Making Poor Choices: Food Habits at CCHS

November 24, 2014
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Making Poor Choices: Food Habits at CCHS

As a result of the heavy course load and social strains of being a high schooler, many students have found that they have lost control of their eating habits.  In my opinion, this problem is quite prevalent at CCHS. The health of a diet is not based solely on what we eat, but why we eat it. After interviewing random students at CCHS, eight out of ten stated that they often eat as a result of a stressful school environment. There are many causes leading to the unhealthy habits of teenagers when it comes to food. Most students listed body image, social status, school work (tests, homework, projects, etc.) and relationships as contributing factors to their stress and diet. In fact only 50% of CCHS students reported having enough time in the day to eat all three...
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Common Core Standards: Do They Help or Hurt?

November 24, 2014
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Common Core Standards: Do They Help or Hurt?

The purpose of education has always been to help individual students reach their learning goals in their own, individual way. The new implementation of Common Core Standards, however, is corrupting this system. The Common Core is a nation-wide policy initiative that began in 2008 and has now been adopted by forty-four states (including Massachusetts). It presents a set of academic standards that students at certain grade levels and ages are expected to reach. They begin at Kindergarten and end at 12th grade, and there are specific checkpoints for reading, writing, and math that have been deemed necessary for college success. The purpose of these standards is to ensure that graduating high school students are prepared when entering college-level courses and the workforce. However this just enforces the very idea that we need to get out of students’ minds:...
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Let’s Give Thanks

November 24, 2014
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Let’s Give Thanks

With the approach of Thanksgiving Day, it can be worthwhile to step back and consider why we refer to holidays in the way that we do. Since many American holidays are loosely rooted in tradition or historical events, most of us are perennial suckers for a party and blind followers of generations of people before us. In all the confusion, stress, and emotional tumult of every holiday season, the true meaning of the celebration is frequently abandoned. To be completely honest, I am just as much a holiday freak as anyone else. As an elementary school student, I never seriously thought about my life when I was asked to write about what I was thankful for, nor did I ever, within recent memory, take advantage of the holidays to donate to the needy. I’m not...
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Everything You Ever Needed to Know About Mindfulness

November 17, 2014
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Everything You Ever Needed to Know About Mindfulness

I’ve been doing some more digging into mindfulness, since my last article generated a fair amount of controversy about the topic.  I had the chance to sit down with Nurse DeBruzzi, mindfulness expert Pam Ressler, and social studies teacher Mr. Hoblitzelle, who all added their unique perspective on the program.  Mrs. DeBruzzi mainly emphasized that the program is designed to be flexible, and that the school is trying to offer a broad range of options to students on how to incorporate mindfulness into their daily lives.  CC has recently started a Mindfulness Club in order to encourage mindful practices throughout the day.  A new Wellness Committee has also been formed by the Student Senate in order to appraise the effectiveness of the mindfulness curriculum.  I really appreciate the school’s efforts to get more students involved...
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The Health Nut: Do You Sleep With Your Cellphone Close By?

November 17, 2014
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The Health Nut: Do You Sleep With Your Cellphone Close By?

“Don’t stand too close to the microwave, it’s bad for you…radiation…” As always, mom knows best. Cell phones, much like microwave ovens, produce high frequencies of electromagnetic radiation. So essentially, you are holding a microwave next to your head for hours at a time. Now this seems ridiculous, yet astoundingly 4/5 teens don’t seem to make this connection. They sleep with their phones near their heads for various reasons, the most common reasons being for use as alarms or clocks and staying updated on an ever-changing social life. Additionally, studies show that cell phones, laptop computers, televisions, tablets, and other electronic devices produce immense amounts of blue light and can trick our minds into thinking it is daytime. This inhibits melatonin production, preventing our bodies from receiving the signal that it is time to sleep, and in turn reduces the quality...
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A Glimpse into Turkmenistan

November 17, 2014
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A Glimpse into Turkmenistan

This scholastic year, CCHS is joined by Janet Genjiyeva, an exchange student from the state of Lebap, in Turkmenistan. Janet is part of the Flex Exchange program, a group that gives scholarships to young students in Eurasia to come to America. In order to travel abroad, Janet had to go through a rigorous application process that involved multiple tests, essays, and interviews. In her presentation she shared with students some of the the interesting cultural heritage of Turkmenistan. When I attended Janet’s presentation about her homeland, I gained insight into the life of Janet and other Turkmen. Turkmenistan was created in 1991 after the fall of the Soviet Union and has five states and a capital, Ashgabat.  Ashgabat is considered the whitest city in the world, since nearly all of the buildings there are made of white...
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CC Boys XC Sprints to Success at States

November 17, 2014
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CC Boys XC Sprints to Success at States

The Concord Carlisle’s Boys Cross Country team ended their astoundingly successful season at States this past Saturday. In order to qualify for States, teams have to place in the top 3 spots at EMass, which took place two Saturday’s ago, on November 8th. At EMass, Spencer Meyer ’16 was the top finisher for CC, placing 4th overall with a time of 16:25.6. The top 7 runners of CC — Meyer, Eli Decker 16′, Cole Winstanley 16′, Danny Murphy 15′, Tim O’Brien 15′, Andrew Knauss 15′, and Phillip Brown 15′ — all qualified for states. At States the boys finished 14th overall, beating every other Division III team, including Walpole whom they lost to at EMass. The team started out at a fast pace, getting into a very good position during the first mile. They were able to...
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Exchange Student Silvia Granahan

November 17, 2014
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Exchange Student Silvia Granahan

Silvia Granahan is a junior exchange student visiting CC from Italy until February 2nd.  She was kind enough to meet with me recently to discuss her experience in America, as well as what life is like back in Italy.  Granahan says that she loves Concord, and as she lives near the town center, she is able to walk everywhere.  She’s been coming to Concord since she was young, as her father is American and lived in Concord until he was 20.  All her relatives on her father’s side live here, so she usually visits at least once a year. Granahan arrived in August, and since then has been attending classes at CC.  Her school back in Italy is much smaller, with only around four hundred students, and also structured differently.  Students stay in one class all day, while...
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