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Vol. IX, Issue 2  |  October 2012
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New School Year Started on a Good Note

In September, students made sure the new school year got started on the right note ... literally! During the opening class assemblies Class V students actually sang the BLS mission statement to the tune of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow." Head Master Lynne Mooney Teta '86, P'18 welcomed the students back citing the many levels of support at BLS today. Many of these programs, like after-school tutoring and Saturday Success School, are made possible by alumni and friend gifts. Thank you to all of our generous donors for helping these students succeed!

BLS: A Top 3 Intel School of Distinction

The Intel Schools of Distinction Awards recognize the nation's most innovative math and science schools that "provide a rich, rigorous science or mathematics curriculum by incorporating hands-on investigative experiences." BLS finished in the top three in the U.S. for its outstanding science curriculum! Thank you to all of our hard-working students, dedicated faculty and BLS supporters who help make this honor possible!

Head Master Receives Doctorate

Our congratulations go to Head Master Lynne Mooney Teta '86, P'18 on the completion of her Ed.D. from Boston College. The head master participated in the Professional School Administrators Program at BC's Lynch School of Education. With two degrees already from Harvard (AB '90; M.Ed. '95), it demonstrates that with 20 plus years of administration and teaching under her belt, she is still determined to stay informed on what shapes quality education today.

History Lesson: Voting Matters

The Keefe Library will open its doors to approximately 2,000 civic-minded youth on Thursday, November 1, as BLS students cast their vote in a mock presidential election. The Keefe Library and BLS history department have joined forces to sponsor this exciting event that would certainly make the founding fathers proud! We will share results of the mock election on our website and social media channels next week, so stay tuned.

In Memoriam

Our community mourns the passing of an extraordinary son of Latin School, Alan S. Bressler '55, our 2010 Distinguished Graduate. His Latin School-forged work ethic grew family-owned Agar Supply Co. Inc. into one of New England’s largest, privately-owned companies. For more information about his life and legacy as a loyal benefactor of BLS, please visit our website.

Q: What do your Annual Fund gifts support at BLS?

A: Annual Fund gifts provided $19,030 in new computers for the library last year, part of more than $1 million in current use support that alumni, parents and friends of BLS made possible. Investments from the BLSA community are a vital part of daily life at Latin. Make your investment in BLS today.

Faculty Earn Accolades

BLS science master Timothy Gay was recently honored with the ING Unsung Heroes Award for utilizing innovative teaching methods and striving for excellence in education. He is also the recipient of an American Chemical Society grant that helps him reveal the wonders of chemistry to his budding scientists. Facing History master Judi Freeman has been chosen as one of 20 semifinalists from among nearly 700 international educators in the Facing History and Ourselves' Upstander contest. The finalist will be awarded a $5,000 grant for their FHAO program. Round 1 voting ends Friday, November 9, and you can vote once every 24 hours here: http://bit.ly/S8srqb. Congratulations to both of these outstanding educators!

1635 Society: Planning Ahead for BLS

For Gerald Devlin '78, his loyalty to BLS began with that fateful letter. "Getting in to BLS was a great moment for me. I knew by getting in to the city’s premier public school I would get the best education possible." He'll tell you, the decision to set up a charitable gift fund that supports BLS required little effort. "My intention was to use these funds for future philanthropic giving, however I wanted to be sure BLS was the sole beneficiary." He credits BLS with giving him the opportunity to ultimately achieve success in his career, and explains, "Remembering Latin in my giving is an easy decision." Visit our website for more information on the many ways you too can honor the Latin School legacy.

Athletic Highlights

October saw a strong start for BLS freshman football as the Wolfpack handily defeated Concord-Carlisle 29-0 on their home turf. A Boston Globe player of the week, Maggie Mulligan '14 scored 23 kills for the girls' volleyball team (14-4) recent win over Newton South. The Wolfpack girls' crew team felt honored to represent BLS as they rowed in the Head of the Charles regatta for the second straight year. These student athletes and coaches achieve more with your Annual Fund support! Thank you!

Matching Dollars Make Good Sense

Do you work at General Electric, Microsoft, Bank of America or one of the hundreds of other companies that match charitable contributions? Thanks to all of our alumni who reinvest in BLS through these programs effectively doubling or tripling their gifts. Check with your company today to find out if they sponsor matching gift programs.

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Points of Pride History Contest

Thank you to everyone who responded to our July question: Who is our own BLS alum, an Olympic gold medalist, who represented alma mater proudly in 1980 on the U.S. hockey team? Congratulations to Julianna Brody-Fialkin '02 who was first in with the correct answer: Jack O'Callahan '75.

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

October's 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"?

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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