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Boston Public Schools Weekly Update (November 22, 2022)

November 22, 2022

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BPS Job of the Week:

Research and Partnerships Analyst - Office of Data & Accountability

The Research and Partnerships Analyst on the Data & Accountability Team is responsible for compiling datasets for approved internal and external research and evaluation projects.  The Research and Partnerships Analyst will work closely with the Research Advisory Committee.  The Analyst will be a member of this highly collaborative group, and can expect to work closely with other members of the ODA Team. In this role, you can expect to work to respond to requests from internal and external members from the BPS community by extracting data from internal databases, and work with school-community partner organizations to share data for the purposes of monitoring, evaluating and measuring program equity and impact. 

You can learn more about this job by viewing the posting here.

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A Message from Superintendent Skipper

“I am deeply saddened by this heinous act of violence against members of the LGBTQ+ community in Colorado Springs. Boston Public Schools will always stand with our LGBTQ+ students, families, and staff, and we will never stop fighting to ensure that the LGBTQ+ community feels safe, respected, and valued. Hate and violence of any kind is never acceptable, and its impact is all the more severe when it is targeted at a historically marginalized group. We must continue to work together to ensure that all people no matter their sexual orientation, gender identity, language, race, ethnicity, disability, religion, or other identities, have access to a safe, affirming learning and work environment. Social workers, Gender Sexual Alliance advisors, and others will be available to support any student or staff as we process this tragedy.”

- Superintendent Mary Skipper

The Earthshot Prize Events!

The Earthshot Prize will be hosting two events in Boston on December 1st, 2022!  This is an opportunity for all BPS students to get involved and learn more about how we can protect the one planet that we all share.  The first event is a Student Town Hall at the John F Kennedy Presidential Library in Dorchester from 4:00pm - 5:30pm.  This is a great opportunity for BPS students to discuss environmental issues most important to them with leaders in a town-hall style format.  The second event will be hosted at Boston Center for the Arts in the South End. The title of the program is “Alright” by Porsha Olayiwola and will run from 7:30 pm until 9:30pm.  This is an opportunity for engaging Black Bostonians around the issue of climate change as it relates to communities or color.


Celebrating the City-wide

Cross Country Team!

BPS is celebrating the incredible achievements of the Citywide Cross Country Team! The Team for the first time finished in Fourth Place in D1 for the first time in decades!  The Cross Country Team will be competing in the All-States coming up soon!  The Citywide Cross Country Team’s incredible achievements are due to their hard work and commitment to the sport, and their commitment to the mission and values of BPS Athletics. Congratulations to the Team on their success, and all of BPS wishes you luck in the All-States!

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School Choice Season for the 23-24 school year is here! 


Schools are now holding information sessions to learn more about your school choice options & meet the school leader. Visit bostonpublicschools.org/schoolpreview for dates/times & to sign up! Registration for the 2023-2024 school year begins Jan. 4.

Celebrating National STEAM Day!


This past week we celebrated National STEAM Day on Tuesday, November 8th! This is an incredible opportunity to focus on how science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) are applied to real world situations, and how they represent the jobs of the future. STEAM has given us the COVID-19 vaccine, as well as more electric cars and buses on the roads today, along with solar cells for electricity are helping to reduce carbon emissions. All of this means that STEAM plays a role in our lives without us even knowing it. Superintendent Skipper is committed to ensuring that BPS is a national leader in STEAM education so that our students can conquer the math and science challenges of tomorrow.

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Employee Shout Out! 

The DESE STEM Team visited their 2022 Presidential Award State Finalists in their classrooms and schools last week. Our very own, Raushanah Muhammad, from the Murphy School in Dorchester, is in the running for this esteemed award. The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are the highest honors bestowed by the United States government specifically for K-12 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics teaching. The Awards were established by Congress in 1983. The President may recognize up to 108 exemplary teachers each year.

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BU Upward Bound!


The Boston University Upward Bound program is a rigorous college-prep program that provides afterschool and summer classes, tutoring, social enrichment and personal support throughout a student's high school career. This program is open to students in grades 9-11 from Brighton HS, CASH, English HS, MMA and Snowden International or who attend a public school and live in Dorchester, East Boston, Mattapan, or Roxbury. Students who participate are eligible for a small stipend and materials. The deadline to apply for the program is December 1st, 2022, students who participate are eligible for support with materials as well as a stipend. For more information, please email Reggie Jean at reggie@bu.edu

Learn more here.

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BPS Students Learning in the Community


Josiah Quincy Elementary School 4th Grade students and staff visited Armenian Heritage Park on the Rose Kennedy Greenway.  The visit to the Park for the Boston Public School students was lesson two in a three part lesson plan.  Geometry as Public Art: Telling A Story, inspired by the design and geometric features of Armenian Heritage Park on The Greenway, tells the story of the immigrant experience. Students were able to engage with the different shapes and sculptures at the park and learn more about the story behind them. Thank you to the Armenian Heritage Park for the amazing learning experience, and for promoting the values of  Remembering. Honoring. Celebrating.

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Partnerships in Action

Boston Green Academy, in partnership with BPS Facilities Team, Turner Construction, and Gensler Architects worked together to create a Maker Space room at the school.  This renovation, which started this past summer is a culmination of three years of planning.  This room includes a new recording studio, 3D printers, video-editing equipment, and brand new state of the art creative technology.  The incredible work of our partners has allowed the school to offer new elective courses, after school programming, and new opportunities for students to showcase their amazing talents.

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Share your BPS story!

BPS would love to share your experiences with us on its website, on social media, and through the Superintendent's remarks–or through a variety of other communications we use to communicate with the district. If you have a positive story about BPS and would like the public to know about it, please let us know at the following link. Feel free to pass this link along to your network.

Learn more here.

BPS is Hiring! 

OHC is working year-round to hire personnel at the Central Office and BPS schools. So let's help build our BPS Team. Please share hiring opportunities with your networks!

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