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Exclusive Q&A with new Superintendent Andrew Bott

Brookline’s Superintendent Andrew Bott spent 14 years working the Boston Public Schools before moving to the Brookline Public Schools in 2014. Louie Goldsmith/Sagamore Staff

Jason Altshuler, Arts Writing Editor

April 11, 2017

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

Religious clubs, such as the Jewish Student Club speak about current events and provide a safe place.

Jamie Martinez, Staff Writer

March 8, 2017

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

The town ranks 32nd in the nation for 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...

Spain trip live blog

Students gazed upon fishing villages in Asturias from on top of a mountain.

Esther Gilbert and Lena Harris

February 28, 2017

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

Although the tangible results from the Lunch and Learn Series in the world language department are difficult to measure, the series aided a process of diversifying the curricula.

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

The Lunch and Learn Series helped the English teachers to hear students concerns and desires for their future curricula.

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...

Population increase demands new renovation plans

The large increase in the high school population requires the need for both short term and long term solutions to overcrowding at the high school.

Conor Ross, Staff Writer

January 29, 2017

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

GSA, NARAL and SAHT are three clubs at the high school that work to achieve equality.

Sofia Reynoso, Staff Writer

January 24, 2017

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

Senior Tyra Pierre recites an original poem during the

Valentina Rojas, Breaking News Managing Editor

December 17, 2016

  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 ...

“Serve my country to the last stitch”: Honoring alumni lost in World War 1

Louie Goldsmith, Co-Editor-in-Chief

December 5, 2016

2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of American involvement in World War I. Though “The Great War” has been romanticized as a conflict in which American involvement quickly pushed a years-long stalemate into an outright Allied victory, over 100,000 American servicemen lost their lives...

Looking Down the Sights: An Investigation into Firearms in Brookline

A Sagamore reporter shooting in the range at Mass Firearms. Anyone may shoot with an instructor, regardless of age, without a license.

Rosa Stern Pait

June 17, 2016

There was a spent bullet casing on the floor in the bathroom. Gunfire could be heard from everywhere in the building. The air smelled faintly of gunpowder. This was the Mass Firearms School in Holliston, MA, about a forty-five minute drive from Brookline. The journey to own a firearm in Brookline beg...

Diversity Hiring Committees face complications

The photos of the English (right) and social studies (left) department teachers are displayed outside the department offices.

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...

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