Thursday, June 6, 2013
Police said the letters contained "threatening and disturbing content," but contained no dangerous substances.
Boston Police are investigating several suspicious letters sent to different Boston Public Schools today, according to a statement from police. The letters contained "threatening and disturbing" content, said police, but contained no dangerous subtances. Police said the letters were addressed to public schools in different areas of the city and were all postmarked from Texas. Police did not specify which schools received the letters. "Boston Police are collecting the letters and will investigate the source," police said. "We do not know of any credible threat to our schools." Police said that school officials will continue to isolate any letters with a Texas address, and that police will increase their presence at schools in the …
Monday, June 3, 2013
It's a longstanding tradition for the outgoing senior class to pull a prank. Learn what some of this year's have been, and share yours.
It's that time of year again: when eager-to-be-free seniors conspire with their classmates to pull off a memorable and (hopefully) harmless prank. A quick internet search of "Senior prank" will pull up articles about some of the shenanigans of teens this year. At Methuen High, the halls were trashed overnight and police cautioned students of the ramifications of the act (technically, they could be charged with breaking and entering.) At a high school in Pennsylvania, seniors vandalized the high school mascot and other school property, causing $1,500 in damage. In Georgia, one high school class covered classrooms with tin foil and bubble wrap. Westborough High seniors refrained from destruction, pulling a prank that culminated with the …
Friday, April 26, 2013
Local high school juniors and seniors can shop for free dance gear at the event.
Boston area teens looking for a little help getting ready for prom can shop for free at a special boutique this Saturday. Organized by United Sisters of Color, ABCD Health Services and At-Large Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley, Operation Prom Dress and Tuxedo provides an opportunity for high school juniors and seniors to pick up new prom dresses, suits, tuxedos and shoes at no cost. For months, the group has been collecting items to give away, and on Saturday, April 27, they will host a “Day at the Boutique” at Hibernian Hall, 184 Dudley St., Boston. This program is open to all Boston area high school juniors and seniors, but registration is limited to the first 150 girls and 25 boys. Sign up online at dayattheboutique.eventbrite.com…
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Carol Johnson has been the superintendent of Boston Schools for six years.
Carol Johnson, superintendent of the Boston Public Schools system, will step down after this year. Johnson wrote a letter to the school community and published a video on YouTube Wednesday on how she came to the decision following the recent death of her husband. “This has been a difficult decision but, as you are aware, the loss of my husband and best friend Matthew has been life-altering for me and my entire family,” she said in the video. “After a long and rewarding career that I am truly proud of, I believe it’s time for me to take time to focus more on family, which, of course, always comes first.” In 2012, Johnson was awarded the nation’s highest honor for urban educational leadership, the Richard R. Green Award, presented by the …
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Superintendent Carol R. Johnson sent out a letter to staff and student families on Tuesday.
In the aftermath of Monday’s Boston Marathon bombing, Boston Public Schools Superintendent Carol R. Johnson sent a letter to staff and families of students titled, “Talking with Children about Tragedies,” that was shared via the Warren-Prescott School newsletter on Tuesday morning. In the newsletter, Warren-Prescott Principal Michele Davis wrote: “Our sincere thoughts and prayers go out to all of those affected by yesterday’s events. Our own Melissa Shea ran the Boston Marathon yesterday and her family was among the spectators. I am relieved to report that Melissa and her family are safe.” Davis asked that anyone with information about other Warren-Prescott families that may have been affected by the bombing to contact her at mdavis@boston…
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 …
Friday, March 15, 2013
The city will buy a building at 585 Commercial St. The building will become the fifth school in an area that encompasses the North End, the South End and Chinatown.
The North End will be home to another public school after a city purchase of a site formerly used by the Mitt Romney presidential campaign. The city of Boston will purchase the property at 585 Commercial St. and convert it to a K-8 school which will take students from the North End’s Eliot School, according to Boston.com Thursday. The building, which is subject to inspection by the Boston School Committee, will be used as a temporary school until Eliot is renovated. Once that project is completed, the 585 Commercial St. location, after renovation will be used for about 500 students in September 2016, according to Boston.com.
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 starting in 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 …