Cohasset High School Newsletter
News and Happenings at Cohasset High School
April 1, 2021
Welcome back to what will hopefully be the last first day of school this year. A few reminders for Monday.
- The high school will be on a delayed start (8:30). Bus riders who arrive early should report straight to class and await the start of the day there as opposed to congragating in the lobby.
- All parking spots have been assigned. Students must park in the spots assigned to them without exception and have the student lot sticker affixed to the vehicle above the inspection sticker. Any driver without an assigned spot should park at Milliken and walk.
- There will be no extended breaks. Students will have five minutes in between each period but should either head to class or through one of the courtyards for a mask break. Students should not be congregating to eat in the upper or lower lobbies. This is to limit unstructured gathering and eating.
- For two weeks, from April 5th through April 16th, students will be dismissed for lunch at 12:45, will eat at home, and will log in remotely to last period.
- There is a half day April 9th. Instead of creating an alternative schedule we will just dismiss students at 12:30 in order to make the bus runs, shortening that particular period to 45 minutes.
- All of our safety and cleaning protocols remain in place. That includes proper mask wearing, handwashing, desk cleaning, and distancing. We will review these when we return in full.
- This only works if we make it work. Please respect each other enough to do your part.
We're looking forward to having everyone back Monday and for the rest of the year. See you then.
Brian T. Scott
Phase 1 Schedule for Monday (April 5-16)
Spirit Week: 4/5 - 4/9!
Monday - Cohasset Day (seniors wear white)
Tuesday - Neon Day (seniors past or future)
Wednesday - Decades Day (seniors 80’s, juniors 70’s, sophomores 90’s, freshmen 2000’s)
Thursday - Country Club Day (seniors pirate)
Fri - Dodgeball or Career Day
This year’s Dodgeball Tournament will take place on Friday next week following the half day dismissal. Submit your roster of 8, team name, and $40 per team to a Student Council member or Mrs. Reardon by the end of the day Wednesday to participate.
March is Disability Awareness Month
To celebrate, Cohasset Buddies has worked to raise awareness about a variety of disabilities using posters and announcements. This week, we celebrated Purple Day to raise awareness for Epilepsy! Students and faculty wore purple, and club members gave out purple swag thanks to the generosity of the McGhee family.
April is Autism Awareness Month
To celebrate, Cohasset Buddies will be hosting a Blue Day on April 14th and posting autism facts all around the building. If you and your child are interested in learning more about autism, check out the books below from the South Shore Autism Center!
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon
Anything but Typical by Nora Baskin
Rain Reign by Ann Raskin
Rules by Cynthia Lord
Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco Stork
The Survival Guide for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders by Elizabeth Verdick
The Asperkid's Secret Book of Social Rules by Jennifer O'Toole
The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida
Thinking in Pictures by Temple Grandin
The Autistic Brain by Temple Grandin
Can I Tell You About Asperger Syndrome? by Jude Welton
Math Team Places Second
The Math Team successfully competed to finish 2nd in Division 4 of the SMML. This year is Division 4 included Hingham, Norwell, NDA and Scituate.
Captains Devin Tulio and Sireen Omran were asked to compete in the high scorer category of the League Playoffs, even though our team did not make the playoffs. Out of all the high scorers in the SMML, Devin finished 4th and Sireen finished 5th. This is an incredible accomplishment that speaks to their scholarship, thirst for knowledge and drive for academic achievement.
Additionally, Devin and Sireen worked all season to help keep the team in touch and 'competition ready' in our unusual remote competition platform. They are simply amazing leaders and scholars. - Ms. G
Cohasset High seniors Lucy Clay, Andrew Hoadley, and Beck LaBash, will be presenting their CSCR research on Zostera marina (eelgrass) at Zosterapalooza, a professional conference for eelgrass researchers, hosted by EPA’s Phil Colarusso, on Wednesday, March 31 at 12:40pm.
Working collaboratively during the summer in the eelgrass meadows in the Cohasset and Scituate waters of Cohasset Outer Harbor, they used their high school statistics classes, critical thinking, and creativity to ask new questions, manage a team, and develop new techniques with ArcGIS, machine learning, and python-coding for geotagging throughout the fall and winter.
They will be presenting to other eelgrass researchers who may represent DMF, Woods Hole, EPA, DEP, MIT Seagrant, Northeastern Marine Science Center, and BU.
There will also be a second opportunity to hear them the following evening at CSCR’s own signature event, to which we enthusiastically invite you: The State of the Harbor event, on CSCR’s Zoom at 5-7 on April 1. https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07ehnufbsx6110a5ed&oseq=&c=1e0a0790-ea29-11e4-9ded-d4ae52844372&ch=1eab0280-ea29-11e4-9fa6-d4ae52844372
Cohasset Earth Dat Contest Winners
Over 80 students sent in submissions judged by a panel of 5 that deliberated long and hard to pick a winner. Students were asked to design a logo to show Cohasset Earth Day 2021 and Restore our Earth. The winning logo will be used on the town's promotional materials and social media accounts where possible.
Ava DeSalvo came first in the logo contest, Hannah Nicholls came 2nd, and 3rd was Mary Williams. You can also see more details on Facebook or instagram - @cohassetearthday
And the Winner Is . . . Piano Man!
Bring Project Adventure to the Cohasset Middle/High School!
Can you help us become STRONGER THAN EVER? The CEF is raising money for a new Social Emotional Learning program called Project Adventure. Project Adventure combines an indoor Outward Bound style climbing and ropes course with a professional development program aimed at building stronger and healthier school communities. The funds we raise will be used to purchase the equipment as well as staff curriculum and training. All donations will go directly to the project and the CEF is matching every donation dollar for dollar up to $25,000!
This $50,000 grant will be used to purchase materials, equipment and installation that include an indoor climbing wall and multi-swing to begin the transition from traditional PE classes to more student-centered challenges. Your kids will learn resiliency and confidence working in groups and individually on various challenges. And what a great way to better involve students that aren't as interested in traditional sports or PE! We thank you in advance for considering a donation. This grant will not only up-level our schools, it will be available to the broader community to use as well!
We are so excited about this grant! Will you help us bring an amazing opportunity to the Cohasset Middle/High School (as well as the entire community?!)
Thank you for your consideration.
The Cohasset Education Foundation + Our Students!
Grade 11 ELA -- May 20-21
Grade 11 Math -- May 24-25
Grade 10 ELA -- May 26-27
Grade 10 Math -- June 2-3
Grade 9 STE -- June 8-9
Virtual College Fair
Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery
May 8th SAT @ Cohasset
CHS Spirit Gear Available
Mindful mornings are up and running! Each Wednesday, Ms. Berkowitz Bock leads a mindful moment at 8 am on Wednesdays for students. She offers the meditation via Zoom, but if you are in person that day, you can come to her room! Email Ms. Berkowitz Bock at firstname.lastname@example.org for the code to participate!
Cultural Responsiveness Update
Please see a brief timeline of our work around cultural responsiveness as we work towards building an inclusive community.
August / September -- Completed district-wide training around cultural responsiveness and trauma-informed teaching.
October -- Results of the Institutional Climate and Inclusion Survey released to schools.
November -- Contracted with outside consultant to unpack findings of the ICIA Survey results.
December -- Conducted initial faculty and community member focus groups around issues pertaining to the major findings.
January -- Presented findings and plan to School Committee (https://zoom.us/rec/play/dQmS5-9s06D1xA92iSqpD_6sQ-ni7F87BjrpInoQCC1afYG470NF3C7EULag2WlxoNV0_kqXQV5t_R5f.9QkSPODLruXxygqP?continueMode=true).
Conducted student Affinity Groups.
February -- Parent focus group sessions completed.
March -- Larger student body focus groups completed.
April / May -- Information will be synthesized and a draft plan created.
June -- Plan will be finalized for inclusion in the School Improvement Plan and District Strategic Plan.
Put a Pin in It
Dates to remember:
- 4/5/21 - Spirit Week (ALL SCHOOL)
- 4/14/21 - Senior Excursion to Pinz (during the school day) (SENIORS ONLY)
- 5/21/21 - Prom @ Atlantica
- 5/26/21 - Seniors Last Day of Class
- 5/27/21 - Senior Celebration (Milliken Field)
- 5/28/21 - Graduation, 5:00, Alumni Field
Grade 11 ELA -- May 20-21
- Grade 11 Math -- May 24-25
- Grade 10 ELA -- May 26-27
- Grade 10 Math -- June 2-3
- Grade 9 STE -- June 8-9