Friday, June 5, 2009
Shorts from the May 26 Regional School Committee meeting
• Regionalization with Maynard? At the Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committee (RSC) meeting on May 26 Chair Jerry Wedge relayed a request from Maynard to be considered for inclusion in the regional school district. Maynard has been looking to build a new high school and the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) has asked Maynard to investigate a range of options and alternatives, one being regionalizing with one of their neighbors. Roughly three years ago they asked to join with Concord-Carlisle and other surrounding towns, but did not find a willing partner. Superintendent Diana Rigby called the Maynard Superintendent Mark Masterson who said one meeting is expected by MSBA. Wedge said this time the RSC will document a more formal discussion for the MSBA.
• National Merit Scholars. Concord-Carlisle Regional High School (CCHS) Principal Peter Badalament recognized Lydia Slocum and Shivani Bhatia, both of Concord, as National Merit Scholars. Students become merit scholars by doing well on the PSAT exam. They have been selected from among the top 0.1% PSAT scorers.
• Art award. Carlisle Junior Victoria Abel received the Certificate of Congressional Recognition for her winning entry in the Congressional Art Competition. Her abstract done with acrylic paints will hang in the U.S. Capitol for one year starting in late June. The award comes with a $1,500 scholarship.
• Teacher receives Chemistry Honor. Chemistry teacher Laura Rotondo has been accepted into the Aula Laudis Society of the American Chemical Society. She was nominated by her peers. The Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society selects four people each year in the New England area for this honor.
• Travel abroad. English teacher David Nurenberg gave a presentation of the Sci-Fi Club trip he led to Japan over April break. Nurenberg took 17 students and five chaperones to Ninae, Concord’s sister city that the CCHS Concert Band has visited several times, Sapporo and Tokyo. Nurenberg showed several digital film clips of Japanese and CCHS students doing activities together. Nurenberg said the students were truly ambassadors. “I could not be prouder of them…These kids are part of the peace between our two peoples.”
English teacher Andy Sapp gave a review of the trip he led to England over April break. Some of the places the group visited were London, Stratford-on-Avon, Warwick Castle, Stonehenge, and Coventry. The group had a workshop at the Globe Theater. One tour guide told Sapp, the group was “probably the most knowledgeable and attentive” he had had.
RSC member Peter Fischelis said, “We should keep in mind the impact [of these trips] on our kids…One of these trips could be life-changing for them.” Rigby said, “I want to publicly thank you [trip leaders] for all the work that goes into these trips.” Rigby had gone to Japan with Nurenberg as a chaperone. “It was the highlight of my year.”
Drivers Education class. Concord-Carlisle Adult and Community Education (ACE) Director Court Booth told the RSC about the new drivers education program being offered through ACE. He recalled that CCHS teachers taught students to drive until the 1980s. Since then different commercial-based programs have been used. Under the new program, students may take the classroom part of the course once they are fifteen years and 10 months old. For the driving section, students will take lessons together with a partner; one will drive while the other observes from the back seat, and vice versa.
Recent changes to the Massachusetts rules for getting a driver’s license include 12 hours behind the wheel and 12 hours instead of six hours of observation. Also, now parents must take a two-hour class on their role. Students now need 40 hours behind the wheel with parents or guardians before they can get a license.
• AFS students approved. The RSC accepted two American Field Service students, one from Italy and one from Germany to start at CCHS in the fall.
• Proms. Student Advisory Council member Blair Robinson reported that seniors have the option of taking a coach bus, rather than a limo, to the Senior Prom. “A lot of people are taking that option,” said Robinson. Student Advisory Council member Katie Miller said that breathalyzers had been used for the first time at the Junior Prom but the tests were not used a lot. She added, “The prom was a lot of fun.” ∆
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