METCO

The Metco Program is a grant program in part funded by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It is a voluntary program intended to expand educational opportunities, increase diversity, and reduce racial isolation, by permitting students in certain cities to attend public schools in other communities that have agreed to participate.The Program has been in existence since 1966 and was originally funded through a grant by the Carnegie Foundation and United States Office of Education. In that year the first Metco legislation was filed, METCO Inc. was established, and seven school districts began accepting the first two hundred Metco students. Currently, there are about 3,300 students participating in 33 school districts in metropolitan Boston and at four school districts outside Springfield.

SPS Students from Boston participate in a wide variety of activities.  Haynes students, for example, are involved in a staff mentoring program and attend system-wide Stay and Play dates across the school calendar.  Middle school students take advantage of the after school program scheduled twice weekly at ECMS.  Social activities, such as the annual Pot Luck Dinner and Frog Pond Skating Social foster a sense of greater community for both Boston and Sudbury families.  All parents are invited to join the Steering Committee that initiates and oversees these experiences in conjunction with the Academic Advisors and Program Director.

BOSTON/SUDBURY FAMILY PARTNERSHIPS

Posted on: October 16th, 2017 by webmaster
The Family Partners Program is an initiative to develop cross-cultural relationships and build community within the District.  Sudbury and Boston families partner together in order to broaden relationships through the sharing of family, cultural, and social experiences. Sudbury families may serve as a source of information about the District, provide a sounding board should questions arise or offer a place for a student to stay prior to an evening event. It is our hope that each Boston family has the opportunity to engage in a partnership when their student enters the District and that the relationship continues to broaden the experiences of both families over the years.

At the elementary level, Boston students are encouraged to invite a friend to “Stay and Play” on four early release afternoons across the year. The first of these is an afternoon of activities supervised on site by members of each school’s Parent Organization and METCO staff.   Stay and Plays scheduled later in the school year provide opportunities for resident students to invite a Boston friend to spend the afternoon in their home.  These activities enable social connections that create a sense of affinity for both communities.

Please contact the METCO Student and Family Engagement Coordinator at your school for additional information about participating in the Family Partnership Program or attending a Stay and Play.

 

Haynes and Nixon Schools:  diane_krasnick@sudbury.k12.ma.us

More info to come …

Posted on: July 25th, 2017 by webmaster