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February 1, 2021

“Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations.”
—Dr. Mae Jemison, first African-American female astronaut

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The best place to learn about our mission, who we are, and what we do is on our website, If you haven't visited it lately, you can meet the Executive Board, learn about the Committees and meet the Chairs, meet the Class Representatives, and learn how to get involved.
Email addresses are available on our website for everyone in the PA. Please reach out!

Survey Results are In!

Last week we sent out a survey to gauge how the parent community is feeling and what you might want to see from the PA in this unique year. Highlights of the responses include:

  • 95% think the frequency of PA communication is "just right",
  • 60% of you want to see this newsletter bi-weekly (~2/month),
  • 2/3 would like more Speaker Series events,
  • 1/3 of you didn't know we post on social media platforms, and
  • Almost half of you would consider joining the PA (more on this coming soon)!
Thank you to everyone who responded! If you have not answered our survey yet, we would still like to hear from you. 
PA Mid-Year Check-In Survey
Survey link also available on our website,
Meet The PA
We are a bunch of parent volunteers who care about the CCHS student, parent/guardian, and faculty community. Our Executive Board covers all grades and some of us have many years under our CCHS belt. Please don't hesitate to contact any of us with questions or concerns! Email addresses are always available for everyone in the PA on our website.
Executive Board
Karen Smith, President, has a senior Nordic skier and Ultimate Frisbee club player
Kara Lyons, Vice President, has a sophomore varsity field hockey, varsity ice hockey player and participant in the Spanish club
Adriana Nunez, Vice President, has a sophomore JV soccer player and is on the swim team
Nancy Barrett, Clerk, has a freshman and junior both on the Alpine ski team, both participate in the Finance club
Carolyn Hallinan, Treasurer, has a freshman who loves to skateboard
Next issue: meet the Committee Chairs
The best way to keep up with our most recent announcements, reminders, and events is by following our Facebook and Twitter posts. See who we follow and share our posts with your CCHS parent friends!
Links will always be available at the top and bottom of our newsletters and in the footer of our website.
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Based on survey feedback, we will have an extra PA meeting this month, AT NIGHT! Join us on Monday, February 22 at 7:30 pm.
Our next regularly scheduled PA Meeting on March 1 will feature a special guest, maybe 2. Stay tuned!
Zoom link will be provided 5 days prior to meeting dates. All are welcome.
Link to the School Committees’ emails on the Districts’ home page at Or, you can email the Concord Public School Committee at and the Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committee at  You can reach out to the Superintendent and the School Committees through the Your Voice Matters link on the Districts’ home page. Interested individuals are encouraged to sign up for the School Committees subscriber’s list.  
Information and contact details for the Carlisle School Committee can be found on their website.
Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. We invite you to learn more on the History Channel's special site dedicated to the event or to join Concord Carlisle Adult & Community Ed for a Poetry Workshop to Celebrate Black History Month, this Saturday, Feb 6.
Stay tuned for more from CCHS and the larger community during the month ahead.
Join the Center for Parents and Teachers on Wednesday, February 10 at 7:30 pm for a webinar, "Promoting Conversation to Keep Kids Safer Online". Hosted by Turning Life On Founder and digital wellness expert, Adrienne Principe. Registration required.
Find out what's happening around Concord and Carlisle on Living Concord.
Counselor's Corner

Recommended article:
Recognizing the signs of anxiety and depression in teens, and how to help

A weekly recommended article about the mental health and wellbeing of you and your student
What We're Reading

10 Books for Your Black History Month Reading List
From Maya Angelou to Richard Wright, this list encompasses classics as well as contemporary novels and nonfiction.

Email to suggest a book for our next issue!
To the wonderful, yet anonymous, person who found and returned the PA Pop-Up banner!

It had been missing for almost 2 years. We're looking forward to hosting "spontaneous fun for CCHS parents" again soon!
There are many ways to support PA events, activities, and educational programs. The most impactful way is to donate directly to our Annual Appeal, either through PayPal or by sending a check to school (made out to the CCHS Parents Association, address in footer). You can also shop to benefit the PA or donate used textiles.
Donate to the Annual Appeal
Minted’s Fundraising Program will now be offered year-round, just in time for ❤️️ Valentine’s Day ❤️️! Use promo code FUNDRAISECCHS for 20% off.

Updated Cohort Calendar

Grading Dates and Information

Monday, February 15 to Friday, February 19 - FEBRUARY RECESS

Monday, March 3 - SAT at CCHS

Monday, March 8 - Professional Day - NO SCHOOL

Friday, March 26 - Professional Day - NO SCHOOL

Monday, April 19 to Friday, April 23 - APRIL RECESS

May 3-14 AP Exam Testing

Monday, May 3 - Professional Day - NO SCHOOL

May 18-21 AP Late Testing

Friday, May 28 - Professional Day - NO SCHOOL

Monday, May 31 - Memorial Day Observance - NO SCHOOL

Saturday, June 5 - Graduation 

Wednesday, June 15 - Last Day of School  

Helpful Links
Principal's Blog
CCHS Daily Bulletins (includes more community events)
Food and Nutrition Services
Scholarships for the Class of 2021 NEW
Ongoing Community Service Opportunities NEW
Past PA Newsletters NEW
When were vocational courses established at Concord High School?

Answer from our last newsletter's trivia question:
When was Concord High School's first science fair? 1949
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