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Boston Public Schools Weekly Update
May 16, 2022
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Click here for COVID-19 Health & Safety Information.
You will find much helpful information for families, such as Answers to Frequently Asked Questions, Health and Safety Protocols, and more!
Learn more about vaccinations here.
May is Mental Health Month
Good mental health plays a crucial role in overall well-being. 

When you are mentally healthy, you can enjoy your life and the people in it, feel good about yourself, keep up good relationships, and deal with stress.

Learn more about resources to maintain good mental health on the flyers.
Boston Builds Credit Awareness Day
Tuesday, May 17, 6-8 pm

Boston Builds Credit is the nation’s first citywide credit-building initiative and offers Bostonians the tools for good credit through free credit-building workshops, financial coaching, and other credit resources.

Visit bostonbuildscredit.org to view the calendar of upcoming workshops and other credit-building opportunities.
Green New Deal for BPS Information Session
Wednesday, May 18, 6-7:30 pm

Get involved!

Join us at a public informational session to learn about the Green New Deal for Boston Public Schools and hear from some key City and school staff managing these projects.

Register here, and please submit your questions in advance.
May is Haitian Heritage Month
Friday, May 20 and 27, 6-8 pm

Celebrate Haitian Heritage with us.

Join us to celebrate Haitian history, culture, music, dance, and storytelling.

Register here or join on Zoom here. 
(Meeting ID: 881 1640 8958)
Boston Medical Center
Summer Volunteer Program
Application due May 20

11th and 12th-grade students can volunteer on BMC’s campus in July and August.
Students commit to one three-hour volunteer shift each week. Or join a fully remote educational intensive beginning on August 1. The educational intensive consists of two to three one-hour lectures each week. Students follow an assigned patient scenario and learn firsthand from BMC professionals.

Apply here
Website here
Artward Bound
Summer Program
Apply by May 20 for this fantastic program!

MassArt's Artward Bound is enrolling students in grades 8, 9, and 10 for the Summer 2022 program from July 5 to August 12.

The program provides Boston students with access to the arts and an enriching pathway to college and beyond through 100% free year-round programming.

Apply here.
Free Summer Membership
for Ages 14-19
Teens can work out for free all summer. Sign up starts May 16—enter your info here.

High School Summer Pass is just for teens 14 - 19. Under 18? Sign up with a parent/guardian (online or in-club) from May 16 to August 31.

Learn more and sign up here.
YouthCAN Summit
Saturday, May 21, 9 am-3 pm
32 Vassar Street, MIT, Cambridge

The Boston Latin School Youth Climate Action Network hosts the Annual Summit on Climate Change and Sustainability.

This free event includes free breakfast and lunch, musical performances, a keynote speaker, workshops, exhibitors, raffles, and art activities.

Sign up here.

View the website.
Future Steminist
Saturday, May 21, 9 am-4 pm
Roxbury Community College

sySTEMic flow is hosting a Future Steminist event for BIPOC girls in 6th-12th grade who want to explore the STEM world.

Girls can work on various STEM activities while learning about the industry's different college degrees and career fields. In addition, participants are entered into raffles throughout the day to receive gift cards and prizes.

Register and review the event schedule here
Supporting Students with Passwords
Passwords are part of our daily lives. It’s never too late to start teaching our students about the importance of password security.

Watch BPS’s latest video for tips on supporting students.
BPS Moves Together Spotlight Series
BPS Moves Together just launched the Spotlight Series to highlight inspirational members of the BPS Community.

Learn more on our website here and read the premier story about PE Teacher Tim West.
Story of the Week
Three new partnerships with CitySprouts ensure more Boston children learn science outdoors.

CitySprouts, a 21-year-old outdoor science education program for elementary students in Cambridge and Boston Public Schools, welcomes three new BPS partners, the Hernández, Mason, and Shaw schools, bringing the organization’s engagement in Boston to 12 school partners.

Over the summer, learning gardens will be planted and established at the new schools. In the fall, teachers and CitySprouts garden educators will collaborate to bring engaging, grade- and standards-based science lessons to students, with opportunities for studying seeds and insects, working in the soil, and using their senses to smell, touch and even eat what they grow.

Learn more at CitySprouts.
2022 Special Games
May 24-June 7

An annual Boston Public Schools activity where approximately 1,000 students, over 500 staff, and 150 adult/student volunteers join for a day of physical activities and community building!

Each day features fun activities like Running Long Jump, 50-Yard Dash, Softball Throw, Football & Frisbee Target Toss, Low Hurdles, Wiffle Ball, Soccer Kick, Face Painting, and more! 

Questions? Contact Mark Spolidoro - mspolidoro@bostonpublicschools.org 
Changing the Narrative for Black & Brown Children
Thursday, May 26, 4-5:30 pm

Fearless: Thinking Differently About Black & Brown Children is a professional learning/community listening session examining how educators can better center the needs and humanity of our students.

Register here.

Learn more here.
Latino Pioneers in Boston Documentary Premiere
Thursday, May 26, 5:30 pm, Boston Public Library

Join us for a collection of stories highlighting Latino leaders of the Greater Boston area.  

Register here.
AAPI Family Karaoke Contest
Friday, May 27, 3:30-5:00 pm

Live Karaoke Contest for BPS families!

Winners will be announced at the end of the contest and receive a trophy.

Please register here before May 27.

Questions? Contact Phuongdai Nguyen or Melody Soltani at ellparentteam@bostonpublicschools.org.
LifeChanger Capstone Award
Make your nomination by May 31.

Do you know a K-12 teacher or school employee retiring at the end of this year?

It is the perfect time to recognize them by nominating them for the Life Changer of the Year Capstone Award. One deserving retiree will win a surprise party and a $3,000 cash prize!

Learn more here.
May is Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month
In honor of AAPI Heritage Month, BPS is hosting a Scavenger Hunt for BPS English Learner families. Families must complete at least 4 out of the 6 activities listed on the flyer to enter the raffle.

Enter the raffle here by May 31.

Winners will be randomly selected to receive up to 4 New England Aquarium tickets for the family.

BPS Moves Together Presents: Spring into Action
May 2-May 27

Movement is a vital part of our school day, so join the fun and get moving this May. Participate in weekly challenges, learn fun facts, and submit videos for a chance to win equipment for your school.

Visit us here.
CitySprouts After School Clubs on Wednesdays
Every Wednesday, now through June 1 

CitySprouts Young Leaders Club for students in grades 6, 7, & 8

Learn to garden & make new friends.

Questions? Email
kkoch@citysprouts.org (Orchard Gardens) or
sspicer@citysprouts.org (Codman Square). 

Learn more about CitySprouts.
BPS Citywide Arts Festival
June 2 and 3, 10 am-2 pm

The arts are alive at BPS — you don't want to miss this incredible end-of-the-year celebration!

At the Parkman Bandstand in the Boston Common.

Two jam-packed days with music, dance, and theatre performances from 30+ ensembles across 20 Boston Public schools.

Adjustments due to weather can be found at www.BPSArts.org.
BU Upward Bound Program Accepting Applications
Apply by June 3

This rigorous college-prep program provides afterschool and on campus summer 
classes, tutoring, social enrichment, and personal support throughout high school. 

The program is free and accepts students in grades 9-11 from BGA, Brighton HS, CASH, Charlestown HS, The English HS, Josiah Quincy, MMA, and Snowden International or 
who attend a public school and live in Dorchester, East Boston, Mattapan, or Roxbury. Students receive free materials, summer housing, meals, and a small stipend.

To apply or get more information, email Reggie Jean at reggie@bu.edu or complete this interest form.
Saturday, June 4, 10 am-4 pm 
Boston Nature Center 

  • Celebrate all things STEAM at BPS
  • Student exhibits
  • BPS Programming and Partner Expo
  • Robotics competitions

For more information, visit
Exam School Entrance Test Opportunities
Saturday, June 4 at 8 am

Boston Public Schools offers the Measures of Academic Progress Growth test for entrance to the city’s three examination schools, Boston Latin Academy, Boston Latin School, and John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics & Science.

Read the flyer to learn more or visit bostonpublicschools.org/exam.
BPS Food and Nutrition
Job Fair
Wednesday, June 8, 8 am-3 pm

Stop by to apply for a job with the Boston Public Schools Food and Nutrition Department at 370 Columbia Rd., Dorchester 
  • Full-time & part-time positions (4-8 hours/day)
  • Paid holidays after 3 months of employment
  • Paid school vacation breaks after 6 months of employment
  • Afternoons, weekends, & summers OFF!
Teen Music Maker Showdown
Calling all Massachusetts teen musicians!

Submissions are due Friday, June 10

Compete for prizes and fame in the BPL’s 2nd Annual Teen Music Maker Showdown.

Go to this webpage to submit your music.

Attend the Event Kickoff live on the BPL Teen Services Twitch to learn all you need to know.
Ocean Awareness Contest
Scholarship Opportunity
Open through June 13

This is a global competition sponsored by the Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Programs that engage youth in creatively raising awareness of our blue planet's environmental issues.

Learn more here.

For more information, email Eric Carstens.
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Climate Change & Health
US/Iraq Virtual Exchange 
June 21-August 19
Deadline to apply: May 30

Join high school students and university team captains from the US and Iraq for an
innovative Virtual Exchange Program that explores Climate Change.

Apply here.
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School Bus Drivers Wanted
* $26.65 an hour & paid training
* Guaranteed 25 hours weekly (Minimum)
* Great benefits
* Must have a class B CBL or higher

Apply here.
Seeking Bus Monitors
Morning and afternoon shifts are available.

You must be 18 years or older, have a high school degree or GED, and live in the City of Boston (or be willing to move to Boston).

Apply here.
COVID-19 Vaccinations
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