Connections: A Newsletter from the Somerville Public Schools – January 23, 2015

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School Improvement Plan presentations continue next week. Check the remaining schedule under “What’s Happening” and join us if you can. Thanks to all who stopped in during K-8 Open Houses this week. SHS Open Houses are February 5th and 6th, 8:15-10am and 12:15-2:00pm.

News & Notes
Kindergarten Registration Begins Saturday, January 24th
Kindergarten registration for the 2015-2016 school year kicks off Saturday, January 24* at the Parent Information Center (PIC), located at 42 Prescott Street, from 10:00am to 2:00pm. The application deadline to be included in the first batch of assignments is April 2, 2015. Assignments will be processed weekly after that date as applications come in. The following additional specific registration dates and locations will also be offered prior to the first batch deadline:
· January 26, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM at the Capuano Early Childhood Center (150 Glen Street)
· January 27, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM at the Capuano Early Childhood Center (150 Glen Street)
· January 28, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM at the West Somerville Neighborhood School (177 Powderhouse Blvd.)
· January 29, 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM at the Healey School (5 Meacham Street)
· January 30, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Ongoing K registration at the Parent Information Center (42 Prescott Street)
· January 31* – Snow date for January 24th
· February 3, 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM at the Parent Information Center (42 Prescott Street)

SPS Middle Grades Leadership Team Participates in Peer Leadership Conference
Eight students from three Somerville schools attended The Middle School Peer Leadership Conference Friday, January 16th, at Lasell College in Newton. The students, accompanied by chaperones Tara Stead and Joe Burke, included: Jacob Santiago and Elliott Rodriguez from the Argenziano School; Sara Charif, Syleen Scott and Hasta Lama from the Winter Hill School; and Roberto Blandon, Brianna Hyppolite and Ismael Pena from the Healey. These student leaders are all part of the district’s Aspirations program at their respective schools. At the conference, students participated in a number of fun educational activities designed to reinforce healthy decision-making skills, particularly those concerning maintaining a lifestyle free of drugs and alcohol. Somerville Public Schools students mixed with students from nine other communities, ranging in size from small suburban schools to large urban systems, and exchanged ideas on how to incorporate their proposals into meaningful school activities. Ultimately, this was a fun and rewarding day for our students.

Pictured from left to right are: Hasta Lama, Syleena Scott, Sara Charif, Jacob Santiago, Elliot Rodriguez, Roberto Blandon, Brianna Hyppolite, Ismael Pena.

Mural Project Under Way at the Healey School
It is an exciting time in the Art Room at the Healey School. A grant award from the Massachusetts Cultural Council has made it possible for Healey School students in Grades 3-8 to work with David Fichter, a well known mural artist. Students have finished drawing sketches related to the theme “Healey on the Mystic.” They will spend the month of February working with Mr. Fichter, along with Mrs. DellaCamera, putting together the glass tiles to create a beautiful, collaborative, mosaic mural for permanent display at the Healey School.

East Somerville Community School Receives Outstanding Design Award
The rebuilt East Somerville Community School (ESCS) was recently recognized with the Outstanding Design award for a Renovation/Modernization project. Among the notable sustainable features that were introduced into the design, led by CDR Maguire, Inc., were daylight harvesting and sun shade systems, as well as a live green roof and a school garden atrium.
Learn more about the new East Somerville Community School features in this video: http://vimeo.com/74377296.

What’s Happening
Somerville High School “Aida” Musical Tickets on Sale
Tickets are on sale for this year’s Somerville High School Musical production of Aida. Three performances of Aida, an Elton John/ Tim Rice collaboration, are scheduled for February 2015 at SHS’s newly renovated Centennial Auditorium. Adapted from the four-time TONY award-winning hit, Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida School Edition is an epic tale of love, loyalty and betrayal chronicling the love triangle between Aida, a Nubian princess stolen from her country, Amneris, an Egyptian princess, and Radames, the soldier they both love. With an unforgettable score featuring soaring ballads and rousing choral numbers, Aida is a modern crowd-pleaser that embraces multicultural casting and exuberant dancing, staging, and amazing singing. Aida will be a great experience for the whole family! Get your tickets before they sell out.
For tickets and show information, please visit http://www.somerville.k12.ma.us/musical. All performances will take place in the beautiful, refurbished SHS Auditorium, 81 Highland Avenue.
· Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 7:00 PM
· Friday, February 6, 2015 at 7:00 PM
· Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 2:00 PM
Purchase your tickets in advance and save! Ticket prices are:
· Adult: $10 advance purchase / $12 at the door,
· Students (PK-12 and any young child not in school requiring their own seat): $8 advance purchase / $10 at the door,
· Senior Citizens: $8 advance purchase / $10 at the door.
Tickets can be purchased in advance by mailing a check to Rosemary Sears at Somerville High School (81 Highland Avenue, Somerville, MA 02143) or by visiting http://www.ticketstage.com/SHS (convenience fee applies to online ticket purchases). Make checks payable to SHS Performing Arts.

School Improvement Plan Presentations
School Improvement Plan presentations continue next week. Please join us.
· Tuesday, January 27th, 6:30pm: Next Wave/Full Circle, at the Somerville High School Library (81 Highland Ave.)
· Tuesday, January 27th, 7:30pm: Somerville High School, at the SHS Library (81 Highland Ave.)
· Thursday, January 29th, 6:30pm: West Somerville Neighborhood School, at the WSNS (177 Powderhouse Blvd.)
· Thursday, January 29th, 7:30pm: Kennedy School, at the WSNS (177 Powderhouse Blvd.)
· Thursday, January 29th, 8:30pm: Brown School, at the WSNS (177 Powderhouse Blvd.)

Cyber-Safety: What Families Need to Know – a Workshop for Parents & Guardians
Learn how parents and guardians can keep their children safe while benefitting from the limitless opportunities available on the internet for knowledge and social connection. Presenters include Rich Melillo, Director of Student Services for the Somerville Public Schools; Scott Whelan, Somerville Police Department, Cyber Forensics Unit; Corey Mashburn, Director of the Somerville Office of Prevention; and Charlie LaFauci, Supervisor of Library/Media Services for the Somerville Public Schools. Please register for childcare by 1/23/2015 by calling Teresa Vasquez-Dodero at (617) 625-6600 x3723. Space is limited. Wednesday, January 28, 6:30pm at the East Somerville Community School Auditorium (50 Cross Street).

College & Career Night for 10th & 11th Grade Students
Somerville High School (81 Highland Street) hosts the 2015 College & Career Night on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 from 6:30-8:30pm. Registration begins at 6:00pm. All SHS 10th and 11th grade students and their families are encouraged to attend to learn more about preparing for college and career success. The evening will include general information, and various workshops to help students prepare for the next phase of their educational and career journeys. For more information, visit http://www.somerville.k12.ma.us/CollegeCareerNight2015.

Somerville High School Open House Scheduled for February 5th and 6th
Learn more about what makes Somerville High School great. Stop in during the 2015 SHS Open Houses, scheduled for Thursday and Friday, February 5th and 6th. Morning tours are 8:15 to 10:00 a.m. each day; afternoon tours are from 12:15 to 2:00 p.m. Tours begin with a 15-minute introductory meeting in the high school library, followed by classroom visits of approximately 20 minutes per class. Guests are welcome to attend multiple sessions. We look forward to welcoming you to Somerville High!

Somerville Adult Evening School Classes
Give the gift of education or treat yourself to an adult evening class. Choose from a wide selection of great classes to keep you healthy, active, and learning. Register online at our Somerville Adult Evening School Registration site, or contact Sophia Carafotes (scarafotes@k12.somerville.ma.us) for on-site registration times and more information.
Classes meet Tuesday and/or Thursday nights, from 6-9pm. Classes run from 5-10 weeks and cost between $25-$165. Discounts are available for small groups. Contact Sophia (scarafotes@k12.somerville.ma.us) for more information. Choose from Zumba or Yoga classes (Thursday evenings for as low as $5 per class), Sewing, ESL, Driver’s Ed, Real Estate, Academic Recovery, Foreign Languages, Cake Decorating, and more.
Adult evening classes are a great way to connect with friends or make new ones. Hope to see you soon!
Upcoming School Events:
Visit your child’s school website, http://www.somerville.k12.ma.us/schools, and click on the “calendar of events” link at the top of the page for a complete list of all the activities happening at school this month.
Sunday, January 25, 2:00-4:00pm: SHS College Goal/FAFSA Day at the SHS Cafeteria & Library (81 Highland Ave.)
Monday, January 26, 6:30pm: Vacation Survival Guide for Children with Special Needs workshop at the Kennedy School Library (5 Cherry Street)
Tuesday, January 27, 9:15-10:30am: Argenziano MLK Concert at the Argenziano Cafeteria (290 Washington)
Tuesday, January 27, 6:00pm: Parent Information Night at the Healey School Library (5 Meacham St.)
Tuesday, January 27, 6:00-7:30pm: Brown School Council Meeting (201 Willow Ave.)
Tuesday, January 27, 6:00-7:00pm: ESCS Unidos Prospective Parent Information Session at the East Somerville Community School Library (50 Cross St.)
Tuesday, January 27, 6:30-8:30pm: Next Wave/Full Circle (6:30pm) and Somerville High School (7:30pm) School Improvement Plan Presentations at the Somerville High School Library (81 Highland Ave.)
Wednesday, January 28, 6:30-8:30pm: SHS College & Career Night at the Somerville High School Auditorium and Library (81 Highland Ave.)
Thursday, January 29, 6:30-9:30pm: WSNS (6:30pm), Kennedy (7:30pm), and Brown (8:30pm) School Improvement Plan Presentations at the West Somerville Neighborhood School (177 Powderhouse Blvd.)
Friday, January 30, during lunch: Healey Lunch Time Concert at the Healey School Cafeteria (5 Meacham St.)
Friday, January 30, 6:00-8:00pm: Kids Nite Out, Grades K-6 at the Kennedy School Cafeteria (5 Cherry St.)
Friday, January 30, 7:00-9:00pm: Healey Grade 7/8 Dance at the Healey School Cafeteria (5 Meacham St.)
Sunday, February 1: SHS Spring Sports Online Registration Opens
Upcoming Somerville Family Learning Collaborative Workshops and Events
Find a complete list of SFLC events and workshops, and register for upcoming workshops at http://www.somerville.k12.ma.us/families/workshops.
Wednesday, January 28, 6:30-8:30pm: SHS College & Career Night at the Somerville High School Auditorium & Library (81 Highland Ave.)
Upcoming School Committee Meetings
Find the complete School Committee schedule, agendas and meeting minutes (as approved) online at http://www.somerville.k12.ma.us/school_committee.
Monday, January 26, 7:00pm: Regular School Committee Meeting at the Board of Aldermen’s Chambers, Somerville City Hall (93 Highland Avenue)
Tuesday, January 27, 6:30-8:30pm: School Improvement Plan Presentations at the Somerville High School Library (81 Highland Ave.)- Next Wave/Full Circle (6:30pm), Somerville High School (7:30pm)
Thursday, January 29, 6:30-9:30pm: School Improvement Plan Presentations at the West Somerville Neighborhood School (177 Powderhouse Blvd.) – WSNS (6:30pm), Kennedy (7:30pm), Brown (8:30pm)
Community News & Events
Tufts Hillel’s JumboRead Program for Fourth and Fifth Grade Students
Tufts Hillel invites your fourth/fifth grader to join JumboRead, a free student-run program for avid booklovers and reluctant readers alike! Now in its fourth year, JumboRead promotes literacy and fun for fourth and fifth grade students. Through 8 weekly sessions held at Tufts Hillel on the Tufts University campus, students will be given the opportunity to read, collaborate in groups, and interact with Tufts students while developing a love for books. The reading group meets February 5th through April 23rd from 6:30-7:45pm on Thursday evenings. For more information, contact Jumboread@gmail.com, or visit http://sites.tufts.edu/jumboread/.
Registration Open for Girls STEM Statewide Summit
A one-day summit for girls in grades 8-12 who love STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). Girls interested in a career using science, technology, engineering or math and who would like to learn more about emerging careers in these fields are invited to register for this one-day summit to be held at Regis College in Weston, MA on Sunday, June 14, 2015 from 8:15am to 4:15pm (lunch included). Enrollment fee: $55. Register at http://www.juniortech.org. For more information, call Jr.Tech at (617) 512-1794 or (774) 994-2097.
Looking Ahead
A look at some of the events/activities in the Somerville Public Schools that are taking place in the coming weeks.
Monday, February 2: Information Night for Prospective ESCS Parents
Wednesday, February 4: Half-Day Wednesday
Thursday, February 5: ESCS PTA/Principal Roundtables
Thursday, February 5: SHS Open Houses
Thursday, February 5: Brown School Conferences
Thursday, February 5: Next Wave/Full Circle Conferences
Thursday, February 5: SHS Musical
Friday, February 6: SHS Open Houses
Friday, February 6: SHS Musical
Friday, February 6: Brown School PTA Tropical Dance
Saturday, February 7: SHS Musical

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