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January 14, 2022

News & Notes

Next Wave/Full Circle Welcomes Mayor Ballantyne to their School

On December 21st, students at Next Wave/Full Circle invited then-Mayor Elect Katjana Ballantyne for a return visit to their new school, for a conversation as she prepared to take office as Somerville’s next Mayor. During the 45-minute discussion, she shared some of her history and vision for the city and citizens of Somerville. She listened to students as they discussed their concerns and ideas for a better Somerville. Several students asked questions that Mayor-Elect Ballantyne answered, but she would always ask students what they thought about the question and how they might answer it.

The students, who were really excited about the opportunity to meet with Mayor-Elect Ballantyne, came together to write a Thank You letter.

Next Wave/Full Circle students also had an opportunity to meet with their future mayor earlier in the campaign as part of an “Interview” elective course taught by Mr. David Aronofsky, where students prepared and conducted interviews of local community members. Their first interview of the school year was with mayoral candidate Ballantyne and was published online in The Somerville Times.

60 Stockings Filled with Gifts Given Out to Students

The Somerville High School Beacon Community and Community teams gave out 60 stockings filled with essentials and gift cards to SHS students in need. Gianna Sardella from the Argenziano made the stockings. Beacon Community’s Administrative Assistant Paula Mello and the Beacon Community student interns organized and distributed the stockings. According to Beacon Community Assistant Principal Nicole Viele, the students were “beyond grateful” for the gifts. Thanks to everyone from the school community who worked on the stockings or donated!

Honoring the Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy with these short videos from PBS Learning Media and Smithsonian Education. Or attend this free virtual event "History Alive! Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: The Last Five Years" on Monday, January 17, 1-2pm, organized by the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

The City of Somerville will observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day this year with reflection, a call to support voting rights, and the announcement of two opportunities for residents to help advance and inform the City’s ongoing racial and social justice work. This year, the City’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day ceremony will be presented as a website where residents can read or watch student essays and videos that discuss Dr. King’s legacy and how his work applies to their lives and modern times. Starting Monday, January 17, visit somervillema.gov to read or view Somerville Public School students’ reflections on the work of Dr. King. Participation calls from the Racial and Social Justice Department will be posted to the webpage as well, along with a statement from Mayor Ballantyne. 

What's Happening  

Somerville Asian and Asian American Family Network

The next monthly meeting of the SAAAFN (Somerville Asian and Asian American Family Network) is Wednesday, January 19th at 7:00pm on Zoom. Our mission is to support and connect with families who are raising children of Asian descent in Somerville. Click here for meeting information.

Afterschool Enrollment Support Sessions

In-person afterschool enrollment support sessions for several programs will be offered January 18, 19, 20, 25 and 27. Please note that these sessions are by appointment only, and attendees must register using the online form ahead of time. Visit the AfterSchool Enrollment Workshops webpage for more information and links to the sign-up forms.

Internship Opportunity for Somerville Youth 14 Years+

The Somerville Economic Development Department in partnership with the Mayor’s Summer Jobs Program is hiring production team interns! Somerville youth ages 14 years and up are encouraged to apply. 10 hours/week @ $15.46/hour. Responsibilities will include curating informational videos for small businesses, script development + script translation, video production and editing. Fluency in Haitian Creole, Nepali, Portuguese, or Spanish preferred. Deadline to apply is February 4, 2022. Questions? Contact Jennifer Mancia at jmancia@somervillema.gov.

Upcoming School & District Events:

Visit www.somerville.k12.ma.us and click on the “calendar” link at the top of the page for a list of upcoming activities in our schools and in our district this month.

  • Monday, January 17: Martin Luther King Day; all schools and district offices closed
  • Wednesday, January 19, 7:00-8:00 p.m .: Somerville Asian and Asian American Family Network Meeting, virtual event
  • Tuesday, January 25, 7:00-8:30 p.m.: SSEPAC Business Meeting/Workshop, virtual event – Special Education, Where do I begin?
  • Wednesday, January 26: Half Day Wednesday for PK-8 (pre-K dismissal at 11:30 a.m.; K-8 dismissal at noon)
  • Wednesday, January 26, 7:00-8:00 p.m.: Choosing Child Care Workshop, virtual event

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, January 19, 7:00-8:00 p.m.: Special Policing Subcommittee Meeting – online (visit the School Committee Meetings page for the weekly Calls with meeting links, and Regular Meeting Agendas)
  • Monday, January 24, 5:30-6:30 p.m.: Educational Programs and Instruction Subcommittee Meeting – online (visit the School Committee Meetings page for the weekly Calls with meeting links, and Regular Meeting Agendas)
  • Monday, January 24, 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)
  • Wednesday, January 26, 7:00-8:00 p.m.: Finance and Facilities Meeting of the Whole – online (visit the School Committee Meetings page for the weekly Calls with meeting links, and Regular Meeting Agendas)

Community News & Events

Somerville Media Center’s Music + Media. Music + Media aims to give students a behind the scenes look into the production of music, all the way from generating an identity and sound, to producing their own music video that tells a story! Do you play a character as a musician and wear a mask? Or do you put yourself out there and tell your personal story through your music? We provide a safe environment for students to explore each unique pathway to musical success! Click here to learn more about Music + Media and other SMC youth offerings. 

SPS Volunteer Opportunities

Looking to make a difference in young people’s lives as a volunteer? Here are a few volunteer opportunities to consider:

  • Connect with Multilingual Learners: Bilingual or proficient volunteers (Portuguese or Spanish preferred) sought for in-classroom or tutoring support. ELL, Literacy, Mathematics, or Sciences tutoring or teaching experience preferred but not required. School day (8am-2:30pm) and some after school hours available at some sites, 2:45pm-5pm. One hour per week minimum commitment.
  • SHS After School Snack Program: Any day M-F, 2pm-3pm. Pick up and distribute snacks for SHS students after school. For training, questions, or to sign up, contact SHS Snack Coordinator Mary Marshall: MMarshall@k12.somerville.ma.us.
  • Run an After School Club! Grades K-2 or 3-5, 3-4pm or 4-5pm. Do you have a skill or interest you want to share? Enjoy getting creative with kids? Run or assist with an enrichment club once a week for a small group of students. Bring your Arts, Music, Science Explorations, Games, Chess, Comic Book-Making, Creative Writing, Slam Poetry, Cooking, Crochet, Debate, Nature Drawing, Percussion Band, Yoga, or STEM activities to an SPS elementary school. Guaranteed to be the best part of your week!
  • Indoor Basketball: Two volunteers sought to help supervise indoor basketball for grades 7 and 8 students. Basketball and/or coaching skills nice but not necessary; Wednesdays, 2:45pm-4pm at Healey School, 5 Meacham St., Becoming a Man Program. Contact Alex Bermejo if interested: abermejo@youth-guidance.org.

For all in-person volunteering, volunteer must have an approved CORI (background check) and provide proof of full vaccination for COVID-19. Please contact SPS Volunteer Coordinator Jcapuano@k12.Somerville.ma.us if interested.

City & District Employment Opportunities

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

  • Director of Health and Human Services, Human & Human Services Department, City of Somerville
  • Community Engagement Specialists – Mandarin, Haitian Kreyol, SomerViva Office of Immigrant Affairs, City of Somerville
  • Community Engagement Youth Specialist – Nepali, SomerViva Office of Immigrant Affairs, City of Somerville
  • Deputy Director and Language Justice Coordinator, SomerViva Office of Immigrant Affairs, City of Somerville
  • Multilingual Public Information Coordinator, SomerViva Office of Immigrant Affairs, City of Somerville

Visit https://www.somervillema.gov/jobs for a complete listing of current open positions in the City of Somerville.

  • K-12 Substitute Teachers – School Year, All Subjects, District-wide, Somerville Public Schools
  • Part-time Utility Aide, East Somerville Community School, Somerville Public Schools
  • Provisional Kindergarten Paraprofessional – through 6/30/22, Winter Hill Community Innovation School, SPS
  • Principal Account Clerk, Food & Nutrition Services Department, Somerville Public Schools
  • Part-time ELL Level 2 Teacher, Somerville Center for Adult Learning Experiences (SCALE), Somerville Public Schools

Visit https://www.schoolspring.com/jobs/?employer=16902 for a complete listing of current open positions in the Somerville Public Schools.