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


  • 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!


  • 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  

Meet the NEW 2017-2018 Staff and Faculty!

Ms. Gaëlle Abraham
Study Hall, Typing, Cooking Club

Gaelle is an alumni of CCSC, from the the first graduating class. Prior to her return to the school, she worked with preschoolers / toddlers and with trauma teens as behavioral youth councilor for Germain Lawrence – YouthVillages. Gaelle also attended culinary school but returned to CCSC to continue her work with children because she believes that adults have such an important impact on children.

Ms. Lindsay Baglien, RN

Lindsay came to CCSC in 2017, during the 2016-2017 school year. Prior to her current role as school nurse, she worked as a nurse in the emergency departments of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston Medical Center, and St Mary & Elizabeth Medical Center in Chicago. She also works as a flight nurse for international medical escorts / retrievals on a per-diem basis. Lindsay is responsible for the health and wellness of students and faculty, and adhering to the regulatory requirements set forth by the Department of Public Health.

Ms. Erin Barno
Algebra 1, Pre-Calculus

Before joining CCSC, Erin was a 6th grade Mathematics teacher at a Boston Public School. She has been a teacher since 2015.



Ms. Savannah Bradley
Precalculus, Varsity Softball, Student Council

Savannah is recent graduate of Harvard College and is currently earning her Masters in Education while teaching through the Harvard Teacher Fellows Program.


Ms. Shaniqua Choice
US History 1 and 2

Prior to her current, Shaniqua was a MATCH Corps tutor and Sposato Graduate School of Education Fellow. Shaniqua is dedicated to the school’s mission by teaching rigorous content and holding the students to the highest expectations.

Ms. Mary Ellen Costello
Special Programs Administrative Assistant

Mary Ellen is responsible for scheduling and maintaining special education records.



Mr. Ariel Garcia
Technology Integration Associate






Ms. Katie Gowell
Spanish 1, Spanish 4

Katie has taught previously in Peru and traveled extensively.




Ms. Lauren Grams
IMB, Learning Lab, Humanities, IMC Lab, Humanities Lab

Lauren previously completed a full year of student teaching in Chicopee, MA.



Ms. Cassandra Grey-Sautelet
Development and External Relations Coordinator, Cross Country, Track & Field

​Cassie most recently completed the role of Marketing & Events Manager for the Kendall Square Association and previously worked as an architectural designer for various architecture and engineering firms. She currently serves as Treasurer on the Board of Directors for Sustainable Healthcare for Haiti, a nonprofit organization based in Greater Boston, and on the Board of Directors for Ruth’s Way for Women and TSC Childcare.

Mr. Jake Haskel
Guidance Counselor Intern

Jake was a Teach For America Corps Member in Baltimore, MD where he taught Spanish to students in grades K-8 for 3 years. Most recently, he was a guidance counselor intern in the Newton, MA school district. He is currently in his second year of graduate studies at the Harvard Graduate School of Education pursuing his 5-12 school counselor license.

Mr. Christopher Hope
Admissions and Outreach Coordinator

Chris is responsible for satisfying CCSC’s student recruitment needs, and leading the Admission’s Student Ambassadors team. When not at CCSC, Chris is musician, DJ, and on-air personality.

Mr. Reuben Howard

Reuben is originally from Texas but moved to the Boston area for his undergraduate studies and fell in love with New England. He is a part of the Harvard Teacher Fellow’s second cohort and is passionate about social justice work in education. Reuben brings his deep love of literature and activism to his Humanities class.

Ms. Jazly Liriano
IMC, Urban Agriculture Club

Jazly joined the CCSC team in 2017 during the 2016-2017 school year. Before coming to CCSC, Jazly taught Science at a charter school in New York City and has been a teacher since 2016.


Mr. Nick Lontz
Learning Specialist

Prior to joining CCSC, Nick worked as a Special Education Teacher for Phoenix Charter Academy in Lawrence. Among other things, he is responsible for providing services to 12th grade students with IEPs.


Mr. Derek Norman
Principals of Science

Prior to CCSC, Derek was teaching middle school science in Florida.




Ms. Samantha Prystawik
Learning Lab

Samantha graduated from school in May and this is her first teaching job. She is from Wisconsin but moved to attend school in Minnesota for the last three years. In her role, Sam supports classes as well as specific students throughout the day.

Mr. Leonard Russ
Dean of Students

Mr. Russ previously worked at Roxbury Prep Charter HS as an Alumni Services Coordinator, School Social Work, and Head football before joining the CCSC community. Prior to entering education, Mr. Russ worked as a Clinical Therapist at the Counseling Center providing therapy for children, teens, and adults. He also conducted group therapy with adolescent boys and co-facilitated group therapy within the correctional system for adult males.

Ms. Alicia Timas
Learning Specialist

Alicia is very excited to start her first year at CCSC! Prior to coming to this school, Alicia worked as a special education case manager at a public high school and a counselor at a residential school in New Hampshire. Much of her career so far has been focused on mental health within special education and she is excited to bring her knowledge to the CCSC community.

Mr. Soren Tjernell
English, English AP, US History 2

Soren loves all things rhetorical, grammatical, and political, and therefore can’t believe his good fortune in finding a job that pays him to discuss these things all day long. Before joining CCSC, Soren taught 8th grade Humanities at a charter school in Boston, and before then taught at a charter school in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he was born and raised, and to where he returns periodically to remind himself that Cambridge isn’t in fact the most expensive place to live on Earth.

Mr. Jeff Vogel
Director of Curriculum and Instruction

Prior to coming to CCSC, Jeff taught high school history for ten years, and spent five years working with schools across the country to improve their student outcomes. Jeff is responsible for the school’s academic program, including its curriculum, instruction, and academic data.

Ms. Maya Wilson
Study Hall, Substitute

Myah Wilson (Class of ’13) began her career at CCSC as a student and returned to give back and become a part of the faculty. Prior, she attended college in Atlanta for two years where she found her passion for advocacy and social justice through community work and activism. She hopes to fulfill her purpose through working directly with the youth. She is currently matriculating at Regis College.

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 “Celebrating a Successful Internship Program”

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 “Novartis Community Lab Staff Visit CCSC”

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 “Senior Peg Nonez Wins Rotary Scholarship”

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 “Guest Speakers Discuss Careers in Creative Fields”

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