Lilla G. Frederick closed for swine flu

One confirmed case of H1N1 ifluenza plus 12 teachers and 144 out of 600 students out sick equals another school closed to help prevent the spread of the virus commonly referred to as the swine flu. Boston Public Schools announced the one-week closure of the Lilla G. Frederick Middle School on Columbia Road today at 4:35 p.m.  Read more

Boston Latin to temporarily close due to spike in flu cases

Updated: Boston Latin School will be closed for the next week — beginning today — as public health officials respond to a surge in reported cases of "influenza-like illness and high absenteeism among students." The city has also announced that a private school — The Winsor School in the Longwood area — will also shut down for seven days for the same reason. The city is advising BLS students and staff to "stay at home for seven days and not to congregate at other sites."  Read more

FDNH 5th Annual Fundraising Event

On June 4th, 2009 Federated Dorchester Neighborhood Houses (FDNH) will host its 5th Annual Event at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. Join us for an evening of dinner and networking in celebration of FDNH's commitment to helping Dorchester residents of all ages embrace education as the means to graduate from college and positively impact our community. We are proud to announce that this year's event will honor Governor Deval Patrick. Governor Patrick embodies the values of FDNH, and shares our long-standing commitment to educational success for all.  Read more

The Dever School goes bilingual; more to follow?

Some of the youngest students at the Dever School on Columbia Point will join two-way bilingual classrooms next year, according to Boston Public School officials, giving both Spanish- and English-speaking kids a chance to learn a second language.  Read more

New assignment plan revives old debate on city’s schools

BPS Five Zone Model: The latest draft of a five-zone assignment plan. The school committee will vote on the plan on June 25. Courtesy BPSBPS Five Zone Model: The latest draft of a five-zone assignment plan. The school committee will vote on the plan on June 25. Courtesy BPSIn the history of Boston, the public school assignment process is one of the longest running tug-of-wars, with parents vying for neighborhood schools on one side and those vying for school choice on the other. Old habits die hard. And the latest effort to tinker with the map used to assign students by regional zones has once again become a flashpoint in the citywide debate.  Read more

BPS: Marshall School student has Swine Flu

A kindergarten student at the John Marshall Elementary School in Dorchester has become the first Boston Public School student diagnosed with the Swine Flu, the Reporter learned this afternoon.  Read more

Scholar from Dot, BLS headed to China for competition

Albertina Monteiro, Special to the Reporter
May. 1, 2009

An high school freshman from Dorchester has won first place at the National Chinese Language speechwriting contest. Rayshon Thompson, 15, of Boston Latin High School, started studying Mandarin Chinese only a year and seven months ago with his Latin School Chinese language teacher, Mrs. Yang.  Read more

O'Hearn's 'heart and soul' prepares to move on

Dr. Bill HendersonDr. Bill HendersonUpon first meeting Dr. William Henderson, the principal at the Patrick O'Hearn Elementary School, it is not immediately apparent that he is blind. When you enter the room, he greets you. When you speak to him, he makes direct eye contact. When visitors ask for directions, he immediately points them to the right area.  Read more

City-run preschools get second reprieve

After almost a dozen public meetings concerning 10 community center-based preschool and after-school programs slated to lose teacher funding, Mayor Thomas Menino has granted yet another concession. The five preschool programs under threat, including the Murphy Community Center, will now be funded until at least the end of the next fiscal year, which ends July 2010.  Read more

St. Ann's Color Guard is tops in Eastern Mass

St. Ann's Color Guard 2009 ChampsSt. Ann's Color Guard 2009 Champs St Ann’s Colorguard has won the Eastern Mass. Circuit championship. The competition - held on March 28 - was filled with excellent guards that pushed St. Ann’s to bring out their best work in order to win.  Read more