November 6, 2016               View this email in your browser

From the BHS Headmaster

Hi, BHS Parents and Guardians,

This week's message will be short, with two informational items.  I have begun writing a longer communication to update the high school community on various topics, especially the teaching and learning that pervades BHS.

End of Quarter One
We reach the end of quarter one tomorrow (Monday 11/7).  Now is a good time to check in - even before grades come home on Tuesday 11/15 - to discuss your student's performance since the start of school.  While we want to avoid too much attention on letter grades, you might ask your student to predict the grades they have earned and discuss why (attribution is key).  Other relevant questions:
  • What is working well for you thus far this year?  
  • What areas need work?
  • How are your study habits?  
  • What can you do to address any challenges that have come up this year?  
  • Where do you need help, and from whom?
  • What are your goals for second quarter?
Fire Alarms
Second, I'd also like to discuss briefly the false fire alarms from last Monday.  There were two within roughly an hour, and they certainly disrupted learning and the work of the school.  We investigated and continue to do so.  I also came on the loud speaker near the end of the day to clarify that the alarms were not due to a drill or any perceived or real emergency.  I went on to make a few additional points:
  • False fire alarms disrupt learning, divert important town resources, and put both citizens and safety personnel at risk.  
  • These actions breach of school rules and the law.  
  • Finally, I asked for help in identifying who was responsible.  
While this might seem like an empty gesture, I and many others recognize that the overwhelming majority of our students want to stay focused on the schoolwork at hand, not waste precious minutes standing idly outside. We continue to investigate while also engaging in various prevention activities with safety and building personnel.  

Thanks, and have a nice, short week.  I'll write soon in greater detail about our system-wide professional development on Tuesday (election day) and other relevant topics.

Take care,



This Week At BHS

MASSACHUSETTS MARIJUANA BALLOT QUESTION Confused about Ballot Question #4: Legalization, Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana? Brookline High School Peer Leaders invite you to their Public Forum on Monday, November 7th at 7:00 pm, in the MLK room. Twenty-five student Peer Leaders have researched and explored the pros and cons of legalization and commercialization of marijuana in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The students will share information on marijuana and THC-infused  products (from candy and drinks to baked goods) and discuss issues related to regulation and policy, revenue, and public safety.

NO SCHOOL TUESDAY AND FRIDAY Tuesday is a professional development day for Brookline teachers. Schools are closed on Friday for Veteran's Day.

GUIDANCE UPDATE The last day of Quarter 1 is Monday, November 7. This means that a quarter of the school year has already passed. Report cards will be issued on November 15. Click here for the complete update, with information and deadlines for each class.

TOURNAMENT TUESDAY #2 Girls Soccer hosts #7 Haverhill at Parsons Field at Noon in the D1 North Sectional Quarter Finals. That same evening at 6:30pm, #8 Girls Volleyball heads to #1 Newton North in the D1 Central-East Sectional Quarter Finals. Two huge games for our Warriors and they could really use the support of our community. Go Warriors!

CLASS OF 2020 PARENTS/CAREGIVERS MEETING On Wednesday November 9th from 7-8pm in the MLK Room. Come hear BHS mindfulness teacher Liz Gorman, and discuss our students and stress reduction as they navigate freshman year.

GYMNASTICS Is your student interested in gymnastics? Online registration for the BHS winter gymnastics team is open! Whether your student has a lot of gymnastics experience or only a little, they are welcome to join the co-ed gymnastics team for varsity sports credit. For more information contact the BHS athletics office.

CAMERATA-ORCHESTRA CONCERT Thursday, November 10 at 7:30pm in the Auditorium. The annual Camerata-Orchestra Concert features BHS’ string orchestra and auditioned choir, Camerata. The Orchestra will perform Vivaldi’s Concerto Grosso in G minor. The Camerata choir will preview works for their upcoming concert tour of Spain with music from the Americas, including works by Daniel Gawthrop’s “Sing Me to Heaven,” Paul Simon’s “Bridge Over Troubled Waters,” and Moses Hogan’s thrilling arrangement of the African American spiritual “My Soul’s Been Anchored in the Lord.” The choir will also perform works by Spanish Renaissance composer Tomás Luis de Victoria and 19th century Jewish composer Louis Lewandowski. The concert concludes with the choir and orchestra combining in a performance of two movements from contemporary Argentinian composer Martín Palmeri’s Misa a Buenos Aires (Misatango).

BHS Upcoming & Ongoing

WINTER SPORTS DEADLINE APPROACHING Registration is off to a good start with 220 students already signed up and ready to participate in winter tryouts beginning on November 28th.  We anticipate approximately 300 more registrants and the deadline to register online and submit your paperwork is November 21st.  Sport options this winter include: Basketball, Cheer, Fencing, Gymnastics, Ice Hockey, Indoor Track, Skiing, Squash, Boys Swimming+Diving, and Wrestling.

PARENT NETWORK FOR BROOKLINE’S LGBTQ STUDENTS Monday, November 14th, 7-8:30 p.m. MLK Room at Brookline High School. B-PEN begins a second year of Parent Network meetings for parents whose students identify as LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning). Gender, sexual identity, and LGBTQ life can be very confusing, and the goal of the Parent Network is to come together to share ideas for supporting the health and emotional wellbeing of our students. Dr. Greg Fenton, a Brookline parent of two who specializes in primary care for adolescents, LGBT Health, and HIV/AIDS Care at Fenway Health, returns as guest speaker to discuss adolescent health issues and answer questions. Parents with children of all ages are welcome. If you would like to be part of the network but are unable to attend, or if you or your child would like confidential advice, contact Family Resource Advocate Hope Schroy (617-713-5155).

CODING TEACHER The BHS Innovation Lab is looking for someone to teach basic coding and/or basic app building skills to a group of precocious Brookline 7th and 8th graders. Small classes would take place between 3 and 5 PM (on a selected weekday) most likely in the Brookline Teen Center. Must be creative, energetic, patient, and able to work with super-smart middle schoolers. Contact: Elon Fischer.

INTRAMURAL SPORTS The season will run until November 21st on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 3:00 - 4:30 pm. Students may participate every day offered or any portion of the sessions on a drop in basis. Sports offered: Indoor Soccer - Pavilion (top floor of the Tappan building), Fitness Center - Tappan, Basketball - Tappan, and Ultimate - Pavilion/Cypress. For more information, contact: Anya Eckhardt - Intramural Director, Health & Fitness Teacher.

BHS SCHOLARSHIP FUNDRAISER The Brookline Community Foundation is holding a fundraiser for their BHS scholarship fund on Monday, November 14th from 7-9 pm. The event will be held at the Publick House in Washington Square, 1648 Beacon Street Brookline, MA 02445. Tickets maybe purchased here.

COLLEGE ATHLETICS INFORMATION NIGHT The PTO in conjunction with BHS Athletics will again host a "College and the Student-Athlete" panel forum in the MLK, Jr. Room at BHS on November 16th, beginning at 7pm. Hear perspectives from local collegiate coaches, admissions personnel, BHS coaches and student-athletes regarding the college process and the college experience for student-athletes. Look for more information about this annual event as the date approaches.

GALA-RAMA ON NOVEMBER 19TH Join us for Brookline High School’s biggest fundraising event of the year! Guests will be treated to an evening of fun that includes bowling and billiards, buffet dinner and open bar, plus a silent auction filled with fabulous one-of-a-kind items. Casual attire. All proceeds benefit the 21st Century Fund at Brookline High School. Please click here to purchase tickets.

LOOKING FOR FASHIONISTAS Elon Fischer, this year's 21st Century Fund Innovation Fellow, is in search of any BHS parents who are connected to the clothing and fashion industry in any way. He is currently working with a small group of students who are interested in learning about all aspects of the fashion industry--design, creation, production, marketing, sales, trends, etc. He's working to create a curriculum and an independent program for these students to support their interests and help them develop their passion. If you work in any aspect of the fashion industry--or if you have ideas, connections or even BHS children who might be interested in this--please contact Elon.


BROOKLINE TALKS Growing Up Brave: expert strategies for overcoming fear, stress and anxiety on Monday, November 7th at 7 pm at Upper Devotion School Auditorium. Brookline Talks presents an evening with Dr. Donna Pincus. Click here reserve your free ticket.

ELL COMMUNITY RESOURCE FAIR On Monday, November 7, 2016 Pierce School Auditorium at 50 School Street from 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Interpreters will be available in many languages! Learn about cultural, religious, social, and other resources for ELL families in and around Brookline. Families may stop by the Fair any time between 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm. For more information visit the Brookline ELL website, or email Sejin Choi, or call 617-264-6404 or 617-264-6412.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETING Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 6:00 PM in the Walsh School Committee Room, 5th Floor, Town Hall.

SCHOOL POLICIES UNDER REVIEW The Brookline School Committee, through its Subcommittee on Policy Review, regularly reviews and, when necessary, revises or creates written policies governing the Public Schools of Brookline (PSB). In an effort to improve public feedback on policy revisions, the proposed draft of any policy under review is posted on the Public Schools website when it is approved for a First Reading by the full School Committee. Click here to view current policies under review.

SPLASH AT BRANDEIS Students in grades 7-12 are invited to this free event, on November 12th, to take classes taught by Brandeis students. There will be a wide variety of classes offered such as Introduction to Programming in Java, the Chemistry of Baking and How to Master the Interview. For more information, or to register click here.

HOGWARTS AT THE LIBRARY An after hours event on Sunday November 13th from 6:00-9:00pm. We're transforming our Brookline Village location in to Harry Potter's Hogwarts. Pick up your wand, compete for house points, and much more. Open to all ages, registration free but required. Details here.

MIT OMEGA SUMMIT Opportunities for Multigenerational Exchange, Growth, and Action. The MIT AgeLab invites interested students of all high school grades to participate in the OMEGA Summit at MIT in Cambridge, MA on Saturday, November 19, 2016, from 10 am-2 pm. OMEGA stands for  Questions/comments can be directed to or 617-253-3506. RSVP here by November 14, 2016.

MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID TRAINING The Brookline Parent Education Network, in conjunction with Wayside Youth and Family Support Networks, is hosting a Mental Health First Aid Training to teach how to follow an action plan to help a young person that may be experiencing a mental health issue or substance abuse problem. The training will take place at the Brookline Public Health Department on December 5th and 7th. Click here for more information or to register for the training.

METCO JAZZ BRUNCH at the Marriott in Quincy, MA on Sunday, Dec 11, 2016 from 10:30 am - 2:30 pm. The brunch is a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the METCO program, sponsored by METCO Incorporated. Tickets/Donation $65, more information may be found here.
Sports Events

Boys Junior Varsity Football Away Dedham High School @ Dedham High School 04:00 PM

Girls Varsity Soccer  Home Haverhill High School D1 North Quarter Finals   @ Parsons Field 12:00

Girls Varsity Volleyball  Away Newton North High School D1 Central-East Quarter Final @ Newton North HS 06:30 PM

Boys Freshman Football  Away Milton High School @ Milton High School 03:45 PM

Girls Varsity Swimming Away OPEN DATE @ Boston University TBA

Boys Varsity Football  Home New Bedford High School @ Parsons Field 05:00 PM
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