Music Programs Honored at MICCA

April 13, 2015
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Music Programs Honored at MICCA

Beginning on Friday, March 27, musical ensembles from all around Massachusetts traveled to one of seven designated competition sites across the state to participate in the 2015 MICCA Competition.  The Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors’ Association (MICCA)—which is chaired by its Vice President and CCHS Bands/Orchestra Director, David Gresko—organizes this annual event in which ensembles are scored and evaluated by professional musicians and clinicians.  Categories include rhythm, intonation, tempo, repertoire, phrasing and expression, bowing, and articulation.  Bands are scored in nine categories; in each, a group may receive up to a 5/5 ranking.  Three adjudicators tally and average their scores for each category, determining an overall score for the group. The musical communities of Concord and Carlisle enjoyed great success over MICCA weekend.  On Friday evening, the CCHS Orchestra earned a gold medal at...
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The PARCC: A Test For Good?

April 13, 2015
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The PARCC: A Test For Good?

It’s no secret that students tend to be a bit anxious about standardized tests. Legislators repeatedly extol their virtues by pointing out that standardized tests provide an accurate statewide view of schools are doing. Proponents also point out that it performs as an accurate...
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A Look Back

April 13, 2015
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A Look Back

This coming Thursday, April 16, 2015, marks the last official day of school in our current CCHS building.  This sad but important occasion will be marked by a special closing ceremony at the end of the school day on Thursday. For over fifty years, tens...
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Class of 2015 Got Us (Not That) Good

April 13, 2015
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Class of 2015 Got Us (Not That) Good

On Saturday at midnight, eight seniors came into the current school building and moved all the chairs out of the Learning Commons. In addition to this, some of the desks were rearranged in the H building. This prank was so aptly timed with the...
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A Note on Spoof Articles

April 13, 2015
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A Note on Spoof Articles

It has recently come to The Voice’s attention that some of the articles published in our annual April Fool’s spoof edition have been taken literally by some of our readers.  In particular, an article explaining the closing of New London Style Pizza seems to have...
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Check Out Rixton

April 13, 2015
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Check Out Rixton

The name Rixton may sound familiar to many, but the story behind their rise to success may be less well known.  From Manchester, England, this group really became well-known at the start of 2013.  They were going around to small local venues to gain...
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To Turf or Not to Turf

April 13, 2015
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To Turf or Not to Turf

Most people have probably heard by now about the town meetings being held this month in Concord and Carlisle. Despite the talk, many who hear about these meetings don’t care to hear of the details or the specific issues up for discussion. The pressing issue at...
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What People Will Miss About The School

April 13, 2015
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What People Will Miss About The School

Thursday marks the last day in the our current building, and tears will be shed. While we are certainly ready for a new, clean school, this building has a special place in many students’ hearts. I asked people what they would miss about the...
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Mourning for Godot: Samuel Beckett Retrospective

April 13, 2015
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Mourning for Godot: Samuel Beckett Retrospective

Today, April 13th, would have been the 118th birthday of the celebrated dramatist Samuel Beckett, who is one of the founders of the “Theatre of the Absurd” tradition. His “descendants”,  so to speak, include such notables as Alejandro Jodorowsky and Harold Pinter, names well...
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