From the Superintendent: January 2020
Published on Jan 15, 2020 19:12

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January 2020

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Photo (left to right): Fred Fantini, Manikka Bowman, Sumbul Siddiqui, Rachel Weistein, Jose Luis Rojas Villarreal, Ayesha Tyler, Kenneth Salim


Message from Dr. Salim 

I hope that you had an enjoyable winter break. My new year began for me with welcoming our 2020 - 2022 School Committee members in a swearing-in ceremony held at the Cambridge Public Library. The Committee will grow by one additional member soon, following a vacancy recount that the Election Commission will hold on January 16.

As I shared in my December Op Ed, recent events have called us to renew our equity-driven commitment to rigorous, joyful, and culturally responsive learning + personalized support for every CPS student.

In our District Plan, we committed ourselves to being a learning organization. One of the things that we are learning is how important it is to communicate with you, our community. That’s why, in addition to this newsletter, we are launching a new monthly newsletter, CPS Equity & Access, later in January, which will provide regular updates on our next steps to advance equity and racial equity.

Equity and racial equity have been the central focus and driver of district improvement efforts over the last 4 years. Research and our experience demonstrate that by improving experience for those farthest from equity, our schools are strengthened for all students.

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Join Us for CPS Budget Community Meetings: Aligning Resources with Priorities

classroomCPS is offering educators, families and students new ways to participate in the CPS budget development process. Join School Committee members and the Superintendent to learn about the development of district and school budgets and share your thoughts on how CPS can use its resources to help students succeed.

Drop-In Community Meeting for CPS Educators, Staff & Students
Tuesday, January 21, 2020 | 3:30 - 5:30PM
Cambridge Rindge and Latin School Media Cafeteria
Short presentations at 3:30PM and 4:30PM, followed by small group discussions
Children are welcome to attend

Drop-In Community Meeting for CPS Families & Community
Saturday, January 25, 2020 | 10AM - 12PM
Cambridge Senior Center
Short presentations at 10AM and 11AM, followed by small group discussions
Childcare and light refreshments will be provided

Learn more >>

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Making Progress

kids at pajama dayThe CPS Vision of rigorous, joyful and culturally responsive learning + personalized support is driven by a commitment to equity. The CPS District Plan provides a framework for staying accountable to this vision. CPS periodically reports on our progress to the School Committee, and publishes outcomes data on our website. Following are some recent updates.

Monitoring Our Progress

Updates on Our Efforts

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District Events & Reminders

All City Music Program
Winter Concert
January 16 | 7PM
Fitzgerald Theatre, 459 Broadway 

No School: Dr. MLK, Jr. Day
January 20

Drop-In Community Meeting for CPS Educators, Staff & Students
January 21 | 3:30 - 5PM
Cambridge Rindge & Latin School
Media Cafeteria 


Drop-In Community Meeting for CPS Families & Community
January 25 | 10AM - 12PM
Cambridge Senior Center
806 Mass. Ave.

No School: February Vacation
February 17-21

CPS District Calendar
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Jr. K/Kindergarten Lottery
Register by 4PM on January 31st for school entry the following September to be included in the annual Junior Kindergarten / Kindergarten Lottery. Registrations will be accepted on an ongoing basis after January, but fewer choices will be available.
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In Our Community

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Affordable Housing
Find out about affordable rental and homeownership in Cambridge.
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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!
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Math Festival
Saturday, January 18 | 10AM-1PM
Fletcher Maynard School
A fun-filled celebration of math puzzles and games, organized by The Cambridge Math Circle, for children in grades K-8 and their families!
info@cambridgemathcircle.org

Winter Family Day at MIT!
January 25 | 11AM-3PM
MIT – Hockfield Court – corner of Ames St. and Main St.
Rain/snow date is January 26
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Immigration Legal Clinics (FREE!)

3rd Wednesday each month
90 Third Street, Cambridge
Details >>
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135 Berkshire Street, Cambridge, MA 02141
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