Welcome Back to School

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Hi everyone!

Welcome to the 2017 – 2018 school year! I have to admit I miss you guys and I can’t wait for another year of funny stories and great accomplishments.

I’ve been getting ready for another year of counseling and teaching, and a few things are new:

You can now request a meeting with me using the Counselor Referral Box that can be found in the library. It’s pink, of course, so you’ll be able to recognize it right away.

We now have class websites and department websites, you access them here:

Student Support Services Department:


6th grade Life Skills:


7th grade Life Skills:


8th grade Like Skills:


See you next Thursday! I’ll be all ears to hear about your summer vacation and your plans and goals for the new school year.

Ms. Gaby Di Muro

Summer Gratitude Journal

Hi guys,

During summer I will be updating my gratitude journal as much as I can, with no pressure to do it every week, but instead, to do it whenever something great happens to me or those around me.

The first thing I want to be grateful about is how my summer vacation started, me and my friends hanging out by the pool and then cooking lunch, it was so nice, because we didn’t have any other responsibilities but to have fun. I hope the rest of the summer is just as fun as this first weekend.

I hope you guys have the best summer and come back with the best experiences and stories to share.

Update, June 18th, Father’s day:

Hi everyone, this is my first update on my Summer Gratitude Journal. I’m thankful that I’m lucky enough to have my dad, my grandpa and my stepdad to guide me and support me (and spoil me) whenever I need it. There are all so different, I get to learn from three different points of view, that’s why I’m so cool haha. I’m kidding about being cool (not really) but I’m serious about my lucky self with all the dads.

This first week of summer has been interesting, I was working and for a second there I thought I might be addicted to CIC, but now that I’m home I feel better about leaving everything organized and ready for next year, that way I can really relax and enjoy my free time. I’m thankful for this time and for the months ahead. I’ll keep you posted on all the gratitude.

Update, July 7th 

Summer break has been nice so far. I’m grateful for the time I get to be with my loved ones. Recently I’ve noticed I’m especially grateful about all the things my friends are accomplishing, and the fact that I feel very happy to see that they’re happy. When things get very stressful around me, I can calm down knowing that my friends are ok.

So far, I don’t miss you, but I’m pretty sure that is going to change soon. I hope you are all having an amazing summer.

Update, July 23rd

Hey guys, as summer comes to and end (whyyy???) I’m thinking about everything I could, can and should be grateful for. Things as simple as eating my mom’s famous chocolate cake or hanging out with friends (and my cats) all the time. I’m very grateful I’ve been able to do all the responsible adults things I had to do, read all the books I wanted and more and buy pretty pens and nail polish. I can’t wait for these last weeks of summer to happen, my grandmother and one of my best friends are coming back from their trips and I can’t wait to hang out with them. I promise to myself that I’ll make the most of these last days, I know it will help me go back to school with a clear and happy mind.

I’m still not sure if I miss you, but I’ll see you soon.

Ms. Gaby Di Muro

Happy Summer Break!


You made it to summer!

Congratulations on all of your accomplishments this school year, I wish you a relaxing and fun summer, you deserve it!

I’ll see you in August, in class or around school. And if you are not coming back, I wish you the best and if you need my help I can help you no matter where you are.

Remember to be grateful and enjoy the little things,

Ms. Gaby Di Muro


Gratitude Journal

Hi everyone and welcome to the last week of school!

I’m very grateful I had the opportunity to share so many great things with you over the school year. It was a fun, stressful, crazy, unpredictable, amazing school year, and I’m grateful for the good and the bad.

It was great seeing you change and come a little closer to becoming the amazing people you are going to be. It was nice to meet new students, and sad but exciting to see some of you go. I’m very glad I got to be a part of your lives this school year and I’m very happy you were a part of mine. I have a lot of great stories from this year, like the time me and other teachers danced during a Pep Rally or when we discoved the powers of the heroes of CIC News. I especially loved the dinamic duo day of one of the spirit weeks and participating in the teachers Halloween costume contest.

I can’t wait for another school year of crazy things happening (I’m kidding, I can wait, I need a break!)

See you soon, be awesome

Ms. Gaby Di Muro

Find Your Passion

If you had to describe a “scholar,” what would you say?   You would probably think immediately of a college professor, teaching intricate theories.  Or a wise philosopher, in deep thought, posing questions about our own existence.   However, since scholarship is one of those words we can’t easily define, I turned to the wonderful dictionary.com to look for some answers.  It said:  learning, acquiring knowledge.  I wasn’t satisfied with the result, because honestly, who can write a 5-minute speech about learning? We’re students, we know the drill. So what is a scholar?

Attempting to connect the dots, I thought of Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, both of whom are accredited scholars. But, through my research I found out that neither of them had finished school. So, if it wasn’t education that made them scholars, what did? I realized the one common factor that everyone whom I considered a scholar, has in common: Passion.  So a better question to start off my speech is: what wakes you up every morning?  Apart from your natural instinct of survival?  There’s your answer.

We erroneously associate the word scholar with the mastering of high school subjects and grade point averages.  I have to agree that most things around us are defined by numbers, but who you are cannot be quantified.  Have you ever watched someone talk about something they understand and love? Their eyes twinkle, and it is as if there is no other worry surrounding them. I know this because I have a teacher with whom I share a deep love for space and the origin of life.  He and I could talk for hours about the vast universe that lies above us and how irrelevant the human species is in the cosmic calendar. However, he’s not my astronomy teacher, but that has not been a barrier for him to pursue and exploit that passion of his and become very knowledgeable in that specific subject area.

Because, once you find your passion, no obstacle will be too strong to prevent you from pursuing what you love. You find yourself submerged in the topic of interest, so much that you subconsciously include it in your every day life.

Scholarship is about waking up every morning to do what you love and having the courage to pursue that which inspires you.  Thinking back to the years when it was me sitting in the audience, I remember thinking that whoever was talking about scholarship had never failed.  They were perfect academically and therefore the quintessence of the pillar.

But here I am today talking about scholarship.  I am not perfect, I have experienced failure many times, and sometimes it’s a feeling like being stuck in a hopeless pit.  But the difference is that every time I’ve slipped, I’ve stood up and simply began again, solving one problem after another until I find myself back on track.  It is my love for learning that has pushed me to overcome these obstacles and that same love of learning that guides me to becoming a scholar one day.

I have to say that I was lucky.  I found my passion within the walls of this school, and if it weren’t for science, I’d rely completely in my survival instinct to wake up every morning.  Some students are unable to find their passion within the first years of their lives, and the thought of them being a failure becomes embedded into their minds.  This psychological barrier constrains them from becoming who they could potentially be in the future.  It’s ironic isn’t it?  Here I am talking about scholarship, while also saying that it is okay to not like math or English class.  What is not OK is to disrespect those that do, or to disrespect yourself by putting your distaste towards the subject as an excuse for not trying your best.  Scholarship is also about keeping your doors open to what may inspire you in the future.  It is about choosing to be passionate of whatever you set out to do.  It is about choosing to abandon those predispositions of rejection that limit our horizon.  So today I tell you this: find your passion, and do not be constrained by the walls of this school.  And once you find it, have no shame of showing it off, letting everyone know that that makes you who you are.


Former C.I.C. student, NHS secretary 2016-2017

Gratitude Journal

This week was graduation!

I’m so happy and grateful to see the amazing students of the senior class graduate, it was awesome being able to spend the last two years with them. I’m very grateful that they showed their gratitude to our school, and some of them, to me, it was very special.

I’m grateful about my friends and how I have the opportunity to work on my frienships and make them stronger, and I’m grateful that even when I don’t notice, I’m making new friends.

And on a more serious note, this week I realized that when we have problems, at the time, is hard for us to know why are we having that specific problem, or what have we done to deserve it. This week I learned that one of the reasons we have problems in to learn from them in order to help other who go through the same thing later on. I’m grateful about all the problems, issues and situations I’ve faced in my life and will face during my life, I want to promise myself to always learn from my experiences and know that there is always a reason for everything to happen.

Remember to be grateful, it’s never too much

Gaby Di Muro


What 15 of the Most Successful People in the World Were Doing in Their Teens and Early 20s

For the millennial generation, it can feel almost impossible to stay fit and healthy, maintain a social life, and have your career sorted by the time you hit your 20s.

It’s easy to look at the most successful people in the world and wonder how on earth they got there.

However, while some famous icons knew what they wanted to do and achieved success early on, others took a longer, more twisted journey to get to that point.

They may be rich, famous, or powerful now, but at the age of 20, things — for most — looked a little different.

Scroll down to see how 15 highly successful people got to where they are now, and what life looked for them in their late teenage years and early 20s. You might find you relate to some of their journeys.

J. K. Rowling went to Elephant Fayre festival.

JK Rowling is best known as the genius behind the “Harry Potter” series, but she didn’t come up with the idea for Harry, Ron, and Hermione until she was 25. She struggled to get the book published at first, and couldn’t focus at work, which led to her being fired from Amnesty International.

According the The Daily Mail, Rowling spent her teenage years going to festivals and hitch-hiking around the UK

Bill Gates was busy writing computer code.

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates discovered his love of computers at age 13 while at a prep school in Seattle. There, he wrote computer code for a version of tic-tac-toe, and then met and went into business with Paul Allen, his Microsoft cofounder, according to Biography.com.

Gates attended Harvard University, but then dropped out at age 20 in 1975 to focus on Microsoft, which then made him the world’s richest self-made billionaire.

Jeff Bezos was flipping burgers.

Jeff Bezos, the founder and CEO of Amazon, started his professional career in McDonald’s when he was a teenager. According to Cody Teets, author of “Golden Opportunity: Remarkable Careers That Began at McDonald’s,” he wasn’t very good at it.

Bezos told Teets: “My first week on the job, a five-gallon, wall-mounted ketchup dispenser got stuck open in the kitchen and dumped a prodigious quantity of ketchup into every hard-to-reach kitchen crevice.”

“Since I was the new guy, they handed me the cleaning solution and said, ‘Get going!’ I was a grill man and never worked the cash registers. The most challenging thing was keeping everything going at the right pace during a rush.”

Tina Fey worked at the YMCA.

Tina Fey, the brains behind “Mean Girls” and “30 Rock,” was really into theatre at college, but she didn’t get into comedy writing until years after she graduated.

First, Fey moved to Chicago so she could hang around acting workshops, and in her early 20s she worked as the childcare registrar at a YMCA.

She then joined the improv troupe Second City because she “knew it was where a lot of SNL people started,” according to The New Yorker. She was hired by “Saturday Night Live” producer Lorne Michaels as a writer in 1997.

Warren Buffett was rejected from Harvard.

By the time the world’s most famous investor was 16, he had earned today’s equivalent of $53,000 (£41,000) according to the biography “The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life” by Alice Schroeder. One of Buffett’s first jobs was being a paperboy delivering The Washington Post. He also sold golf balls and stamps, buffed cars, and set up pinball machines in barbershops.

He was rejected from Harvard Business School, but then attended Columbia Business School and worked as an investment salesman, securities analyst, and stockbroker.

Oprah Winfrey worked for a local radio station.

Oprah Winfrey is now one if the most famous talk show hosts, actresses, and producers in the world, but she realised she loved media at age 14 when she moved to Nashville. She found her first job at 16 as a broadcaster for WVOL, a Nashville radio station.

At age 19, as a sophomore at Tennessee State University, Winfrey left school to start her media career. However, she had a bumpy ride into fame after being fired from hosting the 6 p.m. news on Baltimore’s WJZ-TV in 1977.

“I had no idea what I was in for or that this was going to be the greatest growing period of my adult life,” Winfrey told the Baltimore Sun. “It shook me to my very core, and I didn’t even know at the time that I was being shaken.”

Jay-Z was on the rap scene.

Jay Z adopted his rapper name at age 20, but was born as Shawn Corey Carter. He chose the name partly because it was similar to his nickname “Jazzy,” partly as a tribute to his mentor, rapper Jaz-O, and also as a reference to the J/Z subway station near his home in Brooklyn.

For a few years Jay Z was performing alongside other rappers, but he remained fairly anonymous according to Biography.com. Afrizap claims he even sold CDs out of his car. He and two friends, Damon Dash and Kareem Burke, founded Roc-a-Fella Records in 1996, which is when Jay Z started to be recognised as an emerging rap star.

Barack Obama went to Harvard Law School.

The former president lived in Honolulu for most of his childhood. At school he was skilled at basketball, and graduated in 1979 at age 18 with academic honors. He was one of only three black students at the school, Punahou Academy, which is where he became particularly aware of racism and what it meant to be African-American, according to Biography.com.

He then went to Harvard Law School, where he became the first black president of the Harvard Law Review.

Arianna Huffington was president of the Cambridge Union.

In her 20s, co-founder of The Huffington Post and businesswoman Arianna Huffington was studying economics at the University of Cambridge. There, she became the first foreign, and third female, President of the Cambridge Union.

At age 21 she met British journalist Henry Bernard Levin while on a panel for a quiz show. He became her mentor while she wrote “The Female Woman,” which was published when she was 23. She and Levin then travelled the world for a few years together, attending music festivals.

Morgan Freeman was a struggling artist.

Now, Morgan Freeman is one of the most famous and sought after actors in Hollywood. However, it wasn’t always the case. Freeman worked very hard to get to where he is now.

According to Biography.com, he joined the Air Force after high school to become a fighter pilot. Though he loved acting, it wasn’t easy breaking into the industry, and Freeman spent much of his 20s struggling to find anything more than limited success.

Arguably, his career-changing role was in “Driving Miss Daisy,” which he was cast in at 52 years old.

Mark Zuckerberg was building computer programs.

Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg got into building computer programs at a young age. At age 12 he used Atari BASIC — a programming language — to create a messaging program that he called “Zucknet.” In his early teens at high school, Zuckerberg built another program called Synapse which learned your music taste, according to Funders & Founders.Microsoft offered to buy it for $1 million (£772,857), but he declined the offer.

At high school he also learned to read Hebrew, Latin, and Greek, before he was accepted into Harvard University. This is where Facebook was born, after he was approached by the Winklevosse brothers, which Zuckerberg built in a week. He dropped out in his sophomore year to commit all his time to Facebook.

Richard Branson started his first business.

Richard Branson is the founder of the Virgin Group, which owns over 200 companies in more than 30 countries worldwide. He started his first company when he was just 17 years old after dropping out of school at age 16, according to Biography.com.

He struggled with academia, but not with business, and founded youth culture magazine “Student” which sold $8,000 (£6,183) worth of advertising in its first edition.

Two years later, Branson started selling records via mail, which turned into a record store, which then turned into a recording studio called Virgin Records.

Hillary Clinton was at Yale Law School.

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was destined for big things from an early age. She gave the commencement address at her graduation from Wellesley College in 1969 at the age of 22, and later attended Yale Law School.

At University, Clinton worked at the Yale Child Study Center where she took on cases of child abuse at Yale-New Haven Hospital. She also volunteered at New Haven Legal Services which provided legal advice to people who couldn’t afford it.

At 23, she started dating Bill Clinton, and went on to become First Lady of the United States of America.

Andy Murray was doing what he does best.

At age 18, current tennis world number one Andy Murray rose 287 places in the world rankings. He was also starting to grow his hair very long.

“At the start of the year, I said I would be in the top 100 and a lot of people didn’t think I could do it, ” he said at the time, according to The Herald. “But I always thought I would. So I’ve proved a lot of people wrong. Now I’ve been home for a while, I’ve had the chance to look around and see what’s been happening these past few months. I’ve been pretty impressed, and I just hope I can continue that next year.”

Elon Musk was making his own video games.

At age 12, the PayPal, Tesla Motors, and SpaceX founder Elon Musk had written code for a space-based video game called Blastar. In 2015, a software engineer at Google turned it into a working game, according to The Verge.

At age 17, Musk moved to Canada to attend Queen’s University, but then moved to the University of Pennsylvania to study business and physics. After this he pursued a PhD at Stanford University in energy physics, but he dropped out after just two days to become part of the “internet boom” in the 90s.

Lindsay Dodgson