Word around the schoolyard

Wednesday Jun 7, 2006

Blackstone Elementary turns into literary art gallery

The Blackstone Elementary School on Shawmut Avenue turned its school's walls into a true gallery experience on June 1, with its first-ever "Follow the Literacy Road" arts and literacy showcase. An opportunity for parents and the community to see just what's going on in the big building, the showcase featured a walkway made of paper footprints decorated by students that took visitors through the school. The work featured poetry, dioramas of book chapters and books of their own stories. Shatonah Smith, a 10-year-old fourth grader, is pictured here with her illustrated poem about celebrating her birthday.

Congratulations, Class of 2006!

On June 3, Cathedral High School on Union Park Street saw 67 graduates out into the world with graduation exercises at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. Though rain kept the Class of 2006 from processing into the Cathedral, it certainly didn't dampen their spirits. This year's graduates are: Christopher A. Barbosa, Tania Bazil, Shawn R. Belton-Perry, Mark Bouquet, Mishon E. Browne, Lillian Casillas, Daphne I. Charles, Michelle J. Cilien, Nikei Clairvil, Amber M. Coren, Clyde J. Crosby, Cesar Cruz, Donald Dabel, Aminata C. Dakowa, Jennifer C. Delerme, Wendy M. Dely, Brooke F. Dixon, Jonathan Earnest, TaQuane C. Emmons, Jessica Faiteau, Jonathan Fauche, Nikita T. Felix-Destine, Jean-Elie Fleurissaint, David Fong, Lucy Fontes, DeShawn Gibbons, Andre J. Gomes, Keisha P. Griffiths, Ashley A. Hall, Kevin A. Harvey, Leon A. Hussey, Vladimir Jean-Baptiste, Magdala Jean-Jules, Clarissa Jones, Joniece A. Leonard, Dung N. Luong, Thuy Luong, Allen T. Major, Shannon E. McMillan, Lucas Medina, Anthony Melo, Emmanuel D. Molin, Kevin B. Monteiro, Greg T. Motley, Kevin S. Orisma, Bermarie A. Ovalles, Amanda C. Owens, Roderic Parker, Fitzgerald Paul, Melanie A. Pitre, Ernst Raymond, Melissa V. Rigueur, Aija R. Roach, Tarrale D. Roach, Anthony Rodriquez, Gretzky V. Senat, Tasha R. Severe, Laurie C. Silva, Tyla'a M. Small-Johnson, Jonathan S. Spencer, Maya M. Sprating, Roodolph P. St. Pierre, Anthony H. Thomas, Lucy Vargas, Bianca M. Villar, Peter Ward, and Kellyn K. Wrencher.

Boston Latin School honors students

The Boston Latin School recently announced the recipients of its Approbation with Distinction and Approbation awards for the fourth term of the academic school year. Approbation with Distinction is given to students who obtain A- or higher in all subjects including conduct and Approbation is given to students who obtain B- or higher in all subjects including conduct. South End students who were awarded Approbation with Distinction were Wendy Chen, Lily Liang, Flora Luo, Jie Pan, Pauline Situ, Anna F Smith, and Norman Zhu. Students who were awarded Approbation were Meghan Boyle, Jeffrey Chan, Winnie Chen, Kevin Chin, Henry Chow, Fiona Deng, Joseph Higgins, Amy Kwong, Sheila Lee, Lisa Liu, Simon Lum, Carol Ma, Sally Mei, Marcella Sifnugel, Rae Taylor Burns, Sophia Trinh, Lena Wang, Parker Wilson, and Lily Wu.

Arts festival and a reason to celebrate at the Carter School

The William E. Carter School, a Boston public school located next to Northeastern University for profoundly developmentally delayed, multi-handicapped youth, was recently awarded $120,000 from the Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation to go towards the building on the school's Sensory Garden Outdoor Classroom. The Sensory Garden, which will be the only outdoor space in the city specifically designed to accommodate the challenges of the youth of the Carter School, is designed to safely allow students to experience nature, while also engaging them in learning about it. And to further help make the garden a reality, the school is holding its annual Arts Festival and Bazaar, a fundraising event that will feature food, music, raffles, and a flea market, on Fri., June 9, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the school, 396 Northampton St.

Budding techies at Quincy take awards

Students at the Josiah Quincy upper School recently dominated the 2006 TechBoston Robotic Olympics, a competition that asks students to design and program robots that could function as assistive devices for people with disabilities, held at Northeastern University's Curry Student Center in May. William Lai took first place in the "Uphill Climb" competition; Quang Le took first in the "Smart Cars" and "Become an Inventor!" competitions; Emeline Bannister took first, Mohamed Nouri, Vanya Zvonar and Caitlin Caldera each took second, and Candace Liu took third place in the "Robotic Retriever" competition.


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