Summer 2020 Opportunities & Resources

Summer 2020 Opportunities & Resources
Posted on 06/05/2020
Dear CPS families, 

Below you’ll find an update on CPS Summer Opportunities and Resources. More details can be found online at www.cpsd.us/summer.

In the Mail: Summer Books
Summer reading is an important part of reducing summer learning loss, providing a foundation for student success, and instilling a joy of reading. This summer, to improve access to summer books, CPS will be mailing new books home to families. Students in rising grades K - 8 will receive “Scholastic Book Packs” that include culturally relevant authentic texts that reflect students’ interests, spark imagination, and keep them on their path to becoming lifelong readers. Some Upper Schools Students will receive summer reading books chosen by their schools.

On the Web: Summer Learning Resources
The CPS Summer Learning website (www.cpsd.us/summer) will include resources and activities for all students and families to access.

CPS Summer Learning Programs
All CPS summer learning programs will be conducted virtually.

Elementary Summer Learning Support Program: The Elementary Summer Learning Support Program, offered online, will provide eligible children in grades JK-5 with targeted learning support in Reading and/or Math. Students will also have a supported opportunity to connect with their peers via playful group activities that build community and belonging. Summer Learning Support will be in session from July 6 – July 31. Families of eligible students will receive an email application by Monday, June 8.

Upper School - Creative Writing & Summer Reading: The upper school Creative Writing and Summer Reading Program is designed for students entering grades 6 - 8 who are interested in expanding their experiences with writing beyond academic writing or interested in becoming immersed in summer reading. This is a four-week program (July 6 - July 31), which will run 9AM - 12Noon, including live virtual sessions and independent activities. Register online or contact Waleska Alves at walves@cpsd.us or 617.349.6683.

Upper School - CPS Summer Morning Math: The upper school morning math program is designed for students entering grades 6 - 8 who enjoy math, logic, and problem solving, want to boost their grades and enhance their understanding and confidence in math, and are interested in discovering the beauty of mathematics. This is a four-week program (July 6 - July 31), which will run 9AM - 12Noon, including live virtual sessions and independent activities. Register online or contact Waleska Alves at walves@cpsd.us or 617.349.6683.

Upper School - August Ramp-Up Programs: CPS’s Upper Schools are planning opportunities later in the summer to help students transition back to school. As we learn more about options for in-person gatherings, schools will share information with families about these opportunities.

Mentor/Tutor Match Up: The new Mentor/Tutor Match Up program is for rising 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students recommended by educator teams. Virtual tutoring opportunities are available between July 13th - August 14th. Dates and times will be coordinated with the student/ family and matched with the pool of available tutors. The registration form will launch on Monday, June 8. In the meantime, questions can be directed to Deborah Barros in the Office of the Deputy Superintendent at dbarros@cpsd.us.

HSEP Summer: The new HSEP summer program is for rising 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade HSEP students recommended by educator teams. The program will take place virtually from June 22 to July 31, Monday through Thursday from 9AM - 11AM and 12PM - 2PM. Students will receive a registration form with suggested courses for summer based on counselor recommendations. For more information, contact school clerk Ashley Goodwin at agoodwin@cpsd.us.

CRLS Freshman Academy:
All rising 9th grade students interested in learning more about transitioning to the high school experience are invited to join the CRLS Freshman Academy, which will take place virtually from July 6 - to July 31 from 9AM - 12PM. Students and families will be notified of opportunities to enroll by CRLS administrators. Direct questions to Yemisi Oluwole.

Cambridge Harvard Summer Academy: The Cambridge Harvard Summer Academy is designed for rising 10th, 11th, and 12th students in need of credit recovery and remediation. The program will take place virtually from July 6 to July 31, as a virtual learning experience from 9AM - 12PM. Eligible students will be contacted and enrolled by their guidance counselor. Direct questions to your child’s Learning Community Guidance Counselor.

Summer Preview - ELA: All rising 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th students are welcome to enroll in this virtual learning experience which will take place over three sessions: a 2-week AP Literature course, a 2-week AP Language course, and a 2-week ELA 9 course. Times and dates to be finalized soon. Students and families will be notified of opportunities to enroll in various classes by the Dean of Curriculum in the department. Contact your child’s Guidance Counselor or Dean of Curriculum Jennifer Hamilton, jhamilton@cpsd.us, for more information.

CRLS Summer Math Preview Program (MPP): For rising 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade CPS students identified by CRLS as being part of a population who have historically experienced racial or economic marginalization. Students and families will be notified of opportunities to enroll in the various classes. This summer, the MPP will be presented as a virtual learning experience. Two-week preview courses will be offered for the following Honors and Advanced Placement classes: Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, MultiVariable, Statistics, & Computer Science. Dates and times to be finalized soon. For more information, contact your child’s Guidance Counselor or Dean of Curriculum for Mathematics, Siobahn Mulligan.

AP History Skills: All rising 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th students are welcome to enroll in this 2-week virtual learning experience. Dates and times to be finalized soon. Students and families will be notified of opportunities to enroll in various classes by the Dean of Curriculum in the department. Contact your child’s Guidance Counselor or Dean of Curriculum, Tanya Milner, tmilner@cpsd.us. Register online >>

Rise Up: The Rise Up program is a 4-week program for rising 9th graders identified by Upper School educator teams to help prepare them for a successful start to high school. Rise Up will take place virtually from July 6 - July 31, from 8AM - 12PM. Students will be notified of their eligibility. For more information, contact Rob Kelley, rkelley@cpsd.us, or Laura Chirocosta, lchiricosta@cpsd.us.

Additional programs: CPS is also offering summer programs hosted by the Office of Student Services and the Office of English Language Learners. CPS has communicated directly with families of eligible students.

Mayor's Summer Youth Employment Program (MSYEP) 2020
Today, the Office of Workforce Development launched applications for the Mayor's Summer Youth Employment Program, which offers summer jobs to Cambridge teens. Summer 2020 will be a mix of online meetings and personal project-based activities. Find more information and apply here.

Beyond CPS: Additional Summer Opportunities
Of course, there are many other summer opportunities in Cambridge. To find summer camps and other opportunities for your child use Find It Cambridge, call/text 617.686.2998, or email info@finditcambridge.org. Programs are continuing to update their opportunities based on the recent state guidelines, so check back often!

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