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The Broad Institute Joins CSV’s Growing List of NetPals Mentors!

Student and NetPal Getting Acquainted at the Broad Known for pioneering work on the human genome, the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard (the Broad) has recently joined several other bio-medical companies that provide NetPals science mentoring to 7th graders at the Cambridge Street Upper School (CSUS). For many years, Broad employees volunteered as one-to-one tutors in the Cambridge public schools, most notably as

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89 Seventh Graders, 89 Adult Volunteers, and 65 Pizzas!

Excitement was in the air as every 7th grader from the Rindge Avenue Upper School (RAUS) convened at Bertucci’s Restaurant following their on-site visits to the three local corporations that are once again participating in NetPals. This special program, managed by CSV, pairs adult mentors from Cambridge Systematics, Vecna Technologies, and Grace with 7th graders from RAUS. This year, 89 adult volunteers are mentoring

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Let Your “Inner Scientist” Out – Volunteer for the Science Olympiad Team!

In this era of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), there is nothing more exciting for some CRLS students than to engage in and prepare for the annual Science Olympiad (S.O.) competition. This year’s competition includes more than 20 events that range from Bungee Drop to GeoLogic Mapping, from Forensics to Mystery Engineering. Join this year’s team of S.O. volunteer advisors and help the

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Art & Science in One Takes 4th Graders and CSV Volunteers to Fresh Pond

A grackle, waves in the water, wind in the trees, a robin, cabbage white butterflies, an insect on a flower, a brown sparrow, a purple flower, a white flower with a green center, a pine cone, cat tails, lupines, rocks – these creatures and natural objects were on one team’s list during the first few minutes of a unique intergenerational excursion to Fresh Pond Reservation

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Scrambled Eggs and iPads – KeyPals Breakfast at the K/Lo

On a recent chilly morning in February, every 5th grader from the Kennedy/Longfellow (K/Lo) School was warmed to the core at a special celebratory breakfast with their KeyPal mentors from Draper Lab, IBM and MIT. Many of the 25+ students brought their parents as well. KeyPals, a program directed by Kathy Walsh Malone, Technology Integration Specialist, and managed by CSV, pairs 5th graders and

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Extra Cheese and Extra Attention: Rindge Avenue Upper Campus Students Meet Their Science NetPals

It was a marvel of planning and organization – how to get 79 seventh graders from the Rindge Avenue Upper School to each of three nearby corporate offices that were hosting on-site events for the first NetPals face-to-face meeting! Thanks to lead teacher Jay Mahoney and other teacher chaperones, the walk from the school to the three venues was a success, and so was

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Mentoring + the Red Sox = Perfect Together

We have an update on one of our favorite mentor pairs.  Kira Arnott, a 2012 CRLS grad, took part in the College Planning and Essay Writing (CPEW) program during the 2011-12 academic year, working closely with with college mentor Courtney Cox.  Last spring, to celebrate the conclusion of another successful CPEW program that served 79 college-bound seniors, a party was held for all tutors

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Help CRLS Seniors with College Planning and Essay Writing!

Join CSV’s mentoring program that assists college-bound seniors with college planning, applications, essay writing, financial aid and more! Kick-off Training for Volunteers When: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 from 1:00-4:00 pm Where: CRLS Library, Fiction Room RSVP: To register, contact csv@cpsd.us or call 617-349-6794 Please join us for an informative and fun kick-off event. Learn best practices from the CRLS Guidance and English departments about

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Say Hello to CSV Tutor Courtney Cox!

Courtney Cox works with committed students, guiding them towards achieving their academic dreamsand goals. Cox was a key tutor mentor in the CSV College Planning and Essay Writing Program (CPEW), andworked with students regularly from October through March as they crafted their college essays.Furthermore, she volunteered as an after-school one-to-one tutor as well as classroom assistant. Her CSV Tutor Courtney Cox works with senior

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MIT KeyPals Share Special Bond with K-Lo Students

MIT’s Aaron Weinberger and his KeyPal Get Acquainted Picture this scene: 22 fifth and sixth graders in a circle facing outward, surrounded by an equal number of adults facing inward, with the circles gently moving in opposite directions to allow for brief conversation. Was it a dance routine or unusual ceremony? Not at all! It was an icebreaker, carefully designed to enable students from

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