Schools

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

Mattahunt Center re-opens with wide array of activities

By 
Alex Owens, Special to the Reporter
Oct. 19, 2011

Mattahunt Center: Cheerleaders from Mattapan Pop Warner helped celebrate the center's re-opening last week. Photo by Alex OwensMattahunt Center: Cheerleaders from Mattapan Pop Warner helped celebrate the center's re-opening last week. Photo by Alex OwensThe grand re-opening of the Mattahunt Community Center was celebrated last Thursday, capping off an unprecedented transition from city-run facility to a center privately managed by Wheelock College that could serve as a model for future community centers across Boston.

Guests were invited to explore some of the programming to be offered at the center, which closed abruptly due to city budget cuts in spring 2010. The various athletic organizations affiliated with the Mattahunt-Wheelock Partnership held clinics for younger visitors while parents had the chance to talk with several groups about the upcoming services to be provided at the Mattahunt.  Read more

Yancey: School Department gets plush new offices, while high-school students get 'substandard' buildings

Dorotea Manuela explains why she wants a high school in Mattapan.

City Councilor Charles Yancey has a new tactic in his long-running battle to get a high school built in Mattapan: Blasting the city's plan - which he voted for - to spend $115 million moving BPS headquarters from Court Street downtown to the old Ferdinand building in Dudley Square, when nearly 4,000 high-school students attend classes in "substandard" buildings originally built for elementary students or as warehouses.  Read more