Sunday, April 7, 2013
Students were also taught financial literacy lessons by TD Bank volunteer instructors.
Boston Celtic Jeff Green recently visited the Kilmer K-8 School to unveil a new technology lab. Students were joined by members of the Boston Celtics CommUNITY Crew and TD Bank Store Manager Sean O’Brien to show the kids a brand new, state-of-the-art technology lab on March 28. The students participated in computer activities followed by a short speaking program to the entire school about the importance of education and technology. In addition to the lab update, TD Bank Wow!Zone volunteer instructors taught financial literacy lessons to nine different classrooms of 4th to 8th graders. The Celtics CommUNITY crew is a partnership between the Boston Celtics and TD Bank. Click here for more info on the Celtics CommUNITY Crew.
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
The Catholic college threatened to crack down on condom-dispensing students. Is the school right to defend its beliefs or is it stifling student rights?
Some Boston College students are in hot water with the university this week. The Jesuit school sent the students letters threatening them with disciplinary action for handing out condoms on campus. The students, who are part of the group Boston College Students for Sexual Health, were giving away condoms from their dorm rooms, according to boston.com. The rooms were called “Safe sites.” But the school has a policy against the distribution of contraceptives on school grounds. Representatives for the health group said the move comes as a surprise. The university has known about the program for years but did not act until now, according to organization chair Lizzie Jekanowski. Boston College, meanwhile, said the move was made to help …
Saturday, March 23, 2013
One nearby school district thinks so.
Ipswich school officials have decided to fold the district's Middle School Honors Night into a wider school assembly this year, saying it made students who weren't honored feel left out, the Salem News reported this week. The Ipswich Middle School principal reportedly sent parents a letter explaining the decision, saying having an exclusive honors night can be emotionally damaging and can impact a student's academic growth. "The honors night, which can be a great sense of pride for the recipients’ families, can also be devastating to a child who has worked extremely hard in a difficult class but who, despite growth, has not been able to maintain a high grade point average,” the principal's letter read, according to the Salem News. Instead…
Monday, March 18, 2013
The early-morning snow will make for a tough commute, prompting the school department decision.
Spring arrives later this week, but one last winter storm has forced Boston schools closed on Tuesday. "The latest forecasts show Boston could see 8 inches of snowfall with the expectation for freezing rain, ice, and sleet throughout the morning’s commute. Residents and commuters should expect very slow traffic as the City’s plowing operations continue throughout Tuesday morning. For commuters coming into Boston tomorrow, public transportation will be the best route," wrote the Mayor's office in a Monday night press release. While schools are closed, Boston's Youth and Families Centers will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.. A parent or guardian of kids 12 and under must sign a short form before dropping their child off. "Residents with …
Thursday, March 14, 2013
The new program will use a computer-generated list of six schools for parents to choose from based on a variety of factors.
The Boston School Committee adopted a new assignment policy that does away with a decades-old system at a landmark Wednesday night vote. The new policy will use a computer-generated algorithm to produce a list of six schools for parents to choose from based on distance to school, capacity and MCAS test scores, according to Boston.com. Four of the six schools listed will be of “medium to high quality,” Boston.com reports. The system will be implemented beginning September 2014. “Tonight’s historic vote marks a new day for every child in the City of Boston,” said Mayor Thomas M. Menino. “A more predictable and equitable student assignment system that emphasizes quality and keeps our children close to home has been a long time coming for …
The Ohrenberger Owls took on members of the Boston Police Department in basketball - who came out ahead - the cops or the kids?
Thursday, March 14
The following was submitted to West Roxbury Patch. Members of Boston Police Department answered the challenge laid down by the William Ohrenberger School’s boys basketball team on March 4. Ohrenberger's squad, led by coach Greg Dotson, had an impressive record of 8-2, before squaring off against the Boston Police Athletic League. The challenge was graciously accepted by the Boston Police, with a team led by Officer Elvis Garcia, Sgt. Hanson and Deputy Superintendent Nora Batson, who happily traded in their badges for sneakers and three-pointers. And while trained to collect evidence these officers were ready to collect rebounds. It was obvious right from tip off that both teams wanted to prove who was better. The Ohrenberger team …
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Congratulations to all the students who earned academic honors.
Tuesday, March 12
The following students from West Roxbury received academic honors for the second quarter at Mount Alvernia High School. Head of School List: Kimberly Keehnle, Caitlin O’Brien First Honors: Kayla Churchill, Elisa Crawley, Una Gavin, Ashley Kelly, Kate Larrabee, Melanie Nguyen, Maegan Pate, Rachel Purtell, Patricia Stewart, Jenessa Vogt Second Honors: Rebecca Bahnam, Alison Bechwati, Kellie Bent, Julia Casallas, Mary Kate Conley, Kelli Cronin, Madelyn Curran, Gloria Deraney, Mary Margaret Donnelly, Abigail Duggan, Kayleigh Duggan, Michaela Finn, Katherine Fitzgerald, Niamh Gavin, Jacqueline Giovanucci, Alana Grealish, Brenna Huether, Meaghan Keenan, Michaela Keenan, Ali Larrabee, Theresa Lizotte, Kristen McDermott, Claire McKinnon, Kali …
Friday, March 8, 2013
Students will not be counted as being absent today if they did not attend Boston Public Schools.
Boston Public School officials said that any student not in school today will be marked as "constructively present" - meaning the absence will be excused. School officials did not close school today due to the inclement weather, and will dismiss on their normal schedules and school buses will complete all scheduled routes. But all extracurricular activites including athletic events have been cancelled today. Boston Public Schools posted a message on its Facebook page about students being marked "constructively present" and that an automated phone call was going out to all families about the decision. “Our school staff, especially our Facilities teams, have done an incredible job today keeping sidewalks and driveways clear of snow even as…
It snowed throughout the night making roads slick and dangerous, and many bus stops and sidewalks are still covered.
Boston Public Schools did not close school today despite the continued snowfall throughout the night and into this afternoon. With sidewalks, streets, bus stops all being needing to be plowed, and with some not being plowed once - should Boston schools have been cancelled today? Boston Public Schools have already said they will forgive all absences today, according to WBZ's Beth Germano. Boston Public Schools posted that school was open today, and a message about buses, "Some school buses are delayed due to heavy traffic in the city. All of our school buses are on the road and will complete their scheduled routes this morning and afternoon. If you have school bus transportation questions, please call our Transportation Hotline at (617) …
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
External Advisory Committee on School Choice has been meeting around Boston neighborhoods on the three proposals for student assignment in Boston Public Schools.
The External Advisory Committee on School Choice is hosting additional community meetings on the three current proposals - but no meeting has been scheduled for West Roxbury as of yet. There were public West Roxbury meetings held by school officials last year when there were five proposals on the table. The EAC is expected to make a recommendation on one of the three proposals by the end of February. Boston Public Schools sent out an email asking the media to let residents know about upcoming community meetings. The goal of the committee is to help people fully understand the options the EAC is considering and to hear feedback from more members of the community. Here is a list of the upcoming meetings: Also, check out the interactive …