June 16, 2021
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
I suspect that we should all pause this morning and note what is likely a historic moment as we close the 2020-2021 school year. I am sure for all of you it feels as if we have lived through multiple years since the Fall given the intensity. It is very clear that the intimate partnership and collaboration between home and school was invaluable and the foundation of our success during this extraordinary year.
May the summer allow everyone the chance to recuperate and enjoy the return to normalcy while slowing down to appreciate what we used to take for granted. Have a wonderful summer!
June 11, 2021
Welcome to the last Friday of the school year! I wanted to share a few updates as we prepare to close out the year.
No COVID Cases
After reporting 205 cases to you, it seems worth reporting that we have not had a COVID case since May 19. The progress and relief of the waning cases are allowing the schools to flourish with end-of-year activities that feel incredibly normal. Last week’s CCHS graduation and Grade 8 celebration are among the highlights.
New METCO Director
It is with great pleasure that I announce that Heidi Harris has accepted the METCO Director position. She will be a valuable asset to the program. Her biography and background are found here.
A Letter to the Community
I recently shared a letter of appreciation to the community with the local town leaders and the local newspapers. I share the letter here in its entirety. It has been extraordinary what we accomplished together this year.
We left the parent survey open for the remainder of the school year. If you haven’t completed it, the link to the survey is located here.
Concord Free Public Library Summer Program
Concord Free Public Library is gearing up for Summer Reading 2021. Our theme this year is Tails and Tales and we’re celebrating lots of different animals. We’ll be hatching quail eggs, and praying mantises, and we’ll be watching painted lady caterpillars turn into butterflies. We’ll have visits from an elephant, as well as farm animals from various sanctuaries. We’ll give away gift cards to local shops and we’ll have weekly scavenger hunts around town.
Here is information to learn more :
- PSA video
- Summer Reading webpage
- Register for Summer Reading on Beanstack
- “How To Sign Up For Beanstack” flier
Have a wonderful weekend!
June 4, 2021
This message is for the families of Concord Middle School since we are fortunate to have air conditioning in all of the other schools. I am including everyone in order to avoid any confusion.
As you have likely seen, a heatwave looks to be headed for us for the first part of next week. COVID protocols require that we remain in masks indoors, prevent the use of fans blowing toward staff and students, and restrict drinking less than 6′ apart. Given the challenges this could bring, I am planning ahead to let you know what the options are.
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education made clear to us this afternoon that a remote learning day is not an option. We can reduce the day to a half-day schedule but if we close, the day will need to be made up. Given that we are all ready for summer break, I am not considering school closure.
I will continue to review the forecast and conditions in the two middle school buildings to decide if we will have a full day or half-day during these high temperatures.
For CMS fully remote families, the heat may lead to more asynchronous work than usual as classrooms relocate under a tent or in the shade outdoors.
I will decide each day’s plan by 7 pm the night before to allow for time to plan. Again, this will only pertain to Concord Middle School. All of the other schools will operate normally next week.
I had personally hoped we were going to cruise to the finish line but, as has happened all year, that does not seem to be the case!
June 2, 2021
It is with anger and sadness that I share Principal Mastrullo’s message to the CCHS community late last night regarding a homophobic slur found in a bathroom at CCHS. We will continue to only tolerate an inclusive, welcoming environment for all students.
TUESDAY, JUNE 1, 2021
A note from the principal
Dear Concord-Carlisle High School Community:
I am saddened to report that today we found a homophobic slur on a girls’ bathroom wall at CCHS. The timing of this could not be more disappointing. Today marks the start of LGBTQ+ Pride Month, which is recognized both locally and nationally to honor the profound impact that our LGBTQ+ community members have made on our school, our community, and our country.
Words will not lessen or dull the pain and disappointment this incident brings to our LGBTQ+ students, families, employees, and community. Please be assured that our school administration is proactively investigating this incident, and we will work to find the individual(s) responsible for this unacceptable display of hate.
We will never tolerate this kind of behavior in our schools or community. Slurs and other forms of homophobia are unacceptable, and we are saddened to learn that this language was used and directed toward members of our school community. We ask our students to speak out when they witness hate in our schools and the community. We encourage everyone to lend their support to members of our LGBTQ+ community who, on this day, month, and beyond, should not be attacked by slurs, violence, and hatred.
There are resources for all students who may feel negatively impacted by this incident. Also, as always, guidance counselors are available to anyone in need of support. In addition, parents should feel empowered to engage with their students in using the aforementioned resource as a valuable guide for honest and authentic conversation.
This day and every day should be about love and respect for one another; our differences should be celebrated and bind us, not insulted and used to divide us. Our school community, comprised of students from Boston, Concord, and Carlisle, stands with our LGBTQ+ community in recognition that any form of hate, bias, and discrimination will never be tolerated.
I take solace knowing that this incident does not reflect the values of our community, and with confidence, I suggest that the tolerant and welcoming environment we hold dear will denounce this act in no uncertain terms and rally behind members of our community in need of support.
Michael J. Mastrullo