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Superintendent's October 12, 2017 Newsletter

date 10/12/2017

Summer still seems to be struggling to give up its reign to fall, but we are starting to see cooler days and nights for October. Either way the temperature goes, it is great weather to be in the stands cheering on the Belmont school sports teams or attending Broadway Night at the high school this weekend. October is also National Principals Month, and a wonderful opportunity to thank our principals for their hard work and dedication.

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” 
― W.B. Yeats


Visioning Workshop at BHS Belmont High School Building Committee (BHSBC):  On September 19 and 20 there was a two-day Visioning workshop with the Design Architect Team. More than 70 educators and community members volunteered for these sessions, which looked at the impact of  the three possible grade configurations, teaching and learning, and how all the information being gathered may impact the design of the new building. This is the second workshop, continuing on the work done last spring. The design team, Perkins+Will, will integrate the information from the September 19 and 20 session along with the Frank Locker spring 2017 session findings. The feedback and information will be part of the educational program document submitted to the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA).

There are upcoming Community Engagement meetings listed below. Please come by to hear about the project, and have a chance to give your input and ask questions. A recent meeting was held on September 19 at the Chenery Middle School. Please see that presentation here.

Below are the upcoming Community Engagement Meetings regarding the BHS building project:

  • Friday, October 13th @ 1:15pm (Beech Street Center)
  • Saturday, October 28th @ 10:00am (Belmont High School)
  • Wednesday, November 15th @ 7:30pm (Town Hall)
  • Tuesday, December 12th @ 7:00pm (Belmont High School)

Agendas for all of these meetings will include:

  • High School Building Project Updates
  • Introduction of the Project Design Team from Perkins+Will
  • District Enrollment Update & Grade Configuration Discussion
  • Updates on Recent Education Visioning Workshops
  • Questions & Comments

In addition, I have made presentations at school PTO/PTA meetings on September 25 at Burbank, October 6 at Butler, and October 11 at Wellington. The next upcoming PTO/PTA  meetings are:

  • October 12 -  7:00 p.m - Chenery Community Room
  • October 19 - 9:00 a.m. - Winn Brook Cafeteria
  • October 25 - 7:00 p.m. - BHS Library

To get updates via email and to learn more about the Belmont High School Building Project, including project timelines, videos, meeting schedules, presentations, and more, please visit and

BPS Enrollment: October 1 enrollment numbers are the official enrollment numbers schools in Massachusetts use to report to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), and use for reporting during the year. As you can see from the presentation given to the School Committee on October 10, Belmont Public Schools has increased by 123 students from the October 1, 2016 reporting. As of the October 1 date, there are 4,531 students enrolled in Belmont Public Schools. Please see the enrollment presentation here.

Burbank Modulars: I presented information to the Burbank community about the Modulars at the PTA meeting on September 25. The district is very fortunate to have the support of the PTA, the Burbank Walks and Safe Routes to School members, and the Burbank community.  This has been a constructive and productive partnership. The administration heard the request for playground and parking reconfiguration work, and will continue to look toward a positive vote on a full proposal for the November Town Meeting. Please see my presentation to the School Committee on September 26 here.


Wellington Principal Amy Spangler has announced her retirement as principal effective December 22, 2017. She has been a valuable educator and administrator while at Belmont Public Schools, and she will be missed. The district will outline the plan for Principal Spangler's replacement in the coming weeks.


  • Wellington Fun Run Warm-up in Gym Wellington students held their very First Annual PTO Fun Run on October 6. Students, families and staff began with a warm up in the gym and then took a run/walk around the Wellington neighborhood. The Fun Run raised over $25,000, exceeding the goal of $20,000, and Principal Amy Spangler and Assistant principal Annemarie Stewart dressed as super heroes to celebrate.

  • Winn Brook PTA held its annual Back to School Ice Cream Social on September 28. A great night on the blacktop to enjoy ice cream or sorbet and meet the Winn Brook community.

  • Butler PTA held a Back to School Picnic for students and families on September 8. All enjoyed pizza and a raffle.

  • Burbank students and their families enjoyed square dancing and line dancing, stopping for the occasional ice cream break at the PTA Annual Fall Social, held on September 22. The Burbank Gardens Committee also provided salsa, salads, kale chips, pickles, and bread, and bouquets all made with items from the garden.

  • BHS Belmontian Club Breast Cancer Walk 10-1-17 The BHS Belmontian Community Service Club/BHS Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Team began their fundraising activities this year. Last year the team came in second place in the American Cancer Society High School Challenge in the metropolitan Boston area after raising more than $13,000. The team was presented with a plaque at the Boston Hatch Shell at the October 1 Breast Cancer Walk. Please look at the BHS Website for merchant promotions and how to donate.

  • FBE Dan Scharfman Run The Fifth Annual Dan Scharfman Memorial Run had more than 800 runners from across New England participate on October 1, and raised more than $25,000. Proceeds from the run go to the Foundation for Belmont Education's (FBE) Innovative Teaching Initiative. Thank you to the FBE for their continued support of Belmont Public Schools. Please see the full run details on the BPS website.


  • BPS/BASEC Parent Lecture Series presents "Managing Anxiety at School and Home: Strategies to Interrupt the Worry Cycle". at the BHS Auditorium on November 15 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Lynn Lyons, LICSW and psychotherapist specializes in the treatment of anxious children and their parents, will talk about concrete strategies educators and parents can use to handle anxiety at home and in the classroom.
  • November 4 is the FBE Spelling Bee from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Chenery School. Please go to their website for registration and other information.


  • BHS Broadway Night Poster BHS Performing Arts Company Presents BROADWAY NIGHT October 13 and 14 at 7:00 p.m. in the BHS Little Theater. In this annual Musical Theater Cabaret evening, students perform classic and contemporary work in an evening of song, dance and storytelling. Tickets and more details can be found at
  • The BHS Wind Ensemble will travel to Wakefield on Thursday, Oct. 19 for a collaborative performance with the Wakefield HS Wind Ensemble. 7:30 PM, Galvin Middle School (Wakefield).
  • The annual Masquerade Concert will take place at BHS on Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 7 PM. The BHS Orchestras and Bands will perform, and audience members are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes. This year’s concert is presented in partnership with “Music for Food”, a From the Top initiative that will benefit the Belmont Food Pantry. Donations and canned goods will be accepted at the door. 


  • Belmont Soccer Night Soccer Night in Belmont, held on September 23, had a great turnout and great games played by the girls and boys varsity soccer teams. Both the teams beat rival Winchester. Younger players of Belmont Second Soccer and Belmont Soccer Association were ball-boys and ball-girls, and they competed in mini-games during the half-time of both varsity games. A great community event.

  • Press Box at BHS The new BHS Press Box has been a main attraction, completed just before the start of fall sports. Thank you to Bill Webster and Rick Jones for seeing the project through and for their fundraising efforts, and thank you to the Boosters, all the families, community groups and businesses that made it possible.

  • Belmont High Winter Sports Sign Ups will take place on Monday,  November 6th @ 2:30 p.m. in the following locations:
    Girls’ Basketball - Room 221B
    Boys’ Basketball - Room 113
    Girls’ Ice Hockey - Room 221A
    Boys’ Ice Hockey - MOD 2
    Girls’ & Boys’ Indoor Track - Wenner Field House
    Winter Cheer - BHS Upper Gym
    Boys Swim - BHS Cafe
    Alpine Ski - MOD 3
    Wrestling - MOD 5
    All Events
    10/9/2017 to 10/14/2017
    Belmont HS & Chenery MS
    Thursday, October 12
    3:30 PM Boys Varsity Golf Arlington Catholic HS Away
    3:30 PM Boys Varsity Golf Danvers High School Away
    3:30 PM Boys Freshman Football Lexington High School Away
    3:30 PM Coed Chenery Middle Cross Country Carlisle MS Home
    3:45 PM Boys Varsity Soccer Woburn High School Home
    3:45 PM Boys Junior Varsity Soccer Woburn High School Home
    3:45 PM Girls Junior Varsity Soccer Woburn High School Away
    5:30 PM Girls Varsity Soccer Woburn High School Away
    5:30 PM Girls Junior Varsity Field Hockey Woburn High School Home
    6:30 PM Girls Varsity Field Hockey Woburn High School Home
    Friday, October 13
    3:45 PM Boys Freshman Soccer Woburn High School Home
    3:45 PM Girls Freshman Soccer Woburn High School Away
    4:00 PM Girls Junior Varsity Volleyball Woburn High School Home
    4:00 PM Girls Freshman Field Hockey Woburn High School Away
    4:00 PM Girls Freshman Volleyball Woburn High School Home
    5:00 PM Girls Varsity Volleyball Woburn High School Home
    6:00 PM Boys Varsity Football Lexington High School Home
    Saturday, October 14
    2:00 PM Boys Junior Varsity Football Lexington High School Away
    5:00 PM Girls Varsity Soccer Woburn High School Home


The October Newsletter can be read here.


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


October 12 - 6:30 p.m. Social Half Hour, meeting at 7:00 p.m. - CMS Large Community Room - PTO Meeting

October 13 & 14 - 7:00 p.m. - BHS Little Theater - Broadway Night

October 14 - BHS - PSAT Test

October 18 - Middle School Early Release

October 18 - BHS Parent/Teacher Conferences

October 19 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. - CMS Cafeteria - Fifth Grade and New Families Pasta Dinner

October 19 - 7:00 p.m. - Winn Brook Cafeteria - PTA Meeting

October 20 - Butler Fourth Annual PTA Fun Run

October 22 - 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. - BHS Field House - Booster "B" Drive 

October 25 - Elementary and Middle School Early Release

October 25 - 7:30 p.m. - BHS Library - BHS PTO Meeting.

October 25 - 7:00 p.m. - BHS Auditorium - Masquerade Concert performed by the BHS Orchestras and Bands

October 27 - 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. - CMS Cafeteria - Grades 7 and 8 Dance

Visioning Workshop at BHS  Belmont Soccer Night  Winn Brook Ice Cream Social  BHS Broadway Night Poster  FBE Dan Scharfman Run  Press Box at BHS  BHS Belmontian Club Breast Cancer Walk 10-1-17  Principal Amy Spangler and Asst. Principal Annemarie Stewart  Wellington Fun Run  Vision Workshop with Perkins and Will Reps.  Belmont Soccer Night BHS Varsity Boys' Team  Belmont Soccer Night BHS Varsity Girls' Team  Belmontians Under Sign for Top Five Fundraising Teams for 2016  Burbank Fall 2017 Social  Wellington Fun Run Warm-up in Gym 



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