From the BHS Headmaster
Dear BHS Parents and Guardians,
Greetings from 115 Greenough Street, where school is in full groove after our second full week of classes. This is why I write: to talk about groove, rhythm, momentum, and how they are affected - negatively and positively - by upcoming long holiday weekends.
First, I think you know this but our teachers want and need groove, rhythm, and momentum in their classes and with their students. Long stretches of uninterrupted days and weeks of solid instruction and learning is their hope. They can dive deeply into units and have predictable calendars that spur and support learning momentum.
Second, our district and school leadership is trying to make clear our commitment to supporting homework free time during category one holidays like Eid, Rosh Hashanah, and Yom Kippur. We realize that such restrictions on homework affect momentum, and yet believe an opportunity exists within this conflict.
Time is a sparse commodity for - and with - our adolescent Warriors. For the long weekend of 10/1-3 (Rosh Hashanah) and 10/8-12 (Columbus Day and Yom Kippur), there will be no homework. This does not mean that students are forbidden to pick up a book or analyze an issue or problem. We still believe reading, writing, and thinking are good! It does mean that teachers will not assign homework over these weekends.
As I wrote to our faculty and staff this past Friday, now is the perfect time to reflect on how we want to spend our days as this is how we spend our lives. (I steal this idea from someone famous; I just don't know who.) The next two BHS weekends should allow our students - and you, their parents and guardians - rare and wonderful opportunities to relax, refresh, and reflect without schoolwork on their minds or plates. Bask in this and support your students in basking!
Lastly, we are excited for Back to School Night this Thursday 9/29. In advance of the evening, we will send specifics around an amazing app a senior of ours has created and fine-tuned that will help you navigate our main BHS building. We fill the halls with our awesome junior mentors, who direct and support parents in need. The student's app is a nice complement. Nonetheless, we look forward to showcasing the smart work of a senior who began his project in Brittany Stevens' Business course and is continuing to work on it in Brittany and Elon Fischer's Entrepreneurship class. Go, BHS.
See you Thursday evening,
Brookline High School
This Week At BHS
INTERNATIONAL PARENT NIGHT Tuesday, September 27th at 7:00 pm in the MLK room.
BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT THIS THURSDAY AT 6:30 PM The evening will begin in the Auditorium and then parents will visit the classrooms. This is an opportunity to meet your child's teachers and gain an overview of the curriculum in each class. Students will bring home a sheet with their schedule and room numbers for parents to use. Click on the floor maps below to locate your child's classrooms.
MORE HELP NEEDED FOR THE STAFF APPRECIATION BREAKFAST! This Friday, September 30th, we will thank teachers and staff for staying late on Back to School night, by providing them with a delicious and nutritious breakfast. This PTO run event is completely catered by parents, and more help is needed to make it a success. Early risers - we need help with setup and more people to drop off hot dishes in the morning. Food donations may be dropped off at Back to School Night, or on the morning of the breakfast in the MLK room. Please visit the sign up sheet here for more information, and to contribute.
ATPP OPEN LEADERSHIP ROLES If you enjoy planning events, working on teams, and being involved at BHS, a great way to help out is the After-the-Prom party (ATPP) committee. We are actively seeking parents from all four classes to take on the following leadership roles: Co-Chair, Set-up and Installation; Volunteer Coordination; Fund-raising; Food Committee; and Communications. This event is a 20+ year tradition at the high school and is a fantastic way to meet other parents and work in the area you most enjoy. For more information on how to get involved, please contact: Joanne Liautaud, or 312-961-0388.
BHS Upcoming & Ongoing
SEPAC MEETING On Monday September 26, we will meet in the MLK room from 7-8:30 pm. Wendy Ryder, the new Special Ed Director and Darby Neff-Verre, Guidance Department Chair will also be joining us. Parents with students on IEPs and 504s will have a chance to ask questions, meet other parents and talk about the upcoming year.
THE BHS 2016-2017 INFORMATION BOOKLET contains important information for the new school year and may be found here as well as on the BHS website. Inside you will find information about: the attendance policy, the 2016-17 Calendar of Dates, Guidance and Support Staff, the Brookline Warriors, the PTO, the Family Portal, and a school map.
INTRAMURAL SPORTS The season will run from October 24th - November 23rd. Some of the sports that will be offered are: Indoor soccer, Basketball and Ultimate Frisbee. More information will be available soon.
VISITING POETS AT BHS Thanks to grants made by the BHS PTO, this year will be an amazing year for poetry. The first two performance dates are: October 6th at 8:30am, President Obama's Inaugural Poet, Richard Blanco, will present in the BHS Auditorium. Link to Blanco reading. On November 4th at 11:00am, Poet Martin Espada will present in MLK Room.
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.
BROOKLINE SEPAC MONTHLY MEETING Meet student services administration and welcome new deputy superintendent, Sam Zimmerman. Thursday, September 29, 2016 from 8:30 - 9:30a.m. in Town Hall, School Committee Room, 5th floor
333 Washington Street, Brookline.
TALES FROM THE CLASSROOM Personal Essays Read by the 2016 Margaret Metzger Fellows, Brookline Education Foundation. On Friday, September 30th from 6:00 - 8:00 PM, in the Lincoln School Theater, 19 Kennard Road, Brookline. This is a very special evening, all are welcome! Light refreshments will be followed by ten-minute readings by: Jen Breen Rose-Wood, BHS, English; Malcolm Cawthorne, BHS, Social Studies; Teresa Gallo-Toth, Runkle Librarian; Marie Leman, Lawrence, 3rd grade; Greg Porter, Lawrence, Social Studies; Jan Preheim, Lincoln, 5th grade.
“SCREENAGERS” IS SOLD OUT! On Oct. 5, B-PEN (with funding from Brookline Community Foundation and Coolidge Corner Theatre) presents a free community showing at the Coolidge of “Screenagers,” an award-winning documentary on the impact of technology, screens, and social media on the lives of adolescents. Reservations for this free showing maxed out very quickly, which is a testament to the importance of the subject matter, so B-PEN has been exploring options for another showing down the line. If you would like be notified when more information is available, please email email@example.com.
MARATHON RUNNERS The Brookline Education Foundation is seeking runners for the 2017 Boston Marathon. Receive amazing training and camaraderie from Team Brookline and support excellence in the Public Schools of Brookline at the same time! Contact Team Brookline for more information today. The deadline for applications is September 30, 2016.
VEGAS NIGHT!! Vegas is coming to Brookline so don’t miss this incredible party! Tickets include casino games (black jack, roulette, 3 card poker & craps), poker tournament, prizes, DJ, dancing, food, beer & wine. 21+ only. Saturday, October 1st 7:00pm-10:00pm. All proceeds support the Brookline Teen Center. Purchase tickets at brooklineteencenter.org.
CHILDCARE FORUM Hosted by the Brookline Commission for Women on Tuesday, October 4th, 2016, 6pm-7:30pm in the Denny Room of the Brookline Health Department Building, 11 Pierce Street. Panelists will speak on the benefits and challenges of various types of daycare options for families with children in the newborn to 5 year age range. Representatives from BEEP, Brookline Health Department, the Brookline Police Department, and others will discuss safety, proper licensing and background checks. There will be a question and answer period following the panel discussion. Questions? Please email Chris Chanyasulkit or RSVP here. This event is free and open to the public.
THE 5th ANNUAL YOUNG LEADERS SYMPOSIUM Hosted by the Massachusetts Asian American Commission on Saturday, October 15, 2016, 11am-2:30pm. In Hunneman Hall of the Brookline Main Library (361 Washington St.). Former Governor Michael Dukakis and former Fitchburg Mayor Lisa Wong will be co-keynote speakers. There will be a question and answer period following the panel discussion. Free lunch from The Chicken and Rice Guys. Questions? Please email Chris Chanyasulkit and RSVP here. This event is free and open to middle-school, high school, undergraduate, graduate students, and young professionals; and attendees of all race and ethnicity are welcome.
Boys JV Golf Home Malden Catholic HS @ Putterham 3:20 PM
Boys V Golf Home Weymouth HS @ Country Club 3:30 PM
Boys JV Football Home Newton North HS @ Downes Field 3:45 PM
Coed JV Cheerleading Home Newton North HS @ Downes Field 3:45 PM
Boys FR Soccer Away Weymouth HS @ Weymouth HS 4:00 PM
Girls FR Soccer Home Weymouth HS @ Brookline Ave 4:00PM
Boys JV Golf Home Xaverian Brothers HS @ Putterham 3:20 PM
Girls V Field Hockey Home Needham HS @ Downes Field 3:45 PM
Boys V Soccer Home Needham HS @ Skyline Field 4:00 PM
Girls V Soccer Away Needham HS @ Cricket Field 4:00 PM
Girls JV Soccer Away Needham HS @ DeFazio Field 4:00 PM
Girls JV Field Hockey Home Needham HS @ Larz Anderson 4:00 PM
Girls FR Field Hockey Away Needham HS @ DeFazio Field 4:00 PM
Girls V Swimming Home Norwood HS @ Tappan St. Pool 4:00 PM
Girls V Volleyball Away Needham HS @ Needham HS 4:00 PM
Boys JV Soccer Home Needham HS @ Cypress Field 4:00PM
Girls JV Volleyball Away Needham HS @ Needham HS 5:15 PM
Boys JV Golf Away Newton South HS @ Newton Common 3:30 PM
Boys FR Soccer Home Wellesley HS @ Brookline Ave 3:45 PM
Boys V Cross Country Away Tri-Meet Braintree-Framingham @ Braintree HS 4:00 PM
Girls V Cross Country Away @ 4:00 PM
Girls FR Soccer Away Wellesley HS @ Wellesley HS 4:00PM
Boys JV Golf Home Weymouth HS @ Putterham 3:20 PM
Boys V Golf Home Needham HS @ Country Club 3:30 PM
Boys V Soccer Away Natick HS @ Natick HS 4:00 PM
Girls JV Soccer Home Natick HS @ Warren Field 4:00 PM
Girls V Volleyball Home Natick HS @ Schluntz Gym 4:00 PM
Boys JV Soccer Away Natick HS @ Natick HS 4:00PM
Girls V Soccer Home Natick HS @ Skyline Field 4:00PM
Girls FR Field Hockey Home Natick HS @ Larz Anderson 4:00PM
Girls JV Field Hockey Away Natick HS @ Natick HS 5:00PM
Girls JV Volleyball Home Natick HS @ Schluntz Gym 5:15PM
Girls V Field Hockey Away Natick HS @ Natick HS 6:15 PM
Boys V Golf Home Wellesley HS @ Country Club 3:30 PM
Girls FR Field Hockey Away Park School @ Park School 3:30 PM
Boys FR Football Home Weymouth HS @ Downes Field 3:45 PM
Boys FR Soccer Home Framingham HS @ Brookline Ave 3:45 PM
Girls FR Soccer Away Framingham HS @ Framingham HS 4:00 PM
Girls V Field Hockey Home Ursuline Academy @ Larz Anderson 4:00 PM
Girls V Swimming Away Newton North HS @ Newton North HS 4:00 PM
Girls JV Field Hockey Home Ursuline Academy @ Larz Anderson 5:00PM
Boys V Football Away Weymouth HS @ Weymouth HS 7:00 PM
Coed V Cheerleading Away Weymouth HS @ Weymouth HS 7:00 PM
Boys JV Football Away Weymouth HS @ Weymouth HS 10:00 AM