Report Card Night

Report Card Night will be December 1, 2016, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

On Report Card Night, parents and guardians will have an opportunity to check-in with teachers about the grades their children received in term 1.

You will only have a short time to meet with each teacher: 5 minutes/teacher. Sign-up sheets will be available outside each teacher’s classroom.

While this time is entirely too short to address serious needs, parents and guardians should know that they will have the opportunity to schedule a more detailed appointment with teachers if there is not enough time to discuss more pressing issues.

Please schedule your meetings on the sign up sheet posted outside of your child’s teacher’s door, and keep track of your timeslot. Teachers will do their best to adhere to the schedules.

If available, please bring a copy of your child’s report card with you on December 1 for report card night; greeters will provide classroom maps.

We look forward to seeing you from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Back to School Night is Thursday, October 6, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Please be sure to arrive by 6 p.m. so you can meet all of your child’s teachers.

The bell schedule can be found here.

You will be following your child’s Thursday schedule.

Student schedules will be available in the front lobby. However, to save time, it is strongly recommended that you get your child’s Thursday schedule in advance, either through SIS or by asking your child for it.

A Letter to the BLA Community

Dear Boston Latin Academy Community:

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (DESE) has released its annual accountability report that shows Boston Latin Academy has again exceeded its accountability targets, Progress and Performance Index (PPI), in every category and every subject area. Most notably, the PPI average across all BLA groups (6 subgroups) is 91 out of 100. Also, the school’s PPI for our high-needs subgroup is 87. However, we are disappointed to learn that Boston Latin Academy has been re-classified by DESE from a Level 1 to a Level 2 school.

All Massachusetts schools and districts with sufficient data are classified into one of five accountability and assistance levels (1 – 5), with the highest performing in Level 1 and the lowest performing in Level 5. For a school to be classified into Level 1, the cumulative Progress and Performance Index for both the “all students” group and “high-needs” group must be 75 or higher. A school will be classified into Level 2 if it has low assessment participation rates for any group (between 90% and 94%).

Notwithstanding exceeding the state’s minimum index core of 75 for both our all-students group and high-needs subgroup for Level 1 classification, BLA has been classified a Level 2 school due to our high-needs students’ participation rate falling to 90%, below the state’s required 95%. This decrease in their participation rate resulted from three high-needs students not participating in the assessment. BLA has a total of 29 high-needs students, 26 of whom took the assessment.  I am also very proud to note that several of these students are among the highest scoring on the assessment in their respective classes. I am disappointed that BLA’s classification level has declined, and because of this I wrote a letter of appeal to retain BLA’s Level 1 classification, which was endorsed by Boston Public Schools, to Mitchell Chester, the Commissioner of Elementary & Secondary Education.

Respectfully,

Troy P. Henninger
Head Master

Chimdi Uchendu
Assistant Head Master

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Boston Latin Academy?

Where is Boston Latin Academy?

What is the application process and who can apply?

How do I sign my child up to take the exam?

How can my child prepare for the ISEE?

Can prospective families visit BLA (i.e. set up a tour)?

How can prospective families talk to parents of current BLA students (e.g. attend a neighborhood Information Night)?

Q. What is Boston Latin Academy?
A. Boston Latin Academy (BLA) is one of three Boston public exam schools, along with Boston Latin School (BLS) and the John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science (O’B). BLA educates students from grade 7 through grade 12. Students are accepted in grades 7 and 9.

Our mission is to prepare students for higher academic study by challenging them with a rigorous curriculum. Our classical and liberal arts education allows students to become successful participants in a diverse and challenging society. Some of our alumni are now government officials, professional newscasters, leading-edge scientists, and successful entrepreneurs.

Q. Where is Boston Latin Academy?
A. BLA’s address is 205 Townsend Street, Dorchester, MA 02121. We are in the geographic center of Boston and attract students from all over the city. View www.mbta.com to plan the best route. Also, see the official BPS transportation information at http://www.bostonpublicschools.org/transportation.

Our phone number is 617-635-9957.

Q. What is the application process and who can apply?
A. Interested students in grades 6 and 8 must register for the ISEE test, which typically takes place on the first Saturday of November (with a registration deadline sometime in September). In addition to the ISEE, the Boston School Department requires a Grade Point Average (GPA) for each candidate. The GPA is based on grades in English and Math for the final marks for Grade 5 or 7 and for the first half of grades 6 or 8. The criteria for the exam school admissions process consist of the ISEE scores and Grade Point Average, each accounting for 50%.

Application to Boston public exam schools requires proof of Boston residency for both the child and parent/guardian prior to taking the ISEE test. There are no exceptions to this residency requirement. Boston includes: Allston, Boston (Back Bay, Downtown, Fenway, North End, South End, West End), Brighton, Charlestown, Dorchester, East Boston, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, Mattapan, Roslindale, Roxbury, Roxbury Crossing, South Boston, and West Roxbury.

Families rank school choices in order of their preferences. The deadline for submitting preferences is typically in late January. Please see the Boston Public Schools Exam School page for more information.

Q. How do I sign my child up to take the exam?
A. Please visit the Boston Public Schools Exam School page for official information on the exam school application procedures. Also see the BPS website’s Frequently Asked Questions page for more details about ranking and admission.

Information packets will be available at all Boston Public School middle schools in mid-September each year. Testing locations and times will be included in the information packet.

Q. How can my child prepare for the ISEE?
A. There are many ISEE prep books available online or in any large bookstore. Also, “What to Expect on the ISEE” can be found here.

The Exam School Initiative (ESI) is held in August at Boston Latin School and strives to help students in the district’s traditionally underrepresented schools gain admission and achieve success at one of the three Boston exam schools. Each spring, BPS invites rising 6th graders, based on standardized test scores or principal recommendations, to participate in the summer program. A recent expansion will increase student seats to 750 to provide more equitable access to academic rigor for students from those underrepresented schools. The ESI experience focuses on test taking and academic preparedness. The fall program brings these same students back on Saturdays in the weeks leading up to the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) in November building upon the summer curriculum.

If you have any questions about the ESI, please contact BPS via Maria Vieira at (617) 635-9512.

Q. Can prospective families visit BLA (i.e. set up a tour)?
A. Of course! Student-led tours for prospective families are offered during the school day from November through January on select dates and times, and on a limited basis at other times during the school year. Please sign up for a tour using this form.

Q. How can prospective families talk to parents of current BLA students (e.g. attend a neighborhood Information Night)?
A. Members of the School Parent Council are hosting information nights in several locations during the fall and early winter. Register here for an Information Night in your area. More dates and locations are coming soon.

Welcome Back to School!

Dear Boston Latin Academy Community:

I hope you have enjoyed summer recess. During this time, Boston Latin Academy (BLA) has undergone a few critical improvements. First, we painted the gymnasium in our school colors, sanded and sealed its floors, and installed new bleachers. Second, we created four new classrooms in the building by reconfiguring existing space. One of those classrooms was created on the third floor and three classrooms were created on the ground level. These long overdue major physical changes will greatly enhance the educational experience for students.

As we near the first day of school, which is September 8, I want to share with you the instructional and administrative activities that will take place on September 8 and 9. These activities are important to the academic and social fabric of our school. Building on last year’s instructional focus, these two days will kickoff our yearlong dialog on climate, culture, and college readiness. Students in grades 7 thru 12 and teachers will engage in the following:

  1. Social Media Responsibility Activities
  2. Bullying Prevention & Awareness Activities
  3. SAT Practice Tests (12th grade only)
  4. Forum: Understanding Each Other’s Identities
  5. Summer Reading Activities
  6. Grade Level Meetings
  7. Community Building Activities
  8. Essay Writing Activity
  9. Complete All Necessary School Forms
  10. Group Fitness Activities (no special dress or footwear required).

The regular class schedule will begin on Monday, September 12. On September 8 and 9, students will not follow the regular class schedule. On these two days, student will need to bring a pen and pencil only. Regarding school supplies, for returning students, teachers will provide their students with a list of those supplies needed. For our new students in grades 7 and 9, we have put the list of supplies they will need on the school’s website. In the future, we plan to create and post on our website a basic supply list for students in all grades. This will help students and parents plan for their supply needs sooner.

As you may know, the heavy traffic in front of BLA during drop-off and pick-up times is challenging. To help relieve the congestion caused by numerous buses and cars, and by 1,750 students, the Boston Traffic Department (BTD) has changed the drop-off and pick-up location. Therefore, when dropping-off and picking–up students, drivers must use the newly designated drop-off and pick-up area located on Warren Street, between the bus stop and Deckard Street. BTD has posted signs to direct drivers to this new area. Please do not use Townsend Avenue during this congested morning and afternoon times.

I look forward to our paths crossing during this school year. “Vita Tua Sit Sincera.”

Sincerely,

Troy P. Henninger
Headmaster

BLA Students Present Mayor with Plaque in Latin

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In his inauguration speech in 2014, Mayor Walsh said: “I will listen. I will learn. I will lead.”

BLA student Veena Lagare painted those lines in Latin (“Audiam, discam, ducam”), along with the city seal, on a wooden plaque.

On August 1, 2016, she and seven other members of the Classics Club were volunteering with BLA parent Sue Low at the National Night Out event in Roslindale Square, serving cotton candy and snow cones, when they had the opportunity to present the mayor with the plaque.

Pictured above are senior Branajha Rembert, senior Shayla Hinds (holding a copy of the Boston Globe from the day after the inauguration), Mayor Walsh, junior Malika Petit-Frere Cruickshank, and Veena (also a senior).

The mayor has signed a copy of the photo for each student.

From the Student Bulletin for Tuesday, June 21, 2016:

Junior and Senior Schedules: The first round of scheduling for juniors and seniors is complete. Students may see their tentative course assignments for 2016-2017 by viewing their course requests on SIS. Student course assignments are subject to change. There will be an add/drop period in September when students can meet with meet their guidance counselors to discuss options for requesting a change to their schedules.

AP Computer Science: If you are enrolled in AP Computer Science, please complete the summer work by using this link: CLICK HERE If you have any questions, email Ms. Roche or stop by Room 219.  Contact: Ms. Roche: maestraroche@gmail.com

AP Chemistry: All AP chemistry students next year must come by room 336 to get your book and mandatory summer packet. Contact: Mr. Huie, rhuie@bostonpublicschools.org

AP Environmental Science: Students taking AP Environmental Science should see or email Ms. Fogarty in Room 347 to get their summer work. It will count for a grade in September. Contact: Ms. Fogarty, kfogarty@bostonpublicschools.org

AP Comparative Government: The AP Comparative Government Summer work is ready to be electronically delivered to you. Please email Mr. Isen and put APCOGO in the subject of your email and he will share the summer work with you. It can all be done electronically. Contact: Mr. Isen, jisen@bostonpublicschools.org

AP Latin Summer Assignment: The AP Latin Summer Assignment is ready for pick-up along with books in Ms. Carvalho’s office, room 323. Contact: Ms. Carvalho, mcarvalho@bostonpublicschools.org

AP Physics 2 (Junior/Senior year course): All students taking AP Physics 2 as juniors or seniors need to pick up the summer work packet in Rm#331 Contact: Mr. Eaton, peaton@bostonpublicschools.org

SEE YOU IN SEPTEMBER – HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY SUMMER!

*PARENT ANNOUNCEMENTS*

Junior and Senior Schedules: The first round of scheduling for juniors and seniors is complete. Students may see their tentative course assignments for 2016-2017 by viewing their course requests on SIS. Student course assignments are subject to change. There will be an add/drop period in September when students can meet with meet their guidance counselors to discuss options for requesting a change to their schedules.

Dress Code Reminder: The primary responsibility for wearing appropriate clothing in school rests with the parents and students. However, it is the school’s responsibility to make sure that school dress is in good taste, reasonably neat, healthy, non-offensive, appropriate, comfortable, safe, and functional. Students are expected to dress and groom themselves for the business of school so as to neither offend other students, disrupt the education process, pose a health or safety threat to anyone, or cause damage to the school facility. The professionalism and pride in the reputation of our school require a positive, safe, and non-offensive learning environment. Thank you for your cooperation. Contact: Mr. Uchendu, cuchendu@bostonpublicschools.org

Shop Amazon, Earn Money for BLA: Next time you shop at Amazon, simply use this link AMAZON, and BLA will receive 4% to 10% of most sales. It is just like using the regular Amazon site, i.e. you log into your account and shop the way you ordinarily would. Please bookmark the link and share it with anyone who shops on Amazon! FYI, this is not the same as the Amazon Smile program, which earns us only 0.5%. Contact:  Ms. DeLuca, edeluca@bostonpublicschools.org

Volunteer: Parents, if you’d like to volunteer at BLA, please update your information so that we can contact you when opportunities arise.  Go to  www.latinacademy.org/parents and click on “Volunteer at BLA” in the left hand column.  Contact: Ms. DeLuca, edeluca@bostonpublicschools.org

Friends of BLA: The Friends of BLA is on Facebook! Get news and information on upcoming events and opportunities by finding and liking us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/FriendsofLatinAcademy  Contact: friendsofbla@gmail.com




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