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May 14, 2021

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Newsletter

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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Tribute to the Class of 2021 on Cohasset Common

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Thank you to the Cohasset Families who organized the display of senior photos on the Cohasset Common. Also, thank you for the support of the Town of Cohasset. This is a great new tradition and a deserving tribute for the Class of 2021.

Students Begin MCAS Testing

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MCAS 2021

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Students in grades 3 -5 began MCAS this week by participating in the ELA sessions. Great job, students! MCAS will continue for all students in grades 3-8 through June 11, based on the latest information from Commissioner Riley. The students in grades 9 and 10 will also participate in MCAS, as this is requirement for graduation. Students in the class of 2022 do not have to take the MCAS to graduate, per decision of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).


Students in grades 3-8 and grade 10 will participate in ELA and Math MCAS. Students in grades 5 and 8 will participate in STE and grade 9 in physics.


Deer Hill

Grade 3 ELA MCAS May 12

Grade 3 Math MCAS May 19

Grade 4 Math MCAS May 18

Grade 4 ELA MCAS May 11

Grade 5 ELA MCAS May 10

Grade 5 Math MCAS May 17

Grade 5 STE MCAS May 20


CMS

Grade 6 ELA MCAS May 26

Grade 6 Math MCAS May 27

Grade 7 ELA MCAS May 24

Grade 7 Math MCAS May 25

Grade 8 ELA MCAS May 17

Grade 8 Math MCAS May 18

Grade 8 STE MCAS May 19


CHS

Grade 9 Physic MCAS June 8 & 9

Grade 10 ELA MCAS May 20 & 21

Grade 10 Math MCAS June 2 & 3




More information will be provided by building principals as the MCAS tests progress.

FDA and CDC Approve Vaccinations for Adolescents 12 - 15

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Recently, the FDA and the CDC approved vaccination of individuals 12 - 15 to join the other ages previously approved to receive vaccination for COVID-19. We have contacted the Marshfield Fair Grounds vaccination site to reserve a block of appointments for Cohasset students who fall into this age bracket, and we will inform you when we have more information. Walk-in appointments are also available at some vaccination sites.


It is important to realize that fully vaccinated individuals do not need to quarantine if they are close contacts. If your child has been vaccinated for COVID-19 we request that you notify your school nurse, so they are aware in the event of any possible close contact situations. Information regarding vaccinations, including how to sign up for a vaccine, can be found here

A Reminder About Protocols

Although Governor Baker has recently relaxed some of the mask usage requirements outside of school for vaccinated individuals, we continue to follow our guidelines and safety practices in all settings, per the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), within our schools, on our buses, and at our practices, games, and activities. Thank you for your support of our strict adherence to these set protocols.

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Cohasset Community Health Update

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Cohasset Community is now in the Green Category...Please continue to be vigilant regarding Covid-19 protocols and safety measures

Please see the information below regarding the town of Cohasset’s positive COVID 19 rate and case count over the past 14 days.


Community Report:

As of May 13, 2021 the Department of Public Health (DPH) reports that the town of Cohasset’s positive COVID-19 test rate over the past 14 days is 2.16%, with 15 positive cases out of 786 tests reported. Under the DPH metrics, the town of Cohasset is in the "Green" category for communities who have a population of under 10,000 who have less than or equal to 15 positive cases over the last 14 days. Here is the complete report issued on May 13, 2021.


For your information, please find below a summary table of all confirmed positive COVID cases in the District as of today, Friday, May 14, 2021.


Confirmed Positive Cases as of Friday, May 14, 2021


Please click on the link to review the Massachusetts COVID-19 travel order


PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO SEE THE UPDATED CPS TRAVEL PROTOCOLS:


UPDATED Cohasset Public Schools Travel Order Protocol

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Looking ahead...We will be offering ways to fill any potential unfinished learning. Information is forthcoming on programs that will be offered to students and families. See Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment section below for Summer Learning Program opportunity.

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Revised 2021 - 2022 Cohasset School District Calendar

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During the 4/28/2021 School Committee Meeting, the Cohasset School Committee voted to adjust the 2021 – 2022 Cohasset School District Calendar to show the first day for all students as Wednesday, September 8 due to the Rosh Hashanah Holiday. Also, as Juneteenth falls on a Sunday next year, we will have no school per state law on Monday, June 20, 2022 (observed day). I have attached the revised calendar. Please note that these changes move the opening for Kindergarten to September 9, 2021 and make the last day of school June 23, 2022 (half day).

Continuation of Universal Free School Meals:

“The U.S. Department of Agriculture has extended school meal waivers through the end of the 2021-2022 school year, allowing the continuation of universal free school meals at any school district throughout the state for the rest of this school year, through the summer, and through next school year. Schools nationwide will be allowed to serve meals through USDA’s National School Lunch Program Seamless Summer Option, which is typically only available during the summer months and which allows schools to serve free meals to all children. More information is available online.” (Commissioner Riley’s Update, April 20, 2021).


Cohasset Middle School Fundraising for Cradles to Crayons

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Cradles-to-Crayons Clothing Drive: Our grade 8 student ambassador to Project 351 ( a state-wide leadership and community service organization for middle schoolers) has organized a clothing drive. Collections bins are at the front door of the middle school and at the rear drop-off circle. We know that many are in the process of switching drawers and closets from winter/spring to spring/summer attire. This is a great opportunity to take the clothing articles you did not wear, or kids have outgrown and donate them. Let us help your spring-cleaning help others! Your support is greatly appreciated.

CMS Leads Beach Clean-up Friday, May 14 from 2:00PM - 3:00PM

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Beach Clean Up

A message from Cohasset Middle School:

"Our Spring After School Enrichment Program included our first-ever Community Service Enrichment Course. Students in this class organized a beach clean-up for Friday May 14th at Black Rock Beach. If you or your students would like to join the effort to provide a cleaner beach for the community, they will be there from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. (Rain date is Friday May 21st from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.). All are welcome! If you would like, you can bring gardening, work, or other gloves."

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CHS in Spring!

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We are so excited to celebrate the Class of 2021! In addition to the graduation, there are several other activities planned for our seniors. We are so proud of your accomplshments.
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Graduation is getting closer...

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And closer...

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And even closer...

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Graduation for the Class of 2021 May 28 at 5:00PM on Alumni Field and Other Important Events

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BE THE CHANGE

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

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

Summer Learning Program

Friday, May 14 is the last day to submit an application for the Summer Learning Program

The Summer Learning Program is a free 2-week in-person program for students in grades 1-12 who are enrolled in the Cohasset Public Schools. Due to the overwhelming response we have added an afternoon session during the first session allowing for an addition group of students to participate.


New Schedule:

Session 1: July 12- July 23, Morning 8:30am-11:30am, Afternoon 12:15pm - 3:15pm

Session 2: July 26 - August 5, Morning 8:30am - 11:30 am


Priority will be given to students with special needs, new to the district, identified for ELL support, identified as needing math support, and/or qualified for Title I Reading support in the 2020-2021 school year. Please complete and submit the application by Friday, May 14. We kindly request that you only apply for the program if you are able to commit to having your child attend the full session. You will be notified of the status of your child's application by June 1. If applying for more than one child please fill out a form for each child.



Summer Learning Program Information and Application

Professional Development

On Friday May 14, Cohasset Middle and High School teachers attended a Technology Trade Show on our campus where three different types of the best in audio and visual technologies were demonstrated by authorized resellers, CCS New England. The teachers were given a brief overview of how these interactive digital white boards and audio enhancement systems can be used in their classrooms to transform instruction and deepen student learning. The best in the AV industry, including Epson, SMART, Viewsonic and ClearTouch, were then left in the classrooms for a short trial period so teachers could continue to investigate their capabilities and provide feedback that will help us create a model classroom pilot program for next year. In the pilot program, select teachers will be able to take a deeper dive into these technologies and explore their impact on teaching and learning. A similar opportunity will be provided to Osgood and Deer Hill staff in the near future.


Teachers at all levels also had the the opportunity to collaborate on plans for the remainder of the year and begin planning for next school year.

Technology Trade Show

Osgood and Deer Hill Teachers Planning for Next Year

Grade 5 and Grade 6 Teachers Planning for the Transition to CMS

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DESE District and School Report Cards

We are pleased to share with you the 2020 school report card from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. You can access a link to our District and School Report Card at:

Cohasset Public School District and School Report Card

Student Opportunity Act (SOA)

RISE Before and After School Program

Looking for a way to avoid the lines at drop off and pick up at Osgood and Deer Hill?

Why not enroll your child(ren) in RISE? The Cohasset Public Schools and the Cohasset Recreation Department provide before and after school care for our students at Osgood and Deer Hill Elementary Schools all five days. Brett Youmans, DHS PE Teacher, is the director of the program. For more information about the program and how to register follow this link.

Office of Student Services

Please See Below for Our Public Child Find Notice

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Barbara Cerwonka, Director of Student Services

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Kindergarten Registration is now Open for 2021 - 2022 School Year

Kindergarten Registration Information

Kindergarten Registration Timeline

Sports Information

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MIAA Statement Regarding Safety Protocols and Spring Sports

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A Reminder Concerning Spring Sports Spectator Policy

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We are excited to welcome all spectators to our spring games and matches. While at our athletic contests, spectators must continue to wear masks and follow social-distancing guidelines. Thank you for your support.

Congratulations to Liam Cunnie for being named to the Patriot Ledger All Scholastic Boy's Basketball Team.

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Spring Sports in Full Swing!

We are excited to offer softball, baseball, track & field, lacrosse, sailing, golf, tennis and wrestling this spring!

Boys Tennis, 2 -0 defeated Rockland (now 5-1)in action this week. Charlie Lankow and Andrew Hoadley won in straight sets. Sophomore Archer Merton notched his first career win.

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Softball fell to Rockland 14 - 9 although the Skippers played very well. Catherine Toomey had a wonderful game, hitting a single, double, and an over the fence homerun, totaling 5 RBIs!

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Cohasset Baseball defeated Abington 7 -1. David McSweeney extended his scoreless streak to 13 innings pitched and was named a player to watch by the Boston Globe.

Cohasset Girls Lacrosse prevailed in a close match with Norwell this week. The Skippers are now ranked #3 in the state in the recent Boston Globe Poll. Congratulations to Kate O'Brien who was named the Boston Globe Player of the Week.

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Boys Lacrosse had a great win over Abington and were 2 - 0 moving into their game with Hanover. Go Blue!

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Fall Volleyball Initiative

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The following message comes from Principal Scott via the CHS Newsletter

"In the hopes of starting a girls volleyball program at Cohasset High School, a group of interested parents has committed to raising the initial funds needed to start a pilot program in order to assess program sustainability over 1-3 years.


In order to begin a formal volleyball program, $15,000 must be privately raised ~ a daunting figure. But a unique fundraising opportunity has arisen. The organizer of the Boston Volleyball Festival, to be held at the Convention Center on May 21-23rd, needs help putting 72 courts together and breaking them down after the tourney. For 20 courts, $5,000 will go to our cause. That's 1/3 of our fundraising needs!!


So, we are looking for 50 volunteers on Wednesday, May 19th and on Sunday, May 23rd, who are willing to commit 3 work hours (6 if volunteering both days), getting their hands dirty, to help lay court flooring. Bus transportation will be paid for by the tournament organizers, as a special benefit to our start-up program ~ indicating the supportive nature of this Regional Volleyball community.


For National Honor Society students, your service hours will be recognized for this effort.

As a GRAND gesture by a local volleyball club, the Southern Alliance Volleyball Club [a place where I have coached for 5 years, and where more than 20 Cohasset girls have learned the game] is rallying a team of up to 50 volunteers to donate their work efforts, with ALL PROCEEDS going toward our Cohasset High School volleyball program!!


If you would like to help, please grab some friends, and parents bring your players and their siblings (middle-school and older) and click this link to be directed to our SIGN-UP Genius: https://rebrand.ly/VOLLEYBALLinCOHASSET


Questions should be directed to Laura Soderberg at laura@soderberg.ws. "


---Principal Scott, CHS

Visit Cohasset Athletics to Get Updates on All of Our Teams

Please click on the image below to access information about how you can help fund the Cohasset Education Foundation fundraiser for our Project Adventure Grant

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SAFE HARBORS UPDATES

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Safe Harbors Newsletter, May 12, 2021

Safe Harbor School Committee Presentation, April 7, 2021

Decorating Bulletin Boards At Cohasset High School For NPW


Cohasset High Students will decorate bulletin boards throughout Cohasset High School, with each one focusing on the daily topics for National Prevention Week to promote awareness with their peers.

This year’s daily topics include:

· Monday, May 10: Preventing Prescription Drug and Opioid Misuse

· Tuesday, May 11: Preventing Underage Drinking and Alcohol Misuse

· Wednesday, May 12: Preventing Illicit Drug Use and Youth Marijuana Use

· Thursday, May 13: Preventing Youth Tobacco Use (E-Cigarettes and Vaping)

· Friday, May 14: Preventing Suicide


For more information about NPW 2021, please visit www.samhsa.gov/prevention-week/about.

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The Important Role Families Play In Stopping the Spread of COVID-19

Families play an important role in helping to create a culture that prioritizes health and safety. Families should check their children daily for signs of COVID-19 and should keep them home from school if they are not feeling well or if they have been in close contact with a person who has been recently diagnosed with COVID-19. It is also important that families support students wearing masks in school and on the bus. We are strongest when we work together to stop the spread (Initial Fall School Re-entry Guidance, 2020).


CPS Pledge: Healthy and Responsible Behaviors Regarding COVID-19

By coming into Cohasset Public Schools, I pledge I am following:


  • State expectations for social and physical distancing

  • Regulations regarding the wearing of facial coverings over your nose and mouth when in public settings (for students from grades PK– 12 and for all staff)

  • Quarantine directives put forth by the Massachusetts Department of Health and the Cohasset Department of Health

  • Guidance that has students and staff stay home from school / work if they are experiencing symptoms of fever, fatigue, difficulty breathing, or dry cough or if they have exhibited any symptoms relating to COVID-19

Please follow the link below to access our COVID-19 protocols

Cohasset COVID-19 Protocols and COVID-19 Information

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Wellness Committee Update

The Wellness Committee met April 14 with DESE Wellness Coach Christanne Harrison. CPS was fortunate to receive a grant this year which involved providing a Wellness Coach to guide us through the process of evaluating our Wellness Policy, choosing focus areas for next year and creating an action plan. There will be a final meeting of the Wellness Committee in June to finalize the plan for next year. The Committee meets at least four times a year and is made up of many stakeholders. Next year the Committee will be expanding to include student family and community representatives to participate on the Committee.
There are many stressors to our day-to-day lives, including the pandemic and the current political unrest. There are many resources available. The District Website has a page dedicated to Social Emotional Learning and Wellness. Below are some additional resources that you or a friend may find helpful. Please remember that our schools are a resource and our adjustment counselors can support you and your child.


Osgood: Dave Vinton dvinton@cohassetk12.org

Deer Hill: Laurie Dolan ldolan@cohassetk12.org

Robyn Costa rcosta@cohassetk12.org


CMS: Emily Manewal emanewal@cohassetk12.org

CHS: Leanne McCarthy lmccarthy@cohassetk12.org

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Video regarding Cohasset Public Schools on " Cohasset Commons"

Cohasset Common Episode 26 - Dr. Pat Sullivan

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.

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