Cohasset High School Newsletter

News and Happenings at Cohasset High School

December 18 , 2020

Dear Families,

Every year my wife and daughter and I watch a variety of holiday movies, some of which span decades and neatly intersect some of my own childhood experience with that of my daughter's. This past week we watched Santa Claus is Coming to Town, a 1970 Stop Motion Animation musical by Rankin/Bass Productions featuring people like Mickey Rooney and Fred Astaire.

We ordered it On Demand, and I spent 15 frustrating minutes trying to explain to my daughter that because On Demand didn't exist when I was growing up we had to be on the lookout for when it would be on because it was only on once.

"How would you know?" she asked.

"We had to look in the newspaper. The TV guide was in the newspaper."

"The newspaper?"

"News that was delivered to the house."

As we finished watching the movie, Fred Astaire's final soliloquy caught my attention. There was an article in the Boston Globe this week, "Worst. Christmas. Ever. (Or at least worse than most, say Mass. residents in a new poll)". The article writes,

With a deadly second surge bearing down on the state, mounting financial woes, and the very fabric of our democracy under assault, it’s probably not a shock to hear that the vast majority of Massachusetts residents aren’t feeling all that jolly this holiday season.

It was simultaneously surprising and unsurprising, but was put into perspective with the closing of the movie, a story about the origins of Santa Claus, a small boy named Kris who wanted to deliver toys to the children of Sombertown but whose plans were made difficult by mayor Burgermeister Meisterburger and Old Man Winter.

The final narrative goes like this:

Narrator: And that is the story of Santa Claus.

Little Girl : He's so wonderful. Everybody must love him.

Narrator: Well, most everybody. Oh, he's not considered an outlaw any more. But there still are some...

Ebenezer Scrooge : Eh, bah, humbug.

Disgruntled Retailer : Christmas is a bother. The noise, the crowd. I really wish it were outlawed.

Businessman : How can they talk about Santa Claus when there is so much unhappiness in the world?

Narrator: Poor, misguided folks. They missed the whole point. Lots of unhappiness? Maybe so. But doesn't Santa take a little bit of that unhappiness away? Doesn't a smile on Christmas morning scratch out a tear cried on a sadder day? Not much, maybe. But what would happen if we all tried to be like Santa and learned to give as only he can give: of ourselves, our talents, our love and our hearts? Maybe we could all learn Santa's beautiful lesson and maybe there would finally be peace on Earth and good will toward men.

I've been fortunate to have studied many traditions over the course of my career, holiday and otherwise. And while they are all unique, I've always found there to be a beautiful intersection of common desired outcomes. Whetever your tradition, may the next couple of weeks scratch out a tear cried on a sadder day. Have a safe and restful December break.


Brian T. Scott

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Cohort B -- Pajama Day Moved to Tuesday, 12/22!

Diversity Club & LGBTQ High School Students Read to Elementary Students

Over the last couple of years, students from the high school have traveled to Osgood and Deer Hill to read stories. This year, they decided to share those stories virtually. Please enjoy some of these stories here:

Student Bridget Kondrat: "The Peace Book" by Todd Parr.

Student Elizabeth Martin: "Where are you from" by Yamile Saied Mendez.

Student Evelyn Dickey: "The Undefeated" by Kwame Alexander & Kadir Nelson.

Cohasset High School Raises Awareness and Funds for Artists in Central America

From 12/14/2020 to 12/28/2020, Cohasset High School's CHS Spanish Club will be selling hand-woven bracelets, or ‘pulseras’ in Spanish, to empower the artists who make them in Nicaragua & Guatemala. The sale was organized through the Pulsera Project, a Fair Trade nonprofit organization that empowers and educates people in the U.S. and Central America through pulsera sales.

Student and teacher volunteers raise funds that benefit fair trade jobs, worker rights, sustainability, and education, while learning about the culture, lives, and struggles of Central Americans. The Pulsera Project’s goal is to create a more just and colorful world by encouraging conscious consumerism and social enterprise.

Friends of the Homeless Holiday Drive

The Main Office will be holding a drive to support the Friends of the Homeless of the South Shore/Weymouth.

The Shelter will except the following items that we can collect here in the main office:

  • Hygiene products
  • Nonperishable food items
  • Twin bedding
  • Towels
  • PPE products
  • Stop & Shop Gift Cards
  • Shaws Gift Cards
  • Walmart Gift Cards
  • CVS Gift Cards

The drive will take place from December 7 – December 18th. Please be as generous as you can.

Volunteers Needed

We are still looking for student volunteers to join out affinity group listening sessions, which will take place after the new year. Specific groups include:

Racial minorities, especially (as three separate affinity groups)

  • African American / Black students (1)
  • Asian students (2)
  • Historically underrepresented students, including Latinx and Hispanic students (3)

LGBTQ+ students (4)
Students with disabilities (5)
Religious minorities (6) and

Females (7)

If you are interested in learning more or being a part of one of these groups, please reach out to Mr. Scott at and let me know which session or sessions you are interested in learning more about. Sessions are conducted by our consultant, and information gleaned from those conversations will be reported anonymously. This is an incredibly important opportunity for change. Please consider it.

Wednesday Cohort Rotation

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Yearbook Cover taken by Senior Joyce Li

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New CMHS Library Resources Available

  • A brand new elibrary with over 20,000 titles (including audiobooks and books in Spanish)!

Substance Use Support

The Scituate FACTS Coalition is offering virtual psycho-educational support groups to middle school and high school students from the South Shore at no cost, remotely during the 2020-21 school year. Groups are facilitated by a Student Assistance Program Specialist from Caron Treatment Centers. Parent/guardian permission required.

Groups Offered:

- Kids of Promise®: for students impacted by the substance use disorder of a loved one (8 weeks)

- Virtually CONNECTed: for students trying to reduce or quit the use of nicotine (5 weeks)

- Marijuana Intervention and Support: for students trying to reduce or quit use of marijuana (8 weeks)

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