Connections: A Newsletter from the Somerville Public Schools – June 1, 2015


Congratulations Somerville High School Class of 2015 graduating seniors, and good luck on your future endeavors!

News & Notes

SHS Class of 2015 Graduation re-scheduled for June 2nd at Tufts’ Gantcher Center
Due to the inclement weather forecast for tonight, the Somerville High School Class of 2015 graduation ceremony has been rescheduled for Tuesday, June 2nd, at 6:00pm in Tufts University’s Gantcher Sports and Convocation Center. This is a ticketed event. Congratulations to all the 2015 SHS graduates! Pictured below are Valedictorian Maxwell Freitas, co-Salutatorians Graham Lessard-Brandt & Pamela Fourtounis, and Vocational Student of the Year Carlos Canales Ferreira. Learn more about what these four students have in their plans for the future at

Somerville High School Students Earn CNA Certification
On Wednesday, May 13th, nine Somerville High graduating seniors from the CTE Health Careers Program earned their Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) certification by passing a two-part CNA Exam which consisted of a written and a practical exam. A tester from the American Red Cross tested each student. Each student was required to bring in an actor in order to perform their skills. Students were given two random skills to demonstrate, such as range of motion, transferring a patient to a wheelchair, denture care, taking a patients’ temperature/pulse/respiration/blood pressure, dressing a patient with one-sided weakness , mouth care and putting a patient on a bed pan. The following students passed both the written and practical exams and are now Certified Nursing Assistants. These students are all continuing their education and will use their CNA certification to work while also attending school: Tiffany Castro, Christ Civil, Naomi Guiterrez, Zakaria Kernis, Deirdre Matthews, Elizabeth Sousa, Stephanie Valladaes, Wilbens Vincent, Arlin Varela.

Free Summer Meals Program Kicks Off July 6, 2015
Somerville youth ages 18 and under can enjoy FREE summer meals prepared by Somerville’s award-winning Food & Nutrition Services Department, courtesy of the USDA Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). For updated information, visit the SPS Summer Meals Program website at, and make plans to enjoy a free delicious breakfast and/or lunch throughout the summer. Here is a schedule of public sites, dates and meal times:

BREAKFAST @ Foss Park/Pool: 10:30-10:45am, Mondays through Fridays (July 6 to August 21, 2015)
BREAKFAST @ KidStop – Powderhouse Park: 9:30-10:00am, Mondays through Thursdays (July 6 to August 14, 2015)

LUNCH @ Argenziano School Playground: 11:45am-12:15pm (Mondays through Thursdays, July 13 – 17, 2015)
LUNCH @ Blessing of the Bay Boat House: 11:25-11:55am (Mondays through Fridays, July 6 to August 21, 2015)
LUNCH @ Dilboy Pool: 12:15-12:30pm (Mondays through Fridays, July 6 to August 21, 2015)
LUNCH @ East Somerville Community School Playground: 11:45am-12:15pm (Mon. through Thurs., August 3 – 7)
LUNCH @ Foss Park: 11:45am-12:15pm (Mondays through Thursdays, July 27 – 31, 2015)
LUNCH @ Foss Park Pool: 12:05-12:30pm (Mondays through Fridays, July 6 to August 21, 2015)
LUNCH @ Hodgkins Park: 11:45am-12:15pm (Mondays through Thursdays, July 6 – 10, 2015)
LUNCH @ Kennedy School Playground: 11:45am-12:15pm (Mondays through Thursdays, August 10 – 14, 2015)
LUNCH @ Mystic Housing & Playground: 11:00am-11:15am (Mondays through Fridays, July 6 to August 21, 2015)
LUNCH @ Walnut Street Playground: 11:30-11:45am (Mondays through Fridays, July 6 to August 14, 2015)

24 SHS Students Inducted into National Art Honor Society
Twenty-four (24) Somerville High School students were recently inducted into the National Art Honor Society, earning membership after demonstrating commitment and excellence in the visual arts and in their general studies. To be inducted, students must first complete three semesters of visual art courses at Somerville High School, and must hold a B+ average in their art courses. They must maintain a B- average in non-art courses during the current year without any course failures, and must complete 5 hours of community service to the art department. Congratulations to the following SHS National Art Honor Society inductees: Anthony Arujo-Amaral, Victor Barbosa Fontes, Emma Blickenderfer, Michelle Cea, Jules Cleophat, Alexi Delcid-Rodriguez, Eliza Forrest, Nicole Gouveia, Olivia Haley, Tahisha J-Pierre, Tanisha J-Pierre, Anika Kawsar, Dorje Lama, Elizabeth Mooney, Osvaldo Moreno, Brenda Nguyen, LeighAnn Nguyen, Ellah Nzikoba, Alec Portelli, Ruby Raut, Hope Rogan, Shreyaj Shrestha, Elizabeth Sousa, and Nina Zou.

Somerville High School Hosts 17th Annual Multicultural Fair
Somerville High School students hosted their 17th Annual SHS Multicultural Fair, celebrating the rich diversity of its student population. Students presented exhibits, authentic dishes, and entertainment representing more than 40 of the different cultures from around the world that make up the Somerville High School community. Take a peek at what this great annual event entailed, at, and

What’s Happening

Somerville School Day Games Special Olympics – 9:30am – June 4, 2015
Enjoy the spring weather and help celebrate great sportsmanship at the Somerville School Day Games Special Olympics event on Thursday, June 4th. This annual event will take place from 9:30am to 1:00pm. Join us to cheer on students from throughout the City.

Kennedy School Drama Club Presents “The Grunch” – June 5 & 6, 2015
The Kennedy School Drama Club is excited to present “The Grunch,” a new children’s musical. Performances will be held on Friday, June 5th and Saturday, June 6th at 7pm at the Kennedy School (5 Cherry Street). Inspired by “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas,” The Grunch tells the story of Rudy Grunch, a grumpy 6th grader who always feels like an outsider. When the entire school gets excited about the annual school musical, she comes up with a perfect plan to ruin it for everyone; she’ll steal the sets, costumes and lights the night before it opens. But will the spirit of theatre prevail?

SCALE Adult Basic Education Orientation – June 9 & 10, 2015
Join the Somerville Center for Adult Learning Experiences (SCALE) during its Adult Basic Education Orientation, to prepare for the HiSET. The following orientations are scheduled and will be held at 167 Holland Street in Somerville:
· Tuesday morning, June 9, 2015 – 9:00 am to 10:30 am
· Wednesday evening, June 10, 2015 – 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Please call (617) 629-5500 to register.

Upcoming School Events:
Visit your child’s school website,, 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.
Monday-Friday, June 1-5: Heritage Week at the Kennedy School (5 Cherry Street)
Tuesday, June 2, 8:30-9:30am: Brown School Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast at the Brown School (201 Willow)
Tuesday, June 2, 9:15am: Healey Instrumental Concert at the Healey School (5 Meacham St.)
Tuesday, June 2: Somerville High School Graduation, 6:00pm at Tufts’ Gantcher Sports & Convocation Center
Friday, June 5, 9:15-10:00am: Capuano Kindergarten Concert at the Capuano Early Childhood Center (150 Glen St.)
Friday, June 5, 4:30-7:30pm: Boston Children’s Museum Visit for Incoming Kindergartners at the Boston Children’s Museum. This trip is free and only open to incoming Kindergarteners and their parents/guardians. Advance registration required.
Friday, June 5, 7:00pm: Kennedy School Drama Showcase – The Grunch, at the Kennedy Cafeteria (5 Cherry Street)
Saturday, June 6, 7:00pm: Kennedy School Drama Showcase – The Grunch, at the Kennedy Cafeteria
Monday-Friday, June 8-12: Kennedy School Book Fair (5 Cherry Street)
Tuesday, June 9, 2:45-4:15pm: Brown School Council Meeting at the Brown School (201 Willow)
Tuesday, June 9, 6:00-7:30pm: Friends of the Healey Community Meeting at the Healey Library (5 Meacham St.)
Tuesday, June 9, 7:00pm: PTA Council Full Council Meeting
Wednesday, June 10: Half-Day Wednesday (PreK dismissal at 11:30am; K-8 dismissal at noon)
Wednesday, June 10, 9:00-11:00am: Kindergarten Transition Day District-wide
Wednesday, June 10, 6:30-8:30pm: SHS School Improvement Council Meeting at the Somerville High School Library (81 Highland Ave.)

Upcoming Somerville Family Learning Collaborative Workshops and Events
Find a complete list of SFLC events and workshops, and register for upcoming workshops at
Friday, June 5, 4:30-7:30pm: Boston Children’s Museum Visit for Incoming Kindergarteners. This is a special free event for incoming SPS Kindergarten students and their parents or guardians, to celebrate and prepare for their students’ transition to Kindergarten.
Wednesday, June 10, 9:00-11:00am: Kindergarten Transition Day for incoming Kindergarten students, in Kindergarten classrooms throughout the District.
Thursday, June 11: SFLC End-of-Year Celebration; time and location to be announced

Upcoming School Committee Meetings
Find the complete School Committee schedule, agendas and meeting minutes (as approved) online at
Monday, June 8, 7:30pm: Regular School Committee Meeting at the SHS Library (81 Highland Ave.)
Wednesday, June 10, 7:00pm: School Committee Meeting for Long Range Planning at the SHS Library
Monday, June 15, 7:00pm: School Committee Meeting for Long Range Planning at the SHS Library
Tuesday, June 16, 7:00pm: Educational Programs and Instruction Subcommittee Meeting at the Central Office Conference Room (42 Cross St.)

Community News & Events
Duhamel Education Initiative (DEI) Annual Walk.
The Duhamel Education Initiative is holding its 9th Annual Walk to support Somerville Public Schools on Sunday, June 7th. The walk begins at noon at Davis Square in front of J.P. Licks. Projects funded by DEI encourage students, particularly those at risk, to view school and education in a positive way through creative engagement. DEI’s hope is to deter students from choosing school drop-out as an option for their lives, and their goal is to fund every worthy project they receive. With your support, they can achieve this goal. Chairs and tables will be set up for those who are not interested in walking, but who would like to learn more about what DEI has been doing. DEI board members will be on hand to talk with you about the process used in determining which of the proposals are funded, and how DEI is a positive force for Somerville’s schools. Larry Siraco will be heading up the walk, rain or shine. Walkers are asked to wear something yellow (shirt, jacket or hat) as a way of helping “spread sunshine all over the place for kids to put on a happy face!” Donations may be sent to: Duhamel Education Initiative; P.O. Box 440113; Somerville, MA 02144. Questions? Contact Doris McDaniel at 617-623-3168.
Carnaval @ SomerStreets. On June 7 from noon to 4:00pm, enjoy the best of the East Broadway Business District and the East Somerville community including food, music, and culture from around the world. Carnaval @ SomerStreets programming will extend along East Broadway from the intersection of Broadway and McGrath Highway to Pennsylvania Avenue. The festival kicks off with a Motion Parade at noon beginning at the Cross St. Senior Center (165 Broadway). For more information, visit
SCC Financial Education Class. Over the course of 4 weeks, participants will gain information and skills to help them navigate their financial lives more successfully. The class (offered in English) will meet Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 9:15 a.m. to noon. Graduates will receive a $200 stipend to get them started on a successful financial path! The class is open to people who live and/or work in Somerville. Class dates are June 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18 and 24. Refreshments and childcare offered (childcare must be requested in advance). Pre-registration is required. Contact Shannon Erb at 617-776-5931 x238 or as soon as possible to register.
Trum Playground Mural: The Somerville Arts Council and local art teacher and painter Crystal Burney invite Somerville youth ages 7 and older to assist with the creation of a ground mural for the water fountain at the Trum Playground on Franey Road. Youth interested in learning how to paint a mural will be welcomed to add a few of their own brush strokes to a new design located below the water fountain in the playground. Drop in on Saturdays, June 6 and 13, 9:30-11:30 a.m., and be sure to wear your play clothes! Rain dates for all sessions are the Sundays of the same weekend, at the same times. For more information, contact the Somerville Arts Council at 617-625-6600 ext. 2985.
Winter Hill Community Innovation School Yard Sale. All families are invited to shop for something new (to you) at the 2015 Winter Hill Yard Sale on Friday, June 12th, 2:45-5:00pm in the Winter Hill Cafeteria (115 Sycamore Street). Everything will be $1.00. Donated items will include gently used clothing, small household items, books, toys, and much more. All funds raised will support the Winter Hill Community Innovation School fund, for student programs and activities. Join the shopping fun.
Somerville Recreation Spring & Summer Guide. Download the Somerville Recreational 2015 Spring & Summer Guide ( to make plans for fun and active spring and summer seasons. For more information about Somerville Recreation, visit
Puppet Palooza 2015: The Somerville Arts Council invites you to a puppetry extravaganza in East Somerville this summer. Puppet Palooza is a collaboration between the Somerville Arts Council and East Somerville Main Streets as part of the This is East programming–an event series designed to bring the art of puppetry to east Somerville in unexpected places. Great for kids and adults and 100% free. To learn more and for a complete schedule, visit the Puppet Series link at:
· Monday, June 1, 6:00pm at Connexion (149 Broadway): MagPie Puppets presents: “Eeyore’s Birthday” (
· Tuesday, June 9, 6:00pm (rain date: June 11) at Chuckie Harris Park (3-17 Cross Street): Eathworm Pie Puppet Theater presents: “Live Story Hive” (
· Tuesday, June 16, 6:00pm (rain date: June 17) at Glen Park at the Capuano School (150 Glen Street): Puppet Showplace Theatre presents: Puppet Playtime – “BUGS!” (
Wild Tales Musical “The Monster in the Garden: a silly play about Shape Up Somerville.” Wild Tales presents a free, family-fun event at the Somerville Main Public Library on Saturday, June 13, 2015, at 2:00pm. Join the fun!
Registration for Youth Arts Arise and Arts Discover Camps: Registration for The Center for Arts at the Armory’s summer programs is now open! The Youth Arts Arise summer session (FREE) will run from July 6-10 from 9:30am-3:30pm with two workshops each day for children ages 11-19. To register, download and fill out this form and email it back to or drop it off in person at the Armory.
Arts Discover Camp will run from August 3rd-7th from 9:00-4:00pm for children ages 5-10. Email or call (617) 718-2191 to request a registration form, and for more information. Visit to learn more about the Armory’s Summer 2015 program.

Looking Ahead
A look at some of the events/activities in the Somerville Public Schools that are taking place in the coming weeks.
Thursday, June 11: Healey Grades K-2 Spring Concert
Friday, June 12: Brown School 6th Grade Talent Show and Auction
Friday, June 12: Healey PTA-Sponsored Paint Nite
Friday, June 12: All-City District Track Meet, Grades 3-8
Friday, June 12: Kennedy Spring Concert for Grades K-3
Monday, June 15: Special Education PAC Business Meeting
Monday, June 15: Positive Behavioral Strategies and Support Plans
Tuesday, June 16: ESCS School Improvement Council Meeting
Wednesday, June 17: Kennedy Spring Concert for Grades 4-7
Thursday, June 18: CALENDAR CHANGE: Full Day for All Students
Friday, June 19: CALENDAR CHANGE: Full Day for All Students
Friday, June 19: Kennedy School Walk-a-Thon
Friday, June 19: Winter Hill Volunteer Appreciation Event
Friday, June 19: Argenziano Volunteer Appreciation Event
Friday, June 19: ESCS Spring Concert
Monday, June 22: CALENDAR CHANGE: Full Day for All Students
Monday-Friday, June 22-26: Kennedy Happiness Week
Tuesday, June 23: CALENDAR CHANGE: Full Day for All Students
Wednesday, June 24: CALENDAR CHANGE: Full Day for All Students
Wednesday, June 24: Kennedy Fun Day!
Thursday, June 25: CALENDAR CHANGE: Full Day for All Students
Friday, June 26: CALENDAR CHANGE: School Day – Early Release for Pre-K to Grade 8 Students EXCEPT Brown School
Friday, June 26: Kennedy Field Day
Monday, June 29: CALENDAR CHANGE: School Day – Early Release for all Pre-K to Grade 8 Students
Tuesday, June 30: LAST DAY OF SCHOOL – Early Release for ALL Students
Tuesday, June 30: Kennedy 8th Grade Moving On Ceremony

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