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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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Needed – Middle School Tutors for Before and After School Learning Centers!

Join CSV’s team of enthusiastic tutors who are currently being matched with 6th-8th graders for homework help and academic support, both before and after school (usually Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday). Pick your best day and time, and meet your student at one of the five Upper School Learning Centers for one-to-one tutoring, at least once per week. All locations are easily accessible via public

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CSV Honors Dr. Carolyn Turk at the Mack I. Davis Event

CSV was delighted to honor Deputy Superintendent Carolyn Turk with its 2013 Kenneth S. Neal Award at this spring’s Mack I. Davis volunteer recognition event. The honor highlights an educator who has played a key role in the collaborative aspect of CSV’s work, strengthening volunteer programs and sustaining community involvement in the schools. The award recognized Dr. Turk’s support for CSV’s work over many

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CSV Now! – Celebrates the Upper Schools

Cambridge School Volunteers (CSV) recently celebrated its commitment to the four new Upper Schools (grades 6-8), as well as the Amigos School, at a special event, CSV NOW! Upper School Challenge, on March 14th at Genzyme, a Sanofi Company, in Cambridge.  This year, CSV is working to build strong Learning Center programs and NetPals mentor programs at the new schools. The event honored two

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CSV Volunteers Attend Awesome In-Service Training

Several dozen volunteers attended CSV’s last training opportunity of the academic year. Three different workshops were offered: Moving from Reading to Writing (Grades 7-12) led by CRLS teacher, Jennifer Hogue; Teaching and Tutoring Math – Re-teaching Concepts using Questions (Grades 7-12) led by CRLS teacher, Alysa Breyer, and Math as Play: Games and Ideas to Engage Struggling Students (Grades 1-3), led by math coach

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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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New Schools, New Upper School Learning Centers

Layers of the earth…seventh grade fractions…reading aloud with one’s tutor…8th grade math homework…these were just some of the assignments being tackled by the 6th through 8th graders at a recent after-school homework session at the Vassal Lane Upper School Learning Center. Each student or small group was being carefully mentored by a tutor, trained and matched by Cambridge School Volunteers (CSV). When the school

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Save the Date for CSV Now! Thursday, March 14 6-8pm

Join us for our annual event and fundraiser hosted by Genzyme. This year we will focus on our Upper School Challenge to build strong learning center programs in each of the new Upper Schools (grades 6-8). Our challenge will support the Cambridge Public School’s Innovation Agenda. We hope you will join us to learn more about this important initiative and to help us raise

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CSV Off to a Strong Start but More Volunteers Needed!

More than 55 prospective volunteers attended CSV’s September kick-off event, a strong turnout according to executive director, Jen Fries. After a brief welcome by Fries, CSV’s soon-to-be volunteers divided into an elementary/middle school group and a high school group.  Both groups would spend the next 90 minutes learning more about the Cambridge public schools, the nuts and bolts of getting started as a volunteer,

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