Yellow buses, backpacks and excited kids are here: it’s back to school season. We’re lucky to live in Boston, a city with some of the smartest people in the world. I have a message for all our students heading into school this fall: nobody’s education is more important than yours, because nobody has the potential to change the world like you do. I’m proud of how hard you work and how brave you are in the face of all your different challenges. I know that this school year will be full of new opportunities, and new ways to learn and grow.
A new elementary private school is planning on opening at the former site of the Harvest Co-op in Forest Hills in fall 2020. The Croft School will be offering one class of pre-kindergarten and one class of kindergarten. As for what type of school Croft plans on being? "We know schools that are obsessive about testing and standards. We know other schools that choose to forego explicit teaching of critical literacy, math, and other foundational skills.
A new preschool opening this fall basing itself in the Arnold Arboretum is aiming to be the first licensed outdoor preschool in Boston. That's right -- the arboretum will be the students' classroom! "The best part about spending time in nature is that you never know what you'll find; at many schools all the lessons are pre-planned by the teacher, but in nature there's that sense of wonder when you see something unexpected or amazing," said Sarah Besse, co-founder of the Boston Outdoor Preschool Network (BOPN). "In nature, the teachers' role is not to 'deliver' pre-planned lessons, but rather to learn and explore with the children. Us teachers will follow the children's own interests, and help them how to go about finding answers to their own questions."
MassBay Engineering graduate, Sanoli Sano of Jamaica Plain, will attend Tufts University to purse a degree in their engineering program. She plans to study Civil and Environmental Engineering and earn her bachelor’s degree, with career goal of working for Boston on their plan to become a carbon free city by 2050. Sano was born and raised in the Dominican Republic before moving to Massachusetts three years ago. Since coming to MassBay, she has worked closely with MassBay’s STEM Starter Academy (SSA) program. The SSA program is a statewide Massachusetts Department of Higher Education grant program that engages, recruits, supports, and assists in transferring more underserved students in STEM majors.
Jamaica Plain's Sarada “Sasa” Murrett-Kam is a pioneer. She is the first graduate in the Boston Arts Academy’s new fashion technology program, and will be attending the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City this fall. Murrett-Kam answered questions from Jamaica Plain News about her high school career, what it's like designing for Boston Fashion Week, her influences and her goals. Q: What does it mean to you to be the first graduate of the BAA's fashion technology program? Murrett-Kam: I love being the first graduate knowing that I set the standard of what’s to come for the upcoming students.