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From the Student Bulletin for Thursday, February 11, 2016:

In Memoriam: To celebrate the life of Mr. Seddon, we are asking students and staff to wear their favorite sports jersey or BLA paraphernalia on Friday, 2/12. Mr. Seddon loved all sports, especially baseball. To recognize him, please wear a jersey from BLA or your favorite sports team. We will take a photo at 1:45 in the cafeteria. Contact: Mrs. Ford, eford2@bostonpublicschools.org

Banner for Mr. Seddon: There is a banner in memory of Mr. Seddon outside room 304. Students are invited over the next week to contribute to the banner. The banner will remain up until February vacation at which time it will be saved for the Seddon family. Contact: Mr. EJ cekholmjacobson@bostonpublicschools.org

National Honor Society Informational Meeting DATE CHANGED: All current juniors with a grade point average of 3.3 or higher are invited to attend an informational meeting regarding how to apply for the National Honor Society in the upper library on Thursday, February 11th at 2 PM. If you are unable to attend the informational meeting but would still like to apply to the National Honor Society, please email Ms. Gross Abrams to express your interest no later than Friday, February 26th by 1:50. Contact: Ms. Gross, sgross@bostonpublicschools.org

Feb 17th Walk-In for Public Education: Please join us Wednesday 2/17 for a Walk-In and Rally at 10am at City Hall. We will then march to the State House to present the Stop the BPS Budget Cuts petition: bit.ly/BPSbudget. RSVP on Facebook! Contact: rgood@bostonpublicschools.org

Why Do We Hate? An original One Act play presented by the Senior Theater class: Please join the Senior Theater Class as they present the original play “Why Do We Hate”, written by senior Jaccarea Garraway. This intense one act play deals with current racial, social and economic divides. Come be a part of the Conversation. Performances will take place in Carroll Hall on Tuesday, February 23rd and Wednesday, February 24th at 2:00pm. Tickets are free and snacks will be available for purchase. Contact: Mrs. Berinato aberinato@bostonpublicschools.org

Jam’n at BLA Party! (Grades 10-12 only): Jam’n 94.5 will be putting on a dance party in the gym on Feb. 26 from 7-9:30pm. Come for great music, lots of fun, and free giveaways! Tickets will be sold for $5 at lunch in the caf and after school in the lobby during the week of Feb. 21st. Only BLA students in grades 10-12 who purchased a ticket in advance will be admitted to the party. Contact: Ms. DeLuca, edeluca@bostonpublicschools.org

Girls’ LEAP Self-Defense and Safety Program: Girl’s LEAP (Lifetime Empowerment & Awareness Program) will run a free self-defense and safety program at BLA after school from 2:00-4:00pm in the upper library starting Thursday, March 3rd, and running until May 19th. This program helps girls learn how to respond to a variety of unsafe situations – from peer pressure, arguments and saying no to friends, to how to escape from a situation in which someone wants to hurt you. The program will include martial arts based self-defense exercises along with three sexual health workshops. Every class is led by a Girls’ LEAP-certified adult female teacher. For girls in grades 9-12 only. Fill out the registration form, emergency contact and waiver forms (four pages total), and return to Ms. DeLuca in Room 221 by March 1. REGISTER HERE Contact: Ms. DeLuca, edeluca@bostonpublicschools.org

BoxTops for Education: Over the past two years, we have raised nearly $1,000 through BoxTops! Help continue the trend by clipping BoxTops (or Labels for Education) from participating products. Put them into a baggie and submit to your homeroom teacher. Homeroom that collect more than $50 worth of BoxTops will win an ice cream at the end of the school year. Contact: Ms. DeLuca, edeluca@bostonpublicschools.org

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Job Shadow Day: Is on Friday, March 11th, and is open to 10th-12th graders. If you’re looking for a summer job, this is an excellent networking opportunity. Spend a day shadowing an employee in tech, medicine, entertainment, politics, and more! In order to attend, students must complete the permission slip packet, located in Ms. Bennett’s office, Room 110. Contact: Ms. Bennett in room 110, shauna.bennett@bostonpic.org

Job Shadow Day IBM: This is open to 11th graders. For those of you specifically interested in IBM, there is an opportunity to visit their worksite for Job Shadow Day. Spots are limited. Please fill out the “IBM Job Shadow Day Application & Student Profile” sheet (also available in Room 110) by no later than the end of today(Thursday). Contact: Ms. Bennett in room 110, shauna.bennett@bostonpic.org

Tech Apprentice: The deadline for the application has been extended to this Friday, February 12th. (Open to 10-12th graders). Contact: Ms. Bennett in room 110, shauna.bennett@bostonpic.org

Aramark: Do you want to work at Fenway Park? Here’s your chance! 18+ Students will have the chance to work Red Sox games, concerts, Opening Day, and more! The deadline to apply is today(Thursday). Please email shauna.bennett@bostonpic.org if you plan to apply. Contact: Ms. Bennett in room 110, shauna.bennett@bostonpic.org

CLUBS

Student Film Project: Have you ever wondered how to make a film or what’s it like to be in one? If so, then join the production of a BLA student’s film project called “Dear Men: A Satire About Being a Girl in a Man’s World.” Extras and assistance on set is greatly needed! Filming will happen at BLA February 4th and 11th from 2-5pm in Carroll Hall. For more information or if you have any questions, Contact: Jacarrea Garraway, garraway.jacarrea@gmail.com, HR 111

Dragon Tales: Dragon Tales is still looking for anyone who wants to join! All are welcome, including writers, photographers, sports enthusiasts, and artists! Meetings are every Monday from 1:50-2:30 in room 219. Bring your friends (and enemies). Contact: Mr. Freed, rfreed@bostonpublicschools.org

Dragon’s Whisper: Need any advice or have any unanswered questions? Submit your question and/or concern to BLA’s advice column. Email them to bladragontales@gmail.com. They will be answered by the Dragon Tales staff. All entries are anonymous too! Contact: Dragon Tales at bladragontales@gmail.com

SPORTS

3v3 Basketball Tournament: BSA’s Scholar-Athlete Advisory Council is hosting the 2nd Annual 3v3 Basketball Tournament Friday, March 11th after school from 2:15-6:30. Want to take home the title, some prizes, and bragging rights? Sign up in the Cave! It’s $5 to play and $2 to support. All proceeds will go towards the athletic department. Contact: Holly Adinoff hadinoff@wearesa.org

SPOTLIGHT

Congratulations Girls’ Track Team: Congratulations to the BLA Girls’ Indoor Track Team for successfully winning both the Division and City Championship. The Girls’ team now extends its Undefeated Record to SIX YEARS. Contact: Coach Leussler

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.org

PARENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

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: blaparentscouncil@gmail.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@bostonpublicschools.org

Yearbook: Interested in placing a recognition ad in the Class of 2016 yearbook? Check the BLA website for more information latinacademy.org Deadline is 2/12/2016. Contact: Ms. Shah, sshah@bostonpublicschools.org

Donate your old band instruments: Do you have a band instrument sitting in your closet that you don’t know what to do with? If so, that is GREAT news. Jacob Eisenman, the Band Director at Boston Latin Academy, has built the music program up to the point where he has run out of instruments for his students. If you are willing to donate your instrument, (Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Baritone, or Tuba) please contact Mr. Eisenman and he will gladly arrange a time and place to drop off/pick up your donated instrument. Upon request, Mr. Eisenman can also supply you with a receipt for your tax records. Contact: jeisenman@bostonpublicschool.org

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 friendsofbla@gmail.com. All proceeds from the event will fund greatly needed resources at BLA. Contact: friendsofbla@gmail.com

Shop Amazon, Earn Money for BLA: Next time you shop at Amazon, simply use this link http://www.amazon.com?_encoding=UTF8&tag=latinacademy-20, 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

Upcoming Games – GO DRAGONS!

Boy’s Basketball
2/11 vs. Medford @BLA 4:30/6:00 Varsity
2/16 vs. Boston Latin School @BLS 11:30/1:00 Varsity

Girl’s Basketball
2/11 vs. O’Bryant @O’Bryant 5:00
2/22 vs. TechBoston @BLA 5:00
2/25 vs. Edward M. Kennedy @BLA 4:00

Track – All meets are at the Reggie Lewis Center
2/20 MIAA All State Championship 9:00AM
2/28 New England Championship 9:00AM

Boy’s Hockey
2/15 vs. Middleboro/Hull @Matthews Arena 7:00
2/18 City Championship @Matthews Arena 11:00AM
2/23 vs. St. John Paul @Matthews Arena 5:30
2/24 vs. Lynn @Matthews Arena 7:00

Girl’s Hockey
2/11 vs. King Phillip @Matthews Arena 12:00
2/14 vs. Bishop Fenwick @McVan/O’Keefe Memorial Rink, Peabody 9:00AM
2/23 vs. Scituate @Matthews Arena 8:30PM

BLA in the NEWS!

Latin Academy wins 9th straight City League swim title – Seventh-grader Jason Casey of Boston Latin Academy competes in the 50-yard freestyle during the Boston City League swimming championship.

From the Student Bulletin for Thursday, February 4, 2016:

BLA Band Concert: The BLA Bands will be performing our (free) Winter Concert on Thursday, February 4th starting at 6:30 pm in the gymnasium. There will be music, food, and beverages. Come and share your enthusiasm for the BLA Music program. Invite your friends and family, and come check us out! Contact: jeisenman@bostonpublicschools.org

City Spotlights Leadership Program (for students ages 15-19): Representatives from City Spotlights will be in the cafeteria during lunch on Thursday, February 4th, to talk to students about their Leadership Program, which empowers youth to become leaders through a 7-week summer program at Citi Performing Arts Center. Teens develop skills to prepare them for future success as performers and professionals through leadership training, dance, music, spoken word, and acting while earning minimum wage for 25 hours per week. Teens will teach interactive workshops for Boston children and present an original performance tour throughout Boston. Auditions will be held on specific dates in February and March. For more information about the program and auditions, please visit their website. Contact: Ms. DeLuca edeluca@bostonpublicschools.org or Sheryl Chen at schen@citicenter.org

National Honor Society Informational Meeting: All current juniors with a grade point average of 3.3 or higher are invited to attend an informational meeting regarding how to apply for the National Honor Society in the upper library on Tuesday, February 9th at 2 PM. If you are unable to attend the informational meeting but would still like to apply to the National Honor Society, please email Ms. Gross Abrams to express your interest no later than Friday, February 26th by 1:50 PM. Contact: Ms. Gross, sgross@bostonpublicschools.org

Chocolate Roses: Valentine’s Day is almost here. Send a chocolate rose to your friends, loved ones and teachers. Purchase a chocolate rose for $2.00; available to buy during all the lunches! Contact: Junior/Senior Executive Board or Ms. Cho, scho@bostonpublicschools.org

Why Do We Hate? An original One Act play presented by the Senior Theater class: Please join the Senior Theater Class as they present the original play “Why Do We Hate”, written by senior Jaccarea Garraway. This intense one act play deals with current racial, social and economic divides. Come be a part of the Conversation. Performances will take place in Carroll Hall on Tuesday, February 23rd and Wednesday, February 24th at 2:00pm. Tickets are free and snacks will be available for purchase. Contact: Mrs. Berinato aberinato@bostonpublicschools.org

Girls’ LEAP Self-Defense and Safety Program: Girl’s LEAP (Lifetime Empowerment & Awareness Program) will run a free self-defense and safety program at BLA after school from 2:00-4:00pm in the upper library starting Thursday, March 3rd, and running until May 19th. This program helps girls learn how to respond to a variety of unsafe situations – from peer pressure, arguments and saying no to friends, to how to escape from a situation in which someone wants to hurt you. The program will include martial arts based self-defense exercises along with three sexual health workshops. Every class is led by a Girls’ LEAP-certified adult female teacher. For girls in grades 9-12 only. Fill out the registration form, emergency contact and waiver forms (four pages total), and return to Ms. DeLuca in Room 221 by March 1. REGISTER HERE Contact: Ms. DeLuca, edeluca@bostonpublicschools.org

BoxTops for Education: Over the past two years, we have raised nearly $1,000 through BoxTops! Help continue the trend by clipping BoxTops (or Labels for Education) from participating products. Put them into a baggie and submit to your homeroom teacher. Homeroom that collect more than $50 worth of BoxTops will win an ice cream at the end of the school year. Contact: Ms. DeLuca, edeluca@bostonpublicschools.org

Build a Robot: Learn to build a robot with the BLA/English HS Robotics team! We’ll meet every day in rm. 302 at English High School from 2:30 – 5:30 until Feb. break. Contact: Ms. Mahoney, kmahoney@bostonpublicschools.org, Mr. Barry, dbarry3@bostonpublicschools.org

CLUBS

Student Film Project: Have you ever wondered how to make a film or what’s it like to be in one? If so, then join the production of a BLA student’s film project called “Dear Men: A Satire About Being a Girl in a Man’s World.” Extras and assistance on set is greatly needed! Filming will happen at BLA February 4th and 11th from 2-5pm in Carroll Hall. For more information or if you have any questions, Contact: Jacarrea Garraway, garraway.jacarrea@gmail.com, HR 111

BLA’s Asian Student Association’s FIRST Lunar New Year event: This Friday, 02/05, 4-6 PM in the main cafeteria. FREE admission, lots of cheap food, and prizes will be given out to winners of our games. Family and friends inside and outside of school are more than welcome. Come support our fundraising event and celebrate Lunar New Year with us! Contact: Mandy Wong mawongbla@gmail.com or Jackie Phung, jackiephung98@gmail.com

Dragon Tales: Dragon Tales is still looking for anyone who wants to join! All are welcome, including writers, photographers, sports enthusiasts, and artists! Meetings are every Monday from 1:50-2:30 in room 219. Bring your friends (and enemies). Contact: Mr. Freed, rfreed@bostonpublicschools.org

Dragon’s Whisper: Need any advice or have any unanswered questions? Submit your question and/or concern to BLA’s advice column. Email them to bladragontales@gmail.com. They will be answered by the Dragon Tales staff. All entries are anonymous too! Contact: Dragon Tales at bladragontales@gmail.com

SPORTS

City Swimming Championship: BLA Swim Team will defend their title on Thursday 2/4/16 at 3pm at O’Bryant Swimming Pool. Contact: Savina Tapia, SavinaTapia@gmail.com

3v3 Basketball Tournament: BSA’s Scholar-Athlete Advisory Council is hosting the 2nd Annual 3v3 Basketball Tournament Friday, March 11th after school from 2:15-6:30. Want to take home the title, some prizes, and bragging rights? Sign up in the Cave! It’s $5 to play and $2 to support. All proceeds will go towards the athletic department. Contact: Holly Adinoff hadinoff@wearesa.org

SPOTLIGHT

BLA Debating Dragons grand-slam win in Shrewsbury: BLA Debating Dragons grand-slam win in Shrewsbury! It was an unprecedented win where our teams took the top three positions. Unfortunately only two teams could qualify for the national competitions to be held in Salt Lake City. All should be proud! Congratulations Michael J, Mosey, Maryanne, Nathan, Davian, Michael P, Falianne, and Tayo! Contact: Mr Eaton peaton@bostonpublicschools.org

Congratulations BLA JV Debaters: On January 30th, BLA JV Debaters were a force to be reckon with! BLA had a total or 10 debaters, in 5 teams, represented. Teagan Townsend won the 2nd place speaker award and Sayaliz Manzanillo Ortiz won the 11th place speaker award in the JV division. The team of Townsend and Nibert places 1st, team Manzanillo Ortiz and Valenzuela Mota placed 6th, and team Sheng and Hughs placed 10th overall in the JV division. Congrats on an amazing tournament! Contact: Mr. Norton, jnorton4@bostonpublicschools.org

Science Fair Winners: Congratulations to this year’s winners of the BLA Science Fair last Wed. and Thurs. In the high school division, Rocio Nunez Pepen and Michael John won first place. Andrianne Dao, Augustina Nguyen, and JiaHua Chen won second place awards, and Winter Ward and Elizabeth Do each won third place. Anthony Englert, Nick Pretis, James Lizotte, Kevin Zayas, Mudeke Tsungai, Saphire Broxton, and Ambria Coakley received honorable mentions. Chelsey Skeete won first place for mentored projects. In the middle school division, first, second, third, and fourth place awards were won by Rachel Harper, Emily Gross, Sha Lee, and Julia Epshtein, respectively. All these students have qualified for the City-wide science fair at Northeastern University on March 5. Congratulations to everyone who participated in the Fair, and thanks to all the people who helped put it on. Contact: Mr. Barry, dbarry3@bostonpublicschools.org

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.org

PARENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Yearbook: Interested in placing a recognition ad in the Class of 2016 yearbook? Check the BLA website for more information latinacademy.org Deadline is 2/12/2016. Contact: Ms. Shah, sshah@bostonpublicschools.org

Donate your old band instruments: Do you have a band instrument sitting in your closet that you don’t know what to do with? If so, that is GREAT news. Jacob Eisenman, the Band Director at Boston Latin Academy, has built the music program up to the point where he has run out of instruments for his students. If you are willing to donate your instrument, (Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Baritone, or Tuba) please contact Mr. Eisenman and he will gladly arrange a time and place to drop off/pick up your donated instrument. Upon request, Mr. Eisenman can also supply you with a receipt for your tax records. Contact: jeisenman@bostonpublicschool.org

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 friendsofbla@gmail.com. All proceeds from the event will fund greatly needed resources at BLA. Contact: friendsofbla@gmail.com

Shop Amazon, Earn Money for BLA: Next time you shop at Amazon, simply use this link http://www.amazon.com?_encoding=UTF8&tag=latinacademy-20, 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

Upcoming Games – GO DRAGONS!

Boy’s Basketball
2/4 vs. South Boston @BLA 4/5:30 Varsity
2/5 vs. Fenway @Fenway 5:00 Varsity only
2/9 vs. Burke @BLA 4/5:30 Varsity
2/11 vs. Medford @BLA 4:30/6:00 Varsity
2/16 vs. Boston Latin School @BLS 11:30/1:00 Varsity

Girl’s Basketball
2/5 vs. Fenway @BLA 5:30
2/9 vs. Brighton @Brighton 5:00
2/11 vs. O’Bryant @O’Bryant 5:00
2/22 vs. TechBoston @BLA 5:00
2/25 vs. Edward M. Kennedy @BLA 4:00

Track – All meets are at the Reggie Lewis Center
2/10 MIAA Division II Championship 5:00
2/20 MIAA All State Championship 9:00AM
2/28 New England Championship 9:00AM

Boy’s Hockey
2/9 vs. East Boston @Matthews Arena 5:30
2/10 vs. Mildford @Matthews Arena 7:00
2/15 vs. Middleboro/Hull @Matthews Arena 7:00
2/18 City Championship @Matthews Arena 11:00AM
2/23 vs. St. John Paul @Matthews Arena 5:30
2/24 vs. Lynn @Matthews Arena 7:00

Girl’s Hockey
2/6 vs. Mansfield/Oliver Ames @Rodman Rink Walpole 3:10
2/7 vs. Mansfield/Oliver Ames @Matthews Arena 4:30
2/8 vs. Cohasset/Hanover @Matthews Arena 3:30
2/11 vs. King Phillip @Matthews Arena 12:00
2/14 vs. Bishop Fenwick @McVan/O’Keefe Memorial Rink, Peabody 9:00AM
2/23 vs. Scituate @Matthews Arena 8:30PM

BLA in the NEWS!

H.S. ROUNDUP: Fontbonne hockey wins – Boston Latin Academy 36: Senior guard Sara McMenamin scored a game-high 20 points to lead the Wildcats (4-8) to a non-league home …

From the Student Bulletin for Tuesday, February 2, 2016:

Naval Academy Visit: The Naval Academy will be visiting BLA on Tuesday, February 2nd after school to meet with students interested in applying to the Naval Academy. The info session is for sophomores and juniors who are honor roll students and are strong in math and sciences. The Naval Academy is a top college which offer full scholarships to all students who are admitted. Contact: Mr. EJ cekholmjacobson@bostonpublicschools.org

Why Do We Hate? An original One Act play presented by the Senior Theater class: Please join the Senior Theater Class as they present the original play “Why Do We Hate”, written by senior Jaccarea Garraway. This intense one act play deals with current racial, social and economic divides. Come be a part of the Conversation. Performances will take place in Carroll Hall on Tuesday, February 23rd and Wednesday, February 24th at 2:00pm. Tickets are free and snacks will be available for purchase. Contact: Mrs. Berinato aberinato@bostonpublicschools.org

Chocolate Roses: Valentine’s Day is almost here. Send a chocolate rose to your friends, loved ones and teachers. Beginning February 1st, purchase a chocolate rose for $2.00. Available to buy during all the lunches! Contact: Junior/Senior Executive Board or Ms. Cho, scho@bostonpublicschools.org

BLA Band Concert: The BLA Bands will be performing our (free) Winter Concert on Thursday, February 4th starting at 6:30 pm in the gymnasium. There will be music, food, and beverages. Come and share your enthusiasm for the BLA Music program. Invite your friends and family, and come check us out! Contact: jeisenman@bostonpublicschools.org

BoxTops for Education: Over the past two years, we have raised nearly $1,000 through BoxTops! Help continue the trend by clipping BoxTops (or Labels for Education) from participating products. Put them into a baggie and submit to your homeroom teacher. Homeroom that collect more than $50 worth of BoxTops will win an ice cream at the end of the school year. Contact: Ms. DeLuca, edeluca@bostonpublicschools.org

National Honor Society Informational Meeting: All current juniors with a grade point average of 3.3 or higher are invited to attend an informational meeting regarding how to apply for the National Honor Society in the upper library on Tuesday, February 9th at 2 PM. If you are unable to attend the informational meeting but would still like to apply to the National Honor Society, please email Ms. Gross Abrams to express your interest no later than Friday, February 26th by 1:50 PM. Contact: Ms. Gross, sgross@bostonpublicschools.org

Build a Robot: Learn to build a robot with the BLA/English HS Robotics team! We’ll meet every day in rm. 302 at English High School from 2:30 – 5:30 until Feb. break. Contact: Ms. Mahoney, kmahoney@bostonpublicschools.org, Mr. Barry, dbarry3@bostonpublicschools.org

CLUBS

Student Film Project: Have you ever wondered how to make a film or what’s it like to be in one? If so, then join the production of a BLA student’s film project called “Dear Men: A Satire About Being a Girl in a Man’s World.” Extras and assistance on set is greatly needed! Filming will happen at BLA February 4th and 11th from 2-5pm in Carroll Hall. For more information or if you have any questions, Contact: Jacarrea Garraway, garraway.jacarrea@gmail.com, HR 111

Dragon Tales: Dragon Tales is still looking for anyone who wants to join! All are welcome, including writers, photographers, sports enthusiasts, and artists! Meetings are every Monday from 1:50-2:30 in room 219. Bring your friends (and enemies). Contact: Mr. Freed, rfreed@bostonpublicschools.org

Dragon’s Whisper: Need any advice or have any unanswered questions? Submit your question and/or concern to BLA’s advice column. Email them to bladragontales@gmail.com. They will be answered by the Dragon Tales staff. All entries are anonymous too! Contact: Dragon Tales at bladragontales@gmail.com

SPOTLIGHT

BLA Debating Dragons grand-slam win in Shrewsbury: BLA Debating Dragons grand-slam win in Shrewsbury! It was an unprecedented win where our teams took the top three positions. Unfortunately only two teams could qualify for the national competitions to be held in Salt Lake City. All should be proud! Congratulations Michael J, Mosey, Maryanne, Nathan, Davian, Michael P, Falianne, and Tayo! Contact: Mr Eaton peaton@bostonpublicschools.org

Science Fair Winners: Congratulations to this year’s winners of the BLA Science Fair last Wed. and Thurs. In the high school division, Rocio Nunez Pepen and Michael John won first place. Andrianne Dao, Augustina Nguyen, and JiaHua Chen won second place awards, and Winter Ward and Elizabeth Do each won third place. Anthony Englert, Nick Pretis, James Lizotte, Kevin Zayas, Mudeke Tsungai, Saphire Broxton, and Ambria Coakley received honorable mentions. Chelsey Skeete won first place for mentored projects. In the middle school division, first, second, third, and fourth place awards were won by Rachel Harper, Emily Gross, Sha Lee, and Julia Epshtein, respectively. All these students have qualified for the City-wide science fair at Northeastern University on March 5. Congratulations to everyone who participated in the Fair, and thanks to all the people who helped put it on. Contact: Mr. Barry, dbarry3@bostonpublicschools.org

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.org

PARENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Donate your old band instruments: Do you have a band instrument sitting in your closet that you don’t know what to do with? If so, that is GREAT news. Jacob Eisenman, the Band Director at Boston Latin Academy, has built the music program up to the point where he has run out of instruments for his students. If you are willing to donate your instrument, (Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Baritone, or Tuba) please contact Mr. Eisenman and he will gladly arrange a time and place to drop off/pick up your donated instrument. Upon request, Mr. Eisenman can also supply you with a receipt for your tax records. Contact: jeisenman@bostonpublicschool.org

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 friendsofbla@gmail.com. All proceeds from the event will fund greatly needed resources at BLA. Contact: friendsofbla@gmail.com

Shop Amazon, Earn Money for BLA: Next time you shop at Amazon, simply use this link http://www.amazon.com?_encoding=UTF8&tag=latinacademy-20, 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

Upcoming Games – GO DRAGONS!

Boy’s Basketball
2/2 vs. English @BLA 4/5:30 Varsity
2/4 vs. South Boston @BLA 4/5:30 Varsity
2/5 vs. Fenway @Fenway 5:00 Varsity only
2/9 vs. Burke @BLA 4/5:30 Varsity
2/11 vs. Medford @BLA 4:30/6:00 Varsity
2/16 vs. Boston Latin School @BLS 11:30/1:00 Varsity

Girl’s Basketball
2/3 vs. TechBoston @TechBoston 5:30
2/5 vs. Fenway @BLA 5:30
2/9 vs. Brighton @Brighton 5:00
2/11 vs. O’Bryant @O’Bryant 5:00
2/22 vs. TechBoston @BLA 5:00
2/25 vs. Edward M. Kennedy @BLA 4:00

Track – All meets are at the Reggie Lewis Center
2/2 City Championship 3:00
2/10 MIAA Division II Championship 5:00
2/20 MIAA All State Championship 9:00AM
2/28 New England Championship 9:00AM

Boy’s Hockey
2/7 vs. Bishop Fenwick @Matthews Arena 6:00
2/9 vs. East Boston @Matthews Arena 5:30
2/10 vs. Mildford @Matthews Arena 7:00
2/15 vs. Middleboro/Hull @Matthews Arena 7:00
2/18 City Championship @Matthews Arena 11:00AM
2/23 vs. St. John Paul @Matthews Arena 5:30
2/24 vs. Lynn @Matthews Arena 7:00

Girl’s Hockey
2/3 vs. Cohasset/Hanover @Zapoutstas Rink Randolph 3:30
2/6 vs. Mansfield/Oliver Ames @Rodman Rink Walpole 3:10
2/7 vs. Mansfield/Oliver Ames @Matthews Arena 4:30
2/8 vs. Cohasset/Hanover @Matthews Arena 3:30
2/11 vs. King Phillip @Matthews Arena 12:00
2/14 vs. Bishop Fenwick @McVan/O’Keefe Memorial Rink, Peabody 9:00AM
2/23 vs. Scituate @Matthews Arena 8:30PM

BLA in the NEWS!

H.S. ROUNDUP: Fontbonne hockey wins – Boston Latin Academy 36: Senior guard Sara McMenamin scored a game-high 20 points to lead the Wildcats (4-8) to a non-league home …

Get Involved

Families can get involved in the school and support their children by:

-Volunteering their time
-Joining the Friends of BLA (the fundraising body for parents)
-Joining the School Parent Council
-Attending School Site Council meetings
-Giving money or in-kind donations

To pursue any of these opportunities, please see the links on the left side of this page.

General Information about BLA Girls’ Soccer

Girls soccer 2016Head coach: Ms. Kara Stafford (kstafford@bostonpublicschools.org)

JV coach: Mr. Paul Eaton (peaton@bostonpublicschools.org)

Team website: https://sites.google.com/site/soccerladiesnow/

Season: Fall (mid August to late November)

Level: Varsity and JV

Tryouts: Mid August

Requirements to try out: Updated physical exam (within the last year) and cumulative GPA from previous year above 1.67

Home games: Played at Hynes Field

Time commitment: 5 days per week, 2 hour practices on non-game days, roughly 2 games per week