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The Weekly Blast ---- August 28, 2016

Welcome from the BHS Headmaster


Dear Brookline High School Parents and Guardians,

Welcome to the 2016-17 school year at Brookline High School!  As the interim headmaster, it is essential that I help facilitate good home-school communication.  When I met with our PTO co-presidents this summer, we all agreed that my trying to include messages in the Weekly Blast makes a great deal of sense.  I will try to shift between nuts and bolts communications like this one with more inspirational and aspirational messages about learning and teaching, issues in our school community, and the excellent work our students, teachers, and staff members are doing every day at 115 Greenough Street.

Last week, we sent out some important communications that were included within an email about student schedules and the Aspen portal.  I want to make sure that everyone knows what we sent out and why.  Please use our Brookline High School web-site to check out our Information Book for 2016-17 and other school communications posted on the front page.  The Information Book is a vital resource for families as they navigate BHS.  We have included contact people and information, schedules, calendars, attendance procedures, schedules, maps, and much more.  It is a must-read for guardians and parents, especially those who are new to the the high school.

The Information Book starts with a welcome letter to students from me.  This is also posted separately on the front page along with three other school communications: an 8/22 welcome to the Class of 2020 from the ninth grade deans, Lisa Redding and Melanee Alexander; an August letter from our two deans of students, Scott Butchart and Lisa Redding; and, finally, a 7/15 update from me on hiring and summer labor at BHS.  

Please know how excited I am to join many others in welcoming our ninth graders on Thursday 9/1 and all of our students on Friday 9/2.  We are working hard to prepare for school to open and look forward to collaborating with you, our parent community, to foster the growth and learning all our students are capable of and deserve.  

See you soon,

Anthony

Anthony Meyer
Interim Headmaster
Brookline High School

This Week at Brookline High School


OPENING DAY The first day of school for incoming 9th graders is Thursday, September 1st, arrival time is 8:00 am. 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students who are new to BHS should report to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Room at 10:45 am on Thursday, September 1st for an orientation session. All other students begin on Friday, September 2nd at 8:20 am. The complete schedule for the opening days may be found here.

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INTERNATIONAL PARENT ORIENTATION Monday, August 29th from 1:00 - 2:00 pm in the MLK room.

THE STEPS TO SUCCESS 9th grade parent night will take place on Tuesday, August 30, from 6pm – 7pm in the STS room on the 1st floor of the main building.

BHS Upcoming/Ongoing


FRESHMAN PTO MEETING On Thursday, September 8th, 9th grade parents and guardians are invited to join the class deans for a meeting at 7:00 pm in the Auditorium.

SOPHOMORE CLASS PARENT MEETING On Thursday, September 22nd we will meet in the MLK room from 7 - 8 pm. Scott Butchart, the 10th and 12th grade dean, will be in attendance and available to answer your questions.

JUNIOR CLASS MEETING On Wednesday, September 14th, 11th grade parents and guardians, are invited to join the class deans for a meeting at 7:00 pm in the Auditorium.

FIRST SENIOR PARENT MEETING 9/19 Mark your calendars! The first Senior Parent Meeting will be on Monday, September 19th at 7pm in the Auditorium. Parents will hear from Dean Butchart as well as Guidance about the coming year.

PSB STAFF EMAIL ADDRESSES The email addresses of all employees of the Public Schools of Brookline have changed. New email addresses are firstname_lastname@psbma.org. For example if your child’s teacher is Jane Doe, then her new email address is jane_doe@psbma.org. For all teachers and staff members, the part of the email address before the @ symbol remains the same.
 

Community Events


SCHOOL SITE SELECTION MEETINGS On Thursday, September 8th the Board of Selectmen and the School Committee will hold a public meeting to hear the presentation of the Elementary School Site Selection Study by Jonathan Levi Architects. The meeting will take place at Brookline Town Hall, at approximately 7:00 p.m. On Wednesday, September 14th, the School Committee will host an Open House to provide information on the 9th School Selection Study, answer questions, and solicit input from community members. The meeting will take place at 8:00 a.m. Location is to be determined. For up to date information, please visit the Brookline Schools website.

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 AT THE TEEN CENTER Save the date for a 21+ fundraiser, for the Brookline Teen Center, on Saturday October 1st at 7:00pm. Casino games, poker tournament, prizes, music, dancing, food, beer and wine.
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