School Updates

•Chelsea Public Schools will be hosting Community Budget Conversations with the Chelsea Community and our Faculty and staff.  To attend, please email [email protected] to sign up for the event and receive the Zoom information. 

*Teachers and Staff (K-8): Feb. 22 – 5 p.m.

*Teachers and Staff (9-12): Feb. 23 – 5 p.m.

•During last week’s Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) meeting,  we discussed the importance of self-care.  


•Mrs. Canniff and Miss Sofia had fun with their class making Valentine crafts and having a virtual scavenger hunt.


•Ms. Cabigting’s class  at  the Berkowitz School, earned enough points and had a popcorn party for Friendship Day. They also all received their very own Berky the Bear. They will be using the Berky the Bear as their Talking Piece when they do Circles. Have a great Winter Break.

•Mrs. Hawthornes’ fourth grade students have been engaging in some really tremendous discussion about the individuals who have been chosen for different pieces of American currency and whether or not they belong there. For our persuasive writing unit, students elected to write about whether or not Andrew Jackson should be replaced by Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill using multiple articles to back up their arguments. I included some work samples from 305 students. We’ve been speaking a great deal about Black History Month and this was the first opportunity students really had to argue their own ideas in relation to the conversations we’ve had.

They are continuing this work over vacation by looking for other members of American history featured on American currency and determining whether or not they represent our country well, and if not, making an argument for a replacement (this assignment is optional but many students seem excited about it). I am encouraging them to research prominent figures from American history who “made our country better for all individuals, not just some.”


•Last Friday, the Kelly School celebrated and honored Black and Afro-Latino authors at our first annual Read-In. We welcomed guest readers from other schools, Central Office, School Committee, Chelsea Kiwanis Club, the community, friends, and family members.


•The first graders in Mrs. Doucette’s class have been learning and practicing how to show kindness towards themselves and others. With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, they decided to show love and kindness to the children at St. Jude’s Hospital. They sent a virtual Valentine with a special message, which the students collectively created, to a child who could use some extra love on Valentine’s Day. This is something anyone can do. Here is the link in case you are interested in making a child smile and fill their hearts with joy this Valentine’s Day:

•This week, Grade 4 students at the Sokolowski School honored Black History Month by learning about Lewis Latimer. He was an African American inventor born right here in Chelsea. He improved the filament in Thomas Edison’s light bulb, and brought electric lighting to the world.


The 7th grade Hybrid team at CAMS put together a thoughtful and wonderful celebration of the incredible work our students were able to accomplish quarter 2. The teachers left the chat open and students shared their excitement and congratulated the winners during the award ceremony.
There were about 120 students who participated in 7th grade Hybrid awards.  Among the attendees we also had Ms. Mace-Diaz, the assistant principal for the 7th grade.  Students were particularly excited to see CAM the Cougar, who made a special star appearance for the award ceremony.


•Students in 7th grade ELA at the WSTA took time on their Independent Reading Fridays to create “What Represents Me” JamBoards. Students share one thing they are proud of this year, a book that represents them, and a song/meme/show that represents them. Finally the classes spread positivity by leaving positive messages for other students on their JamBoards.

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