In her appearance Saturday at Grove Hall's Freedom House, Boston School Superintendent Carol R. Johnson was expecting questions from the audience, many, perhaps, about the troubling high school dropout rate that was reported earlier last week, but it was Ian Powell who made her stop and think.
"What motivates you in what you do?" asked the 21-year-old student of Boston Arts Academy from Dorchester.
"That's a very good question," said Johnson.
Powell explained his idea of motivation was "something that gets you started every day." Read more
Sep. 19, 2007
The Dorchester Academy of Public Service- part of what was once known as Dorchester High - has about 45 players on their football team this year. That is a total of 33 more than were on the team three years ago, when Coach Rich Moran left the program he built at Hyde Park to come to his own neighborhood and resurrect high school football. Read more
New superintendent of Boston Public Schools Dr. Carol Johnson started work on Aug. 27, and showed up in Dorchester the following two days to visit the John Marshall and William Monroe Trotter elementary schools. Both schools are "Superintendent Schools" - part of a top ten list of schools that are at risk of state intervention due to low student performance in MCAS testing. Four of these schools are in Dorchester, one is in Mattapan. Read more
Parents and parent organizing groups are beginning to stir as the countdown begins to October's School Committee meeting, where decisions will have to be made as to which schools will continue as is for the 2009-2010 school year and which will be "reconfigured" or transferred to other uses. So far, advocates say, the community has not been involved in the decision-making process.
"We're really talking about ten weeks," said Holly Lockwood, director of the Boston Parents Organizing Network. Read more
All is silent in the old Dorchester High building. The clanging of lockers, the squeals of fresh gossip, the hourly bells, and the shuffling of feet as students move from class to class will begin again in earnest come September. For now, the solitary footfalls of Principal Jack Leonard are the only sounds that stir in the aging building.
"I'm excited for the kids to come back," he said with a smile. Read more
May. 15, 2007
Eight year-old Vany Cardoso - the newest Little Miss Dorchester- was just one of the 28 girls who dazzled the judges and audience that gathered at the First Parish Church last Saturday, for the annual contest. The number one goal of the event, which has been part of the annual Dorchester Day celebrations for decades now, is to "have fun and help girls build confidence in public speaking," says Annissa George, the event coordinator. Read more
Apr. 25, 2007
As Radha Hernandez sprayed bleach on the daytime nap mats her students had used earlier that day, Glenna Malkemes washed the fake wood on a wobbly knee-high table.
Nearby, Malkemes's six-year-old daughter, Megan, and another boy sat reading peacefully in the corner underneath a rainbow of watercolor words that read, "We must be safe. We must take care of each other." Read more
Every athlete has a pre-game ritual.
For Ryan Mullin, a senior defenseman on the B.C. High Eagles' varsity hockey squad, each trip to the rink this year included a stop by Cedar Grove Cemetery.
That's where his mom, Jeanne, who died of cancer three years ago when he was a freshman, and his grandmother Mary Kenney, who died last October - have found their final rest. Read more
An ongoing process by the Archdiocese of Boston to drastically reorder Catholic grade schools in Dorchester and Mattapan was the subject of several meetings last week in the neighborhood and beyond. Pastors and principals huddled on Friday at St. Ann's church to discuss the 2010 Initiative, the official name of the process by which the Archdiocese plans to restructure &endash; and, they claim, revitalize &endash; urban Catholic education in Boston, Brockton, and Lowell. Read more
There are the dropouts of Dickensian doom, the gathering threat of the unemployed and the dysfunctional. There are also ordinary teens or young adults thrown off track shortly before graduating from high school, sometimes even after passing the MCAS exam. Read more