Thank You Thursday (10/9/14)

Our mascot made a special appearance at the Cougar Club Fair.
Our mascot made a special appearance at the Cougar Club Fair.

Here are our weekly shout-outs for commitment, citizenship, scholarship and courage. Special shout-outs for citizenship to all the club leaders and faculty who helped with this week’s Cougar Club and Extracurricular Activities Fair and to all the students who signed up to participate. It takes courage to try a new activity. Continue reading “Thank You Thursday (10/9/14)”

Outdoor Club Launches Electronics Recycling Drive & Raffle

Help us fund our 6th annual canoe trip.
Help fund our canoe trip by donating old electronics.

The CCSC Outdoor Club is gearing up for its 6th annual Spring Canoe Trip to the Connecticut River in New Hampshire and Vermont. This three-day trip involves tent camping for two nights and some long days of paddling.  For some students, this will be the third or fourth time they’ve gone on this adventure; it will be the maiden voyage for others. We must rent a large van, feed 15 people (students plus faculty chaperones Colin Tracy and Katie Rieser), and hire several canoes from an outfitter, making this by far the most expensive trip we do each year.  We ask participants to contribute $20 to help cover a portion of the trip’s costs.

The Outdoor Club is raising money for the trip by participating in an electronics recycling fundraiser program. We are collecting old cell phones, Apple iPods and iPads, and used inkjet cartridges, which will then be recycled or refurbished. The Outdoor Club will be reimbursed for each item according to its value. The program accepts broken or damaged items, although working items will earn us much more.

CCSC students who contribute items will be entered in a raffle for prizes (1 item = 2 tickets). Raffle tickets may also be purchased for $2 each or two tickets for $5. The grand prize is a pair of Solo HD Beats by Dre headphones. Raffle proceeds help fund the trip.

The electronics drive and raffle ticket sale will last until Friday, May 23.  Please help if you can by bringing items to CCSC.

Last year's canoe trip. This will be our 6th.
Last year’s canoe trip. This will be our 6th.

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Outdoor Club leader Mr. Tracy.
Outdoor Club leader Mr. Tracy.

NPR’s Science Friday Features Our Robotics Team!

The Bot Side, CCSC's robotics team
The Bot Side, CCSC’s robotics team

Today, as we welcome everyone back from April Break, we are sharing a link to a wonderful feature story about CCSC’s robotics team, “The Bot Side,” that appeared last week on NPR’s Science Friday blog. Our three-year-old team competes in the First Technology Challenge, which as the NPR blogger notes:

“…replicates the types of experiences students would get spending time in a technical field, and is regularly held up as an example for how to recruit and train future engineers. Indeed, The Bot Side team amassed an impressive list of skill sets and accomplishments that would surely make any headhunter, let alone college admissions counselor, lean forward with interest. And even though the students admitted to regularly being frustrated and spending tons of out-of-school hours on the robot, their overwhelming attitude was one of gratitude for the fun they had and friends they made.”

Read the full story here.

The Bot Side, CCSC's robotics team
The Bot Side, CCSC’s robotics team

Senior Wins ACE Mentor Scholarship

Scholarship winner Gauarv Chatterjee '14
Scholarship winner Gauarv Chatterjee ’14

Congratulations to CCSC senior Gaurav Chatterjee, who won a $5,000 college scholarship from the ACE Mentor Program at the program’s final presentation last week. ACE Boston awarded $26,000 in scholarships to ten seniors at the event, and Gaurav was one of two winners at the highest level. Continue reading “Senior Wins ACE Mentor Scholarship”

Robotics Team Wins Spirit Award at State Tourney

CCSC's robotics team, The Bot Side
CCSC’s robotics team, The Bot Side

Congratulations to our talented FIRST robotics team (“The Bot Side”), who won the Motivate Award for best team spirit at last weekend’s State championship held at Bridgewater State University. Competing in States for the third year, The Bot Side (Team 5397) led the field of 32 school teams until late in the daylong tourney. Disappointing as the final outcome was, the team’s spirit and sportsmanship stood out to the judges and earned them recognition and a trophy. Continue reading “Robotics Team Wins Spirit Award at State Tourney”

One Problem at a Time: Making Strides

Making snacks for the walkers
Making snacks for the walkers

Our last post was about a CCSC teacher committed to being an agent of social change through her career in education. A commitment to social change runs through CCSC students, too. Last spring Christy Felix ’16 launched the One Problem at a Time community service club. OPAAT aims to raise awareness of important social issues and to involve students in activities to help make the world a better place. Continue reading “One Problem at a Time: Making Strides”

“Molina Speaks” Visits CCSC

Molina Speaks at CCSC on Sept. 14
Molina Speaks at CCSC on Sept. 14

On Saturday afternoon, renowned spoken word and hip hop artist, Molina Speaks, shared his experience and talent with thirty-some CCSC students. The workshop focused on messages related to storytelling. Molina asked students to consider who tells their stories and to evaluate the representation of race, class, power, and the future within the “dominant narrative.” Continue reading ““Molina Speaks” Visits CCSC”

CCSC’s Student-Entrepreneurs Learn Anything’s Possible

Whiteboard note from a TPP student
Whiteboard note from a TPP student

Whether they dream of launching the next Facebook or hope to find a job at a start-up, today’s high school students are eager to learn the entrepreneurial skills they will need to succeed in the 21st century economy. CCSC is lucky to be located at the epicenter of entrepreneurship, Kendall Square, where hundreds of start-up businesses are competing for talent and funding, and to have MIT’s start-up pipeline flowing right through our neighborhood. So it’s no surprise that every year CCSC students flock to The Possible Project, a nonprofit entrepreneurial training center, to learn what it takes to launch a business. Continue reading “CCSC’s Student-Entrepreneurs Learn Anything’s Possible”

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”

Slam Poet Jose Olivarez Visits

Jose Olivarez
Jose Olivarez

Slam poet José Olivarez led a workshop with CCSC students on May 20. Cambridge is familiar turf for the Chicago-based Mr. Olivarez, who taught a spoken word elective at CCSC while he was an undergraduate at Harvard. After graduating, in 2010, he joined MATCH Corps, and is now a teaching artist with Young Chicago Authors, which hosts the Louder Than a Bomb youth poetry slam festivals nationally. He is also a poet in residence at two Chicago high schools, and the coauthor, with Ben Alfaro, of a forthcoming poetry chapbook about basketball, violence, and how boys learn to be men in our society.

At CCSC Mr. Olivarez performed two of his own poems, and then read “Underneath” by Jeff Kass, which he asked students to use as a prompt in composing their own poems.

CCSC humanities teacher Seth Pearce, who along with learning specialist Ann Cheng, met Mr. Olivarez while they were students at Harvard, remarked, “Students who attended the workshop wrote some great poems about what was “underneath their heart,” the memories, people and ideas that shaped them. José coached them to use more specific details and imagery to make their writing more powerful. It was a great honor to have such a distinguished poet come through, and I think the students really enjoyed it.”

Watch video of Jose Olivarez performing one of his poems at CCSC.

Slam poetry workshop at CCSC
Slam poetry workshop at CCSC