February 5, 2017               View this email in your browser

From the BHS Headmaster

Hi, BHS Parents and Guardians,

Greetings from Superbowl Sunday afternoon. I hope everyone's homework is nearly finished - at least for the night - and that those so inclined can watch a little football. I write to touch base about two items: the recent and wonderful BHS production of Grease and our upcoming course selection process.

I had the pleasure of seeing Grease in our Robert and Dubbs Auditorium this past Thursday. Beyond enjoying a well-known story brought to stage, I saw what matters much more: young people focused on their craft and seemingly enjoying every moment of it.

From full-cast dance numbers to solo songs by several characters, the play featured a cast that relished its time under the hot lights and a crew that threw those hot lights and made sweet music. Christien Polos and Carolyn Castellano collaborated to support the BHS production, and their actors and musicians made them proud. With many ninth and tenth graders complementing eleventh and twelfth graders in the cast, the future of BHS drama looks promising. Go, Drama Warriors!

Course Selection
Now is the season for students to begin selecting an academic program for next year. Our teachers and counselors check work hard to help student with these important course decisions. As parents and guardians, you want to determine how best to assist. We shortly will publish our 2016-17 Course Catalog, and this includes several new courses we highlight in our opening letter and in the catalog itself. Look for a communication from us after February break regarding this course selection process including our philosophy, timeline, and roles in supporting students to make smart selections toward a balanced academic program for the 2017-18 school year.

See you around Greenough Street,


This Week At BHS

INNOVATION AT BHS  Bring your appetite! On Tuesday, February 7th join us for a fireside chat with this years BHS Innovation Fellow, English Teacher Elon Fischer. Hear about current student directed learning innovations currently happening and in the works. Light buffet, cash bar. Click here for registration info. Seating is limited!

JUNIOR NIGHT FOR STUDENTS & PARENTS College and Post-Graduate Options Planning on Wednesday, February 8th, in the Auditorium, at 7 pm. The BHS Guidance department will go over the Post Secondary options for our students, with a focus on College Planning. BHS College Counselor Lenny Libenzon will speak about the college process, and afterwards parents/students will break into groups to talk with their assigned guidance counselor.

REVISIONS 2017 A student Variety Show and fundraiser will take place on Friday, February 10 @ 7:30pm, Saturday, February 11 @ 5:30pm & 7:30pm in Dance Studio 1, the Tappan Gym. Hosted by the Brookline Literacy Partnership.

FoPA MEETING CANCELLED The Friends of the Performing Arts meeting, scheduled for Wednesday, has been cancelled, due to the conflict with the scheduled Junior night.

SWS ADMISSIONS Admissions packets are available at the SWS office on the 4th floor. The sign up deadline is Friday, February 10th. School Within a School is a democratic school on the 4th floor of Brookline High School. Students in SWS are also mainstream students, taking classes in both places.  Students are admitted to SWS through a lottery. In order to qualify for the lottery, students must do a few things, including visit SWS classes. Results of the SWS admissions lottery will be announced on March 3rd.

BHS Upcoming & Ongoing

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. There will be a student information meeting on Tuesday, February 7 during T block in Rm. 250

SOPHOMORE PARENT MEETING The next meeting for parents/guardians of sophomores will be held on Tuesday morning, February 14, from 8 - 9am in the MLK room. Department chairs will be on hand to answer questions and provide information about course selection for next year. We apologize for the need to hold this meeting during school hours -- we will circulate detailed notes and a video recording of the meeting afterwards and please feel free to reach out to your PTO reps with any questions or concerns. Please note: This replaces the meeting previously scheduled for February 7th.

ACE PARENT INFORMATION NIGHT  Wednesday,  February 15 from 6:30-7:30pm in the MLK Room.

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.

WINTER INTRAMURALS began Monday, November 28th. Schedule is as follows: Fitness Center: November 28th - April 13th Monday, Wednesday, Thursday with Instructor Keith Thomas. This time period is followed by a 2-week break when spring sports get started. (March 20-31st) Spin Room: January 4th - February 15th Monday, Wednesday with Instructor Melissa O'Brien.


ELECTIVE OFFICE WORKSHOP How (and Why) to Run Wednesday, February 8, 2017 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Putterham Branch Library 959 W. Roxbury Parkway.

SPEAKING FOR THE TREES 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 the current and future effects of rising temperatures on forests in New England, and Mr. Oladapo-Johnson will describe the Emerald Necklace Conservancy's efforts to reduce damage ​to​ trees caused by methane leaks.​ Thursday, February 9, 7 pm​​. ​Hunneman Hall, Brookline Main Library, 361 Washington Street. Refreshments will be served. ​This talk​ is sponsored ​by ​Brookline ​Mothers Out Front​.​

COMMUNITY MEETING ABOUT BROOKLINE SCHOOLS Thursday, February 9 from 7 to 8:30 pm at All Saints Church | 1773 Beacon Street at Dean Road. Come early to enjoy music and light refreshments starting at 6:30 pm. Child care will be available.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETING on Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 6:00 PM in the Walsh School Committee Room, 5th Floor, Town Hall.

CHILDREN'S CLOTHING DRIVE The Brookline Commission for Women will be holding its 8th Annual Children's Clothing Drive at the Brookline Public Safety Headquarters, 350 Washington Street, Brookline. We will accept clean, wearable clothing and shoes for children ages newborn to teens. We’re also collecting financial donations, nonperishable food donations, toiletries, and diapers for the Brookline Food Pantry.  Donations may be dropped off on Friday, February 10th from 8am-6pm & Saturday, February 11th, 2017 from 8am-11am. Questions? Please contact Casey Hatchett.

BROOKLINE WOMAN OF THE YEAR Nominations for 2017 are now being accepted by the Brookline Commission for Women. Nominees must live or work in Brookline. The Woman of the Year will be honored on March 23rd at an awards ceremony in Hunneman Hall as part of the 25th Annual Women Who Inspire Us Essay Contest and Awards Ceremony. Nominations can be emailed or mailed to the Brookline Police Department, c/o Casey Hatchett, 350 Washington Street, Brookline, MA 02445 or by completing the online form.  Please be sure to include:  your name and contact information, name of the woman you are nominating and her contact information, a narrative about why she should be awarded this honor and two references for the nominee.  More information is available on the BCW website. This event is sponsored by the Brookline Commission for Women in celebration of Women's National History Month. Nominations will be accepted through February 24, 2017.

“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.

CLIMATE CHANGE DISCUSSION So "Climate Change" was deleted from the official White House website, but we can have an impact-- now  more than ever you are needed! As a community, lets talk about strategy and effectiveness. Join the discussion (join the movement) with  Mothers Out Front and others concerned with our childrens future! Wednesday  February 15th, Brookline Village, KooKoo Cafe. 8am-9:30am.

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.

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.
Sports Events

Girls Junior Varsity Ice Hockey Home Natick High School @ Larz Anderson - Kirrane Rink 4:45 PM

Boys Freshman Basketball Away Milton High School @ Milton High School 3:45PM

Girls Freshman Basketball Home Milton High School @ Schluntz Gym 3:45PM

Coed Varsity Squash Away Squashbusters Boston @ Northeastern 4:00 PM

Boys Junior Varsity Basketball Away Milton High School
@ Milton High School 5:15PM

Girls Junior Varsity Basketball Home Milton High School @ Schluntz Gym 5:15PM

Boys Varsity Basketball Away Milton High School @ Milton High School 6:30 PM

Girls Varsity Basketball Home Milton High School @ Schluntz Gym 6:30PM

Girls Varsity Ice Hockey Home Milton High School @ Walter Brown Arena 6:00 PM

Boys Varsity Indoor Track Away  Bay State Conference Meet @ Reggie Lewis Center 6:00 PM

Girls Varsity Indoor Track Away  Bay State Conference Meet
@ Reggie Lewis Center 6:00 PM

Boys Varsity Wrestling Away Newton North High School
@ Newton North HS 6:30 PM

Boys Varsity Ice Hockey Away Milton High School
@ Ulin Memorial Rink 7:00 PM

Boys Junior Varsity Ice Hockey Home Natick High School @ Larz Anderson - Kirrane Rink 4:45 PM

Coed Varsity Downhill Ski Away Varsity Race 7 and 8 @ Blue Hills 6:00 PM
Coed Varsity Squash Away  High School Nationals Feb 10-12 @ Hartford, CT TBA

Boys Freshman Basketball Home Needham High School @ Schluntz Gym 3:45PM

Girls Freshman Basketball Away Needham High School @ Needham High School 3:45PM

Boys Junior Varsity Basketball Home Needham High School @ Schluntz Gym 5:15PM

Girls Junior Varsity Basketball Away Needham High School @ Needham High School 5:15PM

Boys Varsity Basketball Home Needham High School @ Schluntz Gym 6:30 PM

Girls Varsity Basketball Away Needham High School @ Needham High School 6:30 PM

Girls Varsity Gymnastics Away BSC Meet @ Newton North HS @ Newton North HS 10:00 AM

Coed Varsity Cheerleading Away  Shawsheen Valley Tech Invitational  @ Shawsheen 12:00 PM

Girls Varsity Ice Hockey Away Algonquin Regional High School
@ New England Sports Center 6:20 PM

Boys Varsity Ice Hockey Home North Quincy High School @ Walter Brown Arena 7:00 PM

Coed Varsity Cheerleading Away  Natick Invitational @ Natick High Schl TBA

Boys Junior Varsity Ice Hockey Away  Rodman v Bel/Hol/Ash
@ Rodman Arena 5:20 PM
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