A Note from Tim Vanech ‘91

On behalf of the Alumni Association, thank you for your generous support of our work in 2017. With your engagement we are accomplishing great things at Classical–with so much more to come. Our Development Committee is pursuing a three-prong strategy to keep Classical strong both now and in the years to come.

First, we are relaunching our Annual Fund. You may have already received the appeal in your mailbox. We will now call our yearly campaign the Keeping Classical Strong Annual Fund. We need your financial support of this unrestricted cash reserve to run our organization. In addition, your annual contributions allow the Alumni Association to respond to immediate or unexpected needs of Classical that would likely go unmet without us.

Next, we are building an Endowment to ensure long term financial support of Classical. In 2017 the Alumni Association secured a generous gift from the estate of Charles Peck ’41. Of the $586,000 provided, the Alumni Association will be investing $500,000 into the Endowment. It is vital that we build this Endowment together so that the annual draw grows enough to bridge the persistent shortfalls between the school budget and Classical’s actual needs. We are working with a few alumni who are interested in contributing, and welcome others to help lead the charge. We will keep you posted.

Finally, we are implementing Targeted Philanthropy whereby we either utilize an event to provide proceeds to a particular need, or we ask you directly to help us fund an unexpected shortfall. Examples include our Annual Purple & White Beach Party which supports the Advanced Placement (AP) certification courses for teachers, the Band Uniform Fund so the marching band can represent the school with pride, and the Art Fund to provide equipment and materials for the CHS art department. In this way, you know exactly where your donation is going and are able to support causes that mean the most to you.

The impact of our Targeted Philanthropy has been overwhelmingly successful. Understanding the needs of the school has moved you to donate, and we are very grateful. So far, we have raised more than $4,000 towards our goal of $6,000 for the Band Uniform Fund. We have also raised more than $2,000 towards our goal of $5,000 for the Art Fund which we initiated with Giving Tuesday.

There are so many ways to give besides donating much needed money. The events that we hold are crucial for both connecting our diverse, vibrant community and for addressing funding gaps. We want to encourage you to find an event to attend. Our 2018 Calendar is chock full of opportunities for you to join in on the fun, connect with fellow Classicalites, and support our efforts to Keep Classical Strong.

Tim Vanech ‘91
Chair of Development
CHSAA Board of Directors

Alum of the Month, December 2017: Yvette Ford ‘94


Name: Yvette Ford

Class Year: 1994

Post High School Education 
2001 Diman Regional Practical Nursing (LPN) 
2005 CCRI Associates in Nursing (RN) 
2015 New England Institute of Technology Baccalaureate in the Science of Nursing (BSN) 

Career Highlights
2005 I became a nurse manager of 2 Units 
2007 I became the facility MDS Coordinator. My name was posted on the entrance to the facility wall displaying my rank as second in command under the Administrator 
2015 acknowledged by the New England Regional Black Nurses Association with the Excellence in Nursing award 

What do you remember most about your time at Classical and how has your time there shaped you? 
Classical High established my drive for better as well as my poise. My favorite English teacher had a poise about her as well as a standard. She made me look at life through a different lens and to also set a standard for myself. 

What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishments or struggles to date?
My greatest accomplishment was at the same time my greatest struggle. Being a teenage mother was a struggle yet I am proud of not only the person my son grew to be but I am also proud of the relationship I have with him. 

Describe yourself in 3 words. Describe yourself in 3 words.

What do you do for fun? What do you do for fun?
I enjoy time with my family. I love crafting (I just learned to crotchet). I am a HUGE football fanatic. I also have a puppy who runs the house. 

You’re running late for a meeting, what’s the most likely reason why?
I overslept. 

What was the last song you listened to?
All night long by Lionel Richie 

What motivates you?
The youth in my life. I want them to see success as a possibility. 

Anything else you’d like to add?
After all these years I am still proud to be purple!!! 

Name: Pedro Moya

Class Year: 2019

Career Highlights
Co-chair of the development committee of the board of directors at Young Voices, Class of 2019 sophomore class president

What do you remember most about your time at Classical and how has your time there shaped you?
What I remember most that highlighted my time at Classical would be having the privilege of getting to know the amazing administrators and students that have had such an outstanding impact in my life as to how much I learn from them each and every day.

What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishments or struggles to date?
My greatest accomplishments have been being part of a board of directors of an organization, and having the presidential role along with being able to help the more than 250 students in my class with everything from classwork, personal issues, and general information of ongoing school activities.

Describe yourself in 3 words.
Outgoing, Persevering, Hardworking

What do you do for fun?
For fun I read books, go for a jog, and watch series.

You’re running late for a meeting, what’s the most likely reason why?
The most likely reason as to why I would be late for a meeting would be having an emergency or uncontrollable sickness.

What was the last song you listened to?
The last song I listened to was Too Good At Goodbyes by Sam Smith.

What motivates you?
What motivates me is the thirst to succeed and the need to achieve.

(Photo by Jamiere Wilson ‘20)


a poem by Pedro Moya ‘19

When we were young I was yours
Shortly after I fell to the floor
My thoughts were just your chores
I was waiting to hear you boar
What was left of my broken glass door

My heart was broken
You thought what I had was yours
I am now frozen
All I hear is your roar

My chest is pounding,
You went to the store
I saw you lounging
Beside the door close to the things I could not afford

My heart was broken
I don’t know why
All you wanted was some fresh clothes I could not buy

I tried my best
I even cried
When I found out you were not mine
I saw you fly
You fell into that man’s chime.

I left you that day
My heart was shattered
I climbed up bay
My mind was battered

I got to the bridge
The waves splattered
I saw my fate
Next to my life… Shattered

Alumni Association Homecoming Event
By Jillian Brosofsky ‘19, Writer for the PurplePost

On October 21st the Alumni Association hosted their first homecoming tailgate at Classical. Alumni from the 1970s through the 2000s showed up, joking around with each other and taking pictures, bonding despite having graduated in different years. The Alumni Association recognized a desire in people to remain involved in the school even after graduation and the Alumni Homecoming Tailgate Party provided people with a great opportunity to come back to the school and show their Purple Pride.

Everyone loved being back at the school and with many of their friends and fellow Classical alumni. The school brought back many fond memories of the teachers and students that they had met at the school. Some still come to volunteer or because their kids are now students, others only come to specific events, but everyone explained that they have enjoyed playing an active part in the school and the Alumni Association.

Many people explained to me that Classical has shaped their lives and careers. Sergio DeSousarosa, class of 1985, remembered that his freshman English teacher advised him to visualize concepts t he does not understand when reading. has since gone on to the military and is now a warden at a prison. He still remembers this piece of advice as it has helped him problem solve throughout his life. Leila Chammas, class of 2006, expressed that the diversity at Classical has been unmatched in her endeavours since graduation. Leila has gone on to undergraduate and graduate school and she explained that she still misses the level of diversity she experienced at Classical.

The alumni had many of the same pieces of advice when they were asked. They want the current and future Classical students to know that they should have fun and enjoy the experience. They advise students to take every challenge head on because it helps in the future with careers and life. Many explained that Classical students should accept the challenges of Classical because it prepares you extremely well, both academically and socially, for college and career.

Many of the alumni emphasized the importance of giving back to Classical. The teachers and students here help to form the rest of people’s lives, and the Alumni Association is a great way to stay involved.

(Photo by Jamiere Wilson ‘20)