Category Archives: School News

Blackstone 4th Graders enjoy Vermont farm life

The friends of Blackstone recently funded a bus for our 4th graders to visit a lovely Vermont farm where they got to stay overnight, engage in farm activities and incorporate teaching and learning during their stay.  Here’s a  video they put together of their visit:  https://youtu.be/kNCUJ5Lz4Hg.

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New “fidgets” help those with learning challenges

Richard Sanchez, Yoniel Guzman and Yeru Beltre are pictured with new “fidgets” purchased by Friends of Blackstone School.  These gadgets help students to relieve stress and focus on learning.

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We are Grateful for the Blackstone Innovation School!

As we get ready to celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends, we’re reminded how grateful we are for the Blackstone Innovation School community. The image below, created by a third grade student, beautifully captures the power of Blackstone’s approach to building an inclusive community that supports the development of the whole child. Critical to the […]

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Fall Arts Classes

Fall art classes have been off to a great start with projects geared to the school wide celebration of Spanish Heritage Month at the Blackstone. Art teacher Olivia Chaffee engaged her kindergarten through 2nd grade classes in a mask making project.  Students made Mexican Luchador masks from recycled cardboard lunch trays and found inspiration from […]

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Friends of Blackstone Present School Tour and Info Session

On Friday, May 1st the Friends of Blackstone School hosted a school tour and information session for 15 friends, neighbors and supporters of the Blackstone Innovation School. Attendees were able to learn about the great work happening at the Blackstone and experience firsthand the bright and vibrant energy of the school.

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Mayor Walsh Visits the Blackstone School

Post by Boston Public Schools.

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Community Partners Workshop and Presentation by Danish Kurani

On June 11, Friends of Blackstone School hosted a Community Partners Workshop. The goal of the meeting was to update current community partners and also potential new partners and friends with an update on the progress of the school’s turn around. Principal Cynthia Paris-Jeffries presented solid data on the tremendous improvement of students’ academic achievements. […]

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A Tree Grows in the Blackstone School

Last November the Friends of Blackstone School collaborated with the Boston Center for the Arts on a two-day, hands-on art project with the fourth grade students in Erin Rua’s class.   Students combined a visit to the BCA’s Mills Gallery with hands-on production in their classroom.  At the gallery they learned about the ancient art of […]

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Generous Donation Adds Winter Beauty to Blackstone’s Entrance

The planter benches at the entrance to the Blackstone School have been beautifully planted thanks to the generosity of Mark Corbin of South End Gardens and Peter Cavallaro of Boston Flower Market. We are grateful for the much need color that these plants have brought to the Blackstone School and Mark’s and Peter’s generosity. Check them […]

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2012 MCAS Results Demonstrate Significant Improvement

The results of the 2012 Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) provide an affirmation of the academic progress made by the students of the Blackstone School. Based on students’ MCAS performance last year, the Blackstone school exceeded 13 out of 14 of its performance goals and cut the math failure rate in half from two years […]

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