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Friday, June 4, 2010

Regional School Committee shorts, May 25

Louis Salemy was chosen the new chair of the Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committee (RSC) on May 25. Salemy is one of two representatives from the Carlisle School Committee serving on the RSC. He will also be the RSC liaison to the Carlisle Finance Committee. Bill Fink has agreed to serve as the second RSC member from Carlisle. Fink will also attend CCTV board meetings. The local cable access television station is housed in the Concord-Carlisle High School (CCHS).

Concord to vote on feasibility study June 8

Salemy told the committee that the Warrant Article for the high school feasibility study and design schematics passed by a 3:1 margin in Carlisle, “which is great! I want to thank everyone who voted for it.” He also said,“The [CCHS Facilities] Master Plan really got us moving forward.” Concord’s Town Meeting approved funding for the feasibility study and schematic design; however the proposal still requires passage by Concord voters at the ballot box on June 8.

Band Trip to Japan

Alex Sayde with his Japanese host family. (Courtesy photo)

CCHS Principal Peter Badalament thanked all the chaperones that accompanied the band’s trip to Japan in April and particularly commended the organizers Al Dentino, Tom Curtin and David Nurenberg. Badalament, who was also a chaperone on the trip, said that the students rehearsed for three hours, took a break and ate lunch on the floor and then rehearsed some more without ever complaining,“I never heard them say ‘I’m tired.’” He was very proud of them.

Student Advisory Council members Kathryn Miller said, “The trip to Japan was a great experience.” Student Advisory Council member Emily Chen agreed.

Fink asked Miller what was the most significant thing that she took away from the trip. She replied, “Understanding that despite differences in race, language and basic cultural standards, we can still connect with people.” She continues to exchange emails with Japanese students she met on the trip. (See article, page 8)

Junior State

Junior State is a co-curricular political debating team open to all CCHS students. CCHS senior Madeleine Vahey said, “It’s an opportunity to exchange ideas about government and politics.” Miller, who is the student representative from the Student Senate to the RSC, explained that the club meets one evening a week and “debates current political issues…supreme court philosophies and court decisions.” Johanna Glazer has been the advisor to Junior State for 14 years. Glazer came before the RSC to get permission for three trips this year, one in Massachusetts, one in Connecticut and one in Washington, DC. Permission was granted for all three.

Exchange students

The RSC approved two exchange students from Turkmenistan to attend CCHS next fall (see article, above). The committee also approved two other exchange students, one from Romania and one from Iceland.

A girl from Romania, Julia Csaka, will be living with a Carlisle family. She is 17 years old, from the small town of Szekelykeresztur. Her native toungue is Hungarian. She has ten years of English and Romanian and has studied German for six years. Csaka is participating in SHARE, a high-school exchange program administered by the Educational Resource Development Trust, a global educational non-profit foundation that was started in 1974. Roughly 500 international students a year are placed with American host families through this program.

The second exchange student, Berglind Tryggvadottir is from Iceland and has had six years of English. She is participating in an American Field Service (AFS) exchange. AFS is an international, voluntary, non-governmental non-profit providing intercultural learning opportunities to help people develop the knowledge and understanding necessary to create a more just and peaceful world.∆

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