January 8, 2017               View this email in your browser

From the BHS Headmaster

Dear BHS Parents and Guardians,

I hope you all have enjoyed a snow-slowed weekend. Tomorrow we return for a full week of school and then the three-day MLK weekend. There are plenty of Athletic contests to behold this Winter as well as several Performing Arts events, so please check out our web-site. During our school days, BHS students and teachers are working together to finish second quarter in this, the 2016-17 academic campaign. This week I offer a couple thoughts on middle of the school year happenings.

As mentioned briefly in the last Blast, we are coming up on Midyear Exams, Tuesday January 24th through Thursday January 26th. During this period, we alter our schedule so that students can take 90-minute midyear exams in the overwhelming majority of English, mathematics, science, social studies, and world language courses.

It is time for students to show what they know and understand, for teachers to determine how best to gauge what has been taught and what students should be able to do as a result. It also shapes curricular and instructional decisions for second semester.  

I intend these next few thoughts on midyears especially for ninth grade parents who may be new to this structure:
  • We have a special schedule for this exam period and students should know when and where their exams are being held. (Hard copies of the schedule are available in our deans' suites, 285 and 317.)
  • Students have no more than two exams within the three period day and can come and go as they please, helping instill the freedom and responsibility we espouse.
  • Teachers will preview exams and help prepare their students in the next couple weeks.
  • In the near future students should begin organizing themselves for study: prioritizing subject areas, gathering materials, asking teachers about how best to prepare, seeking help where needed, and generally reflecting and planning.
Also during this middle time of year - before Winter Break through January - BHS alumni pour into the building, and this is both meaningful and powerful. Our alumni Warriors seek out former teachers, counselors, advisors, administrators. They tell us what they are studying, how they are doing, what they are learning about themselves and the world. Our former students also help us reflect on ourselves as individual educators and as a secondary school. Graduates recall what we told them, what we showed them, and what we did not tell or show them.

I realize this alumni piece is a bit general: but the range of visits and former students we see and hear from remains a powerful aspect of this high school and worth outlining and celebrating. As proud as we are of our students achievements, such visits remind us that relationships matter, and that Brookline High School does this well, all in all.

Take care,


This Week At BHS

GUIDANCE UPDATES  Quarter 2 ends on January 27. Students should see their guidance counselor immediately if there are any issues with Health/Fitness classes or electives for semester 2. This update contains college application deadline information for seniors, meeting information for juniors and an update about the Career Counselor. You may also find more information on the guidance website.

ALL-TOWN CHORUS January 10 & 11, 7:00pm in the Auditorium.

BHS EXPANSION PLANNING The next update will be a presentation and Q&A on Thursday, January 12th from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Black Box Theater at BHS. This meeting will summarize work to date on the BHS expansion vision and needs with respect to education decisions and planning. At this meeting, parents and community members will have a chance to ask questions and share their ideas on the educational planning process.

FoPA MEETING Come to the next BHS Friends of the Performing Arts meeting to help support (or just learn more about) upcoming shows, teacher grants, and other highlights of music, dance, drama, and stagecraft at BHS. Wednesday, January 11, 7:00 pm in the Teacher's Lounge.

REVISIONS HAS BEEN POSTPONED New dates will be published on the Friends of the Performing Arts (FoPA) website soon!

BHS Upcoming & Ongoing

GAP YEAR FAIR The Gap Year Fair will take place on Tuesday, January 17, 6 to 9 pm, in the cafeteria at BHS. Guidance expects close to 40 programs at the fair. In addition, guidance will host two presentations about Gap Year in the MLK room, at 6 pm and at 7 pm. Both presentations will cover the same material. Although parents and students are welcome to attend without registering, pre-registration is appreciated.

BOOK DRIVE Bring your gently-used K-8 books to the BHS atrium and donate them to the Brookline Literacy Partnership's book drive. The Brookline Literacy Partnership is a student-run social justice club at BHS that works to increase the literacy rates in the Greater Boston Area through our tutoring program and by providing schools with books and school supplies that their students need. Learn more about us and donate at our website. The book drive runs until the end of January.

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.

SWS ADMISSIONS 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. Admissions packets are available now at the SWS office on the 4th floor.


SEPAC PRESENTS Transition Planning from School to Adult Life - Using Your Child’s IEP to Create Success. The workshop will address the transition planning and services required for youth with disabilities ages 14-22. The training will focus on both the transition special education services which prepare youth for employment, independent living and further education. The guest speaker, Johanne Pino @ Mass Advocates for Children will discuss mechanisms to plan for services students may require when they exit special education as well as transition to the adult human service system.  The presentation is intended for parents that have children with disabilities and professionals working with students. There will be a question and answer period. Tuesday, January 10, 2017 7:00p.m.-8:30p.m. Driscoll Elementary School The Amy Neale Library, Main Entrance 64 Westbourne Terrace, Brookline 02446. No reservations required. Light refreshments served.

COMMUNITY CLIMATE COFFEE Join the discussion regarding climate change and our Brookline community. Learn about Community Choice Aggregation. Get involved, or just catch up! Join with  Mothers Out Front and others concerned with our children's future. Friday January 13th​, Brookline Village, KooKoo Cafe. 8am-9:30am.

SOUL WITNESS The Brookline Holocaust Witness Project. This documentary will be screened on Thursday, January 26 at 7:00 pm at the Coolidge Corner Theater, one day before International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The film features a collection of interviews of local Holocaust survivors conducted in the early 1990s. Following the film, Adam Strom of Facing History and Ourselves will moderate a question and answer period with writer, director and producer R. Harvey Bravman and Professor of English Emeritus at Simmons College Lawrence Langer on the making of the film and conducting the original interviews. Tickets to the special screening are available on the Coolidge Corner Theatre website. The documentary is intended for a general audience with an advisory for children under 13.

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.

NETRESULTS Tennis, Brookline's tennis services provider, will have summer employment opportunities available in 2017. We are looking for staff that can participate in our summer camp Young Stars program (4-7  yrs) weekly from 8:30-11:30 AM. Staff will be trained and armed with many new skill sets to ensure success. Additionally, we are in search of staff that can manage the Amory Park Tennis Center during open times. Duties include checking players in, handling cash, clay court maintenance and overall keep of the castle. We have close to 200 members in addition to the daily players. Great atmosphere, appreciative patrons and the opportunity to spend time studying or computer work during slow times. Please contact David MacBurnie to setup a phone interview.

BROOKLINE GREEN ELECTRICITY The Town of Brookline is now able to purchase electricity on behalf of residents and businesses. Rolling out in early 2017, Brookline Green Electricity is a Community Choice Aggregation program that uses bulk purchasing to offer competitive supply pricing and rate stability to consumers. The Town will mail notices to Eversource customers in January about the program rolling out in early 2017, indicating who the new electricity supplier is, that Eversource will continue to be your delivery supplier, what the new prices and plan options are, and how you can opt out of the program, if you wish. In the meantime, Brookline Climate Action Committee (CAC) members and Planning Department staff are available to address your questions. Visit to learn more or email Brookline's CAC senior planner. Maria Morelli and BHS senior Lily Bermel will be attending PTO meetings in December and January to share information and answer questions about the program. Click here to view the program brochure.

THEATER BHS Class of 2002 alumnus Eleanor Burgess will have the World Premiere of her play “Chill” at the Merrimack Repertory Theatre in Lowell this Spring, with performances March 22 - April 16, 2017. “Chill” is about four Brookline teenagers who gather to hang out before their graduation in the Spring of 2001. Ten years later, in 2011, they reunite as grownups but find that in a world swept by change, friendship is hardly as simple as it once seemed. For discount tickets for groups of six or more people, contact Jeannie Williams, 978-654-7561, or to read more about the play, visit
Sports Events

Girls JV Ice Hockey Home Belmont  @ Larz Anderson - Kirrane Rink 4:45 PM

Squash Away St.Sebastian's V, JV Boys @ Noble and Greenough 6:00 PM

Girls V Ice Hockey Away Waltham  @ Veterans Mem Rink - Waltham 7:00 PM

Girls V Gymnastics Home Natick  @ Broderick Gym, Hyde Park TBA

Girls FR Basketball Away Wellesley  @ Sprague Middle School 3:45 PM

Boys FR Basketball Home Wellesley  @ Schluntz Gym 3:45PM

Boys V Swimming Away Framingham  @ Keefe Tech 5:00 PM

Girls JV Basketball Away Wellesley  @ Wellesley  5:15 PM

Boys JV Basketball Home Wellesley  @ Schluntz Gym 5:15PM

Boys V Basketball Home Wellesley  @ Schluntz Gym 6:30 PM

Girls V Basketball Away Wellesley  @ Wellesley  6:30 PM

Boys V Wrestling Away Dedham  @ Dedham  7:00 PM

Boys V Ice Hockey Home Wellesley  @ Walter Brown Arena 6:00 PM

Squash Home Concord Carlisle School @ Winsor School 6:00 PM

Boys V Indoor Track Away Milton JV Meet #2 @ Milton  6:30 PM

Girls V Indoor Track Away Milton JV Meet #2 @ Milton  6:30 PM

Girls V Ice Hockey Away Wellesley  @ Babson College Ath Facility 8:20 PM

Boys V Swimming Away Milton @ Egan Center Pool 3:45 PM

Boys JV Ice Hockey Home Needham  @ Larz Anderson - Kirrane Rink 4:45 PM

Girls JV Ice Hockey Away Framingham  @ Loring Arena 4:45 PM

V Downhill Ski Away V Race 1 and 2 @ Ski Ward, Shrewsbury 6:00 PM

Girls V Gymnastics Home Braintree  @ Broderick Gym, Hyde Park TBA

Boys FR Basketball Away Needham  @ Needham  3:45PM

Girls FR Basketball Home Needham  @ Schluntz Gym 3:45PM

Squash Away Beaver Country Day School @ BSC-Allston 4:00 PM

Boys JV Basketball Away Needham  @ Needham  5:15PM

Girls JV Basketball Home Needham  @ Schluntz Gym 5:15PM

Boys V Basketball Away Needham  @ Needham  6:30 PM

V Cheerleading Home Girls Basketball @ Schluntz Gym 6:30 PM

Girls V Basketball Home Needham  @ Schluntz Gym 6:30PM

Boys V Wrestling Home Warrior Duals @ Schluntz Gym TBA

Boys V Indoor Track Away East Coast Invitational @  Providence HS TBA

Boys FR Basketball Home Lexington  @ Tappan St. Gym 10:00 AM

Boys JV Basketball Home Lexington  @ Tappan St. Gym 11:30 AM

Boys V Ice Hockey Away Needham  @ Babson Skating Center 6:45 PM

Girls V Ice Hockey Home Needham  @ Walter Brown Arena 7:00 PM

Boys V Wrestling Home Warrior FR Tournament @ Schluntz Gym TBA

Girls JV Ice Hockey Away Braintree  @ Shea Rink, Quincy 12:00 PM
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