The Margarita Muñiz Academy is a Winter Gear Drive and needs the community support to donate gently worn adult coats and gloves, and new adult hats. The Margarita Muñiz Academy is located at 20 Child St., and donations can be dropped off 8:30 am to 4 pm at a dropbox inside the entrance of the school through Jan. 21. Donations will be provided to the Muñiz Academy community.
Boston Mayor Michelle remained outside during her early morning visit on Tuesday to the Margarita Muniz Academy. Wu visited to understand the school experience regarding COVID during the recent surge. Wu said "it's been a very difficult time" for school communities, students, staff, school leaders, and administrators during the recent surge of the omicron variant. Wu said the variant has "effected everything that needs to logistically happen." Wu was joined by At-Large Boston City Councilors Erin Murphy and Ruthzee Louijeune, BPS Superintendent Brenda Cassellius, and Muniz Headmaster Dania Vazquez
Cassellius said there are three key things they're looking at to make sure of safe operations: a) staffing b) health and safety in the schools c) operational effectiveness of schools.
At Margarita Muniz Academy, the visual arts are an important part of the curriculum. The school has many talented artists. One such talented student is Chelsea, a 12th grader, whose artwork is pictured here. Chelsea and other art students from the school participated in a Christmas Fair held at the Loring Greenough House earlier this month. The students were invited to participate and bring their art to sell at the event.
UPDATE: The shoe drive has been extended to December 1. Please donate shoes to a great cause! The Margarita Muniz Academy has asked the community to help with a shoe drive. "We are excited about our shoe drive," said Cecilia Soriano, Director of Development at Margarita Muniz Academy. "We know that most people have extra shoes in their closets they would like to donate to us.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The principal of Margarita Muñiz Academy explained in a robo-call to parents that people from outside the school community set upon two students Friday, leaving one with a stab wound. Boston Police confirmed Friday that a student was stabbed outside what used to be the Agassiz School on Child Street. The person's injuries aren't life-threatening. Police say the victim, a 17-year-old according to the Boston Globe, was taken to Brigham & Women's Hospital for treatment after the incident, which took place about 12:40 p.m.
In a recorded phone call to parents, a transcript of which Boston Public Schools shared with Universal Hub and the Globe, Principal Dania Vásquez said the incident took place just after school had let out at 12:30 p.m.
"We want you to know that safety is extremely important to us for all our students, families and staff inside and outside of the school building," the call said in part. Police say a few kids ran from the scene.