Thank You Thursday…on Friday (3/13/15)

Come cheer our teams in the basketball playoff at UMass Boston TONIGHT at 7 pm.
Come cheer our teams in the basketball playoffs at UMass Boston TONIGHT at 7 pm.

This week our lunch menu included “Breakfast for Lunch” — an appreciated change of pace — and because Daylight Savings Time threw us off schedule (not really, but a good excuse), we are a day late sharing our Thursday Shout-Outs. Enjoy our not-at-all-scary Friday the 13th edition of Thank You Thursday. We are hoping the date brings good luck in tonight’s basketball playoff games at UMass Boston. Continue reading “Thank You Thursday…on Friday (3/13/15)”

Who’s American? Student’s Spoken Word Poem Asks

One of the many highlights of our recent Black History Month all-school assembly was hearing ninth grader Cynthia Guerrier of Cambridge perform her powerful spoken word poem, “American?” Please  watch the video. The text is below.

American? By Cynthia Guerrier, 9th grade

I’m tired…of the weight of my struggles at home.

I find it hard to live in a country where I do not feel accepted.

I fail to understand when my friends and my family say, “Oh yeah, I’m an American,” as easily as they breathe —

When I have to pause and ponder about all the discrimination I’ve lived through in my 15-year life, and then say, “Um, I’m…I’m…I’m… an American?” with a question mark at the end, like I do not know where I was born and raised.

I remember a time when color had no meaning to me. I would look at everyone, not with my eyes but with my heart.

But then I realized that people do not see the same way as children do.

Quickly I’ve encountered stereotypes like, “All blacks have at least one family member in jail.”

Um, well, I do have that one cousin and that one uncle… but I thought that was just a coincidence.

And then there’s, “All blacks do drugs.”

Well, I know that in reality both whites and blacks do it, it’s just that the blacks get blamed for it.

And then there’s, “Black girls are so loud and ratchet.”

Well, I did not think I was that ratchet, but we have to be loud because America is not listening to us.

I am sick of hearing that blacks in America will soon have better days and laws will change.

Well, how about trying to say that to Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, Oscar Grant – and the list goes on.

Has America forgotten about all the children it’s murdered?

These days and these laws are way overdue.

Tupac taught me that in order to have a better community, we must first work on ourselves.

But did you know that for every 4 white people who are unemployed, there are twice as many black people who are unemployed?

And did you know that in 2010 for every white man’s dollar, a black man received 75 cents?

So, I can’t even get a job to start working on myself, and then when I finally do I don’t get as much as I deserve.

And then people have the nerve to call me lazy!

I am not what you think I am.

Judge me by my character. My skin complexion is just color my body produces naturally.

I feel as if I was born into a slavery – a slavery of discrimination.

As I walk through stores, I feel as if it’s expected for my hands to go up in surrender: “All hail master, all hail master.”

No. My hands will stay in my pockets and my hood will stay on my head.

Do I look sketchy to you, or are you just prejudiced? There is a difference.

And excuse me for my attitude and my lack of patience, but I see so many beautiful black children every day, and I want to cry for them. Because the road ahead of them consists of a war that no one is able to prepare them for.

I’m sorry for the ignorance of this country, but I am not sorry for my frustration or my aggravation.

I am a black Haitian, born and raised in America, but I cannot represent this country.

I cannot say that I’m American.

 

 

Thank You Thursday 9/11/14

Flags at half mast at the Cambridge Police Department across the street from CCSC.
Flags at half mast at the Cambridge Police Department across the street from CCSC.

“Thank You Thursdays” are a CCSC tradition. Each week students, faculty and staff send each other “shout outs” for demonstrating citizenship, commitment, scholarship and courage. Today’s date prompts us to reflect on the lifelong importance of these values.  Continue reading “Thank You Thursday 9/11/14”

Happy Holidays from CCSC!

The administration, faculty and staff of Community Charter School of Cambridge wish you a happy new year and thank you for your interest in our school.

Help support our mission: Donations to our 501(c)3 charitable organization help support academic programs and extra-curricular offerings not covered by our public funding. You may send a check payable to Community Charter School of Foundation, Inc. to the school’s address (245 Bent St., Cambridge, MA 02141) or make a gift online. Thank you!

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CCSC will be closed for winter break from December 21 through January 5.

Earth Day 2013 Reflection

A few of the daffodils CCSC students planted last fall.
A few of the daffodils CCSC students planted last fall.

Today, as we mark the one-week anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings, local Earth Day celebrations are taking a backseat to more somber reflections about the tragic events of last week. Still, it is hard to ignore the beauty of this afternoon’s piercing blue sky and the screaming yellows of the daffodils, forsythia, and willow trees at this time of year. Continue reading “Earth Day 2013 Reflection”

Why We Teach

CCSC_Why_I_Teach_PosterThe best schools are mission-driven organizations, and a strong sense of mission is as critical to success at the personal level as it is at the institutional level. By necessity, teachers spend most of their time focused on the who (knowing their students well), the what (knowing the content and skills students need to master), and the where and when (figuring out how to squeeze everything into their daily and semester schedules), that the why of it all can be easy to lose sight of.

So, at a recent professional development day some members of CCSC’s faculty and staff took a few minutes to reflect on why they had decided to work in education, and to share their personal missions. Here are a few examples: Continue reading “Why We Teach”