CRLS DYK Newsletter: March 9, 2020
Published on Mar 9, 2020 11:56

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March 9, 2020

COVID-19 Preparedness

The safety and health of our students, families, and community is our highest priority. No cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) have been identified within our schools, and we will keep you informed of any changes and key updates. In the meantime, CPS is posting updates around the clock on our new coronavirus website. Please take a moment to learn how we are preparing, and what you can do to help >>

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Family Conferences

In a continued effort to strengthen relationships with families/ caregivers and to support student achievement, CRLS will offer Family Conferences on March 10, 11 & 12, 2020. CRLS will utilize the online pre-registration program as well as maintaining an open walk-in time which requires no pre-registration. View details >>

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2020 MCAS Information

Dear CRLS Families and Caregivers of 9th & 10th Graders.

This spring, your child will participate in MCAS tests in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics or Science. In addition to meeting CRLS graduation requirements, all students in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts must pass the English Language Arts, Math and Science MCAS tests to earn a high school diploma. This year all MCAS exams will be administered on-line at the high school level; therefore, changes have been made to the testing schedule to accommodate this new format. Read the complete letter and view the schedule >>

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CRLS Spring Athletics Registration
is Now Open

High JumpRegistration is now open until March 10th. Register today >>

View the current athletics schedule by clicking on the link below and then on School Calendar in the upper hand right corner. 

View the full athletic schedule >> 

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Last Change! March 10 Deadline
Bluebikes Competition for Cambridge High School Students to Design a "Unicorn Bike"

Blue BikesCreate your very own Bluebike! This competition to design a Cambridge Unicorn bike for the Bluebikes system is open to all Cambridge high school students, including those who attend public or private high schools, charter schools, or who are home-schooled. Unicorn bikes are specially designed to represent something special in our Bluebikes system. Your design should represent Cambridge and/or the Cambridge community as you see it or would like to portray it.

Submissions are due by March 10. The winner will receive $100 and have their Unicorn added to the Bluebikes fleet! There will also be a $50 prize for runner-up and two $25 prizes for third place. The winning bike will be revealed on April 17 at the Cambridge Youth Rock 'N Ride event.

View more information and instructions for submitting your design >>

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Free HPV Vaccine for CRLS Students

If you could prevent your student from getting certain types of cancers, would you? You can! HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccination is cancer prevention. What is HPV? HPV (human papillomavirus) is a very common virus that can lead to: Cancers of the mouth and throat, Cancer of the cervix, Cancer of the penis, vagina, vulva, or anus, and Genital warts. Does your student need to START the HPV vaccine series or COMPLETE the series in order to reduce their risk of HPV infection?  Simply sign the attached consent form and tell your student to come down to the Teen Health Center at CRLS to receive the HPV vaccine.

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Internship Placements Needed

Are you a working professional in Cambridge? Would you consider sharing your skills and expertise with a motivated high school senior? The Good Work Internship Program is seeking unpaid internship placements for 12th graders for the upcoming spring semester. Students are eager to contribute and learn!

We are seeking placements in the following fields:

Social Work, Law, Law Enforcement, Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Business Management, Music Production, and Public Health.

Please consider hosting a CRLS intern at your workplace. Contact Kathleen FitzGerald at 617.349.4946.

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Yearbook Ads and Senior Portraits

Yearbook Ads: The CRLS Yearbook Club is preparing the Class of 2020 Yearbook and would like to offer you an opportunity to honor your senior! Space is available for businesses, family members and friends of graduating seniors to be printed in the yearbook. Photographs and messages can be submitted to the yearbook design team at [email protected] to recognize your favorite senior(s)! Learn more >>

Senior Portraits: ONE Yearbook Photo Session will be offered free of charge at the school during the year. Students who miss the photo session, or who would like their photos re-taken (for bad hair days and the like) can make arrangements for photos to be taken at the studio or elsewhere using any of the packages below at the prices listed. Retouching is available and will be priced based on request. Learn more >>

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Cambridge School Volunteers Tutoring

Planning to take the SAT this spring?
CSV volunteers will lead SAT prep every Thursday in room 2212, 2:45-4PM. We alternate between covering English and Math each week.

CSV Tutoring Center: One-to-One Tutoring Before and After School, Room 2407
Volunteers serve as one-to-one tutors and mentors twice a week with high school students of all levels and needs. Volunteers provide students with individual lesson plans to improve their skills and knowledge in particular subjects. The Tutoring Center is open before school from 7:30 to 8AM and after school from 2:45 to 3:45PM.

CSV Tutoring Center: Academic Support Classes, Room 2403 
Students are assigned to the Tutoring Center during the school day for credit-bearing individualized academic support services, covering all subjects. CSV volunteers are matched to students one-to-one or in small groups. 

Drop-in Math Center, Room 2403
Volunteers help students on a walk-in basis with math problems, ranging from pre-algebra to calculus, before school daily, between 7:30 and 8AM. 

College/Career Mentoring Program
Volunteers help high school seniors, some of whom may be the first in their families to apply to college, by assisting with college, job readiness, and gap year program research; understanding and following through with all stages of the application process; and developing personal statements. In addition, volunteers help students identify scholarships and complete scholarship applications and essays. The program meets on Wednesdays from 2:30 to 4:30PM in the College and Career Resource Center, Room 1501.

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Cambridge Teen Health Center

Hello from the Teen Health Center (THC)! We hope that you are having a healthy start to 2020. At the start of this new year, we would like to remind you of the services we provide, reintroduce ourselves, and welcome new team members. Throughout the rest of the school year we plan to send out monthly updates, announcements, and/or educational information about physical and mental health-related topics. Please be in touch with us if you have any questions and/or concerns.

Learn more about our services >>

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Aspen Student & Parent Accounts

Aspen is a secure online information resource for Cambridge Public Schools. It contains family contact information, grade information, and a variety of reports and documents that teachers, students and parents may need. 

Need Aspen support? We can help  >>

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Register Forum

Muslim CultureMuslim Culture Club: A CRLS Perspective on Global Islam
“Islam is not limited to one race or one look. Many Muslim Culture Club members, as well as Black Student Union members at this school, are Muslim, of all different ethnicities and races, and all practice their religion in their own individual ways." Read more >>

Pie ChartDemocratic Primaries Begin

A poll conducted by the Register Forum at CRLS asking students which Democratic candidate they support shows that Bernie Sanders is in the lead with 26.2% of those surveyed saying they’d cast their vote. Read more >>

Read the latest edition from CRLS's student newspaper.

Read the paper online >>

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CRLS Global Studies Certificate Program

Global StudiesThe Global Studies Certificate (GSC) Program is an application-based program that promotes student engagement in global studies through an emphasis on the Asia Society’s global competence skills: investigating the world, weighing perspectives, communicating ideas, taking action, and applying disciplinary and interdisciplinary expertise in authentic ways. Students in the program need to maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher and fulfill the following requirements: 1) complete a Global Studies Portfolio/Website; 2) attend monthly GSC meetings; 3) complete monthly online reflections on the GSC Google Classroom site; 4) enroll in the GSC Senior Spring Seminar course; 5) complete a GSC capstone program; 6) present their project at the GSC final symposium. Upon successful completion of the program, students’ transcripts will reflect their achievement and they will earn a Global Studies Certificate. Visit the website to learn more >>

Application deadlines: Freshmen/Sophomores: May 8th Apply online >>

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Dance Around the World

April 3 | 6:30PM
Join Cambridge School Volunteers for dancing to the sounds of DJ Beshkan and an auction to benefit CSV's tutoring and mentoring programs serving children in junior kindergarten through high school in the Cambridge Public Schools. The price of your ticket includes international cuisine from Via Lago Catering and an open bar with wine and beer curated by our caterer. With the purchase of your VIP ticket, you will enjoy a raspberry prosecco bellini served in a stemless champagne flute and topped with raspberry liqueur and a sprig of basil! Get tickets >>

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Friends of CRLS Announces Spring 2020 Bash

Save the Date: May 7, 2020
Save the DateThe fourth annual Friends of CRLS Spring Bash at Google in Kendall Square will happen on Thursday, May 7, 2020! Mingle with other community members and enjoy delicious food in a beautiful space as we Celebrate Our Students, Invest in Our Future. If you're new to Friends of CRLS, please email us to get onto our invitation list.

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FOCRLS Seeking Social Media Savvy Student

Social MediaFOCRLS is a nonprofit organization supporting opportunities for CRLS students, grads, and faculty with College Scholarships, Student Travel Fellowships, Faculty Innovation Grants, and more. Our annual Spring Bash at Google in Kendall Square is coming up, and we need an enthusiastic student with social media knowledge to help us promote the event. We're seeking someone who can help us after school for a few hours per week right here at CRLS for community service credit. You'll be creating and posting content, increasing our followers, and contributing your knowledge to our goals. Please visit Room 2136 (near the LC 'S' office) after school on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday to learn more. If you have any questions, please email or call 857.235.9290.

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2020 Family Survey Available Online

Many of you filled out the Cambridge Public School Family Survey last year to help us learn more about your experiences with the Cambridge Public Schools. Thank you! The Family Survey for 2020 is now available in over 10 languages. We invite you to please fill it out at your earliest convenience. Your feedback will contribute to our ongoing efforts to learn, improve, and support better outcomes for all students. 

Fill out the survey online and find more information >>

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Happy National Nutrition Month!

eat rightDid you know that most of the added sugar we consume actually comes from sugary drinks? The sports drinks, energy drinks, sodas, frozen drinks (Coolatas, Slurpees, etc.) and coffee drinks really add up. Focus on milk, fortified milk-alternatives, and tap water for your best health! Small changes can really add up, so start shifting habits today.

For more on how to spot added-sugar, click hereClick here on how to find added-sugars on the food label.

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From the DYK Student Rep Desk
Student Opportunities, Student Support, and More!


Do you need help feeding your family? 
Come to Falcon's Market, theCRLS food pantry. There is food for you to take home for evening and weekend meals. Open every afternoon from 2:30 - 3PM or by appointment. For more information contact Greta Hardina the CRLS Family Liaison or 617.349.6660 Falcon's Market is in the Main Office.

Are you a senior stressing over college applications?
Need any help to...

  • Navigate through Naviance - college lists, brag sheets, teacher recs?
  • Setting up a Common Application account?
  • Completing questions on the Common App?

Come to Homework Center to help with the Nuts & Bolts of completing college applications. Tuesdays/Thursdays | 2:30-4PM in CCRC 1501

CRLS Events & Reminders

CRLS Family Events
Download the Flyer >>

Drama Fest Production
March 11 | 7 - 8PM

METG Drama Festival Semi-Finals
March 14

CRLS Heritage Night
March 19 | 6 PM | Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School, 1st Floor Arts Building
Come join us at the high school’s cultural celebration of the many ethnicities, religions, languages, and more that connect us all! CRLS is loud and proud about the plethora of factors that bring us together and create a diverse, colorful, and beautiful community.

There will be presentations by different groups and individuals to educate participants, as well as performances and food to further display and share culture.

Come join us, bringing your own unique identity to share with our community!

View the Full Calendar >>
Visual & Performing Arts Calendar >>


Come see your uAspire Advisor
Tuesday - Friday | 9AM - 3:30PM | CCRC
View the flyer >>

Calling all Seniors! 
Need help with your College Application? College and Career mentoring program has begun on Wednesdays from 2:45 - 4:30PM. in the CCRC.


In Our District & Community

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Looking for things to do in Cambridge? See below for a few ideas. For a full list, take a look at Find It Cambridge! 
Find It Cambridge >> 

iFp Creative Doers Studio Internship
March 23 - May 28 | 3:30 - 6:30PM
Open to students 14-18 years of age. Interested in learning how design, science, technology and entrepreneurial thinking can transform lives (most importantly your own). Must
reside in Cambridge. Details >>

Groundwork Somerville Job
Are you (or teens you know) looking for a fun, meaningful summer job?
Apply now to work on the Green Team at Groundwork Somerville! Apply online by Monday, April 6th at 11:59PM.

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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Cambridge Works
Cambridge Works is currently recruiting for our 24th cycle of the program which will be starting this coming March. This 3-month employment and training program offers a paid internship, professional development classes and case management. If you know any Cambridge residents ages 18 - 35 without a college degree, out of work or with limited/no work experience, please have them contact us. Please think of anyone, family members, neighbors, friends, acquaintances anyone you know who may need help with employment.
Details >>

Looking for more events in Cambridge?
Title I calendar >>

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

Affordable Housing
Open House & Fair

April 25 | 11AM-2PM
Details >>
Free Membership
The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston is offering FREE membership this year for people who have never been members. I think it's a great opportunity for all families. Details >>

CPS Budget Meetings
–Presentation of the
2021 Proposed Budget:

Thursday, March 12 | 6PM

–Public Hearing on the
2021 Proposed Budget:

Tuesday, March 17 | 6PM

Do you love the planet?
Do you want to improve the places where we work and live? Akamai Technologies and Microsoft invite Cambridge-area employees, college students, and high school students to join us for an Earth Day Hack Day on April 22nd from 8AM – 5PM at Microsoft’s Garage at 1 Memorial Drive. Cambridge, MA. Breakfast and lunch will be included for participating groups. Details >>

For questions or press inquiries, contact us.

Immigration Legal Clinics (FREE!)

3rd Wednesday each month
90 Third Street, Cambridge
Details >>

Cambridge in Motion's 
Healthy Snack of the Week

Fruit and Cheese Kabobs.

The 2020 US Census is fast approaching and we want to make sure everyone in Cambridge is counted! Learn more about why the 2020 Census is so important, what you need to do, access materials, and more online. Want to help get the word out in Cambridge? Apply to be a part-time Census Outreach Worker to help the City and your community online.

Dig It! 2020 CitySprouts 
Gala/Silent Auction
April 2
Join CitySprouts for a night of food, fun, and fundraising as we celebrate CitySprouts' 19th year.

CEATVCEATV Weekly Highlights
March 9 - 15, 2020

SmartTV 98
What’s Up Cambridge: Black History Month 2020 Assembly (New!)
Sat. 7PM & Sun. 9PM

The Word: Yoga Pose Challenge (New!)

Mon. 10:30PM & Thu. 10:30PM

Out & About: Gems, Minerals & Fossils (New Episode!)
Tue. 6:30PM & Sat. 10:30AM

Reeling: The Movie Review Show (New Episode!)
Mon. 6PM & Wed. 10PM
Cambridge School Committee Special Meeting (Live)
Thu. 6PM

New England Authors: Raymond Bradley on Climate Science (New Episode!)
Wed. 4PM & Fri. 4PM

White House Chronicle: The Future of Telephone Networks (New Episode!)
Mon. 5PM & Sun. 5PM
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