Friday, November 4, 2022

Matthew Goldberg, Debate Team, CCHS Update - Important Information


Congratulations MIAA Coach of the Year, Matthew Goldberg

Congratulations, Coach Goldberg for being named MIAA's 2021-2022 Coach of the Year Award for Women's Swiming and Diving!

MIAA Coach of the Year Award States, “Recognizing Excellence in Character, Achievement, and Coaching”. This award seeks to recognize and honor “teacher coaches” who have had an impact on the lives of student-athletes, by encouraging them to succeed and by helping them develop self-confidence, ambition, a sound work ethic, and other skills or values necessary or helpful for success in their later lives. Award candidates have a record of encouraging student-athletes to be well-rounded (i.e. displaying excellence in areas of scholarship, citizenship, fine arts, etc.), as well as a reputation, among their peers and the athletic community, for fair play, good sportsmanship, and the development of these attributes in their student-athletes.

Please join us in congratulating Coach Goldberg on this outstanding achievement. Coach Goldberg will be honored at an awards banquet hosted by the MIAA, surrounded by members of CCHS's administration and other MIAA award recipients, in early December. Way to go, Coach!

Debaters Have GREAT Success at MSDL Novice Tournament

At our first in-person debate of the year, the Massachusetts Speech and Debate League's Novice Opener, held on Saturday, October 22, CCHS's debate team had a strong showing, earning 7 wins and 5 losses overall. Competing for the first time were the teams of Lucy Butler & Caroline Haskell, Anthony Babu & Evan Wang, Chengzhe Jiang & Evan Moffitt, and Noah Arthur & Lucas Leonard. Speaker recognition went to Anthony Babu, who placed 16th of 196 speakers, placing him in the top 8% of individual speakers at the tournament. Debate team captain Richard Li served as a judge, along with parents Shannon Babu, Thomas Moffitt, and Amantha Butler. Thanks so much to the strong core of parents! Many thanks to the debate officers for preparing the team for success. - CCHS Debate Team Coach, Tim Averill

Thank you so much to Tim, the parents, and the School for all your support to the CCHS Debate Team. The team really appreciates everything you all do to support our participation in Debate. I would also like to congratulate our debaters for competing in their first tournament! They did very well, and we are so proud of them! - CCHS Debate Team Captain, Richard Li

CCHS Update

November 4, 2022, 

Great First Quarter

It is hard to believe that we are writing this note as Quarter 1 is coming to a close.  As we have turned the calendar to November, our thoughts shift towards a time of giving thanks.  We have so many things to be thankful for at CCHS.  We encourage each of you to take a few minutes to create a few moments of gratitude in your day and then, when possible, share these thoughts with your family, students, and your community at large.

Q1 Ending November 4 and Q1 Grades

Quarter 1 ends on November 4 and Q1 grades are due on Monday, November 14 by 10:00 AM. 

Grade Dates Document

No Homework Weekend This Weekend (November 4)

This weekend is a no-homework weekend for students.  No assignments should be assigned over the weekend or any assessments planned for Monday.

No Homework Nights

Spirit Assembly Schedule - November 23 

Our CCHS Spirit Assembly is back! We will gather together to ramp up some school spirit on Wednesday, November 23.  The blocks before the assembly will now be C, G, and B (in that order).

Bell Schedule 20221123

Day Before December Break Schedule - December 23

Friday, December 23 (the day before December break) is a half day.  We will follow a normal Friday schedule for the first three blocks of the day with the normal bell times.  (B5 8:00 - 9:00, C5 9:04 - 10:04, G5 10:08 - 11:08)

9th Grade DEIB Work

We will be beginning the important DEIB work with our 9th graders next with an all-grade assembly on Tuesday, November 8 during A block.  The assembly will consist of a panel of students and faculty members offering their thoughts and experiences on the topics of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.  

The work will continue on November 14 and November 15 when each team will have a half-day DEIB workshop led by IDEAS instructors.  These workshops will take place in the main gym.  The schedule is as follows:

  • Monday, November 14, 8:00 - 11:00 AM: Willow Team

  • Monday, November 14, 11:40 - 2:40 PM: Maple

  • Tuesday, November 15, 8:00 - 11:00 AM: Oak Team

  • Monday, November 15, 11:40 - 2:40 PM: Elm


November 4 Q1 Ends, No Homework Weekend

November 8 9th Grade DEIB Assembly

November 11 Veteran’s Day - No School

November 14 Q1 Grades Due - 10 AM

November 14-15 Ninth-Grade DEIB Workshops

November 23 Spirit Assembly

November 24-27 Thanksgiving Break

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Concord Festival of Authors Event, Sunday, October 23 at 4:00 pm


Community Event - Concord Festival of Authors Presents Yung Pueblo

Be Here and Be Well and Concord Festival of Authors present the Concord Young Writers Award (CYWA) 2022, with guest judge Yung Pueblo, NYT's #1 Best Selling Author. The CYWA was co-created by Be Well Be Here founder and Concord Festival of Authors curator, Lara Wilson, with Concord Public Schools DEI Director, Andrew Nyamekye, in partnership with CCHS. The aim of the CYWA is to support local young writers and encourage inclusive teen leadership roles through the power of storytelling. 

Congratulations to all the CCHS students who submitted their work for this event! These students will receive a Dunkin' gift certificate and a free copy of the book! Please be sure to register for the CYWA ceremony on Sunday.

Diego Perez, known by 2.3 million Instagram followers as Yung Pueblo, will discuss his new book, Lighter, as well as share mindful wisdom that inspires us all to seek ease, engage in radical honesty, cultivate caring relationships, and show up for one another for the benefit of us all. The name Yung Pueblo means "young people" and it serves to remind him of his Ecuadorian roots, his experiences in activism, and that the collective of humanity is in the midst of important growth. Through writing and speaking he aims to support the healing of the individual, realizing that when we release our personal burden, we contribute to global peace.

Date: Sunday, October 23, 2022

Time4:00 pm CYWA Ceremony with Yung Pueblo at the Concord Festival of Authors.

The first 30 students who arrive at this event will receive a free copy of Yung Pueblo's book. 

Register here to attend this event.

Cost: Free

Who: All CCHS Students and Families are Welcome!

Where: Concord Free Library, 129 Main Street in Concord Center

FREE copies of Lighter by Yung Pueblo for CCHS students are courtesy of event co-sponsor,

Yung Pueblo - Diego Perez

Friday, October 7, 2022

Mai Richmond, AP Exams, Bike to School, Michelle Gu, Guest Speakers, P/T Conferences, and More!


Traffic Safety

As an important safety reminder, parents dropping their children off cannot enter the area in front of the cafeteria where busses unload students. Students should only be dropped off and picked up in front of the school near the main office (flag pole).

We all must follow these guidelines to ensure the safety of all students and staff.  Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.  

Mai Richmond

Please congratulate Mai Richmond, who was one of three students from Massachusetts to be awarded the highest national honor in the 2022 National Council of Teachers of English Achievement Awards in Writing: A Certificate of Superior Writing. Congratulations Mai!

Attendance Policy

We are continuing with the same attendance protocol for students that we implemented during Q4 of last year. If you are new to CCHS or not familiar with the policy, please review the link below. We are hopeful that this procedure will continue to help students attend all classes and arrive on time.


After making it through the first month of the academic year and analyzing usage data for our parking spots, we have decided to allow a few more students to purchase a parking pass.  We will be conducting a lottery for the additional spots.  These additional passes will only be for the spots on the loop road by the Beede center and hill next to the stadium.

Any current junior or senior who would like to enter the lottery should purchase a pass in MySchoolBucks by Friday, October 14 at 11:59pm.  The cost of the pass for the remainder of the year is $250.  If a student is not chosen in the lottery, all of the money will be refunded.

In the lottery, preference will be given to seniors (2023).  Any remaining spots will be given to juniors.  To enter the lottery, the student must currently have their driver’s license.  
We will share the results of the lottery during the week of October 17.  If you have any questions, please connect directly with Mr. Hernandez (

Locker Rooms

It has been brought to our attention that there have been several incidents of theft from the Locker Rooms . It is unfortunate to have to address this, however, it is clear that we need to. If a student  is found stealing someone else’s belongings, they will face disciplinary action and possible involvement with our School Resource Officer. 

Having personal property stolen is a terrible feeling and not something we want our students to endure. If you use the Locker Rooms, please be proactive by securing your belongings, especially your valuables,  in a locker. Please see our Athletic Director, Mr. Joncas, if you are an Athlete who needs assistance obtaining a locker.

Kicks for Cancer 

The 16th annual Kicks for Cancer event was held on Saturday, September 24.  The event has grown from a single soccer game to a weekend of games (ultimate frisbee, football, volleyball, field hockey, and soccer) and also including the annual Pink Dance on Friday evening.  It was a wonderful weekend with lots of Patriot Spirit! Thank you to all those who participated and contributed. We are already looking forward to next year’s Kicks!

Guest Speakers

On  September 23, CCHS welcomed two guest speakers to meet with our students during an assembly.
Grades 9 & 10 listened to Aaron Polansky, a Superintendent, Author and Motivational Speaker. The goal of Aaron’s talk was to inspire students to be honest, kind, and most importantly to be themselves.

Grades 11 & 12 came together to listen to Nick TuckerNick shared his personal journey with our students. Nick focused on the importance of being resilient and stressed the importance of mental health and emotional balance among young adults. Nick was really well received by our students.

CCHS Trips

They’re back! CCHS Trips are back for the 22-23 school year. After taking pause during the height of the Pandemic, several trips will be happening this school year.

Check out our trips website (and see below) to find out what's on offer for the 2022-23 school year.

Trips open to all 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students:

Iceland Trip (June 15-22, 2023): Interested in learning about the geology, history and culture of one of the most unique places on Earth? Want to hike glaciers, ice climb and ride Icelandic Horses in some of the most beautiful places in the world? Sign up now! To find out more follow THIS LINK!

London Theater Trip (June 18-25, 2023): Have you ever wished you could experience a Shakespeare play performed at the Globe Theater, or see a play/musical in London's West End, or visit the birthplace of Shakespeare in Stratford-Upon Avon, or take a ride in the London Eye? Sign up now! To find out more follow THIS LINK!  We will have a zoom information meeting at 7pm on October 19th

World Language Trips:

Over February Break, students enrolled in French 2 or higher will participate in an exchange with a high school in Versailles, France (this trip is currently full. Next year Versailles students will visit us here in Concord).

Over April Break, Latin students will travel to Italy and to see and experience the ancient world (this trip is currently full but will be offered again in the future).

In-School Digital AP Exams

Schools located in the 48 contiguous states and Washington, D.C., have the option to administer a digital exam in seven AP subjects: English and history exams, AP Computer Science Principles, and AP Seminar. Learn more about digital AP Exams.

For all students CCHS has opted to administer the ONLY following AP Exams in a digital format (all others will remain in their original format):

  • AP English Language and Composition
  • AP English Literature and Composition
  • AP European History
  • AP Seminar
  • AP United States History
  • AP World History: Modern

Michelle Gu - Marine Art Contest

Please congratulate Michelle Gu, class of 2024, who was a finalist in the Scientific Illustration Division of a Marine Art competition hosted by Massachusetts Marine Educators and the NOAA Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. Below is Michelle's entry, titled "Sea Robin". Congratulations Michelle on this outstanding accomplishment!

Sea Robin

Bike to School Day

CCHS Green Team is sponsoring the Fall CCHS Bike to School Day in memory of Peter Nichol on Friday, October 14th. 
Staff and students are encouraged to ride to CCHS in small groups.  Be safe: wear a bike helmet and bright clothing.    Students can earn up to 3 hours of community service for the round-trip!  Check in with Green Team members near the Viking Vods/bike racks from 7:30 to 8 am and enjoy some cider & donuts!  

Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent-Teacher conferences are scheduled for Friday, October 28, from 8 am-2:41 pm at CCHS. Please be on the lookout for additional info and a signup link via School Soft Conferencing next week.

Pathways & Launch Bake Sale Fundraiser for Hurricane Relief

On Friday, October 7th, some of our Pathways and Launch students hosted a bake sale fundraiser for Hurricane Relief. Their donation will go to the American Red Cross. They had many tasty treats- many that were baked by the students. Their bake sale was well received and attended by faculty and administration. It was a great way to kick off a Friday!

Friday, September 23, 2022

16th Annual Kicks for Cancer Weekend is Here!

The wait is finally over. The 16th annual Kicks for Cancer weekend is here! 

We are looking forward to a great Kicks for Cancer weekend in memory of former CCHS Science teacher Peter Nichol.

Kicking off the week was the Flicks for Cancer tournament on Wednesday against L-S. The team had a great time raising awareness and funds!

There are several events happening- starting off with a Tackles for Cancer home Varsity Football game against Westford Academy this evening at 6pm this evening. The Pink Dance will start right after the game. This is the first Pink Dance we have been able to have in three years!  This year’s dance will be held outside in the amphitheater adjacent to the dining commons; please dress appropriately for the weather. 

Saturday brings a full day of soccer games, field hockey games, and volleyball games followed by the Mighty Moose 5k Run/Walk for Ovarian cancer on Sunday.  We trust all our students and community members will make good choices and demonstrate appropriate behavior while participating in these special events. Please remember that you are representing CCHS while at these events and we are hosts to visiting teams from all over the state. 

Here are a few friendly reminders as we head into the weekend:

  • Tickets for the Pink Dance can still be purchased at the door for $ 15.00

  • There will be random breathalyzing at the Pink Dance.

  • Here is the schedule for Saturday’s games (Kicks for Cancer, Sticks for Cancer, and Digs for Cancer).  The recommended entry donation is $10 for adults and $5 for students.  Throughout the weekend, cash is preferred.

  • Food and merchandise will be on sale all day on Saturday with proceeds benefiting the cause.

  • The organizers are still looking for a few more volunteers for the weekend, please sign up at the following links: event sign up and parking assistance.

Friday, August 26, 2022

Important Back to School Information


Important Back to School Information

Welcome Back Letter

Opening Day Schedule

9th-Grade Orientation Information

COVID Protocols

Back to School Packet

Transportation - Bus Routes

2022-23 Student and Parent Handbook

All students and parents must sign off, in Aspen, that they have received a copy of the 22-23 CCHS Handbook. You can find a link to the handbook and the Handbook Sign-Off Form in the announcements section of the Aspen portal. Please see the graphic below (this graphic is not a link to Aspen).

Back-to-School Night - Thursday, September 8 - In Person

Back-to-school night is scheduled for Thursday, September 8, and will be held in person at CCHS. Your student will fill out a schedule for you in their advisory on 9/7. 

Senior Parking - Please Read

  • Parking is ONLY available to seniors (YOG 2023).  The parking registration has now closed. We are working to accommodate all requests.

  • Students may only park in spaces marked with YELLOW lines (with the exception of in front of the Beede Center, which is also available for student parking).

  • No students may park in front of the school (near the flag pole), visitor parking, or the upper turf during the school day.

  • ONLY Seniors who did NOT receive a parking permit will be notified via email. Parking is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Senior parking is any space marked with yellow lines.

  • Mr. Hernandez will be in touch regarding the distribution of parking permits.

  • Email Mark Hernandez ( with any questions regarding parking.

  • Any sophomore or junior who parks on campus runs the risk of being ticketed, immediately towed and/or losing future parking privileges.

  • Do not park in staff-designated parking spots (white lines) as you may be ticketed and/or towed at the vehicle owner's expense.


  • With parental permission, students in grades 10, 11, and 12 may have open campus/off-campus privileges. 

  • Parents/Guardians can complete the online permission via a workflow in Aspen. 

  • Email Adrienne Dunne ( with any questions regarding open campus.

  • All 9th-grade students must remain on campus and will be assigned to a directed study.

Community Service

  • All community service will be entered in Aspen.

  • A specified number of community service hours are required for membership in our National Honors Society (NHS), and also for open campus.  

  • Every year we have students who are ineligible for induction into NHS because they have not entered their community service hours (even though they have completed the service).  Please avoid this situation by completing this quick task of entering the information.

  • Volunteer Opportunities:  We will continue to search for meaningful service opportunities.  2volunteer is gathering an up-to-date list of community service projects happening in our area. 

  • 2Volunteer committee: David Holdorf, Laura Close, Jen Clarke, Erin Duggan, Court Booth, Ann Sgarzi, Martha Hammer