Band Speeches Take an Unexpected Turn

September 22, 2014
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Band Speeches Take an Unexpected Turn

Many people wonder what actually happens in the band room amidst the sounds that travel through the A building during H and G block. Even people within the band sometimes wonder about the workings of the group. In this article, I offer you an inside scoop on the band. Last week, during H block concert band, instead of walking in to the usual mélange of squeaks and squawks made by aspiring musicians, students were surprised to see the chairs weren’t set up and people were milling about. A whisper spread through confused musical minds. Speeches. Today was the day where eight extremely lucky people would win positions of leadership to represent the band. People sat down excitedly, ready to listen to the 22 qualified people competing for the elite 8 spots. Gardner Nash started the ball rolling with...
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CC Embraces a Diverse Range of Cultures

September 22, 2014
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CC Embraces a Diverse Range of Cultures

CCHS has always had an incredibly diverse range of extra-curricular activities. No matter what you are interested in, there is bound to be an organization or activity that suits your interests. If you are still deciding on which club to join, take a look at CC’s cultural side. This year, we have a couple new additions to the list, and all of these options can give you a culturally enriched experience. Spanish Club is starting up this year. Join them as they celebrate National Hispanic American Heritage month through music, dance, and food. You do not need to know Spanish to join! Spanish club meets at H-08 on Mondays. Contact Joel Zayas ’15 or Isabelle Nozari ’15 with any questions. Japan Club is also a new club this year, devoted to exploring Japanese culture. CCHS has had a sister school...
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Teaching Mrs. Tingle: A Hit for the Ages

September 22, 2014
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Teaching Mrs. Tingle: A Hit for the Ages

Teaching Mrs. Tingle, produced around the turn of the millennium, is a refreshing retreat from the typical high school movie.  Although it includes many favorite cliche characters, such as the underachiever, the overachiever, and villainous teacher, the plot takes an unexpected turn rarely seen in the genre.  The movie’s protagonist, scholarly Leigh Ann Watson, is nearing the end of her senior year.  Time is running out for her to beat snooty Trudie Tucker to the top of her class to become valedictorian and win the only college scholarship in her town.  Her only chance to beat Trudie lies in an end of the year project for history, a class taught by the much feared and despised Mrs. Tingle.  On the project due date, Leigh Ann walks into history class and sits with a mixture of fear and anxiety as she watches the...
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New Teacher: Mr. Parato

September 15, 2014
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New Teacher: Mr. Parato

CCHS welcomes another new face this year, Mike Parato. He teaches CP2 Geometry and CP2 Algebra II. Mr. Parato is also an advisor, stating that he really likes meeting new students. Parato grew up originally in Westford, MA, and went to Westford Academy. He attended the Univerity of Delaware, majoring in international relations, and currently lives in Newburyport with his wife and two boys who are 3 and 1. Prior to coming to CC, Mr. Parato taught at Chelmsford High School for 10 years. In regards to his first impressions of CC, Mr. Parato says: “I’ve been very welcomed at this school by all the students and teachers”. Outside of school, he enjoys playing soccer, running, and playing with his kids. Additionally, he’s the assistant coach of CCHS’s men’s soccer team.
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New Teacher: Todd Sawyer

September 15, 2014
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New Teacher: Todd Sawyer

Many of you may not yet have been lucky enough to meet Mr. Todd Sawyer.  Mr. Sawyer is an English teacher, who teaches both Freshman CP and Sophomore Honors.  Mr. Sawyer grew up in Groton, MA, but now lives in Somerville.  He attended Plymouth State College, where he earned an Undergraduate Degree in Marketing.  He then earned a Graduate Degree in English from Boston University.  He taught at Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School before coming to CCHS.  We are now fortunate enough to have him as a member of our school community.  When asked why he came to Concord, he said, “I wanted to teach at a school where there was a commitment to academic excellence.” He did not always plan to teach.  He has an athletic background.  “In school,” he said, “my favorite...
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New Teacher: Brian Casey

September 15, 2014
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New Teacher: Brian Casey

Welcome to Mr. Brian Casey, CCHS’ newest edition to the science department. Though he is a chemistry teacher at this school, he has a degree in Earth Science and has taught in both subjects. Mr. Casey began teaching science as soon as he graduated from Syracuse University with a major in Geology. He taught general science to 7th and 8th graders, and for the past 11 years has taught at North Quincy. He started off as an Earth Science teacher, but readily switched to chemistry when the school needed him. Mr. Casey explains that he has always had a “science brain.” Even when he was young, he was always taking things apart then putting them back together. He is interested in the world around him, and loves the idea of learning more about it, which...
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Cradles to Crayons

September 15, 2014
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Cradles to Crayons

Providing a stable and cohesive education is perhaps one of the most important gifts that can ever be given. It is for precisely that reason that Cradles to Crayons, a non-profit group, is hosting a drive for school supplies. All forms of school supplies, from notebooks to rulers, are welcome. Through a combination of product drives, volunteering and collaboration with social agencies, the program attempts to help thousands of local children get access to the materials they need. The program specializes in providing supplies to kids that are in homeless or low-income situations that would be able to have these resources without the program. Cradles to Crayons has been rated by Charity Navigator, an independent organization, to be ahead of the of industry standards and uses its donations in the most efficient and effective manner. Additionally,...
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Secret’s Dirty Secret

September 15, 2014
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Secret’s Dirty Secret

We wear deodorant to keep ourselves smelling pleasant and stop our shirts from getting dreaded pit stains.  This is extremely important if we don’t want to drive everyone out of our immediate vicinity, but what you may not know is that many deodorants can hurt you. Today, many commercial deodorants and antiperspirants contain ingredients that are harmful to the human body such as parabens, artificial fragrance, and aluminum. While some say that the evidence regarding antiperspirants is inconclusive, many studies have shown that there is strong evidence that deodorants have increased the risk of breast cancer in men and women. Scientists at Keele University in Britain have found that the aluminum content of breast tissue was significantly higher in the regions of the breast in close proximity to the area where there would be the highest density...
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