Superintendent's Update

April 14, 2022

Greetings PSB community,


Happy April Vacation! The past few weeks have been a busy time for all of us, as we made our way through initial MCAS testing, enjoyed multiple performances by our musical, artistic, and athletic students, and engaged in exciting science fairs. All of these activities represent many months of collaboration, effort, and personal growth in our schools. To our students, staff, and families - keep up the good work! I remain in awe of your continued engagement and dedication to learning and growing in our classrooms every day.


I also want to follow up on the statement that we published on Tuesday afternoon. I want to be clear and emphasize that there is zero-tolerance for sexual assault or sexual harassment in our community. We will continue to work with the Brookline Police Department as they investigate these charges and allegations. I also want to caution our community on engaging in discussions that may be premature, unwarranted, and harmful. Instead, I ask that you redirect your efforts to supporting our students and staff in processing what has happened through compassion and empathy.


I hope you will take time to celebrate Earth Day on Friday, April 22 by exploring the great outdoors, participating in a community clean-up, or by making art projects using items found in nature. My very best wishes for a wonderful, restful break, and I look forward to welcoming everyone back on Monday, April 25!


Sincerely,


Dr. Linus Guillory

Superintendent of Schools

UPDATE: COVID-19 Mitigation Strategies

This week, our school nurses sent additional at-home test kits home for students and staff. We strongly recommend that all staff and students conduct a rapid test on the evening of Sunday, April 24 before returning to school after April vacation. Routine weekly surveillance testing will continue on its regular schedule on Tuesday, April 26.


Over the past few weeks, we have identified a few clusters of positive cases within our schools and classrooms. While we cannot identify with certainty that the transmission occurred at school (as many individuals are participating in play dates, parties, and other social events outside of school), we have shared information with affected students, staff, and families to require masks to be worn until we return from April vacation. Overall, our school nurses have seen an increase in individuals coming to school with symptoms. If your student is ill, please keep them home. Individuals who test negative for COVID-19, but still exhibit sore throat, fever, cough, or other symptoms should stay home and test again after 24-48 hours.


Additional at-home testing has also been strongly recommended; all individuals who test positive for COVID-19 should inform any of their close contacts, and we remind everyone to pay particular attention to symptoms and to stay home when ill.

REMINDER: 6th-12th Grade Term 3 Final Report Cards Published

As previously discussed in our March 18 update, final report cards for Term 3 have now been published for all students in 6th through 12th grade in the Aspen Parent Portal. Families should have received a notification by email earlier this week once your student(s) report was published. Families may also log in to Aspen itself and access these reports digitally in the “Published Reports” section. If you have trouble logging in to the portal, please contact data_team@psbma.org. Interim progress reports for Term 4 for students through 12th grade will be published in Aspen on Monday, May 23.


Students in Kindergarten through 5th grade are assessed through two cycles (September to January, January to June). K-5 parents/guardians will discuss their student(s) progress, growth, and development directly with their staff at designated parent-teacher conference days; these conferences are slated to begin in April. Cycle 2 progress reports for K-5 students will be published before the last day of school.

2022 Caverly Award Winners Announced

Earlier today, the Brookline Education Foundation (BEF) officially announced the 2022 recipients of the prestigious Caverly Award:


  • Nicole Chasse (Kindergarten teacher at Ridley School)

  • Joslyn Vendola (Lead Teacher and Math Teacher for the ExCEL Program at Brookline High School)

Both Ms. Chasse and Ms. Vendola were nominated by other PSB educators and selected by a committee of BEF board members in recognition of their excellence in teaching. The winners were notified by a surprise classroom visit from their school leaders, BEF leaders, and Superintendent Guillory so their students also got to join the celebration! Ms. Chasse and Ms. Vendola will receive their award at the BEF’s Celebrating Teachers reception on May 10. Congratulations to Ms. Chasse and Ms. Vendola for all of their hard work!

Model United Nations Returns to Brookline High School!

Saturday, May 21st, 9am-4pm

115 Greenough Street

Brookline, MA

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. More details on this event - including schedules and specific committee topics - will be released in the coming weeks. If your student(s) is interested in participating, please email Mr. Gronlund-Jacob at BHS.

Town of Brookline Election is on Tuesday, May 3

The Town of Brookline will be holding its annual Town Election on Tuesday, May 3. Please note that due to increased population as reflected in the 2020 census, Brookline added a new precinct. You can see what precinct you are in, where your polling (voting) location is, and other information about the election on the Town Clerk’s webpage.


Seven Brookline school buildings serve as polling locations, representing ten of the seventeen precincts in town. School will be in session on May 3 with all staff and students present. As is the practice on election day, poll workers will actively guide voters to the polling locations. As always, the goal is to get our voters in and out of our schools with minimal disruption to student learning.

Registration for the 2022-23 School Year Continues

Since registration for the upcoming school year began in January, the Office of Registration and Enrollment has registered over 350 rising Kindergarten students. We are excited to welcome these families - new and old - into our community in support of their transition into Brookline over the next months. To learn more about the process, please visit www.brookline.k12.ma.us/enroll.

Tuesday, April 19th, 5-7pm

345 Harvard Street

Brookline, MA

As we have done since the 2020-21 school year, PSB will be working with VaxinateRx and Healthcare Family Pharmacy to host a Pfizer/Moderna COVID vaccine clinic at PSB schools. Vaccination is free for anyone age 5 years or older, regardless of insurance coverage. 1st, 2nd, and/or Booster Shots are available. Scan the QR Code above or visit this link to sign up!

Notice to All Families Regarding Discrimination and Upcoming Workshop

Community Events

Outdoor Earth Day Seed Planting Program @ Brookline Village: Come plant seeds with the Public Library of Brookline and Brookline Mothers out Front to celebrate Earth Day on Friday, April 22! From 2:30 - 3:30 p.m., organizers will be planting flower and vegetable seeds in recycled containers that can be taken home. There will be some containers available, but participants are also welcome to bring their own plastic, aluminum/tin, or glass containers. This event is recommended for children ages five to nine and their families. This is a drop-in program, so participants can stop by anytime! Learn more here.
Citizenship Assistance Workshop at the Brookline Public Library: 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.