Thank-You Thursday (on a Friday!) 11.03.17

Middle School:

  • To HEAVEN for CITIZENSHIP: Collecting homework scores and being kind to a classmate having a hard time.
  • To MELANIE for COMMITMENT: Asking for help and coming after school to work on assignments.
  • To SORAYA for CITIZENSHIP: Taking notes for a classmate while they were in the bathroom.
  • To LISA F. for SCHOLARSHIP: Expressing her love of math and doing really well in math
  • To CHRISTOPHER M. for COMMITMENT: reminding me to start handing out tickets in IMC
  • To GEO for CITIZENSHIP: always making our advisory laugh
  • To ERMEYAS for COMMITMENT: teaching a classmate how to play a card game really well in advisory
  • To MARHAWITE for CITIZENSHIP: coming after school to urban agriculture with a positive attitude
  • To AJANAE for COMMITMENT: being open about what she did well in Q1 and areas of growth
  • To NADIRA for CITIZENSHIP: consistently cleaning up our advisory space. I appreciate you!
  • To HIBA for SCHOLARSHIP: working hard on Spanish during morning meeting. The hard work paid off!
  • To JA’NIYA for COMMITMENT: bouncing back from setbacks to participate in advisory
  • To DANERY for CITIZENSHIP: respectfully listening to classmates during advisory
  • To ALEXIS for COMMITMENT: advocating for yourself and always asking questions
  • To ANTONIO for CITIZENSHIP: engaging with classmates and being a part of our community
  • To JOLIE for COMMITMENT: being on top of grades and ready to reflect on quarter 1
  • To MARLON for CITIZENSHIP: being a great friend and checking-in on classmates in advisory
  • To SORAYA for SCHOLARSHIP: Great participation in science as we begin quarter 2!
  • To AMANEALE for SCHOLARSHIP: Off to a strong start in science in quarter 2.
  • To NATALIE D.V. for SCHOLARSHIP: working HARD last week during the benchmarks!!!
  • To DULIA E. for SCHOLARSHIP: working HARD last week during the benchmarks!!!
  • To ZION C.G. for SCHOLARSHIP: working HARD last week during the benchmarks!!!
  • To MOHAMMED A. for COURAGE: settling into CCSC and having a good first quarter!
  • To BLESSING O. for COMMITMENT: always asking questions and bringing positivity into math!
  • To EDLAWIT D. and ALETHA D. for SCHOLARSHIP: for having productive discussions around math problems with seat partner
  • To JELISSA F. for COMMITMENT and SCHOLARSHIP: for being a positive force in IMC and having a stellar first quarter at CCSC!
  • To PRANAWA P. for COMMITMENT: for having a strong first quarter at CCSC this year!
  • To SORAYA A. for CITIZENSHIP: for helping her peers focus and supporting them in understanding new concepts in class
  • To BRANNIA H. for CITIZENSHIP: for being a positive force in IMC
  • To MARHAWITE M. for CITIZENSHIP: for being a positive force in IMC
  • To ALEXIS N. for SCHOLARSHIP: Asking really strong questions in Humanities and providing funny comments.
  • To AJANAE H. for SCHOLARSHIP: For strong participation this week in Humanities.

High School:

  • To SAMANTA B. for COMMITMENT: Going after POSSE like nobody’s business.
  • To ALEX P. for SCHOLARSHIP: Being meticulous and thoughtful about where she’s applying to colleges.
  • To CHRISTIANA and NAKISHI for SCHOLARSHIP: for always using study hall time so wisely and staying focused the whole time.
  • To WINSTON, TESLIE, XAVIER, KENDLY, HIENZ, CARLTON, ALIYAH, CHRIST, JAYMIE, SALIEMA, AZALYDA, KEVIN for COMMITMENT and SCHOLARSHIP: nice job studying at the end of Q1 – scores improved by over 10% from the physics unit test to the benchmark the following week!
  • To CAHEL S. for SCHOLARSHIP: Your total engagement for the duration of your US History benchmark was impressive.  Way to persevere!
  • To JAMAREE O. for COURAGE: Fighting through the full time of your US History benchmark, which was rumored to be a pretty tough exam.  Many people would have thrown in the towel but watching you continuously re-focus yourself was very inspiring. Happy to see you won the battle!
  • To JAMAREE and DAGEM for COMMITMENT: Pushing yourself in math, asking good questions and staying after for help.
  • To KEVIN J for SCHOLARSHIP: Always holding it down in biology!


  • To DR. MOLK for CITIZENSHIP: Stepping in to cover duties and classes at critical moments multiple times. Thank you!
  • To MS. OSEI, MS. NORRIS, MR. ISAAC, and MS. GALVIN for COMMITMENT and SCHOLARSHIP: for developing such an amazing menu of interventions for CCSC that will certainly support the learning of our highest needs’ students.
  • To 6th GRADE ADVISORS for CITIZENSHIP: for setting an amazing culture in your 6th grade advisories.
  • To MR. RODENAS for CITIZENSHIP: Helping out 7th grade advisors.
  • To Mr. HOWARD for SCHOLARSHIP: Really strong guided reading lesson on the American Dream.
  • To Ms. HENRY for COMMITMENT: For helping the 7th grade team revitalize their classroom library.
  • To MR. RODENAS and MS. JEAN-LOUIS for COMMITMENT: For organizing a strong mentoring retreat this past Friday.

Thank-You Thursday 10.26.17

Middle School:

  • To JELISSA F. for SCHOLARSHIP: Taking every opportunity during Math Lab to ask questions, challenging herself, her peers, and her teacher to improve their math skills
  • To ALL OF THE CCSC COMMUNITY INCLUDING FACULTY, STAFF AND STUDENTS for CITIZENSHIP: Wishing me well through a slightly challenging time with surgery and post surgery.-Gibson
  • To ALEXANDER S. for CITIZENSHIP: Never hesitating to assist me with physical support.  Quick to stop whatever you are doing to help me with opening doors, carrying things and being VERY patient.-Gibson
  • To TREVELL H. for COMMITMENT: for pushing through the IMC study guide on Monday during class!!
  • To DULIA E. for COMMITMENT: for pushing through the IMC study guide on Monday during class!!
  • To ZION C. for COMMITMENT: for pushing through the IMC study guide on Monday during class!!
  • To MESHELL B. for COMMITMENT: for working hard ALL QUARTER to prepare herself for her first benchmark!!
  • To MARCUS S.P. for COMMITMENT: for working hard ALL QUARTER to prepare himself for his first benchmark!!
  • To BLESSING O. for SCHOLARSHIP: for asking good questions in class on Monday to prep herself for her benchmark.
  • To SORAYA A. for COMMITMENT: for encouraging her classmates to be productive last Friday!
  • To JORDANY D for SCHOLARSHIP: For already seeing an improvement in grades despite our academic check-in’s just starting! Great work, keep it up!

High School:

  • To NEHEMIAH Y. for CITIZENSHIP: Intentionally looking for and picking up paper in hallways
  • To MARSHA M. for COURAGE: Pushing through a challenging interaction with a fellow student respectfully
  • To ALL OF THE CCSC COMMUNITY INCLUDING FACULTY, STAFF AND STUDENTS for CITIZENSHIP: Wishing me well through a slightly challenging time with surgery and post surgery.-Gibson
  • To YOEL Y. for COMMITMENT: for overall being incredibly focused and on top of his work this year!
  • To ASHLEY D. and ZABIB H. for SCHOLARSHIP: for writing killer essays and getting into HPREP!!
  • To ASHLI K. for SCHOLARSHIP: for having a strong quarter with good grades throughout!
  • To DAWIT B. for COMMITMENT: for being a dedicated athlete in and out of school!
  • To QUENTON J for SCHOLARSHIP for being one of two students to ace a difficult geometry test.
  • To KAL-EL P for COMMITMENT for being on top of his work and proactive about his first quarter performance.
  • To VALONICA R for SCHOLARSHIP for acing a Spanish composition with almost no grammar errors.
  • To MASIAH S-H for COMMITMENT: Setting a great example for other student athletes by staying focused on behavior and academics to make sure he is eligible to be a key member of our squad!
  • TO JOSEPH P for COMMITMENT for seeking extra review for benchmarks.
  • To AMMANUEL G for SCHOLARSHIP: continuing to orient visitors effectively and taking his classroom role of ambassador so seriously.
  • To DORA D for CITIZENSHIP: evolving into a leader in our community, on and off the court.
  • To ANTHONY B for COURAGE: jumping in to speak first in both English seminars this week.


  • To THE ALL-POWERFUL LAM for CITIZENSHIP and SCHOLARSHIP, from Ms. Norris: Teaching me a really cool Excel trick that will save me so much time down the road
  • To MS. NORRIS for CITIZENSHIP: Always making sure our community knows exactly how much we appreciate each other, through Thank You Thursday shout outs
  • To MS. HENRY for COURAGE: Always willing to give the honest feedback in support of the school community
  • To MR. TJERNELL for COMMITMENT: Engaging students in focused, meaningful work, and prioritizing a shared responsibility among students for the learning that happens in class
  • To THE CCSC COMMUNITY, HUMANITIES DEPARTMENT AND WHOEVER SOUGHT OUT TO MAKE MY GRADUATION DAY SPECIAL for CITIZENSHIP… Putting a smile on my face and supporting me on an emotionally strenuous day. I am forever grateful. – Ms Luis
  • To ALL OF THE CCSC COMMUNITY INCLUDING FACULTY, STAFF AND STUDENTS for CITIZENSHIP: Wishing me well through a slightly challenging time with surgery and post surgery.-Gibson
  • To MS. GALVIN for COMMITMENT: for always giving time to hear about student concerns and problem solve
  • To MR. RUSS for COMMITMENT: for being very responsive to any student concerns brought up.
  • To MS. GOWELL for COMMITMENT & SCHOLARSHIP: Setting up Spanish 1 and 4 for success this year as Ms. Nguyen’s long term sub this quarter.  Thank you!
  • To MS. MD for COURAGE/COMMITMENT: Setting up an amazingly organized out to college day field trip! Great work!
  • to MS. RIPA for COMMITMENT for encouraging me to do Zumba and yoga. It has changed my whole week!
  • TO MS GRAMS FOR CITIZENSHIP for always stepping up to cover her coworkers in special ops when needed.
  • To MRS. TAPS for CITIZENSHIP: Always taking the time to offer advice and continuing to work to keep the community in order.-Gibson
  • To MR. VOGEL for SCHOLARSHIP: Great work on MCAS results — sharing with staff, messaging to families, and more.
  • To MS. BARNO for COURAGE: holding the line with her students and creating a really strong and focused learning environment.
  • To MR. RUSS for COURAGE: drawing clean lines, expecting the most from students, and showing them always how much you care.
  • To MS. JEAN-LOUIS for CITIZENSHIP and COMMITMENT: Encouraging a stressed-out student in the hallway during benchmarks and making him feel better about taking the test.

Thank-You Thursday 10.19.17

Middle School:

  • To ZAKIYA for SCHOLARSHIP: writing an amazing essay on Michael Jordan this past week!
  • To WARREN for SCHOLARSHIP: for asking informative and exploration questions about the structure of our local, state and federal government.
  • To KARLEA for SCHOLARSHIP: Turning in a very strong project many days before the deadline.
  • To MOHAMUD for COMMITMENT: Excellent participation in science today.
  • To MS Soccer Players for COMMITMENT: Pushing yourselves and each other and (hopefully) making the playoffs!

High School:

  • To MAYA and BEVERLY for COMMITMENT and SCHOLARSHIP – nice job catching up on make up work!
  • To YISHAK A, SAM Z, SATOYA I, MONIQUE M, KERWEAN M, KAMARI W, and MARLY JF for CITIZENSHIP: helping to put together a great homecoming dance by recruiting a DJ, selling tickets, setting up decorations, and cleaning up
  • To DEVIN NO for CITIZENSHIP: helping Prom Committee and Student Council put up the lights for Homecoming Dance, which was the hardest part of setup
  • To RAYKWON R, ROHIT C, and MICHAEL T for CITIZENSHIP: sharing my enthusiasm for superhero movies and letting me geek out
  • To PAOLA R for SCHOLARSHIP: enthusiastic annotations for the last story of our unit, which brought a smile to my face
  • To MAYA RW for CITIZENSHIP: For being a great aid to classmates and setting the tone!
  • To LUIS BR for SCHOLARSHIP: For being on point with his college application process!
  • To CHRISTNALY for CITIZENSHIP: Raising money with a smile (and making deliveries of breakfast to hungry staff)!


  • To MS. GREY-SAUTELET for CITIZENSHIP for putting together an amazing video for the Spanish 1 students.
  • To MR REID for CITIZENSHIP and COMMITMENT – thanks for all the work you do behind the scenes to make everything run smoothly.
  • To MR HOWARD for SCHOLARSHIP and CITIZENSHIP – for leading mock trial with passion and contagious enthusiasm.
  • To MR. HENDRICKSON for COMMITMENT: for always going above and beyond for the student’s he sees.
  • To MS. ABRAHAM for CITIZENSHIP: for always giving advice and keeping a calm environment around her for all to look up to and aspire to be like.
  • To MS. DUCHARME for COMMITMENT and CITIZENSHIP. Her amazing scheduling skills and help throughout the PSAT did not go unnoticed!
  • To MS. M-D for SCHOLARSHIP: incredible organizational skills and being my partner in good!
  • To MS. BRADLEY and MS. ALEXANDER for COMMITMENT: being excellent co-planners and chaperones for Homecoming Dance
  • To MS. TIMAS for COMMITMENT: making Quizlets to help our juniors study for an upcoming test
  • To MR. VOGEL for SCHOLARSHIP: Diving into MCAS results quickly and making sense of them so we can all properly celebrate, reflect, and improve.
  • To MS. COYLE for SCHOLARSHIP: Always being willing to do research or make calls to find out all pertinent information.  We’re stronger for it.  Thank you!

Thank You Thursday 10.12.17

Middle School:

  • To NELCY (MELISSA) D.G for SCHOLARSHIP: NEVER has there been an IMC lab that she was not on track doing amazing things on IXL, challenging herself and asking important questions!
  • To ALEX M for SCHOLARSHIP: trying his best in class and working through tough problems with a partner.
  • To TAHMID K for COMMITMENT: constantly participating in class and being vulnerable to share and make mistakes
  • To SASHA L for CITIZENSHIP: explaining a concept to a partner and helping him with classwork.
  • To HOUSTON B. for SCHOLARSHIP: for pushing himself in a reading conference this week!
  • To KEDDRICK D. for COMMITMENT: for working hard to meet his goal to earn a behavior pass last week!
  • To TREVELL H. for COMMITMENT: for self-advocating about new ways to cool down after tough classroom situations
  • To NATALIE D. for COURAGE: for productively engaging in a teacher meeting this week!
  • To DULIA E. for COMMITMENT: for consistently working hard during independent work time in IMC!
  • To MARC R. for COMMITMENT: for consistently working hard during independent work time in IMC!
  • To NIKITA R. for COMMITMENT: for consistently working hard during independent work time in IMC!
  • To NATHANIEL R. for COMMITMENT: for consistently working hard during independent work time in IMC!
  • To BRANNIA H. for COMMITMENT: for consistently working hard during independent work time in IMC!
  • To MARHAWITE M. for COMMITMENT: for consistently working hard during independent work time in IMC!


High School:

  • To DEANNA for SCHOLARSHIP: working hard every day (from a physics classmate)
  • To ALIYAH R for CITIZENSHIP: filling me in on what I missed during classwork (from a physics classmate)
  • To CARLVIN for COMMITMENT: doing a good job during group work  (from a physics classmate)
  • To NARESA for COMMITMENT: being on track  (from a physics classmate)
  • To MIA for CITIZENSHIP: being my partner and helping me with groupwork (from a physics classmate)
  • To JIMMY for SCHOLARSHIP: being smart and sharing ideas during groupwork (from a physics classmate)
  • To NARESA for CITIZENSHIP: helping to get a classmate a class job when he didn’t have one  (from a physics classmate)
  • To MAURYANA for  COMMITMENT: being a productive table partner (from a physics classmate)
  • To AMANUEL for SCHOLARSHIP: using thorough explanations to explain why I was wrong (from a physics classmate)
  • To HEINZ for COMMITMENT: stepping up in class and getting things done (from a physics classmate)
  • To ALIYAH R for CITIZENSHIP: being there and helping  (from a physics classmate)
  • To JALEN E, JAMAREE O. AND JUAN Z. for CITIZENSHIP and SCHOLARSHIP: For working hard and helping each other plan out their DBQ outlines.
  • To AMANUEL G. for CITIZENSHIP: Bringing positive energy to the parent potluck and serving food with a smile.
  • To PRISCILLA T. for COMMITMENT and COURAGE: Sticking through tricky geometry problems and being willing to volunteer even when she’s unsure.
  • To AMIR A. for COMMITMENT: Sticking through a reteach lesson in AP Calc and being willing to volunteer answers to the problems.
  • To KERWEAN M, MARLY J-F, CHRISTNALY C, and MONIQUE M for COMMITMENT: excellent job with the Prom Committee fundraiser!
  • To REBA-GLORY C, SHANE R, SHYANNE C, NASIR D, JAVIAN F, NEYHLA H, DORYANE J, KEVIN JL, KERWEAN M, KALIER RC, ROHIT C, MIKAYLA D, SABRINA DP, ARIANA H, CAHEL S, NHALA S, and MICHAEL T for COURAGE: participating multiple times with great insights in our first fishbowl discussion in English
  • To DEVIN for SCHOLARSHIP: coming in the mornings for a quiet place to get work done.
  • To LUIS B.R. for SCHOLARSHIP: Dramatically and quickly improving his college application essay to make it one of the strongest in the entire grade.
  • To NAIMA J. for COURAGE: Being reflective and respectful during our check in
  • To DANASIA B. for COURAGE: Improving her participation in class – Way to take a RISK!
  • To ADIA C. for CITIZENSHIP: Staying late after back to school night to help put up chairs in my classroom
  • To WEDDERSON X. for COMMITMENT: Always being the first to volunteer to help out in the classroom
  • To CARLVIN S. for COURAGE: Taking academic risks in physics class
  • To NEYHLA H for CITIZENSHIP: helping clean up after B2SN
  • To SAM Z, JESSICA A, IVERSON M, ALISSON M, ABIEL S  for CITIZENSHIP: always willing to get computers to at the beginning of the period so we can get started quickly


  • To MR. FRIEDMAN for CITIZENSHIP: Holding the line in IMB and helping students be accountable for behaviors and fixing them!
  • To MS. NORRIS for CITIZENSHIP: Consistently providing positive and really helpful feedback.
  • To MR. MORRIS for CITIZENSHIP: Bringing the community together for B2SN. Great job!
  • To MS. HUNTINGTON for COMMITMENT: Getting our joined advisory up to a great start!
  • To MS. PRYSTAWIK for CITIZENSHIP: helping me out by supervising a class while I did a last-minute student observation for a student meeting!
  • To MR. SUCHECK for CITIZENSHIP: for always stepping up to support in advisory when I need a helping hand. Grazie mille!
  • To DR. MOLK for SCHOLARSHIP: Smarts with spreadsheets! Thanks for sharing your clever ideas.

Thank You Thursday 10.28.17

Middle School:

  • To CHRISTANAELLE D. for SCHOLARSHIP: Writing several well-crafted narrative responses in the first unit.
  • To AJANAE H. for COMMITMENT: Making personal academic goals and really sticking to them each and every class period.
  • To MAKDA for COMMITMENT: persevering in math through challenging problems and trying your best. 
  • To KAILANI for CITIZENSHIP: serving as scribe and always being willing to pass things out. 
  • To SAMUEL E. for SCHOLARSHIP: being 100% on task in math everyday. 
  • To KEDDRICK for COMMITMENT: remaining on task and ready to participate in solving equations. 
  • To JOHANNY and JAMEER for COMMITMENT: being flexible to seating changes and working well turning turn and talks in math. 
  • To ROWIDA for CITIZENSHIP: always willing and excited to hand papers out and collect papers in math. 
  • To HOUSTON for COMMITMENT: adjusting quickly to new expectations here at CCSC

High School:

  • To ANDY L. for COMMITMENT: For already showing high interest and commitment to mock trial
  • To INGRID for CITIZENSHIP: for providing me with some much needed coffee on a Monday morning
  • To ASHILI K for COURAGE: Turning a tough morning into a positive outcome 
  • To the whole JUNIOR CLASS for CITIZENSHIP: Representing CCSC phenomenally at the college fair last week. The reps had such great things to say about the jr. class!
  • To KERWEAN M, DORYANNE J, SHYANNE C, DIANE PL for SCHOLARSHIP: Excellent job on your sustainability presentation.
  • To JAMAREE O for COURAGE: Consistently volunteering for the toughest questions in math.
  • To JUAN Z for COMMITMENT: Handling your business and taking school seriously!
  • To KEVINS M for SCHOLARSHIP: Pointing out relevant quotes in class discussion.
  • To JAMAREE O for SCHOLARSHIP: For pointing out racist undertones in a comment that a character made in a story.
  • To DANIEL F for CITIZENSHIP: always saying hello and always bringing possitivity to our community!
  • To MICHAEL T for COMMITMENT: what an awesome start to your 11th grade year. Great work, keep it up. Mr. Nomani
  • To SAMANTA B for SCHOLARSHIP: repping our community in strong fashion as she pursues a posse scholarship!
  • To KAMARI W, YISHAK A, and SEBASTIAN HL for SCHOLARSHIP and COMMITMENT: staying after school to take a practice SAT
  • To YISHAK A for COMMITMENT: extra shout-out for staying for the whole thing and scoring the practice SAT
  • To CORY M for CITIZENSHIP: getting me a new apple post-it holder because I was sad about my old one that went missing
  • To YESEHAK A for CITIZENSHIP: always greeting me with so much enthusiasm that brightens my day each time
  • To WEDDERSON X for COURAGE and COMMITMENT: doing a great job leading vocab review
  • To PAOLA R and ARIANA H for COMMITMENT: remembering to give me their journals after being absent
  • To WO WEI L, ALI F, YISHAK A, ALVIN C, and ROHIT C for COMMITMENT: approaching Newspaper Club with enthusiasm and cool ideas
  • To SHANE R for SCHOLARSHIP: making perhaps the most sophisticated and intriguing point of the day in English discussion – your interpretation of the passage was one I’d never thought of!


  • To DR. LAM for CITIZENSHIP: giving me a mooncake for the second year in a row!  Happy Mid-Autumn Festival!
  • To MR. TJERNELL for COMMITMENT: executing an excellent silent exit from English ASLC in consideration of seniors who were taking a practice SAT
  • To MS. GRAMS for COMMITMENT and CITIZENSHIP: being helpful in any way she can when she was supporting my class – checking in with students, bringing us necessary supplies from the staff room, and more
  • To MS. TIMAS for COMMITMENT: jumping right back into her job with much grace and care for our students
  • To MR. HOWARD for CITIZENSHIP: tidying the staff room table and fridge
  • To MS. WILSON for CITIZENSHIP: Covering a lunch duty even though she doesn’t normally have one and leaving a super clean space
  • To MR. RODENAS for SCHOLARSHIP: Creating a really solid Guided Reading lesson that pushed students to think about various perspectives and protest 
  • To Mr. HOWARD for SCHOLARSHIP: Mastering a guided reading lesson on how the hurricanes have affected the people of Puerto Rico
  • To Mr. PACE for CITIZENSHIP: taking on and setting expectations for a new advisory like a pro.
  • To MS. WILSON for CITIZENSHIP: Covering my lunch duty on 10/02.
  • To MS. TECCA for CITIZENSHIP: going above and beyond to make sure coverage is set for coaches especially with the frequent changes to the schedule-Gibson
  • To MS. GREY-SAUTELET for COMMITMENT: dedicated to always putting in 100% maximum effort and all that you do-Gibson
  • To MR. MORRIS, MS. HENRY, MS. OSEI, and MS. ALEXANDER for COMMITMENT: putting so much time and energy into the planning of our upcoming community meetings
  • To MS. BARNO: trying lots of different strategies and really sticking with a student who is struggling.

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.

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:

Follow CCSC on Facebook!

Follow CCSC on Twitter!

Follow CCSC on Instagram!

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.


  • 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.