Schools

Locals seek say in St. Kevin's fate

The former St. Kevin's School on Columbia Road, now listed for sale by the Archdiocese: Photo by Pete Stidman.The former St. Kevin's School on Columbia Road, now listed for sale by the Archdiocese: Photo by Pete Stidman.The former site of St. Kevin's Parish on Columbia Road is officially on the real estate market, and local civic and business groups are taking steps to make sure their voices are heard before any transaction happens.

The future of the 2.23-acre Uphams Corner property - which was closed last summer to create the Pope John Paul II academy at five other campuses - will be the subject of three community meetings this spring. The first is set for tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the Cape Verdean Adult Day Care Center on Hancock Street. Although the upcoming meetings are not sanctioned by the Archdiocese, one of the chief organizers said that church officials have been receptive.  Read more

Shoutout to the Dorchester High Bears

New busing proposal leaves Dorchester short

After a School Committee review of a controversial proposal to create a five-zone busing plan for Boston Public Schools rather than the current three-zone one, the only certainty is the need for further changes.

Preliminary analysis based on each school's No Child Left Behind status showed a higher percentage of schools in need of academic improvement in zones that would have included Dorchester and Roxbury, thus limiting strong schools to choose from.  Read more

Kids advise President Obama on the job ahead

Project D.E.E.P. (the Dorchester Educational Enrichment Program) recently asked its students to analyze the 2008 presidential election and then propose a list of priorities for the new president. In short, the children were asked to answer two divergent questions: Why did Barack Obama win the election? And what should he do first while in office?

The responses, in essay form, were surprisingly sharp, revealing that many of our children might be more aware of politics than you might think. The three essays which were judged to be the finest appear here.  Read more

A new take on Old Abe

Sebastian Louis, a junior at Codman Academy Charter Public School: Portrayed Abraham Lincoln at a President's Day ceremony held at the Massachusetts State House. Louis recited the Gettysburg Address as part of a special assembly in the House Chamber to mark Lincoln's 200th birthday. Pictured with Louis are State Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz and Donna Glick, the education director at the Huntington Theatre. Photo courtesy Huntington Theatre Company.Sebastian Louis, a junior at Codman Academy Charter Public School: Portrayed Abraham Lincoln at a President's Day ceremony held at the Massachusetts State House. Louis recited the Gettysburg Address as part of a special assembly in the House Chamber to mark Lincoln's 200th birthday. Pictured with Louis are State Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz and Donna Glick, the education director at the Huntington Theatre. Photo courtesy Huntington Theatre Company.

Parents, kids speak out loudly against school cuts; School panel hears cries at Court St.

Students protest school cuts: By Nate LescovicStudents protest school cuts: By Nate LescovicPassing through a tunnel of chanting students and parents at BPS's Court Street headquarters, the School Committee met last Wednesday to receive the preliminary budget. While demonstrators stayed positive with their message of "Invest in our Future" and "Save our Schools," the mood in the meeting could not hide the dismal reality of a head-on fiscal crisis.  Read more

Young Achievers School readies for move to Mattapan

The Young Achiever's K-8 Pilot School is on a quest to make a summer time move from its current location in Jamaica Plain into the Solomon Lewenberg Middle School in Mattapan a smooth transition.

"We had a big kickoff breakfast for community partners last week [Friday]," said Principal Jinny Chalmers. "We're also reaching out to all of the families of the kids in the sixth and seventh grade at the Lewenberg."  Read more

Budget woes clear way for debate on busing

With massive cuts looming overhead, everything is on the table in next year's Boston Public Schools budget, including the city's controversial busing plan.

Superintendent Carol Johnson presented her proposed budget to the School Committee Wednesday, just after the Reporter's press time. The plan is expected to include major cuts to administration and programs as the city faces an overall $140 million shortfall by some estimates. Schools will likely suffer numerous layoffs, with many teaching slots in jeopardy.  Read more

Catholic schools boost the nation's economy

All across America this past week, thousands of families have been visiting Catholic schools. Parents are registering their children for the next school year and reaffirming their commitment to Catholic education. Their children will be among the more than 2 million students attending Catholic schools in the United States.  Read more

Catholic Academy gaining favor

Teacher Patricia Kleiber talks to children in a K-1 class at the Pope John Paul II Academy's Lower Mills Campus: Photo by Chris Lovett.Teacher Patricia Kleiber talks to children in a K-1 class at the Pope John Paul II Academy's Lower Mills Campus: Photo by Chris Lovett.

The girls wear plaid jumpers and the boys are in identical clean white shirts. Motley rows of drawings and letters of the alphabet share space on a preschool classroom with a crèche, a crucifix and a morning prayer. At the top of the chalkboard, intertwined with streamers and balloons, is the phrase "Make a Joyful Noise," from Psalm 66.

If the decor evokes a Catholic parish school of 50 years ago, the classroom and the rest of what used to be St. Gregory's has gone through major changes along with four other schools in Dorchester and Mattapan following the closure of St. Peter's and St. Kevin's schools. Since last September, the remaining five have been operating as one regional Catholic school, Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy.  Read more