Thank You Thursday 09.28.17

The CCSC community is full of gratitude for the students, faculty and staff members that exemplify the four core CCSC values of Courage, Commitment, Scholarship, and Citizenship each and every day. Check out our SHOUT-OUTS for this week!

 


 

Middle School:

  • To HOUSTON B for SCHOLARSHIP: Telling me all about the creative story he’s writing, and about the elements of story-writing that he’s learning in humanities. Thanks! – Ms. Norris
  • To CAISON P. for SCHOLARSHIP: Continuing to preserve through difficult questions and tasks in IMA regardless if the day has been tough or not.
  • To RAHUL C. and MOHAMED A. for COMMITMENT: Coming to class every single day ready to participate and get the most out of their time
  • To NYLA T. for COURAGE: Started off class on a bad note but was able to turn it around and still contribute to large group discussion
  • To HOUSTON B. for SCHOLARSHIP: Doing some really great work on his outline in Humanities
  • To AMANEALE R for SCHOLARSHIP: Coming in early to work on his morality paper
  • To NYLA T for SCHOLARSHIP: for answering multiple questions in IMB that are challenging and always giving it her best!
  • To KIDUS for CITIZENSHIP: for cleaning up morning meeting space without being asked and offering to help peers with cleaning up each day! THANK YOU!
  • To JOSHUA R. for CITIZENSHIP: thank you for greeting me so warmly every day.
  • To VISHAK for COURAGE: finally admitting that he had lost his fitbit.
  • To MARK for SCHOLARSHIP: always having productive conversations during turn and talks.
  • To VISHAK for SCHOLARSHIP: for also always having productive conversations during turn and talks.
  • To ROWIDA for COMMITMENT: persevering through challenging work and always coming to class excited to work.
  • To KAILANI for CITIZENSHIP: always being willing to help out in class whenever it is necessary.
  • To TREVELL for SCHOLARSHIP: working through almost all of his quiz revisions in math lab.
  • To NATALIE for SCHOLARSHIP: staying after school to work on math homework.
  • To MESHELL for COMMITMENT: consistently working hard in math and always trying her best.
  • To ANTONIO PB and DANERY B for SCHOLARSHIP: excellent attention to detail and participation answering questions about news clip in class.

High School:

  • To MIA and DASHAWN for CITIZENSHIP: quickly volunteering to represent Art Club at the Cougar Fair.
  • To AMANUEL G for SCHOLARSHIP: Exemplary focus on his work during study hall on Monday
  • To INGRID and ZENIA for COURAGE: commitment to assuming the best as well as apologizing and accepting apologies last week.
  • To JIMMY T for SCHOLARSHIP: adding insightful topics to discussion and challenging students and teachers to think deeper
  • To YESEHAK A. for COURAGE: self-advocating very appropriately and responding very appropriately to the results of the conversation.
  • To CHRISTNALY C. for COMMITMENT: very respectfully bringing up an issue that had been bothering her and collectively problem-solving towards a resolution.
  • To WO WEI LIN for SCHOLARSHIP: creating challenge tasks for new robotics members
  • To WO WEI LIN, ALVIN CHAN, BRENDON BELLEVUE for COMMITMENT: Leading the first robotics meeting
  • To ANDY L, JORDAN P, and SAMANTA B for CITIZENSHIP and SCHOLARSHIP: helping a junior with his essay so that he could work while I was helping another student
  • To NHALA S for CITIZENSHIP and SCHOLARSHIP: sharing a Quizlet for classmates to use to prepare for their Unit 1 test
  • To CALEB W for COMMITMENT and SCHOLARSHIP: taking a practice SAT on a Saturday morning
  • To KEVIN T and PRISCILLA T for CITIZENSHIP: being helpful during lunch so often
  • To ANDRONAELLE L for CITIZENSHIP: helping out a new student

Adults:

  • To MS. GALVIN for CITIZENSHIP: going above and beyond making a CCSC community member feel comfortable
  • To MS. TAPS & GALVIN for CITIZENSHIP: Always holding down the front and for being great people!
  • To MR. G for CITIZENSHIP: helping all the new teachers in Special Programs add grades to their specialized classes.  Now he’s the expert!
  • To MS. LUIS for COURAGE: Modeling what it means to persevere in the face of setbacks and difficulties
  • To MS. JEAN-LOUIS and MR. G for Scholarship: Impressive differentiation in math in order to serve all their students
  • To MR. MORRIS and MS. GREY-SAUTELET for COMMITMENT: executing an excellent Cougar Fair!
  • To MS. RIPA and MR. G for CITIZENSHIP: always being around to give advice and guidance to a fellow new LS!
  • To the whole HUMANITIES DEPARTMENT for COMMITMENT and SCHOLARSHIP: For keeping the reading flame alive in the hearts and minds of students as the library underwent its transformation!
  • To MR. RUSS for CITIZENSHIP: always finding time to talk to staff/faculty about any concern, and validating each and every person’s worth within the community!
  • To MS. NORRIS for COMMITMENT: checking in on individual student progress and offering suggestions for new teachers to try. SO appreciated!
  • To MS. RIVERA for COMMITMENT: jumping into, learning, and doing so many facets of her work so quickly, as if she’s been here forever.
  • To MS. MD for CITIZENSHIP: thanks for helping Ms. Rivera with the above 🙂
  • To MR. HOWARD for CITIZENSHIP: jumping in to cover classes so regularly within his first month of teaching.
  • To MS. MCGAH for COMMITMENT: Organizing her day so thoughtfully to make sure that she is tending to the needs of the highest number of students that she can.
  • To MS. BRADLEY for CITIZENSHIP: being a great classroom-mate and always coming to school with a smile and positive energy.
  • To MS. SCHOBER for COMMITMENT: coming to IMC math lab ready to dive in and support students.
  • To MS. RIPA for COMMITMENT: always ready to jump in and support students in IMC and maintaining a calm and loving presence in class.
  • To MR. PEREZ-LUNA for COMMITMENT and CITIZENSHIP: staying at school until 7 pm!!! to give a student math help

Thank You Thursday 09-21-17

Here are this week’s special shout-outs. Thank you to each of these students and staffers for making our week great!


Middle School:

  • To DANIEL and SAMUEL E for CITIZENSHIP: Off to a real positive start both in the classroom and on the soccer field.
  • To SCHNEIDER S.F. for CITIZENSHIP: Making positive strides towards having a successful school year.
  • To KARLEA D-R for SCHOLARSHIP: Actively participating in class and taking on more challenges than ever before.
  • To RAHUL C. for SCHOLARSHIP: Missed the first two weeks of school but already has made up everything on his own
  • To MOHAMED A. for COMMITMENT: persistent volunteering in class
  • To LOGIAN A. for SCHOLARSHIP: Wrote a terrific first outline in Humanities  
  • To DANERY and ANTONIO PB for COMMITMENT: excellent focus reading, annotating, and taking notes independently for their honors assignment
  • To AMANI for SCHOLARSHIP: Not being a afraid to ask questions
  • To DARLENIES C for COMMITMENT: Actively participating in class 
  • To MELISSA for SCHOLARSHIP: Always giving feedback to peers getting work form good to better to best
  • To IMA for CITIZENSHIP: Encouraging one another before a test with positive words 
  • To PS7 SECTION D for SCHOLARSHIP and COMMITMENT – nice job staying focused for more of class on Tuesday!
  • To TRISTAN J for SCHOLARSHIP: everyday giving it his all in IMB.
  • To CHRISTANAELLE for COMMITMENT: sticking with IMB material no matter what.
  • To MARC R for COMMITMENT: sticking with IMB material no matter what.

High School:

  • To ANDRONAELLE for COMMITMENT – she stayed focused and didn’t let people distract her (from a physics classmate)
  • To DAMARY for COMMITMENT for working hard every day in class and getting work done  (from a physics classmate)
  • To SUDARNAH for COMMITMENT for focused work (from a physics classmate)
  • To BINIYAM for SCHOLARSHIP for participating in class  (from a physics classmate)
  • To MAURYANA and XAVIER for SCHOLARSHIP for going up and demonstrating what happens when one foot and two feet are on the scale  (from a physics classmate)
  • To NAHSHON for SCHOLARSHIP for sharing his answers and writing notes  (from a physics classmate)
  • To AMANUEL for COURAGE for sticking with his answer during the debate about weight (from a physics classmate)
  • To ALIYAH R for COURAGE for sharing her work and demonstrating her work even though she wasn’t sure  (from 2 physics classmates)
  • To NARESA for CITIZENSHIP for showing persistence through tough times  (from a physics classmate)
  • To KALIYAH for CITIZENSHIP for always being willing to read out loud for the class  (from a physics classmate)
  • To BRIANNA B and KIANIS GP for SCHOLARSHIP and COMMITMENT: communicating responsibly about their Spanish placement
  • To NHALA S for SCHOLARSHIP: not taking the easy way out for our first English essay of the year
  • To SHANE R, JUAN Z, ADIA C, and KEVINS M for COMMITMENT and SCHOLARSHIP: making significant progress in our second essay writing period after being a little stuck initially; I saw some excellent thesis statements and nuanced ideas in your drafts!
  • To ALI F for SCHOLARSHIP: writing a sweet essay hook and expressing such infectious excitement about it
  • To MIKAYLA D and SABRINA DP for COMMITMENT: being proactive about making up a missed quiz
  • To CHRISTNALY C, MONIQUE M, and ERIK L (and perhaps others?) for CITIZENSHIP: doing very nice things for a friend’s birthday and letting lots of others in on the fun
  • To DAIJA M for CITIZENSHIP: drawing a heartwarming picture of a character from our book for the quiz bonus
  • To DANASIA B for CITIZENSHIP: always being so encouraging and positive to classmates during lexicon reviews
  • To CALEB T for COURAGE and COMMITMENT: leading class discussion
  • To YOEL Y for COURAGE: allowing his classmates to draw him
  • To ANEEYA L and MENA K for COMMITMENT: consistently communicating about work that will be missed due to volleyball
  • To IVERSON for COURAGE: reflecting honestly and openly about what’s going well and what’s not
  • To CAMERON for SCHOLARSHIP: quickly orienting me to what was happening in biology and then modeling how to dive into complex work. 
  • To JELANI for SCHOLARSHIP: engaging me in a solid turn and talk during MWH class.
  • To JEFFREY M. for COMMITMENT: showing up to morning study hall to make sure he’s able to fulfill after school commitments.
  • To WEHABI for COMMITMENT: starting the year out strong and staying focused on his senior year goals.
  • To JUAN Z, SERINA M and FSIYAHE for COMMITMENT: Staying after school to work on their essay
  • To WO WEI L, ALI F and ANDY L for COMMITMENT: First to submit web profiles!
  • To MICHAEL T for COMMITMENT: You set a goal for yourself and you are totally working towards it every day!
  • To MICHAEL T for COMMITMENT again: super focused in junior seminar!
  • To OLIVIA W and INGRID J for COMMITMENT: focusing on a task you found really tough in math
  • To LANCE U for SCHOLARSHIP: strong start in bio this year!

Adults:

  • To MR. GIBSON for COMMITMENT: being so dedicated to so many facets of our athletics program, communicating frequently, and encouraging staff participation and attendance at games
  • To MS. RIPA and MS. HENRY for CITIZENSHIP and SCHOLARSHIP: running a very helpful department meeting last week and being thoughtful about accommodating a high school teacher at a middle school meeting
  • To MS. BRADLEY for COMMITMENT: jumping into extracurricular activities in her first year here and providing both dedication and good ideas to Prom Committee
  • To MS. GARDONY for CITIZENSHIP: being an awesome GLL and a kind and encouraging colleague!
  • To MS. GALVIN for SCHOLARSHIP: for compiling special programs resources and getting them all into a single, highly usable online space in order to more effectively support students and learning specialists.
  • To MS. COYLE for COMMITMENT: continuing to roll with expected and unexpected punches and always keeping what is best for students in mind
  • To DR. LAM for COMMITMENT: continuing to push students going through a difficult time to remain engaged in her class.
  • To MS. CHOICE for CITIZENSHIP: having a public merits’ board and referencing it at multiple points throughout the lesson.
  • To MS. SCHOBER for SCHOLARSHIP: leading an excellent first-of-year Grade Level Team meeting.
  • To MS. HALLOWELL for CITIZENSHIP: volunteering to take notes during GLT meeting. 
  • To MS. LUIS for CITIZENSHIP, shout-out for keeping it real in our advisory space and making the culture where it needs to be!
  • To MS. SONG for COMMITMENT, shout out for helping all her kids in English 11 no matter what they need.
  • To DR. MOLK for COMMITMENT: Being an incredible thought partner for the direction of my teaching during evaluation meetings.
  • To MS. GALVIN for COMMITMENT: On top of ALL her responsibilities she’s incredible thoughtful about student support for Biology classes that she’s in once a week.
  • To DR. LAM for CITIZENSHIP: impromptu LP check ins have been really great 
  • To MS. SCHOBER for CITIZENSHIP- passing down veteran work life balance tips  

Thank You Thursday 09.14.17

Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year! Here are 3 things to do RIGHT NOW if you haven’t already:

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Next, and more importantly, here’s our first shout-outs of the school year! These students and adults have personified the four core CCSC values of Courage, Commitment, Scholarship, and Citizenship.

Middle School:

  • To GUSNIE P.L. for SCHOLARSHIP: doing an incredible job on the first math quiz
  • To CALEB W for COMMITMENT: having a really good conversation with a teacher
  • TO DANERY B for COMMITMENT: Excellent focus and perseverance through guided reading articles so far!
  • To AMANEALE R, JAELYN B and LYDIA B for COURAGE:  Attending the first Art Club meeting and easily becoming new members of the fold.
  • To MOHAMMED A. for COURAGE: having a positive attitude throughout his first two weeks at school!
  • To KEDDRICK D. for COMMITMENT: pushing himself to focus and get his job done in the classroom!
  • To BLESSING, KIDUS and NIKITA for COMMITMENT: pushing themselves through a challenging honor’s assignment in IMC!
  • TO MARCUS S.P. for COMMITMENT: for working hard throughout classes in his first two weeks of school and his first two weeks at a new school!!!
  • To MESHELL B. for COURAGE: for settling into CCSC so quickly with such a positive attitude!
  • To NATALIE DV for COMMITMENT: pushing herself to get through a tricky math quiz last week!
  • To DULIA E. for COMMITMENT: for settling into the school year with a positive attitude and strong work ethic!
  • To VISHAK for COURAGE: putting in a lot of hard work in IMC this year!!
  • To TREVELL for COMMITMENT: bringing a positive, upbeat attitude into multiple classes even when the work is challenging
  • To KEDDRICK D for SCHOLARSHIP and COURAGE: Thinking out loud with me about what you’d like to work on this year, setting goals for yourself, and being open to learning new strategies to help get to those goals!  Impressive.

High School:

  • To DANASIA B for CITIZENSHIP and SCHOLARSHIP for openly encouraging classmates to focus during Spanish class.
  • To MICHAEL T and ALI F for SCHOLARSHIP: incorporating lexicon terms into class discussions – setting a great example for your classmates!
  • To AMANUEL G for SCHOLARSHIP: excellent work in humanities in modeling how to size up an exit ticket
  • To AMIR A for COURAGE: rough start to senior season, but determined to get back up and make the most of it.
  • To SUDARNAH for SCHOLARSHIP for detailed reasoning and making connections in physics (from a classmate)
  • To BRIANNA for CITIZENSHIP for checking the homework (from a physics classmate)
  • To AMANUEL for COURAGE for thoughtful sharing about norms in class (from a physics classmate)
  • To JELANI and ROHIT for COMMITMENT for taking on the challenge of not one but TWO college classes this semester!
  • To SHANE R. for CITIZENSHIP: After realizing the social/historical implications of a comment he made, he pulled me aside and apologized. 
  • To ANEEYA L. for CITIZENSHIP: Holding myself and the class accountable to using the respectful and appropriate language when  talking about specific cultures 
  • To ALBATOOL A, MIA S and OLIVIA Z for COMMITMENT: Taking the lead in Art Club as the veterans in the group.
  • To MICKALE for COMMITMENT: setting high goals for his tenth grade year!
  • To ASHLI K. and VALONICA R. for COURAGE: advocating for themselves when it’s needed!
  • To SATOYA I. for SCHOLARSHIP: for killing it ALL THE TIME that colleges are already noticing!
  • To MONIQUE M and MARLY J-F for SCHOLARSHIP and COMMITMENT: being punctual and diligent keeping our appointment to work on college application essays (even though I wasn’t)
  • To KENDLY J for CITIZENSHIP: Thank you for the nice chats when you stop by my office!  You’re such a friendly, warm person and we’re lucky to have you in our school.

Adults:

  • To Ms. ALEXANDER, Ms. HENRY, and Mr. RODENAS for CITIZENSHIP: stepping up to start Study Hall for Middle Schoolers last Friday when there was some confusion. Mr. Nomani
  • To Ms. DaSILVA for CITIZENSHIP: shared her class syllabus with me which helped me write my class rules. Thank you.
  • To Ms. WILSON and MS. ABRAHAM for COURAGE: taking on a brand new role and jumping right in, supporting students and holding standards high for kiddos. Mr. Nomani
  • To Mr. RUSS for SCHOLARSHIP: modeling for me how to have tough conversations with students really calmly. Mr. Nomani
  • To Ms. GALVIN for SCHOLARSHIP: thinking very critically through the needs of her department, supporting her team, and working towards constant improvement. Mr. Nomani
  • To DAKOTA LUIS for CITIZENSHIP for being so contagiously positive on Monday morning.
  • To MS. GRAMS and MR. PACE for COMMITMENT: stepping in to support English 11 classes and contributing to discussions!
  • To. Ms. ABRAHAM for COURAGE: diving into this merit work, making it her own, and bringing positive vibes (and treats) to our community!
  • To MS. LAM for CITIZENSHIP: helping me revise my LP late notice 
  • To MS. LUIS for CITIZENSHIP: checking on my well-being 
  • To MS. GRAMS for COMMITMENT: working behind the scenes to get all the things her kiddos need to be successful this year with an ever positive attitude too!
  • To MS. LIRIANO for COMMITMENT: tightening up IMC seamlessly for year 2 🙂
  • To MS. HENRY for COMMITMENT: being an incredible thought partner on all things reading.
  • To MR. PEREZ-LUNA for CITIZENSHIP: I always enjoy seeing your class when I’m in our classroom because you teach and interact with students so calmly, respectfully, and encouragingly. It is really awesome to see!
  • To MS. NORRIS for CITIZENSHIP: always being willing to talk through concerns with staff members and respond to them with honesty, empathy, and clarity.

Know Your History, Claim Your Humanity

Christian Starling at the podium
Christian Starling at the podium

High school humanities teacher Christian Starling opened this year’s Black History Month assembly with a welcome speech that reflected on the special importance of studying history for an oppressed people. A Harvard graduate, Mr. Starling joined the CCSC faculty this year. His speech drove home how fortunate we are to have him at CCSC. The full speech is here: Continue reading “Know Your History, Claim Your Humanity”

Support our “Everything Drive”

everythingOur second annual “Everything Drive” kicked off this week and will run through December 18. Organized by CCSC’s One Problem at a Time community service club, the drive is collecting donations of new clothing, shoes, toys, toiletries, and school supplies. All of the toys will go to the Windsor St. Clinic for their annual Toy Drive. All of the clothing and basic necessities will be given to homeless shelters and all of the school supplies will be sent to students in Haiti.

Advisory groups are competing to collect the most donations and win a pizza party.

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”

Marking National Leadership Week

Leadership posters are hard to miss this week.
Leadership posters are hard to miss this week.

This week students in CCSC’s chapter of the National Honor Society are participating in National Student Leadership Week* through activities designed to call attention to different aspects of leadership. Most visibly, posters have popped up on classroom doors and in hallways with quotes about leadership from famous leaders. Continue reading “Marking National Leadership Week”

Senior Internships Kick Off

Seniors Shadia Ahmed and Abby Teixeira
Seniors Shadia Ahmed and Abby Teixeira

CCSC’s Class of 2013 marks a major milestone on the road to graduation with the start of their senior internships today. For any readers who don’t know, the senior internship experience is part of CCSC’s mission statement “to prepare students for post-secondary success and productive citizenship through meaningful real world experiences.” Continue reading “Senior Internships Kick Off”

All-School Food Drive!

ManyHelpingHandsOur National Honor Society members spearhead many community-minded initiatives at CCSC, the latest being a food drive in association with the 3rd Annual Martin Luther King Cambridge Day of Service. CCSC donations of non-perishable food will benefit local families and senior citizens in need. Advisory groups are competing to see which one can collect the most donations by Friday, January 18, with prizes promised to the top three groups.

If you are interested in joining the CCSC group attending the MLK Cambridge Day of Service in Central Square on Monday, January 21 (2-5 PM), please email Aleida Sanabria (NHS faculty advisor). The annual event brings together volunteers of all ages to work together on arts and crafts projects to benefit Cambridge residents in need. NHS students made artwork for some of the posters that will be used to publicize the event. The image here is by Gaurav Chatterjee ’14.