The Sagamore

Heath principal receives widespread support after coming out as transgender

Heath principal Asa Sevelius said he is
Jordan Watts and Sascha Wolf-Sorokin (multimedia) October 18, 2017

Last spring, Heath School principal Asa Sevelius publicly came out as transgender, becoming the first openly transgender school leader in Brookline, and one of only a couple in the United States.  On...

How comfortable do students feel talking about race in world language classes

The majority of students who took the survey distributed via Facebook and Canvas feel either very or somewhat comfortable discussing race in their world language classes.
Sascha Wolf-Sorokin and Lauren Mahoney May 31, 2017

The Sagamore compiled data from a Facebook and Canvas survey of 185 students. The survey included a ranking of students' comforts levels in each academic subject. *For the purposes of these graphics,...

Immigration policies cause distress

Many students, including seniors Fozan Sadiq, Selin Asma, Serra Muftu and sophomore Ranna Shahbazi, feel unsettled by recent xenophobic sentiments, which include executive orders closing the United States to people from predominately Muslim countries. Check out a documentary about Muslim students at thesagonline.com. Maya Morris / Sagamore Staff
Leon Yang, Co-Editor-in-Chief April 19, 2017

On Jan. 27, President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order that closed the United States to people from seven predominantly Muslim countries. Since then, after being blocked by various courts, the...

Exclusive Q&A with new Superintendent Andrew Bott

Brookline’s Superintendent Andrew Bott spent 14 years working the Boston Public Schools before moving to the Brookline Public Schools in 2014. Louie Goldsmith/Sagamore Staff
Jason Altshuler, Arts Writing Editor April 11, 2017

Brookline’s Superintendent Andrew Bott spent 14 years working the Boston Public Schools before moving to the Brookline Public Schools in 2014. In his free time, Bott enjoys skiing, reading and coaching...

Students connect in religious clubs

Religious clubs, such as the Jewish Student Club speak about current events and provide a safe place.
Jamie Martinez, Staff Writer March 8, 2017

During hectic days, it can be difficult to find time to talk about topics that you care about deeply. Imagine being able to settle down in a classroom full of students who care about the same issues as...

Brookline yields achievements in STEM fields

The town ranks 32nd in the nation for STEM fields.
Elene Chamberlin, Staff Writer March 8, 2017

  To be in the top 5 percent of any competition is a great achievement, but to be in the top .08 percent is outstanding. This year the high school has managed to accomplish that for math and science....

Spain trip live blog

Students gazed upon fishing villages in Asturias from on top of a mountain.
Esther Gilbert and Lena Harris February 28, 2017

Bus Ride to Asturias Feb. 24, 2017 Over the weekend, all 33 of us piled into a bus, off to visit the hometown of Spanish teacher Señora Marta Fuertes, Oviedo, Asturias, located in northern Spain. Even...

Lunch and Learn Series adds to diversification of world language classroom conversations

Although the tangible results from the Lunch and Learn Series in the world language department are difficult to measure, the series aided a process of diversifying the curricula.
Ella Kitterman, News Feature Writing Editor February 2, 2017

The world language department is making strides to effectively integrate race related conversations into their curricula. This is largely due to the new Identity Curriculum and the Lunch and Learn Series,...

Lunch and Learn Series proves effective for the English department

The Lunch and Learn Series helped the English teachers to hear students concerns and desires for their future curricula.
Ella Kitterman, Feature News Writing Editor January 31, 2017

Within the English department, teachers have been hard at work to change many long standing aspects of the English curriculum. Books, teaching methods and faculty demographics are being reexamined with...

Population increase demands new renovation plans

The large increase in the high school population requires the need for both short term and long term solutions to overcrowding at the high school.
Conor Ross, Staff Writer January 29, 2017

What do we know about the overcrowding problem? Enrollment in Brookline schools is increasing at a fast rate. According to 2016 enrollment projections, the high school has about 2,000 students,...

Purposeful clubs at the school fight for feminist values

GSA, NARAL and SAHT are three clubs at the high school that work to achieve equality.
Sofia Reynoso, Staff Writer January 24, 2017

Multiple clubs at the high school have an underlying feminist agenda. These clubs include the Gender Sexuality Alliance (GSA), the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL Pro-Choice) and Students...

Day of Courage

Senior Tyra Pierre recites an original poem during the
Valentina Rojas, Breaking News Managing Editor December 17, 2016

  The third annual "Asking for Courage" day took place on Dec. 15 at the high school. The "Middle Eastern" and "Say Their Names" blocks were new additions to the Day, joining into the mix of...

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