A 12-year mentoring ‘promise’ for city’s public school students

Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Dec. 27, 2012

Juma Crawford speaks during an event with Friends of the Children Boston last May.

On the Friday afternoon before Christmas, when most of their friends and classmates headed home to get an early start on the holidays, about a dozen teens sat in a former manufacturing facility, several of them staring intently at their computer screens.

But they weren’t playing games; their mission was to hammer out a budget and a business plan for setting up a garden to grow vegetables and sell them in the summer.  Read more

Lance Greene hits millennial mark for Endicott

Lance Greene: Endicott sharpshooter.Lance Greene: Endicott sharpshooter.

Dorchester’s Lance Greene, a senior guard and captain of the Endicott College men’s basketball team, etched his name in the school’s history books on Saturday when he scored his 1,000th career collegiate point late in the first half in a non-conference game at Clark (Mass.).  Greene scored a season-high 22 points against the Cougars in a losing outing, 80-74.

Greene finished an efficient 8-of-9 from the floor and 6-of-8 at the free throw line to go along with four rebounds, three steals, and two assists.  The senior’s jumper with 3:16 remaining in the first half put him over 1,000 points for his career.

He now has 1,012 points for his career and is 15 points behind Graham Whitelaw ‘10 for eighth on the all-time Endicott leader board.  For his career, Greene has averaged 14.4 points per game.  This season, he is scoring at career-high rate of 16.2 points per game.   Read more

Analysis: Taking the measure of how school choice panel is doing

When Mayor Thomas Menino announced the formation of the “External Advisory Committee on School Choice” last February, he made its mission clear in the press release naming its members: To “help advise” the school department in engaging the community on a major overhaul of the city’s school assignment system.  Read more

Teacher's aide pleads guilty to molesting special-needs students

LaShawn Hill, a former aide at the Harbor Pilot Middle School pleaded guilty today to charges he had inappropriate sexual contact with a student there and with another boy at a school in Roxbury.  Read more

Walczak wing adds capacity, promise at Codman Center

Codman's latest addition: Sandra Cotterell, CEO of the Codman Square Health Center, left and Meg Campbell, executive director of the Codman Academy Charter Public School, outside the newly-opened William J. Walczak Education and Health Center on Epping Street. Codman's latest addition: Sandra Cotterell, CEO of the Codman Square Health Center, left and Meg Campbell, executive director of the Codman Academy Charter Public School, outside the newly-opened William J. Walczak Education and Health Center on Epping Street.

It’s a brand new four-story building with a strikingly familiar name.

The William J. Walczak Education and Health Center — named for the founder of the Codman Square Health Center— is open for business – and classes. An official grand opening is on hold pending the return to action of the only other living Bostonian who gets his name on big new buildings these days – Mayor Thomas Menino – but the building itself has been in partial use since September and is due to be fully up and running by year’s end.  Read more

Timetable for school choice overhaul pushed into January

Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Nov. 30, 2012

Mayor Thomas Menino on Thursday signed off on a schedule shift for the group he charged with radically revamping Boston’s student assignment system. The 27-member group, known as the External Advisory Committee, will now have until January to come up with a proposal to present to Superintendent Carol Johnson.

Boston University’s Dean Hardin Coleman, the committee co-chair, said the schedule delay will allow his group to make a “data-driven” decision. Originally, a proposal was expected to emerge before the end of the year, and before Thursday, the committee had been aiming for Dec. 14.  Read more

Student assignment task force meets at City Hall on Nov. 29

Reporter Staff
Nov. 28, 2012

The team tasked with overhauling the city’s student assignment system meets at City Hall on Nov. 29. The 27-member group, known as the External Advisory Committee and appointed by Mayor Thomas Menino, will meet at 6 p.m. on the ninth floor.  Read more

Hot Pockets break partially foils school burglars

The Boston Police Department reports thieves who made off with several laptops yesterday from the Boston International High School, 100 Maxwell St., were planning on taking even more stuff, but were foiled when they took a break to warm up some Hot Pockets and set off an alarm that brought a custodian and police.  Read more

Under Coach Moran, unbeaten Dot Bears bound for Super Bowl

Tayla Holman, Special to the Reporter
Nov. 15, 2012

Dorchester Bears head coach Rich Moran was honored as “Coach of the Week” last Thursday in recognition of his undefeated team’s 12-0 victory over the Burke High School. The victory clinched the Bears’ spot in the Division 5 Super Bowl for the first time in over 20 years.

The Bears squad is made up of students from both TechBoston Academy and Dorchester Academy, both housed in what was once called Dorchester High. The honor from the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation includes a $1,000 donation to Dorchester Academy’s football program in Moran’s name. Former Patriot and Hall of Famer Andre Tippett, who is now the team’s executive director of community affairs, visited the school to present Moran with the award and check.  Read more

In farewell, Marshall principal denounces neglect by city officials

Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Nov. 1, 2012

Teresa Harvey-Jackson: Retired as Marshall principal on Oct. 31

A week before her retirement, the outgoing principal at the Marshall Elementary School lit into Mayor Thomas Menino and Superintendent Carol Johnson, accusing them of neglecting the Dorchester school she has led for nearly two decades.

Teresa Harvey-Jackson made her views known at the Oct. 24 meeting of the Boston School Committee where the panel heard a proposal to transition the elementary school, which opened in 1971, to an in-district charter school.  Read more