Boy’s Basketball State Tournament: Cheer on your fellow Dragons Tuesday night (March 1) in a state tournament game vs. Malden Catholic! The game will be played at 7:00 at BLA. Ticket prices = $3.00 Students and $5.00 Adults. Go Dragons!! Contact: Mr. Bunker, dbunker@bostonpublicschools.
Mockingbird Essay Contest: Win a cash prize for your writing! Facing History and Ourselves is hosting an essay contest in relation to Harper Lee’s novel “To Kill a Mockingbird.” The winner could receive a cash prize of $500. The prompt: How has the community you’ve grown up in influenced the person you are today? Has there been a moment when your sense of self has come into conflict with the norms in your community? CLICK HERE for more details or speak to Mr. Doherty. Contact: Mr. Doherty, jdoherty4@bostonpublicschools.
SAT Prep @ BLA: There is still space in session 2 of SAT Prep. Prepping for the SAT is essential to performing well on the test so if you have not signed up yet, please do so now. Below is all of the registration information. Contact: Mr. EJ cekholmjacobson@
Junior (Rising Senior) Course Selection Assembly: Thursday, March 10th during periods 3 and 4 the junior course selection assembly will take place in the cafeteria. All juniors will attend. This is an opportunity for juniors to learn about the electives offered during senior year. Contact: cekholmjacobson@
Jam’n at BLA Party POSTPONED: The Jam’n 94.5 scheduled for this Friday has been postponed to a later date. Details will be announced at a later date. If you purchased tickets, see Ms. DeLuca in Room 221 for a refund. Contact: Ms. DeLuca, edeluca@bostonpublicschools.
Summer Leadership Opportunity with Seeds of Peace (9th and 10th graders): Join fellow students from major cities around the U.S. for a summer camp experience unlike any other. For two weeks (Aug 3rd – Aug 16th) you’ll join a diverse cohort of young leaders who come together to move beyond stereotypes, prejudices, and mistrust. In addition to a traditional summer camp experience, our campers engage dialogue sessions led by professional facilitators which explore the concepts of identity, culture, racism, socioeconomic difference, religion, power, and privilege while fostering self-reflection and self-growth. This experience will help campers address issues that impact their peers, schools, and communities throughout the year. Current 9th and 10th grade students are eligible to apply. Tuition is $3,000, but full and partial scholarships are available, as it is our goal to turn no selected student away due to financial constraints. Apply by visiting www.seedsofpeace.org/beaseed. Applications are due March 7, 2016. If you have any questions or concerns contact firstname.lastname@example.org Contact: Ms. DeLuca, edeluca@bostonpublicschools.
BLA Day at Fenway: Join your classmates, teachers, family, and friends for a night of fun at Fenway Park! Come watch David Ortiz one last time as he plays his final season in a Red Sox uniform. We have reserved a whole section of the bleachers for the BLA community. The game is Tuesday, April 19, at 7:10PM. If interested, print out this FORM. Forms and checks (made out to Friends of Boston Latin Academy) can be submitted to Ms. DeLuca’s mailbox in the main office. Contact: Ms. DeLuca, edeluca@bostonpublicschools.
Poetry Slam 2016: The Poetry Slam will take place on April 15th periods 5, 6, and 7. Please sign up ASAP in the library if you wish to participate. This year we will be celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Poetry Slam, be part of it!!! Contact: Ms. Estrada, mestrada@bostonpublicschools.
Outdoor Spring Track & Field: Students interested in participating on the Outdoor Spring Track teams must complete and return paperwork by Friday, March 14th; practice begins on Monday, March 21st. See Coach Leussler in Room 320 for the paperwork. Contact: Coach Leussler, bleussler@bostonpublicschools.
Congratulations!: Congratulations to senior Ashley Lewis for winning the New England Championship title in the 600 meters. Ashley will now represent BLA at the Indoor National Championship in New York City next week. Good Luck, Ashley!!
Boy’s Hockey: Congratulations to BLA’s boy’s hockey team for shutting down East Boston in a 7-0 victory to win the Boston City League championship!
AFTER SCHOOL HELP
Math Help: The after school math room (Room 112) is available to ALL math students until 2:30 Monday-Thursday each week. Students may just drop in to get extra help or work on math homework. Don’t wait to get the help you need. Contact: Mrs. Rodriguez, mbradeen@bostonpublicschools.
March Parents’ Council Meeting: Please join us for our next Parents’ Council meeting on Tuesday, March 1 from 6:00-8:00pm in the Library. Find out what’s happening in the parent community and at BLA in general. Agenda items will include budget updates, upcoming events and activities, plans to address traffic/safety issues, school start time, and relationship-building with BLA’s neighbors. Contact: email@example.com
Share Your Story: You are invited to attend the upcoming District 7 Town Hall with Boston City Councillors Tito Jackson (Chair of the Committee on Education) and Annissa Essaibi George (Vice Chair). Councillor Jackson is of course also your school’s District Councillor as well.
The Town Hall is:
This Wednesday, March 2nd
The Kroc Center
650 Dudley St, Boston, MA 02125
This is the second in a series of ten Town Halls the Councillors are hosting throughout Boston. CLICK HERE for all the Town Halls as well. The Councillors hope to hear from parents, teachers, and administrators about the successes within their schools as well some of the challenges they currently face. We hope the Boston Latin Academy community is able to join the Councillors this Wednesday, March 2nd at 6:30pm.
Save the Date for the BLA Spring BLAst: On Thursday evening, April 28th, the Friends of BLA will host its first annual spring fundraising reception for BLA, with food, cash bar, raffles, and auctions at Northeastern University. Stay tuned for more information on ticket sales. To make this event a success, we need your help soliciting donations of goods and services. If you can make a donation or are willing to help solicit donations from friends, businesses, restaurants, etc., we want to hear from you! Simply fill out this form http://goo.gl/forms/qHGmKCXdM9 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. All proceeds from the event will fund greatly needed resources at BLA. Contact: email@example.com
Guidance Update: The guidance and student support department began offering the Break Free from Depression curriculum to 9th grade students over the next 3 weeks. Break Free From Depression, a project developed by Boston Children’s Hospital, is a 4-module curriculum focused on increasing awareness around adolescent depression. The goals of this curriculum are to increase adolescents’ awareness about depression, teach them how to recognize it in themselves and in their friends, and give them strategies for where to find help and support. Contact: Mr. EJ cekholmjacobson@
New Donors Choose Projects: Due to a special promotion for student-led projects, our current Donors Choose Projects have already been automatically funded halfway! What a bargain! Can you help close the gap? Check out http://www.donorschoose.org/
Latin@ Artist Presentations: Seeking judges from the BLA community for presentations on Artists from the Spanish-speaking world. Presentations will take place in BLA’s Upper Library on Tuesday 3/15 during periods 2, 3, 5 (1st lunch), 6, 7 and Wednesday 3/16 during periods 1, 2, 4, 5 (1st lunch), 6. Half the class will be presenting each day “science fair style”. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org regarding which day(s) & period(s) if you can join us. Even if your Spanish is a bit rusty or nonexistent, you are very welcome to attend. We also need folks to observe and evaluate the artistic components! Contact: Riana Good, email@example.com
Gift Cards Needed for Modern & Classical Languages Week: The World Languages department will be sponsoring its annual “Modern & Classical Languages Week” during the week of April 11th through April 15th! Various contests will take place during this week to celebrate ALL languages offered at Boston Latin Academy. We are in need of small gift certificates ($5 – $10 each) to local fast food restaurants or department stores (e.g. McDonald’s, Target, CVS, Burger King,etc.) for prizes. These prizes will be awarded to student winners of the contests during language week. If you would like to contribute a gift card, please send it to Ms. Carvalho by either placing it in her mailbox in the main office or delivering it to her office (Rm. 323). Please be sure to put your name and your child’s name on the envelope. Thank you in advance for your support in this endeavor! Your generosity is very much appreciated! Modern & Classical Languages week is always a highlight for our students! Contact: Ms. Carvalho, mcarvalho@
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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.
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BLA’s core values and beliefs:
The mission of Boston Latin Academy 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.
Teachers must collaborate effectively to engage students in meaningful learning experiences
Students must be responsible and respectful to each other and to the larger community, as well as be actively engaged in building a safe, caring, and inclusive community
Students must be given opportunities for leadership and decision-making to become informed participants in a democratic society
- Students must analyze and synthesize content in order to access higher level thinking skills, using a variety of media, in preparation for global competition