Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Parking at CCHS

Please review this letter from Superintendent Dr. Laurie Hunter sent last year. 

Last year the Concord Carlisle Regional School Committee (CCRSC) formed a Campus Advisory Committee (CAC) to study the current and potential future use of the school grounds. The site garnering the most interest and attention is the parcel of land with the most potential. Located on the Walden Street side of the CCHS campus (map), the recently completed remediation project leaves untapped acreage with latent potential. The Committee put forth recommendations for consideration, and it was widely recognized that any long-term plan needs to include a remedy to the current parking issues.

As noted in the Superintendent's letter, there are no short-term fixes to this long-term problem. This summer we lined the parking spaces in front of the Beede Center to maximize student parking and ensure the area was reserved for student parking.  Further, we added a few additional visitor spots in the top lot to accommodate guests at CCHS.  

I am happy to report that all seniors requesting a parking space will be accommodated this school year.  That was a goal established last year to accommodate all seniors in need of parking.  In case a senior failed to request a spot over the summer, we will allow seniors the first week of school to request a parking spot.  Any additional spots at that time, roughly 10-15 spots, will be made available by lottery to members of the junior class.  

We understand parking is a significant cause of frustration. We respectfully request that you recognize we have made all efforts to maximize the facility in the short-term, and there is nothing that can be done to increase the number of spots this school year.  I am sorry for the inconvenience this has caused.  

In terms of the long-term plan, there is a special town meeting in the fall to discuss, among other things, a design study that will include a review of parking at CCHS. 

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Transportation schedule
The bus schedule will be posted on the transportation website in early August:  http://www.concordps.org/transportation-2/

Friday, August 24, 2018

Important Student Wireless Connection Information

Important Student Wireless Connection Information

Over the summer, we updated our wireless technology. Students can connect their laptop to the "CPS" wireless network. 

Important Information: Do not try to connect your phone or any other device to the "CPS" wireless network. 

A student should only connect their computer to the wireless network. If you join with another device there will be a delay in getting your computer to join the "CPS "wireless network.

The network only allows for one device per student account. If you connect your phone to the network, it will forbid any other student devices to connect wirelessly, and that includes your computer.  Only one device is allowed on the system, so the laptop is the only device you should connect. 

When connecting your laptop: 
  • Use the same username and password you use to login to a school owned computer. For example, 
    • Username: jsmith19
    • Password: Your Student ID(begins with capital "C") 
  • For step by step instructions, click HERE
If you do want to connect your phone to the network, you may use CPS-GUEST.  

1-to-1 Video Presentation
Please check out this short clip made by CCHS staff member Owen Curtin for important 1-to-1 information.

1-to-1 Video Presentation

7 August Principal's Blog
CCHS Laptop Distribution Information

Monday, August 20, 2018

Welcome Back Letter & Important Back to School Information

Important Back to School Information & Logistics
Complete Back to School Packet

Dear CCHS Educational Community: 

It is with great excitement that we open our doors for the 2018-2019 school year. For students, staff, and families with school-age children, the start of school marks the unofficial end of summer, and, with that, comes excitement, enthusiasm, and maybe a little anxiety and a slight 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, we will greet our incoming first-year students, welcome the returning sophomore and junior classes, and collaborate with the class of 2019 to provide the leadership necessary to make every student’s high school experience positive and memorable. We are confident that new students and staff members, 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.”

This year we strive to improve upon our successes, address areas in need of improvement, and take on new challenges. We will witness year two for Q5, Robotics classes, and the expansion of computer science offerings. In 2018-2019, the social studies department will offer a new course entitled, Human Geography. We will carry out a new Special Education model, and implement a student support system known as Response to Intervention (RTI), which is a multi-tier approach to the early identification and support of students with learning and behavior needs. 

If nothing else, a new school year brings optimism, and it is hard to be anything less than optimistic when entering 500 Walden. A beautiful campus, a majestic building, and a warm and welcoming place for students and staff. Arriving on the CCHS campus from Thoreau Street, a visitor is greeted by lovely vistas of a state-of-the-art facility that includes a stadium, tennis courts, and lush grass complete with a baseball diamond and a softball field. Nearing the top of the hill the beautiful, award-winning, and eco-friendly high school becomes visible. Entering from Walden Street, one is met by a parcel of land that equates to a blank canvas with enormous potential. Once complete, this signature plot of land will serve as a bookend to a majestic campus that will be enjoyed for generations.  

This summer the building passed its first unintended stress test. A fire caused damage requiring a seven-days a week commitment to ensure safe passage on day one, and except for the classroom where the fire originated all work will be complete or nearly complete when students arrive.  

All of our goals support the overarching objective of preparing Concord Carlisle High School students for their futures. Preparing our students to compete and contribute in the 21st Century 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. Outcomes are not guaranteed, but hard work and commitment are, and we welcome the excitement and difficulty a new year brings, and realize any challenge in which a successful outcome is assured is not a challenge at all.  

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.  


Michael J. Mastrullo

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

CCHS Laptop Distribution Information

Dear Parent/Guardian, 

August 7th leaves us but a few weeks away from the start of school.  As the first day of school approaches, you will start to receive periodic updates on items in need of your attention.  I hope my correspondence does not interfere with your summer fun, but it probably serves as a reminder that summer days are fleeting and you should enjoy what remains.  

If your child will borrow a laptop from CCHS, here are the instructions for laptop pickup. 

Both a parent/guardian and child must be present at the pickup. We will offer laptop pickup times listed below and on our website. Due to the high volume of students, we ask all to abide by your child's designated class pickup time.  For more information on the 1 to 1 program, please visit this page

Fall Borrowed Laptop Distribution Dates/Times 

Thursday, August 23rd - 11am-1pm (YOG 2019, 2020, 2021 only)
Thursday, August 23rd - 3pm - 6pm (YOG 2019, 2020, 2021 only)

Monday, August 27th - 3pm - 7pm (YOG 2022 only) 

Tuesday, August 28th - 7:15am - 8:30am (YOG 2019, 2020, 2021 only)
Tuesday, August 28th - 3pm - 6pm (YOG 2019, 2020, 2021 only)

Wednesday, August 29th - 3pm - 6pm (All Classes) 

If you have any questions, please contact the CCHS IT Team at cchs1to1@concordcarlisle.org.

All My Best,

Michael J. Mastrullo