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Weekly Blast

Important Dates

  • 05/27 BetCo Performance
  • 05/28 Needs Improvement
  • 05/29 Student Directed Fesitval
  • 05/31 No School
  • 06/01 Senior Party
  • 06/03 Progressive Dance 
  • 06/06 Graduation
  • 06/22 Last Day of School

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FROM HEAD OF SCHOOL

Dear Brookline High School Parents, Guardians, and Caretakers,

Last week at Brookline High School offered some momentous moments with and future memories for/of our seniors. On Wednesday, the senior deans' team worked with clerical and custodial staff and the larger administration to have a second senior celebratory give-away. Students ate pizza in the quad and received their Class of 2021 Warrior t-shirts. The true highlight backed into the Pinanski Quadrangle a bit later: an ice cream truck with myriad novelties for the youth. 

To see our seniors, many donning their college gear, revel in free ice cream truck fare, gave me great joy and gratitude. It has been one hell of a school year, and the kids are alright. (The truth is a lot more complicated than that though the seniors' resilience, grace, and grit should be lionized.)

Senior Celebrations: School and Community Efforts
We recently shared plans for both an in-person Commencement at Fisher Hill Park on Sunday 6/6 and a senior block party at BHS on Tuesday 6/1. The Brookline Police and Health Departments have been helpful in approving, supporting, and helping implement these plans. Our senior deans, Hal, and all kinds of town and district folks are helping, as well. 

The block party event would not happen without the power of parents, guardians, and our larger community. Brookline High has long taken pride in hosting an After the Prom Party to support the whole class being together before they graduate and keeping kids safe from the risks that celebratory events outside of school can assume. Huge thanks to Charla Whitley, Linda Louie, Cindy Tungate, Jennifer Hunt, Maga Sanchez-Dahl, Liz Stillman, Anne Jarvis and the many, many other volunteers, fundraisers, and organizers behind our 6/1 event.

Final Exams
We are not having a structured final exam period as we do most years. In a year when we started two weeks later than usual and had many early release days  for various reasons, we aim to get as much instructional time as possible between now and our last day of school on Tuesday 6/22.

BHS Building Project
Hal Mason and I will write a more comprehensive update on our Brookline High School renovation and expansion project. For now, please know we are planning to begin use of our new STEM wing at the beginning of next school year. Students and staff will enjoy new laboratories, collaborative spaces, and purpose-built, beautiful restaurant for our student-run culinary program. We are also excited that there will be all kinds of seating for lunch and the sort of serendipitous hanging out that BHS has had limited indoor space to support for this project.

22 Tappan, our mostly ninth grade building, will open in the middle of next year, so the Class of 2025 will begin at Old Lincoln School. Students and staff alike will be wowed by the cafeteria overlooking Cypress Field, a white box theater that fits 140, a library that hangs over the cafeteria, and all sorts of beautiful classrooms, collaborative spaces, and serendipitous seating so that students can work and be together, fostering community and a cohesive ninth grade cohort.

The project also includes fairly substantial work in the Tappan Gym, Cypress Field, and the third floor where our science classrooms currently reside. We will share further details about the timeline for these other components in our longer communication about the project. For now, we have been giving tours to our faculty, reminding them of what we are building for our students. In COVID, future thinking can be challenging. These architectural marvels popping up around Cypress Field help us lift our heads up and behold a shared, inspired and inspiring future. 

Summer Reading
We will be sending details about our summer reading program this week. Students will read two texts of their choosing, and all students and staff will be reading Bryan Stevenson's Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption. We are excited about this community reading experience and the possibilities to discuss justice, equity, and a great deal more with our BHS students.

I hope you all enjoy a warm Sunday. The weather cools down a little tomorrow so I expect the youth to be populating the pocket park on Cypress, the Quad, the OLS blacktops, and anywhere else outdoors.

Take care,

Anthony

Anthony Meyer
Head of School
Brookline High School

PGP: He/Him/His

This Week at BHS

HELP OUR SENIORS CELEBRATE


The PTO is putting on a PARTY for the Class of 2021 on Tues. June 1st.
They are working furiously to make-up for lost planning time.  Find out below how you can help make with the Senior Party

VOLUNTEER.  Join the decoration team every school day May 17 - June 1 @ 8:30am-4pm in Basement Room 019, to make the decor that will transform BHS quad, Schluntz and field into an amazing Hollywood-themed block party. We also need volunteers to chaperone the event and clean up after:  Sign Up Here! 

DONATE.  With just over a week until show time, the organizing committee needs  donations!  Donate to the PTO or mail a check made out to BHS (memo: Senior Party) and mail it to Brookline High School (Attn Kelli McDermott c/o Senior Party, 115 Greenough Street, Brookline, MA 02445.

TENTS AND TABLES. The Senior Party needs tents and folding tables because this party will happen rain or shine. If you can help, please contact bhsatpp@gmail.com.

PERFORMING ARTS!


Here are the upcoming student performances with a mix of live in-person (to a limited audience), live-streamed, and webinar from the BHS Performing Arts department. You can find info and links at: www.brooklinefopa.org.  
  • Thur, May 27, 7pm, Auditorium:  BETCo End of Year Performance, live and live-streamed.
  • Fri., May 28, 7pm: Auditorium, Needs Improvement Battle, live and live-streamed. 
  • Sat, May 29, 10am, Auditorium: BHS Student Directed Festival, live and live-streamed.
  • Thurs., June 3, 7pm:  Progressions Dance Performance, via Zoom webinar

BHS Upcoming / Ongoing

MAY IS MENTAL HEALTH MONTH 

Organizations around the world honor the month of May as a time to prioritize mental health, acknowledging that “it’s okay to not be okay,” especially given all the pandemic has brought in the way of isolation, grief, and confusion. B-PEN offers parents and caregivers a wide range of information and resources at www.B-PEN.org’s  home and Mental Health pages. And follow us on facebook for the latest parenting news and opportunities.
 

WRAP-UP FROM SENIOR PARENT MEETING

The "Post-BHS Transition: What Senior Parents Need to Know" related critical information regarding student health in college.  Many thanks to guest speaker Dr. Anjini Virmani, BHS social worker Abby Dean, BPEN's June Harris, and our recent BHS grads who shared their experiences with us. Here are related links: 
15 Life Skills Every Kid Should Know
Off to College: PARENTS' Medical Tool Kit
Off to College: STUDENTSs'  Medical Tool Kit
College Health Checklist of Dr. Anjini Virmani
B-PEN's College Transition Page

CANCELED: MON. & FRI. EARLY RELEASE 

The early release days on Mon. and Fri. (6/07, 6/11) have been canceled.  These dates are now full-days. Wednesday remains an early release day and is in-person. 
 

GUIDANCE INFORMATION

For information from guidance, go here. Interim progress reports for 4th quarter are posted on the  Aspen Portal.

Community

SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETING 

The Brookline School Committee will meet Thurs. May 26  at 6 pm. Agenda and Zoom link will be here.
 

SMART SUMMER 2021

Registration is open! Covid-safe and in person, Brookline Adult & Community Education is pleased to present SmartSummers 2021! Creative Arts, Basketball, Theater Arts, CyberSummers... all of our favorite programs are bubbling with excitement for this summer, and we look forward to welcoming familiar and new friends alike.
Please help us plan for enrollment by registering today! Options are available at multiple locations, throughout the day, from June 28 -August 20! Detailed information about programming is here. For assistance with registration, please call 617-730-2700, ext 0. 

BAC SUMMER CLASSES 

The Brookline Arts Center (BAC) is excited to provide a variety of creative opportunities and an outlet for arts education this summer! While this summer’s programs are going to look a little different than past years, we are thrilled to welcome students back to our beloved building. The safety of our faculty, students, and staff is our top priority. We will have in-person classes for ages 5-17 in painting, drawing, comics, sculpture, ceramics, ArtVentures and more, as well as some virtual options. Please see our BAC Policies page for more information about in-person classes, which will be held in strict accordance with state regulations and CDC guidelines. We look forward to seeing you soon! Register today!

Sports and Extracurricular Events
SPRING SPORTS are underway!
 Schedules can be found 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.

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