Message from Manuel J. Fernandez: March 19, 2019

Dear CSUS Parents and Caregivers, 

It is with sincere regret that I report that this morning several scholars came to me to ask why CSUS didn’t have a moment of silence on behalf of the victims of the horrific attack at two mosques over the weekend. I had no response other than to say I was sorry. It was not intentional but as we have learned through our equity work, it’s not the intent but the impact. We at CSUS of course stand in solidarity with our Muslim scholars and families against this racist murderous act. However, our silence sent an unfortunate message of indifference to our scholars and for that I am truly sorry. I am most proud of our scholars from different faiths that came to me this morning to express their displeasure. We continue to learn from our youth and this is a lesson that we will sit with for a while. 

A number of 8th grade scholars are planning to run the Cambridge Spring Classic 5K race to raise money for the class trip to New York City. Scholars who want to run but haven't yet signed up, please see Ms. Schwarz to get the information you need to register, and to pick up a fundraising packet. All runners are fundraising as a single team; you can collect donations from your neighbors, grandparents, uncles & aunts, friends, or anyone else you can think of who might want to sponsor your run. There's a script to use on the fundraising packet, and instructions for how they can donate. If each scholar running can raise just $20, and 30 scholars run, we'll raise $600! Sign up with a friend! The race is THIS SUNDAY, March 24th, at 9:30AM. You need to register online ahead of time-- thanks to the generosity of the race organizers, it's free for CSUS 8th grade scholars only, using the code you get from Ms Schwarz-- then be sure to GET THERE EARLY that day to sign in for the race. It starts at 64 Sidney Street (down Sidney Street south of The Asgard, on the east side of Central Sq). Some teachers and parents will be running as well, and some parents will be at the finish to sign community service paperwork.

The Peer Mediation Program at CSUS has been running since Mid November. Since that time the peer mediators have had several successful mediations. After every mediation, the Peer Mediation Coordinator or one of the peer mediators follow up within 4-6 weeks to see if an agreement has been upheld. Currently, 95% of all agreements made at CSUS have been upheld since the program started in November. Additionally, the peer mediators have had opportunities to be leaders in the community. Recently, a couple of CSUS peer mediators were asked to mediate a situation between two other scholars at an elementary school in Cambridge. Next month the CSUS mediators will join the CRLS peer mediators at the Massachusetts Annual Peer Mediators' Forum. This is an opportunity for the peer mediators to meet other peer mediators around the state, share experiences, and learn from inspiring people that are advocating for peace around the world. The CSUS peer mediators have proven themselves to be tremendous leaders who continue to work diligently to create peace among the CSUS community and beyond. It will be exciting to see what they will continue to do in the future. 

Congratulations to the following scholars for their art being selected for the CPSArt Show: Eleanor Downey, Mouna Yansane, Sam Greene, Ruri Duffy, Kymani Singleton, Sakina Cotton, Mohammed Arham, Fred Montalvo Lugo, Sonia Wu, and Sara Sabry. Art will be on display at the Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center March 11th-29th, 41 Second Street, East Cambridge.

Congratulations to the cast and crew of Stand Up, Speak Out! Everyone did an outstanding job! Kudos to Ms. Price and Ms. Carmichael for their tutelage! Best wishes to Ms. Price on her engagement which took place at the closing performance. It was a wonderful capstone to a great show.

Beginning on April 9, scholars will be administered the state mandated MCAS tests. The first assessments will be the grade 6 ELA exams. View the schedule. We always hope that scholars get plenty of rest and eat a healthy breakfast before any school day. We want to emphasize the importance of a good night’s sleep the day before the exam and a healthy breakfast the day of the exam.

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 mindful 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.


Manuel J. Fernandez
Head of School
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