Cohasset High School Newsletter

News and Happenings at Cohasset High School

December 4, 2020


Dear Families,


Every two years for the past four years we have done something called the Institutional Climate and Inclusion Assessment (ICIA). The assessment measures whether students feel like they belong to our community and specifically looks at community through the lenses of diversity, equity, and inclusion. In other words, do our students see themselves as part of the community? Do they feel like their identity is represented in the larger body?


This year's report, which will be discussed at the 1/6/2021 School Committee Meeting, identifies several groups of students that do not feel as much a part of the community as most students. This is not unanticipated, and parallels feedback we have received from some student groups and several alumni.


In order to help address this, we have contracted with a consulting firm who will help us unpack the survey findings and lend an authentic student voice to the experiences of our students. These groups are called affinity groups. They are made up of students in groups of 6-10 who identify similarly.


The intention of affinity groups is to provide a safe space where we can delve deeper into the student experience. It's not enough, for example, to know that students feel as if they are treated differently. We want to know why and how so that we can change the systems and structures and attitudes that communicate those messages. I do not believe that those messages are being sent intentionally, so we will need help identifying those ways in which we are unconscously communicating.


Once we capture our stories, we will invite the larger community in to a conversation through focus groups. Focus groups will facilitate a dialogue among all groups and stakeholders, and will lead us towards identifying specific areas where we can develop steps to improve the experiences for all of our students.


Over the course of the year, our long term goals are as follows:


  • Unpacking and more fully understanding the ICIA data, via anecdotes, personal testimony, and direct examples of student experiences.
  • Illuminating the breadth of student experience at school as well as the range of student understanding of key diversity, equity, and inclusion concepts (e.g., microaggressions, implicit bias, etc.)
  • Discovering any gaps in faculty awareness or understanding of student experience.
  • Clarifying next steps and goals for end-of-year action plan and long-term strategy.


The following groups of students have been identified.


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 bscott@cohassetk12.org 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.


Sincerely,



Brian T. Scott

Coming to you next Wednesday - Cohort A

Starting next Wednesday, December 9th, students from Cohort A will be in-person and students from Cohort B will be remote. The following week, 12/16, Cohort B will be in person and Cohort A remote. The schedule is as follows:
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Remote Warning

It has come to our attention that some students have zoomed into remote classes while driving or walking. Please note that neither is acceptable and students will not be given credit for attending class. Students should be working from a defined workspace with the materials they need to engage the class.


Regarding driving specifically -- it is incredibly dangerous and illegal. Safety concerns may result in a loss of driving privileges at school and offenders may be referred to police.

Grades

First Quarter Grades were posted on Tuesday, 12/1/2020 at the close of school. Please make sure to check the parent portal for more information.


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NHS Inductees

Forty-five students from Cohasset High School were selected as new members of the National Honor Society and will be inducted in a virtual ceremony to be released on December 18th.


Members were selected by the school’s faculty council for meeting high standards of scholarship, service, leadership, and character.


The students selected were:


James Appleton, Nathaniel Charron, Brendan Cingari, Lucy Clay, Evelyn Dickey, Brooke Evans, Benjamin Ford, Ellie Fox, Nola Gallagher, Madison Gould, Liam Heinlein, Viola Henry, Luke Herndon, Emme Hoehn, Nick Kluza, Bridget Kondrat, Joshua Kripke, Calliope Lanier, Ava Lee, Gracyn Lord, Ryan Madden, Dana Mahoney, Bridget Mahoney, Ethan Maxwell, Abigail Moy, Heloise Naeveke, Lisel Nee, Connor Nicholls, Riley Nichols, Piper Norton, Maeve Norton, Ryo Nozawa, Michael Powers, Elise Regan, Lily Reilly, Natalie Simone, Samylle Soares, Callie Stavis, Molly Stephens, Lilly Wallingford, Julia Willette, Catrin Williams, Elaine Wixted, Kevin Wrenn, Margaret Young


We are very proud to recognize these outstanding members of our student body, and we look forward to them continuing their exemplary contribution to the school and the community.

Oh the Drama!

Interested in Drama this year? Please share your interest on the form below and stay tuned for opportunities!


https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Kye6XHtMUJLuWHVa-SdTaP4JoiW6zaV93DELoPxXl9Y/edit?ts=5fb3f431

Winter Sports Information

Registration information, Winter Covid-19 Safety Standards, and MIAA Winter Sports Modifications can be found at www.cohassetathletics.com


Winter sports registration opened 12/1 and closes 12/9.

Help Support the Cohasset Food Pantry

For the past decade the Cohasset Football Team has organized a highly successful canned food drive to benefit the Cohasset Food Pantry. Because of the changes this year, a traditional food drive is not possible, so we are asking that you please join the coordinated effort between the Cohasset High School Football Team and the Cohasset High School Green Team in raising money and/or gift cards for the Cohasset Food Pantry.


The Friends of Cohasset Football, a licensed 503c, is coordinating a Venmo account (@friendsofcohassetfootball) to consolidate gifts cards at local supermarkets to be donated to the food pantry in lieu of non-perishable goods. If you would prefer to donate gift cards in any amount yourself, please drop them off at the school's main office.

Football Wins in Hull

Thanks to the over 30 members of the football team who came to help out at Daddy’s Beach Club’s Annual Thanksgiving Meal Giveaway in the pouring rain. The team helped deliver over 600 meals.

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.

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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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