Update 5.15.22

May 15, 2022

Dear Families:

Welcome to summer!? I hope you enjoyed the weekend that suddenly had us turn off the heat and turn on the AC.  Spring in New England!

I will open tonight with a deep appreciation for the outpouring of validation offered last week as to the positive impact of the work in the district since my arrival in 2017.  That work is the result of a team effort where everyone comes together toward a common vision.

In the Spotlight

CCHS Robotics

The CCHS Robotics Team visited the School Committee last week.  The team shared their experiences (presentation is linked here)  in creating this year’s robot and their success in recent competitions.  We are excited to see the Robotics program grow at both CMS and CCHS and courses like engineering, which next year has an all-time high number of enrollment requests.  These efforts are part of our instructional approach to STEAM across all of K-12.

Playbook Initiative at CMS

Last week for the first time ever, the entire middle school participated in the Boston Celtic’s Playbook Initiative Anti-Discrimination and Bias-Prevention program.   Peer leaders guided small groups of students through scenarios involving gender, religion, or other bias and brainstormed how to respond to those situations.  It was a powerful day.  We are grateful to WBZ4 for the coverage if you want to view the news clip here.

Finally, I share a great photo of the ninth-grade trip to METCO HQ and Nubian Square in Roxbury, where students toured and learned the history of METCO and visited sites throughout Nubian Square.  This was among multiple events last week where METCO HQ met with CCHS students and Alcott families attended a Family Fun Day in Franklin Park.




Multi Tiered System of Support Literacy Presentation

Ever wonder how struggling students get their learning needs met in our school? Or, what assessments are given to monitor our educational program? Or, how dyslexia in students is addressed?

You are cordially invited to a virtual presentation on

Monday, May 16, 2022,  7 PM – 8 PM


Zoom Login Link

Meeting ID: 928 2622 5340

Passcode: 704908

This will be a full slideshow presentation by nine of our faculty with time for Q&A at the end.
MTSS Literacy Presentation 2022


Concord Free Public Library News

This summer “Read Beyond the Beaten Path” at the Concord Free Public Library (CFPL)! The CFPL Summer Reading Program runs from Monday, June 6 through Friday, Aug 12 and is free and open to children of all ages. Visit the Main Library or Fowler Branch to register and collect your prizes. Everyone gets a necklace and brag tag for joining the program. Kids earn beads for their necklace by reading and completing challenges on our weekly bingo boards. Our youngest patrons get to earn cute rubber duckies! Learn more here.


Are you a teen or caregiver of a teen in need of community service hours? Look no further than the Concord Free Public Library! Join Teen Librarian Cary Stough Monday, May 23 from 6:30-7pm for a short informational session at the Main Library on the many opportunities available to teens, from craft preparation to creating and facilitating their own programs. Teen volunteers have been the source of much of what makes the Library such a vibrant, unique community space. If you cannot make the session, or would like more information, please visit our website. No registration required.



As mentioned yesterday, we strongly encourage masks inside, given the current spike.  The COVID Data Dashboard will be updated tomorrow to reflect cases over the weekend.  Anyone with symptoms should remain home until symptoms subside.


Have a great night!