From the Superintendent: October 2019
Published on Oct 18, 2019 15:16

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October 2019

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Our Urgent Responsibility for Equity

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Superintendent Salim

Anger, frustration, and sadness that we haven’t made more progress: these are the feelings that arise each time I share the findings of our Building Equity Bridges project.

This comprehensive, transparent, and deep collaboration between CPS and the Cambridge Education Association (CEA) has aimed to uncover the root causes of racial inequity in our school district. More than 200 educators, families, and young people participated in this process - and their voices, insights and conclusions are captured in a new section of our website.

Through Building Equity Bridges, we have held up a mirror to ourselves - individually, as schools, and as a school district. Harm has been caused at each of these levels, and we must work together to repair the damage that has been done.

As a mentor of mine used to say, demography must not be a child’s destiny. We have a responsibility to ensure that every student in CPS has access to opportunities and success.  

Learn more, and join with me in this effort >>

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Opening Celebration of the
CSUS/King Open Campus!

new school buildingThis year, King Open School and Cambridge Street Upper School opened school at a beautiful, brand new campus. You’re invited to join us to celebrate!

Opening Celebration
Saturday, October 26th
11:30AM to 2PM 

Learn more >>

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Central Administration Moves to Berkshire Street

central office entranceAfter many years in rented quarters, CPS Central Administration has relocated to brand new offices, inside the new Cambridge Street complex.

You can find us behind the new Valente Branch Library, with our entrance located at 135 Berkshire Street, Cambridge, MA 02141 (see map).

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No Change Planned for School Schedules in CPS for 2020-21

Thank you to the hundreds of educators, community partners and families who provided input into school schedules and quality learning time in CPS. Negotiations with the Cambridge Education Association were suspended before agreement could be reached on any potential changes to the length of the school day. Therefore, school schedules will not change next year. We will keep you posted on any new developments.  

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Fresh & Delicious is On the Menu

pear saladThe CPS Food and Nutrition Services department is emerging as a leader in the farm-to-cafeteria movement. Offering multicultural menu options, meals are never heat and serve -- only freshly prepared using local ingredients and even herbs from our CitySprouts gardens!

Check out a recent profile in Cambridge Chronicle >> 

See what's been cookin' (including this delicious brunch pear salad) @CPSD_Nutrition >> 

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Is It Time to De-Track Math?

This past summer, equity-driven changes to the CPS math curriculum were prominently featured on the influential education site, Edutopia. According to the piece, “Research suggests that math tracking is not an effective practice for improving student performance.... A 2016 meta-analysis of nearly 100 years of research found that between-class grouping, or tracking, did not benefit students at either the high or low ends of achievement, although fully jumping a grade can lead already high-achieving students to academically outperform same-age peers. Additionally, children are acutely aware of where they stand in tracked classes and identify as “smart” or “not smart” based on their placement—beliefs that can stick with them for life, according to multiple studies." Full story >>

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Expanding Access to the Innovation Economy

chromebook - studentSuperintendent Salim joined Former Mayor and current Chamber of Commerce President David Maher in elevating the depth of hands-on experiences available to CPS students in STEM and tech fields.

They write, “Many other communities can offer comparable experiences, but they reach a relatively small population of students. In Cambridge, these experiences are provided to every student. They can learn what it’s like to work in a cutting-edge research facility and speak directly with industry leaders without leaving the city.”

Learn more >>

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Small Playground, Big Impact

playgroundAmidst the major reconstruction projects taking place within CPS, it can be important to remember that small changes can make a big impact on any school campus.

Read about how Amigos Principal Sarah Bartels-Marrero brought her vision of a high-quality outdoor environment to the City of Cambridge, and ended up creating a Parkour-inspired play space for students at her school.

Learn more >>

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District Events & Reminders

Early Release Day:
Grades JK-8 Only
October 23

No School: Veterans Day
November 11

Early Release Day:
Grades JK-8 Only
November 20

Early Release Day: All Grades
November 27

No School: Thanksgiving Break
November 28 & 29

CPS District Calendar
View printable calendar >> 
View online calendar >> 
CPS & DHSP Preschool Programs
Just a reminder that the registration for the CPS 3-Year-Old Program Lottery for the September 2020 school year is going on for the entire month of October. If you are thinking of preschool for your 3-year-old, please come visit the Student Registration Center this month to submit your application! Also this year, the Dept. of Human Services (DHSP) will be taking in applications at the SRC for your convenience. Please come visit the SRC and don’t miss out on this opportunity to apply for preschools within CPS and the City of Cambridge! This registration period ends on October 31, 2019.  
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In Our Community

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Looking for things to do in Cambridge? 
Find It Cambridge >> 

October 24 | 6-8PM
Cambridge Street Upper School
840 Cambridge Street
Have you ever wanted to make your own gummy worms? Maybe you'd like to engineer and launch a zipline car? If this sounds like fun and you'd like to spend some great family time having PIZZA and learning together, come join us at STEAM It Up!
Details >>

Teens & Vaping Workshop
October 29 | 6-8PM
119 Windsor St., Cambridge
Details >>

Did You Know There Are Free Markets Around the City?
So much fresh produce as well as grocery items are available to you. All you need to do is bring your own bag!
Details >>
Cambridge Flu Clinics
The Cambridge Public Health Department will be offering free flu vaccine to people who live or work in Cambridge at three flu clinics this fall.
Children as young as 6 months can receive a flu vaccine at “all ages” flu clinics on Oct. 23 from 5:30 – 7:30PM at the Peabody School and Nov. 6 from 5:30 – 7:30PM at the Kennedy-Longfellow School. Nasal spray flu vaccine (FluMist®) for children will be available at these two clinics. For more information, call the Cambridge Public Health Department’s recorded flu information line, 617.665.3855, or visit us online.

Immigration Legal Clinics (FREE!)
3rd Wednesday each month
90 Third Street, Cambridge
Details >>

Affordable Housing
Find out about affordable rental and homeownership in Cambridge.
Details >>
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