Friday, September 29, 2017

Cecelia Pavero, Ben Clarke, Rivers heads to Boston, Merit Scholars, School Rankings & More

For a number of reasons, school rankings are a fickle barometer by which to measure a school. There are dozens of national and local publications specializing in ranking schools; most utilizing different metrics to rank public high schools across the state and country. They measure various things ranging from student achievement to school resources.  To illustrate my point, I have included the CCHS report card below from one of the publications in question.  Difficult to argue with an overall rating of an A+, but receiving a C for Health & Safety based on limited feedback is difficult to comprehend.  

I will refrain from getting too deep into the details; partly because it is tough to put much stock in the ranking systems due to their variability, but you will find CCHS ranks near the top of the list when measured solely on academic performance. 

Boston Magazine recently ranked the 125 best schools systems in the Greater Boston area, and I am proud to say CCHS ranks #2 on their list.  Very sound metrics, Boston Magazine, so thank you!

We are acutely aware that reputations are more easily lost than won, and we recognize 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, and it is a fantastic place to come to school and work each and every day.  Not measured in any ranking system is perhaps our greatest strength, and that is a strong school culture built on a foundation of meaningful relationships.  Follow the link for the top 125 schools in Greater Boston.  

Boston Magazine High School Rankings

CCHS Trip Presentation Evening
Families and students are invited to the first ever CCHS Trip Presentation night on Wednesday, October 4th 6-7pm in the Learning Commons.  This event will showcase all of the trips that CCHS teachers are offering in the coming year as well as some running next year.  We hope you will join us to learn about the exciting opportunities for students and gather information to help with your planning.  

Junior Parent Program - YOG 2019                                             
On Wednesday, October 4, 2017, from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium, a meeting will be held for YOG 2019 Junior parents/guardians, which will focus on what families should be doing about postsecondary plans during the junior year. Topics discussed will include the timeline for the admissions process, sources of information, issues of student stress, and the role of parents in the process. This meeting is designed primarily for parents; however, students are also welcome to attend.

CCHS National Merit Scholars
Fifteen students from CCHS were named among approximately 16,000 semifinalists nationwide in the 62nd annual National Merit Scholarship Program, and they will be competing for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships next spring worth more than $32 million.  More than 1.6 million juniors from 22,000 high school competed in the National Merit Scholarship Program, the 15 semi-finalists listed below scored in the top 1%. Impressive! Congratulations to our semi-finalists.  

Tucker Boynton, Jason Chadwick, Karen Chen, Laurie Chen, Chao Cheng, Timothy Dillon, Anthony Gao, Emma Garrison, Russell Guth, Alexander Hoey, Aidan Nuzum-Clark, Mariya Shtiliyanova, Peter Yang, Caroline Zeng, and Aidan Zinck.  

Teacher Spotlight
This week's teacher spotlight features Alex Kuchar, a new member of our science department.  Her favorite part of the job?  "The people! The students, staff, parents — there’s a buzz about a high school that makes it a great community and a fabulous place to work. I learn something new every day."

Follow the link for the complete feature on Alex Kuchar.

Sportsmanship Award
CCHS made the MIAA Sportsmanship Honor Roll for not having any student-athletes or coaches disqualified or suspended form an athletic contest last year.  

Pictured are CCHS students Justin Reed, Ben Clarke, Cameron Lopresti and Sandro Lopresti

Eagle Scout
As part of his Eagle Scout Project, CCHS junior Ben Clarke built structures for The Kindness Rocks project at CMS.  Ben Clarke had this to say about the project. "It's cool that our town, my Scout troop and the Middle School where I went can work together to help the community." 

Laura Regis, 7th grade Peabody English teacher, wrote to the Concord Journal:
"I am reaching out to you to invite you to a Kindness Rock "installation" at the Hunt Gym in Concord on Sunday, October 1, at 12:30pm.

During the 2016-2017 school year, the 7th and 8th (now 8th and 9th) graders at CMS created "kindness rocks," inspired by The Kindness Rocks Project

The teacher/facilitators here at CMS looked for a place to "install" or "plant" the rocks in Concord for everyone in the community, as well as visitors, to enjoy. We wanted the messages of our students to spread beyond the walls of our school building. Lucky for us, we found a spot outside of the Hunt Gym/Concord Rec Center. Even luckier, a CCHS student partnered up with us to create the structure where the rocks will be installed.

As part of his Eagle Scout project, Ben Clarke (Peabody alum) built the structures for our rocks!

On Sunday, the student rock creators, teacher facilitators, and Ben Clarke will come together to officially "install" the rocks. Our hope is that people in Concord will take time to stop and read the inspiring messages on the rocks.

Even more exciting, we are inviting any community members to create their own rocks and add them to the "garden."

This will become a permanent and evolving part of the town, created by kids!

The rock project began as a part of a larger ThinkGive unit taught by CMS teachers Laura Regis and Alyssa Bigay. Reiko Funaki, 8th-grade math teacher, also contributed to the rocks with her math students who are current 9th graders at CCHS. 

Laura and Alyssa worked closely with Ben all summer.  Alyssa had this to say. "It really is a far-reaching project involving so many of our students, teachers and community members. Ben's work has really made our vision possible and his ownership of his piece helped it all come together."

Elsa Simonton and CJ Israel
Photo by Peter Nichol
Rivers & Revolutions Heads to Boston
By Michael Goodwin
A critical part of the Rivers and Revolutions experience is visiting the various communities in which all of our students reside. Such work in the field allows members of the cohort to better understand one another; this community building is foundational to the intensive learning experience that marks the program. To this end, our Concord and Carlisle students boarded the bus last Friday to head into the neighborhoods of Boston to pick up our 11 students who reside in the city. Winding through the streets of  Roslindale, Hyde Park, Dorchester, and Roxbury, the cohort took in the various features of these unique Boston communities before arriving at the Charles River in Back Bay. Along these more urban waters, we compared the Charles to the Concord and began to explore the similarities and differences of not only the rivers, but the day to day reality of the students who comprise Cohort 11.

At the conclusion of the day, Concord resident and senior Elsa Simonton shared with the full group her appreciation for the devotion and commitment of our Boston students for coming so far to go to school every day. In response, Roxbury resident and senior CJ Israel thanked Elsa for her comments, offering how much it meant to hear such a statement. He said that it gave him a sense of pride to be able to show where he lived, and to offer a part of his daily experience to his classmates. It was the first time since he began coming to Concord in Kindergarten that he was able to share his home with his classmates. His gratitude was palpable, as was her's. This was our final day of the Rivers unit - our "Rivers Synthesis Day" - in which we aimed to pull together our learning across discipline during this first unit of study. This particular exchange between Elsa and CJ was truly synthesis at its finest. 

Johnny Hudson and Jaylin Farquharson greet instructors Michael Goodwin and Tracie Dunn to board the bus in Roslindale
Photo by Peter Nichol

The cohort gathers by the Charles River at the Hatch Memorial Shell
Photo by Peter Nichol

International Students at CCHS
Every year Concord Carlisle High School welcomes several exchange students from all over the world.  This year we have students from Belgium, Brazil, and Italy.  We are delighted to have them with us.  They add diversity to our halls and a global perspective to our classrooms.  This week's edition features Cecilia Pavero, a student from Italy.  

Where are you from?  

I’m from Italy.

Please tell us a little about the town/city you live in and what your high school is like?

 I live in a small town in the North of Italy in a beautiful green valley. My high school there is very different from CCHS, because it’s an old-school, with not enough room for everybody, but the kids there are very enterprising and smart. Italian schools are different from here because we can choose different kinds of high schools (like the scientific high school, the humanistic one, or the one for foreign languages) and from the first day of the first year you stay in your class with the same classmates doing the same lessons at the same time for five years. And also there is no technology at all, only paper and books and a lot of handwriting.

Why did you want to come to the United States and Concord Carlisle to study? 

I decided to join an exchange year program in the US because I wanted to do something that could give the possibility to be more independent and to learn how to live in a place with a different culture. I came here to CCHS because here I’m living with family friends that are from Carlisle. 

How has your experience been so far? 

I have been here since August 17th, and so far everything is going very well. I have made friends and I like everything I am studying. Also, all of my teachers, and my host family is so kind. 

What are you most excited about?

I made the volleyball varsity here in CCHS, and all my teammates are very kind and friendly, and very good at playing and this is so challenging for me! 

Freshmen Class Election Results
The election results are in!

Class President: Vishal Chandra
Vice-Presidents: Jack Henry Eaton and Hayden Taylor
Class Secretary: Julia Clarke
Class Treasurer: Emily Aldous

Congrats to the new class officers!

Principal's Coffee
Principal's Coffee is Monday, October 2 at 9:30 in the Main Office Conference Room.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Safety & Security at CCHS

A.L.I.C.E. Emergency Drill

On Wednesday, September 27th, we conducted a review of our emergency protocols and procedures with students, staff, and local law enforcement officials. The Concord Police Department, the Concord Fire Department in conjunction with neighboring law enforcement personnel, including individuals from Acton, Bedford, and the State Police, along with CCHS staff and administration reviewed our response options for dealing with an emergency situation. At the conclusion of the emergency drill, we utilized the Advisory program to review our emergency protocols in a small group setting.  

On Monday Detective Camilleri provided an overview of the A.L.I.C.E (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) emergency response system with members of the freshmen class, as well as all new students.  The emergency drill that transpired this morning is part of ongoing training efforts with students and staff.

Although these are routine exercises, we encourage you to talk with your child about the drills they participated in this morning.  We take pride in running a school that is safe, organized, and focused on teaching and learning.  Safety resides at the top of that list.   
It is important to remind everyone that schools remain extremely safe places to be.

If you have questions or comments, please contact our School Resource Officer, Det. Scott Camilleri ( or email me directly.

At the conclusion of the drill, we sent a text alert to all students notifying them that the drill was complete.  This is how we plan to provide real-time information in the case of an emergency.  If the notification was not received, we do not have the student's cell phone number.  Please follow the link to a previous blog for instructions on how to update student cell phone information in Aspen.


Michael J. Mastrullo


Friday, September 22, 2017

Sacha Weksler, Alejandro Cancio, Kicks for Canter, METCO Turns 50, & More

It's been more than 60 years since the Supreme Court's landmark case Brown v. Board of Education ruled racial segregation in public schools unconstitutional. A watershed moment for the Civil Rights movement. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the METCO program.  A half-century of a voluntary, grant-funded program  "intended to expand educational opportunities, increase diversity, and reduce racial isolation, by permitting students in certain cities to attend public schools in other communities that have agreed to participate."

When the program was instituted, the Civil Rights movement was at its peak; to the creators of the program and the first students who participated, I stand in awe of the courage and foresight of the program.  I applaud the town of Concord for being one of the founding members of the program.  We are so very proud of our participation in the Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunities program.  The students from Concord, Carlisle, and Boston are all the better for it.  We are fortunate to have a dedicated METCO Director who cares deeply about kids and the program.  Please read on for some recent METCO event highlights, upcoming events, and some CCHS students who are doing some pretty amazing things.

By Aaron Joncas
METCO is a state-funded, voluntary desegregation program that began in Massachusetts in 1966. It currently operates in thirty-one cities and towns in Greater Boston and seven in Greater Springfield. Concord-Carlisle welcomed its first students in September of 1967, and our program is home today to 141 students in grades K-12 from neighborhoods throughout Boston.

Our METCO Program enjoyed a busy weekend. On Saturday, CCHS teacher Hanna Bruno and I took 24 students to Project Adventure in Beverly for a day of ropes course challenges to kickoff POWER (Positive Opportunities With Engaging Relationships), our mentor program for Boston students. In POWER, 11th and 12th-grade students are matched with 9th-grade students to provide guidance and positive peer support. The upperclassmen develop leadership skills while the freshmen are able to lean on their student mentors during the transition to high school. It was a rewarding day for all of us!

On Sunday the CCHS and Concord Public Schools communities came together at CCHS to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of METCO in Concord with an outdoor picnic. Over 100 current and former students and their families joined teachers and staff on a beautiful afternoon. We are planning to invite more alumni back to campus this year to share their experiences with students in honor of this special anniversary.

Our gratitude to the CCHS Parents Association for generously funding the picnic provided by Trail's End Cafe. A group of teachers and staff were also instrumental in making the day a success!

Keep an eye out for upcoming news about future events commemorating METCO this year!

Kicks for Cancer
Started in 2007, Kicks for Cancer is played annually in support of all families who have been touched by this awful disease. All proceeds from the evening’s game will be donated in memory of Lois Wells to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute to support woman's cancer research. Teams will wear pink or teal uniforms to support breast cancer and ovarian cancer.

For the first three years of the event, only one game was played. Starting in 2010, Kicks for Cancer expanded to 2 games. The following year the event expanded again, featuring 6 games and now features 10 matches between some of the top high school soccer teams in Massachusetts. The 2017 Kicks for Cancer event will see 7 recent state champion teams take the field.

Since it's inception, Kicks for Cancer has raised $288,148.54

2016 - $60,021.00
2015 - $46,940.00
2014 - $44,307.65
2013 - $33,409.01
2012 - $28,989.96
2011 - $28,273.27
2010 - $17,051.00
2009 - $10,124.25
2008 - $11,032.40
2007 - $8,000.00

The 2016 Kicks for Cancer raised $60,021.00

By Ray Pavlik
This year marks the 11th anniversary of the Lois Wells Memorial Kicks for Cancer. Lois is the mother of our very own Steve Wells. Tomorrow, 9/23, many of the top men's and women's teams in the state will play matches on the CCHS turf fields and wear special pink and blue game jerseys honoring people in their lives who have battled cancer by wearing the names of their loved ones on their backs.  It is common to see players have, Nana, Pop or Mom and Dad on their jerseys as they play.

There will be eighteen local schools participating in twelve full-length games that will run 10:00 am through 7:00 pm.  24 soccer teams, 20 Varsity, 4 Junior Varsity, girls and boys teams will play.   CCHS JV and Varsity girls field hockey teams will play "Sticks For Cancer" 10:00 am and 11:30 am.

As part of the fundraiser we sell these jerseys to the public; 100% of the proceeds go to Dana Farber to support women's cancer research. We would love to have all members of the community in attendance this weekend. The campus will be full of athletic competitions all weekend.  

Pink Dance

This Friday, September 22 the Pink Dance will be held in the cafe from 8:00pm to 10:30pm. Students may leave beginning at 10:00pm on their own.  No student can leave before 10:00 unless picked up by a parent.  Students must enter the dance through the cafeteria. All bags, coats, and sweatshirts must be left at the coat check.  This is an all-school dance that raises money the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

Teacher Spotlight
This week's teacher spotlight features Andy Marton, a new member of our math department. Andy summarizes his teaching philosophy this way. "My teaching is centered on helping students learn to think deeply and explore, rather than memorize formulas. I want to give them the tools they need, and encourage them as they find creative solutions to the problems I assign them."

Follow the link for the complete feature on Andy Marton.

Schuyler Winstanley
Sophomore, Schuyler Winstanley recently performed in the Learning Commons.  I have included a short clip from her performance.  She is really talented.  Thanks, Schuyler.

Eagle Scout
Congratulations to Alejandro Cancio for earning the prestigious honor of Eagle Scout.  Eagle Scout is the highest achievement or rank attainable in the Boy Scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). Only four percent of Boy Scouts are granted this rank.

I asked Alejandro to share some his experiences working with the Boy Scouts.

"The Boy Scouts of America has offered me countless opportunities; I will forever be indebted to a program that is dedicated to developing young men into the leaders and innovators of tomorrow. The BSA has taught me many lessons, but I am going to highlight just three. 

I joined Troop 132 (based here in Concord) in 2010 and quickly learned the ropes. Enamored with the acquisition of new talents, skills, experiences, and of course, shiny badges, I dove head first into scouting, and quickly moved up in the ranks. By the eighth grade, I had already been elected Senior Patrol Leader and had reached the rank of Life Scout (one below Eagle). It was here that I learned the first of my lessons. It’s simple, slow down. That’s it. What I realized, was that I had been running with my nose to the ground for 4 years. Yes, I learned a lot of skills and earned a lot of badges, but I had missed the ride. I realized the value of slowing down and experiencing every moment that comes to you; Time, as we all know is the one resource that is truly non-renewable, and it's important we appreciate every second.

With that lesson firmly tucked under my belt, I turned to face the rank of Eagle Scout. The BSA likens the rank to a mountain, and I can’t think of anything better to compare it to. If there is one thing that I have done a lot of in my life, it’s climbing mountains (physically and metaphorically). The second lesson that I learned helped me climb to the top of Eagle Peak, it goes something like this: Success isn’t something that just happens, we work hard to create a better tomorrow, but the thing is, the tomorrows keep coming. The only way to conquer a mountain, or to achieve something, is to constantly chisel away at the rock, until you have sculpted your future as you wish. Using this method, and working every day towards my goal, I received the rank of Eagle Scout in September, 2016. 

The third lesson that I wish to highlight came from my experiences as a Junior Assistant Scoutmaster. What I came to realize while watching the entire troop as a whole, is that being a leader is not solely confined to fancy titles, or ranks; every single person, regardless of what your elected position, age, or ideas are, can be a leader. I learned that leadership is something that comes in all forms; sometimes all it takes is following the rules, and setting a good example to be an effective leader, and setting a good example is something anyone can do. Above all else, I learned that the best way to be a leader, regardless of who you are, is to lift up others and help them. Not only are you allowing them to become stronger, you in turn, make yourself stronger, you inspire others to do the same, and before long, you have helped to create a better community in which its members are collectively at their best.

Throughout the seven years that I have been a Boy Scout, I have grown immensely, and am forever grateful for all of the assistance, support and guidance that I have received along the way (especially to Bill Duggan, my Scoutmaster). Hopefully, I will be able to teach the lessons I have taken away, and provide guidance to scouting generations to come. I plan to continue with scouting for as long as I can, because if there is something I’ve realized, it’s that you’ve never learned it all; there’s a new mountain out there, go climb it."

Sacha Weksler

International Students at CCHS
Every year Concord Carlisle High School welcomes several exchange students from all over the world.  This year we have students from Belgium, Brazil, and Belgium.  We are delighted to have them with us.  They add diversity to our halls and a global perspective to our classrooms.   Over the next three weeks, I will introduce you to our visiting students.  The first edition features Sacha Weksler, a student from Belgium.  

Where are you from?  
I am from Belgium and I live in the capital, Brussels.

Please tell us a little about the town/city you live in and what your high school is like?
My city is pretty big, there are a few parks but the majority of the city is made up of buildings. Moreover, we have a European district because Brussels is not only the Belgium capital, it is also Europe’s capital. I live on the edge of the city, so it is pretty quiet. I have a forest just next to my house.

Why did you want to come to the United States and Concord Carlisle to study?

I wanted to come to the US because my sister did it 10 years ago and she told me things about the US that made me want to live there myself. Moreover, I wanted to “learn” English for my future study ( Business School ) and CC is a very high-level school so it can help me in my ambition.

How has your experience been so far?
My experience now is very nice, students are kind with me, they help me to integrate into the school, my host family is just perfect and I have already done a lot of things since the beginning of my travel, only 1 month ago... 

What are you most excited about?
I’m waiting for the holidays like Halloween, Christmas, New Year,... because here, everything is big hahaha, you live the holiday, there is so much decoration while in Belgium we don’t have that. And I am waiting for the Prom too!

Anything else you would like to share?

I don’t know… Maybe that all the people that I already met are great and I hope meet new people all year.

Pathways Blog
The purpose of the Pathways Blog is to help keep students, parents and other interested parties up-to-date on exciting Pathways news and events.  The blog is located at the following internet address:  Once at the page, you can click "SUBSCRIBE" at the top of the page and enter your email address to get email notification whenever the blog is updated.  

We hope you enjoy this new method of communication and we are excited to be able to easily share all the great things that are going on withPathways students every day.

MIT-Concord Research Team
By Doug Shattuck
The MIT-Concord Research Team began in 2015 when seven CMS students were invited to conduct original research with MIT's Laboratory for Atomistic and Molecular Mechanics. Their work was published and presented at a national conference in 2016. Ten additional students joined the team in 2016 and continued the project and their work was also published and presented at the 2017 national Microscopy and Microanalysis Conference.
Five members of the team interned in the lab last summer working on different projects. They presented their findings to the Lab on Sept 20 and were invited to return again next summer.

CCHS Social Media
If you are interested in following us on social media, here are the links:
Facebook                 @concordcarlislehs
Instagram                 @concordcarlislehs
Blogger (principal’s blog) @cchsmm

Pictures from the recent METCO events.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Safety Rumor & Transportation

Safety Rumor
There is a rumor that a student was in possession of a gun yesterday at CCHS.  That rumor is NOT true.  School safety is paramount, and full transparency and communication are essential when dealing with school safety.  If a student had a gun, we would inform the community immediately after neutralizing the threat.  

After gathering additional data, the Transportation Department has made a change that will impact a small number of students.  The Transporation Department noted that 80% of our students are enjoying 30 additional minutes in the morning and the other 20% of our students have gained between 20 & 25 minutes in the morning.  

I included the recent correspondence from Dr. Hunter with details about the change. 

"As discussed, the challenges in transportation resulted from the need to adapt to the new high school start time.  This week was spent analyzing the status and developing a final plan. 

Final changes have been made to a number of high school routes.  Two routes were eliminated (#14 and #17).  It is important that all students review the routes now posted to the web page at  

The new routes will take effect on Friday, September 22.  We appreciate your patience."

 Dr. Laurie Hunter


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Student Demographic Verification and Student Health Information Online Forms

Student Demographic Verification and Student Health Information Online Forms
Updating Student Health, Emergency Contact, and Student Demographic Information must be done online through the Aspen parent portal.
Families are now able to update important emergency contact information and critical health information electronically. 

It is important that these forms are updated, verified, and submitted each school year.

Please pay particular attention to the permission checkboxes regarding the use of student photo and names in media publications.  For the CCHS Parents Association to receive your student and family contact information, you must check the box granting permission.

For Parent Portal help, please email

Friday, September 15, 2017

Ben Tull, Hali Moran & Iceland Trip Highlights, Back-to-School Night, Kicks for Cancer, METCO Turns 50 & More

I want to thank all members of the community who attended Back-to-School Night last evening.  The event was extremely well attended.  This spectacular building coupled with the large attendance last night provides further evidence that the communities of Concord, Carlisle, and Boston value education and care deeply about our school.  

I have included links to both the Back-to-School presentation and the 9th-grade parent presentation.  In the 9th-grade presentation, we aimed to demystify the high school experience and to reassure parents, particularly those who have not encountered high school from the parental perspective, that we have a staff that is dedicated to helping all students be successful.  Freshmen students will not finish their first year of high school understanding what college they will attend or what profession they will pursue, nor should they, but they will have a better understanding of the person they want to be.  

During the presentation to all parents, we had the opportunity to highlight some of the messages conveyed to students at the beginning of school.  A main focus of the presentation was the importance of creating and sustaining a positive school culture.  All contributions are valued, and regardless of who you are or what you do, we all play a role in making this a great place.  

Although filled with trials and tribulations, it is important for all of us to remember that high school is meant to be enjoyed and it is not merely a passage endured to advance onward toward greater things.  It is important for students to learn the importance of hard work and commitment, but it is equally important that they enjoy the journey, and more important that they wake up every day with the intention of contributing to the well-being of others.  

Parent Presentation

9th Grade Parent Presentation

Students Film Wins An Emmy
Last spring a film made by CCHS students Ben Tull & Cooper Ernst won acclaim at the Student Production Awards, which is sponsored by The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, who happen to sponsor the Emmy awards. The film is now one of 5 nominees in the category of Animation and Special Effects for the National Emmy Awards. Congratulations, gentlemen!

Ben Tull & Cooper Ernst's Press Release

Ben & Cooper's Film

Please be advised that the movie is not yet rated, but it includes PG-13 rated imagery.
I also included a few short clips that highlight some of Ben's recent work.
Still Sliding
Finally, Some Time to Relax 

CC Teacher Spotlight
Throughout the year we will spotlight Concord Carlisle staff members.  The third edition of teacher spotlight features the World Language Department Chair, Iolanda Volpe.  Please follow the link to learn a little bit more about Iolanda.  I have included a particularly poignant excerpt from the feature.

What is a piece of advice you have for students at CC?
"Take a deep breath and remind yourself that each day you are growing and making progress towards your goals as a student and as an individual. Enjoy learning and focus on your day-to-day interactions with your teachers and your peers–they care about you! Finally, there is a place for everyone after high school!"

CC Teacher Spotlight, Iolanda Volpe 

METCO Turns 50
By Aaron Joncas
METCO celebrates its 50th year in the Concord Public Schools this year. To kick off the year, we will hold a family-friendly picnic at CCHS on Sunday, September 17th from 2:00 - 5:00. We will have plenty of food, children's activities and lots of alumni returning to campus. Please visit Concord METCO on facebook to view the event and invite friends, families and former colleagues. The picnic is open to all! 

Kicks for Cancer
Saturday, September 23, 2017 - Kicks for Cancer

Please come to the 11th Annual Kicks For Cancer (KFC) All Day Event.  
Raising funds for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute - Women's Cancer Research.

There will be eighteen local schools participating in twelve full-length games that will run 10:00 am through 7:00 pm.  24 soccer teams, 20 Varsity, 4 Junior Varsity, girls and boys teams will play.   CCHS JV and Varsity girls field hockey teams will play "Sticks For Cancer" 10:00 am and 11:30 am. 

KFC has raised $288,149 in ten years for Dana-Farber, in 2016 alone we raised $60,021. This year we have again set the goal of raising $50,000!  Watch for more day of information, game time details, how to donate in person and online. See you there! Meri-Sue Nuzum (Chairperson Kicks for Cancer)

Iceland: From Them to Us
At the end of last year, our students traveled to Iceland as part of a school-sponsored Environmental Science trip.  Below is a write-up from CCHS junior Hali Moran.  Also, I included a video from the Icelandic bus driver who shared his sentiments on our students.  It is a 50-second clip that is worth your time.  

I enjoyed reading the article and loved this particular quote by Grace King. “It was extremely rewarding to leave our small towns of Carlisle and Concord and experience a new culture, all the while meeting new people” and I feel like that’s the true purpose of the CCHS Earth Science trip to instill unity through education."

Bus Driver Video

By Hali Moran
In the weeks before jetting to Iceland, students found themselves worrying about the unknown. ”What if I don’t have anyone to sit with on the bus?” “What if I don’t know anyone?” “What if I get lost?” The overall theme of their worries were “what if I wasn’t enough for them." “Them” being the Icelandic people; them being everything that is not “us;" them being the unknown. I find that it is very easy to talk about “them” negatively and in light of recent events, it is ever more important that we realize there is no them. “Them” is a construct created to distance people from each other, when we are all one “us;" and that idea of unity is what embodies the Icelandic way. In fact Colleen Boyle a freshman at the time was nervous to go to Iceland because she didn’t know anyone. Later said she was happy because “[Colleen] got to meet so many new people that [she] wouldn't have even thought about talking to if [she] had gone with a friend.” She also included that “traveling with people I had never met before really brought me closer to many of them and I've even made a good friend from that trip” whom she still  makes a point to talk to regularly.

On June 20th Keflavik airport gained 58 eager travelers at five am, and the first thing these new travelers noticed was the brutal cold, but Grace King exclaims that “Even the cold rains of the first few days couldn't bring us down.” Thanks to the competence of Mr. Pavlik, Mr. Nichol, all of the students were readily prepared for the vicious weather. The two groups split up and boarded their buses. Although group two immediately faced a dilemma: where would they stay/sleep that night. Due to the weather camping was no longer an option. In between teaching the group about Iceland, Ardis, group 2’s tour guide had already solved the problem in a matter of minutes. In hour 12 of their 29 hour day (yes you read that right we were awake for 29 hours) group two conquered the 3rd largest waterfall in Iceland which is quite surprising seeing as Iceland has a lot of waterfalls! At the end of the day they had visited Rang├írbing eystra waterfall, Black Sand Beach, Diamond Beach, Reynisfjara Beach in search of puffins, and the Myrdalsjokull. At the end of the day we reached where we were to stay for the night; a small school. We were greeted with open arms by four local elementary school teachers; I found it so humbling that four teachers housed 28 complete strangers in exchange for nothing. 

A memorable moment for group two was at the end of a troll themed hike on day six when Ardis had instructed both students and teachers to lie down in the grass for a quick break; the uneven terrain made for a comfortable bed. After our quick break everyone went to to explore and play around in interesting landscape. Ms. Yousha led a group of girls who were trying to cartwheel, while Mackenzie and Alyssa led a mini cheer squad. Most of the juniors however sat in a circle, so when it came time to leave Spencer Torres was very surprised when he heard a loud rip and was puzzled at where it came from. He had ripped his “precious” rain pants; a necessity to the trip. He explains his feeling towards the whole ordeal; “I remember packing for the trip and seeing "rain pants" on the packing list and rolling my eyes, thinking this was something I would have to drop tons of money on and never use. I was so wrong! I used them all the time; we all wore them everyday, even when it didn't rain. The biggest tragedy of the trip by far.” Shortly after ripping his rain pants Spencer ripped his shants, and Grace King even went so far as to say that it was one of her favorite moments of the trip because she thought it helped everyone get comfortable with each other.  

Although the scenery was beautiful most students found that their favorite moments of the trip were so special because of the people they were with. Angie Serafini explained that her favorite moment was not one of sheer excitement and awe but rather a moment of unity and togetherness. She explained that despite “getting to see some of the most spectacular natural phenomena on the planet” her favorite moment was when “we had a long drive to our next destination, and to pass the time our entire bus sang songs. I loved this part of the trip because at this point we had really come together as a group.” Grace King really highlighted the nature of the trip when she said “it was extremely rewarding to leave our small towns of Carlisle and Concord and experience a new culture, all the while meeting new people” and I feel like that’s the true purpose of the CCHS Earth Science trip to instill unity through education."

CCHS Staff Members Tracie Dunn & Tom Keane in Austin, Texas

VSA & Pathways Blog
Over the summer CCHS staff members, Tom Keane and Tracie Dunn presented at the VSA Intersections Conference in Austin, Texas. Their presentation focused on the impact arts education has on supporting students from an educational, vocational and social perspective. During their time in Austin, they toured the University of Texas campus and met with Superintendent Paul Cruz from the Austin Unified School district. This district is a leader in progressive K -12 arts integration as a means to access the general education curriculum for all students. 

Pathways Blog
By Tom Keane
The purpose is to help keep students, parents, and other interested parties up-to-date on exciting Pathways news and events.  The blog is located at the following internet address:  Once at the page, you can click "SUBSCRIBE" at the top of the page and enter your email address to get email notification whenever the blog is updated.  We hope you enjoy this new method of communication and we are excited to be able to easily share all the great things that are going on with Pathways students every day.

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Student Newspaper

Read the Voice's first issue of the year! Hurricane Relief Fundraising, Fall Sports, Parking Passes, TV and Movie Reviews, and More!

SAT Prep Bootcamp

By Jill Asser
Take the first step down the road to academic success with this SAT prep bootcamp. This Summit Educational Group workshop includes one full-length practice test and one four-hour instructional session, and is designed to give your child an overview of the academic skills and strategies he or she will need on test day. Two sessions, both 9 am -1 pm at CCHS: 9/23 & 9/30 (for the October test) or 10/21 & 10/28 (for the November test). Fee is $280, register at, or by calling 978-318-1432.

Concord Lawnmower "Swap Plus" Event

By Jill Appel
September 23rd, 9am to 1pm, Concord Public Works, 133 Keyes Road

Come check out the newest and coolest electric lawn and garden tools that will do a great job for you and make your yard safer, healthier and quieter! No more smelly gas and oil! No more air pollution! No trips to the gas station to fill up the tank! No blasting music in your headphones to cover up the mower noise! Over 80 Concord homeowners have already signed up to turn in their old dirty gas mowers for a big discount on the new Consumer Reports #1-rated EGO battery-powered mower. Both push and self-propelled models are available. Go to to learn more about the event and reserve your mower and $100 Concord rebate. Mowers, blowers, hedge trimmers, string trimmers, snowblowers and more from EGO and Ryobi will also be on display. This event is sponsored by Concord's Sustainable Energy Committee and Concord Public Works. Join us! You'll be glad you did!

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