Greer Gazette: June 20, 2023

Greer Gazette: June 20, 2023
Posted on 06/20/2023

Greetings CPS Community…

Happy last week of school! Each year, the last few days are filled with energy, excitement, and reflection on the school year that is coming to a close.

I want to thank our students, families, and staff who make our district a wonderful place to work. Over the last year, we have celebrated proud milestones… and persevered through challenges.

At the beginning of the next school year, we will unveil our new motto that reflects our shared commitment to ensuring that all of our scholars receive a high-quality education that prepares them for a successful future. We can’t wait to share it with you!

But first… I hope you savor the summer sunshine and make many special memories with your families and friends.

If you have a question over the summer, please see our list of contacts that may be helpful to you while our school buildings are closed. (አማርኛ عربي বাংলা Kreyòl ayisyen Español)

Make it Great… I’ll see you in September!

Dr. Victoria L. Greer


New Staff

Samantha Headley Named Interim Principal & Kristin Allison Named Interim Assistant Principal for 2023-2024 School Year
Congratulations to Samantha Headley and Kristin Allison, who have been named Interim Principal and Interim Assistant Principal, respectively, of the Morse School.

We have no doubt Ms. Headley and Ms. Allison will provide stability, leadership, and support to the Morse School community during this time of transition. We look forward to supporting them as they lead the Morse School together.

To read the full announcement, visit our website.

School Council Virtual Training

As we begin making preparations for the new school year, our Office of Family Engagement is excited to offer a webinar for current School Council members and those interested in joining a School Council. The virtual session will be led by our Director of Family Engagement, Mr. Ray Porch.

The training will be recorded and available to all schools as a resource. The webinar will also be posted on our website.

Summer Learning Resources
Summer LearningWe know that learning happens all summer long in a variety of ways! Visit our website for some additional at-home and in-person resources to help families engage in learning opportunities while enjoying all of the fun and relaxed routines that the warm weather brings.

Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 Online Budget
We are excited to share that our FY 2024 Online Budget is now available! The FY 2024 budget provides funding for the school district from July 1, 2023 through June 30, 2024. To begin browsing budget information for our schools and departments, click here.

Mental Health

Mental Health Summer Resources

Our school community has a collective responsibility to uplift, respect, and care for one another inside and outside of the classroom. This includes over the summer months when school is out. Join us in standing against hate in all of its forms 365 days a year.

Please watch the video above to learn more about mental health resources available to you if you need support over the summer.

CPS Hiring Corner

Cambridge Public Schools is seeking to hire talented education professionals for positions including Administrators, Teachers, Instructional Aides, and Substitutes for the 23-24 School Year! We look forward to recruiting and hiring excellent educators to join our school communities this fall!

Apply to the Cambridge Police Cadet Program

The Cambridge Police Department is looking for applicants for its next Cadet class, which is scheduled to begin this fall. The program is designed for people with an interest in serving the community and potentially pursuing a career in policing.

  • Anyone ages 18-23 who lives in Cambridge is eligible.
  • Cadets receive competitive hourly wage, 37.5 hours/week, strong benefits, and vacation time.
  • The deadline to apply is next Friday, June 30.
  • Questions? Contact [email protected]

Cambridge Preschool Program Coming in SY24-25

The Cambridge Preschool Program (CPP) is a publicly-funded program and a joint partnership between the City of Cambridge, the Department of Human Service Programs, and Cambridge Public Schools.

  • It will provide free preschool to the families of all 4-year-olds and some 3-year-olds.

  • CPP will replace our current Junior Kindergarten-Kindergarten Lottery for the 2024-2025 School Year.

  • A child is eligible if they live in Cambridge and are:

    • 4 years old byAugust 31, 2024for 4-year-old programs; or

    • 3 years old byAugust 31, 2024for 3-year-old programs (please note there will be limited seats for 3-year-olds and there may be additional eligibility requirements)

  • The single, centralized online application will open inwinter 2023/2024.

    • A paper application will be available.

This list of Frequently Asked Questions (አማርኛ|عربي|বাংলা|Kreyòl ayisyen|Españolmay answer key questions you have about CPP.


Elementary Math Equity Lab
The Office of Equity, Inclusion & Belonging, the Design Lab, and the Math Department teamed up this year to engage K - 5 educators in a Design Challenge focused on the question: How might we disrupt racial inequity in elementary math classrooms and the related systems?

This year, there were 3 Math Equity Labs: one open to all Elementary School teachers, one for the Elementary Math Specialists (Interventionists), and one at the Baldwin School. Participants came up with a problem related to racial inequity and math identity and achievement, and crafted a design question aligned with that problem. They, then, designed and tried out a prototype connected to the problem they identified. Last week, Equity Lab members shared their prototypes, reflections, and learning with math coaches, school leaders, and other educators in a conversation about math and equity.

Read more about the Math Equity Lab's exciting work here.

Math Equity Lab

Students’ Civic Action Projects Recognized by the State
We are proud to share that three of our students were recognized at the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s (DESE) Civics Showcase for their Civic Action Projects. DESE gave out eight awards, and CPS won two of them. Congratulations to the students and educators who supported their work!

Adam Asekkour (pictured left below), a student at Putnam Avenue Upper School, received the Research and Investigation Award for his project titled, Affordable Housing in Cambridge.

Nayissa Jean-Michel and Yamirah Trinidad (pictured right below), both CRLS students, took home the Planning for Impact Award for their project, Seeing Ourselves in History: Advocating for African American Studies.

Civic Action

Kylee Bernard…A Lasting Athletic Legacy
There are not many who have done it better. Kylee Bernard leaves a legacy in the history of Cambridge Athletics. A storied history of student athletes, including one of the NBA’s 50 greatest players of all time, several NCAA Champions, Olympians, etc. Kylee has edged out her place in that history and is ranked 2nd among the most decorated Cambridge Student Athletes of all time! Read more about Kylee’s extraordinary accomplishments here.

K. Bernard

Girls Division 2 Ultimate Frisbee Champions
The Falcons took the Division 2 Championship winning the final over city line rival Somerville 5-3! Cambridge finished with a 20-0 Season Record against Division 2 competition.


Both Crew Teams Clinch State Title for 3rd Straight Season
Our Boys and Girls Crew Teams are Massachusetts Public School Rowing Association State Champions (MPSRA) for the third straight season! Both teams retained the Fours- All Points Team State Championship trophies!


Spirit Award Winners
Please join us in congratulating our Girls Ultimate team, which was recently awarded the 2022 Season Spirit Award for Division 2 Girls Ultimate in Massachusetts. The spirit award is voted on by opposing teams and based on five categories: mutual respect, fair play/rules knowledge, body control, communication and joy of play. Coach Erik Sebesta says it is a difficult award to win, especially for a new team with limited rules knowledge and a winning record.

Spirit Award

Key Resources

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