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Family Tree Project

Dear CSS Families,

Building up to the school’s centennial celebration in 2013, the Family Tree Project commemorates the significance of CSS’s community to you and your family over time, or just this summer if you are joining us for the first time. This activity is meant to generate an informal conversation with your children about CSS that can occur after school, at the beach, at the dinner table, or in the car with parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles.

The accompanying form is available to help create your own CSS family tree. If you would like to participate, please complete, or have your child fill out, the form as a final product of this discussion by recording the names of those who have attended, volunteered, or worked at the school over its one hundred year history. If your child is participating, you should have them record their name towards the top of the form as the most recent generation of your family to participate in CSS. Each child in your family may complete their own tree, or they can work together to create one. Make a copy for your records and return the original to CSS. The completed forms will be maintained in the school’s archives. Have fun!

Some questions to consider:

  • Which family members attended CSS? Were/are they employed in science? Doing what?
  • Which family members worked as instructors, assistants, or runners, and when?
  • Which family members served as board members or committee members, and when?
  • Does your family have old photographs, drawings, mementoes, or other ephemera of historical significance to CSS such as shell, or butterfly collections, or biological illustrations that were made in class? Would you be willing to donate them to CSS’s archives, lend them, or have them photographed for CSS purposes?