Cohasset High School Newsletter

News and Happenings at Cohasset High School

October 15, 2021

Dear Families,

Yesterday we assembled as a school to work with JC Polh from TeenTruth, an organization whose goal is to empower students to use their voice -- their "truths" -- to begin to build a culture of connection and create a school community that is authentically theirs.

An award winning producer who has worked on film content for companies such as Warner Brothers, ESPN, and Disney, JC's career evolved towards working with schools following Columbine. In trying to determine what could lead to such a tragedy, and watching expert after expert opine on news channels, he wondered why so few students were interviewed and whether their experiences were represented in the discussion. So he invited students to film themselves and capture those experiences. Those videos have subsequently been used in over 7000 schools to empower students to directly address a variety of challenges that they face.

What Pohl discovered working with students all over the country is what our own research at Cohasset has shown us as well, that often times authentic student voice is buried beneath a narrow definition of success that is imposed on them -- by the school, by the community, through social media, and by the students themselves. This narrow definition of what a successful student is supposed to look like and act like encourages the student to create a persona of success that is often in conflict with that student's authentic self.

With the authentic self at least partially hidden the student struggles to create meaningful relationships that are based on the content of their character and not on the characteristics of their personas -- their grades, looks, athleticism, wealth, etc. Any vulnerability is seen as weakness, and the inability of being vulnerable at least in small circles prevents the student from building the skills and the relationships necessary to endure difficult times and to be content in who they are.

Following the assembly roughly 50 students went through a two-hour workshop identifying their truths and the challenges that they face having to keep up appearances, and coming up with potential solutions to those challenges. There was a remarkable similarity betweeen what the students identified and what our faculty identified in a workshop during Friday's professional development on promoting student wellness and disrupting inequity. Common themes included not feeling that they were good enough, a sense of loneliness, of academic pressure grounded in grades and levels and not grounded in learning, an unhealthy level of competitiveness, and a failure to really know each other despite having been together so long. They weren't prompted to identify these things. Mr. Pohl is from Texas and he works in all kinds of environments.

What's encouraging is how willing (and even excited) the students were to talk about these things, even during the breaks in the workshop. It's encouraging that what they identify as challenges are what we also identify as challenges and what the district has committed to providing resources around. With that alignment comes some real promise.

Once the materials are synthesized they will be shared in a variety of ways that help create an environment that students are excited to walk into every day.


Brian T. Scott


Spirit Week is Upon Us!

Spirit Dress-Up Days for Freshman, Sophomores and Juniors for Homecoming Week (senior themes are top secret!)

Let's Goooooooo!

Monday = Rock and Roll

Tuesday = Mathlete vs. Athlete

Wednesday = Red White and Blue Day / USA

Thursday = Pajama Day

Friday = Blue and White Day and Bleacher Theme !

National Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15th through October 15th is National Hispanic Heritage Month. Be on the lookout for opportunities to learn about and engage in a variety of Hispanic cultural practices.

Phoebe Sullivan and Kevin Federle won the cuantos frijoles hay? How many beans are in the jar contest during Hispanic heritage celebration month. Both guessed within 10% of almost 3500 frijoles!

Students also participated in a scavenger hunt learning about important Hispanics, Latin/ latinx figures that have made an important contribution to the United States.

Black Heritage Trail

This year, we will be attempting to host a series of small trips aimed at discussing important social issues. Our first trip was held on October 12th and centered around race. We began the day in the Learning Commons and then travelled to Boston to explore the Black Heritage Trail, a 1.6 mile walking tour that explores Boston's 19th Century African American community who primarily resided in Beacon Hill.

Following the tour, we met with Hector Pina, the owner of Merengue Restaurant, a Dominican restaurant in Boston. Mr. Pina discussed being a business owner and oppportunities within the hospitality industry. Special thanks to School Committee member Ms. Colleary for arranging the lunch.


Check Out the 2022 Yearbook Design by Senior Viola Henry!

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Members of the Class of 2022!

Congratulations and welcome to your exciting year as a CHS Senior! Preparations are already being made for Tessahoc 2022, the yearbook for the Class of 2022. Below is a list of important deadlines for submission of materials for you.


Please use the grid to complete your senior write-up for the yearbook.

The grid is located on the Cohasset High School website under the tab labeled Class of 2022 Yearbook deadlines.

November 22, 2021, Deadline for submission of Senior Portraits and Write-Up

mail to:

Senior Portrait Specs: Image Size: at least 2.25in x 3.2in megapixels minimum

Portrait Format: High Resolution JPEG at least 300 dpi or 3.2 megapixel minimum

(recommended 600kb or above)

Thank you for your support of the Tessahoc 2022!

If you have any questions, please email them to Mrs. Sugrue at

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Attention Grade 11 Female Students Looking for an Independent Study

Technovation Girls, a flagship program of non-profit Technovation, is the world’s largest global tech entrepreneurship competition for girls. The program offers girls around the world the opportunity to learn the necessary skills to emerge as tech entrepreneurs and leaders. Since 2009, over 15,000 girls have participated from over 100 countries. The challenge is for a team of girls to build a business plan and mobile app that will address a community problem.

CHS would like to assemble a team (or teams) of grade 11 students for a second semester Independent Study that will enter this competition. Students wil be provided a mentor teacher, along with a curriculum and a series of conferences from industry experts. The program runs from January through June and requires approximately 5 hours of work per week, consistent with classtime. See your guidance counselor or Mr. Scott for details.

Wellness Committee Opportunity

The Wellness Committee is looking for family representatives to be part of the committee. The committee is also working with CMS and CHS administrators to find student volunteers. Having family and students voice at the meetings will strengthen the work of the committee.

The committee is currently made up of teachers, nurses, administrators, food service, and a school committee member. The committee meets four times a year to review policy and procedures and chose focus areas to enhance wellness throughout the schools. The district received a grant from DESE which has provided a Wellness Coach for last year and continues into this year.

If you are interested in being part of the Wellness Committee please contact Dr. Scollins at

Guidance Updates

PSAT is Tomorrow!

The PSAT test takes about 4 hours to administer. Administration with accommodations will take more than 4 hours, depending on the accommodation(s) provided.

Please do not arrive early to your entrance as we are staggering entry into the building. When you arrive, you will check in and proceed directly to your testing location. Admission to the testing location is dependent on visual ID. Please have photo identification with you for verification.

Arrive at CHS: 7:45am

Entrance will be at: Back Circle Entrance

Check in location: Lower Lobby

Materials to Bring: Two No. 2 Pencils with soft erasers, Photo ID (school ID will suffice), acceptable calculator (we will not be able to provide a calculator).

Safety Precautions: You will be required to wear a mask at all times during the test administration. You may be required to lower you mask briefly for identification purposes.

Please stay home if you are feeling sick.

Note: All electronic devices, including cell phones, smartwatches, fitness trackers or other wearable technology must be powered off during testing. College Board policy requires staff to collect phones and electronic devices, including wearable technology, before testing begins.

Please review the College Board website for information about the PSAT administration, including appropriate calculators, etc.

AP Fees Now Due!

Students enrolled in AP courses are required to take the AP exam if they are to receive credit for the course.

AP Test fees are $95 per exam or $32 if they are on the free and reduced lunch list. If there are existing hardships where they need help they should come see me. Checks should be made payable to Cohasset Public Schools and dropped off to Mrs. Hoeft in Guidance. The deadline for payment is November 1st

Because we need AP fees paid prior to the ordering deadline, and because AP tests are required in order to receive AP credit, students who do not bring in the check by the November 1st deadline will receive an Incomplete for their Q1 AP grade. This would appear on their Q1 transcript.

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Dates to remember:

A Downloadable Version of the Calendar can be found Here:

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