Press Releases and Other Media
Starting Monday, April 4th, Somerville will join communities across the nation in celebrating the Week of the Young Child. Sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), Week of the Young Child is a way to celebrate young children and the important role that early education plays in preparing our youngest learners for a lifetime of success.
Somerville Public Schools Superintendent Mary Skipper is pleased to announce that the Somerville High School Principal Search Screening Committee has forwarded the names of four finalists out of an initial slate of 33 applicants, for consideration as the school's next principal.
This spring, thanks in part to Somerville Arts Council grants, the Healey School has several creative projects planned that will help bring students together through art.
During the week of March 8, 2021 the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will conduct Tiered Focused Monitoring Reviews of Somerville Public Schools' Multilingual Learner Education Program as well as the district's Special Education Program/Civil Rights protocols, as part of DESE's routine review cycles and scheduled visits.
By the end of next week, Somerville Public Schools officials anticipate that close to 100% of families in the district will have internet access, thanks to intense and coordinated efforts by SPS and other City staff members, working in partnership with local service provider, Comcast. The district received a COVID 19 Assistance grant from the Somerville Job Creation and Retention Trust to support closing the digital divide for SPS students. This will allow students to access online learning while schools are closed for the rest of the academic year.
On November 18, 2019 the Somerville School Committee unanimously approved four long-range goals focused on ensuring that the district is making clear and bold progress toward providing equitable access, opportunities, and support for all students in the district. The three-year goals are designed to address the root causes of systemic inequities that have contributed to persistent achievement gaps, particularly for black and LatinX students.
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released results of its spring 2019 state-wide assessment, the Next Generation MCAS. According to the results, overall Somerville Public Schools continues to make progress toward its targets, and is doing so at a higher rate than last year. Results show that SPS met a significantly larger percentage of the District's performance targets than last year (52% vs 36%).
Longtime Principal of the Winter Hill Community Innovation School, Chad Mazza, will be in a new role as the district’s Interim Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment. Mr. Mazza stepped into his new position in the district this summer, taking over the Assistant Superintendent position vacated by Dr. Almi Abeyta, who last spring accepted the Superintendent position in the Chelsea Public Schools.
03/12/2019: Somerville Awarded Commonwealth Preschool Partnership Initiative Funding
The Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) recently awarded a nearly $1.5 million multi-year grant to Somerville Public Schools to expand access, and align and improve quality of its local early education system through strategic partnerships between the school district and EEC-licensed early education programs in the Somerville community.
The Powderhouse Studios (PHS) proposal that would add a brand new school to the Somerville Public Schools system advanced to the fourth and final stage of the Massachusetts Innovation School approval process. A January 7th vote by the Somerville Teachers Association to advance the authorization of PHS activated a 60-day window for the School Committee to gather input from the community, deliberate, and vote on the school’s final plan.
Online registration for next year's group of Somerville Public Schools (SPS) pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students begins January 12, 2019. All students who will be 4 years old by August 31, 2019 are eligible for the district’s preschool program. All students who will be 5 years old by that date are eligible for Kindergarten.
The Highlander Theatre Company (HTC), the resident theatre company of Somerville High School, will present the hit musical RENT: School Edition on December 6th, 7th, and 8th at the Centennial Auditorium at Somerville High School (SHS). Filled with laughter, tears, and a rock-infused score, RENT is a story about community, survival, and measuring life in love.
The Highlander Theatre Company, the resident theatre company of Somerville High School, announces its 2018-2019 theatre season. This year’s productions comprise the inaugural season of the new organization, established last year to expand theatre opportunities for students at Somerville High. The season will consist of four productions that reflect the creativity, talent, and diversity of the Somerville High School community.
The Somerville community is invited to join DESE Commissioner Jeffrey C. Riley for a conversation on 'The State of Latino Education' in Massachusetts, in the third of a 3-part series of town hall events in the Boston area that Commissioner Riley is hosting. The event takes place at the East Somerville Community School from 6:30-8:30pm on Wednesday, October 10, 2018.
Somerville continues to show strong growth district-wide in the most recent version of the Next Generation MCAS state-wide assessment. Results of the 2018 spring MCAS were released September 27th.
This week, the Center for Collaborative Education (CCE), working in partnership with the Somerville Public Schools (SPS), was named one of five grantees in the Barr Foundation Education Program’s Engage New England: Doing high school differently
Class of 2018 Somerville High School (SHS) graduates Tim McNabb and Brayan Andrade entered a five-year apprentice program after each student earned an I.B.E.W. Local 103 scholarship for the pre-Apprentice Partnership Program at Bent Electrical Contractors, Inc.
The Somerville Public Schools (SPS) was one of 100 local organizations selected to receive grants of $100,000 each through Cummings Foundation’s “100K for 100” program. SPS’ award will support social-emotional and leadership development for at-risk youth throughout the district, through team-building adventure-based programming.
On Wednesday, April 25, 2018, children and teachers from childcare and preschool programs across Somerville will gather at Somerville's City Hall for a day of celebration and civic engagement as part of the national 2018 "Week of the Young Child" celebration.
On Tuesday, April 3rd, filmmaker, writer, professor and producer of "Celling Your Soul", Joni Siani, facilitates an examination of our love/hate relationships with our digital devices and the impacts and reactions of the first digitally socialized generation.
VIDEO Produced with the Somerville Media Center. On this episode Uri Harel, Curriculum Coordinator for K-8 at the Somerville Public Schools, discusses STUDENT INSIGHTS -- a new tool that helps teachers and staff understand students' needs.
10/18/2017: SPS CONTINUES TO LEAD URBAN DISTRICTS IN BASELINE YEAR OF NEXT-GENERATION MCAS: According to the spring 2017 next-generation MCAS baseline year results released by the Department, Somerville continues to maintain excellent overall growth, indicating that SPS students are making strong gains compared to other students across the state who scored similarly on previous years’ exams. The spring 2017 results will serve as the baseline for the new assessment and for target-setting for 2018 and beyond, and should not be compared to previous years’ achievement scores.
VIDEO Produced with the Somerville Media Center. On this inaugural episode Lisa Kuh, Director of Early Educationfor K-8 at the Somerville Public Schools, discusses innovation and collaboration in Early Education throughout Somerville.
09/25/2017: SPS PARTNERS WITH BREAKTHROUGH TO EXPAND OUT-OF-SCHOOL-TIME LEARNING: SPS and Breakthrough Greater Boston are entering a partnership this year that will offer SPS middle grades and high school students the chance to participate in six years of intensive, out-of-school-time programming starting in the summer of 2018.
09/18/2017: CITIZEN SCHOOLS TO OFFER PROJECT-BASED LEARNING EXPERIENCES AT ESCS: East Somerville Community School is partnering with Citizen Schools to provide middle grade students with enriched learning opportunities that will equip them with real-world skills and guide them toward college and career success.
09/06/2017: SOMERVILLE EARLY EDUCATION PARTNERS WITH LESLEY UNIVERSITY ON TEACHER RESIDENCY PROGRAM: SPS enters its second year of an early education partnership effort with Lesley University that offers graduate students looking to enter the early education field with hands-on internship opportunities in the District.
08/24/2017: THE BOSTON FOUNDATION AWARDS SOMERVILLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS $200,000 FOR CONTINUED DEVELOPMENT OF STUDENT INSIGHTS TOOL: A two-year $200,000 grant award from The Boston Foundation will allow the district to continue development of Student Insights, an innovative open-source online student data software system that offers near real-time information to help schools provide timely, individualized interventions and student support.
05/11/2017: WINTER HILL AWARDED BOSTON FOUNDATION 'POZEN PRIZE FOR INNOVATIVE SCHOOLS': On May 10, the Boston Foundation announced the Winter Hill Community Innovation School as the winner of the 2017 Pozen Prize for Innovative Schools, which recognizes and awards schools for innovative practices that lead to academic excellence and a quality learning environment for all students.
04/27/2017: DR. ABEYTA TO JOIN SPS AS NEW ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT FOR CURRICULUM, INSTRUCTION, AND ASSESSMENT: Dr. Almudena "Almi" Abeyta, currently the Deputy Superintendent for Teaching and Learning in the Santa Fe Public Schools (NM), was unanimously approved by the Somerville School Committee as the district's next Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment.
03/03/2017: EXPANDED ACCESS AND SUPPORT LEADS TO IMPRESSIVE INCREASE IN SPS AP ENROLLMENT AND SUCCESS: Somerville Public Schools saw the number of its students enrolled in AP classes increase by more than 50% in just one year
11/29/2016: SOMERVILLE LAUNCHES WEEK-LONG EXPLORATION INTO COMPUTER SCIENCE AND CODING: The 2016 Somerville Hour of Code will provide every student in the district with the opportunity to log at least one hour of coding
10/5/2016: SOMERVILLE FABRICATION LABORATORY OPENS OCTOBER 12: FabVille will allow students, residents, and organizations to dive into the world of digital fabrication technology.
9/27/2016: Benjamin G. Brown School Earns "Commendation School" Designation as District Continues Upward Growth Trajectory
8/16/2016: SOMERVILLE HIGH SCHOOL TO LAUNCH ENROOT PARTNERSHIP IN FALL OF 2016: Up to 30 SHS students will benefit from Enroot program with targeted programming that extends the day by 50%