Schools

Drive for dresses makes prom night dreams possible

What is the value of a prom dress for a high school girl? The expensive dress might only get worn once, but the memories of that celebrated evening will last a lifetime. But for some high school girls, spending hundreds of dollars on a new dress is not an option and not worth sacrificing other necessities. Fortunately, there is a resource for girls who want to attend the prom without being left barefoot and broke the next day  Read more

Quiz bowl, open houses mark week-long focus on Catholic schools

Catholic Schools Week, the annual observance that will be launched this weekend at parishes around the neighborhood, promotes more than just open enrollment for prospective students. This year's agenda includes furthering the parents' involvement in their childrens' educational needs.  Read more

Plan calls for phasing out of Cleveland School

In a November 16 report to the Boston School Committee, Superintendent Thomas Payzant announced that the Grover Cleveland Middle School would be closed by 2008. The Cleveland is one of six local schools affected by the superintendent's "reuse and reprogramming" plan. The same report also recommended that the Harbor Middle School as well as fourth and fifth graders from the Patrick O'Hearn Elementary School move to the building currently occupied by the Cleveland at 11 Charles St.  Read more

Foundation names Codman Academy teacher one of America's best educators

Thabiti Brown walks through the halls in the Codman Academy Charter School with confidence.

An air of assuredness might be expected from someone recently named one of America's best teachers, but it's clear that Brown draws his inspiration from a different source. "He's definitely real," says Noble Williams, a senior who has known Brown for four years. "He cares a lot about his students, and he doesn't try to make them like him."  Read more

At an Impasse: Codman Students Want Transit Deal Finished

Students and faculty at the Codman Academy hope that this weekend will mark the end of their struggles with the MBTA.

After three years of lobbying for six-day student T passes by the Codman Academy, the MBTA created the pass last December and Codman students began using it for the first time this month. But during their first week using the passes in the first week of March, a number of students reported that MBTA bus drivers refused to accept their new passes, with one driver confiscating a student's pass.  Read more

BC High to Hold Conference for Catholic Men

He was twice struck by lightning during the filming of "The Passion of the Christ" and survived. Now, unless a bolt from the blue gets him on a third try, actor Jim Caviezel will be in Dorchester telling an expected audience of well over 1,000 guys about his experiences making the controversial picture.

Caviezel, who played Jesus Christ in Mel Gibson's blockbuster last year, is one of the confirmed speakers at the first annual Boston Catholic Men's Conference (BCMC) scheduled for Saturday, March 19, at BC High's McNeice Pavilion.  Read more

City Has to Excorise Demons of Busing

This article originally appeared on page 2 of the June 24, 2004 edition of the Dorchester Reporter.

Boston’s bogeyman made a return trip to town this past week. Not to worry, though; the tabloid press and political establishment successfully bludgeoned it to death before it could do any harm. Or any good. It happens this way every time the “R” word - Race - comes up for air. And it’s a sorry sign of a city that’s not willing or able to deal with reality.  Read more

On Campus, UMass Dorm Idea Gets Mixed Reaction

UMass Boston's emerging plans to build its first-ever student dormitories have sparked intense debate in adjacent neighborhoods. The reaction has been similar on campus, where student and faculty opinions are mixed with a healthy dose of skepticism  Read more

Team Spirit Propels St. Brendan's Girls to CYO Championship

It was a banner year for St. Brendan's Girls CYO softball and the Midgets were not the only show in town. The St. Brendan's Juniors (under age 19) were champions as well this year. The team consisted of a seasoned group of athletes who had seen the finals before, but had never won the championship.

There was a great deal of parity in the league with Gate of Heaven, St. Theresa, Sacred Heart & St. Brendan's knocking each other off during the regular season. The St. Brendan's girls finished with a 6-2 record and faced an experienced Sacred Heart team in the finals.  Read more

One Last Crossing: After 20 Years, Saint Ann's Says Goodbye to Gerry Canavan

On Friday, February 15th Saint Ann School in Neponset said goodbye to an old friend. Gerry (Shine) Canavan has been safely navigating school children across the busy intersection of Neponset Avenue and Ashmont Streets for the last twenty years.

But, do not call her a crossing guard.

"I am a civil servant," Gerry says. "I am a traffic supervisor, not a crossing guard, like everyone says."

Canavan currently lives in Quincy, but she is originally from Dorchester. She attended the John Marshall Elementary School and Jeremiah E. Burke High School.  Read more