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 big move finally upon us. While it was all in good fun, all of it still had to go back, which was also a bit of a process. One of these students, however, was caught on camera; and after talking to Principal Badalament, this student talked to the others involved. The other seven turned themselves in and all eight students were given a four hour detention. The eight pulled the prank as friends and served the detention as friends instead of turning on one another after one student was caught....
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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 confused individuals.  This article, like all others published on April 1st, is a spoof, and it was labeled as such.  New London is doing perfectly fine and it is currently open for business.  The Voice highly recommends its pizza!  The Voice has no ill will toward the restaurant, but merely was attempting to comment on the friendly competition between the various pizza places in town.  We apologize if some readers believed otherwise. We at The Voice would like to remind all readers that our April Fool’s articles are entirely fictional and they usually...
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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 attention for their style of music, which mainly consists of soulful harmony-filled pop.  They gained a lot of fans originally through covers they posted on YouTube.  They even did a cover of Chris Brown’s “Don’t Wake Me Up”, which gained about a million views.  Eventually, Scooter Braun (who has worked with Justin Bieber, Carly Rae Jepsen, PSY and Ariana Grande) discovered these talented musicians, who helped Rixton sign to School Boy, Giant Little Man, and Interscope Records.  Rixton is currently working with producer Benny Blanco (also the producer of Maroon...
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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 test to determine how well schools are doing when compared to the national average. But students still point out that they feel that such standardized tests don’t fully test learning. Instead, they focus on the ability to memorize vast swathes of information. Administrators have attempted to respond by creating the PARCC test. In several respects, the PARCC test is an improvement on its MCAS predecessor. The test is administered digitally, rather than on paper. Of course, the test has to be adapted to prevent students from encountering unnecessary eyestrain, but the shift to computers...
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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 the moment is the future of our turf fields. Article 30 and Article 4 both deal with the playing fields at our school, which are being re-built by the organization CC at Play. The master plan includes new tennis courts (which have already been installed), new softball and baseball fields with natural grass, and a new football field made of artificial turf. Voting YES on Article 30 would approve the funding budget for Phase II of the project (the building of the new turf) and voting NO on Article 4 would avoid the ban of...
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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 new school, and here are their responses. “I’m going to miss the H building classrooms which hold a lot of fond memories for me.  I also love the murals around the school” – Jenna Wong ’16 “I will miss all the doorways, the openness, and the whole vibe of the school” – Claire Gordy ’16 “I’m really going to miss the courtyards, the learning commons, and overall, its homey feeling”- Gabrielle Wilson ’17 “I’ll miss the courtyards” – Lauren Medeiros ’18 “The current Learning Commons” – school librarian Mrs. McFarlane “The buckets placed in 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 known to contemporary cinema and theater lovers. Beckett was famous for his eclectic dialogue and avant-garde use of language in the service of examining society. He wryly observed the destruction of communication in modern society by having his characters never seem to truly respond to each other, but rather spit out strings of non sequiturs. They are living in their own postmodern fantasy worlds, and Beckett was as much a parodist of postmodernism as he was one of its forefathers. His most famous works are probably “Waiting for Godot”, and...
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