BLA Bi-Weekly Bulletin (Current Edition)

Holiday Pajama & Ugly Sweater Day: Join the fun on Thursday, December 21st by wearing your favorite pair of pajamas or ugly holiday sweater to school! Pay $2 at the front door to receive a wristband. Thank you for supporting the senior and junior class events. Contact: Sr. & Jr. Class Officers

MultiCultural Night Auditions: Did you miss your chance to perform at Spirit Day or just want to showcase your talent? The BLA MultiCultural Club is holding open auditions for students of all ages and cultural backgrounds on Tuesday, Jan.9th and Wednesday, Jan.10th in Carroll Hall for our 2nd Annual Multicultural Night. SIGN UP HERE and check out our instagram  @bla_multicultural_club. Contact: Ms. Boggs, lboggs@bostonpublicschools.org 

Send a Candy-Gram: Join the holiday spirit and send candy-grams to your friends! Class officers are selling candy-grams throughout the day until. Candy-grams will be handed out in homeroom on Wednesday, December 20th. Contact: Senior and Junior Class Officers

Step and Stroll Team Tryouts: Come try out for the Step and Stroll Team on December 19th and 20th in the cafe. Everyone is welcome including seniors! Must come both days. Fill out google form by December 18th - CLICK HERE Contact: Ambria Coakley, coakley.a.bla@gmail.com and Teneh Exilien, exilien.t.bla@gmail.com 

CLUBS

Up in the Clouds Club: Come join Up in the Clouds Club, where you can learn how to code and make apps. We meet every Thursday from 1:50pm to 2:30pm in room 219. Contact: Ashley Driscoll, Driscoll.ashley.bla@gmail.com 

Black Student Union: Come join the Black Student Union this Friday as we discuss what means to black, and the many traditions encompassed in that term. We will meet from 1:50pm to 2:30pm in room 328. Contact: Adna Mohamed mohamed.a.bla0@gmail.com 

S.T.E.A.M. Team: Mr. Moran needs S.T.E.A.M Team members to fill out the survey below ASAP. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BLApresurvey2017 Contact: Mr. Moran smoran2@bostonpublischools.org 

Book Club: On March 20th , acclaimed author Alice Hoffman will be having afternoon tea with Book Club from 2-3 in the lower library. There is limited room however if any student or Latin Academy community member would like read one of Ms. Hoffman's books and join us, please let me know. Contact: Ms. Lewis, mlewis4@bostonpublicschools.org 

OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS WITH PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS

Many organizations contact our school with fantastic opportunities for BLA students. Check out THIS LINK often to learn about opportunities for after-school, weekends, summer, special events, and more!

Contact: Ms. DeLuca at edeluca@bostonpublicschools.org 

AFTER SCHOOL TUTORING      

BLA Math Center: The BLA Math Center is now open Monday through Friday from 1:40pm to 2:30pm in Rooms 112 (Pre-Algebra through Geometry) and 108 (Advanced Algebra and beyond). Stop by to simply do your homework in a math-friendly environment or receive one-on-one help from a tutor. Contact: Ms. Johnston, ojohnston@bostonpublicschools.org 

MCAS TESTING SCHEDULE  

March 27 – Grade 10 MCAS ELA Composition Sessions A & B

March 28 – Grade 10 MCAS ELA Reading Comprehension Sessions 1 & 2

March 29 – Grade 10 MCAS ELA Reading Comprehension Session 3

 

April 2 – Grade 7 MCAS ELA Session 1

April 3 – Grade 7 MCAS ELA Session 2

April 4 – Grade 7 MCAS Math Session 1

April 5 – Grade 7 MCAS Math Session 2

April 5 – Grade 10 MCAS ELA Composition Make-ups A & B

April 6 – Grade 8 MCAS ELA Session 1

April 9 – Grade 8 MCAS ELA Session 2

April 10 – Grade 8 MCAS Math Session 1

April 11 – Grade 8 MCAS Math Session 2

April 12 – Grade 8 MCAS Science Session 1

April 13 – Grade 8 MCAS Science Session 2

Week of April 23rd – April 26th (Grade 7 & 8 MCAS make-up sessions)

 

May 23 – Grade 10 MCAS Math Session 1

May 24 – Grade 10 MCAS Math Session 2

 

June 6 – Grade 10 MCAS Science, Technology, Engineering (Physics) Session 1

June 7 – Grade 10 MCAS Science, Technology, Engineering (Physics) Session 2

*FAMILY ANNOUNCEMENTS*

Friends of Boston Latin Academy Appeal Update: The Boston School Department budget pays for staff salaries and school building maintenance, but funding for all other student activities is extremely limited. Your donations are needed to give our students the well-rounded experience we expect from Boston Latin Academy.

Last year, donations from parents helped to fund classroom technology (projectors and laptops), clubs and field trips, athletic events, theater and music programs, math and chemistry programs, art supplies, planners for new students, and more.

So far, 120 of BLA families have contributed a total of about $17,000. Thanks to all who contributed so far!  Your gift, in any amount, will make a difference. If you have not already made a contribution, please consider joining your fellow BLA families in supporting our students with a generous donation this year. Your gifts to FRIENDS OF BOSTON LATIN ACADEMY, a nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization, are tax-deductible.

Donate by credit/debit card online: www.Razoo.com/story/Latinacademy or mail a check (payable to Friends of Boston Latin Academy) to Boston Latin Academy, 205 Townsend Street, Dorchester, MA 02121. Homeroom teachers are also collecting donations from students who bring the envelope to school.

 

OUR STUDENT EXPERIENCE RELIES ON FUNDING FROM YOU


Please consider making a donation to the Friends of BLA: A donation envelope was attached to Term 1 report cards. Financial support from families will help us enhance the learning environment by funding technology enhancements, supplemental classroom materials, student activities, and more! Donations can be mailed, brought to your child’s homeroom teacher, or dropped off in the main office. Donations can also be made online at www.razoo.com/organization/Latinacademy. Contact: Friends of BLA, friendsofbla@gmail.com 

Shop Amazon, Earn Money for BLA: Are you buying holiday gifts on Amazon? If so, don’t forget to use  THIS LINK. BLA will earn up to 10% of Prime-eligible sales! Clicking the link will bring you to your Amazon account; it's that simple, and it's an easy way to earn money for BLA! Please bookmark the link and share it with anyone who shops on Amazon. 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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Indoor Track - Meets are at the Reggie Lewis Athletic Center

Swim Team

BLA in the NEWS!

  • Eighty-five percent of Boston schools will get new start times - Nearly 85 percent of Boston's 125 schools will have new start times next fall as school officials realign operating hours so more high school students can ... Among them: Boston Latin Academy in the Grove Hall area of Dorchester/Roxbury, which will go from having one of the earliest start times — 7:20 …
  • Boston Public Schools announces school day start- and end-times for 2018-19 - Deb Putnam, the parent of a Boston Latin Academy student who is also the Boston chapter leader of Start School Later, Inc., said she appreciates the district's thoughtful approach to scheduling. “I'm heartened and pleased that the school department looked at research and dove deep to find solutions in …
  • Maguire: Time to reorganize city's schools - The new range of start times benefits the transportation budget at the expense of parental realities. We can and must do better. Michael J. Maguire has two children in the Boston Public Schools, teaches Latin at Boston Latin Academy, and serves on the executive board of the Boston Teachers Union.


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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.

We believe:

  1. Teachers must collaborate effectively to engage students in meaningful learning experiences
  2. 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
  3. Students must be given opportunities for leadership and decision-making to become informed participants in a democratic society
  4. Students must analyze and synthesize content in order to access higher level thinking skills, using a variety of media, in preparation for global competition