Sometimes We Need to Be Reminded…
… that our schools are full of great kids, hard-working and creative teachers, overworked and underappreciated administrators, and effective programs.
Read more about some of these outstanding people, schools and communities in our series: Spotlighting JFYNetWorks Partner Schools… June 2019 edition.
“2019 was a powerhouse of beautiful and talented people.”
The Brockton High School Class of 2019 has changed the school and city through its passion and diversity. Looking ahead, its students have set their sights on having an impact on the world.
Despite coming from a city where people live in poverty, the Class of 2019 thrived where most of its members graduated, and many passed college-level courses. Read more.
“Graduation is supposed to be our happy day. I say supposed to be because perhaps it isn’t that way for everybody, as you all may have personal obstacles that you have to overcome. But today – this day – you should feel proud. The Class of 2019 is here for a reason. Life can feel beyond our control at times. But what I – what we – should remember is this: we possess the judgment to set our own boundaries and acknowledge what it is we desire.”
“Today, we celebrate the end to an incredible journey,” said Class President Jasmine Manteiga. “Durfee is so much more than a school. We’re a family.”
He encouraged his fellow graduates to “pay it forward” in the years to come.
‘I ask you to be a much-needed leader in this world,” Neves said. “Spread positivity … be the light when darkness is all there is. Smile.’
Siblings Marlice Fernandes and Immanuel Fernandes were two new immigrant students in 2015, when they arrived from Fogo, Cape Verde.
“It was hard in the beginning, not knowing the school, not knowing anybody, not knowing the language,” said Immanuel Fernandes.
Four years later, the Fernandes siblings have mastered Brockton High, excelling in academics and sports, and helping other immigrants acclimate to Brockton High. They graduated June 1 and are starting college at UMass Dartmouth in September.
Dorchester’s Angeline Santiago is graduating from Madison Park Technical Vocational High School this week and is already earning credits towards an associate degree thanks to a partnership between Madison Park and IBEW Local 103.
Santiago is a part of a dual enrollment program that has allowed her to work towards a degree at Roxbury Community College, providing her with skills that students at most high schools will not learn until their post-college careers.
“We create life-changing opportunities for students by offering innovative programs and partnerships that set students up for a lifetime of success.