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Weekly Blast

Important Dates

  • Early Dismissal, April 12th
  • April Vacation, April 17 - 21st

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Dear BHS Parents, Guardians, and Caregivers,

This is a busy time with many religious holidays coinciding: Passover, Ramadan, and Easter. Keep in mind that due to district policy, no homework can be due or tests given on Monday 4/10. This no homework period began on Thursday 4/6.

Special Schedule and Day of Dialogue

We have a special schedule for the week of 4/10-14 in order to support Day of Dialogue. Below is a description of this important day by our three wonderful Gender Sexuality Alliance (GSA) leaders: Stephen Eesley, Kate Leslie, and Julia Mangan.

The LGBTQ Day of Dialogue is this Wednesday, April 12. This is a long-standing tradition at BHS in which students and staff plan a whole-day of assemblies and lessons centered on LGBTQ-topics. This year, the day will start with a "Telling Our Stories" assembly in which eight BHS students and staff members will tell their personal stories about being LGBTQ. 

Another highlight of the day will be two live performances by queer musicians Oompa and Izzy Heltai. Oompa is a nationally-acclaimed, Boston-born hip-hop artist who has received 3 Boston Music Awards. Izzy Heltai is a 2014 Brookline High graduate and an indie folk singer-songwriter who recently performed at South by Southwest. Both artists are part of the LGBTQ community and will talk about how their queer identity influences their music. The Day of Dialogue will end with an outdoors Pride Festival with music, games, trivia, arts and crafts and lots of fun. 

We would like to thank the BHS PTO, the Brookline Commission for the Arts, and the Brookline Office for Teaching and Learning for generously donating the funds needed for this year's LGBTQ Day of Dialogue.

Preview: More Information and Exciting Announcements Later this Week

Please look for a BlackBoard message from me this week with some updates and exciting announcements about school-based efforts to support affinity groups at the high school. I will also share some budget information and a brief description of work we are doing on/with core ninth grade classes.

Most of all, enjoy a homework-free Sunday with your adolescent. Such days are rare, so soak it up without saying too much or trying too hard (lest the adolescent get surly).

Take care,

Anthony

Anthony Meyer
Head of School
Brookline High School

Pronouns: He/Him/His

This Week at BHS

BPEN - GET THE FACTS ABOUT VAPING

Vaping continues to be a major issue among teens, despite new town-wide efforts and school system initiatives. Parents can contribute by talking to their kids about potential risks, and Mass.gov has some excellent materials to help get the facts. Check out https://www.mass.gov/info-details/get-the-facts-about-youth-vaping as well as B-PEN’s Vaping & E-Cigarettes page.
 

WHAT JUNIOR PARENTS NEED TO KNOW 

SENIORS SHARE LETTERS ABOUT PREPARING FOR COLLEGE AND LIFE AFTER HIGH SCHOOL APRIL 11 ON ZOOM. For the Class of 2024/Junior Parent PTO meeting on April 11, Peer Leaders will share a series of letters to parents designed to help them understand some of the unique stresses and pressures of junior/senior years as they begin planning for life after high school. This meeting, which past junior parents have told us is extremely powerful and insightful, will include concrete tips on how parents can strengthen communication and support for their teens to maintain a healthy perspective during these final years at BHS.


FOPA - FRIENDS OF PERFORMING ARTS

You are invited to join our next FoPA meeting on Tuesday, April 11 at 7pm in the 22 Tappan Theater.  Meet fellow parents and learn more about supporting the Performing Arts at BHS.
For more information visit our website at www.brooklinefopa.org 

WHIPPLE WRITING FELLOWSHIP 

The Whipple Writing Fellowship offers Brookline High Students who love the written word an opportunity to develop and expand their skills as writers. As Fellows, participants will join a supportive cohort of fellow aspiring writers, receive a generous stipend to encourage their work, and learn from professional writers from across a spectrum of writing styles on how to craft a piece of writing that will ultimately be presented in a public forum and submitted for publication. Whipple Writing Fellows have the opportunity to write an engaging piece of narrative nonfiction. Through a combination of traditional research and generative writing in a close community of fellow writers, students will experience creating and refining a project in a uniquely focused environment. 

We are looking for eager BHS students who are excited to learn how to push their writing to the next level. Whipple Fellows should be current 10 & 11 grade students who are curious about the world around them and who are interested in researching and writing a narrative nonfiction piece this summer. The application is due Tuesday, May 2 by 11:59 pm. Please read more about the fellowship by reading our detailed information sheet, which includes information on the required dates of the fellowship, expectations, and information about the student stipend.  Any questions about this application and the selection process should be directed to Jen Martin at jen_martin@psbma.org. As well, to learn more about previous fellows and their writing, visit our webpage.

BHS Upcoming / Ongoing

PSB STRATEGIC PLANNING UPDATE

As part of PSB's work to create a multi-year district strategic plan, we invite parents, guardians, students, educators and community members  to participate in a community meeting on Wednesday, April 26, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Brookline High School. Utilizing the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) Planning for Success model, the district’s Leadership Team and an inclusive Community Planning Team are working together to envision a future for the school district that represents the goals and visions of the entire community.  More information on the work being done on the Strategic Plan can be found here www.brookline.k12.ma.us/strategicplan.

In addition to the rich mix of experiences and perspectives represented through the Community Planning Team,  we also want to offer all members of the community an opportunity to provide input and feedback. This community meeting is designed with that in mind.   Please join us in the main cafeteria at 22 Tappan Street on  Wednesday, April 26, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Click on the link here to RSVP.

LANGUAGE VIRTUAL NEEDS TEACHERS

Language Virtual is looking for more teachers! A number of students from Ukraine (Kharkiv region) and ELL students in Brookline recently signed up for English lessons and we need more people who can help us ensure every student is connected with a teacher. Language Virtual, a BHS student-run nonprofit, is a global community of students who are either teaching or learning English. We connect students all around our world through 1-on-1 English lessons. Currently, we have students in around 15 countries including Ukraine, Afghanistan, and Nicaragua.

How the process works: Once a student signs up, we connect them with a high school teacher and the student can contact the teacher directly about scheduling. Usually, the teaching sessions are only 30min-1hour long and you receive community service hours. You can view our website for more details or to sign up.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me, Anna Lin at 23lina@brooklinek12.org.
I hope everyone considers joining our community!
 

IMPORTANT DATES FOR SENIORS

Final Exams, Week of May 22
Prom & After the Prom Party, May 30-31
Senior Day, June 1
Graduation, June 4, 1:00pm on Cypress Field

For more information and details on these end-of-year events, please read the BHS Counseling Weekly update sent by Darby Neff-Verre.

Community

BUILDING BELONGING SERIES 2.0

Over the next few weeks, the PSB Offices of English Language Education, Educational Equity, and Student Services are teaming up to offer FOUR virtual webinars called "Culturally Responsive Understanding and Approaches to Supporting Asian-American Pacific Islander Youth around Mental Health Concerns."

These sessions will help our caregivers and educators create a sense of belonging with our students inside and outside our classrooms. Led by Dr. Josephine Kim, Dr. Juliana Chen, and Dr. Justin Chen. the first of these sessions began last week, with the next available webinar scheduled for next Thursday, April 12, at 7:00 p.m. Folks can access the meeting VIA ZOOM. Live translations will also be provided for Chinese, Japanese, and Korean languages.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETING

The School Committee will be meeting on Monday, April 10, 2023, at 6:00 PM.
Attend in Person: Walsh School Committee Meeting Room, 5th Floor, Town Hall, 333 Washington Street, Brookline, MA

Watch Remotely: Brookline Interactive Group (BIG) will broadcast live out to the cable channels and online via live stream at 
www.brooklineinteractive.org/live
Meeting Documents and agenda are available on the PSB Website. 

 

BROOKLINE VOTING INFO

VOTE 411.org, the Brookline League of Women Voters Voters Guide is now LIVE. Enter your street address and you will go directly to a preview of your ballot. Candidates for Town Meeting from your precinct and candidates for town-wide office have provided biographical information and their views on issues of local significance.  You will not be voting here. Rather, the information provided can help you decide which candidates to vote for on May 2nd in person, or during early voting or vote-by mail.

On April 14 from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m., you are invited to attend an online Friday Discussion, "May 2nd Town Ballot Questions" with Town Administrator Charles Carey and Town Clerk Ben Kaufman.  Sponsored by the League of Women Voters Brookline, you may register by e-mailing ernestafrey@comcast.net.  Recording will be available on Brookline Interactive Group.

BROOKLINE TEEN CENTER FUNDRAISER


Join the Brookline Teen Center for a Night at the Garage on Thursday, May 18th at 6:30pm. This is an evening for our community to come together and celebrate our teens! There will be teen entertainment, food, drinks and more. For more information or to purchase tickets, please click HERE.


REHEARSAL FOR LIFE - BANNED IN BOSTON EVENT


Thursday, April 27th at 6:00pm at Roadrunner in Boston, MA
All proceeds benefit Rehearsal for Life’s creative youth development programming, serving over 3,000 Boston and Greater Boston youth in grades 4-12: Urban Improv (in its 30th year!) and Youth Unscripted, serving Boston Public School students from grades 4 through 12 free of charge, and Freelance Players, delivering after school original children’s musical theater for nearly 50 years.  Get more information and tickets HERE.


BHS INNOVATION FUND EVENT FOR 8TH GRADE PARENTS


Meet, Mingle, and Discover More about BHS  The BHS Innovation Fund invites you to a Wine & Cheese Social on Wednesday, May 10, 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 fellow rising 9th grade parents, and learn about the exciting course and program offerings at BHS! Beer/Wine and light hors d’oeuvres will be served at this free event.  Register today! Space is limited.

The BHS Innovation Fund is a community supported non-profit within BHS that fosters a culture of innovation at BHS by supporting the development of new interdisciplinary courses and school-wide programs that prepare our students to thrive in the 21st century.  Go to bhsinnovationfund.org for more info on the Fund, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter @bhsinnofund
 

BROOKLINE GREENZINE


The Winter '23 issue of Greenzine Brookline is here! Check out articles on climate disruption, BHS Meatless Mondays, the Food Project of Greater Boston, and learn about why trout are taking over the third grade. We've got art, poetry, classroom projects and more.
 

BROOKLINE PORCHFEST 


We are thrilled to announce Brookline's eighth annual Porchfest will be held on Saturday, September 30, 2023 from 12:00-6:00pm. That's exactly 6 months away! We are so excited to continue our new tradition of holding Porchfest as Fall begins!
Extracurricular Events
Find more info on Spring sports schedules  HERE.
Find more info on the Performing Arts at BHS HERE.


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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! 

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