To: BHS Parents/Guardians
From: Deborah Holman, Headmaster
Re: School Improvement Vision and Plan
Dear BHS Parents and Guardians:
I hope you and your families had an enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday. Last week Brookline High was abuzz with Warrior pride in preparation for the annual athletics pep rally on Wednesday and the historic annual football game on Thursday against rival Newton North. At this time of year, many seniors are focusing on studies as well as on post-high school planning, and our freshman have settled quite well into ninth grade at BHS.
I would like to share an important document that I have recently been speaking about with faculty, student, and parent groups. The BHS School Improvement Plan is an annual document published on the district website, and it can be found here: BHS SIP. The process of building the plan began with the BHS School Council last spring, continued over the summer with faculty and administrative groups, and circled back to the BHS School Council this fall. It reflects the work of many hands and minds. This includes the ideas of faculty and students, the thoughtfulness and feedback of our School Council, a few BHS parents' recommendations for partner organizations, and the generous financial support of some key initiatives from our amazing PTO.
While the plan in no way covers all of the many exciting and challenging improvement efforts occurring, it addresses one of our primary goals: “Ensure that every student meets or exceeds Brookline's high standards and eliminate persistent gaps in student achievement by establishing educational equity across all classrooms, schools, and programs.” This involves examining and improving our structures, instruction, and school culture with a focus on developing our increasingly diverse student body. As you will see, the school improvement plan is a big enterprise, but it has a clear headline - it's about acting on our values around excellence, fairness, and equity, and about our belief that BHS can and must do better to serve all students.
The strength of the Brookline High community has always been in its ability to develop community around its challenges. I look forward to the important and challenging work we have to do together. Please feel free to offer any questions and ideas.