March 5, 2017               View this email in your browser

From the BHS Headmaster

Dear Brookline High School Parents and Guardians,

As our learning and growing gathers March momentum - cold winds at our backs - I'd like to touch base with you regarding our high school renovation and expansion project. Many individuals in and around BHS and PSB have been involved with this project since the summer, when Assistant Headmaster Hal Mason and I began working closely together with Superintendent Andrew Bott and his leadership team to craft an educational plan that drives decisions. Our renovation and expansion project also has gathered important momentum, thanks to the work of many.

If you would like to read our education plan, it can be found on the Public Schools of Brookline web-site: BHS education plan.

We are now in the midst of a feasibility study led by the architecture firm HMFH. Our team of architects has measured and examined every nook and cranny of old BHS, imagining how we could expand on the present campus. More specifically, they have produced both a space summary and massing models, which show where and how we could add to our current buildings without delving into any design details.

As part of feasibility we have convened meetings with faculty and staff, leaders of partner organizations (BEF, Innovation Fund, and PTO), and continue to have public meetings at least monthly. We are spending a great deal of time so that we carefully consider how to plan for rising enrollment. I have every confidence that we will address the challenges that lie ahead while focusing on the present and future needs of our students.  

Part of my confidence is due to the team approach we are taking. A committee of seventeen stakeholders - parents, a student, as well as town, district, and school leaders - is meeting regularly to guide and support our expansion and renovation process For a description and membership list of this group and for update information about the BHS project, please use the PSB site: BHS building project.

Most importantly, we have a Community Update planned for Wednesday March 15th at 7:00pm in room 103 of Town Hall at 333 Washington Street. We will follow up with a reminder later this week, and you can always use the above link for updates and information on all things BHS renovation and expansion.

Please come, and feel free to forward this message to any parents and guardians you know in the K-8 schools. Our hope is to reach out to these parents, as well.

I hope to see you next Wednesday if not before,


This Week At BHS

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. Applications are due on on March 7th and may be picked up in room 257.  Please check out the ACE website for more details.

SPRING PLAY: "EVERY 28 HOURS" A series of short, powerful plays on the theme of racism in America. March 8, 3:30 pm, March 9, & 10, 7:30 pm, March 11, 3:30 pm & 7:30 pm in the Black Box theater (3rd floor) at BHS.

BHS Upcoming & Ongoing

JUNIOR SEMI-FORMAL TICKETS The BHS Junior Semi-Formal will be held on the Spirit of Boston on Friday, March 24, 2017, from 7:00 PM-10:00 PM. Ticket sales began March 1st and will continue until Wednesday, March 15th. Tickets must be purchased on-line by following the link on the BHS web page to online payments. The ticket price for the dance is $60.00. Please also consider making a donation to the Junior Semi, this helps support students with financial need.  All tickets require a Junior Semi Contract, signed by the student and parent/guardian, turned in to the dean's office no later than March 15th. Your ticket pays for bus transportation to and from the event and dinner cruise on the Spirit of Boston. We look forward to a very successful fun evening for all.

THE AFTER THE PROM PARTY (ATPP) committee needs a few more parent volunteers to help with the Food and Prize committees. Volunteers will be asked to contact 10-15 local merchants and help collect donations that will be given out to BHS seniors on prom night (May 31st). Both committees are well supported and will not require more than 10 hours of time, and the majority of work can be done from home with a few meetings to finalize donations.  We have a great core team of volunteers and fantastic local merchants who donate annually supporting this amazing event.  So get a friend to join with you and sign up to help out with the ATPP this year. It is a great way to meet parents from all four classes and support an important high school tradition.  For more information on how you can get involved, please contact:  Joanne Liautaud (ATPP Co-Chair); Susanna Stern (Prize Committee Co-Chair); or Patricia Duggan (Food Committee Co-Chair).

STATES PLAY Wednesday, March 15 and Thursday, 16 at 7:30 pm in the Roberts/Dubbs Auditorium. Come see the BHS entry in the Massachusetts High School Drama Festival (which was held this year at BHS on March 4). It's a short, student-written play set mainly on a cruise ship called the S.S. Underworld.

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.

BROOKLINE SEPAC The Special Education Parent Advisory Council will host an evening talk with student services deputy superintendent, Sam Zimmerman. Monday, March 27, 2017 in the BHS MLK Meeting Room, 7:00p.m. - 8:30p.m. This event is for parents and guardians of students with IEP’s and 504’s. This will be an opportunity to hear what’s going on in special education at BHS, future plans and ask questions. No reservations are necessary and light refreshments will be served.


BROOKLINE TALKS PRESENTS "Raising Caring Children and Responsible Citizens" with Richard Weissbourd. Tuesday, March 7th, at 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.

PORCHFEST The second annual Brookline Porchfest will take place on Saturday, June 10th. Click here for more information.

CLIMATE COFFEE Come join us for Coffee to discuss what is going on locally regarding Climate Change. Join Brookline Mothers Out Front in these complicated times to protect our children's future. Tuesday March 7th, KooKoo Cafe, Station street Brookline Village, 8-9:30am.

SPEAKING FOR THE TREES (rescheduled from February 9th) 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 current and future effects of rising temperatures on forests in New England. Mr. Oladapo-Johnson will describe the Emerald Necklace Conservancy's efforts to reduce damage ​to​ trees caused by methane leaks.​ March 14th at 7 pm​​ at the Coolidge Corner Library, 31 Pleasant Street, Brookline​. Refreshments will be served. ​This talk​ is ​presented​ by Brookline Mothers Out Front​.​

BROOKLINE SEPAC monthly meeting on Thursday, March 16, 2017 8:30a.m.-9:30a.m. in the School Committee Room, Town Hall, 5th floor. This will be a discussion with PSB student services administration about the extended school year including Brookline Recreation afternoon options and early childhood.

TELLING OUR STORIES AND BUILDING BRIDGES A diversity workshop series for families and young children, facilitated by Alicia Hsu, a retired teacher of the Public Schools of Brookline. All sessions will be held at Hunneman Hall in the Public Library of Brookline. For more details, please contact Chris Chanyasulkit. The workshops are free and open to the public but please RSVP here so that we can be sure to have enough materials. Session 1 will be held on Saturday, March 4th at 11am, Session 2 on Thursday, March 9th at 7pm, and Session 3 on Saturday, March 18th at 11am.

YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID USA is a free eight-hour public education program, for parents/guardians, introducing the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents. It builds understanding of the importance of early intervention and teaches individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge. Brookline Health Department 11 Pierce St. Wednesday March 8 & March 15th, 2017, 5 - 9 pm both evenings. Light refreshments will be served. Must register and attend both evenings of training.

“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 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.
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