OSS Newsletter: June 2017
Published on Jun 1, 2017 14:44

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  JUNE 2017

Dear Cambridge Community,

The end of the school year is quickly approaching, it is a busy time in our schools with preparing for graduations, student performances and other end of the school year activities. The Office of Student Services is very proud of our students and teachers for their commitment and hard work this school year.
Read more from Dr. Victoria Greer >>

Feedback and the Messages We Send to Our Students
By: Kate Jacobs, Inclusive Instructional Specialist
We become teachers because we love affecting students in a positive way, sending the message they can achieve and be successful. Students need confidence to grow, and learn.  Students needed validation for their efforts, and encouragement to keep working hard. This is building their growth-mindset. Learn more >>

music learning
Music & Learning
By: Christina Gavin, Inclusion Specialist
Did you know that music is one of the most powerful tools for learning? Hear five ways music impacts learning >>

summer services

OSS Summer Services & Programs 2017

Types of Needs Filled by the Program

summer services

11-Month Program
Students who need a longer school year and have a high level of need for predictability, structure, and familiar people and places

Extended Year Services
Students who need comprehensive services (academic tutoring, physical therapy, occupational therapy) during the summer months to combat learning loss and loss of skills

Structured Academics Program
Students who exhibit both internalizing and externalizing behavior that has an adverse impact on their ability to be regulated at school and at home

Extended Year Academic Tutoring
Students with an IEP with demonstrated learning loss over long breaks and the summer, who require individual or small-group sessions but do not require a comprehensive, specialized program.

Learning Disabilities Program
Students who are currently placed in the self-contained Learning Disabilities classroom from grades 3-5 are eligible for this specialized program. Special educators deliver one hour of instruction in Reading, Writing and Mathematics for each student.

Summer Services are Based on Student Needs
Individual Education Programs (IEPs) define the services a student needs to make effective progress at school. While some students' IEPs may include services beyond what is offered directly by OSS, our summer programs and services are designed to respond to students' most common summer programming needs. OSS also offers specially-designed supplement learning experiences for students who do not require summer services but would still benefit from a specialized program.


Parent Support Groups
Time (Daytime Group):
12-1:30PM *1st and 3rd Friday of the Month*
Location: 1 Broadway St, Cambridge 
Time (Evening Group): 6:30-8PM *2nd and 4th Friday of the Month*
Location: 85 Oxford St., Cambridge
More information and registration >>

The dates for Extended School Year (ESY) for the summer of 2017 are as follow: ESY Dates for 11 Month ASD and Special Start Classrooms June 28–July 31, 2017 

The dates for the Comprehensive Program and Services for the summer of 2017 are as follow: June 28–August 3, 2017

Please be aware that there will be no services on July 3 and July 4, 2017 in recognition of the July 4th holiday. 

June 12, 2017 (1 hr)


Cambridge Public Schools
159 Thorndike Street
Cambridge, MA 02139


Dr. Victoria Greer
Assistant Superintendent

Jean Spera

Karyn Grace

Shelagh Kelly-Walker

Desiree Phillips

Nerlande Mintor
Fiscal and Operations Manager



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