January 16, 2017               View this email in your browser

From the BHS Headmaster

Dear Brookline High School Parents, Guardians, and Families,

As many of you know, Superintendent Andrew Bott emailed our school community last week to announce that he had appointed me Headmaster of Brookline High School. Since then, I have received many congratulatory communications: cards, emails, texts, and cakes(!). Please know that I am heartened and humbled by the support of students, faculty, district colleagues, and you, our parent and guardian community, have provided me throughout this year.  I feel buoyed in this important, challenging role and am very grateful for the positive response.

Such supportive messages also remind me that school, especially the learning and teaching at heart, is a deeply human, collaborative enterprise. Any praise or encouragement of me is thus a testament to the work of many at and around Brookline High School, and I always try to keep that in mind.

Such congratulations also spur in me - and in BHS by extension - thoughts about how I and we can be better, smarter, and more caring in serving all our students. This is the work to come, and I wish I could express how excited and humbled I am to help lead it and us. Go, Warriors.

MLK Assembly
On Thursday, we honor and celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in our annual MLK Assembly. This is probably our most important whole-school gathering of the school year. BHS students speak, sing, dance, and perform in honor of Dr. King's legacy, including how we must always think about being better as individuals and a society. I want to shout out Guidance Counselor Clifton Jones for his planning and organizing of the MLK Assembly. Each year he works with many students and staff members to pull off a powerful program for the 2300 of us who pack into Schluntz Gym. It is quiet, essential work, and we will be and become a better school because of it.

NHS Peer Tutors
Associate Dean and Special Educator Brendan Kobus and Social Studies Teacher Mike Normant share important news from the National Honor Society which they co-advise:

"This week, we are excited to have launched our National Honor Society Peer Tutoring initiative.  Over 200 NHS students are working hard to support their classmates in all academic areas.  Peer tutors are available every block as well as in our department help centers before and after school.  Peer tutoring is a very effective way to help improve student outcomes.  We have a tremendous amount of talent in the National Honor Society at Brookline High School and we wanted to turn their talents and energy inward to improve the experience of their peers."  

This Peer Tutoring initiative is a huge undertaking and, quite powerfully, puts students in a position to support fellow students. Thank you to Brendan and to Mike and to the NHS Peer Tutors who are doing our must sacred work, learning and teaching.

See you soon,


This Week At BHS

GAP YEAR FAIR The Gap Year Fair will take place on Tuesday, January 17, 6 to 9 pm, in the cafeteria at BHS. Guidance expects close to 40 programs at the fair. In addition, guidance will host two presentations about Gap Year in the MLK room, at 6 pm and at 7 pm. Both presentations will cover the same material. Although parents and students are welcome to attend without registering, pre-registration is appreciated.

BHS Upcoming & Ongoing

BOOK DRIVE Bring your gently-used K-8 books to the BHS atrium and donate them to the Brookline Literacy Partnership's book drive. The Brookline Literacy Partnership is a student-run social justice club at BHS that works to increase the literacy rates in the Greater Boston Area through our tutoring program and by providing schools with books and school supplies that their students need. Learn more about us and donate at our website. The book drive runs until the end of January.

SPRING SPORTS Spring sports begin on Monday, March 20th. An exception is Crew which begins the Monday after February Vacation. Registration for all spring sports will begin in late January or early February and an announcement will be sent out via this PTO newsletter as well as an email to previous athletic team registrants.

MANAGING THE STRESS OF MID-YEAR EXAMS When major tests roll around at school, whether mid-terms and finals or achievement tests and SATS, the stress level at home may start to rise dramatically as students start to deal with added pressures and expectations. What can parents do to help? How can we be supportive without inadvertently adding to the anxiety? And how can we guide teens toward healthy habits for themselves? Check out B-PEN’s new “Teens & Managing Exam Stress,” with tips for parents and teens, as well as links to helpful BHS tutorials.

INNOVATION AT BHS  Bring your appetite! On Tuesday, February 7th join us for a fireside chat with this years BHS Innovation Fellow, English Teacher Elon Fischer. Hear about current student directed learning innovations currently happening and in the works. Light buffet, cash bar. Click here for registration info. Seating is limited!

PARENT UPDATE ON TEENS & ALCOHOL Did you know that BHS teens report that when they drink, they drink to get drunk, and this can often hit the level of binge drinking (four drinks for girls, five for boys, in less than two hours)? Teens say it happens nearly every weekend, often involving hard alcohol, and it can have dangerous effects on the developing brain. This was one of the most pressing concerns of the recent Wellness Summit. Check out B-PEN’s new Parent Update on “Teens & Alcohol,” which includes facts, resources, tips, and strategies outlined by the forum to help keep our teens safe.

PARENT-TO-PARENT DIVERSITY TIP SHEET It can be especially tricky to parent teenagers amidst our school’s remarkable diversity of race, cultural background, religion, the gender spectrum, and more. In response to questions and concerns, B-PEN helped facilitate parent/community connections resulting in an excellent parent-created tip sheet on diversity & cultural competency – just in time to honor MLK Day!

WINTER INTRAMURALS began Monday, November 28th. Schedule is as follows: Fitness Center: November 28th - April 13th Monday, Wednesday, Thursday with Instructor Keith Thomas. This time period is followed by a 2-week break when spring sports get started. (March 20-31st) Spin Room: January 4th - February 15th Monday, Wednesday with Instructor Melissa O'Brien.

SWS ADMISSIONS School Within a School is a democratic school on the 4th floor of Brookline High School. Students in SWS are also mainstream students, taking classes in both places.  Students are admitted to SWS through a lottery. In order to qualify for the lottery, students must do a few things, including visit SWS classes. Results of the SWS admissions lottery will be announced on March 3rd. Admissions packets are available now at the SWS office on the 4th floor.


SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETING Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 6:00 PM in the Walsh School Committee Room, 5th Floor, Town Hall.

PSB POLICY REVIEW The Drug-Free Workplace Policy is currently up for review. Information and​ a copy of the proposed policy may be found here.

SOUL WITNESS The Brookline Holocaust Witness Project. This documentary will be screened on Thursday, January 26 at 7:00 pm at the Coolidge Corner Theater. Tickets to the special screening are available on the Coolidge Corner Theatre website. The documentary is intended for a general audience with an advisory for children under 13.

PAN ASIAN LUNAR NEW YEAR CELEBRATION Saturday, February 4, 2017, 1-3pm in the MLK Room & Atrium, Brookline High School. This event is free & open to all. Light refreshments will be available. Click here for more information & to RSVP.

CHILDREN'S CLOTHING DRIVE The Brookline Commission for Women will be holding its 8th Annual Children's Clothing Drive at the Brookline Public Safety Headquarters, 350 Washington Street, Brookline. We will accept clean, wearable clothing and shoes for children ages newborn to teens. We’re also collecting financial donations, nonperishable food donations, toiletries, and diapers for the Brookline Food Pantry.  Donations may be dropped off on Friday, February 10th from 8am-6pm & Saturday, February 11th, 2017 from 8am-11am. Questions? Please contact Casey Hatchett.

NETRESULTS Tennis, Brookline's tennis services provider, will have summer employment opportunities available in 2017. We are looking for staff that can participate in our summer camp Young Stars program (4-7  yrs) weekly from 8:30-11:30 AM. Please contact David MacBurnie to setup a phone interview.

BROOKLINE GREEN ELECTRICITY The Town of Brookline is now able to purchase electricity on behalf of residents and businesses. Visit to learn more or email Brookline's CAC senior planner. Click here to view the program brochure.

THEATER BHS Class of 2002 alumnus Eleanor Burgess will have the World Premiere of her play “Chill” at the Merrimack Repertory Theatre in Lowell this Spring, with performances March 22 - April 16, 2017. For discount tickets for groups of six or more people, contact Jeannie Williams, 978-654-7561, or to read more about the play, visit
Sports Events

Boys V Ice Hockey Home Newton South HS @ Walter Brown Arena 4:00 PM

Boys JV Ice Hockey Away Camb. Rindge @ Simoni Rink 4:00 PM

Boys FR Basketball Away Natick HS @ Natick HS 3:45PM

Girls FR Basketball Home Natick HS @ Schluntz Gym 3:45PM

Boys V Swimming Home St. John's (Shrewsbury) @ Tappan St. Pool 4:00 PM

Boys V Wrestling Home Needham HS @ Tappan St. Gym 5:00 PM

V Cheerleading Home  @ Tappan St. Gym 5:00 PM

Boys JV Basketball Away Natick HS @ Natick HS 5:15PM

Girls JV Basketball Home Natick HS @ Schluntz Gym 5:15PM

Boys V Basketball Away Natick HS @ Natick HS 6:30 PM

Girls V Basketball Home Natick HS @ Schluntz Gym 6:30PM

Girls V Gymnastics Home Walpole HS @ Broderick Gym, Hyde Park 8:00 PM

Boys V Indoor Track Away Newton North JV Meet #1 @ Newton North HS 4:00 PM

Girls V Indoor Track Away Newton North JV Meet #1 @ Newton North HS 4:00 PM

Girls V Ice Hockey Home Natick HS @ Walter Brown Arena 6:00 PM

Boys V Ice Hockey Away Natick HS @ Chase (West Suburban) Arena 7:40 PM

Boys V Indoor Track Away Weymouth HS @ Reggie Lewis Center 4:00 PM

Girls V Indoor Track Away Weymouth HS @ Reggie Lewis Center 4:00 PM

Boys JV Ice Hockey Home Concord Carlisle School @ Larz Anderson - Kirrane Rink 4:45 PM

Downhill Ski Away JV Race 1 and 2 @ Ski Ward, Shrewsbury 6:00 PM

Boys FR Basketball Away Framingham HS @ Framingham HS 3:45PM

Girls FR Basketball Home Framingham HS @ Schluntz Gym 3:45PM

Boys V Swimming Home Natick HS @ Tappan St. Pool 4:00 PM

Squash Away Squashbusters Lowell @  Northeastern 4:00 PM

Boys JV Basketball Away Framingham HS @ Framingham HS 5:15PM

Girls JV Basketball Home Framingham HS @ Schluntz Gym 5:15PM

Boys V Basketball Away Framingham HS @ Framingham HS 6:30 PM

V Cheerleading Home Girls Basketball @ Schluntz Gym 6:30 PM

Girls V Basketball Home Framingham HS @ Schluntz Gym 6:30PM

Girls V Gymnastics Away Framingham HS @ Shen's Gymnastic Academy 7:00 PM

Girls V Ice Hockey Away Masconomet Regional @  Haverhill Valley Forum 7:50 PM

Girls V Ice Hockey Home Framingham HS @ Walter Brown Arena 12:00 PM

Boys V Wrestling Away BSC Quad Braintree, Norwood, Walpole @ Norwood HS 3:00 PM

Boys V Ice Hockey Away Framingham HS @ Loring Arena 5:00 PM

Boys V Indoor Track Away MSTCA Relays @ Reggie Lewis Center 9:00 AM

Girls V Indoor Track Away MSTCA Relays @ Reggie Lewis Center 9:00 AM

Girls JV Basketball Home Plymouth North HS @ Schluntz Gym 2:00 PM

Girls V Basketball Home Plymouth North HS @ Schluntz Gym 3:30 PM

Boys JV Ice Hockey Away Rodman v Walpole @ Rodman Arena 5:40 PM
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