Sending a little care and grace to all who read this weekly update on today – Valentine’s Day!
This is Week A for BHS grades 9-12. Be sure to download the NEW VERSION of the BHS SCHEDULE FOR SEMESTER 2.
Reminder – No School from 2/21 – 2/25 for Feb Winter Break
See attached overview of Week A / Week B for remainder of 2021-22 SY.
Tomorrow is the first H block of the new schedule from 8:20-8:50am. Students do not need to check in with their advisor. H block is not part of the Hub/Advisory program. H block is a new, regularly occurring help block that is part of this semester's schedule. Take the time to meet with one of your teachers to get extra help!
bAttendance will not be taken.
Course selection for the 2022-23 school year is beginning for students in Grades 9-11.
Please note these important steps in the process:
- Parents- guardians can attend the morning zoom course selection meetings with grade level deans and curriculum coordinators. For current 9th graders, this presentation was on Feb 8 and a zoom presentation is scheduled for current 19th and 11th graders together tomorrow Tues 2/15 @ 8:30am. Recordings of these presentations are available – emailed by grade level PTO reps plus the Feb 8 presentation is added in the Weekly Update under 9th grade info. The Feb 15 presentation will be shared again by PTO reps and on the 2/28 Weekly Update.
- Be sure all students in Grades 9-11 know how to access their Student Portal accounts NOW! This saves time and energy when the portal opens later in March. Here’s the Aspen (student portal) link - https://ma-brookline.myfollett.com/aspen Log in ID: This is the SAME login and password as the student uses for all PSB accounts (Aspen, CANVAS, Google) - grad year +last name + first initial e.g.:21jonesk (must be all lowercase letters) Any student needing to reset their password should use the self-service tool at rmp.brooklinema.gov
- Hub-Advisory time will be offered to share directions and offer time to get started too. Peer support through the BHS Library will be available this year to help students to both access the student portal and to navigate the course selection site in mid-March. Stay tuned for dates and times for these support opportunities!
- Check out the new 2022-23 BHS Course Catalog now. Take some time to review all of the offerings for your grade level. Think about the elective and special subject area options available to BHS students. Consider trying something totally new or check out a course that aligns with an interest or career area you have wondered about…. New this year – QR codes in a number of elective programs to dig deeper into the offerings and visuals to SEE what you learn! While still being finalized with course updates, the catalog can be found on the BHS Homepage or by cutting/pasting this link to your server - https://bhs.brookline.k12.ma.us/uploads/8/0/1/5/801512/bhs22_23course_cataloga.pdf
- Teachers in students’ courses are now discussing course options in their subject area and curriculum level recommendations with students individually now. Ask your student what those conversations have been so far!
- The window for course requests being confirmed and uploaded by student to their Student Portal extends from Tues, March 15 to Tues April 5. Keep in mind that this is only the course requests stage. No courses are scheduled for any student until earliest, late spring. Be sure to prioritize your courses by level of interest and list alternate courses during this step. More to come on these considerations but very important to the process!
- Talk with your teachers, parents-guardians, counselor, program coordinator for consultation about building a well-balanced course load that allows for academic rigor while also supporting life balance with extracurricular activities, possibly a job and/or community service, quality sleep, and time to relax with friends and family.
- And be sure to think about the BHS graduation requirements as you plan your courses. Keep in mind that electives and wellness NEED TO BE INCLUDED IN YOUR COURSE REQUESTS. Be ready to use the alternates option too!
- Check your current transcript (on your Student Portal) to be sure that you are on your way to earning all required credits towards graduation. Also review for any missing classes or errors.
- 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 – could include Journalism, Community Service, Learning Centers, Tutorial, and/or Scholars
- Wellness - .5 Lifetime Wellness, 3 - .25 wellness credits
- + additional credits to earn minimum total credits of 22
IMPORTANT NOTE – As always, thank you to students and family members for reading this weekly BHS Counseling/Guidance Dept Weekly Update. This weekly BHS Counseling/Guidance Dept update will continue to be sent out during the earlier weekday of each school week, but not over the weekend/Sunday. Your understanding and support are greatly appreciated!
These BHS Counseling Dept Weekly Update emails are sent to all students and the 1st contact parent/guardian listed on the students’ X2 accounts.
All NEW UPDATES will be highlighted in BLUE each week for easy scanning of newest info.
FREE LOCAL COVID TESTING KITS FOR BROOKLINE RESIDENTS-
FREE Antigen COVID-19 Test Kits available to Brookline residents for pickup.
WHEN: Test kits are available for pickup at the following times:
Tuesday, February 15 and 22, from 4 – 6 p.m.
Wednesday, February 16 and 23, from 9 – 11 a.m.
Thursday, February 17 and 24, from 4 – 6 p.m.
Residents should note that pickup is not available at Temple Ohabei Shalom on Tuesdays.
WHERE: Test kits can be picked up at the following locations:
- All Saints Church, 1773 Beacon St.
- Temple Ohabei Shalom, 1187 Beacon St., (Wednesdays and Thursdays only)
- First Parish UU, 382 Walnut St.
- The Hemlock Grill at Putterham Golf Course, 1281 W. Roxbury Parkway
- Coolidge Corner Library, 31 Pleasant St.
- Brookline Department of Public Health, 11 Pierce St.
There will be sandwich boards at each location to direct residents to the entrance of the distribution sites.
WHAT: All Brookline residents are eligible to receive these self-test kits.
There is a limit of two kits, which each contains two tests, for households of one or two people. Households of three or more are eligible to receive up to four kits. Face masks are required for pickup. Residents should note that test kits are not for resale. Anyone with questions may contact the Brookline Department of Public Health, not the individual distribution sites, at email@example.com or 617-730-2300.
LOCAL COVID VACCINE CLINICS (info from MAB) -
Vaccine clinics for all residents (first, second, or booster dose):
Tuesday, February 15th, 6pm - 8pm, open to all residents, Florida Ruffin Ridley School (check https://www.brooklinema.gov/2050/COVID-19-Testing-Vaccine-Clinics for the registration link, should be posted soon)
Vaccine clinics for BHA residents and other Brookline residents (first, second, or booster dose):
Thursday, February 17, 3:30pm - 7pm, open to BHA residents only, Trustman Apartments, 15 Egmont Street (Pfizer available for children ages 5+)
Other nearby vaccine clinics:
Ongoing, Fenway Stadium, state vaccination site, all residents 12+, offers Pfizer, Moderna, and J&J (only Pfizer for 12-17), initial round or booster (register here: https://home.color.com/vaccine/register/cataldofenway, walk-ins also accepted)
Ongoing, Whittier Street Health Center, all residents 5+, offers Pfizer, Moderna, and J&J (only Pfizer for 5-17), initial round or booster (see hours here: https://www.wshc.org/covid-19-vaccine/)
For the most updated info on Brookline's testing and vaccine clinics, please visit the Health Department's website at https://www.brooklinema.gov/2050/COVID-19-Testing-Vaccine-Clinics. (It may take a minute to load.)
To-Go Kits - Starting Monday 2/14/22 - Public Library of Brookline
New To-Go Kits (animal sweaters, weaving, and graphic novel wall art) will be available for pickup starting February 14 at all three library locations! We have kits for kids and adults of all ages! Kits are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Public Schools of Brookline SEPAC continues to sponsor the “IEP for Home” Parent Workshop series through March! Thanks to a very generous collaboration with the Office of Student Services, SEPAC is able to offer four more 90 minute sessions with Developmental Pediatrician Dr. Erik Von Hahn. Dates (all Wednesdays) and topics are as follows-
Module #4 - Schedules and Routines
February 16 from 7:00 - 8:30 pm*
March 2 from 8:30 -10:00 am
(* offered in conjunction with the Newton SEPAC)
All sessions also include an open Q&A. In previous sessions, these sessions offered excellent conversations about students of all ages. Parents across the age span are encouraged to attend.
The information flyer is attached to this weekly update. The registration link can also be found here - https://docs.google.com/forms/d/17IHj5_l0lbFS9a9LRIdUfWm4m_Vbd__MgN9DHjrcTNo/edit
Students who have Opted In to the BHS at-home surveillance testing program will be receiving 1 test kits (2 tests total) on Tuesday 2/15/22. Please pick up between 12-2pm in the Tappan Green Commons or the Atrium at 115 Greenough OR outside the nurse’s clinic at 22 Tappan.
These tests should be used on these dates:
· Tuesday, February 15th
· Skip Tuesday, February 22nd, school vacation
· Test on Sunday, February 27th, or 24 hours before your scheduled return to school after the vacation week
Celebrate Black Entrepreneurship at the Brookline Teen Center! Join us on Tuesday, February 15th from 4:00-6:30pm at the BTC for an evening of conversation and networking with local Black entrepreneurs creating businesses in the fitness, sports and hair industries. Learn how they got their start and what it takes to build your own successful business. Food will be provided. All are welcome! Questions? Contact Steph at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LeRoy Watkins: Viking Sports
LaTrelle Pickney-Chase: Trelleblazers International Hairport
Kenny Vertus: Unrivaled Performance
Mavis Hicks: Mavology
BHS Spring Sports’ registration is open on FamilyID - Spring 2022 HS Athletics Registration | FamilyID from the BHS Homepage under Athletics, as announced by the BHS Athletic Director and Head of School Meyer. Most spring sports begin practices and tryouts on Monday, 3/21. Crew (Monday, 2/28) and Rugby (Wednesday, 3/16) are scheduled to begin earlier. Registration, including submission of an up-to-date health form must be completed online before participation is allowed. Health forms are good for 13 months from the date of the physical. Please cut and paste this link for all of the info - https://bhs.brookline.k12.ma.us/registration.html
Are you interested in Social Justice, Global Leadership or Climate Science? Applications for all 3 of these amazing classes are now LIVE! You can apply through the links below by March 4th. Applications can be found on the Academics/Social Studies link of the BHS homepage - https://bhs.brookline.k12.ma.us/social-studies-course-listing.html
Here's more information about each class:
-- SOCIAL JUSTICE: Open to rising 11th-12th grade - The Social Justice Program allows students to explore critical issues facing the U.S. and to learn how to be change-makers both at BHS and beyond. Inside the classroom, students study complex issues including immigration, incarceration, abortion, sexual violence, food insecurity and housing eviction. Outside the classroom, students hold an internship at a Boston-area non-profit for 1/3 of the year. The class is open to juniors and seniors and meets 2x a week. It is discussion-based and has no tests or quizzes. Contact Kate Leslie (email@example.com) for more information.
-- GLOBAL LEADERSHIP: Open to rising 10th-12th graders - The Global Leadership course aims to prepare students for the challenges of the 21st century, and to lead for a more prosperous and peaceful world. It is an unleveled, BHS Social Studies elective, open to 10th-12th grade students. This is a project-based class that emphasizes teamwork, design and sharing ideas. There is little homework and no tests. For more information, contact Mr. Grande (firstname.lastname@example.org).
-- CLIMATE SCIENCE AND SOCIAL CHANGE: Open to rising 12th graders- Climate Science and Social Change is an interdisciplinary Science and Social Studies elective. Students will learn about the transformations to earth’s natural systems due to a warming planet, as well as the impact that has on human systems, including our health and food production. Throughout we will examine how race and equity intersect with climate change. Students will frequently collaborate in project teams to design responses to climate change and how to advocate for change, including communication strategy. The course aims to prepare students for taking leadership roles in addressing the most consequential in our lives. Students may select which credit they wish to earn (science or social studies). For more information, contact Dr. Brown (email@example.com) or Mr. Grande (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Mental Health Advocacy organization is asking for high school students to tell their mental health recovery stories in a production called This Is My Brave. Their mission is to empower young adults to put their names and faces to their true stories of recovery from mental illness and/or addiction. They do this through live storytelling events that are presented on stage featuring teens from the local area. By speaking openly about mental illness, they hope to reduce stigma and increase awareness around mental health, particularly for at-risk youth in our community.
They are directing the first ever production of This Is My Brave - High School Edition on May 21st, 2022. Please see the attached the audition flyer below. They will be accepting virtual submissions for auditions until February 18th, 2022. THIS IS NOT A BHS SPONSORED EVENT.
This Tuesday - The annual Teen Summer Expo is back, in-person for 2022! Meet with directors of meaningful summer enrichment programs for kids ages 12-18. Students will be able to meet in-person with the directors of area summer enrichment programs for kids ages 12-18, with plenty of options for every interest and budget. The Expo is free and open to everyone. Parents and teens should attend together. THIS IS NOT A BHS SPONSORED EVENT! Pre-register - https://www.teensummerexpos.com/family-registration- Tues 2/15 - Newton South HS - 5:30-8pm AND Wed 2/15 – Fusion Academy Burlington – 5:30-8pm
GreenZine Brookline (https://greenzinebrookline.wordpress.com/) is a Brookline K-12 online magazine that features work about the environment, climate justice, and the outdoors. We publish three times a year and invite you to submit your work. We strongly encourage writers and illustrators with, or without, experience to work with us to produced a short, published article, poem, photo, illustration or more. This is your voice to address a world increasingly impacted by climate change. Not sure what to write? We have plenty of ideas and would love to have you join us.
GreenZine Brookline is collectively run by Brookline educators and offers students, staff and the Brookline Schools community a forum for news, opinion and creative expression about climate change, outdoor education and the environment. We highlight the excellent work being done by students, staff and parents in our school community, as well as the need for more.
GreenZine Brookline aims to amplify student voice and passion in order to catalyze conversation about climate change and outdoor education in our schools so that our students will be more resilient and prepared to lead in a climate-disrupted world. Contact email@example.com to learn more.
GreenZine Brookline: Where sustainability is a school issue
The Brandeis University club called Education for Students by Students (ESS) invites middle school and high school students from all places to come to Splash, an event where Brandeis undergraduates teach interactive classes to local youth. This learning extravaganza allows middle and high schoolers to learn and grow their interests about niche subjects. The best part is….IT’S FREE! Spring 2022 Splash will be held on Saturday, April 9th, 2022. This is a virtual event.
Student Registration is now open and course selection is available from March 10-April 7th.
To register as a student, cut and paste this link - https://brandeis.learningu.org/learn/register.html
If you have any additional questions feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Just a reminder that BHS will celebrate the Year of the Tiger / Lunar New Year is this Friday, February 18 during A, B, C, D and E blocks in the Atrium, MLK and Auditorium. Here’s hoping you will have a chance to attend at least one of the activities being organized by the BHS APAC (Asian Pacific American Club) and the Chinese World Language program! See attached flyer too.
Brookline High intramurals started last Monday, January 31st, and will run every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, after school in the Tappan Gym fitness center from 3:00 - 4:30. All are welcome to join!
Virtual Queer Reading Group - Thursday - Public Library of Brookline
Join us to read and discuss books by queer authors in a variety of genres. This group has a stress-free structure, where the conversation we develop about identity, gender, race, and all intersections that these generate is just as important as reading the book. We make space to feel safe, ask questions, and learn. Approach with curiosity and we’ll meet you more than halfway: you’ll fit right in. To see a list of the books we will be reading over the next few months and register: https://www.brooklinelibrary.org/events/event/virtual-queer-reading-group-2/. If you will be calling into the meeting over the phone, you can also register by calling the Library at 617-730-2370.
Science Help Center Open for grades 9-12
If you're looking for extra help in any of your science class (physics, chemistry or biology) the center will be open every morning (except Tuesdays) during Z Block in room 204. Please reach out to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Check out the UPDATED Summer 2022 Opportunities document!
This document will be updated regularly with more opportunities including jobs, internships, and summer programs. See the attached document for many opportunities.
Thinking about a summer camp counselor job? There are a number of camp organizations looking for counselors NOW! See the BHS Guidance website / Career Counseling link à summer jobs 2022 for more info - https://docs.google.com/document/d/1LZJQoWB4C-JLr13sXkUqEcBvCBraUo3eWYtMG_DUDac/edit#heading=h.i9miodlpjya
Current 9th, 10th, 11th graders –
** SWS applications are now being accepted for the 2022-23 school year…. Consider applying to be in SWS (School Within a School) next year! Check out their website (https://www.swsbrookline.org/) to learn more about this small democratic community that exists within BHS. Application link - https://docs.google.com/document/d/15qK-ANdn4liPhGZ9kFvLXYvNsaFvXwzc-SQCbXFpjzU/edit
** ACE continues its 2022-23 application process too –
ACE, a small, competency-based program for 10th-12th grade students who are seeking a more personalized learning experience at BHS is still open for applications for next September. www.ACEHighSchoolYourWay.com
Parents who are interested in learning more about this innovative, award-winning program should reach out to ACE Program Coordinator Amy Bayer with questions – email@example.com
Students who are interested in exploring ACE should attend an information meeting and a classroom visit. See information attached.
Interested students should take the first step by coming to an ACE information session and to review the ACE website:
We will be offering these info sessions during all the upcoming X blocks in the ACE office (room 257) and more times will be added, as needed. Students who would like to attend an info session should contact ACE secretary Christine_Carruthers@psbma.org to schedule and to find out location. Once a student has attended an info session, they will be scheduled for a classroom visit.
Need a quiet and social place to enjoy your lunch at the 115 campus? Join Lunch Lounge!
Social Lunch/ Lunch Lounge is offered for all of the students who may or may not have some social connections in classes, including new to BHS students. It is a welcoming, inclusive drop-in lunch community that engages kids with friendly conversation, other kids interested in making friends, and a warm and familiar staff member. At this time, Lunch Lounge is offered for these lunch blocks in Room 277:
Week A - Monday E -Lunch B only
Wednesday C - Lunch A and B
Friday D - Lunch A and B
Week B - Monday E - Lunch B will start week of 9/20
Wed C - Lunch A and B
Friday D - Lunch A and B
BHS Career exploration and community job opportunities:
Coffee Talk 3/3/22: Interested in government or public administration careers? This Coffee Talk may be for you!
Coffee Talk #3 - Government/Public Administration Careers
Where? College/Career Center, Room 279
When? Thursday, March 3rd, 2022, during X Block
Are you interested in exploring ALL your options after high school? Not sure what career you want to pursue? Are you curious what a career in government could look like? Come join our "Coffee Talk" to hear more about the range of opportunities in this field.
Come on over to the College and Career Center, Room 279, on Thursday 3/3 during X block to hear from a member of Brookline Select Board and a Community Engagement Strategist.
Questions? Email Ms. Fazio at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Consider this mentorship program in which one to two high school students will be mentored by the curatorial advisor and founder of Praise Shadows Mentor Program in planning a group exhibition over the time span of six months (March - August). This year's curatorial advisor is Jen Mergel, a nationally respected contemporary art curator and cultural leader. This is a paid position, and applicants must be ages 16-19 who are from the Boston area. Last year's mentees were high school students from Watertown High School and Brookline High School, and they curated a wonderful exhibition Alchemized Dimensions: https://praiseshadows.com/exhibitions/alchemized-dimensions/. I've attached a document describing the program in detail, and I'm hoping you can forward it to students and teachers before the deadline, February 28th. For more information on the gallery, please visit praiseshadows.comPraise-Shadows-Mentor-Program-Application-2022.pdf Praise-Shadows-Mentor-Program-Application-2022.pdf
Know a teen looking to earn some extra money this winter? Join the Shovel Our Snow program through Brookline Recreation! Residents of Brookline in need of shoveling help will contact students directly to set up jobs and work out payment. This is a great way to help out our community while earning money! To sign up visit www.brooklinerec.com or call 617.730.2069
Ms Kate Kennedy, the BHS Career Counselor, is out on leave until March 7, 2022. One of the BHS counselor interns, Analisa Fazio, is covering many of the duties of this role while Ms Kennedy is out. Please contact Ms Fazio at email@example.com if you have any questions about career exploration, job seeking and interviewing, and resume writing. She is able to set up an appointment to help you.
BHS Club Info:
- Always wanted to interview famous people around the world on major issues? Join The Global Voice! We're an online, student-run newspaper seeking to see the world from a different perspective by interviewing people from all around the world. Join us to learn and discuss modern issues and increase awareness around school! We meet every other Tuesday during Faculty Collaboration time at 8:45 in room 381. If interested, please fill out this google form: https://forms.gle/eTt4NQbba8Ka1shr5 and check out our website: https://www.globalvoice.news/. Contact Brian Ly (firstname.lastname@example.org)
or Serena Ibanez (email@example.com) if any questions arise.
- The Do Something Club is back! Our club focuses on doing little things that help our society. Some examples of this are: donating books to Boston Public Schools, compiling and distributing a list of scholarships available to undocumented students, as well as writing kind notes to other students struggling with mental health issues. To learn about "Do Something" you can go to their website: www.dosomething.org. This club will meet Tuesdays of Week A during X-block in room 305. This club does not require too much of your time and our goal is to develop a tight-knit community that can support you throughout this year.
- BHS Club Fair info is available here: http://bhs.brookline.k12.ma.us/clubs-and-activities-list.html This list is for 21-22 clubs. The Club Fair slideshow has also been released via Canvas to students. Students can access/re-access more information on how to join, etc. As more clubs update, we will update the presentation.
- Interested in Public Health and the right to global health? Join Partners In Health Engage Brookline! During our club meetings, we educate our members on the current status of Global Health, how Partners In Health is involved, hold fundraising events, and advocate Global Health equality legislation to our members of Congress. We meet virtually on Week A Mondays through Zoom at 8:00 PM. If interested, fill out this google form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSclGf8eTx3VbLuTzDZmuFndW7yn_dkjg2vlIW9a45hmkbwDQQ/viewform
Community Service Opportunities for BHS Students:
Looking for Spanish speakers to teach a Saturday conversation group to students in Nicaragua. Teachers would work with ~6 Nicaraguan students who know basically no English. Help them develop their skills (this is why proficiency in Spanish is required: the students will need you to do a lot of translating!) The group will meet every Saturday for one hour virtually; the specific time can be flexible to your schedule. If you are interested or would like to know more, please email me: firstname.lastname@example.org (Note: first come, first serve, so if you are interested please reach out soon!)
BHS COMMUNITY SERVICE INFO - Even though Brookline High does not have a community service requirement for graduation, many BHS students become involved in their school or greater Brookline community through service. These opportunities provide a chance for students to better understand and give back to those in need, plus offer a direct strategy to deal with emotions and stress by making connections with others and becoming engaged with something larger than one’s self. Adding community service activities can be beneficial to your college applications down the road too!
You do NOT have to have community service officially listed on your BHS transcript for credit to have its impact be noted for your own sense of self or to colleges. If you do want to have community service hours count for BHS credit, please be aware of these important criteria:
- must be a service within BHS or Brookline or greater Brookline community
- any service hours beyond 50 MUST be approved by the BHS Community Service Coordinator (Lisa_gaffney@psbma.org) – see attached form
- 50 hours = .25 credit; 100 hours = .5 credit; 150 hours = .75 credit; 200 hours = 1.0 credit
- hours must be logged and verified by the service organization supervisor and Ms Gaffney at BHS
- Remember Anna Lin, one of the panel members from last Wednesday’s Intersession presentation? She would like to share more about the English nonprofit organization that she founded called Language Virtual. This is a group of high school students that provide free, virtual ESL English tutoring sessions to students in Thailand, Japan, Turkey, North Korean defectors- basically anyone around the world. (You do not need to know any other language to teach). Most students need help on the conversational aspect of English in addition to grammar and vocabulary. How it works is that once a student signs up, Language Virtual then pairs them with a high school peer teacher and the student can contact the peer teacher directly about scheduling/learning goals. Usually the teaching sessions are only 30min-1hour long once a week and you receive community service hours.
You can view our website for more details and the sign up pages: https://www.languagevirtual.org/
Or you can watch this youtube video to learn more: https://youtu.be/M9sXiU9KjF4
Teacher sign up page: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfJ4whEp2tl9ZFt7W-6ZskGdF4sfKdYg7cLpEwZ2eN-Ws-U-w/viewform?usp=sf_link
If you have any questions, feel free to message us at: email@example.com
- ResilientHer is a sports medicine and social justice organization dedicated to promoting education, empowerment, and equity in sports. Our team of 17 students from across the world write articles, create infographics, launch social media campaigns, and organize interviews/collaborations to combat health misinformation, break mental health stigma, and promote social justice within sports. We are recruiting content creators, social media managers, marketing managers, and website designers to join our team.
If you are interested in joining our team, please apply at https://forms.gle/QgJiFNtkzQgJdKqE7. You can find us at @resilienther.blog on Instagram, at resilientherblog.com, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
– Check out Teen Life by copying and pasting this link- https://www.teenlife.com/category/volunteer/?keyword=&location=boston&program-type=volunteer
- The BHS Community Service info on the school’s website has been updated with BHS specific community service opportunities plus opportunities in the Brookline/Boston area - http://bhs.brookline.k12.ma.us/community-service.html
12th graders – One more semester to go until BHS graduation! Congratulations!
BE SURE TO KEEP GOING WITH YOUR CLASS ATTENDANCE AND WORK EFFORT now that semester 2 has started. College admissions decisions can be revoked or move towards probation if an applicant’s attendance or grades have dramatically changed on the final transcript.
Take a look at this short and sweet article – “Dear High School Seniors- What NOT to Do Spring of Your Senior Year” - https://grownandflown.com/high-school-seniors-not-do-spring-senior-year/ It’s hard not to do some of these things when senioritis strikes but be mindful of these points… They’re all true!
IMPORTANT – The BHS Scholarship Application continues to be available for submission – see below. ALL SENIORS SHOULD COMPLETE and SUBMIT THIS SCHOLARSHIP INFO so BHS can support many students with some amount of financial support for college!
If you would like to be considered for one of the many scholarships awarded through the Brookline High School Scholarship Program, please complete the BHS Scholarship Application and submit your CSS Profile to the BHS Scholarship Program. The application is easy to complete and is available online on the Brookline High School homepage. To make fair decisions, the Committee requires that families fill out the CSS Profile financial aid form, available at CollegeBoard.com. Please use the Brookline Scholarship Program code, which is 0424
If you would like to be considered for the BU or Northeastern scholarships, please apply by January 10th and submit your CSS Profile by then too.
The Scholarship Committee would like students and parents to know that three criteria are used 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.
College Application Reminders:
Help the BHS counselors and teachers support your application process by meeting deadlines. Submit your electronic transcript release forms, your
self-questionnaire, your parent/caregiver’s “brag” sheet, and give notice to your teachers who have agreed to write recommendations for you.
JUNIORS and SENIORS
Still wondering about a Gap Year? Learn more by registering for these Gap Year workshops offered by USA Gap Year Fairs – the organization that the BHS Counseling Dept collaborates with for our annual Virtual Gap Year Fair (offered January 18). Consider joining their dynamic gap year crash course and get the insider knowledge and insight necessary to research and plan the gap year adventure of your dreams.
· Feb 15: Gap Year Parents & Educators AMA (Ask Me Anything)
· Feb 17: Virtual National Gap Year Fair
· Mar 1: Gap Year as Career Exploration
· March 2: Virtual National Gap Year Fair
· Mar 3: How to Choose a Gap Year Program
· Mar 10: How to Win a $5,000 Gap Year Scholarship!
· Mar 13: Virtual National Gap Year Fair
· Mar 24: Virtual National Gap Year Fair
· Apr 6: Virtual National Gap Year Fair
Hosted by USA Gap Year Fairs, the crash course is the perfect complement to the 10 national virtual USA Gap Year Fairs that help connect you with gap year program providers and expert gap year counselors. Here’s the link to register for the crash course workshops - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-to-take-a-gap-year-the-ultimate-crash-course-registration-253811114877?aff=Email&mc_eid=77284bec4e&mc_cid=c625362665
And here’s the link to the upcoming Virtual Gap Year Fairs - https://www.gooverseas.com/gap-year/usa-fairs/schedule?utm_source=GoOverseas&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=gyf2022&mc_cid=c625362665&mc_eid=77284bec4e
Brookline SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory) suggests this virtual opportunity - added below - to hear about student support differences between high school and college for students with IEPs and 504s. BHS Guidance will also be offering a virtual panel to share information and answer questions regarding college support for students with learning differences on March 30, 2022 @ 7pm. More info to come on this event….
Are you considering an Historically Black College or University (HBCU) for your future, but aren't sure which one is right for you? Real Talk (by College Board) is excited to launch their spring season with a two-night HBCU Edition on March 2 and 3, when a variety of campus representatives and current HBCU students will share key information about the college admissions process, scholarships, student life, and more.
This Real Talk event is the perfect opportunity to hear directly from the source and gain the insight you need to help students and their families as they decide which of the 100+ HBCUs across the country should be added to their college lists.
Check out Real Talk: HBCU Edition on Wednesday, March 2, and Thursday, March 3, at 7 p.m. ET! Register by cutting/pasting this link - https://globalmeet.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1523152&tp_key=34b6cc8ac2&SFMC_cid=EM664181-&rid=293808035&SFMC_cid=EM666528-&rid=47663053
Revolution Prep organization to offer FREE, virtual online SAT practice test which offers a sample SAT Score Report that students/parents receive instantly upon students completing the exam. This opportunity will be available on Saturday March 5 @ 9am. Cut and paste this link to register -
See the flyer below for more details and registration info. Please note that Brookline High does not specifically endorse any college admissions test prep or tutoring companies. We do recognize that it is helpful to share FREE opportunities to our students/families. You are NEVER obligated to pay for any add’l services from these companies.
Save the date – BHS Virtual College Fair is scheduled for Tues evening March 8 from 6:30-8:30pm. More info to come about the over 100 colleges and programs represented at this year’s virtual fair.
Did you miss the virtual Junior Parent Event on Post High School Planning for BHS junior parents-guardians presented by the BHS Counseling Dept? Here’s the recording to find out what you missed -
The BHS counselors have long term experience supporting any BHS junior to start sorting out their plans for life after BHS graduation. We’re here to help them and you!
Counselors have started rotating through junior hub/advisory blocks to share information about post high school planning steps and resources. These Hub advisory presentations will continue through March and include mini themed workshops during the mornings of ELA MCAS on March 22 &23. More details coming soon! Juniors can also reach out to their counselor to set up an individual meeting on these conversations too.
JUNIORS and SOPHOMORES
Happening tomorrow Tuesday 2/15
Senior and Junior Year Course Selection Meeting
Tuesday, February 15, 8:30-9:30am on Zoom
This meeting is for parents and guardians of current Sophomores AND Juniors. The Deans will lead the meeting and Curriculum Coordinators for each Department will describe the course options for next year. In addition, SWS and ACE will provide an overview of those programs.
Cut and paste this link (and remember to use the password!) – https://psbma-org.zoom.us/j/95413600032?pwd=dnh1cEg4bGF2TWVTRGMyR0RHUGFQdz09
This presentation will be recorded and posted on both the BHS Guidance website and the subsequent BHS Counseling /Guidance Department Weekly Update for Juniors.
The PreACT will be administered at Brookline High on Saturday, April 9th from 7:45-11:30 am.
The PreACT is a shorter practice version of the ACT college admissions test, normed for sophomores in high school. The PreACT also offers a built-in career interest inventory. Each student taking the test will have the opportunity to:
· Identify current academic readiness for college and career using the PreACT report
· Predict how you’ll perform on the ACT after an additional junior year of learning (predictive quality of test is different for juniors since they already are having that “additional year” of curriculum as defined by the ACT)
· Determine skills you can improve based on your performance (using your results to guide use of the free online ACT Academy prep program)
· Explore how your career aspirations align with your interests.
Registration info will be shared on this Weekly Update in March. Stay tuned! Also – please note - no alternative date will be offered at BHS.
Parents of 10th graders – Thank you to the parents-guardians who joined the Jan 12 Gr 10 PTO Parent zoom meeting with BHS 10th Grade Counselors with an introduction to the Junior Year Timeline and Course Request suggestions. Here is the information you missed…..
Powerpoint slide presentation - https://bhs.brookline.k12.ma.us/uploads/8/0/1/5/801512/2021_sophomore_breakfast.pdf
Recording of event - Zoom Recording is available below (Passcode: +D0&$S%u)
Did you miss the 9th grade PTO sponsored 10th Grade Course Selection zoom meeting on 2/8?
Copy and paste this link to view the recording - https://psbma-org.zoom.us/rec/play/UjkI2FSRCG93XtggEqYVrNqsACrdpi4aZl2IplLGl0DHYpGQpL0v5khrn-EopSjQ_eLkai4DiEymvW39.rbx4JxaRaMGSKrDd?continueMode=true
9th Grade School Counselors continue to be busy supporting your students! They have started joining 9th grade Hub advisories last week to facilitate conversation about Goal Setting and thinking ahead to Gr 10. Counselors will be rotating through each 9th grade Hub over the next 2 months to discuss this important topic.
They will also be offering a Gr 10 Course Selection zoom to all Class of 2025 students during the March 7 Hub advisory block.
As always, 9th graders should reach out to their counselor if they have any questions or concerns about current classes, future course selection, and life in and out of school. The counselors don’t want any 9th grader to worry alone!
Welcome all 9th graders, some upperclasspeople, and all BHS staff who are settling into their new classrooms and office spaces at 22 Tappan!
Please see the attached full phone directory for 9th grade counselors and social worker plus all 9th grade/ 22 Tappan staff.