New Outdoor Preschool in the Arnold Arboretum, Opening This Fall

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."


Three Years After Moving From Dominican Republic, Sano to Attend Tufts After Graduating from MassBay STEM

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.


JP’s Murrett-Kam is First Grad of Boston Arts Academy’s Fashion Technology Program, Headed to FIT

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.


Three Jamaica Plain Schools to Benefit from $350,000 Arts Expansion Grants

Three Jamaica Plain schools are among 60 Boston Public Schools that will receive $350,000 in grants to fund more than 30 arts partners across the city. The students of the Hennigan K-8 School, English High School, and Community Academy, will continue to receive their quality arts education programs throughout the 2019-2020 school year. The annual grants are part of the successful Boston Public Schools (BPS) Arts Expansion initiative, which is celebrating its 10th year in bringing quality arts instruction to underserved neighborhoods. The city of Boston, BPS and EdVestors announced this latest round of funding as part of this week’s seventh annual BPS Citywide Arts Festival, a three-day celebration featuring more than 1,100 BPS student performers and exhibitors. “We are grateful to our partners in Boston Public Schools Arts Expansion who have worked tirelessly for 10 years to bring equity and access to arts education to our schools and inspiration to our students, many of whom are showcasing their talents at the festival today,” said Mayor Martin Walsh via press release.


JP’s Barricklo, Boston Arts Academy’s Valedictorian, Headed to Emerson College

Jamaica Plain's Jonah Barricklo fully took advantage of everything the Boston Arts Academy offers after he moved to Boston from the Bronx in 2017. He was able to showcase his singing, dancing and acting skills -- and was named valedictorian of his class. Q: What does it mean to you to be BAA's valedictorian? Barricklo: I am honored to be BAA’s valedictorian. It is so nice to have been so warmly welcomed into the community at the school.