Schools

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

Boston Collegiate Charter School is a statewide MCAS standout

Members of the Boston Collegiate Charter School’s eleventh grade talk cellular biology with teacher Meredith Leavitt. Members of the Boston Collegiate Charter School’s eleventh grade talk cellular biology with teacher Meredith Leavitt.  Read more

Bruins' sensation Tyler Seguin scores big with kids

By 
Pat Tarantino, Reporter Staff
Sep. 14, 2011

Tyler Seguin at Leahy-Holloran Community Center: The Bruins center handed out pucks and opening day tickets on Tuesday. Reporter photo by Pat TarantinoTyler Seguin at Leahy-Holloran Community Center: The Bruins center handed out pucks and opening day tickets on Tuesday. Reporter photo by Pat Tarantino
Kids at Dorchester’s Leahy-Holloran Community Center had a brush with greatness on Tuesday, when Boston Bruins center Tyler Seguin made a surprise appearance. After being met with a round of applause and cheers, Seguin announced that each of the 20 youngsters and a parent would be attending the Bruins’ October 6 home opener.  Read more

School officials weigh proposed Boston Latin Academy move

By 
Pat Tarantino
Sep. 8, 2011

Boston Public Schools superintendent Carol Johnson said she is re-examining a proposal to move Dorchester’s Boston Latin Academy to Hyde Park.  Read more

Construction delay means a re-location to Milton for some Neponset PJPII students

By 
Reporter Staff
Aug. 31, 2011

Students who attend the Neponset campus of Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy will start their academic year a few days late— on Monday, Sept. 12— and many will spend the next four months in temporary classrooms in Milton due to delays in a construction project at the Neponset Ave. school. The school is adding a floor to the old St. Ann School building as part of an ongoing modernization project.  Read more

Boston Latin grad from Grove Hall earns Yale scholarship

By 
Ariel Bailey, Special to the Reporter
Jun. 23, 2011

Shawnna ThomasShawnna ThomasDorchester’s Shawnna Thomas, a Boston Latin Academy graduate, will be attending Yale University this September thanks to a Gates Millennium Scholarship.

Thomas, who graduated from Boston Latin on Sunday, has been granted a full scholarship to Yale, for her undergraduate through graduate studies. She currently lives with her grandmother near Grove Hall. Thomas has known since her childhood that she wanted to attend college, and it was, in part, thanks to her participation in the Steppingstone Foundation’s after-school programs that she was able to fulfill this ambition.  Read more

Illegal dumping puts damper on Lee Academy clean-up efforts

By 
Pat Tarantino, Reporter Staff
May. 13, 2011

Lee School dumping: The scene last week after someone dumped trash outside the Lee School, which had just been cleaned by volunteers.Lee School dumping: The scene last week after someone dumped trash outside the Lee School, which had just been cleaned by volunteers.

Parents and faculty at the Lee Academy were shocked to discover a truckload of debris dumped behind the recently-cleaned school grounds Wednesday morning.

A large heap of doors, drywall, televisions and trash bags littered the rear access path leading to the schoolyard, creating an unsightly barrier between the school and Harambee Park. Adding insult to injury, 30 volunteers from the Boston Project Ministries (BPM) and the Lee spent three and a half hours cleaning the space less than a week before the discovery.  Read more

Flaherty says he's in, expected to apply for at-large nomination papers on Monday

Michael Flaherty: Campaigning for mayor in '09. He'll return to the citywide stump tomorrow. Michael Flaherty: Campaigning for mayor in '09. He'll return to the citywide stump tomorrow. Former City Councillor At-Large Michael Flaherty said Sunday he’s launching an effort to reclaim one of the four at-large seats he held prior to running for mayor in 2009. In a release, Flaherty, who was an at-large councillor between 2000 and 2009, said he will be at the Election Department on Monday at 11 a.m. to apply for nomination papers.

Flaherty is also planning an organizational meeting with top supporters on Wednesday evening at the Cornerstone in South Boston.

Flaherty’s entrance into the race guarantees a ballot royale in an off-year election, with low turnout expected in most neighborhoods. All four incumbents -- Stephen Murphy, John Connolly, Felix Arroyo and Ayanna Pressley -- are running for re-election.  Read more

Hearings on BPS budget set for next week

Boston Public School officials will get the first at-bat next week as the City Council weighs Mayor Thomas Menino's $2.4 billion fiscal 2012 budget.

A Monday hearing on the BPS budget - which comes in at $829 million - starts at 9:30 a.m. in the Iannella Chamber, and is expected to stretch into the afternoon. Mark Ciommo, chair of the Ways and Means Committee, and John Connolly, chair of the Education Committee, will oversee the proceedings.

On Tuesday, at 10 a.m., city budget officials will be up, giving an overview of the budget.  Read more