From the BHS Headmaster
Dear BHS Parents and Guardians,
This week's blast message from me is more informational than inspirational. I want to confirm that a well-publicized, essential BHS event is indeed on your calendars.
Almost everyone knows that the high school's Back to School Night is Thursday 9/29. We start in the Robert and Dubbs Auditorium, where I will welcome all, articulate our purposes for the evening, and urge you to become involved with various Brookline High and Public Schools of Brookline partners.
And then the real fun begins: you follow your students' schedules, seeing and hearing from our excellent faculty. My hope is that you emerge from Back to School Night excited for your children and maybe even consider returning to high school, a thought you never believed you would have. Hal and I will send out more details about Back to School Night soon, including a detailed schedule and instructions on what you need to receive from your students so that you know where to go once "school" begins.
Next week, I look forward to describing some of the classrooms I've been visiting. I cannot express how fun it has been to see our students engaged in ceramics and drawing, Spanish and statistics, and so many more awesome classes.
See you soon,
Brookline High School
This Week At BHS
FRESHMAN PLAY AUDITIONS will be held on Monday, September 19th and Wednesday, September 21st, in the Black Box Theatre, on the third floor of the High School. Auditions begin right after school and will run approximately 60 to 90 minutes. Students only need to come on one of the two days, and do not need to prepare anything. Call back details from auditions will be announced at the audition. Rehearsals for the freshman play begin on September 26th, and the show runs from December 7th through 10th.
IMPORTANT SENIOR PARENT MEETING ABOUT COLLEGE 9/19 The Guidance Department is meeting with Senior Parents about the College Process on Monday, September 19th at 7pm in the Auditorium.
FROM GUIDANCE FOR SENIOR PARENTS Senior Guidance Seminars will take place the weeks of September 19th and 26th. Students should check that their schedule contains the required seminars (1 per week) listed in one of their free blocks. If a student does not have a seminar listed, they should see their counselor on Monday 9/19. Please attend the PTO Senior Parent Night on Monday, September 19, from 7 - 8:30pm in the Auditorium. After a deans welcome, Lenny Libenzon, the BHS College Counselor, will provide an overview of post high school planning, with a focus on applying to college.
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.
BHS COLLEGE ESSAY WORKSHOP, SATURDAY 9/24 AT 8:30AM Staffed by dedicated Brookline High English teachers and sponsored by the BHS PTO, this workshop is free to all BHS senior students. This is one of the PTO’s most successful events and helps seniors craft better essays for their college applications. The workshop takes place at BHS from 8:30am-12:30pm on Saturday, September 24. For planning and staffing purposes, we request that you sign up in advance at BHS College Essay Workshop.
BHS Upcoming & Ongoing
SEPAC MEETING On Monday September 26, we will meet in the MLK room from 7-8:30 pm. Wendy Ryder, the new Special Ed Director and Darby Neff-Verre, Guidance Department Chair will also be joining us. Parents with students on IEPs and 504s will have a chance to ask questions, meet other parents and talk about the upcoming year.
INTERNATIONAL PARENT NIGHT Tuesday, September 27th at 7:00 pm in the MLK room.
BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT Will take place on Thursday, September 29th at 6:30 pm. The evening will begin in the Auditorium and then parents will visit classrooms. This is an opportunity to meet your child's teachers and gain an overview of the curriculum in each class.
THE BHS TEACHER AND STAFF APPRECIATION BREAKFAST is on Friday, September 30th. This PTO run event is an opportunity to thank teachers and staff for staying late, and presenting the curriculum information, at the Back to School Night, the night before. The breakfast is completely catered by parents, and your help is needed to make this event a success. You can contribute food, and/or help with set up and clean up on the day of the event. Food donations may be dropped off at Back to School Night, or on the morning of the breakfast in the MLK room. Please visit the sign up sheet for more information, and to contribute.
INTRAMURAL SPORTS The season will run from October 24th - November 23rd. Some of the sports that will be offered are: Indoor soccer, Basketball and Ultimate Frisbee. More information will be available soon.
VISITING POETS AT BHS Thanks to grants made by the BHS PTO, this year will be an amazing year for poetry. The first two performance dates are: October 6th at 8:30am, President Obama's Inaugural Poet, Richard Blanco, will present in the BHS Auditorium. Link to Blanco reading. On November 4th at 11:00am, Poet Martin Espada will present in MLK Room.
SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETING Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 6:00 PM in the Walsh School Committee Room, 5th Floor, Town Hall. The meeting includes a Joint Meeting with the Board of Selectmen (Public Hearing on 9th School Site Selection) which will take place at 7:00 PM in the Selectmen's Hearing Room, 6th Floor, Town Hall. For up to date information about the school selection process, please visit the Brookline Schools website.
CLIMATE CHANGE DISCUSSION A place to chat about community efforts to stem the tide of global Climate Change. Come and make a difference! Things are happening in Brookline and Massachusetts. Join the discussion with Mothers Out Front and others concerned with our childrens future! Friday September 23rd, Brookline Village, KooKoo Cafe. 8am-9:30am.
BROOKLINE SEPAC MONTHLY MEETING Meet student services administration and welcome new deputy superintendent, Sam Zimmerman. Thursday, September 29, 2016 from 8:30 - 9:30a.m. in Town Hall, School Committee Room, 5th floor
333 Washington Street, Brookline.
TALES FROM THE CLASSROOM Personal Essays Read by the 2016 Margaret Metzger Fellows, Brookline Education Foundation. On Friday, September 30th from 6:00 - 8:00 PM, in the Lincoln School Theater, 19 Kennard Road, Brookline. This is a very special evening, all are welcome! Light refreshments will be followed by ten-minute readings by: Jen Breen Rose-Wood, BHS, English; Malcolm Cawthorne, BHS, Social Studies; Teresa Gallo-Toth, Runkle Librarian; Marie Leman, Lawrence, 3rd grade; Greg Porter, Lawrence, Social Studies; Jan Preheim, Lincoln, 5th grade.
ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCY PROGRAM The Public Library of Brookline’s inaugural Artist-in-Residence, Liz Nofziger, invites you to deposit your stories into the architecture via a gap between the desk and wall in the Ruby Carrel she has created. The exhibit will be open through November 15th. It is located on the ground floor, near the adult fiction and periodicals collections. Read more about the Brookline Library Artist-in-Residence.
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!! Vegas is coming to Brookline so don’t miss this incredible party! Tickets include casino games (black jack, roulette, 3 card poker & craps), poker tournament, prizes, DJ, dancing, food, beer & wine. 21+ only. Saturday, October 1st 7:00pm-10:00pm. All proceeds support the Brookline Teen Center. Purchase tickets at brooklineteencenter.org.
CHILDCARE FORUM Hosted by the Brookline Commission for Women on Tuesday, October 4th, 2016, 6pm-7:30pm in the Denny Room of the Brookline Health Department Building, 11 Pierce Street. Panelists will speak on the benefits and challenges of various types of daycare options for families with children in the newborn to 5 year age range. Representatives from BEEP, Brookline Health Department, the Brookline Police Department, and others will discuss safety, proper licensing and background checks. There will be a question and answer period following the panel discussion. Questions? Please email Chris Chanyasulkit or RSVP here. This event is free and open to the public.
THE 5th ANNUAL YOUNG LEADERS SYMPOSIUM Hosted by the Massachusetts Asian American Commission on Saturday, October 15, 2016, 11am-2:30pm. In Hunneman Hall of the Brookline Main Library (361 Washington St.). Former Governor Michael Dukakis and former Fitchburg Mayor Lisa Wong will be co-keynote speakers. There will be a question and answer period following the panel discussion. Free lunch from The Chicken and Rice Guys. Questions? Please email Chris Chanyasulkit and RSVP here. This event is free and open to middle-school, high school, undergraduate, graduate students, and young professionals; and attendees of all race and ethnicity are welcome.
Boys JV Golf v Catholic Memorial HS @ Putterham 3:20 PM
Boys V Golf v Braintree HS @ Country Club 3:30 PM
Coed JV Cheerleading v Newton South HS @ Downes Field 3:45 PM
Boys JV Football v Newton South HS @ Downes Field 3:45PM
Boys FR Soccer v Walpole HS @ Bird Mdl. Schl 4:00 PM
Girls FR Soccer v Walpole HS @ Brookline Ave 4:00PM
Girls V Field Hockey v Wellesley HS @ Downes Field 3:45 PM
Boys V Soccer v Wellesley HS @ Skyline Field 4:00 PM
Girls V Soccer v Wellesley HS @ Sprague Middle School 4:00 PM
Girls JV Soccer v Wellesley HS @ Sprague Middle School 4:00 PM
Girls JV Field Hockey v Wellesley HS @ Larz Anderson 4:00 PM
Girls FR Field Hockey v Wellesley HS @ Sprague Middle School 4:00 PM
Girls V Swimming v Wellesley HS @ Tappan St. Pool 4:00 PM
Girls V Volleyball v Wellesley HS @ Wellesley HS 4:00 PM
Boys JV Soccer v Wellesley HS @ Cypress Field 4:00PM
Girls JV Volleyball v Wellesley HS @ Wellesley HS 5:15 PM
Boys JV Golf v Wellesley HS @ Putterham 3:20 PM
Boys FR Soccer v Newton North HS @ Brookline Ave 3:45 PM
Boys V Cross Country v Tri-Meet Norwood-Walpole @ Walpole HS 4:00 PM
Girls V Cross Country v Tri-Meet Norwood-Walpole @ Walpole HS 4:00 PM
Girls FR Soccer v Newton North HS @ Cold Springs Park 4:00 PM
Boys JV Golf v Beaver Country Day School @ Putterham 3:20 PM
Boys V Golf v Newton North HS @ Brae Burn Country Club 3:30 PM
Boys V Soccer v Framingham HS @ Skyline Field 4:00 PM
Girls V Field Hockey v Framingham HS @ Larz Anderson 4:00 PM
Girls V Volleyball v Framingham HS @ Framingham HS 4:00 PM
Boys JV Soccer v Framingham HS @ Cypress Field 4:00PM
Girls V Soccer v Framingham HS @ Framingham HS 4:00PM
Girls JV Soccer v Framingham HS @ Framingham HS 4:00PM
Girls JV Field Hockey v Framingham HS @ Larz Anderson 5:00PM
Girls JV Volleyball v Framingham HS @ Framingham HS 5:15PM
Boys FR Football v Newton North HS @ Downes Field 3:45 PM
Girls V Swimming v Ursuline Academy @ Tappan St. Pool 4:00 PM
Girls V Volleyball v Boston Latin School @ Schluntz Gym 4:00 PM
Girls JV Volleyball v Boston Latin School @ Schluntz Gym 5:15PM
Boys V Football v Newton North HS @ Parsons Field 2:00 PM
Coed V Cheerleading v Newton North HS @ Parsons Field 2:00 PM
Boys V Soccer v Newton North HS @ Concord-Carlisle HS 4:00 PM
Girls JV Soccer v Brockton HS @ Brockton HS 4:00 PM
Girls V Soccer v Brockton HS @ Brockton HS 6:00 PM