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A Visit to the Superintendent’s Office

Each year, City Links students are given the opportunity to meet with the Superintendent of Cambridge Public Schools, and engage him in a conversation about their experience as immigrant students and school policy in general.

Students were asked to write down their questions for the Superintendent, and were then given the opportunity to ask these questions as he addressed each student individually during the meeting. There was much laughing and excitement but also many serious moments, and many issues were touched upon over the course of the conversation. In the end, it seems that both parties left the conference room enriched and with a new perspective on CRLS! A special thank you once again to Dr. Jeffrey Young for taking the time to meet with our students.

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City Links at the Cambridge School Committee Meeting

On March 17th’s Cambridge School Committee meeting, three City Links students stepped up to the mic to let the Mayor of Cambridge know the huge impact our City Links program has made on their lives. View the video of the entire meeting here. To hear our Executive Director speak, cut to the 6 minute mark, and for our students’ testimonies, cut to the 9 minute mark.

A transcription of Reya’s speech can be found here:

 Good evening everyone. My name is Reya Begum. I’m a sophomore at Cambridge Rindge and Latin school. I’m from Bangladesh and I speak Bengali at home. I came to the United States in 2011. My favorite subject in school is Math and Science. I was interested in joining the City Links program because I heard its a really good and helpful program, and I wanted to work because after school I didn’t have anything to do, and sometimes I needed help with some things like my homework that I didn’t understand, and this program has one-on-one mentoring which really helps me a lot. It also has academic tutoring, job readiness training, community service and a lot more, and it also helps with getting a college degree, and working and learning is better than just working and this program has both. Another good thing about this program is that it has community service which is kind of important for me and the students in CRLS  because we need 20 hours of community service for graduation and I need 30 hours of community service hours to become a National Honors Society member and I already have 20 hours. I just need 10 more hours. One thing that I’m really proud of is my reading outside of school because I really like to read but I didn’t know what books I should read or what books will be good for me and my mentor helped me choose the books that I should read and now I read at least 30 minutes everyday. I want to go to Harvard and all this community service and jobs will help me a lot with my resume. I want to become a pediatrician when I grow up. In order to become a pediatrician I have to finish high school then 4 years of college and 4 years of medical school and 3 years of general pediatric training in hospitals and other places. It is important to me that City Links continue growing because there are other students like me who need more help with their education and stuff and they want to be in this program. City Links helps students a lot and there are a lot of student who are in need of help. Thank you for your consideration.

Tutor Responses: Mary

CCS asked some of our volunteer tutors a few questions about their tutees and their overall experience. Here is what they had to say:


CCS: What was one highlight of tutoring last semester? 

Mary: The main highlight for me was seeing (my tutee) Pauline’s confidence in the subject grow. She moved from being timid and shy about what she knew to being self-reliant and assured that she was correct. I was consistently impressed by her growth and motivation.

CCS: What did your student accomplish that you both felt really good about?

Mary: We both felt really great about Pauline’s ability to tackle difficult problem. We consistently focused on solving a problem in multiple ways to check her work. Seeing her intuition grow was really encouraging and exciting for both of us.

 

Sharing Stories: ELL students become English Language Authors

Sandra Cisneros’s (2012) concept of button boxes frames the writing project. Grandmothers, she says, saved buttons of every color, shape, and size, knowing that a garment would one day need just the right one. As a writer, Cisneros does the same. She saves small pieces, sketches, and vignettes and culls through them to add to a larger piece when she feels something is missing.”

In an article written for Student Voices, friend of CCS and B/ELA (Bilingual/English Language Acquisition program) teacher, David Mish, shares how he was able to guide his students into producing a book which explores their own identities.

Read the article as a PDF here: Sharing Stories ELL students become English Language Authors.

Tutor Responses: Alexandra

CCS asked some of our volunteer tutors a few questions about their tutees and their overall experience. Here is what they had to say:


CCS: What was one highlight of tutoring last semester? 

Alexandra: One of the greatest highlights of tutoring Misam and Roan would be the enthusiasm and energy that they always had for learning new concepts from our discussions, or for coming up with their own creative methods of learning Chemistry (Periodic Table Scrabble, Chemistry jeopardy).

CCS: What did your student accomplish that you both felt really good about?

Alexandra: It was very satisfying to see Roan and Misam develop solid critical thinking/problem solving skills throughout the semester.  And I was also very glad to see that they had gained much more confidence when faced with difficult problems/course material.  Of course, I was also delighted to hear that they had both achieved excellent scores on their chemistry final exams (88% and 99%) 🙂

Tutor Responses: Tri

CCS asked some of our volunteer tutors a few questions about their tutees and their overall experience. Here is what they had to say:


CCS: What was one highlight of tutoring last semester? 

Tri: One thing I like about Irma is her enthusiasm in learning. She always gets excited when she figures out how to solve a problem. Irma was working on her homework, when she finally understood the concepts behind those assignments. She kept on working, and ended up doing almost twice the number of assigned homework problems.

CCS: What did your student accomplish that you both felt really good about?

Tri: Irma was able to apply Math concepts, such as Standard Deviation and Sampling Bias, to answer real life question, for example: how much do I sleep or how well do I perform in class compared to others.