Busy Fall Sports Calendar as Season’s End Nears

_DSC0496We’re heading into the final week of regular season soccer games, and we have one more week to go for volleyball and cross country. The girls volleyball team recorded their first win last week. The boys and girls soccer teams continue to fight for playoff spots. (The top 6 girls teams and the top 8 boys teams make the playoffs.)

Winter sports will begin soon: There will be a meeting on Friday, 10/24 at 3:45 PM for all middle school boys interested in playing basketball.  Also, Ms. Ferrara (school nurse) will head the school’s first cheerleading team.  Practice for cheerleading may begin as early as Monday, 10/27.

All CCSC athletes must be scholars as well. This fall the average student-athlete as a numerical average of 84.4 and a GPA of 3.0.

Below is our competitive schedule for the final two weeks of the fall season:



Volleyball – HOME Monday, 10/20 = APR @ 4:00 PM – Cambridge Athletic Club, 125 First St. 3:30 PM
Soccer – AWAY Tuesday, 10/21 @ APR Boys and Girls – 4:30 pm – Kelly Field Turtle Pond Parkway and River Street in Hyde Park 1:45 PM
Cross Country – AWAY Tuesday, 10/21 Makeup Meet 2:15 PM
Volleyball – AWAY Thursday, 10/23 = SSPCS @ 7:30 PM N/A
Cross Country – AWAY Thursday, 10/23 @ Lynn – busses – Lynn Woods Reservation 2:00 PM
Soccer – HOME Saturday, 10/25 – SACS Boys and Girls – officials – park @ 10:30 N/A
Volleyball – AWAY Tuesday, 10/28 = PCSS @ 4:30 PM 2:45 PM
Cross Country – AWAY Tuesday, 10/28 @ Dorchester HS Champ – Franklin Park 2:30 PM
Cross Country – AWAY Saturday, 11/1 @  Haverhill – Winnekenni Park N/A


Why I Teach: Mr. Gibson

Mr. Gibson
Mr. Gibson is our new director of athletics

We are pleased to welcome Karim Gibson to the CCSC faculty as our new director of athletics and wellness and movement (WAM) teacher. Mr. Gibson brings considerable experience working and coaching in both charter and district schools. Most recently Mr. Gibson served as executive director of the MCPSA track and field league and worked at Smith Leadership Academy. A track and field standout in high school, he attended college on a full athletic scholarship for football. Continue reading “Why I Teach: Mr. Gibson”

Friday Night Lights: Lax Clinic at NU

DSC04844 (800x532)On Friday night, our newly established boys lacrosse team traveled to Parson’s Field in Brookline to participate in a clinic held by the men’s lacrosse team at Northeastern University. “It was a huge success, and our students benefited tremendously,” remarks CCSC Coach James Morin. Continue reading “Friday Night Lights: Lax Clinic at NU”

Lacrosse Team Tackles Stringing 101

_DSC0026As previously announced, we are adding boys lacrosse to the CCSC athletics program this spring. Athletic Director James Morin, a former collegiate player and assistant coach, tapped his extensive lax network to secure equipment donations. Epoch donated 20 sticks — some assembly required — so the team met after school today to string each stick. Continue reading “Lacrosse Team Tackles Stringing 101”

Cougars Post Wins as Season Nears End

SONY DSCDuring last week’s school break, our varsity basketball teams won their penultimate regular season games on our home court at MIT Rockwell against Salem Academy Charter School. As great as winning feels, our teams should be equally proud that their sportsmanship drew kudos in a post-game tweet from their opponent (@SACSAthletics : “Congratulations @CCSCambridge for two wins in girls and boys basketball tonight. Always a pleasure to compete vs. classy student athletes.”) Continue reading “Cougars Post Wins as Season Nears End”

Help Equip Our New Boys Lacrosse Team

CCSC plans to introduce lacrosse this spring.
CCSC plans to introduce boys lacrosse this spring.

Boston-area charter schools are hailed for their success in closing the achievement gap by producing some of the strongest rates of learning growth for urban students of color anywhere in the U.S.. With their laser focus on college prep and their “no excuses” mantra, charters expect all their students to work hard and to prioritize academics. At charters, a longer school day leaves less time for sports and other extracurriculars, and their urban locations make securing field and gym time a perennial challenge.

Like its Boston charter peers just across the Charles River, high-performing Community Charter School of Cambridge tries hard to offer a well-rounded high school experience, but given the school’s small size (just 360 students in grades 7-12) and lack of any athletic facilities, the scholar-athlete ideal tips heavily toward the scholar side. But that could change, a bit, this spring if CCSC succeeds in launching a boys lacrosse team. Continue reading “Help Equip Our New Boys Lacrosse Team”

CCSC Athletic Awards for 2012-13

Ann Appolon receives her award from Upper School Principal Chris Cook
Ann Appolon receives her award from Upper School Principal Chris Cook.

It’s not easy to be a student-athlete at CCSC. Cougar athletes exemplify the school’s core values of commitment, citizenship, scholarship, and courage on and off the court and playing field, balancing practices and games with a long school day and a heavy academic workload. For our basketball teams, commitment means practicing before school, at 6:30 a.m., and playing their home games on Friday nights, both at MIT’s gym (a 15-minute walk). Our soccer, baseball, softball, and track teams also have to compete at a high level without the benefit of any on-campus sports facilities. All CCSC athletes must keep up their GPAs and stay out of detention to remain eligible for team competition. Continue reading “CCSC Athletic Awards for 2012-13”