Message from Superintendent Greer: May 23, 2022

Message from Superintendent Greer: May 23, 2022
Posted on 05/23/2022

Greetings CPS Community!

 

I hope you enjoyed the hot, summer weather over the weekend. It is hard to believe that the school year will be over soon…but before then, there are many exciting end-of-year events and celebrations.

 

We are excited that for the first time in two years, we will return to our annual graduation ceremony events for the Upper Schools, High School and High School Extension Program. Graduation ceremonies will kick off on Wednesday, June 8, when the High School Extension Program will graduate our seniors. The ceremony will be held at the Main Library. CRLS will host its graduation ceremony on Thursday, June 9 at Russell Field and livestreamed on Channel 98. We are excited to celebrate all of our students on this wonderful milestone. To see the full schedule of end-of-year celebrations and graduations, please visit our website.

 

Please note that the Caregiver Equity Summit scheduled for Saturday, June 4 has been canceled. It will be rescheduled for late September or early October.

 

Thank you for your engagement and continued support.

 

Make it Great!

 

Dr. Victoria L. Greer
 


District Plan: Caregivers and Staff Members...We Want to Hear from You!

A reminder to share your feedback on the student-designed Mission, Vision, and Core Values Please share your thoughts by this Wednesday. Following a review and analysis, a final draft will be presented to the School Committee on Tuesday, June 7. Later this month, we will also kick off discussions with the School Committee about the outcomes that will be used to set goals and measure progress towards those goals. We look forward to sharing our progress over the next several weeks.
 


Summer Learning 2022

 

CPS’ robust Summer Program offers students enriching learning experiences, while centering their health and well-being, cultivating relationships and prioritizing equity.

  • Monday, July 11 to Friday, August 5.
  • To learn more about the programs, click here.

DHSP Now Accepting Applications for 2022-2023 Afterschool Programs

The Department of Human Service Programs (DHSP) is accepting applications for their 2022-2023 Community Schools and Cambridge Youth Programs (CYP) Afterschool Program Lotteries!

  • Programs run from September 2022 – June 2023. Program cost is based on family income
  • Community Schools Afterschool Programs are open to Cambridge children entering Junior Kindergarten – 5th grade in September 2022. Learn more and apply – www.cambridgema.gov/CommunitySchools
  • CYP Pre-Teen / Middle School Programs are open to Cambridge children entering 4th – 8th grade in September 2022. Tuition is free for middle schoolers! Learn more and apply – www.cambridgema.gov/cambridgeyouthprograms

This new timeline and lottery application process allows DHSP staff to let families know about their children’s afterschool placements in the beginning of summer, giving families more time to plan before school starts in September.

 

If you have questions, you can contact DHSP at 617-349-6200 or [email protected].
 

BRYT Program Featured on WBZ!

We are incredibly proud of the meaningful work of our Bridge for Resilient Youth (BRYT). Ashley Sitkin, the

program’s social worker, 9th grader Naejaliehs Pierre, 10th Grader Staydjina Bazile and Paul Hyry-Dermith,

the director of BRYT at the Brookline Center for Community Mental Health, were all featured on WBZ last

week as a part of their“It Happens Here” series, which focused on mental health awareness.

 

Watch the story here!
 


At-Home Testing: You Can Still Opt In!

Students and staff members who opt in can rapid test at home weekly.

 

HIGHLIGHTS OF AT-HOME RAPID TESTING PLAN:

  • ANY student or staff member can participate in the new at-home rapid testing program regardless of vaccination status.
  • The testing program is VOLUNTARY. Opt-in through the CPS Family Portal.
  • Individuals will receive a kit every 2 weeks; each kit will contain 2 tests and instructions for using the self-test.

For more information, visit www.cpsd.us/covid19/covidtesting.
 


COVID Updates

Following ongoing discussions with the Cambridge Public Health Department and the Health, Safety, and Facilities Working Group, we continue to review and update our COVID protocols to reflect current conditions. As updates are made, we will notify the CPS community in a timely manner.

**Please note that these updates are subject to further changes as conditions evolve.**


Mask Advisory

 

As a reminder, we continue to recommend our entire school community mask, particularly when we are indoors. We will continue to monitor the trends and make determinations based on the data and in collaboration with the Cambridge Public Health Department.
 


Caught Doing Good

Baldwin Crossing Guard Honored with MA Crossing Guard of the Year Award

 

Last Thursday, the Baldwin School’s crossing guard, Frantz Antoine, was awarded the Massachusetts Crossing Guard of the Year Award! Frantz, a fixture in the Baldwin community, has been the crossing guard for 24 years. He is a reliable and dedicated unsung hero of the Baldwin community, ensuring the safety of our students, families, and staff members every day.

 

Rachel McCafferty of the Massachusetts Safe Routes to School Program presented Frantz with the award. The Cambridge Police Department was there to show their support too!

 

Congratulations Frantz! Thank you for your continued service!

 


 

Cambridge School Volunteers to Recognize Amigos Teacher for Service

 

Cambridge School Volunteers will honor Ms. Melisa Paulino with the Kenneth S. Neal Award recognizing Ms. Paulino’s commitment and dedication to the Learning Center Program, the students and the volunteers.

 

Join us in congratulating Ms. Paulino for her years of partnership with CSV!

 


 


Are you proud of something happening in your school, classroom or program? Share your

“Caught Doing Good” story with [email protected].
 

Featured Events

English Learner Parent Advisory Council (ELPAC)

 

ELPAC is composed of parents and guardians of students who are English Learners or former English Learners.

 

Among ELPAC’s responsibilities is meeting regularly with school and district leaders to participate in the planning and development of programs to improve educational opportunities for English learners.

 

Wednesday, May 25 | 5 - 6PM

Cambridge Rindge and Latin School cafeteria, 459 Broadway

Dinner and childcare provided
 


1st Ever Community Pride Day

 

The FIRST EVER CPS Community Pride Day will bring together Cambridge students, families, educators and community members to celebrate queerness, queer identities and the LGBTQIA+ community. Come celebrate pride with the Cambridge community!

 

Featuring:

  • Special Guest: Ericka Hart
  • Workshops for students grades 6-12
  • Free LGBTQ books at book fair
  • Snacks will be provided.
  • Decorate a flag cookie

Friday, June 10 | 3:30 - 6:30PM

Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, 459 Broadway
 


Vassal Lane Presents Stories of Persecution and Perseverance

 

The 7th graders at the Vassal Lane Upper School invite you to attend a curriculum as a culmination to a

semester of research. Students will be performing original monologues as the people they have researched

during the Stories of Persecution and Perseverance unit of study.

 

Wednesday June 15 | 6:00 - 8:30PM

The event will be held at the school, located at 158 Spring Street.

 

*Student performances are scheduled throughout the evening. You are welcome to attend the event at any

time, for any length of time to catch performances.
 


School Calendar

CPS 2021-22 School Calendar

CPS 2022-23 School Calendar

All Schools and Admin Offices Closed:

  • Monday, May 30 | Memorial Day
  • Monday, June 20 | Juneteenth (Observed)
  • Wednesday, June 29 | Last Day of School-Early Release for All Grades

In Case You Missed It: Key Resources

2022-23 JK/K Registration: The lottery is closed for the 2022-23 school year; If you are interested in registering your child, visit our registration webpage for more information.

May Lunch Menu: Week 4 (May 23 - May 27)

COVID-19 Testing/At-Home Weekly Testing Forms: Log in to the Family Portal

Free Internet for Qualifying Families: Comcast’s Internet Essentials Program


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