- Being more irritable, anxious, stressed, angry, and/or sad
- Feeling tired all of the time
- Expressing frustration about school
- Wanting to be alone more often
- Struggling to keep a healthy sleep schedule (sleeping more or less than usual)
- Struggling to engage in school (e.g., poor attendance, falling behind in school, difficulty concentrating, reporting reduced motivation)
- Eating more or less than usual
- Not wanting to engage in activities that they previously liked
- Being worried about the future
The COVID-19 pandemic has presented adolescents with a number of unprecedented and complex experiences (e.g., lack of predictability, isolation, loss). As a result, more students than ever are experiencing mental health challenges. At home, you may be observing your teen:
BHS Virtual College Fair is coming up on Wednesday, March 10th, starting at 6:30 pm. We have 166 colleges signed up, and you can come to their virtual booth from the comfort of your home. All you need to do is click on the zoom link! Please note that zoom links will be "live" only on Wednesday--do not use them prior to the fair. Important: plan to attend 5 to 10 different booths (see more advice on how to navigate the fair below).
Here is the google document with all the zoom links.
Here is the document with our tips for how to navigate the fair, and what questions to ask.
Please email Mr. Libenzon if you have any questions about the fair!
Previous Scholarship letters can be found on the BHS Guidance website.
The Brookline High School Scholarship Committee announces that applications are now available for BHS scholarships for students going to ANY college. Applications are available online on the BHS homepage. Applications must be completed ASAP. The Scholarship Committee would like parents to know that we use three criteria for choosing award recipients: academics, contributions and activities at BHS, and most importantly, unmet financial need. There are no merit scholarships per se given out through this program. To make fair decisions, the Committee requires that families fill out the CSS Profile financial aid form, available at CollegeBoard.com. Please use code #0424
Below is a listing of scholarships available to qualified BHS Grade 12 students. You can find many more scholarships on goingmerry.com and fastweb.com
March has arrived! This school week is a regular schedule. Again, students in Grades 9-11 are also considering their course requests for the next school year. Finding the important school and life BALANCE for each student is key. Students should be hearing from their teachers regarding course level recommendations. They also should be aware of what credits they need to earn a BHS diploma by graduation. Students will have access to their portal from March 9 through 30 to upload elective and wellness courses. The 2021-22 BHS Course Catalog is now available on the BHS homepage.
While we all continue to survive and try to thrive through the pandemic, the importance of everyone’s mental health continues to be critical. If you have concerns for yourself, a family member, or friend, please use your resources so you are not worrying alone! And check out this recent Boston Globe article on some “silver linings” over the past year.
Welcome back to school! Here’s hoping everyone had some excellent rest and relaxation over the winter break. As Quarter 3 continues (midpoint for Q3 is 3/11), students in Grades 9-11 are also considering their course requests for the next school year. Finding the important school and life BALANCE for each student is key. Students should be hearing from their teachers regarding course level recommendations. They also should be aware of what credits they need to earn a BHS diploma by graduation. Students will have access to their portal from March 9 through 30 to upload elective and wellness courses. The 2021-22 BHS Course Catalog is now available on the BHS homepage - http://bhs.brookline.k12.ma.us/
And we return to school with another special schedule this week with a student ½ day tomorrow Monday 2/22 for faculty PD. Please see the attached schedules with weeks with Monday early release included.
Dates to Note-
ACE Applications due 3/5/21
March 9-30 - Portal open to add electives, wellness for senior year
April 5 - Deadline for course level changes. Next opportunity is after two week waiting period in September.
April 6 - Quarter 3 ends
Happy Snowy Super Bowl Sunday! Quarter 3 is now underway and Quarter 2 report cards were uploaded to both the student and parent portals on Friday. Please take a minute to check this info and offer congratulations on the successes and support on an agreed upon action plan for the challenges.
IMORTANT FOR SENIORS – be sure to check your Quarter 2 grades since BHS guidance will be sending out all Q1&2 grades to colleges you’ve applied to during week of Feb 8! Contact your teacher if something is omitted and be in touch with your counselor if needed. College admissions offices are looking for this info by 2/15 so we need to send out these documents by 2/11 (since teachers, counselors, guidance secretaries are on vacation from 2/11- 2/21).
And it’s another special schedule week with no school this Friday 2/12/21 for the Lunar New Year holiday. Please see the attached special schedule.
Quarter 3 and the new semester has begun. Be sure you are attending the courses in your Sem 2 schedule, even if you think you may want to make some changes after the freeze ends this Tues 2/2. Note that adding courses may be challenging with the limits in our schedule this year and due to health guidelines. If you want to drop a course, be sure to consider what credits you need toward graduation requirements.
Quarter 2 grades will be uploaded to the student/parent portals on Friday 2/5.
IMORTANT FOR SENIORS – check your grades on 2/5 since BHS guidance will be sending out all Q1&2 grades to colleges you’ve applied to during week of Feb 8!
It’s another week with a special schedule with Friday 2/5/21 being a ½ day for students with staff having professional development time. Please see the attached special schedule.
Stay warm and get ready to shovel some snow!
Congratulations BHS students! You are ½ way through this school year as of end of day this Monday! Quarter 3 and the new semester starts this Tues 1/26. Check for your new schedule on the student and parent portals. Quarter 2 grades will be uploaded to the student/parent portals on Friday 2/5. Seniors – check your grades on 2/5 since BHS guidance will be sending out all Q1&2 grades to colleges you’ve applied to during week of Feb 8!
Parents/ Guardians - It’s time to shift from “I’ve got this” to “You’ve got this” for your BHS student. Here’s a Grown and Flown article that simply speaks to this parenting shift - https://grownandflown.com/stop-fixing-things-for-your-kids/
Below is the link to view the recording of the presentation (note that you need to enter the password, which is provided below)
The actual presentation follows introductions and starts at min 7:30
You can download the pdf of Lenny's presentation here.
Attached is the presentation from today's assembly
The recording of the seminar is available here:
Brookline High School Guidance
Personal and Social
Freshman Year Counseling
Sophomore Year Counseling
Junior Year Counseling
Senior Year Counseling
College Visits Calendar
Junior & Senior Year Timeline
Post-Secondary Planning Resources
Colleges That Change Lives
The Education Conservancy
College Admissions Testing (BHS Code: 220445)
Test Prep Resources
College Board (AP & SAT)
Test Optional Schools
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Koplik & Adams Scholarships
Class of 2020 Profile