BLA Bi-Weekly Bulletin (Current Edition)

Library CLOSED: The Hapgood Library will be CLOSED the first couple of weeks in April (4/3-4/13) due to MCAS testing. Please plan accordingly, no printing will be allowed. Contact: Ms. Estrada, 

Student Artwork Needed: Design the next Guide to BPS cover! Due 5/19 We are seeking talented student artists to design our next Guide to BPS cover! Accepting high resolution JPEG files (1500x1500) from all BPS students. Contact: Wendy Feign,

Junior Prom Tickets: Junior Prom is on Thursday, April 13th at Lombardo’s. Tickets will be sold at all 3 lunches in the upper cafe from March 22nd through April 5th for $50.00 a ticket. If you are bringing a guest that is not a BLA student, you must turn in a completed guest contract. Contracts are available in the main office. Contact: Junior Class Officers

11th Annual Poetry Slam: he 11th Annual Poetry Slam will take place on Friday, April 28th. April 28th is a week after we return from Spring Break. The Poetry Slam will take place periods 5 and 6. If you are interested in participating, sign up by filling out the following online form Contract: Ms. Estrada, 

Greater Boston Regional Student Advisory Council: Elections for Greater Boston Regional Student Advisory Council are coming up on April 7 and we need two representatives For more info about roles + responsibilities, go to: All representatives are required to attend the Thursday, 5/4/17 Orientation for 2017-2018 members as well as the regular meetings, which are excused absences. All meetings will be held at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education, 75 Pleasant St., Malden - at the Malden Center Stop on the orange line. Registration begins at 8:45 a.m. Meetings end at 1:00 p.m. Contact: Ms. Good, 


Are you looking for an adventure worth writing about? At Summer Ink, campers engage in exciting arts and sports activities, take field trips throughout Boston – and write about their experiences. Counselors give daily, targeted feedback as campers practice skills and find their unique voice. Appropriate for enthusiastic writers and those who need more support. Two-week sessions at Simmons College in July. Scholarships available to qualified families. Visit for details and to registration online. There is no fee to register. Scholarships are awarded after we receive registrations. Contact: or 617-714-0263

2017 Dates

Simmons Camp, Session 1 (rising 5th-8th graders): July 10- July 21 (2 weeks)

Simmons, Camp, Session 2 (rising 5th-8th graders): July 24-August 4 (2 weeks)

Boston & Beyond (rising 9th & 10th graders): July 17-July 28 (2 weeks)

Artward Bound Program (8th & 9th graders): Are you interested in visual arts and design? Artward Bound is a multi year program that helps students with the artistic and academic skills needed for admission to and success at an art/design college or other post-secondary institution. A description of the program can be found HERE . Current 8th and 9th graders are welcome to apply at deadline is April 28th, but the sooner you apply, the better! Contact: Ms. DeLuca 


Feminist Club Fashion Show: BLA's Feminist Organization is hoping to have a fashion show before the end of the year, but we need models! Anyone who is interested in being a model no matter what age or gender, please contact us by Friday, March 31st! Contact: Saphire, and Michelle, 


BoxTops for Education: Over the past few years, we have raised over $2,000 through BoxTops! Help continue the trend by clipping unexpired 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 party at the end of the school year. Contact: Ms. DeLuca, 

Clothing Drive for Syrian Refugees: The Arabic Club is collecting donations of clothes in good condition, non-perishable foods, and toiletries to donate to Nu Day Syria, an organization that sends supplies to Syrian refugees. Collection boxes located by the front desk at the main entrance and outside Room 208. Contact: Katie Quackenbush 


College Students Share Their best SAT, ACT Test Strategies: Click here to read the entire article.

Try This: Khan Academy has some free daily SAT practice problems. Click here to get started today.


Summer Jobs: SuccessLink Open Until 3/31!

Are you looking for a summer job? Apply to SuccessLink! Students have worked at New England Aquarium, City Hall, Sports Camps and more in the past. Even if you are applying for a job through Ms. Bennett, please sign up for SuccessLink anyway! See Ms. Bennett in Room 110 or email her at for information on how to apply.


Nelson Fellowship: Juniors (Some 10th & 12th): Due 3/31

Interested in law? Want to work in a judge’s chambers at the prestigious Moakley Courthouse this summer? Participate in a mock trial? Apply to Nelson Fellowship! Ms. Bennett will be editing essays all month long. Please see her in Room 110 or shoot her an email:


Boston Bar Association: 10-12: Due April 7

Want to go into the law field? Want to see how different companies use law in their day-to-day operations? Apply to BBA! Email Ms. Bennett at or see her in Room 110.

Childcare: Hale/CPR Training: April: Grades 10-12

Interested in being a camp counselor this summer? Or early childhood development/childcare? Then sign up for Hale/CPR training with the PIC! Students who complete both trainings are guaranteed a camp counselor job in the summer. Last year, students who completed both trainings received two Target gift cards!

Contact: Ms. Bennett, if interested.


Japan Trip meeting: All students who are interested in joining BLA's trip to Japan (in April, 2018) are invited to attend an informational meeting in room 306 at 2pm on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. Contact: Mr. Maguire 

Italy 2019: There are only five spots left for the Class of 2019 Senior trip to Italy. If interested in joining, please see Mr. Maguire in room 306 and/or go to Contact: Mr. Maguire 


BLA Math Center: The Math Center is now open Monday through Friday from 1:45pm to 2:30pm in Room 102! Stop by to simply do your homework in a math-friendly environment or receive one-on-one help from a tutor. Contact: Mr. McNeil,


Grade 10 MCAS Testing Dates

March 30th – ELA Composition Make-up Session (Grade 10)

April 3rd – Last day to make up ELA (Grade 10) Reading Comprehension tests

May 16th – Grade 10 Math Session 1

May 17th – Grade 10 Math Session 2

Last date for makeup is May 23rd


June 5th – STE Session 1 (Physics)

June 6th – STE Session 2 (Physics)


 Grade 8 MCAS Testing Dates

Monday, April 3rd - Grade 8 English Session 1  (online)

Tuesday, April 4th - Grade 8 English Session 2  (online)

Wednesday, April 5th Grade 8 Math Session 1   (online)

Thursday, April 6th - Grade 8 Math Session 2   (online)

Wednesday, May 3rd - Grade 8 STE Sessions 1 & 2 (paper)


Grade 7 MCAS Testing Dates

Monday, April 10th - Grade 7 English Session 1  (online)

Tuesday, April 11th - Grade 7 English Session 2  (online)

Wednesday, April 12th - Grade 7 Math Session  (online)

Thursday, April 13th - Grade 7 Math Session 2  (online)


Young People's Success Series/Making College Affordable: Young People's Success Series is having a workshop on 'Making College Affordable" on April 8th at Area B2 Police Station in Dudley. College planning has many dimensions with finances at the center of the effort. Making college affordable is a familiar issue, but Young People's Success Series explores new avenues on how students can reach their goals without mortgaging their future. Please click HERE for the flyer and HERE for the program's brochure. Contact: Percy Hayles, Director of Young People's Success Series at 

Small gift cards needed for student prizes for Modern & Classical Languages Week: Modern & Classical Languages week will be held the week after April break. Various contests to foster enthusiasm for languages will be held during this week. We give small gift cards as prizes to students who win these contests. (e.g. iTunes, Target, McDonald's, Burger King etc.) Please consider donating a small $10 gift card for this purpose. You can put them in either Ms. Carvalho's mailbox or Ms. Ford's mailbox in the main office. Thank you for your support! Contact: Ms. Carvalho, 

Spring BLAst! Tickets Now on Sale: The Friends of BLA is hosting the 2nd Annual Spring BLAst! on 4/27/17. The event raised $10K last year and all proceeds went to enhance the student experience at BLA. Click here to buy tickets 

Donations are needed to make this event a success. Click here to donate Contact: Friends of BLA, 

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,

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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