Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Student Google Password Reset & Student Assemblies Tomorrow

Student Assemblies Tomorrow
We look forward to greeting all of our students tomorrow.  We will hold assemblies welcoming back all new and returning students.  We will touch upon, albeit briefly, the tragedies that transpired over the summer.  Counselors will be available for support to staff and students at the high school on Wednesday, August 30 and Thursday, August 31.

On Thursday, August 31, Riverside Trauma Center will host a Community Forum:  Dealing with Loss and Grief from 7:00 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. in the Learning Commons at Concord-Carlisle Regional High School.  This session will guide parents, guardians, faculty, and other adults in how to help students deal with loss and grief.

Student Google Passwords Reset
The IT Department has reset all student GMail logins to an 8 character password.  If your student ID is not comprised of 8 digits please add the appropriate number of zeroes to the ID to make it 8 characters. Please note, each student ID is preceded by either a "C" or "CC"

For example:
Student ID: C6757
New Google Password: C6757000 or CC757000

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Sad News

August 19, 2017
Dear CCHS Parents/Guardians,
It is with deep sadness that I inform you that Dylan Smyth, a rising sophomore, died in a tragic accident last night. He was killed in a collision with a commuter train while crossing the tracks on his bicycle.  We express our deepest condolences to Dylan’s family and are maintaining ongoing communication and support to them.  
Last week we assembled our Incident Management Team to deal with the loss of a middle school student. It is with a heavy heart that our school reconvenes the Incident Management Team this afternoon following another tragic loss. The Incident Management Team is led by Dr. Laurie Hunter, Superintendent of Schools, Kristen Herbert, Director of Teaching and Learning along with CCHS Administration and guidance staff.  The Incident Management Team works to help with the needs of students, parents, and school personnel at difficult times such as this. We are working closely with the Riverside Trauma Center, and the appropriate Town officials.
This loss is sure to raise many emotions, concerns, and questions for our entire school, especially students and staff who were close to Dylan.  I encourage you to openly discuss with your child their reactions and feelings regarding the death of Dylan. We have enclosed some information that may be useful to you in helping your child deal with this tragedy. Those attached resources include:
In addition to these resources, we would like to make Concord Carlisle High School, our guidance department members, and the Riverside Trauma staff available to all students, staff, and parents/guardians, across the district, on Sunday, August 20th from 3p.m.- 5 p.m. The Riverside Trauma Response Center is a community network available to help schools and communities respond to traumatic events. I have included a list of resources if your family requires immediate support.

Finally, I want to express my deepest sympathy for Dylan’s family and the entire Concord Carlisle community as we deal with this loss.  We will update you once we have additional information.  

Michael J. Mastrullo


Friday, August 18, 2017

Welcome Back

Photo by Brian Miller
Dear CCHS Educational Community:

The start of school marks the unofficial end of summer, and, with that, comes excitement, enthusiasm, and maybe a little anxiety and longing for the summer months.  Soon, the quiet hallways of July and August will be replaced with the energy and enthusiasm of students and staff.  

In just a few weeks staff will greet our incoming first-year students, welcome our returning sophomore and junior classes, and collaborate with the class of 2018 to provide the leadership necessary to make every student’s high school experience positive and memorable.  

A new school year brings with it new goals and initiatives, such as Q5, and new course offerings, such as Robotics and Coding.  Most importantly, a new school year brings with it new students and staff members who, along with the current staff and student body, will continue to make Concord Carlisle High School one of the best in Massachusetts and the country.  

Among our objectives is to prepare students for the competitive 21st Century global environment, and to support them in reaching their highest potential. As a team and also as individuals, we will continue to work hard to meet the noble mission of our school:

“Concord Carlisle High School is committed to excellence in and out of the classroom.  
Our mission is to inspire our students to strive for and meet the highest levels of academic and personal achievement, while nurturing a respectful, supportive, engaged, curious, and passionate learning community.”

All of our goals support the overarching objectives of making students feel safe, welcome, and connected, while we work together to help prepare them for their futures. Preparing our students for citizenship, college, and careers has never been more demanding or exciting.  It is a monumental task that requires a hardworking, dedicated staff committed to not only student achievement, but also to our own personal and professional growth. I am confident we are up to the challenge.

Three necessary components of any successful school system are safety, organization, and high expectations for teaching and learning. I assure you that these three factors will guide our daily decision making in the months and years ahead. We look forward to your input, participation, and support as we work together to achieve our goals.  

We look forward to seeing you at Back to School Night on September 14th.  The evening begins for parents of first-year students at 6:00pm and all parents at 7:00pm.  We will continue to provide school updates and student highlights utilizing various digital communication platforms: Our Website, Principal’s Blog, Facebook, Twitter (@CCHSAPMiller, @MJM_CCHS) and Instagram. It is not necessary to have an account with all listed as they are updated simultaneously.  

We are looking forward to an exciting and productive  2017-2018 school year.  Enjoy the fleeting days of summer!


Michael J. Mastrullo