Schools

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

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