I hope that you and your children had a very good February break last week. I would like to offer a few updates.
We have so many student achievements and successes all the time, it would be impossible to capture them all. However, I do want to highlight and congratulate our BHS seniors who have advanced to the finalist stage for the National Merit Scholarship Competition. This is an impressive accomplishment and we have a large number of national finalists. Congratulations to: Zachary Altshuler, Jacob Arnstein, Elizabeth Filine, Samuel Klein, Enrico Micali, Jaime Marks, Sofia Tong, and Hal Treidman.
I would like to introduce a new resource that reflects our work on anti-racism, anti-bias, and equity. The BHS Diversity Matters webpage is on the BHS website (link). Students and staff recently suggested this page to collect information, actions, resources, and updates on this important work. Students can offer feedback, ideas, suggestions, and also report concerns on the "Feedback/Suggestions" link. This webpage is a work-in-progress. So is our work to counter institutional racism. We know that we are doing some things right, and we know that we are getting some things wrong. Our goal is to continue to build community and build open discourse around all of our challenges. BHS has always been at its best when it creates healthy and open collaboration with students and faculty about the best methods to solve problems. Our students are pushing faculty and BHS leadership to think, act, feel, listen and learn with them. In turn, faculty and leadership are pushing students to think, act, learn, and take action such as engaging in our hiring committees and working with us to make all departments and programs more inclusive and equitable. See our “Lunch and Learn Series” on the Diversity Matters webpage. I support student activism and note that it is squarely in line with BHS' history and tradition of being an early national model of a democratic high school, where students drive school change.