It has been a terrific opening here at Braintree High School, with lots of spirit, teaching and learning from the very first day, a true sense of welcome for our new ninth grade students, and displays of BHS PRIDE at every turn. This year, we are re-emphasizing each of our BHS PRIDE values each month, beginning here in September with Partnership. For me, Partnership is a key element for the learning process, since none of us are capable of learning alone - even in the library with a book, we are connected to the author, previous readers, and all the texts that we have encountered before. In a school like ours, Partnership is fundamental to the learning process, and informs not only our academic identity, but also our sense of community.
In just the first few days of the year, BHS has seen numerous displays of Partnership:
- Dozens of teachers collaborated on numerous professional development initiatives in the weeks leading up to the start of school, learning new instructional approaches and building new curriculum
- Over fifty returning students chose to come to BHS on their last day of vacation to lead incoming ninth-graders on tours of the building during their orientation
- The school welcomes the addition of a new position in the mathematics department, thanks to the efforts and support of district and building administrators, along with the School Committee
- Building custodians and district maintenance staff worked together to create a new classroom, renovate stairwells, and complete the installation of new HVAC controls
Personally, it has been exciting to see how quickly and effectively instruction has begun this year: as I've been visiting classrooms throughout the building, I've seen labs in action, analyses of great works of literature, students creating models of their scientific understanding, and math classes engaged in open-ended investigations of their own thinking. In addition, performing groups are already in rehearsal, design classes are analyzing each others' work, and clubs and athletic teams are already in action.
We would all love to share what is going on with all of you, and so we hope you can attend our Back to School Night on Thursday, 12 September, at 6:00. Parents of ninth-graders are also invited to our Ninth-grade Parent Orientation on Thursday, 3 October, at 6:30. Finally, everyone is welcome to come to our first Parent Teacher Partnership meeting on 1 October, at 6:30. More information about the newly-organized PTP and our pilot Advisory program will be coming soon.
All of hope that the school year has started well for your family as well, and I hope to see you around the campus!
August 8, 2019
One of our most enduring summer traditions is talking about how it all goes by too fast. Sometimes it seems that as soon as we get through the Fourth of July, we start worrying that summer is winding down.
In reality, we still have plenty of time left: time to get up to the mountains or out to the beaches; time to read one more novel; time to get away for a week; maybe time to just relax at home, with our families, after all of the great experiences from earlier in the summer.
And, maybe, time to start thinking about the start of the school year. The first day of school this year for all students is on Wednesday, September 4th. The attached letters, one for first-year students and one for returning students, will arrive at your house shortly in hard copy and talk a little bit about what to expect and how to get ready for the start of the year. If you have any questions about their contents, please feel free to contact my office.
I hope that your summers have been joyous and relaxing so far, and I hope that you have a chance to enjoy the weeks that are left!
Term Dates 2019-2020
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Midyear Exams: January 22-24
Final Exams*: June 16-18
*Tentative Dates, depending on snow days