Friday, May 24, 2013
The Fontbonne Academy Class of 2013 included three Braintree residents.
Julia Butts, Brittney Cahill and Kylie Noonan received their diplomas from Fontbonne Academy on Thursday, May 23. The 56th commencement ceremony was held on the Milton school's front lawn. All three Braintree graduates are college-bound. Julia Butts will attend Yale, while Kylie Noonan is going to Eckherd College and Brittney Cahill plans to go to the University of Connecticut. Braintree was also well represented at the Fontbonne Academy Awards Ceremony on May 21. Julia Butts received the following awards" Excellence in Advanced Placement Calculus, Leadership in the Fountain Friends and Leadership to Ambassadors. Kylie Noonan was recognized for Academic Excellence in Masterworks Honors and Excellence in Theology 4.
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Several hundred more students are expected over the next few years in Braintree.
School officials are intent on addressing the space crunch in Braintree schools, at least in part, by September 2014. Superintendent Dr. Peter Kurzberg said this week that discussions are ongoing in the School Building Committee over how to add classroom space by then. Committee members are focusing on utilizing existing classrooms at the former schools Monatiquot, Foster and Eldridge. The School Committee tasked the building committee in February with examining both short- and long-term space needs solutions after last year receiving a report on long-lasting but costly fixes such as new construction, and this past winter wrestling with the option of adding permanent modular classrooms to each of Braintree's six elementary schools. In the …
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
The Massachusetts State Science and Engineering Fair was May 2-4 at MIT.
Braintree High School students captured three elite awards at the 2013 Massachusetts Science & Engineering Fair held at MIT, May 2-4th. Jacqueline Flynn, a sophomore presenting her first science fair project, was awarded 1st Place. Jackie's project exposed the brief period needed to effectively kill blacklegged (deer) ticks with the use of a clothes dryer. Her project caught the attention of state and federal officials, including the Centers for Disease Control, and was featured in the Boston Globe. Sonam Ghosh took second place with his project, "Detection of Anti-Breast Cancer Compounds in Extracts from Natural Products." The team of Nicole Clancy, Purva Rumde and Jiaying Su also took home a second place award with their "Power of…
Sunday, May 19, 2013
The below students from Braintree have been awarded academically.
These students are likely just a handful of the many accomplished scholars from Braintree in high school or college. If you know of any other students worthy of praise, email firstname.lastname@example.org or comment below! Champlain College Christine Casey, a resident of Braintree, MA, has been named to the Spring 2013 Champlain College Dean's List for academic achievements and achieving a semester grad point average of 3.5 or higher. Casey, daughter of Nancy and Peter Casey of Braintree, MA is majoring in Computer and Digital Forensics. The Champlain College 135th Commencement took place outdoors, under a tent on Edmunds Field in Burlington on Saturday, May 4. In all, 470 undergraduates earned their degrees. Vermont novelist and New York Times…
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The West Point Society of New England encompasses several states, but makes a special effort to connect with the Town of Braintree.
General Sylvanus Thayer is the namesake for several of Braintree’s iconic institutions and a prominent name in the town’s history. He also left his mark on history as the “father” of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Earlier this week an award was presented to a Braintree High School junior that honors this link between Braintree and one of the nation’s best-known leadership institutions. James Mahoney, of the Wamps’ Class of 2014, received the Sylvanus Thayer Leadership Award at the school’s awards ceremony on Tuesday night. Presented annually by the West Point Society of New England, the award recognizes a Braintree High School student who has demonstrated leadership traits and encourages them to continue their “pursuit of …
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The Abrahams Group audited the Braintree School Department late last year.
An independent audit presented Monday night to the School Committee calls for streamlining administrative and financial processes, improving technology infrastructure and looking at outsourcing departments such as food service and maintenance as a way of saving Braintree hundreds of thousands of dollars. Committee members said they will take the report under advisement and did not take any action on it during their meeting at Hollis School, the same place where a different makeup of the board approved the audit two years ago. Outsourcing certain services to save money by reducing employee salaries and benefits was the one recommendation quickly dismissed by several committee members as not worth the potential monetary savings. "There's …
Monday, May 13, 2013
Founded in 1845, the U.S. Naval Academy is a prestigious four-year college that
prepares midshipmen morally, mentally and physically to be professional officers in
the naval service.
The U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) invited a select group of approximately 2,550 young men and women from around the nation and abroad to attend the Naval Academy Summer Seminar program this year. Summer Seminar is a fast-paced leadership experience for rising seniors in high school. This program helps educate, motivate and prepare selected students who are considering applying for admission to USNA. Thomas O’Connell , a junior at Braintree High School, will participate in the 2013 U.S. Naval Academy Summer Seminar program. Summer Seminar teaches prospective applicants about life at the Naval Academy, where academics, athletics, and professional training are key elements in developing our nation's leaders. Each student will attend a six-day …
Fontbonne Academy is a Catholic, college-preparatory high school for young women sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston.
The following is from Fontbonne Academy: Fontbonne Academy senior, Julia Butts of Braintree, has been selected as a winner of a National Merit Scholarship. Julia was selected as a Semifinalist this fall. She fulfilled the competition requirements this winter, which included submitting a detailed scholarship application and presenting a record of very high academic performance. Julia was selected from approximately 1.5 million students who entered the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program, of which only 16,000 students were named Semifinalists. She is in a select group of the top 8,300 students in the nation to receive the award. Among the top students in her senior class, Julia is a member of the prestigious National Honor Society, …
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Last month, bomb threats found at the high school forced its evacuation.
For the third time in a little more than a month, Braintree High School administrators found a bomb threat in the school. The latest, like the others, was ultimately deemed not credible. But unlike when two notes were found in two separate locations April 25, the school day continued as normal Thursday after the threat was cleared. "This morning, in a 3rd floor bathroom of the building, writing was discovered that implied a bombing of the school," Headmaster James Lee wrote to parents in an electronic message Thursday morning. "With the police, school staff scanned the building for suspicious devices or anything that might substantiate the threat. There was nothing found. As before, at no time has this threat been viewed as credible." Lee…
The Braintree High fee is going up and new offerings are being made at the middle schools.
An expanded summer program at South and East middle schools will offer an academic bridge for students between grades, help ease elementary students' transition to a new school and offer new revenue streams to keep summer school solvent, East Principal John Sheehan told the School Committee earlier this week. The committee approved the changes with the expectation that Sheehan and Assistant Superintendent Maureen Murray will return in June with expected enrollment numbers to see if the expansion will be viable. In a separate but related vote, committee members unanimously raised the Braintree resident fee for summer classes at the high school level from $200 to $225. Non-residents will still pay $240 per course. Braintree High School will …