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High school serves as polling location during historic election

High school serves as polling location during historic election

Maddie Nagler, Sports Writing Editor

November 9, 2016

Even though most students did not come to school this Tuesday, Nov. 8, and were able to enjoy the day off from school, many other Massachusetts citizens arrived at the Schluntz Gymnasium to vote. When asked which ballot question voters were most indecisive about, most mentioned question four, which...

Students attend annual Minority Students Achievement Network conference

Students attend annual Minority Students Achievement Network conference

Paul Miller-Schmidt, Opinions Writing Editor

November 9, 2016

From Oct. 12-16, a group of 11 students from the high school went to Chapel Hill, North Carolina to attend the yearly Minority Students Achievement Network conference (MSAN). According to junior Yama Estime, the participants collaborated with students from all over the nation, saw motivational speakers, vis...

School Committee and Educators Union continue to deliberate over educator contracts

School Committee and Educators Union continue to deliberate over educator contracts

Sascha Wolf-Sorokin, Feature News Writing Editor

October 28, 2016

At 1 a.m. on Sep. 21, the Brookline Educators Union (BEU) and the Brookline School Committee (BSC) signed a tentative agreement regarding the contracts for Unit A educators. The BSC voted unanimously to approve this agreement on Oct. 6, and the BEU will likely meet soon for a ratification vote. This...

BREAKING: School Committee designates Baldwin location for ninth elementary school

BREAKING: School Committee designates Baldwin location for ninth elementary school

Louie Goldsmith, Co-Editor-in-Chief

October 13, 2016

A joint board of Selectmen and school committee members voted Thursday night to construct a new elementary school at the Baldwin site. The site was chosen after it received a majority of support from both the five-person Board of Selectmen and the nine-person school committee. The meeting took place...

Firefighter in discrimination lawsuit fired by town

Firefighter in discrimination lawsuit fired by town

Valentina Rojas, Breaking News Managing Editor

October 5, 2016

Former Brookline firefighter Gerald Alston was fired by the Board of Selectmen Wed. Oct. 5, at a public hearing that he requested, according to the Boston Globe. Alston, who is Black, is currently a plaintiff in a discrimination lawsuit against the town stemming from a 2010 incident where a superior left him a voicemail that included a racist epithet. Alston has not worked since 2013, when he was placed in ...

School committee and BEU sign agreement

School committee and BEU sign agreement

Leon Yang, Co-Editor-in-Chief

September 23, 2016

According to a statement by the School Committee, it has reached an agreement with the Brookline Educator's Union in contract negotiations, specifically with teachers in the BEU's Unit A. Read it below: "The Brookline School Committee (BSC) is very pleased that after another mediation sessi...

Q&A with Associate Dean Alexander regarding fight in front of high school

Q&A with Associate Dean Alexander regarding fight in front of high school

Cleo Falvey and Valentina Rojas

September 16, 2016

On Monday, Sep. 12, a fistfight occurred between two girls on the steps outside after school. During the Tuesday advisory following the fight, an announcement was made by Interim Headmaster Anthony Meyer about the role of bystanders in the fight. The Sagamore sat down for a Q&A with Associ...

Meeting about new Identity Curriculum discusses individuality in classroom setting and learning environment

Meeting about new Identity Curriculum discusses individuality in classroom setting and learning environment
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Jason Altshuler, Breaking News Writing Editor

September 3, 2016

Teachers met at the high school on Tuesday, August 30 to discuss the new Identity Curriculum that has been created with plans of being piloted this school year.   Motivated by race-related incidents at the national, town and school level, a group of faculty and students met in the spring and sum...

UPDATE: New discrimation lawsuit filed by former Brookline Police Officers

UPDATE: New discrimation lawsuit filed by former Brookline Police Officers

Haley Bayne, Editor-in-chief

June 23, 2016

On June 20, Officers Prentice Pilot and Estifanos Zerai-Misgun filed a new lawsuit against the Town of Brookline in Massachusetts Supreme Court, according to a statement from their lawyers. In Dec. 2015, Pilot and Zerai-Misgun alleged racial discrimination within the Brookline Police Department, which...

Diversity Hiring Committees face complications

Diversity Hiring Committees face complications

Susanna Kemp, Staff Writer

June 14, 2016

The English and social studies departments have had difficulty hiring their preferred candidates of color this spring due to two roadblocks: salaries that do not honor out of state teaching experience and a state-mandated Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) endorsement, which verifies a teacher’s ab...

Meyer chosen as Interim Headmaster

Meyer chosen as Interim Headmaster

Louie Goldsmith, Opinions Editor

June 9, 2016

Interim Superintendent Dr. Joseph Connelly and Incoming Superintendent Andrew Bott announced at a meeting on the morning of Thursday, June 9 that Dean Anthony Meyer will serve as Interim Headmaster during the 2016-17 school year.

Elevated lead rates in water were false alarm

Elevated lead rates in water were false alarm

Valentina Rojas, Arts Managing Editor

June 2, 2016

In an email sent to Baker and high school parents by interim superintendent Joseph J. Connelly, he quotes from the MWRA statement and apology after they mistakenly reported on the water tests done at the two schools. “"MWRA mistakenly reported that two samples from Brookline schools...

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