Friday, November 7, 2008
Shorts from the Regional School Committee, October 28
• Writing Recognitions. Last week at the meeting of the Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committee (RSC), Concord-Carlisle High School Principal Peter Badalament announced that two students were awarded certificates for superior writing from the National Council of English Teachers. Miranda Morrison of Carlisle and Samuel Corrao Clanon were chosen from 17,000 high school juniors.
• Praise for AP Math, Science and Technology at CCHS. The College Board sent CCHS a letter stating, “Your high school has been identified as having one of the best student success rates in AP Math, Science and Technology courses in your state. This distinction qualifies your high school to apply for the Siemens Awards for Advanced Placement . . . The Siemens Foundation, in partnership with the College Board, rewards exceptional achievement in AP, recognizing students, teachers and high schools. ‘Investing resources in the lives of students, teachers and high schools fosters our next generation of innovators,’ said Jim Whaley, president of the Siemens Foundation.”
For 11 years, the Siemens Foundation has given a $1,000 grant to one high school in each state for use for Science and Math education. Winners will be announced in USA Today and on the Siemens Foundation website, www.siemens-foundation.org. Previous winners can also be viewed on the website. CCHS has until December 12, 2008 to apply for the grant.
Each year, roughly 80 CCHS students take AP classes at the high school.
• Participation in Edinburgh drama festival. In August, CCHS teacher of Drama and the Arts George Kendall took 39 CCHS students to Edinburgh, Scotland for the 2008 Fringe Festival. There, the group, made up of 22 actors, 12 techies and five musicians put on a shortened version of last year’s December production of Animal Crackers. John Eldridge, a 2007 CCHS graduate, came back to conduct the musicians. Kendall played trumpet during the performance. The stage crew was allotted only ten minutes to set up and break down the set.
Kendall said that the festival had a rigorous application process. Four schools were selected from Massachusetts, with CCHS the only public school chosen.
Stopping in London, the group toured the British National Theater and participated in workshops at the Globe Theater. Then they took a train to Edinburgh.
CCHS Junior Celeste Hall told the RSC, “I personally found the trip to be amazing . . . Overall, the performances went well.” She really enjoyed seeing shows by teenagers from around the world. “I hope others have this opportunity.”
CCHS Senior Chris LeVan said that this was his first trip overseas. “I found it really interesting. The Scottish accents are hard to discern . . . The facilities were amazing.” He enjoyed seeing the sights and starting friendships with students from around the world. “It was the experience of a lifetime; glad I was a part of it.”
The students were housed in the dorm rooms of Edinburgh University. “There was individual growth by this living experience,” said Kendall.
RSC Chair Jerry Wedge said, “We are incredibly proud of you and the crew.”
• Food Service Report. Food Services Manager Bonnie Hardy told the RSC that the cafeteria has a new freezer and is serving more local farm fruits and vegetables. There are full salad bars and fresh fruits. She asked for a $0.10 increase in the price of school lunches which are currently at $2.50. Hardy said most surrounding towns are charging $3.00.
• School trips approved. Several CCHS teachers asked for permission to plan trips for students in the coming year. All were approved.
Foreign Language teacher Eric Pohl was granted permission to plan a two-week trip to Ecuador again in February. The trip will include attending Ludoteca High School in Quito, some community service, hikes up two volcanoes and a side trip to the Galapagos Islands. Last spring, Pohl took students to Ecuador for two weeks. Students went to classes with Ecuadorian students and also visited the Amazon. “It was a very successful trip last year,” Pohl said.
He explained a long standing tradition where foreign students come here for two weeks in February. One week they shadow CCHS students. The second week, during winter break, they visit historical sites with their host families. In February 2008, 19 students from Ecuador came here.
CCHS students visit Ecuador in April, missing one week of school and the spring vacation week. Pohl saidthat students are screened. They must be responsible to make up the work they miss. “They bring it with them. They are very conscientious. They make up tests and quizzes.”
Social Studies teacher Meredith Fisher was granted permission to plan a trip to Columbia University in New York City for a Model UN international conference. The Model UN is a club that meets weekly. It is run by students who discuss international issues and promote peaceful diplomacy. Model UN President and CCHS Senior Class President David Shoup said the international conference was a highlight for the year. “A third of the delegates come from other countries. Columbia University students and faculty run the conference.” The club has already started doing research to pass successful resolutions.
Social Studies teacher Glasson received permission to plan a winter and spring trip for Junior State. The winter trip is to Washington DC for a student model congress. The spring trip is to Connecticut. She said the chapter consistently provides leaders for the conferences. Roughly 15 students participate from CCHS.
CCHS Swim Team Coach Jerry Moss received permission for an overnight trip to attend the Eastern State Long Island Invitational Meet. ∆
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