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Paraprofessionals unrewarded for work

Paraprofessionals unrewarded for work

Oliver Fox, Opinions Editor

December 3, 2019

According to the official town contract between the Brookline Educators Union (BEU) and the School Committee, a new, full-time paraprofessional is paid $18.64 an hour. According to a tool developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the living wage in Norfolk county for a single parent is...

LGBTQ+ at BHS: reflecting on the 1996 lawsuit

LGBTQ+ at BHS: reflecting on the 1996 lawsuit

Anoushka Mallik, News Editor

December 1, 2019

In 1993, when social studies teacher Polly Attwood came out to her students, Johanna Jenei felt uncomfortable with the information and asked to be transferred out of her class. When this request was denied, her parents moved her out of Brookline High School and into a Christian private high school. Three...

Location struggle jeopardizes BSSCC program

Location struggle jeopardizes BSSCC program

Oliver Fox and Taeyeon Kim, Opinions Editor and News Managing Editor

October 25, 2019

At a meeting held on Oct.17, it was confirmed that the Brookline Staff Children’s Center will have to leave their current location at the Baldwin School in South Brookline. The meeting included BSSCC representatives Jenny Longmire, Kathryn Leslie and Brittany Stevens and town representatives Interim Superintendent Ben Lummis and School Committee chair Julie Schreiner-Oldham and ...

Recent graffiti sparks debate and inspires change

Recent graffiti sparks debate and inspires change

Jackie Perelman, Arts Writing Editor

March 4, 2018

You wake up in the morning early so you can get dressed nicely; you do your hair, put on some nice clothes and head to school. You get compliments on your outfit and all in all you’re having a great day. You go to the bathroom in between classes to check yourself out, but as you look in the mirror, ...

Refuse Fascism holds rally in Boston Common

Refuse Fascism holds rally in Boston Common

Rachel Vin, Opinions Writing Editor

November 18, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

  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

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

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...

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