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!
Winter Sports Teams are back in-person! Students needed to stay engaged remotely before and now in-person in order to earn wellness credit.
The co-directors of the Harvard College Alberta V. Scott Leadership Academy (AVS), a mentorship program for Black high school girls, are looking for more mentees for the spring semester. The mentors of this program are all Black women at Harvard, and they pair mentors and mentees based on common academic and extracurricular interests.
Last semester, they hosted Zoom meetings about a variety of engaging and useful topics, such as college preparation, self-care as Black women, and resume-writing. They were also able to invite engaging speakers like Lisa Price, the founder of the haircare brand Carol's Daughter, and Camille Acker, the author of a book they read as a group throughout the fall. This spring, they plan to provide more useful virtual programming, including a STEM career panel.
Logistically, AVS meets on Saturdays from 12-1:30p ET on Zoom. Their first meeting will be on Saturday, February 6th.
If BHS young women of color who may be interested, please sign-up using this form: tinyurl.com/AVSMentees2020
ACE program info….. Attention BHS 9th-11th Graders - This past week, ACE is officially launching the application process for enrollment next September.
ACE, #High School Your Way, is a small, competency-based program for 55 students, grades 10-12, within BHS.
If you don't know much about ACE, you can also check out our website at:
ACE Your Way
If you are interested in applying to ACE, you need to schedule an appointment to do a zoom info. meeting and then a zoom classroom visit. Please schedule this with ACE Secretary: Christine_Carruthers@psbma.org
On Wednesday, Feb. 3rd, ACE will also host an ACE Information Night for parents to learn more about the program. This event will be at 7pm on zoom. See flyer for zoom link:
The link to the ACE application is also here:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1VnZl41KUmXDmF9SMmBku3tO6uDtWAxqR/view?usp=sharing The application deadline is Friday, March 5th.
We hope you will take the time to explore ACE if you feel like you need a change in your BHS high school experience.
ACE Program Coordinator
The SWS (BHS School Within a School) admissions process is now open!
SWS Admissions Info Packet
Please take the opportunity to see if SWS could be a good fit.
School Within a School, located on the fourth floor of BHS, is an alternative, democratic community for a diverse group of approximately 120 sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Goals for students include taking as much responsibility for their education as possible, sharing decision-making in running SWS, and contributing to building a caring community. For 50 years, SWS has provided students with the opportunity to participate actively as leaders in their own educations and develop meaningful relationships with teachers based on mutual respect. Admission to SWS is based on a lottery, the criteria of which are determined by the SWS Town Meeting. In addition to Town Meeting, SWS students take at least two classes in the program, including English. They take the rest of their classes in the mainstream of BHS. More information about the program, and the admissions process, can be found at swsbrookline.org.
BHS Club information:
Interested in global health? Do you want to help protect health as a human right?
Come learn more about BHS’s brand-new Partners in Health Engage team this Thursday 1/28 at 8pm!
Partners in Health is an organization that engages in community health work around the world. Founded in 1987, Partners in Health is driven by a commitment to social justice and believes in investing in the expertise and potential of local communities. PIH Engage teams across the country work to help Partners in Health meet their goals and build a movement for health as a human right.
Fill out this form to get the Zoom link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe-pfspv_Fpr2Dx4K_ziCRsPPueavv-FdWURdcgVmTIESVcEQ/viewform?usp=sf_link
Email email@example.com with any questions!
Greater Boston STEM Program (gbSTEM) - an enrichment program that delivers free introductory computer science and mathematics courses to elementary and middle school students in the Greater Boston area. Since March 2020, we have brought free virtual lessons to over 250 Massachusetts youth.
- We are looking for passionate high school students to join the gbSTEM community and teach classes remotely through Zoom. Volunteering as an instructor will show initiative, strengthen your resumé, and allow you to contribute to the community during this difficult and confusing time.
- Our spring semester will run from March 6th to June 19th, 2021. The deadline for instructor applications is February 28, 2021.
- Our application form and all course descriptions can be found on our website: https://gbstem.org
- If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We are so excited to work with you this spring. Thank you so much!
Join Sunrise Brookline! We are the Brookline Hub of the Nationwide Sunrise Movement, a movement to stop climate change and create millions of good jobs in the process. We're building an army of young people to make climate change an urgent priority across America, end the corrupting influence of fossil fuel executives on our politics, and elect leaders who stand up for the health and wellbeing of all people. As a relatively new hub, we have organized actions around political change in Brookline, including marches and lobbying groups. We are currently working on multiple projects to elect Brookline leaders that represent our values, educate our community members about environmental racism, build our hub, organize actions around climate justice, and mobilize young people to demand change.
We are hosting a welcome call on Sunday, February 7th at 1PM and Wednesday, February 10th at 8pm to learn more about Sunrise Brookline and find out how you can get involved. Sign up to come to one of the calls here: https://www.mobilize.us/sunrisemovement/event/373387/ and reach out to us if you have any questions!
Valentines Day Sale Fundraiser for Boston Children's Hospital! Purchase homemade baked goods as well as chocolates for yourself or loved ones (Gluten Free available). Available for social-distanced pickup the week of February 7-13 (Tuesday and Thursday from 3-3:45) or delivery (Friday or Saturday) to any address in the Boston area. You may also include a personalized note to a loved one.
Copy and paste this form into your browser to order: https://forms.gle/obe3DssTdxaJv1j57
Thank you for supporting the kids at Boston Children's Hospital in this time of need!
Mental health Supports:
Coping groups bring together people who are going or who have gone through similar life experiences. In MassSupport's new free and confidential COVID-19 coping groups, we'll be talking about how to handle feelings of isolation and stress in a supportive space to enhance coping skills and foster a sense of connection.
Groups will last about 90 minutes and participants do the vast majority of the talking. A brief educational component is included. While our trained, caring counselors and clinicians facilitate, these groups are not therapy.
Our coping groups are completely free, and you can sign up for multiple groups. Register below:
Coping group for those with children being schooled remotely
Coping group for COVID-19 survivors
Grief / Bereavement Resources for Young People and Adults -
Care Dimensions Grief /Bereavement Virtual Resources and Support –
See attached flyer for more info
HEARTplay.Bereavement Program is offering their first Camp HEARTplay program of 2021. We hope you will share this invitation with families in your communities who could benefit from bereavement support.
This one-day bereavement camp program will be held on zoom on Wednesday, February 17 10am-2pm and will include break-out sessions for elementary school aged children and a teen retreat, as well as optional co-occurring caregiver support groups.
The theme of this Camp HEARTplay program is "Growing Through Grief: A Day of Reflection, Connection & Creativity." The program will include age-appropriate activities and discussions for each break-out group. A portion of the day will also include an "Ask The Experts" panel of young adults who have been HEARTplay participants and mentors. These experts will share about their own experiences of growing through grief and answer questions from Camp HEARTplay participants.
As always, this program is offered at no cost to all families and is open to new and current HEARTplay participants.
Registration deadline is Monday, February 8, as we will be mailing care packages to all participants prior to the camp day. Click here for registration form: heartplayprogram.org/special-events
Please see the attached flyer or heartplayprogram.org/camp-heartplay for additional information. With questions contact Jennifer Wiles, HEARTplay Director, at 508-309-5107 or email@example.com.
HEARTplay Children's Bereavement Program – Here’s an update on their bereavement program offerings. All programs continue to be held on line via zoom at this time and are offered at no cost to all families. Below are a few highlights. Please visit our website for additional information: heartplayprogram.org.
- On-Going groups and individual grief support for children, teens, and young adults of all abilities. New participants welcome.
- Specific Grandparent Loss and Pet Loss Workshops offered monthly.
- NEW Spanish Speaking Grief Group. Facilitated by native Spanish-speaking clinicians. We are actively seeking referrals for this newly formed group.
Contact Jennifer Wiles, LMHC, BC-DMT, HEARTplay Director, with referrals at 508-309-5107 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The BRYT Family Engagement Team is excited to share their NEW and IMPROVED Parents Supporting Parents FLYER. Flyer is also attached.
Students - Feeling down? Always anxious or worried? Concerned about someone else in your life – friend, family member? Not sleeping well because your mind can’t shut down? If these questions sound familiar, please don’t worry alone.
Guidance/school counselors and other clinical support staff at Brookline High are here to listen, assess, and support you so you are not carrying these burdens alone. Please reach out to your counselor. You can also reach out to a BHS faculty member (including Darby Neff-Verre – Coordinator of BHS Guidance/Counseling) to start the conversation about how we can help you build strategies or get connected to feel safe and better about your situation. Contact your counselor at their email, zoom visiting hours, or phone.
HandholdMA.org is a new online initiative from DMH/CBHI to provide comprehensive, accessible, multi-lingual mental health information for parents, caregivers, and families. Parents-caregivers know their child better than anyone. You may still have a few questions. COVID-19 is putting incredible pressure on families. You might be noticing your child is struggling in new ways, or that old problems are getting worse. It answers common questions such as, 'Should I worry?' 'What can I do?' and 'Who can help?'
Here's the link: https://handholdma.org/
Reminder - Free breakfast and lunch items are available for FREE for ANY STUDENT in the school district for the remainder of the school year. If your student needs a breakfast or lunch, have them stop by the cafe at either 115 or OLS. Special order lunches can be pre-ordered at Meal Ordering Form Questions/Concerns? Please contact directly with any questions/concerns/feedback - Sasha Palmer Food Service Director Tel: 617 730-2499 Email:email@example.com
Mutual Aid Brookline (MAB) is reminding the community of COVID-19 Vaccine Brookline Update - February 2 - Department of Public Health
SAVE THE DATE: February 2, 2021 | 7:00 pm
For more information or to register, please visit www.brooklinema.gov/health.
Contact: Lynne Karsten (617) 730-2336 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sponsored by Brookline Department of Public Health and Friends of Public Health
MAB also shares this information…
COVID-19 Call Center to be Re-Activated as Vaccine Resource Hub
Beginning Monday, Jan. 25, Brookline re-activated the COVID-19 call center it initially launched at the outset of the pandemic -- this time with an emphasis on answering questions from the community on the vaccines.
The call center will be open from Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. until further notice. The number for the call center is 617-879-5636. Those who call after hours may leave a voicemail and their messages will be returned when the call center is open. Questions may also be submitted via email to email@example.com.
Residents are encouraged to utilize the call center, and direct all COVID-19 and vaccine related questions there in order to ensure the town's Department of Public Health may continue to focus on its core work of conducting contact tracing and stopping the spread of the coronavirus.
The Town of Brookline's COVID-19 portal remains the best place for Brookline specific information about the pandemic, as well as updates about town-specific vaccination news.
For more information: https://brooklinecovid19.com/2021/01/22/update-2-town-of-brookline-to-re-activate-covid-19-call-center-as-vaccine-resource-hub-encourages-residents-to-complete-vaccine-questionnaire/.
Brookline COVID Testing Site - Mondays through Saturdays - Department of Public Health**
**Testing site and subsidy program for uninsured residents will continue into 2021! PSB students in grades 6-12 will have access to weekly asymptomatic testing for 8-10 weeks in early 2021 (stay tuned from an update from PSB)**
Where: Public Health building at 11 Pierce St
Who: town residents, Public Schools of Brookline students and teachers, town staff
Test type: PCR swab tests
When: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments can be made by booking online.
How much: COVID-19 testing for symptomatic individuals and close contacts is covered by insurance in Massachusetts, and should be billed to insurance by mPathy (the testing vendor). Uninsured symptomatic individuals and close contacts will have the cost of their test covered by the Town via CARES funding. Asymptomatic individuals will be required to pay $140 (except for those in the surveillance testing program through PSB). Asymptomatic individuals who seek testing may request reimbursement for the expense through their insurance company.**
More information: https://brooklinecovid19.com/2020/11/19/town-of-brookline-makes-covid-19-testing-free-for-uninsured-residents-who-have-symptoms-or-have-been-identified-as-close-contacts/ and https://brooklinecovid19.com/2020/12/23/public-schools-of-brookline-and-town-of-brookline-provide-update-on-covid-19-testing-and-safety-efforts/.
**Note: this service is not free under all circumstances. It has been included here as there are no-cost services included in the Town's offerings, depending on your insurance provider and now expanded with the uninsured testing subsidies. You can use this map from MEMA to locate other testing options:
Please contact your healthcare or insurance provider, or MAB if you don't have a provider, if you need further assistance finding a testing center. Whether or not to seek COVID testing should not be a financial decision!
Summer Opportunities 2021 for BHS students– Summer is only 5 months away and it’s time to think to sun, temperatures in the 80’s and interesting ways to spend your summer. Thanks to BHS Career Counselor Kate Kennedy and her counseling intern David Ehrlich, please check out this google doc for more info: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1o7GiMWRfEo2ByK8I7d1EvNRgF4h4NkGHKT9T64XtuNU/edit?usp=sharing
RESOURCES FOR REMOTE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES FOR BHS STUDENTS:
Check out online community service resource Volunteer Crowd - https://blog.volunteercrowd.com/mlk-day-of-service-projects-for-students/?utm_source=MLK&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=ClassLinkIntro
Brookline Cares - Empowerment Coats winter drive
Brookline Cares is a student-run, volunteer organization started by Brookline High School students. Our organization promotes awareness, fundraises, and accepts donations of winter clothing to donate to people in need. The clothing collected is given to people in communities with high rates of COVID-19 in the Greater Boston area. We are urgently raising money through a GoFundMe to purchase Empowerment coats to give out to people in communities with high rates of COVID. These communities also have high rates of poverty and homelessness. Empowerment coats are coats that convert into sleeping bags and can be used by people experiencing homelessness or people who do not have shelter. Visit their website for more information: https://www.empowermentplan.org/the-coat. The coats will be distributed by Mass General to people in Revere, Chelsea, Lynn, Charlestown, and Everett through their mobile testing vans. If you want to help make a positive difference in the world we live in, then this is the perfect cause to donate to. Please visit our page for more information: https://brooklinecares.wixsite.com/home
Mutual Aid Brookline (MAB) is a community-built and volunteer-run initiative launched in the very first days of the quarantine. We have plenty of remote volunteering opportunities in translation, organizing, delivery dispatch, and fundraising, and in-person volunteering opportunities for grocery/supply/medication and library deliveries. If you'd like us to match you with a volunteer role, sign up at https://forms.gle/KjDFcmpPhbRJRu158 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MAB is hoping to begin offer tutoring and homework help to students in Grades 1-6 by the end of the month. If you are interested in offering tutoring or homework help, please contact email@example.com
The MAB hotline is always looking for more volunteers to take shifts! Volunteers are fully remote and can choose shift times according to their schedules. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in helping out with the hotline.
MAB is particularly looking for remote dispatch volunteers to fill a weekly or every other week five hour shift connecting delivery clients with delivery volunteers (fully remote). You can sign up for our January dispatch training at https://forms.gle/pCf87xLrgKu9xBTN7 and email email@example.com with any questions.
We’re also in need of more delivery drivers (or bikers, or walkers, or cartwheelers)! We have both in-store grocery deliveries (requires going in-store and shopping for clients) and contactless library deliveries (contactless pickup from library of hold materials). Email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up and indicate if you’d like to be on the grocery list, library list, or both!
Updated Inspo:Expo Online Volunteer Match – Here is the link to see a list of Inspo:Expo partners who have remote (or low social contact) volunteer opportunities: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1EjWNx3AF7i4wkbVoLizNQ4NwGnHNcmLpbb_PAvBoeoI/edit
If you scroll through and see something you're interested in, simply email the organization directly through their listed contact info.
Try checking out this community service link from the free resource Teen Life - https://www.teenlife.com/category/volunteer/volunteer-boston/
Career Exploration at BHS:
The College and Career Center at Brookline High School is seeking community support for our Career Exploration and Immersion Program (CEIP). The goal of the CEIP is to build intentional connections between the professional expertise in our community and the students, teachers, and programs who seek understanding of and experience with the current professional landscape. The CEIP focuses on a two-fold mission: to bring experts into classrooms and/or the Career Center, as well as to bring students into the professional setting through career exploration and immersion activities.
This Sunday, January 31st, from 2 to 5pm EST, a student from Newton South is hosting an online webinar: From High School to Hospitals - Summit for Students Interested in Medicine. Three doctors will make presentations about their journey into medicine, give advice to students interested in going into healthcare, and answer any questions students have about the field and how to enter it. A college consultant specializing in pre-health/STEM will then discuss how to translate pre-med aspirations to successful college applications. The event will be held over WebinarJam. Sign up information is here, so copy and paste this link into your browser:
From High School to Hospitals - Summit for Students Interested in Medicine
MassBay STEM stories - Learn more about the programs MassBay Community College offers in their STEM Division. To view our current Associate Degree and Certificate programs, please go to: https://www.massbay.edu/stem. The focus in on why this is a good time to consider pursuing an education/career in STEM. There are pre-recorded videos where students “meet” STEM faculty and students and see some of their labs. One of the videos is of a former biotech student speaking about this program. Another video is of a MassBay graduate who is an Engineer, now working in the wind energy field. There is an overview about the supports Mass Bay offers students and the smart economics of starting at a community college, regardless of where students want to end up.
Seniors – Interesting career opportunity with special call to females in the Class of 2021 - EPUT, The Electric Power Utility Technology program, prepares students for a skilled craft position with Eversource. Students attend Bunker Hill Community College to earn an Associate of Science Degree in Electronic Technology and a Certificate in Natural Gas Technology and gain hands-on experience by participating in a Co-op* with Eversource Energy. There is a 95% job placement rate for students who successfully complete the program for Full time positions with Eversource. Currently, the EPUT program is operating in a virtual capacity and will have 18 seats open for Fall 2021 start. Our application will be open until March 21, 2021. Students must apply to both BHCC and Eversource.
*subject to COVID-19 guidelines and regulations
To learn more about the EPUT Program, we invite you to attend one of our live virtual information sessions:
FEMALE CAREER PANEL: February 3, 2021 - 11:00am
EPUT INFORMATION SESSION: Thursday, February 4, 2021: 4:00PM
EPUT INFORMATION SESSION: Tuesday, February 9, 2021: 1:00PM
Register by copying and pasting this link to your web browser - https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=il-RtjjY0EeTGkApfEkxvVM2T8UDwkxMlbpiNmS6jMVUNkxPUjUxN0ZZM0lQRTJXSFpCU09RSVFQMC4u
A flyer about the Feb 3 Female Career Panel is attached to this email.
Brookline's First Reverse STEM Fair! Join the fair anytime from 11:00am - 3:00pm on Saturday February 6th to engage with real scientists in our community. Click the link below to learn more and see a schedule of events! https://docs.google.com/document/d/1zjRmuLcIZH39XevNvBl2c1y5CKmNdo1wiLMHitN-6H8/edit?usp=sharing
Genetic Counseling Career opportunity for students… Want to learn about the vastly growing health profession of genetic counseling? Genetic counselors are health care professionals who:
- Help people understand hereditary diseases
- Facilitate decision making about genetic testing
- Provide emotional support to patients
The Division for Cancer Genetics and Prevention at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is hosting a free virtual career day to provide more information about genetic counseling on Saturday, February 27th, 2021. The event will be held virtually over zoom and all are welcome to attend.
Interested individuals can register online at: https://genetic-counseling-career-day-2021.eventbrite.com
If you have any questions, you are welcome to contact us at DFCIGCCareerDay@dfci.harvard.edu.
Having a hard time with the financial aid application process?
Still, need to complete the FAFSA or the CSS Profile?
We're here to help!
BHS ACE program, in partnership with MassEdco, would like to invite any low-income or first-generation seniors and their families to a FREE Financial Aid virtual workshop on Saturday, 2/6 from 11 am to 12:30 pm. In this workshop, seniors and their families will be able to ask financial aid and FAFSA experts any questions they may have about FAFSA and/or the CSS Profile. Families will also learn about Federal aid and eligibility. Families will receive guidance on the financial aid process along with the next steps after filling out the FAFSA. See attached flyer for more information, including a link to reserve a spot.
SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION FOR SENIORS…. Below is the partial list of scholarships available to qualified students. You can find many more scholarships on goingmerry.com, fastweb.com and through your student’s Naviance account, under Scholarships & Money.
The Brookline High School Scholarship Committee announces that applications are now available for tuition scholarships to Boston University (2 full-tuition renewable scholarships) and Northeastern University (2 half-tuition renewable scholarships). Applications are available online at the BHS homepage under BHS Scholarship Application. Applications must be completed ASAP. 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
NOTE: If you would like to be considered for the BU or Northeastern scholarships and have not yet applied, you must do so ASAP and submit your CSS Profile. The Committee is in the process of reviewing applicants now. Let Ms. Whelan know if you have questions - her email is email@example.com
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. The deadline for applying for BHS scholarships for students attending ANY OTHER college is April 1. Please use the same application as above.
Point Foundation National LGBTQ Scholarship. Point Foundation considers many factors when assessing scholarship applicants, including working for the betterment of the LGBTQ community and financial need. To apply go to: https://pointfoundation.org/point-apply/application-faqs/
Henry David Thoreau Foundation If you are planning on pursuing an interest in the environmental field, you may be eligible for up to $20,000 from the Henry David Thoreau Foundation. More information and applications are available online at http://www.thoreauscholar.org/student/application.html
Yawkey Scholars Program If you plan to attend a private college, have mentored someone during high school, have faced significant challenges and/or obstacles and have significant financial need, you may be eligible to receive a Yawkey Foundation Scholarship. To access the application go to: https://www.tpi.org/what-we-do/scholarships-college-success
Red Pine Scholarship The Red Pine Scholarship supports students from low- to middle-income families in Massachusetts who have demonstrated academic excellence to attend competitive colleges. Please make sure that you are eligible for the scholarship by reviewing the Guidelines and Eligibility Requirements. For more information go to: https://www.tpi.org/what-we-do/scholarships-college-success
The National Catholic College Admission Association Scholarship The National CCAA Scholarship is awarded to eight college-going high school seniors from various geographic regions attending one of our member institutions. http://www.catholiccollegesonline.org/students-parents/financial-aid/nccaa-scholarship.html
Caring.com Scholarship. Caring.com is a senior care organization that seeks to support family caregivers, their loved ones, and professionals in the senior care community. They have scholarship resources that could be useful for potential nursing students.
Scholarships for Undocumented Students. The list contains 344 undergraduate scholarships that do not require proof of citizenship or legal permanent residency. Undocumented students pursuing higher education need to know that scholarships and fellowships are available to them—regardless of their immigration status. https://immigrantsrising.org/2020scholarships/
Are you still trying to figure out what your plans are after graduation? If the answer is yes, check out the opportunity to serve with City Year. City Year is a one-year program where you work full-time in an urban Elementary, Middle, or High School bridging the gap between the support that students actually need and what their schools are designed and resourced to provide. They are looking for folks that have a passion for working with youth and would be willing to work hard to help them to see their full potential. They partner with schools and districts to identify students who are at risk of not graduating on time with their peers, and provide them with extra academic, emotional, and social support, and the skills that they need to be successful for college and a career. To learn more about City Year contact recruitment manager, Kristen Hill, at Khill1@cityyear.org
When your college financial aid package arrives, please join MEFA (MA Educational Financing Authority)…… After the College Acceptance
Thursday, March 18, 2021 | 7:00pm - 8:00pm
This webinar provides valuable guidance for high school seniors who have received their college acceptance letters and financial aid offers and are trying to make the college decision. Topics include an overview of different types of financial aid, an explanation of how to calculate the balance due at each college, and methods for paying the college bill. Register at : https://www.mefa.org/events/after-the-college-acceptance2
The alternate date is Thursday, April 08, 7pm. Register at
HAVE YOU APPLIED TO COLLEGE? IT IS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT FOR YOU TO READ YOUR EMAILS (FROM COLLEGES AND BHS)! ALSO BE SURE TO FOLLOW ANY APPLICANT PORTAL DIRECTIONS for colleges you will be applying to, if they have a portal protocol. Your efficiency in opening up these accounts after applying is sometimes monitored by admissions offices to gauge your level of interest!
“As you look back on your life, you realize that every time you thought you were being rejected from something good, you were actually being redirected to something better.”
Were you deferred from a college that you are still interested in being considered? See BHS College Counselor Lenny Libenzon’s What to Do if you are Deferred or Waitlisted info sheet – see attached. If you need any guidance, please reach out to your counselor or BHS College Counselor Lenny Libenzon.
Thinking about a post grad path that is NOT college specific? Check in with your counselor and/or Kate Kennedy, the BHS Career Counselor, for ideas and resources.
Seniors – When submitting your transcript release forms electronically, please:
- use the updated link shared by your counselor (on their CANVAS page or by email)
- be sure to list your college names and addresses CORRECTLY AS THEY APPEAR OFFICIALLY ON THE COLLEGE’S WEBSITE OR NAVIANCE. The processing of your request is slowed down by not including the official name of the college or putting in wrong information.
11th GRADE PARENT MEETING
It’s time to think about course registration for Senior Year! Parents/Guardians - please join the Deans and Department Chairs on Thursday, February 4 from 7:00-8:15 for a virtual meeting on course selection. The Deans will send the Zoom link next week.
Did you miss the Junior Night presentation on Thurs Jan 21? Here’s the recording - https://psbma-org.zoom.us/rec/share/dMYeOFRiRYzupTjQLZ0owzn76cnGQASx1Uvf__U70ZeKhmbB1hg8syhyk2X--QZ-.8i5RGQLDPIqom6I2
Please reach out to your junior’s counselor with any questions. We look forward to working together to help your student make plans for life after BHS!
Junior seminars with your counselor have started during T block last Friday 1/29 and will continue this Tues 2/2 T block as well. Zoom links have been shared by your counselor and your advisory teacher has these links as well. The third seminar will be on Monday 2/22 from 1-2pm to review your unofficial transcript and to discuss course scheduling for senior year. See you again this Tues!
We encourage you to contact your counselor for a 1:1 zoom meeting starting in February.
Juniors - Please review your current unofficial transcript for any missing classes or errors. Contact your counselor with any questions or concerns.
You should be checking that you are on your way to earning all required credits towards graduation in June 2022.
English- 4 credits
Science - 3 credits
Social Studies/History - 3 credits including US History
Math - 3 credits (4 years required for UMass State colleges/universities)
World Language - 2 credits (same language)
Elective - 3 credits distributed across Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Career/Tech, Community Service
Wellness - .5 Lifetime Wellness, 3 - .25 wellness credits
+ additional credits to earn minimum total credits of 22
9th GRADE PARENT MEETING
The Unique Challenges of Freshman Year
The next PTO '24 virtual parent meeting Wed. Feb. 3 at 7p.m. Cut and paste zoom link to browser:
The meeting will be a special event facilitated by B-PEN (Brookline Parent Education Network) and featuring BHS Peer Leaders. Freshman parents/caregivers will have an opportunity to “meet” one another and explore issues such as screen time, and balanced limit setting, social/emotional development.