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Superintendent's May 2017 Newsletter


We had a very informative and collaborative two-day Community Visioning Workshop on May 4 and 5 with parents, guardians, educators, and students from the middle and high school. There will be future events at various times and days, including nights and Saturdays, to accommodate people's schedules who want to attend and provide input. Please see the link below to the email sent to parents, guardians, and staff regarding this workshop.

Memorial Day weekend is around the corner, a sure sign summer is coming soon. I hope everyone has good weather and a great holiday.

“Segregation shaped me; education liberated me.” 
― Maya Angelou

SCHOOL COMMITTEE May 2017 Visioning Session Workshop

Belmont High School Visioning Workshops: Please go here to see the email sent on May 15 to parents, guardians, and staff, giving a brief recap of the May 4 and 5 Community Visioning Workshop. Here and below there are pictures of the workshop.

Space Task Force-Elementary Modular Presentation: The Space Task Force findings regarding placing modular classrooms at either the Butler or Burbank school was presented at the May 9 School Committee Meeting. This meeting was held in the high school auditorium so many families and community members could attend. I will also be presenting information at the Burbank PTA meeting on May 15 at 7:00 p.m.
The Space Task force has been looking at placing modulars at the elementary level for the 2018-2019 school year to address the growing enrollment within the Belmont Public Schools. The presentation showed information from architecture firm of Symmes Mani & McKee Associates (SMMA), and there was also a discussion of the pros and cons of each location. The School Committee will address this matter at a second meeting in June. Please see the Elementary Modulars 2018-2019 page on the BPS website by clicking on the carousel for these presentations and upcoming information.


Registration for all grades in Belmont is now online for the 2017-2018 school year. Kindergarten registration has been online for this year, and is going well. Adding the rest of the grades, 1-12 for students new to Belmont, was a huge undertaking for the Technology Department. I want to thank Steve Mazzola, Christine Trischitta, and Natasha Bochkov for all their hard work in achieving this.


  • FBE 2017 Outstanding Teacher Award Night The FBE honored the teachers who received the 2017 Outstanding Teacher Awards and the S. Warren Farrell Award for Educational Excellence at a reception and ceremony on May 2 at Chenery. The audience was first entertained by the Chenery 8th Grade Boys Jazz Combo, followed by the awards ceremony. Congratulations again to this year's recipients. 
  • Math Night Activity Math Night at Winn Brook on April 27 was a great success thanks to the PTA and teacher coordinators Suzanne Packerman and Melissa Crough. The Winn Brook community had a fun night exploring more than 30 different hands-on math activity stations at the event.
  • Please take a look at the Butler Art Newsletter showcasing and explaining what children have been learning about and creating in classes with Art Teachers, Meghann Remick and Nicole Pond.
  • Burbank Colonial Day Dancing Wellington Colonial Day Music Wellington and Burbank recently had their Colonial Day, where third grade students dressed up in Colonial garb and saw what life was like for children in Colonial Massachusetts. They dipped candles, wrote with quills, punched tin, and played colonial games. A great way to experience that time in Massachusetts history.
  • Congratulations to BHS senior,Yunuo Shi, who, selected from a pool of more than 15,000 finalists, has been named a 2017 National Merit Scholar. Please see more on the BHS website.
  • The Belmont High School English Department will present the annual Lillian F. Blacker Prizes for Excellence in Writing on May 17th at 6:30 p.m. in the BHS library. Congratulations to seniors Ethan Lai, Lily Tromanhauser, and Calvin Reinhardt-Ertman will be honored for their outstanding writing ability on their senior theses. English faculty members determine the winners after an extensive reading process. Teachers, parents, administrators, and friends are cordially invited to attend this awards ceremony. Please see more on the BHS website.
  • AP Chinese Class at Tufts From Colleen Foley, Director of Foreign Language: The AP Chinese class traveled to Tufts University to visit the Confucius Institute on April 13. The Confucius Institute organized cultural workshops to help students explore Chinese language and aspects of Chinese culture. The workshops were based on Chinese calligraphy, traditional Chinese musical instruments and Chinese paper cutting. The event was organized by AP Chinese teacher, Ms. Muqing Gu, in collaboration with Dr. Wang, the Director of the Confucius Institute and the language coordinator for Chinese program at Tufts, and Dr. Yao, the Chinese Director at the Confucius Institute at Tufts and Professor at the School of Chinese Language and Literature at Beijing Normal University. A great ongoing relationship has been established between the Confucius Institute at Tufts and the Chinese Program at Belmont Public Schools.

    Madame Kaiser's French 1 students at BHS enjoyed an authentic "déjeuner" at Brasserie Jo on Huntington Ave. in Boston on April 12. This trip was the culmination of a unit on French cuisine and restaurant etiquette. The students used their French language skills and new knowledge of French cuisine to order their lunch and to discuss their opinions of the food. Some students even tried escargots for the first time! C'était délicieux!!

    April Italy Trip The BHS Latin Program trip to Italy over the April vacation week provided students in Latin 4H and AP Latin a unique opportunity to visit in situ Roman buildings, ruins and art. The trip began in Rome and then the students traveled to Sorrento. Students visited the ancient town of Cumae where Book VI of Vergil's Aeneid takes place. In addition, students viewed and discussed the Renaissance period, making the connection to their studies of European history and literature. The participating students were required to act as "guides" and prepare two different oral presentations: one on the ruins of a building in the Forum and another on a classical work of art.

    This year, students at both Chenery Middle School and Belmont High School participated in the National Latin Exam. This year the exam was taken by over 149,000 students from all 50 states and 16 foreign countries. Twelve grade eight Chenery students participated in the Exam in March.  Many of them prepared for the exam in the National Latin Exam PTO Club that met after school with CMS Latin teacher Beth Manca. The CMS students performed strongly on the exam, earning six Summa Cum Laude certificates with gold medals, one Maxima Cum Laude certificate with a silver medal, two Magna Cum Laude certificates, and one Cum Laude certificate. BHS students in Julia Brown’s Latin 1 and Latin 3 and 3 Honors classes also participated in the exam. Of the 67 students who took the exam, 31 earned awards. There were seven Summa Cum Laude certificates with gold medals, eight Maxima Cum Laude certificates with silver medals, eleven Magna Cum Laude certificates, and five Cum Laude certificates.

    Congratulations to all these students; those who earned awards are listed below:

    Gold Medalists, Summa Cum Laude
    Eliana Roberts (Latin III)
    Kevin Ji (Latin III)
    Matthew Miller (Latin III)
    Abigail Mohr (Latin III)
    Judy Li (Latin III) *
    Joshua Wan (Latin III)
    Asa Kohn (Latin I)
    Katarina Chen (8th grade- Latin 1 Exam)
    Harrison Hees (8th grade- Latin 1 Exam)
    Miles Mamigonian (8th grade- Latin 1 Exam)
    Loick Marion (8th grade- Latin 1 Exam)
    Bennett Mohr (8th grade- Latin 1 Exam)
    Henry Zuccarello (8th grade- Latin 1 Exam)
    Silver Medalists, Maxima Cum Laude
    Phoebe Derba (Latin III)
    Francis Pacini (Latin III)
    Laurel Carpenter (Latin III)
    Walter Shen (Latin III)
    Ben Kargere (Latin III)
    Vivian Li (Latin III)
    Kseniya Dzhala (Latin III)
    Mujtaba Alam (Latin I)
    Nicholas Freeman (8th grade- Latin 1 Exam)
    Magna Cum Laude
    Samantha Dignan (Latin III)
    Ruiqi Huang (Latin III)
    Justin Dong (Latin III)
    Daniel Orem (Latin III)
    Alexander Wilk (Latin III)
    Molly Hamilton (Latin III)
    Armen Michaelian (Latin III)
    Nathan Miller (Latin III)
    Joshua Grassia (Latin III)
    Ziyong Cui (Latin III)
    Benicio Taggart (Latin I)
    Seiyoung Jang (8th grade- Latin 1 Exam)
    Elin Mica (8th grade- Latin 1 Exam)
    Cum Laude
    Jason Ackerson (Latin III)
    Cameron Anderson(Latin III)
    James Burger (Latin III)
    Caroline Kelley (Latin III)
    Victor Kuglov (Latin I)
    Ty Hoffman (8th grade- Latin 1 Exam)


From BPS Summer Enrichment Coordinators Katie Kelley and Pete Tausek:

Belmont Summer Enrichment is a great opportunity for students from Pre-K through grade 6!  

We offer a wide variety of classes, so surely your children will be able to find a couple of classes that peak their interest.  This year, we have Science Rocks, an experiment oriented class for grades 1 and 2, grades 3 and 4, and grades 5 and 6!  Our students loved the fun, enriching experiments in this class last year.
Check our our course offerings at the link below.
  • New Classes
  • Class opportunities for students entering Pre-K through Grade 6. Students will sign up for TWO classes each day.
  • 4 day weeks
  • Each session is eight days long, four days per week. 
  • Classes run from 9 AM to 12 PM Monday through Thursday (with the exception of July 4th week, which will run Monday and then Wednesday-Friday this year.)
Session 1: Monday, Wednesday - Friday: July 3, 5 - 7 Monday - Thursday: July 10 - 13 

Session 2: Monday - Thursday: July 17 - 20 Monday - Thursday: July 24 - 27

For your convenience, you can register online.  Click the link below for more information and registration.
Email Katie Kelley and Pete Tausek at with questions.


Students performing at Improv The Performing Arts Company Improv Troupe performed for a sold out crowd at BHS on May 5. The troupe features 32 students performing a range of Improv Games--musical games, scenes, jokes and long-form improv. Everything they do is made up during the performance from audience suggestions. This is a great showcase of the creativity , talent and comedic skill of these students.

There are more great performances, concerts and shows coming up:

  • May 18-20 – CMS Musical, Annie, 7 p.m. CMS Auditorium.  Please go here for information on tickets.
  • May 19 – K-12 Art Show opens at the Belmont Gallery of Art, Homer Building 3rd Floor (Town Hall Complex). Artists reception on May 31.
  • May 25 – Grade 7 & 8 Chorus and Orchestra Concert
  • May 26-27 – BHS PAC “One Act Play Festival”; Friday 7 p.m., Saturday 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. See here for ticket information.


Please see the May library newsletter here.


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


May 15 - 7:00 p.m. - Burbank Cafeteria - Final PTA Meeting of the school year with a presentation from Superintendent Phelan of the proposed elementary modulars located at either Burbank or Butler

May 16 - 6:00 p.m. - St. Joseph's Church Hall - POMS Senior Music Banquet

May 16 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. - Burbank Cafeteria - BASEC free parent lecture with Dr. Aparna Mujumdar speaking about messages children receive about gender either from social norms or popular media

May 16 & 17 - BHS delayed start due to MCAS testing

May 17 - 6:30 p.m. - BHS Library - The BHS English Department will present the annual Lillian F. Blacker Prizes for Excellence in Writing 

May 17 - 6:30 p.m. - Boosters All Stars vs New England Patriots Celebrity Basketball Team Basketball Game; see the Boosters website for ticket information

May 18-20 – 7:00 p.m. -  CMS Auditorium - CMS Musical, Annie; please go here for ticket information

May 19 - 4:45 p.m. - BHS Prom Promenade

May 19 – Belmont Gallery of Art, Homer Building 3rd Floor (Town Hall Complex) - K-12 Art Show opens. Artist's reception on May 31

May 22 - 8:45 a.m. - CMS PTO meeting (note: this is a date and time change)

May 23 - 7:00 p.m. - CMS Community Room - School Committee Meeting (6:30 p.m. CMS Chorus Room the Student Community Services Awards)

May 25 – 7:00 p.m. - Grade 7 & 8 Chorus and Orchestra Concert

May 26-27 – Friday 7 p.m., Saturday 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. - BHS PAC “One Act Play Festival”; please go here for ticket information

May 29 - Memorial Day - All Schools Closed

May 30 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. - CMS Auditorium - Parent/Guardian Orientation for parents of 4th graders transitioning to Chenery

May 31 - Early Release All Schools

May 31 - 10:10 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. - CMS Cafeteria - BHS Fall Sports Assembly and sign-ups for Grade 8 students (Note: June 12 at 2:35 is BHS Grades 10-12 Fall sign ups)

May 31 - 7:00 p.m. - CMS Auditorium - Parent/Student Presentation on Climate Change

May 2017 Visioning Session Workshop  Session Discussion  Assistant Superintendent Janice Darias at Visioning Session  Superintendent Phelan at Visioning Session  FBE 2017 Outstanding Teacher Award Night  Math Night Measuring  Wellington Colonial Day Music  Wellington Colonial Day  Wellington Colonial Day2  Burbank Colonial Day Dancing  Burbank Colonial Day  AP Chinese Class at Tufts  Students at Tufts workshops  Students at Tufts  April Italy Trip  Students performing at Improv  Math Night Activity  BHS Improv Night  Improv Performance 


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  • Burbank School: 617-993-5500 
  • Wellington School: 617-993-5600 
  • Winn Brook School: 617-993-5700
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