Education

SHS Culinary Arts Teams Up with Assembly Row Restaurant

From the moment that Vanessa Martinez saw the students from Somerville High School’s culinary arts program doing ice sculpture carvings at Taste of Somerville, she knew that she wanted to strike up a partnership. “I was so impressed by what they were doing and I said, ‘I would love to be able to see how […]


School Committee Candidate Profiles

Three newcomers are breaking into this year’s School Committee race. Emily Ackman and Kenneth Salvato will vy for the Ward 1 seat, left open by Steven Roix, and Susan McDonald-Nionakis is looking to oust Ward 2 School Committee member Dan Futrell. Election Day is Nov. 7, and the last day to register to vote is […]


Lab Report: The Therapy Dogs Who Help City Students

The door is hardly open when the chorus of young voices starts up: “Ripley!” “Yes—Monty!” “They’re here!” We’ve only just arrived inside the John F. Kennedy Elementary School on Cherry Street, so we’re not yet entirely primed on who the popular kids and teachers are at this particular educational institution. But it seems pretty safe […]




Somerville-Designed, Monster-Filled Card Game a Finalist in National Hasbro Competition

As he evaluates work from students at Harvard and Northeastern University, where he teaches game design, Somerville resident Jason Wiser often has some help from a certain pint-sized professorial protégé: his daughter, Yaela, who play tests the games while he grades them. Yaela also helps her dad design his own projects. Over the last year, as she became increasingly interested […]


Tufts Students Push For Sanctuary Campus Designation

Donald Trump’s hateful rhetoric toward immigrant groups—threats of a registry for Muslim citizens, a ban on immigration from the Middle East and mass deportations, to name a few—coupled with early warning signs of an authoritarian streak in his ruling style, have sparked massive backlash from activist groups across the country, including those on college campuses. […]


Highlander Kitchen: Somerville Students Serve a Serious Lunch

There’s a charming cafe on Highland Avenue, beautiful and bright, with natural sunlight streaming through a wall made up entirely of windows. In the dining room, two-dozen tables are adorned with white tablecloths and topped with little rectangular vases holding fresh-cut flowers, their deep red hue subtly echoed by maroon-colored cloth napkins folded into rose […]


Witchcraft and Literacy

On a rainy, humid September evening, the Somerville Public Library welcomed a group of dedicated readers for its first 2016 Somerville Reads event. Over cookies and grapes, attendees discussed this year’s citywide book selection, The Witches, a critically-acclaimed nonfiction account of the Salem witch trials by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Stacy Schiff. Somerville Public Library branch […]


Sleep, Science and the Somerville Public School Schedule

As more scientific data on teen sleep health has become available, schools across the country are looking to adjust their high school start times. Schools in 44 states have already adopted or will adopt a later start time, according to the nonprofit organization Start School Later. Massachusetts is no exception. Newton formed a working group this academic year to assess […]



Learning to Cook at Pizzeria Posto

Alpine Restaurant Group has brought a lot of good eats to Davis Square since it was founded in 2009. Pizzeria Posto, The Painted Burro and, most recently, the revamped Rosebud American Kitchen & Bar, have all helped cement Somerville’s growing reputation as a foodie destination. But starting later this month, you won’t even have to make the trek to Davis to […]