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Connections newsletter

June 16, 2017

News & Notes

On to Their Next Journeys

Congratulations to all the Class of 2017 graduates! We wish you much success in the next part of your journeys.

MPY PSA Contest Winning Video

Somerville High School sophomore Alexa Sousa, junior Desi Feldman, and senior Michelle Magalhaes-Teixeira earned top honors in the 2017 Middlesex Partnerships for Youth (MPY) PSA competition, marking the third consecutive year that a SHS student-produced video has won. Their winning video “Keep Going”, highlighting this year’s PSA contest theme of “Challenge Yourself – Be Resilient” was selected by a panel of judges as one of five finalists, then voted by more than 800 middle and high school students as the original video that best represented the contest theme. Learn more about this contest and watch the winning and finalist videos at:

Wildcats Partner with Boston Celtics, Alex and Ani, on Give and Go Program

The Winter Hill Community Innovation School is well on their way to reaching their goal of 7,000 energy points in support of a good cause – the National Autism Association. The Winter Hill Wildcats recently kicked off their Give and Go program with the Boston Celtics and Alex and Ani. The goal of the Give and Go program is to motivate students to engage in physical activity and earn points to support families in need. Their participation generates an in-kind donation of family toolkits provided by the Boston Celtics and Alex and Ani. For 10 days, Winter Hill students and staff members have been earning points by riding stationary bikes in the school gymnasium and doing other various physical activities such as jumping jacks and squats.

Students were able to track their activity on cards available throughout the school. The Celtics’ Lucky the Leprechaun and forward Amir Johnson helped kick off this event at the Winter Hill, along with representatives from Alex and Ani and the National Autism Association. As extra incentive, when the Wildcats reach their goal, the Boston Celtics will be back to host a pep rally that includes a dunk show featuring Lucky, Celtics t-shirts, and Celtics players to lead the celebration.

World Language Students Visit Sister City of Gaeta, Italy

Six Somerville High School students traveled to Somerville’s sister city of Gaeta, Italy in April as part of the S.E.R.A.P.O Exchange program. Students stayed with the host families of students from Gaeta who had visited Somerville in November. The group toured Gaeta, nearby Sperlonga and took day trips to Rome and Naples. They visited monuments, attended school, ate pizza and gelato and made lasting bonds with the families. This exchange program is made possible with the support of Mayor Joseph Curtatone, Superintendent Mary Skipper, Headmaster John Oteri and SHS Italian Teacher Gino Colantuono. A special thanks to Jackie Rossetti, Deputy Director of Communications for the City of Somerville, for her assistance in planning a successful trip, and to the many parents who supported this endeavor.

Argenziano Afterschool Flag Day Program Features ‘Trouble the Dog’ and Teaching Students about Hope and Resilience

In recognition of Flag Day, on June 14th, students in the Argenziano Community Schools afterschool program participated in a special program made possible by a gift honoring the life of U.S. Army Veteran, James K. Donahue. Local children’s author, Sheila Duncan, co-creator of the character Trouble the Dog, performed a narrative of the story “Where There’s Trouble…There’s Hope”. The story, featuring a puppy named Hope, is intended to inspire children to be hopeful, believe in themselves, be compassionate, and follow their dreams. Every child in the program received a plush Trouble dog, a Trouble doghouse to decorate and keep, and an autographed copy of the storybook.

All-City Middle School Ensemble Adjudication

The All-City Middle School Ensemble students and teachers wrapped up an impressive school year with three medals at the Eastern Regional Adjudication earlier this week. The Somerville musicians earned a Platinum for Chorus, and Gold for Orchestra and Band. Congratulations!

What's Happening  

Summer Programs

The summer break is right around the corner, but that doesn’t mean that learning has to come to a halt. Through summer reading, family vacations or local explorations, and a variety of summer school and enrichment programs, summer learning can keep students curious and engaged. We also want to make sure students stay healthy throughout the summer months. Somerville’s Free Summer Meals Program kicks off on July 5th at sites throughout the city. Learn more about summer programming at

2017-2018 School Year Calendar

Planning ahead for the 2017-2018 school year? Visit our website ( to see and download the upcoming school year calendar.


Upcoming School & District Events

Visit our website at, and click on the "calendar" link at the top of the page for a complete list of all the activities happening at schools and in our District this month.

  • Friday, June 16, 6:30-9:30pm: ESCS 7th & 8th Grade Dance at the ESCS Cafeteria (50 Cross St.)
  • Monday, June 19, 1:50-2:30pm: Inspirational Citizens Social Studies Presentation, Second Grade UNIDOS, at the East Somerville Community School Room 113 (50 Cross St.)
  • Tuesday, June 20: ESCS 8th Grade Field Trip to Canobie Lake Park
  • Tuesday, June 20, 8:30-9:30am: ESCS K Completion Ceremony at the East Somerville Community School Auditorium (50 Cross St.)


Upcoming Somerville Family Learning Collaborative Workshops and Events

Find a complete list of SFLC events, services, and workshops at

SFLC Parent/Guardian English Classes: Summer Session, July 5-28. Parents/guardians of Somerville students can practice and strengthen their English language skills while learning about and becoming more involved with their child’s education. SFLC works in collaboration with The Welcome Project to provide classes held during the summer in the morning. Parents/Guardians can register by calling 617-625-6600, x6702.

Upcoming School Committee Meetings

Find the complete School Committee schedule, agendas and meeting minutes (as approved) online at

  • Monday, June 19, 6:00pm: Rules Management Subcommittee Meeting at the Central Office Conference Room (8 Bonair St.)
  • Monday, June 19, 7:00pm: School Committee Regular Meeting at the Central Office Conference Room (8 Bonair St.)
  • Wednesday, June 21, 6:00pm: Educational Programs & Instruction Subcommittee Meeting at the Central Office Conference Room (8 Bonair St.)
  • Wednesday, June 21, 7:00pm: School Committee Meeting for Finance and Facilities at the Central Office Conference Room (8 Bonair St.)

Community News & Events

  • “Handmade Puppet Dreams: Short Films for Families” curated by Heather Henson of IBEX Puppets. On Friday, June 16th, 8:30pm at the Chuckie Harris Park (3-17 Cross Street E), Heather Henson introduces independent filmmakers and puppeteers who explore their craft specifically for the camera in this handpicked selection of puppet film shorts. Handmade Puppet Dreams showcases the fresh voices of independent puppeteers who embrace film as their medium for individual expressions, to build their visions, and breathe life into their dreams, while exploring a spectrum of live-action puppetry styles. Recommended for ages 4 and up. (Rain date is Friday, June 23rd at 8:30pm)
  • Joe’s Jazz and Blues Fest 2017: On Saturday, June 17th, get ready for a free all-day outdoor event in beautiful Powderhouse Park (aka Nathan Tufts Park). The Somerville High School Jazz Band will kick off the concert at noon, getting the crowd going with sounds ranging from American Jazz to Delta Blues. There will be non-stop music from 12-6pm. The lineup includes: Sara Bielanski, Air Congo, The Composers Saxophone Quartet, Kit Holliday and the Ominous Vultures, and The Tarbox Ramblers.
  • Somerville’s Annual Family Fun Day and Independence Day Fireworks Celebration: Summertime in Somerville officially kicks off with the annual Family Fun Day on Saturday, June 24, from noon to 4 p.m. at Trum Field (rain date is June 25). “Summertime in Somerville” events run from June until September with a variety of free events open to people of all ages. Following Family Fun Day, the City will host its annual Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration at Trum Field on Thursday, June 29 (rain date July 6), beginning with live entertainment at 6:30 p.m.  The 13th annual Family Fun Day at Trum Field will feature free, family-friendly programming including a community BBQ, pony rides, train rides, children’s activities, face painting, music, and more. On Thurs., June 29, live entertainment at Trum Field will begin at 6:30 p.m. and include performances by the United States Air Force Heritage of American Band, local Disco-Funk band Booty Vortex, and the Somerville Sunsetters leading up to a 30-minute fireworks display at approximately 9:15 p.m.
  • City Lead Abatement Program: Keep our kids lead safe! Exposure to lead based paint can have long term effects on children, some of which may likely be irreversible. The harm done by lead may never go away. Lead in the body can damage the brain, kidneys, and nervous system, even slow down growth and development. Lead can also make learning even more challenging for children, damage hearing and speech, and cause behavioral problems.  The City of Somerville has a program that can remove the risk of lead poisoning from lead based paint! The Lead-Safe Somerville program offers Somerville property owners the ability to make their homes lead-safe. Funding assistance is provided through a federal grant Somerville has received.  In many cases new doors, windows and baseboards may be included in order to make your home lead safe. Homeowners can access these funds to make their homes lead-safe when the household income is less than 80% of Area Median Income or their tenants occupying a unit earn less than 80% AMI.  These income limits are: 

Maximum Gross Annual Income

80% Area Median Income

  • 1 Person - $54,750
  • 2 Person - $62,550
  • 3 Person - $70,350
  • 4 Person - $78,150

All expenses associated with making the unit lead-safe are covered and the loan is forgiven after three years. Each unit will receive a Letter of Full de-leading Compliance upon completion of the program which entitles homeowners to a $1,500 state tax credit for each unit. Visit or call 617-625-6600 ext. 2577 for more details!

  • Somerville Parks & Recreation: Whether you’re looking for “Adventures in Space”, canoeing, basketball, boxing, swimming, soccer, robotics, or a variety of other classes, clinics, or programs, Somerville Parks & Recreation likely has you covered! Visit to learn more about current and summer programming offered by Somerville Parks & Recreation, and register online today.
  • SCATV Summer Youth Program Registration. SCATV Summer is back and better than ever! Fill out this form to register your child for one or more of our upcoming summer youth programs. All programs are for ages 8 and up, except for the Teen Movie Making camp which is geared towards teens only. Programs run Monday-Friday, from 9am-3pm. The cost per week is $200 (except for Wild Tales, which is free); full and partial scholarships available for those who qualify. Accepted campers will be contacted directly with a link to pay and complete registration. Questions? Contact Heather McCormack at or 617-628-8826.
  • Book a Sunsetters Performance in Your Neighborhood this Summer! The Somerville Sunsetters, a traveling youth performance troupe that performs classic show tunes and modern musicals in Somerville neighborhoods throughout July and August, is now booking shows for the summer 2017 season. Residents interested in hosting a performance in your neighborhood should contact Jackie Rossetti at 617-625-6600 ext. 2614, or Performances are held Monday through Thursday evenings, 7 to 8 p.m., in July and August. Some blackout dates apply. Performance slots fill up quickly, so book yours today!

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