Friday, June 25, 2021

CCHS Chorus Emmy Awards Ceremony

 44th Annual Boston/New England Emmy Awards


The CCHS Chorus video

"You Raise Me Up"  

received three Emmy® nominations!


 

The Boston/New England Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) accorded the nominations in the three categories below.  In two of the categories, we are included with entries from the BSO, so everyone is pretty excited to be in such distinguished company!  NATAS will present the Emmy® Awards Ceremony as a virtual event on Saturday, June 26, 2021, at 7:00 pm ET.

 

We are nominated in three categories: 

  • Best Arts and Entertainment Program
  • Best Cinematography/Photography 
  • Best Sound/Audio

Best Arts & Entertainment Program

Joseph Maar, Director/Executive Producer 

Deborah Smith, Choral Director/Executive Producer 

Isabelle Germino, Producer 

Owen Curtin, Audio Producer

 

Best Photography – Short Form 

Joseph Maar, Director of Photography 

Isabelle Germino, Cinematographer 

Mark Pauley, Senior Videographer 

Peter Maar '18, Lead Drone Videographer 

Joshua White '22, Drone Videographer 

Pam DeBarros, Videographer 

Sheila Dohmann, Videographer

 

Best Audio

Deborah Smith, Sound/Audio Producer 

Owen Curtin, Sound Editing, Postproduction and Mastering


Click below to watch the broadcast:









- Deborah Smith, CCHS Director of Choirs

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Mentors and Sponsors Needed For The CCHS Robotics Team


CCHS Robotics Team

The Concord-Carlisle High School FIRST Robotics team is looking for mentors and sponsors.  The CCHS First team consists of approximately 25 students across four grades.  Each year, beginning in January, we design and build a robot to enter into the FIRST Robotics competition held in the spring. 


Many technical companies sponsor first teams.  During the past year, we were very fortunate to have Analog Devices as a sponsor as well as being funded by the Concord Carlisle Regional School District.   We are seeking to obtain more sponsors to offset rising costs. 


The robot we build is an electrical-mechanical-software device that performs specific and challenging tasks.  Currently, our software programming is done in Java.  Competition tasks require both human control and autonomous operation of the robot.  We design and build all of the mechanisms on the robot, primarily using aluminum.   Our fabrication facility consists of a variety of drill presses and saws (band, table, miter), a CNC milling machine, 3D printer, and laser cutter.


The CCHS Robotics Team needs mentors that have the ability and desire to collaborate with and guide high school students.  Having work or teaching experience in software, programming, electrical, or mechanical engineering or as an electrician, carpenter, fabricator or technician is desirable. Another requirement is the ability to dedicate a minimum of 10 hours per week during the competition season, which runs from the 1st Saturday in January until the end of March.  The season is modeled after an industry project with the release of robot performance tasks at the beginning of January,   FIRST 2020 Game Reveal.  The design, prototype, build, and test phases are followed by two weekend-long competitions.


The following links provide additional information on the FIRST Robotics Program and our team.


FIRST Vision and Mission


CCHS 2020 Season Team Video


Please complete the Mentor Interest Form or the Sponsor Interest Form Become a Sponsor if you are interested in becoming a mentor or a sponsor of our team.  If you know anyone else who may be interested, please pass feel free to forward this information to them.


If you have any questions or would like additional information please contact me epicard@concordcarlisle.org or Coach Hickman at  whickman80@gmail.com.


Thank you,

Elaine Picard & Walter Hickman

CCHS Robotics Coaches


Good Old A Cappella, Thank You to CCHSPA President, 50th Anniversary CCHS Art Show, 2021 NEADS Award Winner, MSEF Award Winner

Below I share a few of many highlights from our great students. They remain an inspiration and the driving force to work hard on their behalf. Please read on to review these highlights.  I want to thank every member of the CCHS Educational Community for making this year a success by any measure. A year we will not soon forget, and we eagerly anticipate better days ahead.  


Good Old A Cappella

It's simple and sweet, 

kids just singing and being themselves, 

just kind of…normal.  

After the year we’ve been through, 

normal feels pretty darn awesome.

 

We hope you enjoy the 

CCHS Select Choir 

performing “Good Old A Cappella”!


https://youtu.be/LAEEoS6Ckjs






Thank you to Karen Smith, CCHSPA President

When it comes to the PA, there are many people who deserve a thank you, particularly this year.  The efforts of parents and families to ensure a quality end-of-year experience for students are appreciated and humbling.


A special thank you goes to outgoing President Karen Smith. She quietly and humbly goes about her business to provide students with good experiences and show school staff they are appreciated.  It is time for us to return the favor and repay her in the only way we can, and that is to stand, applaud, and say THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! 



50th Anniversary CCHS Art Show @ Concord Art



Here is the link to the slideshow created by the Art Association.



This year's senior portfolio award winners are Nicola Hunt for painting, Jack Scheffel and Ruth Benyo for photography, and Jeremy Pietropaolo for ceramics.



Ruth Benyo






Jack Scheffel






Jeremy Pietropaolo





Nicola Hunt







Images from the CCA Gallery:














2021 NEADS Award Winner


Congratulations to Sophia Lester for winning the 2021 National Education for Assistance Dog Services (NEADS) Award. NEADS trains service dogs to help individuals with disabilities. This award typically goes to a junior or a senior at CCHS, but the Pathways Staff voted unanimously for Sophia to receive this award due to her tremendous citizenship and service within the CCHS Community.

Below are two links detailing the great work NEADS conducts.








MSEF Award Winner: Lauren McIlhenny

Congratulations to CCHS senior Lauren McIlhenny for winning the American Society of Microbiology Outstanding Microbiology Proposal Special Award at this year's Massachusetts Science and Engineering Fair (MSEF).

Amanda Thompson sponsored Lauren to enter the science fair. Lauren’s Science Fair work, “Increasing Cell Proliferation in Acinetobacter calcoaceticus,” investigated how to accelerate the life cycle of this bacteria to improve its use in bioremediation of industrial effluents like chromium. For this work, Lauren won the American Society of Microbiology Outstanding Microbiology Proposal Special award!
 
Please check out all of the 2021 winners at the MSEF here. Congratulations Lauren!

 

























Friday, June 4, 2021

Final Graduation Update

 

Final Graduation Update


  • Students will process into the stadium in a traditional manner.

  • Students will meet in the upper turf fields starting at 8 am.


  • Students will line up alphabetically on the upper turn fields.

  • We will leave the upper turf fields at 8:30 sharp. It will take an estimated time of 20 minutes to make our way to the stadium. We will begin to process into the stadium at 9 am. Please note, we will not wait for all students to arrive. The times included are exact, so please plan accordingly.  

  • Traffic is one way on campus. Please enter via Walden and exit via Thoreau.

  • The forecast is sunny and warm. Graduates will have water underneath their seats; we encourage guests to bring their own water.

  • We can't wait to have everyone on campus tomorrow to celebrate the Class of 2021!

Additional Details
  • Date: Saturday, June 5 (Rain Date is June 6)

  • Time: 9:00am (please begin arriving at 8:00am)

  • Tickets: Are not required for guests.

  • Seating: Families will have the option to sit in pods of 6 on the field or in the stands. All seating is first-come, first-serve.

  • Parking: Students and families should park in the lower lots and not behind the school. 

  • Masks: Attendees and staff are not required to wear masks and are encouraged to distance themselves from individuals not in their household as feasible. Attendees are encouraged to wear face coverings if they are not vaccinated.

  • Capacity: Commencements held outdoors are not subject to a capacity limit but must adhere to the social distancing requirements. 

  • Minuteman Media: (MMN) will broadcast the graduation live on cable channel 99 in Concord and Carlisle.  MMN will also stream it online at minuteman.media 

  • WIQH will broadcast (audio only, of course) live on 88.3FM in Concord and Carlisle.  We will also stream it via our website wiqh.org

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Important Graduation Update

I write to provide a graduation update which is but three short days away. As noted previously, the ceremony is outdoors and very much weather-dependent. Presently, the weather looks splendid; however, the forecast for our senior celebration last week called for a passing shower, which, when filtered through year two of the pandemic, translated into a deluge of epic proportions for the entire 4-hour event.

Nevertheless, a dose of naivete accompanied by a healthy heaping of eternal optimism leaves me cautiously optimistic the weather will remain a good friend and not a sinister foe.  

Important updates for students and families.

  • Students will process into the stadium in a traditional manner.

  • Students will meet in the upper turf fields starting at 8 am. 


  • Students will line up alphabetically on the upper turn fields.

  • We will leave the upper turf fields at 8:30 sharp. It will take an estimated time of 20 minutes to make our way to the stadium. We will begin to process into the stadium at 9 am. Please note, we will not wait for all students to arrive. The times included are exact, so please plan accordingly.  

  • Traffic is one way on campus. Please enter via Walden and exit via Thoreau.


  • Date: Saturday, June 5 (Rain Date is June 6)

  • Time: 9:00am (please begin arriving at 8:00am)

  • Tickets: Are not required for guests.

  • Seating: Families will have the option to sit in pods of 6 on the field or in the stands. All seating is first-come, first-serve.

  • Parking: Students and families should park in the lower lots and not behind the school. 

  • Masks: Attendees and staff are not required to wear masks and are encouraged to distance themselves from individuals not in their household as feasible. Attendees are encouraged to wear face coverings if they are not vaccinated.

  • Capacity: Commencements held outdoors are not subject to a capacity limit but must adhere to the social distancing requirements. 

  • Minuteman Media: (MMN) will broadcast the graduation live on cable channel 99 in Concord and Carlisle.  MMN will also stream it online at minuteman.media 

  • WIQH will broadcast (audio only, of course) live on 88.3FM in Concord and Carlisle.  We will also stream it via our website wiqh.org

  • Record Name Pronunciation

    • To correctly pronounce students’ names at graduation, we are asking each graduate to record themselves saying their name three times on the following flipgrid: https://flipgrid.com/513348ce  Please complete this record by Wednesday, June 2

  • Not Attending Graduation

    • If a graduate is not planning to attend graduation, we will complete this form so that we can accurately assign seats.


 

  • DISABILITY SERVICES:

    • Guests requiring accommodations (parking, seating, accessibility) during graduation should make requests as soon as possible and no later than Tuesday, June 1.

      • Please complete this form to request an accessibility accommodation for you or a guest. 
    • (TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO REQUEST AN ACCOMMODATION)

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

A note from the principal

Dear Concord-Carlisle High School Community:


I am saddened to report that today we found a homophobic slur on a girls' bathroom wall at CCHS. The timing of this could not be more disappointing. Today marks the start of LGBTQ+ Pride Month, which is recognized both locally and nationally to honor the profound impact that our LGBTQ+ community members have made on our school, our community, and our country. 

Words will not lessen or dull the pain and disappointment this incident brings to our LGBTQ+ students, families, employees, and community. Please be assured that our school administration is proactively investigating this incident, and we will work to find the individual(s) responsible for this unacceptable display of hate. 

We will never tolerate this kind of behavior in our schools or community. Slurs and other forms of homophobia are unacceptable, and we are saddened to learn that this language was used and directed toward members of our school community. We ask our students to speak out when they witness hate in our schools and the community. We encourage everyone to lend their support to members of our LGBTQ+ community who, on this day, month, and beyond, should not be attacked by slurs, violence, and hatred. 

There are resources for all students who may feel negatively impacted by this incident. Also, as always, guidance counselors are available to anyone in need of support. In addition, parents should feel empowered to engage with their students in using the aforementioned resource as a valuable guide for honest and authentic conversation. 

This day and every day should be about love and respect for one another; our differences should be celebrated and bind us, not insulted and used to divide us. Our school community, comprised of students from Boston, Concord, and Carlisle, stands with our LGBTQ+ community in recognition that any form of hate, bias, and discrimination will never be tolerated. 

I take solace knowing that this incident does not reflect the values of our community, and with confidence, I suggest that the tolerant and welcoming environment we hold dear will denounce this act in no uncertain terms and rally behind members of our community in need of support.


Sincerely, 


Michael J. Mastrullo

Principal



Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Important Graduation Update

Graduation Update


We look forward to welcoming all students and guests on 5 June. The most recent state guidance allows for students to invite friends and family without restriction. Tickets are no longer needed and all friends and families are welcome. Please read on for other important graduation information.


  1. Processional

    1. After reviewing the safety proctors, we have decided that students will process in at the start of graduation.  More details will be provided but all graduates must arrive by 8:00AM on graduation day to line up in the correct order.  Upon arrival, family and guests can proceed to the chairs in the field and/or bleachers.  All 2021 students should report to the identified area behind the home bleachers on the lower field.

  2. Record Name Pronunciation

    1. To correctly pronounce students’ names at graduation, we are asking each graduate to record themselves saying their name three times on the following flipgrid: https://flipgrid.com/513348ce  Please complete this record by Wednesday, June 2

  3. Not Attending Graduation

    1. If a graduate is not planning to attend graduation, we will complete this form so that we can accurately assign seats.

  4. Masks

    1. As stated in last Friday’s blog, attendees and staff at not required to wear masks while outside at graduation.

  5. Graduation FAQ

    1. Students and families are encouraged to review this Frequently Asked Questions document for additional information.

 

Previous Information from 21 May



GUIDANCE FROM THE DESE 


  • Effective May 29, for outdoor graduations only
  • Attendees and staff are not required to wear masks and are encouraged to distance themselves from individuals not in their household as feasible.
  • Attendees are encouraged to wear face coverings if they are not vaccinated.
  •  Commencements held outdoors are not subject to a capacity limit but must adhere to the social distancing requirements. 
Do students have to wear masks while outdoors?

On May 17th, 2021, after consultation with the MA COVID Command Center’s Medical Advisory Board, the Governor announced that given the low rate of outdoor transmission of COVID-19, students no longer have to wear masks when outdoors, even if distance cannot be maintained. Effective May 18, this guidance update applies to recess, physical education, youth sports, and outdoor learning environments. Adults must continue to wear masks outdoors if distancing cannot be maintained. At this time, adults and students must continue to wear masks indoors.

Will the gathering limits for school events with outside participants change this spring?

In alignment with state guidance, the gathering limits for school events with outside participants will be lifted starting May 29, 2021. 

ADDITIONAL CC SPECIFIC GRADUATION DETAILS


  • Date: Saturday, June 5 (Rain Date is June 6)
  • Time: 9:00am (please begin arriving at 8:00am)
  • Tickets are no longer required for guests.
  • Families will have the option to sit in pods of 6 on the field that is first-come, first-serve, or they can sit in the bleachers. 
  • Minuteman Media (MMN) will broadcast the graduation live on cable channel 99 in Concord and Carlisle.  MMN will also stream it online at minuteman.media 
  • WIQH will broadcast (audio only, of course) live on 88.3FM in Concord and Carlisle.  We will also stream it via our website wiqh.org

  • DISABILITY SERVICES:

    • Guests requiring accommodations (parking, seating, accessibility) during graduation should make requests as soon as possible and no later than Tuesday, June 1.
    • Please complete this form to request an accessibility accommodation for you or a guest.