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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...

NASA’s Launch with SpaceX Marks Historic Moment in Space Travel

NASA’s Launch with SpaceX Marks Historic Moment in Space Travel

June 16, 2020

At 3:22 PM Eastern Time on Saturday, May 30th, the launch of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 spacecraft from the Kennedy Space Center made history within the world of space travel and beyond. The craft was headed to the International Space Station carrying NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley, who will stay at the ISS for at least the next month. According to a NASA press release, this launch took place to “validate the SpaceX crew transportation system, including launch, in-orbit, docking and landing operations,” and was SpaceX’s first test of this mission involving astronauts on board. This spacecraft launch stands out against past launches because it is the first one that is sending astronauts into orbit in a craft made by a private company—in this case, SpaceX, whose founder and chief engineer Elon Musk called this event “a dream come true.” The launch attracted worldwide attention, even bringing President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and Second Lady Karen Pence to the site to watch in person.

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. 

How Do We Quarantine Congress?

How Do We Quarantine Congress?

May 29, 2020

The people of America may be quarantining relentlessly, but what has Congress been doing? How is Congress convening during a pandemic without risking the ...

Food Businesses Navigate Social Distancing Mandates with Support From Cambridge Community

Azusa Lippit, Around School Editor

May 28, 2020

With social distancing guidelines in place for Cambridge, businesses selling food have continued to operate, though not without a fair amount of difficulty. Safely procuring food is one of the biggest concerns for Cantabridgians staying in their homes, and it is up to local businesses to take measures to protect their staff and customers. Richard S., a manager at Broadway Market, told the Register Forum, “We’ve had to come up with different options: online ordering, curbside pickup, and senior hours. We have the whole store protected with plexiglass, and everyone is wearing masks and gloves.”  Broadway Market, located next to CRLS, is normally filled by students and teachers throughout the school day, but with no school, that has changed. As far as the location goes, Broadway is incredibly fortunate; conveniently in the flow of traffic as students go to and from school, a significant portion of business comes from CRLS holding classes on campus. Businesses neighboring the school are particularly feeling  the absence of students. “Financially… we’re maintaining, let’s put it that way,” Richard S. continued. “We hope to get back to some semblance of normal, but hopefully [CRLS and Harvard students] will be back in school eventually, lunches will be back, and our revenues will change.”

Kim Jong Un - Dead or Alive?

Kim Jong Un – Dead or Alive?

May 28, 2020

What happened to Kim Jong-un, the infamous North Korean dictator? Where was he? Did he die? Was it a botched surgery? Did he contract COVID-19? These were all questions people around the world were asking as the possibility of the death of an unpredictable, reckless, nuclear-wielding dictator filled the news. Nobody knew anything for sure, and many of the credible news outlets were making wild claims based on unreliable sources. And so, the world waited. Then, on May 4th, the North Korean government sent out a picture of a smiling Kim opening a fertilizer company. He didn’t look the least bit dead, although it is difficult to find any reliable information about the dictator at all. The fertilizer plant image could very well mean that all of the reporting was nothing more than a farrago of misinterpretation, non-information, half speculation, and outright guessing. As the Washington Post put it, it was “an international game of telephone.”

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...

Small businesses are getting some support from the government, but many business owners worry that it won't be enough.

Small Businesses in Cambridge, Adapting as Best They Can, Worry About the Future

April 30, 2020

On March 10th, Governor Charlie Baker declared a state of emergency in Massachusetts, closing all non-essential businesses until at least May 4th. While t...

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