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Superintendent's November 2, 2018 Newsletter

date 11/2/2018

Fall is in full swing with Halloween festivities behind us and the end of daylight saving time creeping upon us. Please remember to "fall back" and set your clocks back one hour on Sunday, November 4. Please also see the latest news and calendar below, with many activities listed for you and your family to enjoy. 

 “The purpose of life is to contribute in some way to making things better.” 
― Robert F. Kennedy

SCHOOL COMMITTEE

School Committee Meeting in Boston:  The School Committee held its October 23 meeting at the Shelburne Community Center in Roxbury. The School Committee does this annually to support communication with our Belmont-METCO families. Also at this meeting, Belmont Against Racism (BAR) donated $16,000 to support safe transportation for Boston students who are participating in after school activities. We thank BAR for their continued generosity and support for our students.

Belmont High School Building Committee (BHSBC): The October 12 Superintendent's Newsletter shared some questions from community members and shared the answers to those questions. The Belmont Citizen Herald recently asked the BHSBC to share information on the new features the BHS grade 7-12 building will have that the current building does not have. Please take a look at that article here.

School Later Start Time: In June of 2018 the school department sent out surveys to parents and students on the issue of start times for our 9-12 high school. The school department recently sent a survey to the BHS staff on the same subject. The goal of the school administration, working with the high school educators and the School Committee, is to review the survey data to see if the district would like to pilot later start times for students for the 2020-21 school year. We will continue to keep the community apprised of the work on this subject.

School Committee Goals for 2018-2019: The School Committee this fall has held two working sessions to discuss their goals for the 2018-2019 school year. The School Committee will report out on these working sessions and their goals at the November 27 School Committee meeting.

WELLINGTON ADMINISTRATIVE CHANGES Wellington Interim Principal Stephen Lambert

We welcome Stephen Lambert, Interim Principal of the Wellington School, upon former principal Allison Franke's resignation due to medical reasons. Mr. Lambert will be the principal at Wellington through the end of the school year. Mr. Lambert is an experienced principal and will be an excellent leader of the Wellington School. We will be mapping out the search process for the next principal for the start of the 2019-2020 school year.

SCHOOL NEWS

  • Chenery introduced "Team Days", a new concept this year with the goal of making a big school feel smaller by engaging in work that connects adults and children in the building on the days before a school early release. During these Team Days, students will participate in social emotional learning (SEL), team building, and leadership building activities. Thank you to the Chenery school administration; the teacher team of Caitlin Corrieri, Rebecca Silver, Karl Mitchell, Becky Gannon, and Laura Tracey; and Social Emotional Consultant Rachel Poliner for undertaking this important work through this program. 
  • Butler student Kellen who guessed the pumpkin weight, and Nurse Lisa Harteveldt during PACK week Elementary schools participated in P.A.C.K. week from October 15 to October 19. This is a national healthy-eating initiative to encourage children to eat a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. Families who participated were asked to pack a color of the day fruit or vegetable. Butler School Nurse Lisa Harteveldt celebrated by holding a school contest for students to guess the closest correct weight of their school pumpkin. BPS Food Services elementary school lunch menu also reflected P.A.C.K. week items. A fun way to educate children on the importance of good nutrition.
  • All third graders at all of our elementary schools will be receiving dictionaries this November from the Lexington Lodge of the Elks. This is a wonderful donation from the Elks, totaling hundreds of dictionaries for our students. We thank the Elks for their generous gift.
  • Butler Fun Run Excitment in the Air Butler Fun Run, now in its fifth year, raised approximately $25,000, exceeding their goal of $18,000. Principal Daniel Betancourt dressed as Elastigirl and former custodian Bob Johnson returned for the Run dressed as Captain America. This is the Butler PTA's biggest fundraiser of the year, and all proceeds go toward the PTA sponsored school events.
  • Winn Brook Spirit Week Wacky Hair & Hat Day Winn Brook held Spirit Week on October 29-November 2, where students dressed up each day in themed clothing or had a wacky hat/hair day. During this week, a suggested donation of $1 was requested to help the victims of Hurricane Michael through the organization Direct Relief. A great way to show school spirit combined with community giving.
  • BHS staff members nominate two seniors each week to recognize their outstanding accomplishments ranging from citizenship to extracurricular activities to scholastic. Congratulations to Alexander Park, David Yan, Cassandra Reed and Brittany Moran. Please see the BHS website to read more about these Marauders of the Week.
  • BHS Haunted House BHS Haunted House was held on October 25 coinciding with the Masquerade Concert also held that night. Organized by sophomore Angela O'Toole with help from junior Anne Fletcher, senior Elizabeth Galli, and some 40 student volunteers, the BHS participants spent hours perfecting their costumes, makeup and props used to create the "haunt" in the house. A smaller, less scary house, was set up for the younger attendees and families. The House raised $690 from the admission which goes to support Samaritans, a suicide prevention service in Massachusetts.

VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS

  • BHS Orchestra Director Margot Reavey and the BHS Orchestra BHS Band Director Paul Ketchen and the BHS Band The Masquerade concert was well-attended with many families in costume as well as the conductors and performers. The BHS Orchestras and Symphonic Band performed fun, family-friendly "spooky" music for the occasion. A suggested donation of $10-$25 or nonperishable food items were accepted at the door, and all of the monetary and food donations go to the Belmont Food Pantry in collaboration with Music for Food and the Belmont Public Library. A great night of music combined with a great cause.
  • The BHS Performing Arts Company performed Broadway Night to sold-out audiences in the BHS Little Theater. This annual musical theater cabaret is always a popular ticket. Congratulations to Theater Director Ezra Flam and the performers.
  • BHS Fall Play Shakespeare's Two Gentlemen of Verona is the BHS fall play opening on November 8 with additional shows on November 9 and 10. All shows begin at 7:00 p.m., and tickets are available online and at Champions Sporting Goods. Please go to www.bhs-pac.org for tickets and information.
  • The BHS Wind Ensemble and the Grade 8 Band will perform together at Chenery on November 15. Admission is free.
  • Grade 6-8 Orchestras will give their first performance of the year on November 19 at Chenery.
  • Massachusetts Music Educators Association (MMEA) Northeast Senior District Auditions will take place on November 17. Auditioning for places in the Senior District Concert Band, Orchestra, Chorus and Jazz Ensemble will be 150 BHS students.

ATHLETICS

Catch the action this weekend and next in MIAA Tournaments and Sectional Meets:

Friday, 11/2/18 at 2:30 pm: BHS Field Hockey Team will travel to Masconomet Regional HS in the Quarter Finals of the MIAA Div. I North Playoffs.

Saturday, 11/3/18 at 2:40 pm: BHS Girls Cross Country Team travels to Wrentham Developmental Center for the MIAA Div. II Championship.

Saturday, 11/3/18 at 3:00 pm: BHS Boys Soccer Team will travel to Arlington HS in a First Round game of  the MIAA Div. II North Playoffs.

Saturday, 11/3/18 at 5:00 pm: BHS Girls Soccer Team will host to Salem HS at Harris Field in a First Round game of the MIAA Div. II North Playoffs. Admission for students and senior citizens is $5. Admission for adults is $7

Saturday, 11/10/18 at 1:20 pm: BHS  Boys Cross Country Team travels to Wrentham Developmental Center for the MIAA Div. II Championship.

Sunday, 11/11/18 at 8:45 am: BHS Girls Swimming and Diving Team travels to MIT to compete in the North Sectional Meet.

Sunday, 11/11/18 time TBD: BHS Cheerleading Team travels to Methuen HS to compete in the Div. II Regional Tournament Competition.

Congratulations the following BHS teams for a great season:

  • Golf Team finished second in the Sectional meet 
  • Girls Volleyball Team ended as third seed in the Central East Div. I Tournament
  • For the first time, the BHS Football Team went into MIAA postseason Div. III North playoffs

Belmont Boosters B-Drive raised approximately $30,000 which includes a match from Belmont Savings Bank. Fifty routes were mapped out with volunteers and coaches helping with the organizing. Thank you to all for a very successful drive.

ATHLETIC SCHEDULE  for Friday and Saturday:

Belmont HS & Chenery Middle school
Friday, November 02
6:00 PM Boys Varsity Football Plays Burlington at Harris Field 
Saturday, November 03
10:00 AM Boys Junior Varsity Football Stoneham High School Away

CALENDAR

Below are some events going on through November. Please check school websites and communications for any additional events, information or changes in dates, times and venues.

DATE/TIME-PLACE/EVENT

November 3 - 2:00 p.m. - CMS - Foundation for Belmont Education (FBE) Spelling Bee

November 3 - 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. - BHS Cafeteria - BHS Ski Team Annual Ski and Snowboard Sale (consignment sale drop off is 8-10 am)

November 4 - Daylight Saving Time Ends

November 5 - 7:00 p.m. - BHS Room 11 - Belmont Boosters Club Meeting

November 6-9 - Winn Brook Book Fair

November 7 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. - Winn Brook Game Night

November 7 - Early Release all Schools

November 8, 9, 10 - 7:00 p.m. - BHS Auditorium - BHS Fall Play

November 8 - 7:00 p.m. - CMS Auditorium - 2018 U.S. Women's Olympic Hockey Team Member Haley Skarupa presented by Belmont Boosters, Belmont Savings Bank, and Belmont Youth Hockey

November 12 - Schools Not in Session - Veteran's Day

November 13 - 6:00 pm - BHS - School Committee Meeting

November 13-15 - Wellington Book Fair

November 15 - Burbank - Library Night

November 15, 16 - Butler Book Fair

November 15 - 7:00 p.m. - CMS Auditorium - Grade 8 Band and BHS Wind Ensemble

November 17 - 9:00 a.m. - BHS Cafeteria - For Juniors Only: ACT/SAT Combo Test

November 17 - Off Site - BHS Sr. District Auditions

November 19 - 7:00 p.m. - CMS Auditorium - Grades 6-8 Orchestra Concert

November 19 - 6:00 p.m. - BHS Fall Athletic Awards

November 20 - 7:00 p.m. - CMS Auditorium - Grades 7 and 8 Chorus Concert

November 21 - Early Release all Schools

November 21 - BHS Pep Rally

November 22 - 10:15 a.m. - Harris Field - BHS vs Watertown Varsity Football Game

November 22 and 23 - Schools Not in Session - Thanksgiving Break

November 28 - 5:30 p.m. - BHS Auditorium - National Honor Society Induction Ceremony

November 29 - 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. - BHS Madrigals perform at the Belmont Tree Lighting

 


Butler Fun Run Excitment in the Air  Bob Johnson returns as Capt. America  Butler Fun Run  Butler student Kellen who guessed the pumpkin weight, and Nurse Lisa Harteveldt during PACK week  BHS Orchestra Director Margot Reavey and the BHS Orchestra  BHS Band Director Paul Ketchen and the BHS Band  BHS Haunted House  BHS Broadway Night  BHS Fall Play  Wellington Interim Principal Stephen Lambert  Winn Brook Spirit Week Wacky Hair & Hat Day  Winn Brook Spirit Week showing Wacky Hat  Winn Brook Spirit Week with a Wacky Hat  Winn Brook Spirit Week showing Wacky Hair 



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