Scholar Spotlight 2020: Mattingly

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Congratulations and Thank You to Mattingly, an aspiring filmmaker and recent CRLS graduate to whom we’ve awarded a CRLS Core Values Scholarship for her exceptional representation of Opportunity, Diversity, Respect.

“I want to express a massive thank you for choosing me for the CRLS Core Values Scholarship. I am honored to be one of the four students chosen for this scholarship and I cannot thank you enough. You will help me fund my education at Massachusetts College of Art and Design and I am so incredibly thankful!”

CRLS Class of 2020 Honors Exceptional Faculty

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The Cambridge Rindge and Latin School (CRLS) Class of 2020 graduated remotely with an online ceremony on Thursday, June 11.  For the 14th consecutive year, Friends of CRLS sponsored the Faculty Distinction Awards, helping each graduating class honor four of the teachers and staff members who had the most meaningful influences on their high school years.  Awardees received their framed certificates, which recognized them for inspiring students, building relationships, exemplifying dedication and more, by mail earlier in the week.

Congratulations and Thank You to the 2020 Faculty Distinction Awardees:

Janira Arocho has been a biology teacher for 26 years, sixteen of which she spent teaching in Boston, at English High School, Boston International High School and the Winsor School.  She has taught at CRLS for ten years, where she currently teaches AP Biology and Sheltered English Instruction (SEI) Biology.  She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Wellesley College, where she double-majored in Biological Sciences and Spanish Literature, and also holds a Master’s Degree in Education with a concentration in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University. In her class, Ms. Arocho strives to create an atmosphere where students are challenged yet receive support, learn how to cultivate analytical skills and make connections between seemingly unrelated topics. She is energized by her students’ love of science and finds inspiration in her students, especially those who show incredible resilience in the face of what may seem like insurmountable obstacles. 

Dionne Campbell is a Cambridge native.  She graduated from Ripon College in Wisconsin, receiving her Bachelor​ ​of Arts Degree in History.  Mrs. Campbell completed a graduate degree at Tufts University, receiving a Master of Arts in Teaching.  Her teaching career began at the Longfellow Elementary School; and after one year, she accepted a position at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School in the History Department.  Mrs. Campbell became a James Conant Fellowship recipient and earned her Ed.M. at Harvard Graduate School of Education. During her tenure, she has held positions as co-coach for the CRLS Basketball Cheerleading Team, co-advisor to the Junior class, advisor to the Senior class and advisor to the Black Student Union. Currently, she is the advisor to the K-Pop Club and volunteers at the Salvation Army. Mrs. Campbell has been married to Devon Campbell for 25 years, and they are parents to four children.

Christopher Montero has been teaching introductory and AP U.S. History courses at CRLS since 2017. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Vassar College in 2011 and a Master of Law in Criminal Justice and Human Rights from the National University of Ireland, Galway in 2012. In 2019, he and other educators launched a pathway program for young people of color interested in a career in education through a new course and internship program called “Our Schools: Sites of Liberation or Oppression?” He is also a co-chair of the Latinx Educator Resource Group, the advisor to the student Latinx Club and a co-advisor to the #HerVote Club dedicated to expanding political participation among women.  Chris loves teaching in a diverse community with brilliant young people and learning about the great City of Cambridge through local history projects on housing and civic activism.  He wishes the Class of 2020 had been able to celebrate their accomplishments in grand style but has great faith that our world will be better for having them take another step forward in leading it through these historic times. 

Brendon Snyder decided that he was going to be an English teacher when he was 12 years old.  Following that path, he spent the bulk of the last 20 years teaching in different urban, suburban, and rural systems before finding his way to CRLS in the fall of 2016. Throughout his first four years at the high school, he has taught Sophomore English, Junior English, Psychology and Literature, Immersion Journalism and Examining the Works of Alfred Hitchcock. He fundamentally believes that teaching literature should facilitate the exchange of ideas, using the voices of different authors to push our understanding of ourselves and the world around us.  He hopes the study of literature will help his students find their own moral base as they learn about the nature of both society and the self.  He is very thankful to have had the pleasure to meet so many wonderful students throughout his time in the classroom.

Friends of CRLS is a 501c3 nonprofit that supports opportunities for students, graduates, and faculty of Cambridge Rindge and Latin School.  Learn more about Friends of CRLS at focrls.org

Scholar Spotlight 2020: Jose

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Jose, nominated by his guidance counselor Stephanie Richards, is a CRLS Class of 2020 Charlene Holmes Memorial Awardee

Congratulations and Thank You to Jose, a CRLS Class of 2020 Charlene Holmes Memorial Awardee! Jose was nominated by his guidance counselor, Stephanie Richards, who summarized, “Compassionate and conscientious, Jose’s concern for the well-being of others transcends through all daily activities.”

We received a heartfelt thank you email from Jose — who will be starting at Union College in the fall — in which he wrote, “By awarding me with this scholarship not only have you lightened up some of my financial burdens but you have gone on to show me that treating others with care, respect, and generosity can go a long way no matter the setting or situation. I guarantee that I will continue to carry on the values that represent this award and that hopefully, I spread this attitude and lifestyle to others.”

Charlene Holmes, a member of the CRLS Class of 2014, well-known and appreciated by peers and faculty alike, was killed by gunshot on a Cambridge street in June 2012. These awards are presented to graduating seniors nominated by CRLS faculty and staff members for exemplifying Charlene’s spirit of generosity and caring toward their fellow students, along with the pursuit of their own dreams of higher education and professional careers.  

Thank You to These Community Businesses

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Thank you again to all of the local businesses that provided
prizes for Friends of CRLS’s 2019 Spring Raffle.

We wish you all the best during these times and
look forward to continuing our partnerships

Artist & Craftsman Supply

Atlantis Sports Club

B Cummings Hair Salon

Bonny’s Garden Center

Boston Burger Company

Broadway Marketplace

Cambridge Common Restaurant

Cambridge Naturals

Cambridge Family YMCA

Club Passim

Courthouse Seafood

Curio Spice Co.

Dave’s Fresh Pasta

Flatbread Company

Formaggio Kitchen

Harvard Book Store

Harvard Museums of Science & Culture

Healthworks Cambridge

Henry Bear’s Park

Hyatt Regency Cambridge

Inman Square Hardware

Irving House at Harvard

The Mad Monkfish

Made by Me

Marathon Sports

McKinnon’s Meat Market

MEM Tea

Mike’s Food & Spirits

Nomad

Nüssli118°

Orleans Restaurant

Paper Source

Passage to India

Porter Square Books

The Porter Square Hotel & Colette Bistro

Somerville Theatre

Spindler Confections

Seven Stars

Veggie Galaxy

When Pigs Fly

Whole Heart Provisions

The Williams Agency / Boston JerkFest

The WRITE Coach

To learn more about Friends of CRLS’s College Scholarships, Faculty Innovation Grants, and other programs, as well as our Bash to be scheduled this fall, get in touch with us:

focrls.org

info@focrls.org

bashmanager@focrls.org

Scholar Spotlight: Anna

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Congratulations to Anna, an aspiring woman in science! Anna is now at MIT studying biochemistry with the goal of becoming a medical doctor focusing on research. Anna is one of our five Class of 2019 “100 by 100” Cambridge Business Community STEAM Scholarships awardees, excelling in and committed to science:

“I would like to become a researcher, particularly in the area of finding new cures for diseases. Another broader cause that I would like to help is increasing the diversity in scientific communities. In college I plan to volunteer to mentor students in middle school or high school in math and science. I know that I have been greatly influenced by the teachers and mentors I have had, particularly women in science. Their support has made me really interested in pursuing science and math as a career, and I want to pass some of the enthusiasm they gave to me on to other students, especially those who many not have had many opportunities to see the fun sides of math and science.”

Friends of CRLS‘s “100 by 100” Cambridge Business Community STEAM Scholarships are funded by generous, community-minded, forward-thinking business leaders around our city.  Each year, we award five $2,000 scholarships to graduating seniors who have each demonstrated commitment through their years at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, our city’s public high school, to one of the STEAM fields:  Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. If you run a business and would like to join, find out how to be a “100 by 100” sponsor here or contact us.  Our Business is Student Success.

School Year Kick-off

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You’re invited to the
Friends of CRLS
School Year Kick-off on
Wednesday, October 2
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
in CRLS’s Media Cafeteria. 


By Investing Your Time in the Futures of Bright CRLS Students,
You’re Investing in a Brighter Future for All of Us

If you’re interested helping to expand opportunities for CRLS students, alumni, and staff, please join us.  Our programs include College Scholarships, Student Travel Fellowships, and Faculty Innovation Grants, and with your help, 2020 can be our most awarding, rewarding year ever!  

We’re especially seeking people interested in volunteering in these ways:

  • Being members of our Spring Bash Committee
  • Organizing our Spring Raffle (ticket sales and/or prize additions)
  • Hosting or planning a House Party
  • Serving on our Board of Directors
  • Launching our Development Committee — Community Outreach
  • Pitching in occasionally on mailings, phone calls, gift wrapping, etc.

Whatever your skills, interests, and time availability, we can put your efforts to good use!

If you’re unable to attend the Kick-off yet want to find out how you can be involved, please contact us>>

See the full invitation>>

Scholar Spotlight: Benjamin

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Congratulations to Benjamin, our Class of 2019 awardee of the Dr. Christopher Saheed Scholarship for Future Educators, who is enrolled at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he’ll be studying psychology and early childhood education:

“I’m going to college to pursue a major in psychology and early childhood education. I want to receive my bachelor’s degree and possibly continue on to get my master’s in social work or teaching. I have experience in working with children in daycare and summer camp settings as well as foster children in a summer camp setting. Growing up as the youngest of ten children, I had always wanted to take on the role of the older sibling. Something about being that example for younger kids is really gratifying for me. In college I want to belong to groups that will do community service for the people in the area who may be less fortunate and I want to dedicate time to building a relationship with the people and adding something meaningful to the community and culture of the university.”

Welcome, Alem!

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Friends of CRLS is thrilled to welcome Alem, our media & research assistant this summer, courtesy of the Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program (MSYEP). She has been researching ways we can energize our fundraising efforts and will be posting on our social media and website.

We asked Alem to tell us about herself:

“My name is Alem Abraham Cherinet and I am a rising sophomore at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School. My favorite subject in school is math, because I just love solving problems especially the ones that have to do with numbers. I also play volleyball at the school and on my free time. When I grow up I want to become a Cardiovascular Nurse Practitioner, and my dream college is UMass Boston. I’m very delighted to have been picked to work with FOCRLS, and I have had a great experience so far!” 

Alem has already contributed to the smooth running of our organization, and we know she’ll boost our productivity.

Scholar Spotlight: Liana

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Congratulations to Liana, our Class of 2019 awardee of the “100 by 100” Cambridge Business Community STEAM Scholarship for the Arts, who will be attending California College of the Arts to major in community arts:

“I plan to work in art accessibility, community, and education to try and expand the number of people who get to benefit from art spaces. Expensive classes and materials let only those who can afford it be able to create to their true capability. Art belongs in spaces that don’t cut off people’s access to it, and people who create these spaces and this type of art are vital. My goal is to be one of those people.”

Scholar Spotlight: Katya

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Congratulations to Katya, our Class of 2019 awardee of the Mary Frances Monti Memorial Scholarship,
now enrolled at Simmons University, where she’ll be studying for a career in child advocacy:

If I don’t pursue law and become a child advocacy attorney, I would like to be a social worker for children in the foster/adoption system. By learning about social work and human services, I hope to leave Simmons University with enough knowledge to start making change. I plan to work with young children in the foster care/adoption system and put their priorities first. The most important question that I hope to have all the answers to is: Where is the best home for them where they can feel loved, cared for, and encouraged to pursue their passions? I know that I am only one person and that change is difficult to spark. However, by helping the youth, I am positive that I will be doing what I can to set people off on the right track so that they can make change in whatever way they see fit. I know the value education holds and the opportunities it brings forth. I believe it to be a basic human right that should be accessible to everybody, regardless of demographic.