Friday, March 3, 2017

Respectful & Empathic Community, Track, Chris Ruediger, Taylor & Hayley McGovern, Luke Pongratz, Ellen Su, Grace Jennings, & More

It is my sincere hope that students and their families were able to enjoy some quality time together during February vacation.  A week away from the torrid pace allows many to get reacquainted with family and friends.  

I am mindful, as it is impossible to ignore, that the recent political events transpiring across our nation may be impacting students, staff members, and families.  Even if students, families, or friends are not directly affected, we understand some students are shaken by the recent turmoil.  

This is not a matter political beliefs or political affiliations, but it is about being an advocate for those of us who are impacted for a myriad of reasons.  One unwavering absolute at CCHS is our commitment to creating an environment where all students and staff feel safe, welcome, and respected.  

Our Core Values speak of academic excellence, professional collaboration, educational equity, continuous improvement and a Respectful and Empathic Community.  These are not just words that reside on a poster or occupy real estate on our website.  They are the foundation of the school, and the entire CCHS community will remain steadfast in our support for all members of CCHS.  

Never perfect and ahead lay countless hours of work to improve, but there is no doubt that CCHS is a high achieving academic institution that excels in many areas, but relationships and making students feel safe, respected, and valued is an area of expertise.  Our school community leaves me optimistic about the future our students will help shape.  Further, we have an environment in which students can discuss and debate current events and complex issues.  Conflict and candor will remain safe because of the respectful and empathic community that exists.  

Thinker's Agenda
By Ellen Su & Grace Jennings
Thinker's Agenda is a new club opportunity for students actively seeking change. Our goal is to provide more resources to students and create a supportive and motivated environment where students can harness their passions or stresses to solve a problem in the world. 

Our meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month, starting on March 7, from 5-6 pm in room 247. To learn more about what you can do to take action towards issues you care about, explore our website or email or for more questions!

Summertime Story
By Owen Curtain
Senior Chris Ruediger (Class of 2017) has just released his Debut Single “Summertime Story.” To support Chris, please buy his single and be sure to like his page. Your support on social media goes a long way in helping the artist with air play and gig. Just a few minutes clicking links can make a big difference!

On his new single, Chris received help from some of Boston’s best musicians including Jonathan Ulman, Matthew Girard, Benjamin Naddaff-Hafrey,  and Janos Arcitype Fulop. With the release of this latest single, you can clearly hear how far Chris will be able to talk his music!

You can listen and purchase the single at:…/summertime-story-si…/id1208891040  It is also available on Google Play, Spotify, Amazon Music, and iHeartRadio

Learning Commons Blog

Luke Pongratz & Civil Air Patrol
CCHS student C/LtCol Luke E. Pongratz, CAPI traveled to Brooklyn, New York for a Civil Air Patrol event. Civil Air Patrol is a non-profit organization that does 98% of the Air Force's inland search and rescue, along with helping out with various assignments from the Department of Defense, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and Air Force ROTC. His team won first place overall and have been crowned Northeast Region Champions for the second year in a row.  They will now be moving on to the National Cadet Competition being held in Dayton, Ohio, in June. 

Boys Basketball
Congratulations to the Boys Basketball Team for beating Holliston in the D2C Quarters last evening 82-71.  They advance to the next round at WPI.  Time and date TBD.  Congratulations to Spencer Patenaude - chosen as the co-MVP of the DCL! David Poor, John Mulligan & Will Palmer selected as All-Stars!

Highlights from the 2017 MIAA Division 3 State Track & Field Championship
By Steve Lane
Congratulations to the boys track and field team for their runner-up finish at the MIAA Division 3 State Championship. Nathaniel Battista earned a state championship in the 1000m. Co-captain Christian Mitchell placed 2nd in the long jump. Alex Ehrenthal placed 2nd in the mile. A trio of boys – Tim McClure, Zander Kessler, and Chris Ratcliffe – placed 3rd, 4th, and 5th in the 2 mile. In the relays, the 4x800 (Ehrenthal, Kessler, co-captain Owen Schmidt, and Brennan O’Neil) finished 5th, and the 4x400 (Jonathan Hill, Avi Waldman, Jimmy McGuinness, and Battista) also placed 5th. 

The girls team won the first state championship in the history of the program. Ten girls earned individual medals, and all three relays placed, which was just enough to beat 2nd place Hopkinton by ½ point. Co-captain Margot Ehrenthal finished 4th in the mile. Eline Laurent pulled off a very difficult double, placing 5th in the mile and 7th in the 2 mile. Sarinnagh Budris finished 5th in the 55m and 6th in the Long Jump. Co-Captain Valerie Reiling, Lottie Franck, and Claudia Koontz finished 3rd, 4th, and 7th in the 300m. Eleanor Kuchar added a vital half point in the high jump, tying the school record in the process. Liana Shames finished 7th in the shot put. 

Sarah Reichheld finished 2nd in the 1000m, breaking her own school record. The 4x200 (Koontz, Franck, Reiling, and Budris) won, and broke the school record. The 4x800 (Reichheld, Louisa Stevens, co-captain Daria Pietropaolo, and Ehrenthal) finished 2nd. In the 4x400, with all four girls running their 3rd event of the day, the quartet of Koontz, Franck, Reichheld, and Reiling managed a 4th place finish to seal the win. 

By Ned Roos
"It's that time of year again! The 4th annual iqhFEST is this Saturday, March 4th in the CCHS cafeteria. Produced by our very own radio station, WIQH 88.3, it is, in our humble opinion, one of the best nights of the year here at CCHS. The show features 15 acts – both bands and solo artists – and they're all CCHS students! The best part is admission is only $6 at the door.  What a great deal; not only will you be supporting excellent local music, but you'll also be having a great time.

Some performers will have their latest CDs and other merchandise for sale.  We’ll also have delicious homemade snacks and IqhFEST tee-shirts on sale as well. So don't miss it! Come to IqhFEST this Saturday.  You’ll be glad you did!  Doors open at 6:30 and the show begins at 7:00 pm.

For more information, check out or call WIQH at (978)-369-2440."

Casey Belden & Alex Raddassi
After placing at the D2 state wrestling tournament Casey Belden and Alex Raddassi competed at the All-State Wrestling Tournament last weekend with the top 18 wrestlers in the state at each weight class.  Casey Belden (4th in D2 at 113 lbs) finished his season with a record of 27-6.  Alex Raddassi (6th in D2 at 160 lbs) finished the year with a record of 34-8.

Maddy Vergura
Maddy competed with the U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team that defeated its counterparts from England, 3-1. The match was played at St. George’s Park, England’s National Training Center.

Freshmen Student Government Food Drive
By Gretchen Carr
Attention all freshman advisories! Starting Wednesday, March 1st, freshman student government, in partnership with Concord Open Table, will be holding a freshman advisory food drive competition to collect food to donate to those in need. Bring in food to collection bags in your advisory room to have them counted. The advisory with the most food items donated at the end of the month will win a special prize of donuts for the next advisory! Attached is our scoring for each food items.

Ski Team
Congratulations to our Nordic Ski Team on a great season.  

WWII Field Trip
On Feb 8th, Ms. Wozniak's US History students had the privilege of visiting the International World War II Museum in Natick, MA. For many, they were surprised to learn that a WWII museum with over 500,000 artifacts is located right behind Dick's Sporting Goods! What makes this museum even more unique is that visitors are allowed to handle some of the items in the museum, such as shells, guns, and the enigma machines. 

The museum turned out to be a big hit, with some students pointing out how being able to see and touch many of the artifacts brought to life everything they learned about in the classroom. Some of the many comments: "It was great how he showed all sides of the war, British, German, French, not just American."  "I loved the tank! Now I want one!"  "Very neat"  "I never knew where to look: the wall, the case, the floor, or the ceiling!"  "It's hard for me: the German artwork is beautiful, but I can't get past that it was made by the Nazis." "I can't believe they made a dress out of a parachute!" Overall, it was a great success! 

Community Education
By Jill Asser
We have a lot of test prep classes coming up this spring and summer. Here are our next two SAT classes: 

SAT Prep class, 6 Thursdays, March 16th - May 4th, 6-9 pm, $625

Chemistry SAT Subject Test Prep, 4 Sundays, March 26th - April 30th, 9 am - 12 pm; $175

Spring and summer Driver Education dates are posted online and open for registration at For questions, contact us at 978-318-1432 or stop by our offices off of dining commons. 

Common App Changes

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