Milly's Monday METCO Message

HAPPY NEW YEAR! - January 6, 2020
More than 1,000 apply for first METCO lottery!
The first online enrollment window in METCO history is complete! More than 8,500 people visited the METCO, Inc. website (more than double the usual number) to explore the opportunity, and more than 1,100 applications were ultimately started. We are busy verifying every single one, checking that documents are complete and following up.

  • If you know someone applying, please remind them that they have to press Submit to be entered into the lottery later this month!
  • Applicants have until this Friday, January 10, to upload corrected information.
  • Our staff is available from 9 to 5 every day this week at our office to help people with each step of the process.
METCO Presents: Detroit Red brings Malcolm X to life
As a member of the METCO community, you are invited to a special performance of a new play at ArtsEmerson that tells the story of Malcolm X's coming of age right here in Roxbury. Detroit Red is a poetic and brutally honest portrayal of the activist that vividly brings our city's past to life. As always, we will hold an exclusive post-show reception, with appetizers and cash bar, to give Boston and suburban families the chance to discuss the production and build authentic relationships. Tickets are just $10. Recommended for ages 14 and up.
Saturday, February 8th
Performance 2pm | Post-show reception
Emerson Paramount Center
Robert J. Orchard Stage
559 Washington St.
$5 tickets are also still available for
ARETHA
presented by Boston Arts Academy
Roxbury Community College
February 1st at 2pm!
Free curriculum and resources to fight bias at school
With incidents of bias-based and sexual misconduct by students increasing, it's especially important for METCO partner districts to invest in highly visible campaigns about bias to support students as they learn in an integrated setting.The Boston Public Schools Office of Equity has launched a program called 24/7 Respect to empower students to know their rights and prevent and report offensive racial and sexual comments online. Beginning January 15, BPS is making the program available at no cost to METCO districts at their website.
The comprehensive program, designed for grades 6-12, includes:

  • Access to the 24/7 Respect video (above) in English and Spanish (with subtitles in Arabic, Cape Verdean Creole, Chinese, Haitian Creole, Korean, and many more)
  • Grade level specific lesson plans
  • Take-home family tips and activities
  • English language learner support guides
  • Special Education student support guides
  • Implementation guide for school leaders, including detailed rollout ideas and timelines, sample communications to families and staff   

Learn how to bring 24/7 Respect to your district here !
And if you participate, please let us know.
Students: Info Session about Island School opportunity
Info Session
January 14, 2020, 5:30pm
METCO HQ
40 Dimock Street, Roxbury
Boys and girls grades 9-10 are encouraged to apply for this year's $10,000 scholarship to the Island School, a two-week marine biology summer school in the Bahamas. Want to learn more? Meet 2019 scholarship winner Asia Kelly (above) and her family, as well as Taylor Hoffman, Director of Programming at Island School, at an Info Session next week. Light refreshments will be served.