May 3, 2021

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Congratulations, Mr. Ricchi
Congratulations, Mr. Ricchi, on your Teacher of the Year Award! 
Teacher of the Year Award
“To be honest with you, it’s one of those things that I don’t really think about. And, I think everybody this year probably thought ‘Ok, let’s make sure the kids are learning something, that they are doing ok, and we’ll consider that a win,’” says Mr. Ricchi, our Music Teacher in the Fine and Performing Arts Department, about receiving his Teacher of the Year award on Tuesday. “So while this was very much appreciated,” he continues, “it makes it that much better to know that everything is going much better now and more kids are back in school, talking with their friends, and happier in general.” 

The well-being of the students is at the top of Mr. Ricchi’s mind, and since he sees all of them every morning as they complete their COVID questionnaire before entering campus, he’s in a unique position. “As long as I keep a cheery attitude, it tends to bump them up,” he enthuses. “It’s crazy because it used to be that the students were down about coming back to school on a Monday because they love the weekend, but now it’s almost backwards! Not being able to do things on the weekend, they’re craving to come back to school, so they’re more excited to come back on Mondays now… well, at least the freshmen and sophomores who don’t drive,” he chuckles. 

We might all be in countdown mode for something - the weekend, Mondays maybe, end of exams, graduation, the beginning of summer - but Mr. Ricchi isn’t. “I’m not counting down,” he emphasizes, “because I know I’ll miss my seniors incredibly. I told my Jazz Band seniors the other day, ‘It’s really cool that you’re doing a countdown, and I’m sure you can’t wait until you’re done with the last final, but the real lesson here is more so about enjoying every day leading up to it. If you learn to enjoy every day, then that’s the real lesson.’ Counting down means you’re going to count down everything - you’re done with this, you have to count down until the end of summer, then count down until the end of the first semester, then to the big meeting at work, and so on and so forth. Your whole life is going to be a countdown. Just enjoy the moments that you have because you’re going to miss these people.” 

This mindset isn’t lost on the students. Mr. Ricchi accepted his Teacher of the Year award while listening to the responses of those who voted for him. Pulling from a few student submissions, our students feel “Mr. Ricchi is the definition of a support system. His classes have a beautiful balance of knowledge, fun, and humor which constantly makes me look forward to his class. Mr. Ricchi taught me something I never thought I could learn and instilled confidence in my knowledge whenever I felt like I could not continue or do well. He has a great way of communicating with his students and never fails to brighten their day. He is always welcoming when we get into school. He is always there to greet us with a smile, and even though we can't see it, we know it is there. Mr. Ricchi makes sure to live by the phrase 'Love Lives Here.'”

Mr. Ricchi, your commitment and dedication to living out CMCP’s mission of working Towards a Better World has not gone unnoticed. Thank you for all that you do for us!
See below for more photos of the award presentation, gifts from SGA to our faculty/staff, and Faculty/Staff Superlatives! 

Student Activities 

Did you check out our masked dancers this week? Our faculty/staff really do know how to make us smile! Check out our social media @cmlions to see them in action!

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Upcoming Events

AP Exams Continue
Graduation Affirmations Due
Saturday, 5/8  |  8:00 AM - 12:00 PM  |  CMCP

Key Club Officer Elections and Interest Meeting
Monday, 5/10  |  2:30 - 4:00 PM  |  Belanger Hall

Women Engaged Meeting
Tuesday, 5/11  |  2:00 - 3:30 PM  |  Belanger Hall

Seventh Grade Parent Tour
Wednesday, 5/12  |  8:30 - 10:30 AM  |  CMCP

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Athletics News

Swimming Spring Championships
Friday, 5/7  |  3:30 PM  |  NSU
Baseball-Softball End-of-the-Year Team Dinner
Friday, 5/7  |  5:30 - 8:00 PM  |  Zaragoza Center
For more information about upcoming athletic events, including away games, please click here to view our entire athletic calendar.
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Click the video above to hear about our Football team's fundraising efforts!

Important Updates

A vaccine update from Florida Health: Beginning Monday, April 5, all Florida residents 18 years of age and older are eligible to receive any COVID-19 vaccine as prescribed by the Food and Drug Administration. The Pfizer vaccine is authorized for persons age 16 and up. The Moderna and Janssen (Johnson and Johnson) vaccines are authorized for persons age 18 and up. All individuals under the age of 18 receiving a vaccine must be accompanied by a guardian and complete the COVID-19 vaccine screening and consent form. Find the form here. 
The latest announcement from Governor DeSantis regarding eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine:  All Floridians age 18 and older are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. 
For additional information on the COVID-19 Vaccines, click here. For additional information on Florida COVID-19 Testing Sites, click here. Click here to pre-register for a COVID-19 vaccine.
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital has announced the availability of the vaccine for Florida children and young adults ages 16 to 21 who are currently under the care of physicians or specialists for medical conditions identified by the (CDC) as posing an increased risk for severe illness associated with COVID-19. Click here for more information. 
The new CDC guidelines will recommend close contacts of those infected with the coronavirus should quarantine for 7 to 10 days after exposure, down from the 14 days currently recommended. Individuals can end their quarantine after 7 days if they receive a negative test or 10 days without getting tested.  
Click here for CDC travel guidelines as we approach spring break season.
Learn more about Social Assistance Resources in the city of Hollywood by clicking here. There are also free food distribution centers around South Florida. To find out more information about these sites or how to volunteer, click here. 
If you are not coming to school, do not fill out the Daily Screening Form - even if attending classes online. The Daily Screening Form should be completed by students who will be physically present on campus for that day.


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