Schools

School chief gets key support from council, mayor; Online petition calls for her ouster

After calls for her resignation last week, Boston Public Schools chief Superintendent Carol Johnson has been buoyed this week by support from city councillors, her employees and local activists.  Read more

NNN reports: Rally for BPS chief Carol Johnson in Roxbury

By 
Neighborhood Network News
Jul. 16, 2012

Neighborhood Network News (BNN-TV) filed this report today on Saturday's rally at Bethel AME Church in support of Boston Public Schools superintendent Dr. Carol Johnson, who has been under severe criticism in recent days. Johnson— who has led the BPS system for five years— has admitted that she should have taken more immediate and decisive action when she learned of domestic violence allegations lodged against a high school headmaster.  Read more

Councillor Connolly: Superintendent should resign after O'Bryant headmaster flap

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Jul. 10, 2012

BPS Superintendent Dr. Carol Johnson: Council education chairman says she should step down. File photoBPS Superintendent Dr. Carol Johnson: Council education chairman says she should step down. File photoThe chairman of the City Council’s Education Committee is calling for Superintendent Carol Johnson’s resignation.

City Councillor At-Large John Connolly said he was “appalled” at how Johnson had handled the case of a headmaster at the O'Bryant School of Mathematics and Science who was arrested on a domestic assault charge. The Boston Globe reported on Sunday that Johnson did not discipline Rodney Peterson after learning about the charge. Johnson said Tuesday she regretted taking a pass on disciplining Peterson, who would later plead guilty to “sufficient facts” and eventually resign.  Read more

BNN-TV report: Clap students win book challenge

By 
BNN-TV
Jun. 25, 2012

Students Celebrate Surpassing Goal in Reading from Chris Lovett on Vimeo.

Neighborhood Network News (BNN-TV) reported on the accomplishment of the students at the Clap Innovation School in Dorchester, who exceeded this year's goal of reading more than 10,000 books, in a challenge by Barry Tatelman, formerly of Jordan's Furniture. In response, the school's principal keeps a promise to milk a cow while dressed as Lady Gaga. This video aired on June 19, 2012.  Read more

Congratulations Class of 2012

Members of Latin Academy’s Class of ’12 celebrated their graduations at Northeastern University on June 10. From left, Nancy Tran (salutatorian), LaKiyah Russell (secretary), Leah Tavares (vice-president), Courney Bourque (president), Carliana Teixeira (treasurer) and Eda Kaceli (valedictorian). Photo by Patrick O’Connor

Dorchester's class of 2012 hail from many different schools across the region. Click here for a selection of photos from commencements and graduations. Below is a list of some of the grads from Dot and Mattapan that we've published so far in our pages. We'll be printing more in the weeks that come! Please send along your photos of your grad to newseditor@dotnews.com  Read more

School Committee takes hard look at K-8 school model

By 
Elizabeth Murray, Special to the Reporter
Jun. 22, 2012

Does the K-8 school configuration lead to more student success than the grade 6 through 8 middle school configuration? The Boston Public Schools Committee examined this question on Wednesday at the Edward Winter Chambers in Boston.  Read more

City valedictorians include 12 from Dorchester, Mattapan

By 
Elizabeth Murray, Special to the Reporter
May. 31, 2012

Valedictorian salute: A younger family member delivers a cell phone to Excel High School valedictorian Thao Nguyen as she received her award from Boston School Committee Chair Rev. Dr. Gregory G. Groover, Supt. Carol R. Johnson and Mayor Tom Menino. Photo by Elizabeth MurrayValedictorian salute: A younger family member delivers a cell phone to Excel High School valedictorian Thao Nguyen as she received her award from Boston School Committee Chair Rev. Dr. Gregory G. Groover, Supt. Carol R. Johnson and Mayor Tom Menino. Photo by Elizabeth Murray“We lay out the plans, we set the expectations, we provide the support for you students to help you along… I speak for all my colleagues here today when I say that each of you has surpassed by far those expectations. This year’s valedictorians, you are truly remarkable.”

These were the words of Rev. Dr. Gregory G. Groover, the chairman of the Boston School Committee, as he addressed a room full of students, teachers, school committee members and Mayor Thomas Menino at the 14th annual Boston Public Schools Valedictorians Luncheon on Tuesday afternoon.  Read more

Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy students honored for service

Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy students honored for service: (l-r):Library Director Tom Putnam, Columbia Campus Principal Claire Sheridan, Johanna Thermitus, Richelene Pierre, Lower Mills Principal Kim Mahoney, McKenzie Jeanette, Academy Regional Director Russ Wilson, Neponset Campus Principal Kate Brandley.Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy students honored for service: (l-r):Library Director Tom Putnam, Columbia Campus Principal Claire Sheridan, Johanna Thermitus, Richelene Pierre, Lower Mills Principal Kim Mahoney, McKenzie Jeanette, Academy Regional Director Russ Wilson, Neponset Campus Principal Kate Brandley.

Three Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy students were honored with the Make a Difference Award on Wednesday, March 15 at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in recognition of the volunteer work they have performed in their communities.  Read more

Parents get say school assignment plan; few attend forums so far

By 
Meena Ramakrishnan and Gintautas Dumcius, Special to the Reporter
Mar. 29, 2012

Boston Public School officials heard all manner of responses from parents in Dorchester and Roxbury last Saturday at administration-led community meetings where the talking point was the ongoing reassessment of the assignment process. The comments ranged from the need to improve coordination between school curriculums, the need to educate parents about the differences of the various school models, to the need for better-quality schools.

Still, only 16 parents in Dorchester and roughly 20 more parents in Roxbury gathered to speak out about some of the challenges they face when choosing schools for their children. Two other forums were held that same day in East Boston and Allston.  Read more

Flurry of meetings to focus on school assignment reforms

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Mar. 22, 2012

School assignment reform hearing at English High: Dr. Lisa Gonsalves, associate professor of curriculum and instruction at the College of Education and Human Development at UMass Boston, spoke Monday as Kim Janey, of Massachusetts Advocates for Children, looked on. Eric Esteves photoSchool assignment reform hearing at English High: Dr. Lisa Gonsalves, associate professor of curriculum and instruction at the College of Education and Human Development at UMass Boston, spoke Monday as Kim Janey, of Massachusetts Advocates for Children, looked on. Eric Esteves photoDorchester’s Harbor Pilot Middle School will be one of four places on Saturday where parents will have a chance to weigh in on the Menino administration’s attempt to overhaul the school assignment process. The community meeting will last from 9 a.m. to noon at the Fields Corner school on Charles Street. Vietnamese translators will be available, the school department said.

“This is really the opportunity that residents have to be a part of the change that will be presented later this year,” said Matthew Wilder, a Boston Public Schools spokesman, referencing the ongoing work of an advisory group on a plan to revamp the placement policy that the School Committee would take up at the end of the year.  Read more