April 16, 2021

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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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Return to Full In-Person Learning at Cohasset Middle School and Cohasset High School

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We are excited to continue our move to full in-person learning by adding lunch and a full in-person day for our high school students beginning on April 26. Just a reminder that Cohasset High School students will be following a phased format regarding return to full in-person learning:

· April 5 through April 16, being dismissed at 12:45PM. High school students will eat lunch at home (grab-and-go will be available) and join their last period class from home.

· Beginning April 26, 2021, high school students will attend school full in-person, five days a week, with in-person lunch included. High school students who are taking buses will be able to access the same bus they took in the morning in the afternoon at the 2:40PM dismissal.

Please click on this link to view a Revised 2020 -2021 School Calendar, indicating the changes that were voted on at the March 24 School Committee Meeting (also found below). We are so excited that the cohorts are unified throughout the district.

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A Reminder Regarding Drop-Off and Pick-Up at CMS & CHS

All vehicle drop-offs and pick-ups take place by the gymnasium entrance. The middle school / auditorium driveway is reserved for buses only. Please remember that vehicle drop-offs should observe the time stagger (8:15 start for middle school and 8:30AM start for high school).
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Looking ahead...We will be offering ways to fill any potential unfinished learning. Information is forthfoming on programs that will be offered to students and families.

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Important Reminders Regarding April Break

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A Message from our District Nurses

As April Break approaches, please read the following April Break Reminders from our District Nurses. Thank you for your consideration and vigilance.

Cross Country Begins for Middle School Students

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Thank you to Cohasset High School Cross Country Coaches Ron Ford and Sage Belber and to members of the CHS Cross Country Team for coaching the nearly 50 students who signed up for the CMS Cross-Country Team. It was a wonderful first meet in Cohasset Middle School history this past Wednesday against Marshfield. Thank you to Furnace Brook Middle School for being great hosts, and thank you to everyone who made this happen for our students.

Please click below to see highlights from the meet courtesy of Principal Mills. Way to go, CMS!

CMSXC3 First Meet Ever

Images of the Week

Annual CHS Dodgeball Tournament

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Officer Taylor is "All Business"

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The Champions

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Deer Hill 5th Grade looks at Women's History Month through the lens of global citizens and women in STEM

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Ms. Arenstam works with students to showcase piano playing talents

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

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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Vaccine Roll-Out for Educators

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We are happy to report that we were able to secure 100 vaccinations for school staff at the Marshfield Fair-Grounds Vaccination Site. Between that offering, the efforts of the PSO to assist teachers in finding vaccinations, the great work of our front office staff, and the individual efforts from staff and the CTA leadership, we are well on our way to having all staff who wish to be vaccinated through the vaccination process. A huge thank you goes out to all who are working to help our staff.
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Cohasset Community Health Update

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Health Metrics

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Cohasset Community is now in the Yellow 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 April 15, 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 1.89%, with 18 positive cases out of 1057 tests reported. Under the DPH metrics, the town of Cohasset is in the "Yellow" category for communities who have a population of under 10,000 who have less than or equal to 25 positive cases over the last 14 days.

It is imperative that we all follow the protocols of handwashing / hand sanitizing and wearing face-covering masks when appropriate to do so. Here is the complete report that was issued on Thursday, April 15, 2021.

For your information, please find below a summary table of all confirmed positive COVID cases in the District as of today, Friday, April 16, 2021.

Confirmed Positive Cases as of Friday, April 16, 2021

A reminder about contact tracing and distancing:

Although the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently adjusted their minimum spacing guidance for schools to three (3) feet, which is the required distance between student desks that Districts are mandated to follow in bringing back students full in-person (six (6) feet during breakfast, lunch, and snack), the CDC has not, at this time, changed their definition of a close contact to coincide with this adjustment. The CDC defines a close contact as a person within six (6) feet of distance or closer, masked or unmasked, for 15 minutes or longer, to a person who is in their potentially infectious period. The contact tracing completed by our school nurses under the direction of the Department of Public Health, follows the CDC requirements, which are also recognized, at this time, as the standard by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).

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


UPDATED Cohasset Public Schools Travel Order Protocol

Health Reminders and Protocols

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

Cohasset COVID-19 Protocols and COVID-19 Information

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

Deer Hill: Laurie Dolan

Robyn Costa

CMS: Emily Manewal

CHS: Leanne McCarthy

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Pond Street Press. CMS Student Newspaper

Virtual Homework Center at Deer Hill

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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.

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

Raising Money for Cohasset Food Pantry

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Please consider donating to the Cohasset Food Pantry. National Honor Society is working to raise funds to help ensure the food pantry continues to help those in need. The money drive started this Monday and will end on Friday, April 16th. Donations are being accepted through Venmo @friendsofcohassetfootball.
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Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment: Assistant Superintendent Leslie Scollins, Ed.D.

MCAS 2021

MCAS for students in grades 3-8 will take place this spring beginning May 10-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. The Commissioner has asked for a waiver for students in the class of 2022 which would mean those students would not have to take the MCAS to graduate. More information about grade 11 testing will be available later this month.

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


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


Grade 9 Physic MCAS June 8 & 9

Grade 10 ELA MCAS May 20 & 21

Grade 10 Math MCAS June 2 & 3

Grade 11 Math MCAS May 24 & 25

Grade 11 ELA MCAS May 26 & 27

More information will be provided by building principals.

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

Barbara Cerwonka, Director of Student Services

Introducing Elementary Team Chair Catherine Breen

We are thrilled to welcome Catherine Breen to the role of Elementary Team Chair. Ms. Breen comes to CPS with over 25 years of experience as an Occupational Therapist and Team Chair. See Ms. Breen's introduction below.

Dear Parents/Guardians:

I wanted to take a moment and introduce myself as the new Special Education Team Chairperson at the Deer Hill and Joseph Osgood Elementary Schools. My name is Cathy Breen. I am very excited to be working in a district that puts their students first. I have been a team chair for the past 6 years in another school district in Massachusetts. Prior to becoming a team chair, I was an Occupational Therapist for 19 years in that same district. I had the opportunity to work with students from pre-k to 22 years of age.

One of the best parts of my job as a team chair is collaborating with families of students with special needs. Through collaboration with the entire TEAM, students can be more successful, academically, socially and emotionally. Through this TEAM collaboration process, we can look through the lens of the whole child.

I am looking forward to meeting with you and helping to meet the needs of your child. Please reach out to me with any questions or concerns. My email is listed at the bottom of this letter. The phone number at the Joseph Osgood Elementary School is 781-383-6117 ext 4118. The phone number at Deer Hill is 781-383-6115 ext 3127.

Thank you


Catherine Breen

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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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Cohasset Football Season Schedule

Great team win for Cohasset Football this week 40 -14 over East Bridgewater. 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:

Questions should be directed to Laura Soderberg at "

---Principal Scott, CHS

Visit Cohasset Athletics to Get Updates on All of Our Teams

Intramural Volleyball Up and Running at CHS

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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 Harbor School Committee Presentation, April 7, 2021

Ground Level Café (GLC)

Join us for a pop-up GLC event at Sandy Beach on

Friday, May 7th from 5:30-7:30PM

Pre-Registration required!

Ground Level Café is back at Sandy Beach to truly kick off the Spring season! Whether you’re looking for a chance to perform, a chance to enjoy some live music, or just a place to get together with your friends, socially distant of course, Ground Level is for you and it is free! Open to all Cohasset 7th-12th graders and is made for students only. Anyone who is interested in performing can sign-up for a 15-minute time slot, and all students interested in enjoying the time down at Sandy with friends and peers must register ahead of time.

This pop-up GLC at Sandy Beach kicks off the Spring season, Friday, May 7th from 5:30-7:30pm. Register, grab your friends, mask up, and enjoy the evening with Nona’s Ice Cream Food Truck on us!

Ground Level Pop-Up Event @ Sandy Beach

Special thanks to our sponsors for the 2020-2021 GLC season season: the Cohasset Recreation Center, Constellation Energy, and the Sandy Beach Association!

WHO: Cohasset students grades 7-12, the first 30 to register!

WHAT: Ground Level Café! Whether you’re looking for a chance to perform open-mic, a chance to enjoy some live music, or just a place to get together with your friends, come do so with the best view in town.
WHERE: Sandy Beach. Register at:
WHEN: May 7th 5:30PM-7:30PM

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

Safe Harbor Cohasset Coalition’s “Our Safe Home”

Safe Harbor Cohasset Coalition’s “Our Safe Home” campaign is about addressing the issues of youth access of alcohol in the community, which involves parents, guardians, merchants, and youth themselves. Parents pledge their commitment to joining other parents in providing a fun, safe, and substance-free environment for our children. Merchants pledge to comply by following the law and regulations, to not sell alcohol to young people under 21 years old. Youth are increasing awareness of the issue by talking to adults in their community.

We recognize that we cannot supervise our teens 24/7, nor can we always control the choices they make. However, we will do our part to discourage underage drinking and we will do our best to help each other support and monitor our teens.

Please see the link below for more information:

Please Click on the Image Below for a Video Regarding the "Our Safe Home Pledge"

Please Click on the Image Below to Access an Important PSA Regarding Dangerous "Pressed Pills"

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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.

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