Press Releases and Other Media
10/18/2017: SPS CONTINUES TO LEAD URBAN DISTRICTS IN BASELINE YEAR OF NEXT-GENERATION MCAS: According to the spring 2017 next-generation MCAS baseline year results released by the Department, Somerville continues to maintain excellent overall growth, indicating that SPS students are making strong gains compared to other students across the state who scored similarly on previous years’ exams. The spring 2017 results will serve as the baseline for the new assessment and for target-setting for 2018 and beyond, and should not be compared to previous years’ achievement scores.
09/25/2017: SPS PARTNERS WITH BREAKTHROUGH TO EXPAND OUT-OF-SCHOOL-TIME LEARNING: SPS and Breakthrough Greater Boston are entering a partnership this year that will offer SPS middle grades and high school students the chance to participate in six years of intensive, out-of-school-time programming starting in the summer of 2018.
09/18/2017: CITIZEN SCHOOLS TO OFFER PROJECT-BASED LEARNING EXPERIENCES AT ESCS: East Somerville Community School is partnering with Citizen Schools to provide middle grade students with enriched learning opportunities that will equip them with real-world skills and guide them toward college and career success.
09/06/2017: SOMERVILLE EARLY EDUCATION PARTNERS WITH LESLEY UNIVERSITY ON TEACHER RESIDENCY PROGRAM: SPS enters its second year of an early education partnership effort with Lesley University that offers graduate students looking to enter the early education field with hands-on internship opportunities in the District.
08/24/2017: THE BOSTON FOUNDATION AWARDS SOMERVILLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS $200,000 FOR CONTINUED DEVELOPMENT OF STUDENT INSIGHTS TOOL: A two-year $200,000 grant award from The Boston Foundation will allow the district to continue development of Student Insights, an innovative open-source online student data software system that offers near real-time information to help schools provide timely, individualized interventions and student support.
05/11/2017: WINTER HILL AWARDED BOSTON FOUNDATION 'POZEN PRIZE FOR INNOVATIVE SCHOOLS': On May 10, the Boston Foundation announced the Winter Hill Community Innovation School as the winner of the 2017 Pozen Prize for Innovative Schools, which recognizes and awards schools for innovative practices that lead to academic excellence and a quality learning environment for all students.
04/27/2017: DR. ABEYTA TO JOIN SPS AS NEW ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT FOR CURRICULUM, INSTRUCTION, AND ASSESSMENT: Dr. Almudena "Almi" Abeyta, currently the Deputy Superintendent for Teaching and Learning in the Santa Fe Public Schools (NM), was unanimously approved by the Somerville School Committee as the district's next Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment.
03/03/2017: EXPANDED ACCESS AND SUPPORT LEADS TO IMPRESSIVE INCREASE IN SPS AP ENROLLMENT AND SUCCESS: Somerville Public Schools saw the number of its students enrolled in AP classes increase by more than 50% in just one year
11/29/2016: SOMERVILLE LAUNCHES WEEK-LONG EXPLORATION INTO COMPUTER SCIENCE AND CODING: The 2016 Somerville Hour of Code will provide every student in the district with the opportunity to log at least one hour of coding
10/5/2016: SOMERVILLE FABRICATION LABORATORY OPENS OCTOBER 12: FabVille will allow students, residents, and organizations to dive into the world of digital fabrication technology.
8/16/2016: SOMERVILLE HIGH SCHOOL TO LAUNCH ENROOT PARTNERSHIP IN FALL OF 2016: Up to 30 SHS students will benefit from Enroot program with targeted programming that extends the day by 50%