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Weekly Blast

Important Dates

  • 9/26 - No School, Rosh Hashanah
  • 10/5 - No School, Yom Kippur
  • 10/6 - Back to School Night, 6:30pm
  • 10/7 - Teacher Appreciation Breakfast
  • 10/10 - No School, Indigenous Peoples Day

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Dear BHS Parents, Guardians, and Caregivers,

After two good weeks of Brookline High School, I write with a couple important event previews over the next few weeks. Opportunities to see, hear about, and interact with your students’ high school can seem rare, so engage when and how you can. To that end, we will share the link to our BHS Info Book in a BlackBoard message to all BHS families tomorrow, Monday 9/19.

Junior Parent/Guardian PTO Meeting, Tuesday 9/20, 6:30-8:30pm
The junior class PTO meeting is happening in the Robert and Dubbs Auditorium. I’ll offer some brief words of welcome and Summer Williams, Dean of Students for Grades 11 and 12, will discuss how we are supporting juniors in an important year at old BHS. Afterwards, there will reportedly be a gathering of junior parents and guardians at Garrison House in Brookline Village. 

BHS Innovation Fund - 9th Grade Parent Wine and Cheese Social, Thursday 9/29, 5:30-7:30pm
The Brookline High School Innovation Fund hosts this yearly event for ninth grade parents, guardians, and caregivers. The Wine and Cheese Social is less about wine and cheese and more about coming together as a community to conspire in caring for, challenging, and helping our newest students acculturate to BHS. This is a big place with myriad opportunities for young people. Guiding the youth as they begin can be particularly stressful. Next Thursday’s event will provide space for meeting others who are in on the earnest conspiracy and are good company.

The Wine and Cheese Social also provides a glimpse of the BHS Innovation Fund’s impact. The Fund supports BHS educators in developing innovative courses, curricula, and programming for our students. This year alone, the Fund is supporting a Social Emotional Learning Tutorial (SELT) pilot, a Data Science for Social Justice math course, a Re-imagining the Restaurant program, a Climate Science and Social Solutions interdisciplinary course, an Innovation Fellow course release, and the final year of our Hub/Advisory program roll-out. 

Back to School Night, Thursday 10/6, - 6:30-9:00pm
This is our signature home-school partnership event. You will follow your student’s schedule, traveling in their figurative shoes from class to class. You will marvel at how they move about our campus and at the Brookline High School educators who teach and work with your kids every day. Assistant Head of School Hal Mason and I will send out more details shortly. For now, reserve from 6:30 to 9pm and plan not to park at BHS that evening. 

Have a nice Sunday. We have a full week of school then transition into three weeks of shortened weeks for Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and Indigenous Peoples’ Day.



Anthony Meyer
Head of School
Brookline High School

Pronouns: He/Him/His

This Week at BHS


BHS Librarians have published the Library Hours for this year. Monday 8:00am-4:00pm, Tuesday 8:00am-3:00pm, Wednesday 8:00am-4:00pm, Thursday 8:00am-4:00pm, and Friday 8:00am-3:00pm.


Our Asian and Asian American students at Brookline High School are HUNGRY for BOOKS! Books by Asian American and Pacific Islander authors. Books about AAPI stories and history. 

Please join BAAFN (Brookline Asian American Family Network) in creating this "BIG EFFECT" in our community. We hope we can count on you to contribute to the GoFundMe campaign for the AAPI Book Fund for BHS. The AAPI Book Collection is dedicated in honor of Ms. Lihua Zhang Shorter, beloved BHS Chinese Teacher who will be retiring this coming October. Thank you, Ms. Shorter, for giving our students so much love, guidance and inspiration for 25 years! 


Brookline High School's student-run, nonprofit newspaper, The Sagamore, is planning to produce regularly-printed paper issues for the 2022-2023 school year. Subscriptions allow issues of the paper to be widely available to the entire student body, faculty members and parents. Subscriptions of $30 would be greatly appreciated and would ensure that each issue arrives at your doorstep with the latest community news. You can subscribe HERE. Thank you!


Race Reels is BHS’ monthly documentary film series curated to educate and spark conversation around the difficult topics of race and other marginalized communities. All BHS students are welcomed and encouraged to attend. This series is sponsored by the BEU and the PTO. First screening of the year is Thursday, September 22 in the MLK Room - free pizza at 5:45, film at 6pm with guest speaker to follow.  CLICK HERE for all the dates for this school year.



BHS Upcoming / Ongoing


Registration for The Senior College Essay Writing Workshop is LIVE! The workshop will take place on Sunday, October 2, 2022, at BHS from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 pm. This is a traditional BHS event open to BHS seniors at every stage of their college essay process. Students will have the chance to work with BHS teachers and parent/adult volunteers to move from ideas, to outlines, editing, and finished essays for their college applications. Please note that only seniors may participate. Click HERE to register.

We are also looking for parent/adult volunteers now to fill several roles. We encourage parents who have children in all grades to come join the crew. We are principally looking for folks who would be interested in the following roles (we usually have more than one person in each role):
1. Event day registration and logistics;
2. Parent/adults who are writers, editors, or are comfortable assisting students with writing.

If you are interested in these roles (or have other questions), please contact Liz Stillman ( or Beth Jones (



The PTO will be serving breakfast to the teachers the morning following Back To School Night to thank them for their time the previous evening. Watch your email and next week's Blast for a link to sign up to contribute a breakfast item or to volunteer to help out!

B-PEN (Brookline Parent Education Network) BACK TO SCHOOL INFO

For kids as well as parents, the “back to school” transition is one of life’s most anticipated – whether with anxiety, eager excitement, or a little of both. And most of us are still feeling a lot of uncertainty – from the day-to-day challenges of new schools/classrooms/teachers/peers to the bigger issues of today’s complicated world. Families will do well to take a deep collective breath before diving in, and as we go, keep social/emotional health front and center. Brookline Parent Education Network (B-PEN) can help. B-PEN’s “Transitions” page offers a wide variety of tip sheets and resources to help families get off to a good start.

FOPA (Friends of Performing Arts) - JOIN US!

You are invited to become a part of the Friends of Performing Arts at Brookline High School.  Families, faculty and administrators work together to support and advance performing arts activities at the high school through event assistance, grants and outreach.  
Why volunteer?  Because over 650 students engage with and benefit from the vibrant curriculum and performance opportunities at BHS, and they rely on parents to partner with them in a wide range of artistic pursuits.  Plus, it’s a fun way to meet other parents and contribute to the creative culture at BHS!

For more information about FoPA at Brookline High, or to volunteer, please contact Florrie Ives at, or visit our website HERE.



 Brookline Adult Education is offering a SAT College Prep course this fall on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6-8pm at BHS. For more information or to register, please visit Brookline Adult Education's website or call 617-730-2700.


 Apply to run the 127th Boston Marathon on April 17, 2023, with Team Brookline! Applications are due October 15th. 

The Brookline Education Foundation is still seeking individuals to run to support Brookline teacher professional development. If you are interested and want to learn more about Team Brookline, please email for more information. You can also find more info on the Team Brookline website.



Save the Date for the Fund's annual GALA-RAMA, on Thursday 11/3/22 from 7-10pm at the Cheeky Monkey Brewing Co. in Boston (Fenway). Festivities will include: Open bar, fun food, ping-pong, billiards, shuffleboard, auction, and more. Help the Innovation Fund raise funds to invest in new academic programs at BHS and celebrate with BHS Faculty.


Meet, Mingle, and Discover More about BHS 
The BHS Innovation Fund invites you to the 9th Grade Parent Wine & Cheese Social.  Thursday, September 29, 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 Innovation Fund volunteers and fellow parents, and learn about the Fund's critical work and how you can get involved.  Beer/Wine and light hors d’oeuvres will be served at this free event.  Register today! Space is limited.


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

Support BHS

The Brookline High School Parent Teacher Organization is committed to supporting important communications between school and home. It sponsors a variety of events each year designed to show support of the school and to keep parents informed about how to help their children make the most of the BHS experience.


Quick Links

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