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  • March 27School Committee Meeting: March 30 at 6:00 PM in the Walsh School Committee Room, 5th Floor, Town Hall.

  • March 27 Brookline High School Dance Marathon for Boston Children’s Hospital: April 13th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Brookline Teen Center.

  • March 27College panel for students with learning differences will be held on Tuesday, April 4th at 7 pm in the MLK room

Brookline community discusses racial discrimination in the police force

Brookline community discusses racial discrimination in the police force

Bertina Xue, Arts Layout Editor
January 6
Filed under Conversations on Race, Hard News, News, Showcase

The room was packed at a meeting held at Town Hall on Jan. 5, 2016 at 7 p.m. Over 40 people signed up to speak in response to Officers Prentice Pilot and Estifanos Zerai-Misgun of the Brookline Police Department’s claims that they encountered racial discrimination within the police force and that they...

Administrators and Police Chief hold private meeting with students involved in altercation on Back to School Night

Administrators and Police Chief hold private meeting with students involved in altercation on Back to School Night

Haley Bayne and Sofia Tong
December 12
Filed under Conversations on Race, Hard News, In-Depth, News, Showcase

In response to an altercation that involved four students on Back to School Night, Thursday, Oct. 15, Headmaster Deborah Holman, Interim Superintendent Joseph Connelly and Brookline Police Chief Daniel O’Leary met on Thursday, Dec. 10 during both X- and E-blocks in Holman’s office with a total o...

PHOTOS: Back to School Night altercation follow-up leads to show of solidarity

PHOTOS: Back to School Night altercation follow-up leads to show of solidarity

December 10
Filed under Conversations on Race, Hard News, News

BREAKING: Headmaster Deborah Holman, Acting Superintendent Joe Connelly and Police Chief Daniel O'Leary met today during X-block with three of the four students involved in the Back to School Night altercation in October. Stay tuned for details.  ...

Advisory lesson prompts discussion on race

Advisory lesson prompts discussion on race

Sasha Saias and Rosa Stern Pait
November 11
Filed under Conversations on Race, News

  A schoolwide advisory lesson on Tuesday Nov. 10 prompted students to address racial tensions at the high school and offer their opinions. In the past month there have been some racially charged incidents, all of which contributed to a growing sense of inadequate racial awareness for some,...

Holman responds to Back To School Night Altercation

Haley Bayne, News Writing Editor
November 11
Filed under Conversations on Race, Hard News, Informational, News

According to Headmaster Deborah Holman, on Back to School Night, Thursday, Oct. 15, there was an altercation on Greenough Street between a passenger in car and students of color at the high school. Holman said that a faculty member at the high school approached her and filled her in on the situation...

Administration removes insensitive mural

Administration removes insensitive mural

Haley Bayne and Sam Klein
November 10
Filed under Conversations on Race, News

A mural depicting several athletes was painted over on Tuesday, Oct. 27 after students told administrators that the depiction of an African-American girl was an offensive caricature. In an announcement at the beginning of T-block on Tuesday, Nov. 10, Headmaster Deborah Holman explained the incident. “Two...

Race Reels: Vincent Who?

Race Reels: Vincent Who?

Mairin Quillen, Layout Manager
November 7
Filed under News, Race Reels

By Mairin Quillen The MLK room was fully packed to the point where some people had to sit on the floor during the Friday, Nov. 6th Race Reels, a monthly event that hosts a screening of a movie followed by a discussion on topics relating to race and racial identity.   The documentary shown t...

Summer reading tackles race issues

Summer reading tackles race issues

Valentina Rojas, Arts Editor
October 18
Filed under Conversations on Race, News

Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Freddie Gray. Their deaths brought to light vital issues surrounding police brutality and racism. The summer reading committee’s choice of “Caucasia” and “American Born Chinese” put race at the forefront of conversations this fall. The librarian represen...

Peeps on the Street: What did you think about the summer reading?

Peeps on the Street: What did you think about the summer reading?

Louie Goldsmith and Chris Bell
September 14
Filed under Conversations on Race, Opinions, Peeps on the Street

“['American Born Chinese'] was about a young boy of Chinese descent who moves to America and his struggles to identify with his culture and acclimate to his climate. I thought the book covered an interesting topic that there isn’t really enough about. There is so little about Asian culture in th...

SWS English teacher Abby Erdmann hosts last Race Reels of her career

SWS English teacher Abby Erdmann hosts last Race Reels of her career

Izzy Meyers, Editor-in-chief
May 21
Filed under Hard News, News, Race Reels

  SWS English teacher Abby Erdmann first created Race Reels in 2011, with the goal of educating the high school community on issues concerning race, and opening up a discussion. Erdmann, who will retire after this year, hosted her final Race Reels night on Wednesday, showing the film ...

Continuing the Conversation on Race

Continuing the Conversation on Race

April 16
Filed under Conversations on Race, News

WHY NOW? Last December, The Sagamore had our first pullout about race. Since then, the issue of racism has risen to greater national prominence and come to the forefront of the high school in the form of Courageous Conversations. Last year, we aimed to begin conversations; this year, we aim to work t...

RE: White Privilege

RE: White Privilege

March 27
Filed under Conversations on Race, Opinions

“That person who spoke first is wrong and racist.” “That wasn’t the way to please a crowd.” “That girl is racist towards White people.” These are some of the criticisms I received from White people about my speech at the ‘Tell Your Story’ assembly on Race Day. I get it; nobody ...

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