A Letter of Support from CCHS and Cooking with a Student on Friday

June 3, 2020

Dear Families:

Tonight, I share two items of very different nature common in that they both promote community.

A CCHS student will host this Friday afternoon’s cooking lesson so he’d love to have live viewers cook along with him:

Join us for our third Q5 Fun Friday!!!  This Friday (June 5th) we have a special guest teacher….your very own rising senior, Jeremy Pietropaolo, class of 2021!!  Jeremy has a love of cooking and has already taught a few classes through the CCRSD Adult & Community Education program.

Jeremy will be teaching you how to make Risotto (mushroom or any vegetable of your choice).   If you’re interested, here’s what you need to do:

Tune in next Friday, June 12th for a lesson on Chocolate!!

Secondly, I share a letter to the community crafted by the teachers at CCHS of the Concord-Carlisle Teachers’ Association.  They asked that I share it with everyone.  It is found below.




Dear Communities of Boston, Concord, and Carlisle,

We, the members of the Concord-Carlisle Teachers’ Association, condemn the senseless killing of Black people and the injustices perpetrated against people of color in our country.

We mourn the devastating, continual loss of Black lives and the impact of this loss on all of our communities, especially our Black communities of students, staff, and their families.

We vow to recommit ourselves in our classrooms to addressing racism, including the historical and systemic ways it has functioned and continues to function, and to promote the kind of critical thinking and moral courage required of us, our students, and communities to take action to counter and dismantle it.

Many of us have already renewed these discussions in our virtual classrooms to help all students understand the complexity of recent events, sort truth from misinformation, and to reflect with compassion and critical thinking.

Teachers and staff are also educating and supporting one another pedagogically by sharing anti-racism reading lists and resources, relevant articles to use in the classroom, and upcoming events to attend in support of justice and awareness. In addition, the Concord-Carlisle High School Anti-Racism Group for Educators (CHARGE) continues to offer professional development to staff.

We believe in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and look forward to partnering with you to fulfill them: “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”

We also stand by the wise words of Coretta Scott King who declared, “The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.”

To our students and colleagues of color and their families: We see you, we care about you, and we will be here for you through the summer and beyond.

In solidarity,

Shel Hull


Concord-Carlisle Teachers’Association