English High School students have a new partner who's probably not going to be late to class -- Pepper the Robot. On Monday, students from English's award-winning robotics team showed how the 4-foot tall robot interacts with humans to kickoff Computer Science Education Week for Boston Public Schools (BPS). English High is one of 10 high schools in Boston with computer science programs that have started to use Pepper robots in the classroom. At English, students are learning how to use Pepper to recognize human movements and commands to lead Pepper to respond with a fist-bump, bow its head, open its hand or do a 360-degree spin. Pepper was donated by SoftBank Robotics America, which is donating 100 Peppers in public schools in Boston, San Francisco and British Columbia in Canada.
The Boston Public Schools has released a new report about the city's 10-year facilities plan, which includes the possibility of building a new K-6 elementary school building near Jackson Square. The Boston Public School's previously announced the BuildBPS plan, which calls for some old schools to close, new schools to be built, and other schools to expand, including growing the amount of K-6 schools. Jamaica Plain's Manning School wants to be one of the schools to add a sixth grade. There will be a JP BuildBPS community meeting on Jan. 10 to discuss the $1 billion plan. It will be the fourteenth community meeting across the city to discuss the plan, with the first 13 having already taken place before Nov.
This Fall I will be hosting a series of Town Halls across the City of Boston, where I will be speaking on the work that is being done specifically around Education, but the most important part is that they are an opportunity for YOU to provide feedback, share concerns, and ask questions. As the Chair of the Council's Committee on Education, I want to hear from YOU! Join us for our kick-off Town Hall on Tuesday, September 25 from 5:30-7:30pm at the Thelma D. Burns Building in Roxbury (575 Warren Street). Can't make it? Please see list below for other dates and times!
The Boston Public School's BuildBPS plan calls for some old schools to close, new schools to be built, and other schools to expand, including growing the amount of K-6 schools. Jamaica Plain's Manning School wants to be one of the schools to add a sixth grade. The Manning School submitted a letter to the Boston Public School Interim Superintendent Laura Perille on October 19, proposing the school expand to include a sixth grade for next fall. “Our community has worked diligently over many years to create an environment in which ALL students, including students identified as having emotional impairments, can succeed,” wrote Ethan d’Ablemont Burnes, principal of the Manning School in the letter. “We therefore want to extend our programming to the 6th grade for the fall of 2019.”
Burnes said Manning School representatives will be offering public testimony in support of their proposal at the Nov.