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April 9, 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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Return to Full In-Person Learning at Cohasset Middle School and Cohasset High School

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This week marked the return of all middle and high school students to full in-person learning. We are so happy to have all of our students in the District back to full in-person learning for the first time since March 13, 2020. Thank you to everyone who helped make this a reality for our students. It was a true team effort, and we want to thank our staff, including our educators, custodians, bus drivers, food service workers, nurses, administrative assistants, ESPs, counselors, therapists, substitute teachers, nurses, leaders, bookkeepers, families, Mrs. and Mr. Laird (for helping to create our bus routes and bus stops), CEF (for providing treats for teachers in the break room), PSO (for decorating and helping to create the inspirational messages) and students.


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.


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.

Images From Our Full In-Person Return at CMS & CHS

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"Encourage Each Other"

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"Seniors Together At Last, 2021"

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"Together Again"

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"Happy First Day, Again"

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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 learning gaps. Information is forthfoming on programs that will be offered to students and families.

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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 8, 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 2.17%, with 21 positive cases out of 1152 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 8, 2021.


For your information, please find below a summary table of all confirmed positive COVID cases in the District as of today, Friday, April 9, 2021.


Confirmed Positive Cases as of Friday, April 9, 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

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

Mental Health Awareness Week at Cohasset High School

Thank you to Assistant Principal Noyes, staff, CHS Equity Team, and students for leading Mental Health Awareness Week at Cohasset High School. It was a successful week that helped everyone remember the importance of taking care of ourselves and each other.
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Thank you to Mr. Ford and his classes for these excellent wellness projects

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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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Recycling at CHS...Thank you, CHS Green Team

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National Assistant Principal Week

This week we celebrated our two amazing Assistant Principals, Dr. Salas from CMS and Ms. Noyes from CHS. Thank you for all you do for the students, families, and staff. We are very fortunate to have you both in Cohasset.

Pond Street Press. CMS Student Newspaper

Deer Hill Advocates for Recycling

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Autism Awareness Day

To recognize World Autism Awareness Day, students at Deer Hill and Osgood wore blue Cohasset Strong t-shirts on April 2 to show solidarity for those with autism. Special education teacher, Ms. Kurker, and adjustment counselor, Mrs. Dolan, shared resources with classroom teachers including links to the read aloud, A Different Kind of Brilliant as well as a short companion video that explains autism to children.
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Virtual Homework Center for Deer Hill Students

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Joining the METCO Bus Ride from Boston

Dr. Scollins and I very much enjoyed riding the METCO elementary bus ride this past Thursday, picking up our students in Boston and returning to Cohasset to start the school day. It was wonderful gaining a perspective on the daily ride for our students. It was a great experience being with these amazing kids.
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Poem and Presentation from Our Boston Students

We are so proud of our Boston Students!

Cohasset METCO Poem Performance 2021 Final
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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.

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


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

Grade 11 Math MCAS May 24 & 25

Grade 11 ELA MCAS May 26 & 27



More information will be provided by building principals.

Professional Day (1/2 Day)

Today staff met for the second half of the day to continue the work they began during the March professional days. Staff and building leadership spent the time collaborating on curriculum to address the impact of the pandemic. The next and final professional day (1/2 day) is May 14.

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.
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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

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MIAA Board of Directors' Statement Regarding Spring Sports...A Spring Tournament is Forthcoming!

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Visit Cohasset Athletics to Get Updates on All of Our Teams

Intramural Volleyball Up and Running at CHS

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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. This is a great opportunity for our students.

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 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 www.samhsa.gov/prevention-week/about.

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:



http://safeharborcohasset.org/our-safe-home/

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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