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The names of the Diploma scholars of this year are
Bagnall, Sarah G.
Chandler, S. Flora
*Clark, Ella W.
Cogswell, Mary F.
Crosby, Margaret J. T.
Davenport, Mary L.
*Dunlap, Mary J.
*Eaton, Emma L.
Gill, Frances W.
Rand, Ella L.
*Savil, Emma M.
*Ware, Mary Helen
*Frye, Mary P.
Those whose names have a star prefixed, intending to enter the Training Department, have received certificates that they are entitled to diplomas. If they go through the studies and duties of that branch of the school in a satisfactory manner, their diplomas to be
conferred next July, will certify that they have completed both the regular course and that of the Training Department.
The whole number belonging to the Training Schoo during the year, is forty-six. is forty-six. They are chiefly our own graduates, but some are from other schools, and a few have left the middle and junior classes to join the training class. The attention of the pupils is devoted in this branch of the institution, chiefly to the study of the best methods of teaching, to natural history and mental philosophy, and to actual instruction in Primary Schools under the direction of Miss Stickney and her assistant. Twenty-nine young ladies completed the course, about one-half of whom have already found employment. Their names are as follows:
GRADUATES OF THE TRAINING SCHOOL.
SIXTH CLASS, JUNE 1868.
Baker, Alice W., 53 G Street.
Bowers, Kate I., North Cambridge.
Preston, Lizzie R., Wakefield.
Quimby, Alicia O., Winchester.
Collins, Mary J., 26 Washington | Raycroft, Rosanna, rear 16 Bartlett
The following circular has been addressed by our Superintendent to the members of the Committee:
Department OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION,
SUPERINTENDENT'S OFFICE, CITY HALL, September 1, 1868. DEAR SIR: Our Training School has graduated six classes of well educated teachers, who have received a thorough course of training in the theory and practice of teaching. The last class, twenty-nine in number, was graduated last June. Herewith I send a list of the names of the ladies composing the class, with their residences, to facilitate their appointment to vacancies which may occur in our primary and grammar schools Most of these ladies passed through the entire regular course of instruction in the Girls' High and Normal School, and as they have since given a whole year to the special course in the Training Department, to fit themselves for the practical work of the school-room, it seems to me that they are justly entitled to a favorable consideration, at the hands of the district committees, in the appointment of teachers.
The Superintendent of the Training School has left at this office for the use of members of the Committee, a list of the class, in which the members are distinguished into two grades, according to their standing in the school.
Our regulations provide that graduates of this school may be appointed assistants in Grammar Schools or primary teachers without further examination.
Very truly yours,
JOHN D. PHILBRICK, Superintendent of Public Schools.
The continuance and success of this school for the professional education of teachers, will depend very much upon the action of our district committees. If they recognize its value by appointing its graduates to fill vacancies in the public schools in preference to those
who have never passed through any Normal School, young ladies will have an inducement to devote a year to special preparation for the responsible positions which they are to fill, instead of accepting places as teachers at the end of their senior year. The whole number of non-resident scholars during the past year, was thirty-six, fourteen of whom paid the average cost of tuition, amounting to $697. This amount has been expended, as ordered by the Board, for books, lectures, and philosophical and chemical apparatus.
Rejected, or failed to appear for re-examination
At the Annual Meeting of the graduates and past members of the school, held on the 3d of June, it was voted to establish a fund to aid those pupils who are unable to complete the course without pecuniary assistance. Mr. Seavey recommended the establishment of such a fund, and generously contributed towards the support of those who, without his aid, would have been compelled to leave the school. This fund is to bear his name and to be a monument to his memory. The trustees are Dr. LeBaron Russell, the chairman, and the
Head-Master of the school. A committee has been appointed to solicit subscriptions. This excellent object is commended to those who feel interested in securing good teachers for our public schools, and who desire to aid meritorious scholars in gaining a livelihood.
During the past year the attention of the City Council has again been called to the urgent necessity of providing for this important school a building in a quiet neighborhood, well lighted and ventilated, and capable of accommodating the increasing number of scholars. It is with great reluctance that our committee have abandoned all hope of the erection of a school-house on the corner of Berkeley and Newbury streets. A new lot has been proposed, and accepted by our committee. It is between Newton and Pembroke streets, facing both streets, and between Shawmut Avenue and Tremont Street. The situation is healthy; there will be abundance of light and air. To a large portion of our population, it is within walking distance, and those who live at the extreme northern and southern parts of the city, can easily reach it by horse-cars. The plan formerly adopted is to be altered to correspond with the shape and dimensions of this lot, and in our next report we hope to be able to say that the work has been begun. In this new edifice, it is proposed to bring both departments under one roof, and there will then be an opportunity for so modifying the general plan and course of instruction as to allow each pupil to pursue those studies which she will find most useful to her in the employment upon which she intends to enter after leaving school.