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Vol. VIII, Issue 4  |  Founder's Day, April 23, 2012
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Happy BLS Founder's Day: 1635 to 2012

As we reflect on how the Latin School experience has enriched all of our lives, we present a few excerpts from a speech Joseph P. Kennedy, BLS Class of 1908, delivered on April 23, 1935, at the 300th anniversary celebration. "The invitation to be here tonight was for me a precious opportunity to utter a simple word of gratitude for the institution for which I have a very special love and devotion ..." Read More

Reunion Weekend May 4 & 5

Don’t miss this incredible weekend!
Friday, April 27 is the last day to sign up. Register Today

Friday, May 4 

Alumni Day
at BLS

  • Presentations by Head Master Lynne Mooney Teta '86, faculty and students
  • Continental Breakfast followed by Student Tours
  • Luncheon
  • Prize Declamation
  • Class of 1962 50th Reunion Golden Diploma Ceremony and Memorial Service
  • Back to the Classroom Sessions

Red Sox Game and Pre-Game Gathering at Fenway

Saturday, May 5

Family Picnic at BLS

BLS and Alumni Big Band Concert/Cocktail Reception (featuring our Sumus Primi-tini) at the Sheraton followed by Class Dinners

Register Online
For complete information, visit our reunion webpage

Call for Award Nominations

Distinguished Graduate, Outstanding Recent Graduate and Volunteer Recognition
Deadline: May 1
Do you know someone who exemplifies the best of Latin School? Submit names for nomination to the BLSA Awards Committee by clicking here. For more information, contact Linda Glennon, alumni relations director.

A Life-Changing Journey

"The sites we have been seeing are all so incredible, even when I am standing in front of them sometimes I can’t even believe they’re there!"
Forty six Facing History students spent April vacation on an Eastern European trip visiting historic sites they have been studying in class. Follow them as they wrap up this life-changing journey via blog posts and photos. The Facing History program at BLS is supported by the generosity of the late Sheldon Seevak '46 and his family.

Intel Award Finalist

BLS has been named an Intel School of Distinction Finalist. Intel honors schools for their implementing innovative math and science programs and serving as models for other schools. Read more on Intel's website.

Reunion Class Gifts: A BLS Legacy

If you have already honored your reunion and BLS education with a gift, thank you! If not, please join your classmates in recognizing the milestone of your reunion by participating in your class gift and ensuring that BLS students today have every opportunity to succeed as scholars, athletes and artists. Make your investment in BLS today.

Arts Accomplishments

We are pleased to announce that The Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors Association (MICCA) Executive Board elected our own Arts Program Director Paul J. Pitts ’73 as the 2012 recipient of the Paul Smith Hall of Fame Award. Kudos to Mr. Pitts and all of our talented artists and musicians:

  • BLS Big Band earned gold at the Massachusetts Association for Jazz Education Cape Cod and Coastal festival, the Norwood Jazz Classic and the State Jazz Finals.
  • Five students represented BLS proudly at the All State Festival in Symphony Hall.
Learn more about these accomplishments and others, including upcoming Music Nights and spring theatre performances, at www.blsarts.org.

1635 Society: Planning Ahead for BLS

Have you included BLSA in your estate plans? We would like to thank you for your generosity by including you in the 1635 Society. Join more than 150 alumni and friends that have already included the BLSA in their plans. Visit our website for more information.

Science Mentor Program Needs Volunteers

young sci scholarHave one or two hours a week (September to January) to serve as a science mentor? Mentors guide mentees to complete a project and work with the students to hone their presentation skills. If you are interested, please contact parent coordinator Grace Zuo.

Calling All Classnotes

Visit the BLSA Online Community / myblsa.org to see up-to-date alumni news, notes and photos. Share your successes with classmates and the BLS community. Simply sign in and submit news of your own.

Wolfpack Highlights

Congratulations to the boys’ hockey team (15–4–3) who clinched the DCL/MVP Division 2 championship with a 3-0 win and to the wrestling team for their second place finish in the DCL, just five points behind the top spot! The wrestling team's Jeff Gibbons was named Coach of the Year. Boys’ basketball racked up an impressive 17–5 season, fighting its way to state competition. BLS swimmer George Lok ’12 was ranked sixth in the state in butterfly and free style. Sophomore sensation Maggie Mulligan led the girls’ basketball team to a 9–11 record, much improved over last year.

Points of Pride History Contest

Thank you to everyone who responded to our January question: Name the BLS graduate who was honored at the White House as a recipient of the National Humanities Medal and one of the foremost authorities on the absence of racial prejudice in ancient Rome and Greece. Congratulations to Michelle Slade '03 who knew it was Dr. Frank M. Snowden Jr. '28.

Visit the Points of Pride Contest webpage to see the answers to past questions as well as all of our proud winners.

April's question:
BLS antique classroom
Upgrades and renovations have reshaped our school over the decades, however one classroom space is preserved as a legacy to our rich history. Which classroom, pictured here, honors that legacy in a very tangible way?

Participants should send responses — including name and class year — magna cum celeritate via e-mail. We’ll be happy to reward the first correct responder with a small BLS item! Note: Alumni may win only once during an academic year.

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