CRLS Underwater Robotics Team Wins National Championship for Second Year
The 2004 Underwater Robotics Team at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School took first place in the recent Third Annual National Student ROV Competition in Santa Barbara, CA. They competed in the "Ranger" class with high school and college robotics teams from around the nation and Canada. Graduating seniors Eddy Huo, Chris Grouard and Cyrus Katrak along with junior Clara Stefanov-Wagner defended last year's first place win with a robot they redesigned after coming in third place in the regional competition. Led by marine biology teacher, Paul McGuinness, the group worked hard after school to create an outstanding machine.
The robot was actually a connected set of machines named "Snoopy" and" Woodstock" and it was the overall winner with the highest score in the Ranger Class in this competition organized by the Marine Advanced Technology Education Center and the Marine Technology Society's ROV - Remotely Operated Vehicles - Committee. The event challenge participants to a series of realistic science and exploration tasks set on "Mystery Reef" and patterned after actual underwater missions taking place in NOAA's National Marine Sanctuaries.
The Cambridge Public School district is celebrating several outstanding achievements by Cambridge Rindge and Latin Students during the past school year with an outdoor information campaign. A billboard featuring a photo of last year's underwater robotics team is available for all to see on Massachusetts Avenue near MIT (who the team beat last year) in Central Square, across the street from "The Miracle of Science" restaurant.
Monday, May 3, 2004
All-City Music Groups Bring Home the Gold from the Great East Music Festival
Saturday May 1, 2004 the Elementary All-City Chorus (grades 5 - 8) and Jazz Ensemble (grades 6-8) participated in the Great East Music Festival in West Springfield, MA. The two groups performed individually in front of two adjudicators, and on completion of their performance received GOLD PLAQUES.
The philosophy of Great East Festivals is to serve as a support system for music performance groups. Their criterion for musical and educational experiences is of the highest caliber. The festival is geared to the needs of the students and music teachers.
Great East events are non-competitive and geared to musical organizations of all sizes, grades, and ability levels. The adjudicators take into consideration rehearsal schedules – one day per week or more, in school or after school, elective or selective. No matter what size the group may be, the Festival is an excellent opportunity for the students to perform in a non-threatening, adjudicative setting.
Each group is judged by two music professionals. The directors of the groups receive taped comments as well as score sheets. The end of the group performance is followed by one of the judges addressing the students and giving them a formative verbal evaluation, and on occasion performing parts of their selections to work on dynamics or articulation. Clinicians offer the students suggestions for growth and improvement, as well as fostering a feeling of accomplishment and well-being.
The Cambridge groups meet after school once a week. They travel from their elementary schools to the Cambridge Rindge Latin School for practice. Says Acting Assistant Director of Music, James Smith, “Our students performed well, and we also give a lot of credit for their success to their teachers: Gretchen Preneta is the director of the All-City Chorus, and Patrick Wroge and Garo Saraydarian are the directors of the All-City Jazz Ensemble."
Tuesday, April 27, 2004
CRLS Teacher Barbara Dorritie Receives 2004 Amgen Award for Science Teaching Excellence
CRLS Principal Sybil Knight, SLC 2 Dean of Curriculum Reza Namin, Science Department Coordinator Melanie Barron and 2004 Amgen Award for Science Teaching Excellence Recipient, Barbara Dorritie
Ms. Barbara Dorritie, a science teacher at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School (Small Learning Community 2), in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has been named a recipient of the 2004 Amgen Award for Science Teaching Excellence. Amgen, a pioneer biotechnology company headquartered in Thousand Oaks, California has recognized outstanding science teachers for the past fourteen years. This year Amgen awarded the Award for Science Teaching Excellence to Cambridge Public School District teacher Barbara Dorritie and a second award winner from Boston. Ms. Dorritie is being recognized for her exemplary contribution to the science education of CPSD students, and for her distinguished career of dedication and accomplishment in science teaching. Dr. Melanie Barron, Cambridge Science Coordinator, nominated Ms. Dorritie for this Award.
Ms. Dorritie teaches Physics First! and Biology at CRLS, is a co-coach of the CRLS Science Olympiad Team, and conducts research with her students in the sustainable use of energy resources, supported by the Laboratory for Environmental Energy at MIT and the Massachusetts Environmental Trust. The Amgen Award for Science Teaching Excellence includes a $10,000 prize that will be presented to Ms. Dorritie on Thursday, May 13th, 2004 in Providence, Rhode Island, accompanied by Dr. Sybil Knight, principal of Cambridge Rindge and Latin School.
Tuesday, April 6, 2004
More Kudos for Commercial Design Students
Commercial Design 2 students Lena Groeger ('04) and Hummy Song ('04) were recognized for re-designing the Massachusetts Spina Bifida Society logo. Both students worked as a team on the design. The MSBS awarded them with $75 Gift Cards from Barnes & Noble. The MSBS was so pleased with the design they are recommending the logo to the National Organization proposing they adopt it as the new national logo.
The new logo design will be featured at the 2004 Boston Marathon on a banner and on the t-shirt worn by the MSBS. In addition to designing the logo, Hummy & Lena will design 50 buttons for the marathon, an interface design for thier website, and letterhead, business card and envelope design for the association.
Friday, February 13, 2004
RSTA Students Win in SkillsUSA State Leadership & Skills Competition
Rindge School of Technical Arts announced today that students in the Commercial Design class taught by Michele Maxwell have won 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in the SkillsUSA State T-shirt Design Competition.
Lena Groeger's winning design
LENA GROEGER (’04) placed 1st in the State T-shirt Competition. The T-shirt design will be produced and worn as the Official Massachusetts SkillsUSA Championships Competitor Tshirt at the Massachusetts SkillsUSA-VICA State Leadership & Skills Conference. Lena will receive a free trip to the 3-day State Conference (April 29th – May 1st) where she will be honored and acknowledged. Lena also placed 3rd in the State Pin Design Competition.
Krishana House ('06) placed 2nd in the State T-shirt Competition. Nina Berg ('06) placed 3rd in the State T-shirt Competition. Karishma Khalifa ('06) placed 2rd in the State Pin Competition.
Tuesday, February 10, 2004
CRLS Students Win Boston Globe Scholastic Art Awards
The Boston Globe Scholastic Art Awards are given to top quality student artists across the State of Massachusetts. Gold key winners and Portfolio nominees go on to national judging in New York City. An exhibit is held of the Masachusetts gold and silver key winners at the State Transportation Building in Boston, which is accessible whenever the building is open, including evenings and weekends. The exhibit continues until Feb. 22, 2004.
CRLS Winners: Nina Alexander (N), Julia Asherman (SK), Daniel Baxter (HM), Dara Bayer (N), Julian Chippendale (HM), Alexander Ezorsky-Lie (HM), Zoe French (HM), Cristina Groeger (N), Kailah Hayden-Karp (HM), John Headley-Soto (HM), Elechi Kadete (GK), Na-Uhn Lee (SK), Marco Locicero (N), Max Martin (SK), Peter Patack (HM), Jawann Swislow (SK)
Monday, February 9, 2004
RSTA Students Win Major NASA Competition
Students at Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School Win NASA Space Flight Opportunities Competition
CRLS today announced that students in Dr. Angela Zapata's Biotechnology class have been selected in the NASA Student Involvement Programs' (NSIP) 2003-2004 competition to fly their team's experiment aboard the Space Shuttle.
Jeffrey DeMartin (‘05), Connor Epsteinkraus (‘06), Anthony Lewis (‘04), Christopher Nelson (‘04), Jessica Scotland (‘06), and Kaitlyn Webster (‘04) are being honored for their work on the EFFECTS OF COSMIC RADIATION ON THE ELECTRICAL PROPERTIES OF ELECTROPHORETIC BUFFERS. Their experiment will measure changes in the conductivity of electrolytic buffers as they get exposed to cosmic radiation during a Space Shuttle flight.
Nip is NASA's national program of competitions for students in kindergarten - grade 12. Cambridge Rindge and Latin's team is one of only four teams selected to prepare their Shuttle experiment during the 2004 SEM Student Flight Week.
Last year, over 3,500 students submitted more than 1,200 research projects for the six NSIP competitions which are Space Flight Opportunities, Design a Mission to Mars, My Planet Earth, Watching Earth Change, Science and Technology Journalism, and Aerospace Technology Engineering Challenge.
Student entries are judged at NASA Centers by teams of scientists, engineers, educators, journalists, and other professionals. The team (one teacher and up to four students) will travel to the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia in June to prepare their experiment to fly aboard the Space Shuttle.