News & Updates

Hello CCSC Parents and Guardians!

We are excited to invite you to the first meeting of the 2016-2017 Parent-Guardian Association, to be held on Tuesday, September 13, at 6:15 PM. The topic of this meeting is “CCSC Need-to-Knows.” We will provide new and returning families with important School Updates, introduce a new school administrator, go over many of the common policies and procedures at CCSC (discipline, buses, lunch ordering, getting in touch with teachers, and more) and will have plenty of time for questions and answers.

At 5:30 PM there will also be a meeting for SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Council) Families. The meeting will be an opportunity to meet and greet with Erin Wheaton, Special Education Department Chair, as well as review important information to support your student through their transition to and through Special Education at CCSC. Parents/Guardians will be able to access resources available at CCSC should their child start to struggle.

The CCSC Computer Science For All initiative is off and running with all 10th grade students taking an Introduction to Computer Science course this year. So far, sophomores have closely examined the world around them by exploring questions  such as “What defines technology? Is a pencil technology? What about a frozen dinner?” They have also begun some elementary coding.

For students in grade 12, Advanced Placement Computer Science is also available for the first time this year. Both courses are taught by Matt Pace, now in his third year at CCSC (and his eighth year as a teacher). Pace, who graduated with his degree in education from Ithaca College, previously taught 8th grade math.

CCSC is excited to welcome Nicole Osei as Dean of Students. Ms. Osei joins Nathan Dineen in this role and will support grades 6, 8,10, and 12. Though this is Ms. Osei’s first year on staff, she spent time last year collaborating with members of CCSC’s Special Programs department in her role as Regional Director for Boston, Cambridge and Eastern Massachusetts for the Massachusetts Charter Public School Association's Capacity Building Network. Ms. Osei noted that the sense of community she felt when she visited CCSC was a big draw for her. “I was always struck by the buzz and energy in the halls. It’s rare you see that in a charter middle or high school.”

CCSC parents and principals came together on Friday, October 21 for “Coffee with the Principals” to discuss college admissions, how to motivate students, and the nuances of raising children. These monthly gatherings, which typically occur on the third Friday of each month, offer a dedicated time for middle school and high school families to ask questions of school leaders. Some questions raised by family members at the October session include: “How are students selected for Out to College trips?,” “What is it like to be a principal?,” and “Does CCSC distribute scholarships to students?”

ATTENTION COUGAR ATHLETES: updated physicals are due THIS FRIDAY, August 19 for all student athletes wishing to participate in fall sports. Students who do not have updated physicals will be ineligible to practice or play.

Also, tryouts/practices for fall sports begin Monday, August 22 including Varsity Soccer, Varsity Cross Country and Middle School Co-Ed Soccer.