From the Superintendent: November Update
Published on Nov 20, 2017 10:42

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Dear CPS Community,

As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, I think about the many reasons that we in CPS have to be thankful. Our school system is fortunate to have the resources to continually learn and grow as an organization. We are also fortunate to be part of a wider community that produces opportunities that are hard to imagine anywhere else.

In this newsletter you will read about just a few of the amazing programs that students can benefit from in our schools. 
As you read this newsletter or click through to the stories on our website, I hope you will share in this feeling of gratitude and appreciation for all that's remarkable about our school system. 

Among the many reasons to be thankful, I am thankful for you, the members of the CPS community.
For the part you play in realizing our vision of rigorous, joyful, and culturally responsive learning with personalized support for each and every student, I thank you.

Kenneth N. Salim, Ed.D.  


Harvard Teaches Upper Schoolers to Think Spatially About Astronomy

An exciting partnership between Harvard University and the CPS Science Department has created a true win-win for students and science education researchers alike.

Based on the premise that those who enter STEM (Science Technology, Engineering, and Math) careers have stronger spatial thinking skills, the program immerses students in 3-D modeling of astronomical concepts that are easily misunderstood when represented in the flat diagrams found in textbooks.

ThinkSpace (Thinking Spatially about the Universe- A Physical and Virtual Laboratory for Middle School Science), which has now been implemented in CPS Upper Schools, was recently profiled in the Harvard Gazette.

Read the Gazette Story >>

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Carpentry Students Build Rooms
and Make Headlines
The Rindge School of Technical Arts, the technical education and training program at our high school, offers unique opportunities for students to explore their passions and shape their own futures.

The online edition of The Cambridge Chronicle recently shared one of RSTA's recent successes: the transformation of The Foundry building in East Cambridge into a site for public safety and law enforcement trainings.

Read the profile of the RSTA Carpentry Program and learn more about this project in The Cambridge Chronicle >>

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WCVB-5 Spotlights Cambridge as a Model
Channel 5 has just completed an investigative report into the relationship between Massachusetts school districts and their local police departments. Channel 5's Mike Beaudet profiled Cambridge as a model of successful collaboration that aims to stabilize students and families rather than criminalizing young people. 

The investigative report credits Cambridge's Safety Net Collaborative as the reason behind starkly lower rates of arrests on school property than can be found in other urban school districts. Safety Net brings together representatives from Cambridge schools, mental health, human service, and law enforcement agencies to coordinate prevention, intervention and support services that foster positive youth development and keep students out of the juvenile justice system. Read the rest of this story & watch the video >>  Eric Cornell

Nobel Laureate Illuminates Stone Cold Science at CRLS

On Tuesday, September 26, CRLS students had the opportunity to hear a lecture by Nobel Laureate Dr. Eric Cornell. Dr. Cornell, who attended CRLS during the late 1970’s and MIT during the 1980’s, shared a witty and thought-provoking lecture on the concepts involved in his research into the coldest materials in the universe, Bose-Einstein condensates.

This research was honored with a Nobel Prize for Physics in 2001. 
Read the rest of the story >>

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King Open & CSUS Construction Update
Construction is well underway on a new campus that will include King Open School, Cambridge Street Upper School, a DHSP Community School and Afterschool program, a new Valente Branch Library, the Gold Star Pool, and Cambridge Public Schools administrative offices. 

According to the project website, the new complex will be designed to improve traffic patterns around the school buildings and also improve visibility and access to Donnelly Field and the Frisoli Center. 

Design renderings for the school portions of project were released over the summer, and demolition of the site at 850 Cambridge Street is now complete.

Construction is expected to take a total of four years and t
he project is slated to be completed in time for the opening of school in September 2019. 

View more architectural renderings >>

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Did You Get Our Text?
CPS has recently launched a new service that will allow you to receive emergency alerts via text message. 
Current CPS families should have received a text message from 675-87 on Monday, October 30th, inviting you to opt in.

If you did not receive the text, please contact the school so they can check your student's record. You may opt in to this service by responding to that text at any time, or text 675-87 to subscribe.

As a reminder, please check with your wireless carrier to determine any possible costs related to text messaging. CPS does not reimburse for any charges associated with sending or receiving text messages.

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Rigorous, Joyful, 
and Culturally 
Responsive Learning 
+ Personalized Support Builds Postsecondary Success and Engaged Community Members
About Our District Plan>>

In the Spotlight...


Have you heard about the Cambridge Educators Design Lab? This exciting new resource uses design thinking to unleash the creative problem-solving potential of educators and other members of the CPS community.
Read the recent profile of the dLab on Medium >>

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Learn the latest about the high school's effort to make technology universally accessible to students by deploying a Chromebook to every 9th Grader, in the online edition of the
Register Forum >> 

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Did you know that CPS has been recognized as a leader in protecting student data and educating students, staff and families about data privacy and online safety? 
Learn More Now >>

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Research has shown that mindfulness techniques are beneficial to learning, stress-management, and emotional well-being. Many CPS schools provide mindfulness programs during the school day or as special workshops for students, staff, or families. 

Below are two upcoming opportunities to learn more about mindfulness: an English-language family information night and an ongoing Spanish-language workshop series.

Upcoming Events & Important Dates

JK-8 Early Release Day November 22

No School: Thanksgiving
November 23 - 24

Conciencia Plena
November 27 7 - 8:30PM
Escuela Amigos
Learn More >>

Parent Information Session on Mindfulness
November 28, 2017
7 - 
Baldwin School
Learn More >>

School Committee Meeting
December 5 | 6PM 
Dr. Henrietta S. Attles Meeting Room at CRLS
Website >>

CRLS A Capella Jam
December 9 | 7PM
CRLS Fitzgerald Theatre 
CRLS Events >>

Conciencia Plena
December 11 | 7 - 8:30PM
Escuela Amigos
Learn More >>

Online Events Calendar>> 
Year-In-View Calendar >>
CRLS Year-In-View >>

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