The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, December 10, 1999


Carlisle family contribution allows lecture series to continue

Concord-Carlisle High School plans to continue its series of enrichment lectures begun by social studies department chair Denis Cleary. The lectures, open to students, staff, faculty and the public, are a way for teachers to share their knowledge and interest in subjects they often never get a chance to talk about in class, said Cleary.

Past lecture topics have included a discussion of World War I, the history of the American musical and a lecture on physics. The lectures must be "interesting and entertaining in an intellectual sense," according to Cleary who is also planning to invite area business and academic leaders to speak at upcoming lectures. "The lectures are a wonderful way to get faculty and students together outside of a classroom learning about new things," commented Principal Elaine DiCicco.

The high school has received a generous donation from the Ruettgers family of Carlisle to ensure that the lectures will continue. An advisory board has been established and the gift allows a small stipend to be paid to teachers as an added incentive to research, prepare and present the lectures.

The gift will also be used to expand the present social studies consortium. Presently, three CCHS students attend a weekly social studies class in the evening along with three students each from Concord Academy, Middlesex Academy and Weston High School. Cleary is planning a separate social studies consortium for 12 CCHS seniors to study various topics with faculty members in the evening at the school. Students would compete for a spot in the group. The consortium is a way to create a private school experience in a public school, Cleary said.

As part of the lecture series, CCHS social studies teacher William Ireland will address "How to Think About the Middle East" on Thursday, December 16. The free lecture will begin after school at 2:30 p.m. in the high school library and is open to the public.

1999 The Carlisle Mosquito