CRLS DYK Newsletter: April 29, 2019
Published on Apr 29, 2019 08:18

 April 29, 2019

On Tuesday, May 21st and Wednesday, May 22nd, all 10th grade students will be taking the Math MCAS exam. Only 10th graders will come to school at 8:05AM to take the exam. While the test is scheduled for 8:05 - 11:08AM, the test is untimed and students will have until the end of the day to finish if needed.

To help maintain a quiet and organized testing experience students in grades 9,11 & 12 will have a delayed opening and come to school at 11AMN for the last two blocks for the day. 10th Grade students will be dismissed from school after they are finished with the test.

Because the exam is being administered online students need to bring their fully charged Chromebooks to school. Students should also bring a calculator to the test on May 22nd in case they would rather use a physical calculator instead of the online calculator that will be made available.

Also, June 4th and June 6th- 9th graders will take the Science MCAS exam. More information to follow.

CRLS School Council Meeting
DATE: Tuesday, April 30 l 6 - 7:30PM
LOCATION: Off-site in North Cambridge at the Jefferson Park Workforce site 308 Rindge Avenue
TOPIC: CRLS Sports Updates with Tom Arria- CRLS Athletic Director

Deconstructing Stigma

A Parent Workshop on Teens and Mental Health
May 2 | 6 - 7:30PM

One in five young adults aged 13-18 experience mental illness. Told through the eyes of its participants, Deconstructing Stigma boldly tears down the misconceptions of what those with mental illness look like. From this positive and interactive presentation, participants will learn firsthand some of the common signs and symptoms, including depression and anxiety, and how to talk to your child. More information on the Deconstructing Stigma Campaign >>
View the Flyer >>

Immigration Information Day
May 3 | 9AM - 3PM
Do your students have questions regarding immigration? Have they been reading about TPS, DACA, and Dreamers? Do they or someone they know have questions about immigration or their immigration status? Do they have family members or friends affected by the changes in immigration and want to better understand what is going on? Please have this student schedule some time for a one on one meeting with Stephanie Bonilla, an immigration attorney from Kids in Need of Defense (KIND). 

Senior Bash

CSV's Senior Bash: Ice Cream Social
Wednesday, May 15th | 2:30 - 4PM | CRLS Main Cafe
All seniors are invited to celebrate their hard work and success at this event sponsored by Jam'n 94.5 and Lizzy's Ice Cream Harvard Square. Jam'n 94.5 is giving away concert tickets, and on top of that we are giving away raffle prizes. There will be a photo both and more!

Come and celebrate your success with your peers! You deserve it and more!

Attention Rising Seniors - A New Biotech Research Course!
The Biotech Program is offering a new full-year research course focused on developing skills in research from reading primary literature, to writing a research proposal, planning and conducting experiments, and presenting your work at science competitions.

T980 TC Biotechnology Research Course will focus on understanding methodology, experimental design, and data analysis, with the generous support of mentors from MIT and Harvard. See your guidance counselor to enroll in the course. See Dr. Joan Abrams for more information.

Physics MCAS review sessions after school in May
The Physics MCAS is June 4th and 6th. CRLS physics teachers will be hosting after school review sessions every Wednesday and Thursday in May in room 2405 (Ms. Newton's room). In addition, students can find study materials in the CRLS library. Any additional questions? Ask your physics teacher!


The Portugal and Spain Trip for February Break 2020
Sign up ASAP! Scholarship applications will be available in the fall, but you have to be signed up in order to apply for a FOCRLS scholarship! This is a Spanish immersion trip (the tour will be in Spanish and students will be encouraged to practice Spanish). It is encouraged that you have taken some Spanish courses or know Spanish already, but it is not necessary because all the chaperones are bilingual. Please contact Eydie Ortiz for sign up information!

Steve Jordan

CRLS Students Make Their Lives The Experiment
Recent years have seen the growth of a very particular kind of writing, variously called immersion journalism, experiential writing, or deliberate living. To write this brand of creative nonfiction the authors live differently for a period of time, immerse themselves in a new experience, and then write about their insights. In the Immersion Journalism class at CRLS, the students use their own lives as an experiment, wondering: what if we gave up our cell phones? Stopped looking in mirrors? Stopped complaining? Kept a gratitude journal? Abstained from sugar? Didn't swear? Made it a point to talk to strangers? Each experiment includes research on the topic as well as the personal endeavor, all accumulating thoughtful essays about these forays into deliberate living. Read the full story >>

This, I Know For Sure Performance
You are cordially invited to This, I Know For Sure, a new choreo play written by CRLS students and choreographed by CRLS alum, Junior Cius. Performances May 1st & May 2nd 7PM in the Fitzgerald Theater. Free admission! Doors open at 6:30PM.This brave, personal work uses original music, choreography, spoken word and dramatic storytelling to explore issues around identity, loss, social justice, and hopes for the future. Special thanks goes to FOCRLS for supporting this important project. We urge you to see to make every effort to see this student created FREE performance!

Spring Raffle

FOCRLS Spring Raffle Blooming with Prizes
Go to our website to purchase chances to win any of 40+ prizes and see the list of local businesses donating gift cards and certificates, including an overnight stay for 2 people at The Porter Square Hotel with breakfast at Colette Bistro. For every four tickets you buy, you get one free! Even if you don't get a prize, you're still a winner for helping to support opportunities for CRLS students, grads, and faculty through College Scholarships, Student Travel Fellowships, Faculty Innovation Grants, Faculty Distinction Awards, and Unsung Heroes. If you prefer in-person purchases, please stop by the FOCRLS raffle ticket table at the MayFair in Harvard Square on Sunday, May 6. 

FOCRLS is Seeking Volunteers for the MayFair on Sunday, May 5
We are seeking students, parents/guardians, alumni, and community members for the MayFair on Sunday, May 5 to sell raffle tickets and represent FOCRLS. Two hour shifts: 10AM  - 12Noon, 12Noon - 2PM, 2 - 4PM, 4 - 6PM. Student volunteers will receive community service credit; make sure to have your form signed. Pairs and small groups of friends or family members welcome! Please email us to sign up and get information.

CRLS Visual & Performing Arts Events, Spring 2019
April 30 | 6:30PM | Jazz Night! La Fabrica, Central Sq. Featuring The CRLS Music Student Groups; Big Band, Vocal Ensemble and World Jazz Ensemble

May 2 & 3 | 7PM | A Horeo-Play This I Know For Sure
Fitzgerald Theatre New Work Inspired By CRLS Student Stories

May 13 &14 | 7PM | Dance/Works Fitzgerald Theatre Annual Dance Concert
Featuring Student, Faculty Guest Artist Choreography Performed By Advanced Dance Students and The Modern Dance Company

May 20 | 7PM | Spring Music Concert | Fitzgerald Theatr
Annual Concert Featuring Crls Vocal Ensembles, Concert Band, Orchestra And Percussion Ensembles

May 20 | 6PM | Piano Recital | Blackbox Studio Theatre
Piano Students Final Recital

May 21 | 7PM | Improv Night | Black Box Studio Theatre
CRLS’s Improv Club, Cambridge Cringe & Laughter, Performs

May 22 | 7PM | Drama Musical Theatre Class Showing | Black Box Studio
Theatre Class Final Performance

May 23 | 5PM | VPA Faculty Student and Family Potluck and Year End Celebration | Media Cafeteria
All VPA Students and Families are Welcome

May 27 | 10AM | Memorial Day Parade, Proclamation, and Son | Parade Route and Cambridge Cemetery
CRLS Marching Band, Drumline, and Student Performances

May 29 | 6PM | Vocal and Percussion Class Showing | Choral Room
Class Performance

June 4 | 6PM | Chamber Music Concert | Blackbox Studio Theatre
Student Solo and Small Group End of The Year Performances

June 6 | 6PM | CRLS Graduation War Memorial Gym
Featured Student Musician And Group Performance

Dirt Rich a movie event at the Somerville Theater on May 7th
CRLS Students, Michaela (Mica) Leon Perdomo, Jacqui Hill, and the 2019 Glocal winners will show some of their pieces around Climate Change in advance of the movie.

Dirt Rich shifts focus from greenhouse gas emissions to carbon draw down which is the only viable solution for reversing the effects of runaway global warming in a timely manner. Through exploration of geo-therapy strategies, Dirt Rich shines light on their value and beauty which undeniably are our last hope for protecting life as we know it on this challenged planet. Through regenerative agricultural practices, reforestation of abandoned land, protection/restoration of carbon rich wetlands and keystone species, Dirt Rich illustrates how implementing these strategies will return our atmosphere to safe levels of carbon while growing soil, our most precious resource.

Join Mothers Out Front Healthy Soils Group, CitySprouts, and Farmers To You to find out how we can all be Dirt Rich
We will view the award-winning documentary "Dirt Rich" with opening shorts by CRLS students about Climate Change Solutions. Films will be followed by brief panel presentations and audience discussion. Panelists will lead a discussion to help to identify action steps for citizens concerned about climate change.

  • What we eat: Farmers To You, Greg Georgaklis
  • What bills we support at the State House: MA Healthy Soils Bill, Steve Keleti
  • What we do in our schools: CitySprouts, Jane Hirschi
  • What we do for our soil: Mothers Out Front, Macky Buck

For more information contact usEvent Tickets are found here.

April is School Library Month
School Library Month is AASL's celebration of school librarians and their programs. The 2019 theme is Everyone Belongs @ Your School Library and the 2019 spokesperson is Dav Pilkey. Visit the AASL website to view and share a video from Dav on the importance of school libraries and reading, register for complimentary webinars, and download free resources - and check back often for more to come!

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 >>

Summer Programs
Mayor's Summer Youth Program
Application Deadline: May 3, 2019
MSYEP is a six-week summer job program for Cambridge residents who will be 14 as of July 1, 2019. You are eligible to participate until and including the summer following your high school graduation. Youth who would miss more than 5 working days between July 1 and August 9 are not eligible to participate. You must be authorized to work in the U.S. View the application >>

InnovatorsforPurpose | Summer Creative Doers Studio
Creative Doers Studio is a place where young people work, learn, design, explore, innovate, and discover their passions, while creating experiences that will make a lasting impact on Cambridge’s public spaces. In the studio, youth work on real projects for real clients. Join us this Summer as we embark on our next project. 

In the Summer Studio, afternoons are spent collaborating with professional designers, artists, makers, storytellers and technologists creating unique experiences for our clients. Mornings are an active exploration of Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Creativity (STEM + C) in a fun hands-on manner. We are a Mayor’s program work site. Get paid to learn!

Registration (very limited enrollment)
July 8 - August 9 | Monday - Friday | 9:45AM - 3:45PM
Location: Cambridge Public Library 449 Broadway
Ages Served: Students must be at least 14 years of age or older and participating in the Cambridge Mayors Summer Program
Cost: None

Juniors and Seniors, Interested in a Summer Job at Harvard?
Check out this link for SUMMER JOB OPPORTUNITIES at HARVARD UNIVERSITY. The jobs are mostly office/admin oriented, and are a good opportunity to gain important transferable skills, expand your network and add a well-known employer to your resume. To apply, you must have a resume, though no worries if you don’t have one yet -- we can help you make one. If you are interested, email us or stop by the Youth Employment Center at CRLS (room 2101) during any of the 3 lunch blocks. Interviews will start mid-May and resumes will be accepted up until then. These jobs will fill pretty fast, so get in touch soon!

Audible Summer Workshop for High School Students
Build engineering skills and get a head start on
your career in tech! Audible is seeking 8 to 10 high school rising juniors and seniors who are interested in a career in technology to participate in a three-week computer science-focused program. Learn directly from Audible engineers working on industry leading technologies. Be immersed in a professional computer science environment. The program will run from August 12th to August 29th in our Kendall Square office. Download the application >>

Bio-Engineering and Water Engineering Programs
Application Deadline: April 30, 2019
This Summer Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences is running a bio-engineering program as well as a water engineering program from July 8 – 19, 2019. Both programs are free and we are targeting local MA high school students (must be 16 years or older) who have a great interest in these fields. Students will be responsible for their lunch and transportation to and from Harvard. Both programs are open to all but we strongly encourage students in underrepresented background in the STEM field, first generation students, and low-income students to apply! 

BioSTAR (July 8 – July 19, 2019)
Water Engineering (July 8 – July 19, 2019) Application

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Go Green Challenge!
Do you like to recycle? Reuse? Do you turn out lights when you leave the room and bring your own bag to the store? Every “green” action you take makes a difference. Thank you! Elementary classrooms are joining in the Go Green Challenge by completing a worksheet sharing ways they help the environment (check it out here). We also made a Go Green at Home Challenge that you might like to do together outside of school! Learn more >>

Resources: Young People & 
Substance Abuse

The CPS Health & Physical Education Department develops curricula and supports programs aimed at teaching students to make healthy decisions and understand themselves physically, socially and emotionally. The health education curriculum is continually reviewed and updated to include the latest issues in areas such as substance use among young people. Here are some new resources and guidance from the U.S. Department of Education >>

Broadening Engagement Through Engineering at MIT
BEEAM is a year-round paid high school research and education internship program at MIT. Gain valuable, hands-on experience performing research in a biological, mechanical, or chemical engineering lab with a mentor. Learn more >>


From the Register Forum
Opinion: The Hidden Cost of College
Ironically, the ability to even apply to college is hindered with hidden fees and expenses that are less frequently discussed. Read more >>

Ceiling tileCeiling Tiles Aim to Raise Awareness About Climate
“[The ceiling tiles] offer our amazing student opportunities to express themselves and make their work and interests public.”Read on >>
– Science Teacher Mr. McGuinness

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

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 >>

Calling all who live, learn, work, and play in Cambridge!
What are your top health concerns? The Cambridge Public Health Department wants to hear from you! We encourage everyone who lives, learns, works, or plays in Cambridge to take the 2019 Cambridge Health Survey.

Scratch Night @ CPS!
May 16 | 5:30-7:30PM
CRLS, 459 Broadway
All CPS students and families are invited!
Details >>

Family Biking Kick-Start
May 5 | 11AM - 4PM
Safety checks, skills & drills in the Corporal Burns Park courts with 2 MassBikes certified trainers. 
View details >>

Family Bike Night at the Collins Branch
Thursday, May 16 | 4 - 7PM
Collins Branch Library, 64 Aberdeen Ave
Join us to learn the basics of riding with families and fixing your bike at this drop in session! Need something quick fixed on your bike, or maybe just a safety tune-up to getting you riding comfortably this season? We'll have 15 minute safety tune-ups, too! Register for bike workshops by emailing us.
Visit us online >>

Book Talk: Cuz & Everything Here is Beautiful
April 30 | 6 - 7:30PM | Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. School
102 Putnam Ave | Cambridge
View the 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]  

Cambridge Wildlife

Cambridge Wildlife Puppetry Project Volunteer Opportunities
1. Dates TBA
Volunteers with good organization and planning skills are needed as youth members of the Cambridge Wildlife Parade Committee. The committee plans and facilitates our giant local species puppets’ participation in parades in two parades in June, one in July, and one in October. Candidates for this volunteer job should have an interest in the arts and/or ecology and sustainability and be able to take an active role in our planning meetings and our public events. 

2. Ongoing
Volunteer Translators who can can write and read Bangla, Kreyòl, Arabic, Spanish, Mandarin, or Amharic are needed to help with outreach and translation of written materials.

3. Additional volunteer opportunities for you to help connect kids and Cambridge families with nature in the city at the Cambridge River Festival (June 1) Agassiz-Baldwin Block Party (June 2), and Fresh Pond Day (June 15).

To apply for all of these roles, visit us online. To sign up, email us and indicate which of these opportunities interests you.

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
April 30 | 6 - 7:30PM

Jazz Night
April 30 | 7PM
Featuring World Jazz Ensemble, Big Band, and
Jazz Vocal Ensemble.
La Fabrica Central
450 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139
Tickets $10

Spring Drama Production
May 2 | 7 - 8PM
Fitzgerald Theatre

Junior Prom
May 4 | 7 - 11PM

CSV Senior Bash
May 7 | 2:30 - 4:30PM

RSTA Senior Dinner
May 9 | 5:30 - 7:30PM


May 10 -11 | 7 - 9PM

View the complete CRLS online calendar >>

View family-friendly events at CRLS >>


Weekly Highlights
April 29 - 28, 2019

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Schedule & Streaming
Youth View Cambridge: Highlights from “The 39 Steps” (New!)
Thu. 9PM & Sat. 5PM

Celebrating International Dance Day: April 29
What’s Up Cambridge: Dance for Camera 2019 (New!)
Mon. 8PM & Fri. 4PM

Stateside Footy: Boston vs. Maine (New!)
Fri. 11PM

Reeling: The Movie Review Show (New!)
Wed. 10PM & Sun. 4PM

Schedule & Streaming
NASA TV: Interview with Astronaut Nick Hague (New!)
Tue. 3PM & Sat. 3PM

Creating Cooperative Kids: Reasons that Kids Lie (New!)
Wed. 10PM & Sun. 10PM

Conversations with Dr. Don: Bottleneck Blues Band
Fri. 3PM & Sat. 4PM

Located at CRLS. Learn more about offered services. Make an appointment today!
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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 >>



Save time and order your sandwich ahead of time. All orders must be placed by 10AM that day. Pickup your sandwich in the CRLS Main cafeteria. Check it out >>

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Aspen allows you to view your child's grades, attendance, class work, and homework any time it is convenient for you. There is a link to Aspen from the CRLS parents web page. We are here to help support you with any login issues. We can also provide you with some tips for navigating through the Aspen tabs. Please email the CRLS Tech Center anytime.

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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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