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Boston Red Sox, June 10, 2014

Former Sox pitcher Wakefield helps open new library

Knuckleballer helps unveil new facility for Joseph Hurley K-8 School


BOSTON — With two elementary school-age kids of his own, Tim Wakefield understands the importance of reading and how it lays the foundation for education.

That’s why Tuesday morning, the former Red Sox knuckleballer was on hand to help open the Joseph Hurley K-8 School’s brand new library, funded by Target’s School Library Makeover program and the Heart of America Foundation.

“States are now looking at third-grade reading levels to determine how many prison cells they should have,” said Wakefield. “That...

USES Blog, January 24, 2014

Arts Integration at Hurley K-8

“I’m starting with the inside because that’s where the babies will go and they’re the most important part,” explained Maia, as she shaped a ball of clay and began lining it with grasses, cotton and other soft materials. Students around the room echoed her concern for the eggs and baby birds. “These are tall sticks to keep predators out,” said Rowan, pointing to the “fence” he had constructed around the edge of his nest.

The students in Ms. Martinez and Ms. Vazquez’s K-2 classrooms at the Hurley school have spent the past month and a half learning about Animals and their...

El Mundo, June 27, 2013

Estudiante dominicano va a la Casa Blanca y al Capitolio

Enrique Pepén

Enrique J. Pepén de tan solo 16 años y de origen dominicano fue seleccionado entre 1,3000 estudiantes para que viaje a Washington representando a Massachusetts en un programa de seis días del National Youth Leadership Forum on Law and Crime Scene Investigartion (CSI) que busca que el estudiante tome contacto directo con la Casa Blanca, el Capitolio y los jueces de la Corte Suprema. Pepén tiene un gran potencial como líder y es un orador nato que tiene la política en las venas. “No soy ningún soñador, pero quiero llegar a ser presidente de los Estados Unidos...

Read More..., November 16, 2012

New Mission High School in Hyde Park wins $100,000 award for improved MCAS scores

Hurley K-8 and Sumner Elementary are finalists

Hurley staff and parents (front) look on as New Mission High School celebrates its School on the Move win

New Mission High School in Hyde Park was honored Thursday with the $100,000 Thomas W. Payzant School on the Move Prize.

The prize is presented annually by EdVestors, a Boston-based organization that works to speed improvements in urban schools, based on New Mission’s rapid advances in student achievement.

According to an announcement from EdVestors, between 2007 and 2011 New Mission students improved English scores on the MCAS 40 percent faster than the district average and math scores three times as quickly as the district average....

South End News, July 11, 2012

Hurley School gets a day of beauty

Parents and teachers work together for gardening project

Hurley School entrance following Deloitte & Touche's beautification project for IMPACT Day

Parents, neighbors, and other volunteers from the South End recently joined forces to help beautify the the grounds of the Hurley School. The project, which took place primarily on June 8th, came about after a first grade teacher’s classroom undertook an outdoor project of their own.

“This season, Mrs. Lindsay Brennen’s first grade class is growing a crop of beans, corn and pumpkins that will be harvested by the students this fall to learn about growing food. Conversations amongst other parents and teachers about the garden and related volunteer efforts quickly led to...

South End Patch, June 7, 2012

5 Things, Including a Top Teacher in the South End

Five Things You Need To Know Today, Thursday, June 7

Hurley teacher Jennifer Muhammad (3rd from right) with Superintendent Carol Johnson (2nd from right), Mayor Menino (2nd from left) and other honorees
  1. Hurley School teacher honored: Congratulations to Hurley School teacher Jennifer Muhammad, who was named one of 11 Boston educators of the year. Muhammad receved her award in front of Mayor Thomas Menino, School Superintendent Carol Johnson and other honored guests.
  2. Come fly the biting satrical skies: Looking for a good laugh?...
South End Patch, November 28, 2011

Five Things: Hurley School MCAS Scores Show Improvement

Math scores increased 8 percentage points in the most recent round of testing

Today is Monday, November 28. Here are five things you need to know today:

  1. Partly sunny skies today with areas of fog in the morning. Highs in the lower 60s. Wind gusts up to 25 mph.
  2. The Hurley School announced an 8 percent increase in its math MCAS scores from last spring’s test, earning the South End school a number five spot on the list of most improved schools in the district. Seventy-three percent of Hurley students...
South End News, November 23, 2011

The making of a top-choice school

Parents, teachers and leadership build success at the Hurley

Hurley second graders (Source:Kate Vander Wiede)

Their kids were three, maybe four, and their parents were getting nervous. Where would their children go to school? Would their peers live in the neighborhood? Would they have to leave the city to get out of the lottery system? It was 2002, and while goofing around on playgrounds, a group of South End parents began to think about how they could stay in the South End and provide their children with a top-notch, neighborhood-school education.

The solution they came up with was simple, but, as we now know, brilliant: find an under-enrolled school, sign their children up (and make...

Bay Windows, June 8, 2011

Unsung Hero: Marjorie Soto

To celebrate Pride, we happily sing the praises of our everyday heroes!

Full title: Hurley K–8 School Principal

Biggest professional accomplishment: I chose to become the Hurley School’s Principal because of the opportunity to develop the school’s Two-Way (Spanish-English) Immersion program and because of the amazing support demonstrated by a highly committed group of parents and community people. At the time, the Hurley was an undiscovered “diamond in the rough.” Today, the Hurley has a long wait list, has the best teachers...

El Planeta, February 25, 2011

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Massachusetts' Most Influental People for Latinos

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Hurley School | Principal

Thanks to Marjorie Soto’s leadership, the Joseph J. Hurley bilingual immersion school in Boston’s South End is becoming a model of integrated education for other urban schools. Described by parents as a leader, Soto is always available to attend to the needs of people who are bringing up their children at this education center, which serves students from diverse ethnic and socioeconomic groups.