Metropolitan Juniors Headed For Space

The Metro Academy Weather Balloon Brigade: Melanie Jimenez, Julia Alvarez, Cynthia Sanchez, Richard Cabrera, chemistry teacher Tyler Peterhansel, Kameron Dorsey, Jhenzen Gonzales, and Deja Telaford. The idea came from watching a YouTube video: The juniors at Metropolitan Business Academy thought they could learn much more about gas laws by building and launching a weather balloon. Now that’s what they’re planning to do just as soon as they raise $500. The students, who take chemistry with fifth-year Metro teacher Tyler Peterhansel, have been working diligently for about a month to raise money so they can test out what they’ve been learning as a real-world concept for their final project of t

Mock Trial Inspires Future Careers

Seven years ago, then-9-year-old Flor Jimenez and her brother watched their father Luis get treated with what they thought was unnecessary roughness by a New Haven police officer. She says her father’s subsequent complaint has never been resolved. Justice came more swiftly Tuesday when Flor, now 16 and a tenth-grader at Metropolitan Business Academy, presided over a different case as a judge. She was, of course, a mock judge in a mock yet moving criminal trial that unfolded in U.S. District Court at 141 Church St. as part of the annual Law Day celebration. Flor is part of social studies teacher Nataliya Braginsky’s tenth-grade law class. She and her peers prepared for weeks with local attorn

Metropolitan Sophomore Joins Board of Education With A Mission

Metropolitan Business Academy sophomore Nico Rivera, who knows what it’s like to be bullied, will take over as the student representative on the Board of Education with a vow to help make schools safe. Two other students pulled petition sheets, but Rivera was the only one who submitted enough signatures to run. He collected at least 100, half of which had to come from five other high schools besides his own, according to rules set during the last charter revision. On Friday at City Hall, the clerk officially called the election. Replacing Jacob Spell, a senior who’s heading to Yale, Rivera will take the oath of office in early July. “I believe it’s time that the youth stand up,” Rivera said.

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