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Somerville Neighborhood News Eps. 12

Posted by a 9:58 am on April 10, 2014

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April 8, 2014 – Attend the Deanna Cremin memorial and hear from her sister, learn how Somerville is fighting against the overdose epidemic, visit the Irish Film Festival, learn about air pollution near Route…


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Posted in Announcements, Arts and Culture, Civic Action, Civil and Human Rights, Development and Zoning, East Somerville, Environment and Open Space, Housing, Investigative Reports, Neighborhoods and Squares, Politics, Schools and Youth, Union Square, Video, Winter Hill | No Comments »

The Rise of Somerville Homeless Youth

Posted by a 10:49 pm on April 1, 2014

The Rise of Somerville Homeless Youth

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Youth homelessness is on the rise; at least…


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Watch Somerville Neighborhood News online!

Posted by a 7:17 pm on March 27, 2014

Somerville Neighborhood News eps. 11
March 25, 2014

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In SNN episode # 11, reporters bring you stories on a new program for young readers at Porter Square books, on a former child…


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Posted in Arts and Culture, Development and Zoning, Economy & Poverty, Education, Investigative Reports, Media, Neighborhoods and Squares, Politics, Schools and Youth, Seniors, Teens, Union Square, Video | No Comments »

SNN Eps #9–SHS Quiz Team, Mystic Fashion Show, Affordable Housing & more!

Posted by a 4:58 pm on February 27, 2014

Somerville Neighborhood News is produced by the volunteers, interns and staff of SCATV. It is the only independent TV newscast created for Somervillens. We are trying to continuously raise awareness about this community resource and…


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Somerville Neighborhood News Screening 2/25 at 7pm

Posted by a 9:23 pm on February 24, 2014

Greetings–my name is Erica Jones and I work at Somerville Community Access TV. Below you will find some  upcoming community events that will hopefully enlighten, inspire, engage and help foster a stronger sense of community

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Somerville Neighborhood News looks at real estate prices

Posted by a 2:07 pm on January 29, 2014

January 28, 2014 — How do “new kids” from foreign lands fare at Somerville High School? Davis Square business owners fear they’ll be priced out of town. Check out Somerville Neighborhood News #7 (Jan. 28…


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Posted in City Finances, Davis Square, Development and Zoning, Economy & Poverty, Housing, Immigration, Neighborhoods and Squares, Politics, Schools and Youth, Seniors, Uncategorized, Ward 5 | No Comments »

SomerServe Outreach: Youth Snow Shoveling Opportunities Plus Volunteer Opps 4 All

Posted by a 12:13 pm on December 15, 2013

Nancy Bacci, Director of SomerServe, sends a message to us all. Warm up the community with service! Opportunities for Youth to Shovel Snow and create safe pedestrian paths for everyone. Plus, contact info to learn about Volunteer opportunities for Somerville residents of all ages.


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Education Forum Thursday

Posted by a 10:03 pm on October 1, 2013

Join a conversation about education reform, “Look Before You Leap: Lessons for the Next Wave of Ed Reform from the Last Twenty Years,” on Thursday, October 3rd at 6pm at SCATV, 90 Union Square.…


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5/28 Public Hearing on the 2013-2014 School Budget

Posted by a 3:14 pm on May 25, 2013

There will be a public hearing on the FY 2014 Somerville Public Schools budget at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, May 28th in the Somerville High School library. Anyone who wishes to will have the opportunity to speak for a couple of minutes about the budget or related issues.


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Immigration Story Writing Contest for Somerville High School Students

Posted by a 9:59 pm on April 26, 2013

SCATV received a Local Cultural Council grant to run a youth media program in the Summer of 2013 that involves producing a short film based on an original story written by a Somerville teen. In…


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The Library Grows – Up?

Posted by a 11:16 am on March 26, 2013

Somerville Library as a digital laboratory, community service, and creative resource to both city and national users.


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Free Teen Creative Writing Program at Somerville Public Library Begins Sunday March 24

Posted by a 9:01 pm on March 19, 2013

Are you a teen who likes to write stories about aliens, blogs, flash fiction, or poems? Are you interested in becoming a novelist, short story writer or poet?


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Mark Niedergang’s Campaign Kickoff on March 3

Posted by a 4:33 pm on February 22, 2013

The Committee to Elect Mark Niedergang invites you to enjoy delicious free food from Redbones, Taco Loco, and Gauchão , fun entertainment, good company, and provocative discussion at a party and fundraiser to kick off Mark’s campaign for Ward 5 Alderman. Alex the Jester will entertain. State Representative Carl Sciortino (Somerville/Medford) will speak.


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Posted in Announcements, Ball Square, Davis Square, Development and Zoning, Education, Environment and Open Space, Events, Government Reform, Housing, Lowell Street, Magoun Square, Politics, Porter Square, Schools and Youth, Ward 5 | No Comments »

Massachusetts education profs and researchers speak out against high-stakes testing in schools

Posted by a 10:36 pm on February 19, 2013

Well over 100 Massachusetts professors and researchers have signed a statement against high-stakes standardized testing. The four initiators of the petition include two from Somerville: Lesley University early childhood education expert Nancy Carlsson-Paige and Harvard Graduate School of Education instructor Chris Buttimer. Here’s their press release: …


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Ward 1 Residents: Would You Like To Serve On the School Committee?

Posted by a 3:41 pm on December 18, 2012

Reposted from the Somerville-4-Schools email list, a message from School Committee Chair Paul Bockelman about the process that the School Committee agreed to use to fill the Ward 1 School Committee seat. The seat is…


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Somerville High School Food

Posted by a 4:13 pm on September 10, 2012

What I don’t understand is we have a culinary arts in our school with amazing ingredients and deliciously made food. Why can’t we have some of that in cafeteria instead of JUST being sold in the restaurant. They are supposedly “trying” to get kids to shape up and eat healthier. There is a difference between getting kids to be healthy and starving them like they are slaves.


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Remaining Spots for Scholars in Somerville CDF Freedom School Program This Summer

Posted by a 4:53 pm on June 13, 2012

Remaining Spots for Scholars in Somerville CDF Freedom School Program This Summer

Scholars completing kindergarten through eighth grade will learn to make a difference through reading this summer at no charge to parents.


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‘Progress Together’ Plans Its Next Move

Posted by a 11:49 am on May 21, 2012

More than 50 Somerville parents and other community members crowded into a church room Sunday to make a start toward answering an important question: What will their organization, Progress Together, work on next?…


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5/31 Historic Preservation Awards Ceremony

Posted by a 11:22 pm on May 19, 2012

A reception, with light refreshments, starts at 6:30 p.m. and is followed by a ceremony to honor 12 Somerville owners for their award winning preservation work on the exterior of their properties. The properties include both historically designated homes and older houses in the City.…


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‘Community Congress’ May 20 will look at practical ways to strengthen schools

Posted by a 10:48 am on May 9, 2012

What should be the next big push by parents to improve Somerville schools?

Steps to improve communication between parents and teachers? More community volunteers in the classrooms? Academic program changes?

Parents and community…


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Texas leads the way!

Posted by a 4:58 pm on April 25, 2012

Texas leads the way!

Mass. Citizens for Public Schools, FairTest, and other groups are circulating a “National Resolution on High-Stakes Testing” modeled on a resolution passed by over 300 school boards in Texas…


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Science in textbooks–a curious process

Posted by a 4:45 pm on April 21, 2012

A few years back in a race for Somerville School Committee, I was called from the phone bank of a candidate. I listened to the pitch, and then I said I had a question. The…


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4th Annual SOS Soccer Tournament

Posted by a 1:31 pm on April 13, 2012

Save Our Somerville is running a soccer tournament on Patriots’ Day Monday, April 16th (rain or shine). The tournament will be held at Glen Park (Glen St. next to the Capuano School). Middle School sign-ins will be…


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Report from Community Forum on Education

Posted by a 7:58 pm on March 18, 2012

This afternoon, a good group of Somerville parents, educators and administrators chose to forego the amazing weather and meet at the Argenziano School cafetorium to talk about our schools. There was a panel of speakers…


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3/31 Duhamel Education Initiative 16th Annual Pancake Breakfast

Posted by a 10:06 am on March 16, 2012

The Annual Pancake Breakfast is a great way to see old friends and meet the DEI supporters, as well as financially support the work of drop-out-prevention programs in the Somerville Public Schools. (3/31 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. in the parish hall of the First Congregational Church, 89 College Avenue)


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Somerville High School Contestants on WGBH Quiz Show

Posted by a 10:53 am on March 3, 2012

Somerville students face Rockport students for a spot in the High School Quiz Show quarterfinals Sunday March 4th @ 6:30 on WGBH TV. High School Quiz Show is a fairly new and quite…


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“What a Deal!” An animation about Stand For Children’s ballot question

Posted by a 3:05 pm on February 7, 2012

I hope you enjoy (and share!) this Xtranormal animation from Citizens for Public Schools about the Stand For Children’s ballot initiative:

Stand’s proposal is now before the legislature. If the legislature doesn’t…


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Innovation Schools

Posted by a 10:26 am on January 22, 2012

The School Committee voted to explore introducing Innovation Schools in Somerville. To learn more, we invited two experts who have direct experience with Innovation Schools.


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East Somerville Community School Public Meeting

Posted by a 2:11 pm on December 20, 2011

Public Meeting on East Somerville Community School: A meeting about design changes to the ESCS are coming up. Tues., Jan. 10, 6:30-8 p.m., Capuano School, 150 Glen St. Project Designers & School and City officials…


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Somerville High School Issues

Posted by a 2:06 pm on

There is only one High School and if the things that need to be fixed are not fixed this school will crumble down and every one would have to move to Medford or some other high school. Somerville High should be treated with respect.


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Working Together to Improve Outcomes – My Comments on Charter

Posted by a 10:16 pm on December 6, 2011

Perspective on the proposed charter by Stephanie Hirsch, a Somerville parent and Director of SomerPromise, a joint effort of the City, Schools, on-profit providers, residents, Tufts, and the Somerville Housing Authority to increase coordination and to use data-informed decision-making to improve life outcomes for children in Somerville.


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A second charter school for Somerville? State hearing Dec. 14

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Somerville-4-Schools and other Somerville email lists are buzzing with debate over a new charter school proposal that could, if successful, force big cuts in the school budget including closing a school.

The state Board…


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Holiday in the Ville’

Posted by a 7:44 pm on November 6, 2011

Do you like music? Dancing? and free Concerts? Well! On Saturday November 26, 2011, come on down to Davis Square for the benefit concert fundraiser to support the Somerville Music Department.…


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Somerville, MA: Millions Wasted on Deficient Walkability Improvements

Posted by a 4:31 pm on November 2, 2011

Over 80% of Somerville’s new sidewalks and curb cuts, installed since 2004, are hazardous for people with various types of disabilities (one-in-five). These infrastructure improvements don’t even adhere to basic, standard building code. See a listing of the first 50 locations that the City of Somerville promises to re-do, equalling about $500K wasted the first time around- for starters.


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Mayor Curtatone’s YSAG No-Way Planning

Posted by a 3:43 pm on October 24, 2011

If there were a listing of  ”100 Worst Communities for Young Residents With DisAbilities,” Somerville would be at the top of the list.

The Mayor’s Young Somerville Advisory Group end-of-year meeting and presentation…


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Media Workshop for Middle School Students

Posted by a 6:59 pm on October 4, 2011

Somerville Community Access Television is offering a fun and creative 8-session media production workshop for Somerville students ages 11 to 14. The classes will be held on Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5:30pm at the SCATV…


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UnSafe Routes to School, East Somerville Public Schools

Posted by a 1:42 pm on September 5, 2011

The Community Access Project did a reality check of the 2010 East Somerville Safe Routes 2 School Map. We found that less than 20% of the pedestrian features are even up to basic standard code. “Safe” is a misnomer.

These streets ain’t fit for walkin’.


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Dilboy Tot Lot IS Deplorable. Thank You, Ward 7 Candidate Puglia!

Posted by a 1:10 pm on August 24, 2011

Ward 7 Alderperson Candidate Joan Whitney Puglia is proving to have a keen awareness of conditions around town.  Her mention of Dilboy Field‘s tot lot and baseball field has the Community Access Project members…


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Somerville High School Auditorium

Posted by a 4:49 pm on July 28, 2011

So a few days ago I decided to stop by the high school with my friends to check out the auditorium. It looks so beautiful. The stage wood is much bright and nicer than the…


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Parts and Crafts Summer Camp starts this week!

Posted by a 10:44 am on June 27, 2011

A whole summer of invention and creation!   We’ll have our art / electronics workbench, a bunch of hand-tools, building supplies, scrap materials, air pumps, hot glue, duct tape, etc. Things will be attached to wheels…


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JOIN THE CIRCUS NEXT WEEK

Posted by a 11:50 am on June 24, 2011

OPENAIR CIRCUS CLASSES START NEXT WEEK!

This is a great summer program for kids as young as three through teens and adults.  Tumbling for two is for parent/child teams.  It’s local, affordable, and fun. …


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Notes on Surviving a Graduation at Dilboy

Posted by a 9:43 pm on June 9, 2011

These notes are partly for myself, since I’ll have another child graduating from Somerville High in a few years…


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Class Day was Friday/Graduation Tonight!

Posted by a 3:18 pm on June 6, 2011


The auditorium was unusually sparkly for Class Day. Each senior stood for applause as their achievements were named. Up…


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Oppose the draft state regs on teacher evaluation

Posted by a 10:12 pm on June 5, 2011

If you think there’s already too much focus on test scores in our schools, you should know it’s about to get worse.…


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First Annual Somerville Public Schools Choral Festival

Posted by a 12:26 pm on June 1, 2011

Wednesday, June 8th from 1:00-3:00 PM at Somerville High School (81 Highland Avenue)

The First Annual Somerville Public Schools Choral Festival featuring the Grammy award winning Swingle Singers from London, The Spivey Hall Childrens…


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350 Actions Challenge Kick-Off

Posted by a 12:19 pm on May 26, 2011

Join us for an evening of festivities, fun and film as we kick off our new campaign
to get 350 NEW actions to make Somerville a cleaner, greener, healthier place to live


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A2Empowerment benefit featuring The Mood Swings

Posted by a 10:25 pm on May 24, 2011

A2Empowerment will hold a phenomenally fun benefit event featuring Boston’s fantastic, one-and-only all-women swing orchestra, The Mood Swings.  Join us June 18th, 2011 at the George Dilboy VFW Post in Davis Square, Somerville, from 7-11…


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Somerville Story Contest: We Have A Winner!

Posted by a 9:42 pm on May 23, 2011

Three winners, in fact.

First place, $100, goes to Francesca Zimmerman for her post on the need to renovate the high school


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herby interview: Talented students in Somerville This happened in Somerville

Posted by a 11:30 am on May 12, 2011

An exploration of the talented students at Somerville High and the amazing work they have done.


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Somerville story contest — first milepost

Posted by a 5:36 pm on May 9, 2011

We got only two entries by yesterday’s deadline for our “This Happened In Somerville” high school contest, but they are both excellent! There’s one on the spectacular rise of girls’ soccer and one on the state of the SHS auditorium.…


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String Spring Fling

Posted by a 10:29 pm on May 7, 2011

At Somerville High School (81 Highland Avenue), String Spring Fling – an annual concert featuring most students learning violin and other stringed instruments in the Somerville Public Schools…


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“Bringing Children and Stories Together” workshop

Posted by a 10:29 pm on

“Bringing Children and Stories Together” a workshop to help parents of young children learn strategies for sharing stories with their children to nurture creativity and other important developmental skills. This will take place at the…


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“Bullying: A Community Training”

Posted by a 10:28 pm on

“Bullying: A Community Training” – featuring opportunities for families to ask questions about the bullying law and the District’s bullying plan will take place at the Argenziano School (290 Washington Street)…


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Somerville High School Scholarship Night

Posted by a 10:27 pm on

Somerville High School Scholarship Night where scholarships are awarded to students in the Class of 2011 are announced and celebrated. Come join us in congratulating everyone!…


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History Has Been Made – Somerville Story Contest

Posted by a 11:06 am on April 26, 2011

Somerville is a tight-knit community, and when one succeeds, all succeed.  A great example of this happened back in 2008, and it happened to the Somerville High School girl’s Varsity Soccer team.

Boy’s soccer…


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Video production workshop for middle school students

Posted by a 2:35 pm on April 13, 2011


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East Somerville Community School

Posted by a 8:57 pm on April 12, 2011

In the next several weeks, specifications and architectural plans will be sent out as a bid package for contractors to price. As someone familiar with the design of the green roof planned for the building…


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High-Stakes Testing and No Child Left Behind: An Animated Debate

Posted by a 4:57 pm on April 11, 2011

Inspired partly by Somerville data walls, I’ve made this animation about high-stakes testing and NCLB.


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3rd Annual Save Our Somerville Soccer Tournament

Posted by a 11:15 pm on April 7, 2011

Save Our Somerville is running a soccer tournament on Patriots’ Day Monday, April 18th (rain or shine). The tournament will be held at Glen Park (Glen St. next to the Capuano School). Middle School sign-ins will be at 8:00 AM. High School and Adult sign-ins will be at 10:30 AM.…


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The Somerville Voices ‘This Happened in Somerville’ CONTEST

Posted by a 8:37 pm on April 4, 2011

Somerville Voices is sponsoring a high school story contest with a prize of $100.

Deadline:
May 1, 2011

The topic:
“This happened in Somerville.” (True stories, not fiction.)…


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Calling All Little League Coaches!

Posted by a 10:11 pm on April 2, 2011

The Somerville Little League board is looking for volunteers to coach and assistant coach teams at all levels.  College age kids, retirees, and working moms and dads are all strongly encouraged to volunteer.  Time commitment…


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The Meaning of Portfolios – Part 1

Posted by a 8:52 am on March 31, 2011

Portfolios change the way we think about school, students, and college. School and College are no longer barriers, but tools with which the young build a future for everyone.


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3/16 Young Somerville Advisory Group to discuss Somerville Public Schools

Posted by a 11:56 pm on March 13, 2011

The following email was just sent out to the mayor’s Young Somerville Advisory Group :

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Hey Young Somerville –

A quick reminder that our next formal meeting will be this Wednesday…


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3/15 Somerville Teachers Association annual meeting

Posted by a 10:36 pm on

The STA Annual Meeting
March 15, 2011 (3:15 PM)
Capuano School

As announced today by @somerteachers on www.SomervilleTeachers.com


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E-Portfolios For All?? With Rules??

Posted by a 10:26 pm on March 7, 2011

Are e-portfolios for everybody, all the time? What do they REALLY do? And how can they be useful? to whom? when? and why?


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SHS ePortfolio Project Final Presentations and Pizza Party Monday 7 March

Posted by a 10:23 pm on

All are welcome to attend the Somerville High School ePortfolio Project Final Presentations and Pizza Party on Monday 7 March from 5-7pm at the Somerville High School Library. Come see the accomplishments of our youth…


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Support Boys & Girls Club at Flatbread @ Sacco’s Bowl Haven

Posted by a 11:28 pm on February 28, 2011

Flatbread @ Sacco’s Bowl Haven in Somerville’s Davis Square is sponsoring a charity event for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester . Flatbread will donate $3.50 for every large and $1.75 for every small…


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Little League Gears Up for Spring Season

Posted by a 5:08 pm on February 16, 2011

After Bucking National Trend in 2010, Aiming for Even More participation in 2011

Somerville Little League registration for the Spring season is open.  …


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Students are Red, Teachers are Blue

Posted by a 12:08 pm on February 14, 2011

Do students do better if their teachers look and sound like them?


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School Committee takes up ‘data walls’

Posted by a 8:44 pm on February 7, 2011

Data walls are number 2 on the agenda of the School Committee’s Education Programs Subcommittee meeting Tuesday, Feb. 8, 7 pm, 42 Cross Street. …


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Finding Nemo and spelling ‘humongous’: A look at Somerville school ‘data walls’

Posted by a 10:16 pm on January 24, 2011

I read in SomervillePatch that parents spoke out against classroom “data walls” at a recent school committee meeting, including one who said her daughter concluded from the chart in her classroom that she was stupid.…


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Like Martin Luther King, they have a dream.

Posted by a 1:13 pm on January 15, 2011

Kevin was 11 when he arrived in the United States. Dimas was 13. Both are candidates for the DREAM Act, and told their stories at an event organized by Centro Presente and the Welcome Project. …


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Healey School Information Night, Wed. Jan. 19

Posted by a 11:21 pm on January 14, 2011

Come hear about the Healey School – and see if it is good fit for your child and family. Teachers, students, the principal and parents will speak about the Healey School, how we teach and learn and how the redesign process is going.


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Somerville School District Signs Disability Civil Rights Agreement With DOE

Posted by a 6:30 pm on January 12, 2011

In the first week of 2011, City of Somerville Mayor Joseph E. Curtatone and Somerville School District Superintendent Pierantozzi signed a Final Resolution Agreement with the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), to voluntarily come into compliance regarding inaccessible public school facilities and programs. In addition, Somerville will redraft its policies regarding relocation and other accessibility accommodations.


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Behavior Management Training

Posted by a 8:52 pm on January 11, 2011

Presented by RCS Behavioral Educational Consulting, Special Education SPED PAC

Register by 1/27/11

Location: Kennedy School

For more information please visit www.somerville.k12.ma.us/families or call 617-625-6600 extention 6966…


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Bullying: What a Parent Needs to Know

Posted by a 8:51 pm on

Presented by Margie Daniels, Director, Middlesex Partnerships for Youth

Location: Somerville High School Auditorium

For more information please visit www.somerville.k12.ma.us/families or call 617-625-6600 extention 6966…


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Making Peace with Autism

Posted by a 8:51 pm on

Presented by Susan Senator, author of The Autism Mom’s Survival Guide, Special Education SPED PAC.

Register by 2/21/11

Location: Kennedy School

For more information please visit www.somerville.k12.ma.us/families or call 617-625-6600 extention 6966…


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Choosing an Early Education Program for Your Child

Posted by a 8:47 pm on

Presented by Honey Schnapp and Nomi Davidson, from Somerville Family & Community connections.

March 14, 6:30 to 8 pm. Register by 3/9/11

Location: Argenziano School

For more information please visit www.somerville.k12.ma.us/families or…


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The Effect of Toys and Media on Young Children

Posted by a 8:35 pm on

Presented by Honey Schnapp from Somerville Family Community Connections.

Register by 3/21/11

Location: Argenziano School

For more information please visit www.somerville.k12.ma.us/families or call 617-625-6600 extention 6966…


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Parent-Child Playgroups – Session 2 Registration

Posted by a 8:31 pm on

All Somerville families are welcome to sign up for playgroups. Enrollment is limited to one playgroup per family throughout the city so that we may provide playgroups to as many Somerville children as possible. Registration from Monday, February 7 – Tuesday, February 8.…


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Welcome Project’s Best of 2010

Posted by a 11:41 am on December 30, 2010

You’ll see a lot of “best of” lists this week. At The Welcome Project, we”ve compiled our own list. Times remain tough for immigrant families, but with support from the community, we accomplished a lot in 2010. We have chosen 5 highlights from our work this year.


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Willy Wonka: The Musical

Posted by a 1:56 pm on December 14, 2010

Come enjoy and appreciate the hard work and talents of the student performers from Somerville High School and Somerville’s elementary schools as they put on their annual production. This year they will be presenting “Willy…


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Youth and Adult Programs at the Veterans Memorial Rink!

Posted by a 2:11 am on December 11, 2010

The following programs are available at the Veterans Memorial Rink in Somerville.


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Chick Singer Night Boston concert on 11/13 to benefit music programs in local schools

Posted by a 9:56 am on November 10, 2010

Saturday, November 13th, 2010, 3:30 – 7:00 pm
Location : Johnny D’s Uptown Cafe (17 Holland Street)…


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Where is the North Street Playground?

Posted by a 2:31 pm on November 9, 2010

Last night, I was the only member of the public to attend a City planning meeting for the renovation of the North Street Playground.


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Just say, ‘No!’ to MCAS test prep

Posted by a 11:21 pm on November 8, 2010

Here’s a radical idea for the Somerville schools: Stop trying to boost MCAS scores. Except in high school.

I don’t mean stop teaching, but let’s turn off the laser focus on raising scores.…


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Aldermen Unanimously Support the DREAM Act

Posted by a 9:45 pm on October 29, 2010

News from The Welcome Project: After weeks of testimony, advocacy and hard work, the youth of the Welcome Project and Centro Presente took a breath to celebrate Thursday night after the Board of Aldermen voted…


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Art & Youth: The Capacity to Live a Full & Creative Life

Posted by a 3:45 pm on October 27, 2010

The Capacity to Live a Full & Creative Life: this is what we want for our children, our youth, and ourselves! Come to a community-created art exhibit featuring art created by Somerville artists ages 8 to 88.


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Watch Local Author Nancy Carlsson-Paige on Greater Somerville

Posted by a 2:51 pm on

[10/26/2010]

Join hosts Joe Lynch and KyAnn Anderson as they talk with Somerville resident, Lesley University professor and author Nancy Carlsson-Paige.  Carlsson-Paige is the author or co-author of five books on childhood learning.  Tonight she discusses her latest, “Taking Back Childhood: A Proven Roadmap for Raising Confident, Creative, Compassionate Kids”.

Visit: http://www.nancycarlssonpaige.org/


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Public comment on the nearly finished Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan

Posted by a 1:35 pm on October 25, 2010

The Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan of the Somerville Public Schools, due to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education on 12/31, is open for public comment online at www.somerville.k12.ma.us/no_bullying.

We invite…


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Learn More About Grades 7-12 in Somerville Public Schools

Posted by a 10:41 pm on October 20, 2010

Preparing our children for college and more!

Please join School Committee members Christine Rafal

and Adam Sweeting along with Mr. DeFalco and the Healey

staff/students and Mr. Ciccariello (SHS headmaster) and the…


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New Report Card for Grades 1-5

Posted by a 6:13 pm on October 15, 2010

Have you seen the new report card?  If you’re a parent of a child in grade 1 to 5 in Somerville Public Schools you won’t see it till the end of the first quarter, or…


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October 13-November 3: Public Comment on SPS Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan sought

Posted by a 11:00 am on October 12, 2010

Somerville schools would like your questions, comments and ideas about how we can all say “no” to bullying so every student can be excited about coming to school to learn.


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Coming Up the Week of 10/11 in the Somerville Public Schools

Posted by a 9:23 pm on October 9, 2010

Visit our calendar, www.somerville.k12.ma.us/events, for details on any of these events.…


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Win Free Swimming Lessons!

Posted by a 11:05 pm on October 7, 2010

THE KENNEDY POOL IS CELEBRATING OUR 10TH BIRTHDAY BY GIVING AWAY SWIMMING LESSONS!


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Watch Two Great Interviews About Affordable Housing and Prospect Hill Academy Charter School

Posted by a 10:28 pm on October 6, 2010

First, James Madden with the Campaign to Protect Affordable Housing discusses campaign initiatives, November’s ballot Question 2 concerning 40B affordable housing, and whether or not it should be repealed. In the previous episode, Joe and KyAnn interview Jed Lippard, Head of School at Prospect Hill Academy Charter School. Only on Greater Somerville


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Posted in Civil and Human Rights, Housing, Schools and Youth, Video | 7 Comments »

WEATHER ADVISORY: Highlander Athletic schedule postponements

Posted by a 12:59 pm on October 1, 2010

Weather Advisory

Due to the projected weather forecast the following changes have occurred in the Highlander Athletic schedule on Friday, 10/1:…


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Receive calendar updates from the Somerville Public Schools in 5 simple steps

Posted by a 8:15 pm on September 29, 2010

You can subscribe to the calendar of the Somerville Public Schools to receive emails announcing events coming up in the following week. It’s easy! Here’s how!


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For Sale: Somerville Boys & Girls Club

Posted by a 11:18 am on September 28, 2010

After 37 years of serving youth in Somerville, there’s now a large FOR SALE sign on the former Somerville Boys & Girls Club at 181 Washington Street. Why did this happen?


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Youth Ask for Help to Fulfill Dreams

Posted by a 6:04 pm on September 27, 2010

This Thursday, September 30, at 6 pm, Villens and others will have the opportunity to hear the voices of youth members from Centro Presente and The Welcome Project, who are working to support the Dream Act.


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Posted in Accessibility, All Ages, Announcements, Civil and Human Rights, Economy & Poverty, Immigration, Schools and Youth | No Comments »

Working together to prevent bullying and promote student achievement

Posted by a 11:32 am on September 23, 2010

From School Superintendent Tony Pierantozzi:

It is my hope that every school in Somerville is a place where students feel a sense of belonging, where students are excited to come to school because they…


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Coming soompa loompa….

Posted by a 11:30 am on

Poster advertising open auditions for 3-5th graders for the role of oompa loompa…elementary auditions for the role of oompa loompa in the February 2011 Somerville High School production of Willy Wonka: The…


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Events in the Somerville Public Schools

Posted by a 11:29 am on

If you would like to receive weekly announcements of events in the Somerville Public Schools please visit www.somerville.k12.ma.us/events. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the envelope icon to “subscribe” to…


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Somerville Public Schools Fundraiser- Sat. 9/25

Posted by a 9:18 am on September 22, 2010

An Open Invitation to All:

Do you care about the public schools of Somerville? Do you want to support quality, innovative programs in our schools? Would you like to eat a tasty dinner prepared by your favorite local politician?

The Duhamel Education Initiative (DEI), a local foundation that supports innovative classroom initiatives in the Somerville Public Schools, cordially invites you to attend its 15th Annual Fall Fundraiser, a delicious community dinner prepared and served by the Somerville Board of Aldermen!…


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PHCS Neighbors Meeting this Monday, 9/20

Posted by a 7:54 am on September 19, 2010

As the City continues to move ahead with the focus group meetings, our community meetings are vital to ensure that our neighborhood works together so that the site of the Powderhouse Community School is reused in a way that is most beneficial to our neighborhood AND to our city.


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School’s Open–How Did It Go?

Posted by a 8:52 pm on September 13, 2010

School’s open. How did it go at your school? Well organized? Disorganized? Friendly? Cold? How did your child do?

Feedback, positive or negative, can help the schools do more of what’s working and improve…


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Q&A About the Capuano Center Opening Day on September 13th

Posted by a 7:42 am on September 12, 2010

The Capuano Center is opening on time for the first day of Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten. Opening day is Monday, September 13th.

Please visit www.somerville.k12.ma.us/capuano_faqs to review a list of frequently asked questions about…


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Charlestown/Somerville Lacrosse – Sunday’s Sept 12th – October 31st / K-8

Posted by a 3:10 pm on September 9, 2010

Dear Parents,

Charlestown Lacrosse will be holding Sunday clinics/games this fall.  These practices/clinics/games are for new players to learn the basic skills


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Back to School Info from the Somerville Public Schools

Posted by a 1:08 pm on August 25, 2010

We’re excited about getting back to school at the beginning of next month! …


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Middle School Students Make Movies

Posted by a 6:20 pm on August 11, 2010

Somerville Community Access Television is starting a 12-session Next Generation Producers afterschool media club for Somerville middle school students.  The club will meet on Wednesdays, beginning on September 21, from 3:30 to 5:30 at 90…


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Cross Mass Trek Press Release

Posted by a 7:44 pm on August 1, 2010

Starting this Friday (August 6), four rising seniors from Somerville High’s Track and Cross Country teams will “trek” from a spot near the Quabbin Reservoir to the Aquarium Wharf (approximately 80 miles) to raise funds to support the Somerville Homeless Coalition.…


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OPENAIR Circus This Weekend!

Posted by a 4:09 pm on July 24, 2010

Kids, Clowns, Talent, Crazy Fun.

OPENAIR Circus presents its 25th season Big Top performance

July 30 & 31, and August 1, 2010

Families from Greater Somerville will be amazing


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Civic/Community Engagement

Posted by a 9:09 am on

Harvard and Tufts try to help solve Somerville organizing and calendar problems


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Volunteer Hockey Assistant Coaches – 2010-2011 Season

Posted by a 3:45 pm on July 21, 2010

Somerville Youth Hockey is seeking energetic men & women (ages 25 +)  to be good teachers and be willing to develop, mentor and administer our growing program for our Mites, Squirts, Pee Wee, Bantams &amp…


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2010-2011 Somerville Youth Hockey Registration – July 26, 28, & 29th

Posted by a 11:51 pm on July 17, 2010

Welcome to the 2010-2011 SYHA Season. We are very excited about the upcoming season and look forward to the opening of our new rink. Somerville Youth Hockey is always looking for more players.…


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Somerville Online Media Meetup

Posted by a 9:23 am on July 14, 2010

If you run a blog or email list (sometimes called a listserv) or distribute information on Facebook or YouTube that supports kids and families, you’re invited to the OneVille Project’s Online Media Meetup on Thursday…


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Somerville student work on display online!

Posted by a 9:21 am on

Somerville student work is on display in the Department of Education’s virtual art galleryhttp://www.doe.mass.edu/resources/kidart.aspx?page=51! See samples of youth art made in schools. Are you there? Is your child or teen’s work there?

For…


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Community meeting about the renovation of the East Somerville Community School site at 115 Pearl Street

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The entire public, and particularly the neighbors and members of the East Somerville Community School community are invited to the next public meeting to discuss/learn about the progress of the renovation of the East Somerville…


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Guess how much scholarship money was pledged to SHS graduates in the Class of 2010?

Posted by a 10:05 pm on July 13, 2010

Enter your guess online at www.somerville.k12.ma.us/contest. The person who comes closest to guessing the total amount by Thursday, 7/15 at 5:00 will win a Borders Gift Card.

You can also tweet your guess…


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Glen Park: Beautiful Park, Complicated Park. Somerville Parks & Recreation Spaces, Part III

Posted by a 3:48 pm on July 11, 2010

Environmental and safety concerns haunt this lovely park. Joe’s Astroturf and Streetscape SNAFUS don’t help, either…


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Debate Over Choices for the Healey

Posted by a 5:51 pm on July 8, 2010

Here are the complete texts of selected posts to the Somerville-4-Schools email list about the merging on the Choice and Neighborhood programs at the Healey School. These posts are excerpted in a comment on “6/21/10…


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6/21/10 School Committee Votes to Combine the Healey School’s Choice and Neighborhood Programs

Posted by a 4:40 pm on July 2, 2010

The Somerville School Committee decided in a 5 to 3 vote on Monday, June 21, 2010 to unify the Healey School and charge the School Improvement Council with creating a school redesign plan. This plan will use the Choice program educational practices and governing document as a starting point for discussion. In a second action, the members of the School Committee voted 6 to 2 to define a set of guiding principles to help the School Improvement Council with their Fall 2010 planning work.


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6/22/10 Budget Hearing Update-Some good news and what to do

Posted by a 10:29 am on June 23, 2010

There was some good news tonight for school custodians, at the city budget hearing at City Hall. It was announced that the mayor and the custodians’ union is in negotiations, and so it’s possible that the layoff of 49 custodians and outsourcing of their jobs may be avoided.


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Community feedback sought on school health/wellness activities – come to a meeting or comment online

Posted by a 7:47 pm on June 22, 2010

At this discussion we will review the DRAFT bullying plan, data that points to strategies for improving the implementation of the District’s award-winning Wellness Policy, and the plan for improving the implementation of the District’s Safe and Drug Free Schools Plan.


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Somerville Youth Lacrosse Spring 2011?

Posted by a 7:44 pm on

Due to numerous recent inquiries about the sport, The Somerville Recreation Department is attempting to determine the level of interest for the sport of Lacrosse in the City of Somerville


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Free Meals for Somerville Youth Start June 28

Posted by a 7:22 pm on June 21, 2010

The Somerville Public Schools’ Food Services provides free breakfasts and lunches at Somerville playgrounds, fields, parks and pools.  Let them eat picnic!  Here are the particulars:

FREE Breakfast will be distributed to any Somerville…


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Rally for school custodians, Tuesday 6/22 @ 6 pm

Posted by a 12:19 pm on

I would like to let people in Somerville and anywhere else know about a rally against the mayor and his wrong budget choices.

WHEN:  June 22, 2010 6 pm

WHERE:  City Hall, 93


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Free meals all summer for Somerville youth

Posted by a 10:56 am on

FREE MEALS ALL SUMMER FOR ALL YOUTH STARTING JUNE 28TH.

FREE Breakfast for ALL Somerville youth on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays beginning on June 29th in Albion Park and Grimmons…


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Mystic Ink Tour: Somerville-Cambridge Rolling Tomorrow

Posted by a 3:41 pm on June 18, 2010

Books of Hope’s

Mystic Ink Tour is keepin it live and rollin as it moves through New England bringing poetry performances by today’s youth and books that they’ve written to communities near you!…


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Make: Gender Equality still has slots open!

Posted by a 10:06 am on June 14, 2010

The Parts and Crafts Collective is running a girls invention week as part of our new summer program in Somerville. Our program is about “making things and making things happen” — building light sabers, making…


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Unfair Cuts Hit School Custodians in Somerville and Boston

Posted by a 9:01 pm on June 13, 2010

I am a school custodian for the City of Somerville.  I see a Boston Herald article that Boston is cutting 83 school custodians.

Reading the comments ( there are 249 comments so far!) I see that many of what these other people are saying is true…


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Posted in City Finances, Economy & Poverty, Schools and Youth, Workers' Rights | No Comments »

Slight Change in School Budgeting Timeline

Posted by a 2:12 pm on

Dear Friends of Somerville Schools,

I want to update you on the school budget process and to alert you to slight change of dates.…


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Announcements from the Somerville Public Schools!

Posted by a 2:07 pm on

FY11 Budget Update, School calendar, Bullying prevention, Summer reading, Summer activities, SPS on Twitter…


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Somerville Youth Soccer Fall 2010 Soccer Tryouts! Sunday June 13th @ Argenziano Field

Posted by a 2:03 pm on

SOMERVILLE YOUTH SOCCER LEAGUE

TRAVEL TEAM REGISTRATION INFORMATION – FALL 2010

FIELD EVALUATIONS – SUNDAY JUNE 13

All players who attend evaluations will be placed on a team.


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Posted in All Ages, Announcements, Events, Schools and Youth, Special, Sports | 1 Comment »

Summer Media Workshop for Middle School Students

Posted by a 1:56 pm on

Somerville Community Access Television’s Next Generation Producer’s youth media program is offering an eight-session workshop in July for Somerville students ages 11 to 14. The workshop will be fun, educational, and creative.…


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TopSoccer Summer Program – Saturday June 19th – July 31st

Posted by a 4:09 pm on June 7, 2010

Registration is now OPEN for the TOPSOCCER SUMMER PROGRAM!

Saturday June 19th – July 31st

10:00am – 11:00am

Capuano Field – 150 Glen Street, Somerville


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School Budget Documents and Upcoming Meetings

Posted by a 12:23 pm on June 4, 2010

Dear Friends of Somerville Schools,

I want to let folks know that documents relevant to the budget planning process for our schools for the next fiscal year are now available on the School Department website. I have pasted the link here


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Expand Choice Principles to All Kids at the Healey

Posted by a 9:09 am on June 2, 2010

All Spring debate has raged both within and outside of the A.D. Healey School about how to resolve the severe income gap between the two K-6 programs in the school, Choice (38% low income) and Neighborhood (90% low income).  Last night the school committee heard the Superintendent’s long-awaiting recommendation on the future structure of the school and people were invited to speak.  Over 60 parents, teachers, and community members spoke.  My comments are below.


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Tutoring available

Posted by a 11:38 am on May 28, 2010

Do you know a child who struggles with reading or writing? The Donald D. Durrell Reading and Writing Clinic, located at BU’s School of Education, has a few spaces remaining for its second summer session…


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“Walk to Keep Kids in School”- Sunday, June 6th, 10am- Davis Square

Posted by a 7:33 pm on May 27, 2010

The Paul Duhamel Education Initiative, in its 14th year, will be holding its 5th annual “Walk to Keep Kids in School,” walking for 2.5 miles along the Somerville Bike Path starting at Davis Square on…


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School Committee Budget Meetings

Posted by a 10:33 pm on May 17, 2010

Dear Friends, As you probably know, in May and June the School Committee enters the height of the budget season as we make plans for the next fiscal year, which begins on July 1. This is always a complicated process and one best conducted with the public fully informed of the process.


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Public Hearing on the FY2011 School Committee budget (tentative) on June 10

Posted by a 10:29 pm on

The time/location of this meeting is still to be determined. Please visit the “events” page of the Somerville Public Schools’ website, http://www.somerville.k12.ma.us/events, or the “School Committee” page of the site, http://www.somerville.k12.ma.us/school_committee, for additional…


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Public Hearing on the potential reorganization of the Healey School on June 1

Posted by a 10:28 pm on

The time/location of this meeting is still to be determined. Please visit the “events” page of the Somerville Public Schools’ website, http://www.somerville.k12.ma.us/events, or the “School Committee” page of the site, http://www.somerville.k12.ma.us/school_committee, for additional…


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Posted in Announcements, Events, Schools and Youth, Special | 1 Comment »

Powder House School 2nd neighborhood meeting

Posted by a 11:29 pm on May 11, 2010

Join your neighbors to learn how the City is moving forward with its plans for the disposition of the Powder House Community School property. Discuss how we can keep our concerns about the reuse of this property at the forefront of the decision making process.


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Posted in Announcements, Davis Square, Development and Zoning, Environment and Open Space, Events, Neighborhoods and Squares, Schools and Youth, Teele Square, Ward 7 | 16 Comments »

The Curse of Tsongas

Posted by a 6:39 pm on May 9, 2010

“I hope you all get some power someday, so you’ll know what it’s like to have to satisfy your constituents’ demands with a limited budget.”


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Posted in City Finances, Development and Zoning, Environment and Open Space, Housing, Neighborhoods and Squares, Public Health & Safety, Schools and Youth, Transportation | No Comments »

Somerville Natives To Host Grand Opening May 8th

Posted by a 11:20 pm on May 5, 2010

Somerville, MA May 3rd 2010 – Somerville “mompreneur” Kerri Friedlander and husband Lucas today announced their intention to hold a Grand Opening sale at the Upland Road location of “TwinkleStar Boutique” in Porter Square on…


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Posted in All Ages, Announcements, Arts and Culture, Consumer Money Saving, Events, Porter Square, Press Release, Schools and Youth, Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

Haitian youth embark on Book Release Tour

Posted by a 10:03 pm on

This May, local Haitian youth living in Somerville’s Mystic Housing Projects set off on a 10-stop book tour, called the Mystic Ink Tour, to bring their stories to communities across New England. The DIY tour will take the teens out of their economically-challenged neighborhood and bring them to some of the most celebrated spoken word venues and bookstores in the region. www.booksofhope-ma.org


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School is OPEN on Monday, May 3rd

Posted by a 8:56 pm on May 2, 2010

The Somerville Public Schools are OPEN all day tomorrow, May 3rd – and expect to be open throughout the water emergency. Students and staff are asked, if able, to bring their own safe, packaged beverages…


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Posted in Announcements, Events, Public Health & Safety, Schools and Youth, Special, Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

Parent forum on the future of the Healey School

Posted by a 10:01 am on April 28, 2010

Come join other parents to talk about the kind of education we want at the Healey School and the future of the Choice and Neighborhood programs. Parent’s input will be collected and presented to the School Committee.


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Public Hearing on Participation in the Statewide School Choice Program on May 17th

Posted by a 4:35 pm on April 27, 2010

The Somerville Public Schools will conduct a public hearing to determine participation in the school choice program for the 2010-2011 school year. *This is NOT a public hearing about the Choice program at the Healey School.*


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Powder House Community School Focus Group

Posted by a 3:23 pm on

PARTICIPATE IN POWDER HOUSE COMMUNITY SCHOOL REUSE FOCUS GROUP: The City of Somerville is seeking community volunteers to participate in a Powder House/Teele Square Focus Group. The Group will be led by City staff to…


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Posted in Announcements, Development and Zoning, Schools and Youth, Teele Square, Ward 7 | No Comments »

Online forum training for Healey parents

Posted by a 11:13 am on April 26, 2010

Training for Healey parents that want to participate in online discussions about the future of the Healey school.


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April 28th: Books of Hope will hold a poetry workshop and youth slam at the Somerville Library

Posted by a 5:08 pm on April 20, 2010

Books of Hope (a teen literacy and empowerment program based in the Mystic Housing Project) is presenting a poetry workshop and youth poetry slam featuring poet Everett Hoagland, Wednesday, April 28th, 2010, from 6-8PM at…


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SCALE Graduation

Posted by a 11:17 am on April 16, 2010

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010, 7:30 >
Location : Somerville High School Auditorium (81 Highland Avenue…


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Full Circle Graduation

Posted by a 11:16 am on

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010, 5:00 &gt…


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Healey School Field Day

Posted by a 11:15 am on

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010
Location : Healey School (5 Meacham Street)…


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SHS Graduation (tentative)

Posted by a 11:14 am on

Monday, June 7th, 2010, 6:00 >
Location : Dilboy Stadium…


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Healey School Talent Show

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Thursday, June 3rd, 2010
Location : Healey School (5 Meacham Street)…


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SHS Highlander Awards Night

Posted by a 11:07 am on

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010, 6:30 >
Location : SHS Auditorium…


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Free Parent/ Guardian Workshop: Bullying in Schools

Posted by a 11:06 am on

Monday, May 24th, 2010, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Location : Kennedy School, 5 Cherry Street
Presented by Amy Bamforth, MS and MSW, from the Somerville Community Partnership for Children.

At this workshop we will…


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Spring String Fling- Somerville High School Auditorium

Posted by a 11:03 am on

Thursday, May 20th, 2010, 7:00 >
Location :
The Somerville High School Auditorium is located at 81 Highland Avenue…


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SHS Scholarship Awards

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2nd Annual SOS Soccer Tournament

Posted by a 8:32 am on April 15, 2010

Save Our Somerville is running a soccer tournament on Patriots’ Day Monday, April 19th (pending permit approval, rain or shine). Even if you don’t play soccer, please come out and learn more about SOS events and spread the word.


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Art Fair 2010 K-8 Exhibit

Posted by a 8:33 pm on April 9, 2010

The all City K-8 Art Fair Located at Dr. Albert F. Argenziano School, Lincoln Park, 3rd Floor
Opening Ceremonies
Tuesday, April 13th
5:30- 7:30 PM

Musical Performances
5:30- 7:30 PM…


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Somerville Highschool Vocational Awards Banquet

Posted by a 8:33 pm on

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010, 6:30 >
Location : SHS Fieldhouse…


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Somerville Highschool Spring Concert

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Thursday, May 6th, 2010, 7:00 >
Location : Somerville High School (81 Highland Avenue)…


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Somerville High School Scholarship Awards Night

Posted by a 8:31 pm on

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010, 6:30 >
Location : Somerville High School (81 Highland Avenue)…


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Getting Ready For School Workshop

Posted by a 8:30 pm on

Monday, May 3rd, 2010, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Location : Cummings gym
The “Getting Ready for Kindergarten” Workshop is am opportunity for new Kindergarten parents/guardians to get tips on preparing their child for Kindergarten from…


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Teacher Appreciation Week

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All-Day
Location : District-wide…


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Pre-Kindergarten Fun Night

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Thursday, April 29th, 2010, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Location : Capuano Cafeteria and Gym
Prekindergarten children and their parents/guardians will participate in activities that demonstrate math and literacy activities they are learning in class…


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April Break

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School is closed…


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Chop Chop is coming!

Posted by a 9:16 am on

Are you a parent/guardian of a grade PK-8 student in the Somerville Public Schools? Look for your complimentary copy of the first edition of Chop Chop, a new healthy cooking magazine for families, in…


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Spring, All-City Elementary Concert

Posted by a 1:41 pm on April 5, 2010

On Thursday, April 8th please join students from each of Somerville’s seven K-6 or K-8 elementary schools for a concert featuring songs celebrating spring and global community. The concert starts at 7:00 PM, is free…


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1/2-day for all students on Wednesday, April 7th

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Have you downloaded your copy of the amended 2009-2010 school year calendar?

If you haven’t please be aware that Wednesday, April 7th is now a 1/2 day for all students. The last day…


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Somerville Youth Soccer – NEW WEBSITE!

Posted by a 2:22 pm on March 26, 2010

The Somerville Youth Soccer web team has been working on a new site for the league. It is up and running and we hope you will find it useful. Log onto www.somervillesoccer.us


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Tufts Kids’ Day

Posted by a 9:48 pm on March 25, 2010

Tufts Kids’ Day
Tufts Medford Campus
9:00 AM – 3:30 PM (registration 8:50-10:00 AM)
Kids’ Day features amusement park rides, magic shows, chemistry shows, carnival booths, and exciting performances. Kids’ Day is open to children…


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Somerville Youth Peace Conference April 10

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On Saturday, April 10, 2010, more than 800 youth will attend the fourth annual Somerville Youth Peace Conference at Somerville High School, 81 Highland Avenue in Somerville, from 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.…


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Somerville’s Cherry Sheets Challenge

Posted by a 3:52 pm on March 23, 2010

A town cannot set its tax rate until it has received the Cherry Sheet. But what does it mean?


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News and Events in the Somerville Public Schools

Posted by a 10:06 am on March 19, 2010

YOU MIGHT HAVE ALREADY HEARD…
• Somerville High School’s drop-out rate continues to be on the decline. Get details in the press release issued by the Office of the Superintendent on Tuesday, March 16th, online…


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What’s Next For the Powder House Community School?

Posted by a 10:26 pm on March 18, 2010

What’s Next For the Powder House Community School?

WHY :       The City is moving ahead with plans to rezone and sell the Powder House School property.

WHAT :    Join your neighbors to…


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Somerville Little League 2010 Registration is now open

Posted by a 3:54 pm on March 9, 2010

Somerville Little League

2010 online Registration is now open

Register today at:


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Spread the word! Photography contest launched by the Somerville Public Schools

Posted by a 1:42 pm on March 1, 2010

The Somerville Public Schools invites you to tell your stories about learning and teaching in Somerville in our Spring 2010 Digital Photography contest. Complete submissions received by April 5th will have the chance to win…


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Amy Bishop’s Message to a University Community

Posted by a 1:20 pm on February 23, 2010

What a price for tenure? And how can you tell your professor is crazy!


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Education Readiness Program Uses New Metric : College Enrollment

Posted by a 8:57 am on February 10, 2010

According to this post on the ResiStat blog in answer to my question, the Mystic Children’s Zone will use college enrollment as the final measurement of its success.  Perhaps this, and not high school graduation, should be used to measure the performance of our school system over all.…


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Somerville Ice Cats – Girls Hockey Try-outs!

Posted by a 9:56 am on February 9, 2010

The Somerville Youth Hockey Association is holding tryouts on Saturday Feb 20th offering it’s 10 and under girls-only try out!

This is for our first time players age 10 and under (birth year 2000 or…


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Sticks and Stones Part 2: Bullying in Schools Today

Posted by a 9:20 pm on February 8, 2010

Free Parent/ Guardian Workshop offered by the Somerville Public Schools on Bullying in Schools Today

Monday, May 24th- 6:30-8:30pm, at the John F. Kennedy School
5 Cherry Street
Learn about school interventions to create…


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Sticks and Stones Part 1: Bullying in Schools Today

Posted by a 9:20 pm on

Free Parent/ Guardian Workshop offered by the Somerville Public Schools on Bullying in Schools Today

Monday, April 26th- 6:30-8:30 pm at the Capuano Early Childhood Center
150 Glen street
Featuring a screening of the…


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Bullying/ Cyberbullying

Posted by a 9:18 pm on

Free Parent/ Guardian Workshop offered by the Somerville Public Schools on Bullying and Cyberbullying

Wednesday, March 10th- 6:30-8:30 Pm at the West Somerville Neighborhood School
177 Powderhouse Boulevard
Featuring experts from Middlesex Partnerships for…


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Somerville’s “Beauty” Shines

Posted by a 11:36 pm on February 5, 2010

It was a quintessential Somerville night at the theater for “Beauty And The Beast” at the High School this evening.  Promoters Gretchen Kinder and Rosemarie Sears must have outdone themselves packing the house because I…


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SPS Website User Feedback Sought!

Posted by a 9:57 am on January 28, 2010

The District is trying to improve the efficiency of our online calendars. In order to do this we need to make improvements to the calendar filters used online. …


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Shape Up Somerville: Are Kids Into Broccoli?

Posted by a 12:45 pm on January 24, 2010

[kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/71V12zS7nQU" width="350" height="344" allowfullscreen="true" fvars="fs=1" /]

A friend told me about this tv news story on Shape Up Somerville. The intro is annoying but the story is interesting.

So here’s a question…


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Casino Night at the VFW

Posted by a 9:24 am on January 23, 2010

Las Vegas comes to Somerville – Get out your shark skin suit and your sequins –  come and gamble for a good cause at Davis Square’s swinging

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How are our schools doing?

Posted by a 1:06 pm on January 22, 2010

School Improvement Councils at each of the Somerville public schools will present their annual School Improvement Plans to the School Committee beginning on January 27, 2010. Members of the public are invited to attend these…


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Open House at Somerville High School – Feb 2-3, 2010

Posted by a 1:05 pm on

“I don’t really know that much about myself. Isn’t that sort of the point of being a teenager? (At Somerville High School) you get to explore different things through AP classes, vocational classes and every…


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Somerville Adult Evening School Registration

Posted by a 12:27 pm on

Right here in Somerville you can learn to paint with watercolors, improve the efficiency of your home energy systems, make handcrafted furniture, and enhance your ability to speak Spanish or Portuguese with your neighbors. These…


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Brown School Informational Coffee

Posted by a 7:37 pm on January 18, 2010

The Brown School (201 Willow Ave.) will have an informational coffee on Monday, January 25th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. upstairs in the Brown School Library.  Teachers, staff, current parents and former students will be…


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Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Visioning Meeting

Posted by a 3:03 pm on

Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Visioning Meeting

Tues., Jan. 26, 6:30 PM

Upper Hall
Greek Orthodox Church
29 Central St.
Somerville MA (map)

This is the last Visioning meeting…


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Why Commissions Can Improve Our Community

Posted by a 3:01 pm on

Why Commissions Can Improve Our Community

Sat. Jan. 30 1:30 PM

Somerville Library
79 Highland Ave.
Somerville MA (map)

This is a workshop from the “How to”…


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Somerville Schools Open Houses – This Week!

Posted by a 2:51 pm on

Thinking about which school is right for your child? Or just interested in learning more about Somerville’s public schools?…


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OneVille : A New Community Project to Support Somerville Youth

Posted by a 10:17 pm on January 15, 2010

OneVille.org just launched today with a message that begins:
We’re writing to introduce a new community project in Somerville called OneVille. OneVille is working to unite people in our vibrant, diverse city around one goal: pursuing the success of every young person in Somerville.…


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Helpful Info for Helping Haiti

Posted by a 8:25 pm on January 14, 2010

The Somerville Community Partnerships for Children and the Parent Information Center have put together a list of agencies that work in Haiti, as well as advice on responding to the needs of children and families…


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Somerville High School Hosts Free, Important Financial Aid Program: Parents, Students Invited to ‘College Goal Sunday’ Jan. 31

Posted by a 11:16 pm on January 13, 2010

The sixth annual Massachusetts College Goal Sunday will provide information on college financial aid and free on-site help to complete the FAFSA. At 26 locations across Massachusetts, College Goal Sunday’s team of volunteer financial aid and higher education experts will offer information on the many viable post-high school options. Locations are listed at www.MassCollegeGoalSunday.org.


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Choice Program Info Night

Posted by a 10:18 pm on January 12, 2010

My wife saw this message on the Somerville Moms Yahoo list.

Barry

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Information Night for the Choice Program will be held next Thursday, January 21, at the Healey School (5 Meacham…


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Learn about the Argenziano School from other Parents!

Posted by a 10:15 pm on

My wife saw this on the Somerville Moms group:

Barry

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Learn about the Argenziano School from other Parents!

As you explore your options for public schools in Somerville, make sure…


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Middle School Health Survey Results Presentation

Posted by a 9:55 pm on January 3, 2010

Somerville Cares About Prevention (SCAP) is going to be hosting a Presentation of the Student Health Survey Results.  It will be held Thursday January 21st, 2010 from 6PM – 8PM.  The Presentation will be held…


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Would you like a weekly Drop-in Playgroup for your child, aged 0-3?

Posted by a 7:06 pm on January 1, 2010

This was posted to the Somerville-4-Schools list on Monday by Consuelo Perez:

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Would you like a weekly Drop-in Playgroup for your child, aged 0-3?

Come to the next Somerville…


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News from Somerville Schools

Posted by a 12:55 pm on December 29, 2009

2010-2011 School Calendar: It’s official! September 8, 2010 is the first day of school for students after the 2010 summer vacation. Download the 2010-2011 school calendar online at http://www.somerville.k12.ma.us/calendar. The calendar is available online in…


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Save the dates: FREE Parent/guardian workshops in the Somerville Public Schools

Posted by a 1:50 pm on December 22, 2009

OFFERED BY THE SOMERVILLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS SOMERVILLE PTA
For
SOMERVILLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS FAMILIES and COMMUNITY MEMBERS

• Youth Alcohol and Drug Use/Social Host Liability*
Wednesday, January 13th – 6:30p.m. – 8:00 PM in the…


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December 16: Newsbites from the Somerville Public Schools

Posted by a 10:05 pm on December 16, 2009

SOMERVILLE WINS AWARD FOR EXEMPLARY LEADERSHIP ON SCHOOL SAFETY: Martin T. Meehan Educational Leadership Award presented to Superintendent Tony Pierantozzi on 12/10/09. A copy of the press release is available in the News Section of our website, www.somerville.k12.ma.us/news. …


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Eat pizza, raise money for Kennedy’s Sister School in Ethiopia

Posted by a 10:04 pm on

PLEASE JOIN students and families from the John F. Kennedy School in visiting the Porter Square Pizzeria Uno on Wednesday, December 16th to help students raise $5,000 to build a library at their Ethiopian Sister School, the Gordama School, and fill it with books.…


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Children invited to talk to Santa

Posted by a 5:23 pm on December 7, 2009

SCAT is hosting Santa Claus in the TV studio on Tuesday, December 15 from 6:00 to 7:00pm. This event is free. Children may come up to tell Santa what they want for Christmas in person…


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The Pittsburg Precedent

Posted by a 10:01 pm on November 19, 2009

Pittsburgh floats a sales tax on college tuition!


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Become a sponsor of the Somerville High School Musical!

Posted by a 8:46 pm on November 17, 2009

We are writing to ask you to support the February 2010 Somerville High School production of Beauty and the Beast by purchasing an ad in the program book. You can find details on the range…


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November 18: Newsbites from the Somerville Public Schools

Posted by a 8:45 pm on

NEWS STORY:
• The Christmas trees are coming! The Christmas trees are coming! Students at Somerville’s Full Circle/Next Wave Alternative School are gearing up for their annual Christmas tree and wreath fundraiser. 300 Nova Scotia…


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New Teen Media Club at SCAT

Posted by a 4:54 pm on November 16, 2009

Kicking off on Wednesday, December 9 from 3:30-5:30, SCAT’s Next Generation Producers After-School Film Production Club offers students the opportunity to create their own video projects, learn state-of-the-art television production skills, and work alongside other…


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Learn More About Somerville’s Kindergarten Programs

Posted by a 5:10 pm on November 14, 2009

Dear Friends,

Please join us for an informal gathering for parents and guardians interested in discussing the kindergarten and early-childhood opportunities available in the Somerville Public Schools. We will be meeting next Saturday, November 21, from 3:00-5:00 pm at Bread & Company at 349 Broadway (located near the top of Winter Hill).…


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Opportunities and website improvements in the Somerville Public Schools

Posted by a 3:58 pm on November 10, 2009

Students in Somerville High School’s Culinary Arts program have baked for Governor Patrick. Now let them bake for you! The annual Thanksgiving Pie Sale has started. For only $9 per pie students will prepare a…


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Somerville students winter concerts

Posted by a 3:56 pm on

Celebrating the spirit of winter and winter holidays are the themes of the winter concerts in the Somerville Public Schools. Elementary students will perform on Thursday, December 10th, and high school musicians and singers will…


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Beauty and the Beast produced by Somerville High School

Posted by a 3:55 pm on

More than 40 actors, musicians and technicians from Somerville High School will stage Disney’s Beauty and the Beast February 4-6, 2010 in the auditorium of Somerville High School (81 Highland Avenue). Show times are:
Thursday…


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Somerville High School Vocational Fair

Posted by a 3:41 pm on November 5, 2009

I encourage community members to learn about Somerville High School’s Center for Career and Technical Education during the 12th Annual Vocational Fair… [Sat, Nov 7, 9am-2pm] where students from the various vocational shops demonstrate their expertise. This year’s event will include a pancake breakfast and several interactive displays.


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SCAT’s School Committee and Ward Alderman debates

Posted by a 10:41 pm on November 1, 2009

The city elections are Nov. 3.

Here are the three SCAT-sponsored televised debates of the School Committee and Ward Alderman races.…


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Somerville High School 18th Annual Arts & Crafts Fair

Posted by a 8:13 pm on October 20, 2009

Each year, this event attracts over three thousand visitors.  All proceeds benefit the girls’ and boys’ cross-country and track teams at SHS, including the awarding of college scholarships each June.

This is the eighteenth…


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Film Screening and Discussion about MCAS and No Child Left Behind

Posted by a 9:33 pm on October 8, 2009

State Representative Carl Sciortino and Ward 7 School Committee Representative Mary Jo Rossetti will be hosting a film screening and discussion about the impact of MCAS and high stakes testing on Tuesday, October 13 at…


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Learn More About Somerville High School — October 15

Posted by a 1:50 pm on

While this meeting will be of particular interest to parents and guardians of 6-8 graders, we invite anyone interested in learning more about what our High School has to offer. Headmaster Mr. Anthony Cicciarello will facilitate the discussion.


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Argenziano School Family Fun Day: October 3

Posted by a 12:06 pm on September 29, 2009

Join the Family Fun Day at the Dr. Albert F. Argenziano School at Lincoln Park this Saturday, October 3 from 10:00 am-2:00 pm. Everyone is invited for this community celebration of the school. Bring the…


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Free instrument lessons and low cost instrument rental

Posted by a 9:03 am on September 14, 2009

Did you know instrument lessons for youth in grades 4-12 (strings) and 5-12 (band instruments including drums) are free in the Somerville Public Schools? Community donations have helped create a low-cost instrument rental program for…


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Somerville Youth Hockey Open House! Sunday September 13th!

Posted by a 1:02 pm on September 4, 2009

Attention Future Somerville Hockey Stars! Visit Conway Park’s outdoor hockey rink on Sunday Sept. 13 from 3-5pm to learn about the game of hockey, how to measure for equipment and try your hand with a stick against members of the BU Terriers Men’s and Women’s 2009-1010 Hockey teams.


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Celebrating Local Harvests in the Somerville Public Schools on September 24th!

Posted by a 3:42 pm on September 2, 2009

The Somerville Public Schools is celebrating local farms and farmers on Thursday, September 24th with fresh corn on the cob served at lunchtime.

Volunteers are sought to visit elementary schools between 7:30 and 8:00…


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The Cuban school system and a Somerville 14 year old

Posted by a 3:42 pm on September 1, 2009

Cuba. What did you just think of? Communism, Fidel, the revolution? Many people believe things in Cuba are being run wrong and should be changed. I, however, disagree. When I think of Cuba I think of kindness, generosity, and community. It didn’

t used to be this way.…


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Dedication of the Brian Higgins Tot Lot at the Kennedy School

Posted by a 9:30 am on

Please join the Mayor of Somerville, the Honorable Joseph A. Curatone, the Superintendent of Schools, Tony Pierantozzi, and representatives from the Board of Aldermen and Somerville School Committee for the dedication of the Brian Higgins…


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August 31 Public Hearing on the Issue of Inter-District Choice

Posted by a 7:33 pm on August 28, 2009

On Monday, August 31, 2009 beginning at 6:45 p.m., the Somerville School Committee will conduct a public hearing on the issue of participating in the inter-district-choice program for the 2009-2010 school year. …


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Welcome back message from the Superintendent of Schools

Posted by a 10:32 am on August 27, 2009

Superintendent Tony Pierantozzi provides advice to families as they prepare for the new school year on Wednesday, September 2nd (Grades 1-12) or Tuesday, September 8th (Grades PK-K).

Read it online at www.somerville.k12.ma.us/administration


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Ward 4 School Committee Candidate Kick Off for Christine Rafal

Posted by a 9:59 pm on August 25, 2009

Join the Progressive Dems at the kick off of one of their endorsed candidates for School Committee!

Christine Rafal will be kicking off her campaign for School Committee on Sunday, September 13th from 3pm to 5pm at the Paddock Rest at 249 Pearl Street in Somerville. Suggested donation is $50.…


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Bullying in Somerville-Is it a problem?

Posted by a 2:16 pm on

Bullying, is it a problem in Somerville-Why or why not? Prevention and how to deal with bullying in school.


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Good Choices Free Workshop For Parents

Posted by a 3:40 pm on August 24, 2009

Improve Family Bonding and Reduce Risk of Teenage Drug Use, Violence and Teen Pregnancy.  Register now.  See how below.

Guiding Good Choices is an interactive program for all parents of pre-teens and teens, children…


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SomSigns Lie

Posted by a 8:57 pm on August 22, 2009

Whoda thunk that a simple sign could be a liar?  Here’s a photo essay of some misleading signage in three City of Somerville facilities.

1.  Somerville Schools Administration Building, 181 Washington Street:   At…


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Somerville Parks & Recreation Spaces, Part II: Access, Safety & Equity Considerations

Posted by a 2:34 am on August 21, 2009

Our friend reports that her son (22 months) fell while walking on bricks at the Walnut Street Park, fractured his right femur, and is in a cast for four weeks.  She says that…


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Is Prospect Hill Academy Selective?

Posted by a 9:58 pm on August 17, 2009

The Prospect Hill Academy Charter School enrolls much smaller percentages of special education and limited English proficient students than the two districts where it is based.


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“Back in the ‘Ville” is a Hit!

Posted by a 5:01 pm on August 13, 2009

Last night’s performance by Project Star at the Somerville High auditorium was a lot of fun.  Jimmy DelPonte’s original musical showed his talent as a storyteller, humorist, and song writer.  He can be forgiven as…


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Planning to walk or bike to school in the Fall?

Posted by a 12:57 pm on August 11, 2009

Crossing guard posts have been announced.

Please visit the Somerville Public Schools’ website to download a copy of the crossing guard list and see a google map of posts.

Or browse the…


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Afterschool planning

Posted by a 12:56 pm on

Information about the new and improved elementary after-school programs offered by the Somerville Public Schools will soon be available in print copy and online. We apologize for the delay and have been waiting for funding…


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Somerville Parks & Recreation Spaces, Part 1

Posted by a 11:20 pm on August 7, 2009

Many Somerville residents are not aware that the City manages 46 parks, playgrounds and ball fields for residents. With this astonishing number comes certain responsibilities on the part of the city, such as upkeep and accessibility.


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TOPSoccer – Sunday Sept 13th

Posted by a 1:28 pm on August 6, 2009

TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) is a FREE community-based training and team placement program for young athletes with disabilities, organized by youth soccer association volunteers. The program is designed to bring the opportunity of learning and playing soccer to any boy or girl, age 7-18, who have a mental or physical disability.…


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Community Conversation on Bullying

Posted by a 6:33 pm on August 4, 2009

Are you, your friends, or your children being affected by bullies?
A discussion for YOUTH, PARENTS, AND SOMERVILLE RESIDENTS to discuss
• What is Bullying
• Types of Bullying
• Tips for youth to assist them with bullying
• Tips for parents to assist youth with bullying…


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OPENAIR Circus A Blast!

Posted by a 10:26 pm on August 1, 2009

Today at 2 pm, a bunch of kids and grownups laughed, danced, clapped, sang, screamed with laughter and marvelled in unison. The OpenAir Circus is again in Somerville- and you’ve got one more day to catch it! (with pics)


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National Night Out Against Crime & Drugs

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For the sixth consecutive year, Somerville Cares About Prevention (SCAP) will partner with the City of Somerville and the Somerville Police Department to host the local celebration of the National Night Out Against Crime and Drugs.…


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Plan ahead for the first day of School on September 2nd

Posted by a 9:57 am on July 24, 2009

Somerville High School Freshman Barbeques

*  Tuesday, August 25 from 5:00-7:00 PM: Students and families in Beacon House (students whose last names start with the letters A-DOQ) and Elm House (students whose last…


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Read about Anne Foley’s (Kennedy School Principal) trip to China

Posted by a 9:16 am on July 15, 2009

In partnership with Primary Source, Kennedy School Principal Anne Foley is in China for the next two weeks. Read the trip blog to learn more about what Dr. Foley and her colleagues are…


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Circus for Circus Friday Night

Posted by a 7:56 pm on July 8, 2009

The renowned Extraterrestrial Circus Experiment will perform their unique and astonishing show, “People” for one night only on Friday, July 10 at 7 pm. The show, at the Armory Center for the Arts, 191 Highland Ave. in Somerville, will benefit the OPENAIR Circus.


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New England Revolution vs L.A. Galaxy – Fundraiser Night!

Posted by a 9:32 am on July 7, 2009

The Somerville Youth Soccer League is putting together a Somerville Youth Soccer Fundraiser Night! … On Behalf of myself and the Somerville Youth Soccer League – we thank you for your support! Best, John Teves – Somerville Youth/Recreation Commissioner


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Somerville, MA ARRA Funding Watch

Posted by a 6:58 pm on June 24, 2009

This Somerville ARRA Funding Watch is gleaned from the Massachusetts Area Planning Council’s Municipal Resource Guide on the Federal Economic


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Welcoming Mass Feedback!!

Posted by a 2:52 pm on June 23, 2009

On Monday the 22nd of June at 7:30 at the Somerville High School the School Committee approved the Welcoming Massachusetts pledge. All the members said “Yes” to the pledge with great enthusiasm…


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PDS June Meeting

Posted by a 8:00 pm on June 18, 2009

Come out to the next Progressive Democrats of Somerville Meeting!
When: Tuesday, June 23rd, 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Where: VNA, 259 Lowell Street, Community Room


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School Committee to Discuss Middle Grades — June 17

Posted by a 2:31 pm on June 16, 2009

Please join us for a meeting of the Educational Programs Subcommittee on Wednedsay, June 17 at 7:30 pm in the School Department Central Office, 181 Washington Street. The main agenda item will be a discussion of the District’s Middle Grades Initiative, which the School Committee has identified as one of its top priorities.


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“Rise Up Singing” Sing Along at Growing Center

Posted by a 12:32 pm on June 14, 2009

The Friends of the Community Growing Center will be hosting an all-ages community sing along on Saturday, June 20th from 5-7.

We will be singing traditional and contemporary songs from a variety of genres…


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Ridiculous bill to sterilize wind instruments

Posted by a 8:30 am on June 12, 2009

The message below was sent by Richard Saunders, Director of Music for the Somerville Public Schools. He is rightfully outraged by a bill currently being considered by the House of Representatives, (Bill H111)which would require school music department to sterilize instruments. Here’s a Globe article about it. …


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Save Our Somerville: An Interview with Matt and Mark McLaughlin About Harnessing Anger and Grief to Fight Displacement and Speak Out for More Adequate Resources for Addressing Drug Addiction

Posted by a 7:34 am on June 10, 2009

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Swine Flu?

Posted by a 9:41 pm on June 6, 2009

I thought it was strange that Boston was closing schools. I hadn’t heard of any cases in Somerville since that first lady that got it a couple of months ago. So, then when I heard…


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A Graduation Celebration you won’t want to miss

Posted by a 8:51 am on June 3, 2009

Please join The Welcome Project on June 7 for a graduation celebration for some special people from cultures and countries all over the world. These are the students in our youth language interpretation and adult language learners programs who have just completed a year’s worth of learning as language interpreters and English language learners.


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Help bring the Agassiz Preschool to Somerville!

Posted by a 11:03 am on June 2, 2009

Sorry about the cross-posting, but:

as some of you may know, the Agassiz Cooperative Preschool has been trying to find a home in Somerville since losing its lease in Porter Square after 34 years…


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Teen Empowerment at Johnny D’s

Posted by a 9:55 pm on June 1, 2009

Change for a 10 Spot
Wednesday, June 3, at Johnny D’s from 8-11 pm
With a little help from our friends

We couldn’t do our work without friends like you! Join us on Wednesday…


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Welcome Project Graduation Celebration

Posted by a 6:47 pm on May 30, 2009

From a flyer of The Welcome Project:

Join us at the Welcome Project for our Graduation Celebration!

Show your support for our Youth Interpreters and Adult English Language Learners!

The event will…


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Somerville Public School Budget Meeting

Posted by a 9:40 pm on May 28, 2009

From the SPS homepage, entitled “A message from Tony Pierantozzi, Superintendent of Schools”
… The extent of the impact of the current financial crisis on fiscal year 2010 remains unclear. We do know…


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How will my school life be different without my senior friends?

Posted by a 6:46 pm on

My life in school has been very fun so far. Mainly because my senior friends were around me and hanging out with me. Certainly I have more friends than them but I have more fun when I’m with them. But sadly,…


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Spring String Fling!

Posted by a 5:33 pm on May 27, 2009

Celebrate student musicians in the Somerville Public Schools at the Spring String Fling on Thursday, June 4th. This free concert featuring student performers in grades 4-12 will begin at 7:00 PM in the Somerville High…


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Concerned about your child’s development?

Posted by a 5:21 pm on

The Somerville Public Schools offers free developmental screenings for 3 and 4 year olds not yet enrolled in the public schools. The next screening date is June 24th. Screenings are free but must be scheduled…


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What questions do you have….

Posted by a 5:09 pm on

…about the proposed FY10 budget of the Somerville Public Schools? …about art and music instruction in the public schools? …about efforts by the schools to prepare students to succeed when they finish high school? These are the next three topics of discussion on the Superintendent’s cable access television show, Our Schools – Our City, broadcast regularly on local cable channel 15.


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Improving education for global understanding in Somerville

Posted by a 9:49 am on May 15, 2009

Learn more about the recent trip to China taken by Somerville High School teacher Mark Quinones over April vacation week. Quinones visited one of the nation’s largest trading partner as part of a teacher study team organized by Primary Source. Dr. Anne Foley, Principal of the John F. Kennedy School will take a similar teacher/study trip to China over the summer.


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FY10 Public Schools Budget Hearing

Posted by a 9:25 am on

You are invited to attend a public budget hearing on Wednesday, June 3rd at 7:00 PM in the Somerville High School Library (81 Highland Avenue) to discuss the proposed FY10 budget for the Somerville Public…


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Have you had a positive experience with after-school or weekend remediation provided by the Somerville Public Schools?

Posted by a 9:22 am on

the Somerville Public Schools would be grateful for a letter of endorsement from you to include with our application to become an approved Supplemental Education Services provider with the Commonwealth. If we are successful in this application the district could potentially recoup up to $100,000 in elementary academic tutoring funds now distributed to outside vendors.


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Future of the PowderHouse Community School

Posted by a 8:09 pm on May 13, 2009

As announced in the Somerville Journal : What should happen with the former Powder House Community School?

Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone and Ward 7 Alderman Robert

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Davis Square Tiles Project

Posted by a 11:53 am on May 3, 2009

I live outside Davis Square and every time I ride the T, I stop and look at the tiles that line the entrance to the station. I grew up in Somerville at the same time as many of the people who made these tiles, so I usually look for someone I know, and I often wonder what they’re all doing today. …


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A word to grown-ups: Don’t correct kids’ spelling on Facebook!

Posted by a 9:09 pm on May 1, 2009

This week, Craig Leach’s media class at Somerville High broke into four groups to discuss their use of social media. In this class, Facebook reigns supreme. MySpace is losing out. YouTube is very big. Twitter hasn’t caught on except for a few. …


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Somerville youth lead effort to halt teen injuries, death

Posted by a 3:18 pm on April 30, 2009

With summer just around the corner and tens of thousands of young people entering the workforce in Massachusetts, Governor Deval Patrick has proclaimed May “Safe Jobs for Youth Month” to focus attention on preventing workplace injuries and deaths.…


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Have your say about after-school programming and communications efforts of the public schools

Posted by a 8:33 am on April 28, 2009

Somerville Public Schools wants to hear from you!
Please join community advisory groups on Strategic Communications or After-school programming
Call 617-625-6600 x6013 or Email gkinder(at)k12.somerville.ma.us.
Opportunities for virtual feedback provided for Advisory Group members who cannot attend meetings.
Everyone welcome!…


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4/28 Public forum on Somerville’s FY2010 budget

Posted by a 10:04 pm on April 26, 2009

From Mark Niedergang… The Board of Aldermen and School Committee together will be holding a public forum on the FY 2010 budget this Tuesday, April 28th, at 7 PM in the Aldermen’s Chambers in City Hall. This is an opportunity to get an update from the Mayor and the Superintendent of Schools on the City and School budgets for next year and to share your concerns, ideas, and suggestions about priorities and ways to make the FY 2010 budget stretch further.


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Shape Up Somerville Fun Run

Posted by a 11:24 pm on April 25, 2009

The City will be hosting our first annual Shape up the Old Somerville Road Race, a 2.7 mile race/walk beginning and ending on the City Hall concourse. A children’s “Fun Run” will begin from the…


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Arbor Day Celebration

Posted by a 11:20 pm on

Mayor Curtatone and Ward 7 Alderman Trane invite all interested individuals to attend Somerville’s Arbor Day celebration on Friday, May 1st at 10:00 a.m., at the West Somerville Neighborhood School, 177 Powderhouse Boulevard. The event…


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Somerville High School Art Festival

Posted by a 11:53 am on April 22, 2009

The Somerville High School Art Fair starts on Wednesday, April 29th and runs through Friday, May 1st. Special opening reception will be start at 6:30 PM on the 29th. Student work is on display throughout…


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Special Education Workshop – April 27

Posted by a 11:52 am on

Autism and Special Education Law is the title of the Monday night workshop being hosted by the Somerville Special Education Parent Advisory Council and Massachusetts Advocates for Children. This event, hosted at the Kennedy School…


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News flashes from the Somerville Public Schools

Posted by a 9:16 am on

Somerville Open Studios will get a boost on May 2 and 3 with the addition of participants from of Somerville High School students in the PAL Program who will be displaying and selling hand-crafted jewelry and note cards from their booth at the Center for Arts at the Armory. …


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Announcing Somerville Kid’s Blog

Posted by a 7:34 am on

There are new bloggers on the block and they’ve joined me at a 21st Century Club after school program at the Kennedy School.   Students are writing about things that they find interesting, including the MCAS…


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Youth Voices: Possible changes to my school

Posted by a 4:45 pm on April 17, 2009

My school, Lynn Classical High School, is not so good right now. The people who built the school built it on a swamp.


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Living Green Festival

Posted by a 9:24 pm on April 14, 2009

An all-ages fair of forward-thinking fun. Get your spirits up and your footprint down!


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Events and News from the Somerville Public Schools

Posted by a 10:42 am on April 13, 2009

UPCOMING EVENTS
April 16th is the date of the Somerville High School Spring Concert, hosted beginning at 7:00 PM at Somerville High School (81 Highland Avenue). Student musicians will be showing off their…


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‘If I could change Somerville High, I would…’

Posted by a 11:42 am on April 4, 2009

If you could change Somerville High, what would you do? Craig Leach’s SHS media class opens a debate this week:

The kid” hates the lunches but loves the wide variety of teachers. “…


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School is Changing?

Posted by a 3:38 pm on April 3, 2009

How would I change the school?…


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Changes I Would Make to Somerville High

Posted by a 3:35 pm on

Being as student at Somerville High School and seeing how things are run and the curriculum that is followed makes me think about how I would change if I had the chance.  Although I love…


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My School…My Way?

Posted by a 3:30 pm on

The absolute first thing I would change about school would be the time. I would push back the time by a few hours. I think if students weren’t half asleep for the first few classes…


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Just school is not even close to education

Posted by a 3:21 pm on

Day by day, our schools narrow our mind of being wide and free. “I’m bored”, that is what teenagers say the most and me myself being a teenager think it is true. Things are getting…


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Changing School

Posted by a 3:11 pm on

Education is great and I believe every person needs it. If I could change the way school is taught then I would. Most academic classes (english,history, math, etc…) are all basically alike and it just feels like every…


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If I was in charge of my school…

Posted by a 3:07 pm on

If I was in charge of my school, there would be a few things that I would change. One thing that I would change would be to make school more interactive and fun. I would…


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ways school could be more interesting

Posted by a 3:03 pm on

Currently i dont think anyone can say they like school. People think school is too boring because its all work and academics and what not. School can be more interesting if it has something to…


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future schools

Posted by a 2:59 pm on

          my dream school is the best. a place where kids aren’t criticized about what they read, their smartness, or even color. all classes are fun, meaning activities are played and planned, students have opportunities…


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Change our School! Mold our Minds!

Posted by a 2:48 pm on

“School is boring,” and “I hate school”  is what I often hear from friends. Honestly, I agree! Change the way we learn! Change the fact that what we study today will be forgotten after the…


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Brian’s School Life

Posted by a 12:35 pm on

Some kids do well in school all their life, others are late bloomers, and some are strange as in they do well, then badly, then well again. I am one of those strange ones. Here’s my story.

~ Enjoy ~


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Save Our Somerville Soccer Tournament

Posted by a 10:58 pm on March 31, 2009

Save Our Somerville is running a soccer tournament on Patriots’ Day Monday, April 20th (pending permit approval, rain date of Tuesday, April 21st). The tournament will be held at Glen Park (Glen St. next to the Capuano…


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A day in the life of Brian

Posted by a 4:46 pm on March 20, 2009

I wake up at 6 am. Then I go take a shower, get dressed, and then my cousin’s mom picks me up at 7 am to take me to school. When I reach my school, I talk to my friends and socialize until 7:45 am, when I go to my first class. School is over by now. School is okay. I like it because my friends are there. If they weren’t there,


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Somerville’s Multiculturalism

Posted by a 12:40 pm on March 15, 2009

On Friday I was a guest at the high school’s Multicultural Fair. It was the most dramatic and most successful cultural event I’ve ever seen – beating everything from Lincoln Center to the MFA…


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SHS Students Present Their Digital Books

Posted by a 12:00 am on

Craig Leach’s Somerville High School media and TV production students this week explained what they’re learning and why the class deserves taxpayer support. And they posted “digital books” they created. Take a look!

“Jerry617″…


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democracy of voices

Posted by a 5:43 pm on March 13, 2009

I’ve been meaning to show up here since last week when I read the posts by the Somerville high school students to thank you all for adding a genuine diversity — and democracy — of…


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Public Announcement/Atencion Publica/Aviso Publica/Enfomasyon Piblik

Posted by a 11:41 am on March 12, 2009

Help the Department of Education assess the quality of district programs! Sign up to be interviewed as part of the District’s Coordinated Program Review taking place the week of April 27th. Call 617-625-6600 x6028 before April 3rd and ask to be put on the list of members of the public to be interviewed by the Department.…


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Upcoming events in the Somerville Public Schools

Posted by a 7:19 am on

Nutrition and Your Child @ Winter Hill Community School Library, 3/16, 6-8pm
preparing for the college admissions process @ SHS Auditorium, 3/23, 7-8:30pm
impact of family violence on learning workshop @ Kennedy School, 3/31, 7-8:30pm


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Deadlines for local scholarship applications approaching!

Posted by a 7:17 am on

Students in the Class of 2009 at Somerville High School are invited to apply for any one of many college and technical school scholarships available through local scholarship funds.…


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Youth Voices: My Accident

Posted by a 7:32 pm on February 27, 2009

On Wednesday of May 21, 2007 around 12:30 P.M, I decided to skip school and go home. It had been the worst day for me.…


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Somerville High School Student Voices

Posted by a 5:11 pm on

The following writings were submitted today by students in a media class at Somerville High School.…


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Books of Hope: Youth and Community Writers Workshop w/ Doug Holder

Posted by a 7:55 pm on February 20, 2009

Somerville writer Doug Holder presents a workshop on the Small Press and Independent Publishing to Books of Hope youth and the community on Monday, Feb 23rd, 7-9 pm at the Mystic Activity Center, 530 Mystic…


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ECIP lottery applications now available!

Posted by a 9:32 am on February 19, 2009

Will your child be 3 by August 31, 2009? Are you interested in having your child be a typically developing peer in the Early Childhood Intervention Program (ECIP?)…


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Kids’ Voices: Two 6th graders tell their immigration stories

Posted by a 1:26 pm on February 16, 2009

They wanted to publish under pseudonyms, so the following stories are by “Gori” and “Hector.”


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Improving School Climate and Preventing Bullying in the Somerville Public Schools – February 24th Free Workshop for Families, Educators and Youth Workers

Posted by a 7:46 pm on February 11, 2009

Do any of these issues concern you?



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School Committee Meeting

Posted by a 4:34 pm on February 9, 2009

The Foreign Language Study Committee Report will be presented to the School Committee this Wednesday, February 11th, at 7:00 PM in the 3rd Floor Conference Room of the SPS Administrative Headquarters, 181 Washington Street (in…


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Somertime in February for ages 5-13

Posted by a 9:07 am on February 2, 2009

$80 for four days of fun! Breakfast and pizza included.


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Time to TAP for SAP

Posted by a 3:24 pm on January 29, 2009

The days are lengthening and the sap will soon begin flowing. That’s right, it’s Maple Syrup Time! The Somerville Maple Syrup Project will be kicking off the 2009 season this Saturday, January 31st at 12pm!…


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Volunteer for the Somerville Public Schools

Posted by a 12:58 pm on

I want to share with you a call I received this week from an 80-year-old Somerville woman. Olga is a retired math teacher who is recovering from hip replacement surgery. After hearing President Obama’s Inaugural Address and his call to service, she picked up the phone, saying she was moved to “give back any way I can.” Olga will be tutoring math at Somerville High School three hours a week. I know that there are many more Olgas in Somerville and beyond who are searching for meaningful ways to connect with and give back to their community.


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Invitation to share your advice about improving the website of the Somerville Public Schools

Posted by a 9:23 am on January 28, 2009

Dear colleagues and neighbors,

At least three times a week I get email from members of our community offering advice on ways the website of the Somerville Public Schools can be reorganized to better meet their information needs.…


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Somerville Adult Evening School Winter Classes start Feb. 3.

Posted by a 11:50 pm on January 25, 2009

Somerville Adult Evening School Winter 2009 Classes start the week of February 3.

 

Whether you long to learn to ice a cake like a pro, play an African drum, speak Portuguese, deliver CPR, design a web page, do your own home improvements, or simply cut your home energy costs, Somerville Adult Evening School has an affordable course for you. Weekly classes are held at Somerville High School and cover everything from mastering pastry dough to learning to create architectural plans with AutoCAD.…


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A Dialogue with Youth on Welcoming Massachusetts

Posted by a 11:33 pm on January 23, 2009

This event is an opportunity for Somerville youth and community partners to meet in person, build community, and discuss how Somerville can become a safer and welcoming place for everyone. At the event, our youth members will present personal stories, and sit in small dialogue groups with adults.


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Want your future kindergartener to learn a foreign language? Try Unidos!

Posted by a 8:30 pm on

Learn more about the Unidos program at the February 3rd Open House/Tour at the Capuano Early Childhood Center (150 Glen Street).  The Open House starts at 8:30 am.

Families of children who will be 5 by August 31, 2009 are invited to learn more about the Unidos program at this open house. Unidos is a bi-cultural/bi-lingual program  where students in Grades K-8 learn core content in both English and Spanish.


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Upcoming events in the Somerville Public Schools

Posted by a 2:10 pm on January 22, 2009

Click “Read more” to learn about:

- College Goal Sunday on January 25th
- Kindergarten registration paperwork help, January 26-29
- Bye Bye Birdie at Somerville High School February 6-8
- Student art on exhibit at the Nave Gallery
- Somerville Special Olympics Swim team


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Know a Somerville High School student looking for leadership experience?

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The Food Services Department is starting a Student Advisory Board in February to give students the opportunity to voice their thoughts about school meals.  Students will meet with the Food Service Director and Nutrition Outreach Coordinator on a monthly basis to advise on the school breakfast and lunch program through the rest of the school year.  All interested students should contact Charlotte Stephenson, Nutrition Outreach Coordinator, at (617) 625-6600 x6095 or cstephenson(at)k12.somerville.ma.us.


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College Goal Sunday

Posted by a 10:41 pm on January 18, 2009

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College Goal Sunday, 2pm Jan 25, SHS

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I’m helping the School Department with publicity for College Goal Sunday, on January 25 at 2:00, in the Somerville High School cafeteria. Please pass this information on to students who could use some help completing the FAFSA financial aid form.


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Pintamos Nuestro Mundo

Posted by a 1:14 am on January 17, 2009

I want to tell you about Pintamos Nuestro Mundo (We Paint Our World), which is the youth group of Centro Presente. …


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Brown School Open House and Evening Coffee Hour

Posted by a 10:43 am on January 13, 2009

The Benjamin Brown School, a Somerville public school located at 201 Willow Ave (corner of Kidder), will hold its Open House week the same hours as the rest of the district’s schools, with the addition of open house hours on Tuesday, January 20th, starting at 8:30 a.m and ending at 1:30 p.m.  Open House will continue Wed, Jan. 21, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., and Thursday and Friday, Jan. 22 and Jan. 23, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


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News Bites in the Somerville Public Schools

Posted by a 3:44 pm on January 8, 2009

The period after the December break is always a time of high activity in the schools.  What follows is a list of events and activities which might be of interest to all residents, business owners and others across the city:


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Early Childhood Festival

Posted by a 11:15 am on January 2, 2009

The Early Childhood Festival celebrates young children and families, and provides families with the opportunity to learn more about early childhood education programs and resources in Somerville. Hosted by the Early Childhood Advisory Committee (ECAC), an award-winning collaboration between the Somerville Public Schools and all of the city’s early childhood programs…


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Early Childhood Integrated Program (ECIP) Application Process

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ECIP is an integrated early childhood program with a mix of standard and special education children ages three and four. Classes meet four days per week for 5.25 hours per day. There is one teacher and one paraprofessional in each class for a maximum of 15 children.…


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Kindergarten registration begins on January 24th

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Students who will be 5 by August 31, 2009 are eligible for free, full-day kindergarten in the Somerville Public Schools. Kindergarten registration begins in January! Registration materials will be mailed home to the parents/guardians of every age eligible child born in Somerville.


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Drivers Education to be offered at Somerville Adult Evening School

Posted by a 7:31 pm on December 16, 2008

Pleasant Auto School and Somerville Adult Evening School have teamed up to provide a 5 week driver’s education course for any teens or adults with a learner’s permit. Students receive 30 hours of classroom instruction, twelve hours of Road Lessons, six hours of observation time.


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Gift raffle at Somerville High School concert next week!

Posted by a 10:55 am on December 12, 2008

Congratulations to Laxmi Spearing, Charlie LoBrutto, Sofia Carafotes and Lynn Soyring – all of whom won a gift in the raffle held at the All-City Elementary Winter Concert last night, 12/11, at Somerville High School. Raffle prizes were donated by Porter Square Books, Performance Music Center, and Target.


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Congratulations to Julia J. at the Kennedy School

Posted by a 1:20 pm on December 5, 2008

Julia’s drawing entitled Red Sails at Sunset by Julia J won third prize in Crayola’s “Art of Childhood” online exhibit!


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Support the arts in the Somerville Public Schools – buy an ad in the “Bye Bye Birdie” program book

Posted by a 4:27 pm on December 3, 2008

More than 35 student actors, musicians, stage and costume designers, and production engineers are working on the 2009 Somerville High School production of Bye Bye Birdie. Scheduled to launch its three day run on Friday, February 6th, Bye Bye Birdie tells the story of Conrad Birdie…


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Upcoming events in the Somerville Public Schools

Posted by a 8:30 am on December 1, 2008

The District is rich in activity throughout the early part of December. Highlights include…


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Where We Need to Change Obama

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I don’t agree with his accusatory tone–I think most people voted for Obama with their eyes open–but Sam Smith has “listed nearly three dozen things that Obama supports or opposes with which no good liberal or progressive would agree.” Most prominent among them to my perspective:


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Audition for “Klass Klowns” (kids grades 7-9)

Posted by a 2:43 pm on November 30, 2008

“Klass Klownz” auditions are open to any Somerville resident in Grades 7 through 9, and will be held Wednesday, December 10th at 6:00 p.m. in West Somerville Neighborhood School at 177 Powderhouse Boulevard. Performers should prepare a one-minute skit that can take the form of a funny song, an impression, or a parody of a TV ad or character. A CD player will be provided for those auditioners that have their own music.


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Support alternative education – buy a wreath or tree

Posted by a 2:06 pm on November 18, 2008

Spread Christmas cheer and support alternative education by buying a Christmas tree or wreath from Next Wave and Full Circle Alternative Schools, which provide high quality instruction in a therapeutic setting for up to 104 Somerville youth in Grades 6-12.


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Youth Voices: What it feels like to play soccer

Posted by a 4:33 pm on November 14, 2008

When I play, I feel concentrated and sometimes nervous. I get motivated by my team mates. When I step on the field, I feel like everything around me is like a perfect dream. I can hear my heart beat. …


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Forum on Educational Choices for Parents of Young Children

Posted by a 6:31 pm on November 9, 2008

Do you want to learn more about schools in Somerville? Did you miss the last forum, or want another opportunity to ask questions? Many of us have babies or toddlers and haven’t


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Youth Voices: Why I love music video games

Posted by a 5:24 pm on November 7, 2008

I like to play video games that have to do with music or creating music. Like DDR (Dance Dance Revolution): you play with a mat that has 4 arrows, one pointing up, down, left and right. On the screen, you press the arrows with your feet by dancing along with the music that you’re hearing on the game. That is one music game that I love to play. …


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Upcoming Events in the Somerville Public Schools

Posted by a 8:04 am on November 3, 2008

No school on November 4th; Vocational Fair on November 8th; School Improvement Council Training on November 10th; Parent/Guardian Focus Group on Middle Grades Learning on November 13th; District-wide open house and information session on November 18th


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School Committee meeting notes 10/23

Posted by a 6:15 pm on October 26, 2008

There was another Long Range Planning meeting for the School Committee Thursday night. I won’t have a lengthy report this time because they got a late start and didn’t have handouts to help me out. The reason for the late start was the meeting for School Committee members from throughout Massachusetts with Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester beforehand. We were allowed to sit in on a little of that while we waited, and it was a bit interesting.


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Learn to Skate and Play Hockey!

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Somerville Youth Hockey Association provides an instructional level program for youth from ages 3-8 years old at Somerville’s DCR Rink on Saturday mornings for the entire season. This is a great opportunity to put on…


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FREE Girls Hockey Clinic – Boston University Terriers!

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Join the Boston University Women’s Ice Hockey Team as they host a FREE hockey clinic for girls 8th
Grade and under (because of NCAA rules, they can not be in high school yet)


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Vote No on One for Sake of Our Schools and City

Posted by a 9:35 am on October 22, 2008

More than most cities and towns, the city of Somerville and its public schools rely very heavily on state aid. In fact, this year, state aid makes up more than half (58 percent) of the Somerville schools’ budget. This much-needed money would be cut drastically if Question 1 passes, eliminating the state income tax. According to one estimate by groups including the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, our schools could lose as much as 90 percent of its aid if Question 1 passes, and our city could lose 65 percent.


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Upcoming events in the Somerville Public Schools

Posted by a 3:27 pm on October 21, 2008

Just in case you do not have time to read through all of the notices posted on the video bulletin board on local cable channel 16, here is a preview of some of the interesting events happening in the Somerville Public Schools. All events listed here are free and open to the public.


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Do students need more time to learn?

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The Somerville Public Schools, inspired by the long range goals set by the School Committee, is hosting a series of community discussions about the possibility of expanding available learning time through the Massachusetts


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Notes from School Committee Long Range Planning Meeting

Posted by a 4:52 pm on September 27, 2008

Thursday night, amid the sounds of the stock market crashing down around us, there was an oasis of optimism in a most unusual place—a school committee meeting! The Committee was getting an overall update on progress toward our 5 long-term goals…


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New England Revolution – Ribbon Cutting!

Posted by a 3:35 pm on September 22, 2008

Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone and Somerville Youth Soccer League invite all to attend a ribbon cutting ceremony at the new James McCarthy Field located at the Michael E. Capuano Early Childhood Center on 150 Glenn…


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Free instrumental music lessons for students in the public schools

Posted by a 9:31 am on September 17, 2008

Regional news media continues to report on communities around the Commonwealth which are faced with financial squeezes that negatively impact local education. One way some communities manage the squeeze is by instituting or driving up extracurricular activity fees. In the Somerville Public Schools the commitment to providing equal access to important enrichment activities remains strong.


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What’s Happening in the Somerville Public Schools

Posted by a 1:03 pm on September 12, 2008

There are several noteworthy events happening in the Somerville Public Schools in the upcoming weeks.


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Humane Education

Posted by a 9:08 pm on September 7, 2008

With test scores so low and not improving in so many schools, our drop out rates going up not down, and compassion and sustainability seemingly weak or hidden traits in American society (if not in the global community on a whole), it might be time to re-look the United States’ school system’s focus on standardized testing and the classroom climate and teaching styles which it necessitates.


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A Strong Endorsement for Somerville High’s School Council

Posted by a 5:03 pm on August 28, 2008

There’s been a fascinating discussion among Yahoo group members of Somerville-4-Schools. It started with a new parent complaining about back-to-school communications being lacking in some respects, but lead to some encouraging words from parent Melissa McWhinney (see below), and finally this great endorsement of the School Council’s efforts at Somerville High by Joe Beckmann


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Crossing Guard posts to help plan the walk/bike route to school

Posted by a 10:07 pm on August 26, 2008

Crossing guards are posted at the following corners every school day to make help students safely walk or bike to school. Each corner is staffed from approximately 7:30-8:30 AM and again from 2:25-3:00 PM.


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Invitation to submit a proposal to provide afterschool activity clubs in the Somerville Public Schools

Posted by a 12:54 pm on August 14, 2008

The Somerville Public Schools is looking for businesses, non-profit partners, volunteers and community experts to work with us planning and running afterschool activity clubs for students in Grades K-8 across the City. This is why we are inviting you to an Afterschool Activity Club Bidders’ Conference hosted by the Somerville Public Schools on Thursday, September 4th from 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM at the SPS Central Office (181 Washington Street – in the same building as the Boys and Girls Club).


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Additional New England Revolution Tickets!

Posted by a 10:02 am on August 5, 2008

Hello everyone, Due to the overwhelming success of the initial sale of tickets to the October 4th Somerville Youth Soccer Family Night, the New England Revolution have made additional tickets available, so if you missed the August 1st deadline – no worries! Tickets are now available until August 29th!


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What will you do to get ready to go back to school?

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This is the question we will ask students of all ages at the National Night Out on Tuesday, August 5th. Join us at the National Night Out begining at 5:00 PM in Foss Park – not just to be interviewed for TV, but also to enjoy an evening of family fun and a celebration of peace and community.


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A circus grows in Somerville

Posted by a 12:54 pm on August 2, 2008

The OPENAIR Circus is an amazing phenomenon with an improbable history. If you’ve got kids, take them this weekend and think about joining. After this weekend, the next major performance will be in Boston’s First Night parade.…


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FREE TICKETS! New England Revolution vs. D.C. United

Posted by a 10:46 am on July 25, 2008

Join The New England Revolution as they take on their eastern rivals D.C. United on WEDNESDAY AUGUST 20TH – Game Time 7:30PM @ Gillette Stadium. Sponsored by the New England Revolution Soccer Team and The Somerville Youth & Recreation Foundation


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Support Our Somerville High School Soccer Team!

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Please support our Somerville High School Soccer Team! Somerville Recreation Department is offering the following Soccer Clinics for the week of August 11th – August 15th @ Dilboy Stadium


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Albion Park Meeting

Posted by a 6:03 pm on July 13, 2008

Just passing this along:
The city will be holding a meeting about Albion Park Monday, July 14th at 7:00 p.m. at the VNA Building, 259 Lowell Street.

SOS members will be at the event to support keeping activities for young adults and teenagers. There have been several parks such as Perry Park and the Kemp Nuts site…


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Somerville Youth Soccer Family Night!!! August 1st Deadline!

Posted by a 2:49 pm on July 11, 2008

The Somerville Youth Soccer League invites you to get revved up with the Revs! Come join the SYSL to kick off our fall season!

Somerville Youth Soccer Family Night!!!

REVS vs. Real Salt Lake

Saturday, October 4th @ 7:30


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Somerville Youth Soccer Family Night!!!

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REVS vs. Real Salt Lake, Saturday, October 4th @ 7:30 PM in Gillette Stadium, Parking is FREE, lots open at 5:30 PM, Enjoy Soccer Celebration before the game & Autograph Alley after the game!!! Payments due Aug 1st. Read on for ticket information…


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Beyond the 4th Wall Theater and Creative Arts Studio classes and events!

Posted by a 1:07 pm on July 10, 2008

This is Joanna Stenning posting on behalf of Beyond the 4th Wall Theater and Creative Arts Studio in Central Square, Cambridge. We are excited to announce that we still have room for more participants in our upcoming summer programs for children and teens, and would love to open registration for these classes to the Somerville community.


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Pens of Power 2008 Writing Conference for Teen Girls!

Posted by a 10:08 pm on July 8, 2008

Come see the power of words and the power of girls join forces at Teen Voices’ annual Pens of Power Conference! Join over 100 Boston teens for a Saturday devoted to the power of the written word. Local female poets, novelists and journalists will lead exciting workshops and talk about what motivates them to write. Enjoy free lunch, prizes and beats from DJ D’hana.


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National Council on DisAbility Seeks Your Input

Posted by a 11:12 pm on June 26, 2008

The National Council on Disability (NCD) is gathering public input for a study of emerging issues and trends affecting the lives of people with disabilities. Information gathered will be used in the development of NCD’s next annual progress report to the President and Congress, “National Disability Policy: A Progress Report,” which is required by Section 401(b) of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.


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Sunsetters perform at Fireworks

Posted by a 4:53 pm on

The Sunsetters are a group of preteens and teenagers who sing and
dance to Broadway tunes. Check them out at the fireworks celebration, June 26 at 6PM.


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Family Fun Day, June 28

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Another of the city’s popular family events, Family Fun Day includes a variety of activities for residents of all ages. Obstacle courses, games, watermelon eating contests, dancing, and a dunk tank are only a few examples of the day’s events! Dunk the Mayor! Dunk your Alderman! Eat your weight in watermelon! Bring your children, your parents, and your friends.


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The Turbulent Tween Years

Posted by a 10:38 pm on June 23, 2008

The Turbulent Tween Years

Communicating with your 8-13 year-old daughter

a facilitated discussion to help parents understand the unique challenges associated with growing up in today’s environment. Sponsered by Big Sister Association of Greater Boston.


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first day of kindergarten

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first day of school, grades 1 – 12

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Join the Circus this Summer!

Posted by a 3:08 pm on June 9, 2008

Somerville families don’t have to run away to join the OPENAIR Circus. The Circus is offering its 23d year of summer circus workshops for children, teens, and adults. Classes will run June 24th through July 24th. Performances will be August 1st, 2nd, and 3rd.under the big top at Nunziato Field near Union Square in Somerville.


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Support Foss Park Funding Bill H.4446

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For those of you who may not know, Governor Patrick filed the environmental bond bill (H.4446) this past December. Open space for outdoor recreation (as we all know) is extremely limited in Somerville. These funds can be used to develop Foss Park into the Urban Oasis we so desperately need in Somerville. There is tremendous potential to significantly upgrade the park for all who utilize the area. We must maximize this critical moment by taking advantage of these opportunities.


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Our new kids’ summer activities directory

Posted by a 3:26 pm on June 1, 2008

When school’s out, it can be hard to find enough good things for your kids to do. Here’s a local guide that several of us have put together.…


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Summer Youth Theater and Creative Arts classes available at Beyond the 4th Wall!

Posted by a 10:28 pm on May 31, 2008

Beyond the 4th Wall is dedicated to providing children and teens with an affordable outlet for theater, visual, and performing arts. Students ages 9-15 are encouraged not only to develop as performers, but also to build self-confidence, learn how to work as a team, and to practice creative thinking–and to have a GREAT time while doing so! We would like to invite children and teens from the Somerville area to participate in our Summer 2008 classes, camps, and events.


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Film Screening at the Somerville Theatre

Posted by a 10:12 pm on May 29, 2008

The Youth Media program at Somerville Community Television is hosting a free screening of short films shot by the youth members of THE NEXT GENERATION PRODUCERS. This screening will be at 6pm Tuesday June 3, at the Somerville Theatre in Davis Square.


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Yellow lights near schools.

Posted by a 4:11 pm on May 14, 2008

It seems that a good deal of energy and money could be saved if these lights were turned off during off-hours. Particularly the one on Spring Hill at Summer St. Lots of these lights blink, even in the Summer. Small and simple, but helpful…


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Response to open letter re Hip Hop Concert cancellation from Centro Presente

Posted by a 2:58 pm on May 7, 2008

Folks, This unfortunate series of events was extremely complicated and will be impossible to unravel and understand. This concert could have been a very positive event and the intentions of Centro Presente — to promote support for immigrants and peace among youth — are exemplary.


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Lack of Transparency Surrounds Hip-Hop Concert Cancellation

Posted by a 3:30 pm on May 6, 2008

The following letter was released by Centro Presente yesterday regarding the cancellation of their hip-hop concert scheduled for Friday of last week at the Somerville High School.


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Extended Learning Time/School Day

Posted by a 6:01 pm on April 28, 2008

It is one of our School Committee’s Long Range goals to consider extending the school day. There is a big push for this gathering on the state level as well, and schools are beginning to take advantage of grant money offered to give $1,300 per student for 300 hours of additional instruction/enrichment hours. I found…


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CAAS to Elect Board: Candidates Wanted

Posted by a 11:07 pm on April 22, 2008

Do you want to help set the direction for Somerville’s anti-poverty agency? The Community Action Agency of Somerville (CAAS) is seeking candidates—and voters—for its Board elections, coming up the week of May 19th at two locations in Somerville.


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directory of summer activities for kids

Posted by a 10:56 am on April 21, 2008

It’s great that people have been responding to Linda Conte’s post proposing a parent-made directory of summer camps and other summer educational activities.…


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“The Graduation Speech You’ll Never Hear”

Posted by a 9:00 pm on April 3, 2008

This speech about Somerville young people killed by drugs, made the front page of the Globe’s City section. But publicity’s not enough. What should Somerville do about it?…


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Summer Camps for Somerville Kids

Posted by a 10:49 pm on April 1, 2008

Having toddlers kind of put the kibosh on my favorite summertime activity—reading at the beach. Still, when they would eventually exhaust themselves with swimming, shell collecting, and digging to China, we could stay on the beach a little longer if I pulled out some read-aloud material.…


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MCAS and Somerville kids: Adam Sweeting’s forum

Posted by a 9:25 pm on January 30, 2008

Here’s a fascinating forum on MCAS and what it really means on the ground level, inside our schools.…


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MCAS and Somerville kids, Part 2

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Is high-stakes testing “the civil rights issue of our time” or a strategy for avoid the hard steps we need to take to improve education? See what you think.…


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MCAS and Somerville kids, Part 3

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Somerville Teachers Association President Linda Vitiello (an elementary school teacher) tells a story about a child, a mural, and what paper-and-pencil tests don’t measure.…


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