Schools

Pope JPII school on St. Mark's site is closing in June

By 
Sue Asci, Special to the Reporter
Jan. 28, 2010

St Marks

Dorchester’s elected officials are requesting a meeting with the archdiocese of Boston to discuss the planned closing in June of the Dorchester Central campus of Pope John Paul II Academy – known to most residents as St. Mark’s School – and to explore the possibility of alternatives to the move.  Read more

Central campus of Catholic Academy to close in June, parents told

The Dorchester Central campus of Pope John Paul II Academy will close in June of this year, according to parents who were informed of the decision at a meeting last evening. The school, housed in what was once St. Mark's Grammar School, is one of five that collectively make up the Catholic academy in Dorchester.  Read more

Four Dorchester schools targeted as underperformers

School Superintendent Carol Johnson said last night the Paul Dever, John P. Holland, William Monroe Trotter elementary schools and Harbor Middle School must either dramatically improve their scholastic results or face "serious consequences," possibly including shutting them down and sending students to other schools.  Read more

Police say Marshall School shooting was gang related; step up patrols in area

Boston Police say a 22-year-old man shot inside the John Marshall Elementary School gym last night "is well known to law enforcement" and that he attempted to flee the scene rather than wait for help.  Read more

Clowning around at the Fifield


First-graders from the Fifield Elementary in Dorchester welcomed clowns Mike and Leo from Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey’s Over the Top circus performance to their classroom recently. This class is competing with the rest of the school to win tickets to the circus that will be playing at the TD Garden, Oct. 14-18.
Photo courtesy Ringling Bros and Barnum and Bailey

Breaking news: Talks resume to bring Cambridge school to Savin Hill

September 27-- The Boston Archdiocese and the parish that owns the site of the former St. William’s School are back in negotiations over locating a private Roman Catholic high school to Savin Hill, the Reporter has learned.  Read more

Looking to grow, Cambridge school eyes St. William's

In a hunt for a newer and larger facility, officials with a Cambridge Catholic high school are looking closely at the former St. William’s School in Savin Hill.  Read more

JP II Academy names two principals

The Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy has appointed two seasoned principals to leadership positions. Lou Ann Melino, a veteran principal of Catholic schools for seven years, has been named principal at the Mattapan Square Campus. She previously served at both St. Benedict Little Flower School in Somerville and St. Joseph School in Salem. Prior to that, she was a classroom teacher in second grade and grades 6 – 8. She received her B.S. from Salem State College, and her master’s in school administration from Emmanuel College.  Read more

Man gets probation for running down crossing guard

Anis Cazeau, 87, of Mattapan, was sentenced today to three years' probation after he pleaded guilty to motor-vehicle homicide for the death of Marie Conley on Oct. 21, 2008 - and after Conley's family asked that he not be sent to jail, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office announced.  Read more

Principals, headmasters named for Boston schools

Boston’s Superintendent of Schools, Carol R. Johnson, has announced the appointment of additional principals and headmasters to lead Boston Public Schools next year:

Richard J. Murphy K-8 School, Dorchester
Albert Taylor, Interim Principal; Assistant Academic Superintendent on Assignment
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