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Superintendent's June 2018 Newsletter

date 6/20/2018

We congratulate our high school seniors who had their graduation on June 3. We wish them all well in their future endeavors. Our friends at Belmont Media Center filmed the graduation and posted it online.  Please go here to view graduation. We also want to recognize and congratulate our fourth grade class who move up to Chenery, and our eighth grade class who move up to the high school. This is a special time for our Belmont families.

On behalf of our staff, I would like to thank every community member, parent and/or guardian for their support. We appreciate the time our community members volunteer in our schools and on behalf of our schools.  The dedication to fundraisers and support for students in Belmont is second to none. 

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the faculty and staff of the Belmont Public Schools. Their dedication, hard work, and expertise drive the success of our schools.

I hope you all have a wonderful summer, and we will see you on the first day of school, September 5 for grades 1-12, and September 6 and 7 for kindergarten (half of kindergarten students each day for a half day; notices will be sent home by each school). Have a wonderful summer.

 “You cannot open a book without learning something.” 
― Confucius


Belmont High School Building Committee: In the coming 2018-2019 school year we will be entering the next few phases of the Belmont High School Building Project. It is very exciting to see a building design as presented to the School Committee on May 8 come to fruition after much input and support from the Belmont community. We thank the Belmont High School Building Committee (BHSBC), our educators, directors, and administrators for all their time, effort, and feedback that have brought us to this point.

At the most recent meeting, the June 19 School Committee meeting, the construction phasing schedule and exterior design update was presented to the Belmont community at a joint meeting of the BHSBC, the School Committee, and the Board of Selectmen. Upcoming meetings and more information on the project can be found at  Much has been accomplished but there is still much to do and look forward to in the coming 2018-2019 school year.

As you know, the BHSBC provided a design update and a virtual reality presentation of the building from Perkins and Will of the grade configuration of 7-12. Our Belmont teachers and educators have done great work with the Design Team to shape the floor plan and design plan, addressing topics that range from general design and adjacencies of programs and classes to very detailed work about classrooms and instructional spaces. The vote of a grade configuration of 7-12 by the School Committee provides the district with a creative opportunity to implement a renewed vision of teaching and learning for our students as well as provide much needed relief as it relates to our enrollment and space challenges. We are pleased to have made all of our deadlines the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) has set for us. The next deadline is a full MSBA review of the Design Team’s submission on July 11, 2018.

The next steps include approval by the MSBA on our final design submission over the summer. When successful approval is secured, the Town will see a debt exclusion vote at the general election on November 6. We thank the Belmont community for its continued support. School administration will continue to present to the Belmont community in the fall on the BHSBC work and plans at school’s PTO/PTA meetings. The BHSBC Committee will continue to hold public forums throughout the year as well.

Burbank Modulars: At their meeting on June 20, 2017, the School Committee agreed, with support from the Burbank community, to locate the elementary modulars at the Burbank School. Following that, Town Meeting members voted to fund the modulars at a Special Town Meeting on November 13, 2017. We will break ground this summer and be ready for occupancy by the start of school 2018-2019. The modulars will help to give some relief to our growing enrollment at the elementary level. We thank the Town, the Space Task Force Committee who explore space options, and the Burbank community for this much needed expansion. Please see more on the modulars on our website page.

FY18 School Budget: We presented the FY18 budget to the School Committee at the May 22 meeting and then at Town Meeting held on June 4. We thank the Town Meeting members for a successful vote that included the addition of nine positions at the elementary, middle and high school, and district level. These positions will help support our growing enrollment challenges and reduce class size. 

After School Care Expansion: As you know from my email to parents and guardians dated June 8, we are happy to announce we have identified sufficient space in four of the schools that need it to enable the after school programs to apply to the state for an increase in their capacity via the licensing process. Once the programs receive the updated license, the after school providers will communicate with their families the process for enrolling more children for the 2018-2019 school year. The Policy Sub Committee of the School Committee will continue the work of addressing some of the long term issues related to after school care. They will report to the community with more information in the fall. I want to thank our principals and after school care providers for their joint work in helping to increase space and supporting more families with after school programming. I would also like to thank our parents and guardians for feedback and input on this work.

In addition, we are working on a central registration process for incoming kindergarten students beginning in 2018-2019. This will give parents and guardians an opportunity to meet school officials and get information on school department services and allow school assignments to be completed prior to the aftercare program deadlines.

School Later Start Times Presentation: Dr. Judith Owens, Director of Sleep Medicine at Boston Children's Hospital and an internationally-recognized authority on pediatric sleep, presented The Impact of School Start Times on Student Health and Performance at the May 22 School Committee Meeting. Please see Dr. Owens presentation here, and more information on the BPS website


2018 BPS Retirees Colleen Sullivan, Robin Morrison, Catherine Larkin, Diane Wiltshire, John McLellan, JoAnn Papalia, Lois Mason Ten BPS staff members are retiring this year. Please join me in wishing the following people well: Mary Conant-Cantor, Director of Nursing; Regina Kalajian, Wellington Art Teacher; Catherine Larkin, BHS Art Teacher; Lois Mason, Reading Specialist; John McLellan, Chenery Music/Band Teacher; Robin Morrison, Winn Brook Grade 2 Teacher; Elizabeth Ordile, Butler Cafeteria Worker; JoAnn Papalia, Wellington Clerical Aide; Colleen Sullivan, Secretary to the Assistant Superintendent; Diane Wiltshire, METCO Director. The School Committee hosted a reception for them before the regularly scheduled meeting on June 5.  We thank them for their years of service, and wish them well in their retirement. Please see the Resolutions presented at the reception.


Please go here to see the summer reading lists for all grades.


  • Winn Brook Third Graders Honor Veterans We honored our veterans at three great Memorial Day celebrations at three of our schools, Belmont High School, Butler and Winn Brook Elementary Schools. This is a wonderful tradition held at three schools twice a year to honor our veterans for Veterans Day and Memorial Day. We are honored to recognize them and thank them for their service in this special way. Please see more pictures in this newsletter gallery below.
  • Students who did record amounts of volunteering were given the President's Volunteer Service Awards, a national award to promote and recognize service among people of all ages. The seniors were recognized at a School Committee meeting held on May 22, and the BHS underclass students were recognized at the June 7 Underclass Student Awards ceremony. Chenery students were awarded in June. Congratulations to all these students for helping the community. Please see more information on the BPS website.
  • 2018 CMS Author Festival and Book Fair Chenery Author Festival and Book Fair was held on June 7. This is a great opportunity for students to meet authors, ask questions of them, and get books for summer reading. Organized by Chenery Librarian Karen Duff, this annual event is always a crowd-pleaser. Please see the list of authors who attended here.
  • Winn Brook Fourth Grade Geography Bee Winn Brook had many well-attended spring events this year from a School-Wide Hop-a-Thon that raised $1,500 for muscular dystrophy to the annual Multicultural Night. Please take a look at some of these in this newsletter picture gallery.
  • Butler 2018 Spring Art Newsletter The spring Butler Art Newsletter by Art Teacher Meghann Remick is out, and shows artwork done by all grades. It is great to see all this creativity going on. Please go here to see the newsletter.
  • Wellington School Staff Recognition 2018 Recipients and Attendees Staff Recognition Day, held at a reception on May 23, celebrated 76 staff and faculty members of Belmont Public Schools for their years of service. We thank them all for their many years of service, ranging from ten to 35. Please see more information and the list of awardees on the BPS website.
  • We say goodbye to Belmont High School Principal Dan Richards at the end of this month. As you know, Dan is going to be principal of Georgetown Middle High School as of July 1, and Thomas Brow will be the BHS Interim Principal. Thank you, Dan, and we wish you well in your next endeavor. 


  • The Foundation for Belmont Education (FBE) announced awards approved for the 2018-2019 academic year. They are three Special Initiatives, totaling $57,950, and 10 Innovative Teaching Initiative Professional Development awards, totaling $25,110 for a grand total of $83,060 awarded. We thank the FBE and the Belmont Community for their generous and continued support of the Belmont Public Schools. Please see the FBE website for a summary of the awards.
  • Thank you to all the organizations for all the support they provide throughout the school year. Please join me in recognizing the following groups that provide so much to our students and schools.
    Brendan Grant Foundation


Here is the latest news from our Athletic Director James Davis:

  • Jackson Luce, Booster May 2018 Athlete of the Month Anoush Krafian, Booster May 2018 Athlete of the Month Congratulations to the Belmont Booster Athletes of the Month for May (pictured): Anoush Krafian for Girls Outdoor Track and Jackson Luce for Boys Tennis.
  • The following BHS seniors are named Boston Herald All Scholastics:
    Nate Espelin - Baseball
    Anoush Krafian - Girls Outdoor Track
  • Come see the MIAA State Tournament Games Girls and Boys Rugby D1 Sate Championship is held on June 23 at Newton South High School:
    MIAA D1 Girls Rgby Championship Game at 2:00 p.m. - Belmont vs. Lincoln Sudbury High School
    MIAA D1 Boys Rugby Championship Game at 4:00 p.m. - Belmont vs. BC High School
    Admission is $7 for students and seniors; $10 for adults.

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2018 Spring BHS Athletic Awards:

Boys Varsity Outdoor Track

Sportsmanship Award: Evan Xu
Coaches Award: Zach Tseng
Boys Junior Varsity Outdoor Track
Sportsmanship Award: Anthony DeMarco
Coaches Award: Raymond Chen  
Girls Varsity Outdoor Track
Sportsmanship Award: Dinara Mardanova
Coaches Award: Naomi Arsenault
Girls Junior Varsity Outdoor Track
Sportsmanship Award: Audrey Quinn
Coaches Award: Maya Vernick
Boys Varsity Tennis
Sportsmanship Award: Caleb Harris
Coaches Award: Anton Kutsman
Girls Varsity Tennis
Sportsmanship Award: Julia Logan
Coaches Award: Jackie Jiang
Boys Varsity Lacrosse
Sportsmanship Award: Michael Shea
Coaches Award: Nick Coppolo
Boys Junior Varsity Lacrosse
Sportsmanship Award: Nolan Duffy
Coaches Award: Brennen Westgate
Girls Varsity Lacrosse
Sportsmanship Award: Lilly Devitt
Coaches Award: Meg Higgins
Girls Junior Varsity Lacrosse
Sportsmanship Award: Ani Ganjian
Coaches Award: Rachel November
Boys Varsity Baseball
Sportsmanship Award: Ryan Noone
Coaches Award: Jake Pollock
Boys Junior Varsity Baseball
Sportsmanship Award: Max Callanan
Coaches Award: Alex Kozelian
Boys Freshman Baseball
Sportsmanship Award: Alexander Fick
Coaches Award: Michael Travia
Girls Varsity Softball
Sportsmanship Award: Gabriella Federico
Coaches Award: Caroline Madden
Girls Junior Varsity Softball
Sportsmanship Award: Samantha Widdison
Coaches Award: Anna Moquete
Boys Varsity Rugby
Sportsmanship Award: George Fitzgerald
Coaches Award: Will Lozano
Boys Junior Varsity Rugby
Sportsmanship Award: Garrett Eagar
Coaches Award: Jon Brabo
Boys Developmental Rugby
Sportsmanship Award: Tyler Hafen
Coaches Award:  Paul Muser
Girls Varsity Rugby
Sportsmanship Award: Grace Christensen
Coaches Award: Jess Rosenstein
Girls Junior Varsity Rugby
Sportsmanship Award: Samantha Rocci
Coaches Award: Sadie Kabrhel


Please go here to see the June Belmont Library Newsletter.


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


June 20 - Last Day of School (Early Release All School)

Winn Brook Fourth Grade Geography Bee  Fourth Grade Wax Museum 2  Winn Brook Fourth Grade Wax Museum 1  Winn Brook Hop-a-Thon  Winn Brook K Writing Celebration  Winn Brook K Writing Celebration  Wellington School Staff Recognition 2018 Recipients and Attendees  Staff Recognition 2018 with BEA President John P. Sullivan, Jr., CMS Music Teacher John McLellan, Supt. John Phelan  2018 BPS Retirees Colleen Sullivan, Robin Morrison, Catherine Larkin, Diane Wiltshire, John McLellan, JoAnn Papalia, Lois Mason  Anoush Krafian, Booster May 2018 Athlete of the Month  Jackson Luce, Booster May 2018 Athlete of the Month  BHS Memorial Day 1  BHS Memorial Day  BHS Memorial Day  BHS Memorial Day  Butler School Memorial Day Observance  Veterans at Winn Brook  Winn Brook Third Graders Honor Veterans  Winn Brook Veterans in Audience  2018 CMS Author Festival and Book Fair  Butler 2018 Spring Art Newsletter 



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