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February 26, 2017               View this email in your browser

From the BHS Headmaster



Dear BHS Parents and Guardians,

While we will welcome back to Brookline High School all of our young people tomorrow, it's safe to say that many of our students and staff have been busy either at BHS or elsewhere in the world representing the high school. Winter athletic teams and a couple of performing arts productions brought students onto our campus throughout the break: practicing, playing, preparing....

Brookline High School students journeyed far off-campus, too: we had two groups visit Spain, one of them singing; our Sojourn group toured the American South and its complicated, often painful history; and our crew teams spent a week in Austin (in boats).  In other words, we might not engage in traditional classroom learning during school vacations, but the learning and teaching, growing and becoming continues.

A reminder that ninth through eleventh graders are making course selections this month. This entails conversations with their teachers, counselors, parents, and guardians. We both ask you to trust our teachers' recommendations and acknowledge that there are times when students and families disagree with these course recommendations. In these cases, honest, open, and diplomatic communications are necessary. Assistant Headmaster Hal Mason and I will send out a letter about this process soon: with our philosophy, policies, and timeline.

We return tomorrow and have a lengthy, beautiful stretch of school from late February to late April. It is momentum time at BHS! Have your students sharpen their pencils, organize their materials, and get ready for some learning. I'm excited to greet our young Warriors on Greenough Street in the morning.

Take care,

Anthony

Anthony Meyer
Headmaster
Brookline High School

This Week At BHS


CLASS OF 2020 Freshman parents and guardians are invited to meet with the curriculum coordinators on Tuesday, February 28th from 8:00 - 9:00 am in the MLK room. This is an opportunity to learn about class offerings for the sophomore year. This meeting will be taped and available for viewing. Details to follow.

BASKETBALL PLAYOFFS BEGIN THIS WEEK Division 1 South MIAA State Tournament First Round. #11 Girls Basketball (11-9) set to take on #6 Newton South (16-4), Tuesday 2/28, 6:30pm @ Newton South High School. Boys Basketball (13-7) draws #9 seed, travels to #8 Quincy (13-7) Wednesday 3/1, 7pm tip-off.

AP REGISTRATION IS OPEN The AP Examinations will take place during the first two weeks in May. Interested students must register by March 1st. For more information or to register, please click here.

AUDITIONS FOR THE ADVANCED CHAMBER ORCHESTRA for next year will be held: Monday, February 27 through Friday, March 3 from 7:30 am to 8:15 am in the BHS auditorium, and Wednesday, March 1 between 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm in room 322 (across from the Black Box Theatre on the third floor). Sign-up info and preparation guidelines are here. Questions? Email jorge_soto@psbma.org.

AUDITIONS for BHS Camerata Choir and placement auditions for BHS A Cappella Choir Wednesday, March 1st, 3pm – 6pm and Friday, March 3, 2:20pm – 6:00pm will take place at BHS, in room 324. Please email Dr. Driscoll or call 617-713-5322 to set up an audition time. Students do not need to prepare anything for either the A Cappella Choir placement audition or the Camerata audition. The auditions consist of the following:
· Singing scales to determine vocal range/voice part
· Singing “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” (or “Happy Birthday”)
· Pitch memory assessment (director plays a series of notes, student sings them back)
· Sight-singing of rhythm patterns
· Sight-singing of a melody
· Written test of music notation/theory

AGENTS FOR CHANGE FUNDRAISER The BHS club, Agents for Change, will hold a fundraiser on Wednesday, March 1st, outside the cafeteria during lunch. They will be selling handmade Ghanaian printed backpacks for $25 and printed fabric pants for $18. The profits will be used to create the necessary uniforms for students to attend school in the Angola region of Ghana.

TRIVIA NIGHT The BHS Track and Field Coaches and families invite you to join them for the 2nd Annual STUMP Trivia Night on March 3, 2017 at the VFW in Brookline Village. Coach Mike DeYoung will be our Stump Trivia leader. The event is a 21+.  The proceeds of the event support the Boy's and Girl's track team.  Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door. Contact Karen Chabon with any questions.

BHS Upcoming & Ongoing


THE AFTER THE PROM PARTY (ATPP) committee needs a few more parent volunteers to help with the Food and Prize committees. Volunteers will be asked to contact 10-15 local merchants and help collect donations that will be given out to BHS seniors on prom night (May 31st). Both committees are well supported and will not require more than 10 hours of time, and the majority of work can be done from home with a few meetings to finalize donations.  We have a great core team of volunteers and fantastic local merchants who donate annually supporting this amazing event.  So get a friend to join with you and sign up to help out with the ATPP this year. It is a great way to meet parents from all four classes and support an important high school tradition.  For more information on how you can get involved, please contact:  Joanne Liautaud (ATPP Co-Chair); Susanna Stern (Prize Committee Co-Chair); or Patricia Duggan (Food Committee Co-Chair).

BHS PROGRAM IN SOCIAL JUSTICE LEADERSHIP As BHS students begin to sign up for next year's classes, they should consider the Social Justice Leadership Program. The program is ideal for junior and senior students who are interested in cultivating a passion for social justice and becoming empowered to make a difference in the world.  Highlights include: small group seminars, Internship with a local social justice organization, and four, full-day trainings/trips. Students apply online. A strong application demonstrates a desire to participate and an ability to follow through on a commitment.  Online applications are due: Tuesday, February 28, 4 pm. A complete application includes permission from a parent/guardian. Check out the About Section of the website to learn more or contact Roger Grande or Kate Leslie.

BLACK HISTORY MONTH AT THE BHS LIBRARY For Black History Month 2017, the theme of BHS Library is "Black Authors Matter". The library is featuring information on African American authors on an interactive bulletin board at library entrance. The shelves are filled with displays of books written by African American authors, across a range of genres. Students, parents, and any members of the BHS community are welcome to visit any time. The display will run through at least March 3.

AP REGISTRATION IS OPEN The AP Examinations will take place during the first two weeks in May. Interested students must register by March 1st. For more information or to register, please click here.

ENROLLMENT PROCESS AND TIMELINE FOR THE ACE PROGRAM Currently the ACE Program, open to 10th-12th graders, is accepting applications for entrance next Sept. 2017. Over the next month, there will be opportunities for interested students and parents to come and learn more about the program.  Applications are due on on March 7th and may be picked up in room 257.  Please check out the ACE website for more details.

CLASS OF 2020 On Thursday, March 2nd from 7-8:30pm, in the MLK room, there will be a sophomore year course selection overview. Hear about selection process, deadlines, and arena day.

SPRING SPORT REGISTRATION NOW OPEN Spring sports begin on Monday, March 20th. Registration for Spring 2017 is now open and we ask that you complete all the necessary steps well in advance of the middle of March so that we can process the paperwork and get your student cleared to participate. Our website should give you all the information you need to learn about teams; register for sports; understand the rules, regulations, and expectations; follow along on social media; and get involved with our community. Should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.

Community


SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETING Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 6:00 PM in the Walsh School Committee Room, 5th Floor, Town Hall.

CELEBRATE OUR TEENS An evening to benefit the Brookline Teen Center, Saturday March 4th at 6:30 pm, at BTC. A fabulous gala with dinner, cocktails, teen entertainment and an after party. Purchase tickets here.

CLIMATE COFFEE Come join us for Coffee to discuss what is going on locally regarding Climate Change. Join Brookline Mothers Out Front in these complicated times to protect our children's future. Tuesday March 7th, KooKoo Cafe, Station street Brookline Village, 8-9:30am.

SPEAKING FOR THE TREES (rescheduled from February 9th) Climate change​ and ​methane gas leaks from the natural gas distribution system represent an urgent threat to the trees of New England. Dr. ​Pam ​Templer​ ​will present the results of her research​ at BU​ on current and future effects of rising temperatures on forests in New England. Mr. Oladapo-Johnson will describe the Emerald Necklace Conservancy's efforts to reduce damage ​to​ trees caused by methane leaks.​ March 14th at 7 pm​​ at the Coolidge Corner Library, 31 Pleasant Street, Brookline​. Refreshments will be served. ​This talk​ is ​presented​ by Brookline Mothers Out Front​.​

BROOKLINE TALKS PRESENTS "Raising Caring Children and Responsible Citizens" with Richard Weissbourd. Tuesday, March 7th, at 7 pm at Driscoll School Theater. Dr. Weissbourd, a clinical psychologist, scholar, and policy expert on children and families, will discuss how to raise children who are caring, responsible to their community, and committed to justice.  And why doing so is good not ​merely​ for our society, but for own kids.

TELLING OUR STORIES AND BUILDING BRIDGES A diversity workshop series for families and young children, facilitated by Alicia Hsu, a retired teacher of the Public Schools of Brookline. All sessions will be held at Hunneman Hall in the Public Library of Brookline. For more details, please contact Chris Chanyasulkit. The workshops are free and open to the public but please RSVP here so that we can be sure to have enough materials. Session 1 will be held on Saturday, March 4th at 11am, Session 2 on Thursday, March 9th at 7pm, and Session 3 on Saturday, March 18th at 11am.

“WOMAN WHO INSPIRES ME” ESSAY CONTEST This contest encourages students to reflect on those who make an impact on their lives.  Essay contest winners will be honored at an awards ceremony on Thursday, March 23rd at 6:30pm in Hunneman Hall, Brookline Main Library. The ceremony will be held in conjunction with the Commission’s naming of the 2017 Brookline Woman of the Year. Please email Casey Hatchett for essay contest forms and information packets or download them from the BCW website.

BROOKLINE TALKS PRESENTS "Raising Caring Children and Responsible Citizens" with Richard Weissbourd. Tues March 7th, 7 pm at Driscoll School Theater. Dr. Weissbourd, a clinical psychologist, scholar, and policy expert on children and families, ​will discuss how to raise children who are caring, responsible to their community, and committed to justice.  And why doing so is good not ​merely​ for our society, but for own kids.

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. Staff will be trained and armed with many new skill sets to ensure success. Additionally, we are in search of staff that can manage the Amory Park Tennis Center during open times. Duties include checking players in, handling cash, clay court maintenance and overall keep of the castle. We have close to 200 members in addition to the daily players. Great atmosphere, appreciative patrons and the opportunity to spend time studying or computer work during slow times. Please contact David MacBurnie to setup a phone interview.

CLIMATE ADAPTATION CHALLENGE Participate in the 2nd Annual Brookline Youth Climate Adaptation Challenge, on April 1, that celebrates nature inspired arts and science. Join alone, with your friends or Team. Focus on either Biomimicry or Eco-Art (poetry, dance, art, play). All participants earn a Certificate of Achievement - perfect for college applications! 1st, 2nd and 3rd place awards - even more impressive for college applications! For more information, please contact Crystal Johnson for more information and registration.
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