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April 17, 2018

News & Notes

Kennedy Students Explore the Art of Making Clay Pinch Pots

Students at the Kennedy School have been learning how to make pinch pots, thanks to community partner Mudflat Pottery. Kennedy’s kindergarten classes recently had a visit from Mudflat studio instructor Melody who, along with the help of parent volunteers and staff, guided students through the fun and creative process of making animal pinch pots.

Learn more about Mudflat Pottery and their work at:

SHS Students Learn about Career Options at Annual Career Day Event

Somerville High School students from all grades attended the annual Career Day event on Wednesday, April 11th, organized as part of Somerville High School’s College and Career Readiness programming. Eighty-six (86) exhibitors were on hand to talk with students, answer questions and provide materials. Some students left the event with employment interviews scheduled. Exhibitors included local and national businesses, non-profit organizations, military branches, state and federal agencies, and represented a broad spectrum of fields from retail to health care.

Project Based Learning at the Healey School

Learn more about the Healey School’s focus and approach to project-based learning (PBL), as highlighted in a recent production of Our Schools, Our City. Hear from middle grades teachers Steve Stephano and Nicole Madden, and students Andrew DaCosta and Cindy Luxama, how project-based learning helps students develop the skills they need to succeed in high school and beyond, and how PBL connects students to the real world and to their community.

SHS Building Project Update

Phase 1 of the Somerville High School Building Project gets under way on Monday, April 23rd. Over the April break, several English and social studies classes will be relocated to the modular units on the concourse. Students in those classes will begin meeting in the modular classrooms upon their return from April break. The modular classrooms are equipped with all the appropriate classroom technology including Smartboards and each classroom has its own heating/air conditioning unit. The classrooms are secured, with a safety plan in place.

The high school traffic pattern will change as the concourse will no longer be available as a vehicle pass-through. Between April 14 and April 21, the City Hall/SHS concourse will be closed to all traffic to allow for the concourse and driveway areas to be reconstructed. Portions of the existing driveway and sidewalk will be excavated to widen the driveway closest to City Hall and install a roundabout that will allow for two-way traffic throughout the overall project. Beginning Monday, April 23, all traffic will enter and exit the City Hall/SHS concourse via the driveway closest to City Hall. The current “exit” driveway (closest to the SHS Library) will be closed during construction for the safety of students, teachers, and staff. With the new configuration, vehicles will enter the driveway, proceed to the newly constructed roundabout, and exit the concourse via the same driveway. In order to minimize traffic congestion, parents/guardians who drop their SHS student(s) off in the morning and/or pick them up at the end of the school day, are encouraged to do so in front of the atrium entrance to the high school.

If you would like to receive bi-weekly email updates from the City about construction, including timelines and impact, please sign up for the City’s email list at: Throughout the duration of this project, the district will be sending out regular updates regarding the impact of this project to Somerville High School to all SHS parents/guardians as well as parents/guardians of rising 9th graders. Additionally, updates and information will be available on the project website,


What's Happening  

Week of the Young Child Event – Wednesday, April 25, 10:00 a.m.

Celebrate Somerville’s youngest learners at the annual Week of the Young Child celebration at City Hall. Children from throughout Somerville have been researching and creating projects on ways to make Somerville a kind and good place for everyone. The morning’s events will include sing-along music, visits to City Hall departments, a proclamation by Mayor Curtatone, arts and crafts, an opportunity for students to learn about civic engagement, and more! Learn more about this special event at:


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.

  • Monday-Friday, April 16-20: April Vacation Week (includes Patriots’ Day holiday); schools closed all week, offices closed Monday, April 16
  • Tuesday, April 24, 5:30-7:30pm: Argenziano Parent-Teacher Conferences (290 Washington St.)
  • Tuesday, April 24, 6:00-8:00pm: Best Buddies Dinner at the SHS Culinary Arts Bistro (81 Highland Ave.)
  • Wednesday, April 25, 1:00-3:00pm: 4th Annual District-wide Band Festival at Somerville High School Auditorium (81 Highland Ave.)
  • Wednesday, April 25, 6:00-8:00pm: SHS School Improvement Council Meeting at the Somerville High School Library (81 Highland Ave.)
  • Thursday, April 26, 6:00-8:00pm: Winter Hill School Parent-Teacher Conferences (115 Sycamore)
  • Thursday, April 26, 6:30pm: Somerville SEPAC Presentation by Dr. Nadine Gaab, Ph.D., “Typical and Atypical reading brain: how a neurobiological framework of reading development can inform educational practice and policy” at the Kennedy School Library (5 Cherry St.)
  • Thursday, April 26, 6:30-9:00pm: SHS Spring Concert at the Somerville High School Auditorium (81 Highland Ave.)
  • Friday, April 27, 8:00am-2:30pm: SHS Multicultural Fair at the Somerville High School Atrium/Field House (81 Highland Ave.)

Upcoming Somerville Family Learning Collaborative Workshops and Events

Find a complete list of SFLC events, services, and workshops at The Somerville Family Learning Collaborative offers a rich array of workshops, programs, and events to support students and families. SFLC calendars of monthly activities and events will be available October through June. Multilingual flyers will be distributed two weeks prior to all SFLC events. Here’s a snapshot of SFLC programs “by the numbers” in 2016-17.

Wednesday, April 25, 10:00-11:00am: Week of the Young Child – Celebrate Young Children. Join Mayor Curtatone, Somerville’s Education and Care community, and the National Association for the Education of Young Children in celebration of Somerville’s youngest learners. This year’s theme: What does it mean to be kind and fair? To read the social story “Somerville, a Kind and Fair City” click on the “SFLC Resources for Parents/Guardians” link at Learn more about the Week of the Young Child at

Upcoming School Committee Meetings

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

  • Monday, April 23, 6:00-6:55pm: Educational Programs and Instruction Subcommittee Meeting in the BOA Committee Room at City Hall (93 Highland Ave.)
  • Monday, April 23, 7:00pm: Regular School Committee Meeting in the Aldermanic Chambers at City Hall (93 Highland Ave.); Agenda; Live Video Stream link
  • Wednesday, April 25, 7:30-9:00pm: School Committee Meeting for Finance & Facilities at the Central Office Conference Room (8 Bonair St.)
  • Thursday, April 26, 6:00-7:30pm: Joint Budget Planning Meeting of the School Committee with the Board of Aldermen at Somerville City Hall, 2nd Floor, Chambers (93 Highland Ave.)

Community News & Events

Mayor’s Annual Spring Clean Up & Community BBQ on Saturday, April 21. Breakfast at 9 a.m. at Blessing of the Bay Boathouse on Shore Dr.; Clean up from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at various locations throughout the city; BBQ from 12 to 2 p.m. at Blessing of the Bay Boathouse. Celebrate Earth Day with the City of Somerville, Groundwork Somerville and Comcast Cares for the annual Spring Cleanup. Afterward, join your neighbors at the community barbeque for food, fun, and activities, including the Somerville Public Library’s mobile library and a tide pool touch tank from the New England Aquarium where you can learn about sustainable seafood. Mass Energy Consumers Alliance, the Mystic River Watershed Association, Blue Bikes (formerly Hubway), Simple Recycling and City of Somerville departments will also be hosting activities and sharing information. Sign up HERE to volunteer at a cleanup location:  

Starting Over Festival. Sunday, April 22, 12 to 2 p.m. at the Quincy St. Open Space, 16 Quincy St. This festival is a celebration of Arbor Day, the return of spring, and new possibilities in Somerville’s smallest urban wild. Join scientists on tiny hikes in the park to explore wildlife in Somerville. Help plant a tree, take home a free seedling and participate in art and interactive activities. Hear poets talk about new beginnings. Bring clean, unwanted clothing for a free clothing swap – or donate your clothes to be recycled through Somerville’s new textile recycling program. To learn more go to:

Somerville Little League Registration for 2018 Spring Season Now Open! Register now for Somerville Little League and enjoy a spring season of fun! Programs are available for kids ages 4-12, and run from April to June 2018. To get started, visit and click on REGISTER in the upper right corner. Scholarships are available for eligible applicants.

Somerville Parks & Recreation. Visit to learn all about current programming offered by Somerville Parks & Recreation.

Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Do you have unused or expired prescription medications in your home? Dispose of them the safe way! On Saturday, April 28th, from 10:00am-2:00pm, you can drop off medication you no longer need to: Somerville Public Safety Building (220 Washington St.) or the Somerville Fire Department (6 Newbury St.). Drop-offs are anonymous! Please remove any identifying information from medication bottles. Please note that liquids are NOT accepted. For more information, call (617) 625-6600, x4300.

Healey School Art Festival & Silent Auction. Friends of Healey hosts the biennial Healey School Art Festival & Silent Auction on Sunday, May 6, 2018, at the Arthur D. Healey School (5 Meacham St.). Held every other spring, this event is part social event and part fundraiser, with proceeds directly supporting Healey School programs including off-site learning and cultural enrichment programs. The silent auction will feature items donated by local artists and businesses, as well as plenty of raffle opportunities. The evening includes a celebration of the Healey School’s core values of excellence, openness, creativity and joy. Visual art will be on display, performance art will be taking place on stage, and there will be stations for making art. There will be children’s activities and entertainment, as well as free food and drink on hand. For more information about the Healey Art Festival & Silent Auction or about Friends of Healey, please contact Jake Wilson at (617) 817-3725 or email

SAY! Inc. (Somerville Arts for Youth) proudly announces their 2018 programming. Visit for more information. Coming up in the next two months:

SAY SATURDAY SERIES: May 5, 12, 19 – Open to all students in PK-12. FREE! Registration required; please register for each event separately.

  • Costume Creation – May 5, 2-4pm @ The Rockwell Theatre, 255 Elm Street, Davis Square. Intro to costume design and construction. Drop in anytime between 2:00 and 4:00pm to design and create a costume piece you can keep! Students will learn how costume designers begin the process of “dressing” a character and then apply those skills in our pop-up costume construction shop!
  • SAY! Sings (Somerville Porchfest) – May 12, 2-4pm @ 303 Highland Ave., Somerville. Come hear SAY students perform their favorite songs from past and current Somerville Public School musicals, as well as the Broadway songbook! If you are a Somerville student and would like to perform with SAY at Porchfest, please be sure to register.
  • Musical Theatre Dance – May 19, 2pm (grades K-5), 3pm (grades 6-12) @ The Rockwell Theatre, 255 Elm Street, Davis Square. Put on your dancing shoes and learn how to dance like a Broadway star! Jayme Latorella  joins SAY to teach a 45 minute introductory dance class and musical theatre choreography! Please dress comfortably.  No prior dance experience required!


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