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NetPals honored at statewide conference

Left to right: Helene Horan Winn, MSA Board Member/Senior Community Relations Specialist, The TJX Companies; Jennifer Fries, Executive Director of Cambridge School Volunteers; and Emily Haber, CEO, MSA, at the awards ceremony, June 12, 2017, Framingham. Photo credit: Melissa Ostrow On Monday June 12, 2017, the Massachusetts Service Alliance (MSA) presented CSV with its 2017 Massachusetts Service and Volunteerism Awardee for “Working Together/Outstanding Collaboration

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New Learning Center volunteers wanted

Would you like to help a 12-year-old who is struggling a bit in school? Join us for a training on Creating and Maintaining Productive Tutoring Relationships to learn about tutoring in Learning Centers. We ask that Learning Center volunteers commit to one day per week, 3:00-4:30, either Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday, for at least one semester (ideally the whole school year). We provide staffing,

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Calling All New Volunteers

Want to make a real difference in the life of a Cambridge student?  Each year, Cambridge School Volunteers places hundreds of volunteers as tutors and mentors in the Cambridge Schools, grades K-12. In classrooms, Learning Centers, and before- and after-school programs throughout the city, each CSV volunteer dedicates at least 1 or 2 hours a week, on a week day, supporting the academic and

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Afternoon Learning Center Tutors Needed

Do you want to make a difference in the life of a student? Do you have at least one hour a week to give? Join our team of enthusiastic tutors at Cambridge School Volunteers who are currently being matched with sixth- through eighth- graders for homework help and academic support in our Learning Centers. Learning Centers meet after school (3:00 p.m.–4:15 p.m.), on Tuesday, Wednesday

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Math Training Workshop Fall 2015

How do you solve for X ? Find 60% of 50. Convert 11/8 into a decimal. There are several ways to solve most equations. Volunteers may know how to answer these problems, but they may still be unsure how these concepts are being taught to students. Last week, about 30 Learning Center volunteers from all five upper schools gathered at Vassal Lane Upper School

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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 Training

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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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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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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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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