisle, Boston and Concord value education, and I am so very impressed by our student's abilities; however, I am more impressed with the people they are. Kind, compassionate, respectful, and ready and willing to make a difference in the world. We are all so very blessed to walk through these doors each and every day.
A well-deserved respite is on the horizon, and it is our sincere hope students enjoy the largely school work free break and spend quality time with family and friends. On behalf of the entire CCHS community, I wish you all Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year.
In this final post of 2016, I included a letter I wrote to the student-athletes for the athletic programs. The winter season is off and running with 485 student-athletes competing in 9 different sports: basketball, wrestling, fencing, nordic ski, alpine ski, track, swimming, diving, and ice hockey.
Also, scroll down for information about CC Bands & Orchestra Winter Concert this evening. It will surely be a truly exceptional performance.
I am proud to say that some of my fondest memories in life are derived from my experiences in high school athletics. The memories born from these experiences, and the bonds formed during my high school athletic career, live on today. This fact serves as a testament to the profound impact sports can have on a young student-athlete.
Vince Lombardi, the late legendary coach of the Green Bay Packers once said: “The spirit, the will to win, and the will to excel are the things that endure. These qualities are so much more important than the events that occur.”
I believe it to be true, that the qualities and virtues learned on the playing field are universal skills that will help you succeed in whatever endeavor you so choose. The life lessons I have learned through athletics are far too many to list, but chief among them are teamwork, a disciplined work ethic, and learning how to succeed in the face of what appears to be insurmountable odds.
As a society, we revere success but often fail to recognize process. The hard work, sacrifice, commitment, and dedication necessary to succeed are things that only you and your teammates can truly comprehend. It is important to note, however, that the lessons learned in the face of defeat can exceed those learned in winning, as one of the secrets of life is to fall down eight times and to get up nine. It is easy to demonstrate sportsmanship when victorious, but the true judge of one’s character can best be determined when you are exposed to defeat.
Competition and learning how to compete are vital to your future success. Whether in a rink, on a court, on the mat, in the pool, on the slopes, the field, or the track, I look forward to watching our student-athletes compete. I know you will make us proud. See you at the game.
Michael J. Mastrullo
You’re Invited to the CC Bands and Orchestra Winter Concert!
Thursday, December 22 at 7 pm in the CCHS Auditorium
Come for an evening of music – including some holiday favorites – performed by our talented band and orchestra students
* Orchestra * Repertory Band * Jazz Band * Concert Band *