Parent Imperfect notes that that recent report on unequal treatment of black and Latino boys in BPS proposes limiting admission to the three exam schools to kids who were in BPS in grades 5 and 6 - which would mean no more students from private or parochial schools or among kids whose parents moved to Boston in the year before the ISEE exams.... Read more
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The Boston Latin School Association reports it's raised more than half of a $50 million goal to beef up STEM and international learning, athletics and after-school fellowships and internships at the nation's oldest public school.
The "Prima Perpetua" ("Forever First") campaign is supposed to run through 2017; the association has already gotten $27 million worth of pledge commitments, co-chairs Michael Leven, class of 1955,... Read more
UPDATE, 9:22 a.m.: Technicians, who had to be freed from a traffic jam on Melnea Cass Boulevard, stopped the leak.
Fire crews are on Longwood Avenue this morning awaiting the arrival of a crew that can shut off a nitrogen leak. Stanley Staco reports Harvard evacuated three buildings due to the leak.
Parents of students at Boston Latin School got robocalls this morning that... Read more
Just got a robocall from Boston Latin School that on Tuesday, a student tweeted a "generic threat" against the school, but that the matter was successfully handled by the school, school police and Boston Police and neither the school nor its students were ever in any actual danger. Well, that generically puts my mind at ease.
Two dozen Boston Latin School students who may have been in close contact with that student are being urged to visit their own doctors this weekend, BPS confirms.
Some of those students may have to take a preventative course of antibiotics. Additional families were also notified.
In patients past infancy, the disease is rarely fatal, although it can mean weeks of persistent coughing.
Although young... Read more
Bill Clinton's getting an award at the Harvard School of Public Health next Thursday and the kids at Boston Latin School couldn't be more thrilled. Not because they get to mingle with Bubba, because they don't, but because the fact the award is being given across Avenue Louis Pasteur from the school means they all get out of school 2 1/2 hours early so the... Read more
Parent Imperfect recounts an incident on Thursday involving a rushed student in a hallway trying to stuff a sandwich down her throat before lunch period ended and the teacher who saved her life when part of the sandwich got stuck in her throat.
When it was clear that their friend was in serious trouble, at least one of the other kids ran to try... Read more
Parent Imperfect describes the choice his daughter faces now that she's gotten into both BLS and BLA:
Connie's Mom, to her unending credit, will challenge Connie to remember that both schools have the same curriculum and to think about who she'll be going to school with and to imagine how she will feel in the two schools. She'll do all that challenging, and then... Read more
Bad enough for the headmaster to robocall parents tonight to urge them to talk to their kids about "inappropriate" messages on social media, although she didn't specify just how the offending message was inappropriate.
A student at Boston Latin School was recently diagnosed with tuberculosis and a small number of students and teachers who had been in close contact with him or her will be tested next week.
Headmaster Lynne Mooney Teta informed students about the case today:
TB is both a curable and preventable disease. TB is not transmitted by brief contact (such as passing in the... Read more
Parent Imperfect walks us through the angst of getting a Boston Latin School acceptance letter and then deciding whether to send your kid there:
For families in the Boston Public Schools, at least, the decision NOT to go to take an invitation to attend BLS can be a very tough one. Liz and the PI remember well the strange momentum that took them in... Read more
The Boston Fire Department reports arson investigators arrested a 16-year-old male student at the exam school around 5 p.m. in connection with three fires over the past three days.
For the third day in a row, somebody set a trash barrel on fire at Boston Latin School, this time around 1:30 p.m. in a third-floor restroom. Teachers used an extinguisher to put out the fire, the Boston Fire Department reports. The school was evacuated for about 20 minutes.
Fire and police arson investigators got to the fire scene quickly - they were already on... Read more
UPDATE: Arrest made.
For the second day in a row, Boston firefighters had to respond to the exam school on Avenue Louis Pasteur for what school officials are telling parents was a deliberately set fire.
Yesterday's fire, at lunchtime, was in a trash barrel in a second-floor girl's bathroom. Today's fire was also in a trash barrel, in the basement.
The Herald reports the MBTA has suspended a driver who basically locked a bunch of Boston Latin School students in and then took them for an angry ride off her route after some pranksters kept pushing the stop strip and wouldn't fess up. Among the mini-hostages: Tom Menino's granddaughter.
OK, maybe not the best of metaphors, but the kids at Boston Latin School are raising money for LGBT acceptance programs based on next Monday's visit by the screaming loser bigots from Kansas, who apparently can't get enough of the Boston area.
City Councilor John Tobin wants a year-long residency requirement just to take the ISEE test that helps determine whether a kid gets accepted into either of the two Latin schools or the O'Bryant.
Ed. Note: Despite what the story, in a Boston newspaper, says, it only takes sweat and tears - and hard work - to get into an exam school. No blood is... Read more
Not only is this the week parents of would-be pre-schoolers and kindergarteners learn their school assignments, it's the week sixth graders learn if they got into one of the exam schools.
The kidlet knew when she saw both me and her mother at the bus stop this afternoon we'd gotten a letter from BPS - because I almost never pick her up. And she... Read more
Also, shouldn't the sign be in Latin?