Boston Public Schools

School Readiness Roundtable | Sept. 12

Fields Corner Children Thrive invites parents, caregivers, community members and service providers to join the next School Readiness Roundtable. The event will take place on September 12 from 12:30pm to 2:30pm. This event will be located at the Daniel Marr Boys & Girls Club (35 Deer St., behind 1135 Dorchester Ave). There will also be a raffle for a $20 Target gift card. RSVP is required! To RSVP email marika.michelangelo@dorchesterhouse.org. For more info, call 617-288-1720. *Lunch and Childcare provided*

BPS - School Choice Meeting | July 12

 

Boston Public Schools (BPS) will host a community meeting at the Mildred Ave. School to talk about community feedback and the next steps in the student assignment redesign process. In 25 meetings and in an online survey, BPS heard from residents living in every ZIP code in Boston, with two exceptions: 02163 (the Harvard campus) and 02199 (the Prudential Center). About half the people who participated are current BPS parents, and the other half do not have children in school. A 27-member External Advisory Committee is helping the District develop a new school choice plan. The meeting will take place on July 12 from 6pm to 8pm at 5 Mildred Ave, Mattapan. For more info, visit www.bostonschoolchoice.org.

BPS Summer Music Program | July 2

A free summer music program for Boston Public School students will be offered at three school locations this summer, starting July 2.  The Advanced Band and Strings group, for students in Grades 7 -12, will be held at Boston Latin School.  Openings are still available!  Program hours will be 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., weekdays, from July 2 through July 27. The program is free, and a free lunch will be provided to students.

To download an application form or get more information about the BPS Summer Music Program, go to http://bpsarts.org/wp/  or contact Mr. Pitts directly at ppitts@boston.k12.ma.us. The BPS Summer Music Program will also include a general and vocal music group for students Grades 3 – 5 at the Condon School, and an intermediate band and strings group for students Grades 5 -9 at the Ohrenberger School.

BPS Community Meeting | May 21

BRIDGE BOSTON CHARTER SCHOOL, in partnership with BOSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS, will
occupy the former ENDICOTT SCHOOL BUILDING, beginning this summer.

BRIDGE BOSTON CHARTER SCHOOL is new charter public school. It is a tuition-free public school serving 108 students in pre-Kindergarten through 1st grade. It will add one
grade per year until it reaches grades per-K though 8 with 335 students.

To learn more about the partnership, Bridge Boston’s program, students and plans for the building, please come to the Community Meeting on May 21, hosted by the Erie Ellington group at 6:15 PM at 31 Erie Street.

 

Boston Public Schools Community Meeting with John Connolly | May 14

CALLING ALL BPS FAMILIES: Do You Have Questions, Concerns, or Ideas About the BPS Student Assignment Process or the BPS Experience? City Councilor John Connolly wants to hear from you!!
 
Monday, May 14th, 2012
6 pm – 8 pm
Dorchester House Multi-Service Center
1353 Dorchester Avenue
CHILDCARE & DINNER Provided (MUST RSVP BY MAY 9th)
 
For more information or to RSVP contact:
* Marika Michelangelo @ 617-740-2572 *
* Ayesha Rodriguez @ 617-442-9670 ext. 240 *
* Katy Gobiel @ 617-522-0881 *

Community Meeting: Improving School Choice | March 24

Come join parents, students, family members and school leaders in a community dialogue on school choice and student assignment. Join the conversation, listen to the voices and opinions of others, learn what is happening in Boston Public Schools, and share your ideas about how BPS can ensure quality, offer great choices and strengthen the community.  

For Dorchester, the meeting will be 3/24/12 at the Harbor School, located at 11 Charles Street from 9AM to noon.  If you would like to organize a meeting for your school community, please send an email to Mary Ann Crayton, the Director of Community Engagement.  

BPS - Improving School Choice March 10

Join in a discussion about student assignment and school choice! Attend a kick-off community meeting about Improving the School Choice Process. This meeting will take place on Saturday, March 10, from 10:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. (registration begins at 9:30), at the Orchard Gardens K-8 School (just off Melnea Cass Blvd). This will be the first in a series of opportunities this year to work together to create a new school choice system that helps improve school quality, offers great choices, and builds a stronger community. For more information, email choice [at] bostonpublicschools.org. More details can be found at www.bostonpublicschools.org/choice.

Fully Fund BPS Rally March 21

Parents from across Boston will connect City Hall to Court Street showing that public education is a top priority. As the Boston School Committee prepares to vote on the budget (March 28) parents, families, and friends are taking a stand for children! Meet on Wednesday, March 21, at noon, at City Hall Plaza, (accessible via Government Center or State Street MBTA stop). This event is organized by "Invest in Our Future: Fully Fund BPS, a Facebook group of BPS parents." Check out the event on facebook here.

BPS Charter School Showcase Feb. 4

Come and learn about Boston's best schools at the Charter Public School Showcase on Saturday, February 4, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon at Boston University's Fitness and Recreation Center, 915 Commonwealth Ave. 

Charter schools are public schools. They are free of charge and open to all school children in grades K-12. Come by and  learn about the schools with some of the best MCAS scores in the city! Have your questions answered and complete applications for the fall 2012 school year. Enrollment for each school is determined by lottery, which will be held in March. For more information about specific schools and Boston Public Schools, visit their website at www.bostonpublicschools.org/.

BPS Task Force Forum @ BPL Dec. 13

Boston Public Schools (BPS) Health and Wellness Task Force invites you to attend Reducing Health Disparities to Close the Achievement Gap: A BPS Forum. The forum will take place in the Boston Public Library's Rabb Auditorium on Tuesday, December 13 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. At the forum, Mayor Menino and BPS Superintendent, Carol R. Johnson, will provide remarks. Dr. Charles Basch, Richard March Hoe Professor of Health Education, Columbia University Teachers College, will give the keynote address, "Healthier Students are Better Learners: A Missing Link in School Reform." The forum will conclude with a roundtable discussion with several community leaders, including City Councilor Ayanna Pressley and Boston Public Health Commissioner, Dr. Barbara Ferrer.

By attending the forum, you will learn about "Healthy Connections," the district's health and wellness strategic plan, engage with educators and community partners that work to reduce health disparities and close the achievement gap, and help identify opportunities for community partners, funders, and other key stakeholders to support and collaborate with BPS on efforts to improve student health and wellness. Please RSVP to attend via the following link: bpshealth.eventbrite.com.

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