One of the sure signs of spring is when Daylight Saving Time begins. This Sunday at 2:00 a.m., March 12, please remember to adjust your clocks one hour forward. Although the temperatures on Saturday and Sunday look like winter is still upon us, winter is nearing its end. Meanwhile, please take a look at school news and events in this edition of the newsletter, and have a great weekend.
“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”
Belmont High School Building Committee: The Belmont High School Building Committee (BHS-BC) held public interviews with four candidates for the Owner's Project Manager (OPM), and are in the final stages of choosing a company. The OPM will analyze the three potential grade configurations (9-12, 8-12, 7-12) of the school project to support the community with this process as we go into the feasibility study and into Module 3 of the MSBA process. We have been working with Education Facilitator Frank Locker to help form the vision of teaching and learning for our teachers and students as well as supporting conversations around each of the grade configurations of the building project. Frank Locker met with a group of 20 BPS educators for two full days in January, and will meet for one additional full day with BPS educators in April as well as with a select community group in May for two full day sessions. The purpose of these three meetings will be for the district to get feedback and input on the larger view of what teaching and learning should look like for the next 20 years, and to explore and analyze the three grade configurations options and how enrollment and space impact the building project. For all teachers, please keep an eye out for an email on how to participate in the full day session on April 3, and for all parents and guardians, please keep an eye out for an email requesting volunteers to attend the two full day meetings on May 4 and 5. There will be public hearings on this issue during this spring and in the fall of 2017. For more information, please see the BHS-BC website: http://www.belmont-ma.gov/belmont-high-school-building-committee.
Space Task Force/BHS-BC Update: I gave a presentation to the School Committee at the February 28 meeting that looked at enrollment, class size, and space issues and how they relate to the three grade options being considered for the high school building project. Please see the presentation here.
Butler School Presentation: In an effort to showcase the work of our building principals, the School Committee is asking each principal to present at a School Committee meeting for the 2016-2017 school year. Butler Principal Danielle Betancourt highlighted the continuing work on SEL and technology growth during her presentation on February 28. For the full presentation to the School Committee, please go here.
TEACHING AND LEARNING
- Assistant Superintendent Janice Darias and I have been conducting Learning Walks at each school at various times throughout the year. These Learning Walks allow us to walk the spaces and see teaching first-hand. Last week we were able to observe a wonderful biology lesson and a physics lesson at BHS. This is our opportunity to take a breath and see the great teaching and learning our principals and educators are creating for our students--great stuff.
- Raising Resilient Kids: Come to this year’s social and emotional learning presentation to learn about resilience, how to foster it at home, and how we’re fostering it in the schools. This presentation is part of the district’s social and emotional learning initiative, generously funded by the Foundation for Belmont Education. Choose the presentation that best fits your kids and/or your schedule.
Monday, April 3
Chenery Middle School Auditorium
Middle and High School Presentation
Wednesday, April 5
Belmont High School Auditorium
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.
Butler School: Thursday, March 30 at 6:00 PM
Burbank School: Thursday, March 30 at 6:30 PM
Wellington School: Thursday, March 30 at 5:30 PM
Winn Brook School: Thursday, March 30 at 6:00 PM
Congratulations to the Chenery Science Olympiad team that participated in the state competition on March 4. This is a national program consisting of 23 events in science and engineering. CMS student teams spent months preparing for their competitions in a variety of events from building towers, racing home-made hovercrafts, solving mock crimes to investigating infections diseases. The Chenery Regular (Varsity) team placed seventh in the state, with two of the four Chenery Alternate (JV) teams placing second and fourth in the alternate competition. Congratulations to the students who participated, and to their coaches CMS Science Teachers JoAnne Marks (8th grade), Jon Marks (8th grade) and Niki Nitchie (7th grade).
- The Chenery math team participated in the MATHCOUNTS Metro Chapter competition on Saturday, February 8th at Melrose High School with Math Teacher Jonathan Golden as the coach. Mr. Golden spent almost the entire day that day supporting the team, and the team performed very well. They reached the third place out of 20-plus school teams. They advanced to the state level competition held on March 4 and finished fourth against the top 28 teams in the state. Congratulations to team members Jason Tang, Derek Chen, Gabriel Sui, Nastia Polina, and Robert Sheng.
- Congratulations to BHS junior Sofia Schlozman, who was accepted to the New England Young Writers’ Conference at Bread Loaf this spring on the strength of her creative writing. She will travel to Vermont in late May to join other young writers in fiction workshops and work with professional writers to hone her craft.
- BHS Real World Career Night held on March 6 matched up BHS juniors and seniors with young working adults in various fields. Approximately 27 professionals signed up to participate in a series of 15-minute conversations with BHS students. A great opportunity to explore a wide variety of careers while talking with these young professionals.
- Burbank STEM week, held February 13-17, had in-class enrichment programs including explorations of light, green chemistry, robotics, and stop-motion animation. STEM night was held on February 15 featuring exhibitors from the Burbank community, hands-on exhibits and more. Sponsored by the PTA working with teachers, it was a great week and night of learning.
Wellington students had lunch on March 3 with table cloths, vases on the table, and a piano player--not in a fine restaurant but in the Wellington Cafeteria. First Grade Teacher Carolyn Bell came up with the concept, "Fine Dining Day at Wellington", which gives students a different dining experience than usual. The goal is to do this once a month. Thank you to the PTO for helping fund this event.
Butler School celebrated the National Education Association Read Across America Day on March 2 with a "Read Across Butler" event where every person in the building gathered in the hallways for 15 minutes that morning to be readers together. The national day is held on Dr. Seuss' birthday. Butler teachers decorated classroom doors with Dr. Seuss themes, and staff and students were encouraged to dress up like their favorite Dr. Seuss books . A great way to celebrate the day and reading together.
Butler Math and Science Night held on March 3 was a great night of parents and students exploring many different math and science stations. Thanks to the PTO for sponsoring this event.
VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS
BHS juniors and seniors from the Performance Arts Company went on the biennial New York Theater Field Trip. PATRONS helped to sponsor the trip, and BHS Theater Teacher Ezra Flam organized and chaperoned. Highlights from the trip include a backstage tour of Radio City Music Hall, attending two Broadway shows and a post-show question and answer session with actors after both productions. The students also participated in a workshop with one of the company members of the Broadway cast of Chicago and learned some original choreography from the show, which is also the BHS spring musical this year running March 23-25.
Great showing by our teams that had advanced in the MIAA Tournaments:
Girls Basketball lost a hard-fought battle against Arlington Catholic in the MIAA Div. II North Quarter Final Action on March 3. Final score was 48-49.
Boys Basketball was edged out by Lynn Classical High School in the MIAA Div. II North Tournament in the quarter final round on March 4. Final score was 57-50 loss.
Boys Ice Hockey: In another close game, Boys Ice Hockey scored 1-2 against St. Johns Prep in the MIAA Div. 1 North Tournament on March 1 to finish out their season.
Boys Track: Congratulations to Calvin Perkins who is a Medal Winner in Division #3 State Tournament, advanced to All State Championships 8th Place Medal Winner, and who also advanced to New England State Championships 8th place in New England for 600 Meters.
Anoush Krafian recently competed in the State Girl’s Indoor Pentathlon placing 6th out of 128 competitors, and also placed 7th place in the 55m Hurdles at MIAA All State Meet in a time of 8.83.
The 4x400M Relay Team broke the 27 year old record, then broke the record again, and placed 8th in the All-State Meet in a time of 4:05.53.
Julia Martin 7th in SL & 8th in GS
Liza Hote 77th in SL & 79th in GS
Max Vigneras 52nd in GS & 93rd in SL
Nick Coppolo 90th in SL & 56th in GS
Brew Bodmer 86th in GS
Congratulations to all.
Belmont High Winter Athletic Awards Night
Date: Wednesday March 15, 2017
Time : 6:00pm
Location : BHS Auditorium
Evening Schedule & Overview
6:00pm – 7:00pm approx. Winter Athletes and Parents report to the BHS Auditorium
Presentation of Team Awards, Coaches Awards, Sportsmanship Award, Varsity Jackets, League & State Awards
7:00pm approx. Sport Breakout Sessions Coaches, Athletes and Parents report to assigned location for Winter Season Recap, Letter Presentation and Individual Team Awards
BELMONT LIBRARY NEWS
Please see the Belmont Library March Newsletter here.
Below are some of the numerous events going on through the end of March. Please check school websites and communications for more events and any additional information or changes in dates, times, and venues.
DATE/TIME - PLACE/EVENT
March 10 - All State Festival Performance at Symphony Hall/Boston
March 10 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. - Burbank Cafeteria - Burbank Movie Night
March 10 - 7:00 p.m. - BHS Cafeteria - Working to Help the Homeless Coffeehouse
March 11 - SAT Testing at BHS
March 12 - Daylight Savings Time Begins 2:00 a.m.
March 14 - 7:00 p.m. - CMS Large Community Room - School Committee Meeting
March 15 - Elementary Early Release
March 15, 17 - BHS Jr. District Festival (away from BHS)
March 15 - 6:00 p.m. - BHS Auditorium - BHS Winter Athletic Awards Night
March 15 - Elementary Schools Early Release
March 16 - CMS Staff vs. Students Basketball Event
March 18 - BHS Field House - Wellington Carnival Night
March 18 - 7:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. - Belmont Hill School - FBE Annual Fundraiser
March 20 - BHS Spring Sports Begin
March 22 - Elementary Schools Early Release
March 23 through the 25th - BHS Spring Musical Chicago
March 23 - Burbank Cafeteria - Burbank Geography Challenge Gr. K-1 at 9-9:50 a.m.; Gr. 2 at 10-10:30 a.m.
March 23 - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. - Chenery Melting Pot: A Night of Culture, Food, Stories and Film from the Chenery Community
March 24 - 8:45 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. - Butler Coffee with the Principal
March 24 - 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. - Burbank Cafeteria - Burbank Geography Challenge
March 25 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. - Burbank Elementary - BASEC Parent Lecture Series: "Navigating Challenging Adoption Talk"
March 28 - 7:00 p.m. - CMS Large Community Room - School Committee Meeting
March 29 - 6:00 p.m. - BHS Auditorium - Cara Filler presentation "Drive to Save Lives" for Class of 2017 and Parents
March 29 - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. - Butler Spring Dance