Songs to Study By

September 29, 2014
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Songs to Study By

Now that the year is finally in full swing, there are tests, homework, projects, etc.  The following songs are simply some suggestions of songs to listen to while  studying.  Some people are fond of more upbeat songs, while others may prefer quiet, relaxing ones to avoid distraction.  Whatever you like to listen to, it is often helpful to listen to music to help you study.  I collected some ideas from people around the school.  The following is just a list of some of the music that may help you study.  There is really no order in terms of favorites.  If you are wondering where to go to listen to these particular songs, you can also use Spotify, Pandora, Songza, Grooveshark, etc.  I would not recommend youtube, since music videos can often be very distracting, especially when...
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Drama in the Upper Gym: Freshmen Elections

September 29, 2014
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Drama in the Upper Gym: Freshmen Elections

Last Wednesday during Advisory Block, the freshmen class heard speeches from a broad range of candidates for its four class officer positions.  The campaigning kicked off with Jason Genova, who was running for president. Sadly my comrade and I arrived to the speeches late and were only able to catch the last part of Jason’s speech, in which he stated he wanted to create an unforgettable year. Maddie Seiss was up next. She told a story her grandpa told her when she was younger. It was about success, and about how you have to have a dedicated mindset in order to achieve great things. Seiss told her peers that she wanted success, and is determined to make this year great. The final presidential candidate, Michael Levinger, believed that all his peers’ ideas should be expressed. He wanted high school to...
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Decoding the 1:1 Technology Initiative

September 29, 2014
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Decoding the 1:1 Technology Initiative

Recently, CCHS’s 1:1 Technology Initiative has been the subject of much debate. Although many students know that 1-1 is an important issue, not many know the specifics. Simply put, it is a program in which CCHS plans on replacing desktop computers and allowing students to use their own individual computers instead. Technology is one of the most important factors when it comes to advancing education and the student learning process. However, as the need for technology rises, so does the price. High-end technology, such as desktop computers and printers, can be quite expensive. Many also point out that expensive computer labs are going to waste as students underutilize these resources. These problems have led many schools to explore how to better balance technology and cost. By implementing the 1:1 initiative, CCHS will be following the lead of multiple schools, such...
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Pink Dance Brings The Enthusiasm

September 29, 2014
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Pink Dance Brings The Enthusiasm

Last Friday night, ten or so members of each CCHS class united in the cafeteria for the Pink Dance, the first official dance of the school year. With my hands free thanks to Mrs. Meeks’s impoundment of my jacket and several of my similarly-liberated acquaintances in tow, I strode into the cafeteria around 8:30, fashionably late but excited about the night ahead. Led by members of the field hockey team, the crowd exhibited unwavering enthusiasm for the DJ’s selections and succeeded in making the room hot and loud despite the small turnout. I spent most of my time standing on the edge of the crowd watching the teacher chaperones retreat to the furthest corners of the room.  However, I journeyed Heart of Darkness-style into the middle of the group on multiple occasions, where I drew...
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Sapporo Junior Jazz School Delivers a Professional Performance!

September 29, 2014
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Sapporo Junior Jazz School Delivers a Professional Performance!

On Sunday, September 28, the CCHS Band proudly welcomed the Sapporo Junior Jazz School for a performance as a part of the group’s Boston area weekend stay. The group arrived late last week from its hometown, the capital of the large northern island of Hokkaido, Japan. On Saturday the Japanese students performed in Boston at the Berklee College of Music. They spent Sunday at CCHS, rehearsing their program and attending a master class with Tiger Okoshi. Tiger is a famous trumpet player who spends most of the year teaching music at Berklee, and the rest of the year he stays in Japan, serving as the Sapporo Jazz group’s mentor. The school is composed of two main groups. One group spans the ages 6 to 12, while the other carries students from ages 12 to 15. We were...
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CC Introduces Mindfulness

September 29, 2014
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CC Introduces Mindfulness

Mindfulness is defined as a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging one’s feelings and thoughts.  As we enter this year it is also Concord Carlisle High School’s latest buzzword. Living in the moment can be very challenging, especially during high school. It seems nearly impossible to focus on the current moment and let go of the past and future, but the result can greatly improve your day-to-day life. As our planners fill up and there is less and less time for everything, being mindful can decrease stress and anxiety. During several of our advisories we heard this idea of forgetting last block’s essay grade and not worrying about next block’s test.  We all found ourselves guilty of the same thing: not being mindful enough to benefit from...
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Looking Back on the Cosby Show 30 Years Later

September 29, 2014
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Looking Back on the Cosby Show 30 Years Later

This month, Americans celebrate the 30th anniversary of the premiere of The Cosby Show. The monumental landmark for many adults—and some younger 80’s television aficionados—reminds us of the side-splitting comedy and simultaneous genius of the show, with its clever plot and character development. The Cosby Show is at the same time a “blast from the past” and a very close presence in our modern world.  Beyond the fact that nearly all the original cast members are still living, the show introduced some attitudes that have only strengthened over the past 30 years. Just as some critics have said that Modern Family has normalized homosexuality without overexposing it, so too did Bill Cosby and his supporting cast solidify a firm sense of belonging for African-American families. Looking back through my personal Cosby archives, I found The Best of the Cosby...
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2014-2015 NBA Eastern Conference Predictions

September 29, 2014
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2014-2015 NBA Eastern Conference Predictions

If you cared enough to click on this article, props to you for caring about basketball. With the NBA season quickly approaching, it’s that time again to make seeding predictions for each team in its respective conference. This week, we’re only going to cover the talentless conference that has the majority of the league’s horrible teams, also known as the East. These are my predictions for how the East is going to pan out this year. Eastern Conference Predictions Playoff Teams (1-8)   1. Cleveland Cavaliers Last Season: 33(W)-49(L) (10th in East) This Season’s Prediction: 60-22 (1st in East) As everyone knows because ESPN talked about nothing else for a week, LeBron’s talents are back in good old Ohio. He is partnering up with Kevin Love, who has proven to be a huge offensive...
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