This is a special schedule week. Please see the attached last week of June 21 schedule.
IMPORTANT NOTE - Thurs 6/20 as FULL SCHOOL DAY.
Tue. 6/21: Makeup Finals/Grading Day (with three make-up periods proctored by administration)
Wed. 6/22: FULL DAY - Courses meet: Z1, A1, B1,T, C1, D1, E1, F1, G1
Thu. 6/23: FULL DAY - Courses meet: Z2, A2, B2, X, C2, D2, E2, F2, G2
Fri. 6/24, 1/2 day with noon dismissal: Last Day of School- individual conferences with teachers if needed; Grab and go lunches available
PSB made the decision to shift to MASK FRIENDLY status for all staff and all students last week.
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.
Just a reminder your M7 card will revert to a Student T Pass at the end of June. This means that you may stil use the card during the summer; but you will need to add money to it, it is no longer free. Additionally those of you who have Student T passes should know they will continue to work until end of the summer. Please note the passes will expire at the end of August so you should not add any additional funds. The T does not issue refunds on your unused balance. Additionally, we do not replace lost or stolen cards during the summer
New passes will be issued at the beginning of next year.
BHS Summer School catalog now available! https://bhs.brookline.k12.ma.us/summer-school.html
BHS Summer School will start June 27 and most full courses will end Friday July 29, not including July 4. Attendance to all classes is key to getting credit!
There’s a small number of elective options and wellness courses that will count towards BHS credit/graduation. Most courses are recovery credit. AP US Hist and AP Bio prep will be available too. Check out the catalog and contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
BHS is offering two art electives this summer! You can sign up for Photography or Digital Drawing and Painting by going to this link. Check out the summer course catalog for more information or email email@example.com with any questions. These two courses count as original credit which means that taking one would free up a block in your schedule and earn you an elective credit in the arts!
** DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY ½ original credit
How do pictures tell stories? What skills are needed to start making pictures instead of just taking them? In this course, students will explore the narrative and artistic possibilities of Photography. Projects will relate to still life, place, portraiture, sequential art, documentary, and digital manipulation. Each assignment helps students build skills in manual camera technique, composition, storytelling, and craftsmanship. Lightroom and Photoshop will be used to learn ways to improve and manipulate images in both black & white and color. Students may use either their own digital cameras or borrow from the school. No experience in photography is necessary to take this class.
- Open to: All grades (Rising 9-12 graders CAN receive BHS credit for this course)
- This class will meet in person
- Class meetings: 11:00-1:30 pm
** DIGITAL DRAWING & PAINTING ½ original credit
In this course, students will gain a deep understanding of digital drawing and painting techniques. Students will learn cutting-edge digital art software that provides new opportunities to explore and experiment with a wide array of digital tools that both simulate and enhance traditional media. Students will create their work with art-based applications (apps) that lend themselves to tablets, computers, and smartphones. Students' work will be drawn from observational studies, memory, and imagination. Students will develop their unique voice and practice skills relevant to today’s creative industry. No previous software knowledge is required. Students may use their own equipment or borrow from school.
- Open to: All grades (Rising 9-12 graders CAN receive BHS credit for this course)
- This class will meet in person
- Class meetings: 8:30-11:00
BHS SUMMER READING PROGRAM
We are happy to announce the 2022 BHS summer reading program. This year we are asking students to read three books, one from the Massachusetts’ Teen Choice Book Awards plus two additional titles of their choice. The MTCBA is the only award in the Bay State that invites students in grades 7-12 to select their top new books of the year. They’ll vote for their favorite book from the list in the fall. Students who read 10 or more books will be entered in a raffle for prizes.
The BHS Library has a limited number of copies available for check out over the summer. The Brookline Public Library as well as the Boston Public Library have copies of all MTCBA nominated books. In addition, audio and e-book copies are available via SORA, a state-funded resource for students. Titles are available for purchase from the Brookline Booksmith. As always, students are welcome to check out any books from the BHS Library for the summer!
Jacklyn Thibodeau (10th grader) is asking for your participation in a video project that will highlight the importance of green modes, to inspire more people to partake and bring awareness to their role in reducing our carbon footprint and environmental impact. She is looking for people who:
- Ride the T
This project is based on and inspired by Green Streets’ What Moves Us project: https://www.gogreenstreets.org/whatmovesus. When these conversations are viewed together, they will communicate a larger story of who BHS commuters are, how they travel, and what they enjoy about car-light traveling. By sharing your story with a schoolwide audience, we hope others will identify with something you said or be inspired to change their own commuting habits by following your example.
The 2022 yearbooks are on their way to BHS!
We hoped that they would arrive sooner but we are still experiencing some post-pandemic delays. Thank you all for your patience and understanding. We have very few extra copies for students who haven’t ordered their books. If you haven’t ordered a yearbook and are interested in purchasing one, you can sign up for our waitlist here
We are excited to announce the following pick up day and senior yearbook signing event:
Tuesday, June 21st: 10am-1pm -- Pick up & seniors/graduates welcome to hang out in Schluntz and sign yearbooks
If you are unable to attend these events, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a pick up time.
Boston area Planet Fitness gyms are offering FREE summer memberships to any person between the ages of 14-19 years old. You will need a parent/guardian to sign off for this membership if you are under 18 years old. Check out the details and sign up info here - https://www.planetfitness.com/summerpass/registration
Check out the UPDATED Summer 2022 Opportunities document! Copy and paste this link for the most updated programs - https://docs.google.com/document/d/1LZJQoWB4C-JLr13sXkUqEcBvCBraUo3eWYtMG_DUDac/edit
This document is being updated regularly with more opportunities including jobs, internships, and summer programs.
Lunch Lounge is now closed for the rest of the school year. Keep a lookout for a new/improved Lunch Lounge program at both the 115 and 22 Tappan buildings for next school year!
Summer Job Opportunities:
Summer is almost here, (yahoo!), and you may be thinking about your plans for the next few months. If you’re looking to work 4 weeks, 6 weeks or 8 weeks, Camp Sewataro is the place to be! It is summer as it should be ~ Not just for the campers but for the staff as well. As a large day camp located in nearby Sudbury, we are looking to round out our team with some key staff positions for this upcoming summer, including Group Leaders, Group Assistants and Lifeguards (15 years old and up~we are offering free training for Lifeguard certification), and Swim Instructors (also offering free WSI training).
We are offering a competitive salary, plus a “completion bonus” of $1000 for those who work the full 8 weeks of the camp season. Our summer season runs from June 27 - August 19, Monday through Friday.
Please don’t forget to reference your school in your application. We look forward to hearing from you.
To learn more and apply: https://sewataro.campintouch.com/ui/forms/application/staff/App - or reach out to us at email@example.com with any questions!
P.s. For each person you refer to us, who ends up working at camp this summer, you will receive $250 as a thank you from us at the end of the summer. There’s no limit on the number of people you can refer to, so tell a friend!
Brookline Recreation is looking for summer staff! They are still looking for a couple junior counselor positions (16 – 17 YO) but also really need some 18+ staff too. See the attached flyer for more info.
The JCC of Greater Boston is excited to announce a new program of paid internships for summer camp staff. In addition to working with children, interns may attend a series of professional development workshops designed to give them a better understanding of career choices and paths in the non-profit world and beyond.
Make a difference in a child’s life! Camp Kaleidoscope, the JCC’s arts and science day camp in Newton, is now offering paid internships for counselors who know how to make a camper’s day extraordinary.
· Interns are rising 11th graders or older. Junior counselor interns ages 16 & 17 earn $2800-$3500. Counselor interns who are high school graduates or older earn a minimum of $4100 for the full summer. They supervise campers and may teach or co-teach theater, arts, sports, boating or other activities. All learn leadership skills and conflict mediation, make lasting friendships, and may take advantage of professional development workshops facilitated by industry leaders.
· Camp dates are June 27-August 19, with orientation the week of June 20. While we prefer staff who can commit to the whole summer, shorter commitments will also be considered. Send us a note and/or resume at firstname.lastname@example.org. More camp information is at www.bostonjcc.org/kaleidoscope. Job descriptions and application are at JCC Summer Jobs.
Other summer camp counselor jobs - There are a number of camp organizations looking for counselors NOW! See the BHS Guidance website / Career Counseling link summer jobs 2022 for more info - https://docs.google.com/document/d/1LZJQoWB4C-JLr13sXkUqEcBvCBraUo3eWYtMG_DUDac/edit#heading=h.i9miodlpjya
Community Service Opportunities for BHS Students:
Need another activity during the summer? Want to meet people around the world?Language Virtual is looking for new teachers! About us: Language Virtual is a global community of students who are either teaching, or learning English. We connect students all around our world through 1-on-1 English lessons. Recently, we started accepting students currently in Ukraine and students who have settled down in a new country. How the process works: Once a student signs up, we match them with a high school teacher, and the student can contact the teacher directly about scheduling. Usually the teaching sessions are only 30min-1hour long and you receive community service hours. You can view our website for more details and the sign up pages: https://www.languagevirtual.org/.
Teacher sign up page: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfJ4whEp2tl9ZFt7W-6ZskGdF4sfKdYg7cLpEwZ2eN-Ws-U-w/viewform?usp=sf_link Video about LV: https://youtu.be/SF7CdseEX40
What you will be teaching: You will teach English to your assigned student through conversations, vocabulary, grammar, or homework help. You and the student can establish what they would like to work on in the 1st lesson. Don't worry about not speaking the same language as your student, they will know enough English to communicate on the basic level.
*Extra teaching opportunity* We currently have 3 spots open in our LV x Minmahaw Program. Teachers in that program teach English to a group of 4-8 students online at a school along the Myanmar-Thailand border. This is the equivalent of a teaching job, because you are essentially the teacher for the school's core subject. Teachers are expected to be on time and engage the students in lessons they create on their own (there will be coaching given by Anna between each lesson). It's a great opportunity to learn new skills and receive personal feedback! If you would like to sign up for this, there's a spot that you can indicate on our sign up form.
If you have any questions, please email email@example.com.
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
– 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
College Admissions Testing at BHS for 2022-23 - Please see the attached list of upcoming dates that SATs and ACTs are being offered at BHS. You will need to register for any of these test dates by going to the College Board website for SATs (https://satsuite.collegeboard.org/sat/registration) or the ACT site (https://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/the-act/registration.html). Unfortunately, BHS cannot offer approved special testing - ie. 100% over multiple days - for the July ACT test date.
BHS Summer School is offering a College Application Essay writing course with our very own Zach Broken Rope! Please see the course catalog for more info - https://bhs.brookline.k12.ma.us/summer-school.html
Want to be considered for BHS National Honor Society as a senior?
Here’s what you should be doing:
- maintain an overall 3.3 or better BHS GPA
- complete minimum of 15 hours of community service (Sept 2021 – August 2022) - If you'd like a tool for keeping track of your community service, you can use this google doc organizer - https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1OStrm_4nJw0_rheAZVLYJpWGwsTO1IHSXMfBbtWFJQI/edit#gid=0. Make and save a copy of it to maintain your own record. You'll be able to submit this as part of your application in your senior year.
- NHS info blast shared to all eligible seniors in May and applications completed in early Sept 2022
JUNIORS AND SOPHOMORES
Please use this link for your AP Social Studies course for summer assignments - APUSH, AP Human Geo, AP Gov - https://bhs.brookline.k12.ma.us/social-studies.html
PreACT takers… Did you miss the PreACT score report zoom presentation? Lenny Libenzon, BHS College Counselor, offered an overview of the PreACT score report - https://bhs.brookline.k12.ma.us/guidance/pre-act-score-explanation-session
If you haven’t picked up your PreACT score report and test booklet, please go to your counselor’s office to collect it before the school year ends! If you have Dean Fig as a counselor, please come to the 285 Guidance suite to pick up your report.