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Refuse Fascism holds rally in Boston Common

Refuse Fascism holds rally in Boston Common

Rachel Vin, Opinions Writing Editor

November 18, 2017


Filed under Hard News, News

On Saturday, Nov. 4th, the organization Refuse Fascism held a demonstration in Boston Common as part of a larger series of national protests. Above the crowd on the Parkman Bandstand, the organizers of the event led chants against the Trump administration. Signs against the “Trump/Pence regime”...

Heath principal receives widespread support after coming out as transgender

Heath principal receives widespread support after coming out as transgender

Jordan Watts and Sascha Wolf-Sorokin (multimedia)

October 18, 2017


Filed under Hard News, In-Depth, News, Showcase

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 Jun. 7, Sevelius came out through an email to the parents of students enrolled at Heath, but thi...

Q&A with Dean of Students Scott Butchart regarding BHS scholarships

Q&A with Dean of Students Scott Butchart regarding BHS scholarships

Haley Bayne, Co-Editor-in-Chief

May 23, 2017


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Scott Butchart, Dean of Students, grades 10 and 12 "I have been here 33 years and [BHS scholarships have] certainly been going on since I’ve been here. The first scholarship was established in 1920. So, it’s been a century." What is the Brookline High School scholarship process like? Typically, about ⅓ of the...

Immigration policies cause distress

Immigration policies cause distress

Leon Yang, Co-Editor-in-Chief

April 19, 2017


Filed under Hard News, In-Depth, News, Showcase

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 executive order has been revised to ban people without current visas from six predominantly Muslim c...

Educators officially ratify contract

Educators officially ratify contract

Louie Goldsmith, Co-Editor-in-Chief

March 27, 2017


Filed under Hard News, News, Showcase

The Brookline Educators Union (BEU) voted overwhelmingly to approve a contract proposal on Monday afternoon, March 27. The vote, completed by handwritten ballots in the Roberts-Dubbs Auditorium, occurred after almost three years of negotiations between the BEU and the Brookline School Committee. ...

Brookline yields achievements in STEM fields

Brookline yields achievements in STEM fields

Elene Chamberlin, Staff Writer

March 8, 2017


Filed under Hard News, In-Depth, News

  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. With over 35,000 high schools scattered across the United States, this year BHS is ranked 32...

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

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

Ella Kitterman, News Feature Writing Editor

February 2, 2017


Filed under Conversations on Race, Hard News, In-Depth, News, Showcase, Uncategorized

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, which were held in every department last year; the mission was to provide students with the opportunity...

Lunch and Learn Series proves effective for the English department

Lunch and Learn Series proves effective for the English department

Ella Kitterman, Feature News Writing Editor

January 31, 2017


Filed under Conversations on Race, Hard News, In-Depth, News, Showcase

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 a focus on race. Although there are many factors driving these changes, some of these issues were...

Update: The other side of the argument for Baldwin location

Update: The other side of the argument for Baldwin location

Valentina Rojas, Breaking News Managing Editor

January 31, 2017


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In response to the Sagamore’s Q&A with Superintendent Andrew Bott and Susan Wolf-Ditkoff, the Sagamore was made aware that the issue of the Baldwin location has sparked a lot of debate in the town. The Baldwin location was selected in October 2016 to be the location of the new elementary school...

Crowds gather at Copley Square protest against Muslim immigration ban

Crowds gather at Copley Square protest against Muslim immigration ban

Chloe Jepsen, Feature News Writing Editor

January 29, 2017


Filed under Conversations on Race, Hard News, News, Showcase

  Roars of applause following Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s call that “We are not alone” and chants from the crowd screaming “No hate, no fear, refugees are welcome here” echoed off of the buildings surrounding Copley Square on Sunday, Jan. 29. Thousands gathered at a last minute-protes...

Population increase demands new renovation plans

Population increase demands new renovation plans

Conor Ross, Staff Writer

January 29, 2017


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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, but in five years this will increase to almost 2,400. The rapid surge in enrollment creates issued r...

Public meeting covers the beginning stages of high school expansion

Public meeting covers the beginning stages of high school expansion

Ella Kitterman, Feature News Writing Editor

January 16, 2017


Filed under Hard News, News, Showcase

Parents and faculty gathered in the black box to discuss the process and plans for expanding the high school on Thursday, Jan. 12. This was one in a long series of meetings that have been held surrounding the issue of space in the high school. Superintendent Andrew Bott and Headmaster Anthony Meyer gave pre...

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