We have had many requests for the slides from our September meeting - especially those on the Upper School student schedules and summarizing the status for CPS schools and reopening. Here they are - please also feel free to email us with questions. Do you see an opening where you could serve young people within their virtual school schedules? Let us know and we can help you connect and explore the possibility of working with school staff on complementary programming or structure during asynchronous periods. Also, here are links to the specific schools' remote learning websites:
Thanks to all of you who joined for our October meeting - we had a mix of new and familiar faces.
Here’s a PDF of slides from the meeting (links are still clickable)
In case you missed it:
We reviewed our big picture basics on school reopening (the October date for the youngest learners to return to in-person is quickly approaching), criteria and metrics that CPS is posting on their website (see slides) and the conversation from the previous night’s School Committee meeting.
We had a great Q&A session about remote schooling with input and answers from school-based staff in four schools - Mariel Santos Dugan (Guidance Counselor at Amigos) Julia Ho (School Partnerships at RAUC) Dami Oluwole, Youth Connector at CSUS and Ted Hirsch from CCSC. We talked about what attendance looks like, struggles or strategies for video on/video off engagement and what homework looks like, among other things.
Our June gathering focused on difficult conversations about race, police brutality and systemic inequity, and talking about it on three levels of our world - with ourselves, with our team/staff members and with young people. Why all three? Because the largest level - our society, our world, will always be a reflection of the small ways in which we do things, not the other way around.
After this first section and breakout group on how you’ve been preparing yourself to have difficult conversations (and sustaining yourself through the toll that they take), MSN folks shared some concrete takeaways:
Hello! Hope to see you at our next MSN Zoom Meeting next week, June 3rd. Register here!
Summer is fast approaching and I know you all have questions about what programs are available and how to register. Below are a few options that are currently recruiting for a virtual summer. Check out FindItCambridge.org for more information on summer.
CitySprouts Summer Program A 5 week project-based STEM program for 11-14 year olds. Program will be run remotely this year. It is no cost to families. Participants will receive a $100 stipend once completed. Applications accepted until June 12th. Here is the link to the application: https://www.citysprouts.org/summer-application-2020
Summer Ink day camps to transform the writing skills of students in 5th through 8th grade through adventure, sports, and arts activities. 1- week sessions beginning July 6-July 31st. A box of materials for the program will be provided for participants. Find the application here: https://bit.ly/2TObGsy
Cambridge Youth Enrichment Program (CYEP) camp offering academic enrichment in Cambridge. Camp will run from Monday July 6th-Friday, August 7th. CYEP will offer 2-3 hours per day of online workshops and one on one mentoring and tutoring. Staff will provide families with activities that they can do at home. Camps will also send home a summer activity kit with materials for art, STEM, and physical movement. Cost: $40. You can find the application here: https://www.tfaforms.com/4823898
For girls and those who identify with girlhood:
Science Club for Girls Virtual Rocketry Program: Free for girlx in 5-8th grade. Participants will be making model rockets, talking about women astronauts and aerospace engineering and then launching the rockets in small groups. SCFG will drop off a box of materials to each girl before the program. Program will take place over Zoom July 6-July 17, 1:30pm - 3:30pm Mondays-Fridays. Applications are due by June 30th. Here is the link to the application: https://www.tfaforms.com/4812458
For current 7th graders only:
Work Force Summer Learning and Literacy Program a free six-week summer program for rising 8th grade (current 7th grade) The goal is to empower students to become active owners of and advocates in their own education. Through youth-initiated research, group projects, peer to peer learning, guest speakers, and field trips. Students receive up to a $200 Stipend for full participation in the program. You can find the application here: https://www.tfaforms.com/4813892
For current 8th graders only:
Upward Bound : College prep program for rising 9th graders going to CRLS in September. There will be no residential element this year. Families should complete the Student Pre-Application to determine their eligibility to continue on to the full application process.
N.B. The City of Cambridge still intends to offer the Mayor's Summer Youth Employment Program this summer. There are no updates at this time.
Putnam Ave Upper School
Middle School Network
Cambridge Youth Programs/Moses Youth Center
Phone: (857) 209-4524
Pronouns: she, her, hers
Register here for our next Middle School Network.
Video conference information will be posted prior to the meeting time.
Annie’s intro: When we think of a school counselor, most of us likely don’t imagine a face in a square box on a screen. Yet we also know that young people need support from adults who care about them, are trained in difficult situations, and ready to help. But what does that look like, especially for young people who have trouble asking for help? When something is not feeling right, they can’t just stop by for a chat anymore.
Mariel Santos-Dugan, School Counselor at Amigos K-8, writes about some of the approaches she’s tried in adapting how she gives and offers support. Mariel also works at Amigos on getting young people into out-of-school-time programs, and has previously worked in Boston Public Schools as a high school counselor.
Mariel Santos-Dugan: These last few weeks of distant learning have been challenging as I have struggled to come up with the best ways to reach out to my students. I found guidance and support through two Facebook Groups created to support school counselors to connect and share resources; Caught In The Middle School Counselors and Elementary School Counselor Exchange.
Pilot MSN Peer Share: Diving into Virtual Programming for Middle Schoolers on Friday, April 10, 10am
Register here to hear more from a few network members who have already been doing some kind of virtual programming for young people. No one is an expert, but as the individuals who have taken the dive into the world of virtual youth programming, we want to hear more from them about what they've tried, what they found and the lessons they've already learned in this brave new world.
Come join for this informal discussion and ask your questions!
These illustrious MSN members will be talking about their experiences so far: