From Wampanoag Myth to Modern Inequity Eliot School Teens’ Video Reflects on Past and Future

Students of the Teen Bridge Program at the Eliot School of Fine and Applied Arts collaborated with elders from a variety of neighborhoods to reflect upon our past and future in a new video. Lead by filmmaker Carolyn Shadid Lewis, InterGeneration is a collaborative project that uses the perspective of mostly indigenous, immigrant, and black community leaders, artists, activists, educators and public health workers, to go on personal journeys to show anxiety, loss, and hope during the pandemic and a struggle for racial justice. The full video will be available to view on Dec. 3. InterGeneration Trailer from Carolyn Shadid Lewis on Vimeo.

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Jamaica Plain Students Earn St. Sebastian’s School Honor Roll

St. Sebastian's School is proud to announce the Honor Roll recipients for the first quarter of the 2020-2021 school year. Recipients of these academic awards fall into three categories: High Honors, maintains an A- or above in all subjects; Honors with Distinction, maintains a B or above in all subjects; Honors, maintains a B- or above in all subjects; Effort, for marks of 1 or 2 in all subjects; and Superior Effort, for marks of 1 in all subjects. The following students from Jamaica Plain earned honor roll:

Michael J. Kalinichenko, Grade 10, High Honors, Superior Effort
Maxim D. Kalinichenko, Grade 8, High Honors, Superior Effort
Luis E. Sosa Espinal, Grade 8, High Honors, Effort

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Curley School Staff Member Tests Positive for COVID-19; Parents Not Yet Notified

A Mary E. Curley School staff member recently tested positive for COVID-19. This is the first known case of a Curley School community member. Principal Katie Grassa sent an email to staff members last week. That email was provided to Jamaica Plain News by a member of the Curley School community. "We were recently notified that a member of the Curley K-8 community has tested positive for COVID-19.

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School Committee Chair Resigns, Saying His Mocking Comments Require Consequences

Boston School Committee Chair Michael Loconto resigned Thursday morning after an unmuted mic caught him mocking ethnic names during a virtual public committee meeting. Late Wednesday night after more than six hours into a school committee hearing, Loconto was overheard making fun of Asian people's names who had signed up to testify at the hearing. The hearing was about delaying exam school admissions tests for a year due to COVID-19, which the committee would vote unanimously in favor of. Loconto quickly apologized for what he said, and would apologize again on Thursday morning, as well as submit his resignation to Mayor Marty Walsh. The mayor said Loconto's comments were "hurtful and wrong," while accepting his resignation.

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Boston Public Schools Suspend All In-Person Learning Due to Citywide COVID Test Rates

Effective Thursday, all Boston Public Schools are suspending in-person learning due to a jump in COVID-19 positive test results. The city’s seven-day average COVID-19 positive test rate was reported at 5.7%, an increase from last week’s rate of 4.5%, according to Boston Public Schools (BPS) press release. All students will receive remote education until there are two full weeks of falling infection rates. “We have said all along that we will only provide in-person learning for students if the data and public health guidance supports it, and this new data shows that we are trending in the wrong direction,” said Mayor Martin Walsh. “We will continue to monitor the metrics and work towards our goal of welcoming students back into our classrooms, learning among their peers, supported and educated by our dedicated staff.”

BPS officials made the decision in consultation with public health officials, and reviewing data that showed two weeks of increased confirmed positive cases across all of Boston.

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