Dear Families:

What a memorable Music and Arts Week we’ve had! Throughout the week the main lobby was alive with individual and small-group student musical performances before and after school. Thursday’s Art Gallery Night was a wonderful celebration, with students’ sharing their pieces and explaining their processes, while classical music was being performed throughout the night by Runkle students. Ms. Ortiz returned for the night to join Ms. Donnelly and Ms. Mitchell for this joyous event. Friday morning featured our artist-in-residence Bren Bataclan putting the finishing touches on the Community-themed murals he created with our students. You can see pictures of the murals’ unveiling on our twitter feeds. Thank you to the PTO and the parent volunteers for their above-and-beyond assistance in making this year’s Music and Arts Week so special.

Please note: Our transition to “PSBmail” has begun! Our new email addresses are in the format of: firstname_lastname@psbma.org (firstname_lastname null@null psbma NULL.org). The cumbersome First Class-based “@brookline.k12.ma.us” is still in effect for the time being as well; starting June 8 staff will only be able to create emails from their psbma accounts.

Our upper-grade World Language Department has some student news to share, with students in both Spanish and French performing exceptionally well on National Exams. In Spanish, 20 of our 8th graders earned medals on the National Spanish Exam, with an astounding 8 of them (Anay, Emmy, Hannah, Henry, Isabel, Jack, Kyle, Maya) earning Gold medals. For our students studying French, we had ten students earning medals on the National French Exam, with Nima earning a Platinum medal for his perfect score, and Oliver, Madison, Iris, and Sangavi earning Golds, signifying their top 5% nation-wide performance. Felicitaciones and Félicitations to all students, and to Ms. Boyle and Ms. Weiss as well!

Finally, Congratulations to our librarian Teresa Gallo-Toth for winning a Margaret Metzger Fellowship from the Brookline Education Foundation. As a Metzger Fellow, Ms. Gallo-Toth will be meeting with five other educators from throughout Brookline throughout the summer, all of whom will be writing about their experiences as educators, honoring former BHS English teacher Margaret Metzger’s “commitment to writing and her passionate belief that teachers need to share their stories about the complicated, messy, and powerful work of classroom teaching.” There will be a community event on September 30 where the Fellows will share their work. Stay tuned for more details!

Jim Stoddard

 

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