Message from Christen Sohn: October 3, 2023

Message from Christen Sohn: October 3, 2023
Posted on 10/03/2023
Good afternoon CSUS families and caregivers,

Thank  you to those who joined us last week for Back to School Night.  It was wonderful to host so many families and introduce you to the Cambridge Street building and staff! I was happy to hear the many positive experiences families shared about their scholars’ time so far at CSUS. We know families have many evening commitments, especially at the start of the year - if you missed any information from our Back to School Night it is also available on our website.

A number of other caregivers asked how they can help support teaching, learning, and community building at Cambridge Street. Two great ways to be involved are to join our School Site Council or Equity Team.

CSUS School Site Council and Equity Team
We are eager for caregivers to join us in conversations about equity, best practices, and present and future successes at CSUS. Joining our School Site Council or our Equity Team are two ways to connect with other stakeholders about issues central to our school and community

The purpose of the CSUS Equity Team is to enhance, build on, and improve the school’s past and current efforts to ensure academic success for all students by closing opportunity gaps for students, providing culturally proficient teaching and learning practices, and ensuring equitable and inclusive environments for all students, families, staff, and community partners with an intentional equity-focused anti-racist lens.

According to the CPS School Council Handbook, 
A School Council is a representative, school building-based committee composed of the principal, parents, teachers, community members and, at the secondary level, students, under both state and federal law (MGL Chapter 71, Section 59C, ESSA). The School Council improves student outcomes by engaging its community in site-based decision-making to develop a shared vision of the school. This type of collaborative decision-making also allows teachers and administrators to work with parents and the community to become more responsive to the needs of a particular school's population.

CSUS’ first School Site Council and Equity Team meetings for the year will be held virtually next Thursday, October 12 from 6-7PM. This will be an opportunity to learn more about the group and to understand the election process. If you are interested in joining the CSUS School Site Council or Equity Team, or in learning more about these opportunities please email me at [email protected]

Staffing Updates
We are excited to share that our new 6th Grade Reading Teacher, Mr Strand, will be joining CSUS next Tuesday. Our Literacy Interventionist Ms Symes has been in our reading classroom to start the year. Thank you Ms Symes and welcome Mr Strand! We are also in the process of hiring a Theater Arts teacher and will keep the community posted regarding any updates. 

Reminder from our School Nurse
A reminder that all CPS scholars require an up to date physical on file with the school nurse. A Tdap and Meningococcal vaccine are also due for all 7th graders.

Important upcoming dates:
September 15-October 15:
Hispanic Heritage Month
October: Filipino American History Month, LGBTQ History Month, National Disability Awareness Month
October 9th: Indigenous People’s Day - No School
October 10th: International World Mental Health Day
October 13rd: 7th Grade Field Trips to TeamWorks
October 23rd: Picture Day
October 25th: Early Release Day - scholars dismiss at 12:55PM
November 7th: Staff Development Day - No School for Scholars
November 10th: Veteran’s Day - No School
November 13th: Early Release Day - scholars dismiss at 12:55PM

Thank you for entrusting us with your scholars’ education. See you Thursday, and Go Cobras!

Head of School
Cambridge Street Upper School
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