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Friday, November 6, 2009

Regional School Committee shorts, October 27

CCHS Library transforms. “It’s not the old library. It’s not silent all the time,” Concord-Carlisle High School (CCHS) Principal Peter Badalament told the Regional School Committee (RSC) on October 27. He said librarian Robin Cicchetti has been transforming the library into a learning commons. “She has opened up spaces where students can work together quietly. She has created spaces for students to work in different modes.” There are still quiet places for students to work, particularly on the third level.

Badalament said, “She has infused a lot of technology into the space.” In addition, the library now has ten flip-cameras that students can check out. The new technology enhances learning. When reached after the meeting, Cicchetti emailed the following: “The kids have been incredibly responsible. They really enjoy the cameras, and have been using them for all sorts of class assignments such has digital book trailers, the Earth Science Leaf Project, Foreign Language dialogs and lots of other uses. Faculty has also been making use of them to record professional development events, for graduate classes, conferences, and a few sports coaches have been using them to record events and to use with student athletes to evaluate performance. [For $150 for each camera] that is a lot of bang for the buck!”

As written previously, Cicchetti was given an award for program innovation at the Massachusetts School Library Association Annual Meeting. She was also invited to speak at the School Library Journal Leadership Summit in Washington, DC.

Crop Walk in Concord. Badalament thanked the CCHS Pep Band and the boys’ soccer teams for participating in the Crop Walk event in Concord. Rain cancelled much of the event, but the soccer teams ran the route anyway while the band performance was moved indoors. Badalament praised Band Director Al Dentino and Soccer Coach and teacher Ray Pavlik for involving students in this community service.

MIAA Sportsmanship Award. Superintendent Diana Rigby praised Athletic Director Barry Haley and the fall coaches and athletes for being the 2009 recipients of the MIAA Sportsmanship Award. Badalament added, “It’s a tribute to the kids. They are a ‘class act.’” Haley will be receiving the award at Gillette Stadium on November 20. ∆

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