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Heath principal receives widespread support after coming out as transgender

Heath principal receives widespread support after coming out as transgender

Jordan Watts (writing) 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...

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

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

Sascha Wolf-Sorokin and Lauren Mahoney

May 31, 2017


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

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, West Asian, South Asian, Southwest Asian, Southeast Asian, Central Asian and Northwest Asian were...

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...

Exclusive Q&A with new Superintendent Andrew Bott

Exclusive Q&A with new Superintendent Andrew Bott

Jason Altshuler, Arts Writing Editor

April 11, 2017


Filed under In-Depth, News

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 his son’s soccer team. The Sagamore sat down with him to learn more about his role. What do...

Students connect in religious clubs

Students connect in religious clubs

Jamie Martinez, Staff Writer

March 8, 2017


Filed under In-Depth, News

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 you do. You are given a full hour to debate and express your feelings about how to solve these pro...

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...

Spain trip live blog

Spain trip live blog

Esther Gilbert and Lena Harris

February 28, 2017


Filed under In-Depth, News, Showcase

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 though we were cooped up in a bus for over four hours, it was totally worth it. We drove through a bre...

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...

Population increase demands new renovation plans

Population increase demands new renovation plans

Conor Ross, Staff Writer

January 29, 2017


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

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...

Purposeful clubs at the school fight for feminist values

Purposeful clubs at the school fight for feminist values

Sofia Reynoso, Staff Writer

January 24, 2017


Filed under In-Depth, News, Showcase

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 Against Human Trafficking (SAHT). All three provide a space for students to discuss feminist issues ...

Day of Courage

Day of Courage

Valentina Rojas, Breaking News Managing Editor

December 17, 2016


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

  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 the "Telling Your Story" and "Latinx" blocks. For the past three years this day has educated and ...

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