Happy summer. I have a few end-of-the-year announcements and reflections.
Grade Reports and New Attendance Procedures
We just mailed home final grade reports. In that mailing, you will also find a letter about the new attendance procedures, which will be in effect starting in September, and an FAQ.
Student Course Schedules for 2013-2014
We continue to work on the master schedule and individual student requests for next year. The good news is that we've made some substantial internal changes that have improved the process and that put us ahead of schedule, compared to recent years. The challenging news is that, due to these changes, we've revealed the expected complications in some students' course requests much earlier than usual. Our new “Arena Scheduling Days” over the last few weeks have solved many schedule problems already. I am confident that most, if not all, issues will be resolved by August when we mail student schedules home . . . . (click below to read more)
I am really proud of BHS students for this one! One of our students' biggest collective successes this year is the new policy around use of cell-phones and headphones. At the beginning of the year, I deliberately lodged this policy work in the BHS Legislature, which includes students and faculty. I knew that student voice and decision-making was particularly essential to this shift in practice. Legislature went through a lengthy process to draft a policy that reflects our primary value of face-to-face communication, but that recognized our increased use of cell phones for communication and learning. The draft was then vetted by administrators and the full faculty. Students successfully piloted the new policy, I approved it, and we now have useful norms around our personal electronics use at BHS.
And Finally. . .
I want to thank all parents/guardians who welcomed me this year as I entered Brookline High. This is an amazing community and a remarkable school, and I look forward to moving forward with all of you to continue to make Brookline High a place where all students can learn, explore, create, innovate, and engage in democratic processes. I wish you and your families a healthy and happy summer and look forward to seeing you in September.