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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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"Best Public Schools for your Buck"

According to the NerdWallet Ranking – "Best Public Schools for your Buck" – Belmont District is #2 in Massachusetts!
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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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2nd Annual Belmont Center Halloween Window Painting Contest

2nd Annual Belmont Center Halloween Window Painting Contest

Saturday, October 25th, 2014 from 9am to 3pm Open to kids in Grades 2-8. Rain date Sunday, October 26th 9am-3pm
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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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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 Finance Subcommittee Meeting - October 23, 2014
School Committee Finance Subcommittee Meeting - October 23, 2014
posted by Cathy Grant Cathy Grant on Oct 17, 2014

School Committee Meeting - October 21, 2014
School Committee Meeting - October 21, 2014
posted by Cathy Grant Cathy Grant on Oct 17, 2014

School Committee Vacancy
Earlier this month, Kevin Cunningham submitted his resignation from the Belmont School Committee, citing personal reasons. Mr. Cunningham’s resignation will become effective on November 15th, leaving a five-month vacancy on the School Committee. State law calls for public notice of any School Committee vacancy followed by an appointment to fill the position through a joint vote of a quorum of the Board of Selectmen and the remaining School Committee members. [read more →]
posted by BPS Web Manager BPS Web Manager on Oct 17, 2014

William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night
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William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. November 6, 7 & 8 at 7:00pm. Belmont High School Theater. Tickets: Adults: $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Students: $10 in advance & at the door. Free for BPS Staff & CMS 8th Grade Students. Tickets available online now and at Champions Sporting Goods in late October. [read more →]
posted by BPS Web Manager BPS Web Manager on Oct 09, 2014

Best School Districts for Your Buck in Massachusetts
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According to the NerdWallet Ranking – "Best Public Schools for your Buck" – Belmont District is #2 in Massachusetts! [read more →]
posted by BPS Web Manager BPS Web Manager on Oct 03, 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

2nd Annual Belmont Center Halloween Window Painting Contest
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Saturday, October 25th, 2014 from 9am to 3pmOpen to kids in Grades 2-8Rain date Sunday, October 26th [read more →]
posted by BPS Web Manager BPS Web Manager on Oct 02, 2014

BSEAC: Parent Info Session
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Listed below are our BSEAC October events.  The Parent Information Session and our monthly [read more →]
posted by BPS Web Manager BPS Web Manager on Sep 25, 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

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Superintendent's Message


School Committee Update

John Phelan, Superintendent of Schools

Dear Parents/Guardians and Staff –

The fall season is in full swing.  There is a tremendous amount of activity at every school in Belmont.  Good things are happening everywhere. Please take a few moments to catch up on our School Committee work, Good News Stories, a Teaching and Learning Update, and our Calendar of Events for October.

School Committee Update:

  • At our last meeting (10/7/14) there was a very productive set of presentations by the administration.  
  • Authentic Elementary Report Card Pilot - Our elementary team of Janet Carey, Jessica DeFrances, and Jaynene Dellitt-Young did a wonderful job outlining the new report card that we will be piloting this academic year.  This new report card represents a great deal of work on the part of our elementary teachers and administrators.  There is no better professional development for our teachers than talking about the standards and the strategies around assessment.  There is no better way to measure our children’s learning than by using an authentic, Belmont based, assessment.  Thanks to all who contributed.
  • Assistant Superintendent Darias presented the details of our recent Department of Elementary and Secondary Education designation as a Level One District.  As we stated earlier, this is a significant accomplishment.
  • Finally, we presented a brief but powerful power point on the subject of enrollment. 
    • This year continues to show an increase in the number of students who attend the Belmont Public Schools.  The district continues to grow at every grade level.  Currently 11 of our 13 grades are over 300 and several over 330 students.  
    • The final enrollment at this point is 4,222, which is 86 more students this year than last.  This is an increase of 317 over the last five school years.  A moving piece of data that shows how the increase in enrollment is moving up from the elementary schools is that our smallest “grade” of students is our last graduating class (class of 2014) and highest enrollment is our current kindergarten with 354 students. In the end the data shows the district continues to grow in numbers.  Please see the full presentation at the link below.
    • Please see the Belmont Public Schools website to view each presentation. The link is:       
       www.belmont.k12.ma.us/bps/School-Committee/Public-Documents 

Good News Stories

  • The Chenery Cross Country team is off to a great start in the 2014 season.  The 85 runners have been working hard and making great improvements.  Both the boys and girls teams have records of 2-2, with wins over Watertown and Mystic Valley Regional Charter.  On October 20th, 40 of our runners will travel to the Carlisle Invitational to compete against 20 other schools from around the area.  Our season will finish up with home meets against Oak Hill Middle School (10/23) and Bigelow Middle School (10/27).  A big Thank You to coaches Melissa Glotzbecker & Peter Tausek for all their time and effort.
  • Broadway Night at Belmont High (10/17 & 18) features BHS students performing numerous musical selections in a cabaret-style production. There will be 31 students performing 21 different acts, including many well-known favorites from American musical theater.  The students are working with the theater director and choreographer to produce a high-quality evening of entertainment.  Great work, in such a short amount of time, by our students and Ezra Flam the Producer/Director of the Belmont High School Performing Arts Company. 

Tickets will be available at the door.  

Attention staff - staff members get one free ticket!

Teaching and Learning 

  • Teachers and administrators are working hard this year in every area, including participating in various professional committees throughout the district.  The Evaluation Advisory Team is one that supports the work of the district as it relates to how teachers and administrators set goals, discuss good teaching, and evaluate performance.  Teachers and administrators are working together, in and out of the classroom, to enhance the teaching and learning process.  If you are wondering if our teachers are busy – the answer is yes.   We are fortunate to have such a dedicated and professional faculty.
  • Christine Trischitta, our Compliance Specialist, developed a system to place our data collection online and process thousands of student records annually without the need for manual input.  This saves incredible amounts of staff time and ensures accuracy. Thank you and well done to our Technology staff and especially Christine.

Calendar

DATE  EVENT
October 15, 2014 – 7:30 p.m. BHS PTO Meeting
October 16, 2014 – 2:30 p.m.
October 17, 2014 – 2:30 p.m.
Butler Book Fair
October 17th and 18th  Broadway Night @ Belmont High School
October 27, 2014 – 6:30 p.m. BASEC Parent Series Lecture:
The Journey to College:  Admissions & Financing
October 28, 2014 School Committee Meeting
October 30, 2014 – 7:00 p.m. BHS Masquerade Concert

Here is the link to our website calendar for more events:
www.belmont.k12.ma.us/bps/Home/Calendar


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

John P. Phelan
Belmont Public Schools Superintendent

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