March 12, 2017               View this email in your browser

From the BHS Headmaster

Dear Brookline High School Parents and Guardians,

I hope this Day Light Savings Time sponsored Blast message finds you well. Since we all lost an hour today, I will be succinct in shouting out some recent BHS athletic and dramatic efforts and inviting you to our Community Meeting for high school renovation and expansion this Wednesday.

BHS Athletics
While we are all about t-e-a-m at Brookline High School, sometimes individual achievements deserve special mention and celebration. Two senior Warriors were (and are!) Massachusetts state champions this winter. Senior Andrew Chabon is the MIAA champion in the 55 meter hurdles, and senior Isabel Cole is the MIAA champion in Nordic skiing. Go, them!

BHS Drama
Our Spring play, Every 28 Hours, ran from from last Wednesday through last night. Director Summer Williams supported an incredibly talented and diverse group of actors who, more importantly, worked hard and came together as a cast and crew to produce and deliver 43 powerful one-minute plays about race, racism, racial violence, and a great deal more. Learn more in the Sagamore.

Later this week, you can see our high school entry in this year's Massachusetts High School Drama Festival, Or High Water, on Wednesday 3/15 and Thursday 3/16, both at 7:30 pm in the Roberts and Dubbs Auditorium.

BHS Building Project
This Wednesday 3/15 the BHS Building Committee will host a Community Update meeting from 7:00 to 8:30 in room 103 of Town Hall at 333 Washington Street.  For any community members who cannot attend on the 15th, Brookline Interactive Group will video-record the meeting and the link will be posted here: BHS Building Project.

Hope to see you in and about BHS soon,


This Week At BHS

BHS EXPANSION – Come hear the latest news and information. With BHS enrollment expected to increase by as many as 700 students in the upcoming years, the need for expansion provides an exciting opportunity to better serve the students of Brookline. All community members are invited to the second Community Update Meeting of the year on March 15, 2017. The meeting will take place at Town Hall in Room 103 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. For those community members who cannot attend this meeting, it will be videotaped by the Brookline Interactive Group and will be available to view on the Public Schools of Brookline website.

JUNIOR SEMI-FORMAL TICKETS The BHS Junior Semi-Formal will be held on the Spirit of Boston on Friday, March 24, 2017, from 7:00 PM-10:00 PM. Ticket sales began March 1st and will continue until Wednesday, March 15th. Tickets must be purchased on-line by following the link on the BHS web page to online payments. The ticket price for the dance is $60.00. Please also consider making a donation to the Junior Semi, this helps support students with financial need.  All tickets require a Junior Semi Contract, signed by the student and parent/guardian, turned in to the dean's office no later than March 15th. Your ticket pays for bus transportation to and from the event and dinner cruise on the Spirit of Boston. We look forward to a very successful fun evening for all.

STATES PLAY Wednesday, March 15 and Thursday, 16 at 7:30 pm in the Roberts/Dubbs Auditorium. Come see the BHS entry in the Massachusetts High School Drama Festival (which was held this year at BHS on March 4). It's a short, student-written play set mainly on a cruise ship called the S.S. Underworld.

JUNIOR STUDENTS AND PARENTS/GUARDIANS The BHS Guidance/Counseling Department will be holding our annual College Fair this Thursday, March 16 at 7 pm in the Cafeteria.  Over 115 colleges and programs will be represented. For the complete list (and other helpful information), please go to the Brookline High School Guidance webpage.

SPRING SPORT REGISTRATION DEADLINE: MARCH 16TH The following sports begin on Monday, March 20th: Baseball, Girls Golf, Lacrosse, Rugby, Sailing, Softball, Tennis, Track, Ultimate, Boys Volleyball. Here is a tentative schedule for the first days of Spring sports, but it will be updated in the coming week and is subject to change due to varying weather and field availability. Registration for Spring 2017 is still open and we ask that you complete all the necessary steps in advance of the March 16th deadline so that we can process the paperwork and get your student cleared to participate. We are excited to announce that we now offer an online payment option for your athletic fee. 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.

BIKE SHOP Brookline High School's first Bike Shop BikeON will be open for business starting Monday, March 20th. Students can come get trained to tune up bikes and learn more about this new opportunity at our information session on Monday 13th or Thursday 16th in the basement of the Unified Arts Building from 3.15pm to 4.00pm. Interested students can get hired as a shop worker to keep Brookline biking. Positions are available to join the Student Board of Directors as a Business Manager, Technician and more. For more information, please contact Mr. Elon Fischer. BikeON is a student business enterprise at BHS where students and the greater Brookline community can bring their bicycles for fine-tuning, repair and to donate to community members who cannot afford bikes. Profit from bicycle repair goes towards funding our student work and the maintenance of the bike shop. The mission of BikeON is to provide students with real-world work experience by offering a community service that teaches essential critical thinking and leadership skills. This project is supported by the generosity of the BHS 21st Century Fund

WINTER SPORTS SUCCESS Following a notable fall season, our winter was filled with team and individual success at a league, state, New England, and even national level. In only their second season, Squash placed fifth in their division at Nationals. Gymnastics earned the MIAA Sportsmanship Award. Girls and Boys Basketball each earned a spot in the MIAA Tournament. Isabel Cole was Massachusetts State Champ in Cross Country Skiing. Members of the Alpine Ski team, Isabel Lobon and Emi Tsukada, competed at the MIAA State Meet. Girls Indoor Track student-athletes, April Bagnani, Mary Corcoran, and Patricia Douglas were D1 place winners, with the latter two representing BHS at All-States. Boys Indoor Track were represented by one relay and four individuals at All States: Nick Brown, Henry Walker, Quinn Gangadharan, Sam Feingold-Gardner, Lucas Aramburu, and Andrew Chabon. Lucas placed and Andrew was the State Champion in the 55m Hurdles and competed at the New Balance Indoor Nationals in the 60m Hurdles. In Boys Swimming, Daniel Katz was a place winner in two events and the team placed three relays at States, with the medley relay setting a new school record. BHS Wrestling had seven sectional place winners and advanced five boys to D1 States: Evan Hsu, Abraham Spurlock, Carson Murphy, Atman Barrile, and Marco Georgaklis (5th place). Congratulations to all on a great winter season!

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).

PEER LEADERS LAUNCH IMPORTANT AWARENESS CAMPAIGN Peer Leaders are continuing their focus on healthy relationships with a campaign to help prevent gender-based violence. On March 13, a short student-made movie will be shown in the atrium and an interactive bulletin board will host post-it thoughts about #healthyrelationshipgoals. The campaign also includes posters, pins, stickers, and resource cards promoting healthy relationship goals and consent as well as a social media campaign on instagram @zblockwarriors with students sharing their definitions of healthy relationships. They urge parents to continue this ongoing conversation at home.

BROOKLINE SEPAC The Special Education Parent Advisory Council will host an evening talk with student services deputy superintendent, Sam Zimmerman. Monday, March 27, 2017 in the BHS MLK Meeting Room, 7:00p.m. - 8:30p.m. This event is for parents and guardians of students with IEP’s and 504’s. This will be an opportunity to hear what’s going on in special education at BHS, future plans and ask questions. No reservations are necessary and light refreshments will be served.

DANCE MARATHON The Brookline High School Dance Marathon club is getting ready to host its first Dance Marathon event benefitting Boston Children’s Hospital. The date will be Thursday, April 13th, 2017 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Brookline Teen Center. For more information, or to donate food or gift cards for the event, please email:


COMMUNITY FORUM ON EDUCATION Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Brookline on Wednesday March 15th, 2017, 6:30 pm Music and light refreshments,  7:00 to 8:30 pm Forum in All Saints Church, 1773 Beacon Street at Dean Road. A conversation about the current state of Brookline schools. Hear from Brookline educators, students and special guests New Bedford education justice activist and UMass Dartmouth professor Ricardo Rosa, Massachusetts Teachers Association President Barbara Madeloni and Brookline Parents Organization Chair Adam Weiner. Sponsored by: the Brookline Educators Union, Brookline PAX, Brookline Parents Organization (BPO), Brookline for Racial Justice and Equity (BRJE) and Citizens for Public Schools. RSVP encouraged. More information.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETING Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 6:00 PM in the Walsh School Committee Room, 5th Floor, Town Hall.

CLIMATE WEEK BROOKLINE 2017: Building the Climate Movement. Mon. March 27-Sun. April 2. Visit the Climate Week website for details and events throughout the week.  Climate Week is a production of Climate Action Brookline in collaboration with individual and community partners. 

COMING TO AMERICA A Community Forum on Immigrant and Refugee Rights on Sunday, March 26, 2017 from 3-5pm at the Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street.  RSVP recommended. Questions:

PORCHFEST The second annual Brookline Porchfest will take place on Saturday, June 10th. Click here for more information.

MAKE COLLEGE ACCESSIBLE FOR EVERY BROOKLINE STUDENT To support BHS’s efforts to award scholarships to graduating seniors with financial need, the Brookline Community Foundation, in partnership with the Town of Brookline and BHS established the BCF Scholarship Fund for Brookline High School in 2014. The Fund makes awards to seniors pursuing post-secondary education including four-year colleges, two-year community colleges, vocational schools, or other post-secondary training programs. To make a contribution, visit here or mail checks to BCF Scholarship Fund for BHS, c/o Brookline Community Foundation, 40 Webster Place, Brookline MA 02445. Your tax-deductive gift will increase the scholarships we can offer and help Brookline become a community where no student is limited by financial need. Please call Executive Director Jenny Amory at 617-566-4442 for more information.

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 SEPAC monthly meeting on Thursday, March 16, 2017 8:30a.m.-9:30a.m. in the School Committee Room, Town Hall, 5th floor. This will be a discussion with PSB student services administration about the extended school year including Brookline Recreation afternoon options and early childhood.

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 3 will be on Saturday, March 18th at 11am.

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.

“THE OTHER TALK” Junior & Senior parents - save the date - April 5th! On April 5 at 7:00 pm in the MLK room, as part of Brookline Public Health Department’s participation in National Public Health Week, “The Other Talk” presentation for junior and senior parents addresses the culture of alcohol and marijuana that often are the norm at college. The program helps parents of soon-to-be college students communicate accurate, healthy and practical messages to their children regarding college alcohol/drug use and other risky behavior. Sponsored by B-PEN, the program will include information on current trends, safety tips, and useful strategies for opening the lines of communication. Register here.

BROOKLINE TALKS PRESENTS Nurturing Sexually Healthy Children & Teens in Today's World with Deborah Roffman on Thurs April 6th at 7 pm in the Runkle School Multi-Purpose Room. Deborah Roffman - a master teacher, author and consultant to schools, parents & children - will discuss five universal needs of  children and teens as they grow toward sexual maturity, and the five corresponding roles for adults. Cilck here for free registration.
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