Category Archives: Community

Celebrating a Successful Internship Program

Senior Ahna Jahir presents on her internship at the Cambridge City Council

Senior Ahna Jahir presents on her internship at the Cambridge City Council

Our 2015 Senior Internship Program culminated last week with a well-attended Exhibit Night, held for the second year at Google in Kendall Square. The seniors presented science-fair-style on their internship projects and were evaluated by faculty, family members, mentors and guests from the community. Successful completion of a 100-hour internship is a graduation requirement and a key part of CCSC’s mission to connect classroom learning with real-world experiences.  Continue reading

Novartis Community Lab Staff Visit CCSC

Novartis scientist and teaching corps member with AP chemistry student Jose.

Novartis scientist and teaching corps member with AP chemistry student Jose.

Biotech giant Novartis is expanding its corporate and research campus in Kendall Square near MIT, and a community lab will be part of its new 550,000 s.f. facility. Novartis scientists and members of its teaching corps recently met with the CCSC science faculty and visited classes to gather information about high school teaching and learning that will help inform the community lab’s programming and design. Continue reading

Senior Peg Nonez Wins Rotary Scholarship

Peg Nonez '15 accepts her Rotary award from former CCSC Board Chair Denise Jillson

Peg Nonez ’15 accepts her Rotary award from former CCSC Board Chair Denise Jillson

CCSC senior Peg Nonez is the recipient of a $2,000 Rotary Club college scholarship. Peg received her award at the Cambridge Rotary’s annual leadership breakfast honoring members of the National Honor Society who attend the city’s three public high schools. The award comes with an additional $500 for the recipient to donate to a Cambridge service organization; Peg chose to give hers to the CCSC@Night academic enrichment program. Continue reading

Guest Speakers Discuss Careers in Creative Fields

Paul Alexander with daughter Fay, a CCSC humanities teacher.

Paul Alexander with daughter Fay, a CCSC humanities teacher.

Our 10th grade career speaker series has carried over into 2015, with visits from two professionals in creative fields. On January 9, Paul Alexander chief communications officer at Liberty Mutual Insurance (and father of teacher Fay Alexander), spoke about his career in marketing and advertising, and on January 13, graphic designer and publishing entrepreneur Darius Loftis talked about his work. Continue reading

Watch CCSC on Cambridge Community TV

CCTV-screenshotRecently CCSC was featured on Cambridge Community Television’s “Not for Nothin'” program. Hosted by CCTV Executive Director Susan Fleischmann, the weekly show is broadcast live from the station’s studio in Central Square and spotlights nonprofit and community organizations. Representing CCSC were Jan Devereux, director of external relations, and Christy Felix, an 11th grader from Cambridge.

Watch the interview.


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.

Ending With Us (Spoken Word Poem)

IMG_8003Along with performances by the CCSC chorus and a round of shout-outs, Wednesday’s community meeting for high school students included poetry readings. Sophomore Cynthia Guerrier wrote and delivered a powerful spoken word poem. Read the words, then watch the video.


Ending With Us, by Cynthia Guerrier ’17

Tupac told me
To give Lady Liberty some glasses
So I will gladly hand them to her
I can’t do it alone.

Michael Jackson told me
To look at the person in the mirror and make a change
Just so that I can make the world a better place.
So I will look in the mirror
And I will make a change
I can’t do it alone.

Nelson Mandela told me
To destroy the poverty, apartheid, and slavery that man made.
So I will use my actions to undo the mistakes of others
I can’t do it alone.

MLK told me he had a dream.
He wanted me to grow and learn and make a difference
But he told me I could not do it alone.

So their dreams
End in

Senior Internships Finish Strong with Exhibit at Google

_DSC0352This year’s Senior Internship Program ended on a high note on Wednesday with our largest-ever Exhibit Night, which took place at Google Cambridge in Kendall Square. The members of CCSC’s Class of 2014 confidently and proudly shared what they learned with an appreciative audience comprised of internship mentors, faculty, families, and community members. Photo album from Senior Internship Exhibit Night (Photos by Gretchen Ertl). Continue reading

A Tour of 3 World Religions in 02139

The Cambridge Zen Center

The Cambridge Zen Center

Yesterday our 8th grade students visited a temple, a mosque and a Buddhist center to complement the world religions in their humanities course. The three religious institutions are all within walking distance from CCSC, and the beautiful spring weather made it a very pleasant outing. Traveling in three different groups led by humanities teachers Emily Niska and Seth Pearce and other faculty chaperones, the students toured each institution and got a chance to ask questions of their respective representatives. Continue reading

CCSC Senior Wins Cambridge Scholarship

Cambridge Scholarship winner Masroque Musa '14

Cambridge Scholarship winner Masroque Musa ’14

CCSC senior Masroque Musa was among the 66 Cambridge residents who were awarded 2014 City Scholarships at a ceremony in the Sullivan Chamber at City Hall on May 12. Mazy, who won a $2,500 college scholarship, will attend the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in the fall.

To be a City Scholarship recipient, students must be nominated by their school on the basis of both high academic achievement (3.5 GPA or higher) and exemplary character. A founding member of CCSC’s successful robotics team, Mazy is a member of CCSC’s chapter of the National Honor Society. Continue reading