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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, 2015


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, 2015


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, 2015


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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, 2015


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“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 ...

Day of discussion about race and racism to be held Tuesday

Day of discussion about race and racism to be held Tuesday

March 2, 2015


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“Often in our classes we’re moving through curriculum, and when huge events happen in the United States and in the world that have to do with race and racism, sometimes we don’t actually stop and pause and discuss those events as much as we should,” history and Social Justice program teacher...

Creating racial cohesion from understanding

Creating racial cohesion from understanding

April 11, 2014


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During our Martin Luther King, Jr. Day assembly, I delivered a speech about the quiet racism in Brookline and the apathy that we, as students, exhibit. I challenged the school population, chiefly teachers and students, to engage in more discussions centered around race. In my English class immediately aft...

Race Reels opens dialogue

December 18, 2013


Filed under News, Race Reels

With thought-provoking films and discussion time in a circle, Race Reels is not the average high school movie night. From topics that range from post-911 discrimination to racism in high school to Chinese adoption, the program shows a movie about race and racial identity each month and engages the audience...

Race Reels initiates difficult dialogue

Race Reels initiates difficult dialogue

November 19, 2013


Filed under Arts, Race Reels

The room was full. Every seat was taken, with some people standing in the back. All eyes were on the screen as Weston High School graduate Kandice Sumner explained life as a Metropolitan Council for Education Opportunity (METCO) student. She talked about waking up at dawn every day to catch t...

Adrian Mims resigns

Adrian Mims resigns

August 31, 2013


Filed under Conversations on Race, Hard News, News

Dean of Students Adrian Mims has resigned. "It is with sadness that I announce that Dean Mims is moving on from Brookline High," Headmaster Deborah Holman wrote in a letter sent to parents and students on August 23. "While we will greatly miss him and his leadership, we wish him the best of luck." In a le...

Race Reels opens new dialogue

Race Reels opens new dialogue

November 19, 2012


Filed under Arts, Race Reels

“I think our generation is especially good at connecting the dots and fighting in a way that lifts up all of us,” said Sikh activist and filmmaker Valarie Kaur after a screening of her documentary, Divided We Fall, in the MLK Room on Oct. 17 as part of the Race Reels documentary series. SWS English tea...

Dean files complaint with MCAD

Dean files complaint with MCAD

June 7, 2012


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Dean Adrian Mims filed a complaint with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) against Superintendent Bill Lupini and the Brookline Public Schools on April 6, alleging racial discrimination after his unsuccessful application for headmaster this year. Mims stated that his freedom ...

The Sagamore talks with legal expert about MCAD process

June 4, 2012


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While doing research for articles about the discrimination complaint Dean Adrian Mims filed with MCAD against Superintendent Bill Lupini and the Brookline Schools alleging racism during this year’s headmaster search process, The Sagamore talked to a legal expert about MCAD and complaints. Nanc...

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