Superintendent's Update

April 29, 2022

Greetings PSB community,

We hope that everyone enjoyed a fantastic April break!


As we transition into a new month, we are excited to begin May with National Teacher Appreciation Week from Monday, May 2 through Friday, May 6. There is much to celebrate about Brookline educators and the work they do in our classrooms every day. Let me be the first to say thank you to our educators. Thank you for all that you do - within our school day and beyond - on behalf of our 7,000 children. As I visit classrooms and schools, the evidence of your dedication and commitment is clear. There is a lot of passion, energy, and love in the education that you provide for our students, and it comes through in the stories, experiences, and joy shared by our students, staff, and families alike. On behalf of all of us in the Brookline community, I want to recognize and honor our amazing educators for all they give day after day to ensure that every child receives an education of the highest quality.


Since joining Brookline, I have had the privilege to observe firsthand the passion, commitment, and impact that each brings to enriching the lives of students and our community. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve as your superintendent and invite the entire school community to share messages of appreciation. I invite the entire PSB community to join us on social media next week to share your appreciation for our educators, using the hashtag #PSBTeacherAppreciation. We invite you to share a video or a post to let us know what you appreciate about your teachers!


Sincerely,


Dr. Linus Guillory

Superintendent of Schools


FY2023 Budget Update

On Wednesday, April 27, the Brookline School Committee voted to approve the final operating budget for the 2023 fiscal year. This $128,618,282 figure was developed by district and school leaders to align with the allocation from the Town. Included in this figure is a Local Education Appropriation (LEA) of $125,118,282, with $3.5 million of additional funds approved and allocated by the Select Board on Tuesday, April 19 through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). With the addition of the ARPA funds, our district budget is balanced for the FY23 school year. The next step in the process is the final approval of the budget by Town meeting in May. More budget information can be found here.
PSB Spotlight on Excellence - April 28, 2022
This week’s spotlight on excellence shines on the Heath School Student Council! Open to students beginning in 4th grade, the student council works closely with Heath staff to research, brainstorm, and address various issues within the Heath community from a student-led perspective. This year, the council has already successfully advocated for several successful projects at Heath, including the return of chocolate milk in the cafeteria, piloting a composting program, and leading several fundraisers for field trips, science fairs, and other important events. A huge thank you to our students for leading this important work! You can see the entirety of this week’s spotlight presentation here.

Brookline School Committee bids Farewell to Susan Wolf Ditkoff

On Wednesday, April 27, we honored outgoing School Committee member Susan Wolf Ditkoff during a celebration of her service to the Public Schools of Brookline. Since joining the school committee in 2008, Ms. Ditkoff always brought her incredible energy, passionate leadership, and exceptional intellect to bear as a school committee member and as the parent of Driscoll and Brookline High School students. During the farewell celebration, PSB staff, former School Committee members, and community members praised Ms. Ditkoff for her persistence and tenacity, as well as her ability to lead others to consensus on challenging town and school issues.


Her fourteen years of service include tenures as Chair and Vice-Chair of the School Committee, the Override Study Committee, the Remote Learning Task Force, and the Building Committee for both the Driscoll and Brookline High School Building Projects and many other important projects and initiatives. We thank Ms. Ditkoff for her incredible dedication and commitment to the Brookline community!

BHS Students Earn 2022 Boston Globe Winter Sports Honors

Throughout the school year, the Boston Globe honors the region's best high school athletes and coaches for all fall, winter, and spring sports. The Warriors’ excellent performance this season did not go unrecognized as representatives from eight of our teams were named in the 2022 Winter Sports category. Check out a full list of honorees below or on the special Sunday edition of the Globe on May 1st. Go Warriors!


All-Scholastics

Margo Mattes (Girls Basketball)

Lucia Werner, Dasha LeFaivre, Jordan Liss-Riordan, Audrey Seager, Camille Jordan (Girls Indoor Track)

Aaron Fowler (Boys Swimming)

Alexa Kalish, Hannah Lee (Girls Swimming)

Haden Bottiglieri (Wrestling)

Luke Gold (Boys Alpine Skiing)

Honorable Mention

Andrew Aleskeyenko (Boys Basketball)


All-Stars

Luke Burkley-Wohlers, Luke Gold (Boys Alpine Skiing)

Andrew Alekseyenko, Zach Solem (Boys Basketball)

Geanna Bryant, Margo Mattes (Girls Basketball)

Dagne Auditore, Kalias Ciatto, Alex Petersen, Greyson Prado. (Boys Indoor Track)

Annabel Cloney, Camille Jordan, Jordan Liss-Riordan, Lucia Werner (Girls Indoor Track)

Caroline Driscoll (Girls Ice Hockey)

Aaron Fowler (Boys Swimming)

Ellie Eisenhauer, Katherine Henry, Alexa Kalish, Hannah Lee, Bonnie Zhao (Girls Swimming)

Haden Bottiglieri, Eli Feldman (Wrestling)

Dr. Aida Ramos joins Brookline High School as the new Director of Special Education

Over the past few months, Brookline High School and the Office of Student Services have engaged in a comprehensive process to hire a permanent Director of Special Education for BHS. We are delighted to share with you that we have selected Dr. Aida Ramos for this key position. Dr. Ramos comes to Brookline with almost three decades of experience in special education, most recently serving as the Director of Student Services of Lincoln-Sudbury High School. Learn more about Dr. Ramos here.

REMINDER: Brookline Model UN Registration Now Open!

Following up on our previous update, the BHS Model UN club is excited to bring back the Model UN conference this school year. Any PSB student in 6th - 8th grade may participate in this simulated social studies program under the guidance of high school students. Please visit the BHS Model UN website for more information. You can also register by completing this Google Form. If you have any questions, please email noah_gronlund-jacob@psbma.org, advisor of the BHS MUN club.

REMINDER: Local Election is Next Tuesday, May 3

The Town of Brookline will hold the annual Town Election on Tuesday, May 3 from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Seven Brookline school buildings serve as polling locations, representing ten of the seventeen precincts in town. As is the practice on election day, poll workers will actively guide voters to the polling locations while schools remain in session. The goal is to get our voters safely in and out of our schools with minimal disruption to our students, staff, and families. Learn more about this year’s ballot.

REMINDER: PSB Family Workshop on Section 504/Title II

The Public Schools of Brookline will be hosting a workshop for families on the special education laws of the Commonwealth and the federal government, including Section 504 and Title II. The workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, May 11 at 5:00 p.m. More details about this process and the workshop can be found here.

Upcoming BHS Performing Arts Events

Progressions Dance Recital
Thursday, May 5; 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. Tickets and more information can be found on the Brookline Friends of Performing Arts (FOPA) website.

Community Events

National Walk, Ride, and Bike to School Day
Wednesday, May 4

With the weather slowly warming up, we invite our community to participate in the Spring Walk, Bike, and Roll to School Day on Wednesday, May 4! As with previous occasions held in October and February, join countless students and families in traveling to school car-free and connect with your school community as we enjoy a safer, healthier, and more active commute to school. As a bonus, we get to reduce congestion and CO2 emissions in the process! Showcase your iWalk day by posting photos and videos on social media using #iwalked #ibiked #SafeRoutestoSchool #YourSchoolName. Be sure to tag the SRTS community with @SafeRoutes_MA, @BlineSafeRoutes, and @BrooklinePublic. Follow Brookline SRTS to learn more.

Brookline SpringFest

Saturday, May 7, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


The Brookline Department of Public Works is organizing a Spring Fest celebration in Olmsted Park on Saturday, May 7, 2022, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The event is a celebration of Brookline’s trees and Frederick Law Olmsted’s bicentennial and will include lawn games, food, music, crafting, an Arbor Day ceremony, and a spring planting at Allerton Overlook. Town forestry staff will conduct a live pruning demonstration, and share tree care resources, including information on how residents can apply for a free tree. Learn more about this family-friendly event here!

Citizenship Assistance Workshop at the Brookline Public Library

Saturday, May 7, beginning at 11:00 a.m.


The Massachusetts Immigrant & Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA) will be hosting a citizenship clinic at the Public Library of Brookline (Brookline Village) on Saturday, May 7 at 11:00 a.m. Stop by for free assistance with naturalization and citizenship applications. For more information, all MIRA at 617-350-5480 (x200), email them at citizenship@MIRAcoalition.org, or contact them directly using this Google Form.
Important Dates for May 2022
  • Wednesday, May 4 - Early Dismissal for Parent-Teacher Conferences (K-6): K-6 students will be dismissed at 12:40 p.m.

  • Monday, May 30 - Memorial Day: All schools and district offices will be closed.