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Important Dates

  • No School, May 29th, Memorial Day
  • No School, June 19, Juneteenth 
  • Last Day of School, June 21st

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Dear BHS Parents, Guardians, and Caregivers,

I write this week to share about two upcoming events, and one exhibit, for our school community. These are in addition to all the athletic events you can find on the department’s schedule page.

Brookline Education Foundation’s Celebrating Teachers: Tuesday 5/9, 3:30pm

On Tuesday afternoon, the Brookline Education Foundation holds its Celebrating Teachers event. This year, we will host in the high school’s Robert/Dubbs Auditorium beginning at 3:30pm.  This year’s BHS winner of the Caverly Award for excellence in teaching is Liz Crane, long-time biology teacher and co-coordinator of our Teachers Mentoring Teachers program. Liz is a deeply caring, smart, generous, and hardworking educator. Kids love her, and we will celebrate her excellence on Tuesday. We will also celebrate Sara O'Shea of the Heath School, the K-8 winner of this year’s Caverly.

During the event, the BEF also identifies its grant award winners for individual, collaborative, and system-wide grants. Celebrating Teachers tends to inspire.

Innovation Fund’s Rising 9th Grade Wine and Cheese, Wednesday 5/10, 5:30pm

This Wednesday evening, the BHS Innovation Fund offers a Rising 9th Grade Wine and Cheese event for the parents, guardians, and caregivers of rising ninth graders. We welcome new families and share how Fund courses, programs, and endeavors impact ninth graders. Perhaps more importantly, we preview the myriad opportunities available to students thanks to Fund investment and support. 

Beyond being informative, the Wine and Cheese event is designed to get parents and guardians excited about the high school, find ways to remain informed and involved with the Innovation Fund, and enjoy an evening in community. 

Hate Ends Now Cattle Car Exhibit, Wednesday 5/10-Friday 5/12

I am sharing a piece of Dr. Guillory’s weekly Superintendent Update about an important learning opportunity for our students and community.

Thanks to the district and private donors, the Hate Ends Now Cattle Car Exhibit is coming to Brookline High School next Wednesday, May 10 to Friday, May 12. The Cattle Car Exhibit is a guided learning experience designed to deepen students’ understanding of the Holocaust and to help them become aware of their role in preventing the hatred that makes genocide possible.

Students in all of our modern world history and global studies classes will visit. We’re aware that the exhibit may elicit strong reactions in some students. Please know that teachers will accompany their students at all times, and that professional docents will be on hand to facilitate and interpret. If you or your student have concerns, please ask your student to communicate those concerns to their teacher.

We are meeting tomorrow to finalize logistics and determine a precise location within the Unified BHS Campus for this important exhibit.

I hope to see you at one, two, three, or more high school events/exhibits this week. It is a busy time.



Anthony Meyer
Head of School


Dear Brookline High School Parents, Guardians and Supporters,

On Tuesday, May 30th, the BHS Senior Class of 2023 will attend their prom at the House of Blues.  After the prom, there will be a drug and alcohol-free party from 11pm until 5am. This 33-year tradition has kept our students, and Brookline’s roads safe every year on this high-stakes night.

To be successful, I need the community’s support in several ways:

  • Encourage seniors and their dates to attend.  

    • The Tappan gym building will be transformed into a Hollywood night club with live entertainment:  game shows, arcade, Karaoke, DJ, and a hypnotist show.

    • There is a buffet with their favorite foods: burritos from Los Amigos, pizza from Otto’s, chicken fingers from Raising Canes, cupcakes from Party Favors, ...

    • There are prizes:  T-shirts, gift cards and more

  • Volunteer:

  • Donate.

Thank you for all you can do to make this prom night fun and safe for our students and community! 

Email the After the Prom Party Committee for more information!

This Week at BHS


Whether heading off to college or the military or staying close to home for a gap year or to work, the transition from high school life is a big change. On Wednesday May 10th the Senior PTO and B-PEN present a special evening with guest speaker Dr. Anjini Virmani, BHS Social Worker Abby Dean, and some recent BHS grads addressing this milestone from both parent and student perspectives. The program will include information on current trends, safety tips, practical messaging regarding alcohol/drug use, and useful strategies for letting go while maintaining open communication. Dr. Virmani will share important information about dealing with college student medical needs away from home, including HIPAA health privacy guidelines and a “medical tool kit.”

 Zoom Link: HERE


Needs “Improv”ment
May 11, 7:30 pm
22 Tappan Theater

For tickets please visit our website at 


Vaping continues to be a major issue among teens, despite new town-wide efforts and school system initiatives. Parents can contribute by talking to their kids about potential risks, and has some excellent materials to help get the facts. Check out as well as B-PEN’s Vaping & E-Cigarettes page.

BHS Upcoming / Ongoing


If you have a student in the Class of 2023, please make time to read this entire document carefully and discuss it with your student. In it, you will learn important details & dates regarding class meetings, prom & graduation. Let’s work together to ensure a celebratory ending for our Class of ‘23 Seniors! 

Please reach out to your senior class reps with any questions: Nilda Drinkwater & Elsje Eisenhauer (


The inaugural and historic Brookline Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Day & 8th Asian American Student Essay Award Ceremony is coming up on Saturday, May 20th. We've been planning and working excitedly and hope it will be a wonderful and enriching day for students and their families to mingle with teachers, staff and the community.

This website (with translations) shows most of the activities that will be offered from 10am - 1:30pm around Brookline Town Hall grounds, the Public Library of Brookline and the Pierce School.

Then the highlight of the day - the AAPI Heritage Celebration & 8th Asian American Student Essay Contest Awards will take place at the Coolidge Corner Theatre from 2pm - 3:30pm. It is thrilling to host this in-person event after three years of zooming the awards.

The event is FREE for the general public, however, reservations are required HERE.



Over the next few weeks, the PSB Offices of English Language Education, Educational Equity, and Student Services are teaming up to offer FOUR virtual webinars called "Culturally Responsive Understanding and Approaches to Supporting Asian-American Pacific Islander Youth around Mental Health Concerns."

These sessions will help our caregivers and educators create a sense of belonging with our students inside and outside our classrooms. The next seminar on May 17, at 7:00 p.m will feature Dr. Juliana Chen and Dr. Justin Chen. Folks can access the meeting VIA ZOOM. Live translations will also be provided for Chinese, Japanese, and Korean languages. You can find more information HERE.


The Downside of AP: The Impact of the College Board's Billion-Dollar Courses on Our Children
Thursday, May 11 7-8pm

Brookline High School buys 18 AP courses from the College Board, with 500 students paying to take nearly 1,000 exams each year—contributing to the private company’s $1.1 billion dollar revenue. Critics argue that these test-driven classes favor shallow memorization, and contribute to the high levels of stress that our children experience in the competitive higher education race. And racial disparities continue to plague participation rates and scores—echoing the eugenics-era biases of the College Board’s creators. Come hear Brookline educators and parents reflect on the academic, mental health, and equity aspects of the curriculum, and envision other ways Brookline High School could set our children up for college success. Free, via zoom. Register here.


Steps to Success has launched this year's virtual Step Up Celebration  and it will conclude on Thursday, May 11. Throughout the campaign we have been sharing our students' stories, the impact Steps has had on their lives, and ways to support their educational journeys! You can learn more about how to participate and donate, HERE.


Join the Brookline Teen Center for a Night at the Garage on Thursday, May 18th at 6:30pm. This is an evening for our community to come together and celebrate our teens! There will be teen entertainment, food, drinks and more. For more information or to purchase tickets, please click HERE.



Meet, Mingle, and Discover More about BHS  The BHS Innovation Fund invites you to a Wine & Cheese Social on Wednesday, May 10, 5:30-7:30pm at the Hemlock Grill/Robert T. Lynch Municipal Golf Course, 1281 West Roxbury Parkway in Chestnut Hill. Meet Head of School Anthony Meyer and faculty members, mingle with fellow rising 9th grade parents, and learn about the exciting course and program offerings at BHS! Beer/Wine and light hors d’oeuvres will be served at this free event.  Register today! Space is limited.

The BHS Innovation Fund is a community supported non-profit within BHS that fosters a culture of innovation at BHS by supporting the development of new interdisciplinary courses and school-wide programs that prepare our students to thrive in the 21st century.  Go to for more info on the Fund, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter @bhsinnofund


We are excited to launch the Spring '23 issue of GreenZine Brookline, a K-12 online magazine that offers students, staff and parents of the Brookline Schools community a forum for news, opinion and creative expression about climate change, outdoor education, the environment, and the natural world.  We love to highlight class projects, student initiatives and community projects.  We also love to work with students to develop their stories, and students love to see their work in published form.

We are accepting submissions for our Spring issue until May 24th.  Please see our submission guidelines here and submit here.



Extracurricular Events
Find more info on Spring sports schedules  HERE.
Find more info on the Performing Arts at BHS HERE.

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The Brookline High School Parent Teacher Organization strengthens communications between school and home, supports teachers through grants, and sponsors community events throughout the year. Please get involved and thanks for your support! 


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