CRLS Students Shine At History Day Competition

March 12, 2010

The CRLS History Club donned costume and other CRLS history students (not in the History Club) on March 6 2010 at the Greater Boston Massachusetts History Day Regional Competition. The CRLS History Club performed a short play titled “The Innovation of the Electric Washing Machine.” The CRLS students pictured in the photo (left to right) are: Ian Adler, Fatima Taskomur, Esthefany Cepeda, Hannah Varden and Fahim Sinha.
The National History Day theme for 2010 was Innovation in History.The middle photo features “Comic Book Superheroes: An Innovative Medium for Hope and Moral Values” and features CRLS Students Amanda Heffernan, Michael Peterson and Sydney Agger. The photo on the right features a project titled “Innovation of the Negro Leagues” and it was completed by CRLS Students Ryan O’Connor, Shreg Regan, Ross Zamparelli, and Henry Hayes. (special thanks to Emily Scudder for the great photos).


Recycle Craze!!!!

February 18, 2010

It’s time once again to go recycling crazy!   

RecycleCraze is a paper and cardboard recycling contest between the Cambridge schools, and will run through May 7.

Each school will continue to submit the weekly recycling reporting sheets to DPW (by fax, email, phone).  Every month the recycling numbers will be distributed to the school community. 

The top two schools with the most paper and cardboard recycling per student will be recognized with trophies and City-wide publicity. Honorable Mention awards will be given in recognition of exemplary efforts for reducing, reusing, and recycling.

We’ll publicize the contest within the schools via email blasts, flyers, newsletters, web postings and other outlets, but we need your help. 

Spread the word — let everyone know that when it comes to paper, if it rips, recycle it. 
Send a photo of a leader at your school recycling paper to us, and we’ll make it in to a poster for you!

Now is the time to demonstrate your school’s commitment to recycling.  Let us know if you need more containers or materials or would like us to present to your school or a classroom.  We’re here to help make your school a winner. 

Go crazy recycling, and if it rips, recycle it!

For more info, contact:

Meryl Brott
Recycling Program Manager
Cambridge Dept of Public Works
147 Hampshire Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
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Thanks for reducing, reusing and RECYCLING!

P.S. Read more about RecycleCraze on the web: [ ]RecycleCraze

CRLS’s Rachel Otty earns New Teacher Award

February 5, 2010

Rachel Otty is the 2010 recipient of the Richard Aieta Award for Promising New Teacher presented by the Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies (MCSS) to a social studies teacher, new to the profession, who has made an impact on his/her students, colleagues and/ or the community during their first five years of teaching. The award is presented during the Council’s Northeast Regional Conference for the Social Studies (NERC), an annual conference drawing participants from all over New England, and around the country.

The Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies (MCSS) is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit educational organization. It is a network of social studies educators who work at every level of schooling. They communicate with each other through publications and meetings. They broaden their communication by working with related professional associations, government, and private agencies. MCSS is affiliated with the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and participates fully in that organization’s efforts to advance the profession. NCSS encourages the highest standards of teaching, teacher preparation, and curriculum development.

Ms. Otty is a member of the history faculty at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School. She teaches grades 10-12. As a teacher, she has the right mix of intelligence, organization, pedagological skills, leadership, and patience in the practice of teaching to ignite the spark of curiosity and a true sense of personal civic accountability in her students.

Recently, Rachel wrote; “As an educator and citizen of the world, it is my goal to instill in my students the importance of understanding how others live and think. I believe this understanding enables my students to go into the world responsibly and with an awareness and ability to make change in ways that do not hurt others.”

Rachel’s Modern World History class studied globalization and sustainable development. They examined poverty alleviation through the lens of micro credit programs. Then they conducted a four-day project where they worked in groups to research a developing country, then created a micro credit business plan and visual aid, and presented their formal proposals to a “board” of micro credit lenders who determined whether their program was sustainable. The public presentations of their projects raised money to help sustain real “micro-businesses” in countries around the world.

The students who sit in front of her every day consider themselves fortunate to have such a gifted teacher. She is highly respected by her colleagues and in the community in which she lives. Rachel embodies the values, enthusiasm, and energy Dick Aieta brought to his classroom and to the field of social studies every day.

Rachel will receive NERC registration and one night stay at the hotel, membership to the National Councill for the Social Studies (NCSS), MCSS and her Local Council and $100 to purchase curriculum materials. In return the Promising Teacher agrees to write an article for NEWSLINE on the NERC or on a Social Studies topic of his/her choice and present at a future NERC. This year’s NERC conference will be held March 22-25, 2010, at the Sturbridge Host Hotel, in Sturbridge, MA.

9th Grade Science Fair

February 1, 2010

You’re invited to the Freshmen Campus Science Fair, which will be on Wednesday, February 3rd and Thursday, February 4th. Projects will be displayed in the Freshmen Campus Library beginning at 5 pm on Wednesday and continuing through the school day on Thursday. Students will be present at 5:30 pm on Wednesday to discuss their projects.
These projects are one of the required elements of the Physics First Honors option and were completed by students taking Physics during the fall semester. We hope you are able to visit and view the students’ work!

Kris Newton
Physics Teacher/Instructional Coach
Cambridge Rindge and Latin School

CPS Science Teacher Wins Zula Award

January 26, 2010

Christina Ryan, a kindergarten teacher at the Cambridgeport School, has been selected by The NSTA Awards and Recognitions Committee as one of two recipients for the 2010 Zula International Early Science Educator Award. They reviewed many applications and hers was chosen as it showcased “exemplary” science teaching skills.

As the Zula International Early Science Educator Award recipient, Ms. Ryan will attend the NSTA National Conference in Philadelphia, PA from March 18 – 21, 2010.  She will also receive a complimentary one-year membership to NSTA.

Ms. Ryan will be recognized as one of two Zula International Early Science Educator Award recipients that will be presented during the NSTA National Conference at the NSTA Teacher Awards Gala on Friday, March 19th, in the Loew’s Philadelphia Hotel, Millennium Hall from 6:00 PM –8:30 PM.

Congratulatons Christina!

CRLS AVID students helping Haiti

January 25, 2010

The CRLS AVID Students are selling T-Shirts to help raise funds for Haiti
your generous donation will go directly to the relief fund. Thank you in advance for all your support!

To place an order:
e-mail Leslie Davis @ or if your in CRLS room R510 or if you know an AVID Student they will be happy to take your order,
Children’s and Adult sizes available
Only $10 each cash or checks made payable to the Cambridge Teachers Federal Credit Union note: Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund for tax purposes.

Front: “Cambridge Gives A Helping Hand to Haiti”
Back: “Men Anpil Chay Pa Lou” Many Hands Make the Load Lighter

CRLS Photography Teacher Wins “Excellence” Award

January 7, 2010
Check out the National “Excellence in Teaching Award” that Archy LaSalle has received from The Center in Santa Fe which is one of the most influential centers for photography and photo education in the country. Says fellow CRLS photogrpahy teacher Debi Milligan: “There is only one winner in the entire country and he got it! I know some of the other teachers who were nominated and they are outstanding. This is a distinguished award for Archy and an great honor for CRLS and the Photography program here.”
Congrats Archy!