Superintendent's Update

May 6, 2022

Thank you, PSB Staff!

We are incredibly excited to share some of the responses, images, and posts we received for #PSBTeacherAppreciation. Our appreciation for PSB’s talented and dedicated educators is not limited to just one week per year, but Teacher Appreciation Week gives us the opportunity to highlight them and share the celebration with the entire community this week!

The recognition will continue next week with School Nurse Day on Wednesday, May 11. PSB nurses have always played a critical role in our school community - both in our community’s physical and mental health. We are grateful for their leadership in advocating for quality student-centered care and the difference they make in the lives of our students every day. Please join me in appreciation and thanks to PSB educators and staff for the important role they play in supporting the learning, health, and well-being of our students!

SY2022-23 Enrollment Survey

The Public Schools of Brookline is committed to ensuring that we support any family throughout their student(s) education tenure. As we transition from one school year to the next, we understand that your family’s circumstances may have changed or will change in the future. Whether you decide to continue enrollment at PSB or relocate outside of Brookline, our staff is here to help. We request that you please notify us of your preliminary considerations for the 2022-23 School Year by filling out a very brief online survey on the Aspen Parent Portal by Monday, May 23. Directions on how to complete the survey can be found here.

Please complete a survey for each PSB student in your family. Completing this survey will help facilitate your student(s) class placement for the upcoming school year. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our enrollment team at or by telephone at ‪(617) 264-6492.

Negotiations Update with the Brookline Educational Secretaries Association (BESA)

We are pleased to announce that the Brookline School Committee and the Brookline Educational Secretaries Association (BESA) have reached a memorandum of agreement to extend their collective bargaining agreement through June 2024. Contracts are typically negotiated to address all aspects of PSB employee relations, including compensation, work schedule, working conditions, paid leave time, and health insurance. We look forward to continuing a productive and engaging relationship with all of our labor union partners.

May is Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month!

PSB is excited to observe May as Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month! As with most commemorative months in the United States, AAPI Month originated in the US Congress, first as a resolution from the House of Representatives in the 1970s before becoming public law in 1992. May was chosen to commemorate the impact of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States for the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad (the majority of which completed by Chinese immigrants) on May 10, 1869. While these celebrations and recognitions can and should take place throughout our school year, it is also important to recognize the importance of this month. For more information on the origins of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, please click here.

We also invite families to join the celebration at the 7th Annual Asian American Student Essay Contest (hosted by the Brookline Asian American Family Network) which offers PSB students a platform to freely express "What It Means to be an Asian American". This year’s contest received a record number of essay submissions and we are grateful for their enthusiasm, passion, and generosity in sharing their voice. You can join the virtual award ceremony on Wednesday, May 11 from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., during which the BHS documentary "Being Asian American at BHS" (created by BHS Seniors Sam Lee and Jean Hur) will premiere. RSVP for the event here!

PSB represented in the Massachusetts Science + Engineering Fair (MSEF) Regionals

Congratulations to all of our middle school students who participated in the annual Massachusetts Science + Engineering Fair Regionals! Each year, MSEF invites thousands of students in Massachusetts to experience the professional practices of working scientists and engineers through the development of independent research projects. This year’s fair was hosted virtually by Regis College, with nine total projects submitted from PSB. Entrants were required to upload all of their documentation and create a YouTube video to present their project to the judges.

We would especially like to congratulate Driscoll 6th grader, Calista Garms, whose project "The Power of Perception" was one of the second-place winners in the regional finals! Calista's project will be advancing to the State Science Fair, which will be held later in May. Congratulations Calista!

In Our Classrooms this Week...

Thursday, May 12th, 7-8:15pm

This is an online event.

The PSB Coalition for Anit-Racist Education (CARE) will be hosting a virtual event on Thursday, May 12 from 7:00 - 8:15 p.m. with Jenee Uttaro, PSB Senior Director of Educational Equity, to discuss ways for families to talk about race and racism with their children. There's no "one way" to dive into this topic. However, we'll discuss helpful ways to go about it! Please join us Thursday Night for this engaging talk. Register for the event here.

Wednesday, May 18th, 6-8:30pm

15 Newton Street

Brookline, MA

Steps to Success (STS) Brookline invites you to their annual Step Up Celebration! For the first time in three years, this event will take place in person at Brookline’s Larz Anderson Auto Museum from 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18. The Museum's Great Lawn will help deliver a fantastic outdoor, tented event!

This is Steps’ signature fundraiser of the year, during which students’ achievements and supporters’ dedication take center stage. STS invites you and the entire Steps community, to celebrate everything we’ve achieved over the past year, together. Purchase tickets, enter our local business raffle, and learn more about the event by visiting the Step Up homepage.

REMINDER: PSB Family Workshop on Section 504/Title II

The Public Schools of Brookline will be hosting a workshop for all families on the special education laws of the Commonwealth and the federal government, specifically focusing on Section 504 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a civil rights law designed to eliminate discrimination on the basis of disability in any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance. Regardless of whether or not your child with a disability receives special education services through an IEP or has a Section 504 Plan, Section 504/Title II is here for you. Join us to learn more about Section 504/Title II and its protections.

The workshop is scheduled for this Wednesday, May 11 at 5:00 p.m. and will be held by Zoom. Register in advance for this webinar here.

Upcoming BHS Performing Arts Events

Tickets and more information can be found on the Brookline Friends of Performing Arts (FOPA) website.
Progressions Dance Recital
Friday, May 6; Saturday, May 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the BHS Roberts/Dubbs Auditorium.

Join the BHS Dance community for their annual Progressions recital! This performance features students from all the dance classes and clubs at Brookline High.
Spring Music Festival - Three Nights!
Friday, May 13: Orchestra; Monday, May 16: Band; Tuesday, May 17: Chorus


One of Brookline High School's liveliest musical traditions, the Spring Music Festival brings together for three nights all of the school's faculty-instructed music ensembles: three choruses, two bands, and three orchestras. Each night is a different program, with music ranging from classical favorites to today's hits.

Community Events

Safe Routes to School Bike Rodeo

Sunday, May 15th, 10am-1:30pm

11 Pierce Street

Brookline, MA

Back in September, the Brookline Safe Routes to School hosted their first Bike Rodeo and a fun day of learning bike safety. Brookline SRTS will be hosting another Bike Rodeo on Sunday, May 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This is a fun event focused on bike safety, including proper helmet adjustment, hand signals, riding a skills course (in the town hall parking lot which will be closed off), properly locking a bike, and will end with a ride-out through the neighborhood led by the Brookline Police Department! The Bike Rodeo is open to all students in Kindergarten to 6th graders and their families. Participants will need to bring their bikes/scooters and helmets and be accompanied by an adult. Please be aware that Brookline SRTS will not teach kids how to ride, just teaching safety to those who know how to ride. The event will have a separate area for younger kids where they can practice riding supervised by their families. Bring your bike and your helmet and sign up for the rodeo!

Teen Mural Project

Sunday, May 22nd, 11am-2pm

86 Monmouth Street

Brookline, MA

Brookline teens ages 12-18 are invited to work with mural artist Jessica Clark to design and install murals on three utility boxes within Harry Downes Field and Corey Hill Playground. The concepts for the murals will be inspired by the community's submissions related to Brookline's "Park Stories Project". These pieces of art will help preserve and highlight the memories and history of the spaces, while at the same time bringing more public art into Brookline's parks. The first meeting will be held on Sunday, May 22 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Brookline Teen Center. Lunch will be provided. If students are unable to participate on both days, they are welcome to join for one and not the other. Sign up for the project here.