Friday, October 14, 2016

XC Meet, Opioid Presentation, CCHS Sportsmanship Award & More

Cross Country Meet
By Stephen Lane & Hanna Bruno

On October 5th, the boys and girls cross country teams celebrated the opening of the new home course with victories over Weston and Waltham. This was an especially important day for the team’s seniors, who got to run in their first and last ever home meet.

From boys’ co-captain Owen Schmidt: “Having the meet at home meant a lot to us as seniors. We’re out on the trails of Concord working hard every day, and to have that finally recognized with both a new course and a sizeable group of fans was really meaningful as a team.”

From girls’ co-captain Daria Pietropaolo: “We are incredibly thankful to everyone who helped get a home course for us this year -- the administration, the coaches, and the parents. Everyone was so excited to run at home and I think that was only enhanced by the great turnout of fans and supporters. Along with the other seniors, I know I will cherish yesterday as one of the fondest memories of my CCXC experience.”
From girls’ co-captain Sharissa Thompson: “It was an emotional rollercoaster with yesterday being our first and last meet of the season and of most of our 4 years running on the time. It was a thrill and a completely new experience being able to host and actually for once doing our own course tour. It made me really happy to be able to represent CC at a home meet and have something to call our own to mark up, and practice on. Having people know your name while running was also a new experience for most of the girls and a great support from our community. In a way, the whole event was exhilarating and unfamiliar but really fun!”

Both girls and boys teams wrapped up their regular season with a 5-1 record and two DCL small titles.

"If Only" Opioid Presentation at CCHS
Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2017,  7 PM - 8:30 PM
Parents of Students in Grades 6 - 12 (students welcome)

Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2017
School Day Viewing and Discussion for CCHS students only
Concord Carlisle High School Theater

As you understand from the media, our nation is currently in the midst of an opioid epidemic. The film, “If Only,” was created to raise awareness of this problem by the Millenium Health and the Wahlberg Youth Foundation, with help from the Recovery Center of America and was filmed in a local Massachusetts town that has been heavily impacted by the prescription drug abuse epidemic. At 32 minutes long, the film depicts how the decision to experiment with prescription drugs has lasting and profound consequences for two teens. More information about the film can be found at For more detailed information, please review the event flyer.

Guidance Update
Guidance & Counseling Monthly Newsletter for October: Click Here

CCHS Sportsmanship Award
CCHS earned a place on the 2015-16 MIAA Sportsmanship Honor Roll.

Student Health 101
By Nancy Slocum

The October issue of CCHS Student Health 101 is now available – check it out and enter this month’s drawing for $100. Topics include:10 ways to step up your sleep, Why a little less screen makes life much better, Nutrition quiz: You know it all–true or false? #GetEmpowered: Finding yourself in dating and in life, #HowToCollege: Where do I start? and much more…

College Fairs
Ever think of studying in Canada? Or how about Europe? Do you have a portfolio to share with colleges? The Boston area will have some college fairs you may want to attend.
For details Click Here

Register to Vote at CC
By Judy Zaunbrecher

The LWV of Concord and Carlisle requests permission to conduct a voter registration drive for CCHS students on Friday, October 14, from 11 am to 1 pm.  We thought a table set up in the cafeteria area would provide the highest traffic area and a time when students would be available to register to vote.  One table and four chairs would be needed for the drive.

The primary purpose of this drive is to provide students who will be 18 by November 8 the opportunity to register to vote.  The League would also encourage 16 and 17-year-olds to pre-register to vote.  Pre-registration of 16 and 17-year-olds became Massachusetts state law in early August 2016.  The LWV of Concord and Carlisle would also provide the following information and service to the students:
  • How to register to vote on-line
  • How to check on-line on voter registration status
  • How to find your polling place
  • How to find ballot information
  • How to vote early (new to the November 8 election)
  • How to apply for an absentee ballot
  • Acceptable forms of identification for voting
All of the LWV of Concord and Carlisle voting registration and education information is strictly non-partisan.  The voter registration forms are sourced from the Town Clerk.  The League will ensure students fill the forms in correctly and will take completed forms to the Town Clerk for processing.

High Schoolers and Snooze Buttons
By Kristin Johnson

Where: Concord-Carlisle High School Auditorium
When:  Wednesday, October 19, 2016 
Time:    7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Please join the CCHS PA for an important evening that will take an in-depth look at what is being called an epidemic and national crisis for American high schoolers: insufficient sleep. An esteemed panel of speakers led by Dr. Judith Owens from Boston Children's Sleep Center will review current research on sleep patterns in adolescents, factors contributing to chronic sleep loss, and health-related consequences, such as depression, risky behaviors, increased obesity risk, and higher rates of drowsy driving accidents. The panel will also discuss the potential role of policy changes such as reduced homework and later school start times as a means of reducing the adolescent sleep crisis. Event is FREE but Registration is Required.

NHS Information
By Peter Atlas
Attention Juniors and Seniors,

Invitations to apply to the Minuteman Chapter of the National Honor Society have just been sent to students' school email accounts. Please check your email to see if you received one.

If you are a senior and were inducted last year, don't worry: you're still a member.  You don't have to reapply.

If think you should have received an invitation and didn't, please email Mr. Atlas at as soon as possible.  To be eligible, among other criteria, you must have an unweighted GPA of 3.33 or above.  Furthermore, you must have completed 30 hours of community service by the end of your sophomore year (if you're a junior) or 40 hours of community service by the end of your junior year (if you're a senior).

PSAT Testing
By Amy Byron
The PSAT exam is tomorrow.  Students must arrive by 8am.  Good luck!

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CCHS Sound Wall
What is new on the CCHS Sound Wall

Drivers Education & Test Preparation
Fall III: #2713: Sunday, Oct 23 - Dec 11, 4:15-8:30pm
Tuition is $775 for class and road-work, including a $15 RMV fee; other RMV fees additional

College & Test Prep
You Can Afford College If… on Monday, Oct 17, 6:30-8:30 pm. Fee: $20

For more details and to register, visit or call 978-318-1432.

Interesting Information & Links

This American Life Podcast
#560 Abdi & The Golden Ticket
An amazing story of a young man's journey from winning one of 100k annual US lottery visas and the trials and tribulations that ensued thereafter.  He scratched and clawed for what most of us inherit at birth.  

International Space Station
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How Business Got Schooled in the War Over Common Core

In The News: CCHS Graduate, Thomas Ratcliffe

Solar Eclipse Viewed From an Airplane

An Atlas of a Billion Stars

Visual History of Global Health
from Bill Gates’s Tweet 

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