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Superintendent's January 2019 Newsletter

date 1/14/2019

It is my delight and privilege to visit schools on a regular basis to see teaching and learning in our schools across the district. One of the schools I recently visited was Burbank, who had just held a school-wide "Community Meeting" on, I have a Dream, the speech Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered at the Lincoln Memorial during the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. It was inspiring to see the follow up work done in each classroom. At this time I wish to remind the community of the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Breakfast at BHS on January 21 from 8:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. with Keynote Speaker Dr. Emmett Price and other distinguished guests. Please go here for ticket information.

We hope you are all having a wonderful start to this new year of 2019. Please see the latest news in the district and in the calendar section below.

“If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” 
― Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE

BHS Programs of Study: The School Committee was presented with the 2019-2020 Belmont High School Program of Studies at the January 8 meeting, and it will be voted on at the January 22 School Committee meeting. Six new courses for next year are four art courses (3D Art 2, Digital Art 2, Animation 2, and Improvisation for Actors); one science course (Physics Tutor); and one interdisciplinary course for Math/Social Studies (Social Justice by the Numbers). Some of these offerings can be done in a budget-neutral manner, while other courses may need budget approval before moving forward. Please go here to see the full presentation.

BPS Summer Enrichment Program Update: The BPS Summer Enrichment program for 2019 was presented by co-program directors Peter Tausek and Crystal Waters at the January 8 School Committee meeting. CMS Social Studies Teacher Peter Tausek returns as a co-director, and we welcome CMS Math Teacher Crystal Waters as a new co-director for the program. The summer program offers classes that engage our students and help students maintain skills and academics from the school year. New classes this summer are Model UN and Foreign Language and Culture. Please go here to see that presentation, and on the BPS website in the near future for information regarding registration for the program.

After School Programming Survey: The School Committee sent a survey to parents of grade K-8 students who use after school programming. As you know, the School Committee and school administration have been working to address the growing need for after school programs in response to our growing enrollment as district. The survey will be used to aide long range planning for the school-based after school programs. Please take a moment to complete the survey by going here. The deadline for your response is at the close of the business day on January 14. We thank you in advance for your participation.

TEACHING AND LEARNING

Throughout the year our educators take advantage of a variety of professional learning opportunities. Our teachers and school leadership who engage in district professional development (PD) courses bring their knowledge to help plan district-wide training as well as locally benefiting the district schools and classrooms. From last summer to the end of December they attended classes such as Studying Skillful Teaching, Classroom Practices for Social Emotional Learning (SEL), Google Apps Technology, and the Faces of Mental Illness in elementary and secondary school classrooms. Ongoing is a course on Quality Conversations about Teaching and Learning focusing on feedback and communication in the evaluation/observation process. This winter and spring educators will take part in district professional learning on culturally responsive teaching exploring the impact of race, culture, and equity on student’s engagement, learning and achievement as well as confronting bias and recognizing student assets. In addition, there is a general education class on Success for All Students w/in Inclusive Classrooms to support students with special learning needs. We are fortunate to have educators dedicated to increasing teaching and learning skills and building student-teacher relationships. We also are fortunate to have the Foundation for Belmont Education (FBE) provide some of the funding for these PD courses. For more information on Professional Development for BPS staff, please go to the PD page on the BPS website.

SCHOOL NEWS

  • Butler 4th grade Engineering Challenge Butler grade 4 student engineers were given a design challenge to create an earthquake resistant building made up of at least five units and at least two units tall. All fourth graders have learned how structural engineers use models to test building designs for their earthquake resistance and look at four design elements earthquake resistant structures have in common. Students then apply this knowledge to create their own earthquake resistant buildings made of straws, pipe cleaners, and index cards and test these structures on shake tables which simulate an earthquake. Students closely observed their buildings during the earthquake and revised their designs based on the results. This is part of their STEM curriculum, developed and coordinated by Curriculum Specialist Jessica DeFrances with the support of Elementary Science Facilitator Jennifer Scranton.   
  • Keith Haring Art by Wellington Grade 2 Wellington artists have been busy in the art studio. Students in K-2 have been focusing on the elements of art, Grade 2 working on a unit on the artist Keith Haring, Grade 3 has been learning about Maurice Sendak bringing their 2D creations into 3D works of art, and Grade 4 is working with clay on alebrijes, which are brightly colored Mexican folk art sculptures of mythical creatures. Art Teacher Christina Cammarata created an Instagram account to share the projects she and the students are doing, and updates it weekly at @artstudio_wellington.
  • Winn Brook Diversity Map Winn Brook school turned an ordinary map into a centerpiece of a display which identifies the more than 20 countries in which their students were born.  Brook Principal Janet Carey says this diversity creates wonderful opportunities for growth and reflection and promotes awareness and acceptance of other perspectives as well as preparing the children for a global society.
  • The BHS Marauders of the week of January 8 are Elizabeth Galli and Flynn Leeb. Each week, members of the BHS staff nominate two seniors for the outstanding accomplishments ranging from citizenship to extracurricular actives to scholastic. Please go here to read more about these students.

ATHLETICS

  • The BHS Girls Indoor Track won their final dual meet on January 8 to finish 5-0 in duals meets making them Liberty Division Champions - Congratulations!

  • November 2018 Booster of the Month Audrey Christo, Girls Cross Country November 2018 Booster of the Month Seamus Dullaghan, Boys Soccer Congratulations to Belmont Boosters November 2018 Athletes of the Month Audrey Christo, Girls Cross Country, and Seamus Dullaghan, Boys Soccer.

ATHLETIC SCHEDULE
All Events
01/14/2019 to 1/20/2019
Belmont HS & Chenery MS
Monday, January 14
4:00 PM Boys Varsity Swimming North Andover HS Home
Tuesday, January 15
3:30 PM Coed Varsity Skiing OPEN DATE Alpha Division Ski Race GS Away
4:15 PM Boys Junior Varsity Basketball Watertown High School Home
4:50 PM Girls Junior Varsity Ice Hockey Needham High School Home
5:00 PM Boys Freshman Basketball Watertown High School Home
5:15 PM Girls Junior Varsity Basketball Watertown High School Away
6:00 PM Boys Varsity Basketball Watertown High School Home
7:00 PM Girls Varsity Basketball Watertown High School Away
Wednesday, January 16
3:30 PM Boys Chenery Middle Basketball Diamond MS Lexington Home
4:00 PM Boys Varsity Swimming Burlington High School Home
5:00 PM Boys Varsity Ice Hockey Arlington High School Home
5:00 PM Girls Chenery Middle Basketball Diamond MS Lexington Home
7:00 PM Boys Varsity Wrestling Reading High School Away
8:00 PM Girls Varsity Ice Hockey Arlington High School Away
Thursday, January 17
4:30PM Girls Frosh/ Soph Ice Hockey Methuen High School Away
3:00 PM Girls Freshman Basketball Waltham High School Home
3:30 PM Boys Chenery Middle Basketball Concord MS Away
5:00 PM Girls Junior Varsity Ice Hockey Pingree School Home
5:00 PM Girls Chenery Middle Basketball Concord MS Away
Friday, January 18
3:30 PM Boys Freshman Basketball Woburn High School Home
3:30 PM Girls Freshman Basketball Woburn High School Home
4:00 PM Girls Junior Varsity Basketball Woburn High School Away
5:00 PM Girls Varsity Basketball Woburn High School Away
5:30 PM Boys Junior Varsity Basketball Woburn High School Away
7:00 PM Boys Varsity Basketball Woburn High School Away
Saturday, January 19
11:45 AM Boys Varsity Ice Hockey Melrose HS Away
1:00 PM Girls Varsity Ice Hockey Melrose HS Home
Sunday, January 20
7:40 PM Boys Junior Varsity Ice Hockey Arlington High School Away

OPENING OF ONLINE REGISTRATION AND KINDERGARTEN INFORMATION NIGHT

Kindergarten Information Night for parents and guardians of incoming kindergartners in the fall of 2019 is on January 24 at 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Chenery Auditorium. This is a general information program about kindergarten and introduces the new Central Kindergarten Registration process. Presenting are Superintendent John Phelan along with school and central office personnel. Please note this night is for adults only. For information on registering, please go here.

Online registration for incoming kindergartners and families new to Belmont Public Schools will open the evening of January 24. Please do not register a current BPS student. Families are mailed a census form from the Town on Saturday, January 19. Note for current BPS families registering incoming kindergartners: Please do not bring in your residency information to the Town Clerk's Office until after you have received your census in the mail. Please do not mail back but hand-carry the signed census to the Town Clerk's Office beginning the end of January. They will not process any residency requests before the end of January. 

BELMONT PUBLIC LIBRARY NEWS

Please go here for the January library newsletter.

CALENDAR

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

DATE/TIME-PLACE/EVENT

January 9, 11, and 12 - Off Site - Sr. District Festival

January 10 - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. - CMS Large Gym - Lower School Movie Night

January 14 - CMS Auditorium - 9:00 a.m. Grade 5 Orchestra and Chorus Concert; 7:00 p.m. Grade 5 Band Concert

January 16 - 7:30 p.m. - BHS Library - BHS PTSO Meeting with an overview on BHS construction by Superintendent John Phelan 

January 18 - 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. - Belmont Rink - CMS Ice Skating Night

January 18 - 6:30 p.m. - Winn Brook Movie Night

January 21 - No School - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

January 21 - 8:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. - BHS Cafeteria - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Breakfast with Keynote Speaker Dr. Emmett Price and other distinguished guests. Please go here for ticket information.

January 22 - 7:00 p.m. - CMS Community Room - School Committee joint meeting with the Board of Selectman with a 7:00 p.m. start for a public forum on the Ice Rink

January 22-24 - BHS Little Theater - Belmont Idol Auditions

January 24 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. - CMS Auditorium - Kindergarten Information Night for Parents/Guardians of Kindergartners entering in fall of 2019 (Adults Only at this Event)

January 25 - 5:45 p.m. - Wellington Cafeteria - Moira Gavin BINGO Night

January 26 - Off Site - All-State Auditions

January 28 - 7:00 p.m. - CMS Auditorium - CMS Solo and Ensemble Concert

January 29 - 6:00 p.m. - BHS Auditorium - String Pizza & Play with elementary and CMS orchestra

February 1 and 2 - 7:00 pm - BHS Little Theater - Improv Show

February 2 - Off Site - BHS Jr. District Auditions

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

February 7 - 7:00 p.m. - BHS Auditorium - Jazz Night

 

 

 

 


Butler 4th grade Engineering Challenge  Keith Haring Art by Wellington Grade 2  Wellington Grade 2 Keith Haring Art  Wellington Grade 4 alebrijes (Mexican Folk Art Sculptures of Mythical Creatures)  Wellington Grades 3 & 4 Monster Mania Art  November 2018 Booster of the Month Audrey Christo, Girls Cross Country  November 2018 Booster of the Month Seamus Dullaghan, Boys Soccer  Winn Brook Diversity Map 



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