Milly's Monday METCO Message

December 16, 2019
METCO Directors learn online referral system
As the application window nears its end, we are widening our focus to the referral process that will run through spring and summer of 2020. Last week, METCO Directors met with Milly and Colin for a training on the new software. Instead of picking up stacks of folders at Dimock Street, their new login allows them to view, communicate with, and make decisions about referred students all online. Our goal is to improve efficiency to free up their time to serve students, and improve transparency to make the family experience less stressful.
There are just three weeks left for Boston families to submit their applications and be entered into the lottery for fall 2020! Did you see our ads in the Dorchester Reporter, Boston, Hyde Park or Roxbury Bulletins? Please download these flyers and share them with the communities you're a part of.
Families celebrate Black Nativity and build community
About 150 members of the METCO community from all ages came together to meet, share, and appreciate a Boston tradition at our latest "METCO Presents" event, sponsored by BASI/Outside the Box Act 2. Black Nativity, Langston Hughes' gospel pageant, shares roots with METCO; it was first publicly performed in 1970 for an audience of METCO families! METCO Directors Aleisa Gittens-Carle of Cohasset ( below left, with METCO alum/parent and Black Nativity board member Dr. Kafi Meadows) and Andrew Nyamekye of Concord-Carlisle (with guests).
METCO students ace math test for Calculus Project
A number of METCO districts partner with The Calculus Project, a program that provides Black, Hispanic, and low-income students with intensive summer math courses to ensure they are prepared for STEM careers. Recently, two students in its peer teacher program achieved a significant milestone when they passed the Massachusetts Teachers Test for middle school math. Aiko White (Cohasset High School, left) and Jonathan Pierre (Bedford High School, right) earned qualifying scores (alongside only a third of African-American test-takers), clearing one hurdle to become certified math teachers if they choose to become educators. Meanwhile, they are using their deepened math knowledge to provide younger METCO students with the experience of learning from a math expert who looks like them. Congratulations on your accomplishment, Aiko and Jonathan! You can learn more about The Calculus Project and BU Leadership Academy, and its founder Dr. Adrian Mims, here.
REMINDERS: HQ Internship, Bahamas school deadlines
Paid after-school internship to develop a historical tour of Boston's education activists.
$10,000 scholarship for two-week marine biology summer school in the Bahamas.