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BHS Performing Arts Company Spring Musical

BHS Performing Arts Company Spring Musical

BHS Performing Arts Company Spring Musical "ANYTHING GOES" MARCH 26 & 27 at 7:00pm, MARCH 28 at 1:30pm and 7:00pm, Belmont High School Theater. Tickets Available Online and at Champions Sporting Goods. More information and online tickets:
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FY16 Budget Presentation & Materials

FY16 Budget Presentation & Materials

Please follow the link to see updated budget documents:
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Belmont School News Comes Right to Your Home

Belmont School News Comes Right to Your Home

Belmont school news will be available in your living room or online beginning March 7 with a new television show called “Belmont Schools Now” hosted by Superintendent John Phelan and brought to you by Belmont Media Center (BMC).
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The Wellington PTO recently hosted its annual Multicultural Night

The Wellington PTO recently hosted its annual Multicultural Night


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Towers built out of paper cups, music played out of PVC pipes, and marbled bookmarks using shaving cream are just some of the creations found at Create-a-Thon 2015 at the Winn Brook School, sponsored by the PTA. All the items from these creative minds were built from recycled materials. Here are some pictures of the students at work.
WGBH High School Quiz Show Update!

WGBH High School Quiz Show Update!

We are kept in suspense as BHS students advance to the quarter finals in the WGBH High School Quiz Show. No studio audience needed, but you can cheer for them from your home during the airing of the next episode on Saturday, April 11 at 6:00 p.m. See more information and video of the Belmont High School Students on the WGBH website.
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Belmont High School Students Wear Pajamas for Donations

Belmont High School Students Wear Pajamas for Donations

Staff and teachers joined the students in their PJs on February 13 in exchange for a donation of new pajamas in sizes newborn to 18 or a monetary donation for Cradles to Crayons, a non-profit organization located in Brighton and Philadelphia.
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Education Week Ranks Massachusetts First in Nation

Education Week Ranks Massachusetts First in Nation

Education Week has given Massachusetts the highest overall state grade in the publication’s annual Quality Counts report. The grade takes into consideration a wide range of indicators, including family income, student achievement and education spending.
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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

Belmont Named Best Community for Music Education
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This week we learned that Belmont has once again been named one of the Best Communities for Music Education by the NAMM Foundation (National Association of Music Merchants). Communities are selected for this honor based on the level of comprehensive music education offered to students at all grade levels, the willingness of the school district devote instructional time and resources to music education, and the community’s commitment to providing their children with a well-rounded educational experience in our schools. [read more →]
posted by BPS Web Manager on Mar 27, 2015

Belmont Announces Smart911 Service for Enhanced Emergency Response
Smart911 is a national service that allows citizens to create a free Safety Profile for their household that includes any information they want 9-1-1 and first responders to have in the event of an emergency. [read more →]
posted by BPS Web Manager on Mar 27, 2015

School Committee Finance Subcommittee Meeting - March 31, 2015
School Committee Finance Subcommittee Meeting - March 31, 2015
posted by Cathy Grant on Mar 26, 2015

FBE's Spring Dinner is a Big Success; Online Auction Updates
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Thank you to the entire Belmont community for supporting the Foundation for Belmont Education Annual Spring Dinner on Saturday night. A great time was had by all! Don’t forget, there’s still time to join in the fun and support the work of the FBE during our Online Auction. [read more →]
posted by BPS Web Manager on Mar 24, 2015

Register for Belmont Summer Enrichment Program 2015
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Belmont Summer Enrichment classes are a blend of academics and social skill development. Classes are led by enthusiastic and experienced educators. Enrichment classes ease transitions from school to summer and back to school for all learners.Register for classes today! [read more →]
posted by BPS Web Manager on Mar 18, 2015

School Committee Policy and Procedure Subcommittee Meeting - April 1, 2015
School Committee Policy and Procedure Subcommittee Meeting - April 1, 2015
posted by Cathy Grant on Mar 17, 2015

Belmont School News Comes Right to Your Home
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Belmont school news will be available in your living room or online beginning March 7 with a new television show called “Belmont Schools Now” hosted by Superintendent John Phelan and brought to you by Belmont Media Center (BMC). The guest for the show premiere is Jamie Shea, the President of the Foundation for Belmont Education. VIEW OUR PREVIEW CLIP! [read more →]
posted by BPS Web Manager on Mar 09, 2015

School Committee Precinct Meeting - March 30, 2015
School Committee Precinct Meeting - March 30, 2015
posted by Cathy Grant on Mar 09, 2015

Wellington PTO Organized a Spectacular Multicultural Night!
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The Wellington PTO recently hosted its annual Multicultural Night. A long time tradition at the Wellington School, children with their parents, grandparents and guardians came out on a Friday to learn about artists around the world. [read more →]
posted by BPS Web Manager on Mar 06, 2015

Outstanding Teachers of the Year Awards 2015
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The Foundation for Belmont Education (FBE) is excited to announce the implementation of a teacher recognition program throughout the Belmont Public School (BPS) district. This program, sponsored by the Belmont Savings Bank Foundation, will recognize the extraordinary contributions made by our teachers in the Belmont Public Schools. Community members and high school students can submit nomination papers for a teacher who deserves this special recognition. [read more →]
posted by BPS Web Manager on Mar 04, 2015

One Hundred Days of School and Counting
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Belmont reached 100 days of school on February 23, and schools recognized the day with various activities. Winn Brook set a goal of collecting 100 food or toiletry items per class by this date, benefiting the Belmont Food Pantry. Parent volunteers helped transport the donations to the Pantry. The students counted their donations and made graphs illustrating the number of items in various categories. [read more →]
posted by BPS Web Manager on Mar 02, 2015

FY16 Budget Discussion Update
View the updated FY16 budget presented by Superintendent of Schools John Phelan to the Belmont [read more →]
posted by Steve Mazzola on Feb 25, 2015

Boston Globe Scholastic Art Awards Results
The Results for the Boston Globe Scholastic Art Awards are in. The Scholastic Art Awards are the nation's longest-running, largest, most prestigious recognition program for creative teenagers in the visual and literary arts. Work is judged on originality, technical skill, and emergence of a personal voice or vision. The judges had a very difficult time with having to choose winners from over 17,000 entries. [read more →]
posted by BPS Web Manager on Feb 10, 2015

Junior Districts and All-State Festival
The All-State Festival honors the highest achieving high-school musicians in the state and invites them to perform in the All-State band, chorus orchestra and jazz ensemble. During the three-day festival at Boston’s Seaport convention center, these students are engaged in intense rehearsals with nationally renowned directors. This year, ten students from Belmont High School were selected to perform in the festival. [read more →]
posted by BPS Web Manager on Feb 10, 2015

Belmont to Offer Kindergarten Information Nights And Registration
Kindergarten Parent Information Night: A general information and orientation program for all parents of incoming kindergarten students is scheduled, as follows. Each elementary school will host its own program at each school. [read more →]
posted by BPS Web Manager on Jan 29, 2015

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March 27 Newsletter

John Phelan, Superintendent of Schools

We made it to the first day of spring, and Boston beat the snow record with 108.6 inches of snow when 2.9 inches fell on March 15.  Boston beat the record by one more inch than the previous record set in 1995-96 and was declared by the National Weather Service to be the snowiest winter in Boston since snowfalls were recorded beginning in 1872.  Let's hope Mother Nature is satisfied with that and doesn't want to beat the record again next year.  It was a busy winter of school events, and the beginning of spring promises to be just as full.

Quote of the Month:  “Wisdom.... comes not from age, but from education and learning.” 
― Anton Chekhov

SCHOOL COMMITTEE

The School Committee recommended and voted to change the school calendar to recognize and observe Yom Kippur beginning with the 2015-16 school year.  Another note on the calendar per School Committee policy is the start of school, which is Wednesday, September 2.  Given the late date Labor Day falls on, school will be in session Wednesday and Thursday with Friday off so families can enjoy the holiday weekend.

The Finance Committee continues to discuss the FY16 budget, going through the entire document line by line.   As you know we have submitted two budgets this year—the Available Revenue Budget and the Financial Task Force budget.  The last Budget Presentation before the April 7 Town Election and Override Vote is on March 30 at 7:00 p.m. at the Beech Street Center.  Please go to our website to view the presentation to see the impacts of both budgets.  As difficult as this budget season has been, the silver lining to the dark cloud is the engagement of the High School students and seeing them advocate for themselves and their school during this budget process.  They have learned how to be part of the democratic process, and we appreciate their involvement and effort to support their schools.

The School Committee voted to submit a Statement of Interest (SOI) to the Massachusetts School Building Authority to renovate Belmont High School.  The State will respond to our request by December of 2015.

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John P. Phelan
Belmont Public Schools Superintendent

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