“Dual-language programs have been growing in popularity nationally for several years now, spurred on by demand among native speakers of common languages as well as monolingual English speakers who want all the benefits that come from bilingualism.
In Boston, however, it has taken a long time to get enough people—and the right people—to agree Haitian Creole deserved to join Spanish in the public schools’ dual-language program. And it wasn’t only district administrators who had to be convinced. The Haitian community wasn’t entirely on board, either.
“Brain research has shown people who are bilingual perform better on a range of cognitive tasks, and long-term studies of students in dual-language programs show they score higher than their peers on standardized tests by middle school. When it comes to students who show up to school speaking a language other than English, dual-language programs that pair English with their native language have been the only ones shown to remove stubborn achievement gaps between these students and their native-English-speaking peers, according to the leading dual-language researchers Virginia Collier and Wayne Thomas.”
Packing didn’t exactly go as planned. In the weeks before leaving, I laid out all my clothes on the apartment floor, determined to pack perfectly this time around: One pile for California, one pile for storage, one pile for Germany. The furniture was gone and I took over the floor, everything was neat and organized. California outfits packed and wore perfectly. But when Saturday came, the final day, we packed the rest of the apartment into our cars and ran out of time. All prospective outfits were shoved in bags and we headed east to deal with clothes later. Continue reading “Leaving for Germany One More Time”→
On the 29th of August, I ate my last brunch in the peace of the Berkshire Mountains and packed up my entire life to bring it to my parent’s just north of Boston. Yes, it was harder than I thought and yes, it took way longer than I thought, especially considering what I had done the weeks leading up to my move… Continue reading “Summer Comes to a Close”→
By Mariah Prescott for iBerkshires Sports – Article published here 10:44PM / Monday, November 03, 2014
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Athol Red Raiders (8-7-3) didn’t go without a fight, but the Mount Greylock girls soccer team on Monday came out on top, 3-2, thanks to Kelsey Orpin’s goal midway through the first overtime, to advance in the Western Massachusetts Division 3 tournament.
By Mariah Prescott for iBerkshires Sports – Article published here 11:38PM / Monday, October 27, 2014
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — There is the usual pre-game buzz that comes with any competition, but by the last game of the season the players and parents always talk a bit louder and giggle a bit harder in the minutes leading up to the game. The Mount Greylock varsity girls soccer team’s 6-1 win over Taconic on Monday evening was no exception.
Sarah, who happens to also be my mom, asked me for a good picture to display on the website of her up and coming business, Dog Coach. Her website (currently under construction) explains her theory: “A positive attitude and patience are key when it comes to dog coaching. I’ll work with you and provide the tools to achieve a calm existence for your dog and a loving companion for you and your family.”