Morse Messenger: June 9, 2017
Published on Jun 9, 2017 12:20

June 9, 2017
Science Fair

Morse School Spectacular All School Science Festival

By: Jennifer Lavalle, Instructional Technology Specialist
This year, the Morse School held its annual Science Fair on Thursday, April 27th. Students from all grades explored, investigated, and experimented to create science projects to share with the Morse School community. From the study of animals to space and beyond, our Morse School scientists worked on posters, videos, stop motion animations, models, and more to share their learning. We can't wait for next year!

Go Green Challenge

Morse Defends their Go Green Challenge Title for the Second Year
By: Denise Sullivan, Family Liaison
Back in April, Kristen Middleton, the Sustainability Manager for Cambridge Public Schools asked that every classroom and staff member participate in the Go Green Challenge. The Go Green Challenge is simply a sheet that asks how each classroom recycles and conserves energy. Read more >>


Poetry Contests & Winners
Cambridge Public Library Poetry Contest: May 31st was the awards ceremony and reading for the Cambridge Public Library / Cambridge Tree Project's 19th Annual Poetry Awards. Out of nearly 1,600 poems entered, the Morse School had seven honored poets. Find out who >>

The Coop

Harvard Coop Contest
Special Congratulations to one of our first graders in Ms. Grunes class, Keira Williams. She submitted and won first place from the Harvard Coop for one of her three poems she submitted. Here is her winning poem:

Rain and thunder are just like kids stomping their feet at the park with water falling down a waterfall.
The thunder sounds like popcorn popping and a shark crashing into rocks. Stomping, popping and crashing.
The End

Lost in the Woods; Room B7 Performance
By: Neal Klinman
The name of our Kindergarten B-7 play this year was “Lost In The Woods.” However, the name of our project could easily have been Collaborative Integration in Kindergarten. We had a wonderful performance that combined music, visual arts, theater arts, science, literacy, technology, and dance. Read on >>

Art Show

Morse School Art Show at Gallery 263
By: Aimee Kerr, Morse School Visual Arts Teacher
June has meant lots of art to share! Here's what happened:
The Morse School Art Show was held at Gallery 263 from May 30th - June 3rd. Over 200 works of art were on display, including drawings, paintings, sculptures, and prints. Over 75 students and their families attended the artists' reception! Thank you to all the parents and teachers, and especially Gallery 263 for helping make our 9th annual show a success!


World Orienteering Day
Many of the Morse School’s younger students had the opportunity to participate in World Orienteering Day. Our grade 5 students have learned how to orienteer this year and were able to introduce the younger students in learning how to orienteer. Morse School’s World Orienteering Day site happened conveniently over across the walking bridge at Magazine Beach. Read their reflections of the day >>

Phoenix Landing

Cultural Proficiency Staff Development Part 2: Visiting Local Businesses
By: Sally Dewart, Cultural Proficiency Team Member
As part of our work on cultural proficiency at the Morse, we have been organizing a series of community explorations for the staff. Our objective is to strengthen our understanding of the families who make up our community by hearing a sampling of their stories: how they came to be in Cambridge, their experiences integrating into the community, and their hopes and dreams for their children. This past May, staff met with five business owners in our Cambridge Community. Thank you to our hosts from The Middle East, Phoenix Landing, Brookline Lunch, La Fabrica, and Noca Provisions. We look forward to continuing to support our locally owned businesses!

Hula Hoop

Kindergarten Mind Growing Achievements
At the Morse we encourage all students to have a Growth Mindset. Having a Growth Mindset means knowing that our brains are constantly changing and developing, and believing that we can learn new things through hard work and persistence. Read more >>

District Planning

Latest News on the CPS District Planning Process
Did you attend a Visioning Session or watch the Superintendent's presentation on developing a district plan for CPS? Members of the CPS community are invited to learn and contribute as the planning process continues.

  • Learn about the Planning Team & Visioning Sessions
  • The District Planning Team consists of 31 students, family members, staff members, community partners, school leaders, district leaders, and School Committee members, who are giving their time to design the CPS district plan. Why would such a diverse group of people come together for such a purpose? Learn Why >>
  • Save The Date: Town Hall on the District Plan
    Tuesday, June 13 | 6PM
    Cambridge Rindge and Latin School
    View the Flyer >>
  • Next Steps
    The planning team will present a draft of the District Plan to the School Committee and the community in June. Following review, discussion, and deliberation, the School Committee will vote on the plan.

    Read letter from Superintendent Salim >>

Writing Workshops

FREE Creative Writing Workshops
Free summer writing program for students entering grades 6 - 8. Students will explore writing stories, poetry, and scripts.

Workshop 1: (3 weeks): July 10 - July 28 | 8:30 - 11:30AM
Workshop 2: (3 weeks): July 31 - August 18  | 8:30 - 11:30AM

Questions? Email Janice Tingle or call her at 617.349.7762

Download More Information and the Registration Form >>

math sneaker

Summer Math Enrichment Opportunities! 
Please make sure to check out the summer math offerings for students entering grades 6 - 8. Transportation can be provided for students. The offerings include:

Mathematics Workshops: perfect for students who want to boost grades and enhance their understanding of math. Session 1: July 10 - 28, Session 2: July 31 - August 18. FREE!
Mission Possible: Solve It (Moore Youth Center): perfect for students interested in an interactive Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math exploration. Field trips, hands on activities, and college visits can all be expected. Students can sign up for one week or several weeks. June 26 - August 18. Full day: 8:30 - 6:00 ($150/week); Half days: 12:00- 6:00 ($75/week).

For more information and applications, contact Sara Carhart, the math coach, at [email protected]

Out of School Time Opportunities
*All flyers and registration forms are available at RAUC. Students/families can contact Justin McNulty.

Cambridge Participatory Budgeting (see flyer)
When: June 1 - July 31, 2017
Contact: Justin and Michelle at 617.349.4270 or email us.
Visit the Website
Deadline: August 4, 2017

Beyond the 4th Wall presents: The Lion King
June 15, 16, 17 | 7PM, June 18 | 3PM
Fitzgerald Theater at CRLS
$5 for students and $10 for adults

101 Dalmatians and Other Adventures
Saturday, June 17 | 3PM
Fitzgerald Theater at CRLS
$5 for students and $10 for adults
Beyond the 4th Wall is a Cambridge non-profit that brings the magic of theater and performances to families throughout Cambridge.

Cambridge Youth Gamelan (see flyer)
When: June 26 - June 28
Where: MIT World Music Room (next to the MIT Museum) 265 Massachusetts Ave
Time: 10AM - 1PM
Grades: 3 – 9
Cost: $30 for three classes, processing fee of $3-5 added per session
Contact: Email Us

Free Fun Fridays
85 museums and cultural events, 100% free. Learn more >>

Let's Move, Let's Eat, Let's Read
Cambridge Summer Food Program begins Monday, June 29th through Friday, August 14th. Learn more >>


5th Grade Moving On Ceremony
June 13 | 6 - 7PM

Last Day of School
June 22

Summer Playdate
August 16 | 5 - 6:30PM
Old Morse Park (located between Putnam Ave, Allston St & Brookline St). Bring a picnic and towel for sprinklers (weather permitting).

Back to School Dinner Picnic
September 8 | 6PM
Old Morse Park (located between Putnam Ave, Allston St & Brookline St).
What to Bring: A picnic dinner for your family & a blanket to sit on – don’t have time to figure out what to bring, please note that there are two pizza/sub shops within steps of the park.

The sprinklers should still be running, so if it is a warm night make sure to have your child wear their swim suit and bring a towel.

Morse Calendar >>
District Calendar >>

Garden Rangers


Help take care of the Morse School Garden by signing up to be a Garden Ranger. See the signup table at school for more information.


Here are some 3,2,1 thoughts >>

Read the latest OT/PT Corner newsletter.

Build a Better World

Summer vacation is nearly here! Our students have made significant gains this school year. We want them to continue this excellent progress and avoid the “summer slide” over break. To support student success, the Morse School’s Literacy and Math Leadership Teams have organized some great ways to encourage continued learning over vacation.
Learn more >>

Cambridge in Motion


Cambridge in Motion presents this week's healthy snack of the week suggestion: veggie turkey rollup.



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Did you know that CPS has a mobile app? It's an easy way to stay connected! 
Download it here >>

find it

We are excited to announce that the Find It Cambridge website is up and running. It’s the new online resource that helps families, youth, and those who support them easily find what they are looking for in Cambridge! 
Take a peek >>


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