CRLS DYK Newsletter: March 23, 2021
Published on Mar 23, 2021 18:38

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March 23, 2021

Updates from Principal Smith

Good Evening CRLS Community,

Last week community members expressed concerns about recent student social media posts, behavior in a live streamed forum, and the school administration’s knowledge and response to these events. CRLS is committed to the academic and social growth of our scholars. When members of our school cause hurt with their actions and/ or words, we develop and offer support for impacted community members. We also work on accountability steps to repair the hurt caused and restore relationships whenever possible. A key component of this work is the Incident Reporting process.  

The Incident Reporting process was revised in the 2018-19 school year. The linked document Incident Reporting Process- CRLS 2018-Present outlines the elements and what to expect when a student makes a report. When a report is made, school personnel follow up on the matter. Each situation is unique and an appropriate response will be developed that best addresses the issues that have occurred. In resolving matters, the school will not share discipline or restorative outcomes regarding individual students or staff.

Students and community members can access the CRLS Incident Reporting Form to report an incident. The Deans of Students have shared this form and they continue to utilize it in their efforts to support students in addressing concerns. Students can make a report using this form and they can also speak with any adult in the school community that they feel comfortable talking with about their situation. Some staff members may be especially prepared to help, but most importantly we want students to communicate their concerns so we can work to maintain student well being and learning.

Both the Reporting Process and Reporting Form can be found on the CRLS webpage by accessing the links embedded in the About CRLS section on the Students and Families webpage. Please reach out to your Learning Community if you have questions regarding the Reporting Process or Form or any of the other matters in this week’s DYK.  

Principal Smith

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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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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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Athletics College Information Night

Tuesday, March 23rd | 6:30 - 7:30PM
Are you looking to play sports at the next level? Join Cambridge Rindge & Latin School Guidance Counselor Jordan Roldan who has great experience and understanding of the college process for those looking to participate at all levels. If you are a student athlete, a parent or caregiver of a student athlete, coach, or just someone trying to gain more knowledge on the process, then please join us on Zoom. *Contact Tom Arria for Zoom link.

Presentation and Discussion Focus:

  • Important information you should know starting your search
  • NCAA Eligibility Center, Introduction to academic standards for college bound athletes
  • Overview & introduction of NCAA Division I, II, III, & NAIA Athletics
  • Understanding the importance of Core Courses for athletics & admissions
  • Understanding your student athlete's transcript, & how it follows them through high school and beyond

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Cambridge Public Library Events

Tween/Teen Virtual Hangout
Wednesday, March 24 | 4-5PM

A drop-in hour for tweens, teens and their caregivers. Come say hello to your librarians, get book recommendations, research assistance, find out about the library's virtual offerings and bring your suggestions! Breakout rooms available for one-on-one assistance. Zoom link will be emailed to registrants one hour before the program begins. Register here >>

English Classes
*Registration required. Please see the Library’s online events calendar for more details.

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Virtual Spring Hiring Fair

Thursday, March 25 | 3-4PM | *Ages 16+
Apply to TJ MAXX. Meet the employer and get special consideration. Find out about other paid jobs and internships. Get prepared! Interview & resume help available. Contact Sal or Nina for help. More details >>

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Audible Remote & Paid Workshop Program - Summer 2021

Audible and Cambridge School Volunteers are currently seeking rising juniors and seniors interested in exploring careers in technology for a four week computer science-focused program. Participants will learn directly from Audible engineers working on industry-leading technology and be immersed in a professional computer science environment. Some topics that interns will explore include: the role of Software Development Engineers, the product development life cycle, and software testing. The program runs August 2-27, 2021 (Monday - Thursday, 9:30AM - 4PM), and interns are paid $15/hour.

Application Deadline:
April 28, 2021 at 5PM. Application details >>


  • Current 10th and 11th grade students
  • Have completed a computer science class

March 30, 2021 | 4PM | Zoom
Please contact Cambridge School Volunteers for more information.

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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
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. *The deadline to take the March 24th Exam has passed.

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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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

Looking for support with your classes? Wondering about college or your future career?

Cambridge School Volunteers (CSV) is actively matching students with volunteers who can assist them with academics or college/career mentoring. CSV offers one-to-one programs 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 explore and plan for your post-secondary life. This can include career and college research, college admission essay help, scholarship application support, etc.

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:
SNAP & WIC Help Families!

Cambridge in MotionThe Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides money for food to families in need, so there is less worry about food running out at home. The Women, Infants, and Children Nutrition Program (WIC) provides healthy foods, nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and referrals to healthcare and other services, free of charge. Are you worried that you won’t have enough food to last the whole month? Have you skipped meals because there wasn’t enough food in your home? These programs can help! From your friends at Cambridge in Motion, a program of the Cambridge Public Health Department, and CPSD Food & Nutrition Services.

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Healthy Snack of the Week

Tropical yogurtHere's Cambridge in Motion's Healthy Snack of the Week:
Tropical Yogurt! Unsweetened vanilla Greek yogurt topped with canned pineapple chunks.
Tip: Buy canned fruits in water or light syrup to limit added sugars!

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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 22 - 28, 2021
Schedule & Streaming >>

SmartTV 98

Game of the Week: CRLS Football vs. Boston Latin (Live)
Sat. 12NOON

The Word: With Student Journalists Halima & Michael (New!)
Thu. 10:30PM & Sun. 8:30PM

Life Right Now: CRLS Student Voices on Remote Learning
Mon. 10PM & Sat. 6PM

Spot On: Radio producer & CRLS alum Niko Emack
Mon. 9:30PM & Thu. 9:30PM


School Climate Subcommittee Meeting 3/22/21 (Live)
Mon. 6PM

School Committee Budget Workshop 3/23/21 (Live)
Thu. 6PM

Special Education & Student Supports Subcommittee Meeting 3/24/21 (Live)
Wed. 3:30PM

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Cambridge Rindge & Latin School
459 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138  •  617.349.6630
CPS Mobile App >>
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