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Weekly Blast

Important Dates

  • 1/25 - 27th - Midyear Exams
  • 2/20 - 24th - Winter Break

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Anthony is taking a well-deserved day off from the Blast. Enjoy the rest of your Martin Luther King Jr. holiday!

This Week at BHS

SWS (School Within a School) APPLICATIONS OPEN

The SWS admissions process is now open! SWS Admissions Info Packet
Please take the opportunity to see if SWS could be a good fit.

School Within a School, located on the fourth floor of BHS, is an alternative, democratic community for a diverse group of approximately 115 sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Goals for students include taking as much responsibility for their education as possible, sharing decision-making in running SWS, and contributing to building a caring community. For over 50 years, SWS has provided students with the opportunity to participate actively as leaders in their own educations and develop meaningful relationships with teachers based on mutual respect. Admission to SWS is based on a lottery, the criteria of which are determined by the SWS Town Meeting. In addition to Town Meeting, SWS students take at least two classes in the program, including English. They take the rest of their classes in the mainstream of BHS. More information about the program, and the admissions process, can be found at


Gap Year Fair is coming to BHS on January 18 at 6 pm. We will be back in-person for the first time since 2020!

This is an exciting event for students who are interested both in Gap Year and Summer Programs. We will begin in the MLK room at 6:00pm, with the Gap Year Specialist Julia Rogers talking about the nuts and bolts of the Gap Year process. At 6:30, we will open the fair in the new STEM wing; you will be able to talk to over 26 different programs.

Please sign up for the fair today (it is FREE! You are welcome to bring friends and family. See Lenny Libenzon's (BHS Counselor and College Counselor) recent CANVAS email for participating programs.

FOPA (Friends of Performing Arts)

This Week!
Senior Play Project, 
January 20 at 3:30 and 7:30pm in 22 Tappan Theater
Coming Soon!
The BHS Musical—Mama Mia!, February 1-4  in the Robert/Dubbs Auditorium

For more information on shows and tickets please  visit our website at .


This week, ACE ( is officially launching the application
process for enrollment for next September 2023.  ACE, is a small program within BHS
students with a total of 55 students, grades 10-12, who feel they were be more
intellectually satisfied and more academically successful in a non-traditional setting.

ACE provides a rigorous college-preparation pathway in which students are placed in
multi-age classes based on their skill levels and can go at their own pace and graduate when they complete their content and skill competencies. Please check out the ACE website for more info.
If your child is interested in exploring ACE, they should email ACE Secretary: to attend an ACE information meeting and classroom
visit which are mandatory steps in the application process.
Parents who are interested in learning more about ACE should attend an ACE
Parent Information Meeting on Wed. Feb. 15th from 6-7:30pm in the MLK room.

ACE Program Coordinator, Amy Bayer, and current ACE parents will talk about the
program and answer questions that you may have.  Applications must be submitted no later than Friday, March 3rd and will be considered on a first come, first serve basis.
ACE Program Coordinator, Amy Bayer, can be reached at for

MESSAGE FROM B-PEN (Brookline Parent Education Network)

With mid-terms coming up soon, the stress level at home may start to rise dramatically as students deal with added pressures and expectations. What can parents do to help? How can we be supportive without inadvertently adding to the anxiety? And how can we guide teens toward healthy habits for themselves? Check out B-PEN’s “Teens & Managing Exam Stress,” with tips for parents and teens, as well as links to helpful BHS tutorials.

BHS Upcoming / Ongoing


We are looking for writers and storytellers! The Whipple Writing Fellowship is hosting the 3 annual BHS Story Hour. 

The Moth is a non-profit group based in New York City that focuses on the art and craft of storytelling. They organize story slams, creative writing workshops, and weekly radio hours, in which individuals share personal stories from their lives. This spring, the Whipple Fellowship is organizing our BHS Moth-inspired Radio Hour around the theme of one of our BHS Mantras: “This Is Hard, You Can Do It, We Will Help You."

Our Whipple Faculty will host writing workshops to help students craft their stories. On April 5th, we will host a LIVE event where our storytellers will share their works.  This is a great way to learn more about the art of writing a great story, to meet other students who are interested in writing, and to share your work with our entire community! Your final work will be featured and published on our website. This is also a great way to learn more about the Whipple Writing Fellowship which also sponsors a competitive and paid fellowship every summer for aspiring nonfiction writers.

Applications are due Feb 1, 2023 and can be found at this link


The PTO is organizing an opportunity for parents/guardians to give feedback to the plan that BHS administrators have written to guide the school-based response to incidents of hate (racism, anti-Semitism, homophobia, etc.) at BHS. Please keep an eye out in January for announcements in the Blast and from your class reps with the date and time for this event.

If you are interested in helping to plan and run the event, please email




BTC is hosting a fundraiser Texas Hold 'Em Poker Tournament on February 8th at 6pm. Fantastic prizes like Red Sox, Patriots, Bruins, and Celtics tickets, rounds of golf at local courses including the Country Club, and restaurant gift certificates. 
Food, beer, and competitive poker play with real tables and professional tournament supervision. Tickets are also available for non-poker players to come and hang at BTC for a great night out with food, drink and entertainment. Click HERE to Register.


Check out the Fall '22 issue of Greenzine Brookline, complete with interviews to editorials to art to poetry. This is our biggest issue yet, with new articles and art submitted by kids, teachers and parents from K-12 across the schools of PSB.



The School Committee will be meeting on Thursday, January 19, 2023, at 6:00 PM.
Attend in Person: Walsh School Committee Meeting Room, 5th Floor, Town Hall, 333 Washington Street, Brookline, MA  or watch remotely: Brookline Interactive Group (BIG) will broadcast live out to the cable channels and online via live stream at
BIG’s cable channels will replay the meeting and the meeting recording will be posted at for viewing after the meeting.
Meeting Documents are available on the PSB Website.


Offered by Brookline Adult Education on Tuesday and Thursday, 1/17 - 3/16, 6-8pm at BHS. This class is geared toward students planning to take the SAT exam. Weekly sessions will focus on teaching strategies, reviewing important content, and covering test taking techniques. For more information, visit or call 617-730-2700.


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

Support BHS

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! 


Quick Links

BHS PTO | BHS Website | The Sagamore | Donate to the PTO
B-PEN | Amazon Charity | Athletics Twitter | FoPA |BHS Handbook

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