Remembering Tom Hart

February 4, 2013
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Remembering Tom Hart

In December CC lost a beloved member of its community, Tom Hart, who died after a four-year battle with cancer. In 1985, Hart began teaching at CC, where he served many years as Chair of the English Department. Peter Atlas, a current math teacher, and Hart were department chairs at the same time. Hart was the one who convinced Atlas of “the wisdom of having heterogeneous groups in English.” Atlas remarks that Hart “taught all…with equal love and fervor” and was “resolute, creative, talented, eloquent, inclusive,” and “gentle.” Atlas, also the director of five faculty plays at CC, laughed for a good ten seconds straight when he described Hart’s great contribution the show. For example, Hart put a hilarious spin on “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” a poem by T. S. Eliot....
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Modernizing technology in the classroom

February 4, 2013
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Modernizing technology in the classroom

Education has evolved in leaps and bounds over the past few years, as electronics become more prevalent in our day-to-day lives.  CC is working hard to meet the new demands of the 21st century, making a transition that is as fundamental, our CC’s technology specialist, Terry Smolka, explains, “as the switch from still photos to movies.” I recently sat down with Smolka and Gene Warfel, the director of technology for both Concord and Carlisle school districts, to discuss, among other things, the new high school, the role of the Internet in education, and why, exactly, Macs are better than PCs. To start off, many students are unaware of your specific roles in keeping the school running.  Can you explain what exactly you do? Smolka:  The role of technology specialist is a new position this year. ...
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New Teacher: Lauren Eynatian

February 4, 2013
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New Teacher: Lauren Eynatian

Ms. Lauren Eynatian, a new CCHS math teacher, grew up in Chelmsford, Massachusetts and then went to Stonehill College. Math has always been one of her favorite subjects because she enjoys working out problems and solving puzzles. She enjoys getting to know her students and working with them to achieve their goals. In order to get on her good side she says that students must work hard and be kind. Her favorite part about teaching at CCHS so far is that many of her students thank her when leaving the classroom. She is most excited about creating relationships with the students and staff at CCHS and says that so far this has not been a problem because her students have been very polite and respectful. During the 2004 and 2007 Red Sox seasons, Eynatian...
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A school dance comeback?

February 4, 2013
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A school dance comeback?

The notoriously unattended school dances are looking to make a comeback this year. Whereas in the past most scheduled dances were canceled last minute due to low ticket sales, the school committee  has now taken a different approach. This became apparent when they said the first dance would “happen no matter how many tickets are sold.” About 150 kids went to this dance, which is a substantial amount considering only around 30 tickets were sold at some dances last year. One reason why the previous ticket sales were very low last year is because a new rule was implemented that the admission ticket must be purchased beforehand (either in the cafeteria or online). However, this year that rule has changed and tickets can now also be bought at the door. This rule seems to...
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Why watch football?

January 14, 2013
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Why watch football?

  After spending a weekend of watching game upon game of professional divisional playoff football, I asked myself this one simple question: why watch? Why watch 200 or 300 pound grown men hit each other for three hours? This question has come up many times, and I am going to take the best stab at it that I can. For this question, there are multiple answers; it is not like eating ice cream for the simple reason that it tastes good. With so reasons to tune in, it explains why over 111 million people watched the Super Bowl last year, and probably will continue to this year. 1. Just for fun To start off, I guess the easiest answer would be for entertainment. My sources have told me that sports are just entertainment, although...
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The Bottle Ban: How does it affect CCHS?

January 14, 2013
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The Bottle Ban: How does it affect CCHS?

If you haven’t heard about the bottle ban, please contact us and tell us what it’s like living under a rock.  The ban on single-serving plastic water bottles went into effect on January 1, 2013. The ban was affirmed in a town meeting last April, mostly because of the work of activist Jean Hill, who had been working on passing this ban into law since 2010. Unsurprisingly, the ban has brought lots of controversy. Many cannot even believe that such a “radical” ban could get passed.  (My personal theory is that anyone who would have voted against it was watching the big Bruins game that night).  Local business owners complain that it violates freedom of choice, while many others say that the ban will negatively impact the tourism industry that is the driving force...
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CCHS boys hockey starts out strong

January 7, 2013
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The Concord-Carlisle boys hockey team is looking to bounce back this year, after a heartbreaking and challenging 2011-2012 season. The team has been working hard at practice to improve their game- as senior Captain Patrick McCauley says, the boys are “ready to go,” equipped with both great chemistry and hardworking, talented players. Captain Brendan Harrington ’13 thinks that “the team is really coming together this year so far, we are playing much better hockey because we have really embraced the idea of playing together as one unit rather than individuals. We have had some hard fought games with some exciting wins. Our first goal is to make the playoff and if we stay together as a team, we have a great opportunity in front of us.” The team has some great strengths that have...
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Do students work?

January 7, 2013
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Do students work?

In the news today, we are faced with the seemingly unmovable burden of unemployment in our country.  A constant barrage of charts, numbers and political statements makes this vastly complicated problem even more obscure.  Therefore, this week I decided to try to comprehend this problem, but on a much more relevant scale. I localized the issue of employment specifically to CCHS and asked many upperclassmen of their opinions on the employment at the school, including their personal employment situation. One of the questions I asked people was whether or not they thought the majority of students at CCHS had a job or not.  The results were split exactly down the middle.  Those saying that kids were employed agreed that the students simply wanted money to be able to purchase novel items.  However, those who...
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