Message from Christen Sohn: March 15, 2022

Message from Christen Sohn: March 15, 2022
Posted on 03/15/2022

Good afternoon CSUS Parents and Caregivers,

As you may know, last Friday, March 11, students in Massachusetts and across the country walked out of class to protest anti-queer legislation in Florida and Texas. Our CSUS Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA) peacefully demonstrated as well, organizing their peers at 840 Cambridge Street. The day before, scholar representatives visited classes to review their purpose and expectations.

During lunch and recess many scholars, teachers and staff walked around the school campus, then gathered in front of the building to share their message with signs and chants. I was so proud of scholars’ respect for and understanding of social activism; scholars conducted themselves appropriately and respectfully. Walking through the halls afterward, an energized 6th grader informed me that, “We are living Powerful Practices 4 and 5!”

As a reminder, CSUS Powerful Practices 4 and 5 are:
Powerful Practice
These commitments are prominently displayed in our classrooms and are the grounding practices behind teaching and learning at Cambridge Street. Last Friday’s activism was a moment where many scholars were able to make the connection between what they learn and what they live. More information, resources and ways to take action are available here, courtesy of our GSA.

CSUS Art and Artist of the week
CSUS Scholar Artist of the Week: March 14, 2022
CSUS Scholar Artist of the Week: March 14, 2022
Jahiem Pierre
Grade 7
“The Ninjas” Drawing

COVID Updates
Last week from 3/9-3/15 we had 0 positive COVID cases.

If you are interested in receiving weekly at-home rapid tests for your scholar, opt-in through the CPS Family Portal or by contacting Ms. Howard. Rapid tests should be administered Friday mornings before school. Positive results should be reported to the Main Office. 

CPS is now Mask-Optional
Beginning yesterday, Monday March 14, CPS moved to optional masking in CPS buildings. We are emphasizing for scholars and caregivers that masking is a personal choice, and everyone should do what feels comfortable for themselves and their family. Here are the slides we shared with scholars about the change in masking policy.

Upcoming Holidays
Happy Purim (March 16), St Patrick’s Day (March 17), and joyous Holi (March 18) to all in our community who celebrate!

Looking ahead: MCAS testing

  • ELA: Wednesday, April 6th and Thursday, April 7th
  • Math: Wednesday, May 4th and Thursday, May 5th
  • STE (8th grade only): Monday, May 18th and Tuesday, May 19th

Thank you for entrusting us with your scholar’s learning. We understand that you have choices regarding your child’s education, and appreciate you choosing CSUS. Your partnership and trust are a huge part of what makes CSUS spell SUCCESS!

Have a wonderful rest of the week!

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