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  • Feel Good Friday January 16, 2018
    Feel Good Friday is a chance for students to slow down and de-stress. The Feel Good Friday held on December 15th, 2017 was specifically for seniors to de-stress after the college application process. Feel Good Friday featured: A therapy dogStudents sharing candy canesStudents playing card and board gamesStudents blowing bubblesHot chocolate The students were very excited about […]
  • Upcoming Event: Dialogue Night January 16, 2018
    January 18, 7-8:30 p.m.CCHS Learning CommonsI remember my high school experience vividly. I could tell you who were my teachers, what classes I liked best, the projects and papers I was most proud of, who were my friends and what we talked about, the extracurriculars I did, and how I generally felt as a high […]
  • Why Challenge Success? January 4, 2018
    What three words would you use to describe CCHS?When nearly 900 students were asked to respond to this open-ended question, the most common responses were “challenging or rigorous” (18.4 %) and “stressful” ( 15.8% ). Further, more than half of the students reported experiencing physical symptoms due to stress:Exhaustion (65%)Difficulty sleeping (58%)Headaches (54%)Missing a day […]

CCHS Challenge Success Priority Areas for 2017-2018

New:

  • Promoting a broader definition of “success”
  • Encouraging students to embrace their interests and abilities, make sleep and PDF (playtime, downtime, family time) a priority, and not let concerns about college admissions excessively dictate choices in and out of school

Ongoing:

  • Assessing homework practices and student workload



CCHS Challenge Success Mission Statement

While some stress in high school is healthy and normal, and may even be motivating to some students, we believe that the level of stress and anxiety we see at our school is too high. Our students are out of balance, so we are partnering with Challenge Success help reduce unhealthy pressures on our youth.  We want the high school experience to be rewarding in its own right and not merely a means to attain a narrow definition of success, often measured by acceptance at a particular college.   We know that developing adolescents need adequate sleep as well as playtime, downtime, and family time (“PDF”) every day in order to thrive, and too often these needs are being neglected due to the competing demands students are facing both in and out of school.

CCHS Challenge Success Mission:

  • To spark curiosity and excitement for the journey of the high school experience
  • To encourage balance, personal growth, and academic excellence
  • To value student voice as a respectful and compassionate community
  • To foster a community that actively challenges and redefines success to support students’ individual well-being

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Committee Members

Leslie Knight Committee Chair
Amy Byron Teacher Representative
Madeleine Pooler Teacher Representative
Ann Little Special Education Representative
Katie Goldrick Guidance Department Representative
Jennifer Clarke Concord-Carlisle Youth Services Coordinator
Polly Meyer Parent Representative
Lauree Eckler Parent Representative
DJ Roberts, Jr. Student Representative
Angelina Serafini Student Representative