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Thank a Teacher during the Holiday Season

Thank a Teacher during the Holiday Season

Looking for a way to thank a teacher or friend during the holiday season? How about a STAR or Friend Award? Order your STAR or Friend Awards by December 12 to ensure delivery before schools close for the winter break.
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Burbank School Multicultural Fair - a fun night of sharing and learning!

Burbank School Multicultural Fair - a fun night of sharing and learning!

Several impressive cultural performances and exhibits were displayed at the Multicultural Fair, ranging from a Chinese song by second grade students to African music from Haiti and Ghana presented by the Yanvalou Drum and Dance Ensemble.
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Butler Fun Run exceeds fundraising goals with superhero help

Butler Fun Run exceeds fundraising goals with superhero help


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Belmont Idol 2015

Belmont Idol 2015

Save the Date for Belmont Idol 2015 - THURSDAY, JANUARY 15th , 2015.
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Belmont – Level One District

Belmont – Level One District

The Belmont Public Schools has earned the designation of a Level One District by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
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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 Meeting - December 2, 2014
School Committee Meeting - December 2, 2014
posted by Cathy Grant Cathy Grant on Nov 26, 2014

Turn on the Town – Belmont Food Pantry Drive
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Double the Impact of Your Holiday Giving! Participate in the Turn on the Town Belmont Food Pantry Drive & Support the Foundation for Belmont Education. Hammond Residential is sponsoring the annual Belmont Food Pantry Drive at Turn on the Town on December 4thand at their office from December 1st through December 5th. [read more →]
posted by BPS Web Manager BPS Web Manager on Nov 26, 2014

Thanksgiving Recess
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Today is an Early Release Day for our students and staff. The weather folks are predicting a rainy and rough ride this afternoon so we ask that you give a little extra time to get to school safely for pick up at dismissal. Your patience and safe driving is appreciated. [read more →]
posted by BPS Web Manager BPS Web Manager on Nov 26, 2014

School Committee Finance Subcommittee Meeting - December 2, 2014
School Committee Finance Subcommittee Meeting - December 2, 2014
posted by Cathy Grant Cathy Grant on Nov 25, 2014

BHS MMEA Senior District Results
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We are proud to announce that sixty-six students from Belmont High School were accepted to perform in the 2015 Senior District Festival based on the strength of their auditions. This is the highest number of accepted students from BHS in recent memory. Furthermore, thirty-two of these students achieved audition scores high enough to earn an All-State recommendation, which gives them the opportunity to audition for the state-wide festival later this winter. [read more →]
posted by BPS Web Manager BPS Web Manager on Nov 25, 2014

Countries and Cultures Celebrated at Burbank Multicultural Fair
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Students and families visited over 15 countries on November 21 without ever needing a ride to the airport at the well attended Multicultural Fair at Burbank School, organized by the Burbank PTA. [read more →]
posted by BPS Web Manager BPS Web Manager on Nov 25, 2014

Announcing the First Annual POMS Holly Jolly Trolley Tour
On Saturday, December 13th, beginning at 4:30 PM, beautifully decorated trolleys will wend their way through Belmont, as small ensembles of high school singers and musicians lead passengers in holiday, musical fun. [read more →]
posted by BPS Web Manager BPS Web Manager on Nov 24, 2014

Basic Rights in Special Education: A workshop for parents & professionals
Please join the Belmont Special Education Advisory Council for our next Parent Info Session. Wednesday 12/3/14, Burbank Elementary, 266 School Street. All are welcome!! [read more →]
posted by BPS Web Manager BPS Web Manager on Nov 21, 2014

Thank a Teacher during the Holiday Season
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Please order your STAR or Friend Awards by December 12 to ensure delivery before schools close for the winter break. [read more →]
posted by BPS Web Manager BPS Web Manager on Nov 20, 2014

E-Books now available at CMS!
Through the generous support of the Foundation for Belmont Education, we now have a core (and growing) collection of fiction and nonfiction titles available in electronic format accessible through our online book catalog DESTINY. [read more →]
posted by BPS Web Manager BPS Web Manager on Nov 20, 2014

FBE and Subaru - Making a Difference in the Belmont Public Schools
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Under this program, consumers who purchase or lease a new vehicle between November 20th and January 2nd can select the Foundation for Belmont Education as their charity of choice, and Subaru will donate $250 to the FBE in support of educational excellence in Belmont’s public schools. [read more →]
posted by BPS Web Manager BPS Web Manager on Nov 19, 2014

New School Committee Member
Thomas Caputo is named as the new sixth member of the Belmont School Committee. He was chosen on Monday, November 17 by the Board of Selectmen and the School Committee. He was selected from eight candidates who applied for the position. [read more →]
posted by BPS Web Manager BPS Web Manager on Nov 19, 2014

METCO: High School Parent Meeting Re-scheduled
The METCO High School Parent Meeting rescheduled from November 20, 2014 to April 7th, 2015. Dan Richards, BHS Principal, is our speaker for the evening. [read more →]
posted by BPS Web Manager BPS Web Manager on Nov 18, 2014

METCO: Academic Support
A Tutor has been hired to work with students in the METCO Academic Support Center beginning Tuesday, [read more →]
posted by BPS Web Manager BPS Web Manager on Oct 21, 2014

Belmont – Level One District
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There is good news for the Belmont Public Schools and the Town. The Belmont Public Schools has earned the designation of a Level One District by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This distinction is only held by a few school districts in our state. [read more →]
posted by BPS Web Manager BPS Web Manager on Oct 03, 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

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Superintendent's Message


November 21 Newsletter

John Phelan, Superintendent of Schools

It was my pleasure to recently be part of and speak to several PTO/PTA meetings.  What a wonderful crowd of dedicated parents we have in Belmont, who do such great work and are so important to our schools.  I look forward to continuing to meet with these groups during the school year. 

Quote of the Month: "The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled."

Plutarch

SCHOOL COMMITTEE

The School Committee presented an Enrollment/Class Size Update at the meeting on November 18.  The presentation showed an increase of 317 students from October 2009 to October 2014, with the last three years showing the most significant increases.  We continue to examine this issue as we sustain the excellent quality of education in the Belmont Public Schools.

Because of a continued rise in our enrollment, Town Meeting funded a study of our space availability using the architectural firm, Symmes Maini & McKee Associates.  The staff there has reviewed the building documents, enrollment data and interviewed members of the Leadership Council for feedback, and will submit a report in the next few weeks.

You can view the power point presentation from the School Committee here.

TEACHING AND LEARNING

This spring Belmont students in grades three through eight will be taking a different state assessment called the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC).  We are one of 197 districts in the state that has opted to administer this test instead of the MCAS in the spring of 2015.  The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education will decide in November 2015 whether to adopt this assessment statewide.

We opted to take this new assessment to learn how well our new curriculum is helping students learn in ways that we believe will prepare them for Post-secondary education and employment after high school.  Please see the website of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to view a chart that provides information on the content and skills measured in each subject and additional information.

GOOD NEWS

Congratulations:

  • Twelfth Night with a folk-rock band in a modern setting?  The Belmont High School Performing Arts Company gave the audience members an inventive new spin of the Shakespearean classic that played to enthusiastic audiences over three nights.  Good work by the students and Ezra Flam, director of the high school theatre program.
  • The Masquerade concert was a great success.  The auditorium was packed with families and students of all ages enjoying outstanding performances by the High School Wind Ensemble, directed by Arto Assadorian and the Concert Orchestra, directed by Margot Reavey.

Belmont High School Fall Sports Roundup:

Belmont High School had a great fall athletic season!  Congratulations to all the students and coaches.  Here is what happened from James Davis, Director of Athletics:

  • Girls Swimming & Diving are the MIAA Div 2 State Runner Up.
  • BHS Class of 2016 Jessie Blake-West of the BHS Girls Swimming & Diving team won two individual events and was a member of the 1st place relay team at the Div 2 State Championship meet November 16.  She is a Div 2 State Champion in the Girls 200 Yard individual Medley, a Div 2 State Champion in the 100 Yard Butterfly setting a new meet record, and she is a member of the  Div 2 State Champion 200 Yard Medley relay team along with Emily Quinn, Alison Sawyer, & Klaudia Nagrabska.
  • Girls Swimming & Diving are the Middlesex League Champions.
  • Boys Soccer had a terrific season ending with a loss to Concord Carlisle 1-0 in the MIAA Div 2 North Semi Finals.  Final Record 15-4-2.
  • Girls Volleyball had a historically significant season ending in a loss to Arlington Catholic in the MIAA Div 2 North Quarter Finals 3-0.  Final Record 16-6 best record in the program history!
  • Girls Field Hockey ended their great season losing in overtime in the MIAA Div 1 Quarter Finals 1-0.  Final record 12-5-1.
  • Girls Soccer had a competitive season that ended in the First round of the MIAA Div 2 tournament to Wilmington 1-0.  Final record 8-6-5.
  • Girls Cross Country Placed 9th out of 21 teams in the MIAA Div 3 Meet.
  • Boys Cross Country Placed 19th out of 25 teams.
  • Football has won their last three games with wins over Medford, Salem & Boston Latin.  The last game is Thanksgiving Day against Watertown.
  • Cheerleaders did a great job at the Middlesex League Cheer Competition on Nov 5th.
  • Golf competed in the MIAA Div 2 North Tournament.

Dollars and Sense:

  • Belmont high school student leaders with help from fellow classmates built and ran the first ever haunted house on October 30 at the high school on the night of the Masquerade Concert.  They raised more than $1,000 for the Make a Wish Foundation, which grants the wish of a child with a life-threatening medical condition—well done!
  • Way to go Butler School!  On November 7 the Butler PTA held a Fun Run, a new fundraiser to raise money for student field trips, visiting presentations and assemblies.  The Fun Run had all grades (and any parents who wanted to join) running and/or walking a course set up on the school grounds by physical education teacher, Ted Trodden.  The PTA exceeded the goal of $10,000, which meant Principal Michael McAllister made good on his agreement to run along every grade in a superhero costume.  Custodian Robert Johnson held out for a $12,000 goal before he donned a Captain America costume.  The successful event raised more than $20,000, with corporate sponsors donating almost $3,000.

Making a Difference:

  • Wellington kicked-off a community service project called “Go Blue”, like last year’s “Go Green” except with a focus on the ocean.  This is a year-long pollution awareness-building project that helps students understand how pollution every day impacts the ocean and our environment.  Recently the fourth graders went to the Belmont High School grounds to be “Trash Hunters”, and Principal Amy Spangler tells us Wellington students were happy to collect water bottles, wrappers and other trash that could have ended up in our water supply or the ocean.  Principal Spangler says one student said, “We get to be part of the solution, not part of the pollution!”  Thanks fourth graders for your continued efforts in the fight against pollution.
  • Belmont High School had a morning presentation on Tuesday, November 4 with youth speaker Ed Gerety, who addressed the entire junior class with what Principal Dan Richards says was a message of kindness, consideration and responsibility.  The program presented is called “Making Your Mark”, in which Mr. Gerety focused on important issues such as the power and respect of responsibility; the impact and consequences of our choices and decisions; the issues of bullying, peer pressure, drugs, alcohol and tobacco; the courage to believe in oneself; appreciation for our abilities and the people in our life.  This was sent out to students and parents, and more can be found on Mr. Gerety’s website: http://edgerety.com/.

Dig This:

Six grade Social Studies students experienced life as an archeologist as they participated in a mock dig on the grounds of the Chenery Middle School.  They used scientific techniques archaeologists use as they excavated the site.  Then in the post-dig lab the students interpreted the artifacts they unearthed in the field.  This helped them understand the importance of artifacts as they begin their study of ancient world cultures.  This was possible thanks to funding from the Foundation for Belmont Education and the Chenery PTO.

STAFF SPOTLIGHT

  • After several months in development, the newly-designed Belmont High School website debuted.  The new site has a new look, is easy to navigate, and has become a communication tool with new social media options.  It not only looks good, but makes it easier for students and parents to get the information they need.  Thank you to Natasha Bochkov of the Technology Department, Principal Dan Richards, and the high school staff for their hard work in making this a reality.  We invite you to see the new site here.
  • Veterans of all ages and branches of service were honored by Belmont Public Schools at services beginning at the Chenery with the wind ensemble led by John McLellan and Sharon Phipps, and the chamber singers led by Christine Servillio.  Kate Hayashi led the fourth graders at Winn Brook School in several patriotic songs, and the second graders made a banner decorated with handmade flags with art teacher Emily Reed.  Butler School had a rousing performance from the chorus led by Roseanne Mili.  Thank you to all the staff and schools for an outstanding job and for making the day so memorable in honoring veterans past and present for their service to our country.

OF NOTE

  • Belmont After School Enrichment Collaborative (BASEC) is hosting a series of parent workshops, funding provided by Belmont Savings Banks.  This month, Paula Lazar, LCSW at Chenery Middle School, will talk about childhood anxiety disorders—what anxiety may look like in your child and different strategies to try to calm it.  See calendar for more.
  • Belmont Cooperative Nursery school and Belmont Health Collaborative are presenting psychologist Dr. Lawrence Cohen, in a free discussion for caregivers around the impact of death and major losses children of all ages may experience.  Dr. Cohen will focus the discussion on how to talk with children about loss and how to handle our own strong emotions at that time (RSVP requested).  See calendar for more.
  • The Belmont Special Education Advisory Council (BSEAC) will hold a parent information session entitled, “Basic Rights in Special Education:  A workshop for parents & professionals.”  At 6:30 p.m. there is an informal parent mingle with a presentation at 7:00 p.m. followed by a Q&A.  See calendar for more. 

CALENDAR

Due to the Thanksgiving recess, below are events for November and the first week of December as well:

DATE

TIME/PLACE

EVENT

November 21, 2014

6:00 p.m-8:00 p.m./Burbank Gym

Burbank Multicultural Fair

November 24, 2014

6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m./Chenery Auditorium

Managing Childhood and Adolescent Anxiety at School and Home

November 24, 2014

7:00 p.m.-8:45 p.m./St. Joseph Parish, 130 Common Street, Belmont

Grief and Loss in Childhood

November 24, 2014 (snow date 11/25)

7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m./BHS Auditorium

String-a-Rama

November 26, 2014

Early Release for all schools

Thanksgiving break early release

November 27-28, 2014

No schools in session

Thanksgiving recess

November 27, 2014

10:15 a.m.

BHS Boys Varsity Football home game with performance by the BHS Marching Band

December 2, 2014

7:30 p.m. /Chenery Large Community Room

School Committee Meeting

December 3, 2014

5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m./Book Fair in Lobby, Game Night in Winn BrookCafeteria

Game Night and Book Fair

December 3, 2014

6:30 p.m.-8:45 p.m./Burbank Cafeteria

BSEAC Basic Rights in Special Education

December 5, 2015

12:00 p.m -6:00 p.m./Burbank Gym

Burbank Book Fair


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John P. Phelan
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