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:
- Social Media Responsibility Activities
- Bullying Prevention & Awareness Activities
- SAT Practice Tests (12th grade only)
- Forum: Understanding Each Other’s Identities
- Summer Reading Activities
- Grade Level Meetings
- Community Building Activities
- Essay Writing Activity
- Complete All Necessary School Forms
- 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.”
Troy P. Henninger