Newsletter, December 2015

Student of the Month:
Brandon Miner

Congratulations to our Student of the Month – Brandon Miner – a senior at Dover-Sherborn High School. Brandon is a unique and talented young man. He is charismatic and is a strong leader. Brandon has been described as motivated, friendly, bright and witty. Brandon recently finished his last season of high school football, scoring a crucial touchdown for the victory of the team. This wraps up a successful career of high school ball that saw Brandon rise to the position of team captain, which has evolved into a future on a college team. Brandon is also an accomplished Skiier, placing in the top rankings many times in Vermont. Brandon also helps others to learn the sport that he loves on the mountain, using his leadership abilities to improve athletically even off of the football field. Brandon also has a mind for many topics that are beyond his years. Brandon has a strong grasp of history and civics. He can carry a conversation about politics with a knowledge base that is well above average. Brandon has many interests in and out of academia, and makes time for his friends somewhere in between all of these pursuits. Brandon is an exceptional student and we are very happy to see him move on to the next step in life with full confidence in his success. Good luck Brandon!

Tutor of the Month
Patrick Duane

JBG wants to recognize Patrick Duane. Patrick was raised in New Canaan, Connecticut and made the move to Boston for a Bachelor of Arts in English from Northeastern University. After volunteering and working at The Hole In The Wall Gang Camp for four summers, Patrick worked as a high school teacher for a year before returning to Northeastern to earn his Master of Arts in English. Throughout this time he volunteered at 826 Boston as a writing tutor and became a full time staff member in a pilot program that placed a writing center in The O’Bryant School in Roxbury, MA. He spent the past two years earning his degree at Northeastern and assisting high school students of all ages with their creative and expository writing. A proponent of one-on-one attention to student writing, Patrick has helped countless teenagers brainstorm, write, and edit college essays, research papers, and almost every other genre of writing. He tutors in english and writing. In his free time Patrick enjoys watching hockey, exercising, reading, writing, listening to music, sitting at the beach in Cape Cod and searching for the perfect cone of ice cream.


Ways to Make a Difference
By Stacy Padula
Today, community service and volunteerism are very important parts of a college application. Furthermore, philanthropic and community assistance can be very rewarding and can increase personal happiness. During the holiday season, it is common for people to stop and reflect on the many ways that they are blessed. This “attitude of gratitude” often fosters a desire to give back to the community and spread holiday cheer. If you are curious about volunteer opportunities in the Massachusetts area—for now or later—here are some suggestions:

The Jimmy Fund, one of New England’s largest charities benefitting the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, has numerous events throughout the year for which they are always accepting volunteers. Annual events include the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk in September, the WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon in August, and the Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl at a City Hall Plaza—which is basically a giant ice cream festival with all admissions going directly to the Jimmy Fund. Volunteers give out spoons and help set up and clean up the area, all while having fun and helping raise money for cancer research. 

The United Way, whose slogan is “together, we can do more than any of us can alone,” welcomes volunteers throughout Massachusetts. The United Way has volunteer opportunities for children, young adults, and families—so there is something for everyone. Opportunities include reading, tutoring, and mentoring younger children, as well as organizing donation drives, helping stuff baskets of supplies for less fortunate families, working United Way events such as the annual Community Care Day, and even helping low-income families with tax-preparation to maximize their credits and refunds. 

Finally, for anyone looking to help the homeless and hungry in Massachusetts, the Greater Boston Food Bank, located in the Newmarket section of Boston, is always accepting volunteers to help sort and serve food in their warehouse, as well as in local food pantries and soup kitchens around Eastern Massachusetts. In addition, one of Massachusetts’ greatest pushes against hunger is Project Bread’s annual Walk for Hunger. You can sign up to volunteer or to walk twenty miles through picturesque Boston and its suburbs in order to raise money for the hungry in Eastern Massachusetts. 

During the holiday season, many religious organizations offer assistance to those in need. If none of our above suggestions appeal to you, you may want to call your local church or temple to see how you can help brighten someone’s Christmas or Hanukah. Additionally, there are many restaurants, such as Main Street Sports in Plymouth, who have opened their doors in the past to provide meals for the homeless. Town newspapers and facebook pages usually publish local events and places that are seeking volunteers and/or donations. As Abraham Lincoln once said, “To ease another’s heartache is to forget one’s own.”
From the Staff at JBG
We want to take the opportunity to say happy holidays to everyone in the JBG family. Each year is made brighter and better with the wonderful families who allow us the privilege of working with them. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We love you!
             Jamie, Eric, Stacy, Brianne,
             and the whole JBG team


Tip of the Month
Your top schools are on social media! Most colleges have pages on Facebook, Twitter, etc. where they post information that is important for potential applicants. Follow these schools and get the most up to date information as it comes out right on your news feed. The more quickly you have the latest information from your favorite schools, the better.

Quote of the Month
“A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special.” 
- Nelson Mandela
School of the Month:
Beaver Country Day School

Beaver Country Day School, located in Chestnut Hill, is a co-educational private school for students in grades six through twelve. There are 125 students in the middle school and 332 students in the upper school, creating a close-knit community. Beaver is a proponent of multi-dimensional thinking and is passionate about preparing its students for tackling the complex challenges that they may face in both college and the real world. 

Beaver is connected with some of the world’s greatest thinkers. Specifically, it has a partnership with MIT called NuVu that is based on the MIT studio model of education that challenges students to think in alternative ways, thus developing new cognitive skills. Each term, the upper school hosts studios with different projects in a range of disciplines to challenge students in a non-traditional academic environment.Beaver Country Day offers students the opportunity to play a variety of different team sports at all levels, including the Boys Varsity Basketball team, which has won many leagues championships over this past decade. From the basketball court to the classroom, the Beaver faculty and staff encourage students to be innovative thinkers and to challenge themselves both inside and outside of the classroom. 

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