October 23, 2016               View this email in your browser

From the BHS Headmaster

Dear BHS Parents and Guardians,

As Brookline High School grows and evolves, helping students find their place(s) here is a central challenge of ours.  This week, I touch on two disparate examples of how this can be done, by and for students.

Club Activities
This past Thursday, we held our annual Club Activities Fair, an X-block opportunity-a-thon that sprawls across Cypress Field.  Ocean Club, Math Team, Red Cross, Superfans, Refractions, Habitat for Humanity, Jewish Student Union, Bicycle Club, Flow Club, Student Innovation. These were among the over sixty extracurricular teams, projects, initiatives, explorations, and represented at the fair.

Joining a club can be a solid step toward finding community at the high school. Please check out a recent list of registered clubs and activities.  Our students continue working with one another and faculty advisors to create more opportunities, so this list undoubtedly needs updating.  

Alternative Choices in Education (ACE)
Over the last couple years, Amy Bayer, the program coordinator of ACE, has worked diligently with many others to build a new competency-based program at BHS, Alternative Choices in Education.  ACE allows students to take their core academic subjects in small classes and to move at their own pace –earning credit when they demonstrate competency over the material.  

Currently ACE has room for tenth and eleventh grade students. Over the next two weeks, there will be opportunities for interested students and parents to come and learn more about the program in advance of the next entry date in mid-December.

  - Students can drop by room 257 anytime to pick up an application and can attend an information meeting on Thursday 11/3 during X-block in room 250

  - Parents can attend an information night on Tuesday 11/1 from 6:30-7:30pm in the MLK Room.

Please see the ACE website for more details.

Take care,



This Week At BHS

THE LOST AND FOUND contains many articles of clothing. Please remind your student to stop by the main office, Room 160, to check it before this Friday. At that time all items left unclaimed, will be donated.

INTRAMURAL SPORTS BEGIN THIS WEEK The season will run from October 24th - November 21st Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 3:00 - 4:30 pm. Students may participate every day offered or any portion of the sessions on a drop in basis. 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.

SENIOR PARENT MEETING RESCHEDULED The class of 2017 parent meeting, that was scheduled for October 25th, has been moved to November 3rd. Check back here for more information.

NEWS FROM BHS GUIDANCE AND COUNSELING The Guidance Department encourages ALL students, and parents/guardians, to visit the newly updated BHS guidance website, for up to date information about events, and guidance seminars for students. Individual grade updates below.

- The Powerpoint for the MEFA (Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority) presentation held last week may be found here.

- Deadlines for November/December early application dates:
For a December 1 college deadline, all items must be submitted to BHS by November 4. For a December 15 college deadline, all items must be submitted to BHS by November 18. For a January 1 college deadline, all items must be submitted to BHS by November 28.

- If students have requested counselor and teacher recommendations and turned in the required transcript release forms 3-4 weeks before the college deadline, there is no need to remind BHS faculty to complete their recommendations. Everyone will do their part to get all documents to colleges on time, if BHS deadlines are met!

- October 25 is the late online/phone registration date for the November 5 SAT/SAT subject tests, including the language listening tests.

- College representative visits continue at BHS - calendar at the bottom of this page. Seniors should sign up ahead of time to participate. If your student needs to miss a class to attend, they should get a teacher permission form signed., more information here.

- Over 400 juniors took the PSAT at Brookline High on Saturday, 10/15. BHS counselors and students should be receiving the PSAT results by mid to late December.  We will remind juniors to make individual appointments with their counselors, when College Board officially notifies guidance of the results deadline.

- The BHS Activities Fair was a busy and engaging event during X block this past Thursday, 10/20. We encourage all sophomores who have not checked out any clubs, sports, or BHS sponsored extracurricular programs, to consider taking advantage of the wonderful and diverse opportunities available to the BHS community!

- Guidance counselors will join 9th grade student advisories beginning on Tuesday 10/25 and will be checking in with every advisory through November. Agenda for Seminar #1 includes: introductions and BHS trivia to learn more about life in high school.  The counselors will also encourage students to contact them by dropping by, sending email, or leaving a note in their offices.

Contact information for all grades:
* Students with college research and application questions should see their guidance counselor or Mr. Libenzon, the BHS College Counselor, in Room 162.

* Students with questions about career exploration, job search strategies, etc. should stop by Ms Reese's (BHS Career Counselor) office in Room 280.

* Questions about community service and requests for related forms may be directed to Ms. Gaffney in Room 280.

BHS Upcoming & Ongoing

WINTER SPORT REGISTRATION 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.

SEPAC SPECIALISTS BREAKFAST HAS BEEN POSTPONED The meeting that was scheduled for Wednesday, October 26 will be rescheduled. Please check back here for more information. If you have any questions, 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.


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 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.

AN IEP FOR MY CHILD WORKSHOP with the Federation for Children with Special Needs on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 from 7:00pm to 8:30p.m. at Pierce Elementary School, 50 School St. Gayle Dublin will explain the Individual Education Program (IEP) document, its development, how to articulate a vision, write measurable annual goals, monitor a child’s progress and understand how the document will support a student. No fee, no RSVP, parking lot and street parking.

ADHD AND ANXIETY: Shining a Light on the Confusion Kira Armstrong, Ph.D., ABPP-CN will present on Thursday, November 3, 2016 from 7:00p.m. – 8:30pm in the Driscoll Library, main floor 64 Westbourne Terrace. When children have both ADHD and Anxiety symptoms it becomes even more difficult to recognize the source of their behaviors let alone figure out what to do about them. In fact, many children who have both are not diagnosed with either because their behaviors can vary so much based on their environment (for example school vs. home) and demands. This talk will help to “shine a light” on the confusion and give parents a better understanding of how anxiety and attention difficulties can present on a day-to-day basis so they can better understand their children. No RSVP, no fee, street parking available.

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.

DANCING WITH THE BROOKLINE STARS A fundraiser to support the Brookline Education Foundation and other local nonprofit organizations will take place on Saturday, November 5 from 4:00 to 10:00 p.m. at Our Lady of the Annunciation, 7 VFW Parkway, West Roxbury. Prominent Brookline “celebrities” have volunteered their time to learn a choreographed dance routine with a professional dancer and dance coaches. This fun evening is the largest annual fundraising event for Brookline Rotary along with partner organizations. Come for an evening of unforgettable entertainment with delicious food and drink — all to benefit the BEF and other local nonprofits. To purchase tickets or to support the BEF, please go here.

MIT OMEGA SUMMIT Opportunities for Multigenerational Exchange, Growth, and Action. The MIT AgeLab invites interested students of all high school grades to participate in the OMEGA Summit at MIT in Cambridge, MA on Saturday, November 19, 2016, from 10 am-2 pm. OMEGA stands for  Questions/comments can be directed to or 617-253-3506. RSVP here by November 14, 2016.

PARENT UPDATE ON TEENS & SCREENS B-PEN’s recent showings of the documentary “Screenagers” at Coolidge Corner Theatre and the Heath School “sold out” within hours, reflecting how concerning the issue of adolescent digital screen overuse is for Brookline students and parents. The film examines the impact of the time the average kid spends each day looking at screens NOT including homework – a whopping 6.5 hours – as well as the way screen use affects concentration, development, and family relationships. Each screening was followed by a discussion, giving audiences ideas, strategies, and resources.  A follow-up “Parent Update on Teens & Screens” is available at

HEALTH CONNECTOR RENEWAL AND MASSHEALTH APPLICATION ASSISTANCE  Brookline residents seeking assistance with renewing or shopping for new subsidized Health Connector plans during the Open Enrollment Period (Nov 1-Jan 31st) or applying for MassHeath coverage can email Caitlin Haynes, a Certified Application Counselor at the Brookline Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Relations, or call (617)730-2345 to set up a time to meet. Ms. Haynes is also available to assist any residents with applying for SNAP benefits by appointment.

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.

ELL COMMUNITY RESOURCE FAIR On Monday, November 7, 2016 Pierce School Auditorium at 50 School Street from 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Interpreters will be available in many languages! Learn about cultural, religious, social, and other resources for ELL families in and around Brookline. Families may stop by the Fair any time between 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm. For more information visit the Brookline ELL website, or email Sejin Choi, or call 617-264-6404 or 617-264-6412.

SPLASH AT BRANDEIS Students in grades 7-12 are invited to this free event, on November 12th, to take classes taught by Brandeis students. There will be a wide variety of classes offered such as Introduction to Programming in Java, the Chemistry of Baking and How to Master the Interview. For more information, or to register click here.
Sports Events

Boys Junior Varsity Football Away Needham HS @ Needham HS 3:45 PM

Boys Freshman Soccer Home Weymouth HS @ Brookline Ave 3:45 PM

Girls Freshman Soccer Away Weymouth HS @ Weymouth HS 4:00 PM

Boys Varsity Soccer Away Needham HS @ DeFazio Field 4:00 PM

Boys Junior Varsity Soccer Away Needham HS @ DeFazio Field 4:00 PM

Girls Junior Varsity Soccer Home Needham HS @ Skyline Field 4:00 PM

Girls Varsity Field Hockey Away Needham HS @ DeFazio Field 4:00 PM

Girls Varsity Swimming Home Needham HS @ Tappan St. Pool 4:00 PM

Girls Varsity Volleyball Home Needham HS @ Schluntz Gym 4:00 PM

Girls Freshman Field Hockey Home Needham HS @ Larz Anderson 4:00 PM

Girls Junior Varsity Field Hockey Away Needham HS @ DeFazio Field 5:00 PM

Girls Junior Varsity Volleyball Home Needham HS @ Schluntz Gym 5:15PM

Girls Varsity Soccer Home Needham HS @ Parsons Field 6:30 PM

Girls Varsity Field Hockey Home Newton South HS @ Downes Field 3:15 PM

Boys Freshman Soccer Away Milton HS @ Kelly Field 4:00 PM

Girls Freshman Soccer Home Milton HS @ Brookline Ave 4:00 PM

Girls Junior Varsity Field Hockey Home Newton South HS @ Downes Field 4:45 PM
Boys Varsity Soccer Away Framingham HS @ Framingham HS 3:45 PM

Boys Junior Varsity Soccer Away Framingham HS @ Framingham HS 3:45 PM

Girls Junior Varsity Soccer Home Framingham HS @ Warren Field 4:00 PM

Girls Junior Varsity Volleyball Home Framingham HS @ Schluntz Gym 4:00 PM

Girls Varsity Soccer Home Framingham HS @ Skyline Field 4:00 PM

Girls Varsity Volleyball Home Framingham HS @ Schluntz Gym 5:15 PM

Boys Freshman Football Home Natick HS @ Downes Field 3:45 PM

Boys Freshman Soccer Away Needham HS @ High Rock 4:00 PM

Girls Varsity Field Hockey Away Framingham HS @ Framingham HS 4:00 PM

Girls Varsity Swimming Home Natick HS @ Tappan St. Pool 4:00 PM

Girls Freshman Soccer Home Needham HS @ Brookline Ave 4:00 PM

Girls Junior Varsity Field Hockey Away Framingham HS @ Framingham HS 5:00 PM

Boys Varsity Cross Country Away BSC Championships @ Coakley Mdl School 10:00 AM

Girls Varsity Cross Country Away BSC Championships @ Coakley Mdl School 10:00 AM

Coed Varsity Cheerleading Away Braintree Fall Cheer Invitational @ Braintree HS TBA

Coed Junior Varsity Cheerleading Away Braintree Fall Cheer Invitational @ Braintree HS TBA

Girls Varsity Swimming Away BSC Meet @ Wellesley College TBA
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