June 17, 2022

News & Notes

Class of 2022 Graduates Persevere, Ready for Next Phase of Their Journeys

For the Class of 2022 graduates from Somerville High School, Full Circle, and SCALE (Somerville Center for Adult Learning Experiences), the journey to this milestone event has been anything but straightforward. Among the many qualities that this amazing group of graduates has demonstrated are resilience, compassion, and incredible determination to persevere through the many obstacles that the last few years have presented. As they prepare for the next phase of their journeys, they do so as models of what it takes to succeed. We look forward to hearing about their continued success, wherever their paths may take them. Congratulations, Class of 2022 graduates!

Kennedy School Students’ Work Selected for MIT’s Curiosity Challenge 2022

From more than 3,000 entries, several students at the John F. Kennedy School have had their original artwork and curious questions selected as part of the 2022 Curiosity Challenge, sponsored by the Curious MIT Club. The students wrote and illustrated their questions, such as “Why do we have fingerprints?” and “Why do giant squid have blue blood?” and submitted them for review with their teachers’ help. The Club is meant to reinforce the pursuit of students’ innate inquisitiveness. To see the Kennedy School student work, and to learn more about this project, please visit https://www.curiousmit.org/schools/j-f-kennedy-elementary-school

ESCS Celebrates Inaugural Season of Girls on the Run

Students at the East Somerville Community School are completing their inaugural Girls on the Run season this month. Coached by Susan Maday, ESCS’s special education facilitator, the after-school activity was held twice a week this spring and was open to all runners in grades 3-5. A dozen girls joined and built friendships, worked as a team, and exercised in all kinds of weather. The ESCS PTA paid the registration fee for all runners.

Each session began with warm-up exercises and then a bit of running in the neighborhood. In addition to running, Girls on the Run participants complete a community impact project, which is entirely student-driven. The team at ESCS decided together to host a lemonade stand and bake sale in front of school to raise money to benefit animals and the environment. This past half-day Wednesday they raised a total of $350 for the Animal Rescue League. The following weekend, the ESCS team joined clubs from around the Boston Metro area for a celebratory 5K in Medford. They plan to start up again when school resumes this fall.


What's Happening  

Three Somerville Teen Centers Open This Summer

On Friday, June 10, Mayor Katjana Ballantyne and Somerville Public Schools Superintendent Mary Skipper announced three dedicated teen spaces to support Somerville’s youth this summer:

  • Somerville Public Library (SPL), Central Branch (79 Highland Ave.): The Teen Room at the Central Library offers manga, comics, and popular teen fiction in a welcoming, comfortable space. Summer programs include weekly lawn games, video game nights, a summer reading challenge with prizes, and more. Open during regular Central Library hours. Ages 13+. 
  • Edgerly Education Center (33 Cross St.): Starting Monday, June 13, the Edgerly Education Center will offer a dedicated space for teens with crafts, snacks, games, and more. Enter on the Otis Street side. Open weekdays, 2:30 to 8 p.m. Ages 14+. 
  • Powderhouse Park (838 Broadway): Starting Tuesday, July 5, teens are welcome to spend summertime afternoons at the Powderhouse Park building. Drop by for food, activities, creative programming, and more. Open weekdays, 2:30 to 8 p.m. Ages 14+.

For more information, check out the City’s press release at https://www.somervillema.gov/teencenter. This summer, the City will begin efforts to identify a permanent teen center in the City, engaging youth in the design and development of this long-awaited youth resource.  

Will Your Student Attend Somerville High School This Fall?

All rising 9th graders are invited to join the FREE Summer Success Program at Somerville High School. It’s a 2-week introduction to life at Somerville High School. Learn the layout of the new, state-of-the-art building, meet other students, and even earn high school credits. Learn more about it: https://bit.ly/3wNuivd Contact Michael Morgan: mmorgan2@k12.somerville.ma.us Register in English: https://bit.ly/3LJB7EC. In Spanish: https://bit.ly/3y8LYDW. In Portuguese: https://bit.ly/3vY2jst. In Haitian Creole: https://bit.ly/3vXatRX.

Space Still Available in Some Summer Programs

There are still several summer programs that have openings for students. The Somerville Calculus Project, Sing in Somerville, Somerville Arts for Youth Theater program, and the School of Honk are available. For details on each program, and to register, visit our SPS Summer Learning page.

Events and Activities in Somerville and Surrounding Communities on Our Just for Fun Page

Our district’s Just for Fun Page lists in-person, online, and free or low-cost activities and special events to do solo or as a family. For more information, visit www.somerville.k12.ma.us/justforfun. Check back often – we will continue to update with new events and activities throughout the summer.

2022-23 School Year Calendar

Have a great summer! We look forward to welcoming students and staff back to school this fall. The 2022-23 school year will begin on Wednesday, August 31, 2022 for students in grades 1-12, and is a half day. Pre-K and Kindergarten will begin on Tuesday, September 6. Find the complete 2022-23 SPS school year calendar at www.somerville.k12.ma.us/district-calendar

Upcoming School Committee Meetings:

Find the complete School Committee schedule, agendas and meeting minutes (as approved) online at www.somerville.k12.ma.us/school-committee.​​​

  • Wednesday, June 22, 7:00-8:00 p.m.: Finance and Facilities Subcommittee Meeting – online (visit the School Committee Meetings page for the weekly Calls with meeting links, and Regular Meeting Agendas)
  • Monday, June 27, 7:00-9:30 p.m.: Regular School Committee Meeting – online (visit the School Committee Meetings page for the weekly Calls with meeting links, and Regular Meeting Agendas)

Community News & Events

Cozy Community Popup!

Come sing along with Max and friends and help make our community a welcoming place for everyone! This fun-filled event full of human and puppet characters speaks to themes of friendship, inclusion, and community. Activities include: a 40-minute sing-along puppet show followed by socially distanced craft activities, meet the puppet characters, the Book Nook quiet space, and take-home resources! For Family audiences, ages 3+. Funded in part by a grant from the Boston Foundation, Somerville Arts Council, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

  • West Branch Public Library - June 24 from 4 - 5:30pm (performance at 4:15)

Somerville Public Library’s Book Club, Chapter Chatter, for Ages 9-11 to Meet

Somerville Public Library’s Chapter Chatter for ages 9-11 meets the last Wednesday of every month. The next great read and discussion will be of Mark Oshiro’s The Insiders on June 29. Meetings are held at the Central Library (79 Highland Ave.) from 6:30-7:15 p.m. More details can be found at https://www.somervillepubliclibrary.org/kids/kids-book-clubs.

Somerville Mathematics Fund Announces Its Scholarship Winners

The Somerville Mathematics Fund has announced this year's Math Fund scholarship winners. As Erica Dakin Voolich, President of the Somerville Mathematics Fund explains, “They persevered in the pandemic and came out ready to move on to college!” Read more about the scholarship and this year’s winners in this blog post.

Somerville Community Growing Center Summer Programs

The Somerville Community Growing Center invites you to yoga in the garden, go on a pollinator safari, and more this summer. Learn about fun and creative programs through the end of June at the Somerville Community Growing Center: https://www.thegrowingcenter.org/calendar

SPS Volunteer Opportunities

Serve and Inspire this Summer!

Somerville Public Schools and community partners have many ways you can serve this summer. There are opportunities to engage in academics, arts, music, athletics, outdoor adventure, gardening, and much more. New to volunteering with SPS? Contact SPS Volunteer Coordinator Jen Capuano at Jcapuano@k12.somerville.ma.us, or visit www.somerville.k12.ma.us/volunteer.

City & District Employment Opportunities

Consider joining a winning team! Current city and district opportunities include:

  • Deputy Director of Communications, Communications & Community Engagement Dept., City of Somerville
  • Out of School Time / Child Care Coordinator, Health and Human Services Dept., City of Somerville
  • Deputy Director of Grants Development, Grants Development Department, City of Somerville
  • Customer Service Representative, Constituent Services 311, City of Somerville
  • IT Project Manager, Information Technology, City of Somerville

Visit https://cityofsomerville.applytojob.com/ for a complete listing of current open positions in the City of Somerville.

  • Anticipated District Equity Coach, Somerville Public Schools
  • Anticipated Asst. Director of MLE, Multilingual Learner Education Department, Somerville Public Schools
  • Anticipated Special Education Paraprofessional, East Somerville Community School, Somerville Public Schools
  • Anticipated Theater Teacher, Winter Hill Community Innovation School, Somerville Public Schools
  • Anticipated Grade 8 UNIDOS/Humanities Teacher, East Somerville Community School, Somerville Public Schools

Visit https://somerville.tedk12.com/hire/index.aspx for a complete listing of current open positions in the Somerville Public Schools.


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