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Superintendent's January, 2018 Newsletter

date 1/26/2018

I have been clearly reminded in the last few months of the value of partnering with our community on the work regarding the Belmont High School Building Project. On behalf of the School Committee and the Belmont Public Schools, we deeply appreciate the level of enthusiasm, involvement and commitment shown every day for our students by our teachers, our families and our community members.

Please read below for the latest news from the district. 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE

Belmont High School Building Committee (BHSBC): It is with excitement and confidence that I write to you with the news that the School Committee voted unanimously for the 7-12 grade configuration as part of the BHSBC project at the January 23 School Committee meeting. This option provides the district with a creative opportunity to implement a renewed vision of teaching and learning for our students with support of increased space and a new facility in the near future. As you are aware this option will provide much needed relief for our students and educators across our K-12 district as it relates to our enrollment and space challenges. Please click here for the grade configuration presentation. The next steps  for our BHSBC will be to present this option to the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) to inform the next phase of the project. Please click here for the BHSBC site. I would like to thank the School Committee,  the BHSBC, and the Belmont Public Schools staff and community for all their input and feedback during this process leading up to these important decisions. We will continue to seek your input and feedback during the next phase of our work. Please click here for a summary from the BHSBC.

Registration is Opening for Fall 2018: Registration for the school year 2018-2019 will open online February 8, 2018 for all incoming kindergarten students and grades 1-12 families new to Belmont. Please note: Students already attending Belmont Public Schools need not re-register--they are automatically moved to the next grade. Please see the BPS registration page on that date for other information regarding registration and Kindergarten Information Nights. This year we have expanding online registration for all grades to open on the same date.

SCHOOL NEWS

  • MLK Day Keynote Speaker State Rep. Byron Rushing We were fortunate to be part of the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Breakfast on January 15 at the Belmont High School. It was inspiring to hear the Keynote Speaker State Rep. Byron Rushing, who represents Boston's South End and serves as Majority Whip of the Massachusetts House of Representatives. He has a long career in championing social justice and civil rights. He focused his talk on "Raise your hand if you are over 50; how do we teach Martin to those who were not alive then?" We also heard music by the BHS Chorale Singers and perspectives from Black in Belmont students. Always an inspiring and well-attended event, the proceeds go to the METCO Fund, which is used for late transportation for METCO high school students who participate in after school activities at Belmont High School as well as other programs across the district that bring Boston and Belmont students together. I would like to thank METCO Director Diane Wiltshire and Belmont Against Racism (BAR) for their continued support and commitment to all of our students. 
  • Belmont High School was placed on the College Board's 8th Annual AP District Honor Roll for increasing the number of students in AP while increasing or maintaining the percentage of  students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher. Please see more on the BHS website
  • BHS Hallway Health Fair Thank you to BHS nurses Patsy MacKinnon and Corinne Jackman who organized a three hour lunchtime health fair on January 23 at BHS called "Hallway Health." The fair was open to all BHS students and staff. The topic was on drugs and alcohol and the effects on one's body. Belmont's Health Department Director Wesley Chin, Assistant Health Director Daniella Wodnicki, and Public Health Nurse David Neylon were part of the fair. Also in attendance was a representative from the American Automobile Association (AAA) who presented a hands-on simulation using googles that showed what an impaired individual sees under the influence. Hallway Health will present a different topic later in the year.
  • Lara Zeng, Matthew Miller, Tor Metelmann, Eva Hill, Wonyoung Jang, Cameron Anderson Congratulations to Belmont High School students on making it to the second round of  the WGBH High School Quiz Show. They will compete against Lexington High school on January 27 at 8:30 a.m. Please see more on the BHS website about attending a taping.
  • Chenery students enjoyed several enrichment programs brought to them by the PTO:
    -Seventh grade students had a presentation on Heat and Temperature from the Museum of Science in November, which tied in with the current seventh grade science curriculum.
    -Eighth grade students had a presentation on The Motion Forces and Energy on January 3 from the Museum of Science Traveling Education program, which explored the role of force and energy and how they affect motion.
    - Karim Nagi performance of Arabic culture to CMS 7th graders Karim Nagi gave a performance of Arabic dance, music and culture with seventh grade students on January 12, where he shared several instruments, a traditional costume and language.

VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS

Congratulations to the eleven students accepted to the All-State Ensembles and all the students who auditioned for the Massachusetts Music Educators Association (MMEA) on January 20. Please read more from Director of Fine and Performing Arts Arto Asadoorian:

Twenty-six Belmont High School students auditioned for the Massachusetts Music Educators Association (MMEA) All-State Festival this past Saturday and the Department of Visual and Performing Arts is pleased to announce that eleven of those students were accepted to the All-State Ensembles:

Alyssa Chen (Grade 9), violin                      
Jason Chen (Grade 9), clarinet                   
Jessica Chen (Grade 12), viola                    
Christopher Giron (Grade 11), bassoon   
Nate Jones (Grade 10), jazz trombone
Daniel Joh Kang (Grade 9), violin
Alex Park (Grade 11), jazz trumpet
Calvin Perkins (Grade 12), trumpet
Audrey Quinn (Grade 11), violin
Amy Wu (Grade 11), oboe
Andrew Xu (Grade 10), bass clarinet
As a result of their successful auditions, these students will perform in the All-State Orchestra, Band or Jazz Ensemble at the annual MMEA All-State Conference and Festival. The festival takes place March 1-3 at the Seaport Convention Center in Boston, and culminates in a performance at Boston’s Symphony Hall on the afternoon of March 3.
Additionally, we learned that the Chenery Middle School Woodwind Quintet has been invited to perform at the MMEA Conference on Thursday, March 1. Their performance will take place immediately prior to the keynote address, which will be attended by an audience of over 800 music educators from across the state. This is an incredible opportunity and honor for the Woodwind Quintet and their director, Sharon Phipps.
Tilly Jones (Grade 8), flute
Irene Son (Grade 8), clarinet
Megan Kornberg (Grade 8), oboe
Evie Hamer (Grade 8), bassoon
Lydia Haddad (Grade 8), French horn
The success of these students on the state level is a direct result of their dedication to practicing their craft over the course of many years of study. They are also very fortunate to live in a community where their music education is so enthusiastically supported by their parents, their teachers and administrators, and their community. Please take advantage of the opportunity to hear these fine young musicians perform at one of our upcoming concerts:
CMS Honors Concert, February 8 – 7 PM at CMS
BHS “Spring” Concerts, February 12 & February 28 – 7 PM at BHS

ATHLETICS

  • Calvin Perkins BHS senior Calvin Perkins made a new BHS Track record in the 300 meter run on December 28 at Boston University in a meet vs Winchester. His FAT time was 35.67. In addition, he set another new BHS record in the 600 meter run on December 22 at Boston University in a meet vs Lexington, which was 1:21:42 FAT time. As of now, he is Ranked number 1 in the U.S. for High School 600 meter runners. Congratulations to Calvin.
  • Anoush Krafian BHS senior Anoush Krafian broke two BHS school records over the December break in the 55 M hurdles at 8.60 and the long Jump at 17'5". Congratulations to Anoush.
  • Congratulations to the Girls Basketball Team, who were the Runner Up in the 2017 Newton Holiday Classic Basketball Tournament on December 27.
  • Belmont Boosters December Female Athlete of the Month is Anoush Karfian of the BHS Girls Indoor Track Team, and Calvin Perkins, the Male Athlete of the Month, of the BHS Boys Indoor Track Team.
  • Kostas Tingos, Boys Soccer, and Olive Kozelian, Girls Swimming and Diving Belmont Boosters November Female Athlete of the Month is Olive Kozelian of the Girls Swimming and Diving Team, and Kostas Tingos, of the Boys Soccer Team.
  • 2018 Belmont High Spring Sports Sign Ups will take place on February 12 at 2:40 p.m.in the following locations:
    Baseball - Mod 3
    Boys’ Lacrosse - BHS Auditorium (Front)
    Girls’ Lacrosse - BHS Auditorium (Back)
    Boys’ Outdoor Track - BHS Café
    Girls’ Outdoor Track - BHS Café
    Girls’ Tennis - Rm 221A 
    Boys’ Tennis - Room 221B
    Softball - Room 113
    Boys Rugby - Chorus Room
    Girls Rugby - Room 132
  • Come see the Belmont Girls Basketball team play Watertown January 26 at home (Freshmen/JV 5:15 p.m. and Varsity at 7:00 p.m.) and Belmont Boys Basketball team play away at Watertown ((Freshmen/JV 5:15 p.m. at Watertown Middle School and Varsity 7:00 p.m. at Watertown High School) in a Coaches vs. Cancer night to raise funds for a nationwide program for the American Cancer Society. If you can't make the game, and you want to donate, you can go here:

    On behalf of Belmont High girls basketball teams:  https://pledgeit.org/cvc18-belmont-high-school-ma-1
    On behalf of Belmont High Boys basketball teams:  https://pledgeit.org/cvc18-belmont-high-school-ma

Sports Schedule for this Weekend
Friday, January 26
3:50 PM Girls Junior Varsity Ice Hockey Wellesley High School Home
4:00 PM Boys Varsity Wrestling Cohasset High School Away
4:00 PM Boys Varsity Swimming Watertown High School Home
4:00 PM Girls Freshman Basketball Watertown High School Home
5:15 PM Boys Junior Varsity Basketball Watertown High School Away
5:15 PM Boys Freshman Basketball Watertown High School Away
5:15 PM Girls Junior Varsity Basketball Watertown High School Home
5:50 PM Boys Junior Varsity Ice Hockey Reading High School Home
7:00 PM Boys Varsity Basketball Watertown High School Away
7:00 PM Girls Varsity Basketball Watertown High School Home
Saturday, January 27
8:30 AM Girls Junior Varsity Ice Hockey Dexter School Away
12:20 PM Girls Varsity Ice Hockey Watertown High School Away
7:00 PM Boys Varsity Ice Hockey Milton High School Away
Sunday, January 28
10:00 AM Boys Varsity Indoor Track OPEN DATE Boys’ Coaches Invitational Away
10:00 AM Girls Varsity Indoor Track OPEN DATE Girls' Coaches Invitational Away
12:30 PM Boys Varsity Basketball Lexington High School Away
2:15 PM Girls Varsity Basketball Lexington High School Away
8:00 PM Boys Junior Varsity Ice Hockey Waltham High School Away

SAVE THE DATE

Belmont Public Schools and Belmont After School Enrichment Collaborative (BASEC) present Beyond Remote Controlled Childhood; Helping families deal effectively with media and technology in these times and why it's so important to do so on January 31 at 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Chenery Middle School auditorium. Guest speaker Dr. Diane Levin, PH.D. is a Professor of Early Childhood Education at Wheelock College and author of eight books on the social-emotional education of children. She will talk about how media and technology play a bigger role in children's lives now than ever before and how this exposure can affect children's development, learning, behavior and play. This is brought to you with support from the Foundation for Belmont Education (FBE) and Belmont Savings Bank.

BELMONT PUBLIC LIBRARY NEWS

Author Gish Jen will be at the Belmont Public Library to discuss her book, The Girl at the Baggage Claim, on February 6 at 7:00 p.m. Gish Jen also penned the book, Typical American. There will be a Q&A session following her talk and a book signing. Please see the library website for more information.

CALENDAR

Below are some of the numerous events going on end of January through early February. Please check school websites and communications for more events and any additional information or changes in dates, times and venues.
DATE/TIME-PLACE/EVENT 

January 26 - 7:00 p.m. - Butler PTA Skating Night

January 31 - 6:30 p.m. - CMS Auditorium - BPS and BASEC present Beyond Remote Controlled Childhood

February 2 and 3 - 7:00 p.m - BHS Little Theater - BHS Performing Arts Company Improv Show

February 5 - 7:00 p.m. - BHS Little Theater - A Cappella Night

February 6 - 7:00 p.m. - CMS Community Room - School Committee Meeting

February 7 - 6:00 p.m. - BHS Auditorium - Eighth Grade Parent Information Night

February 8 - 7:00 p.m. - CMS Auditorium - CMS Honors Concert

February 9 - 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. - Beech Street Center - Trivia Night fundraiser by the BHS Performing Arts Company. Please see the BHS website for more information and ticket costs.

February 9 - 6:30 p.m. - Butler PTA Library Night and Bake Sale

February 9 - 6:00 p.m. - Wellington PTO Multicultural Night

February 12  - 7:00 p.m. - BHS Auditorium - BHS Concert Featuring the BHS Wind Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, and Chamber Singers

February 15 - 7:00 p.m. - CMS Auditorium - CMS Symphonies and Parent/Teacher Chorus Concert

February 15 - Burbank PTA STEM Night

 


Karim Nagi performance of Arabic culture to CMS 7th graders  BHS Hallway Health Fair  MLK Day Keynote Speaker State Rep. Byron Rushing  Calvin Perkins  Kostas Tingos, Boys Soccer, and Olive Kozelian, Girls Swimming and Diving  Anoush Krafian  Lara Zeng, Matthew Miller, Tor Metelmann, Eva Hill, Wonyoung Jang, Cameron Anderson 



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