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CRLS Students Speak Out About Protests in Boston

CRLS Students Speak Out About Protests in Boston

June 17, 2020

On Sunday, May 31st, many students from CRLS attended a protest in Boston in response to the killing of George Floyd. For most of the protest, things wer...

CRLS Students React to a Summer Impacted by COVID-19

CRLS Students React to a Summer Impacted by COVID-19

June 17, 2020

When the world shut down in the middle of March, many students at CRLS thought that they would be back on campus before the end of the school year. Few...

As cases rise in Cambridge, so does the need for masks.

CRLS Student-Made Organization Distributes Masks Across Cambridge

June 16, 2020

As CDC recommendations to wear masks in public locations and new state-issued regulations came into place, western countries quickly followed suit in making...

How Quarantine as Affected the Social Lives of CRLS Students

How Quarantine as Affected the Social Lives of CRLS Students

June 16, 2020

How has social distancing already affected us? What will our social lives be like when the lockdown is over? The return to reality and “normal” dai...

The World Jazz Ensemble performing on Zoom

CRLS Seniors Say Goodbye at Virtual Graduation 2020

June 16, 2020

Not many could have predicted the circumstances under which the Class of 2020 would say goodbye to their time at CRLS. Graduating seniors across the...

Failures of the Online AP Exam Leave Students and Teachers Frustrated with College Board

Failures of the Online AP Exam Leave Students and Teachers Frustrated with College Board

June 16, 2020

The AP exams administered by the College Board in May are an infamously stressful time of year for AP students. Occurring during a global pandemic, this already high level of stress was even greater than usual. While most mandated tests, such as the SATs, MCASs, and ACTs were cancelled completely this year to reduce the spread of the virus, the College Board made the decision to only cancel in-person testing in favor of putting all AP exams online. The exams are normally three to four hours long and test the entirety of the specific AP curriculum, however this year, they were redesigned: shortened to 45 minutes, the content abbreviated to only subject matter covered through mid-March, and moved completely online. While the decision was beneficial to students who cared to receive AP credit in preparation for college, there were practical and technological drawbacks to the redesigned online format that did not meet students’ needs.  Not only were the online AP tests stressful for students, many AP teachers were blindsided by the new testing format and how to teach it effectively. All tests were shortened, the content altered, and the grading procedure rethought. The consistent, overarching goal of each AP class is to teach students how to be successful on the exams.

The Coronavirus and the Grading System

The Coronavirus and the Grading System

May 29, 2020

While adults try to grasp how COVID-19 will affect their lives, students in school have seen their educational system flipped upside-down in the last month. Grades, in most educational institutions, provide a backbone that keeps the students institution in line, but due to COVID-19, the value of a letter grade has lost its meaning. Letter grades in theory, motivate students  to perform well and work hard, resulting in good grades, which land them in better secondary schools and subsequently better jobs.  Because all Massachusetts schools have closed for the rest of the year, many students in the Cambridge Public School District (CPSD) have been forced to adapt to taking their classes in an entirely new way: online. CRLS has put in place a grading policy for the final two quarters of the year which practically eliminates the standard of the A-F system. Due to the unfamiliar and less-engaging form of attendance required, CPSD feels that students should not be evaluated in the same way they were in school. 

Dreams Since Social Distancing Have Become More Vivid

Dreams Since Social Distancing Have Become More Vivid

May 26, 2020

I sat under the table in an abandoned cafe in NYC. I thought I had defeated the robot gorilla—but, really, who could be sure? After a few minutes of...

Some CRLS students that are working as grocery store employees have to choose between earning money and their health.

CRLS Students Who Were Grocery Store Employees Pre-Pandemic Now Essential Workers

May 26, 2020

While many CRLS students and their families are stuck at home all day during these times, there are some students who, in many cases, are having more ...

Pictured: Junior Adel Baimatova's workspace at home.

CRLS Students Push Through Hardships of Quarantine

April 30, 2020

The novel Coronavirus (or COVID-19) outbreak that has caught the world by surprise in recent months has led to dramatic lifestyle changes for people th...

Pictured: One of the district's meal distribution centers.

Cambridge Principals Reflect on the Daunting Task of Transitioning to Distance Learning

April 30, 2020

As the student body of Cambridge Public Schools has settled into taking courses online using such means as Google Classroom or video call platforms like ed...

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