Superintendent's Update

May 27, 2022

We want to remind you that schools will be closed on Monday, May 30 in observance of Memorial Day. We look forward to seeing you back on Tuesday, May 31.


PSB is committed to providing a safe learning environment for all. We are continuously reviewing and updating our safety protocols, where needed, as well as communicating necessary reminders. Additionally, PSB is always in close communication with the Brookline Police Department. Please know that school staff is also available to students and we encourage you to contact your student(s) counselors or other trusted adults if you feel they need any specific support regarding the crisis and other difficult circumstances.

COVID-19 Mitigation Strategies Update and Reminders

Beginning next week, PSB school nurses will only notify particular classrooms or grades when we are aware of a cluster of cases (e.g. 3 or more cases in a 7-day period). We also want to take a moment to remind you of the best approach to decreasing the spread of COVID-19 within our community:


  • Keep your student(s) home if they are sick. If they have symptoms and are testing negative on a rapid home test, plan to repeat that test in 24-48 hours. If you have any questions about this, please contact their PCP or the school nurses’ office.

  • Get your student vaccinated, and boosted, when applicable. As of Thursday, May 19, all individuals ages five (5) years or older are eligible to receive a booster dose. You can learn more about upcoming vaccination clinics within the Town of Brookline here.

  • Participating in the asymptomatic home testing program. You can access the signup form through www.brookline.k12.ma.us/hometestoptin


  • Practicing good hand hygiene and wearing a well-fitting, high-quality mask. The town of Brookline recently reinstated its mask mandate for all town-owned buildings, including PSB schools and offices, on Monday, May 23. You must arrive at school with a mask readily available. Please contact your school nurse to request additional masks and facial coverings if your student(s) need one.

June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month!

PSB is happy to recognize June in celebration of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ+) Pride Month! This month is an important opportunity for all of us to honor and support the equity, awareness, and justice of the LGBTQ+ community, and to recognize the impact that LGBTQ+ individuals have on our local and national history. LGBTQ+ pride is celebrated in June to honor the Stonewall Uprising in 1969, a pivotal moment within the United States gay liberation movement, as well as the first city-wide gay pride marches that were organized shortly after.

We are also excited to celebrate LGBTQ+ pride month by continuing our tradition of painting Rainbow Crosswalks at our schools. Initially begun in 2019, PSB partners with our Town colleagues and the GSA (Gender and Sexuality Alliance) members at each school to promote the spirit of inclusion and welcoming within our community. Sidewalks have already been painted at Heath (5/23), Lincoln (5/25), and Driscoll (5/26), with more events planned at Baker (5/27), Lawrence (5/31), BHS (6/1), Ridley (6/2), Runkle (6/6) and Pierce (6/10). If you are interested in participating, please contact your school’s GSA team for more information!

BHS Graduation and Commencement

The graduation ceremony for the class of 2022 will be held next Sunday, June 5 at Fisher Hill Reservoir Park. Up to three seats will be provided for each graduate. Additional guests are welcome but should come with

their own chairs/blankets to enjoy the festivities.


BHS will make every attempt to have the graduation outside. The ceremony is slated to begin at 1:00 p.m., with an alternate window from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. if inclement weather is predicted. Families will be notified by phone and email on Sunday morning with the plan for such weather contingencies, if necessary. Graduating seniors must report at 12:15 p.m. for the pre-processional line-up. The graduation ceremony will be live-streamed by the Brookline Interactive Group (BIG) at http://brooklineinteractive.org/live. BIG will also make the recording available on their website after June 5.


This is a momentous occasion for the senior class, and we wish all of our graduates much success as they step out into the world beyond Brookline High School.

Inside and Outside Our Classrooms...

PSB Spotlight on Excellence - May 26, 2022
This week’s spotlight shines on a collaborative project-based learning initiative at Runkle School! Led by English Learner (EL) teacher Lauren Carroll, and Speech-Language Pathologists Caroline Shea and Lauren Tavares, this project utilizes hands-on activities in the school garden to build language skills for EL and RISE (Reaching for Independence Through Structured Education) students. Through various gardening activities, students hone their observation and prediction skills, while developing vocabulary and overall language proficiency. Through their work in the garden, the students are also able to forge connections with their Runkle peers in a meaningful way. Congratulations to Ms. Carroll, Ms. Shea, and Ms. Tavares for their creativity and passion in supporting our students in such a dynamic and innovative manner. You can watch the entirety of this week’s spotlight here.
Honoring PSB Staff and Educators with 30+ Years of Service!
Every year, the Brookline School Committee honors our educators and staff who have served in the Public Schools of Brookline for thirty years. COVID-19 forced the postponement of this celebration in 2020 and 2021, so we were very pleased to be able to celebrate honorees from the past three years at this week’s School Committee meeting. The hallmark of our school district is the passion, dedication and talent of our staff, and these honorees are shining examples of employees who have so capably devoted their professional lives to our students and community. We want to take a moment to highlight the following staff members:

2020 Honorees: Thomas Hantakas (Driscoll), Deborah Mercer (Lawrence), Hilory Rosenzweig (Lincoln)


2021 Honorees: Gretchen Albertini (Ridley), Liz Cook (Lincoln)


2022 Honorees: Jacqueline Hallo (Baker), Yaping Tang (Pierce), Marian Voros (Runkle)


The honorees were introduced by their principal, who reflected on the tremendous service that each and every one of them has given to our school district for three decades. You can watch yesterday’s recognition event in its entirety here. We are incredibly grateful and appreciative of our thirty-year staff and their dedication to our students, staff, and families!

REMINDER: 6th-12th Grade Term 4 Interim Progress Reports Published

As we get closer to the end of the school year, we want to remind you that student grades and reports can be found in the Aspen Parent Portal. The interim progress reports for all students in 6th through 12th grade were published earlier this week on Monday, May 23. All 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 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.


We anticipate that Final Report Cards for all students in grades K-12 will be published by Monday, June 27. This includes Term 4 Report Cards for students in 6th through 12th grade and Cycle 2 Progress Reports for students in Kindergarten through 5th grade.

ICYMI: Celebrate the newly renovated BHS campus on Wednesday, June 8!

We invite you to join us in celebrating the newly renovated and expanded Brookline High School campus. We will offer tours of the STEM Wing and 22 Tappan, mark the occasion with a few speeches, and make it official with a ribbon-cutting!

Community Updates

Brookline ODICR Invites BIPOC Youth to Participate in Mural Installation: The Brookline Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Community Relations (ODICR) is inviting Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) youths to participate in a mural installation as part of the new “Community BUILDs” social action initiative. In collaboration with the Brookline Arts Center, the Brookline Center, the Brookline Teen Center, and Steps to Success, this social action initiative aims to tackle the impact of racism on youth mental health. As part of the mural project, participants will also engage in a series of workshops to brainstorm ideas for a public mural that they will then paint at the Brookline Teen Center. The mural is expected to be completed in July 2022. All BIPOC youth with a connection to Brookline with artistic talent and/or interest in binary racism and mental health are invited to participate.

Youth participants will also receive a stipend for this project. Those who wish to participate should email Carolina San Miguel at csanmiguel@brooklinema.gov by Tuesday, May 31. The email should include a written statement of interest and reason, samples of their artwork, information about their affiliation to Brookline, and their contact information.
PSB important dates for June 2022: 6/5 BHS Graduation; 6/20 Juneteenth, No School; 6/23 Early Dismissal; 6/24 Early Dismissal, Last Day of School; 6/27 Early Dismissal, Last Day of School - DRISCOLL ONLY
  • Sunday, June 5 - Brookline High School Graduation: Event begins at 1:00 p.m. at Fisher Hill Reservoir Park.

  • Monday, June 20 - Juneteenth: All schools and district offices will be closed.

  • Thursday, June 23 - Early Dismissal: BEEP students will be dismissed at 11:30 a.m. K-8 students will be dismissed at 12:00 p.m. BHS students will be dismissed at 12:15 p.m. Grab-and-go lunches will be available.

  • Friday, June 24 - Last Day of School, Early Dismissal: BEEP students will be dismissed at 11:30 a.m. K-8 students will be dismissed at 12:00 p.m. BHS students will be dismissed at 12:15 p.m. Grab-and-go lunches will be available.

  • Monday, June 27 - Last Day of School, Early Dismissal (DRISCOLL SCHOOL ONLY): K-8 students will be dismissed at 12:00 p.m. Grab-and-go lunches will be available.