CRLS DYK Newsletter: April 27, 2021
Published on Apr 27, 2021 13:47

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April 27, 2021

Updates from Principal Smith (Enrollment Form Deadline Extended to April 28th)

As part of the district expansion of in-person learning, CRLS will begin full-time, in-person learning five days per week on Monday, May 10.

The deadline for registration for May 10th has been extended to Wednesday, April 28th at 8PM.

You have two options for your high school student

  • Attend school in-person, full-time (full day, 5 days per week), or
  • Participate in remote learning, full time (full day, 5 days per week)

Please submit your choice by 8PM on April 28th.

Log-in to the Caregiver Portal
Choose "Fill out the CRLS Enrollment Form”
If we don’t hear from you, your student will continue to be enrolled in their current mode.

A few things to know about the in-person learning experience:

  • Classrooms will be setup with 3 feet physical distancing between student desks
  • The CRLS schedule has been updated to support in-person learning.
    See the schedule here >>
  • Students are encouraged to participate in surveillance testing to identify asymptomatic cases and keep our community health. For students younger than 18, parents/guardians must provide consent.

We encourage families to have discussions with their students about this transition and their students’ preferences as you submit your choice.

CRLS School Council Meeting TONIGHT at 6PM
Please join us tonight at 6PM for a discussion on the May 10th transition and answers to questions you may be having. Register here >>

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Graduation/Senior Information

Hello Seniors! For information concerning graduation and Senior activities, please visit the following link. More details >>

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MCAS Update

Last week the Massachusetts Board of Secondary & Elementary Education voted unanimously that the current junior class will not have to take and pass the MCAS exam because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, juniors who earn full credit in an approved course and demonstrate competency in that subject will meet the requirement to graduate. However, members of the Class of 2022 who want to be considered for scholarships, such as the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship, must take the MCAS this spring or fall.

For more information, see CPS’s MCAS webpage and FAQs.

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2021-22 School Year District Calendar

District Calendar approved for the 2021-22 school year. View calendar >>

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2021 Participatory Budget

At the end of the last school year, students voted on their favorite Participatory Budget idea.  Approximately, 53% of the students voted for the idea of an All Year Chill Room. Given the extraordinary circumstances this year, we will be unable to implement this project.  We, however, will be sure to return to this idea and carry out the project once we are able to do so safely.  

CRLS would like to hear more of your ideas!!!  As part of the 2021 Participatory Budget process, CRLS would like to know how you, a CRLS student, would spend $10,000 to improve the school community?

The idea proposed should provide a school-wide benefit to which all students have access.  All proposals must comply with the CRLS Student Handbook, Cambridge Public School policies and remain true to the CRLS mission.  All current CRLS students are eligible to submit their ideas.  A student may submit multiple ideas.  

To submit an idea, please complete the Participatory Budget Form.  

If you are interested in becoming a student delegate and would like to review the proposals, please complete the Student Delegate section of the Participatory Budget Form

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NHS Induction Ceremony

NHS Induction Ceremony
We’d like to congratulate the 134 high school students who were recently inducted into the Derry-Wood Chapter of the National Honor Society. Candidates selected by members of the CRLS National Honor Society Faculty Council exhibit excellence in scholarship, character, leadership and service.

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Cambridge Public Library Events

Tween/Teen Virtual Hangout: Yoga Sessions with Jaylee Momplaisir
Wednesday, April 28 | 4PM
Re-calibrate your mind and body with this all-level gentle yoga practice consisting of a slow vinyasa flow, long-held supported poses and calming breath work. This experience is designed to activate the body’s innate relaxation response which invites healing and restores balance.
Class will be 45 minutes and blocks or books, blankets and pillows are recommended. Register here >>

Social Justice Workshops for Tweens and Teens
Join us for a series of workshops for tweens and teens about social justice.
May 5 | 4PM | Climate Justice Monopoly with Spring Forward
May 12 | 4PM | Know Your Rights for Tweens and Teens
May 19 | 4PM | Speak On It
May 26 | 4PM | Social Justice at the CPL

The series continues with a panel: Voices of Youth Activists on May 27, 6PM.

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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

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Harvard Presents Together We RISE

Wednesday, May 19 | 10AM - 2PM
A Virtual Conference for Allston, Brighton, and Cambridge High School Sophomores & Juniors, sponsored by the Harvard Ed Portal and the Harvard Public School Partnerships team. CRLS alum, Mohammed Uddin, CRLS ‘15, UMass Boston BA ‘19, MPA ‘20, will be a featured guest speaker.

More information >>
*Register before May 7 to receive a surprise in the mail! Register here >>

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We Got Us Empowerment Project!

Thursday, May 20 | 6:30PM
Please join us for a presentation and community meeting with the We Got Us Empowerment Project! The We Got Us Empowerment Project is a collective of Black community members, healthcare professionals, students, and allies dedicated to educating our communities about COVID-19 and the vaccine.

More information >>
Register here >>

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CPS Community Fairs Starting May 8

Community Fairs 2021
Save the date for the 2021 CPS Community Fairs, hosted by CPS and the Office of Mayor Siddiqui, including our kickoff May 8 outside Cambridge Street Upper School.

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Connect with other CPS Families: Sign Up for FamilyBook!

FamilyBook is a secure, online family directory for each CPS school. It provides contact information for the purpose of sharing information and building community. If you haven’t already, sign up for the FamilyBook now!

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Summer Opportunities in Naviance

Summer Opportunities received by the guidance department are being entered in the enrichment section of Naviance. Visit Naviance >>

How to Locate the Enrichment Section
From the Naviance home page, please click:

  • Top tab colleges
  • Click colleges home
  • Under research colleges, click enrichment

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Paid Summer Learning Opportunity at Meadowscaping for Biodiversity

Empowering BIPOC Youth to Address Environmental Injustice
and Climate Change

YEEP is an experiential, summer-time environmental enrichment program designed to empower teens to act positively for the environment and themselves. This year we are offering the program to youth in Belmont, Cambridge, Waltham, Watertown, and Arlington. Learn more >>

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Do you want to take a music class?

Drumming & World Jazz. Styles: hip-hop, rock, world music. Hear what a couple students have to say!

Why should you take a drumming class?
Hear from Ellen Jacobson (CRLS Senior) and Jordan Laws (CRLS Senior) in their own words. View video here >>

For more information, contact Mr. Nojechowicz.

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Happy Autism Acceptance Month!

In April and there are many international and national holidays that are celebrated. One of those awesome holidays is Autism Acceptance Month.
So from Best Buddy club, we would like to wish you a happy Autism Acceptance Month.

Best Buddy is a club made to make sure the students with intellectual and developmental disabilities at CRLS have a place where they can have fun, feel accepted and be involved. We planned many different events (virtually for now) so they can have a place to come and feel accepted and have some laughs. We are always looking for new members with or without any disabilities. If you would like to join and help make a difference, please contact any of those following emails:

The Co-presidents: Dachenie Ganthier & Sachiko Kirby
Our awesome club advisor: Lynette Belle

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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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Water Bottle Classroom Initiative for 9th Graders! 

The Cambridge Healthy Smiles program is launching its annual Water Bottle Classroom Initiative this month. Students in Grade 9 received a personal water bottle to use at school to promote oral health. The Charles Bullock Fund, which supports the oral health needs of school aged children in Cambridge, provides these reusable water bottles.

More info >>

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April is School Library Month!

School Library MonthSchool Library Month is a time to celebrate the essential role that school librarians and strong school library programs, including our wonderful Cambridge Public Schools Library Team, play in transforming learning. Visit the American Association of School Librarians' website to learn more and view author and illustrator videos about the importance of school libraries and reading. #EveryoneBelongs@YourSchoolLibrary #AASLslm

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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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CRLS Events & Reminders


School Council Meeting
April 27 |  6PM

CRLS returns to full in-person
or remote
May 10

Eid al-fitr (No School)
May 13

CRLS School Council Meeting
May 25 | 6PM

Memorial Day (No School)
May 31

CRLS Graduation
June 10

Juneteenth (No School)
June 18

Last Day of School (Early release)
June 23


Teen Health Center is OPEN!

Please call 617.665.1548 to schedule an appointment.

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 Spring and Summer 2021 opportunities for Cambridge families. You can also call/text 617.686.2998 or email Andrew for help.

Continue to check back as new programs are updated or visit Find It Cambridge for lots of other great resources!

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

Do you talk to your teens about sexual health, the same way your parents talked to you?

My name is Naomi Darom, and I am a PhD student at Northeastern University. I’m looking for mothers to participate in a study comparing the way their parents talked to them about sexual health, with the way they speak about it to their teens.

This research has been approved by the Superintendent's office. Participation is completely confidential!

If you are willing to hear more, sign up here >>

CEATVCEATV Weekly Highlights
April 26 - May 2, 2021
Schedule & Streaming >>

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Spring Sports Information Meeting for Students & Caregivers 4/20/21(Re-Broadcast)

Mon. 8PM & Tue. 8PM

The Word: Journey through Cambridge (New!)
Wed. 5:30PM & Thu. 10:30PM

Spot On: 15 Questions with Ms. Weisbart (New!)

Thu. 9:30PM & Sun. 7:30PM

What’s Up Cambridge: CRLS Orchestra Collected Performances
Sat. 7PM & Sun. 9PM


School Committee Special Meeting 4/27/21 (Live)

Tue. 5PM

Special Education & Student Supports Sub-Committee Meeting 4/28/21 (Live)
Wed. 6PM

School Committee Special Meeting 4/15/21 (Re-Broadcast)
Sat. 10AM

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