Press Releases and Other Media

 
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.