Greer Gazette: November 14, 2022

Greer Gazette: November 14, 2022
Posted on 11/14/2022
Greetings CPS Community!

I hope you had a restful long weekend. It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is next week!

I am excited about the design of our instructional framework, one of the focused initiatives outlined in our district plan for this school year. An instructional framework is a blueprint to ensure educators continue to gain the knowledge and the tools necessary for all students to receive high quality instruction every day. The design of the framework will be collaborative and involve multiple stakeholders. We welcome your participation and ask that you complete the survey and consider attending one of the Education Summits this Thursday (details below). Your feedback will inform the Instructional Framework Design Team, which will be composed of students, educators, and school and district leaders. We are excited to engage you in the process and look forward to hearing your voice!

At tomorrow’s School Committee meeting, my team and I will present information about our Equity Budget Audit and I will share my goals as a part of the Superintendent's evaluation process.

Last Tuesday’s district-wide professional learning day was energizing! Teams across schools and departments immersed themselves in the learning from instruction to customer service. We are grateful to all of our staff for leaning into this critical work. Pictures below!

Thank you for your continued support.

Make it Great!

Dr. Victoria L. Greer


Instructional Framework Design: Education Summits


Two Education Summits will be held next Thursday, November 17.

  • 1 - 3PM | Cambridge Public Library (Main Branch)(located at 449 Broadway)

  • 6 - 8PM | King Open School(located at 850 Cambridge Street)

Make-Up i-Ready Personalized Instruction Caregiver Session Tonight (6-7)!


What is i-Ready Personalized Instruction?

  • Online program for 3rd - 8th grade studentsto advance their reading and math skills beyond the school day.

  • Customizes lessons to improve and accelerate reading and math skills, whether students are performing below, on, or above grade level.

  • Lessons accessible at home, during after school programs, when absent, and during school closures.


Winter Athletics Registration Open!


Registration for Winter Athletics is open andwill close on Monday, November 21.

  • For a registration checklist, click here.

To register for the winter season, click here.

RSTA Review


We have published initial findings from the multi-phase review of the Rindge School of Technical Arts (RSTA), the career and technical education program at the high school. We will continue to share information on the implementation of program improvements and additional phases of work.

Junior Kindergarten/Kindergarten Lottery Information Sessions



The JK/K Lottery for the 2023-2024 school year will open on January 3, 2023 and close on January 31, 2023.Allregistrations must be fully completed, including all language testing to determine eligibility for Program Language Bonus points.


Please consider attending a virtual information session to learn more about the process.


Wednesday, November 1 6| 6-7PM

COVID-19 Update


Test Kit Distribution for Thanksgiving


Each school will give out a COVID test kit to every student and staff member onTuesday, November 22.


We ask that every student and staff member take a rapid test before school on Monday, November 28.

  • If positive or negative but have symptoms, please stay home and notify the school.

  • If negativeand do not have symptoms, we will see you at school.

In addition, we, along with the Cambridge Public Health Department,strongly recommend masking at school through Friday, December 2, particularly if an individual traveled or attended a large indoor gathering over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Flu and COVID Vaccine Clinic at King Open School Tomorrow from 4-7PM!

The bivalent booster is approved for children ages 5 and older.Children (and adults) can get this booster if it has been at least 2 months since their last COVID-19 vaccine dose (initial vaccines or booster).We continue to strongly recommend that all eligible individuals stay up-to-date with their vaccination and boosters for the best protection against COVID.

**Please note that VaxAbilities will host a second disability-friendly clinic this Wednesday, November 16.Additional staff will be at these clinics to provide skilled support to individuals with disabilities and sensory support needs.**

To make an appointment and for more information, including dates and locations, visit Cambridge Public Health’s website.

District Professional Learning Day

Last Tuesday’s district-wide professional learning day was energizing! Teams across schools and departments immersed themselves in the learning from instruction to customer service. We are grateful to all of our staff for leaning into this critical work.

Rindge Avenue Teacher Earns MIT Award!

Congratulations to Rindge Avenue Upper Campus’ 6th grade social studies teacher Gisel Saillant! Even though Ms. Saillant teaches social studies, she received the “Curious Teacher” award in MIT’s Curiosity Challenge 2022! Read more about her and the challenge here!

Featured Events

ACE Trade Day

Free ACE Trade Day at CRLS

Calling all ACE students, high school students from greater Boston, and ACE alumni! Come spend some time at the ACE Trade Day at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School and spend some time working through different trades, such as masonry, carpentry/painting, building information management (BIM), surveying, HVAC, and electrical.

Saturday, November 19 | 9AM - 1PM(459 Broadway)

Caregiver Equity Summit

Come Learn, Connect, and Reflect with families as we identify what equity sounds like, looks like, and feels like to caregivers in the Cambridge Public Schools community. There will be workshops, music, food, and much more!

Saturday, December 3 | 9AM - 3PM(Cambridge Street Upper located at 840 Cambridge Street)

Mark Your Calendar

Wednesday, November 16 | Early Release Day (JK-8)

Wednesday, November 23 | Early Release Day (All Grades)

Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25 | Thanksgiving Break

Monday, December 26 - Monday, January 2 | Winter Break (No School & CPS Offices Closed on December 26 & 30 & January 2)

Tuesday, January 3 | Staff Professional Learning Day (No School)

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