CRLS DYK Newsletter: March 25, 2019
Published on Mar 25, 2019 09:19

 March 25, 2019

10th Grade MCAS: March 26 - 27, 2019
The MCAS tests in English Language Arts will be administered on Tuesday, March 26th and Wednesday, March 27th. The MCAS tests in Mathematics will be given on Tuesday, May 21st and Wednesday, May 22nd. It is important that your son or daughter attend school and arrive on time every day during MCAS testing. If absent, only students with a note from a licensed physician documenting their illness will be permitted to attend the designated make up days. Make up days for the ELA tests will be on Thursday, March 28th and Friday, March 29th and Math will be on held on Thursday, May 23rd and Friday, May 24th. Learn more >>

9, 11, 12th Grade Activities:
March 26 - 27, 2019

All 10th grade will be taking the ELA MCAS exam Tuesday, March 26th and Wednesday, March 27th. To help maintain a quiet and organized testing experience for students and to make the day productive for non-testers, we have created alternative activities for 9th, 11th and 12th grade students.
View the 9th grade activities >> 
View the 11th - 12th grade activities >>

Financial Aid Questions?
Join us for the next CRLS School Council Meeting on March 26 from 6-7:30PM at CRLS in the main entrance conference room. Hosted by uAspire College Affordability Advisor Jenny Smith. Come learn how to understand your child's financial aid package and get answers to any financial aid questions you may have.

2019 - 20 Course Selection
View detail key dates of the course selection process, and learn about new courses and opportunities that have been proposed by each department for next school year. 
Learn more >>
Seal of Bilteracy
Seal of Biliteracy
During the coming weeks, the ELL and World Language Departments will be reaching out to CRLS seniors who may be eligible to receive the Seal of Biliteracy. The Seal is a new initiative that recognizes students who have achieved proficiency in two or more languages by graduation. Additional information and a student application to achieve the Seal at CRLS are available here.

The Seal of Biliteracy is a nationwide initiative that allows students to be recognized by colleges and employers for their achievement in languages. A number of current CRLS seniors have already been notified that they have received the Seal or the Seal with Distinction based on their ELA MCAS and junior year AP Language scores. We are happy to answer any questions about this new program. Hard copies of the student application are available in the World Language Laboratory Room 2210, the World Language Office Room 3407 or the International Student Center.

Congratulations: CRLS Drama Festival Production and the CRLS Science Team
Congratulations to the students and staff involved in the CRLS Drama Department Festival production: The 39 Steps: A Radio Play. After successfully moving through the preliminary rounds, the production will be going to the Massachusetts High School State Drama Festival Finals this coming weekend at the John Hancock Center in Boston. The show is a take on an old Alfred Hitchcock Film from 1935, The 39 Steps written in the style of a farce/radio play.

Congratulations also to the CRLS Science Team! Last weekend, the team competed in the State Science Olympiad competition with 56 other schools. Fourteen CRLS students competed in 26 events and the team finished in 12th place, a significant improvement over last year's 18th place showing! Additionally, the team is in 1st place in the North Shore Science League with one competition remaining.

Good luck in upcoming events to both groups!

Yearbook Cover Design

CRLS 2019 Yearbook Cover Design Contest
Students in the Creative Design class recently competed in the CRLS Yearbook Design competition sponsored by the Yearbook Club and spearheaded by the Yearbook Advisor: Jacqui Cesario. The Yearbook Cover design contest guidelines required the design to look professional, fresh, unique, eye-catching it's its design. The target audience included students, faculty, and staff at CRLS. The yearbook cover may include the schools motto: Opportunity, Diversity and Respect. The judging was based on originality and adherence to live work contest guidelines.

The Yearbook Cover contest winners are:
Nickholas Flores, Junior, First Place
Emily Ng, Junior, Second Place
Nickholas Flores, Junior, Third Place
Anita Cuddihy, Sophomore, Fourth Place

See the 2019 winning yearbook design >>
Pictured: Back Row photo (left to right): Nickholas Flores (1st Place) & (3rd place) and Emily Ng, (2nd Place)
Front Row: Anita Cuddihy (4th place)

Life Skills Workshop Series for Students
In partnership with the Cambridge Economic Opportunity Committee, CRLS will present a series of Life Skills Workshops on personal finances. Come learn about budgeting, savings, spending habits, setting financial goals, managing credit, and filing your personal income taxes. All students are invited to attend. The workshops are held during early release days and delayed openings so students will not miss class time. 

These workshops are brought you to through the student inspired and lead Participatory Budget Project. View the Flyer >>

Cambridge Summer Youth Employment Program at MIT
July 8th – August 16th (6 weeks)
Summer employment opportunities are open to high school students age 16 and older through the summer before their second year in college. Applications are due by 5PM on Friday April 5th, 2019. In mid-April, MIT Human Resources will be in touch with students and youth program coordinators at Just-A-Start, Office of Workforce Development, and The Work Force, Cambridge Housing Authority to coordinate interviews. View the application >>
Questions? Contact Mr. Bowers by email or 617.349.6272.

Driver's Ed

Spring Drivers Education
Driver Education registration for spring classes is on March 26th at 2:30PM in the Auto Shop which is Located on Broadway across the street for CRLS. Classes start on April 2nd and meet every Tuesday and Thursday at 2:30.
Fee is $600. First payment of $300 due at the first class. Learn more >>

Interested in joining a swim team?
Then the Cambridge Sea Dawgs is for you!. For all ages 5 - 18. We will be holding tryouts on Monday, March 25th. For more information, email us.


Spain and Portugal trip still has openings for February 2020
Come to the informational meeting if you have already signed up or if you want info on signing up! We will meet Thursday, March 28th at 2:45PM in room 2620 at CRLS.

Please take the CPS Family Survey!
We would like to hear from you, to learn more about your experiences in Cambridge Public Schools. Our online survey takes about 15 minutes to complete, and your responses will remain anonymous and cannot be connected to you. Your feedback will contribute to our ongoing efforts to learn, improve, and support better outcomes for all students.
Click here to take the survey >>

Happy National Nutrition Month!
Breakfast and lunch is offered every day in all schools. Encourage your students to select non-flavored milk in place of chocolate milk and whole fruit in place of 100% juice. Sipping smarter drinks, such as low-fat milk or water, helps cut back on the added sugar children consume every day. The American Heart Association recommends children have no more than six teaspoons or 25 grams of sugar per day. Find more ways to cut back on sugar intake here.

An Octave Opportunity
Students in all grades may apply for The Calvin Hicks Memorial Award for the Study of Music presented by Friends of CRLS. One recipient will be selected for an award in the amount of $500 toward music lessons or a music class at any accredited music school this summer. Students in grades 9, 10, 11, and 12 who want to begin learning or advance their skills with any instrument, voice, or music theory are welcome to apply by April 20. Students in all grades and all levels of musical experience are eligible, as long as they love music, are committed to learning, have a GPA of B or higher, and are enrolled in the free/reduced lunch program. Get the application >>


From the Register Forum
BSU and Mr. Yeboah Host Open Mic, Showcase Poetry

“I think that it was really cool that Porsha Olayiwola was still in the process of writing and inviting us in as an audience, which is really kind of vulnerable to do.” – Sharon Lozada, STARs teacher

MuralOpinion: The Importance of Street Art
Economically, street art encourages residents and tourists alike to visit local businesses and regions. Read more >>

Spring Athletes & the 33rd Annual City Run Returns to the Pond
Sunday, April 7, 2019 | 9AM 
CRLS spring athletes will participate with their respective teams joining hundreds of other runners from other CRLS teams and Cambridge area businesses and organizations. Pledges collected by athletes and businesses benefit the teams as well as the Friends of Cambridge Athletics (FOCA) coaches’ grants and scholarships programs. Parents and student alike are invited to participate in this 5k, entirely within Fresh Pond Reservation, along its beautiful, historic pathways. You can pre-register by clicking here. CRLS Students are free. If students aren’t interested in running, we need volunteers and they need Community Service hours! Contact Race Directors with any questions. We are in need of at least 10 parent volunteers (day of event) and would love to hear from you.

Race start/location: 9AM, Registration 7:30AM at Fresh Pond (water building), 250 Fresh Pond Parkway- Park at Tobin School, Vassal Lane or ride your bike!

Adulting 101 for Teens
Back by popular demand, this session of Adulting 101 will answer your questions about finances. How do I manage my savings and spending? How do I open a bank account? What is credit anyway, and how do I get some of that?

Thursday, March 28 | 5 - 6PM: Taxes*

Attend one, a few, or all four workshops! For ages 14-19.
Questions? Contact Maya. Located at Cambridge Public Library, Rossi Room, 449 Broadway.
*Presented in partnership with the Cambridge Economic Opportunity Committee (CEOC).

Find success after high school
Fair LogoAt the 2019 Post-Secondary Fair, for students who learn differently, attendees will meet representatives from college and university admissions and student support services, gap year programs, technical schools, and other non-traditional options. More than 40 exhibitors ranging from University of New Hampshire to Lynn University to The American Academy of Personal Training and everything in between.

Thursday, March 28, 2019 | 6 - 8PM
447 Hale Street, Prides Crossing, MA
Landmark School Alice Ansara Athletic Center

This event is FREE and open to the public.
High school students, parents, guardians, guidance counselors, and educators are all encouraged to attend.

Upcoming Bridge Closures
Beginning March 22, 2019, three major bridges in Somerville, MA will be closed to facilitate construction of the Green Line Extension (GLX) project. Traffic detours will affect local and regional commutes through Medford, Somerville, Cambridge, and Boston. Motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists should plan accordingly and may want to seek alternate routes.

Bridge Closure Schedules:

  • Broadway Bridge at Ball Square on the Somerville / Medford border
    Closed March 22, 2019 to March 2020

  • Washington Street Bridge (Underpass) in East Somerville
    Closed April 2019 to Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 to Fall 2020

  • Medford Street Bridge at Gilman Square in Somerville
    Closed July 2019 to Spring 2020

For further details on bridge closures, including directions and helpful area maps, please visit our website.

Does Your Student Need Help Quitting Vaping? 
Truth Initiative recently launched a first-of-its-kind free e-cigarette quit program now available to young vapers looking for help. The program is tailored by age group to give appropriate recommendations about quitting and also serves as a resource for parents looking to help their children who now vape. It is being launched and integrated into the already successful This is Quitting (app) and BecomeAnEX® digital cessation programs from Truth Initiative. Teens, adults, and parents of teens seeking help around quitting e-cigarettes/JUULing can text “QUIT” to 202.804.9884.


Cambridge School Volunteers (CSV)
CSV is excited to return and support the CRLS community. For the 2018-2019 school year, CSV's high school one-to-one programs will be offered in three locations. Please read below for service details.

Subject-based Tutoring Services
Before-school Tutoring (7 - 8AM)
We are sharing space with Work Force. Our before-school tutoring will be located in room 2403 (in the middle of the hallway on the second floor).

After-school Tutoring (2:45 - 3:45PM)
After-school tutoring will be located in the College/Career Resource Center, room 1501.

Drop-In Math Tutoring
Monday - Friday | 7:30 - 8AM
CSV Tutoring Center, Room 2403

College/Career Mentoring Services (2:30PM)
SAT Prep and College/Career Mentoring will be held in the CRLS Library's Inquiry Lab (formerly known as the fiction room).

SAT Prep
SAT Prep's Session I is from 2:30 to 4:30PM on Tuesdays at the CRLS Library, Inquiry Lab. Please encourage seniors to attend- all grade levels are welcome.

College/Career Mentoring
College/career mentoring is from 2:30 to 4:30PM on Wednesdays. In support of guidance, we help seniors with personal statements/scholarship essays, and post secondary education searches and applications. We reserved the inquiry lab to 3:30PM. However, mentors will continue to work with them in the library up to 4:30PM. The kickoff date is Oct. 3rd.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Deandra Williams, CSV's High School Programs Director or James Duche, Tutoring Center Manager at 617.349.6794.

Meet the CRLS uAspire Advisor
Jenny Smith is now available at the Career and College Center (CCRC) on Tuesday - Friday from 9AM - 3:30PM. uAspire works to ensure that all young people have the financial information and resources necessary to find an affordable path to – and through – a post secondary education. uAspire partners with high schools, community organizations, and colleges to provide college affordability advice to more than 10,000 young people and their families every year. Through our work, college-ready students have the support and knowledge they need to overcome financial barriers and succeed in college.

In Our Community and District

Smartphones and Social Media: Hear the Real Deal, from Students Themselves
March 29, 2019 | 6 - 8PM
Ringe Avenue Upper School, 70 Rindge Ave. Cambridge
View event details >>

Community Discussion Series: How to Talk with Young
People About Substance

Various Dates & Locations | 6:15 - 7:30PM
Be a prepared caregiver and mentor: Learn about the strength of our teens! Join Cambridge Youth Programs and the Cambridge Public Health Department for a night of learning and discussion. Open to all Cambridge caregivers, role models, and families with young people, especially teens.
View the flyer >>

Free Markets

Check out any one of these FREE Markets that are held throughout the City of Cambridge. All you need is a grocery bag! 
View the flyer >>

Cambridge Winter Farmers Market
Saturdays through April 6 | 10AM-2PM
Cambridge Community Center, 5 Callender Street
Learn more >>
See flyer >>

Cambridge Affordable Housing Information Sessions
Learn about the eligibility requirements and application process for the following programs Cambridge Rental and Homeownership Programs: Inclusionary Housing Rental Program for studios, 1BR, 2BR, & 3BR units throughout Cambridge, Homeowner Resale Pool, First-Time Homebuyer Workshop, Downpayment Assistance, and HomeBridge. Open to all. No RSVP Necessary. Learn more >>

Immigration Legal Screening Clinics
3rd Wednesday each month, 5:15-7:15PM
Free consultations with an immigration attorney for Massachusetts immigrants and their families
Community Legal Services & Counseling Center (CLSACC)
90 Third St., Cambridge
617.349.4396; [email protected]  

About the DYK: The DYK is a weekly publication for students and families of Cambridge Rindge & Latin School. To submit an announcement, email the DYK. Deadline for submission is Fridays at 10AM each week.


School Council Meeting
March 26 | 6 - 7:30PM

Drama Festival Finals
March 28 - 30

Midterm Exams
April 1 - 5

Multicultural Arts Center HS Show
April 8 
41 Second St. Cambridge

FOCA Meeting
April 9 | 6 - 7PM

Akeelah & the Bee
April 9 | 6 - 8PM
CRLS Auditorium
RSVP required

Multicultural Arts Center HS Show Reception
April 10 | 4 - 7PM
41 Second St. Cambridge

No School: Spring Break
April 15 - 19

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2018-19 CRLS

Join us at the School Council meetings on the last Tuesday of each month. Learn more >>  

Subject and Location:
Math: Room 2208 - Calculators and textbooks available
Science: Room 2412- Science lab materials available
ELA / History: Room 1606- Writing/ Reading material available
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 2:30 - 4PM

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MBTA passes are available in the main office. Learn more >>



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This guide is an overview of some of the organizations that serve to support LGBTQ+ youth. There are local organizations, national organizations, education guides, as well as suggested reading for youth from the Cambridge Public Library. More >>

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