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Andrew Bott Named Next Principal of Lincoln School

Tuesday, 15 April 2014 11:17

The Public Schools of Brookline is pleased to announce that Andrew Bott has been named Principal of the Lincoln School, effective July 1, 2014Mr. Bott currently serves as Principal of the Orchard Gardens (K-8) School in Roxbury, and brings 12 years of experience as a school principal to his new role in Brookline.   

As Principal of Orchard Gardens, Andrew spearheaded the development of a rigorous K-8 arts program that includes music, visual arts, dance, theater and library/media arts.  In 2012, Orchard Gardens was one of eight schools nationwide selected for the Turnaround Arts Initiative by President Obama’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities.

Mr. Bott’s leadership in curriculum, professional development and the use of data has led to improved outcomes for students.  More specifically, working closely with the school’s instructional leadership team, he developed and implemented programs to significantly improve student skills, such as the Literacy Collaborative and Readers and Writers workshop.  During his tenure at Orchard Gardens, Andrew led the school’s successful turnaround from a level 4 school in 2010 to a level 1 school in 2013.  

Prior to leading Orchard Gardens, Mr. Bott served as Principal of William Barton Rogers Middle School in Hyde Park from 2006-2010 and the Mather Elementary School in Dorchester from 2002-2006.  He also served as Assistant Principal at the Charles Sumner School in Roslindale from 2000-2002 and a 5th and 6th grade Spanish bilingual teacher in the Houston Independent School District from 1996-1999.  

Andrew holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from Rice University and a Masters of Education in Administration, Planning and Social Policy from Harvard University. 

We are very pleased that Andrew Bott will be joining our Leadership Team in Brookline and look forward to his leadership at Lincoln School.


Local Artist Donates Sculpture to Lawrence School

Monday, 14 April 2014 15:23

The Lawrence School community recently recognized the donation of a sculpture entitled "Sun Stone" created by local artist Murray Dewart.   Mr. Dewart, a retired art teacher in the Public Schools of Brookline, lives in the Lawrence neighborhood and his children attended school there.  The granite from the sculpture was taken from a courthouse column found in the Tobin River.  An identical companion piece has been installed in Barre, Vermont.  The work was installed near the front of the school during the summer of 2013.  At the artist's request, students in grades 6-8 studied the sculpture and suggested titles.  The artist selected “Sun Stone,” nominated by sixth grader Natalie Bergin.  Mr. Dewart was celebrated and presented with a plaque with the name during the annual Lawrence Art Show on April 10, 2014.

Pictured below: Natalie Bergin and Murray Dewart with “Sun Stone”

Sun Stone Sculpture Resized


Superintendent's Report for April 10, 2014

Friday, 11 April 2014 14:00

The Superintendent's Report to the School Committee for April 10, 2014 is available here.  This report includes an update on the Lincoln Principal search and the recent announcement of a new Vice Principal for the Lawrence School.  


Superintendent's Report for March 27, 2014

Friday, 28 March 2014 10:08

The Superintendent's Report to the School Committee for March 27, 2014 is available here.  This report includes student and staff recognition as well as updates on the PARCC asessment field test and an upcoming Coordinated Program Review.  


K-12 Coordinator of Performing Arts

Thursday, 20 March 2014 10:04

It is my pleasure to announce Kenny Kozol as the K-12 Coordinator of Performing Arts.  As you may know, Kenny has been serving as the Interim Coordinator since September 2013.  In this short time, Kenny has established himself as a visionary leader who is passionate about the role of the Performing Arts in every student's school experience.

Since 2006, Kenny has worked as a Spanish teacher at Brookline High School.  Prior to working in the Public Schools of Brookline, Kenny was the Director of Music at The Children's Storefront Pre-K to 8th Grade Elementary School in Harlem, NY from 1999 to 2006.  From 2003 to 2006, Kenny was a Teaching Artist for the 92nd Street Y in New York City, teaching music and writing curricula.  Kenny has also maintained an active professional performing career, leading concerts and educational workshops for students and teachers at the Shalin Liu Performance Center, Merkin Concert Hall and Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, and regularly runs workshops on music and culture for Primary Source, Rockport Chamber Music Festival, and other organizations.

Kenny has a Bachelor of Music and Spanish/Latin American Studies from Bard College and a Masters in Music Education from Columbia University.  He recently completed a second Masters in Educational Leadership at Simmons College as a Dean's Fellow.

We are very excited about the curriculum work Kenny has initiated and we look forward to his contributions as a member of our administrative team.  Please join me in congratulating Kenny Kozol on his "new" role as K-12 Performing Arts Coordinator.




Superintendent Report for March 13, 2014

Friday, 14 March 2014 15:01

The Superintendent's Report to the School Committee for March 13, 2014 is available here.  This report includes an update on the search process for the next Lincoln School Principal, the schedule for the FY2015 school budget forums and student achievements in the performing arts.  




FY2015 School Budget Forums

Thursday, 13 March 2014 11:13

Peter Rowe (Deputy Superintendent for Administration and Finance) and I are pleased to announce that we will hold open forums to discuss the FY2015 School Budget on Thursday, March 20, 2014 and Wednesday, March 26, 2014.  All are welcome to attend.  

Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 8:15 a.m.

Devotion School Auditorium
345 Harvard Street

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 8:15 a.m.

Brookline Senior Center
93 Winchester Street, Room 103



Short-Term Elementary Space Plan/Capital Subcommittee Public Hearing

Tuesday, 04 March 2014 22:03

I recently sent a letter to all Brookline parents and guardians regarding the upcoming Capital Subcommittee Public Hearing and the short-term elementary space plan.  You can read this letter here.  The Capital Subcommittee is scheduled for this Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. in the Walsh School Committee Room (5th Floor, Town Hall.) 


Superintendent's Report for February 27, 2014

Thursday, 27 February 2014 22:38

The Superintendent's Report to the School Committee for February 27, 2014 is available here.  This report includes BHS sports highlights from the winter tournaments and upcoming Superintendent's Forums. 


Superintendent's Budget Message

Tuesday, 11 February 2014 22:21

I am pleased to share the FY2015 Superintendent's Budget Message, which was presented to the School Committee on Tuesday, February 11, 2014.  A copy of the slides used at that presentation is available here.  We will provide an update to this message, as well as the full budget proposal, at the March 13th School Committee meeting.


Superintendent Report for February 11, 2014

Tuesday, 11 February 2014 21:53

The Superintendent's Report to the School Committee for February 11, 2014 is available here.  This report includes the recent announcement that Monica Crowley, Vice Principal at Lawrence School, was named Principal of the Old Lincoln School, effective July 1, 2014.   


Principal Named for Old Lincoln School

Tuesday, 11 February 2014 14:29

I am pleased to announce that Monica Crowley, Vice Principal of the Lawrence School, has been named Principal for the Old Lincoln School (OLS), effective July 1, 2014.  Monica joined the Public Schools of Brookline in 2008 and has 18 years of experience teaching at the middle school level.  As Lawrence Vice Principal, Monica works closely with Principal Rick Rogers in several aspects of school leadership, including working with an active PTO and developing school improvement plans with the School Council.  

Monica's leadership, commitment and experience make her a logical choice to lead the OLS for the next four years.  I have every confidence that she will be an exceptional Principal and work closely with staff to create a community for her students.  You can read more about Monica and her new position as OLS Principal here.  


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