CRLS DYK Newsletter: March 16, 2021
Published on Mar 16, 2021 16:18

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March 16, 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 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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Drumming & World Jazz Classes

I085 Drumming and Percussion (Grades: All - Credits: 10)
Great for musicians, dancers, actors! Improve your sense of rhythm.
Learn the drum-set, congas, and world percussion. Styles: hip-hop, rock, pop, jazz, Afro-Cuban, and Brazilian. All levels are welcome.
We sample videos from Jay Z to Miles Davis. Learn how to read and write music, play the drum-set, and create a groove. Open to all music students, dancers and actors.

I040 HN Drumline/Percussion Ensemble (Grades: All - Credits: 10)
Fun to play as an ensemble!
Students will learn how to play as a percussion ensemble. The instrumentation includes snare drum, bassdrum, multi-toms, cymbals,  world percussion, marimba, vibraphone, xylophone, piano, and bass.
The Drumline/Percussion Ensemble performs at the Winter/Spring Concerts. This course is not only for drummers – it’s for all instrumentalists.
View music video >>

I040 World Jazz Ensemble (Grades: All - Credits: 8; Length: Year)
Apply to be part of this jazz ensemble!
This jazz ensemble focuses on the performance of music from many areas of the world, such as Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. The instrumentation will be piano, bass, guitar, drums, percussion, horns, strings, woodwinds, and vocals. This ensemble includes original materials written by the students or the instructor.
* Meets once a week after school. Prerequisite: By audition with Mr. Nojechowicz. View music video >>

We are looking for students' musicians in all instruments for next year.
Instructor: Guillermo Nojechowicz. Read Mr. Nojechowicz's bio >>

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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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Driver's Education Program Sign Up

The CRLS Drivers Education Program is a state approved program that serves the Cambridge community and is led by Mr. Bill Timmins. We are excited to launch our first ever Virtual Driver's Education program. If you are interested, please visit here for more details.

Registration: Tuesday, March 23 | 3:15-6PM | Auto Shop Classroom (456 Broadway). Please fill out registration form >>

If you have any further questions, please call Bill Timmins at 339.223.0163.

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FOCRLS Awards & Scholarships

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: Learn Skills to Cook Tasty Meals!

Cambridge in MotionHaving children help cook meals and snacks is a win for everyone! Kids are more likely to try foods when they have been a part of cooking them. Cooking also helps kids gain independence and learn important life skills! ChopChop Family has monthly newsletters for kids with recipes, kitchen skills, cooking tips, and learning opportunities – check out their free Cooking Club app to help get your kids excited about cooking together! From your friends at Cambridge in Motion, a program of the Cambridge Public Health Department, and CPSD Food & Nutrition Services.

– How to Use a Knife: Learn the safest way to use a knife in this ChopChop Newsletter about sweet potatoes (pg. 3)!
– How to Use a Colander: Learn how to use this common kitchen tool in this ChopChop Newsletter all about Chickpeas (pg. 4)!
– How to Crack an Egg: Learn how to crack an egg in this ChopChop Newsletter all about Eggs (pg. 3)!
– How to Core a Tomato: Learn how to get that pesky core out of a tomato in this ChopChop Newsletter all about tomatoes (pg. 3)!

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Healthy Snack of the Week

Popcorn with parmesan cheese and dried fruitsHere's Cambridge in Motion's Healthy Snack of the Week:
Popcorn with Parmesan Cheese & Dried Fruit! Sprinkle the parmesan on top of the popcorn. Try dried fruits like raisins, apricots, prunes, or mango!

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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 15 - 21, 2021
Schedule & Streaming >>

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RAUC TV: Season 2, Episode 4
Mon. 7PM & Wed. 7PM

What’s Up Cambridge: CRLS Drumming & Percussion Clinic
Thu. 2PM & Sun. 9PM

Strata Portraits of Humanity: March 2021 Edition
Tue. 8:30PM & Sat. 2:30PM

NASA TV Highlights: SpaceCast Weekly 3/12/21
Wed. 8PM & Thu. 8PM


School Committee Regular Meeting 3/16/21 (Live)
Tue. 6PM

School Committee Special Meeting 3/18/21 (Live)
Thu. 6PM

White House Chronicle: Global Electricity (New!)
Wed. 5PM & Sun. 5PM

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