Press Releases and Other Media

01/25/2023 School Committee to Announce Final Candidates for New SPS Superintendent on Monday, 1/30
Following an extensive search process and using feedback from more than 400 SPS community members, the Somerville School Committee and the Somerville Superintendent Screening Subcommittee are set to announce the candidates that will advance to the second and final round of the interview process. 
 
12/22/2022 Generous Clothing Donations from Area Business, Organizations Support Somerville Families This Winter
The SFLC's Clothing Closet recently received a number of donations from local businesses and organizations, making it possible for SFLC and the Somerville Public Schools to distribute quality clothing, footwear, and other items to Somerville students struggling with basic needs. 
 
12/08/2022 SPS Educators, Staff Recognized by Regional, State, and National Organizations in 2022
Six members of the SPS staff were recognized for outstanding work by regional, state, and national organizations in 2022. Awards went to teachers at SHS, our Athletics staff, and to the Director of the SPS' newly-formed Office of Basic Needs and Housing Support.
 
12/08/2022 SPS Students, Families, Staff Invited to Take Online Survey to Help Inform Superintendent Search
A new, online community survey as part of the SPS Superintendent Search process is now live. The survey is available in English, Portuguese, and Spanish. A survey in Haitian Creole will be available soon. To access the surveys, visit www.somerville.k12.ma.us/superintendent-search
 
12/01/2022 SPS Superintendent Search Officially Underway; Community Member Input Sought Through Public Listening Sessions, Community Survey
The School Committee officially launched the search for Somerville's next Superintendent of Schools in November with the selection of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees to lead the district's Superintendent search process. 
 
11/30/2022 Open Houses, School Tours Planned in Advance of 2023-2024 School Year Enrollment
The SPS annual school enrollment period for PreK and K students opens on January 4, 2023, and SPS staff are gearing up to make sure Somerville families are ready and able to enroll students.
 
11/04/2022 School Committee Seeking Community Members for Superintendent Screening Committee
The Somerville School Committee is hiring a new superintendent to lead Somerville Public Schools. The School Committee is seeking three individuals - a parent/guardian, an educator, and a school administrator, all from the Somerville Public School district - to serve on the Superintendent Screening Committee. See more info on the Superintendent Search webpage.
 
Parents and guardians of SHS students, and other interested community members, are invited to assist in a Self-Reflection which is currently being conducted by SHS's professional staff as part of the accreditation process for the school. Volunteers will help assess the school's alignment to the Standards for Accreditation. Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Lisa Brewster-Cook at lbrewster@k12.somerville.ma.us by November 30, 2022.
 
Former SHS athlete and U.S. Olympian, Phil Reavis, Sr. paid a visit to his alma mater on October 27 to tour the new high school field house and gym. Reavis, a graduate of the class of 1954, rose to international acclaim for his skill in track and field as a high jumper. After winning local and national titles as an SHS student, Reavis was recruited by Villanova University and went on to win collegiate titles and compete in the 1956 Olympic games. Reavis placed seventh in the Olympics that year. Recently, the City's Memorialization Committee voted to name the yet-to-be-built athletic field at SHS in Reavis' honor.
 
SHS plans to seek formal accreditation by the NEASC. Public Schools have the option of seeking accreditation every 10 years. According to the NEASC website, accreditation is an ongoing, voluntary cycle of both internal and external assessments, planning, and reporting that allows schools to meet their unique goals while maintaining alignment with research-based standards that define characteristics of high quality, effective learning communities.
 
The History Teacher of the Year Award highlights the crucial importance of history education by honoring exceptional American History teachers from each state. Presented by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, a leading nonprofit organization dedicated to K-12 history education. 
 
 
Today the MBTA and Somerville Public Schools (SPS) announced the expansion of the City’s M7 program, which launched last school year at the high school level. This year, all SPS students in grades 7-12 will be provided with M7 cards, or M7s, which are MBTA Student CharlieCards that are pre-loaded with monthly passes for the school year and are paid for by SPS. Students with an M7 card can ride the subway, buses, and up to Zone 2 of the Commuter Rail at no cost from the date of distribution through June 30, 2023.
 
 
The Commonwealth Preschool Partnership Initiative funding supports the advancement of the city’s mixed delivery early education and care systems work in fiscal year 2023. This work will focus on three program priority areas: expanding access to quality affordable preschool by supporting enrollment and staffing efforts; building locally aligned program quality through professional development and coaching as well as instructional materials; and the equitable access to special education and inclusion through targeted staffing and consulting support.
 
 
08/01/2022: Somerville Public Schools Awarded $10,000 “It Gets Better” Grant
The It Gets Better Project recently announced that Somerville Public Schools (SPS) has been awarded a “50 States. 50 Grants. 5000 Voices” grant. Somerville Public Schools will use the funds to support LGBTQIA+ students by providing our district’s Gender/Sexuality Alliances (GSAs) with materials, event funding, and inclusive and representative books for school libraries.
 
 
06/16/2022: Somerville School Committee to Vote on New 3-Year Agreement with SEU Units A and C
After seven months of collaboration and negotiation, the Somerville School Committee and the Somerville Educators Union (SEU) Units A and C reached an agreement on a bold and innovative proposed new 3-year contract. The new agreement reflects a joint commitment to creating a professional environment that reflects our values as a District, is equity-focused, and is grounded in doing what is best for students. The School Committee will take up a vote and is expected to approve the agreement at their Regular School Committee Meeting on Monday, June 27th.
 
 
06/13/2022: SPS Awarded $100,000 Cummings Foundation Grant
Somerville Public Schools is one of 140 local nonprofits to receive grants of $100,000 to $500,000 each through Cummings Foundation's $25 Million Grant Program. SPS will receive a $25,000 award in the next school year, renewable annually for three additional years, to provide adventure-based programming for target student populations.
 
 
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.
 
 
12/13/2021: Somerville Launches "Together" Public Engagement Campaign to Support Student Mental and Social-Emotional Health
City and Somerville Public Schools officials today announced the launch of a public engagement campaign to bring greater attention to the challenges facing Somerville children and adolescents in mental health and social-emotional wellness, in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
 
 
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.
 
 
03/01/2021: Tiered Focused Monitoring Review scheduled for week of March 8: Special Education/Civil Rights, Multilingual Learner Education
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.