DESE AMAZING EDUCATOR
Brockton High School Teacher Honored
If you happen to notice the below photo on billboards around the state this month it is none other than our own Brendan Coughlin, a Brockton High School Horticulture Teacher, who has been chosen as one of the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s faces of February and an “aMAzing Educator” making a difference in Massachusetts.
BROCKTON HIGH SCHOOL TRACK
Worthy of Praise
It has been an impressive year for the Brockton High Indoor Track team. This year's Boys and Girls Track teams both won Big 3 Champioships. The teams took 1st place in 16 of 24 events and had several of the top performances in the state this year. The Boys Track team went undefeated winning all 7 meets against Catholic Conference opponents. The boys relay team holds the 11th fastest time in the United States! Well done all. Two of the boys relay teams have qualified for the National Championship in New York City March 8-10.
February Vacation No School: 2/18/2019 - 2/22/2019
BROCKTON HIGH SCHOOL HARMONICS
Bay State Choir Festival
The Brockton High School Harmonics performed in the 34th annual Bay State Show Choir Festival at Oliver Ames High School. Directed by Matt Cunningham, and Choreographed by Jackie Parenteau, Harmonics is a select ensemble of 20 singers and dancers from the award-winning BHS Concert Choir. The group has been performing in this festival each year since the 1980s, when former Choral Director Penny Knight began the tradition. This year, Harmonics performed two numbers from their 2019 set, Motown, Soultown, including: Shop Around and Signed, Sealed, Delivered. Numerous Brockton students were hand-picked for front row spots in the group production numbers. Jade Etienne ‘19, was selected from over 300 student performers at the festival, to sing the solo in Aretha Franklin’s hit “Respect.”
The Brockton High School Concert Choir has been selected as a Semi-Finalist in the American Prize for Choral Performance: Youth and School Division 2018-2019. Finalists and winners will be announced in the coming months. Winners will receive cash prizes, professional adjudication, and national recognition.
Kindness, Acceptance, and Compassion
The Ashfield Allies is an elective group of students at the Ashfield Middle School who model kindness, acceptance and compassion. The students promote acceptance of all, no matter what race, religion, sexual orientation or gender the students identify as and their project to support the homeless in Brockton was their own idea as a way to give back to the community.
The Allies organized and ran a car wash for school staff to raise money so they could purchase supplies to create bags of needed items to give to the homeless. They have filled 11 bags already and more will be filled and ready to distribute soon. The Allies will also be using funds raised to purchase fleece to make blankets to hand out with the bags. Special thanks to their advisor, Mrs. Erickson, for helping these kind-hearted students do great things for the city and their school!
Educational Tour to Cabo-Verde (April 11-20, 2019) with Bridgewater State University
Bilingual Department Director Kellie Jones, along with Professor David Almeida from Bridgewater State University, will lead a group of 10 staff of the Brockton Public Schools on a week-long tour of Cabo Verde from April 11-20. The itinerary includes visiting the Islands of Santiago and Fogo, and visiting the University of Cabo Verde, elementary and secondary schools, meeting with politicians, and learning about the culture and educational system. Participants will bring back this knowledge to their schools and create a 30-minute presentation for their school buildings. Participants will also take an afternoon class on Cape Verdean language and culture. What a great opportunity for all.
George School Custodian and Crossing Guard Leroy Webster
Congratulations to George School Custodian and Crossing Guard Leroy Webster who was named an Exceptional Mentor at the recent Brockton’s Promise Mentor Recruitment Rally held by the Old Colony YMCA. Mr. Webster was nominated by a parent who said of him: “My 2 kids are students at the George School in Brockton where Mr. Webster is the Head Janitor and also serves as a Crossing Guard. The George School has over 1,000 students which makes drop off and pick up a chaotic scene. Mr. Webster's patience and big smile however, makes it a pleasant time especially in the morning. One time, he had taken the day off and so the next day I told him how much we missed seeing him and his response was, ‘I try to make it a point to bring my best self to work, I might be having a bad day but I know that everyone is stressed in the morning and it is important for the kids to start the day with a friendly face.’ His attitude was such an example to me and I appreciate how much effort he puts into making sure the students begin their day well since he is one of the first faces they see at school!”
SUPERINTENDENT'S RED APPLE AWARDS
Picture: Claire Appling, Tracy Politano, Kristen Noonan, Lisa Trochez, Julie Quill, Noreen Guiggio, Gloria Cho, Kaitlyn Fitzgerald, David Gault, Cheryll Leach, Kelly Silva, Kathy Norman, Brenda Marquis, Elizabeth Doyle, Pedro Reis, Maria Pina
Please join us in congratulating 16 outstanding recipients of the Superintendent’s Red Apple Awards for December who were the most recent group honored at a wonderful event at Brockton High School. These ceremonies are some of the most heartwarming events of the year and are an opportunity to say thank you to outstanding educators and staff who truly make a difference to students, families and colleagues. Special recognition went to Dr. Claire Appling for her many decades of service to the Brockton Public Schools and thanks to Coordinator of Elementary Literacy K-5 and Social Studies K-8, Dr. Julianne Andrade, and Parent Engagement Specialist, Jane Feroli, for their help, as always, in making each ceremony special. Nominations will soon be open for the next round of Red Apple Award winners to be announced in March.
SUPPORT CATHY JACKSON
National Life Group Life Changer of the Year
Brockton High School Special Education Team Chair Cathy Jackson has been nominated by a community member for her role in actively supporting and guiding students and families. Sponsored by the National Life Group Foundation, LifeChanger of the Year recognizes and rewards the very best K-12 educators and school district employees across the United States who are making a difference in the lives of students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence and leadership.
Winners are announced via surprise award ceremonies held at their schools. The grand prize finalists will also be honored at a national awards ceremony in April 2019 in Hawaii, where the Grand Prize Winner will be revealed.
Registration for the 2019-2020 School Year
Registration is open for any Brockton resident child born January 1 - August 31, 2014. Children born between September 1 - December 31, 2014 can attend the pre-school program. To improve the chances of your child being assigned to a school of your choice and to avoid long lines, please use the following schedule and apply during the earliest registration period based on the first initial of your last name. A-I: March 18 - March 30, 2019. J-Q: April 1 - April 12, 2019. R-Z: April 15 - April 26, 2019. Open Enrollment April 29 - May 17, 2019.
WANDA ALVES RETIRES
Wanda Alves, an Executive Assistant to Superintendent of Schools Kathleen Smith, retired after several decades in the Brockton Public Schools. We all wish Wanda the best in her newfound free time but knowing Wanda, there won’t be too much of that!
March 1, 2: Pre-School Registration
March 4: Dual Language Kindergarten Registration
March 5, 9: Kindergarten Registration
Read Across America
Black History Presentations
Frederick Douglass Academy
February 25 and February 26