Upper School

Upper (Middle) School Tutor Workshop

Upper (Middle) School Tutor Workshop (for new and experienced tutors) Vassal Lane Upper School 197 Vassal Lane, Cambridge, MA Thursday, November 12, 3:30-5pm ROOM 347 Tutoring middle school students is an art as well as an academic endeavor. Join us to learn about what makes middle schoolers tick. This presentation will include important considerations for working with students in grades 6, 7 and 8,

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Middle School Math Volunteer Training Workshop

Join us for an interactive workshop that will teach new and experienced tutors the style and methods of the Math in Focus curriculum, used by Cambridge Public Schools. Participants will learn to engage upper school students in mathematical concepts, build confidence, and develop problem solving skills. This session will cover what Math in Focus implementation looks like in the classroom, review strategies from the

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Thank you for shopping!

On September 16, 2015, Whole Foods donated 5% of the net proceeds from its three Cambridge markets to Cambridge School Volunteers.  We also spent the day recruiting volunteers in all three stores, and we had the chance to tell a lot of shoppers how much it meant to us.  We are so grateful to our community for coming out on a Wednesday to support

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Work that deepens your community involvement

Please spread the word.  CSV is looking for a part-time Program Coordinator to work in our upper (middle) school programs.  Do you know someone who is looking for a job that will deepen his or her community involvement? Please spread the word!  The job posting is here: http://www.csvinc.org/news-events/jobs/upperschool/  


Meet Maggie Pancost – Mack Davis Winner!

Maggie Pancost’s 10-year tenure as a NetPal coincides with the 10-year lifetime of the Novartis NetPals program, now at the Cambridge Street Upper School (CSUS). The coincidence is not surprising. It takes volunteers like Maggie to give a program like NetPals the resilience it needs to survive for ten years. Maggie was nominated by Pam Shwartz, lead NetPals teacher at CSUS. As described by

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Meet Jay Mahoney – 2015 Kenneth S. Neal Award Winner

Jay Mahoney was nominated for the Kenneth S. Neal award by a Rindge Avenue Upper Campus (RAUS) parent for his inspiring work as a 7th grade science teacher and his willingness to take on the hard work of coordinating the RAUS NetPals program. The work of running a successful NetPals program starts with successful teaching, an ability which was recognized last year when Jay

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Volunteer Sam Seidel Receives Mack Davis Award

There are individuals who make giving back to their community a way of life. For those individuals, rolling up their sleeves to get involved at the ground level comes naturally. Such a person is volunteer, Sam Seidel. For five years, Sam has tutored in three separate CSV programs, sharing his passion for teaching and learning. His support roles have included tutoring with CSV’s Early

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Homework Help for Middle Schoolers? You Can Do It!

If you ask people what they consider the most challenging age group for teaching/mentoring, most would probably say middle school, grades 6 through 8. Yet dozens of CSV volunteers arrive at the Vassal Lane Upper School (as well as at four other Upper Schools), after-school, several days a week, to offer homework help to that exact age group. And they do it because they

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Mack I. Davis Awards 2015

Background jazz music by the CRLS “Delivery Boys”; savory hors d’oeuvres provided by Harvard University’s Public Affairs Office – CSV’s host for the event; the snapping of photos by thrilled family members; hugs and congratulations to so many, from so many; a rotating slide show of this year’s school volunteers; a dance performance by the CRLS Ethiopian Club – all of it reflected the

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A Typical Day at the CSUS After-School Learning Center

Imagine using all of your senses to take in the mixture of noise, energy and general mood in a middle school during the school day, and then comparing that to the low hum of 6th to 8th graders working one-to-one with a tutor, just minutes after the school day is over. The comparison is like night and day! Welcome to the after-school Learning Center

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