CRLS DYK Newsletter: March 9, 2021
Published on Mar 9, 2021 15:11

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March 9, 2021

Family Conferences

In a continued effort to strengthen relationships with families and to support student achievement, CRLS will offer Virtual Family-Teacher Conferences on March 24, 25, and 31. Sign up >>

The schedule is as follows.

  • Wednesday, March 24 | 12 - 3PM
  • Thursday, March 25 | 6 - 8PM
  • Wednesday, March 31 | 8 - 11AM

With the online registration service, parents/guardians can:

  • Select if they prefer a phone call or a video conference.
  • Register for conferences 24 hours a day, 7 days a week during the registration period.
  • In two simple steps, schedule a conference by choosing an available conference time slot.
  • View, print, and email their conference schedule.
  • Return at any time to reschedule a conference.

Teachers will send zoom links prior to conferences.

For more information, contact Greta Hardina at 617.349.6660.

Visit the Aspen Parent/Student Portal >>

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Class of 2021

More information for Seniors can be found here. 

Hello Seniors!
It is time to order Cap and Gowns for your graduation! To ensure we order the right size for you, please complete this Cap and Gown Form.
If you have any questions about how to complete it, please do not hesitate to reach out to [email protected]. Only students can complete the form and should log on with their school email address.

We are working hard to develop plans to celebrate our seniors and all they have accomplished! The current public health crisis has made planning complicated and, sadly, we will not be able to come together for a large traditional graduation ceremony this Spring. But this will not stop us from finding a safe way to celebrate our seniors! We are currently developing plans for outdoor graduation ceremonies that meet public health safety guidelines. Stay tuned for more details!

uAspire Events

FAFSA Events
March 16 | 6-7PM | Register here >>
April 27 | 7-8PM | Register here >>
Get an overview of the FAFSA, the application required by all colleges nationwide in order to receive federal financial aid.

After FAFSA Walkthrough
March 23, May 4 | 6-7PM | Register here >>
Explains the steps to take after submitting the FAFSA like reviewing your Student Aid Report (SAR) and verification.

Aid Offer Walkthrough
March 10, March 30, April 14 | 6-7PM | Register here >>
May 6 | 7-8PM | Register here >>
Make sense of financial aid offers from colleges and learn how to use uAspire's College Cost Calculator to compare the total costs of attending different colleges.
View upcoming uAspire events >>

uAspire Text Message Opt-In

uAspire has provided an easier way for students to enroll in the advising program by having students utilize a new "opt-in" number feature. Texting into this number will allow students to become directly enrolled in their advising program within 24-48 hrs.
The number is 617.362.6814.

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Spring Semester: SAT Information

CRLS will be offering the SAT without essay during the school day for all juniors. We are offering the SAT on three dates and have separated students by alpha into three equal cohorts for testing. Please see below for exam dates and for the student cohort groups testing on each date. Due to planning and health and safety guidelines, we are not able to accept requests to switch test dates.

  • *Wednesday, March 24 - Juniors with last names beginning with A-F
  • Tuesday, April 13 - Juniors with last names beginning with G-O
  • Tuesday, April 27 - Juniors with last names beginning with P-Z

The standard time SAT will last approx. 3 hours and 45 minutes. For students approved for 50% extended time, the SAT will last approx 5 hours and 15 minutes.

The test is being offered at no cost to students. Students do not need to register for the exam, the school will order enough exams for each student in each cohort. *Those taking the exam on March 24th are asked to RSVP your attendance to Jean Kuropatkin by Friday, March 19th.

For questions, contact Lynn Williams, Coordinator of Guidance

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Global Studies Certificate Program Application OPEN

The application for CRLS's Global Studies Certificate Program for the 2021-2022 School Year is open for students. 9th and 10th grade CRLS students are eligible to apply. Deadline: May 7, 2021. Apply here >>
More details below:

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Cambridge Youth Council
Political Opinions Survey

The Cambridge Youth Council is organizing an event where Cambridge area students are able to debate/converse with other students on political topics in a Jubilee-style debate where they can justify their views anonymously. The event will be posted on Youtube, hiding the names, faces, and identities of students participating. Here is an example of the event we will be hosting, but over Zoom!

The CYC is collecting data on which topics student's would like to see be discussed/debated, and whether they would be interested in participating. The data from survey will not be shared elsewhere and will remain only accessible to a very select few individuals. Take survey >>

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AP Exam Payment

How to pay?
We have been in the process of setting up an online payment system which has taken much longer than expected. We are extending the deadline.
Payment deadline: April 16th.

We are not currently accepting payments at this time and an update will be sent as soon as we have more information. Thank you for your patience.

For additional information (including Frequently Asked Questions) about AP exams, please visit the CRLS AP Testing Website. All updates will be posted there as well.

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FOCRLS Awards & Scholarships

Charlene Holmes Memorial Awards -- Faculty Nominations Due March 15

Holmes Awards
Friends of CRLS is seeking nominations from teachers, counselors, advisors, administrators, and other CRLS staff members of seniors for the Charlene Holmes Memorial Awards. Four members of the Class of 2021 -- one from each Learning Community -- will each receive a check for $500. The awardees will be seniors who exemplify Charlene's spirit of generosity and caring toward their fellow students along with the pursuit of their own dreams of higher education and professional careers. More information and nomination instructions here >>

Music Scholarship -- Application Due Date Extended to April 1

Music ScholarshipFriends of CRLS is accepting applications from music enthusiasts in grades 9, 10, 11, and 12 for the Calvin Hicks Award for the Study of Music. The awardee will receive $500 toward classes/lessons at any accredited music school. (You need to be passionate about learning, but you don't need to be planning to pursue a degree in music.) The awardee may study any instrument, voice, or music theory and be at any level from beginner to virtuoso.
More information and application here >>

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Mobile Tech Help DeskNeed Tech Help?

ICTS Technical Services Team will be operating the Mobile Helpdesk at CRLS Mon - Fri | 12NOON - 4PM
Saturdays: Closed

The Mobile Helpdesk will be located at CRLS, Felton St RSTA side of the school in the garage door closest to Broadway, which is the RSTA Graphics Classroom. The garage door will be open during operational hours.

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CSV Tutoring & Mentoring Programs

Cambridge School Volunteers (CSV) offers one-to-one remote tutoring and mentoring for Cambridge Rindge and Latin School (CRLS) and High School Extension Program (HSEP) students. It's important for students to be able to commit to 1 hour at the same time each week for an academic semester.

Academic Tutoring: Meet one-to-one with a tutor once a week to receive support with one or more academic subjects and/or test preparation.

College and Career Mentoring: Meet one-to-one with a mentor once a week to receive support in planning for your post-secondary life. This can include career and college exploration, college admission essay help, scholarship application support, etc.

Freshmen Peer Mentoring: Freshmen students meet with a peer mentor every other week during the fall semester to assist their transition into high school. This is our first year running this program, so there is limited capacity for participants.

Students looking for a Tutor or Mentor >>
Students looking to become Peer Tutors >>
To become a CSV High School Volunteer >>

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National Nutrition Month:
School Breakfast Rocks!

Cambridge in MotionDid you know that 8-12% of all school-aged kids, and as many as 20-30% of teens, skip breakfast? But study after study shows that kids who eat breakfast function better! They do better in school and have better concentration and more energy and are generally in better overall health than those who skip the morning meal. ALL school meals are FREE this year, so there has never been a better time to eat and enjoy school breakfast! Try all the tasty options this March: fruit and yogurt parfaits, whole wheat pancakes, cereal with fresh fruit, and more! From your friends at Cambridge in Motion, a program of the Cambridge Public Health Department, and CPSD Food & Nutrition Services.

Find CPS School Menus >>

Learn about the benefits of eating breakfast from the American Academy of Pediatrics >>

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Healthy Snack of the Week

 Fruit & Cheese Kabobs! Alternate chopped fruit and cheese pieces on a chopstick or kabob. Try melon, berries, apple, pears, pineapple and more!Here's Cambridge in Motion's Healthy Snack of the Week:
Fruit & Cheese Kabobs! Alternate chopped fruit and cheese pieces on a chopstick or kabob. Try melon, berries, apple, pears, pineapple and more!

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CRLS Events & Reminders

Teen Health Center is OPEN!
Please call 617.665.1548 to schedule an appointment.

COVID-19 CPS Data Dashboard
View Dashboard >>

“What Should I Do” Document
Guidance on what to do if you have symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19. View here >>

Free Meals for All Students
Monday - Friday, 12-1PM. Details >>

MBTA Passes
Still need an MBTA Card? You can order it via email and it will be mailed to you.

Need an Employment Permit?
Employment Permits are required for minors ages 14-17 years. In response to COVID-19 & practicing safe distancing during remote learning, we are processing Employment Permits electronically. Please email us for all inquiries.

In Our District & Community

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Find other opportunities on Find It Cambridge – or call/text us at 617.686.2998 or email us.

Programs are continuing to update their opportunities based on the recent state guidelines, so check back often

Cambridge Rindge and Latin School
See a curated list of programs, events, and resources within our district & community! See list >>

CEATVCEATV Weekly Highlights
March 8 - 14, 2021
Schedule & Streaming >>

SmartTV 98

CRLS Boys Basketball vs. Boston Spot On: Documentary Filmmaker Rachel Libert
Sat. 5:30PM & Sun. 7:30PM

Interview with CRLS Alum & Journalist Zolan Kanno Youngs
Mon. 10PM & Thu. 10PM

CRLS Orchestra: A Selection of Solo Works
Tue. 9PM & Sat. 7PM

Advanced Acting Documentary Theatre Project
Thu. 4PM & Fri. 8PM


School Committee Meeting 3/2/21 (Re-Broadcast)
Mon. 6PM

Special Education & Student Supports Subcommittee Meeting 2/25/21 (Re-Broadcast)
Sat. 6PM

School Committee Special Meeting 2/25/21 (Re-Broadcast)
Sun. 4PM

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