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Governor Patrick Declares October Principals Month

Governor Patrick Declares October Principals Month

The announcement coincides with the designation of October 2014 as National Principals Month by a U.S. House of Representatives resolution. Schools and parents can find ideas for celebrating Principals Month on our web site
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Registration for 3rd & 4th Graders

Registration for 3rd & 4th Graders

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR ALL STUDENTS IN GRADES 3 and 4.
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FBE's 14th Annual Youth Spelling Bee

FBE's 14th Annual Youth Spelling Bee

SAVE THE DATE! FBE's 14th Annual Youth Spelling Bee on SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2014. Belmont High School 3:00-8:00 p.m.
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2014-15 Free or Reduced Meals Application

2014-15 Free or Reduced Meals Application

A new free and reduced meal application must be completed each school year as income requirements change. Please send completed applications to Belmont High School with attention to Dustin O'Brien.
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Massachusetts Teacher of the Year

Massachusetts Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Belmont High School Social Studies teacher Dr. Jeff Shea for being selected as the Massachusetts Teacher of the Year. 
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U. S. News & World Report once again ranks Belmont High School among the top ten high schools in Massachusetts.
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Belmont Public Schools News

School Committee Curriculum & Instruction Subcommittee Meeting - September 29, 2014
School Committee Curriculum & Instruction Subcommittee Meeting - September 29, 2014
posted by Cathy Grant Cathy Grant on Sep 19, 2014

School Committee Meeting - September 23, 2014
School Committee Meeting - September 23, 2014
posted by Cathy Grant Cathy Grant on Sep 19, 2014

School Committee Finance Subcommittee Meeting - September 23, 2014
School Committee Finance Subcommittee Meeting - September 23, 2014
posted by Cathy Grant Cathy Grant on Sep 18, 2014

Governor Patrick Declares October Principals Month
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Senator Will Brownsberger of Belmont attended the annual fall convocation of the Massachusetts Secondary School Administrators’ Association (MSSAA) on Tuesday, September 16 to present Governor Deval Patrick’s proclamation declaring October to be Principals Month in Massachusetts. The announcement coincides with the designation of October 2014 as National Principals Month by a U.S. House of Representatives resolution. [read more →]
posted by BPS Web Manager BPS Web Manager on Sep 16, 2014

METCO: Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE)
Dear METCO Parent of Sixth, Eighth and Ninth Graders:The Independent School Entrance Examination [read more →]
posted by BPS Web Manager BPS Web Manager on Sep 16, 2014

METCO Transportation Policies & Procedures and the Annual Contract
METCO Parents, Attached please find the Transportation Contract, Transportation Policies and [read more →]
posted by BPS Web Manager BPS Web Manager on Sep 16, 2014

FBE Spelling Bee (Grades K-6) - Save the Date - November 1st
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SAVE THE DATE! FBE's 14th Annual Youth Spelling Bee on SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2014. Belmont High School 3:00-8:00 p.m. Details and registration materials will be sent out on October 6th [read more →]
posted by BPS Web Manager BPS Web Manager on Sep 12, 2014

Instrumental Music: 3rd and 4th grades
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INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR ALL STUDENTS IN GRADES 3 and 4Instrument Demonstrations [read more →]
posted by BPS Web Manager BPS Web Manager on Sep 08, 2014

BHS: Working to Build Marauder Spirit
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Belmont High School’s new pillaging pirate-head Marauder mascot could be seen everywhere throughout [read more →]
posted by BPS Web Manager BPS Web Manager on Sep 03, 2014

School Bus Routes 2014-2015
The Belmont Public Schools Business Office provides the following Bus Route Schedules for the 2014-2015 school year. [read more →]
posted by BPS Web Manager BPS Web Manager on Sep 02, 2014

METCO News. High School Student meeting and School Bus Routes
METCO High School Students meeting. Join us for the METCO High School students meeting on Wednesday, [read more →]
posted by BPS Web Manager BPS Web Manager on Sep 02, 2014

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Superintendent's Message


Great Start to School Year

John Phelan, Superintendent of Schools

Dear Parent/ Guardians and Staff:

Whether you are a parent, a student, or a faculty member, I hope the start of the 2014/15 school year went well last week.  I am glad to see our teachers and students fill the schools and bring the energy of a new school year to the town. During the first week of school I was able to feel that energy first hand as I walked to school with a few Wellington families, greeted students with Principal Richards at the high school, and visited classrooms at the Chenery. The Burbank, Butler and Winn Brook Schools were great to see in action as well. It was a busy two days for everyone and it was great to get to every school and meet teachers, students, and families.

The academic year is up and running and the routines of our work in the classrooms and district-wide are being established.  From a school perspective that means teachers are communicating expectations to their students daily, that administration is preparing professional development with teachers, and Back to School Nights with our parents/guardians are scheduled and communicated. 

From the Central Office view it means commencing the School Committee meeting calendar.  The first School Committee Meeting takes place Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at the Chenery Middle School Community Room at 7:30 pm.  As your new Superintendent I will be presenting an outline of the work plan that we have in place to guide us through the 2014-15 school year.

The school year will get busy quite quickly with meetings, events and athletic competitions at your schools, please see the calendar for the remainder of the month for your reference.

Good News Stories in Belmont Public Schools:

Good news in our Business Office

As each school year begins, the work and focus of the Belmont Schools administration and staff is to make sure the buildings are clean, the teachers have what they need and the buses are ready to get our students to and from school safely. There are many people to thank for this work each August from custodians to administrators and our administrative assistants – all of whom work year round. 

There are many people to thank in our schools but one person I would like to recognize is Donna Pini who works in our business office and also is responsible for our transportation services. Donna began her employment with the Belmont Public Schools on June 21, 1989 as a Financial Clerk.  In June of 1990, the secretary in the Business Office retired and Donna took over that position.  She started handling the transportation for the school district as part of her duties in this new position. I appreciate Donna’s hard work, commitment to her work and our community.

Good news in our cafeterias!

It was great to see the new school lunch menu include a new look in our cafeterias this year.  Food Service Director Dustin O’Brien has partnered with Belmont Acres to bring fresh and local produce to our students.

Michael Cole of BHS enjoys our first installment of “EAT LOCAL” with TOMATOES sourced from Belmont Acres. Big thanks to Mike Chase of Belmont Acres for this ongoing initiative.

Enjoy our spin on a Taco Salad (Tortilla Crisps, Beef, Shredded Cheese, Local Tomatoes, Chopped Cilantro and Jalapenos) with FRESH LOCAL TOMATOES!!! Look out for locally grown produce in the coming months on our menu: www.belmont.k12.ma.us/bps/bhs/News-Events-Schedules/Lunch-Menu

Michael Cole

Update: Friday, September 12, 2014 – Chenery Incident and Bus Delays

I appreciate the patience of each staff person, parent, and student during this past Friday’s (9/12/14) bus delays.  As you may know there was a small fire restricted to a trash can in one of the Chenery bathrooms.  A student notified our staff who quickly alerted the Fire Department.  I am thankful to the Chenery staff and students and the Belmont Fire Department who just days before held a fire drill and were prepared in their response.  I would like to thank the Chenery staff for their thorough and professional handling this incident and thank our elementary staff, parents, and students for being patient while awaiting their bus ride home on Friday.  The incident is under investigation and there was no substantial damage to the bathroom.

September Events 

DATE EVENT
September 15, 2014 Meet & Greet with Superintendent
School Administration Building
  FBE Board Meeting
Wellington Community Room – 7:30 pm
September 16, 2014 School Committee Meeting
CMS Large Community Room – 7:30 pm
September 17, 2014 Early Release: Elementary, Middle School, High School
  BHS Back to School Night – 6:30 pm
September 18, 2014  BHS Speaker Series 
Auditorium – 6:00 pm
  CMS Lower School Back to School Night – 7:00 pm
September 19, 2014 BHS Speaker Series
Auditorium – 8:30 am
September 22, 2014 Burbank Back to School Night – 7:00 pm
September 23, 2014 BHS World Career Night 
Cafeteria – 6:00 pm

School Committee
CMS Large Community Room – 7:30 pm
September 29, 2014  Wellington PTO Meeting – 6:00 pm
Burbank PTO Meeting – 7:00 pm
September 30, 2014 Butler Back to School Night – 7:00 pm

John P. Phelan, Superintendent of Schools submitted 7 days ago

John P. Phelan
Belmont Public Schools Superintendent

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