Friday, March 29, 2013
Budget cuts and a surging student enrollment means tough choices will have to be made.
Brookline parents are fighting to save school enrichment programs, which could be eliminated due to budget cuts according to the Boston Globe. The Globe reported that Superintendent Bill Lupini proposed eliminating these programs last month for next school year. The town is facing a surge in student enrollment, and increase in teacher pay, and possible sequester cuts for special education. Lupini said that the program could be partially spared if it were privately funded. The proposal puts Brookline’s Enrichment, Challenge and Support Program in danger. This program helps teachers provide challenging curriculum for high-achieving students and those who learn at a different pace in kindergarten to eighth grade. Cutting the Enrichment, …
Friday, March 8, 2013
Brookline Schools are open today. Tough break, kids.
To the dismay of many Brookline children, school is open today. The roads are pretty slippery and there are reports that the Brookline and Boston area could get up to 18 inches of snow. On the one hand, conditions for driving and walking are less than favorable. On the other hand, students, teachers and school faculty probably do not want to be in school until mid-June. What do you think? Was there too much snow for school today? Gab about the weather with your neighbors in our comment section below.
Friday, September 28, 2012
The Heath School is tracking to re-open in a matter of weeks, with another change to the amount of auditorium seating: an increase.
The freshly-renovated Heath School should be ready to open in a matter of weeks--a decision which came the day before this school year started. Project Manager for the Heath School project, Ray Masak explained to the Selectmen at last night's meeting that the Heath School should re-open by mid-October-- and that seating in the auditorium is going up from the planned 191 seats which had concerned parents earlier in the year. Some Heath School parents considered raising $1.8 million privately to cover the cost of rebuilding the auditorium to get back to, or exceed, the original 225 seat capacity. This seating decrease was caused by a decision to use spring-free chairs in the auditorium. The chairs would fold, but would not fold up …
Friday, September 21, 2012
Brookline's scores for the state-wide standardized test have been released, and Brookline is beating all state averages.
Earlier this week, the Massachusetts Department of Education (DOE) released yesterday the spring 2012 scores for the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System--also known as MCAS. The Brookline School District's full results are available on the DOE website. Below, you will find some useful information about the MCAS test, and what the scores mean. In previous years, the district has had to work on meeting benchmarks outlined by the federal No Child Left Behind act. However, starting in the 2012-13 school year, Massachusetts has waived NCLB requirements. Instead of meeting the NCLB requirements of 100 percent proficiency in the district, the state's new accountability goal looks for reducing proficiency gaps by half by 2017. A full …
Friday, September 7, 2012
Massachusetts schools recently ranked by Boston Magazine, placing Brookline at number 15 overall.
In a recent study from Boston Magazine, 222 schools from Boston and its suburbs were ranked by criteria like teacher-student ratio, MCAS, AP and SAT scores, and expenditure per student. Brookline High School made the top 50 schools. Coming in at number 15, Brookline High reportedly spends $17,090 per pupil on education, and offers them 40 sports and 80 clubs before sending 88 percent of them to college. BHS was beaten by both of Newton's high schools: Newton North ranked 11, and Newton South, 9. The school does outrank Boston Latin at number 20 and Cambridge Rindge and Latin at number 35. The title of number one school in the area went to Weston High School. The study was limited to the most recent data from each of the schools, …
Thursday, September 6, 2012
You know you've already uploaded your kids' first day of school photo to Facebook. Now upload it to Brookline Patch!
We've all been there: the first day of school. And if your parents owned any sort of picture-taking device, there is likely evidence of said first day lying around your home somewhere (or perhaps in a place of honor on Mom's living room wall). With Brookline students heading back to school today, we thought it would be fun to take a closer look at that special milestone. The pictures are already all over Facebook: kids on the first day of school—whether its preschool, kindergarten, elementary school or even college. Or, some photos from your first day of school. Now let's put them on Patch. Simply click the "Upload Photos and Videos" button at the top of the image gallery above and upload photos of you and/or your kids to the gallery. …
Sunday, May 13, 2012
A selection of Brookline students named to the dean's lists and honor rolls at their schools around the country.
The following press releases are via the readMedia Newswire, sent in the last week. LINCOLN, NE (05/07/2012)(readMedia)-- Haydee Maria Atkinson Lindo of Brookline was among more than 2,800 students who received degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln at commencement exercises May 4 and 5. It was the largest graduating class in UNL history. Lindo received a master of science from Graduate Studies. The graduates are from 44 states and 38 countries. Kwame Dawes, professor of English and Glenna Luschei Editor of the Prairie Schooner at UNL, addressed the May 4 postgraduate ceremony. Gen. C. Robert "Bob" Kehler, commander of the U.S. Strategic Command at Offutt Air Force Base, addressed the May 5 baccalaureate ceremony. Jeffrey Toobin, …
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Dexter and Southfield Schoolteacher Sonya McKnight recognized for her work with the environmental club.
A Brookline teacher was honored for her work in teaching kids about the environment and energy conservation. Sonya McKnight of the Dexter & Southfield School's Environmental Club was recognized by the governor for their program entitled "Reducing Carbon Footprint through Recycling and Energy Conservation." A ceremony at the State House yesterday recognized McKnight and 23 other programs from schools and non-profits in the commonwealth. The Massachusetts Environmental Trust provided cash prizes ranging from $100 to $400 to fund additional environmental work at the schools. Below is the full press release from the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs: Patrick-Murray Administration Recognizes 24 Programs for Excellence in …
Sunday, April 29, 2012
A selection of Brookline students named to the dean's lists, honor rolls, and receiving other accolades at their schools around the country.
The following press releases are via the readMedia Newswire, sent in the last week. Kei Ishii '12 of Brookline, Mass., presented his research on "Translating the Spirit of the Rising Sun" at the 36th Annual Beloit College Student Symposium on Thursday, April 12. He is an anthropology major. Symposium Day at Beloit College is an academic forum at which students publicly present their research to the college community. All classes are cancelled to allow students, faculty and staff to attend the presentations. Topics range from scientific studies to interpretations of literary works. Each of the nearly 90 students participating in the program prepare a half-hour oral presentation or make poster presentations of original research conducted …
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Pending contract, Newton North High School Vice Principal named new principal at Brookline High School.
The search has ended for Brookline High School's new Headmaster. Bill Lupini announced in an e-mail today that Deborah Holman, currently the vice principal at Newton North High School, has been named as the new headmaster at Brookline High. An e-mail from Superindendent Bill Lupini appeared on the Sagamore, the Brookline High School paper. I am very pleased to announce that Deborah Holman will become Headmaster of Brookline High School, effective on July 1, 2012, pending final resolution of a contract (which should be completed early next week). Holman edged out Jamie Chisum, a candidate from Wellesley High, who was another finalist in the hiring process. The process was to replace Dr. Robert "Dr. Bob" Weintraub, who retired at the end …