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Superintendent's April 2017 Newsletter

4/27/2017

Spring is finally here, and we find ourselves in the last quarter of the school year. Although the year is winding down, the BPS community is busy finishing out this year, and school administrators are planning for the next. Please make time in your busy schedule to see the upcoming concerts and events shown below.

 “A capacity, and taste, for reading, gives access to whatever has already been discovered by others. It is the key, or one of the keys, to the already solved problems. And not only so. It gives a relish, and facility, for successfully pursuing the [yet] unsolved ones.” 
― Abraham Lincoln

SCHOOL COMMITTEE

Last Day of School, First Day of Summer: The School Committee at the April 25 meeting voted June 21 as the last day of school for this year, 2016-2017, due to only three snow days used. June 21 will be an early release for all students.

FY18 Budget Vote: The FY18 budget for the 2017-2018 school year was voted on by the School Committee at the April 25 meeting. This School Committee vote is in preparation for the budget to be presented and voted upon in the May Town Meeting. Please see the proposed budget here.

Belmont High School Building Committee: More than 100 people came to the first community forum on the Belmont High School Project held on April 6. There, the Owner's Project Manager (OPM) was announced, Daedalus Projects, Inc., who will represent the Town during the design and construction phase of the building in the partnership with the MSBA.  Please go to the Belmont Media Center website to view this forum. Coming up on May 4 and 5 is a two-day Visioning Workshop with Education Facilitator Frank Locker and a small group of parents who volunteered for the session. There, the group will gather input on teaching and learning and how it impacts the design of the new building and the three possible grade configurations of 7-12, 8-12, and 9-12. Please know there will be future events at different times and days, including nights and Saturdays, which we hope will accommodate the varying schedules of people who want to attend. There will also be events in the fall to allow the community to voice their opinions. Please see the Belmont High School Committee website for more information at http://www.belmont-ma.gov/belmont-high-school-building-committee.

Kate Bowen New School Committee Member: We welcome Kate Bowen to the Belmont School Committee. She was elected in the April 4 Town elections. She replaces Elyse Shuster, who after four years of service decided not to run again. We look forward to working with Kate, and we thank Elyse for her service and give her our best wishes for the future.

William Lovallo and John Phelan discussing Belmont Schools Now: The latest edition focuses on the Belmont High School Project, with guest Belmont High School Building Project Chair, William Lovallo. Please see the program information on the BPS website, and go here for the link to the Belmont Media Center website to view the program there.

TEACHING AND LEARNING

SEL Abreviated Slide Show 2017 The SEL interactive Forum, Raising Resilient Kids, held on April 3 and 5, had a great turnout from parents who came to this year's SEL presentation to learn about how to foster resilience at home and how we are fostering it in the schools. The presentation was organized by Assistant Superintendent Janice Darias and SEL Consultant Rachel Poliner, and generously funded by the Foundation for Belmont Education (FBE). There will be more SEL topics presented in the next school year. In case you missed this one, please look here for what was presented that night in this abbreviated slide show.

BPS SUMMER ENRICHMENT

Belmont Summer Enrichment has classes for students entering grades Pre-K through 6, and is open for registration. For information, course offerings, and online registration, please look at http://www.belmont.k12.ma.us/bps/Partners/Summer-Programs.

FBE NEWS

  • Recipients of the FBE Cycle 2 Learning Excellence Grants Program were announced on April 7. The FBE awards these grants twice per academic year in fall and spring. This cycle had nine Learning Excellence grants, totaling $36,940. Since 1993 the FBE has awarded more than 700 grants totaling over $3.4 million. We thank the FBE for their incredible support in providing these grants to Belmont Public School educators. Please see the FEB website for a full list summarizing these grants.
  • FBE Outstanding Teacher Awards We congratulate our colleagues who are honored with the FBE annual Outstanding Teacher Awards for 2017, which recognizes and celebrates BPS teachers. Community members, colleagues, and high school and middle students can submit nomination papers for teachers, and one teacher from each of Belmont's six schools is chosen for this special recognition. FBE representatives along with Assistant Superintendent Janice Darias surprised the recipients by going to each school on April 24 to give the awards. For the list of awardees, please see more on the BPS website. Also please note the ceremony to honor this year’s recipients of the Outstanding Teacher Award and the S. Warren Farrell Award will be held on May 2, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Chenery. For more information about this event, the awards or the Foundation for Belmont Education, please visit www.fbe-belmont.org
  • FBE's partnership with Cityside Subaru of Belmont and Subaru of America donated $11,100 to Belmont schools as part of the Subaru Share the Love program. Thank you to the FBE and Subaru. Please look here for more information about this program.
  • Last month's FBE 24th Annual Gala was a great event--full of good energy and many people. Thank you to the FBE for continuing to provide support to our classrooms, teachers and students.

FOOD SERVICES ON BELMONT MEDIA PODCAST

Food Services Director Dustin O'Brien was recently a guest on Belmont Media Center podcast Community Conversations, hosted by Roger Colton. He talks to Dustin about how school menus get planned and implemented. See the podcast here.

SCHOOL NEWS

  • Wellington Science Night Interactive Wellington Science Night held on April 13 saw more than 50 student teams comprised of 3rd and 4th grades with interesting presentations and interactive displays, based on the science curriculum for these grades. A great night sponsored by the Wellington PTO.
  • Wellington had two enrichment visits. One from the Mass Audubon Habitat who visited the first graders and hosted small group workshops on amphibians; and another from the Museum of Science's Animal Adaptations presentation, where students expanded their understanding of biological adaptations through observations.
  • Belmont Fire Department Firefighters Firefighters Tracey Mullen, Brian O'Neill, and Michael Dayton from the Belmont Fire Department visit all the Winn Brook classrooms to teach the children about fire safety. When students leave Winn Brook, they have had a series of five different lessons, specific to each grade level. Thank you to these firefighters for their time.
  • BHS was recognized by the Center for Excellence in Education for "having students who qualified as Semifinalists and are part of the top 10 percent nationally who took the USA biology (USABO) Open Exam." The Center for Excellence mission is to encourage the growth and development of high school and university students in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Please see their letter to BHS Principal Daniel Richards on the BHS website for more information. Congratulations to all. 
  • Congratulations to all the students who took the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) and met the requirements to enter the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. Please see more information on the BHS website and the names of these students who qualified.
  • BHS was named Massachusetts ACT College and Career Transition Examplar for the 2016-2017 ACT College and Career Readiness Campaign. Congratulations to the BHS staff and administration. Please see more information on the BHS website.

VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS

  • The teachers of Chenery and BHS gathered together with some of parents of the students of the full BPS (grades K-12)  to form a concert band, and they performed on April 12 at Chenery. A unique group of musicians; parents playing with their children and teachers, and teachers playing with students and parents, all in a memorable performance and evening.

ATHLETICS

March Boosters Athlete of the Month Calvin Perkins.jpg March Boosters Athlete of the Month Julia Martin.jpg The Boosters Athletes of the Month for March are Julia Martin (Girls Alpine Ski Team) and Calvin Perkins (Boys Indoor Track Team).

Below is the BHS Athletics Schedule for this week:

Thursday, April 27
3:30 PM Boys Varsity Tennis Reading High School Away
3:30 PM Boys Varsity Outdoor Track Lexington High School Away
3:30 PM Girls Varsity Tennis Reading High School Home
3:30 PM Girls Varsity Outdoor Track Lexington High School Away
3:45 PM Boys Varsity Baseball Winchester High School Home
3:45 PM Boys Junior Varsity Baseball Winchester High School Home
3:45 PM Boys Freshman Baseball Winchester High School Away

Friday, April 28
3:45PM Girls Varsity Softball Winchester High School Home
3:45PM Girls Junior Varsity Softball Winchester High School Home
4:00 PM Boys Varsity Lacrosse Woburn High School Away
4:30 PM Boys Junior Varsity Lacrosse Woburn High School Away
4:30 PM Girls Varsity Lacrosse Woburn High School Home
6:00 PM Girls Junior Varsity Lacrosse Woburn High School Home

Saturday, April 29
10:00 AM Girls Varsity Lacrosse Medford High School Away
11:30 AM Girls Junior Varsity Lacrosse Medford High School Away

 

BELMONT PUBLIC LIBRARY NEWSLETTER

Please see the Belmont Public Library April newsletter here.

CALENDAR

Below are some of the numerous events going on through mid-May. Please check school websites and communications for more events and any additional information or changes in dates, times, and venues.

DATE/TIME - PLACE/EVENT

April 27 - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. - Winn Brook Math Night

April 27 - 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. - CMS Auditorium - Honors Concert

April 27 and 28 - No Kindergarten Classes

April 30 - 9:00 a.m. for kids/5K at 9:30 a.m. - Harris Field - Becca Pizzi Fun Run

May 2 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. - Chenery - FBE Outstanding Teacher and the S. Warren Farrell Awards. 

May 9 - 7:00 p.m. - CMS Community Room - School Committee Meeting

May 10 - 7:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. - CMS Auditorium - Chamber Concert

May 11 - 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. - CMS Large Community Room - PTO Meeting

May 12 - 7:00 p.m. - BHS POPS Concert

May 13 - 7:00 p.m. - BHS POPS Concert

May 18, 19, 20 - 7:00 p.m. - CMS Spring Play Annie


Wellington Science Night Interactive  Wellington Science Night  Wellington Science Night Boards  Belmont Fire Department Firefighters  Kate Bowen  William Lovallo and John Phelan discussing  Cliff Gallant, Burbank Grade 4  Daniel Moresco, BHS Math  Jennifer Pressey, Butler Grade 1  John McLellan, CMS Music  Kathryn Doyle, Winn Brook Kindergarten  Meaghan Clow, Wellington Grade 3  Pulizzi, CMS Grade 5  Belmont School Committee  March Boosters Athlete of the Month Calvin Perkins.jpg  March Boosters Athlete of the Month Julia Martin.jpg 



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