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Superintendent's November 21, 2018 Newsletter

date 11/21/2018

We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. As you know from my email, the annual BHS vs Watertown football game is on as scheduled at Harris Field beginning at 10:15 a.m. It will be cold so please dress warmly that morning. Have a great long weekend.

“Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education.” 
― Franklin D. Roosevelt


Belmont High School Building Project: As you know, the vote for the Belmont High School project was a positive vote on Election Day, November 6, and at Town Meeting on November 13. We would like to again thank community members, volunteers, educators and staff who helped shape the work and supported this project over the last two years. We also thank the Belmont High School Building Committee members, in particular Bill Lovallo and Pat Brusch for their leadership, and Town Department Heads and Town leaders for their time, effort and hard work on this project.

With the building of a 7-12 school now progressing, this is an exciting time for the future of Belmont Public Schools. We will keep the community informed of the next steps moving forward with anticipated construction beginning at the end of this school year.

Belmont High School and Wellington School Principal Search: The BHS principal position has been posted and a Principal Search Committee, formed of educators, students, and parents/guardians, has been assembled with the goal of hiring a new principal by winter recess. This person would start on July 1, 2019, after the school year is over. The Wellington Principal Search Committee will be formed in January 2018. We will continue to update you regarding these searches.


  • Veterans Saluting at Burbank Veterans Day Exercises were held on November 9 beginning at the Chenery School followed by the Butler and Burbank schools. This event is always inspiring to our staff and students. Veterans who attended as guests of honor represented service in three wars; Korea, Vietnam, and the War on Terror as well as six branches of service; Navy, Marines, Coast Guard, Army, National Guard, and the Air Force. Our own staff who have served took the stage as well. We thank them all for their sacrifices and service. Please see more on the BPS website.
  • BHS staff members nominate one to two seniors each week to recognize their outstanding accomplishments ranging from citizenship to extracurricular activities to scholastic. Congratulations to Lara Zeng and Liz Biondo, November 5 Marauders of the week, and to Eleanor Amer, November 12 Marauder of the Week. Please see the BHS website to read more about Marauders of the Week.
  • Bean observation at Burbank Burbank students have been in the Burbank gardens observing seeds and learning about how corn, beans and squash supported each other and how they were important to the Wampanoag Native People. Burbank garden committee and parent volunteers with Burbank teachers learned from a training workshop held at the school on how to connect gardening with the K-4 curriculum and how to use the school gardens for teaching and learning. The workshop was held by the Educational Outreach arm of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, funded by a grant from the Foundation for Belmont Education.
  • Butler kindergarten students have been learning about Johnny Appleseed and singing songs about apples. To compliment this, the students visited Carlson Orchards on October 16 for a tour of their packing house and some apple picking, sponsored by the PTA.
  • Wellington Preschool Pajama Jam Wellington preschool had their first Pajama Jam on 14, coinciding with the Wellington book fair. Families visited the book fair, parents connected to parents and teachers, and all enjoyed musical guests who provided music and movement for the crowd. Preschool Director Briana Wall says the goal is for parents to meet and build relationships with other parents in the community as well as to feel more engaged in the program, school and community. It was such a successful turnout, Ms. Wall hopes it becomes an annual event. A great way for these families to begin their relationship with the Belmont school community.


Here is the latest news from the Director of Food Services Dustin O'Brien:

  • School Lunch with Compostable Tray In an effort to be eco-friendly and environmentally conscious, the Food Services Department now uses compostable trays instead of foam. We also switched out plastic containers at the BHS salad bar to fully compostable containers as well. Future steps will look into eco-friendly utensils.
  • Belmont Food Services has switched pizza vendors for the 2018-2019 school year and awarded to local favorite, Nick’s Place II. So far, the students love the new pizzas and participation has nearly doubled on pizza day!
  • Each school has installed a daily allergen board to be more transparent with our student body. Here, our students can check for themselves to what potential allergens are in that day’s meals. As our vendors can sometimes substitute product prior to its arrival, these boards are the most up to date way of conveying this information.


BeeGLes and Cool Bees Teams The FBE Spelling Bee held on November 3 had more than 700 students from kindergarten to grade six complete. The event raised more than $20,000 for Belmont Public Schools. We thank the FBE and all those who participated and sponsored in this event. Please go here to see the full story on the BPS website.


Congratulations to all the Belmont students who auditioned for the MMEA Northeast Senior District Festival. Please read more from Visual and Performing Arts Director Arto Asadoorian:

This past Saturday, Nov. 17, 134 students from the Belmont High Music Band, Chorus and Orchestra programs auditioned for the 2019 Massachusetts Music Educators Association (MMEA) Northeast Senior District Festival. Each student was asked to perform excerpts from a selected solo or choral work, as well as to demonstrate technical proficiency on a variety of scales and sight-reading exercises. Jazz musicians were also required to improvise solos to the selected piece for their audition.

The process of preparing for auditions like this is rigorous, and it takes a great deal of courage to walk into an audition room and put your work on display. Congratulations to all 134 BHS students who took the opportunity to audition on Saturday for your hard work and determination.

The following seventy-four students were selected to participate in the 2019 MMEA-Northeast Senior District Festival Band, Chorus, Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble, which will take place in early January 2019. It is worth noting that many of the students who were not accepted to participate were only within one or two points of being accepted, and we know that they are certainly Senior District-caliber musicians regardless of the outcome of this one audition. In addition, 37 students earned the opportunity to audition for the MMEA All-State Festival. Those auditions will take place at the end of January, and students will compete for the chance to perform at the All-State Festival in Boston at the beginning of March.

Angus Abercrombie, Chorus
Idris Abercrombie, Trombone (All-State Recommendation)
Rebecca Anderson, Tuba (All-State Recommendation)
Katherine Arkin, Oboe
Zoe Armstrong, Chorus
Pierre Ayer, Chorus
Eli Barnes, Chorus (All-State Recommendation)
Lot Bates, Cello (All-State Recommendation)
Owen Chan, Percussion
Alyssa Chen, Violin (All-State Recommendation)
Jason Chen, Clarinet (All-State Recommendation)
Katarina Chen,Viola
Caleb Christensen, Chorus
Grace Christensen  Chorus (All-State Recommendation)
Liam Cmok-Kehoe  Chorus
Andrew Cubstead  Chorus
Margo Danahy, Viola
Phoebe Derba, String Bass
Chantal Dunn, Chorus
Garrett Eagar, Trombone
Joia Findeis, Viola (All-State Recommendation)
Mariko Findell, Euphonium
Jessica Giorgio, Chorus
Christopher Giron, Bassoon (All-State Recommendation)
Anthony Haddad, Jazz Bass (All-State Recommendation)
Lydia Haddad, French Horn (All-State Recommendation)
Honor Hickman, Flute (All-State Recommendation)
Aditya Jain, Jazz Trombone (All-State Recommendation)
Allen Jang, Chorus
Seiyoung Jang, Trumpet (All-State Recommendation)
David Jen, Chorus
Ethan Jin, Jazz Trumpet (All-State Recommendation)
Nate Jones, Jazz Trombone (All-State Recommendation)
Tilly Jones, Flute (All-State Recommendation)
Daniel Joh Kang, Violin (All-State Recommendation)
Emily Kim, Violin
Isabelle Kim, Violin (All-State Recommendation)
Francesca Kitch, Violin
Megan Kornberg, Oboe (All-State Recommendation)
Isaac Laing, Cello (All-State Recommendation)
Edward Lee, Chorus (All-State Recommendation)
Gaeun Lee, Clarinet
Miro Leeb, Viola
Philip Lynch, Trumpet (All-State Recommendation)
Yatin Mankan, Chorus
Jackson Mann, Chorus (All-State Recommendation)
Clare Martin, Alto Saxophone (All-State Recommendation)
Colin Martin, Bassoon (All-State Recommendation)
Elizabeth Mason, Chorus
Noah Merfeld, Chorus
Matthew Miller, Clarinet
Charlotte Nilsen, String Bass
Lora Ovcharova, French Horn
Alex Park, Jazz Trumpet (All-State Recommendation)
Chloe Park, Trombone (All-State Recommendation)
Jessica Peng, Flute (All-State Recommendation)
Lila Searls, Alto Saxophone (All-State Recommendation)
Irene Son, Clarinet (All-State Recommendation)
Ian Svetkey, Chorus (All-State Recommendation)
Jason Tang, Clarinet
Soleil Tseng, Violin
Cooper Valentin,e Chorus
Shankar Veludandi, Chorus
Joshua Wan, Trumpet
Albert Wang, Cello
Andy Wei, Flute
Alex Wilk, Viola (All-State Recommendation)
Bianca Windemuth, Viola
Andrew Xu, Bass Clarinet (All-State Recommendation)
Alex Yang, Cello
Jimi Yao-Smith, Trumpet
Daniel Zhang, Tenor Saxophone (All-State Recommendation)
Kenneth Zhou, Tuba (All-State Recommendation)
Henry Zuccharello, Trombone (All-State Recommendation)


Congratulations to Sophie Butte - MIAA State Champion Division 2, 50-Yard Freestyle award, and the Girls Volleyball team - MIAA State Sportsmanship award.

2018 BHS Fall Athletic Awards Night Congratulations also to the recipients of the 2018 BHS Fall Athletic Awards.

Varsity Boys Cross Country 
Sportsmanship Award: Rafael Burger
Coaches Award: Stephen Carvalho
Junior Varsity Boys Cross Country
Sportsmanship Award: John Edwards
Coaches Award: Tyler Hafen
Varsity Girls Cross Country
Sportsmanship Award: Emma Sutherland
Coaches Award: Joy He
Junior Varsity Girls Cross Country
Sportsmanship Award: Abby Mohr
Coaches Award: Julia Cantor
Varsity Field Hockey
Sportsmanship Award:  Hana Power
Coaches Award: Mia Kaldenbaugh
Junior Varsity Field Hockey
Sportsmanship Award: Audrey Hayes
Coaches Award: Ainsley Conroy
Freshmen Field Hockey
Sportsmanship Award: Katie Shea
Coaches Award: Elia Matrician
Varsity Football
Sportsmanship Award: Kilian O’Connell
Coaches Award: Sam Sagherian
Junior Varsity Football
Sportsmanship Award: Chad Francis
Coaches Award: Brennen Westgate
Freshman Football
Sportsmanship Award: Tony Zhao
Coaches Award: Tyler Arno
Varsity Swim Team
Sportsmanship Award: Luisa November                  
Coaches Award: Sophie Butte
Varsity Volleyball
Sportsmanship Award: Jenna Crowley
Coaches Award: Leah Babroudi
Junior Varsity Volleyball
Sportsmanship Award: Ines de la Fuente
Coaches Award: Lily Grant
Freshman Volleyball
Sportsmanship Award: Sophia Lowery
Coaches Award: Reid Siggers
Varsity Golf
Sportsmanship Award: Phil Scali
Coaches Award: David Pergamo
Varsity Cheerleading
Sportsmanship Award: Haidy Fernandez
Coaches Award: Claire Gore
Junior Varsity Cheerleading
Sportsmanship Award: Bridget Wholey
Coaches Award: Eliza Murtaugh
Varsity Boys Soccer
Sportsmanship Award: Demitri Kokoros
Coaches Award: Seamus Dullaghan
Junior Varsity Boys Soccer
Sportsmanship Award: Andy Steisel
Coaches Award: Max Dionne
Freshman Boys Soccer
Sportsmanship Award: Ben Quinn
Coaches Award: Adrian Nelson
Varsity Girls Soccer
Sportsmanship Award: Megan Tan                           
Coaches Award: Morgan Krauss
Junior Varsity Girls Soccer
Sportsmanship Award: Elisabeth Hoerle
Coaches Award: Roselyn Diaz
Freshman Girls Soccer
Sportsmanship Award: Sofia Hospodar

Coaches Award: Nina Minicozzi


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


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; Day of Game all Tickets $10

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

November 27 - 7:00 p.m. - CMS Community Room - School Committee Meeting

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

December 1 - BHS - SAT Testing

December 3 - 7:00 pm. - CMS Auditorium - Gr. 7 and 8 Band Concert

December 4 - 7:00 p.m. - CMS Community Room - School Committee Meeting

December 5 - Chenery Middle School Early Release

December 5 - 7:00 p.m. - CMS PTO Meeting

December 5 - 7:00 p.m. - BHS Auditorium - BHS Winter Concert No. 1

December 6 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. - BHS Auditorium - Junior Future Planning Night

December 6 - 7:00 p.m. - CMS Auditorium - Gr. 6 Chorus/Band Concert

December 6 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. - CMS Large Gym - CMS Upper School Movie Night

December 8 - BHS - ACT Testing

December 10 - 7:00 p.m. - CMS Auditorium - CMS Honors Concert

December 12 - Chenery Middle School Early Release

December 12 - 7:00 p.m. - BHS Auditorium - BHS Winter Concert No. 2

December 12 - 7:00 p.m. - Butler PTA Meeting

December 13 - 7:30 p.m. - BHS Library BHS PTSO Meeting

December 13 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. - CMS Auditorium - CMS Talent Show (Tickets at Moozy's, Champions, and CMS for $10 to benefit Grade 8 Washington DC trip)

December 14 - 7:00 p.m. - BHS Cafeteria - PAC Coffeehouse


Wellington Preschool Pajama Jam  Veterans Saluting at Burbank  Butler Kindergarten Visit to Carlson Orchards  Bean observation at Burbank  BeeGLes and Cool Bees Teams  Daily Allergen Board  School Lunch with Compostable Tray  2018 BHS Fall Athletic Awards Night 



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