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Vol. IX, Issue 3  |  January 2013
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Gaining Perspective via Global Partnerships

Thirty seven Chinese students from the most prestigious and academically rigorous high school in Beijing, Number 8 School, will be visiting BLS from February 1 through 11. The visit is being sponsored by the U.S./China Scitech Education Promotion Association, hosted by BLS, and supported through private funding in association with Bill Schawbel ’57, Civic Strategies Partners and The Nobel Laureate School Visits. The program is designed to provide both sets of students with a memorable learning experience that will be focused on understanding more about STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) research and career opportunities in those fields.


Reunion Weekend 2013: May 3 & 4
Classes from 1933 to 1993 ending in 3 or 8

We hope you will be able to join with classmates and fellow alumni for Reunion Weekend 2013 in Boston May 3 and 4.

  • Friday, May 3: Day at the School
  • Saturday, May 4: Family Picnic at BLS/Evening Banquets

Interested in bringing your classmates together for this special celebration? For more information, contact Megan Pitts ’05. Musicians interested in performing with the alumni big band on Saturday, May 4, please contact Paul J. Pitts ’73, BLS arts director, for more information! For accommodations, please contact the Sheraton Boston Hotel (Prudential Center) to book a room at the reunion group rate of $219 per night just by referencing “BLSA.” Call (888) 627-7054 before April 1. Watch for complete registration materials in March. Meanwhile, reach out to your classmates and log in to BLSA Online to verify/update your contact information with us. See you in May!


Faculty Accomplishments

History teacher Judi Freeman was named "Most Inspiring Educator" in the 2012 Upstander Contest, an international program sponsored by Facing History and Ourselves celebrating educators, administrators and school staff who have taught their students the importance of participating in a democratic society.


Physics teacher Aaron Osowiecki recently achieved National Board Certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Educators earn this certification through an intensive, multi-year process of standards-based performance assessment and peer review, according to the NBPTS website.


School News

At the beginning of the month, BLS sent 28 student musicians to the Eastern District Music Festival which BLS hosted for the fifth year. Seven of these talented musicians were also accepted to All-State Festival and will be performing at Symphony Hall in March: two earned #1 rank in the state and three others ranked in the top 15! Two seniors were also selected for The National Association for Music Education's All-East Honors Ensembles.


Congrats to the BLS Big Band which was accepted into the Charles Mingus High School Festival Finals and will be competing in New York in February. This is a competition showcasing young jazz talent from high schools across the country and Canada. Thanks to everyone who supports all of our fine young musicians!


Seventeen members of Wolfpack teams were named DCL Fall All-Stars. Three student athletes were named Boston Scholar Athlete’s “Most Valuable Scholar Athletes.” Your gifts through the BLSA are literally "game changers" in the lives of these student athletes and their coaches. Gratiae!


Seven BLS seniors have been named Posse Scholars, earning full-tuition college scholarships and are headed to: Denison University, Bryn Mawr College, Union College, Hamilton College and Bucknell University. Founded in 1989, The Posse Foundation identifies public high school students with extraordinary academic and leadership potential. We wish them well!


In December, the BLS Junior Classical League (JCL) won first place in the annual Two Minute Play Competition during Classics Day at BU with an entry that was student written and directed. In February, BLS JCL will be hosting its 3rd annual Certamen Tournament - described by the students as “a fun day watching enthusiastic, classics-loving students!” - open to all JCLers in Massachusetts.


BLS thespians presented "Unnecessary Farce" in December, a raucous show that involved kilts, assassins and a lot of doors! Up next in the Black Box Theatre, the Yellow Submarine Improv Troupe. Visit blsarts.org for the latest on upcoming BLS theatre productions.


1635 Society: Planning Ahead for BLS

Congress has re-authorized the provision that allows you to make a 2013 tax-free gift by December 31, 2013, from your IRA to BLSA. This means you have a new source of tax-advantaged funds to use to make a gift. If you’re 70½ or older, find out how your charitable giving just got easier! For the 2012 tax year, you only have until January 31, 2013, to complete your gift. Act today! For more detailed information, contact Elizabeth Cahn, gift planning advisor, directly at (617) 450-0004 x38 or visit the website.


Did You Get a Call from the BLSA This Winter?

Eleven members of the classes of 2009 through 2013 were in our offices for five weeks over their winter break reaching out to alumni of all ages to encourage support of BLS and BLSA programs through the Annual Fund. Hockey player, Ward Fellow, peer educator, choral musician, after-school tutor: all are examples of your gifts in action. Their successes - and their appreciation your investment in them - are a testament to what the Annual Fund provides for BLS today.


Classnotes Wanted: Send In Your News

Don't leave all your updating to Facebook and Twitter! We want your up-to-date alumni news, notes and photos! Share your successes with classmates and the BLS community. Simply e-mail us and submit your news today.


Points of Pride History Contest

Thank you to everyone who responded to our October question: Can you name the once 19-year-old student turned general manager whose business acumen earned him chair of the board status by the tender age of 30 and whose Latin-hewn work ethic proved to consumers "a corporation has to have a soul"? Congratulations to Duncan O'Brien ’78 who was first in with the correct answer: Sidney Rabb '16 (who introduced an idea new to retail in 1918: the self-service, modern supermarket, and founded the Economy Grocery Stores, which later became Stop & Shop, Inc.).

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

January's question:
Which BLS distinguished graduate was well known for his contributions to the development of instant photography as well as academia, serving as Brandeis’ first chair for the school of science, first dean of the faculty and its first university professor?

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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