The hallways are hushed today because it is the first (of three) days of the 2014 MCAS tests in English Language Arts for students in 7th, 8th and 10th grade. To psych up their students to “crush” the tests, the CCSC humanities department created this video pep talk. Directed by Mandy Henry, the video features teachers Henry “I can fly!” Seton, Kyle “Figuratively, not literally, fly” Fahsel, Seth “Crush that voice” Pearce, Emily “You know how” Niska, Katie “You own it” Rieser, Dora “Don’t stop believing” Acosta, Ruby Stardrum, Day Farenga, and Harvard intern Fay Alexander along with several older students who have already crushed the MCAS. Casting successful students wasn’t hard: every member of the current 11th and 12th grade classes scored advanced or proficient on their 10th grade ELA MCAS, earning the school a #1 state ranking each year.
March is the Heartbreak Hill of the school year. There is only one day off – and it doesn’t come until the very end of the month – and, with the third round of interim assessments this week and the ELA MCAS coming up, we’ve entered a tough stretch that will test us all right through to the finish line in June. Outside it’s no better, as the veteran New England winter is still putting up a pretty good fight against the rookie spring; there was a sudden splatter of hail right at dismissal time today, and the National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for the Boston area tonight. So, it’s a good thing we have a self-appointed spirit captain in Phil Roebuck to keep us smiling on Wednesdays, at least.
Today’s spirit theme was “Dress Like the Nurse Day” in honor of CCSC Nurse Pamela Bajada, whose wardrobe of colorful scrubs is the envy of certain faculty and staff, especially those who significant others are in the medical profession, and who wish getting dressed for work took them as little time and thought as putting on a clean pair of scrubs. With so many teachers wearing scrubs today, walking the hallways of CCSC felt like visiting a pediatric hospital, or being on the set of Scrubs. The only thing different in the nurse’s office was that Ms. Bajada dressed in her civvies! (If you see her tomorrow, wish her a happy birthday.)