Jamaica Plain Schools to Benefit from EdVestors Arts Expansion Grants

Four Jamaica Plain schools are among 75 schools that are receiving $400,000 worth of arts expansion grants from EdVestors. EdVestors is working with more than 35 arts partners across the city. These grants for the 2021-2022 school year take on new significance in light of results of a longitudinal study released last month detailing the benefits of arts education, including increased student and parent engagement and improved attendance for all students. In Jamaica Plain, four schools will receive grants to work with arts partners, and one organization will be the arts partner to schools in different neighborhoods. The Mission Hill K-8 School and Boston Teachers Union K-8 School are working with Rehearsal for Life, an urban improv organization, as its arts partner.

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Muñiz Academy Forges Relationship with Hale Intrepid Academy, Heads to Arboretum

For the last few weeks Margarita Muñiz Academy students have begun a relationship with the Hale Intrepid Academy by exploring the Arnold Arboretum together. 

This is a new partnership between the Muñiz Academy and Hale Intrepid Academy, a program launched in 2018 by Hale (formerly Hale Reservation), which creates an educational experience utilizing an outdoor campus as a classroom. Members of the Hale team are coming on Tuesdays and Thursdays to take Muñiz Academy students, of who there are about 25 attending school in person, for walks around the neighborhood and the Arboretum, according to a Muñiz Academy newsletter. "After almost a year of isolation, the students become part of a group again, building connectivity with each other and with nature. There will be more activities for the Muñiz students in partnership with Hale in the coming months," said the newsletter. As time goes on Hale and the Muñiz Academy will develop new programs together.

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Pandemic Rules In Place During Early Voting in JP

People waited in line for the noontime start of early voting at the Margarita Muniz School on Thursday. It was the only day that early voting was being offered in Jamaica Plain for the September 1 primary. While people tried to social distance themselves six feet from each other outside of the school, lines were clearly taped to the floor on the inside, and hand sanitizer was distributed by a poll worker wearing gloves and a plastic face shield. Seeing voters lined up on Child Street energized Jamaica Plain's Marie Turley, Democratic State Committee Woman (2nd Suffolk), who was outside of the school supporting state Rep. Liz Malia (D-11th). Early voting is being offered in different neighborhoods through Aug.

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Update: Celebrate Talented Youth — An Evening with Margarita Muñiz Academy Now on March 15th

UPDATE: Due to inclement weather this event has been moved to March 15th. 

The public is invited to hear and see students of the Margarita Muñiz Academy present a free night of musical performances and poetry readings on March 8th. This is a free event at the Loring-Greenough House (12 South St.) on Thursday, March 8th from 6:30 to 8 pm. Click here to register. About Margarita Muñiz Academy

Margarita Muñiz Academy (20 Child St.) is the only dual language high school in the
New England region. The school implements a college preparatory, culturally relevant two-way bilingual curriculum that provides students with the 21st century skills necessary for success in higher education and beyond.

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Jamaica Plain Schools Benefit from Gift of Computers

In her job as headmaster for Margarita Muñiz Academy, Dania Vázquez knew that one of the more pressing needs for her high school students was the ability to use computer technology to conduct research and complete homework. “Every single one of our school computers is in continual use every single day,“ said Vázquez. On Oct. 4th, that need was sharply reduced with the unwrapping of 20 laptop computers at the Jamaica Plain school were given as a donation from the Boston real estate firm City Realty. The Muñiz Academy, the first dual language high school in the Boston Public School system, was one of five area schools and organizations to receive a total of 100 computers.

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