November 9, 2023

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This Newsletter updates on all matters connected to Cohasset Public Schools. This letter is sent as part of a District initiative focusing on communication.
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Thank you to all who have served our country.

Images of the Week

It is Playoff Time! Great job to all Cohasset teams who are participating in the MIAA State Tournament. Here is a schedule for upcoming contests for our remaining teams!

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MIAA D7 Football Tournament

#2 Cohasset vs #7 Mashpee

Fri 11/10 | 6:00pm | Alumni Field

MIAA D4 Boys Soccer Tournament

#1 Cohasset vs #9 Monomoy

Sat 11/11 | 4:00pm | Alumni Field

MIAA D4 Girls Soccer Tournament

#3 Cohasset vs #6 Littleton

Sat 11/11 | 6:30pm | Alumni Field

"Skippers take a 5-1 win over Whitinsville Christian in the Div. 4 Round of 16. Askjaer 2 goals, Linhart, Henry and Smith with goals." - @scifisportsguy. Photos by William Wassersug

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Skippers 4-1 win in earlier state tournament action. William Wassersug Photos

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MIAA D4 Field Hockey Tournament Round of 16 #8 Cohasset: 1 #9 Quabbin: 2 Final Another great season for the Skippers with so much to be proud of! THANK YOU to our seniors and families!

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MIAA D4 Volleyball Tournament Round of 16 #13 Cohasset: 0 #4 Hudson: 3 Final Great season with so much to be proud of! THANK YOU to our seniors and families! What a first season!!!

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Congrats to @cohassetxc Juniors… ⭐️Maggie Brinzey, ⭐️Sarah Scott, and ⭐️Zoe Willock on being to the 2023 South Shore League Cross Country All-Star Team.

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"Cohasset Girls soccer with a solid 7-0 win over Sturgis to open Tournament play! Ava Carcio 4 goals, Tess Barrett with 3. Good defense Goalie Kylee Ziady big game." - @scifisportsguy

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CONGRATS TESS BARRETT!⚽️⚽️⚽️ EMASS Division 4 Player of The Year Earned spot on All New England Girls Soccer Team.

MIAA D7 Football Tournament #2 Cohasset: 35 #15 Manchester-Essex: 28 Final


Cohasset is one of three schools in the entire state, all divisions, that hosted all 5 bracket sports in the first round of the tournament! (Cohasset, Needham, Dartmouth)


Excellent Cohasset Fall Sports Film by Student, Henry Burke

2023 CHS Pep rally

Sports Information

"Bundle up, Deer Hill! We use our outdoor learning courtyard year round!" - Principal Sullivan

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Greetings Cohasset Families,

We want to inform you of a change in our Food Service Director. Marilyn Haraden, our Food Service Director for the past twelve years, is leaving us later this month. We want to thank Marilyn for her wonderful work and dedication to providing a first-class food service program for our staff, students, and families. We wish her all the best in her future endeavors.

We are excited to announce that we have hired Vinicio Cordon as our next Director of Food Service. Vinicio, who is originally from and who studied in Guatemala, comes to us with over two decades of experience in the food service industry, including owning and running his own restaurant, Sabor, in Plymouth for many years. Please see the link for an excellent Phantom Gourmet video / story regarding Vinicio and Sabor.

Most recently, Vinicio has served as the Food Service Director for Westwood Public Schools for the past eight years. Vinicio will provide creativity, culinary excellence, collaboration, and a student first approach to his new position, and we are thrilled to have him on the team. Thank you to the screening team for all their good work throughout the hiring process.

We will be communicating opportunities to meet Vinicio and to provide important suggestions and data regarding our food service needs in the coming days.


Patrick Sullivan, Ed.D.


Cohasset Public Schools

Sabor - Plymouth, MA (Phantom Gourmet)

Superintendent's Goals Presented to Cohasset School Committee

Please see the goals below, which were recently presented to the Cohasset School Committee. I look forward to collaborating with the school community to meet these goals.


Patrick E. Sullivan, Ed.D.


Cohasset Public Schools

Budget Calendar and Budget Priorities

Please see the Budget Calendar and Budget Priorities, which were approved by the Cohasset School Committee.

Special Town Meeting to Consider School Stabilization Fund and Other Town Funding Needs

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2023 Special Town Meeting Information

Special Town Meeting 2023

o Date / Time: November 13, 2023 - 7:00 PM

o Location: Cohasset High School - Sullivan Gymnasium, 143 Pond Street, Cohasset, MA


Please view the video below for an explanation regarding this important town initative for the schools. Thank you for your support!

Community Conversation Video: Special School Stabilization Fund

Cohasset High School Recognized for Advanced Placement Excellence

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Congratulations to Cohasset High School for being recognized by College Board with the highest distinction for Advanced Placement (AP) excellence offered. The AP Honor Roll "recognizes schools that have done outstanding work to welcome more students into AP courses and support them on the path to college success." Cohasset High School is honored with a Platinum Distinction in all available categories:

College Culture: Percent of students in the graduating class who took an AP exam at any point in high school, regardless of score.

College Credit: Percent of students in the graduating class who scored 3B on any AP Exam in high school.

College Optimization: Percent of students in the graduating class who took 5 or more AP Exams in high school, where at least 1 exam was taken in 9th or 10th grade.

Thank you to all who support our successful AP program.

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Cohasset Public Schools Ranks #2 in State in Reaching Targets on 2023 MCAS and Deer Hill and Cohasset High School recognized as schools of distinction by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)

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We are proud to announce that Cohasset Public Schools has achieved at a 99% success rate in meeting or exceeding our MCAS accountability targets. 99% success in meeting or exceeding targets places us near the top of all districts (#2) in this important measure. Thank you to the leadership, staff, families, and students for their efforts in reaching this milestone. We are excited to share the full results with families soon. We are in the process of analyzing the results so that we can continue this growth for Cohasset Public Schools.

Further accolades for MCAS performance place Deer Hill Elementary School and Cohasset High School as two of the 66 schools in the Commonwealth who were recognized for exceptional growth or achievement under the state's accountability system, which takes into account MCAS scores and other measures. This honor is a complete team effort and certainly reflects the good work happening at Osgood and CMS, as well.

MCAS Analysis and Responsibilities of the Director of Data, Evaluation, and Curriculum (DEC) by Rock Roberts, DEC., presented at the 11/1/2023 Cohasset School Committee Meeting.

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The Cohasset High School Athletic Hall of Fame Committee is now accepting nominations for the 2024 Hall of Fame Class. Families, friends, fans, and CHS Alumni are asked to assist the Hall of Fame Committee in putting together Hall of Fame application packets for prospective candidates for the March 2, 2024, Induction Dinner. The Hall of Fame Committee will be voting on nominated teams in November and will announce the inductees in December.

The mission of the Cohasset Athletic Hall of Fame is to recognize and honor former student-athletes, coaches, teams, administrators/teachers and significant contributors like boosters, volunteers, and military veterans for their outstanding accomplishments and contributions to the Cohasset High School Athletic Program.

The deadline for submitting nomination forms is November 13, 2023.

Below are the links to the online CHS Athletic Hall of Fame nomination forms.

Individual Athlete:



Significant Contributor:

If you would like a written or digital copy of the nomination forms sent, please email Ron Ford at

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Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment: Assistant Superintendent Leslie Scollins, Ed.D.


MCAS 2023 Student Reports

Your child’s spring 2023 MCAS report is available in Aspen. These MCAS scores include results from the MCAS tests, which were given in English Language Arts and Mathematics in grades 3-8 and 10, and in Science, Technology, and Engineering to students in grades 5, 8, and 9. For more information see the Parent/Guardian report for more details posted in Aspen. Instructions for accessing your child’s MCAS report are below.

Directions to access your child’s MCAS report:

Instructions for downloading a report from Aspen are as follows:
1) Log into Aspen
2) Click on Family Tab at the top
3) Click on Child's Name
4) Click on Documents Side Tab
5) Look for MCAS Report

When reviewing student scores, students, families, guardian, and educators should keep in mind that:

  • This is one data point that a teacher uses to support student learning. Teachers use multiple measures to look at the whole student and determine individualized instructional support for your child.

  • The district is using the overall MCAS data to create strong, grade appropriate instruction with just-in-time scaffolds when they are needed.

To learn more about the 2023 MCAS go to:

We encourage you to continue supporting your child at home. Check in daily with your child, ask questions about what they are learning in school, provide reinforcement, and spark their imagination. The Cohasset Public Schools is proud to collaborate with you to provide a great education for your child, and we appreciate your continued support in this effort.

Professional Development

The middle school is implementing Illustrative Math in grades 6-8 in general math. Teachers are working one-on-one with a coach bi-weekly through out the year to learn more about the student centered and inquiry based approach to teaching math. In addition, the middle school leadership team engaged in a Learning Walk with the consultant from Better Lesson to focus on looking at the trends and patterns of the implementation to help support the teaching and learning.

The elementary schools are continuing their work with the literacy consultants from Teaching and Learning Alliance. This year special education teachers are engaging in professional development specifically related to their role in teaching literacy in Readers Workshop.


The Wellness Committee met on Wednesday, October 4 and discuss plans for the upcoming school year. Please see the minutes below. The committee is made up of staff, students, families, and community members. We are in need of parent/guardians to be part of the committee. If you would like to be part of the Wellness Committee please contact Leslie Scollins at

Curriculum Updates

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Please see the Professional Development Calendar below for more information about the professional development for this year.

Cohasset Public Schools' Strategic Plan for 2021- 2024

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Please Click on the Link Below to Access the Entire Strategic Plan

Cohasset High School Vision of the Graduate

Please see the graphic below, which was established through the collaborative work of the Cohasset High School Community as part of their accreditation process with NEASC. This work also helped to set our District theme for the year, "Follow Your Compass."
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Other Major Focus Points

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We will continue to engage our students with authentic audiences and to work in contexts that simulate real-world scenarios and conditions. Whether it is the Financial Literacy Fair at CHS, second graders investigating salt marsh minnows and intertidal life, Cohasset High School students presenting their civics action plan and analysis of local watershed data to determine water quality and the health of Cohasset Harbor, CMS French students using their language skills in real life by ordering treats in French at our local Cohasset bakery, French Memories, the amazing opportunities throughout the district provided through our partnership with Holly Hill Farm, our diversity fairs and mosaic initiatives, our collaboration with CEF, including Deer Hill physical education (PE) students learning about bike safety and maintenance in PE, our music students meeting with professional musicians, or our civics and sustainability seminar opportunities (just to name a few), We will continue to provide our students with inspiring and engaging experiences. This real-life and authentic teaching focus will be a major focus for us this upcoming year and will undoubtedly be a major component of our next strategic plan.
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School Improvement Plans for 2023-2024

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All plans and handbooks for the 2023-2024 school year have been approved by the Cohasset School Committee. Thank you to Principal Farrell, Principal Sullivan, Principal Mills, Principal Scott, and to their School Councils for this excellent work. Please see below for the approved plans, which coincide with the Strategic Objectives of the Cohasset Public Schools Strategic Plan, 2021 - 2024.

Finance and Operations Updates

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For Employees:

We continue to update our school website. Please visit the Human Resource page located within the Finance and Operations Department. There you will find lots of exciting information for staff including training videos for Aspen, Aesop as well as updated employee forms. If you have any ideas of what you would like to see on the HR page, please email

Finance and Operations News:

Cohasset Public Schools is Hiring:

We are looking for Educational Support Professionals, please visit to apply

We are also looking for Café staff, please email your resume to Marilyn Haraden

Fitness Center and the Learning Commons are now open to the students on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

Transportation News:


Online payment is available through MySchoolBucks. Please visit our Transportation Tab on our school website for more information on registering and paying online. You can also complete the registration form, which can be found on our website, and mail it with your payment, if applicable, to: Cohasset Public Schools, Transportation Department at: 143 Pond Street, Cohasset, MA 02025

If you have questions regarding transportation, please contact Ray Miscioscia, if you have questions regarding MySchoolBucks, please contact Jerilyn Ballard

We are excited to share with you that all bus passes will be available through your Aspen Parent Portal

Once bus passes are loaded into Aspen, these are the instructions for downloading the pass:

1) Log into Aspen:

2) Click on Family Tab at the top

3) Click on Child’s Name

4) Click on Documents Side Tab

5) Look for and download Bus Pass 2023-2024 document

Students with a smartphone can download or display a screenshot of the bus pass on their devices.

If you have any issues logging into your Aspen Parent Portal account, please submit an IT ticket to: Please put “Aspen Parent Portal” in the subject line to ensure a timely response


*Stopfinder invites have been emailed, please contact Jerilyn Ballard if you have not received your invite or have questions about the app.

Stopfinder is the all-in-one parent engagement app designed by parents for parents to keep you in the know. Receive bus location and messages, updates, and alerts in real-time. No other parent app provides this much information in real-time to parents and school transportation departments. Think of the peace of mind when parents and guardians know where their child’s bus is and when their student arrives at school or when dropped off at the bus stop.

In the Transportation tab on our website, you will find helpful tutorials on how the parent app works.

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On Friday, October 27th, METCO Directors, superintendents, and other district leaders from our 33 partner districts gathered to discuss the future of METCO in what has been titled, METCO 2.0. Led by Dr. Darnisa Amante-Jackson, founder and CEO of two companies – The Disruptive Equity Education Project (DEEP) and DEEP Corporate Consulting Partners (DCCP) and Dr. Lee Teitel, founder the Reimagining Integration: Diverse and Equitable Schools (RIDES) Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, participants engaged in a series of activities and discussions outlining why the work of equity, inclusion and belonging is so vitally important to the success of not just BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) students, but ALL students.

As outlined in discussions, one of the biggest obstacles that we must overcome is a mindset shift around the role and purpose of the METCO Program. The program doesn't just benefit the students who are bussed into the various districts, but also for those who live in these districts. The vision that we must continue to work toward is, "Every student in a METCO district will experience an inclusive, equitable, and antiracist education."

At the end of the day, participants were able to take pictures with all six of the New England Patriots Super Bowl rings as well as a group picture on the stadium field.

There is much work to be done but as the late Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court,Thurgood Marshall once said, "Unless our children begin to learn together, then there is little hope that our people will ever learn to live together.” The work is too important to dismiss, and we all must join together.

More to come.…

We are a proud METCO District!

Please see the METCO webpage on our District website for important information regarding our METCO program.

Cohasset Public Schools Vision of Equity

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CPS Equity Vision Statement

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Please visit our website for resources regarding the promotion of diversity.

We will continue to engage students and staff in the meaningful discussions necessary to promote change. We are committed to promoting anti-racism and cultural responsive teaching and learning.

Cohasset PSO Happenings

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Thank you, PSO, for your great work in sponsoring the recent FUN RUNS at Osgood and Deer Hill! Thank you to everyone who donated and who participated.

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Cohasset Education Foundation (CEF)

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Thank you, Cohasset Education Foundation (CEF) and to everyone who helped donate at the CEF Fall Festival. CEF raised $32K for Cohasset Public Schools! This included a wonderful silent auction.

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Read more about all our awarded grants in the ‘22/‘23 school year below:

RISE Program

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CPS is pleased to continue its partnership with the Cohasset Recreation Department by providing before and after school care for our elementary students. We have an amazing staff that provides wonderful opportunities for our students through the RISE program. Please see this link for more information.

The Student Opportunity Act

The Student Opportunity Act (SOA) implements the recommendations of the 2015 Foundation Budget Review Commission and includes other provisions to benefit our public schools.

As part of the SOA, districts are required to submit three-year, evidence-based plans aimed at closing persistent disparities in achievement among student subgroups. The District submitted the SOA Plan in January 2021 and then sent the amended plan in March 2022. Please see the presentation below.

Student Opportunity Act Presentation March 2022

Office of Student Services

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Bridge for Resilient Youth in Transition (BRYT) Information Session

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Employment Opportunity


Opening Letters and Information Regarding Multi-Tiered Student System of Supports (MTSS)

Be Sure to View the Information on the Student Services Web Page

Digital Learning & Technology Updates

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Dear CPS Families,

Welcome to the 2023-2024 school year!

Please review our Tech For Families page on the Cohasset Public Schools web site for a list of links and Getting Started resources for CPS families, such as Aspen and Google.


For Families in Grades 6-12, your child is a member of our BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) program. Check out our recommended specifications to ensure that you purchase a device that will support their learning at CPS.

Follow these steps to help your child install the BYOD certificate at home:

Contact our IT Help Desk for help with your Aspen Family or Student Portal Account, a forgot/lost Cohasset K12 Google Account password, or for assistance with your child’s BYOD device.


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Fabulous Presentation at the November 1, 2023 School Committee Meeting by members of the Safe Harbors Youth Ambassadors. Great job, students!

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Most Recent Safe Harbors Newsletter

There are many stressors to our day-to-day lives; however, there are many resources available. The District Website has a page dedicated to Social Emotional Learning and Wellness. Please remember that our schools are a resource, and that our counselors, school psychologists, and social workers can support you and your child.

Thank you to all of our counselors for their caring and selfless work throughout the District!

Osgood: Dave Vinton (adjustment counselor)

Deer Hill: Robyn Costa (adjustment counselor)

Deer Hill and Osgood: Maeve Dulles (adjustment counselor)

Deer Hill and Osgood: Alyson Doyle (school psychologist)

CMS: Emily Manewal (adjustment Counselor)

Allison Pearce (school psychologist)

CHS: Laura Struzziery (lead counselor)

Leanne McCarthy (high school adjustment counselor)

Kevin McGowan (high school counselor)

Allison Battista (high school counselor)

Catlin Stromberg (school psychologist)

Robert Collins (middle and high school social worker)

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Take Care of Yourself and Take Care of Each Other

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Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if we can do anything to help your student or your family during this difficult time. Most important is the physical and mental health of everyone, and we will stay focused on making that a priority. Please take good care.

Please click on the following link to access even more information on the Cohasset Public Schools Web Site.

Please follow me on Twitter for daily updates from the Cohasset Public Schools

You can also follow the entire leadership team on Twitter to see real-time updates.

Assistant Superintendent: @CPSAssistantSup

Joseph Osgood School: @JOsgoodppal

Deer Hill School: @DeerHillSchool

Cohasset Middle School: @comsprincipal

Cohasset High School: @CoHSPrincipal

We utilize both Aspen and Blackboard communications to inform families of important events, cancellations, and happenings.

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