November 13, 2016               View this email in your browser

From the BHS Headmaster

Dear BHS Parents and Guardians,

I have enjoyed using this PTO Weekly Blast to share, reflect, inform, envision, and so much more.  Next week, I hope to send a longer, more wide-ranging letter to all BHS parents and guardians with updates about our school response to last week's election, our building renovation, and the search for a permanent headmaster.  

For this week's blast, I want to share information about the re-birth of a College and Career Center at BHS.  The official opening of the Student Resource Center (room 279) at BHS, is this Thursday, November 17 from 10:30 am-1:00 pm. We look forward to all students and faculty stopping by to see the collaborative efforts of the BHS Library, the Writing Center, and the Guidance Department. We are building a high impact, high interest working space to support students in their academic progress while attending BHS. Students will also be supported by their assigned guidance counselor, the guidance department's part-time College Counselor, Lenny Libenzon, and part-time Career Counselor, Sara Reese, on plans for life after Brookline High. In particular, I'd like to ask for your help on the career side. Below is a note co-written by Sara Reese and Brittany Stevens (business teacher). They have been working hard with Darby Neff-Verre, our guidance coordinator, and many others to advance this important project for our students.  

As we work to build the new College and Career Center at BHS, we are looking for parents and community members to support our career exploration programs.  We are fortunate to have breadth and depth of knowledge and expertise in our parent community.  With BHS Career Connections, we aim to leverage the talent and skills of our community members.  Your support will help us build meaningful connections between the learning already happening at BHS and the real work going on outside of our school.

Our goals:
  • Build stronger connections between parents and teachers at BHS
  • Provide students with exposure to careers across a variety of disciplines
  • Connect BHS curriculum, projects, and learning experiences to experts in the field
  • Create opportunities for BHS students to develop a true understanding of career paths through networking with professionals

Please consider taking a moment to complete this brief survey.  We’d also love your help in spreading the survey around to as many Brookline parents and community members as possible.  

Thank you in advance for your help,

Sara Reese and Brittany Stevens

Brittany and Sara rightly emphasize the amount of energy and expertise we have in our school community.  We are excited about ways we can send our Warriors out into the world to gain experience and wisdom beyond our school.  We are also rightly excited about ways we can bring the world into our school.  Brittany and Sara would love your help with both.

Thanks and see you soon,


This Week At BHS

PARENT NETWORK FOR BROOKLINE’S LGBTQ STUDENTS Monday, November 14th, 7-8:30 p.m. MLK Room at Brookline High School. B-PEN begins a second year of Parent Network meetings for parents whose students identify as LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning). Gender, sexual identity, and LGBTQ life can be very confusing, and the goal of the Parent Network is to come together to share ideas for supporting the health and emotional wellbeing of our students. Dr. Greg Fenton, a Brookline parent of two who specializes in primary care for adolescents, LGBT Health, and HIV/AIDS Care at Fenway Health, returns as guest speaker to discuss adolescent health issues and answer questions. Parents with children of all ages are welcome. If you would like to be part of the network but are unable to attend, or if you or your child would like confidential advice, contact Family Resource Advocate Hope Schroy (617-713-5155).

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 - WEDNESDAY 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 Wednesday, 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.

SOPHOMORE PARENT MEETING Thursday, November 17th beginning at 7:00pm in the MLK Room. The meeting will be led by B-PEN (Brookline Parent Education Network) and the topic will be the emotional well-being of the sophomore student.

CHEER TEAM INFO SESSION The BHS Cheer Team is holding an information session about Winter Cheer on Thursday, November 17th during X Block in Room 361. No experience necessary and all students are invited to attend!

NEEDS IMPROVMENT AND BETCO PERFORMANCE The BHS Improv group and the Brookline Educational Theater Company (BETCO) will perform on Friday, November 18, at 7:30 pm in the Roberts/Dubbs Auditorium.

GALA-RAMA ON NOVEMBER 19TH Join us for Brookline High School’s biggest fundraising event of the year! Guests will be treated to an evening of fun that includes bowling and billiards, buffet dinner and open bar, plus a silent auction filled with fabulous one-of-a-kind items. Casual attire. All proceeds benefit the 21st Century Fund at Brookline High School. Please click here to purchase tickets.

COLLEGE ROAD MAP FOR BHS FAMILIES Visit our PTO page, “College Road Map” to view valuable information about preparing for and applying to colleges. Tips for Freshman, Sophomore, Junior and Senior families.

BHS Upcoming & Ongoing

WINTER SPORTS DEADLINE APPROACHING Registration is off to a good start with 220 students already signed up and ready to participate in winter tryouts beginning on November 28th.  We anticipate approximately 300 more registrants and the deadline to register online and submit your paperwork is November 21st.  Sport options this winter include: Basketball, Cheer, Fencing, Gymnastics, Ice Hockey, Indoor Track, Skiing, Squash, Boys Swimming+Diving, and Wrestling.

GYMNASTICS Is your student interested in gymnastics? Online registration for the BHS winter gymnastics team is open! Whether your student has a lot of gymnastics experience or only a little, they are welcome to join the co-ed gymnastics team for varsity sports credit. For more information contact the BHS athletics office.

CODING TEACHER The BHS Innovation Lab is looking for someone to teach basic coding and/or basic app building skills to a group of precocious Brookline 7th and 8th graders. Small classes would take place between 3 and 5 PM (on a selected weekday) most likely in the Brookline Teen Center. Must be creative, energetic, patient, and able to work with super-smart middle schoolers. Contact: Elon Fischer.

INTRAMURAL SPORTS The season will run until 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 on a drop in basis. 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.

PARENT TIPS FOR FOLLOWING UP ON MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION On November 8, Massachusetts voted to legalize recreational marijuana for those 21 and older, making this is an important time to engage in meaningful conversations with adolescents about marijuana use, with the most important message being a simple one – Marijuana can have damaging effects on the developing teen brain. B-PEN continues to link pertinent articles to our Facebook page to help keep you informed, and a primer is available at www.B-PEN.orgWhat Parents Need to Know About Legalized Marijuana.


ALTERNATIVES TO COLLEGE FAIR Tuesday, November 15 from 5:30-7:30PM at the Brookline Teen Center 40 Aspinwall Ave. Brookline, MA. Representatives from businesses, training programs, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations will be on hand to talk with teens and young adults about employment and training opportunities available to them after high school. More information on the Teen Center website.

SCHOOL POLICIES UNDER REVIEW The Brookline School Committee, through its Subcommittee on Policy Review, regularly reviews and, when necessary, revises or creates written policies governing the Public Schools of Brookline (PSB). In an effort to improve public feedback on policy revisions, the proposed draft of any policy under review is posted on the Public Schools website when it is approved for a First Reading by the full School Committee. Click here to view current policies under review.

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.

CLIMATE CHANGE DISCUSSION ​Thursday, November 17th​ from 8am-9:30am at KooKoo Cafe in Brookline Village. The election is now over and we can all pay attention to things more local. Come and find out about the methane gas leaks near your schools and your homes. As a community lets do what we can to fix the second leakiest town in our commonwealth. Join the discussion with  Mothers Out Front and others concerned with our children's future!

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.

MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID TRAINING The Brookline Parent Education Network, in conjunction with Wayside Youth and Family Support Networks, is hosting a Mental Health First Aid Training to teach how to follow an action plan to help a young person that may be experiencing a mental health issue or substance abuse problem. The training will take place at the Brookline Public Health Department on December 5th and 7th. Click here for more information or to register for the training.

METCO JAZZ BRUNCH at the Marriott in Quincy, MA on Sunday, Dec 11, 2016 from 10:30 am - 2:30 pm. The brunch is a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the METCO program, sponsored by METCO Incorporated. Tickets/Donation $65, more information may be found here.

WINTER WONDERLAND 2016 offered by Brookline SmartVacations. From December 27-30, choose up to 4 days of fun with arts and crafts, gym time, computer skills, and theater games. Daylong activities for students ages 5-12. Also, Archery (Dec. 27-29) for ages 10-13! Visit the SmartPrograms website.
Sports Events

Boys Junior Varsity Football Home Milton High School @ Downes Field 03:15 PM

Coed Junior Varsity Cheerleading Home Milton High School  @ Downes Field 03:45 PM

College and the Student-Athlete Panel (School)  in the MLK, Jr. Room/BHS 07:00 PM

Boys Freshman Football Away Newton North High School  @ Newton North HS 02:45 PM

Boys Junior Varsity Football Away Newton North High School  @ Newton North HS 10:00 AM

Girls Varsity Swimming Away OPEN DATE  @ Harvard University, Blodgett Pool TBA
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