September 15 2023
Dear BHS Bruin Families and Students:
This past week, we have started to conduct our annual emergency response drills, including fire drills, hold-in-place drills, shelter-in-place drills, lockdowns, and next week, our annual evacuation drill. We have continued to educate staff and students on proper protocols, evaluating our efforts after each drill so that we can continue to learn and get better. Please feel free to contact me with any questions!
Below are descriptions of a few upcoming observances and celebrations that will be taking place in our school and greater Brighton Community.
Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur
Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is one of Judaism’s holiest days. Meaning “head of the year” or “first of the year,” the festival begins on the first day of Tishrei, the seventh month of the Hebrew calendar, which falls during September or October. Rosh Hashanah commemorates the creation of the world and marks the beginning of the Days of Awe, a 10-day period of introspection and repentance that culminates in the Yom Kippur holiday, also known as the Day of Atonement. The holiday is observed with a 25-hour fast and a special religious service. Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are the two “High Holy Days” in the Jewish religion. Rosh Hashanah 2023 begins on Friday, September 15, 2023, and ends on the evening of Sunday, September 17, 2023. Yom Kippur 2023 begins on the evening of Sunday, September 24 and ends on the evening of Monday, September 25. Schools will be closed in Brighton on Monday, September 25.
Hispanic Heritage Month
This week marks the start of Hispanic Heritage Month, which goes from September 15-October 15. The celebration spans one month to coincide with the anniversaries of independence in many Central and South American countries, including Belize, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, and Nicaragua. Hispanic Heritage Month officially lasts for 31 days, but the celebration of Latinx communities can and should continue all year long. Throughout the month, Brighton School Buildings will be educating our students and celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. Additionally, there are many local resources available to families who may be interested in learning more and some of them are linked below.
Hispanic Heritage Celebration : Rochester Museum and Science Center
Latino Oral Histories: from Rochester Voices
City of Rochester International Plaza: A New Latin themed event space and marketplace.
Hipocampo Children's Books: A local, independent book shop with a collection of books representing the rich cultures and languages in WNY.
Table Of Contents Included on this Page:
- Open House 9/21
- Counseling Information for Fall
- PTSA Meeting with the Principal
- Community Education Offerings
- Senior Panorama Rescheduled ***Again***
- Food Services
- School Pictures
- Students in the News
- Calendar of Upcoming Events
- Bell schedule
- School Pictures
- Resources Files
BHS opens our doors at 7:00 AM. Students may enter through Door 1 or Door 20 from 7-7:45 AM and only Door 1 after 7:45 AM. First period starts at 7:45 AM.
BHS Open House
Check out the Counseling News for Senior Fall Happenings
PTSA Meeting with Dr. Hall
Wednesday, September 27 at noon and 7 p.m. via Zoom. Join Dr. Hall and the PTSA for a preview of the school year and a question-and-answer period, and meet Jeff Green, the District’s Director of Student and Family Engagement!
Continuing Education Offerings
- High School Study Skills
- NYS Driver Education
- SAT & ACT Bootcamp
- Writing the College application Essay
Complete details and registration available online at BRIGHTONSCOOLS.REVTRAK.NET
Contact Community Education at"
585-242-5200, EXT. 5595 CE@BCSD.ORG
** Rescheduled AGAIN** Senior Panorama
Students in the News
Student earns rank of Eagle Scout
Well done Owen; still making BHS proud!
Calendar of Upcoming Events at BHS
School Pictures were taken by Inter-State Studios this on Thursday and Friday.
Student IDs, yearbook pictures and School Tool profile pictures are uploaded from the yearly school pictures. Please have your student sit for a picture regardless of whether you plan to purchase photos.
Students that missed the picture days should have their pictures taken on Picture Make-Up Day, Monday, October 23rd.
You may go online to view package options and order your picture packages by going to the link and using the code below.
- Parents, please see the file resources at the bottom of this page for package options..
Order Code: 79064KA
Please be sure to call the Inter-State Studio Office at 585-310-7781 for any questions in regard to this information.
Senior Picture Guidelines
The BCSD site for yearbook with Senior Portrait info is up to date. This is the link to our page
Cell Phone Policy Reminders
CELL PHONE POLICY – same as last year and will be enforced by faculty and staff!
Classrooms are a NO CELL PHONE zone
Students must silence their phone and put their phones away upon entering a classroom and an instructional setting. Students may be instructed by teachers to put their phones in their backpack, on a teacher’s desk, or in individual student classroom cell phone pouches. If classrooms have individual cell phone pouches, you may be asked to put your phone into the pouch for the entire class period on a daily basis.
Phones are not to be used during the class period. If students are found in violation of this NO CELL PHONE zone policy, the following steps will be taken.
1. Teacher will provide a WARNING(s), and student will place the cell phone on the teacher’s desk or in a classroom bin/pouch.
2. Teacher will communicate with student’s family for support and then assign an after school, 1-hour detention, from 3-4 PM, in the afterschool detention room.
3. The teacher will complete a disciplinary referral in SchoolTool and document past violations, interventions, and communication with the family. Admins will do the following:
a. Families will be contacted for support and collaboration.
b. Students will be provided with research on how distracting cell phones have become in classrooms and instructional settings.
c. Students may receive a 2-hour detention and be instructed to turn in their phones to the main office each day or for select periods. Students may also lose their ability to use phones in school for days, weeks, or months depending on the infractions.
4. Students may face other disciplinary consequences like detentions, etc., depending on the interactions they have with staff and/or the level of infraction. We will also work with students and families on the topic of cell phone addiction and provide strategies to combat this growing issue.
Please note that students will still be able to carry their phones and use them appropriately during passing time, FLEX, free periods, and before/after school. If you need to speak to your child during the day, you can always call the BHS Main Office at 242-5000, ext. 0.