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Volume VIII, Issue 2  |  October 27, 2011
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BLSA Annual Awards Dinner

Join us for our Annual Awards Dinner on Thursday, November 17, at the Marriott Copley Hotel. Congratulations to our honorees: Distinguished Graduate Award: Burton G. Malkiel '49 (renowned economist and best-selling author of A Random Walk Down Wall Street); Outstanding Recent Graduate Award: Rachel G. Skerritt '95(public education innovator and principal of the storied Eastern Senior High School in D.C.); Edward Lambert '39 Class Leadership Award: Peter M. P. Norris '50; and Lee J. Dunn Award: John F. Pow '51.  Register Online

Young Alumni Reunions - 15th, 10th, 5th

Young Alumni from the following classes are encouraged to join in their milestone reunion celebrations on Saturday, November 26. Kindly RSVP by Monday, November 21:
Class of 1996 15th Reunion at The Ames Hotel
Class of 2001 10th Reunion at Anthem
Class of 2006 5th Reunion at Scholars Boston Bistro

Nos Vos Celebramus

Head Master Lynne Mooney Teta ’86 invited the school’s most faithful supporters - members of the Fidelis Society (10+ years of consecutive giving); the 1635 Society (planned giving) and the Head Master’s Society (annual donors of $1,000 or more; $250 or more for recent alumni) - to join her for a Celebratory Brunch at BLS on Saturday, October 15. Following brunch, classmates Patrick Roche ’46 and the late Sheldon Seevak '46, along with family members, were recognized for their generous ongoing philanthropy as their names were installed on the lower frieze of the Assembly Hall. To all of the BLS faithful ... nos vos celebramus. We celebrate your support of alma mater and her alumni!

Coach and Faculty Earn Recognition

Boston Latin School's Christopher Doss (science) has been named a Teach Plus Teaching Policy Fellow, one of 25 top teachers selected to advance urban public education reform. Aimee Gauthier was named Massachusetts Biology Teacher of the Year and Adam Gray (mathematics) was named the 2012 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year! Girls' Volleyball Coach Kai Yuen has been selected as an inductee to the 2011 Massachusetts Girls' Volleyball Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame. Congratulations to all of them!

125th Thanksgiving Day Game

Calling all former football players, band alumni, cheerleaders and Wolfie mascots! Join with friends and family in Harvard Stadium at 10 a.m. for the 125th Thanksgiving Day Game: Latin vs. English! Take this opportunity to rekindle your BLS pride, gather some friends and celebrate the longevity of this fine Thanksgiving tradition. Band alumni are welcome to play with our talented student musicians at the game. If you need an instrument, please send Paul Pitts '73, BLS arts program director, an e-mail by November 11, to reserve an instrument. All are welcome.

Gratiae: Our Thanks

Join us in thanking the more than 3,000 alumni and friends who invested in the BLSA and the students, educators, coaches and administrators of BLS in the last fiscal year (July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2011). With gratitude for their gifts large and small, we thank them publicly for their support in Gratiae. Read about what your gift looks like, the efforts of classes who are honoring fallen classmates, Kevin Fidalgo '96 and Johnny Pimental '04, and philanthropists Richard Clarke '68 and Harry Jameson '50. Learn how the Latin School legacy inspires them today.

Mixer for Classes of '85, '86, '87, '88, '89

Join the Class of 1987 as they kick off the celebration of their 25th reunion. Members of the Classes of 1985, 1986, 1988 and 1989 are invited to reconnect with classmates and friends as well. Friday, November 25, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Hennessy's of Boston. RSVP by Monday, November 21.

Coleman Fund for Athletics

A Tribute to Coach David Coleman, celebrating his nearly 40-year career at BLS, took place on Saturday, October 1. Alumni and friends have raised more than $52,000 toward a goal of $100,000 for the David J. Coleman Fund for Athletics. It is not too late for you to join them in supporting the hundreds of Latin School kids who depend on alumni support to ensure they’re competitive and high achieving on the ice, field, track, court and water. Visit the website to view examples of how your support is used to give our student athletes the tools to succeed. 

2012 Reunions (Classes Ending in -2 or -7)

Save the dates!Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5, 2012
Classes of 1932 to 1992
Class of 1962 - 50th Reunion
Class of 1987 - 25th Reunion
Details will be available soon. 

WANTED: A Few Good Alumni Tutors

Latin’s Saturday Success School is currently seeking tutors. The program takes place at BLS on Saturday mornings from November to May. Tutors are needed in a variety of subjects: English, reading, math (Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1 and 2), foreign language (Spanish, French, Italian, German and Chinese), science (biology and earth science), history and — last but not least — Latin! Interested alumni are encouraged to contact Michael Giordano ’84, director of the McCarthy Institute for Transition and Support, at (617) 635-8895.

BLS Earns National Blue Ribbon

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has named BLS a 2011 National Blue Ribbon School, one of 255 public schools so recognized nationally for success in closing the achievement gap.

New Life for Old Instruments?

If you have an old instrument laying around — that is not making any music — please consider donating it to the BLS music department. All instruments are welcome (even if they are old BLS instruments that were never returned, no questions asked). If you have a valuable instrument and would like to make a tax deductible donation, you have to get a written appraisal. We can help with that. Please contact Paul Pitts '73 for more information.

Need some inspiration? Check out recordings of the BLS Music Night program from last year at BLSARTS.org. 

Points of Pride History Contest

Thank you to everyone who responded to our July question: When was the "Wolfpack" name adopted at BLS? No winners this time around. The name was adopted in 1970. Thanks to everyone who sent in a response!

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:
In honor of the 125th anniversary of the Latin-English game this Thanksgiving ... take your best guess:
What is the win-loss-tie record for this rivalry, the oldest continuous Thanksgiving Day matchup in the U.S.?

History buffs 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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