Schools

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

Dot’s Skipper leading way on the College Council at Williams

By 
Lisa Hagen, Special to the Reporter
Mar. 1, 2012

Peter SkipperPeter SkipperA Dorchester native and Williams College junior, Peter Skipper, was elected co-president of the school’s College Council in campus voting held two weeks ago. He and his electoral counterpart, Krista Pickett, also a junior, they will be representing the entire student body in college affairs.

Skipper and Pickett took about 95 percent of the vote, topping juniors Darryl Brown and Kevin O’Connell, 1128 to 152, as about 60 percent of Williams students voted, according to Skipper, who is majoring in political science with a concentration in leadership studies.  Read more

City-teacher contract negotiations should advance needed reform

Nothing is more important to a community than the quality of its schools.  The future of our schools and our children’s education are at stake in the contract being negotiated now between the Boston Public Schools (BPS) and the Boston Teachers Union (BTU).    Read more

Irish leader gets musical salute from Dot students

By 
Reporter Staff
Feb. 23, 2012

Irish PM Enda Kenny with Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy studentsIrish PM Enda Kenny with Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy students

Students from Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy greeted Ireland’s Taoiseach Enda Kenny on Friday, Feb. 17 after a breakfast hosted by the Irish-American Partnership in Boston. The students, who participate in the Academy’s Fine Arts program under the direction of Mary Swanton, played violin for the prime minister during the event.

The students shown, left to right, are Angela Augustin, Emily Tran, David Revere and Jacqueline Tran. They paid musical tribute to An Taoiseach with their renditions of "The West's Awake" and "Moonlight in Mayo.” Mayo is Kenny's home county in Ireland. They ended their performance with “America the Beautiful.” Photo by Harry Brett  Read more

Mather School students get quality ice time at Frog Pond

By 
Lisa Hagen, Special to the Reporter
Feb. 22, 2012

A group of students from the Mather School during a recent excursion to the Frog Pond: from left, D’Naja Alexandra of Dorchester, Sabrina Berrouet of Dorchester and Aniya of Dorchester, second from the right, with other friends.

Scores of Dorchester students are learning to ice skate for the first time thanks to a special program that brings city kids into the Boston Common’s Frog Pond for weekly lessons.

The initiative is led by the Skating Club of Boston, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. Cheri Rigby, a Sudbury native who directs programs at the Frog Pond, started the program to help teach the fundamentals of skating along with valuable life lessons.  Read more

Police: Man tired of Greenwood School parents stopping in front of his driveway threatens one with a rifle

The Boston Police Department reports arresting a Greenwood Street resident who'd finally snapped at all the parents who stop in front of his driveway to pick up kids at the school across the street.

According to police, a father of a Greenwood School student pulled up in front of Henry Perry's house at 136 Greenwood St. around 3:30 p.m. yesterday.  Read more

UMass Boston, city will swap historic building for scholarships

The Boston Water and Sewer Commission will transfer ownership of the Calf Pasture Pump Station on Columbia Point to UMass Boston in exchange for $2.1 million over 15 years in scholarships to Boston Public School students, under an agreement announced Tuesday.

The new program, dubbed “Boston City Scholarships,” will provide to Boston Public School graduates with a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) scholarship grants of $1,000, which can be used for tuition, fees, or other costs.  Read more

City officials allege second abuse claim against Harbor School assistant

By 
Pat Tarantino
Dec. 14, 2011

Boston Public School superintendent Dr. Carol Johnson urged parents and students to come forward with questions and concerns during a press conference held at City Hall Wednesday night. Photo by Pat Tarantino

City officials announced late Wednesday that a second claim of abuse has been lodged against a Harbor Middle School teacher's assistant accused of lewd conduct with a student.

Meanwhile, the assistant, LaShawn Hill, was arrested Wednesday night on larceny and forgery charges in connection with computers stolen from the school. Police say the arrest was unrelated to the investigation into the lewd-conduct charge.  Read more

Teaching assistant at Harbor Pilot Middle School to face charges of inappropriate behavior with student

The Boston Police Department reports it will be charging an assistant at the Harbor Pilot Middle School with lewd and lascivious behavior for an incident involving "a disabled, non-verbal student."  Read more

Seventh grader at Boston Latin Academy dies of meningitis

A 12-year-old student at Boston Latin Academy died Monday after falling ill just three days earlier with meningitis.  Read more