Social Studies in Chelmsford

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    Stephanie Quinn, M.A.T
    Social Studies Department Coordinator
    Chelmsford Public Schools
    (978) 251-5111 ext. 5520


  • CHS Speech and Debate Team Member Erin Phillips Wins 1st Place National Tournament!

    Chelmsford High School, May 19, 2014 – CHS Speech and Debate Team member Erin Phillips won 1st Place in Prose Reading at the 2014 National Individual Events Tournament of Champions (NIETOC) at Gustavus Adolphus College in, St. Peter Minnesota. After competing in 6 rounds, Erin won first place in Prose Reading besting a number of outstanding student from all over the United States. CHS Assistant Coach, Melinda Phillips, was also presented with an award as the coach of the Prose champion.

    A round of prose reading consists of a student presenting material from a published short story, novel, or essay, fiction or non-fiction. The student uses vocal skills, facial expressions, and/or hand gestures to develop a narrator and character/s and present a cohesive story within a time limit.

     NIETOC provides students with exposure to a diverse group of performers and literature from the nation's best and brightest in Oral Interpretation and Oratory. This year’s tournament had top speech competitors from 40 states. Each competitor earned admission to the tournament through their outstanding performances in a number of tournaments held throughout the year throughout the United States.

     Other CHS Team member attend national tournament!

    Memorial Day Weekend, Chicago, Ill. CHS Speech and Debate Team members Lucas Muratore and Manasi Danke attended the Catholic Forensics League National Tournament.  Both students qualified to attend this prestigious national tournament through their hard work and performances at earlier tournaments in the state.   Lucas Muratore is a senior, and Manasi Danke is a sophomore. Lucas will be participating in Oral Interpretation. Manasi will be participating in Oratorical Declamation, with her rendition of Malala Yousafzai’s (the young girl from Pakistan who was shot by the Taliban) speech to the United Nations. 

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  • Local Attorneys Bring Mass Law Day to the McCarthy Middle School


    May 2, 2014-Eight local attorneys visited McCarthy Middle School today to meet with the 8th grade students. The focus for today’s discussion was “American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters”. In accordance with the 50th anniversaries of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, attorney’s encouraged students to reflect on the importance of the right to vote for every citizen. In addition, students learned about some of the day to day experiences of lawyers as well as the role that they play in our society. Students had an opportunity to interact with the attorney’s over the course of the period. 

    We greatly appreciate the time and effort of the attorneys and planners involved in bringing Law Day to McCarthy. As a district, we are committed to expanding opportunities for our students and staff to interact with community members. We all have something to share!

    For more information on the American Bar Association’s Law Day 2014 please visit the ABA’s website at

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  • McCarthy Student Finishes 8th in the State Geography Bee
    Friday, April 4th-100 students from around the state of Massachusetts competed in the National Geographic Geography Bee hosted by Worcester Academy.  Chase Boles, a 6th grader from McCarthy Middle School, and John Lambert, a repeat Parker Middle School champion, represented Chelmsford.  Students were divided into groups of 20 to compete in the first round.  Each student was posed 8 questions related to states, regions, physical features, location and geographic phenomena. John Lambert performed extremely well, answering all but one question correctly.  26 out of the 100 students responded correctly to all 8 questions, creating the need for a tie-breaker round.  When the students returned from this round, 10 students were left to compete in the final round.  Chase Boles was among the top 10.  Overall, Chase finished 8th in the state.  Congratulations to John and Chase for their excellent performances.  We are all looking forward to Bee season next year!
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