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… August 2019 edition.
As a Fulbright Scholar, Elizabeth Cadavid, a 2013 graduate of B.M.C. Durfee High School and a 2018 graduate of the University of Massachusetts with a degree in Spanish, will be spending nine months in Spain where she’s expected to experience the culture and also share her insights on Fall River foods.
The school she’s assigned to is a plurilingual school where they speak three languages: Spanish, Galego and English. In addition to having strong English language skills, Cadavid said they also expect Fulbright Scholars to do a supplemental project related to another interest. For Cadavid, that interest is food; so she decided to bring her knowledge of Fall River food history to Spain.
Cadavid’s own background is Colombian, Portuguese and French, all of which have strong food histories. In her food program, Cadavid said she will be teaching the kids at the elementary school about the city’s Portuguese foods as well as how other ethnicities such as Brazilian, Greek, Lebanese and Polish have blended into the food scene in the city. #CongratsElizabeth
Brockton High School alumna Kassandra Rateau spent 12 years with the Phunk Phenomenon Dance Company, during which she appeared as a contestant on MTV’S America’s Best Dance Crew. She started her own studio, BCity Reps Dance Studio, in 2016 to bring those skills back to Brockton.
After 12 years with Phunk Phenomenon, Rateau returned to Brockton and started BCity Reps in 2016, she said, where she teaches alongside break-dancing teacher Osvaldo Baez, also a Brockton High alumnus, and guest instructors.
“I love dance, so I always wanted to my own dance studio,” she said, “and to bring what I’ve learned out there back here.” #GivingBack
Brockton Youth Creates: Artwork by Brockton Public Schools Students,’ which features about 60 works from Brockton students grades 6-12, is on display at the Fuller Craft Museum.
As the Fuller Craft Museum Director of Communications Titilayo Ngwenya explains, “There’s so much talent and vision. It’s a great opportunity to put it on view to celebrate those artists, to celebrate their work as well as the work of the teachers in the Brockton Public Schools system. These are the fruits of their efforts to teach art and keep the arts alive.”
Four schools have received approval in Massachusetts to launch new “Innovation Pathway” programs this year and next. The goal of the programs will be to give students experience in specific industry through a combination of college courses and internships. That brings to 25 the number of schools in the state that run the same kind of programs, all of whom are expected to have an employer or workforce partner.
Brockton High, is pursuing a pathway in healthcare, which will send students to Massasoit Community College, Bay State College, and Bridgewater State University for courses.
“Innovation Pathways provide students with important additional knowledge and direction so they are prepared to pursue careers in high-demand industries in the Commonwealth,” said Governor Charlie Baker in a statement. “Our administration is very thankful to the high school administrators who are doing the hard work to launch these new career pathways so students in the Commonwealth are better prepared for success after graduation.”
Source: the journal.com