Friday, November 4, 2005
Shorts from the Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committee meeting Oct. 25
• New scholarship. Dr. William Cotter of Concord, former president of Colby College, is now chairman of the Board of Directors of the Robertson Scholars Program, and has nominated Concord-Carlisle Regional High School (CCHS) to be one of 60 schools in the U.S. that can put forth one candidate a year to apply for this special merit scholarship. The program selects 30 new scholars each year. Half matriculate at Duke University and the other half at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The four-year merit scholarship provides generous financial benefits, a comprehensive program involving resources at both colleges and summer enrichment opportunities. Principal Art Dulong said a counselor will go to Duke and UNC in the spring to determine their goals.
• Retirement. Dulong said that Wilson Flight, a long-term earth science teacher with emeritus status, has now fully retired. Dulong stated, "Wilson was an extraordinary presence in the schoolIt is a great loss. People talked fondly about their child having him."
• Gift. The Knox Family Foundation donated $500 to CCHS. Dulong said he wants to use the funds for student activities.
• Technology. Gene Warfel, director of Information Technology Services, gave a presentation on the use of new technology at CCHS. A new language lab with 60 PCs and a new network in the lab area were installed. There is new fiber optic wiring. The physics department received 16 PCs and the music department received ten PCs, complete with networking and software.
Ethan Hoblitzelle, a social studies teacher, said of the new ActivBoards in use at CCHS this fall, "Since these boards went in, there has been enormous change [in how we teach]. There is a lot more access to parents and students. We are adjusting to the technology and we would love more training." RSC member Michael Fitzgerald asked, "Are we providing all the necessary training?" Warfel replied, "There is a core of extremely adept users that want to teach others." RSC member Betsy Bilodeau commented on how far CCHS has come in two years. "Then, we talked about the challenges we were facing. There was an inability for teachers to reach their e-mail. The system kept crashing." Hoblitzelle mentioned that there used to be one computer for three teachers and added, "There has been tremendous change."
• School trip. CCHS biology teachers Jennifer Benson and Matthew Goldberg got approval to plan a school trip to the U.S. Virgin Islands next July. The emphasis will be on tropical ecology, with students staying at the Virgin Islands Environmental Research Station (VIERS). Benson said there was a big response for the earth science trip to Hawaii last year. This would be a trip for ecology and biology students.
• Professional status awards. Last Thursday, five CCHS teachers were awarded professional status. A small party was given in their honor and each received a red marble apple mounted on a walnut base. The teachers are: Cricket McCaffrey-Clark who teaches chemistry, Hai-Ming Wu who teaches Chinese language, Diane Tomaz and Ingrid Sutter who teach English and Michele Morgan who teaches French. "Professional status" used to be known as "tenured." These teachers have worked at least three consecutive years, are fully certified in their areas and each has been deemed an excellent teacher.
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