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Superintendent's November 17, 2017 Newsletter

date 11/17/2017

It is hard to believe Thanksgiving is less than a week away. I hope you all have a wonderful holiday, and enjoy the day and the long weekend. The Belmont High School football team will be playing on Thanksgiving Day at Watertown's Victory Field beginning at 10:15 a.m. Come and see the game before you settle into the big meal and cheer them on.

“A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special.” 
― Nelson Mandela 


  • Belmont Teacher Contract Negotiations: I am happy to announce we have reached a tentative agreement with the Belmont Education Association (BEA) teacher contract. I want to thank Human Resources Director Mary Pederson and BEA President John Sullivan for all their work regarding this process.
  • Burbank Modulars Vote: Belmont Town Meeting voted positively at the Special Town Meeting held on November 13 for the funding of modulars at the Burbank. The goal is to have the modulars available at the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year. I would like to thank the Town Meeting Members and the Burbank community for supporting this step toward towards relieving the short term space challenges and class size issues that exist across our elementary schools.
  • Belmont High School Building Committee (BHSBC): The next BHSBC meeting, Community Meeting #5, will be held on Tuesday, December 12 at 7:00 p.m. at Belmont High School. We want to make sure we reach out to all community members, as this project has the potential for a K-12 realignment of grades depending on the grade configuration decided on for the project. The Committee welcomes your input as they continue to gather feedback from the community. For more information on the project, where to sign up for email updates, and the calendar page of events, please visit the Committee website at In addition, the BHSBC has a Community Input Survey available on their website.
  • MCAS Presentation: You have already received the MCAS results for your child via U.S. mail. Assistant Superintendent Janice Darias presented the findings and how to interpret the new MCAS results at the School Committee meeting on November 14. Please see the presentation to the School Committee here.

    The revised test that elementary and middle school students took last spring has new achievement levels, listed as Exceeding Expectations, Meeting Expectations, Partially Meeting Expectations or Not Meeting Expectations. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has stated the new test is more rigorous than it has been in the past, and the standards for achievement levels are also higher than in the past, which may result in a change from a student's achievement level. Please note that high school students did not take the new MCAS. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) says the new test will be introduced in the spring of 2019.


As you know, Principal Amy Spangler is retiring in December. Wellington Assistant Principal Annemarie Stewart has been named the Interim Principal of the Wellington School, and will begin in this role as of January 1, 2018. The permanent position of Principal of the Wellington Elementary School will be posted at the end of January, and a screening committee comprised of staff and parents will be formed after winter recess.  


  • Veterans at Burbank Veterans Day Exercises were at the Chenery Middle School and the Burbank and Wellington Elementary Schools on November 10. Local veterans, who represented several branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, were the guest stars at these school assemblies that had patriotic songs performed by students. Thank you to the Chenery Winds, coordinated by Band Directors John McLellan and Sharon Phipps, and the Chenery Chamber Singers, coordinated by Chorus Director Sara Carson. Thank you also to Burbank and Wellington fourth grade students, who performed songs coordinated by Wellington Music Teacher Craig McMahon and Burbank Music Teacher Kathryn Hayashi. We want to thank these veterans for their service to our country. Please see more information and pictures on the BPS website.

  • The Spelling Pandas, winners of the 2017 FBE Spelling Bee The Foundation for Belmont Education (FBE) Spelling Bee, held on November 4, raised more than $20,000 for Belmont Public Schools. The winning word was “chauffeur”, spelled correctly by The Spelling Pandas team, comprised of sixth graders Julia Luber, Vivian Tao, and Subi Upadhyay. The runner-up team is, Give Bees a Chance, comprised of Maura Clark, Hannah S. Insanic, Daria Manela, and Cindy Wei. Thank you to the FBE and all the students who participated. Please see the BPS website for more information. 

  • Butler had the most successful PTA sponsored Fun Run yet, raising $24,370. The run, held on October 20, had many helpers including teachers, administration, and staff who dressed as superheroes for the day. Congratulations to all who helped and participated in this fundraiser.

  • Author Julie Berry Author Julie Berry visited our fifth grade students in October for a three-day series of point-of-view writing workshops.  She wrote The Scandalous Sisters of Prickwillow Place, and more than 15 other titles. Her books have received notoriety from the American Library Association, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. Thanks to Chenery Librarian Karen Duff for coordinating and the PTO for sponsoring these visits from the Enrichment Author Programs.

  • Lara Zeng, Matthew Miller, Tor Metelmann, Eva Hill, Wonyoung Jang, Cameron Anderson Belmont High School students qualified this year for the WGBH High School Quiz Show competition. They are one of 16 out of 103 high schools who qualified for a slot to compete in Season 9 of the show. Thanks to BHS Chemistry Teacher Stacy Williams for coaching the team again this year. We wish them luck.


Please see this announcement from Visual and Fine Arts Director Arto Asadoorian:

I am excited to announce that signups are open for the Grades 5 and 6 Theater Workshop at CMS. This is a weekly after-school activity that meets on Monday afternoons from 2:45 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The workshop will be run by Bill Stambaugh, who led the workshop last year with excellent results. If you have a 5th or 6th grader who is interested in theater, this is a great way to get them involved.

You can sign up for the Grades 5 and 6 Theater Workshop here. Participation in this activity does require payment of the $150 CMS After-School Activities Fee, which you can pay online here. The first session of the Grades 5 and 6 theater Workshop will take place on Monday, November 27.
If you have specific questions about the Theater Workshop, you can contact Mr. Stambaugh at And as always, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about music, theater or visual art in our schools.


There is lots of news below from the BPS Athletic Director Jim Davis. Congratulations to our student athletes.

Nine out of 10 BHS Fall Teams that Qualified for the MIAA State Tournament:

Boys Golf: Finished 7th in the MIAA D 2 North Sectional Tournament
Girls Cross Country: placed 14 out of 23 schools
Boys Cross Country: placed 17 out of 27 schools
Girls Volleyball: Lost to Cambridge Rindge & Latin in the 1st round of the MIAA D1 Central – East Tournament
Girls Field Hockey: Defeated Natick in the 1st round of MIAA D 1 Tournament , Lost on Sat 11/4/17 in the Quarter Finals to Central Catholic
Girls Soccer: 1st Round Bye, Lost on Sat 11/4/17 in the Quarter Finals to Woburn
Boys Soccer: Lost to Concord Carlisle in MIAA D 2 North Semi Finals
Girls Swimming: Will be at WPI for the division 2 state champions on November 19 at 9:00 a.m.
Cheerleading: Scored 78.1 at the regional competition

BHS Girls Rugby Players Grace Christensen, Amanda Hanley & Recent BHS grad Molly Goldberg to receive the 2107 MIAA Sportsmanship Moment of the Year Award at the 24 Annual MIAA Sportsmanship Summit @ Gillette Stadium on November 17th

Belmont High School  to receive the 2017 MIAA District “B” Sportsmanship Award at the 24th Annual MIAA Sportsmanship Summit @ Gillette Stadium on November 17th.

The 2017 Fall Athletic Awards was held at Belmont High School on November 13. Here are the recipients:
Varsity Boys Cross Country
Sportsmanship Award: Jason Berger Fall Athletic Awards Night
Coaches Award: Zach Tseng
Junior Varsity Boys Cross Country
Sportsmanship Award: Armand Meskin
Coaches Award: Luke Jackson
Varsity Girls Cross Country
Sportsmanship Award: Kate Lester
Coaches Award: Camilla Carere
Junior Varsity Girls Cross Country
Sportsmanship Award: Matilda Hamer
Coaches Award: Sibora Bollettino
Varsity Field Hockey
Sportsmanship Award: Meri Power
Coaches Award: Katherine Mannix
Junior Varsity Field Hockey
Sportsmanship Award: Emily Buckley Girls Varsity Soccer at Fall Athletic Awards Night
Coaches Award: Abigail Hafen
Freshmen Field Hockey 
Sportsmanship Award: Audrey Hayes
Coaches Award: Ainsley Conroy
Varsity Football
Sportsmanship Award: Ryan Noone
Coaches Award: George Fitzgerald
Junior Varsity Football
Sportsmanship Award: Eric Mencey
Coaches Award: Avery Arno
Freshman Football
Sportsmanship Award: Preston Jackson-Stephens
Coaches Award: Chad Francis
Varsity Swim Team
Sportsmanship Award: Julia Bozkurtian
Coaches Award: Olive Kozelian
Varsity Volleyball
Sportsmanship Award: Isha Singh
Coaches Award: Jane Mahon
Junior Varsity Volleyball
Sportsmanship Award: Jenna Crowley
Coaches Award: Jenny Vetrano
Freshman Volleyball
Sportsmanship Award: Katarina Westermark
Coaches Award: Katarina Cosic
Varsity Golf
Sportsmanship Award: Dave Pergamo
Coaches Award: Steve Rizzuto
Varsity Cheerleading
Sportsmanship Award: Veronica Reyes
Coaches Award: Sarah Darling
Junior Varsity Cheerleading
Sportsmanship Award: Anna Biondo
Coaches Award: Ella Miller
Varsity Boys Soccer
Sportsmanship Award: Kostas Tingos
Coaches Award: Laurent Brabo
Junior Varsity Boys Soccer
Sportsmanship Award: Maxwell Campbell
Coaches Award: Jon Brabo
Freshman Boys Soccer
Sportsmanship Award: Ben Prenderville
Coaches Award: Evan Bak
Varsity Girls Soccer
Sportsmanship Award: Eliza Filler
Coaches Award: Natalie Marcus-Bauer
Junior Varsity Girls Soccer
Sportsmanship Award: Charlotte Nilsen
Coaches Award: Heather Sorenson
Freshman Girls Soccer
Sportsmanship Award: Rebecca Anderson

Coaches Award: Natalie Roberts

Fall 2017 Middlesex All-Stars Recipients:

Zach Tseng
Shealagh Brams
David Pergamo
Steve Rizzuto
Laurent Brabo
Jake Carson
Nate Espelin
Andrew Karalis
Carey Allard
Ella Gagnon
Natalie Marcus-Bauer
Emma Sass
Megan Tan
Morgan Chase
Bridget Gardiner
Katie Guden
Christine MacLeod
Adam Deese
Will Ellet
George Fitzgerald
Ryan Noone
Jake Pollock
Tyler Reynolds
Julia Bozkurtian
Sophie Butte
Marina Cataldo
Katarina Chen
Anna Doherty
Angela Li


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


November 17 - Butler Book Fair

November 18 - Off Site - BHS Senior District Auditions

November 20 - 7:00 p.m. - CMS Auditorium - 6, 7, 8 Grade Orchestra Concert

November 22 - All Schools Early Release

November 22 - BHS Pep Rally

November 23 - 10:15 a.m. - Victory Field at 40 Orchard Street, Watertown - Annual Thanksgiving Day High School Football Game; Belmont vs. Watertown 

November 23-24 - Thanksgiving Holiday - All Schools Closed

November 27 to December 1 - Winn Brook Book Fair

November 29 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. - Winn Brook Game Night

November 30 - 7:00 p.m. - CMS Auditorium - Honors Concert featuring Chenery Middle School Chamber Singers, Chamber Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, Chenery Winds

November 30 - 7:00 p.m. - BHS Library - BHS-PTO Meeting

December 2 - SAT Testing at BHS

December 4 through 8 - Winn Brook Toy and Gift Drive

December 5 - 6:30 p.m. - BHS Junior Future Planning Night

December 5 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. - Chenery Middle School - Parent Lecture Series: Jasen Boyle, LICSW on "Kids, Teens and Substance Use: Understanding the Risks and How to Respond."

December 6 - 7:00 p.m. - BHS Auditorium Winter Concert featuring Belmont High School Orchestras, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble

December 6 - 7:00 p.m. - Chenery PTO Meeting

December 6 - Chenery Middle School Early Release

December 7 - 7:00 p.m. - CMS Auditorium - Grades 7 and 8 Band Concert

December 8 - Burbank Book Fair

December 9 - ACT Testing at BHS

December 11 - 7:00 p.m. - CMS Auditorium - Grade 6 Band and Chorus Concert

December 12 - 7:00 p.m. - CMS Community Room - School Committee Meeting

December 13 - Chenery Middle School Early Release

December 13 - 7:00 p.m. - BHS Auditorium - Winter Concert featuring BHS Choruses and Symphonic Band

December 14 - 7:00 p.m. - CMS Auditorium - Grade 7 and 8 Chorus Concert

December 15 - 7:00 p.m. - BHS Cafeteria - PAC Coffeehouse


Veterans at Burbank  Veterans Saluting at Burbank  Officer of the Day Mike Pelrein  Veterans at Burbank School  Burbank Veteran's Day with Principal Tricia Clifford  CMS Audience Veteran's Day Exercises; photo by John Swisher  CMS Veteran's Day Assembly with CMS Chamber Singers; photo by John Swisher  Veterans on stage with the Chenery Winds; photo by John Swisher  Veterans and Students at Wellington  Veterans at Wellington with Superintendents Phelan and Darias  Belmont Police Officer Horan and the Spelling Bee Mascot  FBE Mascot and Speller  Kindergarten and First Grade Spellers  Kindergarten and First Grade Spelling Bee Swarm  Kindergarten Spelling Bee Participants  Spellers in the Final Round  Spelling Bee Participants  The Spelling Pandas, winners of the 2017 FBE Spelling Bee  Author Julie Berry  Lara Zeng, Matthew Miller, Tor Metelmann, Eva Hill, Wonyoung Jang, Cameron Anderson  WBHG High School Quiz Show BHS Students  Fall Athletic Awards Night  Girls Varsity Soccer at Fall Athletic Awards Night 



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