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October 16, 2016               View this email in your browser

From the BHS Headmaster


Hi, BHS Parents and Guardians,

Greetings from Greenough Street after a short week of school.  Rather than take on a larger topic or issue, I'd like to offer some highlights from my recent travels within BHS and around Brookline.

- I checked in this past Friday with a deeply creative world history teacher whose ninth graders are applying their understanding of Confucian philosophy to our BHS classrooms, using social media to communicate and package their analysis.  It's layered work, and a creative way to assess student learning.

- Ten high school teachers, administrators, and I continued to debrief a recent Brookline Education Foundation-sponsored conference we attended in early October.  More on this soon, but we are piloting ways to improve our monitoring of student progress, crafting interventions, and engaging our faculty in a school-wide conversation about what matters most at BHS: excellent instruction for our students.  

- I watched the ninth grade girls soccer team fight valiantly to tie Natick on Thursday afternoon.  Perhaps even more powerfully, on Friday a member of the team dissected the loss for a few of us at the football game, pointing to the first ten minutes of the second half as essential.  It felt odd to be talking to a fifteen year old Bill Bellichek, and gave me great hope for our Warriors, one and all.

- Our boys varsity soccer team also played hard against Newton North at Parsons on Friday and could not get the ball in the net.  Their tenacity was impressive as was the crowd.  The entire BHS football team seemed to be in attendance, standing, cheering, and even singing.  On Saturday, the soccer teams repaid the favor, attending Saturday's football game against Braintree. Warrior athletes and Superfans on beautiful autumn afternoons: about as good as it gets.

More in a week - take care,

Anthony

This Week At BHS


FRESHMAN PARENT MEETING On Monday, October 17th, from 7:00-8:30pm in the MLK Room. The topic will be:  "The Unique Challenges & Opportunities of Freshman Year". B-PEN's (Brookline Parent Education NetWork) Family Resource Advocate and Social Worker Hope Schroy and BHS student Peer Leaders will share some of the common issues facing freshmen (and their families), including increased workloads, the use of social media, making new friends, and the lure of alcohol, marijuana, and unsupervised parties. At tabletop discussions, parents will have the opportunity to brainstorm ideas for navigating these new challenges.  BHS parents find hearing from Peer Leaders especially informative and enlightening, and the students’ insights will spur strategizing conversations, sending parents home with helpful tips and resources.

AUDITIONS FOR GREASE Auditions for the BHS Winter musical will be on Monday, October 17 for dance auditions. For get more information, or to sign up for an audition time, please visit the bulletin board next to room #216. You may also contact Christien Polos with questions.

BHS COLLEGE FINANCING NIGHT Parents and students are invited to attend a free seminar on paying for college, which will be held on Wednesday, October 19, at 7 pm in the BHS Auditorium. This seminar is offered through MEFA, the Commonwealth’s authority on planning, saving, and paying for college. An experienced MEFA representative will provide an overview of the college financing process, including types of financial aid, how to apply, and financing options for your family. Before the seminar, be sure to visit MEFA’s website — mefa.org — to download a copy of the seminar presentation in English or Spanish and explore other tools and resources to assist you in the college planning process.

WINTER SPORT REGISTRATION NOW OPEN Winter sports begin on Monday, November 28th. Registration for Winter 2016-17 is now open and we ask that you complete all the necessary steps well in advance of the middle of November 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.
 

BHS Upcoming & Ongoing



INTRAMURAL SPORTS The season will run from October 24th - November 21st on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 3:00 - 4:30 pm. Students may participate every day offered or any portion of the sessions. Intramural sports are an informal way to have fun, get exercise, relieve stress, and meet new people. Sports offered: Indoor Soccer - Pavilion (top floor of the Tappan building), Fitness Center - Tappan, Basketball - Tappan, and Ultimate - Pavilion/Cypress. For more information, contact: Anya Eckhardt - Intramural Director, Health & Fitness Teacher.

SEPAC MEET THE SPECIALISTS BREAKFAST If you are a parent or guardian of a BHS student with an IEP please join us for a Special Education Parent Advisory Council Meet the Specialists Breakfast. This is a great time to meet, in a casual atmosphere, the specialists who are working with your teens. We will meet in the MLK Room on Wednesday, October 26 from 7:30 to 8:30 am. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mary Lynn Pergantis or Craig Haller.

VISITING POETS AT BHS Thanks to grants made by the BHS PTO, this year will be an amazing year for poetry. 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.

COLLEGE ATHLETICS INFORMATION NIGHT The PTO in conjunction with BHS Athletics will again host a "College and the Student-Athlete" panel forum in the MLK, Jr. Room at BHS on November 16th, beginning at 7pm. Hear perspectives from local collegiate coaches, admissions personnel, BHS coaches and student-athletes regarding the college process and the college experience for student-athletes. Look for more information about this annual event as the date approaches.

Community


BROOKLINE-NICARAGUA SISTER CITY WEEK Brookline celebrates 28 years of cross cultural exchange with its sister city, Quezalguaque, in Nicaragua on October 16th - 22nd.  Four teachers and the medical director from Nicaragua will be visiting Brookline and spend some time at BHS. There are several events open to the public, including a Science on Screen event at the Coolidge Corner theater on Monday, Oct. 17 at 7 pm featuring a discussion on water quality and a showing of Chinatown. Thursday, October 20th is “Taste of Brookline”, a fundraiser beginning at 5:30 at Temple Ohabei Shalom. That event will be followed by an open forum at 7pm with award winning foreign correspondent and BHS alum, Stephen Kinzer, moderated by Gov. Michael Dukakis.  More information on these events and the sponsoring organization here.

OFFICE OF STUDENT SERVICES FAMILY ENGAGEMENT EVENING The event will take place on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 from 7:00p.m.- 8:30p.m. in Town Hall, School Committee Room, 5th floor 333 Washington Street. Hosted by SEPAC and Deputy Superintendent, Sam Zimmerman. This will be a discussion for parents and guardians on the results of the family survey, community programs available for families and students, social and emotional supports, and supporting students with autism. There will be time for open comment and feedback. OSS will provide light refreshments.

SEPAC MONTHLY MEETING WITH OFFICE OF STUDENT SERVICES The Special Education Parent Advisory Council meeting will take place on Thursday, October 20, 2016 from 8:30a.m. - 9:30a.m. in Town Hall, School Committee Room, 5th floor 333 Washington Street, Brookline.

BROOKLINE TALKS Growing Up Brave: expert strategies for overcoming fear, stress and anxiety on Monday, November 7th at 7 pm at Upper Devotion School Auditorium. Brookline Talks presents an evening with Dr. Donna Pincus. Click here reserve your free ticket.

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE PROGRAM The Brookline Library’s Artist-in-Residence, Liz Nofziger, has been collecting library stories from the Brookline community to inspire and inform her interventions at the Main branch of the Brookline Library. Liz will also be conducting 2 all-ages workshops at the library. On October 18th and November 1st at 3:30-4:30 she invites you to join her in creating one-of-a-kind newspaper pieces and infiltrate the periodicals section at the library with your own images and ideas! Adults and children are welcome. More information on all of this at our website.

COMMUNITY CLIMATE COFFEE ​Come and get educated about Community Choice Aggregation on Tuesday, October 18th​ from 8am-9:30am at KooKoo Cafe, in Brookline Village. The Town of Brookline is scheduled to roll out the program this January! You can easily choose to opt for 100% wind powered electricity. Join the discussion with  Mothers Out Front and others concerned with our childrens future!

PRESENTATION AND DISCUSSION ABOUT METHANE Tuesday November 1st, 7pm at Brookline Main Library, Hunneman Hall. 361 Washington Street. Leaking from underground pipes (some of which are over 100 years old), methane is everywhere. There are 300 leaks in Brookline alone and it is killing our shade trees, damaging our health and contributing to climate change. This Community meeting will feature Ania Camarga, a long time gas-leaks activist and leader in Mothers Out Front. We will discuss current state-wide and town/city based efforts and progress to combat this serious problem.

DRESS FOR SUCCESS The Brookline Commission for Women will be holding its 12th Annual Dress for Success Winter Coat Drive on Friday, November 4th 8am – 6pm and Saturday, November 5th 8am – 11am at the Brookline Public Safety Headquarters, Community Room 350 Washington Street, Brookline. Dress for Success is a not-for-profit organization that offers services to help disadvantaged women enter the workforce and stay employed. Please limit your donations to winter coats. This is NOT a general clothing drive. All donations should be clean/ready to wear. Cash donations for the Dress for Success program will also be accepted. Drop off donations in advance from October 11th to November 2nd: Capital One, 1327 Beacon Street, Brookline. Questions? Please email Cheryl Snyder.

 
Sports Events

10/17/2016
Boys Freshman Soccer Home Braintree High School @ Brookline Ave 3:45 PM

Coed Junior Varsity Cheerleading Home Braintree High School @ Downes Field 3:45 PM

Boys Junior Varsity Football Home Braintree High School @ Downes Field 3:45 PM

Girls Freshman Soccer Away Braintree High School @ Braintree High School 4:00 PM

10/18/2016
Boys Varsity Golf Away Wellesley High School @ Wellesley Golf Course 3:30 PM

Boys Varsity Soccer Home Weymouth High School @ Skyline Field 4:00 PM

Girls Varsity Field Hockey Home Weymouth High School @ Downes Field 4:00 PM

Girls Junior Varsity Field Hockey Home Weymouth High School @ Larz Anderson 4:00 PM

Girls Freshman Field Hockey Away Weymouth High School @ Legion Field 4:00 PM

Girls Varsity Volleyball Away Weymouth High School @ Weymouth HS 4:00 PM

Boys Junior Varsity Soccer Home Weymouth High School @ Cypress Field 4:00 PM

Girls Junior Varsity Soccer Away Weymouth High School @ Weymouth HS 4:30 PM

Girls Junior Varsity Volleyball Away Weymouth High School @ Weymouth HS 5:15 PM

Girls Varsity Swimming Away Framingham High School @ Keefe Tech 5:45 PM

Girls Varsity Soccer Away Weymouth High School @ Weymouth HS 6:15 PM


10/19/2016
Boys Varsity Cross Country Home Newton North High School @ Larz Anderson 4:00 PM

Girls Varsity Cross Country Home Newton North High School @ Larz Anderson 4:00 PM
10/20/2016
Boys Varsity Golf Home Braintree High School @ Country Club 3:30 PM

Boys Varsity Soccer Away Milton High School @ Milton High School 3:45 PM

Boys Junior Varsity Soccer Away Milton High School @ Milton High School 3:45 PM


Girls Junior Varsity Soccer Home Milton High School @ Warren Field 4:00 PM

Girls Freshman Field Hockey Home Milton High School @ Larz Anderson 4:00 PM

Girls Varsity Volleyball Home Milton High School @ Schluntz Gym 4:00 PM

Girls Varsity Soccer Home Milton High School @ Skyline Field 4:00 PM

Girls Junior Varsity Field Hockey Away Milton High School @ Milton High School 5:15 PM

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

Girls Varsity Field Hockey Away Milton High School @ Milton High School 6:45 PM

10/21/2016
Boys Freshman Football Home Needham High School @ Downes Field 3:45 PM

Boys Freshman Soccer Away Newton North High School @ Forte Park 4:00 PM

Girls Varsity Field Hockey Away Ursuline Academy @ Ursuline Academy 4:00 PM


Girls Varsity Swimming Home Dedham High School @ Tappan St. Pool 4:00 PM

Girls Freshman Soccer Home Newton North High School @ Brookline Ave 4:00 PM

Girls Junior Varsity Field Hockey Away Ursuline Academy @ Ursuline Academy 5:00 PM

Boys Varsity Football Away Needham High School @ Needham High School 7:00 PM


Coed Varsity Cheerleading Away Needham High School @ Needham High School 7:00 PM

10/22/2016
Boys Junior Varsity Soccer Home Newton South High School @ Skyline Field 12:00 PM

Boys Varsity Soccer Home Newton South High School @ Skyline Field 2:00 PM

10/23/2016
Coed Varsity Cheerleading Away Tewksbury Invitational @ Tewksbury HS TBA

Coed Junior Varsity Cheerleading Away Tewksbury Invitational @ Tewksbury HS TBA
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