InvestCRLS Campaign Announced! (3/18/2015)

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From the Executive Director, Elaine Schear:

InvestCRLS: A New Community-Opportunity Campaign

It’s my great pleasure to announce “InvestCRLS”, a FoCRLS campaign to close in on the opportunity and achievement gaps at CRLS and unleash the diverse and extraordinary talents of our 1800+ students.

Community Investment = Opportunity, Growth, Success

The goals of “InvestCRLS” are to expand student resources and to sustain our programs for as long as they’re needed. While continuing our annual fundraising projects and events, we have added:

— a new major donor campaign that aims to increase individual donations of $1,000 and above (currently our individual donations range from $5 to $6,000);

a​ new “100 by 100” initiative, increasing our partnerships in the business community by seeking the support of 100 Cambridge businesses to each contribute $100 or more annually to a new scholarship fund, for a total of $10,000 each year.

InvestCRLS has begun, and the response is thumbs up! Parents, alumni, businesses, and Cambridge residents who wish to play a role in our public school students’ success, are stepping up to take part in the action.

Together, we are making it possible for every Rindge student to become a productive, innovative, confident, self-sustaining, and caring young adult.

FOCRLS Faculty Innovation Grants Awarded for 2015 (2/12/2015)

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Please join Friends of CRLS in congratulating our latest Faculty Innovation Grants awardees! (See list below.) These grants provide funds to enrich curriculum and provide services for (and by) CRLS students.

To date, 150 teachers, counselors, librarians, club advisors, and administrators have received grants of up to $1,000 each for enhancements in every department of CRLS and RTSA.

The experiences, materials, and improvements provided have made a difference in the education of an estimated 7,500 students!

We thank our many donors — family, friends, alumni, and business leaders — for supporting the power of the ideas of our exemplary CRLS educators.

2015 FOCRLS Faculty Grantees:

Nicole Hart, Instructional Technology Specialist, and Ginny Berkowitz, Media Arts Manager – “The CRLS Legacy Project: An Interactive Portrait of Cambridge’s 366 Year-old Public High School”
to “create an interactive online experience that will capture the past, present, and future of Cambridge Rindge and Latin School.”

Conrad Hauck, Engineering Instructor, RSTA – “Funding for 2015 FIRST Robotics Team 97”
to help students “surpass the achievements of last year and anticipate increasing popularity in our robotics team due to our success.”

Kimberly Parker, English Teacher – “The Achievement Gap Literacy Initiative”
to “increase the literacy outcomes of CP 10 English students through the creation of a robust classroom library.”

Jennifer Sarmiento, English Teacher/Advisor, Literary Arts Magazine – “CRLS Literary Arts Magazine”
to create a magazine in which CRLS writers and artists can showcase their work and to make copies of this magazine affordable to students.

Elisabeth Macias, World History Teacher – “Funding for CRLS Model Congress”
in which “students will learn how to think globally, respond to moral or ethical dilemmas, and present their arguments in a clear, informed manner.”

Kate Greene, Special Education Teacher, High School Extension Program – “HSEP Community Building”
to increase attendance among students who have struggled for success by “encouraging them to take a leadership role in building a positive school community.”

Douglas Carey, Carpentry Teacher – “Rolling Planters for Physically Disabled Nursing Home Residents”
in which carpentry students will develop the skills to plan, budget, and complete the project and then donate the planters to nursing home residents, enabling them to grow flowers and vegetables.

Marlin Kann, History Teacher – “Beacon Hill’s African American History Experience”
in which 39 tenth graders in AP US History, who have demonstrated commitment to this demanding class, will have a fun, educational event “engaging and expanding their own historical understandings” and being introduced to archeology.

Jack Haverty, Senior Class Advisor – “Prom Funding Needs”
to make prom tickets available to 25 low-income seniors at half-price to bring inclusiveness to this community-building celebration of years spent together.

Jesse Kaplan, Office of Student Support – “Food for Thought: Providing Healthful Snacks to Improve Student Achievement”
to nourish students in self-contained academic classes who do not have access to other nutritional resources.

Congratulations to our awardees and thank you for energizing the CRLS experience for students!

Thank you to our many generous donors who made these grants possible!

A FOCRLS First: Friends of CRLS hires Executive Director! (1/13/2015)

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The board of FOCRLS is proud to announce the hiring of the organization’s first-ever Executive Director, Dr. Elaine Schear. The ED search was a vigorous undertaking which considered many candidates in a two-tiered interview process. The hiring of an ED is the latest step in the implementation of the FOCRLS strategic plan for long-term sustainability and growth. Please click here for the announcement with more details about this exciting development. We look forward to the beginning of this new stage for FOCRLS!

Read an article from the Cambridge Chronicle on 1/30/2015 about hiring the first-ever FOCRLS Executive Director.

FOCRLS is Recruiting for an Executive Director (10/6/2014)

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Friends of CRLS is now 8 years old, and we’ve come a long way in that short time. During that time we have grown to 6 core programs (Faculty Innovation Grants, Student Travel Fellowships, the Unsung Heroes Program, Scholarships, the It Takes a Village college success program, and Faculty Distinction Awards), serving the entire CRLS community and its graduates.

We are now taking the significant step of moving towards hiring a part-time Executive Director, as part of the FOCRLS strategic plan goal of building long-term sustainability, making it possible for FOCRLS’ programs to thrive and grow long into the future.

Click here for the job description — please share this announcement with others.

The “It Takes a Village” Alumni & Community Mentoring Program has launched! (7/9/2014)

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Do you want to make a profound difference in the lives of ambitious, college-bound, low-income CRLS grads? Mentoring has been proven to increase student success and graduation rates for college-matriculating, low-income students. We are looking for mentors from the community in many fields! If you have time for one meeting a month with a CRLS graduate mentee, please see more info at our Mentoring Program page. Thank you!

Read an article on the mentoring program in the Cambridge Chronicle, 7/31/2014.

Faculty Distinction Award Winners, Spring 2014

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Four beloved and admired teachers at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School (CRLS) were honored with Faculty Distinction Awards at the June 5, 2014 graduation ceremony. Jon Baring-Gould, Amanda Hughes, Ned Flaherty, and Susie Van Blaricum were selected for their abilities to teach, inspire, and encourage students.

Sponsored by Friends of Cambridge Rindge and Latin School (FOCRLS) and organized by Assistant Principal Bobby Tynes, Faculty Distinction Awards are presented each year to the four teachers or staff members chosen by the graduating class as those who had the most positive influence.  This year’s honorees brought the total to 32 faculty recognized since FOCRLS began the tradition in 2007.  After Principal Damon Smith read honorees’ self-submitted bios to the graduates and guests, the honorees were presented with framed certificates and letters of appreciation.

For more information on the teachers selected and a photo of the ceremony, please click here.

Benefit night at Flatbread Pizza a success! (6/1/2014)

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What an amazing community-building event at Flatbread Pizza in Davis Square on Tuesday night, May 27, 2014! From our benefit event, Friends of CRLS raised $1,100 from the pizza sales and raffle. We could not have raised these funds without our alumni and supporters, and of course the generosity of The Flatbread Company.

The flatbread pizzas were delicious. Our alumni, supporters, and guests were excited to participate in our 2nd annual benefit night at Flatbread. Some of our guests chose to bowl, while others tried their luck with our raffle — with prizes donated by alumni, parents, and local businesses, and alumni took the opportunity to network with one another. The benefit night was truly an evening to remember.

Friends of CRLS would like to thank Flatbread Pizza, and our generous raffle donors, supporters, and alumni for supporting us with our event. The funds raised from our benefit night will go towards furthering our current and future initiatives for students, faculty, and alumni.

Many thanks to our Raffle Donors!

  • Football signed by New England Patriots defensive end Rob Ninkovich, donated by the New England Patriots
  • Baseball signed by Red Sox infielder Will Middlebrooks, donated by the Boston Red Sox
  • Falcons’ Pride Basket,donated by Jacquie Cesario, CRLS Faculty Member
  • Grendel’s Den gift card, donated by Kari Kuelzer, CRLS Class of ’88
  • Write Aide – 1 hour writing session with Elaine Schear, writing coach and FOCRLS President
  • Breakfast Basket, donated by Sandra Lima, CRLS Class of ’98
  • Wine Basket, donated by Sandra Lima, CRLS Class of ’98
  • Henry Bear’s Park gift cards, donated by FOCRLS
  • Handmade Soap Basket, donated by Elisa Pepe, CRLS parent
  • Signed and framed b&w photo of Half Dome, donated by Derrick Jackson, Boston Globe columnist, photographer, and CRLS parent
  • Wet Paint Nail Spa gift card, donated by Michelle Phoenix, Cambridge business owner

See you next year!