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Message from Manuel J. Fernandez: January 29, 2019

Dear CSUS Parents and Caregivers, 

Diversity Dialogues
Last week’s Diversity Dialogue on How have Race and Culture Affected your Life was well attended with a diverse group of staff, caregivers and community members. It was an insightful evening for many as we learn much about one’s personal journey and how it is shaped by race and culture. Some of our alumni-caregivers joined us because they "needed a space to continue the conversation" they began when their children were at CSUS. It was a wonderful evening. We are pleased to announce that noted Newton Public Schools elementary educator, Michael Feldstein, will facilitate our Feb. 28 DD, “How to Talk to Children about Race." 

Report Cards 
Semester I grades closed on Jan 25. Report Cards will be uploaded to Aspen and sent home on Friday Feb. 8. If you do not have access to Aspen or do not receive a paper copy from your child on Feb. 8th, please contact your child’s grade level advisor or Ms. Robinson and we will make arrangements for you to obtain the report card. 

Conferences
Scholars will be showcasing their schoolwork and discussing progress on their educational goals with you in upcoming Scholar-Led Conferences. During these conferences, scholars will lead the discussion with you about their school work, while teachers will help direct conversation and answer questions you may have. The dates for Scholar Led Conferences are Feb. 26 - Mar.1. Your child’s homeroom advisor will be in touch soon to schedule your child’s scholar led conference. 

Project 351
SethEach year Project 351 selects 8th graders from each of the state’s 351 communities to participate in a day of service in honor of Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. We are proud that Sejai Rivera represented CSUS with distinction. He summarizes his experience below.

The Project 351 experience was a new feeling for me in my life, and it was a good feeling. All around Massachusetts, kids from different schools and different cities rounded up in a large court house. There were over 500 kids in one place ready to make a difference in Massachusetts in honor of King’s commitment to service. The group I was assigned to was called “Project Rescue.” What we did was go to a shelter for kids without families and make them goodie bags with treats in it. We also made Valentine’s day cards for families who lost their loved ones protecting this country and put candies in it for them. While doing this act of kindness I felt very good about myself, knowing that I just made a kid without enough love and support probably feel happy for a change and also making a family member of a lost love one feel appreciated too. I will never forget the experience of project 351 and the good acts it has done to make the people of Massachusetts feel welcomed to their society. 

VolleyballUpper Schools Volleyball Champions 
By now you should know that our Girls Volleyball team won the city-wide Upper Schools Volleyball Championship. Kudos to our scholar athletes and to Coach Dan Fusco!

Grade 7 NetPals Field Trip
On Thursday Jan 17th, the whole CSUS seventh grade went on field trips to meet their NetPals at local companies in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. NetPals is a six-month program planned collaboratively by science teacher Erika Riddington, Cambridge School Volunteers' NetPals Director Meg Ramsdell, and our school's corporate partners: the Broad Institute, Neon Therapeutics, Philips, IBM, and Novartis. The program includes emails, company field trips, and school visits. Students got to see where their NetPals work in this first visit. In the photos, you can see some of what we saw at Philips, where the NetPals design health care diagnostics, systems, and robotics. The pictures show CSUS students running an ultrasound machine, modeling laparoscopic surgery, and testing robotic control of the CT-scan. The bluish photo is from the "NICU of the future". We look forward to more visits and emails with our NetPals to get a taste of what it's like to work in STEM. Ask your seventh grader about their NetPal.

Netpals

On behalf of TEAM CSUS, thank you for choosing CSUS! We are humbled that you have entrusted us with your child’s education. We are aware that you have choices and we are pleased that you chose us. Please do not hesitate to contact me or any TEAM CSUS staff member if you have any questions, concerns or suggestions.

Peace,

Manuel J. Fernandez
Head of School