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…
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Rosas joins at least two others candidates in the race.
Caroline Rosas is one of at least three candidates running for a seat on the Somerville School Committee in Ward 5 this fall. (Laura Pitone and Ross Richmond are the others). Rosas has two young sons. One is a first-grader at the Kennedy School and the other, Rosas hopes, will enter pre-K at the Capuano School next year. She said one of the reasons she's jumping into the race is her experience on the PTA at those schools. Currently she's treasurer of the Kennedy School PTA, and she's a board member of the PTA council, a group that oversees PTAs throughout Somerville, she said. The experience has "heightened my awareness" of school issues, policies and budgets, she noted. Rosas said she's running because "every child in the city should have…
Monday, March 18, 2013
Richmond said anyone who cares about the future of Somerville needs to care about Somerville's schools.
The previous week we had a short post about Laura Pitone, who's running for Somerville School Committee in Ward 5. Ross Richmond is also running. Richmond has been a volunteer at various Boston-area schools since 2007, and he currently volunteers twice a week at the Kennedy School, where he helps tutor fourth-graders in math. "And I like to sneak in some English," he said. Although he doesn't have kids in the school system, Richmond said, "Anyone who cares about the future of Somerville has to be interested in the public schools." People sometimes ask him about not having kids in the system, he said, but "it hasn't been an issue so far." He said fewer than 20 percent of Somerville residents have kids in the school system, and it's …
Friday, March 15, 2013
The girls basketball team and the boys hockey team won Greater Boston League championships this year.
The Somerville Board of Aldermen and Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone honored the Somerville High School girls varsity basketball team and boys varsity hockey team Thursday. The basketball team reigned as Greater Boston League tri-champions this year, and the hockey team was champion of the Greater Boston League for the first time since 2001. In addition, Indira Evora, captain of the basketball team, was honored as a four-time GBL all-star and as the sixth Highlander in history—the fourth female—to score 1,000 points.
Somerville High School is like a miniature United Nations, and it's annual multicultural fair, happening Friday, is one of the biggest events of the year.
You may have heard the statistic that more than 50 languages are spoken in Somerville's schools. It should come as no surprise that Somerville High School's annual multicultural fair is one of the student body's favorite events of the year. The 2013 Multicultural Fair is Friday from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the high school's fieldhouse. Students have put together cultural displays from around the world—Nepal, Haiti, El Salvador, Brazil and Italy, to name just a few places—and they'll show off their various foods, dances, customs, clothing and traditions at the festival.
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Who will reign as Somerville's champion after the 24th annual Somerville Schools Track and Field Championships?
Middle- and elementary-school students from seven Somerville schools will compete Wednesday in the 24th annual Somerville Schools Track and Field Championships. The event, for 7th and 8th graders, features nine track and field events, and students will compete as individuals and on teams, according to a description of the event from Somerville Public Schools. One of the events, the 220-yard run, is for fifth and sixth graders. The athletics competition begins at 3 p.m. at Somerville High School's Brune Fieldhouse Track, according to the school district. Events include the 50-yard hurdles, the 50-yard dash, the mile, a 300-yard run, a 600-yard run, the 160-yard 4-by-1 relay, the shot put and the high jump. Schools participating include the …
Monday, March 11, 2013
Pitone joins at least two other candidates in the race.
Ward 5 is gearing up to be an active corner of Somerville in this year's municipal elections. Laura Pitone recently announced she's decided to run for the Somerville School Committee in Ward 5, joining at least two other people in the race. Pitone has two kids in the Somerville public school system, a fifth grader and first grader, both at the Healey School, and as a parent she became involved in the school's recent efforts to unify its programs. She said she's eager to take her experience with the Healey School and bring it to the School Committee. "A lot of the work we've done at the Healey … could benefit the work the School Committee is doing," she said, pointing to work the school has done to "take the best of all programs" and "…
Sunday, March 10, 2013
Somerville student musicians will open for the Boston Symphony Orchestra ensemble.
Members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra are performing a free concert in Somerville Sunday afternoon. Four members of the orchestra, as part of its Community Chamber Concerts series, will perform works from Mozart and Hindemith at the Kennedy School at 3 p.m. It's part of an effort to bring high quality chamber music to communities throughout the Boston area. What's more, 17 student musicians from Somerville—members of the All-City Chamber Strings Ensemble—will open for the Boston Symphony Orchestra group, according to an announcement from the school district. They'll be directed by Joanne Sadler, a string instructor who's performed with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, the RTÉ National Orchestra of Ireland, The Ulster …
Monday, March 4, 2013
Somerville fell to Lincoln-Sudbury in the first round of the trivia show.
Somerville High School's trivia team fell to Lincoln-Sudbury Sunday in the first round of WGBH's "High School Quiz Show." It was the second year in a row Somerville made it onto the show. In 2012, Somerville also lost in the first round. Somerville was within striking distance of Lincoln-Sudbury going into the final "lightning round" of the show, but Lincoln-Sudbury surged ahead in the final round, thanks in large part to the rapid-fire play of Justin, who answered several questions in a row. In the end, Somerville walked away with 290 points, and Lincoln-Sudbury earned 500. The winning team will face off against Brookline on April 14. Even with Sunday's loss, the Somerville team may have a bright future. Only one of the players, Zoe …
Families and kids can explore their summer options at the Healey School Monday night.
Summer is fast approaching, and there are a number of camps and activities for Somerville kids and families to consider. There's theater, music, fishing, rock climbing, dance, Little League, boating, yoga, art and more. On Monday, Somerville is holding its 2013 Summer Camps and Activities Fair at the Healey School so families can look at all their options. There will be participants from more than 30 camps and organizations, according to an announcement from Somerville Public Schools. Monday's fair is from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., and if you have questions you can email email@example.com.