From the Superintendent: April 2018 Update
Published on Apr 13, 2018 14:56

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Investing In Our Vision

Dear CPS Community,

It is hard to believe that April vacation is here and that we are finally seeing spring-like weather today!

I am pleased to report that on April 3, the School Committee passed a balanced budget that will be considered for adoption by the City Council next month. The budget was shaped by the strategic objectives of our District Plan, including:

Equity and AccessEquit
y & Access: Expanding on the success of the Leveling Up program at CRLS; enhancing our 7th Grade math program to provide personalized support and multiple pathways in heterogeneous classrooms; and investing in teacher diversity and cultural proficiency.

Engaging LearningEngaging Learning: Solidifying our commitment to the Educator Design Lab, piloted this past year; and increasing student access to technology and the number of opportunities for students to enroll in computer science courses at the high school.

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Whole Child: Further investment in Social Emotional Learning through expanded staffing and professional learning; and strengthening the guidance program at the high school.

partnershipsPartnerships: Bolstering family engagement efforts by bringing the staffing of our elementary school liaisons up to 30 hours per week (the length of a full school day); and adding halftime community and family partnership liaisons at our Upper Schools.  

improvement Progress Monitoring: Additional staffing to support practices of self-study and improvement that can shape our growth as a learning organization.

I would like to thank everyone who shared your comments and feedback during the budgeting process. Our success as an organization will depend on our willingness to come together around our shared commitment to successful outcomes for all students.

I wish you the best for an enjoyable April vacation.

Kenneth N. Salim, Ed.D.  


Meet the CPS Program Manager for Diversity Development
“We are responsible for the policies and institutions that we create, and people have the power to change them.”

In Summer 2017, CPS launched the 3D: Dynamic Diversity Development initiative and created the position of Program Manager for Diversity Development. Since stepping into the role last fall, Ramon De Jesus has already made local headlines and traveled throughout the country in search of the most diverse, talented pool of applicants he can find.

Building on his early career in the college access and persistence field, and more recently leading senior level talent searches for the nonprofit sector at Commongood Careers, De Jesus has devoted his career to transforming institutions by elevating the visibility of people of color in leadership roles. 

Read more about his passion for this work, and his ideas for bringing greater diversity and cultural proficiency into CPS in the new Employee Spotlight section of our website >>

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Massachusetts Schools Adopt Gender Inclusive Language
We are pleased to share an update on ongoing efforts to provide a welcoming educational environment for all students. This school year, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education added a third gender category for demographic data collection purposes. In addition to Male and Female, schools and districts may report gender "Non-Binary."

By policy, CPS schools were already able to change the gender category listed in the student database if a student identified as a gender that is different than the assigned sex listed on their birth certificate. Now, students and/or families may additionally make the selection of Non-Binary.

Learn more about this change >>

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School Committee Hearing
on School Safety
On April 11, the Cambridge School Committee held a special meeting on school safety in the Dr. Henrietta S. Attles Meeting Room at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School. 

During a presentation by CPS Chief Operating Officer James Maloney, representatives from Cambridge Police Department and Cambridge Public Schools shared the proactive measures that CPS is taking to provide the highest standards of safety and security in our schools while maintaining a commitment to providing a welcoming and nurturing school environment.

Childcare was provided, and a number of families were in attendance, along with representatives from the school department and police. The meeting was televised on Channel 99 (cable tv or online streaming) and recorded for re-broadcast on the CPS website.

Watch the video >>

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Protecting Kids From Overly Sexual Internet Content
Do you ever worry about the images that your student can accidentally stumble upon online? 

Parents of tweens and teens are invited to hear this talk by Dr. Gail Dines, Professor Emerita and founding president of Culture Reframed, an organization dedicated to working with parents/caregivers to build resilience and resistance in kids to hypersexualized online content. The talk will take place on Wednesday, April 25th at 6:30PM at Putnam Avenue Upper School. 

Read more about this learning opportunity for grown-ups who care about keeping kids safe >>

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Educators as Learners
Learning is a process, not an end goal; and excellent educators are learning, too. 

Educators in CPS benefit from the coaching and expert advice of experienced peers through our District Instructional Support Educator model. Instructional Support Educators gathered on March 9th for a workshop with Gene Thompson-Grove focused on strategies for creating transformative adult learning experiences

Hear more about it >>

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FRC Will Soon Be Named
"Student Registration Center"

After careful study and consultation with our collaborating partners, the Family Resource Center will soon be changing its name to Student Registration Center.

It is hoped that the new name will reduce confusion among families seeking to register their students for school. At the same time, the SRC will continue to offer the same services and support to families as they enter the school system.

The change will take place on July 1, 2018. Watch for changes to the department's online identity, registration information, and signage over the next few months. For more information, please contact


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

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The last day of school is an early release day!
The CPS calendar has recently changed. The last day of school – Friday, June 22 – will be an early release day for students in all grades. 

In the News...

Cambridge Chronicle Profiles Innovative Bio-manufacturing Program 
Rindge School of Technical Arts (RSTA), the vocational and technical education program of Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, recently expanded its offerings with the launch of a new technical education training program in biomanufacturing. 
Read about it in the Cambridge Chronicle >>

WBUR Spotlights the Need for More Educators of Color
Cambridge's efforts to increase the percentage of educators of color in our school system were recently highlighted in a radio story on this state-wide concern.
Read & listen at >>

Female-Headed CRLS Rugby Team Makes News
CPS Sports teams often make the local news, but the CRLS Rugby Team is making waves for an unusual reason. With only one rugby team at the high school, the team not only includes one female player – she has been named the team's captain.
Read about it in the Cambridge Chronicle >>

CRLS Teacher Will Run the Boston Marathon in Honor of His Students 
CRLS History and Social Studies teacher Kevin Dua was recently interviewed by CBS Boston about his campaign to inspire his students by training for and running the Boston Marathon.
Watch on WBZ-4 >>

Who We Are Following...

What's New at 
the Design Lab?

By definition, there is always something new happening in the Cambridge Educators Design Lab. Check out the latest from our education incubator by following the dLab on Twitter at @DLabCambridge.

One Way to Get Into Harvard...
CPS Students and Educators engage with the resources found within the small college located at the heart of our city and school district. Read about educator professional development and the latest workshops for Upper School students 

Upcoming Events & Important Dates

No School:
Spring Vacation

April 16-20

Early Release – JK-5 and Upper Schools
Wednesday, May 16

No School: Memorial Day
Monday, May 28

Early Release – JK-5
Wednesday, June 6

No School: Eid al-Fitr
Friday, June 15

Calendar of Events>> 
Year-In-View Calendar >>

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Ready for Summer?
What will your student be doing this summer? Find summer camps, classes, special events, and more at! 



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