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January 29, 2017               View this email in your browser

From the BHS Headmaster


Dear Brookline High School Parents and Guardians,

Tomorrow morning we kick-off the second half of the 2016-17 school year. Given it's Super Bowl week, I wish to exhort us all to stay in our lanes, gang tackle, and generally apply excellent kick depth and coverage... I then realize I am no football coach and return to the work at hand: supporting learning and teaching at and around Brookline High School. Go, Warriors!

For this week, I want to supply a powerful example of educational fruits we are bearing now thanks to smart, important effort in areas that matter. I emphasize the present-tense because it is both important to reflect on the work of our high school and aspire to improve and innovate; I often use the Weekly Blast for these purposes. It is more important - essential - to act and create. Our students are doing this with the support and encouragement of faculty, staff, and the larger BHS community. These Warriors are going!

Anti-Defamation League World of Difference Peer Training Program
Earlier this year, both Andrew Bott and I communicated about the plans for an Anti-Defamation League peer training program at BHS and district-wide. This is now a reality thanks to the generosity and flexibility of the ADL, as well as school and district leadership.

Associate Dean and Special Education Teacher Brendan Kobus and Social Studies Teacher and Advisory Teacher-Leader Jen Martin are leading the ADL Peer Training Program for 26 sophomores and juniors who applied and were selected to become peer trainers.  The World of Difference Peer program teaches students about issues of identity, race, privilege, and bias.  The students are working, thinking, and practicing together to be upstanders and leaders when challenging issues arise.  As peer trainers, they will take the lessons and skills they learn and go out into the school (both formally and informally) to help lead our school-wide efforts.

The cohort convenes at the Brookline Teen Center tomorrow for their second of three full days of training. I can think of no better time than now to have our young people discuss local, national, and international events and issues and how they relate to us at BHS. These are challenging times, so helping equip our young people with empathy and human understanding is essential.

Take care,

Anthony

This Week At BHS


WINTER MUSICAL: "GREASE" Wednesday, February 1, 3:30 pm, Thursday, February 2 - Saturday, February 4, 7:30 pm in the Roberts/Dubbs Auditorium. This popular musical brings back the classic sounds of music from the 1950s, sets them in a high school in Southern California, and gives us a look into what it was like to be a teen back in the "good old days." Bring your parents, your grandparents, and don’t forget your friends, for a great evening of song and dance! ​Tickets

JUNIOR PARENT MEETING Thursday, February 2 from 8:00-9:00 AM in the MLK Room. Please arrive at 7:45 AM, as we will begin promptly at 8 AM. The topic will be: "Curriculum/Course Selection for Senior Year," featuring our deans and curriculum coordinators.

IS YOUR STUDENT THINKING ABOUT A SUMMER JOB? The College and Career Center will hold a workshop during X block on Thursday, February 2nd to help students begin thinking about what types of jobs they might be interested in, and how to go about finding them. The workshop will be led by Louise Zornoza, Director of School Outreach with HelpAroundTown.com

BHS Upcoming & Ongoing


SWS ADMISSIONS Admissions packets are available at the SWS office on the 4th floor. The sign up deadline is Friday, February 10th. School Within a School is a democratic school on the 4th floor of Brookline High School. Students in SWS are also mainstream students, taking classes in both places.  Students are admitted to SWS through a lottery. In order to qualify for the lottery, students must do a few things, including visit SWS classes. Results of the SWS admissions lottery will be announced on March 3rd.

INNOVATION AT BHS  Bring your appetite! On Tuesday, February 7th join us for a fireside chat with this years BHS Innovation Fellow, English Teacher Elon Fischer. Hear about current student directed learning innovations currently happening and in the works. Light buffet, cash bar. Click here for registration info. Seating is limited!

JUNIOR NIGHT FOR STUDENTS & PARENTS College and Post-Graduate Options Planning on Wednesday, February 8th, in the Auditorium, at 7 pm. The BHS Guidance department will go over the Post Secondary options for our students, with a focus on College Planning. BHS College Counselor Lenny Libenzon will speak about the college process, and afterwards parents/students will break into groups to talk with their assigned guidance counselor.

FoPA MEETING The Friends of the Performing Arts at BHS will meet on Wednesday, February 8 at 7pm, in the teacher's lounge.

ENROLLMENT PROCESS AND TIMELINE FOR THE ACE PROGRAM Currently the ACE Program, open to 10th-12th graders, is accepting applications for entrance next Sept. 2017. Over the next month, there will be opportunities for interested students and parents to come and learn more about the program.  Applications are due on on March 7th and may be picked up in room 257.  Please check out the ACE website for more details. There will be a student information meeting on Tuesday, February 7 during T block in Rm. 250

SOPHOMORE PARENT MEETING The next meeting for parents/guardians of sophomores will be held on Tuesday morning, February 14, from 8-9am. Department chairs will be on hand to answer questions and provide information about course selection for next year. We apologize for the need to hold this meeting during school hours -- we will circulate detailed notes and a video recording of the meeting afterwards and please feel free to reach out to your PTO reps with any questions or concerns. Please note: This replaces the meeting previously scheduled for February 7th.

ACE PARENT INFORMATION NIGHT  Wednesday,  February 15 from 6:30-7:30pm in the MLK Room.

SPRING SPORTS Spring sports begin on Monday, March 20th. An exception is Crew which begins the Monday after February Vacation. Registration for all spring sports will begin in late January or early February and an announcement will be sent out via this PTO newsletter as well as an email to previous athletic team registrants.

TEEN ALCOHOL USE & RISKY SEXUAL BEHAVIOR Did you know that 17% of BHS seniors reported that after consuming alcohol, they had engaged in sexual activity that they regretted afterwards? And 19% of senior girls reported having sexual contact against their will? One of the goals for Brookline’s recent Wellness Summit was to raise awareness about the impact of alcohol use on risky sexual behavior and craft strategies to prepare teens against alcohol-related sexual assaults – not  just in high school, but as they move into college and adult life. Check out B-PEN’s new Parent Update on “Teen Alcohol Use & Risky Sexual Behavior.”

WINTER INTRAMURALS began Monday, November 28th. Schedule is as follows: Fitness Center: November 28th - April 13th Monday, Wednesday, Thursday with Instructor Keith Thomas. This time period is followed by a 2-week break when spring sports get started. (March 20-31st) Spin Room: January 4th - February 15th Monday, Wednesday with Instructor Melissa O'Brien.

Community


SCHOOL COMMITTEE WORKSHOP Thursday, February 2, 2017 at 6:00 PM in the Walsh School Committee Room, 5th Floor, Town Hall.

PAN ASIAN LUNAR NEW YEAR CELEBRATION Saturday, February 4, 2017, 1-3pm in the MLK Room & Atrium, Brookline High School. This event is free & open to all. Light refreshments will be available. Click here for more information & to RSVP.

SPEAKING FOR THE TREES Climate change​ and​ methane gas leaks from the natural gas distribution system represent an urgent threat to the trees of New England. Dr. ​Pam ​Templer​ ​will present the results of her research​ at BU​ on the current and future effects of rising temperatures on forests in New England, and Mr. Oladapo-Johnson will describe the Emerald Necklace Conservancy's efforts to reduce damage ​to​ trees caused by methane leaks.​ Thursday, February 9, 7 pm​​. ​Hunneman Hall, Brookline Main Library, 361 Washington Street. Refreshments will be served. ​This talk​ is sponsored ​by ​Brookline ​Mothers Out Front​.​

COMMUNITY MEETING ABOUT BROOKLINE SCHOOLS Thursday, February 9 from 7 to 8:30 pm at All Saints Church | 1773 Beacon Street at Dean Road. Come early to enjoy music and light refreshments starting at 6:30 pm. Child care will be available.

BROOKLINE WINTER FARMERS' MARKET Every Sunday through April 30th 11am - 3pm @ The Coolidge Corner Arcade (318 Harvard Street) The Brookline Winter Farmers' Market offers local produce, meat, and goods from hard workers and farmers across Massachusetts.

CHILDREN'S CLOTHING DRIVE The Brookline Commission for Women will be holding its 8th Annual Children's Clothing Drive at the Brookline Public Safety Headquarters, 350 Washington Street, Brookline. We will accept clean, wearable clothing and shoes for children ages newborn to teens. We’re also collecting financial donations, nonperishable food donations, toiletries, and diapers for the Brookline Food Pantry.  Donations may be dropped off on Friday, February 10th from 8am-6pm & Saturday, February 11th, 2017 from 8am-11am. Questions? Please contact Casey Hatchett.

CLIMATE ADAPTATION CHALLENGE Participate in the 2nd Annual Brookline Youth Climate Adaptation Challenge, on April 1, that celebrates nature inspired arts and science. Join alone, with your friends or Team. Focus on either Biomimicry or Eco-Art (poetry, dance, art, play). All participants earn a Certificate of Achievement - perfect for college applications! 1st, 2nd and 3rd place awards - even more impressive for college applications! For more information, please contact Crystal Johnson for more information and registration.
Sports Events

1/30/2017
Girls JV Ice Hockey Home Framingham High School @ Larz Anderson - Kirrane Rink 4:45 PM

Girls FR Basketball Away Newton North High School @ Newton North HS 3:45 PM

Boys V Basketball Home Newton North High School @ Schluntz Gym 4:00 PM

Coed V Cheerleading Home Basketball; Cheer Senior Night @ Schluntz Gym 4:00 PM

Boys V Wrestling Home Wellesley High School @ Tappan St. Gym 5:00 PM

Girls JV Basketball Away Newton North High School @ Newton North HS 5:15 PM

Boys JV Basketball Home Newton North High School @ Schluntz Gym 5:45 PM

Coed V Squash Home Needham High School @ Winsor School 6:00 PM

Boys FR Basketball Home Newton North High School @ Tappan St. Gym 6:30 PM

Girls V Basketball Away Newton North High School @ Newton North HS 6:30 PM

Girls V Gymnastics Home Norwood High School @ Broderick Gym, Hyde Park 8:00 PM

2/1/2017
Boys V Swimming Away  BSC Meet Day 1 @ Newton North HS 3:00 PM

Boys V Indoor Track Away  Interdivisional Meets @ Reggie Lewis Center 5:30 PM

Girls V Indoor Track Away  Interdivisional Meets @ Reggie Lewis Center 5:30 PM


Boys V Ice Hockey Home Newton North High School @ Walter Brown Arena 6:00 PM

Girls V Ice Hockey Away Newton North High School @ Fessenden School 7:00 PM

2/2/2017
Boys V Swimming Away  BSC Meet Day 2 @ Tappan Pool 1:00 PM

Girls JV Ice Hockey Home Needham High School @ Larz Anderson - Kirrane Rink 3:30 PM

Boys JV Ice Hockey Home Camb. Rindge @ Larz Anderson - Kirrane Rink 4:45 PM

Coed V Downhill Ski Away  V Race 5 and 6 @ Blue Hills 6:00 PM

Girls V Gymnastics Away Needham High School @ Needham High School 6:30 PM

Girls V Ice Hockey Away Weymouth High School @ Connell MDC Rink, Weymouth 7:00 PM
2/3/2017
Boys FR Basketball Away Weymouth High School @ Weymouth High School 3:45PM

Girls FR Basketball Home Weymouth High School @ Schluntz Gym 3:45PM

Boys JV Basketball Away Weymouth High School @ Weymouth High School 5:15PM

Girls JV Basketball Home Weymouth High School @ Schluntz Gym 5:15PM

Boys V Basketball Away Weymouth High School @ Weymouth High School 6:30 PM

Girls V Basketball Home Weymouth High School @ Schluntz Gym 6:30PM

Coed V Cheerleading Away  Celtics TD Garden Performance @ TD Garden 7:00 PM

2/4/2017
Boys V Wrestling Away  Haverhill Duals @ Haverhill TBA

Boys V Indoor Track Away  MSTCA Last Chance @ Reggie Lewis Center TBA

Girls V Indoor Track Away  MSTCA Last Chance @ Reggie Lewis Center TBA

Coed V Cheerleading Away  Lowell Competition @ Lowell High School 10:00 AM

Girls V Ice Hockey Away Martha's Vineyard  @ Martha's Vineyard Arena 5:00 PM


2/5/2017
Boys V Basketball Home Lexington High School @ Schluntz Gym 2:00 PM

Boys JV Ice Hockey Away  Rodman at Wellesley @ Rodman Arena 3:40 PM
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